July 10, 2017 (Julian 191) Mars square Eris

July 10, 2017 (Julian 191) Mars square Eris

First, let us dispense with the more ordinary aspects of the day.  The Moon is past full and now waning.  Some still count it as full, but it is void of course in Capricorn (possibly the most useless void imaginable), but moves into Aquarius slightly past midnight CDT.  Frankly, we would declare the lunation as “over” by the time this sign change occurs.

What dominates?  Others have discussed the Sun opposite Pluto.  That will have perfected by the time you read this, but it does have an influence and can provide energy to accomplish useful work IF power struggles and spats and altercations and such (oh, my!) can be avoided.  Mercury sesquiquadrate Saturn COULD also be viewed as “annoying,” but we agree with others who interpret it as giving many of us the focus to pay attention to important details that might be overlooked.

We have become increasingly interested in higher order (fifth harmonic (quintiles) and seventh harmonic (septiles)) aspects and also interactions of outer planet (or “generational”) bodies.  This includes asteroids and distant objects such as Sedna.

Mars squares Eris today.  Similar to Sedna, Eris is a distant object, but it is typically associated with chaos, sometimes massive chaos.  With Mars square Eris today, and likely creating a T-Square with Pluto, we think today, and maybe this week, could be another dangerous one.  We urge you to be careful.

But, again, beyond the danger (if you can stay safe), chances are good that you might can accomplish things today beyond your ordinary abilities.  And if you do not accomplish, then you will make definitive discoveries as to exactly what the roadblocks are.

June 23, 2017 (Julian 174) New Moon in Cancer; Solstice “begins” in earnest

June 23, 2017 (Julian 174) New Moon in Cancer; Solstice “begins” in earnest

We have mentioned the key idea before, but we will state it again here.  “The New Moon is this evening, 9:30 PM CDT (and after dark in U.S. time zones except PDT, and early tomorrow morning for UK / EU).  Until then, you have a final window for cleanup or prep before the big shift comes.  And, it is coming.”

While the Summer Solstice was officially either June 20th or June 21st (depending upon your time zone), we have been in a needed “house cleaning” mode the past few days.

Sun, Moon, Mercury and Mars are all in Cancer, and Venus is in Taurus.  This combination tends to “activate” Earth and Water signs, though the Mercury / Mars pairing tend to bring harsh words and sometimes violence.  Avoid those, and you might have the energy to channel into “getting things done.”  Mars squares Jupiter on June 25th, two days from now, leading people to “blow things out of proportion.”  A week later, Mars in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn.  This is notoriously dangerous.  And July 17th, Mars squares Uranus in Aries, also dangerous.  The entire period, from New Moon on the 23rd (now) until July 17th is a period that is either risky or in which you can “get things done,” sometimes both

Mars specifically perfects oppositions to Juno (the angry wife) and Astraea (among other things, divorce lawyers) today.  This more Mars activity in a period we have described as dangerous repeatedly, a number of times now.

Beyond that, we cannot add much beyond the various other forecasts that have been written.  You can see those on “New Moons Only.”

June 22, 2017 (Julian 173) Dark of the Moon

June 22, 2017 (Julian 173) Dark of the Moon

Beyond our other commentary, consider this: the Moon is in Gemini (ruled by Mercury) and Mercury is in Cancer (ruled by the Moon).  This kind of exchange is called a “mutual reception,” and, unless it contains malefics (particularly Mars or Saturn or both), this is a powerful and beneficial situation that permits both planets to speak for each other or “trade places.”  That means, for the moment, both the Moon and Mercury are very powerful.

With a Dark of the Moon period, as we have now, the “veil is thin” as others have said, and we can tap into our intuitive side or, depending on your beliefs, connect with those who have gone before us and sometimes other entities.  This is the kind of period where people can “daydream” and let the mind spin free and then write down what comes to them and produce a powerful result.  Think of it as a portal that opens today, especially after dark, but does not last long and ones like this do not occur often.

With a Moon this old, eliminating unwanted people, places, and things becomes possible.  Just make sure that is what you really want.  Chances are good that once you have eliminated “it” or “them,” you will not get a do-over.  Old traditionalists would also say this is a good time to wean children (or anyone else) or eliminate bad habits (which works best if you have something to replace it, like chewing Nicorette gum instead of smoking, and then later eliminating the gum habit when the time comes).

Particularly at this time, “cleaning house” will help you find lost objects (literal cleaning) or uncover hidden resources (metaphorical cleaning).

We have written about the outers before, and most important is the semi-square that Mars makes to the North Node (karma).  This can, and likely will, manifest as violence somewhere (given our current conditions, which are starting to look like an undeclared war), but if you avoid dangerous people, places, and things, you might can harness “it” to help you finish some messy job that you detest but need done to make life better.  We are talking about the bitter medicine that cures he condition.

Mars also makes a biseptile to Chiron, and this is about as “karmic” as one can imagine.  This is about karma in the most fundamental way, and it can give you an important glimpse of the future, especially since we are in DOTM.  Ceres quadrinovile Astraea amplifies this, maybe giving us some kind of glimpse into how to obtain justice for an old wrong.

You can count on some bit of weirdness, a bit like Halloween in June.  (We have Christmas in July, so why not?)

Planet Post Up – Summer Solstice, Sun in Cancer, New Moon in Cancer

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Happy Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year and the shortest night of the year (in the northern hemisphere).  Today marks the beginning of summer.  We also have the Sun now in the watery sign of Cancer.  Cancer is emotional and sensitive.  And very family oriented and nurturing.   A gentle energy.

There will also be a New Moon in Cancer on June 24, 2017.  New Moons start a moon cycle, so it’s an excellent time to begin things. Given that it’s a New Moon in Cancer, using this energy to start a new phase in your family life is ideal.  Home life, with your significant other, with your children.

Mars is in Cancer.  Not the best placement for Mars.  Pushing forward and forging ahead take a bit of a back seat. We’re more prone to our moods – good and bad.  And instead of going after what we…

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June 21, 2017 (Julian 172) Summer Solstice + Mercury enters Cancer; LONG Moon void

June 21, 2017 (Julian 172) Summer Solstice + Mercury enters Cancer; LONG Moon void

Many (non-astrologers) consider this “the first day of Summer” and many calendars mark it that way.  That is true for UK / EU and points east (and EDT in the U.S.) but the solstice actually happened late YESTERDAY for most of the Western Hemisphere.  In either case, a long solar void yielded to a long lunar void (Moon v/c in Taurus) which ends today at 5:44 PM CDT.

Much of what we have to say was said in the past few days.  Moon is void most of today, Sun for today and the next two is in what horary astrologers call “too early to tell” and others call a “sign change boundary.”  The same is true for Mercury, and in both cases this means that you might need a do-over for projects started today.  Moon is still very old (in DOTM, or Dark of the Moon), and that is superb for buyers and getting “deals” *IF* it is something you really need rather than another item that sits in the corner unused.  Housecleaning and preparation are smart moves today.

Mars makes a single aspect, but it is a semi-square to Sedna (victims), and we think that today continues a pattern of dangerous days that has been with us this week, month, year, and before.  Be careful.

A smart use of today is to clean house, review and plan, and maybe have some (safe) fun.

June 20, 2017 (Julian 171) Summer Solstice at 11:25 PM CDT

June 20, 2017 (Julian 171) Summer Solstice at 11:25 PM CDT

A solstice or equinox point is enough to make a day interesting.  Technically, that happens on the 21st if you live in EDT or points east (EU / UK) but today if CDT or points west (including California, Alaska, and Hawaii).  Many have discussed solstice points, and we will not elaborate except to say Cancer begins here.  Cancer is usually a benevolent sign, but it CAN produce monsters (and an excellent example is Ariel Castro).  I have seen others, both in the news (Jodi Arias, O J Simpson) and personally.  I have also seen Cancerians who are benevolent people.  But, let’s be clear for anyone who thinks Cancer is always inherently benevolent: Cancer can (and does) produce monsters.

But for most of us, the Summer Solstice is usually benevolent (unless we overdo alcohol or other mood altering drugs or engage in other dangerous behavior).  The Sun is VOID today (something we do not discuss much, usually it is the moon v/c that we discuss most), and “things” taken on today may not last.

The Moon is in DOTM (Dark of the Moon), and that makes this a VERY good time to tap into the intuitive side of ourselves, sometimes receiving messages from those who are no longer incarnate on earth, a time we usually associate with Halloween.  (But, it can, and does, happen at other times of the year.  This is one of them.)  One more thing: at almost the exact moment of the solstice, ever so slightly past, the Moon perfects a trine to Pluto in Capricorn and turns void, remaining void on Wednesday until 5:44 PM CDT.  Effectively, we move from a long solar void directly into a long lunar void.

Venus (Taurus) sextiles Neptune (Pisces), and that is associated with romantic adventures (which might not last, given other considerations, yet still be worthwhile due to fond memories).  What is not commonly know is that the Taurus / Pisces aspect can be real moneymakers sometimes, and this particular combination (Venus in its home and Neptune in its home) is one that can lead to “genius level” in moneymaking or development of art.

If you are at all inclined to be a creative, take today to manifest your perhaps latent talents.  Even if today does not directly pay off in an obvious way, you will find you WILL reap benefits of some kind at some point later.  Do not give up too soon on your gift. (A lesson I need to hear myself from time to time.  I make no money from writing these forecasts, at least not yet.)

As we mentioned yesterday, Venus (as Inanna) is at the Third Gate.  This year, and this iteration of the cycle, the First Gate was associated with the election in France.  The Second Gate was associated with a terrorist bombing at a concert in Manchester, UK.  Mars is active with Outer planets / outer objects (mostly asteroids) all week, so we think that it could be dangerous for some people.  We urge you to be careful today (and tomorrow).

A number of disturbing and dangerous events have been reported in the news, but the one that concerns us most involves a Navy “Superhornet” fighter jet shooting down a Syrian plane, a response that came after “the [Syrian] SU-22 jet dropped bombs on Sunday near American-backed fighters combating the Islamic State.”  Our response was provoked, I have no doubt about that, but I am also worried that we may be teetering on the brink of a very “hot” war.

If you have read my predictions for at least a few months, then you know I wrote about this the day of the election, last November (2016).  Some have said they think that the market is a bit too high (what has been called “irrational exuberance” in the past), and I hope they are wrong but worry that they might be right.  A number of other astrologers have claimed that a war will be tied to the eclipse of August 21st.  In any case, I am a bit worried about this “Third Gate.”  So, again, be careful.  (And don’t steal any North Korea propaganda posters off the hotel wall.  They take that kind of thing rather seriously.)

But, let’s make the main point again: if you have any artistic (or moneymaking) inclinations at all, you should take the plunge despite the other indications.  This may not take you where you expect, but chances are good that you will like results anyway, despite the fact that they may be unexpected or in a different direction.  Write character sketches of people you know for that novel you keep meaning to write, draw a diagram of the way the parts of your life fit together, (or not) write a poem about the most important person, or people, in your life or whatever else might capture your fancy.  Do an internet search for ideas if you must.  <We have other comments on this day at Weekly Forecasts>

As long as it is not dangerous, be willing to take a risk and do something a bit different (and artistic).

June 19, 2017 (Julian 170) Moon in Aries moves into Taurus

June 19, 2017 (Julian 170) Moon in Aries moves into Taurus

Venus perfects a quincunx to Jupiter near 7 AM CDT, forcing a decision as we discussed was in play yesterday.  While yods do not indicate one path or the other, then slight tendency here for many people is to take the “practical” answer regarding love, relationships, money, or possibly health today.  You will get a clear cut result from that, but it may not have long term “staying power,” especially when Mercury retrograde hits in about a month.  The other choice, the more abstract and intangible choice that Neptune in Pisces offers is not at all clear cut and may yield no results whatsoever.  But, be certain of this: choosing this path will have long term consequences.  We cannot tell you which one to pick, but if you look back to certain periods, you might find the antecedent to today (and this week).

Which periods?  We think October of 2016 will be one of those periods for some people, as is May 17th of this year with a followup on July 4th of this year.  For some people (maybe some of the same as the previous comment), The Grand Yod of September 2014 will provide insight to the turning points that “got us where we are.”  We hope that a review of these time periods, where we often recommended that you keep notes about the events of the day, may yield important insights.

Venus forms a semi-square with Chiron (Pisces, health, healthcare, education, and mentors), and we suspect that the Venus path that we described in the previous paragraphs may not necessarily be easy.  Venus also forms a semi-square with the Sun (Gemini), and this adds even more pressure to make a decision and difficulty to the “Venus choice.”  This is not an easy day, and many of your are better off if you spend time “cleaning house” and discarding the unnecessary.  However, “circumstances” may not permit you to do this.

To complicate “things” further, Venus is about to enter the “third gate,” which it will due about 5:30 PM CDT Tuesday (tomorrow).  The last time I talked about this, I thought that Tuesday (the Second Gate) would be dangerous, but it was the day before, Monday when a tragedy happened at a concert in the UK.

Mars aspects SOMEthing everyday this week, including Outers (“big picture” generational planets and asteroids) except Saturday.  Many days have TWO Mars aspects.  (Today, Mars opposes Hygeia (health and healthcare) and quintiles Uranus (surprises, sometimes explosions).  We have a New Moon coming, and that follows the Summer Solstice.  Periods that precede either of those tend to have more of a “fate” quality (less “free will”), and they lay the groundwork for major shifts that often affect all of us.  Needless to say, I am a bit concerned.

Beyond this, I stick with my forecast on Weekly Forecasts.  Fire (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) and Air (Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini) signs are wise to accomplish the most important tasks before the Moon in Aries goes void near 2 PM CDT.  Earth and Water can accrue some advantage waiting until after 5 PM CDT, but we are in a “too early to tell” period then, and some “re-do” might be necessary for everyone.

Andy Candypants has a wonderful forecast for today, and it is not as grim as mind.  Different people see different things when they read the aspects.  Helen Edey also has a useful forecast.   Maybe between the three of us, and the others I reblog, you can find a forecast that works for you and helps make the day the best that you can have.

 

 

 

June 13, 2017 (Julian 164) Moon in Aquarius + A Storm Begins

June 13, 2017 (Julian 164) Moon in Aquarius + A Storm Begins

Chances are good you have felt the Jupiter (station direct) and Neptune (station retrograde) weirdness for the past few weeks.  In traditional astrology, ALL of the matters ruled by Neptune (in modern astrology) are ruled by Jupiter.  So, no matter which system you follow, the message remains the same: “things” that are “ruled” by Jupiter / Neptune are, at a minimum, “shifting” now and for many they are simply a mess.

What are we talking about?  Quite a bit.  In modern astrology terms, (1) Jupiter is associated with higher education (typically colleges and universities), foreign travel and “foreigners,” law, courts, and legal matters, and sometimes extra-marital affairs (or other “infidelity”); (2) Neptune is associated with health and healthcare (particularly illness and hospitalization), poetry, lyrics, songs, photography, videography, alcohol & drug addiction, and sometimes criminality (usually petty crime) and deceit.

Mercury trines Jupiter (usually favorable) and forms, along with the Moon, a Grand Air Trine.  For writers, this should be a great aspect, but the issues mentioned (“slow” movement from our Earth bound perspective) might turn it all on the ear.  The same goes with anyone involved in communications or transportation or typical “air sign” activities.  Add Uranus in the mix and you have a “kite,” a pattern of special opportunity.

We think that clear cut “winners” and “losers” will emerge today.  We also think you will be able to tell which category you are in quickly.  “Things” will either go your way, fluidly, or you will encounter roadblocks, stop signs, and caution lights.  Keep your eyes open, and adjust accordingly.

Mercury also forms a square to Neptune, and this is notorious for problems for people who have addictions of any kind but especially alcohol or drugs.  If you are in recovery, you will need to be extra vigilant to avoid slippery “people, places, and things” and practice the HALT principle (do not get too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired).  If you attend support group meetings, this is a good time to avail yourself of those.

If you are NOT in recovery but maybe should be, this is a good week to take the plunge.

If you have mental health issues then you might need a “med adjustment” or some other help.  Do that this week.

This is an extraordinary day for anybody who is a poet or songwriter or interested in pursuit of those.  Take advantage of this special window if that applies to you.

Mars quintiles Eris, and that is bad for most people.  If you are the kind of person who creates chaos and maybe engages in violence, then the day might favor you.  For the rest of us, perfection of this aspect can favor those who we call “bad guys.”

Hygeia (health and healthcare) also perfects a sesquiquadrate (urgency) to Sedna (victims), yet another sign that today (or maybe this week) is dangerous.

Summary: avoid dangerous people, places, and things, do not abuse drugs or alcohol (or engage in other addictions), and consider spending some quiet time writing poetry or taking photographs.

Today is a mixed bag: some dangerous people might cause harm, and some brilliant and talented people will produce important gifts for the rest of us.

June 12, 2017 (Julian 163) Moon in Capricorn then Aquarius

June 12, 2017 (Julian 163) Moon in Capricorn then Aquarius

Moon in Capricorn turns void 1:43 PM CDT (11:43 AM PDT / 2:43 PM EDT / 7:43 London)  and five hours later moves into Aquarius at 6:44 PM CDT (and “too early to tell” for most of the rest of the evening).   That means you need to wrap up yesterday’s chores in the morning and anything else you can bring closure to before the void begins.

Moon void in Capricorn taught me an important lesson years ago, and I never forgot it.  This is the lesson: “as long as your request is reasonable, you will get precisely what you ask for.”  Purchasing a blender to make smoothies?  Find an incredible one “on sale”?  GREAT!  And when you get it home, you will find it is superb for making the intended smoothies.  But chances are good that it will be absolutely useless for any other blender chores.  If you make a purchase, or take on some short term profit, make certain what you want is exactly what you need.

Since the void begins with a square to Uranus (surprises, unexpected events, and sometimes people or places that explode), be extra careful during this void.

Outers are complex.  Perfection of Neptune quintile Sedna near 10 PM CDT may provide a bright idea about how to help people who have been victimized, at least we hope it goes that way.  Astraea perfects a sesquiquadrate to White Moon, and we have an urgent need to assert our identity in some legal matter.  Please note that these aspects may go together, and we may see certain important crimes solved and justice served.  Uranus biseptiles Astraea, and major “karma” comes to certain bad guys who never see it coming.

Recently, we have been off by a day on these forecasts, so these last few predictions might manifest on Sunday or Tuesday.  And do know that bad guys can become dangerous when they are cornered. so be extra careful.

June 11, 2017 (Julian 162) Moon in Capricorn + Neptune Quincunx Vesta

June 11, 2017 (Julian 162) Moon in Capricorn + Neptune Quincunx Vesta

Since Neptune will turn retrograde soon, this week on June 16th, we will quickly revisit this aspect “soon” (July).  This is an unpleasant aspect that typically brings chaos and discord to traditions and “how we have always done things.”  Pluto triseptiles Vesta, bringing a flavor of “karma” to the mess.  Forgiveness is smarter than blame here.  If you cannot do that, then leave the situation and give yourself a “time out.”

Moon in Capricorn forms a quincunx about 11 PM CDT Saturday night and almost exactly 24 hours later Moon perfects the same aspect to the Sun.  This is more chaos and discord.  Events involving alcohol / drugs can go very badly at this time.  Stay away from those situations.

9 AM CDT brings a Moon / Jupiter square, and those are also about “overdoing,” particularly overeating or overspending.  By 8 PM CDT, Moon perfects a conjunction to Pluto, and you, or someone near you, will want an accounting.  This is not a day to squander time, money, or opportunities.  It is a day to stay out of spats and disagreements.  If necessary, spend time alone and “clean house” and work on finances & bookkeeping.

And, plan for the upcoming week.  “Things” can be a bit strange Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday.  If you, or someone you know, uses or abuses alcohol or drugs, “things” can reach a breaking point.  Ditto for people with various mental illnesses (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and so forth).  Things can “get a lot more crazy.”  (We are stealing that line from a Dateline episode.)  Take care of business TODAY (Sunday); you will need the essentials done.

June 9, 2017 (Julian 160) Full Moon + Jupiter Direct Station

June 9, 2017 (Julian 160) Full Moon + Jupiter Direct Station

What can we add?  Much, if not all, of our most important comments were for yesterday, with the Moon in (early) Sagittarius and waxing.  Today’s FM perfects in the morning hours for the Western Hemisphere, and mid afternoon hours for UK / EU.  Much has been written about it, and we have reblogged the many opinions of others on our other blog, Full Moons Only.

The same kind of thing is true for today’s Jupiter Direct station, reblogged on Retrogrades Only.  You will notice less content there.  That is because most commentary about the Jupiter shift has been integrated into the full moon posts.

So what remains to be said?  Outside of my usual analytic self, I feel a profound sense of sadness.  To be certain, this is a happy FM and is happening in the spring of the year.  But something has had an effect on me, maybe the many terrorists acts and atrocities.  Maybe it is this piece by OneAnna (Cancer Killing Recipe).  Her blog lacks the sophisticated trickery that many of us use, but she was here when I started blogging in 2008, and she has managed to survive despite the diagnosis she claims.  If it is her time, then that leaves me sad.

What else to say?  Sun forms one of two annual quincunx aspects with Pluto.  (Pluto is in Capricorn; one quincunx is in Aries and the other is in Gemini.  This is the latter.  These will continue to happen in similar configurations for a few more years.  And do keep in mind that sesquiquadrates, and the potential for Thor’s Hammer (God’s Fist) aspects always accompanies those.)  With Sun / Pluto at 17 and Neptune at 14, I think we can argue that a Yod exists (major decisions) with Pluto at the apex.  This is a particularly uncomfortable decision no matter which choice you make.  (No matter which “leg” you choose, you end up with Pluto: death, taxes, poisons, assassinations, police, and intelligence agencies.)

Venus (Taurus, favorable) sextiles Mars (Cancer, unfavorable), and this means peace on one hand (“good”) but a profound lack of incentive to “get things done” (“bad”) on the other hand.  Whether this works for you, or against, depends on who you are and what situation characterizes your life.  For some, this is “good,” and for others it is “bad.”  Here is what is important to remember: you CAN “get things done” if you are willing to make the effort.  Anything involving long distance travel, higher education (universities), or law & legal will tend to fizzle, so you might focus your efforts in other areas if you find no progress in those.

Outers are busy today, and three aspects capture our attention.  Chiron (Pisces) sesquiquadrate Vesta (Leo) will affect some, and you will have a sense of urgency to deal with issues involving healthcare, higher education, mentors and the traditions associated with those.  Do what you can, keeping in mind the considerations of the previous paragraph.  Pallas biseptiles Hygeia, amplifying any issues involving health or healthcare issues.  Saturn triseptiles the White Moon, and we are not quite sure what that means EXCEPT that this is an important time to closely scrutinize the choices you have been making and your habits.  A change may be needed in a subtle area that may look insignificant but is not.  (Example: buying an expensive coffee each day instead of placing those funds in savings.)

The message of OneAnna has us thinking, and we offer it to anyone willing to receive it: