Thursday, as ponzi scheme financier Bernie Made-off was being sentenced this astrologer happened to be working on some astrology and just happened to notice that Neptune, Mercury, and Jupiter were exactly aligned in a pattern that COSI (Combination of Stellar Influences), a classic text on planetary interpretation, describes this way: "A powerful imagination, being well inspired, the tendency to bamboozle or mislead other people; a person successful in deception or in speculation."
Earlier this week the Virgo Full Moon aligned with and thus triggered the Saturn (structure)-Uranus (breakdown) opposition giving a great number of us the opportunity to practice our "grace under pressure" mode. That, or practice freaking out. These two energies are polar opposites, with Saturn seeking order and form, and Uranus seeking chaos. Every time they oppose one another "structures" that support our lives are challenged and remade. Last time Saturn and Uranus were at opposition was 1965-67 and the talk of the coffee shops was ill-conceived, expensive wars as well as the turmoil in the financial markets. History repeats itself (in timing with these cycles) and here Saturn and Uranus are opposed again, with once again arguments about ill-conceived, expensive wars and turmoil in the financial markets. Good news is that this time around while the turmoil is similar we at least have much better coffee. (I mean, who knew what a latté was in 1966?)
Saturn and Uranus keep making faces at one another through the summer of 2010 and if our idea of grand entertainment is hanging out at demolition sites, we're going to love the next year and a half. With that cheerful thought in mind, on to the Voids! Remember that all times are given in Eastern and Pacific Daylight Saving time, so if you're elsewhere, adjust accordingly!
FRIDAY THE 13th isn't nearly as scary as beginning an important project or buying an important item during a Void-of-Course Moon, and the Libra Moon will enter the Void at 6:39 pm EDT (3:39 pm PDT). She leaves the Void a few hours later at 8:22 pm EDT (5:22 pm PDT) when she sneaks into suspicious SCORPIO.
The MOON IS IN SCORPIO on SATURDAY, MARCH 14th and she is not Void. Mars entering Pisces today will put four planets there (Sun, Uranus, Mercury, and Mars). Pisces is a rather self-deluding sign, so we can all make up our own reality, at least through the weekend.
The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on SUNDAY, MARCH 15th at 8:43 pm EDT (5:43 pm PDT). There to stay for the rest of the evening. Who says Void Moons aren't good for anything?--if we remove hair under a waning Void Moon in Scorpio, the hair will stay gone longer. Try it and see!
LUNA LEAVES THE VOID on MONDAY, MARCH 16th at 5:21 am EDT (2:21 am PDT) when she trots into horsey SAGITTARIUS. The entire upcoming week is dominated by squares of the Moon. There's the old saying that if we always keep doing what we've always done, we'll always keep getting what we've always got. Moon squares trigger stress that inclines us to fall back on habitual behaviors, but they're also opportune times to break patterns. Many of us may want to use the challenges of the week to consider ways we could do things differently. If however we're a multi-millionaire married to our soul-mate and all our kids are above average, by all means just carry on.
THE MOON IS IN SAGITTARIUS ON TUESDAY, MARCH 17th. There are no Voids on this SAINT PATRICK'S DAY, which is almost a pity as getting sloshed goes quite well during a Void.
The MOON ENTERS THE VOID ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18th at 1:47 pm EDT (10:47 am PDT). She LEAVES THE VOID at 5:19 pm EDT (2:19 pm PDT) when she climbs into influence-seeking CAPRICORN. Luna is at her last quarter phase. Sir Winston Churchill said that however beautiful our strategy, we should occasionally look at the results. Last Quarter Moons favor doing exactly that.
The MOON IS IN CAPRICORN on THURSDAY, MARCH 19th and she is not Void. Emotional Luna feels uncomfortable in the cool, calculating sign of Capricorn and we may not be feeling the love today. Astrologers get a lot of questions about love. "Today, if you go to the animal shelter," is this astrologers' response whenever anyone asks me to tell them when the stars say they'll find true love.
The MOON ENTERS THE VOID on FRIDAY, MARCH 20th at 4:06 pm EDT (1:06 pm PDT). She's VOID the rest of the night. This is also the day of the VERNAL EQUINOX, when day and night are equal lengths and the season shifts to spring or fall (depending on which hemisphere we reside in). This day is also known as the ARIES INGRESS, when the Sun enters Aries. Aspects at this time give a clue as to what we can expect for the upcoming quarter year (until the Summer Solstice). The stars are suggesting a whole lot of fiddling going on while Rome burns but that's business as usual in the halls of most governments anyway. (I've always wondered how Nero managed to play the fiddle while Rome burned, as it would be another thousand years before the instrument was even invented.).
In our personal lives, the trick will be to not go looking for as-yet-to-be-invented distractions in the midst of change or even crisis. (Far better to stick with distractions close at hand. That is if we'd rather do that than muster the will to deal with reality).
The MOON LEAVES THE VOID on SATURDAY, MARCH 21st at 6:06 am EDT (3:06 am PDT) when she glides into the cool, calm clarity of Aquarius. Some of the astrology books say Aquarius is supposed to be cool and clarity-seeking anyway. Point of fact is that many Aquarians feel borderline hysterical much of the time, but that's only because they never got the memo that there's no such thing as "normal." Once they stop trying to either be normal or be anything but normal an Aquarian will calm down quite a bit (which will probably frighten all their friends).
The MOON IS IN AQUARIUS on SUNDAY, MARCH 22nd and she's not Void. If we get up before sunrise and the sky is clear we'll be gifted with the sight of the waning crescent Moon offset by bright Jupiter in the Eastern sky. If we get up before sunrise and the sky is not clear, we'll wonder why we listen to lunatic astrologers when we could have done the reasonable thing and slept in on Sunday morning.