Here comes March comes howling in!
Fri 01 Mar the Moon enters Scorpio. Serious stuff, this, and good thing. We have serious work to do. That it’s Venus’s day of the week may grant us all a little grace throughout the month. (continue reading…)
The Writer’s Astrological Almanac
by Kathy Watts
Happy November! Autumn and the closing of the year is upon us with its usual vengeance.
We start on a Tuesday (the day of the week ruled by Mars) with the Moon void of course in Capricorn. It’s easy to work hard on something already started. In the wee small hours Mercury exactly squares Neptune. You may dream dissatisfaction, but on waking things will be fine. Before dawn, the Moon enters Aquarius. Enjoy a focused day.
Wed Nov 02 the Moon is in Aquarius all day. Work with a clear mind. In the early hours, Venus changes signs and enters the expansive and uplifting sign of Sagittarius. This will lighten anyone’s mood. Eight hours later, in the late morning, Mercury leaves Scorpio behind to enter Sagittarius. You can be serious in a bigger, less brutal way.
Thu Nov 03 the Moon is in Aquarius when Venus trines Uranus in the wee smalls. Dabble with some small quaint experiment. Six hours later Mercury trines Uranus. Dabble more cleverly. As Mercury and Venus slowly perfect their conjunction, we’ll see these mirrored aspects get closer together in time. That night, the Moon conjuncts Neptune in Aquarius, then goes void of course. Dream your to-do list for tomorrow.
Fri Nov 04 the Moon enters Pisces. Five hours later, the Moon squares Mercury, and thirty-one minutes later, the Moon squares Venus. Note that it happens to Mercury first, as Mercury is still catching up with Venus. The gap is closing fast, though. Emotions may be near the surface. Write something romantic.
Sun Nov 06 the Moon conjuncts Uranus in Aries. Surprise yourself with an abnormally busy weekend.
Mon Nov 07 the Moon is in Aries when Mars exactly opposes Neptune. Write with extra deliberation because you can make unusually strong impressions today. (continue reading…)
The Writer’s Astrological Almanac
Happy August. It’s a hot month, in more ways than one, very Mars and Mercury heavy. This year is just buzzing by.
Aug 01 is a Monday, the day of the Moon, with the Moon entering Virgo. The Moon conjuncts an almost stationary Mercury. Tomorrow Mercury goes retrograde. Heads Up. Whatever your personal retrograde preparation ritual may be, remember to calm your mind and look forward to a chance to do some quality retrospection, editing, and revising. Four hours later the Sun exactly squares Jupiter. This is a good time to evaluate your use of time and other resources, and to rein in any excesses or lavish indulgences. You don’t have to go to extremes and give up all good and fun things, though.
Tue Aug 02 the Moon is void of course in Virgo when Mercury goes stationary retrograde. Mercury will be retrograde for almost the entire month of August. This is a prolonged Heads Up. I suggest that we learn to love it and resolve to make good use of it. (continue reading…)
Heads Up! January 2011
Happy New Year and welcome to 2011! We start off on a Saturday (Saturn’s day of the week) with the Moon in Sagittarius. Jupiter rules Sagittarius. This fits in well with the upcoming Jupiter-Saturn opposition in late March. Take it as a theme for the year — generosity, gratitude, respect. We all want it, after all, so let’s share the “wealth.”
Sun Jan 2 the Moon conjuncts Mercury on Sagittarius. Think big thoughts, and phrase them meticulously. The audience will build itself.
Mon Jan 3 the Moon conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn. Feel strongly about your work, do your best, and let the chips fall where they may. It’s also the day before the New Moon (that will also be a solar eclipse). Be safety-minded, especially when traveling, even if only to the grocery store. Heads Up.
Tue Jan 4 is the New Moon at 13 Cap. Embrace your work with a new intensity. It’s also a solar eclipse. What decisions you make now will have extra weight for the next three months. A few hours later Jupiter conjuncts Uranus in the end of Pisces. Expansive feelings may go out in surprising directions. Less that an hour later, Venus trines Uranus. The unexpected and unconventional may be better received. Then Venus trines Jupiter. A lot of people can feel good about a lot of things. Encourage the good things, and feel good, too. (continue reading…)
It’s a month of retrogrades and long-lasting conjunctions. Life may seem stuck in low gear, but the low gears are the strong ones. Venus and Saturn are within orb for conjunction from Aug 2 till Aug 13. Heads up for any unwarranted feelings of self-sacrifice or self-pity. Mars is deep in the mix, too.
Mars will be in a separating conjunction with Saturn until Aug 11 or so. Be on guard against feeling so strong that you’re willing to be a doormat.
Then we have Venus and Mars, ah! This gives charm and beauty to the world, and reckless flirtation, jealousy, and temper.
Now that’s a Heads Up configuration!
They begin an applying conjunction on Aug 6, reach exact conjunction on Aug 20 (the same day that Mercury goes stationary retrograde), do the exact conjunction again on Oct 1 (shortly before Venus goes stationary retrograde on Oct 8), and they don’t pull away from one another until Oct 12. Then there’s Jupiter and Uranus, still conjunct in the borderlands of early Aries and late Pisces. It lasts till the end of the year, and then some. This is the stuff of Big Business, big and generous authority, and big surprises. Make friends with these conditions and Heads Up all month. Get all that? Did it stick? Me, neither. That’s why I need to look at the sky day by day, night by night.
Ready for August? (continue reading…)
Are we not entering the heart of summer? And what a summer this is going to be. Let the Sun shine in!
July 1 starts on a Thursday (Jupiter’s day) with the Moon in Pisces (traditionally ruled by Jupiter). Look forward to a month of expansion and all things big and beautiful. Remove the word “disappointment” from your vocabulary this month.
Sat Jul 03 the Moon opposes Saturn and goes void of course until it enters the sign of Aries. Criticism may sting, but not for long. The Moon then conjuncts Uranus (always bringing a fresh look at the world), then Jupiter in the sign of Aries. Feel personally lucky.
Ah, the flowers of the May, tra la! Saturday May 1 sees the Moon in party-happy, celebratory Sagittarius. Remember, though, that Mercury is retrograde and that minor confusions and accidents are happening everywhere to everyone. Wear red, be compassionate, and smile all day. You might make some favorable contacts.
Sun May 2 the Moon moves into Capricorn and conjuncts Pluto. See this as nature’s way of settling us down for the work week to come.
Wed May 5 the Moon is in Aquarius. It’s a month of Wednesdays (Mercury’s day of the week) with the Moon in the fixed signs. This is good for buckling down and working with persistence.
Thu May 6 the Moon conjuncts Neptune in Aquarius. Dream big, and write to scale.
Fri May 7 the Moon is in Pisces when Venus sextiles Mars. It might be a good day to solve problems needing finesse.
Sun May 9 the Moon conjuncts Jupiter in Pisces. The heart swells. Then the Moon opposes Saturn in Virgo, casting dissatisfaction on every imperfect detail. But then the Moon conjuncts Uranus in Pisces, and the youthful rebel spirit revives. Heads Up, hopefully in a good way. Happy Mother’s Day.
Tue May 11 Mercury goes stationary direct, and not a moment too soon. Things will remain slow-going for a while, but don’t lose faith in the progress you’re making.
Wed May 12 the Moon conjuncts Mercury in Taurus. Some clever new idea may surface, but be careful. It’s also the day before the New Moon. Heads Up.
Thu May 13 is the New Moon in Taurus. Begin something beautiful with staying power. At least try. If we don’t have that kind of vision, who does?
Fri May 14 the Moon enters Gemini, where it will be until Sunday morning. Remember the inspiration of yesterday’s New Moon, and go get some writing done.
Sun May 16 the Moon conjuncts Venus in Gemini. These are the last few, and powerful, days of Venus in Gemini. Heads Up. Don’t lose this. Write with elegant abandon. The Moon then moves on and spends the rest of the day in Cancer. Personal concerns, or maybe writings of a more personal nature, take on extra importance.
Wed May 19 the Moon is in Leo when Venus leaves the sign of Gemini and enters Cancer. This rates a Heads Up because Venus is walking through a square with both Jupiter and Uranus on one side of the sky and with Saturn on the other. Sometimes charm will get you through big difficulties, sometimes not. Be sharp, and be sincere.
Thu May 20 the Moon conjuncts Mars in Leo. Expect an active dream life, and write it down, because later the Moon opposes Neptune and it may all be forgotten. The Moon then enters Virgo (good for editing) and about three and a half hours later, the Sun itself changes signs and enters, yes, Gemini. Heads Up in the best way. It’s a good time to be a writer.
Sat May 22 the Moon has a busy day. The Moon opposes Jupiter (go ahead and question excesses), then five minutes later conjuncts Saturn (limitations can work to your benefit), then three hours later opposes Uranus (some new crazy ideas are just that, crazy). The grand finale of all this is the exact opposition of Jupiter and Saturn at the close of day (10:38 pm PDT). This is the original cosmic tug of war between expansion and contraction. Not even the universe escapes this struggle. Be practical but compassionate on all fronts. Heads Up.
Sun May 23 the Moon is in Libra when Venus opposes Pluto. Domestic beauty questions, maybe even falls afoul of, the harsh outside world. How many stories have dealt with this one?
Wed May 26 the Moon is in Scorpio. Write from the depths of your being; no shyness or modesty permitted. We’ve now had a taste of all four fixed signs, saving the most fixed for last.
Thu May 27 is the Full Moon at 06Sag. Big-hearted spirit is in the air. Ask for, and offer, something fine and grand. Later today, Uranus makes the big move and enters the sign of Aries. This is self-motivation of perhaps the most reckless kind. Heads Up.
Sat May 29 the Moon enters Capricorn and conjuncts Pluto. We don’t always get two of these in a month, but so it goes. Stay calm and steady, for your own sake and for others. Work diligently and resist any knee-jerk reactions or judgments. Heads Up.
Sun May 30 the Moon is in Capricorn when Saturn goes stationary direct. Heads Up. The good news is, Saturn moves so slowly, it won’t finish with Virgo until the middle of July. Then we’ll get a different kind of heads up. Until then, writers and editors, enjoy the extra discipline and precision.
Mon May 31 the Moon is in Aquarius when Neptune goes stationary retrograde, not a bad configuration for dreams of and gratitude to the past, fitting for today, Memorial Day. It doesn’t even have to be sentimental. You can write about profoundly moving subjects without becoming maudlin.
Well, that constitutes a wild and crazy month. The universe has some heavy-duty work to do, and so do we.
Go for it! Heads Up
On Friday, we learned that found out that the all time winner in the ‘get away with financial murder’ department, Goldman Sachs has been sued for fraud by the SEC. You may remember that it was those captains of the universe at GS that created the toxic debt instrument, the Collateral Debt Obligation, better known as CDOs, that nearly wiped out the financial institutions. GS has a lot of chutzpah, because not only are they said to have helped to create the toxicity, but they also managed to get billions of dollars in TARP bailout money.
By Joshua Gallu and Christine Harper
April 16 (Bloomberg) — Goldman Sachs Group Inc. was sued by U.S. regulators for fraud tied to collateralized debt obligations that contributed to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The firm’s shares tumbled as much as 16 percent and financial stocks slumped.
Goldman Sachs created and sold CDOs tied to subprime mortgages in early 2007, as the U.S. housing market faltered, without disclosing that hedge fund Paulson & Co. helped pick the underlying securities and bet against them, the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a statement today. Billionaire John Paulson’s firm earned $1 billion on the trade and wasn’t accused of wrongdoing. The SEC also sued Fabrice Tourre, a Goldman Sachs vice president who helped created the CDOs.
‘ “The product was new and complex but the deception and conflicts are old and simple,” SEC Enforcement Director Robert Khuzami said. “Goldman wrongly permitted a client that was betting against the mortgage market to heavily influence which mortgage securities to include in an investment portfolio, while telling other investors that the securities were selected by an independent, objective third party.”
“Goldman Sachs became emblematic of public outrage at the banking industry after posting a record $13.4 billion profit in 2009, a year after receiving $10 billion in taxpayer aid during the financial crisis.” More from Bloomberg
Like yours truly, back in 2006 (see Llewellyn’s 2006 Moon Sign Book), Paulson warned investors that the building boom was about to go bust. However, unlike yours truly, Paulson put his money where his mouth was and made a fortune by creating a financial instrument (collateral debt obligation or CDO) of real estate mortgage based securities (RMBS) that he was betting against. At first, he lost money, then in 2007, he hit pay dirt – big time. It is estimated in 2007, alone, Paulson & Co. made $15 billion dollars. This transaction, is said to have netted Paulson close to $4 billion dollars.
So where is the fraud?
Not on John Paulson’s part, he has been absolved off all liability in this situation. We need to roll back the clock to 2007. In a nutshell, John Paulson went to Goldman Sachs (as well as other investment banks) and asked them to ‘create’ (structure) a type of RMBS (special emphasis on the last two letters) that some say was designed to fail. Gary Zuckerman’s book, ‘The Greatest Trade,’ tells us that Paulson shopped around to various banks. Not all of them took the bait. According to Zuckerman, thinking that Paulson would want especially ‘ugly mortgages,’ Bear Stearns turned him down. There has been the analogy raised that this was like benching your best player, while betting on the opposing team. While there might be of questionable ethics to create a CDO to fail and then bet against it, there is hardly anything illegal about that. Investment banks come up with (structure) financial instruments of all types, all the time.
What was the SEC alleges to be fraudulent is that Goldman Sachs, as well as, their Vice President Fabrice Tourre not only created the financial instrument, but also prepared the marketing materials, and sold them directly to customers. In addition, and perhaps worst of all, the SEC alleges that Goldman Sachs did not disclose the risk, specifically that hedge fund, Paulson & Co. had a significant bet (short) against this particular financial instrument.
Will this be the end of Goldman Sachs? Given the heavily restricted resources of the Securities and Exchange Commission and what seems to be the vast resources of Goldman Sachs, I tend to doubt it. However, given the allegations, it might not be a bad time to check out Goldman Sachs initial public offering. Goldman Sachs went public, that is offered shares in their company stock on May 4th 1999. We use 9:30 a.m., New York, because this is the time that the New York Stock Exchange opened.
Looking at the chart, we see that Cancer rises, making the Moon very important in this chart. We see that the Moon is in the gambling sign of Sagittarius, placed in the 6th sector of service. In a sense, what G.S. does is to serve the investment community with a host of financial services. The Moon will represent the company, and all who work there. I have to admit, I was surprised to see a movable sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) rising. The movable signs are so named because they are very changeable. And as such, when we see one of them rise, because of the speed involved, there is a sense of hyper speed up. Companies with movable signs on the rise, see a lot of action, but there is less stability than I would like to see in a company that has this kind of influence on the markets.
The next thing I look for is what planet or luminary has power over the sign rising coming up in the east. In the case of GS, the company and all who work, therein, and because we are talking about an stock, not a corporation (which has different rules) and all who own a piece of it, (stockholders) instead of something stable, to bring balance, instead, we see the fluctuating Moon. Aptly, the Moon is in speculative sign, Sagittarius, in the service sector, indeed that is what Goldman purports to do, serve the banking and investment community. The Moon is in a wonderful relationship with its ruler, Mr. Moneybags, Jupiter. Luck is always important in the realm of big time finance, or else it wouldn’t have gotten this big to begin with. In addition to owning the company, Jupiter has a lot to say about the upper echelon of the company. We might say that Goldman Sachs has friends in high places, as can be clearly seen by Jupiter’s position in the tail end of the 10th house. The revolving door between GS and government is well known. We have several C.E.Os who left GS to become Secretary of the Treasury. Jupiter will represent management.
The deal in question went on April 26, 2007. What is intriguing to me is that it looks like management (the 10th) was very anxious for this deal to proceed. I do not know the particulars, but with Mars, the North Node and Uranus sitting in the house of bigwigs, on that fateful day, while the diminishing Saturn sat in the
As this suit comes about, Jupiter just happens to be cresting at the 10th house of the stock. In traditional astrology, the 10th house is what we pay for things. Since the 10th house is the top of the chart, the noon position, it might suggest that the stock price is peaking. It is interesting to note that the deal itself, went down on April 26 2007. If we look at the transiting planets on that day, it looks like management might have been a bit too anxious for push this deal through with anxious Mars, and Uranus all right up at the top on that day. In addition, the planet of bear markets and diminishing returns, Saturn was not only in their money house (2nd) but also square their money ruler… It looks, at least from an astrological point of view that Goldman Sachs was ‘hot to trot’ for this deal. We have to wonder what kind of other deals GS had made back in 2007. Were they anxious about some other trades, or where they just greedy or was this just business as usual? We will probably never know. What we do know is that in 2007, Goldman was trading upwards of $250, but in March had dropped quite a bit, and what we also know is that Goldman dropped 13% on Friday. There are now probes taking place in both Great Britain and Germany. Don’t forget that Goldman is a huge player in China.
To be continued…..
April 1st may be April Fool’s Day, but astrologically, there is no fooling around.
The month starts on Thursday (Jupiter’s day) with the Moon in Scorpio. Scorpio does
not know how to fool around. We have the Moon trine Jupiter, though, so the world
does not have to be deadly serious. And, Venus changes signs and enters Taurus (a
sign it rules). Life may not instantly become better, but at least it can look
Fri Apr 02 Mercury changes signs and enters Taurus, too. This lightens things up,
although perhaps slowing down the pace. The Moon enters Sagittarius, making
impatience even more of an issue. Why rush? Everything is not a race.
Sat Apr 03 the Moon is in Sagittarius when Venus squares Mars. Look at the bigger
picture, and don’t fiercely cling to your opinion.
Sun Apr 04 is Easter Sunday. The Moon enters Capricorn in the evening, and is there
when Venus trines Pluto. Necessary changes can still have some beauty about them.
An hour later, Mercury squares Mars. Resist pointless criticism, especially
Mon Apr 05 the Moon conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn. A mild Heads Up. Work on
something radically transformative, if only in private and for a few moments.
Tue Apr 06 the Moon is in Capricorn when Mercury trines Pluto. Those necessary
changes may start to make a little sense. That evening, Pluto goes stationary
retrograde. That slight feeling of more security is an illusion, but it’s still
Wed Apr 07 the Moon enters Aquarius early in the morning. We can look forward to a
month of Wednesdays with the Moon in fixed signs. Think persistence, rather than
stubbornness. Engage in something, and stick with it. Midday, Saturn retrogrades
back into the sign of Virgo. Heads Up. Fear no rewriting or editing task. Nor is
there any fear of being rushed. Good work cannot be rushed.
Fri Apr 09 the Moon conjuncts Neptune in Aquarius. Dream something good for the
mass market. Four hours later, the Moon moves into Pisces. Some of your personal
feelings will resonate with others.
Sat Apr 10 the Moon is in Pisces for a day of sextiles. The Moon sextiles Pluto in
the early morning. This can take away the worst of the sting from some unwelcomed
change. Mid-afternoon, the Moon sextiles Mercury. It becomes easier to present a
difficult idea to even difficult people. Evening, the Moon sextiles Venus.
Regardless of how the day went, it now has the warm inner glow of a glass of wine.
Take gentle assistance where you find it.
Sun Apr 11 the Moon conjuncts Jupiter in Pisces. Swim with the big fish today.
Mon Apr 12 the Moon conjuncts Uranus in Pisces. Be careful that you don’t offend
unintentionally. About three hours later, the Moon opposes Saturn retrograde. Any
serious misstep earlier in the day may come back to haunt you. Don’t be knocked off
Tue Apr 13 the Moon is in Aries all day. Limit feverish activity to your work.
It’s the day before the New Moon. Heads Up. Don’t do anything rash that isn’t
Wed Apr 14 is the New Moon at 24Ari. Begin something that’s expressly for you.
Your passion for it will carry you through to completion.
Thu Apr 15 the Moon is in Taurus all day, conjuncting Mercury in the midafternoon.
It’s Tax Day in the U.S. It’s also, I believe, the 98th anniversary of the sinking
of the Titanic. Way too late for a heads up on that one.
Fri Apr 16 the Moon conjuncts Venus in Taurus. Sit still and savor something you
love. Late that night, the Moon enters Gemini. Look forward to a weekend of
productivity, mental cross-fertilization, and brainstorming. Wait, there’s more.
Heads Up!! Mercury is grinding to a halt in the sky, to go stationary retrograde
tomorrow. Think computer backups, cell phones and all things with batteries well
charged, all the usual electronic, mechanical, transportational, and communicational
things safeguarded. Or maybe it’s as simple as knowing where your checkbook, keys,
Ipod, and notebooks are. Heads Up!
Sat Apr 17 the Moon is in Gemini when Venus sextiles Jupiter. Communicate
gracefully, but with restraint, because eight hours later comes the Mercury
stationary retrograde at 12Tau. Prepare to feel like your brain is slipping into a
deep freeze. Stay calm. Everyone else feels like it, too. Drive carefully. Heads
Mon Apr 19 the Moon enters Cancer in the early morning. Cravings for home space
fill the mind and heart. That night, the Sun changes signs and enters Taurus. The
need to manically live the life of Aries is over and we can settle deep into
something more substantial and hopefully more comfortable.
Wed Apr 21 the Moon enters Leo. Write with brilliance, willing to take risks with
words and themes.
Thu Apr 22 the Moon conjuncts Mars in Leo. This can be a high energy day. And,
it’s Earth Day. Some of us feel that each day is Earth Day. I mean, where do you
Fri Apr 23 the Moon enters Virgo midday, and about an hour and half later, Venus
squares Neptune. Share criticism and edit with a light hand. That evening, Venus
sextiles Uranus. It’s not too late in the day to be adventuresome.
Sat Apr 24 the Moon is in Virgo when Venus trines Saturn retrograde. Doubts about
earlier efforts will vaporize. Late that night, Venus changes signs and moves into
Gemini. Suddenly there aren’t enough people with whom to share all these luscious
new observations and opinions. Thank goodness for email.
Sun Apr 25 Mercury squares Mars in the very early hours. You can be polite and
still not agree. Later that morning, the Sun trines Pluto. Enjoy the power of your
convictions, especially concerning the upbeat. The Moon conjuncts Saturn
retrograde, then enters the sign of Libra. Tomorrow can be a very satisfying day.
Mon Apr 26 the Moon is in Libra when Saturn retrograde opposes Uranus. Major Heads
Up. If your work needs some major innovation, stop putting it off and just do it.
In the world at large, this aspect suggests that if a big change needs to be done,
there may be less resistance than normal. Be happy about that Saturn retrograde.
Wed Apr 28 we have the Full Moon at 08Sco. This is the stuff of deep-seated
passion. Another Heads Up. Tackle that crucial climax scene with confidence.
Thirty minutes later the Moon opposes Mercury. Let no one interrupt you or talk you
out of it. Four hours later, the Sun conjuncts Mercury retrograde. Take a
well-deserved break from all that mental exercise.
Thu Apr 29 the Moon enters Sagittarius, where it remains through the end of the
month. End on a high note and write big. Feel good about it.
April has a few heavy-duty days in it, but nothing we haven’t weathered before.
Persist in your pursuits. It’s surprising how, long after the fact, you learn that
people not only like what you did but they admire you just for doing it. Don’t lean
on that, though. Don’t lean on anything. Dig in, churn away, and work your way
through to the end. No one can stop you. Be brave, inventive, and even brilliant,
like the flowers of spring. Some of them are perennials, you know. Heads Up!
Welcome to March, the month that comes in like a lion. We start on a Monday, with the Moon still in Virgo when Mercury changes signs and enters Pisces. Expect a little indecision when dealing with people. Before today is over, the Moon enters Libra and conjuncts Saturn retrograde. Tomorrow may be more pleasant if more formal.
Wed Mar 03 is a day of finding, and maybe dealing with loose ends. Don’t tackle anything too heavy, unless you work nights, because that’s when the Moon enters Scorpio. Two hours later Venus conjuncts Uranus. Even the quirky may require serious attention. This could bleed over into tomorrow.
Sun Mar 07 the Moon is in Sagittarius when Venus changes signs and starts the zodiac all over again, entering Aries. The world may look fresh and vibrant in a whole new way. Later, Mercury conjuncts Jupiter in Pisces. Eavesdrop discriminately. People are being generous with their good ideas, however ungrounded those ideas may be. (continue reading…)