MONTHLY SINCE 1999
ISSUE # 99
LIVING BY STARLIGHT
AN ASTROLOGICAL NEWSLETTER
We are beginning this month with a Solar Eclipse, a potentially ominous sign. With our economy sitting on a precipice and our national image already in the gorge we are at a terribly important crossroad. The Saturn Neptune opposition is being felt rather strongly. Inflation numbers are up, recession fears are mounting and the stock market is showing its cracks. As the markets take more hits the false sense of security most Americans live under will falter. The markets are moved by psychology more than fundamentals, and in an era of fear that will mean more than all the number crunching. I have been warning of a housing collapse for years. Once Saturn left Cancer and entered Leo the foundation in the housing market was removed and the foolishly greedy tactics used by the mortgage companies was brought out into the light.
We are facing a most intense power struggle in this country. The 2008 election will have an enormous effect on our collective psyche. Certainly the Iraq War will be in the forefront of discussion, but it pales compared to the real dangers facing America. With the middle class being raped and abused by a system gone madly out of control there simply has to be a breaking point. Millions of Americans own houses that are worth less than their mortgages. Credit card debt and the draconian methods used by the creditors to keep the middle class under their control threaten to drown our nation in uncollectible liability. Health insurance is out of the question for tens of millions. The underbelly is decaying and the very rich will not be able to stand firmly on our backs for much longer. Yurtle the Turtle is about to sneeze.
Because of the magnitude of our national wealth it is more difficult to see trouble coming. Yet there are areas of this country that are already deeply in recession. I have a number of clients and friends who live in Michigan, and the decay of the automobile industry has taken its toll on the entire economy of that state. People are moving out in alarming numbers. Where will they go to find jobs on par with the ones they have lost? What community in this country is stable enough to take in a huge number of displaced people? The victims of Katrina are still looking for homes.
The New York papers are full of stories about what they call the surprising increase in the number of homeless in and around this city. Surprising? Only if your head is up your ass. Thousand and thousands of New Yorkers have been evicted during the past decade. Private detectives are investigating tenants in Stuyvesant Town and other communities so the landlords can begin eviction proceedings. Entire buildings are being emptied by the courts at the requests of single families abusing the concept of eminent domain. Individuals are being allowed to purchase 30 or more low-income rent-stabilized units so they can gut the buildings and make a single family home. Many of these displaced tenants have lived in these apartments for 30 years or more. Where does this mayor and his lapdog city council think these people will go? When you have lived your entire life in one area you really donít have much of a choice, unless you have family that is willing to take you in. You stay in that area where you know people and hope you can survive. Sometimes you wind up living on the street.
The city is continuing with its plan to bring the garbage transit station back to East 91st Street into a totally residential area with two parks. For 24 hours a day they plan to truck garbage across 72nd Street and up York Avenue for 20 blocks. This will bring bugs, mice and rats the size of cats. The smell and spillage will be overwhelming. It will destroy a pristine and wonderful neighborhood. And why? Because they refuse to build this thing in a commercially zoned area where rich, politically connected landlords might build in the future. In other words: screw those middle class people who have spent their life savings investing in a condo that will lose half its value. And the hell with those rent-stabilized tenants who have struggled to survive in this city despite the odds. We donít want you here.
One of the main problems seems to be a total lack of reality. The people in power only see the top soil, never the roots. If there isnít a balancing, and soon, the problems will become insurmountable. The civil courts have become a terrible joke where due process is unheard of. Creditors are allowed to hound their debtors with illegal and immoral tactics. Process servers who make up names they claim to have served and perjure themselves on a daily basis are the norm. Judges who ignore these illegalities and side with the creditors are the overwhelming majority. Your Republican congress has made it impossible to bankrupt many liabilities, and there are millions of Americans who will simply never be out of debt. The interest they owe will continue to increase and they will never be able to pay off the principle. What do you think will happen if there is a real recession?
This monthís New Moon falls on Sunday March 18th at 10:43 P.M. EST at 28 degrees Pisces 07 minutes and it is a Solar Eclipse. Things may not work out as you had planned this coming month. But that doesnít mean that things will not go well. Sometimes the eclipses will bring you surprises and a redirection of energy. If you can just have faith (Piscesí domain) things will work out in a positive way. But if you insist on being stubborn and unbending you may experience the negative potential of this eclipse, which is to do just that; eclipse or block out your light so you canít see the way. With faith you can walk in the darkness. Without it all the candles in the world wonít light your path.
THE SUN SQUARES PLUTO:
On Monday March 19th at 6:13 P.M. EST and you can expect people to be compulsive. Be careful it will be easy to get obsessive about something or someone. Because this comes on Monday following that eclipse, this could be a very bad day for the financial markets. Often the first major aspect following a New Moon will show the energy of that lunar cycle, at least until the Full Moon. Look out for power struggles and try to avoid underhanded tactics; they wonít work to your advantage.
THE SUN ENTERS ARIES:
On Tuesday March 20th at 8:08 P.M. EST the Sun crosses the Aires point and spring begins. Happy New Year everybody! This is the day I celebrate as the only real and true beginning. It is the day of balance, of equals. A day when all things are possible; a blank chalk board. Letís write something nice on it this year. We will all be a little more assertive and wish to move things forward. Pisces is a nice sign, but not all that active. Now we are in the cardinal fire sign and things will begin to move.
MARS OPPOSES SATURN:
On Thursday March 22nd at 3:33 P.M. EST this unpleasantness comes along to dampen out spirits. Well, donít let it get you down. This aspect favors hard work and discipline, so you might as well get that stuff out of the way. Communication may be difficult. I wouldnít plan a party or first date. The energy wonít be there and it will be a dud. Just wait until tomorrow when Mars sextiles Jupiter, a completely different energy.
MARS SEXTILES JUPITER:
On Friday March 23rd at 12:01 P.M. EST this more positive aspect completes and now is the time for a party. (woo hoo!) Optimism is in the air and it will be easier to talk. People will be a bit friendlier. This transit is good for all physical activity and you should get out and do something.
MARS CONJUNCTS NEPTUNE:
On Sunday March 25th at 1:40 P.M. EST this strange coupling comes along. Be careful of alcohol and all drugs. The tendency towards over-indulging is strong, and there could be a negative reaction to any substance. There might be a problem with prescription or over the counter medicines. Deception is common when these two get together, so donít believe everything you hear. Lethargy and laziness are also possible. But on the positive side if you are able to let go of your ego this can be a very spiritual day.
VENUS SEXTILES URANUS:
On Saturday March 31st at 4:23 A.M. EST the planet of love and stuff makes a positive aspect to Uranus and we will all be looking for the unusual and exciting. It is easy to be bored under this aspect. Try to plan something different or adventurous, especially in love.
Also on Saturday March 31st at 6:44 P.M. EST the mini-me planet starts traveling backwards. Hidden agendas are Plutoís domain, and when it retrogrades lots of stuff gets buried. Interestingly enough, secrets come out at this time as well. Itís as though we are so busy hiding new stuff that the old garbage floats to the surface. This is a good time to get in touch with your inner feelings. Psychotherapy, astrology or other self-awareness techniques can be quite successful now. Letís see what surprises the world has for us. Iím looking particularly closely at Washington D.C., the whispering capital of the world.
MERCURY CONJUNCTS URANUS:
On Sunday April 1st at 2:31 P.M. EST this jittery and over-active transits completes. This is the kind of aspect under which those secrets we discussed above could begin to leak. In your personal life you should be careful now. Things will be moving quickly and there could be mistakes or accidents. Nervousness is a common effect of this transit, and if it hits your chart it will stimulate you greatly. Mercury has a lot to do with bond trading, so this could be a radical day in that market.
VENUS SQUARES SATURN:
On Monday April 2nd at 3:02 A.M. EST Grumpy old Saturn is laying heavily upon gentle sweet promiscuous Venus. This is not a day to plan a party, romantic encounter or other social event. It would be a good day to go shopping if you are on a tight budget. People wonít be too peppy, so donít push it.
This monthís lunar peak occurs on Monday April 2nd at 1:15 P.M. EST at 12 degrees Libra 35 minutes. The Libra Full Moon often brings out the tension in relationships. If you feel some pressure today in your relationship you should either avoid each other or be prepared to hash it out. Libra is a passive-aggressive energy. Most Libras I know almost always get what they want without direct confrontation. And you usually donít even realize how they did it until itís too late. As with all Full Moons use caution and be prepared for the unexpected.
MERCURY SQUARES JUPITER:
On Wednesday April 4th at 3:17 A.M. EST and people will tend to blow things out of proportion. Donít believe everything you hear. Double check your work today. There is a tendency towards sloppiness. Also be careful not to act arrogantly. You will only run into others who feel the same way and an otherwise optimistic and peppy transit could become aggressive.
VENUS SQUARES NEPTUNE:
Also on Wednesday April 4th at 2:17 p.m. EST this bewildering transit completes. Be careful of alcohol and drugs of all sorts. Love may be very confusing so make sure you see the other person clearly. Be careful of your money. It is easy to spend it without realizing where it went. There could be a general sense of laziness in the air. Hey, maybe itís just spring.
On Thursday April 5th at 9:24 P.M. EST the planet of growth and optimism begins moving backwards. The expansion now will take place inside us more than on the worldís stage. This doesnít mean that you canít see growth in your projects. In fact, it is a good time to complete things that you have been working on for a while. When Jupiter goes direct in August it will be a better time to present them to the world.
MARS ENTERS PISCES:
On Friday April 6th at 4:51 A.M. EST the god of war enters the mutable water sign. People may not be as aggressive on the surface, but donít let that fool you. There is a constant churning in the unconscious in people born with configuration. Many of historyís greatest sea battles were fought while Mar was in a water sign. (Makes sense, donít you think?) Intuition will be strong this month.
THE SUN TRINES SATURN:
On Sunday April 8th at 7:56 A.M. EST this useful transit completes. This is a good day for any organizational work or arduous mental tasks. Things will be orderly and balanced. Itís also a good time to map out your plans for the future.
THE SUN TRINES JUPITER
On Monday April 9th at 8:07 P.M. EST this optimistic energy comes together. People will tend to be more outgoing than usual and it will be easier to put together group activities and projects. Look for ways to expand your perspective and donít be afraid of new things. The only warning is not to take on more than you would normally handle. When this passes you wonít be able to keep up with your promises.
MERCURY SQUARES PLUTO:
On Tuesday April 10th at 3:23 A.M. EST people will be compulsive and obsessive. It is the underlying need to get to the bottom of everything that is the driving force. Be careful not to get caught up in petty arguments. If you are feeling angry or someone else is projecting that towards you, try to avoid the confrontation. Neither of you will be willing to compromise and it would be wasted effort.
MERCURY ENTERS ARIES:
Also on Tuesday April 10th at 7:07 P.M. EST the winged god of communication enters the first sign of the zodiac. Thoughts and communications will be more direct and aggressive. People will be in a hurry to get things done. Donít get caught up in the excitement of the moment. Aries likes to start many things, but often leaves them unfinished.
VENUS ENTERS GEMINI:
On Wednesday April 11th at 10:15 P.M. EST the planet the rules love and possessions enters this chatty intellectual sign. This month you can talk someone into bed easier than seduce them. Flirty and fickle describe this placement, so enjoy the socializing, but donít give your heart until Venus enters Cancer. Relationships born with this placement will be exciting, but maybe a little unstable.
DARK OF THE MOON:
The next New Moon falls on Tuesday April 17th at 7:36 A.M. EST. The day or so leading up to it will be a particularly low energy period. If you tend to be emotional this may be a very trying time each month. I have found that people with prominent moons or a Cancer Sun, Moon or ascendant respond to the cycles of the moon more intensely than others. Spend this time finishing up anything that is incomplete, donít try to initiate new projects on a waning moon, it just wonít work out. Once the New Moon hits you begin new projects or attempt a new approach to an existing problem. If you have been living in a situation or involved in a relationship that is intolerable or has outlived its usefulness this would be the proper time to move on with your life. If you have been working on a project that is almost complete but you seem to lack the energy for the finality, you must push during these low energy days to end the matter once and for all. If you donít, when the New Moon arrives it will bring this ďdeadĒ energy along with it and conflict with the newer force being presented. Each month we are offered a chance to clean house, so to speak.
Note: All aspects are most powerful and effective as they apply. Once the transit has completed, its force is lessened. The further it separates the weaker it becomes.†
Below is a list of times this month when the Moon is Void of Course and neither important decisions nor purchases should be made during these periods. The Void of Course Moon is a time when we should try to center ourselves and deal with spiritual matters not materialistic ones. Any decisions made on the VC Moon will not turn out the way we had expected.
The Moon is Void of Course from the time it makes its last major aspect in a sign until it enters the next sign. For example, if the Moon squares Mars at 27 degrees Aries and then has no more aspects until it enters Taurus it will be Void of Course for three degrees or about 6 hours. The aspects used are the conjunction, sextile, square, trine, and opposition.
All times are Eastern Daylight:
March 18th 11:59 P.M. - March 19th 1:42 A.M.
March 20th 11:33 P.M. Ė March 21st 1:15 A.M.
March 22nd 1:12 A.M. Ė March 23rd 2:06 A.M.
March 25th 3:57 A.M. Ė 5:49 A.M.
March 26th 10:36 A.M. Ė March 27th 1:04 P.M.
March 29th 9:23 P.M. Ė 11:27 P.M.
April 1st 9:37 A.M. Ė 11:43 A.M.
April 3rd 10:29 P.M. Ė April 4th 12:36 A.M.
April 5th 10:54 P.M. Ė April 6th 12:57 P.M.
April 8th 9:35 P.M. Ė 11:36 P.M.
April 11th 5:57 A.M. Ė 7:23 A.M.
April 13th 9:50 A.M. Ė11:39 A.M.
April 15th 11:02 A.M. Ė 12:47 P.M.
Mitchell Scott Lewis
New York City
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