Weekly Forecast Report
December 28, 2007 -January 3, 2008
Forcing the Issues
year ends and another begins as the temporal odometer rolls over to 2008, marking
what appears to be a decisive year in terms of the survival of the planet which
sustains us all. Lacking the space here to elaborate on the specific details of
what we might expect, there are a number of major astrological events suggesting
that were moving into damage control mode. The environment, the economy,
energy, senseless wars, ideological extremism, the erosion of constitutional rights
and increasing levels of imbalance, inequities and intolerance are issues that
can no longer be put off. The broader astrological markers unfolding over the
coming year imply that some, if not all of these issues will reach a crisis point,
which seems to be the only thing that will get us to actually do something about
them. Film at eleven.
still in a rather busy period of geocosmic activity with retrograde Mars making
its way across the sensitive solstice point (the first degree of Cancer) this
weekend before backing over the cusp into Gemini on Monday where it will remain
until March. Emotional forms of anger (Mars in Cancer) will shift into mental
and verbal forms of expression (Mars in Gemini). Saber rattling, provocative pronouncements
and tongue-lashings can be expected, particularly at the end of January and the
beginning of February when Mars stations direct increasing its symbolic
2, Mars forms an extremely volatile alignment as it moves opposite Pluto, poised
at the final degree of Sagittarius. Here we often see powerful releases of suppressed
energy or anger which can be as scary as it is cathartic. This may take the form
of extreme violence and terrorism, natural and manmade disasters as well as dark
and secretive power maneuvers. With Mars retrograde, such manifestations may or
may not be immediately evident if we dont see it this week, we probably
will in March when these two planets move opposite one another for the third and
final time. The Mars-Pluto opposition is embedded in the 2008 New Year chart suggesting
a continuation of extremes over the course of the coming year.
you making New Years resolutions? Considering the fact that the Moon will
be in its closing, Last Quarter Phase as we enter 2008 the focus is on
closure, not new beginnings. Successful New Years resolutions are more likely
to involve endings: breaking a bad habit, cutting down, clearing out or completing
any unfinished business. Youre far more likely to achieve these types of
resolutions in 2008 than you are starting off on a completely different path.
Week of Christmas Past
days surrounding Christmas were quiet for many people, but for others, an overly-stimulated
Mars left a mark on the holiday in the way of hassles, accidents and tragedies.
you read the headlines, I dont need to detail the assassination of Benazar
Bhutto, the escaped man-eating tiger, a suspension bridge collapse in Nepal (during
a Full Moon celebration!), deadly landslides on Java or major winter storms, all
of which reflected Mars in conjunction with the Full Moon while opposite the Sun,
Mercury and Jupiter.
comically ironic than tragic, a news story that perfectly illustrated the negative
default of Mars (anger, violence) opposite (conflicting) Jupiter (religion, ideology)
took place at the birthplace of the Prince of Peace. During the annual cleansing
of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests
began to dispute how the cleaning would be done. Angry words led to blows as bearded,
robed priests laid into each other with fists, brooms and iron rods for a quarter
of an hour at the very heart of Christendom, no less!
this is a rather unfavorable time for planting or transplanting with the Moon
in semi-barren Virgo Friday through Sunday, followed by the Moon entering its
Last Quarter Phase for the remainder of the week. Otherwise, fertilizing and soil
cultivation are favored beginning Monday. For those of you who purchased living
Christmas pines that will need to go in the ground as soon as possible, this would
be a good time to acclimatize them while looking to dates on or following the
Capricorn New Moon: January 8 is ideal, the next best will be January 12-13.
Forecast (For all signs)
(Times are Eastern/-0500 UTC)
Dec. 28: With the Virgo Moon joined with Saturn this afternoon, you might
find yourself having to deal with obstacles, delays or impasses. Try to avoid
editing others or dispensing unhelpful criticism as this will only make matters
Dec. 29: The daytime hours show skies free of alignments under the Virgo Moon.
Cleaning, sorting and organizing are favored through most of the day while the
evening hours see a lively and potentially innovative alignment that can help
us think outside of the box (Mercury sextile Uranus).
Dec. 30: With the Moon moving into Libra this morning, the next couple days
are excellent for spending quality time with your partner or a close friend. Even
so, the day could get off on a serious note that speaks of a quiet and subdued
sense of stability, maturity and grace (Sun trine Saturn). This alignment is ideal
for interactions with people older than you. Venus exits passionate Scorpio for
the more adventurous sign of Sagittarius this afternoon for about a month. Outdoor
recreation and indoor games are favored with Venus in Sag. Interactions with the
opposite sex could provide some uneasy moments after sunset, perhaps asking us
to find some way to work things out (Venus quincunx Mars).
Dec. 31: On this last day of 2007, the Moon enters its closing Fourth Quarter
Phase marking a one-week period of endings and closure on some level. Retrograde
Mars backs-out of Cancer and into Gemini, a sign it already visited back in August
and September. Watch for exchanges of angry words, saber-rattling and aggressive
drivers through the months of January and February. As if to underscore this theme,
there is a slight potential for an argument to erupt tonight, but then quickly
subside as we approach the magic moment of midnight.
January 1, 2008: New Years Day appears quiet on the surface of things
with the cooperative Libra Moon holding court until later tonight. Energy levels
get a small boost in the early evening which could then translate into a passionate
emotional response when the Moon enters Scorpio at 8:30 p.m. There is also some
possibility that tomorrows Mars-Pluto opposition is leaking into today.
Jan. 2: Deep-seated emotions could be flushed-up to the surface with the Moon
moving through Scorpio. At the same time, the two rulers of Scorpio Mars
and Pluto form the second of three oppositions to one another, suggesting
extreme events taking place on personal and collective levels of expression. Violence,
terrorism, kidnappings, manipulations, covert activities, natural and manmade
disasters often coincide with stressful Mars-Pluto alignments.
Jan. 3: Aside from any fallout from the last two days, there is little to
report other than the Scorpio Moon lending a more brooding emotional tone to the
day. Spaced-out mindsets, confusion and oversights are possible in the early afternoon
while communication may improve going into the evening hours.
Paul Glynn is a professional astrologer with over 26 years experience in
both mundane and personal astrology and is available for consultation by appointment.
He can be reached by phone at (812) 333-1346 or e-mail