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What happened was simple and synchronistic: On the last day of Mercury retrograde,
as I was almost finished with the forecast for this week, my hard drive died.
Kaput. A few phone calls to Dell and a few days later, a new hard drive arrived.
It was installed, along with a bunch of programs, but I couldn't retrieve
the column, because I hadn't saved it on floppy. Then I started thinking,
well, the forecast was so scary, it's probably a good thing that it doesn't
make it into print. Who needs to be reminded that the nasty aspects in effect
on 9/11/01 are the prime features of this week's horoscope? Obviously,
you do. So here's the scoop. On Thursday, 9/9, aggressive Mars challenges
subversive Pluto as their square aspect becomes exact. On Saturday, 9/11/04,
the exacting Virgo sun squares Pluto in Sagittarius, echoing the events of their
conjunction on December 13, 2003, the day Saddam Hussein was captured.

The day that the Twin Towers collapsed, transiting Pluto was on the USA Ascendant
in Sagittarius in a tight opposition to transiting Saturn in Gemini, the sign
of the Twins. On June 11, 2004, two weeks before the scheduled transfer of power,
so to speak, to the Iraqis, the 20-plus-degree Gemini sun opposed Pluto. This
was about the time astrologers were predicting that George W. Bush might die,
because transiting Saturn/Satan was approaching his natal Cancer sun and, hey,
let's not forget Tecumseh's Curse. (That's the 20-year pattern
of presidents elected in years that end in 00, 20, 40, etc., not surviving their
term of office.) Besides, 20+ Gemini is the USA's natal Mars position,
and who but the military needs more Mars? Which brings us to the new moon on
Tuesday, 9/14, at 22+ Virgo, which, incidentally, is the USA's natal Neptune
position. Remember Neptune, ruler of oil, movies and music, magic and mysticism,
drink and drugs, faith and fanatics, lies and delusions? Anyway, this new moon
at 7:29 a.m. PDT shows Ceres (Mother Goddess), Sol, Luna and Mars within one
degree of each other, and close enough to Jupiter at 28 Virgo to be affected
by the giant planet's tendency to exaggerate and rely on luck. All of the
above are being squared, i.e., tested, by power-crazed Pluto, the Lord of the
Underworld and the villain of this piece. On Wednesday, the 15th, Mars converges
with the sun, and boom! It's Rosh Hashanah. Not the best indication of
a happy New Year, but we can try, nonetheless. Here's a promising note:
On November 1, the day before the election, the USA's progressed sun leaves
scientific Aquarius, where it's been for the past 30 years, and enters
spiritual Pisces for the next 30.

Aries

See general forecast.

Taurus

See general forecast.

Gemini

See general forecast.

Cancer

See general forecast.

Leo

See general forecast.

Virgo

See general forecast.

Libra

See general forecast.

Scorpio

See general forecast.

Sagittarius

See general forecast.

Capricorn

See general forecast.

Aquarius

See general forecast.

Pisces

See general forecast.

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