Today is Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
Hebrew date is 24 Elul 5776
Islamic date is 25 Dhul Hijjah 1437
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 2 k’ib’
Mayan Long Count is 188.8.131.52.16
Julian Day is 2457659
Today’s Birthdays: Samuel Adams (1722-1803), Hiram R. Revels (1827-1901), Bud Powell (1924-1966), Gwyneth Paltrow (1972), Avril Lavigne (1984).
“If Virtue & Knowledge are diffus’d among the People, they will never be enslav’d. This will be their great Security.”
— Samuel Adams
Special Comment: Mars Changes Signs
Mars changes signs today. All year long, it’s been dancing back and forth between Scorpio and Sagittarius, due to being retrograde in that portion of the sky. Now Mars is ingressing Capricorn, a cardinal sign — that is, a sign based on action. Capricorn is also the sign where Mars is exalted (a term from traditional astrology) — meaning, in a word, effective — and able to manifest its full potential more easily. Mars joins Jupiter as a new addition to the cardinal signs; Jupiter entered Libra on Sept. 9. Because Mars is still moving slowly after its retrograde, its daily motion is currently just slightly faster than Jupiter (and accelerating fast). The two planets will be in a long square aspect that builds Oct. 5. This is a point of action, of decision, of using what you know. There are many highlights to Mars in Capricorn, which we’ll get into in the days ahead.
Tuesday on Planet Waves FM
Today on Planet Waves FM, Eric Francis will cover the all the current astrology — plus review the presidential debate, and add a few thoughts about the false controversy about whether one’s zodiac sign is wrong. The new show is released at about 7 pm EDT on the Planet Waves FM website. Anyone may listen free, and the program is commercial free. We are affiliated with the Pacifica Radio Network, alongside Democracy Now!, WBAI-New York, KPFA-Berkeley, KPLA-Los Angeles and many excellent stations across the country. By the way, you can listen to Democracy Now! daily on Planet Waves.
Libra Birthday Reading — Coming Soon
Each year Eric Francis prepares a birthday reading for the sign Libra. If you thought it was impossible to do astrology without the birth data, you will learn many interesting things from this reading. Eric is a master of Sun-sign astrology, the same one used for his weekly and monthly horoscopes. Read your October extended horoscope for each of the 12 signs.
On This Day in 2116
A Moon-Mars conjunction in Gemini makes it feel really, really hot out. Thankfully, there are very few planets in fire signs, so a fire is unlikely to start — which is good because there are even fewer planets in water signs.
Moon Phase: Moon is in waning crescent (or Balsamic) phase. Next New Moon is Sept. 30 at 5:11 pm PDT / 8:11 pm EDT (00:11:19 9/28 UTC) in Libra. Corresponding Full Moon in Aries is Oct 15/16 at 9:23 pm 10/15 PDT / 12:23 am 10/16 EDT (04:23:02 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Leo and enters Virgo at 2:43 pm PDT / 5:43 pm EDT (21:42:42 UTC).
Sun Degree: 05-06 Libra.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Mars enters Capricorn at 1:07 am PDT / 4:07 am EDT (08:06:38 UTC).
Moon enters Virgo at 2:43 pm PDT / 5:43 pm EDT (21:42:42 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects
— Venus opposite 1992 QB1 6:27 am PDT / 9:27 am EDT (13:26:50 UTC).
— Mercury sextile Juno 9:02 am PDT / 12:02 pm EDT (16:02:04 UTC).
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Keep your mind on the present and look at what’s going on right in front of your eyes. There may be many factors drawing you toward the past, though your job is to be forward thinking, and forward moving. Burn the past as fuel rather than living in a museum.
Written in the Planets
Today Mars enters Capricorn. A sign change of Mars might not be so noteworthy, except that Mars has been in two signs nearly every last day of 2016 — Scorpio and Sagittarius. This was due to Mars retrograde in those two signs (between April 17 and June 29). Now Mars is finally entering a new sign — one where it’s strong, grounded and effective: Capricorn, where Mars will be through Nov. 9. Along the way, Mars will make a conjunction to Pluto on Oct. 19, which is a peak of this transit and may represent a turning point. Until then, work toward your goals methodically, pacing yourself carefully. Make just enough progress every day. By the time of the conjunction, the pace is likely to pick up.