Today is Friday, May 12, 2017
Hebrew date is 16 Iyyar 5777
Islamic date is 16 Sha’ban 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 8 Ak’b’al
Mayan Long Count is 220.127.116.11.3
Julian Day is 2457886
Today’s Birthdays: Edward Lear (1812-1888), Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Gabriel Faure (1845-1924), Otto Frank (1889-1980), Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003), Tony Hancock (1924-1968), Yogi Berra (1925-2015), Burt Bacharach (1928), George Carlin (1937-2008), Miriam Stoppard (1937), Ian Dury (1942-2000), Steve Winwood (1948), Bruce Boxleitner (1950), Gabriel Byrne (1950), Eric Singer (1958), Ray Gillen (1959-1993), Ving Rhames (1959), Emilio Estevez (1962), Vanessa A. Williams (1963), Tony Hawk (1968), Catherine Tate (1968), Kim Fields (1969), Kardinal Offishall (1976), Malin Akerman (1978), Jason Biggs (1978), Samantha Mathis (1980), Domhnall Gleeson (1983), Malcolm David Kelley (1992).
“The way to live with God is to live with Ideas — not merely to think about ideals, but to do and suffer for them. Those who have to work on men and women must above all things have their Spiritual Ideal, their purpose, ever present. The ‘mystical’ state is the essence of common sense.”
— Florence Nightingale
Special Comment | Trump Fires FBI Chief Amidst Russia Investigation
Dear Friend and Reader:
Tuesday evening, Donald Trump unleashed yet another shit storm when he fired James Comey, the director of the FBI. The facts and particulars are extremely complicated, and are changing by the hour. But the bottom line is, this is what you get when you have a paranoid, narcissistic, borderline-personality person in a position of extreme power.
Comey’s seemingly ambiguous role in the U.S. political structure, and his loyalties, were difficult to pin down. But one thing is clear: Comey, as head of the nation’s top law-enforcement agency, was leading the investigation of the Trump campaign’s many ties to Russia. Just last week, he sought to expand that inquiry, and requested additional funding and resources.
It’s also obvious, given the astrology of the weekend (featuring Mercury conjunct Uranus, another peak of the recent Mercury retrograde), and the Full Moon on Wednesday afternoon, that he had a panic attack. Or as the Daily News put it succinctly on Thursday, he threw a “Trumper tantrum.” Comey was scheduled to testify about Russia before Congress on Thursday, and the reports about Russia seem to be coming out in a steady, nonstop trickle that indicates the existence of a well.
Lacking any real political will from Congress, Comey was the one person who was an actual threat to Trump’s power. Trump, acting as if he was on his reality TV show, gave him the big “You’re Fired!” However, he can still be called to testify about exactly what he knew.
Moon Phase: Moon is in Full phase and enters Disseminating (waning gibbous) phase on May 14-15 at 5:34 pm PDT / 8:34 pm EDT (00:34:17 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Gemini on May 25 at 12:44 pm PDT / 3:44 pm EDT (19:44:23 UTC).
Corresponding Full Moon in Sagittarius is on June 9 at 6:09 am PDT / 9:09 am EDT (13:09:31 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Sagittarius and enters Capricorn on May 13-14 at 10:37 pm PDT / 1:37 am EDT (05:37:21 UTC).
Sun Degree: 22-23 Taurus.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Crantor stations retrograde at 6:03 am PDT / 9:03 am EDT (13:03:00 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Mercury opposite Rhadamanthus at 11:58 pm May 11 PDT / 2:58 am EDT (06:58:18 UTC).
— Mercury trine Galactic Center at 12:27 am PDT / 3:27 am EDT (07:27:26 UTC).
— Mars trine Jupiter at 3:19 am PDT / 6:19 am EDT (10:18:52 UTC).
— Jupiter semi-square True Node at 5:56 am PDT / 8:56 am EDT (12:56:29 UTC).
If Your Birthday is May 12
(The Day of the Mischievous Maverick) | Taurus Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
Have faith in your relationships. Both you and partners are in new territory in your lives. There’s no need to relive the past in any way. What you’ve experienced may be close behind you, and you have a whole new life ahead. Live on the principles of truth and integrity and you will benefit from the strength that these things offer.
Written in the Planets
Today looks like a great day to pursue growth in as many ways as possible. Lean on a trine between Mars in Gemini and Jupiter in Libra by leaning into your sense of responsibility and justice, and by focusing on the big picture. Yet note that Mars is also opposite the Great Attractor, a deep-space feature with a powerful pull. Sliding into self-aggrandizement has a higher-than-likely probability of provoking polarized reactions. Yet careful foresight, reality-checks on your motives, and putting in some actual physical work could help keep things balanced. Some people are always going to react strongly to anybody doing great things, because of their own unprocessed baggage and unlived life. It’s possible to practice detached empathy in response, without taking on their ‘stuff’.