New Moon in Libra: Sept. 29, 2008 at 4:12 a.m.

The guys over at StarIQ do a fabulous New Moon Report, but they set their charts for Redmond, Wash., the home of Microsoft Corp. and its legendary co-founder Bill Gates. So whenever I’m reading their report, I imagine they’re setting the scene for the Microsofties.

I’ve set my chart for the New Moon in Libra on Sept. 29 for Washington D.C. at 4:12 a.m. Interesting that the Sun/Moon conjunction is in the second house of financial resources.

As I write this, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Congress have reached agreement on a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street that the House is expected to vote on tomorrow.

The New Moon is square Jupiter, and as Jeff Jawer warns his StarIQ forecast, there is a “possibility of overdoing.” No kidding, especially since Jupiter sits in the fifth house of speculation. Are those folks in Congress gambling away our future? I sincerely hope not.

As students of astrology know, Mercury is retrograde right now in Libra, and it’s sitting at the tail end of the second house, moving in the direction of the Sun/Moon conjunction. What’s the message? Much is going to have to be reworked and rewritten in this bailout plan.

No one, not even Paulson or Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, knows what it’s truly going to cost the American taxpayer to save Wall Street from its speculative mistakes.

Mars is also part of the Libra lineup, although it’s in the third house of communications. The Libra stellium favorably trines a slew of Aquarius planets in the sixth house of the New Moon chart. What is troubling is the trine between Neptune, the Great Pretender, and Mercury, the Winged Messenger.

You don’t need an astrology blog to know we’re not getting the full story about the bailout. The sixth house rules civil servants and the working stiffs in a mundane chart. With Neptune, the North Node, and Chiron in Aquarius, we’re in a daze. We’re not sure what’s happening.

Virgo is rising in the New Moon chart and serious Saturn is in the first house. Yes, the mood is certainly grim. It’s morning in Frugal America and the cupboard is looking mighty bare. Saturn, the Taskmaster, is opposed by surprising Uranus in Pisces in the house of partners and open enemies. Uranus is the only planet above the horizon in this chart.

People’s nerves are jangled enough as it is so I’m not going to issue some kind of doom-and-gloom forecast. Let’s just be prepared for the unexpected with that Uranus. Lots of unwelcome interruptions and surprising visits are headed our way. Who knows what’s going to come out of left field this month?

Elvis may have left the building, but he might have just taken a very long cigarette break.

Beam me up, Scotty!

New Moon in Gemini: He Said, She Said Edition

When I was growing up, one of my favorite segments of 60 Minutes was “Point-Counterpoint” with Shana Alexander and James Kilpatrick. In the spirit of Point-Counterpoint, I present two different perspectives on today’s New Moon in Gemini, which takes place at 3:23 p.m. EDT.

I think the juxtaposition captures the duality of Gemini, whose astrological symbol is the Twins.

Even though the expression is: “He said, she said,” I’m going to flip-flop things. First up is our astrological Shana Alexander, Jude Cowell, who blogs at Jude’s Threshold:

Then it’s James Kilpatrick, er, Jeff Jawer’s turn. He and colleague Rick Levine run a first-rate operation over at Star IQ. Here’s Jawer on today’s New Moon:

Maybe I’ll do some cross-dressing, affect my best whine, and channel Andy Rooney on the New Moon. But I think I’m more Roseanne Roseannadanna: “What’s all this fuss about global worming? I have lots of worms in my garden and they’re good for the environment.”