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Post by: Bianca on November 01, 2007, 10:51:35 am

                                               California's Wildfires

Vedic astrologers have noted that California's wildfires began precisely as transiting Saturn was conjunct the fateful South Node of the Moon, located at 5º Virgo. The problem with this kind of description is that it has no context. Why would California be singled out for this calamity, and why did nothing happen the last time transiting Saturn was conjunct the South Node in 1985? And why fire?
California's horoscope (September 9, 1850; noon; San Jose, CA) provides the context the astrologer needs. The transiting Saturn-South Node conjunction was perfectly aligned with California's Neptune-Chiron square. If one uses a 9:41 am birth time, as rectified by Mark Penfield,* then Neptune is placed in the Fourth House of home and property, while Chiron is in the Second of financial assets. The amount of property loss (in the billions) is perfectly described by this astrological complex.
Fire is associated with the red planet Mars. As the fires raged, transiting Mars was squaring California's natal Mars. Also, using a 9:41 am chart shows that by secondary progression, Mars is squaring the Scorpio Ascendant. In terms of crisis, Uranus opposite California's Sun accurately portrays the challenge to Governor Schwarzenegger and the national attention that this dramatic news story would receive.
A major influence in California's chart is the epochal Uranus-Pluto conjunction in the last degree of Aries. This rare outer planet conjunction corresponds to widespread cultural, political and social upheaval, as the 1848-1855 California Gold Rush depicted. California was the natural setting for similar social revolutions during the following Uranus-Pluto conjunction in the 1960s. Consequently, astrologers might expect that California will be a leading indicator for the kinds of trouble that the Uranus-Pluto square of 2012 will bring.

Michael WolfStar is a professional astrologer and writer living in Oregon. He writes regularly for Dell Horoscope and American Astrology.

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Post by: Bianca on November 01, 2007, 11:10:07 am

                                            T H E   R O A D  T O  2 0 1 2

by Maya del Mar

[Ed Note: because of the tremendous importance and scale of the social and physical transformations occurring now, Maya is rerunning April's article "The Road to 2012" with added introductory comments.]

The world is heating up in a number of ways. Physically, the climate is warming at a rapid rate—faster than the computer models predicted, and faster than anyone expected. There is a real urgency to stop using fossil fuels—“ancient sunlight,” as Thom Hartman calls them.

Socially, people are no longer willing to obey the traditional hierarchical orders of society—often backed up with a gun. Those old hierarchies are crumbling everywhere. Notable is a gathering of 2.5. million protestors in Mexico City on July 30, many of them with tents, and ready to camp out in the streets until there is a complete vote recount. Talk about a sit-in!

Battles are quickly heating up between the old and the new, between the outworn past, and growing ideas of self-determination and social justice.

We are undergoing an enormous transition, and people are caught in the middle of it. The past survives only in ghostly forms. “Suits” are an example. Look at the symbols of status and authority, and you can see right through them. Sometimes the justice system helps us to do just that, as they did with Enron and with Tom Delay.

The value of the dollar, another illusion of power, is decreasing rapidly. It seems to be kept viable only by wars, and their prodigious use of weapons.

We have not yet established our new world, and the world in which most of us live is crumbling. The transition process is chaotic, confusing, and for too many, tragic and deadly. We are entering the dark tunnel of transformation, which includes catharsis, death, and rebirth.

It IS very frightening.

But it is also an opportunity to hold the light, to develop courage, strength, and compassion, and to take actions to help midwife a better world. Perhaps our main work is to be aware, and to remember that every decision we make during the day has a context. Remembering is difficult! It takes practice.

Post by: Bianca on November 01, 2007, 11:11:20 am


We are in the midst of great social change, and it’s time to review coming planetary highlights.

The three outer slow-moving planets form the backdrop for these times. These planets are Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus. They are the energies which correspond with deep changes in consciousness, and major social change. They are makers of history.

Pluto, for example, has a 250-year orbit, which means it energizes any given degree of the zodiac only once every 250 years. Think of a Pluto cycle starting on any given degree of the 360-degree zodiac. 250 times 360 means that it takes at least 90,000 years to complete Pluto’s cycles through the zodiac. I call Pluto the Lord of Evolution. Birth and death are his realms.

In addition, the combination of the cycles of the three outer planets is always different. We can see that the outer planets take us into new spaces and unknown places.

These outer planets are in a special space right now. Since Pluto entered Sagittarius (the sign of religion) in 1996, all three of the outer planets are traveling through universal signs. These are the last four signs of the zodiac—Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces—and they are connected with the wider society, e.g. with universal ideas, the zeitgeist, climate and earth changes, inventions, and movements which affect society at large.

An example of their work is the Pluto-Uranus conjunction which occurred during the 1960’s. Here we see Pluto, the Transformer, joined with Uranus, who breaks the bonds of conventional paradigms. A social revolution was born then.

And so was its reaction. Entrenched interests, fearful for their survival, strengthened their grip. This struggle has been intensifying during these turbulent decades—the 70’s, the 80’s,the 90’s, and now the 00’s.

Pluto transforms and regenerates. Crisis, destruction, and new life are its purview. It works with extremes, and carries things to their limits, which may be annihilation if necessary.

Neptune universalizes. It connects us all so that we can understand that we are all one—the Family of Humankind. It is connected with the rhythms of nature and of the universe. Neptune rules oil, which connects our time to a time of ancient forests. As Tom Hartmann says, when we use oil, we are using Ancient Sunlight.

Uranus is the Enlightener. With it we connect to sudden flashes of brilliance and insight. We open to new ideas and inventions, often in an explosive way. Uranus can decisively separate us from the past, as it thrusts us into new paradigms.

This combination—three planets which take us into new spaces plus four signs which give those energies universal distribution—sets the stage for… big-time world-wide CHANGE.

We have another Joker in the pack. In the U.S. chart, progressed Mars is now turning retrograde for the first time in U.S. history. This denotes a major change in how the U.S. uses its energy. The progression lasts about 80 years, and it is a time of review.

How can we deal with this great mass of uncertainty? Clues are offered by the Wheel of Fortune Tarot card, where fortune is found by exercising the qualities of objectivity, creativity, and flexibility.

And, as always, we need to remain centered in our own integrity, follow the guidance of our hearts, and know that spirit is always working with us.

Post by: Bianca on November 01, 2007, 11:13:38 am


What happens in this outer planetary pantheon between now and 2012, when the Earth’s Solstices match up with the Galactic Center? This is prophesized by many to be a time of huge change. The Aztecs and Mayans, for instance, have said that we end one world and begin another.

Perhaps most significantly, many of the planets, including Pluto and Uranus, enter cardinal signs in the next few years.

Why is this significant?

Cardinal signs are where we begin things. They are the four signs which begin the four seasons: Aries-Spring, Cancer-Summer, Libra-Autumn, and Capricorn-Winter. Planets in cardinal signs move full speed ahead towards their goals. “Action” is the key word for cardinal planets.

Furthermore, each of the cardinal signs is square or opposite to each of the others. There is built-in stress and challenge amongst them.

We have just seen that the outer planets in the universal signs are stirring things around, creating chaos, and setting the stage for major new social developments. Now comes the cardinal energy to set new things in motion—but not without conflict, for cardinal squares are coming up. Both square formations and cardinal signs are in themselves pushy, and the combination—particularly with outer planets—means grand clashes.

In addition, we will have particularly significant eclipses occurring from 2008 through 2011. Eclipses are potent catalysts for change.

January 2008. Powerhouse Pluto begins the cardinal parade by entering Capricorn, which is both a universal and cardinal sign, thus starting a new mode of power for the world. Capricorn is a business-government sign, and it is the sign of the U.S. Pluto. This placement shows U.S. power in the world. An immature Pluto can be heavy-handed, ruthless, and dictatorial. Pluto is slow-moving, and remains in Capricorn through 2024.

February 2008. We begin the Aquarius-Leo eclipses, which last through 2009. These eclipses activate the Great Solar Eclipse of August 1999, whose notes will reverberate for centuries. This first one conjoins my Sun, on my 80th birthday! Exciting!)

November 2009. Saturn enters Libra. Saturn is about structure, and firm grounding. It is particularly associated with government and with authority. Saturn moves ahead quickly, and will square Pluto from November 2009 through June 2010. Government will meet active challenges during that period. A Saturn-Pluto square in January 1994 accompanied the imposition of NAFTA and the Zapatista uprising.

May 2010. Uranus enters Aries. Here we have innovative energy entering the first sign of the zodiac. The urge to birth new movements and new ideas is now irresistible. Furthermore, Uranus has an incredibly long square with Pluto, from 2011 through 2015. This is the big transformational period of the 21st century.

June 2010. Jupiter enters Aries. Jupiter works with Saturn to grease the normal wheels of society. It is in each sign only one year, and expands whatever it touches. Jupiter will oppose Saturn in August of 2010, indicating social struggle between opposing forces. This occurs at the same time that Saturn and Pluto are squaring one another. Aries, Libra, and Capricorn are all now occupied by major planets, in stressful square to one another. Fireworks!

2010-2012. Eclipses in the Cancer-Capricorn polarity. This is the major polarity in the U.S. chart, and this eclipse season (about every nine years) is always associated with big events in the U.S.

July 2011-April 2015. This is an amazing period. Freedom-loving Uranus in Aries squares (i.e., fights) powerhouse, control-freak Pluto in Capricorn. During this entire period, they are in close orb, and they square exactly eight times. Exact squares are like lighting matches. Normally two planets square one another, at most, over a period of 18 months. This length of time, four years, is extraordinary. It portends a long period of deep social struggle, and major consciousness change. This is the breakthrough time of the revolution begun with the Uranus-Pluto conjunction in the 60’s. During this period, the seeds planted in the 60’s can break through to expression. Those people born during the 60’s will have special parts to play.

Dates of exact squares between Uranus and Pluto:

July 2011
June 2012
July 2012
May-June 2013
October-November 2013
April 2014
November-December 2014
January-February 2015

By 2012 we will indeed have a changed—and changing world.

In October of 2012 Saturn enters the powerful fixed sign of Scorpio. But that’s another story.

As the reader can see, these enormous changes in the world are coming very soon. NOW is the time for us to prepare to participate positively in the dynamic process of evolution—spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. There truly is very little time. We are, in fact, fortunate to live in such an intense period of tremendous challenges, and tremendous opportunities.

This is our chance to create a new and better world.

Post by: Bianca on December 28, 2007, 12:19:00 pm

                                             THE ASSASSINATION OF BENAZIR BHUTTO

The Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto,
just seconds before she was assassinated
leaving an election rally near the capital,
Islamabad, on Thursday.

John Moore/Getty Images.

Dear Friend and Reader:
YESTERDAY'S assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the beloved former prime minister of Pakistan and candidate in next month's general election, was not merely the martyring of yet another pro-democracy leader. It was not just the murder of a dynamic, articulate and intelligent woman in a region of the world where women are not regarded as people.

Rather, her murder pushes the world closer to a nuclear threshold, one where we get to start making conscious decisions if we want.
Pakistan, often spoken of as a key US ally, is the world's most unstable and arguably most hostile nuclear-armed power. It's the only nuclear-armed Islamic state, which is in an almost constant standoff with India. Many charts from today's event point to the central theme involving a nuclear issue.
As reported in this space recently, we are currently in an extended phase of Aries Point events, described in the Dec. 21 edition of Planet Waves (*). This is a time when the news has profoundly personal implications. Mars is now retrograde in the earliest degrees of Cancer, and had recently opposed Jupiter in Capricorn (these planets directly aspect the Aries Point). We now have a picture of how this is raising issues of world security. It's also opposite Pluto in late Sagittarius, and the Mars-Pluto opposition can be forceful, even fatal, if it is not handled carefully.
There are so many conflicts about the details of what happened Thursday that it's not even clear what any of the salient facts are, except that there was a bomb blast in the vicinity of a Benazir Bhutto rally, and that shots were probably fired. The initial report by the Associated Press said she survived the incident, but a report followed soon after saying she had been killed.
After searching the Internet for hours, scanning about 58 pages of Google news returns, it appears impossible to determine a verifiable time of the shooting if there was one, or for the explosion, or even a death time (I have seen four different ones already). This is in an era when even disposable pens have digital clocks, and involving an incident where reporters for the Associated Press, the BBC and numerous news agency photographers were all eyewitnesses. Remember, digital cameras time stamp every photo. [Getty Images senior staff photographer John Moore, one of the witnesses, has described the scene in some detail in this report, but did not state a time.]

Benazir Bhutto was part of a political dynasty.
Here she is with India's foreign minister in 1972
in Simla, where her father, President Zulfikar
Ali Bhutto, met India's Indira Gandhi.

Photo: AFP.
The most commonly stated death time and the one likely to be recorded in history is 6:16 pm local time, only because it appeared in The New York Times. That is the chart that we have used.
What is clear is that Bhutto, perhaps the most revered woman in the Islamic world, is widely believed to have been assassinated and probably was; that it happened in Pakistan on the afternoon of Dec. 27, 2007; and that it's thrown the most dangerous nuclear-armed state into political and social turmoil.
We also know this is in a region where talk of nuclear war -- with another country, Iran -- has been in the news for well over a year. We know from listening to the rhetoric coming from the White House that the Bush administration has been looking for any excuse at all to go into Iran. It is not difficult to envision a scenario wherein Iran is somehow blamed for this assassination and thus established as a public enemy on a new level. We would be wise to recognize that if we happen to see it.
What is not speculative is that aspects for this day point directly to a chart called the Nuclear Axis. That is the horoscope of the first self-sustaining atomic reaction. [For background, check my coverage of this chart for]
To briefly sum up the Nuclear Axis, it's the chart for the first time a nuclear reaction sustained itself in a laboratory. This was accomplished during the experiments that led to the first atomic bomb, as part of something called the Manhattan Project. This chart contains a collection of planets across early-to-mid Gemini and Sagittarius, hence it's referred to as an 'axis'. That chart includes Saturn at 8+ degrees of Gemini, the first of the four mutable signs.
When transiting planets make aspects to that axis (particularly from the mutable signs), there can be serious nuclear consequences. It does not happen every time, but then many very serious events involving nuclear weapons and nuclear power never make the news, being known only to government and industry. However, nuclear incidents happen often enough under transits to this chart that there is a clear pattern. The most significant was when transiting Saturn in Sagittarius made a square to Saturn in the nuclear axis chart. That was the Chernobyl incident in the Ukraine, the worst known nuclear meltdown in history.
When Pluto was on the axis in 1998 -- making an opposition to Saturn -- India and Pakistan engaged in a tit-for-tat series of nuclear tests in their respective countries, effectively plunging the world into a new nuclear arms race.

Benazir Bhutto yesterday,
after she was assassinated,
on the cover of
It is therefore not comforting that today, Saturn was precisely square Saturn in the nuclear axis chart, something that happens every 14 or so years. Joining Saturn were three of the newer planets that together formed what is called a mutable grand cross or grand square -- four planets at 90 degree angles to one another. In other words, Saturn in the Nuclear Axis chart was (and still is) taking transits from four directions, from all of the mutable signs.
The current aspects to Saturn are as precise as the right angles of a bookshelf -- precise to less than one degree. Saturn is a significant planet in the Nuclear Axis chart because it represents solid matter, which was split into energy in order to release the power of the atom. In Gemini, it also stabilizes divisions of opinion and various other polarities. The aspects are as follows:
-- Chaos, a slow-moving planet in our solar system slightly beyond Pluto, is exactly conjunct the Nuclear Axis Saturn in Gemini. Few astrologers use Chaos or have even heard of it, but as a slow-moving planet in the region of Pluto, it's worth paying attention to.
-- Saturn, currently in Virgo, is exactly square Nuclear Axis Saturn. It is opposite Saturn in the Chernobyl chart. Saturn is about structure, government, boundaries and time. In Virgo it represents basic intelligence; square itself, something is at a turning point.
-- Pallas Athene, one of the first asteroids, with many themes involved in politics, is exactly opposite Nuclear Axis Saturn from Pisces. Pallas is about protection, strategy, law and government.
-- Pholus, the second Centaur planet (a planet in Chiron's group), is exactly square Saturn from Sagittarius. The energy of Pholus is like a rapid release of energy. In Sagittarius, we have this placed in a sign whose first keyword is 'international'.
The problem with the nuclear crisis is that we forget that it exists. We forget we were raised in the nuclear shadow, and that the Doomsday Clock is currently set for five minutes till midnight. Perhaps you never saw Dr. Strangelove or The Atomic Cafe and were moved to the point of actually caring about this issue.
It may seem productive to push the nuclear crisis to the backs of our minds, and of our collective awareness. It may be easier to get through the day this way, and nobody will think you're paranoid. But as long as we do that, we cannot work for a solution, nor will we be reminded of the insanity that has put the world where it is: in particular, the belief that the more weapons we have, the safer we will be. The less we think about it, the more likely we are to forget that we have some choice in the matter. The more we deny consciousness, the more intractable the nuclear situation will seem.
We'll be more likely to forget that it was people who made the bomb, and people who are the only ones capable of getting rid of it. The Nuclear Axis does not predict disaster. The future is always different than the past, so at the least, it predicts that the discussion is up for grabs. It is very much up at the moment, and the governments of the world know this. World leaders are staring right at the crisis they know they have created.

Television screen-capture image of
the first nuclear test performed by
Pakistan, 28 May 1998.

Photo Wikipedia.
Bhutto’s death will take on mythic status, as Neptune, Saturn and the Moon all sit at the top of her natal chart. We are about to witness something the likes of Princess Diana, but Islam-styled. With so many planets in her personal chart in positions of extreme popularity and public resonance, there will be a tremendous outpouring of grief. Pakistanis will see her as a martyr, the ideal and idealized leader that could have led their country into the 21st century with the destruction of extremism and restoration of democracy.
She is gone, but that opportunity is not over. Indeed, it may have just begun. It may seem impossible today as we watch the insanity spiral in the Middle East and the stupidity spiral wildly out of control in Washington, DC. Yet there will come a day when enough people get so sick of the constant horrors that they will stop. Stranger things have happened in the history of this planet, but few will be more welcome.
Until then, we simply must be vigilant. That is another word for aware; awareness is always our choice here. If you need an image to help you visualize how ending the nuclear arms race might begin, let's borrow from Jonathan Schell, who wrote The Fate of the Earth.

The countries would start by disconnecting the warheads from the missiles and leaving on the floor of the silo. Then, eventually, they would move them to a separate building. Then, to a different facility. Eventually, the bomb delivery systems could be dismantled. It would go one step at a time.
As we will see in the next few days as the Aries Point works its strange wonders, a message will come through -- a message that is very likely to make us want to make a conscious choice in the life or death matters of the world we have inherited.
Yours and truly,
With additional research by Ursula Fugger, Lee Harrington, Kirsti Melto and David R. Roell.

Post by: Bianca on December 28, 2007, 01:27:45 pm

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Dear Friend and Reader:

A CLUSTER of events the next few days is sending up an Aries Point alert: that is, global events on the horizon. The Sun is about to enter Capricorn for the southern solstice on Dec. 22 (winter solstice, up in the northern hemisphere). Jupiter, the Sun and Mercury are either in Capricorn or will get there within moments, with Pluto right behind. Then the Sun and Moon oppose one another (also called the Full Moon) across early Cancer/Capricorn on Dec. 24.

When a lunation occurs along an axis where there are many planets, it tends to precipitate global activity. Because this particular one occurs near the Aries Point (making a conjunction, square or opposition aspect to the first degree of Aries; in this case, a square or 90 degree angles from Cancer and Cap) the news tends to have a personal feel to it and/or it affects a lot of people. These developments are part of a pattern covered recently in this space.

In any event, the combination of a Full Moon near the solstice will make for a lively holiday environment, full of polarized discussions, intense emotions and of course some histrionics sponsored by those who can't quite keep a grip when the astrology hots up. The Moon is full in a very close conjunction to retrograde Mars in Cancer. For those who never miss an opportunity to overreact, you will be in the right place. As one who follows astrology, you can be mindful of the environment you're in, preparing like one who takes an umbrella when it looks like rain.

All the emphasis on Capricorn is good for what drives the holiday season in the Western world, a sense of obligation and a certain innocence about doing business. Cap is also in many respects the sign of families and things like the "institution" of marriage and of the family. This is some well-deserved support coming our way.

Jupiter in Capricorn could have one of two influences: protection, or magnifying whatever happens. Conceivably it could do both at once. It's never a good idea to make predictions unless it's part of a game, but this alignment is begging for them. The problem with astrology's predictions is they tend to be of two varieties: either the world is going to end, or humanity will suddenly ascend to the 5th dimension and we will all become enlightened.

We need to take a more practical, contemplative view. I propose we seek a future different than the past. Many people take a cynical view of the future, but we don't know what's going to happen this time around. We often forget we make the future, but it's never too late to remember. It's never too early, either.

Keep your antennae up. Pay attention six ways from Sunday, and remember astrology when you're watching the news, or watching yourself.

Post by: Bianca on December 29, 2007, 02:43:32 pm

                                                      PLUTO IN CAPRICORN


Although Pluto is a small planet (in fact, it is now classified as a dwarf planet) it packs a powerful punch. Pluto represents death and endings and the breakdown of the structures in our life that are required in order to bring transformation and fresh beginnings. Pluto brings us face to face with the ultimate reality of life and, watching over us like a shamanic guardian, destroys whatever stands in the way of our soul's ultimate destination.

Pluto's passage through the signs brings with it a compulsive fascination in the issues denoted by that sign. He ruthlessly exposes the darkness that lies at the core of the sign's archetypes and, destroying the old order, demands that we rebuild on the ashes of the old. Like the Phoenix bird with which it is associated, Pluto dies and is regenerated to begin anew.

Pluto has been traveling through Sagittarius since 1995, bringing with it wars (Pluto) over religion and ideology (Sagittarius), as well as "culture wars" and the growing divide between groups that think differently, all Sagittarius archetypes. Sagittarius rules the media and entertainment, and the rise of a new compulsivity in celebrity journalism has grown up since Pluto entered Sagittarius, with the internet spawning a huge new gossip market. Sagittarius carries with it a nearly relentless optimism; ruled by Jupiter with its expansive need for growth, Pluto in Sagittarius has seen soaring home prices and a burgeoning stock market that seems to have no end. The "new economy" of the dot com era occurred under Pluto's Sagittarian influence, as did the explosion of the vacation home market.

Pluto transits typically include a breakdown phase, where structures that no longer serve us are dismantled to make room for new structures that are more in line with our spiritual evolution. I like to think of these periods as course corrections, where our guides or gods decide that certain changes are required. If we understand the process and can surrender to it with trust, this can be an exhilarating time of transformation and empowerment. If we resist and hold on to the past it can be full of tragedy and pain.

Capricorn is the sign of the builder, the achiever. Capricorn is rooted in the material world and understands that life on earth requires a practical approach to the matters of earning a living. There is also a drive for success; to climb the highest mountains like the goat which is it's symbol. For Capricorn, the ends justify the means and achievement of one's goals is the important thing and it is able to maintain a powerful focus.

Its rulership by Saturn gives respect for discipline and authority and Capricorn has tremendous respect for governmental structures and the stability of a moral system. However, Saturn also bestows its tendency towards pessimism and lack of humor as all things personal are sacrificed for the goal. There is often a tendency to prize material things above those of the emotional or spiritual realms, and this lack of balance can create a dry and miserable experience.

When Pluto goes through Capricorn we can expect the transformation of all things ruled by that sign - such as our religious institutions, halls of government and political structures, the way we inter our dead and take care of our old people, construction techniques and buildings, and how we handle ownership of property.

While Pluto takes 244 years to orbit the Sun, its elliptical orbit means that it doesn't spend the same amount of time in each sign. For example, it only took twelve years to travel through Scorpio, but it took 26 years to get through Cancer and 19 years through Leo. Pluto will be in Capricorn until 2024, and this occurs at a time when our Capricornian structures are ripe for transformation. Industry (Capricorn) in developed and developing countries as become a major source of carbon emissions which threaten the survival of life on earth. The Catholic Church (Capricorn), rocked by sex scandals, is struggling for survival. The very way we do business (Capricorn) is being forever changed by the globalization of politics and the economy.

Pluto will be enter Capricorn for the first time January 25, 2008 and will retrograde back into Sagittarius one final time on June 14. It will journey back into Capricorn on November 26, 2008 and remain there until January 21, 2024. For sixteen years, Pluto will engage in a process of breaking down and then rebuilding the structures on which we depend for a successful experience in the material world.

There is a natural evolution to the path of the planets through the zodiacal signs as each sign offers a completely different experience than the sign before. In Sagittarius, Pluto has been compulsively expansive and optimistic, intensifying religious fervor - all qualities of Sagittarius. In Capricorn, Pluto seeks to contract and solidify and build solid structures for society. In the process, the structures that already exist are broken down and irrevocably transformed

Pluto was last in Capricorn from November 1762 until December 1, 1778. Pluto deals with transformation of the political and economic realities of our world, and its entry into Capricorn marked the end of the Seven Years' War in which France ceded Canada to Britain, but political unrest was felt throughout Europe as well as in the Colonies and this period marked a reconfiguration of many of the nations in the world. Catherine the Great acceded to the throne after the murder of her husband, perhaps at her own hand, and presided over wars with the Ottoman Empire that resulted in Russian acquisition of much of the Turkish lands. The first partition in Poland occurred during this period which split Poland into three sections owned by Russia, Prussia and Austria. Britain traded Cuba to Spain in exchange for Florida; Parliament passed the Stamp Act to pay for the wars that began the Colonial rebellion that resulted in the American Revolution.

The thirst for revolution in France, England and Russia of the Pluto in Aquarius period that generated an obsession (Pluto) with liberty and equality (Aquarius) stemmed from a reaction to the breakup and reconfiguration of world nations (Capricorn) that followed the colonial expansion (Sagittarius) that preceded it. Pluto's previous passage through Capricorn back in 1516-1533 c.e. was preceded by the original exploration of the New World that gave rise to the later Colonial ideals. Once the original explorers had returned to the courts of Europe, under Pluto in Capricorn those countries set out to conquer the New World and create new colonies that were subservient to the European rulers. The rise of anti-Catholic sentiment that brought about the rise of Protestants under Pluto in Sagittarius gave way to Martin Luther's formalizing his revolt with his nailing his Thesis to the door of the Church in 1517 under Pluto in Capricorn, founding a new structure of worship, the Lutheran Church.

Although Pluto will enter Capricorn for the first time in January, it will retrograde back into the late degrees in Sagittarius in June 2008 where it will make one final sweep through the Sagittarian issues of religion, philosophy, travel, ideology, journalism, optimism, and general expansion. Throughout 2008 it will be virtually stationary, traveling less than three degrees during this period, from 1 degree Capricorn back through 28 degrees Sagittarius. Because it will be stationary for so long, where its influence is the most powerful, I would expect a great deal of intensity and forced transformation during this period. This will be particularly intense for those of us who have planets in the late degrees of the mutable signs (Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini) or the early degrees of the cardinal signs (Capricorn, Cancer, Aries Libra).

Pluto causes endings and new beginnings - it forces us to surrender as it rebuilds us from the inside out. I suspect that throughout next year the intense optimism of Pluto in Sagittarius will battle with the necessity for realism of Pluto in Capricorn, and it will be a while before the economic problems really hit home. Mars will oppose Pluto in early March, which will create some fireworks of aggression and confrontation, and Saturn will make its second trine to Pluto in April which will ease the challenge of the new requirements of Capricorn Pluto which wants to tear down and rebuild the structures of our life and planet and intensify the power bases that govern society.

Once Pluto is firmly entrenched in Capricorn beginning in December 2008, we will begin to really see it at work. This of course will follow the US presidential election in November 2008. Pluto seeks to focus and intensify as well as break down and regenerate. The structures of our world keep societies in order and functioning: churches, governments, buildings - all of these are ruled by Capricorn. But so are bridges and tunnels, and the entire infrastructure upon which we live, particularly in urban areas, are likely to experience a severe breakdown while Pluto travels through Capricorn. Underground transportation, under the domain of the god of the underworld, could become a battleground as Pluto often brings warfare or death in the areas of the sign through which it passes (such as September 11th during Pluto in Sagittarius, where air travel became a conveyance of death and total world transformation).

During the passage of Pluto, we see extremes and compulsions in the area of life associated with the sign through which Pluto travels, and with the Capricornian association with governments and government buildings I would expect a worldwide attempt to solidify a global government and minimize individual liberties. Pluto deals with issues of power - on a personal level such as personal empowerment as well as with the power structures that govern all of humanity that fall under the rubric of the Capricorn theme. When Uranus enters Aries in 2010-2011, there will be a fervor as the pendulum swings back towards individual liberties. By the time Uranus forms a square to Pluto in Capricorn in 2012-2013 there will be tremendous cultural, social and political upheaval which will further transform governments and political structures.

Pluto's reach will extend beyond governments, however. Capricorn also rules the elderly and end of life issues, and Pluto's passage through Capricorn could transform the way we view the entire process of death and dying, including the disposal of the body after death.

Often Pluto's passage through one sign is a reaction to Pluto's passage through the previous sign, and in Capricorn there may be a reaction of the practical and materialistic Capricorn against the ideological idealism of Pluto's travel through Sagittarius. An overdose of pragmatism could lead to the negativity and depression with which Capricorn is sometimes associated. Capricorn is associated with achievement and can be ruthless in its efforts to climb to the top, and we could see an increased obsession (Pluto) with climbing the ladder of success that leads to a breakdown in certain segments of society.

There is always a side to Pluto cycles, and in Capricorn we are likely to see an increase in stability and a more practical approach to economics and business than we saw under the Sagittarian influence. The inflated (Sag) bonuses for CEOs that we saw in recent years are likely a sign of the past as businesses and corporations become more concerned with Capricornian fundamentals than with Sagittarian appearance and image. Capricorn is essentially practical and prizes achievement above all else, which means achievement of real goals and objectives. Although Pluto in Capricorn will bring out secrets (Pluto) of governments and other political entities (Cap), there will be an increased focus on proficiency, skill, and a successful outcome rather than spin and propaganda of the Sagittarian era.

I don't know about you, but all of that sounds to me like a great improvement and to which I am looking forward!

Post by: Bianca on January 06, 2008, 02:55:08 pm

                           Astrology 2007: The Best, Biggest, and Most Anticipated

A totally subjective and random look at the wonderful world of astrology in 2007

Biggest astrology trend (a repeat from last year): Astrology blogs. They’ve been growing exponentially. Check out Jeffrey Kishner’s Astrology Blogger Directory, a “comprehensive guide to every Western astrology blog on the web.” By the time you scroll to the bottom of the list, you’ll be in a new time zone, your head spinning in a blissful astro-blogosphere tag cloud. Then check out the blog podcasts and vidcasts. Top Ten Astrology Sources will also keep you happily busy for most of your waking hours.

Second biggest astrology trend: Interest in Mayan cosmology and 2012. Although the apocalypse is what’s simmering in a part of the collective consciousness right now, respected experts in Mayan cosmology are not forecasting any sort of 2012 pre-Columbian rapture. John Major Jenkins’ Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 (which doesn’t really predict an apocalypse and is probably the best of the 2012 books--a fascinating read) has steadily outsold most astrology books on the list of astrology bestsellers. Bruce Scofield’s How to Practice Mayan Astrology has been finding a much wider readership. And there’s been an endless parade of other 2012 books.

Planet of the Year (and probably next year, too): Saturn. When contacted, Saturn merely griped that he could not accept the Planet of the Year award because he was too busy “tightening my rings, sir.” Indeed, Saturn’s coming off the opposition to Neptune, went into Virgo, and recent discoveries indicate that Saturn’s rings are a lot older than previously believed—and thus, perhaps, in need of a little adjusting. Oh well, it’s been a SERIOUS year. Even the comedians have been hard-edged and Comedy Central’s Stewart and Colbert haven’t been doing new shows due to the writer’s strike (although they are scheduled to come back in early January). Pluto’s about to go into Saturn-ruled Capricorn and Saturn’s starting to face off against Uranus. No wonder Saturn’s tightening his rings. He needs to be ready. Damn ready.

Dwarf planet of the year: Ceres. Now that global warming has our full attention, the recently elevated planet Ceres—the goddess of agriculture and seasonal change—is getting a lot of overdue respect. And you gotta love the sub-plot involving a mythic underworld Amber Alert.

Astrology book of the year: Wish I had time to read more books, but there’s been precious little time this year. I’m still trying to catch up with books from several centuries ago. However, my favorite book this year (even though it was published last year) was Venus: Her Cycles, Symbols, and Myths, by Anne Massey. Venus seemed due for a major makeover and Anne Massey masterfully brings her into the 21st Century—yet Venus still maintains an ageless symmetry. A real eye-opener.

Cosmic event of the year: Pluto conjunct the Galactic Center certainly helped to explain a world in transition. For an excellent discussion of this alignment, see Lynn Hayes’ article on her AstroDynamics website.

Most anticipated astrology event that hasn’t happened yet: Tie between 2012—the Mayan calendar end date—and the U.S. election on November 4, 2008. At this point, it is not clear which will be more transformational. Technically, a national election is not an astrology event per se, but this one will coincide with the exact opposition of Saturn and Uranus. Runner-up: Pluto’s entry into Capricorn.

Astrology event most anticipated by me personally: the mid-2007 waning of the Saturn-Neptune opposition. It hit a few of my own planets and I’d just about had it up to here with that alignment, although Neptune kept fogging things up to the point where I could never quite figure out what “it” was.

Least noticed astrology event: The discoveries of other solar systems. The astrology reaction’s generally been like, “Yeah, if I was born on some planet orbiting 47 Ursa Majoris, I might care.” But according to Zane Stein and Debbi Kempton-Smith (authors respectively of A View from Chiron and the irreverent classic Secrets from a Stargazer’s Notebook), these exo-planets might be a lot more potent than we think.

Biggest astrology frustration: The lack of solid birth times for most of the presidential candidates. AKA Looking for Hillary…and Barack…and Mike…and John (at least the one from North Carolina)…and…I realize there are more important issues facing our world today, but hey, if they can answer questions from a snowman on YouTube, the least they can do is have some aide dig up a birth certificate and post it on the candidate’s MySpace page. Inquiring astrologers REALLY want to know.

Best planet, all things considered: Earth. The character of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town commented that of all the worlds in the known universe, “Only this one is straining away, straining away all the time to make something of itself.” Hopefully, we can make something better of our own small planet in 2008.

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Post by: Bianca on January 17, 2008, 09:06:28 am

                                 Hillary's Horoscope: Her Comeback Was in the Stars

Posted January 9, 2008

It should come as no surprise that Hillary Clinton came out swinging after her defeat in Iowa.

After all, it was in the stars: she is a Scorpio and Scorpio rules the instinct for survival. Scorpio also rules cockroaches. Did you ever try to spray or drown them? They can hold their breath and play dead until you walk out of the kitchen and turn out the light. Then they scurry away, laughing. Scorpios are loved and hated at the same time. Those who hate Hillary still respect her sheer chutzpah, and those who love her have to put up with the fact that she can be a nightmare to live with, especially if she gets a whiff of betrayal.

Back in the 90s when she was laughed out of Congress, her critics believed she was done for. You have to understand how Scorpios operate, however. And Hillary does operate. She operates like a nuclear-powered paper shredder. The whole Congress-health care fiasco was a disaster, partly because Scorpios do lack subtlety when they have a goal.

They get fixated. They zero in. Hillary can't help it. She's an assertive female.

(That's why Bill married her. He likes to get slapped around once in a while.)

She is not the frilly-I-enjoy-being- a-girl type of woman. She's more like a girl's gym teacher; just fit her out with a whistle and a pair of sneakers and she'd be ready to dribble a basketball. That image makes it easy for her detractors to cast aspersions on her sexuality.

So when she busted into the Senate with six-guns blazing, the Old Boys snickered and thought they could just send her back to the kitchen. Scorpio women are not just women, though.

Hillary backed away. In typical Scorpio fashion, she went into Plan B. Scorpios always have not only Plan B, but they usually have it figured out all the way up to Plan Z.  She probably figured, well, if
she couldn't convince those old buzzards to do what she thought was right, she would just have to
take over the whole shebang.

Many women in the United States were left growling over the Monica Lewinsky affair. They thought that instead of crying right wing conspiracy and standing by her man, she should have tossed Bill out on his royal Leo butt. Not the Scorpio way. When you betray Scorpios, they don't challenge you to a duel at dawn on CBS. They wait.

Hilary won't resort to stuffing penicillin into your toothpaste tube when you're horribly allergic. She's more evolved than that, whose version of revenge is smoother, cooler and sweeter. Hillary has a higher agenda to help her survive the worst bites, kicks, slaps and cuts. She knows she would rise up again in a brand new incarnation to make her betrayer serve her needs.

Is she on a power trip? Be real. Why else would she subject herself to the pit bull attacks waiting in the political arena? Power, yes, but also this: When situations are dire, enterprises failing, businesses stalling, empires falling and extinction is right around the corner, Scorpios get turned on. Only they can walk right down into the Valley of the Lepers with bagels and cream cheese and think nothing of it. Grandiose or not, Hillary believes she can turn the current mess around.

Love her and hate her, you've got to admit she's one of the ballsiest gals ever to ride her bike no hands down Pennsylvania Avenue. Either that or she's plumb out of her cotton pickin' mind.

Some will vote for her just because she's a woman. Many will NOT for the same reason.

In the end, foreign or domestic policies notwithstanding, Scorpio always turns out to be an issue of gender.

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Post by: Bianca on January 22, 2008, 07:41:16 am

                              Will USA Financial Markets Keep Dropping This Week?

World Financial Markets Fall Steeply on Monday Jan. 21 -- All Eyes are on U.S. Financial Markets for Tuesday Jan. 22 Opening: There will be a Full Moon (enlightenment or tug-of-war) on Tuesday Jan. 22 as U.S. financial markets reopen after the MLK holiday weekend. The Full Moon happens just about 1 hour before the NYSE opens for trading. Later -- after trading -- Mercury unites with Neptune in the sky (potential for vast confusion and chaos of indices nationally and worldwide).

Wednesday Jan. 23 brings a revelatory and yet nerve-wracking Pallas-Uranus convergence in Pisces with an approaching Venus-Pluto conjunction (extreme changes concerning money, assets and wealth) at the very last degree of Sagittarius waiting in the wings -- partially influencing Wednesday trading and then also Thursday Jan. 24 markets.

[Note: The Executive branch of our government and the Federal Reserve Bank need to use their genius -- or whatever is left of it -- to come up with something innovative and striking by tomorrow or January 23 (in concert with Pallas uniting with Uranus in the sky) to calm U.S. financial markets. If not, it is possible that a "free-fall" type scenario may start developing -- plunging the U.S. dollar and the DJIA to new, drastic lows fairly soon. If the FED takes some kind of emergency action to lower interest rates, etc., then this can be a temporary fix and allow the DJIA to rise again, and also help to stabilize world financial markets -- giving a "false prognosis" that the economy can strengthen and that the U.S. dollar is sound, etc. However, eventually this will fall apart due to the sub-prime and world-wide credit disaster in the hundreds of trillions of dollars.]

By Friday night Jan. 25, Pluto enters Capricorn for a "peek" into this key financial sign for 140 days before turning back into late Sagittarius on June 13. Pluto (death and rebirth themes) hasn't been in the final earth sign of Capricorn (civilization; international business and money matters) in 248 years!

Next week is the hellish time -- astrologically -- with Mercury stopping and reversing on Monday Jan. 28 (on the NYSE Pluto placement at 24 Aquarius) while Mars approaches its Wednesday Jan. 30 station and shift forward on the Uranus Discovery placement at 25 Gemini from March 13, 1781 (revolution; shock to the system; explosive volatility). Venus and Jupiter will eventually unite by February 1 -- on the Sun in the Gold Trading chart from Dec. 31, 1974.

Post by: Bianca on February 11, 2008, 07:44:36 am

                                          2008 Primaries & Beyond: Composites and the Candidates

Date Published: 1/7/2008
At a recent astrological meeting I watched a presentation about Al Gore (he had just won the Nobel Prize)
and much speculation about why he didn’t get elected president in 2000, even though he did.

All the talk circled around his chart and progressions and transits at the time, and despite all the astrolo-
gically informed and well-meaning opinion nobody could find much definitive to say.

It was observed ahead of time that the Election Day aspects were a mess, but why Bush and not Gore?

As previously mentioned in “Celebrity Astrology” the first place to look is not the chart of the leader (or
the potential leader), but of the nation, then the leader.

Those of us looking at the U.S. chart in 2000 were expecting a tremendous diminution of U.S. world power
and reputation arriving shortly thanks to the first-ever Pluto conjunction to the U.S. Ascendant.

The presidential question should have been, perhaps, who is most likely to contribute to the bringing about
of such a dreadful situation? In hindsight, clearly, the appropriate person won, if not the most desirable.

Sometimes you get what’s coming to you, whatever you do. This election the U.S. is at another crossr-
oads, a progressed full Moon, meaning you’ve pushed to your outward limit, which last happened during
the 1979 (hostage) crisis in Iran, and a cycle before then just as the Korean War was about to break out.

Stepping down that order from nation to leader, in 2000 we might also have looked at the relationship of
the leader with the country, to see just what kind of a love affair (and perhaps subsequent hate affair)
might be in store. That’s particularly shown by the composite of the national chart with the leader’s chart.

Looking at that, plus transits around election time and into the first term, will yield a substantive story.
In the case of Bill Clinton, for instance, the composite shows a warm Sun-Moon fire trine and Venus/Mars
straddling the MC. A love affair, for sure, later to become a public sex affair with political but not popular
loss. A 12th house Pluto square the Sun shows the hidden sex and personality that caused the trouble. But, fundamentally, it’s a highly elevated above-the-horizon chart, which is the norm with popular presidents.

G.W. Bush has a similar composite, with that sparky Venus-Mars right up top (but out of sign, uncon-
summated, forget the sex part), and most of the rest of the chart highly elevated as well. The easy
support here is the Moon-Jupiter trine (outgoing, good for business). Bush didn’t need a plan; a smile
would do, leaving the plans to others. It was a natural love affair and Gore’s composite had nothing to
compare except a 12th house Jupiter-Neptune that could later preach “I told you so.”

But again, a Pluto square, in this case to the Mercury and Mars, tells a tale of forcible plans and action
taken without regard to consequences. This time, unlike secret sex, it’s from the 10th to the cusp of
the 2nd so it was something that too many individuals paid for with their lives and the nation and its
public with its money, reputation, influence, and world status, not so easily forgiven.

So what do we have coming up for the primaries, and eventually the final 2008 election?

Among the Democrats, it’s Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, perhaps John Edwards — and among Republi-
cans so far Giuliani, Romney, and perhaps McCain. Usually, in the primaries, you can tell who’s going to
be in the final race by who’s got the Saturn transits coming into the final stretch, both to the natal and
the composite chart. That’s when the real pressure is on, and Saturn is the one to show it.

Folks who aren’t under pressure then simply aren’t running.

Similarly, it helps to have Jupiter involved as well to give you that boost over the top.

Finally, it’s significant if their degree areas tangled up with the U.S. chart’s natal and progressed, as
that shows continued connection and involvement.

Judging from these factors, you can virtually eliminate Obama, Edwards, Giuliani, and McCain.

Their charts have seen some stress from Saturn in Leo, but that’s over, and it looks like relatively
smooth sailing for them during the final election season. That would not be likely the case if they were
entering a hard-fought campaign and perhaps a set of crises as a world leader afterwards, if elected.
So they will be along for the ride, as supporters.

Hillary has a Pisces Moon that will see Saturn opposition at election time, and her composite chart with
the U.S. is a stellium of Virgo at the MC with a Moon at 10 Pisces, near the progressing U.S. Sun at
4 Pisces which is at progressed full Moon on the election (it’s a big deal election, indeed).

The chart gets both Jupiter and Pluto near the South Node during the campaign as well. Romney natally
has 3 planets in Pisces (including his Sun on Hillary’s Moon!) seeing Saturn opposition, and his U.S. com-
posite has 6 Pisces rising (even closer to the U.S. progressed full Moon) along with Jupiter and Saturn
in Virgo and a Capricorn Moon enjoying a Jupiter transit at the time. The composite has that hypnotic
Venus-Mars conjunction in the 2nd, but it’s not got nearly the number of elevated planets that Hillary’s
composite has, and the composite with the most over the horizon generally wins.

So it looks like a Clinton/Romney clash, though there are enough dark horses around who haven’t been
looked at to make a surprise possible. The issues are all focused around Pisces and Virgo, with more than
a dash of Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn.

How sophisticated the public will be in fielding them with progressed Sun still rather early in Pisces is
critical. We’re still hovering at the “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…well, go on, fool me
again, why not?” level, which will put deceit and flim-flam at the heart of the election.

Another big factor will be whether the Mars-Saturn conjunction of late summer has again found wider
war breaking out in the Middle East (as with the last conjunction), real or manufactured. The fantasy
(Pisces, Neptune) of destruction of fundamental order (Pluto, Capricorn) can sometimes totally ob-
scure the truth, which then can make the very nightmare you’re looking to avoid come true.

The often last-minute trend toward unity and resolution, painted by Saturn finally coming back within
the bowl of the rest of the sky, doesn’t happen until just after the election…

P.S. (1/7/08) The above was written in mid-October, but after the Iowa caucuses in January not much
has changed.

Seductively attractive (he’s got the Venus/Mars conjunction) bass-player Huckabee (for whom no one
has an exact time, making composites dicey) and Obama have both emerged with more attention to
challenge their respective favorites, with everybody sharing a mysterious emphasis on the mid-Scorpio/
Taurus axis, a show of its own (maybe not so mysterious, there being both the transiting Jupiter/Saturn
midpoint and their L4 and L5 points as well, real power attractors).

But neither challenger has the transits in the fall to indicate they’ll still be there, regardless of how well
they do now. Edwards, whose composite Sun with the U.S.A. has Pluto on it all year, will probably be
2008’s retrospective “I told you so” Gore equivalent, for all his efforts. By the time the voters realize
what he was saying, it will be too late.

As for the rest, astrologically, it looks like a contest of wealthy interests changing hands, with a lot of
well-meaning sideliners laid low by the powers that be.

Only Obama is an especial mystery, considering his popularity, as there is little conflict for him in the
fall…where will he be then?...perhaps there are some things that are going to happen this spring and
summer to make it all different.

Remember 40 years ago, in January, how little we suspected what would become of our heroes in a
few short months…The Jupiter-Saturn midpoint that fateful year hovered around the Galactic Center
axis of 26 Sag-Gemini, the progressed Ascendants of both Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy…

That’s where Obama’s progressed Ascendant is right now…

Post by: Bianca on February 19, 2008, 07:27:03 am

                                              PISCES SOLAR FESTIVAL 2008

21 FEB 2008

By Malvin Artley

Greetings friends!

The morning sky before dawn has been stunning over the past month, at least when there has
been no rain. I was out early the other morning to have a look at things and to get bit of a feel
for the energies about the place. Looking toward the East, Jupiter and Venus graced the Eastern horizon—the benefics greeting the rising Sun. What an auspicious symbol, I thought to myself.
I was feeling happy that morning, and seeing those two celestial heralds sitting there gleaming like pearls in the sky only added to my sense of well-being. The prime minister was preparing his land-
mark speech to the nation, I had just had a wonderful celebration of the lunar New Year with a
bunch of my friends, I had received some good news from work and life seemed to be ticking along pretty well, all told. The one thing that really stood out to me on that morning, however, was a
feeling of an absolute clarity of mind, which was only augmented by the view before me. Pluto was
up there, too, just to the left of Jupiter. I could feel him. I knew he was there—the old task master!
(I can think of names I would rather use, but modesty prevents me.) Pluto had been prominent in
my mind in recent weeks, but it had done its work for and on me and I was feeling a lot freer for the efforts. So, my curiosity being satisfied, I said thanks to my old friends and went back inside to pre-
pare for the working day. Mercury was retrograde and my work load was up as a result, true to form. So many broken machines—life is good.

As we saw in the last letter, Pluto will be playing on and with all of us for the remainder of the year. And, with the Sun about to enter Pisces, Pluto’s influence over the next month is particularly highlighted since it is the esoteric ruler of Pisces. There is a lot going on in the undercurrents of world thought and feelings these days. A host of old hurts are coming up to be redressed. Actually, Pisces speaks quite a bit of old wounds and unresolved issues—the little annoying, yet persistent voices that seem to whisper in our ears just below the level of hearing when they are ready to be released. I had been aware of a lot of that for myself of late. I was glad to have a clear head space again. The next few months, especially, are going to be a time wherein many facets of our emotional life will be addressed. We will see the reasons for that in due course. However, perhaps the biggest thing that stands out to me about the month before us and the greater period to come is that fact that there
will be a decided note of restitution in the emotional sphere, with the consequent restoration of a
more balanced and common-sense approach to life. The air is about to be cleared, emotionally speaking, and in a big way. Since I have sent out so much information to you in the past weeks, I
will keep this letter short. With that, let’s get into the dynamics of this full moon, which is also an eclipse, and the dynamics of the Pisces solar festival and period for 2008.

Post by: Bianca on February 19, 2008, 07:29:24 am

This full moon follows on the tail of a Moon Wobble, the height of which occurred on the 17th of
this month. Moon Wobbles generally indicate emotional strains and stresses and can last for about
a week on either side of the date of exactitude. There will be three more to come this year, with
the others to fall on the following dates: 14 May, 11 Aug and 6 Nov. The August 11th Moon Wobble falls in the middle of the August eclipses of this year. Many of you may already feel the energies of
the coming full moon and eclipse building. The scene has already been set by the precursor of the Moon Wobble and there is a sort of feeling around the place, so-to-speak, that something is about
to happen. The thing about lunar eclipses, which is what this eclipse will be, is that we feel them
more than we do solar eclipses. The Moon represents the feeling/emotional nature and one’s basic needs in life, so we may note that our needs are highlighted by the coming of a lunar eclipse. This
one is a South Node eclipse, so it represents some kind of emotional culmination, completion or
closure depending upon the planets or angles involved or the house in which it occurs with regard
to one’s natal horoscope. Relationship matters are almost always highlighted by lunar eclipses. This particular one is unusual in many regards, however, and we need to have a closer look at it before
we get into the dynamics of the full moon period itself. Along with the preceding points, we should realize that we are about to enter into the high spiritual point of the year with the Aries, Taurus and Gemini solar festivals to come—energy is building, and it is coming from a ‘high place’, i.e., the higher Self.

With regard to the eclipse of 21 Feb 2008, something has to give, does it not? Is that not what
many of us are feeling? This eclipse is of the same family of eclipses (10 North) as the one we just
had on the 7th of this month, so I refer you to Part 2 of the New Year letter for that information,
if you need it. There are two themes at work on top of what has been given about the 10 North
eclipse series, and those themes are indicated by the symbols for the degrees of the Sun and the
Moon in the full moon figure. The symbol for the Sun, bearing the main theme for the solar festival period reads:

“A squirrel hiding from hunters.” 2 Pisces

Post by: Bianca on February 19, 2008, 07:32:23 am

The basic energy before us with this solar period is one of self-protection, which in many ways
flies in the face of the higher purposes of Pisces, which is about salvation of others, not self-protection. We will have more on Piscean themes in a bit. However, sometimes the wisest path
to salvation is through self-protection from time to time. It would be foolish to put ourselves in
harm’s way unnecessarily or if there is no useful purpose in it. On the other hand, if we are over-
ly self-protective when we should really be ‘down in the thick of it’, then we miss many oppor-
tunities and we may not have the resolution of circumstances or healing we might desire. From
what might we be protecting ourselves, then? That is indicated by the symbol for the degree of
the Moon, which reads:

“A large white cross dominates the landscape.” 2 Virgo.

The symbol for this degree actually speaks of the activation of many of the higher aspects of
Pisces—compassion, wisdom won through hard experience, salvation from suffering and liberation
from the wheel of life and death (samsara). This degree will be particularly poignantly highlighted
for us by what I would call the lord of the eclipse, which is Saturn. Some astrologers might consider that the orb for the Moon/Saturn conjunction is too wide to justify Saturn as the lord, but given
the theme of the lunar degree and the fact that it is a South Node eclipse, I have to take excep-
tion with the general rule of thumb on the matter of eclipse lords. The 10 North series is about communications, however, which is Mercurial, and Mercury rules Virgo, making it the natural lord
of the eclipse. So, this eclipse has overriding themes of both planets—Mercury and Saturn. Mercury has just moved off its station from its retrograde phase, so communications should be starting to clarify from the time of the full moon onwards.

Post by: Bianca on February 19, 2008, 07:35:17 am

Now, it was mentioned that there were several unusual features to this eclipse, and those
features revolve mainly around Saturn. It is not the usual course of things that Saturn ‘closes’
an eclipse, because Saturn moves so slowly. With this one, however, Saturn is retrograde at
the time of the eclipse, and it will ‘close’ the eclipse within a few short months. There will be
many lessons around ego with this eclipse, and many decisions made as a result. The Sun and
Saturn in combination, especially in tense aspect (conjunction, square or opposition, as in this
case) are known for a propensity to produce struggle and tensions in one’s life. Saturn highlights
ego structures, restrictions and sensitivities (fears), whereas the Sun is one’s vital force and
natural ebullience—quite at odds with the structuring, restrictive force of Saturn. Money and
worldly matters are always a concern when Sun/Saturn combinations are found in a chart, espe-
cially if Saturn is retrograde, as it is here. The Sun/Saturn opposition here can bring feelings of entrapment, anger, despair or frustration—perhaps all of those feelings. The thing about this
eclipse, though, is that we will somehow be called or impelled toward liberation from such feelings. Hence, the theme of the symbol for the lunar degree becomes quite important in this regard and
points to, as Dane Rudhyar has described it, some sort of liberating ordeal, with the result being
that we would have gained a lot of wisdom and compassion for having gone through the experience.

In the eclipse/full moon figure, the Moon is at the midpoint of the South Node and Saturn, all con-
junct by translation of light. This combination is not considered to be a particularly happy one, especially since the South Node and Saturn are involved. The overall key words for the combi-
nation are feelings of inhibition, loneliness, a person standing alone in life and depression. On the
other side of the coin, this combination can also bring with it a profound sense of wisdom and
maturity and a heightened sense of responsibility, which can all be very good so long as there
is no sense of guilt involved with that sense of responsibility. Saturn makes two ‘hits’ of the
eclipse point by transit —the first on the 20th of April (retrograde) and the second on the 16th
of May (direct). However, the activation of the eclipse point by Saturn will cover the time span
of roughly mid-March through the first week of June. Cheers, folks! The last ‘hit’ will bring a final
event or decision regarding whatever situation in which one is involved at the time of the eclipse dynamic. This eclipse is all about emotional realities and freeing ourselves from emotionally re-
stricting circumstances. There is also a strong sense of finality and fate around this eclipse, as
is indicated by Saturn.

Post by: Bianca on February 19, 2008, 07:37:30 am

The main time to watch for the major events to be brought about by the Feb 21st eclipse is
the 21st of May, as a median date. On that date there is a double activation of the eclipse
point by the Sun and Saturn. The other Sun activation takes place on Aug 24th and the only
Mars activation this year is on July 4th. Get out the fireworks and celebrate! Whether the
eclipse will have anything left in it in terms of outer events after July will remain to be seen.
With two Saturn activations, it is doubtful that much more would follow in the wake of this
eclipse after July of this year. At this point, then, I will leave the subject of eclipses for a
while (until August). It is time to have a look at the dynamics of the full moon figure and see
what is in store for the month of this solar festival.

We have already had a look at the Sun/Moon axis and considered the effects of the eclipse.
What has not been mentioned is that the Moon is trine Pluto in this figure, making an ‘easy
opposition’ of the Sun/Moon axis. What this means is that any resolutions to be had from the
eclipse will be made easier and will contribute toward a strengthening of our sense of well-being. Saturn trines Pluto as well, contributing a sense of diligence and hard work, but in a positive
sense. There will be a real feeling of inner drive with this full moon—a sense that we need to
get on with things and that we have a great capacity of endurance and fortitude to see things through. Pluto in positive aspect to a full moon, as we have here, can be revelatory in terms
of self-knowledge. There is also a sense of fearlessness with such a combination. We know
what needs to happen and we simply get on with what has to be done.

There is a very interesting geometric pattern involving the undecile series of aspects, the eleventh-harmonic aspect. The planets involved are the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Chiron, with an additional triangle formed with Uranus thrown in for good measure and a bit of interest. The undecile aspect series is thought to impart sudden or drastic change, sudden flashes of insight, unusual events or outcomes and, most importantly, resolution of difficult circumstances—seeing the dualities in one’s self and circumstance and finding unique ways of dealing with them. This last point often happens unconsciously in the case of undeciles.

Post by: Bianca on February 19, 2008, 07:40:15 am

There is a very interesting geometric pattern involving the undecile series of aspects, the
eleventh-harmonic aspect. The planets involved are the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Chiron,
with an additional triangle formed with Uranus thrown in for good measure and a bit of inte-
rest. The undecile aspect series is thought to impart sudden or drastic change, sudden
flashes of insight, unusual events or outcomes and, most importantly, resolution of difficult circumstances—seeing the dualities in one’s self and circumstance and finding unique ways
of dealing with them. This last point often happens unconsciously in the case of undeciles.

In addition to the subtle geometry of the undecile series, we also have what is known as a
Mystic Rectangle, involving a Mars/Pluto opposition, the Sun/Moon axis and with Mars also
completing an ‘easy opposition’ with the Sun/Moon axis. Positively expressed, this configura-
tion brings strong intuition and insight into what might ordinarily be unbearably stalemated
situations. The Mars/Pluto opposition will provide the necessary catalysts for change—
perhaps explosively, hopefully not—whereas the full moon axis provides the insight the solar
festival is meant to bring with it. We should keep in mind that any full moon period is the high
point of the month, spiritually considered. The full moon periods are when the spiritual forces
of the planet are in their deepest phases of concentration each month. Hence, we are able
to access energies and insights not normally available to us at other times. All that additional subjective energy is also why we see a marked increase in hospital admissions at those times.
Some people simply find the extra forces too difficult to handle. Release has to come in some

Post by: Bianca on February 19, 2008, 07:43:41 am

Finally, the only other major planetary configuration in the full moon figure comes from the
Sun/North Node/Neptune conjunction, to end things on a happier note. The Sun and Neptune
are in the two signs most associated with humanity, service and the work of salvation—
Aquarius and Pisces. The North Node tends to bring in new circumstances and the meeting
of new people. This is a highly spiritual and psychic combination and indicates care for the
needy and the sick. We should note, too, that Neptune is at the midpoint of Chiron and the
North Node and in wide conjunctions to both of them, also indicating the healing arts and the
resolution of emotional pains. In all, my sense is that the period from now—really until mid-June—
is going to be a period wherein some old hurts are going to come forward for resolution, but
there is plenty here to indicate some especially favorable outcomes can arise from what will
be presented to us, as indicated by the stellium of the Sun, North Node, Neptune and Chiron.
And, just so we keep a level head about it all, the idealistic pairing of Mercury and Venus by conjunction is in quincunx to Saturn—a ‘Saturn clash’ by Magi astrology rules. Although the
eclipse itself is classed as a minor one in terms of magnitude, its effects upon personal, and
maybe international, relations may be more telling than we might think at first glance. Look at
what is happening around us. In Australia, for instance, the government—at long last—has said
“Sorry” to the ‘stolen generation’ of aboriginals. Healing is happening all around us. (I put ‘stolen generation’ in quotes to indicate the term, not to cast aspersions on the meaning of it.
If you live outside Australia and do not know what it means, do a search on the term. It is well-
worth a look.)

“I am the Light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the
Light of Life.” (John 8:12) Pisces distributes this “Light of the World”—the energy of the Christ
Light. The preceding quote was made at the inception of the Age of Pisces. All true faiths show
the way to that Light. It is not a Light that is bound to religion, however, nor is it the sole demonstration of any single personage. It is that Light which reveals the Light of Life itself, as
that quote from one of Jesus’ sermons states. It is a Light which each one of us carries—and will
some day fully demonstrate—as our true Essence. It ends forever the darkness of material exist-
ence and reveals the glories of the heaven realms—the realms of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas
(Christs), devas, angels, dakas and dakinis, and hosts of deities of all description—including our-
selves. It is these realms to which Piscean experience leads us, and for which it prepares us,
for there is our true salvation. We lead others to those realms, too, by our own self-salvation
in the crucible of material life and in having to ‘live in the world, but be not of it’. Does it feel
as though a large white cross is somehow dominating your landscape? What will be presented
to us? What will our response be in the time of need? How will respond when our own needs
have to be addressed and the needs of others as well?

Post by: Bianca on February 19, 2008, 07:48:50 am

For the longest time I have had a postcard on the bulletin board in my study at which I have
smiled many times over the past few years. On it is a picture of John Howard in stately pose,
light rays radiating out from his head, and with the members of his front bench arrayed below
him. At the bottom of the card is a caption which reads

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

It is, of course, a protest and satire on the refusal of past governments, and especially the
Howard government, to say ‘that word’ to the aboriginal community in Australia. The point to
be made from this is not about politics or people, however. We most often find ourselves in
painful situations because of our own poor choices, misguided thinking or deliberate wrongful
actions, and often from events that happened long ages ago in the past.

Nature always balances itself, even in the human world. Nothing ever goes uncorrected and,
in simple human terms, that process of ‘correction’ is often most elegantly started by the utter-
ance of a simple word—


Who knows what has happened to us or because of us in the remote reaches of the Earth’s
history? Few are those who really know. The important thing is that we deal with what is in
front of us right now and make certain that whatever wrongs have been committed do not
happen again.

Actually, love does mean having to say one is sorry at times.

May whatever happens for you over the next few months, and especially this one, eventually
bring you the inner peace and happiness that we all very rightly deserve, for the natural state
of the human being is joy itself—if we could only realize it.

The day of the eclipse is also the Buddhist celebration of the Day of Miracles.

May all blessings and happiness be yours and may your merit be multiplied a hundred-million times!

Much love,


19 Feb 2008

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Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 10:27:04 am

Friday, February 29, 2008
Obama's announcement chart

To me, the jury is still out on the void moon (the moon is said to be void after it makes the last aspect to another planet before entering the next sign), but today I received an email from a reader quoting a newsgroup post that said
"Please help me with the astrology of Obama's campaign. He announced his run on Feb 10, 2007, 10:13am CST, Springfield IL. Asc 8TAU42. Source - BBC covered the event live with a local time ticker which froze at the moment of the announcement. I was watching.

At first glance there are serious problems. A voided waning Moon in Scorpio - void in the classical and modern sense. In fact, it is very seriously void, with the next ptolemaic being a square to radix Mercury 14 degrees later.
The V/C tables that I consulted indicate that the moon was not void of course until the following day, but looking at the chart of the event it certainly does appear that the moon had made its last aspect before passing out of Scorpio.

Astrological lore instructs us not to enter into any ventures when the moon is void of course. Astroprofile, a great resource for all kinds of data, says "It is a time of the minutes or hours of chaos, disruption, nothing works right...times when we make bad decisions."

It's interesting then that Obama, with an announcement chart that includes a void of course moon, has shot from last place into a strong lead in the presidential campaign. Perhaps what the void of course moon has done, rather than doom him to a bad decision, is to offer up results that have broken all of the rules of political campaigns.

There are a surprising number of exact (1 degree orb or less) aspects between the Obama announcement chart and the US Sibley chart:

Neptune in the US chart exactly trines the Midheaven in the announcement chart, perhaps explaining the "mania" in "Obamania."

The Moon in the announcement chart exactly trines the US Mercury, suggesting that the emotional motivations of Obama's candidacy (Moon) are in harmony with what the people of the US are thinking (Mercury).
The Sun in the announcement chart makes an exact trine to the US Mars, suggesting that the essence of Obama's candidacy (Sun) has the capability to energize (Mars) the American people.

Pluto in the announcement chart makes a sextile to the Moon in the US chart that suggests that Obama will transform (Pluto) the way Americans feel about their country (Moon).
Jupiter in the announcement chart make an exact sextile to Saturn in the US chart, indicating that Obama's candidacy expands the optimism (Jupiter) of the established power structures in the country (Saturn).
Mercury in the announcement chart exactly squares Uranus in the US, explaining the way Obama's oratory (Mercury) creates a radical urge for change (Uranus).
Neptune in the announcement chart forms an exact sextile to Chiron in the US chart, identifying the mystical fervor (Neptune) that Obama's candidacy has inspired, and the hope that the nation can be healed (Chiron).
Perhaps Obama will lose, but there is no question that his candidacy has had a profound effect although not in the way that anyone could have predicted. And perhaps that is the lesson of the void of course moon!

Update 3/1: Sally McDonald, one of the web's experts in mundane astrology (I am merely a dabbler; my specialty is people rather than events), writes that the Moon in the announcement chart makes it easier for Obama's natal Saturn and Uranus to work together effectively and harmonize the structure that Saturn creates with the urge to overturn the status quo of Uranus. She adds that the the Moon and Mercury in Obama's chart, which form a sextile in the chart, both are inconjunct (30 degrees) his Venus at 1 degree Cancer which is being opposed right now by Pluto, forming a perfect Yod in his chart. The Yod is the "finger of fate" aspect that indicates an important destiny of some sort. The transit of Pluto is clarifying that destiny and bringing it into fruition.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 10:36:26 am

I've given a lot of thought the last 8 years to "emotions and feelings" around particularly GWB. When he announced he was running for President I felt as if someone hit me. I felt frantic and had a horrible visceral response everytime I saw him or heard him. And yet people I knew and respected believed him to be the 2nd coming. While I do absolutely believe he's been the worst president ever, and feel I was right about my assessment of what was coming, and I think it's bad, it isn't quite as bad as I thought it would be at this point.

I have not been able to ever figure out why I was so physically revolted by this man and others were not. I wondered what made my impressions more valid that someone else. I still wonder that. I don't have any of those profound emotions over these candidates, not even John McCain that I did in 2000. Oh there are little things, I cannot tolerate hearing Hillary's voice and laugh, it's grating to me as are her dirty politics as usual trick she and Bill pull, but that isn't necessarily proof to me that she would be a bad president. I don't think Obama is the great orator that he's painted, and I don't think he debates worth a darn, but that doesn't say he would be a bad president. And McCain to me is just "oh please." I will say and this will get me in a lot of trouble, I don't like Kucinich at all and never thought he would be a good president even though he's made a career out of running.

The experience argument doesn't hold water in terms of feelings or who to vote for; that would have been Dodd or Biden or Richardson. Heck it would have been Kerry in the last election.

I just wish I knew what the emotions and feelings boil down to; I don't think they boil down to who is going to be the best or worst of candidates for the Presidency. A lot of us thought GWB would be the worst and he was, but what of those good and yes, smart people who thought he would be the best? Good or bad, right or wrong, like or dislike this country gave away their power to GWB and we are in danger of doing the same thing with Clinton, Obama or McCain and the truth is we don't know if they will be good or bad for the country (although I don't think McCain would be particularly good, I think he's out of his realm)

The astrology suggests that whoever wins will be a one term president and whoever wins cannot resolve the issues this country is dealing with thanks to GWB and this war and the economy. Most countries struggle with a woman as a leader (Andrea Merkle has had her challenges in this area) so I doubt that Hillary is going to be able to bring respect for the US to this country and I think her "warrior" mindset could further damage our standing, but that might be true of anyone at this point.

I would just suggest that no matter who we support or who wins that we not give our power away whether we like or dislike them. Acknowledge our feelings without making the person good or bad and keep your objective eyes out no matter who wins.

Posted by Sally Cheyne McDonald

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 10:47:16 am

by Alex Miller-Mignone
After the ideological, puritanical excesses of John Ashcroft (he of the exposed-breast-covering of the statue of Justice), and the incompetent, vacillating “leadership” of Alberto Gonzales (the gentleman with the serious recall deficiency), avid Bush-watchers were eagerly anticipating what further horrors could be visited upon the American public in the form of George W. Bush’s third Attorney General. They have not had long to wait.

The son of Russian immigrants, Mukasey is the 81st Attorney General of the United States, and only the second person of Jewish faith to hold the office. He is a former Chief Judge of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, where he served for 18 years. In this capacity he was involved in the trials of both Omar Abdel Rahman, whom he sentenced to life in prison for his part in a plot to blow up the United Nations building; and of Jose Padilla, the US citizen accused of terrorist activities, whom he ruled could be held as an enemy combatant, but was entitled to legal representation. His record of support for the administration was thus mixed, and his selection as a replacement for the disgraced Alberto Gonzales was at first greeted with cautious optimism and approval, until it became clear that Mukasey would not be any more forthcoming than his predecessor on the legal status of “enhanced interrogation” techniques such as waterboarding.

During his confirmation hearings in October 2007 and the follow-up inquiries, Mukasey refused to make any definitive written or oral statements on the subject of what exactly constituted torture, an illegal act under US law. When the specific issue of waterboarding was raised, Mukasey skirted it, affirming that he could not comment on the procedure’s legality until he had read and absorbed the Justice Department’s classified internal memos on the subject and its legal ramifications, which he could not do until he was confirmed as Attorney General. Following his testimony on October 16, a flurry of letters from the Senate Judiciary Committee attempted to pin down Mukasey on the issue, to no avail. Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) expressed himself “deeply troubled” by Mukasey’s resistance to expressing an opinion on waterboarding in advance of his confirmation. He did, however, manage to wring a concession out of the embattled nominee to the effect that in future, any congressional or White House inquiries regarding the disposition of ongoing prosecutions be handled only by the AG or Deputy AG, and not by lesser staff, in an attempt to avoid the sorts of political interference into investigations occurring under Gonzales’ watch.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 10:49:55 am

Mukasey’s nomination was passed out of committee on 6 November, by a vote of 11-9, and he received confirmation from the Senate on 8 November, 53-40. The vote margin was the tightest for any Attorney general in more than 50 years. Mukasey promised to respond to the issue of waterboarding once he had analyzed the relevant documents.

In a letter to Leahy in advance of his scheduled January 30 appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mukasey stated that he had indeed reviewed the Department of Justice’s position on torture, but that, as waterboarding was not currently being used by interrogators, he felt it “inappropriate” for him to comment on its overall legality. “I understand that you and some other members of the [Judiciary] Committee may feel that I should go further in my review, and answer questions concerning the legality of waterboarding under current law... I understand the strong interest in this question, but I do not think it would be responsible for me, as Attorney General, to provide an answer... If this were an easy question, I would not be reluctant to offer my views on this subject. But, with respect, I believe it is not an easy question. There are some circumstances where current law would appear clearly to prohibit the use of waterboarding. Other circumstances would present a far closer question.” Mukasey declined to specify just what those “other circumstances” would be.

Mukasey’s appearance before the Committee was a contentious five-hour wrangle yielding little substance. Although the AG stated that waterboarding was “repugnant” to him, and when pressed, admitted that if the technique were used upon himself, he “would feel that it was” torture, he absolutely refused to “pass definitive judgment” on whether the procedure is legal. Defensively, he trotted out the old argument that “any answer I give could have the effect of articulating publicly—and to our adversaries—the limits and contours of generally worded laws that define the limits of a highly classified interrogation program.”

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 10:50:54 am

Mukasey further averred that he would never publicly conclude that waterboarding is torture, in part because it is not included on a list of specifically proscribed techniques. “We may not maim, we may not ****.” He also refused to confirm that the procedure had ever been used, or who may have authorized it. “I can’t speak to whether people were in fact waterboarded or if the president approved it.”

Leahy’s blistering response was clear and succinct: "Tragically, this administration has so twisted America's role, law and values that our own State Department, our military officers and, apparently, America's top law enforcement officer, are now instructed by the White House not to say that waterboarding is torture and illegal... It is not enough to say that waterboarding is not currently authorized. Torture and illegality have no place in America... The Attorney General of the United States should be able to declare that it is wrong, it is illegal, and it is beyond the pale. It has been for over a century."

The following week, on Thursday 7 February, Mukasey compounded his problem in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Representative John Conyers (D-MI). On the prior day, amid increasing congressional agitation for investigations into the legality of waterboarding, CIA Director Michael Hayden confirmed that the technique had been used on at least three high profile detainees by CIA interrogators, the decision to proceed with the technique having been based upon legal opinions obtained from the Justice Department. Mukasey, thus deprived of his fallback position from his Senate testimony refusing to make any such confirmation, then averred that he could not authorize any investigation into these crimes, as “[t]hat would mean that the same department that authorized the program would now consider prosecuting somebody who followed that advice.” When the subject shifted from prosecuting the interrogators to prosecuting those who authorized the techniques, Mukasey refused further comment.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 10:51:49 am

Born 28 July 1941, Michael Mukasey has several strong galactic contacts. The Sun at 5 Leo is within the event horizon, or orb of influence, of the Black Hole at 2 Leo, which since his birth has transited to 3 Leo, exactly conjoining natal Pluto there. The Sun is also tightly squared a pair of Quasars at 4 Taurus and Scorpio, and another Black Hole at 6 Scorpio. Quasars promote success and accomplishment, and their effects can be clearly seen in Mukasey’s rise from modest roots, as the scion of a Russian Jewish émigré family, through a distinguished legal career and nearly two decades on the Federal bench, to become the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. Promotion and preferment come naturally to these individuals, who easily stand out in a crowd, and Mukasey was not only hand picked for his judicial post by Reagan in 1987, he emerged from semi-retirement in 2006 to accept Bush’s offer to head Justice.

While the Quasars have ensured high visibility and attainment, often of positions one has not actively sought, the Black Hole contacts are more problematic. In particular, Pluto allied with Black Hole energies atop the Sun forms a difficult configuration, inclining the native to secrecy, obsession, and a desire for power which can overwhelm. It is ironic that, given this placement, Mukasey refuses to define torture, though he readily sees it when applied to himself. With Pluto on the Sun and a Black Hole, he certainly has the power to illumine the situation for us, should he so choose, but prefers to preserve the secrets (Pluto) of the administration instead. The Pluto/Sun pairing is also reflective of his involvement with terrorism cases, while the Quasars indicate the high-profile quality of the Rahman and Padilla cases in particular.

Black Hole Sun also often chooses to remain behind the scenes, pulling strings and allowing others to take the rap. It is adept at creating a false persona to hide behind, misdirecting others for manipulative purposes. It is also magnetic and persuasive, drawing others into its orbit or influence with ease.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 10:52:42 am

It is also appropriate, given his involvement with cases involving terrorism, torture and the military, that Mercury at 16 Cancer and Mars at 13 Aries are in square, forming a Galactic T-Square with the Black Hole at 13 Libra. Mars has affinities with all these areas, and Mercury represents both Mukasey’s legal decisions regarding terrorists and the status of enemy combatants, as well as his refusal to define waterboarding as torture, while in his capacity as spokesperson for the administration. Mercury/Mars is also reflective of the openly hostile, borderline scornful atmosphere of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. With Mercury tied to a Black Hole his decisions are unpredictable, and may reverse precedent or challenge the status quo thinking. Jupiter also ties to this pattern from 13 Gemini, exactly sextile Mars and trine the Black Hole, further inflating the situation and bringing in the environment of the Justice Department, which it rules, as well as his prior judicial positions.

From 16 Cancer Mercury is also exactly sextile the Black Hole at 16 Taurus and trine another at 17 Sagittarius, ramping up their effects. Mercury tied to Black Hole energies can be the ultimate equivocator, unable or unwilling to take a clear stand on the issue, hoping by avoidance or misdirection to move past the moment and defer commitment. Persuasive and impassioned, Black Hole Mercury can also be inordinately convinced of its own rightness and rectitude, stubborn in its opinion but willing to take up any argument to support it, even ones in conflict. The mind is retentive, but less than honest with itself and others, and may reject inconvenient facts out of hand.

Saturn and Uranus conjoin at 26 and 29 Taurus, straddling a Maser at 27 Taurus and in square to a Black Hole at 27 Aquarius. This is a strange combination of conservative and progressive viewpoints, and with the Maser energy, suggests a disruptive, volatile or controversial aspect to the career or work life. This is borne out by the types of cases he attracted as a judge, and now his enigmatic stance on waterboarding. Unpredictable and erratic, there is too much of the rebel in Mukasey to completely conform to expectations. If his tenure at Justice were to be longer, it is quite possible that Bush would come to regret his choice, as Mukasey is at best an unstable and uncommitted ally of the establishment.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 10:53:46 am

The Black Hole square to Saturn also suggests a certain rabbit-out-of-a-hat quality to Mukasey’s career path, as can in fact be intuited from his sudden advancement to the federal bench by Reagan, and Bush plucking him from relative obscurity after Mukasey retired from this post, elevating him as the highest legal officer in the land. Asteroid Pandora aligns with this pair from 0 Gemini, a possible indicator that Mukasey may yet be influential in opening or illuminating some point of controversy for the administration, if perhaps after leaving office, or responsible for unleashing some horrors or misfortunes on the populace at large.

Mukasey’s Senate Judiciary Committee appearances, both the October 16 confirmation hearing and the recent January 30 testimony, occurred within days of Mercury’s retrograde stations, indicating going back into previously unresolved matters. Both also show the planet of communication linked with Black Holes and Pulsars (Mercury at 8 Scorpio in October, conjunct the Black Hole at 7 Scorpio and squared the Pulsar at 9 Aquarius; and at 23 Aquarius in January, squared the Black Hole at 24 Taurus and sextile the Pulsar at 24 Sagittarius, trine another at 23 Gemini), indicating deceptive or impenetrable thinking or responses (Black Hole), and noted or newsworthy events (Pulsar). The Sun both dates was also linked with Black Holes and Pulsars, in October from 22 Libra it opposed the Black Hole at 24 Aries and trined the Pulsar at 23 Gemini, sextile another at 24 Sagittarius, while in January from 9 Aquarius it exactly conjoined a Pulsar and exactly opposed the Black Hole at 9 Leo. Sun/Black Hole days often reveal dramatic, startling developments, and can also signal obfuscation or misdirection.

When Mukasey appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on February 7, the Sun and Mercury were conjoined at 17 Aquarius, atop the 16 Aquarius Pulsar and square the Black Hole at 16 Taurus, once again combining these four crucial elements that have had such an influence on this aspect of his tenure at Justice. As the clock runs out on his administration, George W. Bush seems to have found yet another sterling example of honesty and integrity to inflict upon the American people.

Alex Miller-Mignone is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book and The Urban Wicca, former editor of "The Galactic Calendar," and past president of The Philadelphia Astrological Society.

His pioneering work with Black Holes in astrological interpretation began in 1991, when his progressed Sun unwittingly fell into one. Alex can be reached for comment or services at

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 10:56:04 am

by Jessica Murray

                                                  The Winter Solstice

It is winter now in the Northern hemisphere. The weather is growing cold, the beasts of the forest have withdrawn into their hibernation dens, and America is cranking itself into high gear for the ritual of choosing a president.

The Solstice occurs on December 21. This is the annual crossroads at which Sagittarius meets Capricorn, the sign ruled by Saturn; a planet that at its best bestows a kind of dry, cool wisdom.

Crossroads have been renowned since the beginning of time as the best place to cop a perspective. Many cultures tell stories of mythic figures receiving revelations at a crossroads. Robert Johnson, the great guitarist, was said to have received his musical genius at the dusty intersection of two country paths. Pagan priestesses do their incantations at crossroads for an extra boost of power. Astrologers look for inspiration not at crossroads of Space but of Time, such as those marked in Celtic folklore by the sabbats of the Wheel of the Year. The Solstice is one of these.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 10:58:35 am

Revelations at the crossroads

We have made the subject of this column The Big Picture, presenting astrology as a coded language that can reveal to us what the Universe wants us to understand about these creative, destructive, inspiring times. It is this kind of revelation that many of us will open ourselves to at the crossroads of the Solstice.

We have proposed that each planet speaks to us through its particular placement in our individual charts. Each has time-specific lessons to teach and soul-liberating stories to tell.  When we listen to these messages and commit to them, we become increasingly able to express ourselves more authentically. This in turn allows us to respond to the external world more authentically.

The leap of faith that must be taken here—and it’s not that everyone will or should take it; but let’s face it: astrology doesn’t make much sense unless you do—is that our souls made an agreement to Be Here Now, and that our natal charts are the record of that agreement. Planetary crossroads can jolt us back into the memory of that agreement.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 10:59:52 am

Being Here Now

The Now this column uses as its reference point is the first couple of decades of the new millennium. The Here we are singling out for attention is the good ol’ USA. It is often forgotten (at least, by those who live here) that this country is a newbie as far as world civilizations go. Nonetheless, at this particular point in human evolution it has fallen to America to be the flailing giant with the biggest stick—with all the other peoples of the world forced to go along for the ride (England), pretend to make nice (the rest of Europe), fight for their lives (Iraq, Iran, Haiti, Lebanon, etc.), or scurry to get out of the way.

In our last couple of columns we considered Mercury, the planet of dispassionate curiosity. We suggested that if Americans started using their Mercuries responsibly, they would observe their culture and the rest of the world in a spirit of detached inquiry.  We proposed that this approach would utterly transform the stultified yet strangely manic mental atmosphere of American culture.  We argued that if Americans were to deploy their inborn intelligences as the Goddess intended, they would hunger for clean information; they would watch their government’s machinations like a hawk, and they would track even the most discouraging global issues with an attitude of independence and logical thinking—a scenario that would make Karl Rove, the Fortune 500 CEOs and Fox News all quake in their Guccis.

Let us continue looking at the planets; not with the intention of defining them as facets of the individual personality so much as mining them for clues as to how to take the pulse of this world moment. For only then will we find our role.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 11:00:57 am

Planet of the material world

Take Saturn. (Don’t everyone cry at once, “Yes, take my Saturn—please!”). It is everybody’s least favorite planet, and so much has been written about it that we will not go into its standard delineations here. (1) But we will use as a starting place one of its traditional features: that of being the planet most closely aligned with the Earth plane. Saturn’s symbolism matches very closely how most of us think and feel about the material world.

We moderns view the external world—in sharp contrast to the internal world of the psyche—as measurable and verifiable. Similarly, Saturn governs that which is solid and predictable: objects and operations that bow to the laws of gravity, cause-and-effect, and all the other seemingly immutable features of the three-dimensional plane—a plane which has a much higher credibility rating than those other dubious planes one hears about (conceptual, emotional and intuitional).

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 11:02:09 am

Guardian of the velvet rope

As the furthest-out visible planet in the solar system, Saturn represents the boundaries of the real. This correlation reveals a hoary old truism that is deeply embedded in the collective unconscious: If I can see it with my own eyes, it exists.

Saturn’s famous rings are like the velvet rope at a nightclub. The planet seems to say: Everything within this designated area is known, established and has a name; anything outside this area is of uncertain provenance and is probably not worth my time. As the guardian of the velvet rope of a nation-state, Saturn decides what’s in and what’s out in terms of cultural legitimacy. As the guardian of the velvet rope of a town, it decides which is the right side of the tracks and which is the wrong side. In the professional arena, Saturn decides which jobs count as bona fide careers and which are wacky pipe dreams that only teenagers or some bum like Jack Kerouac would pursue.

Saturn seems to believe that it, and it alone, knows what real life is.

The trouble is, when subjected to metaphysical examination, the questions raised by the concept “real life” start squiggling around like worms crawling out of a can. The more you think about it, the more the apparent reality of “reality” dissolves into pixels, as anyone who has seen The Matrix will tell you. Yet it remains true that of all the planets we work with in traditional astrology, Saturn, with its connotations of rock-solid, no-bulls**t reality is the one archetype we most strenuously resist challenging.

We complain endlessly about Saturn challenging us, but we resist challenging it.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 11:03:18 am

Resisting relativism

In astrology, of course, the idea that reality is relative is axiomatic. A client who goes to an astrologer will probably already be hip to this idea; and will find himself nodding away in full agreement as he listens to his astrologer explain that his assumptions about romance are going to be different from his partner’s, and how his unconscious feelings impact his work day, and how his upbringing determines his definition of the perfect home, etc. But as soon as an issue comes up that the client sees as belonging wholly and utterly to the external world—Saturn’s world—suddenly the client may shift gears: he feels he has nothing whatsoever to do with “creating” this part. (This usually happens when the discussion comes around to money.)  He will say, “But wait a minute: now you’re talking about, you know, reality.”

In theory, the idea of a singular, constant, absolute reality was fatally skewered by Einstein, letting loose an onslaught of science fiction writers and string theorists and filmmakers (e.g. “What the Bleep Do We Know”) who continue to rock our Gibraltars with the news that, even from a scientific point of view, reality is relative. But the notion of a good old-fashioned reality, finite and impersonal, remains a stubborn shibboleth of collective thinking. We unconsciously defend the idea of “reality,” and its twin concept objectivity, as if our psychological survival depended on it.

This is an anachronistic use of Saturn, and it is time for serious astro-philes to update it.

Easier said than done. The insistence upon a universally agreed-upon reality is part and parcel of our language and our conventions. A friend may say, “I want a real relationship”. You may respond, “What do you mean by a ‘real relationship’?“ and she may answer, “You know, a real relationship.” (Tip-off number one that we’re up against a lazy Saturn: repetition rather than clarification.) You may ask, “But by “real”, what do you mean? A relationship that would lead to marriage? Living together? Progeny? One that would last five/fifteen/fifty years?” After shaking her head in frustration at all these guesses, she may reply in exasperation: “Oh, you know what I mean! I just want what everybody wants.”

And of course, this is the key. Saturn represents our concept of where everybody else is coming from.

This use of Saturn presumes the existence of a collective external point of view whose tenets are so über-obvious that they rarely get looked into. With this ploy we surround whatever opinion we are championing with a patina of eternal validity and neutrality (a friend of mine who doesn’t think much of astrology once reasoned, “if it were valid, it would be taught at Columbia”). We feel that appealing to an outside-world consensus gives our arguments an unarguable realness that would be lost if we were merely expressing our own unique opinions, desires and fears.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 11:04:08 am

Gluing the group together
Saturn’s job is to stick things together. It governs glue and mortar and social cohesion. Groups need a well-functioning Saturn or they can’t coalesce. Individuals need a well-functioning Saturn to glue themselves together, as well as to master an understanding of the rules and mores of their culture. If Saturn is prominent in our chart (say, on or ruling the Ascendant or Midheaven, or aspecting the Sun or Moon), we have a strong interest in knowing what the rules and standards are in any given context: what the protocol is at a particular dinner party, what companies are going to be the next big thing on Wall Street, what the polls say about the mood of the voters. This doesn’t mean that we agree with them, but we certainly care about them.

The mores of a culture may be explicit (I can’t drive without a license, or I’ll get in trouble) or implicit (“Supporting the troops” means supporting the president which means you’re patriotic). Either way, they collectively provide the skeletal belief structure for a certain group at a certain moment in its history. When an opinion has become part of the warp and woof of the group mind, to espouse that opinion glues us into the group reality.

For example, consider the notion To take a new job that pays less than the old one is bad, no matter what the qualities of the new job. Thisis no longer merely an idea (Mercury) but a self-evident truism (Saturn) in the USA. What makes it Saturnine is the belief that “everybody” believes it. Thus if we believe it, too, our sense of membership in the group is secured. We are normal.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 11:05:10 am

What Everybody Thinks
Any discussion of Saturn in the collective must address the notion of normalcy, a major form of societal glue. Normative concepts exude a soothing air of timeless veracity, but of course they are utterly capricious and mutable. For example, astrology books may define Saturn as the planet of success, but what this really means is what a given section of society supposes success to mean at a specific time in its history. It goes without saying that “success” to our great-great grandmother on the American plains did not mean the same thing as “success” to our daughter in New York in 2007. But Saturn would govern both pictures, for it governs the concept itself.

An example of a Saturnine truism that has slipped from outside to inside the bounds of normative thinking in the USA over the past six years is Being suspicious of Arabs is appropriate and natural. Here a fear-based prejudice has achieved the imagined status of What Everybody Thinks—or what the media tells us everybody thinks. This is an important distinction.

Even more important is the question:

                                    Where does What Everybody Thinks come from?

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 11:06:25 am

“Reality” and the media

Television and radio play an enormous role in the Saturn pictures that Americans absorb every day about their world. The amount of hours Americans spend in front of their TV sets remains near an all-time high of more than eight hours a day. There are more TV sets in America than people to watch them.

So it would seem more important than ever to take a sharp look at the realities being drummed into our minds during all those viewing hours. The fact that the ownership of American media outlets has been consolidated into an increasingly tiny group of government-abetted mega-corporations, whose echo-chamber technique insures that the same handful of news reports are repeated over and over on all the networks and newspapers at once during a brief but intense news cycle, tells the tale: certain cherry-picked stories are being chosen to be the realities Americans think about and subscribe to. (2)

Much has been written about how fluffy newspaper stories are becoming in Rupert Murdoch’s America, and about how the “news” on TV is morphing into a uniquely modern engine of vapidity identified by the apt coinage infotainment. But as disturbing as it is to see Britney Spears’ parenting woes make headlines in so-called serious newspapers, at least the trend it represents is under discussion (even by the absurdly self-conscious meta-media itself, which spent at least as much time chastising itself for caring about Paris Hilton’s mini-incarceration as it spent reporting it). The American populace is clearly aware, on some level, that such content is printed only to sell newspapers.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 11:07:17 am

Far more dangerous in terms of forming a reality picture of our world in these times is the news that doesn’t get told.

Throughout the ages, the function of propaganda has been to reinforce the idea that if an event isn’t mentioned among the information presented, it must not be important—or, worse, it didn’t happen. When we look at America’s current cultural reality from the Big Picture, it seems unimaginable, for example, that a populace as obsessed with the concept of democracy as ours is would have allowed to fade into the back pages of its newspapers the Military Commissions Act of 9/06: the one that eradicated the writ of habeus corpus for whomever the president decided to call an “alien unlawful enemy combatant.”

More egregious still is the fact that an equally appalling piece of legislation got virtually no media coverage at all. The John Warner Defense Authorization Act was signed at a private Oval Office meeting the same day as the act mentioned above, passed with ninety percent of the votes in the House and cleared the Senate unanimously (a consensus blatant enough to loosen any scales that might still be left hanging from the eyes of those who hoped the Democrats’ triumph in Congress last November would mean a return to sanity).

Tucked away into the deep recesses of this multibillion-dollar catch-all bill for defense spending was a section allowing the president to declare a “public emergency” and dispatch federal troops to take over National Guard units and local police if he, and he alone, determined them unfit for maintaining order. In other words: martial law. (3) This story got less press than George Bush getting down with the maracas on a Brazilian dance floor.

Even so, the martial law item was and is part of the public record. In our last column we discussed the art of using our inborn intelligence, our Mercuries, to self-inform. Were we each to use this birthright consciously, it would provide the data necessary to establish a framework of reality that bears some relationship to what is actually going on.

That’s the kind of reality framework Saturn gives us when it is functioning properly.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 11:08:11 am

“But nobody else is doing it”

A fully conscious Saturn allows us to respond to a given situation by virtue of inner standards developed over time through independent experience. We have described an ill-functioning Saturn as one that uses the false reference point of What [we imagine] Everybody Thinks. The irony is that when we use the planet this way we lose sight of its most essential teaching: that of personal responsibility.

When we depend upon a vague cultural consensus for our definition of reality, our innate sense of responsibility—that is, our ability to respond—atrophies. Instead of being cultivated from within, Saturn’s energies get projected upon a fictive outer arbiter. And this is where it becomes dangerous, both from the point of view of self-awareness—for it disallows the inner work that the planet demands—and from the point of view of the health and sanity of the collective.

Saturn is supposed to be the planet of adulthood. But when expressed without awareness it keeps us living like teenagers, whose objection to doing the right thing is usually “but nobody else is doing it.”

A case in point is the concept of ecological peril that is just now filtering awkwardly through the choppy waters of the collective unconscious.  Though more and more Americans accept the reality of global warming, most seem to be waiting for some critical mass to be reached before they commit to personally going green.

The hideous oil spills in San Francisco Bay and the Black Sea that occurred just before and after the New Moon in early November  (when the planet Neptune—traditional ruler of oil—was squaring the Sun and Moon) made headlines all around the world, emblematic of a global crisis increasingly impossible to ignore. The sheer size of the Russian spill, said to be the third largest in history, and the proximity of the Golden Gate Bridge spill to some of the wealthiest communities in the world, seem to signal that the possibility of ecocide is transitioning from a remote and abstract concept in the group mind to something more imminent, and closer to home. (4)

The average American may shake her head in despair when reading about these catastrophes in her morning paper. She may also have read about the study that found that if everyone who lived within five miles of their job rode a bike once a week, it would save the amount of greenhouse gases produced by almost one million cars. But though the good citizen in our example will find these facts alarmingly persuasive, she cannot act without first doing something even more daunting. In order to actually get her bike out of the garage and ride it to work, she would have to do battle with her picture of Saturnine normalcy.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 11:09:02 am

Inner Saturn vs. Outer Saturn

The most insidious thing about assumptions, as communications experts will tell us, as well as inventors and ecologists and anyone else trying to think outside of the box, is that we don’t realize we harbor them. Most people would readily agree that collectively held notions can be tyrannical to independent thinking, but to dispel them requires identifying them—an exercise which can feel like herding cats. 

The Saturn crisis we Americans find ourselves in today has a long and ignoble history. It develops whenever a population accepts pseudo-realities from an authority figure in the outside world—say, a government, or a business cabal—that has no interest in the people’s benefit, nor in cultural cohesion, nor in the health of the world; yet claims to know what is culturally acceptable. If we as individuals have not cultivated our own inner Saturn—call it the superego, the conscience, or the internal Benevolent Father—we will identify these outer pictures as our own, purchasing thereby our meager little scrap of normalcy.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 11:09:58 am

Pseudo-reality vs. reality

America’s advertising industry, renowned for its psychological sophistication, is well aware of our fear of being deemed not-normal. Moreover these professional manipulators have recently become very hip to our guilt-driven desire to be on the side of the angels when it comes to climate change. Just as Karl Rove made it his business to work the insecurities of the U.S. electorate like a master violinist playing his instrument, the PR departments of multinational corporations have raised to an art form the ability to notice and exploit changes in the zeitgeist before the populace itself has woken up to them.

Thus all of a sudden we see glossy emerald-green ad spreads from Chevron announcing its conservation projects. We hear that our president has seen the light about peak oil and has found the solution in corn-based ethanol, a deliberately misconceived campaign that would create enormous new ecological disasters, as well as confusing and undermining years’ worth of consciousness-raising by dedicated environmentalists.

We watch on the Discovery Channel earnest educational series about saving the ozone; programs that turn out to have been sponsored by none other than Volvo (which is now owned by Ford Motor Company). And in a development so outrageous you’d think it came from a Jon Stewart sketch, Burt’s Bees, makers of all-natural lip balms and essential-oil lotions, has just been bought out by Clorox, bottlers of possibly the most toxic substance in America’s bathroom cabinet.

The pseudo-reality here is this: American business, teamed up with Uncle Sam, is on top of the problem. No need to worry about that nasty global warming thing. Daddy’s got it all covered. Move along now. Go back to your shopping.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 11:12:28 am

Using Saturn like a grown-up

In our next America in Transition we will look at some of the collective assumptions that are hanging in the air, invisibly and perniciously, of American society at the threshold of the peak oil years.  These must be named and isolated by those consciousness-seekers whose goal it is to reclaim their Saturns. It takes discrimination and commitment to separate the false voices of Saturn from its authentic voice. But once we do it, the planet makes us an authoritative exponent of our own chart. An uncanny sense of quiet confidence develops.

A healthy Saturn is the key to feeling, at last, like a real grown-up. It is also the key to figuring out how to be of use to our dear green-blue planetary home, which is in such pain right now.



1 Visit to for an essay on Saturn’s personal meaning and how to work with its challenges.

2 Visit for a discussion of the astrology behind the American media.

3 The act extends “public emergency” conditions to any place “where the president determines that domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the state… are incapable of maintaining public order.” See “Censored!” in the San Francisco Bay Guardian 9/5/07, an annual report on the Sonoma State University’s Project Censored.

4 For a discussion of the transits behind the oil spill, see December’s

Skywatch at

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 11:13:57 am


by Jessica Murray

In our last column we discussed Saturn’s association with the concept of “reality.” We proposed that it seemed pretty arrogant for one single planet to claim to be the last word on a concept as all-encompassing as “reality.” How does Saturn get away with it?

It gets away with it because It is the definer. It establishes rules and sets boundaries. Saturn’s considerable clout has nothing to do with logic; it has to do with authority and control. Saturn is the Because-I-say-so planet.

We spoke last time about the concept of reality being, well, a concept; not an absolute. Mystics and magi have been aware of this distinction since time immemorial, of course, and the New Physicists have recently corroborated it in terms that the modern mind could theoretically accept. But the man-on-the-street has yet to receive the memo.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 11:25:40 am

                                                S A T U R N  -  P A R T  I I

In our last column we discussed Saturn’s association with the concept of “reality.” We proposed that it seemed pretty arrogant for one single planet to claim to be the last word on a concept as all-encompassing as “reality.” How does Saturn get away with it?

It gets away with it because It is the definer. It establishes rules and sets boundaries. Saturn’s considerable clout has nothing to do with logic; it has to do with authority and control. Saturn is the Because-I-say-so planet.

We spoke last time about the concept of reality being, well, a concept; not an absolute. Mystics and magi have been aware of this distinction since time immemorial, of course, and the New Physicists have recently corroborated it in terms that the modern mind could theoretically accept. But the man-on-the-street has yet to receive the memo.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 06:11:32 pm

Saturn decides what’s true and normal

Anachronistic though it may be, in the modern world Saturn still means what it meant before the string theorists and Carlos Castaneda started messing with our minds about the nature of reality. In a given culture, Saturn governs those consensual viewpoints that are felt to be so unarguably real that they don’t register as relative. They register as self-evident.

An example is the idea that American-style democracy is the most superior form of government the world has ever seen (1). It is not considered a mere opinion; it is a defining cultural premise. So is its corollary: that the desire to introduce democracy to less-enlightened nation states is a proper and, indeed, an idealistic position for a politician to take. The only argument between the two major political parties on this issue concerns the means by which an American-style government should be foisted upon, and thereafter managed within, the benighted countries involved. The question of whether it should happen elicits no argument; only how it should happen. It’s considered too obviously true to subject to argument. One doesn’t argue about gravity, either.

We proposed in our last column that the Saturnine concept of normalcy is similarly relative: that what a culture considers to be base-line normal changes from decade to decade, if not from year to year or month to month; even varying widely from one socioeconomic group to another—all the while seeming, to the person holding the assumption, to be as immutable as Mt. Everest. Saturn represents all viewpoints which take for granted that Everybody sees things this way except for a few wingnuts.

To the extent that we stay stuck in this collective application of the Saturn principle it becomes impossible to assess, or respond to, what’s going on in the world today. Our job as symbol-readers must be to rediscover the elasticity of the archetypes we find in the astrology books, thereby to use them, in all their fullness and complexity of meaning, as tools of consciousness.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 06:12:37 pm

Saturn decides what is important

The operating principle behind a group chart, no less than an individual chart, is that all the planets should operate together into a smoothly functioning whole. If a planet is estranged from the overall life purpose of the entity (especially if it is at cross-purposes with the Sun, as we will see next month when we look at the US chart), problems arise. An un-integrated planet is often taken over by its shadow side. It is prone to projection (i.e. cast out upon the external world). It may stay stuck in arrested development.

One of Saturn’s key principles is the word/concept important. Saturn presides over the people and subject matter deemed importantby a given group at a given point in its history. A well-functioning Saturn will bestow importance upon public figures and issues that stabilize the group by bringing forth worthy values from its past which benefit the commonweal.

An unhealthy use of Saturn will drive a group to confer importance according to artificial and capricious criteria, as a bouncer at a nightclub does whose boss has instructed him to allow inside the velvet rope only the attractive and rich-looking among those waiting in line.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 06:13:57 pm

The election extravaganza

A timely example of distorted Saturn can be seen in the current showcasing by the American telecommunications industry of the biggest money-making scam in media history: the presidential campaign season. This massive election-prep period, with its preternaturally early whistle stops, its up-for-grabs scheduling of primaries and its rule manipulating run amok (2), is proving itself as elastic as Mike Huckabee’s old trousers.

Even if we set aside the content of the speechifying and its attendant punditry, the sheer girth of this media phenom—its extravaganza-like presence across the media landscape—tends to seduce even the most skeptical American into believing that there is nothing more newsworthy in the whole wide world than that day’s tiny poll shift or the tear that appeared in Hillary’s eye or the number of times Rudy said “9/11” in a speech. Low-level Saturn logic concludes that if the official voices of a society—in this case, the talking heads on TV—are giving this subject so much attention, it cannot be nonsense. It must be reality.

We have seen that Saturn gets its heft from the notion that this is what everybody thinks. The scale of the stagecraft involved in America’s election-year machinery is cultivated to convey the idea that everybody thinks these goings-on are über-important. Although, as we have seen, Saturn resists defining who this “everybody” is,media consumers are cajoled into assuming that what they are watching represents something of overweening concern to some vast, universal majority.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 06:16:24 pm

Saturn decides what the majority is thinking, even when it isn’t

But the more closely we look at it, the idea of The Majority starts to shift and fluctuate, much like the idea of reality. Like other Saturn-governed concepts, it is less sacrosanct than we are led to believe.

For example, pollsters tell us that only a dinky little third of the American electorate is behind the Bush-Cheney cabal at this point, but one would never know it given the great honking sound and fury emanating from the candidates vying for the GOP torch. This contingent is given a huge amount of airtime, because, of course, the game is rigged; they represent agencies with oodles of money and connections to the seat of power. (3)

What does this scenario have to do with the workings of Saturn?

Skewed media positioning provides its beneficiaries with a patina of gravitas, Saturn’s ultimate prize. The lack of a level playing field of visibility has fed into a fictive construct that not only do most people find these individuals and their scripted sound bites eminently significant, but that most people see these views as normal. The intention is to make the most foolish, off-the-wall public figures achieve an aura of being the voice of majority opinion without it being literally true. (This phenomenon has a counterpart in the financial world. Stock analysts call it the “salience bias:” investors give high-profile information—even when it is obviously flawed—more weight than they give sound, lower-profile information.)

In our last column we described the tendency of individuals in the grip of a Saturn picture to disdain subjecting their story to statistical analysis (for example, the idea that “most marriages last until-death-do-us-part”). The irony here is that the presumption of factuality is exactly what makes their view feel so solid.

But even when such stories are backed up by empirical data, Saturn persuades us to believe that its truisms are not just true; they are more than true. They are common knowledge. There is a sense of psychological weight surrounding Saturnine institutions and viewpoints that would not exist if they were thought to be the beliefs of the minority.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 06:17:50 pm

Saturn decides who The Fringe is

Most Americans—whether right- or left-leaning—know that endorsing torture is not a value that the US citizenry as a whole identifies with. If we’re talking about actual majority opinion, it is very improbable that Mitt Romney’s call to double the size of Guantanamo represents mainstream thinking. Moreover, it seems likely that most Americans in their heart of hearts detected the whiff of the nutcase about Sen. McCain changing the lyrics of the Beach Boys’ “Barbara Ann” to “Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran;” as well as about Mr. Huckabee’s announcement that if all the nation’s aborted fetuses had gone to term, the US wouldn’t need low-cost immigrant labor.

Nonetheless there exists a stubborn collective resistance to seeing these stances for what they are: the unwholesome, bizarre opinions of a fringe wing of an unpopular party. The stagecraft shoring up these gentlemen—the fact that they are given the imprimatur of the headlines day after day, and that big-name reporters analyze, with grave solemnity and dead seriousness, their every word and gesture—is designed to prevent them from being seen as fringe thinkers.

Even were an idea to pop out of one of these speakers’ mouths that was fringe-like in a positive sense—i.e. refreshingly unique—Saturn would have none of it. Saturn does not acquire authority by being original or idiosyncratic. It gets its avoirdupois from the idea that certain things are generally known and accepted. These candidates do not aspire to be seen as brilliant or innovative. They want to be thought of as predictable exponents of What Most People Think. They are running on the Saturn platform.

With perverse irony, the faux-majority thinking trope works its magic all along the political spectrum. Many leftwing Americans buy into this fallacy every bit as much as the cheerleaders of the candidates we are describing. Consider that American progressives—the type of voter who might see Dennis Kucinich as a harbinger of integrity and common sense, for example—even this kind of American, if she watched enough TV, would tend to get snookered by Saturn’s Reality Show. The rules of this show declare that if Kucinich is denied a place in the big debate, he must not be a real candidate. Thus if a voter identifies with him and believes in his authenticity, she must be the fringe thinker.

By this skewed logic, the anti-war contingent, despite being identified by pollsters as the overwhelming majority of the US populace, tend to see themselves as the odd-men-out, as voices in the wilderness, as the weirdos.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 06:18:49 pm

The majority…except for the rest of the world

While it might have been true right after 9/11 that the hawkish viewpoint constituted a numerical majority in the USA, a couple of years later the opposition to a preëmptive strike against Iraq rose to the millions in the USA and to the hundreds of millions throughout the rest of the world. In every major city across the globe, masses of humanity arose to protest Washington’s plan. The war promoters were so hugely outnumbered that the New York Times declared there to be “two superpowers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion" (Feb. 16, 2003).

This scenario brings to light yet another layer of un-integrated Saturn. To what extent do international viewpoints factor into America’s Reality Show?

We have seen that rigorous accuracy is not the driving force behind America’s sense of majority opinion, even its own national majority opinion. Much has been written about the tendency of the US government to minimize the numbers of domestic dissidents (by refusing them access to media; by contesting their reports or resorting to character assassination [e.g. global warming scientists, Joseph Wilson]; by undercounting mass demonstrations), thus manipulating the country’s sense of what constitutes received wisdom in the USA. But the faux-majority gambit becomes qualitatively more outrageous when we consider how it allows Americans to summarily dismiss the perspectives of the other countries of the world. (4)

A distorted Saturn is nothing if not provincial. Following the lead of their government, Americans by and large give global opinion very little attention. They accept quite readily their leaders’ cataloguing of other nations into two groups: “allies” or potential objects of conquest (or, as it is demurely being framed, the lucky recipients of new, improved regimes).

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 06:19:43 pm

True majority opinion

The truth is that aside from the apparently infinite credulity of certain groups within the American public, basically no one across the whole face of the globe sees things the way Washington does. To see the Iraq war as having to do with "democracy," for instance, may be either the normal or the faux-normal position here in the USA, depending on your point of view; but it is considered flat-out preposterous just about everywhere else in the world.

If we applied Saturn’s own presumed standard—that of preponderant viewpoints—we would find that at most a few million Americans take seriously the “We bombed Iraq to free them” and the “Attacking Iran would make the world safer” rationales. By contrast with the billions of other Earth denizens this is not a very impressive number.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 06:20:51 pm

Saturn mutates with perspective

At this point in our study of Saturn, we may conclude that the longer a view one takes, the more Saturn’s reality-pictures change. We have seen that were we to keep Saturn’s frame of reference limited to the impression conveyed by the American media, we’d get a certain very emphatic, if unfounded, sense of What Everybody Thinks. And were we to expand this frame of reference to the whole American populace—one that included those who did not watch television—we’d get a very different one.

Finally, were we to expand to the world at large America’s notion of what constitutes consensus thinking, we would see its Saturnine sureties not only melt away but reverse themselves.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 06:22:53 pm

The chart of the USA

How did America’s premier Saturn agency, its government, come to misuse the authority of this noble archetype? What factors account for a planet-gone-bad?

In next month’s column we will discuss the placement of Saturn in the US chart, using the natal map of the entity born July 4th 1776 in Philadelphia as our primary source. From the aspects formed by this planet much can be derived about how it became so susceptible to distortion, as well as about the ways we might coax it back into working order.


Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 06:23:50 pm


1 Similarly, the assumption that the USA actually has this form of government right now—that is, the form identified with the Founding Fathers of 1776—was almost never questioned until the current administration’s conduct started provoking questions about it from some quarters (and questioning it still brushes up against cultural taboo). Until very recently it was just another assumption, upon which the ours-is-the-best-government assumption depended.

2 An example of blatant gerrymandering that made surprisingly few waves was the attempt in mid-January by Hillary Clinton’s people to exclude the Las Vegas Strip from voting. They knew the Culinary Union was big there, and that the Latino and black workers who dominate its membership would likely go for Obama.

3 The FCC’s recent approval of even more media consolidation flies in the face of almost unanimous public opposition. The tightening of the control the White House exerts over the telecommunications industry over the past few years has assured that Washington-favored interests get the choicest coverage, feeding into their perceived status as more real than those whom Washington makes sure the public rarely gets a chance to see or hear.

4 This point will be driven home during the Pluto-in-Capricorn years upcoming, when the whole idea of national boundaries will come up for redefinition.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2008, 06:25:48 pm

Jessica Murray trained as a fine artist before graduating in 1973 from Brown University, where she studied psychology and linguistics. After a stint in political theatre in the heady early '70s, Jessica moved to San Francisco and began studying metaphysics, where she has had a full-time private practice in astrology for more than 30 years.

Her new book, Soul-Sick Nation: An Astrologer's View of America, has recently been published by AuthorHouse. In addition to her column in Daykeeper Journal and the monthly Skywatch on her website,, Jessica's essays appear in The Mountain Astrologer, P.S. Magazine, Considerations and other publications. Jessica can be reached at 415.626.7795 or

Post by: Bianca on March 14, 2008, 06:36:26 pm

I think I have explained this before but let me try to do it again for you. I will excerpt from some of the Magi texts since hey have already explained these techniques perfectly. Declinations were also used in Ptolemaic astrology and by the medievals, but fell out of use. Recently more work has gone into their re-integration. It absolutely makes sense.

“Believe it or not, everyone has TWO birth charts. A normal chart is an attempt to give you the positions of the planets. But the positions such charts give you are only one set of coordinates of the planets and such charts are MISSING THE OTHER COORDINATES that you need.

The most fundamental theory in astrology is that the positions of the planets in the sky have an influence on us. When the positions of the planets change, the influences also change. For this reason, astrological charts were designed to be a map of the sky that should tell us the positions of the planets when someone was born and also should tell us about the changes in the positions of the planets from one time to the next. However, even though a birth chart is a map of the sky, the normal astrological birth chart only has one coordinate. But every other kind of map that you have ever used has two coordinates: the horizontal (East-West) coordinate and the vertical (North-South) coordinate.

Post by: Bianca on March 14, 2008, 06:37:55 pm

Since an astrological chart is supposed to be a map of the sky, it must have two coordinates. You cannot know the position of a planet in the sky unless you have both the vertical and the horizontal coordinates.

When someone says that she/he is a Virgo, the person really is referring to only the horizontal coordinate of the Sun when the person was born. The normal birth chart has only one coordinate and only tells you the horizontal position of the planets. When you look for a planet in the nighttime sky, you cannot find it unless you know both the horizontal and vertical coordinates. When the planets move across our skies, the planets move a little bit horizontally and a little bit vertically at the same time. Since astrologers believe that the positions and movements of the planets have an influence on us, it makes sense that BOTH the horizontal coordinates and the vertical coordinates of the planets are equally important.

Astrology has a name for both the vertical and the horizontal coordinates. The vertical coordinates are called the DECLINATIONS. The horizontal coordinates are called the LONGITUDES and these positions of the planets are always drawn along the circumference of the circle. Both the declinations and the longitudes are equally important in astrology.

Post by: Bianca on March 14, 2008, 06:39:52 pm

Each of the planets move both horizontally and vertically in the sky, in other words the planets move both side to side in the sky, and they also each move up and down in the sky. But most astrologers have been taking into account only the side to side (horizontal) movement of the planets and have ignored the up and down (vertical) movement of each planet. When astrologers talk about what sign the Sun is in, they are talking about only the HORIZONTAL POSITION of the Sun. Astrologers have always believed that the horizontal positions and movement of the planets have an influence on life on Earth. They are correct on this point. But the VERTICAL movement and positions of the planets must also have an influence and should also be taken into consideration in any astrological analysis. A map always has two coordinates, the horizontal and the vertical coordinates. An astrological chart is just like a map. An astrological chart is a map of the sky. Everyday, each planet moves a little bit horizontally, and each planet also moves a little bit vertically. Therefore, all astrological charts should show us both the horizontal and vertical positions of the planets. However, the astrological charts used by the Babylonians and by traditional astrology all use only the horizontal coordinates of the planets. These charts are missing the vertical positions, and it is these positions that create your second birth chart. If we were going to use a standard street map to try to reach a destination, we would not get where we want to go by using only the horizontal coordinates of the map.

Post by: Bianca on March 14, 2008, 06:41:05 pm

In the same way, an astrologer will also get lost if he or she only uses the horizontal coordinates of a planet. When astrologers say that they are a Leo or a Scorpio, what they really mean is that the horizontal coordinate of their Sun was in Leo or in Scorpio on the day they were born. When astrologers say that their Mars is in Gemini and they have a Virgo Moon, they are really referring only to the horizontal coordinate of these planets. It is these horizontal coordinates in the sky that all astrologers since the Babylonians have marked down in the circle of an astrological chart, but the vertical coordinates are equally important.

Astronomers refer to the horizontal locations of the planets as the LONGITUDES, and the vertical positions of the planets as the DECLINATIONS. Astrology has adapted the same terminology. In traditional astrology, the longitudes are used to create the circle of the birth charts. These charts include all horoscope charts and Babylonian-style alignment charts. It is the horizontal positions of the planets (the longitudes) that are drawn around the circumference of the circle.

Post by: Bianca on March 14, 2008, 06:44:08 pm

A meaningful alignment of planets can occur in the Declinations Chart as well as the Babylonian Alignment Chart (longitudes). Planetary aspects occur in the declinations whenever two planets are both in the same degree and also on the same side of the Equinox Line. Astrologers call such a planetary aspect a PARALLEL. The two planets are referred to as being parallel to each other. When two planets are in the same degree but on opposite sides of the Equinox Line, we say that the two planets are CONTRAPARALLEL to each other. This alignment also creates a planetary aspect in the declinations, and the aspect is called a contra-parallel. Both the parallel and the contraparallel are the equivalent of the conjunction in the Babylonian Alignment Chart (although the contra-parallel is not as strong as the parallel). This means that the parallel and contra-parallel are not only planetary aspects, but they are also enhancement aspects. Since astrology is consistent, this also means that such declinational planetary aspects are interpreted the same way as the enhancements are in the Babylonian Alignment Charts; you simply combine and integrate the symbolisms of the planets that comprise the aspect.”

By Robert C.


Post by: Bianca on July 18, 2008, 10:19:20 pm

                                        THE FOURTH AMENDMENT SIGNED AWAY

Today July 10, 2008 at 1:22pm in Washington, DC

the President of the United States, with the complicit support of most of the House and Senate, signed away the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Although our government has acknowledged that they have been spying on us for quite some time, today they made it official with no recourse to sue from the Judiciary. This government has been in legal violation of the Constitution and today they made that violation OK.

What a day, what a time to sign this bill into law. It will be challenged in courts throughout this country, that is a given.

Pluto in Sagittarius in the 3rd House of mundane communication opposing Mercury in Gemini in the 9th House of higher courts. The respective houses are in Mutual Reception, putting Pluto in the 9th and Mercury in the 3rd. According to Robert Hand "a Mercury Pluto opposition is (amoung other things) a naked power grab, with either you (the US) or Pluto (the government) trying to convince that a thought or action that is wrong is actually right, don't be fooled." Pluto is now retrograde at 29 degrees Sagittarius and will come back over that 29 degrees in September/October/November. In mid August (before the convention) Mars and the transiting Moon will square the Sagittarius/Gemini axis, and that's when the people will begin making known their real anger over this. In the late spring of 2010 Uranus makes its first square from Pisces to that axis with Jupiter joining later in the month of June as Uranus goes retrograde on 29 Pisces in square to the Pluto/Mercury.

All the "power planets" are in play in today's event signing. Asc. is in Libra and Mid-heaven in Cancer and Moon and Venus are in a square.Moon trine Neptune (most people don't see the meaning of this right now today but they will) Mercury oppose Pluto (see above paragraph)

Sun oppose Jupiter ((lots of ego and hubris over this, plus Nancy Pelosi in trying to move the dialogue away from what's just happened is saying "well Dennis Kuchinch can take his impeachment resolution to the judiciary committe and they can discuss it, how's that for a bone to the people) Mars and Saturn are in an exact conjunction today and tomorrow (can get lots of work done, but also seething frustration ready to explode when Mars passes Saturn, and that's when it falls on Obama's Pluto and McCain's Sun, it's gonna be real hot on that campaign trail over this.)

But it's the trine from the Sun to Uranus and the sextile from Jupiter that needs to be paid attention to; Uranus is just sitting down there retrograding, in the 6th house (another Mercury house) taking notes. The star Betelgeuse sits on Mercury (successful operation) and so it was successful, but the star Acumen sits on top of Pluto (enduring attacks which weaken) When Uranus gets around to 29 Pisces in 2010 the potential of successfully overturning this is great, or it will blow up the Constitution all together. Uranus will separate the wheat from the chaff or more to the point the BS from the truth, with a lot of help from Jupiter the planet of truth and remember Mercury is in the 9th house, the house of truth. The point isn't that truth is always told, the point is there is a penalty to be paid when it isn't.

The Constitution became law on March 4, 1789 in Philadelphia, PA - Pluto was at 18 Aquarius as was the 1st Setting of Congress, also in 1789, as was the election of George Washington. Today's North Node is at 18 Aquarius signaling a new start. In the progressed chart of the Constitution Chiron lands at 29 degrees Gemini giving the message of a wounding to the Constitution, Congress and the Presidency. I believe a big mistake has been made today.

The Moon is a chart represents the feminine and the Sun the masculine, so in a universal chart such as an event or country the Moon represents the people as a whole and the Sun the leadership as a whole. Sun opposes Jupiter can give you an idea of the amount of hubris rolling around the Sun over this FISA Bill by those protecting their butts, but the Moon is rising in the 1st house of "us."

I don't remember who said this but it was one of the founding fathers I think

                      "People who behave like sheep open the door to a government of wolves."

And haven't we just done that all along.

Post by: Bianca on July 18, 2008, 10:45:35 pm

                                                B L A C K   H O L E   O B A M A

by Alex Miller-Mignone

On June 3, 2008, following his victory in the Montana primary, Barack Obama became the first black presidential candidate of any major political party in any Western democracy. Ever.

It was less than four years since his meteoric premiere on the national stage at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, where he gave the keynote speech. At the time, he did not even possess national office.

How did this relatively obscure individual, son of a black Kenyan immigrant father and a white Kansas-born mother, rise in so short a time to win the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, against no less a competitor than Hillary Clinton? Deep Space points such as Black Holes and Masers hold the key

[for a full biography of Obama, see my article in the February 2007 Daykeeper].

Post by: Bianca on July 18, 2008, 10:48:21 pm

Born 4 August 1961 at 7:24 PM AHST in Honolulu, Hawaii (time from birth certificate, released by the campaign), Barack Obama’s 12 Leo Sun exactly opposes the Black Hole at 12 Aquarius, and conjoins a Maser at 13 Leo.

Black Hole Sun natives harbor vast reserves of energy, but this may not always be easy to access; they feed off the energies of others, and may be sources of energy attraction or energy drain, or both these modes may operate in turn. They can be magnetic and compelling, attracting others into their orbits almost effortlessly, for good or ill.

Obama’s phenomenal success in raising funds, predominantly from small donations; in organizing an outstanding ground team, largely composed of true-believer volunteers; and in attracting record crowds to events across the country, all speak to this basic magnetism and energy attraction.

Black Hole Suns also have a chameleon-like ability to be all things to all people, making it difficult to ascertain their true natures, which often remain hidden.

They may dramatically reinvent themselves, and are adept at presenting a false front, projecting whatever persona best suits their ends. They can act as catalysts for others in crisis or transformation; door wardens between alternate realities. They have the ability to pull a rabbit out of the hat, to bring about dramatic reversals and changes of fortune, to permanently alter the existing status quo in the twinkling of an eye.

Obama’s sudden emergence on the national stage in 2004 is a perfect example of the Black Hole Sun native’s ability to step from one reality into another, exploding full-blown from the parallel universe of relative anonymity into the political spotlight.

The fact that he was able subsequently, despite the publicity and buzz, to hide his light under a bushel to the extent that the Clinton campaign seriously underestimated him as a competitor indicates a well-developed ability to hide in plain sight, to blend in with his surroundings until ready to make himself known, and then to alter the existing reality to conform to his wishes.

Post by: Bianca on July 18, 2008, 10:50:24 pm

It is intriguing that both George W. Bush, Obama’s Oval Office predecessor should he win the November election, and John McCain, his chief competitor for that office, also possess Black Hole Suns, Bush’s in exact square, and McCain’s in exact conjunction. Between them, these three men exemplify the differences in Black Hole Sun interactions by hard aspect.

With the square, Bush thrives on conflict, bringing crisis, strife and negative energy to whatever he touches, but remaining largely unchanged himself, rooted in a reality which does not reflect the world the rest of us inhabit. He is constantly in conflict with objective reality, seeking to remake it to suit his own subjective one. With the conjunction, McCain is susceptible to dramatic and transformative life experience, a captive of his own nature, but able to readily conceal that nature and maintain a false image for others. With the opposition aspect, Obama is both freer to express himself or make his own way, and yet more at the mercies of the vagaries of fate, as represented by those “others” which the opposition describes. Where Bush is a magnet for failure, devastating loss and waste, and McCain tenaciously projects an image totally at variance with his record, Obama is a blank slate which allows others to write their hopes and fears upon him. As such, it is his associations with friends and the assertions of enemies which define him for others, more than any image he himself constructs.

With the Sun also conjoined a Maser, Obama has an electric, charismatic personality, able to excite and enthuse others. His energy is infectious, but he may also be susceptible to eventual overload or breakdown. Masers provide high-level energy, but it is of a nervous, febrile, chaotic kind, and it can also debilitate, causing periods of lassitude and collapse. Obama’s uneven performance on the stump in the last third of the campaign may reflect this energetic imbalance (or it could be a very human reaction to the enormous demands of this campaign without end). There is further a potential for controversy, disruption, and even violence with this placement, originating from or directed toward the native [see my article on “Masers and Assassination,” in the May 2008 Daykeeper].

Obama’s rock-star persona, the avid excitement with which he is greeted by huge crowds, and the enthusiasm he generates are all examples of the positive manifestations of his Sun/Maser conjunction. Controversial associations with former pastor Jeremiah Wright, campaign investor Tony Rezko, and former ‘60s radical William Ayres are illustrative of its more negative, disruptive effects.

Post by: Bianca on July 18, 2008, 10:52:10 pm

The Moon at 3 Gemini exactly opposes a Black Hole at 3 Sagittarius. Among other things, this describes an unusual, disrupted childhood, aptly borne out in Obama’s biography by the loss of his father to divorce when Obama was two, his uprooting and displacement to an alien culture in Malaysia at the age of 6, and separation from his mother to be raised by his maternal grandparents at age 10.

Mercury at 2 Leo exactly conjoins a Black Hole, and it is this which is the source of Obama’s persuasive, compelling rhetoric. The ability to craft just the right turn of phrase, to remain cool and collected under pressure, to praise even opponents with deference and grace, but also to cut to the heart of their differences with surgical precision and devastating effect, are all gifts of Black Hole Mercury. Thinking quickly on one’s feet, inspiring others and convincing them of the truth of one’s own perspective, garnering support for one’s own views, and presenting cogent, workable plans of action round out the potential positives for this placement in the political arena. Unfortunately, there is also a greater-than-usual susceptibility to having one’s words misrepresented, misquoted, misinterpreted, and misused, and there may be a difficulty in having one’s message heard. At times this message problem can be seen by others as a lack of meaning, as mere words without any substance behind them, and rightly or wrongly, this accusation has been leveled at Obama more than once. Others may harbor inaccurate views of the native, as in the persistent internet rumors that Obama is Muslim.

This strong Black Hole Mercury is allied with a galactically-augmented Pallas, the strategist of the cosmos, gifted with enhanced pattern-seeing abilities and capable of working out plans of attack several moves in advance, able to clearly see the ramifications and potential pitfalls of every choice. At 24 Pisces, Obama’s Pallas is exactly squared two Pulsars, at 24 Gemini and Sagittarius, and falls on the midpoint of the Black Hole at 24 Aries and the Quasar at 24 Aquarius, in exact semisextile to each. Pulsars provide a constant influx of data from which Pallas sifts what is pertinent and important, reviewing this through the lens of the Black Hole, focused on the parallel reality that is waiting to be born, and then bringing that into this reality with the auspices of the grounding, achievement-oriented Quasar.

Pallas devises the stratagems to bring this hoped-for reality into existence, and can be seen in the phenomenal ground game played by the Obama campaign. Mobilizing hundreds of thousands of small donors, directing thousands more volunteers, knowing exactly which precincts to target to maximize delegate counts state by state, and understanding the importance of caucus structure, were all key to his primary victory, and all Pallas perks.

Obama’s people rang rings around the Clinton campaign, whose chief strategist Mark Penn was certain of an early victory from California’s mega-delegation by Tsunami Tuesday, apparently blissfully unaware that the Democratic primaries, unlike those of the GOP, were not winner-take-all, but proportional. Obama garnered more delegates in lightly populated Idaho, which he swept, than Hillary netted in closely contested behemoth New Jersey, which she won, but so narrowly that Obama took almost half its delegates.

Post by: Bianca on July 18, 2008, 10:53:40 pm

Venus at 1 Cancer exactly squares the supermassive Black Hole center of Galaxy M-87. The Black Hole Venus native is attractive and desirable, with a pleasing, affable, polite and courteous manner, all attributes Obama exhibits. This placement has contributed to his telegenic quality (also in part conveyed by natal Neptune at 8 Scorpio squared the Sun) and the deferential, almost soft-spoken aura, adding to his appeal as a refined, “gentlemanly” individual, though it is also the source of what can be portrayed by opponents as affectation or elitism.

Black Hole Venus also speaks volumes for Obama’s fundraising capacity. Eschewing the traditional sources of presidential campaign financing, lobbyists and fundraising dinners with fat cat donors, Obama took a new tack direct from the alternate reality of the Black Hole, focusing on internet fundraising and small donors, eventually swamping the Clinton campaign with a database of more than a million contributors, raising a total of $265 million in the primary season, and setting a new record (as of April 30, 2008, with another 5 weeks of the primary remaining). In March 2008 alone, the Obama campaign raised more than $55 million, eclipsing by more than 25% the prior monthly record of $44 million set by John Kerry in 2004.

But Venus also rules values, and an early inability to project those strongly left voters the opportunity to fill in the blank spaces for themselves, by evaluating his associations with such controversial figures as Jeremiah Wright and Michael Pfleger [see my article “Pastor Problems” in this issue of Daykeeper for more details]. Where Black Hole Venus pulled in vast sums of money, it also left a void in the critical arena of the candidate’s values—just who was Obama, and what did he believe? These are questions still left largely unanswered.

Post by: Bianca on July 18, 2008, 10:55:21 pm

Mars at 22 Virgo exactly squares a Pulsar at 22 Virgo; Pulsars provide information and are media-related; if there are any sexual skeletons in Obama’s closet, we will surely hear about them. The fact that we haven’t thus far suggests that there may be nothing to know. The Pulsar function of accruing, analyzing and disseminating data is interesting to note in light of Obama’s early and vocal opposition to the Iraq War, as represented by Mars, at a time when most politicians were stumbling over themselves to conform to Bush’s bellicose agenda. It took courage to broadcast (Pulsar) these anti-war views, and Obama has reaped the rewards of his principled stance in the support of the activist left of the Democratic Party. However, this Mars also exactly conjoins the USA Neptune and squares the USA Mars at 21 Gemini, perhaps bringing confusion or disillusionment to the nation’s military matters; Obama may not be the best agent to extricate us from the quagmire of Iraq.

At 0 Aquarius Obama’s natal Jupiter opposes his 2 Leo Mercury and is in a tight trine to the supermassive Black Hole at 1 Libra, a point with a mass of five billion suns, holding more than 100 galaxies in its thrall. This greatly enhances his rhetorical gifts, and conveys acute political savvy as well; it can also translate as a good bit of old-fashioned luck, being in the right place at the right time. In part the success of his 2004 Senate race can be attributed to the unexpected withdrawal mid-campaign of his popular Republican rival, Jack Ryan, over a sex scandal, which is an illustration of the type of serendipity Black Hole Jupiter can provide.

The effect of Mercury, Venus and Jupiter, three celestials so vital for a politician’s success, linked to an anomaly with the greatest pull in the cosmos is an invaluable asset, but it could have a negative consequence in causing Obama to over-reach, to take his victory as assured and ease his vigilance too soon.

Post by: Bianca on July 18, 2008, 10:56:43 pm

Saturn at 25 Capricorn retrograde conjoins a Pulsar at 26 Capricorn and squares the Black Hole at 24 Aries. Saturn tied to a Pulsar suggests a pragmatic, fairly open relationship with the media, Pulsar-ruled, and Obama has shown himself to be canny and effective when dealing with the press. Information is key to his career success, and the campaign’s detailed targeting of specific voting districts and demographics is in part a function of this combination. Saturn/Pulsar also indicates a facility and ease in disseminating the campaign’s message, particularly via high-tech, cutting-edge means (as further indicated by the exact inconjunct of Uranus at 25 Leo to Saturn). Certainly the internet has been used to great advantage by Obama, from fundraising to organizing volunteer efforts and keeping surrogates focused on the daily talking points.

The square from Saturn to a Black Hole is considerably more problematic; it can indicate dramatic success in career matters, but there is also a susceptibility to sudden reversals of fortune or devastating loss, self-inflicted wounds and awkward mis-steps, more than a few of which have already appeared in this campaign. Some Black Hole Saturn natives chase the will-o-the-wisp of their careers for decades, with the prize always seemingly just out of grasp. It generally indicates huge amounts of time and energy invested in career, and this has surely been the case this year with perhaps the longest-fought primary in recent memory.

On a more personal level, Black Hole Saturn also represents the father lost at age two, for whom Obama expressed an ongoing yearning in his first autobiography, Dreams from My Father.

Post by: Bianca on July 18, 2008, 10:58:26 pm

With Chiron at 5 Pisces retrograde in the First House, Obama presents himself as a peacemaker and healer, but also as a maverick outsider who can turn the Washington establishment on its head. Exactly conjoined a Quasar, this element of his personality is very forceful and apparent, but whether he can truly make a difference remains to be seen.

Natal Uranus at 25 Leo opposes the Quasar at 24 Aquarius and the USA Moon, representing the public, at 26 Aquarius. This Quasar contact promotes a “modern,” even “hip” feel to the candidacy, and assures the support of the liberal progressive base, as well as lending technical proficiency to the campaign, probably the first truly innovative, post-internet political venture in the US, able to fully integrate and capitalize on current technology in its pursuit of victory. The contrast between the rival camps was glaringly exemplified in early June when the McCain campaign formally hand-delivered a letter challenging Obama to a series of Town Hall debates; the Obama camp expressed themselves mystified as to why it hadn’t simply been emailed. The opposition to the USA Moon is useful in stirring up the electorate, and particularly young people, but it may also indicate an image of Obama as elitist or somehow too exotic to be a comfortable match for the American public. Ironically, it is the genetic and cultural background identifying him as a living exemplar of America’s “melting pot” which may cause voters to reject him as too alien.

Uranus tied with Saturn by inconjunct and the USA Moon by opposition indicates that Obama also runs the risk of being interpreted by the populace not so much as a political individual but as a social movement, something one has to “join.” The USA Moon conjoins a Black Hole at 28 Aquarius, one of the sources of the notoriously fickle moods of the American electorate; they are changeable and prize a common touch, a sense that their president is “one of us.” Obama may have difficulty achieving this image if what he represents overwhelms who he is.

Post by: Bianca on July 18, 2008, 11:00:22 pm

Natal Neptune at 8 Scorpio conjoins the Black Hole at 6 Scorpio and opposes a Maser at 7 Taurus, as well as squaring Obama’s Sun at 12 Leo. This lends a certain degree of glamour to Obama, but also suggests that others do not see him clearly, and may find themselves disillusioned or disappointed, if not before the election, then by his administration. There is a strong element of escapism in this placement, which could indicate alcohol or drug abuse, and Obama has been disarmingly frank about his early marijuana and **** use in his first autobiography. Neptune opposed the Maser implies controversy regarding his spiritual beliefs, which has already manifested both in the whisper campaign of his supposed Muslim faith and in the Jeremiah Wright incident, but which may have additional incarnations as the months until the election unfold.

Natal Pluto at 6 Virgo exactly conjoins a Black Hole; there is a core of steel to Obama, and a strong drive for power. In Virgo, and opposed natal Chiron, this may well manifest as power to do collective good and service to others, for instance, to clean up the mess he finds in Washington. But it is not without its pitfalls, as George W. Bush, whose own Pluto conjoins the Black Hole at 9 Leo, can attest. Bush’s Black Hole Pluto exposed the dark underbelly of the American psyche, and brought us corruption, cronyism, and torture via Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Will Obama’s root out this cancer, and provide the cleansing and rebirth which Pluto also rules?

Will it ever get the chance? That’s a question we’ll deal with in subsequent articles, when we review the galactic case for the election of John McCain or Barack Obama.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:05:57 am


Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:10:25 am

by Alex Miller-Mignone
The announcement on January 16, 2007 by Illinois Senator Barack Obama that he had established an exploratory committee preparatory to seeking the Democratic nomination for President in 2008 came as a shock to nobody. After just two years on the national stage, following eight years in the Illinois legislature, Obama’s political rise has been meteoric. When the 45-year-old officially announces his candidacy in Springfield, Illinois on February 10, he will be the USA’s first credible black presidential candidate.

A reach that could encompass the White House seemed extremely unlikely when Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on 4 August 1961. The son of two University of Hawaii students, his father, Barack Obama Sr, was a Kenyan immigrant; his mother, Ann Dunham, hailed from Wichita, Kansas. As Obama described them in his early memoirs, Dreams From My Father, his father “was black as pitch, my mother white as milk.” The mixed marriage didn’t last long. When Obama was two his parents divorced and his father returned to Kenya. Four years later his mother remarried and moved with her son to her new husband’s homeland in Malaysia; four years after that Obama returned to Hawaii to live with his maternal grandparents. He remained there until graduating high school in 1979.

Obama majored in political science at Columbia University, graduating in 1983. Afterward he worked in Chicago as the director of Developing Communities Project, a non-profit which assisted local churches in establishing job training programs for low income residents. Obama enrolled in Harvard Law School in 1988, and entered the national spotlight in 1990 when he became the first Africa American editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude in 1991, then returned to Chicago where he worked for a civil rights law firm and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:11:21 am

Obama married Michelle Robinson, an attorney, in 1992; the couple have two daughters, Malia, aged 7, and Sasha, aged 5.

Obama’s political career began in 1996 with his election to the Illinois legislature as State Senator from Chicago’s 13th district. In 2000 he made an unsuccessful bid for the US House of Representatives, losing in the primary to the incumbent. During his time in the Illinois Senate Obama was noted for his ability to reach across the aisle to Republicans, and build coalitions to further his legislative agenda. In 2004 he won the Illinois Democratic primary to become a candidate for the US Senate seat being vacated by retiring Peter Fitzgerald. Obama took 52% of the vote in a three-way split. Initially opposed by Republican Jack Ryan, the latter withdrew from the race in June following a sex scandal, and was replaced by perennial GOP presidential candidate Alan Keyes.

That July during the campaign, Obama gave the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston which nominated John Kerry for president. The prime-time speech signaled Obama’s national debut, and he made a clarion call for national unity which was received with a rousing ovation:

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:12:22 am

“The pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the Red States. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.”

Not since John F. Kennedy had the Democrats found such an orator, able to inspire and animate his audience.

Obama became a national sensation virtually overnight, and returned to Illinois to a resounding victory over Keyes that November, 70%-27%. Even before his swearing-in the following January, he was being spoken of as a presidential contender for 2008. In 2005 TIME Magazine included him in a group of 20 of “the world’s most influential people,” while the New Statesman named him as one of ten “people who could change the world.”

In barely two years in the US Senate, Obama has co-sponsored legislation with GOP stalwarts John McCain, his potential 2008 rival, on immigration, and Richard Lugar on nonproliferation; as well as signing on to a host of lesser legislation sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans. Throughout, his national visibility has been increasing exponentially, with a new autobiography, The Audacity of Hope, and an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." National polls of Democrats show him running second only to Hillary Clinton in their preference for a 2008 presidential candidate.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:13:40 am

Barack Obama’s natal chart shows a considerable Deep Space emphasis. His Leo Sun serves him well; like Bill Clinton, another Leo and the last successful Democrat nationally, Obama has the gift of relating to people without talking down to them. But at 12 Leo that Sun has some issues, galactically speaking. Conjoined a Maser at 13 Leo and exactly opposed a Black Hole at 12 Aquarius, Obama’s Sun is torn between two powerful anomalies which he seems to have made work for him up to this point, but which can be difficult in the extreme to negotiate successfully in the long term.

It is the Maser which gives Obama his “Rock Star” persona, sending waves of excitement and anticipation through the crowds at his public appearances. Masers are powerful but difficult to control. They can be likened to cosmic cattle prods, spewing huge jets of energy and material into space at irregular intervals. They promote excited, agitated states, and can lead to breakdown due to energy bursts so volatile that they result in burnout. Obama’s use of this potential disabling energy has been extremely successful so far, but the unique pressures of running a national campaign will put him under unprecedented stress, and how he will handle this is not at all certain.

The opposition from the Sun to a Black Hole enables Obama to be somewhat chameleon-like, being all things to all people, allowing them to see whatever they want in him. The tricky thing about Black Hole Sun natives is that they will adapt themselves to their audience, appearing in whatever projection or pose they require to attain their ends. This isn’t always deceptive; in fact, it often isn’t done consciously, but is a natural outworking of the interaction of the Sun, the self or essence, with the kaleidoscope of potential expressed by the Black Hole. The associated Black Hole psychically feeds on the energy attracted by its projection via the medium of the Sun; the better the projection is fine-tuned to its audience, the more energy the Black Hole stands to receive. This adaptive mechanism does not require the conscious participation, and thus culpability, of the native to manifest. This can be especially true of the opposition aspect, which due to its nature, tends to mirror others’ expectations even more strongly than a conjunction or other aspects.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:14:56 am

Obama’s popularity will likely increase until he is forced to take definite stands on specific issues. Until that time, he will continue to attract a broad base of support. But Obama isn’t actually the blank slate that others may wish to paint upon—he has very definite views and aspirations, and once announced, these may or may not serve the furtherance of his goals. Black Hole Suns are also magnetic, pulling others into their orbits almost effortlessly. For good or ill; he is likely to attract support easily.

Obama’s Sun is also squared to Neptune which, at 8 Scorpio, is itself conjoined a Black Hole at 6 Scorpio. This lends Obama a certain degree of glamour and what is known as "star quality," but it also opens him up to some potential self-deception, and could indicate serious issues with addiction, co-dependency or substance abuse. In Dreams From My Father, Obama is disarmingly frank about his early teen use of both marijuana and ****. In a clear reference to Clinton’s 1992 attempt to soften the implications of his drug experimentation, Obama stated: “I inhaled—that was the point.”

But Obama has an even bigger ace in the hole than his Black Hole Sun, and that’s his Venus. At 1 Cancer, Venus is exactly squared to the supermassive Black Hole center of Galaxy M-87, also known as the Super Galactic Center, at 1 Libra. Not to be confused with the Galactic Center, the origin point of our Milky Way Galaxy, the Super Galactic Center is the central attractive point of our Local Super Cluster of galaxies, and has a mass estimated in excess of 5 billion suns. The amount of charm and grace this placement can muster is considerable, and its acquisitive prowess should go a long way toward rasing the kinds of funds necessary to mount a successful presidential campaign. It has certainly contributed to Obama’s presence, his telegenic quality, and the pleasing, affable and courteous manner which defines him and adds to his public appeal.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:15:46 am

But the Super Galactic Center isn’t done there. Obama’s natal Mercury at 1 Leo is in exact sextile, and his natal Jupiter at 0 Aquarius lies in a tight trine. This is the source of his highly persuasive communication style, and potentially, a great deal of luck and political savvy. Having these three points, so vital for a successful politician, yoked to the anomaly with the greatest pull in the cosmos is an inestimable asset.

Mercury is also conjoined the Black Hole at 2 Leo, and forms a T-square with a pair of opposed Quasars at 4 Taurus and Scorpio. Black Hole Mercury natives can be powerful, persuasive speakers, though they can have difficulty in getting their message heard. Obama has certainly overcome this obstacle, probably due to the linkage with the two Quasars, so useful in success and accomplishment. What results is a very sensitive and forceful communicator, one with fresh ideas from a unique perspective. The connection with alternate realities and parallel dimensions afforded by Mercury’s contact with a Black Hole allows the native to see, not just the way things are, but the ways they might become. A dreamer by nature, Black Hole Mercury’s conceptualizations can be birthed into this reality by the manifestation capacity of the Quasars.

There are significant Galactic Center contacts as well, which provide Obama with a high level of visibility and the ability to reach a global audience with his message, and ultimately, to impact the entire planet. Uranus from 23 Leo is in trine, with Mars at 22 Virgo squared and Saturn at 25 Capricorn in semisextile.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:17:16 am

That Saturn also conjoins a Pulsar and squares the Black Hole at 24 Aries. Saturn/Pulsar lends a practical, efficient quality to interactions with the Media which involve career matters; Obama is likely to be canny and effective in dealing with the press, and has a natural knack for disseminating his message, particularly via high-tech, cutting-edge technologies, as indicated by the exact inconjunct between Saturn and Uranus. The square to the Black Hole could suggest an accruing of extensive executive power, and is also indicative of one who makes an impressive showing in his chosen career, but could lead to sudden mis-steps and unexpected losses.

Obama’s timing so far in his presidential bid has been astrologically impressive. When the formation of the exploratory committee was announced on January 16, the transit Sun at 25 Capricorn was exactly conjoined his natal Saturn, symbol of both his career life and the presidency itself. That energy is reiterated on the date he will officially announce his candidacy, February 10, which shows a Sun/Saturn opposition in the sky from 21 Aquarius to Leo. Both Mars and Pluto clustered closely at the Galactic Center, garnering a greater-than-usual level of attention for an exploratory committee, and Mercury at 1 Aquarius conjoined his natal Jupiter and exactly squared its natal placement, again inflating his message and providing national exposure.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:19:05 am

On Election Day 2008, November 4, Obama’s nativity will be strongly tied to the transit sky. His 12 Leo Sun will conjoin the South Node at 13 Leo, and is exactly squared the Election Day Sun at 12 Scorpio, perhaps giving him a karmic edge and bringing his life’s purpose to fruition. Saturn in the sky at 18 Virgo will be closing in on his natal Mars at 22 Virgo, which is also closely sextile transit Mars at 21 Scorpio, perhaps providing a last-ditch burst of energy which could propel his campaign first across the finish line. The Moon in Capricorn on Election Day will be transiting his natal Saturn, a possible indicator of massive public support.

Obama also has three very distinct connections with the USA chart. Venus at 1 Cancer is conjoined both the USA Venus at 3 Cancer and its Jupiter at 5 Cancer, which may give him an advantage with women’s support and fundraising (both Venus), and attract the nation with his political philosophy (Jupiter) of compromise and cooperation. Additionally, his Mars at 22 Virgo exactly conjoins the nation’s Neptune, and his Saturn at 25 Capricorn is closely conjunct the USA Pluto at 27 Capricorn. If his passion (Mars) can inspire us (Neptune), he may well attain the most powerful (Pluto) executive office (Saturn) in the world.


Alex Miller-Mignone is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book and The Urban Wicca, former editor of "The Galactic Calendar," and past president of The Philadelphia Astrological Society.

His pioneering work with Black Holes in astrological interpretation began in 1991, when his progressed Sun unwittingly fell into one. Alex can be reached for comment or services at

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:21:12 am

                                               MASERS AND ASSASSINATION

by Alex Miller-Mignone
Masers are Deep Space anomalies which violently spew vast amounts of gaseous material from their cores, extending far into space. Sometimes likened to cosmic cattle prods, their actions are volatile and random. In astrological interpretation, they represent points of vibrant, but uncontrolled energy, and can translate into character as heightened enthusiasm, the ability to excite or inspire others—or as controversy and chaotic disruption with resulting debilitation, even degeneration into madness, if appropriately placed. Their activation in mundane events often signals violence, disorder and turmoil, a volatile perturbation in the collective.

The genesis of this research came in early January, just after the Iowa primary, when the airwaves were full of hyperbole comparing Barack Obama’s electric style and the excitement generated by his campaign to the candidacy of Robert F. Kennedy 40 years previous. Something about the comparison felt uncomfortable to me, considering how the Kennedy campaign ended. Obama’s 12 Leo Sun closely conjoins a Maser at 13 Leo, the source of the fervor and passion he engenders, but intimating potential problems as well, via controversy or divisive elements which could result in a breakdown or implosion of some sort. Thumbing up RFK’s birthdate didn’t ease my concerns—born 20 November 1925, Robert Kennedy’s 27 Scorpio Sun exactly opposed another Maser at 27 Taurus.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:25:42 am

Intrigued, I jotted down a quick off-the-cuff list of assassinated political figures of the 20th century—John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Anwar Sadat, Indira Gandhi, Yitzhak Rabin, Benazir Bhutto—and began looking for birth data. In brief, each of these individuals shows a Sun/Maser connection at birth, and a Mars/Maser connection at death. The results of that research formed the basis of this article.

John F. Kennedy,

35th President of the United States, was born 29 May 1917, with the Sun at 6 Gemini just one degree shy of the Maser at 7 Gemini. A natal Mars at 18 Taurus within the event horizon, or orb of influence, of the Black Hole at 16 Taurus indicates a potential for a sudden, violent death. At his assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald on 22 November 1963, Mars at 20 Sagittarius was conjunct the Black Hole at 19 Sagittarius and sesquiquadrate (135 degrees, the Disseminating Phase aspect) the Maser at 7 Taurus. Additionally, Saturn in the nativity at 27 Cancer (representing executive power, Kennedy’s career, and the office of the presidency) is conjunct another Black Hole and exactly sextile the Maser at 27 Taurus. Saturn at 17 Aquarius for the day of his death is in exact binovile (80 degrees) to the 7 Taurus Maser, and the Sun that day at 29 Scorpio closely opposes the 27 Taurus Maser, thus is also trine natal Saturn.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:27:34 am

Civil Rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King, Jr. (born 15 January 1929)

had a 25 Capricorn Sun, squared the Black Hole at 24 Aries and trine the Maser at 27 Taurus. Natal Mars at 21 Gemini is semisquare the 7 Taurus Maser. At his assassination by James Earl Ray on 4 April 1968, transit Mars at 5 Taurus was just approaching exact conjunction to that same anomaly, with the Sun at 14 Aries trine another Maser at 13 Leo.

As stated previously, former Attorney General, US Senator and leading 1968 Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy,

born 20 November 1925, sported a Sun at 27 Scorpio in exact opposition to a Maser, with natal Mars at 4 Scorpio conjunct a Black Hole at 6 Scorpio and opposed the Maser at 7 Taurus. When he was gunned down by Sirhan Sirhan the night he won the California primary on June 6, 1968, Mars at 20 Gemini opposed the Black Hole at 19 Sagittarius and was semisquare the 7 Taurus Maser.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:32:12 am

Anwar El Sadat

was Egypt’s third president, serving from 1970 until his death in 1981.

As successor to Nasser, Sadat led Egypt’s forces in the 1973 Yom Kippur War with Israel, but was also instrumental in the Camp David Accords and the resulting Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty of 1979. The 3 Capricorn Sun from his 25 December 1918 nativity is in exact biquintile (144 degrees) to the 27 Taurus Maser, and natal Mars at 4 Aquarius opposed a Black Hole at 2 Leo and squared the 7 Taurus Maser.

As head of state, his natal Saturn at 28 Leo was also opposed a Black Hole at 27 Aquarius and squared the 27 Taurus Maser.

On 6 October 1981, Sadat was in the reviewing stands for the annual parade honoring the Yom Kippur War victory when he was attacked from a troop truck by lieutenant Khalid Islambouli and others, with assault rifles and grenades.

At the assassination the Sun and Saturn at 13 and 12 Libra conjoined the Black Hole at 13 Libra, in sextile to the Maser at 13 Leo. Transit Mars at 21 Leo was quintile (72 degrees) the Maser at 7 Gemini, an interesting reiteration of the natal Sun/Maser contact from the same aspect series.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:35:40 am

India’s fourth Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi

served as first female head of state from 1966 to 1977 and again from 1980 until her death.

She was the daughter of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and the mother of Rajiv Gandhi, the country’s 7th Prime Minister (also assassinated, in 1991).

Born 19 November 1917, Gandhi’s nativity shows a 26 Scorpio Sun opposed the 27 Taurus Maser, with Mars at 9 Virgo exactly conjunct a Black Hole and trine the Maser at 7 Taurus. Natal Saturn at 14 Leo conjoins the 13 Leo Maser, another head of state with Saturn/Maser lost to violence.

On 31 October 1984, Gandhi was passing through her garden to an interview for a documentary when she was fired upon with machine guns by two Sikh members of her bodyguard, Satwant and Beant Singh. Sikh separatist violence had been growing for several years, and the attack was in retaliation for government crackdowns and the desecration of a Sikh shrine in Punjab that autumn.

At her assassination transit Mars at 18 Capricorn conjoined the Black Hole at 19 Capricorn and was tredecile (108 degrees) to the 7 Taurus Maser, with the transit Sun at 8 Scorpio just past opposition to it.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:38:07 am

Yizhak Rabin,

Israeli Prime Minister from 1974-77 and again from 1992 until his death in 1995, shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Shimon Perez and Yasser Arafat for the Oslo Accords, which attempted to reconcile Israel and Palestine.

Rabin succeeded Golda Meir and ordered Operation Entebbe, wherein Israeli commandos rescued airline passengers hijacked by Palestinian terrorists in Uganda.

He was Prime Minister during the outbreak of the first Palestinian Intifada, which he brutally suppressed, afterward becoming an advocate of peaceful negotiation between the fratricidal states.

Born 1 March 1922, Rabin had a 10 Pisces Sun, sextile the 7 Taurus Maser and square another at 6 Gemini. Natal Mars at 5 Sagittarius exactly conjoins a Black Hole and activates both these anomalies by inconjunct and opposition. Natal Saturn at 6 Libra is also exactly trine the 6 Gemini Maser, and forms a Yod, or Finger of Destiny, with Mars and the 7 Taurus Maser.

On 4 November 1995, Rabin was leaving a Tel Aviv rally in support of the Oslo agreements when he was shot by an Orthodox Jewish student, Yigal Amir, who opposed the accord.

Mars at 10 Sagittarius exactly conjoined a Black Hole and opposed the early Gemini Maser, by then transited on to 7 Gemini. The Sun at 11 Scorpio was squared the 13 Leo Maser, with Saturn at 18 Pisces quintile to the Maser at 28 Taurus.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:40:05 am

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto

(served 1988-90 and 1993-96), born 21 June 1953, had a 29 Gemini Sun semisquare the 13 Leo Maser, with natal Mars at 4 Cancer exactly conjunct a Black Hole, sextile the 7 Taurus Maser and decile (36 degrees) the 27 Taurus Maser.

Natal Saturn at 20 Libra retrograde was biquintile the 27 Taurus Maser and squared the 19 Capricorn Black Hole. She had been in self-imposed exile from Pakistan since being forced from office in 1996 under a cloud of corruption charges, but returned in October 2007 to challenge General Pervez Musharraf for the presidency.

On 27 December 2007, Bhutto was shot after leaving a political rally in Rawalpindi, and explosives were detonated near her car; government officials blamed al Qaeda, but this is disputed by her political party.

 At her assassination, Mars at 1 Cancer was semisquare the 14 Leo Maser and exactly squared the Black Hole at 1 Libra, with Saturn at 8 Virgo retrograde and the Sun at 5 Capricorn forming a Grand Trine with the Maser at 8 Taurus.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:42:19 am

Uranus, long associated with shocks, upsets, revolution, rebellion and violent political upheaval, also makes significant aspects to Masers on each of these assassination dates.

For JFK, Uranus at 9 Virgo conjoins a Black Hole and trines the 7 Taurus Maser;

for MLK Jr., Uranus at 26 Virgo is trine the 27 Taurus Maser;

for RFK it is still in trine that anomaly from 25 Virgo.

Uranus for the Sadat assassination lies at 27 Scorpio, conjunct a Quasar and exactly opposed the 27 Taurus Maser, and

for Gandhi it trines the 13 Leo Maser from 11 Sagittarius, where it also conjoins a Black Hole.

When Rabin was shot Uranus at 26 Capricorn is on a Pulsar and again trine the 27 Taurus Maser, and

for Bhutto’s death it falls at 15 Pisces, inconjunct the Maser now transited to 14 Leo.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:44:59 am

Obviously not every political figure with these contacts is assassinated, but this is a disturbing pattern nonetheless, particularly given the heightened passions of racial animosities stirred by the Obama candidacy.

Of particular misfortune is the incidence of Mars within this same vicinity for both Hillary Clinton, Obama’s chief primary opponent, and John McCain, his general election opponent should Obama win his Party’s nomination.

Both these figures betray strong Mars/Maser signatures.

John McCain’s war service, capture, torture and detention in a Vietnamese POW camp for five years is
a powerful glimpse into the potency of this combination of his 12 Leo Mars with the 13 Leo Maser; his character flaws of tetchiness, curmudgeonly disagreeableness, and a reputation for strong language stem directly from it.

Hillary Clinton, with Mars at 14 Leo also conjunct Pluto, has a similar issue with appearing too strident
or chiding, easily attracts dislike, and, true to the plutonic elements of the configuration, is considered power-hungry, manipulative, and even believed by some to be capable of such heinous acts as the murder of long-time friend Vince Foster.

She has also been persistently dogged by allegations of lesbianism, a nod to the sexual arena evoked
by Mars/Maser.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:47:19 am

Supporters of either, drawn on by the passion and hatred engendered by their candidate’s Mars/Maser, could conceivably pose a serious threat to Obama’s very existence, as represented by his Sun in close conjunction.

Regardless of this, the fractiousness and internecine battling which has been such a regrettable feature of the Democratic primary, and engendered by Clinton’s Mars on Obama’s Sun, is only likely to increase should he move on to challenge McCain and his Mars in the general election.

Issues such as the statements of Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, also indicate the flip side of that Sun/Maser’s capacity to excite and motivate others, namely a concomitant propensity to attract controversy. It is unlikely we have plumbed the depths of these disputes and allegations, whether illusory (as in Obama’s supposed Muslim faith) or substantiated.

On November 4, 2008, the Election Day Sun at 12 Scorpio forms a T-Square with the nodal axis at 13 Aquarius and Leo, the South Node closely conjunct the 14 Leo Maser, with the Sun in square to it, Obama’s Sun, and both Clinton’s and McCain’s Mars. Fasten your seatbelts—it’s going to be a bumpy night!


Alex Miller-Mignone is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book and The Urban Wicca, former editor of "The Galactic Calendar," and past president of The Philadelphia Astrological Society.

His pioneering work with Black Holes in astrological interpretation began in 1991, when his progressed Sun unwittingly fell into one. Alex can be reached for comment or services at

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:50:21 am


by Alex Miller-Mignone

The early stages of the 2008 presidential campaign have been marked by a bewildering plethora of pastor pariahs, a succession of fire-breathing, extremist exemplars of hatred and intolerance. In part, this is the last gasp of Pluto in Sagittarius, which has acted to expose the hypocrisy and divisiveness inherent in organized religion, of which the child sex abuse scandals of the Catholic Church in the ‘90s were the most obvious and publicized examples. But during this time, the toxin of religion has inserted itself most emphatically into our political discourse, with cynical GOP leaders harnessing the voting power of the evangelical right to install George W. Bush and Republican majorities in Washington, an unholy alliance from which the agents of God have reaped the profits of Mammon, as indicated by such fiscal rewards as those proffered by the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives.

The pronouncements of both left- and right-wing religious leaders have provided fodder for the political opponents of the contestants in this campaign, an indication of just how pervasive and malign religion’s influence can be, and an endorsement of the wisdom of the Founding Fathers in designing a governmental system where Church and State were considered to be separate, and sundered, entities. On the left, Barack Obama has suffered from his personal and congregational associations with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger. On the right, John McCain has had his own problems, in first seeking, and then having to reject, political endorsements from evangelical firebrands John Hagee and Rod Parsley, whose spiritual flocks the GOP nominee desperately needs in order to succeed in November.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:53:37 am

The astrological back story of this campaign season has been the permutation of Pluto from fiery, idealistic, religion-ruling Sagittarius into phlegmatic, practical, government-ruling Capricorn, a transition which is in full swing throughout this election year, with Pluto straddling the line preparatory to its final entry into Capricorn in late November. As Pluto mops up old business in Sagittarius and begins to prepare the ground for its assault on Capricorn, it has given us this glimpse of the waiting abyss which threatens to swallow the body politic if these two antithetical entities continue to be combined.

Obama’s and McCain’s problems are diametrically opposed, as are their governing philosophies. For Obama, a relatively unknown quantity, the issue is defining himself, a gap which is rapidly being negatively filled by the Black Liberation Theology views of his chosen church of 20 years. For McCain, already clearly defined as anti-evangelical, the issue constellates about somehow convincing evangelicals that he actually is one of them, and garnering their support. For the man who in 2000 termed evangelical superstars Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson “agents of intolerance,” this is no easy task.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:55:33 am

Obama’s pastor problems began in early March 2008, with the YouTube revelations of several excerpts from the sermons of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, his former pastor and spiritual mentor, a father figure who brought the young Obama into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ 20 years before, performed the marriage ceremony for Barack and Michelle, and baptized their two daughters. It was a phrase from one of Wright’s sermons, "the audacity of hope,” which provided the title for Obama’s 2006 autobiography. Named for the Old Testament prophet whose name has become synonymous with angry, hectoring screeds, Wright’s own video-captured jeremiads included excoriations of American foreign policy just days after the 9/11 attacks, when he inveighed that the nation’s “chickens are coming home to roost.” Other greatest hit clips followed—Wright accusing the US government of creating and spreading AIDS in the black community, and leading a rousing chorus of “God Damn America!”

Obama with Wright

Neptune at 22 Aquarius in early March was exactly inconjunct Obama’s Mars at 22 Virgo, indicating both a spiritually-based conflict and confusion in forward momentum, and surely the campaign stumbled at this time, never to completely recover with white working class voters, who began to wonder about the blank spaces in Obama’s biography. Uranus at the time was at 18 Pisces, exactly square a Black Hole at 18 Sagittarius and approaching opposition to Obama’s Mars, which itself exactly squares a media-evoking Pulsar at 22 Gemini. And the media was not slow to capitalize on the controversy, running continuous loops of the inflammatory statements at every opportunity.

The shocking revelations (Uranus) opened a window into what for most Americans was the bizarre parallel reality (Black Hole) of Black Liberation Theology; many wondered if Obama shared Wright’s extremist views, and if not, how he could have remained in that congregation for 20 years.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 08:57:35 am

On March 18, Obama took on the controversy, and in a speech on race in America he denounced
the views of his former pastor without denouncing the man himself, or leaving the church Wright had founded.

Mercury at 4 Pisces was conjoining Obama’s 5 Pisces Chiron for the speech, his words evoking a healing, but also indicating the rather maverick approach to the issue, so contrary to the usual political tactic of cut-and-run when controversial figures arise.

Mars at 4 Cancer was exactly on a Black Hole and in trine to that Chiron, itself atop a Quasar, enabling Obama to perform a jiu-jitsu parallel reality reversal of the anger evoked by Wright’s comments, and enact the tremendous healing capacity of the Quasar-conjoined Chiron.

Venus at 6 Pisces was also on Chiron, conjunct transit Mercury and in trine to Obama’s natal Neptune
at 8 Scorpio, pouring oil upon the waters, eliciting honeyed rhetoric and allowing Obama to communicate (Mercury) his own spiritual (Neptune) values (Venus), as distinct from Wright’s.

The speech was praised as one of the most important on race in the past 40 years; Obama had stanched the bleeding, and an uneasy peace settled on the political landscape during the six week interregnum between March 4’s Mini Super Tuesday and April 22's Pennsylvania primary.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 09:00:11 am

By late April, Wright was back, on a fire-breathing media tour where he elaborated upon his
unorthodox opinions and intimated that whatever Obama had said contrary to Wright’s views was
said out of political expediency.

This second eruption by the man whom he had held in such esteem allowed of no compromise with Obama’s political conscience: on April 29, the Illinois senator formally denounced his former pastor:

“I cannot prevent him from making these remarks," but "when I say I find these comments appalling,

I mean it. It contradicts what I'm about and who I am. ... It is completely opposed to what I stand

for and where I want to take this country.”

Transit Uranus had now moved to 21 Pisces, in closer opposition to Obama’s Mars, which was then exactly trined by transit Jupiter, awaiting its retrograde station at 22 Capricorn, and invoking the inflated response to Wright’s hate-filled remarks.

The Sun at 9 Taurus had just crossed the controversial Maser at 8 Taurus, in opposition to Obama’s natal Neptune, affording a second chance to make clear the differences in his own and Wright’s
spiritual values.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 09:02:14 am

That 8 Scorpio Neptune is exactly conjunct Wright’s natal Venus, calling into question how deeply Wright’s values impacted Obama’s spiritual outlook and development.

Born 22 September 1941, Wright’s natal Neptune at 27 Virgo is exactly semisquare Obama’s Sun at
12 Leo, and his natal Jupiter at 20 Gemini is tightly squared Obama’s Mars, closely tying both celestial modifiers of spiritual/philosophic views to Obama’s chart.

Wright’s Neptune opposes one Black Hole and his Jupiter opposes another, providing alternate reality, out-of-the-mainstream manifestations for both.

Additionally, Wright’s 23 Libra Mercury squares Obama’s 25 Capricorn Saturn, indicating that his
opinions and pronouncements can adversely affect Obama’s career.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 09:04:42 am

Round Three of the controversy was not long in coming.

On May 25, Father Michael Pfleger was the guest speaker at Obama’s church, and once again,
YouTube was the venue for exposing and spreading yet more inflammatory remarks.

In commenting on Hillary Clinton’s tearful pre-New Hampshire primary appearance, Pfleger objected
to commentators’ depictions of this emotion as less than genuine.

“[W]hen Hillary was crying, and people said that was put on, I really don't believe it was put on.

I really believe that she just always thought,

'This is mine. I'm Bill's wife. I'm white. And this is mine. I just got to get up and step into the plate.

And then out of nowhere came, hey, I'm Barack Obama. And she said,

'Oh damn, where did you come from? I'm white! I'm entitled! There's a black man stealing my show!'"

Pfleger then mocked Hillary’s tears, to a standing ovation by the congregation.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 09:07:38 am

By week’s end on May 31,

Barack and Michelle Obama had withdrawn their membership in the church.

Uranus had now come to its station degree of 22 Pisces, in exact opposition to Obama’s Mars and forming a T-Square with the 22 Gemini Pulsar, itself conjoined by retrograde Mercury at 20 Gemini.

Transit Venus at 7 Gemini was exactly conjunct another Maser, exposing yet more of the controversial values of Obama’s church; square Obama’s natal Pluto at 6 Virgo, indicating a crisis in consciousness requiring a transformational response; and inconjunct natal Neptune at 8 Scorpio, evoking adjustments in spiritual matters.

The spiritual values of not just one pastor, but the entire congregation, were now in question, precipitating the dramatic and complete break. Transit Mars at 11 Leo was conjoined his natal Sun, impelling decisive action.

A Catholic priest and social activist, Pfleger was a frequent guest speaker at Trinity UCC, well known to Obama, and was quoted in a 2004 Chicago Sun-Times foundational piece on Obama’s religious faith, during his first Senate campaign:

"Faith is key to his life, no question about it.

It is central to who he is, and not just in his work in the political field, but as a man, as a black man,

as a husband, as a father. ... I don't think he could easily divorce his faith from who he is."

Born 22 May 1949, Pfleger’s 2 Aquarius Jupiter conjoins Obama’s own and opposes his 2 Leo Mercury
and the 2 Leo Black Hole; his 12 Libra Neptune conjoins a Black Hole and is exactly sextile Obama’s
12 Leo Sun, which is conjunct Pfleger’s 14 Leo Pluto.

In this complex mix we can see how Pfleger’s political (Jupiter) diatribe (Mercury) in Obama’s church (Jupiter) forced the dissolution (Neptune) of Obama’s ties to that church, for his own self (Sun)-preservation (Pluto).

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 09:09:46 am

The astrological underpinning of this period for Obama has been the opposition of Pluto to his
1 Cancer Venus, exact from Pluto’s 1 Capricorn station in April.

Pluto remained at that degree from 10 March, just as the story first broke, until 26 April, the week-
end Wright re-emerged on his media tour.

Pluto opposed Venus has called Obama’s core values into question—after months of highfalutin' rhetoric which inspired millions and brought hundreds of thousands into the political process for the first time, suddenly the nation was confronted with the rather awkward reality that we really know next to nothing about him, about what drives him as a person, what he wants, what he believes, who he is.

We have only his word for anything. Pluto opposed Venus has opened a window into the spiritual environment which has shaped his character, and the values preached there.

How lasting the damage will be is unclear.

Without doubt these associations will be raised again in the general election campaign, and questions over Obama’s true spiritual values and religious/philosophical views will provide welcome cover for racially biased voters who feel uncomfortable with their own bigotry, allowing them to use these grounds to reject America’s first African American candidate with a clearer conscience.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 09:11:31 am

John McCain’s pastor problems are the opposite of Obama’s. Far from filling in the gaps in a thin biography, McCain’s courting of the fundamentalist right is an attempt to rewrite his history and shore up weak support from an important GOP constituency.

In early 2008 the McCain campaign actively sought, and was pleased to receive, the endorsement of John Hagee, pastor and founder of the 19,000-member nondenominational evangelical Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Hagee is also the president and CEO of John Hagee Ministries, which provides programming carried on more than 160 TV stations and 50 radio stations across the country, reaching 99 million homes weekly. The endorsement was an important beachhead on the fundamentalist shore, but almost immediately McCain found himself parsing the distance between Hagee’s endorsement and his extreme views, stating on the very next day, at a town hall meeting in Houston, “Yesterday, Pastor John Hagee endorsed my candidacy for president in San Antonio, Texas. However, in no way did I intend for his endorsement to suggest that I in turn agree with all of Pastor Hagee’s views, which I obviously do not.”

Pastor John Hagee

And who could? Among Hagee’s assertions are that Hurricane Katrina was divine retribution for “a level of sin that was offensive to God” and proof “of the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans,” citing a “homosexual parade” that had been scheduled for the day the Big Easy flooded, a parade no one else seems to have been aware of (perhaps Hagee is on their mailing list).

He has termed Catholicism “the Great ****,” a biblical reference to the book of Revelation, where
this unidentified, allegorical character figures prominently in the rise of the Antichrist and Armageddon.

Of Islam, he has stated that devout Muslims have a clear “scriptural mandate to kill Christians and Jews,” and on a more pragmatic note has estimated that even if just 15% of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims adhere to this agenda, that represents 200 million people “that want to come to America or invade Israel to crush it,” comparing that number favorably with the threats posed by Hitler and the Axis powers in World War II.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 09:13:04 am

Despite these outrageous statements, McCain sought to maintain Hagee’s endorsement, even rather confusedly claiming in an April 20, 2008 interview with George Stephanopoulis on ABC’s “This Week” that seeking Hagee’s support was “probably a mistake,” but concluding that he was nevertheless “happy to have it.” But as with Obama and Reverend Wright, there comes a breaking point in all such relationships, and McCain’s was reached when in mid-May the audio of a Hagee sermon was released, wherein the Texas firebrand identified Hitler as the “hunter” in a passage by Jeremiah (!), affirming that the Holocaust was part of the divine plan to return the Jews to Israel. Now, slurring homosexuals, Catholics and Muslims is apparently fair game, but when it comes to the key Jewish constituencies in swing states like Florida, that’s another matter. On May 22 McCain formally denounced Hagee and rejected his endorsement, stating, “Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible. [...] I did not know of them before Reverend Hagee’s endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well.”

On the same day McCain also found it expedient to cut loose a second fundamentalist albatross about his neck, Reverend Rod Parsley, managing to work in a not-so-subtle jibe at Obama as well: “I've never been in Pastor Hagee's church or Pastor Parsley's church. I didn't attend their church for 20 years, and I'm not a member of their church. I received their endorsement, which did not mean that I endorsed their views.” Both ministers promptly withdrew the endorsements that had been spurned.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 09:15:47 am

On the same day McCain also found it expedient to cut loose a second fundamentalist albatross about his neck, Reverend Rod Parsley, managing to work in a not-so-subtle jibe at Obama as well:

“I've never been in Pastor Hagee's church or Pastor Parsley's church.

I didn't attend their church for 20 years, and I'm not a member of their church.

I received their endorsement, which did not mean that I endorsed their views.”

Both ministers promptly withdrew the endorsements that had been spurned.

Rod Parsley is a televangelist and pastor of the 12,000 member World Harvest Pentecostal Church in Columbus, Ohio.

His umbrella organization, Breakthrough Ministries, provides programming available on over 1400 stations worldwide. He is a leading strategist in the Dominionist movement, which seeks to impose a theocratic form of government enforcing biblical law on America.

In 2004 he founded the Center for Moral Clarity, a lobbyist group advocating anti- abortion and same sex marriage legislation, repealing hate crimes and hate speech legislation, and seeking to restrict pornography and sexually oriented businesses.

McCain actively sought Parsely’s endorsement during the early stages of the GOP primary, when splitting evangelical votes with former Baptist minister Mike Huckabee.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 09:17:24 am

It was inflammatory rhetoric which also caused the rift with Parsley, but it was not his statement that, in funding planned parenthood, the US government was complicit in “genocide” against African Americans, which caused the split. Rather it was his statement that he does “not believe that our country can truly fulfill its divine purpose until we understand America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion [of Islam] destroyed,” further opining that Muhammad is "the mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual evil." In breaking with Parsley, McCain said, "I believe there is no place for that kind of dialogue in America, and I believe that even though he endorsed me, and I didn't endorse him, the fact is that I repudiate such talk, and I reject his endorsement.”

Born 12 April 1940, and 13 January 1957 respectively, both John Hagee and Rod Parsley evince the same pattern of galactic interference with Jupiter, Neptune and Mercury as do Obama’s pastoral nemesis. Hagee’s Mercury at 25 Pisces opposes Neptune at 23 Virgo retrograde, both forming a T-Square with the supermassive Black Hole at the Galactic Center at 26 Sagittarius, while his Jupiter at 22 Aries conjoins the 24 Aries Black Hole. Rhetorical overreach on spiritual and religious matters is perhaps inevitable given this combination, and Hagee’s illustrious career in offensive speech-making is well documented.

Parsley’s nativity shows Jupiter at 1 Libra exactly conjunct the supermassive Black Hole center of Galaxy M-87, with Neptune at 2 Scorpio in exact square to a Black Hole at 2 Leo, and Mercury at 16 Capricorn conjunct the Black Hole at 19.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 09:23:33 am

Both pastors make significant contacts with McCain’s chart. Parsley’s 1 Libra Jupiter conjoins McCain’s 2 Libra Mercury, and his 16 Capricorn Mercury exactly trines McCain’s 16 Virgo Neptune, activating two of this same deadly triumvirate of energies that describes aberrant religious speech. Hagee’s Mercury/Neptune opposition ties to McCain’s Saturn/Venus opposition at 20 Pisces and 22 Virgo, intimating questions regarding McCain’s values and suggesting an impact on his career.

As with Obama, an underlying Pluto transit informs the period. From its 1 Capricorn retrograde station in April, Pluto sits exactly atop McCain’s North Node, opposite the South Node. The karmic message is clear—you can’t build your future by running away from your past. McCain is not an intolerant fundamentalist, and to court them for political advantage erodes the authenticity which is such a key factor in his appeal to independents vital for his election. Worse—the forced repudiations of the endorsements of two evangelical giants is far more damaging with their adherents than never to have received these endorsements at all, creating an adversarial atmosphere which counteracts McCain’s efforts to reach these voters, and further undercutting his conservative bona fides. And the utter lack of vetting prior to accepting these endorsements also suggests weakness in the McCain campaign’s internal structure, calling into question his overall competence.


Alex Miller-Mignone is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book and
The Urban Wicca, former editor of "The Galactic Calendar," and past president of The Philadelphia Astrological Society.

His pioneering work with Black Holes in astrological interpretation began in 1991, when his progressed Sun unwittingly fell into one. Alex can be reached for comment or services at

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 09:35:09 am


by Terry Lamb

[We welcome astrologer, coach and energy healer Terry Lamb to Daykeeper this month and we're delighted to share with you her illuminating article on July's many quincunxes and their meaning in the longer term. ("Quincunx" is an astrological term for the relationship between two bodies separated by five signs, or 150º, also sometimes called "inconjunct.")—Ed.]

After a sleepy, recuperative month in June related to the high number of planets in retrograde motion,
July’s planets give us more room to move—but not a lot. We are likely to remember July as a time of
waiting and adjustment.

The month is characterized by quincunxes—no fewer than 15 of significance this month!

They arbitrate our way of connecting Pluto and Neptune, which have become temporarily separated in consciousness in recent months. These quincunxes will generally be felt for about three days each,
with many overlapping each other. However, because they all play a part in a bigger drama as part of a cyclic process, they will cast a long shadow into the future.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 09:40:23 am

Quincunxes have to do with timing. We want something before it is ripe, or we miss the “best timing” window and are trying to play catch-up. I call the quincunx the “hungry aspect”.

We hunger for something that we (feel we) don’t have. We look for ways to create it or recover it.
If there is a sextile involved, either in the heavens or in your chart, a yod is created. We have such a yod pattern assembling itself using the wide sextile between Chiron-North Node-Neptune and Pluto. Venus, the Sun, and Mercury will each quincunx these points during July, with periodic assistance from the Moon.

Quincunxes are difficult in the sense that we are attempting to combine energies in signs that don’t naturally combine well.

Here, we’re blending Cancer with Aquarius, and with Sagittarius. Cancer-Aquarius could be the Ultimate Complainer, because we combine Cancer’s emotion with Aquarius’s skepticism. However, Cancer’s urge to nurture can be blended with Aquarius’s desire to enhance group dynamics to produce the Social Reformer.

Cancer-Sagittarius can be the Grumpy Preacher or the Healing Humanitarian. To use this pattern to its utmost, we need to find a way to express our highest ideals (Sagittarius) as social principles (Aquarius), then apply them in our personal lives (Cancer)—a tall order!

But every time we give money to a food bank, donate clothes to those in need, or tell our congressperson that we support policies that help people in poverty (for instance)—we are
blending these signs harmoniously and beneficially.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 09:42:02 am

All the planets beyond Mars retrograde yearly and become a part of life’s annual rhythm, with impact in our lives depending on natal contacts. We’ve just passed the culmination point in the Sun-Pluto cycle, so now our efforts to transform our lives, begun in late December, are bearing fruits. We will continue to work actively on this process for two more months. Now that Saturn is past its trine to Pluto, it is now collecting energy toward its last two trines with Jupiter in an unusual series of five, even as it moves towards its triune opposition to Uranus.

Neptune has temporarily separated from its dancing partner Chiron. However, the Lunar North Node (aka the transiting eclipse point) has been reconnecting them and diverting our focus toward a deep healing process that will not be complete until next year. We’ll make it through, but how?—It’s a mystery! We’re still struggling some with the awareness that Chiron-Neptune is bringing us; the yearly cycles of these planets will not culminate, bringing that great “aha!”, until mid-August.

Pluto is now back in Sagittarius, and it shifts our consciousness into a realm that has been familiar to us since 1995, giving us breathing room. Pluto in Capricorn (and its standard-bearer Jupiter) had us gasping for air with all the new and jarring realities we’ve had to face in terms of economic, ecological, and possibly personal crises. Pluto in Sagittarius reminds us of the bad ol’ days before we knew what was really going on and started doing something about it all. We can never go back, but we can tap the optimism of that period and use it to move forward into the reshaped world we now find ourselves in.

Post by: Bianca on July 19, 2008, 09:44:43 am

With Pluto at the end of a sign instead of the beginning, it means that most things end with a bang!

That’s because the final aspect the Moon makes now is to Pluto, so that’s how things turn out—transformationally.

This is the way it was for several years until it entered Capricorn in January.

Suddenly we had things starting off with change, and it was a shock.

Don’t get too used to the old familiar pattern though.

It will only last through November.

We’re just beginning to work with Uranus’s “redo” period, since its retrograde started only on June 26.

Retrogrades are what make Earth such a great school of the spirit:

Since the planet treads part of the sign three times, it’s like three cycles for the “price” of one.

Uranus awakens us to new realities—in Pisces, these are subtle or hidden.

However, with Saturn moving rapidly toward its opposition to Uranus now, these subtle factors are about to be revealed.

There will be grand drama (just watch the political campaigns this season if you want an example)
as people begin to articulate the divide between the status quo (Saturn) and the innovative (Uranus).

 Which energy do you think will win?

We’ve got until Thanksgiving time to work it all out.

Post by: Bianca on July 22, 2008, 01:56:33 pm

                                             R A Y M O N D   M E R R I M A N

Longer-Term Thoughts

JUNE 2, 2008

Pluto will soon retrograde back in to Sagittarius after spending the past five months tipping its toe into Capricorn.

We got a preview of what the next 15 years will be like, for Pluto will fully enter Capricorn in late November 2008, and remain there through 2023.

During this period we can anticipate major fundamental changes in government, central banks, and financial markets, as discussed in great detail in an article I have posted on my web site at

But we get break, a return to the issues of the prior 13 years, when Pluto retrogrades back to Sagittarius June 14-November 26. As Astrologer Michael Lutin portrayed in his play “Plutopia” and the UAC conference of May 15-20, Pluto in Capricorn has seemed like so much “bad, bad news.”

But Pluto going back to Sagittarius may find a change of tune, to “good, good news.” It may be just in time for the economic data to reflect the positive effects of the recent stimulus package. American tax payers were sent $168B in tax refunds, and they are spending it. It is very likely to show a rebound in spending, and hence economic activity.

But, as I stated before, this bump up in economic activity is smoke screen. Americans are likely to spend more than the tax rebates they just received – they always spend more than they have. And that too will show up, probably just about the time that Pluto returns to Capricorn in late November 2008.

Just in time for the holidays.

More Pluto, more debt… until we learn to save and stop being wasteful.

It is a message not just for American citizens, but also for American government leaders –Congress and the White House.

More “bad, bad news” usually means more debt.

But Pluto is in Capricorn. There will be a point during this transit when the lesson is learned, but probably the hard way.

Nothing comes easy in Capricorn.

But when lessons are learned, there is redemption.

Post by: Bianca on July 22, 2008, 02:15:18 pm

June 16, 2008

I have referred to the importance of certain time bands this year in which faster moving planets make hard aspects to the forthcoming Saturn-Uranus opposition.

My belief is that these periods, known as “translations” of the faster moving bodies to the longer-term aspect, will give us a glimpse of what to expect between November 4, 2008 and July 26, 2010, when the exact 45-year opposition of Saturn and Uranus take place in a five-passage series. The first four of those oppositions occur with Saturn in Virgo and Uranus in Pisces.

Saturn in Virgo by itself represents a time when the working people of the planet become very dissatisfied with their working conditions – especially their pay scale, which they see as a sign of inequity in comparison to the affluence of the management, executive, or upper echelons of society. Typically the workers (laborers) demand intervention on the part of government to make changes that correct these inequities, or else they stop working. They go on strikes, demanding more money and better working conditions. Productivity goes down and distribution channels are interrupted.

 With Uranus in the equation, there can be an even more serious note of protest and rebellion. Again, the protests are aimed at the government or those in authority, which are represented by Saturn. Thus it can become a time of class warfare.

 We are currently in such a “translation” period, May 22-June 13, when both the Sun and Venus are transiting through Gemini, making first a square to Saturn, and then a square to Uranus. I am here in Tokyo this week, and it never fails to amaze me to see the difference in emphasis placed on various news items than we see in the United States. Here the front page headlines are all about protests taking place in Asian countries, such as India and South Korea.

The later instance is particularly interesting, where tens of thousands of South Koreans are staging such a massive protests that the cabinet of the 100-day old government “offered to resign, taking responsibility for a string of political miscalculations that have sent support for President Lee Myung-bak’s government tumbling,” according to an article in Wednesday’s Asian Financial Times newspaper The reason for the protests? Sharply rising oil prices and the government’s decision to ease restrictions of U.S. imports on meat from cows, in the midst of an economy that is falling faster than they expected or forecasted. The Korean populace resents that the new government is “kowtowing” to the American government by allowing American beef into their country. They fear the dreaded “mad cow disease” will strike. Judging by their intense overreaction to the problem, it appears it may be too late. 

 But here is the thing that is pertinent to the United States. From a leadership point of view, could something like this happen in America soon?  The Times report goes on to state in that same article and another on the next day, “The scenes Tuesday illuminated the dramatic shift in President Lee’s political fortunes…. Mr. Lee’s government made grand pledges to overhaul the stagnant economy when it took office at the end of February… While championing a pragmatic leadership, Lee overlooked Koreans nationalistic pride. If what troubled Roh’s presidency (the prior President) was too much nationalism, Lee’s problem is a lack of it.” Hmmm, this sounds vaguely familiar.

 I have referred to the Saturn-Uranus opposition often in the context of the U.S. forthcoming election.

The aspect is highly unpredictable, except that it promises sudden and unexpected events into the election, and immediately afterwards. It clearly defines the stark difference between the candidates.

One is youthful, charismatic, and promises a great change, but cannot be accused of being overly nationalistic, which are characteristics of Uranus. The other is older, a national war hero, much more experienced, but represents the more conservative and nationalistic element, which is Saturn.

Does the U.S.A. go for the promise of bold new changes at a time that the current party in office is so unpopular and nationalistic, as did South Korea? If so, could it be a landslide victory for the Democrats, as many are predicting, with all of the nation’s hopes wrapped up in the belief that these bold new changes will indeed take place quickly? And what happens if in the critical first 100 days, the failing economy suffers further and the promised changes aren’t taking place? With Saturn in Virgo representing discontent, and Uranus in opposition representing the urge to rebel, could there be massive protests because things aren’t getting better, and the hopes of the populace are falling faster than George W. Bush’s approval ratings?

Yes, that is one possibility, and it is now a reality in South Korea, related to the translation of the Sun-Venus to the forthcoming Saturn-Uranus opposition. It could portend a theme that we see next year in the U.S.A.

But it is Uranus to Saturn, and so there are several other possible themes related to the unexpected that are experienced as well. After all, the first passage of this Saturn-Uranus reality will take place right on Election Day, 2008. 

All we know is this: events will happen, and reactions to those events will be exaggerated, in ways
that we did not fully expect. We may not get what we wish for, or even expect, without solid planning and understanding of the dynamics that are present. And there are so many dynamics present.

Reality trumps hope, unless hope takes into account reality and consists of something more concrete than just wishful thinking and desire for change.

Post by: Bianca on July 22, 2008, 02:20:28 pm

June 23, 2008

The Uranus station of June 26 is also significant because it is one of the parts of the extremely important Saturn-Uranus opposition that starts later this year. In fact, as mentioned before, the first
of five passages of this 45-year opposition takes place right on the USA Election Day, 2008. By itself, this aspect signifies a fundamental change in direction over many areas of human activity, especially politically, but also including economics and investment opportunities (and risks). It lasts through much of 2010.

 If we apply this theme to the USA election, this aspect alone would seem to suggest that Barack Obama would win, for he indeed represents a very fundamental change in direction in the politics of the USA. He would probably be the first real true liberal USA president since the time of the last passage of this signature, which took place in 1965-66.

All the cards are in his favor, because the U.S. populace seems exhausted and tired of the policies in force over the past 8 years. Everyone wants a change, and very few people believe the country is headed in the right direction. This election belongs to the Democrats – it is theirs to lose.

 Which brings up the other side of Uranus. It rules upsets or surprises, as well as a major change of direction in leadership. Keep in mind also that the Saturn-Pluto cycle is in its waning phase (2001-2020), and this column has oftentimes referred to that period as one that will likely see increased federal deficits (they are at a record high again), rising taxes, rising interest rates, and sluggish economy and stock markets. The turning point may well be when Saturn reaches its half-way point in this waning phase, which occurs March –December 2009 when it squares Pluto.

 Many people are complaining that Obama has gotten a free ride by the press.

They haven’t really challenged him on issues very deeply. He is an inspiring and charismatic speaker (Uranus), and he promises swift and dramatic changes quickly if elected (all Uranus themes again).
And he has an ambitious agenda for transforming America, by major “investments into its future.”

This is really jargon for increased taxes, and according to my understanding, the people who will experience the greatest increase in taxes under his leadership will be the wealthiest, and the middle class may get tax breaks.

That all sounds good – except that study after study demonstrates that more taxes (Saturn and Pluto) do not result in better economic conditions down the road. It seems to me that if the press wanted to challenge him a little more carefully, they might ask what he intends to do with all the money he will save by pulling out of Iraq. It is understood that the cost of this war is astronomical, and Obama believes that money would be better spent on programs at home. With so much money being saved, would it really be necessary to raise taxes on anyone, and risk the economic results that so many studies show as a consequence of raising taxes?

After all, what is the real purpose of a tax on individual income, other than to take away the hard earned money of the people and put into the hands of a government to use as they see fit, to fund their pet projects? I think these are the kind of questions Americans will be asking themselves in the next year as Saturn comes to square Pluto. And when Uranus follows that with seven passages of a square to Pluto in 2012-2015, it would not be surprising to see a tax revolt erupting.

 You see the stage being set, with Saturn and Pluto in its waning phase now (increasing taxes, deficits). You see the candidate that the powers behind the scenes (Saturn-Pluto again) seem to be setting up to take over leadership of this country – at a time when the economy is starting to fall just before he assumes that position.

You see the candidate promising vast changes and great hopes, but who also is probably about to embark upon an economic policy that may be doomed to fail, especially given the American tendency
to be very impatient and want change yesterday, not ten years from now.

In short, you see the set up - and the candidate being set up, and the country being set up.

This isn’t the dawn of the Age of Aquarius.

Not yet.

It is the dawn of the “Cardinal Climax” (2008-2015), when Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto are all moving into Cardinal signs, with Pluto in Capricorn at the midpoint of it all.

It makes you wonder what the world will look like in seven years, because it sure isn’t going to be the world we see today.

Of course, such a dramatic change as I am forecasting, also means there will be exceptional
investment opportunities.

Remember: follow the movements of the youth under the Saturn-Uranus opposition.

And watch for the opportunities in alternative energy fields (Uranus). Look for good products and a management that is committed to staying the course, and not just interested in creating a shell that “sounds good” to sell to someone else. 

Post by: Bianca on July 22, 2008, 02:26:31 pm

June 30, 2008

Last week I re-visited the relationship of the Saturn-Pluto cycle with regard to taxes, federal deficits, and general economic conditions. I attempted to relate this cycle in terms of the platform of one of the candidates for this year’s USA presidential election, Barack Obama.

 Basically, the Saturn-Pluto cycle goes like this: economic conditions are in their up cycle from the 18-year period of conjunction to opposition. Federal deficits go down, taxes go down interest rates go down, and the economy expands. People can invest monies into equities, for this is the period to encourage “capital appreciation.” This phase was last in force 1982-2001. But then the cycle reverses for the 18 years from the opposition to conjunction. Federal deficits increase, taxes go up, interest rates go up, prices (commodities) go up, and the economy starts to stagnate. This is the time to “preserve capital.” This phase is now in effect 2001-2020.

 So far, this down phase has only been partly realized. Federal deficits (in the USA) have gone up, but taxes and interest rates have not. They have remained low. In terms of Financial Astrology, this may be due to the fact that Saturn is still in its up cycle, approaching its 45-year opposition to Uranus. So even though Saturn-Pluto is in the downside of its cycle, Saturn-Uranus is still approaching its peak before beginning the downside of its cycle. And the fact that neither interest rates nor taxes have gone up may account for the long period of stock market and economic gains from October 2002 through October 2007.

But that very period of prosperity is now threatened as another part of the historical equation – commodity prices – have soared, causing inflation to also soar throughout the world. It is just a matter of time now before interest rates start rising. In fact, it has already started in many countries.

I also pointed out that of the two candidates running for U.S. president, Barack Obama could win because he fits the part of the cycle that correlates with rising taxes. His platform is to raise the income tax of the top 2% of tax payers.

I pointed out that there were many studies that show a correlation between rising taxes and a
faltering economy.

Space does not permit me to cover any of those studies this week, but I may in future columns, because they are plentiful. But let me give you just one simple example here in Michigan. Unfortunately, I did not save the source of my data. But here in Michigan both income and business taxes have increased substantially recently, all under the well-intentioned belief that if taxes increased, more monies would be available for a future that Michigan needed to “invest” in.

The result of these higher taxes?

Unemployment has jumped to 8.5%, from well below 6% just a few months ago.

330,000 people have moved out of the state, looking for new jobs, and the gross revenue intake from the higher taxes is now less than before. Fewer people paid these taxes, and of those who did, many paid from lower wages. This example represents a similar conclusion of the many studies I referred to previously.

Now, I like many aspects of both Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain’s platforms, and I am critical of aspects of each. I am neither Democrat nor Republican. But it is my duty, as a Financial and Mundane Astrologer, to show a connection to any candidate’s platform when it relates to a major astrological cycle.

The idea of raising taxes plays right into the waning phase of the Saturn-Pluto cycle.

And the relationship between raising taxes, followed by a weakening of the economy, can also be historically correlated with this Saturn-Pluto cycle.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to also understand that raising taxes in a recession has a heightened risk of disastrous consequences, and that too plays into the history of the forthcoming geocosmic signatures.

Within 18 months of August 1, 2010, there will be a very rare cardinal T-square formation between Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto.

The last time it happened was in 1930-1931.

That was an economically disastrous time. I don’t think there is much doubt right now that a similar economic disaster is possible in the next 2-3 years. I was hopeful that the favorable lesser signatures
in effect prior to this November would kick in and push stock indices and economic data higher before these major signatures grab hold.

But after last week’s equity performance, it appears that I miscalculated the power of those lesser signatures. The heavier aspects coming up later this year are already having an influence on the economy and financial markets.

 In my way of looking at things, the only hope now to prevent these long-term cycles from unfolding
lies in the choices that world leaders make regarding the issues that are common in those cyclical downturns. That is, reduce the escalating federal deficits in order to keep interest rates low, fight inflation now rather than later, and by all means, do not raise taxes for anybody until we come out
of this downturn.

Transiting Saturn will soon move into its waning square aspect to Pluto (the halfway point of the opposition to conjunction phase). That would be the time taxes would most likely increase, unless leaders choose otherwise.

That aspect takes place three times from November 15, 2009 through August 21, 2010.

 Wouldn’t you think that after five years of war in Iraq, and a Presidential candidate who appeals to the hopes of people everywhere with a promise to bring the troops home and end that war – thus saving billions of dollars in spending – that we could have the benefit of “peace dividend” instead of a “peace tax?” And thereby counteract the forces of these long-term cycles that are on the verge of unfolding?   

Astrology offers one the ability to plan wisely, and the ability to plan is a gift from God.

Post by: Bianca on July 22, 2008, 02:30:01 pm

July 7, 2008

We will continue with our thoughts on long-term planetary cycles, and how their themes tie into the two U.S.A. presidential candidates.

 This week I would like to address the subject of Pluto moving into early Capricorn, and the relationship of that event to the chart of the Federal Reserve Board chart. Pluto’s orbit the Sun is 248 years. The Federal Reserve Board was officially created on December 23, 1913, when the Sun was at 1 degree of Capricorn, and Pluto was at 0 degree of Cancer, an opposition. This will be the first time that transiting Pluto has entered into conjunction to the natal Sun of the FRB, and opposition to its natal Pluto.

 As a transit, Pluto represents the urge to terminate or drastically change the entity whose Sun it conjuncts. The Sun in a chart also represents its leader, or in this case, the chair of the FRB. Pluto will be transiting the natal Sun-Pluto opposition of the FRB chart for about one year almost immediately following the election. If the force of Pluto signifies the possibility to terminate the position of the current FRB chair, or the entity of the FRB itself, then we can ask ourselves: which President would be most likely to do that? The Democrat, Barack Obama, or the Republican, John McCain? Since the Republican President George W. Bush appointed the current head of the FRB, I think it is not so likely that another Republican would dismiss him. By logical deduction, a decision to not re-appoint the current FRB chair, or even the urge to ask him to resign, is more likely to happen if a Democrat is elected as the next USA President. Thus, this signature seems to also suggest Barack Obama would be the next USA president.

 But wait a minute. John McCain is on record for wanting to radically change the individual income tax structure, and maybe even do away with it altogether. This too could greatly alter the structure of the Federal Reserve Board.

 However, I wonder: which candidate would be most likely to take away the power of the FRB to create the actual USA currency? And perhaps give that power back to Congress, which had that power prior to 1913? If one candidate holds that position, that might be the candidate who plays most closely to the theme of transiting Pluto over the FRB natal Sun opposite Pluto signature.

Post by: Bianca on July 22, 2008, 02:37:05 pm

July 14, 2008

We will continue with our series of discussions on the astrological correlations to USA 2008
Presidential election.

In prior columns, I have given two long-term geocosmic cycles whose historical themes support the election of Barack Obama.

The first was the 19-year waning phase of the Saturn-Pluto cycle, 2001-2020, whose historical themes correlate to greater federal spending (i.e. larger government), increased federal deficits, and increased taxes. The platform of the probable Democrat nominee supports this probability more than that of the Republican nominee.

The second geocosmic factor in effect is the 248-year Pluto cycle, which will be moving into Capricorn (2008-2023), and has already begun its conjunction to natal Sun-Pluto opposition in early Capricorn-Cancer (2008-2010) of the Federal Reserve Board chart (December 23, 1913). The astrological theme of this signature pertains to the dismissal or resignation of the FRB Chairman, and/or a major restructuring of the Federal Reserve Board itself.

Since the current chair was appointed by Republican George W. Bush, it is more likely that a dismissal
or resignation would occur under a Democrat president. Perhaps in anticipation of such a change or restructuring, it is interesting to note that at this time, the FRB chair and U.S. Treasury Secretary are seeking to expand – not lessen - the powers of the Federal Reserve Board.

Now let’s consider the case for the election of the presumed Republican candidate John McCain. Under the leadership of the past three Republican presidents (Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush Sr, and George W. Bush Jr), the U.S. Dollar has fallen sharply. It is now at historic lows, and is perhaps the single-most cause of the record-breaking levels of many commodities, such as Gold, Crude Oil, and grains (Corn, Wheat, Soybeans). The only break in the 23-year fall in Dollar came under the leadership of Democrat President Bill Clinton.

During his two terms (1993-2001), the value of the U.S. Dollar rose steadily. For further discussion and charts to illustrate this effect, please go to a special article on “Pluto in Capricorn: The Good, The Bad, Even Worse, and Redemption,” written for my web site at

An election of John McCain could very well continue this trend of the falling U.S. Dollar for one very important reason: the War in Iraq.

The U.S. Dollar is not likely to rise long-term, nor is the price of Crude Oil likely to come down as quickly as otherwise expected via other geocosmic signatures (Uranus in Pisces), as long as the U.S. military remains in combat in Iraq. The U.S. Dollar will change its trend only when the war is over and the U.S. troops are no longer required (or desired by the U.S. administration) to be there.

The transiting Pluto is in opposition to the U.S.A. Venus-Pluto conjunction in the first five degrees of Cancer from 2008 through 2011. Venus represents the currency of a country. Pluto in hard aspect to one’s Venus or Jupiter is one of the classical bankruptcy aspects in Financial Astrology (Neptune and Uranus can do the same, and Uranus will be there as well 2010-2012 as part of the forthcoming Cardinal Climax, when Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto are all in T-square in early cardinal signs).

Although it is true that the platform of Barack Obama could also lead to potential bankruptcy (higher taxes, higher deficits, greater spending required to enlarge the federal government), it is also true that the military platform of John McCain could do the same by the simple fact that he is committed to staying the course in Iraq. Under McCain’s leadership, there would still be no end in sight to the U.S. military involvement in Iraq, and that would continue to plummet the Dollar and thus continue the inflationary rise in commodities like Crude Oil, precious metals, and grains. This is consistent with the Pluto transit in opposition to the USA Venus-Jupiter conjunction.

Could these cyclical trends be changed? Of course.

That is the value of astrology to society and culture. It shows the historical themes and likely consequences of policies that play into those themes. But the ultimate outcome of anything depends
as much on individual or collective choices.

One has the ability to plan.

One has the ability to make choices that lead to a different outcome than that indicated by these historical cycles and geocosmic signatures.

If you see that raising taxes and increased Federal spending and deficits can lead to economic turmoil (under the waning phase of Saturn and Pluto), then you wait for – or try to first create - a more prosperous environment to enact that kind of economic policy. You don’t spend more money and make greater investments in a falling economy which is already in great debt. You get the economy back on track first, and then you start to spend your surpluses – not add onto your debts while the economy is falling. If you see that your military involvement in a critical part of the world is leading to a collapse of your currency (and increase in your federal debt), then you do your utmost to bring that conflict to an end quickly and stop the root cause of the deflation of your currency.

Unfortunately, these positions will not win elections, let alone nominations, from the current two-party system, and the polarizing effect it has had on the populace. You are either on one side or the other, and in this case, the current platforms of both sides are fraught with economic and financial dangers. And those dangers are consistent with the long-term historical cycles and long-term planetary cycles.

The last time Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto came into a cardinal T-square was…. 1930-1931.

It is in effect again 2008-2011.

We don’t have to repeat it.

But, unless something changes fairly soon in these platforms, it looks to me like we will repeat it.

And that is what these equity markets are suggesting too as they fail to reverse (rally) under the usually reliable geocosmic signatures for market reversals.

Post by: Bianca on July 22, 2008, 02:42:54 pm

July 21, 208

In the past three weeks I have given two arguments why Barack Obama could be the next president
of the United States, and one why John McCain could be, according to the relationship of long-term geocosmic cycles to the themes of their platforms and/or the likely outcome of their expected policies.

This week I would like to present another reason why John McCain might be the next president, based on this same method of astrological and geopolitical analysis.

 My argument begins with an understanding of the birth chart of the United States of America.

It doesn’t matter whether you use the conventional birth date of July 4, 1776, when the Revolutionary War officially began, or the one I prefer, which acknowledges the vote to declare Independence and commence the War. That vote culminated late on the afternoon of July 2.

In either chart, one will note a square between Mars and Neptune at approximately 20-22 degrees of Gemini and Virgo respectively. In the study of astrology, this is known as a square aspect, a quarter distance of the circle away from one another. A square is considered one of the “hard aspects” in astrology. The opposition, like the forthcoming Saturn-Uranus relationship November 2008 through July 2010, is also considered a “hard aspect.”

In Mundane Astrology, Mars is the known as the planet of combat and wars. If a President’s own birth chart has planets in hard aspect to the USA Mars-Neptune square, it is assumed (usually correctly) that this President will lead the country into war and combat. If major transits of Saturn and planets beyond its orbit make a hard aspect to the USA Mars-Neptune square, it points to period of time when the threat – or actuality – of war is heightened.

The 45-year Saturn-Uranus opposition will cross 20-22 degrees of Virgo and Pisces respectively over the next two years, in exact hard aspect to the USA Mars-Neptune square. This implies an increase in military combat, and an escalation of war-like tensions for the United States. If we look at the charts of the two candidates, we will see that each has aspects to this critical square in the USA chart. In fact, Obama has Mars at 22 Virgo, exactly on the USA Neptune and square its Mars (his birth certificate, on his website, shows he is born Aug 4, 1961, at 7:24 PM, in Honolulu, Hi). The Mars-Mars contact suggests conflict, but his natal Mars on USA Neptune is worrisome as a Commander-in-Chief, for Neptune suggests passivity in the relationship and/or the effort for peace.

I believe Senator Obama’s platform is built more upon the idea of engaged dialogue with the goal of achieving world peace. But as suggested by his critics, and I think indicated by this synastry between his and the USA’s chart, this approach could be seen as a sign of weakness for other nations to exploit. And if that is the case, he may feel compelled to act tough, and/or overreact with aggression himself
to prove he is not weak.

Senator McCain’s chart has a whole different dynamic to this Mars-Neptune square in the USA chart. Born Aug 29, 1936 in Panama City, Panama (time unknown, but believed to be between 9:00-11:00 AM), we see his natal Venus and Neptune conjunct at 16-22 Virgo, opposite Saturn at 20 Pisces, and in a T-square with Jupiter at 15 Sagittarius.

In other words, four of the ten planets on the day of his birth were making a hard aspect to the USA Mars-Neptune square. The Venus-Neptune on the USA Neptune is a signature of playing nice, trying to be gentle and compassionate. But the Saturn in opposition, and square to the USA Mars, is not usually indicative of one who bends or moves away from his stance.

He takes a stand, and holds it.

He may try to gently convince others that he is listening and open to their views, but it is for the purpose of getting others to see – and agree to - things his way. He probably has little interest in veering off his course or goals at all. And with Jupiter in the mix, if things aren’t going the way he wants, he may be more inclined to overwhelm. This is the signature indicating his support for – and willingness to continue – the “troop surge.” He believes that “more force” is the way to win, and perhaps the only way to win.

Obama’s platform is to bring the troops home and strive for peace through open dialogue with potential antagonists.

McCain’s position is more of a “shock and awe,” and “troop surge” to win the war, first and foremost.

Because the USA is about to go through the transit of both Saturn and Uranus in hard aspect to its Mars-Neptune hard aspect, it implies a time of increased war threats, military tensions, and a heightened probability of greater combat, late 2008 through 2010.

The transit of Uranus falls right on Senator McCain’s natal Saturn, and opposite Senator Obama’s natal Mars. As a conjunction in the case of Mr. McCain, it shows him the likely initiator of military actions. As an opposition in the case Mr. Obama, it shows him the likely object of other’s aggressions, and then being reactive to these forces.

Both could fit with the next president.

But because of the pre-dominance of natal planets (4) in McCain’s chart in aspect to the USA’s Mars-Neptune square, it seems that this issue would be an edge towards him as the next USA president.

Post by: Bianca on July 28, 2008, 08:20:50 am


by Terry Lamb

[We welcome astrologer, coach and energy healer Terry Lamb to Daykeeper this month and we're delighted to share with you her illuminating article on July's many quincunxes and their meaning in the longer term. ("Quincunx" is an astrological term for the relationship between two bodies separated by five signs, or 150º, also sometimes called "inconjunct.")—Ed.]

After a sleepy, recuperative month in June related to the high number of planets in retrograde motion, July’s planets give us more room to move—but not a lot. We are likely to remember July as a time of waiting and adjustment. The month is characterized by quincunxes—no fewer than 15 of significance this month! They arbitrate our way of connecting Pluto and Neptune, which have become temporarily separated in consciousness in recent months. These quincunxes will generally be felt for about three days each, with many overlapping each other. However, because they all play a part in a bigger drama as part of a cyclic process, they will cast a long shadow into the future.

Quincunxes have to do with timing. We want something before it is ripe, or we miss the “best timing” window and are trying to play catch-up. I call the quincunx the “hungry aspect”. We hunger for something that we (feel we) don’t have. We look for ways to create it or recover it. If there is a sextile involved, either in the heavens or in your chart, a yod is created. We have such a yod pattern assembling itself using the wide sextile between Chiron-North Node-Neptune and Pluto. Venus, the Sun, and Mercury will each quincunx these points during July, with periodic assistance from the Moon.

Post by: Bianca on July 28, 2008, 08:24:16 am

Quincunxes are difficult in the sense that we are attempting to combine energies in signs that don’t naturally combine well. Here, we’re blending Cancer with Aquarius, and with Sagittarius. Cancer-Aquarius could be the Ultimate Complainer, because we combine Cancer’s emotion with Aquarius’s skepticism. However, Cancer’s urge to nurture can be blended with Aquarius’s desire to enhance group dynamics to produce the Social Reformer. Cancer-Sagittarius can be the Grumpy Preacher or the Healing Humanitarian. To use this pattern to its utmost, we need to find a way to express our highest ideals (Sagittarius) as social principles (Aquarius), then apply them in our personal lives (Cancer)—a tall order! But every time we give money to a food bank, donate clothes to those in need, or tell our congressperson that we support policies that help people in poverty (for instance)—we are blending these signs harmoniously and beneficially.

All the planets beyond Mars retrograde yearly and become a part of life’s annual rhythm, with impact in our lives depending on natal contacts. We’ve just passed the culmination point in the Sun-Pluto cycle, so now our efforts to transform our lives, begun in late December, are bearing fruits. We will continue to work actively on this process for two more months. Now that Saturn is past its trine to Pluto, it is now collecting energy toward its last two trines with Jupiter in an unusual series of five, even as it moves towards its triune opposition to Uranus.

Neptune has temporarily separated from its dancing partner Chiron. However, the Lunar North Node (aka the transiting eclipse point) has been reconnecting them and diverting our focus toward a deep healing process that will not be complete until next year. We’ll make it through, but how?—It’s a mystery! We’re still struggling some with the awareness that Chiron-Neptune is bringing us; the yearly cycles of these planets will not culminate, bringing that great “aha!”, until mid-August.

Pluto is now back in Sagittarius, and it shifts our consciousness into a realm that has been familiar to us since 1995, giving us breathing room. Pluto in Capricorn (and its standard-bearer Jupiter) had us gasping for air with all the new and jarring realities we’ve had to face in terms of economic, ecological, and possibly personal crises. Pluto in Sagittarius reminds us of the bad ol’ days before we knew what was really going on and started doing something about it all. We can never go back, but we can tap the optimism of that period and use it to move forward into the reshaped world we now find ourselves in.

With Pluto at the end of a sign instead of the beginning, it means that most things end with a bang! That’s because the final aspect the Moon makes now is to Pluto, so that’s how things turn out—transformationally. This is the way it was for several years until it entered Capricorn in January. Suddenly we had things starting off with change, and it was a shock. Don’t get too used to the old familiar pattern though. It will only last through November.

We’re just beginning to work with Uranus’s “redo” period, since its retrograde started only on June 26. Retrogrades are what make Earth such a great school of the spirit: Since the planet treads part of the sign three times, it’s like three cycles for the “price” of one. Uranus awakens us to new realities—in Pisces, these are subtle or hidden. However, with Saturn moving rapidly toward its opposition to Uranus now, these subtle factors are about to be revealed. There will be grand drama (just watch the political campaigns this season if you want an example) as people begin to articulate the divide between the status quo (Saturn) and the innovative (Uranus). Which energy do you think will win? We’ve got until Thanksgiving time to work it all out.

Post by: Bianca on July 28, 2008, 08:28:45 am

                                                  The Age of Aquarius, PART 1,

July 2008
by Boots Hart

[This is the first in a 6-part series by noted astrologer Boots Hart on the transition into the Age of Aquarius and what it will mean for each generation undergoing these vast changes.—Ed.]

Does being an individual require you to stand alone? No, but this is a seemingly contradictory concept which is going to pervade challenges throughout the Age of Aquarius.

But wait—what IS an astrological age? How is one determined? Ages are defined by a subtle "wobble" planet Earth does on its perpendicular axis. Imagine our world with a stick through its poles—then remember when a top spins, how its upper point describes a slow circle which (vis-à-vis the top's spin) moves in a "backwards" direction. This cycle is called "precession," and Earth's precessional cycle (the "Grand Cycle") lasts 25,920 years—a figure often rounded to 26,000 in texts. By taking this 25,920-year Grand Cycle and dividing it by 12 (signs of the zodiac), we find that each segment—or Astrological Age—lasts 2,160 years. While there are respected astrologers who hold that ages should be measured by Earth's relationship to shifting constellations, most who hold that astrology is a mathematically governed geocosmic (Earth-centered) science believe we are entering the Age of Aquarius even as you read these words. And societal and world events seem to be on our side.

But why care? What does an Astrological Age mean to you? Many things, all of which begin with answering that "what is an Astrological Age?" question. The wheel of a given Age puts the sign of that age on the Ascendant (nine o"clock, if you will), rotating the rest of the signs  counter-clockwise, from there. And this combination of sign and house functionally colors the whole of the Age within which your individual horoscope operates. In other words, because the world is as it is, you (as portrayed through your horoscope) are challenged in particular ways.

And those ways are now changing because we're moving from the Age of Pisces into the Age of Aquarius. So because the "rules" are changing, the whole world (natural and societal) is going through a period which is extraordinarily exciting (if confused), and highly enlightening (if discordant). And yes, it's particularly disorienting for those born in one age living on into the next. After all, having the entire basis for one's understanding of life change half way through the game can be terribly disconcerting, right?

So who's being affected—and to what degree? How will parents born in one age relate to children born in the next? Plainly the more we know, the better equipped we'll be to make the transition, capitalizing on possibilities, potentials—and relationships—within families and when interfacing with the world.   

An interesting and important note to consider here is that ages take their "nicknames" not from the sign on the Ascendant, but that on the 12th house cusp, the house which in any chart represents universal values as well as the various forms of tension which are either worked through on faith or which manifest as limits and restrictions. In the Age of Pisces, Aquarius was on the 12th house, giving rise to the notion that the Piscean Age has been the Age of Information. In fact, for thousands of years humankind has quested for ever more understanding and knowledge. That a conscious "Information Age" arose just as the Piscean Age has been coming to its end is entirely proper: every form of metaphysical energy intensifies and reaches "critical mass" just before completing its work. 

Post by: Bianca on July 28, 2008, 08:31:18 am

Yet for all this push for knowledge, the basic nature of the Piscean Age has played out through the Pisces dynamic at every level of life, and Pisces is all about the ability to face strength versus weakness, fear versus trust and one's willingness to try, versus abandoning all hope with perspective and acceptance. Thus the Age has manifested concretely in such issues as questions of "faith versus science" (or one faith versus another faith). Or through the establishment and elimination of class or caste systems, systems of gender bias (or discrimination) and that infamous separation commonly defined as the "haves versus have nots"—which is not only a matter of societal polarization but also a matter of having enough faith in self to be who you really are, freely and openly, finding your place in the world on that basis.

Bottom line, All Things Piscean boil down to dominance/submission —or freedom versus limitation (individually and collectively), qualities which have been determined by and perpetuated by one party (or group) having all the knowledge and the other party (or group) being made to ask, beg, or live in ignorance. From boardroom to politics to the pulpit to marketing to education itself…and on into our bedrooms and sexual lives—the Piscean Age has declared that for there to be a winner, there must be a loser. The whole Age has been something of a pyramid scheme, whether the issue was faith, money, power, gender, access to medicine or food, human rights—or anything else.

That some cling to these "old ways" while debates rage….even while the onset of the Aquarian Age takes hold with so many barriers being broken and egalitarian concepts being explored around the world—that's the effect of the changing of the ages, a process which is more like the gradual colors shift within a rainbow than the black-and-white on/off of a light switch.


And with all the despotic regimes around the world—just the fact that there are concepts of world unity and the fact that we now speak in terms of a "world society" and a "family of man"—that tells us the Aquarian Age is upon us.

So what is Aquarius? What does it represent? First of all, it's an air sign. Air signs work in theories, ideas and concepts, telling us that the whole of the incoming age will function vastly through ideas and the value of the idea, the workability of the idea, an idea promoted by Aquarius as the worldly signature of societal function. Not governance; that's Capricorn. Rather, functionality. Aquarius is the functioning of the cogs which make things go, in every sense. And in that "machine," each cog, each wheel has its function, without which the whole doesn't work. The individual is thus important, as is the unique function each one brings to the whole. In the Age of Pisces, in contrast, the dominant/submissive, have/have not definition actually allowed many to opt out—the phrase few chiefs and many Indians comes to mind.

Now that idea changes. We each are responsible for being all that we are. Gender doesn't count. Age doesn't count. Wealth doesn't count—or at least wealth as it has counted doesn't count any more. With Capricorn on the 12th house of the Aquarian Age, the universal call is that of an Age of Commerce, but given Aquarius' universal equality concept, the "business of life" (i.e., achievement) will be everybody's option—an egalitarian ideal already flourishing, courtesy of that most quintessentially Aquarian thing, the Internet, a means by which anyone can be a star or build a company. No longer will big dogs and "old money" people be in anyone's way—which eliminates some excuses for lack of success many have found convenient. In the Aquarian Age, all that separates you from success (however you define it) will be your fears, your failure to trust yourself and a willingness to find in yourself that thing which is uniquely yours, yet common to many of your fellow humans. One idea and the willingness to work on it can totally change your life. Or even life itself.     

Turning to the discussion of parents and children, the first generation to really be affected by this change is Gen X. Born with Pluto (astrology's generational marker) in air sign Libra (Aquarius' liberating harmonic), Gen X is destined to lead the way into this new age. It's a job which puts Gen X in a position to be greatly conflicted. Their instinct is to individualized, but being born under (and parented by) the Piscean vibration, this is a truly distinct choice between being one's self and giving up that individuality in order to feel loved, accepted and protected. And their parents? As much as they love their kids, the parents of Gen X'ers don't get why their kids seem to cling yet want to get away.

In fact, to some extent or another, we're all undergoing this conflict. Those born prior to Gen X (Pluto in Cancer, the Baby Boomer Pluto-in-Leo generation, and the Pluto in Virgo Yuppie tribe) are having to make huge changes in a challenging search for understanding halfway through life. On the other hand, Pluto in Libra (Gen X), Pluto in Scorpio, the Pluto in Sagittarius teens and 20-somethings and the new babies being (and to be) born under Pluto in Capricorn are all going to be, to one degree or another, filled with the understanding of a new dynamic and confused by parents who "don't get it," conflicted by what they intrinsically know and alienated by a society undergoing being changed from its core. 

Over the next six months, we're going to discuss the six polarities described in the new wheel of the age. Beginning with the “I/You” of it all, we will then examine "security versus intimacy/power versus growth," the search for understanding versus application, questions of individual heritage and how that applies to world society, questions of personal pleasure options (including children) versus achievement, altruism and necessity and finally…faith versus obligation, otherwise known as willingness versus fear. And though these examinations will be necessarily curtailed by virtue of space and venue, just by opening your mind to these ideas you will become far better equipped to understand, weather and make the most of the days which lie ahead.

Welcome to the Age of Aquarius.

Post by: Bianca on July 28, 2008, 02:11:57 pm

                                           The Battle Finally Joined: Obama vs. McCain

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Now that the players are chosen, it’s time for a look at this fall’s race, especially now there is another, supposedly definitive, birthtime available for Barack Obama. The time is from an allegedly real birth certificate published by and yields 21 Aquarius rising, exactly where Neptune will be on Election Day. If it’s true, those voting Democratic will certainly be voting for a perceived mystery (or personal projection), no matter how clear Obama tries to make his specific positions. Something you can believe in, indeed, will be the bottom line.

And, if you do a composite with the USA, its Ascendant is on the very degree Jupiter tenants on Election Day, which along with the other pluses we mentioned in our last article could make this a landslide, as McCain fights an uphill battle against Saturn (which compared with his party’s public perception may be the least of his problems). The Saturn-driven election paradigm may well have switched to the Jupiter model, from where the winner goes to the bloodies but unbowed to where the figure who inspires the most wins. Add to that the transiting Saturn-Uranus opposition at the time and it really is new against old, change against the status quo, and a devil people know (and mostly dislike) against a pig in a poke (or pie in the sky?) that has great but undetermined potential.

Finally, as we have mentioned before, this is also a big sky pattern change that’s all about which side you are on, the long-awaited entry of Saturn inside a bowl with the outer planets, indicating the establishment beginning to help instead of hinder progress. So, all in all, an event worth waiting for.

Post by: Bianca on July 28, 2008, 02:20:42 pm

Post by: Bianca on July 28, 2008, 02:23:33 pm

Post by: Bianca on July 28, 2008, 02:31:27 pm

But what will America and the world get out of it, and what exactly do they deserve? That is often more important in judging an outcome than the favored or unfavored planets of the contestants. Indeed, the charts of nations are traditionally the most important factor, and only after that their leaders, as the order works from the top down. After all, the coming transit of Pluto to the USA Ascendant was so debilitating in 2000 that the country didn’t get the president elected by the majority, then got devastatingly attacked, and subsequently became burdened with war and debt beyond all reason or expectation. No look at the charts of either Bush or Gore would have told you that — although Democrats might say that under such afflictions the worst man would win against all odds, including actual election numbers. 

So what’s coming up for the country, regardless of the election? The dark days it has been through are not yet over, but the worst of it may have passed. Leaving the U.S. To crawl out of a hole dug by unwise leadership (and equally blind followership). This will take some time, as after a short-term hopeful change we head toward a decade of progressed Moon running a slow race with transiting Saturn, which may be a hard slog, but it will be mostly over by the time of the country’s first Pluto return in 2022.

In the shorter term, Neptune will be on the national Moon for most of the next president’s first term, and then both Uranus and Neptune will have changed signs by the next four-year term which, with Pluto by then having sunk its teeth into Capricorn, will mean a whole new ballgame. What people will only be hoping for and believing in this election cycle will turn into all bets laid out and cards face up on the table by the time much-vaunted 2012 rolls around. And you thought this one was exciting…

Post by: Bianca on July 28, 2008, 02:37:03 pm

And, landslide or no, between the cup and the lip there are plenty of opportunities for a slip between now and the inauguration.

July 10th sees the Mars-Saturn conjunction, this time in Virgo — the last one signaled the breakout of war in Lebanon, and if the last Mars-Uranus conjunction over the Middle East is true to form, that’s the region where it will happen again.

The skies over the Democratic convention are a disaster, so expect some gratuitous conflict there, even if all seems to be settled in that most contentious of parties.

And, the Moon is void-of-course most of Election Day, a situation that makes for unexpected results and rollups.

And, the Moon is also VOC in its last degree at the moment of swearing-in on Inauguration Day, when Mercury is retrograde and is not just conjunct the Sun, or even combust, but Cazimi (within the actual orb of the Sun’s width, another indication of extremity).

And, last but certainly not least, there is one final, ominous, Pluto-led scythe in the sky right after that, echoing the last, bloody blasts of 1972 in Vietnam before U.S. withdrawal.

Throughout the election season and after, there will be plenty of excitement every time you turn on
the news…   



John  Townley

Early in his astrological career, John Townley introduced the composite chart technique for analyzing relationships in his book 'The Composite Chart', and 20 years later wrote the definitive work on the subject, 'Composite Charts: The Astrology of Relationships'.

He has pioneered techniques for astrological cycle analysis and proposed a new, physical basis for astrology.

He is also the author of 'Planets in Love', 'Dynamic Astrology' and 'Lunar Returns', has been the president of the Astrologers' Guild of America, was the editor of 'The Astrological Review', and is a contributor to professional and popular astrological magazines.

His books have been translated into seven languages.

John is also a well-known journalist, elected member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, historian, preservationist, performer, and record producer.

He can be regularly found, camera and microphone in hand, covering cultural and technological events ranging from the Consumer Electronics Show to the Toy Fair, from international music festivals to ocean sailing races.

When he's not behind the camera and microphone, he's in front of them, performing at maritime concerts in the U.S. and across Europe.

Post by: Bianca on July 29, 2008, 05:18:56 pm

                                OBAMA & the LEO SOLAR ECLIPSE; AUGUST 1. 2008

“Eclipses in Leo portend death or misfortune for royalty, nobility and 'persons of quality'; the ruination and destruction of ancient buildings, palaces and churches; division amongst the clergy, the besieging of towns, and a scarcity of horses and grain.”

August 1: Solar eclipse in Leo

Leo is known for being quite dramatic, and solar eclipses are also known for their emotional intensity. With the solar eclipse occurring in Leo, expect bold headlines and plenty of 'breaking news.' All eclipses occur at a new Moon, making this a time of fresh beginnings -- and this is truly an important event. Pay attention to your environment and the people in it. The word 'eclipse' means that something dramatic or attention-getting has occurred, captivating our attention enough to pull it away from something -- or someone -- else. Knowing where this eclipse lands in your own chart and what, if any, planets are contacted will give you information about an important focus of your life -- an area that deserves your attention.

August 16: Lunar eclipse in Aquarius

Lunar eclipses are dramatic visually -- and they portend dramatic earthly events as well! This current eclipse in independent Aquarius is no exception. Eclipses are highlighters and bring awareness to what needs your attention. Dynamic aspect patterns are present in this eclipse including this week's Sun/Neptune opposition and the Mars/Pluto square. Also incorporated is an explain-yourself Saturn/Mercury conjunction. Watch what you say because somebody takes the gloves off in the midst of a rather confusing situation. Luckily, next week's Sun trine Pluto suggests that somebody will step forward in a good way and take control. Maybe it'll be you!

On Friday, August 1. 2008 at 6:13 am EDT, there will be a total eclipse of the Sun in the astrological sign of Leo. Solar Eclipses also contain the New Moon of the same sign. The bookend Eclipse to this Solar occurrence is the partial Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, August 16, 2008. Presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama’s Sun sign is also in the sign Leo and his birthday is August 4, 1961. He also has a stellium, 3 or more planets, in Leo. They are Mercury, Uranus and of course the Sun. The Solar Eclipse on August 1st 2008 will be in the middle of a crucial time for everyone. This pivot point, the core, the central hub of activity from where things begin to finally move. The focus of the world’s attention intensifies. Will this eclipse bring evil or good, beginnings or endings, sorrows or joy? The proximity of Obama’s birthday to this Solar Eclipse, three days away, will magnify its energy one hundred fold.

Post by: Bianca on July 29, 2008, 05:22:28 pm

A Solar Eclipse in Leo is defined by Nostradamus and refers to it as a great astrological event that warns of violence and brutality before and after the eclipse in the “sign of Kings.” Leo is the Kingly Lion! These events bring resignations, deaths of persons, place or things, Stock Market woes, wars and scandal. Eclipses, because of their sudden eruptions and spectacular events that take place, and especially during a Solar Eclipse, this particular signpost is the most singularly striking alignment between then and the Inaugural. Inauguration Day, January 20. 2009, will be 6 days before the next (Aquarius) Solar Eclipse and Election Day ’08, November 4, 2008 has no eclipses near to it. Two other quick observations are that Election Day’s Sun will be in H. Clinton’s natal Scorpio Sun and her Scorpio Mercury. But however, Obama’s natal Aquarius Jupiter will begin transiting a few days after the Inauguration.

Will Obama finally shed Sen. Hillary Clinton as his opponent or will she eclipse him as the nominee? This Solar Eclipse of August 1, 2008, is the total blockage of the Leo Sun by the Leo New Moon. The full Leo New Moon will come exactly in-between the Earth and the Leo Sun and darken the Leo light’s presence. Like the window shade being pulled down over the once, brilliantly over powering light and preventing that Sun from shining on us. But it seems too, that it could resemble a halo effect with streams of light, circumferences a black hole, omen of despair. The dark Sun seemingly squirts out from behind the shadowed Lunar disk, like a silver lining on a dark cloud. On the flip side, this may also mean a “Black King, “ the Black President or it just may mean as eclipses usually do a good ol’ fashioned American sex scandal. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, both Leos, may have something else in common besides politics and birth signs? But whatever the case, the Eclipse will bring drama and definite “Change!” A Solar Eclipse in Leo is the worst defeats the Sun can suffer, what are the circumstances in which this outcome renders with in this defeat or “death?” Sen. Clinton also has a stellium of natal Leo planets too, but not the Sun! Another possible defeat for Obama could be that near the August 1 Eclipse, Republican Sen. John McCain could chooses Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as his Vice Presidential running mate, although she doesn’t want to consider it now, but it could happen. This would change the whole dynamic of the Presidential race if there were a McCain/Rice ticket, and causality as it may, move the Democrats to switch their strategy and replace Obama as the possible nominee. Replacing him with Sen. Clinton. Obama can be eclipsed if Condi enters “stage left.” Condoleezza could very well be the shadowed Lunar influence of the August 1, Solar Eclipse. Women naturally, are representative of the Moon’s astrological and female influence. Hillary too, her three Leo natal planets, Saturn, Pluto and Mars, combined with the female eclipsing Lunar force, may block Obama’s path. Obama’s over confidence may turn out to be his down fall as we have witnessed the chipping away with his pastor, Rev. Wright and a former political financer, the indicted Antonin “Tony the slumlord” Rezko. But according to "Chicago lawyers," Barack Obama could very well have to testify, as a defense witness in Rezko’s trial. Boy would that feed the eclipse. Interestingly enough, also, FOX has just reported that Rev. Wright is building a ten million dollar mansion with church funds; I thought he denounced greed, one of the seven deadly sins! Ah yes, religious hypocrisy. - Stay Tuned!

Post by: Bianca on July 29, 2008, 05:27:07 pm

Back on track, the Solar Eclipse in Leo’s effects worldwide, are significant disruptive effects on the people and nations concerned, economic (in the U.S., stock market problems due to gas prices and the foreclosure mess), political crises and civil unrest. Solar Eclipses also seem to either trigger, or amplify, natural events in the regions they affect (e.g., severe weather, earthquakes). Whether this effect is an astrological one or not, is a moot point.

“There is still another side to Obama’s Solar Return Eclipse after the August 1, 2008 eclipse, however, which some astrologers have already suggested. Alluding to a previous eclipse on 22 Feb. ’08 with this comment about Obama’s possible fate, “that it seems there have been instances of large numbers of people not being screened by the police for weapons when they come to Obama’s rallies, that this is deliberate, and may have been ordered by higher authorities. His Solar Return, with that Angular Moon/Mars-Uranus-Pluto t-square, also points to extreme danger to his life from violent attack from August onwards.” This is disturbing indeed!

In addition to Obama’s Sun sign, he also has two other Leo natal planets. He has the natal, mentioned before Sun, Uranus, as well Mercury in this stelliam of Leo planets. Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton again, also has some natal Leo planets as well, but NOT a natal Sun. Her natal Leo planets are Mars, Saturn and Pluto. She has a natal Scorpio Sun, Venus and retrograding Mercury. Which brings up the Election Day, ’08, November 4th, once again. Election Day has the Sun in Scorpio, Mercury in Scorpio and Mars in Scorpio. Interestingly enough too, is that Republican Presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain has the natal Mars in Leo, same as Sen. Clintons. If Condoleezza Rice is McCain’s running mate her Scorpio stellium of the Sun, Venus, Saturn and Mercury all in Scorpio may strengthen McCain’s position considerably.

Post by: Bianca on July 29, 2008, 05:29:22 pm

But to Leo the Lion, it also represents the archetype of the child, the king or queen, the artist and performer. Fiery and dramatic, Leo’s creative energy inspires us to take the risk of expressing our inner truth. The part of the body ruled by Leo is the heart, and when we express ourselves with love, we are giving our greatest gift. Ruled by the Sun, the heart of the solar system, Leo shines brightly, but not in a Leo Solar Eclipse.

However, the Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 1st, three days from his birthday, invites us to plant seeds for the unfolding of our creativity, for stepping into leadership, and for pursuing our heart’s desire. In Obama’s Leo birth chart holds the key to specifics about where these seeds are being planted for him and us. And one last impression; his lit birthday cake with bright candles in surrounding glory, like the Solar Eclipse imagery with the ring of light can only truly mean that his birthday wishes come true!

The Obama camp finally released his birth certificate in response to claims from the political fringe that he was born in Kenya, and therefore ineligible to run for president. For the astrological community, the search for his accurate birth time is over, and is now known.

Post by: Bianca on July 29, 2008, 05:31:17 pm

Obama's official birth time is 7:24 pm

Obama's Neptune in Scorpio is precisely conjunct the JFK assassination chart’s Neptune. And in Obama’s 8th House, ruling death, taxes, insurance, he has Pluto and Mars conjunct Virgo. This conjunction suggests danger to the individual in crowds and in war situations. Pluto in the 8th House in stress aspects may suggest danger to the life of the idividual, or someone of consequence to that individual may die. In his past, Obama's mother died young.

Its has just been reported that the 2008 Democratic National Convention (Aug. 25. - Aug. 28) at the Pepsi Center in Denver Colorado this summer, will be supplied with “hundreds” more FBI Agents. Well, God forbid if anything happens there! The convention is very near the rear bookend of the full Aquarius moon and Lunar Eclipse. Then if there is a problem, we might be CHANGING more than just a slogan.

Post by: Bianca on July 29, 2008, 05:32:50 pm

Post by: Bianca on July 29, 2008, 05:38:39 pm

Jesse, Bernie Mac & the Eclipse Countdown

Rev. Jackson's crude comment about "cutting off Obama's n***s because Barack talks down to blacks was heard on TV by millions. But ironically it's Jesse's who will meet the castration cleaver!

Unfortunatley Obama's campaign is turning into a 3-ringed circus.

He has too many clowns bringing him twisted ballon dogs . With the Leo Solar Eclipse only days away and the Aquarius Lunar on the horizon, presidential campaigns are a blood-sport and the gloves aren't even off yet.

Rev. Wright, Father Pfleger and now Jesse, who's next?

Bernie Mac

Well as soon as I posted the above paragraph another "twisted balloom dog" popped in our face! The comedian Bernie Mac was doing "standup" in Chicago a few days ago and made some off-color remarks about Obama in his routine ........Oh Jeeeeeeeez! Take a look.

Post by: Bianca on August 04, 2008, 08:15:04 pm


                                               ELECTION COLUMN - continued

In the last several weeks, I have written about the correlation of planetary and rhythmic long-term cycles to the platforms of the two USA Presidential candidates.

As illustrated, there are valid studies to support the presidency of both candidates, from cycles related to the economy, value of the U.S. Dollar, interest rates, taxes, the stock market, and threat of war. Now I would like to analyze it from a purely classical astrological point of view.

First, I would once again like to point out the excellent book on “Political Astrology” by Michael O’Reilly (2005, WingSpan Press, Livermore, CA, USA), wherein he writes about the Mars Factor in U.S. Presidents. Ten of the 42 U.S. Presidents have had their natal Mars in Leo, far more than any other planet-sign combination. John McCain has this position, where as Barack Obama has Mars in Virgo, a placement that had had an “average” rate of frequency of five historical cases, including current President George W. Bush. One would have to give this advantage to John McCain.

The next consideration has to do with the chart of Election Day.

The election begins at 12:01 am, November 4, in Dixville, New Hampshire. At that moment, the Moon is in Capricorn, conjunct Jupiter. As written in the “Forecasts for 2008” book, written in November 2007, long before Obama was considered a serious contender.

To quote the book,

‘… the Moon/Jupiter conjunction trine/sextiles the Election Saturn/Uranus opposition, not the U.S. Saturn or Uranus. The people want somebody who is an outsider to the Washington political establishment, but they also wish a conservative element, someone who gives the appearance of being in control, an authority that can command the respect of others. It may indicate the older candidate wins, if there is a substantial age difference. They do not vote for a total banishment of the “old guard.”

They demand change, but they still vote conservatively on Election Day. That the nation is conflicted about the War in Iraq and the threat of other possible military campaigns is also shown by Mars in Scorpio (the “hawks”) in square aspect to Neptune (the “doves”).” The Moon in Capricorn not only represents the older candidate, but the one with more experience in the minds of voters, who tend to be in a more conservative mood than a risk-taking one. Once again, I would give the astrological edge here to McCain.

I also pointed out that the transits on the day of the New Hampshire primary in early February were very similar to those of Election Day. Most notably, the Moon and Jupiter were conjunct again in Capricorn, nearby to their positions on November 4, 2008. My comment at the time was that the one of the victors of this primary would also be the likely winner of the November 2008 election. Readers may remember that this primary was one week after the Iowa primary, which was won by Michael Huckabee and Barack Obama. They were favored to repeat in New Hampshire. However, to the surprise of many, neither won.

Then winners of New Hampshire were Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Only McCain is still standing.

Or is he the only one still standing?

There is now the matter of selecting a vice-president. Interestingly enough, Hillary Clinton could be Obama’s running mate and she too not only

1) won New Hampshire, but also is

2) perceived to be a candidate with experience, and hence indicative of Moon in Capricorn, and

3) she has natal Mars in Leo, the highest correlation of planetary studies to U.S. presidents.

Yes, I know this is only for the post of vice-president, but she is a Scorpio, and this is a two-year period when the powerful 45-year Saturn-Uranus opposition occurs, so unexpected things can happen.

Of course, this major geocosmic signature can affect John McCain and his running mate too.
Both Rudy Giulani and Mike Huckabee also have Mars in Leo. Mitt Romney has Mars in Pisces, a placement that no prior U.S. President has had.

According to these purely astrological studies, Obama’s best chance of winning the presidency may lie with the choice of Hillary Clinton as his running mate, assuming she would accept such an invitation.

As a result, we anxiously await the Democratic convention later this month to see if these astrological considerations, which I place great importance upon, will move from a strongly biased McCain election victory to one that will put the contest back into a more balanced astrological duel.

Raymond Merriman,

August 4, 2004

Post by: Bianca on February 15, 2009, 08:51:32 am

                                     INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

A new era for the United States of America began on 20th January 2009 when Barack Obama was sworn in as America's forty-fourth president. In keeping with his Aquarius-rising spirit President Obama promised to meet the demands of a New Age and to right the wrongs of the previous administration.


Barack Obama Inauguration
20 January 2009, 12hrs 05, Washington, DC
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This articulate, sometimes eloquent, president (moon in Gemini trine Jupiter in Aquarius and sextile Mercury in Leo) described the times as those of 'gathering clouds and raging storms', in so doing echoing Winston Churchill's famous words during World War II. He urged Americans to rebuild their shattered spirit and chided them for 'our collective inability to make hard choices'. And however charming and measured his manner no one should doubt the fierce resolve of a man with seven planets and points in Fixed signs.

Post by: Bianca on February 15, 2009, 08:57:32 am

The day was joyous and reminiscent of a Royal Wedding, but not quite a Coronation, and it was hard not to believe that the US was not on its way back to former glory. (Apologies for the double negative.) Yet one glance at the chart of that moment - 12hrs 05 on a freezing Capitol Hill - throws some doubt on the effectiveness of this administration and the fulfilment of these early promises.


Barack Obama
Aug 4 1961, 19hrs24, Honolulu, HI
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For a start, the swearing of the oath was flubbed: Obama came in too early then the Chief Justice, John Roberts, put the word faithfully in the wrong place causing the almost- president to fluff his response. The result of this Mercury-retrograde blip was a second oath-taking (this time sans bible) the following day at 19hrs 35 in the privacy of The White House.

Astrologers will always have to bear both these charts in mind, although I am sure virtually all of us will feel the horoscope of the 20th carries more weight.

Mercury is, of course, retrograde but this serves a useful purpose in that this administration has a brief to 'restore the trust between the people and its government' and 'return to the old truths... and launch a new era of responsibility'.

Also, Mercury is precisely conjunct the sun, which is in turn conjunct Jupiter - a very fortunate and protective aspect, guaranteeing more than a degree of success and certainly a restored image in the eyes of the world. Plus, this triple conjunction falls on Obama's natal Jupiter; in other words, he became President of the United States on his Jupiter return - a most impressive omen.

But it's not the retrograde Mercury that is at issue in this chart, this moment in time, it is the void-of-course moon.

Post by: Bianca on February 15, 2009, 09:00:57 am

July 4 1776 Philadelphia, PA
5 10 pm LMT
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When the moon can make no further aspects to any planet or point in a horoscope before it changes sign it reveals a lack of integration and may deny all manner of otherwise positive influences in a chart. At best Obama may keep running into roadblocks when he tries to put major, even minor, strategies in motion but at worst he may not complete his term of office. To add to the complexity, the moon falls on the all-critical 29th degree of Scorpio. Nonetheless, these signs of incompleteness are offset to a degree by Obama's natal Mid-heaven at 28° Scorpio - an indication, perhaps, that his heart and soul are in this presidency and his finger will be on every button, so to speak.

As we might imagine, the Plutonic theme of regeneration and retribution is strong in this inauguration chart: The Mid-heaven at 27° Capricorn is the USA's Pluto, the moon in the Pluto-ruled sign of Scorpio sextiles that Mid-heaven and Pluto at 1° Capricorn falls in its natural house, the eighth, and is in turn opposing the president's natal Venus. Thus, a huge amount of restoration and transformation will take place in the coming weeks and months and those who have erred will be held accountable for their crimes, whether they be generals, attorney-generals or even presidents and vice-presidents... I believe also that despite Obama's open-handed attitude to the Arab world he'll take up arms against an enemy that shows its hand. 'There is no choice between the nation's safety and its ideals...' [The doubters] '... have forgotten what this country has already done, what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose and necessity to courage.'

The spirit of the day was somewhat marred by Senator Edward Kennedy's collapse during the ceremony. Fortunately, it turned out his seizure was a result of fatigue but nonetheless synchronicities cannot be ignored: this administration will not be without its upsets and controversies. Here we may need to cite the proximity of Venus (the chart ruler) to the Uranus-Saturn opposition. This difficult aspect is the main signatory on the global economic downturn, which I recognize is an understatement, and it may turn out to be Obama's Waterloo. Just how well his policies work in restoring faith in banks and within the banking world remains to be seen, and sooner than we might think. His phrase, this winter of our hardship, can be summed up in this one aspect.

Post by: Bianca on February 15, 2009, 09:06:15 am

The ascending degree of the first oath-taking, 15 Taurus, does not figure significantly in the US chart or that of Obama, but it produces an interesting image as far as the Sabian Symbols go: An old man is attempting with a degree of success unsuspected by him to reveal the mysteries to a motley group. Perhaps this image reinforces the idea that Obama in the pursuit of restoring 'old truths' and real values will succeed, and that the stated intention of this administration to make government more transparent will turn out to be its hallmark. (And who might that motley group be? Congress?) On the other hand, if we look at the Sabian symbol for the second oath-taking ceremony - 1° Virgo: A man's head is revealed; it is a portrait in which the artist has sought to idealize the best of human character - this provides hope that we do indeed have the best of men in President Obama.


Barack Obama 2nd Inauguration
21 January 2009, 19hrs 35, Washington, DC
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The horoscope of the second swearing-in is far less powerful, however. We lose the brilliant triple conjunction on the Mid-heaven and find it tucked away in the service-oriented sixth house. The sole angular planet becomes Neptune - on the Ascendant-Descendant axis - which does reflect the promotion of ideals and God calling on the American people to shape an uncertain destiny but it also produces an aura of loss and lack of direction. There is a gain in the fact that the moon is no longer void-of-course and placed in optimistic, generous-spirited Sagittarius but at 15° of the sign it forms the apex of a 'T-square' involving Venus and the Uranus-Saturn opposition, thus the winter of hardship becomes ever more icy and the likelihood of crises of one description or another ever more imminent and recurrent.

Nevertheless, Obama is the Great White Hope (no pun intended) for the American people. He has taken office at a time when the country is at its lowest ebb, a time when the US has fallen so low under the gaze of the rest of the world that it needs the equivalent of a crash-cart and a team of first rate physicians to resurrect it.

And I have hope in Obama, even though these charts provide little foundation for it.

Maybe in time to come I will see my reservations reduced to mere dots on a page and Obama will march victoriously through two terms of office. I have to believe in the triumph of hope over horoscopes.

Post by: Bianca on February 15, 2009, 09:10:32 am

The spirit of the day was somewhat marred by Senator Edward Kennedy's collapse during the ceremony. Fortunately, it turned out his seizure was a result of fatigue but nonetheless synchronicities cannot be ignored: this administration will not be without its upsets and controversies. Here we may need to cite the proximity of Venus (the chart ruler) to the Uranus-Saturn opposition. This difficult OPPOSITION is the main signatory on the global economic downturn, which I recognize is an understatement, and it may turn out to be Obama's Waterloo. Just how well his policies work in restoring faith in banks and within the banking world remains to be seen, and sooner than we might think. His phrase, this winter of our hardship, can be summed up in this one aspect.

But we're not quite finished with the Saturn-Uranus opposition...

This inauguration chart is dominated by a Kite formation - a powerful pattern generated by a Grand Trine (Ascendant trine trine ) and an opposition (Saturn versus Uranus and Venus) - these latter planets sextiling, on the one hand, and the Ascendant on the other.

A Grand Trine lends a certain grace and harmony to the chart, something we can already see in the speed and ease with which Obama is setting in motion his reformation, while the spiky opposition adds grit and adversity to the mix. Indeed it is the the very challenge of this opposition that releases the good fortune inherent in the Grand Trine. [There is no limit to] '... what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose and necessity to courage.'

Post by: Bianca on February 27, 2009, 04:00:22 pm

                                               Special Alert: Horoscope U.S.A.

                          A planetary configuration not seen since 1776 is coming our way,

                                           heralding chaos, revolution, and rebirth.

                                    Let the stars guide you through the coming storm.

by Michael Lutin VF.COM
December 6, 2006 

All alone and more paranoid by the day, President George W. Bush is getting it from all sides, and despite his bravado, which some people call a defensive, adolescent swagger, he can't trust anybody, not even his mother. (Especially not his mother.) His detractors blame him for the state the world is in. Extremists go one further and say the world is coming to an end. Most of us in this country just want gas prices to go down, the dollar to go up, and America to go back to the good old days.

Astrologers can tell you that that's not going to happen, but that, no matter what, we'll never go broke either. They can also explain George Bush's predicament by pointing out that he's a Cancer, and that in coming years Cancers are going to be challenged to expand their whole worldview. In fact, we can all gain perspective on what is happening politically, culturally, and socially in America by turning to the Zodiac, especially the signs of Cancer and Capricorn. For nations, like people, have horoscopes.

America was born on July 4, 1776, when the Founding Fathers decided it was time to separate from England and start a new life as an independent entity. That makes America a Cancer nation. Cancer is the sign of fertility, and America sees herself as the world's nurturing mother. But because of the hostile presence of Mars and Uranus in our solar 12th house, we're the kind of nurturer that can bomb the hell out of a country one day and send over sandwiches and coffee the next. That makes the rest of the world love us and hate us. We're like the rich relative everybody is jealous of but still visits for the holidays because there's always plenty of food. It is the sincere and conscious wish of every Cancer, including the U.S.A., to make sure that all those under its wing are safe—and if you mess with them, you must be ready to face the Special Forces.

Security and home are primal drives of this sign, sometimes to the point of clannishness or even xenophobia. America is and always has been about property, taxes, and land ownership. Conveniently, we forget that when the early settlers arrived they took one look around and said to the Indians, "What a gorgeous place you've got here! Get out!" Territory is everything, and if anyone tells you that the essence of the American Dream is just about liberty and freedom, don't kid yourself. It's about mortgage rates.

But are we, in the end, ruthless imperialists doomed to be brought down by our degenerate culture? That is the question Pluto's transit through the sign of Capricorn over the next 19 years will answer. It will challenge us as we have never been challenged before—until it will seem that the whole world is against us—but it will also reveal the secret of how we need to change.

The sign of Capricorn has always been strong in our Cancer nation's horoscope, and it's going to get a lot stronger. We were born with Pluto in Capricorn, and now, more than two centuries later, Pluto is coming back to the same place. The seeds that were sown back in the 1770s are sprouting at last. That's how Pluto works, over hundreds of years.

Post by: Bianca on February 27, 2009, 04:01:44 pm

Though Pluto has recently been demoted by astronomers to a not-quite planet, try telling that to any Sadge who's been to hell and back over the last 10 years, thanks to the passage of Pluto through Sagittarius. The power of the little dwarf is so profound and catastrophic that it doesn't matter if you call it a planet or not—it's a killer. But, oddly, it's also a healer. When Pluto moves into your sign, it threatens to devastate you emotionally and physically, letting you know along the way that you must stop whatever you are doing. However you were conducting business or your personal life, that's over. Finito. Kaput.

When you come out of a Pluto transit, you are changed forever. In another state. But during the process you don't realize what's happening. Life can get pretty dark. With Pluto, you can't look ahead. You can't be impatient. Most of all, you shouldn't be afraid, because in the end there is nothing to fear. You just have to surrender to the mysterious process of complete and total transformation. This is about to happen to the United States as we deal with an opposition of Pluto in the sign of Capricorn to our Cancer sun. And while Cancers and Capricorns will be most strongly affected by this planetary motion, we will all be touched in business as well as in our personal lives, no matter what sign we were born under. Because of Pluto's slow motion through the heavens—it takes it nearly 250 years to go through the 12 signs of the Zodiac—it rules over mass movements and great political and social changes. So it might be useful to look at what happened the last time Pluto passed over the position it holds now and will hold for the next 20 years.

Sometime in the 1760s, pamphlets began to circulate in the colonies, exploring new ideologies and belief systems concerning individual liberty and personal freedom. Harmless enough. Just philosophers spouting rehashed versions of ancient Greek and Roman notions. But the Crown over in England looked upon such doings as seditious. Mother England, once the great protector, was beginning to be the great drag. She wanted payback for all the protection she'd provided. That was when the colonists, starting to exhibit the collective traits of a Cancer nation, came to resent their mother's hold on them. She was getting a little too bossy. And greedy.

Clearly, something was happening up in the heavens. Pluto was just about to leave the sign of Sagittarius and enter the sign of Capricorn. A transformation was taking place. And so, the United States of America was born.

Post by: Bianca on February 27, 2009, 04:03:53 pm

Something similar is happening again, 230 years later, as Pluto is coming around to the same spot. This time, however, it's the American government that is putting the squeeze on the people. A Pluto-style transformation doesn't happen overnight, and events that seem at first random and explosive don't come out of nowhere. They have been brewing and simmering for years. While many people will probably be nervous wrecks during the two turbulent decades ahead, many old hippies will come joyfully out of retirement, thankful that the revolution they quit their jobs for 40 years ago may finally be happening. And their kids, born in the 60s and 70s, who grew up embarrassed by their hippie parents, may be shocked to see how right their parents were.

When Pluto goes direct in September of this year, the religious zeal, or madness, that has taken hold since it entered Sagittarius in 1994 will reach a crescendo, ushering in a period dominated by the sign of Capricorn. Our "dialogue" with radical Islam has only just begun. Over the next 19 years or so, America as a Cancer nation will have to deal with troubling confrontations and competition such as it has never known, as well as an internal political struggle, all of which will shake us to our very core.

Capricorn can be pictured as the mustache-twirling landlord in a black cloak pointing outside toward the blizzard while a poor pregnant wretch begs for mercy. Capricorn forces one to grow up, face life, recognize that it's a tough world. It lends you a dime and asks for a dollar in return. It can be the sign of an inspired leader or a controlling, dominating fascist. It can support your existence or threaten it completely. Either way, the presence of Capricorn always indicates big business. And what is America about if not that?

Capricorn represents supremacy and power. And if Capricorn is not the most humanitarian sign of the Zodiac, it always means stability. Capricorn supports organized society, not rabble-rousing anarchy. It is often perceived as uptight and reactionary, mainly because its function is to uphold existing law. It is not progressive or forward-thinking.

It clearly represents the deep streak of conservatism that has always existed in the United States but that seems to be ascendant at the moment. If Capricorn protects the status quo, how did it help sow the seeds of revolution in the original colonies? There's the problem. And the answer? It was not just the presence of Capricorn in America's horoscope, it was the presence of Pluto in that sign that sparked the fight for freedom.

Post by: Bianca on February 27, 2009, 04:10:16 pm

If you think that things are tough now, and that privacy and other personal liberties are being infringed upon, just wait. During the next 19 years, things are going to get much tighter. Controls and laws will become more stringent. Pluto in Capricorn will demand conformity, born out of fear that different is dangerous. The more resistance to government protection, the more protection the government will try to provide. The words "patriot" and "treason" will lose their meaning, and in some cases they will become interchangeable. What is treason to one person will be patriotism to another—just as it was back in the 1760s and 70s. The country's mood will become darker and much more conservative. It's not going to be a matter of Democrat or Republican anymore, because the new ideologies will bleed across party lines.

Fortunately, something else will be going on at the same time. While Pluto is in Capricorn, Uranus will be leaving the sign of Pisces and reaching the end of the Zodiac, and sometime between 2009 and 2011 the dam is going to break. The last time this happened was at the end of the 1920s. When Uranus comes to the last degrees of Pisces, it will spell the end of an era. People will figure, "Aw, the hell with it. The end is coming anyway, so give me a double martini."

As we get closer to that time, people will put all their chips on the table. The stakes will get higher. (Incidentally, America began the war in Iraq when the sun was at the end of Pisces—a perfectly moronic time to start anything.) Metaphorically, culturally, and sometimes even literally, Uranus at the end of Pisces can seem like a torrential flood that comes out of nowhere. Everything that has piled up and been swept under the rug comes spilling out. To the apocalypse crowd, it will seem like the wrath of God, because lots of people are going to be headed toward self-indulgence, turning up the music and dancing, even hurrying the end, much as they did in America during the 1920s.

When Uranus hits the 29th degree of Pisces, before it pops into Aries, even the Pope could have a stroke over the upheaval the world will find itself in. Uranus in Pisces washes everything away—every hope, every prayer—and the only thing that saves you is the ability to surrender to the inevitable shift. Once Uranus hits Aries, however, a whole segment of the population is going to rise up. When the government becomes business and business becomes government, the people will fight back, and the ensuing struggle will lead to the eventual transformation and rebirth of America.

Pluto in Capricorn is going to change America from the inside out, threaten our very existence, challenge our economy, and divide the country politically. The government is going to be so paranoid during those years that it doesn't really matter who gets in in 2008.

Pluto in Capricorn means the ascendance into overt power of corporations in relation to the government. But that situation will change when Pluto enters Aquarius, at the end of the 2020s.

Post by: Bianca on February 27, 2009, 04:15:43 pm

The period of turbulence that lies before us all in America is not God's wrath or the work of radical Muslims, and it has nothing to do with the hole in the ozone layer. It is a necessary and inevitable step in the evolution of this country that will result in a reworking of the Constitution in the last half of the 2020s.

This political, social, cultural, and economic change will mark the rebirth of the United States as a more global nation—a member of the world, if not the leader of the world. This is a threatening challenge to the notions of land ownership, security, wealth, and supremacy our Cancer nation has enjoyed for more than two centuries. The dollar will not likely go back to its post–W.W. II strength. Other countries will reject our exploitation and demand instead our cooperation. Luckily for us, the horoscope of the U.S.A. is strongly influenced by Venus and Jupiter, so we'll never go totally broke or hungry. We will, however, have to play ball with the rest of planet Earth as we never have before. From now on it's cooperate, or else.

No one is really to blame. We've brought ourselves to this crisis, through a combination of individual freedom and economic gain, as well as a blind, isolating grandiosity. America is a fabulous place to live: you can come here, think up something you want to do, and be successful at it. But we've gotten fat and we've gotten lazy. So don't blame George Bush or Bill Clinton or any of the elected officials in Washington. A country gets the leaders it deserves, and when we're ready to rise from the ashes of a fallen empire, we will find the leaders to help us do so. It will happen, but not in 2008. We have to go through the Pluto transit first.

Michael Lutin is Vanity Fair's resident astrologer.

Post by: Bianca on March 04, 2009, 09:40:54 am

                                                   Reading Between the Lines

They say that the Pisces Moon is a sucker for a sad story, and right now, I'm pretty sure about the sucker part. The only difference is that the president's large convoluted speech to the world, under the New Moon in Pisces, refused to tell the sad part of the story -- more extortion, more war, more torture, more secrecy, more restriction of constitutional rights, and many other hard realities. It's not the time for grand visions of a green, prosperous, all-loving future, nor voyages back in history and forgotten eras. It's not the time for talk of America's returned greatness and magnificent leadership on the planet. We don't need window dressing and flowery speeches promising something that doesn't exist. We need truth and practical ways to cope with the economic disaster that has arrived. Truth about the continuing wars. Truth about what to expect.

Like caged birds, the people are hoping for this man to spring them from their trap while their life's savings disintegrate to nothing and the secure bottoms of their worlds disappear. I hope they're released before they forget how to fly.

The chart of the speech is interesting. You can see the Sun, Neptune, and the Pisces Moon in the theatrical 5th house indicating the American Idol combination religious tone of the evening while the crowd worshipped in waves as if in a sort of lost sea-faring vessel tossing about while the camera panned the crowd, tipping and tilting with the vagaries. The pasted on smiles and the strange manic "happiness" suggested the undercurrent of Piscean tragedy. The pleasurable talk about togetherness is most likely a concentrated effort by all the politicians to mask the degree of sickness, disorientation, and disintegration in the federal government as a whole. The show must go on.

All the planets are clustered in the second quadrant except Saturn, adding great weight to its importance and looking a lot like the box the people are trapped in, with this sole planet offering the way out. Reality is trying to surface but submergence in the 12th house makes it impossible just yet. The way out itself is trapped in the house of confinement. Quite a configuration, all leading magically to the next Saturn-Uranus opposition.

The stellium in the 4th house and the Cancer-Capricorn meridian speak of some temporary comfort, but also the parental problems the nation is experiencing now as she grasps the lifeline in the form of this man pleading for him to save them from the inevitable sinking failure. He doesn't have the power to accomplish that, being just one part of a complex, entrenched system. The obsessive behavior of the Pluto opposition to USA Venus is repeated here as the country struggles with dependency. The Aquarian factor with the North Node says that maybe some much-needed independence will come eventually as the Uranus cycle of oppositions concludes.

The South Node in Leo in the 10th indicates that the pop star approach to governance will not be successful. Something false is sensed and the predominate position of Saturn shows that unadorned reality and genuine sorrow need to be experienced, and will be in due time. Pluto in the 3rd shows the mental manipulation this man is so good at with his Moon in Gemini square Pluto, but also the possibility with the country's transits to Mars in Gemini, that the people can read through the lines, even if by means of Braille at this point.

But here's the really interesting part. With transiting Uranus square US Mars in Gemini, some cutting awareness is present, whether acknowledged or not, beyond the sentimental need of Cancer and Pisces for sugar-coating and fairy tale expectations. Uranus will soon oppose US Neptune and the fantasy world will continue to unravel with transiting Saturn looming in the shadows and headed back to US Neptune and Mars. The ruler of the 4th house, Saturn, is in the Neptunian 12th house of the speech chart, repeating the pattern, getting ready to receive the full moon in two weeks. Very interesting. Reality certainly does lurk. Of course, it could mean that we actually get some details about the plans for our country in exchange for platitudes. Dramatic speeches and public adoration are not going to be adequate to lead the country at this time.

Soon Jupiter will join Neptune for a climax of illusion, but here again, another interesting event occurs. The zenith of delusion could come with this conjunction but within the event, Saturn will turn around and go direct stepping up the reality factor all the way to US Neptune. Jupiter and Neptune will then both turn retrograde, leaving Saturn to lead the way to the next Saturn-Uranus opposition, and the next break from the government. If it goes well, the unhealthy adulation of the man and the way too high expectations will diminish to a more reasonable level, and the people would benefit greatly from that development, although it will probably take until Uranus leaves Pisces for the process to be completed. Releasing the exhausting pretense will free up energy. The realities are going to be recognized one way or another, and ideally a more mature relationship with the person will result.

In the meantime, the people are gradually awakening to an understanding of their plight and are preparing to endure in their own ways whatever difficulties are ahead. And they will, as always, regardless of the leadership.

Post by: Bianca on March 04, 2009, 09:48:48 am

                                                   When Is It Going To Get Better?

 Michael Lutin
Vanity Fair
Feb. 2009

Just one dollar. That's all I would need. Just one dollar for every time I've been asked that question lately and I could probably provide the stimulus package myself. How long, how many bumps and crashes and scrapes and whacks will it take before we actually see that the change that is actually happening, is not the change Barack Obama was promising everybody or even expecting himself during the campaign?

There are cynics who say that the new American President is merely one more puppet whose strings are yanked by power mongers who are amassing money so they can maintain control over the restless masses. There are some nut cases who swear Obama belongs to a race of reptilian space aliens infiltrating humanity in a clandestine takeover. Silly, of course. As he has always done, he is relying on other people. As noble as his aspirations may well be, at the moment he is the lead singer of the band, like Jim Morrison of The Doors. He is a symbol for everyone to project their fantasies on.

Astrologers see the whole thing differently. Whether you're an astrology fiend or a staunch non-believer, the fact is that astrology can provide a valid perspective concerning the current global economic and political situation.

No matter where you are coming from you have to wonder if the so-called stimulus package recently signed by President Obama is a positive step toward recovery or just a band-aid slapped on a mortal wound. From an astrological view, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, indicate that the life we have all been leading in the United States is over. It is not the end of the world. And there is nothing to be gained by running through the streets screaming or heading for the nearest window.

If the "stimulus package" is designed to bring back the old days, it ain't gonna happen. The old days are gone. This measure is in fact a positive action, and taking some action is vastly preferable to standing in the middle of the road while a huge truck is barreling toward you.

The real deal is something different. In this environment everybody has an angle. Everybody has an agenda. Everybody wants to beat out the competition. Everybody pitching an idea, a project or proposal, has something to gain from it, and motives are not completely humanitarian. The products and services that will make it through will be those that are the most useful, of high quality and durable so they survive the test of time. Any real solution to the crisis will be found in the fact that as Americans we change our life style and our orientation to the whole world.

What is going on in government now is an attempt to hook up to life support a system that has become utterly corrupt and perverted. The current planetary transits are witnesses to transformation, not renovation. We're not being asked to redecorate our culture. We're being told to overhaul it. We either develop a world consciousness and grow gracefully into a new role, or in the eyes of the rest of the world, we end up looking as preposterous and irrelevant as an aging Hollywood actor shot up with botox.

This is an inexorable process of evolution, one we've never seen in modern times, so naturally it's scary. The reason so many solutions seem not to be working, however, is that we are still at the end of major planetary cycles. Such a period can be agonizing, mainly because even if you do everything possible to stay stable, keep things as they are and try not to be swept away in chaos, attachment to what was turns out to be folly. It can be agonizing and frustrating because everything you try works for a little while than you're back where you were, hoping for a miracle.

Despite the claims of the new administration and the efforts on their part to put a rapid end to a crisis that has been long in coming, we are at the threshold of a volatile period in our history. Some people are going to get impatient, angry and desperate, and when that happens governments take stern measures to maintain order. The resulting open conflict is as inevitable at this time as it is frightening to contemplate, but it needs to be seen as a necessary part of the evolutionary process taking place.

It's ridiculous, therefore, to ask when things are going to get better. Things are already getting better. Awareness of a problem is the first step toward solving it, but we need to have a lot of faith now, not in the politicians, of course, but in the process of social evolution. It's easy to have faith when you don't need it, but over the next few years we will need to have faith even if there won't always seem to be a reason to have any. American resources are being stretched to the max and are going to be stretched much further, and more than they have never been challenged, but in reality, we have barely begun to tap into them.

Post by: Bianca on March 04, 2009, 09:56:25 am

                                                         Battle of the Budget

Feb. 26, 2009
Starlight News

Still riding high from his superb Not-Quite-State-of-the-Union performance a few nights ago, President Obama today put forth his budget plans. Needless to say, nothing galvanizes the Republicans more than Democrats wanting to spend money. Rumblings of the coming battle have already begun. In addition, Obama is in the process of putting forth his exit strategy from Iraq, an area that may well cause some sniper fire from the Left over the size of the residual force remaining, as well as from the Generals who want to remain for an untold number of years.

The astrological read on today’s political reality is very clear. Jupiter, the planet of optimism, success, and expansiveness is opposed to Obama’s Sun (12Leo33) from February 23 through February 28, accounting for his highly successful speech and the huge, optimistic reach of his plans. At the same time, Uranus is opposing his Mars (22Virgo35) during most of February through mid-March 2009, pushing him to creative, unexpected solutions to problems, putting him into a whirlwind of non-stop activity, and agitating fierce opposition. The battles are likely to intensify through mid-March with some unexpected attacks that may cause sudden changes in direction to the process.

Unfortunately, just as Jupiter’s benevolent influence begins to wane, Saturn moves to quincunx Obama’s Ascendant (18Aquarius03) from February 28 through March 12, followed by Saturn semisquare Obama’s Mercury (2Leo18) from March 10 to March 22. Here we see reality and obstructionism (Saturn) restraining the audacity and magnitude of Obama’s plans. Given that the Uranus transit opposite his natal Mars will be exact in mid-March, it seems likely that he will be increasingly aggressive in pushing his agenda while peeved, frustrated, and impatient with the likely obstructionism.

There is also a concern that these two Saturn transits may negatively impact Obama’s health during the first three weeks of March. This is not likely to be serious so much as an annoyance that slows him down somewhat. Following the Saturn doldrums, expansive Jupiter will briefly cross his Ascendant from March 22 through March 26, suggesting some very upbeat energy and successes towards the end of a difficult month.

It is also quite likely that despite the battles raging over the details of the various proposals winding their way through the halls of Congress, Obama’s popularity will be extremely high with the public from February 27 through March 9, 2009. In the composite chart drawn by using the midpoints between the positions in Obama’s chart and the US chart, there is an exact Moon/Neptune opposition (15Aries/15Libra). This describes the tendency of the people (Moon) to idealize (Neptune) Obama. Venus will make a station exactly on this composite Moon position (15Aries17) during these 11 days (2/27 to 3/9), intensifying the public’s very warm feelings and trust for their new president.

Obama’s extraordinary popularity and continued honeymoon with the public are indicated by the continuing solar arc progressed Venus conjunction to his Ascendant (18Aquarius03) that will be exact in June 2009 and his progressed Venus conjunction to progressed Uranus (28Leo10) exact in August 2009. These will be followed by a Jupiter station on his Ascendant from September 8 through November 5, again indicating a time of success, optimistic outreach, and possibly some significant and promising travel. Thus, President Obama’s exceptional approval ratings are likely to last until about November 5, 2009. As mentioned in previous posts, it is after this date, that a new wave of serious difficulties will begin, and Obama is likely to lose some of his luster, probably until the end of 2010 or the beginning of 2011.


Post by: Bianca on March 04, 2009, 10:08:56 am

                                                          The Fairy Tale Ends

Raging Universe
March 1, 2009

Pluto has reached the third degree and is preparing to station opposite Venus. We are in trouble. The present crisis is temporary but the trouble is not. There is a huge segment of the population reaching retirement age and if their funds don't come back, they will have to stay in the job market. Their children might be called upon to help them but where will their jobs be? Parents were hoping to leave them their own money. Unemployment is expected to rise significantly and the elders will need health care. So much is uncertain and profound struggle is ahead with the Aries (youth) - Capricorn (aged) square and the Cancer stellium. Generational conflicts are in the works but through them some of the changes so furiously desired should come. They'll have to.

The shock of our dire economic situation is cutting through the fantasy but that conflict will continue for awhile as Uranus leaves Pisces. The top might be accused of causing this, but it is certainly not going to be the cure. So awakening is in progress, destined to happen with the series of Saturn-Uranus oppositions. Uranus in Pisces is now exactly opposite US Neptune in Virgo, and awareness of the fairy tale promise of rescue has come.

Virgo is a sign which picks things apart. Pisces draws them together again. The zodiacal signs pass through developmental stages of increasing differentiation, reaching the outer limit in Virgo. Then the circle closes back in on itself, ending with a final amalgamation in Pisces. Realistic Virgo expects a paycheck for work well done, but visionary Pisces anticipates nothing less than a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

So which will it be? The clue lies in transiting Saturn in Virgo now, just about to receive the Full Moon and what appears to be a reckoning with critical reality. Something must be done. The rainbow is inaccessible at the moment. Analytical and exacting means must be employed. Grandiose schemes and visionary utopias will have to wait while the Virgoan details are attended to.

When Virgo becomes overcritical of others, the ultimate is a Piscean dissolution of relationships. Sooner or later, those who are disparaged by Virgo's carping remarks get into a Piscean swivet. They resist being ordered about by camouflaging themselves in a swirling mist of confusion.

So the gold and rainbow crowd is quarreling with the systems analysts. A disintegrating illusion is not always easy to bear. The critics are getting impatient. Mars is involved. And Saturn looms. Pluto digs into Venus. Markets fall. All is not exactly well.

To further complicate the Martian matter, Venus in Aries is turning retrograde exactly opposite US Saturn in Libra, thus the hard-edged debate often ending in cruelty and ejection. Authoritarian self-righteousness is rearing its head, not surprising with Pluto in Capricorn. The python's squeeze is here. The Piscean rainbow folks, who are supposed to be loving and accepting, are oddly judgmental so the opposition has things a little topsy-turvey. And feelings are being attacked because of another factor -- USA Sun in Cancer square the contentious opposition. Emotions are hot and sharp and everyone's right. There is a seriousness to these battles that was not there before probably as preparation for the coming Aries-Capricorn transit.

The Venus station on Saturn is bringing depression into the mixture, and the country with her Sun-Saturn square naturally leans toward sadness. People are down and worried. The country's got the blues. Trying to escape the feelings only stalls the solutions needed. And no one is sure anymore who to be angry with. So they're lashing out at who they can. Cashiers really get it in these times, accused by customers of anything. I remember it well.
This is the start of the nation's maturing process and growing pains are always part of it. Pluto-Moon-Saturn transits are the death of the parent in the psyche and that's what's forthcoming, so insecurity is at a high with people clinging hard to what they're familiar with. As Pluto progresses across the Cancer stellium, society will have time to acclimate and people will gradually find the comforts within to see them through. Genuine comforts to last beyond the years of learning and development ahead, along with the dignity of adult responsibility.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Post by: Bianca on March 04, 2009, 10:12:47 am

                                                                        POWER AND WEALTH

                                                                         A Metaphysical View

Some folks say that "the people" are angels of a sort that are going to save humanity from the darkness. I don't know why, since half of each day proceeds in darkness with great success. The center of the eye is dark.

This is incorrect. We are all people. We create our societies and governments together to fit the requirements of the time.
All of them are right. The commoners want to eat, have sex, make more people, watch TV, and die undisturbed. They didn't want the responsibility so they created the ruling class to get them their goods. Railroads, shipping companies, oil wells, manufacturers, etc., were built to help them live the lives they desired, and the suppliers became exorbitantly wealthy as pushers often do. Never mind as long as the common folk could continue unencumbered. Both sides take advantage of the other and together they make up the collective. Neither side is a victim.

"The people" are very similar in behavior to the rulers. Both sides have the same number of criminals. The same murderers, thieves, liars, cheats, and practitioners of cruelty. So overall, no one group is more deserving than the other.
Wealth is constantly in flux and moves in a rhythm of perfect maintenance. When too much moves in one direction, it eventually shifts to the other. At present, the elite have an excess as we know and the process of change is underway but
it will take time and struggle. And there is no guarantee that life will be better. No class has done well yet. Humans have
been remiss in creating good economic and political systems so far.

The problem in America now is Pluto in Capricorn and an unawareness in the leadership. Capricorn is constriction, so government spending with stimuli and big budgets won't work. Smaller government is the solution, and no amount of spending will make the wealth shift faster. It will gradually find its way to equity, maybe when Pluto crosses Aquarius, or when the time is right. Eventually the need for restriction will have to be recognized. There could be experimentation and failures along the way, but it will work out in time.

As ghastly as it might seem to some, part of the success will rest on the Republicans getting themselves together and being involved in the decision making process. That's what Pluto in Capricorn suggests. Their philosophy is also needed.
Let's take look at the current president's alignment with the status quo, and why it's the right thing for now and nothing to
be afraid of. First of all, the Moon conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn trine Saturn on election day says that the establishment won, as it should have with Pluto at 0. It's not time yet for change and progressive transformation has to have an order to work against. The president's Saturn in Capricorn is a rise within the system, learning its rules, playing its game, and finding recognition, acceptance, and status. Status quo. Capricorn. Simple. His South Node in Aquarius is leading him away from the commoners and that's why he was raised by a Moon-Mars in Capricorn woman who was a bank executive, rising slowly all her life in the established business world. He then married a Capricorn, a corporate lawyer. Are you seeing a pattern? It's his destiny which will work out when Pluto gets to his Saturn and it's good to understand this. What he does or does not do will have no effect on the outcome. We have a long list of leaders to go through before wealth distribution is changed, and the movement is determined by all of us, including the establishment.

There's no such thing as victory over evil dark forces. They remain as part of the whole. We work with, around, and next to them. People align where they will and everybody has both within. The danger of those who deny their own shadows and accuse others is equal to that of the shadow figures in the open. Life is both. Shadow and light. Positive and negative are
the two mighty forces that move energy in the universe.

So I suspect that there is not going to be any magic change. That comes over years and years as the earth transforms and she and her inhabitants adjust accordingly. The source of change is not human. We're part of a vast system that shifts with need, perhaps guided by cosmic forces, perhaps not. Power is probably evenly distributed throughout the entire system. The change being promised now is merely an advertising gimmick in view of the next election. The word is losing its meaning in the process. It's being mass produced and sold to all. Product on the shelf. At what price? Pretty high.
It all comes from the same source. The rulers come from us and reflect where we are now. We put them there. "The people." They won't change until you change, if that's what you desire. And still, wealth is in constant flux. No one keeps it.

Pueblo of Taos:

Victor Higgins

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2009, 09:36:32 am

The BS-o-Meter & the 29th Degree

MARCH 9, 2009
There are few indeed who, having passed through the previous eleven signs, are prepared to let everything
go in order to accept the gifts of Pisces. In Pisces, the evolving soul must renounce its reliance upon the approbation of society in order to prepare for a fresh start in Aries. Replenishment comes through relinquishment, triumph through surrender. The true Piscean senses that dependence on outer forms is futile
and that salvation must be sought within.

The Divine Astrologer

For a person or a collective to develop a functioning BS-o-meter they must go thru a period of humiliation and deep disillusionment. We want salvation from that. To most, disillusionment is so painful, so humiliating, so empty, that it is to be avoided at all costs - even tho it is sensed.


Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2009, 09:40:34 am

Pisces is the end of the wheel and here the native comes to understand the oneness of all experience, the futility of expecting things to be good without the accompanying bad, disillusionment, despair, and finally wisdom and the rebirth of new life with unlimited potential in Aries. One must go through the disillusionment first, though, and the 29th degree of Pisces is its deepest point. Yet even there, the awakening of hope, genuine hope, is already present. We are nearing the end of Uranus in Pisces and now, with Uranus opposite USA Neptune and the Full Moon conjunct Saturn at this point, a concrete step in the realization of our predicament has occurred, and will continue in increments until Uranus leaves. You can see that it isn't quite as bad as feared. Depression both economic and emotional are here, but within it lie the seeds for the Aries renewal. The letting go of the hoped for Promised Land and the disseminating of despair are the fertilizers. It will be natural. It's all in the cycle before the Aries spring of germination.
The BS-o-meter, the crapometer, the horseshit detector, the wiggling antenna of hipsterism, the mistrustograph - whatever you want to call it - is a useful device in navigating the waters of this treacherous and devious world. Of course, you can rely on others' meters to lead, but there you encounter the same problem. Who's going to detect their BS? Best to have one of your own. In order to get hep, become savvy, be schooled in cool, and to be reasonably wise, you have to go through the fires of first-hand experience and the hard knocks that accompany them. There is no better time than now.

The State of the Collapsing Union Address, for example, was an hour of BS. When it was broadcast that America was mighty and ready to lead the planet the needle flew off the meter, as it did when it was said, "It's not about the banks." It really doesn't matter. Like or dislike have little to do with it. What you're told, however, should be subject to some intense scrutiny before belief is incorporated, especially in these trying times and with intelligent, hyper-aware Saturn in Virgo. Marrying fact with circumstance is not as hard as it seems, especially when you use your good sense.

The battle between the blind faith of Pisces, and the criticism of Virgo is about to be revved up pretty high. There are an uncanny number of configurations involving the 29th degree just ahead. By the end the ability to detect deception should be greatly improved, even at the cost of some disappointment. This sensation simply can't be avoided but the rewards will be worth it. One day the wisdom will come that it's not these people who are in charge, it's the entire collective. It really doesn't matter who succeeds or who fails. We succeed as a whole. Here we are.

Post by: Bianca on March 09, 2009, 09:43:42 am

On April 12th, Venus retrograde enters the 29th degree for two weeks and turns direct. During that time Mars joins her, and they both enter Aries together. On May 2, 2010, Uranus comes to the 29th degree for a month, and while that's happening, Jupiter joins up on May 31. Onward they go to Aries in a duet. In July, just back from Libra, Saturn once again passes 29 Virgo just opposite. Jupiter meets Uranus at 29 in September one more time. A lot at the end of the line.

So reading the BS-o-meter can help achieve the shift desired. In preparation for leaving the saint-sinner-savior complex behind, the present worship will rise and fall like the waves. Although not consciously recognized, a step away from the redeemer attachment is occurring and will probably manifest through the series of influences ending at 29 Pisces. I don't think it's happenstance that the invasion of Iraq took place with the Sun at that degree, rocked in the Cradle of Civilization. The idea of a punishing almighty god, translates into almighty men as leaders, and who knows that we couldn't govern ourselves without them? Perhaps we could give it a try. Batteries in the meter help.

The 29th degree of Pisces has a tendency to bring out the apocalyptic in people, along with the idea of some rapturous entrance into a transformed earthly environment, especially when Uranus moves ahead for good in 2012. That's normal. End times and all. It's unlikely that any hugely radical world will be birthed in the next years, although the hope will go up and down, as reality slowly settles in. Pisces rules the salty sea, and a little grain of salt isn't a bad idea when entertaining these fantasies. Some alterations will probably come, but the world will be recognizable as the one you see today. And yes, Republicans will still be breathing. I think the dreams are good, though, as idea chests, as long as we accept the reality on the ground as it unfolds.

Along with these transits, we are leaving the Age of Pisces, so the Promised Land fantasy is looming ever more. The savior is melting into the crowd, as human and limited as the rest. I can't imagine what Pluto at 29 will be like. I'll be expecting a report from you in the netherworld, when you join me there. I'll keep paradise on life support in case you need it later.