Monday, September 14, 2015

What is REALLY Going on with “the Donald?”

I read somewhere recently that Donald Trump once said that when he was after investors for a project, he would take them to the construction site where he had told workers to “look busy”…i.e. “move dirt around if that’s all you can do.” He has Neptune square Mercury with a 3 degree orb, and although that can be used positively, it usually isn’t. It’s a deceptive mind—very fluid and imaginative.  Further, it is in Cancer, which is an emotional mind and very sensitive. 
       Trump’s birth data, according to “Astrodatabank,” is from his birth certificate and is considered reliable—Rodden’s AA rating. He was born June 14, 1946 in Queens, NY at 10:54 a.m. Many would say, with the last few minutes of Leo rising, that it is too close to Virgo to be “pure,” but that is nonsense according to most literature that I’ve read and from over 45 years of observation. It is conjunct the fixed star, Regulus, with only a six minute orb. This is a natural ability to appear “regal” but more importantly, his progressed Sun is within minutes of that position right now and will change signs in about ten and a half months. To add to his sense of regal importance, he was also born with Mars at 26:47 Leo, in a feisty conjunction with the Ascendant and square the MC. We can see him projecting this all the time. That often is exaggerated defensive pride.
         He was born just before the full Moon with Sun in Gemini and Moon in Sagittarius. It is, however, still in Gibbous phase, and that is where he potentially has some ability handling detail since that part of the Gibbous phase has Virgo characteristics.  However, the Sun is conjoining Uranus and the Moon opposing it, so his need to be “free” to do his own thing, would probably lean him toward being extremely subjective in drawing conclusions. The extreme confidence is further shown by the Sun and Moon being in positive aspect to Jupiter. By the way, progressed Jupiter has been holding a lovely trine to his natal Sun all his life, but it is also currently within four minutes of squaring natal Saturn. It always did, but is getting very close to partile (being exact) now. It moves so slowly, it is not going to indicate an “event” but, rather, bring out the natal pattern’s promise, which is a tendency to extreme swings in mood and an undermining of confidence.  
          And what is the natal promise? Donald has a sad side that we don’t see. He was born with Venus conjoining Saturn in Cancer, both square retrograde Jupiter. By the Koch system of houses, Venus rules his third and tenth houses—his conscious thought processes and public image (and other tenth house designations: father, career, reputation, etc.) Usually, Venus conjoining Saturn indicates fear of loss of money (or whatever one most values), most often leading to a poverty consciousness. I was surprised to see it, but given the Neptune/Mercury connection, it would be easy to conclude that he isn’t as rich as he says he is, and greatly fears loss. And with defensive Mars so prominently placed in Leo, he’d defend his deceptions infinitely.
         Saturn rules his fifth house—his children, creativity, ego and love life and other related fifth house issues. I believe he chooses wives for the “public image” that they would bestow upon him (ruler of the seventh, Uranus, in the tenth conjunct the Sun, ruler of the ascendant). But, since Saturn conjoins Venus, ruler of the third and tenth, he may feel they have nothing in common with him (or anything to talk about). I don’t think he has ever felt truly loved, starting with his father.  He has Venus in Cancer—a need for “mothering,” but Saturn there would limit fulfillment of that need.  He did have strong ties to his mother (Moon in fourth, trine Mars and Ascendant and sextile Jupiter), but she was sometimes unpredictable (Moon opposing Uranus). I have no evidence from his life  about that—just the chart.
What’s ahead?

Saturn leaves Scorpio on Sept. 17th. It will not return to that sign for at least 26 years. (The cycle of Saturn is approximately 28 years, and it spends about 2 ½ years in a sign, going from one to the other in order.) It has been my experience that it is intense while in that sign, and often brings discipline to those who deceive or participate in controlling behavior. Sagittarius is about honesty, idealism, and on the mundane level rules laws and regulations. I’ve notice already that Virginia is pushing to get rid of gerrymandering, which would be a great step in that direction.
        Since Trump has the last degree of Leo rising PLUS progressed Sun just about to conjoin it, Saturn has been in orb of a square (90 degrees) to both over the last three months. Furthermore, it is moving through his fourth house, which is indicative of a person who is basically unsure of himself right now and building a new personal foundation. By September 17th, much will change for him even if it is not immediately apparent publically since he is a good actor. His ego (in his view) has taken some hits for the last month since Saturn has been square the Ascendant and progressed Sun. One usually has inner “conflict, pain and doubt” (as my teacher, Gina Ceaglio, expressed it) with those energies in play. We see evidence of this in his late night tweets. Most of the time, furthermore, Saturn is nearing the MC (10th house cusp) when people rise to something as prominent as the presidency. The fourth house is more about building new foundations on a personal level.  They build anew, and he will have to since his TV shows have been cancelled. He isn’t due to reach a new pinnacle for another 14 years.
        But, that’s not all. His progressed Moon is at 6:27 Cancer. It has been square Neptune (and is about to square progressed Neptune in about two weeks) and in 2 ½ months will conjoin Mercury. In other words, his Mercury/Neptune square is now being triggered by the progressed Moon. It is bringing out his deceptive side, but also indicates confusion and a lack of clarity.
         There is much more, but I cannot delay posting this, and I cannot type for long periods with my broken wrist.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Passing of Spock

Leonard Nimoy passed over to the other side on February 27th—in the morning, we’re told, and I’ve been looking at tentative charts for him based on the time the news was released and times that worked for the event.  He, himself, said he had Scorpio rising, and he looks it, so I’m inclined to go with that one rather than the morning chart. The estimate is between 8:30 and 9:00 pm on March 26 1931 in Boston, MA. When I see that kind of estimate, I start with the midpoint, in this case 8:45 pm. I like to use tertiary progressions first in cases like this, since the ascendant (the body of the entity) by tertiary stays in one degree for two weeks to one month, depending on which sign is rising, and was delighted to find that the 8:45 pm time gave him a tertiary ascendant of 26:57 Scorpio with tertiary Saturn squaring it from 26 Aquarius. Tertiary Mars was square natal Mars, as well, and tertiary Pluto (ruler of ascendant and in the T. 8th house) was opposite natal Saturn. Even if he’d been born a few minutes before or after, it would still work.

Turning to progressions, solar arcs and transits, it is noteworthy that Uranus was transiting his nodes within one minute from the sixth. (sudden change of environment) And if he had actually died around 9:00 am (which is speculative on my part) even transiting ascendant would have been between that point and solar arc Saturn, as well. Progressed ascendant is opposing Jupiter with this time, but even if the time were a little later, the progressed ascendant could have been squaring any of the sixth house positions.

Another reason I think this is close to the correct time is that the solar arc ascendant (one’s body) is opposing natal Mars (which is triggered by tertiary Mars), ruler of the sixth. That is acute illness possibly occurring suddenly. There were probably earlier clues because Uranus was square the Sun by solar arc about 8 months earlier, BUT could have been obscure until transiting Mars triggered it shortly before his death. It is less than a degree separating from that aspect. Progressed Venus was just separating from a square to his progressed Mars, and they were triggered by transiting Saturn. It was just past squaring P. Mars and about to oppose P. Venus. Most of the time events that show many triggers will occur when a planet is separating from an aspect to one planet and applying to another.

One Last Note

I looked at the chart for Star Trek: Sep 8, 1966, 8:30 pm EDT, New York, NY, and tried to see Spock’s real life passing—since the character would not be portrayed by him again. There were a few items, but the most striking was this: using derivative houses, I see Nimoy’s death as the 8th house from the 9th (death of “foreign” crew member—also the “philosopher” onboard. Of course, ninth could be many, many other things from the show). Eighth from the ninth would be the fourth house. The fourth house ruler is the Moon, and by solar arc, it is placed at 14 Leo 58. Transiting Pluto (death) is at 14 Capricorn 58, exactly-to-the-minute quincunx (showing separation) the SA Moon. Transiting Uranus is 14:24 Aries squaring one and trine the other. Beautiful!!

Also, I realize much of this is speculative, although not by much, but so is the exact real time the soul leaves or enters the body and many other things. :-D  I’m just sharing thought processes.

BTW, I wrote a book about Star Trek, accessible from my website:

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Home Stretch

We’re in the home stretch of the seven exact squares between Uranus and Pluto. The last three (Apr 21, 2014, Dec 14, 2014 and Mar 16, 2015) are all triggering the Sun/Saturn square in the USA chart. I’ve mentioned before that these contacts – ongoing since mid-June, 2012 – are the main players in the unfolding drama. It is a conflict between the status quo (like oil energy, for instance) and new, inventive break-through solutions, which Uranus represents. Plus, Pluto represents controlling autocrats, whereas Uranus is the epitome of freedom and individual expression. We are seeing these themes unfold daily.

But that’s not all that is going on with the USA chart. (July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia, PA at 5:10 pm) The thing that has me most concerned is the approaching conjunction of solar arc Saturn with the USA descendant (opposite the ascendant). It will be exact in about eight months. The last time Saturn by solar arc contacted an angle (the 4th cusp) was in the summer of 1945 when WWII was winding down. The war had gone on while progressed Mars was conjunct the MC. After that, the USA flourished. On the day it ended, Sep 2, 1945, transiting Jupiter was conjunct the MC. The progressed south node was two minutes from conjoining natal Pluto. Most of all, the progressed Sun was only six minutes from changing signs. A new era had begun.

Saturn opposing the ascendant can speak to authority having too much control of the populace, especially economically, since Saturn rules the second house. Saturn represents “conflict, fear and doubt.” When it is opposing the ascendant, it is most obvious and painful. Since historically these contacts seem to play out just before they are exact, it is what we are going through right now. The populace is controlled now by economic circumstances that are producing fear. However, Uranus and Pluto contacting the chart’s Sun brings in rebellion against the status quo, so it is not going to be permanent. People, as we see now, are rebelling.

This time, rather than the Sun going into a new sign, it is Venus that is changing signs by solar arc. It will go into Pisces only a few days from now. It’s in the last minute of Aquarius right now. I have a lot of optimism about it all. After all, Jupiter by solar arc is about to trine natal Venus in only three or four months, and natally they are conjunct, which is the indicator of the wealth we generate. Progressed Saturn is only two minutes from an exact trine to natal Venus, which is economic stability – gas prices are going down, for instance, but it could represent a “correction” of economic circumstances that might be painful at first, but best in the long run. In nine months solar arc Uranus will conjoin the USA south node, which is a sudden awakening to our mistakes of the past, or possibly some unexpected events like weather-related drama.

Keep in mind that for the last couple years and for the next year, Saturn is transiting the USA 12th house, and that is always a potpourri of issues to be resolved before emerging into a new cycle with new foundations to build. It’s the end of a cycle, and during this time we encounter basic issues that have not been resolved. Usually, it’s messy if we are stubbornly trying to hang on to the status quo. As they say, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.”

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jupiter in Leo

Jupiter entered Leo this morning a few seconds after 6:30 where it will stay for roughly a year. The general consensus is that Leos, Sagittarians, and Arians will find this beneficial, since those three are in naturally good aspect—i.e. they trine each other. Also, the house it is transiting during that time will be “blessed with good fortune,” as a simplistic pundit might say. Jupiter is called the “greater benefic,” Venus being the “lesser” one.

In astrology classes we are taught that Jupiter is one of the “good guys” and that wherever it is placed, and whatever it may contact during your life, as it traverses the solar system, benefits abound. For instance, when it goes through the second house, income is usually better; through the 11th house, you might find goals easier to reach and make more friends. I got married the first time when it was traversing the seventh house, where we find a description of partnerships. The key word, “expansion” is associated with Jupiter.

Actually, Jupiter is not ALL sweetness and abundance. Sometimes we don’t want too much of something. For instance, when it is in a conflicting relationship with Venus, there is a good chance that sugar-related illnesses may be part of that person’s life. Many years ago I heard a lecture by astrologer, Mary Vohryzek, who explained this nicely. (her memorial tribute--copy and paste to see it)
Mary was a knowledgeable pioneer in medical astrology, and it was such an eye-opener when she said that Venus/Jupiter stressful aspects could indicate sugar-related diseases, such as hypoglycemia, diabetes and even cancer. It is now generally agreed that sugar feeds cancer cells. It stands to reason. Sugar is ruled by Venus; Jupiter indicates “expansion”…when they are in stressful aspect (meaning “too much” of something), we have the resulting, “too much expansion.” Even a thing like overweight can be indicated by those two in negative relationship.

But, in general, it will most likely be the best year out of twelve for Leos, and not too shabby for Aries and Sagittarius—especially if Jupiter is well-placed in your natal chart. The affairs of the house with Leo on the cusp might get some of that abundance raining down, as well.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The USA Sibly chart now

Many years ago, I was deeply impressed by a session in astrology class when we were shown how to see events that would be life changing. It was when patterns or aspects moved by solar arc to conjoin other major aspects or patterns in a chart. Right now, the Pluto/Mercury opposition in the Sibly USA chart has been, is, and will continue to be congruent with our natal Mercury/Neptune square by solar arc motion. In other words, the opposition is now sitting on top of the square by solar arc.

The solar arc Pluto/Mars opposition has been affecting the natal Neptune/Mars square for several years, first Pluto squaring Mars almost three years ago, and conjoining Neptune about 2 ½ years ago. Pluto does not act alone, since in the natal chart it tightly opposes Mercury. Now solar arc Mercury is about to go over this square, as well, which continues the long term drama. Solar arc Mercury will square natal Mars in about ten months, and then go on to oppose natal Neptune in roughly one year and ten months. There should be a huge lesson about deception during this whole time. We are seeing it with the dramas of Edward Snowden’s revelations and many other examples of the insidious reach of spying worldwide.

This is disturbing because Neptune in the USA chart is located in the ninth house, which is where we look to see what kind of Congress we would have. The natal Neptune squares Mars, indicating deceptive behavior. This has been an ongoing issue in our country ever since it was founded, and probably will continue to be so until there is a “re-birthing” of the country, and therefore, a new chart.

Neptune, Uranus and Saturn

Meanwhile, transiting Neptune is now around 7 degrees Pisces and is right in the middle of squaring natal and progressed Uranus. These both rule the third house in the Sibly chart by the Koch system of houses. It’s even transiting through the third house. With all that Neptunian influence, plus Neptune being square Mars, natally, (and Mars rules the fourth house which is the grass roots populace) you can be sure we are being mightily deceived. However, about nine months ago the progressed Sun squared natal Uranus, and a great awakening began. Probably, that is connected to the Snowden affair. It had been in range for about a year before when it was square the progressed Uranus. However, since the Sun rules the ninth, it is possible that this energy reflects the increasingly autocratic behavior of some congressional members.

Meanwhile, solar arc Saturn is now at 11 degrees of Gemini and in about fourteen months will oppose the Sibly chart’s ascendant. When 9/11 struck, Pluto was transiting this chart’s ascendant within minutes, and on March 19, 2003 when we first invaded Iraq, solar arc Pluto was within minutes of squaring it. That’s compelling. This coming Saturn opposition should be extremely important if this is a viable chart. So far, I’ve observed its’ working very well and fully expect a serious turn of events around the later part of 2015. It will probably be economic considering that Saturn rules the second house.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Steenkamp Murder

Oscar Pistorius, the handicapped athlete from South Africa, shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the wee hours of February 14, 2013. He says he thought she was a burglar even though she was in the bathroom behind a locked door. He shot her through the door with deadly aim. His stories have been varied about the details of what happened, and he has displayed extreme dramatic distress in the court proceedings.

Oscar was born on November 22, 1986 at 10:30 a.m. in Pretoria, South Africa. Miss Steenkamp was born on August 19, 1983 in Capetown, South Africa, but unfortunately, I could not find a time of birth. One of the first things I look for between charts is the condition of their inter-chart Mars and Saturn relationship. That pair, when they are connected, can be extremely difficult, but also obsessive between two people. I’m used to seeing it as a conjunction or negative aspect in troublesome couplings, but these two have a mutual trine between the two. However, they are connected, which is a clue that they will definitely have an aspect of some kind in the composite. (A time of birth for Miss Steenkamp would not be necessary for this. It would simply give us more detail.)

However, in my long astrological career, I’ve often found that even though the natal charts might have a positive connection between planets, it might not be so in the composite—and vice versa, by the way. That was the case here. In the composite (no matter what time Miss Steenkamp was born), the composite Mars and Saturn are in opposition. Not only that, but recently, Saturn had been going over that opposition, meaning that it was becoming an issue arousing “conflict, pain, and doubt,” as my teacher used to describe Saturn. Furthermore, Mars is the handle in a bucket pattern—a singleton, thereby becoming a focal point of the relationship.

A negative relationship between Mars and Saturn in a composite is troubling. I first heard about it years ago in the book, Relating, by Liz Greene. What an eye-opener!! We are so used to looking at the Moon, Sun, Venus, Saturn and Mars in love affairs, this pair is often over-looked, and I would never have dreamed it would be the pair describing a “fatal attraction.” I’ve found her assessment to be true after countless examples. A couple in an intimate relationship with such a pairing has the problem of one of them potentially being extremely obsessive. I’m reminded of the movie with that same name (Fatal Attraction) starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas.

Reeva Steenkamp

Although I don’t have an exact time of birth for Miss Steenkamp, there are some things that would be true no matter what time she was born. One of the most important was her very close Venus-Uranus square. Even if she had been born far from the hypothetical 6:00 a.m. time I am using, it still would have been a tight square. This is the signature of a sort of “femme fatale” (Elizabeth Taylor had the conjunction). Jupiter is conjunct Uranus, as well, which “enlarges” this and adds humor to it. She probably was a very humorous, teasing and unpredictable person in intimate relationships. I say “probably” because we do not know her time of birth, and there are other modifying indicators, so we cannot be positive about it—and even then, free will can play a part, as well. Venus square Uranus is famous for changing direction in mid-stream—i.e. running hot and cold.

Since Neptune and Jupiter were beginning to activate that configuration, she was probably not declaring undying devotion to anyone. Those energies would be arousing confusion and doubt about her relationships in general. Since Jupiter was leaving an opposition to Uranus, she was using humor to get around issues she might not have wanted to confront. Or she could have been displaying more independence than usual. Furthermore, she had a tight Mercury-Neptune square, which indicates she evaded things she did not want to discuss until she had sorted it all out. She might even have resorted to deception, although I doubt she really wanted to. With Jupiter conjoining Uranus in brutally honest Sagittarius, I think she preferred to be honest—although Mercury square Neptune can be quite deceptive when necessary. Also, at this time, Neptune was transiting long term opposite her solar arc Mars and square natal Jupiter, and she was probably very confused about how she was going to handle all this—not just on this night, but the whole time, in general.

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar was born with the Sun in the last degree of Scorpio. (Miss Steenkamp was a Leo, which is not compatible, in general, but Oscar has the Moon in Leo, and so would be drawn to that type. And who knows? She might have Scorpio or Taurus rising, which would make a difference.) Oscar is and has always been an angry man in this lifetime. He has Mars square the Sun, very defensive and quick to have his temper aroused. In fixed signs, it has probably been there for many lifetimes and so, as in most fixed squares, projection has set in. (i.e. “I am not defensive and hot under the collar; it’s YOU.” Or the old, “You made me do it. It’s not my fault.”) Not only is the Sun in Scorpio, but at the mid-heaven there is a conjunction of Venus, Pluto and Mercury in Scorpio, as well. Being angular, it is the strongest part of the chart. This is not light-hearted. He is possessive and prone to jealous outbursts. It does show intense dedication to whatever he does professionally, but in relationships, he’d be hard to deal with if he were to be suspicious or feel threatened. He needs mega doses of re-assurance (Venus conjunct Pluto). With Jupiter square Saturn, his judgment can sometimes veer to fear. And, his stellium in Scorpio squares the Moon in Leo, which would tell of such insecurities with women, he needs vast amounts of re-assurance. He is possessive in the extreme.

In his chart at the time of the murder, his progressed Pluto had moved to exactly conjoin the MC. This is a forceful and thorough transformation of one’s public image, which could happen a myriad of ways. Saturn in transit was in Scorpio going over that stellium showing his insecurities were of concern to him. He was fearful of loss of his relationship. I’m sure he realized his lover was having second thoughts. Saturn was about to square his Ascendant, so he was certainly not happy about the way his love life was going. He was feeling insecure. Even his career was peaking and would soon be waning. Only a few months before, when progressed Venus was conjoining his natal Mercury (ruler of his fifth), he was a very happy, loving person, but with his nature, when self-doubt creeps into his consciousness, he over-reacts, since he has the combination of Venus and Mercury conjoining Pluto and Mars square the Sun. This is jealousy along with angry projection upon whomever he sees as causing his pain.

Also, only a couple months earlier, his solar arc Moon had changed signs for the first time in his life. He was born with it in Leo, and now it had entered Virgo. He began to see women differently. Miss Steenkamp was born with Venus and Mercury in Virgo, and so she would have been meticulous and detail-oriented. It can sometimes devolve into criticism. He does not take criticism well, (although with Moon in the sixth, he can dish it out generously), and with his solar arc directed Moon now in Virgo, I’d suspect he was having quite a bit of self-doubt. With his emphasis so much on Scorpio, he has a need to be in control and confident (Moon in Leo as well), plus he has Mars in Aquarius, which is notorious for “knowing it all.” Virgo has doubts, so it’s probable he was having a crisis in ego and worthiness that was very hard to deal with.

There is much more, of course, like the transiting Sun opposing her natal Sun and a few other things, but until we have a good time of birth for her, I hesitate to do more. If we ever get a time, it would be interesting to see how his transits, progressions, etc. affected her chart and vice versa. That was clearly a past life relationship with unfinished business. #

Sunday, February 23, 2014

USA chart's economics

We’ve been watching the Uranus/Pluto square unfolding for several years now, and, like most, I had expected a repeat of the Great Depression or the rebellious sixties, since those two were active then in a similar fashion. However, I met another astrologer in December, Barbara Taylor, when I attended her lecture in Richmond, VA. She is a nurse and also one of Alphee Lavoie’s “Gators,” who do a lot of astrological research. She mentioned that this time the Uranus/Pluto configuration has a difference: it does not include Saturn. That is an important distinction I had not considered. It is still very important and the backbone of current events. But, even so, there are other factors at play besides transits.

While we’re all distracted by Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto moving to activate the USA chart’s Sun, solar arc Saturn has been quietly moving closer to opposing the Sibley chart’s ascendant. Saturn, ruler of the second house, is a strong indicator of the health of the economy. It’s square the USA Sun in the 8th of the natal chart, so there always seem to be strong issues about the economy when it’s activated. Solar arc Saturn will oppose the ascendant in less than two years and the Sun will square in three years (with transiting Neptune accompanying it, too), and when something that momentous happens, we look for a similar time in the past so that we can assess what happened then, and therefore, what might manifest this time.

When Saturn conjoined the ascendant by solar arc in this Sibley chart (it has never opposed it before), it was in 1836. That was when we had the battle of the Alamo, after which Texas joined the union, and around that time President Jackson issued “Specie Circular” making it necessary to use hard currency in purchasing public lands. Right after that, British banks called in their loans which led to a seven year depression. Since Saturn rules the second in this chart, it is not surprising.

Also at that time, solar arc Mercury was about to conjoin Neptune after having just left a square to natal Mars, again highlighting yet another lesson about our deceptive, or at least "confused," government.

Right now solar arc Pluto is just leaving that same area—having activated the very strong indicator of our corrupt government, Mars square Neptune, with Neptune being in the ninth. Very recently there has been a LOT of corruption—way worse than that in 1836. Further, transiting Saturn is now traveling through the 12th house and will emerge into the first in two years around the time we see solar arc Saturn entering the seventh. We cannot go on as it is. There is a big “reset” about to be implemented around that time. However, since the progressed MC will shortly trine natal Pluto (about six months, and by the way, they are natally trine although out-of-sign), I believe some behind-the-scenes negotiating or covert activity will avert the worst of this. Pluto rules the twelfth.

Now Texas is talking about leaving the union, and our monetary system is again not anywhere near being “hard currency.” History repeats, and most likely it will do so the same way since we never seem to learn anything. Of course, an opposition is different from a conjunction, but the historical lessons will more than likely be very similar. By that time Saturn and Jupiter (the economic indicators) will be square, which is often the case when a financial correction is necessary.