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. #

Monday, February 24, 2014

I'm in Good Health

I keep getting messages as though I had a major health issue and am still sick. I am fine. I merely had an unexpected reaction to a common blood pressure medication. It was a surprise, but I had it changed, and I'm now fine. Please don't get the impression that I'm bedridden, have a chronic condition or am in ill health. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I've learned a lesson though...never will I mention anything personal again. :-)

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.

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Personal Note

PREFACE: People are getting the impression that I have Alzheimers. I do NOT. I was only relating a story about how important health is.

In 1959 I had just turned 20 when I married Joseph DeMott, and at that time my father-in-law was on the verge of succumbing to Alzheimers. Before he was taken over by it completely, he used to talk about the importance of health. I thought it was "over-the-top" since he was a vegetarian weight-lifter and even grew his own vegetables on a vacant lot in Brooklyn, NY. Back then, you could do things like that. He used to say over and over, "If you've got your health, you've got everything." It was really a bummer that he developed that awful disease, since he was so healthy in every other way, and in his last years was almost an infant. At the time, I thought he was a little eccentric, but now, as we struggle to maintain our health in this jungle of food choices that are modified in God-only-knows-what-way, I wish I'd listened to him a little more carefully.

I had not been looking forward to this year, since it would bring Uranus traveling over my Aries planets, Pluto squaring them, Saturn squaring the Ascendant/Uranus conjunction and a few other lovely things. Sure enough, when Mercury came to a square to my natal Saturn, a headache I'd had for two weeks finally pushed me to go to Urgent Care for help. It was the two weeks of Christmas and New Years with guests and a lot of things I HAD to do so I thought it was just the stress. It was a Sunday, so I couldn't go to my doctor, whose name I knew on that day (but not the next). The next day, after taking the prescription and also getting an intravenous injection of an unknown substance, I felt like I was in a terrible fog. I couldn't remember names, how to do things or what I'd done or not done. I couldn't tell the difference between reality and what I had dreamed or imagined. This whole last week has been a nightmare. I ventured out to shop for food two days ago, and that was a bit shaky.

I am not one to blindly follow what I'm told to do (Uranus rising), and I also don't trust diagnoses that are just to relieve symptoms, so I've been doing a lot of research. My blood pressure is fine now, I've had to use an alternative way of bringing it down, which I miraculously had on hand, since I bought it months ago but didn't use. It is from "DRS Country Health Ltd.," if you want to research yourself. When I bought it, I wanted to do more research before using it. Right now I can't remember the circumstances that led me to buy it in the first place--memory is sketchy at best. I'm making an appointment with a holistic doctor as soon as I can feel confident with a referral.

The point of this whole blog is to share the story of a Uranus transit--and also Saturn and Pluto. It was not the contact of Uranus on anything exactly; it was Uranus making a station just before this at 8 degrees Aries, which contacted both my 10:54 degree Aries Sun and 6:10 degree Capricorn Mars by being semi-square the MIDPOINT of both. The few days around when the headache started, there was Pluto exactly square my Sun and over New Years, Mars opposing my Sun, with Mercury square the same position. When I gave up and went to the doctor on January 5th, Mercury was square natal Saturn, which is 19Ar43. Transiting Saturn around that time was also square my 18Ta54 ascendant.

The previous eclipse was around 11 Scorpio, which is in range of opposing my natal Uranus, giving a heads up about which planet to watch. I'm not well enough right now to get into a detailed analysis, but I've learned a lot from this. I just want to send out a message to take your blood pressure seriously. I knew mine was high, but just brushed it off as something I'd take care of later. Because my Sun was the "planet" being activated, and it rules my fourth house, I assumed the issue this year would be "home or family" related. However, the Sun is also the cardio/vascular system, as well. Don't underestimate those generic rulerships.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!!

Many, many pundits and bloggers are writing about the New Year. Most are saying pretty much the same thing: today there is a New Moon that will be entangled with the infamous Uranus square Pluto that is defining this decade. They are saying, and I agree, that this year and next will be the apex of the life changing events underway during this decade. I just want to add a few things.

The New Moon was at 6:14 this morning, but the midnight chart displays the energies affecting the whole year. Actually, I think the Spring Equinox chart is more legitimate, but for now, we’ll look at the minute the New Year started. That chart, every year, always has Libra rising and the Sun square the ascendant. This year, those degrees are potent because Mars rises also, with Uranus opposite and the Moon, Pluto, Jupiter and Mercury (all within range of the angles) involved in the configuration. That’s a lot of dramatic energy showing a spectacular year with one unexpected, intense situation after another.

All of those energies also impact the chart of the USA. It is especially strong this year because most of this connects to the Sun-Saturn square, which indicates our collective responsibility in handling resources. We have so many issues now. Most of the time I read predictions of economic situations, but there are many other possibilities.

First, and immediately in front of us, is the radiation from the Fukushima disaster. Right now spent fuel rods are supposed to be in the process of being removed manually—an extremely delicate and dangerous operation—but we’ve heard very little about how it’s going since it started in early November, despite plumes of smoke coming from the site right now. Another earthquake affecting Fukushima would be the end of Japan and have great consequences for the American west coast. Americans returning from rescue operations there are suffering severe health issues. Uranus, Pluto and Mars in combination can be earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. These will be in combination for most of the first half of the year since Mars will stay in Libra for many months. Our own Yellowstone Caldera has been long overdue for an eruption, and it would be a major, long lasting disaster. It’s not a question of “if”—just “when.” Let us pray that it will remain quiet for a long time to come.

Fracking is another dangerous activity that the oil industry seems intent on pursuing despite proof of its polluting of the fresh water supply. We have tons and tons of garbage polluting the oceans with a clean-up nowhere in sight, although a teenager has designed a way to do it. Our food supply is poisoned with all-pervasive GMO additives, and even fresh produce is radiated before it gets to market so that it is nutritionally worthless. It is no wonder that we are a sick, sick nation with a healthcare insurance system that is so expensive, we cannot afford to be sick because it’s a sure path to bankruptcy.

Historically, Uranus making stressful aspects to Pluto have indicated periods of great change and upheaval. It can be done many different ways, and I think that how painful it will be depends on what we do for ourselves. The last important contact was from 1963 through 1969, a time of tremendous upheaval, protests, and even assassinations. Before that it occurred in the years of the Great Depression. We are now in a different time with many new resources, like the internet. It will be different, but the objective is the same…a correction of our path if we have strayed too far. [For more on this, if you don’t believe any of this is true, I’d suggest you get a book called “Cosmos and Psyche” by Dr. Richard Tarnas who also wrote “The Passion of the Western Mind,” which has been called the finest history of the western mind and spirit ever written.]

Many are predicting a depression, and I was among those, but I attended a lecture in Richmond a few weeks ago by Barbara Taylor from Roanoke, who mentioned that economic collapses, like the Great Depression, did, indeed, happen under these same Uranus/Pluto connections, but that since the 1700s, they always also included Saturn, which is not the case this time. Therefore, she doesn’t expect a depression.

However, all year the Saturn/Neptune midpoint is involved tightly with this pattern (thanks to Astrolabe for their recent gift of listing critical degrees of the year which included midpoints, or I’d never have noticed it). I’d say that April and May are the most affected months since all culminates close to the USA Sun and Saturn at that time. May 15th to 17th is particularly highlighted. Also, in late March Venus will square Saturn (not the USA Saturn, but the one in real time), which can precipitate fear of loss on a global level.

In this New Year chart, the most positive planet is Neptune, which is indicative of jobs, since it rules the sixth house. It looks as though those will generally be better in the coming year, and it also represents the military, which will most likely stay about the same. Also, the chart’s Venus is sextile Saturn, so an overall relative stability will prevail, although we’ll have plenty of drama. There is so much, I might have to write about it on a monthly level.

“Obamacare”


The Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” was signed on March 23, 2010 at 11:56 am in Washington DC. Of course, since no one pays attention to Astrology, it went into effect under the worst possible conditions. There was a grand square between Sun, Moon, Uranus, Pluto and Saturn on ANGLES, with even Mercury involved weakly with some of it. How it has gotten this far is a miracle. That is probably due to the presence of Jupiter, ruler of the sixth, on the MC making only positive contacts. Also Mars is making positive aspects to the Sun, Uranus and Saturn.

The extreme stress in this chart is coming from rulers of the 7th, 8th, 9th, 3rd and the ascendant, which means there is conflict (we know all this from observation) from other people who have invested in the way things have been—i.e. insurance companies, lobbyist for them, public fleecing, outrageous “big pharma” profits, etc. However, with the ruler of the chart in nurturing Cancer in trine to the MC, and the ruler of the sixth, illness, in compassionate Pisces conjunct the MC and not stressed at all, the act itself, is an extremely positive thing.

Right now, January 1, 2014, the solar arc MC is exactly to-the-minute conjunct the natal Jupiter. I don’t need to tell you how positive that is. However, in three months, the solar arc Uranus will be opposing natal Saturn, ruler of the 8th (insurance, investments, etc) Expect something to suddenly come up that shakes the stability of this whole thing. That will not succeed because Uranus will go on to trine Mars a month or two later. After that another shakeup occurs in two and a quarter years, when it conjoins the Sun and again three months after that when it squares the Ascendant. That one is more “iffy” and could actually indicate legislation that changes it entirely—maybe making it a single payer system like Medicare, hopefully. Then we’ll be catching up to the rest of the developed world which is WAY ahead of us in treatment of their citizens.

In Conclusion…

Many of you may ask how someone who follows “A Course in Miracles” can be so negative about events when we know we’re in an illusion. I keep remembering a paper I wrote in college about the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of my heroes. He was executed for trying to assassinate Hitler. In his papers, he wrote one time that if you are in a car hurtling down the highway with a speeding mad man who is putting lives in danger, you don’t just let him keep going; you wrench the wheel away from him. He was a minister (Lutheran, I think) and murder was not in his belief system, but when we show love for our fellow man, we do what we can to help them. Sometimes it means stopping an injustice. I try to just make people aware of what is going on so they will have more information and vote accordingly—or do whatever they are led to do. We are in the world, illusion or not, and have to deal with it. After all, Marianne Williamson, who has written several books based on the Course, is now running for Congress representing California.


Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Reincarnation of Anne Frank

Some time ago, I mentioned past life charts and spoke of my own. Recently, I had occasion to view a presentation by Barbro Karlen, who is the author of "And the Wolf Howls." Here is the online location of that presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-PCBF-RIP0 You will have to copy and paste.
She claims to be the reincarnation of Anne Frank, and has some compelling reasons for thinking so. It was possible to obtain both of their birth data, so I naturally wanted to compare them.

Anne Frank: June 12, 1929 at 7:30 am in Frankfurt, Germany
Barbro Karlen: May 24, 1954 at 7:20 am in Goetenborg, Sweden

One of the things I look for is improvement in character, and we have it here. In Frank’s chart Jupiter and Venus are in the same sign, but spread apart. Venus is in rulership in Frank’s, but it is comfortable in Cancer in Karlen’s chart. More importantly, Jupiter, although at home in Taurus in Frank’s chart, rose to exaltation in Karlen’s and is now conjoining Venus tightly in the same degree. This shows a great deal of improvement regarding creativity, home circumstances and career prospects—especially creativity.

It is interesting that Karlen published her own version of a “diary” around age twelve when an adult found her papers strewn around her room and thought they were worth publishing. Anne Frank’s was a different circumstance but essentially the same thing. Anne Frank, had she lived, had a promising life ahead as an author. She had originally wanted to be an actress (Leo rising and the MC ruler in Leo plus Moon conjunct Neptune in Leo), but later wanted to be a journalist (ruler of the ascendant in Gemini conjunct Mercury). Frank started her diary around her birthday 1942 when she was 13 years old.

Although born close to the same time of day, their ascendants would be different signs if Anne Frank’s “on-the-half-hour” time is correct. Anne’s is zero degrees, six minutes Leo, but since 7:30 am could have been an estimate, and it had gone into Leo just seconds or maybe a minute before, it is possible that it is really Cancer, as is Karlen’s. When the Franks were forcibly removed from their home on July 6, 1942, her solar arc Pluto was at 29:40 Cancer, so I suspect that is close to the degree of her ascendant. There was so much Leo in Frank’s chart, it would have been hard to tell just by her words. Karlen’s ascendant is late Cancer, ruled by the Moon, which is in Aquarius, the opposite sign from Frank’s. It is also in the opposite house. Opposite signs and houses have an affinity—two sides of the same coin. So, both have the Sun in Gemini, both have possibly the same sign rising and the Moons are in opposite signs and houses.

Both charts also hold angular Uranus positions. Frank’s was conjunct the MC by about four degrees, and Karlen’s conjunct the Ascendant by four degrees. I don’t know what that means in terms of reincarnation, but it is very interesting.

In Frank’s chart Mars is in Leo, not a bad placement, but in Karlen’s it’s in its exaltation, Capricorn. Therefore, I’m inclined to think there was improvement in behavior in some way. However, in Frank’s chart Mars was square the nodes, which it is believed shows some unresolved anger related to material circumstances (nodes in the Taurus/Scorpio axis), and in Karlen’s chart Mars is conjunct the North Node—still connected, but not as rebellious. Uranus is in her twelfth conjunct the South Node, so in a past life, Karlen was “confined” in some way (12th) and had an issue with “freedom” or “independence”—Uranus. That would fit the life of Anne Frank.

I’d have to conclude that she may, indeed, be the reincarnation of Anne Frank, and the lack of really strong growth and improvement can be because of a life cut short.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Prince George

Recently we have been enthralled with the entrance of Prince George, child of Kate and William, in England. There has been much discussion about the Sun Sign since he was born with the Sun in the last minute of Cancer. Most astrologers use the Placidus house system, whereas I use Koch. This puts some planets in different houses, and that will make a difference in interpretation. The Koch system puts the Sun in the ninth house, but Placidus places it in the eighth. It’s going to be hard to tell the difference, though, because his stellium of planets, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury, are in the eighth and his Venus is in the ninth in both. We’ll see both at work.

My interest is in what this soul is here to learn. There is much evidence that he’s here to learn or express true compassion with concrete responsibility. North Node is in the 12th but conjunct Saturn. In a past life, with South Node in the sixth and in Taurus, there is the possibility that he could have been in some sort of service where he was rather precise about details which could have left the soul with a feeling of guilt—Saturn in the 12th. And he’s a “do-it-yourself” kind of person—common with people who have the South Node in Taurus. Granted, he has a great deal of nurturing energy with four placements in Cancer, but Cancer can be rather clannish. IF his Sun is in the ninth, Prince George will extend that nurturance to the world at large, but with the Moon in Capricorn in the third, he does not let his head get muddled in emotion. His memory is excellent, so he will not forget experiences, taking them very seriously, since most of his emotional impressions speak to his overall philosophical attitudes (Moon rules the ninth).

Secondly, regarding the compassion lesson, Venus is in Virgo (echoing the sixth house South Node), and indeed, it’s even the ruler of the sixth. It opposes Neptune in Pisces, and so there is a dichotomy between detailed analysis/following the rules (Virgo) and true compassion where we recognize the universality of all life (Pisces) and love unconditionally.

Scorpio is rising, and its ruler, Pluto, is in mutual reception to Saturn, evidence of a serious, hard-working person. This brings us to a very important secondary lesson. Pluto is involved in a T-square with an opposition to Jupiter, Mars and Mercury, and all four of those are square Uranus. This is difficult, but it is softened by also being part of a grand trine—and “kite” pattern. There are choices to be made. The lesson here is about his values as opposed to those of others, since the four in opposition are in the second and eighth houses.

Many years ago, I did the chart of an incarcerated bank robber. His eighth house ruler was in the second house, meaning that he saw “other people’s money” as his income. In this baby’s chart, it is the opposite. His second house ruler is in the eighth. Is it possible that he sees his income as “belonging to other people” and he uses it for their benefit? Keep in mind that the chart ruler, Pluto, is square Uranus in the fourth. He is an innovator and will be very forceful in his thought processes—easily bucking the status quo and sticking with his unique ideas. He could very well change the entire financial structure of the monarchy. That is one choice.

But, energies can be expressed in various ways. The negative side of this is using money and power (Pluto in the second opposing Mars in the eighth) to impose or “buy” other people’s co-operation. Since Mercury square Uranus can indicate attention deficit disorder and compensate in a “know-it-all” defensive demeanor, especially with Pluto involved, he will probably irritate a lot of people. I don’t think it will manifest in using money to control, though, because Mars and Jupiter—which show enormous energy put into worrying (Mars in Cancer) about others (eighth)—are in a grand trine with Saturn (responsibility) and Neptune (compassion). He does have a choice, but with compassion being a main lesson, too, it’s unlikely that he will be forgetting the less fortunate.

We are in a long term square between Pluto and Uranus, which shows the upheaval and urge to rebel that we are witnessing. Those born into authority at this time are going to be the ones who grow up to make permanent the changes we are envisioning. Whether or not Prince George is ever king is probably not important. What is important is that he will possibly be in a position to introduce an entirely new way of being our “brother’s keeper.” I like this little guy, and will be watching to see what he does with great interest.