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Donna Tartt - a Capricornian mystery  From: Marjorie(24 Apr 2014 11:02): 
Donna Tartt has won the Pulitzer Prize this year for her third novel The Goldfinch. She started writing her first novel The Secret History when she was still at college. It became a bestseller and her second The Little Friend won awards. She takes about a decade to write each novel.
Her father was a rockabilly musician turned politician and her mother not interested in children. She hasn't spoken to her father in years and is unmarried.
Born 23 Dec 1963 12.05 am Greenwood MS, US she is a Sun Capricorn in the 3rd conjunct IC with Mars Mercury Venus in Capricorn in her 4th.
At first glance it is not an obvious writers' chart. Though her Mercury is conjunct Mars trine a 12th house Uranus Pluto, sextile Neptune as well as being widely conjunct Venus and widely square Jupiter as well as exactly semi-sextile Saturn and sextile a Pisces Moon - so very tied into her chart. And she has a Mercury Mars opposition North Node in Cancer square Jupiter.
She does have a confident heavily aspected writers 21st Harmonic and a strong creative 5th Harmonic as well.

From interviews she sounds private, enigmatic, rather austere which would fir with four Capricorn planets in the 4th and Uranus Pluto in the 12th.
Victoria Coren - playing with the boys  From: Marjorie(22 Apr 2014 10:46): 
Victoria Coren, television presenter, journalist, wife of comedian David Mitchell, has for the second time won the European Poker Tournament. To date her total tournament earnings are just under $3 million dollars.
She was born 18 Aug 1972 and her father Alan Coren was a humourist and editor of Punch. Her extended family included several gamblers, none too successful, and she started playing as a teenager with her brother and friends.

She's a Leo Sun conjunct Mars in early Virgo trine Jupiter - with Jupiter exactly trine her Sun/Mars midpoint. This will certainly give her confidence, vitality and a gambler's instinct from Mars Jupiter. Though she doesn't have the do-or-die Mars Pluto aspects of the young American poker players (see Greg Merson previous post 1 Nov 2012).
Her hero was Al Alvarez, another poker player, for years the Observer poetry critic, author of the Savage God on suicide. Born 5 Aug 1929 he's another Sun Leo sextile Jupiter trine Uranus with Jupiter square Mars - so an adventurous risk-taker.
Meb Keflezighi - Boston Marathon - Neptunian Taurean  From: Marjorie(22 Apr 2014 10:45): 
Meb Keflezighi, an Ertitrea-born American won the Boston Marathon. Born 5 May 1975, Asmara, Eritrea, he came to the US with his family as a refugee in his early teens.
He's a Sun Taurus on one leg of a Yod sextile Saturn in Cancer inconjunct Neptune in Sagittarius. So the Neptunian factor is strong. He's also got a tough minded Pluto opposition Jupiter square Saturn and Saturn trine Mars - so confident, determined, disciplined, used to difficulties.
Rubin Carter - fighting prejudice  From: Marjorie(21 Apr 2014 09:18): 
Rubin Carter, who has just died, was an American middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted of murder because of racist police and prosecutors and later freed after spending almost 20 years in prison. His autobiography, The Sixteenth Round inspired the 1975 Bob Dylan song "Hurricane" and the 1999 film The Hurricane (with Denzel Washington).
Out of prison he served as executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.

Born 6 May 1937 11.45 am Passaic, New Jersey (ADB) he had a poor childhood with a string of convictions as a teenager and young adult so was no angel. He had a 10th house Sun Uranus conjunction in Taurus. More notably he had Saturn in Aries trine Mars in Sagittarius trine Pluto in late Cancer - so all the indications of a tough life. He was clearly a complicated man - that Fire/Water Grand Trine was formed into a Kite through Pluto opposition Jupiter in Capricorn. He also had an 8th house Pisces Moon opposition Neptune square North Node in the 5th; Jupiter opposition Pluto square Venus in Aries in the publishing/writing/legal 9th house. Plus a Wide Earth Grand Trine of 10th house Mercury in Taurus trine Jupiter trine Neptune in Virgo formed into a Kite with Jupiter opposition Pluto.
So a great deal of talent and driving determination.
Barry O'Farrell - a kingdom lost for the want of caution  From: Marjorie(19 Apr 2014 11:33): 
Barry O'Farrell, Premier of New South Wales, Australia has resigned over an undeclared donation of a bottle of wine worth just over £1500 GBP or under $3000 USD. Small beer for a career.
Born 24 May 1959 O'Farrell took up office on 28 March 2011.
He's a Sun Gemini opposition Jupiter in late Scorpio square Pluto in Virgo - so pushily confident, certainly fond of the good life. His major T Square has moved by Solar Arc to put the SA Sun conjunct his Mars in Cancer and SA Pluto square Mars at moment so quite a whammy of a stopper for him.

His Term chart was always going to be fairly wobbly with a Sun conjunct Uranus and Jupiter and opposition Saturn square Pluto.

Neither his or his Term chart looks especially dishonest or slippery - just didn't consider the rules applied to him.
Sammy Davis Jnr - rising above humiliation  From: Marjorie(19 Apr 2014 10:50): 
There's a memoir out about Sammy Davis Jnr, the American entertainer, singer, dancer, member of Sinatra's Rat Pack by his daughter. An African-American, he suffered racial abuse throughout his life which escalated when he married blonde Swedish actress Maj Britt around the time of JFK's Inauguration to which he was not invited despite campaigning for him. He said Maj Britt was the love of his life and Frank Sinatra his greatest friend and supporter.
Intriguingly all three were Sun in Sagittarius - with Sinatra and Davis Jnr having their Suns at the same degree.
Sammy Davis Jnr was born 8 Dec 1925 1.20pm Harlem, New York (astrotheme) and had a 9th house Sun Mercury in Sag trine Neptune in Leo in the entertaining 5th and square Uranus opposition a hard working Virgo Moon. He also had a very heavy Water Grand Trine of Mars Saturn in Scorpio in his 8th trine Uranus trine Pluto in Cancer in the 4th - a testament to a difficult life being beaten in the army for his colour and discriminated against throughout his life. He started in vaudeville when 3 years old and had a driving ambition to become a star.
What saved him was Jupiter in Capricorn in his 10th house on the focal point of a Kite to that Grand Trine - so multi-talented, ultra-determined and both lucky and well respected in his career. His Neptune was also on the focal point of a Yod to Uranus sextile Jupiter - so an outsider with creative talents.
His relationship chart with Maj Britt had an affectionate Sun Venus conjunction and his relationship chart with Sinatra had a composite New Moon, which meant he felt more whole when they were together.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez - a visionary Pisces  From: Marjorie(18 Apr 2014 18:26): 
Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez who won the 1982 Nobel prize for literature has died in Mexico aged 87. He was considered one of the greatest Spanish-language writers, best known for his masterpiece of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude which sold more than 30 million copies. President Barack Obama said the world had "lost one of its greatest visionary writers".
Born 6 March 1927 9am Aracataca, Colombia (astrotheme) he had a Pisces Sun conjunct Jupiter on the focal point of a T Square to an 8th house Saturn opposition Mars in Gemini. He was brought up in his early years by his grandparents. His maternal grandfather, an ex-soldier, was a strong influence on him which fits that 8th house Saturn in hard aspect to Mars. He could have been a hard disciplinarian but the Jupiter would soften the young Marquez's experience of him.
His Sun Jupiter was in a confident trine to Pluto. His Mercury in Pisces conjunct Uranus was on one leg of a Yod sextile the MC and inconjunct Neptune. His Mercury was opposition his Saturn/Pluto midpoint and square his Mars/Pluto midpoint so pulled into the darker side of life but visionary with it with such a strong Neptune and four Pisces planets.
Not surprisingly he had a strongly aspected writers 21st Harmonic.
South Korea Ferry sinking - Nodes and Grand Cross  From: Marjorie(18 Apr 2014 18:25): 
The South Korea ferry which sank on April 16th with major loss of life has left 28 known dead and 268 still missing many teenagers. It happened at 9am local time near Jeju, South Korea which puts one leg of the Cardinal Grand Cross in the 5th (= children) along with a Scorpio Moon. Neptune in the 10th conjunct the Midheaven.

The South Korea chart, 15 Aug 1948, has its North Node at 8 degrees Taurus the exact degree of the coming April 29th Solar Eclipse - so a considerable shock. If the 12pm start time is accurate there is also Solar Arc MMC conjunct the 12th house Mars which again suggests a collision or calamity.

The ferry MV Sewol was built in June 1994 perhaps launched the 21st. If so there is a scary, risky Mars in Taurus opposition Pluto. Plus a wide-ish Yod of Pluto sextile Uranus inconjunct Sun.
Everest - deadly avalanche   From: Marjorie(18 Apr 2014 18:23): 
At least 12 local guides have been killed in an avalanche on Everest this morning, probably the worst accident ever on this fairly deadly mountain.
It happened at 6.45 am local time Nepal 86e55 27n59 (approx.)
This puts the Cardinal Grand Cross in Pluto 9th opposition Jupiter 3rd square Mars 6th opposition Uranus on the cusp of the 12th. Saturn was conjunct the Descendant.

There are a handful of charts for the country of Nepal starting with 25 Sep 1768. That chart has a high-risk Mars Uranus conjunction in Taurus which will be conjunct the approaching Solar Eclipse. The Nepal 1 Nov 1860 has a Scorpio Sun opposition Pluto in Taurus which is also on the Eclipse line. The 1991 chart has tr Neptune square the Gemini Sun and the Cardinal Grand Square hitting Uranus at 13 Capricorn conjunct Neptune.
A terrible tragedy for the locals and the foreign climbers.
Ukraine - running into troubled stars  From: Marjorie(16 Apr 2014 15:34): 
There's not much to add to previous posts on Ukraine except that the Cardinal Grand Cross of Jupiter Pluto Mars Uranus of the 20 to 23rd (exact) is exhibiting all the signs you'd expect. Jupiter Pluto is pushy, crosses lines, doesn't play fair. Mars Pluto is brutal, violent especially with Uranus added in. Indeed this week as the situation started to escalate/deteriorate there was another Cardinal Grand Cross of Mercury Uranus opp Mars square Jupiter opp Pluto.
Rarely does the start of anything major occur on the exact exact date of an aspect. But the upcoming Taurus Solar Eclipse on the 29th certainly looks like a trigger (see past Ukraine post on Putin/Obama relationship: 2nd March).
And tr Uranus moves to 14 degrees from May 1st which shows the start of a major turnaround and upheaval in the Russia/USA relationship.
The NATO chart, 24 August 1949 11.42am Washington DC, is catching the Cardinal Grand Cross on its 13 degree Neptune in Libra with Solar Arc Midheaven at 12 Libra - so is in a minor panic of uncertainty at the moment. Solar Arc Uranus is conjunct the Virgo Moon which does high alert. Then tr Uranus trines Pluto from mid 2014 which suggests they will be moving into a risky period, trying to enforce decisions with accompanying violence. The NATO Solar Arc Sun Moon Saturn in Scorpio is also in line to catch the opposition from the late April Taurus Solar Eclipse so is definitely at a critical juncture.
John Wayne - building his castle  From: Marjorie(15 Apr 2014 11:52): 
There's a new biography out on John Wayne who for three decades was Hollywood's epitome of the all American hero. But the big man slow talker was very much a constructed image for a man, born Marion, who ducked the draft, was highly superstitious and bore no relation to who he was in real life.
He had a charming Venus in Taurus on his Midheaven with Sun Mercury in Gemini in the 10th. He had a dreamy, soaring-imagination Neptune Jupiter conjunction in Cancer opposition a high-adrenaline Uranus Mars in Capricorn. He also had a creative Water Grand Trine of Saturn in Pisces in the 8th trine a 4th house Scorpio Moon trine North Node in Cancer in the 12th.
It is not really a pass remarkable chart. Though his constructing-the-world-as-he-wants-it 5th Harmonic is very strong - with a Sun opposition Jupiter Neptune square Pluto. And he also has Jupiter conjunct Midheaven in his 'actors' 15th Harmonic as well as a T Square onto Mars.
Behind the Hollywood tinsel nothing is ever as it seems.
Henri Matisse - confident colour  From: Marjorie(15 Apr 2014 11:52): 
London's Tate Modern Gallery has what looks to be a highly successful exhibition of French artist Henri Matisse's later work - cut-outs - when he became too infirm to paint.
Born 31 December 1869 8pm Le Cateau, France, he gave up a law career to paint. He made his name by shocking the Parisian art establishment with paintings so bold and brilliant that he became known as a "wild beast" of colour.
He had a 5th house Capricorn Sun square a creative Neptune and trine Jupiter MC and Pluto in Taurus - so liked to catch attention and had the confidence to push himself and his work forward. He also had Mercury Mars in Capricorn in the 5th opposition Uranus North Node in Cancer square Neptune - so he was rebellious, liked to startle his audience.
His Sagittarius Moon and Saturn were trine Neptune trine his Leo Ascendant giving him confidence and inspiration.
Frazier Glenn Miller - Mars Saturn Pluto  From: Marjorie(15 Apr 2014 11:51): 
Frazier Glenn Miller, 23 Nov 1940, is a white separatist, ex-Klu Klux Klan leader, Neo-Nazi and promoter of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. He was a Vietnam veteran and special forces soldier who was discharged for his racist beliefs. He is suspected of the shooting in Kansas which left three dead in a Jewish retirement community.
He is a Sun Sagittarius trine Pluto in Leo - so a crusader and controlling. Though what really marks out his chart is a Fixed T Square of Mars Mercury in vengeful Scorpio opposition Jupiter Saturn in Taurus square Pluto. Fixed Mars Saturn Pluto in a T Square is fairly brutal with huge anger issues all pumped up by Jupiter.
Actor Mel Gibson, who got himself into trouble with an anti-Jewish rant and has a rabid conspiracy theorist and Holocaust denier for a father, has Mars Saturn in Scorpio square Pluto in his chart.

It's not clear from Miller's chart (without birth time) what triggered off this upsurge of violence in him. So it must be in the angles somewhere.

What always strikes me about this type is the megaton of anger they have stored up within themselves and self-loathing - which seems to need a 'hated' and/or 'inferior' other on which to turn their flame thrower. They can only stay shining white themselves if they project out all their blackness and shame onto coloured races or Jews or indeed homosexual others.
Chile - run of disasters  From: Marjorie(14 Apr 2014 10:25): 
Chile had an 8.2 earthquake on April 1st and is now seeing a damaging fire in the port city of Valparaiso with several dead and 10,000 evacuated. The centre of Valparaiso is a Unesco World Heritage Site, packed with old buildings vulnerable to fire.

Chile, 5 April 1818 2pm Santiago, has a 15 degree Aries Sun which is due to pick up the tr Uranus conjunct Sun from mid May on and off for a year; followed by tr Pluto square Sun in 2015/16. Even more pointedly at the moment there is a Solar Arc Mars approaching the square to the Chile Sun, exact in 8 months' time but usually events come earlier than the due date. That usually accompanies a shock and a shake up. Plus there is the tail end of a Solar Arc Neptune conjunct Mars this year which is undermining.
Chile is one of the most stable, prosperous countries in South America, better run and less corrupt than most. But it looks due for a major series of upheavals and disruptions over the next few years.
Cyril Smith - mummy's monster  From: Marjorie(14 Apr 2014 10:25): 
There are more stomach-churning revelations about the late gargantuan, gross, Liberal ex-MP Cyril Smith. It now transpires he was abusing boys for decades with the full knowledge of locals, police and M15 but it was all hushed up. Private Eye ran exposes in the late 1970s and here we are nearly 35 years later before it finally gets dragged into mainstream gaze.
He was unmarried and lived with his mother - just like Jimmy Savile. Smith was a Sun Venus Mercury in Cancer sextile Jupiter Mars in Taurus; with his Sun widely conjunct Pluto and a Scorpio Moon.
Savile was a Sun Venus in Scorpio opposition Mars in Taurus which was trine/sextile Pluto in Cancer.
So both had Water Suns conjunct Venus; both had Mars in Taurus in aspect to their Sun as well as Pluto in aspect to their Sun.
Melvin Morse - Pluto and more Pluto  From: Marjorie(14 Apr 2014 10:24): 
Melvin Morse, formerly a prominent pediatrician known for research on near-death experiences in children has been sentenced to three years in prison for waterboarding his girlfriend's daughter. Prosecutors described him as a brutal 'lord and master' of his household. They said in addition to holding her head under the toilet, he forced the girl to stand with arms outstretched for hours at a time, confined her to room and alternately deprived her of food or force fed her.
Born 11 Dec 1953, two days before Ben Bernanke, ex-head of the US Federal Reserve, he has mainly similar planets apart from the Moon. He is a Sun Sagittarius in a laid-back opposition to Jupiter in Gemini which is sextile/trine a controlling Pluto and sextile/trine a publicity loving Mars Neptune in Libra. So a Half Grand Sextile - clearly talented.
Morse's detached Aquarius Moon is almost certainly in an Air Grand Trine to Mars Neptune trine Jupiter with Moon opposition a focal point driving Pluto so cool, up-in-his-head, not emotionally sensitive, very possessive, controlling and power hungry.
Houses will make a difference and two days later Bernanke has a Pisces Moon which will make him less of a control freak.
Wilson Kipsang - Neptunian stamina  From: Marjorie(14 Apr 2014 10:23): 
Kenyan long-distance runner and world record holder Wilson Kipsang won yesterday's London Marathon in a record time.
Born 15 March 1982 he is extraordinarily a Sun Pisces square Neptune in Sagittarius but clearly not the low-energy, listless type. He does admittedly have a tough minded Mars Saturn Pluto in Libra square the North/South Nodes to stiffen his resolve.
Sue Townsend - light and dark  From: Marjorie(11 Apr 2014 16:24): 
Sue Townsend, author of the Adrian Mole books has died Born 2 April 1946 12.20 am Leicester, Eng (ADB) she suffered diabetes for many years, nearly went blind a decade ago, has a kidney transplant from her son and suffered a stroke eighteen months ago.
She was a New Moon in Aries in the communicative 3rd conjunct Mercury in last degree Pisces opposition Neptune and Midheaven in Libra in her 9th - so plenty to indicate creative writing talent. She had lucky Jupiter in the 10th in a light hearted opposition to Venus in Aries square a very heavy duty Mars Saturn in Cancer in the 8th. There must have been a tough or tragic grandparent back down the line.
She had a notably strong creative 5th Harmonic with Mercury on the focal point of a Kite; as well as an enthusiastic, confident 'writers' 21st Harmonic.
Tetrad - blood red moons   From: Marjorie(09 Apr 2014 18:06): 
The Armageddonites are getting all worked up over the upcoming lunar eclipses, the next four of which are blood-red. There are wild claims that previous ones were associated with major religious happenings and this coming 2014/15 set may portent the end of days. Yadda ya.
The Tetrad as it is known occurs irregularly with the last batch according to NASA 2003/4, then 1967/8 and 1949/50.
Looking back it is tricky to isolate what 'belongs' to other influences. 1967/68 was the disruptive Uranus Pluto in Virgo with the waning opposition to Saturn. 2003 started with the Saturn opposition Pluto. 1949 had nothing too memorable about outer planet aspects except for Saturn in Virgo hovering at times on the midpoint of Pluto and Neptune.

Skipping down significant events of these years - extreme weather tornadoes in the US and submarines sinking seem to stand out alongside the usual global mayhem of accidents, disasters and atrocities.

1949/50 - 92,000 were deported from the Baltic States to remote regions of the USSR. The Cold War was hotting up. Chinese were involved in a civil war. The Korean War started and Tibet was invaded by the Chinese. McCarthy was rampaging across the UK. There were extreme snowstorms in US.

1967/68 - The Vietnam War was reaching crisis point. Six Day War. Biafran War. Cambodia War with Khmer Rouge. Race Riots and anti-Viet War demos in US. Major tornadoes in US.
Martin Luther King and Robert F Kennedy assassinated. Paris students riot. Submarine deaths. Invasion of Czechoslovakia. Much of that can be put down to the Uranus Pluto conjunction.

2003/04. Iraq War starts. Darfur War. Severe tornadoes in US. Bombings in Chechnya, Morocco, Moscow. Massive Iran earthquake in Bam.
Madrid bombs. Beslan school siege. Fallujah assault during Iraq War. In late Dec the Asian tsunami killed nearly 200,000.

Not sure what if any conclusions I'd draw. Doesn't seem too religious in much of the above. Just more of the same old - made worse by other major outer planet aspects.
Prince Will & Duch - stepping out down under  From: Marjorie(09 Apr 2014 13:32): 
There's no verified birth time for the Duchess of Cambridge. If the 11.30am one on offer is correct then on the relationship chart with Prince William they have tr Jupiter moving through their 5th house now which gives social self confidence and a positive focus on children.
The Cardinal Grand Cross of later this month when they are nearly finishing their 3 week tour falls on the Australia leg. That puts with Jupiter 5th opp Pluto 11th square Uranus 2nd opp Mars 8th. The 8th house Mars suggests a degree of strain, which after three solid weeks of cheery smiles and hand shaking is hardly a surprise. Plus maybe some risk. There are always nutters around.

Prince William has tr Jupiter moving through his 7th at the moment - good for close relationships and socialising in general. The Cardinal Grand Cross falls in his 7th/1st and 9th/3rd which makes sense of a jam packed schedule. He does have tr Uranus opposition his Mars/Saturn midpoint at the moment which Ebertin describes as a test of nervous strength though that runs out more or less now. So maybe the anticipation was worse than the reality.

The Duchess from today has tr Uranus trine Sun/Jupiter so feeling enthusiastic, bubbly. She'll be less chirpy in May with tr Neptune square her Sun/Pluto midpoint and maybe tr Uranus square her Moon - but maybe that's just the wind down from a stressful three weeks.

As to a move away from the Monarchy? In New Zealand's case there looks to be some pulling away after mid decade. In Australia's case the UK relationship is quite stressed through this year and next.
Jackie Onassis twin - same date, different houses  From: Marjorie(09 Apr 2014 11:30): 
Same birth date as Jackie Kennedy Onassis. 28 July 1929 Chicago, Illinois USA 3:03 AM.

Mother institutionalized on and off for 5 years by her father before she was born. Healthy until mid fifties, then three different primary cancers over a 25 year span and diabetes. Died from cancer spring 2013. She bore several children, most of whom have Moon in Aquarius or Capricorn with Mars aspects, also Sun in 10 Moon in 4. She disliked any showing of emotion. She was a very quietly manipulative, emotionally distant, passive-aggressive personality, but the persona appeared pleasant, kind and loving. She would invite a vegetarian to dinner and serve steak. She was extremely (privately) unkind to her husband and judgmental of her children and their life choices. Her children and husband revered her.

While general characteristics will be the same for people born on the same day, a different time of birth giving different houses will make a considerable difference.

The astro-twin most obviously has a closer Moon Uranus conjunction in Aries square Pluto - a hint of the erratic, unpredictable mother. She had a 12th house (under-loved) Venus in Gemini opposition Saturn square a 4th house Mars in Virgo - so cold (Venus Saturn), unkind (Mars Saturn), insensitive to others (Venus square Mars) and irritable/bossy at home (Mars in 4th).
She also had a heavily aspected 12th house Jupiter in Gemini on the focal point of a T Square to Neptune Mars opposition MC square Jupiter; and also as focal point of a mini Grand Trine of Uranus trine Sun. I'd wonder slightly about the negative aspects of Jupiter - irresponsible, expecting life and others to do all the work, superior and in the 12th perhaps an over glossy view of herself.

Plus her 1st house Pluto in Cancer was on the focal point of a mini Grand Trine of Mars trine North Node in Taurus.

She had a Cancer Ascendant which can put up quite a misleading exterior image, appearing to be motherly but quite hard shelled.

Her Moon Uranus square Pluto would make her contradictory, as her mother was - both controlling and rejecting at the same time. Her focal point Pluto, even from a mini Grand Trine which isn't as strong as a T Square would still make her manipulative and quite ruthless in aspect to Mars. Plus her afflicted 4th house Mars would be aggravated at home. A lot of anger issues and quite contrary. At an underlying level must have driven her family mad with the double messaging.

Families can be astonishingly in denial about tricky parents. Years ago I saw a woman who was seriously unhinged, emotionally damaged and damaging, very disturbing to be around. She then sent all her early adult children to see me and they all thought she was wonderful.

Jackie Onassis, 28 July 1929 2.30pm Southampton, NY. Her Aries Moon was square to a 9th house Pluto but out of aspect to her Uranus - so possessive but less emotionally contradictory. Her Jupiter wasn't tied into her MC sextile Sun and Uranus was in her 7th so she'd project out/hand over that Jupiterian over-expansiveness to her husband(s). Her Mars was in her 10th so possibly had a more constructive outlet than a 4th house Mars since she could live out her ambitions in the world and Mars Pluto would be soaked up in the relatively high-risk lifestyle she led.
So relatively similar but the same energy found different channels of expression.
Mickey Rooney - an old trouper  From: Marjorie(08 Apr 2014 15:54): 
American veteran actor Mickey Rooney has died aged 93. He was born 23 Sep 1920 11.55am Brooklyn, New York, to vaudevillian parents. He made his first appearance onstage as a baby, worked through his childhood in films and continued on with some ups and downs to win multiple awards over a lifelong career.
He had a 10th house Libra Sun, good for a public career square an 8th house Pluto giving him the aura of a star. He also had a creative Water Grand Trine of Pluto trine Uranus trine North Node in Scorpio, formed into a Kite by Uranus opposition Jupiter - so lucky and confident. His Saturn in hard working Virgo was conjunct his MC and square a 1st house Mars in Sagittarius so he had it tough at times but had grit and discipline.
He had a Yod of Aquarius Moon sextile Mars inconjunct Pluto - so adding to the difficulty and the benefits of that 8th house intensity. He was married 8 times, the last one the longest though he seems to have finished his life sadly with his children squabbling over him.

His 8th Harmonic which brings not necessarily a happy life but the will to overcome difficulties is strong with a Grand Cross and two T Squares.

He died with tr Pluto just passed the square to his 8th house ruler Mercury.
Marie Louise Coleiro - Malta President  From: Marjorie(08 Apr 2014 11:13): 
Marie Louise Coleiro, 7 Dec 1958, was sworn in as Malta's 9th President at 18.21 on 4th April.
She's an energetic Sun Mercury Venus in Sagittarius with Mercury Venus conjunct Saturn in Sag. So enthusiastic, well-read, thoughtful, slightly prickly about criticism. She's also got an equally enthusiastic Mars in Taurus opposition Jupiter in Scorpio square Uranus in Leo. A focal point Uranus can be a good reformer though I'd worry marginally about that Mars Jupiter especially in Taurus/Scorpio. It can be overly inclined to take risks with other people's money especially.
She won't have it easy really from square one with tr Neptune conjunct her Mars/Saturn and square her Jupiter/Saturn midpoints from late April this year on and off till late 2015. That adds up to losses, gloom, waning powers. Plus tr Saturn is in hard aspect to her Jupiter Mars Uranus T square through till this autumn which will damp her enthusiasm and cause maybe financial cutbacks.
Her Presidency chart has a lucky, successful Jupiter in 10th but that opposes Pluto in the 4th squaring onto a divisive Sun Uranus in the 7th - so I'd imagine not that popular at times.
Peaches Geldof - a tragic life  From: Marjorie(08 Apr 2014 10:10): 
Peaches Geldof, the daughter of the late tragic drug-addicted Paula Yates and singer Bob Geldof has died aged 25. First reports say no hard drugs or suicide note were found and natural causes are being investigated.
The shame is Peaches had cleaned up from her wild teenage years to settle down with husband and two children seemingly contented.
Born 16 or 13 March 1989 she was a Sun Venus in Pisces with the triple conjunction of Uranus Neptune Saturn in Capricorn. So creative, charming but also highly strung as that late 1980s/early 90s generation are.
Her Saturn Neptune conjunction was exact at 12 degrees so was catching the tr Uranus square at the moment and had just been through tr Pluto conjunct which was about to recur which is pretty heavy, disorientating and depressing. Plus her Mercury/Pluto midpoint is also conjunct her Saturn Neptune which would make her prone to mental stress.
Bob Geldof, understandably totally distraught, has an 11 degree Libra Sun so is catching the full brunt of this year's tr Uranus square Pluto in hard aspect to his Sun.

Previous post from 2008:

Peaches Geldof - triple conjunction in Capricorn From: Marjorie. (23 Jul 2008 08:56):
The 19 year old daughter of Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates has been increasingly hitting the headlines with her erratic lifestyle, the latest being a collapse from a suspected drug overdose, hastily denied by her family as being the result of a dieting problem.
She's a highly emotional Sun Venus in Pisces with a Water Grand Trine to a Cancer Moon and Pluto in Scorpio - so she's awash with sensitive feelings which will tend to make her withdraw into her own fantasy world. Plus she is one of the Saturn, Neptune, Uranus conjunction in Capricorn who are highly strung.
Her father Bob Geldof is an airy, communicative detached Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Sun, Neptune in Libra with only one planet, Uranus, in a water sign. Thus is not by temperament well designed to understand his daughter's highly emotional responses to life. The first response of air signs to any situation is to step back to think; water signs instantly feel and become self protective; fire signs fly into impulsive action; earth signs do something practical. Plus Peaches' triple conjunction in Capricorn squares his Libra planets which puts them at cross purposes.
Her mother, Paula Yates who died of an accidental heroin overdose was a Taurus Sun opposition Neptune, perhaps why she chose the escapist route through addictions. Her Sun also trines Saturn and Pluto so she had a tendency to depression, always feeling an outsider.
Peaches - faces a few challenging years of transitting Pluto conjunct Uranus, Neptune and Saturn from 2010 onwards.
SNP - Scotland - hardly timorous  From: Marjorie(07 Apr 2014 12:03): 
Alisdair Darling, leader of the No campaign in the Scottish Referendum campaign said yesterday about the pro-independence campaigners - " anyone speaks out against them they monster them. We had a businessman earlier in the week who said he thought staying in the UK was good for his business - the behaviour towards him was disgraceful. It brought shame on Scotland.
"The nationalists are consistently negative and will consistently do anything to shout down anyone who speaks out against them."

The SNP (Scottish National Party) chart, 14 Dec 1933, would certainly indicate an aggressive and rebellious temperament with a Mars in Capricorn opposition Pluto square Uranus opposition Jupiter - so a Cardinal Grand Square. The Mars Pluto indicates forceful compulsion; Mars Uranus is explosive; Mars Jupiter expects too much. Jupiter Pluto is pushily confident, can be fanatical.
There's also Pluto on the focal point of a Yod to Sun sextile North Node in Aquarius. Such a focal point Yod does indicate an extreme perspective and according to Tierney (Dynamics of Aspect Analysis) can result in - self-destructive passions. 'futile attempts to manipulate or coerce others, or simply his open defiance to undermining existing authority at any cost.'

Two Scotland charts are available.
16 March 842AD 4.21 pm Edinburgh. That has an afflicted Mars in Cancer opposition Neptune Saturn in Capricorn square Uranus Moon in Aries. So again aggressively rebellious. Plus an Aries Sun conjunct Pluto in late Pisces - controlled/controlling.
25 Nov 1034 Perth. That has a Sun Jupiter Venus in Sagittarius trine Saturn Uranus in Leo - which would certainly fit the Scots who love to travel. There's a Yod here as well from Neptune sextile Mars/Pluto inconjunct Saturn/Uranus - which picks up some of the themes from the SNP chart.

It reminds me somewhat of Israel which consistently pushes the victim line while acting like bullies. There's always that double edged side to Pluto especially - the difference between victim and perpetrator is narrower than we like to think.
Bruce Forsyth - a marathon swim with a smile  From: Marjorie(05 Apr 2014 15:27): 
Bruce Forsyth, whose career in television has spanned 74 years is standing down from regular fronting of Strictly Come Dancing aged 86. He made his name on ITV's Saturday Night at the London Palladium, the long running BBC's Generation games and latterly as a surprise hit on Strictly.
Born 22 Feb 1928 3.30 am London, he is a Sun Mercury Moon in Pisces in the 3rd so clearly blessed with the gift of the gab. His Moon is further emphasised being on the focal point of a T Square to Saturn Ascendant in Sagittarius opposition North Node in Gemini - so designed for a public career. He also has the lucky, upbeat Uranus Jupiter in Aries in the 3rd. A charismatic Pluto in his 8th. And a Yod from a 2nd house Mars Venus in Capricorn sextile Uranus inconjunct Neptune - so keen on making money and good at it with a dreamy, other wordly streak as well.
He's been married for 30 years to a Puerto Rican ex-Miss World Wilnelia Merced, 12 Oct 1957, an enthusiastic Sun Mars Jupiter in Libra.

On his chart the BBC's lucky, successful Jupiter in Scorpio falls in his 10th and the BBC's Mars in his 2nd - so good for career and money.
His Sun, Mercury, Moon, Uranus, Jupiter fall in the BBC's 10th house - so he brought them endless happy chat. BBC 14 Nov 1922 6pm London
Margo MacDonald - a Martian politician  From: Marjorie(05 Apr 2014 15:26): 
We seem to be in a week for Yods (see Noah below). Margo MacDonald who has just died, 19 April 1943, was a Scottish politician who served at Westminster and at Holyrood as an MP/MSP. She had a reputation as a firebrand and although vigorously pro-Scottish independence fell out with the SNP and became a successful independent.
She also had Parkinson's latterly and campaigned for the right-to-die.

She had her Sun in late Aries sextile Mars in early Pisces inconjunct Neptune; and had another wide yod of Pluto sextile Neptune inconjunct Mars. So idealistic not always realistic and argumentative. Her Mars was also square Uranus Venus Saturn in Gemini - so she could talk up a storm and had a fairly short fuse. She also had the leadership-ability North Node in Leo. Two Yods again hint at an inability to fit in - a one-off.
Anja Niedringhaus - living dangerously  From: Marjorie(05 Apr 2014 15:25): 
Anja Niedringhaus, the German photojournalist, killed in Afghanistan this week was born 12 Oct 1965. No stranger to the risks she ran in war zones, she was hit by a sniper's bullet in Sarajevo, had her foot broken in three places by a Belgrade police car in 1997; and was blown out of a car by a grenade in Kosovo while caught in crossfire. She was one of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize winning team for coverage of the Iraq war and was one of the few photographers on hand for the US-led offensive into Fallujah.
She never married or had children.

She was a Sun Libra; with a passionately enthusiastic, sporty and adventurous Mars Venus in Sagittarius opposition North Node in Gemini square Saturn in Pisces; with Saturn opposition Uranus Pluto.
Although not as stark a chart as Marie Colvin (see previous post) she still had her Saturn square Mars and opposition Pluto which would attract her to danger and life lived on the edge.
Maria Miller - pencils getting sharpened  From: Marjorie(05 Apr 2014 15:24): 
There's a considerable and escalating swell of media criticism in the UK against Culture Secretary Maria Miller which does not bode well for her. The Parliamentary commissioner found she over-claimed by £45,000 for expenses. The House of Commons Committee on Standards then decided she only needed to pay back £5,800. She managed a 30 second un-contrite apology in the House last week and is being heavily supported by David Cameron - so far.
Born 26 March 1964 she's a Sun Aries conjunct Mars in last degree Pisces. With Venus in Taurus opposition Neptune and Saturn opposition Uranus (Pluto) in Virgo. Her Sun is square her Jupiter/Pluto midpoint hence her so-far bullish responses.
It seems unbelievable that she should survive politically and yet and yet. She has tr Uranus conjunct her Sun/Jupiter Sun and then later conjunct her Mars/Jupiter. Midpoint. So there's some luck blowing her way.
Her relationship chart with David Cameron does have a 10 degree Capricorn Sun so even if she clings on in the short term it looks unlikely that will last the year.
Cardinal Grand Square  From: Marjorie(04 Apr 2014 10:08): 
There is a good deal going on astrologically this month which opened with the Aries Sun conj Uranus square Jupiter and Pluto and opposition Mars on the 8th.
Then there's another batch of activity 20th to 23rd as the Uranus Pluto square is exact, plus Jupiter opp Pluto square Uranus square Mars; and Mars square Pluto.
Plus a Lunar Eclipse in later Libra on the 15th and a Solar Eclipse in Taurus on the 29th. Neither of the Eclipses aspect the Cardinal Grand Square which helps to tone things down slightly.

Two thoughts to keep you cheerful. One is that Jupiter is involved which usually softens/cheers up the harder edged of the other influences. Admittedly Jupiter Pluto can lead to 'might makes right' and an over pushy mood but it can also bring the courage to push for what is important.
Secondly we had fairly similar in late December with the Capricorn Sun conjunct Pluto opp Jupiter square Mars opp Uranus. So look back to see what happened then in your personal life. It was messy out in the universe but my impression was that most people sailed through in not bad shape at all.
See: Mars Pluto Uranus T Square From: Marjorie. (04 Jan 2014 11:38):
Just to wrap up the Mars in Libra opposition Uranus square Sun Pluto in Capricorn that has been running since December 25th across the New Year to January 3rd. As expected there was more than the usual amount of violence and mayhem in the news - bombs in Russia and the Lebanon, South Sudan civil war, more killings (even than usual) in Egypt, Syria, Iraq. More horror rape stories from India. Catastrophic weather, flooding, power cuts etc in the UK; and major snow in North America.
Plus Michael Schumacher's accident. It's odd how these heavy transits almost always throw up one iconic example. It's as if it soaks up the energy.
Noah, the movie - Yods have the starring role  From: Marjorie(03 Apr 2014 17:50): 
Noah, the Darren Aronofsky biblical blockbuster starring Russell Crowe has just been released with a hugely successful $44 million US opening weekend.
It premiered in London on 31 March with a 7.15pm start which put Jupiter in Cancer exactly conjunct the MC so couldn't have been timed better. With Jupiter opposition Pluto square a divisive 7th house Sun Uranus opposition Ascendant. So quite a powerhouse chart. With Venus in Aquarius in the entertaining 5th and Mars in the 1st conjunct North Node opposition Moon. There's already been controversy about the film departing from the original story in certain respects.

Aronofsky, 12 Feb 1969 9.30am New York (?ADB) has an almost cult following for his award winning films - Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan. He is a Sun Aquarius square a showbizzy and determined Mars Neptune in Scorpio. What's interesting about his chart are two Yods - Pluto sextile Mars inconjunct Saturn in Aries; and Saturn sextile Sun inconjunct Pluto. Saturn and Pluto as two Yod focal points are quite heavy duty - very intense, very insightful, but not really in step with the rest of the world.

Russell Crowe, 7 April 1964 12 pm Wellington, NZ, also has an inconjunct in his chart from his assertive, pro-active Mars in Aries to Uranus. And a wide Yod from Neptune sextile Pluto inconjunct his Aries Sun. So again a sense of strain fitting in but clearly also with unique talents.

UK's tough-guy actor Ray Winstone also stars in Noah as the chief baddie. Born 19 Feb 1957 he's a Sun Pisces opposition Pluto so suited for the film world but also very controlling. He's also got a heavyweight Mars in Taurus inconjunct Saturn in Sagittarius. And Jupiter sextile Uranus inconjunct his Sun.

So all three have stressed Mars - inconjuncts tend to be switched on or switched off and there will be difficulty in modulating the assertive drive of Mars in a steady way. The two actors have Yod focal point Suns - so initially self conscious, outsiders who then find their focus and have the ability to exert authority - if they can keep their egos in check.
Greece - deprivation still widespread  From: Marjorie(02 Apr 2014 11:34): 
The fact that Greece has disappeared off the headlines is partly media boredom. The present government are claiming modest progress after a catastrophic six years. Whether the population notice much difference is questionable. Unemployment is running at 27.5% compared to EU average of 11.9% and youth unemployment is way over 50%. 35% of the Greek population is at risk of poverty or social exclusion. Real household disposable income has shrunk by more than a third since the beginning of the crisis.
The Greece 1974 chart has Saturn at 11 degrees Cancer and Ascendant at 13 Cancer. The Greece 1821 chart has Saturn at 14 Aries. So that would suggest major challenges and an uphill struggle will continue through the next two plus years.
The Bank of Greece chart, 14 May 1928, has Pluto at 15 degrees Cancer so it will be under severe pressure and insecure for the next three years as well.
Charlie Chaplin - clown with two faces  From: Marjorie(31 Mar 2014 10:22): 
There's a new biography out on Charlie Chaplin, the loveable tramp clown of the early silent films.
The reality of the man was a million miles away from his screen persona. Marlon Brando recalled him as "fearsomely cruel", an "egotistical tyrant", probably the most sadistic man he'd ever met. He was attracted to under age girls, was a serial seducer and boasted about bullying partners into having abortions.
The clue to his warped personality lay in his Dickensian childhood in a London slum, born to a mother who was a part-time prostitute, prone to bouts of insanity. His father left the family after a year and drank himself to death. Chaplin and his brother were in and out of the workhouse, often stealing food from street stalls and sleeping by night-watchmen's fires. His talent saved him, thrusting him onto the stage from aged 7 onwards.
He was born only four days before Adolf Hitler and their charts have similar planets bar the Moon but also quite similar houses.

Chaplin, 16 Apr 1889 8pm he had a Scorpio Moon on his Ascendant opposition Mars Venus in Taurus in his 7th square Saturn in Leo. So although secretive the Moon would soften his image considerably though that hard, unkind Venus Mars Saturn bears witness to his childhood and later behaviour. His 6th house Aries Sun opposed a 12th house Uranus so definitely one of a kind. Perhaps most interestingly he had the mesmeric Neptune Pluto conjunction in Gemini of the time in his 8th.
Iconic film stars often have Pluto or Neptune in the 8th which gives them the capacity to promote a powerful aura and have great influence.

Hitler who copied Chaplin's moustache in a hope that some of his popularity might come with it was born 20 April 1889 6.30pm Austria. He had a Sun at zero degrees Taurus in the 7th along with the Venus Saturn in Taurus square a 10th house Saturn in Leo. So better organised, more executive power with Saturn in 10th. But he also had Neptune Pluto in the 8th giving him despite his unpleasant appearance a tremendous hold of his audience. Like Chaplin he had Uranus in the 12th and a 3rd house Jupiter in Capricorn. So in their way both skilled communicators.

Chaplin not surprisingly has strong creative 5th and 7th harmonics; also pleasure-seeking 9H and obsessive dream 11H; plus victim 12H; breakthrough 13H; gritty 16H and superstar 22H.

He was married to Oona O'Neill, the playwright Eugene's daughter, 36 years his junior, for nearly 35 years who bore him 8 children. Born 14 May 1925 she barely knew her father who left when she was 2 and broke off contact altogether when she married Chaplin. She was a Sun Venus in Taurus which fitted well enough with Chaplin's Venus Mars in Taurus but it looked a cold match not surprisingly with her Saturn conjunct his Moon and his Saturn opposition her Moon. Their relationship chart had an adventurous Uranus Jupiter conjunction (seemed a good idea on the spur of the moment) opposition a delusional Neptune; and a possessive composite Moon opposition Pluto in a bleak square to Saturn. She died in the early 1990s having been an alcoholic.
Los Angeles - minor earthquake  From: Marjorie(31 Mar 2014 10:21): 
There was a 5.1 earthquake in Los Angeles on Friday followed by aftershocks. That's small in the scheme of things and there was no significant damage caused.

The approaching Lunar Eclipse of 15th April in Libra/Aries does fall conjunct the MC/IC relocated to Los Angeles; and the 29 April Solar Eclipse in early Taurus has Mars conjunct MC opposition Uranus IC in a Cardinal Grand Square to the Pluto opposition Jupiter. Which does suggest significant and upsetting events for LA through this period of a few months.

The LA Inc chart, 4 April 1850, does have a T square of Capricorn Moon opposition Mars in Cancer square Uranus Sun in Aries. There will be jolts and jangles this year from tr Uranus conjunct Saturn Sun and tr Pluto square Saturn and then square Sun in 2015/16. So a longish period of considerable challenges.
Earthquake prediction is a highly inexact science to put it mildly but I'd tend to the view that any major upsets might be a few years away as the Solar Arc Uranus Pluto moves to square Mars and then oppose Saturn Sun. Plus tr Uranus will be conjunct the natal Uranus Pluto and into the 2020s tr Pluto squares Uranus Pluto. So edgy after mid decade, increasingly so later decade and more so into the next decade.
But that may be other changes being forced on the city other than quake damage.

China - domestic woes  From: Marjorie(26 Mar 2014 13:21): 
China despite its ferocious reputation - Taiwan, Tibet etc - has tended to be defensive rather than openly offensive. At present despite rumblings about Japan and Taiwan they are more concerned about internal economic problems having allowed a property and debt bubble to get out of control. They are now facing the bust side of the bubble.
On the China country chart, 1 Oct 1949 3.15pm, tr Pluto is trine the 8th house Saturn till late 2015 which sounds like an economy ploughing through very heavy weather. With a very stressed 8th house Neptune as well opposed by tr Uranus this year and in a devastating square from tr Pluto in 2015/16. With a sobering Solar Arc Saturn conjunct its financial Venus in 2016.
The Bank of China, 1 Dec 1948, looks seriously jangled this year with Solar Arc Uranus conjunct Saturn; road blocked in 2015 with Solar Arc Sun opposition Pluto; and in 2015/16 as well there's an undermining tr Neptune square Sun. So a ways to go before they clear sticky times.
The Shanghai Stock Exchange, 19 Dec 1990, and the SSE Index, 15 July 1991 - both look very wobbly and panicked over the next three years.

Relations between Putin and Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, are not easy at the best of times but not especially stressed this year apart from a couple of blips. Where they get much edgier is in 2015 and onwards.
The China/Russia relationship chart is showing a bad tempered streak this year; with diminishing trust from 2016 onwards. Though their really radical volte face comes 2017 through till 2021 when their composite T Square of Sun opposition Uranus square Pluto gets seriously hauled about with tr Uranus in hard aspect first, followed by tr Saturn and then tr Pluto.
Gwyneth Paltrow - unjoining a marriage  From: Marjorie(26 Mar 2014 13:20): 
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has announced a split from her husband of 10 years Coldplay rock musician Chris Martin with a typically bizarre statement saying they had 'consciously uncoupled'.
Born 27 September 1972 5.25pm Los Angeles, she has always aroused great admiration or great irritation. She certainly has a tricky chart with a packed 7th house with a powerhouse collection of Mars Pluto and her Libra Sun. The 7th house is about close partnerships but also how she comes across to the public at large. Mars arouses anger in others and Pluto hostility.
She looks as if butter wouldn't melt in her mouth with her soft Pisces Ascendant. Yet the effect on others is that of a compulsively driven, quite manipulative, controlling individual. She also has a cool, hard working Moon Saturn in Gemini trine Uranus with her Saturn square Mars which latter also has a capacity for rubbing others up the wrong way.
She has no Water signs in her chart suggesting that emotions are not her easiest area. Her about to be ex-Chris Martin, 2 March 1977, is a Sun Pisces square musical and vague Neptune with probably a Leo Moon Saturn conjunction. He would provide more emotional input with his Pisces Sun but like her he has a Moon Saturn cojunction so will tend to overwork. Both have Venus in Fire signs, she in Leo and he in Aries which would help giving them a resonance. But it was never a very grounded combination.

Their relationship chart has a composite Sun opposition Venus which is affectionate but there is also a work-comes-first Moon Saturn conjunction. Worse than that there is a composite Mars Neptune conjunction which is not mutually ego-supportive. If one succeeds the other feels diminished so it is bad news for two creative personalities.

Their wedding chart of 5 December 2003 has a controlling Sun Pluto conjunction square Jupiter and square Mars - suggesting a marriage that would be part adventure but also a battle ground for control, at times frustrating and argumentative. There's also a cool Venus opposition Saturn. It is amazing how the wedding charts follow the general themes of the relationship chart as if the couple unconsciously picks a date to fit their chemistry, for good or for ill.
That chart is very stressed at the moment as one would expect when the split occurred.

Her career looks set to run at increasing velocity for another decade or so. There's a hint of another significant romance in two years time when her Solar Arc Venus is conjunct her Sun.

There's no birth time for Chris Martin so not possible to see where his career is at. Though he's clearly seeing a major shift in his life at the moment with tr Uranus opposition his Pluto and tr Pluto square his Pluto as well as sextile his Uranus and tr Uranus trine his Saturn. He looks set to meet the love of his life by late 2016 into 2017 when his Solar Arc Sun is conjunct his Venus.
Air France Crash - Uranus shining a light  From: Marjorie(26 Mar 2014 13:16): 
The Air France plane crash in 2009 took three days to find the debris from the wreckage and two years before the black box and bodies were located. That flight took off from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at 7.29pm on 31 May 2009. The debris was first sighted at 3.20pm on 2 June 2009 and the plane's final location was found on 3 April 2011 with the final bodies brought up by early June that year.
I wondered if these charts might be of use. What was significant then was that tr Uranus had moved to just cross the IC when the plane was found and bodies brought up. Which makes sense of a disruption/uplifting from its ocean resting place.
Sadly there's nothing remotely similar on the Malaysian planet take off chart (see previous posts). There the Neptune on the Pisces IC may be all too tragically descriptive of a mysteriously watery end which proves impossible to pin down.
Adam Lanza - Pluto MC?  From: Marjorie(25 Mar 2014 13:12): 
There's a rectified birth time for Adam Lanza, the Newtown, Connecticut shooter. 22 April 1992 2am Sandy Hook.
This would put Pluto conjunct his Midheaven which would make sense of a controlling, smothering mother which in turn gave him issues about power and control. Pluto opposition IC squared onto a cold, defensive 1st house Saturn in Aquarius which is bleak. He lived in an unforgiving world.

He would also have had, on this birth time, the highly strung Uranus Neptune conjunction in Capricorn in his 12th which can be fanatical which sat as the midpoint of his Pluto MC trine Mars in Pisces so was even more emphasised and volatile. Plus an Earth Grand Trine of Jupiter in 8th trine Moon and Moon's Node in Capricorn in the 12th trine a 3rd house Sun. So 8th and 12th house planets funnelling through the 3rd house Sun - 3rd house oddly can be associated with mental problems since it represents the ego structure which if under developed can crack under pressure.
It's a plausible birth time.
Rolling Stones - built to last  From: Marjorie(25 Mar 2014 13:11): 
The Rolling Stones have announced they will try to re-schedule their cancelled concerts in NZ and Au later this year. They have now been performing for an astonishing 50 plus years with 3 of them now into their seventies.
Their first gig on 12 July 1962 in London had a creative Water Grand Trine of Cancer Sun trine Jupiter in Pisces trine Neptune Moon in Scorpio. Formed into a Kite with a powerfully confident Jupiter opposition Pluto which in turn squares onto Mars in Gemini. With the Sun conjunct Mars/Pluto and = Uranus/Pluto which in turn squares Mars.
So hugely talented, successful with an overload of Mars Pluto's raw power.
That chart has a very strong get-it-together and change-the-world 5th harmonic; a notable pleasure-principle 9th Harmonic; heavily aspected 15th = magicians and writers. Plus a super-star 22nd harmonic.
Russia - delusions and disappointments  From: Marjorie(23 Mar 2014 17:35): 
There's mounting concern about Russia massing troops on Ukraine's border with the NATO chief saying he thinks Moldova is next in line for a Putin land grab.
The US financial sanctions are tougher than anyone expected and that is likely to be causing concern not just to the oligarchs. The Moscow stock markets are way down. While Europe is held hostage by its need for Russian gas, Gazprom also needs the EU's business if anything even more. It could all backfire badly on Putin certainly long term as alternative gas supplies are sought from Norway and elsewhere.
There are certainly indications on various Russia charts of a downhill slide for a while so for all his bluster and bully-boy tactics Putin isn't as secure as he tries to sound.

The Moscow Stock Exchange MICEX index, 9 Jan 1992, looks extremely edgy this year with tr Uranus square Uranus Neptune and in 2015 tr Uranus square Sun. With tr Pluto conjunct Uranus Neptune Sun from mid decade for several years which looks like a meltdown. The other index the RTS, 1 Sept 1995, looks no better with a disappointing tr Neptune square Jupiter this year, followed by tr Neptune opposition Sun across mid decade.
The Central Bank of Russia, 13 July 1990, looks paralysed this year with tr Pluto conjunct Neptune and tr Uranus square Neptune. Plus Solar Arc Saturn square Pluto later in 2014; followed by a very mixed Solar Arc Jupiter square Pluto and Solar Arc Sun square Pluto - which looks like a bullish effort to get out of a tight corner, likely to lead to ramping inflation.

Putin's Presidency chart looks seriously panicked just as Obama slapped down the sanctions with tr Neptune opposition Mars and that runs off and on till early 2015; with an enthusiasm and confidence dampening tr Saturn opposition Jupiter Sun twice before this autumn.

Putin's own chart is under immense pressure from this year onwards with tr Pluto square his Libra Sun and Uranus opposition Sun; and that moves on across m mid decade and beyond to tr Uranus opposition his Saturn and tr Pluto square Saturn. So really tough times ahead. Bitten off more than even he can chew?
He's also this year got tr Saturn square his Pluto now which is blocked and then reversing to oppose his Jupiter, repeating till this autumn so bit of a squelcher from that.

The Russia, 8 Nov 1917 chart, also looks less than confident this year with Solar Arc Neptune conjunct the Sun. Then tr Neptune moves to square Jupiter across mid decade, possibly also square MC this year if the birth time is accurate. So none of that looks like successful outcomes. Which doesn't mean no aggression since often countries facing a crisis of confidence go in for macho gestures to distract attention from their core problems.

Relations between Russia and the Ukraine and Moldova both look confused, uncertain and in the case of Ukraine very aggravated especially in 2015/16.
Crimea Russia Treaty - constantly shifting  From: Marjorie(20 Mar 2014 10:25): 
Just for the record Vladimir Putin signed in the Crimea-Russia agreement on 18 March 2014 at 5.15pm (I think) in Moscow. That gives a Cardinal Grand Cross of Uranus in 8th opposition Moon square Jupiter in 11th opposition Pluto. So his grandstanding speech certainly fits with Pluto in 5th and claims of great friendship with Jupiter in 11th. But it will be a constantly shifting alliance with a Cardinal Grand Square especially with an erratic Uranus in the 8th. Plus there's an uncommitted/evasive/dishonest Neptune exactly on the descendant.
The Pisces Sun on the cusp of the 8th trines Saturn and IC in Scorpio - so some stability and endurance from that though also a rather battened down populace from Saturn. It will wobble over next two years as the Uranus square Pluto moves to exact by transit and then Solar Arc. With even more ructions after mid decade with pressure on the Moon.
Captain Zaharie - a charming idealist  From: Marjorie(20 Mar 2014 10:24): 
Captain Zaharie, pilot of the ill fated Malaysian Airline disappeared plane, was born 31 July 1961. That makes him a Leo Sun in a laid back opposition to Jupiter square Neptune - so kind, idealistic, a dreamer. He did have as a balancing factor a precise-with-detail Mars in Virgo in a disciplined trine to Saturn in Capricorn which would help ground him. And a good-for-double-checking Mercury opposition Saturn. His Moon was Pisces probably opposition Mars square Venus in Gemini - so really charming.
His Saturn was conjunct Jupiter which is (tragically) interesting since Jupiter Saturn is often iconic - John Lennon, Princess Diana etc who flew too high and then crashed. He has certainly become etched in the public consciousness with the mystery of the 377.
His Solar Arc Jupiter Saturn was straddling the opposition to his Mars at the moment. Tr Pluto was also trine his Mars/Pluto midpoint which is high risk.
His chart doesn't have the feel of a terrorist.
Clarissa Dickson Wright - talented but damaged  From: Marjorie(18 Mar 2014 10:38): 
Clarissa Dickson Wright who came to fame late in life on television as a celebrity chef in 'Two Fat Ladies' has died. She had a fairly tragedy strewn life with her father an eminent surgeon to the Royal Family being a violent alcoholic. He beat her and her mother brutally on occasion. The medical profession refused to take action, telling her mother she'd be certified if she continued to make accusations about such an eminent teaching doctor.
Clarissa said she'd have ended up in Broadmoor (for the criminally insane) if she had not been sent off to boarding school. As it was she qualified as a barrister but her own alcoholism and violence ruined her career.
Born 24 June 1947 she was a Sun Cancer with her Jupiter in Scorpio opposition Mars and square Pluto; with her Pluto conjunct Saturn and both sextile Venus in Gemini.
It's a rather un-together chart though more connected in the victim 12th Harmonic which was bleak; and the gritty/fated 16H which was unstable and delusional.
Her father Arthur Dickson Wright, 2 May 1897, was a Sun Venus in Taurus trine Jupiter so undoubtedly charming when it suited him but he also had an autocratic and explosive streak with Uranus Saturn in Scorpio trine Mars in Cancer.
Clarissa's Mars in Taurus opposed her father's Saturn Uranus conjunction so she stood up to him with devastating consequences. Her Mercury was also conjunct his Mars so an argumentative interface; and her dogged Saturn Pluto squared his Sun Venus so he'd find her obstinacy was even more deeply rooted than his own.
L'Wren Scott - wild impulse  From: Marjorie(18 Mar 2014 10:37): 
L'Wren Scott, the model and fashion designer, long-time girl friend of Mick Jagger, has apparently committed suicide with stories of her fashion business being in debt.
She was born 28 April 1964 (net sources) in Roy, Utah and adopted by a Mormon family. She was a Sun Mercury Jupiter in Taurus so enthusiastic, lucky, indulgent and quite stubborn. She also had Saturn in Pisces opposition Uranus Pluto in Virgo perhaps square a late Scorpio or Sagittarius Moon so she would at the best of times be prone to depression.
Her Sun Jupiter were trine Uranus Pluto and opposition Neptune so she'd be confident, adventurous, risk taking, creative; though also sensible with Sun Saturn sextile Saturn.
She's clearly been through a roller coaster over the past three or so years with heavy hard aspects from tr Pluto, tr Uranus and before that tr Saturn to her Sun/Saturn, Sun/Uranus, Mercury/Pluto midpoints. There would have been highs but also lows.
She did have the highly insecure Solar Arc Uranus opposition her Mars this year which would make her prone to ill-judged impulsive actions stemming from insecurity.

Mick Jagger was born 26 July 1943 2.30 am Dartford, England. Her Sun fell in his friendly 11th house so it would be a companionable connection. Her Pluto was conjunct his Venus in Virgo bringing passion though he would also block her out perhaps with two much work with his Saturn conjunct her Venus in Gemini.
Their relationship chart had an expansive, mutually morale-boosting composite Sun Jupiter conjunction so they would each feel the better of the other's presence. Plus probably an Air Grand Trine of Sun Jupiter trine Neptune trine Moon so good for communications and creative discussions. That was all focussed onto Pluto - so a powerful connection, keeping them together and giving them jointly great influence.
There was also a Mystic Rectangle of Moon opposition Pluto in sextile/trine to Neptune opposition Saturn - so the closeness would be in conflict with a fair amount of doubt. Finally there was a Mars Saturn conjunction suggesting irritation and aggravations with one side not being entirely sensitive to the other's needs. Plus a doubt-ridden and highly strung Saturn opposition Neptune square Uranus. A truly complicated relationship.

Mick Jagger looks understandably anguished at the moment with tr Pluto trine his Venus and his Mars; and bereft with tr Saturn opposition his Moon which is often separation from a significant female figure in life. His Progressed Moon is also just on the cusp of his 7th house of relationships so he'll feel the lack of her presence keenly.
Malaysia - crossed stars  From: Marjorie(17 Mar 2014 10:44): 
There are two charts for Malaysia out of its complicated start - one 31 Aug 1957 12 am and 16 Sept 1963 12 am. The latter appears to show up the present plane crisis most clearly. There's a Solar Arc Pluto conjunct Mars which is scary and frustrating. Plus a 'collision' shocking Solar Arc Mars square Sun - both of these Solar Arcs are exact to within a minute (sixtieth of a degree).
There are also of course internal political ructions over allegedly fraudulent elections last year and the imprisoning of the opposition leader on what are claimed to be trumped up charges.
The Solar Eclipse of last November, still in effect, set for Kuala Lumpur, has Neptune conjunct MC opposition Mars IC so a panicky, confused situation. This April's Lunar Eclipse has again uncertain Neptune conjunct descendant with Uranus mercury in the 8th opposition Mars square Pluto - which certainly looks like a catastrophe.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, 23 July 1953, is heading into really troubled times indeed a meltdown with his Solar Arc Pluto conjunct his Saturn Neptune with Solar Arc Pluto square Mars also being triggered.
His Term chart, 6 May 2013 4pm (I think) has a deeply unpleasant Sun Mars in Taurus (8th house) opposition Saturn trine/sextile Pluto and Neptune; with Moon Uranus square Pluto - so that's all going to blow up at some point.
Katherine Jenkins - a romantic high  From: Marjorie(17 Mar 2014 10:43): 
Katherine Jenkins, the opera singer, went public with her new romance with American professor and artist Andrew Levitas when she received her OBE at Buckingham Palace.
They are a fun combination. She was born 29 June 1980 and he 4 Sept 1977.
Her Cancer Sun is conjunct his enthusiastic Mars Jupiter in Cancer; and her Jupiter in Virgo is conjunct his Virgo Sun. So much mutual morale boosting goes on. He has Venus in Leo with a Taurus/Gemini Moon and she has Venus in Gemini with a Capricorn Moon.
She does have Mars Saturn in Virgo making her a workaholic with a short fuse and that may cause the odd problem. Their relationship chart has a composite Sun midway between Mars and Jupiter - so again that adventurous quality to their connection. They may not always be sensible together but they'll feel good. There's a passionate and possessive composite Venus square Pluto; and a needs-space composite Venus trine Uranus which is just as well for two busy careers.
There's a fair amount of intensity and pushing n' pulling over the next three years as the tr Uranus square tr Pluto hits that Venus square Pluto so it'll be a roller coaster ride at times.
John Eisenhower - becoming his own man  From: Marjorie(17 Mar 2014 10:42): 
John Eisenhower who has just died lived under the shadow of his famous father General and President Dwight 'Ike' Eisenhower though ultimately he became a best selling military historian in his own right. He said being the son of a famous father "made me feel that among strangers I was always some sort of curiosity. It affected the normal relations between a father and son, making it doubly difficult for me to establish my own identity."

Born 3 Aug 1922 6.20 am Denver, Colorado he had a 12th house Sun Neptune conjunction trine a 4th house Mars so he would be happier behind the scenes and aware of a heated mood at home especially from father. The 12th house Sun Neptune may also be connected to the fact that his elder brother had died a year earlier at 3 years old causing his parents to split temporarily.
But it also points yet again to a misunderstanding of Neptune. Traditionally the Neptunian father is seen as weak, sick and sometimes held in contempt which wasn't the case here.
He also had a strained Yod of Jupiter sextile Sun Neptune inconjunct Uranus - Uranus here indicates a personality who starts feeling very different and out of step with what's around but ultimately expresses their originality and individuality strongly.
When he published his first best seller in 1969 his Yod was being triggered in its Solar Arc positions by tr Pluto conjunct Solar Arc Sun and tr Neptune conjunct Solar Arc Jupiter; plus his Solar Arc Pluto conjunct his Ascendant and Solar Arc conjunct his IC - so he stepped out to become himself.

His father General Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Commander Allied Forces in Europe in World War 11 and USA President, 14 Oct 1890 3 am Denison Texas had an extraordinary chart. He was a Sun Moon Uranus in Libra - amazing how often military top brass have rebellious Uranus strongly emphasised. He had the mesmeric Neptune Pluto conjunction in Gemini of his generation in his 10th conjunct the MC and trine Mercury in Libra trine Jupiter in Aquarius, formed into a Kite with MC Neptune Pluto opposition Venus. Controlling, influential, intuitive, a good communicator, detached, charming, with an interest in painting. He also had a strongly emphasised Saturn in Virgo in his 1st square Pluto Neptune and Venus - so duty bound, executive abilities.

His relationship chart with his son John was very tricky with some plus points. The composite Sun was conjunct a rigid Saturn and also in an expansive square to Jupiter. The composite Venus was in a bonded trine to Pluto. But there was also a stark Pluto opposition Mars square Saturn - so no doubt who was boss.

Tony Benn - Neptunian Yod  From: Marjorie(14 Mar 2014 17:22): 
Tony Benn came from a family of radical politicians, forced constitutional changes to allow him to shake off his father's hereditary title, and became the voice of the (to some) loony left.
Born 3 April 1925 (no time) he was a pro-active Sun Venus in Aries in a controlling square to Pluto. His Sun was in an idealistic trine to Neptune in Leo and his Pluto trine Saturn in obsessive Scorpio and widely opposition confident Jupiter in Capricorn. He also had Mars in argumentative Gemini and a surprisingly unaspected Mercury in Taurus. Plus a Leo Moon and North Node.
As it stands without a birth time it is a not specially interesting chart though he was clearly upfront, determined and stubborn.
Now that I look at it he had a Yod of Uranus sextile Jupiter inconjunct Neptune which would fit - not quite fitting into his environment, living in an emotional ivory tower, disorganised, escapist, needing seclusion, self defeating.
That Yod had moved by Solar Arc to have the Solar Arc Neptune focal point opposition his Sun in the early 1980s when he lost the fight for the Deputy leadership of the Labour Party. So undermined by a very stressed Neptune.

He had an exceptionally strong 5th Harmonic = wanting to remake the world to his own agenda - with a feisty Mercury opposition a publicity seeking Mars Neptune square Sun; and a Kite driven by that Mercury Mars opposition.
His oratorical 15th is also strong again with Mercury Mars in close aspect.
Adam Lanza - a despairing, guilty and hostile father  From: Marjorie(11 Mar 2014 12:45): 
The father of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook, Connecticut shooter has said he wishes his son had never been born, described him as 'evil', said he was probably an undiagnosed schizophrenic.
There's no birth time for Adam Lanza, 22 April 1992, more's the pity and he certainly was a troubled child and unstable given what he did, with a highly complicated mother (see previous post Dec 17 2012).
There's no birth date for the father but most people who have little understanding of psychology, including a goodly chunk of the psychiatric profession, tend to see mental illness as an organic malfunction - a badly wired brain that is just an accident of nature, rather than bearing any relationship to the psyches of both parents/grandparents etc. And indeed given how complicated brains are it would hardly be surprising if the wiring was sometimes not perfectly formed.

What his chart says about his father (without time) is a Sun trine Jupiter trine North Node - so confident, expansive. And a less favourable mini Grand Trine of Mars trine Pluto, sextile Uranus Neptune. That latter is volatile, ruthless, controlling, fanatical. But it could have been something that came down the family line which we can't tell without a birth time.
The mother sounded very high wire, paranoid, perhaps even bi-polar. So the father might take some responsibility for a) having married her which says something about his psychological make up; and b) having left her in charge of a boy who obviously had huge problems.

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