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Susan Boyle - family aggravations  From: Marjorie(24 May 2015 17:23): 
Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer, now diagnosed with Aspergers, has been questioned by police after a family falling out over money she had leant a relative. She does have her Solar Arc Mars conjunct her 4th house Pluto exactly at the moment which rather says it all. And her Solar Arc Moon is moving to square Pluto and SArc Mars by the year's end so family tensions may run on somewhat.
Coping with sudden fame and success has been tough for her with her Sun at 11 Aries, her Moon at 12 Libra and her Mars at 13 Cancer, she's been through the mill over the past three years - that's huge pressure and frustration despite the rewards.
Her birth time being sound, her Solar Arc MC moves to conjunct her 10th house Sun in less than two years; but her Solar Arc Sun squares her Pluto in two years as well so there will be more emotional challenges from that.
Ireland - freeing the chains that bound  From: Marjorie(24 May 2015 17:22): 
With hindsight - and a more considered look - now that the result of the same sex marriage vote is known. The Ireland 6 Dec 1922 chart does have Solar Arc Uranus opposition the Sun, which I had missed before in a speed read. That certainly looks like a sudden and radical change.
That chart has an emotionally bleak Moon Pluto in Cancer square Saturn in Libra which has been under challenge over the past three years with tr Pluto opposing Pluto Moon; tr Uranus square Pluto Moon and this year opposition Saturn - so old emotional attitudes changing under heavy pressure.
Tr Neptune is conjunct the 10th house Uranus exactly but since that is in a Water Grand Trine, tr Neptune is also trine Moon Pluto and Jupiter - so arguably undermining and softening the old controls.

It was a considerable rebuff for the Catholic Church which had always regarded the Republic of Ireland as their safe territory. The relationship chart between Ireland 1922 and the Vatican has an immoveable and unkind Fixed Grand Square of Saturn opposition Mars square Neptune Jupiter opposition Venus - tr Uranus is trine Jupiter on that configuration, so maybe loosening the ties that bind bringing relief. Pluto in that chart is also being pulled up by the roots as tr Pluto opposes it, following on from tr Uranus square Pluto.

There may be a backlash but for the time being Ireland seems very happy.
Laszlo Krasznahorkai - uncompromising style  From: Marjorie(22 May 2015 17:46): 
Hungarian novelist Laszlo Krasznahorkai has won the Man Booker International Prize. According to wiki he is known for his 'critically difficult and demanding novels with dystopian and melancholy themes. His style is dense, and the story meanders at the pace of social change, gaining speed only by force of its own gravity. Each paragraph runs on uninterrupted for dozens of pages, resisting abbreviation or quotation.'

Born 5 Jan 1954 he's a New Moon, Mercury, Venus in Capricorn sextile Mars Saturn conjunct in Scorpio - and that does sound heavy. Uranus in Cancer opposes the Node in Capricorn squaring onto Neptune in Libra - so creative and maverick. His Jupiter in Gemini trines Neptune, sextiling onto Pluto in Leo - so confident, creative, controlling, pushing back boundaries.

His writers' 21st Harmonic is very strong though not easy with a Grand Trine and a Yod. His spark of genius 7H is also notable.
Geri Halliwell - Mars Saturn romance  From: Marjorie(22 May 2015 17:45): 
Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) married Formula 1 racing boss Christian Horner on 15 May 2015 at around 4pm in Woburn Abbey.
What intrigued me is that the wedding chart has Mars opposition Saturn (squaring Neptune) which is usually bad-tempered, accident-prone and unkind. As is so often the case that is mirrored in their relationship chart with an exact Mars Saturn conjunction (trine Uranus). It's amazing how people manage to land on a date which reflects the energies and chemistry of their bond.
The relationship chart has a composite Sun Pluto opposition Venus - so lots of passion, possessiveness and ultimately quite a controlling relationship.
CH (16 Nov 1973) is a Sun Scorpio inconjunct an impulsive Mars in Aries which in turn makes a high-adrenaline opposition to Uranus - so quite revved up. His Venus is badly aspected being opposition Saturn and square Pluto - so hard edged.
She is a Sun Leo which matches his Moon Leo; and she has a Cancer Moon Venus which sort of resonate with his Scorpio Sun. Though his Saturn is conjunct her Venus Moon. So won't be easy.
David Cameron - Round Two  From: Marjorie(22 May 2015 17:43): 
Just for the record David Cameron went to Buck House to be anointed for his 2nd Term as PM at 12.30pm on 8 May 2015.
That gives a determined though over confident Taurus Sun square Jupiter; with Sun also trine a 5th house Pluto Moon in Capricorn - so much grandstanding. There's a slippery 7th house Neptune squaring a 10th house Mercury opposition a 4th house Saturn - so not exactly committed where promises to partners are concerned. Neptune also sits on the focal point of a mini-Grand Trine of Sun to Pluto Moon - very evasive, not too realistic.
Mars also in Taurus in the 10th (conjunct Algol) opposes Saturn which doesn't sound compassionate and hints at a depressed domestic population.
We wait to see how it all shakes down.
Ireland - change and future worries  From: Marjorie(22 May 2015 17:42): 
Ireland is voting on same sex marriage today and worrying about the UK pulling out of the EU. I've no idea what same-sex marriage looks like astrologically. The 1922 chart has tr Neptune conjunct the 10th house Uranus which might suggest the dissipation of reforming spirit. The 1949 chart has tr Uranus conjunct the 4th house Mars in Aries from June this year which could be outraged reactions from old reactionaries. Although Solar Arc Venus Sun are opposing the Moon which might suggest a split vote with compassion winning. I wouldn't bet on either outcome.

Tr Uranus opposing the 5th house Sun Venus in 2017 from the 11th could suggest a jolting and radical change of direction in terms of future planning with a really stuck feeling in 2018 with Solar Arc Pluto opposition Mars.

The 1922 chart looks disappointed and undermined in 2018 with tr Neptune square the 6th house Sun Mercury, which tr Saturn will conjunct in 2016. That looks like employment worries.

Ireland joined the EEC at the same time as the UK on 1 Jan 1973 and though that chart is depressed this year and next, I wouldn't have thought it would part company altogether.
Princess Victoria of Sweden - changes on the horizon  From: Marjorie(22 May 2015 17:42): 
Prince Victoria of Sweden is immensely popular and many would like to see her father King Carl Gustaf abdicate in her favour. However he has said there is no such tradition in the family and she should be left to enjoy her young family while she can.
He is young enough for a monarch (born 1946) and there's nothing on his investiture chart from 1973 to indicate he's going soon, though there's no time which might make a difference.

There does appear to be some shift next year since tr Uranus will conjunct his 10th house Moon (and his MC this year) and tr Uranus will also square Princess Victoria's Cancer Sun and trine her MC - so there's a change of direction for both of them, his coming rather suddenly.
William McNeilly - a powder keg  From: Marjorie(19 May 2015 17:52): 
William McNeilly, 10 Aug 1989, a Royal Navy submariner who criticised Trident nuclear submarine safety has handed himself in to police on his return to the UK. He said the Trident missile programme, based on the Clyde, was a "disaster waiting to happen". The Navy says it isn't so. Well there's a surprise.

He's a Sun Leo opposition a looking-for-a-cause Aquarius North Node maybe square a Scorpio Moon, so certainly emotionally intense. He's of the triple conjunction generation of Uranus Saturn Neptune in Capricorn so quite highly strung and impulsive. In his case these planets oppose Jupiter, and sextile trine Pluto and Mars Mercury in Virgo. So it's a Half Grand Sextile - giving him talent from all those sextiles and trines; but he's certainly also got anger issues. Those are stoked up against authority figures also by his Sun square Pluto.

Whistleblowers tend to be quite excitable personalities. Bradley/Chelsea Manning has Sun Uranus Saturn in late Sagittarius and a Mars Pluto conjunction.

Prince Charles & Gerry Adams - Sun Mars clash in Scorpio  From: Marjorie(19 May 2015 17:50): 
Prince Charles is on a visit to the Republic of Ireland and shook hands and had a private meeting with Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness - 'in the interests of peace and reconciliation.' Not easy for either side since Charles' uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, was blown up in Northern Ireland by the IRA in 1979 and Republicans are still bitter about British army shootings.
Adams and Prince Charles are born the same year 1948 only five weeks apart. But Adam's determined, unforgiving Mars in Scorpio falls exactly on PCharles' Scorpio Sun.

Their relationship chart has an irritable, unkind composite Mars square Saturn; and a complicated Grand Trine, focussing onto a focal point Uranus, in a Kite. So possibilities of spear-heading change but never an easy interface.
Thomas Cook - damaged reputation  From: Marjorie(19 May 2015 17:49): 
Thomas Cook, the UK travel firm, have been hit by a £75 million share sell-off and calls for a boycott after an inquest found it guilty of breaching its duty of care after two children died from carbon monoxide poisoning on one of its holidays in Corfu. Thomas Cook shared a £3 million plus payout from the hotel with their insurers, ten times more than the parents received. The company has now said it handed their share to a children's charity, which hardly exonerates them.

The recent amalgamation into the Thomas Cook Group was on 19 June 2007 and that has a fearsome Fire Grand Trine of Mars in Aries trine Saturn Moon in Leo trine Pluto, formed into a Kite with Pluto opposition Sun - so not exactly a bundle of compassion. Hard edged, ruthless, grimly determined on an entrepreneurial course with more than a smidgeon of arrogance. The Sun Pluto opposition was formed walloped about by the March Solar Eclipse in square.

The first ever Thomas Cook tour on 5 July 1841 had something marginally similar with a Mars opposition Pluto, sextile/trine Saturn in Sagittarius, which latter again caught the recent Eclipse.

The founder, Thomas Cook, 22 Nov 1808, was a visionary Sun Neptune in Sagittarius, which suits travel, square Jupiter in Pisces. If anything his chart looks most unsettled with tr Saturn conjunct Sun Neptune this year and tr Neptune conjunct (posthumously) his Jupiter. His dream tarnished.
Dean Potter - all or nothing  From: Marjorie(18 May 2015 16:43): 
Extreme athlete Dean Potter has been killed in Yosemite when attempting an illegal wingsuit flight from 7,500 feet.

Born 14 April 1972, he was a competitive, headstrong Sun Aries in a 'maverick' opposition to Uranus; with a super-confident T square of Pluto opposition Mercury in Aries square Jupiter in Capricorn. And a Mystic Rectangle formed from two oppositions of Neptune to Saturn and Mercury to Pluto. Such a configuration isn't really mystical and is quite tricky to balance. His Mars was also in a high adrenaline trine to Uranus.
At the moment he had his Solar Arc Saturn exactly square his Uranus; and his Solar Arc Mars was approaching a square to his Sun, which is always a risk factor. And tr Pluto was square his Uranus.

He clearly liked walking on the edge. A cameraman said: 'every time you jump it's a roll of the dice' and he died doing what he loved. So not much more to be said.
Egypt - in the grip of a clampdown  From: Marjorie(18 May 2015 16:43): 
The death sentence handed down in Cairo to former (democratically elected) President Mohammed Morsi for his part in a prison breakout is hardly likely to improve internal relations. Though the quasi-military ruler Al Sisi has such a firm grip there are unlikely to be demonstrations.
Morsi, 20 Aug 1951, has his Leo Sun at the same degree as Al Sisi's trenchantly stubborn and ruthless Scorpio Sun which is square Mars in Aquarius and square Pluto, with Mars trine Saturn and Venus in Scorpio. So not a man given to flexibility or sensitivity.
Morsi's Solar Arc Uranus is conjunct his Mercury providing a shock as his hopes were dashed with tr Pluto conjunct his Jupiter/Neptune midpoint. It could still be quashed but he has some swampy, undermining Neptune transits to two Mars midpoints across mid year and beyond which don't look cheerful.

Al Sisi's Presidency chart, 8 June 2014 11.18 am Cairo, is in a year of decisive change, pulling down old structures, with tr Pluto square Uranus. It's a pretty brutal chart with Uranus opposition Moon Mars square Pluto opposition Jupiter. There will be a major obstacle in about 9 months' time or before when the Solar Arc Mars moves to close the square to Pluto, perhaps more suppression. Where it starts to get less stable is by 2017 when the Solar Arc Pluto squares Uranus exactly.

That does fit with the Egypt 1922 chart which has a bleak, cornered feel in 2017 with Solar Arc Saturn opposition Pluto. Even before then 2016 looks panicky and disillusioning with tr Neptune square Mars and tr Saturn conjunct Mars.
At the moment Egypt is having its Nodal Return with Solar Arc Pluto also conjunct the North Node - so the country is at a very Plutonian crossroads, with little sense that the transformation is going to be too positive.
Algol - a few more deaths than usual  From: Marjorie(18 May 2015 16:42): 
Before leaving Algol, it's worth pointing out that former Egypt President Morsi was condemned to death when the Sun was conjunct Algol. And the Boston bomber similarly sentenced the day before. Plus the New Moon conjunct Algol oversaw the Waco biker gunfight which has left 9 dead and 18 injured. The world news is always a rolling blood feste but it did seem to peak more than usual over the past few days.
Labour Party - facing old demons  From: Marjorie(17 May 2015 17:42): 
The UK Labour Party is facing what their manifesto writer called the worst crisis in their history after a damaging defeat and internal squabbles. The Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy resigned after aiming a few brickbats at Len McCluskey of the workers' union UNITE, saying he should not be allowed to choose the next leader. McCluskey has retaliated by saying he'll withdraw funding if he's not happy with whoever is picked.

McCluskey, 23 July 1950, is a Sun Leo with Mercury Pluto in Leo sextile Mars Neptune in Libra so plenty determined; with an intense Scorpio Moon like the Labour Party, 15 Feb 1906.
His Pluto is conjunct the LP's North Node and opposition their Mercury Sun Venus in Aquarius - so he's definitely a power figure. The LP/LMcC relationship chart has a hostile, power-struggling composite Pluto opposition Mars which has been serious rattled through last year and this, worsening from later this month, on and off for a year thereafter.

Andy Burnham MP, 7 Jan 1960, is seen as the main pro-union contender. He's a New Moon Venus in Capricorn, with a wide Mars opposition Pluto. [Oddly enough he was born a week before Shonda Rhimes.] His relationship with McCluskey is tight, but complicated, with an enthusiastic composite Mars Jupiter conjunction which is trine Mars and opposition Saturn square Venus. So a real mix of aggravation and friendliness. If Burnham is elected then his relationship with McC will come under major stress in 2016 with tr Uranus opposing the composite Sun.
Shonda Rhimes - more successes to come  From: Marjorie(17 May 2015 17:42): 
Shonda Rhimes is the exceptionally successful creator and producer of Grey's Anatomy, the less notable Scandal; and the hit How to Get Away with Murder. Born 13 Jan 1970, she's one determined lady with Sun Mercury Venus in ambitious Capricorn trine/sextile a Pluto opposition Mars. She's also got a hates-failure Saturn in Taurus opposition Jupiter in Scorpio.
There's no birth time so no way of knowing quite where her career is heading. But she's got two lucky, confidence-boosting Jupiter midpoints in line to pick up tr Pluto and tr Uranus over the next several years. There will be a good deal of change also coming up for her as tr Uranus squares her Venus from mid this year and Mercury Sun in 2016; with tr Pluto following in the years thereafter to conjunct Venus, Mercury, Sun.
Alan Cumming - Sydney literary feste  From: Marjorie(17 May 2015 17:41): 
The multi-talented Scots stage and film actor etc etc etc (see previous post) is in Australia at present. He'll be talking about his recent memoir about his brutal father and his subsequent successful career at the Sydney Writers Festival.
He should go down well. Relocating his chart to Sydney puts his confident Jupiter in Taurus conjunct the MC; with his adventurous Sagittarius Moon in the performing 5th.
His relationship chart has a Venus Mercury conjunction straddling the composite MC - so all good news.
He does have a tricky chart with Uranus Pluto in Virgo and Mars as well and Saturn in Pisces. But that tumultuous collection of Virgo planets is in a Grand Trine to Jupiter and Venus mercury in Capricorn; with Jupiter opposition Neptune - making creative and fantasy-prone Neptune the driving planet, which was probably his saving grace.
There may be the odd sparks flying since the AU Uranus in Sagittarius opposition Pluto square Mars in Virgo will rattle up his responses. But generally should be an OK experience.
David Cameron & Nicola Sturgeon - the tap dancing begins  From: Marjorie(15 May 2015 14:38): 
Talks today between PM David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have been described as 'constructive and helpful'.
Their relationship is oddly easier than that between Ed Miliband and NS. Her Sun Mars are conjunct Cameron's Jupiter so there is enthusiasm between them. Admittedly her Pluto is conjunct his Ascendant so he'll feel trapped at times and aware she has the power to change how voters see him. Her Saturn opposes his Neptune so she'll find him slippery and evasive at times.
Their relationship chart has composite Sun widely conjunct Jupiter which in turn is conjunct Pluto with Pluto conjunct Mercury Venus Uranus - so positive at one level, but also a fight for the upper hand and a relationship that is destined to go through rolling upheavals. There's also a heavy, fated Yod of Neptune sextile Pluto Mercury inconjunct Saturn; and a bad-tempered Mars trine Saturn.
There'll be some gamesmanship through this year with tr Pluto trine the composite Jupiter; and a decided chill between them in November when tr Saturn squares the composite Sun. That will worsen through 2016 as tr Saturn squares Jupiter and tr Uranus is conjunct the Yod focal point Saturn from May 2016 will be the start of a moment of truth, with tensions erupting.

Alex Salmond, against expectation, did not get either of the two senior Westminster SNP posts, and was only announced as Foreign spokesman the day after. His relationship chart with Nicola Sturgeon is very sticky for the next two years with tr Uranus opposing the composite Venus Sun this year; tr Saturn square Moon and square Uranus till this autumn; followed in 2016 with a disillusioning tr Neptune opposition Pluto Jupiter; and very challenging tr Pluto square Venus Sun.
He looked upbeat at the result but also enfuriated with tr Uranus square his Mars/Saturn midpoint - that runs on into 2016.
North Korea - the agony drags on  From: Marjorie (15 May 2015 14:37): 
On the North Korea, 9 Sept 1948 5.27pm chart, tr Saturn is exactly conjunct the MC now and moving to conjunct the 10th house Sagittarius Moon later in the year - so dampening. Though tr Uranus trine Jupiter for a year from this June does suggest some successes. Where it gets really sticky (comparatively speaking) is in 2 years plus which accords with Kim Jong Un's charts. Then there's a panicky failure Solar Arc square Neptune and a bubble-bursting Solar Arc Neptune conjunct Jupiter
Tr Uranus is also trine Saturn then, which will be jolting but might usher in positive change.

Kim's relationship chart with North Korea has a brutal, volatile composite Uranus Pluto Saturn square Mars - that starts to feel real pressure from 2017 and instability with tr Pluto trine Uranus; and insecurity from tr Uranus trine Mars.
Johnny Depp - highs and lows  From: Marjorie(15 May 2015 14:35): 
Johnny Depp has had a run of rotten movies in recent years, while tr Neptune was opposing his Mars Uranus in Virgo, and now Pluto; with tr Saturn moving through his low profile 1st quadrant. He's nearly, but not quite, clear of that with tr Saturn still to square his Uranus Mars Pluto before the end of this year and tr Pluto still conjunct his Capricorn Moon. Luckily his Moon is square Jupiter in Aries so he'll get some lift from tr Pluto square Jupiter though it'll also tempt him to become a law unto himself and push across boundaries.

His chart re-located to Australia puts his tempestuous Uranus Mars Pluto in the 6th house of small pets - and health. So it might be a troublesome shoot of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean.

He married actress Amber Heard on 4 Feb this year, having divorced French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis. Born 22 April 1986 she's a Taurus Sun opposition Pluto; with Venus also in Taurus close to his Mercury Venus in Taurus; with a Libra Moon. It's not perfect since her Mars is conjunct his Moon so argumentative, and her Pluto is conjunct his IC so she'll be possessive. Her Saturn squares his Pluto Mars Uranus which will be clash also. She's fairly Fixed while he is pretty Mutable, so different types. Her Jupiter in Pisces opposes his Pluto, making them overly confident together; though her Jupiter also squares his Gemini Sun which is fine. I've seen worse Hollywood pairings. Their relationship chart has an affectionate composite Sun Venus in a steady trine to Saturn; an argumentative Mercury opposition Mars; and a Moon probably opposing the Sun Venus, so tricky to balance their moods. So better than many relationships.
Bit of a slog in 2015/16 and a few hiccups this year but nothing too catastrophic.
Kim Jong Un - hopefully heading for a disaster  From: Marjorie(14 May 2015 18:14): 
If anyone should have Algol writ large in their charts it is the portly, increasingly nasty, ruler of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. He has just dispensed with another close senior adviser in a peculiarly unpleasant way, having seen off his uncle and aunt.

His Leadership chart, 29 Dec 2011 11.57am Pyonggang, NK, has an over controlling 10th house Sun Pluto in Capricorn squaring widely onto Saturn and Mars, and exactly onto the Mars/Saturn midpoint.
There's nothing too dramatic on that except for tr Saturn square Moon Neptune. Where it hits real trouble is in two and three years time with some exceptionally destabilising influences as Solar Arc Uranus squares Sun Pluto exactly; and then tr Pluto trines Mars.
His own personal chart, assuming 8 Jan 1983 is accurate, is much more unsettled this year with tr Uranus square his Capricorn Sun; and tr Pluto will conjunct his Sun in 2016/17 - so he's clearly feeling the pressure. Tr Saturn is also conjunct his Jupiter and Solar Arc Pluto at the moment and will conjunct his Uranus later this year. Two and a half years ahead looks like a collision on his personal chart, so he may well just push too hard, even internally and it'll blowback.
A reptile of a human being.
Johnny Depp and Algol  From: Marjorie(14 May 2015 18:13): 
Film stars live in their own inflated bubble and don't think rules apply to them. Taking dogs across quarantine borders is just asking for trouble. Johnny Depp's dogs two are evidently now winging their way back to the USA.
He does have Venus conjunct Algol in his 10th and Prince William has Venus conjunct Algol in the 5th.
Algol is connected to Medusa, who is both terrifying and creative - she gave birth to Pegasus, when her head was chopped off. The old astrology books tend to make the most gothic of interpretations. One suggestion with Algol is the necessity of facing pain square on.
One astrologer says: 'Algol threads the fine line between life and death, madness and wisdom.'

Eric Burdon of The Animals has Mercury Venus Jupiter Uranus all conjunct Algol in the 6th - he's had asthma through his life but has now survived to a ripe old age living in California.

It may be that Algol has more effect out in the zeitgeist as planets make aspects to it.

Tsar Nicholas 11 - bad choices and cruel karma  From: Marjorie(12 May 2015 13:49): 
There's an accurate birth time for Tsar Nicholas 11, the last Emperor of Russia, who was murdered with his family in 1918 by the Bolsheviks. According to his mother's diary, he was born at 2.30pm 18 May 1868 (NS) in Tsarskoye Selo, Russia (30E25, 59N43) (Sly Scholfield).

His reign saw Russia collapse from being a world power to an economic and military disaster. His grandfather was assassinated and his reign started badly with nearly 1500 crushed to death at his coronation. He was nicknamed Nicholas the Bloody for his brutal suppression of opponents and his endless military campaigns.

He had a Taurus Sun in the 8th/ cusp of the 9th square the North Node. So stubborn in the face of a changing environment. He had an influential, but tricky 8th house Pluto in Taurus which would give him a feeling of being at the mercy of circumstances he couldn't control.
His 7th house Moon Neptune Jupiter in Aries would be charming though evasive and those planets squared onto a 10th house Uranus Venus in Cancer. So adventurous, indulgent, fanatical, fickle. He had a self-righteous Saturn in Sagittarius opposition Mercury Sun square Node - so prone to self-doubt. His impulsive Mars in Aries on the cusp of the 8th was unaspected, so would act erratically.

When he was assassinated along with his family on 17 July 1918, Solar Arc Pluto and tr Pluto were both conjunct his MC which certainly suggests a fall from a high position. Tr Uranus was in a shocking square to his Sun; and his Solar Arc Sun was in an undermining square to his Neptune.
Pablo Picasso - still earning the bucks  From: Marjorie(12 May 2015 13:48): 
Pablo Picasso's Women of Algiers has become the most expensive painting to sell at auction, going for $160m (£102.6m) at Christie's in New York.

Picasso was born 25 October 1881 at 11.15pm in Malaga, Spain into an artistic family and started drawing early. He became one of the most influential painters of the 20th Century, pushing the boundaries into Cubism and abstractions, away from naturalistic styles. Unusually for an artist he became immensely wealthy in his lifetime.
His Scorpio Sun was in the 4th house of family, opposition a disciplined 10th house Saturn in Taurus which was conjunct Neptune. He also has Jupiter Pluto in Taurus in the 10th. So dedicated, determined and very stubborn and a curious mix of exuberantly confident and sensitive.
His Sagittarius Moon was in the 5th house of parties and fun, quincunx Saturn - so again a disjunct between an enjoyer of life and an emotional depressive. He had multiple affairs through his life, often with much younger lovers.
He had many quintiles and septiles, always a mark of artistic talent - strong 5th and 7th Harmonics; and a marked super-star 22nd Harmonic.
Ed Miliband - a tragic flaw  From: Marjorie(12 May 2015 13:47): 
There is something of the fated fool about Ed Miliband, who tore his family apart when he stood against his brother David (former Foreign Secretary) for the leadership of the Labour Party and won, only to catastrophically lose the election, half wrecking his party in the process. Reaping the whirlwind in a major way.

Born 24 Dec 1969 2pm London, he does have tr Uranus square and tr Pluto conjunct his MC around now which would fit with an unexpected career meltdown. Plus tr Saturn square his Solar Arc MC and his Solar Arc Neptune is about to conjunct his MC, always a sinking influence. So 2pm sounds about right. The tr North Node is also within days of being conjunct his 6th house Uranus - so again major changes on the work front and a considerable shock.
His natal North Node at 14 Pisces opposes his Neptune/Pluto midpoint which is a bit head-in-the-clouds or deluded.

His relationship with his brother David, 15 July 1965, always was sparky with D's Mars conjunct E's Uranus; and D's Saturn conjunct E's North Node; and D's Uranus (Pluto) opposition E's Mars.
Their relationship chart has a cold, blocked composite Sun opposition Saturn; a volatile, power-struggling composite Mars square Uranus Pluto, and trine Moon. And an inspirational Fire Grand Trine but it could never have been made to work as a co-operative team with all that hostility brewing inside.

David Miliband was born two weeks before JK Rowling, so is a Cancer, though he has her lucky, Mutable T square of Saturn opposition Uranus Pluto square Jupiter North Node in Gemini. And probably an Aquarius Moon opposition Venus Mercury in Leo square Neptune - so idealistic, though not always practical. He's in New York as President of an international rescue charity. There's no birth time so no way of knowing quite where he is at career-wise. He'll get a lift through the rest of this year and will radically change direction in 2016 with tr Uranus square his Sun plus Solar Arc Sun conjunct his Uranus.
Mhairi Black - North Node pushing her centre stage  From: Marjorie(10 May 2015 18:15): 
The youngest MP to be voted in for centuries, is 20 year old SNP Mhairi Black, a final year politics student. She was criticised through her campaign for her foul-mouthed and at times aggressive comments about opponents during the referendum run-up and her liking for alcohol.
Born 12 Sept 1994, she's a Sun Virgo; with Mars in excitable Cancer opposition Neptune Uranus in Capricorn which will be where her combustible temperament comes from. She's also got Saturn in Pisces trine Jupiter, North Node (and Venus) in Scorpio trine Mars in Cancer - so a creative, self-protective Water Grand Trine, formed into a Kite by the opposition, making the innovative and at times fanatical Uranus Neptune the driving planets. Uranus Neptune also trine her Sun and sextile Pluto - so she is very much of the new generation.
What's interesting is that her Solar Arc Sun is picking up the tr North Node by conjunction exactly as she was voted in, so right on the zeitgeist.
It won't be an easy first two years at Westminster since she has tr Uranus square her Mars and Neptune this year; and the highly frustrating tr Pluto square Mars in 2016/17. Tr Neptune is also conjunct her Saturn this year, so confusing and uncertain.

Oddly enough, or maybe not, her chart mirrors that of the Scotland 16 March 842AD chart with its Mars in Cancer opposition Neptune Saturn in Capricorn square Uranus in Aries. That chart looks deflated in 2015/16 with tr Neptune and tr Saturn hitting the Jupiter opposition Venus Mercury; and tr Pluto square tr Uranus moving with jolts and grinds round the Mars, Saturn Uranus for another two to three years.
Pakistan chopper crash - Algol  From: Marjorie(10 May 2015 18:13): 
The Taliban have claimed credit for bringing down a helicopter in Pakistan, killing the Norwegian and Philippine ambassadors and five others, injuring 17 more. The foreign dignitaries were being ferried to the inauguration of a ski resort chairlift in the area. Though reports say there was no firing and it was simply engine failure, followed by a fire when it hit the ground.
It occurred at 11.05 am on 8 May near Gilgit in Pakistan. Mars in the 10th was conjunct Algol, the 'destroyer' Fixed star, so not surprising there was at least one tragic event. There is a focal point Neptune in the 8th suggesting a hidden failure rather than an act of terrorism; plus Pluto in the 6th square a 9th house Uranus - which could point to a practical mishap, due to mechanical stress. Pluto aspects the Mars/Saturn midpoint.
The chart I have for the Taliban, 4 April 1996, does have tr Jupiter trine the Aries Sun now; tr Pluto moving to conjunct Jupiter over the next two years which is ominously confident; Solar Arc Jupiter conjunct Uranus exactly now. So it seems likely they were cheered by the deaths.
The Pakistan chart oddly has tr Jupiter conjunct Saturn Pluto which should be expansive. Though there is also tr Uranus square the 18 degree Cancer 10th house Moon - so undoubtedly a shock, especially to the ruling powers. In general it is a disappointing year for Pakistan with tr Neptune opposition the Solar Arc Mars and tr Saturn square Solar Arc Uranus and later this year Solar Arc MC and Mars. Tr Mars is about to conjunct the Pak Taurus North Node now which sounds like a collision.
Royal baby - and mother-in-law  From: Marjorie(09 May 2015 16:46): 
The Daily Mail, always guaranteed to provide distracting trivia from serious affairs of state, has proffered an explanation for Carole Middleton's boot-face when she drove, with Pippa, to see Princess Charlotte for the first time the day after her birth. She arrived half an hour before Prince Charles, minus husband Michael, who, according to the DM, felt she ought to pull back to avoid troublesome publicity about being over pushy.
Carole is evidently about to move in the Cambridge's country residence to oversee the early weeks (months?) of the new baby's life, despite there being a staff of nannies, cooks, housekeepers etc.
Carole's relationship chart with Prince Charles is certainly fraught with a composite hostile/power struggling Mars opposition Pluto with a sugar sweet Venus in square. So a veneer of politeness but underneath a fight for control.
CM's relationship with Prince William looks to be sagging gently over this year and more so next with tr Neptune and then tr Saturn hitting the composite Venus opposition Jupiter.
Not that William's relationship with his father is exactly delirious at the moment with tr Saturn opposition the composite Moon and conjunct the composite Jupiter across the next few months.

Michael and Carole's relationship looks edgy and disrupted across this summer and beyond, more so into 2016.

KateM is undoubtedly fond of her mother with C's Aquarius Sun conjunct K's Venus. Though C's heavily aspected Pluto does fall in K's 5th house of children, so she was always going to be possessive of grandchildren.

Carole does have her Solar Arc Sun conjunct her Mars sometime this year so there will be a collision or shock of some sort. And Kate has tr Uranus square her Capricorn Sun at the moment and repeating into next year so quite an unsettled time for her, with house moves and shifting family relationships.
UK - searching painfully for a new identity  From: Marjorie(09 May 2015 15:01): 
The UK chart ahead. Tr Pluto is moving through the 4th house until the late 2020s which is probably the most significant influence, bringing up deep discontent and resentment from the past, within the population. So there will be difficult adjustments to be made in terms of identity, roots and security.
Tr Uranus is moving through the 7th till the end of this decade which suggests fewer allies outside and more inclination to take an independent path.

I would have thought the likelihood of the UK splitting up would have come, if it was going to, when the tr Pluto square tr Uranus was hitting on the UK 10 degree Capricorn Sun, which is now past. Admittedly the 19 degree Cancer Moon has still to catch the effects of tr Uranus this year and tr Pluto in years following, so there will be a fair amount of wrangling ongoing. But even so, I would be less concerned, astrologically speaking, about a Union break up.

And if you look at the numbers, all the flap in the media at the moment is a bit premature. In the Scottish referendum last year 1.6 million voted for independence out of 4.2 million registered voters. In this General Election, 1.45 million voted SNP, which just happened to translate itself into 56 out of the 59 available seats. But the economic argument for Scottish independence is now worse than it was, with oil tanking downwards. I suspect there will be much foot dragging in the upper echelons of the SNP at any thought of another IndyRef anytime soon. Indeed if Cameron were to give full fiscal responsibility to Scotland now, it would leave a huge gap in the Scottish budget - well over £7 billion. So not an enticing prospect.

The EU, also with a 10 degree Capricorn Sun, is similarly less likely now to sunder apart or at least within the next few years. The argument for leaving sounds attractive when people are cross over Brussels' idiocies, but when it came to crunch point I reckon they'd back off. Which doesn't mean that the threat of it isn't handy for leverage in negotiations.
UK Election - 20 20 hindsight  From: Marjorie(08 May 2015 13:09): 
Looking at what went right and what was confusing about the astrology of the UK Election [see previous posts, Apr 2&3 2015 below]. Firstly the polls were massively wrong which is always a distraction when trying to do predictions - except in Scotland where the SNP cleared the decks, taking 56 out of 59 seats. The Tories have won an outright majority overall, albeit slender, which will allow them to rule without a coalition.

The Party charts were across the board more helpful than individual leaders' charts. The Tory chart has tr Pluto conjunct Mars/Jupiter which is a strong influence and very successful.
Both the SNP charts, 14 Dec 1933 and 7 Apr 1934 have Jupiter at 18 Libra so are getting the tr Uranus opposition in May which is a lucky break.

The Labour Party chart has tr Pluto square the loss-making Jupiter/Saturn; and an undermining tr Neptune opposition Jupiter/Pluto.

David Cameron apart from tr Pluto square his Libra Sun which is very challenging, has Solar Arc Jupiter conjunct his Pluto/Uranus midpoint, heading to conjunct his Uranus next year so luck was on his side. With a birth time of 5.30am, tr Jupiter is conjunct his Solar Arc MC which is definitely good. That would seem to point to 5.30am rather than 6 am.

Ed Miliband has tr Pluto conjunct his Solar Arc Neptune which looks flattening, indeed devastating; a low energy, droopy tr Uranus square Mars/Neptune; and a downbeat tr Saturn conjunct Sun/Jupiter. He has just resigned.

Nick Clegg of the LibDems was always in for a very rough year with his Capricorn Sun square Mars in Libra at 16/17 degrees getting walloped about by tr Uranus through the election and beyond, so upheavals and great frustration, ego-dents etc. He holds his seat but has resigned.

Where the astrology gets tricky is gauging people's reactions against the results in advance. Nigel Farage of UKIP who lost heavily and has resigned said: "There's a bit of me that's disappointed but there's a bit of me that's happier than I've felt in many, many years." Which shows up with tr Pluto square his Mars/Jupiter midpoint; and tr Jupiter trine his Sun exactly now.

SNP Nicola Sturgeon's chart was also not of much help since there was nothing on it reflecting a Yipee victory, except from July onwards when tr Jupiter starts to cross her MC and 10th. In fact she is sombre today at the prospect of a Tory Government when she had in mind being Kingmaker in a Labour-SNP coalition. Which was a point I raised earlier (17 April) and got a cyber-nat down my neck: 'NS says together (with Labour) is the only hope they have of defeating the Tories, despite the fact that the SNP's advance is likely to make a Labour win well-nigh impossible.' That was exactly what happened as Labour lost heavily to the SNP in Scotland, and in England, voters got frightened at the prospect and it pulled the shy Tories out of the woodwork.

So not always obvious. The above, of course, is with hindsight, since all the politicians had multiple influences, some of which reflected the pressures of a punishing, indeed brutal campaign.

The country still looks stuck (see yesterday's post) and George Osborne, the Tory Chancellor in the last Government, looks more than deflated later this month.
UK - at a low ebb  From: Marjorie(07 May 2015 16:48): 
The UK on the brink of the most muddled election in decades does not look remotely happy. The 1801 chart at the moment has tr Saturn square Pluto and square Solar Arc Jupiter, exact at the moment till 19th May. So stuck, deflated, confidence damped down. And then tr Saturn squares the Jupiter/Uranus midpoint till the end of May - so not exactly an ecstatic result, if indeed there's a result at all.
The Sec Prog Moon is still in the 8th till August which is always a quite anguished, undecided time. And the swampy tr Neptune trine MC goes on and on till August as well.
There'll be a definite upward surge, however, building towards the year's end with Solar Arc Jupiter exactly conjunct Pluto then. That is financially successful, a definite morale boost. So something will come out in the wash. It will just take its time.
Sawyer Sweeten - over-pressured child actor   From: Marjorie(06 May 2015 17:44): 
Sawyer Sweeten, the young star of Everybody Loves Raymond, who took his own life, left behind a twin from whom he was normally inseparable. He started acting at 16 months old and evidently had a history of depression, learning difficulties and ADHD, which apparently runs in the family.
Born 12 May 1995 he was a Sun Taurus opposition Pluto square Mars in Leo - so a really heavy chart, with a good deal of frustration, if not fear, reflected in it. He also had a Yod of Saturn in Pisces sextile Neptune inconjunct Mars - making his Mars hugely stressed.

His elder sister, Madylin, also an actress, 27 June 1991, first appeared on stage aged 3, then moved onto the cast of Everybody Loves Raymond aged five. So she didn't have a childhood either. She also had Pluto square Mars though in her case Mars is conjunct Jupiter Venus which would help boost her confidence. She's a Cancer with a Capricorn Moon. The parents were divorced.

Lee Thompson Young, 1 Feb 1984, another child actor who suicided aged 29, had Pluto conjunct Mars conjunct Saturn square his Aquarius New Moon - so again a very pressured chart with an afflicted Mars.
Syria - deeper into the mire  From: Marjorie(05 May 2015 16:28): 
There are conflicting reports from Syria that Bashar Assad is at his weakest since the four year civil war began with rebels making major advances. Even with the fog of war twisting the facts, he always did look to be facing major challenges this year and next.
On his Presidency chart, 17 July 2000, there is a highly strung Solar Arc Neptune conjunct Uranus coming exact very soon. And worse tr Uranus square Mars from June onwards for a year which is very insecure and desperate. Solar Arc Mars is moving to oppose the Neptune which is panicky failure and that will be in effect later this year into 2016. Plus a confidence-dampening tr Saturn square Jupiter and Pluto before this year end.

His own personal chart, has tr Pluto trine Uranus this year and sextile Saturn; as well as trine Pluto Sun in 2016/17/18 - so very pressured in terms of the need for change. Plus several high risk transits to midpoints.

Amnesty International has issued a report saying that this year the Syrian government aircraft launched continual attacks using barrel bombs - oil barrels, fuel tanks or gas cylinders packed with explosives, fuel, and metal fragments - on rebel-held areas of Aleppo, which "deliberately targeted civilians and civilian objects".
The report also documented widespread torture, arbitrary detention and abduction of civilians by both government security personnel and rebels in Aleppo.

The Syria 1 Jan 1944 12 am chart has been under a continual barrage of influences from the tr Uranus square tr Pluto on its Capricorn Sun, then the heavily undermining tr Neptune square Mars Uranus up till earlier this year. And tr Saturn opposing that Uranus Mars later this year. The March Pisces Eclipse opposed the Solar Arc MC and tr Pluto is now just hovering over the cusp of the 4th, suggesting many years ahead of domestic unrest if not an outright split. The Solar Arc Saturn will square Mars Uranus from late 2016 into 2017 - and is it just goes on and on.
The first ray of hope comes into 2017 when tr Uranus is trine Jupiter - but that's a long ways off with a daily death toll of horrific proportions.
Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg - tragic end  From: Marjorie(05 May 2015 16:27): 
Dave Goldberg, husband of Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg, and a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, has died in an accident at a Mexico resort. She has often spoken of her luck in finding a partner who would support her in a tough executive position.
Born 2 Oct 1967, he was a Libra Sun opposition a self-reliant Saturn in Aries; with a Virgo Moon Uranus Pluto in Virgo with Venus also in Virgo. He had Mars in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Leo - so planets in all three Fire signs. Very much at the forefront of that innovative 1960s Uranus Pluto generation.

She has a Virgo Sun which was close to his Venus; with Pluto in Virgo; and Uranus Jupiter in Libra conjunct his Sun. And she also had Mars in Sagittarius in a determined square to Pluto, like him. So lots of similarities and good connections.

Their relationship chart had a power-couple, confident and lucky composite Jupiter Sun Pluto conjunction. Though it did sit on one leg of a Yod in sextile to Neptune and inconjunct Saturn - which suggests quite a heavy fate.

On his chart at the moment tr Pluto is inconjunct Mars which would be accident-prone; with an undermining tr Neptune opposition Jupiter/Pluto. On hers there is a Solar Arc Pluto opposing Saturn which is very stuck and discouraging. Plus tr Neptune has been opposing her Sun with tr Saturn coming up to the square later this year. So not a good time for her.
Tiger Woods & Lindsey Vorn - two high profilers split  From: Marjorie(05 May 2015 16:26): 
Tiger Woods has split from his 3 year girlfriend Olympic ski racer Lindsey Vorn, both claiming over heavy demands from their schedules made it impossible to be together.
It was announced just as tr Saturn retrograded to conjunct their composite Sun so fairly much on cue.
They had a lot going for them with both having Venus in Scorpio closely conjunct and her Jupiter Mars being conjunct his Sun so she'd give him a definite morale boost. But her probably Leo Moon was conjunct his Saturn so work getting in the way.
Their relationship chart did have a composite Venus Uranus conjunction suggesting a need for space; and a hard-edged composite Mars opposition Saturn square Neptune so not really mutually supportive at an ego-level.
Helen Mirren - born to perform  From: Marjorie(02 May 2015 17:18): 
Helen Mirren just keeps rolling along, working endlessly and usually successfully, appearing glam at premieres and award ceremonies galore. She's up for another Tony in early June for her role as HM Queen Elizabeth in the Audience.
Born 26 July 1945 2am London, she has a 3rd house Sun Pluto in Leo with Pluto opposition Moon MC in Aquarius so intense, entertaining, intelligent, designed for a public career. Her Venus Uranus in Gemini are conjunct her Ascendant from the 12th. Mars in Gemini also in the 12th trines Neptune in Libra, sextiling onto her Sun Pluto - so magnifying her persona.

Her Solar Arc Mars is conjunct her Pluto, exact in 3 months time, which looks seriously stuck. But her Solar Arc Jupiter opposing her Mars will give her a lift. At the Tony Awards there is not much showing unless her birth time is slightly out in which case tr Jupiter may well be trine her Solar Arc MC.
Ruth Rendell - pushing the boundaries  From: Marjorie(02 May 2015 17:18): 
Ruth Rendell, the astonishingly prolific crime writer of Inspector Wexford books and pseudonymously as Barbara Vine, has died. She was born 17 Feb 1930 9am London.
She had an 11th house Aquarius Sun conjunct Venus in Pisces opposition Neptune - so drawn to fantasy. Her 10th house Mercury in Aquarius conjunct Mars was trine Jupiter, sextile Uranus - so a confident communicator, inventive and adventurous.
She had the tough, generational Saturn in Capricorn on her MC opposition Pluto in Cancer in the 4th square a 12th house Uranus and Pluto square a Libra Moon. She'd be well organised and disciplined with that Saturn. Her childhood home was fraught with an unhappy parental marriage and her mother dying young of multiple sclerosis.
Her Uranus being doubly emphasised on two focal points made her an innovator. Along with PD James she is credited with moving crime fiction onto a different level.
Her writer's 21st Harmonic was strong.
Royal Baby - Taurus with a Libra Moon  From: Marjorie(02 May 2015 15:36): 
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her second child, a girl, at 8.34 am London 2 May 2015.
She has an 11th house Taurus Sun with determined Mars also in Taurus and Mercury in Gemini also in the 11th,so she'll revel in having a wide circle of friends and be a good team worker. Her Sun is square Jupiter and trine Pluto - so enthusiastic, lucky and determined.
She was born with the Libra Moon opposing a 10th house Uranus square a 7th house Pluto so she'll have a complicated childhood and emotional life as an adult. Controlling, yet demanding the freedom to go her own way. Mother comes across as possessive yet erratic and unpredictable.
She has Neptune in Pisces conjunct her MC on the focal point of a T Square to Mercury opposition Saturn. At best this will make her a healer, able to understand and help those in need. Princess Alice, Prince Philip's mother, also had Neptune conjunct her MC and she latterly did a good deal of nursing and charity work. But the downside of this Neptune is disorganization, confusion, a tendency to disappear into fantasy.
There's a confident Jupiter in Leo in the 3rd so a good conversationalist and communicator and an excellent relationship with siblings, vitally necessary in a pressured Royal existence. A hidden Venus in Gemini in the 12th hints at feeling under-loved.
She has quite a few strong Harmonics - 7H is creative though can be manic or addiction prone. 9H - humanitarian or pleasure seeking. 11H - determined, obsessive. 12H - healer. 13H - touch of genius, though needs to have a break through for it to happen. 15H - actress. 17H - leaves a legacy behind.
Not an easy chart especially emotionally but lots of potential.
She's very different from her Cancerian brother who has a strongly Water and hidden chart. She's more outgoing, with only one Water sign, 3 Earth, 3 Fire, 3 Air.

Mercury's Messenger - a job well done  From: Marjorie(01 May 2015 18:27): 
Nasa's Messenger mission to Mercury crashed as expected into a region near Mercury's north pole on Thursday. It was hoped it would make a one-year mission studying the planet but in fact it gathered data for four years. It was launched on 3 Aug 2004 at 6.15am UTC from Cape Canaveral and provided a completely different view of Mercury to the one previously held.
Not surprisingly there was a strong Jupiter in the launch chart - Venus in Gemini opposition Pluto square Jupiter in Virgo. Mercury in hard-working, detailed Virgo opposed a 10th house Uranus Moon. A 3rd house Leo Sun opposed Neptune square North Node in Taurus - so cosmic.
Solar Arc Uranus was just over the conjunction to the 10th house Moon when it finally ran out of fuel.
Megawati Skukarnoputri - a powerful lady  From: Marjorie(01 May 2015 18:26): 
Megawati Sukarnoputri was Indonesia's first female president from 2001 to 2004 and is the leader of one of the country's largest political parties. Her father Sukarno was Indonesia's first president.
Born 23 January 1947 11pm Yogyakarta, Indonesia, she is tough, determined lay. She has Sun Mercury in Aquarius opposition Saturn Pluto in Leo; and an Air Grand Trine of Neptune a trine Uranus trine Aquarius Moon, formed into a Kite by Moon opposition Pluto.
Her Sun Mercury and Mars in Capricorn are all in her 4th house so family, roots, lineage very prominent in her chart, also backed up by that driving Moon Pluto.
She's in a low profile phase at the moment with tr Saturn in her 2nd for another year. And last year her Solar Arc Sun opposed her Neptune - so uncertain and undecided.
Her Uranus is in her 9th so an independent thinker.
Freddie Gray - a heavy karma  From: Marjorie(01 May 2015 18:23): 
Freddie Gray, the young black man who died in Baltimore police custody, with murder charges now being brought, was born on 19 Aug 1989.
He was a Sun Leo with the triple conjunction in Capricorn of Uranus Saturn Neptune. Those last three planets are trine Mars in Virgo, sextile Pluto. So he'd had a tough life and would be emotionally volatile.
His Venus in Libra may have been opposition an Aries (or late Pisces Moon) square Uranus Saturn Neptune opposition Jupiter - so he would have been very restless, spilling over with initiative, constantly on the go.
As a child he lived with a heroin-addicted mother in toxic lead housing and was deemed unfit to live a normal life because of high levels of lead in his system. He had a long rap sheet for drugs, burglary and assault.
What a mess of a life.
Going Clear: Scientology Prison of Belief  From: Marjorie(30 Apr 2015 18:26): 
A damning documentary called Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief has finally hit the airwaves in the US. It won't be broadcast in the UK because of some odd quirk with Northern Ireland having tighter libel laws, which could open it to a lawsuit, of which the Scientologists are very fond. Rotten Tomatoes website calls it 'devastating --. Scientology is laid bare by a film that skilfully knits together archive footage, testimonials from former high ranking officials and public, and dramatic reconstructions.'
It focuses on the founder Ron Hubbard, his flaky credentials and bizarre constructed sci-fi religion; as well as the fight to get tax exempt status allowing them to rake in billions; and their cultish practices, punishing those who step out of line and smearing those who leave. All hotly denied of course by the present President, god or whatever he calls himself David Miscavige.

Miscavige, 30 Apr 1960, has a powerful chart with an enduring and stubborn Taurus Sun trine financially ambitious Jupiter in Capricorn trine Pluto in Virgo. So business minded, talented, pushily confident, controlling. The Grand Trine forms into a Kite with Sun opposition Neptune in Scorpio - so focussing all that materialistic drive through Neptune. Visionary, delusional and/or slippery.
He looks shaken this year with tr Uranus square his Saturn in Capricorn picking up within days and repeating into 2016; and then a really tough slog with tr Pluto conjunct Saturn in years following.
He's got a very strong 5th Harmonic which is the one which likes to get a grip of life and shape it to the individual's will. And a rather nasty 10th Harmonic with can turn good or bad.
John Travolta is still pleading admiration for the outfit though his relationship with Miscavige has gone through troubling times in recent year; and will be seriously jolted in 2 years time.
Tom Cruise, likewise, has been sensing an undermining of the relationship with tr Neptune opposing the composite Pluto and worse in 2016 square the composite Sun. With really heavy insecurity and tensions between them in 2016 as well.
Jean Nidetch - leaving her mark  From: Marjorie(30 Apr 2015 18:26): 
Jean Nidetch has died, who founded Weight Watchers which became a global phenomenon. Born 12 Oct 1923 in New York she had weight problems herself and set up a group with friends to keep their motivation for dieting going. And it all took off from there.
She was a Sun Saturn Venus and Mercury in Libra so serious, hard working, charming. Her Scorpio Moon was probably conjunct Jupiter, square Neptune and maybe trine Pluto - all of which would make her indulgent but also motivated to make money.
Her 'healer' 12th harmonic is strong; as is her 'breakthrough' 13H and 'leaving-a-legacy-behind' 17H.
Baltimore - Uranus breaking the chains that bind  From: Marjorie(28 Apr 2015 18:03): 
The riots in Baltimore over the death in police custody of a young American black man led to widespread destruction and injuries amongst the police. It follows from the demos in Ferguson and other cities where the police have been accused of racism and heavy handed tactics.
Baltimore was founded on 30 July 1729. There's a fair amount of activity on the chart at the moment and over the next eighteen months. Tr Neptune is conjunct Saturn bringing uncertainty and anxiety. Solar Arc Pluto conjunct Jupiter bringing an upsurge of confidence and a power struggle between the haves and the havenots. Solar Arc Sun is approaching an opposition to Uranus and Solar Arc Uranus is also approaching an opposition to Saturn - so very unsettled, tensions reaching breaking point. A new road needs to be taken.
Jack Sheppard - the legend lives on  From: Marjorie(28 Apr 2015 18:02): 
Jack Sheppard was born into poverty in London on 4 March 1702 (OS), was executed aged 22, but managed to get himself embedded in the public consciousness as a thief and goal breaker. In later times his character was immortalised in the Beggar's Opera and many novels.
He had a Pisces Sun sitting midway between a Jupiter Saturn conjunction in Pisces and all of that squared onto Mars in Sagittarius. Saturn Jupiter frequently throws up iconic figures who fly too high and crash and burn. In his case in an impetuous square to Mars he would be a risk taker.

His 9th harmonic is especially strong which often occurs with those with a yearning for money. There's a Water and an Air Grand Trine in it plus probably a New Moon.

He was born 50 years after the English Civil War when there was a push for more equality. That period of tremendous ferment in the mid 17th century was when there was a Uranus Neptune conjunction in Sagittarius opposition Pluto in Gemini. Uranus Pluto would give the revolutionary fervour, Neptune Pluto a good deal of confusion and Uranus Neptune would foster new ideas. The Civil War shows up strongly in the England 973 chart and also in the 1066 one.
Jessye Norman - turning her voice to politics  From: Marjorie(28 Apr 2015 18:01): 
Jessye Norman, the international Wagnerian opera singer, has thrown her support behind Hillary Clinton as she did for Barack Obama. Born 19 Sep 1945 1.45 am Augusta, Georgia, she grew up in a loving, musical family at a time when segregation was the rule in the deep south. She has sung all over the world at La Scala and the Royal Opera House, in the US and all over the world. She has a majestic voice, a commanding personality and was a considerable size when she performed.
She has a 3rd house Virgo Sun sextile Saturn in Cancer just below her Ascendant, and square Uranus - so intelligent, a good talker, disciplined and very much her own person. She also has Jupiter Neptune in Libra in the 4th square a 12th house Mars North Node in Cancer - fair minded, supported by her happy family, daring. Her Aquarius Moon is in the 8th opposition Venus in Leo perhaps where she gets her taste in rich and sweet food.
She doesn't look altogether enthusiastic at the 2016 election with tr Saturn conjunct her Solar Arc Jupiter Neptune in the weeks after. Tr Uranus is just off the square to her Saturn so she'll be unsettled. Though tr Pluto is moving across her Descendant so she'll make her presence felt.
John Williams X 2 - music all the way  From: Marjorie(25 Apr 2015 18:07): 
John Williams, the Australian-born classical guitarist was 74 yesterday, 24 Apr 1941 Melbourne, AU. He's a Sun Venus in Taurus square Pluto so charming and intense. Taurus is often a musical sign though more often connected to singers. He also has Mars in Aquarius square Saturn Jupiter (Uranus) in Taurus - so he's not had an easy life but will be disciplined and staggeringly stubborn with all those Fixed planets. Plus the creative Uranus trine Neptune. Quite a tough time for him at the moment with tr Saturn just over hard aspects to his Fixed planets and tr Pluto coming up to trine his Saturn.

Oddly enough I looked up the other John Williams, the American film composer, 8 Feb 1932, by mistake. He's got Mars in mid Aquarius like the above, though in his case his Mars is conjunct Sun opposition Jupiter giving a slightly lighter, though still stubborn/enduring feel. He's got the generational Saturn in Capricorn opposition Pluto square Uranus in Aries - so innovative and tough. Plus Venus in musical/filmic Pisces trine Pluto which is creative. His Neptune is not much aspected though his Sun Mars opposition Jupiter squares onto his Saturn/Neptune midpoint and his Venus squares his Uranus/Neptune midpoint so it does tie in.
Grey's Anatomy - in mourning  From: Marjorie(25 Apr 2015 17:34): 
Television fans of Grey's Anatomy are distraught at the exit by fatal car crash of Dr McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey, who has been there through 11 seasons of the successful hospital series. He reportedly had been getting itchy feet in recent years and not seeing eye to eye with the show producer, the formidable Shonda Rhimes.
Oddly enough both are born on the same day 13 January so two ambitious Capricorns.
Dempsey, 13 Jan 1966 is a Sun trine Uranus Pluto. With Uranus Pluto opposition Saturn square Jupiter in Gemini - that latter Mutable T Square he shares with JK Rowling. So changeable but confident and successful.
He's possibly got Solar Arc Sun conjunct his Saturn around now which certainly looks like a separation. But some highs coming towards May onwards.

Shonda Rhimes, 13 Jan 1970, has a tough minded, quite ruthless Mars in Pisces opposition Pluto which doesn't sit too comfortably with Dempsey's Saturn. Their relationship chart has been through some tough times in the recent past with an enthusiasm dampening tr Saturn conjunct Neptune square Jupiter last year; and tr Neptune conjunct Mars which tr Saturn is now squaring. Plus perhaps a tr Uranus and/or tr Pluto on the composite Moon.

Grey's Anatomy launched on 27 March 2005 with an Aries Sun Venus Mercury opposition Jupiter which was sextile/trine Mars Neptune - so lucky, showbizzy. It could be running into some problems from June this year and a definite sag in 2016.
Nepal Earthquake - similarities to 1934 quake  From: Marjorie(25 Apr 2015 17:34): 
The death toll from the Nepal earthquake is well over 3000, including some Everest climbers and will probably rise. It's the worst quake since 1934.
The recent Lunar Eclipse set for Kathmandu puts Mercury Sun Uranus conjunct descendant opposition Moon North Node Ascendant square Pluto conjunct IC. So falling right across the angles with the disruptive Uranus Pluto tied into it.
The 15 Jan 1934 quake which killed nearly 20,000, happened just before a Lunar Eclipse which had Jupiter in 1st opp Uranus in Aries in 7th square Pluto in 10th. So fairly similar with a focal point Pluto being elbowed by Uranus.

On the Nepal, 29 May 1991 country chart, tr Neptune is exactly square the Gemini Sun. With Solar Arc Uranus in an unsettling conjunction to Saturn. And the tr Uranus square tr Pluto hitting on the Uranus Neptune conjunction in Capricorn.
Neptune and Pluto are often around at earthquakes because of the devastation, panic and confusion; with Uranus as well bringing upheaval.
Hillary Clinton - the banana skins  From: Marjorie(24 Apr 2015 11:11): 
Hillary Clinton is running into all manner of awkward questions about the Clinton family finances - and the possible conflicts of interest they have created with foreign governments making donations. There's a book due out early May, admittedly written by a Republican, but it seems well researched which will throw up more questions.

Her bid chart, 12 April 2015 just after 3pm, NY, does have Sun Uranus in the 8th - so hidden financial secrets emerging suddenly. With the North Node (tied into a T Square) in the 2nd house of personal finances - so money will be a major issue for her campaign. Plus that slippery 7th house Neptune. And a grandstanding Pluto in the 5th in a ruthless trine to Mars in the 9th house of foreign countries.
Plus a close Yod of Neptune sextile Mars inconjunct North Node in the 2nd; and another Yod of Node sextile Saturn inconjunct Mars; and another Yod of Jupiter sextile Node inconjunct Neptune - so lots of strain, arguments, evasions.

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