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Operation Protective Shield versus unprotected Gaza  From: Marjorie(30 Jul 2014 15:57): 
Operation Protective Shield was launched against Gaza in the early hours of 8th July 2014. I can't find any indication of when the first barrage began. The Cardinal Grand Square was in place and for symmetry's sake if Pluto goes on the MC at 12.30 am in Gaza then it opposes the Sun IC square Uranus on the Ascendant opposition Mars North Node Descendant. That is certainly explosive, power hungry, ruthless, a fight for control.
The Sun was trine Saturn as it sat (and still does) on a long stay at 16 degrees Scorpio; and trine Neptune so a Water Grand Trine formed into a Kite by Sun opposition Pluto (MC). Water Grand Trines can be overly protective to the extent that they detach themselves from reality. With Pluto the driving planet in a square to Mars there is a do-or-die feel about it - well from the Hamas point of view anyway.
There is also that Saturn trine Neptune, sextile Pluto on the midpoint which is still in place at the moment. Certainly Pluto sextile Saturn has a feel of war about it though on a lesser scale than the conjunction or harder aspects.
On this chart Pluto certainly trumps Uranus in effect which is discouraging.
Ottoman Empire - Pluto in Capricorn/Aquarius  From: Marjorie(30 Jul 2014 10:28): 
The Ottoman Empire was founded in 1299 just before the quadruple conjunction of 1306 with Saturn Uranus Neptune Jupiter in Scorpio. Pluto was in Aquarius. Osman Bey who gave it his name ruled during the Pluto in Capricorn which immediately preceded its start.
On the next Pluto in Capricorn it rose to its full glory under Suleiman the Magnificent who came to power with Pluto in early Capricorn, staying on the throne for 45 years.
On the next Pluto in Capricorn in 1776 the USA came into being. By this time and just after the Ottoman Empire was weakening after several debilitating wars against the Russians. Often empires which hit a crest on one Pluto in Capricorn sink during the next.
By 1918 the Ottoman Empire had become moribund and disintegrated with the Arabs under TE Lawrence speeding it to a complete end. Pluto was then in Cancer.
If there is an astrological strand in this it may be Pluto in Capricorn.
The end of the Ottoman Empire was a disreputable affair with the Brit and French colonial powers betraying the Arabs and carving up the Middle East after WW1 (see previous post on Sykes-Picot Agreement). In the near century since then tr Pluto has been moving towards the next conjunction in 2008.
Much though not all of the unrest in the list below could be put down to western inference. Where we are at the moment is with the UK and France both in post-empire decline and the USA standing back, more oil-sufficient than before. Were it not for Israel and the nuclear problem there might be a good reason just to back away and let the Middle East sort out its own squabbles.
In terms of Israel being detonated into a different mindset I have always thought the 2030s were probably the time. Then Pluto is well into Aquarius with Saturn in Leo and later towards 2040 Uranus in Leo, Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Taurus. This would accord with the Ottoman Empire 1299 chart with Pluto returning full circle for the 3rd time.

Old Ottoman Empire- 1299 to 1918:
1. Algeria - civil war
2. Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen (only part Ottoman ) - Arab Spring
3. Iraq - invasion and civil war/ISIS caliphate
4. Syria - civil war
5. Palestine/Israeli conflict
6. Lebanon - civil war
7. Turkey - civil war with Kurds, civil unrest
8. Georgia(only part of it was in Otttoman Empire) - invasion by Russian troops
9. Crimea - annexation by Russia
10. Ukraine - separatist movement, civil war
11. Yugoslavia - civil war
12. Kuwait - invasion by Iraq and Kuwaiti war
13. Eastern side of Saudi Arabia - civil unrest
Uranus Pluto - breaking the old moulds  From: Marjorie(30 Jul 2014 10:27): 
Just a brief reprise on Uranus square Pluto which has been causing disruptions, upheavals and constant change since 2012. There are another two exact aspects, one this December and one early in 2015 and then it will start to wane. Though it will take a year or two with a nearly exact aspect in early 2016; and the square still in orb till 2018.
Uranus was the sky god, and Pluto, god of the underworld, so they have totally different mindsets. Uranus wants to set free, to undermine the status quo, to rattle prison bars, and to aim for creative chaos rather than stability. Pluto is determined to maintain control at all costs, to repress, suppress, and maintain power in the hands of the autocrats and dictators.
Uranus is honest to a fault, tears down the veils of hypocrisy, shines light on hidden places, insists on full disclosure, and demands that the past be consigned to the dustbin. While Pluto battens down the hatches, thrives on secrecy and subterfuge, wields fear as a weapon against any attempt to undermine its control, and hangs on with grim determination to what has been.
The end result of Uranus-Pluto hard aspects is not always constructive, progressive, or helpful in laying new foundations that will stand the test of time. It can lead to anarchy and chaos at which point Pluto will step back into the frame in an attempt to hold the fragments together.
This is a Uranus Pluto square but the effects of hard aspects are relatively similar to the conjunctions.

Certain key dates in Jewish history, and the history of Jerusalem, fall under Uranus-Pluto conjunctions, starting with the Jewish revolt against the Romans in AD 70. The Romans then sacked Jerusalem, destroying the Temple, the ancient centre of Jewish religious life. This was the beginning of the Jewish diaspora, or dispersal. The winning of the Six Day War by the Israelis under the latest conjunction in 1967 saw the Jews occupy Jerusalem for the first time since they had been expelled.
Under another Uranus-Pluto conjunction, the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, the great mosque, was built on the Temple Mount in 691 by the Umayyad Caliph to commemorate the Muslim tradition that Mohammed ascended to Paradise from this spot, making it the third most holy place of Islam after Mecca and Medina.
There were also two major Jewish massacres under Uranus-Pluto, one sparked by religious differences, the other by anti-semitism. The first took place in the Rhineland in 1095 when Pope Urban II called for a crusade to free the holy places in Jerusalem; the second in 1348 in the wake of the 25 million deaths from the 'Black Death' plague in Europe, for which Jews were blamed.
The first of the European military Crusades to recover the holy places of Palestine from Muslim occupation were launched under a Uranus-Pluto conjunction in 1095. The Fourth Crusade, too, was undertaken on one of these conjunctions in 1204.

Astro puzzler - Israel winning a dishonourable battle  From: Marjorie(29 Jul 2014 17:45): 
I'm kind of stumped. Planes are falling out of the sky. Gaza is beyond a nightmare and everyone I know is overwrought, twanging with tension and fairly bad tempered. But why?
We've been through a series of Cardinal Grand Crosses earlier this year. Mars has now moved since July 26th into Scorpio so they have eased. The last Eclipses were not that horrific. Certainly tr Pluto is sitting on the midpoint of Saturn/Neptune which is 'heavy emotional depression'. And tr Uranus is in aspect to the Pluto/Node midpoint which is 'great upsets and emotional suffering.' But it doesn't seem quite enough to explain the present global unrest and anguish.

Both Israel and Hamas seem set on a suicide mission. Hamas since they will see Gaza almost obliterated. But Israel will also reap the whirlwind - winning the battle to lose the war. They are perceived to have split away from their ethical moorings and are losing what global support they had with every day's devastation in Gaza. More Jews and Israelis are speaking out to say 'not in my name'. The broader Arab world, not always that concerned with the plight of the Palestinians, are getting more incensed by the day, with anti-semitic attacks across Europe. There will be repercussions undoubtedly in the Middle East.

I keep staring at the Israel chart expecting to see a chink of light. But an 8th house Taurus Sun square Saturn (Pluto) Mars in Leo and exactly square the Mars/Saturn midpoint with Saturn Pluto in the 10th is entrenched beyond rational thought and won't budge this side of a total catastrophe. Their persecution complex rooted in their terrible history has turned them into persecutors in a way that has to ultimately prove self-destructive.
Their Chiron is in Scorpio opposition the Sun and square (Pluto) Saturn Mars - so their healing will come very hard indeed. And maybe not soon.
This year tr Uranus is trine the 10th house Saturn exactly now which is obviously bringing up tensions (soft aspects acting much like hard on country charts); and tr Uranus returns to trine their Pluto once more before the end of this year which will be an attempt at an upheaval but with such a Fixed chart they don't change easy. Tr Saturn will conjunct their Chiron, oppose their Sun and square Mars from late October to the end of this year as well so a sombre time with some setbacks.
But they'll also be buoyed up by their 'success' with tr Jupiter moving across their 10th now till this time next year. Their Solar Return for the year from May 2014 also has Jupiter in the 10th opposition Pluto on the IC square Mars Ascendant opposition Uranus Venus Descendant - so pushy, confident, aggressive, successful in their terms though losing allies with Uranus in 7th. Plus an intense 8th house Sun opposition Saturn Moon in Scorpio - so emotionally ambivalent and downbeat as well especially financially.

What does not bode well this week is the Mars square Jupiter on Friday since that has associations with individuals masking aggression in pursuit of a 'holy war'. Sakoian & Acker remark it is one of the most destructive aspects since goes in for self aggrandizing actions which gratify passions. The Afghanistan War was launched on a Mars opposition Jupiter in 2001. There's a strong tendency to hypocrisy especially using religion as a vehicle to whitewash dishonourable motives. And so it rolls on.
David Tredinnick - standing up to the bullies  From: Marjorie(29 Jul 2014 10:34): 
The UK David Tredinnick who sits on the health committee and the science and technology committee and has promoted complementary and alternative medicines has spoken out about the possible benefits of astrology in health care. He said "I am absolutely convinced that those who look at the map of the sky for the day that they were born and receive some professional guidance will find out a lot about themselves and it will make their lives easier."
Born 19 January 1950 he is a late degree Capricorn Sun conjunct Mercury there both trine Saturn in Virgo - so sensible, practical and the Virgo will give an inclination to health matters. He also has Jupiter Moon Venus in scientific Aquarius opposition Pluto and trine Mars Neptune in Libra so certainly good at publicity.
His revolutionary, leading-edge Uranus is on the focal point of a wide-ish T square to a Mars opposition North Node in Aries.
His Mercury is also opposition his Uranus/Pluto midpoint (upsetting the status quo); and his Jupiter is opposition his Saturn/Uranus midpoint (bringing in changes).
Whether it makes much difference is moot since there's the usual media comments in response making it sound ridiculous. I fear it'll take more than this to break down the barricades.
Livia Firth - crusading for a good cause  From: Marjorie(29 Jul 2014 10:33): 
Actor Colin Firth's elegant Italian wife Livia has been making her presence felt by promoting ego-sustainable values to celebrities in their clothes choices especially on the red carpet - ethics and aesthetics. Evidently she has a sign at home which says: 'Stop Bitching. Start a Revolution'. Which she seems to have successfully done in her own niche.
Born 4 Sept 1969 she is a Sun Virgo like Colin who has Sun Pluto Mercury in Virgo. She has Jupiter Mercury Uranus in Libra conjunct his Venus so her good taste certainly sits well with him plus her adventurous streak. Her own Venus is in flamboyant Leo. Her crusading Mars in Sagittarius is conjunct his Jupiter and opposition his Mars so together they are well suited to a high profile, constantly changing lifestyle which gives her a platform for her pet cause. Her Pluto does square his Mars and Jupiter so she'll be a power to be reckoned with in the relationship.
Their relationship chart is certainly lively enough with a composite Uranus Sun Pluto conjunction which ties in Venus on one side and Mars on the other. Quite a complicated mix with instant attraction from Venus Uranus Sun; possessive with Pluto; and constant upheavals from Uranus Pluto, not all of them calm with Mars involved.

Gunter Sachs' astrological survey book found that same signs married same signs much more often than you would imagine. Two Virgos don't sound like such a great idea together but it clearly works.
Barack Obama - a long goodbye  From: Marjorie(28 Jul 2014 14:53): 
There are several media stories suggesting Barack Obama is coasting his way through his Presidency playing endless rounds of golf and maybe purchasing a dream California home for his post-White House days. Though given that is two and a half years away it does seem early to be disengaging.
His Solar Return from Camp David last August did suggest the following year would be hidden, private, rather cut off from practicalities with a Water Grand Trine of a 12th house Saturn trine Neptune on the IC trine Jupiter in the 8th - with Mars Moon also in the 8th. Plus a charming Venus in the 10th. So buying a house would certainly suit the 8th house Jupiter Mars Moon opposition a 2nd house Pluto. There's a 9th house Moon - travel, reading, writing? And a restless 5th house Uranus.
His Solar Return for Aug 2014 for the year ahead set for Washington DC does look harder working with Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus in the 6th and a hefty collection of Mars, Saturn Moon in the 9th - so more substantial and irritated communication. Though a 1st house Neptune doesn't suggest too much on the pro-active front.

His 2nd Term chart, 20 Jan 2013 11.55am didn't look that idle with a 6/7th house Saturn though it is blocked in opposition to the Moon and widely square Mars - maybe he's just fed up with a broke political system that isn't given him leeway for manoeuvre.
His own chart does have tr Saturn crossing the MC from late this year and that might jolt him back into executive mode. Though his Venus/Jupiter midpoint is very activated at the moment by tr Uranus and in 2015/16 by tr Pluto - which tends to be lazy, frivolous, wasteful, putting on 'film-star mannerisms' which means all glitz and no substance.
All that hope and no follow through.
Tim Laurence & Princess Anne - cruising along  From: Marjorie(28 Jul 2014 14:52): 
Eyebrows have been raised about Princess Anne's naval husband Tim Laurence, who moved out of a Ministry of Defence job into a commercial property company which has just picked up a hefty MOD contract. Denials in all directions about conflicts of interest. They have together also bought themselves a half million pound boat for weekend jaunts. Theirs has been a fairly detached marriage with long periods apart tho' he turns up for state occasions and the occasional horse show.
Born 1 March 1955 2.30am? Tetbury, Eng he's a Pisces Sun square Gemini Moon on his Descendant with Venus in Capricorn opposition an 8th house Jupiter Uranus in Cancer square Neptune in Libra - so socially ambitious, fond of and good with money, dreamy/visionary. He also has a tough minded Pluto square Saturn in Scorpio.
Princess Anne is a Sun Pluto in Leo with a Moon Saturn in Virgo; and a private Water Grand Trine of Mars in Scorpio trine Uranus trine a 5th house sporting Jupiter.
Her Jupiter is conjunct his Sun and her Venus in Cancer is conjunct his Jupiter Uranus - so there is potential for fun. Both are quite Saturnine so extra hard working.
Their relationship chart is not that exciting but they've clearly made it work for themselves in some kind of fashion.
John Curry - exquisitely talented and unhappy  From: Marjorie(28 Jul 2014 14:50): 
John Curry was a thwarted ballet dancer who brought classical dancing skills to ice figure skating to win the 1976 Olympic Gold medal and World Championship. His bullying father prevented him becoming a dancer so he took to skates and revolutionised the sport. He latterly founded a touring skating company though his critical managerial style led to disputes. He was open about his homosexuality and latterly AIDs from which he died in 1994. He seemed a troubled man, not kind to his dancers and drawn to the sleazy S&M world.
Born 9 September 1949 he was a Sun Saturn in Virgo, descriptive of a critical father and his own perfectionist attitude which stood him in good stead in his training though not in his interpersonal relationships. He had an Aries Moon probably trine Mars, maybe trine Pluto and square Uranus with Jupiter in Capricorn square Venus in Libra with Mercury Neptune also in earlier Libra. His Sun was conjunct his Neptune/Pluto midpoint which would give him extreme sensitivity and a degree of inner confusion; and his Sun was also 75 degrees from Mars and square his Pluto/Node midpoint - so angry and slightly ruthless from that.
He did have a strong get-it-together 5th Harmonic; a marked 'victim' 12H; and his most notable was a leaving-a-legacy-for-history 17H.
A wonderful grace on ice and a sad life.
New Cambridge on the production line?  From: Marjorie (26 Jul 2014 11:39): 
A new Royal baby? Trouble is the Kate Middleton birth time is very iffy. But if it is accurate at 11.30 am then she has tr Jupiter going through her 5th house of children from now for the next 12 months which would be supportive for a pregnancy. Plus tr Uranus is square her Moon early next year and tr Pluto in opposition thro' 2015/16 - so lots of mothering Moon activity, though not all of it easy.
I've always thought Prince William's 5th house Venus in Taurus on the focal point of a Yod to a Neptune sextile Pluto pointed to the great significance of children in his life. I've also got it stuck in my head that his second child will be the one who really turns his life around.
His Sec Prog Venus will conjunct his Moon in 2015 exactly April/May - so that might be a pointer. And his Sec Prog Moon is trine his natal Venus then. Plus his Solar Arc Venus will conjunct his Descendant late 2015. He does have tr Uranus opposition his Mars/Jupiter from late May 2015 which I always associate with childbirth.
Though both he and the Duchess have peculiarly difficult hard aspects to Mars/Saturn and Mars/Pluto midpoints through 2014/15/16/17 - those are usually associated with high risk.
Prince George's 3rd being ruled by Saturn suggests some coolness or defensiveness with siblings which in the circumstances is understandable since he'll be groomed specifically for the ultimate lead role. Though he'll also gain nurturing from them (Moon) and find them evasive (Neptune). I'd imagine he wouldn't regard a new interloper with great glee at the start since he's quite an intense personality.
Tulisa - a troubled life  From: Marjorie(26 Jul 2014 11:37): 
Tulisa, an English hip hop singer song writer has been through a roller coaster few days having seen a cocaine honey-trap charge with her in the dock collapse and now being found guilty of assaulting a celebrity blogger.
Born 13 July 1989 in London she's a New Moon in Cancer with her Sun sextile Jupiter in Taurus and trine Mars in Pisces. Her Mars is also square Saturn Uranus in Sagittarius and Neptune in Capricorn. So quite a feisty, volatile lady.
She's the daughter of an Irish mother who was sectioned when she was five with bi-polar and schizoaffective disorder and a Greek Cypriot father.
She said she experienced violence, depression, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, anorexia nervosa, mental health issues, financial difficulties and bullying as a teenager, twice tried to commit suicide and self harmed.
Gaza - the insoluble problem  From: Marjorie(26 Jul 2014 11:37): 
Gaza - what's to say? The deaths mount and there are violent demos on the West Bank. Israel is being slated for making a disproportionate response. But Hamas are equally doing themselves no favours by using an already trapped population as shields and swearing Israel should be wiped from the face of the earth.
The Guardian has a decent editorial this morning pointing out that Ariel Sharon's withdrawal from Gaza (midnight 15 Aug 2005) while looking like a brave and fair-minded move was actually a cynical ploy to split the Palestinians and keep Gaza in 'formaldehyde' as an occupied territory. Israel retains control of its air space, coastal waters, trade, the movement of its people and its land border with Israel. That occupation, as one Israeli historian recently concluded, has "hardened those under its power".
Treat people badly and you will get extremists in control - as the Brits learned to their cost in Northern Ireland.
This year's Taurus and October Scorpio Solar Eclipses do rattle the Pluto in Scorpio of the Palestine 1988 chart, the Mars Pluto in Scorpio of the Hamas 1987 chart. And the Fixed T Square of the Gaza 1917 chart with Scorpio Sun on the point of a T Square to Saturn Neptune in Leo opposition Uranus.
The April Eclipse set for Gaza has Neptune conjunct the MC which makes sense of uncertainty. The late Oct 2014 Scorpio Eclipse falls conjunct the IC trine Neptune for Gaza which does not bode well.
Hamas' intent (?) was to gain leverage to open Gaza's borders in a peace settlement after the present provocation. But 2015 looks an undermining year for Gaza with Solar Arc Neptune conjunct Sun.
John Kerry who is running around flapping ineffectively looks to be even more at odds with Israel and Netanyahu in 2015 and is not going to finish his term feeling he has been a resounding success anywhere frankly.

London Review of Books: 31 July 2014
In 2004, a year before Israel's unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip, Dov Weissglass, éminence grise to Ariel Sharon, explained the initiative's purpose to an interviewer from Haaretz: 'The significance of the disengagement plan is the freezing of the peace process And when you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole package called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails, has been removed indefinitely from our agenda. And all this with a [US] presidential blessing and the ratification of both houses of Congress The disengagement is actually formaldehyde. It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.'
Elaine Lobl Konigsberg - finding her niche  From: Marjorie(24 Jul 2014 16:05): 
Elaine Lobl Kongisburg was an award winning writer and illustrator of children's books. She was brought up to believe she had to have a proper job so didn't start writing until after she had children. Her 'Mixed Up Files' where children ran away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art came out of her experiences in her own family.
Born 10 Feb 1930 she was a charming Sun Venus in Aquarius with Mars also in Aquarius. Her creative Neptune in Virgo was in an Earth Grand Trine to Saturn in Capricorn and North Node in Taurus so she'd be practical as well as talented. Her Neptune was also inconjunct Mars and widely inconjunct Uranus. And she had the gritty and innovative depression generations' Saturn opposition Pluto (Moon) in Cancer square Uranus. Plus a kindly, dreamy Jupiter square Neptune.
It's a pity there is no birth time since it is a slightly scattered chart but then she had multiple interests, having done her degree in chemistry and taught science before her artistic side emerged in painting and writing.
Dora Bryan - ups and downs  From: Marjorie(24 Jul 2014 16:04): 
Dora Bryan was a bright eyed chirpy actress best known for her dizzy, scatter brained roles but also at home in Pinter and Ibsen. She had a long varied career on stage and screen not without its heartaches and has died aged 91.
Born 7 February 1923 near Wigan, she wanted to be an actress from very young, acted in as a child and went on to rep and then the West End. She had a long marriage to cricketer Bill Lawton, had several nervous breakdowns due to miscarriages, suffered from alcoholism and their hotel business went bankrupt at one point. So not an easy life though on the surface successful.
She was a Sun Aquarius opposition Neptune square Jupiter in Scorpio - so certainly creative, kind, had a generally positive streak. She had a Water Grand Trine of Uranus trine Jupiter (Moon) in Scorpio trine Pluto - so a powerful inner emotional life. But she also had Mars in Aries opposition Saturn in square to Pluto which does suggest she would face difficulties in her life.
Her husband Bill, 4 June 1920, was a Sun Venus in Gemini which would suit her Aquarius Sun and he had Moon in Capricorn. Though there would be gritty edges with his Mars conjunct her Saturn.
Cyprus - another interminable dispute  From: Marjorie(22 Jul 2014 15:40): 
The Mediterranean island of Cyprus is now at the 40th anniversary of the Greek coup which led to partition and a continuing situation of simmering resentment on both the Turkish Cypriot (18%) and Greek Cypriot (75%) sides.

Potted history: Cyprus was a British colony for around 80 years until it was granted independence on 16 Aug 1960 at 12 am. In the years running up to 1960 Greek-backed EOKA terrorists attacked Brit military forces on the island aiming to eject them and become united with Greece. They also murdered Turkish Cypriots.
By 1974 Archbishop Makarios was President and resisting pressure from the pro-Greece faction. Though former British PM Alec Douglas Home wrote later in his memoirs that 'if Makarios could not bring himself to treat the Turkish Cypriots as human beings he was inviting the invasion and partition of the island.'
A Greek force backed by the Athens military junta duly invaded on July 15 1974 and were much condemned at the UN Security Council. Turkey asked the UK for assistance to protect its people and nothing was done. So five days later Turkish troops arrived and partitioned the north of the island.
Ever since, Turkey and the northern Turkish Cypriots have been castigated as the bad guys. Though it is difficult to see what alternative they had given the murder of their people over the previous decades.

This year there seems to be a renewed push to find a solution.

The 1960 chart is in itself descriptive of a country where feelings are likely to run high and hostile with
Mars Moon in Gemini square a 4th house Pluto Venus in Virgo. Pluto Venus are also trine an 8th house Saturn - so fairly resistant to change. There's also a Sun Uranus in Leo trine Jupiter in Sagittarius pointing to its other more adventurous face as a sunny tourist spot.
Tr Pluto is now moving through its 8th house of business and joint finances being conjunct Saturn till late 2015 - so not good news economically, very tight. Tr Uranus is also square that Saturn into Jan 2015 which will bring more economic instability.
Tr Neptune has already been opposing the 4th house Pluto Venus and continues on through 2015/16/17 to square Mars Moon - which doesn't look like a settled happy population. More like panicky, disappointed and undermined.
There's some faint hope of positive change from tr Uranus trine the Cyprus Uranus Sun and Jupiter in 2016 and from tr Uranus sextile the MC in 2017.
But experience from elsewhere would indicate that ethnically split countries where blood feuds have grown out of past atrocities do not unite easily if at all.
The Greece 1821 and Greece 1974 relationship charts with the Turkey 1923 chart look if anything more tense, hostile and fractious in the second half of this decade. So outside forces will do nothing to assist internal solutions for Cyprus.

Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart - bewitched  From: Marjorie(22 Jul 2014 10:56): 
Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart, 27 May 1948, just died, was a self-styled witch. With her husband, Oberon she dedicated her life to studying the "Dark Arts", helping him to run the world's only registered wizard academy, the Grey School of Wizardry, in California. There students learn about alchemy, horse whispering, wand-making, spell-casting and advanced "mathemagics".
She coined the term "polyamory" - having a romantic relationship with more than one person, which is now in the Oxford English Dictionary. She and her husband had an open marriage from the start in the 1970s.

She was a Sun Gemini trine Neptune and sextile Pluto (Saturn) in Leo - so another of those Sun Neptune Pluto types who can be powerful and visionary. Her Sun was also square a hard working and assertive Mars in Virgo; her Venus squared an uncommitted Neptune; and her Jupiter in Sagittarius was in an adventurous opposition to Uranus. Her Moon may have been in Aquarius (which sounds likely) and possibly opposed Pluto.
Her husband Oberon who describes himself as a neo-paganist, was born 30 Nov 1942. There charts are remarkably similar. He has a Sagittarius Sun Mercury Venus sextile Neptune, trine Pluto and opposition Uranus Saturn in Gemini. With a determined Mars in Scorpio in an enthusiastic trine to Jupiter in Cancer.
Their relationship chart looks well suited to jointly running an alternative project with an enthusiastic visionary composite Mars Jupiter Neptune conjunction trine Uranus, sextile Pluto; and probably a Water Grand Trine of composite Sun trine a steady Saturn maybe trine Moon.
Iggy Azalea - finding her niche  From: Marjorie(22 Jul 2014 10:55): 
Australian recording artist Iggy Azalea, born 7 June 1990, moved to the US when she was sixteen to pursue a career in hip hop music and has had several Billboard Hot 100 hits. She said she was drawn to the States because she felt like an outsider in her own country.
What's interesting is that she picked a musical genre which is predominantly black music in which she will also always be an outsider albeit a successful one.
Her chart certainly shows strain and difficulty fitting in with her Gemini Sun on the focal point of a Yod to Pluto sextile Neptune.
Her Pluto is not only inconjunct Sun but also opposition Venus Mercury, sextile Neptune Uranus and trine Saturn making her ultra determined and passionate about what she does. She has Jupiter in Cancer opposition Neptune Uranus widely square Mars in impulsive Aries - so will be confident, fanatical at times and quite abrasive, attracted to risk. She evidently left at 16 telling her parents she was going to the US on holiday and never returned. So brave or foolhardy. But it worked.
It's a tricky chart but she seems to have found an oddball niche which soaks up her idiosyncracies - and is making a success of it.
Amazon - bulldozing ahead for now  From: Marjorie(22 Jul 2014 10:53): 
Amazon was incorporated 20 years ago in July 1994 and had its first sale on 16 July 1995. That latter chart makes most sense of the scale of the world's largest internet retailer and its killer business strategy.
A Cancer Sun is in a Water Grand Trine to Saturn (Moon) in Pisces and Pluto in Scorpio, formed into two kites with Sun opposition Uranus Neptune in Capricorn and Saturn opposition Mars in Virgo. So it forms a three quarter Grand Sextile in a driving locomotive shaped chart.
The Cancer Sun gives it a nose for what the public want in terms of home deliveries. Sun Saturn Pluto is hard, enduring, tough. Made even tougher with the addition of Mars Saturn. Not overflowing with sensitive or sentimentality that's for sure. Sun Uranus Neptune gives inspirational flare.
Along the way there have been losses, legal disputes, complaints about poorly paid workers and public indignation about tax avoidance strategies. But it survived the 2000 Dotcom bubble burst and just keeps ploughing ahead regardless.
Ex-Wall Street financier Jeff Bezos whose bullish tactics and entrepreneurial flair created and constantly renews its goals was born 12 Jan 1964. He's an ambitious, aggressive Sun Mars in Capricorn with Sun trine Pluto (Uranus) sextile Neptune - so controlling and visionary. His Mercury in Capricorn opposes North Node in cancer squares onto a pro-active Jupiter in Aries boosting his confidence. Plus he has a cool to chilly Venus Saturn in Aquarius square Neptune. Not a cuddly teddy bear of a personality.
There'll be a setback or two maybe financial in 2015 for Amazon as Solar Arc Saturn squares the Amaz Venus. But where it gets interesting is by 2016 and onwards as tr Uranus squares Bezos' Capricorn Sun and the Amazon Cancer Sun and opposes the composite Sun Pluto conjunction on the Bezos/Amazon 1st sale chart. He sells up? He's ousted? One way or another there'll be a tremendous upheaval all round.
Paranoid conspiracists - right and wrong  From: Marjorie(21 Jul 2014 11:32): 
Where to start? Paranoid conspiracies have always been with us indeed they were more rife in old peasant societies. When the Black Death (bubonic plague) came in the 13/14th century the Jews were blamed, persecuted and thrown out. Someone had to be to blame. Look at the old Greek tragedies Oedipus in particular. Plague and pestilence devastated the land so there must be some cause, someone had sinned.
Some of the above stems from ignorance about rat-borne diseases and nature just being damagingly whimsical. But it's also about people trying not to feel powerless or out of control. If we can find someone to blame we can fix/destroy them and our problems get solved.

Apologies for the psycho-babble but psychoanalyst Melanie Klein was especially good on the paranoid-schizoid position. This occurs early in an infant's life when great fear and anxiety threaten to overwhelm the six month old baby's fragile developing ego. Baby is totally dependent. The world and everyone in it are felt as a threat to survival. So in order to cope - to make sense, albeit a constructed sense, out of its knife edge situation - the baby splits the world into all good and all bad. E.g. Mama is my superwoman protector; Pa is a bastard and out to get me.
Where individuals get stuck because of a dysfunctional family setup at this stage - they then as adults project those infantile fears onto the world at large. Someone is out to get me.
So paranoid conspiracy theories come out of a mix of total powerlessness, an acutely anxious temperament and fearful suspicion of an evil, usually deceptive authority figure.
The human psyche struggles always to maintain cohesion and it does this by constructing a 'reality' which is often at variance with the real reality. We feel better when we can make sense of a situation by making (forcing) it into a coherent story. There's a book called The Shattered Self in which the author says that individuals who have been acutely traumatised/shattered most often have an obsessively strong drive to find meaning in life.
Meaning and a coherent explanation hold the psyche together when it threatens to implode.
So paranoid conspiracy theories which often join random unconnected dots together are in part an artificial and very effective way of staving off madness.

But just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get me. People who are acutely sensitive to danger often do pick up what other more trusting souls miss. Since they also tend to be outsiders they can sometimes see that the emperor has no clothes where the more socialized just go with the group-think that tells them their rulers are benign good guys. But the problem is since the paranoids distrust the entire world, think everyone in authority lies about everything, they see danger and falsehood wherever they look.
It takes a fairly robust ego to withstand uncertainty and not knowing - and not to 'split' psychologically which inevitably leads to blaming someone. This means accepting that some explanations will take time, some things will never be known, some things may in their essence be unknowable and many things are just random chance. Sh** happens.
The first Malaysia plane may just have had a mechanical/cargo fault and have been a terrible accident. We may never know. It is hard and must be agonising for relatives. No closure.
Looking at the charts of David Icke and Alex Jones, the foremost conspiracy theorists of the moment, whose influence is magnified because of the internet.
Icke has a Sun (Jupiter) opposition Mars square Pluto; and Moon Uranus square a Saturn Neptune opp Mercury. He describes himself as a child as fearful, nervous and shy to the point of fainting. So great fear from Mars Pluto, high anxiety from Moon Uranus Saturn Neptune; and an overwhelming need to be in control from a focal point Fixed Pluto. Huge amounts of anger against authority figures.
Alex Jones, the conspiracy radio presenter, is a Sun Jupiter in Aquarius square Mars in Taurus, 135 degrees Pluto, trine Saturn trine Moon Uranus. So not wildly dissimilar to Icke. He is a right wing anti-government zealot who are a breed peculiar to the USA.

Is it more common nowadays? I'd doubt it. We're more aware of it because of the net. And certainly global communication means the horrors of the entire world daily flood our senses. We're also much more aware of the fallibility of our rulers whom 50 years back were held in high regard along with priests, ministers, doctors, lawyers and accountants. It is scary living in a world where you don't know who you can trust. So back to babies again.
Astrologically? God died according to Nietszche in the late 19th Century at least in the west. I reckon the Neptune Pluto conjunction of the late 19th Century which produced Hitler, Mao, Stalin etc who devastated the 20th Century and left us somewhat tattered is part of it. It also oversaw the rise of the scandalmongering yellow press which has gradually eroded public trust in the great and the good.
The present Uranus square Pluto is also causing huge disruptions and an acutely unsettled fearful mood in the world. Pluto in Capricorn is attempting grindingly slowly to transform governments and the finance world. Ultimately it should (cross fingers) produce a more robust sense of justice and decent government and more trust in authority figures.
That apart I haven't the foggiest idea.
20th Harmonic - shock  From: Marjorie(21 Jul 2014 09:57): 
I don't usually look at the 20th Harmonic since it is time consuming even on a pc running down the entire list of 5,7,8,9,11,12,13,15,17,19,21,22th Harmonics. But thinking of it as shocking awakenings does make sense of many crash, disaster charts.

Air France take off 2009 20H: Mars opp Saturn square Sun Mercury; Uranus trine Neptune Pluto Jupiter trine Moon.

TWA 800 1996 takeoff 20H: Pluto opp Mercury Moon square Jupiter Node; Venus opp Mars MC square Neptune; Mars trine Pluto.

Lockerbie crash takeoff 20H: Node opp Saturn square Pluto opp MC; Mars trine Neptune trine Jupiter.

Malaysia MH17 take off 20H: Jupiter opp MC Moon square Venus opp Mars; Mercury trine Saturn trine Venus.

All of the above are takeoff charts not the time of the crash itself. It seems to be informative also of the moment of impact.

9/11 20H: Sun opposition Uranus Moon square Saturn opposition Jupiter; with Venus opposition North Node square MC; and Neptune Pluto conjunct.

Hiroshima: Moon Saturn opp Node square MC Uranus Neptune.

Pearl Harbour 20H: Saturn Pluto Neptune conjunction square Venus Mercury.

Charles Farthing - pioneering medic  From: Marjorie(21 Jul 2014 09:56): 
Charles Farthing, born New Zealand 22 April 1953, was one of the earliest medicals to spot AIDs when working as a dermatologist in London in the early 1980s. He helped on public information campaigns, knew Princess Diana and Elton John. He moved to the US and continued working on drug therapy research, even testing one vaccine on himself.
He was an early Sun Taurus; with Venus in Aries opposition Saturn Neptune in Libra square Uranus - so an experimenter, in at the leading edge, concerned about creating a better society. He had a robustly confident and pro-active Mars Jupiter in Taurus square Pluto (Moon) in Leo. Not an emotionally easy life but certainly he had initiative to spare and plenty of drive. Plus his North Node was in Aquarius which functions best if there is a passionate cause to which life can be devoted.
His healing/sacrifice 12th harmonic was very descriptive with a Jupiter sextile Pluto and Mars Saturn conjunction sitting on the midpoint - so a confident push on a deadly issue. Mars Saturn also opposed the Node and squared the Sun on the 12H tying his work into the zeitgeist.

Michael Morton - not ground down by unfairness  From: Marjorie(20 Jul 2014 13:47): 
Michael Morton has just published his memoir of spending 25 years in jail for the murder of his wife, a crime he did not commit. DNA evidence finally emerged to implicate the real murderer who it is thought went on to commit at least one more. Charges of prosecutorial misconduct followed because of mistakes in the original trial where evidence had been suppressed or not followed through. He lost not only his wife and his freedom but also his son who was adopted and in his teens decided he no longer wished to know his father. Doesn't bear thinking about. Texas law has been amended after his release to make evidence more accessible.

Born 12 Aug 1954 in Williamson, Texas he is a Sun Pluto in Leo trine Mars in Sagittarius which sextiles onto Neptune in Libra - so quite a heavy feel. Mars Pluto always has this dual facet of being the ruthless one or the dominated one.
His tough-minded 8H and 16H are strong, just as well for surviving 25 years inside. His victim 12H is even more aspected.
He has been reunited with his now married son and seems remarkably unvengeful and is quoted as saying:
"In the end, if you are lucky, you see that our trials are what improve us. And if you are very lucky and somewhat insightful, you see that whatever your trial has been, it is exactly what you needed. Our trials make us who we are."

Joep Lange - a loss to medicine  From: Marjorie(20 Jul 2014 13:46): 
Joep Lange, a Dutch clinical researcher into HIV therapy and ex-President of the International AIDS Society was killed in the Malaysia MH17 crash. Born 25 Sept 1954 in the Netherlands he was a Sun Libra with a Virgo Moon and Jupiter Uranus in late Cancer square Neptune Mercury in late Libra. So the tr Sun square Mars would hit those latter planets.
His 'healing' 12th Harmonic (often strong in doctors' charts) is exceptionally heavily aspected. That had a Yod of Sun sextile Uranus trine Mars (Moon). With Uranus trine Saturn, sextiling onto the 12H Sun and the Sun square Neptune; and Neptune inconjunct Saturn. Plus a Jupiter Pluto conjunction trine Venus. So innovation but also strain.
He left a wife and five daughters.
James Garner - Sun Jupiter in 7th for a 58 year marriage  From: Marjorie(20 Jul 2014 13:45): 
James Garner, the veteran American actor of television and screen has died. Best known for his role in Maverick and The Rockford Files he also had a memorable film career right up to The Notebook in 2004.
Born 7 April 1928 6pm Norman, Oklahoma (ADB), he lost his mother at 5, had a stepmother who beat him, joined the Merchant Marine during WW11 at 16, served in the US army in Korea and thereafter rapidly made his name in acting. He married Lois Clarke, a mother of a daughter from a previous marriage, on 17 Aug 1956 whom he had only known for two weeks. They had another daughter and were together till he died.
He had a 7th house Sun Jupiter conjunction in Aries as befits someone who has the good fortune to attract a good partner in life. His Sun Jupiter squared onto Pluto in the 10th so he was confident and controlling. His Sun Jupiter was also in a Fire Grand Trine to Neptune in Leo trine Saturn in Sagittarius so he'd be extra-confident, inspirational, demanding of attention. He also had a Water Grand Trine from a Scorpio Moon to Pluto to Mercury Venus in Pisces - so emotionally private, creative, a dreamer. His Mars in Pisces in the entertaining 5th house opposed Neptune so he was custom-built for a showbizzy career.

I can't find a birth date for his wife of 58 years. But his wedding chart is very locked together with Sun Pluto square Saturn and a pressured Saturn trine Mars. I wouldn't imagine he was the easiest personality.
Malaysia MH17 - a catalyst for worsening relations  From: Marjorie(18 Jul 2014 16:33): 
The Malaysia MH17 crash could be a game changer for the Ukraine crisis or more pointedly for Russia's relationship with the West if it can be proved that it was shot down as some reports suggest by a Russian missile given to Ukrainian separatists.
Investigating the crash will not be easy in what is effectively a war zone with Russia now wanting their investigators to take charge. There has already been talk recently of the diplomatic mood freezing to Cold War temperatures over sanctions being applied by the west. These are likely to increase if it turns out to be a Russian missile.
Putin's own chart is bedevilled by the tr Uranus square tr Pluto square in hard aspect to his 13 degree Libra Sun this year and next. Into 2015 tr Uranus moves to oppose his Saturn and thereafter Neptune - so a longish period of high anxiety and discouragement with tr Pluto square his Sun/Saturn in 2015/16 which is depressingly stuck. Along with a disappointing tr Neptune conjunct Mars/Jupiter midpoint.
In the immediate few months he has tr Saturn opposition his Jupiter in Sept and square his Pluto in Oct - so his enthusiasm and power for manoeuvre will be at a low ebb.
His Presidency chart, 7 May 2012 12.10pm, is equally unhappy with tr Neptune opposing his Mars all year bringing a sense of panicky failure, returning exactly again in the final days of this month through August. He's also got tr Pluto opposing his Sun/Mars exactly now which is frustrated and enraged and that runs till late Nov this year. Over the coming six months Solar Arc moves to close the square to the 5th house Pluto to exact which suggests a feeling of high instability with perhaps yet another major jolt to dent his image. And diminish his prospects.
The Russia 1917 chart's relationship with the USA certainly shows a major reversal of diplomatic chemistry with tr Uranus conjunct the composite Pluto now and moving back to conjunct the Uranus in the autumn. With tr Pluto moving to square Uranus Pluto from 2015 for three years; plus tr Pluto trine Sun Saturn in 2015/16 - which will be very heavy going indeed.
The Russia 1917/EU relationship chart has an exact hit at the moment with the jolting, high tension tr Uranus opposition the composite Saturn as well as the suspicious, miscommunication tr Neptune square Mercury. Again that relationship will worsen through 2015 and for several years beyond.
The Russia 1991 relationship chart with both EU and the USA has much less showing at the moment.
Elaine Stritch - Aquarian fireball  From: Marjorie(18 Jul 2014 11:37): 
'Loud, funny and frank' were words often used to describe American Broadway and Hollywood star Elaine Stritch who has just died. Born 2 Feb 1925 5 am Detroit MI (ADB) she was brought up devoutly RC, didn't lose her virginity till nearly 30 and didn't marry until her late 40s. She did start drinking alcohol in her teens and it was a problem which plagued her for decades.
She was as befits a comedy actress a Sun Aquarius with a Gemini Moon. Her Sun opposed an 8th house Neptune North Node in Leo square Saturn in Scorpio. Neptune in the 8th often appears in major stars' charts giving them an aura for the public at large. She had zany outspoken Uranus in her 3rd trine Pluto and trine Saturn with Pluto opposition Jupiter forming a Kite with a confident, expansive Jupiter as the driving planet.
She was evidently a mistress of the put-down which may come partly from her intense and forceful Pluto in the 7th. She also had fiery Mars in Aries in her 4th square Venus Mercury in Capricorn so she could be insensitive.
Her Mars was super-charged not only being in Aries but also being conjunct her Sun/Pluto midpoint, opposition her Jupiter North Node and square her Sun/Jupiter and Pluto/Node. She did have her vulnerabilities but she could also plough like a tank through other people.

Her creative 5th and actorly 15th harmonic were strongly apsected.
Malaysia MH17 - Sun Mars  From: Marjorie(18 Jul 2014 11:36): 
There were 80 children aboard the crashed Malaysia MH17 which was shot down last night above Grabova, Ukraine at around 2.15pm GMT. It left Amsterdam Airport at 12.15 pm local time.
The takeoff chart has Mercury in Cancer conjunct MC opposition Pluto square an Aries Moon closely conjunct the Descendant. So certainly emotionally intense and catching public attention. The Cancer Sun was just over the square to the Libra North Node and within less than a degree of being square Mars. Uranus was widely opposition Mars, square Pluto and inconjunct Saturn. Jupiter just into Leo was trine Moon and conjunct Sun.
The Sun Mars is certainly accident prone but it does come round reasonably frequently. Relocating the chart to Ukraine puts Jupiter conjunct MC and Mars conjunct Ascendant.
It's not I would have to say the worst takeoff chart ending in a crash that I've seen especially one brought down by a missile. I'd have expected to see stronger Mars Uranus plus perhaps Pluto aspects. The 8th Harmonic does put Mars opposition Moon MC and Saturn opposition North Node square Pluto which is a touch more stark. The 16H puts Mars Moon MC conjunct.

Having skipped fairly rapidly down the list of passenger/crew birth dates there are a surprising number with Cancer or Water or Cardinal planets in that last decan which would pick up the tr Sun square Mars North Node.
The Captain, 2 Sept 1964 had Mars Venus (Moon) at 21/23 Cancer.
B: 22 Pisces Sun with Venus at 21 Aries.
C: Mars Venus at 20/22 Pisces trine Saturn 26 Scorpio, sextile Jupiter 26 Capricorn.
D: 26 Pisces Sun trine Jupiter 24 Cancer trine Neptune 24 Scorpio
E: 27 Cancer Sun square 28 Jupiter in Aries
F: 18 Scorpio Sun trine Mars 18 Cancer opposition Saturn 14 Capricorn.
G: Mars 24 Capricorn square Jupiter 20 Libra. Scorpio Sun
H: Early degree Scorpio Sun Venus Mars trine Jupiter in Pisces widely trine Saturn at 18 Cancer.
I: Early degree Sun Saturn Mercury in Cancer square Pluto; with Moon Uranus last decan Libra.
J: Last decan Libra Sun opposition Libra Moon; Venus Neptune last decan Scorpio.
K: 17/18 Scorpio Sun with Mars 26 Aries opposition Uranus 24 Libra
L: Uranus in Libra square Jupiter Venus in Capricorn - all last decan.
M: Moon probably last decan Cancer. Tr Pluto trine Mars.
The plane was carrying a good many professionals to an AIDS/HIV conference so perhaps the proliferation of Water signs is not surprising.
UK child abuse - Scorpio Eclipses + Pluto  From: Marjorie(17 Jul 2014 10:04): 
The UK is being thoroughly unnerved and sickened by seemingly endless streams of child abuse/paedophilia allegations.
What is astrologically relevant is that the Eclipses at the moment are in Scorpio/Taurus as they were over the run up to and the trial of Rosemary West in 1995 which had the nation on its knees from revulsion.
Why it has particular effect for the UK is the heavily aspected 8th house Mars in Taurus in the 1801 chart. These Scorpio/Taurus Eclipses were in 1994/5 and are in 2013/14 tugging away at that 8th house. Additionally over the past two years since the Jimmy Savile story split open Pandora's box tr Pluto has been trine that Mars. It will return to that exact aspect mid July to late November this year so the pressure will escalate from now through the November Scorpio Eclipse.
When the Cleveland child abuse story surfaced in 1987/88 and the botched Butler-Sloss report managed to bury it again tr Pluto was in Scorpio opposing the UK Mars. So there was a failed opportunity to transform. The forces for action were met by an even stronger force for maintaining the status quo.
The UK chart is enormously Fixed with Mars Venus Neptune Saturn spread out in a wide Fixed Grand Cross - budging that takes some doing.
Tr Pluto has now moved on two signs into Capricorn so maybe just maybe Pluto's transformative powers might just manage to clean out some of the sewers.
Gerald Baden-Clay - family tragedy  From: Marjorie(17 Jul 2014 10:03): 
Gerald Baden-Clay, the great grandson of Scouts founder Baden-Powell is appealing his guilty sentence for the murder of his wife Allison in 2012.
Born 9 Sept 1970 he has Mars Sun Mercury Pluto spread out through Virgo with a Sagittarius Moon. His wife Allison 1 July 1968 (net sources) was a Sun Mars Venus in Cancer with a Virgo Moon. There are some positive cross overs between their charts but her Sun Mars Venus were square his Uranus which would bring up tensions.
Their relationship chart (birth dates being accurate) had an 'unkind' composite Sun Mercury Mars square Saturn which was being jolted at the time of her death by tr Uranus trine Mars. Tr Pluto was also exactly opposition her Cancer Sun at that point.
Their wedding chart, 23 Aug 1997, had indications of some romance with Venus sextile Pluto though Venus was also trine Uranus. More pointedly there was a Sun square a controlling Pluto and trine a potentially disappointing Neptune.
Alice Coachman - another confident Scorpio  From: Marjorie(17 Jul 2014 10:02): 
Alice Coachman, an American athlete and high jumper who was the first black woman to win an Olympic medal in 1948 has died aged 90. She was born only 11 days earlier than Nadine Gordimer (South African writer and anti-apartheid activist see post below).
Both have the stalwart collection of Mercury Sun Jupiter in Scorpio square Neptune in Leo. Alice Coachman has a closer healing, creative Water Grand Trine of Uranus to Pluto to Sun Mercury. But lacked Gordimer's fiery, confident Fire Grand Trine.

She was presented with her medal by King George VI and met President Harry Truman at the White House. Back home at the official ceremony in Albany blacks and whites in the audience were segregated, the town's white mayor refused to shake her hand and she was ushered out of the building by a side entrance. She received anonymous gifts from white admirers who did not want their neighbours to know they had sent a black woman a present.
She then retired from athletics to become a teacher, raise a family and create a foundation to help young and retired athletes in financial difficulties.
Sandra Bullock - dark experience  From: Marjorie(16 Jul 2014 09:57): 
American actress, film producer Sandra Bullock's house was recently broken into by a stalker fan who was also a gun-nut. He climbed over a barbed wire perimeter fence and she came face to face with him outside her bedroom door. He was later charged with stalking offences and owning a cache of machine guns! He claimed he meant her no harm but was convinced she was meant to be his wife. Who'd be a high profile celebrity?

His charge sheet gives his birth date as 4 June 1975 which is fascinating since he shares it with Angelina Jolie, Russell Brand and Jeremy Bieber (alcoholic, violent father of Justin. Damian McBride (McPoison former spin doctor of Gordon Brown) is 5 June 1975. And the dire tv loudmouth Katie Hopkins is 31 May a few days earlier. All share the same Sun Gemini opposition Neptune, trine Pluto. With Mars Jupiter in Aries opposition Pluto widely square Saturn in Cancer. And for those born exactly on the 4th there is also an Aries Moon conjunct Mars opposition Pluto probably square Saturn. All are high-octane personalities, most with troubled psychological issues - tho' clearly living them out in different ways.
There is nothing too interesting about the synastry between Sandra Bullock and stalker Joshua Corbett except his Sun falls in her 12th widely conjunct her Venus, his Pluto falls in her 4th and his Venus in Cancer is conjunct her early Leo Sun. But nothing too precise.
Their relationship chart does show a Venus Sun conjunction hence his 'affection', which is sextile Jupiter Saturn - so hot and cold. What is more apt is (probably) a composite Moon opposition Pluto, sextile Mars and trine Neptune - which would give rise to delusional possessiveness.
Cheryl Cole - un coup de foudre  From: Marjorie(16 Jul 2014 09:56): 
Cheryl Cole, English singer and television personality (X Factor etc) has married her boyfriend of three months, former French playboy now restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
She was born 30 June 1983 8.39pm Barnet, England and if net sources are to be believed he was born 29 Aug 1980.
She's a Sun Cancer Moon Pisces while he would be on that date a Virgo Sun Aries Moon. So opposites in temperament though he does have Venus in Cancer which will tune into her Cancer Sun; and she has her Venus in Leo and Uranus Jupiter in Sagittarius which will help to resonate with his Aries Moon.
She's been through a very tough time in recent years with the tr Uranus square tr Pluto hitting on her 7th house Sun Mars in Cancer causing all manner of upsets and challenges. She's now clear of all that and probably more mature as a result. Tr Jupiter has just been moving through her 7th house, good for close relationships, as she met JB and is now moving through her 8th which is good for positive emotional changes. Her career should be on a more stable path now with tr Saturn crossing her MC and Solar Arc Jupiter into her 1st. Tho' she'll always have ups and downs having quite a heavy chart - with her Neptune Asc opp Sun Mars trine/sextile Saturn Pluto in Libra.

Their relationship chart (his birth date being OK) is romantic and affectionate with a composite Sun Venus Mercury conjunction which is usefully sextile Saturn giving a hint of longevity. There's also a confident, good-for-success Jupiter Pluto conjunction on the point of a mini Grand Trine of showbizzy Mars trine Neptune. So good things going on but since life is never perfect there's also a volatile Mars square Uranus which will lead to arguments.
The wedding chart, 7 July 2014, certainly hints at a married life that won't be dull with Sun opposition Pluto square Uranus opposition Mars. There wil be revolving crisis and upsets along the way. There's also an emotionally private Water Grand Trine of Moon Saturn trine Sun trine Neptune formed into a Kite by Sun opposition Pluto - so could be quite a power couple, though also subject to internal power struggles as well.
Syria - ISIS grabs territory  From: Marjorie(16 Jul 2014 09:55): 
While the world's media has been focussed on Gaza, Isis fighters have captured much of eastern Syria in the past few days. Using tanks and artillery seized in Iraq, it is establishing dominance over the opposition to al-Assad. Other rebel groups are fleeing or pledging allegiance to the Isis/Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's caliphate. [See Robert Fisk in today's].
The Middle East ever was a place of shifting alliances but this one is giving Western politicos a particular headache. When the trouble in Syria first blew up there was an acidly apposite cartoon with Obama trying to see through the dust fog of a brawling fight of heavily armed Arabs, saying 'Hey can the good guys put their hands up.' Good question.

The Syria 1 Jan 1944 12 am Damascus chart has been thoroughly pounded by the tr Uranus square tr Pluto hitting its 9 degree Capricorn Sun over the past several years. Now the disruptive square has moved to hit the 14 degree Cancer MC and 13 Libra Ascendant in 2014/15/16 - so yet more challenging upheavals. Tr Neptune is still to make another two of the panicky, undermining squares to the Syria Mars Uranus conjunction in Gemini Sept/Oct this year and across the New Year into January. Tr Uranus is also trine the Solar Arc Mars Uranus now and on into 2015. Since the Mars Uranus is on one leg of a Yod in sextile to Pluto inconjunct Sun - it is a major crisis point in Syria's history. By late 2015 Solar Arc Sun (on the focal point of the Yod) squares the Syria Saturn for yet another discouraging setback.
Bashar Assad's Presidency chart, 17 July 2000, is being jolted by tr Saturn square Uranus this Sept and tr Neptune conjunct the Jupiter/Pluto midpoint in Aug and early in 2015 undermining his confidence and power. But 2015 is worse. Both tr Saturn in Sagittarius and tr Neptune are attacking the presidency Jupiter opposition Pluto through in 2016/17. Tr Uranus squares the Pres Mars at 20 degrees Cancer from June 1015 for a year thereafter which is explosive and insecure. And the Solar Arc Venus opposition Neptune will collide with the Pres Uranus through 2015 as well.
And so it rolls on with escalating problems from tr Uranus square the Sun/Mars midpoint and then the Sun.
The Isis relationship charts with Syria and the Assad Presidency look fraught over the coming years as well.
William Hague - pastures new  From: Marjorie(15 Jul 2014 10:08): 
UK Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie best friend for her Rape Campaign, William Hague is a surprise move in David Cameron's reshuffle. He has announced he won't stand for election post 2015.
Although a brilliant speaker and popular politically he's never seemed at ease in the Foreign Secy role and never recovered from the tabloid stories of him sharing a room with a young male political aide a few years back. He was forced into a humiliating response about his wife Ffiona's problems conceiving a child.
Born 26 March 1961 maybe 5.40 am Rotherham, Eng (I never trust these circa 6am political birth times which always sound invented.)
Whatever the birth time he's had a poleaxing few years with the tr Uranus square tr Pluto bouncing off his 5 degree Aries Sun and they are still hammering away this year at his 11 degree Mars in Cancer. So hugely stressful.
He says he wants to write post-Westminster and explore other activities free of the restraints of office. He has already written a biography of William Pitt the Younger and on William Wilberforce, the anti-slave campaigner.
If his birth time is reasonably accurate then his career has a fair ways to run with tr Saturn rising towards the MC 2016 onwards for six years.
Nadine Gordimer - passing of an era  From: Marjorie(15 Jul 2014 10:07): 
Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer and political activist, very involved from early on in the anti-apartheid movement has died aged 90.
She was born on 20 Nov 1923 to a refugee Latvian father and a mother much concerned with black poverty. After the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960 she became much more involved politically, helped edit Nelson Mandela's speech from the dock before he was imprisoned and was one of the first people he asked to see when he was released.
Nadine Gordimer was a determined and enthusiastic Sun Jupiter Mercury in Scorpio square an idealistic, creative Neptune in Leo. She almost certainly had a confident inspirational Fire Grand Trine of an Aries Moon trine Venus in Sagittarius trine Neptune. Formed into a Kite by Moon opposition Mars Saturn in Libra - so had the grit to fight dangerous battles. She also had Pluto in Cancer trine Uranus in Pisces which was too wide to make a Water Grand Trine with her Scorpio planets but the creative, private, healing feel would still be there.
Garth Brooks - an Irish dream broken  From: Marjorie(15 Jul 2014 10:06): 
Garth Brooks, the hugely popular American country and western singer/songwriter has confirmed that none of his five Irish shows will take place. He had planned to play for 400,000 fans (just slightly less than 10% of the Irish population) on five consecutive nights in Dublin. Local regulations only allow for three because of traffic and noise nuisance for houses neighbouring the park venue. He refused to cut the number of concerts though you'd think the promoters might have worked out the problem before selling tickets for the gigs.

Born 7 Feb 1962 1.07pm Tulsa Oklahoma into a musical family he has an extraordinary six planets in Aquarius. His Sun Jupiter Venus are conjunct his Aquarius Midheaven from the 9th. His Mercury is conjunct his Sun Jupiter Venus and he also has a Mars Saturn conjunction in early Aquarius. He has Uranus in the 4th opposition his MC and Pluto also in the 4th. His Leo North Node opposes Mercury Sun Jupiter Venus squaring onto his Neptune in the 5th/6th. His Neptune is also square his Mars Saturn. So a very Neptunian Aquarian.

His chart certainly blends well with that of Ireland 6 Dec 1922 5pm Dublin since it has an Aquarius MC conjunct Mars. His unaspected Pisces Moon also falls in the Ireland 10th and his Neptune in Ireland's 'entertainment' 5th.

His relationship chart with Ireland has the composite Taurus (throat/voice) on the Ascendant; Jupiter in the money making 8th; and the composite musical Neptune in the performing 5th house so very much a good fit. But tr Uranus is exactly square the composite Sun at the moment upsetting the applecart.

On his personal chart tr Saturn is squaring his Sun Jupiter Venus MC between now and the late autumn so a down patch. But he'll bounce in 2015 with tr Uranus sextile his Sun Jupiter. Thereafter is more troublesome especially in late 2016/17 when his Solar Arc Pluto squares his Saturn Mars which looks accident prone and very blocked.
Sofie Grabol - drawn to the dark side  From: Marjorie(14 Jul 2014 12:08): 
Danish actress, Sofie Grabol sprang to international fame in her role as detective Sarah Lund in the stark TV drama The Killing about the sadistic murder of a schoolgirl. She's appearing soon on stage at the Edinburgh Festival as Margaret of Denmark, Queen of Scotland, wife of King James 111 in the 15th century.
Born 30 July 1968 Sofie Grabol is a charming Sun Venus in Leo with a Libra Moon. Though what suited her for her grisly Killing role was her Mars in Cancer trine Neptune, sextiling onto Pluto Uranus in Virgo and square Saturn in Aries. So Mars aspecting all four outer planets which is heavy and into the dark side even if only in her creative work. Plus she has a Yod of Neptune sextile Pluto Uranus inconjunct Saturn in Aries - which is fated, rather bleak, requiring considerable maturity and strength of character to get the best out of it.
Nina Simone - angelic voice, demonic temperament  From: Marjorie(14 Jul 2014 12:07): 
There's a biopic coming out soon (maybe if legal problems resolve) about Nina Simone, the wonderful soul singer, songwriter, pianist. As a human being she was a tortured, plagued by depression and alcoholism. A child prodigy she had wanted to be the first black classical concert pianist but was denied a place in a whites only school. She became a civil rights activist, had a violent marriage from which she fled to Barbados and finally Liberia. Her daughter has spoken for the first time about her unhappy childhood with her 'monster' of a mother.
Nina Simone was born 21 Feb 1933 6 am Tryon, North Carolina (ADB)She was a Sun Pisces opposition Neptune with Mercury in Pisces opposition Neptune Mars Jupiter in Virgo. So certainly suited to a musical career. But her 12th house Capricorn Moon opposition Pluto square Uranus in Aries suggests an unpredictable unstable personality who would rarely if ever find emotional peace. Her Venus in Aquarius conjunct Saturn on her Ascendant also described her sense of unloveableness. Not an easy individual.
Her daughter Simone 12 Sep 1962 was sent to work at 12 to support her mother through a bleak patch, went into the Air Force, then became a singer with no support from her mother. She was cut out of her will and has been fighting a series of battles over her mother's estate since then.
Their relationship chart is truly horrible with a composite Moon Saturn opposition Mars Pluto with Uranus opposition Venus - doesn't get much worse than that. Cold, hostile, unkind to the point of cruelty.
Ian Thorpe - finding ways out of depression  From: Marjorie(14 Jul 2014 12:06): 
Australian Olympics and World championship gold medal-winning swimmer has come out in an interview to say after years of public denial that he is gay. He said he thought keeping it secret was contributing to his long term depression. Just a pity it is an issue at all.
Born 13 Oct 1982 10.52 am Sydney, AU to two sporting parents, he has a charming Sun Venus in Libra in his 10th. But the major configuration of his chart is an 8th house Leo Moon trine a 12th house Neptune, sextiling onto Saturn Pluto in Libra in his 10th and his Moon also squares Uranus. So really heavy Moon aspects and Saturn pluto can certainly be depressive. His Sun sits on his Venus/Saturn midpoint and his Neptune squares his Sun/Moon midpoint. So he will have struggled to find emotional self esteem and certainty about his feelings.
He seems only to have made his mind up within the past few weeks to be open about himself. That was when his Progressed Moon was crossing his natal Pluto and Saturn so bringing intense and anguished feelings. And indeed about 9 months ago his Progressed Moon was conjunct his Sun indicating a new beginning. Tr Uranus is also trine his Mars bringing some insecurity though also perhaps the courage for a change.
Dave Legeno - into the furnace  From: Marjorie(12 Jul 2014 09:55): 
English actor Dave Legeno, 12 Oct 1963, was a boxer and martial arts expert, coming to fame in Guy Ritchie's Snatch and subsequently appearing in Harry Potter films among others. He's been found dead in Death Valley, California probably from heat related issues though whether it was accidental or not hasn't been announced.
His Libra Sun opposed a pro-active, enthusiastic Jupiter in Aries squaring onto a North Node in Cancer - so he expected a good deal of life and pitched his hopes high.
He also had the showbizzy, filmic Mars Neptune in Scorpio on the focal point of a Fixed T Square to Saturn in Aquarius opposition an entertaining Leo Moon. So a toughie who hankered after the bright lights and glamour of a movie career.
His Moon aspects are not easy so a fairly harsh or deprived childhood and with his Sun conjunct his Mars/Pluto midpoint fairly driven. Ebertin describes Sun=Mars/Pluto as a tendency to work till collapse, injury, accident. So he would push himself beyond the limits of endurance.
Tr Uranus is exactly opposition his Mars/Pluto midpoint at the moment which again Ebertin describes as disaster or calamity of great consequence.
He also had a Yod in his chart of Saturn sextile Jupiter inconjunct Pluto. Tr Pluto is at the moment pulling on that Pluto by trine. A Yod focal point Pluto gives an extreme perspective, a sense of being out of step with ordinary, everyday living. So he'd be continually pushing himself deeper into himself.
Death Valley is known as one of the hottest places on earth with temperatures often reaching 120F (45C).
Gaza - eternal torment  From: Marjorie(11 Jul 2014 17:18): 
Israel versus Palestinians in Gaza. Israel 0 Gazans 100 dead 600 injured. And so it goes on.
A weakened Hamas losing allies with recent changes of Middle Eastern governments, in Egypt especially, and short of money has recklessly pushed ahead with firing rockets into Israel in the hope that peace after hostilities might bring them more leverage. Israel with overwhelmingly more force and having skewered the recent peace process as per usual is being its standard truculent self.
An Israeli politician, Ayelet Shaked, further right of Netanyahu, writes in her Facebook this week that all men and women in Gaza are enemy combatants since they stand behind the terrorists, and 'their blood shall be on all their heads. This includes the mothers of the martyrs, who should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there." "Who is the enemy? The Palestinian people. Why? Ask them, they started it."

An occupied people 'kept in formaldehyde' and they should be sweetly submissive?
The UN is now querying the targeting of civilians in Gaza as war crimes - for all the difference that will make.

Shaked was born 7 May 1976 and is a Sun Jupiter Venus in Taurus so very tuned into Israel's Sun North Node in Taurus. She also has an unpleasantly aggressive Mars Saturn in Cancer which sits exactly conjunct Israel's Cancer MC. She epitomises how the Israelis see the Palestinians.

Mercifully there are some Israelis with a more humanitarian sense of right and wrong. Gideon Levy, a campaigner for the occupied territories, is one: "My biggest struggle," he says, "is to rehumanize the Palestinians. There's a whole machinery of brainwashing in Israel - from early childhood. [We are taught] a few narratives that it's very hard to break. That we Israelis are the ultimate and only victims. That the Palestinians are born to kill, and their hatred is irrational. That the Palestinians are not human beings like us. So you get a society without any moral doubts, without any questions marks, with hardly public debate. To raise your voice against all this is very hard."

Back to the astrology.

Hamas, 14 Dec 1987, has Solar Arc Jupiter opposition its Pluto now which usually accompanies an over confident push which can backfire. They look under increasing pressure in the next two or three years.

Gaza, 9 Nov 1917 9am EET, has Solar Arc Saturn conjunct its Scorpio Sun over the devastating Israeli attack in late Dec 2008. Now it has tr Saturn conjunct its Scorpio Sun with Solar Arc Neptune within a degree of being conjunct its Sun - so nothing looking too hopeful on that score over the coming year. It isn't as bad at the moment as it was in 2008 but certainly not great.
The Gaza Israel relationship chart is under very depressing Saturn influences through 2014/15. With some Uranian jolts to follow in 2015/16/17.

The Israel EU relationship will be under severe stress in 2015 with tr Uranus opposing the composite Mars Saturn and square the composite Uranus - and that does not bode well since it looks like extreme aggravation over military action. The USA looks thoroughly depressed, desperate to see changes but unclear how to make them happen.

Christine Lagarde - at fives and sevens  From: Marjorie(11 Jul 2014 11:16): 
IMF head Christine Lagarde has said that global economic activity should strengthen in the second half of this year and accelerate in 2015, although momentum could be weaker than expected. She did appear to go off on a rhapsody about the number seven (URL below with transcript excerpts). Maybe she was being ironic, witty, getting bored with tedious economic guff. She doesn't look the occult sort.

Born 1 Jan 1956 1.40pm Paris, France, she has a 9th house Capricorn Sun, semi-sextile a charming, detached Venus in Aquarius in the 10th. Plus a ferociously determined Mars Saturn in Scorpio in her 7th square a Leo Moon Pluto conj Jupiter in Virgo in the 5th. A very powerful personality.
Mind you her Jupiter is conjunct her Uranus/Neptune midpoint which could suggest an interest in spiritual, mystical, psychic matters. Surprisingly often top level finance people are drawn to the non-material realm for answers.

Her birth number is 5. But looking at her Harmonics she does have a Mystic Rectangle in her 7H and a Yod - so maybe she feels attuned to 7. Mind you her 5H, 8H, 9H and 13H are also marked.

There's a good finance piece for anyone who is interested:

Melvyn Bragg - Mars Pluto Saturn  From: Marjorie(09 Jul 2014 10:37): 
Melvyn Bragg, television arts presenter and novelist, has been talking of the clinical depression which has been with him since he was 12 years old leading to two breakdowns. His first wife committed suicide when they were separated and turned out to have had a history of suicide attempts prior to that which he didn't know about.
Born 6 Oct 1939 12.10 am Carlisle, Eng, he has Sun Venus Mercury in Libra in the 4th with his Sun opposition Jupiter in Aries conjunct his Pisces MC. He also has Saturn in Aries in his 10th opposition his Mercury and square Pluto in his 1st which is opposition Mars in Aquarius. So a very heavy chart despite the light Libra touch.
He was born a month after World War 11 broke out and with his father away fighting for six years, he became very close to his mother, sleeping in her bed and resenting the stranger who was his father when he returned.
That Mars opposition Pluto square Saturn in Aries of 1939 is a very tough combination which has produced some notable personalities - Ayatollah Khamaeini of Iran, Leon Brittan, Archbishop Sean Brady - but not easy to live with. Mars Pluto especially brings up great frustration and fear. Bragg said in his teens he was frightened out of his mind every day from the moment he woke up till the moment he went to sleep.
His mother was clearly a great influence on him with his Jupiter Saturn and Uranus all in his 10th. So encouraging, critical, rather unpredictable. He said his workaholic streak (Saturn in Aries in 10th) is what keeps his depression at bay.
His 12th house Cancer Moon squares his Sun and his Jupiter - so fitting him for a public and creative career.

John Bishop - the light and the dark  From: Marjorie(09 Jul 2014 10:36): 
English comedian John Bishop who has had a string of successes on television and in stand up and has done sterling charitable work mainly for Sport Relief was born 30 Nov 1966 in Liverpool.
He's certainly ultra charming with a Sun Venus in Sagittarius (a good comedians' sign) trine Jupiter in Leo - so appears open, outgoing, happy go lucky. But he's also got that rather fearsome Pluto Uranus Mars conjunction in Virgo opposition Saturn in Pisces. So he'll have a fair number of inner demons, anger, some depression. He's got a creative Mercury Neptune in Scorpio sextile those Virgo planets. And probably a Cancer Moon which may be square his Mars, could even with an early morning birth be square his Saturn as well. Though he's been married for 20 years with three sons so he's clearly channelled much of his internal aggravations into a public career as one might expected with a focal point Moon.
He's in a lucky phase with his Solar Arc Jupiter moving across his Uranus Pluto conjunction - between 2012 and 2016. Though tr Neptune squaring his Sun this year into 2015 will be a touch lacklustre.
Pakistan - chinks of light along with long term difficulties  From: Marjorie(09 Jul 2014 10:34): 
In Pakistan around three quarters of a million people have fled a major military offensive against the Taliban in the North Waziristan tribal area. The military has vowed to wipe out insurgent strongholds after an attack on Karachi airport last month which effectively ended the peace process with the Pakistani Taliban. It is claimed so far that 399 militants and 20 soldiers have been killed. The area is currently off-limits to journalists, making it impossible to verify military claims.
The Zarb-e-Azb operation launched on June 15 2014 has a fearsome Mars opposition Uranus square Pluto Moon in Capricorn - so utterly determined, intense, forceful, high risk, explosive.
Whether it will solve Pakistan's terrorist problem is questionable in the short term. This year there is a tr Uranus trine Pakistan's Saturn Pluto Venus conjunction in Leo which certainly indicates a change of strategy where 'war' is concerned.
But there is also a tr Neptune opposition Solar Arc Mars MC running till late Jan 2015 which looks directionless, panicked about failure. Tr Saturn then in 2015 squares that Solar Arc Mars MC which usually accompany setbacks. Before then tr Saturn will also conjunct Jupiter and square the Pak Leo Sun again this Sept/Oct which looks discouraged.
From 2015 May 2015 for a year tr Uranus squares the Pakistan Moon which looks like a highly unsettled population and indeed government.
September 2016 Jupiter crosses the Pak Asc moving into its first house which will raise confidence domestically. And there is a faint possibility that tr Uranus sextile the MC from mid 2017 for a year will bring a positive change of direction. By 2017 as well tr Pluto is sextile the Pak Jupiter which is good economically and confidence-wise but it also opposes the Pak Moon for two years which suggests a surge of intense popular feeling perhaps against the government and perhaps also since tr Pluto is in the 4th internal schisms.
It'll take a huge amount of pressure to change Pakistan since it is one of the Saturn Pluto countries - and they tend to stick in the same furrow for a very long time. But on the other hand tr Uranus trine all these Leo planets - Saturn Pluto Venus and finally Sun in 2015/16 will help to budge it over a bit.
Rolf Harris wedding - Neptunian smokescreen  From: Marjorie(05 Jul 2014 10:25): 
Not sure if you can bear anymore Rolf Harris but since there is interest in how his marriage held together through all this murk, he was married on 1 March 1958 in London. There was a very emphasised Jupiter Neptune in Scorpio conjunct - on the point of a T square to a Venus opposition Uranus; with Sun Mercury also trine Neptune North Node Jupiter trine a Cancer Moon as well. So an evasive, elusive, deceptive Neptunian feel to it. The Water Grand Trine would add an air of great secrecy to it as well as more than a hint of unreality.
HMS Queen Elizabeth - glorious white elephant  From: Marjorie(05 Jul 2014 10:24): 
HM Queen Elizabeth yesterday launched the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth of gargantuan size in Rosyth, Fife at around 12 noon. Just a pity we can't afford planes to put on it. The price is staggering and it may not go into active service until 2020.
It has an extraordinary chart with a Water Grand Trine of Cancer Sun trine Neptune trine Saturn, formed into a Kite by Sun Pluto. With Pluto Sun in a Cardinal Grand Square to the Mars opposition Uranus. It's life is not going to be short of excitement that's for sure.
It might get into service early as tr Pluto squares the Mars around 2019 in that tricky period in terms of war. Maybe we can borrow another country's planes.
Ibraham al-Asiri - another Sun Pluto Neptune  From: Marjorie(05 Jul 2014 10:21): 
Ibrahim al-Asiri, is the Saudi born Al Quaeda bomb maker, Yemen-based, who is causing this latest airport security clampdown. He has been associated with terrorist atrocities over the past few years. There have been several reports of his death but none confirmed.
Born 18 April 1982 in Riyadh (wiki) he's a Sun Aries in a bleak and stalwart opposition to Saturn Pluto in Libra with Sun trine Neptune in Sagittarius. That Sun in aspect to Neptune and Pluto does seem to throw up a remarkable number of people of significance, both in business and elsewhere. Pluto's control plus Neptune's vision can give a megalomaniac tinge to a personality. And the grimly determined Saturn Pluto adds a further element of rigour to it.
He's also got a Yod of Mars in a high adrenaline, explosive sextile to Uranus inconjunct Mercury in Taurus - so quick a witted outsider who turns his intelligence to making bombs. That certainly fits.
This is all fairly iffy since based on maybes and mights in terms of data and indeed everything else. But if it's accurate then this year looks upbeat/successful for him from mid July to late November though also extremely risky right through this year. From 2015 tr Uranus starts to oppose his Saturn, moving through his Sun Pluto Saturn midpoints for three years thereafter - so a time of turmoil and upheaval.
Louis Zamperini - obstinately optimistic  From: Marjorie(05 Jul 2014 10:20): 
Louis Zamperini, an American Olympic distance runner, Japanese prisoner of war and inspirational speaker with an extraordinary life has died aged 97. A film based on a book about his life 'Unbroken', directed by Angelina Jolie is due for release this year.
Born on 26 Jan 1917 in New York to an Italian immigrant family he spoke no English initially and was bullied at school so he learnt to box as a defence, became a serial delinquent and petty thief and his family pushed him into running to get him out of trouble. He competed in the Berlin 1936 Olympics and met Hitler.
During World War 11 his plane was shot down and he survived for 47 days on a raft in the South Pacific. Captured by the Japanese he was starved beaten and tortured for two and a half years, being lucky to escape with his life.
He was a Sun Mars Uranus in Aquarius so feisty and stubborn. His Sun opposed Neptune giving him that odd athletic Neptunian signature. His Mercury North Node in Capricorn opposed Saturn in Cancer (conj Neptune) square Jupiter in Aries. That eternally optimistic Jupiter would stand him in good stead giving him hope in the bleakest of moments. More than a third of US servicemen who were Japanese prisoners of war died compared to only one per cent of German POWs.
When his plane went down in 1943 tr Pluto in early Leo was conjunct his Neptune and moved on to oppose his Sun. In the two years thereafter tr Pluto opposed his Sun/Mars and Mars/Neptune midpoints for his time of incarceration.
His transition back into post-war life was exceptionally difficult as he suffered from severe PTSD, not surprisingly, as tr Pluto opposed his Mars and Mars/Uranus midpoints. Finally when tr Pluto opposed his Uranus in 1949 he became a born again Christian after a Billy Graham rally which turned his life round.
A remarkable man.

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