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Rob Ford - a rubber ball personality  From: Marjorie(29 Aug 2014 10:24): 
Rob Ford, the chaotic, drug and drink-addled, scandal-strewn and seemingly irrepressible Mayor of Toronto is up for re-election on October 27th and according to reports could actually win.
If he does get in, the future looks much the same as the past as tr Neptune will square his 7 degree Gemini Sun, Mercury, Solar Arc Venus and Mars over the next three years.
Though the likelihood is of a job change with his Jupuiter/Saturn midpoint under challenge.
Joan Rivers - a bubbly Mars Jupiter  From: Marjorie(29 Aug 2014 10:22): 
American comedienne Joan Rivers is in a medically induced coma after problems in an operation on her vocal chords. Born 8 June 1933 2 am Brooklyn, New York she's a 2nd house Sun Gemini opposition an 8th house Moon square an over-the-top Mars Jupiter in Virgo in the entertaining 5th. So she's keen on money, very excitable, scattered and quite manic with that focal point Mutable Mars Jupiter. Her Sun does trine Saturn in Aquarius which will steady her somewhat. She's got rebellious, outspoken Uranus on her Aries Ascendant so comes on strong, saying the first thing that comes into her mind. Her chatty and on occasion charming Venus Mercury in Gemini are in her 3rd.
Her Midheaven at around 14 degrees Capricorn is being challenged by tr Pluto conjunct and tr Uranus square (her birth time is memory only so may be out by five or ten minutes). So certainly a critical time for her life's direction. Her Secondary Progressed Moon is just into her 8th which is very intense and about to square her Neptune within weeks exactly so lack lustre.
Tr Uranus is conjunct her Sun/Saturn exactly which Ebertin describes as crisis, imprisonment. Plus tr Pluto trine two Neptune midpoints till late November so a confusing, worrisome time.
Recep Erdogan sworn in - slippery slope ahead  From: Marjorie(29 Aug 2014 10:21): 
Recep Erdogan was sworn in as President of Turkey at around 2pm in Ankara on 28 Aug 2014. This consolidates his power after 11 years as an economically successful Prime Minister. Though there are worries he is becoming increasingly autocratic.
The Presidency chart does have Pluto on the point of a T square to Uranus opposition North Node but the Pluto falls in the 2nd or 1st houses not the 10th so seems less problematic though it will be prone to jolts and jangles with Uranus Pluto.
There's a less than wonderful Sun opposition Neptune which looks vague, rather impractical. And Mars Saturn in Scorpio, maybe in the 12th square Venus Jupiter - so fearful of failure, rather erratic, cruel, overly keen on the military, perhaps if 12th then heavy internal security/secret police etc.
The Sun will move by Solar Arc to close the opposition to Neptune in 2015 - so a lack lustre first 18 months. Major upheavals also in 2015 from tr Pluto square Uranus exactly.
Angelina & Brad - Jupiter to the rescue  From: Marjorie(29 Aug 2014 10:20): 
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt finally tied the knot in a private ceremony after three biological children and several adopted, on 23 Aug 2014 near Brignoles in France.
This gives a glitzy, extravagant Moon Jupiter Venus in Leo which would fit the lifestyle. But that squares Mars Saturn in Scorpio so it won't not all be a rose garden. Too much work and aggravation. Plus a vague, dreamy and evasive Sun opposition Neptune. Pluto the Uranus Pluto square tied into a T square from Uranus opposition North Node - so destined to go through upheavals and disruptions.
Their relationship chart is possessive with a composite Sun opposition Pluto; passionate with Venus trine Mars; showbizzy but not always mutually supportive with Mars square Neptune. It has been through some exceptionally bumpy patches but seems to have weathered the storms. The composite Jupiter in the 7th is well aspected this year which may have been the catalyst.
I've always thought that what held it together was Brad Pitt's Jupiter in his 4th stemming from a happy childhood and love of family which he's obviously brought into his adult life. His Jupiter is conjunct Angelina's Aries Moon Mars Jupiter and opposition her Pluto - so he anchors her fairly chaotic emotional state. His Sun is in her 5th house of children and his Moon Venus conjunct her Descendant from the 6th.
Her Sun is in his 7th conjunct his Descendant which is excellent for one-to-one partnerships; and her Moon Mars Jupiter is in his 4th so she brings considerable enthusiasm to his domestic set up if not too much calm.
Her Pluto falls in his 10th so she's controlling and her Saturn falls in his 8th so not good for intimacy.
She's got tr Jupiter going through her 1st at the moment which is good for her confidence. He has tr Jupiter through his 8th which is good for intimacy (and money). Tr Uranus is opposition her 13 degree Aries Moon and tr Pluto square this year - so major emotional and domestic changes.
It's a relationship with strong points and a good many rough edges - but they do live an extraordinarily odd, pressured and separated-by-work life so that may soak up a good deal of the aggravation.
Eva Green - talents in all directions  From: Marjorie(28 Aug 2014 11:19): 
Eva Green, the French actress - Bertolucci's The Dreamers, Kingdoms of Heaven, Casino Royale (Daniel Craig), presently the television horror series Penny Dreadful - was born 5 July 1980 10.05 am Paris, France.
She has a complicated chart with her Cancer Sun on the focal point of a Cardinal T Square to an 8th house Aries Moon opposition Pluto; and her Saturn Mars in Virgo on the focal point of a Mutable T square to Venus in Gemini opposition Neptune. Plus a Mystic rectangle from those two oppositions in sextile/trine to each other.
Her Uranus opposes her MC squaring onto a 12th house North Node in Leo; and is trine her Sun, sextile Saturn Mars. Aah and there's a Yod as well of Neptune sextile Pluto inconjunct her MC.
So she has Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable T squares and a reasonable mix of Water, Earth as well as Air, Fire charts.
She's quite ego-centric with that focal point Sun but it falls in her 11th so she'll be a good friend/team mate. She's exceptionally hard working and probably hard on herself with Mars Saturn emphasised in Virgo. Charming with a 10th house Venus trine Pluto square Jupiter; but also emotionally private with a hidden Moon opposition Pluto.
When not working she says she's quite a homebody (Cancer Sun) and collects preserved skulls and insects which is an odd hobby - maybe an 8th house Moon tied into Pluto plus Mars Saturn aspecting Neptune.
Her Solar Return for July 2014 has Jupiter exactly 9wihtin a minute of a degree) exact her MC so should be a lucky year for her. Her career has many years to run with tr Saturn now moving through her 4th so another 20 years of upward trajectory.
Christine Lagarde - unbalanced by old domestic wrangles  From: Marjorie(28 Aug 2014 10:06): 
Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF has been put under formal investigation in France for negligence during her time as Finance Minister in the Sarkozy government. A supporter of Sarkozy was awarded what some say was an overly generous settlement (527 million euros) in a compensation deal which was overseen by her department.
She denies any wrong doing and clearly isn't now being investigated for active involvement merely that it happened on her watch.
Born 1 January 1956 1.40pm Paris, she is one tough lady with a 9th house Capricorn Sun and Mars Saturn in Scorpio square Moon Pluto in Leo and Jupiter in Virgo. Her Sun is exactly square her Mars/Pluto and Mars/Jupiter midpoints and = Mars/Saturn. So definitely robust and not one for scaring easily.
She does look somewhat discouraged and irritable with tr Saturn conjunct her Mars in early October and then square her Moon Pluto Jupiter in Nov/Dec. So certainly denting her confidence. As this was announced tr Uranus had just moved to oppose her Jupiter/Saturn midpoint till late September which certainly brings high tension and is often around for career setbacks. Tr Neptune also squares her Mars/Node midpoint mid October to mid December - so although at the moment she is refusing to resign she's going to have some sinking moments before the year end.
She took up the IMF job at midnight 5 July 2011 in New York when there was Pluto in the 10th opposition Sun square Saturn opposition Uranus in the 1st - so it was always going to be a whirlwind term. This December looks her most critical time with the IMF with the tr Uranus square tr Pluto hitting on the 12 degree Cancer Sun.
Gaza ceasefire - for now  From: Marjorie(27 Aug 2014 17:54): 
The open-ended ceasefire between Gaza and Israel went into operation on 26 Aug 2014 at 4pm. Neither side emerged as winners or with much glory - Hamas did not get the extensive lifting of the blockage they wanted, only a promise of humanitarian aid and construction materials getting through, which they could have got some weeks ago. Israel has dented its reputation fairly catastrophically.
The ceasefire chart is fairly stark and tough with a Virgo Moon trine Pluto Asc, sextile Saturn Mars; and Uranus opposition North Node square Pluto. So general gloom despite the airbrushing of a Venus Jupiter in Leo. Plus an evasive Sun opposition Neptune.
Haaretz, the Israeli left wing daily newspaper is worth reading to see that the liberal Israelis are just as horror struck by Netanyahu's thuggish policies and associates as the outside world. See:
Neil Young - end of a long road  From: Marjorie(27 Aug 2014 17:54): 
Neil Young, the talented, successful and enduring Canadian singer songwriter and musician has filed for divorce from his wife of 36 years Pegi.
Born 12 Nov 1945 6.45 am? Toronto, Canada he does not have an easy chart either for himself or for those close with a Scorpio Sun on his Ascendant square an Aquarius Moon opposition Pluto. Very intense, quite ego-centric, never knowing quite what he wants, both possessive and rather detached. That Scorpio Sun Aquarius Moon is a difficult combination.
His Mars in Leo is conjunct Saturn on one side and conjunct Pluto on the other as well as being square Venus in Scorpio so major anger issues, not always sensitive, often acutely frustrated by his life. His 8th house Uranus trines Jupiter (Neptune) in Libra - he does suffer from epilepsy which may well account for some of his aggravation or perhaps it feeds into it.
His father was serially unfaithful and divorced his mother in his early teens at which point he was split from his elder brother.

His wife Pegi has been an activist for children with learning difficulties and environmental issues, and helped in his career, at one point as a backing singer. She launched her first solo album in 2007. She was born 1 December 1952 so is a Sun Sagittarius opposition a Gemini Moon.

Her Jupiter does fall in his 7th which is good for enthusiastic co-operation but it would never have been an easy match. Her Moon is conjunct his Uranus with her Sun in opposition; her Uranus conjunct his Saturn and opposition his Venus; her Sun Mercury are trine his Mars Pluto. So fairly ratchety.
Their relationship chart is fairly all over the place, held together by a composite Sun trine Jupiter. There's a strong Saturn square Venus and widely square Sun so more work than indulgence; and a disagreeable Saturn trine Mars, sextile Uranus.

Her Sun/Moon midpoint is getting the tr Saturn square very late in 2015 which is when the divorce he has filed for may go through. His Sun/moon midpoint is 1 degree Capricorn so has been taking quite a battering since 2008 onwards with tr Pluto, tr Saturn and tr Uranus all in hard aspect. Divorces are usually the result of several years of angst and he looked as if he went through his in 2008 to 2011/12.
It may well be to do with her forging a solo career since 2007. He's very controlling and might well not have taken kindly to her flexing her wings and taking flight on her own career-wise.
He does have tr Saturn moving into his 1st quadrant now which means he wants to stand back and wind down which may be something to do with the timing. Plus tr Uranus is sextile his 8th house Uranus which will be prompting some changes psychologically.
There's probably a good deal more behind the scenes than we know which may emerge along the way.
California quake - Pluto, Mars, Saturn, Uranus   From: Marjorie(25 Aug 2014 11:44): 
There was a 6.0 magnitude quake in California's San Francisco Bay area yesterday, the strongest there in 25 years. It struck at 3.20am near American Canyon, CA. There was some damage but no-one was killed.
California's chart, 9 Sept 1850, does have tr Pluto exactly square its Mars at the moment and tr Uranus within less than a degree of retrograding to square the Mars/Saturn midpoint - both of those are fairly destructive influences.
The April Solar Eclipse had that difficult Cardinal Grand Cross with Mars MC opp Uranus IC square Jupiter opp Pluto located to American Canyon - so indicative of a significant event in that area. The Mars in the Eclipse chart was exactly the same degree as the Mars in the California chart - so adding a further layer of connection. The April Lunar Eclipse also had the angles emphasised in that area with the Full Moon falling across the MC/IC axis and Mars conjunct MC as well.
La France resisting belt-tightening  From: Marjorie(25 Aug 2014 11:43): 
Francois Hollande's administration is in convulsions with his Prime Minister resigning and dissolving the government to form a new one. This follows damaging criticism of his handling of the faltering economy from the economy minister who presumably will not be asked back. He had indicated his resistance" to the "excessive obsessions of Germany's conservatives". La France and austerity don't sit well together.
Hollande's Presidency chart, 15 May 2012 10.45am Paris, has the Uranus Pluto closing to an exact square by Solar Arc at the moment hence the instability and rebellions. In another country it would have toppled him. There's more gloom before the year end with tr Saturn opposition his Presidency Sun Jupiter and worse in 2015 with tr Neptune opposition Mars. So nothing to suggest he'll turn the country round.
The Banque de France, 18 January 1800, chart certainly looks in a flat panic now and over the next several months. And the France, 21 Sept 1792 3.30pm chart is extremely stressed financially with tr Pluto square Venus till this December. Plus tr Neptune square Moon mid October to mid December which looks like an exceptionally unhappy population and possibly a terminally undermined rulership. There are murmurs Hollande might not survive the full term though I'm not sure of the mechanism for baling half way through. The France chart also has tr Saturn square Uranus Pluto and conjunct Mars MC in Oct and Nov this year - so a definite forced facing up to reality.
But there's nothing much thereafter to suggest catastrophe so maybe the economy will draw back from the brink somehow or other.
Richard Attenborough - Fire Water and an Earth Sun  From: Marjorie(25 Aug 2014 11:42): 
Richard Attenborough, the film director has died just before his 91st birthday. He started life acting but moved over to a long and successful career making movies from the other side of the camera - Gandhi, Oh What a Lovely War, Shadowlands, Cry Freedom, Chaplin etc.
Born 29 August 1923 Cambridge (rectified 4.03 am), he came from an illustrious family with a Cambridge scholar father and his younger brother David was a BBC executive and is now a globally renowned natural history documentary maker. Both brothers have had long and enduring careers.
Richard was a charming Sun Venus in Virgo with a creative and private Water Grand Trine of Jupiter in Scorpio trine Pluto trine Uranus, formed into a Kite by Uranus opposition North Node. He also had an Aries Moon opposition Mercury square Pluto.
He never recovered from losing his eldest daughter and grand daughter in the 2004 tsunami when tr Uranus was in a clearly shocking opposition to his Sun; and tr Pluto was square his Mars/Saturn midpoint which often turns up around the death of those close. And his Solar Arc Mars was square his Neptune which suggests devastation.
He had a Water Fire chart with an Earth Sun which is the same as his brother David, 8 May 1926 (rectified 2.58am Cambridge). Water Fire is often found in creative individuals' charts being inspired and intuitive.
David Attenborough is a Taurus Sun with a Pisces Moon Uranus and a Fixed Grand Cross of Jupiter in Aquarius opposition Neptune square Saturn in Scorpio opposition his Sun. He also has a Water Grand Trine of Moon Uranus trine Saturn in Scorpio trine North Node (Pluto) in Cancer, formed into a Kite by Saturn opposition his Sun.
Their father Frederick, 4 April 1887, was clearly a driving force in their lives. He was a Sun Mars in Libra square Saturn - so a disciplinarian as well as a rebel.
A talented and ambitious family.
Galileo 5 & 6 - off course  From: Marjorie(24 Aug 2014 12:16): 
The latest two Galileo satellites for Europe's version of the American GPS satellite navigation system have not gone into the correct orbit. They have ended up in a lower orbit than expected. It is not known what impact this will have or indeed whether it can be corrected.
The satellites Doresa and Milena were launched on 22 August 2014 at 12.27pm GMT Kourou French Guinea.
This gives a wide-ish Water Grand Trine of MC trine Neptune trine Mars Saturn in Scorpio with MC opposition Pluto hugging the IC - quite a drag from that and clearly not wanting to let go mother earth. There's also a Sun opposition Neptune.
The previous two satellites David and Sif were launched 12 Oct 2012 6.15pm GMT Kourou which gives a dynamic and decisive Mars closely conjunct MC; with Jupiter in the 4th trine Sun. They ended up in the right place.
Helen Bamber - creating her vision  From: Marjorie(24 Aug 2014 12:15): 
Helen Bamber, who set up the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture has died aged 89. It is the largest such organisation in the world and has dealt with more than 50,000 victims from around the world.
Born in London on 1 May 1925 to Jewish parents of Polish extraction, she had an unhappy poor childhood with warring parents and a father who was terrified by the rise of fascism. At 19 she volunteered to care for survivors of the Nazi concentration camp at Belsen. She dedicated her life to helping people scarred by trauma and torture.
She was a Sun Venus in Taurus opposition Saturn in Scorpio square Moon North Node Neptune in Leo - so stubborn, enduring, idealistic with a strong sense of being unloved.
She also had two wide Yods of Mars in Gemini sextile Neptune inconjunct Jupiter in Capricorn; and Jupiter sextile Uranus inconjunct Neptune. So her Neptune was doubly emphasised and her Jupiter was strong. The strain of the Yods would make her feel she did not fit into a normal life. In 1945 when she found her vocation her Neptune and Jupiter had moved by Solar Arc to trine and square her natal Sun respectively. Tr Pluto was conjunct her leadership-ability Leo North Node and tr Saturn was in the bleak conjunction to her Pluto.
A remarkable woman. Three Water signs, three Fire, three Earth made her inspired, sympathetic, practical - a good combination.
Eyjafjallajokull & Bardarbunga - Tolkeinesque rumbles  From: Marjorie(24 Aug 2014 11:33): 
The previous Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull started to erupt on 20 March 2010 at 6 am. But it was the second phase of eruptions on 14 April onwards which shut down European air travel.
The March 2010 chart did have Sun Uranus Mercury trine Mars and opposition Saturn square Pluto - so was explosive and very tough. On that chart Neptune = Pluto/Node and the North Node was conjunct Mars/Saturn and square Mars/Pluto so descriptive of a destructive event.
The second phase April eruption also had North Node = Sun/Pluto and Mars/Uranus - so much the same.

This time round, Bardarbunga has nothing like as tricky aspects at the moment anyway. Apart from the accident and delay-prone Mars Saturn conjunction tomorrow there's nothing much. The North Node is aspecting Neptune as indeed is the Sun this coming week but nothing of an explosive or disruptive nature.
The Eclipses were not too pointed last time located to Iceland with only the Dec 2009 Lunar Eclipse having Mars Asc and Saturn IC on show.
This year the Solar Eclipse of April 2014 certainly had Jupiter IC opp Pluto MC square Mars opp Uranus which looks explosive enough. Tr Pluto has now retrograded to be exactly square Uranus on that Eclipse chart. The Solar Eclipse of October 2014 for Iceland is very watery with Neptune MC trine the New Moon - but nothing too disruptive.
Cliff Richards - seamless success  From: Marjorie(23 Aug 2014 10:47): 
There's a major argument running about the BBC's involvement in a police raid on pop star Cliff Richards UK house as part of an investigation of allegation of historic sexual abuse. Richards flatly denies the allegation and there's nothing to be said at this early stage when legal proceedings may or may not follow. Though even if they don't it will still have harmed his squeaky clean image.
Born 14 Oct 1940 7.55pm Lucknow, India, his parents were British though he supposedly had a Spanish great-grandmother which gave him his dark hair and complexion. His early pop singing career in the late 1950s was modelled on Little Richard and Elvis Presley and deemed too sexy for television. By the mid sixties he had taken up Christianity and become more middle-of-the-road. He has sold 250 million records worldwide in a staggeringly long career which is still running into its sixth decade.
He has never married and now lives in Barbados and Portugal with an ex-priest as his companion and property manager.
He has 3 planets in his entertaining 5th house including an unaspected Libra Sun along with Mars in Libra and Neptune in Virgo - so well suited to a career as a musical performer. His Aries Moon opposes his Mars and is trine/sextile Pluto in Leo so issues around women. His Pluto is further emphasised being on the focal point of a Fixed T Square to a 12th house Saturn Jupiter in Taurus opposition Mercury in Scorpio - so private, controlling, enduring, certainly strong enough to carry a mega-successful career. His 4th house Venus in Virgo (likes beautiful homes) trines Saturn Jupiter so an odd mix of indulgent and austere.
At the moment tr Saturn is square his MC which indicates a career setback. He's got a tranche of tricky influences between now and the year end with Solar Arc Sun square Mars now which almost always involves a shock of some variety. Plus an undermining tr Neptune opposition Mars/Pluto from early Sept till late Oct and returning in Dec; late Oct/Nov has the insecure tr Uranus opposition Sun/Mars - and that picks up the tr Pluto square in 2014/15. Tr Pluto is trine Saturn this year (Dec again) and then trines Jupiter - so maybe difficulties before success. Though that tr Pluto square Sun/Mars in 15/16 is not going to be easy - trapped and slightly scary.
Ukraine - high tension  From: Marjorie(23 Aug 2014 10:41): 
The tension in Ukraine has heightened with a Russian 'aid' convoy of lorries crossing the border without permission into rebel held areas. No one seems sure what was in the lorries though the Russians insist it is only humanitarian supplies.
The Ukraine, 24 Aug 1991 2.31pm Kiev chart does look stuck at the moment with tr Saturn conjunct Pluto and moving to square Jupiter, Mercury, Venus Sun before the year's end. Plus the highly strung Uranus Neptune in Capricorn and its midpoint being hard aspected by tr Uranus square and tr Pluto conjunct right through 2014 to late 2016. Late 2015/16 looks challenging in the extreme with Solar Arc Sun conjunct Mars.
The Russia 1991 and Ukraine 1991 relationship chart looks to be similarly on edge right through these difficult three years.
NZ John Key - upsetting the applecart  From: Marjorie(23 Aug 2014 10:40): 
'A spectacular exposé alleging prime minister John Key and his National party colleagues were involved in dirty tricks campaigns has created the most significant political maelstrom in nearly six years in office and blown the government's re-election strategy dramatically off course' (Guardian).
John Key, the heretofore popular New Zealand PM was born five days after Barack Obama on 9 Aug 1961 and had looked like a shoe-in for the September 20 elections. Furious denials are flying around.
He has just had tr Saturn square his Sun as the allegations emerged and across this year has the 'car-crash' Solar Arc Mars square his Sun; plus a tr Neptune opposition his Pluto, not exact at the minute but running across the year; and a tr Neptune opposition his Sun/Mars midpoint in the immediate aftermath of the election none of which is good news. Indeed on election day he has tr Saturn conjunct his Jupiter/Pluto dampening his confidence.
His 2011 Administration chart, 14 Dec 2011 11 am Wellington, NZ, has tr Saturn square the MC just after the election. With Solar Arc Saturn square the Moon, exact in late 2014 so firmly in effect now which will bring unpopularity and a setback.
Nick Clegg facing his demons and ducking  From: Marjorie(22 Aug 2014 10:48): 
The Lib Dems in the UK appear to be stumbling from one disastrous sex scandal to the next, historical and otherwise, in terms of their inept handling of the aforementioned. The smug, portly Lord Rennard who has admitted he may have "inadvertently" encroached upon "personal space" - in other words a groper - has had his membership suspension lifted. His organisational skills are clearly thought to trump bad behaviour around women when an election is close. Though one would have thought the votes lost in letting a sexual dinosaur back in might have weighed more heavily on party leader Nick Clegg's calculations.
What is salient is that Rennard's Saturn is closely conjunct Clegg's Capricorn Sun. That is a difficult cross over since it brings the Sun individual face to face with their shadow. Clegg has always seemed squeaky clean but clearly confronting this issue has him stymied.
The other cross overs are not great either since Rennard's Saturn opposition Cancer Sun crashes into Clegg's Capricorn Sun square Mars in Libra; and Rennard's Mars in Taurus is conjunct Clegg's Taurus North Node.

Their relationship chart does have an over-confident composite Sun opposition Jupiter which may be part of it. But high hopes may be dashed with the tr Uranus square tr Pluto bearing down on both their charts very heavily over the next couple of years.
BKS Iyengar - from sickness to long life  From: Marjorie(22 Aug 2014 10:47): 
BKS Iyengar, credited with bringing yoga to the west has died aged 96. He rose to fame after helping the violinist Yehudi Menuhin who invited him to Switzerland since he believed yoga improved his playing. Later Iyengar set up centres all over the world.
Born 14 Dec 1918 3am? Belur, India into a poor family he was a sickly, weak child who struggled with malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, and general malnutrition. His brother in law taught him yoga in his mid teens which transformed his life.
He had a 2nd house Sun Venus in Sagittarius which suggests indulgence and extravagance though he appeared to live very simply - which rather suggests the birth time is out. He had an inspirational, entrepreneurial Fire Grand Trine of Sun Venus trine Saturn in Leo trine Aries Moon, formed into a Kite by Saturn opposition Uranus - so innovative Uranus was the driving planet. He was introduced to yoga when tr Uranus was conjunct his Moon, trine his Saturn and Sun Venus - so a time of liberation and enlightenment for him. His Solar Arc Neptune was also opposition his Uranus then.
James Foley - a martyr for free speech  From: Marjorie(22 Aug 2014 10:45): 
James Foley, the American photojournalist who was beheaded by ISIS was born 18 Oct 1973, Rochester, New Hampshire.
He had an extraordinary chart with a Sun Uranus conjunction in Libra so freedom loving and fair minded. He also had five other planets in early degrees in a complicated series of aspects. Saturn in Cancer opposition North Node square Pluto in Libra. Pluto trine Jupiter in Aquarius, sextile Neptune Venus. His Mars in Taurus was sextile Saturn, square Jupiter and on the focal point of a Yod to Pluto sextile Neptune. His Saturn was on the focal point of another Yod to Neptune sextile Jupiter.
So Mars and Saturn were Yod focal points describing an individual who was: Mars - assertive, courageous, possibly destined to sever ties from the past for a period of self confrontation (see Gao Zhisheng post below 15 Aug). Saturn - fated, able to draw on inner strength, enduring.
He was obviously not designed for a standard 9/5 life with two Yods and would be attracted to high risk, crisis situations. He had already been captured and imprisoned while working in Libya by Gaddafi loyalists in 2011 but was released.

He was then captured while reporting from Syria by militia on Nov 22 2012 and possibly handed over the ISIS by Assad's regime.
In Nov 2012 Pluto Mars Uranus Saturn and Neptune were all in early degrees hard aspecting various of his planets - tr Mars in Capricorn (conj tr Pluto) square tr Uranus was bouncing off his Pluto and Saturn.

His relationship chart with ISIS is not surprisingly stark with a composite Sun square Mars Saturn (Moon) - cruel.
Nawal El Saadawi - Scorpio courage  From: Marjorie(20 Aug 2014 11:05): 
Nawal El Saadawi is an Egyptian feminist, activist, doctor, psychiatrist who has fought over a lifetime against female genital mutilation and the suppression of women. She was born 27 Oct 1931 4 am Banha Egypt (Sly Scholfield).
She has had a packed career, being imprisoned at one point for her writings and forced to flee to the US nearly 30 years ago because of political harassment. She once said:"Danger has been a part of my life ever since I picked up a pen and wrote. Nothing is more perilous than truth in a world that lies."
She's a Sun Mercury Venus in Scorpio opposition an 8th house Taurus Moon with Mars also in Scorpio - so enduring, redoubtable, a force to be reckoned with. Plus a powerful 10th house Pluto opposition Saturn in Capricorn in the 4th square Uranus in the 7th. She was born in that tough generation with reforming tendencies with the emphasised Uranus. Falling in her 7th would make close relationships tricky especially in a culture that expected compliant women. She has been divorced three times and said all her ex husbands were scared of her.
Ireland - clinging on to the past  From: Marjorie(20 Aug 2014 11:04): 
Ireland still appears to be stuck in the dark ages despite recent changes to legislation as an immigrant woman, pregnant because of a rape was refused an abortion. She was suicidal, went on hunger strike and was forced to continue to 25 weeks when a caesarean was done and the baby removed off elsewhere.
The Moon in the Ireland 6 Dec 1922 5pm Dublin chart is exactly (within one minute of a degree) conjunct Pluto and square Saturn with the Moon also 135 degrees from Mars on the MC, trine Uranus, trine Jupiter - so the feminine is pretty much under the cosh. Bleak, unyielding, over controlled with only a smidgeon of Jupiter to act as a balance.
The tr Pluto square tr Uranus is hammering away at that Ireland Moon Pluto square Saturn through till late 2017 so another three or four years before the old attitudes are hopefully relegated to the history books.
Athletic babies - another one  From: Marjorie(20 Aug 2014 11:03): 
Another athletic baby has been born - this one to 800 metre runner Alysia Montano, who competed when 8 months pregnant. The baby was born 15 Aug 2014 2.29am Canyon Country, California. This follows on from the baby who arrived two days after the mother competed in a marathon. 9 Oct 2011 10.29pm Chicago.
What is intriguing if not a coincidence is both babies have almost exactly the same degree of a Cancer Ascendant with Pluto conjunct Descendant and Neptune in the 9th. They also both have Sun Saturn hard aspects; Moon Uranus conjunct in the 10th; Mars square Jupiter and Venus Jupiter in aspect. Remarkably similar.
Julian Assange - moving house  From: Marjorie(18 Aug 2014 13:48): 
Julian Assange has announced he may leave the London Ecuador Embassy soon where he has been trapped for two years. His health appears to be failing with the cramped conditions and lack of sunlight.
He does have his Solar Arc Sun opposition his Mars, exact about three months ago but still in effect, which often coincides with a shock of sorts. Plus tr Saturn square both in early October and conjunct his Jupiter late Nov/early Dec - which are depressing and discouraging.
If his birth time of 2.07pm is accurate then what is interesting is that all five of the outer planets and his Sec Prog Moon are moving into a new house (Koch) around now. Uranus is hovering on the cusp of his 6th house of health. Pluto is moving towards his 3rd house later this year. Saturn is now exactly on his Ascendant going into his 1st. Neptune by next year will be into his 5th house. And Jupiter is exactly now on his MC moving into his 10th.
Uranus in the 6th can bring up sudden health isues, sometimes stress related.
Pluto in the 3rd makes everyday life and communications more intense.
Saturn into 1st tends to be lower profile for some years ahead.
Jupiter into his 10th - more in the public eye?
Neptune into his 5th - rather disappointing in romance, can be creative.
His Secondary Progressed Moon is within a couple of weeks on this birth time moving into his 8th for 2 years plus which tends to be a time of emotional pushing and pulling, not being sure what he wants.
His midpoint are not great. He had a high-irritation, scary tr Pluto square Mars/Saturn and conjunct Mars/Neptune till late this November. With a panicky tr Neptune square Mars/Pluto April 2015 on and off till late 2016.
Hamas & Gaza - not winning much  From: Marjorie(18 Aug 2014 09:46): 
The five day ceasefire in Gaza is nearly at an end with some gloom over prospects for a settlement. Netanyahu is adamant about making Gaza a demilitarized zone and Hamas is equally firm about the blockade being lifted. At this point Hamas and the Gazans are stuck between a rock and a hard place. If they give in without any concessions then their very considerable sacrifice of lives and property will have been in vain. If they don't give in then the devastation will continue.
Khaled Meshaal, 28 May 1956, the hawkish Hamas leader sitting in Qatar, does not look like he is winning much with tr Neptune square his 7 degree Gemini Sun in 2014/2015; plus tr Saturn square his Jupiter Pluto and Mars late this October and November.
The Hamas chart, 14 Dec 1987, looks discouraged and unpopular this year with Solar Arc Saturn conjunct Venus and on a slide with tr Neptune square its Solar Arc Pluto Mars from 2015 for several years thereafter.
Ferguson Riots - Mars in top gear  From: Marjorie(18 Aug 2014 09:45): 
Missouri is sending the National Guard to the town of Ferguson as protests escalate over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager on August 9. Police last night clashed with angry crowds who were throwing molotov cocktails and bottles at security forces, and setting up barricades.
The state of Missouri joined the Union on 10 August 1821 which gives a 17 degree Leo Sun being squared at the moment by tr Saturn, reaching a climax on August 25th as tr Saturn is conjunct tr Mars in Scorpio. So a volatile situation and Mars Saturn has military associations. There is also a Capricorn Moon which may be picking up the tr Uranus square tr Pluto as well as the Solar Arc Mars opposition Uranus Neptune - so an angry and highly unsettled population.
Ferguson, Missouri, was incorporated on 19 Nov 1894 giving a 16 degree Uranus (= Mars/Pluto) which picked up the high tension tr Saturn conjunction recently and tr Uranus inconjunct. So elastic at breaking point. There's also a Neptune Pluto conjunction in Gemini which has Sec Prog Mars within less than a degree approaching a conjunction to Pluto. So the aftermath will be long and enraging.
The Lunar Eclipse of April this year has Saturn exactly conjunct MC for Ferguson, MO; with the April Solar Eclipse having the New Moon conjunct the IC and the Pluto opposition Jupiter across the Asc/Desc axis. So descriptive. The coming October Solar Eclipse has Mars conjunct the MC which does not bode well.
Just what Obama and the world didn't need at the moment - another violent hot spot. Though the USA 1776 chart does have the tr Pluto square t Uranus hitting its Cancer Sun square Saturn this year and for the next two years as well. So it was never going to be easy.
Marguerite Duras & Yann Andrea - the odd couple  From: Marjorie(17 Aug 2014 11:20): 
Yann Andrea has died, the much younger companion to novelist Margeurite Duras (Hiroshima Mon Amour etc)in her later days. In her sixties she was deemed finished having succumbed to alcoholism and depression when Andrea, a student and fan of her work struck up a correspondence with her. They finally met and he moved in, acting as chauffeur, secretary, valet, nurse and live-in companion and buffer for her volcanic temperament. She said they were lovers while he was openly homosexual and insisted it was platonic.
He got her into detox and she finally wrote The Lover which won the Prix Goncourt and consolidated her reputation. They were together for 20 years till her death.
She was born 4 April 1914 4 am Gia-Dinh, Vietnam and was an upfront Sun Aries in an argumentative square to a volatile Moon Mars in Cancer in her 5th. She also had attention-seeking, possessive Pluto in the 5th. Her Venus in Aries squared Neptune in Cancer. A 4th house Saturn squared Mercury was trine a 12th house Uranus Jupiter in Aquarius. A complicated lady with luck and talent though also emotionally stressed. She grew up in poverty in Vietnam, her father dead, with an abusive mother.

She had a marked though stressed creative 5th harmonic with a Yod of Saturn sextile Sun inconjunct Neptune. Her writers 21st Harmonic was very strong with a Cardinal Grand Cross tying together MC Moon, Sun, Mars, Venus - so a major talent.

Yann Andrea, 24 Dec 1952, was a Sun Capricorn with an Aries Moon conjunct her Sun. His Venus in Aquarius was conjunct her Jupiter Uranus in the 12th. His Uranus was conjunct her Moon Mars so it would be sparky - she used to erupt when he disappeared for several days at a time on trysts with men. His Pluto was in her 7th so an intense relationship and his Pluto was opposition Mars falling on her Ascendant. He was clearly used to putting up with scary temperaments and would handle crisis well. And perhaps his Mars on her Ascendant was the catalyst for the resurgence of her image.
Their relationship chart had a composite Sun opposition Saturn, so involving a fair amount of work and Saturn often appears where there is an age difference. What held it together was a charming composite Venus Jupiter conjunction trine Pluto - so there would be affection and fun in their relationship. Plus a volatile Uranus Mars conjunction so needing space. And an intense Mercury opposition Pluto no doubt exacerbating arguments.
Asteroid hit - ways away  From: Marjorie(17 Aug 2014 11:19): 
A scientist's calculator has been working overtime to hint the world may end on March 16 2880 as an asteroid heading for Earth may cause destruction of biblical proportions. The likelihood is put at 300/1 though there is time in hand to invent a defence strategy.
If my software has got it right, 16 March 2880 does have a devastating Neptune Pluto conjunction on Gemini sitting on the midpoint of Uranus in Leo trine Saturn North Node in Aries. Plus a Sun Mars in Pisces (not bad for a cosmic collision) trine a magnified Jupiter.
So at the least a worrisome time. Neptune Pluto often occurs around natural disasters though there'll have been another conjunction between now and then. There were four such Neptune Plutos in the past 2000 years - and the world managed to hold together.
Rick Perry - in a pickle  From: Marjorie(17 Aug 2014 11:19): 
Rick Perry, Texas Governor and perhaps Republican hopeful for 2016, has been indicted on two counts of abuse of power and coercion over a funding veto he imposed last year, seen as a bid to force a local Democrat District Attorney to resign over drink-driving charges for which she served prison time. All too complicated especially for un-American observers.

Born 4 March 1950 10.40 am Paint Creek, Texas, Perry has a 10th house Jupiter Mercury in Aquarius opposition Pluto and trine Neptune so lucky, successful, a force to be reckoned with. His Pisces Sun opposes Moon Saturn in Virgo so hard working rather cool. He does have tr Saturn square his Pluto and his Jupiter Mercury between now and November which will damp his enthusiasm more than somewhat. Plus tr Uranus opposition his Neptune and trine his Pluto now and into early 2015 which is disruptive and highly strung. His Solar Arc Sun is also square his Pluto this year. It could seriously derail his plans for a while.
2016 looks like a punishing year with tr Pluto trine his Saturn Moon; though tr Uranus will also sextile his Jupiter which will bring some luck.
Hillary Clinton - cracks widening  From: Marjorie(15 Aug 2014 10:55): 
Hillary Clinton has now broken cover to criticise Barack Obama for disregarding her department's advice about the rise of militancy in Syria and Iraq during her term as Secretary of State.
It always looked too cosy from the outside that relationship. The relationship chart has a Pluto Mars conjunction with Mars conjunct Venus sextile Saturn. So simmering hostility, power struggles. It wasn't all negative but there were very rough patches hidden from public view.
Their relationship will continue to deteriorate, worsening in 2016 in the run up to the next election.
Celine Dion - Uranus Pluto hitting her MC  From: Marjorie(15 Aug 2014 10:54): 
Celine Dion has put her career on hold indefinitely for health and family reasons. Her husband has cancer and she has had throat problems.
Born 30 March 1968 12.15pm Charlemagne, Canada, she has Saturn exactly on her 14 degree Aries Midheaven with a 10 degree Aries Sun close by. So she's in the midst of a punishing time where career matters and life's direction are concerned. The tr Pluto square tr Uranus has been battering her Sun over the past eighteen months. Tr Uranus is now conjunct her MC Saturn this year into early 2015 which indicates jolting, stressful changes; and that is followed in 2015/2016 by a depressing, tough-going tr Pluto square Saturn MC. So there won't be a speedy return.
Tr Pluto is now into her 6th house as is her Sec Prog Moon which perhaps explains her own health issues.
Her husband, Rene Angelil, 16 Jan 1942, has Solar Arc Saturn conjunct his Pluto now which is very stuck, especially since his Pluto is the driving planet of a wide Kite onto an Earth Grand Trine - so his key planet.
Their relationship chart is highly complex, though suited to a challenging career partnership with too much work and control issues. Tr Neptune has been undermining it for a couple of years.
She could come back in future but not I would imagine until 2016 is out of the way. And even then health does seem to be a concern.
Gao Zhisheng - an unwinnable battle  From: Marjorie(15 Aug 2014 10:53): 
Leading Chinese dissident and human rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, has been "utterly destroyed" after three years in jail. His international lawyer said he was emotionless, "basically unintelligible" and had lost teeth through malnutrition. His daily ration of cabbage and a single slice of bread caused him to lose 20 kg in weight. He had been confined to a cramped cell, with very little light, and had been largely deprived of human contact until his release last week. His wife is now urging the Chinese government to allow him to seek treatment in the US, where she and their two children have been living since 2009.
Born 20 April 1964 Shanxian, China he's a Sun Jupiter Mercury in Taurus; with Mercury opposition Neptune possibly square a Leo Moon. So confident, idealistic, stubborn. And Saturn in Pisces opposition Uranus Pluto in Virgo which is generational, enduring, prone to depression. His Mars in Aries is not heavily aspected apart from an inconjunct to Neptune and a wide inconjunct to Pluto - so on the focal point of a Yod.
Mars in Aries tends to be overly impulsive at the best of times and on a Yod will be erratic and rash. Tierney remarks of this kind of Mars - that the individual might have to break away from the past during a time of self confrontation. Mismanaged it can have fateful consequences.
During his three years brutal incarceration that Yod in its Solar Arc positions was being hard aspected by tr Neptune; with Solar Arc Mars square Saturn at the start and square Uranus after a year. Solar Arc Pluto this year has been opposition his Sun.
It'll be a long haul back to health and sanity if he ever makes it. Not that China is the only country turning prisoners into wrecks through solitary confinement. The US's track record on this isn't great though the food would have been better.
Gao Zhisheng's Mars is exactly conjunct China's North Node and opposition their Neptune; China's Uranus is exactly conjunct his North Node in Cancer; his Leo Moon is probably conjunct their ruthless Mars Pluto in Leo; and his rebellious, reforming Pluto (Uranus) is conjunct the China 8th house Saturn. So he interfaces with China in a truly difficult way.
The relationship chart doesn't show much good in the immediate future though there could be a break in 2015 so with enough outside pressure he might get to the US.

Scottish Referendum Round Two - Mars Saturn joust  From: Marjorie(14 Aug 2014 10:32): 
Ouch. The BBC has just announced the next Salmond Darling face-to-face debate on Scottish Independence will be on August 25th 8.30pm to 10 pm, when there is a nasty, bad tempered Mars Saturn conjunction in Scorpio. Lots of simmering resentment and hostility.
Alistair Darling's chart, 28 Nov 1953 7 am London, appears to be catching the brunt of it with tr Mars Saturn exactly conjunct his Sec Prog Moon. Though the Virgo New Moon that day may help his Virgo Moon. Relocating his chart to Edinburgh gives a 17 degree Virgo MC which gets a sextile from tr Saturn Mars so that might also help a touch through what looks to be quite a marathon and test of stamina with these aspects. He went into the last debate as the no-hoper and emerged after tr Saturn conjunct his Mercury having scored most points especially on the currency question.
Running into the referendum on Sept 18th he does have tr Neptune square his Sagittarius Sun and opposition his Moon which might look like a definite loser, certainly disappointment. But it may just be mental exhaustion.

Alex Salmond, 31 Dec 1954 4.30pm Linlithgow, Scotland, has nothing specifically catching the tr Saturn Mars though it is edging within less than a degree to conjunct his Saturn - so a bad tempered few days after the debate. He does have tr Neptune conjunct his Solar Arc North Node which is subtle though undermining. Plus Sec Prog Venus fast approaching the opposition to his natal Uranus Jupiter - which frankly could go either way, an emotional shock or great relief. If his birth time is five minutes out then the tr Saturn Mars will trine his Ascendant -which would rattle him on the night or in the days after.
Judit Polgar - a created genius  From: Marjorie(14 Aug 2014 10:31): 
Judit Polgar, the best woman chess player in history, ranked No 1 for women since she was 12 years old has announced her retirement from competitive play. She achieved grandmaster status at 15, the youngest on record. She is the only woman to have won a game from a reigning world number one player, and has defeated ten current or former world champions.
Born 23 July 1976 in Budapest Hungary her skills are in part a consequence of her father Laszlo's view that children could make exceptional achievements if trained in a specialist subject from a very early age. He said 'geniuses are made not born'. He home schooled all three daughters, focusing specifically on chess, the elder two Sofia and Susan now being Grandmaster and International Masters at chess. All three daughters are reportedly happy and well adjusted.
Judit is a Sun Saturn Mercury Venus in Leo sextile Pluto, square Uranus, trine Neptune - so certainly a disciplinarian father, but also fondness there, and some rebellion.
Susan Polgar, 19 April 1969, is a Sun Saturn in Aries on the focal point of a Yod to (Pluto) Jupiter Uranus sextile Neptune. So again a rather rigid father with high expectations and some strain but also confidence.
Sofia Polgar, 2 Nov 1974, is a Sun Venus Mars in Scorpio trine Jupiter widely trine Saturn in affection for her father, passionate enthusiasm.
All three probably have a Moon Neptune opposition - so perhaps a mother who was not too strong.
Their father Laszlo, 11 May 1946, is a Sun Taurus inconjunct Jupiter in Libra. With Jupiter opposition Mercury square Saturn - so confident and also keen to maintain executive control with a focal point Cardinal Saturn. He also has Venus Uranus in Gemini trine Neptune, sextile Mars Pluto in Leo - a mix of light hearted, kindly and ferociously determined.
His Mars Pluto squares Judit's Leo planets including Sun Saturn so there would be clashes. Their relationship chart has a volatile composite Mars Uranus conjunction. But also affection from composite Venus sextile Pluto, trine Neptune.
His relationships with Sofia and Susan are similarly sparky but also affectionate and enthusiastic.
It's an extraordinary family and much less dysfunctional than you would expect from all that hothouse forcing. All three daughters are married with children.

Madame Claude - pimping for the rich and famous  From: Marjorie(13 Aug 2014 13:42): 
There's a book out on Madame Claude, the most renowned brothel keeper and procuress in Paris in the 1960s. She had a very high-end clientele - JFK, Onassis, the Shah, Moyshe Dayan, Gaddafi, Marlon Brando, Rex Harrison, Mafia leaders and police investigators who kept her out of trouble. Though she was ultimately done for procuring in the 1990s. She's now retired in the South of France.
Born 6 July 1923 9am Angers, France, she was brought up in a convent and by all accounts was deeply unpleasant.
She despised men and women alike and disliked sex herself. she 'was like a slave driver on a plantation in the American South', who pushed the women who worked for her into debt. 'She was vicious... She reduced the entire world to rich men wanting sex and poor women wanting money.' 'It was sexual indentured servitude. Claude took 30 percent'.
A charmer.

She is a Cancer Sun Pluto Mars so controlling, doubly so since that sits as the focal point of a T Square to a cold Saturn in Libra opposition Aries Moon. A nightmare control freak, tough minded and bleak. She also has a Water Grand Trine of Jupiter in Scorpio (good for money) trine Uranus trine Sun Pluto; formed into a Kite by Jupiter opposition MC which squared a 12th house Neptune in Leo. Wrapped up in her own world, hugely private, slippery, attracted to high finance.
Lauren Bacall - a life of achievement  From: Marjorie(13 Aug 2014 11:43): 
Actress Lauren Bacall has died after a stroke. She was married to and acted with Humphrey Bogart, and appeared in notable films with other Hollywood greats, as well as triumphing on Broadway through seven decades of success.
[From a 2009 post].
Born 16 Sep 1924 at 2am New York, she was a sharp witted, sharp talking 3rd house Virgo Sun in an independent-minded opposition to Uranus squaring onto an enthusiastic, crusading Jupiter in Sagittarius. Her 10th house Aries Moon made her feisty and well suited to a public career. She also had a showbiz pzazz Neptune opposition Mars; though with her Mars in Aquarius deeply buried in her 8th she was private, at times a bubbling cauldron of anger.
At 20 she married Humphrey Bogart who was then 45 and it was one of the great lauded love affairs of the 20th century until his death 12 years later. Though not an easy match. He was a fiery Sun Mars in Capricorn with an intensely forceful and rebellious Mercury Uranus opposition Pluto. Plus he had a neurotic and closed in 8th house Saturn opposition Neptune. Her Virgo Sun formed a T square onto that Saturn opposition Neptune so perhaps she was able to calm or contain his instabilities. Her Jupiter was conjunct his Mercury Uranus and opposition Pluto so she'd inject a sense of optimism and adventure, lifting his often depressive mood. Her Sun was also in an affectionate trine his Venus in Capricorn. But there would be fireworks. The relationship chart has a short-fuse Mars Uranus in a highly strung opposition to Neptune Moon, luckily squaring onto a passionate Venus in Scorpio.
Bogart, 25 Dec 1899 1.30pm New York.

What undoubtedly helped was his Venus falling conjunct her Descendant and her Venus falling in his 4th with her Jupiter in his 7th - so there was nurturing and great affection.
Maryam Mirzakhani - a maths first  From: Marjorie(13 Aug 2014 11:42): 
An Iranian mathematician working in the US has become the first ever female winner of the celebrated Fields Medal, akin to a Nobel Prize for maths. Prof Maryam Mirzakhani of Stanford, educated up to college level in Iran, was born 3 May 1977.
She has an extraordinary chart with a Taurus Sun Mercury opposition Uranus - so definitely an explorer out there on the leading edge. She's also got an inspirational, confident Fire Grand Trine of Saturn in Leo trine Venus Mars in Aries trine Neptune in Sagittarius with Neptune opposition Jupiter in Gemini.
Her Neptune is even more highly aspected being on one leg of a Yod sextile Pluto inconjunct Sun. With another Yod of Venus sextile Jupiter inconjunct Uranus. Her chart is a locomotive type pattern with an empty trine with Mars in Aries as the cutting planet.
So her chart highlights Uranus, Neptune, Jupiter and Mars - giving her in reverse drive, confidence, luck and the eureka skills from Uranus Neptune.
Robin Williams - the dark side of comedy  From: Marjorie(12 Aug 2014 09:26): 
The hugely talented comedian and actor Robin Williams - Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, Mrs Doubtfire etc - has committed suicide after a lifelong fight against depression and alcohol/drug abuse.
Born 21 July 1951 at 1.34pm Chicago, Illinois, he was a 9th house Sun Cancer sextile Saturn in hard working Virgo. What was difficult about his chart was partly a 10th house Pluto - which on the upside made him a legend but also hints at a controlling, possessive, over powering mother. Even more pertinently he had an addictive 12th house Neptune opposition Jupiter square Mars Uranus in Cancer. That Cardinal T Square would make him highly strung, explosively so, living constantly at an emotional stretch. His sensitive Pisces Moon was also trine Mars Uranus so emotionally very erratic. Moon Mars was always traditionally one of the danger aspects for alcohol and his Mars is in Cancer making it more problematic.
His 10th house Pluto would give him a strong urge to control and yet his equally strong Uranus would pull him unpredictably towards freeing himself of restraints.
He's had a really tough couple of years with his Solar Arc Sun conjunct his Saturn last year which is depressing; and tr Pluto square tr Uranus in hard aspect to his Mars Uranus last year and this year - which would bring up intense frustrations and high insecurity.

His mother, a former model, married to an older Ford executive, had an exceptionally difficult and hard chart, 24 Sept 1922, with Mars in Capricorn opposition Pluto square Saturn Sun in Libra; with a Water Grand Trine of Pluto trine Uranus trine Venus (Moon) in Scorpio, formed into a Kite with Pluto opposition Mars - so Mars was the driving planet, thus very angry. Plus Moon Venus square Neptune - so I suspect she'd have had mental issues of her own. She had a very harsh childhood and spun off into fantasy as a defence.
Her Uranus was conjunct Robin's Moon and her Pluto conjunct his Mars Uranus and her Sun conjunct his Saturn - so a dreadful interface, not nurturing, ratchety, hostile with her suppressing his assertion. He did have a Moon opposition Venus so she would at times be quite seductive towards him but that would bring its own problems.
Humour would be his way out of his anguish but sadly it wasn't enough.
Barack Obama - Mars fired up for Iraq  From: Marjorie(11 Aug 2014 11:35): 
Relocating Barack Obama's chart to Irbil, Iraq puts his Mars on the Ascendant square the MC. On his birth chart his Mars is well buried in the 8th so it would take a fair amount to rouse his aggression. Most US politicians who went to war had Mars hitting the angles on the location of the war.
David Cameron also has Mars in the 10th for this region.
Prince Carl Philip and a glam Princess  From: Marjorie(11 Aug 2014 11:34): 
Prince Carl Philip, only son and third in line of succession to King Gustav of Sweden has announced he is to marry ex-glamour model Sofia Hellqvist in 2015.
Her past exploits raised eyebrows in the palace but they have been living together for three years. She is famous for her participation in the sex and alcohol-fuelled reality show Paradise Hotel, kissing porn star Jenna Jameson and topless appearances in the Swedish mens' magazines. He was born 13 May 1979 7.20 am Stockholm and she 6 Dec 1984.
Oddly enough they fit together rather well. He's a Sun Taurus Moon Sagittarius and she's a Sun Sagittarius with Moon in Taurus. So a complementary cross over. He's a Sun opposition Uranus and she's a Sun conjunct Uranus - both rebels and while neither will be good at compromise they will understand the other's need for space.
She's got a socially ambitious Venus and Jupiter in Capricorn while he has an impulsive and passionate Mars Venus in Aries.
Their relationship chart has an affectionate composite Sun Venus and probably Moon conjunction square Uranus - so more whole when together but definitely needing personal space as well.
He looks a touch confused vis a vis family or domestic matters with tr Neptune square his Moon this year into early 2015 and opposition his 3rd house Saturn (siblings) in 2015. Plus tr Uranus opposition and tr Pluto square his 4th house Pluto in 2014/15/16/17 - making for family tensions.
His relationship with his sister Crown Princess Victoria has always been fractious and explosive and looks under a fair amount of challenges this year and next.
Sofia on the other hand looks very exuberant and confident with her Solar Arc Jupiter conjunct her Mars this year; and her Solar Arc Sun Uranus conjunct her Jupiter in 2015. Plus tr Pluto conjunct her Jupiter in 2015/16.
Tiger Woods - grappling with change  From: Marjorie(11 Aug 2014 11:31): 
Tiger Woods, 3 Dec 1975 10.50pm Long Beach CA, is having to face the prospect of a forced lay off from a back injury, operated on earlier this year, but clearly not totally sorted. He does have his Progressed Moon half way through his 8th at the moment with another year to run. This is always an anguished time searching for new values. He's had 18 years at the top bar a blip over his domestic tangles and is still the highest earning athlete in the world.
His immediate way ahead looks erratic - some upbeat successes and some muddles. The confusion and some sense of loss runs through 2015/16 along with a bullishly confident push in patches. His heavily aspected Solar Arc Pluto is conjunct his Scorpio North Node at the moment so it is a significant time for him. Perhaps a time when he has to face a life without the old competitive glory which has fuelled him all of his life.
Tr Uranus has been opposition his Pluto and tr Pluto square his Pluto this year so a considerable tug of war with his iron grip.
He could sail back into the glory days from 2016 with tr Pluto trine his Mars/Jupiter. Though there could also be a change of direction then with tr Uranus sextile his MC. Though 2017/18 look accident prone so it's not a straight path ahead.
Prince William - escaping family pressures  From: Marjorie(10 Aug 2014 11:50): 
Prince William who has been dithering around since he left air sea rescue, doing a short agricultural course at Cambridge (interrupted by yet another holiday), doing up two houses at vast cost has now decided to disappear off the public radar into air ambulance.
I tend to forget he is a Sun opposition Neptune because they are out of sign - Cancer/Sagittarius. He has all the classic Neptunian traits of indecisiveness. Plus New Moon trine Jupiter in Scorpio MC suggesting a hint of wanting it all ways.
His AU/NZ tour with the Duch was a huge success and I just slightly wonder whether that was the problem since they have tended to appear separately at charity functions since. Fear of her going down the Diana route and hogging all the publicity? And even more so fear of eclipsing his notoriously sensitive father whose tour of Canada just after with Camilla got almost zero coverage apart from a few brickbats when he voiced an unwise political opinion about Putin.
Oddly enough playboy Harry has more in the way of a sense of duty than his elder brother.
There was certainly pressure on William's relationship with his father this year with tr Pluto trine the composite Sun. And even more pertinently tr Saturn conjunct the composite Mars Neptune conjunction - which indicates a relationship where if one gets attention the other feels diminished.
While I'm hugely in favour of Royals having proper jobs you would think with the Queen and Philip knocking on he would have felt duty bound to take some of the strain. But there again he's caught if Charles is going to go into a gloom feeling cast into the shadows with Will and Kate in the spotlight.
Gandhi - crashing idols  From: Marjorie(10 Aug 2014 11:49): 
A proposed statue of Gandhi, unifier of India and pacifist extraordinaire, to go in London's Parliament Square has been described as "unspeakable and absolutely unacceptable" because of his sexual exploitation of young women.
Dr Kusoom Vadgama, organiser of this year's Anglo-Indian 400th anniversary said: "My anger is because of the last three years, the way Indian women are treated in India is despicable. Gandhi was obsessed with sex and it has all been hush-hushed for all these years. He had a habit of sleeping naked with women including his great niece and other married women to see if he could control himself. I find it absolutely disgusting that he used women as specimens for his own experiments. What is unbelievable is the fact that no one dare point a finger at Gandhi. It has taken me decades to speak openly."


I remember years ago looking for the first time at Gandhi's chart and could not believe my eyes. There was this celibate ascetic - and he had Venus Mars conjunct in Scorpio opposition Pluto Jupiter in Taurus square a Leo Moon. Obsessed with sex certainly. Control? Hmm, not sure about that. Wonder how often his 'experiment' of sleeping in what was known vulgarly at the time as a 'virgin sandwich' failed?
Another idol unveiled publicly.
Iraq Strike - foot into the unknown  From: Marjorie(10 Aug 2014 11:48): 
The first bombs were dropped on Northern Iraq on 8 Aug 2014 at 5.44am EST/1.44pm local time near Irbil. That gives an Ascendant on the same degree Scorpio as Obama's MC which suggests it is a highly significant act for him.
It's not an inspiring chart with Saturn in the 12th which doesn't suggest practicality or good organisation. The Afghanistan War was launched also with Saturn in the 12th (7 Oct 2001 4.25pm, Kabul).
This chart also has a hidden 12th house Mars square Jupiter and trine a 3rd house Neptune - so impulsive and not well planned. Good for publicity, less for tangible results. An expensive Moon Pluto in the 2nd squares Uranus in the 5th; with Uranus trine Sun and inconjunct Saturn - hinting at an unpredictable course and outcome.
The Mars Jupiter hard aspect was also there for the start of the Afghanistan War which tends to lead to over hasty, self-aggrandising or self-justificatory acts.
Mind you Pluto Moon does trine the MC, sextile that hidden Mars - so maybe throwing money at the problem and keeping boots off the ground might make some headway.

Obama's personal chart does have Solar Arc Jupiter opposition his 8th house Mars, exact in 4 months time, which certainly fits a snap and perhaps over confident decision. He's got a fair amount of muddle and mayhem in Sept this year and through 2015/16 with his Mars/Neptune and indeed his Mars/Pluto midpoints being triggered. Be interesting to see what happens when tr Saturn is conjunct his MC come December this year onwards - it should get him into hard working, executive gear or perhaps really start to unravel for him. Saturn being the bringer of chickens home to roost.
Camilla Cleese - scud missile comedy  From: Marjorie(09 Aug 2014 11:22): 
Camilla, daughter of John Cleese, has been doing stand-up at the Edinburgh Festival and aiming tartly at her family. Of her parents she remarked: "They've been married for almost 42 years - to seven different people.
If most people have a family tree, we have a family tumbleweed, it just keeps rolling along picking up dirt and debris. She also brightly announced: "We have a new child in the family - my new stepmother". Whom she described as his soulmate du jour, christening her previous very expensive stepmother as Lucifer. Wonder whether the family sense of humour rose to the challenge.
She was born (net sources) 24 January 1984 so is a Sun Aquarius (good for comedy) square a Mars Pluto conjunction in Scorpio (very angry); with Saturn also in Scorpio. And a charming if slightly fey collection of Venus in Sagittarius conjunct Neptune Jupiter (and Mercury) in Capricorn. She was born only a week after the Virginia Tech shooter and two months before Rafaelle Sollecito - both of whom have that Mars Pluto Saturn in Scorpio which is very heavy duty.
Her Aquarius Sun opposes her father's Pluto; her Mars Pluto is conjunct his Scorpio Sun; her Saturn is square his Mars in Aquarius and her Libra Moon is probably opposition his Saturn. Oof, simmering power struggles, high tension, aggravation. Their relationship chart has not surprisingly a Sun Mars Mercury conjunction square Pluto.
She'll get the benefit of Solar Arc Jupiter conjunct her Sun in 2016 though Solar Arc Neptune conjunct Sun follows close behind.
Woman Naval commander - wrong sort of Neptune  From: Marjorie(09 Aug 2014 11:21): 
The UK Navy's first woman commander of a ship has been removed from her post because of an alleged affair with a shipmate. Hardly sensible.
She took up her command on HMS Portland on 21 May 2012 when there was a very wobbly collection of Sun Moon in Gemini opposition North Node square Neptune opposition Mars. Solar Arc Neptune has now moved to close that square to the Sun to exact - and hey presto, all the glory dissolved.
Scotland - currency tug of war  From: Marjorie(09 Aug 2014 11:20): 
There are rumblings in Edinburgh of a possible revolt against Alex Salmond's leadership after his weak performance in the television debate and in particular his poor handling of the currency question.
It's difficult to see the sense in his position which appears to be 'it's our pound and we're keeping it' and 'if we can't have it we'll renege on our debts.' An Indie Scotland could keep a 'shadow pound' pegged in value to the UK GBP but would have no control over it - and the major banks would relocate south for protection. If they stayed within the UK 'currency union' then they'd have to pool part of the Scotland budget, accept strict controls on spending and borrowing; and cede control over interest rates and monetary policy. If an independent Scotland refused to pay its share of the UK's debt, the EU would take a very dim view of it when considering possible EU membership.
Seems a touch late in the day to be considering what is a crucial element in the argument.
Salmond's Term chart, 16 May 2007, looks to be hitting the buffers this November with tr Saturn opposition the Sun (Moon) and Solar Arc Saturn already squaring that Sun. His relationship chart with both the SNP 1933 and 1934 charts look aggravated in early September and fairly separated by late in the year.
Jim Sillars, a former SNP Deputy leader, has been saying for some time that Salmond's self promotion was putting people off. Their relationship chart always indicated deep hostility and looks to be heading for a split come later this year as well.
There is some pressure for Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Leader, 19 July 1970 3.16pm Irvine, Scotland, to represent the Yes side in the next TV debate with Darling. She's a Sun Cancer conjunct Mars in Leo sextile Pluto, sextile Saturn in Taurus, square Jupiter, trine Neptune so tough, persevering, confident. Her Sun is conjunct Procyon which sometimes has a tendency to raise high and then bring crashing down. She's also got tr Saturn now into her 1st quadrant below her Scorpio Ascendant which is not usually helpful for career success.
She does however have tr Pluto trine her Sun/Jupiter midpoint for the next few months which is usually upbeat and positive with a super confident tr Pluto square Jupiter/Pluto. But there are less favourable tr Saturn and tr Uranus to midpoints as well.
Khmer Rouge - Mars Saturn Pluto Neptune  From: Marjorie(08 Aug 2014 10:22): 
Two Khmer Rouge leaders have been jailed for life for crimes against humanity by Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal. Up to two million people are thought to have died under the 1975 Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot - of starvation and overwork or executed as enemies of the state.
Nuon Chea, 88, Pol Pot's deputy leader, 7 July 1926, has a horror chart with a Sun Pluto conjunction in Cancer square Mars in Aries; and a focal point Saturn in Scorpio sitting on a Jupiter opposition Neptune.
Khieu Samphan, 83, the Maoist regime's head of state, 27 July 1931, isn't much better with a Pluto Venus in Cancer opposition Saturn square Uranus, and sextile/trine Mars in Virgo.
The brutal Khmer Rouge Republic was announced at 7am 9 October 1970 though they didn't take over the government till 1975. Their chart has a hair-curling Mars Pluto in Virgo trine Saturn in Taurus trine a Capricorn Moon with Saturn opposition Neptune Venus. Ruthless, cruel, perverse. Both the above men certainly fit the ethos.
Cambodia's country chart, 18 March 1945, has a Pisces Sun opposition Jupiter in Virgo which was under assault from that tr Pluto Mars in Virgo when the Khmer rose to prominence. With tr Saturn square the Cambodia Mars and conjunct its Taurus Moon. A terrible chapter in their history brought to western attention in The Killing Fields movie.
Chapman Pincher - shooting for titbits  From: Marjorie(08 Aug 2014 10:21): 
Journalist Chapman Pincher, known as the spy-catcher of Fleet Street has died aged 100. Born 29 March 2014 in India to a military father, he started his career in science, but soon moved to sniffing out moles in MI5 and MI6. He used the grouse and pheasant moors where he shot regularly as one principal source of high level gossip and irritated Prime Ministers and the security services mightily as well as colleagues whose stories he sometimes lifted.
He had an Aries Sun on the point of a mini Grand Trine to Saturn in Gemini trine Jupiter Uranus in scientific Aquarius. His Mars in Cancer was in abrasive square to Sun and Venus in Aries, and trine Mercury. With his Sun also square Pluto - so pushy, determined, not one to pull his punches.
His 5th Harmonic was especially marked with a Mercury Venus Saturn T square; and an Earth Grand Trine of Mars, North Node, Sun formed into two Kites with Neptune and Venus leading.
Quite a character.

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