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Eclipse jolts  From: Marjorie(27 Feb 2015 18:12): 
Several names have hit the headlines for a variety of reasons, all in life changing situations, and all rattled by the upcoming Pisces Solar Eclipse.
Two political grandees in the UK, Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind saw their reputation and careers go down the chute in a journalistic sting over cash for access. MK, 21 June 1946, has his Gemini Sun exactly squared by the Eclipse and his Neptune opposed. JS, 3 Aug 1946, has his Mars in Virgo opposed by the Eclipse.
Pop singer Gary Glitter, 8 May 1944, has been sent down for 16 years for child sex offences. The Eclipse will oppose his Solar Arc Mars and natal Neptune and square his Saturn.
Rajendra Pachauri, 20 Aug 1940, the Climate Change Panel chairman, has resigned facing sexual harassment charges. The Eclipse opposes his Neptune and Solar Arc Venus.
Bikram Choudhury, the hot yoga founder, 10 Feb 1946, is facing more sexual assault charges. The Eclipse will oppose his Solar Arc Saturn and Mars.
Roman Polanski, the film director, 18 Aug 1933, is facing yet another attempt to extradite him to the USA to face child abuse charges. The Eclipse opposes his Jupiter Venus in Virgo.
Cliff Richard, the pop singer, 14 Oct 1940, can't have been pleased to hear the police investigation into him for historical sex offences has expanded (which he denies flatly). The Eclipse will oppose his Neptune.

Eclipses need not be disastrous. But they are usually a wake up call, which in the above cases clearly was not heeded in time.

Nearly forgot. Prince Harry has announced he is giving up his military career to focus on his charity work and conservation. The Eclipse opposes his Sun and more closely squares his Neptune Jupiter - so life changing but not a catastrophe.
Mohammed Emwazi - Jihadi John - hyped up Mars  From: Marjorie(27 Feb 2015 17:48): 
N.B. This is a touch speculative.

Mohammed Emwazi has been more or less identified as Jihadi John who beheaded or was present at the killing of several hostages - James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Alan Henning. He was born in Kuwait on 17th August probably 1988, brought up in the UK, made an attempt to train in Somalia and then left for ISIS two years ago.
He's a Sun Leo trine Saturn Uranus in Sagittarius so quite flamboyant, autocratic, an adventure-seeker. His assertive/aggressive Mars in Aries is heavily aspected being on the point of a T Square to a Venus opposition Neptune - so a dreamer but that is channelled into attack mode via Mars in a highly disruptive and impulsive way.
His Mars is also on the focal point of a Yod to Pluto sextile Mercury which quadruples up the aggression, hostility and daring. The Yod would certainly make him feel he did not fit into his environment and he would have no outlet for those nuclear levels of passion, anger and sexual tension which such a Mars would bring.
When he disappeared in 2013 the tr Pluto square tr Uranus were both hitting on his Mars.
Ironically two of the hostages James Foley and Steven Sotloff (see previous posts) also had focal point Mars on Yods though in their case it was Taurus which is less overtly aggressive.
South Africa - a few troubling years ahead  From: Marjorie(23 Feb 2015 14:41): 
Whither South Africa?

"South Africa is luxury game lodges and rolling winelands and elite golf estates. But it is also rat-infested shacks, abandoned inner-city buildings and graveyards of the township dead." Guardian.

The white minority is better off than ever, and more than a third of young black people are without a job. On the other hand the proportion of people living below £1.60 a day fell dramatically in 2011; life expectancy has gone up, HIV down. More houses are being built, more welfare grants given; the numbers attending university have doubled which will lead to a new black middle class.
It is lagging in economic growth vis a vis some other African countries.

So a fairly mixed bag of credits and debits.

The South Africa 1994 chart has Saturn at 9 Pisces which mirrors the South Africa 1910's Sun at 9 Gemini. Tr Neptune will hard aspect both on and off for a year from mid April this year till late 2016 - so undermining, disappointing, confused, panicky. The 1994 chart certainly indicates financial worries. With more tensions and upsets through 2016/17 as tr Uranus squares Neptune and then Uranus. Plus a seriously stuck Solar Arc MC conjunct Pluto in 2017.
The 1910 chart indicates this as a truly difficult year with tr Neptune square Sun as well as tr Uranus square Neptune Mars from mid April on and off for a year. Then in 2016 tr Pluto opposes Neptune which is fairly devastating and opposes Mars in 2017/18 which is deeply frustrating, perhaps violent.

Jacob Zuma's Second Term chart, 24 May 2014 11.35am Pretoria, always did look lacklustre as well as aggravated with a Sun square Neptune; and Mars opposition Moon Uranus square Pluto opposition Jupiter. A hint of lawlessness about that from Jupiter Pluto Mars' certainly violence. His term will be especially bedevilled late this year with tr Saturn opposition Sun and square Neptune. It'll hit a major wobble also in 2016 when Solar Arc Pluto closes the square to Uranus to exact. Sometimes that's enough to topple leaders (if it's possible in South Africa?) but even if not he'll be increasingly precarious thereafter.

Greece and Germany - a culture clash  From: Marjorie(21 Feb 2015 17:37): 
There was a down-the-the-wire, cobbled together last minute deal to - maybe - give Greece four months breathing space to sort out their debt problem with the EU. They have two days to get together a set of promises that will satisfy the EU, though probably not their own populace. The Germans have been especially outspoken in their insistence that the Greeks have to toe the line and uphold old commitments.
Wolfgang Schnauble, German Finance minister and former tax officer, definitely has bad chemistry with the abrasive, Marxist, Game Theory Professor Yanis Varoufakis, who heads the Greek finance team.
WS, 18 Sep 1942, is a meticulous Sun Neptune in Virgo conjunct Mars in Libra. With a dry Saturn Uranus in Gemini and Mercury in Libra. YV on the other hand is an excitable Sun Aries square Mars in Cancer; with his Sun in opposition to WS's Mars Neptune (Sun).
Their relationship chart has a downright hostile composite Mars Pluto conjunction; an evasive, distrusting Sun trine Neptune; and a chilly Sun opposition Mercury square Saturn.
The March Solar Eclipse will rattle the composite Sun opposition Mercury square Saturn so there'll be continuing rumbles next month. But it is June which stokes up real trouble between them and that's when this four month period of grace is up.
Mark Rylance - powerful projections  From: Marjorie(21 Feb 2015 17:37): 
Actor Mark Rylance who has afficianados riveted by his powerfully understated performance of Thomas Cromwell in the BBC adaptation of Hillary Mantel's Wolf Hall was born 18 January 1960 in Ashford, Eng. He is multi-award winning for his stage performances, was first Artistic Director of the Globe, writes plays and supports indigenous rights. An all round star.
He has his Sun and Mercury conjunct in late Capricorn trine a Virgo North Node; and Mars Saturn in early Virgo trine Pluto, sextile Neptune. Plus a charming Venus Jupiter in Sagittarius trine Uranus.
So like Alan Howard (post below) he is earthy with some fire and no air. The lack of Air is odd since both are masters of the spoken word and textual analysis. Both have strong Pluto Mars, Pluto Saturn aspects despite being rather quiet personalities in real life but clearly use that compacted energy to project great power on stage.
Ukraine - into the whirlpool  From: Marjorie(20 Feb 2015 18:19): 
The Ukraine 24 Aug 1991 2.31pm Kiev chart is certainly showing major confusion if not devastation at the moment with tr Pluto conjunct Neptune with tr Uranus moving to square Neptune as well right now. Tr Pluto stays on that Neptune on and off till late 2016.
Petro Poroshenko's Presidency chart always did look violent and unstable, 7 June 2014 10.20 am Kiev. There's Uranus opposition Mars square Pluto widely opposition Jupiter. There could be a crunch point coming with tr Pluto moving to square Uranus exactly from March 2nd and tr Uranus following a few days later to return to the conjunction.
From memory 15 degrees Cardinal was a trigger point in international relations between East and West which picks up as March opens.
If Poroshenko survives in power his relations with Putin will sour even further through 2016.
Lady Gaga - perhaps not too tuneful  From: Marjorie(20 Feb 2015 18:19): 
Lady Gaga, the hugely successful and flamboyant singer songwriter has just announced her engagement to actor Taylor Kinney. She was born 28 March 1986 10.55pm Yonkers, New York and he 15 July 1981, Lancaster, PA.
It's an intense though not easy relationship. His Cancer Sun and Mercury are in her 8th making for a deep connection with his mars in Gemini on the cusp of her 8th opposing her Uranus - so an aggravated interface. His Pluto opposes her Venus in Aries bringing passion and possessiveness; without his Uranus falls in her 12th conjunct her Scorpio Moon. His (maybe) Capricorn Moon is conjunct her Mars Neptune.
Their relationship chart is tricky as well with a composite Venus opposition Jupiter Neptune - so superficially sweet but deluded. With composite Mars square Jupiter Neptune and inconjunct Pluto - they'll press each other's buttons. It'll run into trouble by 2017/18 when tr Saturn hard aspects Venus, Moon, Jupiter Neptune and Mars on that chart.

She's recently hooked up musically with veteran crooner Tony Bennett, 3 Aug 1926. There's a more rewarding cross over there with his Leo Sun trine her Saturn in Sagittarius and her Aries Sun; with his Venus Pluto in her 8th; and his Saturn conjunct her Moon which is OK for a working partnership.
Their relationship chart has a Grand Cross of Pluto (Moon) opp Mars Jupiter square Mercury Venus Sun opposition Saturn - so clearly they boost each other's confidence, work hard together and there is real friendliness between them.
Patricia Arquette - a powerhouse  From: Marjorie(20 Feb 2015 18:17): 
Patricia Arquette, up for Supporting Actress at the Oscars for Boyhood, was born 8 April 1968 11.55 am New York (from memory ADB) into an acting and creative family.
She's got a stalwart, ambitious Fire Earth steamroller chart with two planets in Water and none in Air. So she'll act with energy and inspiration but won't always have the detachment to stand back and reflect. She has self-reliant Saturn in Aries conjunct her MC, North Node and 10th house Sun - so she'll be serious about her craft and well organised, very focused on work. She also has Mars in Taurus in the 10th. Those Aries planets trine a Leo Moon Jupiter in her 1st/2nd - so a balance for all that hard driving ambition.
Her sensitive Venus in Pisces opposes Uranus Pluto in Virgo perhaps a hint about her complicated love life and divorces.
If her birth time is marginally out she'd have tr Jupiter trine her Midheaven at the Oscars and tr Jupiter is certainly moving through her 1st which is good for a confidence boost. But she's also got a frustrating tr Pluto opposition her Mars/Pluto and a couple of swampy tr Neptune hitting two Moon midpoints. So not definite.
Alan Howard - last of the greats  From: Marjorie(20 Feb 2015 18:16): 
One of the great English classical actors (and my all time favourite) Alan Howard has died. He had a voice and what a voice - "a perfectly-tuned musical instrument made flesh, producing an extraordinary range of notes - bass to alto, fortissimo to pianissimo - to orchestrate the score of the text, especially Shakespearean verse."
I can still remember it decades later from Henry V
'But we in it shall be remembered - We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.'
Born 5 August 1937 Croydon, England he came from a theatrical family. His father was an actor, his uncle was Leslie Howard of Gone with the Wind fame, and he was also related to stage actress Fay Compton and writer Compton McKenzie of Whiskey Galore. His great-great grandfather produced Henry Irving's plays at the Lyceum in the late 19th century.
He acted for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre for many years and continued to act almost until his death although suffering from Type 1 diabetes which caused him to lose a leg. He never translated across to television or film, seeming uncomfortable and diminished away from the stage.
He was a Sun Leo trine Saturn in Aries; with a fearsome Mars in Scorpio trine Pluto and a confident Pluto opposition Jupiter.
A shy man, he never sought the limelight, though was articulate about his craft to insiders.
His Mercury in Virgo is curiously sparsely aspected apart from a sextile to Venus and a trine to Uranus.
A birth time of 7pm would put his Sun and Mercury and Neptune in the powerfully resonant but highly private 8th which might work; with a confident Jupiter in Capricorn in his 1st; ambitious, hard working Mars in the 10th; and Venus which rules diabetes in the 6th.
His 5th, 11th and 15th Harmonic were all strong.
Benedict Cumberbatch - St Val's wedding  From: Marjorie(17 Feb 2015 17:06): 
Benedict Cumberbatch married theatre director Sophie Hunter at 3.30pm on Feb 14th on the Isle of Wight. This puts Uranus almost exactly conjunct the MC so I'd imagine an unconventional marriage that follows its own rules and rather up and down path. There's a fertile Moon in Sagittarius in the 5th - she's pregnant so there may be more. That Moon is square a passionately enthusiastic though argumentative Venus Mars.
A 4th house Saturn and 6th house Pluto do rather suggest too much work which mirrors what their relationship chart shows [see post Nov 7 2014].
There's a confident, showy Leo Ascendant with Jupiter nearby so it'll look enthusiastic.
Dominique Strauss Kahn - Fire Earth steamroller  From: Marjorie(17 Feb 2015 17:05): 
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the IMF and once deemed a possible President of France looks likely to be let off charges of aggravated pimping for sex parties he attended. It always did look a stretch legally. But even if he walks free the court evidence has been unpleasant and lurid, enough to turn off even the laid-back French public and elite.
Born 25 April 1949 11.10 am Neuilly sur Seine, he's undoubtedly ambitious and a heavy hitter with a 10th house Mars in Aries and Sun Venus Mercury in Taurus. His Aries Moon is conjunct his MC from the 9th.
His Mars is trine a 2nd house Saturn so he's got an unkind streak though also a good deal of discipline. His Sun is in a lucky, but expects-too-much square to Jupiter; and his Venus is in a passionate square to Pluto. He has a Fire Earth chart so a steamroller personality. He's got some lucky blips at the moment from tr Pluto to Jupiter midpoints but he also looks emotionally wrung-out with his Moon midpoints very jangled and undermined for a while ahead.
His Progressed Moon is going through his 2nd so I'd imagine a few money worries, since he presumably hasn't been working and has just been divorced. Though Moon midpoint transits might also point to a few health concerns. His year is up and down with his 4th house Neptune in Libra still being battered by a tr Pluto in the 6th square all year.
He'll probably come out fighting hard to regain some kind of public profile after his birthday this year. But he's got Solar Arc Saturn opposition his Sun by mid 2017 which looks like yet another setback.
Che Guevara - icon for Uranus Pluto  From: Marjorie(15 Feb 2015 17:41): 
Che Guevara was 'an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture.' (wiki) He travelled all over the world as an international statesman talking out about apartheid and other injustice. He was captured in Bolivia by a CIA operative and executed in 1967. In a sense he was emblematic of the revolutionary Uranus Pluto conjunction of the 1960s.
Born 14 May 1928 3.05am Rosario, Argentina, he had Uranus in Aries exactly conjunct his Ascendant square a 4th house Pluto in Cancer so custom-built as a rebel against the established order. His 2nd house Sun was in Taurus square an idealistic 5th house Neptune. His Venus in Taurus was part of a Half Grand Sextile - Capricorn MC sextile Pisces Moon sextile Venus sextile Pluto - so talented, charismatic, passionate. He also had an inspirational Fire Grand Trine of Saturn in Sagittarius in the 9th (= ideological) trine an enthusiastic, impulsive Jupiter in Aries in his 1st trine Neptune.
He had an extraordinarily strong 11th Harmonic - has an obsessive dream, idealistic and inspired as well as fanatical with a tendency to attract betrayal.
HMRC - winds of change beginning to stir  From: Marjorie(15 Feb 2015 17:40): 
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), equivalent of the USA IRS, has been getting it in the neck for not acting on corporate tax avoidance and specifically on HSBC's clients with Swiss bank accounts.
Amalgamated on 18 April 2005 at 12 am it has a lucky, superior Jupiter exactly conjunct the MC which may give them the impression they are above the law.
There's nothing much showing instantly though tr Neptune will conjunct their 3rd house Uranus from later this May which will produce high anxiety after the election. More jangles in June but the major jolts come in 2016 with tr Uranus square the 8th house Saturn and opposition the Solar Arc MC which will upset the status quo. With much more pressure in the three or four years following with tr Uranus conjunct Sun and tr Pluto opposition Saturn.
At the moment tr Saturn is just above the Ascendant moving across from 2016 onwards which will take the wind out of their sails thereafter. And tr Uranus is now starting to move through their 4th causing internal upheavals.
North West Kardashian - deserves a childhood  From: Marjorie(15 Feb 2015 17:39): 
Kim Kardashian's toddler North West threw two tantrums this week (at least) sitting in the front row of NY fashion shows, one of them beside a decidedly frosty Anna Wintour. Stupid place to take a kid.
Born 15 June 2013 5.34 am Los Angeles, she has a very fractious 12th house Mars in Gemini on the point of a T Square to a 4th house Virgo Moon opposition Neptune MC; and inconjunct Pluto. Her Moon is also trine Pluto. She has an enthusiastic Sun Jupiter in Gemini in her 1st and from all that I'd imagine she gets on better with her father than her mother.
A 10th house Neptune suggests a mother who is not good at mirroring back to the baby and will expect the child to look after her. A Moon square Mars is a mother who suppresses (and provokes) the child's anger; and Moon Pluto is possessive.
Hollywood parents - who'd have them?
Tom Brokaw - one of the old school  From: Marjorie(14 Feb 2015 17:51): 
Tom Brokaw is a respected veteran of NBC News, who started his career in television and stayed there. Born 6 Feb 1940, he has a Sun Mercury in Aquarius square Uranus which suits the Uranian world of TV. With a hard-edged, disciplined Mars Saturn in Aries opposition North Node, keying him into the great crises of his time as main presenter, including 9/11. Plus an enthusiastic Jupiter in Aries.
Brian Williams succeeded him though there would be no love lost between them with an irritable composite Mars square Saturn; and Sun square Uranus in their relationship chart.
David Carr - another journalistic loss  From: Marjorie(14 Feb 2015 17:50): 
Another prominent journalist has died suddenly. David Carr was media correspondent for the New York Times and had been covering the Brian Williams debacle and other media stories when he collapsed in the newsroom. He had formerly written a bleak memoir of his time as a cocaine addict.
Born 8 Sept 1956 he was a lucky Sun Jupiter in Virgo (another writers' sign) opposition Mars in Pisces, so not that dissimilar to Bob Simon with his Gemini Sun Jupiter square Mars in Pisces.
Tr Pluto was just over the tine to his Jupiter and was sitting on his Sun/Jupiter when he died, so clearly unexpected.
Francesca Schettino - self and other destructive  From: Marjorie(14 Feb 2015 17:49): 
Francesco Schettino, the captain who sank the Costa Concordia and bailed before the passengers has been sent down for 16 years despite tearful protestations.
Born 14 Nov 1960 3.55pm Napoli, Italy, he has a 7th house Scorpio Sun as well as Mercury Neptune conjunct in Scorpio there. So evasive and not so good at loyalty in his marriage. He also has Saturn in Capricorn opposition Mars in cancer at 14/18 degrees so this was also going to be a hugely negative time for him with the tr Uranus square tr Pluto bouncing off it now and for the next several years. Plus his Solar Arc Sun which was conjunct his Saturn when he ran the ship aground and will be opposition his Mars next year. His Virgo Moon and his Venus in Sagittarius will both catch the hard aspect from the March Solar Eclipse.
He has a staggeringly strong self-destructive 16th Harmonic.
The Costa Concordia was launched 2 Sept 2005 and had a charming Venus Jupiter in Libra which ran at cross purposes to FS's Mars opposition Saturn. The CC Virgo Sun was conjunct his wannabe-important 5th house Pluto which was what caused the problem.
The relationship chart has an argumentative and accident prone composite Sun Saturn trine Mars; as well as a fated Saturn Pluto trine North Node. Not a match made in heaven, that's for sure.
Howard Marks - an old rogue  From: Marjorie(14 Feb 2015 17:47): 
Howard Marks is a Welsh former drug smuggler and author. At the height of his criminal career he was smuggling as much as 30 tons at a time and had connected with the Mafia, IRA, MI6 and the CIA. He certainly got around. Her served seven years of a 25 years sentence and now has inoperable cancer. He read physics at Balliol before turning off the straight and narrow.
Born 13 Aug 1945, he's a flamboyant Sun Leo with an adrenaline-junkie Mars Uranus conjunct in Gemini sextile Pluto and his Sun. And a Libra Moon. Plus a head-in-the-clouds attraction to big money Jupiter Neptune.
In the run up to his diagnosis his Solar Arc Uranus and Mars were both conjunct his Sun.
His self-destructive 16th Harmonic has strong criminal tendencies with a Mars opposition Pluto; and an adventurous Jupiter opposition Uranus.
Hozier - Irish soul  From: Marjorie(14 Feb 2015 17:47): 
Hozier is an Irish singer-songwriter whose song Take Me to Church launched his career last year. It's described as "a soulful, bluesy, gospel-tinged anthem". He takes pot shots at organised religion, tackling Catholic guilt and the doctrine of original sin and homophopbia. A review of his first album said he had "a big, soulful voice capable of plunging to dark, doomy depths and swooping up into wild, lupine howls;" tormented blues mixed with sunny R&B."
Born 17 March 1990 with a drummer father, he's a musical Sun Pisces trine sextile a serious Saturn in Capricorn; with Uranus Neptune also in Capricorn so highly strung and inventive. He has Mars Venus in Aquarius with Venus in a passionate square to Pluto. It's a chart that really needs a birth time.
A late Capricorn Ascendant would give him Mars Venus in his 1st, a Sagittarius Moon (just) on his MC and Pluto in the religious 9th and Jupiter in the performing 5th.
He's got an especially strong creative inspirational 7th Harmonic (septiles); a humanitarian 9H; an obsessively determined 11H; and a compassionate 12H.
His Sun will catch the conjunction to this March's Solar Eclipse so more changes on the way for someone whose life has changed out of all recognition in the past 18 months.
Bob Simon - bold, brave and good with words  From: Marjorie(12 Feb 2015 18:11): 
Veteran CBS News correspondent Bob Simon has been killed in a car accident. During his career, he covered wars and unrest in sixty-seven countries - the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam, the Yom Kippur War and protests in China's Tiananmen Square in 1989. During the first Gulf War in 1991, he and four of his crew were captured and imprisoned by Iraq for forty days. He won multiple awards, including 27 Emmys, for his reporting. His last piece, a report about the Oscar-nominated civil rights drama "Selma" went out on "60 Minutes" at the weekend.
Born 29 May 1941 in New York, he had an enthusiastic and lucky Sun Jupiter in Gemini in a dynamic square to Mars in Pisces; and sextile determined and influential Pluto. He also had Mercury Venus in Gemini - so certainly custom-built to be a communicator of charm and some force. His heavyweight Saturn Uranus conjunction in Taurus was in a creative trine to Neptune North Node in Virgo. He also had a Cancer Moon which was possibly being opposed by the tr Neptune Uranus in Capricorn when he was captured in 1991.
There was a good deal going on in his chart at the moment with tr Neptune heading to square his Sun and conjunct his Mars within weeks. Pluto Solar Arc Mars approaching the conjunction to his Saturn which is very accident prone; as well as Solar Arc Saturn being within a degree of conjunct his natal Pluto. And the Pisces Solar eclipse this March would have been exactly in opposition to his North Node.
His 5th Harmonic was very strong - multiple quintiles - pulling together Pluto Saturn Mars which indicates his lifelong professional interest in places of extreme danger.
Princess Alice of Battenberg - an extraordinary life  From: Marjorie(10 Feb 2015 17:56): 
Prince Alice of Battenberg, mother of Prince Philip and great grand-daughter of Queen Victoria, was congenitally deaf but learned to lip read and speak English, German, French and Greek. She married Prince Andrew of Greece when she was 18, and was exiled twice with the royal family from Greece. She was diagnosed schizophrenic in her mid forties and after treatment, lived separately from her husband and did charity work in Greece, protecting Jewish refugees during WW11 and later founding an order of nursing nuns. In her final two years she lived in Buckingham Palace and died in 1969.
She was born at Windsor with Queen Victoria present on 25 Feb 1885 at 4.40 pm. She had a 7th house Sun Mars in Pisces opposition Jupiter in Virgo square a 10th house Pluto. So she'd be highly strung with all those Mutable signs, very much under the thumb of controlling mother figures in childhood, but turning it round in later life to become a person of influence herself
She also had charitable Neptune conjunct her Taurus Midheaven which makes sense of a nursing career and Saturn in Gemini was also in her 10th so a good organiser and very serious about her duties.
Her Cancer Moon is not heavily aspected being sextile Neptune MC and inconjunct Venus - so her home life was not well integrated into her life's plan. Neptune is further aspected by a square from Venus Mercury - so charity writ large.
I always associate schizophrenia with Mercury or 3rd house - though it may have been misdiagnosed and is anyway a trash can diagnosis for anything that medics can't otherwise identify. Her Mercury was exactly square her Neptune/Pluto midpoint which Ebertin describes as sensitive nerves and mental weakness. Certainly it would have made her prone to illusions and delusions.
Prince Philip saw little of his mother from age 9 onwards and was brought up largely by his maternal grandmother - which is marked in his chart by an 8th house Moon.
Harper Lee - a long silence  From: Marjorie(09 Feb 2015 17:15): 
There's great excitement in the literary world about the news that Harper Lee, author of Kill the Mockingbird, is to publish a sequel fifty five years later though it was evidently written around the same time. There's also some controversy since she is now wheelchair-bound, partially blind and deaf, and suffering from memory loss. So some are questioning quite who is pushing the new book. She was always highly protective of her privacy, rarely gave interviews and wrote little after Mockingbird.
Born 28 April 1926 5.25pm Monroeville, Alabama, with a lawyer father who inspired her to write her novel about racism in the courtroom in the Deep South.
She has a 7th house Taurus Sun sparsely aspected except for a sextile to a 9th house Pluto. Her chart is dominated by a creative and self protective Water Grand Trine of Venus Uranus in Pisces trine Moon Saturn in Scorpio trine a Cancer MC and North Node. Her Moon Saturn was on the focal point of a Fixed T Square from Neptune to Mars Jupiter in Aquarius. She'd certainly be determined and enduring with all those Fixed planets but also secretive and inward looking with Moon Saturn in Scorpio.
Her 7th Harmonic is strong which I always associate with a flash of genius rather than a constant flow of inspiration. But she also has a notable writer's 21H.
Andre Brink - a country he loved and tried to change  From: Marjorie(09 Feb 2015 17:14): 
The South African writer Andre Brink, one of the most outspoken critics of the apartheid regime at a time when it was dangerous to speak out, has died. He wrote in Afrikaans as well as English. His novels have been translated into more than 30 languages and two short listed for the Man Booker. Some of his books, including A Dry White Season which was turned into a film, were banned in South Africa.
Born 29 May 1935 he was a Sun Gemini on the focal point of a T square from the highly creative opposition of the mid 1930s of Neptune and Saturn.
His Sun was only two degrees away from the South Africa 1910 chart Sun and exactly on its Midheaven. His Uranus was conjunct the South Africa Saturn in Taurus as he attempted through his writing to push for reforms on the old, repressive regime.
His relationship chart with South Africa 1910 has a warm hearted Sun Venus conjunction so what he did was out of affection for his homeland. That squared onto a composite Uranus so clearly needed change to make it work. With a cold, hard, chained-together Moon Saturn square Pluto flagged up an obdurate divide between them.
Bobbi Kristina and Nick - two of a kind  From: Marjorie(07 Feb 2015 17:48): 
There's no news from the hospital where Bobbi Kristina Brown is in a medically induced coma though rumours emerging don't sound cheerful. There are also stories about an argument between herself and her partner Nick Gordon who grew up in the house as her as a child.
He was born (I think) 5 May 1990 and is a Sun Taurus opposition Pluto and Sun trine Uranus Neptune in Capricorn - so stubborn, controlling and like her, highly strung. His Mars in Pisces is conjunct her 10th house Pisces Sun so it would be a sparky connection and almost certainly argumentative. He'd be ambitious on her behalf. His Sun is in her 11th - so that's friendly; his Saturn in her 8th so problems with making an intimate connection. His Jupiter is in her 1st lifting her confidence though is conjunct her Mars probably pushing her into unwise, over optimistic decisions.
Their relationship chart has a very heavy composite Mars which is square Saturn and trine Uranus Neptune as well as widely opposition Pluto. So angry, not always kind. The composite Sun also squares Neptune Uranus which suggests a need for space and some evasiveness. Plus a struggle-for-the-upper-hand Jupiter square Pluto.
Two kids from similarly muddled backgrounds trying to get it together isn't usually a guarantee of success.
Brian Williams - Neptunian to a fault  From: Marjorie(07 Feb 2015 17:47): 
Brian Williams, the NBC news anchor and managing editor News is in the soup having had to retract a story that he'd been shot down in a helicopter when covering the Iraq War. His bosses are pursuing an internal investigation since it affects the credibility of the news output if their anchor is found to be cavalier with the truth.
Born 5 May 1959 Ridgeway, New Jersey, he does have a heavily aspected Neptune in Scorpio. It opposes his Taurus Sun squaring onto Uranus; also sits on the focal point of a mini Grand Trine of Saturn in Capricorn trine Pluto; and is trine Mars in Cancer.
Neptune can be vague, prone to fantasies and also downright dishonest. Being charitable he could have got carried away with the movie in his head to aggrandise himself. But it seems remarkably stupid since the truth was bound to come out.
Uranus Neptune is a tricky combination and is especially emphasised here being in a T Square. It can be fanatical and sticks to its own version of events or opinions no matter what the reality facing it actually is.
At the moment his Mars in Cancer sitting on the focal point of another T Square to an Aries Moon Mercury opposition North Node is being assaulted by tr Pluto opposition and tr Uranus will move to square it before the end of this month. So trapped, frustrated, deeply insecure.
There's no birth time but since loss of career reputation is often a tr Pluto conjunct MC I put his MC at 13 Capricorn which might fit. It would give him a charming Venus in Gemini in the 3rd which suits a journalistic presenter; a rather erratic Uranus and Pluto in the performing 5th; and a larger than life 1st house Sun. That would also give him a Progressed MC picking up the transiting Neptune conjunction about now which would also fit. All guessing this last para.
He got his position with NBC on 2 Dec 2004 and that chart has a jolting tr Saturn square Uranus at the moment. If he gets off and he just might then his days are probably numbered since tr Saturn will conjunct the Sun by early 2016. But I'd doubt he'd last that long with tr Pluto hammering at his Mars all this year (as well as next).
Downs Syndrome baby - a loving father  From: Marjorie(07 Feb 2015 17:47): 
There is a sad and heartening story about a Downs Syndrome baby born in Armenia at 6.30am 21 Jan 2015. The Armenian mother was about to abandon it to an orphanage since in that country such a baby is thought to bring disgrace to the family. She subsequently filed for divorce. The New Zealand born father fell in love with his baby and has now crowd-funded enough money to take it back to Auckland.
The baby has a New Moon in Aquarius which is fitting for mother and father being the same person and a lucky 8th house Jupiter which brings generosity from others.
What is noticeable is that the Sun aspects three Jupiter midpoints shining a positive light on father. While the Moon aspects three Saturn midpoints as well as Mars/Pluto and Neptune/Pluto hinting at a rather hair raising, cold mother.
Jeff Jawer - a foot in two realms  From: Marjorie(06 Feb 2015 17:21): 
Jeff Jawer is an American astrologer, who writes daily for and regularly for The Mountain Astrologer magazine; and is also the CEO and co-founder of the website He holds a B.A. in "The History and Science of Astrology".

Born 16 May 1946 3.35 am New York, he has a 2nd house Taurus Sun opposition an 8th house Scorpio Moon, so born at the time of the Full Moon. One foot stands in the material realm and the other intuits what lies below surface reality.
He has a delightfully upbeat Jupiter (and Neptune) in the 7th so puts himself across with enthusiasm and charm. Jupiter is trine a 3rd house Uranus Venus North Node in Gemini in the 3rd so custom built for communicating with wit and exuberance on Uranian topics. He has a power-packed Pluto Mars in Leo in the 5th so adores having an audience. That conjunction squares Mercury in Taurus so he will speak intensely, forcefully and sometimes sharply to make his point.
An interesting chart with a fascinating mix of light and depth. I understand he is seriously ill which is deeply saddening.
Werner Herzog & Klaus Kinski - a match made in hell  From: Marjorie(06 Feb 2015 17:20): 
Werner Herzog is a German film director, with a huge cult following for his independently-made, sometimes epic movies made over the past four and a half decades. Described as a mad visionary, he talks of searching for an ecstatic truth and often makes films around heroes with impossible dreams. He made several movies featuring Klaus Kinski - Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, Nosferatu etc - who was wildly volatile, not a pleasant human being, probably insane, but a wonderful actor.

Herzog's relationship with Kinski has been described as "perhaps the stormiest, most bitterly violent actor-director partnership in the history of cinema, and among the most creatively fruitful. [They] reached the brink of screaming murder every time they collaborated."

Herzog was born 5 September 1942 in Munich, and is a Sun Virgo square Saturn Uranus in Gemini so hard working, innovative, uncompromising; with a showbizzy Mars Neptune conjunct in Virgo. His Mercury in Libra is trine Uranus Saturn, sextile Pluto. It's a pity there is no birth time since that chart would spring to life if it had angles.
However he has an enormously strong 5th Harmonic - the craftsman, get-it-together, creative quintiles; and an equally notable creative/spiritual 7H and idealistic 9H.

Klaus Kinski, 18 Oct 1926 9.30pm Sopot, Poland (ADB) had a 4th house Sun Venus in Libra with a Pisces Moon exactly on his MC conjunct Uranus in the 10th. What marks out his chart as different is a Water Grand Trine of various combinations of Pluto North Node Asc in Cancer trine Mercury Saturn in Scorpio trine Moon Uranus MC making him highly emotional but very private, living in his own inner dream world. That was formed into a Kite by a hard-edge Saturn opposition Mars in Taurus which latter became the driving planet. Mars in Taurus has a steamroller quality, can be brutal.
His Mars as well as opposing Saturn was square Jupiter widely opposition Neptune making a Fixed Grand Square - so not a personality that budged easily if at all. His Sun was trine Jupiter and square Pluto so lucky and controlling.
His 5th Harmonic is strong and more so his 7H. His what-brings-him-pleasure 9H has traces of megalomania and sadism. His 11th is especially notable, whose negative aspects are fanaticism and unreasonableness. Plus a ruthlessly charming actors 15H.

Both the synastry and the relationship chart between Herzog and Kinski are difficult. Herzog's Mars Neptune opposes Kinski's Uranus Moon so combustible.
In the relationship chart there is unsurprisingly a bitterly hostile, power-struggling Mars Pluto conjunction square Mercury so arguments would go nuclear. There is an adventurous composite Uranus Jupiter conjunction trine a hard working Saturn in Virgo so maybe some stability from that. But the atmosphere would be toxic.
American Sniper - controversial success  From: Marjorie (04 Feb 2015 17:41): 
American Sniper, the latest film directed by Clint Eastwood about Chris Kyle, the US Navy Seal with 160 kills on his belt in Iraq, has been a huge success at the box office. It has raised controversy over what some say is a simplistic portrayal of a 'true American hero' which does not explore the wider context of the rightness of the Iraq War and describes the Iraqis as 'savages.' So good guys and bad guys. Cowboys and Indians with modern technology.
Defenders say it does portray the damaging effect of war on soldiers with its portrayal of PTSD. Eastwood himself was anti-the Iraq War so odd choice for a movie subject. Kyle was discharged, wrote a best selling autobiography and was shot dead at a shooting range two years ago.

Principal Photography, 31 March 2014 LA, started on a Sun Uranus in Aries widely opposition Mars in Libra square Jupiter opposition Pluto - so very gung ho, pushy, explosive. The Premiere, 11 Nov 2014, is even more stark with a brutal Mars Pluto in Capricorn square Uranus.
What strikes me looking at Eastwood's natal chart is that it was being especially challenged as the movie was in preparation. He has Pluto opposition Saturn square Uranus in Aries as well as Mars in Aries, so is bleak, tough, fiery. His Solar Arc Mars had moved to conjunct his Pluto in 2013 which would incline him towards even darker subjects than usual.

Chris Kyle, 8 April 1974 Texas, was a Sun Aries opposition Uranus with a very military (assassin) Mars Saturn conjunction in Gemini. There was something about his Sun Aries Uranus energy that clearly rang a bell with Eastwood who in his early days was very associated with rough and tumble westerns and violent Dirty Harry films.

I doubt they would have got on too well in real life since their relationship chart has a composite Pluto opposition North Node square Mars - but it certainly fits for a movie that sprang out of Eastwood's own Mars Pluto crisis.
Lowell Goddard - third time lucky  From: Marjorie(04 Feb 2015 17:39): 
After a major amount of messing around and two false starts UK Home Secretary Theresa May has finally announced a head for the UK Inquiry into Historical Child Abuse. Lowell Goddard, 25 Nov 1948, is a serving judge of the High Court of New Zealand and UN committee member who has experience of working with victims of sexual assault.
She's a Sun Sagittarius (favourite lawyer's sign) square a meticulous and hard working Saturn in Virgo. She has Uranus opposition Mars in Sagittarius conjunct Jupiter in early Capricorn so adventurous, a traveller. Her Pluto is trine her Sun/Mars and Sun/Jupiter midpoints giving her the grit to cope with heavy subjects.
Her North Node in Taurus sits on the cusp of the UK's 8th house so with luck she'll be adept at digging into dark places; and her Pluto is in opposition to the UK's Venus in the 5th house of children which forms a Fixed Grand Cross and is the central configuration of the UK's chart. So she's unlikely to budge (cross fingers) when she hits resistance.
Tony Abbott - lost the plot  From: Marjorie(03 Feb 2015 17:38): 
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was unpopular amongst his colleagues even before he made his bizarre decision to bestow a knighthood on Prince Philip, who at 93 is already tottering under the weight of titles. One backbencher said his position was terminal.
He took office on 18 Sept 2013 at 10.35am in Canberra, AU which gives a 10th house Virgo Sun in line to pick up the opposition from next month's Pisces Solar Eclipse so definitely in a crisis period. Tr Neptune is conjunct the Moon on that chart at the moment and tr Uranus is opposing the Mercury with tr Pluto just over the square to mercury - so disappointments and arguments all round.
The Solar Arc Pluto will close the square to Uranus to exact in 10 months' time so it'll be a very wobbly year ahead for him which might pitch him off his perch altogether.
His personal chart, 4 Nov 1957 4am London, Eng, definitely looks in for a fair upheaval within less than a year when the Solar Arc Saturn opposes his Uranus.
He's got a Yod with a focal point Moon, like Bruce Jenner (see post below) so he will have problems fitting in to public acceptance.
Val Kilmer - struggling against his beliefs  From: Marjorie(03 Feb 2015 17:38): 
Actor Val Kilmer, 31 Dec 1959 7.58am Los Angeles, is reportedly suffering from a throat tumour which he had resisted treatment for because of his strict Christian Science beliefs. But he was hospitalised when his breathing became obstructed.
He has quite a tough chart with a 12th house Sun Saturn exactly conjunct in Capricorn trine an 8th house Pluto, which sextiles onto Neptune conjunct his MC from the 9th. So a fair amount of depression and bleakness all focussed onto that filmic Neptune in the religious 9th. Neptune also squares his 1st house Aquarius Moon.
What lifts his chart considerably is an enthusiastic Jupiter Mars Mercury in the 11th trine Uranus - so he is adventurous, friendly, a risk taker.
At the moment tr Neptune is opposition his 8th house Pluto with Solar Arc Sun moving to oppose Pluto exactly in one year. Neither of those look too cheerful. Very stuck by circumstances beyond his control. Also his Solar Arc/Progressed Midheaven is conjunct his Sun Saturn, exactly within 4 to 6 months which is also not great.
Plus the March Solar eclipse opposes his Virgo North Node - so a definite marker on his journey.
He's been through a really heavy few years recently with tr Pluto conjunct his 12th house Sun Saturn and tr Uranus square so that would put considerable pressures on him.
What is positive is tr Uranus trine his Jupiter towards mid year and onwards which might bring better news.
Bruce Jenner - an ill fitting Moon  From: Marjorie(01 Feb 2015 17:43): 
If reports are accurate Bruce Jenner, Olympic Gold Medallist and Kardashian step-father, is changing his sex to become a woman. Evidently he intends to film the changeover (heaven help us) and add to the KKK media presence.
Born 28 Oct 1949 6.16am Mount Kisco, New York, he has a Scorpio Sun on his Ascendant which is square his Aquarius Moon - a tricky combination that. More pointedly his Moon is on the focal point of a Yod to Mars in Virgo sextile Uranus which does point strongly to a sense of 'not fitting' where Moon matters are concerned. He also has a 10th house Pluto suggests an over possessive, smothering mother. Perhaps leaving him with a sense that power lay with the feminine.
His Yod had moved by Solar Arc to sit with SArc Mars conjunct his Sun two years back when he separated from Kris Kardashian, possibly when he made the decision.
At the moment he has his Solar Arc MC conjunct his 12th house Neptune which looks very confused. Tr Uranus opposes that Neptune this year and tr Pluto will square it in 2016/17 as well as being trine his Saturn. It doesn't look an easy time ahead.
Bobbi Kristina Brown - Pisces Sun, Cancer Moon, emotional overload  From: Marjorie(01 Feb 2015 17:42): 
Bobbi Kristina Brown is in a medically induced coma in hospital having been found unresponsive face down in a bath. It will be three years on February 11th since her mother Whitney Houston died in a bath with heart disease and cocaine in her system.
Bobbi was born 4 March 1993 11.38 am Livingston, New Jersey and has a 10th house Sun Mercury in Pisces; with a difficult Moon in Cancer opposition Uranus Neptune square Venus in Aries. So a highly strung, erratic, troubled mother of whom she was fond and wanted to please, but from whom she inherited an unstable emotional life. She also has Mars in Cancer and Pluto in Scorpio so a very sensitive Watery chart.
At the moment her Solar Arc Pluto is conjunct her North Node so a significant turn in her destiny. Her Solar Arc Ascendant is conjunct her Moon and opposition her Uranus - so dragging her back into the spotlight suddenly. The March Solar Eclipse in Pisces will conjunct her Solar Arc MC and that will be in effect now creating a crisis.
The reports don't sound too hopeful.
Her chart does have strong similarities to Peaches Geldof, daughter of Paula Yates - both of whom died from drug overdoses. Peaches, 16 March 1989 9pm London was also a Sun Pisces with a Cancer Moon; and she had the highly strung Uranus Neptune Saturn conjunction in Capricorn on the other side of her chart from her Moon, though too wide to be an opposition. She also had an exceptionally Watery chart with Sun Venus (Mercury) in Pisces trine Moon and Pluto in Scorpio. And again a strong fondness for her mother from the Moon trine Venus.
All a tragic waste.
Colleen McCullough - multi-talented   From: Marjorie(30 Jan 2015 17:38): 
Australian novelist Colleen McCullough, best known for her best seller The Thorn Birds but a prolific writer also of historical fiction has died. She was born 1 June 1937 7.30pm Wellington, AU, was trained as a neuroscientist, worked at Yale and gave up her science career when her books took off and were made into television series and films. In all she wrote 25 novels.
She had a 5th house entertaining Gemini Sun trine Neptune in the publishing 9th. Plus a confident 1st house Jupiter in Capricorn opposition Pluto square Venus in Aries with Pluto trine Mars in Scorpio. So certainly passionate and charming, ultra-determined. Her Mercury in earthy Taurus also in the 5th was trine Neptune, conjunct Uranus and widely trine Jupiter and opposition Mars - so keen to perform, inventive, creative and enthusiastic and outspoken. She said in an interview recently|: "If I've got an opinion, I've got an opinion. I'm never lukewarm. It's not in my nature to be lukewarm."

A recent book which is part memoir and part rants about her pet hates called 'Life without the Boring Bits' describes her careless parents who made her childhood a misery. She had a forced-to-be-reliant Saturn in Aries conjunct her IC and an unaspected Pisces Moon. So despite her exuberant 5th house planets not an easy emotional life. She married finally at 46 and her husband survives her.

Her writers' 21st Harmonic was strong as was her creative 5H.
1 World Trade Center - a troubled start  From: Marjorie(30 Jan 2015 17:36): 
1 World Trade Center opened for business on 3 November 2014 and will house the publishers Conde Nast amongst others. It is to replace the Twin Towers which were destroyed by 9/11. The tower is the largest in the western hemisphere at 1776-feet tall, representing the year of US independence.
The opening chart has a ferocious Mars Pluto conjunct in Capricorn sitting on the focal point of a Scorpio Sun (and Venus) trine Neptune. That may in part reflect its history and there's a touch of pzazz with Sun Venus and Neptune plus a flamboyant Jupiter in Leo. But it also looks problematic for a few years ahead. At the moment the first Conde Nast staff to move in promptly exited because of a plague of rats.
I'm not sure what rats look like astrologically but the foundation laying chart of 27 April 2006 has Pluto = Saturn/Neptune midpoint. And both tr Pluto and tr Uranus are both in hard aspect to the Saturn/Neptune of the 2014 opening chart through this year - and tr Pluto next year as well. Saturn/Neptune tends to be neurotic about illness.
Sarah Palin & Marco Rubio - fickle fingers of fate  From: Marjorie(27 Jan 2015 18:13): 
Sarah Palin gave a barely coherent speech in Iowa at the weekend in which she evinced a desire to re-run for VP in the next US election. Even conservatives were crawling under their tables at the thought and the commentators have had a field day. Some reckoned she just wanted 'back into the conversation', having slipped out of sight recently so it wasn't too serious a prospect.
She certainly looks confused right now but there is - frighteningly - a tranche of upbeat transits to her Jupiter in Aries coming up. Tr Uranus is conjunct her Jupiter this year and in 2016/17 tr Pluto is square. Plus her Solar Arc Mars is conjunct her Jupiter late 2016/early 2017. All of that looks remarkably confident and lucky. Though in her case too much confidence could slide her into real trouble.
There will be some setbacks this year. But there's also a great deal going right for her. By 2017/18 her Solar Arc Sun will conjunct her Jupiter which is definitely in the money.
If her birth time of 9.44pm is about right she does have tr Saturn in her lower profile first quadrant for several years yet which might (hopefully) mitigate against any sudden leaps into the White House.

Marco Rubio on the other hand who has been sticking a toe in the water tentatively is not in a good space now or through 2016 and worse in early 2017. There's no birth time for him but I'd doubt it.
Greece - battle lines being drawn  From: Marjorie(27 Jan 2015 18:12): 
Ominous signs of entrenched positions have greeted Alexis Tsipras's first day as Greek PM. The Germans are saying loan agreements stand and the Greeks say the debts are not sustainable.
It's certainly Angela Merkel's stiffest test in a while. Her third term chart, 17 Dec 2013 12.06pm certainly indicated it would be a fractious, hostile time with a 10th house controlling Pluto square a 7th house Mars opposition a 1st house Uranus.
Her personal chart is showing discouraging signs at the moment with tr Neptune opposition Sun/MC, moving on to oppose the career-denting Jupiter/Saturn from late Feb. Plus also at the moment a discouraging tr Pluto trine Sun/Saturn. What is intriguing is tr Uranus crossing her IC from mid April and opposing her MC - that could be family and domestic but it also suggests a fair upheaval. She looks in much brighter spirits by May/June.
The relationship with the Greek premier is not well starred. Tsipras's Uranus in Libra is conjunct her 10th house Neptune so his maverick, rebellious, reforming tendencies will throw her into confusion. His Saturn in Cancer is also conjunct Merkel's Mercury Jupiter so he's a deflating experience. Four of his planets fall in her well populated 8th so it is an intense and significant relationship.
Their relationship chart has a power-struggling composite Jupiter trine Pluto and an unrealistic Jupiter opposition Neptune. All those composite planets are under pressure from late January onwards, ie. now. There will be a fair amount of gamesmanship to see who can get the upper hand.
Yanis Varoufakis, 24 March 1961, an academic blogger, has been made Finance Minister. He's a feisty Sun Aries square Mars (Moon) in Cancer with a dogmatic Mercury opposition Pluto and an idealistic Saturn Jupiter conjunction. His relationship with Tsipras is friendly and argumentative with clear indications of a reforming partnership with a focal point composite Uranus on a Yod. But it will go through swings and roundabouts especially mid year.
First Anglican woman bishop - Saturn Neptune  From: Marjorie(26 Jan 2015 18:02): 
The Church of England has consecrated its first woman bishop today, around 11.45 am in York. In itself it's not too interesting except that it comes in the year when tr Saturn is square tr Neptune which historically has always been a time when women's rights came to the fore.
Come to think of it - workers' rights are also favoured by Saturn Neptune which is reflected in the Syriza Greece win - of the out-of-work workers against the corrupt oligarchy.
Greece shafts a spear at the EU  From: Marjorie(26 Jan 2015 18:01): 
Alex Tsipras was sworn in as the new Greek Prime Minister at 14.03 GMT in Athens having won the election on a trenchant anti-austerity and anti-corruption vote.
That chart puts Uranus in the 10th with a zero degrees Aries MC - so definitely new beginnings and a radical agenda for reform.
Jupiter in Leo in the 2nd hints at an extravagant administration, presumably to try to alleviate the suffering of the homeless, and jobless, though it looks a touch profligate.
There's an unpleasant, blocked and confused Saturn square Mars Neptune so it won't be an easy path ahead especially later in the year. Pluto is on the cusp of the 7th - so intense relations with partners (EU?), dipping into hostility at times. The late Aries Moon in the 10th is unaspected except for a square to the Aquarius Sun which suggests an erratic strategy, pulled between relationship obligations and the needs of the people.
The European Central Bank (ECB), 1 June 1998, is in a panic at present. It has a Mutable T Square of Mars opposition Pluto square Moon. Tr Neptune is square Pluto opposition Mars; and tr Saturn is square the Moon and will oppose Mars and conjunct Pluto late this year.
The EU, 31 Dec 1957 11 pm chart, has this March Solar Eclipse in Pisces following exactly on the Descendant - so a partnership crisis. And tr Neptune is square the EU Mars and the moment which tr Saturn will conjunct late this year.
So back into the melting pot.
ISIS - maybe closure by the end of the decade  From: Marjorie(25 Jan 2015 17:59): 
The ISIS (or should we call them Daesh since they dislike it?) chart, 15 Oct 2006, shows some emotional shocks from May this year for a year on and off. Then it is under increasing pressure with high insecurity with tr Uranus opposition its Sun and Mars in 2016 as well as trine Pluto Saturn. Then in 2017 tr Pluto squares their Venus. Their crunch point probably comes in 2019/20 as tr Pluto squares their Sun and then Mars. It is a well-knit together and enduring chart with plenty of Fixed signs and a strong Jupiter.

Of the countries up against them Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel look most fraught - ramping up the tension from March/April this year onwards for two or three years thereafter.
The USA is pushing on, with increasing irritability and insecurity in 2016; and involved in a tediously long and expensive slog especially in 2017/18. There will be a change of direction in USA policy vis a vis ISIS in 2017 perhaps as a result of a new President.
New Horizons - aiming for Pluto  From: Marjorie(25 Jan 2015 17:57): 
The New Horizons spacecraft is to start photographing the icy world of Pluto, to prepare itself for a historic encounter in July. It has travelled 5 billion kms (3billion miles) over nine years to get near the dwarf planet. At the moment it has still 200 million kms to go, so its images of Pluto will show only a speck of light against the stars. On July 14th the spacecraft will make a fleeting fly-by.
New Horizons was launched from Cape Canaveral on 19 January 2006 at 19.00 UT. That puts an enduring and ambitious Mars in Taurus on the Midheaven opposition Jupiter square Saturn Asc in Leo opposition Neptune. So definitely built for the long haul. There's a practical, hard working 6th house Sun Mercury Venus in Capricorn and an attention-grabbing 5th house Pluto in Sagittarius.
Tr Jupiter will have turned direct from mid April to cross the NH Asc by late May which is a good sign. Tr Jupiter will also be trine the NH Pluto a few days after the 14th which looks empowering and successful.
Whether Pluto will notice I've no idea but I don't think there is any astrological significance for the planet.
Thich Nhat Hanh - a lifelong struggle for peace  From: Marjorie(25 Jan 2015 17:56): 
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher and peace activist since the days of the Vietnam War. Born 11 October 1926 he has been suffering fairly severe ill health recently.
He is a Sun Libra square Pluto and North Node in Cancer. With a Fixed Grand Cross of Neptune in Leo opposition Jupiter square Mars in Taurus opposition Saturn.
His Sun and Venus in Libra trine Jupiter in humanitarian Aquarius will give him charm and ability as a mediator. He's also enduring, stubborn, ultra-determined. His Sun Pluto will be affected by the tr Uranus square tr Pluto from April this year for the next three years which will mean major pressures and a huge transformation in his life. Which at his advanced years may prove too much.
Saudi Arabia - more of the same for now  From: Marjorie(23 Jan 2015 18:02): 
The King is dead. Long live the King. It looks like more of the same as an aged Salman Al Saud takes over the Saudi throne after his half-brother Abdullah's death at 90. Salman at 79 has already had a stroke and is supposedly suffering from Alzheimers and dementia. He is the last Saudi son of Ibn al Saud who founded the dynasty and is more conservative than his predecessor who still allowed floggings, beheadings, torture, forbade women from driving and the like.
There are two Saudi Arabia charts - 15 Jan 1902 3.45 am Riyadh, a coup led by Ibn Saud which laid the foundations of the future state. And 23 Sept 1932 which saw him crowned as King.
The 1902 chart has a late Pisces Moon which is picking up the conjunction to the March Solar Eclipse so it is a significant moment. The Eclipse also opposes the Sun of the 1932 chart hinting at a crisis.
Both charts are heavily Cardinal in later degrees so are facing the tr Uranus and tr Pluto onslaught in the years to come. Their days of wine and roses look to be disappearing fast.
The 1902 chart will be unsettled this year with tr Uranus square the SA Saturn and trine Uranus and sextile Pluto - so fairly unstable perhaps with rumblings of rebellion from the populace. It will be shaken further from mid 2016 with tr Uranus square Sun; and will be feeling increased pressure in 2017/18 with tr Pluto conjunct Saturn which suggests hardship and deprivation.
The 1932 chart looks in line for a financial bubble bursting in 2015/16 with tr Neptune opposing Neptune Jupiter. But it is the years from 2016 onwards as first tr Uranus followed by tr Pluto hard aspect the Pluto opposition Saturn square Uranus T square that the real upheavals will start.
Salman, 31 Dec 1935, is a Sun Capricorn which is trine Neptune on one side and trine Uranus on the other. But it's a very untogether, rather disjointed chart. He'll be stubborn with Mars in Aquarius and Mercury opposition Pluto but also fairly weak with Jupiter square Saturn and that Neptune. His succession chart, 1 am 23 Jan 2o015 has a singleton Jupiter in Leo on the MC which should be successful but may turn out to be self-righteous, rather arrogant and flamboyant. It has Moon Neptune Mars conjunct in the 4th square a 1st house Saturn in Sagittarius which sounds like a discontented population and perhaps also family since there'll be considerable jockeying for position within the autocracy as blood relatives fight for power. There's also a focal point Pluto in the 3rd which could point to heavy restrictions on free speech.
King Abdullah, 1 Aug 1924, had a stronger chart with a Leo Sun and a Grand Trine onto a Kite. But neither were anything like as solidly powerful and enduring as Ibn Saud, 15 Jan 1876, who had an Earth Grand Trine formed into two Kites with a Capricorn Sun trine Pluto; Pluto opposition Jupiter square Uranus opposition Saturn Venus; and a Virgo Moon opposition Mars.
Salman has named Muqrin as his Crown Prince, 15 Sept 1945, but he may not take the throne since his mother was Yemeni. He looks to be having a really tough time three years ahead.
Next in line if the autocracy holds is the more westernised Muhammad bin Nayef, 30 Aug 1959, who looks a stronger personality with a Virgo Sun Pluto Venus trine Saturn in Capricorn; with Moon trine Jupiter sextile Mars. He looks uncertain in 2016 but is powering ahead in confusing circumstances by 2019.
Running into and the turn of the decade will be time of forced transformation for Saudi Arabia.
Netanyahu - an insult too far  From: Marjorie(23 Jan 2015 18:00): 
There's an unholy row brewing over Bibi Netanyahu's proposed March visit to the USA, initiated by John Boehner to address Congress in support of the Republican push for tougher sanctions against Iran. 'Ill-advised, inappropriate, reckless, a slap in the face' for the White House are a few of the comments flying around.

Obama, Biden and Kerry will refuse to meet the Israeli prime minister during his visit. 'Netanyahu spat in our face. There will be a price,' U.S. official says. Even Mossad has broken ranks to tell John Kerry that the new sanctions bill would be "like throwing a grenade into the process."
Relations between Netanyahu and Obama have never been good with a fractious composite Mercury Mars and a one-upmanship power-struggling composite Jupiter quincunx Pluto in their relationship chart. Mercury is at the moment being undermined by a tr Neptune opposition which then moves onto oppose the Mercury/Mars midpoint and then Mars from mid April so it's only going to get worse.
As Haaretz, the liberal Israeli newspaper pointed out Netanyahu's scorched earth policy vis a vis the White House will leave him - if he is re-elected in March which is by no means certain (see previous post) - with a very counter-productive final two years of the Obama Administration.

Ashin Wirathu - kindness and wisdom gone sour  From: Marjorie(22 Jan 2015 17:20): 
The Burmese monk Ashin Wirathu who has been called the face of Buddhist terrorism has been condemned by the UN human rights chief for calling a UN special envoy a "bitch" and a "whore". He has already spent almost a decade in jail for inciting anti-Muslim violence.
Clearly he missed the peace and love day in his training.

Born 10 July 1968 he does have an extraordinarily hard edged, explosive and rebellious chart. He has a Sun Mars and Venus in Cancer probably opposition a Capricorn Moon square Saturn in Aries - so angry, overly emotional, highly restless, has a streak of cruelty, likes to lead with a focal point Saturn. His Sun Venus trine Neptune and sextile Pluto Uranus in Virgo - so pulling together all that revolutionary energy to further his vision. His Mercury is also square Uranus Pluto - so a an overly intense and radical thinker and talker. And as if that wasn't enough he has a heavily karmic Yod of Neptune sextile Uranus (Pluto) inconjunct Saturn which requires a good deal of maturity to make it work. Not something that has been much in evidence so far.
Tr Uranus will square his Sun this year and by the time tr Pluto moves to oppose his Sun in 2016 tr Uranus will be conjunct his Saturn thus hitting his Yod forcibly on the focal point. That has to be a life changing time for him.
Roger Federer - decisions by end of year  From: Marjorie(20 Jan 2015 17:35): 
Roger Federer is struggling against tr Pluto opposition his Mars at the moment but that may be frustrations over the Swiss franc losing him money more than his tennis. Especially since he has tr Uranus now into his 8th house of finances. That aspect recurs in July/Aug and Oct/Nov.
He'll have some highs when tr Uranus opposes his Jupiter/Pluto in late Feb and early March. And tr Pluto squares that midpoint in Feb and Dec so he'll get lucky breaks and be confident. He looks confused across the middle of the year.
Tr Saturn will cross his IC come late 2015 which is a significant marker so maybe a change of career direction. And quite an upheaval in 2017 when his Solar Arc Pluto is conjunct his Uranus.
Air Asia crash - Mars Jupiter  From: Marjorie(20 Jan 2015 17:35): 
Indonesia's transport minister says AirAsia flight QZ8501 climbed too fast just before it stalled, crashing into the sea with the loss of 162 lives ON 27th December. It climbed at 6,000 feet a minute which would evidently be rare even for a fighter jet.
The take off chart, 27.12.14 at 5.35 am from Surabaya. That had most noticeably a Jupiter in Leo opposition Mars in Aquarius - that aspect can often suggest recklessness or taking a risk too far.
The Sun conjunct Pluto on the Ascendant was square Uranus and the Sun itself as well as the MC were = the Mars/Jupiter midpoint.
Roe v Wade - having to withstand pressure  From: Marjorie(20 Jan 2015 17:34): 
Roe versus Wade which made abortion legal in the USA up to viability (24 to 28 weeks) is celebrating its 43rd anniversary on Thursday. There have been rumblings and grumblings over the years from the Pro Life lobby but it is still holding.
Since its passing on 22 Jan 1973 there have been ups and downs and there will be a few more through this year and 2016/17. There is a Mars opposition Saturn in the original chart which I suppose points to the killing side of abortion. Through 2014 to 2016 the Solar Arc Sun is squaring that. And the Solar Arc Mars is at present hard conjunct Mercury while Solar Arc Saturn will oppose Mercury by 2017. Then that Mars Saturn opposition by Solar Arc will hard aspect the Sun from 2019 to 2021 which could be another pressure point.
A Republican President could cause problems but then none of the previous ones have overturned it. I cannot believe they would repeal it but that is a non-astrological thought.

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