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Virgin SpaceShipTwo - undone by Sun Mars Saturn  From: Marjorie(01 Nov 2014 10:19): 
Sir Richard Branson has vowed to continue his space tourism venture despite the fatal crash of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo which exploded in California's Mojave Desert on Friday killing one pilot and badly injuring the other.
SpaceShipTwo has its first powered flight on 29 April 2013 7.02am Mohave, California. That gave a truly difficult Sun Mars in Taurus opposition Saturn, forming into a Half Grand Sextile of Sun Mars sextile Neptune sextile Pluto sextile Saturn. Accident prone from Sun Mars Saturn Pluto; grandiose from Neptune Pluto.
Both Pluto and Neptune had returned to their degree position when the explosion happened. More pointedly Mars had closed the opposition to Saturn to exact by Solar Arc.
Branson, 18 July 1950 7am Blackheath England is a 12th house Cancer Sun square Mars Neptune in Libra in his 3rd; with Pluto on his Leo Ascendant. He's having an uphill struggle through 2015/16 with tr Pluto trine his 2nd house Saturn in Virgo with disappointments through 2014/15 with tr Neptune conjunct Jupiter; plus tension and insecurity from tr Uranus opposition his Neptune Mars - with tr Pluto in square in following years.
Apple Pay Mark 11 - better  From: Marjorie(31 Oct 2014 16:07): 
The Apple Pay actual launch as opposed to the announcement happened on Oct 20 2014 which is a much better chart. There's (admittedly wide-ish) a Fire Grand Trine of Mars in Sagittarius trine Jupiter in Leo trine Uranus, formed into a Kite by Uranus opposition North Node Mercury (Sun Venus) in Libra. That's confident, inspirational, entrepreneurial. So a big idea and lots of get-up-and-go about it. The Uranus Pluto square is anchored into a T Square which will help to make it less unstable.
Needs must wait to see which chart works better.
Cillian Murphy - on a rising curve  From: Marjorie(31 Oct 2014 16:06): 
Irish actor Cillian Murphy, now starring in the television gypsy gangster drama Peaky Blinders, has had an illustrious, award-winning career so far on stage and screen (Batman, Dark Night, Inception etc).
Born in Cork, Ireland 25 May 1976 he has a heavily aspected Gemini Sun - trine Pluto, opposition Neptune, sextile Mars in Leo and Saturn in late Cancer, quincunx Uranus, conjunct Venus Mercury. So complicated, visionary, powerful, sharp edged, charming. He also has an Aries Moon. And Jupiter in Taurus as well as Venus Mercury conjunct in Taurus. The Taurus influence will give him a compelling voice as well as a taste for indulgences.
He'll have a minor dip towards the end of this year with tr Neptune square his Sun and tr Saturn opposition his Mercury Venus. But he's definitely on a successful roll through 2015/16 with tr Pluto trine his Jupiter.
Apple Pay - hiccups ahead  From: Marjorie(30 Oct 2014 14:15): 
Apple Pay was launched on 9 Sept 2014 which wasn't an auspicious day to choose. It was just after the Full Moon so rather unstable; with a mushy Neptune opposition Venus; and an accident-prone, blocked Saturn Mars in Scorpio which gets exact by transit this late Nov/early Dec. Plus of course the Uranus square Pluto tied into a T Square by Mercury in Libra which again will give rise to jolts and disruptions as it navigates its way through Solar Arc aspect closures for nearly five years ahead.
Israel sitting out the Obama Term  From: Marjorie(30 Oct 2014 14:14): 
If Netanyahu is waiting for Obama's exit in the hopes of a more pliable American leader to replace him in 2017 then he may not make it quite that far. His Term chart 15 March 2013 7.54pm Tel Aviv has an alarming Solar Arc Mars conjunct Uranus late 2015 which could produce a major upset.
He also has tr Saturn heading downwards across his Ascendant into his 1st in his own birth chart, 21 Oct 1949 9.30am Tel Aviv, from this New Year onwards which will pull his energy never mind his chances of success back somewhat for several years thereafter. By early 2017 tr Saturn is heading for his 2nd which is the nadir of the 1st quadrant. Admittedly he does have tr Jupiter conjunct his Sun and Solar Arc Pluto which will give him a minor lift but nothing too spectacular.
His relationship with Hillary Clinton in early 2017 is under a damper with tr Saturn conjunct the composite Jupiter; but the same goes for Jeb Bush since tr Saturn is conjunct their composite Sun.
On the Israel chart which might be a better indicator since he may have exited stage left: - early 2017 brings a mixed bag of tr Jupiter conjunct Ascendant which is confident. But also tr Saturn conjunct Jupiter which is discouraging plus Solar Arc Moon conjunct Neptune which is worrisome and uncertain; and a very edgy, explosive, insecure tr Uranus trine Mars/Pluto midpoint.
There's a different mood in the US now with a younger generation growing up who are further away from the Holocaust and who are increasingly concerned over the Gaza outrages.
Jonas Salk - a reclusive superstar  From: Marjorie(30 Oct 2014 14:13): 
Jonas Salk who developed the first successful polio vaccine was born 100 years ago on 28 October 1914 7.30am New York. Until his vaccine appeared in 1957 polio was one of the most frightening diseases in the world.
He worked for years often 16 hours a day, seven days a week, against resistance from the medical community until he perfected his vaccine which he insisted was not patented for profit. He moved from being a backroom scientist to being a media superstar overnight which he disliked.
He has an extraordinary chart with a healing Water Grand Trine in the hidden houses with a 12th house Scorpio Sun trine an 8th house relentlessly determined Saturn Pluto in Cancer trine a Pisces Moon North node in the 4th. That formed into an even more talented Kite with Moon Node opposition his late Leo Midheaven.
He also had an inspirational Jupiter Uranus in scientific Aquarius opposition an idealistic Neptune square Sun. He would be quite ego-centric in a quiet way and certainly very stubborn. He also has Mars Mercury conjunct his Scorpio Ascendant so assertive, sharply outspoken at times.
When his vaccine was pronounced a success in 1955 tr Pluto was about to conjunct his Midheaven giving him influence and power; tr Saturn was conjunct his Ascendant Mars Mercury - so not all of the attention was welcome. That became increasingly obvious two years later when the vaccine went into use as his Solar Arc Mars opposed his Pluto Saturn and he talked of his frustration of becoming a public figure.
The New York Times wrote, "Salk is profoundly disturbed by the torrent of fame that has descended upon him.... He talks continually about getting out of the limelight and back to his laboratory... because of his genuine distaste for publicity, which he believes is inappropriate for a scientist"
He had an exceptionally strong 17th Harmonic - leaving his legacy for history. And a healing 12th with fittingly an entrepreneurial Fire Grand Trine and a New Moon conjunct Node trine Chiron.
Joan Quigley - a pipeline to the White House  From: Marjorie(29 Oct 2014 17:54): 
Joan Quigley has died, the astrologer made famous when ex-staffer Donald Regan outed Nancy Reagan's reliance on her predictions to protect Ronald in the White House after the assassination attempt. She evidently set times for signing of treaties and ceremonies to make for a propitious outcome. She is quoted as saying she was the Teflon in the Teflon presidency.
Born 10 April 1927 she had an 8th house Aries Sun trine a 12th house Neptune in Leo, both sextiling onto Mars MC in Gemini - so plenty of connections to a deeper reality, strong hunches as well as ambition.
She had Pluto in the 10th which often brings a position of influence and reputation. Her Uranus at 0 degrees Aries was in her 7th square a Cancer North Node exactly as well as square her Mars and trine Saturn in the 3rd in Sagittarius so she would be erratic, volatile though also serious. Her Jupiter Mercury in Pisces squared her Mars MC so she wouldn't be above taking risks.
She clearly had a stronger relationship with Nancy than Ronald whom in reality she only met once. Nancy's fearsome Sun Mars Pluto in Cancer fell in JQ's 10th so she was a crucial driving force in her ambitions. Both had Venus in Taurus and both had Leo Moons. Their relationship chart had a friendly composite Sun Venus but also a power-struggling composite Mars Pluto conjunction which can turn nasty. After the publicity blew up Nancy Reagan never spoke to her again.
Blenheim Palace - a new Duke  From: Marjorie(29 Oct 2014 13:28): 
Jaimie, the errant son of the recently deceased John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough has taken over the title. He had a drug habit, spent three spells in prison for forging prescriptions and other offences and was at one point cut out of his inheritance by his father. But he is now clean and stepping out as the 12th Duke at Blenheim Palace.
Jaimie born 24 Nov 1955 is a Sun Sagittarius square Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto - so adventurous, over confident, didn't think rules applied to him. His Venus in lively Sagittarius is trine Pluto Jupiter, sextile Mars Neptune in Libra - so charming when it suits him, drawn to the glitzy life, adept at attracting publicity. His Saturn in Scorpio is conjunct his Sun as well. He has a singleton Pisces Moon sitting out on its own (See Lynda Bellingham post below). It may be on the focal point of a Yod though without a birth time it isn't possible to tell.
His much-married father John, 13 April 1926, was a Sun Aries sextile Mars Jupiter in Aquarius, trine Neptune so in some respects not that different in feel to his son. It was a fairly controlling relationship, at times adventurous and other times mightily strained.
Building on Blenheim Palace started in 1705 after Queen Anne donated Woodstock to the first Duke in thanks for his military victories in the War of Spanish Succession. The Royal Assent was given on 14 March 1795 (JC) which makes for a New Moon Aries conjunct Neptune trine Pluto in Leo sextile Mars Jupiter in Gemini - so a grandiose scheme.
If this chart holds good then there'll be some concerns through 2015 with tr Neptune square Mars. And indeed the new Duke looks rather discouraged over the New Year with tr Saturn opposing his Jupiter and conjunct his Sun. The burdens of responsibility weighing heavily.
USA & Israel - flammable relations  From: Marjorie(29 Oct 2014 13:27): 
Relations between the Obama Administration and Benjamin Netanyahu have slumped to a new low with an anonymous briefing calling Netanyahu a "chickenshit prime minister", "coward" and a man more interested in his own political survival than peace. The mood in Washington as Israeli government announces more settlement building is described as "red hot".
The relationship chart between Obama and Netanyahu has a composite Mercury Mars conjunction which is being undermined this year by tr Neptune worsening through 2015 with tr Neptune opposition Mars.
The US/Israeli chart will be trudging through equally thick mud in 2015/16 with tr Pluto trine the composite Saturn with high insecurity and explosive irritation in 2016.
Vladimir Putin - major pressures  From: Marjorie(29 Oct 2014 13:26): 
Rumours about Vladimir Putin's health, circulating last year, have re-emerged. Cancer of the spine or pancreas is suspected. Some commentators say it was why he released oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky last year unexpectedly, jailed on trumped up charges and why he is pushing so hard over Ukraine. But who knows?
On a 7 Oct 1952 9.30 am St Petersburg chart he does have tr Uranus at the moment going through his 6th house of health. But even if the birth time is wrong his his Sun, Saturn, Neptune, Mercury stellium in Libra at 13, 17, 21, 23 degrees - is seriously challenged from 2014 over the next several years. First tr Uranus will oppose and then tr Pluto will square. So a truly pressured time with some depression, high tension and jolting changes.
His Presidency Term chart, 7 May 2012 12.10 pm Moscow, is set for a major upheaval soon as Solar Arc Uranus moves to close the square to Pluto to exact within two months. With a raft of undermining Neptune transits from now till February 2015.
If he gets over that hurdle then by late 2016/2017 it has a successful Solar Arc Sun conjunct Jupiter.
Renee Zellwegger - upping her game  From: Marjorie(29 Oct 2014 13:25): 
Actress Renee Zellwegger - Bridget Jones' Diary, Chicago, Cold Mountain etc - has been the focus of attention recently with a seemingly radically changed face.
Born 25 April 1969 2.41pm Baytown, Texas (time astrotheme) she has an 8th house Taurus Sun conjunct Saturn in last degree Aries with a 12th house Leo Moon. Her Saturn is on the point of a Yod to Neptune sextile Jupiter in Virgo conjunct Uranus in Libra. A Saturnine Yod in addition to producing a sense of strain, not quite fitting in, is also quite a heavy karma and if the time is right, more so being in the 8th. Her Moon is trine a 4th house Mars in Sagittarius. Emotionally a difficult life, intense, secretive, defensive, volatile. She also has Venus in Aries on the cusp of the 8th so a curious mix of upfront and rather hidden.
Luckily she has a confident Jupiter Pluto in Virgo in her 1st conjunct Uranus which gives her the drive to push herself forward. She has a marked actors' 15th Harmonic and a notable creative 7H as well.
At the moment her Solar Arc Moon is conjunct her 1st house Uranus which might give a hint about a new persona. And she has tr Pluto just moving into her public-platform, entertaining 5th house. This will make her keen to raise her profile and since her body is her business in a business that is generally unkind to older women it may well have prompted her to take action.
She's not a person really happy in her own skin or within herself. After a break from acting after 2010 with tr Saturn moving through her low profile 1st quadrant she may be getting ready to bounce back out into her next phase.
Bill Cosby - career and image crisis  From: Marjorie(28 Oct 2014 15:19): 
American actor and comedian Bill Cosby built up a reputation for being 'friendly, congenial, wholesome and beloved' with his family-oriented Cosby Show on television. When there was a lawsuit some years ago claiming he had drugged and sexually assaulted a woman, with thirteen witnesses claiming similar, it all disappeared into the woodwork. No one wanted to let go of their image of Mr Nice Guy. The Daily Mail today has published a further lurid account, this time of his abusive treatment of a teenage wannabe star he took under his wing.
Born 12 July 1937 12.30 am Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he has a heavily emphasised 4th house Sun in Cancer conjunct Mercury Pluto. So the family part certainly works though under heavy control. His Sun Mercury Pluto oppose a 10th house Jupiter - for success, confidence and a suggestion of pushiness. His Jupiter is trine Neptune (Moon) in Virgo trine Uranus with Uranus opposition Mars in Scorpio. So forming two Kites with the Sun and Mars as the driving planets. The Sun makes him ego-centric; Mars in Scorpio is certainly sexual and determined and Mars trine Pluto Sun is very persistent. Not a man who likes being thwarted.
If his birth time is accurate he has tr Pluto conjunct his MC at the moment which sometimes coincides with a reputation crashing down; and tr Uranus is in 2015 crossing his Ascendant which will throw a spanner or two into his public image. Plus tr Uranus squares his Sun next year which will upset his family life.
Lloyds and Bank of Scotland - problems ahead  From: Marjorie(28 Oct 2014 15:18): 
Lloyds Bank have just announced major job losses and branch closures. Founded 3 June 1765 that certainly fits Solar Arc Pluto being conjunct their Sun this year. Though there'll be more scares and upheavals come 2015 with Solar Arc Uranus opposition their Mars and tr Saturn moving to oppose their Sun into 2016 - so quite a long haul ahead.
The Bank of Scotland, now a Lloyds' subsidiary, founded 17 July 1695 looks equally fraught with a 'shock' from Solar Arc Sun conjunct Mars in 2015 and worse Solar Arc Pluto conjunct their Mars by 2016 - so again a long grinding patch that feels like a meltdown.
Pippa Middleton - bigger plans in mind  From: Marjorie(26 Oct 2014 15:05): 
According to the Daily Mail Pippa Middleton's two year relationship with Nico Jackson has gone stale. Mind you three months ago they were supposedly looking to buy a family-friendly house in Parson's Green, London. There's no birth date for him apart from 1978 which would put his wannabe-important Saturn in Leo near her Mars Venus (Moon) in Leo which sounds a touch blocked.
She is now said to be walking out with wealthy Hungarian-born US hotel owner Andre Balaze, 31 Jan 1957, who was married to Gerald Ford's daughter Katie. He is is a New Moon in Aquarius opposition Uranus with Pluto in Leo and Venus in Capricorn. So a fairly detached, though also possessive type with social aspirations.
Their relationship chart does have a composite New Moon (more whole when together) though it is also conjunct Neptune on one side and Saturn on the other - so not totally ideal. But there's a super-indulgent composite Jupiter Venus conjunction which sounds more her style. It will hit a blip towards the end of the year but if they overcome that who knows?
Labour Party - another lurch  From: Marjorie(26 Oct 2014 15:04): 
The UK Labour Party is living up to its stars with yet another catastrophe as the Scottish Labour leader resigns amidst bitter recriminations about over control by London. Labour depends on Scotland's 41 Labour MPs holding their own if they have any hope in the next election.
The Labour chart, 12 Feb 1906, has the totally blocked Solar Arc Saturn conjunct Pluto now with tr Saturn just over the square to their Sun Venus in Aquarius and heading to oppose their Jupiter by November. Solar Arc Pluto squares Neptune possibly within a few months which is devastating. And tr Uranus will trine the Pluto in 2015 which suggests a major upheaval.
Ed Miliband's Leadership Term chart, 25 Sept 2010 4.50pm has the Solar Arc Sun closing the conjunction to Saturn to exact in six months' time which could be curtains; with a destabilising Solar Arc Uranus conjunct the Sun now.
UK EU - billions in a bill  From: Marjorie(26 Oct 2014 15:03): 
David Cameron along with a chunk of the UK populace is squirming at the prospect of having to pay nearly another two billion pounds to the EU. This tidy sum was magicked up on the basis of an improved economy, including the illegal drugs and sex trades(??). The usual complaints are being aired about the prudent having to pay for the follies of the irresponsible EU countries who refused to institute reforms to their tottering economies.
The UK joined the EU at midnight on 1 January 1973 and that chart certainly show major squalls over the New Year and through 2015. There will be a wild card thrown into the mix from April 2015 which may release tension but it will be high tension all the way with a definite pulling away.
The UK/EU relationship chart is aggravated exactly now with tr Saturn square the composite Mars. But it is 2016 which will put the cat amongst the pigeons and cause even major ructions.
Harry Roberts - 48 year stretch  From: Marjorie(26 Oct 2014 15:02): 
Harry Roberts is an English career criminal who has spent 48 years in jail for shooting two policemen. What is worrisome is that an animal sanctuary he worked at on day release some years ago had revenge attacks on the animals after the owners complained about him. The suspicion being that cronies of his carried them out.
Born 21 July 1936 he's a Sun Pluto Mercury in Cancer so controlling, emotionally driven. Mars is also in Cancer on the focal point of a mini Grand Trine of Uranus trine Neptune. All his Cancer planets trine Saturn in Pisces - so bleak, cruel, determined, aggressive, volatile.
He's now 78 so anything tricky ahead could be health related. His Mars is being elbowed sharply this year into 2015 by an insecure tr Uranus square; and following that in 2016/17 by tr Pluto in opposition. So stuck.
Ched Evans - triple conjunction + Mars in Aries  From: Marjorie(22 Oct 2014 16:37): 
Ched Evans, is a Welsh born Man United/Sheffield footballer who was sentenced to five years for rape in 2012, did two and a half years and is now out. There's a great furore over whether he should be allowed to play again. He and another footballer found a girl who was paralytically drunk and had non-consensual sex with her which has caused controversy with some commentators suggesting her behaviour mitigated the crime. The other footballer was inexplicably let off. Evans is in denial about doing anything wrong.
Born 28 Dec 1988 his Capricorn Sun sits right in the middle of the triple conjunction of Uranus Saturn Neptune. His Moon is Virgo; he has Mars in Aries trine Venus in Sagittarius; and Jupiter in Taurus very widely opposition Pluto in Scorpio.
The triple conjunction is highly strung, at times chaotic. His chart down in the midpoints shows pushy self confidence and high levels of Mars/assertion, so not a shrinking violet.
He's not looking happy ahead with Saturn transits square 4 of his important midpoints in Nov/Dec this year; a couple of depressing and insecure Solar Arcs plus tr Uranus conjunct his volatile Mars in Aries in 2015. He'll be bullish as well in 2015 but definitely more minuses than pluses. Then in the years after tr Pluto squares his Mars - so he's got a longish period of setbacks.
It's kind of a generational thing since the oldies tend to assume getting slaughtered does carry with it a degree of responsibility for --- get robbed of handbag, taken advantage of etc. But they did seem to have deliberately gone out hunting an incapable victim.
A proper sense of shame and contrition might have sent him off to do good works in a back water for several decades. But he doesn't seem burdened by guilt.
Denis Mukwege - a healer in hell  From: Marjorie(22 Oct 2014 12:49): 
Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynaecologist, has won the EU Sakharov human rights prize for helping thousands of war rape victims in his homeland. He often performed 10 surgeries in his 18 hour working day and had to flee the country at one point under threat of assassination having spoken out about the plight of these women.
Born 1 March 1955 in the Dem Rep of Congo he's a Sun Pisces with a Gemini Moon; and a T Square of Venus in Capricorn opposition Jupiter Uranus square Neptune - so compassionate Neptune in its better guise. Plus a stubborn Saturn in Scorpio square Pluto. With Mars in determined Taurus. He has a wide healing Water Grand Trine.
His get-it-together 5th Harmonic is enormously strong with possibly a Grand Cross involving Sun Mars Saturn Moon which certainly suits working with cruelty; plus an Air and Earth Grand Trines. His 7th, 8th and 12H are also notable.
Ben Bradlee - a Uranian Virgo  From: Marjorie(22 Oct 2014 12:48): 
Ben Bradlee, executive editor of the Washington Post, who challenged the Nixon Administration over the right to publish the leaked Pentagon Papers and Watergate info, has died at 93.
Born 26 Aug 1921 in Boston he was a Sun Mercury in Virgo as befits a journalist which opposed a rebellious Uranus in Pisces so well designed as a campaigning newspaperman. His Moon was probably Gemini maybe on the focal point of a T Square to Sun Mercury Uranus which also suits.
He had Jupiter Saturn conjunction in Virgo giving him a streak of idealism with a publicity-attracting Mars Neptune in Leo.
His relationship chart with Richard Nixon who resigned ultimately over Watergate had a heavily aspected Neptune giving rise to suspicion on both sides and an aggravated/hostile composite Mars square Saturn. Through the two years of the Watergate scandal tr Uranus was conjunct that composite Mars - so an explosive time.
He was genuinely fond of journalist Bob Woodward who broke the Watergate story with Bernstein with a composite Sun Mercury Venus sextile Jupiter and Jupiter in a risk-taking square to Mars; with a revolutionary composite Pluto square Uranus.
His relationship with Carl Bernstein was more fraught, intense and slightly jagged.
Oscar Pistorius - Eclipse shock  From: Marjorie(21 Oct 2014 16:53): 
Oscar Pistorius was finally committed today after an extraordinarily long marathon of a trial and sentencing pleas to five years in prison. He may only serve 10 months inside and then will be under house arrest. Though he has no house, no money and no career so won't be easy for him.
The final result was handed down only two days before the Scorpio Eclipse this Thursday which is conjunct his Venus Pluto - so an emotional shock.
He looks very insecure as he enters South Africa's notoriously brutal prison system with tr Uranus square his Sun/Mars midpoint late Oct till late Nov; with confused, uncertain, highly anxious Neptune transits to two critical midpoints; plus a scary, deeply frustrated tr Pluto conjunct his Sun/Mars over the New Year into January. Admittedly tr Pluto is also sextile his Jupiter over that latter time which will give him a minor boost. But I'd worry about his mental health as well as his safety.
Oscar de la Renta - Venus Jupiter and Leo  From: Marjorie(21 Oct 2014 16:52): 
Oscar de la Renta, the Dominican born fashion designer, famous for creating Jackie Kennedy's clothes and most recently Amal Clooney's wedding dress has died.
Born 22 July 1932 he has (probably) a last degree Cancer Sun conjunct Pluto opposition Saturn, square Uranus and trine Pisces Moon North Node.
So undoubtedly hard working, sensitive, quite controlling especially where women were concerned with Cancer and Pisces involved. His fashion flare would be emphasised with a flamboyant Jupiter Mercury in colourful Leo in an innovative, adventurous trine to Uranus and both sextile passionately enthusiastic Venus Mars in Gemini. Jupiter Venus is really the signature of high fashion.
His Sun was conjunct JackieO's early Leo Sun and his Jupiter in Leo though not conjunct would boost her morale. Both had Venus in Gemini and his Mars was conjunct her Venus. So again he'd shake her into a different gear.
Lynda Bellingham - smiling through a tough fate   From: Marjorie(21 Oct 2014 16:51): 
Actress Lynda Bellingham has died of cancer after announcing she hoped to make it to Christmas recently. Known as the happy mother in the Oxo adverts in reality she had a difficult life. She was adopted out at 4 months old by an unmarried mother, was a rebellious teen, married a soft porn producer which ended badly with her attempting suicide. Her second marriage was violent and abusive so she turned to drink, only staying because of the two children. Her mother whom she contacted was not comfortable with too much contact. Her sister died of cancer 9 years ago. Her third marriage to a property developer in 2008 was happy but then cancer cropped up.

Born in Canada on 31 May 1948 she was a Sun Gemini trine Neptune, sextile Pluto Saturn in Leo. So bubbly, good for films though slightly addictive and quite bleak at times. Her Sun was also square Mars in Virgo. Her sensitive Pisces Moon was almost a singleton and on the focal point of a T Square to Jupiter opposition Uranus which would be one reason she went into acting. A focal point Moon needs attention from a wide group of people to feel nurtured.
Interestingly actor John Nettles, 11 Oct 1943, who was also adopted at birth with his unmarried mentally unstable mother institutionalised has a singleton Pisces Moon. In his case either opposition Venus square Uranus or opposition Mercury square Mars Saturn. He went on to have a long and successful career in television in Bergerac and Midsomer Murders.
Glenn Close - straitjacket childhood  From: Marjorie(18 Oct 2014 14:05): 
Actress Glenn Close has been talking of the damaging effects of being trapped until she was 22 in a right wing religious cult to which her father, an eminent doctor in Africa belonged. Moral Rearmament was the movement and it propagated ideas of lifting morale and tolerance for all religions which sounds positive. But it dictated almost everything about how lives should be lived. "You basically weren't allowed to do anything, or you were made to feel guilty about any unnatural desire," she said. Started by Frank Buchman, he was so vociferously opposed to communism he sounded as if he was pro-Hitler at times. He was accused of being a despot.

Glenn Close certainly has a truly difficult chart. Born 19 March 1947 2.12pm Greenwich, CT, she has an 8th house Pisces Sun trine a 4th house Jupiter which is turn squares Moon Venus in Aquarius in her 7th. That in itself would not be a problem. But she also has an 8th house Mars in Pisces on the focal point of a Yod to Neptune sextile Pluto (Saturn) in Leo; with Mars also square Uranus. So a great deal of strain from the Yod with a volcano of buried anger. She has a sister who is bi-polar.

Buchman,4 June 1878 4 am Pennsburg, PA, was a Sun Gemini with Jupiter North Node in Aquarius conjunct his MC so custom built for a cause to which he could devote his life and be successful at. His 12th house was packed with Venus Neptune in Taurus square his Jupiter; and Mercury Pluto also in Taurus square his Uranus. Plus Pluto Mercury sextile Mars Moon in Cancer. The Gemini Sun trine Jupiter would give him a light, enthusiastic feel but it was what was behind the scenes that caused the trouble - Jupiter square a 12th house Neptune turned him into a guru on a pedestal and Pluto there is manipulative with a fair clout behind it being in Taurus.
Marijuana - freedom beckons  From: Marjorie(18 Oct 2014 14:04): 
5 US states are now ready to legalise marijuana. Neptune on the whole rules narcotics with an undertow of Pluto for the criminal aspect.
The legislation making marijuana illegal crept forward in increments in the 20th century but probably the defining moment was the Boggs Act 2 Nov 1951. That has a T Square of Saturn in Libra opp Jupiter square Uranus - and that focal point Uranus is being shaken up considerably by tr Uranus square and tr Pluto opposition in 2014/15. Plus a Solar Arc Sun opposition Uranus - so major upheavals/changes do look to be coming. With much argument since Solar Arc Mars is conjunct Mercury and Solar Arc Uranus is conjunct Mars. So the debate will be lively.
John du Pont - Foxcatcher self destructs  From: Marjorie(18 Oct 2014 14:03): 
Foxcatcher, the movie about convicted murderer and multi-millionaire John du Pont will be premiered in November, having made its debut at Cannes this year and collected the Best director prize.
John Eleuthère du Pont, born Nov. 22, 1938, in Philadelphia was a great-great-grandson of industrialist E. I. du Pont, who in 1802 built gunpowder mills in Delaware that evolved into one of the biggest corporations in the US, manufacturing chemicals.
John Du Pont built the Delaware Museum of Natural History to house his collections of 66,000 birds and two million seashells. And on his 800-acre estate, he built a $600,000 training center for pentathletes, swimmers and wrestlers, who competed under his sponsorship as Team Foxcatcher.

In 1997, he was found guilty but mentally ill in the shooting death of Olympic gold medal wrestler Dave Schultz. He was sentenced to 13 to 30 years in prison and died there in 2010 of natural causes.
He was a last degree Scorpio Sun conjunct Venus square Jupiter in Aquarius - so intense, charming and expansive. He tended to over confidence or grandiose thinking with Uranus opposition North Node in Scorpio square Jupiter. His Moon was in sporting Sagittarius most likely trine Saturn in Aries and trine Pluto with Saturn opposition Mars - so bleak childhood emotionally, quite damaging.
He had evidently become increasingly paranoid since a car crash and his mother's death and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. When he shot Schultz for no good reason tr Pluto may have been conjunct his Moon; with his Solar Arc Uranus square his Mars/Saturn midpoint.

His wealth-generating ancestor EI du Pont, 24 June 1771, certainly had a go-getting chart with an Earth Grand Trine (good for business) of superlatively confident Pluto (Jupiter) in Capricorn trine Neptune in an inventive trine to Uranus formed into a Kite by Uranus opposition a Scorpio North Node which in turn squared Mars Saturn in Leo - so not a bad description for a man who made his fortune from gunpowder and wars.
Stock Market FTSE - timings and transits  From: Marjorie(17 Oct 2014 15:21): 
The UK FTSE Stock Market has been especially hard hit with the recent slump, losing 10% since early September. None of which was entirely obvious on the FTSE 31 Dec 1983 chart which I normally use. Even the FTSE First Trade 3 Jan 1984 10 am chart is not that instructive - though it does have a Sun Moon at 12/14 Capricorn which is certainly being shaken up through 2014/15/16. Plus this month's Scorpio Eclipse is conjunct the FTSE Pluto and there are a couple of loss-making, panicky Neptune transits to midpoints (Jup/Sat & Sun/Mars) running from early September till January 2015.

The original FTSE 10 April 1962 chart does have a Jupiter in Pisces opposition Pluto at 3/7 degrees mutable - so I suppose tr Neptune conjunct Jupiter created the bubble which it is now proceeding to burst. But it is not that obvious on the exact timing.

Oddly the FTSE 250, 12 Oct 1992, is clearer with tr Uranus in an insecure square to Mars when the slide started and continuing on to square Uranus at the moment rattling a Cardinal T Square which will continue to be in a state of upheaval through 2015.

In some ways the original London Stock Exchange chart, 3 March 1801, is almost the best with Pluto at 4 Pisces square Mars at 6 Gemini catching the tr Neptune hard aspects; and the trigger of tr Saturn conjunct its Neptune in September.

Sorry if this is all a touch arcane. Stock Market prediction is notoriously tricky but I just thought it was a good point to check out which charts worked and which didn't. The Dow Jones which is also slumping has tr Neptune square its Gemini Sun so more obvious. Though that has been running off and on since 2013 so again pin pointing a time not simple.
David Greenglass - betrayed his country and family  From: Marjorie(16 Oct 2014 16:14): 
David Greenglass has died, a convicted spy for the soviets whose false testimony sent his sister Ethel Rosenberg to the electric chair in 1953. Ethel's husband Julius who was guilty of passing atomic bomb secrets to Russia was also executed. In reality it was Greenglass's wife who typed the stolen documents and he lied to save her condemning his sister. A charmer.

Greenglass, born 2 March 1922, was a Sun Uranus Venus in Pisces trine Pluto in Cancer. With two wide-ish Yods of Neptune sextile Jupiter inconjunct Venus and Neptune sextile North Node inconjunct Sun. And his Neptune opposed Mercury - so controlling and fairly Piscean/Neptunian - slippery. His Mars in Sagittarius was square Uranus Sun so he liked excitement.
His Saturn was conjunct his sister's Libra Sun Venus which seems fairly apt. She was born 25 Sept 1915 and was a Sun Venus in Libra square Pluto; with a difficult Mercury probably opposition Aries Moon square Mars Saturn in Cancer - a difficult life which treated her unfairly.
Her husband Julius, 12 May 1918 was a Sun Taurus trine Mars in Virgo and square Uranus in Aquarius - so impulsive, rebellious.
Ethel's relationship chart with her brother David had a friendly composite Sun Mercury Venus conjunction trine Saturn possibly trine Moon - so a mix of hot and cold. When she was executed tr Saturn Neptune were possibly opposition the composite Moon which might make sense of a clearly damaged family; and square Ethel's natal Mars.
Greenglass said he never regretted what he'd done.
Richard Flanagan - a talented Capricorn honouring his father  From: Marjorie(15 Oct 2014 14:59): 
The Australian novelist Richard Flanagan has won the Man Booker with his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North set during the construction of the Thailand-Burma Death Railway in World War Two. It was based partly on his father's experiences there who died recently at 98, the day he finished writing it. The judges said it is a "remarkable love story as well as a story about human suffering and comradeship".
Born I January 1961 in Tasmania, he's a Sun Mercury Jupiter in Capricorn in a Half Grand Sextile - opposition Mars in Cancer; with Sun Mercury Jupiter trine Pluto North Node, sextile Neptune and Mars trine Neptune sextile Pluto. His Jupiter is conjunct Saturn in Capricorn; his Uranus opposes Venus in Aquarius; and his Moon is late Gemini or Cancer. So certainly talented, confident, lucky, determined, practical, driven to a degree by anger (Mars Pluto) and the desire to make a difference (Jup Sat).
He has an especially strong 'major writer's' 21st Harmonic with a Grand Cross and an Air Grand Trine. And also strong creative 5H and 7H as well as the obsessive dream 11H.
At the moment his Solar Arc Jupiter is opposing his Pluto giving him a confidence boost. Though since his Saturn is five degrees later than his Jupiter his life's pattern will tend to be luck/success and then difficulties as transits hit that Saturn which in his case will be from 2015 onwards for several years. Possibly the next novel will be a protracted struggle since this one took 10 years and five major re-writes to get a finished book.
Jocelyn Stevens - a piranha to the end  From: Marjorie(15 Oct 2014 14:57): 
Jocelyn Stevens known none-too-affectionately as 'piranha teeth' has died who was a significant figure in UK newspapers and latterly in English Heritage and the RCA. He revelled in his image as a posh bully and stories of his temper are legendary - typewriters out of windows, firing staff over the intercom etc.
Born 14 Feb 1932 his chart bears striking similarities to Patrick Leigh Fermor's with its Sun Mars Mercury in Aquarius sextile Uranus(see post below). Though Fermor was more Saturnine. Stevens had Jupiter in flamboyant Leo opposition his Aquarius planets probably squaring onto a Taurus Moon so not short of confidence or chutzpah.
His mother died shortly after his birth for which his father never forgave him so he grew up rich and isolated (apart from maids, nannies, chauffeurs etc). So both had emotionally distant parents.
His focal point Moon would certainly suit him for a public career. And he had a knack of cost cutting ruthlessly which did improve the businesses he was in. He had Saturn in Capricorn opposition Pluto widely square Uranus so was an innovator. Though being popular was never his style.
Women sex offenders - Scorpio Eclipse  From: Marjorie(12 Oct 2014 11:15): 
Two female teachers in Louisiana USA are being charged with - in one case with sex with an under age minor and being involved with group sex with another 17 year old, who said he consented.
They usefully issued the arrest documents which gave birth data. Shelley Defresne, 12 Sep 1982 and Rachel Respess, 29 June 1990.

SD is a Sun Virgo square Neptune, sextile Mars in Scorpio with a Cancer Moon perhaps square Saturn Pluto in Libra. Her Venus sextiles Jupiter in Scorpio and squares Uranus.

RR is a Sun Mercury in Cancer opposition Uranus Neptune in Capricorn; with Jupiter in Cancer opposition Saturn square Mars in Aries. Her probably Libra Moon may square Uranus (Neptune) and trine Venus in Gemini.

Both have strong 12th Harmonics suggesting they may have been victims themselves and even stronger self-destructive 16th Harmonics in both cases with a Yod.

The Cancer Sun/Moon is interesting - mothering instincts gone badly wrong. RR has a Mars square Saturn and SD has Venus and Neptune both = Mars/Saturn midpoint. So a streak of cruelty.

I'm not sure what the general astrological impetus is for more of these cases surfacing. Maybe Uranus square Pluto as Sakoian & Acker suggest. Woman have always been the hidden factor in child sexual abuse, not as frequent as men but there, just not reported.
Plus of course the Scorpio Eclipse coming up - when these eclipses come round something usually nasty erupts. Now that I look Rosemary West went on trial one day before a 0 degree Scorpio Eclipse in 1995 in the UK - that was for multiple murders of teenage girls but there was heavy sexual abuse involved as well. Her husband had previously hanged himself in prison. The UK was thoroughly sickened through that trial.

Malala - hyper-active with an educational Yod  From: Marjorie(11 Oct 2014 17:44): 
Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest Nobel Peace prize winner ever for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. She was shot and critically injured in her home town in Pakistan after speaking out against the Taliban. She came to the UK for rehabilitation and remains there with her family who were also threatened with reprisals.
She has continued her activism speaking last year at the UN, meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, and Barack Obama with whom she raised the question of drone strikes. Reception in Pakistan is mixed, some seeing her as a western dupe and sections of the Taliban calling her an infidel and an obscenity.
Born 12 July 1997 she's a Sun Cancer opposition Neptune square Saturn in Aries widely opposition Mars (Moon) in Libra - so oodles of initiative from all that Cardinal energy, impulsive, scattered, Her Mercury in Leo opposes Uranus - so outspoken. Her Venus in Leo opposes Jupiter - so charming and sociable. She's also got a Yod of Saturn in self reliant Aries sextile Jupiter in humanitarian Aquarius inconjunct a Virgo North Node which is perfect for education.
She started blogging anonymously for the BBC when she was 11. Her profile rose in following years when her Solar Arc Jupiter was square her Pluto - though that always carries a slight earning about over confidence.
She will never have a calm uncomplicated life with what is effectively a Cardinal Grand Cross pulling her in all directions but she will be constantly active. She will experience turbulence as tr Uranus squares her Sun and conjuncts her Saturn in 2015/16, followed by the tr Pluto square aspects. So continual challenges for years to come.
Though tr Uranus sextile her Jupiter as well as conjunct her Saturn in 2015/16 could see breakthrough opportunities for her; with more progress when tr Pluto trines her North Node in 2018/19.
Her relationship with Pakistan is mixed. Her pro-active Mars is conjunct the Pak 1st house Neptune so she'll expose their weakness. But her Sun is closely conjunct the Pak 10th house Moon so she's obviously a significant influence for women and could be very valuable if they would let her.
The relationship chart with Pakistan is affectionate at one level but also contains within it the seeds of revolution or rebellion since there's a composite Uranus opposition Pluto which is being triggered right through till 2017.
Patrick Leign Fermor - unemployable talent  From: Marjorie(10 Oct 2014 18:20): 
Patrick Leigh Fermor, once described as "a cross between Indiana Jones, Graham Greene and James Bond" has had his book about one of his more daring WW11 exploits published three years after his death. He captured and kidnapped a German general, evaded detection and got him to Cairo.
Born 11 Feb 1915 he was the 'wild and wilful child' of distant parents, expelled from several schools and was reckoned to be 'hopeless, idle, easily distracted, unemployable'. He became a decorated war hero, brilliant conversationalist, historian, Hollywood scriptwriter and perhaps the finest travel writer of his generation.
As a very young man in the 1930s he resolved to travel on foot from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul living on just £5 a month - part wandering scholar, part tramp, to decide what to do with his life. By the time the war came he spoke four languages fluently and many others passably so went into special operations.
He fell in love after the war with Joan Rayner with whom he had a (non-exclusive) relationship for 20 years before marrying her and staying together for 35 years till her death.
He was a Sun Aquarius trine Saturn in Gemini and Pluto in Cancer; with a Mars Uranus conjunction in Aquarius so depressive, bleak, tough, excitable, keen on adventure and risk, stubborn.
What is interesting is the relationship with his eventual wife Joan, born 5 February 1912. They are practically a mirror image of each other. He was Sun Aquarius trine Saturn; she was Sun Aquarius square Saturn. He had Mars Uranus conjunct while she had Mars trine Uranus. Both had Venus in Capricorn. He had a Capricorn Moon while hers was in Virgo. Both Air Earth personalities so they'd understand where the other was coming from. Emotionally cool but impulsive.
Their relationship chart has a composite Venus opposition Pluto square Mars in Aries; and Uranus trine Saturn, sextile Mars - so as much anger and aggravation as passion, never boring.
Patrick Modiano - reclusive Sun Pluto in Leo  From: Marjorie(09 Oct 2014 17:34): 
French novelist Patrick Modiano has won the Nobel prize for Literature. Not known or much translated until recently outside his own country he has been writing since his 20s about memory, identity and the occupation of France in World War 11.
He was born 30 July 1945 10.30pm Boulogne-Billancourt, Fr to a father of Jewish Italian origins and a Belgian actress mother. His father was absent during his childhood, his mother often away on tour and a brother to whom he was close died aged 10.
He has a hard working 6th house Sun Pluto in Leo which sits midway between a 3rd house Mars in Gemini trine Neptune- so a troubled relationship with a difficult father. Odd how often Sun Plutos have absent fathers rather than controlling ones - well the father is outside their control altogether really which is just a different facet of the energy.
His Aries Moon is sextile Venus and square Saturn so a charming but not indulgent mother.
His Mercury in Virgo on his Descendant squares Mars and is conjunct his Sun/Jupiter and Jupiter/Pluto midpoints so he has confidence in his ability to write and communicate. Though with Pluto conjunct his Mercury/Saturn midpoint his themes tend to be heavy and sad.
His 7th and 21st Harmonics are not surprisingly strong. The 7H connects Saturn to Moon, Mars and Pluto - so again angry and bleak. His writers' 21st Harmonic is more upbeat connecting Uranus Venus and Jupiter as well as Mercury, Saturn, Midheaven.
Michael Mori - Libra, Sag, Aquarius lawyer  From: Marjorie(08 Oct 2014 13:10): 
Michael Mori was a US military defense lawyer for Guantanamo Bay detainee Australian David Hicks who was picked up in an Afghanistan Al Quaeda training camp in 2001. Mori won plaudits from civil liberties and legal groups globally, but was subsequently passed over for promotion. He finally made Lt Col but is now out of the Marine Corps in private practice.
Born 4 Oct 1965 Beverly, Massachusetts he has a fair minded Libra Sun Mercury, a typical lawyer's sign, with (probably) a humanitarian Aquarius Moon that isn't scared to shock. He's also got the Uranus Pluto in Virgo opposition Saturn of his mid 1960s rebellious generation.
What's interesting about his chart are two quincunxes - Sun inconjunct Saturn; and Jupiter in Cancer inconjunct crusading Mars in Sagittarius (the other lawyerly sign). Though these 150 degree aspects create strain, making it tricky to fit easily into the environment they have a strength in that the outsider can see what others don't. So not scared to march to a different drumbeat.

David Hicks, now free from a largely suspended sentence, was born 7 Aug 1975 Adelaide, AU so is a New Moon in Leo with an impulsive, adventurous Jupiter in Aries opposition Uranus square Saturn in Cancer; and an argumentative Mars in Scorpio opposition North Node square Mercury in Leo. A focal point Fixed sign Mercury is single track minded, dogmatic, wilful. Equally a Cardinal Saturn on the point of a T Square can be domineering and overly impatient, and also suffers from anxieties and setbacks in early adult life.
That Cardinal T Square had moved by Solar Arc to hard aspect his Fixed T Square when he went to Afghanistan and was arrested in 2001. With tr Uranus also hard aspecting the Fixed T Square.

Hicks's Pluto is conjunct Mori's Libra Sun so he undoubtedly had a transforming effect on Mori's life though also making him feel trapped. Their relationship chart had a workmanlike composite Sun Mercury trine Saturn. But also a Jupiter opposition Neptune square Mars - so quite a few ideals, illusions, delusions and aggravations.
Shrien Dewani - more minuses than pluses ahead  From: Marjorie(08 Oct 2014 13:07): 
Shrien Dewani standing trial for orchestrating the death of his wife on honeymoon four years ago in South Africa, was born 29 Dec 1979. He's a Sun Capricorn trine Jupiter Mars in Virgo with a Taurus Moon. So earthy, ambitious, enthusiastic, indulgent, hard working especially with Saturn also in Virgo. I've never thought there was anything too significant in his chart pointing to a murderous streak. Though a birth time and houses could alter that somewhat. But all the same I'd have expected to find more.
Presumably the prosecution will explain how he managed to step off a plane and nobble the first taxi driver he met to set up a hit? Sounds far fetched unless he had a buddy already there.
His way ahead looks stressed with tr Pluto in a challenging and trapped trine to his Mars till late 2015, plus some undermining Neptune transits to mid points. He does have some lucky relief through 2015 so not all gloom. Though he has a seriously unpleasant, scary, frustrated Solar Arc Mars conjunct his Pluto in 2016. There may be a trial and then an appeal which could drag it out. [see previous posts].
France - a Saturnine lesson  From: Marjorie(07 Oct 2014 14:37): 
France's failing sclerotic economy is now deemed to be the Achilles' Heel of the EU (apart from Italy) - and with Germany creaking badly with lower exports it could get ugly again.
France, 21 Sept 1792 3.30pm Paris, does have a Fixed chart with Mars in Scorpio MC square Uranus in Leo opposition Pluto and Saturn in Taurus opposition Jupiter so change doesn't come easily. Though I suspect it's also its deeply buried and deeply bureaucratic Sun Mercury in Virgo in the 8th with Venus in Libra also 8th. The country is tottering under the weight and cost of its bloated public sector, twice that of Germany, and over generous benefits/health system. Any time there's an attempt at reform the pitchforks come out and the authorities back down.
Interestingly France's Virgo Sun is exactly conjunct the EU Ascendant so to some degree it mirrors the EU image. France's Neptune Jupiter is also conjunct the EU's Neptune Jupiter - so common delusions. France's Saturn falls in the EU 8th - so a drag on joint finances. France's Pluto falls in the EU 5th so a major player who demands status and attention. Those last two might well be a pointer to France's determined demands to subsidise their farmers against all sense in the Common Agricultural Policy.
There's a raft of tr Saturn hard aspects to various of the relationship charts and France's own in Oct/Nov and beyond - so maybe there will be a few feet put down hard.
Tr Saturn is moving to square the France Uranus opposition Pluto in October and then conjunct MC Mars in November which does suggest high tensions, frustrations, blockages and really bad temper.
The France/EU relationship chart has tr Saturn just off the conjunction to the composite Sun and moving to conjunct the composite Pluto in November and Mars by the New Year. So definitely fractious.
The same goes for the France/Germany chart with tr Saturn just a degree past the conjunction to the composite Sun and moving to square Jupiter, conjunct Mercury and Venus in Nov/Dec. So the old allies for whom the EU was meant to be a healing force pulling apart from than somewhat.
Steve Martin - Leo with a Scorpio Moon  From: Marjorie(07 Oct 2014 14:36): 
Actor, comic, writer and musician Steve Martin is to be awarded the American Film Institute's life achievement award. He's been working almost flat out since the late 1960s, starting in stand up, winning his first Emmy as a write aged 23 and on and on and on.
He was born 14 August 1945 5.54 am Waco, Texas, with an aspiring actor as a father whom he said he hated in his teens. He has Pluto conjunct his Leo Ascendant with a Leo Sun also in his 1st house which is sextile a zany, volatile Mars Uranus in Gemini. He does have tricky Moon influences with a 4th house Scorpio Moon, square Pluto, trine a 12th house Venus in Cancer (conjunct Saturn), sextiling onto Mercury in Virgo - so expressing all that emotional intensity and angst through his Mercury. He also has Jupiter in Virgo conjunct Neptune in Libra.
Tr Jupiter has just crossed his Ascendant so giving his confidence a boost and his Solar Arc MC is conjunct his North Node in Cancer.
North Korea - the monster swallows its tail  From: Marjorie(06 Oct 2014 11:37): 
There are murmurings from North Korea that Kim Jong Un's cheese-induced gout may be a cover up for a coup within the country, with him remaining as the puppet prince. One thought is that the Organisation and Guidance Department have taken over. According to insiders it has always been at the heart of the NK totalitarian system, making key policy decisions and supporting the one Dear Leader since it started on 15 Sept 1948. Kim Jong-il headed it until his death in 2011.
Since Kim Jong Un's uncle was despatched last year as a traitor and his aunt followed behind, the feeling is that power has shifted to Hwang Pyong-so the present head (born 1949), who also seems to control the army.
Kim Jong-Un's leadership has certainly had a very bumpy ride since it started on 29 December 2011 11.57 am with the Uranus square Sun Pluto in Capricorn moving to exact by transit. A few months ago Solar Arc Saturn opposed the Jupiter exactly curbing enthusiasm and creating setbacks. The uncertain 12th house Moon Neptune conjunction has also been made more so by transits and Solar Arcs.
This October's Scorpio Solar Eclipse hits the Leadership wobbly Jupiter opposition Saturn head on. And next year's March Pisces Solar Eclipse falls conjunct the Leadership chart Ascendant so we may see a new facet of the internal power struggle then.
Malaysia 370 - Eclipses and Neptune  From: Marjorie(06 Oct 2014 11:34): 
The next phase of the search for the missing Malaysian Flight 370 is beginning with the first of three ships trawling the depths of the southern Indian Ocean, north west of Perth, AU, with specialised sonar equipment. They say it may take a year.
There's a faint chance that this October's Aries/Libra Lunar Eclipse might just produce some results - though it could as equally just point to this new initiative.
The take-off 8 March 2014 12.41am Kuala Lumpur has Pluto opposition Jupiter square Uranus which will catch the Lunar Eclipse Aries Moon Uranus and Neptune, Saturn are returning to their Eclipse positions, with Pluto ditto by the end of the year. The April 2015 Libra/Aries Lunar Eclipse could also prove a catalyst. And the Sept 2015 Solar Eclipse in Virgo will oppose the take off chart's Pisces Sun.
Having said that it may well prove to be an unsolved mystery with tr Neptune now into the take-off 4th squaring the 7th house Moon by next year which looks like confused and disappointed relatives.
Putin's hero - Russia's heavy history  From: Marjorie(04 Oct 2014 17:54): 
As Putin tries singlehandedly to resurrect the bad old days in Russia or push it back into its glorious past as he sees it, there's a prospect of a new statue being erected to Felix Dzerzhinsky. The previous one was torn down in 1989.

Dzerzhinsky established Cheka, the Soviet secret police force, forerunner to the KGB on which Putin served. Cheka was notorious for mass summary executions, performed especially during the Red Terror and the Russian Civil War. And does he ever have a chart that reflects just how cruel he was!
Born 11 September 1877 2.15am Vilnius, Lithuania he had an 8th house Mars Saturn in Pisces opposition Sun square a 5th house Jupiter. Mars Saturn = assassinations amplified in the 8th all focussing onto a grandstanding 5th house. Plus he had an iron-control Pluto in Taurus in the 10th trine Sun, square Uranus. So liked his own way and would turn everything upside down to get it. With Neptune in Taurus also in the 10th opposition a Scorpio Moon - Neptune which can be cosmically cold at its nastiest.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the oligarch whom Putin imprisoned for ten years on fraud in what most believed was a politically motivated trial has said Putin can't last for ever. Once he goes then all bets are off. Putin's Presidency chart, 7 May 2012 12.10pm Moscow, does indicate major wobbles within weeks if not months as the Solar Arc Uranus squares Pluto exactly; plus there's an undermining tr Neptune square Mars/Neptune and then opposition Mars into early 2015; with tr Saturn dampening his enthusiasm and confidence this month as well.
But no one seriously expects him to tumble any time soon. Indeed he looks on a high by 2016 with Solar Arc Sun conjunct Jupiter. There's every possibility he could stand again and win another six years in 2018. So Khodorkovsky could have a long wait.
Andreas Fransson - an extreme life  From: Marjorie(04 Oct 2014 17:53): 
Andreas Fransson, the Swedish extreme skier has died in an avalanche in Patagonia. He made near-impossible descents of mountain faces, his speciality being slopes of up to 60 degrees (the steepest black run will be no more than 30 degrees). Considered the boldest skier of his generation, he was an extreme climber as well as skier, and an explorer of unvisited mountains around the world.
Born 15 April 1983 he had an almost perfect see-saw chart with all planets being contained within two sextiles opposite one another across the zodiac. His Aries Sun was opposition Pluto Saturn; his Mars in Taurus was opposition Saturn in Scorpio; his Venus in Gemini was opposition Uranus Jupiter in Sagittarius; his Neptune in Sag was opposition North Node in Gemini. His Taurus Moon Mercury were the only two planets not in an exact opposition.
Certainly ultra-determined and able to put up with hardship, a risk-taker/gambler with Jupiter Uranus - and constantly struggling to find balance within himself.
His Solar Arc Mars was moving to oppose his Uranus now which is accident prone.
Alan Henning - exuberant Leo with a Saturnine Yod  From: Marjorie(04 Oct 2014 17:52): 
Alan Henning, the latest hostage to be killed by ISIS on video was born 15 Aug 1967 in Manchester, England. He seemed a terribly nice, helpful taxi driver turned aid worker.
He was a Sun Jupiter Mercury in Leo so upbeat and those were trine a self-reliant Saturn in Aries possibly trine a Sagittarius Moon - so an inspirational Fire Grand Trine. His Leo planets were square Mars Neptune in Scorpio so impulsive, idealistic, not always practical. His Uranus Pluto in Virgo probably squared his Moon and were sextile Mars Neptune so keen to step out of the mould to make a difference.
What is more pointed is a Yod from Venus sextile Mars inconjunct Saturn in Aries. The first two hostage victims Foley and Sotloff had Yods on their chart with focal point Mars and Foley has a second Yod with focal point Saturn.
Yods always create strain making the individual feel they don't quite 'fit' into their environment. Saturn especially on the focal point can indicate a stressed life. Others who had this placing - Sebastian Junger the war photojournalist; Rebekah Brooks, the Murdoch editor; Sofie Grabol, the Killing actress; Prince Johann Friso, killed in an avalanche; Paul Walker Fast and Furious actor killed in car crash. The first three of those are still thriving but it takes effort with a strained Saturn.
George Clooney - mixed messages  From: Marjorie(03 Oct 2014 13:10): 
George Clooney's bizarrely public and hugely extravagant wedding (several millions cost) did seem to be making a statement. Though quite what? His wife is a human rights lawyer yet stepped out in some questionable couture of knicker-baring length - not quite Kardash trash but a multi-page Hello spread does not inspire confidence. [Silly question - how do you keep cream beige floor-sweeping length trousers clean? Wear once and throw away.]
If he wants to become a liberal Democrat icon, it's an odd way to make an entrance.
His astrocartography, if birth time accurate, is no help with political predictions. Schwarzenegger has his Jupiter MC line through California. Reagan (4.15am being accurate) had Jupiter MC through USA east coast. Obama has his Jupiter MC through mid to eastern USA. It's not a hard and fast indicator - GWB for instance doesn't have any of the above - but it would undoubtedly help.
Clooney has said recently he is freer to have an influence as a non-politico and he's probably right.
He undoubtedly wants to make a difference with a Saturn Jupiter conjunction and a strongly aspected Jupiter in humanitarian Aquarius. He also got a heavily aspected 13th Harmonic so being a helper/healer may be his way to go.
With a mid Sagittarius Midheaven he is rising towards a time of more responsibility certainly from 2017 onwards. But with his Solar Arc Pluto squaring his Moon in 2015 and then his Saturn in 2017 there will be blockages and setbacks. 2020 might just be too late for him with tr Saturn aiming for his Ascendant.
I can't really see it - he's an actor, an orator and a helper, not a leader.
Deborah of Devonshire - not all gilt and furs  From: Marjorie(02 Oct 2014 17:42): 
Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire has died, 31 March 1920. Though her life sounds straight out of Downton Abbey it was not easy. She was the last of the Mitford girls, sixteen years younger than her eldest sister, born into a family where her father thought girls didn't need educating.
Her husband, a second son, unexpectedly inherited Chatsworth House, the family estate, after his brother was killed. They had seven children of whom four died shortly after birth. Her husband was an alcoholic who had multiple affairs. She spent her life restoring the house, improving the garden and organising money making schemes as well as being involved with the Queen's art collection.
She was a Sun Aries with (probably) a Virgo Moon Saturn opposition Uranus so not an easy childhood or adult emotional life. She had a Water Grand Trine of Mars in Scorpio trine Uranus trine Pluto - so private, self protective, creative, healing for others if not for herself. All that anger channelled into Moon Saturn in Virgo - she created a house.
She had Jupiter Neptune in Leo trine Sun and square Mars and Venus Mercury in Pisces. What seems wonderful about her was that she came across as an exceptionally nice person despite having quite a burden to bear.
Lynsey de Paul - Gemini and Taurus  From: Marjorie(02 Oct 2014 17:40): 
Singer songwriter Lynsey de Paul has died suddenly aged 64. She wrote prolifically from the 1970s onwards for others and herself - 'Sugar Me', 'Won't Someone Dance with Me' etc. She won two Ivor Novella Awards and appeared on Eurovision Song Context for the UK. She also produced a self defence dvd to help victims of domestic violence. She never married but lived for some years with actor James Coburn and was associated with several celebrity lovers.
Born 11 June 1950, she had a violent father, from whom she finally escaped and changed her name. She was a Sun Gemini (often a pop singers' sign) which was in a downbeat square to Saturn in hard working Virgo and also in an assertive/angry square to Mars in Virgo. Her Sun was trine Neptune and sextile Pluto - so a powerful influence.
She had Venus and Mercury both in Taurus, again often a singer's sign since it rules the throat. Her Jupiter was in a lucky trine to Uranus.
I used to have her birth time and from memory there were several 8th house planets. Putting Aquarius on the Ascendant with a midnight birth would give Sun Uranus in the performing 5th; and Saturn Mars Neptune in the 8th which might fit. Plus an intense Pluto in the 7th. She was quite a fire cracker, very intense but clearly finding close relationships tricky.
Upcoming Eclipses - better than the last lot  From: Marjorie(02 Oct 2014 17:39): 
The Total Lunar Eclipse coming on October 8th at 15 degrees Aries/Libra does look powerful with Moon Uranus opposition Sun Venus North Node Square Pluto - so picking up the revolutionary, de-stabilising Uranus Pluto square. However it also has an inspirational, confident Fire Grand Trine of Moon Uranus trine Jupiter in Leo trine Mars in Sagittarius, formed into a Kite with Moon Uranus opposition Sun Venus. It thus puts charming Sun Venus into the driving seat and will provide high energy which needs to find an outlet either through physical or creative activity. It'll be about breaking old moulds and doing something radically different.

The 23rd October Partial Solar Eclipse at 0 degrees Scorpio is in a Saros Series which Bernadette Brady describes as: impulsive, passionate and exciting. Much socialising involved and more motivation for financial projects or for relationships. This is in contrast to last April's Taurus Solar Eclipse which signified wasted energy, nothing much worked as planned.
This Scorpio Eclipse is conjunct Venus trine Neptune so soft, seductive, artistic, kind. Admittedly that trine does have Mars in late Sagittarius as a midpoint so it won't be all drifting and dreaming.

Both of the Eclipses could provide a useful impetus though obviously it depends if they aspect planets in an individual chart.
Denzel Washington - good for the long haul  From: Marjorie(30 Sep 2014 16:53): 
Denzel Washington's latest film The Equalizer has opened to good box office and not so great reviews. One industry commentator said he was the most consistently bankable star over three decades.
Born 28 Dec 1954 12.09 am Mount Vernon, New York, he has a quick witted 3rd house Sun Mercury in Capricorn and a detached entertaining 5th house Aquarius Moon which is square Saturn (Venus) in Scorpio in the financial 2nd. Two things mark out his chart - one is a lucky Jupiter Uranus in Cancer in his 10th suggesting an out-of-the-ordinary career which brings him increasing respect as he grows older. The second is the Water Grand Trine formed by Jupiter Uranus trine Venus trine a hard working Mars in Pisces in his 6th. So talented, creative, private, self protective.
His career is at its lowest ebb with tr Saturn going through his 2nd and if this is as bad as it gets he's doing well. He looks to be going strong for many years to come.
UK Conservatives - twanging like an overstrung harp  From: Marjorie(30 Sep 2014 16:51): 
The UK Conservative Party are having a difficult conference with absconding members and one sex scandal to keep the media engaged. Tr Saturn on their Scorpio Sun, 12 Nov 1867, did indicate less than rapturous times but that will pass quickly. They still have tr Neptune squaring their Mercury through 2015 for misspeaks and communication glitches, as well as unclear policies. What is more worrying for them, quite literally is their Neptune in Aries square Uranus in Cancer which is being plucked and twanged by tr Uranus into 2015 and by tr Pluto till late 2015. So high levels of tension with continuing pressure for major changes.
Tr Saturn in Sagittarius will be criss crossing the conjunction to their Venus Mars Mercury around the election time which doesn't look too upbeat.
Their Solar Arc Neptune will conjunct their Node in Virgo in 2015 which is difficult to pin down meaning-wise. On the upside more spiritual understanding, on the downside self deceit.

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