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Idris Elba - another Connery?  From: Marjorie(28 Dec 2014 17:32): 
British actor Idris Elba best known for the Wire and as Mandela in the film The Long Walk to Freedom, was touted as the next James Bond by Amy Pascal in the leaked Sony emails. Though she may not be around to see them. Daniel Craig is making the next Bond off the conveyor belt and has another to do before he exits the franchise.
Born 6 Sept 1972 in London, Idris Elba is a hard working and upfront Sun Mars in Virgo in a hard edged square to Saturn in Gemini. He has a confident Jupiter square Pluto and a charming Venus in Cancer trine Neptune.
Sean Connery is a Sun Virgo; and Connery, Craig and Elba all have hard Mars Saturn aspects giving them that aura of risk and danger. Craig is a Pisces, Roger Moore a Libra and Pierce Brosnan a Taurus, so Bonds come in all shapes and sizes.
There's no birth time for Idris Elba so no real way of knowing quite where his career is at. There's nothing too spectacular money-wise showing up from what info there is. Though his life will be turning round in 2016 so perhaps that could be the lifestyle change that comes with the role. But there's no real way of knowing.
Xi Jinping - China living in fear  From: Marjorie(28 Dec 2014 17:31): 
There are signs in China that the President Xi Jinping is using his anti-corruption campaign to purge all rivals. An insider said it is broader, deeper and more ruthless than anyone had imagined and resembles the hysterical mass campaigns of the Mao Tse-tung era.
One source said. "I believe he means to crush everyone else and make himself leader for life, like Chairman Mao."
Even Barack Obama remarked that "He has consolidated power faster and more comprehensively than anybody since Deng Xiaoping."

Born 1 June 1953, he certainly has a tough streak with Mars trine Saturn Neptune, sextile Pluto. But he also has a Jupiter Sun at 5/10 Gemini which will be undermined by tr Neptune now and over the next three years. With a complete upheaval in 2016/17 as tr Pluto opposes his heavily aspected Uranus.
His Presidency chart, 14 March 2013 11.51 am Beijing, is fairly volatile with a Mars Uranus in Aries square Pluto which will close by Solar Arc in a series of severe disruptions and explosions over the next five years. It doesn't look too stable. Plus a heavily over confident Yod with a focal point Jupiter which is being undermined in 2015/2016.

His chart doesn't have the solidly determined and ruthless feel of Mao Tse Tung's chart. The risk from his point of view is that he puts himself at risk of an assassination attempt.
Stephen Colbert - shifting gear  From: Marjorie(28 Dec 2014 17:30): 
Stephen Colbert is a multi-award winning political satirist with his own TV show who is down to take over David Letterman's late night television show when he retires mid 2015.
Colbert, 13 May 1964 9.03pm Washington DC (astrotheme) has a hard working 6th house Taurus Sun trine his communicative Virgo MC. He's also got an exuberant and heavyweight collection of Mercury Mars Jupiter in Taurus in the performing 5th house trine a rebellious Uranus Pluto in the 9th. So he'll revel in taking pot shots at establishment figures.
On this birth time tr Saturn is aiming to cross his Ascendant moving into his lower profile 1st quadrant from November 2015 onwards which is generally a low energy, less successful patch for several years when his old ambitious thrust will sag.
Tr Neptune will square his Sun/Moon midpoint from spring 2015 on and off for a year which can sometimes hint at marital disappointments but in public figures can also be about flagging popularity. Plus his Solar Arc Mars will conjunct his 7th house Moon in 6 months' time which again could be a jolt in a close relationships or affect his image with the public.
There are some highs through 2015 but also some jars and tensions.
AirAsia plane - 16th Harmonic  From: Marjorie(28 Dec 2014 17:29): 
The AirAsia plane, Flight QZ8501, that has disappeared took off from Surabaya, Indonesia at 5.31 am.
That puts the Capricorn Sun Pluto straddling the Ascendant square IC Uranus opposition MC North Node - so powerfully Cardinal. There's also a Moon Neptune conjunction with Neptune square Saturn.
As often happens there's nothing too dramatic about the take-off chart though down into the 16th Harmonics there is an Air Grand Trine of Uranus Pluto trine Neptune Venus trine Sun with Mars opposition Pluto. That hints at tumultuous conditions, confusion, disappointment and violence from Mars Pluto.
The 8th October Lunar Eclipse in Aries/Libra which was tied into the Uranus square Pluto had the Sun Moon at 15 degrees which is what the North Node has retrograded to conjunct exactly at the moment.
Ralph Fiennes - a travelling player  From: Marjorie(23 Dec 2014 17:21): 
The English Shakespearean actor Ralph Fiennes best known to film buffs for Schindler's List, The English Patient, The Constant Gardener and most recently The Grand Budapest Hotel was 52 yesterday. Born 22 Dec 1962 he had a peripatetic childhood with six siblings and two creative parents who moved constantly.
His Sun is on the cusp of Sagittarius and Capricorn (before 8am he's Sag); with Uranus Pluto in Virgo opposition Jupiter in Pisces. So he's part of that restless 1960s generation though luckier than some with such a strong Jupiter. His Sun is also trine Uranus so finding his own lifestyle would always be important to him.
His Pluto is trine Mercury in Capricorn, sextile Venus Neptune in Scorpio - with Moon also Scorpio. So emotionally and mentally intense and creative.
He has an exceptionally strong actors 15th Harmonic; and creative 7H and 5H.
There's no birth time so no way of knowing quite where his career is at. His Solar Arc Jupiter is trine his Sun at the moment which will give a confidence boost. Late in 2015/16 tr Saturn squares his Uranus Pluto opposition Jupiter which will be a touch up and down. But he's the kind of actor who'll just keep going, returning frequently to the theatre which is his first love and presumably continue to direct as well.
Uranus Pluto - history loops back  From: Marjorie(23 Dec 2014 10:34): 
The world does seem to be unduly horrible at the moment. But if you look back to the Uranus Pluto conjunction of the 1960s there are parallels. Mao's Cultural Revolution in China which wreaked terrible damage was trenchantly anti-education and there were widespread atrocities.
In Africa the 1960s was a period of radical political change as 32 countries gained independence from their European colonial rulers. These countries then faced severe problems after independence. Devastating and violent civil wars followed in Angola and Mozambique, which lasted several decades, claimed millions of lives. Economic recession, lack of democracy, corruption, poverty eroded the initial revolutionary zeal.
There were nastier conflicts even than usual with the Vietnam War being centre stage. But also the anti-communist Indonesia purge after a failed coup which saw 500,000 die at the hands of death squads who tortured and killed communists.
There was the 6 Day War, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Troubles in Northern Ireland - a massacre of 300 students in Mexico etc etc etc. There were multiple high profile assassinations - JFK and Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Henrik Verwoerd.
It just went on and on, a churning ferment of carnage and outrage.
Commentator Christopher Booker described this era (1960s) as a classical Jungian nightmare cycle, where a rigid culture, unable to contain the demands for greater individual freedom, broke free of the social constraints of the previous age through extreme deviation from the norm. (wiki)
Uranus Pluto aspects do lead to the collapse of old structures but the risk is if Uranus gets its way exclusively for a while that there sometimes is nothing left but chaos and anarchy - after which Pluto usually steps into the vacuum to seize corrupt power. Too much of one or the other is bad news. It needs a balance.
It has always been thus under Uranus Pluto. Part of the problem is we cling to the myth that history means progress. We have advanced technologically but the deadly sins of the human condition appear to be as entrenched as they were three thousand years back. Greed for money and power, hatred, envy, murderous intent, rape, religious zealotry as a cosmetic for genocide.
Bill de Blasio - between a rock and a hard place  From: Marjorie(21 Dec 2014 18:13): 
There is heavy criticism of Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York by the NYPD after the execution of two policeman by a killer with a grudge against them. They blame De Blasio for not giving them support over the death of Eric Garner in a chokehold. Following a grand jury announcement not to indict the officer involved in the Garner case, de Blasio said he was "astonished by the decision" and called it a "very painful day for so many New Yorkers."

De Blasio, 8 May 1961 7.03 pm Bronx, NY, does look undermined at the moment with tr Neptune conjunct his Moon and opposition his Pluto till late January. He's also got tr Saturn well into his 1st quadrant hovering on the brink of his 2nd house so generally in a less successful time which often throws banana skins the way of those in public life. And that latter is only going to worsen over the next three years.

His Mayoral chart for a four year term, 1 January 2014 12 am did have a heavy Cardinal Grand Cross on the angles - with Mars Ascendant opposition Uranus square Sun Pluto Mercury Moon IC opposition MC Jupiter. So it was always going to be a fairly explosive term for him. His luck may change for the better when tr Uranus squares his Jupiter in March but it is never going to be settled.

There are a couple of start dates for the NYPD - 20 Jan and 1 July 1845; and then a charter established a new set up which started mid day 16 April 1870. That latter chart probably works the best. It has a pushily confident, stubborn and controlling Jupiter Pluto in Taurus in the 10th. With a pro-active, impulsive Sun Mercury in Aries conjunct the MC and Mars Neptune also in Aries. The Aries planets square Uranus and trine Saturn in Sagittarius so excitable, disliking criticism. Plus an intense Scorpio Moon.

De Blasio's Taurus Sun square Uranus in Leo collides uncomfortably with the NYPD's Pluto Jupiter - so power struggles, disruption, not a happy combination. The relationship chart has a chained-together and resenting-it composite Pluto opposition Saturn which is under serious challenge and pressures through 2014/15/16. Relations will dip further when tr Pluto conjuncts the Saturn from late Jan 2015 on and off for two years.

It's possible he could heed calls for his resignation but he's a Taurus with Mars Uranus in Leo, Neptune in Scorpio and Jupiter in Aquarius so pretty Fixed. Plus all he has on his MC is a tr Uranus trine in 2015 which is a positive change of direction, not a sudden exit.

If the NYPD date is sound then they are in for a period of major overhaul and some confusion with tr Uranus opposition their Mars Neptune and square Uranus next year.

What to say? The US police clearly need their racist tendencies stood on hard. But on the other hand I wouldn't like their job which is very high risk, given the violent gun culture. Methinks Obama may have to step in though to what end? The UK produced a damning report in 1999 accusing the UK police of being institutionally racist and one of the report board members said recently nothing had changed.
Vera Brittain - a fateful destiny  From: Marjorie(21 Dec 2014 18:11): 
As part of the memorial to the anniversary of World War One the BBC made another film adaptation of Vera Brittain's best seller Testament of Youth. She became a nurse during the four year slaughter, losing her fiancé, brother and two best male friends. She wrote the book as a cry of anguish, so that the futility of their deaths would be remembered. Later she campaigned as a pacifist, sinking into obscurity during WW11 and her book really only came to general acclaim as one of the great war memorials of its time after her death. She was the mother of Shirley Williams, the British politician.
Vera Brittain was born 29 Dec 1893, Newcastle-under-Lyme and was a Sun Capricorn on one leg of a wide-ish Yod, sextile Uranus and inconjunct the Neptune Pluto in Gemini conjunction which was the key astrological signature of all those involved in the Great War and indeed later 20th Century devastations (Hitler, Mao Tse Tung and others). With another Yod of Mercury in Sagittarius sextile Saturn in Libra inconjunct Jupiter. So a good deal of strain in her life and not a natural fitter-in. But one with an obvious destiny.
She also had an adventurous Jupiter in Taurus opposition a determined Mars in Scorpio square a charming though detached Venus in Aquarius. Her Moon was Virgo/Libra.
When war broke out in 1914 her Solar Arc Uranus was conjunct her Uranus so pulling both her Yods together. In many ways the immediate aftermath of the war was worse for her as tr Pluto moved to oppose her Sun and her Solar Arc Uranus to oppose her Pluto and then Neptune.
Vivek Murthy - an Obama health triumph  From: Marjorie(20 Dec 2014 17:38): 
Vivek Murthy, an English born doctor of Indian parents who was brought up in the USA has been sworn in as Surgeon General. This was against resistance from the NRA because he had previously suggested gun control was a public health issue. He has multiple degrees and is clearly a mover and shaker having founded several major health initiatives (see wiki).
Born 10 July 1977, Huddersfield, Eng, he's a Sun Mercury in Cancer with his Sun square Pluto and widely trine Uranus as well as sextile Mars in Taurus. His ambitious Saturn in Leo is square Uranus on one side and Mars on the other - so driven and determined. His fair minded Jupiter in Gemini in in an idealistic opposition to Neptune in Sag.
There's no doubting the animosity between himself and the NRA, 17 Nov 1871, since the NRA Scorpio Sun opposition Pluto in Taurus hits his Mars in Taurus square Saturn at a very uncomfortable angle.
The relationship chart has a composite Sun Uranus opposition Mars (Moon) so an explosive combination.

The NRA have been through tough times recently with the tr Uranus square tr Pluto bouncing off their Mars Saturn in Capricorn. But they are very tough and unbudgeable so it didn't dent much of their determination. The Solar Arc Sun does conjunct their Neptune in two years' time which might weaken them slightly but probably not terminally.

Nigeria - hopeless leadership  From: Marjorie(20 Dec 2014 17:37): 
Nigeria is in the midst of a huge national crisis with the Islamist Boko Haram having launched a de facto civil war against the central government and is now occupying large chunks of territory. It makes brutal attacks and kidnappings at will, including 270 female school children in April who have been subsequently forced into marriages or worse with little decisive effort from the Nigerian Government or military authorities to return them home.
One day after a suicide bombing in November which killed 46 students, the President Goodluck Jonathan had a celebratory campaign launch for the next election. Any other leader might have called a day of national mourning. His popularity astonishingly doesn't seem to be in doubt despite health, education and welfare having made negligible progress in the last four years.
He became President on 29 May 2011 at 4pm Abuja, Nigeria which gives an 8th house Gemini Sun square Neptune - so lacking in energy and drive and maybe even courage. Uranus opposes a 12th house Saturn squaring onto Pluto - so impractical, doesn't practise what he preaches, fairly tight control. A charming Jupiter Moon Mars Venus Mercury in the 7th so good at putting himself across.
That chart will start to sag with tr Neptune square Sun come late February though that is after the election on Feb 14th.
His own birth chart, 20 Nov 1957, hasn't much showing for that date except for a tr Neptune square Sun/Saturn which doesn't look a winning roll. Though there's no birth time.
His approval rating having fallen and he's as much loved as disliked with a bitter composite Mars Pluto square charming Venus and a slippery Sun Neptune in the relationship chart.
The Nigeria 1960 chart does look blocked for the coming year with an approaching Solar Arc Saturn opposition Pluto. With particular challenges this month with the final tr Uranus square tr Pluto hitting on its Saturn at 12 Capricorn. Next March's Pisces Solar Eclipse is conjunct the Midheaven so that may bring a crisis of leadership or direction.
It's a tragedy since it is a hugely rich country in terms of mineral wealth and could be prosperous for its population if they could ever get decent leaders.
George Stinney - 70 years too late  From: Marjorie(19 Dec 2014 17:42): 
A posthumous exoneration has been issued for George Stinney, a 14 year old black boy from South Carolina, who was executed for the murder of two white girls in 1944. He was interviewed by police without his parents or an attorney present; allegedly confessed of which there was no written record; no witnesses were called in his defence; the jury took ten minutes to convict him; and his lawyer a local political figure decided not to appeal. He was so small they had to seat him on books for the electric chair.
Born 21 October 1929, he was a Sun Libra sextile Saturn in Sagittarius and square Pluto in Cancer. He had Mercury Venus in Libra and Moon Jupiter in Gemini. His Mars in Scorpio opposed the North Node and trined Pluto.
When he was killed tr Neptune was conjunct his Venus; the tr Mars/Pluto midpoint was square his Mars and Solar Arc Saturn was sextile his Mars; and tr Saturn was just past the opposition to his Saturn and trine his Sun.
The bad old days may just have gone but there's still a fair ways to go.
Taliban v Pakistan - slow progress  From: Marjorie(19 Dec 2014 17:41): 
The chart I have for the Pakistan Taliban is 13 Dec 2007 which has an enormously confident, pushy Sun Jupiter Pluto in Sagittarius. With Jupiter Pluto opposition Mars in Cancer; with Mars trine Uranus and sextile Saturn - so if right it's violent enough.
On that chart 2015 looks a time of uncertainty, confusion and disappointment; some major disruptions or forced reorganisation; some highs as well as lows.
Their relationship with Pakistan certainly looks due for a major reshuffle from mid 2015 with tr Uranus opposition the composite Sun Pluto. Perhaps because the country has got fed up having to bow the knee to their ruthlessness. Certainly a major power struggle going on which might make a difference.
Pakistan is deeply corrupt with successive incompetent governments who are either unwilling or unable to grasp the problems. Their chart looks panicked and undermined into late January. But then tr Uranus trines the Saturn Pluto for the final time which might let some daylight in and foster a push for change. The March Solar Eclipse falls exactly on their Virgo Ascendant so there may be a shock turn around from that. Followed mid year by tr Uranus trine Sun.
Then by 2017 tr Uranus is sextile the MC. So perhaps in tiny steps there might be progress.
What might help is if the West/USA stopped dropping drone bombs on wedding parties and supporting corrupt autocratic leaders.
HM Queen - shifting over  From: Marjorie(19 Dec 2014 17:40): 
Bookies stopped taking money on Queen Elizabeth's likely abdication because of a flurry of bets. Off the top of my head I'd have said No, she'll go on till she drops. However looking at her chart she does have the tr Uranus square tr Pluto hitting on her 6th house Pluto at 12 Cancer exactly now. That sounds like a health issue - and she did have an unexplained stomach complaint earlier this year.
Prince Charles does have tr Uranus about to conjunct his 13 degree Aries MC from January 2015 onwards which suggests a major change of direction career-wise.
And the Queen's Coronation chart, 2 June 1953 11 am, does have a seriously stuck Solar Arc Mars Mercury conjunct Pluto, exact within two months. Plus other difficult ones late 2015 into 2016.
Her relationship with Charles is edgy at the best of times but it is undergoing a profound upheaval in 2015/16 with tr Pluto trine the composite Uranus and tr Uranus opposition Saturn and square Mars - so a great deal going on next year between them in terms of shifting the power balance.
I still doubt she'll abdicate but she is 89 next May so there will be an increasing handover of duties and responsibilities.
Though I'd hate to be Charles with a foot into the Monarchy and HMQ still there back seat driving.
Cuba - a new beginning?  From: Marjorie(18 Dec 2014 17:07): 
World leaders have welcomed President Obama's historic move to end more than 50 years of hostility towards Cuba and restore diplomatic relations. Typically his domestic opponents have threatened to block his efforts.
Cuba became truly independent on 1 January 1959 in the early hours of the morning when Batista fled somewhere before 1am. Just for tidiness' sake I have put it at 12.43am which gives a 12 degree Cancer/Libra MC/Asc with Solar Arc Uranus now exactly on the Ascendant. It doesn't look that easy ahead with tr Saturn square Pluto through 2015. And Solar Arc Mars and then the natal Mars in Taurus being under pressure for several years ahead.
The USA/Cuba 1959 relationship chart does indicate this as a time of major turnaround in relations with the composite Uranus exactly now being opposed by tr Pluto and squared by tr Uranus. The composite Venus and composite Neptune will also be triggered through 2015 so a mix of excitement and anxiety.
Sony in retreat - ripples of alarm  From: Marjorie(18 Dec 2014 17:06): 
Hollywood is in shock over Sony Pictures decision not to release Seth Rogen's comedy The Interview worldwide for fear of inviting retaliation from the North Korean hackers. The knock on effects for future movie subjects is seriously alarming.
Principal Photography for the Interview started on 10 Oct 2013 in Vancouver, Canada, which gave it a Mars opposition Neptune, not a happy augury. The belly-flop Russian satellite Phobos Grunt also launched on a Mars opposition Neptune. There was also a Cardinal Grand Cross of Libra Sun opp Uranus square Jupiter opp Pluto - which does have the seeds of success in it but instability as well.
The Pluto square Uranus has moved to exact by Solar Arc at the moment. Tr Saturn is square the Mars which is an aggravating setback and will square Neptune and conjunct Venus into early 2015 which is dismaying. But it may launch at some time ahead when the Jupiter at 19 Cancer comes into play after mid 2015.
Seth Rogen, born 15 April 1982, is a tough personality with an Aries Sun trine Neptune and opposition Pluto Saturn in Libra. He looks very aggrieved through 2015 though with the possibility of a stroke of luck around June.
His relationship chart with Kim Jong Un is certainly fraught with a composite Sun Mercury in a flammable square to Uranus Mars. That has tr Neptune square Uranus and conjunct the composite Sun through Dec to Feb 2015.

The Sony Entertainment chart that seems to work best though I've no idea why is the 7 Aug 1991 when it changed its name, having been bought from Columbia Pictures in 1989. That chart has tr Neptune opposition Mercury Venus and Solar Arc Sun across this year end into 2015. Plus a highly strung tr Uranus square tr Pluto exactly on the Uranus/Neptune midpoint and then both transits hitting on the Neptune in 2015 - very messy and devastating.
That relationship chart with Kim Jong Un certainly shows a high stake power play with tr Pluto square the composite Jupiter at the moment and a bad tempered tr Saturn conjunct Mars from early 2015.

USA relations with NKorea highly emotional over the next year with the Venus opposition Moon (?) being battered by the tr Uranus square tr Pluto.

Even the Hollywood chart itself, 1 Feb 1887, is not looking happy with a total upheaval tr Uranus opposition Uranus and tr Pluto square Uranus at the moment. With tr Saturn square Mars and opposition Pluto in early to mid 2015.
Putin at bay - the rouble in free fall  From: Marjorie(16 Dec 2014 16:44): 
Putin is in trouble with Russia's economy sagging badly. The rouble fell to record lows, in spite of the central bank's interest hike from 10.5 per cent to an astonishing 17 pc. The rouble has lost more than half its value against the dollar this year because of falling oil prices and Western sanctions.
Putin is in no political danger but there are murmurs he might be seen off by the powerful oligarchs surrounding him who are seeing their fortunes decimated. His Presidency Term chart, 7 May 2012 certainly indicates almost exactly now is the most risky time for his position with the Solar Arc Uranus closing the square to Pluto to exact which is very unstable; and a very undermining tr Neptune opposition Mars from late January. Plus tr Neptune square Moon and Solar Arc Mon and the SA Moon squaring Mars exactly now.
The Bank of Russia chart, 12 July 1990, is in full nervous breakdown mode with the tr Uranus square tr Pluto hitting the Neptune at 12 Capricorn through this month which is devastating and extremely high tension. Through 2015 tr Uranus will start twanging the Neptune/Saturn mid point as well as the Sun/Neptune midpoint which will keep the uncertainty rolling. Though this may well be the absolute nadir since the Solar Arc Saturn square Pluto on that chart is beginning to wane.
Man Haron Monis - talented, ruthless, mad  From: Marjorie(16 Dec 2014 16:43): 
Man Haron Monis, the Iranian-born gunmen who held a Sydney café hostage and killed two before he himself was shot had a long criminal past. Iranian authorities told the Australians that he had a history of crime and fraud before he escaped, claiming asylum in AU in 1996. Since then he had been involved in a variety of allegations about sexual assaults and the murder of his wife; as well as sending abusive letters to families of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan. He faked an identity as a cleric, supposedly practised black magic and astrology.
Born 19 May 1964 he was a late Sun Taurus with a closely aspected Half Grand Sextile formed from the opposition of Saturn in Pisces to Uranus (Moon), Pluto in Virgo which was sextile/trine Mercury Mars Jupiter in Taurus and Venus in Cancer.
So talented in many ways, but also chaotic, rebellious, ruthless, adventurous, pushy, obstinate. Mars in Taurus is heavy at the best of times and sextile Saturn and trine Uranus Pluto would give him an edge of real cruelty.
His Saturn opposition Uranus also squared onto his Sun giving him an overblown ego, a tendency to being domineering and autocratic; and not practising what he preached.
From all that has been said, he did seem mentally unstable which would be backed up by his Sun = Neptune/Pluto which would give him a leaning towards fraud, mysticism and mania. That is echoed in his 7th Harmonic which can be quite manic with a Sun Pluto square Neptune and a harsh Saturn square Mars Jupiter.
Tr Neptune is opposing his Uranus exactly now having just moved over the conjunction to Saturn which would heighten his paranoid, highly strung tendencies.

His Pluto is exactly conjunct the Mars in Virgo on the Australia country chart so seems an odd place to seek asylum since it aroused bitter hostility in him. His Mars Jupiter Mercury in Taurus trine the Au Sun Saturn in Capricorn so again a good deal of dislike.
Sydney - shaken up  From: Marjorie(15 Dec 2014 18:07): 
The Uranus Pluto square on its penultimate exact aspect certainly made a statement with two dead after the hostage siege in Sydney, AU.
Sydney was incorporated on 20 July 1842 which gives it a late Cancer Sun; with Mars in Cancer opposition Jupiter North Node and Saturn in Capricorn square Pluto in Aries. The October Lunar Eclipse was in hard aspect to that Cardinal T square, acting as a catalyst.
That Lunar Eclipse located to Sydney had Saturn conjunct the Descendant and Neptune conjunct MC.
Mel B - an eventful weekend  From: Marjorie(15 Dec 2014 18:06): 
Mel B, the English singer and former Spice Girl, missed Saturday's X Factor judging because of a 'serious illness' which saw her rushed to hospital. She appeared next night with what appeared to be scratches on her arms, and make up covering a bruised face. Her husband, film producer Stephen Belafonte, has reacted angrily to fans' suggestions that he was involved.
Born 29 May 1975 she's very determined and feisty with a Gemini Sun trine Pluto and opposition Neptune; with Mars and Jupiter in Aries opposition Pluto square Saturn in Cancer (con Venus).
Her husband of seven years, 8 May 1075, is a stalwart Sun Taurus sextile Saturn on one side and Mars on the other; with a pushily confident Jupiter opposition Pluto.
Their relationship chart looks cool rather than over heated at the moment with tr Saturn opposition the composite Sun; though it will have been a year of tension with tr Uranus square the composite Venus Saturn and tr Pluto opposition Venus.
George Clooney - in the Saturnine dumps  From: Marjorie(15 Dec 2014 18:04): 
George Clooney is the latest to have his woes aired by the Sony hackers. He was apparently mortified that The Monuments Men which he directed, co-wrote and starred in was badly received. One review described it as a "profoundly frustrating and unsatisfying film" and it got 31 per cent on the Rotten Tomatoes review. It still made money but not by his standards.
He's not had a good year despite his glitzy wedding. Tr Saturn was been opposing his Taurus Sun from late 2013 when the movie was put back for fine tuning and then on through this year over its release. Tr Neptune has also been opposing his Pluto which wouldn't help either.
The Monuments Men started filming 5 March 2013 and had its first public show on 7 Feb 2014. Both of those have a fairly Saturnine feel - so workaday and understated.
Although tr Saturn is now moving through his 9th aiming for his Midheaven by 2016 which is usually the start of a consolidated career peak, he's got a really sticky three years ahead. His Solar Arc Uranus opposes his Venus which is usually an emotional shock of sorts; then Solar Arc Pluto squares his Moon then Saturn between late 2015 and 2017; with a Solar Arc Sun opposition Uranus also in 2017. Looks very roller coaster.
Dianne Feinstein - making a difference at 81  From: Marjorie(13 Dec 2014 17:29): 
The one person more than any other who forced through the Report on Torture by the CIA is Dianne Feinstein,
the oldest serving Senator and chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence since 2009.
Born 22 June 1933 12.44 am San Francisco, she has an intelligent 3rd house Sun at 0 degrees Cancer. With a communicative Gemini Moon also in the 3rd square a hard working and enthusiastic Mars Jupiter in Virgo in the 6th; with Neptune also in Virgo. More pertinently she has reforming Uranus in Aries in her 1st square Pluto Mercury Venus in Cancer.
Her Uranus squares the USA 1776 Pluto opposition Mercury so she stood up to the forces that wanted to control and bury the truth. Her relationship chart with the USA shows a good deal of affection and shared enthusiasm, so she'll be well remembered.
Except by the CIA with whom she has a very troubled interface. Her Mars is conjunct their Sun and her Pluto is conjunct their Mars; and her forensic Saturn in Aquarius opposes their self-important Saturn in Leo.
That relationship chart has always been hugely fraught with a composite Uranus opposition Saturn square Mars and a Sun Pluto conjunction - so major aggravations and a fight for control.
Sony - a spanner in the works  From: Marjorie(13 Dec 2014 17:28): 
Sony, the Hollywood makers of James Bond and Spider-Man films has abandoned film shoots after hackers paralysed its computer network, and leaked four films and thousands of documents. They can't process payments. It is reckoned it'll cost £64 million ($100 USD) to put right. North Korea has been linked to the hack because Sony's forthcoming film The Interview involves a CIA plot to kill Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader. You couldn't make it up!
In addition to causing wholesale commercial damage it has also led to red faces as derogatory emails have been published about Angelina Jolie and Barack Obama amongst others.
Sony was founded 7 May 1946 and there's nothing too obvious showing on that instantly apart from the tr Uranus square tr Pluto hitting the Solar Arc Mars (conj Pluto) exactly now. There will certainly be disruptive changes towards mid 2015 with tr Uranus square a focal point Saturn.
Amy Pascal, 25 March 1958, who has been mentioned in various emails, has been co-Chairman since 6 Sept 2006. Her reign looks a touch dampened over the New Year with tr Saturn square Venus and that worsens in 2016 with tr Saturn square the Term Sun Mercury Mars, square Uranus.
Her personal chart may have tr Neptune square a Gemini Moon at the moment or tr Saturn in opposition. Apart from that tr Saturn will square her Pluto over New Year which is blocked. That apart there's not much else going on. But without a birth time it's not possible to see what's happening on the angles. She's an Aries Sun trine Uranus and sextile Mars in Aquarius so quite a feisty lady.
Aaron Sorkin, 9 June 1961, who called Angelina Jolie a 'minimally talented spoilt brat' is a hugely successful screenwriter, producer, and playwright - A Few Good Men, The Social Network etc. He's a Sun Gemini (like Jolie) sextile an explosive Mars Uranus in Leo; with Venus (Moon) in Taurus opposition Neptune square Jupiter in Aquarius and Saturn in late Capricorn. So a touch over confident.
Hollywood is a vicious place in which you need the hide of a rhinoceros to survive. At the end of the day the only thing anyone really cares about is success and money. Though the racist jibes about the President may be the ones which cause the real damage.
Keith Richards - slowing down  From: Marjorie(13 Dec 2014 17:26): 
Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones guitarist who in truth should not be still alive given the abuse he has given his body through drink and drugs, is on tour at the moment aged 71 (this week). They may continue touring right through 2015 and he has a solo album to launch after it stops.
Born 18 Dec 1943 6am Dartford, Eng, he has a money-making and spending 2nd house Sagittarius Sun opposition an 8th house Saturn and trine a flamboyant 9th house much- travelled Jupiter in Leo. His explosive Mars Uranus in Gemini is trine Neptune, sextile Pluto; as well as being square his Virgo Moon MC.
His excitable and high energy Moon square Mars Uranus is being undermined by tr Neptune at the moment and through 2015 with tr Neptune opposition Moon from late Feb 2015 which is usually low energy, then the following month squaring his Mars which is panicky and uncertain. These roll on and off throughout the year with tr Saturn in Sag catching up by the year end to hard aspect all three as well plus his MC - so he certainly looks to be slowing down. Plus his Progressed Moon is moving into his 6th house of health within a few months (birth time being accurate) which can also throw up physical issues. Plus plus his Solar Arc Sun opposition Saturn is also colliding with Moon MC and Mars Uranus over the next three years.
He'll have to start taking it easy at some point.

His daughter Alexandra, a model, 28 July 1986 11.32am Manhattan, NY, doesn't have that easy a chart. She has a 7th house Taurus opposition Pluto square a 10th house Leo Sun - so rather trapped by her childhood and both parents. She has Mars in Capricorn on her IC and both of these are catching the tr Uranus conjunction over the next year. Which looks frustrated and slightly scary on the home and family front.
Shirley and Jasper Conran - a Christmas apart  From: Marjorie(12 Dec 2014 18:10): 
Shirley Conran, the best selling novelist and journalist, has made a plea to her son English fashion designer Jasper to get in touch before she dies. They have been estranged for over a decade. His father Terence Conran, handed over the chairmanship of the Conran shop to Jasper two years ago. Shirley and Terence were divorced when Jasper was two and he has talked of his unhappiness at growing up with two successful parents. He was married briefly, then came out as gay.
Shirley, born 21 Sept 1932 3am Hendon, Eng has a 2nd house Virgo Sun Mercury and Jupiter Neptune also in Virgo. She also has a hard Saturn in Capricorn opposition Pluto Mars square Uranus. Not an easy life or temperament.
Jasper, 12 Dec 1959, is a colourful and exuberant Sun Jupiter Mars in Sagittarius; with a tough Saturn trine Pluto; a Taurus Moon square Uranus; and Venus Neptune Mercury in Scorpio - so quite a mix of upbeat, downbeat and not good at letting go old hurts.
Their relationship chart has a controlling composite Sun square Pluto; and a non-mutually supportive composite Mars Neptune conjunction.
His Uranus is conjunct her Ascendant which means they both have to feel free to express their individuality - which with a Sun square Pluto in the relationship chart wouldn't be easy. His Pluto is conjunct her Jupiter Neptune with his Saturn trine so his depressive side would not sit comfortably with her head-in-the-clouds approach to life.
Jesse Ventura - a full life  From: Marjorie(12 Dec 2014 18:10): 
Jesse Ventura, is an American politician, actor, author, naval veteran, and former professional wrestler who served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. He has contemplated running in 2016 for President.
Born 15 July 1951 3am Minneapolis, Minnesota, he's a Sun Cancer on the focal point of a T Square to Neptune opposition a 10th house Jupiter in Aries. So confident, ego-centric, successful and serious with his Sun sextile a 4th house Saturn in Virgo. His Jupiter is in a lucky, determined trine to Pluto on one side and to a 6th house Moon in Sagittarius on the other so inspirational, entrepreneurial, demanding. Plus a high-adrenaline Mars Uranus in Cancer in his 1st sextile Venus in Virgo and on the focal point of that Jupiter opposition Neptune.
He's certainly got guts and talent though I'd suspect is too impulsive to make a good politician. He's not a compromiser.
His health may be a minor issue with tr Saturn moving into his 6th from after this New Year and being conjunct his Moon through 2015. He looks to have high hopes dashed over the Election itself so clearly not the result he wanted.
Monaco finally welcomes an heir and spare  From: Marjorie(11 Dec 2014 18:19): 
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene have become the parents to twins - Princess Gabriella born 10 Dec 2014 5.04pm and her brother Prince Jaques who will succeed to the Monaco monarchy born two minutes later.
Their chart(s) have a hard working Sun Mercury in Sagittarius and Saturn in Scorpio all in the 6th plus a helpful/healing Neptune in the 10th - so clearly custom built for charity work. They also have a charming Venus in Sagittarius in the 7th trine Jupiter in Leo conjunct the IC which will make them sociable and indulgent, very charming.
Their Sun trines Jupiter on one side and Uranus on the other - so lots of Fire, inspirational, confident, demanding. Uranus in the 11th will bring oddball friends, opposition North Node in the 5th suggests a slide away from children/romance towards friendships - and that squares onto Pluto on the cusp of the 8th so intense, controlling, fairly trapped possibly by the circumstances of their birth.
They also have a flamboyant Leo Moon in the 3rd opposition Mars in Aquarius in the 9th - so nurtured by siblings, suggesting a closeness and a rather agitated mother.
Their Gemini Ascendant and Aquarius Midheaven echoes Prince Albert's chart with his MC/Asc only two degrees different. Their Jupiter falls in his 4th and their Venus in his 7th so they'll make him happier at home. However his Saturn is conjunct their Venus so there will be distance there perhaps because of the age gap.
His relationship chart with them is stressed with an aggravated composite Sun Mars square Pluto and a tense Saturn opposition Uranus - so they will find him quite autocratic at times.
Their mother is a Sun Venus in Aquarius with a Leo Moon. Their Jupiter is conjunct her 4th house Saturn in Leo so they cheer her up domestically. It's a close, intense relationship since their Sun Mercury Venus fall in her 8th. There's a good deal of affection in the relationship chart with a composite Sun Venus conjunction though it does square Saturn so duty will get in the way of indulgence or there may be separations more than usual
Winnie and Graca Mandela - the legacy fall out  From: Marjorie(11 Dec 2014 18:18): 
Winnie Mandela has taken to court a claim for the house which she said she allowed Nelson Mandela to live in which is her property and which he subsequently bequeathed for the use of his third wife Graca and her two children.
Winnie Mandela, 26 Sept 1936, is a Sun Libra like Graca Michel, 17 Oct 1945. But Graca's Mars Saturn in Caner is conjunct Winnie's Pluto and trine Winnie's Saturn - so two stalwart ladies.
Their relationship chart does have a friendly composite Sun Venus conjunction. But that is completely overshadowed by a hostile, power struggling composite Mars Pluto conjunction tied into Jupiter and maybe Moon. So they were never destined to get on. The composite Sun is being heavily pressured by tr Pluto square till late 2015 and tr Uranus in opposition into early 2015 - so the fight will go on.
CIA Report - America's moral conscience  From: Marjorie(11 Dec 2014 18:17): 
There has been almost universal condemnation of the CIA's torture interrogation techniques employed after 9/11, apart from Dick Cheney who said the long awaited report was 'crap'. Some European media have praised it as an indication that Obama has a conscience and as an exercise in democracy.
The New York Times called the report "a portrait of depravity that is hard to comprehend and even harder to stomach". How much impact it has had on the normally patriotic US public at large is difficult to judge.
The CIA, 18 Sept 1947 10.10am Washington, DC, has a pretty Fixed and controlling chart so it'll take a good deal to dent its' thick skin. There's a Saturn Pluto in Leo in the 10th square Moon Jupiter in Scorpio opposition a Taurus North Node. There's also Mars in Cancer trine Jupiter, sextiling onto Sun Venus in Virgo - excitable, adventurous, risk-taking, lucky.
Tr Uranus trine Pluto and Saturn through 2014/15 may well put radical changes in place but only after extreme resistance. The Solar Arc MC (time being accurate) is also being challenged by tr Uranus and tr Pluto this year and for the following two or three years. So again pressure for change. And tr Saturn is now moving through its first quadrant for some years which generally is a less successful phase where soul searching is likely and advisable.
The USA 1776 chart does have the Cancer Sun square Saturn in Libra at 13 and 14 degrees so that is being severely shaken by the tr Uranus square tr Pluto through this year up to late 2016 - so old structures being tested to the limits, falling apart when they prove unworkable. Saturn in Libra is supposedly moral with a strong sense of fair mindedness. The only exact aspect is tr Neptune trine the USA Jupiter which will take the shine off self confidence.
Not mind you that European countries have much to be proud of in this regard since they were fairly complicit in the whole nasty business.
Leo di Caprio - emotional changes ahead  From: Marjorie(09 Dec 2014 17:48): 
Actor/Producer Leo di Caprio has been winning awards since he hit prominence in the 1990s, most recently in Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street. He has said he's giving up acting to pursue environmental activism but he's constantly dipping in and out of the spotlight and usually comes back.
Born 11 Nov 1974 2.47am Los Angeles, he has an odd chart with a secretive 1st house Moon Pluto in Libra just below his Ascendant square a Saturn in Cancer which looks emotionally bleak, a consequence of his fractured childhood. His Saturn is in his 10th which will make him a good executive and organiser.
He also has a Water Grand Trine of Saturn trine a 6th house Jupiter in Pisces trine Mars Sun Venus in Scorpio in his 2nd - so he's certainly creative, emotionally self-protective, preferring to live in his own little bubble, good at earning and spending money, has good working relationships, is charitable and tough.
Emotionally he's done a Clooney and had a string of model girlfriends. But that may be about to change. His Moon is picking up the tr Uranus opposition this year and the tr Pluto square in 2015/16 so he's undergoing a tremendous emotional upheaval. And with his Sec Prog Moon moving into his 7th house of relationships from mid 2015 for two years plus he may actually take the plunge and settle down. After admittedly a few ups and downs.
Tr Uranus square his 10th house Saturn followed by tr Pluto in opposition in later years will push him out of his present rut career-wise. Grand Trines usually need a fair jolt to get them to shift gear and this may well be what's needed.
Andrada Surdeanu - military sports dad  From: Marjorie(09 Dec 2014 17:47): 
Andrada Surdeanu, is a 16 year old Romanian tennis player who was hit twice in the face by her father after losing a competition match in Israel, which left her with blood streaming down her face. Unbelievably (well probably not) she said she deserved it and so did her mother. Her father who gave up a military career to coach her was arrested and fined.
She was born 1 January 1998 and is a Sun Capricorn square Saturn in Aries - which kind of says it all. She can never do enough to please the Saturnine father, always feels she doesn't come up to scratch and has been forced to be self reliant. In addition she has a Mars Uranus Venus in Aquarius sitting on the focal point of a mini Grand Trine from Saturn to Pluto which suggests a volatile, ultra-determined, tough father.
Her mother says both of them are temperamental which is no doubt true but why wouldn't she be?
Israel - a superfluous election  From: Marjorie(09 Dec 2014 17:46): 
The Israel Election is now set for March 17 but is more complicated to call than normal. Netanyahu is expected to win if he makes it that far but he will almost certainly face a challenge for the Likud Party leadership on Jan 6.
There does seem to be a concerted 'anyone but Bibi' feeling both within and outside his own party from right and left. So the pressure is mounting.
He has tr Saturn crossing his Ascendant from late this month and that generally starts several years of lower success, frustrations, banana skins and a lessening of ambition. It may not have an immediate catastrophic effect but is there in the background. Tr Neptune is also just hovering on the cusp of his IC moving into his 4th sometime soon which looks swampy from a career point of view.
He certainly looks very out of sorts from late January for a month with tr Neptune opposition his Mars/Saturn midpoint. And at the March Election itself tr Pluto is trine his Saturn and square his Neptune; with tr Uranus being opposition his Neptune. That all looks fairly devastating. Tr Jupiter in Leo is conjunct his Pluto and Mars in Leo by June and after so that will give him a lift.
The Uranus Pluto square is exact on March 17th with Mars in Aries conjunct Uranus square Pluto in the few days before - so it is going to be an over wrought and risky, inflammatory time.
Tzipi Livni has her Cancer Sun at 15 Cancer so tr Pluto is opposition and tr Uranus square exactly at the Election which doesn't look altogether cheerful.
Whatever happens it'll be a messy result with a scramble for a coalition in the aftermath. The mystery is why he called it since it wasn't necessary.
Shrien Dewani - off the hook  From: Marjorie(08 Dec 2014 18:08): 
Shrien Dewani has been pronounced innocent in South Africa as the chaotic prosecution case against him for conspiring to murder his wife collapsed.
Born 29 Dec 1979 he's a Sun Capricorn trine Mars Jupiter in Virgo with Saturn also in Virgo and a Taurus Moon.
He does have tr Pluto trine his Mars/Jupiter midpoint at the moment which will have given him a lift though he'll also be sagging slightly with tr Neptune square Jupiter/Node across the New Year.
It won't be easy for him in the aftermath especially in 2016/17 with tr Neptune starting to oppose his Jupiter and then Mars and his Solar Arc Mars conjunct his Pluto in 2017 which looks very trapped.
Alex Salmond - back into the fray  From: Marjorie(08 Dec 2014 18:07): 
Alex Salmond, having lost the Scottish Independence Referendum has announced he will stand for a seat at Westminster in next May's election. The SNP are hopeful of gaining a substantial number of seats with the slide in Labour's popularity north of the Border which could make a considerable difference to the UK result.
He does have tr Pluto sextile his MC into 2015; and trine his Solar Arc MC throughout 2015 so a generally progressive year. At the Election itself he has tr Uranus opposition his Sun/Jupiter which usually brings luck though just to be tricky he also has tr Uranus square his Mars/Saturn - so he's pleased at one thing and seriously displeased about another. He looks marginally panicked running onto May and rather downcast in the days thereafter. So not everything going entirely to plan.
Both the 1933 and 1934 SNP chart's have their Jupiter at 18 Libra which gets the tr Uranus opposition over the Election. But they also have Tr Uranus in hard aspect to Mars in May or just after which can be insecure. So on the whole positive but with question marks as well. Both charts do indicate a very confident and successful push over the next few years.

Conjoined Twins - Rastaban  From: Marjorie(07 Dec 2014 09:52): 
Conjoined twins born with two heads but only one body and a single heart have sadly died, though they could never have been separated.
Born on 4 Dec 2014 at 7.32am Atlanta Georgia, they had a Sagittarius Sun exactly conjunct the Ascendant and both conjunct the Fixed Star Rastaban which is generally considered afflicted. Ras in Arabic is head; and Rastaban is Head of the Serpent.
Tr Pluto was conjunct Rastaban at 9/11.

Uranus was also exactly trine Sun Asc when they were born and exactly square Pluto.
Brave parents to go ahead with the pregnancy.

Ireland - a winding road  From: Marjorie(06 Dec 2014 16:42): 
Ireland's sovereign rating has been improved by S&P setting it apart from most of the rest of the EU. Though there's still aways to go and the ratings are dependent on the government reducing debt and the high levels of multi-national investment continuing.
The next Election has to be before May 2016 and if it waits that long then Enda Kenny the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) is not looking too good. He has a complete-upheaval Solar Arc Sun conjunct Uranus in 2016 as well as a feeling-unpopular tr Neptune square Venus. Though it would depend on the exact date.
Born 24 April 1951 he has mixed fortunes through 2015 with some real highs and some horrors as well.
The Ireland 18 April 1949 12 am Dublin chart looks muddled in 2015 with tr Pluto square Neptune all year and tr Uranus opposition Neptune early on. It's a 10th house Neptune so sense of direction a bit muddy and government fairly indecisive.
There's a high-insecurity tr Uranus conjunct Mars from mid 2015 on and off for a year after which looks like an angry populace. With major changes due by 2017 when tr Uranus is conjunct the Sun Venus in late Aries. Though it won't be instantly change for the better since there's a seriously stuck Solar Arc Pluto conjunct Mars in 2018.

On the Ireland 6 Dec 1922 5pm chart, 2015 looks tense, unsettled with tr Uranus opposition Saturn. And tr Pluto squares Saturn in 2016/17 which is usually an almighty slog, quite deprived.
EU finances - getting to point of no return  From: Marjorie(06 Dec 2014 16:41): 
More doom-laden predictions about the state of the EU finances emerge with the Telegraph headlining: "ECB paralyzed by split as irreversible deflation trap draws closer". Quantitative easing of a 1 trillion euro liquidity blitz had been promised by European Central Bank Chair Mario Draghi but it's now clear he doesn't have support especially from the Germans for such a move.
Growth forecasts are down to 1 pc and inflation to less than that which creates the kind of deflationary trap which stuck Japan for a decade plus. What's worse the EU region already faces a more serious jobless crisis than anything suffered by Japan during its long malaise. One financial commentator says: "The authorities have very nearly lost control of a process that will become ever harder to manage as it becomes more entrenched."
Mario Draghi's Term chart, 1 Nov 2011, is certainly under discouraging Saturn transits late this year with tr Saturn square Mars, Neptune and conjunct Venus Mercury and those repeat across mid 2015. Plus an even worse panicky-failure Solar Arc Mars opposition Neptune exactly now. There's also great upheaval as Solar Arc Uranus squares Pluto in 2015 which will either be a major disruption or an exit.
His own chart, 3 Sept 1947, has the intensely frustrating, enraged, scary tr Pluto opposition his Mars through 2014/15 with the tail end of the insecure tr Uranus square Mars early in 2015. If he sticks it out to 2016 he has tr Neptune opposition his Sun Venus at 10 degrees Virgo.
That certainly fits with the ECB chart itself, 1 June 1998, which has its Sun at 10 degrees Gemini. It is sliding badly before then with tr Neptune square Mars over this New Year, square Pluto in Jan/Feb; then opposition the Sun/Mars and Sun/Pluto midpoints through 2015 before finally squaring the Sun in 2016 so a long and escalating downhill chute.
The EU chart, 31 Dec 1957, has tr Neptune square Mars in 2015 with tr Saturn conjunct Mars late 2015 into 2016; and a bubble bursting Solar Arc Pluto conjunct the Jupiter/Neptune midpoint in early 2016, moving on conjunct the 2nd house Neptune which is devastating two years after that. So comparisons with Japan seem pretty on the mark. The Descendant at 29 Pisces picks up the conjunction to next March's Solar Eclipse exactly. Perhaps hinting to a departure from the EU? And in 2016 tr Neptune is conjunct the EU Sun/Moon midpoint so a definite feeling of close relationships being eroded.
Greece - up in arms over Elgin Marbles  From: Marjorie(05 Dec 2014 17:16): 
Greece which is already up in arms about the Elgin (Parthenon) Marbles which are sitting in the British Museum is now further enraged since one has been lent to the Hermitage in Russia.
There's a heated argument about the sculptures ongoing with the new Mrs George Clooney fighting on the Greek side. Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin removed them in the early 19th Century. He claimed he had the permission of the Ottoman Turk military rulers who were not interested in Greek heritage. But it was controversial then and since. When bankruptcy threatened he sold them to the British Government.
He was born 20 July 1776 in Fife, Scotland and was a Sun Cancer square Uranus in Aries; with Moon Pluto in Capricorn. So maybe that is why it has erupted now as the planets have cycled back full circle. In addition to that rebellious Uranus he also had a stubborn Mars in Aquarius opposition Jupiter Neptune - so a head full of dreams and not prone to giving way.

Relations between the UK and Greece look under a very wet blanket right now with tensions erupting from mid 2015 more floridly.
The relationship between Thomas Bruce and Greece is understandably hostile with a composite Sun Mercury Uranus trine Mars Pluto (Moon).
Daniel Craig - ready to fly again  From: Marjorie(05 Dec 2014 17:14): 
Daniel Craig has been wheeled out to promote the launch of Spectre the new James Bond, starting principal photography on Monday and due for release late October 2015.
The last two Craig Bonds, Skyfall and Quantum of Solace, were very high grossers, breaking box office records. Both started filming under prominent Jupiter Pluto aspects which this one does not, so perhaps marginally less successful. Though it is all relative in that world. The October 2015 Spectre Premiere does have a Jupiter Mars Venus conjunction trine Pluto so that may help. At least it shouldn't be jinxed as Quantum was which started on a Mars opposition Pluto and had a run of accidents on set.
Daniel Craig, 2 March 1968, has had a truly terrible two years which I am curious about but can't find much on the net to explain. He's a Sun Pisces with Mars Saturn are 10/11 Aries and it is that latter which has had the tr Uranus conjunct and tr Pluto square which is seriously stressful. Mercifully he seems to have come through in one piece and that is now finished.
Sweden - the old mould disintegrating  From: Marjorie(05 Dec 2014 17:13): 
Sweden is not often in the news. But life does not seem to be as happy as the utopia of old. The newly elected government has collapsed after only three months because the far-right extremists of the Sweden Democrats party wanted to make a point about liberal immigration policies. Sweden has already offered permanent residence to all Syrian refugees, and has one of the highest rates of asylum applications in Europe.
The previous government vetoed inheritance, wealth, and property tax, and decreased taxes. Now the younger generation are seemingly without proper jobs or housing and clearly getting restless.
The Sweden country chart, 7 Dec 1865 3.30pm Stockholm, has been buffeted by the tr Pluto square tr Uranus especially in 2012 as it hit their focal point Neptune.
Now it is facing a double whammy of a panicky-failure tr Neptune square Mars in 2015 along with a Solar Arc Neptune square Mars. Plus there's an uncertain, anxiety-provoking Solar Arc Saturn conjunct Neptune next year and worse, exact in 12 months' time there's an aggravated, major setback Solar Arc Mars opposition Saturn.
So a time of enforced soul searching. Tr Uranus does trine the Sagittarius Sun in 2015 which may help to put better policies in place but it'll be a jolting process.
The present PM Kjell Lofven, 21 July 1957, has some very undermining, edgy, deeply frustrated influences running into the Election. But he has tr Jupiter conjunct his Sun/Pluto over it and tr Jupiter conjunct his Mercury, Mars, Venus, Pluto in the weeks following - so whatever happens he doesn't look too dismayed.
Jeremy Thorpe - standing by your man  From: Marjorie(04 Dec 2014 16:59): 
Jeremy Thorpe, a former MP and leader of the Liberal Party has died of Parkinson's. His career was ruined after a court case alleging he conspired along with others to kill a man who said he had been a lover of Thorpe's, in order to silence him. The judge's summing-up was widely criticised as having an alleged pro-establishment bias and Thorpe and the others were acquitted.
He was supported through the trial by his second wife the concert pianist Marion Harewood.

Thorpe was born 29 April 1929 and was a Sun Taurus trine Saturn (Moon) in Capricorn trine Neptune in late Leo. His Moon may have formed a Cardinal T Square opposition Pluto square Uranus so a bleak and tumultuous emotional life. He also had a ruthless Mars Pluto in Cancer sextile Jupiter in indulgent Taurus.

Marian Stein, formerly married to the 7th Earl of Harewood until he took up with a violinist, was born 18 Oct 1926. She was a Sun Libra with a difficult Fixed Grand Cross of Mars in Taurus opposition Saturn square Neptune opposition Jupiter - so would be attracted to difficult, complicated men who weren't always kind to her.

But there does seem to have been genuine affection between herself and Thorpe. Her Sun was opposition his Venus in Aries and her Mars was conjunct his Jupiter so it would be an adventurous match.
Their relationship chart had a passionate, possessive Venus Pluto conjunction and a lucky, fun loving Sun trine Uranus Jupiter. There was also a harsh composite Mars opposition Saturn so it clearly wasn't all a bed of roses. She died earlier this year.
Scott Panetti - condemned by his madness  From: Marjorie(02 Dec 2014 17:57): 
Texas which is responsible for almost 40 per cent of executions carried out in the US since 1977 is about to execute Scott Panetti, a paranoid schizophrenic. A former Democrat Governor said: "He is a severely mentally ill man. His trial was a sham. And executing Panetti would say far more about us than it would about the man we are attempting to kill."
Panetti was diagnosed in 1978 and had been hospitalised multiple times before he murdered his parents-in-law in 1992 with guns which his wife had given to the police and they returned to him.
Born 28 Feb 1958 in Wisconsin he's a Sun Mercury in Pisces trine Jupiter Neptune North Node in Scorpio perhaps trine a Cancer Moon; with Mercury Sun opposition Pluto. If it is a Water Grand Trine he could lost in an inner world of dreams and with it focussed onto Pluto he'd certainly either be controlling or over-controlled. He also has Venus opposition Uranus square Jupiter Neptune Node - so fanatical and the Jupiter Neptune contributing to his delusions.
When the murder occurred tr Neptune Uranus in Capricorn were just retrograding away from a conjunction to his unaspected Mars which would spark off extreme insecurity and confusion.
Why it ever got to trial is a mystery known only to the Texas justice system.
Gordon Brown - pastures new  From: Marjorie(02 Dec 2014 17:56): 
Former PM Gordon Brown has announced he is retiring as an MP at the Election. Having been baited by the media for his chaotic time in No 10, he's now in better favour having stepped in decisively to swing the Scottish Referendum debate towards a No.
His chart certainly looks marginally cheered over the next two years with tr Pluto sextile his Jupiter in Pisces.
He's also got tr Uranus crossing his Ascendant from next March so he'll be looking forward to freedom and being able to do as he pleases without worrying what others think.
It is thought he might go for a global economic job though there's nothing much suggesting a major change of direction in his chart. Tr Pluto through his 10th now for many years ahead can bring a period of searching for the right vocation. But Saturn now in his 3rd quadrant about to go into his 8th is moving in the right direction. And he may consolidate his career from 2018 onwards when tr Saturn crosses his MC.
It won't all be easy with tr Saturn squaring his 12th house Pisces planets especially in 2016. His 7th house Neptune is also being rattled by the tr Uranus square tr Pluto over the next few years so perhaps inter-personal relations not that easy.
He does have an odd chart with five planets on one side and four on the other - so he'll constantly be trying to find balance in his life and not always finding it.
John Allen - a stain on humanity  From: Marjorie(02 Dec 2014 17:55): 
The terrifying litany of sexual abuse cases in the UK has passed another significant marker with the imprisonment of John Allen. An ex-hotelier with no experience in child care he set up the Bryn Alyn Community in Wales which was to become one of the UK's largest providers of residential care, providing accommodation for children sent from about a dozen local authorities.
The judge said "seldom can there be so many grave offences committed on so many victims over a long period of time, causing so much anguish and misery." The children's charity the NSPCC said Allen's "reign of terror over a dark period of several decades puts him high up the scale of the most prolific child abusers of recent times".
Born 22 July 1941 Allen is a controlling Sun Cancer conjunct Pluto on the focal point of a mini Grand Trine to Uranus Saturn in Taurus trine Neptune North Node in Virgo. His assertive/aggressive Mars in Aries is square his Mercury, perhaps Moon in Cancer. A cruel and thoroughly nasty human being who should have been incarcerated long since.
Penny Mordaunt - another prat politician  From: Marjorie(02 Dec 2014 17:54): 
Another UK MP has made a jackass of themselves. Tory MP Penny Mordaunt delivered a speech in the House of Commons laced with smutty innuendo following a dare from Royal Navy officer friends. She used the word "c**k" six times and "lay" or "laid" five times during the speech she gave last year on the welfare of poultry. And this is what is supposed to be running the country?
Born 4 March 1973 she's a Sun Moon Venus in Pisces with Mercury also in Pisces. Her Sun (Moon) are square a Saturn in Gemini opposition Neptune - so ego-centric and very Piscean/Neptunian. Her Sun is sextile Mars in Capricorn and Mars squares Uranus and widely Pluto in Libra - so ambitious, impulsive, dislikes interference. Her Jupiter trines Pluto so confident.
She doesn't look remotely happy running into next year's General Election with tr Pluto just over the conjunction to her Mars and North Node.
Russia - takes on the west  From: Marjorie(01 Dec 2014 18:02): 
Angela Merkel has apparently given up trying to play nice with Vladimir Putin in the hopes of bringing him round to more conciliatory policies.
Their relationship chart certainly looks undermined exactly now and stuck with increasing distance and tensions over the next couple of years.
The Kremlin is spending £290 billion ($450 billion) on upgrading its armed forces. As part of that they are reviving Soviet-era nuclear missile trains. They were around in the 1980s - disguised military trains loaded with nuclear missiles capable of travelling more than 1,000 km (620 miles) in a day without being detected and could launch missiles from any part of their route.
Relations between Russia and the West do appear to be undergoing a massive upheaval in coming years.

The Russia/USA chart has tr Uranus conjunct the composite Uranus Pluto (2014/15) and tr Pluto trine Sun Saturn (2015/16) and tr Pluto square Uranus Pluto (2015/16/17). But which time tr Uranus is square the composite Mars. That looks potentially explosive and bleak.

The Russia/EU chart is similar and no more cheerful. There's a tumultuous tr Pluto trine Uranus (2015/16); tr Uranus opposition Saturn Mars (2015) which looks inflammatory. Tr Saturn conjunct the composite Sun in 2016 which is separation. And worse tr Pluto square Saturn Mars which runs from 2016 for several years.

The Germany/Russia chart is at its lowest ebb in 2016/2017 with tr Saturn conjunct the composite Sun and opposition Pluto Neptune Jupiter, square Mars; and with a high risk tr Pluto trine Mars and a high tension tr Uranus opposition Saturn.

All looks very fraught.
Russia - economic woes  From: Marjorie(01 Dec 2014 18:01): 
Russia is also in serious trouble, perhaps more so economically. The rouble suffered its biggest one-day decline since 1998 as oil prices continued to fall on today. Western sanctions over the annexation of eastern Ukraine are also biting.
The Bank of Russia chart, 13 July 1990, has Solar Arc Saturn square its' Pluto at the moment which is very stuck. And a shocking Solar Arc Uranus square Mars so high insecurity.
Plus Neptune at 12 Capricorn is picking up the tr Uranus square tr Pluto hard aspects early in 2015. They are followed by similar transits to the Sun/Uranus, Sun/Neptune, Neptune/Saturn and Jupiter/Neptune midpoints.
The Russia 1917 chart has tr Neptune square the Russia Jupiter which erodes financial confidence and enthusiasm.
China - the dragon losing its fire  From: Marjorie(01 Dec 2014 18:00): 
Just a recap on China given recent figures showing their factory activity has slowed more than expected, an indication of their cooling economy. Growth is at the slowest pace since the global financial crisis.
The Bank of China chart, 1 Dec 1948, has a Sagittarius Sun square Saturn in Virgo. Tr Neptune has another dissolving, undermining opposition of the BoC Saturn to go over this New Year. Then from March 2015 tr Neptune starts to square the BoC Sun for a year after that. Over the next six months the Solar Arc Sun opposes their Pluto which is really stuck. And the BoC Neptune at 14 Libra is being whammied about by tr Uranus in a highly insecure opposition early in 2015; followed by the even more devastating tr Pluto square Neptune through 2015/16.
On the China country chart there's much the same message. A really sluggish tr Pluto trine the 8th house (financial) Saturn till late 2015. Neptune at the same degree as the BoC so picking up that tr Uranus opposition and tr Pluto square, trailing into late 2016.
Brooke Shields - a Hollywood childhood  From: Marjorie(30 Nov 2014 11:03): 
Hugely famous former child actress Brooke Shields has released her memoirs setting the record straight about her extraordinary childhood. Her mother was always castigated as a pushy stage parent who had sold her to the highest bidder. Certainly mother Teri was an alcoholic but Brooke says the one place she felt safe was on film sets since there she had people around protecting her. She used to trawl bars after junior school trying to find her mother. Her divorced father was upper crust Hamptons who didn't want to know about his daughter's success.
Born 31 May 1965 1.45pm Manhattan, New York, she has a Sun Jupiter North Node and Moon Venus in Gemini squaring onto Mars Uranus Pluto in Virgo opposition Saturn. So right in the midst of the most difficult phase of the tumultuous Uranus Pluto conjunction of the 1960s, though saved by that well placed Jupiter. Certainly a horror mother with Saturn opposition Mars square Moon.
She was squired by George Michael and John Travolta, was friends with Michael Jackson, married to Andre Agassi for two years. She spoke out about her post-partum depression in 2005 after giving birth to two daughters in her second marriage which caused a media storm when Tom Cruise made a typically idiotic Scientology attack on psychiatric medication.

Her mother Teri was born 1 Aug 1933 and was a Sun Leo opposition Saturn; with Saturn trine Mars in Libra, perhaps sextile a Sagittarius Moon so the same pattern as Brooke. She also maybe had Moon square Venus Neptune.
Their relationship chart had a composite needs-space Sun Uranus conjunction square an angry Mars and evasive Neptune. Not an easy upbringing.
Frida Kahlo - talent amidst pain  From: Marjorie(30 Nov 2014 11:02): 
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's garden, studio and art will be recreated at the New York Botanical Garden next year. She was best known for her searing self-portraits and her use of intense, vibrant colours.
Born 6 July 1907 8.30am Coycacan, Mexico she had an extraordinarily dramatic life with mind boggling health problems. She contracted polio as a young child and then had a horrific bus accident in her late teens, which broke a vertebrae, her pelvis, ribs, legs, feet and a handrail pierced her abdomen and uterus. She had 35 operations in later years and was in constant pain throughout her life.
She married Diego Rivera, another Mexican painter, who supported her talent. Her mother disapproved since he was 20 years older and obese. She was bi-sexual and both had multiple affairs so it was a tempestuous match.
She was a Sun Neptune Jupiter in Cancer opposition a 5th house Uranus Mars in Capricorn - so volatile, explosive, highly strung, showy, full of initiative but constantly pulled in opposite directions. Her 8th house Saturn in Pisces was trine a Cancer North Node, sextile Moon MC in Taurus; and Saturn was also square Pluto Venus in Gemini.
Her 10th house Moon in Taurus would be the saving of her, bringing a public career that involved a tactile medium and involved a love of all things botanical. Her Venus close to Pluto and square Saturn suggests an emotional life both passionate and cold. Again another example of Venus Saturn for promiscuity. She had affairs with everyone from Josephine Baker to Leon Trotsky.
Her husband Diego Rivera, born 8 Dec 1886 11pm Guanajuato, Mexico, was a Sun Venus in Sagittarius; with a Taurus Moon and Mars in Capricorn as she did. His Moon Neptune Pluto fell on her MC and into her 10th so he'd be a driving force in her career and life's direction. Though he'd also squash her exuberance at times since his Saturn was conjunct her Jupiter; and his Uranus was square her Sun Neptune and Mars Uranus - so not an easy or harmonious match.
Their relationship chart had a cool composite Moon Saturn in a tension-erupting opposition to Uranus. But the Moon Saturn was also trine Mars and trine Venus so there would be passion and creativity mixed in with emotional blockages. The composite Venus was square Neptune Pluto so passionate, idealised, driving them both unbalanced at times.
She died aged 47, perhaps of an accidental overdose though she was in worsening health having had a leg amputated. She wasn't well known outside art circles until the 1980s. No doubt her Communist sympathies did not endear her to the US.

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