The November 10 Republican Debate

The Republican debates, if they can truly be called debates, can be likened to some of our modern forms of communication. The Republican debates, with ten (too many) participants, are like a verbal Facebook or Twitter feed. Like those feeds, you don’t really learn anything. You are baited with strong images intended to create strong reactions. It’s no surprise that Facebook is both a participant and sponsor of some debates.

Who could truly explain his or her ideas in 30 seconds on auditing the Federal Reserve (Rand Paul and Ted Cruz), security versus privacy while maintaining Constitutional rights (Rand Paul and Chris Christie), the Supreme Court rulings versus states’ rights (Mike Huckabee) or personal- versus state-mandated retirement benefits (Carla Fiorina)?

Unfortunately, we’ll probably never discuss these questions in full during the election process as the media moderators follow the the social media trends of brief and incomplete communication. Somehow debating our Constitutional rights in an increasingly private-less world is not of interest to the moderators.

The November 10 Debate

The moon, Mercury and sun will all be in the intense sign of Scorpio. Our elections occur in the sign of Scorpio and when any election nears, we feel the intensity of other’s beliefs and opinions. That’s the mud-slinging side of the emotional Scorpio because Scorpio knows where the mud lies.

But we can also plumb Scorpio’s true talent which is to get to the root of a cause to truly understand what motivates us. Emotional honesty is the true gift of Scorpio, I believe. Emotional honesty sounds nice but can easily bulldoze relationships that are not true and sturdy enough to withstand forceful shaking of the ground beneath.

Will Tuesday be emotional mud-slinging or emotional honesty?

Jupiter and Mars are in Virgo which adds force to the need for detail. All debates demand stringent detail and this will be no different. The moderators could use Virgo to their advantage and ask the details of a wacky tax plan instead of asking, “Are you nuts?”

Pluto is still in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces, Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius, where they will remain for the duration of the election cycle.

Let’s take a look at the energies by candidate. The debates will now include eight participants instead of ten (Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee were “polled” off the island).

Jeb Bush. Bush has moon in Capricorn which has a great deal of difficulty with expression. Sun in fixed air Aquarius doesn’t help either. Scorpio is unpleasant energy for Bush as it’s too revealing and Capricorn/Aquarius is both private and often unaware of its own feelings. I’m not sure why Bush isn’t taking the Richard Nixon campaign route of “Law and Order.” Nixon had sun in Capricorn and moon in Aquarius and he was elected through promoting his serious nature, not running from it. With Pluto in Capricorn destroying our financial structure and Saturn in Sagittarius limiting our trust in authority, it’s really a good time to promote the authority that Bush has naturally.

Ben Carson. I read in the New York Times that Carson is getting feisty. I always say you can fool your family, your friends, the media and even the public, but you can’t fool your astrologer. Carson has moon in Sagittarius which leads me to believe the knife story (impulsive) where the media questions it. The New York Times article also likens his behavior to Trump’s; Trump also has moon in Sagittarius – good call. In both Carson’s good boy (Virgo sun) and bad boy (Sagittarius moon) stories there is a knife. Carson is definitely playing “good knife/bad knife” to his benefit but I believe it’s the truth. The Scorpio energy is a bit too intense for both his good knife and bad knife sides. His bad knife wants to run away. The bad knife may also have other impulsive bad habits such as the need to heightened sensation which can come through ingestion of intoxicants or even gambling. The good knife wants to be perfect, a Virgo ambition.

Ted Cruz. It’s funny how Cruz is lauded as an excellent debater but yet ignored at the same time. This suggests that image overrides content and in Cruz’ own words, he’s not the kind of guy you’d want to have a beer with. That’s Cruz’ Capricorn sun talking Cruz does have moon and Uranus in Libra which, I would debate with Cruz, is exactly the type of guy you want to have a beer with. While Cruz can meet the seriousness of a Scorpio-energy evening, his detractors might want to see what that wacky Uranus/moon conjunction can truly do with the beer goggles on. The serious of nature are embarrassed when they fall on banana peels but there are definitely peels in Cruz’ life.

Carly Fiorina. Oh, my, yet another candidate with a Sagittarius moon. She, like Carson, has a Virgo sun. I suppose during the Scorpio energy we can ask about her past knife attacks. Virgo sun and Sagittarius moon are in square and strongest when defending a cause or filled with righteous indignation (which are often combined into one stew). Virgo can attack well enough with detail and truly needs no sword. As with Carson, Scorpio is too emotional and revealing for this crusader. Asking Fiorina how she feels (as opposed to how she thinks) is difficult for this tough-cookie of a former CEO. In addition, Fiorina has Saturn in Scorpio suggesting a difficulty with emotional connection. While Fiorina stands strong and proud among the men, she might have more difficulty standing with seven women should those women relate on the feeling level. Could Fiorina truly take down the Scorpionic Hillary Clinton which is her selling point?

John Kasich. In the first three debates, Kaisch’s answers could all be reduced to the simple sentence, “I did great things for Ohio.” While that’s a very important selling point, Scorpio energy wants to relate emotionally and like Bush, Kasich’s moon is in Capricorn which is not interested in sharing feeling (at all). Scorpio energy is also opposite Kasich’s Jupiter, Venus and sun in Taurus. Kasich needs to understand on Tuesday that it’s not about the “stuff” but about the feeling. In other words, tell the people you love them; don’t say, “But look what I bought you?” It’s going to be a rough night for Kasich.

Rand Paul. Well, dude, the first three debates don’t bode well for you having a chance to speak in the fourth debate on your important issues such as the Federal Reserve and constitutional rights. Maybe you can study some Twitter feeds and practice brief, uninformative speaking. Capricorn sun and Gemini moon are both students and often students of serious subjects. The Scorpio energy of the evening serves the need for serious discussion but you will also have to show emotional passion which is not in the nature of your sun, moon or Uranus/Pluto conjunction in Virgo. However, with that Uranus/Pluto conjunction, you could really challenge those Virgo sun opponents (Carson and Fiorina).

Marco Rubio. Strong debate performances and history as a politically gifted individual (Jeb Bush’s words, I believe) suggest that the moon is in Leo (not Cancer). While Cancer is a very caring sign, Leo is more passionate and convincing of feeling, which is evident in Rubio’s responses. Sun in Gemini adds the intelligence and articulateness. The Scorpio energy is opposite Rubio’s Venus, Mercury and Saturn in Taurus. The money issues will continue to arise on Tuesday. As I’ve noted in previous blogs on Rubio, Saturn in Taurus has a sense of material lack and with Venus and Mercury also in that sign, there would be the desire to live beyond one’s means to compensate. With the Scorpio energy in flux, it may be time to express those feelings of lack. Scorpio (and Taurus) square Rubio’s Mars in Aquarius so it might be difficult to let go of the need to appear just like everyone else rather than someone who looks like everyone else while fully extended on credit.

Donald Trump. Scorpio energy is not compatible with Trump’s air- and fire-filled chart which ultimately wants to have enjoyment through sharing ideas, speech and any social interaction. Sorry, Trump, the debate will not be “fun” but I agree it could be informative and fun at the same time. Hopefully Trump won’t get too bored and isn’t caught making funny faces as Rubio is drilled about stealing from the candy jar. Trump’s first three debates were all pretty similar and I expect the fourth will be more of the same. A guy with Uranus conjunct sun in Gemini opposite moon in Sagittarius can’t take boredom for too long without a vacation. I see a vacation from the election in Trump’s future as he tires of the routine and unimaginative process of American politics. Besides, alphabetically, Trump is last.

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Are You Enjoying Your Fame?

Wondering if fame existed before television and film, I happened upon the book The Frenzy of Renown written by Leo Braudy. Leo, now that’s the sign associated with fame through self-expression. What a coincidence!

Was author Braudy a Leo sun? Research proved him a Gemini sun which explains the 618 pages of erudition on a subject others barely bother to study. Few books are written on fame although after Braudy’s work you probably don’t need another.

Braudy was born as Pluto entered Leo (2 degrees) heralding in the “Me Generation.” Braudy’s moon in Capricorn probably didn’t get Leo-like attention during a generation spreading its self-expressive Leo wings. I wonder if his own generation didn’t seem odd to him thereby bringing on his desire to understand this energy called “fame.”

The Fame Trajectory

According to Braudy, fame not only existed before television, it existed as far back as Alexander the Great (4th century BC). Fame, the relationship of individual to society, has merely evolved through time based on the cultures in which it resides.

Alexander, for example, tried to exceed the deeds of the gods. The Romans favored personal fame (of the idolatry sort) but evolved it into societal fame (fame representing the city or society). Christians moved fame into a personal, spiritual quality. The 18th century and beginning of the end of many monarchies made fame available to the other classes of men like artists and writers (but fame must be earned). No longer did one need to be an aristocrat or of a religious order to earn fame. Later the rise of democracy brought the possibility of fame to all.

(I should note here that this work is truly thorough and I can’t do it justice here).

Rethinking my original question, I can see that television and media have followed the same trajectory as fame itself as described by Braudy. Television began with a few gods (beginning as usual with male) like Ed Sullivan, Walter Cronkite, Johnny Carson, the Beatles, etc.

Like society’s evolution, television and film left the hands of a few male gods and aristocrats, spanned into more segments of society until just half a century later it is fully democratic. Today one doesn’t need to be produced by the gods of Hollywood. One can get a camera, make a film and post it on YouTube. The development of hand-held devices and social media allow us express visually and continually.

We are now all famous.

Leo sun Andy Warhol predicted we’d all have 15 minutes of fame. He got that wrong, but was close. We all have fame, although possibly not capital-F Fame but little-f fame. And we have it 24/7.

In the article If You’re not Paranoid, You’re Crazy the author discovers that all the information he has provided to social media is now responding back to him with information and guidance based on his every action. Our author, like many, is also realizing that those we haven’t willingly shared our information with are also in the know on our every behavior. It’s making him a little nervous.

Way back in the 1980s after Leo sun Madonna became hyper famous (capital F) I saw the media hound her while jogging and she didn’t like it much. I wondered why individuals spend so much effort to be famous only to dislike it when in full flower. (Yet, according to this article, she now misses the constant attention).

Braudy’s book also helps explain this phenomenon of seeking then avoiding attention as the difference between Roman public fame and Christian private fame. This paradox is a pattern throughout the history of fame. In today’s democratic fame, many now experience this conflict as the need to share extensive personal information on social media then the fear of overexposure that results.

We’re all Madonna. We’re all famous. And we are learning our lessons on fame.

Astrological Fame

While certain signs, like Leo, are more associated with fame than other signs, we can level fame (and any other quality) and see how each sign likes its fame (when they choose it) based on the qualities of the sun.

The sun is the conscious self, how we want to be seen. The sun is the “I” in “I am.” 

The fire signs seek fame through personal self-expression, leadership and motivation of others. Aries prefers the fame of maverick action; Leo seeks fame through self-expression that doesn’t need justification; Sagittarius seeks fame through sharing wisdom as the philosopher or social activist.

The earth signs seek fame through work, assets and career. Taurus seeks fame through capital accumulation and personal property; Virgo seeks fame through work and efforts to help those in need; Capricorn seeks the fame of authority in society.

The air signs seek fame through communication, writing and social relationships. Gemini seeks fame as the journalist; Libra seeks fame as the mediator and builder of partnerships; Aquarius seeks fame through creating the ideal social plan.

The water signs may be less inclined to seek fame (capital F) due to great sensitivity which can lead to the need for privacy. In Braudy terms, they may seek a more spiritual fame. Cancer seeks fame in family and community settings by making sure all have what they need; Scorpio seeks fame for uncovering what others can’t find; Pisces seeks fame of the most spiritual sort often sacrificing in the name of others.

Dealing with Fame

Today we seem to have personal fame whether we desire it or not. Enter the social media environment and you’ve “opted out” of the ability to lead a totally private life.

And if you’ve opted out of social media, you will still be asked to fill out a great number of online forms that provide information to others on your health statistics, work history and marketing preferences.

Fame is no longer a choice.

Your sun may give you hints on how to deal with your fame, sought or unsought. And if you can turn off the fame button, will you be like Madonna and try to flick it back on? Are we all now caught in the paradox of fame?

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Astrologer Predicts Chance of “Real Debate” at Tuesday’s Democratic Debate

My cat asked if we should buy some popcorn for tomorrow’s Democratic Presidential Debate. I replied that I’d have to check first to see if we could watch it for free since we don’t pay for television.

“We can’t watch the debates for free?”

While my feline’s learning is deep, her memory is shallow.

“Remember that we couldn’t watch the Fox News debates live or travel to Cleveland to see them because it was a private event? Today one must pay money to participate in the political process.”

She remembered.

She remembered too, after I reminded her, that her favorite, Rick Santorum, was relegated to the early debates in Cleveland that occurred while working class Americans were traveling home from work.

“I’ve given up on Santorum,” she replied, curtly.

“Money, once again, makes a difference,” I reminded her. “Santorum has none.”

It was an evening of remembrances.

“I’ve moved on,” she stated. “I support Marco Rubio.”

At least this time she’s picked someone closer to her age.

The Democratic Debate

Tuesday’s debate occurs with sun and Mercury in air sign Libra. Air sign (Libra, Aquarius, Gemini) equals “debate” so the conversation should be interesting.

If you are familiar with Libra debating techniques, you can also expect the debate to continue infinitely with no resolution. While Libra likes to debate and weigh all the info (and weigh and weigh), it very much dislikes the light at the end of the information gathering – Decision. Libras avoid making decisions like cats avoid water.

While the sun is in diplomatic, poetic Libra, the moon will have just moved into intense, emotional Scorpio, the sign in which we do actual voting here in the US. I expect this debate to be the best of what a debate can be – pleasant overtones with subtle, under-the-belt hits with a steel bar.

I can’t wait.

With an additional three planets in Virgo (Venus, Mars, Jupiter), there will also be the usual “you said this . . .” kind of stuff.

Transiting Neptune (in Pisces) opposes the Virgo planets so expect more fog – all kinds of fog.

Transiting Uranus (in Aries) and transiting Pluto (in Capricorn) are still locked in a T-square duel that creates earthquakes, uprisings and conflict.

Let’s take a look at how the energies of Tuesday will affect the candidates.

The Candidates

Lincoln Chafee – The major aspects involve the sun and moon. The other transiting planets are in early degrees of signs while Chafee’s chart skews toward the higher degrees. While the average person may find relief from hard aspects, if you’re seeking attention on the national stage, you might want some aspects as the friction that starts the fire.

The sun will be conjunct natal Neptune and Saturn in Libra. When the spotlight does shine on Chafee, we may view a type of artistic melancholy rather than spark of fire, although Chafee has sun in fire-sign Aries.

The moon in Scorpio will oppose natal Venus and Mars in Taurus. While Chafee has lots of fire in his chart (sun in Aries, moon/Pluto in Leo), it’s the more gentle aspects of his aggressive personality that will be brought out and trampled upon.

Venus and Mars in Taurus enjoy physical pleasure. Money, assets and wealth may be a target on Chafee’s chest. While he’d like to talk about how he’s going to take the United States into a progressive and exciting future, we may instead hear someone ask how he afforded that big house.

Two transiting aspects that provided energy to Chafee have passed – Uranus in Aries (in the degree of his sun) and Jupiter in Leo. Chafee is a calmer person now, which is nice for personal life but not necessarily helpful in public life.

Hillary Clinton – Our Scorpio-sun candidate will have Scorpio moon visiting. When the moon visits, events become unpredictable and your regular guy-next-door may turn into a vampire.

Without going into all the aspects on this high-profile candidate, I think we can simply discuss Scorpio energy. Scorpio is one of the fixed signs; fixed means it’s strong and focused. In the element of water, it represents fixed emotion. A baby smiles, then cries, then laughs then throws a rattle at you. That’s not Scorpio (that’s mutable). The Hatfields and McCoys holding battle for generation after generation is Scorpio. Obsession is Scorpio. Love that doesn’t waver is Scorpio. Emotional honesty is Scorpio.

Because of Scorpio’s fixed emotional nature, it’s very intense in projection and generates equally intense responses. Scorpios love or hate and are often loved or hated in return. If you’re a Scorpio that’s being ignored (ala Republican ex-candidate Scott Walker), then you’re not fully emanating your emotions.

Clinton receives the love and hate of textbook Scorpios. Natal Mars/Pluto/Saturn conjunct in Leo square this energy adds to the intensity to get what one wants. Being square, Leo is also a fixed sign. Mars/Pluto/Saturn in combination is very heavy, both for the holder and receivers. Mars is assertiveness/aggression; Pluto power and transformation; Saturn discipline and control.

That’s intense. Tomorrow will be intense. Every day for Clinton is intense.

Martin O’Malley – This is another serious soul with sun in Capricorn and moon in Scorpio. Additionally he is of the Uranus/Pluto in Virgo generation which is serious about work, health and the environment.

Tomorrow’s sun in Libra is square his ambitious sun in Capricorn. O’Malley will be challenged to show diplomacy in relation to authority. Libra energy demands that bad news be wrapped in silk covering. Capricorn prefers “do it because I said so.”

Natal Neptune is conjunct the moon providing oodles of charisma and much of the sexual kind. This should bode well for the image-making media of television. Would he dare wear Scorpio black to accent his nature?

Natal Saturn in Aquarius indicates a certain lack of connectedness with the crowd. O’Malley may come off more as old-fashioned or traditional when the audience may want progressive and forward-thinking. His Mercury is in Aquarius so he may be able to pull off progressive talk; but square his moon there may be rational, forward-looking ideas followed by talk that implies fear of the future.

Transiting Saturn in Sagittarius is still far from O’Malley’s natal Venus in Sagittarius. Later, this may cause him problems and suggest focus on the love life. Skeletons in the closet of love have brought down many a candidate. This Saturn transit squares natal Uranus/Pluto so O’Malley will be challenged (in a big way) where his actions don’t meet his words.

Transiting Neptune is near O’Malley’s Jupiter in Pisces. This is another indicate of charisma. A natural charisma may make up for whatever faux pas occur tomorrow for O’Malley. But there’s still trouble on the way with Saturn.

Bernie Sanders – With transiting Uranus (in Aries) moving over natal moon and Mars, expect aggression and lots of it.

Sanders’ aggressive moon is in conflict with his Virgo sun which has a weaker ego structure. But I can guarantee this man relentlessly picks (and picks) at those around him. He’s a natural born athlete and critic; sportscaster is the first profession that comes to mind as a backup career plan for Sanders.

Tomorrow’s moon in emotional Scorpio may be a cloud overhead for Sanders that he completely ignores. His Aries energy is in opposition to tomorrow’s Libra sun. Sanders may rant but be completely out of step with the energies around him.

I’m imagining Sanders getting mean and nasty and then saying sorry (natal Venus in Libra opposite moon /Mars). He may want to keep Donald Trump’s techniques in mind. If you’re mean, just go with it. Don’t apologize; say something even meaner when responding. But don’t be mean then apologize – that will show the Virgo/Aries conflict.

Transiting Saturn is currently opposed to Sanders’ natal Uranus in Gemini (and technically opposing natal Saturn but out of sign). The Saturn opposition to natal Saturn is a life milestone. It’s a time of challenging authority, for the second time for Sanders. About 29 years ago Sanders may have done something equal in energy to running for president.

Jim Webb – This candidate is definitely different from the others with Mercury, sun and Venus in Aquarius and moon in Taurus (but potentially Aries).

If moon is in Taurus, he will appear much calmer than the other candidates. He may be too calm and appear rigid. Aquarius is the fixed air sign and Taurus the fixed earth sign. That’s a strong combination but unexpressive emotionally.

Aquarius knows what it thinks and has developed its ideas through careful consideration. Aquarius is the genius and humanitarian of the zodiac so he should have some interesting concepts to present.

Natal Mars and Saturn are conjunct in Cancer with transiting Pluto in Capricorn opposing. Webb’s home life is usually difficult at best and now going through changes and transformations. Aquarius likes its freedom so leaving home for long periods of time may suit Webb well.

Sun in Libra tomorrow works well with the Aquarius energy. He’ll connect to the vibes around him. He may have trouble when moon in Scorpio starts getting nasty. Unless his moon is in Aries, he’ll probably shy away from calling his opponents ugly (like a certain Republican candidate).

Webb seems to be a scholar more than politician with so much air. In addition to Aquarius, he has Neptune and Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Gemini. We may have, at last, a rational debater.

Is it possible we could have a debate where an idea is discussed civilly, intelligently and long enough so that we know how the candidate thinks?

With five candidates (unlike the Republican 10 or 11), it is certainly possible.

Hope springs eternal.

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My Uranus in Aries

In the late 1980s, one of my college professors shared this story while showing us a famous building during a geography class. It’s been many years so I’ll paraphrase:

During the holidays we visited friends who showed us their vacation pictures. We saw the wife, Rose, in every single shot. Rose in front of the palace; Rose in front of the museum; Rose in front of the skyscraper. I suggested that next time my friend take a picture of Rose behind the building.

Searching for this professor, I discovered he passed away. I wonder what he would have thought of today’s proliferation of “selfies.”

Maybe if someone had sent this professor a selfie he would have requested a selfie behind the building. Or maybe he would request an “otherie.”

Uranus is the planet of inspiration, sudden shifts and enlightenment entered the sign of Aries in March 2011. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, a fire sign and is often quoted as saying, “Me first.” Aries represents the self (as in “selfie”).

According to this Wikipedia site, the term “selfie” became a common buzzword in 2012. Like many other thoughts, ideas and inventions, it didn’t arise one particular day but gained momentum over time until suddenly (Uranus) everyone was saying it.

(As an aside, the visual aspect of the selfie probably arises from Neptune moving into Pisces in early 2012; Neptune rules film and image.)

Marketing has also evolved to respond to a “selfie” culture. Many marketing programs today have the description “My” as in MyPanera Rewards or My Verizon.

My, my, my, have times changed.

Uranus in Aries

In early 2011 almost as soon as Uranus entered Aries, several Middle Eastern countries rebelled (another Uranus term) against their governments. This was called the Arab Spring.

Aries is ruled by Mars, the god of war. Aries is a fighter, competitive and forceful. Aries fights for self-determination and individuality. Aries is “me” not “we” so uprisings reflect the fire energy of Aries, but not necessarily the desire to equal the playing field. Aries didn’t write Utopia, a Pisces did.

Where the populace sees no need to overthrow the government, Uranus in Aries appears to be the increased expression the personal self. The selfie appears part of that as well as marketing tailored specifically to my person and my habits.

A dark side of Uranus in Aries is a rise in personal violence, “My Personal Vendetta” or “My Personal School Shooting” in the US. Individuals initiating random violence is a great low of this energy. Of course, individual violence is not new; what’s new is the seeking of attention through this means.

In the US’ most recent school shooting in Oregon, the county sheriff insisted he would not share the name of the shooter. This is a brilliant response to the negative manifestation of Uranus-in-Aries energy – a refusal to acknowledge the “self” that performed this heinous act.

With energies, I always like to think about what we don’t see in the news. Uranus in Aries in your individual life might simply be standing up to authority, saying no for the first time in your life or simply refusing to participate in situations that compromise your self worth. If you get the urge to slap people around at the same time, hopefully you go to the gym instead to work off the warrior energy.

Uranus in Aries like all energies has a specific characteristic which can be manifested in a number of positive and negative ways.

Uranus in Taurus

Like all energies, Uranus in Aries will pass. In mid 2018, Uranus will move into Taurus. Taurus is the fixed earth sign. Where Aries is concerned with self, Taurus is concerned with material reality.

Possibly Uranus in Taurus will bring up the property rights of all the Uranus in Aries creations of self-expression that occurred on social media.

Uranus in Taurus will also bring sudden changes to the physical and financial landscape. While it’s a bit early for astrologers to send in their Uranus-in-Taurus predictions, in a couple years you’ll probably be reading astrology blogs about financial crashes and physical earthquakes.

Keep in mind that Taurus always follows Aries – this can nullify the effects of dire astrological predictions. In childhood development, we know a baby is not aware of others. At a certain age the baby then becomes aware of others in the environment as separate entities. That is Taurus.

Aries is the uprising and forming of a new country. Taurus is the marking of the boundaries of the country, creating an economy and defending the borders. Aries breaks through the eggshell and Taurus must look to survive in the very real environment of friends and foes.

Taurus naturally follows Aries so the environment will exert itself. People will see the difference between your corporeal reality and the picture you posted on social media. Your real self may need to meet your branded image (i.e., your resume needs to match your skills). You’re informed now so that you have two and a half years to sync them up (which is also the Saturn in Sagittarius cycle which requests that you sync your beliefs with your actions).

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Astrology for Sale

Here in the West, we consider astrology to be, in the words of Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory, pure “hokum” (i.e., nonsense).

With amazement and fascination I watch as astrology is rebranded in modern terms and sold as personality assessments. That’s the funny thing about capitalism – you don’t have to believe in something to sell it.

With even more puzzlement, I see the invoices for these personality assessments. Why pay thousands when astrology is free?

Admit, I will, that although astrology has been around for thousands of years, people still insist on killing either other and stealing each other’s stuff. I suspect these personality assessments will fare no better. My own anecdotal feedback is that personality assessments in corporations are used simply for control and do not help people get along because it contains too many variables to manage.

In more simple language, people never get along for long periods of time.

Five-minute astrology

Here’s your five-minute astrology lesson. Astrology is:

Four elements

  1. Fire – energetic and enthusiastic
  2. Earth – practical and serious
  3. Air – social and communicative
  4. Water – sensitive and emotional

Three modes

  1. Cardinal – initiators
  2. Fixed – sustainers
  3. Mutable – changers

The four elements times three modes equal the 12 zodiac signs.

The elements interact this way:

  • Fire is compatible with air
  • Earth is compatible with water

However, the polarities are in compatible elements yet are the same mode which makes them opposing:

  • Fire Aries is opposite air Libra (cardinal)
  • Earth Taurus is opposite water Scorpio (fixed)
  • Air Gemini is opposite fire Sagittarius (mutable)
  • Water Cancer is opposite earth Capricorn (cardinal)
  • Fire Leo is opposite air Aquarius (fixed)
  • Earth Virgo is opposite water Pisces (mutable)

Any personality profiling system in segments of three, four or 12 can be traced to astrology.

Personality Assessments


Astrology stops the sky when you are born and looks at ten planets in 12 signs in 12 houses and their geometrical relationship to each other. In that way, it is complex and nuanced.

Because astrology is complex it is difficult to learn quickly. Perhaps this can be likened to knowing another person. Do you ever know another person? If so, how long does it take to truly know them?

Carl Jung

While psychologist Jung didn’t sell his product per se, he broke out human nature into four quadrants:

  1. Intuition (fire)
  2. Sensation (earth)
  3. Thinking (air)
  4. Feeling (water)

There’s more detail on this blog.

Four Humors

A friend recently showed me a motivational book with test that essentially is the four humors with some modern language attached. For example, the traditional melancholy is “detailed.”

In a motivational book, I suspect honoring the poor, melancholy poet who wonders the point of life on earth and lives in someone’s attic to be contrary to our continual-improvement model of modern Western society.

Anytime you see these words, you have gone back to ancient Greece:

  1. Sanguine (air)
  2. Phlegmatic (water)
  3. Choleric (fire)
  4. Melancholic (earth)

True Colors

The True Colors profile has these four quadrants:

  1. Orange (fire)
  2. Gold (earth)
  3. Green (air)
  4. Blue (water)

Social Style Model

I’m not sure who created/owns this model, but it’s similar to the four elements/humors although it seems to cross over to the modes at times:

  1. Expressive (fire)
  2. Driver (earth / fixed)
  3. Analytical (air)
  4. Amiable (water / mutable)

Myers Briggs

The Myers Briggs personality assessment has 16 profiles, which are the four elements times four. I suspect the formula is a breakout of degree of elements combined. This one may be more effective because, like astrology, it is more nuanced.

The test determines the polarity of four segments. This one’s tricky because the signs are a bit more nuanced than these categories. I may change my mind later on this . . . (a mutable thing to do).

  1. Introvert or extrovert – fire/air (extroverted) or earth/water (introverted)
  2. Sensing or intuition – earth/air (sensing) or fire/water (intuition)
  3. Thinking or feeling – earth/air (thinking) or fire/water (feeling)
  4. Judging or perceiving – earth/air (judging) or fire/water (perceiving)

Strengths Finder

This profiling system has 34 segments which don’t correspond to our elements or modes. As with Myers Briggs, the more complex is probably the more accurate. Strengths Finder will show you your top five strengths as well as sub-strengths but never attempts to synthesize them into one label such as “Performer” or “Healer.”

If you could be any combination of the 34 strengths, I believe that is 1,156 combinations.

Astrology, in contrast with ten planets in 12 signs in 12 houses (the horoscope) is 1,440 combinations if you don’t consider that each sign has 30 degrees and can alter the relationships between planets. Also, outer planets take generations to move through a few signs so those in the past will also have charts very different from those in the future.

I don’t know how to calculate how long it takes the 10 planets to return to the exact same sign (and degree) placements as when you were born. It must be a very long time.

In summary, horoscopes are unique but yet all contain the same total energies and also reflect generational energies.

Astrology for free

Astrologers may consider themselves lucky that astrology isn’t “believed” in our culture. If it were, we would be regulated, our querents would need insurance, we’d spend our nights filling out paper work and we’d have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on certification.

We’re lucky we’re still an informal, committed guild.

On the other hand, possibly in trade off of credentials we could also have pharmaceutical companies fund astrological research.

Possibly the pharmaceutical companies could develop a drug to give to Leos so that they don’t need so much attention (sleeping pills?), or a dose of something to make Scorpio and Capricorn less serious (rather than alcohol which sometimes heightens the effect) or possibly a medication to help air signs plant their ideas on the earth (rather suggesting they garden or clean the house).

Next time your boss assigns you the task of analyzing the personalities of your team, suggesting astrology will probably get you nowhere and raise the ethical concerns that personality-profiling seems to casually avoid.

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The $10 Woman

At the end of the last Republican Presidential debate on September 16, the moderator asked a couple fun questions including one about the $10 bill. The moderator said that earlier this year the Treasury announced it would put a woman on the $10 bill and asked each candidate to choose a woman for that honor.

First, the statistics. Out of 11 candidates, six unique women were chosen (54.5% response). If we kick out two women who were not born in the United States (assuming that is criteria for being on the nation’s currency), then the total is four (36.4% response). If we knock out one more pick because she’s already on currency (Susan B. Anthony), then we have a new total of three (27.3% response).

The one woman on stage, Carly Fiorina, indicated that she’d leave all the bills as is and focus on women receiving equal pay and reaching their potential.

Of course I’d like to chide the men on stage for not having a powerful, historical woman top-of-mind. But if you’d asked me (a female), I would have been hard-pressed, too, to come up with a quick answer. The women that do immediately come to mind such as Victoria Woodhull (who ran for president in 1870) and Margaret Sanger (who championed for birth control) would be way too controversial to be on currency.

Thinking of my choices, I realized there are plenty of women in history who challenged and/or moved humanity forward but were entirely ignored during my high school education. Most of the men on stage are older than me so they may also have been denied learning the glory of women’s achievements.

Good luck Hillary and Carly.

The Picks

Here are the women chosen for the $10 bill in the order of the answers, which is important as one woman was chosen three times.

Rand PaulSusan B. Anthony (nice pick, but she’s already on a $1 coin)

Mike Huckabee – His wife

Marco RubioRosa Parks

Ted Cruz – Rosa Parks or his mother

Ben Carson – His mother

Donald Trump – His daughter or Rosa Parks

Jeb BushMargaret Thatcher (British born)

Scott WalkerClara Barton

Carly Fiorina – no pick

John KasichMother Teresa (Macedonian born)

Chris ChristieAbigail Adams

Moon Aspects

Traditionally the aspects to the moon indicate one’s relationship with women (regardless of your own gender). The moon is your reactive, unconscious nature as opposed to the sun which is your active, conscious nature.

Venus can also indicate relationship with women in a man’s chart, but Venus is more about pleasure and the seeking of ideal. Venus is the woman you want; the moon is the woman you get. Hopefully your Venus and moon are in positive aspect so that what you want and what you get are in harmony.

My own “mark of a politician” is a hard aspect (opposition, square) of Pluto and the moon. Pluto is about power, all-consuming power, and in hard aspect to the moon creates a compulsive need to control the environment.

The moon can also represent the mother and moon in hard aspect to Pluto (or in Scorpio) can be the “devouring mother” that astrologer Liz Greene describes. Pleasing (or displeasing) mother is the root of much behavior.

Let’s take a glance at moon placements and aspects for our Republican debaters.

Rand Paul – Moon (in Gemini) square Pluto (in Virgo). Paul also has Saturn conjunct Mercury (which rules Gemini) in Aquarius. Combined, I get the sense that Paul’s speech and ideas were put under intense scrutiny and never adequate enough. Maybe he’s running for president to say, “See, people like my ideas.”

Mike Huckabee – Moon is in Scorpio with a wide square to Saturn. Moon is square Pluto in Leo. Huckabee’s struggle was for intense love and affection. More than seeking power, Huckabee is seeking love.

Marco Rubio – Moon is in Cancer or Leo and is not in hard aspect to Pluto. His moon is pretty free of Saturn (another big heavy) too. Why are you in politics Marco? You seem to have the love and affection you need from the immediate environment. Is that Saturn in Taurus making you feel you have to achieve status for material security?

Ted Cruz – Moon is in Libra with Uranus conjunct. There’s no hard Pluto or Saturn aspect. Uranus conjunct moon describes an unpredictable, impulsive nature. The mother may have been on and off with affection. She may have been fascinating in a number of ways but not “motherly.”

Ben Carson – Moon in Sagittarius is trine (positive aspect) to Pluto but square the sun. Mom and dad didn’t get along with dad as the more demanding parent. Not quite the mark of a politician which is good for daily living but possibly not what Carson would like to hear.

Donald Trump – Moon in Sagittarius trines Pluto but is opposite Uranus, as is Cruz’. Again, unpredictable nature but more apparent here than with the Capricorn-sun Cruz. Trump has Saturn conjunct Venus in Cancer also suggesting lack of a “motherly,” nurturing environment.

Jeb Bush – Moon in Capricorn is quincunx Pluto in Leo. This is not a particularly hard aspect, but not soft either. Pluto, however, is opposed Bush’s Aquarius sun. It’s dad here, more than mom, driving the power need. Obvious, I know.

Scott Walker – Moon as well as sun are in Scorpio in positive aspect to Pluto. But Pluto is on top of Venus and Uranus (in Virgo). Lots of power-tripping and need to organize everything. But no matter, Walker has exited the race so he can get back to organizing Wisconsin.

Carly Fiorina – Moon is either in Sagittarius or Capricorn. Watching her debate, I’m guessing Capricorn. In Sagittarius, Pluto is trine and in Capricorn, a wide out-of-sign trine or not aspected. In Capricorn the moon would be conjunct Mars which suggests her desire is really competition and proving she can make it to the top. She might want to remember it’s lonely at the top and reconsider.

John Kasich – Moon in Capricorn is quincunx Pluto, which, again, is not too bad or good. As with Fiorina’s potential moon in Capricorn, the desire is to make it to the top by pleasing authority rather than killing the king to take the throne.

Chris Christie – Now’s here’s a power-tripper. Moon in Sagittarius is square Pluto and sun in Virgo in conjunct Pluto. Pluto, Pluto everywhere. Can’t get away from Pluto here.


Now let’s take a quick look at the synastry between the candidate and his choice. Synastry is comparing two charts to see how people get along. Since we don’t have the charts of mothers, daughters and wives, we’ll stick to the six unique picks.

Rand PaulSusan B. Anthony had Mercury, sun and Jupiter in Aquarius which provides strong intellectual capacity, which jives well with Rand’s moon in Gemini. But Rand has Saturn in Aquarius conjunct Anthony’s Mercury so might have tried stifle her speech. Anthony also had moon, Pluto, Venus and Saturn in Pisces, which is very (very) emotional, way too emotional for the Capricorn sun – Gemini moon Rand.

Marco RubioRosa Parks had Uranus, Mercury and sun in Aquarius and would have made a nice intellectual companion for sun-in-Gemini Rubio. Parks’ moon in Capricorn would have been too emotionally distant for the moon in Cancer/Leo Rubio. In a very interesting coincidence, both Parks and Rubio have/had Saturn in 27 degrees of Taurus suggesting physical and financial want. This seems a sincere pick on Rubio’s part.

Jeb BushMargaret Thatcher has Mars, sun and Mercury in Libra which is compatible with Bush’s sun in Aquarius (both air signs). Bush’s Saturn in Libra, though, might have squelched some of her diplomacy. Thatcher’s Jupiter in Capricorn would be admirable to the moon-in-Capricorn Bush. Thatcher’s moon in Leo is near Bush’s Pluto in Leo. Interesting match – some synergy, lots of admiration, a few power struggles.

Scott WalkerClara Barton had Neptune, Uranus, sun and moon in Capricorn. That makes for a very serious personality which is in perfect alignment with Walker’s very serious personality. She had Capricorn seriousness and Walker has Virgo/Scorpio seriousness so their seriousnesses cover the entire spectrum of gravity. Barton also had Mars in Virgo which energizes Walker’s Virgo. Great synastry, great pick.

John KasichMother Teresa had sun, Mars and Mercury in Virgo, Saturn and moon in Taurus and Uranus in Capricorn, which is most of the planets and all of the earth signs. Kasich has Jupiter, Venus and sun in Taurus and moon in Capricorn, both earth signs. Together, these two could have conquered the astrological earth (signs). Great synastry. If Kasich doesn’t win the presidency, maybe he can help the poor.

Chris ChristieAbigail Adams had sun barely in Sagittarius and moon in Cancer. She also had Mars and Saturn in Virgo; combined with sun in Sagittarius creates brash and critical speech. The sun in Virgo, moon in Sagittarius Christie is a time-warp soul mate. Adams had Mercury conjunct Pluto in Scorpio (and Jupiter in Scorpio too) creating a bit more seriousness to thought and speech than Christie with Mercury in Libra which ultimately tries to please.

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Jupiter Conjunct Neptune is Coming to Your Neighborhood

While reading a blog on transiting Jupiter conjunct natal Neptune (in Virgo), I realized that there are a finite number of Neptune signs walking the planet. Neptune takes about 164 years to complete a cycle through the zodiac and since the average lifespan is about half of that (or less), natal Neptune in the charts of the living are in about six different signs.

Today, most alive today have Neptune in Cancer to Pisces, although the Neptune in Cancer generation is nearing 100 years old. Neptune in Leo will be the new starting point soon.

In the summer of 2013, Jupiter began transiting Cancer. Jupiter takes a little over a year to transit a sign, unless it goes retrograde (visual backward motion). Jupiter will continue through eight more signs until it finishes a transit of Pisces in 2025 while Neptune is still transiting Pisces (which began in 2011).

In other words, you, me and everyone we know will have a Jupiter transit of our Neptune.

Soon after transiting Jupiter leaves Pisces for Aries, transiting Neptune will follow suit and we’ll have a year of individuals born with Jupiter in the same sign as Neptune.

We definitely have Jupiter/Neptune energy to share and in 2025, I’m expecting some major energy shifts. Pluto, with a 248-year cycle, will be changing signs as well – from Capricorn to Aquarius.


This blog’s description of planets, planets in signs and transits is brought to you by The Astrologer’s Handbook by Sakoian and Acker.

According to the handbook, Neptune’s sign:

…indicates the kind of cultural expression manifested by the imaginative and creative faculties of mankind in a give thirteen-year period. The generation that has Neptune in a given sign shares a common spiritual destiny. The intuitive and creative faculties of such a generation will take on the qualities of whichever sign Neptune occupies.

From each sign’s description, I’ll include a brief positive/negative from each description:

Cancer (1901/2 – 1914/16) indicates a generation of people with strong psychic ties to home, family and the earth. The negative side is maudlin sentimentality and an exclusive, emotional attachment to one’s home and country.

Leo (1914/16 – 1928/29) indicates a generation of people with strong musical and artistic talents. The negative side of this can be self-delusion regarding love and courtship.

Virgo (1928/29 – 1942/3) is in its detriment, indicating a generation whose creative, imaginative facilities are thwarted by adverse material circumstances. The negative side is a tendency to psychosomatic illness and excessive emotional preoccupation with inconsequential detail.

Libra (1942/43 – 1955/57) gives the present younger generation (this was written in 1973) an intuitive awareness of social relationships. In its negative manifestation . . .there is an instinct for emotional and social conformity.

Scorpio (1955/57 – 1970) indicates a period of exploitation of man’s natural desires. Many will have clairvoyant abilities and be forced to acknowledge the need for spiritual regeneration. There is much intensity and confusion causing the turmoil of the unconscious to break out in such chaotic artistic phenomenon as rock music.

Sagittarius (1970 – 1984) has brought us into a period when the need for higher spiritual and religious values will find positive expression. The negative expressions are aimless wandering, as among the hippie generation, and fanatical adherence to misguided, impractical religious cults, false prophets, and gurus.

Capricorn (1984 – 2000) indicates a period in which world governments will be in chaos and economic and political structures will be brought to their knees. In order to survive, they will be forced to incorporate spirituality into their practical lives.

Aquarius (2000 – 2011/12) will be a time when enlightened humanitarianism and on science using new technology and new forms of energy. The intuitive, clairvoyant faculties of humanity will be developed, and universal brotherhood will be established in practical reality.

Pisces (2011/12 – 2024/25) will be a time of peace following the beginning of the Aquarian age. This period will provide an opportunity for the unfolding of spiritual faculties and development of exalted forms of music and art; healing will make great strides.

It’s interesting that the authors saw Neptune in Aquarius as heralding the “Age of Aquarius.” Until Aquarius, the authors provide positive and negative perspectives. In Aquarius and Pisces, all is good and peaceful, revealing the hope of the authors.

It’s interesting to see how frequently the future is seen as all good or all bad, while daily life is a constant mixture of qualities. Predicting a future that is the conglomeration of energies we experience every moment is not popular probably because it doesn’t make good narrative story.

Jupiter Conjunct Neptune

Regarding Jupiter conjunct Neptune, Sakoian & Acker describe the “fertile imagination” that can occur during this aspect especially in relation to art, music, philosophy and religion. Heightened sensitivity is indicated but also the possibility of losing contact with reality to live in a world of private fantasy.

My personal twist is that Neptune is where we link to the source which often manifests through art, music, philosophy and religion. Neptune in a sign can indicate where it manifests for a generation. I see our link to the source as an intravenous (IV) tube hooked up to our soul. The problem I perceive in the world is that others want to hook into the IV tube. Our source is direct but gets waylaid by a million images and ideas – marketing. The world is full of “middlemen” who want to feed from your connection.

Jupiter transiting is like adding an extra dose of whatever you have in that intravenous connection. If your Neptune is in Pisces it might be a direct spiritual connection. However, if a planet such as Mercury interferes (opposite, perhaps), then the words of the world confuse that direct connection. Jupiter coming along will expand that conflict.

Jupiter transiting your Neptune will bring out all of the qualities of that Neptune, all of the spirituality, all of the delusion. Figuring out the line between the two is never easy.

Jupiter is coming to your Neptune and your ideals and any conflicts surrounding will rise like a balloon. Will your ideals keep rising, connecting to the source? Or will they pop as delusions created by the interference of marketing?

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Tom Brady’s Inflation and Deflation

While not in the least a sports fan, news about deflated balls (“Deflategate”) with socially-inflated sports heroes caught my eye. Inflation, deflation – I knew there were great astrological lessons here.

Jupiter rules inflation (expansion and its associated generosity) and Saturn deflation (contraction and its associated frugality). The signs ruled by these planets are Sagittarius and Capricorn respectively. Interestingly, transiting Saturn is passing through Sagittarius now for the next two and a half years so Deflategate themes may be coming to a situation near you.

Inflation and deflation are not positive and negative although traditionally Jupiter was seen a good planet (benefic) and Saturn as bad planet (malefic). If you find a tumor on your leg, would you want inflation or deflation? When you look at your checkbook balance, do you want inflation or deflation? Inflation and deflation are good or bad only in context.

What is Deflategate?

This story explains the controversy:

The controversy began when the New England Patriots were accused of using underinflated footballs to gain a competitive advantage in the Patriots’ AFC championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts on January 18.[2015]

The underinflation came to light at halftime after a Colts player intercepted a pass and gave the ball to his team’s equipment staff.

The equipment staff discovered the ball was inflated to 11 pounds per square inch, less than the 12.5 to 13.5 psi the NFL allows, the ruling said.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, according to the article, was given a four-game suspension for being “generally aware” of the deflation. This week that ruling was “nullified” by a Federal Judge.

Let’s take a look at what Jupiter and Saturn were up to at the time of the incident through the recent overturning of the suspension.

Tom Brady

According to the Astrotheme horoscope, Brady has sun in fire-sign Leo and moon in fire-sign Aries. Fire is always good for an athlete, especially Aries. Aries is ruled by Mars the planet of forward motion and directed action and hence the ruler of athletes. Brady’s Mars is in Gemini suggesting a dual nature and great flexibility in both mind and body.

Where are Jupiter and Saturn? Jupiter is in Gemini, far from Mars but adding additional mental energy that Gemini brings. Saturn is in Leo in a wide conjunction (about eight degrees) from the sun.

Another planet I’d like to bring in to the discussion is Neptune in Sagittarius, which is opposed Mars in Gemini and forms a wide fire trine with Saturn and moon.

The other placements are Pluto in Libra, Mercury in Virgo, Uranus in Scorpio and Venus in Cancer.

Let’s begin with the sun. I think most of the story is here in how the natal horoscope can bring events into one’s life that mirror those inner energy patterns. Brady’s sun is at 11 degrees of Leo – 11, coincidentally, are the pounds per square inch of the purportedly deflated football.

The sun in Leo is considered an exalted position for the sun. The sun is meant to express, shine and be noticed. This exalted position creates great energy for those born in the sign of Leo which goes by the common name “charisma.” Leo loves to be the center of attention and is often able to find a truly adoring, admiring audience due to its natural warmth. Lots of North and South American rulers were born under this sign.

Even Leo at its most self-absorbed is often forgiven because of its equally strong desire to love and share. Like the sun, Leo is passionate and I think in my lifetime I’ve met only one Leo who didn’t seem to be able to bounce back from adversity.

The twist here is that Saturn is also in the sign of Leo. Saturn in Leo is considered its detriment, a place Saturn doesn’t care to hang out. Why? Leo’s natural exuberance is in contrast to the contracting nature of Saturn.

What Brady has here is an inner “deflategate.” The sun is naturally strong, proud and animated. Saturn near the sun suggests a figure, most likely male, who tried to suppress or control that nature. The controller may also have been an institution of some sort that controlled education or religion and tried to hamper Brady’s natural optimism. For Brady, the natural pride of Leo comes with a little voice that asks, “Why do they really love you?”

Leo can often have an inflated ego creating the natural story teller and actor. Neptune in Sagittarius and Moon in Aries add to the self-promotion contained in the stories of treks up mountains that end in hanging by the root of a tree dangling off a cliff before being saved at the last minute by a blast of wind blowing in the right direction.

In other words, Saturn in Leo cramps Brady’s style and has for a long time. Deflategate may be public, but he’s probably dealt with this before.

On January 18, the date of the game in question, transiting Jupiter was in 20 degrees of Leo, turning backward (called retrograde), at one degree from Brady’s natal Saturn. The forces of inflation and deflation were joining. This may be about a football today; but if you look closely at our relationship to those we exalt, we love to see them fall as much as we love to see them rise. There’s definitely more going on here.

At the time of the January 18 game, transiting Mars and Neptune were in Pisces opposite Brady’s Mercury in Virgo. This doesn’t bode well for the truth being revealed clearly. Virgo detail and accuracy are a bit in contrast to a personality filled with fire. However, Mars and Neptune opposing means external pressure chose to present the facts in misleading ways. There are lots of ways to make facts lie; I know, I’m an analyst.

Fast forward to September 4, 2015 when Brady’s suspension was nullified. At this time, Jupiter had just moved out of Leo and was now at five degrees of Virgo within three degrees of Brady’s natal Mercury in Virgo (at eight degrees). Jupiter, again, provides expansion and in Virgo it’s an expansion of detail and information. Transiting Neptune, however, moved to eight degrees Pisces directly opposite Mercury.

Without following the story at all, the Virgo/Pisces opposition suggests selective information to create image. Neptune is the opposing planet which suggests the people “out there” are doing the story telling. This is also in wide square to natal Mars in Gemini which can turn in any direction when needed.

While Brady has survived “Deflategate” he still carries this contrasting energy of inflation and deflation in his horoscope. If I were a Medieval astrologer, I’d warn Brady not to allow the Neptune in Pisces opposition forces to create misleading stories out of simple facts.

Saturn conjunct one’s sun is never easy because it describes having responsibility heaped on you from a young age. With that sense of responsibility and duty, it can be easy to allow the forces of tradition and structure to control you. But the control, especially for a Leo sun, can drain life energy and enthusiasm. Brady may want to look at his controllers and let his fire trine tell them to piss off.

The other Medieval point to note is that moon in Aries in the 6th house (if the Astrotheme horoscope is correct) portends head injuries from impulsive actions. Transiting Uranus in that house adds to that impulsive energy. I’m suspecting the head injury has already occurred as Uranus has passed over the moon in 2013.

Is that something that Neptune opposing natal Mercury in Virgo is hiding?

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Jupiter in Virgo – Falling Out of Love


Jupiter is now in Virgo. Since writing this blog, the Supreme Court gave the green light for same-sex marriage. That’s a Jupiter-in-Leo love story I didn’t imagine.

Originally posted on Ohio Astrology:

Recently I reflected on Jupiter’s current transit of fire-sign Leo, a transit that will end in August when Jupiter moves into Virgo. I wasn’t sure I saw the “Leo” of this transit. Of course, Jupiter must play with the other planets which can alter the pure effect of its energy.

But then I saw this news article noting that the US birth rate rose in 2014, the first time since 2007.

Leo and the 5th house of the horoscope rule children.

Go, Leo, go.

Leo also rules love and romance, something a wee bit difficult to quantify. How many people fell in love in the last year? Did more couples dance in the moonlight? Were there more birthday parties? Were Saturdays more playful and less chore-filled than in the prior year?

Let’s hope so.

Go, Leo, go.

Transition from Leo to Virgo

Virgo is what’s called a mutable sign…

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Jim Gilmore . . . the Jackal?

Republican Presidential Candidate Jim Gilmore entered the race so late (July 30) that this political blogger planned to ignore him. Next time there’s a presidential election cycle, Mr. Gilmore, can you please show up on time?

But then . . . through unrelated research on incarcerated terrorist Carlos the Jackal, I noticed the birthday looked quite familiar. Carlos the Jackal was born six days after Gilmore.

Suggesting a Venezuelan terrorist and US politician have personality traits in common is where you can lose a lot of folks on astrology. Yet this is where it is most fascinating and reveals its greatest truths. The motivations of a politician and a terrorist may be the similar and the yet outcomes different.

Joining a nation’s military force is socially-sanctioned so any violence inflicted on acknowledged enemy is deemed appropriate. In contrast, having a personal mission and inflicting violence is illegal.

I’m guessing we’re all okay with that but life can put situations in our path where the difference isn’t always so clear. For example, if one country supports another country’s “rebels,” aren’t they agreeing that it is okay to sometimes have a personal mission? What if in your socially-sanctioned military defense organization you are asked to perform violence that doesn’t directly protect your nation? If one day your socially-sanctioned mission is perceived by others to be evil, are you personally responsible?

Astrology can explain energy and motivation which can result in different outcomes. The outer planets describe the environment and how a generation may perceive those motivations and manifestations.


Carlos the Jackal is the moniker for Venezuelan Ilich Ramírez Sánchez. If Illich doesn’t sound Hispanic to you it’s because Ramirez’ father named him after the Communist leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Upon being born, Ramirez was faced with idealism – forced idealism.

Both Ramirez and Gilmore were born with Neptune conjunct the sun in Libra. Libra, an air sign, is the sign of partnership and often reflects off of others to form identity. Therefore, looking at Libra life paths, it can be important to understand their external influences. Idealism attached to Libra often involves idealism of relationship.

The Neptune-in-Libra generation I refer to as the “Make Love Not War” generation although many of these babies did go to war. Remember that others lived in communes and re-invented relationship. In fact, somewhere in time romantic partnerships began to be called “relationships” and I’ve always suspected it was the Neptune-in-Libra generation that changed this.

From Gilmore’s online biographies, I can’t tell if he is idealist and, if so, how. There’s really not much about him out there. I did discover he plays the clarinet; Libra is ruled by Venus and you often find artistic behavior in the charts of Libra. Venus can also manifest as an overly strong desire for pleasure as exhibited in Ramirez’ playboy lifestyle while functioning as a terrorist.

From a timeline perspective, Ramirez was active in terrorism in the early 1970s while Gilmore was in the military serving in counterintelligence during that same time. During the mid 1970s, Uranus was in Libra (it’s in a sign for seven years) ending in September 1975. At that time, Ramirez was initiating terrorist acts that would eventually land him behind bars. According to this Encyclopedia Brittanica timeline, from the end of 1975 until the early 1980s, he was inactive due to pressure from the governments where he was living. At that time, Uranus had passed into Scorpio.

Uranus transiting Libra would have created an even stronger impulse for idealism in these two men and sudden life changes. Uranus energy is sudden like lightening and inspiring like an idea for a new invention. Uranus disrupts the system in order to create a new system. Uranus rules Aquarius which is also idealism of the mental kind. The ideologies developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are pure Uranian constructs.

Neptunian idealism, in contrast, isn’t always logical but joins people on a spiritual and/or emotional plane. The loss of self experienced during a religious ceremony or the loss of self experienced by a young girl in the early 1960s watching the Beatles live both fall under the spell of Neptune.

Ramirez was captured on August 14, 1994 when Saturn was transiting Pisces and opposite his natal Saturn in Virgo. The year 1994 is when Gilmore earned his first elected office – Attorney General of the State of Virginia. Saturn represents responsibility and authority. Ramirez became responsible for his past actions and Gilmore became responsible for the physical well-being of his state’s citizens.

According to this CNN timeline, Ramirez converted to Islam in the mid-1990s. I’m not sure if Gilmore had any change of religious, moral or ethic belief at that time, but it would have been driven by Saturn’s sense of responsibility.

Mars and Pluto

Both men have Mars and Pluto conjunct in Leo. Mars rules war and Pluto destruction and in Leo demands others honor your sense of pride – or else. Pluto in Leo is the “Me Generation” which later created the social unrest of the 1960s.

Mars and Pluto conjunct in any sign could become demanding to the point of invasion of others’ boundaries – i.e., some sort of violence. Violence isn’t always on the physical plane, of course. But violence is only one manifestation of the Mars need for action and the Pluto need for transformation.

Both Ramirez and Gilmore have a strong aggressive drive – Gilmore possibly even more with moon in fire-sign Aries (more below). While both have similar drives, the paths and outcomes are different.

Moon and Venus

While much of Ramirez’ and Gilmore’s charts are similar, two planets changed signs in those six days – moon and Venus.

Gilmore’s moon is in Aries, the fire sign opposite Libra. The Aries-Libra polarity creates a lot of confusion between self (Aries) and other (Libra). Libra reflects off of others to develop a sense of self. With this polarity, there are fluctuations of independence and dependence. It’s kind of like perennial teenager-hood where you want mom and dad to leave you alone but after they give you your allowance.

Ramirez’ moon is in Gemini. Gemini and Libra are both air signs so Ramirez was probably able to disassociate from his actions through mental constructs. This would explain Ramirez’ playboy lifestyle while at the same time creating violence for the cause of Communism. Neither Libra or Gemini are strong feelers – others’ reactions help understand the emotional territory. The only water in Ramirez’ chart is Uranus in Cancer. Since Uranus provides sudden shifts, shifts to personal emotions and family life are indicated here.

Gilmore has Venus in Scorpio, a water sign, which provides more emotional awareness. Venus changed signs a few days later so Ramirez has Venus in Sagittarius. Gilmore is looking for emotional connection while Ramirez is (and was) seeking freedom.

Saturn is currently transiting Scorpio to go back into Sagittarius. We may have a news story in the coming months about Ramirez seeking parole. Saturn in Virgo put him behind bars and I suspect Saturn in Sagittarius (square aspect) will keep him there.


Enough about the Jackal – he’s not running for President of the United States. But maybe Gilmore isn’t either as I can’t find his running-for-president website . . .

Why Gilmore waited so late to announce his candidacy is a bit of a mystery. Jupiter is transiting Leo which activates his Mars/Pluto conjunction in that sign. But Jupiter is soon to move into Virgo so I think Gilmore may be exhibiting some Libra inability to make a decision. He should have jumped in the fire while Jupiter-in-Leo was hot.

I suppose Mars in Leo, which occurs soon and lasts for a month, can sustain him for that period of time.

Jupiter in Virgo will meet up with Gilmore’s natal Saturn in Virgo about mid October. I’m expecting Jupiter will enhance Saturn’s true belief that Gilmore isn’t really perfect enough to be commander-in-chief.

Next January transiting Saturn in Sagittarius will square natal Saturn in Virgo. If Gilmore makes it past October, January is sure to bury him in the snow of New Hampshire.

With Mercury, sun and Neptune in Libra, there can be more than a little indecisiveness. That’s not a good thing for a presidential candidate. The Leo energy in his chart is good, but Jupiter in Leo has passed so it must stand on its own.

Transiting Uranus in Aries conjunct Gilmore’s natal moon would have created sudden inspiration to run for President. But that transit appears to have passed so, again, the energy is gone.

Reading about Gilmore, I learned that he ran briefly in 2008. I’m guessing that will occur here as well due to his late arrival and missed fire energy. I think by January Gilmore will be on to other pursuits.

Gilmore wants something if he is continually dipping his toe in the waters of presidential politics. But since it’s only a toe, he may want to follow the Libra energy and do something more pleasant or diplomatic.

Here’s an idea – both the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan have their national days in the sign of Libra (October 1 and October 10 respectively). China might be a good place for this Libra diplomat who wants to do something political.

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