Karen Carpenter remembered – the unloved child

 

Tragic singer Karen Carpenter died from anorexia 33 years ago today. She had a wonderfully lyrical voice which was really the success factor in the Carpenters, the duo with her brother Richard. They were one of the biggest selling musical acts in the 1970s and early 80s with middle-of-the-road melodies.

Her biographer said her problem was she felt unloved by her mother, whose favourite was Richard, and her self-esteem was low.

Born 2 March 1950 11.45am New Haven, Connecticut, she had a 10th house musical Pisces Sun conjunct MC, so her identity would be very wrapped up in her mother’s ambitions. Her Sun was also opposition Saturn in Virgo in the 10th, making for a chilly childhood. She also interestingly had Uranus on her Cancer Ascendant, so arguably her body/image was her one way of stamping her individuality. She also had a Moon Pluto in Leo opposition Jupiter Mercury in Aquarius – so a possessive mother, from whom she found it difficult to separate.

Her mother, Agnes, born 5 March 1915, was a Sun Jupiter in Pisces which fell in Karen’s 10th, so she no doubt revelled in her success at some level. But her tough, bleak Saturn in Gemini conjunct Pluto in Cancer sat on Karen’s Ascendant so the effect would be to crush K’s efforts to free herself. The mother’s Saturn Pluto is also trine Mars in Aquarius which is a pretty unpleasant combination.

Agnes’s relationship chart with Richard was affectionate, even joyous with a composite Sun Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter conjunction. Whereas Agnes’s relationship chart with Karen had a composite Sun square Mars and Sun opposition Neptune – so argumentative and undermining; with a cold Saturn opposition Venus.  It’s always damaging when one child is favoured by – or has better chemistry with – a parent.

Julian Assange – questionmarks ahead

A UN panel, it is reported, will say the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being “arbitrarily detained” in the UK. His passport was removed while he was out on bail facing extradition to Sweden for investigation on sexual assault charges. He escaped into asylum in the Ecuador embassy. What difference it will make isn’t clear, since it is unlikely to affect the UK legal position.

Born 3 July 1971 3pm Townsville, Australia, he does have tr Uranus moving to trine his MC soon (on this birth time) which does suggest a positive change of direction.

Tr Saturn is continuing down through his 1st house and indeed through his less successful first quadrant for almost six years ahead. So he will tend to sink out of sight.

There’s nothing much showing on his chart until his Solar Arc Jupiter opposes his Sun late 2016 which will buck up his morale. Then 2017/18 he has the upbeat, confident tr Pluto trine his Sun/Jupiter midpoint and the lucky-break tr Uranus opposing his Jupiter/Pluto midpoint from mid 2017 on.  It seems unlikely in the present climate that Sweden will let the investigation drop and his relationship chart with Sweden is immensely stressed this year.

The Dreyfus Affair – state corruption and injustice

The trial and conviction which became the byword for injustice was that of Alfred Dreyfus in France in the 1890s. Robert Harris has written a compelling novel about the military and state corruption and anti-semitism which brought about Dreyfus’s inhumane imprisonment on Devil’s Island for a treason he did not commit. What became known as The Affair, nearly tore France apart with novelist Emile Zola at one point exasperatedly writing his J’Accuse polemic, naming army chiefs and politicians who had lied and then lied further to cover up. Were it not for the efforts of an army intelligence chief Marie-Georges Picquart, who was sidelined for his whistleblowing and sent on a suicide mission to shut him up, Dreyfus would have died. It took 12 years to unravel the fiasco, which would not have happened but for newspaper and public pressure.

Dreyfus, 9 Oct 1859 3pm Mulhouse, France had an 8th house Sun Mercury Venus in Libra square Jupiter in Cancer; and an 8th house Mars in Virgo opposition Moon Neptune in Pisces – so very intense, quite fated, and designed to generate publicity with Mars Neptune. He also had Saturn in Leo opposition a North Node in Aquarius – so at odds with the conventional zeitgeist or at least the authoritarian custodians thereof.

The tr Neptune Pluto conjunction in Gemini, associated with scandal, deception and a tendency to megalomania amongst rulers, covered this period. It was going through Dreyfus’s 4th house during his five year on the unhealthy South American penal colony.

Picquart,6 Sept 1854 7pm Strasbourg, France, had a meticulous, hard-working Sun Mercury in Virgo opposition Moon Neptune in Pisces squaring onto Saturn in Gemini in the 3rd. So a worrier, fair-minded, keen on detail. Backing that up he had a relentlessly determined and courageous Mars in Scorpio opposition Pluto. The tr Neptune Pluto conjunction was moving through his 3rd house conjunct his Saturn as he embarked on his risky whistleblowing exercise.

Picquart didn’t especially like Dreyfus, but felt dragging the truth into the open was the only honourable course, no matter what it cost him.

Novelist and playwright, Emile Zola, 2 April 1840 11pm Paris, was a New Moon in Aries; with Moon Pluto Mars Mercury in Aries in his 5th – so intemperate, loved the spotlight and would be very go-ahead and impulsive. His J’Accuse earned him a libel suit.

Once the dust finally settled, after retrials, semi-apologies and obfuscations Dreyfus was pardoned, and fought in World War 1; Picquart became Minister for War.

Steven Avery – Making a Murderer – Mars Pluto

Making a Murderer is a Netflix TV series which is garnering praise and attention. It features the wrongful imprisonment of a Wisconsin man, Steven Avery, for sexual assault for which he served 19 years; and his subsequent incarceration for murder, which latter conviction is now up for appeal. If he is innocent of the murder, he is one unlucky man.

Born 9 July 1962 he’s a Sun Cancer in a Water Grand Trine to Neptune in Scorpio and Jupiter in Pisces; with possibly an Air Grand Trine as well of Mars in Gemini trine Saturn in Aquarius maybe trine a Libra Moon. His Pluto opposes Jupiter and squares Mars.

A Water Air chart is a difficult balancing act between feelings and rational thinking. But what is significant is the Mars square Pluto which can bring intense frustrations in life. It can also bring a ruthless streak but it just as often operates on the submissive side, bringing situations where the individual feels totally powerless. His Saturn opposes a Leo North Node, which is the same aspect though reversed of Dreyfus (see D post).

His Sun oddly enough is the same degree of Cancer as Amanda Knox, accused and acquitted of the murder of Meredith Kercher who also has a Mars square Pluto.

Avery has a tough couple of years ahead with tr Pluto opposing his Sun; and some disappointments this year with tr Neptune conjunct and tr Saturn square his Jupiter.

Ted Cruz – stamina for the long haul

Ted Cruz, the junior Republican senator for Texas, a former lawyer and Tea Party favourite, though not popular amongst mainstream party members, beat Trump and Rubio in the Iowa caucuses, the first Hispanic ever to win there.

Born 22 December 1970 in Calgary, Canada, he has a zero degree Capricorn Sun square Pluto in last degree Virgo. He’s also got Saturn in Taurus opposition Mars Venus conjunct in Scorpio and opposition Jupiter in Scorpio as well. So controlling, hard-edged, stubborn, has endurance. His Pluto is in a successful sextile to Jupiter.  His Mercury in practical Capricorn is trine Saturn and square Uranus – so although realistic, he can be intemperate and outspoken as well.

No birth time doesn’t help. At the moment he has a tough-slog tr Pluto trine his Saturn which clearly isn’t doing him any harm. Then from late March a seductive and possibly popular tr Pluto sextile his Venus on and off through the rest of the year. He’ll have some downers, only to be expected in a marathon campaign as tr Saturn is conjunct his Sun/Jupiter and Sun/Neptune until the fall.

Mid March to early April sees a minor disaster with tr Uranus opposing his Mars/Pluto. But he’s had a couple of those last year so clearly not a terminal catastrophe. May also looks high risk and hugely pressured with tr Uranus square Saturn/Pluto. June will have its losses and moments of uncertainty as well.

His Solar Arc Jupiter is moving to the conjunction with his Mercury perhaps as soon as late this year which will be upbeat, though it could come through 2017, depending on birth time.

He declared his bid at midnight on 23 March 2015 with a usefully fiery chart – Sun Aries trine Saturn so well planned; Jupiter in Leo trines Uranus; which latter is widely conjunct Mars in Aries and both square Pluto. So a campaign which was always going to produce surprises, some ruthless manoeuvring, though is well planned and executed.

There’ll be a major jolt come late May when tr Uranus is exactly conjunct Mars.

 

Aung San Suu Kyi – Myanmar – a new, winding road ahead

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Benoit Violier – world-class talent cut short

Astrology of Today’s News

  • Jerry Lewis – a unique talent

    Jerry Lewis – a unique talent

        Jerry Lewis, the comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer, director has died aged 91. He was a ‘defining figure in American entertainment’ on Broadway, in films, nightclubs and on television, adored by some and disliked by others for his zany performances. Born 16 March 1926 12.15pm Newark, New Jersey, into a vaudeville family, he was often left as his parents went touring. He became successful early in a duo nightclub act with singer Dean Martin and later after they split …Read More »
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    Solar Eclipse 1878 – illness and political corruption

        Eclipse excitement is at its height across the USA, as it was with the UK August 1999 Eclipse. Despite fears of momentous events, if this one follows the 1999 one, nothing much of significance may happen immediately. Though it’s interesting to look at what events occurred close to a previous USA Total Solar Eclipse on 29 July 1878, seen across southern states. There was a tornado in Connecticut 10 days later which killed 34. More tragically that year …Read More »
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            ‘I’ll do what I want and you’ll do what I want then I’ll be happy’ appears to be Trump’s Make America Great again strategy as the Canada, Mexico, USA NAFTA trade agreement, now 25 years old, opens for renegotiation. Trump has called NAFTA the worst deal ever and threatened to tear it up unless a better agreement can be negotiated for American workers. North of the border, a top Canadian union boss said; “ We’re a …Read More »
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    Ruth Pfau – a Virgo healer

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Terry Wogan – a lilting, twinkling Leo

Terry Wogan, one of the most memorable voices on BBC radio and television has died suddenly aged 77. Born 3 August 1938 Limerick, Ireland, he had a mellifluous Irish brogue which rattled on with amusing whimsy, seemingly with no effort, for two and a half hours every morning five days a week. He was educated by Jesuits but lost his faith at 17 (‘with relief’), was married for 51 years, had a happy family life with children and grandchildren and never a hint of scandal.

He had a surprisingly strong chart for someone who seemed self-deprecating, friendly and placid.

His flamboyant, showy Sun Mars in Leo were on the point of a T Square to a private Scorpio Moon opposition Uranus – so he thrived on being an entertainer in a constantly changing environment. His Sun was trine Saturn in self-reliant Aries which would help to keep him anchored down.

His Pluto was conjunct Mars giving him determination, and Pluto was also inconjunct Jupiter in tolerant Aquarius – so influential, pushy when necessary.

His Venus Neptune in Virgo must have been in a significant place in his chart, perhaps on the Ascendant or in his 3rd, giving him his ability to charm and softening the harder edges of other planets and configurations.

HM Queen Elizabeth – in buoyant form as 90 approaches

button_aries Aries  (21 March - 20 April)
Your birth stone is diamond, sometimes ruby or red jasper. Diamonds are the stone of purity, but are supposed to be of most benefit when worn with other stones, since it enhances their properties. Ruby increases energy levels, aids intuitive thinking and like red Jaspar helps with blood disorders. Your metal is iron.

Taurus (April 21 - May 20)
Your birth stone is emerald, brilliant green of nature. Sometimes, because of Venus, your ruler, also the blue sapphire or lapis lazuli. Emerald improves memory and the intellect, helps overcome depression and insomnia. Lapis lazuli helps eyesight. Sapphire has great healing properties, physical and emotional. Your metal is copper.

Gemini  (May 21 - June 21)
Your birth stone is citrine, sometimes yellow agate. Citrine helps you find a direction in life, benefits circulation and helps control emotions. Agate improves natural vitality, energy and confidence. Your metal is mercury.

Cancer  (June 22 - July 23)
Your birth stone is pearl or moonstone, lustrous white like the Moon which is your ruler. Pearl is helpful with all bronchial conditions, and protects from the dangers of the sea. Moonstone promotes long life and happiness, attracts friendship and loyalty. It can also help reduce excess fluid in the body. Your metal is silver.

Leo (July 24 - August 23)
Your birth stone is ruby or tiger's eye, the colours of fire and passion. Ruby aids intuitive thinking, increases energy levels, and helps with disorders of the blood or circulation. Tiger's Eye increases self-confidence, and combats psychosomatic ailments and hypochondria. Your metal is gold.

Virgo  (August 24 - September 23)
Your birth stone is peridot, sometimes green jasper. Peridot helps insomnia, and the digestion. Green jasper improves the sense of smell, brings stillness to the troubled mind. Your metal is mercury, sometimes nickel.

LibraLibra  (September 24 - October 22)
Your birth stone is sapphire, brilliant blue - the colour of Venus, your ruler. Sometimes aquamarine or jade. Sapphire is a great healer of both physical and emotional problems, bringing harmony and peace of mind. Aquamarine helps with eye problems, the liver, throat and stomach - a good luck charm if you are facing a test. Jade is especially recommended for kidney complaints, and as a good luck talisman. Your metal is copper.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 22)
Your birth stone is opal, the stone of hidden depths. Sometimes ruby or red jasper. Opal is a creative energy, helping you formulate plans and ideas. Ruby increases energy levels, helps your intuition, and with blood disorders. Red jasper likewise. Your metal is iron or steel.

Sagittarius  (November 23 - December 22)
Your birth stone is topaz, a fiery yellow. Topaz is supposed to help relieve high blood pressure, reduce varicose veins and prevent insomnia. Your metal is tin.

Capricorn  (December 23 - January 20)
Your birth stone is garnet, or amethyst, sometimes smokey quartz. Garnet can be a general tonic, but essentially improves self respect and self confidence. Amethyst is a spiritual stone, aids inspired thought and intuition, helps insomnia. Quartz attracts the powers of light and energy, relieves your mind from petty worries. Your metal is silver.

Aquarius (January 21 - February 19)
Your birth stone is amethyst. Sometimes aquamarine. Amethyst is a spiritual gem, helping those who wish to develop inner connections. It can be protective, aids intuitive dreams, and brings serenity. Aquamarine is helpful with problems around the eyes, liver, throat and stomach - and can be a good luck charm. Your metal is aluminium.

Pisces  (February 20 - March 20)
Your birth stone is aquamarine, blue-green like the sea. Sometimes moonstone or rose quartz. Aquamarine is useful in helping with problems around the eyes, liver, throat and stomach and can be a good luck charm. Moonstone is said to promote long life and happiness, to attract friendship and loyalty. It can also help reduce water retention. Rose quartz stimulates the imagination and the intellect, and helps with headaches.

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Chloe’s hot felon – the rich at play with rough trade

  

 

As the world sinks into chaos, there’s always celebrity trash and the obscenely wealthy ready and willing to grab the limelight. If disgraced billionaire’s daughter Chloe Green was cavorting with ‘hot felon’ Jeremy Meeks on daddy’s yacht on the Med strictly for the cameras and a publicity stunt, she was making a credible job of looking besotted.

And it could even be a genuine coup de foudre since their relationship chart has a composite romantic Sun Venus in a fiery opposition to Mars. Though the Solar Eclipse bouncing off both ends of that may lead to a crisis or two.

She, 2 March 1991, is a Sun Pisces square Mars in Gemini which does rather collide with his Uranus, 7 Feb 1984 – though Uranian relationships can be very sparky, for a short while. Her highly strung Uranus Neptune are conjunct his socially ambitious Venus in Capricorn – so she’ll prove an elusive catch. Her Venus and his Moon do chime, being both in impulsive Aries.

Meeks is married with an LA wife who stood by him in prison, three kids and an eye-popping rap sheet of past offences. Despite which – or because of it – he’s now embarking on a lucrative, high profile career as a male model.

What is intriguing is that Meeks has a fearsome collection of Pluto Mars Saturn in Scorpio, the latter two squaring his Aquarius Sun. And Chloe’s father Philip Green – a former businessman in fashion retail, much criticized for tax avoidance, workers’ rights and abandoning his final business with heavy pension losses which he was forced to repay, for which sin he may lose his knighthood – also has Mars, maybe Moon in Scorpio, with Mars square Pluto. Green also has Venus in Aquarius and Jupiter in Aries – so he may have a twinge of fellow feeling for his daughter’s lowlife holiday fling. And she’ll certainly recognise the similarity.

Select your sign below for your free daily horoscope or contact Marjorie for your own personal consultation.

button_aries Aries  (21 March - 20 April)
Your birth stone is diamond, sometimes ruby or red jasper. Diamonds are the stone of purity, but are supposed to be of most benefit when worn with other stones, since it enhances their properties. Ruby increases energy levels, aids intuitive thinking and like red Jaspar helps with blood disorders. Your metal is iron.

Taurus (April 21 - May 20)
Your birth stone is emerald, brilliant green of nature. Sometimes, because of Venus, your ruler, also the blue sapphire or lapis lazuli. Emerald improves memory and the intellect, helps overcome depression and insomnia. Lapis lazuli helps eyesight. Sapphire has great healing properties, physical and emotional. Your metal is copper.

Gemini  (May 21 - June 21)
Your birth stone is citrine, sometimes yellow agate. Citrine helps you find a direction in life, benefits circulation and helps control emotions. Agate improves natural vitality, energy and confidence. Your metal is mercury.

Cancer  (June 22 - July 23)
Your birth stone is pearl or moonstone, lustrous white like the Moon which is your ruler. Pearl is helpful with all bronchial conditions, and protects from the dangers of the sea. Moonstone promotes long life and happiness, attracts friendship and loyalty. It can also help reduce excess fluid in the body. Your metal is silver.

Leo (July 24 - August 23)
Your birth stone is ruby or tiger's eye, the colours of fire and passion. Ruby aids intuitive thinking, increases energy levels, and helps with disorders of the blood or circulation. Tiger's Eye increases self-confidence, and combats psychosomatic ailments and hypochondria. Your metal is gold.

Virgo  (August 24 - September 23)
Your birth stone is peridot, sometimes green jasper. Peridot helps insomnia, and the digestion. Green jasper improves the sense of smell, brings stillness to the troubled mind. Your metal is mercury, sometimes nickel.

LibraLibra  (September 24 - October 22)
Your birth stone is sapphire, brilliant blue - the colour of Venus, your ruler. Sometimes aquamarine or jade. Sapphire is a great healer of both physical and emotional problems, bringing harmony and peace of mind. Aquamarine helps with eye problems, the liver, throat and stomach - a good luck charm if you are facing a test. Jade is especially recommended for kidney complaints, and as a good luck talisman. Your metal is copper.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 22)
Your birth stone is opal, the stone of hidden depths. Sometimes ruby or red jasper. Opal is a creative energy, helping you formulate plans and ideas. Ruby increases energy levels, helps your intuition, and with blood disorders. Red jasper likewise. Your metal is iron or steel.

Sagittarius  (November 23 - December 22)
Your birth stone is topaz, a fiery yellow. Topaz is supposed to help relieve high blood pressure, reduce varicose veins and prevent insomnia. Your metal is tin.

Capricorn  (December 23 - January 20)
Your birth stone is garnet, or amethyst, sometimes smokey quartz. Garnet can be a general tonic, but essentially improves self respect and self confidence. Amethyst is a spiritual stone, aids inspired thought and intuition, helps insomnia. Quartz attracts the powers of light and energy, relieves your mind from petty worries. Your metal is silver.

Aquarius (January 21 - February 19)
Your birth stone is amethyst. Sometimes aquamarine. Amethyst is a spiritual gem, helping those who wish to develop inner connections. It can be protective, aids intuitive dreams, and brings serenity. Aquamarine is helpful with problems around the eyes, liver, throat and stomach - and can be a good luck charm. Your metal is aluminium.

Pisces  (February 20 - March 20)
Your birth stone is aquamarine, blue-green like the sea. Sometimes moonstone or rose quartz. Aquamarine is useful in helping with problems around the eyes, liver, throat and stomach and can be a good luck charm. Moonstone is said to promote long life and happiness, to attract friendship and loyalty. It can also help reduce water retention. Rose quartz stimulates the imagination and the intellect, and helps with headaches.