John Glenn – a life lived to the fullest and beyond



John Glenn, the astronaut, the first American to orbit the earth, has died. He was initially a much be-medalled fighter pilot in WW11 and Korea, joined NASA, and in later years became a Senator and tried for Democrat Presidential nomination.

Born 18 July 1921 4pm Cambridge, Ohio, he had some chart. His Cancer Sun Mars were in the 8th sextile an idealistic Jupiter Saturn on his Virgo Midheaven; with Pluto Mercury in Cancer also in the 8th. His Jupiter opposed Uranus and squared a 7th house Venus in Gemini – so quite a mix of light heartedly charming and utterly driven. He did have a couple of financial question-marks over his time in politics which may well have been his Pluto Mars in the 8th.

When he made his famous orbit on 20 Feb 1962 tr Pluto was opposition his Uranus; his Solar Arc Jupiter was square his Sun; and tr Uranus was conjunct his Solar Arc Mars – a turnaround point in his life, both successful and scary.

His Harmonics were interesting. The gutsy, utterly determined 8H and 16H are strong with indications of tremendous confidence. His inspired 7H is also marked. And his making-a-mark-on-history 17H even more so.

Buzz Aldrin (see previous post 1 Dec) also had an 8th house Sun plus two other planets and Mars on the cusp of the 8th – a desire to reach beyond.


Morocco – the façade of change but not the reality

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Morocco sidestepped the uprisings of the Arab Spring with promises of democratic reform and a new constitution. But the sense is that nothing has changed, if anything it is more repressive. Unemployment is around 10 percent, youth double that at 20 percent, and almost 40% in urban areas. The government responded to recent street demos by stifling free speech and press freedoms and using its security services to prevent a new protest movement from gaining steam. There have been a series of high-profile arrests of journalists and human rights activists.

Morocco 28 May 1956 11am Rabat, has a very Fixed and fairly ruthless chart with a flamboyant Jupiter Pluto on the Leo Ascendant opposition Mars square a 4th house Saturn in Scorpio – so resistant to change, looks glitzy from its image but very restrictive as far as the population goes.

There will be more rumblings of discontent from May of this year onwards with tr Uranus trine the Morocco Pluto. Even before then tr Pluto will start to conjunct the M Capricorn Moon from March 2017 for two years which is mutinous with intense feelings and power struggles emerging. It continues at high stress levels through 2018 with tr Uranus opposition Neptune and square Uranus. But it is really 2019 to 2021 which are the game-changing years with a series of devastating, panicky and jolting Solar Arcs.

King Mohammed succeeded to the throne on 23 July 1999 when there was a military/ruthless Mars in Scorpio opposition Saturn in Taurus square Uranus in place, so it is a reign that was always going to be fraught. That chart has been under heavy pressure in 2015/16 with tr Pluto trine the Saturn. 2016/17’s Solar Eclipses in Virgo/Pisces have been in hard aspect to the Pluto so creating/accompanying a crisis of power. His rule will be increasingly unpopular in 2018/19; hitting a major roadblock by 2019.

King Mohammed’s personal chart, 21 Aug 1963, has also been suffering under the 2016/17 Eclipses as they hit on his Pluto Uranus in Virgo. He’ll be overly confident in 2017/18, riding roughshod over niceties as tr Pluto squares his Jupiter. And running into very high-risk situations and significant setbacks in 2021.

So it looks as if it is escalating towards a considerable drama in about three/four years, with discontent mounting before then.

Trump picks – top brass and more brass




More Trump nominations (or hot rumours thereof). Most controversial is Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier with commercial links to the fossil fuel industries for environmental secretary. He has fought against transgender rights and overtime pay for workers.

Born 9 May 1968, he’s a Sun Taurus opposition Neptune and trine Uranus Pluto in Virgo – so hugely ambitious, stubborn, innovative in some ways from Uranus Pluto. But since that is quincunx his self-reliant Saturn in Aries he’ll be pulled between innovative side and his harder, everyman-for-himself Saturn. He’s also got a high-finance Neptune square Jupiter.

His relationship with Trump is business-like and bleak with a composite Sun Saturn square Pluto. There’s a few disappointments in store for Pruitt and his relationship with Trump in the near future.

General John Kelly, 11 May 1950, is thought to be in line for Homeland Security. He’s the third top level military to be chosen, along with Flynn and Mattis; he has extensive experience in South America and lost a soldier son in Iraq.

He’s another Taurus, in his case square Pluto and trine Mars in Virgo, so definitely tough. His relationship with Trump would be feisty though friendly; with an element of risk-taking. He looks stressed ahead through this month and into 2017.

Linda McMahon, co-founder of WWE, and reputedly worth $1.6 billion with her ex-wrestler husband, is down for Small Business Admin. Born 4 Oct 1948, she’s a Sun Neptune in Libra sextile Pluto, with Pluto square a hyper-determined Mars in Scorpio. Her relationship with Trump isn’t exactly warm with a composite Sun Pluto Saturn Venus and an un-mutually supportive Mars Neptune; and a Sun Pluto square Jupiter – could be some ego-clashes or envy at work.

She’s bullish ahead through 2017/18 but also muddled and not winning everything she sets out to do.

The Secretary of State is the one everyone is waiting for and Trump has said Romney is still in the running despite his pre-election reservations about Trump.

Born 12 March 1947 9.51am Detroit, Michigan, he’s a Sun Pisces trine Jupiter in Scorpio. He’s got tr Pluto conjunct his Mars/Jupiter this month which looks more than hopeful for him. And if his birth time is sound then his Solar Arc Moon Jupiter are poised to move over his midheaven which is also a great success. Plus he’s got tr Pluto about to move into his 9th from January 2017 which for a job of constant travel and serious discussions does fit.

His relationship chart with Trump is, oddly enough despite his earlier criticisms, reasonably friendly with a composite Sun Venus Mercury opposition Jupiter square Pluto – though also with an edge of both playing for the upper hand.

Romney’s Sun falls in Trump’s 7th and his Moon Jupiter in Trump’s 4th – so could work as a partnership.

Nico Rosberg – quitting at the top



Nico Rosberg shocked the motor-racing world when he announced his retirement five days after finally winning the Formula One World Championship, saying he’d done what he wanted. But commentators think the pressure of the competition with team mate Lewis Hamilton was a factor.

Born 27 Jun 1985 to a Finnish racing driver father, he’s an emotionally volatile and determined Sun Mars in Cancer trine Pluto and opposition Neptune; with a cool Venus in Taurus opposition Saturn in Scorpio squaring onto Jupiter in Aquarius – undoubtedly lucky and talented but also marginally wobbly with that Saturn Jupiter square.

Without a birth time, there’s nothing too dramatic showing on his chart; apart from a successful tr Pluto square his Mars/Jupiter as he won. His Solar Arc Neptune is in a confused/devastating square to his Pluto which may have been a factor if it is on the angles. Ahead in 2017 looks tough going and fairly undermining and depressed. I wonder if he’ll regret his sudden decision?

His relationship chart with Lewis Hamilton, 7 Jan 1985, does certainly have a ferociously competitive composite Mars opposition Pluto square Jupiter, but there’s not much showing on that at the moment.

Hamilton is a confident, ambitious Sun Jupiter in Capricorn with a passionate Mars Venus in Pisces in a risk-taking square to Uranus. He’s got some real highs ahead from now onwards though also periods of high risk and frustration also in 2017/18. 2019 will be especially successful with tr Pluto conjunct his Jupiter.

Viola Desmond – fighting for justice




Viola Desmond is to be featured as the first woman on a Canadian ten dollar bill. She was a black business woman who fought against racial segregation.

Born 6 July 1914 in Halifax, Canada, she was one of 15 children whose parents were active in the black community. She trained to be a beautician and hairdresser out of state since Halifax’s beauty schools were whites-only, then set up her own businesses and encouraged others she trained to do the same.  In 1946, she became embroiled in a long series of trials after she was arrested on a spurious charge after having refused to sit in a segregated area of a Halifax cinema.

She had four planets in creative, ambitious and caring Cancer – Sun Pluto Neptune and Mercury; with her Sagittarius/Capricorn Moon opposition Pluto and perhaps opposition Saturn, so a bleak emotional childhood and experience of life. She also had a wide-ish Yod of Mars in Virgo sextile Pluto (Sun) inconjunct Uranus – so would always have a sense of never fitting in, which drove her to become a social reformer (Uranus). She died in 1964.

Her get-it-together 5th Harmonic is strong as is her healer/victim 12H; and her leaving-a-legacy for history 17H is also well aspected.

Nigel Farage – triumphant outsider




Nigel Farage, the UK politician who made it to the shortlist of Time magazine’s person of the Year for his role in the successful campaign for Britain to leave the EU, is sailing high at the moment. He buddied up with Donald Trump pre-the election and gives every sign of wanting to be part of the US-UK relationship ahead. Written off years ago as one of a bunch of ‘fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists’ as David Cameron once described UKIP, he’s understandably jubilant. Cartoonists always depict him with a cigarette in one hand, a glass of beer in the other and a wayward gleam in his eye, so not one for political correctness.

Born 3 April 1964 4.30pm Farnborough, UK, he has an 8th house Aries Sun conjunct Mars in the late 7th; with Jupiter also in Aries in the 8th conjunct Mercury in Taurus – so intensely driven, impulsive, lucky, pro-active. Saturn in Pisces opposes Uranus Pluto on his Virgo Ascendant so a determined rebel, though with a depressive streak that isn’t always obvious.

He has been very chipper through this autumn with tr Pluto square his Mars/Jupiter and now has tr Uranus conjunct his Sun/Jupiter as he contemplates moving to the US whether he’s made a UK Ambassador or not (NOT according to No 10).

He shares a Sagittarius Moon with Donald Trump; and Trump’s Sun falls in Farage’s 10th, so a career advantage. Their relationship chart isn’t looking too cheerful in 2018/2019 with some ups and downs through 2017 as well.

With tr Pluto now into Farage’s 5th for many years ahead he’ll want to be taken as a person of substance, so expect more grandstanding. Tr Uranus will conjunct his 8th house Jupiter in 2018 which will be good for money/business; though he’ll have some major disruptions when his Solar Arc Sun squares his Uranus in 18 months’ time.

Relocating his chart to New York puts his ambitious Mars Sun and Jupiter all in the 10th so he’d definitely thrive there.

Lady Gaga – re-visioning her future



Lady Gaga, the super-successful American pop star with 42 million Twitter followers, has admitted she has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since being raped at the age of 19. She first spoke publicly about the rape two years ago and has admitted she blamed herself and did not tell anyone about it for seven years.

Born 28 March 1986 10.55pm New York, she has a 4th house Aries Sun square a showbizzy Neptune Mars in her 2nd house of money, trine Saturn on her Sagittarius Ascendant and inconjunct Pluto – so she’ll be emotionally self-protective and private, as well as creative, impulsive and assertive. She has Venus in upfront Aries in her performing 5th in an innovative trine to Uranus; plus a communicative Jupiter in the 3rd trine Pluto, sextiling onto Mars Neptune so confident about getting her views across. And a hidden 12th house Scorpio Moon, perhaps a reflection of her mother, who she said worked 8 till 8 most of the time.

At the moment tr Saturn is moving through her 1st house below her Ascendant so she’ll want a quieter life for a few years ahead. Her Solar Arc Jupiter is conjunct her Sun in 2016 which will boost her confidence; and she is also just through her Saturn Return, so no doubt spending time thinking about how she wants to live in the time ahead.

When she was 19 tr Pluto was conjunct her Uranus turning her life on its head; with a bleak tr Saturn square her Pluto; and tr Uranus square her Saturn and trine her Pluto – so shifting her onto a different track.

John Key starting and finishing with Obama – New Zealand changes ahead



John Key, PM of New Zealand has announced he’ll be retiring after eight years in the job. Given that he was born only five days after Barack Obama, it seems fitting they’ll bow out almost in tandem. An ex-Merrill Lyncher, he’s been a popular leader with little controversy sticking to him. He looks stressed and confused at the moment with tr Pluto trine his Mars/Pluto and square his Mars/Neptune; with a couple of Neptunian droops in early 2017. But he’s also facing a positive change of direction with tr Uranus trine his Sun in a few months’ time.

New Zealand is in a worrying time with a major earthquake in mid November and more minor ones still rumbling away; with the fear of worse to come. Plus Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership is likely collapsing with Trump’s election.

The New Zealand chart always did look in for a very bumpy few years. Tr Uranus in early 2016 finished an emotionally jolting conjunction to the Aries Moon. Tr Pluto now proceeds to square the Moon from Feb 2017 for two years which suggests an angst-ridden population, with outbursts of feeling amongst the public.

There will be also be disruption/upheavals of a considerable size as tr Uranus squares the NZ MC at 23 Cancer in late March 2017; and then squares the NZ Sun at 26 Capricorn from May 2017 on and off until March 2018; and in 2018 tr Uranus will then square the NZ Mars and conjunct the NZ Pluto. So there’s an extended period where there will be changes in the country’s direction, insecurity, a collapse of an old order and some chaos before a new order is put into place.

NZ sailed through the 2008 recession in better order than most and is now experiencing an economic boom. But with low interests rates and property prices having doubled in a decade, there is some concern about the bubble bursting down the line.

Ivanka Trump – trying to forge her own identity



Ivanka is the second child of Donald Trump’s first marriage to Czech Ivana Trump. She has a younger and older brother; and two half-siblings from her father’s subsequent marriages; is married to Jared Kushner with three children. She was a model, is now a businesswoman with her own jewellery and fashion line and works for the Trump real estate organization.

Born 30 Oct 1981 in New York (no birth time sadly), she’s a Sun Scorpio with a Sagittarius Moon, which is an out of element mix that seems to run through her siblings and children as well. And a powerhouse Pluto Jupiter Mercury Saturn in Libra, so confident, determined. Plus an ethereal, charming Venus Neptune in Sagittarius. Her Sun’s only aspect is a sextile to a hard-working Mars in Virgo, so she probably doesn’t have a strong sense of identity. Her Moon may be conjunct Uranus and certainly square Mars, so emotionally quite changeable.

Her Venus Neptune are conjunct her father’s Moon and opposition her Sun which will bring a calming connection; and her Sun is square his Pluto so he’ll be fairly controlling. She’s more sensible about money than he is with her Saturn in his 2nd conjunct his Jupiter. Her Mars is in his first so she’ll put energy towards promoting his image though it could also lead to ego-clashes.

Their relationship chart is decidedly tricky with a composite Sun Mars Saturn Uranus conjunction. Sun Mars can be competitive and argumentative but that will be blocked by Saturn which tends to be repressive, one-sided and unfair. Saturn Uranus gives rise to tension with one side wanting to be free and the other restricts that. Mars Uranus is also quite volatile and defiant.  Exceptional circumstances could soak up a good deal of that in  hard work, innovative ventures etc but it certainly isn’t a cosy, loving, sentimental connection. She may have struck out for some independence in her fashion business.

Born the same year as Jared, they have relatively similar charts, though his Capricorn Sun squares her Jupiter Pluto Saturn; and his Mars in Aquarius squares her Sun – so there will be some jousting with differing personal ambitions. Her relationship chart with him is much less stressed with a steadier composite Sun sextile Jupiter and Saturn; though there is an explosive Mars Uranus as well.

Their three children:

Arabella, 17 July 2011 9am? NY, is a Sun Venus in Cancer with an Aquarius Moon; and a determined T Square of Saturn opposition Uranus square Pluto. If the time is about right, she’ll be attention seeking with Pluto in the 5th; with a maverick grandparent with Uranus in the 8th.

Joseph Kushner, 14 Oct 2013 9.54 pm, NY, is a Sun Libra with a Pisces Moon, Also a strong Pluto in the 7th widely opposition Jupiter square Sun opposition Uranus – so quite a mover and shaker; with Saturn in Scorpio in his 5th so perhaps an entertainment business mogul, especially film with Neptune Moon in Pisces on his MC.

Theodore, 27 March 2016 5.43pm, NY, is a Sun Aries with a Scorpio Moon, with a T square of Jupiter conjunct Ascendant in Virgo opposition Neptune Venus in Pisces square Saturn Mars in Sagittarius in the 3rd. He’ll be short tempered and possibly at odds with his siblings. He’s also got the eccentric grandparent Uranus in the 8th.

Ivanka’s relationship charts with her children have a fair smattering of Jupiter so she’ll cheerlead them along, though at times be a touch pushy. Again they are not exactly awash with emotion.

She’s in for an intense two years ahead with forceful discussions as tr Pluto squares her Mercury; some losses at the moment into January; and some downers from tr Saturn conjunct her Neptune Venus in January, July and October 2017. Plus a great high come April and Dec/Jan 2018 when tr Uranus opposes her Jupiter Pluto – major changes and major benefits.

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