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Anastacia – overcoming hurdles with determination



Anastacia, American singer-songwriter and former dancer, is hugely successful and known as the little lady with the big voice, being only 5 foot 2 inches with a powerful mezzo-soprano delivery. She’s had innumerable problems with Crohn’s disease in childhood, which left her in a wheelchair so she later took up dancing; two bouts of breast cancer and a double mastectomy and heart problems. Her parents were both showbiz, and her singer father, who left the family when she was a teenager, was bi-polar.

Born 17 September 1968, she does have a strongly confident and determined chart, which is riddled with difficulties as well. Her Virgo Sun is conjunct Uranus on one side and Pluto Jupiter on the other. That would certainly fit with an erratic though controlling father. Her Sun Pluto is in a Yod in sextile to Neptune and inconjunct a focal point Saturn in having-to-be-self-reliant Aries. Saturn on a Yod especially in Aries points to a stressful, challenging life. Her Saturn also opposes Venus Mercury in Libra perhaps squaring onto a Cancer Moon, as well as being trine Mars in flamboyant Leo. So emotionally defensive and used to hard conditions.

She had one brief three year marriage to her bodyguard which foundered which is not surprising given the emotional strains in her chart, erratic father and not much nurturing in general with Saturn hitting on her Venus and possibly Moon as well as Sun natally.  Low emotional self-esteem and she probably headed for less than she deserved. The wedding on 21 April 2007 had an explosive Venus opposition Jupiter square Mars Uranus – so superficially glitzy but very volatile.

She deserves some peace and does have a go-ahead, successful tr Pluto trine her Jupiter in 2017. But she’s also got two more hits of tr Uranus conjunct her focal point Saturn in 2017, trailing into 2018, which will be a jolting setback. At best it may put her onto a different track. But it looks a troubled time though no doubt she’ll meet any obstacles with her usual chutzpah.

UK politics – is there a secret plan or a smokescreen hiding the lack thereof



Politics everywhere seems to be logjammed and uninspiring (to put it mildly). In the UK, PM Theresa May’s steady pair of hands has morphed into – Is there actually a plan in there?

Her Government chart, 13 July 2016 5.44pm London is certainly secretive with an 8th house Sun and control-freaky from all accounts well merited with the Sun opposition Pluto. Though that squares onto a 5th house Uranus which does rather suggest radical policies, of which there is not much sign.

There’s also that schoolmarmy Saturn in self-righteous Sagittarius on the Ascendant square Neptune opposition North Node Jupiter in the 9th. Saturn in the Ascendant is defensive but usually warms over time. Neptune in the 3rd hints at an inability to get views across.

The vengeful Mars in Scorpio in the hidden 12th hasn’t quite shown its claws yet since the three Brexiteers are running amok, and only occasionally being slapped down. Mars is inconjunct Uranus which will lead to eruptions and ill-temper when tr Uranus returns to its natal place twice through 2017.

There will also be a distinct jolting wobble when tr Uranus squares the Sun in February 2017 which may be when Article 50 is kicked into the game. There’ll be a confident push through 2017 at times with tr Pluto trine Jupiter from February onwards; though tr Neptune square Saturn as well as Solar Arc Saturn moving to close the square to Neptune to exact in late 2017 indicates a swirling uncertainty, panic and confusion.

Apart from the astrology I wouldn’t have thought she’d go for an early election since she’d have to show her hand in a manifesto which she’s clearly not keen to do. And having slipped into No 10 without an election, why risk an upset?

Her own chart has a similar mix of supreme confidence with tr Pluto trine her Jupiter in Virgo and failing plans from tr Neptune conjunct her Mars in 2017. February, March and April look knife-edge months of aggravation and losses; with some uplift in April. Where she does look jolted sideways is in 2018 when Solar Arc Uranus is conjunct her Sun.

She is very tough and resistant to change with Pluto square her obsessively conscientious Saturn in Scorpio in her birth chart. Though she has that curious gambler’s (chancer’s) Mars opposition Jupiter so isn’t averse at times to cutting corners. Her Mars is a singleton natally so the undermining tr Neptune conjunct it, will have a considerable effect.

Junko Tabei – a woman out of the ordinary



Junko Tabei, who has just died, was the first woman to climb Everest in May 1975, after having been nearly killed in an avalanche, which left her with a twisted back and in pain. Yet two weeks later she made it. She was born on 22 September 1939 in Japan and suffered through World War 11 with little to eat, being a frail child laid low with fevers and lung infections.

Against her parents’ wishes she married another mountaineer and had one child before attempting Everest. Later she had another child but continued climbing becoming the first woman to climb the highest mountain in each continent, including Kilimanjaro in Africa and Mount McKinley in Alaska. In an interview she said, “I’ve never felt like stopping climbing, and I never will, even when I have seen people killed in accidents in the mountains. Up on the summits I feel calm, free of cares.” Even a cancer diagnosis four years ago didn’t stop her climbing in her seventies.

She was a Sun Mercury (Moon) in Virgo; with a confidently determined and adventurous Mars Jupiter Pluto in Cancer; with her Mars in a tough-minded opposition to Saturn in Capricorn square a trail-blazing Uranus in Aries.

She certainly had guts, grit and luck – and it’s all the more noteworthy given that she came from Japan, where women were not expected to be independent and certainly not mountaineers.

Ireland – a push to liberalise and humanise abortion laws



The old Roman Catholic imperatives still holds sway in Ireland where the Constitution denies access to abortion, except where a woman’s life, as distinct from her health, is at risk. It is not available in cases of risk to a woman’s health and wellbeing, or in cases of rape, incest or foetal anomaly. And Northern Ireland is no different.

The Ireland Constitution which enshrines these mediaeval restrictions came into force on 29 December 1937, presumably at 12 am in Dublin, though abortion was a later amendment. This gives a Scorpio Moon trine Pluto in Cancer trine Saturn in Pisces – and that is a bleak, tough, hard approach to femininity and women’s issues. The bleakest. That self-protective, overly-emotional Water Grand Trine is formed into a Kite by Saturn opposition Neptune, which is both neurotic and wedded to a Neptunian vision which can put an ideal about human compassion.

There’s now a push for a referendum to change the laws either in 2017 or 2018.

There’s a fair amount of gloom descending on this chart from tr Saturn opposition Neptune, conjunct Venus in 2017; and Solar Arc Sun conjunct Saturn in 2019. Mind you that could mean the ancient ways take a battering. But what is more hopeful in terms of progress, is tr Uranus square the Pluto on one leg of the Grand Trine (and Kite) in 2018 which does suggest a major turnaround.

And that coincides with tr Uranus conjunct the Ireland 1949 Aries Sun. The Capricorn Moon on that chart is trine Saturn which isn’t exactly warm and fuzzy where feminine issues are concerned, though it’s not as deprived as the Constitution chart. There is also Neptune in the 10th (house of mother), which again gives a hint of the notion of women and mother as ideals. Neptune running rampant can be very destructive.  In this day and age you’d hardly believe such attitudes exist in Europe.

Princess Aiko – trapped by her royal birth



Princess Aiko, daughter of the heir to the Japanese Throne Prince Naruhito, is known as the princess who never smiles and is evidently off school with stress and anxiety. Her mother Princess Masako, withdrew from public life for a decade suffering from stress after criticism of her producing a female child. Only male heirs can succeed in Japan.

Princess Aiko born 12 December 2001 2.43pm Tokyo, does have a troubled chart with a trapped 8th house Sun Pluto Mercury in Sagittarius opposition Saturn Moon in Gemini, so very much tied into her mother’s depression and the suffocatingly restrictive atmosphere of her upbringing and ancestry. She also has an explosive, wants-to-be-free Uranus Mars in Aquarius square her Venus in Scorpio, but whether that is ever allowed an airing is questionable. Her Neptune in the 10th will make her caring; her 3rd house Jupiter is a good communicator. But she’s got a tough furrow to plough in life, there’s no doubt.

Her mother who was much travelled with a diplomat father and a keen sportswoman before her marriage was born 9 December 1963 and is also a Sun Sagittarius square Uranus Pluto and trine Jupiter in go-ahead Aries, so she’d find the closeted patriarchal Chrysanthemum Court very hard to take.

Prince Naruhito 23 Feb 1960 4.15pm Tokyo, has a dependent 7th house Sun Pisces opposition Pluto, trine/sextile Neptune – so does have his own crosses to bear in terms of being overly controlled; with a chilly Moon Saturn in Capricorn. He does have rebellious Uranus on his Ascendant but there’s no sign of that making much impact on his environment.

Who’d ever want to be a princess?

Pete Burns – Joyce Wildenstein – in search of love, self and other




UK singer Pete Burns and star of Celebrity Big Brother, who was addicted to cosmetic surgery and had 300 operations, some of them to repair damage from previous ones, has died aged 57 from heart failure. He was described as a cross between Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker, a wild eccentric, though he turned himself latterly into a freak show with his distorted looks.

Born 5 Aug 1959 11.30am? Port Sunlight, England (astrotheme) he had a maverick and flamboyant Sun Uranus Mercury conjunction in Leo; with a Leo Moon as well, perhaps conjunct Uranus. So he was always keen to stand out from the crowd. His autobiography was titled Freak Unique. He also had a really tough, dark Mars Pluto in Virgo trine Saturn in Capricorn, sextile Neptune – so he’d have his demons from a reclusive childhood with an alcoholic and suicidal mother.

His photographs looked fairly similar to the New York socialite Joyce Wildenstein, also a fan of overdone, multiple facial reconstructions. She’s sometimes known as ‘Bride of Wildenstein’ or ‘Catwoman’ for her unnaturally accentuated cheeks, slit eyes and puffed out mouth. Born 5 August 1940, she’s also a Sun Leo situated midway between Pluto and a showy Mars. With her Sun square Saturn Jupiter in Taurus; and her Mars square Uranus. Her Uranus is further emphasised being trine Neptune, sextiling onto Mercury.

So both are attention-demanding Leos and have strongly aspected ‘unconventional’ Uranus and self-critical Saturn in their chart. And both have North Node in Libra – searching for a perfect relationship but never feeling good enough to attract one.

Heathrow Airport – the fight begins



The UK Government has given its approval for a third runway at Heathrow Airport after decades of dithering. It will in theory bring £61bn of economic benefits and create up to 77,000 additional local jobs. Plus additional employment while it is being constructed. It would lead to almost 50% more planes over London and is likely to bring major challenges from campaigners before it is voted on in Westminster in late 2017/18. If it is built, it’ll be 2025 before it is ready.

Heathrow was officially opened for civil aviation on 25 March 1946, having previously been used by the Aviation Ministry in two wars. This gives it an Aries Sun opposition Neptune and trine Pluto, which seems fitting for airport with global aspirations. Though there’s also a T square of Jupiter in Libra opposition Venus in Aries square Saturn Mars in Cancer – which is certainly designed to stand the test of time, with hints of business travel, though it doesn’t give it too friendly an air.

That Saturn Mars will be under immense pressure from tr Pluto opposition both through 2017/18, so the arguments are likely to be vicious and hostile, deadlocked at points. If it does manage to get through the Commons, then it gets a tremendous boost around 2022/23 when the Solar Arc Pluto is conjunct its Jupiter. So who knows? It could happen and earlier than scheduled. Though it looks very in the balance with a total stalemate as Solar Arc Pluto squares Mars late in 2017. Maybe it’ll be voted down and then get resurrected later on.

Alistair Urquhart – surviving against the odds, again and again and again



Alistair Urquhart, whose autobiography of his war-time experiences as a POW of the Japanese on the Burma ’death railway’ was a best seller, has died aged 97.

What is astonishing is not just that he survived an unthinkable three and a half years which killed many thousands, but that he lived, as so many of that generation seem to, to a ripe old age. He contracted cholera, malaria, beri beri and gangrene, was starved, beaten and worse. Towards the end of the war he was shipped off in a Japanese ‘hellship’ which was holed by a submarine and he ended in the sea covered in burning oil, went blind from the sun, was recaptured by Japanese and ended up working in a coal mine close to Nagaski when the atomic bomb was dropped.

After a difficult time adjusting to civilian life, he took up ballroom dancing and eventually became managing director of a plumbers’ merchant.

He was a Sun Virgo; with Saturn also in Virgo conjunct Mercury in Leo opposition Uranus (Moon) in Aquarius square North Node in Scorpio. So certainly enduring from the Fixed planets; and the Scorpio North Node has the effect of producing a total life transformation somewhere along the way, where the individual loses almost everything and emerges with a completely altered mindset. Not that it usually comes in quite such a horrific way, I hasten to add. He also had Jupiter Mars Neptune in Leo which would give him optimism as Fire always does and luck, especially with Mars Jupiter there. His Mars Neptune was exactly on the midpoint between his Sun and Pluto, so very determined.

His 8th and 16th Harmonics are exceptionally strong as you’d expected in someone who had amazing resilience and the ability to overcome massive obstacles. And his 5H = get-a-life-together – was also strong.


I can’t find it but I think it was in Michael Baigent’s book on Working with Astrology where he talks of a Norwegian fisherman who ended up in hypothermia-inducing seas for an extraordinarily long time which astonished medics. His 16th Harmonic was very marked as well.

Inauguration – Hillary high-stress; Donald cartwheeling



The Inauguration chart (and therefore First Term chart) for whoever gets into the White House, assuming 12 noon or thereabouts, looks less aggressive than either GW Bush’s first term or indeed Richard Nixon’s. There is a risk-taking Uranus opposition Jupiter squaring onto a 9th house Pluto – so it will be control freaky where international affairs are concerned, arousing hostility. That emphasised Pluto could also point to bitter legal battles. There is a military Saturn square Mars, but it is not particularly highlighted. Saturn in the 8th suggests economic woes which would match the US Federal Reserve Bank chart which is showing major strain in late 2017 and through 2018. The Aquarius Sun is not well integrated into the chart being only widely square a Scorpio Moon and inconjunct the North Node – so maybe a characterless term, perhaps bedevilled by toxic clashes of opinion (gridlocked by Congress maybe or by legal actions?)

Hillary looks in good spirits from Dec 2nd till early January with tr Pluto sextile her Sun/Jupiter midpoint and her Venus (returning at points throughout 2017), though also surrounded by a fair amount of chaos. If she does get in, she’ll be straight into a violent series of situations from March onwards, on and off till late 2018, with tr Pluto opposition her Mars/Uranus. Which does coincide with challenges on her relationship chart with ISIS. Though that can also mean operations but it will certainly be high stress.

If her birth time of 8 am is sound then she’s got tr Saturn moving through her 1st quadrant, heading into the lowest profile phase, which generally means a less successful time for leaders, so if she is in, it may not be a memorable term of great achievements (viz David Cameron who had the same). And her Solar Arc Saturn will conjunct her Sun, exact late 2017 into 2018 which will be a real downer. On this birth time tr Pluto will move early in 2017 into her 3rd for a hugely pressured everyday schedule; and tr Uranus into her 6th from mid 2017 which could be health issues.

Her astrocartography isn’t worth much without an accurate birth time. Her greatest problems come in the USA and Canada.

Donald Trump does have tr Uranus trine his Sun/Jupiter midpoint from late November to late January and then tr Pluto square his Jupiter right through January 2017 – so lots of good luck, success and confidence. His chutzpah won’t be dented even if he loses. Plus his Solar Arc Pluto will conjunct his 2nd house Jupiter, exact in 3 months’ time, which will give him a gigantic financial boost or involve him in a stratospheric scheme. Though there’s always a risk with Pluto Jupiter of getting over confident and pushing across the line and it backfiring as it did in his campaign.

Tr Saturn will be hauling him back down to earth, opposing his Uranus and Sun and conjunct his Moon from late November till mid January and again later in 2017 – maybe family problems as well as other things.

Right through 2017 he’s got the continuing run from this year of bad tempered, insecure and over-reactive transits to midpoints. And a volcanic eruption and shock when his Solar Arc Uranus is conjunct his Mars in 2018.

His astrocartography certainly indicates Russia as a positive zone for him with his Jupiter MC there. His Mars hot-spots would be Libya, Eastern Europe, China and Indonesia.

If the polls are right (and when have they been recently?) and Hillary gets in, she’ll be enjoying herself a good less than he is.

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