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Donald Trump & the GOP – not a match made in heaven

The Republican Party grandees are gradually coming to realise that they may be saddled with Donald Trump as a candidate, a prospect they’d have keeled over laughing cynically about a few months back.

There are two charts for the GOP – 6 July 1854 and 28 February 1854.  On both, The GOP Neptune in Pisces sits in Trump’s 7th house square his 10th house maverick Uranus, so a highly-strung connection with little trust on either side.  The GOP’s Saturn in both charts sits in Trump’s 10th so the Party will try to discipline him and curtail his wilder excesses.

The relationship charts between Trump and both GOP charts has very visible Saturn Pluto markers which tends to indicate a relationship chained together by circumstances which causes resentment. Which sounds about right. And the composite Neptune opposes Pluto Saturn – so doubt, suspicion, paranoia. With the composite Mars highlighted – so angry.

Over the 2017 Inauguration the tr Saturn in Sagittarius square Mars in Pisces will hard aspect the composite (Saturn) Pluto opposition Neptune which suggests deep gloom. Though that could be argued either way. They are appalled at the prospect of four years of the Donald; or they blame him for losing the election. Whichever – it looks a very unhappy partnership.

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George Nichopoulos – the hand on Elvis’s pulse

George Nichopoulos, the doctor known by some fans as the man who killed Elvis Presley, has died. In the final seven months of Presley’s life, he prescribed more than 10,000 pills in the singer’s name, including sedatives, amphetamines and narcotics. He was later acquitted of being criminally responsible for Presley’s 1977 death. He had been a brother and father figure to Presley and a central figure in his inner circle, trying with little success to get the singer to exercise and to adopt a sensible diet.

Born 29 October 1927 in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, he was an ultra-determined Sun Mars in Scorpio which was trine Elvis’s Pisces Moon (conjunct Saturn).  GN’s Sagittarius Moon fell just below Elvis’s Ascendant, making him seem like a nurturing figure.  Though GN’s Pluto also fell in Elvis’s 8th so he would also be controlling.

That would certainly fit Elvis’s pattern since he natally had an 8th house Pluto opposition Sun. So he’d attract himself to dominating figures, like his manager, Colonel Tom Parker and GN.

The Elvis/GN relationship chart was tumultuous with hints of ruthlessness – Pluto opposition Jupiter Saturn (Moon) square Mars – so there would quite a tussle between them as to who had the upper hand.

Saturn Pluto – masculine, repressive, enforcing the status quo

Stray thoughts on Saturn and Pluto which come together as a conjunction in 2019. But also dominate the US Presidential Election 2016 chart, with each planet sitting on the point of a T Square.

* Two tough, essentially masculine energies.

* Saturn’s great strength in stability and structure is also a weakness when faced with situations demanding flexibility and compromise. Pluto in a slightly different way is also incapable of giving way gracefully. A world view based solely on power sees only the victorious or the oppressed. There can be no quarter given when compromise is seen as a sign of weakness, a lowering of defences as potentially life-threatening.

* Freedom of choice is not a Saturn–Pluto concept, so beliefs that do not fall in line with the established order, come under pressure.

Ireland Election – neck and neck tho’ Kenny upbeat in the aftermath

The result of the Ireland election, still to be finalised, looks like being almost a dead heat between the two main parties with Sinn Fein getting their best ever result in fourth place. Counting won’t finish until tomorrow at the earliest.

Despite acknowledging that the recent coalition will not continue, Enda Kenny, the present leader, 24 April 1951, looks fairly upbeat once the dust settles into March.  He has a catastrophe-ridden tr Uranus square Mars/Pluto now but that disappears by March 14th, by which time (from March 6th) tr Pluto will be in a pushily confident square to his Sun/Jupiter midpoint; with tr Uranus conjunct his Mars/Jupiter from April 2nd which will bring him luck and relief from tension. After mid March also he loses the undermining tr Neptune square Jupiter/Pluto. So there may be extended wrangling.

Micheal Martin, the Opposition leader, has an upbeat tr Pluto square Sun/Jupiter but that disappears after March 5th; by which time he picks up the highly frustrating and enraging tr Pluto opposition Mars/Pluto.

Gerry Adams, the Sinn Fein leader, 6 Oct 1948, looks to be making progress this year with tr Uranus opposition his Jupiter/Pluto from mid March onwards. He has a few downers; but by 2017 he looks quietly confident and will be gaining ground.

Charles de Gaulle – war leaders’ Neptune Pluto and Mars Jupiter

Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French resistance in World War 11 and a dominant President in the years following, dialogues with Philippe Petain, Nazi-collaborator and head of the Vichy Government, later tried for treason, in a new London play. The Patriotic Traitor.

What is fascinating is De Gaulle’s chart, 22 Nov 1890 4am Lille, France since he had, like Hitler, the emblematic Neptune Pluto conjunction in Gemini of their generation in the 8th. Winston Churchill also had Neptune and Pluto in the 8th though not conjunct. The 8th house does have a mysterious quality of being able to project an aura and have a profound unseen influence on the masses, especially Pluto. All three war leaders in different ways were able to rouse the citizenry to fight for their country.

De Gaulle also had Mars Jupiter in Aquarius which has a crusading streak in trine to his Neptune Pluto.  Winston Churchill had Mars Jupiter in Libra with Jupiter opposition his Neptune – so equally good at rousing enthusiasm.

De Gaulle’s Scorpio Sun fell in the France 10th conjunct the Fr Mars MC and his Mars Jupiter fell in the France 1st house. Similarly Winston Churchill’s  Air sign Mars Jupiter fell in the UK’s 1st house – so both were crucial to keeping national morale high.

When war broke out De Gaulle’s Solar Arc Pluto Neptune were about to cross his MC into his 10th, with tr Pluto already there – so a time of increasing influence. Tr Uranus was just into his 8th with tr Saturn following behind so the war years were intense, upsetting and life-changing.

Neptune Pluto has a megalomaniac streak which is probably a necessity in war leaders. All three were difficult personalities and De Gaulle was certainly arrogant.

The other with Neptune Pluto in the 8th was King George VI, who although a self-effacing personality, stood rock solid throughout the 1940s.

Petain is less interesting, 24 April 1856 10.30pm Cauchy a La Tour, France, though he had a control/be controlled Sun Pluto in Taurus in his 5th; and a wobbly Saturn in Gemini square Jupiter Neptune in Pisces. He became Head of the Vichy Government on his Uranus Return when he was 84. He was convicted of treason, saved from the death penalty and died in prison aged 95.

Freda & Lennox Berkeley – an impossible match that worked

The marriage everyone said would never work but lasted over forty happy years and produced three children was between a seemingly mismatched couple. Freda Bernstein, orphaned at 5, met and fell in love with composer Lennox Berkeley, 20 years her senior, who was a lover of Benjamin Britten amongst others. Her influence over him led to him breaking away from Britten emotionally and culturally and he produced more cheerful and optimistic music as a result; and she ran a successful salon which encouraged many young musicians and artists.

Born 25 May 1923, she was an airy Sun Mercury in Gemini trine Saturn in Libra, sextile musical Neptune in Leo; with her steadfast and charming Venus in Taurus sextile Pluto and opposition Jupiter. She also had a wide Yod of Saturn sextile Neptune inconjunct Uranus – so would need an unconventional setting before she’d feel she fitted in – and possibly also thrived on the sense of adventure it brought. She said she was the only one who thought it would work. And it did.

Lennox Berkeley, 12 May 1903, was a Sun Taurus with his Venus in Gemini conjunct her Mars; and his Jupiter in Pisces conjunct her Uranus – so there was a spark of passion and a sense of adventure between them. His Jupiter was exactly opposition her Virgo North Node; and her Saturn was conjunct his Libra North Node – so quite a karmic connection with her providing the self-discipline to ensure he brought out the full relationship potential of his North Node.

Their relationship chart had an affectionate composite Sun Venus conjunction; with a wide Mystic Rectangle of Venus opposition Saturn trine/sextile Mars opposition Uranus – so some stability and some rough edges.

Melania Trump – uneasy head for a crown

Melania Trump, the Slovenian third wife of Donald, a jewellery designer and former model, is being pulled out of obscurity to platform as a possible First Lady.

Born 26 April 1970, she’s a downbeat, tightly controlled Sun Saturn in Taurus trine a Capricorn Moon with her Sun opposition Jupiter; with Venus in late Taurus conjunct Mars in Gemini and Venus trine Pluto and Mars trine Uranus. So she will wobble between optimism and pessimism; can be charming, though also headstrong.

Her chart has several inconjuncts – a Yod of Uranus sextile Neptune inconjunct her Sun; and Mars inconjunct Jupiter – so she will experience a fair amount of strain, the sense of not quite fitting in.

She’s the polar opposite of her husband with his Sun Uranus in Gemini trine Jupiter and a Sagittarius Moon.

2016 looks very edgy for her and roller coaster with one high and several jolting lows.

Her relationship chart with Donald is under serious strain with tr Pluto opposing the composite Mars now and right through till late 2017.

Gaza – Israel about to reap the whirlwind

Gaza will explode in Israel’s direction if nothing is done to improve the deteriorating economic situation, said the Israeli head of Military Intelligence. He made it clear that economic improvement will be the most important restraining factor. The United Nations has already forecast a catastrophe.

Gaza, 9 Nov 1917 9am looks undermined this year with tr Neptune square Jupiter; and the tail end of Solar Arc Neptune conjunct Sun. Nothing looks like picking up anytime soon. Tr Neptune moves to oppose the Gaza Virgo Moon in 2017/2018 which is more of the same. Followed by a high-wire Solar Arc Neptune square Uranus in 2019; and a volatile, explosive Solar Arc Uranus square Mars by 2020.  2020 is the point at which tr Pluto will be conjunct the Solar Arc MC – so four years to implosion tragically looks about right.

Shatner & Nimoy – end of a beautiful friendship

Actor William Shatner has written about his fifty year friendship with Leonard Nimoy, which started on Star Trek and extended on through their divergent careers and tumultuous personal lives. But mysteriously ended a few years before Nimoy’s recent death.

What is fascinating is that they were born within four days of each other. Shatner, 22 March 1931 4am Montreal, Canada; and Nimoy, 26 March 1931 8.30pm Boston, Massachusetts. So they both had the powerfully confident Jupiter Pluto in Cancer opposition Saturn square Uranus – tough, enduring, innovative, rebels in their way. Shatner has a Cancer Moon and Nimoy had a Taurus Moon.

Nimoy was the more cerebral of the pair with Moon, Jupiter, Pluto Mars in the 9th; but they were very similar.  Although neither was an easy personality. Tr Uranus has just moved into Uranus when they drifted apart and about to conjunct their composite Sun, which tr Pluto had been hammering at in the previous two years.

Just a pity that Nimoy didn’t live long enough to allow them to come back together again after a sticky patch.

South Africa – financial problems worsening

The South African economy is ‘in crisis’ says the finance minister Pravin Gordhan. There is shrinking growth, 25% unemployment, and widespread poverty. The South African rand has halved over the past five years, losing 30% since last year’s Chinese crisis.

The South Africa 1910 chart has a 9 degree Gemini Sun which is catching the tr Neptune square, usually an indicator of collapse of financial confidence. That repeats in magnified form in 2018 with Solar Arc Jupiter opposition Neptune. Before then tr Pluto will oppose Neptune in 2016/17 which is devastating; with a frustrating, trapped tr Pluto opposition Mars in 2017/18. Plus a rebellious tr Uranus square Uranus this year – so all fairly grim.

The May 10 1994 chart, has tr Uranus square Neptune in 2016 and Uranus in 2017; with tr Neptune square tr Saturn hitting the Solar Arc Sun this year; and tr Pluto square Mars in 2017/2018 – much the same story.

The Bank of South Africa, 30 June 1921, starts several years of a Neptunian swamp as tr Neptune is conjunct Uranus and moves on to oppose Jupiter Saturn in Virgo until 2012, so it won’t be easy or quick to turn the situation round.