China v USA – global re-armament escalating



Back in the real world away from the infants’ playground of domestic elections, Brit and US, and the snake pit of EU apparatchiks, there are a war-like noises coming from China over the disputed South China Sea. Beijing and Washington are on a collision course over this shipping lane for 60pc of global trade.

What is ominous is the build-up of global armaments which commentators say echoes the late 1930s. China spent $215bn on defence last year, a fivefold increase since 2000, and more than the whole of the European Union combined. Japan has been increasing military spending for the last four years, more so under its nationalist leader Shinzo Abe, who has just been re-elected.

Europe has also seen defence spending escalate after the Russian invasion of Crimea. The worry being that if the US was focussed on the Far East, Putin would take the opportunity with Russia’s beefed-up capability to test Nato solidarity in the Baltics.


NATO, 24 Aug 1949 11.42am Washington, DC, does look very tense in Nov and Feb 2017 with tr Uranus square its Mars; with tr Pluto moving to oppose its Mars in 2018/19 which will be a time of acute pressure, risky and trapped. [The NATO Kosovan intervention came when tr Uranus Neptune in Capricorn were opposing that Mars.]

The USA/China relationship chart is also heavily stressed through 2017/2018 with tr Pluto opposition the composite Mars; and an undermining and increasingly chilly tr Neptune square tr Saturn hitting on the Venus on and off from now till late 2017.

Pin-pointing wars between nations is more difficult astrologically than it sounds. The composite Venus is often involved and even soft transits seem to act like hard. But there isn’t the headline horror you would expect to see.

The China/Japan diplomatic interface looks at breaking point in 2018 with tr Uranus square the composite Venus; and trine the composite Saturn Uranus.

2019/2020 occurs on several of the charts including the USA as a game-changer.

The USA 1776 has a North Node at 6 Leo. At 9/11 tr Neptune was opposition the Node. At Pearl Harbour tr Pluto was conjunct the North Node. In 2019/2020 tr Uranus is square the Node. The Korean, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars didn’t – they were all much more Mutable, hitting on the USA’s 9th house Mars Uranus in Gemini.

Still, all worrisome, since it could indicate the approaching Saturn Pluto in Capricorn inevitable-war-someplace, might well not be in the Middle East after all.


David & Samantha Cameron – hand in hand into a different future

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The removal lorries are already rolling up to No 10 Downing Street to end David Cameron’s career at the top, an ambition which has been his focus for the past three decades. What next? He says he’ll stay as a backbench MP till the next election and maybe thereafter; and Samantha is expected to ramp up her design career, moving into fashion.

He’s got the ‘thank heavens I’m out of that’, lucky break and relief from tension Solar Arc Jupiter conjunct his Uranus, exact in two months’ time, so it’s not all gloom and humiliation. Plus tr Jupiter will conjunct his Pluto Uranus for an uplift in July and then cross his Ascendant in late Aug/Sept for a new cycle to start.

Though he also has tr Neptune square tr Saturn hitting on his Sun/Moon, Mars/Saturn and Mars/Uranus midpoints which suggest setbacks, unpopularity giving the next few months an undertow of swampy and failure-ridden feelings. Tr Pluto has another couple of pressured squares to his Libra Sun before it finally pulls way in early December. Into 2017 tr Saturn moves across his IC, which is often a significant marker in career terms, so perhaps a new job (in addition to Westminster) With some successful Uranus transits to Jupiter midpoints in 2017 as well as tough, confusing ones.  When things go wrong he’s going to get the blame, – and rightly so.

Samantha Cameron is the more practical of the pair with a business-minded Earth Grand Trine of Mars in Capricorn (and Moon) trine Saturn in Taurus trine Pluto, formed into a Kite by Pluto opposition her Venus in Pisces. So a creative and PR career suits her with that charming Venus to the fore, fuelled by all that formidable energy and initiative from Mars Saturn Pluto.  She also has an Aries Sun square Mars so no slouch when it comes to starting new projects. Plus a lucky, high finance Jupiter Neptune sextile Uranus. She’s also got an Aquarius North Node so I’d imagine at some point she’ll find a cause to sink her teeth into.

She looks a touch jangled through 2016/17 with tr Uranus square her Mars (Moon) and then conjunct her Sun; with a really frustrating time in 2018/19 as tr Pluto is conjunct her Mars and trine her Saturn.

It is quite an odd relationship in that her Uranus is conjunct his Sun Venus and her Mars is square his Sun; his Saturn is conjunct her Venus and her Saturn squares his Mars in Leo – so there will have been more rough edges and arguments than are obvious; and it is very work oriented. Their relationship chart has a composite Sun square Saturn which is enduring but cool, a working partnership. That is under considerable pressure from tr Uranus square tr Pluto for several years as they make a huge transition into the next phase. Venus square the composite Jupiter Uranus will help; as will Venus sextile Moon (probably).

Chelsea Manning – pressures too much to bear

Chelsea Manning


Chelsea Manning was hospitalised briefly last week after trying to kill herself in the all-male military hospital where she is serving 35 years for whistleblowing.

Born 17 Dec 1987 in Oklahoma, she’s a high-tension Sun Saturn Uranus Mercury in Sagittarius with an acutely frustrated Mars Pluto Moon in Scorpio. Tr Pluto is sextile her Mars over the next few months until December which will ramp up her sense of being cornered and powerless; with 2017 having a slew of discouraging Saturn transits in conjunction to her Sagittarius planets including Sun. She’s heading for her first Saturn Return which always has a heavy run up. Tr Uranus is square her Venus in Capricorn at the moment which can be an emotional upset, or perhaps just an urge to be free. And her Venus = Neptune/Pluto and Mars/Neptune, so they will also be getting a Uranian jolt and not helping her to think straight.

It’s not going to get easier for her with difficult Solar Arcs stretching ahead.

The one bright spot is tr Pluto square her Jupiter in 2017/18 though that might make her kick even more against the rules. The US government and military really don’t do themselves any favours in their treatment of her which does push the bounds of common decency.

Angela Eagle – a rebellious Aquarius swimming in water

Angela Eagle


The Labour Party continues to descend further into chaos with veteran MP Angela Eagle provoking a leadership challenge and being on the receiving end of violence and threats as a result.

Born 17 Feb 1961, she’s an odd mix with a detached, cool, rebellious Aquarius Sun opposition Uranus; and a highly emotional Water Grand Trine of Mars in Cancer trine Neptune trine Mercury in Pisces formed into a Kite with Mercury opposition Pluto North Node – so not backwards about making her views known, though perhaps too impressionable with so much water. Plus she has an idealistic Jupiter Saturn in Capricorn.

Tr Uranus is square her Jupiter at the moment till early September, and again in 2017, which was no doubt why she decided to risk a challenge.  And she does have the confident and successful tr Pluto sextile her Jupiter/Pluto and Jupiter/Node midpoints mid July, on and off till late November.

So she’s on a bit of a roll though whether she can breach the bastions of the traditionally chauvinist Labour Party and unions remains to be seen.

Her relationship charts with both the Labour Party 1900 and 1906 chart are riven with hostility which will come to an ugly head, most likely in 2017, worse in 2018/19.

With her Jupiter leading the conjunction to Saturn, the good news and confidence will always come first, and the setbacks second.

Saturn Neptune – turning the focus on women

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to join the dots. We’re in a Saturn square Neptune year and now have a woman as UK PM, with a female First Minister in Scotland plus two female Scottish opposition leaders; with a possibility of a female UK Labour leader if Angela Eagle prospers (maybe) and a real possibility of the first female US president. Squares aren’t as strong as conjunctions but they carry the same energy. Margaret Thatcher became the UK’s first PM in 1979 on an approaching Saturn in Virgo square the Neptune in Sagittarius.

The below is taken from my Astrological History of the World on Saturn Neptune which also tends to oversee fights for workers’ rights and health as a major issue.


‘Saturn–Neptune has not been traditionally thought of as a feminist influence, but significant times where women came to the fore are clearly marked by its transits. Both Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne to exert tremendous feminine influence over matters of state on Saturn–Neptune conjunctions — in 1558 in Taurus, and 1953 in Libra. Both of them were enduring monarchs in typical Saturnine fashion, Elizabeth I ruling for 45 years, the present Queen still in place even longer. Both Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years in the 19th century, have Saturn–Neptune squares in their birth charts, a key indicator of self-sacrifice for the sake of duty.

Benazir Bhutto became the first woman prime minister of Pakistan on the conjunction in Capricorn in 1988, though it proved a short-lived triumph. Around the same time, Margaret Thatcher, the first British woman prime minister, handed in her staff of power and resigned.

In Britain the power and emancipation of women was marked in two stages: the Married Women’s Property Act of 1882, under the conjunction in Taurus, gave wives for the first time ever the right of separate ownership. Then on the next conjunction in 1917–18 in Leo, Maude Royden became assistant preacher at City Temple in London, thereby becoming the first Englishwoman to have a permanent pulpit in London; factory workers shortened their hair to bobs to allow them to work more efficiently; and women over the age of 30 were given the right to vote. In 1988, on the Saturn–Neptune conjunction in Capricorn, the first woman bishop was appointed in the United States by the Anglican Church.

In art and literature, there are key points of interest in works about or by women. Jane Austen’s first novel Sense and Sensibility emerged in 1811 under the conjunction in Sagittarius. Next conjunction around, in Aquarius and Pisces in 1847, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights met with public acclaim.

In the previous century, on the conjunction in Virgo in 1773, Oliver Goldsmith’s play She Stoops to Conquer and Laclos’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses looked archly at women’s behaviour. In 1665 under Saturn–Neptune in Aquarius, Molière produced The Misanthrope and The Dumb Lady. In similar vein during the last conjunction in 1989 in Capricorn the sculptor Anish Kapoor picked up the mood of the moment with his Mother as Void work; and Pedro Almodovar, the Spanish film-maker, produced his cult movie Women on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown.

The repression of women, especially the persecution of witches, also has its place in the Saturn–Neptune panoply. This emerges from the masculine Saturnine fear of the mysterious, less rational feminine in Neptune. It is also the rational mind’s paranoid fear of superstition and the supernatural. In 1486 the infamous Malleus Maleficarum (the ‘Hammer of the Witches’), which encouraged the zeal of witch-hunters, was published under the conjunction in Sagittarius. In 1736, under Saturn–Neptune in Gemini, the English statutes against witchcraft were repealed, and in 1952 during Saturn–Neptune in Libra the Witchcraft Act was finally repealed. During the same period (1953) Arthur Miller’s renowned play, The Crucible, about the persecution of the Salem witches, reached the stage.


Theresa May – steadying the ship of state

Theresa May



What a relief, the UK has a new PM – a hand on the helm, maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but an experienced presence is better than a vacuum. Theresa May will be anointed sometime on Wednesday afternoon, which is the second relief, that she’s not taking up the reins around that really sticky September Eclipse.

There’ll be a Scorpio Moon; with a Cancer Sun, sextile Jupiter and trine Mars which is confident and positive; Jupiter trine Pluto which is also beneficial. And the Sun opposition Pluto square Uranus, which suggests a fairly crisis-laden term – though may also point to a break from the past since she’s been firm up till now that Brexit means Brexit. Plus Neptune opposition North Node square Saturn which could be wobbly, scattered, cool, self-righteous.

Her relationship chart with Angela Merkel, although a bit comme ci comme ca – friendly and fiery, could be worse. Both have obsessively conscientious Saturn in Scorpio and TM’s Libra Sun is conjunct AM’s MC from the 9th.

Francois Hollande will flirt with her (can’t help himself) with a friendly Sun Venus composite conjunction; though there’s also an explosive, no compromise Mars opposition Uranus as well, which is similarly on Merkel’s relationship with her.

Jean-Claude Juncker will try power-playing with her and blocking, but she’s made of tough stuff.

The worst relationship chart she has is with Hillary Clinton – a hostile, jealous Pluto opposition Node square Mars; with a disappointing, evasive composite Sun Neptune; and a cool Saturn Venus in a tense square to Uranus.

Her relationship to Barack Obama isn’t that wonderful – a fight for control, but it’s better than BO with Cameron, and he won’t be around too much longer.

Gretchen Carlson v Roger Ailes – throwing down the gauntlet

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The lawsuit of sexual harassment against Roger Ailes, CEO of Fox news, by former presenter Gretchen Carlson, who alleges she was fired when she refused his advances, is turning ugly. There are other women claiming sexual harassment from the past, two of them teenagers at the time, and a tranche of Fox employees and former colleagues who say they never had any such experiences. Fox say she was let go because of falling ratings.

Roger Ailes, 15 May 1940, is a heavyweight personality (and shape) with a Sun Uranus Mercury (and Saturn) in Taurus trine Neptune in Virgo; with Saturn conjunct Jupiter in late Aries square Pluto.

He looks incensed and very argumentative this year with Solar Arc Mercury conjunct his Pluto and tr Pluto trine his Mercury (through 2017 as well). Plus he has an undermining, panicky and bad tempered tr Saturn square tr Neptune hitting on his Solar Arc Mars and Sun/Mars midpoint at the moment and extending into 2017. The next few months look pressured, challenging and trapped. Though with sprinklings of luck and light relief as well.

Gretchen Carlson, 21 June 1966 12 noon (?) Anoka, MN, is a Sun Gemini/Cancer ( exactly on the cusp, though Gemini if 12 noon accurate) in a hard-working and low self-esteem square to Saturn in Pisces; with Mars in journalistic and argumentative Gemini in a challenging square to Uranus Pluto, which will make her acutely reactive to any feeling of being trapped. Her Moon is in Leo; and her Venus in Taurus opposes Neptune.

She doesn’t look too happy in coming months with tr Saturn aiming to oppose her Mars and square her Uranus Pluto in November; and some tough transits to midpoints.

There is as much friendliness in her relationship with Ailes as there are problems. There’s composite Sun Venus and supportive Sun Jupiter conjunctions, linked into workmanlike Saturn and possessive Pluto.  But there’s also a doubt-ridden Saturn Neptune and unsettled Uranus. And an ambitious, though trapped, Saturn trine Pluto sextile Mars. The composite Sun is being undermined this year by tr Saturn opposition and tr Neptune square. With bad feelings intensifying through 2017.

Ailes’ relationship with Fox News (7 Oct 1996) shows major insecurity and upset through this December into early 2017.

Gretchen Carlson’s relationship with Fox News always was quite sticky, mirroring her own chart, with a composite Mars (Venus) square Pluto and trine composite Uranus; and a heady but potentially disappointing composite Sun trine Neptune. She won’t have an easy time ahead with tr Neptune opposing her Uranus Pluto and square her Mars in 2018/19.

Taking on an enterprise the size of Fox News is either gutsy or very foolhardy. Even if she wins, she may find herself very battered by the process.


Micah Johnson – Sun Cancer with fanatical Uranus Neptune

Micah Johnson



Micah Johnson, the army veteran who shot and killed five Dallas police officers in a seeming protest against white people, and was killed himself, was born 2 July 1991.

He was a Sun Cancer opposition a rebellious and highly strung Uranus Neptune conjunction in Capricorn, and trine Pluto. He had a flamboyant and passionate Venus Mars and Jupiter in Leo all in an intense, angry and over-confident square to Pluto in Scorpio. His Pisces Moon may have been in a Water Grand Trine to Sun and Pluto, making him doubly intense and overly emotional.

He had served in Afghanistan but was discharged in confused circumstances after allegations of sexual harassment, with the victim saying he needed help with mental problems.

He’d certainly have been very rattled and confused, not thinking straight,  in recent years with the tr Pluto square tr Uranus in hard aspect to his Sun Uranus Neptune since 2013.  That was coming to an end later this year with tr Pluto conjunct Neptune returning for a final two hits. He also had Solar Arc Uranus conjunct his Saturn, probably early in 2016 stoking up his tension levels. Plus a highly frustrating tr Pluto trine his Solar Arc Mars, exact at the moment. The tr Saturn square tr Neptune were also possibly hitting on his Pisces Moon.

So the astrology was coming at him from all sides, rocking his already unstable psyche.

Tony Blair – a rocket-propelled Mars Jupiter

Tony Blair


Why was Tony Blair so hell bent on backing GWB no matter what and launching the Iraq war with no legal or international sanction? For all his socialist credentials and faux charm, he was fond of wielding the military as a weapon of foreign policy. His Labour Government from 1997 was one of the most warlike of modern world governments, with five military interventions during his time.

There are several factors in his chart – one is a focal point Uranus which believes in direct action to upset the status quo, added onto a Saturn Neptune which is fervent about creating a better world, with Neptune in a fanatical square to Uranus, which is prone to misjudgements – rationality flies out of the window. Plus an ego-centric and hugely stubborn focal point Taurus Sun. And all of that is channelled through what is probably the key in his chart which is the ‘holy warrior’ Mars Jupiter on his Ascendant.

Mars is assertive and Jupiter wraps up the Martian aggression in high ideals, which are often a cosmetic to provide a justification for acting out raw anger. Interestingly Mars Jupiter is also a financial adventurer.

Where you find individuals clinging onto clearly irrational ideas, you also often find Uranus Neptune around – and his Mars does aspect his Uranus/Neptune midpoint.

His Mars/Jupiter midpoint is also conjunct the fixed star Mirfak in the constellation of Perseus, the warrior, ‘Mirfak is a star of great energy and fearlessness. It can make you dive into action without considering your options and thus it may make you rash or unwise. Here is an influence that will encourage you to take on anything new and exciting, however you may overestimate your limits or abilities.’

His relationship chart with the USA 1776 also has a composite Sun Jupiter Mars Mercury conjunction and a very Airy chart, so communication with the USA stoked his fervour and the US loved his articulacy.

TB’s Harmonics are interesting. His get-it-together 5th Harmonic is immensely strong. This can suggest a resourceful personality but also points to an ability/need to impose his vision on the world around him. He not only creates himself, he wishes through sheer will power to mould others into a creation of his own design.

All of his strong Harmonics have Mars aspected, especially his can-be-manic 7H; his self-destruct 10H; his actor’s 15H; and leadership 22H. The 10th Harmonic – stands for prosperity and abundance, it also contains the seed of both rise and fall, of the good and the bad.

His 5H and 10H also have the fanatical Uranus Neptune; and his 22H has the megalomaniac Neptune Pluto.

Other odd thoughts. His North Node in Aquarius (= passion for a cause) is exactly opposite the USA 1776 Leo Node. So 9/11, when tr Neptune was opposition the USA Leo Node causing them to feel their leadership status was being undermined, it was also conjunct his Aquarius Node, so firing up his saving-the-world vision.

When the Iraq War was launched the tr North Node was conjunct his Mars/Jupiter midpoint, and his Solar Arc Uranus was square his Mars/Jupiter. Plus in the run up, tr Uranus was square his Jupiter and tr Neptune conjunct his 10th house Moon. So you get this repeating theme of his adventuring, gung-ho Mars Jupiter – which in the spirit of any gambler, always harbours a crazy optimism for any reckless leap. Plus a messianic Neptune.

He is undoubtedly an interesting man but the mix of a gigantic ego (I’m never wrong) and extraordinary obstinacy, coupled with a mission to put himself centre stage in his true-humanitarian frock was always going to come unstuck at some point.

The ancient Greeks called it hubris – foolish pride and over-confidence that leads to a downfall. It often involves ‘a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one’s own competence, accomplishments or capabilities. Contrary to common expectations, hubris is not necessarily associated with high self-esteem but with highly fluctuating or variable self-esteem, and a gap between inflated self-perception and a more modest reality.’ That is an interesting thought since it explains why he can never admit to being wrong – it would completely crush him.

Roman commanders used to have s slave who stayed at their side murmuring ‘Memento homo’ – remember you are only a man, to remind the overlord not to lose a sense of proportion. Since Blair increasingly thought his main conversation should be with God who’d give him the right answers, he fell into what the Jungians call identifying with the archetype, which way leads to madness.

To Alex who asked the horary question – I’m not well up in what is a specialist astrological technique.  But on the time you gave (5.26am London, 9 July 2016)  there is a Yod from a Mars sextile Jupiter onto a 10th house Uranus – so a fated set of events from the Yod, that changed the course of (many) lives and certainly TB’s career, stemming from an adventurous/reckless decision.