Nancy Pelosi – Democrats losing the faith



Democrats licking their wounds after the failure of Jon Ossoff to win the congressional seat in Georgia in a strongly Republican area have turned their ire on House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. The New York Times describes her as “one of the most successful congressional leaders in the modern era. She is the Democrat most crucial to determining whether her party can take back the House and torpedo President Trump’s agenda.” But some want her gone.

Born 26 March 1940 in Baltimore, MD, she’s a Sun Aries trine Pluto, with Jupiter also in Aries; and Saturn, Uranus, Venus, Mars spread out through Taurus; and her Saturn square Pluto – so quite a steamroller of energy and relentless determination.

Although she’ll stay bullishly confident at points through this year and next, she’s also got a fair amount of discouragement pulling her down in 2017/18; with some hints of career losses later in the year; and certainly major upheavals in 2018 with tr Uranus conjunct her Saturn and square her Pluto – though given her age that could be other non-political factors at play.

Jon Ossoff, 16 Feb 1987, the documentary filmmaker who ran in Georgia, is a Sun Aquarius on the focal point of a mini-Grand Trine of Saturn Uranus in Sagittarius trine Mars in Aries; and a risk-taking Jupiter square Saturn Uranus – so not short of high-energy, initiative or guts. He’s young enough to have a long career ahead of him, once he recovers from the car-crash Solar Arc Mars square his Sun this year alongside the high of Solar Arc Jupiter conjunct his Mars.

2019 has tr Uranus opposing his Pluto, for a radical change of lifestyle; 2021 will see him in confident campaigning mode with tr Pluto sextile his Jupiter, but it then moves a year later into a blocked square to his Mars.

Impossible to say what his future holds politically but my sense is he’ll fare better once Pluto moves out of Capricorn and tr Neptune gets over his Jupiter, which would look like 2024.

Boris Johnson – Mair-ed and snared



Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary with the Trump hair,  has joined Diane Abbott in the car-crash interviews stakes after a punishing doing-over by Eddie Mair about the Queen’s Speech, when he sighed, hummed and hawed, shuffled his papers and didn’t appear to have a clue what he was supposed to say.

Boris isn’t in a good place at all at the moment with tr Pluto in a catastrophe-ridden square to his Mars/Saturn midpoint; and his scatter-gun Mutable T Square of Saturn opposition Uranus Pluto square Mars in Gemini, having moved by Solar Arc to collide with tr Uranus hard aspects. His horror influences will run through 2018, if anything getting worse, as he picks up a totally-trapped tr Pluto opposition his Mars/Pluto; and a panicky-failure tr Neptune square his Sun/Mars. If his birth time is accurate then he’s shuddering into more setbacks and jolting changes in terms of career direction in 2019/2020 as his Solar Arc MC is opposition his Saturn and then conjunct his Uranus.

Eddie Mair, 12 November 1965, a BBC radio and TV presenter, is a Sun Neptune in Scorpio; with an outspoken Mars in Sagittarius which opposes Boris’s Sun Venus in Gemini, so they are always good for an argument. Their relationship chart lays bare a major clash of personalities with a composite Mars Saturn opposition Sun Uranus Pluto Mercury – so dislike, defensiveness, differing agendas, explosive tensions.

Al Jazeera – a thorny problem in Middle East schism



The worst political crisis among Middle Eastern Gulf countries in decades is escalating despite US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s plea for reason and caution. Having effectively blockaded Qatar, four Arab states have now sent a list of 13 demands to be met if sanctions are to be lifted. Amongst them that broadcaster Al Jazeera is shut down; ties with Iran to be reduced and a Turkish military base closed – all within 10 days. The Saudi-led allies order it to cut ties with extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, end the funding of terrorism, and hand over terrorists. None of which leaves much wiggle room for negotiations. Qatar, which has sought to raise its profile in recent years, denies funding terrorism and fostering instability.

Al-Jazeera, the most widely watched broadcaster in the Arab world, is seen as a propaganda tool for Islamists that undermines support for other governments in the region. It launched on 1 November 1996, with a Scorpio Sun Mercury square Uranus, with Uranus conjunct Neptune – keen on upsetting the status quo, determined. Reforming/revolutionary Uranus is also on the focal point of a mini-Grand Trine from a resilient, tough-minded Saturn trine Pluto. It does have a fairly afflicted Mars in Virgo square Pluto and quincunx Saturn, so was always going to arouse anger and hostility. The road ahead looks exceptionally bumpy as tr Uranus this year squares the AlJ Neptune, moving to square Uranus in 2018, along with an uphill-struggle tr Pluto conjunct Sun/Saturn. Where it looks more likely to come to a halt will be around 2019/2020 with Solar Arc Sun conjunct Pluto, then square Mars, and Solar Arc Saturn square Neptune.

The AlJ Pluto square Mars sits squarely on the Qatar Neptune opposition Saturn square Sun, so it was always going to prove a headache of migraine proportions. But the relationship chart between Qatar and AlJ has a chained-together composite Saturn opposition Pluto, so won’t be easily let go. Though the ties that bind will get a severe shaking through 2018/19 as tr Uranus is opposition the Pluto and then conjunct Saturn.

Cancer Ingress – smokescreens and heated arguments



The Cancer Ingress chart for the summer solstice, located to London, puts an indecisive, directionless Neptune in the 10th, which sounds about right. Slippery, confused Neptune is further emphasised being on the point of a mini-Grand Trine of Pluto trine Venus Moon in Taurus.

The Fire Grand Trine of Saturn Uranus Node is still formed into a Kite by Saturn opposition Mercury in Gemini – Fire Air – lots of hot air. The Node is in the 3rd so communication problems, especially where detail is concerned. Lots of anger as well and intense/toxic relationships with Mars on the Ascendant and Pluto in the 7th. Uranus in the 11th, heading in a new direction but plans changing constantly.  Jupiter is heavily aspected/afflicted, being quincunx Neptune and on the point of a T Square to Mars and Pluto – so high hopes and disappointment, financial losses, overly pushy, risky.

The Cancer Ingress, set for Washington, DC, has Neptune in the Ascendant so the country giving the appearance of being highly confused; very much focused on domestic affairs with a 4th house Sun. The afflicted 7th house Jupiter – ‘a tendency to take too much for granted, susceptible to charlatans and people who have grandiose ideas without sufficient backing.’ (Sakoian & Acker).

Saturn in the 10th can be well-organised but most often when it occurs in Return or Ingress charts, there’s frustration with mistakes surfacing, and tediously slow progress. Overly intense team relationships; extravagant and indulgent.

I don’t work much with Ingress charts and there’s doubt about which Ingress makes most sense for the year – Capricorn, Libra or Aries.

Daniel Day Lewis – movieland losing a great talent


The actor and triple Oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis has said he is retiring from acting – again – having disappeared for several years in the 1990s. Liam Neeson said he was retiring in disgust in 1999 from the Hollywood scene, but that didn’t last for too long. So who knows?

Lewis, 29 April 1957, doesn’t have a birth time so there’s a chunk of information missing. He’s a Sun Venus Mercury, maybe Moon, in Taurus with his Sun opposition Neptune square Uranus. So he’ll be fairly highly-strung, and while quite fixed, will also be prone to instant changes. He’s in an uncertain year with tr Neptune square his Saturn; with a downbeat tr Saturn opposition his Mars and square his Jupiter. At the moment he’s got a marginally catastrophic tr Uranus square his Mars/Pluto, though also a great-relief tr Uranus trine his Jupiter/Uranus – so there may be something going on in his life which provoked this announcement.

Tr Uranus is moving towards the opposition to his Neptune in 2018, starting a four year trail in hard aspect round his Fixed T Square, which will shake his life up considerably. 2019/2020 look confident with tr Pluto trine his Jupiter; but 2020 has his Solar Arc Mars conjunct his Pluto, which is hugely problematic and stuck.

He’s always seemed quite a tortured and troubled soul, so it’s a pity there’s no birth time.

Saudi Arabia – mediaeval monarchy anoints new crown prince ** updated



As Saudi Arabia moves through the most testing and transformational time in its history with Pluto pulverising its way across a conjunction to its Saturn Sun Jupiter over the next five years, a new king-in-waiting has been announced. The ailing Saudi monarch, who holds near absolute powers, moved his son, the 31-year-old Mohammed bin Salman, up to Crown Prince, to the surprise of many within the royal family and outside. The more experienced Bin Nayef, a traditional US ally, has been marginalised. Trump’s recent adulatory visit is seen as a key component in the shift of power.

Bin Salman, popular with the young, has been behind an ambitious economic and cultural overhaul, putting in place sweeping changes aimed, as he put it, at ending the kingdom’s “addiction” to oil and tackling systemic challenges that the kingdom has previously failed to address. He has been heavily criticised, as Defence Minister, for launching the destructive and ongoing war in Yemen, seen by many as a proxy war with Iran.

Born 31 August 1985, he’s not short of confidence, stamina or ruthlessness. His Jupiter in Aquarius opposes Venus and squares onto Pluto in Scorpio opposition a Taurus Node – so a Fixed Grand Cross giving him ultimate endurance, and making him power-hungry to boot. Plus a flamboyant Mars in Leo square Saturn in obsessive Scorpio, which no doubt contributes to his military ambitions. His Virgo Sun is sextile Pluto and trine Neptune putting Pluto as a focal point of not only a Grand Cross but also a mini Grand Trine. His Sun is also in a reforming square to Uranus. Complex, a steamroller and built for the long haul.

Not everything will go his way over the next five or six years with Solar Arc Neptune squaring his Pluto (and starting to undermine his Grand Cross) in 2018; moving on to oppose his Venus in 2019; with a dead-halt Solar Arc Pluto square his Sun in 2021 and panicky-failure Solar Arc Mars square his Neptune in 2023; and financial-bubble-bursting Solar Arc Neptune conjunct his Jupiter in 2024. Tr Uranus will also start to hard aspect his Grand Cross from 2018 through till 2020 with some ups from tr Uranus square Jupiter in 2019, but it won’t be a smooth passage.

His Pluto is conjunct the Saudi Arabia 1902 chart (time being accurate) so definitely wants to be in control and change the country’s direction; with his expansive Jupiter in Saudi Arabia’s 1st conjunct Mercury Mars, so good at motivating and encouraging. He shares a Pisces Moon with his kingdom.

His relationship chart with Saudi Arabia is starkly dictatorial with a composite Sun Mars opposition Venus square Pluto; with the composite Pluto trine Uranus Saturn, which gives reforming tendencies and sticking power.

Donald Trump evidently approves of Bin Salman’s flamboyant and decisive/impulsive style. Though it may prove to be too much of a good thing for Trump, since Bin Salman’s Jupiter opposes DT’s Pluto which will lead to power struggles, and both have Mars in Leo – so egos will clash. Trump’s teeth must drip at the levels of wealth and absolute power the Saudi Crown Prince possesses. Their relationship chart has a friendly composite Sun Venus; but also a Mars square Neptune which won’t keep two Alpha males happy with the other’s successes. The glow of admiration will fade through 2017/18 with tr Neptune square the composite Jupiter; with separations likely in 2018 as tr Uranus opposes the composite Venus Sun.

Rex Tillerson looks uncomfortable with Bin Salman’s tendency to stand everything on its head; and there’s disappointment in 2018/19. James Mattis also looks unsure about him.

The USA/Saudi relationship chart is undergoing a highly pressured change in 2017/18 with tr Pluto square the composite Sun; with a degree of anxiety which will mount in 2019. And 2019 also flags up on the Saudi/Iran 1979 relatio0nship chart as a trigger point of high insecurity and risk.

There are doubts within Saudi Arabia about the wisdom of handing too much power to one person, especially one as reckless and keen on sweeping change. He could, almost certainly will, face major resistance from the all-powerful clerics never mind disgruntled and critical family members.

Astro-Health Plan

For some light relief for sun sign afficiandos. A medical study from Spain has added to information from a 2015 US University similar exercise to come up with health correlations to month of birth. Sadly not divided into early and late month, since signs change for the final week/ten days.

Men who were born in September (Virgo/Libra), for example, were almost three times more likely to suffer thyroid problems than those born in January (Capricorn/Aquarius). August male babies (Leo/Virgo) had almost double the risk of asthma compared to those born at the beginning of the year.

Similarly, women born in July (Cancer/Leo) were 27 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure and were at a 40 per cent increased risk of incontinence. Men born in June (Gemini/Cancer) were 34 per cent less likely to suffer depression and 22 per cent less likely to be diagnosed with lower back pain.

Women born in June (Gemini/Cancer) had a 33 per cent lower risk of migraines and a 35 per cent less chance of experiencing menopause problems.

On the whole, September babies (Virgo/Libra) appeared to have the least chance of being diagnosed with any chronic disease.

Barclays – caned for saving the public money



Barclays bank and senior executives are to be charged by the UK Serious Fraud office for conspiracy to commit fraud in their dealings during the financial crisis of 2008. The Telegraph says: “The move by the SFO is hugely significant as they are the first criminal charges brought against either a bank or top executives over events during the 2008 crisis, which brought the banking system to its knees.” The irony is Barclays were the only bank who saved the UK money by getting propped up by the Qataris instead of the taxpayer. In contrast to RBS, who left the UK with a huge loss and Lloyds. The fates have a warped sense of humour or maybe just governments who have blithely and consistently disregarded public outrage, and left the real culprits alone with their gold-plated pensions.

It will also provide further headaches not just for Qatar who are facing myriad other problems at home; but also for the UK, since Qataris own a goodly dollop of London – Canary Wharf, Harrods, Chelsea Barracks, the Shard, a substantial chunk of Heathrow Airport and the upmarket supermarket Sainsbury’s.

Barclays, 20 July 1896, has tr Uranus square the Cancer Sun now and into 2018, so is undergoing quite a jolt; with tr Neptune square their Pluto and opposition Solar Arc Mars as well this year, they’ll have a decidedly sinking feeling. Worse is to come as the Solar Arc Mars moves to square the Pluto by 2019, followed by Solar Arc Saturn square Pluto in 2020. The likelihood is the bank will settle so they may be running into other problems in coming year. But it does look like shuddering-halt time ahead.

John Varley, former chief executive, 1 April 1956, has tr Uranus square his Uranus exactly now, and the August Solar Eclipse will conjunct his Pluto, which may empower him to make a powerful stance in defence; but with tr Pluto conjunct his Mars in 2018/19, it looks a long, tough struggle.

Mourinho, Ronaldo, Depp – financial woes fuelled by Eclipses



Two major football figures are facing allegations of tax fraud by the Spanish prosecutors. Manchester United boss José Mourinho has been accused of defrauding Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m; $3.6m). And Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who played under Mourinho and shares the same agent, is accused of defrauding tax authorities to the tune of €14.7m.  There are hot denials flying in all directions.

What is interesting – astrologically speaking – is that both Mourinho and Ronaldo have the upcoming August Leo Eclipse falling in their 8th house of joint finances. The 8th often becomes the focus of attention when there are tax problems. In addition the August 7th Lunar Eclipse at 15 Aquarius will be conjunct Mourinho’s Moon Saturn and be opposition his Mars. Ronaldo also has the Lunar Eclipse conjunct his 2nd house (= personal finances) Sun in Aquarius and opposes his 8th house Moon in Leo. So a dramatic  time for both.

Actor Johnny Depp sued his ex-managers for financial mismanagement earlier this year at which point they counter-sued saying he was perfectly aware of his situation and that his profligate spending was what had caught him short. He had the February Pisces Solar Eclipse in his 8th opposition his Pluto Mars; and this August will see his 7th house Saturn in Aquarius rattled by both the Lunar and Solar Eclipse.

Usually the challenge of an eclipse in the 8th is to alter the way joint responsibilities, financial and otherwise, are handled. Changing the habits of a lifetime isn’t easy.

London – attracting and surviving risk



London has been around for at least two and perhaps three thousand years, with no charter dates that I can establish. The Romans named it Londinium around 50 AD when Pluto was in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces, so it is returning full cycle at the moment.

There are two dates which may be significant in more modern times. 1 April 1965; and 9 September 1835.

The 1965 chart does have a difficult and volatile Mars Uranus Pluto opposition Saturn square North Node in Gemini; and a high-finance Jupiter in Taurus opposition Neptune. Tr Neptune has been undermining that 1965 Mars Uranus and Saturn by opposition and conjunction through 2016, perhaps an indication of the Brexit panic, since 60% of Londoners voted to remain. And those influences recur mid October this year to early Jan 2018. At the moment tr Neptune is opposition the 1965 Pluto, at the same time as the Progressed Mars is conjunct the 1965 Pluto – so a double whammy from a destructive and dangerous Mars Pluto along with high confusion from Neptune. The progressed Mars will take its time in moving off that conjunction since it only moves at a degree every two years. In addition, the February 2017 Pisces Solar Eclipse was conjunct the 1965 Saturn and opposition Uranus Mars. Eclipses on Saturn are usually when chickens come home to roost and a price has to be paid for past mistakes.

The 1835 chart, which was a previous reorganisation of the city, has tr Pluto square the Solar Arc Mars, exact at the moment. And is in a longish run of difficult aspects with tr Pluto square the 1835 Mars last year over Brexit and moving across the square to the Mars/Saturn midpoint now, and thence onto square the 1835 Saturn in 2018/19 as economic woes start to build. So a time of high-risk and hardship.

The Great Fire of London in September 1666, which destroyed 90% of the houses of the 80,000 inhabitants, followed on from the plague of the winter before which had killed a quarter of London’s population. When the 1666 fire occurred, the Sun was opposition Jupiter square Pluto; with Mars in Scorpio trine Jupiter, sextile Neptune Saturn in Capricorn and square Uranus. With Mars just a degree away from an opposition to Algol. So Jupiter again acting as a fuel for disaster, amplified by Pluto; with a malignant Mars causing additional havoc.

London has survived with stalwart resilience through many horrors during its long history. In the 20th Century: the Blitz in WW11 (started with Uranus conjunct Algol); the years of the IRA bombings; into the 21st Century the Islamic fundamentalist attacks. Both the 1965 and 1835 charts have Mars Saturn and Pluto in aspect, which gives grit and perseverance, resourcefulness in the face of danger. Admittedly those aspects will tend to attract situations which draw on exactly those characteristics, but it will always rise to the challenge.