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Radovan Karadzic – a Hitlerian Mars – belated justice

Radovan Karadzic, former Bosnian Serb leader has been convicted of genocide and war crimes and sentenced to 40 years in jail. He is the most senior political figure to face conviction over the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Almost 100,000 died in the Bosnian War (1992-95) and an especial horror for which Karadzic was held responsible was the Srebrenica massacre of 8000 Muslims men and boys.

Born 19 June 1945 (11.51am, Petnijica, Montenegro: astrotheme), he has Sun and Uranus in Gemini both square Jupiter in Virgo. What is significant about his chart, which shares some similarities with Adolf Hitler, is Mars Venus in Taurus sextile Saturn, square Pluto. Hitler also had Venus Mars conjunct in Taurus square Saturn; with Mars Venus trine Jupiter. Mars in Taurus can have a very unpleasant side.  At the moment he has his Solar Arc Saturn conjunct his Jupiter, dampening his confidence as he faces the rest of his life in prison.

Ratko Mladic, 12 March 1943, the former Bosnian Serb military leader, is also on trial at The Hague for similar crimes. He’s a Sun Pisces trine Jupiter; with an Air Grand Trine of Mars in Aquarius trine Uranus Saturn (Moon) in Gemini trine Neptune, formed into a Kite by Mars opposition Pluto. So chillingly cold, cruel and ruthless.  A surfeit of trines and sextiles in a chart can also surprisingly be cruel. His Gemini Moon is heavily linked to all four of the outer planets and Mars.

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Brussels Bombers – an angry, destructive vision

Najim Laachraoui, 18 May 1991, is one of the suspected Brussels bombers, still on the run, and thought to be the bomb maker there and for the Paris atrocities last year.

His Taurus Sun is conjunct the Fixed star Algol, the destroyer, (see Black Widow post below), and opposition Pluto so ultra-determined.  His chart has several oppositions – one from Mars (Moon) in Cancer opposition North Node Neptune (Uranus) in Capricorn; Venus in Cancer opposition Uranus Neptune; and Jupiter in Leo opposition Saturn. He’ll constantly be wobbling from side to side trying to find balance.

The ISIS 2006 focal point Jupiter is conjunct his Pluto, no doubt spurring him on; with the ISIS Mars square his Pluto.

He has an exuberant Solar Arc Uranus opposition his Jupiter now; though some high-risk and insecure Mars midpoint transits and Neptune midpoints this year and next.

Two brothers blew themselves up in Brussels. Khalid El Bakraoui, 12 January 1989, was a Sun Capricorn square Mars in Aries, trine Jupiter; with the triple conjunction of Uranus Saturn Neptune in Capricorn all conjunct Venus; and a Pisces Moon and North Node. He’d be impulsive, aggressive, confident and emotionally very high-wire and changeable. Several ISIS followers have the Pisces North Node or other planets there.

Ibrahim El Bakraoui, 9 October 1989, was a Sun Libra at 105 degrees to Mars in Aquarius and inconjunct Jupiter in Pisces; with Mars square Pluto Mercury in Scorpio. Again a stressed personality, angry, hugely frustrated with confidence that veered from over to under.

Salah Abdeslam, 15 September 1989, who took part in the Paris bombings but fled to Belgium and was arrested last week, has a Sun Mars in Virgo square Uranus; with Uranus conjunct Saturn Neptune opposition Jupiter; Venus Pluto in Scorpio; and a Pisces Moon.  So a similarly revved-up Mars plus emotional intensity.  His Sun Mars are conjunct the France North Node Sun in Virgo so it would be a particular flash point for him. He’s now being extradited back there.

Laurence Fox & Billie Piper – another showbiz marriage casualty

Actor Laurence Fox and actress Billie Piper have announced their marriage with two children is splitting after eight years.

She was born 22 September 1982 10.20pm Swindon, England and he 26 May 1978.

She’s a Sun Venus in Virgo with Moon Mars Uranus conjunct in Sagittarius; while he is a Sun Gemini with a Moon in Capricorn/Aquarius, with Venus Jupiter in Cancer; a stressed Mars in Leo conjunct Saturn and square Uranus; and a Yod of Pluto sextile Neptune inconjunct Mercury in Taurus.

Both look fairly argumentative with a short fuse which may have been a problem. And additionally they have quite individualistic charts. She has all her planets bunched within a square from the 4th house to her Descendant so she’ll be quite tunnel-visioned and with Neptune on her Desc will either attract Neptunian types who find commitment tricky or she’ll be the same. He isn’t too settled within himself with that Yod and afflicted Mars – very charming but constantly feeling out of step or held back.

Their relationship chart has an affectionate composite Sun Venus but also a power-struggling Mars Pluto conjunction; and a doubting Saturn square Neptune. It’s a shame since there was obviously a good deal of love there in the first place.

Billie Piper has tr Saturn aiming for her 7th now and the March Pisces Solar Eclipse was opposition her Venus which is usually an emotional upset.

Brussels bombs – Lunar Eclipse on the Midheaven

A suicide bomb went off at Brussels Airport just after 8am this morning and an hour later another at a metro station. At least 26 are thought to be dead with many more injured. This comes only four days after Salah Abdeslam, one of the Paris bombers, was arrested in Brussels.

The Lunar Eclipse tomorrow at 3 degrees Libra/Aries sits conjunct the MC/IC axis when located to Brussels so hugely significant.  The Full Moon is sextile/trine Mars in crusading Sagittarius So fiery, aggressive.

The first bomb went off as tr Pluto was conjunct the MC (for Brussels) and trine Jupiter Moon in Virgo in the 5th – so audacious, destructive, controlling and attention-seeking.

Whether it was an ‘official’ ISIS atrocity or not, the perpetrators will undoubtedly be supporters. With pressure increasing on their Middle Eastern strongholds and finances, it was expected they would ‘diversify’ into covert random attacks on the European mainland.

The ISIS 15 Oct 2006 chart does show increasing pressure and also a radical change of direction this year with tr Uranus trine Saturn and trine Pluto. Tr Uranus has just moved over the opposition to the ISIS Venus, to which it returns until early 2017; plus tr Uranus opposing Sun Mars from April, through June and onwards till early 2018. So an explosive, disruptive time ahead; but also enough Jupiter natally and in transit to suggest it won’t be a sudden implosion, but will drag on and on.

It’s difficult to see how Europe – Belgium, France and the UK especially – with large pockets of poor, disenfranchised and bitter Muslim youth is going to cope.

The EU/ISIS relationship is aggravated and chilly this year, moving through a time of tension towards an even larger upset by 2018.

There’s a possible time of 1.52pm for the Belgium national chart, 4 October 1830. That puts the Libra Sun in the 9th opposition Pluto square Jupiter conjunct the Capricorn Ascendant.   The Lunar Eclipse in Libra/Aries is certainly sparking off that T square. And the earlier Pisces Solar Eclipse this month was conjunct the Belgium Mars and opposition Venus pointing to a crisis, risk and emotional upset.

On that start time the Solar Arc Uranus is also exactly square the 13 Scorpio MC for a considerable shock and change of direction. Tr Pluto is also exactly square the Venus/MC midpoint and conjunct the Mars/MC – again an emotional shock, plus anger and destruction. Tr Neptune is square the Asc/MC midpoint so undermining the country’s sense of itself; and within less than a degree of being square the Jupiter/MC which again lowers confidence.  Plus a confused and highly anxious tr Saturn conjunct Neptune/MC.  So that time does seem to hold good.

Andy Grove – survived to scale the heights

Andy Grove, a Silicon Valley pioneer in semi-conductors, helped to raise Intel to be the largest of its kind in the world. His obituaries today sing his praises as being truly unique, talented, tenacious and innovative. Born 2 September 1936 to a Jewish family in Budapest, he survived the war by hiding with his mother, then had to suffer further hardship under the Communist invasion, escaping finally in 1956 to the USA.

He was a Sun Neptune in Virgo opposition Saturn (Moon) in Pisces square an optimistic Jupiter in Sagittarius. So idealistic, a great enthusiast, creative and also a worrier and regretful of his past. His Saturn was trine Pluto giving him a tough streak; and his Mars in Leo was trine Jupiter and square Uranus –  adventurous and not scared to take risks.

His Mercury in Libra was conjunct his successful, powerfully confident Jupiter/Pluto midpoint. And his Pluto was square his Sun/Jupiter midpoint so he had the drive to make his own luck.

His Harmonics are interesting with a disciplined and lively get-it-together 5th Harmonic; a hard-driving  ‘obsessive dream’ 11H. A strong 13th Harmonic – which is associated with upheaval, exploration, genius and breaking with the orthodox. An endurance 16H; a leaving-a-legacy-for-history 17H; and a superstar 22H.

Cherie Blair – fastening her seat belt for a roller coaster ride

Cherie Blair, wife of the former UK Prime Minister, herself a successful lawyer, has been in the headlines for a failed health business which has left major debt; and her law firm’s representation of a Maldives despot.

Born 23 September 1954 1.20am Bury, England, she’s heading into a very up and down four years ahead. She is facing losses at the moment with tr Saturn square her Jupiter/Saturn midpoint; and nervy with tr Uranus opposing her Mercury and Neptune from May onwards for a year. Then in 2017 she gets a jolting Solar Arc Uranus conjunct her last degree Virgo Sun; but simultaneously tr Uranus will square her Jupiter which will rescue her from a few tight corners.  2017/18 has tr Pluto square her Sun/Saturn which is depressing and discouraging; but at the same time tr Pluto squares her Jupiter/North Node so she’ll be bullish despite problems. 2019 shows similar good and bad aspects with a faint feeling of financial over-extension;  with a major setback in 2020.

Her fairly arms-length marriage with two overly busy spouses rarely in the country together is also coming under strain with tr Uranus square the composite Uranus Sun Mercury and square Neptune from April this year onwards. It’ll continue to rock n’ roll through until at least 2018 with those disruptive and separating aspects in play.

Mosul Dam – a cataclysm waiting to happen

There is serious concern about the rickety state of the Mosul dam in Iraq which is being underplayed by locals. If the 371ft-high foot 2.1 mile-long dam bursts, it would dump 11.1 billion tonnes of water down the Tigris valley, putting Mosul under 60ft of water within four hours, then swamping Baghdad in 15ft of water, drowning more than 500,000 Iraqis and displacing more than a million. It was cheaply constructed by Saddam Hussein and needs constant maintenance which hasn’t been done with the chaos in the country.

Construction started on 25 January 1981 and it was opened on 7 July 1986. Neither chart looks stable or cheerful. The 1981 chart has Solar Arc Pluto conjunct Uranus now with the disruptive tr Uranus opposition Pluto in place from mid 2016 till early 2018.

The opening chart of 1986 is worse with the New Moon in Cancer opposition Mars in Capricorn picking up the tr Uranus square tr Pluto in hard aspect right through till late 2018; with an explosive Solar Arc Mars conjunct Uranus, exact in 2017.

UK Politics – defeated by his budget

Chancellor George Osborne’s latest budget has been met by resounding criticism from within his own party for cutting benefits to the disabled and helping the higher paid, and in general for punting seriously hopeful (delusional) estimates of good times ahead. One Cabinet Minister, Iain Duncan Smith, has already resigned. They are even murmurs he may have to resign/be moved which would have been unthinkable a few months back.

He was appointed Chancellor on 11 May 2010 and that chart has a topple-off-perch Solar Arc Uranus square Pluto exact at the moment. Even if he totters on, tattered but in place, his relationship with PM David Cameron was always moving into risky territory this year and next.  Tr Uranus will square the composite Venus from late April this year for 12 months ahead, and worse in 2017 tr Uranus is conjunct Saturn – so tensions erupting all over the place.

David Cameron’s 2nd Term chart, 8 May 2015 12.30pm, is muddling through this year but is not destabilised until early 2017 onwards; with a bigger upheaval in 2018; though the Tory term lasts until 2020.

David Cameron’s personal chart is still labouring under tr Pluto square his Libra Sun and Solar Arc Mars this year; and sinking badly mid April to late May with tr Neptune square his Mars/Saturn midpoint; but will probably be saved by the lucky Solar Arc Jupiter conjunct his Uranus, exact in six months’ time.

Iain Duncan Smith, 9 April 1954 9.02pm Edinburgh, Scotland, who has just resigned is in a generally not-great phase with tr Saturn moving now through his 2nd house at the lowest ebb of his first quadrant. That is usually not spectacularly successful for some years. He has tr Uranus square his Uranus and conjunct his Sun, no doubt putting him in a no-compromise mood.  Tr Pluto will move to oppose Uranus and square his Sun in 2017/18 – a time of considerable challenges.  But he also has Solar Arc Jupiter conjunct his Pluto in fifteen months’ time; and Solar Arc Sun conjunct his Jupiter in 2018 – both of which will bless him with luck and good tidings.

Hulk Hogan – smiling at last through his tears

Hulk Hogan, the former professional wrestler and TV celebrity has been awarded $115m (£79m) after the gossip news website Gawker published a tape of him having sex with his friend’s wife in 2012. It was argued by the defence as a freedom of the press issue against a celebrity’s right to privacy; and Gawker’s loss will undoubtedly have an effect going forward. The damages are likely to be appealed.

Hogan, born 11 Aug 1953 6.13am August, Georgia, looks in for a major morale and financial boost as his Solar Arc Jupiter is conjunct his Pluto, later in 2017. Even before then tr Jupiter from this August moves through his 2nd house of finances. Maybe he’s spending it before he gets it.

He’ll still have a few bumps along the way before then with tr Uranus square his Uranus and opposing his Neptune Saturn in Libra this year. But he’ll certainly get his payday one way or another.

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