Astrological Musings

Cheney’s Heart Condition


(This picture really says it all, doesn’t it??)

In my earlier article about Darth Cheney I outlined Cheney’s first heart attack at the age of 36 when Chiron (the wounded healer) transited his natal Saturn/Sun square. The past month has been a particularly stressful time astrologically for Cheney since the Grand Cross of December/January (see other articles on the Grand Cross) crosses right over this system in his natal chart. During the last week of December transiting Mars squared transiting Saturn directly impacting Cheney’s Sun, which represents his Spirit and his life force.

Transiting Chiron will begin to square Cheney’s Jupiter in early March of this year. Jupiter in his chart is conjunct Saturn, and both Jupiter and Saturn form a square aspect (90 degrees) to Cheney’s Sun. Consequently, when any of these natal planets are hit by a currently transiting planet it affects the whole system. (I hope this isn’t getting too technical!!) This cycle will remain in effect for Cheney throughout the year and into 2007 and is very likely to create serious health problems for him, including probable heart attacks.

Cheney has been headed down this road for years, and it’s unlikely that he will make the kind of major turnaround in his consciousness that would be required to reverse this trend.

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By | 2006-01-10T12:10:00+00:00 January 10th, 2006|Politics|Comments Off on Cheney’s Heart Condition

Alito’s Hearings Begin


I wish I could say that Alito’s planets are telling me that justice will be done and he will not be confirmed. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

As I wrote earlier, Alito is a cautious warrior with an Aries Sun and Mercury, ruled by the god of War, combined with cautious and detailed Mars in Virgo. A look at planetary cycles affecting him right now (including harmonious aspects to the North and South Nodes of the Moon which represent our future and past respectively) show someone whose future destiny is being harmoniously affected. In addition, transiting Jupiter (opportunity) makes a harmonious aspect to Alito’s Saturn (hard work and insecurity) through September, giving him a confidence that he often lacks (see the earlier article) and opening doors of opportunity for increased success. And Pluto (god of transformation) makes a harmonious transit to Alito’s Venus (relationships, creative ventures) throughout the year, fostering camaraderie with others and facilitating the support of his colleagues and others. Pluto/Venus transits tend to make us more attractive to others than we otherwise would be and gives us a magnetic attraction that we may otherwise lack.

He does have some challenging transits going on that could affect the process: Transiting Jupiter squares his natal Pluto beginning this week. Challenging aspects between Jupiter and Pluto bring out the worst of both, and we tend to see a reckless overconfidence and aggrandized (Jupiter) sense of one’s own power (Pluto) during these transits. However, throughout February Alito’s transits from Mars, which are faster moving and often predict events for short time periods, are harmonious and I don’t see him making any serious missteps that could impact the nomination.

If the hearings drag on into March Alito begins to have some challenging Mars transits that could bring out a great deal of confrontation and have a negative impact on the process. However, the overall picture for him is pretty rosy and I’m afraid that could indicate his likely confirmation.

Forewarned is forearmed, and the progressive community would do well to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best, and plan alternative strategies to deal with a Supreme Court that shifts dramatically to the right.

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By | 2006-01-10T11:03:00+00:00 January 10th, 2006|Politics|Comments Off on Alito’s Hearings Begin

Comparing Nixon to Bush


When George Bush first took office in 2000, no one would have ever have thought to compare him to Richard Nixon. The affable dope that is George Bush seemed as far from the deviant miscreant that Nixon was as you could possibly get. However, comparisons between the two are becoming easier and easier to draw. Today is the anniversary of Nixon’s birth, making today the logical day to explore the differences and similarities between them.

The birthchart of Richard Nixon shows a man who was intensely goal-oriented and introverted, with a stellium (3 planets) in Capricorn (the achiever) in the 4th house of the interior world. Nixon’s Mars (aggressive instinct) is on the true cusp between Sagittarius and Capricorn, making him more of a Capricorn Mars which has great determination and force (Mars) of will (Capricorn). That Mars is opposed by Pluto indicating that he was constantly being forced to adapt and change (Pluto), usually against his will (Mars). With an Aquarius moon showing a tendency to be detached (Aquarius) emotionally (Moon), he didn’t really care much whether or not people liked him. For him it was all about the work.

Many people (from John Dean to Hunter Thompson) are now saying that Bush makes Nixon looks like a liberal president. Nixon inherited a war and tried to win it; Bush created a war that is unwinnable. Nixon was obsessed with secrecy and presidential power; Bush took an American tragedy and manipulated it to attain that same level of secrecy. Nixon signed the National Environmental Policy Act for clean air and water, and Bush decimated it.

George Bush has the birthchart of the frat boy that he is. His Cancer sun gives him an emotional sensitivity that has little support in the rest of his chart, making him peevish and pouty. His Sun is squared (90 degree angle) by a tight conjunction of Chiron/Moon/Jupiter in Libra. His Leo ascendant and stellium in the first house (with Mercury, Pluto and Venus) makes him the life of the party – the jovial seeker of attention that wants to be celebrated (Leo) for his endeavors. The Moon/Jupiter in Libra shows someone who wants to be liked, and who knows how to bring out in others the desired effect. Chiron conjunct the moon shows early psychological wounding (Chiron) by the mother (Moon) which is certainly not hard to imagine. And the Moon/Jupiter in square to the Sun indicates someone who tends toward arrogance and overconfidence. Bush’s chart lacks oppositions (planets in 180 degree angles to each other), which tend to give one a sense of perspective. Without oppositions he tends to lack the ability to see any view other than his own.

This combination of planetary influences makes Bush the perfect foil for the puppetmasters who have manipulated him with delusions of grandeur in order to accomplish their greater schemes. Where Nixon was the architect of his own demise, Bush will be the fall guy for the corruption of others.

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By | 2006-01-09T12:18:00+00:00 January 9th, 2006|Politics|Comments Off on Comparing Nixon to Bush

Stephanie Miller: An Astrological Fan Letter (UPDATED!)


I’ve been wanting to profile a woman here, and there haven’t been many women in the news lately. I want to cover Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein at some point, and I thought a noble first choice would be Christiane Amanpour who is just so fabulous. I also considered the annoying Rita Crosby. But then I decided it was most appropriate for my first female profile here to be Stephanie Miller.

From the first time I listened to the Stephanie Miller show I was hooked. She has an amazing way of taking depressing and frustrating news and making it funny and easy to digest. From the beginning, I looked for excuses while at work to get in my car so I could listen to the show. I scheduled appointments for afternoons so as not to miss the show. Finally, so as not to miss another show, I invested $300 in an mp3 player and purchased the podcast on the first day it was available. Evidently I am not alone, because in little more than a year the Stephanie Miller show has gained about a million listeners. From her roots in stand-up comedy she has forged a brilliant career as a liberal talk show host.

It’s difficult to do birthcharts for celebrities because we are counting on the accuracy of the bio birth times which are notoriously inaccurate. Since writing this Stephanie sent me her accurate birth date and birth time and I have updated the details.

Steph was born with the Sun in Libra (as was your faithful blogger here). Those with a Libra Sun have the blessing and the curse of a natural ability to charm and attract others because Libra is the sign of relationship. Ruled by Venus, the mission of Librans is to achieve the fine balance of developing the individual sense of self while being in relationship to others. Mars in her chart is also in Libra, showing that she has a strong drive (Mars) to achieve harmony with others (Libra). The strong Libra influence makes her an excellent negotiator and able to easily influence others.

Stephanie’s Moon is in Gemini, the sign of the natural talker making her a perfect candidate for talk radio! Those with the Moon in Gemini tend to be independent and somewhat freewheeling, they don’t like to be tied down and need to be able to communicate (Mercury) their feelings (Moon).

Stephanie has Scorpio rising, giving her a boost of intensity that Libra doesn’t typically demonstrate. In addition, she has Mercury conjunct Neptune, both in Scorpio, showing that she has a strong imagination (Mercury/Neptune) and a probing (Scorpio) intelligence (Mercury) that delves deep below the surface to discover what is truly going on behind the scenes.

Jupiter is conjunct Saturn in her chart, both in Capricorn. Saturn rules Capricorn, so Saturn in Capricorn finds its fullest expression in hard work, discipline, and a laser focus on building success. Jupiter in Capricorn tends to bring good fortune (Jupiter) in all earthly endeavors (Capricorn).

Steph began her broadcasting career after the death of her father, Republican representative from New York who ran as Barry Goldwater’s running mate. Stephanie underwent a number of transits of Pluto and Chiron to her natal chart from 1983-1986, and it was during this period that she first was heard on the radio. Often the death of a parent can be overwhelmingly painful and fraught with complex emotions, yet out of the ashes of the pain of that death we often find ourselves transformed into individuals with greater power and effectiveness, particularly if we were overwhelmed by those parents during our earlier years.

Thank you Stephanie Miller, for being a “voice of reason in a world of treason,” “the aggressive progressive,” and for making me laugh because without your show, as you say, I might cry all day.

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By | 2006-01-08T17:02:00+00:00 January 8th, 2006|People|Comments Off on Stephanie Miller: An Astrological Fan Letter (UPDATED!)

Braggadocio Increases as Mars Approaches Jupiter


Mars, the Warrior God, is approaching an opposition with Jupiter, the King God. Although the opposition won’t be exact until next week (January 13), we are already seeing the effects.

Mars represents our personal will and desire, it shows how we express ourselves aggressively and how we go about getting what we want. Jupiter represents our highest aspirations – our search for meaning and truth. When these two guys oppose each other the result is arrogance, braggadocio, and generally obnoxious behavior and increased aggression on the battlefield as well. Both are moving closer to Neptune which always tends to confuse the issues and create scapegoats, and as the intensity grows it will be unclear what directions things are really heading.

We are already seeing a marked increase in aggressive arrogance. In the news today we see:

  • Iran informing the UN that it intends to renew atomic fuel research and not showing up for a scheduled meeting with the Atomic Energy Agency;
  • Increased violence in Iraq with over 130 people killed in one day, one of the deadliest days since the invasion in 2003;
  • Russia’s angry reaction to the rebuke by Condoleeza Rice over gas controls in the Ukraine;
  • A potential uprising against the government in Syria;
  • Pat Robertson’s stupid remark that God smote Ariel Sharon and the angry reaction on all sides of the aisle;
  • David Letterman tells off Bill O’Reilly on national television (I really love this one – see the video at One Good Move).

Watch for the general atmosphere to become more aggressive, especially leading up toward the Full Moon on January 14. I expect these issues to become more explosive which could hopefully lead eventually toward real progress being made.

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By | 2006-01-06T17:47:00+00:00 January 6th, 2006|Planetary cycles|Comments Off on Braggadocio Increases as Mars Approaches Jupiter
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