Homosexuality is not what it used to be. Half a century ago, gay men and women hid their affiliation in a closely guarded cloak of secrecy. In today’s Aquarian world where even in the US twenty states plus the District of Columbia now permit gay marriage, more and more well-known people are coming out of the closet, including even football players. But not John Travolta or Tom Cruise. Both of these men, both Scientologists, interestingly enough, have struggled through their entire careers to keep the G word from erupting into their carefully crafted public persona. For John Travolta, this wall between public and private will soon collapse after a judge ruled that his former pilot has the right to tell the story of their gay affair. After studying astrology for 30 years, the asteroids are finally beginning to talk to me and one of the ones who is speaking up is Pallas (sometimes also called Pallas Athena since Athena was the Greek name for the same goddess). Pallas is often prominent in the charts of my gay clients, particularly the ones who identify as transgender. Pallas was a female goddess, but she sprang out of the head of her father, Jupiter, so there is an asexual quality to her power. Or more accurately, an ability to move easily between genders. In John Travolta’s chart, Pallas is exactly opposite the Sun. This is a very powerful aspect that challenges his sense of Self (Sun). Pallas is about six degrees away from an exact conjunction to Pluto in the chart, suggesting that there is a compulsive (Pluto) quality to this tension. Pluto of course is also opposite the Sun, an intense configuration that demands constant transformation and evolution as well as the revelation of dark secrets and usually, powerful experiences that transform our lives completely. Travolta has been dogged not only by rumors of gay dalliances and sexual harassment but also rumors of cross-dressing . Cross-dressing and homosexuality are two totally different things, but in both there is a blurring of gender lines. Over the past few years Travolta’s progressed chart reveals that the natal conjunction between Pallas and Pluto has become tighter and tighter, and currently it is just a few minutes away from exactitude (the exact alignment occurs December 2016). The progressed chart reveals the patterns of our personal evolution so it’s not surprising that these Plutonian secrets are beginning to emerge. This is ultimately a good thing, because any darkness that we struggle to keep in the psyche will rot and decay and eventually needs to be purged. Part of the Plutonian archetype is that secrets only hold power as long as they are hidden – once they are out in the Sun they begin to fade away and our true light can shine unhindered.
Thanks to my friends at Astrococktail for the link to this interesting article about writer Henry Miller. Miller was the author of several books that were shocking for their times (the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn were written in the 1930s and banned for many years. When I was in high school in the mid-1960s they were published in the US for the first time. Miller is also famed for his relationship with fellow writer Anais Nin who is best known for her works of erotica. His marriage to his second wife June was immortalized in the indie film Henry and June.
According to the article, Miller was approached by noted astrologer Sidney Omarr in the 1960s when Miller was living in California. Omarr wrote a study of the connection between astrology and Miller’s writings called “Henry Miller: His World of Urania” but Omarr also acted as Miller’s personal astrologer for many years as well as a personal friend according to letters he wrote to one of his wives.
The Greek goddess Urania, “Queen of the Heavens,” is known as the muse of astronomy, but in Greek times astrology and astronomy were one science. Uranus, the innovator and radical scientist, is also connected to astrology, and most astrologers and those interested in astrologer (including you, dear readers!) have a strong Uranian component in their chart.
Henry Miller is no exception. His astrological chart shows a conjunction of Uranus to the Moon and Mars, all in the seventh house. It forms a harmonious sextile to his Sun/Mercury conjunction (brilliant mind) which sits on the Midheaven of the chart (vocation). It forms a square to Venus, explaining his unconventional (Uranus) approach to relationships and marriage (Venus) and trines Jupiter, expanding that unconventionality into something that becomes a foundational framework for his life.
In his forward to Omarr’s book, Miller wrote:
“What interests me primarily in astrology is its holistic aspect. The man who is whole sees whole, and for him the universe is an ever expanding universe, that is, a universe more infinite to be part of … Only astrology can reveal this potential reality which is man’s kingdom — or the garden of fulfillment.”
For a fascinating look at Miller’s life and times, visit this site.
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The world’s most eligible bachelor is off the market – George Clooney has renounced his claim that he will never marry again and has become engaged to Amal Alamuddin, British human rights attorney.
George Clooney’s astrological chart here. George’s Sun is in Taurus, the sign of earthly delights, stability, security. Taureans crave a peaceful and serene environment and typically do not like change, but because his Sun is conjunct Mercury (the messenger god and ruler of communication and information), there is a part of him that will also crave a variety of experiences. His Moon, representing our need for emotional security, is in Capricorn and it is conjunct Saturn, the planet that rules Capricorn. This is what we astrologers call a “double whammy,” indicating that the Saturn/Capricorn principle of hard work and solitude is fused with his emotional needs. Saturn/Moon people need lots of alone time–often in their childhood they can be extremely lonely and unable to connect, and in later years this becomes a need for solitude in order to refresh one’s sense of safety.
Mars (personal drive and will) is in Leo in George’s chart, and this is where we find his prankster nature and love of practical jokes for which he is well known. Venus (relating to others) is in Aries, showing that George likes to take the lead in relationships. He in fact has been quoted as saying that he likes to be the one that pursues women, and not the other way around. With Mars and Venus both in fire signs (Leo and Aries), he has a natural exuberance. But I suspect very few people are able to get close to George because of the Saturn/Moon conjunction. This conjunction could also be responsible for George’s constant digestive/ulcer problems, since the Moon rules the stomach.
Chiron is a recently discovered planet or planetoid that shows where we have been imprinted with a deep wound that doesn’t heal, but which motivates us to change and evolve. George has Chiron right on the ascendant or rising sign, and it is opposite Pluto, the god of endings and transformation, which conjoins the descendant.
The ascendant/descendant axis describes our inner journey to balance the creation of our own identity (ascendant) with our need to connect with others (descendant). Chiron on the ascendant shows someone who is driven by their own woundedness to help to find greater expression of healing in their daily life and in the lives of others. Chiron/Ascendant people are rarely satisfied to find comfort in their inner world, it must be expressed outwardly.
Pluto on the descendant usually suggests intense experiences around relationships, especially marriage or business partnerships. There can be a fear of relationships because they seem so overwhelming, which they usually are. We can see how George has avoided the kind of relationships that would lead to marriage by the dating partners he has selected: a porn star, a wrestling queen, models, reality show stars. Women who were probably wonderful people in their own right, but not the kind of serious relationship prospect that would lead to a marriage of equals.
So why is he ready now for marriage after all these years? Of course there is the passage of time, which tends to help us to evolve and grow and work through many of our issues so that we can hopefully lead more productive and happier lives. But there are some astrological factors at work here.
First of all, Neptune, the planet of romance and fantasy, spirituality and yes, illusion, is crossing his ascendant. This transit can enhance the stars in our eyes and create delusions of love and romance, but it can also open up hearts that have been closed and help to soften our resistance to love. Also, Uranus, the planet of radical change, is transiting his natal Venus – an influence that can wake up something latent within us and give us a new perspective, turning our previously held beliefs upside down.
George’s progressed Venus has aligned with Mercury in his natal chart, encouraging him to open up his mind (Mercury) to love and relationships (Venus).
The two first met in October 2013 when transiting Jupiter was aspecting both his natal Venus and progressed Venus, activating his desire for love and connection. Saturn transits to Venus can cause relationship problems since Saturn creates challenges and limitations, but they also can evoke a desire for structure and Saturn is also transiting Venus right now.
There is also a big transit of Pluto (endings and transformation) in a challenging aspect to his Venus that began at the end of February. Pluto/Venus transits are generally known for ending relationships, but they can also help us to dig more deeply into our inner fears and motivations, giving us the courage to find transformation where our relationships are concerned. This would not normally be considered the most favorable aspect for marriage but because Pluto is so active in his natal chart this is a time when the inner recesses of his psyche will be unlocked and real change can occur.
I am a big fan of George Clooney and it seems he has met his match.
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Elizabeth Warren has gained fame over the past few years as a passionate defender of the economic rights of American citizens. She has an enthusiastic following and talk grows daily of a presidential run – talk which is continually denied by Ms. Warren.
Elizabeth Warren was born on June 22, 1949 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. When I begin to work on an astrological profile I generally try to find a birth time and Astrotheme is often a good source for that. Astrotheme scours the internet and other sources for accurate times, but sometimes they are not so accurate. Astrotheme cites a 1:51 pm birth time for Elizabeth Warren that seems to have originated with a rectification procedure by this astrologer. Rectification is a process whereby life events are carefully considered and compared with the progressed chart to identify placement of the angles (the Midheaven and Ascendant) and thereby pinpoint a time of birth. Rectification is not 100% reliable, and without a confirmed birth time I will not be looking at the houses or Ascendant or Midheaven.
Still, we can easily see where Ms. Warren’s radical fight for fairness for the common man originates in the chart. Her Sun is in Cancer – a placement which I have found often denotes an individual who is painfully and personally sensitive to global pain and suffering, and her Sun conjoins Uranus, the planet of radical thought and behavior. Sun/Uranus people march to their own drummer – in fact, they set the beat and it’s nearly always something unique and surprising.
Sun/Uranus people seek fairness and liberty. Although Ms. Warren ran for office as a Democrat, she has voted for both parties saying that neither party deserves to dominate.
In addition, her Mercury (communication) is conjunct Mars (aggression and assertive behavior) giving her that forceful communication style for which she is known. In fact, she was a debate champion in high school and won a debate scholarship to George Washington University. I would argue that a debate is different from a conversation because someone WINS – it is a quality of Mars to want to WIN an argument or a discussion.
We can see the lack of security in the square from Pluto (devastation and rebuilding) to her Taurus Moon (The Moon shows our need for emotional security and Taurus craves material security, so the Taurus Moon has an intense need for both.) Her father’s illness when she was twelve resulted in severe economic hardship and the need for both herself and her mother to work to support the family. (At the time her progressed Moon had just entered Scorpio, the sign of intense experiences that alter us forever.)
Her chart also shows a challenging square from Saturn (the teacher) to Chiron (healing old wounds). Saturn/Chiron people carry with them a sense of woundedness throughout their lives although as they age and grow personally they tend to work through those wounds and emotional sensitivities to become teachers and mentors.
Her political career began in 2008 when she was appointed by Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid to head the Congressional Oversight Panel. At the time transiting Pluto was opposite her natal Sun/Uranus conjunction. Pluto transits can be devastating periods of loss, but they can also be times when we discover our latent strengths and emerge into great periods of personal power as we see here. Between 2008 and 2009 while this transit was occurring, Ms. Warren gained fame as an advocate for consumer protections and in 2009 she received tremendous national recognition through various awards and was named Time’s person of the year.
In 2011 and 2012 transiting Uranus (restlessness and change) made a square to her natal Sun/Uranus conjunction. This is typically a time when we become frustrated with the status quo if it’s not working for us and become inspired to make great changes in our lives. During this period Ms. Warren’s passion for consumer protection put her at the center of the national discussion. At the same time her progressed Sun aligned with Saturn in her natal chart to give her strength and the ability to endure a difficult campaign for Senate.
Currently there is talk of Ms. Warren running for President in 2016. She has said she is not running, and her Senate term runs through 2018. She has some challenging transits of Saturn and Chiron from the summer of 2014 through 2015 which makes me wonder if she will have some health problems, we will need to wait and see about that.
In the meantime she continues her passionate work on behalf of the common man, in true Sun/Uranus fashion. (Source for much of the biographical data: Wikipedia)
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Dear readers – do not despair, I will soon be bringing you soothing words to calm your fears over the upcoming Grand Cross that is causing tabloid news to shiver around the globe. But meanwhile I have been fascinated with the personage that was L’Wren Scott who took her own life last week.
The birthchart of L’Wren Scott (born 4/28/1964 time unknown) shows someone who was born at the peak of the conjunction of Uranus to Pluto in 1964, with the Sun in Taurus. The Uranus/Pluto conjunction presided over the huge social cataclysm that we now call “The Sixties” – individuals who were born between 1962 and 1968 carry this archetype in their charts and are driven to create social change and transformation. Between 1964 and 1966 Saturn and Chiron opposed the Uranus/Pluto conjunction, and all of you born during those years have a certain degree of painful challenges (Saturn) and emotional wounds (Chiron) that require constant disruption and transformation (Uranus/Pluto).
What interests me about L’Wren is the difficulty she seems to have had establishing an identity of her own. She was adopted into a Mormon family and then changed her name at age 18 when she began a career as a fashion model in Paris. During her Saturn Return she moved to LA and became a PR rep for Prada and then a stylist to the stars. Her chart is a lucky one, with the Sun conjunct both Mercury (intelligence) and Jupiter (good fortune), but the Sun makes an opposition to Neptune, the planet of mystical transcendence, illusion and delusion.
Neptune/Sun people find it difficult to figure out who they are, and worse, they are misperceived by others (see my earlier post on this topic). L’Wren had many significators of success: Saturn (hard work) in harmony with Jupiter (good luck) and both harmonizing with the Node of the Moon signifying destiny. But she also had an unaspected Mars (meaning it made no aspects to other planets) which can “go off half-cocked” without the support of reasoned planning or strategy. (George W Bush also has an unaspected Mars and his impulsivity is rather well-recorded.)
Her career was stratospheric and she made her own way through most of it, relying on her boyfriend Mick Jagger only to help her launch her clothing line. But evidently the clothing line was losing money and L’Wren was falling deeper and deeper into debt. This is pure speculation, but I wonder whether having carefully crafted an identity for herself, when the facade began to crumble she may have felt that there was nothing underneath.
Over the past few years transiting Chiron had been activating the inner challenges of her natal Uranus/Pluto conjunction and the Saturn opposition, correlating with the downturn in the economy that caused her business to suffer. The Chiron transit to Pluto, which I often call the transit of “soul surgery” completed in February of this year and it evidently proved to be too much for L’Wren. I find this very sad, and while we can’t know what kind of internal processes she was going through or efforts towards healing she may have made, the fact that not one person in her immediate circle knew that she was in such distress reveals that the persona that she had so carefully crafted was so solid that it let no one inside.
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