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Paris — The City of Light Is Shocked

By Mary Plumb | November 16, 2015

I was imagining a gentle and subtle conversation about Saturn and Neptune for this week’s blog when world events took another dramatic turn. With the aim of offering astrological perspectives to TMA’s wide readership, we decided to link to some early commentators on the terrible event in Paris. (If this is too soon after the event for analysis for some of you, maybe just scroll to the song at the very bottom.)

Leah Whitehorse at Lua Astrology articulates many specific planetary aspects in the horoscope of the attack in Paris, including Uranus at the apex of a yod aspect and the Sabian symbol for the rising sign. She concludes by noting the significance of the south node moving into Pisces with these words:
“But if we really want change in the world, each of us must look to the details of our own lives, to resolve our own conflicts, to deal with our own inner demons, to shake off our fears of the unknown. The politics surrounding who did what to whom and why is mind-boggling and we may never know the entire truth of what is really going on. With the South Node entering Pisces, it is too easy to despair, but our collective task is not to give in but instead pick up the pieces and make this a better world.”

Here is an interview with Jean Jullien, the artist who created this image: Paris/peace symbol
“I can’t say I’m happy because it’s such a tragedy and such a horrible event,” he says. “I can just say that in all this horror there’s something positive that people are coming together in a sense of unity and peace.”

British astrologer Steve Judd has a short video on the event:

An article called Why attack Paris? is on the web site Astrology in Crime, hosted by an anonymous writer, Mountain Misst. This blog focuses first on the horoscope for France (the 5th Republic, October 6, 1958) and considers the asteroids and Black Moon Lilith. The attack chart is also written about in detail. “The 22 degree features strongly once again with the ascendant/horizon axis at 22°36′ Cancer (security breach).”

Tara Greene’s Pray for Paris – The Astrology of the Terrorist Attacks begins by a delineation of the chart for France: “France’s Moon at 21 degrees Cancer in the 4th house is all about food. It’s so feminine, home-loving and all about nurturing, very emotional and sentimental. The French are not known to be fighters, but defenders.”
She expresses a clear point of view in looking at the chart for the attack and what is ahead. “As I predicted last year and continue to predict for 2016, large scale detention camps will be set up in all major European cities and in the U.S. to detain Muslims and any suspected radical groups as a result of these acts of terrorism. Borders will be closed all over Europe. Astrologically, Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces will be a huge wake-up call for strong borders and to stop Sagittarius refugees, and the end of the Pisces compassion that has been shown by allowing religious fanatics so much freedom. This then allows them to become Pisces martyrs and internal enemies (like cancer cells) and we also then become their martyrs.”

Alison Gunn, Ph.D at Beyond the Stars, includes Arabic Parts in her quite detailed assessment. Among her points: “Further, the Arabic Part or Lot of Death is also conjunct the North Node, in Libra at 1°46′. This grouping falls in the 4th house within 1 – 3 degrees of the Imum Coeli, what I see as the most sensitive point in the chart, since it represents the ‘dark underbelly’ of hidden, deeply-felt psychological motivations.
The Arabic Part of Suicide (three of the assassins wore suicide vests, and apparently seven out of eight of the killers committed suicide) at 27°22′ Gemini, falls in square to the Node/Mars/Part of Death (from the 12th house to the 4th house/IC).”

Mundane astrologer Ed Tamplin begins his weekly blog: “It’s very difficult running any commentary on the Friday 13 events of Paris. It’s difficult dissecting any human tragedy. Life is not supposed to be the theatre of war. Neither was the Bataclan Concert Hall. In an instant it became one. A series of six coordinated attacks from 9:16 p.m. brought the horrors of the Middle East reigning down upon the City of Lights. Paris became a war zone.”

Adam Elenbaas at Nightlight Astrology writes his thoughts in Paris Attacks and the Saturn-Neptune Square. “First, let’s remember that the Saturn-Neptune square easily creates the feeling of simple, obvious victims and simple, obvious enemies. Scapegoats, martyrs, sinners, and saints. Black and white. And this is the stark literalism of Saturn as well as the deluded or intoxicated haze and victimhood of Neptune. To put it simply, there are bombs being dropped on innocent people by ‘democracies’ day in and day out, and these events are justified because of similarly extreme beliefs that uphold the western/capitalist/consumerist/materialist way of life. We are just as fiercely complicit in ideological violence (or at least we should sincerely consider this if we haven’t) as any other group. Our finger may not be on the triggers, but that’s because we’ve dissolved the cold feeling of the trigger with the Neptunian warmth of media, film, wealth, and Starbucks idealism about the reality of things (notice the Saturn-Neptune themes again!).”

If you like Michael Franti, here is a song that has a special poignancy now: Hey World, (Don’t Give Up)

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A life on the feminist frontier

By Mary Plumb | November 2, 2015

Gloria Steinem was born on March 25, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio at 10 a.m. (1) The horoscope has some powerful signatures of strength and focus: Scorpio on the Ascendant, a Leo Moon, and Mars conjunct the Sun in Aries.

Gloria Steinem
March 25, 1934, 10 p.m.
Toledo, Ohio
Whole sign houses, True node

Gloria Steinem natal

She has talked about her newest book, My Life on the Road in several recent interviews. (2)

book jacket

Steinem has been a leader and symbol of the Women’s Movement since the 1970s, dedicated, through different venues, to understanding (and changing) the political, economic, and social barriers to women’s rights. She has received many accolades in her long and productive life; I will mention a few themes in her personal life in this article. (3)

Gloria Steinem’s father, Leo, was the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland and Germany. (There is a family lineage of activism: Steinem’s paternal grandmother was active in the National Woman Suffrage Association, a delegate to the International Council of Women, and also rescued many members of her family from the Holocaust.) (4)

She traveled nearly constantly as a child; her father was a salesman who she describes as having been financially unreliable and “utterly irresponsible.” (5)

Her mother was highly educated, an avid reader, and a pioneer newspaper reporter until emotional troubles overtook her. Described, in the vernacular of the day, as having had a “nervous breakdown,” Steinem says, “Her spirit was broken.” Despite these difficulties, Steinem says, “I always had parents who loved me…. She was a loving, wonderful woman, super loving towards me.” (A testament perhaps to the Sun ruling both the Midheaven and the Leo Moon and in a trine to the natal Moon in the 10th.)

Her parents split up in 1944, the year her solar arc Moon conjoined the natal South Node at 18°27′ Leo. She became the caregiver for her mother that pivotal year, which also brought a lunar eclipse (February 8, 1944) at 19° Leo on the nodal axis.

In 1969 she came out as “an active feminist” when she covered an abortion “speak-out” for a magazine. The solar arc Sun-Mars (5° and 9° Aries in the natal) had come to 9° and 13° Taurus, surrounding the natal Descendant at 12°24′ Taurus. (She describes the abortion she had in 1957 as being a pivotal event in her life. Her new book is dedicated to the doctor who helped her at that time.)

With the Moon in Leo, she is passionate about the power of telling stories. About the 1969 “speak-out” mentioned above, she said: “So I sat there as a reporter for New York magazine, listening to women tell their stories that were tragic and ludicrous and every human emotion all wrapped into one, and suddenly I thought, ‘Wait a minute, I had an abortion.’ And actually 1 in 3 American women has needed an abortion at some time in her life, so why is this illegal and why is it dangerous? It’s the kind of revelation that comes from people just telling the truth and discovering they’re not alone.”

Another natal aspect is Mercury in Pisces opposite Neptune in Virgo, an aspect that can indicate a gift of empathy and an ability to listen to others. In a newspaper column from last year (called This is What 80 Looks Like), after a discussion on how her outer appearance had always attracted much attention, Gail Collins wrote about Steinem: “But the interior always mattered. The other thing that made Steinem unique was her gift for empathy. Women who read about her or saw her on TV felt that if they ran into her on the street, they would really get along with her. And women who actually did run into her on the street felt the same way. More than a half-century into her life as an international celebrity, she remains stupendously approachable, patient with questions, interested in revelations. When she goes to events, young women flock around her. All celebrities draw crowds, of course. The difference is that when Steinem is at the center, she’s almost always listening.” (6)

With Cancer on the (whole-sign) 9th house, the ruler (Moon) is in her 10th, suggesting that Steinem’s philosophy and beliefs are important to her career. This placement also suggests that travel is connected to her public life. (Her new book is called My Life on the Road.)  In an October 2015 NPR interview, Steinem estimates that she has spent at least half of her time on the road for over 40 years. As Terry Gross said in the interview, she has traveled with a purpose — to raise awareness about women’s issues and organize women around the world.

Saturn in a night birth is considered to be more potentially difficult than in a day chart. In Steinem’s chart, Saturn is in Aquarius in the 4th house. She said in the interview that she “grew up too early,” being responsible for her mother at age 10, after her father left. She also said that it took her until the age of 50 to begin to create a comfortable home for herself. Her friends helped her decorate (Venus in Aquarius); she mentioned the great pleasure she got from buying “antique sheets,” calling it “orgiastic.” This is surely a new image for how Venus and Saturn can manifest.

Although she has had many lovers and has been very open about how much she has enjoyed her sexual life, she married only once. Fittingly for her 7th-house ruler, Venus, conjunct Saturn, she was 66 when she married, and her husband died three years later of brain lymphoma.

Venus in Aquarius is rising ahead of the Sun, and as a morning star Venus is Lucifer, the light bringer. At Gloria Steinem’s birth, Venus was at her maximum brightness in the predawn sky, a striking symbol of a vibrant and pioneering life — a life that does not seem to be slowing down at the age of 81.(7)

(1) Astrodatabank, AA

(2) Here is a current in-depth article about Gloria Steinem: Road Warrior The New Yorker, October 19, 2015.

(3) A few key events in her professional life: Gloria Steinem co-founded Ms magazine in 1972 and was the first woman to speak at the National Press Club.

(4) Biographical material from Wikipedia

(5) Direct quotes from the October 2015 NPR interview

(6) This is What 80 Looks Like by Susan Collins, New York Times, March 23, 2014.

(7) See her web site: Gloria Steinem

Bio: Mary Plumb is TMA’s Book and Web Editor. She offers private sessions and tutoring and can be reached at

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Revisiting the Chart for Israel as the Risk of a Third Intifada Increases

By Pat Paquette | October 19, 2015

For the past month, a new wave of violence has spread through Israel, triggered by clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police at the sacred site in the Old City of Jerusalem known as Temple Mount to Jews and as the Haram, or “Noble Sanctuary,” to Muslims. (1)

Some observers fear the violence is leading to a Third Intifada, roughly translated as “rebellion” or “uprising.” During the previous intifadas, which began in 1987 and 2000, more than 5,000 Palestinians and 1,200 Israelis were killed. (2,3,4)

Since the clashes on September 27 (the “blood moon” lunar eclipse), 40 Palestinians and seven Israelis have been killed. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Berlin this week and has just confirmed that he also will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. (5)

It’s far beyond the scope of a blog post to do an astrological analysis of the conflict. My purpose here is to revisit the chart for Israel and to present some additional information that might be of interest to those using astrology to increase our understanding of this volatile and extremely dangerous geopolitical situation.

I didn’t realize how much contention there was about Israel’s chart until I joined an online discussion back in 2010. That thread is no longer accessible. However, I recall being surprised by the various attempts to rectify the chart to an exact minute and second that Jewish leader David Ben-Gurion uttered the words establishing the State of Israel. The meeting at which he read the Declaration began at 4 p.m., and this is well-documented. Some of the hesitation seemed to be that the 4 p.m. chart has Libra Rising, which doesn’t fit with the character of Israel as a nation constantly at war. Some have argued for a Scorpio Rising chart, but the historical documentation simply doesn’t support it. (6)

Declaration of the Establishment of Israel
May 14, 1948, 4 p.m.
Tel Aviv, Israel (Rodden A)
Placidus houses, True node

Israel 4 pm chart

I am an investigative reporter by training, so I decided to do some historical research. I started with the declaration itself, which clearly states that independence would begin when the British Mandate for Palestine expired at midnight. I also found a historical account at the Truman Library. I posted my findings in a comment on the aforementioned discussion thread. While it got several up votes, there was virtually no debate. (7)

Five years later, I stumbled upon an old thread on Noel Tyl’s mundane astrology forum started in June 2010 by a member who had seen my post with the link to the Truman Library. The midnight chart again was roundly dismissed. Among the responses was a strong preference for a rectification by Alexander Marr to 4:15:07. Astro-Databank gives this as the alternative to the 4 p.m. chart and mentions only in passing that independence was a fait accompli at midnight. (8)

The thread also contained a curious comment that Nick Campion thought the Truman Library account was too confusing. That was enough to send me back to the drawing board, as it were. After hours of digging, I found a monograph with an English translation of Ben-Gurion’s diaries. Here’s the critical passage:

“One closes the simple notebook that had served as his diary for a period ending at that point with the terse announcement: ‘At four o’clock in the afternoon, we declared independence.’ Notations after 4:00 P.M. were made in a fresh diary, which begins with an equally dramatic announcement: ‘At four o’clock in the afternoon, the State was established. Our fate is in the hands of the defence forces.'”(9)

Well, that totally convinced me I’d been wrong. Still, I had a vague sense I was missing something. I kept searching and eventually found two additional sources that I believe strongly argue for the midnight chart. To my knowledge, these sources have not been cited elsewhere.

The first is an analysis of the Declaration on the website of the Israel Foreign Ministry noting that independence would be effective as of midnight. It went on to say:

“At the festive session that approved the Declaration, the newly proclaimed state (which, strictly speaking, had not yet come into existence at that moment) passed its first legislative act: the Manifesto, whose name and format have no parallel in the Israeli lawbooks. According to the legal experts of the time, this document was needed because the Declaration itself, although equipped with a quasi-legislative section that stipulated the inauguration of the state’s provisional governing institutions, amounted to a public proclamation and was not an authentic legislative act.” (Emphasis mine.) (10)

The second source is a letter from the provisional government to President Truman asking for the recognition of Israel by the United States. According to the letter, “The Act of Independence will become effective at one minute after six o’clock on the evening of 14 May 1948, Washington time.” (11)

In other words, 12:01 a.m. in Tel Aviv.

It wasn’t a foregone conclusion that Israel would become a state the moment the mandate ran out. In fact, the United States wanted them to wait. They considered it, but with enemy troops already inside their borders, they had no time to lose. Moreover, May 14 was a Friday, and they didn’t want to hold the ceremony on Sabbath, which began at sunset. (12)

I believe the sources above show that the declaration was proclaimed in the afternoon for expediency and that the wording made it clear nothing was official until midnight. Not only did the provisional government want to avoid making the announcement on Sabbath, but they needed to prepare for an attack at midnight by the Arab League. There could be no midnight ceremony or celebrating in the streets. As for Ben-Gurion’s diary entry proclaiming that the state was established at 4 p.m., clearly it wasn’t. It’s hard to guess his motivation, but he was a politician. Moreover, his diaries weren’t intended to be private. (13)

The midnight chart has 14° Aquarius on the Ascendant. In reading critiques over the years, I’ve seen comments that Aquarius isn’t a good fit for Israel. To the contrary, I believe it fits amazingly well. Mundane astrology uses traditional planetary rulers of house cusps, so the ruler of this chart is Saturn, which is conjunct the Descendant by just over 2° and conjunct Pluto by less than 4°. The 7th house is the house of open enemies, and it’s also where we find Mars.

Israel becomes a state

May 15, 1948, 12:01 a.m.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Placidus houses, True node
Israel 12:01 am chart

Indeed, the midnight chart presents an accurate and chilling image of immediate danger from enemies seeking the fledgling nation’s total annihilation — and, one might add, of a national identity based on fear of being destroyed.

Incidentally, I contacted Nick Campion regarding the comment about the Truman Library, and he replied that he didn’t believe he said that. He added:

“My last word on the problem is in the Book of World Horoscopes and my principle is that the sources should be reported. Each source relates to a particular context and that’s the end of the matter.”

The argument seems to boil down, then, to whether you think the symbolism of the announcement or the reality of statehood is more important. Obviously, I choose the latter, but I understand the argument for 4 p.m. What I stridently avoid is using one chart over the other because it “works better.”


1. “Israeli police, Palestinians clash at al-Aqsa compound”, Al Jazeera, Sept. 27, 2015.

2. “‘I’m telling you that this massacre will happen again’: Lessons from the 2014 Russell Tribunal for the new intifada,” by Dr. Peter F. Cohen, Mendoweiss, Oct. 12, 2015.

3. “What’s Behind the Explosions of Violence in Palestine? — The Destruction of Religious Sites and ‘Extrajudicial Executions’ of Palestinian Teenagers,” by Prof. David Palumbo-Liu, The Huffington Post, Oct. 14, 2015.

4. Intifada, Wikipedia.

5. “John Kerry confirms meeting with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas,” by Kate Shuttleworth, The Guardian, Oct. 18, 2015.

6. Chart for Israel independence, May 14, 1948, 4 p.m., Tel Aviv. Nicholas Campion, The Book of World Horoscopes (2004 edition) p. 166.

7. Israel, “Historical Background and Chronology,” Truman Library.

8. Israel Astro-Databank

9. “Proclaiming Independence: Five Days in May from Ben-Gurion’s Diary,” by Tuvia Friling and S. Ilan Troen, Israel Studies, Vol. 3.1 Spring 1998.

10. “The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel,” by Prof. Emanuel Gutmann (now professor emeritus at Hebrew University)

11. Letter From Israel’s Provisional Government Asking for Recognition from the United States.
Jewish Virtual Library

12. “Establishment of Israel,” Jewish Virtual Library

13. “Arab League: Declaration on the Invasion of Palestine.” Jewish Virtual Library

Bio: Pat Paquette is a writer, editor, and astrologer living on Vashon Island, WA. She has been blogging on astrology since December 2005. Her weekly astrological forecasts appear on the blog of her website,, where you also can find a collection of her past articles.

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The Uranus Opposition – Start Your Revolution

By Amy Herring | September 7, 2015

The headline at Buzzfeed reads Rose McGowan is Starting a Revolution.

Indeed. And right on time.

After tweeting a photo of casting notes, which instructed her to wear form-fitting and revealing clothing for an audition, actor Rose McGowan woke to find that her tweet had gone viral. (1) That, and another tweet a week later admonishing her agency for dropping her because of the controversy, had her drawing support and encouragement to “fight on” when it comes to misogyny and Hollywood. (2)

This may only be one of many culminating points in an ongoing awakening for Rose, which began, according to her, in the late 2000s when a series of traumatic events had her “dismantling,” as she puts it. The illness and death of her father and a car accident were just two of the intense happenings that kicked off this growth period (right around the time Pluto squared her own Pluto — but that’s another story).

In a YouTube interview, Rose said: “In the last seven years, without being totally aware of what I was doing, I was completely disengaging and separating.” (3)


Uranus represents the part of us to which we must stay true, when the external environment presses us to conform not to our own standards, but to an accepted norm. Whether it’s a well-meaning parent’s advice, a cultural paradigm, or an authority figure’s judgment, we are always under subtle (and not so subtle) pressures to fit in.

This cannot be reduced to the simple desire to want others to like us; it is more primal, more subconscious, and the stakes are higher than they seem on the surface. To truly be an outcast can threaten our very survival, and if we don’t play by the rules of the powers that be, we can perish by them — sometimes not just metaphorically; there may be good reasons why we ignore Uranus’s whispers, or translate them into safer, less-threatening ways to display our individuality.

Uranus represents the urge to live and express ourselves authentically, whether the stakes are large or small. The struggle for authenticity, and the stress we experience when sacrificing or embracing it, is real, whether we mask our true nature to avoid bullying at school or boldly become whistle-blowers afraid for our very lives. Uranus in our natal chart represents where and in what ways we not only think outside the box, but often refuse, sometimes vehemently, to be boxed in.

Why do we dare to break the mold or risk being shunned as an outcast? Freedom. The burden of a secret, of a false life on any level, can build up like a toxin. The safe but false feeling of acceptance may be of too little comfort, having us live constantly vigilant that our secret not be exposed, or simply suffering the exhaustion of keeping up a façade. When we are accepted for that which we are not, we may still feel just as alone as we fear we might be for revealing who we truly are. Pluto is often involved whenever dismantling, as Rose put it, is required, but Uranus is Pluto’s bedfellow when an old skin needs to be shed; it is The Liberator.

The Uranus Opposition: A Celestial Monkey Wrench

Into everyone’s life a little Uranus must fall, but not always at the same times in our lives or with the same intensity or sequence of events. A natal chart is essentially a map of the sky at the time of a birth, revealing the location of the planets and a few other heavenly favorites at that moment. Although the planets in our natal map are frozen in time, the movement of the planets from then on is not. Uranus’s orbit may be predictable (a word which Uranus would scowl about being associated with) but, depending on the orientation of the planets in your natal chart, you may experience Uranus crossing over the position of your Sun, for example, at age two while your neighbor may not experience it until age 62. It all depends on the starting line: your birth moment.

This variability applies to all the planets, except for one very predictable exception: a planet’s orientation to itself. Any planet will eventually return to its original location, for example. So while Uranus may cross your Sun’s position at age two, but your neighbor’s Sun position at age 62, you and everyone who lives to be the ripe old age of 84 will experience Uranus’s return around that age. Halfway through that cycle, at about age 42, everyone experiences the Uranus opposition, the period of time when Uranus is opposite its original position in everyone’s natal chart. (4)

During this period of time, which can last a number of months, we are called to wake up. We might experience sudden events, epiphanies, breakups, or breakdowns. Because Uranus represents things that happen suddenly and without warning, personal changes can take us by surprise just as much as they do to those around us. Uranus represents liberation via separation; the ability to see something or someone objectively is dependent on our distance from it. We may find that the idea, belief, relationship, job, or religion just does not have the same meaning or relevance in our lives that it had just months before, maybe for no discernible reason.

It’s likely no accident that many of the obvious disruptive events that take place during a classic mid-life crisis happen around this age. We may feel rebellious, full of angst, or frustrated, often in response to a feeling of being trapped. These trappings may have been our own doing and even served us well once, but at the Uranus opposition, it’s time to re-authenticate, and that may mean breaking up not just with a job or a partner, but with our former selves.

The Uranus opposition can bring about the awareness of a need to break away from something that we may have been previously in league with, even if only by default, in an effort to reveal and express something essential about our true self. “Be Yourself” is Uranus’s call to action, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. Sometimes that which we were, thought we were, or thought we would always be, turns out to be that which inhibits us from becoming who we are. Uranus’s opposition is the cosmic monkey wrench that stops the autopilot engine so we can really think about where we’re going and whether or not it’s a dead-end.

Rose’s Revolution Evolution

Rose’s own Uranus lies in a close conjunction with Venus in her natal chart, in the sign of Libra in her 5th house.

Inner wheel: Natal chart: Rose McGowan (Placidus houses, true node)
September 5, 1973
11:38 p.m.
Certaldo, Italy 43n33 11e02 AA data
Outer wheel: transits for June 17, 2015 


Rose’s Uranian individuality is expressed not only in her relationship needs and style, but also her creative and artistic inclinations, which can be especially revealing in a profession that revolves heavily around creativity, art, self-expression, and/or performance, such as an actor and director like Rose. The expression of beauty and its manifestation through modeled gender roles is also a way Rose’s unique perspective will come through — bucking beauty standards and assumptions about women and relationships are just a few examples of something she’s born to do. To her, expression of one’s beauty may be simply about being who you are, not your gender identity. She has spoken several times about being raised in what she sees as a “gender-neutral” environment. “I don’t remember ever seeing any mirrors,” she said in the interview on Buzzfeed. “I grew up without actually registering that I was a girl or a boy.” (5)

Astrology is always understood and expressed through the lens of the current era. Traditionally, Venus has represented the feminine and this has been expressed in a certain way in astrological literature and practice in the past — Venus in a woman’s chart represents the way she expresses her femininity, and in a man’s chart, it describes what he wants in a woman, often with the assumption that any femininity a man might want to express must be projected onto a female, and that all men are heterosexual. In the current age, modern thought begins to offer us more complexity and nuance in how gender, sexuality, and femininity are expressed and understood. Indeed, this is a significant part of what has been incubating since the birth of the Uranus-in-Libra generation (roughly, those born between late 1968 and late 1975), and it blossoms as they hit the middle decades of life.

Although just shy of exact, transiting Uranus has been opposing Rose’s natal Uranus (and Venus) since mid-to-late spring. Although Rose’s tweet was self-initiated, the unanticipated reactions that resulted are right up Uranus’s alley. It’s no surprise that within the context of her life and her chart, the wake-up call comes in the form of authenticity (Uranus) and equality (Libra) in feminine and creative expression (Venus, 5th house).

Many probably hope she’s not just having a momentary rebellion, but that she’s really going to spearhead change, or at least join the cause in an active, visible way. Uranus sounds the alarm but there’s no guarantee that we won’t push the snooze button. The stamina and commitment to walk the unbeaten path is not easy, and while we may nod absently at the platitude, the magnitude of that truth isn’t always fully realized when we’re still running hot on a dose of reactionary indignation. It feels good to push back against what we feel has been oppressing us, even if (and sometimes especially if) it’s been we, ourselves, in the form of internalized beliefs, judgmental voices, and so on. But the consequences — sometimes surprising, far-reaching, and painful — of breaking with that “norm” can be a hard burden to bear. So we won’t judge Rose too harshly if she doesn’t single-handedly change the world, or even Hollywood, will we?

Uranus breaks stuff so we can have a breakthrough. It’s up to us what we do with it from there, but our viewpoint can be forever changed, providing that “before and after” perspective that is hard to forget or ignore. Even after the temporary upheaval of a Uranus opposition is over, the ripples go out to the edges.

This is the first of four passes Uranus will make to oppose Rose’s Venus-Uranus conjunction. In 2016 and early 2017, Uranus will oppose this conjunction again, sending the ripple out further each time. For now, it looks like she’s taking it and running with it.

Again, from the interview: “For me, in my life, I’m just done ‘being allowed’ to be anything. I’m just no longer interested in people that will allow me to be anything because who are you to allow me to be anything? How dare you.” (6)

Have you experienced a Uranian revolution? Please comment and share your story!


(1) Twitter

(2) Twitter

(3) YouTube

(4) There is a small variability in the length and age of exactness of a planet’s return to its natal position and its contacts to its natal position along the way. This is largely due to the apparent retrograde phenomenon, when a planet temporarily appears to travel backward across the backdrop of the sky. But the variability window caused by retrograde motion is a matter of months, not years. No one experiences Uranus opposing itself at age 34, for example; it will be around age 42, sometimes slightly earlier, sometimes slightly later.

(5) Buzzfeed

(6) YouTube

Bio: Amy Herring is a graduate of Steven Forrest’s Evolutionary Astrology program, Amy has been a professional astrologer for 20 years. She has written two books on astrology: Astrology of the Moon and the forthcoming Essential Astrology. She especially enjoys teaching and writing about astrology. Visit for readings, classes, and educational videos.

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American Revolutionary

By Kate Plumb | August 24, 2015

Who can say there is no life after death when we see such a dramatic example of it with the successful opening of the Broadway musical Hamilton? The show opened off-Broadway at The Public Theater in January, in time for Hamilton’s 260th birthday (January 11, 1755). (1)

Alexander Hamilton

January 11, 1755 (rectified by Regulus, LLC (see Footnotes 1 & 3)
1:23:37 p.m. LMT
Charlestown, Saint Kitts-Nevis
62w37 17n08 (Whole sign houses, Mean node)

Alexander Hamilton natal

After a sold-out run at the Public, Hamilton opened on Broadway on August 6th to rave reviews, e.g.: “Yes, it really is that good,” was the opening line from the New York Times reviewer, Ben Brantley.

My enthusiasm for Hamilton went into full-blown rapture, as did Lin-Manuel Miranda’s, the composer and star of Hamilton, while reading Ron Chernow’s award-winning biography Alexander Hamilton (2004). Miranda read Chernow’s biography while on vacation in Mexico in 2008. Jody Rosen, in a recent article on the musical, quotes the composer: “‘I was immediately captivated,’ Miranda says. ‘He’s an inspirational figure to me. And an aspirational one.'” She further writes: “In Hamilton, he saw a figure he recognized: a word-drunk firebrand with untrammeled ambition, raw talent, an outsize ego and a lust for combat, verbal and otherwise. Miranda saw a rapper.” (2)

Collaborating with Chernow, composer Stephen Sondheim and the hip-hop group the Roots, Miranda has brought Colonel Hamilton to life and to Broadway.

As an astrologer, my curiosity was aroused — why at this moment in time is there such a dramatic renewal of his life? Using a birth chart rectified by the masterful Regulus Astrology, LLC, with permission, I looked into the progressions and transits of opening night to Colonel Hamilton’s birth chart. (3)

Alexander Hamilton: natal, progressed and transits

Inner wheel: Hamilton natal; middle: Hamilton, progressed to Aug. 6, 2015: outer: transits to Broadway opening, Aug. 6, 2015, 8:00 p.m., Manhattan, NY


Hamilton triwheel

At the play’s opening, the exalted Moon in sustainable (and prosperous) Taurus bodes well for the show’s success — the Moon exactly squares the 8 p.m. curtain-up Ascendant at 13°46′ Aquarius, and forms a trine to transiting Pluto. As the Moon moves through Taurus she meets the Sun, Venus, Mercury in Leo by square, then opposes Saturn in Scorpio, just before meeting Jupiter in the 29th degree of Leo, the degree of Regulus, the king-maker.

The connections between the transiting planets and Hamilton’s progressed chart are amazing. The Moon at 13° Taurus on opening night was at the midpoint of the Colonel’s Taurus Ascendant (19°53′) and his Part of Fortune (9°48′ Taurus).  This transiting Moon is exactly trine Hamilton’s progressed Ascendant, as transiting Pluto, the planet of regeneration, sits on the progressed Ascendant in its retrograde phase. The natal Moon in Hamilton’s chart is 11°12′ Capricorn opposite his progressed Moon at 13° Cancer, sextiling opening night Moon (13° Taurus) and sitting on the progressed Descendant at 13° Cancer — just coming above the horizon to be noticed — and just past a sextile to his progressed Uranus at 12°25′ Pisces. I remember what old-time astrologer Sophia Mason always said — it is the Moon that times things. She is the one you have to wait for.  This is probably particularly true here, as the Moon is the exalted ruler of Hamilton’s natal Taurus rising and plays a big role in his life.

Transiting Uranus at 20° Aries is squaring natal Saturn/Sun at 20°- 21° Capricorn, awakening the sleeping giant and his legacy, and opposing the progressed Part of Fortune at 21° Libra. Taurus, ruled by Venus, is retrograde at 25° Capricorn in the natal chart. Opening night has Venus again retrograde at 27° Leo. Progressed Venus is 28° Virgo square his natal Mars at 29° Sagittarius.  (It would take additional research to connect the dots on the reactivation of the retrograde Venus.)

Transiting Neptune at 9°04′ Pisces is transiting over the Colonel’s natal Uranus at 8°41′ Pisces. He is being brought alive in a hip-hop, rap, rhythmic, innovative and historically accurate musical. These young artists are changing the language of musicals just as Hamilton and his colleagues changed history.  The transiting outer planets all have a role as well — Pluto and Uranus are in a waxing square, the same waxing square that Hamilton was born under.

For readers who follow symmetrical astrology, there is an emphasis on the Aries point. Progressed Jupiter has crossed into 0°31′ Libra, on the Aries point, which, in the natal chart, has Mars (29°06′ Sagittarius) and the following midpoints (on the 45° dial): Sun/Uranus, Moon/Jupiter, Asc/Part of Fortune, Asc/Mc, and Mercury/Mars. Over the past seven years, as Miranda was working on this project, Hamilton’s progressed Sun (now at 5°46′ Libra) first hit his natal Mars at 29°06′ Sagittarius and then activated his Aries point.

We need to look at the nodes. Colonel Hamilton’s natal Jupiter is retrograde at 18°32′ Virgo. His progressed North Node is at 19° Virgo heading back to the natal Jupiter. And probably most surprising of all — although not to astrologers — Colonel Hamilton is having a nodal return. The (mean) natal node is 3°01′ Libra and the transiting node on the opening night on Broadway was 3°23′ Libra. This would be another research project — looking at all the times this has happened before every 18 years and perhaps making connections between current events and Hamilton’s role in those events.

Who says you cannot rectify a chart? Or that life doesn’t go on, even after you are no longer in the body?


(1) A note about birth dates: There has always been a misunderstanding about Hamilton’s birth year, either 1755 or 1757.  In the research for his biography Chernow went to his birthplace and read the records. He concluded that Hamilton lied about his age when he left the West Indies and came to New York. Regulus Astrology, LLC came to the same conclusion in his rectification. Both concur the year was 1755.

(2) New York Times Style magazine, July 19, 2015; The American Revolutionary by Jody Rosen

(3) For those unfamiliar with Regulus, LLC, here is the website. If you go to the Research section and scroll down to Supplement Part I, you will find the rectification for Alexander Hamilton.

Here is TMA’s review of The Rectification Manuel: The American Presidency (2007).

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The Eight-Year Cycle of Venus and the Global Economy

By Arielle Guttman | August 10, 2015

Astrology is the study of cycles and patterns. What goes around comes back around. It is always interesting to look at where we were the last time a particular planetary return occurred and take stock of where we are now and what we’ve learned in the process. This summer it is time to look at where we were eight years ago, the summer of 2007, as a point of reference to where we are now.

Nearly eight years ago, on August 9, 2007, the housing bubble burst, beginning the Great Global Financial Crisis, which has taken the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. (1) That event was signified astrologically by a Venus retrograde cycle across the cusp of Virgo/Leo which also passed through the rings of Saturn three times (i.e., was conjunct). The planetary alignment for August 9, 2007 shows natal Venus at 29° Leo, Saturn at 26° Leo and the Venus Star Point (exact on August 15) at 25° Leo. (2) There was also a Neptune opposition to all three of these points, from Aquarius. With the two Venuses sandwiching with Saturn, the financial news and even the news for the romantically inclined was heading toward depressing, if not downright grief-producing. And with Neptune inserting itself into this mix, a whole lot of delusion, deception, and disappointment — cry me a river of tears. That event produced the domino effect of a financial crisis that has been called the worst one since the Great Depression of the 1930s.  It has, in fact, been nicknamed The Great Recession.

Most of us were not alive for the crash in the 1930s, but for the past eight years, it might seem that economic conditions in an unsettled world have been tough to endure. Economist Richard Wolff has stated that we were headed full speed into a brick wall in 2007 and nothing has changed. (3) He seems to indicate that we have learned nothing from that event and are ultimately headed there again. The questions are: can we look to the Venus Star Pentagram to track the progression of these economic cycles, and if so, how?

The answer is YES, we can use the Venus Pentagram to track these cycles. Venus is the key to this cycle in that the pentagram she produces with Earth while orbiting the Sun completes one round in eight years.

graphics by Arielle Guttman



So here we are, August 2015, coming into the critical eight-year return cycle of Venus. Where have we come from, what have we learned (Saturn always gives us ample opportunity to learn something big), and where do we go from here?

In August, Venus is again in a retrograde cycle in Virgo/Leo, squaring Saturn, conjoining Jupiter, and opposing Neptune. Venus squares Saturn three times (July 14, August 5, October 10), along with its buoyant and optimistically inclined conjunctions with Jupiter (July 1, August 4, October 25).

It is useful to examine the Venus Retrograde cycle itself. Every 1.6 years Venus goes retrograde on one of the 5 Star Points of its orbiting star. Every eight years it comes back nearly exactly to the point where it transited before. This year it repeats the retrograde on the Virgo/Leo cusp, but instead of interacting solely with Saturn, we find this Venus Star Point (VSP) also dancing with Jupiter a total of three times. Unlike the Saturn-Neptune configuration of eight years ago that captured Venus in her path and ultimately initiated a slow unraveling of the economic system, Jupiter’s presence this time will offer hope, optimistic bullishness, and even some greedy grabbing up of basic resources before the ultimate ring-pass-not of Saturn and Neptune puts a crash landing to it all. (4)

2007 Venus Star Leo Cycle Events: 2015 Venus Star Leo Cycle Events:
July 1: Venus conjunct Saturn – 22° Leo July 1: Venus conjunct Jupiter – 22° Leo
July 27: Venus Retrograde – 3° Virgo July 14: Venus square Saturn – 28° Leo/Scorpio
August 13: Venus conjunct Saturn (2nd) – 27° Leo July 25: Venus Retrograde – 1° Virgo
August 18: Venus Star Point – 25° Leo August 4: Venus conjunct Jupiter (2nd) – 29° Leo
September 8: Venus Direct – 16° Leo August 5: Venus square Saturn (2nd) – 28° Leo/Scorpio
October 13: Venus conjunct Saturn (3rd) – 5° Virgo August 15: Venus Star Point – 23° Leo
September 6: Venus Direct – 14° Leo
October 10: Venus square Saturn (3rd) – 2° Virgo
October 25: Venus conjunct Jupiter (3rd) – 16° Virgo

Note the similarities between the dates and degrees of the Venus Star cycle of 2007 and 2015:

Both Venus Retrograde cycles occur on the Leo/Virgo cusp;

Both Venus Star Points occur in the third decanate of Leo;

Both Venus events encounter Saturn three times.

The primary difference is that the 2015 cycle encompasses Jupiter three times. With Jupiter representing hope, expansion, risk-taking, speculation, and inflated values and ideas (certainly Venus to Jupiter can overdo it on a grand scale, spending at a dizzying rate), we will no doubt witness some of that during this period. But with Saturn squares still in the picture, there is a strong degree of conservatism at play here. Will the Venus Star, poised between Jupiter and Saturn, have the effect of neutralizing one another? More likely, there will be a vast surge of buying contrasted rather quickly by a sudden and necessary act of selling. In October we have a three-way encounter between Venus, Saturn, and Neptune: October 10–16 is definitely a time to watch financial indicators very carefully, especially in regard to those individuals and companies who are being deceptive. But the whole period of July through October 2015 is definitely when we will likely witness the titans of the world (banks, governments, corporations, groups, individuals) topple over and disintegrate right before our eyes, creating an opportunity for others to seize what has crumbled and take over.  Stay tuned — and stay tuned in — and you will know which way to go.

It’s a four-way encounter with these planets during this Venus Star cycle. There are still honest people in the world, but this configuration will greatly test that honesty when it comes to money and possessions. We will observe what absurd lengths people will go to in order to profit. The message could be “buyer beware,” so negotiate firmly but fairly when in dispute with another over goods, services, money, or property.

Some wildly speculative “get rich schemes” will emerge, but only if you “act fast”! Be careful about buying into thin air or investing in a balloon that’s about to burst. Saturn and Venus retrograde in Virgo urge us to invest in something more solid and practical, like higher education or training, journeys to distant lands with people who inspire us, skills enhancement, self-knowledge, health care, and overall maintenance of that which we already possess.

Meanwhile, Venus, the Venus Star Point, and Jupiter play around in Leo in the early part of the summer. The collective influence of all that fire in the sky (Jupiter in Leo until August 11, along with Venus and the Venus Star Point in Leo, and Uranus in Aries) is fire danger on earth. The more creative side of all this fire is the ability to HAVE FUN and Relax. Spend time with children or youthful-oriented adults and engage in play. Pour yourself into an art project or enjoy attending musicals, concerts, opera, and festivals. Be creative and try something new in the garden this year. And remember how much energy fire gives us to engage in something we’re truly passionate about.


(1) Wikipedia: Financial Crisis of 2007

(2) Venus Star Point (TM) is a term described by Arielle Guttman in her book Venus Star Rising. Arielle traces the conjunctions of Venus with the Sun in their five-pointed star pentagram and describes their symbolism unfolding in personal and global events. For more about her innovative work, visit Venus Star Rising where she also has a short video describing a pioneering use of the Venus Star Point in group situations.

(3) Richard D. Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

(4) Transiting Saturn will square Neptune three times — exact on November 26, 2015, and June 17 and September 10, 2016.


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July Aspects and Astrology

By Kelly Surtees | June 29, 2015

July starts with a stunning nighttime visual as Venus joins Jupiter at 21° Leo. This pretty conjunction can be seen shortly after sunset, and will be best viewed in the first half of July. Look west and enjoy the celestial show.

As Venus appears to hang in the sky, slowing down for her upcoming retrograde, energy builds. Desires, dreams, and needs around relationships may deepen or intensify. Great insights can emerge, especially if you’re comfortable stepping back and turning your attention inward. The Moon joins Venus and Jupiter in Leo on July 18 – 20, adding extra emphasis to the “think big” themes of Venus and Jupiter.

A Venus – Jupiter aspect can arouse a sense of hope and optimism for the future. All things may seem possible, or a welcome and overdue connection may be made. Even though the conjunction peaks at the start of the month, the Moon’s influence may bring a little more of this celestial sweetness to the surface when she joins Venus and Jupiter from July 18 – 20. This infuses the first part of July with a sense of potential. Things that come to mind are the making of a generous gesture and the giving or receiving of heartfelt support. You may be inspired to go beyond familiar limits with loved ones.

This conjunction with Jupiter is one of two important but contrasting aspects Venus will make in the lead-up to starting her retrograde on July 24. After the July 1 conjunction with Jupiter, Venus in Leo will square Saturn at the tail end of Scorpio.

Venus to Saturn: A Relationship Reality Check

From July 12 – 16, Venus will square Saturn in Scorpio, from 28° Leo to 28° Scorpio. This brings the more intimate and profound themes of the Saturn-in-Scorpio cycle to the surface, and may remind you that there is still one layer of Saturn-in-Scorpio themes to excavate. Saturn is in Scorpio until September 18, and will sit at 28° Scorpio for all of July and August.

Venus square Saturn may invite you to put any new awareness you’ve developed since Saturn entered Scorpio in October 2012 into practice. This may involve honouring profound or stark truths, especially in the realm of relationships. Any Venus-Saturn angle highlights responsibilities to others, and can help you question the balance between care for self and care for those around you.

A hard aspect between Venus and Saturn, square or opposition, can bring a relationship reality check, where the truth about what really works — or doesn’t — in some of your most important partnerships may become crystal clear. This clarity highlights what really needs attention and can also help you understand what is irrelevant. Only core issues need raise their hands!

Under Saturn you may need to deepen your commitment, or be honest about where your commitment is waning. One client likened her Saturn to Venus transit to being in “dating or relationship school,” indicating an opportunity to learn, be honest, and make practical or realistic choices. This is not the stuff of romantic fairy tales, but rather the love of real life. It’s the love of balancing budgets and bills, trying to accommodate the needs of different careers, and working around parenting styles that may highlight values that clash. Events in mid-July can help trigger new understanding about commitment, boundaries, time, and promises, particularly in the context of relationships. Negotiations or adjustments may be required.

In terms of aspects, Venus shifts from the generous, upbeat, and optimistic influences of Jupiter, where anything — especially pertaining to dreams, love, and happiness — seems possible, to the serious, grounded, and practical influence of Saturn. You too may swing between hope and reality throughout the month.

Going Further with Venus: Retrograde + the Pentagram

There is a deeper level of meaning to be gained regarding Venus in July due to her retrograde phase, which begins on July 24, at 0° Virgo. Venus retrogrades in a predictable pattern, and her retrograde station degrees trace out a five-pointed star — a pentagram or pentacle — in the zodiac over a longer eight-year cycle.

In fact, through the course of our lifetime, Venus will only retrograde in the same five areas of the Zodiac: Leo/early Virgo, Aries/late Pisces, Scorpio/late Libra, Gemini and Capricorn.

The 2015 Venus retrograde occurs from 0° Virgo to 14° Leo, and runs from July 24 – September 5. Venus retrogrades in almost the same part of the Zodiac every eight years. In 2007, Venus was retrograde between 2° Virgo and 16° Leo, a difference of just two degrees from her retrograde this year. That last Venus in Leo/Virgo retrograde ran from July 26 – September 8, 2007. It’s not as simple as saying the same things that happened then will happen again, but you may notice themes arising in life and love during July and August that are similar to those you explored back then.

Venus starting her retrograde means that she will also be changing her phases in relation to the Sun. Venus phases are a bit technical to get into in this short overview, but if you’re curious, do read this post by Adam Gainsburg.

Jupiter Breaks New Ground

Jupiter moves into new territory in Leo this July, going beyond the limits of his retrograde in December 2014. At that time, Jupiter stationed retrograde at 22° Leo on December 7th.

This month Jupiter reconnects with the later part of Leo and pushes into new zodiacal territory. This can bring fresh possibilities, or may inspire you to stretch into a new opportunity. Jupiter in Leo can bring confidence and the desire to shed more of your bright, authentic light into this world. It’s an exuberant combination that encourages expression and celebration.

If you know your chart, and feel as though you’ve been expanding and exploring the topics associated with the house Jupiter in Leo is triggering for you, you may connect with one final opportunity or invitation around these topics or areas of life this month.

 Mars in Cancer: Juggling

Another feature of July’s forecast is Mars’ entry into the sign Cancer, which will energise this sometimes sensitive, and always conservative, sign from June 24 – August 8.

Mars can find it somewhat uncomfortable in Cancer. While in the sign of the Moon, this fiery, independent planet is asked to turn his attention and efforts toward family and the protection of loved ones. As Mars switches focus from his typically singular mindset and begins to prioritise the needs and care of others, assertiveness on behalf of personal needs and wants may wane.

Herein lies the Mars-in-Cancer conundrum: How do I get what I need while still providing for those I love? It’s this conflict between planet and sign that contributes to Cancer being considered the “fall” placement of Mars.

As a hot and dry planet, Mars is great at creating separation, or cutting ties, especially with people or obligations that may hold back or limit progress. Some of the frustration felt with Mars in Cancer can be the clash between the moist nature of watery Cancer, which wants to keep people and situations together, and the dry, separating quality of Mars, which prefers not to be held, or held back.

Mars in Motion: Aspects to Pluto and Uranus

While in Cancer, Mars will oppose Pluto in Capricorn and square Uranus in Aries. As Pluto and Uranus are moving out of their square aspect, this creates two separate and distinct aspect patterns. Between July 15 and 17, Mars will oppose Pluto (14° Cancer to 14° Capricorn), creating an intense energetic seesaw-like effect. Themes of power and control may be highlighted, especially in relationships.

An opposition pits two planetary forces against each other. Sometimes this plays out in real life as two people or two opposing groups get locked into battle. If a compromise can be reached, or you can channel this angle of pure force toward a worthy goal or project, you may be able to move mountains and smash through obstacles that stand in your way. The challenge will be to rise above a disagreement, or find a functional compromise that allows progress to continue.

The week of Monday, July 6th, when the Sun in Cancer opposes Pluto, may bring a preview of this feisty, frustrated, or focussed energy, preparing the groundwork for Mars to meet Pluto mid-month.

Mars then goes on to create a potentially combustible square with Uranus in Aries, just as Uranus stations retrograde, from July 24 – 27, between 20° Cancer and 20° Aries. This could be a fiery, explosive combination, but may more likely bring simmering emotions to the surface, given that Mars is in Cancer.

While events may reach a boiling point then, this exciting dynamic can also help spark new ideas or provide the courage and daring needed to make a wild decision. Choices and experiences may be surprising, unexpected, or dramatic, but they are sure to add excitement and keep you on your toes. Uranus’ buzz words of freedom, flexibility, and spontaneity may help you work with the changes this alignment is sure to trigger.

Mercury (finally) on the Move

Mercury leaves Gemini on July 8, after more than two months. Mercury will then fly through Cancer, from July 8 – 23, and add intensity to communication matters when he opposes Pluto in Capricorn around July 14 (note that Mars opposes Pluto at the same time). This configuration is also touched by the Moon, who will be in her balsamic phase in Cancer. Intensely deep and profound conversations may arise, as you experience emotions you may feel compelled to act on or express. One of the challenges of Mars in Cancer can be a passive-aggressive style of expression, so if you notice you’re churning inside about something but not expressing it, try to put words to your feelings, even if you only do so on the page.

Then, around July 19th, Mercury sparks off Uranus in Aries  (20° Cancer to 20° Aries), perhaps giving a voice to the wild ideas or dreams of freedom in your heart. A spontaneous declaration may occur, and even if it’s premature, it may be helpful to lay things on the line. A course correction, unexpected adjustment, or last-minute invitation may add spice to life then.

July looks dramatic and offers great potential for change and progress. If you have personal planets or chart points at any of the degrees highlighted, this may be an especially profound or intense month for you. However these planetary symbols manifest in your life, may you find a personally meaningful way to take heartfelt action and seize the day!

Kelly is a consulting astrologer, teacher, writer, and editor who works with clients and students around the world. With more than 12 years in private practice, Kelly is experienced, warm, and insightful. She loves exploring astrology’s history as well as escaping into the ocean. Kelly’s passion for astrology is infectious, and her specialty areas include Moon Phases, timing techniques like progressions, and incorporating traditional concepts. She can be found lecturing at conferences throughout the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Kelly holds the Australian FAA Practitioner’s Diploma and is an expat Aussie who lives in Canada most of the year. Website: Kelly’s Astrology

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New Chart for Hillary’s “Official” Official Campaign Launch

By Pat Paquette | June 15, 2015

On June 13th, Hillary Clinton announced the official launch of her campaign for the 2016 presidential election. But wait …

Don’t we already have a chart for the “official” launch on April 12? (Charts for both dates below.)

Clinton explains that her earlier launch was just a “ramp-up” phase, and most of the mainstream media are dutifully reporting it that way, despite the hoopla surrounding the much anticipated launch of April 12. Not everyone is buying it, though. (1, 2)

So, which chart are we going to use? And which chart were we using in the first place? Her campaign web site came online just after 3 p.m. on April 12. However, her campaign manager, John Podesta, sent an e-mail to supporters at 2:33 saying her candidacy was official, and it was immediately reposted on Twitter by one of the recipients. (3) The media got the word days earlier in a press release, complete with a launch schedule with the announcement planned for noon. The Guardian, attributing the information to an unnamed source, didn’t wait and published the story on April 10. (4) Or what about the chart for when she filed the official paperwork declaring her candidacy or signed the lease on her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn? (5, 6)

What is it with Hillary Clinton? Her birth time itself is mired in uncertainty, resulting in a Rodden rating of DD. Astrologers have pondered and debated her birth time for years in an attempt to cast accurate election charts and to get a handle on the woman herself. Ironically, the confusion serves to reinforce the most probable birth time of around 8 a.m., which places her Scorpio Sun in the nebulous 12th house.  (7)

Clinton admitted an identity problem in her first “official” campaign launch, quipping that she was “the most famous person you don’t really know.” Her initial launch didn’t do a lot to address that deficiency, nor did she make a very convincing case for why she wanted to be president. That left her open to harsh criticism, among the most devastating being that her nomination was more like a coronation, with a sense of entitlement. (8, 9)

The re-launch has been described more as a “re-branding,” following a two-month trial during which campaign advisors had an opportunity to evaluate their strategies to portray the former first lady and Secretary of State as more approachable and down-to-earth. In past elections, she came off as aloof and detached. (10, 11)

Clinton’s campaign advisors also have been snapped to attention by the unexpected popularity of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a progressive candidate whose populist message has been drawing large crowds. Considered a nonstarter, Sanders has surged in recent polls, surprising even himself. Clinton’s speech at Saturday’s rally, held on Roosevelt Island in New York, was spiked with references to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, her mother’s difficult upbringing, and “income inequality.” (12)

Just a coincidence? Or is it a 12th-house thing? On her Twitter account, Clinton describes herself as “wife, mom, grandma, women+kids advocate, FLOTUS, Senator, SecState, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, 2016 presidential candidate.” One gets the feeling that she’s trying too hard to be whatever will appeal to voters, or at least what her advisors are telling her will make her more likeable. It’s like the old joke about putting a chameleon on plaid. And her Pisces Moon is the consummate chameleon.

From an astrological viewpoint, the re-launch chart is more favorable for getting a message out. Although both “official launch” charts have Virgo Rising, the June 13th chart has Mercury in Gemini conjunct the Midheaven, with a partile Sun-Mars conjunction in Gemini in the 10th house. Another coincidence? Or did her campaign wise up and hire an astrologer? 

April 12 Campaign Launch, 3:07 p.m. EDT, Brooklyn, NY. Source: The Guardian, see footnote (3)
Hillary April launch

June 13 Campaign Re-Launch, 11:53 a.m. EDT, New York, NY. Source: Hillary Clinton’s Twitter feed.
Hillary June launch


1) “Hillary Clinton’s ‘talking points’ for ‘friends and allies’ just leaked,” by Hunter Walker, Business Insider, June 12, 2015.

2) “The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet,” by David A. Graham, The Atlantic, June 12, 2015.

3) The Guardian’s live coverage of Clinton’s April 12 announcement provides times via updates and Twitter images.
4) “Hillary Clinton to launch 2016 campaign on Sunday en route to Iowa,” by Lauren Gambino, The Guardian, April 10, 2015.

5) A copy of Clinton’s filing with the Federal Election Commission can be found online, with a time stamp.

6) “Hillary Clinton’s Brooklyn – It’s official: She’s signed the deal for a campaign HQ,” by Anne Karni and Gabriel Debenedetti, Politico , April 3, 2015.

7) Hillary Clinton, Astrodatabank.

8) “Hillary Clinton, Polarizing Or Misunderstood, Jumps Into Race For President,” by Tamara Keith, NPR, April 12, 2015.

9) “Good-Bill hunting — Hillary supporters attack de Blasio,” by Michael Goodwin, The New York Post, April 15, 2015.

10) “How Hillary Clinton launched her campaign’s latest phase,” by Anne Gearan, The Washington Post, June 13, 2015.

11) “Hillary Clinton’s journey to Iowa: 1,000-mile road trip in a ‘Scooby-Doo’ van,” by Paul Lewis, The Guardian, April 13, 2015.

12) “Hillary Clinton to #FeelTheBern — that’s Bernie Sanders — in Iowa,” by Jose DelReal, The Washington Post, June 12, 2015.

Bio: Pat Paquette is a writer, editor, and astrologer living on Vashon Island, WA. She has been blogging on astrology since December 2005. Her weekly astrological forecasts appear on the blog of her website,, where you also can find a collection of her past articles.

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June Astrology and Aspects

By Kelly Surtees | June 1, 2015

The featured aspect this June is an electric trine between Jupiter in Leo and Uranus in Aries. Forming across the Zodiac from 20º Aries to 20º Leo, this aspect peaks from June 21 – 27, but it will flavour the weeks leading up to it with excitement and a sense of possibility.

This is the third time Jupiter and Uranus have formed this dynamic aspect. The first time was in September 2014, from 14º–15º Aries/Leo, and the second time in late February/early March 2015, again at 14º–15º Aries/Leo.

Jupiter brings luck, gifts, and opportunities. It describes the rewards you receive for your efforts, as well as those magical moments where you seem to be in the right place at the right time. Uranus shakes up the status quo and invites you to explore exciting alternatives. Uranus demands that you resist tradition and routine and instead experiment with a fresh and unique approach.

Together, Jupiter and Uranus create an energising aspect that may motivate you to take a meaningful leap of faith. Ebertin, in The Combination of Stellar Influences, describes this combination of planets as “optimism, a lucky chance, blissful realisation.” (1) He also notes that they can bring “the ability to have fortunate ideas and to realise them.” According to Ebertin, probable manifestations of Jupiter and Uranus include “fortunate turns in life, a sudden change in destiny, and successful speculation.”

To see how this aspect may trigger your life, locate the houses that hold the degrees of 20º Aries and 20º Leo. The topics associated with those houses are the areas in your life where you can benefit from any bright ideas and breakthroughs that emerge from this lively pairing.

Typically, these two houses will have some themes in common because they connect via the 120º trine aspect. For instance, you might have the sign Aries in the 7th house or on the Descendant and Leo in the 11th house. Similar themes between these two chart sectors involve relationships with others, including social, personal, and professional contacts. If you have Aries on the MC or in the 10th house and Leo in the 2nd house, common themes between these houses would be career and work issues and the income and value (2nd house) derived from your 10th-house role.

As this is the third in a three-part process, June may bring completion or a sense of achievement regarding goals and projects that you first connected with in September 2014, when this configuration began.

This exciting angle between Jupiter and Uranus is energised repeatedly by other planets — Mars, the Sun, and Venus — throughout June.

June 5 and 9: Mars
Mars in Gemini leads the charge, making a sextile to Jupiter on June 5th and a sextile to Uranus on June 9th. The month may start with a bang, or a surge in energy that drives you to take on a new challenge. Confidence and determination may help you overcome any previous barriers to progress.

June 8 and 10: Sun
The Sun in Gemini follows, repeating the same sextile aspects — to Jupiter on June 8th and Uranus on June 10th. New forms of self-expression may emerge, or you might be inspired to implement an innovative project. The need to be authentic and to express more of your true self may help you overcome any fear that’s held you back.

June 28 and July 1: Venus
Venus is moving slowly through Leo, in anticipation of her upcoming retrograde, which starts on July 24th. Venus’ involvement with Jupiter and Uranus, this time via a trine to Uranus on June 28th and a conjunction with Jupiter on July 1st, can add a magnetic quality. Powers of attraction may be heightened or you may be blessed with support and encouragement for a quirky or independent dream.

Two other planetary shifts are worth noting as you contemplate the month ahead.

Mercury Direct: June 11

Mercury in Gemini, currently retrograde, will station direct on June 11th. For the remainder of the month, Mercury will retrace his steps through Gemini, gathering up forgotten ideas or helping to remake connections that have been neglected.

In the days immediately following a retrograde Mercury stationing direct can bring second chances on recently missed opportunities or help you catch up on unfinished business. I like to use this influence in my business to follow up on leads and projects, or discussions that have stalled. Often times, a change in circumstance reveals a revised, and usually better, strategy.

Saturn into Scorpio: June 15

Saturn retrogrades back into Scorpio for one last trek through this intense and probing sign. Saturn is in Scorpio from June 15th to September 18th, giving you one last season (summer in the Northern hemisphere; winter in the Southern hemisphere) to tie up any loose ends relating to the Saturn-in-Scorpio cycle, which began back in October 2012. This adds an air of completion, or possibly a sense of urgency.

Take stock of what you’ve achieved since October 2012 and what goals remain unfinished. Can you reassess how you use your time to help you create closure or a sense of achievement for something important now?

Generally speaking, June is a month during which the planets mostly move through yang signs, especially Gemini and Leo. Yang, or masculine-toned, signs tend to be outgoing, expressive, and active. They want to get things done, initiate forward movement, or take a stand. May you too be inspired to put plans into action under the vibrant skies of June.


(1) Reinhold Ebertin, The Combination of Stellar Influences, Ebertin-Verlag, 1972, p. 172.

Kelly is a consulting astrologer, teacher, writer, and editor who works with clients and students around the world. With more than 12 years in private practice, Kelly is experienced, warm, and insightful. She loves exploring astrology’s history as well as escaping into the ocean. Kelly’s passion for astrology is infectious, and her specialty areas include Moon Phases, timing techniques like progressions, and incorporating traditional concepts. She can be found lecturing at conferences throughout the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Kelly holds the Australian FAA Practitioner’s Diploma and is an expat Aussie who lives in Canada most of the year. Website: Kelly’s Astrology

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Review: a new book on the dwarf planets

By Mary Plumb | May 18, 2015

Sue Kientz’s new book, More Plutos, is an encyclopedic volume of (some of) the ongoing discoveries of objects in the Kuiper Belt: “Pluto’s pals” — Eris, Makemake, Haumea, Sedna, Quaoar, Orcus, Varuna, and more.
All of the Dwarf Planets under investigation herein, except for the tiny TX, are larger than Pallas, the second largest asteroid. The author makes a case that size does matter and she has found specific themes for many of these new bodies that she elucidates in her book.
Kientz suggests that these newly found Dwarf Planets are “the real Trans-Neptunians,” that is, actual bodies in space that Alfred Witte might have intuited when he described the hypothetical planets (e.g., Admetos, Vulcanus, Appollon, etc.) in the early 20th century. 
Perhaps it might sound odd until you see what she is up to, but the author’s goal is to simplify astrology. She recounts that Kepler was focused on aspects — not signs or houses — an approach that she takes by tracing specific patterns and repeating themes with a whole new set of bodies.
She is a widely-read researcher and acknowledges the work of others, which allows the reader to place her discoveries within the context of what has previously been written.
She tells the stories of the discoveries and namings of the dwarf planets, i.e., planetoids. Rather than relying exclusively on the myths connected to the new bodies’ names, or speculating on what their respective (often eccentric) orbits may reveal, Kientz’s work is based on observing the planetoids’ placements in many, many charts. (Before describing a profile for Makemake, for instance, she studied 1,200 charts of events and people over the course of seven years.)
Only sometimes has she found the myth associated with the name to be congruent with her observations, which are drawn from many different spheres — events, arts and culture, biographies, etc. — over a long range of time. The earliest event I found is a speculative date for the death of King Tutankhamun (January 1, 1323 BCE); the latest is the deliberate crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 on March 20.
The book, which contains a massive amount of research and ideas that are new to many astrologers, is very well designed and clearly laid out, with extensive footnotes for each chapter and an Index. Her chart graphics are unique, but are very easy to follow once you see what she’s doing.
Another very helpful feature is her inclusion of many key phrases, followed by chart examples, for each body under discussion. Here are some examples of this shorthand:
Makemake:  No One Saw It Coming, They Got Away with It for Awhile
Eris: The Discomforting Other, Eris in the Arts, Eris Behaving Badly and Well
Varuna: To Tell the Truth, Out and Out Liars
Haumea: Boom Goes the Dynamite, Pluto and Haumea, A Love Story
Orcus: Celebrity Obsession, Putting Things in Order
The author uses transits and secondary progressions in her many examples of well-known events (including crimes and shocking events) and great successes and setbacks in individuals’ lives. Her research throughout is based on noting “milestone” events (and birth and death) in any chart, whether it is the chart of an event or a person.
Along this line of thinking, one of the examples Kientz relates is the milestone event in U.S. history of JFK’s assassination. She traces the patterns of the key dwarf planets by progressing the Kennedy death chart to future (e.g., Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, 911, etc.) and past (e.g., Pearl Harbor) milestone events in the U.S.
Her demonstrations of progressing and regressing charts (to “pre-birth milestones”) are fascinating. In a section on the death of King Tut mentioned above (“Charge Up the Super-Wayback Machine”), she looks at significant placements for the day that his tomb was opened — November 26, 1922 — and further dates in King Tut’s lifetime.
Throughout the book, Sue Kientz weaves the notion that astrology is based on fractals and is close to being recognized as having a scientific basis.
She is an entertaining and accessible writer with a sense of humor. This book has countless ideas and observations that you won’t find anywhere else. I have barely traced the content in this very creative astrologer’s book. It is describing another order of astrology. If you are curious, More Plutos offers a very comprehensive guide to the Kuiper Belt objects.
The book is available from ($29.95) where you can also read samples of some of her previously published essays.

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