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Michael Avenatti’s eventful year

By Mary Plumb | December 10, 2018

Michael Avenatti, famous as the lawyer who represented Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against Donald Trump, has had his own wild time in the spotlight.

He was born on February 16, 1971 in Sacramento, California. (1)

Michael Avenatti
February 16, 1971
10:07 p.m. PST
Sacramento, CA
AA data
Porphyry houses, True nodeThe solar eclipse on February 15 this year was at 27º Aquarius, conjunct his natal Sun and the U.S. Moon, also at 27º Aquarius — a perfect picture of an individual (Sun) rocketing into the national public awareness (Moon).

Certainly, a portion of the population was excited by his arrival on the national stage, with his passionate advocacy of Ms. Daniels and his aggressive confrontation of Donald Trump.

Avenatti’s Sun at 27º55’ Aquarius is opposite the president’s Mars and Ascendant, a good position for a visible, and perhaps formidable, opponent. (These two men might be recreating a long-held rivalry: Each man’s South Node conjoins the other man’s Mars.)

Inner wheel: Donald Trump; June 14, 1946; 10:54 a.m. EDT; Jamaica, NY
Outer wheel: Michael Avenatti, natal
Porphyry houses, True node

With natal Mars and Jupiter in Sagittarius, this lawyer (and professional race car driver) was unabashed in his criticism of President Trump. By late summer, Avenatti was publicly considering a presidential run himself, stating: “‘We don’t want another candidate that just has a lot of experience,’ he said. ‘Democrats need to nominate somebody who can actually beat this guy.’” (2)

A solar eclipse on your birthday always brings an eventful year; the February 2018 eclipse began a very high-profile period for Michael Avenatti. In March 2018, he filed the lawsuit on behalf of Ms. Daniels in an attempt to void a nondisclosure agreement that she had previously signed. He was a frequent guest on cable news programs to discuss the case.

However, Avenatti had legal troubles of his own — including financial matters concerning his law firm and criticism for his handling of a sexual misconduct claim by Julie Swetnick against Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed to the Supreme Court in November.

Nonetheless, Avenatti ran his first political ad on November 1, 2018. Quite soon thereafter, he was arrested on “suspicion of domestic violence,” and on December 4 he announced he would not run for president. (3)

Aside from the significance of the solar eclipse, February 16, 2018 was Avenatti’s 47th birthday. In the system of annual profections, the 47th year is a 12th-house year (in all nativities). In Avenatti’s case, Virgo is on the cusp of the 12th Whole Sign house, making Mercury the Lord of the Year. (Whole Sign houses are recommended for annual profections.)

Michael Avenatti, natal chart
Whole sign houses
Porphyry houses, True node

Avenatti’s natal Mercury is at 14º36’ Aquarius; the transiting South Node was at 14º59’ Aquarius on his birthday (and the solar eclipse) this year. The South Node suggests loss or depletion, and the 12th house is known as the house of difficulties, hidden enemies, and self-undoing — not a happy omen for the year. Further indications can be seen by transiting Mercury (the Lord of the Year) being conjunct the solar eclipse Sun.

Solar eclipse
February 15, 2018
1:04 p.m. PST
Sacramento CA
Porphyry houses, True node

And finally, regarding Avenatti’s current situation, note that the progressed Moon is at 23º Leo, conjunct the natal South Node in the 10th — one’s reputation and career.

Inner wheel: Michael Avenatti, natal
Outer wheel: progressed to December 4, 2018
Porphyry houses, True node

Michael is active on Twitter. On December 5, he wrote: “To those who say the Dems do not need a fighter to beat Trump, they need just the opposite, I ask this: When is the last time a kid avoided getting his butt kicked by a bully by citing poetry? The party may not like it, but they will lose without a fighter.”

Footnotes:

(1) Astrodatabank

(2) N.Y.Times, Aug.9, 2018

(3) “Avenatti called the allegations ‘completely bogus’ and ‘fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation.’ Both of his ex-wives issued statements that Avenatti had never been violent toward either of them. The county district attorney declined to press charges and referred the case to the city attorney for possible misdemeanor charges.”
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Tracking Saturn & Pluto and Welcome to Jupiter

By Mary Plumb | November 12, 2018

Jupiter is in Sagittarius, just in time to temper some of the harder edges of dread as Saturn moves ever closer to the heaviest hitter of all, Pluto.

Both the mighty mythical father (Saturn) and his son (Pluto) deal with death and other endings. Saturn, for eons the last planet visible to the eye, echoes a primordial fear of the unknown, while to the Greeks, Pluto (or Hades) was literally the Lord of the Underworld and afterlife.

The pervasive weightiness of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn — in matters environmental, financial, political — is ever apparent. An element of contraction, compression, and encroaching darkness has become a familiar global theme.

The terror that this is the end (of whatever our version of reality might be) is ubiquitous and easily exploited, and it fuels the apocalyptic scenarios that are around every corner, under every rock.

Astrology, of course, can be applied with more subtlety when we consider the planets as guides to the forces we can engage with, showing us how we can optimize our lives and our experiences within the cycles of larger social forces.

It is an art to become aware of the challenging forces operating in the zeitgeist and to harness and direct that energy toward the good.

And now Jupiter’s compelling presence in Sagittarius (a 12th-house relationship to Capricorn) fills the wind in our sails with renewed hope, vision, and enthusiasm. (Remember the etymology of the word “enthusiasm: Greek enthousiasmos, from enthousiazein to be inspired, irregular from entheos inspired, from en- + theos god”) (1)

Saturn and Pluto can be seen as compressing forces in our own thoughts, emotions, physical circumstances, and people in our environment — also revealing where we have immediate access to the realms of the occult and a place of pure creativity.

Frances Sakoian and Louis S. Acker, authors of The Astrologer’s Handbook (1973), wrote: “This aspect [the Saturn–Pluto conjunction] is sometimes called the aspect of the magician because of the ability it gives to channel occult powers through structured systems.”

Examining the house in the natal chart that contains Capricorn is a good starting point. In my case, Capricorn is in the 3rd house: the immediate environment, communications, siblings. I have been very drawn to visit my siblings on the other side of the country for a while now, but concerns in my immediate life have also been daunting. And I am still adjusting to what my neuropsych doc calls “my new brain” after an injury.

It has also occurred to me that my upcoming participation in a Native American traditional sweat lodge is emblematic of this placement. It sounds perfectly Saturn–Pluto — the immediate environment will be extremely demanding: We will be enclosed in a very small, intensely hot, and crowded (with participants and prayer) but safe space (and the final ceremony held in this particular lodge). (2) I gather that one is encouraged to stay right on the edge of what is bearable, a perfect example of the healing potential and purification (Pluto) of being right on the edge (Saturn) of what one can tolerate.

This is reminiscent of body-centered approaches to healing trauma. To simplify: Emotional/psychic/physical healing (which are all connected) can occur when we stay right at the edge of the vortex of trauma, without being pulled into it. We can develop the skill to recognize, in the body, when fear or clenching or contraction or anxiety arises, then pause and perhaps breathe slowly and deeply as we begin to integrate and soothe our rough edges and soften a bit. A slow and deliberate process, just as Saturn likes.

I spoke with someone yesterday about the general theme I was contemplating for this blog. She has Capricorn in the 8th house and, along with a recent and somewhat complicated financial situation, has also experienced a deep resurrection in her intimate life — she was opening to a different appreciation of what she called the “invisible” energy in her partnership. I know someone else with Capricorn in the 8th house (with a psychologically inclined point of view) who told me that she feels that she is in the final deep stage of clearing out patterns from her family lineage. Another friend with the same house placement of Capricorn is now extremely stressed over financial matters in her marriage, since her husband has become quite ill.

Someone else in my circle, with Capricorn in the 10th house, is struggling to recreate what was a highly visible career in the public eye; her public presence is not what it was, and the new iteration has not yet materialized. Another person with Capricorn in the 10th has (to her surprise) taken over management of the family business and financial matters. Someone with Capricorn in the 12th is in the formidable process of facing a history of addictions and a secret and potent storyline from the father’s side of the family.

I think we can be gentle with ourselves when we are on a delicate edge in our inner life; we can pace ourselves, even when Pluto seems to generate a life-or-death urgency to every ordinary moment. Pluto’s power to pull us into the Underworld is not always the way we need to go.

Saturn shows what is necessary and asks us to be direct. Saturn points to the reality that we are entreated to face, the starting place for any work of importance.

We know that Saturn is slow, the planet having been recognized as such by our ancestors for its stately pace across the sky. Saturn’s metal is lead, heavy and sluggish, and, out of all the metals connected to the seven planets, the slowest conductor of electricity. Lead is the most stable and durable element and the one most resistant to change.

And here we find ourselves, at this glorious moment within a cycle of time, when the darkness of Saturn, the farthest visible planet from the light of the Sun, and Jupiter, in its full capacity to enlighten, are calling the shots.

The sensation of fear is more acute and familiar to some of us than to others, but all of us have sensitive spots, events or situations that get under our skin, and boundaries that keep us separate and safe. With Saturn closing in on Pluto — the exact conjunction occurs on January 12, 2020 — we are gradually and deliberately building a deeper vessel of safety within ourselves.

By any measure and through any lens, we are in a transformative moment of history, and I like to think that we are being tuned up, moment by moment, to rise and fully participate in the occasion.

Footnotes:

(1) Merriam Webster

(2) From an e-mail explaining the ceremony: “The intention of this sweat is to give our tiospaye the opportunity to pray together, to give our gratitude and release the spirits that have held this space for us, and to have closure for this lodge. After the sweat, the lodge will be burned in the sacred fire and put to rest.”

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Kavanaugh Decoded

By Alex Miller | October 22, 2018

I think we can all agree that the recent confirmation process for President Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court Justice pick was not without incident, to put it mildly. Whichever side of the political spectrum you come down on, the spectacle of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s promotion to the highest court in the land was an almost unprecedented judicial fracas — among the most contentious and fraught in American history. With the critical “swing vote” on the SCOTUS hanging in the balance, the long knives were out on both sides, and the result was a hullabaloo the likes of which we have rarely witnessed, even in these entrenched partisan times.

But we’re not here to dissect the pros and cons of the nominee, or the nomination process. Astrology’s lens can be adapted to opinions of any political stripe, but put into proper focus, it can provide clues as to character and destiny that supersede partisan agendas.

Among the best tools for determining crucial factors in a biography are asteroids, a relatively new field of research that began to open up in a serious way with the technological advances in telescopes in the 1990s, allowing us to peer more closely, not just at far-flung galaxies, but also our near neighbors in the Asteroid Belt. These bits of space debris may be tiny, almost infinitesimal in some instances, but they can pack a real punch in a birth chart! This is especially the case when these “minor” bodies come to station, creating embedded presences in consciousness, indicating factors — be they attributes, places, persons, or things — that have a disproportionately greater impact on the biography of the native than would typically be the case.

There are now more than 17,000 named asteroids, including many place names, first names, and surnames, as well as a wealth of mythically based points that can flesh out more generalized planetary energies. Let’s take a look at what the stationary asteroids in Brett Kavanaugh’s chart have to say about the themes that will predominate in his life.

Brett Kavanaugh was born on February 12, 1965 in Washington, D.C. (no time available), and the first stationary point we encounter is his birthplace itself, in the form of asteroid Washingtonia, representative of the U.S. capital. (1) At 13° Libra, Washingtonia turned retrograde on January 27, 1965, more than two weeks before his birth, but on the day of his birth is still at that same degree and moving slowly. Rather than focusing on the elapsed time since the actual station, the fact that the degree hasn’t changed is what’s significant here — as long as the body in question is still in its station degree, the station is in effect. (This notion of the impact of the station degree applies to faster-moving bodies, not necessarily those that grind more slowly, like Pluto.)

So, beyond being Kavanaugh’s birth place, does Washington resonate in his biography? Boy, does it ever! Starting with clerking for SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy after graduation from Yale Law School, Kavanaugh has spent his entire adult life in D.C. He followed this Supreme Court precursor with a stint on Independent Counsel Ken Starr’s Whitewater investigation staff, and was a principal author of Starr’s report to Congress. He joined the George W. Bush White House as Staff Secretary, and in 2003 Bush nominated him to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, though he was not confirmed until 2006. With this current promotion as Associate Justice of the SCOTUS, it’s a safe bet that Kavanaugh will end his career days in Washington.

Our next stationary asteroid is Justitia, which appears at 4° Gemini in Kavanaugh’s nativity, and came to station at that degree on January 24, 1965. Justitia is named for the Roman goddess of justice; it is the root of our word “justice,” and now it will be Brett Kavanaugh’s job title for the rest of his life! Does that resonate with his biography? You decide. Let’s pause here a moment to note that two other Justices on the current SCOTUS bench also have a stationary Justitia (as did the late Antonin Scalia); two more have a stationary Themis (Justitia’s Greek goddess predecessor, also goddess of justice); two others have Justitia conjunct the Sun; and another has Justitia on the Ascendant. (Only Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t fit this pattern, though her Justitia does square natal Mars–Neptune in Virgo and is trine Mercury in Aries.)

Now here’s where things start to get interesting in Kavanaugh’s chart. Because right next to Justitia, also stationary, is a centaur body named Nessus, at 2° Gemini. Nessus turned direct on February 14, just two days after Kavanaugh’s birth. And this centaur’s mythic backstory revolves around an attempted rape! After ferrying Heracles’s wife Deianeira across a flooded river on his broad equine back, Nessus, thinking he was safe with Heracles on the far shore, attempted to ravish her, only to be shot by a poisoned arrow from Heracles’s bow.

This isn’t to say that Brett Kavanaugh is guilty of the charges levied against him by Professor Christine Blasey Ford — just that the stationary status of Nessus makes the theme of coercive sexual activity a major issue in his life, and I don’t think that anyone who witnessed those hearings can argue with that. Whomever you believe, it’s undeniable that this subject was critical to the confirmation process. What’s significant here is the fact that Justitia and Nessus, both stationary, are also closely conjunct! They are inseparable — you can’t activate one without energizing the other. So, yes, you can have that SCOTUS seat, but first you have to deal with that Nessus baggage.

There are three more points in late Gemini that are at station and conjunct each other, but are apart from the early Gemini pairing. The first is asteroid Sphinx, which denotes an impenetrable mystery, a quality of inscrutability, something opaque and enigmatic, and the truth behind it cannot be unraveled. At 17° Gemini, Sphinx turned direct on February 5, 1965, and surely resonates with the issue of Kavanaugh’s veracity. Which of the two opposed images should we believe? The choirboy who focused on studies, sports, and making friends in high school, or the drunken teen reveler who joined “train” rapes and got girls intoxicated to make them more sexually accommodating? There seems no way to resolve these disparate images beyond the bias of one’s political persuasion, and that function of opacity or mystery is Sphinx writ large.

The other two Gemini points at station are so apt, so resonant with this story, as to be almost unbelievable. They are asteroids Pecker and Beer. Yes, you read that right — Pecker and Beer! Pecker at 22° Gemini turned direct on February 9, just three days before Kavanaugh’s birth, and Beer turned direct on the 5th (the same day that Sphinx stationed) at 25° Gemini. These points hold special importance because, in addition to being stationary, they also closely trine Kavanaugh’s natal Sun at 23° Aquarius, making them integral parts of Kavanaugh’s self-image, his core identity.

Pecker isn’t intended as a penis euphemism (it’s actually named for Jean-Claude Pecker, once head of the observatory in Nice, France), but trust me, it functions quite well in that capacity! In story after story of sexual scandal, from the Lewinsky affair to Stormy Daniels, Pecker’s presence is as reliable as an old friend. Here, it shows a predominance of sexual themes in the life, perhaps an inordinate focus on sexual matters, even obsession — but, at a minimum, a very active sexual appetite.

Similarly, Beer (which is named for the alcoholic beverage it represents) will have a prominent part to play, and could be a formative factor in developing character or self-identity, especially early in life. It’s interesting that beer was the drink of choice for the teenaged Kavanaugh, with references to the “Keg City Club — 100 Kegs or Bust” in his high school yearbook; calendar entries from that era highlighting meeting with friends for “’Ski’s” (“brewskies,” or beer); his Senate testimony that he “likes beer”; and the current trending hashtag of “#BeersforBrett” by triumphal conservatives after his successful confirmation vote. Is beer of note in Kavanaugh’s biography? You betcha!

Again, we see that these points, Pecker and Beer, are conjunct, which naturally blends sexual energies with intoxication, and this is just what the allegations portray. As before, it’s not an astrological testimonial of guilt, but it does show a predisposition to blend these factors at some point in the life, in some way.

So, just in examining the points that are stationary in Brett Kavanaugh’s chart, we’ve seen a place-name asteroid of vital importance in his biography (Washingtonia); a job title (Justitia); some involvement with issues of coerced sexual contact (Nessus); a nature that connotes an enigmatic, unsolvable riddle (Sphinx); and a strong accent on both sex (Pecker) and alcohol (Beer). Not bad, considering that we haven’t even looked at single major planet!

There is one more stationary point to be considered: Incredibly, it’s asteroid Ford! At 16° Libra, Ford turned retrograde on February 10, just two days before Kavanaugh’s birth. This indicates that someone of that name would have a highly influential, impactful, and powerful role to play in Kavanaugh’s life. I would submit that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford fits that bill quite well. Whatever the truth or falsity of her accusations, they will forever be remembered, and cast a long shadow on Brett Kavanaugh’s biography.

Truly, there is no such thing as chance.

Footnote:

(1) Birthdate and biographical details from Wikipedia

Bio: Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, specializing in deep space points and minor bodies of the solar system. A past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society and currently a member of the board for the Philadelphia chapter of NCGR, Alex is the author of The Black Hole Book, detailing the use of black holes in astrological interpretation, and Cat o’ Nine Tales, a memoir of his cat rescue work. He has been chronicling the effects of asteroids and other minor bodies since 2005, much of which can be found at his website: alexasteroidastrology. Alex can be reached at glaktix@verizon.net

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Equinox in Washington, D.C.

By Mary Plumb | September 24, 2018

The Libra Equinox was at 9:55 p.m. EDT on September 22, 2018.

Libra equinox
Sept. 22, 2018
9:55 p.m. EDT
Washington, D.C.

The equinox is that rare (twice a year) and fleeting moment when the hours of day and night are precisely equal, when we are half in the light and half in the dark.  It is the mythical and magical state of equipoise before we slip gradually onto a different trajectory as, day by day, the nights become longer and longer (in the Northern Hemisphere — the opposite, of course, occurs in the Southern Hemisphere). The cosmos does not offer us a precipitous decline or a sudden elevation, but a gentle and ageless yielding to our place around the Sun.

The experience of inhaling and exhaling our way through the days is ongoing. We can see ourselves as both entangled and free; abundant and scarce; arriving and departing; asleep and awake; above and below; lost and found; guilty and innocent; humble and proud; transparent and opaque — all carried, as the yogis say, on the rhythm of the breath.

To consider a more public view of the equinox chart, here is a prominent news story in the United States: the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh as Justice for the Supreme Court.

When the chart is set for Washington, D.C., mutable air sign Gemini is rising — conditions are changeable, and exchange of information is a dominant theme for this quarter of the year. (The next quarter is governed by the Capricorn solstice chart.)

Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, is a planet of great significance for this quarter, having just been purified at the heart of the Sun (cazimi was on September 20 at 28° Virgo). Mercury then quickly got focused with its square to Saturn, suggesting that we must understand what needs to be said, at least in some critically important areas of life.

The Sun at 0° Libra is opposite Chiron at 0° Aries — painful situations (inner and outer) are apparent everywhere we look — and with the square to Saturn, we have the  fortitude to walk with our respective wounds and move forward to a place of greater insight. (Wise centaur Chiron travels in his orbit between Saturn and Uranus, advising that insight, integration, and healing are parallel with what may be painful to acknowledge.)

Anita Hill, born on July 30, 1956, has been speaking out. (1) Her recent opinion piece begins: “There is no way to redo 1991, but there are ways to do better. The facts underlying Christine Blasey Ford’s claim of being sexually assaulted by a young Brett Kavanaugh will continue to be revealed as confirmation proceedings unfold. Yet it’s impossible to miss the parallels between the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing of 2018 and the 1991 confirmation hearing for Justice Clarence Thomas.” (2)

Anita Hill
July 30, 1956
Tulsa, Oklahoma
sunrise chart, no birth time known

She testified in hearings for Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court position (which began on October 11, 1991) and spoke of his inappropriate sexual behavior. Hill has Chiron opposite the Sun in the natal chart, and transiting Chiron was conjunct her Sun at the time of her testimony.

Bi-wheel: inner: Anita Hill, natal; outer: transits to Oct. 11, 1991
(Clarence Thomas hearing)

The most recent solar eclipse, on August 11, was at 18°34’ Leo, conjunct Hill’s natal Mercury. (The sunrise chart gives Mercury at 18°35’ Leo.)

That same eclipse is strong in the chart of Brett Kavanaugh (born on February 12, 1965). (3)

Kavanaugh has Jupiter at 17°54’ Taurus opposite Neptune at 19°59’ Scorpio, with both squaring the Sun and Mercury (whose midpoint is 19° Aquarius). The August solar eclipse at 18°34’ Leo fills in a grand fixed cross in his horoscope.

Brett Kavanaugh
Feb., 12, 1965
Washington, D.C.
sunrise chart, no birth time known

The U.S. Sibly Mars at 21° Gemini is conjunct Kavanaugh’s North Node, indicating the volatility of the gentleman’s connection to the country.

Onward, friends. With Chiron in Aries, we are the heroes of our own stories, and individual bravery is a sign of the times!

Footnotes:

(1) AstroDataBank

(2) Her opinion piece was published in The New York Times on September 18.
Anita Hill: How to Get the Kavanaugh Hearings Right

(3) Wikipedia: Brett Kavanaugh

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Superman and OOB Mars

By Mary Plumb | August 6, 2018

Along with record-breaking heat, fire, and drought in many places on the globe, the current cycle of Mars traveling out of bounds (OOB) has seen the arrival of a new Superman.

Ten-year-old swimmer Clark Kent Apuada, of Salinas, California, broke Michael Phelps’s 23-year record for the 100-meter butterfly on July 29, 2018. When Clark Kent broke that record, people started calling him Superman. (1) (I have not seen his birthday published anywhere, but that will be an interesting chart to look at one day.)

The Moon or a planet is out of bounds when it exceeds the maximum northern or southern declination reached by the Sun at 23°36’. An OOB planet is seen as acting above and beyond its normal behavior. Along with excess heat and strife, Mars is also connected to acts of physical courage, and this breaking of a sporting record fits the symbolism. Mars is traveling OOB from July 7 through September 23.

Actor Christopher Reeve was best known for his award-winning portrayal of the superhero in the 1978 movie Superman. He was born with natal Moon conjunct Mars in Sagittarius, the sign of the man and the horse, and both planets are also OOB: Natal Mars is at 24°S54’, and the Moon is at 27°S03’. (2)

Christopher Reeve
Sept. 25, 1952
3:12 a.m. EDT
Manhattan, N.Y.
(chart created by Graphic Astrology, IO edition)

In 1995, Reeve was thrown from a horse at an equestrian competition. This accident left him paralyzed and unable to breathe without a respirator; he was on a ventilator for the rest of his life. Recognized for his courage and persistence in overcoming his injury, he became a highly visible advocate and lobbyist for spinal cord research. Reeve died in 2004 at the age of 52.

On another note, Mars will reach maximum declination on August 14 at 26°S29’. Unhinged, a reportedly “tell-all” book by former reality television star and Trump administration aide Omarosa Manigault, goes on sale August 14. There’s no certainty that this book will have any impact on public perceptions, but the irony of the title, Unhinged, being released on the day of Mars’s most extreme declination could hardly be richer.

And, with a reference back to Superman, the upcoming solar eclipse on August 11 is at 18°41’ Leo — the degree of the Reeve’s Ascendant is 19° Leo. RIP Christopher Reeve.

We wish continued success to ten-year-old Clark Kent Apuada.

And may we all experience a bit of our radically, heroic best with OOB Mars!

Footnotes:

(1) “ ‘This kid is unlike any other young man that I’ve ever coached,’ Clark’s coach Dia Riana told CNN. ‘He’s always stood out, he’s just, he’s kind of a savant of sorts.’
Clark’s supernatural abilities aren’t confined to the pool. ‘He does piano lessons, he does martial arts, and at school if there’s a computer class, coding, or STEM programs he’s always joining,’ his father, Chris Apuada, said.’ ”
CNN

(2) Wikipedia: Christopher Reeve
He was born on September 25, 1952; 3:12 a.m. EDT; Manhattan, NY, USA; Rodden rating: A.

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Eclipse talk..

By Anne Whitaker | July 23, 2018

Writer Ernest Hemingway once memorably observed that all writers need a built-in, shockproof “crap detector.” Those of us who inhabit the Otherworlds of palmistry, the I Ching, Tarot, astrology, politics (!), etc., need one of these as well, in my opinion. An opening gambit of mine during the years of teaching beginner astrology classes was usually this: Don’t necessarily believe a word I say, exciting, interesting, and persuasive though it might sound — always test it out in your own experience.”

Now, what on earth is the relevance of the above to this week’s topic? Just read on …

We are between the July 13th solar eclipse at 20° Cancer, and the July 27th lunar eclipse at 5° Aquarius. Then, we have the final eclipse of this season, a solar eclipse at 19° Leo on August 11th. As usual, the Web is awash with excitement, apprehension, and a liberal dose of doom and gloom in relation to those powerful energies. My aim in this post is to cheer you up and to make the point that the powerful symbolic endings which eclipses often bring can also open doors to hitherto unforeseen possibilities.

Hence the importance of trusting your own experience in those matters, rather than being unduly swayed by the generalities swirling around in the media. Personally, I have found eclipses to bring endings which were usually necessary in order for me to move on and grow some more. This was not always comfortable — but then the process of personal growth cannot proceed without a few jolts. I’d be most interested in readers sharing their eclipse experiences. To start you off, here is a memorable one of mine.

Scroll back 31 years with me. It is March 29, 1987, in London, UK, just before lunch on the final day of a weekend workshop on Esoteric Astrology led by master astrologer Alan Oken. I am feeling tired, suffering from information overload, and not very receptive to any more input, much less a new experience. Unbeknownst to me, however, I am poised to have one.

Alan informs us that there is about to be a solar eclipse at 8°18’ Aries. I’ve not paid much attention to eclipses yet (that was certainly to change as the years went on!), but at that time, I am not hugely interested. Nevertheless, it dimly registers that the eclipse opposes my natal Neptune at 8°53’ Libra in the 2nd house, which is closely sextile natal Mercury at 9°03’ Leo in the 12th house.

Having briefly outlined the significance of eclipses, Alan then invites us to focus on something in our lives we wish to leave behind, as he leads us through a meditation at the exact time of the eclipse. I have never been keen on guided meditations and am not at all visually oriented when imagining things. However, it seems churlish not to join in. I dutifully adopt an appropriate posture: closing my eyes and beginning to breathe slowly and deeply, as instructed.

What did I want to leave behind? Smoking, that’s what. I’d been trying and failing on that one for about ten years. As Alan talked us through the visualization, I focused on dropping my last fag packet into a bin — forever. The ethereal sceptic, permanently resident on my left shoulder, was taking the view that I’d tried everything else, so why not?

To my amazement, as I participated with the group, waves of colour began to appear — a wash of sea greens and purples, almost like the Northern Lights — behind my closed eyes. The waves peaked with Alan’s voice, then died away as he gently led us out of the meditation.

I was astounded by this experience, awed, and chastened. Something powerful had clearly occurred, despite my scepticism. As we all filed out for lunch, I had a strong urge to take my cigarettes and drop them in the nearest bin. So, I did. My thought: “Goodbye, smoking; I’m done with you!”

Half past two the following morning saw me — sleepless, twitchy, and angry — slipping out of my in-laws’ flat into rainy North London. Heading for an all-night grocer, I bought 20 cigarettes, smoking the first one on my way back. My only company for that weekend was Tadzio, my brother-in-law’s ferociously unwelcoming old cat. “Well, Tadzio,” I remarked bitterly to him as he hissed at me on my return, don’t ever bother meditating at an eclipse.”

However, dissatisfaction at my inability to break that smoking habit continued to gnaw at me, especially since my husband, an even more dedicated smoker than I, had managed to stop that February, aided by a severe bout of mumps which (fortunately!) affected only his throat. He could barely eat or speak for several days — and could not bear to smoke. (Chiron just happened to be sitting on his Gemini MC at the time … inconvenient benefic, indeed!)

On my return from London, I could see that he was struggling. Suddenly I had a bright idea and said: “How about this: If you can stay off the fags until the Easter weekend, I’ll stop then, too.”

“Right,” he said through gritted teeth.

Two weeks after that “failed” meditation, three days before Easter weekend, I had a lightbulb moment (lunar eclipse, anyone?) — a Leo moment shot with my usual Leonine melodrama. “I’m going to die as a smoker on Good Friday,” I announced to my rather sceptical Aquarian husband, “and be reborn as a non-smoker by Easter Monday.”

And so, reader, it duly came to pass. I have not smoked since.

Endnote: An earlier version of this  post was first published in Not the Astrology Column in the July/August 2017 issue of the UK’s Astrological Journal, edited by Victor Olliver.

Bio: Anne Whitaker is a writer, astrologer, and astrology teacher based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work appears in various media, including the UK’s Astrological Journal, Dell Horoscope Magazine, Infinity Astrological Magazine (where she has regular bi-monthly columns), The Mountain Astrologer, and Astrodienst. Find Anne at: www.astrologyquestionsandanswers.com

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The Death of Kate Spade

By Alex Miller | June 26, 2018

The tragic suicide of New York fashion designer Kate Spade is one of the most stunning examples of the power of asteroids that I have ever seen, and I’ve been doing this work since 2005. Spade was found on June 5 in the closet of her Manhattan apartment, hung by a scarf. Her death shocked the fashion world and raised awareness of the subject of suicide generally.

Kate Spade
December 24, 1962
Kansas City, Missouri


(chart displays the planets to make it easier to follow the asteroid patterns)

Born December 24, 1962 (no time available), Spade made a splash in fashion in the mid 1990s, with a line of handbags and other accessories which quickly became “must have” items among New York’s glitterati. (1) Her company was founded in 1993 as Kate Spade New York, and her work was known for its brightness, color, and sophistication, but also its relative affordability, making it a signature look for New Yorkers pre-millennium. In 1999, Spade sold a controlling interest in the company to Neiman Marcus, but continued to design until 2006, when she sold the rest of her shares and took time off to raise her daughter. In 2016, Spade legally changed her name to Kate Valentine Spade and embarked on a new fashion venture, Frances Valentine.

There is so much to say about the birth chart, the date of her suicide, and the comparison between them, that it’s beyond the scope of this article (further details — and I do have them, with my Virgo Moon! — are available at my website). Here, I’d like to focus on a few of the more remarkable connections, and what they have to say about Spade’s death.

Let’s cut right to the chase and deal with the manner, means, and locale of Spade’s sad death. As noted above, she was found hanging by a scarf in the closet of her Manhattan apartment, an apparent suicide. There are a number of asteroids named for mythic, literary, or historic characters who end in suicide — at least ten of them. So, finding one or two of these points active in the birth or death charts is not at all unlikely. But finding all ten active in both charts? Now, that is unusual!

I’m going to pull the most dramatic out of the mix and add additional PNAs (Personal-Named Asteroids) to flesh out the picture. Natally Spade had asteroid Thisbe at 28° Sagittarius conjunct her 2° Capricorn Sun, which could indicate a predisposition toward self-destruction. Thisbe is named for the female half of Pyramus and Thisbe, a pair of doomed lovers in ancient Greece, whose story forms the basis of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Briefly, the two lovers are kept apart by their families’ mutual animosity, and they attempt to elope. But due to a series of misunderstandings, Pyramus is convinced that Thisbe has been killed, and, disconsolate, kills himself; later, when Thisbe comes across his lifeless body, she uses his sword to join him in death.

In the chart, Pyramus and Thisbe can often work together, and that’s the case here, with Pyramus at 13° Leo, exactly sesquiquadrate his lover (Thisbe at 28° Sagittarius). But what’s so fascinating is the other contacts Pyramus makes: Incredibly, it is precisely square an exact conjunction of asteroids Manhattan and Scarfe, at 13° Scorpio! The mind reels at the thought of this “coincidence” whereby Spade chose to end her own life (Pyramus) by hanging herself with a scarf (phonetic match for “Scarfe”) in her Manhattan apartment! So, in this simple square we have the manner (suicide/Pyramus), means (scarf/Scarfe), and locale (Manhattan/Manhattan) of her death. Right next to this pair is natal Neptune at 14°52’ Scorpio, which not only bumps up the likelihood of their expressing themselves somehow in Spade’s biography, but also resonates with the hopelessness and despair necessary to make the decision to end one’s own life.

But if you want to really have your mind blown, stay with me here. When Spade made her fatal decision, transiting asteroid Scarfe was at 13° Leo, exactly conjunct natal Pyramus and exactly square its natal degree and Manhattan (13° Scorpio)! Not only that, but there was an exact t-square formed with asteroid Ophelia at 13° Aquarius, precisely squaring and opposing the natal square and transiting Scarfe. Ophelia is another suicide asteroid, named for the character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet who goes insane and drowns herself in a stream. And … wait for it … Ophelia is also at station, adding incalculably to its power and force: Ophelia turned retrograde on June 3, two days before Spade’s suicide. In and of itself, the transiting opposition between Ophelia and Scarfe suggests suicide by this means; add in the overlay to the potential of the natal square, and we find a combination that was, apparently, irresistible.

But Ophelia wasn’t alone! Also stationing that week were both Pyramus and Thisbe! Pyramus turned direct at 19° Libra on June 11, almost a week later, but was already at its station degree at the time of Spade’s suicide. Thisbe, which natally conjoins Spade’s Sun, turned retrograde at 3° Aquarius on June 7, two days after her death. The effectiveness of both Ophelia and Thisbe was increased by their concomitant conjunction with transiting Mars, then at 6° Aquarius.

There’s another oddity involved here, which is asteroid Valentine. This appears at 10° Leo in Spade’s birth chart, conjunct Pyramus. It’s interesting that Spade’s suicide occurred just two years after she legally incorporated this name into her own, considerably increase this asteroid’s importance in her chart, both on a personal and professional level. It’s almost as if this augmentation gave Pyramus permission to express itself and, in reaching out to its chart compatriots, found Manhattan and Scarfe as suitable accomplices in its “goal.”

Asteroid Scarfe gives us the means for the suicide, alludes to the method of hanging, and is also strongly present in the chart in its own right. PNAs that represent the native can be very powerful loci of energies that become critical in the biography, identifying, by their contacts, essential elements of the native’s psyche and how others view them. This is especially true when the PNA is an exact match for the name, and this is the case with asteroid Kate, which appears at 27° Libra in Spade’s birth chart. From there, it is exactly square asteroid Arachne at 27° Capricorn, named for another suicide-related myth. Arachne was a famous weaver of ancient Lydia, who challenged Athena to a contest of skill and, having lost to the goddess, hanged herself. Note that she hanged herself! So, Kate Spade had an exact square from her PNA to a point that represents suicide by hanging, and that is the method she chose for her own end! Also, natal Ophelia, at 29° Capricorn, is with Arachne, which “just happens” to be one of the points stationing that week.

Not only that, but asteroid Kate (27° Libra) is also conjunct one suicide asteroid, Phaedra at 23° Libra (named for a queen of Athens who killed herself after her stepson’s rejection of her affections), and trine to another, asteroid Ajax at 21° Gemini (named for a Greek hero who fell on his own sword after disgracing himself during the Trojan War). Further, the natal Sun (2° Capricorn) does not express suicidal tendencies only through the aforementioned conjunction with asteroid Thisbe, but also reaches out with an exact sextile to Dido at 2° Pisces (named for a queen of Carthage who threw herself on a burning pyre after her lover Aeneas abandoned her); a trine to Antinous, stationing at 0° Taurus (named for a historic personage, a 2nd-century lover of Emperor Hadrian, who threw himself into the Nile in fulfillment of a prophecy, to save his beloved); and an exact quincunx to Centaur Hylonome at 2° Gemini (who impaled herself on her husband’s spear when he was killed in battle). The only remaining suicide asteroid unaccounted for is Sphinx, named for the man-eating creature who killed herself out of frustration when Oedipus correctly answered the riddle she posed to him. At 9° Sagittarius in Spade’s birth chart, Sphinx is exactly sextile natal Saturn, ancient lord of death, at 9° Aquarius.

When Kate Spade died on June 5, transiting (T) Sphinx at 2° Capricorn was exactly conjunct her natal Sun, with T Ajax and Hylonome nearby, both at 10° Capricorn. We’ve already mentioned T Ophelia stationing at 13° Aquarius and setting off the deadly natal square between Pyramus (13° Leo) and Manhattan–Scarfe (13° Scorpio). T Arachne and Dido, both at 15° Pisces, and T Neptune at 16° Pisces opposed natal Pluto, modern lord of death, at 12° Virgo. T Thisbe, stationary at 3° Aquarius, squared natal Antinous, stationary at 0° Taurus, which was also conjoined by T Uranus (sometimes considered to be the planetary ruler of suicide) at 1° Taurus, T Phaedra at 2° Taurus, and T Valentine at 4° Taurus. T Antinous at 24° Gemini opposed natal Thisbe (28° Sagittarius) and trined natal Kate at 27° Libra (also exactly sextile natal Mars at 24° Leo). T Pyramus, stationary at 19° Libra, opposed T Kate at 24° Aries. Finally, T Jupiter (ruling celebrities) at 15° Scorpio highlighted the natal Neptune–Scarfe–Manhattan grouping.

This is truly a remarkable (and tragic) rendering of “as above, so below.”

(1) Wikipedia

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Bio: Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, specializing in deep space points and minor bodies of the solar system. A past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society and currently a member of the board for the Philadelphia chapter of NCGR, Alex is the author of The Black Hole Book, detailing the use of black holes in astrological interpretation, and Cat o’ Nine Tales, a memoir of his cat rescue work. He has been chronicling the effects of asteroids and other minor bodies since 2005, much of which can be found at his website: alexasteroidastrology. Alex can be reached at glaktix@verizon.net

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Why the Sudden Surge in Veteran Candidates?

By Kate Plumb | June 11, 2018

This is the question Lisa Desjardins asked in a segment for a PBS NewsHour episode that I heard on Friday, June 1. (1) Military veterans are running for the United States Congress in record numbers this year. To investigate this trend, Desjardins focused on northern New Jersey’s 11th District where four veterans are running, two in each party and all first-time candidates. When speaking to Memorial Day celebration organizers in the 11th District, Desjardins heard several possible explanations for this phenomenon.

One veteran commented that vets intuitively understand how important it is to put the country ahead of one’s personal interest. He does not feel that all the current representatives in Washington think that way. Veterans also swear an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. The sergeant to whom Desjardins spoke believes that veterans hold themselves under that oath to serve the Constitution, even after being discharged from the armed forces.

Another Memorial Day celebrant, in answering the interviewer’s question, felt that, as an inductee, he knew that this enlistment lasted for a certain duration and was not a lifelong commitment. This vet sees some current members in Congress becoming professional lifelong politicians. He mentioned the framers of the Constitution as examples of those who left George Washington’s army after their time in the military and returned to their previous occupations.

There is also evidence that voters’ trust (or lack of it) in government is a consideration as to why more vets are running for Congress this year. In a recent NewsHour/Marist/PBS poll, only 25% of adults had any confidence or trust in Congress, and 43% in the presidency, but 88% of adults have confidence in the military!

This upsurge in veterans seeking public office  is not an accident, as there have been groups, like New Politics, formed to help these first-time candidates make a go of it. Historically, before 1975, more than 70% of members of Congress had served in the military; now it is less than 18%, the lowest in history. (2)

One of the winners in the New Jersey 11th District race was Democrat Mikie Sherrill, a Naval Academy graduate, retired Navy pilot, and prosecutor whose grandfather was a Navy pilot in World War II. She is part of the influx of Democratic veterans running this year.

Can we also find an astrological reason why this trend is so noticeable this year?

The first thing that comes to this astrologer’s mind is the condition of the U.S. Mars, the planet  the planet that governs the military, and the 6th house, which signifies the armed forces in a country’s chart. According to the Sibly chart for the U.S., Taurus is on the cusp of the 6th house (using Whole Sign houses), and Venus, its ruler, is in Cancer in the 8th house closely conjunct an exalted Jupiter.

U.S. Sibly chart (Whole sign houses)
July 4, 1776
5:10 p.m. LMT
Philadelphia, PA (39N57 75W10)

(chart created in Time Cycles IO Edition)

Our nation’s servicemen and women can thus be described by Venus conjunct Jupiter in Cancer. Washington’s army was a collection (Jupiter) of state militiamen who left their homes (Venus in Cancer) to fight. Venus conjunct an exalted Jupiter also suggests the growth of the military; placed in the 8th house, this becomes the big business of the military, so obvious today.

I want to consider the Mars retrograde station in the U.S. Sibly’s progressed chart as another indication of the present state of affairs. This is germane as we are looking forward to a transiting Mars retrograde period on June 26. This will be the first Mars retrograde in Aquarius since 1971, when the planet was retrograde between July 11 and September 9, and President Richard M. Nixon was in his first term.

Excerpts from the Pentagon Papers — Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara’s previously unpublished history of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam — began to be published by The New York Times on June 13, 1971. McNamara’s account began in 1954 when President Harry S. Truman secretly sent aid to France to help fight their colonial war with Vietnam. The Vietnamese, having been under French rule for 100 years, wanted independence. (3) The Nixon administration placed an injunction on the Times to cease publishing, but the Washington Post came to the rescue and kept printing the material. The case was heard by the Supreme Court, who sided with both newspapers’ right to publish.

It is interesting to note that McNamara ordered the study on June 17, 1967 and did not tell President Lyndon B. Johnson about it. Transiting Mars was at 17° Libra, conjunct the U.S. Saturn, the planet of accountability. Mars had just finished a retrograde period with its direct station at 15° Libra on May 26. The U.S. progressed Mars was at 11° Libra, within one degree of the progressed IC. So, a study commissioned in 1967, under a newly direct Mars (on the nation’s natal Saturn), was finally revealed to the public during a retrograde Mars period four years later. Might we expect some military secrets to be revealed this summer?

Progressed Mars went retrograde in the Sibly chart on July 19, 2006 at 18°42’ Libra. From this point forward — through March 27, 2086 — our aggressive and assertive tendencies, instead of projecting outward, are being turned inward to our own country — shooting ourselves, so to speak (literally, as it is unbearably sad to say). Our ability to win wars, especially those we initiate, is no longer guaranteed. Might this also indicate that we must look to using the military for a different purpose? Instead of sending the military overseas and fighting no-win situations, perhaps retired servicemen can stay at home and help govern the country.

When a planet goes retrograde, it is changing its orientation to the Sun, which signifies one’s purpose. When a country’s actions are no longer aligned with its purpose and mission, then a readjustment has to take place. In the article “America Attacks Itself,” Francis Donald Grabau wrote: “America is due for an 80-year period of self-examination regarding the nature of Mars, its power, force, and potential aggression.” (4)

Might the U.S. progressed Mars station also indicate how the military is being used in this country? The progressed Mars retrograde station in 2006 took place in Libra, a good sign for generals so that they can see both sides of the conflict  but also for negotiators and peacemakers. Seems to me quite appropriate to have military personnel in Congress deciding when and if the military can or should be used, rather than these decisions being made by professional politicians who have never been on a battleground.

The current Mars retrograde period can also explain the #MeToo movement coming to a head, as well as the continuing struggles for racial justice, more equitable sentencing guidelines, and prison reform. We are not very far from slavery when we shoot and incarcerate so many young black men, while their white counterparts often get lighter sentences. Our violent Mars shadow — our misuse of forceful action, our misuse of will, our misfiring military missions — all of our collective missteps are rising to the surface.

 Footnotes:

(1) PBS

(2) All of these details are from the PBS episode cited above.

(3) See, for example, Ken Burns’s recent documentary, Vietnam.

(4) This is the subject of Steven Spielberg’s recent movie The Post.

(5) Progressed Mars Turns Retrograde in America’s Birth Chart

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Bio: Kate Plumb, “cycles scientist,” is a certified NCGR counseling astrologer who teaches monthly at Joshua’s Place in Southampton and sees clients in her home office. She is also certified in Astro*Carto*Graphy. Website: kateplumbastrology.com. Kate can be reached at kplumb@optonline.net or (631) 725-9133.

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Black Panther

By Mary Plumb | April 2, 2018

Ryan Coogler is the writer and director of the megahit movie Black Panther. Opening on February 16, 2018, the film has broken innumerable records, including opening day attendance and the amount of money it has earned worldwide. (1) Here are some first thoughts about his horoscope.

Ryan Coogler was born on May 23, 1986 at 5:43 p.m. in Oakland, California. (2)

Natal chart: Ryan Coogler
May 23, 1986
5:43 p.m.
Oakland CA 37N37 122W16

With such a highly visible (and early) success in one’s life story, it’s revealing to look at the eclipses surrounding a birth: Events are magnified near an eclipse, and charts are quickened when they hold eclipse degrees. (3) The prenatal solar eclipse (PNSE) for Ryan Coogler occurred on April 8 at 19°06′ Aries, just past the degree of the Sun’s exaltation (18°-18°59′ Aries). Next was a lunar eclipse on April 24, a month before his birthday; the lunar eclipse was at 4°03′ Scorpio-Taurus, across his birth chart’s Ascendant-Descendant axis.

Coogler was born at a Sagittarius Full Moon, with Scorpio on the Ascendant. The Sun is at 2°34′ Gemini (with Mercury at 3°46′) and the Moon at 4°56′ Sag. With a birth just after the exact Full Moon, the maximum light of the Moon indicates enormous public exposure and a rapport with the moods of the time (hinted at in the prenatal birth eclipses as well). The Sun and Mercury in Gemini point to gifts with words and language, and the Sagittarius Moon carries the ideas broadly and enthusiastically. Saturn is there as well, conjunct the Moon and opposing the Sun, adding focus and serious intent to the communication tasks.

Ryan “worked since age 21 as a counselor with incarcerated youth at San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall, following in the footsteps of his father, who has long shared the same occupation.” (4) Saturn rules the natal 4th house of father; Saturn’s connection to both the Sun and Moon suggests a constructive or supportive familial relationship. Perhaps some of Saturn’s harsher storylines have been softened here with Jupiter, the dispositor of the Moon and Saturn, in the sign of his traditional rulership, Pisces, and also trine by sign to the water Ascendant. We don’t know how Saturn may be playing out in Ryan’s personal life, but here, it is a picture of “following in the footsteps of his father” in his work with incarcerated youth. (Sag is connected to the legal system.) Ryan Coogler is also a founding member of the Blackout For Human Rights campaign, “which is committed to addressing racial and human rights violations happening throughout the United States.”

In a daytime birth, Jupiter is the benefic in favor and is placed in the 5th house of sports, creativity, arts, theater, and places of enjoyment.

Ryan Coogler had substantial success before the Black Panther phenomenon. Fruitvale Station, his first feature-length film, opened on January 19, 2013. (5) It was made with a budget of $900,000, has garnered at least $17 million at the box office, and won the 2013 Cannes Film Festival award for Best First Film. At the film’s opening, transiting Saturn was at 10° Scorpio, just past Coogler’s Scorpio Ascendant. His progressed Moon was at 22°53′ Scorpio, with the progressed Ascendant at 22°26′ Scorpio, combining the strength and visibility of the 1st house with his intuitive connection to the public. There was a lunar eclipse on April 25, 2013 at 5°52′ Scorpio, conjunct natal Pluto on the Ascendant.

Bi-wheel: Inner: Ryan Coolger, natal; Outer: progressed to Jan. 13, 2013


Black Panther opened on February 16, 2018. A few weeks earlier, on January 31, there was a lunar eclipse at 11°32′ Leo, very near Coogler’s Midheaven (7°24′). His progressed Moon was also on a natal angle: 9°29′ Aquarius, just past the IC. The progressed Sun was 2°56′ Cancer, exactly conjunct natal Venus; progressed Venus was at 10°30′ Leo at the MC.

Bi-wheel: Inner: Ryan Coogler, natal; Outer: progressed to Feb.16, 2018

At the film’s opening, transiting Jupiter (dispositor of the natal Moon) was in the 1st house at 22° Scorpio, trining natal Jupiter in Pisces in the 5th house.

Coogler’s Ascendant ruler, Mars, is exalted in Capricorn and sextile Jupiter in Pisces. He was a football player, and in college, the players were encouraged to take a creative writing class. His teacher “praised his work and said it was very visual, and encouraged him to pursue screenwriting.” One of the many close midpoints in the natal chart is the Mercury/Neptune midpoint conjunct Jupiter (ME/NE=JU). Of this combination Ebertin writes: “A rich imagination and great powers of fantasy, stepped up powers of imagination. Poet, actor. The inclination to harbor great hopes.” (6)

Also, the Neptune/Pluto midpoint is conjunct the Moon (NE/PL=MO); this suggests a deep instinct for collective themes and powerful, dramatic creative sensibilities. When looking at the 90° dial, the Sun, ruler of the Midheaven, is on the Neptune/North Node midpoint – a career in the creative arts and connected to artistic people; bringing dreams or visions into the public eye.

There’s much more to say, of course (for instance, I’m curious about the speed, declinations, and decans of the planets), and I look forward to your always insightful comments and feedback.

Footnotes:
(1) YouTube: Here’s Every Record Black Panther Broke on Opening Weekend

“Less than a month after hitting theaters, Black Panther has officially made over $1 billion at the global box office.”
Vanity Fair

(2) Ryan Coogler, May 23, 1986; 5:43 p.m. PDT; Oakland, CA, USA (37°N37′, 122°W16′); AA rating: Astro-Databank

(3) The prenatal solar eclipse was popularized in our era by Robert Carl Jansky, who wrote about eclipse patterns in the 1960s and ’70s. More recently, the late Robert Blaschke also worked extensively with prenatal eclipses.

(4) Biographical material and direct quotes from:Wikipedia: Ryan Coogler

(5) Wikipedia: Fruitvale Station

(6) Reinhold Ebertin, The Combination of Stellar Influences, Ebertin-Verlag, 1972, p. 127.

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Saturn-Pluto is on the march … fasten your seat belts!

By Anne Whitaker | March 19, 2018

A recurring theme in recent talks with colleagues and students has been the impact on our lives of the current transit of Jupiter in Scorpio, which is in sextile aspect to Scorpio’s ruler, Pluto in Capricorn. This is further potentised by Saturn’s travel through his own sign of Capricorn – and at the start of his long march toward the 2020 Saturn-Pluto conjunction. We can feel the exacting challenges of the latter combination beginning to build.

Along with long-standing institutional corruption of various kinds (e.g., sexual and financial) being dredged up, confronted, and exposed, there seems to have been an outbreak of a greater sense of collective responsibility regarding how we are treating one another and our planet. Here are just a couple of examples, from the U.K.:

The BBC series, Blue Planet II: Oceans of Wonder, narrated by the venerable and influential national treasure, 91-year old Sir David Attenborough, has been shown to huge audiences worldwide, pricking our collective consciences into action with regard to the damage plastic is doing to our oceans. (1) Also, in the U.K., a “minister for loneliness” has been appointed to tackle more effectively that scourge of modern living. (2)

The January 2020 Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn – Saturn’s home sign – offers a strong earth/water signal as we move toward the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius at the end of 2020. We are being challenged to clean up our act in relation to our home planet, and behave with more integrity toward one another as a human community – or face the consequences.

We are moving from an emphasis on planetary exploitation, which characterized the Industrial Revolution and the ensuing materialistic culture, to one of global social development – that of ideas, information, communication, and relationships – expedited by technology, for the coming 200 years or so.

So, despite the tough times we are living through and despite Saturn-Pluto’s current challenges, I feel optimistic on the whole about the new order being birthed in the turmoil of ending, although we Baby Boomers will likely not live to see it.

Pondering on Saturn-Pluto and its challenges (a topic of special interest to me, since I was born under an exact combination of those two and am still here … as far as I know) reminded me of a column I wrote for the U.K’s Astrological Journal a while ago, which described a striking incident evoking Saturn-Pluto. Here it is:

“… Something oddly unsettling happened to me on 1st June 2016. Not a surprise, you might say, with the Sun that day conjunct Mercury in Gemini square Jupiter in Virgo square Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces – all churning between 10° and 15° of the mutable signs. My natal Ascendant/Descendant plus Mercury tossed and turned within this restless brew.

“I was peacefully preparing some notes for an especially interesting-looking client booked in for that afternoon. I like noting when clients’ progressed planets change signs, or turn retro/direct, as their life pattern unfolds. This offers good material for enlightening contemplation and discussion. But it’s not something you can quickly and easily do using a computer.

“So, I reached for my 20th Century Midnight Ephemeris, turned to the 1990s, and made an unpleasant discovery. Someone had torn out pages from the 1990s. But not random pages. The whole of 1993 and 1994. Nothing else was damaged.

“There were two possibilities, given that I had purchased this ephemeris second-hand on moving into my current office in January 2015. One: Someone with keys to my office had come in and torn out specific pages at some point in the last year or so. (You’d never spot my natal Mercury-Saturn-Pluto lineup here, surely …)

“Or two – the more credible: Whoever sold the ephemeris had hated those two years so much that he/she had taken their revenge via this act of Mercurial vandalism. It was odd, however, that I had not noticed the damage earlier …

“What to do, now that I had a maimed ephemeris? Every client from now until forever, I thought, is bound to have been born in the 1990s or have key life events happening then which require close symbolic examination and elucidation. With the passage of decades, one becomes fully cognizant of Sod’s (3) frequently malign intentions.

“Whilst reluctantly concluding, therefore, that a new ephemeris was probably required, a sudden memory lit up my grumpy, puzzled, somewhat paranoid mental processes. During the 1990s, I had made up my own ephemeris for each year. Perhaps I could use two of those to cover the missing years? Had those ephemerides survived one of my periodic purges?

“They had! Their distinctive, colorful covers impressed me. How arty I was, briefly, in the 1990s … included with the photocopied ephemeris pages were lined sheets of yellow paper for notes; these were full of astrological significators linked with personal and mundane events for 1991 to 1996. Why had I stopped then? No idea …

“A morning was spent browsing through those notes, focusing especially on the two missing years of 1993-94 – what a harrowing read! Staggering out, semi-traumatized, into gorgeous sunshine, I restored balance by basking outside my favorite boho cafe. Sipping delicious coffee and feasting on sandwiches followed by jammy creamy fruit scones, I reflected on our (fortunately) well-developed capacity to forget grim events. How unpleasant and upsetting it is to be reminded.

“These were awful, turbulent times: not only at a macro level, but also in our small personal worlds … many of us ‘plugged in’ to the same degrees as the major planetary patterns of those years suffered very considerably. I often found myself talking to clients about family traumas which in many cases closely mirrored my own.

“From my notes, January 1993: ‘… the start of a momentous year, with a triple conjunction of Uranus and Neptune at 18°-19° Capricorn in February, August, and October, and a triple meeting between Saturn in Aquarius square Pluto in Scorpio from 24° to 27° of their respective signs in March and October 1993, and January 1994 … world situation incredibly unstable, turbulent, and cruel throughout 1992 as exactitudes approached …’

“The notes went on to describe planetary links to major oil spills, earthquakes, mudslides, volcanic eruptions … and that was just January and February 1993! There followed, as many of us will remember, ongoing IRA bombings on the U.K. mainland, the first attack on the World Trade Centre, attempts to stop a genocidal war in the Balkans, and horrific genocide in Ruanda. Worth quoting, from the U.K.’s Sunday Times on August 22, 1993, two days after the second exact Uranus/Neptune conjunction: ‘Islamic fundamentalism, if it remains unchecked, could destabilize Egypt, Sudan, Africa, Middle East – the whole world community …’ (Grimly prescient.)

“I now understood why that mysterious reader had torn out 1993 and 1994. Feeling very reflective, and grateful that life had eventually reached calmer waters in recent times, I headed off to home. There in the mail was a letter, the first in many years from a close relative from whom I was forced to cut off contact in 1993-94.
“As English astronomer Sir Arthur Eddington (1882 – 1944) once observed: ‘Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine’.” (4)

Footnotes:

(1) BBC
(2) BBC
(3) Sod’s law, which states that “if something can go wrong, it will,” is similar to Murphy’s law but broader in scope. Wikipedia
(4) Quotation Page

(This is a lightly edited version of Anne’s article, which was first published in the July/August issue of the U.K.’s Astrological Journal. Many thanks to Anne for sharing her work with TMA.)

Anne Whitaker’s blog: Astrology Questions and Answers

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