The Good Use of a Sharp Destiny and John McCain’s Literal Sabian Symbols

“Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on whom you rely and who rely on you in return.” John McCain

THE SHARP DESTINY

Serving a cause greater than oneself was John McCain’s motto and redemption. Deep within, he felt a conscious responsibility to rise above all shortcomings to live a life based on lofty, moral standards. This is the mark of the Sharp Destiny shown in McCain’s chart by Jupiter and Saturn in Square Aspect. The characteristics of a Sharp Destiny, and how McCain made the best of its potentials is explained in the Essentials of Astrological Analysis by Marc Edmund Jones, pg 125:

JUPITER AND SATURN IN A SQUARE ASPECT indicate an ordering of life’s fundamental motives through which the native usually suffers very immediate consequences of the least neglect or abuse of his own potentials. He finds he must fight continually for the ideals in which he has come to take the most consistent interest, and also learns that his conscious well-being is wholly dependent on the moral struggles in which he becomes involved almost inevitably at every stage of his experience. If he does not relish the days in which he seems torn to pieces in self-uncertainty, he must discover ways to tear himself apart deliberately and in equally painful fashion on the behalf either of some cause of real significance or some conception that he can dramatize through his own being. Personal existence under this configuration can become either great opportunity or else a gradual disintegration of the soul in the very core of itself. 

Jones aptly exposes the inner workings of the heart and mind of not only John McCain, but all others who are endowed with this heightened conscious self-awareness, via the hard Aspect of Jupiter with Saturn on the celestial stage. The Square is a challenging configuration between the planets of Motivation that drives individuals to a realization that they must accomplish significant growth during their lifetime that will leave them better than where they started out in life. It builds character.

Joe Biden, in his speech at McCain’s funeral said, “Character is destiny. John had character.” When asked to explain McCain’s character to those not knowing him well, Biden further described him saying, “He lived by a code where honor, courage, integrity, duty were alive . . . . Underlying values animated everything John did, everything he was. He’d part company with you, if you lacked the basic values of decency and respect, knowing this project is bigger than yourself.”  These are all appropriate comments about the man with a Sharp Destiny. They paraphrase as they define the Square’s intent to, “fight continually for ideals . . . and to tear oneself apart on behalf of a cause of real significance.” John McCain found cause in the American ideal – something much bigger than himself.

In his search for higher guide posts, John McCain admired certain philosophical and inspiring writings. He found these in his favorite 1940’s novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway. The book tells a story that is reminiscent of what McCain experienced throughout the Vietnam War, and the protagonist exemplifies the heroism and self-sacrifice displayed by him while captive during his military service. The tale evoked a deep and powerful calling for the naval pilot that is expressed so poignantly in the 1624 poem by John Donne. The last line of the poem was not only chosen by Hemingway as a title for his novel, but it has been used as well by the late John McCain in reference to his own calling.

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” John Donne

In his latest book, The Restless Wave, John McCain wrote his lengthy farewell statement that in the end gives several references to John Donne’s metaphysical poem.

“What an ingrate I would be to curse the fate that concludes the blessed life I’ve led. I prefer to give thanks for those blessings, and my love to the people who blessed me with theirs. The bell tolls for me. I knew it would. So I tried, as best I could, to stay a ‘part of the main . . . .” John McCain

THE VOLCANIC TEMPER

With the backdrop of divisiveness in Washington and in the Country, McCain’s dedication to bipartisanship stands out all the more brilliantly. He was not held back by differences of opinion or policy, and would reach across the aisle to get things done with members of both parties. McCain believed in the concept of each being part of a greater whole. McCain’s natal Sun on the 7th house cusp encouraged him to reach out to others, in the name of opportunity and cooperation for the betterment of each participant. This is the meaning of relationship, and the four planets occupying that house emphasize continual interrelationships for growth through harmonious cooperation or open confrontation. Although there was always a need for establishing relationships, McCain also had traits that repelled others. He was well-known for his biting sense of humor and his volatile temper. But far from a deterrent, on the contrary, it became the defining moment for life-long friendships and political camaraderie. And as friends and colleagues gathered after his death, to give tribute to his character and to eulogize him, each in his own way gave their account of an encounter with both his destabilizing humor and fierce passion. Testimonials of both his light and dark side poured out from his own Party and from across the aisle:

Excerpt from remarks by Rhode Island Democrat, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse – C-SPAN2, 8/28/18: John could be annoying. In Munich accepting an award for John, his beloved Cindy (McCain) said, “I love him most of the time. His temper could be explosive.” I read once about a man named for a South American volcano, because he constantly fumed and regularly erupted. And I thought of John. He loved a good fight and was eager to pile in. “A fight not joined is a fight not enjoyed,” he’d say.

Comment from Democrat Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois – C-SPAN2, 8/28/18: “. . . Typical John McCain. A volcanic temper, but an embracing, loving approach when it came to friendship.”

Senator Ben Sasse, Republican from Nebraska C-SPAN2, 8/28/18: “. . . After he was released, he wanted to make sure that he spent all of his time on big things. His impatience, his volcanic temper flowed directly from the fact that he thought that life was too short to waste on small stuff.”

These statements characterizing his temperament, and many others not referenced here, literally mirror McCain’s Neptune Sabian Symbol degree,  A volcano in eruption. Here is where the phantasmal images give truth and life to the metaphysical origin of the Sabian Symbols. In uncanny fashion, Senators and other friends, described John McCain’s temper using the word “volcanic” to describe it, just as it is stated in the visual image itself.

Neptune 16 Virgo 08
VIRGO 17 A volcano in eruption This is a symbol of that constant expansion of self and nature which constitutes reality in its most fundamental terms, emphasized here on the side of physical force and the blind urge of life to continue to be. Implicit in the wonder and destructiveness is man’s ease of self-recovery in the critical phases of his experience, often aided by the sheer violence with which he acts to meet some major issue. His irresistible outbursts may be merely the total mobilization of his deeper potentials. The keyword is EXPLOSION. When positive, the degree is creative passion as a rejection of superficiality and a genuine ordering of self, and when negative, petulance and tantrums.

THE CANCER DIAGNOSIS, July 14, 2017, the Transits and Progressions:

From the online Business Insider: McCain was scheduled for a regular physical on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. The brain scan that McCain had undergone during  his physical had discovered something. He underwent surgery several hours later. The five-hour procedure was a minimally invasive craniotomy with eyebrow incision. ‘They cut a hole in my skull along my left eyebrow to look at my brain’s left frontal lobe and see what the trouble was,’ he wrote. It was a two-inch blood clot that they found and removed.  . . . But a few days later, it was revealed that the blood clot was a primary brain tumor.”

Chart #2, for the cancer diagnosis, shows that Progressed Saturn had been Retrograding in Opposition to natal Neptune for a period of years. Transit Neptune as well was moving into an Opposition to its own natal position. Progressed Mars was exact in Conjunction with natal Mercury which rules the brain. Transit Saturn was Retrograding toward a tight Square to its natal placement in the 1st house which rules the body, and was coming to a Station in August 2017 that intensified the pressure. And Transit Pluto was exactly Conjunct and Stationary on McCain’s Progressed Moon; this being the most telling of all astrological indicators of his fateful illness.

 THE SENATOR’S VOTE ON HEALTHCARE 

From the Washington Post, July 30, 2018, Peter W. Stevenson: “In the early hours of July 28, 2017, Sen. John McCain slowly walked onto the floor of the Senate. It was a vote for the GOP’s “skinny repeal” bill — a measure that would have permanently repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, among other provisions.  . . . As McCain’s turn to vote arrived, the Senate clerk nodded at him. The Arizona Republican paused, then gave a dramatic thumbs down, eliciting gasps from the Democratic side of the chamber and grim looks of resignation from the GOP leadership that had spent the past few hours trying to get him to change his mind.”

Chart #3, for the thumbs down vote by John McCain on the Affordable Care Act’s repeal, shows Squares from Transits Saturn and Uranus being of strong influence, “pushing” him toward the negative vote. The planets in the Department of Significance; Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, in addition to Transit Saturn’s Square to its natal location, are all activated on July 28, 2017. The saving of healthcare can also be seen in the Transit of Pluto in helpful Trine to natal Neptune. Emotions erupted in Congress on both sides in the early morning hours, to once again point to Neptune’s still active “volcano” in McCain’s 7th house of potential open conflict. No doubt this final vote will go down in history as the last monumental protest from the Senator toward what he viewed as a renegade Administration and Congress.

Transit Uranus was just shy of completing its 84 year cycle Return to its natal place, where an appropriate symbol of McCain’s concerns for healthcare can be viewed through its Sabian Symbol, A red cross nurse. Also in Point Focus like Jupiter, Uranus takes on a role greater than when it is not emphasized by T-Cross. Uranus being a strong player in McCain’s last year of life also correlates to his highly individualistic personality. Having two T-Crosses in the natal map (see chart #1), gives the native two outlets for personal self-expression, which often throws others off balance when they cannot anticipate which avenue of expression the native will take. It was difficult for friends or opponents to predict whether they would be meeting the Point Focus Uranian maverick head-on, or more pleasantly, the warm and enthusiastic support from the Point Focus Jupiter.

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TAURUS 10 A red cross nurse This is a symbol of human service on the ideal or spiritual side and it emphasizes the greatest of all roads to self-realization. The steadiness of concern for the more extreme needs of others is dramatization of the most consistent opportunity for self to become momentarily a phase of all-self, and through that universal experience to become more satisfactorily whatever it wishes to be on its own account. The keyword is ENLISTMENT. When positive, the degree is a complete dedication of the self to the worth-while and enduring projects through which it can lose all sense of separateness, and when negative, a superficial pretense of humanitarianism in order to gain transient importance.

A POIGNANT FAREWELL

“I hope those who mourn my passing, and those who don’t, will celebrate as I celebrate a happy life lived in imperfect service to a country made of ideals, whose continued success is the hope of the world,” McCain wrote in his personal statement in his latest book. “And I wish all of you great adventures, good company, and lives as lucky as mine.”

The luck coming to John McCain was due to the generosity of fate that put Jupiter, the Greater Benefic, at the natal chart’s Midheaven – its highest point. This brings the planet into High Focus as well as Point Focus of a T-cross. Jupiter’s Conjunction on the cusp of the 10th house lends the native the authority to wield power, and blesses the individual with high position and honor for deeds well done. McCain’s heroism in never giving in to the enemy during his imprisonment at the Hanoi Hilton, and his courageous contribution to his country as a statesman and Senator is a result of his well-placed Jupiter.

In his last years of life, McCain was on the receiving end of stark criticism, with character attacks from members of his own Party. Again, he had to withstand the onslaught of another type of torture from those not as devotion to the values of the Country as he was. Both the disapproval from some colleagues, and the final withdraw from this life itself, is shown most starkly through the Progressed Station of Saturn turning Direct in his 82nd year. The ephemeris graph shows the symbol for Saturn circled in red. It marks 82 days after birth and thus relates to his 82nd year of life. His bold rhetoric on bipartisanship, the character assassination, the hardship of illness, and his final year of life are all synchronous with this ultra-important Progressed Station. November 19, 1936 is the date of the Direct Station of Saturn that corresponds to the year 2018. Important Progressions and Transits for August 25, 2018 are shown in Chart #4.

NAUTICAL REFERENCES IN THE SABIAN SYMBOL IMAGERY IN MCCAIN’S NATAL CHART:

For a nautical salute to the inner nuances of John McCain’s character, a list of a few astoundingly, literal Sabian Symbols follows:

Moon, 2 Aquarius 28 – A deserter from the navy

This one of the literal symbols reflects the maverick in McCain’s nature, and alludes to the time he was a POW. Truly not a deserter, but the symbol does describe his passionate refusal to surrender to unworthy precepts that forfeit true and lofty principles. The original version of the symbol states it in more certain terms: A deserter from the navy stands suddenly aware of the dawning truth that freedom is never the result of compromise. With fierce resistance, one shows dedication to one’s beliefs. Right or wrong, throughout his career, McCain clung to what he believed, but was the first to admit mistakes when made aware by his own conscience.

AQUARIUS 3 A deserter from the navy This is a symbol of human independence carried to a point of extreme rebellion against things as they are, here emphasized in a disregard of all consequences for the sake of an immediate liberation of the spirit. There is a demand for a more rewarding expression of individuality, and the reversed symbolism suggests that any late acceptance of full and personal responsibility for life is better than none at all. Except as man creates his own allegiances, his destiny holds no depth. The keyword is DEFIANCE. When positive, the degree is genuine psychological courage in a repudiation of all meaningless loyalties, and when negative, complete inability to follow the rules of any game..

Mars, 12 Leo 34
LEO 13 An old sea captain rocking This is a symbol of man’s great love for reliving his experiences in memory, and of his gift for achieving a mastery in advance of whatever new situations he may face by bringing all the ramifying relationships to a focus in a personal and competent grasp of their more pertinent potentialities. He fights the battles of the world in his imagination, over and over again. He knows that events repeat themselves, and so may be brought in leash. The keyword is RETROSPECT. When positive, the degree in each person’s unlimited capacity for calling up afresh the powers he has gained in his struggle toward self-fulfillment, and when negative, insensibility to present reality in a full surrender to the past.

The keyword, Retrospect for Mars, and the general explanation of the symbol, correlate with McCain’s return to Vietnam to come to terms with what had happened while in captivity. The words in the description of the symbol, “He fights the battles of the world in his imagination, over and over again,” seem to be those that reflect the actual excruciating experience of his imprisonment.

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SAGITTARIUS 16 Sea gulls watching a ship This is a symbol of the spirit’s demand for its full share in the privileges and rewards of human society, and of the individual’s realization that his personal interests are served only as he maintains an unceasing vigilance in his own behalf. There is a continual and wholly impersonal give-and-take in every phase of life’s over-all economy, so that what loses its usefulness in one respect will gain an immediate high potentiality in another. Moreover, what man fails to claim definitely for himself is promptly surrendered to the devices of someone else. The keyword is ALERTNESS. When positive, the degree is a gift for recognizing every opportunity at hand, and when negative, aimless expectation.

THE CORE AND WILL OF THE SUN DEGREE

VIRGO 7 A harem This is a symbol of the withdrawal from reality in one aspect as a means for regrasping in another, here dramatized by an acceptance of regimentation as a species of insulation against life’s demand for some more dynamic manifestation of the self. Implicit in the static symbolism is the necessity for using any fellowship in lesser values as a self-strengthening in a definite and renewed struggle towards the greater. An enforced conservation of energies need not encourage a surrender of basic ideals. The keyword is RESTRAINT. When positive, the degree is a courageous and complete disregard of limitation by the rejection of its terms at any cost, and when negative, self-betrayal for momentary ease.

The original symbol describes the image more meaningfully: The woman’s quarters of an Oriental palace are revealed; here are the bright and unafraid eyes of cloistered souls.

This image is reminiscent of the group of cloistered souls, his comrades-in-arms, with whom McCain spent a good portion of time at the Hanoi Hilton. John McCain will be well-remembered for the endurance he had to muster to withstand the excruciating torture he experienced as a captive during the Vietnam War. The Sun’s Sabian Symbol is not as literal as the others, and without mention of a sailor, a ship or the sea.  But in reverse interpretation, it suggests that at core was a being, who while withstanding devastating pain and confinement, found solace in right attitude, with a sincere dedication to the American experiment for which he fought so courageously to protect. His equal position within the “harem” of U.S. Senators, all working together for the Country’s good, brought to John McCain his life’s highest achievement and greatest joy.

“THE HANOI HILTON” – IN CAPTIVITY AT HOA LOA

THE CAPTURE

A reading of McCain’s chart would not be complete without a look at the Transits and Progressions for October 26, 1967 when on a bombing mission, his jet fighter was shot down and he was captured by the North Vietnamese. The planetary Aspects that day, and for much time following, were profound and life changing. He would be in captivity for five and a half

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years, suffering untold agony which can be seen astrologically in Chart #5 left. The most difficult Aspects that people endure, either in Transits or Progressions, are with Saturn and Pluto. John McCain had both planets, in Transit and Progression, in extremely challenging configurations to his natal planets on that fateful day. The Transit Moon, depending on the time of the event, made a Conjunction with natal Pluto and was the defining factor and indicator of the severity of the situation. Going forward, this would be the “inaugural” or event chart for tracking the progress of his long internment in captivity.

The chart shows that McCain had recently experienced his first Transit Saturn Return, and at the same time Progressed Saturn was advancing in Retrograde motion toward an Opposition to his natal Neptune. Transit Pluto, for a time, had been Opposite his natal Saturn. McCain was obviously engaged in warfare – direct and open conflict, a meaning among others, of planetary dynamics between the 1st and 7th houses in any horoscope.

THE RELEASE

McCain was released from prison March 14, 1973. Chart #5 right, shows many Aspects that are indicative of the end of confinement. Progressed Venus coming to an Opposition with natal Uranus, one of his Point Focus planets, and by that an important one, tells of the freedom long awaited had finally arrived. Progressed Mercury and Transit Pluto were both close to natal Mercury, indicating the profound good news. These two planets, being just a bit after the exact Aspect, shows that the knowledge of his release had been in the negotiating phase for some time before the actual event.

Progressed Mars was entering into its Conjunction with McCain’s natal Sun, to indicate an acceleration of activity and excitation in coming events. The Progressed Moon and Transit Saturn Opposite natal Jupiter were indicators of the principle of manifestation that all Opposition Aspects represent – in this case, the timing of the emotional release from captivity. Jupiter, activated by these two Dynamic planets, brought forth the good luck the native knew he had at root. The day of the release shows the Transit Moon once again very close to natal Pluto. And the Transit of the Sun and Venus in exact Opposition to Venus and Neptune respectively, buttressed the already very active configurations. Progressed Mars Conjunct natal Sun was initiating a new and better phase in the life of one so deserving of respect and praise for valor displayed through hardship.

The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones

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How Planets “Talk” to Each Other – What is an Aspect?

There are numerous branches of astrology and diverse methods of analysis in the use of astrological techniques. Those that are used on this blog are predominantly those created by Marc Edmund Jones in the early 20th century, and they are found in his Essentials of Astrological Analysis. With this approach is the use of the Major Ptolemaic Aspects*; the Conjunction, Sextile, Square, Trine and Opposition. The geometric arrangements between planets are derived by a division of the 360 degree circle of the zodiac by 0, 6, 4, 3 and 2 respectively. Other approaches to astrological interpretation are just as valid as the ones used here, because each approach is reflected in all other forms of interpretation.

Many clients wonder what is in a horoscope that astrologers consider when interpreting a horoscope. Besides the Major planetary Aspects there are highly sophisticated techniques that are constructed on the foundation of the five Major Aspects. It is fascinating as well as informative to reveal the mechanism on which these planetary  interrelationships perform and mirror life experience. The origin of all events on Earth and personal human experience takes its cue from planets when they contact each other through Aspect. In one of their many YouTube videos, The Thunderbolts Project attempts to explain in detail the active result of planetary interactions.

From Symbols of an Alien Sky, The Thunderbolts Project:

“In an electrical Solar System, if two planets or Moons approach each other from regions of different potential, an electrical discharge will occur, producing plasma formations stretching between the approaching bodies.

Plasma laboratory experiments can tell us what the formations might look like. The backbone is typically a column of twisted filaments, but disks and embedded cylinders also arise to evolve in spectacular ways.

The counterpart to such formations looks like ancient depictions of the cosmic thunderbolt. But what an outrageous idea that exotic formations could arise between planets in close approach! The space between the two planets lights up and is set aflame by both planets and produces a train of fire.”

These celestial events are imbued with intelligence as well as fire and light. They are like the synapses that are sparked between brain cells in order to transmit and develop thought patterns in the mind. The chakra system is involved as well. The entire Solar System and life on Earth is a closed unit and its purpose is the enlightenment of humanity. All planetary Aspects in a person’s chart are designed to bring growth and awareness to that individual. This usually is a painful process when the person is unaware of how the whole process works and its ultimate purpose.

For more about this subject visit other posts on this blog:

Planetary Aspects, the Electrical Connections of Intelligence

The Connective Electrical Planetary Powers and Human Receptors


*In astrology, the interaction between planets is called an ASPECT. They are geometric relationships that carry unique meanings that depend upon the nature of the configuration.

The five Major ASPECTS:

The Conjunction is 0 degrees and is an Aspect of emphasis and intensity.

The 60 degree separation of planets is called a Sextile, which is a harmonious interchange of energies because the discharge is not confrontational.

The Square is a 90 degree separation is indicative of struggle with the need to take action and change.

An ease of the interactions occurs with planets that are in a Trine ASPECT. It is the separation of 120 degrees. It refers to momentum and inner talents and abilities.

The 180 degree Opposition creates conscious awareness and can be combative because it is a direct confrontation of energies.

All of these geometric relationships have a 10 degree orb of allowance.

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Donald Trump & Robert Mueller, Face-off

THE PHENOMENAL SABIAN SYMBOLS 

Donald Trump and Robert Mueller share one of the 360 Sabian Symbols with the cross-tie between Mueller’s natal Venus at 26 Leo 27 applying to Trump’s natal Mars at 26 Leo 47. The mutual Conjunction is within a mere 20 minutes of arc, resulting in the symbol of Daybreak as the degree is rounded to Leo 27. Mueller’s Venus is the provocative, applying planet to Trump’s Mars that is separating from the Aspect to distribute the energies in somewhat antagonistic fashion most of the times. Trump is known for his fretful reactions and damaging remarks toward the unrelenting Special Counsel through his early morning (daybreak) tweets to the world.

The original Sabian Symbol of 27 Leo is more detailed; Over at the eastern edge of night the streaks of dawn appear, gradually the mounting light wipes out the stars. This is a reflection of the dramatic and imposing character of both men as they overshadow and dominate any and all other individuals or matters at hand.

Trump’s Mars is located on his Ascendant, which curiously is affiliated with the early hours of dawn. There in the east, is where all planets break into the light of day as they commence their journey through the southern hemisphere. The Sabian Symbolism is continuously validated, by innuendo or uncanny likeness, as they magically manifest from the phenomenal to the actual world.

Another cross-tie between the two charts and the two men is shown by the short magenta arrow in Trump’s 11th house. It is Mueller’s Saturn Conjunct Trump’s Mercury. Again, the planet of impetus, by virtue of application, lies in the hands of the prosecutor. The Saturnian pressure of the probe into the 2016 elections and Russia’s influence in that regard has weighed heavily on the Mercurial attitude of the President. Mueller’s Saturn represents what is often referred to as a “cloud” over the Trump White House, and its symbol at 7 degrees Cancer is Two fairies on a moonlit night. Its keyword ASCENDANCY reiterates and supports the meaning of the cross-tie we see in Daybreak and its position on Trump’s eastern horizon. Whether at dawn or in moonlight, as the elfin degree describes, the two men are inextricably tied through combined potentials.

It is Mueller’s responsibility, through his serious and penetrating Saturn impulse, to probe into the fine details of Trump’s daily interactions and communications represented by his natal Mercury at 9 degrees Cancer in the symbol of A tiny nude miss reaching in the water for a fish. The entire symbol is given here, because the content vividly reflects the actual nuances of Trump’s thinking and attitude represented by the planet Mercury. Some are attracted to the unencumbered approach of the President in his impulsive reaching out to apprehend the unwary, and others are simply appalled by his naive and often thoughtless actions.

The first sentence of the symbol below describes Trump’s enthusiasm as he took the helm of his new administration. The second sentence corroborates the natal potentials of his Uranus/Sun Conjunction, and refers to his untethered interactions with everyone, including foreign leaders. And the positive and negative descriptions in the end, speak candidly for themselves.

CANCER 9 A tiny nude miss reaching in the water for a fish  This is a symbol of the eternal and unsullied freshness of soul as it enters every new experience with an unabated enthusiasm and thereby both substantiates its divine estate and brings enduring significance to whatever it may touch. Here is the absolute lack of inhibition which enables man to grasp the reins of control in every realm he decides to make his own, and the unquenched and simple curiosity which virtually makes it impossible for any potentiality of being ever to escape him. The keyword is INCLINATION. When positive, the degree is ingratiating and irresistible capacity for self-expression, and when negative, continual indiscretion as a bar to any appreciable achievement.

THE POWER OF THE ECLIPSE

The total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 at 28 Leo 53 was Conjunct the Ascendant cross-tie between Trump and Mueller. There was also a tighter Aspect with the partial solar eclipse at 27 Aquarius 08 that was Opposite the cross-tie and on the Descendant. The eclipses from the 1st to the 7th houses of Trump’s chart, in his first year of office, intensified the impact of his personality on the lives of others and brought attention to the profound effect the Special Counsel would have on his general outlook. His natal Mars was activated by the eclipses, one a Conjunction within a few degrees and the other in almost exact Opposition to it. The stimulated initiative quickly morphed into resentment when the investigation continued in spite of the firing of then FBI Director, James Comey. Trump’s Mars impulse to lash out toward Comey backfired and created an even greater challenge to him by the more honorable and formidable Robert Mueller, who then took over the investigation as Special Counsel.

Many astrologers predicted a catastrophe would befall President Trump, because the Total Solar Eclipse fell on his Mars and Ascendant. They refer to leaders or kings that are often born or die, or are deposed from office on an eclipse. But in Trump’s case it brought intensified attention to his personal powers of coercion, and to his bigger-than-life, bombastic personality. Trump is in the news 24/7, and there is no end in sight until 2019 when there is a turning point in his Transits and Progressions, namely the momentous Progressed Lunation and Transit Pluto Opposition natal Saturn. See: Trump and the Dynamic Aspects 2019

AN OUTCOME IN THE MAKING, JUNE 17, 2018 – MUELLER’S DYNAMIC TRANSITS*

The Special Counsel, formed on May 17, 2017, has been in progress for approximately one year. The upcoming Transits that make powerful contacts within Mueller’s natal chart mid-June 2018 may point to some type of climax in the matter. At the very least, the release of more outstanding information can be expected. When several Transits are simultaneously active, it amplifies the intensity of potentials. When there are Opposition Aspects a manifestation on the physical plane is imminent. It is a time of bringing things to fruition, much like during a Full Moon.

The Transit Aspects culminating for Robert Mueller, on or about June 17th are; Transit Saturn Opposite natal Saturn shown with the light orange arrow; Mars in Opposition to natal Pluto shown with the red arrow; and in blue, the Transit of Neptune in Opposition to natal Mars. Transit Neptune is of great interest because it Stations to go Retrograde in exact Opposition to Mars June 19th. Neptune’s Station activates Mueller’s Mars in the Sabian degree of A volcano in eruption. This ominous and powerful symbolic image anticipates an impending explosion of facts. And for even more emphasis on this overwhelming display of planetary force is the Station Retrograde of Transit Mars due on June 27th. Mars will be in exact Opposition to natal Pluto. These are formidable planetary relationships promising some grand outcome of pent-up energies.

Although these Dynamic Opposition Aspects occurring in Mueller’s chart are not affecting the cross-tied planets with Trump, they will inevitably be a cause for concern for the President.

The Special Counsel, in its quest to uncover the truth of Russia’s involvement in the US elections, and any possible cooperation by Trump’s campaign associates, should conclude with indictments of some and exoneration of others. June is a sensitive month for both the President and the Special Counsel, and should be an important turning point in the probe that has captivated minds worldwide.


*It is difficult to get a sense of what may occur when a time of birth is unknown as in the chart for Robert Mueller. Without an exact time of birth there is no clear understanding of what situations and circumstances are being stimulated by Transits and Progressions, and the basic potentials of the natal chart are not certain. But much can be gleaned, using Marc Edmund Jones techniques, in spite of not knowing the house positions of the planets.

Without the time of birth we are not privy to the Moon’s degree in the sign it occupies, which is vital when calculating Progressions. The Progressed Moon Aspects are a goldmine of information letting us know when the native is wholeheartedly involved in their own current affairs. Being engaged in circumstances in life is shown by active major Aspects of the Progressed Moon. When the Progressed Moon is not in a major Aspect the native may be in a holding pattern until its next major, applying Aspect. The Moon is the prime indication of the native’s degree of emotional connectivity with environmental circumstances and people. Planets, including the Sun are unlike the Moon, in that they represent general developments taking a greater amount of time to manifest results.

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Former First Lady, Barbara Bush – Was a Lucky Wife and Mother

Matriarch and former first lady, Barbara Bush was the wife of a US President as well as the mother of one. There is only one other dynastic incident in US history like it, and that is Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams. Barbara Bush was well-respected and sometimes criticized for her unapologetic manner of speech and unimpressive image. She spoke of herself as lucky, and her good fortune shows in her horoscope.

There is heightened planetary activity in the Progressed to natal and Transit to natal horoscope, and the graph shows Barbara Bush’s Progressed Sun was just entering into a stressful and telling Square with her natal Sun when she passed. Progressed Mars had already been stressing her vitality in December of 2017 when it was exact in its Square Aspect.

The astrological wheel shows the great fortune and luck the matriarch referred to in her life, by the beneficial placement of Jupiter next to her natal Moon in the 2nd house. The original Sabian Symbol of her Moon at 17 Capricorn is,  A mature but long repressed young woman is bathing surreptitiously in the nude and finding a release in spirit. Here is testimony to the hidden joy in feeling she experienced in spite of the need to appear outwardly mature and well-bred. The first lady’s planet of beneficence, Jupiter, has the original Sabian Symbol at 22 Sagittarius, The defeated general yields up his sword but in failure he wins for his cause a dignity that is real success. This shows us that although Barbara Bush herself did not hold office, she did indeed experience success and dignity through association – Jupiter in in close Conjunction with her natal Moon, the indicator of public interaction. Mars and Pluto Transits exactly Conjunct natal Moon and Jupiter respectively, and point to the intense pressure of the planets’ effects on her frail condition that contribute to her difficult yet graceful final days. Transit Pluto Stationing to go Retrograde within 5 minutes of arc with natal Jupiter on the day of her death speaks volumes.

The news coming after her death brought back the time of her controversial speech at Wellesley College, and the time of great sorrow from the loss of their three year old to leukemia. But she stood her ground to prove the metal of her mighty soul, and natal Jupiter Aspected by Transit Pluto will ensure that she will be remembered well, in spite of occasional rebuffs and traumas experienced on the road to her otherwise fruitful life. And Progressed Venus is seen near the time of her passing in poignant Square to natal Jupiter that is the prime “target” of the Stationary Transit Pluto. Together, with all the other Progressed and Transiting planets at the time of her death, show an impossible set of planetary pressures to overcome.

Supporting all other Aspects on the actual day of death is the Station of Saturn going Retrograde in wide but telling Opposition to natal Pluto in the 8th house of ultimate transitions. She will be missed by both Republicans and Democrats. This is the destiny of one who showed respect and concern for everyone, although with natal Mars and Pluto in the 8th house of the approval others, there are and will be challenges to her legacy as well.

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President Trump’s Progressions into 2019 – Good Fortune Abounds – But . . .

Astrological prediction is guesswork.* Based on the experience of the astrologer, he or she attempts to prove astrology’s validity by stating what they think may happen in the future. The problem with predictions, whether astrological or psychic, is that the person on the receiving end of the communication is then emotionally and mentally invested in what the astrologer or reader portends will transpire. Predictions and self-fulfilling prophecy work hand in hand. The recipient nourishes the “promise” with their own unchecked desires and the hope that good fortune will eventually befall them. And it is likely that when a portion or all of the prediction manifests, it will likely set up a condition of dependence on the astrologer or reader for more of the same temptation to know what will happen in the future. Seeing things as they really are, with the acceptance of the reality of the present moment, leaves our minds open and free from stressful anticipation, and is the conscious path to Truth.

Those qualifying statements now being established, it is then the task at hand to determine the possible eventualities for the country through an examination of the Dynamic Aspects** of the US chart simultaneously with the chart of its elected President. While he is in office, the President is the country’s surrogate representative of the people, and through his horoscope the fate of the nation can be determined as it relates to the potentials found in the Country’s natal horoscope.

Examining the US chart for future trends, we find that there is a profound astrological event currently in progress. It is the Transit of Pluto orbiting on its way to the first Return to its natal position. This significant astrological Return correlates to the present extreme polarization of the political parties and the general upheaval in the day to day administration of the White House. It is important then, after establishing the state of current Aspects in the US chart, to look to the dynamic activity in the chart of the President. In this way the details and dates of possible successes and challenges that buttress the purpose of the Pluto Return and its meaning can be determined.

PROGRESSED TO NATAL PLANETS ARE A TIMETABLE OF OPPORTUNITY 

The Progressions and Major Transits for the President are the keys to understanding what is expected to transpire in the coming years. Shown here, in the graph of Progressions to natal planets, is a list of Aspects ranging from 2017 to 2020. The graph shows the President’s Progressed Moon making a Conjunction to his natal Pluto from December 29, 2017 to February 18, 2018. This two month period corresponds to significant activities taking place behind the scenes, because the Conjunction of planets is in Trump’s natal 12th house. The meaning of this house placement includes clandestine events, and quite literally points to the extramarital affair with the adult-film star Stormy Daniels that now has come into the open. The Progressed Moon brings the event to the public’s attention, because the Moon, among other things, is the indicator of one’s emotional engagement with the outside world.

Corresponding to this time is another event of great import. It is the inappropriate telephone message to Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his bogus electoral victory. The US President was strongly urged by his aides not to congratulate the Russian leader, but Trump’s unrestrained motivations offset his otherwise more judicious reasoning.

The graph shows that from 2017 through 2020, that the majority of the Dynamic activity is supported by Major Aspects of Conjunctions, Sextiles and Trines. There may be constant challenge to the current administration from Transits that beset the President, but on the most part, the Major Progressed planets create a powerful momentum for success. There are no challenging Progressed Squares or Oppositions, including from the Moon, during these years. This is extraordinary good fortune for the President and the Republican Party.

Among Trump’s favorable Progressed Aspects is the beneficent Conjunction of Venus to natal Jupiter at 17 degrees 27 minutes of Libra. This is shown in the graph by the turquoise bar with the red arrow, and in the horoscope by the green arrow at the bottom left of the chart. The Aspect commenced June 29, 2017 and that date corresponds to the first in-person meeting between Trump and Putin at the G-20 in Hamburg, Germany. The meeting was doubly significant, because Putin’s natal Saturn is in exact cross-tie Conjunction with Trump’s Jupiter in Libra. A planetary cross-tie between individuals can activate the relationship when a Progressed planet from either individual’s chart Aspects that point. In this Progression, Trump experiences the beneficial effects of Venus to natal Jupiter, and includes President Putin in the advantages and successes for the period of approximately one year. This Aspect also includes the controversy over silencing Stormy Daniels with a payoff during the campaign in 2016. Another corresponding event is the successful passing of tax legislation. These issues are related to 2nd house financial matters.

The characteristics of Trump’s Jupiter and Putin’s Saturn tell of the differences they bring to the relationship. Putin’s Saturn brings a more serious tone to their interactions by his general reserve and well-organized approach. Trump is more spontaneous and enthusiastic. The cross-tie located in Trump’s 2nd house of personal finances suggests he may have been the beneficiary of some monetary reward at some point in the past or at the least refers to the hope he had of building a Trump Tower in Moscow. Putin’s Saturn undoubtedly reflects the non-cooperation, as of yet, to fulfill Trump’s ambitions concerning this venture.

The Sabian degree shared by these two men is foreboding, and can easily be foretelling. It is, Two men placed under arrest. Taken symbolically, the men seem to be unusually tied together through some great admiration or perhaps some transactions or agreements that are not yet fully known to the public. On the other hand, there might be something for which the two may have to reconcile, either in regards to each other, or more impactful if relating to something of a political nature that may have been inappropriate, as the negative of the symbol suggests.

18 Libra is, Two men placed under arrest. 

LIBRA 18 Two men placed under arrest This is a symbol of the maximum demand that may be made of any individual for self-consistency, and of the absoluteness of compulsions on human nature to provide a balance between inner and outer capacities. Implicit in the reversed symbolism is the importance of the self’s responsibility to its own essential characteristics, not as a limitation arising from the role it plays in life but as the necessity that the potentials of value in any given situation be brought to some point of immediate and effective function. The keyword is CONSEQUENCE. When positive, the degree is a heightened challenge to every special talent, and when negative, total inappropriateness of impulse and act.

For the duration of the Venus Progression, supportive Aspects can emphasis the connection between the two parties; for example, Mercury Stationed on March 23, 2018 to go Retrograde at 16 Aries 54. This was in direct Opposition to the 18th degree of Libra where the two men share their Sabian degree potentials. The Station correlates to the very date of the reelection of Vladimir Putin as President of Russia, and the congratulatory phone call from President Trump shortly after.

THE TRENDING SUPPORTIVE ASPECTS – PROGRESSED-TO-NATAL

The Progressed Venus to natal Jupiter is approximately two years in duration, and will continue to keep these two men actively engaged. A date to watch in this regard is June 13, 2018 when the Progressed Aspect is Exact. Noteworthy manifestations correlate to the Progression when the two planets Enter into contact, are Exact, and when the Progressed planet Leaves the Aspect. However, a myriad of corresponding events may take place during or near the two year period and should be considered relevant, even if not falling on specific dates in the ephemeris.

The good-natured Venus to Jupiter benefits begin to wane after June 13th when the Aspect is complete. It then proceeds to move toward the end of the planetary interaction, as it leaves the Aspect shown on May 30, 2019. This date synchronizes closely with Trump’s Progressed Moon Aspects in 2019 and with the Pluto Station Opposite natal Saturn in his chart.

A TURNING POINT: AWAY FROM PLEASANT TRENDING ASPECTS TOWARD PROGRESSED-TO-PROGRESSED CHALLENGES

The Progressed Venus to natal Jupiter brings the probability for highly gratifying events, especially with the buttressing string of harmonious Progressed Moon Aspects continuing through 2020. There is also a helpful Progressed Mars Sextile to Pluto active through October 2019 and a gracious Venus Trine Uranus until November 2019. Then a stark turning point to this advantageous momentum in Progressed to natal planets comes with advent of Progressed to Progressed planets in 2019, as well as a powerful challenging Transit for which to take notice.

The graph listing the Progressed to Progressed planets shows an extremely challenging Aspect occurring in the horoscope of the US President in 2019. This astrological event occurs in everyone’s life, at a maximum of three times during a lifetime. It is the Progressed Lunation that completes each of the possible thirty year phases of experience. Unlike the Progressed Lunar Return that corresponds with the timing of the Saturn Return, the Progressed Lunation occurs at different times in each person’s life. The Aspect depends on the relationship of the Sun and Moon in the natal chart. The Progressed Lunation occurs when the Progressed Moon catches up with the Progressed Sun, and with that Conjunction it ends a previous cycle to make way for new seed ideas and activities to be commenced in the mind, heart and reality of daily life.

A Progressed Lunation has the approximate duration of three years. One and a half years before the Exact Conjunction of Sun and Moon will define the period when experiences from the previous thirty year cycle begin to wane. It is the time when present attitudes and involvements gradually move toward closure. Often in the midst of the waning process, the native experiences sadness as one senses an impending finalization without the knowledge of what the future will bring.

Just like the seed that is planted in the ground that has no apparent existence until time and nourishment call forth new life to the light of day, so too the new cycle of experience remains hidden until the appropriate hour of revelation. President Trump, and the US population will have to accept and surrender to the changes that are inevitable in 2019 through the President’s Progressed Lunation.

TRANSITS 2019

The Transits just before the Lunation are profound. They are Transit Pluto and Transit Saturn Opposite President Trump’s natal Saturn. He’ll be half way into his third Saturn Return and the whole astrological scenario will be amplified by the presence of Pluto joining in on the powerful Opposition of Transits. On April 25, 2019, the Transit Moon will be briefly stimulating the astrological event. Transit Mars is quickly going to Conjunct natal Uranus also, so there should be some significant manifestation of events during this time.

Along with the Transit Oppositions, and before the Progressed Lunation, Trump’s Progressed Moon will Conjunct natal Mars – the point of his indomitable initiative. Shortly after that, the Progressed Moon will Conjunct his Ascendant. This it does as it comes out of the obscurity of the 12th house where all fears and psychological maladjustments have lingered. On the Ascendant, the Moon will bring to life a new perspective on things, as well as bring about new skills to officiate new circumstances. A few months later, the Progressed Moon finally comes to the climactic Conjunction with Trump’s Progressed Sun at 3 degrees Virgo. This is the Progressed Lunation. The degree is, Two angels bringing protection. This symbol promises a favorable influence, and is in stark contrast to the more ominous degree of Trump’s Jupiter, Two men placed under arrest. It is likely that through thick and thin, Trump will come out smelling like a rose to his supporters who see him as angelic, and to those who feel he needs to be curtailed, he will remain a thorn in the side of democracy. Two angels may indeed trump two men constrained.

The Progressed Moon begins its Conjunction with Trump’s Progressed Sun on August 19, 2019. It is Exact on September 16, 2019, and Leaves the Aspect on October 15, 2019. Although the Aspect is two months in duration, it is actually felt a year and a half before Exact and a year and a half after. The potentials during this time will emphasize both the positive and negative definitions of the Sabian Symbol.

Virgo 3 Two angels bringing protection This is a symbol of the absolute certainty which any individual may develop in the terms of his conscious faith, and of the power in human character which becomes the hallmark of his spiritual orientation. There are the traditional legions of heavenly forces which ever move to sustain the soul in its outreaching to eternal values, facilitating the simple and consistent convergence of all good things toward their own kind. High-mindedness here pays very pleasant dividends. The keyword is SECURITY. When positive, the degree is a sure conviction which enables man to proceed to an effective fulfillment of his dreams, and when negative, vain pretense and self-importance.

Progressed Lunations are a time of great change in a person’s life, where they leave behind current involvements to nourish the seed of future experience yet to be determined. It is likely that Trump will either not run for a second term, or he will be voted out of office.

*The purpose of this post, and all others on this blog, are not necessarily to predict events, but to point to the astrological coordinates that synchronize with the realities that have and will inevitably play out in the daily developments of life on Earth. Profound astrological Aspects always reveal the times when there are significant potentials uncovered, whether for good or evil, and astrologers are notorious for making wrong assumptions, although they are always aware that the signs mean something, they rarely are able to predict ahead of time what those signs truly represent. The Solar System is a mechanism of how things manifest in the universe, but mystery always prevails.

** Dynamic: The Progressed and Transit planetary activity.

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. – The Assassination

Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. His progressed Mars was exactly opposite his High Focus natal Saturn at 25 Sag 21.

26 Sag: A flag-bearer. Original symbol, The scene is an old-fashioned battle; in the hot hand-to-hand fighting a flag bearer distinguishes himself.

Below are a few stunning highlights from Marc Edmund Jones’ description in The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

” . . . Implicit in the symbolism is the call for a high self-sacrifice, and for the development of such new dimensions of experience as will permit the self to realize its transcendental aspirations. Every resource of normal life is commandeered for the greater potentiality. The keyword is NOBILITY. When positive, the degree is spiritual exaltation through some dramatic or vital service to all. . . ”

ACCURACY OF THE CHART

Although Lois Rodden gives the time of birth for King to be an A rating, the Moon is always in question with a birth time of 12 noon. Transit Pluto may or may not have been Opposite natal Moon, but if the birth time is correct, that Transit is a definite sign of profound pressure leading to the ultimate transformation – not always, but certainly when it shows itself to be present in such cases, it is no surprise. And by the end of May 1968, Pluto would be Stationary Direct at 20 Virgo 10. Transit Pluto was in the process of a turnaround even two months earlier than the exact Station, because the planet moves so slowly.

The emotional depth and intensity of King’s last and most prophetic speech, “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” is unmistakably the mark of a Pluto influencing the Moon. Improvised and straight from the heart, that speech is as powerful an event to coincide with the dynamic planetary pressures that also brought the gunman to memorialize and martyr the man for all eternity.
 

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The Beauty That is More than Skin Deep – Princess Diana

Planetary configurations in the birth chart of the Princess of Wales confirm the spell she had, and still has, on all people everywhere, no matter their gender, race or circumstances in life. The charts of other individuals born at the same time, may share symbolically, the potentials that only she in her advantageous circumstance could bring to fruition in a lifetime. 

NATAL CHART ANALYSIS IN BRIEF 

Diana’s Moon/Uranus Opposition in the Leo and Aquarius polarity, shows that she has a Fixed Natural Disposition. This means that she is interested in the meaning of life and its ideals and principles – encouraging ethics to take precedence over self-gratification, or the fulfillment of others’ needs above one’s own. Preoccupation of self is the mark of a Cardinal Disposition, and the dedication to the welfare of others is a Mutable Disposition’s characteristic.

In her emotional battles with the royal family, it has been shown that she made her most important life decisions with the thought of how they would play out in the Fixed, abstract realm of right and wrong. And the challenge of the ubiquitous presence of her husband’s lover, forced her to take a traditional and moral attitude in regards to the institution of marriage. It was neither for her own nor her husband’s benefit that she had a mind to satisfy, but instead, it was her adherence to principle that moved her finally to acquiesce to separation and ultimately divorce. With the Sun and Mercury in Cancer in her 7th house, the Princess’ drive in life was focused toward finding a mate, sharing experience, and to hold family and relationships sacred. This was sadly, never to be fulfilled.

The Princess’ Temperament Type is a bit difficult to define, because the spread of the planets does not fit ideally into any of the seven typical patterns. At first view, it seems possibly that the pattern is a Splash, with the planets spread evenly around the wheel. However, there are six empty houses where there should only be three for the ideal of this typing. The possible See-Saw is ruled out because of the lack of a Core Opposition, and neither of the two segments is formed with a delimiting Opposition. A Splay may seem appropriate, but there are four instead of three segments of planets that normally signify the Type.

In the final analysis, the Splay Temperament is chosen over the other six possibilities, since with some effort on the native’s part, the Moon can be pulled into a Grand Trine with Neptune and the Sun. The Splay is based on the triangulation of the chart, and the Moon’s normal orb is 12.30 degrees and in the Princess’ case, it is a mere 30 minutes of arc over accepted orb. The validity of this choice of pattern is seen in the native’s avoidance of mediocrity and commonplace lifestyle. The Splay, with its pyramiding ease of self-making, motivates a native to blossom into a personage that can have a very real impact on the lives of others who witness their special brand of genius. The Princess was indeed a personage whose stature soared above the norm, giving confirmation of the benefit of the Splay’s Grand Trine potentials. Given time to progressively develop into a model of goodness and grace, the Grand Trine inevitably led the Princess to worldwide attention and homage.

But it is not the Temperament Type alone, nor any of the other myriad of planetary characteristics that made Diana into the overwhelmingly beloved personality. As inferred above, there is always the factor of heredity and environment to take into account and to integrate into a thorough reading of any horoscope, whether it be a celebrated individual or of an average citizen from any walk of life. In Diana’s case, it was her juxtaposition to power that gave her an advantage to influence millions. And this might not have been accomplished, had she not married a Prince, the heir to the throne of England. The Princess’ potentials were magnified by her own pedigree as well, but the marriage set those potentials into motion, even more so after the unfortunate divorce when she was literally on her own. This gave her the sympathy of the masses, seen astrologically in the well-occupied 8th house of other people’s approval.

Diana had a Sharp Destiny, which is testimony to the rigid limitations and controversies with which she endured throughout her too short life. But a Sharp Destiny often propels an individual beyond normal achievement, even when at the same time there are forces at play challenging the native at every turn. A Sharp Destiny is defined by the stress of a Conjunction, Square or Opposition of the Planetary Pair of Motivation; Jupiter and Saturn. In the case of the Princess, it is the Conjunction of the Pair in the 2nd house of personal resources, that when using them in service to principles of right and wrong, it gave to others, represented by the 8th house, the encouragement to do likewise.

There is a powerful T-Cross in Fixed signs in the chart showing Venus to be in Point Focus as a Focal Determinator for self- expression.  Her earthly beauty was matched by her heartfelt concern for others in a down-to-earth manner signified by the sign of Taurus.  In the 5th house, it reveals the demonstrative attention she always paid to her two boys, first and foremost. Her love, in terms of romantic entanglements is also a 5th house preoccupation, and like every other woman, personal love was for her a primary focus. Uniquely, in the Princess’ case, the Point Focus nature of Venus in the 5th, threw her relentlessly in front of the press and paparazzi, and ultimately into the face of constant public scrutiny. She was, because of Venus in Point Focus, gracious to others because of her own sensibilities. Venus’ keywords very clearly define her. Acquisitive is the basic keyword for Venus and its meaning points to the desires that drive a person to achieve their aims – this she did rather well. In Progressions, Venus is described by the word Sensitivity. Diana’s capacity for tender intimacy is also paramount, and is one of the reasons she will not be forgotten by average people who understand the importance of sincere caring; the trademark of a Venus reaching beyond normal expectations.

She didn’t think like those around her, being born with Mercury in Retrograde motion. And because of that the world had the “pleasure” of witnessing her battles with her own identity. She wasn’t going to be pigeonholed at any cost, and that may have contributed to her rejection of being a mere figurehead in royal life.

The groupings of the planets around the wheel are a series of Conjunctions that gave her the power to intensely impress her ideas and attitudes upon others – each planet giving the ones it stands next to more emphasis to influence outer circumstances.

AN IMPORTANT SABIAN SYMBOL


The Sabian Symbols give penetrating insight into the mind, heart and purpose of the Princess’ life.
One particular symbol standing out above the rest is Diana’s important Point Focus Venus degree at 25 Taurus, A large well-kept public park. But the true glory of the symbol is seen in its original form, A magnificent public park spreads its charm before the eye in a vista that awes the loftiest spirit. Here in a sentence is the essence of Princess Diana, who can be described herself as a possession of the public in awe of the soul who humbly embraced even the lowliest among us.

Marc Jones’ refinement of definition literally tells the story of Diana’s dedication to society’s commoners. And high-lighted in bold below, is the positive expression of the purpose of her incarnation, as brought to the forefront through the all-important placement of Venus in this one of 360 Sabian Symbol degrees.

TAURUS 25 A large well-kept public park This is a symbol of the everyday integrity of society at large, and of the community divisions of labor through which each person gains the resources for well-being and self-enjoyment which obviously he could never create for himself through his own isolated efforts. There is here an emphasis on the common experience of mankind as the setting for an individual’s worth and achievement in their more characteristic lineaments, and for his consequent self-discovery and self-realization. The keyword is RECREATION. When positive, the degree is a high devotion to the practical welfare of all people collectively, and when negative, a complete surrender of personality to mass judgments and transient superficiality. 

THE TRAGIC DEATH OF PRINCESS DIANA

The chart shows Progressions and Transits for August 31, 1997. The 8th house is framed in a pink square and shows the 7th house birth Sun and Mercury now Progressing through the 8th house of the ultimate transition. Very close to the time of death the Transit Moon was Conjunct the Progressed Sun, and the Transits of the Sun and Mercury were just moving away from their Conjunction with natal Pluto in the 8th. All this is a powerful emphasis of 8th house activity.

Diana’s all-important natal Venus Progressed to an exact Conjunction with her natal Mercury at her death, and this correlates to the close tie she had with Dodi Fayed and their recent engagement. Progressed Mars shown with the green arrow, is making a Trine with natal Venus for supportive Aspects that mirror the same intimacy potentials at the time.

Transits too had a significant impact on the challenge and intensity of the situation. All three of the outer planets were in tight association with natal planets. Transit Uranus and Neptune, shown by the two short red arrows at the bottom left, were respectively Conjunct Saturn and Jupiter, the planets identifying Diana’s Sharp Destiny. And Transit Pluto, indicated by the horizontal blue arrow, was in Square Aspect with natal Mars positioned in the ominous 8th house. Transit Pluto on the cusp of the 12th house reveals the dark cloud over the affair in both literal terms and of the matter of the conspiracy theory that the death was planned by the royal family.

For whatever the cause, the world lost a great soul on that tragic night in Paris. Had Mercury not been Retrograde on that fateful day, seat belts may have been used and could have diverted the tragedy. It is interesting to take note of the disturbing quality of the Sabian degree of Mercury Station Retrograde at 17 Virgo, A volcano in eruption, with its keyword EXPLOSION. And the Station Direct at 3 Virgo, Two angels bringing protection is sadly ironic – its keyword, SECURITY.

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Prognosis for a Marriage – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

There are techniques that can help couples make certain that their choice in partnership will bring about a fruitful outcome. The beginnings of attractions often bring with them a euphoria that often blinds the hopefuls into a belief that their match was indeed made in heaven, only later to find out that the realities are far different than what was expected. Astrology can reveal harsh realities, and because of this, the astrologer should step lightly when it comes to telling the truth of what she or he sees in the chart comparison data. This is the case with Prince Harry of England and LA born Meghan Markle.

The reason to be ultra-cautious in a reading of the cross-ties and element comparisons between these two celebrated individuals is because a comparison of their charts reveals great challenges. There is a lack of astrological factors promising to keep them closely tied.

Here are the techniques to apply when seeking an understanding of the potentials between any prospective partnership, whether personal or for business purposes.

CHART CROSS-TIES

Using a 1 degree orb, look for planets in one chart that are in the same degree or opposite any planet in the chart of the other. If there are planets in the same sign and degree or opposite, it is safe to say that the connection between the couple is potentially positive for a continuing and fruitful relationship with little struggle toward that end. An analysis of the house positions and characteristics of the planets involved is taken into account in the interpretation.

If there is no cross-tie between the charts, the two individuals will need to make a very concerted effort to establish and maintain the deep inner connectivity that promotes a life time of fulfillment. With a lack of Conjunctions and/or Oppositions between the charts, the parties concerned will be caught up in a daily struggle to reestablish the commitment to the relationship, coupled with a marked necessity to adjust to the other’s personal differences. On the other hand, charts with shared cross-tie energies are in a natural state to harmoniously enhance the potentials between them.

The planets of Efficiency; Mars, Venus and Mercury in one chart are compared with the other’s same planet in terms of the element compatibility of the signs where they reside. If for example Mars in one chart is in an earth sign, to be compatible with the other chart, the Mars must be in an earth sign as well or in a water sign. Earth and water signs are compatible with each other, and the fire and air combination are harmonious with each other as the other possibility. This is an examination of Mars to Mars, Venus to Venus and Mercury to Mercury between the two charts.

The ideal potential is when two of the three planets of Efficiency are in harmonious elements and one is not. Two pairs in harmonious elements allows for establishing a general compatibility, leaving one pair stressed to stimulate growth and development in the relationship. Compare the Sun, Moon and Ascendant in the same fashion.

Comparing the Temperament Type, High and Point Focus Planets, Natural Dispositions, Sharp and Loose Destinies and other Focal Determinators between the two charts can reveal hopeful possibilities when the primary techniques explained above lack interactive cross-ties and similar elements.

CHART COMPARISON BETWEEN HARRY AND MEGHAN
The chart cross-ties between the prince and the showgirl are virtually nonexistent. Their only harmonious  elements compared are between their Ascendants in earth and water signs. This means they can give attention to their shared perspectives on life, and depend on the skills they have in common to focus their lives toward a meaningful purpose. Each has a history of humanitarian interest, and they bring this to the relationship to combine their mutual dedication to public service. Their partnership as seen by the public can be an example of unselfish giving, and may be the foundation established to carry them successfully into the future. This is afforded to them via compatible Ascendants.

A look at the Progressed horoscope of each individual will also shed light on the connections that are and will be promised. Comparing the Progressed planets to positions in the partner’s natal chart can give vital promise to a continuing interrelationship. All of the Major Aspects can be brought into play for this underlying view into the marriage potentials. The event chart of the day of marriage, with its configurations in combination with each native’s chart, is also of import.

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Solar System; The Seat of Consciousness

Modern day physicists are exploring the great and the small realms in the universal manifold that the ancients referred to by the axiom “As above, so below.” Yet most are ignoring the mechanics an attributes of the Solar System with its planetary cycles and their “effects” on human life on Earth. Astrology is an ancient study mostly ignored by science. Fortunately the everyday citizen has a grasp of the importance of astrology for offering them a view of what may come ahead for them in life, and also for an understanding of their life potentials shown in their astrological charts. These individuals have left behind the over-simplified newspaper astrological fortune-telling, and have gone on where scientists fear to tread.

There are modern scientific theories that have given credence to an understanding of an all-pervading intelligence in the universe. Some find it in what they call the morphogenetic field, others find a source of life and intelligence in oscillating water molecules and their geometric patterning. And there are many other theories that pervade the scientific world. But these and others are lacking an awareness of the vibratory factors and intelligence in the rate of the rotation of the planets on their axis in combination with their orbital cycles defined by numerical tones. The source of the universe, consciousness and life may always remain a mystery, but as the notable physicist Richard Faynman once said, “It does no harm to the mystery to know a little bit about it.”

The Sun enlightens by the power of its electrical fire, and pulls, through its magnetic properties, the planets through the galaxy in a spiraling motion. Where is it all heading?; in a circle – a spiraling circle that evolves and gathers more to the story of life, and then fades into yet another eternal theme, based on the mastermind’s purpose of the universe itself, ever leaving humankind in wonderment of the meaning and truth to life.

The planets not only define their meaning through their dual spinning cyclic nature, but by the effects they have on one another as they make and break mathematical/geometric relationships with each other’s energy fields in motion. Our emotions are essential for conducting the messages from these “gods” of the hierarchy of meaning. We reflect their natures in and by several mysterious ways. We are connected through the manifold energy/intelligence in all space, and we interpret its importance and meaning through the sieve of our own personal experience. Each of us is born into a culture that molds and programs our perception of life, and this can keep us locked into step with a whole generation of minds held back because of the fear of taking steps forward in wholeness and global and universal awareness. Acknowledging the powers innate in the planets of our Solar System is a giant step toward understanding how the Solar System and our life on Earth interrelate.

From the Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones:

LEO 7 The constellations in the sky This is a symbol of the infinite regression in all universal reality, not as a fact of some unreachable end in knowledge but rather as a demonstration that any abandonment of the known for the sake of the unknown is fruitless. The cosmos is illimitable in the sense that man’s questing may ramify in time and space to the extent of any given pertinence, but his assurance lies within his own being and experience. The stars are his confirmation, never his explanation. The keyword is SURETY. When positive, the degree is consistent effectiveness in understanding and self-ordering, and when negative, a loss of all present integrity through an unnecessary retreat to the remote or mysterious.

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Alina Zagitova – Olympic Gold Metal Winner 2018 – Figure Skating

 

Alina at 15 years old captured the gold! A beautiful girl, and a gorgeous performance. Here are a few of the planetary Aspects to her natal chart from progressions and the Transits of the evening she skated her best. In the chart it is shown through the literally expressed Sabian Symbol of Mars, that Alina was destined to be on ice. Mars at 23Gem17, which rounds out to 24 Gemini is Children skating on ice.

GEMINI 24 Children skating on ice This is a symbol of the persisting imminence of adventure in experience, and of the constant danger to self in failing to sustain or order the complex of things as they are. Implicit in the symbolism is the value of an established reality as a foundation for further refinement of personal capacity and skill. The satisfaction of a successful self-expression always must remain a dynamic impetus to further achievement, and so never become a static aplomb or a surrender to self as it stands. The keyword is FUN. When positive, the degree is soul-satisfying experiment in the infinitely varying channels of possible self-discovery, and when negative, a tendency to live for momentary excitement.

Since Mars is the planet that tells the story in imagery, we can see that on the night Alina won her place as a champion, that very planet was Transiting in exact Conjunction with her important leading planet Pluto on the cusp of the 5th house of self-expression through sport. Pluto is in an Opposition Aspect with Saturn and shows the precision with which she executes her skills and the rigorous training she needed to accomplish her goals.

Other Aspects are supportive; Transit Neptune is in Trine to natal Jupiter. Although Alina’s time of birth is not presently known, it is interesting that in this solar chart, the Progressed Moon makes a Trine to Jupiter as well.

An interesting feature of Alina’s natal horoscope shows the three outer planets on one side of the chart, with all other faster moving planets on the other. Her Mercury in Retrograde shows a Sabian Symbol of An airplane falling. This she challenges each time, when she takes to the air with profound expertise and lands her jumps with ease.

 

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Saturn & Pluto, Partners in Crime and Salvation

While Pluto shines light on our obsessive thinking, Saturn shows us the way to freedom from preoccupying thought through mindfulness. Meditation, governed by Saturn, refers to the training of the mind to concentrate on positive, present awareness, rather than the imagery that takes hold of the attention through an emotional need. Emotions take part in the threefold process of experience; stimulus, response, reaction. These correspond to the mental and emotional mirroring of outside stimulation that leads to a resulting reaction. There are two modes of response; positive/constructive and negative/destructive. If the personal ego feels a threat from the environment the emotional response is then recorded in the mental substance of memory. As these reactions accumulate, so does the build up of negative energy that remains unnoticed by the conscious Will. The experience is then etched into the unconscious and emanates out into the ectoplasm of the human aura. The process can be described in another way: A physical reaction to unwanted stress is a rejection of the experience, and is propelled by the emotion of anger. Anger is the ego’s way of separating from threat, discomfort and pain.

Pluto rules the “underworld” or in modern terms the unconscious. Saturn rules self-consciousness, the conscious mind and conscience. Saturn’s process is one of selectivity. With the help of the meditative process, the conscious mind can examine the content of the unconscious. Thoughts rise up from the subconscious to be observed by conscious awareness for their value to the individual. Thoughts can be dispelled when deemed distractions, or preserved when positive and useful. Saturn is synonymous with concentration; the ability to focus the mind at a desired point of attention. It does this through practicing to concentrate on one point, such as the breath, the flame of a candle or a part of the body like the hand and fingers. Its process is disjunctive; it has the power to evaluate and compare right and wrong, and drop from existence thoughts too low in standard for acceptance. Self-evaluation is its purpose.

THE ADVANTAGES OF THE MEDITATIVE MIND

Pluto is like the hard-drive of the mind that stores information to be recalled when needed, and Saturn views and evaluates this data. Meditation has long been closely identified with the planet Saturn, because personal growth depends upon awareness and accountability for one’s actions and attitude. Saturn’s identification with meditation is the process of concentrating on an object or the breath, and through this passive activity the content of the unconscious rises to the level of enlightening recognition. If we are not aware of the root content of our thoughts and the need to correct negative motivation when it arises, we cannot be transformed. Self-awareness is the core of positive living, and is the ever-present guidance from within.

Meditation is simply a method of quieting the body so that the content of the mind can more easily be accessed. In this way we can view what the problems are as they rise to the conscious mind from the depths of the unconscious. When we react to stressful situations, it is an emotional response. Emotions are recorded in the mind and the body’s biofield.

The planets during Transits and Progressions draw situations and individuals into our lives to represent parts of ourselves needing fulfillment and/or transformation. This process works through the stress that others cause in our lives. For example, if a person demands something from us, we tend to blame them for the stress we feel when we cannot deliver. It is really our own inadequacy that we need to address, and then we can see that the stimulus of the other person is not the cause, but in reality is life’s method of showing us what is lacking in ourselves to maturely address the problem. People and situations are doing us a favor of playing the part that brings out our weaknesses. To avoid these situations is not the answer, and to be combative is equally inadequate. What is needed, is to realize that we are all here for the purpose of expanding awareness, and adversity is the key and prodding to advance us along the way.

THE DUALISM OF MENTALITY

It is important to restrain desire from too much indulgence. Nothing can be achieved without the desire to advance, but nothing can be enjoyed without a sense of boundaries and the peace of mind restraint can bring. To entertain both ambition and limitation, one must work toward balance throughout a lifetime, and meditation and concentration is essential for its manifestation. The dualistic mind: we think subjectively in terms of the self, and objectively in terms of environmental factors. But to keep these dual aspects of life functioning in a healthy manner, one must keep mindful of the present moment where the two features of mind take place. The method to assure a balance is through the practice of concentrating on the breath, the hand, a mandala or candle flame or any other object.  This is how the attention can be directed by the Will aspect of mentality. To be preoccupied by thought is a sign of not being in control of it. Learning to shift the attention from obsessive thoughts to a neutral object helps to interrupt the hold the obsessive thoughts have over the mind. Consolidating the direction of thought is governed by the planet Saturn. In contrast, the broadest range of thought is governed by Pluto. Integrating the two vibratory energies into a working coalescence is necessary for a productive life and peacefulness.

The distinct differences of Saturn and Pluto can coexist, just as all the planets have working relationships with one another in the Solar System. Look to the relationship of Saturn to Pluto in a horoscope and how it fits into the Gestalt; whether the two are in major or minor Aspect, or are not in a definitive aspect at all. These relationships reveal deep meaning, and are guides to help us understand our unique and individual destiny and purpose in life.

The positive and negative meanings of Pluto:

P: Transcendence, broadened awareness, equality, cosmic consciousness, spiritual power, truth and probity.  N: Intrigue, political manipulation, confusion and contrast between truth and lies, investigations for truth finding, criminality, mob and gang rule, hidden motives, hypnotic and compulsive activity.

The positive and negative meanings of Saturn:

P: Conscience, concentration, sensitiveness, maturity, wisdom, conservative, integrity, disjunctive analysis, endurance, patience, discernment. N: Frustration, guilt, fear, anxiety, sadness, self-destructive, isolationism, discrimination.  

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Oprah Winfrey – Award at the Golden Globes and Life in General

Photo Credit, Jordan Strauss

Oprah Winfrey came from obscure and impoverished roots, but she worked her way to the top through sheer and dogged self-effort. Configurations in her horoscope are testimony to her gifts, stamina and all-around destined good fortune. Her chart also reflects, through strong Oppositions and Squares, the stresses and personal struggles that were her fate to overcome, so that she might manifest the wonder of her potentials “written in her stars.”

CARDINAL  NATURAL DISPOSITION

Defined by the Mercury/Pluto and Moon/Jupiter Oppositions.

Oprah’s horoscope forms ideal planetary configurations in several ways. There is the presence of both Fixed and Mutable Oppositions which causes a dueling demand for attention between the differing interests defined by the two triplicities of the Fixed and Mutable signs. To resolve the dilemma of warring interests the one Triplicity that does not appear though an Opposition Aspect, defines the Natural Disposition, or what the native of the chart should be inclined to make their most important interest in life. For Oprah, it is the missing Cardinal Triplicity of planets that points the way for her to be interested in promoting herself as a personality, and to be politically minded with an interested in solving problems and crises she herself experiences and also to assist others in means and ways of resolving difficulties.

The Mutable Natural Disposition defines a person with an interest in the welfare of others above oneself. The Fixed Disposition inclines a person to rise above both the interest in oneself first or the cares and needs of others, to bring them to an interest in ideas and the meaning of life through a study of principles.

SPLAY TEMPERAMENT TYPE

Defined by the geometric patterns the planets form from the Earth’s perspective.

There is a distinct and highly developed Splay Temperament Type in Oprah’s chart and a Grand Trine that connects the three segments of her pyramiding personality represented by the more evolved Splay pattern. The personality builds with a continuous momentum toward a profound and highly unique self-expression. In Oprah’s case it is an air Grand Trine that moves her in the direction of intellect with a desire to share ideas of great import.

MODE OF SELF-INTEGRATION

Defined by two out of four Planetary Pairs in Major Aspect.

Oprah’s Mode of Self-Integration is Conjunctive Activity, shown by the Sun/Moon and Uranus/Neptune major aspects. Mars/Venus and Uranus/Neptune These allow her to bring all the vastly wide experiences she encounters together to lead her life story.

FOCAL DETERMINATORS

T-CROSS

Oprah’s vital T-Cross has Mars in Point Focus in the Sabian Degree of Crowds coming down the mountain to listen to one man – this being a most literal expression of what has transpired throughout her career.

SCORPIO 24 Crowds coming down the mountain to listen to one man This is a symbol of recognition for intellectual attainment, and of the supremacy of spiritual over other and more tangible forms of authority among men. There is here an emphasis on the fact that any higher realization must be brought to earth both for its initial confirmation and its ultimate sharing among the many, and that aspiration is meaningless until it achieves some practical focus in those realms and events with which people in general are familiar. The keyword is APPEAL. When positive, the degree is an almost spectacular ability to enlist the higher potentialities of everyone for some practical need of the moment, and when negative, indiscriminate and carefree gullibility.

PLANETARY SQUARES

The many Squares in the chart, shown by the red lines and the T-Cross with Mars reveal the chart’s propensity to make use of emotional and physical struggle as way of moving the native toward self-development. In her youth, Oprah experienced abuse of several kinds, that only encouraged her to overcome all the blocks that normally are set-backs to others less endowed with advanced features that Oprah’s natal horoscope exemplifies.

ABSENCE OF EARTH SIGNS

No planets in earth signs creates the need to find a security in one’s self.

Oprah’s life reveals that the potentials given to a person from the horoscope at birth can indeed be fulfilled. Many charts have profound configurations, but there often can be less ability on the part of an individual to manifest good results. In Oprah’s case, her life efforts have been a match for extraordinary features her chart represents.
 

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P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman and the Sabian Symbols

Throughout P. T. Barnum’s formative years, Pluto had not yet been discovered. A look at Barnum’s chart after its discovery in 1930 reveals that Pluto had been in the prominent position of High Focus as the handle of a Bucket Temperament from birth. From the beginning, Pluto was the covert force behind the gathering of human oddities and animal acts brought to the imagination of world audiences. Pluto’s characteristics include a compulsion to make an impact on present and future generations. It is fitting that the start of Barnum’s enterprise was represented by the collection of societies outcasts that lead toward what would ultimately be known as the greatest show on earth.

And it is noteworthy to mention that Barnum made no bones about declaring his intent to make a profit from the attractions that he gathered in the beginnings of his career as Ring Master par excellence and creator of the P. T. Barnum Circus, initially Barnum’s Grand Scientific and Musical Theater.

Actor, Hugh Jackman plays the role of Barnum in the spectacularly competence 2017 film, The Greatest Showman. The plot follows the general guidelines of real life events, and the movie simulates, on the limited screen, the awesomeness of the grand and lavish performances that were even far more compelling in real life. What started as a bazaar conglomerate of exhibitionists, eventually evolved into the traveling three-ring circus for which the showman was ultimately known. Although there are those who criticize Barnum’s audaciousness in exploiting the handicapped and disfigured, he did give them work and credibility at a time where society was extremely harsh to those unfortunate types. This again is defined by a High Focus Pluto.  

The movie debut on December 8, 2017 pays tribute to a special time in history, and validates a good look into the chart of the man that is known for more than show, but is the icon of the creative American spirit of entertainment and success. This success is represented in the chart by a Grand Trine, shown in pink, that includes the High Focus Pluto in Pisces, and that gathers up the energies of the highly unusual, represented by Uranus in Scorpio, and that completes the momentum with the power of the Sun in Cancer, the sign of Expansion. There is a T-Cross, shown in green, coupled with the Grand Trine that puts Pluto in Point Focus as well as High Focus. This super-powers the meaning of the planet that testifies to the long-lasting impression the man and his ideas has in the field of entertainment.

At birth the chart was the Bowl Temperament Type that was more suited to the person who had to think things through, time and again, before taking action. But with the discovery of Pluto, the chart becomes the revelation of the Bucket Temperament and elevates the dynamic to a  more direct display of compulsively driven ambition, with a touch of compassion, because of the influence of Pluto’s placement in the sign of Pisces. With or without Pluto, the chart’s Natural Disposition is Mutable. So in spite of the accusations of abuse and misuse of others, because of a dependency on their talents for his success, Barnum was at heart a humanitarian, interested in other people’s welfare and well-being.

The chart’s dynamics include the Progression of Mercury, shown with the long orange arrow Opposite Natal Venus throughout the filming of the modern movie. We often see historical figures having aspects in the present, when there are developing activities associated with their lives. The original Sabian Symbol for Venus is, Japanese lanterns, music from a string ensemble, and an animated interweaving of colorful figures mark a garden party. Here is where we begin to see that the “variety show” potentials were well defined in the natal chart itself, and are brought into focus with modern documentation with the release of the celebrated movie.

But the Sabian Symbols play an even more fascinating part in mirroring the characteristics of this particular life, with the symbol of the all-important High and Point Focus Pluto in the degree of, A gigantic tent. The circus tent concept was an afterthought, brought into being because of several devastation fires causing an economic crisis in the show’s production. Its astounding literal confirmation in the chart testifies once again to the magic of the Sabian Symbols and their importance in a thorough study of astrology. 

PISCES 18 A gigantic tent This is a symbol of the completeness with which man is able to see his experience both steadily and whole, dramatized here by the circus as representing an utterly naïve intensification of self-consciousness. The totality of life is brought to some single center in every moment of true excitement or total sharing of skills and risks, and each individual at such times has a renewed insight into his capacity for putting his world in order for his ultimate on-going as well as for his immediate entertainment. The keyword is APPORTIONMENT. When positive, the degree is a genius for organizing divergent capabilities in a common cause, and when negative, delusions of grandeur and unamusing bombast.

It is unlikely that the exact time of birth would be known in 1890, and so the houses and positions of the Moon in the Natal and Progressed charts are not taken into account.

There is a Transit by Venus however, shown at the bottom of the chart with a short orange arrow, that does stand out as significant, by its Conjunction with Natal Saturn at the time of the release of The Greatest Showman into public movie houses in late 2017. The Sabian Symbol is, A golden haired goddess of opportunity, and it speaks for itself. Fast moving planets in Transits are relatively short-lived, but in this case Transit Venus does support the potentials of the natural good fortune available to the native through Saturn’s sensitivity to all possibilities at hand.

Venus is circled in orange to draw attention to the coming Lunar Eclipse on 12 Leo, that may likely bring an Academy Award in early 2018 for the skillfully developed and highly entertaining production.
 

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Rodgers and Hammerstein – Words & Music

They teamed up at the time of Broadway and Hollywood’s Golden Age of Musicals and garnered thirty-four Tony Awards, fifteen Academy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and two Grammy Awards. Among their collaborations were many well-known songs. From the film Oklahoma; Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, People Will Say We’re in Love, and Oklahoma! (which became the state song of Oklahoma). From CarouselIf I Loved You and You’ll Never Walk Alone. From South Pacific; Some Enchanted Evening. From The King and I; Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance. From The Sound of Music; The Sound of Music, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, Do-Re-Mi, and Edelweiss, Hammerstein’s last song, mistakenly thought of as an Austrian national anthem.

Oscar Hammerstein wrote the words and Richard Rodgers the music. Hammerstein lyrics often created messages that crossed racial and religious divides during a time when America was struggling with its identity.  South Pacific and The King and I were written about cross-cultural and ethnic differences with the conclusion that there are ultimately no barriers too high to overcome with love. Carousel grappled with good and bad, and showed the redemption of the soul if only one realized the error of their ways. And The Sound of Music was based on the real life drama and trauma of a performing, musical family’s escape through the Alps when caught in the clutches of WWII. Although meeting and working briefly years earlier, the two talents began collaborating in 1943 for their first hit creating the eventual award-winning Broadway play and Hollywood film, Oklahoma!  The musical was inspired by the book, Green Grow the Lilacs. It had emotional depth and psychological complexity, and was the first film using the widescreen Todd-AO 70 mm process.

What was the astrological endowment and planetary cross-ties that brought these collaborators great fame and fortune?

COMPARISON OF PLANETS

Usually the focus is on Conjunctions and Oppositions within 1 degree of orb allowance. However there is an aspect between the two charts that is often described in Uranian Astrology. It is the midpoint dynamic. Shown with the green line from Rodger’s Mars to the midpoint between Hammerstein’s Pluto/Neptune Conjunction is an example of the power of planetary energies as they influence Aspects when “caught” between neighboring energies at equi-distance from their midpoint.

The reason for including this midpoint structure is because of the auspicious nature of the planets and their Sabian Symbols that point to the powerful potentials between these two talented men. The Symbols quite literally express the indication of a musical career and the planets point to the depth of conceptual thinking behind the worthy ideas stimulated through exceptional writing skills.

Rodger’s Mars, coming from the outer wheel, is rounded to 15 degrees Gemini. The Sabian Symbol is Two Dutch children talking. This symbol refers to the unique language that these gentlemen would have to create to understand each other from across the divide of emotional musical expression and the intellectual contribution of words. A union of sorts that makes cryptic the exchange between the partners.

But the most extraordinary and literal Sabian Symbols are seen in Hammerstein’s Pluto and Neptune’s Symbols. Although, Hammerstein was the man responsible for the conceptual lyrics that tell the story line, he is the one with the planet Pluto on the degree better describing Rodgers, who was literally A great musician at his piano. But the writer’s Neptune on the degree of The head of health dissolved into the head of mentality, is very fitting for a man who delighted in bringing out the advantages of intellect as opposed to a reliance on rhythm alone to convey meaning. Rodgers’ Mars directly stimulates Hammerstein’s planets of Significance and the two go down in musical history as the best that the entertainment world has to offer in terms of greatness of contribution.

Both men were born with Mercury Retrograde – shown with the pink circles. This they shared in common, is perhaps one of the inside mechanics of their of perception that accommodated their differing talents. In other words, they truly understood each other without much struggle and misunderstandings.

Often the elements of one partner’s chart seem to interchange with the other’s chart and life, so that it is hard to identify who is the one with the actual Sabian degree. Each individual can achieve gratification by this apparent sharing of potentials that lasts as long as the interaction between the two is in actuality or in memory. The details of the combined potentials of this famous partnership is especially gleaned from Hammerstein’s Pluto degree that is worthy of being posted here. Although not Rodgers’ Sabian degree, it literally describes him in the cross-sharing of Symbols.

GEMINI 15,  A great musician at his piano This is a symbol of individual artistry as the property of all, with its expression both its strength and the means whereby others are encouraged to like accomplishment. Here is experience at a climax on the side of self-refinement in skills and talent, and at a peak in its gratification and its promise of continuing effort and sharing of rewards. A continually expanded dimension of being becomes the constant revelation of man’s true estate. The keyword is ACHIEVEMENT. When positive, the degree is the creative assurance which contributes enduring overtones to human understanding, and when negative, self-defeat through a delight in momentary attention or superficial adulation. 

Rodgers’ Sun in the expansive and emotional sign of Cancer is directly connected by cross-Conjunction to Hammerstein’s Mercury, the indicator of words and mentality.  This is the Sabian degree of 6 Cancer, Game birds feathering their nests. The keyword of the Symbol is METICULOUSNESS. It is a give-away clue of the intent toward perfection the two gave to their work.

At times, one can allow a greater than 1 degree orb in a cross tie if there is sufficient and observable indication in the lives of the individuals represented by the charts. Here it is shown by the blue line crossing the chart and connecting Hammerstein’s Neptune to Rodgers’ Uranus. Cross-Oppositions are always welcome between individuals in partnership because its magnetic qualities create a strong pull toward each other even when the two are far apart. There is a morphogenetic dynamic at work in this regard, something like telepathy. The cross-Conjunctions work their best when those in relationship find themselves often in the same location, face to face. Neptune and Uranus, the planetary pair of Significance, prove once again the nature of these historical greats is supported by astrological confirmation.

COMPARISON OF ELEMENTS

The Suns and Moons of both gentlemen share the same signs/elements, and so are very compatible in regards to Wills and Feelings. The necessary stimulating point in the partnership is shown in that the Ascendants are incompatible in elements, and this relative breach draws these men together because of their variant life skills; the one contributing melody, the other the lyrics and concepts. Each brings the other the missing talent that is needed for ultimate success. Two pairs in compatible elements and one not is ideal for a partnership to flourish. Both natives have prominent Moons in Pisces, the one with a handle of a Bucket and therefore in High Focus, and the other has the Moon in Point Focus of a T-Cross. Moon in Pisces is sentimental and deeply emotional. Their music making reflects this poignant potential to connect and hold the heartstrings of the public.

Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae in Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers Carousel

Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae in Carousel

Also ideal, is the triad of Mars and Venus wherein the charts reveal they are compatible in the start and finish of a project. The Mercuries are incompatible in elements leaving a need that each can fulfill with the other’s capabilities of expressing themselves with unique forms of communication, the difference in how they view life in general.

Their combined magic is enhanced by several Sabian Symbols that relate to the aesthetics of song and dance in both charts. In addition to the two having their Moons in Pisces, that brings an otherworldly essence into play, Rodgers’ has a revealing Elfin degree (pg. 317, Essentials of Astrological Analysis, Marc Jones). It is his Saturn at 26 degrees Capricorn, the original Symbol being the most revealing: In a little glade never trod by the foot of man, and in the mist of a waterfall dances a carefree water-sprite. Opposite Rodgers’ Saturn, but not close enough to take into account as a cross tie, is Hammerstein’s contribution to the two masters of swooning. It is through a unique mention of song in his Sun degrees Capricorn 20. The original Symbol is, During the celebration of some fete the canals of Venice are crowded; in a gondola are serenaders merry-making. And it is notable to mention that his Venus degree mirrors the icon of one of their collaborative and iconic stories, Carousel. Rounded at 6 degrees is in the original Symbol, Children’s voices, and the smiles of elders; it is a merry-go-round with blatant music and unrestrained joyousness. 

Wonderful it is, to see so many astrological references in the charts of those whose talents are reflected in real life. This brings credibility to the connections of heaven and earth. And it gives joy to the hearts of those who witness the realization of potentials of artists fortunate enough to be the givers of such happiness to others.
 

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Sully Sullenberger and Flight 1549

Chesley Sullenberger, better known as Sully, was a flight instructor, safety expert, and accident investigator who investigated accidents for the National Transportation Safety Board. He develop safety protocols for them, and in 2007, established his own safety-consulting firm. Who could be better qualified to pilot Flight 1549 on a day like January 15, 2009. He returned to flying after the incident of Flight 1549 in the winter of 2009, and retired on March 3, 2010.


From Astro Data Bank:
American commercial airline pilot who became celebrated when he landed his US Airways jet bearing 155 passengers and crew in the Hudson River in New York City with no casualties and very few injuries.

On January 15, 2009 the flight took off from La Guardia Airport in NY at around 3:25 PM heading for Charlotte, NC. A few minutes later, flocks of birds were sucked into the engines which shut down. Although the pilot and co-pilot along with air traffic control thought he could land in nearby Teterboro Airport in NJ, “Sully” as he is known, determined quickly that he wouldn’t make it and aimed for the Hudson River. With great skill and drawing on his extensive training, he landed on the Hudson River at about 3:31 PM on January 15, 2009, a frigid afternoon. Thanks to his skillful handling of the jet, the plane did not break apart or burst into flames, and passengers were able to disembark quickly via the emergency chutes and wing doors. Ferries in the area were able to rescue all passengers and crew. Sully was especially noted for the fact that he made two trips down the aisles of the plane after the emergency landing to ensure that all passengers had evacuated. His quick thinking and heroic efforts averted any serious injury to passengers, crew and no injury at all to anyone living or working in the vicinity. 

TRANSITS AND PROGRESSIONS

The chart shows several typical aspects for an event of such magnitude. The most obvious and confirming Aspect that is noted in the chart is the Mercury Retrograde that was 4 days into its Retrograde period. This means that it was still close to its Station on January 12, at 7 Aquarius 45. The Sabian Symbol is noteworthy, because it so well describes special human capabilities where recognition is due.

AQUARIUS 8 Beautifully gowned wax figures This is a symbol of the ineradicable vanity of the human spirit as it gathers strength not only from the finery it wears but from a superficial display of woman’s form and man’s reputation, here emphasized through personal idealizations. A strong psychological dynamic for individual effort comes from the direct influence of outstanding and even notorious people, and implicit in the static symbolism of the waxworks is a necessity to recognize and identify the values worthy of emulation. The keyword is IMPACT. When positive, the degree is achievement through the effective dramatization of human character on some level of everyday understanding, and when negative, futile effort to recapture outworn experience.

Mercury Retrograde is especially significant on that day of the incident, because it is in close Opposition to Sully’s natal Moon at 5 Leo 38, shown by the red line running across the chart from the 2nd to the 8th house.

Although a solitary hero was given attention for his skill and expertise, the Moon in the 8th house represents the supporting and inspiring resources of others worthy of mention. The co-pilot, the flight crew, the brave and appreciative passengers, and the first responders and ferry captains that came to the rescue.

Perhaps another Aspect as important, if not more so than the Mercury Retrograde is the coming of the Saturn Return, due to be exact on November 22 of the same year of the safe landing in the Hudson River. Saturn’s natal Sabian degree is 2 Libra 15, The dawn of a new day, everything changed. And so it was, that from that day forward, and for the beginning of the third cycle of Saturn, that life would take on a whole new meaning. Seen in the news, worldwide, Sully made his historical mark in the field of aviation by the natal position of Saturn in the 9th house, along with the Progression of the Moon and Transit Saturn.

Transit Jupiter shown with the pink arrow in the 2nd house, exactly Conjuncts Sully’s natal Sun and testifies to the good fortune surrounding the event. Transit Uranus is making an Opposition to the 9th house placement of the Progressed Moon pointing the sudden and unexpected call to the notoriety. And special mention goes to the exact Conjunction of the Transit Moon on Progressed Saturn in the 9th house at the exact hour and minute of the miraculously safe landing in the Hudson.

The light pink arrow pointing from Transit Saturn in the 9th to Progressed Jupiter in the 3rd is a background feature, as far as great importance in this event, but it does echo the meaning of the Pair when in Opposition in natal circumstances. In that respect, it is in the group of Aspects that form a Sharp Destiny, and the Opposition calls out a stark change in the course of the life, which proves to be true in this case of a man coming out of relative obscurity to a life of public involvement from the event forward.

NATAL CONFIGURATIONS

The Temperament Type of Sully’s natal chart is a well-defined See-Saw – the communicator who bridges gaps between opposing perspectives. The chart has a delimiting Opposition on one side but not on the other, and so is not the ideal in configuration. The chart has two Core Oppositions of Venus and Pluto and Sun and Moon, creating a powerful capacity to show strength under fire.These Oppositions, which of course in the case of a See-Saw has no possibility of a T-Cross allows the native to face conflicts head-on for resolution.

Since the Sun and Moon are the only pair in Major Aspect, making Positive Vitality a feature. The Mode of Self-Integration is then determined by symmetry. Uranus and Neptune contain the group of planets above the horizon, and the Sun and Moon are then taken together with the planets of Significance, bringing Conjunctive Activity into play. It is the bringing together of all factors in any situation needing attention. This allowed Sully to analyze quickly, bringing all his expert knowledge into play for a dramatic solution to the problem of resolving the event that ultimately put him in headlines.

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