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 that 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 charts reveals great challenges. There are few astrological factors promising to keep them closely tied.

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


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 so, there is a connection and potential for a direct relationship. An analysis of the characteristics of the planets involved, and their house position, is taken into account in the interpretation. If there is no cross-tie between the charts in this way, the two individuals will need to make a very concerted effort to establish longevity in the relationship. There will be a continuing daily necessity to reestablish the commitment to the relationship, since the planetary energies are not in a natural cross-tie to do so.

The planets of Efficiency; Mars, Venus and Mercury, in each chart, are to be compared in terms of the element compatibility of the signs where they reside. These three planets, in order to be in harmony, need to be either in the same sign or in compatible elements. Earth and water signs are compatible with each other, and the fire and air combination are harmonious with each other as the other option. Two of the three planetary positions need to be in harmonious elements and one not, for the combination to be considered an idea match. There is a need for one of the three to be inharmonious, so that there can be a stimulus to the relationship. Two in harmonious elements with one not, allows for a general compatibility with one incompatibility stressing the relationship to grow.

Compare the Sun, Moon and Ascendant in the same fashion.

Comparing the Temperament Patterns, High and Point Focus Planets, Natural Dispositions, Sharp and Loose Destinies and other Focal Determinators can assist in an understanding of possibilities, when the primary techniques lack a full understanding of potentials.


The chart cross-ties between the prince and the showgirl are virtually nonexistent. Therefore there is no natural sharing of interests that will withstand the pressures of time.

A look at the combination of elements in the charts shows that only the Ascendants share a harmonious element. Ideally, two out of the three need to work well together. Again, it is a case of having to put added effort into the partnership for it to work smoothly. The couple will experience a daily need to validate the reason to be together.

This is certainly not the best combination of factors for an ongoing and fruitful relationship. It would be my advice as an astrologer, to rethink the urgency to tie the knot. Otherwise there may be cause for regret. Taking extra time to see how the couple fare through adversity and daily routine, may give them a sense of what may realistically be in store for them in the future.

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 partners’ chart can give vital hope 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 grave 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 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 circle that evolves and gathers more to the story of life, and then fades into yet another eternal theme, based on the mastermind of the universe itself, ever leaving humankind digging under the “wall” or attempting to climb its summit in search for truth and enlightenment.

The planets not only define their meaning through the duel spinning cyclic nature, but by the effects they have on one another as they make and break 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 our perception of life, and this can keep us locked into step with a whole generation of minds held back because of fear of taking bigger steps forward in awareness. Acknowledging the powers innate in the planets of our Solar System is a giant step forward in understanding life and its meaning.

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 called 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 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 as distractions, or proserved when positive and useful. Saturn rules 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; meaning it has the power to evaluate and compare its usefulness with standards too low for acceptance. Self-evaluation is its purpose.


Pluto is like the hard-drive of the mind that stores information to be recalled when needed, and Saturn views and evaluates. 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 conscious recognition. If we are not aware of the content of our thoughts we cannot change them.

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. But 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 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 is not the answer, and to escape is equally inadequate. What we need to do is to realize that we are on a path toward expanding awareness, and adversity is the key and prodding to advance along the path.


It is important to strike a balance between desire and satisfaction. Nothing can be achieved without the desire to advance, but nothing can be enjoyed without a sense of boundaries and the peace of mind it brings. To entertain both ambition and restraint, one must work toward balance throughout a lifetime and meditation and concentration is essential for its manifestation. The mind duelistic; we think subjectively in terms of the I, and objectively in terms of environmental factors. But to keep these duel aspects of life functioning in a healthy manner, one must also keep mindful of the 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 occurs when the process is well understood. Consolidating the direction of thought is governed by the planet Saturn. On the contrary, the broad range of thought is governed by Pluto. Integrating the two vibratory entities in a working coalescence is necessary for a productive life.

Saturn and Pluto can coexist, just as all the planets have relationship with each other 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, minor or are not in any aspects together, there are both still present in the sky and horoscope to advance our need to both expand and focus the mind and heart toward our 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.”


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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?


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.


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. 


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.


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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Bobby Kennedy Assassination – The Usual Aspects

One mother and child among thousands, though some say close to a million Americans and RFK supporters, turned out along the tracks to pay their respects to the slain body of one of the United States’ most beloved presidential candidates of all time. The casket, propped up on chairs in the observation car, was made visible for bystanders awaiting their chance to pay their last respects. The train normally taking four hours to complete its journey, rolled poignantly along for eight hours from New York City to Arlington National Cemetery. It was a sad day and devastating times in US history, and the details of Kennedy’s rise and fall from political power is documented in Chris Matthews’ book, Bobby Kennedy – A Raging Spirit.

There is no need to show the myriad of possible corresponding astrological features of this or any other event for that matter, to prove the point of the immediate and intimate connection between the heavenly spheres and life on Earth.

The purpose of this blog is to confirm that on the most part, there are obvious Aspects related to events that show up inevitably when taking an honest and knowledgeable look into a horoscope. Astrologers have numerous ways of pointing out synchronicity, as it relates to life and the planets. Among them are those who advocate for traditional configurations as well as those made by Asteroids, Midpoints, Harmonics and more, all revealing the continuous symphony of astrological possibilities.

Here with the chart at hand of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, can be seen the obvious Major Aspects between the Transits and Progressions to his natal planetary positions. The Transits will be limited to Conjunctions and Oppositions within 1 + degrees of orb, and with Progressions, the five Major Aspects will be taken into account. By no means is this to be considered an exhaustive view, as stated above. It is the simple recognition of how eagerly illustrative the planets can be to the curious eye.


Jupiter in Progression is shown at the top of the chart circled in blue with RFK’s natal Moon. Jupiter just passed the exact Aspect to show that for a time, there was great popularity in the candidate’s outreach (Jupiter) to the general public (Moon). Jupiter’s positive attributes are the obvious indicators of the win in the primaries over his opponent Eugene McCarthy.

While his personal philosophy of justice and goodness is shown activated by the Progressed Mercury Conjunct natal Mercury in the 8th house of other people’s approval, the violent act with a gun shot to the head is obvious with the Transit Mars in Opposition to the Mercuries, both natal and Progressed. This personal attack, shown by the pink line across the chart, was a result of Shihan Sirhan’s utter dismay over Kennedy’s support for Israel during the 1967 Arab Israeli War.

Pluto coming to Transit Opposite natal Uranus, shown with the red line, is testimony of the long development of both the speculation of running for the presidency, and the behind-the-scenes 12th house creation of animosity that led ultimately to the assassination.

The stress of all the factors at the time is the common appearance of a Major Square Aspect from the Progressed Moon. In this case it is typical that it would be making this all too pressured Aspect to natal Saturn. Open opponents are shown in the 7th house and there it is in the sign of Scorpio, that rules death as well as living and healthy creativity.


The brothers were held together through Opposition Aspects, both including the planet Saturn. It speaks of a sensitive appreciation of each other as well as a real and practical joint destiny to right the wrongs of a society corrupt and clandestine.

These are not easy planetary connections, but they are very close and powerful in the sense that they show the seriousness, and the unfortunate to-the-death dedication to the relationship. Oppositions between charts speak of the ties that magnetically pull the two entities together for the purpose of which the two may decide.

Bobby gave John perspective, since without Bobby’s planets in Opposition to some of John’s, he would have to have relied on only himself for balance as there are no natal Oppositions in JFK’s natal chart. This most likely is a factor in the bodily exposure he allowed on that fateful afternoon in Dallas, Texas.

They had a powerful and soulful connection with JFK’s Saturn on RFK’s north node. Its Conjunction to JFK’s midheaven, promises a profound influence through death as well as while living. The brothers remain a constant American reminder of what is good in life and what truly makes America great.




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Steven Spielberg – Oskar Schindler

Steven Spielberg’s natal chart does not contain the planet placements we would normally equate with an individual who is famous; the 9th and 10th houses are empty and the midheaven is lacking any planetary contacts to the apex location that usually indicates worldly success and notoriety. But there are other features of the chart that point to exactly the talents with which the native is so very well endowed, and those reveal extraordinary creative potentials. The Benefics in the 5th house of creative self-expression is a fortunate placement for an artist, and Saturn and Pluto in the 2nd house give  resources with which to accomplish any special goal of the native’s choosing.

But the deeper interpretation starts with the use of the advanced techniques of Marc Edmond Jones, borrowed from his Essentials of Astrological Analysis. The colorful text just below Spielberg’s natal chart correspond to the meanings of the colored lines within the boundaries of the chart itself. The Bowl Temperament Type, shown by the light turquoise half-moon shape, does have an all-important Delimiting Rim Opposition to contain and help organize his fermenting creativity, and this gives him a sharp awareness of his surroundings and their possibilities. Mars, although Conjunct the Sun that takes part in the Rim, does not overtly participate in this important configuration, because it is not within a 10 degree orb of an Opposition to Uranus. But it is pulled into the dynamic of the Opposition through a Translation of Light and its association with the Sun.

The green lines in the chart show Major Aspects between three out of the four possible Planetary Pairs. The four pairs as defined by Jones are; Sun/Moon, Jupiter/Saturn, Mars/Venus and Uranus/Neptune. In Spielberg’s case, having three of the four pairs Aspected draws, by virtue of a negative dynamic, attention to the solitary pair that is not connected by 0, 60, 90, 120 and 180 degrees with orb allowances of 10 degrees for planets, 12.30 for the Moon, and 17 degrees for the Sun. The pair not connected by Major Aspect is Mars and Venus, the planets of Efficiency, which identify the function of organizing the mundane affairs of everyday living. Spielberg’s highly noticeable attention to detail, as a factor in his movie making process, is found here if only by Negative stress.

The effects of Negative Efficiency produces a struggle within the native in order to integrate the minor details of functioning in a material world. They are the start (Mars) and finish (Venus) of the convenience of day to day interactions with people and circumstances. not in Major Aspect, Mars and Venus cause a sense of ineptitude in one’s early years, concerning the organization of daily affairs.  But these individuals often become highly motivated to compensate for any lack they experience, and thereby become an efficiency expert in their field of interest.

The ideal, in defining the Mode of Self-Integration (MSI), the astrologer must determine which two of the four Pairs are actively in Major Aspect when the other two are either in Minor Aspect or not in Aspect at all. The graph that defines the technique of the Anatomy of Planetary Relationship is shown on page 154 of The Essentials of Astrological Analysis by Marc Jones. With the ideal of two in Major Aspect with two not, the determination of the MSI is through Weight of planetary energies. If all Pairs are in Major Aspect or none are, or only one of four are or one not, the decision is made through Symmetry based on configurations revealed by the Temperament Type.


In Spielberg’s chart the determining factor is through Symmetry, using the Opposition of his Bowl Temperament. The planets playing a role in the Opposition are taken as the significators, appointing Vitality and Significance as the two categories that come into play to identify the Mode of Self-Integration. The High Focus Uranus in direct polarity with the Sun assists Spielberg in bringing all things together by virtue of Conjunctive Activity.

There is an experimentative yet disciplined genius potential found in the 12th house placement of Spielberg’s Uranus (circled in turquoise). It becomes the Cutting planet as it leads the group clockwise through the houses. The Bowl is in the naive and usual upright position with the contents still contained within. But the doggedness of a Sun Conjunct Mars in the 6th house in Opposition to the Cutting planet assures success, simply because there is no T-Cross to divert the energies elsewhere but in the manifestation of the inner vision that a High Focus Uranus would naturally produce. Because Uranus is also a Singleton in hemisphere, the testimony to the radical self-expression and ingenious presentation of the power of the subconscious, especially when dealing with fear, is brought to the public as a clearing so to speak, for all the ails that plagued the native throughout his youth.

Schindler’s List brought Spielberg his first Best Picture, Academy Award on March 21, 1994. A profound Sabian Symbol placement is seen in the Progressed chart’s Moon degree of A dark shadow or mantle thrown suddenly over the right shoulder. The symbol speaks of the destiny that the film’s vast popularity had and brought to bear on the public and how it evolved into the worldwide project Shoah. The task of recording the stories of Holocaust survivors as well as victims of other world calamities was an opportunity to further document what many a vile soul profess to be a fiction.

Circled in pink on the left of the outer wheel is the Progression’s prophetic symbol for the Moon in the month of March 1994:
CANCER 25 A dark shadow or mantle thrown suddenly over the right shoulder This is a symbol of the irrevocability of man’s obligation to the reality of which he is a part, with the emphasis on his capacities of leadership as a revelation of racial stewardship on the more personal or spiritual side. Self-expres­sion here is a release of his inner potentialities, and it becomes both an individual gratification and an expanding responsibility to all other individuals making up the social complex. The keyword is DESTINY. When positive, the degree is some dramatic manifestation of genius vital to the general welfare of man, and when negative, a tendency to unwarranted presumption if not outright megalomania.

Two Progressed planets, Venus and the Sun show that they were active during the shooting of the movie. Still within orb of their prospective aspects, the Conjunction of Venus to the natal Sun and the Opposition of the Sun to natal Pluto highlight the chart and primes it for the award it was destined to receive.

There is one cross tie between the two famous men; Spielberg’s Moon applying in Opposition to Schindler’s Sun. Spielberg is known to have been deeply, yet quietly, pensive and emotional throughout the filming of the story of a man who stood out in bewildering goodness within a matrix of treachery. Spielberg must have felt a mere reflection of the light emanating from the hero of 1100 men and women whose lives were spared only by an extraordinary act of mercy.

Shown circled in blue at the bottom left of the comparison chart is Spielberg’s Progressed Saturn coming to Conjunct Schindler’s Natal Jupiter during the time of the filming, and when receiving the Best Picture award in March of 1994. Jupiter’s Sabian Symbol is a stark revelation of Oskar Schindler, who exemplified remarkable goodness amid great dangers, and at the same time was characterized as a womanizer and an alcoholic.


LEO 5 Rock formations at the edge of a precipice This is a symbol of the constitution of reality in crisis, offering a challenge to man as it pyramids in ramifying involvements until action or decision becomes an immediate necessity. There is no possible sustainment of individuality without an acceptance of difficulty as significant and an accompanying realization that every shift in orientation is a demand for some enlarged self-discovery. Personality only achieves its stability at the threshold of the risks it is willing to take. The keyword is ENDUR­ANCE. When positive, the degree is man’s genius for initial aplomb and ultimate competency in the face of all danger, and when negative, pure bullheadedness.


Written at the very end of WWII, on May 8, 1945, by those who had the great fortune to have been led into Schindler’s sheltering hands, is the testimonial letter that was intended to minimize punishment that was surely awaiting the active members of the Nazi Party. The letter is a revealing motivation for the film itself and the documentary made afterward. The letter could very well have saved Schindler’s life, as the Transit of Neptune Opposite Natal Saturn, shown by the pick arrow, proposes such a challenge and threat to life. Circled in green is Transit Mars on that liberating for some and fearful for others day, and with the Moon not far away, at Conjunction with Natal Saturn. This activated the previous victims to do what was necessary to reciprocate and keep safe their destined savior. The houses are not taken into account for the lack of a birth time.

This is a letter written in 1945 by Oscar Schindler’s former workers, signed: Isaak Stern, former employee Pal. Office in Krakow, Dr. Hilfstein, Chaim Salpeter, Former President of the Zionist Executive in Krakow for Galicia and Silesia.
We, the undersigned Jews from Krakow, inmates of Plaszow concentration camp, have, since 1942, worked in Director Schindler’s business. Since Schindler took over management of the business, it was his exclusive goal to protect us from resettlement, which would have meant our ultimate liquidation. During the entire period in which we worked for Director Schindler he did everything possible to save the lives of the greatest possible number of Jews, in spite of the tremendous difficulties; especially during a time when receiving Jewish workers caused great difficulties with the authorities. Director Schindler took care of our sustenance, and as a result, during the whole period of our employment by him there was not a single case of unnatural death. All in all he employed more than 1,000 Jews in Krakow. As the Russian frontline approached and it became necessary to transfer us to a different concentration camp, Director Schindler relocated his business to Bruennlitz near Zwittau.

There were huge difficulties connected with the implementation of Director Schindler’s business, and he took great pains to introduce this plan. The fact that he attained permission to create a camp, in which not only women and men, but also families could stay together, is unique within the territory of the Reich. Special mention must be given to the fact that our resettlement to Bruennlitz was carried out by way of a list of names, put together in Krakow and approved by the Central Administration of all concentration camps in Oranienburg (a unique case). After the men had been interned in Gross-Rosen concentration camp for no more than a couple of days and the women for 3 weeks in Auschwitz concentration camp, we may claim with assertiveness that with our arrival in Bruennlitz we owe our lives solely to the efforts of Director Schindler and his humane treatment of his workers. Director Schindler took care of the improvement of our living standards by providing us with extra food and clothing. No money was spared and his one and only goal was the humanistic ideal of saving our lives from inevitable death.

It is only thanks to the ceaseless efforts and interventions of Director Schindler with the authorities in question, that we stayed in Bruennlitz, in spite of the existing danger, as, with the approaching frontline we would all have been moved away by the leaders of the camp, which would have meant our ultimate end. This we declare today, on this day of the declaration of the end of the war, as we await our official liberation and the opportunity to return to our destroyed families and homes. Here we are, a gathering of 1100 people, 800 men and 300 women.

All Jewish workers, that were inmates in the Gross-Rosen and Auschwitz concentration camps respectively declare wholeheartedly their gratitude towards Director Schindler, and we herewith state that it is exclusively due to his efforts, that we were permitted to witness this moment, the end of the war.

Concerning Director Schindler’s treatment of the Jews, one event that took place during our internment in Bruennlitz in January of this year which deserves special mention was coincidentally a transport of Jewish inmates, that had been evacuated from the Auschwitz concentration camp, Goleschow outpost, and ended up near us. This transport consisted exclusively of more than 100 sick people from a hospital which had been cleared during the liquidation of the camp. These people reached us frozen and almost unable to carry on living after having wandered for weeks. No other camp was willing to accept this transport and it was Director Schindler alone who personally took care of these people, while giving them shelter on his factory premises; even though there was not the slightest chance of them ever being employed. He gave considerable sums out of his own private funds, to enable their recovery as quick as possible. He organized medical aid and established a special hospital room for those people who were bedridden. It was only because of his personal care that it was possible to save 80 of these people from their inevitable death and to restore them to life.

We sincerely plead with you to help Director Schindler in any way possible, and especially to enable him to establish a new life, because of all he did for us both in Krakow and in Bruennlitz he sacrificed his entire fortune.

Bruennlitz, May 8, 1945.”
Translated from the original document in German
Source: The Oscar Schindler file, Department of Righteous among the Nations, Yad Vashem
YAD VASHEM, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority
Schindler earned the everlasting gratitude of his Schindler jews. No matter why, no matter that he was an alcoholic and a shameless womanisor of the worst sort, no matter that he was no saint and left his wife – what matters to his Jews is that he surfaced from the chaos of madness and risked everything for them.

Generations will remember him for what he did. No matter how many businesses Schindler failed in, he was a success in life ..
Today there are more than 6,000 descendants of Schindler`s Jews living in the USA and Europe, and many in Israel. Before the Second World War, the Jewish population of Poland was 3.5 million. Today there are between 3,000 and 4,000 left.




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Next Up – Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner was probably very uncomfortable on Friday October 27, 2017 when he learned through breaking news on CNN that Robert Mueller was about to indite someone in the investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign. Lucky for Jared that Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were the ones on Mueller’s list for the time being. But not so fast, a look at Kushner’s horoscope shows he is up next or at least a possible suspect down the line. He will not escape some very big transformation in his life when Pluto starts its Transit over his natal Sun at 20 Capricorn 23.


Several Aspects in the chart show recent experience that involves Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These four planets represent the most intense challenges in life, and those that promise or threaten big change and calling to account of behavior. The two short red lines show Jupiter and Saturn, together in the October 2017 Progressions, just minutes beyond a Conjunction of Kushner’s natal Saturn at 9 Libra 44, The Sabian Symbol for this degree is, A canoe approaching safety through dangerous waters. Here is an attempt to correct some of the feared charges that might be held against the young and naive but proud presidential adviser. Most likely he is being assisted by lawyers helping to “row” a troubled client toward safety. The meaning of the 6th house includes the need to adjust and correct errors and flaws in the dealings with others in the process of fitting into society. Kushner’s Jupiter and Saturn in Conjunction reveal a responsibility to live up to higher moral standards. It is a Sharp Destiny, and one that calls the individual to consider carefully the prodding of conscience. If one fails to do so, there are almost immediate consequences to be paid. Kushner’s father-in-law, the current POTUS has a Sharp Destiny as well, with a Jupiter/Saturn Square.

The October 2017 Transit Saturn, circled in red, is a reinforcement of the challenging Jupiter and Saturn Progressions by its Conjunction of natal Neptune. Saturn attempts to clarify, for future testimony, the cloud of confusion that gathered over the young man’s vague activities during and after the 2016 campaign.

The faint peach line points from Transit Uranus to natal Pluto showing an alertness to to the myriad duties with which Kushner suddenly found himself in charge. It also shows the possibility of those involvements to be of a profoundly widespread and perhaps deviant nature. Pluto, in better circumstances, stands for truth of the highest order, which does not seem the case at present in the young man’s regard. Uranus, if not subject to a high degree of discipline, can show a tendency to rogue activity on the part of the native.

The Progressed Mercury is an additional feature of the complex of interplanetary relationships, through its Opposition to the placement of the Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017. Unfortunately, we do not have the house where this astrological event took place, which would have given a keyhole view into the details of how this planetary scenario could play out in future circumstances.


The most threatening of the Transits is the one on its way that is bound to cause great havoc in the life and career of one who could have been brought to greater integrity if it were not for mistakes made in earlier years, and now in his connection with the dubious circumstances of his father-in-law’s presidential campaign. The coming Conjunction of Transit Pluto, shown by the single red line at the top of the chart shows the natal Sun awaiting the Transit that will most likely be the timing of a fall from power – or at the very least, great pressure for transformation. This is in contrast with the otherwise more respectable Probity that Pluto at its best can represent, if one was wiser in his use of the great responsibilities thrust upon him by his proximity to the Trump family.

The houses in this analysis are not taken into account for the lack of an exact time of birth. However, there is much that can be seen in the recent pass of Transits and Progressions, as well as the possibilities coming through the ominous Aspect of Pluto with its exact Transit Conjunction of the Sun on February 20, 2018. The Station of Pluto on April 23, 2018, at 21 Capricorn 17, truly poses the most threat to the well-being and vitality that the Sun represents, because it takes place within a one degree orb of exactitude. Stations always indicate the times of most influence that the planets exert on an individual. From that position of the Retrograde Station Conjunction, Pluto will Transit back over the Sun degree throughout the entire month of June and part of July. Pluto continues to Retrograde until it Stations to go Direct in late September 2018, at a distance close enough to cause more intensity in Kushner’s experience concerning a regrasp of his purpose in life through great trial and tribulation. It is an Transit of long duration.

This continued Transit activity with Kushner’s Sun points to several “moments of truth” that promise to bring unsolicited growth and enlightenment. For better or worse Pluto will play a huge role in Kushner’s life that he will remember for the rest of his years. And if transformation is not completed with the Transit of the Sun, the following and future Pluto Conjunction of natal Mercury will give him another opportunity to correct his perspective and perception of life.


A lack of an Opposition Aspect in his natal chart puts Kushner at a disadvantage by limiting his awareness of self and the consequences of his acts (pg. 16-17,  Essentials of Astrological Analysis). The strong Transits and Progressions hopefully will bring him needed lessons that act as compensation for the lack of one of the most vital planetary configurations that facilitate conscious awareness and sensitivity to external factors for better decision making.

There is no possibility for a T-Cross – Point Focus, Focal Determinator without an Opposition in the chart. And because of the lack of a birth hour it is impossible to define if there is a planet that could be in High Focus by virtue of being Conjunct one of the angles. Natal Saturn is prominent however, as a Focal Determinator by being the Cutting planet that leads the planetary group clockwise through the houses in the Bowl Temperament Type. Saturn also partakes of a Sharp Destiny, because it is in a Conjunction aspect with its pair, natal Jupiter. Sharp Destiny always holds the life in diligent and poignant focus by being challenged to do one’s moral best. If the native is not inclined to live the dictates of higher standards, outside circumstances will prod them through great pressure with a demand to change one’s ways.  Kushner’s and his father-in-law both share this constant criticism that has the purpose of leading the consciousness to greater and respectable behavior. The conscious mind is challenged through trial and error to make constant adjustments to align the behavior with higher conscience (pg. 343, Essentials). The failure to do so often causes inner struggle, doubt and anxiety.

Sharp Destiny always puts an individual under the harsh scrutiny of public opinion. Other individuals analyzed in this respect in the Political arena are Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and George W. Bush.




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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – A Fine Partnership

The most famous dance couple in the history of American film, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers teamed up in 1933 when making their dance debut in Flying Down to Rio. They had supporting roles in the film and took second billing, but it was just enough to start them on their meteoric rise together, revealing incomparable technique and style.

From: Roger’s revealing obituary – the UK’s Independent.
While Ginger went on to other pot-boilers, and Fred to England to do The Gay Divorce on the West End stage, RKO started to plan more films for the team. The Gay Divorcee (title changed to placate Hollywood’s production code) confirmed the team’s magical chemistry and included the first of their classic romantic duets, “Night and Day.” In a deserted ballroom, as Ginger crosses Fred’s path to leave, he blocks her. Tentatively resisting, she bends her body with his and they start to glide across the floor. The harmony and sensual tension of this sequence is due in no small part to Ginger and demonstrates why she was the greatest of all Astaire’s partners. Not only do they dance as one (“She could follow Fred as if one brain was thinking” said Ben Lyon), but Ginger acts the dance perfectly, never appearing to be reveling in the display of technique or conscious of anything other than the emotions of attraction and seduction implicit in the choreography. Katharine Hepburn’s famed remark “She gave him sex, he gave her class” is true, but conveys only part of their magical chemistry.

Where in the comparison chart’s planetary pairings can the sheer talent and divine elegance be seen? Astaire and Rogers first met for a brief encounter when Astaire was brought in to assist with choreography for a Broadway show where Rogers had a part. They even dated briefly as stated in Rogers’ autobiography, Ginger – My Story. Following that, their first chance to dance in partnership was when Rogers replaced a troubled Judy Garland who was originally cast with Astaire for the film’s dance scene, The Carioca. The movie was Flying Down to Rio, and the film was virtually an ad for Pan-American, because its producer was the airline’s major stock holder. But the movie ended up the vehicle for the beginning of an enchanting ten year pairing, meant for the entertainment and distraction of captivated audiences while the horror of World War II was in its developing stages.

The chart above has Rogers in the center with Astaire’s planets in the outside wheel, because in their first film Rogers took billing over Astaire, as seen in the film’s poster credits.

The astrological ties between the dancers are Conjunctions, with no planetary Oppositions between their charts. Partners need to be together for the Conjunction potentials to manifest, but an Opposition between their charts will often draw the two together through a mysterious magnetic attraction even when apart. It is apparent with three Conjunctions that the tie was cemented primarily through the efforts and pressures of the film company’s principals and producers. The dance team would flourish as long as they were bound to contracts that held them together. All along, both dancers displayed an underlying inclination to advance their careers independently,* and the lack of Oppositions between them eventually brought that hope to fruition.

Their Jupiters Conjunct did give the pair a mutual joy in dance and helped to expand each other’s skills and talents. They lent each other personality traits in the way that Katherine Hepburn so aptly stated, “Astaire gives her class, while Rogers give him sex appeal.” The complexities in their dance routines is shown by the Jupiters both in Scorpio, the sign of the CREATIVE. The placement of the Jupiters in the 6th house via Rogers natal wheel, gives testimony to the unrelenting rehearsals and ever-demanding work-ethic to which the couple were happily devoted. But it was Rogers’ Saturn that brought a sobering quality to Astaire’s Sun and PURPOSE. Sticking together for ten years is the nature of a responsible Saturn, but in time it will withdraw if not fully satisfied. Roger’s was in search of more dramatic roles, and her eventual Saturnian disjunctive, departure rewarded her with an Oscar for Best Actress in the avaunt guard portrayal of “Kitty Foyle.”  

When together however, Astaire’s Pluto Conjunct Rogers’ Ascendant brings out the intense passion in the dynamic between the two, especially when engaging their bodies in dance together. His preoccupation with her beauty and grace was an underlying theme throughout the run of their films.

In the chart with Astaire in the center with his Progressions in the outer wheel for the date of the release of Flying Down to Rio, we can see that the all-important Neptune of imagination and glamour is being contacted by the Progressed Sun and Mercury. The Conjunction takes place in the 7th house of partnership and announces the glamorous tie between himself and his leading lady with her Jupiter being aspected nicely by his Progressed Moon.

Progressions for December 22, 1933 was a remarkable time for Fred Astaire, as he entered the medium that would raise him in time to the pinnacle of his talents and fame. This is evident in the Progressed Moon’s placement in the 9th house, as it marks his turning point Progressed Squares to stimulate the very tight natal Moon Uranus Opposition; an Opposition between energies that represent an electrical spark with extremities in full blown experimentation in dance and public entertainment.

At the same time there is a easy going and friendly Sextile from the Progressed Moon to his own natal Jupiter that, as just mentioned, is in a convenient and harmonious Sextile to Roger’s Jupiter as well.

Rogers’ too has several Lunar Progressions December 22, 1933, although the chart is not shown here. There were exact Sextiles from the Progressed Moon to he natal Moon and Trine to natal Saturn. And Rogers’ Progressed Neptune had finally entered into degree of her natal Sun, to bring her into the imagination of a nation of dance and music lovers.

Interestingly, although not aspected in 1933, Rogers’ Venus degree is 7 Virgo 51. Rounded at 8 degrees Virgo is the Sabian Symbol degree, First dancing instruction.  The original symbol is; A poor little rich girl,not above five years of age, is given with much attention a first dancing lesson. 

All in all, the natal charts and their Progressions are a profound collection of indications that match well the illustrious dancers that embarked upon a “fine (imaginary) romance”** in late 1933.


*The idea of turning them into a regular act had come from the RKO producer Pandro S. Berman. He told me: “Most of my efforts were devoted to getting Fred to work with Ginger in the film The Gay Divorcee, and then to getting him to work with her again in Roberta, and in all the others. That never stopped – he never got over the feeling that he was being forced into being a member of a team, which was the last thing in the world that he wanted.”

**The song composed by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Dorothy Fields, released in 1936 for Swing Time.



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Dream Lovers, Sandra Dee & Bobby Darin – A Pair Made in September

In a comparison of birth charts for famous couples, it is important to know the exact birth time. What is more difficult is when the year of birth is disputed. This is the case with Sandra Dee, the actress known for her role in the Gidget series created in the late 1950s.

From Wikipedia:
There has been some dispute as to Dee’s actual birth year, with evidence pointing to both 1942 and 1944. Legal records, including her California divorce record from Bobby Darin, as well as the Social Security Death Index and her own gravestone all give her year of birth as 1942. In a 1967 interview with the Oxnard Press-Courier, she acknowledged being 18 in 1960 when she first met Bobby Darin, and the couple wed three months later. According to her son’s book, Dee was born in 1944, but, having begun modelling and acting at a very young age, she and her mother falsely inflated her age by two years so she could find more work. According to this version, this explains why 1942 was listed as her birth year in official studio press releases. It does not however explain why her gravestone, which had to have been commissioned by her son, her only child and sole immediate survivor, gives 1942 as her year of birth.

In the chart comparison here, 1942 is used for the reason that one of the possible charts had to be chosen. There are very interesting connections however with planets between their charts using the 1944 birth year. And those are special for revealing a promise of a loving tie between the couple where the 1942 date is lacking. The charts shown are simply a peek into the possibilities of shared potentials, leaving the reader to decide which chart for Dee make sense and which does not.

The two charts below show the couple with the September 1960 Progressions when they met and married. The Progressions of each native are in the outer wheel.

Dee’s chart in the center left wheel is calculated for 1942. She does not have Progressions in 1960 making aspects to her own natal chart. Her Progressed Moon does make a Sextile to Darin’s natal Mercury (shown with the green line) and her Progressed Saturn Conjuncts his natal Mars (shown with the red circle). This indicates that she indeed “turned him on” but as the story goes, was shy and reserved for sometime before acquiescing.

Darin’s chart in the center wheel on the right, shows his Progressed Moon in September 1960, making a Trine to his natal Neptune in the 5th house. This is the start of a movie career which Neptune well exemplifies by its placement in the 5th house of entertainment. At the same time, Darin’s Progressed Moon makes a Sextile to Dee’s natal Venus – the “sign” of a lovely entrance into a rewarding relationship. 

Dee’s possible 1944 birth chart, in contest with that of the 1942 birth year, has the awesome promise of a Conjunction of her natal Moon with Darin’s natal Venus, shown by the short purple line on the left. That is a powerful potential for attraction and a blissful connection. There is also the Natal Jupiter on Darin’s part making an Opposition to Dee’s Saturn. Saturn again is activated to reveal the hesitancy she expressed in the relationship’s beginnings, but also tells of her long-standing dedication to Darin in marriage and after his early passing. Dee never remarried, and that is testimony of the deep and abiding love that remained in her heart although they divorced in 1967 when Darin’s Progressed Mars Opposed his natal Jupiter in the 8th house of share resources.

Sandra Dee was known for her retiring early, a dependence on alcohol, and with an inability for drawing herself out into the public. This makes sense in the chart for 1944, with its lack of Opposition aspects and the presence of a Retrograde Mercury – both indicators of potentials for brooding, introversion and withdrawal. Neptune off by itself in the 6th house of possible health issues, and difficulties with adjusting in society, is another indication of the validity of the 1944 chart. But you decide . . .




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What Makes Paul Manafort the Man in Question?

Paul Manafort was Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager for a brief period of time during the 2016 presidential elections. Since then his name and reputation have been on the line, and he has been under investigation by the Robert Mueller team, who on July 26, 2017 forcefully entered Manafort’s home and confiscated files that may be evidence of wrong-doing either the time before, during or after the Trump campaign.

Looking at Manafort’s Transits and Progressions does not show obvious correlations to his natal chart, especially without knowing the birth time. However, there is significant activity in his life events at this time when relating them to both the Lunar and Solar Eclipses in August 2017. Paul Manafort’s Saturn and Pluto were touched by Conjunction by these two important eclipses; Pluto on August 7 and Saturn on August 21.

Astrologers often minimize the effects of an eclipse in chart interpretations, not intentionally, but because these Solar and Lunar events occur less often in Transits than the usual and more frequent planetary contributors.

What makes the Lunar Eclipse in Manfort’s chart serious is that Robert Mueller’s natal Sun is Conjunct Manafort’s natal Pluto. It is a cross-tie between the charts that is not to be ignore, because it gives Mueller’s Purpose in this planetary connection easy access to penetrate deeply and shine light on any possible deviant behavior that often is associated with a Pluto going rogue.

If not manifesting on the higher levels of spiritual awareness, Pluto’s influence can degenerate into underworld activities associated with money laundering, prostitution, illegal gambling, and a host of other involvements that shun the light of day. An eclipse is notorious for bringing things to sharp focus in one’s life, and both men are indelibly connected through the powerful Pluto, Saturn and Sun Conjunction stimulated for the duration of the eclipses’ influence.


On or around November 23, 2017, Transit Saturn will make an Opposition to Manafort’s natal Uranus. This may be the time of indictment if indeed the situation calls for it. Or if indited before that time, it could indicate when Manafort may be pardon by the President. There will at least be some significant issue arising at this time.

On January 31, 2018, there will be a Total Lunar Eclipse at 11 Leo 37 that is within orb of a Conjunction with Manafort’s Pluto and Mueller’s Sun. The accompanying Partial Solar Eclipse is on February 15, 2018 at 27 Aquarius 08 within orb of an Opposition with Manafort’s Saturn. The future promises more activity in reference to those most potent planets for change and retribution. If there hasn’t been a conviction or pardon as yet. This could be the time where that might happen.

From Wikipedia:

Paul John Manafort Jr. is an American lawyer, lobbyist and political consultant. He joined Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign team in March 2016 and served as campaign manager from June to August 2016. He was previously an adviser to the U.S. presidential campaigns of Republicans Gerald FordRonald ReaganGeorge H. W. Bush, and Bob Dole. In 1980 Manafort co-founded the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm Black, Manafort & Stone, along with principals Charles R. Black Jr., and Roger J. Stone. In 1984 it was renamed Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly & associates, after Peter G. Kelly was recruited.

Manafort often lobbied on behalf of controversial foreign leaders such as former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, former dictator of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos, dictator of the former Democratic Republic of the Congo Mobutu Sese Seko, and Angolan guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi. Lobbying to serve the interests of foreign governments requires registration with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act; however, as of June 2, 2017, Manafort had not registered. On June 27 he retroactively registered as a foreign agent.

Manafort is under investigation by multiple federal agencies. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reportedly had an active criminal investigation on him since 2014 regarding business dealings while he was lobbying for Ukraine. He is also a person of interest in the FBI counterintelligence probe looking into the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.



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What Makes Mueller the Man of Integrity? It’s His Sabian Symbols

Sometimes a horoscope tells a fascinating story, and this is what we see in the chart of Robert Mueller, the man appointed as special counsel to investigate Russia’s influence in the 2016 US presidential elections. More and more is revealed almost on a daily basis, and yet the entire truth is still obscured by several missing pieces of the puzzle that will inevitably surface when the planets align to do so, and when Mueller completes his investigation.

Mueller’s chart is especially interesting, because the Sabian Symbol degrees play a compelling role when telling his personal story. There is always a difficulty when the time of birth is unknown, because the Moon degree and the positions of the planets throughout the houses are undetermined and cannot give clues in an interpretation. But there are planetary configurations, defined by Marc Edmund Jones’ 16 Point Analysis that are not dependent on the time of birth and so can yield information that is quite revealing.

The red lines in the chart point to the possible T-Cross, Focal Determinator. Its validity is questioned, because one of the prongs of the Cross is the Moon that moves swiftly through the degrees in an entire day and may or may not be in orb of an Opposition to create the possible T-Cross. But when checking the Moon’s sign and degree placement throughout the 24 hour period, it appears that the transition from August 6th to August 7th, and up to the final hour on August 7th, the Moon stays within close proximity  of its 12.5 degree orb distance to form the Opposition to Neptune and Square to Saturn.

This Focal Determinator identifies Saturn as the all-important Point Focus of the chart. Astrologers eventually learn that aside from the frustrations, delays and disappointments for which Saturn is known, it is also the planet of integrity, responsibility, maturity, conscientiousness, and suggests a host of other characteristics that represent a person of sometimes great and honorable stature. These positive positive expressions of Saturn explain why Robert Mueller is known for his stellar (pun intended) reputation.

Multiple Sabian Symbol degrees in Mueller’s chart refer to the first light of day, or the Sun in general. They are symbolic of the revelatory effects of light as it reveals hitherto unforeseen factors otherwise obscured by darkness and devious means. These references to the light overcoming darkness or storm, point to the purpose for which Mueller has dedicated his life in service of truth and lawfulness.

Listed  here are the symbols referring to the Sun’s migration in several circumstances:

Neptune at 3 degrees Libra

LIBRA 3 The dawn of a new day, everything changed This is a symbol of the illimitable potentialities to be found when it comes to any personal participation in everyday affairs, and of the thoroughness with which each individual remains the recurrent expression of his own self-consistencies. There is here the necessity for an ultimate self-dependence, and the consequent need to blaze a path of special recognition for each particular characteristic of selfhood. The keyword is INNOVATION. When positive, the degree is man’s insatiable appetite for experiment and continuing self-discovery in every possible area of human experience, and when negative, inability to catch the challenge of living in even the most trivial matters.

Venus at 27 degrees Leo

LEO 27 Daybreak This is a symbol of the cycles of change as an ultimate assurance to the human heart, with an emphasis on reason as the means by which man knows the nature of his own continuance. No matter what may be the course of events in their over-all unpredictability, there is always dawn or spring­time as the promise of resurgence or a new potential in every manifestation of self and its world. Reality is ever a beginning in the sense of the immediacy it offers the individual. The keyword is GENESIS. When positive, the degree is an untiring capture and recapture of life throughout the constant and con­fusing shifts of being, and when negative, wishful thinking and satisfaction in a vague tomorrow.

The all-important Sun degree at 16 Leo

LEO 16 Sunshine just after a storm This is a symbol of per­sonal stability through man’s recuperative powers, emphasized in terms of his psychological or inner orientation. Here is na­ture’s inevitable return to enduring values as this occurs after every major issue of life, and the consequent opportunity for self to regrasp itself and to enlist every element of its environ­ment in some new effort or fresh approach to experience. Everyday stress and strain are found of high use, either as a clearance or a reconstruction in all human affairs. The key­word is RECOVERY. When positive, the degree is exceptional steadiness of perspective and fidelity to individual responsibil­ity, and when negative, continual upset over petty issues.

The Sun in a chart gives the clue of the PURPOSE in a person’s life. It is Mueller’s destiny to usher in the light, in answer to infractions that have held their sway over good. This he has done valiantly in his long career as a prosecutor and public servant.

One of the most delightful Sabian degrees taking part in Mueller’s natal wheel is 7 degrees Cancer, Two fairies on a Moonlit night. This symbol interestingly brings the Moon into the picture to compliment all the references to the Sun, and it takes prominence in the chart by being Point Focus of a T-Cross.

CANCER 7 Two fairies on a moonlit night This is a symbol of nature’s illimitable potentialities on the side of the release she offers man from his physical or psychological involvement, and of the necessity that he achieve some measure of lightness in self-expression as a balance for the strain of everyday existence. Here is exaltation of fancy as a dynamic factor in all self-realization, and of the quiet moments of experience as a real opportunity for self-orientation. The magic of selfhood lies in its ability to rise above whatever may threaten its well­being. The keyword is ASCENDANCY. When positive, the degree is a transforming sensitivity or a healing imagination, and when negative, a senseless retreat to make-believe.

A study of the symbols’ definitions allows the astrologer to penetrate deep within a native’s psyche, to reveal the theme of the life on its most profound level where planet positions only give vague clues. Cancer 7 takes part in a “handful” of elfin, fairy or otherworldly degrees that are part of the Sabian Symbols’ collection of visionary potentials.

Planets on these special Sabian Symbol degrees vibrate to a higher frequency, and encourage the native to reach beyond the conventional expression of planetary energies. Robert Mueller’s chart exemplifies the rich resources the symbols have to offer, buttressed by a dignified Point Focus Saturn.

Listed here are the symbols that take part in this unique category:

Aries 16, Brownies dancing in the setting sun

Scorpio 23, A bunny metamorphosed into a fairy 

Scorpio 28, King of the fairies approaching his domain

Cancer 7, Two fairies on a moonlit night

Virgo 5, A man dreaming of fairies




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