CHALLENGE OF THE SHARP DESTINY – Anthony Bourdain, 1956 – 2018

Celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain, took his own life sometime on the evening of June 7th, or in the early hours of June 8th, 2018. His body was found in his hotel room in Kaysersberg, France, while on location for the shooting of an episode of his popular television series, Parts Unknown. Bourdain was a writer extraordinaire, who artfully introduced his audience to exotic cultures worldwide through the lens of gastronomy.

Astrologers use diverse methods to analyze the components of a natal horoscope, and note the transits and progressions that set their findings into motion. The examination of Anthony Bourdain’s chart focuses on a small segment of the wheel, drawing attention to what is called the Sharp Destiny, identified in his case, by a square between Jupiter and Saturn. The technique is part of a collection of advanced procedures that were developed in the mid-20th century by astrologer par excellence, Marc Edmund Jones. The Sharp Destiny explains Bourdain’s early struggles in life, and assists in his growth and later successes. Failures and achievements are both born of this challenging aspect, and a native is clearly at an advantage when recognizing the blessing of its presence in the chart, and works to actualize its elevated purpose.

In his Essentials of Astrological Analysis, Jones gives startling insight into the psyche of anyone with this aspect, and no exception is found in the life of the charismatic chef and storyteller, who would have benefited greatly from the following description.

JUPITER AND SATURN IN A SQUARE ASPECT indicate an ordering of life’s fundamental motives through which the native usually suffers very immediate consequences of the least neglect or abuse of his own potentials. He finds he must fight continually for the ideals in which he has come to take the most consistent interest, and also learns that his conscious well-being is wholly dependent on the moral struggles in which he becomes involved almost inevitably at every stage of his experience. If he does not relish the days in which he seems torn to pieces in self-uncertainty, he must discover ways to tear himself apart deliberately and in equally painful fashion on the behalf either of some cause of real significance or some conception that he can dramatize through his own being. Personal existence under this configuration can become either great opportunity or else a gradual disintegration of the soul in the very core of itself.1

The lifelong tension between the energies of Jupiter and Saturn is the celestial factor that brought Bourdain’s attention to the anxiety and feelings of guilt he struggled with when weighing moral concerns of right and wrong. In his own words“. . . oh God, whatever I did yesterday is really shameful and embarrassing, and that’s the story of a lot of my life . . . I’m constitutionally unable to wake up in the morning and to know that the show we did was really cynical, stupid and I don’t care if people like it. . .” 2 He was prone to confronting his actions in hindsight, and that is the mark of the Sharp Destiny’s ultra self-reflection. Bourdain, unaware that periodic crises were provoked by the square, lacked an understanding of the forces at play. This left him at a disadvantage when dealing with his sensitivities and insecurities, and so at an early age he sought solace through drugs and alcohol.

Addiction can be compulsive escapism that becomes a hindrance to true self-discovery, and yet, for the person with a Sharp Destiny, the urgency to find answers is very real. In the face of formidable challenges, Bourdain admitted to taking a good hard look in the mirror, and saw someone deep inside who was worth saving. He candidly opened up in an on-screen therapy session about his past substance abuse when he stated, “Something was missing in me. Whether it was a self-image situation, whether it was a character flaw … some dark genie inside me — that I very much hesitate to call a disease — that led me to dope.”3

The Sharp Destiny acts as a reality check, making one uncomfortably aware of personal shortcomings. Bourdain often showed traits of humility and compassion, but also was a self-confessed narcissist, and his self-defeating “bad-boy” demeanor blocked the utilization of transformative principles he was exposed to through Buddhism. One can view the Sharp Destiny as a celestial non-doctrinal approach encouraging personal growth, but in spite of periodic revelations, the native was left to battle his “demons” on his own.

THE PLANETARY DEPARTMENTS

Jones’ innovative techniques were based on early astrological practices, and he expounds on them in his writings to give a deeper and more comprehensive scope to chart interpretation. In his chapter on Self-Ordering in The Essentials, he begins by pairing the planets into four distinct departments of Self-Determination.4 Each departmental pair is then assessed for a possible major aspect between their positive and negative significators. To complete the analysis, with what Jones calls the Mode of Self-Integration, he pits two pairs in major aspect against two that are not, to define how a native psychologically approaches external circumstances and opportunities. The four planetary departments of Self-Determination are:

1) Sun and Moon of Vitality, as the organic will-to-be of the Greater Light coupled with the Lesser Light’s emotional response to its surroundings;

2) Jupiter and Saturn as they define the soul’s personal Motivation through enthusiastic outreach, paired with its complimentary sober self-reflection;

3) Mars and Venus are paired to establish Efficiency in experience through the initiative of Mars in concert with Venus’ gratifying completion; and

4) Uranus and Neptune, the planets of Significance, as they work together to encourage the elevation and expansion of consciousness. Mercury and Pluto are supernumerary and not categorized in a planetary department.

THE SHARP AND LOOSE DESTINY

Each planetary department is vital for a well-rounded involvement in the business of everyday living. However, it is the role of the department of Motivation to introduce to the native the responsibility to develop self-awareness and personal accountability as a necessary foundation for higher consciousness. The pair’s prominence or lesser influence in the chart is determined by the major aspects between them, signifying whether a life is lived through a Sharp or Loose Destiny. The aspect allowance between Jupiter and Saturn has an orb of 10 degrees. A Sharp Destiny is identified when the pair of Motivation is in conjunction, square, or opposition, with each aspect characterized by its own definition. These formidable aspects produce a continuous self-monitoring that should lead to a dedication to high moral standards.5 A Loose Destiny is found in the chart with Jupiter and Saturn in sextile, trine, or not in major aspect, allowing the native to be more relaxed in the judgment of their own or others’ acts and attitudes, and with relative freedom from the pressures of environmental influence.6 The contribution of the Sharp and Loose Destiny, as they relate to all other chart configurations, helps form the basic differences in life potentials. Jones elaborates, “The fundamental distinction is between the life with its course rather well determined at birth or before, and the one where there is little preset in its development.7

BOURDAIN’S SHARP DESTINY

Using the Placidus house system, Chart 1 shows natal Saturn in the 4th house of the soul’s deeper impulses as it applies in square to Jupiter near the cusp of the 2nd house of personal and financial resources. The aspect is in a mere 45 minutes of separation. Natal Pluto conjuncts Jupiter with an orb of 1 degree 13 minutes, and at the same time applies in square to natal Saturn with an orb of only 28 minutes. Pluto’s intimate participation in the square buttresses the effects of the Sharp Destiny and greatly amplifies its overall power in the chart. Its presence in close contact with Jupiter increased Bourdain’s already good fortune, and was the indicator of his, at times, brutal honesty. This formation of planetary influences reveals a portion of the native’s promise in natal terms, but it is the transits and progressions that signal the timing of events that propel its potentials toward self-actualization. Natal Venus, Sun and Neptune flank the complex square with sextiles that ease an otherwise solely tense situation.

PROGRESSIONS TO THE SHARP DESTINY

The activation of the Sharp Destiny in Bourdain’s chart focuses primarily on Saturn and Pluto as each transition from natal characteristics to the role it plays as a Dynamic catalyst. Natal planets within their aspect networks manifest on a subtle level throughout life, but the promptings of transits and progressions put the native on alert to deeper possibilities latent within. Saturn and Pluto, in the chart under discussion, awakened the full force of the Sharp Destiny with three important progressed aspects. In chronological order, they are a progressed Saturn station, the progressed Pluto conjunct natal Jupiter, and progressed Saturn square natal Pluto.

Progressed Saturn Station Direct 

Progressed stations mark pivotal life changes, even when they are not in close aspect with natal planets – a prerequisite for transit stations. Whether turning retrograde or direct a progressed station signals a halt in time and space, to change and rearrange things within and without, in life’s ever-pressing journey. According to Jones, “The phenomenon in the secondary directions always identifies a subtle or psychological shift in the fundamental course in life, such as requires a critical regrasp of experience.”8

The progressed stations during Bourdain’s lifespan were Neptune, Venus, Saturn, and Mars, stationing at ages 14, 19, 36 and 47 respectively. Here, the focus is on the station of Saturn because it takes part in the formation of the Sharp Destiny. On September 3, 1991, Saturn stationed to go direct at 26 Scorpio 10, approximately 36 days after birth, and corresponds to age 36, the time of dramatic opportunity for the native’s career advancement. The station is circled on the ephemeris graph of July 1956.

A station is effective for a period of time before and after the exact pause in its motion. The slowly developing Station of Saturn highlighted Bourdain’s evolution from dishwasher and line cook to executive chef. He matured into his new position by realizing his latent integrity, enabling him to live up to more demanding responsibilities. Jessica Lindsay of Metro News stated, “By 1992, Bourdain was executive chef at Manhattan’s Brasserie Les Halles, where he remained for a number of years.9 His advancement corresponds with a station going direct, marking an outward step in life rather than an inward withdrawal, synchronous with a station retrograde. It was rewarding for one who had long paid his dues to be elevated as overseer of the then prominent New York brasserie. Jones further explains a progressed station, “. . . it often proves to be an adjustment over an appreciable span of time, whether marked by some single sharp event of easy identification or by a complex syndrome of changes of less obvious interrelation.” The turning point in the early 1990s came from both a single event and a tireless work-ethic over an appreciable span of time. Menial labor gave way to an illustrious career.

Progressed Pluto Conjunct Natal Jupiter

Pluto’s ultra-slow movement in its orbit of the Sun can have only limited Dynamic contacts with natal planets during the span of a lifetime. However, in Bourdain’s chart, Pluto is already in close conjunction with Jupiter and has only a short distance to progress to complete its aspect. The conjunction was exact on March 11, 2000 and occurred at age 44 when the Greater Benefic, prodded by powerful Pluto, launched him from executive chef to become one of the world’s most influential and celebrated food and travel television hosts.

The progression synchronizes with Bourdain’s groundbreaking article, Don’t Eat Before Reading This, published in the April 1999 issue of The New Yorker Magazine. The article opened the door that same year for his tell-all book and best-seller, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.10 These writings marked the author’s rise from relative obscurity to fame and fortune. About his past difficulties and new-found fortune, Bourdain told Wealth Simple, “I didn’t put anything aside, ever. Money came in, money went out. I was always a paycheck behind, at least. I usually owed my chef my paycheck: again, cocaine. Until I was 44, I never even had a savings account.11 And in Kitchen Confidential he wrote, “Only one in four has a chance at making it…. And right there, I knew that if one of us was getting off dope, and staying off dope, it was going to be me. I was going to live. I was the guy.” These statements illustrate Jones’ positive potentials of a Sharp Destiny; for at least 17 years hence, the native tore himself away from financial ineptitude and obsessive drug abuse for a cause he could dramatize through his creative role as the philosophical, wandering gourmet.

Progressed Saturn Square Natal Pluto

Exact on April 2, 2016, at the age of 60, Bourdain’s progressed Saturn completed its fulcrum square to natal Pluto. Squares in progressions are considered fulcrum because they play the crucial role of defining an inner compulsion for change, which Jones described as, “. . . a critical self-mobilization required by the native under the pressure of objective events.12 The characteristics of this particular square correspond to Bourdain’s official split in September 2016 from his wife of nine years, Ottavia Busia. The aspect also marked the start of a new and captivating love affair. In an article in Eonline.com, about the parting of ways with Busia, an insider stated that, “there was no one else involved.13 It is not certain if that is factual, given that shortly after the separation, news reports proclaimed his budding romance with Italian actress Asia Argento, who appeared in the December episode of Parts Unknown filmed in Rome. Obviously, the couple must have had contact before the episode aired, and although there is no exact date published for their first meeting, it was undoubtedly before their romance became public, and perhaps closer to the exact date of the life-altering square.

A COMPARISON OF POTENTIALS – Bourdain and Argento, Venus to Pluto Cross Conjunction

In a comparison of charts, the conjunction and the opposition aspects are the important planetary connections to look for when seeking longevity in a relationship. Synastry between the lovers reveals two planetary conjunctions within or about the allowable 1-degree orb. First of the two conjunctions to note is Argento’s Venus at 25 Leo 31 as it applies within a 1 degree 8-minute conjunction with Bourdain’s Pluto at 26 Leo 39. Due to Pluto’s proximity with Jupiter, their irresistible, mutual attraction drew her sensibilities into the confines and influence of his Sharp Destiny. And here is the astrological validation for the Plutonian obsession displayed by the storyteller toward the actress. His fixation on her alarmed his friends, who likened him to a love-struck teenager, as documented in their remarks made to People.com.14 On the positive side, the conjunction stirred Argento to great affection for him, and as a film director, she contributed her artistic Venusian touch to several episodes of Parts Unknown. Bourdain reciprocated with loyal support of her involvement in the #MeToo sexual abuse movement.

Saturn to Uranus Cross Conjunction

An equally important conjunction is Saturn at 0 Leo 17 from Argento’s chart applying to Bourdain’s Uranus at 0 Leo 49 – well within the accepted 1-degree orb. Positioned in the exact same degree, their planets share the Sabian Symbol, A case of apoplexy. Both cross pairs between the couple have Argento holding the reins of the relationship because it is her planets that apply to his.

Interestingly, this contact draws Argento’s Sharp Destiny into the picture, with Bourdain in this instance providing a planet to her fated square. When both individuals contribute a Sharp Destiny to the relationship it is cause for some concern. In this case, the tension is exacerbated because their Sharp Destinies are tied through the synastry of the cross pair. Jones explains, “The partnership develops its best potentials for them as they are able to survive strains and crises that often prove very tragic.15  Examples given by Jones are the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby, and the accidental death of Queen Astrid while in partnership with King Leopold of Belgium.

Without consideration of its involvement with Argento’s Sharp Destiny, the Saturn to Uranus pairing hints of contrasting proclivities the natives would need to endure. While Saturn influences her toward sobering resistance because of their age difference and professional and family obligations, his Uranus tends to minimize rules as it vies for unconventionality. Apparently, the couple resolved conflicting demands with the understanding of the freedom necessary to pursue their separate careers and lifestyles. This “liberated” arrangement and the influence of the duel and linked Sharp Destinies, set the stage for the unfortunate suicide.

TRANSITS TO CROSSTIES

Eclipses are transits and are supplemental to the all-important progressions. Together they simultaneously create a complex platform of multi-dimensional experience. There were several solar and lunar eclipses throughout 2017 and 2018 that were interacting with Bourdain’s natal planets. The most impactful of these was the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, that fell within a few degrees of his Pluto. Besides being a stimulus for his own independent involvements, the eclipse energized the couple’s Venus-Pluto crosstie.

An eclipse stimulating a shared zodiacal point draws a powerful focus to relationship potentials. It intensifies the interaction characterized by the planet meanings, the function of the signs they occupy, and the circumstances of the houses involved. It is likely that the total eclipse lifted the couple to emotional sublime heights, enhanced by demonstrative Leo and its association with the glamor of the entertainment world. They appeared together on the Red Carpet at the Emmy Awards on September 17, 2017. Bourdain did not win an Emmy award that year, but the eclipse does correspond to his nomination in five categories.

From the beginning of their relationship in 2016 until its tragic end in 2018 – and not before or after – eclipses were perpetually energizing their ardent crosstie. With an orb allowance of 5 degrees, there was the penumbral lunar eclipse on August 18, 2016 opposite the crosstie at 25 Aquarius 52; the penumbral lunar eclipse on February 10, 2017 conjunct the crosstie at 22 Leo 28; the previously noted total solar eclipse August 21, 2017 conjunct the crosstie at 28 Leo 53; and the partial solar eclipse on February 15, 2018 opposite the crosstie at 27 Aquarius 08.

THE DYNAMICS OF 2018

On May 31, 2018, one week before the suicide, Uranus was transiting Bourdain’s Midheaven at 0 Taurus 49, and was in exact square to its natal position in the 12th house, bringing his hidden inner turmoil into public view at the Midheaven. Uranus in transit was also just leaving its conjunction with the progressed Moon, as it ingressed into the 10th house at 0 Taurus 04. And the progressed Moon was also in “hard” aspect to natal Uranus.

The full lineup of challenging progressed Moon aspects appears on the Aspect List from March until June 2018. The progressed Moon alternated between squares to its natal position and to natal Uranus for four months. Moon progressions have a two-month duration and events often occur on the days the progressed Moon enters, is exact, and leaves its aspect. Bourdain’s suicide synchronized with the very day on which the progressed Moon was leaving its square to natal Uranus. One month later, Moon progressions turned toward emotionally easier sextiles and trines into early 2020. Had Bourdain been aware of this, perhaps he would have been encouraged to soldier-on. Chart 2 and the Aspect List show the network of aspects leading to June 8, 2018, when Bourdain’s body was found.

Argento was also drawn into this astrological composite, with both transiting Uranus and Bourdain’s progressed Moon making a tight opposition to her natal Uranus at 0 Scorpio 37, and both aspects made a square to her natal Saturn. As these aspects triggered the couple’s Saturn-Uranus cross pair, the February solar eclipse, still in effect in June, did the same with their Venus-Pluto tie. The Sharp Destinies in both their horoscopes were brought to life simultaneously at the time of the suicide.

The most visible event related to these aspects is the publication of the compromising photos of Argento with French reporter Hugo Clement taken by photographer, Agostino Fabio, as they strolled affectionately down the streets of Rome. Paparazzi photographer, Rino Barillari, also took photos of them dancing after dinner at a well-known restaurant bar. Once Argento realized they had been photographed, she asked to have the images deleted. She was obviously aware that if the images were in print or online they could be seen by Bourdain, who might find them disturbing, in spite of her claim that they had an open relationship. The photographer did not delete them, and they were promptly published, going viral on June 5, 2018 – just days before Bourdain took his life. After hearing of Bourdain’s death, Barillari expressed regrets for having sold them for publication, and pulled them from the internet. He told Italian newspaper La Verità, “A picture is not worth a life. If that shot triggered suicide . . . this would make me suffer.” 16 

In an interview with Daily Mail, Argento said, “I understand that people wanted to blame me because he was so deeply loved and he entered the hearts of so many people, into their lives, . . . People need to think that he killed himself for something like this? He had cheated on me too. It wasn’t a problem for us.”17

Bourdain, however, was prone to letting even minor things get under his skin. In his Argentinian Parts Unknown episode of 2016, he revealed, “I will find myself in an airport, for instance, and I’ll order an airport hamburger. It’s an insignificant thing, it’s a small thing, it’s a hamburger, but it’s not a good one. Suddenly I look at the hamburger and I find myself in a spiral of depression that can last for days.” In that episode, he also expressed having trouble communicating with people he cared about. Unfortunately, he did not confide in chef and close friend Eric Ripert, who was with him on location in Kaysersberg, nor did he reach out to his lover before his suicide, though according to rumors he had been showing signs of distress for some time.

An in-depth view of the Saturn-Uranus dynamic between Bourdain and Argento is revealed in the following Sabian Symbol.

LEO 1 A case of apoplexy 

This is a symbol of an overwhelming potentiality, and of an ever-pressing necessity for genuine self-establishment and personal stability. Implicit in the reversed symbolism is man’s complete lack of inhibition in his everyday make-up, together with his ability to mobilize all his powers, and even risk his own existence rather than accept any thwarting of his desires. Here is emphasis on the unbroken continuity between being and doing, or between identity and its continual manifestation of itself. The keyword is IRRESISTABILITY. When positive, the degree is creativity in the day-by-day expression of the self’s real possibilities, and when negative, thoroughgoing self-indulgence and imposition on others.

The pressure of squares by transits and progressions to this particular degree on the day of his passing undoubtedly figures in with Bourdain’s act of self-inflicted violence. The original symbol is described as, A fat and normally good natured little man of affairs is red to bursting with a determination to have his own way. Although this is far from a literal description of either of the natives, the symbol does suggest that there was for both, an irresistible drive to achieve what they wanted at all costs. Bourdain did pay the highest price when he surrendered his life for yet an undisclosed reason, and it is not a far stretch to assume there were thwarted desires, as the symbol implies.

Sadly, no one can know for certain what the cause of suicide might be when there is little forewarning and no note left behind. Yet the series of unyielding aspects to the couple’s crossties give the impression that the indiscreet photographs were among the concerns on the native’s mind in the days before his death. While one cannot entirely dismiss Asia Argento’s influence on Anthony Bourdain’s emotional state in June 2018, it is not the objective of astrology to find cause or to place blame but to note synchronicity between aspect and experience with the limited knowledge available. In the words of Marc Edmund Jones, “Astrology is the science of probability.” Although aspects may present a tempting scenario, the ultimate truth lies in the heart of he who has passed. For whatever reason, in the end, Bourdain gave way to the negative propensities described by the Sharp Destiny.

BOURDAIN’S SATURN SABIAN SYMBOL

Because of Saturn’s fundamental role in the Sharp Destiny, its importance as a progressed station and its fulcrum square to Pluto, it warrants a mention of its illuminating Sabian Symbol. Rounded to 28 Scorpio, Saturn is in the degree of, King of the fairies approaching his domain. In its original version published in mimeographed form in 1925, the symbol is more explanatory and reads, A pageant of fairyland is made visible to mortal eyes; the king of the little people is welcomed to his domain.

There is a handful of elfin concepts,” as described by Marc Edmund Jones, among the 360 images that collectively are the Sabian Symbols. Included are: A bunny metamorphosed into a fairy, Brownies dancing in the setting sun, Two fairies on a moonlit night and A man dreaming of fairies. However, King of the fairies holds a unique place in the series by describing the sovereign of the community of elfin characters, also known as the “little people.” Jones elaborates on these images when delineating the Sun degree of Prince Charles of England, explaining the degrees as, “. . . carrying an implication of otherworldliness, or of some psychological exemption from the common limitations of mediocrity, such as is the plague of all too many members of the human family.” He continues, “. . . one cannot ever live for himself, but instead must exit as a special incarnation of some social ideal. He must be the imaginative reality in which others may have their particular self-fulfillment . . . . he essentially becomes a myth figure.18

SCORPIO 28 The king of the fairies approaching his domain 

This is a symbol of the eternal promise underlying all inner self-realization, since any actual fullness of life is altogether independent of the passing state of affairs in a world of time and space. Implicit in the symbolism is the futility of man’s common reliance on people and things through some mere accident of contact. Outer reality takes the form with which he endows it as he exercises his sovereignty over its various potentials in the creative realms of his own imagination. The keyword is ALLEGIANCE. When positive, the degree is a special competence of inward vision and a consequent outward perspective of high effectiveness, and when negative, capricious self-indulgence.

Limitations aside, Bourdain emanated an enchanting persona with which these special degrees endow an individual. His fans and followers honored him with the ultimate homage that was due to a king, or at the very least, a great storyteller on the world stage. Everyone, everywhere, welcomed him into their realm and into their homes, whether on screen or in some far-off parts unknown.

 

Low plastic stools, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer. This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together, to make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him.”

– Barack Obama, June 8, 2018



Chart Data and notes

Anthony Bourdain, June 25, 1956, New York, NY at 8:35 AM. Rodden Rating A – from memory.

Asia Argento, September 20, 1975, Rome, Italy at 8:07 AM. Rodden Rating AA – quoted BC/BR.

Date of death, June 8, 2018, Kaysersberg, France. Time unknown.

Ephemeris images used with permission from Alois Treindl, astrodienst.com.

Chart wheels sourced through Matrix WinStar 6.0 software. Tropical, Placidus Houses

References and Online Resources (accessed from July to October 2018)

1. Marc Edmund Jones, The Essentials of Astrological Analysis, Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, Washington, first edition 1960. Jupiter-Saturn square, p. 125.

2. Chefs at Google, YouTube, October 20, 2011.

See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cicCuAYkLjA

3. Parts Unknown, Argentina episode, June 2016 episode.

See: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6gj8kd – segment 14:25

4. The Essentials of Astrological Analysis, Chapter 3, Mode of Self-Integration, p. 151. Self-Determination, pp. 108 -144

5. Sharp Destiny, Jupiter-Saturn, conjunction, p. 122; square, p. 125; opposition, p. 124

6. Loose Destiny, Jupiter-Saturn, sextile, p. 127; trine, p. 126; no major aspect, 123

7.The Essentials of Astrological Analysis, p. 343

8. Marc Edmund Jones, The Scope of Astrological Prediction, p. 49

9. MetroNews.com, Who was Anthony Bourdain and what were his best culinary moments? Jessica Lindsay, June 8, 2018.

See: https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/08/anthony-bourdain-best-culinary-moments-7615910/

10. Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2000.

11. WealthSimple.com, March 14, 2017.

See: https://www.wealthsimple.com/en-us/magazine/money-diary-anthony-bourdain

12. The Scope of Astrological Prediction, Fulcrum square p.46.

13. Eonline.com, Comment, “There was no one else involved.” September 19, 2016.

See: https://www.eonline.com/news/795894/anthony-bourdain-and-ottavia-busia-split-after-9-years

14. People.com: Friends’ comments about the Bourdain-Argento relationship, June 12, 2018.

See: https://people.com/food/anthony-bourdain-lovestruck-asia-argento-friends-concerned/

15. The Essentials of Astrological Analysis, p. 343.

16. Pagesix.com, Photographer, Rino Barillari statements.

See: https://pagesix.com/2018/06/12/paparazzo-who-snapped-asia-argento-with-french-reporter-regrets-shots/?_ga=2.10621492.1233964617.1528718531-300722313.1522585570

17. Argento’s remarks to DailyMail.com, September 24, 2018.

See: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6194885/Asia-Argento-reveals-open-relationship-Anthony-Bourdain-says-cheating-wasnt-problem.html

18. The Essentials of Astrological Analysisp. 317.

Book References

Marc Edmund Jones, The Essentials of Astrological Analysis, Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, Washington, first edition 1960.

Marc Edmund Jones, The Scope of Astrological Prediction, Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, Washington, first edition 1969.

Marc Edmund Jones, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, Washington, first edition 1953.

Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2000.

 

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Astrobite – United States Pluto Return

The United States Pluto Return includes a broad spectrum of topics that are included in the meaning of the planet Pluto, but it also incorporates the meanings of the planet as it is influenced by its configurations in the natal chart’s potentials. Pluto in the US chart is involved in a dynamic Mercury-Pluto opposition. Mercury represents mentality and specifically the personal perspective and thoughts concerning individual rights. The concern over Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections has brought the issue of each American’s right to vote in the Democratic process.

There are also concerns over women’s health, a woman’s right to choose, and the tense situation building over attempts to overturn Roe versus Wade. Pluto in Capricorn describes the age of old tradition of white, conservative men making decisions for young women, represented by Mercury in the feminine sign of Cancer. The opposition aspect clearly defines the escalating polarity between the powerful ingrained forces against the vulnerable average citizen.

Propaganda is very much a part of the “Pluto effect.” Both subtle and obvious forces influence the object or target to be manipulated. The US chart’s Pluto, opposite natal Mercury, can facilitate the process of exploitation of the average person’s mind and perspective. Propaganda is not necessarily a negative tool, used for one’s own advantage. It can be utilized to bring about positive results as well as being an invasive maneuver to achieve mastery or control over others.

Today’s climate of contention leading up to the Pluto Return reveals diametrically opposed political parties using both truth and lies to gain the attention of their target voter. Facts play a large part in any controversy, however, in today’s concerns many are prone to ignore information that does not bring them the end results they envision. An example, that leads up to the 2020 elections, is revealed when Trump’s followers say that they are unhappy with the details of some of his proposals, but will vote for him in 2020 because on the whole, he is implementing the concepts they embrace. For some, there is a heated contest between good and evil, right and wrong. The founders of the republic had certain goals in mind that are being challenged now, and there is no guarantee that the ultimate truth will prevail. It may just happen that the majority’s vision is realized until there is a balancing of powers that will shift toward the opposite point of view to gain its control and express its dominating objectives.
 

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Putin and Trump – The Symbol Minded

Natal Pluto is High Focus in Vladimir Putin’s horoscope because it is elevated and conjunct the Midheaven. This position speaks of his overwhelming power as a player on the political world stage and of his tenacious, authoritarian rule.Pluto’s position at 22 Leo 43 is hosted by the Sabian Symbol, A bareback rider. Its keyword is AUDACITY. The original symbol is, The scene is a circus crowded with spectators, and in a moment of hush a bareback rider performs extraordinarily. The internet’s ubiquitous image of Putin, “performing” on horseback, is unique in that the rider himself is bare-backed, in lieu of the horse being without saddle. Occasionally, the Sabian Symbols manifest literally, and in this case it does so with a remarkably humorous twist.

U.S. President Donald Trump is intrigued by Putin’s prowess, and a look at the cross-ties between the two leaders shows why. The two men share a zodiacal degree that is exact to the very minute, making the cross-tie a highly rare specimen in the field of synastry. Putin’s natal Saturn and Trump’s natal Jupiter are both located at precisely 17 degrees Libra and 27 minutes. Normally, a planet in one chart applies to influence the other person’s planet that is separating and responding. In this case, there is a mutual interaction with neither having the upper hand by application. The Libran interrelationship reveals Trump’s Jupiter manifesting with untempered enthusiasm, and showing much inexperience in contrast with Putin’s sober and fortified Saturn.

This extraordinary cross-tie’s Sabian Symbol is, Two men placed under arrest. In Trump’s chart, the conjunction falls in the 2nd house of personal finances and material assets, and in Putin’s chart, the paired planets are located in the 12th house of clandestine operations. This may very well suggest secret interactions and negotiations between the two men relating to money and other possessions and advantages.

From The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones, p. 167:

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

The two men have most likely been in a competitive “embrace” for some time. They undoubtedly have shared resources of sorts, even if through third parties. The present challenge seems to be what they can accomplish together for their own advantage, that was not possible before Trump was elected.

The original symbol shines additional light on the mutual bond: Two men are placed under arrest and are taken away to give an accounting of their acts before a tribunal of society. Nations worldwide play the role of the tribunal, with the hope that the two leaders maintain a service to society, rather than enforce their powers for their own personal objectives and advantages. The negative expression of the degree, however, spells out in quite clear language that the potentials for self-aggrandizement are very real. News reports, speaking of Putin’s history of undermining the will of his people, include alleged murders of political opponents and other enemies. And Trump continually expresses inappropriate comments in outrageous and degrading ways toward American citizens of varying ethnicities, Democrats and members of his own political Party, and leaders of both friendly and unfriendly countries. Both men are under the arresting eyes of those who are awaiting the outcome of this strange camaraderie between the leaders in control of the world’s greatest nuclear arsenals. If there is a reason to believe that wrongs have been committed, that put the security of the United States at risk, the Special Council investigation, headed by Robert Mueller, will hopefully bring the perpetrators to justice.

PROGRESSED ACTIVATION

The first official meeting between the two Presidents occurred on July 16, 2018 at the Helsinki Summit in Finland. It was a private meeting, and to this day the conversation and possible agreements made remain a mystery to all save the two men and their interpreters. There had been impromptu, brief encounters previously, usually on the sidelines of other conferences. However, the meeting on July 16th was a planned, formal tête-à-tête, that took place amid an air of trepidation from a large segment of the U.S. population, because of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and Trump’s unsettling fascination with the Russian autocrat.

Exceptional events must have a matching counterpart in the astrological dynamics at the time they occur, and the celestial participation on the day of the Summit does not disappoint. The unique natal cross-tie already examined, has a surprising lineup of progressions that bring their combined potentials to life in an extraordinary way. Both Presidents had progressed planets synchronizing an arrival at their allied natal point on the date of the Helsinki Summit. On July 16, 2018, Putin’s progressed Moon came to 27 Libra 35 at the same time as Trump’s progressed Venus was lingering at 17 Libra 33.

Trump’s progressed Venus had been approaching his natal Jupiter and Putin’s Saturn since mid-2017. The Venus progression is of longer duration than Putin’s progressing Moon that has a 2-month activation, keeping his possibilities down to a limited window of opportunity. Putin’s progressed Moon symbolizes his emotional engagement in the aligned event, and Trump’s Venus contributed an intimacy to the fated encounter. Economics, whether personal or universal, could very well have been a topic of conversation at the meeting. These timely symbolic progressions, accompanying the natal bond, are a striking testimony to the grand scheme of things, and correspond perfectly with the event that brought the two men finally face to face.

The quad-wheel chart shows Trump’s natal horoscope in the center with his 2018 progressions in the next wheel outward. The third wheel is Putin’s natal chart encompassed by his 2018 progressions in the outermost circle of planets. The progressions as they made contact with the cross-tie are bounded in red lines for easy viewing.

Trump’s Progressed Moon in his 12th simultaneously makes friendly Sextiles to his Jupiter and Putin’s Saturn. This shows his emotional investment buttressing and intensifying the interaction at the meeting, and points to a deep psychological bond with his comrade-in-intent. The planets forming these progressions take an optimistic slant on the most part, especially while the supportive aspects are in place. However, in the winter of 2018-19, Putin’s progressed Moon will square Trump’s natal Saturn, and by 2020 his progressed Sun will conjunct Trump’s natal Moon, and soon after make an opposition to his natal Sun. These are harbingers, announcing reciprocal contacts ahead. The outlook leans toward a more polarized involvement; manifesting conflicting objectives, as well as bringing to fruition the hopes each have in the other. The caveat being, will the results benefit the average citizen in both the United States and Russia, or merely be another display of the two men placed under arresting circumstances?
 

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

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

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

From Symbols of an Alien Sky, The Thunderbolts Project:

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

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

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

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

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

Planetary Aspects, the Electrical Connections of Intelligence

The Connective Electrical Planetary Powers and Human Receptors


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

The five Major ASPECTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Donald Trump & Robert Mueller, Face-off

THE PHENOMENAL SABIAN SYMBOLS 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE POWER OF THE ECLIPSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PROGRESSED TO NATAL PLANETS ARE A TIMETABLE OF OPPORTUNITY 

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

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

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

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

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

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

18 Libra is, Two men placed under arrest. 

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

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

THE TRENDING SUPPORTIVE ASPECTS – PROGRESSED-TO-NATAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRANSITS 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

** Dynamic: The Progressed and Transit planetary activity.

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. – The Assassination

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

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

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

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

ACCURACY OF THE CHART

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

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

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The Beauty That is More than Skin Deep – Princess Diana

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

NATAL CHART ANALYSIS IN BRIEF 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AN IMPORTANT SABIAN SYMBOL


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

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

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

THE TRAGIC DEATH OF PRINCESS DIANA

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

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

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

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

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Prognosis for a Marriage – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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

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

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

CHART CROSS-TIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Solar System; The Seat of Consciousness

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

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

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

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

From the Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones:

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

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Alina Zagitova – Olympic Gold Metal Winner 2018 – Figure Skating

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Saturn & Pluto, Partners in Crime and Salvation

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

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

THE ADVANTAGES OF THE MEDITATIVE MIND

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

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

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

THE DUALISM OF MENTALITY

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

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

The positive and negative meanings of Pluto:

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

The positive and negative meanings of Saturn:

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

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

Photo Credit, Jordan Strauss

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

CARDINAL  NATURAL DISPOSITION

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

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

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

SPLAY TEMPERAMENT TYPE

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

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

MODE OF SELF-INTEGRATION

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

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

FOCAL DETERMINATORS

T-CROSS

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

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

PLANETARY SQUARES

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

ABSENCE OF EARTH SIGNS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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