Steven Spielberg – Oskar Schindler

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

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

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

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

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

TWO PAIRS IN MAJOR ASPECT, ONE NOT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE SYMBOL

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

THE LETTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Next Up – Jared Kushner

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

PAST AND PRESENT ASPECTS

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

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

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

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

COMING ASPECTS

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

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

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

NATAL CONSIDERATIONS

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

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

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

 

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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – A Fine Partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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What Makes Paul Manafort the Man in Question?

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

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

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

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

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

TRANSITS and the FUTURE ECLIPSES:

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

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

From Wikipedia:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neptune at 3 degrees Libra

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

Venus at 27 degrees Leo

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

The all-important Sun degree at 16 Leo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aries 16, Brownies dancing in the setting sun

Scorpio 23, A bunny metamorphosed into a fairy 

Scorpio 28, King of the fairies approaching his domain

Cancer 7, Two fairies on a moonlit night

Virgo 5, A man dreaming of fairies

 

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Total Solar Eclipse, the USA and War

The day of the Great American Total Solar Eclipse is the day Trump spoke for his administration’s decision to send additional American troops to Afghanistan. The Total Solar Eclipse activated Trump’s natal Mars, because the planet is within a few degrees of where the eclipse fell. Mars is High Focus when Rising and in a Conjunction with the Ascendant. In its normal function, the keyword for Mars is INITIATIVE, but when in High Focus the keyword becomes INDOMITABLE. This non-stoppable drive is something that the public has witnessed in Trump’s character for some time, but now that he is in a position of real power it can cause shock waves across the globe. Leaders of countries worldwide must take the President’s words seriously.

When initiatives are set in motion, counter-actions from resisting individuals or groups can block the direction of energies coming from the original source. This is when confrontations can escalate into full-fledged war between contending entities. Mars means war only when initiatives are frustrated. Otherwise Mars merely means, starting to put energy behind an idea to commence action.

North Korea poses a threat to its neighbors and to the United States because its nuclear initiatives bode ill in a world that wishes to keep a balance of peace among nations. From September 2nd to the 6th, 2017, transit Mars and Transit Station Mercury joined in Conjunction at 29 degrees Leo where the recently Solar Eclipse took place. In these few days the conflict with North Korea’s missile testings accelerated the rhetoric within the US that is a block to the ambitions of the young North Korean leader. Mars’ signature is written all over this potential catastrophe, in the fact of Trump’s Mars being activated by the Solar Eclipse and the Transits of Mars and “supportive” Mercury. But the likelihood of outright war is also evident in the chart of the United States.

Transit Saturn has been making an Opposition Aspect with the US natal  Mars since late December 2016 and early January 2017 when Trump was inaugurated the 45th President of the United States. At this time, Transit Saturn was making a Conjunction with the President’s natal Moon, which also Opposes his natal Sun, because of its natal Sun/Moon Opposition. This means that Trump’s Sun is in Conjunction with the US natal Mars. This configuration is a powerful stress upon the core dynamic between the two entities of the United States populace and its surrogate leader President Trump. And Transit Saturn has been prodding the promise of war especially at the time of its Station at 21:11 Sagittarius on August 26th. It is another supportive indication of imminent danger shown primarily by the Solar Eclipse that crossed the continental United States. It will be interesting to see what takes place when Transit Venus visits 29 degrees Leo on September 19th and 20th.

The group of planets circled on the left of the chart show Trump’s natal Mars eclipsed on August 21, in Opposition to the US natal Moon. The US Moon, representing the populace, is directly engaged with the indomitable actions of a president who is not shy of touting his erratic, unpredictable urges off-the-cuff, toward enemies national and international.

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SOLAR ECLIPSE AUGUST 21, 2017

A solar eclipse is a Super-New Moon. It is a time to “plant seeds” for significant change in the daily pattern of our lives. Light is not the only influence the Sun and Moon have on living things. All heavenly bodies exude an electromagnetic field, which has its influence on other heavenly spheres and life in general. These invisible energies are activated in mysterious ways through interactions of the planets, the Sun and Moon, asteroids and other significant points represented symbolically in astrological charts.

Eclipses are strongest when near or opposite a planet in the horoscope. All other influences are general and are associated with the meaning of the houses where the eclipse falls.
An eclipse can indicate the end and rebirth of behavioral patterns hidden deep within the psyche. When drawing the substance of the unconscious into the sphere of the conscious mind, through meditation or breathwork, a natural catharsis can take place that clears outmoded content. Through courageous observation of personal issues, the need for transformation can be fulfilled. The theme of the crises to be cleared is determined by which houses the solar and lunar eclipses fall in your personal horoscope.

It is not an accident that the Sun and Moon are at the distances where when they are in line with the Earth that the diameter of their disks are the same size. This strategic alignment produces a powerful thrust of energy toward the Earth that motivates a comprehensive evolution of all matter. A solar eclipse occurs twice a year, along with a lunar eclipse either before or after. These are one of the most profound astronomical and astrological events that influence our lives, although there are many other significant celestial occurrences that promote great change.

The shadow of the moon travels the surface of the Earth and marks the countries and the people designated for reorientation. The current eclipse in the astrological sign of Leo represents the heart center and effects the way that we as individuals interact with others and where we express ourselves as unique beings separate from the collective. It is a time to acknowledge the shadows within that await the light of conscious day to be resolved through Love, as one of the features of spiritual enlightenment ruled by the sign Leo.

LEO 29 A mermaid This is a symbol of humanity’s insatiable appetite for experience on the side of psychological self-assurance, and of the nascent eagerness of the soul for a private and personal participation in every possible facet of self-fulfillment. There is an ineradicable purity of man’s make-up at core, and in consequence an ultimate repudiation of all the compromises which seem to be demanded in everyday relationships. The individual forever seeks and responds to the creative needs of life itself. The keyword is IMPORTUNITY. When positive, the degree is a completeness of quickening to inner instincts of the being and a real willingness to trust them, and when negative, a lack of discrimination and an awkward insensitivity.

 

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US Progressed Stationary Direct Mercury Happening Now

Here’s a link to HUFFPOST about Trump’s father being a member of the KKK. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/our-commander-in-chief-and-…

And here’s a little known fact about the astrological aspects now active in the US chart: Many astrologers know about the coming Pluto Return, but few have mentioned the present Progressed Station of Mercury! Yes, I am talking about the PROGRESSED not the present Transit Mercury that commenced on August 12, 2017. Progressed Stations are a big deal, and multiplies the forces for change that the Total Eclipse on August 21 will usher in.

Just count 241 days from July 4, 1776-1777 in the ephemeris and you will see the D standing for Direct for the Mercury of the US chart. Stations in Progressions are a profound but much overlooked source of planetary influence. And this one effects all Americans and the world. We’re in for big change, as if no one noticed.😉

The Station Direct takes place at 21 degrees Aquarius, Sabian Symbol: A woman disappointed and disillusioned. And there is plenty of that going on now in both political parties.

AQUARIUS 21 A woman disappointed and disillusioned This is a symbol of the inevitable distress of the human soul whenever it seeks any enduring entertainment from elements without anchorage in its own nature, dramatized in the negative symbolism by the futility of its attempted fulfillment through a capitalization on purely physical assets of self. The deeper potentials of the being afford the real possibilities of self-discovery, and personal frustrations are a challenge to a genuine self-realization rather than a denial of opportunity. The keyword is CLEARANCE. When positive, the degree is the self’s inherent gift for pressing on and gaining increased powers with every setback, and when negative, the acceptance of all defeat as final.

 

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Simon & Garfunkel Revisited

The Sound of Silence was Simon and Garfunkel’s first major hit. Looking at the development of their talents that were fused together through two-part harmony executing extraordinary lyrics brings the early 1960’s into focus. The tri-wheel chart features Paul Simon in the center wheel, Art Garfunkel in the middle, with Simon’s Progressions in the outer ring. Since Simon was the composer of the two, he has the honors of being the center focus with Artie’s (as Paul calls him) planets compared to his.

With natal to natal comparisons, and their birthdays a month apart, the slow moving planets from Jupiter to Pluto are virtually in the same positions. They are seen as a generational factor and so of lesser importance in a comparison. The major activity can be seen in Simon’s faster moving Progressions to Garfunkel’s natal wheel.

The planetary connections between the two talented musicians are shown through the planets of efficiency; Mars, Venus and Mercury in Progressions from Simon to Garfunkel.

The early 1960’s was the real start of their careers, although they had teamed up previously as Tom and Jerry in the 1950’s. The very slow but ever-increasing development and success of The Sound of Silence, written by Simon in 1961 was the cornerstone of what became the partnership under their real names as Simon and Garfunkel.  The success of those early years as a duo is dramatically seen by Simon’s 1963 Progressed Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars in Conjunction with Garfunkel’s same but natal planets. Progressed Venus is the only Progressed Conjunction that has to travel a bit to become exact, and in this case, gives longevity to the popularity of their talents. Simon’s Progressed Moon as well makes an exact aspect with Garfunkel’s Mercury in 1963, who became the prominent and elegant voice of the two. Simon’s natal Mercury was pleasantly sandwiched between his own Progressed Sun and Moon, giving the 9th house of notoriety a chance to fulfill itself. It should be noted as well, that Simon was in the midst of the 1963, Full Moon Progressed Lunation, in the 3rd to 9th houses – this being a very significant sign for success and fame.

The Transits too play a part in the picture of how these men made an impact on their generation and generations to come. There was the always profound indication of a Station Conjunction of an outer planet to both natal charts. Neptune’s Transit last several years passing Direct and Retrograde and Stationing to add emphasis to the Transit. It did so in the early 1960’s with many passes to Garfunkel’s natal Sun and to Simon’s natal Mercury.

Saturn also made an impact on both natal charts with an 1962 Opposition to powerful Pluto at 6 degrees Leo in both charts. The creative sign of Leo is that which brought numerous talented youth to prominence in the Hippie Generation. There were several passes and Stations to Pluto’s position, making it one more testimonial to the calculated rise in importance of the artful partnership that has become an icon in American history.

Although their inspirational words and sounds soar high above the usual fare required for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Simon and Garfunkel’s striking astrological configurations shown here, are destiny’s way of saying a work well done with the help of cosmic influences.

 

For more information on Simon and Garfunkel history: Hall of Fame Inductees

 

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Trump’s Transits and Progressions August 2017 and Forward . . .

The surrogate horoscope for the people of the United States: Donald Trump’s upcoming Progressions and Transits point the way.

Trump’s Progressed Uranus is inching toward his natal Sun. This creates an uneasiness and continuously unpredictable state of affairs for himself and the nation for which he is the leader. Progressed Uranus is also in an exact Opposition to his natal Moon where Transit Saturn is poised to make a Stationary Direct Conjunction on August 26 2017. Transit Saturn will activate his natal Moon/Sun Opposition from the other end. This tense and intense standoff of planets dominates the present political landscape, and adds to the already ominous signs of change that the Total Solar Eclipse “promises” the nation and world. Progressed Uranus urges Trump to act on his own, independent of all outside influences, while Transit Saturn obligates him to be sensitive to the people’s wishes and be responsible for the welfare of those to whom he is in charge.

Because Saturn is disjunctive in nature, there may be a very strong desire to retreat, give up or resign because of so many complications facing him that he is not prepared to handle as an ordinary citizen. And what we see in the open with Trump, is often very different than what goes on within the private world of his own psyche. The leaked phone call transcripts in the Washington Post on August 3, 2017 to the Mexican and Australian leaders revealed that what is said for public consumption is not necessarily the truth of what Trump actually thinks and feels.

Another interesting astrological harbinger of profound activity is seen with Trump’s Progressed Moon that in six to seven months will be Conjunct his natal Pluto. This Progression takes place in the 12th house with either disputed birth hour and it will inevitably bring out some truth from the depths. The 12th house is the domain wherein we hold our most secret thoughts and Pluto has charge of the deep recesses of the unconscious. It is the “closet” where we store our “skeletons.” There are no physical laws that can restrain the revelation of jangling bones from surfacing in the life of the President on this Aspect, and an entire nation will experience the revelations to come through its surrogate – the President of the United States.* Progressed Moon aspects last for their most intense periods about two months in duration. There are three periods of emphasis; when the Aspect is 1 degree from the natal placement it is activated with an obvious event or experience; when exact in degree and minutes; and when it leaves the Aspect and is 1 degree away. Significant events take place at these three times to confirm the Aspect is active, making this another method of rectification for those interested in working with a corrected birth chart.

There will also be a Progression of Venus coming to Conjunct Trump’s natal Jupiter on June 5, 2018. One would think that the benefics being Conjunct would mean all good things for the native and the nation, however the Sabian Symbol degree tells another very surprising story, it is; Two men placed under arrest. 

The threat of indictment is the cloud Trump speaks of hanging over his White House.

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.

Trump’s base and devoted followers consider the positive of the degree to be the dominant factor among his personal capacities and makeup, and the Democrats on the most part, and a growing number of Republicans in Congress view the negative of the degree to be the norm of Trump’s mode of operations. There are many instances were the “inappropriateness of impulse and act” is witnessed by those who are supportive of the president, and they clearly see these acts and minimize them as character idiosyncrasies of little concern.

Either way, the American people are sharing these coming Progressed and Transit Aspects with our president, who for better or worse will make his mark on the history of our country. Transit Pluto will be making Opposition Aspects with natal Saturn and Venus in the near and distant future, and both Progressed and Transit Jupiter are coming to a Square with natal Venus to signal more, much more to come . . . concerning the US economy as well as Trump’s personal financial operations. Squares can be exciting, but also revealing of troublesome issues to resolve.

*Update April 7, 2018: Correlating to the Progressed Moon during the early part of 2018, shows that the Stormy Daniels case against Donald Trump has legs. Also relevant as an important event is the determination that Trump is a Subject, but not a Target of the Special Counsel’s Investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US elections. During this important Progression, Trump called to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his winning the bogus presidential elections in Russia. It is significant to note that both Trump and Putin share the 18th degree of Libra, Two men placed under arrest which is the degree where Trump’s Venus has begun its Progression Conjunct his Natal Jupiter, and where Putin’s Saturn shares that ominous point.

 

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Watergate, Bob Woodward and Nixon’s Resignation

Bob Woodward, a reporter for the Washington Post in 1972, was the first to report on the Watergate scandal. Although Carl Bernstein had an equal part in the reporting of Watergate, and in the writing of the book All the President’s Men, his birth chart is not shown here because his time of birth is unknown. A chart can be analyzed without the birth time, however the Ascendant, placement of the planets in the houses, and the exact Moon degree will not be reliable.As a result, the charts posted here have the Transits of the night of the break-in as it is compared to Bob Woodward’s horoscope whose birth time is known. Woodward was first assigned the story by the editor Harry Rosenfeld, and Bernstein came on board soon after.

What we are looking for are Transit connections from the break-in event, shown in the outer wheel, to planets in Woodward’s birth horoscope in the center wheel. For significant events, there should be major planetary interactions with close if not exact Aspects. Interestingly, we don’t find close Transit ties between Woodward’s chart and the well-publicized burglary and arrests of June 17, 1972. However, much more can be seen when using the chart for May 28, 1972, which is the initial break-in date. This is seen much like an inaugural chart for an event. On May 28th, five men burglarized the Watergate building, illegally entered the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), stole files and documents and placed a bug on the office phone.

The second break-in was on June 17th, when the men returned to the scene of the crime to fix what apparently malfunctioned with the wiretapping devise. The security guard became suspicious when he noticed tape that the burglars had placed over several door locks in the building. That prompted him to call the police, which led to the arrest of the five men when caught red-handed.

The chart for May 28th represents the Watergate scandal, because it is the first action taken to launch the clandestine plot devised by President Richard Nixon and members of his cabinet. The Aspects highly support this date, because the planets show a distinct interaction with Woodward’s horoscope. And it is through Woodward’s initial and continuing reporting, together with Carl Bernstein, that the American public first became aware of the unlawful activities of the Nixon administration.

There was a Full Moon on the night of May 28, 1972, and that was the trigger configuration that activated Woodward’s 3rd to 9th house natal Saturn/Moon Opposition – the 3rd and 9th houses = writing/reporting and publication. This vital Aspect found facilitation through The Washington Post, whereby the investigative reporters progressively uncovered the facts of the break-in fiasco.

Woodward’s Saturn Return was in full sway, and transformative Pluto was transiting his Ascendant. Pluto is slow moving and retrogrades and stations several times in its Transit to create a profound affect on the native. The Transit included an Opposition to Woodward’s natal Mercury, inspiring him to use the writing skills he himself had, as well as those of his partner Carl Bernstein, represented by Mercury’s placement on the 7th house cusp. Bernstein, the more seasoned reporter, assisted greatly in the coverage, using his experienced writing skills and daring investigative tactics.

“There was no room in the cab, but Carl, uninvited, got in anyway, piling in on top of these people (two defendants and their lawyers) as the door slammed. He ended up flying with the lawyer to New York City and came back with another piece of the puzzle. The point: Very aggressive reporting is often necessary.”  Bob Woodward, at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, April 29, 2017.

A stunning connection is shown between the Watergate, US and Bob Woodward charts. The Full Moon on May 28, 1972 ties together the three charts in the dynamic that kept them together until Nixon resigned. The Full Moon parallels the US natal Uranus with the break-in’s Transiting Saturn. Woodward’s natal Saturn and Moon are shown just outside the rim of the outer wheel. The Watergate Uranus is exactly Conjunct the US Saturn close to the US 2nd house cusp. To gain leverage and resources was a prime motivation in the initial plot against the DNC.

The chart below takes a look at the planetary energies during the final days leading up to Nixon’s resignation in August of 1974. Nixon’s chart, in the center wheel, was receiving a slow moving Square of long duration from Transit Uranus to his natal Neptune. This put great pressure on the point that Nixon’s chart shared in common with the US natal Mercury, which was also receiving the transitional Square.

Transit Pluto was also in a transitional Square with the US Jupiter, but another very powerful indicator, aside from the Progressed Station and Transit Squares from Pluto and Uranus is the Transit Saturn Conjunction with the US natal Sun when Nixon finally resigned from office. Other supportive but less intense signals of the end were Transit Venus coming to Conjunct the US Mercury and Nixon’s Neptune, as Venus reveals when and how things are brought to conclusion.

Nixon’s Progressed Sun Squares the US natal Mars, showing how he himself angered an entire nation, putting a bi-partisan Congress into action against him. And his Progressed Jupiter was in Opposition to the US Sun to indicate the direct imposition his inflated ego had on the country’s population – represented by the Sun.

Nixon’s natal Pluto/Mars Opposition is activated by the Progressed Station of Pluto, shown circled in red at the midheaven. This is by far the most important Aspect to take note of in the general array of planetary interactions. A Pluto Station in Progressions is one of the most powerful Aspects for change that a chart and life related to it can encounter. During this Pluto Station on his midheaven, Nixon brought his embarrassing downfall into the full view of an entire world.

Nixon’s parting words seem tinged with conscience: “Always remember; others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win, unless you hate them – and then you destroy yourself.”

Nixon’s natal Mars at 30 degrees Sagittarius is the Sabian Symbol The Pope. Here is where the ego blatantly shows itself, full bloom, in its superiority complex.

SAGITTARIUS 30 The Pope This is a symbol of human excellence on the side of the special values exalted in the various social and political hierarchies of modern civilization, and of man’s ambition as entirely inadequate except as he is able to meet some exceptional need of everyday experience and so proceed to dramatize whatever abilities he may have developed in climbing to the position in which he finds himself. A person is strengthened within himself by the appreciation he succeeds in winning from his fellows. The keyword is SANCTITY. When positive, the degree is an effective and spectacular sacrifice of self in some enduring service to the race at large, and when negative, inordinate love of self-display and surrender to a lust for power.

“I’d say this question of “what is news” becomes even more relevant and essential when we are covering the President of the United States. Richard Nixon tried to make the conduct of the press the issue in Watergate instead of the conduct of the president and his men.”  Carl Bernstein

Related post:  US, Nixon and Trump Compared

 

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The United States, Nixon and Trump – Compared

In US news reports the Trump administration has been compared to that of Nixon’s administration and Watergate. It would be interesting to compare the horoscopes of the two presidents to see if they have something in common astrologically. An examination of charts with synastry techniques includes locating planets that are either in the same degree or opposite each other across the wheel within no more than 2 degrees orb of separation. The charts of organizations and nations can also be compared with the charts of individuals.

The tri-wheel chart here shows Trump’s planets in the inner wheel, Nixon’s in the middle wheel and the US chart in the outer wheel. The connecting Aspect that the three charts share in common is an exact Conjunction of Nixon’s Neptune with the US Mercury, and both of these “sandwiched” between Trump’s Venus and Saturn. Nixon’s Neptune and the US Mercury are in the same Sabian Symbol degree that has been discussed elsewhere on this blog, but for convenience sake and because this particular degree is significant in its reference to leadership and power, it is shown here as well.

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

Capacities of leadership and a manifestation of genius, as stated in the symbol’s description, is literal in that Nixon rose to the most powerful position in the United States and the world. Yet a rather “dark shadow” was cast over nation and its people because of the clandestine operation headed by Nixon himself, in what was called Watergate. 25 degrees Cancer shows the potentials to do great good, or to display the opposite tendency with “unwarranted presumption if not outright megalomania.” Nixon did both; he ended the catastrophic Vietnam War, but all along was plotting underhandedly against the Democratic Party in his desperate hold on power.

The mutual Conjunction between the US, Nixon and Trump is activated by a very special astrological event taking place in the US horoscope.  

The Progressed US Mercury is presently Station Direct. This Station in the US Progressions amplifies the shared Conjunction these two presidents and the US have in common. A Progressed Station is described by Marc Edmund Jones as a time of “a critical regrasp of experience.” We see this now in the turmoil over the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections, and also in the struggles in congress over the Republican promise to “repeal and replace” Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare. A critical regrasp of all features of the old and new plan is necessary for the nation to get hold of the reins of diverse factors and factions that in the end will facilitate the Station’s mandate for reorientation and reestablishment.

A transformation of sorts is necessary in the life of a person or nation with any planetary Station event. And it matters not whether the planet is going Direct or Retrograde, and whether it is in the Transits or Progressions. With Transits, the planet must be in either a Conjunction or Opposition with a natal planet within 2 degrees of orb. In Progressions the Station itself is significant regardless of its having contact with a natal planet. On the whole, the Progressed Stations are far more powerful for change than the Transit Stations, but both foretell vital developments in the life, corresponding to the dates they take place.

An emphasis for significant change is also coming from the opposite point of the triple Conjunction in the synastry of the charts. Transit Pluto is moving slowly toward an Opposition Aspect with the planets in the three charts at 24, 25 and 26 Cancer, shown circled in red. Pluto will Station several times as it approaches its Pluto Return at 28 degrees Capricorn in the chart of the United States. This will bring continuous controversies and direct challenges over policies to Congress, President Trump, but not to Richard Nixon.

The United States, experiencing these two momentous Aspects at relatively the same time; the Mercury Progressed Station Direct and the Transit Pluto Return, will turn this country around. The changes anticipated will continue well into the year 2023 when Pluto completes its Return. There will not only be numerous changes in policies as can already be seen happening at this time, but there will be an end to the ways and methods of the past, leaving an uncharted road ahead, much as it was in the days of Watergate. Read more about the Pluto Return at: USA Natal Chart, its Retrograde Planets and Pluto Return

Nixon’s Progressed Pluto was gradually coming into a Station in his 10th house at the time of Watergate, and this points to the rise to an elevated position, with the subsequent fall from a great height. The ephemeris below shows that Pluto was just entering the degree in which it would Station at the time Nixon resigned from his presidency. Pluto was 28 Gemini 39 Retrograde at his birth and the Station began when he was age 61. Shown circled in light grey is March 10, 1913, 61 days after birth, corresponding as it does in Progressions to his 61st year of life. The great fall from power is the significant event synchronous with the profound Pluto Station in Progressions. Read more about Nixon’s resignation at:  Watergate, Bob Woodward and Nixon’s Resignation

Planetary Aspects, whether in Transit or Progression, with or without Stationary events, have not had enough time to mature to predict possible outcomes in Donald Trump’s administration. However, an analysis of dynamic Transits and Progressions that show opportunities for great change and challenge are outlined in the post titled, August 21st Total Eclipse & US Destiny – a Prognosis 

 

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Comey Testifies Before the Senate – How Trump Fits into the Picture

The world is watching, or at least Americans will be, as James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee, June 8, 2017. It is certain he will be quite candid and divulge more than others witnesses have recently, because there are several planetary aspects to his natal horoscope that suggest it will be a dynamic morning. It will be interesting to know what other shoes will drop from the centipede Donald Trump nurtures every day on Twitter and behind the scenes in the Oval Office.

Comey’s birth time is unknown so the chart below is set up for noon December 14, 1960 and is in the middle wheel. Donald Trump’s chart has a correct birth time and so his chart is in the center wheel. It is best to put the chart with the correct time in the center so that at least one chart sets the location of the houses for the others outside that to be placed in their adjoining spaces. The outer and 3rd wheel shows the Transits.

For Comey it is the Transit of Saturn that stands out as the most important factor in the dynamic chart. It is also important for Trump as well because in a comparison of horoscopes, the two men have their natal Suns in exact Opposition. This is very revealing as it shows that potential for the two to be drawn together as in opposite attracting, but on the other hand it shows where all the direct conflict is coming from. This places Transit Saturn both in Conjunction with Comey’s Sun, and in Opposition to Trump’s natal Sun.

Saturn is the great timer of events and the Transit to the two Suns explains why this controversy is happening at the this time. The facts coming out now show that the two men are diametrically opposed to each other’s Purpose, which is the keyword for the Sun, and this produces a battle of Wills. Comey’s purpose is to get to investigate the allegations of collusion with the Russians and Trump’s reaction has him tweeting that his administration is a victim of a witch hunt.

Shown with the purple circle is another and even more underlying and powerful Transit is Pluto making a Conjunction with Comey’s natal Saturn, which has been passing back and forth over Saturn for several years. This is a particularly difficult Aspect because of the nature of the two planets separately and when they join forces they become even more powerful and sensitive. Pluto is associated with intrigue and the probe into the reality behind the accusations that campaign members colluded with Russian oligarchs. Two purple lines point to Comey’s Saturn and Transit Pluto that both make a Square Aspect to Trump’s natal Jupiter in the 2nd house referring to his personal finances and holdings. Trump’s natal Jupiter is exactly Conjunct Putin’s natal Saturn and so the probe may very well penetrate into an investigation of the financial dealings the two leaders had before Trump was President.

The purple lines at the left of the chart point to Transits coming in August which supports other indications that August will be a very active month in regards to these political issues. In this chart is the upcoming Mars Return for Trump and the activation of Comey’s Uranus from Transit Mars about the same time. There is also a brief Transit of the Sun and Mercury over Comey’s Pluto. Although Comey no longer is FBI Director, he is still involved because of his previous participation in the investigation.

One of the very interesting configurations aside from the comparison of horoscopes is Trump’s Progressed Uranus, shown at the top of the chart with a red line, in an exact Progressed Opposition with his natal Moon. And although Progressed Uranus will not make an exact Conjunction with Trump’s natal Sun, it is within orb of a bit more than one degree. The exact Opposition of Uranus to his Moon and the close Conjunction of his Sun gives testimony to why he is so emotionally sensitive and unpredictable. He expresses erratic tendencies that are normal with Uranus, but when the native is highly disciplined, there can be spurts of genius. What we are more likely to witness is a continual disregard of counsel other than his own, which is often proven by his Tweets, even at the risk of perjuring himself. He has always had the potential for this ultra-independent behavior, because he was born with a natal Sun/Uranus Conjunction Opposite his Moon. And Comey is caught up with Trump’s radical potentials, because his Sun position is strategically aligned within Trump’s natal Aspects.

The Sabian Symbol for Trump’s Moon is A Chinese Laundry. His Uranus is Two Chinese men talking Chinese. Is this repeated theme symbolic of a real foreign involvement? Could the word Chinese be substituted by the word Russian? Or will this symbol mean continuing negotiations with China because of their association with North Korea who is now in a position to threaten even the US with its growing nuclear power?

The Moon’s Sabian degree may very well refer to money being laundered instead of dirty clothes. This is a whimsical take on the symbols, however, reading the entirety of the two degrees may shed more light on the striking similarities with the real life drama of the Trump administration, whether it be with relations with Russia or China.

SAGITTARIUS 22 A Chinese laundry This is a symbol of complete self-refinement through the unsuspected or even generally unaccepted activities of the community, and of a consummation of the being through specialized interests which may tend to deny man his more superficial communion with his fellows. A richness of living comes from a concentration on goals with remote reward, and from an association in spirit with souls of very high achievement. Here is imaginative self-sustainment through unremitting hard labor. The keyword is SECLUSION. When positive, the degree is an unusual gift for maintaining poise and self-perspective in every unfamiliar or alien situation, and when negative, unnecessary acceptance of self-inferiority.

GEMINI i8 Two Chinese men talking Chinese This is a symbol of an everyday exclusiveness on the intellectual side of experience, the individual strengthened not as much by actual distinctiveness as by a continual co-operation with fellow enthusiasts in various special areas of interest. A species of uniqueness is idealized as a corrective for self-diffusion. There are here the potentials of high erudition and of an exceptional refinement of the personality along original or unusual lines. The keyword is DIFFERENCE. When positive, the degree is the effective mobilization of self and others for life’s more specialized objectives, and when negative, a thorough dissipation of selfhood through alien relationships.

More posts on the important August Aspects: August 21st Total Eclipse & US Destiny – a Prognosis

More Comey posts: Trump & Comey, a Failed Bromance

 

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August 21st Total Eclipse & US Destiny – a Prognosis

A horoscope set up for the time of the inauguration of a nation will define its underlying potentials and characteristics. The Transits and Progressions to that chart track the ongoing developments of the psyche of the populous identified with that nation.

The chart of the leader of a country is also taken into account, with the Transits, Progressions and Eclipses pointing to the issues of current concern for the people. The leader or president of a country is the surrogate of the people and in that way the citizens of that country experience the benefits and challenges that are marked off in the leader’s horoscope and its dynamic aspects.

August 21st, 26th and 31st are game-changing dates astrologically for the United States because of Aspects coming to fruition in The US chart and that of the chart of its president, Donald Trump. The four to eight years an individual spends as a country’s leader work together with the intricacies of the nation’s chart. Aspects active in both the surrogate and the nation’s charts are powerful indicators of the challenges and developments the country must experience for its ongoing sustainability. There are several upcoming planetary influences to consider as agents of the molding of America.

The shadow of the Total Solar Eclipse of August 11, 1999 darkened a path through Europe and Asia and the effects for Europe was the adoption of the Euro to tie the countries together monetarily. The Euro that now links those previously independent countries has an ease of more than open borders, but with common currency as well. The coming August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse will send a shadow across the United States from the Northern Pacific to the coast of South Carolina. The question is, what will be the effects on mainland USA? Unlike Europe, can we expect that the United States as we know it will break up into separate States, since it is already united? Actually, the country is already divided in political terms, as the two major parties are at extreme odds with each other. Will the Republicans and Democrats join forces and coalesce to support what now appears a shaky administration? Or will we continue down the partisan trail toward ultimate self-destruction? The eclipse of August 21 will force these issues to a point of recognition and resolution, because the eclipse traverses the entire mainland USA.

What does the eclipse have to offer its people through the chart of its surrogate leader Donald Trump?

The congressional and independent council investigations continue to probe into the facts surrounding Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US presidential election. There is the question of the validity of collusion with Russia and campaign associates to effect a favorable outcome for Trump, and although information is dripping steadily out for public consumption, there is still the Total Solar Eclipse waiting in the August wings to take the stage and reveal more truth.

A solar eclipse has its greatest effects on an individual or nation when it conjoins a sensitive point such as a planet, node or meridian of a horoscope. In the surrogate horoscope of Donald Trump, the total eclipse, exact at 28 Leo 50 on August 21, 2017, will be positioned directly on his Ascendant if using his chart time of 10:54 am. If that time is not correct, the eclipse still has a powerful Conjunct with Trump’s natal Mars. An eclipse has a 5 degree allowable orb.

The Ascendant is the indicator of one’s physical stamina, specifically the head and the heart when Mars is in Leo. It also points to one’s personal horizon or perspective on life with a selective view toward all issues in general. Trump is at ease when allowed to express himself without restraint, which is a Leo trait. There are no Squares or Oppositions to natal Mars, so he finds no inner conflict to his own Indomitable approach, and very little direct confrontation from others concerning it. Leo is the sign of Assurance, and that can manifest as self-confidence to a fault. Trump’s dominating attitude overpowers any assault from without, and the controversy he deals with comes from indirect innuendo or statements through intermediaries. A strong Mars on the Ascendant then, protects his personal opinions and solipsistic approach to issues. Buttressed by a Sextile of the Sun and a Trine from natal Moon, it is likely he will fare well under most challenges to any hypocrisy or aggression he may display.

A mere 10 days after the eclipse, August 31, 2017, Trump will experience a Mars Return at 26 Leo 47. Natal planets on one’s Ascendant become High Focus and this changes the keyword for Mars from INITIATIVE to INDOMITABLE. What normally would indicate a person intent on just pushing ahead, has escalated their action into an unstoppable force. This is well understood by those who attempt to influence Trump in regards to his sometimes controversial behavior, activities and policies. The Mars Return could set off some sparks in a personal way days before and after.

There are some Achilles heels in the horoscope however, and he cannot escape the often conflicting inner drives set off by the Sun/Moon Opposition which has no planet in Square to the two to create a Point Focus of a T-Cross that would lead to a way out of constant conflict and inner turmoil. And then there is the important Jupiter/Saturn Square creating a Sharp Destiny* which leaves him ever subject to the public’s stark scrutiny over any hint of the least wrongdoing.

Besides the powerful eclipse, there is Transiting Saturn, shown at the bottom of the chart circled in red, in Conjunction with Trump’s natal Moon, and the red line pointing to the Opposition Saturn will be making with his Sun at the same time. These Transit Aspects foretell great emotional stress. Trump and others often refer to there being a cloud over the White House, and indeed Saturn is associated with feelings of overshadowing gloom and doom and dark depression. Saturn will also Station at those planetary positions as well, amplifying the factors associated with the Transit. These are physical and emotional sensitive points that promise to bring a crescendo to the long developing controversies plaguing the Trump administration caused by his own doing.

While Trump, as the US surrogate, is experiencing a very active chart during the month of August, it is important to take note of the extremely powerful US Mercury Progressed Direct Station, and the US natal Pluto Return. These two factors prophesize a transformation in the policies and culture of the United States on an epic proportion. The Progressed Mercury Station is currently active and the natal Pluto Return will be ongoing through 2023.  Taking the US and Trump charts together, shows that this is an extremely important time in the history of the United States. It will be known as a transitional period and one that will teach the nation many lessons on governing.

Venus will be Transiting the US natal Mercury on the day of the eclipse. Venus rules money and Mercury in the US Progressions is in the midst of a Station going Direct.  The “critical regrasp” may be revelatory during the Venus Transit.

If Russia has been financing anyone or anything for any reason, and it pours over into US politics, it can be used against us in terms of blackmail, much like the concern Sally Yates posed about Michael Flynn’s clandestine involvements with Russia. We know that ultimately led to his firing/resignation in April 2017. And it does seems rather benign for Trump to ask that good relations develop with Russia so that we can fight terrorism together, but truth is the Russian government under Putin has proven to promote terrorist tactics itself. And the question is, why doesn’t the Trump administration recognize this fact? He need only look at the degradation in Syria and Russia’s part in it. And the recent protests in Russia by its citizens revolting over its leadership. And then there is the annexation of Crimea and the continuing border disputes over Lithuania.

More about US Transits and Progressions: USA Natal Chart, its Retrograde Planets and Pluto Return


*From the Essentials of Astrological Analysis: “Jupiter and Saturn in a Square Aspect indicate an ordering of the life’s fundamental motives through which the native usually suffers immediate consequences of even 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.” 

Example: Early 20th century news commentator Walter Winchell (an American newspaper and radio gossip commentator, famous for attempting to destroy the careers of people both private and public whom he disliked.) Marc Edmund Jones statement about Winchell’s Jupiter/Saturn Square:  “. . . . whose career has been marked from the beginning by endless controversy and bitter indictment of his personality.” 

 

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