Astrobite – United States Pluto Return

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

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

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

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

Putin and Trump – The Symbol Minded

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PROGRESSED ACTIVATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Symbols of an Alien Sky, The Thunderbolts Project:

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

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

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

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

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

Planetary Aspects, the Electrical Connections of Intelligence

The Connective Electrical Planetary Powers and Human Receptors


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

The five Major ASPECTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donald Trump & Robert Mueller, Face-off

THE PHENOMENAL SABIAN SYMBOLS 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE POWER OF THE ECLIPSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Special Counsel, in its probe to uncover the truth of Russia’s involvement in the US elections, and possible cooperation by Trump or his campaign associates, concluded that although there was not sufficient evidence for further indictments, there were over one hundred contacts between the campaign and Russian operatives of a dubious nature.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mark Zuckerberg – Founding Face of Facebook

FACEBOOK BEGINNINGS

Facebook is ubiquitous, and Mark Zuckerberg is its founder and prime propagator. The internet is a matrix of opportunities for young entrepreneurs to become leaders within the social media phenomena.

Facebook is actually a borrowed concept. Several American universities had what they called a Face Book that was designed to encourage students to get to know one another. It had a printed component as well as the elementary online version. Harvard University had a serious concern for privacy when using its online platform, but the service was virtually inadequate. This faulty situation prompted Zuckerberg to disregard the university’s privacy policy, and he turned to his own programming skills to create something more free-wheeling, exciting and user-friendly. The natal astrological configuration that identifies his indomitable drive and disregard for protocol is certainly the Mars Moon Occultation. His ability to “reach out and touch everyone” is the mark of a preponderance of opposition aspects.

As Zuckerberg proceeded to develop the software for what he first called thefacebook.com, controversy ensued, and he was threatened with expulsion from Harvard because of the alleged breach of privacy and other disconcerting mischiefs. Zuckerberg’s facemash.com preceded thefacebook.com with its primary use for entertainment. It suggested that users compare students’ appearances for whether they were Hot or Not. The entrepreneur’s motivation was driven by his judgment that most student photos in the university-owned platform were unattractive. A comparison of one-verses-the-other is a dynamic characterized by the native’s See-Saw Temperament Type (1) formed by its numerous polarizing oppositions.

Young Zuckerberg was a computer and software programmer, thanks to his father’s foresight and financial investment in his son’s education. He had private tutoring sessions at a very early age in computer science and fencing, and became fluent in several languages.

THE NATAL CHART – NATURAL DISPOSITION AND TEMPERAMENT TYPE

The planetary configurations at the moment of Zuckerberg’s birth suggest a potential for the native to excel in the field of communications. The planets around the wheel create the See-Saw pattern because the planets form two distinct groups that oppose one another. At its best, this one of the seven Temperament Types epitomizes direct communication, compromise, cooperation, and the sharing of ideas across a divide, or at its worst, creates conflicts of interest, polarization, and noncooperation by resistance.

The See-Saw patterning depends upon the opposition aspect’s magnetic effects to act as a bridge between the two competing planetary segments. The opposing energies promote a mirroring effect of awareness, and in this case, the interest of the native is most alert to conceptual principles and abstract considerations, as suggested by his Natural Disposition in fixed signs (2). The Natural Disposition technique discloses the general interests of a person and how they are drawn out of themselves in pursuit of their life objectives. If the opposition aspect forms in cardinal signs, one’s focus of attention is in the immediate moment with a general self-serving lean toward opportunism. When the zodiacal signs of the opposition are mutable, there is an interest in the welfare of others and is an example of the humanitarian type.

The Temperament Type in this chart has a Skew in its See-Saw patterning, formed by the Delimiting Opposition (edge to diagonal edge of the two segments) from Mercury to Pluto. It reveals the extent to which the native can reject social norms and go beyond expected behaviors, especially in regards to the mental processes which are represented by the two planets. Unfortunately, the ability to depart from normal patterning can lead to blind alleys, creating a negative manifestation of the otherwise unique and positive potentials of the Skew. It reveals possible twists in the perception and unusual perspectives that can lead to a disservice to the self and others when not acting as an asset for the individual. The oppositions of Venus to Moon, Mars and Saturn are the Core dynamic showing courage and enduring inner strength.

The chart reveals a Loose Destiny (3) because of the presence of an exact, within 23 minute sextile between Jupiter and Saturn. The native has the freedom to associate with anyone and everyone without much regard for moral or political considerations or pressure, and this has been shown by Zuckerberg’s willingness to socialize with conservatives as well as liberals with whom he is more likely in agreement, and to put emphasis on free speech, while opposing the censoring of controversial Facebook posts on the appearance of political propaganda. In a speech to students at Georgetown University, Zuckerberg stated: I understand the concerns about how tech platforms have centralized power, but I actually believe the much bigger story is how much these platforms have decentralized power by putting it directly into people’s hands (4). Just as his See-Saw equilibrium should do, Zuckerberg supports both sides of an argument, and together with his fixed Natural Disposition, he promotes the principle of independent decision-making and free speech. 

THE MODE OF SELF-INTEGRATION

Three of the four Planetary Pairs (5) are in major aspect, leaving the pair of Significance to play a major role in his psychological makeup and integration into society. Uranus and Neptune are the sole pair not in major aspect and emphasize the need to compensate for the lack of a normal form of integration. The technique analyses the four major pairs of the Sun and Moon as Vitality, Jupiter and Saturn the planets of Motivation, Efficiency is Venus and Mars, and Uranus and Neptune are Significance, and encourage a compulsion to accomplish great things. Uranus and Neptune prominent by “negative” appearance, present a scenario whereby the native must accomplish deeds of great import on the world stage. The success of Facebook is an obvious example.

The ideal is to have two of the four Planetary Pairs in major aspect and two pairs that are not, in order to define the Mode of Self-Integration (6). Zuckerberg’s chart is determined by weight, however, because there are three pairs in major aspect and one not. To determine the Mode of Self-Integration in these unusual cases, one must look for other factors, and in this chart, the planetary pairs of Vitality and Efficiency cross the divide between the two opposing segments and result in the identification of Objective Function as the way in which the native must integrate himself in his outer experience. Adding to the emphasis of these pairs in opposition aspect is that they are also in conjunction with each other’s Pair. Object Function obligates the native to take their cues from the environment for life direction, as opposed to Subjective Function where there is an inner dependence on the intuition for life-direction. Circumstances in the life of Zuckerberg are more or less dictated by the needs and dictates of others and outside pressures and opportunities.

FOCAL DETERMINATORS

THE SUN

Opposition aspects cross over and connect the 2nd to 8th and 3rd to 9th houses and emphasize the sharing of resources and communication of ideas. The 2nd house contains information about the native’s resources and shares those with the resources and capacities of others through the 8th. Pure and basic communication of the 3rd house is carried over to the 9th house of broader knowledge and understanding and public dissemination. Facebook facilitates this exchange, and Zuckerberg’s Sun in the 9th reveals his purpose as a publisher.

In a speech to a graduating class at Harvard University in May 2017, Zuckerberg commented about meaning: “Today I want to talk about purpose. But I’m not here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose. We’re millennials. We’ll try to do that instinctively,” said Zuckerberg. “Instead, I’m here to tell you finding your purpose isn’t enough. The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.” (7)

The Sun in horoscopy reveals the Purpose of the incarnation at its base. Zuckerberg’s Sabian Symbol for his Sun degree is A large well-kept public park, and as parks suggest, they are the “playground” for interaction with others for the simple pleasure itself. The park for this native is the online platform he created that now connects anyone to everyone worldwide. The  Sabian Symbol reflects the social joy of Facebook.

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

THE MOON OCCULTATION

There is a unique formation in the chart that is held in high regard by astronomers as well as with astrologers. From the earth’s perspective, the Moon can temporarily block the appearance of any planet behind it, and when it is within 1 degree of orb, it can empower the planet so that its meaning is more pronounced, although there are astrologers who believe an occultation diminishes the planet’s powers.  In Zuckerberg’s case, Mars, the initiator and provocateur, because of its hidden and therefore negative emphasis, is brought to the forefront of attention through other’s periodic attempts to block the native’s initiative, and at the same time, encourages the explorative impulses, that for example, gave birth to Facebook. The Moon as Feeling assists the Purpose of the Sun when in major aspect. The opposition of the Lights reveals a tendency to draw criticism and conflict, as well as serving as a means of the manifestation of personal goals.

DETERMINATION BY PERPONDERANCE

There are no planets in square aspect in the natal chart, but there is an abundance of oppositions and sextiles. This is beneficial for striking a balance when engaging with others because oppositions encourage interconnections and sextiles give support and assistance. The numerous oppositions polarize, yet tie the separate segments together, but they lack a release of tension that would be provided by a squaring planet perpendicular to the opposition.  The three planets would then form the shape of the letter T, to become a T-Cross, Focal Determinator. (8). Unfortunately, with no squares in the chart, there is no possibility for antagonistic confrontations to be diverted toward an alternate release of tension. Zuckerberg must face head-on any challenges brought to his attention. An example of this are the times he was called to Congress to account for his acts and policies.

Multiple opposition aspects promote a virtual super-highway of conceptual thinking, either in cooperation or in confrontation with opposing parties. It reflects Facebook’s social networking as a platform for connecting friends, family, and local and global communities with each other. Oppositions are the ultimate vehicle for communication of feelings and ideas. Conveniently, that is the purpose of Facebook.

The preponderance of oppositions shows the chart’s symbolic propensity for real-life interaction and includes conflicts of interest. Discord and contention have followed Zuckerberg throughout his youth and at present, disputes are more magnified. The US government has been calling to account Facebook’s founder for harm done concerning the sharing of 87 million Facebook users’ profile data that ended up useful to *Cambridge Analytica. Pluto in the 2nd house of the native’s resources is in direct opposition to the resources of others represented by Mercury in the 8th.

On March 24, 2018, Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page: “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you. I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

This was a prelude to April 10, 2018, when Facebook’s creator appeared before the US Senate in a joint session of the Commerce and Judiciary committees. Corresponding at the time of the hearings was an emotionally-charged square between the Progressed Moon and natal Venus. The very Venusian values the native lives by and promotes for others to enjoy were being scrutinized, as well as the mishandled 8th house resources Facebook had collected from its users. The yellow graph shows a progressed series of challenging aspects that continued into February 2019, with the aspects especially active during the confrontation in Congress, that lead to Facebook agreeing to pay a £500,000 fine, the highest possible, to the Information Commissioner’s Office over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. (9) This ended more than a year of litigation between the regulator and the giant social network, although reports have it that there is still much to be discovered concerning the scandal. (Updated October 2019.)

The Progressed Moon square natal Venus is something which without the experience of natal squares may seem quite foreign and difficult for the individual. Although progressed squares occur throughout life, it is the **dynamic squares in adulthood that draw the most attention, and an appearance before Congress and the public would indicate greater than normal stress. Events may coincide with the enter, exact and leave phases of the progression that points to a turning point in experience brought about by an intense, internal struggle. The progressed square indicates a challenge to personal values and the demands and adjustments necessary to align with the values system of the American people.

In a fashion that mirrors the chart’s See-Saw temperament, opposing perspectives came to bear on October 23, 2019, when Zuckerberg once again appeared on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Financial Services Committee regarding questions about Facebook’s Libra crypto project. The topic unexpectedly turned to a litany of other of Facebook’s issues giving Freshman Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the opportunity to drill the executive on the subject of political ads that propagate lies that ultimately affect voter results. The social media giant held his own when he explained after much bantering about; “In most cases, in a democracy, I believe that people should be able to see for themselves what politicians that they may or may not vote for are saying and judge their character for themselves.” (10) Here the private principles and values of his Natural Disposition were what the native fell back upon in answer to accusations that he is allowing content that should be censored by his company; a practice that would disregard a person’s right to evaluate the information for themselves. A free society’s opposing views, reflected in the multiple oppositions in the chart, once again reveal that the native is staying true to his basic natal potentials when it comes to balancing between his own and others’ opinions of right and wrong.

Unquestionably, there are dubious practices that have developed since the time of Facebook’s world debut, however, the advantages that individuals worldwide have been able to access, including and most importantly, self-promotion, far exceed the limitations that inevitably should be ironed out in time.

THE DYNAMIC FUTURE PROGRESSIONS 

Progressed Mars, at the bottom left of the middle progression wheel, has traveled retrograde throughout Zuckerberg’s lifetime and is now, while this article is being written, within 1 degree and 30 minutes of conjunction with natal Saturn. To add to the strength and influence of the conjunction of the dynamic activator to natal Saturn is the unusual and imminent turnabout of its station-direct, shown circled in red on the June 1984 ephemeris graph.

June 20th on the graph is thirty-seven days after birth and refers to the native’s thirty-seventh year. The pressures and sensitivities of conscience become intensified under the influence of a station of any progressed planet, but when the station is conjunct or opposite a natal planet, the dynamic aspect is exacerbated. It is certain that circumstances will develop to correspond with considerable challenges. The station of Mars at 11 Scorpio 42 on May 5, 2020, occurs within 22 minutes of natal Saturn. Marc Edmund Jones refers to planetary stations as a time for, “A critical regrasp of experience.” One needs to prepare for these rare times in progressions, to let go of current circumstances, and allow new avenues of expression to take hold. The turnabout of planets correlates with an appointed turnabout in life direction. The gradual buildup of pressures over time, concerning Facebook’s questionable mode-of-operations, perfectly fits with the effective time period of the Mars progressed station at the zodiacal degree of natal Saturn.

The ephemeris graph shows a horizontal green line underlining the 34th day after Zuckerberg’s birth on May 14, 1984, which is equal to his present thirty-fourth year of life. The future anticipates a significant dynamic aspect of Progressed retrograde Pluto turning direct in its opposition potentials with natal Mercury. The opposition polarizes the two planets of “higher and lower” mentality. By age fifty-five, before Zuckerberg’s second Progressed Lunation and Saturn Return, progressed Pluto will be stationary-direct within ten minutes of natal Mercury. When the time arrives, Zuckerberg should have all his “ducks in a row” just as his natal Mercury suggests with its Sabian Symbol at 30 degrees Aries, A duck pond and its brood. 

The blue circle at the bottom of the ephemeris graph relates to the 46th day after birth and represents Zuckerberg’s 46th year of life when progressed Mars will conjunct natal Saturn.

Progressed Pluto’s exact aspect is destined to occur. The progressions of Mars and Pluto tell the story of an ambitious man caught under the combined influence of Pluto’s urge for power and influence, as it is spurred on by the aspirations of the indomitable drive of Mars. The keyword for a prominent Pluto is Transcendence, which is necessary when there is no alternative release of energies available through the squaring of the third planet to an opposition that could form a T-cross. The native will have to ultimately rise to the occasion and accept that he will need to face conflicts head-on.

THE SABIAN SYMBOL – SATURN

The founder of Facebook has achieved a high degree of worldly success beyond all expectations, which is revealed in his  Saturn Sabian Symbol degree.

SCORPIO 13 An inventor experimenting This is a symbol of the joy in effort put forth on the imaginative or intellectual side of life, and of the creative achievement by which the human individual is able to make a special niche for himself in some particular sphere of activity. Here is a complete dependence on the ingenuity and resources of self-hood and an emphasis on the fact that there is no area of reality in which it is not possible to expand man’s usefulness and to facilitate some unique contribution. The keyword is CLEVERNESS. When positive, the degree is a capacity for accomplishment beyond all normal expectations, and when negative, a superficial dawdling over things to be done and futile dreams of great genius.

The original symbol is revealing in an almost humorous way. “In a rattle trap old wooden barn an earnest man works in a maze of apparatus; invention at the point of success.” 

 

Resources and References

1, 2, 3, 5, 6, are found in the Essentials of Astrological Analysis, Marc Edmund Jones, Sabian Publishing Society 1960:

(1) Temperament Type, Chapter 2, pgs 27

(2) Natural Disposition, Chapter 1, pgs 12

(3) Loose Destiny (and Sharp), Comparison of Horoscopes, pg 343

(4)  https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/10/17/facebook_ceo_mark_zuckerberg_speaks_on_erosion_of_truth_and_.html

(5) Planetary Pairs, Chapter 3, Self-Ordering, pg 108

(6) Mode of Self-Integration, Chapter 3, pg 151

(7) https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/harvard-commencement-2017/10154853758606634/

(8) T-Cross, Focal Determinator, Chapter 4, pg 193-203

(9) https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/oct/30/facebook-agrees-to-pay-fine-over-cambridge-analytica-scandal

(10) https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/10/23/20929350/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-mark-zuckerberg-testimony-green-new-deal

*Joseph Chancellor was one of two founding directors of Global Science Research (GSR), the company that harvested Facebook data using a personality app under the guise of academic research and later shared the data with Cambridge Analytica.

** Progressions and Transits as they make aspects to the natal chart.

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

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

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

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

PROGRESSED TO NATAL PLANETS ARE A TIMETABLE OF OPPORTUNITY 

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

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

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

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

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

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

18 Libra is, Two men placed under arrest. 

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

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

THE TRENDING SUPPORTIVE ASPECTS – PROGRESSED-TO-NATAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRANSITS 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

** Dynamic: The Progressed and Transit planetary activity.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. – The Assassination

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

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

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

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

ACCURACY OF THE CHART

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

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