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




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 




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




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.” 




Why So Famous? Michael Jackson

Corresponding to the overdose of “medicines” to assist him to sleep, was the Jupiter/Neptune Conjunction from the 12th house of hidden procedures, in Transit Opposite Michael Jackson’s natal Retrograde Mercury, shown by the red lines in the chart. Also blurring his awareness is the natal Sun/Moon Opposition especially when the Moon is Conjunct the Ascendant. The moon on the Ascendant shows that his perspective is caught up in his own very limited scope of experience. The Moon needs to be further through the houses to show a sense of having had enough life involvement to make decisions based on previous consequences.

The Opposition of the Lights indicates inner conflict concerning being true to himself as opposed to his need to fulfill the public demands on him. The Sun is the self’s Purpose, which is its keyword and the Moon represents his Feelings toward others in general. The T-Cross to a High Focus Saturn on the midheaven gives testimony to the influence of the father in terms of his connection to the outside world and career and is virtually why he was catapulted into the public eye. Having a Conjunction of a planet with the Midheaven brings it into High Focus, and that planet being the Point Focus of a T-Cross as well is a striking astrological aspect leaning toward potential for fame.

The natal Sun Conjunct Pluto, shown circled in orange, is another indicator of his profound influence on others. A Sun/Pluto Conjunction is an expression of the King Complex, and in Michael’s case, he was literally the King of Pop. Elvis, the King of Rock n’ Roll, has the power of a Sun/Pluto Opposition and represents a variation of the King Complex and its power to influence generations. Added strength to the Complex is shown by Mercury and Venus also in Opposition, and Conjunct the Sun through its 17-degree orb of allowance.

There are multiple Conjunctions of planets around the wheel in Michael’s chart and some in Elvis’ chart also. This emphasizes the ultra-strength of combined planetary energies as directed outward to impress upon others the native’s potentials. In both cases, the performer’s influence penetrated deeply into the public’s psyche and on a global scale.

The Stellium of planets in the 6th house in Michael’s chart shows that there is more effort than usual needed to achieve his potential with continual adjustments in self required while finding his place in the background scheme of things. Planets in the 6th house require the native to carve out a place in life through plain and simple hard work. For Michael, the 6th also points to misfit idiosyncrasies and unusual illnesses and accidents that followed him throughout his climb to success, and this includes his failure to sustain the rigorous routine that led ultimately to his untimely end of medical negligence and drug dependence.

The Progressed Moon just leaving a two-month Square to natal Jupiter in the 8th house of ultimate transitions is the indicator of the inner stress and outer excess the singer endured in the months leading up to his death.