Sunday, August 18, 2019

Marianne Williamson

Many people are in the news now, and we are fortunate to have good times of birth for a few of them.  In this blog, we’ll look at the chart of Marianne Williamson.

Marianne Williamson, born July 8, 1952 at 3:53 am in Houston, TX, is a surprise presidential contender (at least, a surprise to me). I had never looked at her chart, and was delighted to find that we have a good time of birth for her.  She is a very independent and strong personality with the Sun conjunct both Venus and Uranus, which can account for her charisma

Gemini is rising, so the ruler of the chart, Mercury, is important.  It is in Leo and widely square Mars in Scorpio. Often that leads to hyper-criticism and impatience. Since Mars is in her fifth house, I’d suspect this would be directed at impatience concerning her own creativity.

Ms. Williamson has been writing about A Course in Miracles (channeled by Helen Schucman) for decades, and it would take Pluto in the third house (square Mars in the fifth) to remain passionate and dedicated to one topic for such a long time.

She also has Neptune in the fifth house (very active  and creative imagination) to aid in her work, but it is square Venus, Sun and Uranus. I have noticed in many politicians’ charts a highly stressed Neptune, which can lead to delusions, deception, confusion, etc. her progressed Moon is going over her stellium in Cancer now, and is almost exactly conjunct progressed Uranus this month. It conjoined natal Uranus three months ago. This is a break from routine and a very exciting time! Plus, it is “out of the box” thinking, as well, so perhaps this is a good time for her to venture into new directions. But, since transiting Saturn is opposing her Cancer planets, it is unlikely that she will get very far in this election.  October 10th, she feels she “has to do what she has to do.” Her lowest point is November 10th.

In just under four years, her progressed Ascendant will conjoin natal Pluto, ruler of her sixth, and I think her attention will shift to health concerns—probably related to the cardiovascular system. It is, of course, possible that it may be hard work and concentration on it, but health has to be considered, as well.  

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The USA Drama

I announced on Facebook that I’m not taking any more new clients since I’m closing in  on age 80 in April and am now semi-retired. I still will be happy to update charts of clients I’ve served prior to this. However, I will be happy to do samplers as gifts this year. Many people like to give those for Christmas…especially to skeptics. The discount that I usually give (the price of the sampler---$30—deducted from that person’s longer version of their chart, can be deducted from the chart of the one giving the gift). Also, if you want to order your own chart during this season, MY gift to YOU is a 25% discount on anything on the website. Remember, the URL has changed to: (NOT .com) Being so late in the season, by the way, gifts will be in the form of a gift certificate.

History Repeats

During the depression of the thirties, the USA chart was activated with stressful aspects from Saturn and Pluto. It is repeating now. Saturn and Pluto are both in Capricorn (affecting the cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), and Pluto is returning to the place it was when the country was formed. Progressed Venus is about to square progressed Pluto in the last degrees of Aries and Capricorn—in about two months—while Transiting Uranus is going back and forth over the last degree of Aries, as well. Even the solar arc Moon is in the last two degrees of Libra. All of this is very dramatic and shows the ending of an era.

As if that were not enough, Saturn is opposing the Cancer stellium in this chart, and the progressed Moon is doing so, as well. However, I think the aspects of transiting Neptune really tell the story. It is now at 13:42 Pisces and has been squaring the USA Sibley ascendant. The progressed Sun is involved at 14:10 Pisces. The Sun rules the ninth house in this chart, and so, with Neptune involved, and also natally IN the ninth, the legislature is either confused or corrupt or maybe some of both. Furthermore, the progressed Sun will quincunx natal Saturn in about 7 to 8 months. That can signal a “separation” of a leader from the government.

Keep in mind that the USA was “born” with Saturn square the Sun, and so, when it (Saturn) transits the degrees in hard aspect to the natal Sun, we can expect manifestation of what that represents. Since Saturn rules the second (the country’s income) and Sun rules the ninth and is in the 8th, that square shows lessons to be learned the hard way about laws involving income (2nd house) and taxes/debt (8th house). We have a fiscally irresponsible president who is running the country into a depression. In about 9 months, when the progressed Moon joins these indicators, it should be obvious.

There is ongoing speculation about the “correct” chart for the USA. I believe we’ll have a good test of that in about three to six years when the opposition of Pluto/Mercury aligns with this chart’s MC. Around that time solar arc Saturn will conjoin Mars and square Neptune. That one should bring discipline (or a hard lesson) to the corrupt government.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Probably the most enlightening thing I ever learned was about Hugh Everett’s “many worlds” theory. It was dramatized in the movie, “What the Bleep?” and was also illustrated in the book, “One,” by Richard Bach. The theory is that when we are confronted with choices, we have “free will” to choose into which direction our lives will shift. For instance, it is not a “given” that you will inevitably choose to kill someone, marry someone, etc. Options for the future shift the minute you make a choice. This is why it is impossible to “predict” from your chart exactly what you will do or what will happen (since other people can do surprising things that are not in YOUR chart), although the chart does show your “line of least resistance.”

An example is when you are confronted with the need to make a decision. For instance, you might have a choice of whether to buy an expensive item on credit or to wait until you have the cash. If your chart shows a tendency to live beyond your means, you may need a “lesson” about that, and events could have been pre-planned before you were born (by yourself) to deliver it. BUT, if you know ahead what the lesson is about, you can make different choices and build in different habits—and, therefore, different results.

Most people live largely unconscious lives and so the predictive methods Astrologers use are usually accurate. However, there are times when people surprisingly choose to “break free” from habitual patterns and do some wiser and more heroic things. I have no way of knowing when or if that will happen…although there might be clues pointing to it. My job is not to predict the future, but to help people make better decisions by outlining the “line of least resistance” that is probable in the future. If someone doesn’t like it, then it is a clue to make better decisions.

It’s really difficult because I cannot make decisions FOR people. I can only relay what is there in the chart and hope that people will do something to change habits so that they have outcomes that they want and/or that are more productive. That is the main reason I don’t like to forecast for more than a year at a time. One time someone wanted his whole life forecast!!  I couldn’t get this concept across at the time, but I didn’t do it, either. There are exceptions….i.e. children’s charts can be forecast rather accurately for the first couple of decades because they are not independent enough to make their own decisions. By the first Saturn return (roughly age 28) a person is much more autonomous.

One more thing….a birth chart is just a frozen moment in time. It can be the chart of a country, a dog, an event (like a party), or really, anything at all that has a beginning. That is why, it is necessary to TELL your astrologer something basic…like whether it’s the chart of a person or not, and if so, at least the entity’s gender! You do not go to your doctor and say, “Tell me what hurts.” You at least tell him (or her) your symptoms!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Upcoming elections

Every time I’ve chosen a topic for a blog, there is breaking news that seems more relevant, and as a result, I’ve written nothing for a long time.  That is the whole reason; I have not been ill nor incapacitated at all.

Now, we are approaching the mid-term elections, and that overrides everything.  I just saw today that Fox “news” is watched by more people than MSNBC and CBS combined. That is unfortunate.  [It’s licensed under ‘entertainment’ ---- lacking a legitimate ‘news’ license (unless that has changed without my knowing it)]

When I was getting an education, I took a couple of years of journalism…in the late fifties. We were taught not to put an opinion in any straight news story; it was called “editorializing. “ (which, btw, is what a blog is--an editorial) For instance, we could not write that a crowd was ‘large;” we had to estimate a number, because “large” was an opinion. Ethics like that have largely disappeared…especially on Fox…not as much on other newscasts.  The PBS newscasts seem to be the best at reporting straight news.

Donald Trump’s Chart

In case any of you didn’t save it, Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946 at 10:54 a.m. (birth certificate source) in Jamaica, NY. The most important thing I notice right now is that his progressed Moon is approaching a conjunction with his progressed Sun. (This only happens around every 28 years…and the first time depends on where the Sun and Moon were when a person was born; so it is not going to necessarily be at age 28.) This is a major conjunction and denotes the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. The phase he’s in right now is called “balsamic” and is supposed to be a time of reflection and review of the preceding 28 years.  The next phase, the “new,” will begin for him in a little less than a year from now. Now, it IS possible that some twists and turns can happen before that, but from HIS perspective, that is a new beginning.

One of the most important “events” in solar arc directions is when an aspect in the natal chart moves to coincide with another natal aspect. Those are life-changing. He was born with Venus conjunct Saturn in Cancer and also Neptune square Mercury (the source of his unfamiliarity with the ‘truth’ and vivid imagination).  Venus/Saturn is about to coincide with Neptune square Mercury. It will first be Venus conjunct Neptune about 10-11 months from now. For him, it will manifest initially as delusional thinking, which has been the case all his life, but Venus rules his third house (Koch houses), so it is especially so at that time. Saturn will follow about a year and 11 months later, and that is when one cannot lie to himself any longer. I call that “reality hitting the fan.” However, the fallout from all this will take about two years to complete (when Venus/Saturn squares his natal Mercury) Incidentally, his solar arc Moon entered Pisces a little over five months ago, and indicates that he really does see himself as a “victim.” 

That is not unfamiliar to him. With Venus conjunct Saturn in his natal chart, he has felt unloved since he was nearly two years old.  Something happened when the Venus/Saturn conjunction "closed" by solar arc that left him feeling bereft. But, with Mars and Leo rising, his response would be pride and bravado. And with Mercury square Neptune, he was capable of "altering reality" to fit his self image. There is more, of course, but that is what is at the forefront now.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Roseanne Barr

I was delighted to discover that we have a good time of birth for Roseanne Barr. She was born on Nov. 3 1952 at 1:21 pm in Salt Lake City, Utah. With such a ruckus about her tweets, you’d expect to see some strong Mars and Mercury activity, and there is.

First, she was born with Mars opposing Uranus. Mars rules her third house (speech) and Uranus rules the chart since she has Aquarius rising. That, in a nutshell, denotes a person who will not follow the rules if she doesn’t want to. The progressed Sun was right on the Mars about a year and four months ago, and is now approaching an opposition to Uranus in about a year and eight months. She would be impatient and angry much of the whole time that was being triggered. PLUS, Progressed Moon was only seven minutes from squaring progressed Sun when she did this. That means that the progressed Moon is only minutes from entering the third quarter progressed lunar/solar phase. These 8 phases each last about 3 and 1/2 years on average and denote a period of time when various traits take center stage. This one (third quarter) is noted for organized and well-considered rebellion, unlike the first quarter, which is unruly and more raw.

The above opposition of Mars/Uranus does not stand alone. They form a T square with a conjunction of Saturn and Neptune. That must feel very frustrating for her. And that conjunction is being activated by the progressed Moon. Since the P Moon will conjoin Saturn in roughly three months, it doesn’t look like she’ll bounce back quickly. That conjunction classically denotes depression. Right now, though, it is squaring the Mars/Uranus opposition, so she is really annoyed and expression of that will come first.

Meanwhile, solar arc Moon is squaring natal Sun and progressed Jupiter. She was born with Jupiter opposing the Sun, so mainly, this is the SA Moon triggering that opposition. It denotes supreme self-confidence and an over-the-top enjoyment of the spotlight (since Sun rules the seventh).

And there is more. Transiting Mars (it has been pointed out numerous times) was almost conjoining her ascendant, but more importantly, her progressed/solar arc MC (profession, public image) is also about to conjoin the Ascendant, and Mars was closer to that. And transiting nodes were also aligned with it. One could predict that there would be an angry occurrence affecting her career.

One little interesting thing is that secondary progressed Venus was exactly to-the-minute square natal Mercury. Usually, that would not be of major concern, but given all the rest, it indicates that what she ‘says’ (Mercury) now is in conflict (square) with her values (Venus).
I also looked at her tertiary progressions, and it is just a reiteration of all this. Tertiary Mars is square progressed Pluto…rage, and it also is quincunx natal Neptune, which rules her second house. Again, there is a disconnect between her values (second house) and what she is actually saying (Mars rules the third—speech). Is she hiding how she really feels but saying what she feels she must? We cannot judge. I am unable to post the chart here, but will make it an attachment to your email notice.