Taylor Swift – fans delight at latest rom-com



Rapturous excitement from fans greeted Taylor Swift’s smoochy dance in public with her latest beau, Brit actor and model, Joe Alwyn, whom she’s been keeping under wraps for several months.

Born 21 February 1991 he’s a Sun Pisces square Mars in Gemini with probably a Taurus Moon and Venus in late Pisces. She’s a Sun Sagittarius with a Cancer Moon Jupiter, an ultra-determined Pluto and Mars in Scorpio, and a highly-strung collection of Uranus, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn in Capricorn.

Her Watery Cancer Moon Jupiter certainly chimes with his Pisces Sun; and his Venus is trine her Mars for sparks of passion.  But that apart it doesn’t look too harmonious a match. His Taurus Moon will oppose either her Mars or Pluto or both, so there will be some stubborn battles. And his Saturn is conjunct her Venus, which will create a block and cut down on warmth.

Their relationship chart echoes the plus and minus points with a hot-romance composite Venus opposition Mars; and a mutually supportive Jupiter opposition the composite Sun. But the Sun is also conjunct Saturn, which is more common in a business relationship – or one where circumstances get in the way of commitment. It puts up blocks; and with Jupiter opposition Saturn, it will blow hot and cold. The composite Moon doesn’t get much of a look in, maybe being on the focal point of a Yod to Neptune sextile Pluto – certainly favours being in the public eye, but not much personal comforting long term.

See also longer post on what makes Taylor Swift tick. August 12 2017.

Alabama – infected by open sewers



Alabama has some of the worst conditions of poverty seen in the developed world according to a UN official. ‘People in the region frequently suffer from E. Coli and hookworm, a disease associated with extreme poverty and which was thought to have been eradicated in the US more than 100 years ago but which was recently found to persist in pockets of Lowndes County, located just 20 miles from the state capital, Montgomery, where many residents are too poor to afford a septic system and make their own sewer lines using PVC piping. The lines run from the people’s homes some 30ft above the ground before emptying into ditches or waste ground.’ (Independent). Known as the ‘heart of dixie’ and the ‘cotton state’, until relatively recently it leant heavily on Jim Crow Laws to disenfranchise and discriminate against African-Americans, although that has been mainly rectified at the end of the 20th Century.

It became a US state on 14 December 1819, which gives a Sun Uranus Neptune in Sagittarius square Saturn Pluto in Pisces – ornery, fanatical, hard. A Scorpio Moon probably squares Jupiter in Aquarius and maybe Mars in Leo.

There has been significant unease and confusion recently over the Roy Moore underage-sex publicity as tr Saturn moved in conjunction to the Sun, Uranus, Neptune and square Pluto.

In many ways Roy Moore fits the tone of the state better than the Democratic, pro-choice Doug Jones. Moore  Moore’s Mars Sun n Aquarius is conjunct the Alabama Jupiter; both have Scorpio Moons, both have Venus in Capricorn and both have Saturn Pluto conjunctions. It’s not all a perfect fit since his Uranus opposes the AL Sun and his Saturn Pluto is conjunct the AL Mars. His relationship chart with the state has an upbeat Venus Jupiter trine Mars; and Neptune trine Uranus, sextile Sun – both of which lean heavily in the direction of airbrushing out unpleasant realities. Plus a chained-together Saturn Pluto, which gives the staunch Alabamian Republicans the sense that they have no choice, since voting for a liberal Democrat would be worse than voting for a paedophile. A rock and a hard place.

Doug Jones has Saturn in Scorpio possibly close to the AL Moon which is chilly; and his Mars is conjunct the AL Mercury for arguments. But on the plus side his Jupiter does oppose the AL Sun, so he may offer them a way of redemption. Maybe. His relationship chart with the state is aggravated with possibly a Full Moon, certainly a Sun square Pluto; and a gritty Mars square Saturn.

The result all depends on turnout and an act of grace, otherwise Alabama will be mired in more shame than usual. Open sewers kind of sums it up.

Christopher Plummer – a fiery Sagittarius sprints to the rescue



Veteran actor Christopher Plummer who stepped in as a hasty replacement for a disgraced Kevin Spacey to play J Paul Getty  has been nominated in the Golden Globes for best supporting actor for his performance in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World. Scott is also nominated for best director and Michelle Williams for best actress. It had finished shooting when he took over the role and isn’t yet released.

Born 13 December 1929 in Toronto, Canada, he’s had an illustrious career in serious theatre and in film, garnering him many awards, including the Sound of Music (which he loathed).

He has a lively Sun Mars in Sagittarius with Venus also in Sagittarius in a charming opposition to Jupiter squaring onto filmic Neptune. Sagittarius can be a well-read and thoughtful sign which would be born out by his meticulous Mercury Saturn in Capricorn in a creative trine to Neptune. He’s got a Taurus Moon, perhaps in an Earth Grand Trine, so it’s a Fire Earth chart, giving him formidable energy.

He’s on his third Saturn Return before the end of this year, so should be hanging up his dancing shoes. But he looks likely to continue for a while yet. At the Golden Globes on January 7th  tr Jupiter Mars in Scorpio is within a whisker of being trine his Pluto, so he’ll be in with a shout. Though with a couple of less friendly influences as well. Tr Jupiter will continue to boost his influence through 2018; and even better when it crosses his Sagittarius planets in 2019.

Palestine – putting pragmatism before ideals, for now



Another intifada in Palestine over Trump’s unthinkable and almost certainly un-thought-through proclamation of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital seems unlikely at present. Those on the inside say that: Gaza is hopeful of an easing of the siege imposed by Israel and Egypt, which will bring a much-needed boost to the local economy. The West Bank wants to maintain security coordination with Israel, which helps keep Hamas out and President Abbas in control. At least half the families in the West Bank are reliant in some way on the Israeli economy. There is plenty of Palestinian despair and anger at lack of any prospect of an end to the occupation. But there is also a war-weariness and the necessity of making a living.

Gaza, 9 November 1917 9am, could be into a more hopeful phase with tr Pluto trine the Solar Arc Jupiter at least economically in 2018/2019. There’ll still be disappointments aplenty for the population who look emotionally underwhelmed but nothing too violent.

Hamas, 14 December 1987, were certainly shaken up badly by the announcement and although they’ll have moments of bullish confidence in 2018 and feelings are certainly running high in 2018/19, they don’t look as if they have the will for an all-out attack.

The Palestine Independence Declaration, 15 November 1988, is on its Saturn Return so pragmatism will reign, despite setbacks later this month and a fair amount of emotional angst through 2018. But they should feel as if they are getting their act together by 2019/2020 with tr Pluto sextile their Scorpio Sun.

Hezbollah, located in the Lebanon, are in a different ball game, supported by Iran. They are facing an extremely disconcerting and undermining 2019 with Solar Arc Sun square Neptune and Solar Arc Saturn conjunct Neptune. So they may be part of the larger strategic push by Mohammed bin Salman to push Iran into a corner. Aided and abetted by Israel who don’t want Iran proxies on their doorstep.

Which brings us back to the initial mystery of what MbS, best buddies with Kushner, who made an unrecorded visit to Riyadh before this declaration was made, is up to. Despite Saudi Arabia’s criticism of Trump, it seems unlikely it would have gone ahead without his say so. Trump couldn’t care less about Jerusalem or biblical prophecies, except in so far as they please his wealthy donors and some lunatic Rapture supporters.

MbS’s relationship with Kushner will start to fray from April 2018 onwards – though that could be because of Kushner’s domestic problems catching up with him, as well as a changing situation on the ground.

Mark Hamill – propelled to great heights by Mars Pluto



Mark Hamill is back as Luke Skywalker. The new Star Wars, The Last Jedi, has just premiered in Los Angeles with murmurs of good reviews coming.

Born 25 September 1951 2.43pm Oakland, California, into a naval family which moved constantly during his childhood, he is one of seven children. In his early 20s he worked in TV dramas and then aged 24 landed the role in Star Wars since Lucas preferred young actors without too much experience.

He has a serious Libra Sun Saturn in his well-read and well-travelled 9th house along with Neptune and Mercury in Virgo. And has a megaton Mars Pluto in Leo in his intense 8th house as well as Venus. Many film stars have that uncanny 8th house capacity to project a powerful aura – and he has it in spades. His Saturn Neptune oppose an upfront Jupiter in Aries squaring onto a 7th house Uranus – he’ll be a catalyst and a reformer. Though not I imagine all that easy to live with. Despite which he’s been married for forty years, perhaps a gift from his Venus being exactly conjunct his Sun/Moon midpoint. Just goes to show Mars Pluto does have a constructive side.

The late Carrie Fisher, who had just finished her role as General Leia before she died last year, had the movie dedicated to her. She also had a strong 8th house with Pluto, Venus Jupiter there, which brings its own demons but serves stars well. And now that I look, she like Hamill had a Libra Sun in the 9th house as well as Mercury and Neptune. Very similar.

See Posts – Carrie Fisher: December 24 2016; and Star Wars November 10 2017.

Ewan Cameron & MK-Ultra – Jupiter Saturn in Capricorn



One of the CIA’s more damaging and hair-brained schemes in the 1950s/60s was master-minded by a Scots-born psychiatrist Ewan Cameron, who was born under a Jupiter Saturn conjunction in Capricorn, as we have coming up in 2020. MK-Ultra was a CIA Mind Control programme which illegally tested drugs, electro-shocks and other brutal methods on unwitting mental patients to enhance interrogation and torture techniques; and may also have been directed to producing a ‘Manchurian Candidate’ – an artificially created multiple personality disorder – the end result being a spy capable of hiding secrets in a split-off part of their mind which would not be retrievable except by a trigger code under hypnosis.

Netflix have been reviving interest with their sci-fi series Stranger Things 2; and a docu-drama Wormwood about a military analyst who end up mysteriously dead when he tried to blow the whistle.

None of the programmes worked and unwilling participants were left irretrievably damaged psychologically. Compensation has been paid over the years to victims and families.

Cameron, born 24 December 1901, Bridge of Allan, Scotland, studied at Zurich, John Hopkins, Albany NY and later Canada, sat through Nuremberg and developed a view that mental illness was contagious, much like measles. His work in MK-Ultra produced no positive results and much long-term damage.

He was a Sun Capricorn opposition Neptune; with the Jupiter Saturn in Capricorn conjunct Mars – Jupiter falling exactly on his cruel Mars/Saturn midpoint. Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor, who did medical experiments in the concentration camps also had a Sun square Neptune; and Mars square Saturn in an earth sign. Neptune in its cosmically cold guise, putting the delusional ideal above human compassion. One of the leading Tuskegee Syphilis Experimenters on black Americans also had a strongly aspected Neptune, conjunct Pluto trine a Libra Sun Saturn trine Mars in Aquarius. When Neptune goes wrong, it is terrifying’ and allied with afflicted Mars Saturn goes perverse if not downright cruel..

My slight impression is that Jupiter Saturn conjunctions, despite their reputation for practical idealism, can be less than wonderful in Earth signs – viz Dick Cheney with Jupiter Saturn in Taurus.

Born close to Ewan Cameron were: Walt Disney, another psychiatrist Milton Erickson, physicist Werner Heisenberg involved in the Nazi nuclear programme, Marlene Dietrich. President William McKinley was assassinated under this Jupiter Saturn in Capricorn. And JFK was elected on the next one in Capricorn forty years later. Though he wasn’t shot till late 1963.

JK Rowling & Johnny Depp – fans in a flurry



JK Rowling has attracted a twitter storm with her statement explaining why Johnny Depp has remained in the title role of the new film, The Crimes of Grindelwald, after he was accused of domestic abuse by his ex-wife Amber Heard. Part of the billion-pound Harry Potter franchise, the film is set to be a huge box-office success. She said the terms of his divorce were kept private by both sides and she felt that should be respected. Normally outspoken on social issues, she’s clearly been caught in a tight spot, which is always the case when there’s a personal friendship – and money – involved.

On the face of it, their chemistry is not that easy with his volatile Uranus Mars Pluto in Virgo conjunct her own Mercury, Venus, Uranus Pluto in Virgo; and his Moon squares her Mars – so it wouldn’t work in close emotional space. But his Gemini Sun is conjunct her Jupiter for good feelings.

Their relationship chart has a friendly and affectionate composite Sun Venus with filmic and deceptive Neptune trine Sun Venus, and conjunct the composite Moon opposition Jupiter. Sometimes tricky to see relationships clearly when Neptune is putting everything into soft focus.

Jack Kennedy – never say die



Just a quickie on a rising superstar in Irish steeplechasing, teenage jockey Jack Kennedy. Yesterday at Clonmel in a novice chase, he was nearly unseated at the fourth jump, turned upside down and back to front, and managed to haul himself back in the saddle – and then proceeded to win.

Born 22 April 1999, his chart is a wonderful mix of supremely confident with Jupiter in Aries trine Pluto and sextile Uranus; and grimly determined from a Taurus Sun Saturn opposition Mars in Scorpio squaring onto Neptune. By the seat of his pants and the skin of his teeth – his lucky Jupiter fished him out of trouble.  Lester Piggott, the flat jockey supremo also had a Jupiter trine Pluto – it helps.  See the video on twitter @attheraces

Elton and Mum – two stubborn Moons



Elton John’s mother has died, happily just reconciled to her son after a seven-year feud. She had refused to drop old friends with whom he’d fallen out, and said “I’m not a person to be controlled or told what to do.” As a result of their estrangement Elton did not attend the funeral of his stepfather in 2010, of whom he had previously been fond. His mother was exceptionally supportive of his early musical career and accepting when he came out as gay.

Sheila Farebrother was born 25 March 1925 to a mother born in the workhouse and her father was a WW1 veteran and groundsman. She was a rebellious Sun Uranus in Pisces sextile a determined Mars in Taurus; with a tough Moon Saturn in Taurus.

Elton, 25 March 1947 4pm London, has an 8th house Aries Sun, a pointer to his much-loved grandmother. His Sun is trine a tough-minded and depressive Saturn Pluto in Leo in his 12th and opposition a musical Neptune in his 2nd house of finances. He has a happy-childhood Jupiter in Scorpio in his 4th, which makes the rift all the more surprising.  His 7th house fiery Mars Mercury in Pisces is in a volatile square to Uranus in his 10th, so he is liable to erupt when anything interferes with his plans.

His mothers’ Mars in Taurus is conjunct his midheaven, a testament to her efforts on his behalf to get his career rolling. But her Sun Uranus were conjunct his Mars which would make for a fairly combustible mix at times; and her stubbornly determined, never-let-on-when-she-was-hurt Scorpio Moon conjunct Saturn opposed his equally stubborn Moon in Taurus.

Their relationship chart was a real mix of pluses and minuses with the composite Sun opposition Saturn square Jupiter and trine Pluto, so it would always blow hot and cold.  With Pluto also square Mars indicating an underlying power struggle for the upper hand.

When the rift happened she was on her Uranus Return with tr Pluto square their composite Sun and tr Uranus opposing Saturn and about to conjunct the composite Sun – a testing time.