Anthony Hopkins – brilliant and flawed



Anthony Hopkins, a towering talent but like many actors not an entirely together human being, has been baldly saying he doesn’t know and doesn’t care if he has a grandchild. When told he sounded rather cold, Hopkins replied: “Well, it is cold. Because life is cold.”

While in the throes of alcoholism, he abandoned his first wife and only daughter Abigail as a toddler, and his fractured relationship with her sent her into a drug spiral and nervous breakdown in her late teens. They got together briefly in the 1990s but he hasn’t had contact with her in almost two decades.

Born 31 December 1937 9.15am (from memory) Port Talbot, Wales, he was hopeless at school and bullied, ending up latterly in boarding school. He says his drive to become successful was to show all those who had poured scorn on him that he had made it.

He has Sun, Mercury, Venus in Capricorn in the reclusive 12th house trine Uranus, sextile Mars in Pisces – ambitious, private, pro-active, restless and volatile. He also has Jupiter opposition a 7th house Pluto making him pushily confident, keener on importance than emotional connection; and in the 7th house a dislike of being dominated.

His outspoken Sagittarius Moon is on the focal point of a T Square to an 8th house Neptune opposition Saturn, so a confused and suspicious relationship to mother, domestic life, family. A focal point Moon would attract him to a career providing an audience. One relationship would not give him all the nurturing he craves. Neptune in the 8th is often a super-star placing giving him the ability to project a filmic aura.

His North Node is in his 10th so career would be key to his development, not a home and family life.

His daughter Abigail, 20 August 1969, had made a career as a singer-songwriter, actress and theatre director, under a different name. She’s a Sun Leo square a Moon Neptune in Scorpio, so both parents would have that Neptunian inaccessibility. Five of her planets are in her father’s 8th house (his birth time being accurate), so it is a deep though difficult connection. Her Pluto is square his Moon, opposition his Saturn and conjunct his Neptune so she would bring up all the confusion of his childhood and make him feel trapped.  Their relationship chart is understandably tricky. The composite Mars is inconjunct Pluto, and opposition Uranus square Saturn opposition Neptune – which is an unsolvable mess of bad feeling.

Ironically Anthony Hopkins is due to star in the BBC adaptation of King Lear, airing this month. The first trailer shows the aged king cruelly disowning his youngest daughter Cordelia.

What a shame for his daughter. Sagittarian Moons can be crassly direct with never a thought for the effect on others.


Lady Kitty Spencer – sophisticated and focused



Lady Kitty Spencer was a fashion highlight at the Royal wedding with her similarity to her late aunt Princess Diana much remarked on.

She was born 28 December 1990 in England, daughter of the now Earl Spencer and his first wife Victoria and moved to South Africa as a five year old with her parents splitting acrimoniously soon after. She studied psychology, politics and English literature in Cape Town; and in London earned a master’s degree in Luxury Brand Management from Regent’s University. (!?!)

She is now a model, has been on several Tatler covers; and  helps with a military charity Give Us Time; and  Centrepoint for homeless youth of which Prince William is patron.

She has some chart. Her Sun Uranus Neptune are conjunct in Capricorn, with Venus Saturn also in Capricorn. She’ll be more highly strung than she appears with a prominent Uranus Neptune. Though the Venus Saturn is more obvious, giving her a cool sophistication. Certainly ambitious and keen to achieve.

Her Venus Saturn trine/sextile a Mars (Moon) in Taurus opposition Pluto with her Pluto square Jupiter in flamboyant Leo – relentlessly determined, a steely backbone acquired through an exceptionally difficult childhood. Her mother was anorexic/bulimic with heroin/alcohol problems and her father comes across as dominating and angry. Her early years must have been very tough emotionally.

Charles Spencer, her father, is a Sun Taurus with Mercury, Jupiter Mars in Taurus trine Uranus Pluto in Virgo, so a heavyweight personality.

Hugh Grant – dilly dallying to the altar



High Grant is to marry for the first time to the mother of his three children, Swedish Anna Eberstein.

Born 9 September 1960, London with an unverified time of 7.30am, into a family described as “a colourful Anglo-Scottish tapestry of warriors, empire-builders and aristocracy” he has his Sun, Pluto and Mercury all in Virgo. It’s a tougher and more physical chart than his laid-back appearance and rom-com acting style might suggest. He has an Earth Grand Trine of Pluto trine an 8th house Taurus Moon trine Saturn in Capricorn – a Taurus Moon is certainly indulgent though Saturn Pluto is bleak. What relieves the heaviness of it is a Moon opposition Neptune and Neptune also on the focal point of a mini-Grand Trine to the Saturn and Pluto – he’s well suited to the Neptunian film world and Saturn Pluto plus earth suggests longevity and business sense.

He’s also got an adventurous and opportunistic Mars in Gemini opposition Jupiter in Sagittarius sextile/trine Uranus and square Mercury – highly strung, quick witted, scattered, needs a varied career, sharp tongued.   His Venus is in Libra and apart from a cool square to Saturn is unaspected.

His Saturn (on this birth time) opposes his Sun/Moon midpoint which is a pointer to a delayed marriage, as he approaches his Second Saturn Return.

He’s had a complicated love life throughout but especially recently. With his about-to-be-wife he’s had three children – 5, 2 and this year. He also has two children with an ex-Tinglan Hong, aged 6 and 5. That must have been fun when they criss crossed the births.

Tr Neptune is opposing his Sun at the moment and into 2019; tr Saturn is squaring his Venus this year; and then hitting the Return at the New Year. Doesn’t exactly look singing and dancing.

Jeremy Thorpe – A Very English Scandal



High farce and conspiracy to murder combine in the truth-stranger-than-fiction tale of Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe, who almost became Deputy UK PM in 1974, with his attempt to silence his erstwhile homosexual lover, Norman Scott, at a time when such liaisons were still illegal. He assembled a hapless crew of helpers to handle blackmail claims and finally do the dirty deed with the only death being his lover’s dog. Thence to a luridly public trial, where almost everyone appears to have lied on both sides of the case; with a notoriously biased summing up by the judge. Thorpe was acquitted, though his career was ruined; while Scott, who was a fantasist but seems to have been correct in his accusations, was vilified in the press. Both men were bi-sexual and had been married. Hugh Grant stars in a BBC drama A Very English Scandal, starting tonight, which has garnered much praise in previews.

Thorpe, born 29 April 1929 London was a Sun Taurus trine Saturn Moon in Capricorn; with Jupiter, Mercury, North Node also in indulgent Taurus. His Mercury Jupiter were in an expansive, though slippery square to Neptune; and he had a determined and dominating Mars Pluto in Cancer square his Venus in Aries to fuel his romantic life.

The Taurus North Node often indicates a strong sex drive as well as  an over-developed sense of defensivenss. Martin Schulman says in Karmic Astrology: ‘like a wounded animal can be deadly  to any who represent the slightest threat’ – ‘appears jovial, while planning intrigues.’

Norman Scott, who is still alive, 12 February 1940, came from an ordinary family, but boasted of having an aristocratic background and was described by a journalist as having an “extraordinary talent for wheedling his way into people’s sympathy before turning their lives to misery with his hysterical temper-tantrums.”

He has an Aquarius Sun square Uranus, sextile a difficult Mars Saturn in Aries and inconjunct Neptune, so not an easy life or an easy temperament. His Jupiter (Moon) and Venus in Aries were conjunct Thorpe’s Uranus; and his Mars Saturn was conjunct Thorpe’s Venus – an adventurous and gritty mix.

On the relationship chart there’s an emphasised composite Jupiter Uranus conjunction square Pluto – risk-taking, disruptive, power-struggling for the upper hand.

Thorpe insisted to the end of his life there had been no relationship but the evidence is substantial.   Next to Profumo it was the political sex scandal to end all.

Harry & Meghan Sussex – a happy occasion



The marriage vows between Prince Harry and Meghan (Duke and Duchess of Sussex) were taken at 12.39 pm in Windsor.

There was a Water Grand Trine of Cancer Moon trine Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces, which is emotionally private and self-protective, can be healing for others. Formed into a Kite by an intense Moon opposition Pluto. It makes Pluto the driving planet and tied into Jupiter, suggests an ambitious, influential power-couple marriage.

There is also an Earth Grand Trine of Saturn trine a Virgo Ascendant trine Mercury Uranus in Taurus, which brings practicality to the mix with new ideas in play, especially abroad – which fits with them having been nominated for a Commonwealth role. Uranus is further emphasised being on the point of a T Square to a leadership Leo North Node opposition Mars – innovative, not scared to ruffle conservative feathers; but since it trines Saturn there’ll be a nod to traditional values.

It’s a chart which also describes the family arguments running into the wedding with the Moon opposition Pluto and Mars; and the explosive Mars Uranus.

Often wedding charts reflect the relationship chart though in this case not so much. Harry/Meghan has a curiously contradictory mix of a needs-space composite Sun square Uranus; a showbizzy Neptune square Mars; and a rigid and somewhat bleak composite Moon square Saturn Pluto, with duty looming large and taking precedence over feelings.

As ever the Royal pomp and pageantry showed the UK at its best. I remember watching the Queen Mother’s funeral which ran like clockwork and thinking the sooner the military take over running the country the better. The guests were an eclectic mix with the bride’s mother, Amal Clooney and several others looking fabulous; Victoria Beckham with the oddest shoes (no wonder she’s so pinched face); Princess Anne looking grumpy, dressed in her own peculiarly unattractive style; and when, dear heavens, will Prince Andrews’ two girls ever get themselves a stylist to pick their clothes and hats sensibly.

Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother may have been born 2 September 1956 which would make her a Sun Jupiter in Virgo; with a healing Water Grand Trine of Venus in Cancer trine Mars trine Saturn and Saturn square Pluto. She’s a yoga teacher and social worker so it would fit.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Santa Fe shooter – a volatile Mars



Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the Santa Fe school shooter, was born 12 October 2000 (media sources). He appears to have been quiet, intelligent, reasonably athletic, church-going with no red flags in his background to suggest violence. Though he appears to have been interested in World War 11 kamikaze pilots and wore Nazi and communist symbols on his coat. He used his NRA enthusiast father’s guns.

He is a Sun Libra trine Jupiter trine Uranus, so would have a good brain – though an Air Grand Trine can indicate a fervent ideologue; and that forms into a Kite with Jupiter opposition Pluto, giving him the confidence to assume rules don’t apply to him and bring him into clashes with authority.

In addition he has an extremely volatile Mars in Virgo on the focal point of a Mutable T Square to Jupiter opposition Pluto and perhaps on the focal point of a Yod inconjunct Uranus sextile an Aries Moon. Such a Mars is high-wire, easily triggered, scattered and inclined to be overly reckless. Mars Jupiter tends to take risks, and Mars Pluto can be ruthless. Plus he has Venus, Mercury in intensely emotional Scorpio with Mercury in an impulsive square to Uranus.

At the moment tr Neptune is squaring his Mars, which usually brings a panicky sense of failure; and he’s had the challenging and stressful tr Pluto square his Sun through this year. The catalyst for this may have come in April when tr Uranus was opposition his adventurous Mars/Jupiter and ‘catastrophic’ Mars/Pluto.

Texas shooting – Algol and Mars Pluto Saturn



A school shooting in Texas has left between eight and ten dead as at least one student went on a rampage, with explosive devices also found in and around the school.

The attack happened just before 8am in Santa Fe, Texas. This puts the Taurus Sun conjunct Algol, the destructive Fixed Star, in a high-tension trine to both Pluto and Mars. With a Fixed T square of Mars in Aquarius opposition a Leo North Node square Uranus Mercury in Taurus – explosive, disruptive, violent, wanting to grab attention. And a Cancer Moon exactly opposition Saturn – cold-hearted also loss. There’s also a mini-Grand Trine of Neptune trine Jupiter sextile Pluto, with Pluto sitting midway between Mars and Saturn – which is a mix of warped megalomaniac ideas and a strong urge for control.

Jupiter squares the Neptune/Pluto midpoint which Ebertin associates with (among other things) mania, obsession, self-torment and loss.

Uranus is making its presence felt in Taurus squaring Mars – first Gaza, now yet another USA horror.

Israel shrugging off the Gaza ‘bloodbath’



A ‘bloodbath’ and a massacre’ were two of the diplomatic responses to the 58 Palestinian dead and more than 1000 injured, most of them unarmed, as they protested inside the Gaza border fence with Israel yesterday. They were demonstrating about the US shift of the embassy to Jerusalem and also marking Nakba (catastrophe) Day – in May 1948 when 700,000 Palestinians were cleared out of their homes and off their land as Israel came into being. Hamas is being blamed but the Gazans are a people without hope, so hardly surprising they felt the need to make their presence felt even if it meant risking their lives.

Israel spent most of the day looking the other way, applauding the Eurovision win and discussing Ivanka Trump’s outfit.

The Israel chart isn’t showing much; though the February and August Eclipses in Aquarius/Leo impact on their 10th house Mars in Leo, so it is a combative year. The late July Lunar Eclipse will also rattle their 10th house Moon, unsettling the leadership and population. Ahead in 2019 tr Uranus will square the Israel Moon for a major jolt with outbursts from voters as well as rulers. Late 2019 as well tr Saturn will square the MC for a setback and rethink about the country’s direction.

The warlike status and image is unlikely to disappear anytime soon with the Solar Arc Saturn on the Ascendant now, followed by Solar Arc Pluto in three years plus. 2021 sees tr Uranus square the 10th house Pluto and then Saturn the following year, so it’ll be upheavals, disruptions and jolts all the way.

Where the Israel/Hamas and Israel/Palestine Declaration 1988 charts show most radical shifts are 2021 to 2024 with tr Pluto hitting on the Uranus opposition Pluto on both.

The Gaza 9 November 1917 9am chart looks stuck and blocked this year with tr Pluto conjunct the Solar Arc MC; on high alert in 2020 and not making much headway into any major changes until into the 2020s.  The Gaza/Israel relationship chart has the explosively insecure tr Uranus trine Mars at the moment, having just cleared the trine to Mercury on the run up, through the seven weeks of demos. That repeats later in the year and into early 2019. There is likely to be more serious disruptions through 2019/2020 with tr Pluto square the composite Uranus and opposition Pluto – along with disappointments.

Israel has an infinitely stubborn, martial and bleak natal chart with an 8th house Taurus Sun square Mars; and a 10th house Leo Moon, Saturn, Pluto. There’s not much insight or empathy in there.

Palestine and Gaza charts are both Scorpio Sun with several fixed planets so it’s an unyielding face-off on both sides.

Meghan and Harry – a sticky week to pick for a wedding



High family drama, intense feelings, jealousy and unwelcome surprises were written in the stars for Meghan and Harry’s wedding this Saturday. The Mars Uranus square exact tomorrow did hint at explosive upsets, insecurity and over-reactions. And on the day itself the Cancer Moon opposes Pluto for emotional tensions. Her father is stressed out over media attention and apparently in the throes of a heart attack, so is ambivalent about coming or may not be allowed to by the medics. Even worse, her estranged half-siblings have arrived in London mob-handed, clearly paid for by the vultures, and although uninvited to the event will make their presence felt in interviews.

Family problems do loom large in Meghan’s chart this year with tr Pluto squaring her 4th house Pluto as she attempts to pull away from her childhood past; plus tr Saturn in a separating square to her Moon, Saturn, Jupiter in Libra. Those run on for a few months and she does look unnerved (not surprisingly) over the main event with tr Neptune opposition her Sun/Pluto, as well as trapped.  She has a close Jupiter Saturn conjunction with Jupiter leading, so she’ll always experience the highs followed by setbacks and problems. It’ll be a tough introduction to the strictures of married Royal life.

Harry looks deflated and panicky with tr Neptune square his Mars through this month; as he copes with the upheaval of tr Uranus opposing his Pluto exactly now as well.

The Royals were never good at coping with in-laws. Prince Anne’s first parents-in-law, the Phillips, were fairly frozen out.  The only reason the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents were so omnipresent is down to her determined mother. But at least to date most commoner relatives had the sense to keep out of the media’s clutches.

If her mother does walk her down the aisle it won’t be setting a precedent since Queen Victoria walked two of her daughters to the altar after the death of Prince Albert.