Hillary Clinton – the mask comes off


Going quietly into the night clearly isn’t in Hillary Clinton’s DNA except that now, stripped of all office, she seems happy to show how bitterly resentful she is. The old anodyne comments of her time in office have been replaced by resentful barbs. ‘Old and angry’ is how one commentator described her as she faces a lawsuit for defamation from Tulsi Gabbard whom she wrote off as a Russian asset; and then dismissed Bernie Sanders, who arguably skewered her 2016 chances, saying ‘nobody likes him.’

Hillary’s Scorpio Sun is just finishing the tr Uranus opposition which ran through last year and it will have opened her up and knocked her off the old track. Her Solar Arc Jupiter is also moving to oppose her bitter, do-or-die-determined Mars Pluto conjunction now and through 2020, which will remove some of her inhibitions and tempt her into overly forceful words and deeds.

Both Gabbard and Sanders have Aries planets which trine her Saturn Mars Pluto – Sanders Moon Mars in Aries, and Gabbard Mars, Sun, Venus and Midheaven in Aries – which will rattle her up. Sanders’ Pluto is also in a power-struggling square to her Sun which won’t suit her very Scorpionic temperament at all.

Her relationship chart with Gabbard is horrifyingly bad with a composite Mars square Saturn Uranus Pluto conjunction – and that is being undermined by tr Neptune in hard aspect all year. Her chart with Sanders isn’t much better with a volatile, explosive Mars Uranus conjunction which is being chipped away at also by tr Neptune square the Mars. There’s also a deeply suspicious, slightly paranoid composite Sun Neptune square Saturn.

You’d think she’d save her ire for the Republicans.  A touch of dog-in-the-manger attacking your own side.



Isabel dos Santos – Air Fire and no heart


Billionaire Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman, has been accused of embezzlement and money laundering by prosecutors in Angola. She was controversially appointed head of the state oil firm by her father, then President, who himself was denounced as leading one of the most corrupt regimes in Africa, amassing wealth for his family and silencing his opposition. Angola has vast mineral and petroleum reserves but one of the lowest life expectancy rates in the world, with infant mortality among the highest. Nearly 70% of the population lives on less than $2 a day. She currently lives in the UK and denies everything.

Born 1 April 1973 Baku, Azerbaijan, she has an Air Fire chart with an Aries Sun Venus sitting as the driving planets on a wide-ish Air Grand Trine of an adventurous Mars Jupiter in Aquarius trine Saturn in Gemini with Pluto and Uranus in Libra. Her Sun Venus are also trine Neptune which in turn opposes Saturn and squares onto Moon Mercury in Pisces. An overdose of Air will make her emotionally detached; Fire will make her attention-seeking and entrepreneurial; and her only Water planets are in evasive Pisces. She has no Earth in her chart.

She is facing one major setback ahead from her Progressed Mars square her Neptune around now; with maybe problems from tr Neptune conjunct her Solar Arc Mars Jupiter over the next three year. But that apart is looking upbeat with tr Pluto conjunct two of her Jupiter midpoints till late 2021.

Her Sun Venus fall in Angola’s 8th house of business finances with her controlling Pluto in the Angola’s 2nd house; and her opportunistic Mars Jupiter opposition the Angola Saturn and square its Uranus Mercury.

The tragedy of Africa – first the colonials and then the gangster governments – with immense resources that could feed, educate and produce a decent standard of living for their populations.

Pic: Nuno Coimbra

Terry Jones – quirky and offbeat wit


Surreal comedian Terry Jones, a driving force behind Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the movie The Life of Brian, has died. He was the most scholarly of the Pythons, writing books on Chaucer, presenting History Channel documentaries about gladiators, the crusades and barbarians. He was born 1 February 1942 11am Colwyn Bay, Wales with a bank clerk father. At Oxford University he met Michael Palin and started his performing career, which after Python success led onto directing two of the movies.

In 2005 he left his wife of 26 years to live with and eventually marry a Swedish student, who was 41 years his junior. In recent years he suffered from frontotemporal dementia that impaired his ability to communicate.

He was a charming and eccentric 11th house Sun Venus in Aquarius opposition a Leo Moon and Pluto in the performing 5th house with his Sun Venus in a confident trine to Jupiter as well. Certainly intense, attention-grabbing but never entirely sure what he wanted with a Full Moon and not an easy temperament. His Sun was also in a full-on, upfront square to Mars in heavyweight Taurus; with Saturn Uranus also in Taurus in an outspoken square to his Mercury and in a creative trine to Neptune.

He had erratic Uranus and extravagant Jupiter in his financial 2nd house, which led him to rollick through the Python millions forcing him latterly to agree to a stage appearance in 2014 for money which turned out to be an embarrassment.

Michael Bentine of the Goons, who preceded Monty Python in off-the-wall humour, was also a Sun, Venus and Mercury in Aquarius – 26 January 1922 3am Watford, England..

Laurence Fox – a slash and burn Mercury


Luvvie land is all atwitter since a spawn of a revered acting dynasty went off reservation and blasted the new ‘woke’ culture on racism and sexism. Laurence Fox’s eruption on Question Time was not to the liking of the notoriously left-wing union Equity but he has gained sympathisers amongst those relieved that finally someone had the guts to say what they’ve been thinking.

Born 26 May 1978, his father James Fox is an actor as is his uncle Edward Fox and cousins Emilia and Freddie Fox. His uncle Robert and grandfather are/were theatrical agents. He’s best known for playing Detective Hathaway in Lewis for nine years till 2015 but has only appeared sporadically since and has dabbled in music with two albums without much success to excoriatingly bad reviews.

He’s a Sun Gemini with maybe an Aquarius Moon which latter might make sense of a controversialist. But what really lights his fuse is a Mercury in Taurus opposition Uranus square Mars (Saturn) in Leo – so he will be short-tempered, inclined to blurt out his opinions without much thought. He’s also got a pushily-confident Pluto square Jupiter (Venus) in Cancer.

He’s looking fairly wound up at the moment with a Solar Arc Sun square Pluto and a Solar Arc Pluto approaching the square to his Saturn over the next few months.

Greta v Trump – no contest


Climate change is no laughing matter but there is something deliciously funny about Greta Thunberg facing off Trump. Called the ‘tiny Swedish climate change demon’ by Australian cartoonist First Dog on the Moon, she has perfected her death stare for the denier-in-chief’s benefit. At Davos he is decrying ‘the prophets of doom’. She later responded saying the world “in case you hadn’t noticed, is currently on fire.”.

And their charts are a masterclass in synastry. Her deeply serious Saturn in Gemini opposition Pluto sits on top of and squelches his Sun Uranus opposition Moon. Her reforming Uranus opposes his Mars Ascendant for an explosive chemistry – with her unbudgeable Mars Venus in Scorpio square his Mars and on his IC. Her idealistic and tricky-to-pin-down Neptune opposes and undermines his 12th house need-to-be-in-control Pluto.

Their relationship chart has an argumentative and competitive composite Sun trine Neptune and opposition Mars with a downbeat square onto Saturn perhaps opposition the composite Moon; and Mars in a hostile, power-struggling conjunction to Pluto.

Blissful to see him skewered by a teenage girl.

Brexit – doomsday hour aproaches


The fateful day is approaching at speed as Boris Johnson merrily hums ‘Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go.’ 11pm London time on January 31 is when the UK officially leaves the EU (give or take a transition period or several)

This puts the Saturn Pluto conjunction on the IC with Pluto in Capricorn exactly opposition the Midheaven, exact to within minutes of a degree. Uncompromising, unco-operative Uranus is close to the final degree Aries Moon in the 7th square Saturn Pluto  for a sombre and unsentimental mood.

The Moon Uranus is also on the focal point of a T Square to MC opposition Saturn (Pluto). A final degree anaretic Moon in Aries will exhibit the most extreme attributes of the sign and house which will double or treble up with it being focal point – so hyper-sensitive and overly impulsive. It’ll veer between dither and delay and reckless action. What’s also odd is Moon in the 7th is dependent on partners, yet Uranus is the opposite. So there’s great ambiguity in the chart.

Mars is in a publicity-grabbing and impulsive but not too realistic square to Neptune and Venus.

On the UK chart tr Uranus is still sextile the Pluto until early February which looks too mild to cause this kind of disruption, but obviously not. There’s also confusion and uncertainty from tr Neptune square the Solar Arc Mercury; and Solar Arc North Node conjunct the 2nd house financial Neptune. The country isn’t half as gung-ho as the present No 10 resident and his mad Svengali adviser.

Trump’s quills – ready to quell impeachment risk

In typical braggadocio fashion Trump has gone for two celebrity lawyers to beef up his Impeachment defence team, though how much they will contribute isn’t clear.

Alan Dershowitz, 1 September 1938 11.28pm New York, over a long career has defended the likes of Claus Bulow and Jeffrey Epstein, cutting the latter a sweetheart deal that allowed him to treat a brief prison term as a home from home.

And Kenneth Starr, 21 July 1946 6.45pm Vernon, Texas, who led the impeachment process against Bill Clinton. A former political counsellor said of him: “Whether it was representing Big Tobacco, obsessing about President Clinton’s sex life or disgracing himself in the Baylor rape scandal, Ken Starr has always been on the wrong side of history, ethics, and common decency.” He resigned as president of Baylor University after an investigation found the university mishandled accusations of sexual assault against members of the football team.

Dershowitz has his opportunistic Jupiter opposition Mars in Leo close allied to Trump’s Mars in Leo and his Neptune square Trump’s Sun and Moon. Not ideal and can get overly intense with a power-struggling composite Sun, Pluto, Mercury in the relationship chart. That is being rattled by tr Saturn opposition the composite Sun late March; and square the composite Mercury Pluto mid March into April – so it could get stormy with vehement outbursts.

Dershowitz’s personal chart indicates a less than rapturous mood first week of February with tr Saturn square his Venus; followed by a ‘violent dispute’ into early March with high tension and unwillingness to bend to anyone else’s will; with a stuck tr Saturn opposition Pluto late March. His real catastrophes pick up from spring 2021 onwards which will see a series of disastrous looses and problems.

Kenneth Starr, born only a few weeks after Trump, is a Sun Saturn in Cancer, with three (nearly four) planets in the 8th so an intense personality, not always rational. He has a panicky-failure set of Neptunian sinkers in opposition to his Mars and square his Uranus from late February through April; and again September to late February 2021.

Of the other lawyers:

Pat Cippolone, 6 May 1966, a formidably tough Sun, Mars in Taurus opposition Neptune and trine Uranus Pluto, hasn’t much showing till late April but then he’s sagging badly on and off into 2021; with some triumphs in June. But out of sorts with Trump late March and April to June.

Pam Bondi, 17 November 1965, a Sun Neptune in Scorpio, is in trouble with Trump earlier from February 20th into March and beyond; and her personal chart is in a slump from late February through a series of disaster-prone influence through till April and worse in July – repeating on and off later.

Robert Ray, 4 April 1960, an Aries Sun trine Uranus and square Saturn in Capricorn, is slipping, sliding and losing concentration from late January right through February with tr Neptune conjunct his Mercury with a panicky dip mid February, some confidence boosts at the same time running into March; but disastrous influences June onwards.

Harry and Meghan – exit stage left ++ Andrew

The Royal foot has come down hard saying to Harry and Meghan, there is no halfway house. If you want out to earn from commercial activities, then you need to go – minus royal titles, no Royal duties, splitting Harry away from his military connections.

He looks panicked, uncertain and undermined as well as confused with tr Neptune square his Mars till late this month, then square his Solar Arc Saturn in February – with a conflicted tr Pluto opposition his Sun/Moon midpoint, on and off all year, putting a strain on his marriage and his mental state bringing inner turmoil. Tr Saturn will also make a blocked square to his Pluto in March, June and December. His Progressed Moon stays in his 8th till mid 2021 which is also a discouraging time of searching for new values and swinging from extreme to extreme. Tr Neptune then returns to oppose his Virgo Sun in 2021/22 which will be debilitating. Plus he has tr Saturn moving downwards through his 1st quadrant for a decade to come which is usually a less visible time but one in which unresolved psychological issues surface to be resolved – that especially in 2021/22.

Even Meghan looks shaken by the turn of events, not quite what she’d planned going by the statement of intent she and Harry had issued. Tr Neptune has been chipping away at her confidence and power since mid-December in opposition to her Sun/Pluto midpoint; and she looks grumpy and bad-tempered from exactly now ahead till late February and repeating on and off all year from tr Pluto opposition her Mercury/Mars midpoint. Late February and March, as well as October to January 2021 sees tr Neptune opposing her Mars/Uranus midpoint which Ebertin describes as: “cunning and deceitfulness, overtaxing strength.’ Her Progressed Moon is exactly now moving through her 8th house to stay till late 2021 which will be stressful financially as well as emotionally. She will have some luck where business finances are concerned in 2021 but thereafter for two years tr Saturn through her 8th will bring shortages and less generous support.

But she’s in a much more ambitious phase than Harry and aiming upwards for the next decade plus.

Their relationship chart has that awkward family-problem composite Moon square Saturn Pluto which is getting the tr Saturn separation-with-difficulty transits this year and tr Pluto bringing considerable pressure on their domestic and emotional life from late this March through till 2024.

It does rather beg the question of why the odious Prince Andrew has been left for so many years raking in personal money from his exotic connections while glad-handing round the world at taxpayer expense. Which may have given Meghan the idea she could do the same. Though with luck this kerfuffle will speed along his complete forced retirement from any such opportunities ahead.

++ Though not quite yet as he appears at the Queen’s side at church this morning. She really has a total blind spot about him. The first week of February might take the shine off her good feelings about him; with late March onwards into April bringing a worsening sense of uncertainty. The  major blow up between them comes late May onwards.  Prince William isn’t a fan and he’s putting more clear water between himself and his renegade uncle from late March onwards. Prince Charles is equally not a supporter and his relationship with his brother moves into uncharted territory after a huge upheaval from late March onwards. That is when tr Pluto starts to square Andrew’s Midheaven, on and off till late 2021, which is often a fall from grace – further!

William Barr – a religious zealot as well as dishonest

“The worst form of injustice is pretended justice.” Plato.

William Barr, Trump’s Attorney General, written off by Nancy Pelosi as “rogue”, a proven liar and obfuscator over the Mueller Report and the FBI and now implicated in the Ukraine dirty dealings leading to impeachment, appears to be a fundamentalist Christian as well. Words fail me.

Prominent liberal Catholics warned he poses a threat to the separation of church and state and democracy, after he delivered a fire and brimstone speech recently to a Catholic University on religious freedom in which he insisted that “the traditional Judeo-Christian moral system” of the USA was under siege by “militant secularists” who were responsible for every sort of “social pathology”, including drug abuse, rising suicide rates and illegitimacy. He did not address the fact that many of the policies of the Trump administration are strongly opposed by the Vatican. One commentator said: “At least it helps me understand why Barr has been so willing to put his own reputation on the line to defend Trump so fiercely in every battle. Trump is Barr’s imperfect vessel in serving a much higher cause: the gospel.”

Barr has denied being a member of the ultra-conservative Opus Dei, though he has served on the board of its affiliate the Catholic Information Service, along with Leonard Leo, the man most responsible for putting Gorsuch and Kavanaugh on the supreme court.

Salon remarked in outrage: “Bill Barr may be the most unvetted attorney general in history, which is strange since he had served as AG under George H.W. Bush and was well known in DC circles. How could he have been confirmed as the nation’s top law enforcement official when nobody knew that he was a far-right religious extremist on a mission to use the law and the executive power to enforce a moral code?”

Born 23 May 1950 in New York. He is a Sun Gemini in an expansive square to Jupiter in Pisces with Jupiter in a see-saw opposition to Saturn; with a stubborn Mercury in Taurus trine Saturn and Mars in Virgo and square Pluto (Moon) in Leo – not a man who easily changes his mind. His Venus in Aries opposes Neptune in trine/sextile to Pluto. It’s a chart that needs a birth time to anchor it since otherwise it’s all over the place.

His ‘seeking soul’ though can-be-unstable 7th Harmonic is strong and ruthless. His self-defeating 10H is also strong. Worryingly so is his leaving-a-legacy 17H which points to his influence extending long beyond his term, presumably through judges he has appointed.

He looks paralyzed and nervy 30 January to late February with tr Neptune square his Sun/Uranus midpoint; and worse from late February to late March with tr Neptune opposition his Mars/Saturn midpoint, which repeats October 2020 to late January 2021. Ebertin describes it as “waning powers, self-torment, a grievous loss.”  Tr Pluto is also opposing his Uranus/Pluto midpoint from late February on and off till late 2021 which will be unstable and erratic; plus a dashed-hopes tr Neptune conjunct his Jupiter/Node picking up from late April. He also has a car-crash Solar Arc Mars opposition his Sun sometimes over coming months.

His Attorney General Term chart also has similar with tr Neptune square the Jupiter at 19 degrees Sagittarius from late March, on and off into early 2021 which tends to deflate ‘false happiness’ and puncture over confidence.

His synastry with Trump is good and bad with his Sun in Trump’s 10th furthering his ambitions and his Jupiter in Trump’s 7th for morale-boosting support. But Barr’s Mars in Virgo clashes with Trump’s Sun and Moon, so not all sweetness and light.

Their relationship chart is very locked together, for good or ill, with a composite Saturn Pluto tying together Sun, Mercury Venus to Neptune – certainly as a pair they have stratospheric ambitions with Neptune Pluto and won’t budge easy. Though again the composite Sun squares Mars which can be competitive/argumentative. The downhill slide between them starts late this February, running off and on into 2021 with tr Neptune dissolving confidence between them.

George Bernard Shaw (maybe) once remarked the UK and USA are divided by a common language. But there is also a grand canyon of a gulf between the attitudes on religion and politics. The UK may be a shambolic mess but Mad Hatterly weird scenarios such as above would be blown straight out of the water. Trump as ‘an imperfect vessel’ would have to be the understatement of the last two thousand years. How can people twist their brains round to this extent?