George W Bush – reinvented by time and perspective

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George W Bush, having been largely invisible through the Obama years, is having a resurgence in popularity as he publicises his latest book on veterans; and managing to laugh at himself in television interviews, which has been met with appreciation. One woman said: “A few years ago I would have rolled my eyes at the sight of this man, but 6 weeks of Trump makes W look like a pretty decent guy.” Another said: “You know things are bad when George W. Bush starts sounding like a member of the Resistance.”

He’s got tr Pluto starting a two-year square to his 3rd house Jupiter which will lift his confidence, with his Solar Arc Pluto conjunct his Jupiter this year which is a morale boost; and tr Jupiter is also going through his 3rd at the moment which will help his communication skills.

Photographs of his warm relationship with Michelle Obama have sparked comments. It’s hardly a match made in heaven with her Uranus Pluto conjunct his Mars; and his Saturn opposition her Capricorn Sun. But her Aquarius Moon (and Saturn) probably oppose his Venus. And their relationship chart does have an easy-going composite Sun square Jupiter, a hint of warmth from composite Venus opposition Mars square Pluto; plus an inspirational Fire Grand Trine of Sun trine Pluto trine Moon, formed into a Kite by Sun opposition Neptune. They could possibly co-operate on some idealistic, humanitarian project. Though it’s a relationship with heavy undertones which could go sour if they were together too much.


Jackie Kennedy – Scorpio South Node finally put to rest

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The USA went into shock when Jackie Kennedy, the grieving widow and epitome of elegance, married Aristotle Onassis, the Greek shipping magnate, then one of the wealthiest men in the world. He was a notorious womaniser who had reputedly bedded Marilyn Monroe amongst many others including Jackie’s sister Lee Radziwill; and he was passionately involved with opera singer Maria Callas. The marriage in 1968 came five months after Bobby Kennedy was assassinated and Jackie’s fears for the security of her children and need for privacy won out. For Onassis it was a business opportunity to ingratiate himself with the US and boost his image. Within five months Onassis had picked up again with Maria Callas, his humiliated mistress, and the marriage headed into a bitter divorce that dragged on up to his death in 1975.

Since her death in 1994, Jackie Kennedy’s ice-queen reputation has been stripped away as multiple affairs have been revealed (or alleged) including with two other Kennedy brothers, Bobby and Teddy, and high-profile Hollywood celebrities like Warren Beatty, Marlon Brando, William Holden.

The international jet set, like the Brit aristos, live by different rules.

Jackie Kennedy’s chart does have a deeply-buried, intensely emotional and fickle Venus in Gemini in the 8th opposition Saturn. Venus Saturn oddly can have a propensity for rampant sexuality; and she did have Uranus in her romantic 5th which is equally given to flash attractions that switch on and switch off.

Onassis’s Pluto was conjunct her Venus in the 8th; and her Pluto was opposition his Venus in Capricorn – so there would be a good deal of passion at initially, but like most Plutonic relationships when it went sour it got nasty. Her Saturn was on his MC, bringing him, he hoped, status; and her Leo Sun was in his entertaining 5th, so a good party companion.

The relationship chart has a composite Sun (in Scorpio) square Neptune and square Saturn, so delusional and disappointing as well as chilly or for material/practical reasons. The composite Venus does square Pluto, so close for a while, but not a partnership designed to last.

Whereas her relationship chart with JFK was extraordinarily intertwined. Not easy but destined to be a soul match where together they made each other more whole. There was a composite New Moon Pluto in the 8th, with Pluto conjunct Mars – so a powerful connection with a good deal of buried rage. Like her, JFK had Venus in Gemini; and his Sun in Gemini was conjunct her Jupiter, so he would bring a sense of support, despite his wanderings. His Neptune admittedly was conjunct her Sun, so she would find him tricky to pin down.

She’d have been genuinely fond of Edward Kennedy with a composite Sun Venus, whereas her relationship with Bobby was more hot fun for a passing moment.

Her final relationship was with diamond merchant Maurice Tempelsman, who supported her through her final decade according to a friend with “understanding, stability and serenity. She was at peace with him.” He was a month younger than her with a Sun Neptune in Virgo and his Venus Pluto in Cancer squared her Aries Moon. Not a riotous relationship but one that offered security. His Taurus Moon may have been conjunct her Taurus Node and Descendant.

Her Taurus North Node is interesting since it often brings a life of turmoil over sex and money, but ultimately contentment. She was on her Nodal Return when Onassis died in 1975 so perhaps that was the end of her battle to act out her Scorpio South Node, allowing her to move towards Taurus’s stability and peace.

Trump’s Attorney General – another sinkhole

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Just as I thought the astrology was off track (with another volcano predicted to erupt) as Trump gave an emollient (comparatively speaking) and disciplined address – and hey presto another Russia scandale has catapulted into the headlines. Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General, is being beset by demands that he at least recuse himself from the FBI investigation of the Trump election/Moscow connection and other demands that he resign forthwith. He appears to have been ‘economical with the verite’ at his confirmation hearings by saying he had not held campaign discussions with any Russians, when in fact he had met the Russian Ambassador twice.

Sessions, 24 Dec 1946, never did look to be having an amiable honeymoon in his unexpected elevation. He’s got tr Uranus opposition his Sun/Pluto from end of Feb running till March 19th which is a sudden reversal, a high risk situation, which will upset his ambition for power. And it’s not going to get easier. From March 9th tr Neptune squares his Mars/Jupiter which is failure, feelings of inferiority; with tr Saturn ratcheting up the pressure and bad temper from March 7th to early May as it squares his Mars/Uranus. And by April he picks up tr Uranus opposition his Mars/Pluto which is disastrous. Most of these influences repeat later in the year into 2018; and if anything 2018/19 are even more devastating for him with tr Pluto square his Sun/Saturn and Mars/Saturn. Woe is him.

His relationship chart with Trump looks separated and frosty from March 7th onwards so not inconceivable that he goes.

I’ve lost track of how many investigations are going on officially into Trump/Russia connections, business and otherwise, let alone lawsuits, but the US heavyweight newspapers are going to town today. As one senior politician remarked it’s always a bad idea to pick a fight with the media – “like getting into a pissing match with a skunk.” Somewhat derogatory about the esteemed fourth estate, but at least for once they seem to be doing their job.

[See Trump Feb 21st post for details of astro-influences ahead in immediate future.]



Oprah Winfrey – a Sun Aquarius for a Jupiter Saturn Aquarius Presidency in 2021?

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Oprah Winfrey who has always said political ambitions were off her radar because of lack of experience, says looking at Trump has made her – maybe – change her mind.

What’s intriguing is that by late 2020 for the next election she does have her Solar Arc Jupiter conjunct her Pluto, which is similar to Trump’s Solar Arc Pluto conjunct his Jupiter over his win (tho’ different houses). What might mitigate against it is tr Saturn moving through her 1st quadrant, into her 2nd house – tho’ she’d certainly be earning less if she made it to the White House.

The 2021 Inauguration chart has a 10th house Sun Jupiter Saturn in Aquarius square Mars Uranus in Taurus; with a control-freaky Pluto conjunct MC. It looks idealistic, disruptive and heavy-handed. Tr Jupiter admittedly is conjunct her Sun Venus at that point, so anything is possible.

Her relationship chart with the USA has a composite Earth Grand Trine of Mercury trine Mars trine Moon, with Mercury opposition Pluto – so she’s clearly a figure of influence, though not uncontroversial – she’d spark as much resistance as support. The composite Sun Venus opposes Saturn so affection and defensiveness, a good business combo. Her Solar Return for January 2021 has a packed 10th house with Venus Pluto conjunct the MC and Sun Jupiter Saturn there as well. So she won’t be invisible wherever she is.

Harry Styles – private and determined Aquarius



Harry Styles, an award-winning English singer songwriter, formerly of the pop rock band One Direction, now solo, is upping his acting career appearing this year in Dunkirk, a WW11 thriller movie starring Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy and Kenneth Branagh. It’s a stellar cast. One LA journalist even suggested Styles might be up for a 2018 Oscar for Best Supporting.

Born 1 February 1994 12.06 am Redditch, England, he’s got his home-loving and private Sun conjunct Venus in Aquarius in the 4th, square a confident and money-attracting Jupiter in Scorpio in his first, trine a 12th house Libra Moon. His Mercury in Aquarius conjunct Saturn, also in the 4th, squares Pluto in the 2nd so he’ll certainly be intense about making and spending money; and given to bouts of discouragement. His third house is also packed with the highly-strung Uranus Neptune in Capricorn and Mars in Aquarius – so he’ll live on his nerves and probably drive too fast.

He has dated Taylor Swift and more recently Kendall Jenner. The latter, 3 Nov 1995 3.38pm Los Angeles, is a Scorpio Sun which isn’t a great mix with Aquarius, but her Sun is conjunct his Jupiter which will help. She’s also got an Aries Moon and three planets in Sagittarius, so she’ll provide the Fire element he lacks.

He’s got a good deal ahead for him career-wise with tr Saturn just into his 3rd, so onwards and upwards, though he’ll got through some accident-prone patches in 2018 when tr Uranus squares his Mars; and heavy mental pressure when tr Pluto is conjunct his 3rd house Neptune Uranus 2018 to 2020. He has a chart replete with creative quintiles and septiles, so his get-it-together 5th Harmonic is strong. As is his 7th Harmonic which is artistic but not always stable, and can be addiction-prone though he’s publicly spoken out against smoking and drugs. His actor’s 15H is also marked.

At the moment his Progressed Moon is exactly conjunct his Midheaven, starting a two years ambitious push and tr Jupiter will cross his Libra Ascendant in October this year, which will see him stepping out confidently.

Britain heading for the door – a sharp reality check

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Fears about a catastrophic hit to the UK economy from Brexit appear to be receding with employment at an all-time high and UK manufacturing, construction and trade data beating expectations; the homebuilding sector is trading back at pre-Brexit levels. Though the real effect will only be felt when negotiations start after this March and the deed is done in 2019.

On the UK chart there is a Solar Arc MC square the 8th house Mars (business finances amongst other things) which is exact in four to five months’ time. This follows on from the Solar Arc Sun square Mars which came exact at the referendum result in mid 2016. So there will be a considerable jolting shock then, or sometime in the run up.

This will coincide with the Bank of England chart, 27 July 1694, going into a spasm of panic with tr Saturn square the Mars in Virgo opposition Neptune in Pisces, exact this June and repeating in late Oct/early November 2017; and the Solar Arc Sun also square Mars opposition Neptune with the same effect, marginally earlier.

There will be a moment of great relief and exuberance in 2018 with tr Uranus square the UK 10th house Jupiter (June, Oct 2018 and April 2019). But the moment of truth will come in 2019 with tr Saturn conjunct the UK Sun and moving into the UK 4th house until 2021 which looks like a domestic depression with tensions and hardship, especially when tr Saturn is conjunct tr Pluto late 2019 and in 2020. Economically it will be roller coaster from 2019 onwards as both tr Uranus and Solar Arc Uranus move into the UK 8th. Tr Uranus stays there till 2027 which will be a time of ups and downs, not necessarily a disaster, just less certain and stable than before. Though the years 2021 to 2025 will be significantly unsettled and jangled as tr Uranus is conjunct first the 8th house Mars and then proceeds to hard aspect Venus, Neptune and Saturn – so forced changes, financial jolts and upsets.

Through 2017/18 and 2019 tr Pluto will oppose the UK 10th house Moon, followed by tr Saturn in opposition in 2019 – this may not be economic per se, more the emotional mood of the country will be intense, conflicted, grieving for a past that is gone. There will be a huge outpouring of feelings, some bitter – that may involve the Royal Family or the country’s leadership.

The Bank of England chart looks to be in some turmoil in 2018 with tr Uranus square Pluto into early 2019; nerve-stretched in 2019 with tr Neptune square Uranus. And has a curious mix of great relief with tr Uranus square Sun Jupiter in 2019/2020 and horrible devastation in 2020 with Solar Arc Pluto square Mars and Neptune. And tr Pluto trine Mars, sextile Neptune in 2020/2021 which looks very tough going and panicked. So it’ll be a rough ride out the exit door.

The stock markets are riding high at the moment, not that they are always an indication of the underlying economy. But for what it’s worth the FTSE 250 (12 Oct 1992) which is a better domestic index than the more international FTSE 100, does look exceptionally stressed in 2019. It won’t be as bad as 2008 and the aftermath but still a fairly teeth-gritting, belt-tightening, stay-calm-and-carry-on phase of a few years. For all that Britain is a highly resourceful country which has always managed to come up trumps one way or another eventually.

Scotland Referendum – try, try again

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Domestic support for a second Scottish independence referendum is rising with the likelihood of Nicola Sturgeon announcing it at the same time as Brexit pushes off in March. Though it’s unlikely (?) to be held until 2019. Scotland voted substantially for remaining and the SNP wants to move into the EU if they win. Though the economic arguments are, if anything, worse than they were in 2014 for the previous referendum which voted 55-45 against. And the SNP’s record of running the NHS, schools, police and budget since they took over responsibility in 2007 is the subject of ongoing criticism. One argument is that Scotland could end up like Greece, and that’s if they could make the financial criteria for entry, which would require more fiscal discipline than has been obvious in the past.

The Act of Union between Scotland and England got under way on 1 May 1707 JC. In 2014 for the first referendum tr Saturn was opposition the Taurus Sun. There is certainly huge pressure on this chart in 2018/19/20 with tr Pluto opposition Mars, trine Sun and then square Neptune – so it will be a bitter fight. Tr Pluto square Neptune in 2019/20 could point to a devastating end to the Act of Union, but on the other hand it’s an enormously fixed, enduring chart with a Taurus Sun square Pluto Jupiter – and won’t break apart easily.

Nicola Sturgeon’s term chart, 12 May 2016 9.35am Edinburgh, does have a powerfully confident Earth Grand Trine of Pluto trine Jupiter trine Venus, Mercury (and Sun) in Taurus; but that forms into a Kite with Jupiter opposition Neptune, making idealistic, visionary, delusionary Neptune the driving planet. Plus there’s a very wobbly and impatient T square of Jupiter opposition Neptune square Saturn Mars in Sagittarius. Tr Neptune is undermining that T square from this April to the end of 2018, so the Holyrood government will be in less than ideal shape.

Her personal chart is under very muddled influences. She has tr Saturn moving through her 2nd house till 2018 which is usually not successful; with tr Neptune opposition her Sun/Jupiter, Uranus/MC and Mars/Jupiter midpoints and Solar Arc Sun through to January 2018 – and then opposition Solar Arc Mars through till 2020. Her Progressed Moon is going through her 12th till autumn 2018 which is often a time of being held back. And tr Pluto will trine her Saturn for a discouraging and tough slog through 2018/19.

On the upside she has tr Uranus trine her MC in April and tr Saturn also trine through the year – so a change of direction which could be positive. She’s also got tr Uranus square her Cancer Sun from May onwards and tr Uranus opposes her Jupiter through 2018 which will be upbeat and lucky. She’ll also get a lift from tr Jupiter moving across her Ascendant from November this year for a year thereafter. Her Solar Arc Mercury is conjunct her Pluto now and her Solar Arc Pluto squares her Mercury in 2018 – so she’ll be arguing fiercely.

There’s nothing that looks like ‘a whoopee we’ve done it’ moment. If a recession strikes with the Saturn Pluto in Capricorn picking up through 2018 into 2019 it will make the economic arguments for separation even less palatable.

Bill Paxton – Mars Pluto loss



Actor Bill Paxton, best known for his role in the sci-fi classic Aliens, The Terminator, Apollo 13, True Lies, Titanic and the TV mini-series Hatfields and McCoys, has died aged 61 of a post-surgical stroke after a heart operation.

Born 17 May 1955 in Fort Worth Texas, he was a Sun Taurus square Pluto in Leo with Pluto square Saturn in Scorpio, so quite a heavy-duty, bleak chart. To balance up the difficulties, he had Venus in upfront Aries opposition Neptune square a lucky Jupiter Uranus in Cancer. His Moon possibly in Pisces may have been on the focal point of a Mutable T Square to Mars in Gemini opposition his North Node – an accentuated Moon often appears in the charts of those who appreciate a wide audience.

Tr Saturn had been opposition his Mars just before his operation, with three undermining Neptune transits to midpoints; and tr Saturn was exactly conjunct his North Node when he died; and may at some point been square his Moon – so discouraging and energy-lowering. Plus more significantly he had his Solar Arc Mars within a degree of a conjunction to his Pluto, which suggests a major blockage. Oddly enough his Solar Arc Sun was conjunct his Jupiter which should have given him a confidence boost. But clearly not enough.

Netherlands election – high anxiety amongst the tulips

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The Netherlands election on March 15th has the EU on edge since there is a possibility of populist, anti-immigration, far-right Geert Wilders winning. He’s riding high in the polls and his party will certainly make substantial gains. Though the likelihood is that it will end in a coalition government. There is also unease about the Dutch parliament discussing in a few weeks’ time the feasibility  of pulling out of the euro because it is hurting domestic savers. Since Dutch politics are seen as a bellwether for Europe, leading the way with developments which tend to be followed by other countries later, there is a palpable sense of an existential crisis looming for the EU. With the French elections following in April/May and Germany in September. Angela Merkel is moving into a series of tr Uranus squares from March 20th onwards, so she’s feeling a blast of change coming.

The Netherlands chart, 26 July 1581 JC The Hague, looks panicked at the election with tr Neptune opposing Mars which runs on in the aftermath till early April. That could arguably be a ‘what have we done?’ – a la Trump in the US. Overall it’s an uncertain and confused year for the Netherlands with tr Pluto returning to oppose Neptune in September; and tr Neptune continuing to oppose Mars till early 2018; and tr Uranus opposing the Solar Arc Venus and conjunct the Solar Arc Uranus as well – so all jangled and jolted.

The Netherlands/EU relationship chart is certainly at a splitting-asunder moment this year; with tr Uranus square the composite Saturn over the election and then moving on to oppose the composite Mars in April and the composite Sun in May – and those influences repeat into 2018. So the electoral result will be a serious knock to the EU.

Geert Wilders, 6 September 1963, has the usual mixter maxter influences over the election. One day a candidate will have all good influences and it’ll be easy to predict (sigh). He does have tr Uranus square his Mars/Jupiter which is elation and success; and his Solar Arc Jupiter is within a degree of being square his Pluto, which is high confidence; and his Solar Arc Node is conjunct his Pluto for a moment in destiny – so a fair amount of positives. But he also has tr Neptune opposition his Sun/Pluto and into April opposition his Sun, so he’s not entirely ecstatic. Though he’s got tr Pluto square his Jupiter this month and later on and off till late 2018, so he’ll be on a roll of confidence. He could well do it and then find he can’t cobble together a coalition since no one wants to ally themselves to him.