Tsai Ing-wen – Taiwan’s female president facing the dragon

Taiwan has their first female president as the pro-independence party swept to victory in the elections, evoking tremors of disapproval from Beijing.

Tsai Ing-wen, 31 August 1956, is a Sun Jupiter in Virgo with Sun widely conjunct Pluto in late Leo. Pluto in turn is square Saturn in obsessive Scorpio. She has a Water Grand Trine of Saturn trine Mars in Pisces trine Venus in Cancer. Quite a chart. Enthusiastic, lucky, hard-working, ultra-determined and self-protective, difficult to get to know. Certainly she’ll have been used to tough times so will have resilience.

She won’t have an easy run in with tr Neptune opposing her Jupiter from mid April onwards till late 2017. That may be economic, since she doesn’t sound as if she wants to be confrontational initially with China. Tr Saturn will also square her Jupiter, off and on till October this year. So a confusing, uncertain time.

Her Saturn is conjunct the China MC and her Uranus conjunct the China Descendant so she will be seen as a rival and divisive.

The relationship chart between herself and China could start to rock n’ roll from late March, worsening through April and May as tr Uranus squares the composite Uranus, then opposes the composite Saturn Neptune. It will worsen considerably late 2016 with tr Saturn square Venus Sun; and destabilise in 2017 with tr Pluto opposition the composite Uranus.  So it may be China ramping up the ante and trying to back her into a corner.

There’s a handful of charts for Taiwan itself since it has a muddled history through Japanese oppression and beyond. The Jan 1 1912 chart looks high-tension and stressed through the next three years and trapped by 2020.

The 7 December 1949 is edgy and discouraged this year with major challenges and risk in 2017/18.

Michael Caine – a prolific Pisces

Actor Michael Caine is still going strong despite being 82 with his latest movie Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth about to appear.

Born 14 March 1933 10.10am, he grew up poor in London, his mother a cleaner and his father a Billingsgate fish porter. He’s had a long and illustrious career and a 43 year marriage to Guyanian former model Shakira.

He has Sun and Venus and North Node in Pisces in his 10th so suited to a film career; with Mercury in Aries also in the 10th. What anchors him will be his Jupiter in the 4th in Virgo opposition his Sun/Venus midpoint – a happy home life gives him a platform from which to operate.

Though he’ll have been and still is constantly on the move. He has Uranus in Aries opposition his entertaining 5th house Libra Moon square Pluto in his 2nd. So a life in permanent revolution but it seems to suit him. Quite controlling.

He has a strong actors’ 15th Harmonic.

His wife Shakira, 23 Feb 1947, is another Sun, and maybe Moon, in Pisces; with Venus in Capricorn and Jupiter in Scorpio so she’ll appreciate the good life.

Alan Rickman – a power-packed Mercury

Much beloved actor Alan Rickman has died. From Die Hard through Robin Hood to the Harry Potter films, his growly voice left an indelible impression. He had a sterling theatre career as well as in the movies, notably in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, as well as Shakespeare, Ibsen and other classics.

Born 21 February 1946 in London, he was a Sun Venus Mercury in Pisces. But it is his Mercury which was astonishingly aspected – on the focal point of a Yod inconjunct Pluto and Neptune, square Uranus, trine Mars Saturn in Cancer.

A Yod Mercury can be scattered, overly analytical and being a Yod would make him feel out of step with his environment. But he obviously wove that over-active mental energy into a career which blossomed from the moment he went to drama college.

He was born the same day as Anthony Daniels, who has portrayed C-3PO in all the Star Wars movies.

Athletics doping – Sebastian Coe under pressure


The latest report on in athletics is a headache for Sebastian Coe, former UK politician and Olympic track gold medallist, now President of the International Association of Athletics Federations. The report says corruption was embedded in the IAAF of which he was Vice President since 2007.  Despite that he is thought the best person to sort out the problems and move forward.

Born 29 Sept 1956, London he is a Sun Mercury in Libra with a sociable collection of maybe Moon, Uranus Venus Pluto in Leo and an adventurous Mars in Pisces opposition Jupiter in Virgo; plus a tough Saturn in Scorpio square Pluto Venus.

His personal chart indicates great confidence through 2016/17 with tr Pluto trine his Jupiter in Virgo; but also major problems in a year’s time (maybe less) with Solar Arc Uranus conjunct Sun, Solar Arc Pluto conjunct Neptune, and Solar Arc Saturn square Neptune – so scandal, confusion, panic, jolts.

His IAAF Presidency chart 31 August 2015, 12am Monaco, has a high-hopes-dashed Sun Jupiter opposition Neptune which has had a few wobbles recently as tr Saturn moved to square all three planets. Where it hits instability is by 2018 when tr Pluto will square the Uranus. But even before the Sun will move by Solar Arc to oppose Neptune exactly now so a major banana skin.

The IAAF, 17 July 1912, is hitting a considerable upset and disruption from June this year, on and off till April 2017 as tr Uranus squares Neptune and the Sun. Then tr Uranus moves on to square the Venus – so more emotional shocks.   Plus this year also tr Neptune is square and tr Saturn conjunct the Solar Arc Mars – so a time of deep uncertainty.

Not quite the glory job he had anticipated.

Jerry & Rupert – you couldn’t make it up

The odd couple have made it into The Times engagement column. Unkindly, though aptly, dubbed the Beauty and the Beast, the blonde, leggy Jerry Hall, Mick Jagger’s ex, is to marry mogul Rupert Murdoch. They have hit it off recently and after a four month romance are heading up the altar sharpish by the sound of it.

Murdoch, 11 March 1931 11.55pm Melbourne, Australia, is a Sun Pisces, Moon Sagittarius, Venus in Aquarius with a fearsomely confident Jupiter Pluto in Cancer opposition Saturn square Uranus North Node in Aries. Jerry Hall, 2 July 1956, Texas, USA, is a Sun Cancer, Moon probably Aries, Venus in Gemini and a similarly confident Jupiter Pluto in Leo.

Despite their age gap of 25 years, they do have good cross-overs on their charts. Her Cancer Sun is exactly conjunct his 7th house Jupiter so they do suit each other.  Both have Venus in an Air sign and a Fire sign Moon so they will understand the other’s emotional approach.

Where it may get stickier is her Mars in Pisces conjunct his 4th house Sun Mercury IC – maybe arguments at home or some ruffled feathers in his family. Plus her freedom-loving Uranus is conjunct his excitable and possessive 8th house Mars – and that could cause fireworks. And, of course, his 4th house Uranus in Aries squares her Sun – which again suggests domestic/family upsets.

Their relationship chart has a ‘power-couple’ composite Jupiter Pluto conjunction on the focal point of a mini-Grand Trine to a Uranus trine Neptune. Together they will boost each other’s morale and possibly push each other over the top. There’s a sparky-attraction composite Sun Mars which may square the composite Moon – that will bring an initial attraction but could get argumentative. Plus a stabilising composite Saturn trine Venus.

Of the children, James seems least enamoured with his new stepmother-to-be with some aggravations coming through the next two years between them.

Hunter S Thompson – a libertarian control-freak


Hunter S Thompson, was a writer and journalist, associated with Rolling Stone magazine and an icon of the counter-culture, known for his drink and drug abuse and his dislike of authority. He committed suicide in 2005, aged 67.

His son Juan, a remarkably normal IT manager, has written an affectionate but warts-and-all memoir of his father. He writes in the book. “[My father] didn’t care what she [his wife] was trying to say, he cared about breaking her,” he said. In the book, he also recalls his father’s “deliberate distortions and carefully chosen words that would inflict maximum hurt”. Astonishingly they made an effort in later years to come to some acceptance of each other.

Hunter S Thompson was born 18 July 1937 10pm Louisville, Kentucky and had a ferocious chart with an ego-driven, controlling 5th house Sun Pluto in Cancer in a pushily confident, rules-don’t-apply-to-me opposition to Jupiter in Capricorn; with Sun Pluto trine Mars in vengeful Scorpio. Talented certainly with an Earth Grand Trine of Neptune in Virgo trine Jupiter trine Uranus but a nasty streak as well.

His son, Juan, 23 March 1964, is a Sun Jupiter in Aries with a Leo Moon which probably helped him bounce above the emotional cruelty of his childhood. His Sun did conjunct his father’s hard Saturn in Aries so his father would come across as cold and block him out. Though he’d also induce shame in his father since Saturn is always one of the wounds in the chart. It clearly mellowed with age as Saturn usually does.

Their relationship chart is a curious mix of an affection Sun Venus in an argumentative trine to Mars, square a dominating Pluto; with an idealistic composite Jupiter Saturn conjunction. It says a lot for the son that he tried to reach across the abyss and make some kind of connection.

Poland – repressive government



The new right-wing Catholic government in Poland is facing not only demonstrations at home but also an unprecedented EU inquiry into whether new Polish laws break EU democracy rules and are a threat to fundamental EU values. President Andrzej Duda approved controversial laws enabling the government to appoint the heads of public TV and radio, and choose judges for Poland’s constitutional court.

There are several charts for Poland – 5 Nov 1916; 11 Nov 1918; and 24 August 1989 1.05pm Warsaw. All of them are sagging under Neptune transits through 2016 suggesting a discontented population. The 1989 one looks directionless this year with tr Neptune opposition the MC, moving into the 4th; and tr Neptune square the Moon.

President Andrzej Duda, who belongs to the ruling party, was born 16 May 1972; and sworn in on 6 Aug 2015 around 10.05 am. He’s a tough Sun Taurus in a controlling trine to Pluto trine North Node in Capricorn. With the Sun and Saturn in Gemini opposition Neptune – so quite idealistic/fanatical. He’s certainly confident/over confident at the moment with his Solar Arc Sun opposing his Jupiter.

His Term chart has a harsh Mars in Cancer trine Saturn in Scorpio; with a 4th house Pluto square a 7th house Uranus – so empathy and sentiment not strong; with a mutinous domestic electorate and splits with neighbouring countries or partners. A divisive administration.

The Prime Minister Beata Szydio, 15 April 1963, has a fairly disjointed chart (without a birth time). Her Aries Sun is sextile Saturn; her Jupiter in Aries is trine Mars in Leo; her Venus in Pisces trines Neptune. But none of it really hangs together. She’ll have a very bumpy ride from mid 2016 with tr Uranus conjunct her Sun into 2017.  And looks to be taking gambles and reckless decisions in 2017 with Solar Arc Mars opposition Jupiter.

Her swearing in chart, 16 Nov 2015, is confident enough with Sun Mercury sextile Jupiter and Jupiter trine Pluto Moon. And controlling with Venus opposition Uranus square Pluto. Her enthusiasm will take a dip when tr Saturn squares the Jupiter through this year. But that apart there are no major disruptions showing (without a start time).

You’d think Poland had survived under enough dictatorships not to want a heavy-handed government.

David Bowie – revolutionary focal point Uranus

David Bowie, one of the most influential singer/musicians in 20th Century rock and pop has died of cancer. His stage persona was flamboyant, androgynous and constantly changing.  One obituary said: ‘Where before, artists and groups either evolved their musical style and appearance or remained unchanging, David Bowie seemed to be in permanent revolution.’ He moved from 1960s hippy, through Ziggy Stardust and later became a soul rocker.

Born 8 January 1947 in London at around 9am (from memory), he had a 12th house, creative and private Sun Mars in Capricorn on one leg of a Yod, in sextile to money-attracting Jupiter in Scorpio in the much-travelled 9th inconjunct Uranus in Gemini. A focal point Uranus would make him unconventional, erratic, willful, intolerant of rules, original, a trail blazer. He did drugs, experimented sexually and refused to toe anyone’s line but his own.

His Sun Mars Mercury was also square an 8th house Neptune hinting at an attraction to showbiz glamour, strongly creative especially musical talents. The 8th house Neptune would also help give him a superstar aura.

His Leo Moon was conjunct Saturn Pluto, so fairly locked down emotions. Though his Moon Saturn did trine Venus in Sagittarius which would help marginally.

His Venus was 9th house suggesting romantic attachments with foreigners and his first wife Angie was a Cypriot-American, his second Iman, a Somalian model.

Angie, 25 September 1949, was a Sun Libra with a passionate (and unforgiving) Moon Venus in Scorpio square Mars Pluto in Leo.  Her Mars Pluto was in Bowie’s 7th house so a fiery relationship.

Iman, 25 July 1955, was a Sun Leo conjunct his Moon; and her Libra Moon fell in his 8th so a deep connection. Her Mars is also in Leo but conjunct Jupiter which would make it less aggressive, more enthusiastic.

The relationship chart between Bowie and Angie did have an adventurous composite Uranus opposition Jupiter square Moon; and an affectionate Sun Venus conjunction. But that Sun Venus was also square Saturn Pluto with Pluto sextile Mars – so all manner of blocks, lack of empathy to go along with passion.

His relationship with Iman didn’t look that easy with a controlling Sun Mars Neptune sextile Pluto; and a cool, too-much-work composite Venus Saturn conjunction.

When he died this week his Secondary Progressed Moon was exactly opposition his 6th house Saturn; and tr Uranus square his Mars and Sun/Mars midpoint.

His creative 5th and 7th Harmonics are strong; as was his enduring 8H and 11H; and his superstar 22H was also marked.

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