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Mozart & Salieri – a murderous myth

One of the enduring myths in classical music was the supposed rivalry of composers Austrian Wolfgang Mozart and Italian Antonio Salieri, with the latter suspected of hastening Mozart’s end by poisoning.

In reality, despite some rivalry being in competition for jobs, they seem to have got along reasonably well. Mozart died aged 35 from causes unknown, variously ascribed to overwork, financial worries or fever.

Mozart was born 27 January 1756 6pm Salzburg, Austria and Salieri on 18 August 1750 10pm Legnago, Italy.

Mozart had a 5th house Sun Saturn Mercury in Aquarius opposition Neptune so was serious about performing, quite neurotic. He had an ambitious 10th house Mars in Cancer; and a possessive Moon Pluto in the 4th square Uranus and trine Neptune – so emotionally changeable.

Salieri was a Sun Mars in Leo opposition Uranus – so quite volatile and excitable; and could be jealous if he was outshone. He had Saturn Pluto in his 7th so harmonious relationships wouldn’t come easily to him.

Mozart’s Moon Pluto fell in Saleri’s 8th and M’s Sun Saturn in S’s 10th, so Salieri would feel cornered and deflated at times, composing as the same time as one of the great geniuses.

Their relationship chart has a friendly composite Sun opposition Venus; a supportive Mars Jupiter conjunction; though Mars was also conjunct Neptune so one’s success would diminish the other. The composite Mars was inconjunct Saturn and Pluto inconjunct Venus –  so there would be strains and rough edges. But nothing too hostile.

Salieri produced nothing in the last two decades of his life and ended up suffering from dementia. His work fell into obscurity from which it was only rescued fairly recently.

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Nicholas Sarkozy – crashing into difficulties

Former French President, right-wing Nicolas Sarkozy is under formal investigation over campaign funding for his unsuccessful 2012 bid for re-election. Despite his denials of all involvement in campaign finances, it is seen as a blow to his attempts to regain the presidency in 2017.

Born 28 January 1955 10pm Paris, his chart does show signs of a collision of sorts which will bring him to a halt and infuriate him. His Solar Arc Sun will conjunct his Mars in Aries, exact in four months’ time. Into 2017 he has several unpleasant and counter-productive influences – tr Pluto will conjunct his Neptune which can be devastating; tr Saturn will oppose his Gemini MC around the time of the election; and his Solar Arc Saturn will oppose his Jupiter, exact late in 2017, and possibly casting a damper over his attempt.

Admittedly he also has tr Uranus square his Jupiter through this year from late May onwards which will give him a lucky break. But maybe not enough to shake him loose from various allegations which have been swirling around him.   His marriage to Carla Bruni also looks more than creaky in 2017.

 

Sheena Bora – a sad death swirling in conspiracy theories

A thriller of a murder story, involving hidden identities, allegations and counter-allegations and arrests has been gripping Indian media for months. An unidentified skeleton, badly burnt, was recovered near Mumbai in 2012 but only identified in 2015 as being that of Sheena Bora. Police had earlier named Indrani Mukerjea, thought to be her sister but in fact her mother, as the main suspect in the case. They have also arrested her first husband as a co-conspirator in the murder, as well as her former driver who is listed as an accomplice. Now Sheena Bora’s stepfather, Peter Mukerjea, the former CEO of Rupert Murdoch’s Star India network, has been formally charged with the murder as well. He denies all knowledge of any conspiracy.

Sheena Bora was born 11 Feb 1987 when her mother (born Nov 1972), would have been 14, conceived at 13, raised by her maternal grandparents. She was an Aquarius Sun on the focal point of Mars in Aries trine Uranus Saturn in Sagittarius so volatile with a tough life. Her Jupiter in Pisces was square Uranus Saturn so quite impulsive.

And she had another mini-Grand Trine of Pluto trine Mercury in Pisces, sextile Venus Neptune in Capricorn – intense, charming though not always clear thinking.

What is really sad about her chart is a singleton Moon in Cancer which would give her key issues around mother. The Moon may also be on the focal point of a Yod to her Sun sextile Saturn Uranus; and in an angry square to Mars. She only discovered about her mother when she was 19 and came to find her.

Her 16th Harmonic which can be destructive/self-destructive is very strongly aspected. When she disappeared around 24th April 2012 tr Saturn was hovering around the opposition to her Mars; with tr Uranus square her Venus, moving to square her Neptune; and tr Pluto was just over the conjunction to her Neptune Venus.

Kanye West – ego threatening to explode

Kanye West, hubbie of Kim Kardashian, hip hop singer and record producer, one of the best-selling artists of all time, and a fashion designer has always boosted his career by being controversial. He seems more seriously over the top at the moment, claiming to be hugely in debt and demanding Mark Zuckerburg bails him out. Whether it’s all a stunt or his narcissistic mania has finally tipped him off the edge, isn’t clear.

Born 8 June 1977 (no time), he’s a Sun Jupiter in Gemini opposition Neptune, trine Pluto. Jupiter Neptune will certainly give him dreams off the Richter scale; Sun Neptune Pluto can be tinged with megalomania; and heavily Mutable charts are common amongst bi-polar sufferers. His Pisces Moon probably squares that Sun Jupiter opposition Neptune making him even more sensitive.

Plus he has a wannabe-grand Saturn in Leo on the point of a wide T Square to Uranus opposition Venus Mars – which will exacerbate all of Saturn in Leo’s tendency to self-aggrandise.

Unfortunately for him tr Saturn = come down to earth and face reality, is ploughing round his Mutable T Square this year conjunct his Neptune, opposition his Sun Jupiter and square Moon. Saturn Jupiter can be financial cutbacks; Saturn Neptune is paranoid and neurotic and Saturn Sun Moon can be discouraging. Though tr Jupiter in Virgo is doing the exact opposite – so all quite unstable, expanding and shrinking at the same time.  Into 2017 tr Neptune will square his Jupiter which can be bubble-bursting.

He does look confused exactly now with tr Pluto trine his Sun/Neptune. And late April through May looks very agitated with running crises.

There’s nothing very definitive and without a birth time it’s trickier still.  His lucky Jupiter could still pull a rabbit out of the hat.

PS: There is a possible, unconfirmed birth time of 8.45am which would put his Moon at 16 Pisces, closely tied into the Sun Jupiter opposition Neptune. Tr Saturn is aiming to square that in March/April which will dampen his spirits and make him feel less than supported/popular.

Plus the March Solar Eclipse will conjunct his Moon, sending a tremor round the Mutable T Square which may well hype him up to even higher levels of anxiety. Tr Uranus is also square the Cancer Ascendant, shining a new light on his image or giving it a mighty jolt.  Plus tr Pluto is poised to conjunct the Descendant bringing much more intense feelings about close partners and the general public.

His relationship with Kim Kardashian, never easy at the best of times; does look under pressure, volatile and uncertain this year.

Oscars – Di Caprio, Larson, Stallone

The Oscars are back round again on February 28th.

Leo di Caprio, who has already won the BAFTA leading man award for Revenant is hotly tipped. Born 11 Nov 1974 2.47am Los Angeles, his chart is oddly short of clues even for the BAFTA win. He’s a secretive Sun Venus Mars in Scorpio; with Pluto Moon conjunct in Libra in his 1st house. His recent UK win came with tr Neptune conjunct Jupiter which is often not that good – high hopes, disappointment.

What he has over the Oscars is tr Jupiter sextile his Venus = minorly sociable; and tr Uranus square his 10th house Saturn which can be jolting and tension-inducing.   He certainly looks cheerful later in the year as tr Jupiter crosses his Ascendant. It may be he doesn’t put much store on the Oscars and he certainly seems to dislike being too much on the celebrity trail.

Brie Larson, 1 Oct 1989, up for leading actress for Room, is a Sun Mars in Libra square Uranus Saturn Neptune in Capricorn opposition Jupiter in Cancer – so quite a high-wire personality, and overflowing with initiative, restlessness and luck. Again there’s not much showing apart from tr Uranus trine her Solar Arc Venus; and a mildly positive tr Jupiter sextile Mars/Uranus.

Sylvester Stallone, 6 July 1946 7.20pm New York, is up for best supporting actor for reprising his role as boxer Rocky in Creed. He has tr Uranus opposition his Jupiter at the Oscars which is definitely a lucky break; but he’s also got tr Neptune opposition his Mars which is usually not good news. His Jupiter may triumph since his Pluto is moving by Solar Arc to conjunct his natal Jupiter, exact in 8 months but in effect before then.  What’s certainly true is that his career and confidence are getting a considerable lift this year with his Solar Arc MC conjunct his Ascendant and tr Jupiter aiming to cross his midheaven in 2017.

Tweeting howls of rage

A hate mob of incontinent diatribers has seen Stephen Fry flounce off Twitter (again) saying the ‘fun is over’ after a stray comment of his at the BAFTAs evoked an avalanche of hyped-up outrage.

Twitter is also in deep trouble over revenues, lack of popularity and falling share prices. It has only 300 million users in contrast to Facebook’s 1.6 billion and even Instagram has overtaken it now.

When it sent its first tweet on 21 March 2006 at 9.50pm PST the Aries Sun was in the entertaining 5th. But what is really eye catching is Mars in Gemini in the 8th opposition Moon Pluto in Sagittarius – Mars Pluto all too easily falls into black rage. It’s often seen in the charts of shock-jocks who mouth off at the blink of an eye.

I was pondering on quite what general influences have stoked up the outpourings of often misdirected anger that have been obvious over the past few years. Several newspapers have now rowed back on having comment boxes below columns because of immoderate, insulting and slanderous posts left anonymously. The net was supposed to bring greater access to the public but it seems to have degenerated into mob rule by the screamers. Ditto the brainless student protests against anyone who doesn’t toe their very PC line.

Maybe it is the ugly side of Uranus Pluto leading to anarchy and chaos; platformed on the IT era’s Aquarius underpinnings. Uranus brings the underdogs to the surface, those who have felt powerless in the past, tramped underfoot by the Plutonic forces of power and the status quo. If it tips too far then Uranus can be a wrecker and the revolution ends up causing its own destruction. Indeed Uranus/Aquarius can have quite a fascist streak which is what some of this feels like.

Pope John Paul – surprising insights

Pope John Paul had a close friendship with a married woman for 30 years. Letter detailing his feelings have been hidden away in the National Library of Poland since his death but will be the subject of a BBC TV Panorama programme tonight.

Anne-Teresa Tymieniecka, 28 Feb 1923, was a Polish-born American philosopher and academic who helped him at times with his books and seems to have been in love with him, testing his faith. There is no suggestion that he broke his vows of celibacy.

Born 18 May 1920 5.30pm Wadowice, Poland, he had a charming and tactile 7th house Venus Mercury in Taurus; with an 8th house Taurus Sun so celibacy wouldn’t come easy to him. He also had an 8th house Gemini Moon on the focal point of a Mutable T square to Uranus opposition Saturn so fairly erratic emotional impulses.

Her Sun Uranus in Pisces fell in his 5th close to his Uranus and opposition his Saturn – so she’d cheer him up though he’d also block her out with his dutiful Saturn.  Her Jupiter opposed his Venus which is also friendly and light hearted; though her Saturn was conjunct his Mars which would put her own blocks on his enthusiasm.

Their relationship chart did have a possessive composite Moon Pluto conjunction; a passionate Venus trine Mars; but also a defensive Venus opposition Saturn – so a complicated, blow hot blow cold relationship with simmering undercurrents.

Her husband, economist Hendrik Houthakker, 31 Dec 1924, whom she married 17 years before she met John Paul, was determined and controlling Sun Jupiter in Capricorn opposition Pluto square Mars in Aries.

The conventional wisdom is that he was friendly with John Paul through his wife, but the HH/John Paul relationship chart has a hostile composite Pluto opposition Mars square Saturn – so again undercurrents, this time of unspoken dislike at the situation.

Kim Jong Un – reign of terror

Another head rolls – or is blown up – as North Korea’s unpleasant leader Kim Yong Un summarily gets rid of his most recent Chief of General Army Staff. To date he has had killed over a 100 senior figures in what is being described as an ‘extreme reign of terror’. The wisdom from outside is that at some point the military will turn against him.

His took over his role on 29 December 2011 at 11.57am, when there was a 10th house dominating Sun Pluto in Capricorn; but that squares Uranus, wherein could lie his downfall.  Uranus will have moved by Solar Arc to close that square to exact in early 2018, though in effect late 2017.  Through 2017/18 as well there is a high-risk, enraged tr Pluto trine Mars. In 2018 as well tr Uranus moves to oppose the regime Saturn which will bring a massive jolt.

Jeremy Hunt – NHS – David Cameron

More than 200,000 signatures have been garnered calling for a vote of no confidence in UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt after he said he would impose  new junior doctor contracts in the light of failure of negotiations. The NHS certainly needs reforming and being made more cost-effective but whether patients will benefit from exhausted, de-moralised doctors is questionable. And many hospitals say they will refuse to implement the new contracts. So a screw-up all round.

My recollection was there was an avalanche of criticism when Jeremy Hunt was Culture Secretary over the Murdoch bid to retake BskyB. Trouble seems to follow him around.

Born 1 Nov 1966 he’s a charming, determined Sun Venus in Scorpio in an over-hopeful square to Jupiter in flashy Leo. He also has the Uranus Pluto in Virgo opposition Saturn; with Mars also in Virgo conjunct Pluto – so quite chaotic and inclined to attract hostility with Mars Pluto.

His Saturn in Pisces opposes the NHS’s Mars in Virgo (5 July 1948) and squares the NHS Uranus Venus Mercury and Moon – so an aggravated chemistry between them. His Neptune squares the NHS Saturn and his Sun Venus squares the NHS Pluto – all in all a disastrous mix.

However bad it is at the moment, it’s going to get worse with tr Neptune opposing Hunt’s Mars from early April till early June which is panicky failure; and tr Neptune also opposing the composite Sun in the NHS/Hunt relationship chart. With a bad-tempered tr Pluto trine composite Mars from early March on the latter as well.

David Cameron has shown no sign in the past of being worried by Hunt’s mishaps, perhaps because they are relatively alike. Both have Jupiter in Leo and similar outer planet placings. Hunt’s Sun Venus are conjunct DC’s Mercury in Scorpio; and Hunt’s Gemini Moon trines DC’s Libra Sun Venus.

Though their relationship chart does show signs of an upheaval from early May with a tr Uranus opposition the composite Venus.

Cameron’s administration is sagging on several fronts at the moment with the EU negotiations going badly as well.

Tr Neptune will move off the Mutable T Square in his Govt chart after mid this month which will help.  But on his personal chart, he’s got the insecure tr Uranus opposition his Solar Arc Mars now; followed by a trapped tr Pluto square SArc Mars from March onwards till late 2018, and some tr Neptune sinkers all year as well as tr Pluto square his Libra Sun.

What will save his bacon or perhaps release him from purgatory is his Solar Arc Jupiter conjunct his Uranus, exact in 7 months’ time, though in effect before then.

Where his greatest pressures come is in 2017 onwards with tr Pluto moving to trine Pluto Uranus and ultimately sextile his Saturn – that will bring forced changes and perhaps bring out a side of him which doesn’t equate with the normal bland charm. It’s more than possible he could go before the end of his term since the Govt chart hits a major period of instability in 2018.

Richard Dawkins – tough astrology

Richard Dawkins, the scientist, pro-atheist and anti-astrology pontificator, has suffered a minor stroke, causing cancellation of a speaking tour.

Born 25 March 1941, he’s a Sun Aries trine Pluto; with a heavyweight Jupiter Saturn in Taurus. His Uranus also in Taurus is in an Earth Grand Trine to Neptune and Mars in Capricorn, formed into a wide Kite by an angry, bulldozer Mars opposition Pluto.

An Earth Grand Trine will ground him in the material realm and a reality he can connect via his five senses; but will limit his imagination.

His Neptune in Virgo trines his Uranus for eureka scientific discoveries; and opposes a surprisingly sensitive Venus and maybe Moon in Pisces.

At the moment his Solar Arc Saturn is opposing his Mars which will bring a major-road-block.  Though I’d imagine he’s had a few warning signal in recent years with his Solar Arc Mars conjunct his Sun two years back; and Solar Arc Uranus conjunct his Pluto just before that.

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