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John Caudwell – putting his money to good use

Self-made billionaire John Caudwell, philanthropist and co-founder of Phone 4U, a mobile phone retailer, has said that 11 members of his family are suffering from the potentially crippling Lyme’s Disease. Medical wisdom says only ticks can spark off the ailment but his experience appears to show there may be other ways of contracting it. He says there may be a link to other devastating conditions including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and myalgic encephalopathy (ME, or chronic fatigue syndrome).

What’s intriguing is that he was born on the same day as Vladimir Putin, 7 October 1952. His father died when he was a teenager, so he left school without A levels, worked for Michelin and then moved into retail. He’s got the Libra Sun Saturn Neptune Mercury conjunction square Uranus in Cancer; and the ultra-determined Mars in crusading Sagittarius trine Pluto. Pluto in turn is opposition his North Node in Aquarius square Jupiter so not short of confidence or luck.

Clearly he’s turned his talents in a different direction to Putin’s but he’s got the same trajectory from a standing start up to great heights. His Aquarius Node will give him a passion for a cause which he’s now focused on wakening up governments about the prevalence and lack of sensible diagnosis/treatment for Lymes’ Disease.

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Michael Caine – a Pluto Jupiter moment

Michael Caine picked up the best actor prize at the European Film Awards for his portrayal of a retired composer in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, as well as an honorary award.
There are even murmurs he could get an Oscars nomination.
Born 14 March 1933 10.10am London, he has Jupiter at 17 Virgo which will pick up the tr Pluto trine just days after the Oscars at the end of February. So he could be on a winning streak. Whichever way it goes he looks in for a confident two years ahead. Though with some bumps and jolts from tr Uranus conjunct his Uranus, square his Pluto and opposition his Moon.

Jacob Zuma – wobbling on his perch

There are increasingly strident demands for President Jacob Zuma of South Africa to depart. His latest idiocy was to fire a respected Finance Minister which sent the rand and markets tumbling, debt-servicing costs rising, and will cost the country billions.

His term chart 24 May 2014 11.35am Pretoria has a crisis-ridden Cardinal Grand Cross of Uranus opposition Mars square Pluto opposition Jupiter. The Pluto Jupiter probably alludes to his cavalier tendency to throw taxpayers’ money at personal projects as if there were no restrictions. The Pluto moves by Solar Arc to square Uranus exactly in 6 months’ time so the run up will be very unstable. Ditto tr Pluto back to square Uranus from the New Year through January 2016.

His own personal chart, 12 April 1942, has tr Uranus conjunct the Aries Sun from late April which will be a jolt; and he has four midpoints being undermined by tr Neptune and tr Saturn hard aspects, now and through 2016. So definitely sagging.

The South Africa 1910 chart looks uncertain, undermined and indecisive next year with the Tr Saturn square tr Neptune hitting on the 9 degree Gemini Sun. Plus a high panic tr Uranus opposition Mars Neptune in Cancer early in 2016 and tr Pluto square Neptune, then Mars – huge frustration, anger and devastation.

Climate Change Deal – maybe, might just do good

Much triumphalism by political world leaders about their historic climate change deal which was gavelled into agreement just before 7.30pm yesterday in Paris. And just as much cold water being poured on its overblown promises by climate sceptics and climate obsessives alike.

The chart has a trail-blazing Uranus in the 10th opposition a domestically-irritable 4th house Mars square an uphill-struggle 6th house Pluto. There’s certainly enough power in that T square though also potential for arguments.

The grandstanding 5th house Sun is in an overly expansive square to Jupiter, sextile Mars and trine Uranus so prone to promising what it can’t or won’t deliver but willing to try. A 5th house organisational Saturn square a 9th Neptune – at best, hopes for a better society, though it’s fairly disconnected.

The one thing which is marginally hopeful is the 17th Harmonic = leaving a legacy for history. It’s strong with planets in all three Earth signs – which, with wide orbs, does make a Grand Trine, formed into a Kite focussing on idealistic Neptune. And a T square of Sun opposition Uranus square Moon. So something may emerge from it.

Golden Globes – hopes and disappointments

The Golden Globe nominations are out for the awards on January 10 next. Too many to cover and most without birth times.

Just on a brief scan. Cate Blanchett up for Carol has tr Jupiter trine her Taurus Sun exactly that day which has to help.

Leo di Caprio – The Revenant – Scorpio Sun Libra Moon. Has a couple of useful Jupiter transits to Jupiter midpoints though they aren’t that strong. He’s certainly very emotional with tr Pluto square his Libra Moon and Solar Arc Pluto conjunct his Venus – which is either making him feel much loved or seriously jealous.

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn – Aries Sun Taurus Moon. Looks happy in the aftermath but not necessarily on the day itself.

Maggie Smith – The Lady in the Van – Capricorn Sun Virgo/Libra Moon. Fairly mixed. Tr Pluto will sextile her Jupiter in the immediate aftermath and across the Oscars but tr Pluto is also trine her Solar Arc Saturn which in turn opposes her Jupiter. A dashed hopes tr Pluto square Jupiter/Neptune and an upbeat tr Jupiter to a Jupiter midpoint. Pleased to be nominated maybe but not quite there, maybe more of a shot in the Oscars.

Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall/Bridge of Spies – Capricorn Sun Virgo Moon. Looks frustrated and irritable, rather uncertain.

Damien Lewis – supporting, Wolf Hall – Aquarius Sun Leo/Virgo Moon. Nothing too good, blocked and irritable with Solar Arc Saturn conjunct Mars; and tr Neptune square too Mars midpoints which are sinking.

Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation/Luther – Virgo Sun, Moon Leo/Virgo. Could be chipper with tr Jupiter trine his Sun/Pluto but his life is certainly in a state of upheaval with the tr Uranus square tr Pluto hitting his Uranus – a mid life crisis and then some.

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo – Pisces Sun Capricorn Moon. Tr Pluto trine his Solar Arc Sun and moving to sextile his Pisces Sun in the weeks thereafter suggest he feels his life is coming together satisfactorily. But he looks jagged and rather lacklustre over the Globes, though with one upbeat tr Jupiter to a Mars midpoint showing.

USA – mood around election and inauguration

I’ve been puzzling over the USA 1776 and First Presidents’ chart to see if I could gauge the mood of the country over the election and inauguration – and am not much wiser.

When GWB was inaugurated after the dodgy 2000 election, there was a Sun Neptune, Mercury Uranus in the 10th – so vague, indecisive, ineffectual, impulsive. Mars was opposition Saturn square Uranus Mercury – so militarily inclined and explosive. There was a secretive (dirty tricks behind the arras) 8th house Moon Pluto which through 9/11, the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars tr Saturn moved to oppose.

Barack Obama’s first term had a 10th house Sun Jupiter Mercury with a country largely delighted they had elected their first black president and buoyed up his ‘we can change’ message. Plus an all-systems change Saturn opposition Uranus.

Ronald Reagan’s inauguration had a 10th house Sun Mercury Mars trine Saturn Jupiter and with Sun opposition Moon. Mars was also trine Pluto. So reasonably dynamic and idealistic.

The 2017 inauguration, assuming 20 January 12 noon, has a solo 10th house Sun square a Scorpio Moon so out of step at times with the mood of the country. A pushily over-confident Jupiter opposition Uranus square Pluto – looks controlling, inclined to take risks and arouse resentment (perhaps abroad) or with dogmatic views. There is a balancing Saturn in Sagittarius trine Uranus and sextile Saturn which may help as an antidote. Though Saturn trine Mars also looks military. I can’t decide whether that looks more like Hillary than Trump.

The election will be held on 8 November 2016 with a Scorpio Sun trine Neptune and Neptune square Saturn – so arousing paranoia and some confusion, maybe undecided. Though there’s also the pushy Jupiter opposition Uranus square Pluto with Uranus square Mars – so much heat generated.

The USA 4 July 1776 11am chart is trudging through thick mud, feeling discouraged in 2016 with tr Pluto square Saturn; and undermined with tr Saturn square tr Neptune hitting on the Solar Arc Sun – not knowing what to do for the best. Tr Uranus will be square Mercury in Cancer so outbursts of excited utterances, ie. arguments and insults; with tr Uranus moving to square Pluto in 2017 for quite an upheaval.

On the First Presidents’ chart 30 April 1789 12.45pm New York, there’s a good deal of passion being aroused through 2016/17 with tr Pluto opposing the FP Moon; with a lacklustre feel over the inauguration.

On reflection and you can argue these things round all ways – Jupiter Uranus Pluto could be the not-entirely-humble Trump; and the election North Node opposition Neptune square opinionated Saturn in Sagittarius could be ditto, for a conservative result.

I hate US elections, they go on for aeons of time. And this one seems even more obscure than most.

Marissa Mayer twins – forces to be reckoned with

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, had twin girls on 10 December early morning presumably San Francisco. Thus they have roughly the same charts as Kim Kardashian’s latest (see below). In their case a Moon Saturn in Sagittarius squares Neptune so a fairly neurotic mother, cool or overly hard-working and rather inaccessible. Their Sagittarius Sun squares Jupiter in Virgo and trines Uranus – so definitely upbeat, enthusiastic and quirky. Plus that megaton Uranus opposition Mars square Pluto.

Marissa Mayer’s focal point Saturn in Cancer opposes their Pluto and squares their Mars Uranus – so her need to prove herself by excelling won’t sit too happily with them. Her Gemini Sun opposes their Moon Saturn so she may find they block her out.

Their relationship chart with her does have an affectionate composite Sun opposition Venus but that sextile/trines onto a composite Moon Mars conjunction – so some aggravation as well.

The twins’ relationship with their brother, 30 September 2012 11.59pm San Fran, looks very stressed with a composite Sun conjunct Saturn on one side and Mars on the other; with the composite Moon possibly square all three.

He’s a 4th house Sun Libra opposition Uranus square Pluto with an Aries Moon opposition Saturn; and a vengeful Mars in Scorpio. So he won’t have an easy personality. He’ll not only have to cope with a new cuckoo in his nest, but two of them.

Canada – in economic straits

The governor of the Bank of Canada has caused consternation by saying the country might move to negative interest rates to encourage spending and investment if the economy stays sluggish and another crisis erupts. It sounds a dreadful idea dreamt up by theoretical economists who don’t look 10 or 20 years ahead when all that spent money isn’t there to keep people afloat in their old age.

The Bank of Canada chart, 11 March 1935, does look discouraging over the next year plus with tr Saturn square the Neptune opposition Sun until late 2016. There’s also a very pressured tr Pluto square the financial Venus from early 2016 till late 2017. And with tr Uranus square the BoC Pluto and opposition BoC Mars from late May till early 2017 insecurity may push them into radical measures.

The Canada chart, 1 July 1867 12am Ottawa, does look as if it is ploughing through heavy seas in 2016/17/18 with a certain amount of hardship and panic. Tr Pluto will continue to square Neptune in 2016 and the Ascendant in 2016/17 which will bring confusion and concern and change Canada’s image in the eyes of the world. Tr Pluto will also continue to trine Pluto through 2016 and sextile Saturn in 2016/17 which usually suggests forced change and deprivation. Tough times.

But Canada is a tough country and there are better economic signs in three years or so.

Briony Brind – art through dance

Bryony Brind, the English ballet dancer who once partnered Nureyev has died at the very young age of 55. She was once supposedly the friend of Prince Michael of Kent and latterly married Ian McCorquodale, son of Barbara Cartland.

Born 27 May 1960 she was a Sun Mercury Moon in Gemini with her Sun conjunct Venus in late Taurus – so airy and elegantly physical at the same time. Ian McCorquodale took a stroke shortly after she married him so she became his carer. That would suggest a Saturn in the 7th where partners involve work and would put Pluto which squared her Sun in her 4th. Plus Neptune in the performing 5th.
Her Saturn in Capricorn squared her Mars in Aries bringing her problems through her life, including possibly a bout of anorexia. Her Uranus in Leo was in an exciting and excitable trine to Mars and inconjunct Saturn – so better suited to a maverick lifestyle with constant change than one of humdrum sameness.

Thailand – under the military jackboot

There’s increasing unrest about the situation in Thailand now labouring under a military junta after a 2014 coup. The US ambassador is in hot water for suggesting that long prison sentences given by military courts to civilians under the law forbidding comments about the Thai monarch were a restriction of freedom of speech.
Now Thailand’s most senior police investigator into human trafficking is seeking political asylum in Australia, saying he fears for his life because influential figures in the Thai government, military and police are implicated in trafficking and want him killed.

Martial law was imposed at 3am on 20 May 2014 which puts controlling Pluto conjunct the MC opposition Jupiter square Mars opposition Uranus Venus – so an explosive, pushily-confident, ruthless administration that will face rolling crises.

General Prayuth Chan-ocha, 21 March 1954, is now running the outfit. He’s a Sun Pisces/Aries with a Libra Moon and a fairly untogether chart with one T square onto Neptune as a focal point; and a wedge of Mars opposition Jupiter which is trine/sextile Pluto.

He’ll have his enthusiasm deflated in late 2016 as tr Saturn is conjunct his Mars and opposition his Jupiter. But it’s 2017/18 which are the real risk times for him with a rolling series of hair-raising Solar Arcs – Solar Arc Uranus square Mars, then Solar Arc Pluto conjunct Neptune and Solar Arc Mars opposition Pluto; plus tr Pluto opposing his Uranus also in 2017/18.

The Thailand 24 June 1932 chart has tr Uranus square its Pluto and conjunct its Uranus through 2016 so a very unstable year.

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