Madame Claude – the wrong kind of mother

Another brothel-keeper with prominent clientele has died. Fernande Grudet became Madame Claude and a household name in the 1970s, providing “high class” young women to rich and powerful men from her home in Paris – including John F Kennedy, the Shah of Iran, Giovanni Agnelli, the Fiat tycoon, Muammar Gaddafi and Marlon Brando. An acquaintance said, ‘I think she hated men. She used them strictly to make money and saw them as nothing more than wallets.’
One of her girls likened her to a ‘slave driver on a plantation in the American South.’ But she hired private tutors to teach them art and philosophy, sent them abroad to learn languages and culture, paid for any necessary plastic surgery. Her clients booked an appointment over the telephone, giving rise to the term “call girls”.

Born 6 July 1923 9am Angers, France, she was much tougher and nastier than scatter-brained Cynthia Payne (see previous post). Claude had a Sun Pluto in Cancer on the focal point of a T Square to an Aries Moon opposition Saturn – ego-centric, dominating, cold, hard.
Her Sun Pluto was also in a self-protective Water Grand Trine to Jupiter in money-making Scorpio trine Uranus, formed into a Kite with Uranus (on cusp of 8th house of sexuality) opposition the Virgo North Node – so definitely out of step with the conventional morals of the society. She also had Mars in Cancer trine Uranus.
Quite a scary woman and a fantasist from all accounts which is another Water Grand Trine trait.

The Sun Pluto conjunction in Cancer also occurs in the charts of the late Greville Janner and Cyril Smith, two former UK MPs, born within two weeks of each other in 1928, both of whom were accused of child abuse.

I’ve always found Pluto in Cancer an uncomfortable energy when heavily marked in a chart. It was around 1913 to 1939 and oversaw tremendous changes out in society in WW1 and the Depression; and in the break up (in the West) of the old family structure. But it seems to represent, in one of its aspects, the Terrible Mother or the negative feminine – over-controlling, uninsightful and emotionally contaminated.

Tom Hardy – a high-octane actor

English actor Tom Hardy – Black Hawk Down, The Revenant, Mad Max, Legend (playing both gangster Kray twins) – has been picking up bad publicity for his obvious dislike of doing media interviews at premiere time.

Born 15 September 1977 he’s a Sun Virgo; with Mercury in Virgo on the focal point of a mini-Grand Trine of Mars Jupiter in Cancer trine Uranus. Virgo can be sharp-tongued and a Mercury Uranus Mars will tend to be volatile. He’s also got a compacted-anger Mars square Pluto (Moon) in Libra. Five of his planets aspect Mars midpoints which will also stoke up the heat – and make him good at playing violent roles.

King Felipe – thrust into the spotlight

King Felipe of Spain has hardly got his feet under the throne before he’s facing a testing time handling negotiations after the split result in the recent Spanish elections. Neither left nor right have enough seats to form a majority and the strongest bloc are republican.

He acceded at midnight on 19 June 2014. Tr Pluto is square the Mars on that chart exactly now and on and off throughout 2016 – blocked and frustrated. Tr Pluto is also sextile Saturn from early 2016 to late 2017 which looks like an uphill struggle. With ominous signs of an unhappy population as the Pisces Moon gets the tr Saturn square in 2016; with a further slide in his popularity by 2018 as tr Neptune conjuncts the Moon.
Indeed the Mars opposition Uranus square Pluto in that chart is moving by Solar Arc to close the Mars Pluto square to exact now; the Uranus Mars opposition to exact in 6 months’ time; and the destabilising Uranus Pluto square to exact by late 2017. With the Catalan separatist headache thrown in for good measure.

His personal chart, 20 Jan 1968 12.45pm Madrid looks ominous as well with tr Uranus square his MC for the final time in March; followed by tr Pluto conjunct MC in 2017/18 which can often be a collapse of power and reputation. He’s also got the panicky-failure tr Neptune conjunct his Mars in 2016; indeed tr Saturn is square his Mars at the moment.
He has a disorientating Solar Arc Saturn opposition his Neptune in 6 months’ time; and a shock or collision from Solar Arc Mars square his Capricorn Sun in late 2017.

Nothing that looks remotely good in the near future.

Cecil Rhodes – two sides to a man of his time

Oxford students are up in arms about Cecil Rhodes statue (founder of Rhodesia) remaining erect within the hallowed confines since they claim he was a bigoted racist. There’s a counter-argument in today’s Times (behind a pay wall).
His biographer said “as a young man he had related directly and well to unlettered Zulu. Throughout his life he remained sympathetic and responsive to the needs of individual persons of colour”.
He did believe the black Africans were generally inferior, but in terms of cultural development, not biology; and when in South Africa he espoused general franchise (voting) under the principle of “equal rights to every civilised man south of the Zambesi”.

My last post from 2010 (see in search) was taken from wiki, so some amendment in order.

He was born 5 July 1853 7pm Hereford, England and was a New Moon in Cancer trine Neptune in Pisces, sextiling onto Uranus in Taurus – so certainly visionary and innovative. With Neptune also on the focal point of a T square to an adventurous Jupiter in Sagittarius opposition Mars.

He would certainly be patriotic with a New Moon in Cancer and Neptune can be cold but it isn’t a brutal, hate-filled or superior chart.
He had a strong 5th Harmonic – creating something tangible in his life. A leaving-a-legacy-for-history marked 17H; and a powerful 22H, which marks him out as a significant individual.

The town clerk of Bulawayo when asked about digging up Rhodes’ grave and removing his bones from Zimbabwe said – “It is the Taliban who destroy history – and I am not a Taliban. After Rhodes’s grave, who is next?”

Harjit Sajjan – Minister of Defence with hands-on experience

Harjit Sajjan, an Indian-born Canadian Sikh has been appointed Minister for Defence in Justin Trudeau’s government. For 11 years he was with Vancouver Police latterly as a detective investigating organised crime. He served with distinction in Afghanistan winning medals and praise and was specially requested to join the US Command Team.

Born 6 September 1970 he has a Sun Mars in Virgo with Sun trine Saturn in Taurus. [It’s amazing how often in the same week chart similarities turn up – see Mother Teresa below]. His Saturn opposes Neptune in Scorpio in trine/sextile to Pluto Mercury in Virgo – so exceptionally hard-working, tough and idealistic.

He doesn’t look like having an easy entry into politics with jolts and jangles, frustrations in 2016 and some disappointments in 2017. Though perhaps Trudeau’s withdrawal from any involvement in the Middle East won’t suit him.

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion and the Sikhs were always renowned for their martial skills.

OPEC – muddling towards collapse

OPEC appear to be in disarray as they fail to agree a common policy, with the price of oil hurtling downwards. Initially it was thought this was a strategy to force US shale into bankruptcy but it isn’t working and the US is forging ahead with creating a substantial homegrown energy business. Experts now believe that the Permian Basin in to 6m barrels a day – more than the world’s biggest field in Saudi Arabia.

Take Middle Eastern oil out of the equation in a few years’ time and the whole political situation will alter.

OPEC was set up at a conference between 10 to 14th September 1960 in Baghdad, which gives it a risk-taking Jupiter in Sagittarius opposition Mars in Gemini square Sun Mercury in Virgo. Solar Arc Saturn is opposition Pluto at the moment bringing a stalemate and sense of deprivation. And everything looks to be slipping, sliding and deflating over the next several years, especially late 2016/early 2017; and worse in 2020.

The first Oil Strike chart, 28 Aug 1859 4pm Titusville, Pennsylvania, also looks undermined this year and worse by 2017.

Times are a changing.

Middle East – boundary disputes

Since 2013 journalist Patrick Cockburn has been relaying a message from the Middle East that – ‘It is the end of Sykes-Picot,’ I was told repeatedly in Iraq.’ This was a secret agreement between the French and Brits on 9 May 1916 during World War One which effectively carved up the old Turkish Ottoman Empire, then on the brink of collapse.
It also seems to be one of Al-Baghdadi’s rallying cries and the advance of ISIL across boundaries that were laid down around 1920 or shortly after is seen as an act of revenge against old Western Imperialism.
However there seems to be some dissent from a military historian. ‘The borders — which Isis seeks to erase, were the work of Faisal, King of Syria and later of Iraq, and the British High Commissioner in Baghdad. In the case of Iraq at least, they remained the same as under the Ottomans and are therefore no more artificial than when they had been settled nearly three centuries earlier and Western empire-building had yet to begin.’

In which case the other boundary problems are a result of a plethora of agreements between 1919 and 1922; and 1926 in the case of Palestine.

Whatever it is worth the chart for Sykes-Picot has been under tremendous pressure in the past two years with tr Pluto opposing the S-P Saturn in Cancer; and Solar Arc Sun conjunct Mars and opposition Uranus. There will be jolts and jangles on the S-P chart through 2016; and heavy pressure for change in 2017/18 with tr Pluto trine Sun.

The S-P chart does work with ISIL 2006 since there’s a paranoid composite Sun Saturn opposition Jupiter square Neptune; a bitterly hostile composite Mars Pluto conjunction; and a war-like, stressed Yod of Pluto setile Saturn inconjunct Uranus.

But none of this gets any closer to a light at the end of the tunnel. On the ISIL chart 2019/2020 looks very destructive from their point of view and destabilising with tr Pluto square their Sun Mars; and Solar Arc Uranus square Pluto.

However it is a hundred-headed hydra as we saw with Al Quaeda. Decapitate one and another emerges.

Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara – talented rivals

Cate Blanchett, the multi-award winning Australian/American actress has a talent for picking (and being picked for) highly successful movies. Her latest of ‘Carol’, based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, about two women falling in love, is certainly picking up the publicity and nominations for the Golden Globes on 10th January.

Cate Blanchett, 14 May 1969 (6.40am rectified) Melbourne, AU, is a Sun Taurus opposition Neptune, and trine Jupiter Pluto in Virgo and Uranus at 0 Libra. So she’s definitely suited to the movie business and has confidence to spare. She can be outspoken and quite a campaigner with Mercury in Gemini opposition Mars in Sagittarius.

She could hit it lucky at the Globes with tr Jupiter just about to reverse back over the conjunction to her Pluto (only one degree away) and trine her Sun. Though less so at the Oscars when tr Saturn is exactly conjunct her Mars.

Rooney Mara,17 April 1985 New York, best known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, who plays opposite Blanchett in ‘Carol’, also has awards and nominations under her belt. She won Best Actress at Cannes this year and is also up for a Golden Globe.

She’s a late Sun Aries opposition Pluto in Scorpio; with a hard-edged Mars in Taurus opposition Saturn in Scorpio. She does have tr Pluto conjunct her Jupiter/Uranus midpoint over the Globes and tr Jupiter trine her Mars, both of which look lucky. Those influences will have moved on by the time of the Oscars.

It wouldn’t have been the easiest working relationship between the two with Blanchett’s Sun opposition Neptune clashing with Mara’s Mars opposition Saturn.

Games of Thrones – rip roaring Aries

Game of Throne, the epic fantasy, hugely successful TV series is now aiming for season six with a possible seven in the offing. Despite criticism for violence and a meandering storyline, it is bracketed with other top ratings shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Sopranos.
It first transmitted on 17 April 2011. As befitting an adventure fantasy, it has Sun Jupiter Mercury Mars Uranus spread out through Aries. The violence comes from Mars in opposition to Saturn square Pluto – so brutal fighting and Mars Pluto can also signify rape.

English actress Gwendoline Christie plays a warrior, and also appears in the most recent Star Wars. Born 28 Oct 1978, she’s a Sun Scorpio with Uranus Venus Mercury and Mars also in Scorpio, so definitely intense. She also has Moon Saturn in Virgo so hard-working and conscientious; with a lively Jupiter in Leo trine Neptune.

Solar Arc Jupiter was conjunct her Saturn when GoT started lifting her morale considerably.

Miss France – making root canals more appealing

A fifth year dental student has become Miss France. Iris Mittenaere, born 25 January 1993, Lille, has Sun Mercury conjunct in Aquarius and Saturn also in scientific Aquarius. She’s got a feisty Mars in Cancer opposition Uranus Neptune in Capricorn square a confident lucky Jupiter in Libra. Plus a super-charming Venus in Pisces trine Pluto.

Drilling teeth may have to take a backseat for a while as tr Pluto moves square her Jupiter through 2016 – which is exact now as she wins – which will boost her confidence and bring both money and luck. Though it won’t all be a smooth run since tr Uranus is still square her Uranus Neptune which is highly strung and edgy; then tr Pluto will move to square her Mars midpoints to Uranus Neptune in 2016 as well, bringing some panicky moments.