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.

Antonin Scalia – a Supreme Court conundrum

Antonin Scalia, one of the Supreme Court’s most conservative members has died. With what was a five-four conservative/liberal split, his successor will be of vital importance to both major parties. Obama’s nominee is likely to be filibustered in an attempt to shunt the decision off till after the election in the hope of a Republican victory.

Scalia, 11 March 1936 8.55pm Trenton, New Jersey, was a vocal opponent of abortion, gay rights and gun control; pro-death penalty and supportive of business interests.

He had a grandstanding 5th house Sun in Pisces trine a controlling Pluto in the legal 9th conjunct the MC – so influential and attention-grabbing. His Sun was conjunct Saturn; and opposition Neptune square Jupiter in crusading and lawyerly Sagittarius. His Scorpio Moon opposed Uranus in his 7th so both stubborn and contradictory.

Tr Pluto square tr Uranus had been in hard aspect to his 6th house Mars in Aries recently, putting pressure on his health. His Solar Arc Pluto was also moving to oppose Mars over the coming year, bringing further challenges.

The Supreme Court was founded on 2 Feb 1790, making it a determined Sun Pluto in Aquarius; with Pluto opposition Jupiter Mars in Leo giving it supreme confidence though not always common sense.

Apart from tr Uranus sextile Pluto from late this month for three weeks which could cause an upheaval, there’s not much showing on the chart until 2017.

Idris Elba – in the frame

Actor Idris Elba is now a fully-fledged A-lister with an enviable track record of good movies and TV – The Wire, Luther, Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom, and most recently Beasts of No Nation which fuelled the recent Oscar diversity furore by being omitted, though it won at Venice and is BAFTA nominated.

Born 6 September 1972 in London, he has a sexy, dynamic Sun Mars in earthy Virgo which is in a hard-edged square to Saturn in Gemini. Custom-built for playing tough guy roles. Quite a few leading men are Virgo – Sean Cponnery, Jeremy Irons, Rufus Sewell

His Venus in late Cancer is trine Neptune, sextiling onto Pluto – charming, creative and controlling. Plus Pluto is also square Jupiter giving him the confidence to push. And his Venus is also quincunx Jupiter – so indulgent.

His Uranus in mid Libra is picking up the tr Pluto square in 2016/17 so a time of enormous change in his life.

Tamara Mellon – money and unhappiness

Tamara Mellon, co-founder of Jimmy Choo shoes and style queeen of New York always sounded like one of these women who had it all, at least in material terms. The shoe connection sold out for mega-millions and although her most recent fashion business filed for bankruptcy with board/court room battles, she hasn’t been left short personally.

But her life story reads like a Greek tragedy with an abusive, alcoholic mother, a serious drug habit in her twenties and further vicious trust battles with her mother after her father died.

Born 7 July 1967 in London she is – not surprisingly – for a fashion designer with her finger on the pulse of public taste – a Cancer Sun and indeed Moon which square onto a forced-to-be-self-reliant Saturn in Aries. Her Sun is trine Neptune and sextiling onto a midpoint Uranus Pluto in Virgo – so creative and capable of pushing back the boundaries.

Her Sun is also widely square Mars in Libra. So overflowing with Cardinal signs and initiative, marked by a cold childhood which would induce depression but also sowed the seeds of determination and discipline. A North Node in Taurus hints at a rolling lifetime of financial battles.

Her Venus in flamboyant Leo likes the five-star lifestyle, as does her Jupiter also in Leo.

Albert Einstein – resting happy

The first direct detection of gravitational waves is being hailed as ‘one of the most remarkable scientific breakthroughs of our time’ and proof of a prediction made by Albert Einstein a century ago. My knowledge of cosmic physics amounts to zero but the science community is abuzz with talk of astronomy and other fields of science now entering a new era.

Einstein, born 14 March 1879 11.30am Ulm, Germany, had a 10th house Pisces Sun – Pisces oddly enough being one of the commonest signs amongst scientists and mathematicians. He also had a ‘eureka’ moment, inspired- innovation Uranus trine Neptune. Plus an utterly determined Mars in Capricorn sextile his Sun and trine Pluto in Taurus.

His leaving-a-legacy-for-history 17th Harmonic is immensely strong with an Earth Grand Trine/Kite focused onto a North Node; and a T square focused onto Jupiter. His 11H is also notable.

It may just be coincidence but on his chart the Solar Arc Jupiter is about to cross the Ascendant, giving his image a considerable boost.

Two notable modern day physicists who have devoted their professional lives to pursuing gravitational waves are Rai Weiss, 29 Sept 1932 and Kip Thorne, 1 June 1940. Thorne also has a Uranus trine Neptune; and Weiss a focal point ‘breakthrough’ Uranus, with his Neptune in minor aspects to Uranus, Pluto and his Sun.

Nobel Prizes to follow.

Barry Manilow – troubled times

Popular singer Barry Manilow, a stratospheric success in the 1970s/1980s though not much loved by critics for his sentimental middle-of-the-road schmaltz, has had to cancel singing engagements because of complications from surgery.

Born 17 June 1943 9am Brooklyn, New York, his chart does look very stressed at the moment with the Solar Arc Mars conjunct his Gemini Sun; and Solar Arc Pluto opposition his Mars in Aries. That latter is also picking up the tr Pluto square Mars all this year which is very blocked.

Tr Pluto is also just over the cusp into his 6th house of health, so not a great time.

Andy & Kim Murray – a competitive new entry

Tennis player Andy Murray and his wife Kim Sears had a daughter in the early hours of Sunday morning Feb 7th in Surrey.

The new arrival will be quite a handful with an Aquarius Sun square Mars in Scorpio, so ultra-determined. Quite a charmer with Pluto Venus Mercury in Capricorn with a late Capricorn Moon also, all trine Jupiter in Virgo possibly on the Midheaven. Confident, sociable and not one to be overlooked even in a high-powered family.

Her mother also has Mars and indeed Pluto in Scorpio and Venus in Capricorn – so they will be reasonably similar.  All three have Saturn in can-be-opinionated Sagittarius – although that could also be serious about sport.

Both parents have Jupiter in Aries with No 1 daughter having Uranus there – so adventures ahead.

She looks close to her mother with a composite affectionate Sun Venus conjunction, though it won’t be without arguments with a stubborn and volatile composite Mars square Uranus.

Her relationship with father has an easy-going/spoilt composite Sun square Jupiter; with an emotionally heated composite Venus opposition Mars.

In the relationship charts of her with both parents there is a composite Saturn Pluto conjunction suggesting ties that chafe from time to time. It’ll certainly change their lifestyle which on a constantly travelling international circuit won’t always be easy with a baby.

Dan Walker – creationism – an overload of Neptune

Dan Walker, ex-sports presenter, is a new anchor for BBC’s flagship breakfast news and chat show. What has got the media buzzing, and up in arms, is that he is a creationist – believes the earth is between six and ten thousand years old, created by God, and the dinosaur bones were ????

Born 19 March 1977, he’s a New Moon in Pisces with planets in all three Fire signs including Neptune in Sagittarius. His Sun = his Neptune/Pluto midpoint; and his Uranus/Neptune and Saturn/Neptune all aspect his Pluto, Jupiter and Mars.

Neptune can, of course, be spiritual or psychic, but Neptune/Pluto tends towards the pursuit of fantastical ideas; Uranus/Neptune can sometimes lead to peculiar psychic states; and Saturn/Neptune finds it difficult to balance fantasy with reality.

Sarah Palin is also a creationist and her Neptune squares her Sun Mars Saturn, is sextile her Pluto and inconjunct her Jupiter, trine her MC – so heavily aspected. Her Sun aspects two Neptune midpoints; and her Jupiter aspects her Neptune/Pluto.

Chuck Norris is another, 10 March 1940 3am Ryan, OK and he’s a Sun Pisces opposition Neptune, with Neptune trine Uranus. His Jupiter is also = Neptune/Pluto; his Uranus =Jupiter/Neptune and his Neptune= Uranus/Pluto.

Wonder whether they’ll let Dan Walker interview Richard Dawkins?