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.

Mauricio Macri – Agentina’s new president facing uncertain times ahead

A new right wing president, businessman Mauricio Macri, has been sworn in Argentina after the elections which saw the leftist Cristina Kirchner defeated. He has promised to move away from a largely state-controlled economy to a free-market one, easing trade and currency controls; and improving relations with the US. He faces myriad economic problems including high inflation, reckoned to be running at 25%.

Macri, born 8 Feb 1959 at 3.05pm (?) Tandil, Argentina has a dynamic chart with an Aquarius Sun sitting on the focal point of a Fixed T Square to a risk-taking, money-oriented Jupiter in Scorpio opposition Mars in Taurus. That opposition also squares on the other side to Pluto – so quite a powerhouse, ego-centric, determined, enduring, ruthless when necessary. He’s also got a tough Pluto trine Saturn in Capricorn, sextiling onto Neptune. With Neptune in turn in trine to Moon Venus in Pisces so a more sensitive side as well.

He was sworn in at 11.50am 10 Dec 2015 which puts a charming though evasive Neptune on the Pisces Ascendant in an anxiety-prone square to a 10th house Moon Saturn Sagittarius – that looks fairly panic-stricken. There’s an over-expansive Sun square Jupiter so promising more than can deliver. And the explosive Mars in the 8th opposition Uranus square Pluto suggesting major crises around money plus perhaps violence. It’ll be a rocky ride from the start with huge frustrations and some risk next year. And especially in 2017 when the Saturn Neptune square closes; and the Solar Arc Pluto comes exact to Mars Uranus.

His own personal chart has tr Neptune conjunct his Venus and tr Saturn square through 2016 which usually indicates a drop in popularity. And real hardship and problems in 2018/19.

The Bank of Argentina, 28 May 1935, is sagging and sinking through 2016 with the tr Neptune square tr Saturn hitting on the Saturn opposition Neptune. So continuing the 2014/15 slide. With some lift through 2016 but also major upheavals.

The Argentina 25 May 1810 chart has fairly similar influences with the tr Neptune square tr Saturn hitting on the Mars (Sun) opposition Neptune Saturn right through 2016 especially, but also 2017. Again there’s some boosts from a tr Pluto trine Jupiter; but there’s also a jolting Solar Arc Uranus conjunct Sun late 2016/17; and a bubble-bursting Solar Arc Jupiter conjunct Neptune in 2018.

Jeremy Corbyn – airy disregard for reality From: Marjorie. (09 Dec 2015 18:01):
Jeremy Corbyn, the UK Opposition leader, who has the PR sense of a natterjack toad, managed at his staff Christmas party to quote an Albanian communist dictator, whom most of us outside the extreme left (and Stalinist historians) had never heard of, so I looked him up.

Corbyn insists it was humourous – “This year will be harder than last year. On the other hand, it will be easier than next year.” Marginally witty.

Except that Enver Hoxha, 16 October 1908, ruled Albania with an iron fist for 40 years, eliminating opponents with prolific use of the death penalty, imprisonment and despatching their families to remote villages. Under his term Albania was the most isolated and poorest country in Europe and socially backward. His death left it with a legacy of isolation and fear of the outside world.

Hoxha was a Sun Libra trine Pluto in Gemini; with a harsh T square of Mars opposition Saturn square Uranus. He took over on 24 October 1944 when there was a Sun Mercury Mars in Scorpio square Pluto and trine Saturn – they don’t get much nastier than that.

Corbyn looks like a wimpy geography teacher and clearly can’t control his party but he has sat on platforms with gun-toting terrorist/freedom fighters from the IRA, through Hamas to Hezbollah. He’s clearly drawn to ruthless killers even if he can’t even face David Cameron with any vigour across the despatch box.

He’s got an Airy chart with the Sun and three other planets in Gemini, Jupiter in Aquarius and Neptune in Libra, so a man of ideas, not action. Where his attraction for the unsavoury rambos of this world comes from is his Mars (Moon) in Taurus square Pluto and widely square Saturn. He certainly doesn’t live that out in any direct sense, just likes to be near those who connect with all that dark, destructive energy for him.

Eminem – time for a change

Eminem, the American rapper, record producer, doesn’t do much in the way of publicity but continues to produce music, and has an on off relationship with his twice-married twice divorced ex-wife.

Born 17 Oct 1972 11.04am Kansas City, to a 17 year old mother, he had an unsettled childhood, moving constantly after his father left and has had well-publicised drink and drug problems in adult life.

He’s got a 9th house Venus which is picking up the tr Pluto trine in 2015/16 so a strong possibility of a romance abroad or with someone from a different country.

His life is certainly changing dramatically in 2015/2016 with tr Uranus opposition his Uranus and then his Libra Sun; with more following as tr Pluto squares his Uranus in 2017/18.

Tr Saturn is also now moving below his Ascendant so he’ll want to pull back from an over-busy schedule find more time for personal matters. It won’t finish his career but he’ll certainly be less ambitious than before.

Campbell & Bannatyne – two jungle beasts

Total trivia to get away from global horrors. The UK Celebrity in the Jungle TV show continued to rumble with tensions at the post-finale party. Lady Colin Campbell alleges that entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne, never a fan of hers, assaulted her which he denies.

She (17 Aug 1949) and he (2 Feb 1949) are frankly much of a muchness. He’s a Sun Mercury Mars in Aquarius opposition Pluto which clashes mightily with her Leo Sun Pluto conjunction and her Mars in Cancer squares his Neptune. So he, while not being altogether a nice man, stood up to her need for control to which she responded by putting him down.

Their relationship chart has a controlling Sun square Pluto – so a fight for the upper hand; an aggravated Moon Mars trine Saturn – instant dislike.

Tony Hadley, Spandau Ballet, 2 June 1960 4.05am London, also didn’t exactly hit it off with the Jamaican aristo. Her Mars in Cancer opposed his Saturn in Capricorn and squared his Mars in Aries; and her Saturn was conjunct his Virgo Moon Pluto – all nasty.

Their relationship chart has a needs-space Sun Uranus conjunction; a disappointing Sun square Neptune; and a hostile Pluto square Mars. Not a recipe for happy camper-mates.

Pluto in Capricorn – territorial domination

Just a small thought about Pluto in Capricorn (2008 to 2024). Looking back over previous times in history when Pluto was in Capricorn it coincided with the growth of empires and major land grabs. When I first looked at it pre-2008 my thought was that territorial domination didn’t fit with modern geo-politics. But unless ISIL is stopped, it is busy carving out swathes of the Middle East for itself, effectively re-drawing country boundaries, and will no doubt move over into North Africa to do the same.

Gaza – from bad to worse

As if Gaza didn’t have enough problems being stockaded by Israel and under Hamas’s thumb, there is now word that disaffected Hamas militants are moving over to ISIL. ISIL dislike Hamas since they are not ‘Islamic’ enough, ie. not hard-line and have threatened to turn their caliphate campaign against Israel.

The Gaza 9 Nov 1917 9am chart is in a despairing year in 2015 with Solar Arc Neptune conjunct Sun. Then come 2016 tr Saturn will oppose the Gaza Jupiter and square their Virgo Moon – so denting whatever enthusiasm the local population can muster and probably undermining the economy as well. Then late 2016 into 2017 the Solar Arc Mars will square the Moon – a shock for the poor Gazans; with an undermining tr Neptune opposing the Moon in 2017.

Tensions between ISIL and Israel will increase late Feb/March next year.

Donald Trump – speaking the unspeakable

Donald Trump continues to trumpet off tune and continues to rise in the polls (whatever they are worth since they’ve been continually wrong everywhere over the recent past). Even the Republican Party is wincing about his ban-all-Muslims from entering USA speech.

He doesn’t have a particularly horrific chart but does have a loudmouth Mars in Leo conjunct his Leo Ascendant so he undoubtedly likes the sound of his own angry foghorn. His Sagittarius Moon is outspoken and his Gemini Sun Uranus will enjoy being provocative. Maybe he’s just found a productive furrow and will continue to plough it while he’s getting support.

Given the uncertainty of a world still shaken by the financial crisis, rising gun crime and the chaos of the Middle East, he’s giving voice to a section of the population unnerved by the inability of out-of-touch political leadership (not just the USA) to do anything sensible about myriad problems and their inability to speak honestly.

Born 14 June 1946 10.54am New York (ADB), he does have a left hand chart so he’s not good at understanding the ‘other’ point of view with the exception of his family.

His chart does clash with the USA’s since his Sun Uranus are conjunct the USA Mars and his Mars opposes the USA’s Aquarius Moon so he was always going to be a stirrer of difficult issues, drawing ire towards him but also exposing underlying aggravations.

His relationship chart with the USA suggests an emotionally intense, toxic-debate mood running right through 2016. And with tr Pluto in a pushy square to his Jupiter from early 2016 on for two year he’s not going to suddenly get humble or sensible. He’s going to notch up the volume by several scales. He may trip himself up through over-confidence but with his Solar Arc Pluto conjunction his Jupiter, which is hugely successful, over the election and inauguration, I would wonder.

His relationship chart with the GOP looks bad tempered this January and panicked from June onwards. The Republican 6 July 1854 chart equally looks confused and mentally off balance through 2016.

Saint West – an abyss between name and nature

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were delivered of a son, named Saint, on 5th December in the morning in Los Angeles, to go with daughter North, born in June 2013.

Not exactly a saintly chart – a Sun Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune is sort of OK – serious, knowledgeable, opinionated, creative, though also neurotic. But it’s the Mars (Moon) in Libra opposition Uranus square Pluto which is an eye-opener. A great deal of explosive energy all tightly controlled. Huge anger issues, probably with both parents.

The relationship charts with both parents really tricky with a Mars Saturn square Uranus with Ma; and a Mars opposition Uranus Neptune with Pa.

Daughter North, a Sun Jupiter in Gemini like Kanye will incline towards her father. Saint (heaven help us) will incline more towards mother, just, since both share Jupiter in Virgo and she has a Libra Sun. Tricky for Saint with father since Kanye’s Pluto is conjunct his Mars so a real power struggle there. Kim’s Mars is conjunct his Saturn which isn’t good, very bad tempered.

Neither of them have easy charts, poor mites. North has a Moon opposition Neptune square Mars; and this one’s Moon influences are worse.

Forth Road Bridge – old lady creaking

The Forth Road Bridge in Scotland is to be closed due to structural defects at least till the New Year which could cost the economy around £50 million due to higher transport costs as haulage vehicles and business traffic have to take the long route round.
When it was opened on 4 September 1965 it was the fourth biggest suspension bridge in the world and the longest outside the USA. There have been corrosion and cable problems in recent times. A replacement crossing is due to open late 2016 to take the heavier traffic off its elderly shoulders.
The Opening chart has Solar Arc Mars conjunct Pluto now which is paralysis; and an undermining tr Neptune opposing Uranus and Sun in 2016; plus an accident-prone tr Uranus square Mars from late May next year. So it may be hard pushed to stay open until the new one appears.