Pluto – the inexorable cycle

Pluto next moves sign, into Aquarius in 2024 staying till 2044.

Last time round, 1778 to 1797, the American Revolution was in full swing and finished victorious as the Brits were booted out; and the French Revolution also got underway, though admittedly for the latter there was a Uranus opposition Pluto. The Industrial Revolution was also in full swing in the UK with inventions, heavy industry and production of goods proliferating.

Aquarius is scientific, so no surprises there were major advances in chemistry. And, with blissful syncronicity, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus, which rules Aquarius. Explorers, another Aquarian strength, were also out and about with Captains James Cook and William Bligh leading the way to ‘new’ lands.

It was a productive period for philosophical and progressive social thinkers – Emmanuel Kant and Thomas Paine (Rights of Man); with cultural highpoints from Mozart and Scottish poet Robert Burns, who later established a global footprint. Apart from that there was the usual plethora of wars.

This next time round tr Pluto in Aquarius will march in time to Neptune in Aries (2025 to 2038) and early on to Uranus in Gemini (2025 to 2033) – so early on there’ll be a Uranus trine Pluto sextile Neptune after mid next decade – innovative and creative. Of the earlier historical happenings which might repeat, we can expect more advances in science and exploration (outer space/bottom of the sea/under Arctic ice?).  Certainly a ferment of new ideas on social cohesion and rights, though Aquarius can have a fascist as well as a humanitarian side.

For the rest – the US and France will have come full circle back to their first Pluto Return or the immediate aftermath, so significant shifts/adjustments, epochal events in both countries. With luck the UK might manage to get back to actually making things, rather than relying on the financial service industry for prosperity. Though sometimes empires that rise on one Pluto cycle, fall on the next.

Pluto was in Virgo 1956 to 1971, the middle patch of which was swamped by the revolutionary and chaotic conjunction to Uranus opposition Saturn in Pisces across the mid 1960s. Advances in medicine and changes in attitude to work and working methods would be obvious outcomes. More serious than Pluto in Leo, less indulgent and less ego-centred.

Pluto in Libra – 1971 to 1983 – intense and focussed on one-to-one relationships, though in typical Plutonic fashion, it leads to either full-on or switched-right-off. Certainly a different attitude to co-operation and interdependency.


Jupiter in Libra – sprinkling a little love around

Jupiter moves into Libra on September 9th to stay until October 2017. Good news for those with Sun in Libra; and even better for those with Libra Ascendants. Jupiter supposedly is the bringer of health, wealth and happiness, which may be too much to expect, but certainly it will bring more confidence, morale boosts and good luck. Jupiter can have a tendency to expect everything handed on a plate without effort, so it can be lazy, demanding, at times a bit above itself, and self-righteous to boot if it gets into know-it-all gear. But in general it is good news.

Aries (Sun or Asc) – better close relationships: Taurus – good for health and work, though indulgent; Gemini – social fun; Cancer -happy home; Leo – confident communication; Virgo – more money;  Scorpio – inner peace; Sagittarius – optimistic, new friends;  Capricorn – social and career success; Aquarius – travel, study, adventurous; Pisces – good for joint finances and sex life.

Libra is the sign of relationship and justice, as well as one of the communication Air signs. Jupiter will have an expansive effect on all of those areas.

Looking back over previous Jupiter in Libras (every 12 years) – Oct 2004 for 1 year; May 1981 for a year; late 1968 for a year; Aug 1957 for a year – it’s tricky to extrapolate what could be attributed solely to it and what to other influences around.

But it does seem to be significant, as might be expected, in promoting better social relations. Civil Rights, gay rights and consumer protection movements started. A variety of joint diplomatic ventures and associations between countries got under way, including the European Economic Community in 1957.

Aerospace, Sputnik satellites and their ilk seem to be more active during these periods.

Both of Prince Charles’ weddings were held under its beneficent parasol, the first to Princess Diana being watched on TV by 700 million round the globe.

Phelps, Ledecky, Peaty – at home in their element



The incredible Michael Phelps has just won his 19th Olympic Gold Medal and 23rd Olympic medal overall with more chances to come this week in the Rio pool to beat his own record as the most decorated of all time.

You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”

“Swimming is normal for me. I’m relaxed. I’m comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It’s my home.”

Born 30 June 1985 (maybe 5.55am) Baltimore, Maryland, he’s a Sun Mars in Cancer, on this birth time on the Ascendant, with Sun trine Pluto and opposition Neptune – Neptune Pluto often gives outstanding ability, putting power behind a dream. His Mercury squares Pluto which will be good for single-minded focus; and his Venus in Scorpio opposes Saturn, so he’s able to push aside an indulgent lifestyle when necessary. That opposition squares onto Jupiter at 15 degrees Aquarius (which mid Aquarius position is frequently found in athletes’ charts) – so confident, scared of failure and obsessive about getting things right.

His Jupiter is further emphasised being on one leg of a Yod sextile Uranus inconjunct Mars – this would give him a sense of strain, not fitting in initially, until he found his track. He was hyper-active as a child (ADHD) until he was sent swimming to soak up his energy when his Sun had moved by Solar Arc/Progression to conjunct Mars on the focal point of his Yod – and he’s never looked back since. He found a way to make his ‘difference’ to other people an advantage. His Moon is Sagittarius.

Tr Pluto is sextile his Solar Arc Jupiter at the moment with Solar Arc Jupiter square his Uranus – so feeling the luck is with him and full of confidence.

Katie Ledecky, is another US swimmer, with a Gold from yesterday when she broke her own world record. Not yet 20, she has a cupboard full of medals and has broken 12 world records. Born 17 March 1997, she’s a Sun Venus in Pisces opposition Mars in Virgo; with her Sun sextile Neptune and trine Pluto – so again a feisty Mars, and Neptune Pluto. Her Jupiter at 12 degrees Aquarius is conjunct Uranus and on the focal point of a mini-Grand Trine of a tough-minded Saturn in self-reliant Aries trine Pluto. Her Moon is Cancer.

Adam Peaty restored GB’s morale by winning the first Gold since 1988 for swimming. He won by a staggering second and a half, breaking his own world record. Born 28 Dec 1994, he’s a Sun Capricorn trine Mars in Virgo; with a disciplined, dedicated Saturn opposition Mars squaring onto Jupiter in sporting Sagittarius and Pluto in last degree Scorpio – so powerfully confident. His Uranus Neptune in Capricorn sextile his intense and charming Venus Pluto in Scorpio.  His Moon is Scorpio. A larger than life personality, he follows a punishing training schedule, like the other top athletes, eating 8000 calories a day when at full stretch. He was sent off to swim very young to try to overcome his fear of water.

All have Water as the dominant element in their charts – whether that’s a coincidence or not I don’t know. Phelps is Water Fire and the other two Water Earth.

Royals – the perennial in-law headaches writ large

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Dissecting the family dynamics of the Royals can seem intrusive but it does provide light relief from the weightier concerns of a collapsing world. And it also shows relationship charts and synastry at work – which is my excuse when I think they are only human and must terribly dislike being picked over.

The Daily Mail, never ones to pull back from a juicy expose of motive and behaviour, have suggested today that Ma and Pa Middleton’s absence from front line Royal events this year is all down to Prince Charles’ huff at being sidelined as a grandpa. Which would certainly fit with Carole Middleton’s chart shock last year when Charlotte arrived (see previous post 4th August).

CaroleM’s relationship with Prince Charles is seriously not-good with her emphasised/afflicted Saturn conjunct his Scorpio Sun and her Pluto square his Sun – so he’ll feel very cornered and suppressed by her; plus her headstrong, quite aggressive Mars in Aries is conjunct his midheaven, so definitely competitive.

Their relationship chart has a hostile, power-struggling composite Pluto opposition Mars square Venus – so a volcano’s worth of boiling feeling and jealousy. Plus an uncompromising, tension-provoking composite Saturn square Uranus which has been under huge pressure through the birth of both grandchildren.

Even Prince William feels a touch trapped and manipulated by CaroleM in ways he won’t understand with her Pluto falling in his 8th; and in her Mars square his Moon, so irritations bubbling when the sugary sweet veneer (Jupiter opposition Venus square Moon) wears off, which it is doing at the moment. Her Saturn also opposes his strained 5th house Venus in Taurus – so children could be a bone of contention.

It will put him in a quandary (as in-laws always do) since he’ll be aware of his father’s prickly sensitivity as well as Kate’s genuine fondness for her mother with her Venus in Aquarius conjunct CaroleM’s Sun. His relationship with his father is not easy at best, since Charles’ fragile ego tends to see any competition from the next-heirs-but-one as stealing his limelight – and it seems fairly unsettled and undermined this year.

Prince William has been in an uphill two years with tr Pluto square his Saturn in 2015/16; and with tr Saturn heading for his Ascendant from late 2017 won’t really be in a mood for duty or taking on more public responsibilities. But if Kate’s birth time of 11.30 is accurate, then as a couple they are moving into a more hard-working, responsible few years ahead, so he will be pushed and pulled. They do look to be ploughing through some heavy weather in 2017/18 with tr Pluto square the composite Saturn, which may be external pressures bearing down on them – or being stuck in the middle of a family tug-of-war – played out in the media which won’t help.

NATO & Russia – battle lines being drawn

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NATO’s plans to deploy military units to Eastern Europe in numbers unmatched since the Cold War are pitched as a defensive measure to protect against further incursions by the Russians. The Russians, including former premier Gorbachev, say it is an offensive measure.

After Moscow’s seizure of Crimea in 2014 and military intervention in Ukraine there has been growing unease in NATO’s Baltic member countries, where the ranks of civilian volunteer militias has swelled, and the politicians and populations seem to consider war with Russia a real possibility. A US state department spokesman said: ‘“A Europe whole, free, and at peace rises or falls with Ukraine.” “Ukraine’s frontline for freedom is ours as well.”

Others see Europe’s security crises as part of a return to regional power struggles, as well as an anti-globalization movement, which has rejuvenated nationalism worldwide. “Everything is connected; basically what we are seeing is the collapse of the world order as we have known it since World War II, and we — politicians, intel and security agencies — still struggle to understand it.”

Lovely, something else to worry about.

The NATO chart, 24 Aug 1949 11.42am Washington, DC, does look edgy in Feb 2017 when tr Uranus squares the Mars in Cancer, which will be a shock leading to insecurity and perhaps hasty decisions. It’ll be considerably worse in 2018/19 with tr Pluto opposition Mars and Solar Arc Saturn square Pluto also in 2018. This September’s Virgo Solar Eclipse will conjunct the NATO Moon Saturn in Virgo bringing a time of weighty responsibilities, where the price for actions has to be paid.

The NATO/Russia 1917 relationship chart is panicky and suspicious with the Virgo Eclipse conjunct the composite Neptune for a few months ahead; but it really starts to agitate from Feb 2017 onwards, destabilising badly from April 2017 for eighteen months thereafter with tr Uranus square the composite Pluto and conjunct Uranus. Intensifying as tr Pluto hits on those planets and not really settling till after 2022/23.

The USA interface with Russia is in disarray through the next few years with tr Pluto square the composite Uranus Pluto till late 2017. Tr Saturn is in a separating square to the composite Sun Saturn this autumn; with an undermining tr Neptune to follow in 2017/18; and an edgy, explosive tr Uranus square Mars in 2018.

The EU/Russia relationship chart has much the same though involving different planets – a complete turnaround in diplomatic relations through 2015 continues till the end of this year; with serious confrontations come Jan 2017, worsening through to late 2018 with tr Pluto square Saturn Mars. As well as tr Saturn square tr Neptune in hard aspect to the composite Sun, which in Neptune’s case runs till early 2018.

The Ukraine chart, 24 Aug 1991 2.31pm Kiev, looks under assault at the moment with Solar Arc Sun conjunct Mars; nervy and strung-out this September; and on high-risk alert from early 2017 for two years; with 2021 looking very trapped, enraged and dominated by forces beyond their control. Their relationship with Russia is blocked at the moment, sagging badly in 2017; with a tussle for the upper hand ongoing; panicky and unstable right through 2018.

House of Lords – mediaeval court favours




David Cameron’s ermine-lined presents to his buddies as he flounced off may well prove to be the final nail in the coffin of the House of Lords, though it won’t happen instantly.

The (still unelected) House of Lords was the ruling body of England in the bad old days of autocratic monarchs and nobles; and its power was very gradually eroded in a series of moves over the centuries. Hereditary peers were edged out; it was prevented from blocking House of Commons (elected members) legislation etc etc. But it remains as a depository of Prime Ministerial and Opposition Leaders’ favours; and on occasion does put a much-needed brake on hot-headed Commons decisions – elected members bringing no guarantee of common sense.

Major changes to the UK legislature would involve the UK 1801’s 11th house Saturn in Leo. There’s some movement on this in 2017 with tr Uranus trine Saturn; but it might have to wait till 2024 when tr Uranus in Taurus is in square. Though it could come earlier, since the UK Saturn is tied into other planets at earlier degrees. And tr Pluto opposition the 10th house Moon in 2017/18 may begin to chip away at the populations’ attitude to their rulership.

There were two Acts in the 20th Century which had a significant effect on the House of Lords – 18 Aug 1911 and 16 Dec 1949.

There is significant pressure on both these charts at the moment – a nasty sinking feeling – and more so through a teeth-gritting few years ahead, when pressure for change escalates against heavy resistance. Both these charts indicate 2024 as game-changers. So that would fit with the UK chart.

Emma Jung – martyred to a ‘great’ marriage

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Emma Jung, the long-suffering wife of psycho-analyst Carl, is the subject of a biography – finally, after all her years as the neglected one, forced to suffer his infidelities and the humiliation of the menage a trois he set up with his ‘muse’ Toni Wolff.

Born 30 March 1882 10.45pm Schaffhausen, she was the second richest heiress in Switzerland, which was of great assistance to a young professional struggling to make his name. Her early married life she spent at Burgholzi, an asylum for the insane and through all the years that followed she kept the domestic ship afloat since she loved him and wanted to keep the family of five children together.

She had an Aries Sun and Venus in the 5th (her nickname was Sunny) square an intense Mars in Cancer in the 8th; with a powerful Jupiter Pluto on her Descendant which was what she attracted as a partner. And given that her Node fell on her Ascendant she would have problems forming a strong identity of her own. Jupiter Pluto squared her Leo Moon, so she’d be possessive and inclined to look on the bright side. Uranus on her Midheaven certainly designed her for a life out of the ordinary and she herself was a therapist.

Her relationship chart with Carl Jung (26 July 1875 7.26pm Kesswil, Switz) had an affectionate Venus Sun conjunction in the 5th house of children; sextile an expansive Jupiter in the 7th house of relationships – so enough positive to keep the flame alight. But there was also an unkind (cruel) composite Saturn opposition Mars square Moon; and a disappointing 4th house Neptune. On the synastry there are Saturn Moon crossovers which leads to coldness and longevity.

Carl Jung did have a Leo Sun Uranus in his 7th with Uranus square his Taurus Moon – so he was never likely to settle to 24/7 domesticity.

Toni Wolff, another wealthy Swiss and initially Jung’s patient, also subsumed her life to his, publishing little herself, but was pivotal in helping him to define and refine his ideas. She had Neptune Pluto in the 10th opposition a 4th house Mars Jupiter squaring onto a 7th house Pisces Moon – emotionally sensitive and fragile, dependent, other worldly.

Her Mars Jupiter was conjunct Carl Jung’s midheaven she would help his career; and her Virgo Sun Venus Mercury Uranus fell in his 8th so she would tap into his deeper layers.

Her relationship with Emma was not surprisingly difficult with a buried-anger Mars in the 12th square Saturn conjunct Sun – teeth gritted. The composite Moon conjunct Neptune and Pluto was in the 8th – so there would be a vast reservoir of resentment that went unspoken.

Being married to a great man comes at a price.

Matilda Rapaport – into the unknown

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Matilda Rapaport, an extreme skier, has been killed in an avalanche in the Andes, having already survived another avalanche two years ago in Alaska. Freeriding skiers go onto natural (usually precipitous mountain) terrain without any obvious route down, often in unpredictable weather conditions.

Born 30 Jan 1986 in Sweden into a skiing family, she married an Alpine slalom skier three months ago.

She had a charming Aquarius Sun Venus Mercury in an intense square to Pluto in Scorpio, trine Saturn in Sagittarius so used to hardship, and sensible as well as determined. She also had Mars in even more determined Scorpio, widely conjunct Saturn and square Jupiter in Aquarius, making her attracted to danger and adventure.  There’s also that odd mid Aquarius emphasis on her chart which often shows with athletes and sportspeople.

Tr Neptune was conjunct her Solar Arc Sun when she died; with Solar Arc Pluto conjunct her Saturn; and tr Pluto exactly conjunct her Sun/Uranus which Ebertin describes as ‘tragic experiences’.

She would always know the risks of her sport were off the Richter scale, but sad all the same.

Dubai – under pressure to change



Dubai has been lurching from one crisis to the next since the crash of 2009, with falling oil prices recently hitting any recovery badly. There have been several major fires in their shiny high-rise blocks since 2012, six this year so far;  and last week a plane crash landed at the airport, which isn’t only a bad omen, it also costs around $1 million per minute that the airport is closed.

There are two charts for Dubai – 8 January 1820 and 9 June 1833. Earlier charts are usually better and the 1820 chart has a 17 degree Capricorn Sun and Libra Moon; and Saturn Pluto in last decan of Pisces trine Mars in Cancer and square Uranus Neptune Mercury in Sagittarius.

The economically-challenging tr Saturn in Virgo opposition Uranus in Pisces was bouncing off the Dubai Saturn Pluto and Mercury Uranus Neptune in the post-2008 years. Then discouraging tr Saturn in Libra would conjunct the Moon and square the Sun; more recently tr Uranus has been square the Sun, opposition the Moon at some point; and now tr Pluto is conjunct the Sun in 2016/17 and again square the Moon.

So it’s had a long run of difficult influences, especially tr Pluto conjunct the Sun which presages a need for a major rethink and reconstruction in attitudes and lifestyle. Often disasters go along with this, as a kind of external warning.

In the aftermath of tr Pluto challenging the Dubai Sun, will come tr Uranus in an insecure square to Mars in 2018; and then 2021 to 2024 tr Pluto will be in a dreary sextile to Saturn Pluto and finally in a really blocked opposition to Mars. So there’s a fair few bumps on the road to come.

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