Vidya Balan – charming Capricorn




Vidya Balan is an established, award-winning Bollywood actress who usually plays strong female protagonists. She married Siddarth Roy Kapur, film producer and MD Walt Disney India, in 2012.

All internet sites including astrology ones put her birthdate as 1 January 1978 with a putative time of 10.35pm in Palghat, India. This would give her a 4th house Sun Venus in Capricorn square Pluto; with Neptune Mercury in Sagittarius also in the 4th – so keen on her roots, determined and probably attracted to quite controlling partners. She also has a successful, much-respected Jupiter in Gemini in her 10th; and a feisty Mars in Leo square Uranus. She’s likely to become a pillar of the community the older she gets.

Siddarth Roy Kapur, 2 August 1974, is a Sun Leo trine Neptune so good for the filmic entertainment business; with a serious Saturn Venus in Cancer.

If the birth dates are sound, it isn’t an ideal match since his Saturn opposes her Sun which suggests he blocks her out; with his Mars in hard-working Virgo conjunct her Saturn; his Sun conjunct her Mars – so argumentative after the initial passion subsided.

Their relationship chart is very focused on work; with hints of an upheaval in 2017.

If her birth time is sound then her Progressed Moon is moving through her 6th house of health until 2017, as is tr Neptune, so a low energy time when care would be needed.

Germany – Merkel’s reality check

The sexual assaults on German women at New Year have provided another headache for Angela Merkel’s open-door to migrants policy. No one seems to have thought through the consequences of letting in large numbers of young men from cultural backgrounds which denigrate women. Sweden which has always had a liberal approach to immigration is now finding that its rape and gun crime statistics are soaring upwards. It’s not that violence against women is exclusively a Muslim crime but there is a particular problem which multi-culturalists are now being forced to face.

Sweden, 7 December 1865 3.30pm Stockholm, is in a seven year phase of huge challenges as the Solar Arc Sun Mars crosses a conjunction to its Pluto and opposes its Saturn. Three years past and four years ahead. Mars Pluto is especially associated with rape and criminal behaviour; add in Saturn and gun crime fits as well. Tr Uranus is also square their Solar Arc Moon for the final time early in 2016, which will bring women’s issues to the fore.

Germany, like the EU and indeed the UK, has tr Pluto moving through its 4th house for many years which suggests domestic pressures and a mutinous domestic population. They also have tr Pluto trine their 8th house Pluto in 2016/17 which will bring up conflicted and very intense emotional responses, which is also echoed in tr Pluto conjunct their 4th house Venus this year. Plus Solar Arc Moon is conjunct the Germany Mars, building in influence through this year into 2017, which will bring angry responses from the population, especially women.

I’ve added below the mid December post on Merkel, which has disappeared in the changeover, though will be back once the Search function is re-instated.

She’s still not out of the woods politically, however much admiration her humanitarian stance has brought her. Local councils are struggling to manage basic amenities for the 1 million who arrived in 2015. Tr Neptune continues to oppose her Jupiter/Saturn midpoint till mid January which is usually career losses. Then she has the challenging tr Pluto square tr Uranus hitting on her Midheaven next year. Uranus is conjunct her IC opposition her MC in February which heralds house moves if not instantly then certainly in the near future; and then tr Pluto square MC from March till late 2018 and that could bring her reputation to a new low.

2016 has some ups from tr Uranus to a couple of Jupiter midpoints in Feb/March, but tr Uranus is moving to square her 8th house Uranus Sun in Cancer from late May onwards which will be jolting and uncomfortable. And tr Saturn is heading for her Ascendant which it briefly crosses early in the year and then makes the final move in October. She’ll run out of energy, enthusiasm and ambition as tr Saturn heads downwards through her 1st quadrant thereafter.

Though she won’t go easy. She’s got endurance with four planets in the 8th.

Her 3rd Term chart, 17 Dec 2013 12.06pm Berlin, has the destabilising Solar Arc Uranus square Pluto exact in two months’ time. Though before is usually more significant than the exact date. On that chart she’ll get a lift in February and be pushing – possibly over-pushing with too much confidence which could backfire – from March onwards till late 2017. Late 2016 looks discouraging with tr Saturn conjunct Mercury, square Ascendant and then conjunct Sun in 2017. The very insecure, reckless, solar Arc Mars opposes Uranus also in 2017, which is when the next election is.

Elizabeth & Wallis – Royal Wives at War

The late Queen Mother’s dislike for Wallis Simpson, who caused the abdication of Edward V111, was well known and continued for decades as she blamed her for undermining the monarchy and hastening the death of her husband, George VI.  Wallis referred to Elizabeth as “the Dowdy Duchess” and “the fat Scottish cook”, and Elizabeth dismissed her as “that woman”. All of which is meat and drink for a drama documentary on BBC tonight – Royal Wives at War.

Wallis Simpson, 19 June 1896 10.30pm Blue Ridge, Pennsylvania and the Queen Mother, 4 Aug 1900 12.52am (?)

Wallis Simpson had a social-butterfly Sun Venus in Gemini which the Queen Mother’s Neptune Mars was conjunct and the QM’s Saturn opposed. So definitely a sour chemistry with the QM putting her down and blocking her every which way. Wallis’s Saturn in Scorpio was also conjunct the QM’s Scorpio Moon – so it worked both ways. Interestingly the QM’s Uranus was exactly conjunct W’s MC – so she was the catalyst for major, unexpected changes in Wallis’s life, sending her off into lifelong exile with her husband, the Duke of Windsor.

Their relationship chart was also explosive with a composite Mars opposition Uranus which was sextile/trine the composite Sun; and a resentful composite Saturn opposition Pluto.

Stock Markets in panic – grumbly year ahead

The stock markets are all on a downward slide after China caught a dose of the panics about their economic situation and, according to commentators, made the situation worse by imposing a brake on their markets.

The Shanghai SSE Composite Index, 19 December 1990, does have a dead-halt Solar Arc Saturn square Pluto around now. That will ease as the months go by. They also have the mild but bubble-bursting tr Neptune opposition Solar Arc Jupiter all year and the disruptive, high-tension tr Uranus square Saturn from mid 2016 on and off into 2017.

The Hang Seng Index (HK) has a completely-blocked Solar Arc Pluto square Mars now; and a devastating tr Pluto conjunct the Solar Arc Neptune as well which returns later in the year; plus tr Uranus square the Solar Arc Sun from late February – so much the same confusion and jolting as Shanghai for this year. Though once the Solar Arc Pluto squares move on it should ease up considerably.

The Hang Seng looks mighty relieved to see April 2017 when an uplifting tr Uranus opposition Jupiter will turn the corner into better times.

The New York Stock Exchange, 17 May 1792 7.52am New York, has an undermining Solar Arc Mars opposition its Neptune, exactly now. That should start to ease as the months go on. Tr Uranus will oppose the NY SE Jupiter from this May which might bring some confidence back. Though generally it’ll be an unsettled year with tr Uranus sextile Pluto following immediately behind.

The Dow Jones, 26 May 1896 9.11 am New York, has an uncomfortably discouraging set of influences for the year ahead with tr Saturn opposition Pluto Neptune through till late October; and a high-tension Solar Arc Uranus square Neptune, exact in 6 months’ time. Plus an uncertain tr Neptune conjunct Solar Arc Neptune from mid February till the New Year 2017.

The FTSE First Trade, 3 January 1984 10am, London, has an upsetting Solar Arc Uranus conjunct its Moon for the next six to eight months. And it is still labouring under the wet blanket of Solar Arc Sun square Saturn which has been running for the past seven months and will be in effect for another five months. There’s another dampener ahead from tr Saturn conjunct Jupiter Neptune in early 2017. Though again there may be more cheer further into 2017 with tr Uranus trine Jupiter which should get confidence back up.

None of it looks terminal, just very edgy and not buoyant.

JJ Abrams – Sun Jupiter luck for Star Wars 7

JJ Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, now the highest grossing movie ever in North America, was born 27 June 1966 in New York.

He has a creative, lucky Sun Jupiter in Cancer; with Jupiter trine Neptune, sextile Uranus Pluto in Virgo. So he’s well-adapted to the mega-sums involved in movie-making and an innovator. He’s also got a super-determined and risk-taking Mars square Uranus Pluto which he’d need. With his Sun square Saturn in last degree Pisces.

Without a birth time there’s not much showing on his chart that would indicate a stratospheric success, apart from tr Jupiter conjunct his Uranus Pluto and square his Mars in the run up to the release.

Principal Photography started on 16 May 2014 when there was a Cardinal Grand Cross of Jupiter in Cancer opposition Pluto square Mars opposition Uranus Venus – which would certainly stir up his Sun Jupiter.

Though I must confess to being puzzled by the Force Wakens premiere chart of 14 December 2015 which is lucky enough with a Sun square Jupiter, but not too outstanding.

Whereas the other big grosser of this year the Bond Spectre premiered on a Pluto trine Mars Jupiter Venus which does look mega.  And Avatar which was previously the highest grosser, premiered on a Mars in Leo opposition Jupiter Neptune, trine/sextile the Sun. With a Yod onto Mars in Leo.  So was also going to make a significant mark.

A mystery.

Robert Stigwood – the Midas of the rock world

Robert Stigwood, one of the most powerful impresarios in pop music has also died. He managed The Who, Eric Clapton, the Bee Gees, promoted Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Rod Stewart; was the force behind Saturday Night Fever and Grease; and launched the rock opera career of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Known as ruthless, charming and decadent, he amassed a £200 million fortune, and ended his days as a virtual recluse surrounded only by staff in his mansion on the Isle of Wight.

Born 16 April 1934 3.10am Adelaide, Australia (?), his chart says one thing more strongly than anything else and that is money.  He had a 2nd house Sun Mars Uranus in Aries opposition and 8th house Jupiter squaring a 5th house Pluto in Cancer. He’d love being centre of attention, was controlling to the nth degree, though also ahead of his time so could spot trends. He had initiative by the bucket load, was restless, impulsive, prone to taking gambles.

He also had Neptune on his Descendant opposition Venus Ascendant in Pisces square his Sagittarius MC – so musically inclined, charming when it suited him, evasive when it didn’t.

According to the Daily Mail: “he had a reputation for sharp-elbowed ruthlessness that once saw him described as ‘gentle as a shark with tungsten fillings and a toothache’. Pluto on the point of a Cardinal T Square in hard aspect to the Sun Mars and Uranus would certainly give him killer instincts in business. Add in Jupiter’s confidence and he was all set for a rip roaring career. Though clearly all the success and money didn’t give him a happy end to his life.

His Taurus Moon was oddly aspected in a wide square to Saturn and sextile Pluto and trine Neptune; indeed was square his Neptune/Pluto midpoint – which would make him hyper-sensitive where close relationships were concerned and uncommitted with Neptune on his Descendant.

His creative 5th Harmonic has an entrepreneurial Fire Grand Trine/Kite focused onto executive Saturn. His 7H suggest innovative talents, great confidence and the ability to organise and get his message across. His pleasure and money-loving 9H is was also strong, earthy and ego-centric. His 19H was also marked which generally shows luck, success and prosperity but not necessarily happiness.

Pierre Boulez – a towering talent – Neptune on a Yod

Pierre Boulez, one of the most significant figures in western music over the past century has died aged 90. He was a composer, conductor of many of the great orchestras, writer and performer, highly thought of by fellow musicians, despite or because of his maverick tendencies. He always championed avant garde composers and left his native France because he felt it was too hidebound, settling in Germany.

Born on 26 March 1925 5pm Montbrison, France, he had a 7th house an Aries Sun which squared an influential and dominating 10th house Pluto. He also had a Venus Uranus in Pisces conjunction straddling his Descendant and evidently could be charming and horrible, not infrequently at the same time.

His musical Neptune in Leo was emphasised being on the focal point of a Yod to Jupiter in Capricorn sextile Uranus – so he’d be a risk-taker, always following his own vision. Although a communicator and dependent on close relationships, he was essentially a loner. Quite a contradictory temperament.

He lived with his lifelong partner, Hans Messmer, whom he sometimes referred to as his valet.

His creative 7H, 14H and 15H harmonics are especially strongly marked. As was his ‘super-star’ 22H.

Saudi Arabia – inflaming the Middle East

Saudi Arabia has thrown fuel on the fire with Iran and the other Shi’ite Arab countries by executing a respected activist cleric (and another 46 all on the same day). The fault lines in the Middle East are being ripped apart at an alarming rate with the two superpowers taking up high noon positions.

Obama has murmured an anodyne protest while David Cameron has done even less to protest at Saudi Arabia’s barbarity which is getting more extreme under the ailing King Salman’s reign, with reckless and squabbling princelings pushing it to the brink.

The Saudi 1902 chart has tr Uranus moving to square Saturn from mid March onwards and square Sun Jupiter from mid year – so major changes and upheavals, though with some luck.

King Salman’s reign chart, 23 January 2015 1am, Riyadh, has tr Neptune conjunct the 4th house Mars from mid January on and off throughout 2016 – so more panics in the family and internally in Saudi Arabia as oil prices hurtle down and social spending is pulled sharply back. Early 2017 will be worse with Solar Arc Neptune conjunct Mars.  That’s when tr Pluto is conjunct the SArabia Saturn for two years until late 2018 which will be even more severe cutbacks.

The SArab/Iran 1906 relationship chart is winding up for a power-play and a turnaround with the March Pisces Solar Eclipse square the Pluto (opposition Uranus) and tr Pluto square the composite Jupiter from March also till late 2017 which is always a tussle for the upper hand.

The SArab/Iran, Feb 1979 9am relationship chart is also in for an upsetting time with tr Uranus trine Pluto and tr Pluto sextile Saturn.

Both the Iran charts look very edgy and panicky. The 7 October 1906 one has tr Neptune conjunct Saturn from mid February onwards, on and off for year, with tr Pluto trine Mars which looks risky and enraged from this New Year onwards.

The 1979 chart also has tr Neptune opposition Saturn from mid 2016 till late 2017, so high levels of anxiety and paranoia; with dramatic changes from March. Though that may be partly the sanctions being lifted if the nuclear deal holds.