Twitter-shaming forced the supposedly compassionate Christianity of a mega-rich Houston megachurch to belatedly open its door to flood victims. The pastor Joel Osteen, 5 March 1965, who is worth some $50 million and lives in a $10.5 million home, preaches a prosperity gospel. This promises that God blesses good Christians with material wealth. So he argues the Lord has rewarded him because of his piousness; the converse being if you’re poor then it’s your fault for lacking faith. CNN writes: ‘It’s no coincidence that the most religious states in America also have some of the worst social services, spending little on welfare, health care and education, and as a result, letting high proportions of their populations languish in poverty and ill health.’ And allowing developers free rein to build on green land which exacerbates flood problems.
Osteen is a Sun Jupiter in Pisces trine Neptune perhaps trine a Cancer Moon. So a Watery, self-protective chart, which can be healing but also overly self-contained blocking out real empathy. If it is a Water Grand Trine then it is formed into a Kite by Sun opposition Pluto, which seems likely – giving him a driving need for control and influence. His Mars in flamboyant Leo opposes Venus in Aquarius which will make him not always sensitive to others’ needs. With Saturn Mercury also in Aquarius square Neptune. Certainly a very Neptunian/Piscean chart which can be spiritual, sometimes sympathetic but also evasive. The clash in his chart between Water and Air will make for inner conflict which may send him off into fantasy escapism. Though with his gold-plated life style he’s made his dreams come true.
His what-gives-him-pleasure 9th Harmonic is strong and lucky. His 11th harmonic is also heavily aspected – it brings an obsessive dream, can be idealistic but its downside can be fanaticism, irrationality, dishonesty, greed, self-indulgence.
Strongest of all is his 10th harmonic – the wheel of Fortune”, bringing prosperity and abundance, but also containing the seed of both rise and fall, of the good and the bad. His healer’s 12 doesn’t say much at all.
He’ll certainly find out about Neptune’s undermining tendencies as it is conjunct his Sun this year till the end of 2018, and catches two of his midpoints as well through this September and in January 2018. Regrettably once clear of these blips her looks to be forging ahead with tr Pluto sextile his Jupiter in 2019/2020. Although, although he also has Solar Arc Pluto square his Mars by 2019 as well which will grind him to a halt, no doubt temporarily. He does have a good deal of activity around his North Node in Cancer – with tr Uranus square at the moment into 2018; then Solar Arc Uranus square in 2019 when the tr Saturn Pluto will be in opposition. The lessons of this node are about losing pride and an over-developed sense of arrogance, moving away from materialism and extravagance towards genuine emotional connection. One can but pray.
Gospel of St Matthew: “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”