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Friday, November 22, 2013

JFK and Oswald: Two lives on a collision course

It's been 50 years since America's most loved President of the 20th century was gunned down in Dallas, Texas one sunny November day in 1963 that some reading this post will remember as the day Camelot ended.  Jack Fitzgerald Kennedy was riding in an open motorcade with his wife Jackie, and Texas governor John Connally and his wife, when gunshots rang out fatally wounding Kennedy and injuring Connally at 12:30 p.m. By 1 p.m. the President was pronounced dead, and America descended into a deep state of mourning that would change a way of life forever.

Two days later his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald was gunned down on national TV by Jack Ruby as the world watched, and many believe the true nature of the shooting has never been revealed and conspiracy theories exist to this day as to who was actually responsible for the death of the 35th President of the United States.

President Johnson created the Warren Commission—chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren—to investigate the assassination, which concluded that Oswald was the lone assassin. The results of this investigation are disputed by many. The assassination proved to be an important moment because of its impact on the nation and the ensuing political repercussions. (Wikipedia) However, the HSCA (United States House Select Committee on Assassinations) concluded that those investigations were flawed and that Kennedy was probably assassinated as the result of a conspiracy.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born May 29, 1917 at 3:00 p.m in Brookline, Ma.  He had a 7 degree Gemini Sun with a Venus in Gemini falling next to his Sun which accounts for his charm and charisma with the ladies and the public as well. His womanizing and affairs that were so prevalent during his Presidency the Secret Service was said to have no control over who entered the White House during his reign.

His Virgo moon falls at 17 degrees in his 11th house of groups and trines his Mars/Mercury in Taurus accounting for his skills as a great orator, but as Virgo rules the 6th house of health, he suffered from various health issues all of his life.

The most astounding thing about President Kennedy's chart is the fact that 5 out of 10 planets fall in his 8th house that include Mars, Mercury and Jupiter in Taurus, and his Sun/Venus in Gemini.

The 8th house rules death, regeneration, sex, other people's money and inheritance, and has a connection to the mysteries of life, deep knowledge and secrets. Mars and Mercury lie at 18-20 degrees of Taurus in a conjunction, and these planets square Uranus which lies at 23 degrees of Aquarius just outside the cusp of his 5th house in Aquarius. Uranus was stationing retrograde on the day of his birth and Mercury was stationing direct on the day of his birth making this a powerful combination! Uranus square Mercury made him a brilliant politician and speaker. He had many ideas and was responsible for initiating Project Apollo which would culminate in the moon landing in 1969, and Uranus rules spacecraft.

Kennedy lived out his life as the wealthy son of a businessman, investor and US ambassador. He was known throughout the years as a man with many mistresses that included Marylyn Monroe and Judith Campbell, Marlene Dietrich, Mimi Alford and Jackie's press secretary Pam Turnure to name a few.

Anyone born with the Sun in the 8th house tends to live lives characterized by intensity, drama and often crisis. During his Presidency events included the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Civil Rights Movement, the building of the Berlin Wall and the Vietnam War.

As a youngster Kennedy was beset with health problems that included colitis, and later back problems and Addison's disease and hypothyroidism.  His elder brother died at age 29, and early in his marriage Jackie suffered a stillbirth and he lost a second son.

The fatal configuration in his chart that spelled out his assassination was the square (90 degree angle)  between Mars/Mercury at 18-20 degrees of Taurus in his 8th house and Uranus at 23 degrees of Aquarius in his 4th house, which rules end of life. Mercury, Mars and Uranus in such a configuration indicates risk taking, accidents, guns and explosive incidents. Those with planets, especially the Sun often leave a legacy that lives on long after death.

Lee Harvey Oswald was born October 18, 1939 at 9:55 p.m in New Orleans, La.

He was a former marine who defected to the Soviet Union in October 1959 until June of 1962. Oswald was initially arrested for the murder of police officer J. D. Tippit, who was killed on a Dallas street approximately 45 minutes after President Kennedy was shot. Oswald would later be charged with the assassination of President Kennedy as well, but denied involvement in either of the killings. Two days later, while being transferred from police headquarters to the county jail, Oswald was shot and killed by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby in full view of television cameras broadcasting live.(Wikipedia)

Oswald had a 24 degree Libra Sun in the 4th house opposed by a retrograde Saturn in Aries at 28 degrees. These individuals often see challenges where they do not exist, and need constant reassurance of their self-worth which is often low. A Father may be non-existent or abusive in some way.

His moon lies in Capricorn in the 7th house in the sign of its detriment. The moon shows our emotional life and outlook and Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. Moon-Saturn, or moon in Capricorn individuals can appear cold and have a hard time expressing emotions, or they can be insecure. Achievement can be the most important thing in life, and perhaps even more so if they are not successful .

Like JFK, Oswald has a complex chart with difficult angles, and what stands out are three major oppositions which involve a T-square with  Mars, Pluto and Mercury. Oppositions and T-squares are stressful aspects, but t-squares are often found in the charts of successful people and are often considered 'drivers' toward success. In Oswald's case he was successful in assassinating the President of the United States, but otherwise considered a loser, and we can trace his problems to the T-square and three major oppositions in his chart. With transits like this an individual would either give in to the stress of the T-square pattern and succumb to the oppositional energies at work, or take the same energy and allow it to drive him toward success. In a strange way Oswald did both. According to reports and documentaries he was driven to do something that lifted him out of the mundane, and he was quoted in one documentary as saying he wanted to do something people would remember for a thousand years.

You can understand a T-square like this: There is a 180 degree opposition, and both are making a 90 degree square to a third planet, like an isosceles triangle!

In a T-square, the planet that is at the apex that squares both ends of the opposition functions as the catalyst in the entire configuration, mediating between the planets in opposition. This is an open, unstable, stressful aspect pattern. In the case of Oswald those planets that are both being aspected are Mercury and Venus at 6-11 degrees of Scorpio, squared by Pluto and Mars.

Oswald's Mercury-ruling thinking and the mind- was in the most intense of signs: Scorpio, along with Venus which is considered at its detriment in Scorpio.

On one end these planets are squared by Pluto at 2 degrees of Leo which would show a person  with impatience toward others who do not think the same manner. Skepticism and cynicism turns into fanaticism, and obsession and mental turmoil. An inner restlessness can drive the native to obsessive searches for knowledge and a preoccupation with death. Venus-Pluto shows jealousy and conflict in relationships. (Oswald was reported to be abusive toward his Russian wife)

On the other end Mars squares his Venus, debilitated in Scorpio, and again showing lack of a stable relationship/money and of even greater concern Mars squares Mercury making him mentally over sensitive, verbally abusive, and constantly upset.

Mars also opposes Pluto from the 8th house in the T-square and this shows an obsessive nature and a tendency to think about death along with the potential for violence.

There is actually a second T-square in his chart using an orb of 9 degrees that involves Mercury and Mars at 11 degrees of Scorpio/Aquarius and Uranus at 20 degrees of Taurus. Uranus makes him/the configuration mentally unpredictable, unstable and prone to outbursts of violent behavior.

The general definition of Mars-Mercury-Uranus is unpredictable violent situations and Mars rules guns. Looking at his chart I see a powder keg ready to explode.

Like JFK's transit, Oswald's Mercury-Uranus transit can be indicative of brilliance, but it can also indicate scattered thinking and it has been written this transit can give genius for incurring the wrath of others. This transit can cause the individual to assume his opinions are the only valid ones, refuse to compromise with others, and thinking can become unbalanced. As a child, Oswald was described by several people who knew him as withdrawn and temperamental. Oswald attended the 7th grade but was often truant, which led to a psychiatric assessment at a juvenile reformatory. The reformatory psychiatrist, described Oswald as immersed in a "vivid fantasy life, turning around the topics of omnipotence and power, through which [Oswald] tries to compensate for his present shortcomings and frustrations, and detected a "personality pattern disturbance with schizoid features and passive-aggressive tendencies and recommended continued treatment. In January 1954, Oswald's mother returned to New Orleans, taking Oswald with her withdrawing him from treatment.

Based in the configurations in his chart Oswald was an unhappy man, obsessed, mentally unstable and desirous of committing an act that would bring notoriety or fame without regard to who was harmed in the process.

A T-square is a powerful aspect as stated before. An individual with such a configuration would sink or swim in life, is one way of looking at it. JFK himself had a square between Uranus, Mars and Mercury in fixed signs like Oswald and reacted much differently to this energy! Of course conditioning, education and wealth impacted his decisions in life.

The configurations is Oswald's chart manifested themselves in a fatal way with JFK's chart.

Taking the T-square involving Uranus, Mars and Mercury in Oswald's chart and placing it over JFK's chart it falls directly on JFK's Mars-Mercury in his 8th house of death!

Uranus-Mars-Mercury is a violent combination of planets that pre-disposed the individuals toward a violent synasty.  Additionally, Oswald's Saturn squared JFK's Saturn showing coldness, competition, and possible paranoia toward JFK's approach in handling national matters.

Oswald's Pluto in Leo conjunced JFK's Neptune in Leo which between two individuals shows concern with large scale political, economic and social changes that affect humanity as a whole. It is said natives with this configuration can share in some way a common destiny shaped by large scale forces  of change within society.

There are other aspects too numerous to mention at this time. Destiny played out between these two men and society was made all the worse for it.

To all those who remember this infamous day in history, and to those who only hear and read of it, know this is the day America lost its innocence and hope for which it has yet to recover.

"Has anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
You know, I just looked around and he's gone.

Anybody here seen my old friend John?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
I just looked around and he's gone.

Anybody here seen my old friend Martin?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
I just looked 'round and he's gone.

Didn't you love the things that they stood for?
Didn't they try to find some good for you and me?
And we'll be free
Some day soon, and it's a-gonna be one day ...

Anybody here seen my old friend Bobby?
Can you tell me where he's gone?
I thought I saw him walkin' up over the hill,
With Abraham, Martin and John."

Abraham, Martin and John lyrics-Dion




Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Venus into Capricorn: the planet of love takes a tour of duty

Venus entered Capricorn November 5, 2013, and will remain in this sign until March 5, 2014.

Venus usually spends 26-30 days or so in each sign, but it will remain here for four plus months because the planet ruling love, money and values will retrograde on December 21, 2013. During this period love and friendships will be tried and tested.

Venus is in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, the planet of structure and stability. This will work best for earth signs, and some water signs.

Venus in this sign gives love and social activities a more traditional, perhaps enduring and committed flavor.

Sometimes there can be a desire for social prestige and attraction to those in positions of authority. We may experience ambition for wealth and status and may be attracted to those we meet in connection with work.

Love and friendships may take on a more committed or serious tone during this period. Many will be looking for ways to make our lives and loves more real in a tangible sense.

Those born with Venus in Capricorn are interested in the tangible side of love and romance. They may be or seem traditional on a deep level and concerned with the logistics of a white picket fence ideal: where would we live and how do we pay for it. These individuals like to own property and a successful partner will sweeten the deal. Romance can be overshadowed by responsibility which will generally come first.

Venus will retrograde on December 21, 2013 but the shadow period of the retrograde begins around November 20, when the energy starts to shift and we become more introspective. Venus goes stationary retrograde December 21-29, and if it is aspecting a personal planet in your chart you could see changes depending on what your chart shows. It goes stationary direct on January 31, at 13 degrees of Libra, and a shadow period follows.

In a general sense when Venus retrogrades love energy becomes more intense and the drama sometimes begins. It is a period when seemingly fated events occur, sometimes appearing to be beyond the control of the parties involved. Relationships can slow down or end. Sometimes those from our past can reappear. It is a time of reviewing and re-accessing your love life. Changes occur, and people can switch their affections and partners. The karma (karma=the universal will, what will ultimately be) of the relationship will play out during this period. Unresolved issues come to the forefront to be resolved one way or another.

If Venus goes stationary direct on a personal planet in your chart or your Sun you may well meet someone significant at this time. A retrograde Venus is not the time to get married, have plastic surgery, buy art, jewelry or items ruled by Venus. Money matters may be slowed down as well.

Venus retrogrades about every 18 months. The most important period is the stationary retrograde period when Venus is starting to retrograde and the stationary direct period when it is about to move forward again.

If you begin a new relationship on a retrograde Venus the love energy may never be fully expressed or when Venus goes direct the relationship may change or end. That is, unless you were born with a retrograde Venus, but the other party in question may not have been.

Other important Venus days include:

November 15, Venus conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus. Venus-Pluto has the potential for obsessive thoughts and feelings or trying to convince someone of something. At its worst domestic violence, rape and angry situations are sometimes seen. It can degrade or lift one up, depending on the chart and the situation. Venus-Uranus can change, end or begin a situation, but it may not be permanent. This will set off the Uranus-Pluto square and if it falls on a personal planet could bring big changes, good or bad, depending on what is being aspected. We will see major news on this day that will involve women, money, bullies and politics.

November 20, retrograde Venus shadow period begins

November 24, Venus sextiles Saturn and this is a positive transit for business, social activities, commitments and those from the past.

November 28, Venus opposes Jupiter. This is a transit of fun, overindulgence, social boredom and overdoing in many respects. Moderation is the key to all things!

December 21, Venus retrogrades at 28 degrees Capricorn

January 11, 2014, Venus sextiles Saturn (see above)

January 16-18, Venus squares Mars. This can have a sexual connotation, but generally this transit brings trouble through the sexes, jealousy, mild arguments.

January 28-Febuary 5, 2014 Venus conjuncts Pluto and opposes Jupiter. This is a convoluted transit bringing the intensity of Venus-Pluto and the obsessiveness and extremism of Venus-Jupiter. (see above) Things will be blown out of proportion and 'overdone'. It will be a good idea to try and curb your emotions and wait for a calmer period. In the world politics will become theatrical, bullies will emerge, and we may see international terrorism on the rise or a situation that occurred like Syria in the summer.

January 31, 2014, Venus goes stationary direct Any relationship that begins now will not be lukewarm.

February 25, 2014 Venus sextiles Saturn for the third time.

March 1, 2014 Venus shadow period ends

March 3, 2014 Venus squares Mars. (see above)

March 5, Venus enters Aquarius












Disaster in the Philippines: the astrological chart

News reports claim as many as 2,500 are dead and 800,000 homeless in the Philippines (at the time of this post) due to the super typhoon that hit this country Friday, November 7, 2013.

Super Typhoon Haiyan  stuck the Philippines Thursday, November 8, 2013 leveling villages, towns and leaving behind a wake of death and destruction. God bless those dead, injured and waiting for help, along with their friends and families and the many pets who were killed or left homeless.

Like people, countries have charts and the chart for the Philippines is set for July 4, 1946 at 9:15 a.m. Astrologer Nicholas Champion wrote, "Independence was granted by the USA on July 4, 1946. The critical moment was the lowering of the American flag at (:15 a.m. and the hoisting of the Philippine flag."

Thus, the Sun in the Philippine chart is at 11 degrees  of Cancer lying in the 11th house along with Saturn. (the US is also a Cancer ruled country). Saturn in Cancer in the 11th house shows a respect for law and order and governs authority and tradition but Saturn is considered at its detriment in Cancer, meaning the energy doesn't work well here.

The Philippine chart has a 2 degree Virgo ascendant, and a moon at 15 degrees of Virgo that describes the hard working, sensible people, along with Mars at 7 degrees of Virgo.

Three planets, Mercury, Pluto and Venus lie in the twelfth house ruled by Leo, describing elements that are secret and hidden and  issues and activities that could be considered subversive, corrupt or hidden. The 12th house is considered unfortunate and can sometimes indicate death related circumstances when aspected.

Neptune and Jupiter in Libra lie in the second house of national wealth and income and Jupiter trines Uranus in the tenth house describing the leader of the country and his/her ties to national wealth. Philippines' political culture is dynastic, and local officials are often related to each other by blood, exacerbating income inequality among the masses, along with women in the Philippines. Filipino working women are paid 76 per cent of what their male counterparts get, indicating that despite growth and development there is still a significant gap in opportunities for men and women in the Philippines. (source: World Bank)

  Uranus rules electronics, and it's trine to Jupiter in the second house shows a population partial to this industry, which is the largest commercial industry in the islands. But, Uranus squares the moon showing us a history of unrest among the people and changes in Government.

All of the planets in the Philippine chart fall in the Eastern side of the chart denoting a population that thrives in the give and take of work and who make many of their own opportunities in life.

Major astrological conditions of November 7, 2013 when the typhoon hit

On November 7, 2013 the Uranus-Pluto square fell on the natal Sun in the Philippine chart at 9 degrees of Aries-Capricorn and within 4 degrees of Neptune in the second house of finance and resources. This shows us a calamity of some type is likely and Capricorn is often related to the Earth. This is one of several major disasters that has occurred since Uranus entered Aries. The U-P square falling on a second house planet shows economic disaster.

The Philippine chart has a natal ascendant of 2 degrees of Virgo. Neptune was opposing the ascendant exact, at two degrees of Pisces and more powerful as it is about to turn direct on November 13. Neptune is at home in Pisces and rules seawater.

Saturn has squared Mercury and Pluto in the 12th house and was still within orb at 14 degrees of Venus. It is/was approaching an exact square to Venus at 18 degrees of Leo showing loss/death, lack of resources. This transit will return next year.

Mars was at 13 degrees if Virgo and within 2 degrees of squaring the moon, showing an upset among the population/homes. Major disasters are generally associated with the outer transits being close or exact in aspect, and often strike on a Mars transit. Earthquakes are sometimes associated with the sign Virgo and an earthquake rocked the Philippines November 12.

November 7, Jupiter, the planet of gain and finance started its stationary retrograde at 4:12 p.m.

On November 7, at approximately 2 p.m. the moon in Capricorn fell close to natal Pluto and square Neptune in Libra. The Moon conjunct Pluto is sometimes a disastrous combination if other transits are present and can indicate death and destruction at times. The moon in Capricorn set off the Uranus-Pluto square and it was exact.

The solar eclipse of November 3, conjunct Saturn squared the three 12th house planets: Mercury, Pluto and Venus. Events were delayed as Mercury was retrograde, but this eclipse shows disaster.

On November 7, the Sun was conjunct Saturn in Scorpio, exact on November 6. This is a difficult transit that occurs one day out of the year, and it concerns limitations and restrictions. Scorpio is the natural ruler of the eighth house of death and transformation.



Venus, Pluto and Uranus: Money, love, transformations and you

During the first half of November Uranus and Pluto are in an exact square with each other which will bring many changes to the world and to our lives if it is transiting a personal planet in your natal chart.

This square will re-occur numerous times until 2016 and the end result will be changes in the world, many of them disruptive. This transit occurred in the mid-1930's (and the 1960's) which we generally associate with the Great Depression, but around the world many other situations occurred as well. The 1960's brought major social change to the world.

As other faster moving planets transit through the sky they will periodically "set off" the U-P square and events that occur will be large and many of them will have global impact and they will affect you if the square is hitting your own chart.

 November 14-15, 2013 and the few days before and after, Venus in Capricorn will set off the U-P square at 9 degrees, and this will involves situations relating to money, finance, women, sex, relationships, courts and governments. Major transformations of all sorts can occur. Look for this energy to start working immediately.

 In your own life unexpected events in personal relationships, money issues and intense reactions and transformations of all sorts are all possible. These situations are likely to occur if you have a Cardinal planet (Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn) from about 6-12 degrees in one of the above signs.

If you do not have a Cardinal planet at these degrees you may still feel the effects or know other people who do.

Venus-Pluto tends toward intense and extreme reactions about love and sex. Pluto also rules propaganda and bullies and you could come into contact with someone who wants to push a belief or idea on you. Perhaps best to just walk away from potential fireworks! Or not..but be prepared for extreme reactions if you stay. Pluto is the planet of transformation and has the ability to destroy many situations/relationships. But, the situation may rise like the phoenix from the ashes and be born again in another form. One relationship could end and another begin.

Venus-Uranus deals with the unexpected and often Uranus aspects represent freedom for yourself or someone else. Uranus is about freedom, liberation, rebellion and some may not want to be told what to do. Uranus has the affect of causing sudden events often involving endings and separations or unexpected twists and turns.

Venus can always involve money, and many relationships will be affected by this transit, and some may and will end. If this is the case, the relationship would have been on shaky ground anyway. Stable relationships may go through change and come out stronger.

Profound change is in the air now, and it may not be easy but it can be liberating. And remember when dealing with Pluto, what is destroyed may be reborn from the ashes to rise again in stronger form.

All of this falls on the eve of a full moon in Taurus, November 17 (Sunday) at 10:16 a.m EST. Full moons can intensify any situation and this moon is the natural ruler of the second house of money and earned income.

Taurus is an earth sign, geared toward sensuality, resources and pleasure. It is a 'stubborn' sign and decisions made at this time may be final. The moon leaves Aires and enters Taurus at 9:49 a.m November 15, and for some this energy will bring a calmer period.