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Michael Mukasey July 28, 1941 (sun in Leo!)

Have just now posted on the natal chart of Michael Mukasey, the retired judge which Bush hopes will act as his US attorney General.

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2007/09/michael-mukasey-july-28-1941.html  has details from Mukasey’s sunrise chart (exact birth time unknown) for this Bronx-born judge.

Yesterday, at Bush’s announcement of his nomination of Mukasey, the Sun was conjuncting his natal Neptune (he’d better read the fine print in this DOJ deal!), and Saturn, planet of authority, responsibility, and control was conjunct natal Venus.

Follow the link for more details where you may click to enlarge the chart and have a peek at my reluctant astrologer’s notes!


Written by Jude Cowell

September 18, 2007 at 5:44 pm

US Constitution’s Saturn Return = Mukasey?

As you know, George Bush announced his nomination for a fresh Attorney General today, Sept 17.

And guess what? the US Constitution had its Saturn (authority; control; restriction; the old man) Return this very day at 6:22 pm, Return chart set for the Capitol Building in Washington (DC…my old stomping grounds which I still miss! Beautiful city, swamp-based though it may be. But it had the correct longitude to suit its founders and their present-day descendants and go-getters. Go to http://www.enterprisemission.com  for much more info–on the setting up of the place and why–than I can possibly type here for you. It explains the age-old question: WHY did they build DC in a swamp? There really was a reason and it’s very interesting, but I’m really quite tired, so click if you may.)

Now what is the degree of the US Constitution’s Saturn and what about the Sabian Symbol for this degree? And what about past or karmic indicators in charts since Saturn rules tradition and ‘the past’?

9.17.07: Saturn 1Vir54, so we can actually investigate “1Vir” and “2Vir”…let’s do both using Dr. Marc Edmund Jones’,  The Sabian Symbols in Astrology. The 360 degrees’ Symbols are word pictures which relate evolutionary info and tell of the onward process of life. Try as we might, we cannot stay the same from day to day, for all are subject to change. And you know of the ouroborus, the snake eating its tail…a symbol of the cycle of Life.

Whether consciously or unconsciously, we change mentally, emotionally, and certainly physically, don’t we? These levels of experience may be viewed by progressing one’s natal chart in various ways: Minor (mental or causal plane), Tertiary (intuitive or emotional plane), and Secondary (physical plane.)

This is the 27:13:1 ratio–we think 27x faster than we act, and we feel 13x faster than we act. We have a thought (Minor), a feeling about the thought (Tertiary–unless we’re ignoring it or the thought is struggling up from the unconscious without success), then we act (Secondary)–or choose not to act.

One thing we can do by studying these progressed charts is to view past times of crisis and see how they were caused by emotional issues or events, a psychological shock or blockage, or a physical event. The “event” or shock always turns up on the physical plane in one way or another, aka the Secondary chart (although nothing ‘turns up’ unless it is promised in the natal chart to begin with.) The exact time of the progressed chart is then used to calculate a transit chart for the exact time you’re investigating, and all are compared with the natal (radical or radix) chart.

If any of this sounds like ‘the mind-body connection’ you’ve heard of for years, it’s because that’s what it is…or I should say, that’s what it describes.

Plus there are other factors we look for in horoscopes of past, unconscious, or, as some call it, karmic material. The Moon’s nodes (North Node and South Node–all planets have nodes but if you hear of ‘North/South Node’ it probably refers to the Moon’s nodes, a ‘karmic’ point.)

We also gain other info when looking at these karmic factors:

Astrology gives an excellent explanation of  ‘neurosis’–actions developed in the past–which worked well as self-defense at the time–but which no longer serve in present situations–yet we keep doing them anyway like dumblebrains.  This head-bashing-against-a-brick-wall habit can really open the door for karma to walk on in,  for karma is a natural law which is well-explained in many texts and disciplines…basically: we reap what we sow.

And there are planetary implications…Saturn is considered a most “karmic” planet for he is associated with the past. So when people, events, or entities have a “Saturn Return”–when Saturn returns to its degree, minute, and second as on the original birthdate–people who know Saturn’s usual reputation say, whoa. Here comes the taskmaster, the lesson-bringer, the old man (senex) to talk about our past actions.

And yet…Saturn will reward sincere, long-term efforts when they are due–and not a moment sooner! His rewards tend to be of the long-lasting sort while jolly Jupiter’s rewards are usually based on little else than buying a lottery ticket, or being related to the boss who promotes you just because. Not especially well-deserved with Jupiter and a bit on the frothy side…and Saturn is definitely not frothy.

Well, bringing Mukasey out of retirement for the gapingly empty Attorney General post would seem to fulfill the US Constitution’s Saturn Return quite well, and it seems he may be sworn in within the next few weeks.  Saturn’s gravitas and authority he’s got. Responsibility for healing the tattered and demoralized Justice Department is another question.

Mukasey sounds like today’s common Federalist Society member so far, but we’ll see.

Now let’s look at the Sabian Symbols for our legal eagle Saturn:

“1Vir”: “A man’s head”…keyword: CHARACTER…

positive: an effective self-assurance and an ever-clear vision of each emerging opportunity in life;

negative/unconscious/shadow side: a consistent overestimation of individual capacities.

“2Vir”: “A large white cross upraised”…keyword: GLORIFICATION…

pos: an utterly selfless enlistment in some dramatic service for the ultimate welfare of humankind;

neg: witless dogmatism and misdirected efforts for causes of great pretension but little real worth.

The positives sound good for the Justice Dept and for America, the negatives? not so much.

However, in October the transiting South Node–a Saturnian, separative point–will conjunct transiting Saturn in the sky, therefore someone Saturnian is leaving, or saying good bye in some way…probably someone older–a father perhaps,  a teacher, or…a judge.

This may also indicate weather or other natural disasters (Saturn = earth) esp since the conjunction occurs opposite the recent Aug 28 Lunar Eclipse (4Pisces47) which I have written about here in priorly fashion.

Does Saturn to South Node bode well for Bush’s Saturnian appointee? Well, if Bush’s term ends when it (thankfully) should we know Mukasey hasn’t long to serve as Atty General. Yeah, that’s it…that must be the ticket…the shortness of his tenure. 

Yet I suspect Saturn won’t be waiting for over a year to ring this particular bell. And we may not have long to wait to find out for whom it tolls…October or early November should do it–for with Saturn, the piper must always be paid on time.

Written by Jude Cowell

September 18, 2007 at 12:54 am


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