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An astro-peek at Glenn Beck

What have you been doing online this morning?

I’ve posted some details on the natal chart of broadcaster Glenn Beck (Feb 10, 1964) and am now cross pollinating two of my blogs with this link to the article for you.

Click and you’ll also find a video from the Alex Jones Show concerning Glenn Beck and Beck’s Sept 22 mention of the ‘global elite’…very interesting! Do you think it’s possible for the truth to sometimes escape accidentally on purpose?

Written by Jude Cowell

September 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Very up close and curious: flyby Jan 13 2010

Space Weather News for Jan 12, 2010

CURIOUS ASTEROID FLYBY: A curious object is about to fly past Earth only one-third the distance to the Moon. Catalogued as a 10m-class asteroid, 2010 AL30 has an orbital period of almost exactly 1 year. This raises the possibility that it might not be a natural object, but rather a piece of some spacecraft from our own planet.

At closest approach on Jan 13, 2010 AL30 will streak through Orion, Taurus, and Pisces glowing like a 14th magnitude star. Experienced amateur astronomers are encouraged to monitor the flyby.

Orbital elements, images, and more information are available on SpaceWeather.com.


Now after yesterday’s news of Sarah Palin’s signing with FOX News I must say it: it is a bird, a plane, or a Palin? And will her TV commentary career last as long as a curious flyby?

An astrological look at the Amanda Knox case

UPDATE April 30, 2013: Amanda Knox will be interviewed on TV this evening. The following post was written and published years ago. Read, if you wish, though no edits or updates to its text or conclusions have been made for after reading through it, I stand by what I’ve written based on the horoscopes.

Original post begins here:

Among thousands of news sources covering the tragedy and subsequent trial, Wikipedia has some of the tragic details of the murder of Meredith Kercher for which Seattle native Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted in Italy on Dec 5, 2009 “shortly after midnight,” say news reports this evening in the US (Dec 4.)

(“Shortly after midnight” in Italy, Dec 5, 2009, gives: Sun-to-natal Moon, Moon-to-natal Sun for Ms. Knox, indicating completions concerning past behaviors; Sun/Moon has a relationship flavor as well.)

One of the more time consuming branches of Astrology is Forensic Astrology and I seldom have a chance to spend the several hours required to get very far with a particular case – and I don’t today, but I will give some of the main astrological factors as I see them.

For having the police estimate that Ms. Kercher was brutally murdered between 8:30 and 11:00 pm (Nov 1, 2007, Perugia, Italy) makes a brief study of the related charts intriguing, to see which planet/s were rising, 8th house ruler/s and aspects, aspects to the chart-ruler/s, planets at chart angles (ASC/DESC and MC/IC), the last lunation (here a Full Moon 2Tau23 on Oct 26, 2007) and many other chart factors which cannot be covered here.

The Pre-Natal Eclipse of the crime is the Sept 11, 2007 Solar Eclipse @ 18Vir24 in the 9 New South Series with flavors of: ‘long-term worries surface having to do with loved ones, paperwork, communication, or health; responsibilities relating to paperwork come home to roost; news has a sense of destiny or fatedness about it’. (Brady’s ‘Predictive Astrology.)

(Sun/Moon as mentioned above has a fated quality, too, and relates to male-female principles.)

Plus, you know that Sabian Symbols can give interesting facets of an event’s actors (planets), methods (signs), and places of action (houses) – but there’s no time for them all now. Still, here are some factors I discovered. “Real” forensic astrologers may feel free to correct my assumptions and comments – and I hope they will; or perhaps will add a link to a different analysis, if available.

Of course, having one precise time of an event is preferable, but here I’m looking at charts for the 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm CET time frame for Perugia, Italy, Nov 1, 2007.

Meredith Kercher was born in Feb, 1986, London, but I’ve not found her exact birthdate. Protecting her birth data may be a family priority and if so, I certainly don’t fault them.

However, I’ve calculated a Noon chart for Amanda Knox, born in Seattle, WA, on July 9, 1987: Sun 16Can05, Mercury 9Can05 Rx, Venus 3Can38, Mars 1Leo20 in 10th house; Moon 12Sag42, Saturn 15Sag50 Rx, Uranus 23Sag51 Rx, in 3rd house.

Her Chiron is in 9th house @ 24Gem20; Jupiter 26Ari58 in 8th h, Neptune 6Cap21 Rx in 4th h, Pluto 7Sco10 Rx in 2nd house. Of course, these house positions are based on a Noon natal chart; Noon’s ASC 29Vir10 with SN rising @ 6Lib05; Mc 28Gem58/Ic 28Sag58. Transiting transformer Pluto was conjunct this Ic on Nov 1, 2007.

The Chart for Nov 1, 2007:

At 8:30 pm, ASC 8Can28 brings up Ms. Knox’s natal Mercury 9Can05 Rx, along with transit Mars 11Can14. With Cancer being ruled by the Moon, Mars in Cancer can be touchy and temperamental – plus, Mars was out-of-bounds (OOBs) and doing as he pleased without interference.

This is Mars-to-Mercury transit for Ms. Knox indicates a period when mental energies are sizzling and thoughts are quickly turned into actions; lots of ideas and info are in the environment and life’s tempo increases to possibly a chaotic level; impatience, verbal combat and aggression are likely, and injuries to head, face, or hands are possible.

Nov 1, 2007’s Sun was a Sun-to-Pluto transit for her as well, a time when one has an urge to get to the bottom of motivations; if one is strong-willed, the trait is increased under this transit; use of power, self-control or its lack, and aggression become issues; circumstances can provoke resentment of manipulations by others who have more power or control.

Although I’m considering mainly the 8:30 pm chart (Hour of Mars) for Nov 1, 2007, Perugia, Italy, I must note that the chart for 11:00 pm (Hour of Venus; Venus 22Vir41) has the difficult, sometimes abusive, ‘destructive energy’ of the Mars/Saturn midpoint on ASC 9Leo21…as always with midpoints ‘any, all, or none’ may apply:

Mars/Saturn = ASC: obstacles caused by others; separation; discipline or restraint brought to activities; military people or athletes; struggling for every step of advancement; a health threat.

Also at 11:00 pm, the Leo Moon (a woman; physical body; Leo = romance; affairs; need for approval) is rising which creates another midpoint picture…

Mars/Sat = Moon: separation or death of a female; weakness of will; feelings about losing something; fit of depression; anger over restrictions imposed by home or family.

This indicator doesn’t give an exact time of death, however, for forensic officials have said that Ms. Kercher did not die immediately from her wounds. One wishes she had suffered less.

Besides rising Mars being angular at 8:30 pm, there’s Uranus 14Pis59 Rx at Mc. This puts Uranus/Mc within orb of an often difficult Fixed Star, Achernar, keywords: ‘crisis; risk of rapid endings’; Achernar relates to the ‘end of the river’ which may be viewed in some cases as an end-of-life signature.

So there’s malefic Mars, OOBs and testy in Cancer, on an angle, with sudden upsets/crises-bringing Uranus angular, too:

Mars square Uranus indicates someone with a strong sex drive who prefers to be free to exploit themselves without hesitation or restraint; there’s an impatient temper that doesn’t like postponing activities or having desires challenged by others.

Uranus/Mc SQ Mars: becoming violent quickly; a lack of self-control; attaining authority through a display of unusual energy; quarrel; accident; injury.

A window was broken in the Kercher’s room which the police say was done to ‘suggest’ a break-in and robbery. With Uranus angular in murky Pisces square Mars rising, I can’t feel absolutely certain that a Mars-Uranus person didn’t suddenly appear, can you? Or, the culprit was in the apartment already from being allowed in the front door (Mars/ASC.)

Uranus in Pisces has a ‘deception toward friends’ quality and a mystical signature and may relate to the police report that violent comic books were found in Sollecito’s apartment. And they say that Meredith Kercher attended Oct 31 Halloween festivities dressed as a vampire. Some connections between the crime and scenarios found in said comic books have been implied by police. I’ve always thought that Dressing as a vampire is one thing – harming others As If you’re a vampire is illusory madness.

(And I doubt that the huge success of the Twilight films encourages impressionable young folk to separate real from fantasy. I call it, making one’s fortune bwo of the lowest common denominator. It’s the ones watching such entertainments over and over who aren’t emotionally or mentally stable that concern me most. Still, the films weren’t in theaters in Oct/Nov 2007 but I suppose the books were available.)

Now the position of Nov 1’s Mercury 23Lib22s Rx relates to Mercury’s ongoing retrograde period in progress during the prior lunation, the Full Moon of Oct 26, 2007 @ 2Tau23, 6:51:30 am CEDT; Sun Hour; Mars was OOBs then, too. Mercury 27Lib32 Rx is rising in the Full Moon chart with Sun 2Sco23. And Mars 9Can50 is even closer in orb to the Nov 1 ASC 8Can28, as noted for 8:30 pm.

In fact, backing up a little, vigorous Mars (a male) and the Moon (a female) met up @ 10Can51 at 9:10 CEDT on Oct 30, 2007 with ’11Can’ being the “A Clown Making Grimaces” degree; 5th cusp of Romance and Risk-Taking = 6Sco59 conjunct asteroid Hidalgo, one of the ‘power’ asteroids who ‘expects to be in control’; spidery Arachne is conjunct Venus, and Amanda Knox’s natal Venus 3Can38 is conjunct the ASC of the Moon/Mars hook-up. Somehow I feel the Moon/Mars conj relates to the Halloween festivities of the next evening and on to the events of Nov 1; perhaps I’m wrong, but there it is.

Another note on the Nov 1 8:30 pm chart: Jupiter, often active at times of death, is in a wide conj with manipulator Pluto 27Sag05, Jupiter 19Sag46. Between them at 8:30 pm is the Part of Death 27Sag42, another possible indicator of a money involvement since Jupiter/Pluto signifies wealth, bankers, the underworld, or even a wealthy father. And Jupiter is in his own sign of Sagittarius, a strong signature of long-distance travel.

An interesting factor on Nov 1, 2007 is the position of the Mars/Neptune midpoint @ 00Tau15. This is considered by some to be a degree of violence (aka, ‘Hitler’s trigger’ degree, position of his natal Sun, yet I don’t mean to suggest Hitler is involved – violence is. The degree of the 2Tau23 Full Moon is nearby, too.)

Mars (male; sex; attacks; sharp objects) with Neptune (deceit; drugs; theft) in Taurus, the sign ruling the Throat; Ms. Kercher’s windpipe was crushed and her throat slit so I feel Mars/Neptune in Taurus is a significant signature of the culprit/s. And Mars/Neptune can also relate to sexual games and fantasies.

“Someone Else Was in the Apartment” – Was It Rudy?

Another participant who’s already in prison for this crime is Rudy Guede, who’s been described as a ‘street hustler’ and I read last evening that his attorney described him as a “fighter” – feisty Mars is often termed a ‘fighter’ or ‘street fighter’ so did OOBs Mars in Cancer make his home in the streets?

The Lady on Trial:

Amanda Knox’s natal square between Mars and Pluto may be an apt if disagreeable place to end my surmises. As I said, please feel free to add your thoughtful views, if you wish. (Be civil please, or your comment won’t be published!)

Now the following Mars/Pluto info may not seem to describe the angel-faced young lady, as some have called her. But astrological Pluto, by his very nature, indicates deeply unconscious or underground facets of our personalities, as Psychological Astrology informs us. And natal Pluto resonates very strongly with the sign of Scorpio in anyone’s personality. Some extreme possibilities are:

Mars SQ Pluto: an overly forceful nature; aggressive in pursuing desires; a do-or-die attitude; using force to gain one’s ends; courage; a violent temper; egotism; criminal tendencies; brutality; can be aggressive in sexual relationships or abusive; may become dictatorial with a ‘might makes right’ attitude; reckless and foolish; attracted to violet circumstances.

Add to her natal square of these two powerful planets, the transiting Mars-quindecile-Pluto which was in effect on Nov 1, 2007, along with sex and drugs, and we may have a picture of a romantic young girl on her own in a foreign country, whose Mars/Pluto SQ was negatively influenced by the tr Mars/Pluto quindecile (165 degr), an unconsciously operating aspect of obsession and compulsion:

Mars QD Pluto: may be driven toward power, domination, greed, and possessiveness; may demonstrate sexual dominance and aggressiveness; may be ruthless and manipulative to gain power and control; benefit comes through the power of taking physical action. (paraphrasing from ‘Quindecile’ by Ricki Reeves.)

Well, as you can tell, this is a complex situation of two years’ duration so the Astrology describing it must be complex as well.

Yet I don’t mean to suggest that I agree with the verdict reached by the Italian jury and judges who were, I believe, swayed unfairly (and perhaps politically?) by the Italian press when it came to Amanda Knox, whose activities of Nov 1, 2007 may never be fully revealed or understood. Trial by press has been a problem in the US, too, and should not be allowed to tip the scales of any court yet they so often do. And it wasn’t 12 jurors of their peers who convicted Knox and Sollecito – I believe the vote was 5 to 4…a pretty shabby way of doing things in a court of law, imo.

And so with a sense of grief for their loss, I send my heartfelt condolences to the Kercher, Knox, and other families involved in this sad case. For if a travesty of justice was made with the Knox or Solliceto guilty verdicts, I pray they will find the strength to fight for the freedom of their loved ones.


Midpoint pictures: Ebertin; Tyl; Munkasey. Mars/Pluto info: ‘Planets in Aspect’ by Rob Pelletier.

Note: please pardon any typos; I’ve tried to catch them all myself since WordPress’ spellchecker no longer functions here.

Some saved drafts of this post were lost in cyberspace as well, so if any of my text seems disconnected, let me know because paragraphs were lost with WordPress’ auto-save feature but I may be able to explain better if you’ll alert me. I did attempt to reconstruct them but you know how that goes.

BTW: Tags don’t function here either, so if you found this post, good job. I’m impressed. jc

Hillary Clinton discusses Afghanistan, Pakistan, and al-Qaida

In case you missed it, here’s a link to an interview Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did with Der Spiegel concerning Afghanistan, Pakistan, and al-Qaida, published November 15.

Washington’s ‘White House Reality’ is fully on view here, if you’re interested. She’s really good at this, agreed.

But American war escalation – in Afghanistan or anywhere else – remains a totally daft idea. We and our children will be sorry.

Written by Jude Cowell

November 16, 2009 at 7:10 pm

On Madoff the SEC was incredulous!

*It’s in the news so it must be so:

Concerning Bernard Madoff, the Security and Exchange Commission is reported to have been incredulous and unfocused concerning his company’s extraordinary and continued profits, a mainstream media report that now leaves me incredulous.

But not unfocused.


*That’s a sample of my brand of southern cynicism of the gentler kind.

Written by Jude Cowell

November 1, 2009 at 12:18 am

An astrologer looks at television

Actually I’m not certain how often expert astrologer Jessica Murray ‘looks at’ television but she has some intriguing thoughts on the medium, the industry, and the president’s “stupidly” remark about Professor Gates’ arrest last week on her MotherSky blog.

2009’s Super Conjunction appears as well so you should definitely check out Ms. Murray’s article!

Written by Jude Cowell

July 27, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Dan Froomkin’s last blog entry at WaPo

Well, now that the Washington Post has fired Dan Froomkin, one of their most popular bloggers, I want to be sure to link to his last entry of June 18, 2009.

Don’t know what sense you make of Froomkin’s firing, but his watchdog role concerning the Obama presidency has been in line with his efforts to keep a close eye on George Bush during his interminable White House years.

And while it’s true that no one blogger can balance the juggernaut of right-wingers like Charles Krauthammer, George Will, and Bill Kristol, Froomkin’s expressed views did help a little.

Historical Note: Froomkin’s sort of overview and info dissemination were once called ‘reporting’ and were integral functions of ‘journalism.’

But maybe there’s a new deal in town: that it’s becoming a bad career move to point out Barack Obama’s shortcomings as president or to critique his policies in any way, for then you become politically inconvenient and a liability.

Well, I wonder where Mr. Froomkin’s future writings will turn up? Because turn up they surely must – and this gnat of a blogger is wishing him all the best!

FOX News predicts flu deaths in GA

It’s a bit after 11 pm edt and I turned the TV to FOX News Atlanta and heard their stark announcement (repeated a few times in the first 3 minutes) that the current outbreak of Swine Flu will be coming to my home state of Georgia and will ‘lead to death.’

Now the virus isn’t here yet as far as anyone knows or has admitted, but FOX wants us to know that death is on its way. It’s their lead ‘story’ – something that hasn’t happened yet but it’s only a matter of time, they assert.


And you do know that the GOP overtook Georgia decades ago and won’t let go. If promoting Swine Flu can torpedo the local economies of this state (and elsewhere, although you may disagree) the Rs can blame the Ds – especially a popular president – and here we go again..all talk, no action from Washington.

Say, you didn’t want affordable health care with your dying breath, did ya?

Then you should have been a pocket-lining politician.

Written by Jude Cowell

April 30, 2009 at 3:23 am

Press in the US

“The press is the hired agent of a monied system, and set up for no other purpose than to tell lies where their interests are involved. One can trust nobody and nothing.”

— Henry Brooks Adams 1838 – 1918 (grandson of John Quincy Adams, great-grandson of John Adams)

Now we may take the above quote of journalist, novelist, academician, and historian Henry Adams at surface value – until we spend hours last evening researching Mr. Adams and find that he was an anti-semite who believed that Jews controlled politics, the financial world, and the press.

Well, that’s fairly demonstrable in our era, as it turns out, but I’m not of the persuasion of detesting an entire religious body of people because of a percentage of its adherents. (Hebrew is the race, Judaism is the religion.)

I point out Adams’ anti-semitism because it explains his “monied system” reference in the above quote.

That Zionists’ interests override public policy in the US is becoming more and more clear, imo, and there are many people who would agree.

On my Political Astrology blog, Stars Over Washington, I remember posting last year the YouTube video of VP Joe Biden calling himself a ‘Zionist’ and I thought, uh-oh – more war even WITH a President Obama. We’re seeing results playing out now so Mr. Adams was apparently on to something.

Yet I’m surprising myself by posting the following two quotes from Mr. Adams, quotes that further illuminate a part of his character as much as his prejudices:

“With communism I would exist tolerably well…but in a society of Jews and brokers, a world made of maniacs wild for gold, I have no place.”

“I detest (the Jews) and everything connected with them, and I live only and solely with the hope of seeing their demise, with all their accursed Judaism.”

(There’s more to the last quote but I prefer to draw the line here at his vitriole. I do not promote such rhetoric normally but stay with me – there may be a point to all this.)

Before I continue on this track, how about a calmer bit of wisdom from the brilliant Henry?

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

Can this be said of bloggers, too (especially considering the abandonment of the public trust by the mainstream media)?!

But let’s get back to prejudices and monied systems…

Best known for his book, ‘The Education of Henry Adams’ the man lived a seemingly charmed life in his home on LaFayette Square across from the White House, enjoying social and political connections of the exalted kind of his day. His wife Clovis Hooper, daughter of a very wealthy Bostonian, interrupted the flow, however, by committing suicide on Dec 6, 1885.

Something of an auto-biography, ‘The Education of Henry Adams’ left out his marriage years entirely! The book, awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1919, concerns the ‘birth of forces’ that he saw as ‘replacing Christianity.’

Considering his many travels to Europe – including a Grand Tour after graduating Harvard in 1858 and serving as private secretary to his father who was sent to London by Pres. Lincoln as minister (ambassador) to the UK – my intuition says that Mr. Adams came in contact with the Freemasonry-Illuminati-Rosicrucian crowd/s that permeated the upper classes in which they moved in Europe (as did Franklin, Madison, and Jefferson.)

In fact, the works of John Stuart Mill were described by Adams to have convinced him of “the necessity of an enlightened, moral, and intelligent elite to provide leadership to a government elected by masses and subject to demagogery, ignorance, and corruption.” Just like America’s founders, especially Jefferson and Madison whose presidencies he chronicled so well.

And we know of Jefferson’s high regard for The Enlightenment in Europe and the French Revolution’s early principles: Voltaire and the gang. ‘Reason’ exalting the ‘Morals’ of man, however, never live up to their idealization. My own belief is that God knows best and that we’d be nowhere without Him and the Ten Commandments. Guess I’m no humanist – look what de-regulation of the markets has wrought as Wall Street had all controls dissolved. Even forgetting celestial precepts, where were human ‘morals’ then?)

Now showing! one of my own biases when reading of anyone and anything relating to politics – the word ‘enlightenment’ always seems an ‘Illuminati’ reference to me – and their stated mission is to destroy Christianity (and all other religions), governments, and the very fabric of society so that they can build it back – or let it grow wild as a destructured ‘Utopia’ where all men are ‘free’ – aka left to their own devices – but actually to be bossed around by a select few elites at the top of the pyramid!

So does man need God’s laws in order to thrive? Or can we regulate ourselves with manmade laws and devices?

Did you know that the Ten Commandments can be read as promises as well as limits?

For example: for those who love and serve God, “Thou shall not kill” is a promise easily kept without any trouble at all, if you love and serve our Creator!

And any parent raising small children knows how things will go if they give their beloved children No Limits to go by whatsoever. It makes them not very pleasant to be around besides setting them up for a shock when others don’t find their unbridled sassiness nearly as charming as their parent may.

Well, what is my point about Henry Brooks Adams?

That no one – even the famous, well-connected, and exalted – is perfect, yet we may still learn something valuable from them when it comes to what’s going on below the surface of politics…and now one of his most famous quotes, one of my personal favorites because it is so very instructive for modern times:

“Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organisation of hatreds.”

As it remains today, Professor Adams.


A few astrology notes on Henry Brooks Adams are available at Stars Over Washington if you dare. They’re written in English so you should be okay.

Astrology of the Presidential Presser 3.24.09

You may be interested in a few of my Astrology notes concerning last evening’s presidential press conference which I’ve published here and which includes a link to the presser’s full text:


Written by Jude Cowell

March 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm

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