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August 15, 2015 Notice to Readers of Jude’s Threshold

Hi All! Just a note really to advise subscribers and other readers that the web address of Jude’s Threshold has this evening been reverted to https://judecowell.wordpress.com  due to yours truly having limited blogging time this year into next. As always, my focus must be Stars Over Washington and will be directed in the coming weeks to creating articles about political events such as Campaign 2016 (often using the excellent lens of Astrology to peek behind the curtain!), to writing new Stars Over Washington Reports (2015–2016), plus, setting up a plan to once again offer natal and other astrology reports digitally delivered, each report with my notes attached, along with a phone session for those who request it.

In the coming weeks, full details will be published in the sidebar of Stars Over Washington and reports may be ordered from there as well so I hope you’ll drop by when you can in case there’s a topic or two you may wish to investigate with me, novice astrologer and former resident of Washington DC as I am. Do note that mystical, cosmic, and esoteric subjects may appear on SO’W along with article links and video clips which concern Politics, Society, Astrology, Star Lore, Astronomy, Archaeology, and quite a bit more.

Meanwhile, here on Jude’s Threshold I shall happily continue to post as and when my schedule permits (I love WordPress!) and will continue to re-blog and spotlight the excellent content I discover published by my favorite authors and artists from their brilliant blogs and websites!

Now here’s your ‘official invitation’ to visit SO’W (insert smiley face):

http://www.starsoverwashington.com/2015/08/august-15-2015-whats-new-at-stars-over.html

A “Frankenstorm” Full Moon and a Scorpio Solar Eclipse

Astro-Notes of Autumn 2012

by Jude Cowell

Well, the colors of the leaves in Georgia had turned nicely but now most have been swept from the trees by this week’s stormy winds. Prior to Hurricane/Cyclone Sandy’s landfall on the East Coast, I posted a few words about it in relation to the Full Moon in Taurus which perfected Monday afternoon, October 29, 2012, and added its influence to the high tides.

But there may also be ‘Sandy’ significance in the horoscope of the November 13, 2012 Solar Eclipse in water sign Scorpio if one wishes to find it. Here’s an image of the horoscope set for Washington DC–click the ‘Scorpio’ link to read my astro-notes on this Water-Water eclipse:

Scorpio Solar Eclipse Nov 13, 2012

As you know, “Water-Water” refers to the sign element of the Sun and Moon which are, of course, conjunct during a solar eclipse. This blend of elements is on the feeling-intuitive-imagination level (double Water) and indicates a period when emotions are deep–such as when your home and/or business is flooded away or washed out to sea–and folks become nostalgic about the past. It’s a gut-wrenching time, folks, and my heart goes out to my northern neighbors.

With double Scorpio, clearly reasoned arguments and objectivity may be missing from the collective mood just now which interferes with political choices and confusing (on purpose!) campaign ads but hopefully early voting may have aided with the difficulty. See Storm Boosts Early Voting Turnout in Parts of Ohio.

Yes, a Solar Eclipse in Mars-Pluto-ruled Scorpio is considered karmic (by which I mean, reaping what was sown) and involves such things as intense desires, lack of compromise on strong convictions, sarcasm, jealousy, astute perceptions, loyalty v betrayal, suspicion, cynicism, and zeal for the truth. And yes, death, which has come to victims of Sandy’s wrath. (See SE horoscope’s 8th house with both Mars and Pluto posited there.)

Even the Oct 29th Full Moon horoscope shows potential for loss of life with Mars and Jupiter Angular in the chart (set for D.C. where President Obama returned to monitor storm operations which he has done exceedingly well, last I heard.)

Well, the month of November is always a Scorpionic season, it’s true, but this year the Full Moon in Taurus–with Sun in Scorpio–and the within-range of Sandy (two weeks time frame) Solar Eclipse–have brought intense Scorpio energies more to the front burner than anyone could possibly like. #

Update 11.1.12: the horoscope with details has just been published concerning the Gemini Lunar Eclipse of November 28, 2012, if you’re interested. jc

Romney like Reagan: an armer of rebels?

Styling himself as Reaganesque, candidate Mitt Romney is spouting off about wanting to arm Syrian rebels ‘who share our values’ which reminds me of the hot water President Ronald Reagan got himself into for arming Iranian rebels (arms-for-hostages, aka, Irangate) and then repeatedly lying about it from TV screens across America.

Both Romney and Reagan were born with Jupiter (how we relate to others) in Scorpio, a money sign of Big Business, Secrets, and Betrayals, and we know that having expansive Jupiter in the Mars-Pluto-ruled sign makes for a materialistic viewpoint, over-optimism, and a ruthless striving for possessions.

Plus, Jupiter in Scorpio craves pleasure and tends to overrate its abilities but hopefully if Mitt is placed into the Oval Office, he won’t follow Reagan’s example when it comes to shady arms-dealing.

And in case you’re curious about the two personalities debating one another on October 11, 2012 (VP Joseph Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan) you may wish to check out a few astro-notes I posted today using their natal Sun-Moon blends!

Paul and Janna Ryan: Wedding Day Astrology

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan proposed marriage to tax attorney Janna Little in April 2000 and they were wed in Oklahoma City, OK on December 2, 2000 with approximately 400 guests attending. (Click link for more details.)

Now if the Ryans’ wedding ceremony took place at or after 9:23 pm CST, the Moon (feminine principle) had entered Pisces. If before, the Moon was in Aquarius; in both cases, the Sun (male principle) was in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius in the 10Sag21 to 11Sag22 degree range. (Dec 2, 2000 12 am CST to 11:59 pm CST.)

(Astro-Note: as a pair, the luminaries–Sun and Moon–indicate Marriage.)

And as you know, idealistic Jupiter’s natural abode is the 9th house of Philosophy, Religion, and Higher Education. Plus, the Sun (husband) conjoined Pluto on that day (Pluto @12Sag39 noon CST) and neared Chiron 19Sag09. Synchronistically, the Wedding Moon at noon (@25AQ20) conjoined and reflected asteroid Juno, the wife and met Cupido 00Pis25 (family; cupidity or love) soon after Luna entered Pisces.

So which Sun-Moon blend of this the happy couple to detail? First, some basic elements to consider:

Sun Sag-Moon AQ is a ‘live wire’ Fire-Air combo of bluster and bombast and denotes those who tend to become ‘carried away’ with their own ‘eloquent’ rhetoric. Zeal for innovative ideas is notable which are then persuasively expressed to others. This is a visionary combo which must guard against impracticality; in evidence may be a tendency to be out-of-touch with the emotional realm of feelings.

Sun Sag-Moon Pisc is a Fire-Water blend which may be described as a “bulldozer” for its tendency to push ahead in the preferred direction, no matter what. This combo denotes a more practical visionary with feet kept firmly on the ground but with an instinct for the ‘main chance’. There’s a love of the good life and a talent for pulling rabbits out of hats.

Hmmm…guess we’d better look at both Sun-Moon sign combinations!

Sun Sag-Moon AQ (Janna does look to me to have ‘Aquarian blue eyes’!): intellectual and friendly, this visionary blend denotes high ideals, a breezy outspokenness, and a seeker of truth (uh-oh! guess you can always seek it so you can hide it!) All types of viewpoints are accomodated with an easy-going adaptability, and its positive outlook is willing to take risks whenever necessary; a keen social awareness may be noted which identifies with the World View, or which seeks to justify its personal eccentricities.

With this blend, life’s mundane realities present challenges, and a high-minded crusading zeal shows insensitivity to more sentimental souls. There’s a tendency to over-generalize while living in the realm of abstract ideas, and in relationships, Sun Sag-Moon AQ isn’t automatically adept at intimacy. An intelligent, strong-egoed partner is a must to keep things interesting; plus, loyalty is much prized as long as independence is part of the marriage.

Is this a passionate and romantic combination? Yes, but even so there’s usually a brotherly-sisterly quality within the partnership.

Sun Sag-Moon Pisc describes more of an emotional, imaginative blend with deep convictions, generosity, and a moralistic streak. This is The Philosopher yet the logic is irrational, the dreams fantastical. An enormous sensitivity to the human condition is prominent (and not generally found within the objectivist hearts of Ayn-Randers) along with a trusting openness–the need to give to others is an endearing quality of this combo.

Lavish expenditures may occur for this blend contains a ‘wastrel’ sub-personality! Giving the ‘shirt off one’s back’ is described here and for that reason and others (and because odds are that the Ryan nuptials took place prior to 9:23 pm), I ‘vote’ for the Sun Sag-Moon AQ blend to more closely describe the relationship and the individual partners in the Paul and Janna Ryan union.

What do you think? If you wish to ‘vote’ for a blend or remark, please leave a comment with this post!

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Recommended: Sun Sign-Moon Sign by Charles & Suzi Harvey; Synthesis & Counseling in Astrology, Dr. Noel Tyl.

Happy 4th of July 2012! plus Autumn EQ 2012’s Sun Lib-Moon Sag! (updated))

UPDATE 9.19.12: well, DNC 2012 did quite well after all with no major funding problems in sight that I could detect. One stand-out speech was that of former Governor Jennifer Granholm whose on-point call-outs roused the delegates with slogans like, “In Romney’s world, the cars get the elevator–and the workers get the shaft!” (paraphrased, but you undoubtedly catch her meaning.)

This week, the news is all about Mitt Romney being secretly captured calling 47% of his fellow Americans “dependent on government” and other demeaning remarks concerning our characters. But if you’re like me, his arguments–presented to $50,000-a-plate donors at a millionaire’s home on May 15, 2012–ring false and out-of-touch but they do reveal what the GOP candidate and his wealthy cronies like to tell themselves about those they consider beneath them. And as usual, Mr. Romney told the people he was speaking to the bromides he knew they wanted to hear.

Such a smarmy Pisces is Mitt!

Born with Sun, Mercury, and Mars in the sign of the Two Fishes, he’s not very choosy about how he creates his wealth and doesn’t mind using deception and victimization, two of the sign’s negative traits, to step over others in his quest for status and riches.

As for his 47% discussion, the current Solar Eclipse (May 20, 2012) in Gemini (sign of communications, speeches, and telephone recordings!) has uncovered a private view of a secretive and cocooned man, just as eclipses so often do…with a ‘peep-eye’!

Actually, Current TV’s The Young Turks is providing excellent coverage of Mitt’s Misses and political coverage in general, if you haven’t checked out the channel which also airs programs hosted by Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the irreverant and hilarious Stephanie Miller, DC journalist Bill Press, and more.

Well, I’ll hush for now and return you to my original July 4th post which begins here, with no edits other than the one you just read:

It’s been a while since I moseyed here to my WordPress blog for good reason: setting up and composing my first-ever Political Astrology newsletter, Stars Over Washington Monthly, has kept me hoppin’. Electronically delivered quarterly, this effort covers 3 months in each issue with what I plan to be more indepth articles than have typically appeared on my blog Stars Over Washington since October 2005.

And once the shock of the tech glitches encountered while setting up the first issue (July-August-September 2012) have faded, I hope to concentrate more fully on the newsletter’s astrological and political content, and topics of national concern beginning with issue 2 (Oct-Nov-Dec 2012.)

The first issue includes (as you might imagine!) horoscopes of America’s Solar Return 2012, occurring tomorrow on Independence Day as the Sun returns to its position on July 4, 1776 (using our 5:10 pm LMT chart) and America reaches her 236th birthday, President Barack Obama’s own Solar Return 2012 of August 4, his 51st birthday (with his Chiron Return, a five-fer, in tow), and of course Autumn Equinox 2012 on September 22, when the Sun clocks in at 00Lib00:00, the Midheaven (MC) angle in our nation’s natal horoscope (5:10 pm, 00Lib53, give or take a few moments depending on your Astrology software program.)

Other topics include RNC and DNC 2012, the prominent September 29th Full Moon, plus, a handy Lunations List for the quarter is provided, a feature I plan to include in each issue with planetary links to important horoscopes (USA, the president’s, etc.)

Of interest to Campaign 2012 and America’s future direction, the MC in the Autumn EQ 2012 horoscope shows President Obama’s natal Uranus leaning forward upon the season’s Career and Public Status angle for all the world to see, along with his natal NN, a joining or Jupiterian point. No, this one astrological factor cannot be considered conclusive for an Obama win on November 6, 2012 but it’s certainly a futuristic hint of progressive Uranian proportions when added to the Equinox Sun conjunct America’s natal MC where it shines brightly each year as it spotlights November elections!

(Note: Uranus/NN = MC: professional recognition; teamwork paying off–Tyl; seeking stimulating ideas from others; sudden recognition of a joint goal–Ebertin.)

Now let’s peek at the Sun Libra-Moon Sagittarius combo of Autumn EQ 2012 (info not included in SOWM’s issue 1!), an Air-Fire blend denoting a season of grand rhetoric, exciting ideas, bluster and ‘live wire’ energies (such as with sudden storms and the lamentable power outages during raging hot weather, along with Campaign 2012 speeches, gaffes, and propaganda.)

Air-Fire is a visionary combo but may detach from deeper emotional connections, something both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have been accused of. My thought is that in such high-profile positions of extreme celebrity and visibility, this tendency is a necessary and useful talent! The signs of Libra and Sagittarius are sextile (60 degr) and thus opportunities arise…Venus and Jupiter are the signs’ rulers and when working together may bring widened horizons, lots of travel, and many enthusiastic ideas and plans.

Autumn EQ 2012’s Sun Lib-Moon Sag (Moon 27Sag21) indicates a populist flair for persuasion and publicity, perfect for Campaign 2012 activities. This combo describes those who are able to juggle several things at once, and who may fall into the ‘workaholic’ category. This is a “calm yet restless” blend with foresight (BHO’s natal Uranus at MC?), high idealism, and humorous wit. A “missionary zeal” may be noted though this trait may certainly describe Mormon Mitt Romney (though most of it sounds more like Mr. Obama.)

An ability to tune into the collective Zeitgeist supplies knowledge of “where things are going and what needs to be done”; an independent yet romantic nature is implied by this combination and a tendency to bypass protocol may be in evidence though cautions are not to over-stretch oneself or over-estimate one’s capacities, and to avoid being blind to one’s deeper motives (cautions for us all!)

Sun Lib-Moon Sag is shared natally by historian Bruce Catton, Christopher Reeve, Sean Lennon, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Oct 20, 1955), Bob Geldof, and humorist Art Buchwald who wrote,

“I explained to him that I had simple tastes and didn’t want anything ostentatious, no matter what it cost me.”

(Wonder if it’s true that preparations for DNC 2012 are under financial restrictions due to lack of donations?)

To close, this blend has two “Images for Integration” of conscious mind (Sun) and unconscious mind (Moon–blend together for best results!) as described by Charles and Suzi Harvey in their excellent book, Sun Sign-Moon Sign:

“Bob Geldof spins Band Aid out of the air to help famine-stricken Africa…An educationalist creates a Palace of Discovery to feed and stimulate young minds.”

Both Images seem to relate to topics on the presidential campaign trail having to do with education in the US, and with increasing poverty and what to do about it–tax the poor who have no turnips or broccoli to spare (a la the GOP, Paul Ryan, and Mitt Romney), or use taxpayer resources of the US government to provide relief for our people. On November 6th, we’ll attempt to show by our votes which vision of America we hold dear: the cold-hearted Darwinian model of survival-of-the-fittest, or America as a nation who cares for her people when they need her the most.

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If you’re interested in Political Astrology, please navigate to Stars Over Washington and click on the link on top of the sidebar to sign up for a 3-month subscription ($18US) beginning with July-Aug-Sep 2012–thanks! jc

What’s up at Jude’s Threshold?

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve had time to post here and though withdrawal symptoms have set in, my blogging schedule has yet to return to normal because a new baby arrives home from the hospital in about an hour so you can imagine how busy my family members are these days, including me!

There’s a casserole in the oven (waiting for my Italian-food-loving daughter Maya) and her hubby, plus, there’s a 6-year old running about and wondering what’s for lunch (as they will do.)

Meanwhile, Politics and Campaign 2012 keep rolling along and though I’m keeping up with the news, I have little chance to write about anything–except for a few exceptions recently published over at Stars Over Washington, my Political Astrology blog where you’ll find Max Igan videos, political videos and links, astro-notes, politicians’ natal planets, and more.

One change while I’ve been non-blogging, however, is a new addition to my TV-watching habit on Current TV, the 9 am edt broadcast by Stephanie Miller and crew so check her out if you haven’t for “politically direct” conversation, interesting guests, and an opportunity to call in and express yourself on the political and social topics of the day.

Now–please pass the Pampers! ;p

Is Herman Cain a fortune teller?

Republican candidate Herman Cain foretells his own fortune–that a “Woman is going to falsely accuse me of having an affair and though I can’t see the fellow in a paisley head scarf, I suppose a golden pair of dangling earrings wouldn’t go too far amiss.

Either ‘some friend’ she turned out to be’ tells this tale–or, Mr. Cain really knows how to pick ’em.

See my previous post on the natal horoscope of Herman Cain if you desire. Astro-notes are included such as an oppressive Saturn/Pluto midpoint influencing his desire nature bwo n Mars–placed in romantic Leo!

Yes, the self-willed, hypersensitive Mr. Cain is ‘an original’ with his natal Sun (essence; vitality; adult personality) opposing quirky Uranus, planet of political radicals everywhere.

So perhaps we may agree that someone does not want Cain to be the 2012 nominee for the GOP!

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