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January 24, 2012: SOTU and SOPA?

January 24, 2012 is shaping up to be an important date in the US with President Obama delivering his State of the Union Address (SOTU) before the TV cameras and a Joint Session of Congress in the evening (9:00 pm ET), and the US Senate said to be voting on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a freaky piece of legislative gumbledy-gook with an Orwellian hue that will totally re-design the Internet while tossing democracy on the garbage heap of History, thanks to a highly plutocratic USA.

Here’s what I wrote about the Internet power grab recently on Stars Over Washington:

“Our millionaire Senate is set to vote on SOPA on January 24, 2012 and this draconian bill will sail through to a corporate harbor if enough people fail to speak up and out. If it passes then subversive, controlling string-puller Pluto in staid Capricorn will win and we will lose a larger chunk of our republic and our right to exercise free speech than we may yet appreciate.”

That’s just me. But do you blame me?

Now my annual post on the SOTU Address horoscope of January 24, 2012 isn’t published yet but if you have a chance, please check out today’s SO’W entry concerning President Obama’s very current Mars Return 2012 which began this past Saturday, crescendoes and forces acceptance on February 1, 2012, and wraps up–hopefully with real solutions–on June 18, 2012. However, its Martian effects last until the next time Mars returns to its natal position on the evening Barack Obama was born, and times a two-year cycle of new activity beginning for our president, and thus, for America as long as he is It.

Because this is a ‘three-fer’ Mars Return (3x) due to planetary retrogradation, Mr. Obama may have activities and projects left over to deal with, overlapping activities (who wouldn’t in the White House?), stop-and-go delays–all with a drawn out emphasis on Martian matters and issues which need closer consideration than if Mars returned only once.

The three horoscopes (Jan 14-Feb 1-June 18, 2012) may also be read individually by dividing the two-year Martian period into thirds with each Mars Return horoscope representing that third of the two-year period.

However, as you will see if you click above, the Moon makes an excellent timer in any chart and here, a Geminian Luna returns to her natal position in the horoscope of Barack Obama on February 1, 2012–the day of his Rx Mars Return, #2 of 3.

All your on-topic comments are welcome!

Super Congress’ 5-year Secret Farm Bill

To insert or not to insert: America’s ‘Super’ Committee (or, ‘Super Congress’, as I think of it) is said to have had its deliberations impregnated by a Secret Farm Bill full of a cornucopeia of agricultural subsidies for special interests as US food security and supplies are politicized once again.

Speaking astrologically, can we be surprised by such strong-arming of food supply legislation by powerful forces when the US natal horoscope reveals asteroid Ceres (nurturing; food; grains; milk; mother; family; security needs; the Ceres archetype is integrally associated with America’s founding through the stars of Virgo, sign of US natal Neptune, planet of visions and idealism) conjoined with one of the primary significators of Plutocracy and oppression: the oligrachic Pluto/Chiron midpoint of Corporatism, where their energies blend most perfectly.

Mama Mia?

If like me, you’ve walked into America’s grocery stores for years and thought, What food can I buy that won’t harm my family’s health? then you’ve unconsciously felt the powerful influence of our natal midpoint picture–Pluto/Chiron = Ceres–US food ‘safety’ and supplies at the mercy of global corporatists with a larger agenda than topping America’s Apple Pie with delicious ice cream.

The specter of food contamination, adulteration, and poisoning as policy is part of the strong-arming, DNA- manipulating picture as well with these global gangsters and their agents, some of whom lobby on Capitol Hill–and write bills. (See ALEC Exposed.)

And since Pluto is the higher octave (frequency) of Mars and both rule Scorpio, the spider archetype applies when answering the question: what can possibly be nurturing about the oppression, ruthlessness, brutality, and disenfranchisement of Plutocracy?

Maybe it’s the spider to the fly where, once entangled in a web of promises and lies–cushy perhaps, yet deadly–the fly struggles to break loose from the gossamer bonds that bind.

My suspicion is that more details will be revealed about the ‘Secret Farm Bill’, and of course, the Super Committee/Congress under the supernal rays of the December 10, 2011 Lunar Eclipse @ 18Gem11 which is ruled by Mercury and so relates to mercurial matters such as journalism, blogging, news, writers, speeches and orators, young people, trade, commerce, transport, thinking and planning, and the like.

Click to view the horoscope set for the White House and showing a Virgoan Mars, planet of conflict and war–and ruled by Mercury bwo Virgo, posited in the Lunar Eclipse’s 8th house of Shared Resoures, Big Business, Debt and Credit, and apex (focal) planet of a double T-Square pattern.

But even closer to the due date of the Super Committee’s recommendations (Nov 23) is the Solar Eclipse of November 25, 2011 which has a ‘peculiar turn of events’ vibe and rather sinister energies and is ruled by Jupiter Rx bwo Sagittarius. Jupiter Rx may describe in part the withholding of funds and huge ‘cuts’ the 12 Committee members are meant to identify and perpetrate–unless the US Congress unbinds itself from the web of deficit recommendations.

So if you have a mo, please check out the horoscope and let me know what you think either here or at my Political Astrology blog, Stars Over Washington.

You don’t have to speak Astrologese to read!

Time for Civil Disobedience in the US?

Thoughts of America in November 2011

by Jude Cowell

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves…[and] the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”

– Howard Zinn


If you’ve ever read my Political Astrology articles you know that on one level I’ve been describing rebellious Uranus now in Mars-ruled Aries as ‘Utopians’ because that’s one expression of Uranus in Aries according to Reinhold Ebertin in his midpoint directory, The Combination of Stellar Influences.

And if you follow Astrology much at all, you know that in 2010, transit Uranus entered feisty Aries by crossing the Aries Point, one of the four World Points of Manifestation which historically times important events which tend to affect the entire world.

So if you’re familiar with the Sibly version of America’s natal horoscope (July 4, 1776 5:10 pm LMT Philadelphia, PA with Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius rising), then you know that America’s IC (4th cusp, The Foundation or End of the Matter, aka, The Drain in any horoscope, and denoting Domestic Scene and Homeland) has been accosted by Uranus in Aries as the planet of revolution and uprisings hits the Aries Point (AP.)

My point, ill-made though it be, is that the Utopians have arrived and their intent to shake up our nation and rearrange all the furniture so that we cannot recognize where to lay our heads–is on disply with the current ‘debt-deal’ drama and the bill that has issued from it.

Holding hostages is typical behavior for radical reformers of the Uranian kind and they don’t care who gets hurt or damaged as long as their ‘vision’ is fulfilled…it’s a strain of the ‘success at any cost’ model of Machiavellian politics.

The hurt, however, is yet to be fully appreciated by the majority of the American people. The Uranian invasion and government coup has been ramped up and as I’ve typed many times before these last 6 years of blogging—these people play for keeps.

And come November 2011, when there will manifest in early Sagittarius a Solar Eclipse with sinister undertones and the ‘cuts’ are to be decided upon by the newly created “Super Congress” of 12 (like a special “council of wise men”?) we may see what the US government has been up to behind closed doors as the power of the US Congress is superceded–usurped–by an elite group of those who were in on the sky-is-falling game all along.

Yet with the energies described by Astrology working naturally in an AC-DC manner, the Utopian activism now throttling Washington DC can be turned around by the rest of us who Do Not want American to crash and be reinstituted like a phoenix rising from ashes.

Is it time for (peaceful) civil disobedience in America? the current Uranus/Pluto square says, Yes! For the mid-1960s saw the Great Conjunction/s of the revolutionary combo of Uranus and Pluto in mid-Virgo and their cyclic square now times a point of crisis when similar issues from the 1960s resurface–such as Civil Rights, disenfranchisement, and other anti-societal ills.

Uranus reached US natal IC (00Ari53, slightly past the AP) in 2010 and will continue to do so, thanks to quirky Uranus’ retrogradation, into January 2012.

But November 2011 isn’t left out of Uranus’ radical schedule for one of the conjunctions to US natal IC occurs on November 16, 2011, with the difficult Solar Eclipse manifesting on November 25, 2011 in the 14 North Series (“A peculiar turn of events”–Brady) @ ‘2 Sag’–opposite President Obama’s natal Moon in Gemini–and the mini-me Congress of 12 power elite is set to divulge their recommendations for further cuts on November 23!

For more on this topic which has come home to America to roost, you may wish to try Coercive Utopians.

Plus, there’s always the excellent Thom Hartmann and his progressive views on and about America!

Solar Eclipse Jan 4, 2011: Sun Cap-Moon Cap

After a few days respite for the Thanksgiving Day holiday, I’m back to the salt mines of freebie blogging and putting out a little Political Astrology info for those who may care for Astrology used as a lens through which to view upclose the squirmy varmints of Politics.

Today is my first day back online so I spent it researching and typing a fresh Stars Over Washington post which concerns all the Solar (4) and Lunar (2) Eclipses of 2011 which you may perhaps find interesting.

You’ll discover that an image of the January 2011 Solar Eclipse @ 13Cap38 is shown; images of other 2011 eclipse horoscopes will be added to SO’W as time permits.

Yet what I didn’t mention in my post is info on the Sun-Moon blend of the January 2011 Solar Eclipse and so I shall add its details here.

Obviously, the sign Capricorn is highlighted with its law-government-business vibes; Sun Cap-Moon Cap is an Earth-Earth blend indicating down-to-earth and matter-of-fact influences. Patience, self-discipline, and realism are in evidence with this double helping of the ancient sign of the Mer Goat.

Sun Cap-Moon Cap fears chaos and I think all but the power elite can be said to ‘resemble that remark’ these days – especially given societal and economic conditions and the fact that 2011 will usher in the mysterious and much-touted year ‘2012’.

This practical combo of Capricorn energies gives a steadfast, autocratic, self-absorbed, conscientious, ambitious and purposeful demeanor to the start of 2011. There’s a pathological need for authority and security with a deep desire to make oneself immune from attack (as if!); ruler Saturn brings in the fear; meanwhile, professional recognition is sought for one’s wisdom, accomplishments, and status in society.

(As you know, Saturn and Jupiter are our ‘societal planets’.)

The Jan 2011 Solar Eclipse opposes US natal Sun (‘the leader’) so President Obama is front and center, or possibly is ‘eclipsed’ in some way.

A heavy emphasis is placed on material gains/goals and self-advancement during a Capricorn eclipse season yet given the state of the US and global economy, it’s understandable, even necessary.

Well, perhaps the Cap-Cap tendency toward common sense, practicality, and dependability will improve economic matters for the collective since the power elite already have more money than they can waste and spend – other than buying US elections directly now instead of their old-fashioned indirect methods, thanks to SCOTUS’ Citizen’s United decision of January 2010.

“Image for Integration” of the Sun (conscious mind) and Moon (unconscious) energies for the Jan 4, 2011 Solar Eclipse:

“A hoary old grandfather sits in his chair with this grandson on his knee. He gives him a gift for his seventh birthday – a first-edition of Pilgrim’s Progress.”

(Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles and Suzi Harvey.)

Looking ahead to Summer Solstice 2010

It took a few hours but the first part of my post on the Horoscope of Summer Solstice 2010 is now published, if you’d care for a look.

The chart image is enlargeable and set for the White House, June 21, 2010, 7:28:10 am edt, Hour of Saturn 28Vir14 (yet within orb of opposition to Uranus in Aries – more ‘old vs new’ themes, ‘progress vs status quo’ on the way); 21Can34 rises, with chart-ruler Moon 29Lib34 in 4th house, reflecting the difficult and critical home situations, foreclosures, removals, and agricultural and security issues now prevalent in American society. (And in the world, but my version of the Solstice chart is set for DC.)

Transiting Mercury conjoins America’s natal Mars ’22 Gemini’, here in the secretive 12th house, so we have a time of ideas and plans being put into action either by choice or circumstance; someone is giving instructions on how to accomplish a specific goal or task, how to operate machinery, or perhaps they’re giving directions for how to find a certain location.

And the Mercury/Mars hook-up occurs in the Behind-the-Scenes 12th house of Politics.

Some of us may notice a pressing need to travel during the summer, and maybe for long distances since the Jupiter/Uranus pair are conjunct Mc and in 9th house. Jupiter/Uranus conjunctions indicate travel opportunities and, of course, we expect a US President to have plenty of those.

Also, space travel and/or planetary discoveries may be very prominent during the summer months as well with Jupiter/Uranus conjunctions timing ‘scientific breakthroughs’ whenever they meet about every 14 years.

Their first-of-three Great Conjunctions occurs on June 8, 2010 @ 00Ari18, and the Summer Solstice 2010 chart shows Uranus still conjunct the AP degree, with faster-moving Jupiter @ 1Ari47 – yet both planets will return to the deep waters of Pisces.

Mercury/Mars = debates, energized thinking, plans made real, demonstrations, bus drivers, telephones, and such:

Additionally, communications and tech equipment, vehicle sales and purchases, and sports paraphenalia are involved in some of the business transactions which may occur when Mercury transits natal Mars; plus, thoughts may be a little on the grumpy side causing heated discussions behind doors, and (possibly secret?) units may be shipped out for service abroad – or at home.

So what else is new, right? Yet to dissent is to be American! I only wish US political ‘debates’ were actually debates, don’t you?

And besides, grumpiness isn’t unusual these days with all that’s going wrong or fraudulent, especially if we’re talking Washington, DC, my old stomping ground of many moons ago.

Well, okay now, hold on to your footed PJs, for here come the ‘Images for Integration’ of Summer Solstice 2010’s Sun Cancer-Moon Libra blend:

‘Mother Goose recites a poem, surrounded by adoring fairy-tale creatures…A family holds a lucrative sale of its artistic heirlooms to the neighborhood.’ (‘Sun Sign-Moon Sign’ by Charles and Suzi Harvey.)


Dare I mention the name of a mere mortal man who happens to share the Sun Can-Moon Lib blend in his birth chart? It’s the infamous streetfighter, George W. Bush – reading ‘My Pet Goat’ into the pages of history.

And if W’s name should come up in the news for a particular reason during Summer 2010, you can think again, if you wish, about his role in Florida on the morning of 9/11/01, and about the ‘lucrative’ deals his crime family members have made and prospered by for hundreds of years.

Or not. So that you may better enjoy your summer!

A 2nd opinion on the Spring EQ 2010 horoscope

Since 2007 I have posted on this blog concerning equinox and solstice charts but for the March 20 Spring Equinox 2010 horoscope, I’ve used Stars Over Washington.

You may have heard by now that the weekend of the Aries Ingress (Sun 00Aries00) – aka, Spring Equinox – will be a very busy one in our nation’s capital for multiple Anti-War protests are planned. Hopefully, demonstrations of our displeasure with Washington will be effective yet safe for all participants.

So do click to read a second analysis written by one of SO’W’s regular readers, a young astrologer named Jonathan W, who has interesting things to say about the 2010 Ingress chart and the direction of our nation.

Written by Jude Cowell

February 17, 2010 at 12:34 am

Just how funky is Astrology?

As it turns out, Astrology can be pretty funky yet practically approached in the mundane, political realm simultaneously!

The number of Astrology blogs has increased tremendously since my first Political Astrology blog went live in October 2005 (Stars Over Washington is almost 4 years old!)

So naturally, it’s become something of a marathon to keep up with the ones you’re aware of and benefit from, much less the ones you’ve yet to discover, no matter how you try. Even with feeds it’s difficult to stay on top of article reading and their excellent chart delineations.

This morning my SO’W blog was privileged to receive a comment from ‘Funkstar’ who writes the Funk Astrology Blog from the UK.

‘Funkstar’ gave details for an Iran natal chart she uses which is set for the Ayatollah Khomeini’s return to Iran after the overthrow of the Shah: Feb 1, 1979, 9:30 am IRDT, Tehran, with 3Ari37 as the ASC and Moon rising @ 7Ari01.

The Sabian Symbol for this Moon (the people), ‘8Ari’ is: “A large woman’s hat with streamers blown by the east wind.”

But as Funkstar (whom I assume to be Marina of the Funk Astrology Blog) says in her comment, transit Pluto in early Capricorn is now conjunct this chart’s Midheaven 2Cap06 (Mc) – and I note that this is the only one of three charts for *Iran that places plutonic, nuclear-related Pluto on an angle – now.

Mc is, of course, the most public spot in any chart, thus the revelation of a 2nd nuke facility. Are there more?

Given the current Iran nuclear facility revelations at Qom and the Iran-US stand-off on these matters, I’d say the ‘Khomeini returns’ chart is a very useful map for timing of current events, wouldn’t you?


*Two other oft-used charts for Iran:
1. Feb 11, 1979 3:00 pm IRDT, Tehran when Khomeini proclaimed the Islamic Republic; ASC 7Can09; Marjorie Orr gives this chart in her book, ‘The Astrological History of the World’ as timing for “victory proclaimed in Islamic Revolution’;

2. April 1, 1979 3:00 pm IRDT, Tehran, ASC 17Leo17; as given in Celeste Teals’ book, ‘Eclipses.’

So..which natal chart to use for Iran? The one that ‘works’ because transits to it correctly time events!

Do you have a preferred birth chart for Iran?

UN natal chart and Obama to UN 9/23/09

Well, I attempted to post the United Nations natal chart with this morning’s transits, 9.23.09, New York City, but WordPress was having none of it.

The WPress icons for uploading images continues to be garbled with the post title over them, so it didn’t work to post a large chart image here; hence I skulked over to my Stars Over Washington blog where I hope you don’t mind moseying to check out the UN’s natal chart (Oct 24, 1945) with today’s transits.

Uranus/Neptune’s Great Conjunction 1993

Only a few years late have I discovered an intriguing article by Edmond H. Wollman concerning the Great Conjunction/s of Uranus and Neptune in 1993, the original version of which was published in the Spring Yearbook 1993 of Dell Horoscope Magazine.

Due to retrogradation, there were three conjunctions of these transpersonal planets and Mr. Wollman’s article includes images of the horoscopes for all three of their conjunctions. You’ll find the 3rd chart’s image linked in my article on the NWO because their third conjunction (Oct 24, 1993) is the one I use as the natal chart of the New World Order with its ’18Cap’ degree’s Sabian Symbol:

‘ “The Union Jack” = SUPERVISION…

positive expression: the self’s ever-widening spread of interest in its insatiable desire to leave some permanent imprint of itself on everything it touches;

neg/unconscious/shadow side: smug or strong-armed paternalism.’

This Symbol’s emphasis “is on the social or political side,” says Dr. Jones. Dane Rudhyar’s version of the Sabian Symbols gives ’18Cap’ as ‘POLITICAL POWER, its value and its dangers.’

‘The Union Jack’ points to British naval warships and at the US-UK alliance in war and in other dalliances. Just add a ‘d’ to alliance and you get, dalliance.

‘Leaving an imprint on everything it touches’ seems to be the intent these days of Politics and the agenda of powerful players within the US political system, and you know what they say: just because you have no interest in Politics doesn’t mean Politics isn’t interested in You.


(Marc Edmund Jones’ ‘The Sabian Symbols in Astrology’; ‘An Astrological Mandala’ by Dane Rudhyar.)

US Mars Return Aug 12, 2009

Wednesday, August 12 is more than the day the Perseid meteor shower peaks, it’s also America’s Mars Return for 2009.

In Astrology, Mars represents energy, action, initiative, motivations, and desires, and ‘his’ cycle or orbit is approximately 2 years in length. The god of war is naturally of import in any nation’s chart so making note of America’s Mars Returns every couple of years can yield information on our direction and goals for the period the Return chart is in effect – until the next Return to natal degree.

Blocks and obstacles to our national desires are shown through squares (90 degr), oppositions (180 degr), or other difficult aspects such as semi-squares (45), sesqui-sqs (135), inconjuncts (150), or quindeciles (165.)

Of course, with America we have several natal charts to choose from, thanks to astrologer Ben Franklin and the other Founders who didn’t see fit to make plain the exact moment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence which would have aided future generations of astrologers. (The last signatures, if memory serves, were not snagged until August 1776, so there’s that little complication, too.)

One clue, however, is Ben’s portrait on our money which shows the clock on Independence Hall in Philadelphia marking ‘2:21’ or ‘2:22’ behind Ben and his enigmatic smile – but is it A.M. or P.M.?

Apparently it’s A.M. since a chart set for this time (LMT, Philadelphia; July 4, 1776) shows Uranus, revolutionary planet of freedom and independence, rising with a Gemini Ascendant. This ‘Franklin’ chart definitely serves as a symbolic chart, imo, and restless, fad-oriented America’s well-known fascination with youth is described by Gemini rising, sign of the Eternal Youth.

(So pass the botox, Y’all! Just kidding. I’m a kidder.)

Plus, as I have previously stated here and elswhere, Uranus conjunct ASC gives excellent coping ability with whatever comes up ‘unexpectedly’…one of Uranus’ favorite words, along with ‘revolution’ and ‘individualism.’

And yet…the US ‘Sibly’ chart (5:10 pm lmt) seems to resonate well with subsequent events such as the attacks of 9/11/01 – tr Pluto to ASC, tr Saturn to DESC.

What to do since a Return chart needs an accurate birth time to be accurate itself?

Looking at the Franklin and the Sibly Mars Returns, there is no difference in the date of the 2009 Mars Return: August 12, Wednesday. Hours/minutes vary, of course (because the times of the charts on which they’re based vary), which gives different cusps and house placements; additional midpoint picures may apply.

So for the sake of brevity, I shall make an executive decision here and use the Franklin chart with Mars 21Gem22:31 (2:21 am lmt) returning to natal degree and minute on August 12, 2009 at 2:15:39 am edt in Philadelphia; ASC 13Can57/Venus; Mc 24Pis09/Uranus.

(Venus with Uranus can indicate extravagant spending and Venus conj ASC does like her indulgences.)

Here’s the chart image (if you can’t click-to-enlarge for better viewing, I shall have to post the chart on SO’W and will add its link to this post asap) – and here is the link, if your browser need it – turns out, mine does:

US Mars Return 2009  fr Frankl

8.12.09; 3:15:40 am edt, Philadelphia, PA: US natal Sun rising with Mars Return (MR) Venus rising, too.

This is a Venus-to-natal-Sun transit so we may expect Venusian things to be emphasized: charm, beauty, luxury, music, values, smaller amounts of money, and relationships, including partnerships. As you know, Sun = ‘the leader’ in a national chart, but also signifies our nation’s purpose, goals, and self-will.

Venus to n Sun: Offering cooperation in joint efforts will be of positive benefit and allies are apt to be supportive. Negative potentials include overweening pride, self-indulgence, and selfishness.

Integrity and upright principles are the character traits that will be noticed – I only hope we have some left, and that our president isn’t just zoomin’ us on these issues.

Occurring during a Jupiter Hour (as do the other versions of the 2009 Mars Return), we see Jupiter still in conference with Chiron and Neptune in 8th house, one of the Money houses (the monied 2nd h has MR Sun 19Leo43 shining upon it. Our 2/8 axis concerns of Money, Insurance, Credit, Debt, Transformation, etc, will be ongoing.)

Now let’s skip ahead a bit for the main course – the fact that in this Mars Return, Mars is apex (focal) planet in a Mutable T-Square pattern between the soon-to-perfect Saturn-Uranus opposition (#3 of 3) which falls upon the Mc/Ic axis of the MR 2009 chart.

The midpoint pictures formed are not very attractive or comforting, but what do we expect from the ‘god of war’ and quarrels anyway?

Sat/Uran = Mars: the occasionally wrong use of extraordinary energy; violence; calamity; upheavals; great efforts and toil; anxiety about how things will get on; a forced release from tensions and strains; challenging others to a decisive contest or fight; injury; accident; deprivation of freedom.

Saturn/Mc = Mars: a lack of enterprise or initiative; being docile and giving in; feeling defenseless; suffering under oppression; accepting one’s destiny obediently; enforced separation; mourning.

I warned you they weren’t pretty!

Mutable T-Square with apex Mars:

Astrologer Bil Tierney, in his excellent book ‘Dynamics of Aspect Analysis’ says this about Mutable T-Squares:

The Mutable quality diffuses the dynamic energy of the T-Square; nervousness, disorganization, a lack of consistent efforts accomplish little; there is overstimulation and a high-strung nature which makes concentrated work difficult to stick to because of distractions; may be half-hearted about goals.

If Mars is in Gemini (or Virgo), and the tension is resolved and the energy well-directed, well-planned actions may be initiated with effective results. New starts (Mars Returns ARE new starts!) can then be pioneering and refreshing; straightforwardness invigorates others to be productive and helpful.

(That last statement echoes Venus to US natal Sun and Venus rising in the MR chart. You’ll notice that US natal planets are highlighted around the outside of the chart in dark green; US Inaugural Jupiter conjuncts MR 8th cusp, highlighted in pink. And tr NN still points toward the Jan 20, 2009 Inaugural Sun and Mercury Rx.)

Well-managed, this apex Mars’ impulse to act is balanced with an awareness of the consequences of action.

Now that would be a pleasant change from the Bush-Cheney years, wouldn’t it? If only!

My problem is, I think that seeing ahead to the consequences of their actions either didn’t matter to them – being so high above the masses and all and part of the NWO agenda – or they accomplished much of the mayhem and chaos they intended.

It remains to be seen how in the pocket of the NWO crowd President Obama really is, but I suspect he’s right in the thick of things, don’t you?

Yet Mars is never ‘happy’ when posited in 12th house of the Unconscious; Karma; and Self-Undoing, is he? Equipment breakdowns may occur, secret plots and enemies cause mischief, and one’s actions have mysterious or misunderstood purposes…all the things I dislike about governments, US or otherwise.

Mars in 12th house indicates secret enemies we of the public don’t even know we have! And imprisonments for political reasons are possible – those we’ve already seen; they will continue.

Also, Mars in the Watery 12th house prefers to act in secret to avoid opposition from others; unconscious anger is behind much of his indirectness and negative motivations which undermine (12th house = dissolving, secretive, deceptive, if inspired, Neptune.) The prison riots over the weekend in California may be seen as an early manifestation of Mars in 12th house (of prisons, hospitals, and zoos.)

And now here is the piece-de-resistence I wish the world could resist entirely – a midpoint picture already in effect, but ongoing for the duration of this 2-year Mars Return for America:

Mars/Pluto = Uranus: brutality; violence; calamities; a chip on one’s shoulder; fight first, talk later; a dangerous sense of attack.

(Now as usual, midpoint picture potentials operate on an ‘any-all-none’ basis, and on various levels. Ex: “attack” may be physical or www-related. Triggers by way of transits (real time) or progressions (inner manifesting in the outer world) may be necessary for a picture to activate, even with an apex Mars, the planet of ‘activation.’ All midpt pics from Tyl and Ebertin.)

Let’s close with the applying aspects of Mars to see how things will progess through the two years the 2009 MR is in effect – most are helpful with the exception of the Saturn/Uranus/Mc squares – which can give much dynamic energy for overcoming obstacles, too, if one perseveres:

1. trine Jupiter (1A08)
2. sextile Sun (1A34)
3. trine Chiron (2A36)
4. square Mc (2A51)
5. trine Neptune (3A56)
6. square Uranus (4A40)

The square with Saturn is separating here but will perfect as Saturn moves ahead in the zodiac to square US natal Mars….actions blocked, delayed, or frustrated.

Since the Sun’s purpose needs the energy of Mars to accomplish anything, the Sun/Jupiter opposition across the 2/8 axis indicates over-optimism in money matters, and promising more than can be delivered.

Grandiose schemes of Jupiter and Neptune (with Sun opposing expansive Jupiter and Neptune, ‘the speculator’ pair) should be made more practical or even curtailed, and arrogant attitudes should be avoided if the cooperation mentioned above is to be appreciated and used effectively.

Well, if you’ve read this far, you must be as almost as wumped out as I am, so it’s time to say, Jude out!

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Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.” Teaching children values and giving them the opportunity to excel is essential to good parenting. However, I feel I must also provide my children (and myself) insight into the ones who came before us: our ancestors whose lives and stories have shaped us into who we are. This is my journey; these are their stories…


Historical novels, films and TV programmes

Shaking the tree

musings on the journey towards knowing and sharing my family's stories

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