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Virgo New Moon Sept 8, 2010 echoes LBJ

How can the Virgo New Moon of September 8, 2010 ‘echo’ President Lyndon B. Johnson? you might ask. Well, read on and I’ll tell ya.

LBJ was born with Sun and Moon in Virgo which is obviously the Sun-Moon blend of the ‘Rosh Hashanah New Moon’ this Sept 8th, the beginning of a new cycle of activity for the month.

Born in Johnson City, Texas on August 27, 1908 at 5:00 am (rating A: from memory), Mr. Johnson had a plethora of Virgo in his natal chart, all in 1st house of The Self: Mars, Sun, Moon, and Mercury, from 2 – 11 degrees of Virgo.

He was born within the 19 North Solar Eclipse Series with its ‘realism; a coming down to earth; becoming aware of an old situation and seeing it for what it is rather than what one thought it was; the eclipse brings a constructive time for tackling the truth.” (Paraphrasing Brady’s Predictive Astrology.)

‘Coming down to earth’ must make a very loud thud with so much earthy Virgo in you.

Interesting that NPR just today aired another part of their feature on the rescue of the South Vietnamese Navy by the USS Kirk which was sent back to Vietnam for them after US troops were evacuated from Saigon. Our country’s anti-war protests kept LBJ up at night and led to his refusal to seek another term – along with the horror of the killing fields, one assumes.

Though I was a whippersnapper when LBJ was walking the White House halls, I remember his famous announcement not to run or serve again and my feeling of relief over it (but little did I know what and who were coming on the scene.)

So what about Sun Virgo-Moon Virgo? The Sept 8 New Moon has a similar vibe as LBJ’s so should we investigate this double Earth, pragmatic combo?

First off, Sun Virgo-Moon Virgo identifies with work. Concerned and conscientious, this personality blend possesses excellent analytical skill, precision, and a desire to synthesize knowledge and use it in practical ways.

Attention to detail gives a major perfectionist streak to the personality which (unless corrupted by power or other forces) is the soul of honesty and kindness – a bit shy, actually. Here is both a thinker and a doer who doesn’t like interference when engaged in an important task.

‘Actions speak louder than words’ and ‘practical idealism’ are phrases that well describe this blend while a tendency toward allowing self-doubt and self-criticism to undermine self-confidence makes being in charge of large enterprises difficult.

Why, you may even give up the presidency of the United States over an ill-advised and difficult war!

‘Image for Integration: A well-oiled printing machine hums away, producing perfectly bound copies of The Layman’s Guide to Essential Nutrients.

(Sun Sign-Moon Sign, by Charles & Suzi Harvey.)

Virgo is the sign of Health and Diet, as you know, and is an integral part of America’s natal chart with Neptune 22Vir25 and Fixed Star, Spica (‘potential for brilliance’) prominent.

Plus, Virgo is associated with the archetype of Ceres, a nurturing feminine symbol usually shown holding sheafs of grain in her hands apparently plucked from our ‘amber waves of grain’.

(Plus, there’s “Give us your tired, your poor,” etc which implies ‘we’ll give ’em jobs and feed ’em, too’…then, but no longer.)

So did you know this earthy combo is shared natally by actor David McCallum and author Count Leo Tolstoy? Neither did I. Now here is a quote from President Johnson which sounds just like him according to his Sun Virgo-Moon Virgo traits:

“I strive for the best and do the possible.”

Spoken like a quadruple Virgo with dedicated Vesta in Virgo, too!

For more astro-details concerning the ‘Rosh Hashanah New Moon’ of September 8, 2010 you may wish to check out this.

America after King’s assassination

Robert Ellman has published a great feature concerning Clay Risen’s book, ‘A Nation On Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination’ which you may wish to check out:


The period of time between LBJ’s refusal to run for president in 1968, Dr. King’s assassination, and the signing by LBJ of the Civil Rights Act,  are more fully covered than usual by Mr. Risen, a former editor of The New Republic.

Riots broke out within hours after MLK’s death: the US Army occupied three major American cities, our National Guard patrolled a dozen others, and looting – one of the traditional yet ineffectual refuges of the disenfranchised – was rampant.

Plus, Clay Risen is founder of ‘Democracy: A Journal of Ideas’ which may be accessed here:


And you may wish to view an image of Dr. King’s natal chart with a few details which I published in Jan 2008 in honor of MLK Day which is upon us once again tomorrow, Monday, Jan 19:


Personally, I will be using MLK Day as a Prayer Day for America and for the American people who could use some extraordinary help  after the 8-year dredging we’ve gotten from the Bush-Cheney regime!

To paraphrase what Barack Obama keeps saying: he can’t do it all by his lonesome…now we all have ‘skin in the game’…and the color of that skin is emphatically Not the Point!

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