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New Moon Monday: Nov 16, 2009 @2:13 pm est

Since the feed for Stars Over Washington was added quite a while ago to the sidebar of this blog, I seldom post ‘shout-outs’ any more to what I publish there in the Political/Mundane Astrology department.

But tomorrow afternoon, Nov 16, 2009, there’s a new cycle of activity beginning with a Scorpio New Moon @ 24Sco34, if you’d care to snag yourself a peek.

As you know, the sign of Scorpio has to do with things such as: surgeries and regeneration, other precision activities, spying and surveillance, betrayals, and our deepest passions – hidden and otherwise.

Why, just the Sun Sco-Moon Sco info alone may be worth your click!

Written by Jude Cowell

November 15, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Passionate for Palin in 2012?

If you’re one of the those Passionate for Palin People, Steve Schmidt, McCain’s campaign manager who helped choose Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate in 2008, has some tough love for you: Palin is talented but not a winning candidate for the GOP in 2012.

And I would add: nor in 2016, 2020, etc, etc, etc.

TV cameras like her though so that’s something especially if you like to watch very attractive train wrecks.

To paraphrase David Letterman last night about Palin’s new 400-page book, she wrote it herself and agonized over every word…and you will, too.

And of course, I can’t mention Dave today without also noting his confession last evening of sexual affairs with some of his show’s staff members (ladies, of course – no big surprise, imo) and the attempted extortion of an alleged $2 million by a CBS employee who has now been indicted.

Dave announced the ‘hinky’ situation with as much class as one could hope for and says he won’t be talking about it again. And that was quite a sustained amount of applause he got for discussing it as he did, too.

Just goes to show that negative traits or actions of human beings fare better for everyone concerned when they’re exposed to the light rather than hidden.

For as Richard Nixon taught us – yet Washington keeps forgetting – it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up that gets ya.

Actually with Nixon, I say it was the crime. But I lived in DC during Watergate and hated what tricky Dick did with the place – my favorite city!

Astrology of Sotomayor vote: Moon conjoins Jupiter! 8.6.09

Update 3:21 pm edt; C-SPAN reports: Judge Sonia Sotomayor has just been approved…3:21 pm…vote was 68 to 31.

Original post begins here:

The SCOTUS vote on Sonia Sotomayor is scheduled for 3:00 pm edt this afternoon which is what I discovered after I checked an Astrology chart to see what planets or luminaries might be conjoining on her behalf.

Of course with Jupiter signifying the Republican Party in Mundane Astrology, Jupiter’s Rx condition may indicate the GOP’s inability to stop her nomination from going through, and the fact that few Rs will be voting for her.

Here’s what I found: Moon (a woman) conjoins (conjuncts) Jupiter (the Judge) at 3:46 pm edt in Washington, DC yet Jupiter 23AQ06 is Retrograde, and as chart-ruler, may indicate a problem to be overcome or some delay…still.

Also the pile-up of transiting power-related midpoints is in effect and ongoing upon US natal Pluto 27Cap33 Rx…Moon/Pluto joins them today in time for the SCOTUS vote:

Moon/Pluto, Jupiter/Pluto, Pluto/Chiron, and the Robber Barons’ signature, Neptune/Pluto which is now at 28Cap11.

So I don’t know what this tells you, but it tells me that Judge Sotomayor was a shoo-in (‘shoe-in’?) for Supreme Court Justice having all the right backing of the fat cats and big guys, including the powers-behind-the-throne (Pluto/Chiron.)


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Is Health Care Reform debate 1993 revisited?

Sometimes history repeats like acid reflux, thanks to Washington politicians using the same tactics that worked before.

Here and elsewhere I have complained that 2009’s Health Care Reform bill is being opposed if only to undermine a Democratic White House, and I wasn’t even considering Republican actions and the factions of 1993. Was I wrong?

Never mind that Democrats have a mandate from we-the-people, many of whom need relief from a costly run-away health care system that intends only bankruptcy for you if you should find yourself in a bind.

In Darwinian America of the New Millennium, you have to be fit to survive, otherwise it’s buh bye, see ya wouldn’t wanna be ya.

Maybe we need a dose of that oft-touted “compassionate conservatism” we once heard so much about. That and ten dollars might get you a fluffed-up pillow in a sparsely-appointed emergency room somewhere in America.

Meanwhile, Washington pols work tirelessly to protect corporate profits and keep their own stock portfolios fluffed up with med and pharmaceutical returns while insurance companies chortle on their way to open their next offshore account.

But it’s Beltway Brigands who give the old “fox guarding the henhouse” truism fresh meaning with every secret deal they make at our expense.

If a loved one suffers and dies for lack of treatment based on insurance concerns for their bottom line, would you really care which party inhabits the White House – or whose prospects are better for the next election?

Then you’re a political chump. Sorry. But there it is.

Full Moon ’20 Libra’ Apr 9, 2009

In the US natal chart’s 10th house of Public Status and Career fall the rays of a Full Moon on April 9, 2009, ’20 Libra.’

Occurring at 10:55:44 am edt, Washington, DC, Hour of Venus, there is but one pattern, a T-square which I may as well mention now as later…

Pluto-ASC = Venus Rx (00Ari34 conj Aries Point of Prominence): propaganda; emotionalism used to excite others; wielding a strong  influence on others by way of an extremely attractive personality; a love relationship.

Take out the hubba hubba and we’ve got a whole lot of manipulation goin’ on as this Full Moon ends a cycle begun at the New Moon 6Ari08 on March 26.

One of the interesting things to me about this Full Moon is that it falls across America’s current Secondary Progressed Venus-Mars opposition (18Ari30/18Ari40 Rx respectively at the end of Sec 8th house – in fact, Sec Venus is conj Sec 9th cusp 18Ari58. This means that the Venus-Mars opposition has recently progressed into the 2/8 house polarity of Money.)

Venus opposite Mars in a Secondary chart indicates that the Venusian desire for pleasure, comfort, stability, and ease are at odds (opposition) with the desire for independence, courageous acts, and the pioneering spirit of Mars.

From ‘Unveiling Your Future: Progressions Made Easy’, Maritha Pottenger and Zip Dobyns say that a Sec opposition between Venus and Mars shows an inner ‘male vs female’ conflict that may manifest as tensions in relationships with the opposite sex.

Both sides are needed for integration so if we identify with and express only one side of the opposition, we risk meeting others who express the other side. Desire vs attraction = Mars vs Venus.

And of course, the Full Moon of April 9 and US Sec Mars (18Lib40 Rx) are conjunct, reflecting the Moon’s light upon the US military branch of our government, our police forces, and on young men between 25 to 35 years of age, give or take a year or so.

Meanwhile, the Sun’s position in April 9’s Full Moon tango – for any opposition of planets or luminaries implicates relationships –  is at the Sun’s Exaltation Degree ’19 Aries’ – although ’20Ari’ is in plain sight.

Asteroid Nemesis (‘the unbeatable foe; divine retribution’) is conj the Sun which no sane person wnats to see but issues must be dealt with, in this case by the Sun (‘the leader’ in a national chart.)

In 11th house  (Associations, Hopes, and Wishes) is Mercury 00Tau03, the so-called ‘Hitler’s trigger’ degree (his natal Sun. This degree may be prominent in charts of violent events.)

Closest planet to an angle is Pluto 3Cap18 Rx, setting in the chart into 6th house, a cadent or preparatory position for the ultimate string-puller to assume. Saturn 16Vir04 Rx is angular as well in 4th house and when I see this placement I always think of miners and their problems.

Real Estate (4th house) is also a restricted area now, as we know, and Saturn here is bringing much sobriety to the subject.

Mars 19Pis56 near Midheaven, the Aspiration/Goal Point of any chart, and he’s revving up for his bi-annual meeting with Uranus on April 15 (IRS Day) at 24Pis27, 6:10 am edt, in DC.

The Full Moon’s Ascendant is 4Can50 which brings up America’s natal Cancerian trio of Venus, Jupiter, and Sun for further consideration.

MC 13Pis35 has three midpoints upon it, one of which is the money combo of Venus-Chiron. And as always with midpoint pictures, it’s an ‘all, any, or none’ proposition. The other two pictures are:

Sun-NN = MC: tending to fight other people’s battles; becoming prominent through associations.

Venus-Neptune = MC: losing oneself in illusion; profiting from creativity; a dreamy nature; a peculiar and strange disposition; disappointment in love (all midpt pics Tyl and Ebertin.)

In the house of Debt, Credit, Insurance, Shared Resources, etc, the 8th house (cusp 25Cap03) is the North Node (NN) of the Moon which gives clues to the path or future direction. 6AQ23 points directly to the Solar Eclipse of Jan 26, 2009 (6AQ30) which I have termed the ‘New President’ Eclipse.

Yes, the NN 6AQ23 marks America’s Nodal Half-Return (True Node) , exact on April 7, 2009. But since I’ve blabbed on this before, I shall not repeat it boringly here.

Chart-ruler Moon forms three applying aspects with other planets after she leaves her exact opposition with the Sun so that we may investigate how this Full Moon will ‘proceed’…

1. Moon inconjuncts (adjustment) Mars (0A02 – very closely and as you see, they are both on ’19’ degrees which has  fated or karmic implications; Sun 19Ari53) = feeling powerless to oppose oppressive demands of others; bitterness and disappointment over being exploited; being a victim of collusion; versatility in handling a variety of vocations.

2. Moon trines Jupiter 20AQ39 in 9th house of Philosophy, Religion, and Foreign Lands. Chiron is still traveling between Jupiter and Neptune, the ‘grand plans’ and ‘speculator’ pair – the trio is in 9th house of April 9’s Full Moon chart.

Moon trine Jupiter may make someone’s fondest wishes come true; thus the Sun sextiles Jupiter which makes the jovial giant here operate as the Thales Point – the planet that gives special and particular aid toward the integration of the (Sun-Moon) opposition (sextile one, trine the other.)

3. Moon trine Chiron (5A03) is great energy for artists and musicians to ‘get busy’ by;

4. Moon trine Neptune (5A56) = heightened intuition; extreme sensitivity; domestic ideals and fantasies take wing – along with speculation dreams (Moon conj 5th cusp of Risk-Taking and Gambling which has US Sec Mars Rx upon it.)

So with the chart-ruling Moon in her fullest regalia, we may expect bright light to be spilled over certain matters that could use the transparency promised by our ‘new president.’

And even though I know the following energy is ‘in the air’ at the Full Moon, my hope is that one little midpoint picture involving  ‘Hitler-degree-triggered’ Mercury doesn’t run away with the Full Moon chart and the bright Moon’s ability to uncover truth whose time it is to be revealed…

Neptune-ASC = Mercury: the misfortune to deceive oneself regarding other people’s character; exploiting other people’s weaknesses; guided by wrong impressions and perceptions; taking the wrong pathin life; malicious scheming; open to deception; special perceptions; awareness of special levels of interaction with others.

Now That sounds more like the corrupt,  power-mad Washington political and military establishments we’ve come to know, distrust,  and fear, doesn’t it?


Also of note in April 2009: US Minor Progressions (the mental plane) show a New Moon 11Sag49, conj Minor Jupiter 12Sag37 (which conj US natal ASC and the Great Conjunction of Pluto and Chiron, the oppressive plutocratic pair of disenfranchising everyone you can get your hooks into – of Dec 30, 1999…’12Sag.’

And in the US Tertiary Progressions (the intuitional/spiritual plane)  there is a New Moon 21Cap20, near Tert Saturn 25Cap42 conj Tert Desc 25Cap07 – the 8th cusp in April 9’s Full Moon chart is 25Cap03; transiting Pluto-Chiron midpoint 29Cap07 which conjuncts tr Neptune-Pluto (‘Robber Barons’) and US natal Pluto.

The reason I mention these two New Moons in US Progressions is because they both occur on April 23, 2009…Terts first, then Minors. So we feel emotions, then think about our feelings.

Plus, the US Minor chart has Uranus conj NN at IC (Uranus-NN = ‘radical political reformers’ at the base of things; IC is also “The Drain”) and SN-with-Pluto at MC…the disruption of war and violence.

Yet Uranus-NN conjuncts a Royal Star of Persia, Regulus, whose caution must be successfully overcome for success to last or benefit: ‘success if revenge is avoided.’ (‘Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars.’)

Oops, the world isn’t mature or compassionate enough for that massive trade-off!

One stand-out feature in the Tert chart is Mercury 10AQ02 conj Pluto 10:35 in 7th house of Partnerships, Open Enemies, and Legal Affairs…feeling emotional and intuitive about harsh words, deep thoughts, propaganda – and about being swayed by it.


You’ll find that the Full Moon’s Sun Ari-Moon Libra information has been placed here along with a note on Terpsichore conjunct Venus and Aries Point:


For Obama the ‘burning question’ remains

Fund raising for marijuana legalization organization NORML tripled after Pres. Obama glossed over the ‘legalization = tax revenues’ question from Twitterers during the president’s online forum this week.

Besides gaining tax revenues with its legalization of Non-Violent possession, what a savings it would be to taxpayers if smokers were not imprisoned for years – and imprisonment’s social cost to families losing loved ones is impossible to calculate and heart-breaking to consider.

But if the CIA’s traditional and reputed involvement in drug trafficking is a secret part of the issue, they may want to keep their cash cow close and their bong-lovers closer!

And Mary Jane is handy for evidence-planting purposes, you know. (Did I just type that out loud?)

Plus, I guess it was too much to expect the president to give a shout-out to terminally ill patients whose appetites are improved and pain relieved with you-know-what, even with recent seemingly relaxed federal raid policies on taxpaying, regulated medical marijuana operations.

Personally I think anyone who’s ill and dying deserves whatever relief they can get for their pain and suffering and if it’s from naturally growing greenery, so be it. If it were You or a loved one dying, would you feel the same?

The first time I moved to DC years ago, there was a hazy cloud of smoke hanging over the city that surprised me – 9 times out of 10, after dinner drinks included a little sumpin’ sumpin.’ 

Three years later I was moving there again and it was 10 out of 10. So DC politicians, staffers, embassy employees, and the rest can tell ME they refrain from the green herb now, but I cannot believe it for the majority of them.

Still, this is Politics and what US president wants to be known in history as the prez who legalized weed? Perhaps it would take more empathy, compassion, and sympathy than any politician out for his main chance could ever possess.

Wonder if George is stoned right now? ;p

Disclaimer: the opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not reflect opinions of the White House or of other federal agencies – at least not in public forums.


Josh Marshall on AIG

Josh Marshall is simply riveting writing on the subject of AIG and the appropriate T-shirt for power elite social gatherings – especially when donned by the mop-up dude:


And AIG’s mega-bonuses?

If this gnat of a blogger knew of them months ago, how can Team Obama fail to have known?

Just shows to go: Disingenuity is alive and living in a white house in Washington DC.

Bush’s Farewell Address tonight 1.15.09

Yes, America has limped through 8 years of George Bush and the neocons, shredded and bankrupt, but still (barely) here.

If you’d like a peek at the horoscope for tonight’s address scheduled for 8:00 pm est, check it out at:


where you’ll also find a link to the text of George Washington’s Farewell Address of Sept 17, 1796  – for comparison’s sake.  Or I should probably say, for contrast’s sake.


Well, that was quick! As it would have to be – how long can anyone, even a pathological liar and/or manic depressive, talk without an unconscious slip-up?

He always seems to me to make one or two though – like talking about other people who impose their value system on Other People and kill lots of folks in the process. This is the point where he is apparently incapable of looking himself in the mirror to say, Oops! I’m doing the same thing myself.

Hitler, Stalin – they all possessed that same ‘it’s them not me’ quality as they set about cleansing the world of those they considered  Unacceptable. And you know that’s one of Bush’s favorite bossy words.

And so, in the spirit of George W. Bush, soon to be past ‘president’ of the United States of America, that the man and the mission recognizable as G.W. Bush, is hereby pronounced officially ~unacceptable~ to this native American citizen, this child of the Revolution.

(Tar’n’Feather Fund’s cauldron still bubbling on the hob, if anyone’s interested in giving him and Cheney each their much-deserved fare-thee-wells on a thin rail.

Deepthroat is dead

The news of the death of Woodward and Bernstein’s WaterGate informant, ‘Deepthroat’ has put me in mind of a post from August 2007 which I posted for the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation.

You’ll find a few notes on the resignation horoscope, on small-man Nixon’s natal chart, and a link to his actual letter of resignation (time-stamped – perfect for an astrologer!) to the then-Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, plus, some personal notes from my days as a DC resident during WaterGate when Dick and Henry stunk up the place like the swamp it’s built on:


Mark Felt died in his sleep yesterday, his Deepthroat code name already revealed in his book and in Woodward’s, so one chapter is closed on the criminality and over-reach of a US president.

Now we’re stuck with the blowback of the neocons and the stinking swamp of their world domination dreams.

Juan Cole on Iraq’s shadowy coup plotters

Iraq: Coup Plot Foiled?

US Fires on Fallujah Shoe-Throwers

By Juan Cole

The news from Iraq on Wednesday shows that  the Iraqi government’s hold on power is fragile, and that it faces shadowy coup plotters from within and a continued guerrilla insurgency from without.

Read article here:


And in America we have only to look to Washington for our own shadowy coup plotters. But you knew that. Or should’ve done.

Written by Jude Cowell

December 19, 2008 at 4:54 pm

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