Sridevi – Bollywood in mourning



Sridevi, the Bollywood superstar has died suddenly aged 54. She appeared in almost 300 films over five decades and was considered one of the few Indian female stars capable of box office success without the support of a male hero.

Born 13 August 1963 in Madras at 5,30am (unverified), she started acting aged four, working in five local languages. Her screen image was a glamorous one, but her private life, relentlessly exposed in gossip columns, ‘spoke of her lack of conversational abilities, her romantic liaisons and heartbreaks as well as her bouts of cosmetic surgery.’

She was a charming and flamboyant Sun, Venus, Ascendant in Leo opposition Saturn in Aquarius square Neptune (Lilith) opposition MC with a 10th house Taurus Moon – so the birth time looks feasible. A 7th house Saturn does suggest a hard struggle to find a supportive partner in life; and a 10th house Moon is well-designed for a public career, with much nourishment from her audience. Her filmic Neptune was also heavily aspected. Her Sun Venus were in a high-fashion, glamourous trine to Jupiter in Aries.

She was exactly on a Progressed Moon Return when she died, pushing her back into the spotlight of publicity. Tr Pluto was already in her 6th house of health, with tr Saturn heading for the cusp. Her Solar Arc Mars was due to square her Uranus in 2019, which is often a heart signature, though usually in older people. Tr Neptune was undermining two of her midpoints as well this year – Sun/Mars and Mars/Saturn.

Her superstar 22nd harmonic was confident and successful; as well as her 11H. As were her 5H, 7H, 11H and 13H – so a talented lady.

Don McCullin – ensuring their sacrifice is not forgotten



“It was 50 years ago this month, and yet, almost every night, I lie in my bed remembering Hue. More than any other experience I had in more than five decades of covering war, it haunts me.” And the Tet Offensive in Vietnam was the location for some of war-photographer Don McCullin’s most searing and memorable images – of wounded and battle-shocked soldiers and civilians.

Described as one of our greatest living photographers and a photojournalist without equal, he spent 60 years documenting the poverty of London’s East End, and the horrors of wars in Vietnam, Cambodia, Lebanon, Congo, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Iran. Recently, aged 81, he travelled to Iraq to photograph the Battle of Mosul and took another trip to Palmyra in Syria in early 2016. He has vowed to continue with his work until he “can’t press that button any more”.

Born 9 October 1935 in London he had a tough upbringing with a violent mother, a sick father, evacuation during the war, frequent truancy and a youth of street fighting and local gangs. He described Finsbury Park in north London where he grew up as a place of ignorance, bigotry, poverty and violence. During his National Service he became a cameraman but couldn’t pass the theory exams (he’s dyslexic). A commission from the Observer picture editor when he was 23 got him started on his long and distinguished career more by accident than design. He covered wars in Vietnam, Biafra, Cyprus and Northern Ireland but focused on its terrible effects on people rather than on the fighting.

He says: “Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”

Actor Tom Hardy will reportedly play him in a film, based on his autobiography, Unreasonable Behavior.

He’s a Sun Libra sextile Mars in adventurous Sagittarius; with a confident Jupiter in Scorpio trine Pluto in Cancer; and a Mystic Rectangle of Venus in Virgo opposition Saturn (Moon) in Pisces which is trine/sextile Uranus opposition Mercury in Scorpio. His Neptune is in a publicity-seeking square to Mars. Mercury in Scorpio is often found in research journalist’s charts and has the ability to dig deep and see below the surface.

His chart is replete with creative quintiles and septiles. His get-it-together 5th Harmonic is focussed on Mercury and the war-signature Saturn Pluto. His 7th Harmonic is pulled to military/situations of cruelty with Mars Saturn prominent focussing onto filmic Neptune. His enduring, endless-struggle 8th Harmonic is enormously strong. He also has a marked and brutal 13H – breaking with the orthodox, genius; and a leaving-a-legacy-for-history 17H.

From unlikely beginnings he pulled himself away from his roots with a world-class talent and a mix of determination and guts. Though admittedly Jupiter Pluto has a reputation for creating its own good fortune.

Matt – politics raising a laugh



Matt Pritchett, the delightfully funny Telegraph cartoonist is celebrating his 30th work anniversary. His deceptively simple line-drawings pack a real punch and raise a smile.

Born 14 July 1964, he’s from a family of newspapermen but went to Art School, so came into the business from a different direction. He works in the office, first reading all the morning papers and then producing several rough sketches for approval, often homing in on the important story of the day before the editor.

He’s a Sun Cancer, which sign often has a nose for the public mood, which is trine Neptune and in a confident sextile to Jupiter in practical Taurus. He has a passionately enthusiastic Mars Venus in Gemini and the tough-minded signature Uranus Pluto opposition Saturn of the 1960s generation.

His two strongest Harmonics are the inspired-imagination 11H; and the unorthodox, genius 13H – which latter was also notable in Peter Sellers’ chart and seems to be significant amongst comedians.

North Korea – the rhetoric ramps up again



After North Korea’s diplomatic triumph at the Winter Olympics, the jousting is back as the US administration redoubles its effort to starve Pyongyang of resources and force it to abandon its nuclear ambitions. Quite how Kim Jong Un will respond to Trump’s announcement of the “heaviest” ever set of U.S. sanctions against North Korea being imposed isn’t clear.

Observers say it may not make much difference, but Kim Jong Un’s leadership chart is showing significant upheaval over coming weeks as well as deadlock – with Solar Arc Uranus square the Pluto, exact in two months; and tr Saturn conjunct the 10th house Sun Pluto from this weekend to early March (returning twice again before the year end).

On the general astrology, mid March and April look the most fraught with tr Mars into Capricorn colliding with Saturn on April 2nd and Pluto in late April (on past experience perhaps triggering earlier). And the Aries Sun from late March makes hard aspects to Mars, Saturn, Pluto and Uranus till mid April. It may not be North Korea but it will be edgy, risky and at least accident-prone.

The NK/USA relationship chart is on high alert in the final ten days of March and the first ten days of April with tr Uranus trine the composite Mars; and there’s a real battle of wills picking up at the same time running on and off till late 2019, so the pressure will stay on.

Mid April Kim Jong Un’s leadership chart will get a considerable jolt from tr Uranus opposition the Saturn, and that returns later in the year into early 2019.

On his astrocartography Trump does have his Mars Descendant line through western North Korea. If presidents go to war it is often around one of their Mars lines. GW Bush has his Mars MC through Afghanistan – and who’d have foreseen that as a war zone, pre 9/11?

Trump’s Mars MC line runs through Libya in North Africa and due south, as well as due north up through eastern Europe. And his Mars Ascendant runs through Washington, which will hopefully soak up most of his warrior spirit.

Barnaby Joyce – a fiery Aries crashes and burns



Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s deputy PM has resigned after an escalating scandal about his affair with his former media adviser, now pregnant, which has broken up his 25 year marriage. Last week, he sparred publicly with Malcolm Turnbull who criticised his “shocking error of judgement” and declared that ministers would be banned from having sex with their staff. He responded by calling the PM “inept”. He is known as outspoken and a battler, once threatening to kill Johnny Depp’s dogs over a quarantine violation.

Born 17 April 1967 in Tamworth, Aus, he’s certainly got a fiery and over confident chart with an Aries Sun opposition Mars in Libra square Jupiter (Moon) in Cancer. Not a shrinking violet. His Sun is also on the focal point of a Yod to Uranus sextile Neptune, so he’ll veer between self-doubt and unmodulated pride. Tr Uranus has been battling its way round his Sun, Mars, Jupiter T Square in recent months, with the final tr Uranus conjunct his Sun putting paid to his chances.

He was never a good mix with Malcolm Turnbull, a dour and bulldozer-ish Sun Saturn Mercury in Scorpio; with Turnbull’s Neptune conjunct Joyce’s Mars and therefore undermining his central T square.

Parkland shooting – Rubio, Trump, NRA backed into a corner



The justified furore over the Parkland, Florida school shooting is not abating, in part due to the upswell of outrage from young people, who are making their voices heard. The statistics on mass shootings by assault rifles are staggering (see URL WPost below). Since the ban was lifted in 2004 incidents using this type of weapon have tripled and deaths almost quadrupled.

Senator Marco Rubio had an uncomfortable ride at a CNN debate, faced down by a father of one of the dead children. The NRA has contributed around $3million to support Rubio’s campaigns and he has always been a staunch supporter of gun rights.

Born 28 May 1971 FL, he has a cool, unemotional Air Grand Trine of a Gemini Sun trine Mars in stubborn Aquarius trine Uranus, with his Sun opposition a high-finance Jupiter Neptune. He’s running into real trouble fairly soon with his Solar Arc Mars approaching the dead-halt opposition to his Pluto over coming months; with a few unpleasant jolts from tr Saturn square his Uranus.

He’s fairly locked into the NRA chart, with their relationship having a composite Venus Pluto opposition Mars square the North Node. Though that is coming under increasing pressure especially through 2019/2020 with tr Neptune conjunct the composite Saturn; and tr Pluto leaning heavily on Pluto, then Mars and Venus. It’ll be anguished and bloody.

Trump’s relationship chart with the NRA is warmly friendly and mutually supportive; but there’ll be a jolt or two in April; and even more so in July.

Wayne LaPierre, Vice-President of the NRA, has been shooting off his mouth defending the Second Amendment, voicing the usual alt-right paranoia about individual freedoms being impinged. He’s a trenchant Sun Scorpio square Pluto and square an Aquarius Moon, so will not budge easily, if at all. But tr Neptune conjunct his Mars from this May and through 2019 could well pull the rug from under his feet. Though he won’t go down with a fight back. But something may shift.

Daniel Kaluuya – more than a rising star



Brit actor Daniel Kaluuya is on a roll being named as Bafta’s Rising Star on Sunday, enjoying the resounding box office hit of his latest movie Black Panther and in the running for an Oscar for his role in Get Out.

Born 8 May 1989 in London of Ugandan immigrant parents, he studied acting in a free afterschool community theatre club which encouraged improvisation; and started his writing career young as well; in later years contributing to the writing of the TV teen drama Skins, in which he also acted. At 21 he was winning awards for his stage acting and it was all upwards from there.

He’s a Sun Taurus in a determined opposition to Pluto and trine Saturn Neptune (Uranus) in Capricorn. So part of the can-be-tinged-with-genius triple conjunction generation. His Uranus opposes Mars in Cancer so he likes risk, appreciates a high-adrenaline atmosphere. His Jupiter in Gemini is conjunct her Mercury and inconjunct his creative Neptune Saturn, giving him both confidence and edginess.

He looks solid enough with two Taurus planets and three in Capricorn to stand up to the rigours of success and a high-stress career. His Solar Arc Pluto is opposition his Jupiter, late 2017 and early 2018, giving him a tremendous boost.

Both his creative 5th Harmonic and his actor’s 15H are heavily aspected.

Camilla – walking a tightrope



Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is not well-designed to be out on a glittering stage with her Cancer Sun, Mercury, Venus and Moon all in the 12th and trine a 4th house Jupiter in Scorpio. Happiest out of sight, behind the scenes or pottering about at home with her children and grandchildren, she is however well-suited to a husband who prickles if anyone else encroaches on his spotlight.

Born 17 July 1947 7.10am (biography) London, she has a defensive persona with the tough Saturn Pluto in Leo just below her Ascendant, doubly emphasised being on the focal point of a mini-Grand Trine of Mars in Gemini trine Neptune. Saturn Pluto types tend to attract strong reactions – Hillary Clinton, Liz Greene to name but two. People are either for or against them.

Life came easily to her with a comfortable, wealthy, well-connected childhood family. Despite a fling with Prince Charles, who according to reports was dithering and would anyway have been under pressure not to consider a non-virgin as wife, she married the catch-of-the-season Andrew Parker Bowles. He is a Capricorn with a Cancer Moon and his Venus was conjunct her Descendant opposition Pluto on her Ascendant, so there would be a strong attraction; though he was a womaniser.

Quite when she picked up again with Prince Charles prior to or after his marriage isn’t clear since Diana fans and Diana herself were determined to paint the worst possible picture. I’d also enter a caveat that there is no sense in applying middle-class morals to the aristos and county set since they always lived by different rules. ‘Produce the heir and spare and then suit yourself’ seemed to be the accepted rule of thumb.

What is clear is that Camilla put him back together when he was at his nadir over the breakdown of his marriage. Her Jupiter is conjunct his 4th house Sun; and her four Cancer planets fall in his 12th – so a behind-the-scenes support, and she’ll be a good listener with those 12th house planets. Curiously Camilla’s Aries midheaven is within a degree as Charles’ so they share the same trajectory.

Diana, on the other hand, had her angry Mars Pluto in Virgo conjunct Charles’ Saturn and trine his Taurus Moon which is not a good mix; and their relationship chart had an outdoing-each-other-for-attention Mars Neptune conjunction, which proved more than problematic.

Camilla’s relationship with Charles isn’t that easy. On the upside there’s a composite Moon opposition Jupiter square Mercury, so good communication and mutual support. But the Sun is in an argumentative opposition to Mars; and Venus is in a cool conjunction to Saturn.

Diana and Camilla, not surprisingly had difficult crossovers in their charts. Camilla’s Saturn Pluto fell in Diana’s 8th making Diana feel trapped; with Diana’s Saturn opposition Camilla’s Sun, blocking the other way; and Diana’s Pluto was square Camilla’s Mars for outright hostility.

Camilla will be under pressure in 2019/2020 with tr Pluto square her Sun; with major changes (birth time being accurate) in 2020/21 as her Solar Arc MC is conjunct her Uranus, and tr Uranus squares first her Ascendant, then Saturn and then her Pluto. So quite an upheaval.

Billy Graham – an American idol *updated Franklin



Mass evangelist Billy Graham who ran crusades, advised Presidents and attracted huge audiences at his religious rallies, has died aged 99. He preached a simple message which met with a wide response; was pro-integration though had oddly backward views on women’s role being primarily as homemaker.

Born 7 November 1918 3.30pm Charlotte, North Carolina, he had an exceptionally strong chart. His intense 8th house Sun Venus in Scorpio was square Neptune in the performing 5th, and trine a 4th house Jupiter and Pluto in Cancer. His Jupiter especially epitomised the American dream of a happy home and family life; and his Neptune was better suited to a public stage than to a mystical retreat. His 8th house Mercury in Scorpio was on the point of a T square to Uranus opposition Saturn, giving him persuasive power to speak to the masses. His spiritual 9th house had Moon Mars, conjunct his midheaven, in crusading Saturn in a self-disciplined and hard-edged trine to Saturn.

There was never much controversy surrounding his life but I wouldn’t imagine he was the easiest of personalities. Saturn opposition Uranus can be autocratic; and Moon Mars trine Saturn doesn’t suggest an entirely sympatico emotional and domestic life. Perhaps that was where he came up with his rule, handed onto Mike Pence, about never being alone with a woman other than his wife.

His get-it-together 5th Harmonic was strong; as was his leaving-a-legacy 17H; and his superstar 22H.

His son Franklin, 14 July 1952 NC, in charge of his ministry and business for the past two decades is cut from a different cloth, taking up to the old style, harsher fundamentalist evangelism, which his father disavowed. Where his father prayed with presidents of both parties and tried to remain out of the political fray, Franklin has aligned himself with archconservative Republicans and is squarely in President Donald Trump’s corner. His outlook insists that salvation is only for those who accept Jesus as their saviour; and is against Islam, gay marriage and the leaders of the Democratic Party. He says he does not care who he offends if he thinks he is right.

He’s a Sun Cancer conjunct Uranus on one side and Venus on the other; with his Sun Uranus sextile Jupiter in money-magnet Taurus and in a can-be-fanatical square to Neptune. His Uranus is also in an autocratic square to Saturn. His Jupiter opposes Mars in vengeful Scorpio. Jupiter Mars in hard aspect can often signify a ‘holy warrior’ – someone who justifies their angry attacks by using their beliefs as window-dressing. And his Jupiter is also in a pushily confident square to Pluto Mercury in Leo. A heavyweight personality with a fair amount of clout. How he got on with his father is a mystery but there was never any public sign of discord.