Alien – well-starred



Alien, considered one of the greatest films of all time, is forty this year. A science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott it launched Sigourney Weaver’s career and spawned a media franchise of films, novels, comic books, video games, and toys.

Filming started on 5 July 1978, which was certainly auspicious with a Sun Jupiter (Moon) in Cancer, sextile Mars, square Pluto and trine Uranus – Jupiter Pluto for success, Mars Jupiter and Jupiter Uranus for luck – and it was on its way.

It opened in the US on 25 May 1979 to queues round the block when there was another New Moon, this time in Gemini which was sextile Jupiter in flashy Leo and in a serious square to Saturn; with a passionately enthusiastic Venus Mars square Jupiter.

The start of Principal Photography chart is usually the most informative.


Ilhan Omar – standing out from the crowd



Ilhan Omar, the Somalian-American congresswoman, has become, wittingly or otherwise, the focus of a noisy debate over what were taken to be anti-Semitic comments and criticism of Obama. Although what she said is hardly new, she does appear to have a knack of ruffling feathers.

Born 4 October 1981 in Mogadishu, Somalia, she lost her mother at two and was brought up by her father and grandfather, spent four years in a refugee camp in her early teens during the civil war before relocating to the USA and becoming a citizen.

She has a stellium in Libra of Sun Saturn Jupiter conjunct and a super-confident Jupiter Pluto conjunction as well. Libra ladies can be outspoken – Maggie Thatcher for one – and her Jupiter Pluto will help to give her the self-belief to make her voice heard. Libra women often have a strong connection to their father, less so their mother.

She’s also got Mars in flamboyant Leo in a volatile and not-always-sensitive square to Venus Uranus in Scorpio. Her Moon is in Sagittarius   which can be mouthy as well. Plus her Mercury is in penetrating Scorpio. Not one to sit quietly in a corner.

Her Solar Arc Saturn and Sun are squaring her Mars for a series of major setbacks through this year and next. With a raft of undermining Neptune transits to midpoints also through 2019/2020.  Though she’ll start to pick up more favourable influences through 2020 and onwards.


Jan-Michael Vincent – hit the self-destruct button




Jan Michael Vincent, once the highest paid TV actor for his performance as Stringfellow Hawke in the action–espionage series Airwolf in the mid 1980s, in which he co-starred with Ernest Borgnine, has died. His career stuttered to a halt after years of alcoholism and intravenous drug use caught up with him. He had numerous car accidents in several of which he suffered serious injuries; and had constant run ins with the law over brawls.

He was married three times, with his second wife having a restraining order issued against him.

Born 15 July 1945 10.16am Denver, Colorado (Rodden BC), he was a Sun Saturn in Cancer with his Sun on the midpoint of a trine between Mars conjunct the destructive Fixed star Algol in Taurus and Jupiter in Virgo.

His Neptune (Moon) in Libra was trine Venus, sextile Pluto, so he would be charismatic.   It’s not a particularly druggy chart though Sun Saturn in Cancer would give him a depressive streak. Mars on Algol wouldn’t help. And he had marked self-defeating 10th and 16th Harmonics.

Paris Jackson and brothers – warped childhood



Paris Jackson, the model and actress daughter of Michael Jackson, has been speaking out, urging calm after the Leaving Neverland documentary caused an uproar about her late father’s abuse of young boys. She was brought up in Jackson’s sole custody along with an older and a younger brother who led heavily restricted lives in public, being forced to wear veils and masks. Her concern is it will ruin her acting career; though it must also create considerable psychological turmoil being forced to face what presumably she semi-knew but may have blocked out. In her early teens she was an intravenous drug user and attempted suicide several times.

Born 3 April 1998 6.26 am Los Angeles, she does have a very stressed chart with a hidden 12th house Sun Mercury in Aries and more significantly Saturn exactly conjunct Mars in Aries also in the 12th. Mars Saturn at its most basic is cruelty; can be warped sexually since Mars is the libido and Saturn blocks it; always comes with major anger issues.  She’s also got a Yod of a held-back-by-circumstances-beyond-her-control 8th house Pluto sextile a rebellious 10th house Uranus inconjunct a 3rd house Cancer Moon. A Yod apex Moon tends to be emotionally disorganized, overly defensive, tending to shy away from relationship difficulties.  She was separated from her mother from birth which won’t have helped with a Cancer Moon – her nurturing would come from siblings, being 3rd house.

Her relationship chart with her ‘father’ was bleak with a Grand Trine of composite Sun Mercury trine Pluto trine Saturn; with Sun Mercury opposition Neptune – controlling, defensive, emotionally cold, suspicious, evasive. Plus an explosive composite Moon Mars opposition Uranus. Not much affection or friendliness showing.

Her elder brother Prince Michael Jackson Jnr, 13 February 1997 1.06am also has a seriously stressed Mars, in his case in Libra, opposition Saturn in forced-to-be-self-reliant Aries and sextile Pluto. Though that fits into a lucky, adventurous Half Grand Sextile involving Jupiter Uranus as well – which may well be his saving grace. But the unkindness of his childhood is writ large.

The youngest brother Blanket, 21 February 2002 has less strain on his Mars in Aries; but has a highly sensitive Venus in Pisces on the focal point of a T Square to a bleak Saturn (and Moon?) in Gemini opposition Pluto; with his Pisces Sun trine Jupiter and also square Saturn.  It’s a Water Air chart so he will find it tricky to maintain a balance between his feelings and his rational functions.

Paris is going through a very tough patch with tr Uranus conjunct her Ascendant now as the documentary is aired; with tr Saturn conjunct her midheaven for a reality check. And a scary, trapped and discouraging tr Pluto square her Saturn Mars picking up the exact aspect this month and running on and off till late 2020. She’ll need a good deal of support.

What a messed up family of kids.

Paul Manafort – one law for the rich and well connected




Paul Manafort has been handed a controversially short sentence of four years on charges of financial fraud – a prison term that amounts to one-fifth of the lightest punishment recommended in the guidelines. But he’s also due for sentencing next week on separate charges under a different judge which could carry a term of 10 years.

There’s nothing much showing on Manafort’s chart (without a birth time) until May when he looks depressed and uncertain. He’ll get an uplift in June and a more major piece of good news in July and across the summer. Though 2020 is catastrophic from his point of view; 2021 may have a stroke of luck as his Solar Arc Jupiter is conjunct his Mars – pardon?

White collar crime always gets more lenient sentences than others; and the judge is known for his pro-Trump views and contrary court decisions. Born 15 May 1940 Judge TS Ellis 111 is a stalwart and stubborn Sun Uranus in Taurus trine Neptune; with his Sun exactly conjunct Trump’s midheaven. What is more than clear astrologically speaking is his dislike of Mueller. Their relationship chart has a hostile Mars Pluto Venus sextile Saturn Uranus; which is getting jittered and jangled by tr Uranus in square last year and this.

Ellis’s relationship chart with Trump isn’t exactly warm with a composite Sun Saturn but it isn’t anyways near as bad as with Mueller.

See post August 17 2018

Jeffrey Epstein – old sins being raked over




The fight to unseal court documents involved in the charges against billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein for his alleged sex-trafficking ring is hotting up. He faced life behind bars for his alleged sex acts with minors but walked away with a slap on the wrist, pleading guilty to two state charges: solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution. The 66-year-old financier served 13 months of his 18-month sentence in a private wing of a Palm Beach jail and was allowed to leave on “work release” for 16 hours each day. A recent Miami Herald investigation identified more than 80 women who claim they were molested by Epstein via a “sex pyramid scheme” from 2001 to 2006, at his Palm Beach mansion and elsewhere, though the number of victims is likely in the hundreds. See post November 30 2018.

Other names of Epstein friends have been bandied about including Prince Andrew, Ghislaine Maxwell, Bill Clinton and others. Alan Dershowitz was one of Epstein’s lawyers. One of the attorneys has been making astonishing accusations which I’m not clear I’m safe to repeat given UK libel laws so will refer you to the URL below.

This hearing comes days after a Florida judge ruled federal prosecutors violated the law for the non-prosecution deal with Epstein in 2007 — and concealed that agreement from more than 30 of Epstein’s victims. The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the secret deal, which was handled by Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, who was U.S. Attorney in Miami at the time.

Epstein, 20 January 1953, New York, has his Sun at zero Aquarius so is picking up the tr Uranus in Taurus square exactly now. Plus a scary, cornered, dead-halt Solar Arc Mars square his Pluto; an undermining tr Neptune conjunct his Mars Venus in Pisces till the year end; and a devastating tr Pluto square his Neptune from this April for two years, followed by square Saturn/Neptune and then Saturn – so several years of bad news.

Alan Dershowitz, 1 September 1936 11.28 pm New York, is insisting he’s done nothing wrong and is keen for documents to be unsealed. Tr Uranus is square his 3rd house Pluto exactly now, so he’ll be on edge and inclined to erupt. Tr Uranus then moves to conjunct his Solar Arc Midheaven come May/June which will send his life in a different trajectory.

Ghislaine Maxwell is evidently the one blocking the unsealing of documents. Born 25 December 1961 London, she’s a money-minded Sun, Mars, Mercury in Capricorn trine the rebellious Uranus Pluto in Virgo. She looks jolted at the moment by Solar Arc Uranus square her Saturn in late Capricorn; and has several Uranus transits in hard aspect to midpoints through this year, with June showing up as a disaster zone, repeating into 2020 when she’ll get a scary, trapped Pluto transit to a Mars midpoint running through 2021 as well.

Will do any others if and when they turn up in any reveal.

Wonder if Uranus into Taurus will spill more child abuse beans – to date Michael Jackson, Cardinal Pell and this.

Alex Trebek – a Cancerian nose for public taste



Alex Trebek, the Canadian-American Jeopardy gameshow host for 35 years has announced he has stage four pancreatic cancer.  He’s hosted more than 7000 episodes of the popular show and won six daytime Emmys and is known for ‘his droll wit, the professorial pronunciation of obscure operas and animals, the dad-like disappointment when contestants whiff on an easy one’.

Born 22 July 1940 11.15 am Sudbury, Ontario, he has a last degree Cancer Sun conjunct Mercury – Cancer is often a sign that tunes into public taste. He’s also got a megaton collection of Fixed planets giving him endurance and longevity – his Mars in Leo is widely conjunct Pluto and square a Jupiter Saturn conjunction in Taurus; and his Uranus in Taurus is in an inspired trine to Neptune. A light-hearted and charming Venus in Gemini is conjunct his midheaven and square Neptune.

It’s a chart with an enormous amount of grit which doesn’t come out in the descriptions of his persona, but he’d need to be tough to keep up that schedule for as long as he has.

He’s had a run of health issues, heart and other, through since the early 2000s. Tr Uranus is now moving into his 8th which always come with an emotional jolt and has been square his Mercury Sun recently; moving to square his Pluto within weeks. So he’ll be considering altering his plans.

His Solar Arc Saturn is also conjunct his Sun now which is a setback followed by a morale boost within months as his Solar Arc Jupiter crosses his Sun.

Magenta Devine – a rebel with style



Magenta Devine, who has just died, was a well-dressed rebel with a cause in the 1980s,  a counter-culture figure on television, talking to young people in a dynamic way with a substance and style far removed from the laddish 1990s.

Once her time in the spotlight was over she became a heroin addict and eventually went bankrupt.

Born 4 November 1957, outside London, she had her Sun in Scorpio as well as Neptune and Mercury, all squaring onto Uranus so she was suited for an outsider, status-quo-upsetter role. Her Uranus was also in an innovative trine to Saturn and both sextiled an enthusiastic Jupiter in Libra.

She may also have had an inspirational Fire Grand Trine of an Aries Moon trine Saturn trine Uranus, with Jupiter as the driving planet of a Kite, which would make sense.

Algeria – invisible president to stand for re-election



News that the ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is to stand for re-election in April has sparked the largest demonstrations seen in decades in Algeria. He suffered a stroke six years ago and can hardly walk or talk and the population fear he is being used as a façade by an opaque group of power brokers to maintain control and protect their political and economic interests. Though cracks are beginning to show with some leading entrepreneurs speaking out against the status quo.

Algeria gained independence on 3 July 1962 10.38 am Algiers. There are more indications of sudden changes in 2020 than in this year. After mid 2020 tr Uranus will be square the Algeria Saturn and opposition the Neptune which will bring jolts, jangles and rising paranoia; with muddles and miscommunications from tr Neptune square the 10th house Mercury, so the rulers won’t be clear in their intentions or communiques.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been re-elected four times since 1999 with claims of fraud being made by the opposition.

His First Term 27 April 1999 has a cruel Sun Saturn opposition Mars in Scorpio, and it indicates severe disruptions from May this year onwards with tr Uranus opposition Mars and then continuing on to a jolting conjunction to the Sun Saturn from July, running on and off into 2020. Tr Saturn is also square the Jupiter for lowered confidence till late 2019 and tr Neptune squares the Venus for unpopularity, picking up in April over the election.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s personal chart, 2 March 1937, won’t be too informative, given his age and infirmity. He is a Sun in Pisces; with Saturn also in Pisces in an unpleasant and ruthless Grand Trine to Pluto and Mars in Scorpio; with Pluto opposition Jupiter – confidence and luck aplenty to prop up a brutal regime.  The Solar Arc Uranus is somewhere around the conjunction to his Pluto, which can sometimes bring health issues for the elderly.

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