Astrological Musings

Barack Obama – the face of the future?

Barack Obama has been a rising star in the Democratic party since his keynote speech to the Democratic convention in 2004. His unique combination of humility and confidence along with a brilliant rhetoric and populist philosophy in a charismatic package has made him virtually irresistible to many voters who seek a change from the cutthroat political landscape of the past fifteen years. His shiny image remains untarnished and he appears to have no skeletons in his closet. He is a dedicated family man who has been married for fifteen years, and a regular churchgoer.

His astrological chart shows his Sun is in Leo, the sign that inspires creative self-expression. In Leo the ego is celebrated – the individual is called on to develop their own personal identity and story. Leo is associated with the heart, and Leos are typically generous and warm-hearted. They crave admiration and respect, and inside every individual with a strong Leo component there is a sense of royalty.

Obama’s Sun is challenged by the planet Neptune in his chart (square to his Sun) which shows that his ability to develop an individual identity has been difficult. Neptune is the planet of mystery and confusion, and when in difficult aspect to the Sun which forms the basis of the personal ego there is a tendency to lose one’s sense of Self. This is reflected in Obama’s early childhood: born to a white middle American mother and a father from Kenya, his parents divorced when he was two and he was moved to Indonesia with his mother and her second husband. Subsequently he moved back to the US and was raised by his grandparents. Obama talks candidly of experimenting with […]

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By |2018-11-19T21:19:31-04:00January 18th, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Barack Obama – the face of the future?

Doomsday Clock now 5 minutes to midnight

The face of the Doomsday Clock shifted two minutes closer to midnight Wednesday, symbolizing the impending destruction of humanity in a “Second Nuclear Age:”

Chicago’s Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the group that has maintained the timepiece since 1947, wound the minute hand closer to the grim hour for the first time since 2002, when it was frozen at seven minutes to midnight.

The Doomsday Clock had been frozen at seven minutes to midnight since 2002. Now modern dangers such as global warming and the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea have inched the clock two minutes forward — to five minutes to midnight.

It’s interesting to me that when the Doomsday Clock was first instituted Saturn and Pluto were conjunct in Leo (the conjunction was exact in August of 1947). I wasn’t able to find out exactly when in 1947 the Clock began but this was a powerful conjunction that had a tremendous effect on the psyche of the planet. This same year saw the following events:

  • The Truman Doctrine was proclaimed in March to stop the spread of Communism.
  • In June the Marshall Plan was designed to help rebuild Europe after World War II.
  • In July a UFO crash site was discovered in Roswell New Mexico and the National Security Act created the CIA.
  • In August Pakistan and India gained independence from the British Empire and Communism took hold in Hungary.
  • British Troops withdrew from Palestine that summer, setting the stage for the creation of Israel.
  • In November the Red Scare began which put Senator Joe McCarthy in power and blacklisted millions of Americans.

The terror of the Cold War was real and intense, but the fear (Pluto) that was engendered by the government (Saturn) went […]

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By |2018-08-04T08:36:32-04:00January 17th, 2007|Life|Comments Off on Doomsday Clock now 5 minutes to midnight

A look ahead to 2008 elections

I’m working on a profile of Barack Obama but other obligations are tearing me away from the computer. While you wait, read of the Saturn/Uranus opposition that will mark the 2008 elections:

We can already see the 2008 Saturn-Uranus opposition forming politically, or at least the foundation being laid for its later manifestation.

The Saturn-Uranus opposition will be exact on election day, 2008. This is an opposition we experienced, on the Virgo-Pisces axis, in 1920 and again in the mid-1960’s. Alexander Ruperti, in his book Cycles of Becoming, says of the Saturn-Uranus cycle: “Habit patterns will always resist change and when the pressure of some creative challenge is felt, the ego will experience a sense of impending doom, generating fear and resisting change.”

This cycle has a disruptive effect. There is a dependence on the past (Saturn) versus radical transformation (Uranus). The Uranus part of the opposition would destroy that part of the past (Saturn) which is also essential to the future—throwing out the baby with the bathwater. In other words, parts of the past are useful and can be carried into the future, but the Saturn-Uranus opposition wants to overthrow everything and start new. The early 1920’s and mid-1960’s were such times of radical transition and transformation throughout the world.

President Bush’s Iraq “surge” policy is Saturnine. It seeks to preserve (Saturn) whatever is left of his foreign policy. The 2008 election will hinge on the debate between this preservation and a radical change of direction. John McCain, a former Vietnam pilot and POW, has staked his presidential ambitions on the success of the military “surge” being advocated by President Bush.

You may also want to read why John McCain will never be […]

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By |2017-04-02T09:43:17-04:00January 16th, 2007|Politics|Comments Off on A look ahead to 2008 elections

Questions and answers

Two things I have learned in my life:

1. If you have to ask the question, the answer is no.


2. If you don’t know what to do, it’s not yet time to make a decision.

In my younger days I, like many others, sought the advice of psychics, tarot readers, palmists, past life regressionists, spiritual advisers. I desperately wanted to be told what to do. Should I stay with this guy? Would that other one ever love me? Would I ever get a job that I wanted?

Now I’m the adviser that people come to with these questions. “I am not a fortune teller,” I warn them. “I can’t tell you when you will meet your soulmate and frankly, no one can. That’s not how this works.” Yet still their hearts are yearning for the answers to their questions. What we often don’t realize is that those answers are given from within but very few of us really trust our own inner voice.

The woman who wants to leave her husband but is afraid to lose the security of her marriage knows in her heart what to do, but her head is arguing with her. Still, the voice in her heart drives her and she asks counselor after counselor, should I leave my husband? Counselors all tell her different things because no such person can or should answer this question. Decisions are part of the process of our life: we’re given free will so that we can make a choice at every moment. I truly believe that there are no mistakes in life; each doorway opens to […]

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By |2007-01-16T12:13:00-04:00January 16th, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Questions and answers

Brightest comet in 70 years

Comet McNaught is the brightest comet visible from earth in a generation – at magnitude -5 it is the brightest comet since Ikeya-Seki in 1965 according to Universe Today. It is six times bigger than Hale-Bopp in 1997 and 100 times brighter than Halley’s comet as it last appeared in 1986 according to NASA scientists.

Humans have been fascinated by comets for thousands of years. Unlike planets, comets are unpredictable which led many cultures to believe that the gods were sending a message through the comet. Not every single thing has meaning and significance, but it makes sense to me that if planets and stars have symbolic significance, and if Chiron, officially classified as both a comet and an asteroid, has meaning, then intermittent comets must have meaning as well.

Ancient cultures feared comets, but they also feared Saturn and we now know that every aspect of astrological symbolism has both a positive and negative manifestation. Perhaps comets are indeed intended to get our attention and cause us to look at the sky; to look for meaning in life and experience the wonder of the natural world.

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By |2007-01-15T22:28:00-04:00January 15th, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Brightest comet in 70 years

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