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John Oliver proves that Sagittarius is rising in the US chart

There is a big debate among astrologers about the rising sign of the US chart.  I use the “Sibley” chart, named after Ebenezer Sibley who created it, and has Sagittarius rising on the ascendant.  Michael Wolfstar O’Reilly insists that in the chart because the power that America wields is reflected in the Scorpio archetype, and because the symbolic Eagle is also tied into Scorpio.  In this article he also explains how the Gemini rising chart came about.

Michael and I have had some spirited debates on the subject.  Now John Oliver has put that debate to rest.

The ascendant is the persona – it reflects the way we see ourselves, the lens through which our experiences are filtered, and how we are seen by others.   Sagittarius is the sign of optimism, faith and religion, and it’s easy to see how the American persona fits under that umbrella.  No other country is such driven by religion and faith – and no other country is as optimistic and expansive as the US.  Sagittarius types are typically open and friendly, and Americans are seen the world over as having big friendly personalities (often TOO friendly for some more conservative nationalities).  But it’s American optimism that is probably the single biggest quality that is identified with the American persona.

I love John Oliver and listen religiously to his podcast “The Bugle” which sadly is on hiatus because of Oliver’s new status as major media star.  If you haven’t seen his HBO program “Last Week Tonight” you really owe it to yourself to try it.  I heard Oliver say in his podcast that America is relentlessly optimistic to the point of ridiculousness.  In fact, he said, “Optimism is America’s kryptonite.”

By | 2017-07-04T08:08:19+00:00 July 23rd, 2014|Life, Popular Culture|4 Comments

More reader advice: the Pluto square Pluto transit

Pluto square plutoLynn, per your recent post you wrote: “Pluto transits can be devastating periods of loss, but they can also be times when we discover our latent strengths and emerge into great periods of personal power as we see here.” I currently am experiencing Pluto conjunct my Ascendant and Pluto square Pluto transits, both lasting through about the end of this year. I just entered into a major dispute with a colleague that may turn into a legal battle. What should I look at in my chart for signs of where things are headed?


Pluto transits are some of the most intense experiences possible for a human being.  When we are in the middle of them we sometimes feel that everything in our life is being ripped from us and that our foundations are being stripped away.  But at its core, Pluto is about empowerment – Pluto’s role is to help – ok yes, to force – us to let go of anything in our life that is not functioning so that we can emerge as truer versions of ourselves.

For this reader, Pluto squares the Capricorn Ascendant.  This alone tells us that she is on a journey of  transformation – of letting go of previous versions of herself and emerging anew.  The Ascendant represents our very persona and the way in which we live our life, and Pluto in a strong square (90 degrees) configuration to the ascendant suggests that she may struggle with issues of power and control.   The Capricorn Ascendant is well suited for Pluto contacts because there is a willingness to work hard and embrace whatever challenges are thrown her way.  She also has a Scorpio Moon, which is ruled by Pluto, so she is […]

By | 2018-11-27T16:48:30+00:00 July 21st, 2014|Life, Planetary cycles|2 Comments

Uranus/Pluto: The Freelance Economy

freelance economyWhen Pluto entered the sign of Capricorn in 2008, there was a huge contraction in the business world as well as a global recession, and many people lost their jobs.  Pluto creates major shifts in the affairs of the sign through which it travels, and Capricorn is the sign of the structures that create the foundation on which we live.  Corporations, governments, economic structures – all of these are under Capricorn’s domain.

In 2009, Entrepreneur magazine :

When the economic sky fell last year and CEOs and workers alike were stuffing cash under their mattresses, it didn’t seem like the right moment for big plans, much less a wholesale reshaping of the way entire industries operate. But during the last year, as the shock has subsided, Americans looking at the collapse of corporate culture and finance, the loss of job security, and inscrutable government solutions are coming to [this conclusion]: We don’t have to do things the same way. We can take the economy in hand and drive our own destinies. And a movement that has been slowly building in the business world is finally taking hold: We’re seeing the beginnings of the entrepreneurial economy, a system built on nimble, low-overhead, oftentimes small companies with fluid workforces, rather than the massive conglomerates that have upheld the economy for decades.

Where Pluto is the destroyer, tearing apart any structure that is not serving the purpose for which it was created, Uranus tends to finish the job by breaking out of old and outmoded patterns of thought and action.  When Uranus entered Aries in 2010 it began to align in a challenging square formation with Pluto (see the sidebar of this blog for more information).

Many of […]

By | 2014-06-27T08:57:44+00:00 June 27th, 2014|Life, Money and markets|4 Comments

Individualism, Wealth, and the Second House

6394571_sI was watching writer Evan Osnos on one of the news shows at the gym on Sunday discuss the rise of individualism in China, tying it to that country’s growing wealth, and it struck me with a bit of surprise that individuality lives in the astrological Second House along with wealth and the accumulation of assets.

It shouldn’t have been a surprise, because in the Second House we develop a relationship to our environment – a stage which corresponds to the developmental phase of a child’s claiming that things are now mine.  Me and Mine live in the Second House along with money, our self-esteem, and our talents and personal resources.

The less personal resources a person or nation has, the less they can afford individualistic behavior.  Wealth brings with it an enhanced freedom that expands individual rights and self-concern – all factors that live in the Second House.

As an aside, this review of Mr. Osnos’s book on China is very interesting in light of the current square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn:  “Two potent, antagonistic forces—a swelling individualism [Uranus in Aries] and a political structure intent on controlling it [Pluto in Capricorn] —shape a rising superpower in this revealing journalistic portrait.”

I think we are seeing conflict between these two antagonistic forces everywhere on the globe right now, but perhaps the conflict can be seen more clearly in those nations which are seeing the biggest transformation and the most intense conflict.

By | 2014-05-20T11:06:23+00:00 May 20th, 2014|Life|0 Comments

Pluto in Capricorn – can Google conquer death?

Google's anti-death projectBefore Pluto’s discovery bestowed on him the title of the Lord of Death, that role was occupied by the planet Saturn.  Pluto’s role in the concept of death has to do with the surrender of life as we know it and the regeneration of something else in its place.  Saturn forces us to deal with the difficult questions and the hard aspects of life, reminding us that life is short and that death is at the door.

Saturn is the ruler of the sign Capricorn, and since 2008 Pluto has been traveling through Capricorn and will continue to do so until 2023 when it will move into Aquarius.  Pluto in Capricorn initiated the financial contraction that brought about the Great Recession of the past few years (read more about Pluto in Capricorn here).

Pluto tends to create transformation in the areas of life governed by the sign it travels in, so Pluto’s journey through Capricorn has already begun to transform the way we handle the fact of death in our world.  Because it is Capricorn, an earth sign of practicality and governance of the material world, it is the very fact of death itself that is undergoing a transformation.

Under Pluto in Capricorn we have seen the idea of zombies and vampires take hold in the popular imagination – creatures that straddle the line between life and death.

Now Google has launched a company called Calico dedicated to research into the causes of aging and ways in which the human lifespan can be extended in an effort to “.”  As an astrologer this is interesting because Pluto will leave Capricorn for the technology sign Aquarius in 2023, and by then technology and human existence […]

By | 2014-05-16T06:05:24+00:00 May 16th, 2014|Death, Life|2 Comments
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