Lamar Odom is in Retrograde

… Coach Phil Jackson of the LA Lakers has used the retrograde turn of Venus last week to explain Lamar Odom’s poor performance:

At a loss for a conventional explanation for the inconsistencies that have defined Lamar Odom’s career, Coach Phil Jackson turned to astrology Monday to account for his mercurial forward’s mini-slump.

“More than anything else, Lamar is affected by the astrological sequences, and I know that Venus went into retrograde the other day,” Jackson deadpanned. “All of a sudden he started shooting his free throws with a dip and a bend, and it was like, where did that come out of? We tried to get him back on the straight and narrow in practice.”

I never realized Phil Jackson was an astrology aficionado, but I love that so many people now are talking about real astrology without shame!

By the way, I snuck a peek at Lamar Odom’s chart (born November 6, 1979, time unknown), and his performance problems stem more from the lineup in Aquarius forming a square to the conjunction of the Sun to Uranus in his chart and causing some surprising impulses that are throwing him off balance, than from Venus turning retrograde.

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By |2018-06-11T12:45:30-04:00March 10th, 2009|People, Sports|Comments Off on Lamar Odom is in Retrograde

What’s eating Christian Bale?

Christian BaleChristian Bale, brilliant actor in the most recent Batman series, was in the news back in July of 2008 when it was reported that he “assaulted” his mother and sister (under English law an assault can be physical or verbal).  Now he is in the news again when audiotape of a violent rant just days before his arrest last summer against the director of photography for his new film Terminator Salvation was leaked to the press after being submitted to the film’s insurance company.

Unfortunately from an astrologer’s point of view, we don’t know the time of Christian Bale’s birth (January 30, 1974) because it is likely that Bale is experiencing planetary transits to the “angles” of his chart (the points that describe the way we relate to others and our career) that are defined by the moment of birth.  We also don’t know where his Moon is; if he was born before noon his Moon would be in Aries, and after noon it would be in Taurus.   But there is plenty of other information that we can glean from his chart to help to explain some of his behavior.

Christian Bale has the Sun in Aquarius, and he has a conjunction of Mercury to Jupiter in Aquarius as well.  I’ve been writing a lot about Aquarius in this column because for the past few months we have had a preponderance of planets in that sign. Aquarius is the sign of the inventor – of the eccentric, the renegade, and the fighter for social justice.  But Aquarius is exceptionally interesting in the chart of an individual because it is one of four signs with both an ancient and a modern ruler.  Its ancient ruler is Saturn, planet […]

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By |2009-02-04T08:15:45-04:00February 4th, 2009|People|Comments Off on What’s eating Christian Bale?

Apple Inc News: Steve Jobs’ Mars Problem

Steve JobsSteve Jobs is the creative genius behind the Apple Computing brand.  After Jobs was forced out in 1985 the company floundered, reviving after he staged a takeover that brought him back as CEO.

t with the Sun in Pisces. Pisces is the sign of spirituality and transcending the boundaries of ordinary physical reality.  Pisces types are typically creative, inspirational, easygoing and meditative with a thirst for a spiritual experience.  They are also emotional and can be quite sensitive.  After dropping out of college, Jobs spent some time in 1974 backpacking through India, studying meditation and experimenting with psychedelic drugs.

Jupiter (optimism and confidence) is conjunct Uranus (innovation and radical behavior) in Jobs’ chart, signifying a person with a deeply restless nature, but also an innate ability to innovate and create.  Mars (the planet that defines how we assert our will and express our aggressive instinct) in his chart is in Aries, the sign which it rules.  That is an extremely forceful place for Mars to be; yet Jobs is a sensitive and easygoing Pisces.

Mars is afflicted in his chart: it is opposed by Neptune, the ruler of Pisces and a very watery planet – you know what happens when you pour a bucket of water (Neptune) over fire (Mars), the fire is likely to go out.  Mars is also in a challenging aspect to the Jupiter/Uranus combination, which shows that Jobs can have a very short fuse, but he may not, with his strongly Piscean nature, be able to release that fiery expression very easily.

It is said of Steve Jobs that he makes his own rules, which we can see in the Mars (drive) square to Jupiter/Uranus (radical behavior), and that […]

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By |2009-01-14T06:32:10-04:00January 14th, 2009|People, Technology|Comments Off on Apple Inc News: Steve Jobs’ Mars Problem

Caroline Kennedy’s Journey of Healing

Caroline Kennedy astrologyThis is not an evaluation of Ms. Kennedy’s qualifications for the New York senator seat, but a look at what motivates a private person to seek a very public office.

Caroline Bouvier Kennedy has led a life that has been at once charmed and full of tragedy. The only survivor of the political era fondly remembered by some as “Camelot” for its beautiful illusion of perfection, she has long shied away from publicity and preferred to work behind the scenes as a writer and as a board member of various nonprofits.

Ms. Kennedy (born 11/27/1957, 8:15 am, NY)  has the Sun in Sagittarius and, if the 8:15 am birthtime is correct, Sagittarius on the ascendant. Normally a Sagittarian Sun and Ascendant denotes an individual of jovial (Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter/Jove) temperament and character.  But here we also see a 12th House Sun, describing the longing for privacy and a need to be hidden, and Saturn conjunct Mercury, illustrating a serious (Saturn) mind (Mercury) that perhaps leans towards depression despite the naturally buoyant Sagittarian influence.

Pluto forms a square (challenging aspect) to Ms. Kennedy’s Sun, a dynamic which often (but not always) denotes a familiarity with either death or abuse at some level.  Pluto’s intensity can exhibit many forms, and while the Pluto/Sun square does sometimes reveal a violent victimhood, it can also describe the death of a parent or a lifetime associated with death.  We have certainly seen this with Ms. Kennedy, whose father was killed when she was only six, and who also lost her uncle at a young age.

Ms. Kennedy also has a tight conjunction of Chiron (the Wounded Healer) to her Moon (emotions), suggesting […]

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By |2018-07-15T10:25:13-04:00December 22nd, 2008|People, Politics|Comments Off on Caroline Kennedy’s Journey of Healing

Jeremy Piven, Mercury Poisoning, and the Saturn Effect

Jeremy PivenJeremy Piven has left the Broadway production of Speed the Plow after being diagnosed with mercury poisoning.  Piven, who apparently eats lots of sushi and eats some kind of fish twice a day, sought medical treatment for exhaustion and excessive fatigue.  He was found to have elevated mercury levels that were five to six times the normal level.

Clearly, this is a medical condition rather than a psychosomatic one.  But the timing of it is interesting in light of Saturn transits that Piven is going through right now.  Jeremy Piven (born 7/26/1965, time unknown, NY), like others of his generation, has Uranus and Pluto conjunct in his birthchart.  The conjunction of Uranus (revolutionary change) and Pluto (death and transformation) in the mid-1960s was a time of tremendous cultural transformation and radical change, and those individuals born between 1963 and 1968 carry this archetype in their chart.  In Piven’s case, the planet Saturn is opposite Uranus and Pluto in his chart, signifying an inner battle between that force for transformation (Uranus/Pluto) and the need for conservative application of diligence and effort (Saturn).

When we have a major planetary system like this in our birthchart, a transiting planet affecting one of the planets in the system has a longer-lasting effect on the entire system.  In Piven’s case, transiting Saturn made a pass over Uranus and Pluto in his chart in September as he was preparing for the opening of the play, and by October when the play opened Saturn had moved to a point exactly opposite Saturn in his birthchart.  A transit of Saturn to Saturn’s place in the natal chart occurs every seven years and generally stimulates a challenge of some kind.  Very little […]

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By |2008-12-19T19:58:34-04:00December 19th, 2008|People|Comments Off on Jeremy Piven, Mercury Poisoning, and the Saturn Effect

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