Richard Dawkins and the Astrology of Skeptics

Description=Richard Dawkins Photograph: Jeremy Young 05-12-2006The conversation in the comments thread to the last post inspired me to look at Dawkins’ chart and I confess I am quite fascinated with the strong Neptunian signatures that lie therein: Pisces Moon and Mercury, with Pisces Venus opposite Neptune, two very mystical signatures that counteract the Grand Trine in earth signs, which Twilight says she also possesses and makes a case for a low number of astrologers in this age group (born 1941).

Dawkins also has an unaspected Sun in Aries. Unaspected, or singleton Sun makes it difficult to forge an identity and can result in extreme behavior, particularly in Aries where it demands attention. You know how they always say that homophobes are afraid of their own homosexuality; I think the same may be true about skeptics. It is their own vulnerability inherent in the mystical site of their personality that they disown and can’t understand.

The patron skeptic of this blog, our friend Paul, had a similar dynamic: a strong Neptune and Pisces signature along with an equally strong Aquarius nature with all of its reason. There is no Aquarius in Dawkins’ chart, but there is that earthy base and the singleton Aries trying to find expression.

Dawkins said something in an interview that adds weight to my theory:

“At the age of about 13 when I was being confirmed, I did have a fairly active fantasy life about a relationship with God, and I used to pray and I used to have fantasies about creeping down to the chapel in the middle of the night, and having a sort of blinding vision and things. . . .

It was a fantasy which happened in my head and it’s not surprising that it should […]

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By |2007-08-14T22:15:00-04:00August 14th, 2007|People|Comments Off on Richard Dawkins and the Astrology of Skeptics

Karl Rove Resigns!

roveKarl Rove has announced in an that he will step down as adviser to the president on August 31. The reason he gave is “to spend more time with his family,” the classic euphemism nearly always given when the person resigning is being forced out or leaving for reasons that cannot be discussed. Rove’s exit comes after the scandal over his role in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame and more recently, the tumultuous Congressional hearings over his role in the firing of US prosecutors for political reasons.

Karl Rove has been known as “Bush’s Brain” and the architect of the Bush presidency, but he has been a political activist since the age 0f 9 when, as rumor has it, a little girl who supported Kennedy in the 1960 elections beat him up and he decided to support Nixon in revenge. In high school he began the famous Rovian tactics of smear tactics that put him and George W. Bush in the white house not just once, but twice.

Karl Rove’s birth chart shows us that he is a deeply insecure man, with Saturn in Libra in square (90 degrees) to his Sun. Saturn in Libra often describes an individual who feels a great deal of self-doubt (Saturn) in relationships with others (Libra), and with Saturn square his Sun (his sense of Self), he has a deep-rooted sense of inadequacy and shyness. This square is part of a larger formation that also includes Uranus, the revolutionary, opposing his Sun in Capricorn. Rove has three planets in Capricorn including Sun, Venus and Mercury. Capricorn people are heavily responsible and driven to accomplish something great. Uranus opposes Rove’s Sun, making him a bit […]

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By |2019-05-11T07:32:24-04:00August 13th, 2007|People, Politics|Comments Off on Karl Rove Resigns!

John Roberts takes a fall – the astrology of seizures

robertsJohn Roberts suffered a seizure yesterday and fell at his Maine vacation home on Monday, July 30. This was the second time he had blacked out after experiencing what they are calling a “benign idiopathic seizure,” meaning the medical experts don’t know what caused it. That always sends me running to the chart, because undiagnosable medical maladies are often energy imbalances in the physical structure.

Roberts’  has an Aquarius Sun.  Aquarians often have an interesting medical history because as a rule their inventive, rational mind typically takes control of their emotions. Roberts has the Moon in Pisces, which does add water to his chart and shows a deeply sensitive nature, and his Moon is part of a Grand Trine in Water which includes a conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus in Cancer as well as Saturn in Scorpio. This suggests a comfort with the emotional realm overall (Pisces Moon) with a need to care for others (Jupiter in Cancer) although that must be done in a way that retains his autonomy and freedom (Uranus conjunct Jupiter).

Saturn in Scorpio reveals a strongly fixed nature and works well in the trine; however, that same Saturn in Scorpio also squares his Aquarius Mercury and Pluto. Mercury and Pluto are in opposition which lends an intensity (Pluto) to the mental realms (Mercury) and can indicate a tendency towards obsessive thinking. This is not easy for the Aquarian Mercury, which prefers to live in the more subjective realms where life makes sense and there are no underlying psychic demons such as the ones that Scorpio embraces. In this T-square the Saturn in Scorpio suggests a fear and discomfort (Saturn) with the Scorpio realm of the emotional underworld.

It is this T-square that […]

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By |2007-07-31T11:02:00-04:00July 31st, 2007|Health & Healing, People, Politics|Comments Off on John Roberts takes a fall – the astrology of seizures

A look at Bono

U2 singer and world-famous philanthropist Bono has been seen canoodling with Penelope Cruz in St. Tropez, leading many to speculate on a relationship between the two. Photos from the Daily Mail certainly seem to confirm a special tie between them, despite Bono’s 25-year marriage to Ali Hewson, mother of his four children.

Bono has lived a life remarkably free from scandal considering his enormous presence as a global rock and roll star, although there were whispers of an affair during a midlife crisis immortalized in the song “New York” in which he wrote:

In New York, I lost it all to you and your vices Still I’m staying on to figure out my mid-life crisis I hit an iceberg in my life You know I’m still afloat You lose your balance, lose your wife In the queue for the lifeboat

Bono’s stability is not surprising considering his astrological chart. [Click to enlarge] He has three planets in stable and grounded Taurus, including the Sun, Venus and Mercury.

Bono is a practical guy as shown by his Capricorn ascendant (or rising sign) which illustrates the ambition that drives him. The Capricorn influence adds focus and drive to the stability of his Taurus Sun and helps motivate him to achieve his goals in a way that Taurus is often unable to do because they may lack the energy to take action. Taurus dislikes and resists change and is very security conscious. Still, Bono’s Taurus Sun is squared by Uranus, the planet of rebellion and revolution shocks him out of the […]

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By |2007-07-30T10:27:00-04:00July 30th, 2007|People|Comments Off on A look at Bono

John Townley on J.K. Rowling

John Townley has posted of the author of the Harry Potter series on the Matrix site:

Saturn rules the whole operation, the handle of a bucket-pattern chart, but itself in Pisces the Neptune-ruled sign of fantasy, so one could expect this kind of approach to life would rule her personality.

That Saturn is opposed to a huge, dark stellium of Pluto, Uranus, Moon, Venus, and Mercury all in Virgo, adding the endless gothic details which flesh out the fantasy world which she creates. It has similarities to her predecessor, J. R. Tolkien, whose bucket chart is swung by a Neptune-Pluto conjunction, but his features three planets in the first degrees of their signs (Saturn, Mercury, and Moon), making him logically more the originator. This pattern is interrupted by a square of Jupiter to Saturn and Moon, which can make for some repetitiveness and a tendency toward the overblown. In a children’s book, of course, that really works for her.

Neptune, planet of fantasy, is as might be expected trine the Saturn bucket handle, so it all fits together smoothly. You couldn’t look for a better chart for a dark fantasy writer, and when you add that happy Leo Sun, you get one for kids, not something more adult and personal like Anne Rice. That one big taste of fire high in the chart is what keeps the take positive and prevents it from becoming too deep and depressing, which could otherwise easily happen with this combination.

Evidently Ms. Rowling is having her Progressed Full Moon now (with her progressed Sun and Moon in opposition). My own progressed Full Moon five years ago was a time of powerful change, synthesizing my emotional needs with my work life. Ms. Rowling […]

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By |2007-07-23T16:18:00-04:00July 23rd, 2007|People|Comments Off on John Townley on J.K. Rowling