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RIP James Gandolfini

Gandolfini astrologyA birth certificate has just emerged for Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, and I will be posting about that shortly. 

photo credit: NY Times.  James Gandolfini died yesterday at the age of 51.  As an astrologer I am always drawn to the ages of people who are in the news:  51 (Chiron return), 29 (Saturn return), 41 (Uranus opposition), 62 (Uranus square).  The death of James Gandolfini at the age of 51 during his Chiron return is especially critical because Pluto opposed Chiron in his chart.

Chiron is the planet that governs the healing of energy blocks in the psycho-emotional system that take root in the body and create distress and disease.  Its route to healing is through release of emotional wounds that are denied and repressed so that they can be fully processed and digested.

Someone who has an aspect of Pluto to Chiron in their chart is doing what I call “soul surgery” during this lifetime.  Pluto, as god of the Underworld, takes us deep within the psyche to excavate the darkness that lies there so that Chiron can do its work of healing and bringing wisdom to the soul.

Gandolfini is suspected to have died of a heart attack although no details have yet been provided.  His astrological chart (born September 18, 1961, Westwood NJ, time unknown) shows that he has the Sun in Virgo and a retrograde Saturn.  Virgo is known to be the sign of the perfectionist, and when Saturn (the voice of self-doubt) is retrograde in the natal chart it tends to show someone who is particularly self-critical. Combined with the Pluto/Chiron opposition, this puts a lot of pressure on an individual to achieve and to make something of oneself in the world […]

By | 2013-06-20T03:11:03+00:00 June 20th, 2013|Death, People|11 Comments

The astrology of Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius astrology The Bionic Man

Oscar Pistorius is in jail right now awaiting trial for the Valentine’s Day shooting of his girlfriend, Veena Steenkampf.  Previously he rose to fame as the first double amputee to win a medal in an able bodied world track event.

Pistorius is a Bionic Man as befits a transhuman athlete in the Aquarian Age – fitted with artificial limbs that some argue give him an unfair advantage over mere mortals.  (See my posts on Transhumanism here.)

Pistorius was profiled in the last year in a piece that described him as “more than a little crazy” – a risk taker who was fearful of intruders and an excellent shot at the firing range.  This fear is captured in a from November: “Nothing like getting home to hear the washing machine on and think it’s an intruder.”

The astrological chart of Pistorius offers interesting clues into his character.  The French website offers a birthtime of 10:30 am on November 22, 1986 (source: email from family member) which indicates Aquarius rising.  Aquarius is the sign of detachment and reason, technology and innovation.  We can’t be 100% sure of this birthtime, of course, but an Aquarius ascendant is  the perfect mask for a Transhuman-type athlete; someone who seeks to shatter the paradigms of what is possible for human beings to accomplish.

His Sun is at the very last degree of Scorpio, often called the “critical” or “anaretic” degree.  In medieval astrology the “anareta” was a planet of destruction.  While modern astrology doesn’t take these significators literally, the 29th degree indicates a completion of some kind of karma and needs to be taken seriously.  The Sun is on the Scorpio/Sagittarius […]

By | 2013-02-21T08:38:59+00:00 February 21st, 2013|Crime, People|5 Comments

Jodie Foster opens up

On Facebook today I read both lavish praise and harsh criticism for Jodie Foster’s speech in which she finally opened up about what everyone already knew, that she was in a 20-year relationship with another woman, her “ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor, ski buddy, consiglieri, [and] most beloved BFF of 20 years.”

Ms. Foster has a few things going on in her chart: her Chiron return which occurs for everyone at around age 51 and which brings up old wounds so that they can be processed and released, has been culminating for the past week or so.  And just in time for her speech, transiting Jupiter (planet of confidence and optimism, inspiring expansion and a life of meaning, made a harmonious trine to her progressed Ascendant, the evolving image that she presents to the world.

Transiting Uranus, the planet of sudden change and events which force us to be authentic and true to ourselves. has been running over the IC of her chart, opposite the Midheaven of public life.  This transit generally opens up our inner world (the IC) first and then that opening by necessity expands to the outer world (Midheaven).  Ms. Foster alluded to retirement in :

“The actress, who began appearing in TV commercials when she was three, also sparked rumors that she was retiring. “This feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else,” Foster said. “Scary and exciting and now what? Well, I may never be up on this stage again, on any stage for that matter. Change, you gotta love it. I will continue to tell stories, to move people by being moved, the greatest job in the world. It’s just that from now […]

By | 2013-01-14T18:50:25+00:00 January 14th, 2013|People|1 Comment

Taylor Swift and the “freedom/closeness” dilemma

Taylor Swift is loaded with charm and talent as well as the kind of exceptional beauty that is very helpful in today’s visual age, and she has made millions of dollars writing songs about her love life.  Still, she was recently quoted as saying “I don’t really know that much about love as it turns out.”

We could argue that this is not that uncommon for a young person just shy of 23 years old, but her astrological chart does show some interesting things that offers insight into the complexity behind the relationships that make such interesting material for song lyrics.

Ms. Swift (December 13, 1989) was born with the Sun in Sagittarius, the lucky and optimistic sign that can be somewhat fickle. Her Sun is unaspected, meaning it doesn’t interact with any of the other planets in the chart.  People with unaspected Sun’s tend to have a path that is more solitary, even though they may (and frequently do) engage in relationships with others and even marry.  But still, singleton Sun people make their own way and tend not to merge their lives with anyone else’s (Brad Pitt has a singleton Sun).

The Moon in her chart is in emotional Cancer, revealing her inner sensitivity and desire to nurture and care for others.  The Cancer Moon can be moody and reactive to emotional hurt, and with her Moon conjunct Jupiter, also in Cancer, the emotionality of her inner world is amplified which comes out in her song lyrics.  The Cancer Moon longs to attach and find emotional security, but her Moon is opposed by Uranus, the planet of individuality and autonomy, revealing an opposing need for distance and independence. […]

By | 2012-10-31T07:17:08+00:00 October 31st, 2012|People, Relationships|0 Comments

The astrology of Lance Armstrong’s demise

Lance Armstrong astrologyLance Armstrong was an incredible success story.  He was the second American ever to win the Tour de France bicycle race.  His first win was July 25, 1999 just three years after he recovered from testicular cancer which had spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain.  He won again the following year, and then again for each consecutive year until he retired in 2005.

A Virgo, Armstrong (born 9/18/1971, time unknown, Plano Texas) has four planets in that sign including Mercury and his Moon.  Virgo is concerned with matters of health and healing, and can be meticulous about nutrition and exercise. Lance Armstrong is known in the sporting world for his diligence in training and technique, but rumors of doping and steroid use have dogged him throughout his career.

Pluto conjoins his Sun so the personal transformation that Pluto brings is crucial for Armstrong’s personal development.  Pluto/Sun combinations can bring intense passion combined with an obsession with power dynamics, and often people with these placements have intense experiences which force them to surrender something so that they can become transformed.   But Jupiter, ruling expansion and optimism, is in Sagittarius in his chart which tends to denote an individual whose confidence knows no bounds.  Jupiter conjoins Neptune in his chart, enhancing creativity but also offering the potential for self-delusion.

Armstrong is in the middle of what we call the “midlife crisis transit series.”  Transiting Neptune has begun to form a square to natal Neptune, and with it that overconfident Sagittarian Jupiter.  With Saturn entering Scorpio and pressuring that natal Jupiter/Neptune conjunction to do the responsible thing, the guillotine fell on Armstrong’s career when he was dropped from his lucrative endorsement contracts and resigned as head of the […]

By | 2012-10-22T07:11:48+00:00 October 22nd, 2012|People|1 Comment
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