In honor of Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings, and because I’m busily working on the July Skywatch (please sign up in the sidebar if you’re not already on my mailing list!) I thought I’d repost this profile of Ms. Kagan.
Elena Kagan has been widely acclaimed after President Obama announced her as his choice to be the next Supreme Court justice, garnering support from conservative lawyers and policymakers. One of the qualities that has gained her widespread affection and respect is her ability to entertain arguments across the political spectrum. She is a trailblazer, having been the first woman named Dean of the Law School at Harvard University, and isn’t afraid to challenge the sacred cows of American politics.
Kagan’s shows that she was born with the Sun in Taurus, indicating a desire for peace and harmony but also a stubborn streak and a fixed nature. Her Sun is in a harmonious trine to Pluto, which reveals her ability to effect change and to transform (Pluto) the world around her. Individuals with Sun trine Pluto typically possess a great deal of personal power and can be very magnetic.
The planet of rebellion (Uranus) is in a stressful square to Kagan’s Sun, reflecting her iconoclastic nature and her desire to push the boundaries of conventional rules. As a child of 12 she challenged her rabbi to institute the bat mitzvah in her Orthodox synagogue, and persuaded him to do it. She fought Big Tobacco for the Clinton administration, yet worked hard to heal fissures between faculty members while at Harvard.
Kagan’s chart shows a conjunction of Mercury and Venus in the assertive sign of Aries. Her thought patterns (Mercury) and the way that she expresses her affection and seeks relationships (Venus) operate […]
Former Vice-President (or some would say acting president) Dick Cheney was admitted to a hospital in Washington for tests on Friday night as the powerful Grand Cross eclipse fell right on his progressed Moon. Cheney’s Moon just progressed into Libra about a week ago where it was challenged by an opposition from both Jupiter and Uranus (you can read how my own Uranus transit caused heart palpitations for me in this earlier post).
Cheney has a long history of heart problems. You can read my (warning: very biased) profile of Cheney from 2005 here. Saturn squares Cheney’s Sun natally, and the in medical astrology the Sun often represents the physical heart in the individual. Saturn creates pressure on the heart that can erupt when the individual is under stress.
Cheney’s Sun is in Aquarius, which is very rational and most comfortable when emotions do not enter the picture, yet his Moon is in the highly sensitive sign of Pisces. Handling emotions is problematic for him, so in his case the Moon may be a more significant indicator of health issues than the Sun. In February 2010, just after transiting Uranus formed a challenging opposition to his progressed Moon, Cheney was admitted to the hospital with chest pains which were later diagnosed as a heart attack.
It’s no wonder he might have felt unwell under the eclipse influence, with six planets challenging his progressed Moon. There are some transits coming up that can signify the departure from life, although not always and not reliably. Cheney’s progressed Midheaven has just completed a challenging square to Jupiter in his chart, signifying a release of some kind, and the progressed MC is just about to […]
I’m going to file this under the category of Saturn concluding its travel through Virgo, the sign of health and the fragile ecosystem that makes up the body/mind/spirit system of the human being. Saturn forces us to face reality – it’s the cosmic wake-up call.
Last year during the debate on health care, one of the GOP talking point was that the American healthcare system is the “best in the world.” In fact, Richard Shelby of Alabama said “[the healthcare bill] will be the first steps in destroying the best health care system the world has ever known.”
Unfortunately, talking points do not create reality, and Reuters reports that from the Commonwealth Fund shows that the United States ranks last in quality of health care when compared to Britain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation whose mission statement aims to “promote a high performing health care system” in the United States. Its Board of Directors includes Medicare experts, physicians, hospital administrators, researchers, and executives at investment firms.
In 2007, health spending was $7,290 per person in the United States, more than double that of any other country in the survey.
Australians spent $3,357, Canadians $3,895, Germans $3,588, the Netherlands $3,837 and Britons spent $2,992 per capita on health in 2007. New Zealand spent the least at $2,454.
This is a big rise from the Fund’s last similar survey, in 2007, which found Americans spent $6,697 per capita on healthcare in 2005, or 16 percent of gross domestic product.
“We rank last on safety and do poorly on several dimensions of quality,” Schoen told reporters. “We do particularly poorly on going without care because of cost. And we also do surprisingly poorly on access to primary care and after-hours care.” […]
The Sun entered Cancer this morning (EDT), marking the beginning of the Summer Solstice in the northern latitudes, and the Winter Solstice in the southern latitudes. Regardless of which hemisphere you live in, the Solstices and Equinoxes occur when the Sun enters one of what we call the “cardinal” signs, which are Cancer, Capricorn, Aries and Libra.
Geeky astrology lesson: the Sun only enters the cardinal signs at these periods in what we call the “tropical” zodiac. Due to the precession of the equinoxes, the Sun is no longer aligned to the tropical zodiac. The “sidereal” zodiac corresponds to the true location of the current position of the Sun as it travels through the twelve signs. For example, today in the sidereal system the Sun is actually at 6 degrees Gemini and not zero degrees Cancer. The sidereal system is used by most Vedic or Jyotish astrologers, but I have not found it to be accurate for me in my work with clients.
The chart for the Solstices and Equinoxes, which mark the turning of the seasons, are often used to predict weather and other events for the coming three solar months, so it’s useful to take a look at the chart for the Summer Solstice to see what secrets might be revealed.
The Sun at zero degrees Cancer in the Solstice chart is in an exact square to the conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus in the sign of Aries (see previous articles in this series), so this Jupiter/Uranus influence of sudden change, explosive energy, explosions, lightning, and brilliant new awakenings are likely to be highlighted throughout the season.
The opposition from Saturn to Uranus is tightening and these two planets will face off for the fifth and […]
President Obama will address the nation tonight in a speech about the oil disaster in the Gulf Coast. We can argue all day, and probably will, over whether Obama has done enough to stem the tide of this horrific event, but in a politically divided world such as the one we are currently in his options are limited. There are some in Congress for whom it is more important to see Obama fail than to solve the problem in the Gulf, so Obama is left with little he can do other than wring his hands and express emotion over the devastation, something he is ill equipped to do.
Obama isn’t President Clinton, who with a Leo Sun and Libra rising was a born politician, making everyone feel that they were the most important person in the universe (Libra) and basking in the glory of his success (Leo). In a disaster Clinton is the first responder, shedding tears with the people and being one with everyone.
Obama has Aquarius rising – a transpersonal sign that chooses reason over emotion. Obama’s solution to problems is to avoid getting involved in the emotion of the situation so that reason can create a solution. The US chart has an Aquarian Moon, so normally that would not be such a problem for Americans to deal with, but at the moment the US chart shows a “double whammy” Neptune/Moon contact with the progressed Moon conjoining Neptune in the chart, and transiting Neptune conjoining the Moon in the chart.
Neptune/Moon contacts blur the obvious and can distort reality – they create a desire for the ideal and a longing for something other than what we have. The Neptunian longing is for ascension and […]