Howard Dean is Stepping Down

Howard DeanHoward Dean announced today that he will be stepping down as DNC chair when his term is up. It was Dean’s 50-state strategy that helped propel Barack Obama’s Dream Team over the top but also caused frayed relations with the party hacks that rule over the Old Democratic Party.

Fortunately, we have giving us good solid astrological information.  I wrote a profile of Howard Dean nearly three years ago:

Howard Dean has a Scorpio Sun, accounting for his intensity and passion. Scorpios don’t do anything halfway, and they are the most emotionally courageous of all the signs. They don’t shrink from what must be done, yet they can be somewhat manipulative as well. But Dean’s Cancer ascendant (rising sign), while still emotional, softens the Scorpio edge and gives him the need to nurture others, and Chiron (the wounded healer) conjuncts his Sun, a placement commonly found in the charts of healers of all types, including medical professionals such as Dean.

With Mercury (communication) also in intense Scorpio and in conflict (square) with Pluto, indicating intensity and a bit of compulsion, he is known for his blunt tongue and often finds his foot in his mouth. However, his Gemini moon desires to communicate and be understood, and rather than fall back in failure he continues to come out and speak for the Democratic party. Saturn (isolation) squares his Sun (spirit), a placement which is very difficult for the young person and often causes shyness and insecurity. However, difficult Saturn placements teach strength and create stability that usually can be seen after the age of 40. This Saturn/Sun square does make Dean a bit of a loner, not […]

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By |2008-11-10T18:15:43-04:00November 10th, 2008|Politics|Comments Off on Howard Dean is Stepping Down

The Astrology of Election Day: A More Detailed Look

Many writers, including me, have expressed concern over the presence of major and challenging planetary cycles occurring on Election Day.  However, we have primarily looked at the astrology of the day with a broad brush approach.  If we zoom in a little closer we see a very nice combination of aspects.

Today, leading up to the election the Moon is in Capricorn, heading towards a conjunction to Jupiter.  There will be a sense of responsiblity and duty with the Moon in Capricorn, and the combination with Jupiter suggests that an overarching feeling of optimism will take over, particularly towards 6:00 pm when the Moon/Jupiter conjunction is at its peak.

The conjunction of the Moon to Jupiter in Capricorn makes a trine to Saturn in Virgo and a sextile to Uranus in Pisces.  These are harmonious aspects, which suggest that the optimism and positivity of the Moon/Jupiter combination will soften the potentially disruptive effect of the Saturn/Uranus opposition in which the structures of our world (Saturn) are challenged by the need of Uranus to effect change where change is needed.

Another aspect of concern on Election Day has been a square from Mars to Neptune which is particularly interesting because Mars squares Neptune in the US chart.  Neptune erodes the power of Mars and sends its energy underground where it can erupt in weird ways – Neptune confuses the issues and deception can run rampant.  However, the current square from Mars to Neptune interacts with the square in the US chart with a combination of harmonious and challenging aspects.  (Warning:  Geeky astrological details ahead. Mars on Election Day is at 21 Scorpio where it forms a nearly exact sextile to Neptune in the US chart and an exact quincunx to Mars in the US chart, and […]

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By |2008-11-03T18:51:00-04:00November 3rd, 2008|Astrology, Politics|Comments Off on The Astrology of Election Day: A More Detailed Look

Political Advertisement: Spiritual Leaders for Obama

In this blog I try to present as balanced a viewpoint as possible when analyzing the astrological charts of public figures.  But we are facing a historic election and I am unabashedly using this pulpit for a political message:  Vote for Barack Obama on November 4.

Today’s spiritual leaders have gathered together to present the case for Obama.  Deepak Chopra, Pema Chodron, Shiva Rea, Jon Kabat-Zinn and many others write:

As spiritual leaders signing this letter we are stepping forward
to say: “We can make a difference” As our spiritual practice
empties, opens and strengthens us, we are naturally moved to
engage in the world with compassion, equanimity, and the
dedication to live our values.
We know many of you are already both concerned and
involved in this year’s Presidential election. Yet, in the past
weeks, many of us have heard friends in the spiritual
community expressing ambivalence about voting. When
asked why they wouldn’t vote we heard things like: “It doesn’t
make any difference”; “I’m more interested in spiritual
practice than politics”.
This election, we have an opportunity to create a paradigm
shift in the nature of politics. Senator McCain has voted with
President Bush over 90% of the time leading to policies that
have increased violence the world, furthered environmental
destruction, tried to force religious views on the country, and
shown a staggering lack of compassion for those most in need.

Play a role in bringing peace and justice back to the planet.  Vote for Barack Obama on November 4.

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By |2008-10-27T15:24:12-04:00October 27th, 2008|Politics|Comments Off on Political Advertisement: Spiritual Leaders for Obama

US Has Attacked Syria

This comes as Saturn approaches within one degree to an opposition of Uranus. Mars today is in an exact square to Chiron which just turned direct and this event is certain to push with aggression (Mars) old wounds (Chiron) in the Middle East.

A U.S. military official said the raid by special forces targeted the network of al-Qaida-linked foreign fighters moving through Syria into Iraq. The Americans have been unable to shut the network down in the area struck because Syria was out of the military’s reach.

“We are taking matters into our own hands,” the official told The Associated Press in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of cross-border raids.

The attack came just days after the commander of U.S. forces in western Iraq said American troops were redoubling efforts to secure the Syrian border, which he called an “uncontrolled” gateway for fighters entering Iraq.

A Syrian government statement said the helicopters attacked the Sukkariyeh Farm near the town of Abu Kamal, five miles inside the Syrian border. Four helicopters attacked a civilian building under construction shortly before sundown and fired on workers inside, the statement said.

The government said civilians were among the dead, including four children.

This was the first large-scale US raid conducted within Syria by air and eight people were killed, including four children. were canceled as a result of the raid and it is feared that diplomatic efforts by Syria towards Israel […]

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Power to the (Working) People!!

Ray Merriman about Saturn in Virgo and the Saturn/Uranus opposition. Ray writes:

Saturn in Virgo … relates to the growing frustration of those who do the work – the working class, the middle class. They look around and they see that they do all this work. Yet when the business fails, it is they who suffer, not the management that made the decisions that led to the failure. The workers are the ones who lose their jobs or give up benefits. And oftentimes when those in management make these failed decisions, they leave the company and receive huge financial bonuses, known as “Golden Parachutes.” And even while they are there, if the company prospers, it is these decision-makers who also receive huge end-of-year bonuses – at least huge in comparison to the much smaller bonuses given to those who did the hands-on work. It is not that these conditions have not existed forever between management and labor, between the wealthy and the middle class. It is just that now, in the first decade of this new century, the rate of growth and rewards between management and the work force has widened to its largest distortion ever.

I might add that it is largely the Pluto in Virgo generation that is suffering at the hands of the power elite, and I think it’s also noteworthy that this executive compensation issue went to the extreme under Saturn’s ride through Leo, the sign of ego and kingship.

Ray believes that the opposition from Uranus to Saturn will lead to an uprising (Uranus) of the working people against the power structures (Saturn).  I would like to think that’s true, but I don’t believe […]

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By |2008-10-26T15:26:19-04:00October 26th, 2008|Politics|Comments Off on Power to the (Working) People!!
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