Heating Up

Tensions across the globe are escalating. There are so many areas of civil unrest, rebellions against governments, civil wars, and generally out-of-control conditions, including crazy weather patterns, that we are unable to keep track. Seen astrologically, the first five months of 2014 may be understood as the current chapter in the volatility and tumultuous transformation sparked by the multi-year Uranus/Pluto square, in this iteration greatly magnified by some potent and simultaneous planetary activity. My sense is that the pressure on numerous fronts builds until April, at which point the situation enters a month-long, highly combustible and increasingly dangerous phase.

For now, the pieces are starting to fall into place. As of February 1, Pluto has moved into a protracted opposition to the US Sun (13Cancer19), through May 19, bringing with it a growing sense of insecurity and situational danger in the US in various areas and a need to be increasingly vigilant and assertive to keep the situation under control.  Pluto brings anxiety bordering on paranoia, on the one hand, and a need to control to theUSchart point of tyranny and manipulation, on the other. Due to the nature of an opposition, this is likely to stem as much from foreign partners and adversaries of the US, as from domestic opposition to the current government or even from extreme and threatening climate conditions.

The paranoid delusions pervasive in Republican thought about President Obama are a prime example of this Pluto opposition, as are President Karzai’s equally paranoid perceptions of the US, all of which make developing and executing policies an ongoing struggle for the Obama administration. Increased national security fears and a hyper-vigilant response are also a possibility during this Pluto transit. In addition, Pluto is crossing the Congress Sun (13Capricorn29), as of February 8 through mid-May, pointing to the likelihood of increasing polarization, growing distrust and an escalating clash of wills on multiple issues between Congress and the president or against a perceived outside threat.

Moreover, we are about to enter the prolonged Jupiter square to Uranus, from February 14 through April 20.  This aspect suggests suddenly shifting and rapidly escalating situations across the globe, as well as potentially explosive, unanticipated incidents.  The magnification (Jupiter) of the rebellious Uranian energy suggests actions that push the boundary of accepted behavior and cause significant transformation in the expected trajectory of events. In essence, the Jupiter/Uranus square will put a series of wild cards into play for more than two months.

The plot then thickens exponentially as of the Spring Equinox on March 20, 2014. The Equinox chart is the birth chart of the year, and, when drawn for the capital city of a country, can offer clues for the coming year. A tight conjunction, square, or opposition to one of the angles in these charts, especially from Uranus, is often a highly significant prognosticator of dramatic and cathartic circumstances. Over the course of the year, as transiting Uranus transits crosses the exact degree of the aspect, a powerful and transformative situation will often be unleashed.

The two charts of the 2014 Spring Equinox that stand out are the one drawn for springequinox14dcWashington, DC, and the one drawn for Moscow. In the DC chart, the Ascendant is 14Cancer07, opposite Pluto at 13Capricorn 25 and square to Uranus at 11Aries45. From April 14 through May 2, transiting Uranus will move into the exact square with the Equinox Ascendant. During that time, transiting Jupiter will conjunct the Ascendant (April 17 through April 26) and transiting Mars will square the Ascendant (April 19 to April 21). Strong aspects to the Ascendant in the Equinox chart usually suggest events that quite directly impact the country and its population. Thus, an explosive and dramatic situation seems likely to unfold that will particularly impact the US during the second half of April, according the 2014 Spring Equinox chart.

It should be noted that transits of Jupiter (April 9 to April 19), Uranus (March 31 to April 16), and Mars (April 20 to April 24) will additionally be making potent aspects to the US Sun (13Cancer19) during much of April. These  also point to forceful and compelling events impacting the country and its government, likely bringing the intense power struggles of the prolonged Pluto transit opposite the US Sun to a climax. The possibilities are infinite in terms of what is likely to occur given the combination of such strong aspects to both the US Sun and the Spring Equinox chart, but conditions are likely to be very volatile, fast-moving and quite possibly dangerous. A terrorist event or a natural disaster or getting pulled into a particularly nasty conflagration abroad cannot be ruled out.springequinox14moscow

As for the Russian Spring Equinox chart, the Ascendant is 13Libra28, and it will also be hit by hard aspects from Uranus, Pluto, Jupiter and Mars (conjunction) during April. Moreover, Vladimir Putin’s Sun is 13Libra56, and it will receive the same forceful combination of aspects, except for the Pluto transit which falls 22 minutes shy of a square to his Sun. It is quite possible that the battle between Putin and the Islamic freedom fighters/terrorists at his southern border will heat up during this period, with the Equinox chart pointing to some unexpected, transformative and threatening events in Russia. Intervention in the Ukraine is another possibility.


  1. will says:

    Oy Gott! My birthday is March 20; my Uranus is 14 Cancer; my Midheaven is 13 Cancer. Grief Starlight, such sturm und drang!

    I think I’ll be stocking up on Imodium, Depends and Klonopin.

  2. barbk says:

    Wow Nancy, how remarkable that this equinox has both U.S. AND Russia (AND will) pegged for upheaval this year. Since the Moon rules this equinox chart for the U.S., I’m relieved by what appears to be her primary role; holding the grand water trine together (Scorpio Moon trine Chiron in Pisces and Jupiter + ascendant) while still close enough to Saturn to be supported (and supportive). She’s not conjunct him yet, therefore the citizens (Moon) should be able to maintain some objectivity regarding the laws and the government (Saturn). I hope so anyway. Thanks so much for fine-tuning the picture for us.

    will, love your sense of humor, and we’re here for you buddy.

  3. starlight says:

    I didn’t even get into how these Equinox charts are going to get activated again at the end of the year. But this one has the cardinal cross attached in the activation. Also, I think the aftermath – as of late May through the summer – looks very stressful for the administration. Initially, I think things are handled well, but there seems to be fallout later.

    Will – I think the most pressing thing for you is the Pluto station on your IC – heightening the power struggles in your family. Check to see the exact degree. Pluto stations at 13Cap34, so the question is if it makes it as far as your IC. Jupiter on your MC/Uranus sounds good to me.

  4. alex says:


    Synastry Aspect
    3/3/2014 Juno 00 Aries Chart, 3/16/2014 Full Moon Virgo Chart

    3/3 Pandora @27 Aquarius, Arache @27 Aquarius
    USA Moon @27 Aquarius


    3/3 Venus @27 Capricorn
    USA Pluto @27 Capricorn


    3/3 Vulkanus @27 Cancer


    3/16/2014 PALLAS @27 LEO (political & strategic intelligence)

    3/16/2014 Capitol Building DC 1:09PM Chart – ASC @13 Cancer
    Full Moon Virgo (culminating issues, Virgo = what is lacking,missing,needed)

    this looks like IMV more of Congressional Kabuki Theater, no real solutions;

  5. alex says:

    H.R. 20, Government By The People Bill




    Bipartisan legislation was introduced in Congress this week that would help tip the balance of political power back toward the people and away from wealthy special interests.

    Reps. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are the primary sponsors of the Government by the People Act (H.R. 20), which aims to expand small-dollar donors’ participation in congressional elections.

    Introduced Feb. 5, the measure already has 128 co-sponsors who run the gamut politically from liberal Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) to conservative Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.). That’s over half the votes needed to win.

    The bill has also been endorsed by over 40 national organizations including labor unions and groups advocating for campaign finance reform, civil rights, and the environment.

    “Our democracy is under siege by big money campaign donors and the American people want action,” says Nick Nyhart, president and CEO of Public Campaign. “By reducing the influence of wealthy donors and raising the voices of everyday Americans, the Government By the People Act would transform our campaign finance system.”

    Specifically, the bill would:

    * Provide a $25 refundable “My Voice” tax credit to help encourage small-dollar contributions to congressional campaigns.

    * Establish a “Freedom From Influence Fund” to multiply the impact of small contributions of up to $150 to candidates who agree to forego traditional PAC money and focus instead on winning broad support from small donors. The fund would turn a $50 contribution into $350 — and into $500 for candidates who agree to take only small-dollar contributions.

    * Make additional resources available to citizen-funded candidates who are able to raise at least $50,000 in additional small-dollar donations within the 60-day “home stretch” of the general election.

    Sarbanes said the measure provides a “constitutionally sound public policy response” to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates to secret electoral spending by special-interest groups. He and Pelosi have said the money to fund the bill should come from closing tax and regulatory loopholes.

  6. alex says:

    2022 USA PLUTO RETURN (@27 Capricorn)


    2016 Solar Eclipse @09 Virgo, 9/1/2016 (Presidential Election Year)

    2016 SE Chart, Uranus @24 Aries
    2022, Eris @24 Aries (year of usa pluto return)

    s/3/2014 Juno 00 Aries Chart, 3/16/2014 Full Moon Virgo Chart

    3/3 Pandora @27 Aquarius, Arache @27 Aquarius
    USA Moon @27 Aquarius


    3/3 Venus @27 Capricorn
    USA Pluto @27 Capricorn
    Year 2022 USA PLUTO RETURN (@27 Capricorn on 12/10/2022)


    3/3 Vulkanus @27 Cancer


    3/16/2014 PALLAS @27 LEO (political & strategic intelligence)

  7. SarahG says:

    Phew! I’m completely exhausted just reading about these energies, let alone experiencing them! Thank you Starlight so much for enlightening us all about the nature of the energies being unleashed.

    It really sounds like one of those once in a lifetime watershed moments. Will, I wonder how many Aries who have been hanging out in the background will be propelled into leadership positions of various kinds during these period, either in personal or public situations? The sign holds the seed of what is being born and it’s up to all of us to create fertile pockets of nourishment to get a foothold Courage!

  8. SarahG says:

    Iran moves to cooperate in U.N. nuclear bomb probe
    (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear agency said on Sunday that Iran had agreed to start addressing suspicions that it may have worked on designing an atomic weapon, a potential breakthrough in a long-stalled investigation into Tehran’s atomic activities.

    The development – although limited for now – marked a step forward in an international push to settle a decade-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. Tehran says this is peaceful, while the West fears that Iran wants to develop atomic arms.

    The deal could also send a positive signal to separate, high-stakes negotiations between Iran and six world powers which are due to start on February 18 in Vienna, aimed at reaching a broader diplomatic settlement with the Islamic state.


  9. SarahG says:

    “Too little too late” will be on mankind’s collective tombstone.

    Overfishing, pollution leave Turkish waters bare

    …..Once rich fishing grounds in seas and waterways the size of New Zealand, Turkish fish production is in sharp decline, a victim of commercial ambitions and lax regulation.

    Over fishing, illegal netting and pollution threaten the industry. Anchovy production, which accounts for around two-thirds of the annual catch, fell by 28 percent in 2012, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute.

    In a bid to replenish stocks, the government has banned fishing in the summer months when fish reproduce and says it is tightening supervision. But it appears too little, too late.

    “Twenty years ago, you put your arm in the water you could pull out fish – there were so many,” said Osman Korkmaz, a 53-year-old fisherman who has fished the Bosphorus Strait and Marmara Sea for 40 years.


  10. SarahG says:

    Kerry has been a VERY busy fellow. FIVE trips to Asia within his first year? Sounds like lots of discussion about that problem child…North Korea too.

    Kerry to visit China, South Korea, Indonesia and Abu Dhabi

    (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will begin a trip this week to China, South Korea, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates, the State Department said on Sunday, at a time of high tensions in Asia over China’s increasingly assertive territorial claims.

    The trip, which runs from Thursday to February 18, will be Kerry’s fifth visit to Asia since he became secretary of state just over a year ago, and comes before a planned visit by President Barack Obama in April to promote a strategic U.S. “pivot” to the region announced in 2011.

    Kerry will visit Seoul, Beijing, Jakarta and Abu Dhabi “to meet with senior government officials and address a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

    In Beijing and Seoul, Kerry’s talks are expected to focus on an air defense zone China declared last year covering territory also claimed by South Korea and Japan, including uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. He is also expected to discuss concerns about North Korea’s nuclear program.

    He will also discuss North Korea and highlight the importance of U.S.-China collaboration on climate change and clean energy, Psaki’s statement said.

    During his stop in Seoul, Kerry will discuss North Korea and ways to expand U.S.-South Korean cooperation on regional and global issues, the statement added.


  11. alex says:

    Criminal Trial – Five former employees of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities: prosecutors expected to wrap up their case on Monday, the defendants’ lawyers will try to convince a federal jury that their clients were completely in the dark, unaware that they were propping up an unprecedented fraud;


    Madoff’s top aide, Frank DiPascali, the government’s star witness, spent about a month on the witness stand telling jurors that all five defendants were intimately involved in every aspect of the fraud.

    In one instance, DiPascali claimed Crupi, O’Hara and Perez helped him print fake records for a KPMG auditor and then used a refrigerator to cool them down, reasoning that the auditor might be suspicious if the papers were still warm from the printer.

    They then tossed the papers around “like a medicine ball” in order to make them appear older, he testified.



  12. starlight says:

    The last time there was a very prolonged Jupiter/Uranus square was in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. We are about to enter the prolonged Jupiter/Uranus square of 2014, which, by the way, has Uranus exactly conjunct and Jupiter square the Iranian Sun.


    An Iranian naval officer said a number of warships had been ordered to approach U.S. maritime borders as a response to the stationing of U.S. vessels in the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Saturday.

  13. will says:


    Thank you for the personal note on my IC – and for indicating the possible manifestation as the seemingly mounting U.S./Iranian maritime tension.


    Thank you very much for offering encouragement to the early Aries energy – you put into words some of my deepest personal cognitions I’ve had about this fast-approaching cardinal cross crisis – I actually do feel an intense and irrevocable kind of transformation occurring on the inner-most planes of my being which may possibly require the responsibility of leadership. In some ways, it feels as if I’ve been waiting-in-the-wings for my entire life for what is right around the proverbial corner.

  14. fierywoman says:

    Will — you’ll be brilliant.

  15. will says:


    Coming from a creative genius like yourself, I’m all too happy to accept your endorsement.

  16. Teresa Hill says:

    It’s about time the universe was kind to you. My husband’s birthday is March 22, so I guess it’s going to be an interesting year for both of you.

  17. Sharon Katz says:

    I second that, Will (what fierywoman said). My husband’s BD is March 28 & my BBF growing up’s BD was (and is) March 23….key qualities I’ve noticed are chuzpah (nerve/courage for those who don’t know the meaning), warmth, generosity, originality, and, last but not least by any means, the ability to laugh at/with life and have fun. How about your husband, TH?

  18. Sharon Katz says:

    And, while we’re at it, where is that invaluable poster, Jackson, another 0 Aries sun sign person? (And, I believe, there are other.) Getting back to my husband, he is such a good leader, baring some rough spots that have been coming off (not necessarily because he’s Aries but for lots of reasons), and a creative visionary of sorts, and he is so under-appreciated!

  19. alex says:

    Pluto opposite US Sun (2014-2015)

    This transit challenges our nation’s self-image and sense of purpose. We may be in a national funk or else itching to fight our way out of the hole we’re in — probably a little of both.

    2014-3-13, 2014-5-17, 2015-1-5, 2015-8-15 and 2015-11-1. The third contact (Jan 5) shows Pluto tightly conjunct the Sun, increasing the impact on the US Sun.

    Pluto opposite US Mercury (2020-2021)

    There are 3 contacts here: 2020-2-27, 2020-6-25 and 2021-1-1. The Feb 27 chart is rather ominous looking to me. Saturn is not only conjunct Pluto (can you say “ouch!”?), but at 27Cp57, it’s practically right on top of the US Pluto as well! The Jun 25 chart is equally dramatic. Pluto is tightly conjunct Jupiter and the asteroid Pallas, while the Sun is going over the US Jupiter and Mercury has just retrograded over our Sun. This is another presidential election year — I suspect the stakes will be particularly high this year.

    Pluto conjunct US Pluto (2022)

    The United States is having a Pluto return in 2022. You don’t often hear the phrase “Pluto return”, since nobody lives that long, but I feel this is going to be an incredible turning point in our national life, or at least the start of such a turning point.

    Since becoming a superpower in the 20th century, the US has a reputation of throwing our weight around in the world, sometimes for noble purposes, sometimes for not so respectable reasons. This will be a time when we have to reexamine how we use our power and what our role in the world should be.

    Any misuse of our might at this time at any level will undoubtedly backfire on us, much as our misadventure in Iraq has. It’s time to clean up our act. This return repeats 3 times in 2022, on 2-21, 7-10 and 12-28. Venus and Mercury are conjunct Pluto during the December contact (the final one), bringing added emphasis to this area.


  20. alex says:

    Presidential Election Years 2016 – 2020

    Year 2020 (? second term)

    Transiting Saturn @27 Capricorn
    USA Pluto @27 Capricorn


    su @07pi
    mo @14ar
    me @05pi
    ve @22ar
    ma @07cp
    ju @18cp
    sa @27cp
    ur @03ta
    ne @18pi
    pl @24cp
    node @05ca
    chiron @03ar

  21. Jackson says:

    I’m right here lurking, Sharon. I read, but haven’t had much to post.

  22. will says:

    Teresa Hill and Sharon Katz, I heart you for your encouraging words.

    Many,many thanks!

  23. Sharon Katz says:

    You’re so welcome, Will.

    Hi Jackson, just checking, good to know you’re here.

  24. alex says:


    80,000 March in North Carolina Proudly Pushing Back Against Radical Right Agenda – Largest protest in the South since Selma in ’65.

  25. barbk says:

    Having been without cable (therefore without TV) for 6 days I came back to the world of cable news only to discover that Gov. Chris Christie is still (or again?) in the spotlight. Among the suspect behavior being examined is the question of which route his helicopter took when returning home from Ground Zero ceremonies on 9/11/14 (a day when 2 of the 3 GW Bridge lanes were closed to Ft.Lee drivers) in New York to Trenton. Did he do a fly-over the bridge area for a look see? Intrepid newshound Rachel Maddow says “watch this space” as the helicopter pilot’s logs will be subpoenaed by investigators.

    Today transiting Vesta (dedicated, workaholic, keeps the fire burning) at 28+ Libra, and transiting Ceres (searches relentlessly for clues) at 0+ Scorpio straddle Christie’s natal Venus at 29+ Libra.

    Christie’s natal conjunction of Vesta and Juno at 15+ Leo were being quincunxed (irritated) by transiting Venus at 15+ Capricorn.

    Transiting Uranus at 9+ Aries squares Christie’s Mars at 9+ Cancer but trines his natal Ceres at 9+ Leo. Hmmm.. .. ..

  26. SarahG says:

    Oh Will, so pleased to hear it confirmed, you sense it too and know it in your bones.

    There is a ripeness to this time frame – it’s time to harvest the fruit of this life-long inner work. A sacred time indeed. May its seeds fall into fertile soils…!

  27. SarahG says:

    I hope everyone understands that we ALL need what ya brung to this party so don’t be shy about showing up.

  28. alex says:


    I’m watching (not closely) what Rand Paul is doing to jockey for a 2016 position in the 2016 GOP primary (making Bill Clinton the attack line on Hillary)



    National Geographic-Jan 13, 2014
    Confirming some long-held suspicions, scientists now report a new twist on emotional manipulation: Experiments suggest that men do indeed …

    Getting Others Mad May Be a Winning Strategy
    LiveScience.com-Jan 13, 2014


  29. proudmum says:

    Nancy, are u planning to write a post on red blood moons and grand cross, april eclipse and its impacts on world or u have already done so.

  30. alex says:


    Rand Paul – is working on a brand of ‘Lone Ranger Libertarianism’

    (this is incompete research- will get to more as time permits)

    late 20C & early 21C Libertarians seek to destroy democracy, government (and government regulations) because they are a) plutocrats who want unfettered greed to RULE;

    whereas b) Extreme Fundamental Evangelical Christians want democracy, government (and government regulations) to fail because they want to replace it with a THEOCRACY….

    that is what they share in common; it is a new branch or a NEO-Libertarianism built from the body politic of the old-failed Libertarian ideology;

    democracy-government is in the way of the a) atheistic ideology of ‘greed is good’, greed RULES aka social darwinism, law of the jungle; and the b) the work of religious fanatics who want to accomplish the hostile take-over of democracy-government so they can jumpstart their theocracy

    this is what they share in common; destroy government-democracy for their own ‘ends'; it appears that they’ll sort out their differences later meanwhile political expediency and opportunity awaits them:


    I surveyed two ( there are more ) Christian sites that are culturally morphing Libertarianism into a ‘new brand'; which I’ll probably excerpt or post another time with Rand Paul chart analysis;

    and we all know about Romney-vulture capitalism, and Koch-hyper capitalism brands of Libertarianism all too well;

    I’ll be making comment notations on Rand Paul the his ‘Lone Ranger Libertarianism’ and the actual MYTH of the Lone Ranger, rugged individualism, bootstrap individualism fallacies;

    Rand Paul’s political image is spun with/by those ideological delusional fallacies….

    well I’ve repeated the concept Lone Ranger Libertarianism (what)
    3X times now….

    that’s my POV and I’m sticking to it :-)

    Father/Son Ron Paul & Rand Paul


    DOB 8/20/1935 Green Tree PA

    Rand Paul

    DOB January 7, 1963 in Pittsburgh (PA)


    Rand Paul’s chart analysis is going to lend itself to Centaurs – generational notations and Transneptune points – sense of proportion and place notations;

  31. alex says:


    Rand Paul, have to sort out the Pittsburgh PA birth place and the San Antonio Texas birth place public domain charts, if I can’t I’ll relocate him and give him a hypothetical natal chart…. which will hopefully side step that bit of confusion/controversy;

  32. azizi says:

    Alex, you may already have this information, but (as an adopted Pittsburgher who has lived here since 1969), I want to mention that Green Tree is considered a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and not Pittsburgh itself.

    From Wikipedia:
    Green Tree is located at

    40°24?54?N 80°2?59?W (40.414969, -80.049800).

    From Google Map Pittsburgh City Coordinates:

    40°26?30?N 80°00?00?W

  33. azizi says:

    I should have mentioned that I’m not an astrology-I just love reading about it.

    I assume that map coordinates are used to draw astrological charts. Are they?

  34. barbk says:

    You know alex, I don’t want to brag, but Kentucky may have the dumbest group of nationally elected officials of all the states in the country! Fortunately my congressman (a Democrat), who gets a lot of face time on MSNBC, eats away at that dubious title. However, I’m curious and will read what your links lead to. :)

    I find it interesting that when trans. Saturn conjuncts U.S. Pluto in 2020 that the Moon in Aries will oppose the U.S. Saturn in Libra. A sign of things to come as in The People Oppose The Government? The sextile between Neptune and Jupiter is a good omen, as is the north node conjunct the U.S. Jupiter. By the way, the Jupiter-Neptune sextile forms a yod to Pres. Obama’s descendant which boomerangs over to his ascendant. Maybe Michelle will lead us out of the wilderness? Thanks for checking that out and reporting back on it.

    To me, Vulcanus in the Juno-into-Aries chart (3/3) opposite U.S. Pluto looks to be a good thing too. I have found that Vulcanus shows up a lot in creative work and figure it could mean forging something that transforms or is transformative (Pluto), bringing about balance (opposition). Perhaps the U.S. Moon (the People)along with the 3/3/14 Pandora and Arachne, being quincunx Vulcanus will be the stimulus for this transformative action. You know, the people RISE UP . .after Pandora reveals what’s been hidden . . the Arachne web of deception and criminality.

    You’re a treasure alex, I’m having trouble trying to keep up with all your finds (now that I have my TV back!!!)

  35. alex says:

    azizi, barbk

    thanks for your notation on Pittsburgh, for Ron Paul birth place there seems to be accepted consensus from most astrologers , the open question for me is birth place of Rand Paul:

    per Ohio astrologer

    Ron Paul’s Saturn in Pisces is on his son Rand Paul’s Jupiter which is part of a T-square with Pluto/Uranus in Virgo and moon in Gemini.

    Paul Jr. is a Capricorn sun with Gemini moon…..Paul Sr.’s moon in Taurus.

    But the Gemini moon T-square Jupiter in Pisces and Pluto/Uranus in Virgo can sometimes run fast with an idea before doing all the number crunching, all the cost/benefit analyses, all the spreadsheets.

    Paul Jr.’s Mars is in Leo conjunct his dad’s sun in Leo. Paul Jr.

  36. starlight says:

    Proud Mum,

    I have written a bit about the Grand Cross, mostly talking about it in layers: Pluto to the US Sun, joined by Uranus, Jupiter and then Mars. Of course, the Grand Cross will be felt worldwide. I am sure I will keep talking about it. I haven’t touched the eclipse yet but I likely will.

  37. alex says:


    you may never wish to delineate a chart by hand ( all the math and what not ) because computers do that so well but knowing how it is done helps to bring understanding of longitude and latitude time and space concepts that astrologers use; at least surveying the method is fun: ‘Complete Astrology’ by Alan Oken has chapter on it;

    the history of how longitude was determined is really a great history-story-lesson; if memory serves a British institution (can’t recall which) offered a reward-prize for the determination of a method of making a world longitude grid…. in any case it was a big challenge; the url source which was a fav is in an older long gone computer but a google search on ‘longitude’ would point in the direction of that information which is well known history;

    Green Tree Chester Cty PA 40N02,75W30

    Green Tree Allegheny Cty PA 40N25,80W03

    Pittsburgh PA 40N26, 80W00

  38. will says:

    SarahG, you wrote:

    “There is a ripeness to this time frame – it’s time to harvest the fruit of this life-long inner work. A sacred time indeed. May its seeds fall into fertile soils…!”

    Such beautiful poetry – mille grazi!!

  39. azizi says:

    Thanks Alex.

    I appreciate that info. Btw. Green Tree is also in Allegheny. County and not Chester county which is near Philadelphia, Pa.

  40. Jackson says:

    Starlight, would a Grand Cross be experienced any differently, or more intensely, or less so, by people with a Grand Cross in their natal charts? And, if so, would the quality of cardinal, fixed, or mutable in the natal have an effect on that?

  41. will says:

    Wanted to share this phenomenon with you all.
    I happen to meditate and reflect upon the hexagrams of the I-Ching every day – have done so for the better part of 30 years or so. As you may know, the I-Ching is an ancient oracle consisting of 64 sets of hexagrams (6-lined symbols). The hexagrams are formed by 6 lines (solid or broken) which have different interpretations. One arrives at the given hexagram(s)by tossing 3 coins six times, tabulating how many “heads or tails” appear, then appointing a solid or broken line as designated by the I-Ching instructions. As such, the ritual involves honoring the randomness of chaos in the Universe as well as the power and persistence of ordered patterns that, in spite of this chaos, manage to abide.

    To Starlight’s point in this present thread, “Heating Up:” one hexagram I have received with remarkable frequency over the past year is Hexagram 49:


    On your own day, You are believed.

    Supreme success.
    Furthering through perseverance. Remorse disappears.

    Political revolutions are extremely grave matters. They should be undertaken only under stress of direst necessity, when there is no other way out. Not everyone is called to this task, but only the man who has the confidence of the people, and even he only when the time is ripe. He must then proceed in the right way, so that he gladdens the people and, by enlightening them, prevents excesses. Furthermore, he must be quite free of selfish aims and must really relieve the need of the people. Only then does he have nothing to regret. Times change, and with them their demands. Thus the seasons change in the course of the year. In the world cycle also there are spring and autumn in the life of peoples and nations, and these call for social transformations.

    Thus the superior man sets the calendar in order and makes the seasons clear.


    Fire in the lake: the image of REVOLUTION.

    Fire below and the lake above combat and destroy each other. So too in the course of the year a combat takes place between the forces of light and the forces of darkness, eventuating in the revolution of the seasons, and man is able to adjust himself in advance to the demands of the different times.

    * This excerpt is from Richard Wilhelm’s classic interpretation used by Carl Jung and countless other luminaries of the 20th

    If anything, hexagram 49 certainly seems to harmonize with the activation of the Grand Cardinal Cross most of us have seen, read about, written about and felt emerging over the last several seasons.

  42. Teresa Hill says:

    You’d look at my husband and say, “Where is the Aries?” He’s incredibly calm, patient, kind, charming, easy-going, hard working. We met when I was in college, and he’d just graduated, both working at the same grocery store just off campus. He was one of my bosses, and I would say most couples would never want to be in a position where one was the boss of the other. But it was incredibly easy with him.
    The time on his birth certificate makes him a double-Aries, but I really can’t believe that. He’s so not a fire guy. (Although I don’t see Will as a fire guy, either. Will, are you a fiery guy?)
    I played with rectifying my husband’s chart, with as little as I know about the process but using what I know about him, and I think he’s a Libra rising.

  43. Lorrie U says:

    Teresa – My one brother is supposed to be an Aries, too (Mar. 23) so he is on the cusp and he sounds just like your husband. He always puts himself last rather than first and won’t even kill bugs. He is, however, very much his numerology numbers.

    Alex – My other brother is what you’ve been describing above…”Extreme Fundamental Evangelical Christians want democracy, government (and government regulations) to fail because they want to replace it with a THEOCRACY…the work of religious fanatics who want to accomplish the hostile take-over of democracy-government so they can jumpstart their theocracy.”
    Interestingly, he path number is 33, a master number which can be either the Christ (or Christed One) or the anti-Christ. Hmmmm…

  44. starlight says:

    Jackson – The most significant thing is if the planets in the sky aspect your planets in the natal chart, especially those currently strengthened by a progression. Secondly, strong aspects to the ruler of your chart or the ruler of your Sun, especially if you have several planets in its sign, would be felt. So, as an Aries, you might feel a strong line-up hitting transiting Mars, even if it is not directly aspecting your chart. I think this would be less impactful than an aspect directly to your chart but it would be felt. So when Mars joins the cardinal cross for a few days, you may feel much more agitated or energized than usual.

  45. Lorrie U says:

    barbk – “Michelle will lead us out of the wilderness?” I see her as being very much in a leadership role after the WH but not in politics per se, she’s much more of a conscious rebel against the institutionalized status quo and humanitarian efforts might suit her well. Do you see that in her chart? And BTW, I think it’s hilarious that rumors are swirling that the president and Beyonce are having an affair! Yah, in his spare time? The media is way beyond nuts…

  46. Sharon Katz says:

    Well, I am no expert, but Libra rising and other planets in placements like Taurus would certain help him be mellow—not that Arians can’t be relaxed or mellow. My experience is that they have strong, healthy wills, though….no pun intended, Will, and btw, thank you for sharing the i ching image. It sounds like it is deeply inspiring to the superior man in you and may your leadership role(s) continue to manifest, emerging as the time becomes right. And, I agree with you, Sarah G poetic prose does express it beautifully and simply… I like the phrase from the i ching reading: “political revolutions are extremely dire matters” and “he must be free of selfish aims and really relieve the need of the people.” We do not want more clowns and attention-getters like Rand Paul who for some strange reason has the charisma to have become a spokesperson for many of the people that Alex has pegged. I met some “Libertarians” about 8 yrs ago before it was cool and Tea Partyish and, even then, it didn’t make sense to me. These people were intellectuals of a sort and were not religious or wealth-oriented….they really were sold on the “less government” principle and, even then, I said to myself, well the government needs to be cleansed of the waste and the bureaucratic blockages but do we really need less government or for the government we have to work better? No right answer I guess because isn’t it the nature of capitalist democracy to work this way, when there is so much freedom? Anyway, I hope Paul runs as a 3rd party candidate in order and divides the vote, but he’s too smart to do that — I wonder why Ralph Nader wasn’t?

  47. will says:

    Teresa Hill

    I don’t know if I am fiery…maybe Pisces being just a degree away from the 0 Aries and Mercury at 25 Pisces cools it a bit. Maybe your husband has some Pisces?
    My take on close cusps is like two radio stations that are very close on the dial…the reception alternates between the two, rendering quite a mixed signal.

  48. alex says:


    I’ll double check the ephemeris where I got the information if my notes are not wrong then YIKES the ephemeris is wrong …. that’s big!

  49. will says:

    Teresa Hill,

    To the point my prior post:
    G.W.Bush’s violent and brutal Invasion of Iraq was launched at 29-degrees Pisces…war, combat, and aggression classically ascribed to all things Aries.

  50. alex says:


    checked again – it’s the ephemeris… well now I don’t think I’ll bother tracking down Rand Paul (I’ve been doing that and got na-da ) I’ll relocate him to the capitol (Frankfort) of Kentucky on his birthdate; I’m not writing a natal report on the guy; I can put his planet/points against the swearing in chart 2015 for Congress or other charts to understand his perspective…

    glad to have been fact checked on PA and the Rands

  51. alex says:

    Ronald Reagan is revered as “The Cowboy Libertarian”


    The Ronald Reagan Years – The Real Reagan Record
    by Mark Tracy


    “You’d be surprised how much being a good actor pays off.”
    –President Reagan, responding to a question from students at Shanghai’s University of Fudan as to which experiences best prepared him for the presidency, April 30, 1984

    Ronald Reagan was not born a cowboy; he decided to assume the role. Reagan grew up in a non-cowboy, manufacturing town, Dixon Illinois. During his Hollywood years, he learned to ride horses and even played a cowboy in the western films “The Bad Man,” 1941 and “Law and Order,” 1953.

    When Reagan turned to politics, in the early 1960’s, he seemed to sense that a cowboy persona would benefit him politically. To cultivate this image in the mind of the public, he often donned cowboy boots and jeans.

    In 1974, as Reagan was planning his first presidential bid, some of his wealthy friends bought him a ranch. During his tenure as president, he made frequent visits to the ranch. It was here that he relaxed, staged photo ops and did cowboy things like: clearing brush, chopping wood, and going for morning horseback rides.

    In politics, Reagan was able to capitalize on the romantic notion that cowboys and country folk are straightforward and trustworthy.

    However, Reagan’s “straight-shooting” cowboy persona, like so many other things about him, was contrived. It was during the Iran-contra scandal of 1986-87 that the public got a keen sense of Reagan’s dishonesty. (see Foreign Policy)

    In November 1986, it was disclosed that the Reagan administration had been bargaining with terrorists by selling arms to Iran. Reagan went on television and vehemently denied that any such sale had occurred. He retracted this statement a week later, insisting that the sale of weapons had not been an arms-for-hostages deal. In March 1987, Reagan was forced to issue a second retraction, admitting that the deal had been arms-for-hostages after all.

    Shipping arms to Iran violated an arms embargo against that country, and bargaining with terrorists violated Reagan’s campaign promise never to do so.

    In an ABC News/Washington Post poll taken at the time, 62% of the public said that Reagan had lied about Iran-contra. A New York Times/CBS News poll revealed that Reagan’s popularity had plummeted from 67% to 46%–the largest one-month drop ever recorded.

    With Iran-contra, as author Mark Green wrote, “…the Reagan era effectively came to a close. Yes, he could still veto bills and give speeches behind the presidential seal, but his magic spell was finally broken.”

    Green went on to say, “Looking back, it was something of a miracle that Reagan’s credibility and sway survived even six years. From day one his standard operating procedure, as illustrated by his initial answer on arms to Iran, was a blend of ignorance, amnesia, and dissembling. Like a panicky passenger lunging for a life preserver, he would, under stress, concoct almost any fact or anecdote to advance his ideological beliefs. Ronald Reagan brought to mind Will Roger’s comment that ‘It’s not what he doesn’t know that bothers me, it’s what he knows for sure that just ain’t so.”

  52. alex says:



    A new band of Republicans is emerging: some political observers say the California GOP may pin its hopes for revival on the emerging “conservatarians.”

    Social libertarians and fiscal conservatives “are just now beginning to talk to each other …and the conservatarians will rise to the top,” said Patrick Dorinson, who runs the Cowboy Libertarian blog out of Sacramento.

  53. fierywoman says:

    The Iraq invasion, if I recall correctly, was launched during a void-or-course moon — or was it just before the new moon? — and 29 degrees of Pisces is a VERY unhappy place for Mars.

  54. alex says:



    A new band of Republicans is emerging: some political observers say the California GOP may pin its hopes for revival on the emerging “conservatarians.”

    Social libertarians and fiscal conservatives “are just now beginning to talk to each other …and the conservatarians will rise to the top,” said Patrick Dorinson, who runs the Cowboy Libertarian blog out of Sacramento.

  55. SarahG says:

    Will…..chills! Ripe indeed.

    It’s so interesting to watch China go through their own industrial revolution and growth of a middle class. Of course it’s not the same as our own because they are actually emerging simultaneously into both the industrial AND the information age. What a shock to the system! Of course with a growing middle class, more money in their pockets and a new openness to the global world they are curious after such a long period of isolation and as a result, doing a lot of travelling. So it struck me as really funny the other day to see a foreign news cast on PBS that described an effort afoot in China to improve one’s manners while travelling abroad and being cognisant of how they are perceived by their global neighbors. It seems they are feeling a little awkward, insecure and rough around the edges when it comes to navigating in other countries. Apparently they are perceiving themselves as Americans were once (and still are perceived), a bull in a China shop (pun intended)…what I’ll call the “ugly American syndrome”. Hahaha! Perhaps they are also beginning to feel the full weight and responsibility of their growing power on the world stage and not feeling presentable in the role just yet.

    Of course travel is always a good thing for revealing ones own prejudice born of ignorance of ‘the other’, not ot mention the growing awareness of how your government might have influenced those perceptions.

  56. alex says:

    EXCERPT EMAIL – Common Cause

    The Government by the People Act (HR 20) was introduced in the House, and we expect a similar Senate bill, the Fair Elections Now Act, soon.

    We’re seeing a healthy response in Congress — more than 100 House members have signed on as co-sponsors.

  57. Jerry says:

    Hi Sarah,

    About China. . . . . it’s a rare, intriguing example of a country under communist rule experimenting with capitalism. Government control and central planning is pivotal to their way of doing things – in stark contrast to the way normal business is done, controlled by private owners for profit. The free market eventually responds to reckless business practices. The end result – China now finds itself in a very precarious position. It is in danger of imploding……

    CHINA MONEY-China Bond Market Languishes Under No-defaults Policy
    By Gabriel Wildau

    Feb 11, 2014

    SHANGHAI, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Keeping China’s debt bubble from bursting and dragging the economy down with it may require painful medicine that the country’s leaders have so far been unwilling to swallow: letting some borrowers go bust.

    Widespread bankruptcies are just what China wants to avoid, yet the near total absence of defaults is preventing China from putting a lid on runaway credit and wasteful investment, economists and analysts say.

    Market watchers were transfixed last month by the saga of “Credit Equals Gold #1,” a high-yielding trust product backed by a loan to a troubled coal mining firm, which looked poised to set a precedent for defaults in China’s shadow banking system.

    But just as in previous cases, an unnamed white knight — most likely the local government — stepped in at the last moment to ensure that investors recovered their principal.

    The apparent bailout revived concerns about moral hazard. By reinforcing the perception that even high-yield investments carry an implicit guarantee from the government and state banks, such rescues encourage reckless lending, economists argued.



  58. barbk says:

    I agree Lorrie, Michelle Obama is far from being a political animal. . thank goodness. Still, the times they are a’changing and maybe a new breed of politician (or a very old breed thought extinct) is being dreamed up by the creative gods.

    However, leaders haven’t always been politicians have they? I’m not comparing them, but look at Martin Luther King Jr. for example. As far as I know he never ran for a political office and yet he was a major force for change in this country.

    A lot of people respect, admire and even love this lady. By 2020 and going forward, her role as mother raising young girls will have changed. When Pluto returns to the U.S. natal Pluto at 27+ Capricorn it will also have returned to her Sun at 26+ Capricorn. Her Sun is sextile her natal Juno at 25+ Scorpio and Juno symbolizes the perfect wife, a role she has fulfilled to perfection. Transiting Saturn will conjunct Michelle’s Juno and sextile her Sun late this year starting a new cycle for her Juno role. She may get involved in some new field of endeavor that would showcase her talent and involve her in public ways not seen before.

    I think that because she has just come to the end of her Chiron return which always has a maturing effect on us. In addition, transiting Jupiter will station direct exactly conjunct her north node (10 Cancer 28) next month and Pluto will station direct on her south node (release) in September. Michelle’s north node trines her Chiron. It isn’t a stretch of the imagination to envision her playing a leadership role in a variety of health and service-oriented initiatives. This would include food and nutrition because her natal Ceres at 12+ Sagittarius is conjunct the U.S. (Sibly) ascendant.

    Michelle has natal Pluto (13+ Virgo) square her Sagittarian Ceres and transiting Neptune will begin a T-square pattern with them as early as June 2016. Michelle Obama could become an ambassador for world health and that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

    Not until March 2017, after she’s left the White House, does this T-square (natal Ceres square natal Pluto who will be opposite transiting Neptune) begin in earnest, and by then transiting Chiron will be trine her Juno at a time when transiting Saturn will be conjunct the Galactic Center. The Universe will be seeking out good Capricornians like Michelle and she looks to be ready (astrologically) by then. Her chart holds much promise and this is only part of it.

  59. Lorrie U says:

    Wow, barbk, very interesting! That sounds like a great future for our dear First Lady! Much like what I envisioned for her. Ambassador for world health sure seems to fit her like a glove. She has such a tremendous impact on people and is a perfect role model for young women. Thanks for doing this wonderful assessment.

  60. SarahG says:

    Jerry thanks for that article. China’s growth is so complex and there are so many issues. I recall seeing a really eery program which showed the vacant cities being built as a way for people to invest their money.
    And just tonight Charlie Rose had a CEO from Blackrock on discussing these very issues. He mentioned that one big problem is the log jam of people moving from agrarian life to the cities and there not being nearly enough jobs for them due in part to the fact that many of the new businesses in the cities don’t rely as much on manpower due to robots, smart machines, etc. So where that will lead is just another potential for implosion and protest. This is also true for other emerging economies such as Brazil, India, etc. Pretty chaotic and difficult to even anticipate all the possible outcomes (Uranus). That CEO also thinks Canada, U.S. and Mexico will emerge as one big energy giant. Hmmmm…..

  61. SarahG says:

    Jerry, forgot to mention that the CEO also discussed what you mention about the slowness of that communist mindset and its central policy-led decision making ways, with a more decentralized and independent system.

  62. Jerry says:

    Hi Sarah,

    One important factor to keep in mind…. since 2008, China, the second largest economy in the world has been the main driving force in sustaining forward economic momentum in the markets. They are the number one major investor in US treasuries which keeps the illusion that America’s unsustainable debt can be held within manageable proportions. Once that support evaporates, it’s easy to envision the dam bursting at its seems.

    The question is when? Pluto’s April 14th Moon conjunction to the Pluto retro station forms a grand cross square to Mars, Uranus and Jupiter. It hits China’s natal Neptune/Mercury degrees (13/14 Libra – 8th house) fairly exactly. Having natal Neptune conjunct Mercury in ones 8th house evokes thoughts of confusion and deception that could ultimately be the cause of ones undoing.

    Here’s one definition of a Neptune/Mercury conj. in ones chart from Skyscript….

    Neptune conjunct Mercury

    A conjunction of Mercury and Neptune suggests that your imagination often works overtime. Logic and illusion become confused and you find it hard to express your highly developed and sensitive mentality. You are so attuned to the emotions of others that you may be vulnerable, and sometimes too easily influenced. There is a tendency to idealize and dream beyond attainable levels, often setting yourself up for disillusionment and disappointment. Good education and professional training are necessary before you can succeed in a career. This placement can produce creative writers or poets.

  63. SarahG says:

    Jerry – I am aware of the fragility of that situation. And unfortunately it’s not the only or even the worst of it imo. Talk about deception – just saw this article posted elsewhere and am overwhelmed at the depth and breadth of the corruption we must somehow overcome. If we can’t count on ANYTHING to be what what they say it is how do we proceed? Do we all get lobotomies and just carry on? Perhaps the only way is if the entire system fails – Pluto, Neptune and Uranus in cahoots.

    Rollingstone: Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever

    (my apologies if this has already been posted).

  64. Noelle says:

    Sarah G and Jerry, what’s so sad to me is that the mainstream news never picks up on this. Where’s 60 Minutes? Too complicated for mainstream news. They’d rather focus on Allante (sp?) being stag at the state dinner last night.

    Couldn’t a transit involving Mercury and Neptune bring about a removing of the veils and the message getting out?

  65. Noelle says:

    Barbk, that you for some good news.

  66. SarahG says:

    Noelle, I’m not a professional astrologer but my laymen’s understanding is that Neptune does indeed pull back the veil to reveal the illusion of the reality one has been living under. But it also suggests deception and with Mercury (information/communication) perhaps also propaganda or confusion, misunderstanding, a lie , etc. So it’s the fog as well as the lifting of the fog. I’m sure Jerry, Starlight, or someone else can explain how it works better.

  67. Teresa Hill says:

    I’m really excited to see what both the Obamas do when he’s out of office. They’ll both be very young, both are so energetic. He started as a community organizer, and she’s proven to be great at inspiring people when she works for a cause.
    I really hope they both enjoy completely what they do next, and I’m sure it will be important, civic-minded and that they’ll be successful at it. Ultra-powerful couple with the time, energy and platform to change the world for the good. That’s what I expect.

  68. Sharon Katz says:

    Teresa – if there was a “like” button, I would click on it!

  69. will says:

    Teresa Hill,

    Like your Aries husband, I too have a Libra ascendant. Some say its like having an iron-fist in a velvet glove. Probably helps to mitigate the Aries impulsivity.

  70. Lorrie U says:

    Teresa Hill -Beautifully said!!

  71. starlight says:

    Seems like this endless winter storm stress is the biggest manifestation so far of the Pluto transit. The big power struggle is against environmental conditions.

  72. Teresa Hill says:

    Thanks, guys. I’ve been thinking for year about what incredibly tough issues Obama faced as president, but that once out of office, he’ll be able to do whatever he wants and hopefully enjoy life a lot more. Should be exciting times. (No watercolor painting for him.)

    I don’t know about iron fist, but my husband does know how to get things done, and he definitely uses the velvet glove to do it.

  73. Francis says:

    Another possibility of how Pluto will oppose the US Sun is the pressure of Big Oil on Obama to approve XL Keystone.


  74. Sharon Katz says:

    Lots of former U.S. gold medal winners really “choking” this year – U.S. is doing ok but not making a great showing in terms of winning so far — we’lll see.

  75. Lorrie U says:

    Krystal Ball to Hillary Clinton: Don’t Run, Hillary!

    Krystal Ball’s most damning statement about a Hillary Clinton run in 2016 is rather devastating.

    “It’s clear now that we have two economies. One for a thin slice of educated elites. And one for everyone else. That is this moment. So I ask you. Does Hillary Clinton sound to you like the right person for this moment?

    “In a time when corporations have hijacked our politics, enabling them to reap all the profit without feeling any compunction to do right by their workers; Is someone who sat on the rabidly anti-union board of Walmart for six years the right person to restore workers’ rights?

    “In a time when we are still reeling from a global financial disaster brought on by fool hearted bank deregulation; Is someone who took $400,000 to give two speeches at Goldman Sachs the person we need to wrest control of the asylum back from the banking inmates? Someone who at those paid speeches reassured the masters of the universe in attendance that they were unfairly being persecuted? That in her words, “banker-bashing … was unproductive and indeed foolish?” Someone whose husband by the way did much of the deregulating that got us into trouble in the first place?”


  76. SarahG says:

    I don’t know if anyone noticed this little detail in the article I posted above about Kerry’s recent visit to Asia. So guess where Obama will be in the mega-intense transit mine field in April….uh huh. Just not feeling real comfortable with our president being on foreign soil when these planets are in play. Optimistically I suppose it could indicate a break through of some kind…


  77. Jerry says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Good find.

    According to the news item below, indications are Pres. Obama’s visit to Asia kicks off in Tokyo, Japan April 22nd – 23rd, With progr. Uranus at 28 ’27 Le, at 45/135 degree angle range of the Cardinal Grand Cross square it should be interesting to see what transpires if the visit is allowed to go through unimpeded. According to one astrocartography calculation Obama’s Mars line is in close proximity of Tokyo:


    President Obama’s Asia Tour To Include Korea, Japan

    Arirang News

    Korea will be welcoming a very special guest in a few weeks time
    The White House confirmed on Wednesday that U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Seoul during his planned trip to Asia in April.

    No dates have been released yet, but Seoul-based Yonhap News reports President Obama will likely visit Tokyo from April 22nd to the 23rd, then Seoul from the 23rd to the 24th.

    He is then scheduled to travel to Malaysia and the Philippines.
    The White House says when President Obama meets with President Park in Seoul, they will reaffirm the two sides’ alliance, review the security situation on the peninsula, as well as the Korea-U.S. free trade deal.


  78. azizi says:

    Here’s a non-astrological article about Chris Christie that includes language that seems to me to epitomize Pluto in Capricorn: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116601/chris-christies-rise-and-fall

    “What is remarkable about this meltdown [of Chris Christie] is that it isn’t the result of some deep secret that has been exposed to the world, revealing a previously unimagined side to the candidate. Many of the scandals and mini-scandals and scandals-within-scandals that the national media is salivating over have been in full view for years. Even the now-infamous Bridgegate was percolating for months before it exploded into the first major story of the next presidential race…

    The problem with Christie isn’t merely that he is a bully. It’s that his political career is built on a rotten foundation. Christie owes his rise to some of the most toxic forces in his state—powerful bosses who ensure that his vow to clean up New Jersey will never come to pass. He has allowed them to escape scrutiny, rewarded them for their support, and punished their enemies. All along, even as it looked like Christie was attacking the machine, he was really just mastering it.”

  79. starlight says:

    I would think that if Obama is in the thick of some crisis/wild situation here at home, he will postpone that trip. It is hard to see nothing happening before that point.

  80. alex says:


    how right you are – Pluto in Capricorn (corruption)




    Pluto’s stripping away process is programmed to destroy Capricorn’s false walls.

    The transit serves to expose the corrupt workings of the system – both the rationalizations that perpetuate the reality base, and the corrupt individuals, organizations, corporations, etc., who have learned to use the system to their advantage.

    Just as the rock that forms over great lengths of time, by the time the evolutionary journey has advanced to Capricorn’s third quarter position around the zodiacal wheel, the conditioning patterns and the realities it has created have crystallized to such a degree that consciousness is primarily resistant and largely impenetrable.

    At this latter stage of the twelve-fold cycle, preservation is paramount for the Capricorn archetype. Considering that which has been established has required great labor over a great length of time, Capricorn will place substantial value (angularity to Libra) onto what it has built, and therefore it is heavily invested in maintaining itself.

    Keep in mind that all cardinal archetypes are instigating, their industry is always mobilizing with fresh force. Because this is so, the drive to secure and maintain is always fuelled by new energy. So too is the conflict of insecurity, a drive that is kept alive by Capricorn’s polarity, cardinal Cancer.

    The threat of losing control is ever inciting to the Capricorn consciousness. This forms the root-cause behind Capricorn’s anxiousness to maintain and to resist change, and thus keeps a fear-based energy charge active.

    When consciousness is turned inward on itself (yin) it can unleash the depressed, repressed, denigrated, devalued, trapped, inhibited, grief stricken, hard done by, long suffering, or persecuted victim. The result of such self-infliction can produce ineffectiveness, pessimism, submissiveness, self sabotage, paranoia, and futility consciousness. Too, this inner orientation can prompt emotional and physical depletion, immobilization, paralysis, and self-destruction.

    Consciousness turned outward (yang) can unleash the harsh judge, critic, or persecutor. Here we can find the rejecting skeptic, the bossy one, the bully, the user, the despot, the tyrant, the terrorist, the rapist, the violator, the guilty one, the criminal.
    When selfish ambition, power, authority, domination, control, fear, anxiety, biased judgments, and distorted rationalizations are at the base of the Capricorn subconscious drive, the unbridled momentum of its enforcement agenda can cut a path of great destructiveness and ignite a cataclysmic experience.

  81. starlight says:

    The last time Pluto was in Capricorn, it was the period leading up to the Declaration of Independence plus a few years after that. It was a slow, relentless build up of resentment into a colossal power struggle against the existing power structure.

    Today’s parallel power structure would seem to be the people against the entrenched economic interests of the corporatocracy, which controls our legislatures, our politics, and our economy. The simmering rage is building, as it did in the 18th Century against the British. Pluto remains in Capricorn through the early 2020’s.

    During the Great Recession, Pluto opposed US Venus and Jupiter. In 2014 and 2015, it will oppose the US Sun, in 2015, it will square US Saturn. In 2021 or so it will oppose US Mercury. Then in 2022, we will have our Pluto return. And US Pluto is natally in the 2nd house, pointing to this whole period being about the the corporatocracy fighting to maintain its iron grip of the country’s wealth, but in a bigger and bigger battle for control.

    And here is another, related thought: the power struggle unfolds as Climate Change forces versus corporate economic interests. Already, most of the environmental issues are measured against their economic impact, with short-term economic benefit often outweighing the long-term, sustainable environmental needs. Think of this building into one aspect of this behemoth power struggle. Bigger and worse storms measured against the entrenched interests of oil and gas money: at what point do we say enough and radically change the trajectory despite the difficulties and higher prices it would entail in the short term?

  82. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha All,

    Posted an offering response to Starlight re: solar power and 3D printing w/2 links that did not appear on this forum feed? How’s come?

    Meanwhile, Capricorn control/collector values under duress in the blink of an eye as hyper-valued/big$ Corvette cars inside a Museum showroom are gobbled up by a sudden (Uranian-style) sinkhole:

    This is a small symbolic example of the types of shake-ups we can expect with upcoming planetary alignments/challenges/Pluto awakenings. The cars are covered by media while the loss of monarch butterflies; the mass deaths of dolphins/whales; the horrific, mindblowing toxic radioactive damage from Fukushima are not. What we see, expect, understand, unconsciously value/find comfort in, unconsciously fear…in their destructions will offer us each in our own ways, opportunities for awakening…and the nation as a whole as well, imv.

    E Ho’omaluhia me ka Honua!

  83. barbk says:

    Nancy, this is a very astute observation you present. . the resentment felt against the British government back in the 18th century when Pluto was last in Capricorn.

    On checking the ephemeris for 1770 there was a grand trine between Pluto, Uranus (Taurus) and Neptune (Virgo). That year Jupiter (Sagittarius) and Saturn (Cancer and Leo) approached a quincunx (but not making it exact) and then a trine (not completed) which suggests to me a society in the making. With Jupiter conjunct the north node and square Neptune in January 1770, a bravado of optimism (think Jack and the Beanstalk giant) must have been palpable. By March-April 1770, Jupiter was square Chiron in Pisces (!) and Saturn was trine Chiron in Pisces. By October Saturn would square Uranus throwing seriously cold water on the enthusiasm of the colonies’ optimism, but the nodes had changed signs and now the north node in Scorpio would work its way to a trine with Chiron in Pisces. Further into the future, the south node in Taurus would eventually conjunct Uranus. That would have been the signal (on some levels) to throw off the old ways (south node) once and for all.

    Thank you for helping us (me anyway) see the connection between past and present that actually makes the present insanity seem almost logical.

  84. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Another reason that the ailing fossil fuel infrastructure will make it’s way into irrelevant oblivion in due time:

  85. barbk says:

    Well said ACP, however, we ARE aware of the monarchs, dolphins and Fukushima, (many) thanks to sources other than mass media. I suspect the masses will/would get the message more quickly and clearly seeing (then not seeing) prize Corvettes gobbled up by Mother Earth than it would dawn on it (them) about the butterflies. Whatever it takes to wake it (them) up.

  86. ArtCulturePeace says:

    *barbk…agreed, whatever (Corvettes, stock crashes, ice storms, food deserts, bank busts, privatized profit zones where towns used to be) it takes to wake folks up will happen at all levels of consciousness. And as Starlight pointed out, the US Pluto Capricorn return will occur in natal 2nd house. It is about commerce/money and also more essentially, about values, talents shared. The original founders shared a kind of governance that was new at the time to Europeans. An experiment thwarted by the commercialization of slave lives & labor. Seeing similar issues today, in less overt forms.

    Another example of building stress.
    Fukushima radiation. Sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan are filing lawsuit against TEPCO. Because they were aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, expecting eventual huge outcries/impeachment calls from GOP/TP crowd that would really amp up the info cycles & maybe a tad of hysteria enough to bring this topic of radioactive failings/fallout/energy up for retroactive review…

    Also, the faulty GE plants at Fukushima? We have 23 here on US soil, sitting on active faultlines, at the mercy of multiplying oil industry frack-quakes, along water sources that are/will rise as glaciers/icefields melt and storms increase…hmmmmm.

    I can understand that those ‘in charge’ do not want to lose profits/power nor cause massive public panic or a collapse of real estate markets, monetary systems, etc. And, yet, it is their responsibility, duty to inform the public and fix the problems they helped to create. This, i sense, Capricornian Pluto will demand, one way or another. And any system that is actually a corrupt/unsafe house of cards will fall to the winds of integrity that Pluto/Capricorn brings, imv.

    Blessings all!

  87. Squallo says:

    This may be the OMG moment that starts everything…

    A memorandum titled “Save Ukraine!” was published on February 12 in the edition of the Russian weekly Zavtra. Written by experts for the Izborsk Club, an influential intellectual group accorded prominence by President Vladimir Putin in recent months, the statement defines a “fascist and Nazi creeping coup” in Ukraine as a strategic threat to the Russian Federation.

    While holding the United States and the EU responsible for the regime-change project in Ukraine, the memorandum calls for summoning the USA to crisis-avoidance consultations under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Ukraine’s sovereignty or, if Budapest Memorandum signers Ukraine or Britain refuse such a conference, undertaking emergency Russian-American diplomacy based on the precedent of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis—when the world went to the brink of nuclear war.


  88. barbk says:

    There are less than 80 miles (as the crow flies) between the Bowling Green Kentucky Corvette Museum sink hole that occurred on Wednesday and the gas line explosion in Knifley, Kentucky on Thursday (today). I believe they are connected.

    Richard Nolle (astropro.com) reports in his Futures article for February that one of the “lesser” geophysical shock windows for the month is between February 11th and the 18th (tied to Valentine’s Day Full Moon in a T-square with Saturn). Bowling Green falls within the potentially active zone of the New Madris Fault Line (sink hole happened on the 11th) and Knifley falls into a less potentially active zone.

    Yesterday as the Sun squared Saturn exactly, transiting Ceres (earth mother) was conjunct the north node (opportunity) at 1+ Scorpio (shared resources) and they were trine Mercury (automobile) retrograde (rethink) in Pisces (rules or perhaps co-rules oil/gas). There is a definite connection between cars and oil/gas, and I think Mother Nature was giving us another heads up – especially (perhaps) Kentuckians.

    Anyway, Neptune and Pluto (the other possible ruler of oil/gas) are 52 degrees apart and that is a (pinch over exact) septile. Septiles are irrational (not logical) and have to do with karmic destiny. Robert Wilkinson refers to septiles as “forks in the road of destiny” and they show up when “things happen” and when there “seems to be no reason” for it. (Written) Words like “collapse” and “meltdown” have been used in describing septiles, especially the septile between Neptune and Pluto. Alice Portman says “septiles give the ability to understand other realities”.

    There are folks who need a greater smack up the side of the head when it comes to waking up. A sink hole in your back yard that takes with it precious and irreplaceable automobiles, and an explosion down the road that destroys homes happening within a day of one another, might just do the trick. There is a lovely lady Democrat running against Mitch McConnell for the U.S. Senate seat and I hope she will take advantage of this knowledge. The fork in the road is well identified.

  89. Francis says:

    Thank you so much nancy for your post today on Pluto in Cap dynamics at the birth of our nation and the picture now. I deeply appreciate you tying in corporatocracy and climate change. I think the battle over Keystone XL is part of the mix that will play out as Pluto opposes the US Sun and as the Cardinal Cross manifests. Our State Dept. used a company for its environmental analysis that has ties to TransCanada. I believe this battle is going to be bigger than most people expect. The outcome of the pipeline is up to Obama and he is under lots of political pressure by the oil industry to give the ok. Is there any way to predict how the Pluto opposition to the US Sun will turn out, specifically how Obama will decide on the pipeline?

  90. alex says:


    On Thursday, 3D printing stocks regained some of their lost magnitude, although they failed to outshine the solar sector.

    With two solar panel stocks Eclipse 3D Printing Stocks Attempt

    Solar Eclipse climbing higher than ten percent in a single session, there was only one way for a 3D printer manufacturer to steal the spotlight. It would involve using a 3D printer to create a solar panel.

    The best performance from the 3D printing sector on Thursday came from the red-headed stepchild of 3D printing stocks: ExOne (NASDAQ:XONE).

    ExOne has been struggling to win the hearts of investors because it has not yet broken into the market for home users.

    On Thursday, ExOne jumped 5.98 percent to $60.25, crossing back above its 50-day moving average, after taking an 8.69 percent nose dive on Wednesday. ExOne has been taking a beating for being honest about earnings guidance and admitting that it will not reach its fourth-quarter revenue target.

  91. alex says:



    A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the American West.

    The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 5 square miles (13 sq. kilometers) of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opens Thursday after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating protected tortoises to assessing the impact on Mojave milkweed and other plants.

    The $2.2 billion complex of three generating units, owned by NRG Energy Inc., Google Inc. and BrightSource Energy, can produce nearly 400 megawatts — enough power for 140,000 homes. It began making electricity last year.

    Larger projects are on the way, but for now, Ivanpah is being described as a marker for the United States’ emerging solar industry. While solar power accounts for less than 1 percent of the nation’s power output, thousands of projects from large, utility-scale plants to small production sites are under construction or being planned, particularly across the sun-drenched Southwest.

  92. alex says:

    A step on the way to nuclear FUSION energy source:

    Scientists achieve nuclear fusion with giant laser


    The research involved a petawatt power laser used to try to ignite fusion plasma fuel in a confined space.

    The laser squeezes hydrogen atoms together producing helium atoms, and in the process a massive amount of energy is released.


    Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Wednesday said they’ve achieved a first: A nuclear fusion system has produced more energy than it initially absorbed.

    While that may seem a small victory, it is the first time scientists have been able to replicate, to a small degree, the same process that the Sun and stars use to create their massive amounts of energy.

    A fusion reaction is markedly different from fission reactions that are used in today’s nuclear reactors. Instead of splitting atoms as fission does, fusion bonds atoms.

    “Think of it like the gas in the piston chamber of your car, where the idea is to ignite all the fuel to produce an efficient burn. So it is ‘self-sustaining’ but can never be ‘run-away.’

    In the case of laser fusion, the burn time is incredibly short – typically a few tens of picoseconds,” Dunne said in an email to Computerworld.

  93. will says:

    Starlight – you wrote:

    “Today’s parallel power structure would seem to be the people against the entrenched economic interests of the corporatocracy, which controls our legislatures, our politics, and our economy. The simmering rage is building, as it did in the 18th Century against the British. Pluto remains in Capricorn through the early 2020?s.”

    That is one pitch-perfect distillation of the very crux of our current struggle. Really well-written.

  94. alex says:


    The Koch brothers (oil refining polluter industry) have poured millions of dollars into attack ads in Kentucky against Mitch McConnell’s lady challenger (his poll numbers are down but) it’s wait and see if the voting population of Kentucky is hoodwinked by
    oil fueled attack ads;

  95. Lorrie U says:

    ‘Exile The Homeless’ City Now Requires Permits And Large Fees To Feed The Homeless

    Instead of fighting homelessness, Columbia (SC) is fighting groups that feed the homeless.

    Columbia is part of an unfortunate trend of cities that have decided to crack down on charity groups that feed the homeless. Others that have passed or are considering ordinances include Raleigh, St. Louis, Harrisburg, and Los Angeles.


  96. Lorrie U says:

    Great posts, everyone!

    Chris Christie’s Piggy Bank

  97. alex says:

    The Port Authority Chart was a barbk find find

    I don’t recall if used noon chart or other:

    Thanks for heads up Lorrie:

    Chris Christie Port Authority – Chris Christie’s Piggy Bank http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/chris-christie-port-authority-021214

    Give Christie credit for this much: He’s hardly the first governor to use the PA as a piggy bank, a patronage pit, and a political weapon. But no other governor in history has been quite so greedy, so conniving, or so crude.

    The New York-New Jersey Port Authority Compact of 1921 is an interstate compact between New Jersey and New York.


    The Port of New York Authority was established on April 30, 1921

  98. Lorrie U says:

    “The Vampire Squid Strikes Again: The Mega Banks’ Most Devious Scam Yet,” by Matt Taibbi

    …Today, banks like Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs own oil tankers, run airports and control huge quantities of coal, natural gas, heating oil, electric power and precious metals. They likewise can now be found exerting direct control over the supply of a whole galaxy of raw materials crucial to world industry and to society in general, including everything from food products to metals like zinc, copper, tin, nickel and, most infamously thanks to a recent high-profile scandal, aluminum. And they’re doing it not just here but abroad as well…

    …banks aren’t just buying stuff, they’re buying whole industrial processes. They’re buying oil that’s still in the ground, the tankers that move it across the sea, the refineries that turn it into fuel, and the pipelines that bring it to your home. Then, just for kicks, they’re also betting on the timing and efficiency of these same industrial processes in the financial markets – buying and selling oil stocks on the stock exchange, oil futures on the futures market, swaps on the swaps market, etc.

    But those are purely financial schemes. In these new, even scarier kinds of manipulations, banks that own whole chains of physical business interests have been caught rigging prices in those industries…


  99. Patty says:

    Thank you Nancy, for your brilliant insight into this most extraordinary period of history!
    And this most recent Poll, showing Hillary Clinton ‘taking the nation by storm’, should add a great deal more to our future success!

  100. barbk says:

    Yeah, alex, money can buy a lot of things in Kentucky but I can always hope. A while back Nancy noted that it didn’t look like McConnell would lose. On another note, wonder how that milkweed study turned out. Isn’t that what monarch butterflies eat?

    Earlier I should have said . . “The day before yesterday” instead of “yesterday” the sun squared Saturn . . . .

    Lorrie I thought of you when I read (Time, Feb. 17 issue) “The Russian city of Sochi hired a pest-control firm to exterminate stray dogs ahead of the Winter Olympics.” Did you see that? What a price to pay for someone’s idea of the perfect playground.

  101. alex says:


    would you consider charting McConnell – I’d like to work on that following your lead;

    this is washington examiner url (grain of salt, none-the-less)


    Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass poll shows that Democrat Allison Lundergan Grimes holds a slim lead over Mr. McConnell in a potential general election match-up.

    The survey found that Mrs. Grimes holds a 46 to 42 percent edge over Mr. McConnell, who has served in the upper chamber since 1985. It also showed that voters give President Obama a higher approval rating then the veteran GOP lawmaker.

    Mr. McConnell is trailing Mrs. Grimes among women and young voters — slices of the electorate that the GOP struggled to reach in the last presidential cycle.


    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell trails Democrat in re-election race

    Feb 7, 2014

  102. SarahG says:

    Squallo, interesting! I googled the subject and came up with this article on that subject of what’s unfolding in Ukraine from the Russian perspective –

    an interview published Feb. 10, Gen. Leonid Ivashov, the former foreign relations head of the Russian Ministry of Defense and current president of the Academy of Geopolitical Studies, issued a sharp warning about the nature of the strategic crisis unfolding in Ukraine:

    “Apparently they [officials of the European Union and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry] have dedicated themselves, and continue to do so, to deeply and thoroughly studying the doctrine of Dr. Goebbels. . . They present everything backwards from reality. It is one of the formulas which Nazi propaganda employed most successfully: . . . They accuse the party that is defending itself, of aggression. What we are seeing in Ukraine and in Syria is a western project, a new kind of war: in both places you see a clear anti-Russian approach, and as is well known, wars today begin with psychological and information warfare operations. . .
    “I assume that the Foreign Ministry understands that we are at war, and that wars have their laws. . . After the information war, they are preparing a land and sea in Ukraine. Kerry and Obama are encouraging in Kiev what they harshly repress in their country. European leaders break up unauthorized demonstrations with hoses, throwing demonstrators in jail, while in the Ukrainian case they do the exact opposite, and on top of that they threaten Russia. Logically, this is part of information warfare.

    “Keep in mind that, under the cover of information commotion, U.S. ships are entering the Black Sea, that is, near Ukraine. They are sending marines, and they have also begun to deploy more tanks in Europe. . . After the information war, they are preparing for an operation by land and sea. Possibly also by air.

    “The scenario could be the following: drive Ukraine to the breaking point, blame Yanukovich and Russia for everything, to then say that NATO can’t simply sit by as a mere spectator, and then send its troops in to return order. Then a transitional government would be formed, as happened in Iraq and Kosovo, and NATO would take control of everything. Historical experience shows we have lived through similar situations. But before that they will need to justify the aggression with information warfare. . .

    “They haven’t even taught (opposition leaders) Klitchko, Yatsenyuk and Tyahnybok to run a government efficiently. The main thing is for them to take power, and destroy the Ukrainian state.”

    – See more at: http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2014/02/retired-russian-general-about-crisis-ukraine-i-assume-foreign-ministry-understands-we-#sthash.1hl6r0JY.dpuf

  103. Eliseo says:

    Teresa Hill,
    I’ve long had a very strong intuition that B. Obama will be known more for what he does after the presidency than what he does during his presidency. My feeling is he will be in an even bigger role after, though I can’t imagine what. We don’t have a world president or anything like that.

  104. Lorrie U says:

    barbk – Yes, I’ve seen what they were doing to stray dogs in Sochi and signed every petition I came across condemning it. Did you see the picture of one of our Olympians who was rescuing some of them?

    MSNBC was on fire tonight and covered the 1%/CEO/latest environment controversies as well as the articles we’ve posted today about Christie. Pluto just keeps uncovering all the crud, digging deeper and deeper, and exposing it to the world. Refreshing when you understand the process…

  105. Lorrie U says:

    Dog-Loving Silver Medalist Rescues Stray Sochi Puppies (VIDEO)

    Another animal rights activist is smuggling dogs out of Sochi to keep them from being killed.


  106. Noelle says:

    Eliseo, I could not agree more with you. His Nobel Peace Prize was premature.

  107. SarahG says:

    Got to say I agree with Russia’s Ivashov about one thing – the U.S. is most definitely continuing to perfect the propaganda machine to assure its war weary citizens and the world at large are on board for these glorified invasions. It has managed so far to avoid or work around international laws that often we, ourselves (or the West in general) have put into place and particularly as regards war crimes.
    I’m less confident in responding to the overall strategies and the reasons behind them since we are not usually privy to the overall game plan, but I can sense when I’m being manipulated.

  108. SarahG says:

    I would encourage everyone to revisit Starlights Nov. 25th article called High Stakes Poker which discusses the connection between this period we are now entering that goes through April and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    And as I suggested then, a potential future crisis with Russia may be a literal continuation of that Cuban crisis regarding not only Ukraine but the U.S. missile sites currently near its borders in Europe which was historically one of the catalysts for Russia’s aggression during that Cuban crisis period (re: the U.S. nuclear warhead missiles in Turkey which the U.S. had to agree to dismantle as part of the deal that ended the crisis). And I’ll also repost this article about the current missiles near Russia’s borders which Kerry recently addressed: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303661404579179492898678338
    because it does seem we will be revisiting all of this very soon.

  109. barbk says:

    Lorrie, no I had not read/heard about rescuing Sochi dogs. . what a relief. Also hadn’t seen your earlier post re: Christi’s piggy bank and want to read b/4 commenting on that.

    So alex, yes, I did use a 12 N time for the Port Authority chart which puts Neptune on the ascendant. That seems to be the overall pattern for this whole brouhaha doesn’t it? In fact, it’s hard to imagine (for me anyway) Christie not having Pisces rising after all I’ve read and heard these past 2 weeks. That Moon in the 9th so close to the MC. . . he wants to be seen as a family man, witness the commercial made with his entire family. Of course there’s a case for having Leo rising I suppose but that would put Jupiter on the other side, less prominent.

    I’d never seen a chart for McConnell and couldn’t find one with a time so I ignored the birthplace and put him in Louisville, Ky. and used 10:50 AM in order to get his Sun in the top half of the chart and get his MC close to the U.S. natal Pluto. This put his Mars (21+ Taurus)conjunct Saturn (22+ Taurus) close to the ascendant. It keeps his Pluto (4+ Leo) close to the IC and the T-square with Pluto opposite Venus square Taurus Moon (in 12th) which seemed fitting. What do you think?

    You know 4+ Taurus is the degree Chiron was in when it was discovered.

    McConnell has a Locomotive pattern but could also be a candidate for the splay pattern. . I’ll have to read up on that. If a Locomotive, Venus in Aquarius would be the engine and Venus is in mutual reception with Uranus (and Saturn) who conjuncts the tight Mars-Saturn conjunction.

    Also, if he has a midheaven of 29 Capricorn or something close to the U.S. Pluto at 27+ Capricorn, his Neptune at 29+ Virgo would trine it. Anyway, the uptight Saturn just has to be near the ascendant and that makes it the ruler of the 10th house. Even if it turned out to be early Aquarius on the MC Saturn would still rule it. Mitch doesn’t strike me much as a Uranian kind of guy, but you never know. He always seems to land on his feet.

    That reminds me, do you (or anyone else) use the Great Attractor in your charts? If so, Christie’s 7 PM chart would put it very near the MC as well as his Moon, and the GA is like, well, irresistible. He has had a reputation for kinda being like that.

    If you want I will look at the McConnell chart some more tomorrow and put in the minor planets. Somehow he seems more vulnerable now that I’ve seen his chart!

  110. starlight says:

    This is a must read post from someone over at DU. It speculates about the Bridge-Gate story. It points to the developer who didn’t win the contract for the Fort Lee development, and that he is/was a client of David Samson, just like the developer who wanted to build in Hoboken (but a different developer). Causing all that traffic, according to this theory, was to mess up the deal with the developer who won the contract, who wasn’t the one Christie wanted. This seems like a brilliant connecting of the dots.


    Then there was the subpoena given to the NC governor today, who is now under investigation for what could be called criminal negligence in letting Duke Energy continue unrestrained as it polluted North Carolina’s waterways. Rachel has been doing a great job on this story. She calls him Governor McCrory of Duke Energy.


    I called my son and told him not to drink the local water in NC anymore after watching the show tonight.

    And here is something that really bothers me: with Duke Energy dealing with power outages and a massive pollution disaster in North Carolina, and now under investigation, you would think their stock would have gone down some in the last few weeks. It has gone up.

  111. Teresa Hill says:

    I go back to the community organizer background and his amazing ability to inspire people and move them to action. I think he could tackle any problem he wanted to.
    He won’t have the kind of outraged political machine working against him (I assume that will be aimed at whichever Democrat is elected president after him.) He seems to be in great shape and may well have thirty, even forty years to do whatever work he wants to do.
    He has Michelle, a powerful force all her own, although I can imagine them really enjoying working together. They’ll both write books when they leave office and make millions off of them, so they won’t have to worry about money. They’ll be free-lance do-gooders, I predict, powerful ones.

  112. alex says:

    Thank you
    yeah let’s work up the McConnell chart… I’ll draw it tonight
    and work on it tomorrow ( got household errands to do )

  113. Jerry says:

    The Saturn retrograde station on March 2nd at 23 Scorpio precisely conjoins China’s MC. Could that spell trouble for China’s banking industry?

    Get Ready: A Large Portion of China’s $1.8 Trillion
    In Trust Products May Be Headed For Default This Year

    Reuters/China Daily
    February 14, 2014

    Last month, China’s banking sector dodged a potential catastrophe when a mystery group stepped in at the 11th hour to pay investors in the now-infamous “Credit Equals Gold #1, a defaulted $495-million trust product. Barely two weeks have passed and now another trust product has failed to pay back investors.

    This product—known as “Songhua River #77 Shanxi Opulent Blessing Project”—is unlikely to cause more than a minor scare. But episodes like Credit Equals Gold and Opulent Blessing Project are just the beginning, says Mike Werner, senior analyst at Bernstein Research, in a note today.

    One reason is that more than 43% of the 10.9 trillion yuan ($1.8 trillion) worth of outstanding trust products come due in 2014. (Trust companies manage client investments through such products, providing an alternative credit source for companies that can’t convince commercial banks to lend to them.)



  114. will says:


    I wonder if there is a connection between Duke energy power-outages and a corresponding hike in energy trades. Perhaps this is why the stock prices are up – you know, inflow of cash from jacking-up energy futures on the market.

    Just a stab in the dark.

  115. alex says:


    first off fixed stars McConnell &
    his 2014 Solar Arc Sun @13 Taurus

    Uranus @26 Taurus – cnj infamous fixed star ALGOL @26TA
    Sisyphus @26 Cancer
    Neptune @29 Virgo

    John Boehner’s Natal Jupiter @27 Cancer


    Persephone @05 Gemini – http://www.constellationsofwords.com/stars/Stars_in_longitude_order.htm

    negatively expressed in his natal chart …. known for being Mr. Nice Guy snark

    I’ll keep working on it …zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  116. alex says:

    McConnell continues

    before I head off to sleep: he acts in extreme ways, therefore using the extreme negative associated with points/planets/elements

    McConnell Natal Incarnation Fixed (9) Earth Chart, Singleton Element Water, Sun @01 Pisces (galvanizing, polarizing point)

    Scorpio: negatively expressed
    Juno @22 Scorpio
    Astraea @16 Scorpio

    NATAL SUN @01 Pisces

    wax QD Quindecile

    USA Neptune @22 Virgo


  117. alex says:

    oops correction: McConnell

    McConnell’s natal sisyphus @26 Cancer is oppostie John Boehner’s Jupiter @ 27 CAPRICORN

  118. Karen says:

    Great discussions and terrific posts! Will (and others) if you read the Taibbi piece (posted above by Lorrie or me) you will see the connection between unfettered lawlessness by which banks are now operating. They’ve been on a buying spree. What they’re buying (think oil wells, shipping vessels, uranium, aluminum — lately exposed, etc.) is heinous. These purchases (once disallowed) have allowed them to manipulate the market for profit and this throughout the world. Regulatory systems? Practically non existent.

    On another note, today VW workers in Tennessee will have wrapped up their vote to be represented by the UAW, or not. Rising-star Corker has made many threatening statements. One incredible lie he’s repeated several times states that union workers were responsible for Detroit’s bankruptcy (not bad designs, oil embargoes, NAFTA, a corrupt city government)insinuating that if workers unionize they will be responsible for Chattanooga’s failure. His reworking of history to suit his purposes is another example of what Nancy stated so well above. The power of moneyed interests is a scramble to build thicker and higher walls. Problem is, they’re building on shifting sand.

  119. will says:


    Yes, the Taibbi piece is a staggering diatribe detailing of the behemoth and fetid-at-the-core corruption of the banking and financial markets; it is a marvelously-obsessive screed. Then there is his elegant, pointed reduction of what we are talking about by some author out of Kensignton MD with the initials N.S who combines world events with astrology:

    “Today’s parallel power structure would seem to be the people against the entrenched economic interests of the corporatocracy, which controls our legislatures, our politics, and our economy. The simmering rage is building, as it did in the 18th Century against the British. Pluto remains in Capricorn through the early 2020?s.”

    “And US Pluto is natally in the 2nd house, pointing to this whole period being about the the corporatocracy fighting to maintain its iron grip of the country’s wealth, but in a bigger and bigger battle for control.”

  120. starlight says:

    Regarding the building economic power struggles of Pluto in Capricorn, I think this is an important story to watch: the vote on union rights in Tennessee at the VW plant. As Pluto moves into Aquarius in about 8 years, we may see more and more of this kind of story as the template: empowered workers joining in the management, and even partial ownership, of the factory they work in. Initially this is about labor versus business/Republicans. But the potential outcome suggests a new way for labor to participate.


    This time, the union has a powerful ally: Volkswagen itself, which is hoping the union will collaborate in a German-style “works council” and help manage plant operations.

  121. starlight says:

    One thing to remember about the Plutonian process is that the tendency for those obsessively grasping at total power leads them to overreach and plant the seeds of their own destruction.

    Witness the government shut down, the brief debt ceiling crisis in the summer of 2011, the GOP and their vaginal probes leading to losing the women’s vote big time, etc. The Universe moves relentlessly toward recalibrating balance, and extremes (Pluto) tend to self-combust and transform the existing system.

  122. Karen says:

    Also one of the main contributors to all the brouhaha in Chattanooga is, of course, the Koch Brothers.

    The threats have also been focused on VW itself, not allowing them to expand, etc. Well Virg, the mayor of Lansing thought this might be a great opportunity and is sending a committee to Chattanooga to speak with VW and invite them to a union-friendly Lansing, MI. What a great sense of humor, and timing!

  123. barbk says:

    alex. . making preparations for heavy snow later today but wanted to tell you thanks for energizer bunny batteries that kept you up last night, esp. because you triggered the realization that Mitch’s Mars-Saturn conjunction is trine the U.S. Neptune and sextile the U.S. Mercury which could be a more blatant (less hidden) source for his snark. It’s so easy for him!

    Mitch looks to be a necessary element (evil?) for this time in U.S. history. His Pluto conjuncts the U.S. north node and his natal north node is sextile the U.S. Sun. His Uranus in Taurus squares the U.S. Pallas who conjuncts the U.S. Moon in Aquarius. The idea that he is a catalyst in some stage of the alchemy soup (the U.S. maturation process) is asking to be objectively considered as a vital ingredient (step) in this undertaking.

    In fact, his own natal Ceres (21+ Aquarius) squares his Mars-Saturn conjunction and trines the U.S. Mars in Gemini. When he feels threatened (aspect to his Mars-Saturn) his automatic pilot triggers natal Ceres who quickly withholds any nurturing instincts and the verbal assault (via U.S. Gemini Mars) kicks in. His natal Eris (4+ Aries) trines natal Pluto-conjunct U.S. NN in Leo and when she is triggered by aspect it will be a public display (Leo) of vitriol.

    Wow, so much good stuff to read on this thread; looking forward to being snowed in so I can catch up! Nancy, first read will be the DU story on Bridgegate.

  124. will says:

    Worth a couple of minutes to see Bill O’Bullshit and other Foxites get a good shit-slapping by real experts.


  125. alex says:


    your analysis fits him like to the T: you know him best

    (astrodienst puts Ceres at @20AQ either/or 20 or 21 the weight goes to the negatively expressed CERES)

    McConnell continued

    Air Trine by Synastry

    Natal Ceres @20 Aquarius (novile degree)
    USA Mars @21 Gemini
    Natal Cyllarus @20 Libra (novile degree)
    USA Juno @20 Libra

    NATAL SATURN @22 Taurus


    Natal Juno @22 Scorpio

    mark andrew holmes – Cyllarus

    Cyllarus seems to signify pride in oneself and one’s own identity or background, possible racism, ethnocentrism, nativism, parochialism, egotism, or self-importance, ability to meet or assert one’s needs, having motive, method and opportunity.

    per – Philip Sedgwick – Cyllarus

    Positive – artistic, soothing, tactile, healing, comforting

    Negative – shut down, defensive, protected, lack of creative outlet

  126. alex says:

    your analysis narrative fit – you know him best: plus Ceres negatively expressed!

    my comment with astro notes waits moderation (?)

  127. alex says:


    and – McConnell

    Natal Saturn @22 Taurus
    US Federal Government Midheaven @22 Taurus


    Natal Juno @22 Scorpio

  128. alex says:


    and final: McConnell

    Fix Grand Cross – Synastry

    Natal Saturn @22 Taurus
    2015 Swearing-in Congress Jupiter @21 Leo (sychronicity, projection OR actuality – we’ll see)
    Natal Juno @22 Scorpio
    Natal Ceres @20 Aquarius 51

  129. Eliseo says:

    Teresa Hill
    I concur entirely. But as odd and weird as it seems, I think, no I intuit the Universe?, the World? is going to employ B.O. in a role larger than the presidency of the USA. I know of no such existing role at this time, and I can’t imagine we’ll have any kind of world government any time soon. Secretary-General of the UN is not that powerful as an example, so I have no idea, but the intuition abides.

  130. Wennye' says:

    Want to interrupt for a moment..I wish all a HAPPY VALENTINES DAY, love comes in many forms most importantly ‘one self’. Do something wicked for yourselves, like indulging yourself in a special piece of chocolate or dish that you may want someone else to give or fix for you! Blessings All

  131. will says:

    And a most Happy Valentine’s to you as well, Wennye! Big hug.

  132. alex says:


    I’m printing out your comments with double spaced lines so I can

    draw the aspects and pay close attention to them, weighing them…

    here is what I think …. natural normal maturity comes from

    learning and taking responsibilites (dutY-DHARMA) of life (in one’s life)

    the twisted kind of ‘necessary evil’ is to LEARN THE HARD WAY or the harshest way at the hands of a punishing abusivs enforcer ( the least but not worst analysis is that he NEGLECTS his duty)… this leans towards or sort of Christian view that human beings are all sinners and need punishing… I don’t think you meant it that way…

    you are very tolerant and accepting person; his kind of ‘evil’ I don’t think speaks to USA maturity process but it does to yours…. as you have the bigger perspective and are objectively expressing it…

    Mitch McConnell’s behaviors as a leader are irresponsible; in the kindest version of his innate nature his leadership needs to be put up against the needs of the people of Kentucky; my guess is he failed his responsibilities each and every year he has held office…. he is a plutocrat he serves the wishes and needs of the wealthy elite not democracy;

    he’s your Senator you know him best so counter argue from your experience…. when the snow let’s up :-) take care

  133. Patty says:

    The rise of Chris Christie, it reads like a movie script: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116601/chris-christies-rise-and-fall

  134. alex says:

    Bill Moyers Reports: tonight on this


    The late Doris Haddock, the New Hampshire great-grandmother better known as “Granny D,” once walked across the country to draw attention to the need for campaign finance reform.

    For the past two weeks, a group of activists has been walking in her footsteps and in her honor — traversing 185 miles of New Hampshire, from north to south — to highlight what they see as a system of corruption in Washington surrounding that issue.

    By making grass-roots connections with voters along the way, through town hall-type forums and one-on-one conversations, the so-called NH Rebellion is challenging the next round of presidential candidates to take on the issue in 2016.


    Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard law professor and copyright expert who has turned his focus in recent years to government reform, conceived of the walk, which wraps up Friday.

  135. Lorrie U says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all, and Wennye’, I hope someone does something wonderful for you today!

  136. Lorrie U says:

    Eliseo – I get the same intuition…

  137. Lorrie U says:

    I guess even Pres. Obama has relatives like ours…

    Obama’s Tea Party Cousin Who’s Running for Senate Compared President to Hitler

    …and he has the backing of a top national conservative group.


  138. barbk says:

    alex, the response I wrote (before your last comment appeared) got lost in the ether somewhere and it’s taken me hours to get the gumption to re-attempt it. Reading your latest comment made me smile. A lot. For one thing, the idea that I would ever be in a position to DEFEND Mitch McConnell would have my friends and family rolling in the aisle. I’m not a fan of Mitch McConnell.

    However, having actually looked at his chart (or should I say his pattern of planets since we can’t know his precise chart at this time) did have a profound effect on me. Seeing what he could be capable of (in a positive way) gave him a more “human” quality when before I’d not been gracious enough to acknowledge the possibility of it’s existence. I’m not proud of that but I’m human and I carry many years of resentment toward him.

    Aside from that, when I spoke of the maturation of the U.S. it was with the assumption that all countries, like people, or souls, grow in wisdom as they age. Seeing the connections between the U.S. and McConnell charts, especially the connections with the nodes of the Moon in the U.S. chart, gave me a more objective perspective. (say that fast 3 times :) )

    I maintain that squares (although usually unpleasant to experience) push us to take action that we might otherwise not take. It’s kind of a “do something, don’t just sit there” push that may or may not result in a desired effect, but it does get the ball rolling. I feel (not think, but feel) that Mitch McConnell has a Moon at 4 Taurus square Pluto at 4 Leo (+ a Nemesis at 4 Leo rx and a Hekate at 5 Leo rx) that conjuncts the U.S. north node at 6 Leo (and opposes the south node at 6 Aquarius), and that Taurus Moon provides a stimulus that can motivate an energy with staying power (fixed signs) toward U.S. growth (north node provides opportunities).

    Mitch McConnell’s Venus at 5 Aquarius makes a T-square with his Moon square Pluto and also conjuncts the south node (what is ready to be released) in the U.S. chart. His Venus, wherever it is located in his chart symbolizes the old guard (in the U.S.) that will be replaced when the country is ready to do so. He is the devil we know in a manner of speaking. But this is an incremental process; we get there one step (usually) at a time as our group consciousness is raised.

    Earlier your research revealed that the January 2015 swearing in of Congress would have transiting Jupiter at 21 Leo that would complete a fixed grand cross with McConnell’s Mars+Saturn, Ceres, Juno T-square. Earlier in that month, before the swearing in, there is a Cancer Full Moon that conjuncts the U.S. Sun (and squares the U.S. Saturn). While the transiting Sun will be conjunct trans Pluto in Capricorn, transiting Uranus will oppose the U.S. Saturn, so the whole country will be under the auspices of a grand cardinal cross, which includes the moon’s nodes (north node conjunct the U.S. Saturn, south node conjunct trans. Uranus.)

    I hesitate to say it now, but wondered if this meant that the country would lose a respected statesman (transiting Sun in Capricorn conjunct trans Pluto and opposite the U.S. Cancer Sun) since transiting Chiron in Pisces would again be trine the U.S. Sun. Then I thought it likely symbolized the death of a government ideology ( tr. Pluto and tr. Sun in Capricorn square the nodes) but it was the Full Moon and the U.S. Sun that were in the south bending of the nodes which symbolizes a releasing or “giving away” of what was no longer of service.

    Couple that with transiting Uranus in Aries conjunct the transiting south node (doesn’t provide progress), I wondered if it might mean that the rebellion (Uranus) so prevalent in the U.S. for a decade or more (by then) might be waning (fewer tea party types being sworn in later in the month). If so, that might be what McConnell’s fixed grand cross implied; that the Republicans were no longer the majority in either house.

    Well, that’s if for me for the night so Happy Valentines Day to all and I hope it was a good one for you.

  139. alex says:

    think I’m going to work on McConnell’s first swearing-in 1/3/1985 as Senator to 2015 swearing -in ….. he is KY longest serving Senator… his term expires 1/3/2015 Tuesday unlessre-elected; I don’t know if 2015 swearing-in will be same day as prior term expires or the next or next day ….. hypothetical chart using noon;

  140. Emmy says:

    Can someone do Ted Cruz’s chart? That man is just pure evil. I live in Texas and pray he gets deported back to Canada. Thanks

  141. alex says:


    This is a man to watch carefully, and marginalize quickly.

    Galactic Profile: Ted Cruz


  142. alex says:


    really final – McConnell

    Synastry Swear-in 1985, Swear-in 2015, Election 2014

    Fixed Grand Cross – Synastry

    1985 North Node @26 Taurus
    McConnell NATAL URANUS @26 Taurus


    1985 Venus @29 Aquarius
    2015 Mars @24 Aquarius


    1985 South Node @26 Scorpio
    1985 Saturn @24 Scorpio
    2014 ELECTION @24 Scorpio


    2014 Election Sisyphus @25 Leo
    2015 Jupiter @21 Leo

  143. alex says:


    square aspect: when I was first learning astrology I kept bumping into the description of the square aspect as bad, MALEFIC, etc…

    I intensely disliked that description – I had such an adversion to it I almost gave up on astrology because I thought I would not find a source that described the square as a great UTILITY aspect… and anything less would be a great misunderstanding;

    how could it not be: 90 degrees of arc is one of the most fundamental building blocks in the universe, from range of quantum to cosmic dimension that exists…it had to be good, useful etc

    I did eventually find what I knew had to be there in astrology/astronomy/geometry literature and it was that:

    the square is an INTERNAL TENSION (not an external tension that blocks, stops, frustrates, terminates)

    it is an internal tension that must be challenged in order to TURN THE CORNER and unfold the usefulness of the square aspect…

    that is the concept I carry when I think of square aspect;

  144. starlight says:

    The workers in Tennessee rejected the union. I still say this may be the template as we go into Pluto in Aquarius in the 2020’s. we are not ready yet.


  145. Emmy says:

    Thank you Alex for the Cruz casting. This man is just the personification of evil and ignorance. His fall will be fun to watch. Ouch.

  146. alex says:


    former Sentor Bob Corker told the plant workers if they rejected the union that the state of TN would EXPAND the size of the plant… they fell for it

  147. alex says:

    U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said tonight that he believes that Volkswagen will add the sports utility line in Chattanooga if workers vote down representation by the United Auto Workers.

    “I’ve had conversations today and based on those am assured that should the workers vote against the UAW, Volkswagen will announce in the coming weeks that it will manufacture its new mid-size SUV here in Chattanooga,” Corker said in a statement.

  148. barbk says:

    Here’s something to be aware of if you don’t get Phil Sedgwick’s newsletter (Skyscraping) or some other news source of solar activity; there are 3 waves of CME’s heading our way starting today (at least I’m feeling it). They are not major ones, but because they constitute a series the bombardment effect can be off-putting. Here’s how he describes it:
    “CME’s stir up the collective energy atmosphere, often resulting in sensation of being out of sync. The lack of synchronization could be body-mind, body-spirit, mind-spirit. This can produce agitation, reduction of coping skills, frustration and a lack of ability to prioritize shifting demands, from work, life or yourself.” He suggests getting outside with nature to “ground and restore your psychic charge” even if only for a few minutes.

    alex, I hope you are sleeping it off right now as you were obviously up all night. I thank you for your bloodhound tenaciousness in searching out all things, and on the subject of M. McConnell, his incoming 1985 aspect of natal Uranus conjunct the transiting north node says a lot doesn’t it? Especially since transiting Venus was conjunct the U.S. Moon at the time, and formed a T-square to his Uranus + NN, opposite the south node and trans. Saturn in Scorpio.

    Election November 2014 will be the Saturn Return for the 1985 Swearing In chart’s Saturn. Trans. Saturn in November 2014 will also conjunct the 1985 south node (release) of that year’s Swearing In chart at the same time it oppose MM’s natal Uranus. In the blink of an eye (Uranus) MM’s spectacular run could be over. He came in with the lambs (trans. Venus conjunct U.S. Moon in ’85 Swearing In) and maybe he will go out with the lions (trans. Mars conjunct U.S. Moon in ’15 Swearing In). Well we must wait and see of course, but we can dream while we wait.

    Speaking of dreaming, here’s a thought. The U.S. Neptune is in the 9th house and Barack Obama’s Neptune is also in his 9th house and Neptune rules dreaming. Dane Rudhyar (The Astrological Houses, pub. Doubleday) says “it [the 9th house] refers in general to whatever expands a person’s field of activity or the scope of his mind – long journeys, close contacts with other cultures and with foreigners in general, and those ‘great dreams’ which reveal to the open consciousness facing life-changes the meaning of past, present, and expectable events as well as the trends of individual and collective destiny.”

    He goes on to say something we should all appreciate and/or find useful. . . “Experiences with seers, prophets, fortunetellers, future-oriented statisticians, extrapolators, etc., also come within this ninth house field.” How ’bout that!

  149. alex says:


    I like late night early morning hours… it is the most quiet time
    what do you think is the reason for McConnell’s senate longevity?

  150. starlight says:

    Alex – Manipulative power plays come under Pluto, imo. Given the nature of Aquarius, we will see far more power sharing arrangements once we shift to Pluto in Aquarius. But that is likely to bring its own set of problems, though likely far less annoying than Pluto in Saturn’s sign (feels like a mini Saturn/Pluto aspect).

  151. barbk says:

    Mostly naivete’ and gullibility of the electorate. But I’m a city girl and we don’t vote for McConnell so much.

  152. Karen says:

    There are times when I wish I would have studied labor law for it seems that Corker’s power play in Chattanooga (unheard of for a sitting Senator) may have violated some law. Yet, equally, it seems to me the UAW would have pursued this angle from the minute Corker inserted himself.

    Yes, Nancy, there is only one example of power asserting prerogatives which, for the most part, are self serving. Take, for example, the latest gazillionaire spouting that you must pay taxes to vote. The more gazillions you have, the more votes you get. Now, there’s a provocative idea sure to have some Uranus-inspired backlash.

  153. barbk says:

    Nancy, thank you for the DU article on clarification of David Sampson’s role in the whole Bridgegate story. Now that I’ve finally read it there’s no doubt in my mind that Mayor Sokolich (Ft. Lee) knew why those lanes were closed to local traffic. This knotted story will take a while to unravel, perfect job for Saturn. The reality of it all looks to hit Christie when trans. Saturn reaches 1 Sagittarius and squares his Uranus at 1 Virgo in January 2015. By December 2015 trans. Saturn will square the Port Authority’s Uranus at 8+ Pisces which is conjunct Christie’s Chiron at 8+ Pisces. This will take place as transiting Jupiter conjuncts the U.S. natal Neptune at 22+ Virgo, which conjuncts David Sampson’s natal Neptune at 21+ Virgo, all of which squares the U.S. natal Mars at 21+ Gemini.

    Now to read Patty’s link re Christie’s rise that “reads like a movie script” (which no doubt is in the works already), a necessity in order for the masses to understand clearly what has been going on for so long.

  154. alex says:


    yeah Pluto Capricorn manipulation ….. Senator Corker, formerly the Mayor of Chattanooga, used undue influence to intimidate the workers



    U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday he has been “assured” that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build.

    Corker’s bombshell, which runs counter to public statements by Volkswagen, was dropped on the first of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant whether to allow the UAW to represent them.

    In the past few weeks, Volkswagen officials have made several statements that the vote will have no bearing on whether the SUV will be made at the Chattanooga plant or at a plant in Puebla, Mexico.

    National Labor Relations Board expert Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt, who is professor of labor at the University of Indiana-Bloomington, said Corker was trying to intimidate workers into voting against the union.

    “I’m really kind of shocked at Corker’s statement,” said Dau-Schmidt. “It’s so inconsistent with what VW has been saying and VW’s labor relations policy in general.”

    The Indiana professor also said Corker’s comments “would be grounds to set the election aside and have to run it all over again at a later date” because it could be ruled to be interfering to the point that it is against federal labor law.



    a) Mayor of Chattanooga

    b) Sale of protected wetlands

    c) Blind trust

  155. Bob says:

    Michael Dunn Verdict: Florida Man Found Guilty Of Attempted Murder In Loud-Music Trial


    With a long recorded and ongoing history of jury verdicts showing unwarrented leniency in cases concerning violence against African-American citizens it does not seem that racism in the Southern states is anywhere near being subdued in a very large portion of citizens of the South.

    It isn’t just racism. I have had personal experience of being disrespected with the Civil War being cited as reason.

    Just deleted a long rant I had typed but I am damn tired of the hateful mindset that seems to be in abundance among so many citizens of the South.

  156. Lorrie U says:

    Bob – The South has never gotten over losing the Civil War and their ongoing dysfunctional mindset continues to pollute our country and poison our elections. There are times I’ve wondered if it might have been better had the country divided itself into two with separate govts. since we are divided in our hearts and ideologies anyway. Would have loved to read your rant…

  157. Lorrie U says:

    we petition the obama administration to:

    Make Election Day a National Holiday

    We have all seen the facts. The number of votes in the system each Election Day does not even come close to the total number of eligible voters…It is about half. This needs to change. Going out of one’s way to vote after a long day on the job can be too much of a burden on many hardworking Americans. Rather than simply encourage everyone to vote, together let’s petition the government to make Election Day a national holiday and end the excuses not to vote. It is our right and nothing should stand in the way. Other countries have already done so and have increased their voter turnout, so there is no reason we should not do the same. It’s time reboot our democracy!


  158. barbk says:

    Patty, thanks for the link to the Chris Christie article “the Rise and Fall . . “. After reading it, one might almost suspect that Chris Christie has strings which have been pulled by someone powerful behind the scenes.

  159. Lorrie U says:

    D’Oh! 1 in 4 Americans don’t know Earth circles Sun.


  160. Lorrie U says:

    barbk – Re. your comments to Patty, I previously posted something that links Christie back to the Koch Bros.!

  161. Lorrie U says:

    Cat Litter Killer in Whales of the North

    The great Arctic thaw – up to 50% of sea ice by area and 75% by volume in the summer season – could be offering new opportunities for one of the planet’s most successful parasites. Toxoplasma gondii, an infection spread by almost all cat species, has been identified for the first time in the western Arctic Beluga whale.
    Another parasitic killer, a new strain called Sarcocystis pinnipedi, normally found only in the highest, iciest latitudes, has been linked with mass deaths too: 406 grey seals died in 2012 in the north Atlantic. It has also been observed to kill Steller’s sea lions, Hawaiian monk seals, walruses, grizzly bears and polar bears as far south as British Columbia.


  162. Jerry says:

    Last November an international 6 month interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear power program was signed much to the consternation of Israel. As a result existing sanctions against Iran have been eased. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamim Netanyahu expressed outrage over the deal feeling that it was nothing short of capitulation to Iran’s nuclear ambitions……

    Bad Deal On Iran Could Lead To War, Netanyahu Says

    Jerusalem Post
    November 17, 2014

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took to the airwaves in the United States once again on Sunday, telling CNN that any relaxation of the sanctions on Iran in return for limited nuclear concessions would be a “bad deal” that could even lead to war.

    “If you do a bad deal, you may get to the point where your only option is a military option. So a bad deal actually can lead you to exactly the place you don’t want to be,” he said.

    Netanyahu smoothly dismissed President Barack Obama’s assurances that sanctions on Iran, if eased, could again be tightened, “if it turns out that six months from now that they’re not serious.”

    But the prime minister warned there were companies, countries and investors “scrambling to get to Iran” should the sanctions be eased as part of an agreement at the next round of talks between Iran and the P5+1, set to begin later this week in Geneva.



    It is a well known fact bad blood exists between Pres. Obama and Netanyahu for some time now over the contentious differences in Iranian nuclear policy matters. These issues could come to a boil on their next meeting scheduled for March 3rd just at the time Mars makes an exact station (no orb) right on Netanyahu’s natal Sun (27 ’31 Libra) in square to the US natal Pluto (27 ’33 Capr.) The 6 month interim agreement arrived at in Nov. expires in May but that intense cardinal grand cross square in April will be activating Netanyahu’s progressed nodes (12 ’52 Aries-Libra) and the April 15th lunar eclipse t squares Netanyahu’s natal Jupiter (24 Capr.). These two months leading up to April may be a crucial time in middle eastern affairs.

    Netanyahu To Talk Curbs On Iran With Obama In Washington In March
    Feb. 10, 2014

    (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has condemned a big power deal with Iran on its nuclear activity, said he would meet U.S. President Obama in Washington next month to further the goal of denying Tehran an atomic bomb capability.

    Netanyahu, whose relationship with Obama has frayed over the Iranian issue, has described as a “historic mistake” the interim agreement that world powers reached with Iran in November on curbing some aspects of its nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions imposed on Tehran.



  163. Eliseo says:

    Lorrie U,
    Fundamentalist thinking has certainly poisoned our intellectual discourse for a long time, and our new disinformation purveyors, (Fox, Limbaugh, etc.) have worsened and fomented our already anti-intellectual climate.

    I think we all know too many Americans are scientifically ignorant. As an educator I am acutely aware of the fact we’ve come to a new low in the average American’s general knowledge, but I strongly suspect that poll was seriously flawed. I simply don’t believe their 1 out of 4 figure. If they reported 1 out of 8, that would be shocking but perhaps believable.

    I think we need not take this particular report too seriously, unless we learn later there was no fault with their methodology.

    Remember, false and flawed statistical headlines make the news all the time.

    Example: Frequently we see stories that say American High School students are way behind in a particular subject. What is NOT said is the comparison is between ALL our HS students and the top third of the other nations. Canada and the US are dedicated to carrying ALL our students through HS with a general education. Most other nations do not. In most countries the bottom two thirds are channeled into vocational training by age 14 or 15. Thus we end up with apples vs. oranges comparisons, i.e. their top third compared to our 100%.

    I don’t know how they came to that one out of four figure that believe the sun revolves round the earth. I suspect a flaw in their sample or perhaps a structure problem in the language or sequence of questions. We’ll see.

  164. Bob says:

    Our future if Republicans rule. I am trying to find where I got this from. Think it was in a PDF.

    An Anonymous Letter to Herbert Hoover

    November 18, 1930

    Could we not have employment and food to Eat. and this for our Children Why Should we hafto [illegible] now and Have foodless days and [illegible] days. and our children have Schoolless days and Shoeless days and the land full of plenty and Banks bursting with money. Why does Every Thing have Exceptional Value. Except the Human being–why are we reduced to poverty and starving and anxiety and Sorrow So quickly under your administration as Chief Executor Can not you find a quicker way of Executing us than to Starve us to death. . . . Why not End the Depression have you not a Heart. . . . Yet we are served from the Source of Life by setch an unjust System. . . . Why Isnt there an limitation to you people planning to get It all and Starve the rest of use. . . . Yet you have cut us of with plenty before our eyes–for your Selves. Yet You Can not use It. The people are desperate and this I have written, only typical of the masses of your Subjects. how can we be Law abiding citizens and Educate our children and be Happy Content with nothing to do nothing to Eat. when your System has Every Thing under control and cant use It. nor will you give any thing a way. why take more than you need. why make Laws. and allow Industry to take It all. why Isnt the Law fixed so Its Just as Just for one or the others then Industry couldnt take it all. and make us all victims of your Special arrangement. of things. . . . I am an Ignorant man and you are Supposed to have great Brains yet I appeal to you In behalf of thousands In your dominion who would be good americans Citizins If you would make It Possible.


  165. Kdez says:

    Will – Regarding your Pluto transit IC: I had Pluto cross my Descendant five times 2012 – 2013 and nothing much happened. Of course I don’t have a significant other, maybe that saved me ; )

    I just think it doesn’t HAVE to be a big deal. Neptune conjuncting my MC right now, and I see the manifestation in my career and put in a little work to not get attached to outcomes – we’ll see how that goes.

  166. will says:


    Thank you for your comment on Pluto crossing the IC: I’m glad you didn’t have to endure such fundamental disruption with Pluto having crossed your IC five times. My experience thus far, is quite different and it might have to do with what sign you IC is assigned; mine is in Capricorn – and perhaps that is why the realms of my “hearth and home” and family-of-origin are and have been absolutely rocked over the past year or so; I do not see or feel any settling down for quite a while. My actual physical location has changed three times since July 2012 and after 34 years of living in Calfornia, I have back with family-of-origin and the roots of my early life in Chicago. Bearing in mind the the 0-Aries natal sun, Libra on the ascendant and Cancer on the MC with Uranus crossing it, my whole world has been and probably will rock for a while.

    Do you have major natal-cardinal placements as well?

  167. will says:

    Alicia Menendez is a wonderful spokesperson for the advances of ACA this morning on George Stephanoplous’ This Week Powerhouse Roundtable. on ABC; she went toe-to-toe with the insufferably-self-righteous Peggy Noonan and really held-her-own. She is one smart, tough woman.

  168. barbk says:

    Lorrie, I remember seeing that link re: Christie + Koch Bros. but failed to find it on this thread or the previous Sochi thread, but then Mercury IS retrograde! A Google search brought up enough articles for me to get the (probable) drift of your linked article (including a scathing article by Chris Hedges) and how the Koch Bros. could very well be pulling Christie’s strings. Now I wonder just how MANY strings are attached to this man, and how many powerful people are pulling them, and do they have a method/agreement as to how to keep those strings from getting tangled. The Koch Bros. are likely at the top of the list of his donor owners. Tune in next week for another episode.

    Did see that azizi had also posted the link to the “Rise and fall” story that I missed but picked up later with Patty’s link. What a treasure trove of info is served up by you guys. Thank you all (not y’all) for your efforts and keen eyes.


    FYI, anyone interested in minor aspects might appreciate that in the Valentine’s Day Full Leo Moon chart there was a quintile (exact would be 72 deg.) between Pluto (12+ Capricorn) and Ceres (1+ Scorpio) and their myth lends clues that add clarity to the recent weather picture.

    Pluto stole Ceres’ daughter so Ceres withheld food from humanity until her daughter was returned. Pluto rules the underground and Ceres is referred to as Mother Earth. (Transiting) Ceres is in water sign Scorpio (revenge) conjunct the North Node (path to growth) and Vesta (what is invested in). Pluto (recycle process) is in earth sign Capricorn (establishment) and a quintile is a harmonious aspect that synthesizes the 4 elements (fire, earth, air and water) into the 5th element of ether. The quintile (and other members of this family of aspects) allows for the use of the (individual and mass) spiritual will to transcend physical limitations.

    Under the potent Uranus square Pluto aspect, multiple processes are going on to force change as we know. Because Ceres was also in a wide but acceptable orb of 5 degrees for a conjunction to Mars (fire) in Libra (air), and because Mars was exactly sextile the Leo (fire) Moon and trine the Aquarius (air) Sun, the combined energies of Ceres, Vesta and Mars (all conjunct the NN of progress), the Pluto quintile Ceres aspect is not so much a (negative as in Pluto vs. Uranus) punishment (terrible weather all over the world) as it is a positive (wake up and smell the roses) opportunity (quintile, trine, sextile, NN).

    The droughts, floods, paralyzing snow and ice are the result of combining the symbolized energies of Ceres (mother nature), Vesta (what’s invested in), Pluto (destroy and restart), Mars (action) and the NN (path to progress), which are meant to raise consciousness in the masses.

    The Sun in Aquarius opposite the Full Moon is 44 degrees away from Uranus in Aries, forming a semi-square (45 deg). F. Sakoian and L. Acker, in their book The Minor Aspects write that the semi-square brings about “irritating and entrenched conditions [that] can be a source of problems for the individual. Because the semi-square belongs to the family of hard-angle aspects, it often brings conditions that demand attention, whether the individual is ready to direct attention to them or not.” And “an effort of the will is required in order to achieve goals and objectives. Adaptability combined with determination and dedication to a goal is required if progress is to be made.”

    So it seems that we must (continue to) use our spiritual will along with our will-power to overcome the entrenched resistance to changes that will benefit everyone, one full moon at a time I guess.

  169. starlight says:

    Hi All – Today is my birthday!! David got me a Nexus 7 which I am attempting to figure out. I am also not doing any work this weekend, so it could be several days before I write another post.

    The sun is melting the snow for my solar return!

  170. will says:


    Happy Birthday to ya!


    They say it’s your birthday
    It’s my birthday too, yeah
    They say it’s your birthday
    We’re gonna have a good time
    I’m glad it’s your birthday
    Happy birthday to you

    Come on
    Come on

    Yes we’re going to a party party
    Yes we’re going to a party party
    Yes we’re going to a party party

    I would like you to dance (Birthday)
    Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)
    I would like you to dance (Birthday)
    Dance yeah

    Come on

    I would like you to dance (Birthday)
    Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)
    I would like you to dance (Birthday)
    Oh dance! Dance

    They say it’s your birthday
    Well it’s my birthday too, yeah
    They say it’s your birthday
    We’re gonna have a good time
    I’m glad it’s your birthday
    Happy birthday to you


  171. starlight says:

    Thanks, Will. This is definitely Beatles season!

  172. connimac says:

    Happy birthday, Starlight! Relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy your day in the sun. You have earned it! Thank you for all your wisdom, insight, and courage in writing your posts throughout the year.

  173. oxthecat says:

    Happy Birthday Starlight thanks for all you do.

  174. alex says:

    Happy Birthday Starlight, enjoy your day, best wishes,

  175. Lorrie U says:

    Eliseo – I sure hope you’re right! It’s depressing to think that 1 in 4 figure could possibly be accurate. But considering how many people in this country originated elsewhere, it’s possible a badly worded question could lead to a wrong guess on the part of someone not familiar with the language. Perhaps that’s why. I’ve seen questions skewed by a political party (guess which one) so they can get the results they want, so it is all in the manner of asking sometimes.

    Starlight – May you be incredibly blessed with a birthday that shines as bright as your spirit and I hope your solar return is a great one.

  176. alex says:

    Among other things – this is why he is running

    2017 Solar Arc Sun @11 Leo
    Natal Pluto @11 Leo

    good king Mitt

  177. alex says:

    oops correction – Romney

    2017 Solar Arc ASCENDANT @11 Leo
    Natal Pluto @11 Leo

  178. Karen says:

    Can’t top Will on the Beetles’ Happy Birthday, so I’ll just wish on the candles and hope your year brings even greater inspiration along with a few prosperity moments, and a great deal of laughter!

  179. alex says:

    Twitter: Mitt Romney and Damian Thorne of the Omen movies are the same guy FYI!

  180. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha Starlight,
    A best new year yet to you on this your birthday…accompanied by virtual’Happy Birthday to You’ on harmonica, in the key of G for GREAT!
    Blessings to you & yours today and everyday.

  181. alex says:

    in CA in Feb we begin to have ‘spring’ days… and the urge for spring cleaning with it…then the challenge to get it done with cleaning products that don’t produce chemical sensitivities? (vinegar is a great household cleaner) none-the-less chemically sensitivity happens which may explain why I feel like retreating to bed pulling blanket over my head and sleeping for a week after reading THIS:


  182. Patty says:

    Nancy, Many Happy Returns! And, Thank You so much for this wondrous meeting place where we leave the mundane world…clicking into an enlightened realm that stretches our imagination.

  183. Bob says:

    A hearty Happy Birthday to you Nancy. I hope you have a great year in all areas of your life.

  184. Celeste says:

    Happy Solar Return, Nancy!

  185. alex says:


    EXCERPT – it’s funny and it’s real

    Have you ever wondered what makes your boss tick? A new book gives a revealing insight into the different types of bosses, according to their star signs.

  186. alex says:

    REWIND – In another Light: White House Press Room (and all media)


    CIA influence on public opinion:


    Operation Mockingbird was a secret campaign by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to influence media. Begun in the 1950s, it was initially organized by Cord Meyer and Allen W. Dulles, it was later led by Frank Wisner after Dulles became the head of the CIA.

    The organization recruited leading American journalists into a network to help present the CIA’s views, and funded some student and cultural organizations, and magazines as fronts. As it developed, it also worked to influence foreign media and political campaigns, in addition to activities by other operating units of the CIA.


    Operation Mockingbird


    MOCKINGBIRD: The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA

    “You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.” – CIA operative discussing with Philip Graham, editor Washington Post, on the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories.

    “Katherine The Great,” by Deborah Davis (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1991)

    “The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” — William Colby, former CIA Director, cited by Dave Mcgowan, Derailing Democracy “There is quite an incredible spread of relationships.

    You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are [Central Intelligence] Agency people at the management level.” — William B. Bader, former CIA intelligence officer, briefing members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein

    “The Agency’s relationship with [The New York] Times was by far its most valuable among newspapers, according to CIA officials. [It was] general Times policy … to provide assistance to the CIA whenever possible.” — The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein

    “For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the government…. I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations.” –former President Harry Truman, 22 December 1963, one month after the JFK assassination, op-ed section of the Washington Post, early edition

  187. alex says:

    EXCERPT EMAIL – Social Security Works

    Have you heard of something called “the Doc-Fix?” Most people haven’t, but this year it’s important because it could mean cuts to our earned Medicare benefits.

    Every year, Congress approves updated payment rates to doctors for all Medicare services. The rates are calculated through a formula known as the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate, or SGR. The thing about the SGR is that from one year to the next, Doctors don’t know what they’ll be paid.

    Some members of Congress have proposed replacing the current SGR formula with a new formula that shifts costs onto people with Medicare. And they’re hoping that because this is a complicated issue, we won’t notice!

    Out of pocket health care costs already consume more than a third of the average Social Security check. If that amount increases, that’s just as bad as the cuts to our Social Security system that we’ve been fighting.

    Tell Congress that a cut to Medicare is a cut to Social Security—and we won’t stand for either!

    At every turn, we must remind Congress that we are watching. We know the difference between a “cut” and “reform.”

    There are fairer ways to fix the SGR than by shifting costs onto seniors and people with disabilities!


    Michael Phelan
    Social Security Works

  188. Lorrie U says:

    Alex – “warning: if you have viseral reaction to Romney don’t view.” Since I do, I didn’t view, but I get the gist! And the Mother Jones article made me feel sick, too.

  189. Lorrie U says:

    Alex – Thanks for the link to the petition. Boy, they are just determined to eke out every last cent from the 98% one way or the other, aren’t they?

  190. alex says:


    thanks for participating with petition action…you are a peach!

  191. Lorrie U says:

    Will Civil Liberties Survive OWS Trial?

    As an Occupy Wall Street activist goes to trial on charges of assaulting a police officer, author and lawyer Chase Madar asks what the rights to freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and freedom from warrantless search are worth in the United States today.


  192. Lorrie U says:

    Scientists from both Stanford University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a study on Friday showing that oil spills are causing death-by-cardiac arrest in tunas and other types of fish.


  193. Lorrie U says:

    Here’s the earlier article about Christie & Koch Bros.

    Greg Palast | Christie and Koch in Cahoots? It’s Time to Subpoena the Committee for Our Children’s Future


  194. alex says:

    with my glasses perched on my nose let me straighten out and correct Mitt Romney’s (synchronicity, projection) to year 2017;
    I think the narrative for his 2016 campaign might be called an exercise in ‘obsessive compulsive’ narcissism… but what do I know maybe the public he insults, despises and demeans will eventually warm up to his abuse!

    Mitt Romney Natal Sun @21 Pisces
    2017 SUN @01 Gemini
    Natal Ascendant @01 Gemini

    Mitt DOB 3/12//1947 (70 years old in 2017)

    Romney Natal Midheaven @04 Pisces
    2017 Solar Arc Midheaven @14 Taurus (usually the Ascendant for presidential inauguration on 1/20)

    Anne Romeny DOB 4/16/1949 (68 years old in 2017)

    Natal Sun @26 Aries
    2017 Solar Arc Sun @04 Cancer

    Synastry – Grand Water Trine

    2017 Solar Arc Sun @04 Cancer
    Mitt’s Natal Midheaven @04 Pisces
    (yet unassigned) 04 degrees Scorpio

    Anne Romney
    Natal Jupiter @00 Aquarius
    2017 Solar Arc Jupiter @08 Gemini
    USA Uranus @08 Gemini

  195. Lorrie U says:

    NaturalNews – Zach C. Miller – 4-H Youth Club Partners With Monsanto: World’s Youths In Danger Of Pro-GMO Indoctrination – 14 February 2014


  196. Eliseo says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now. You are a truly gifted writer! I know something about that. I teach writing! I think it would be quite beneficial to the astrology community were you to write astrology books, particularly on political astrology. Just a suggestion – You can do what you want.

    May you have a long, happy, healthy and prosperous life surrounded by family and good friends.

  197. Sharon Katz says:

    Happy Solar Return, Nancy! Wishing you much health, happiness & success, and thank you for providing these wonderful articles and discussion forum! xoxoxoxoxoox

  198. Bob says:

    Jerry – “Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

    First installment of many (more than a screenfull).

    Nice sentiment. I wish the Republican ‘leadership’ of the country (13 years of majoritys in the Congress and a majority of SC justice appointments and approvals before the Great Depression and 10 years of the same majoritys before the 2008 crash) had thought of that when they crafted legislation leading to years of extreme hardship for millions of others. They plead with us to put them in control, promising to work in the best interests of those whose votes they plead for, but continually and repeatedly pass legislation which serves the interests of the wealthy and those having favor with them. Legislation which has crashed our national economy twice in 80 years – enough time in between to mute the voices and perhaps dull the memories of those who experienced the first crash.

    But for the new generation it was OK. Our leaders told us so. “Just follow the law and you will be legal . . . and . . . responsible, as you strive to own a home, to live the American dream.”

  199. alex says:

    worth the read: dailykos

    SUN FEB 16, 2014 AT 06:32 PM PST
    Obamacare Small Business Goldmine

  200. Jerry says:

    Hi Bob,

    “Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

    Just a quaint, empty phrase? I respectfully disagree. We seem to have this notion that it is entirely up to the politicians to ‘change’ our world, not realizing how we all contribute to the social disorder (our angst and malcontent, our greed and petty ambitions). This is not an alien, abstract concept. Taking responsibility for ones life i.e. feeling compassion and connectivity to all things, transports us out of that awful ‘victim’ mentality and puts us in direct control. It’s then no longer “us against them” but rather a collective endeavor. I think it takes a certain humility to realize we are all in it together. Underneath we are of the same spirit. Perhaps this is elusive because we are so accustomed to thinking in terms of political solutions. Essentially it means placing more emphasis on the heart (feeling connected) and less on recriminations and that peculiar sense of helplessness (being marginalized). Am I making sense?

  201. SarahG says:

    Late to the party! Happy Birthday Starlight and many happy solar returns!

  202. Jerry says:

    Me too. Late to the party but not forgotten. Happy B’thday Nancy. Here’s one description found on the net that describes an Aquarius……..

    AQUARIUS Jan. 21 – Feb. 19

    You are independent and unconventional, with a thirst for knowledge. Your sign is the water carrier so you freeze only the purest water for your martinis. Though you have an unpredictable streak of cussedness in your nature it never causes you to make less than a perfect martini.

  203. Noelle says:

    Jerry, you make perfect sense! Bravo and thank you.

  204. Jackson says:

    Nancy, I was away this weekend, so belated happy birthday!

  205. starlight says:

    Thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes!! They are greatly appreciated. :-)

  206. SarahG says:

    Washington plays Russian roulette with missile defense

    In his recent annual meeting with the media, Russian President Vladimir Putin replied to a question about the rumored placement of Russian Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad on Poland’s doorstep.

    He stated that US missile defense remains a threat to Russian national security and that Russia has the right to place Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, but claimed that that step had not yet been taken. Putin added however that putting Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad would be a logical response to American plans to build a missile defense system in Europe. What few in the West, outside a handful of military experts grasp, however, is that the US project to install so-called Ballistic Missile Defense missiles and special radar in Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Bulgaria is the highly provocative act by Washington against Russia and risks putting the world on a hair-trigger to a nuclear war.

    Putin’s remarks followed a report in the ardently-pro US German daily, Bild Zeitung. Several days before Putin’s remarks, Bild newspaper reported that secret satellite imagery showed Iskander-M missiles stationed near the Polish border. Both Bild and mainstream US and European media portrayed the Kaliningrad report as a confirmation of Russian aggression, and a return to the Cold War.

    In point of fact, for Washington and the US military, the Cold War never ended. Washington’s Missile Defense is the most extreme provocation imaginable in a nuclear era. It is an atomic version of Russian Roulette that makes the likelihood of a preemptive reaction by Moscow against Polish missiles or Czech AMD radar highly logical. A bit of background is useful.

    read more:

  207. fierywoman says:

    Many, many, many happy returns, dear Nancy! Blessings for all you do for us.

  208. SarahG says:

    11 Feb. 2014
    First of four US Navy ships to support NATO Ballistic Missile Defense arrives in Spain
    The first of four US Navy destroyers, which will form a centerpiece of NATO’s Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) arrived in its new home port at the Spanish Naval Base of Rota, on Tuesday (11 February 2014).

    The USS Donald Cook, a multi-mission Missile Defence-capable Aegis Destroyer, equipped with the high-tech Aegis combat system, will be permanently based in Rota. The destroyer will carry out missile defence, among many other tasks, including maritime security operations, bi-lateral, and multi-lateral training exercises, and NATO operations and deployments, including participation in the Standing NATO Maritime Groups.
    “For the first time, a ship of the United States Navy equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile-defence system is permanently based in Europe” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. “The arrival of the USS Donald Cook marks a step forward for NATO, for European security, and for transatlantic cooperation.”
    Three additional ships of the same class will join the USS Donald Cook over the next two years. The USS Donald Cook and her sister ships have advanced sensor capabilities and interceptor missiles which can detect and shoot down ballistic missiles.
    By hosting these ships, Spain is making a vital contribution to NATO Missile Defence, enhancing the security of Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic Ocean, while shortening the response time for U.S. ships. In November 2010, at the Lisbon NATO Summit, Heads of State and Government, decided that NATO will develop a missile defence capability to protect all NATO European populations and territory. Interim capability of the system was declared at the NATO Summit in Chicago in 2012. Full capability is foreseen for the first half of the next decade.


  209. Kdez says:

    Starlight – “Many happy returns of the day!” for many years to come and sincere thanks for all you do,

  210. Lisa L. Robinson says:

    I am beyond late with my happy birthday wishes to you dear starlight. You are very special and hope you had a great day yesterday. A gazillion thanks to you for this amazing blog, it is my source of sanity on many a day.

  211. Bob says:

    I was going to post another part of my post in response to you Jerry until I realized that you had made a strawman post. My desire about what the governmental bodies did leading to those two catastrophies remains the same.

    Yes, we are all in this together but to some we give the privilage of crafting the path the rest of us will tread. I wished they would have remembered that we are all in this together.

    As we have seen with regard to corporations, Congress needs to be regulated also, lest their sense of entitledment (read greed) blinds them as to whom they are supposed to be serving. I think the possibility of removal of members if so desired by a majority of the entire country’s popular vote, not just voters in their home state, (taken after a petition for such by a majority of eligible voters), not by impeachment procedures in Congress, could have them doing the peoples work. Perhaps one day of the year could be declared a national holiday (maybe in late April or early October) when accumulated issues and open offices could be voted on. While I think of it why not set national standards for criminal penalties instead of having one judge sentence a person for a drug offense to a lengthy term in prison while another metes out participation in a rehab program for a very similar offense by a ‘connected’ person. Standards for every conviction regardless of a persons situation. Fairness under the law for everybody. Do the crime – do the time, even if you or your daddy is rich.

  212. kiwi says:

    Many may have seen this, but thought I would share.
    In concert with Nancy’s concern about April, Ed Tamplin includes this in his writings – interesting …..

    The third week of April is a decisive one in US history. It was on April 19 that the original US Revolutionary War began in 1775, and the same date in 1861 produced the first casualties of what was to be a long and protracted Civil War, claiming more victims than all other US wars combined. The list below shows the importance of April with important events in the national history.

    1906 April 18 San Francisco earthquake
    1947 April 16 Texas City Explosion – worst ever industrial accident
    1961 April 16 Bay of Pigs invasion failure
    1983 April 18 Beirut US Embassy bombed
    1993 April 19 Branch Davidian Compound torched Waco Texas
    1995 April 19 Oklahoma City Bombing
    1999 April 20 Columbine High shootings
    2007 April 16 Virginia Tech Massacre
    2010 April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion
    2013 April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.

    Already US security chiefs would be aware of such an unusual pattern, especially as the eclipse cycle is returning to the degrees it occupied in 1995, year of the Oklahoma bombing. It makes preventative vigilance doubly important to curb insurgent attacks upon the government, authorities, or embassies in 2014.

  213. barbk says:

    I’m late, maybe the last to say that I hope you have had a lovely solar return Nancy. Being denied access to one’s computer for 24 hours has it’s lessons worth learning, but it takes soooo long to catch up with what’s happening in cyber-land afterwards. Here’s to a wonderful year for you.

    Lorrie, thanks for re-posting the link to the Christie-Koch Bros. story. I will get to it ASAP. Fresh grist for the mill is the Port Authority policeman corresponding with Christie’s “eyes and ears” at the PA at the time of the bridge lanes shutdown, both schoolmates of the Governor. Also, police telling drivers caught in the traffic jam to complain to the mayor (Sokolich) about it. Could the plot get any thicker?

  214. Jerry says:

    Hi Bob,

    So let’s condense this, shall we?

    You wrote: “Yes, we are all in this together but………..”

    To which my only response can be (an excerpt from what I wrote earlier):

    “Perhaps this is elusive because we are so accustomed to thinking in terms of political solutions. Essentially it means placing more emphasis on the heart (feeling connected) and less on recriminations and that peculiar sense of helplessness (being marginalized).”

  215. ScorpioX3 says:

    Happy belated birthday, Nancy! Hope you had a fantabulous day; I too wish you many happy (solar) returns. Thanks again so much for this incredible informative and inspiring blog. When I struggle to make sense of our world, I check in here to get the truth behind the matters.

  216. Lorrie U says:

    Bob – Well stated, it resonates with me, we’re on the same page. But we knew that already.

  217. Lorrie U says:

    Kiwi – That is an interesting and alarming post! April is definitely a month to anticipate with some trepidation, especially with the grand cross. Yikes!

  218. Lorrie U says:

    Another one!

    Man Allegedly Shoots And Kills 15-Year-Old Girl For Egging A Car

    An Arkansas man faces a murder charge for allegedly gunning down a car filled with teenagers who had wanted to play a prank on his son. One of the passengers, 15-year-old Adrian Broadway, died from a gunshot wound to the head on Saturday.


  219. Lorrie U says:

    Capital One’s new contract says it can show up at cardholders’ homes, workplaces

    The update specifies that “we may contact you in any manner we choose” and that such contacts can include calls, emails, texts, faxes or a “personal visit.” As if that weren’t creepy enough, Cap One says these visits can be “at your home and at your place of employment.”

    … Incredibly, Cap One’s aggressiveness doesn’t stop with personal visits. The company’s contract update also includes this little road apple: “We may modify or suppress caller ID and similar services and identify ourselves on these services in any manner we choose.”


  220. Lorrie U says:

    NYPD Shame of New York: Drop the Charges Against Cecily McMillan

    McMillan was sexually assaulted, beaten unconscious and into seizures by NY Police, but the city is charging her with felony assault over the incident.

    McMillan was not in Zuccotti to protest, but she arrived as the police began to violently break up the crowd. She felt someone grab her right breast she involuntarily swung her elbow around and hit the offender in the face. It turned out to be an undercover police officer, Grantley Bovell. She was violently arrested, knocked to the ground, unconscious and began suffering seizures while she was handcuffed. It would be 15 to 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived. Photos of McMillan show bruises from fingers that grabbed her breast, a swollen eye and other bruises.

    Officer Bovell has some serious problems in his history as a police officer including alleged police abuse.


  221. Lorrie U says:

    Jane Goodall did an amazing job but what this chimp did will melt your heart


  222. barbk says:

    After reading Lorrie’s article regarding Christie’s ties to the Koch brothers, and considering all the related stories that have surfaced since the Bridgegate story began, it’s obvious that Christie himself will (someday) be known as the man that opened America’s eyes to the big picture that corruption in the U.S. has become.

    Today, as George Washington’s birthday is observed, I decided to look at a chart for when the whole brouhaha started. On September 9, 2013, the 1st day of the traffic jam (in Ft. Lee, New Jersey) at the George Washington bridge, the Sun was at 17 Virgo. The Sun symbolizes consciousness. Transiting trans-Neptunian-object (TNO) Chaos was at 18 Gemini making a square to the Sun. I don’t need to explain what Chaos symbolizes.

    Forming a T-square with the Sun and Chaos was the centaur Pholus at 18 Sagittarius and Pholus has a key phrase of “small cause, big effect” due to the fact that when he opened a bottle of sacred (to the centaurs) wine without first getting permission a terrible battle followed. I feel that someday Bridgegate will be looked at that way by the Kochs and their “billionaire buddies” after all the shocking details of their greed have been exposed. It’s another reason for me to believe Christie has natal Jupiter-in-Pisces rising because it would put his MC at 17 Sagittarius, where transiting Pholus was that day.

    In addition to that T-square on September 9th, transiting Mercury (news, data, communication, local travel) was at 0+ Libra, one of the “Aries points” (0 Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), a degree where the Political becomes Personal. The Moon would have made a conjunction to Saturn who was conjunct the north node, all in Scorpio as they sextiled Pluto in Capricorn. Together (Saturn and Pluto) they formed a yod with the U.S. Uranus (unexpected) in Gemini. The transiting north node (conjunct Saturn) points the way to opportunities for greater awareness (consciousness) and growth. It is thought of as a spiritual path.

    To emphasize this transiting aspect, the solar return for the U.S. (July 2013) holds a sextile between Venus (Values) in Leo sextile the Moon (the People) as they form a yod to Pluto (uncover what is corrupt) in Capricorn who is at the point of discharge for all that energy.

    As a side note, transiting asteroid Child was conjunct Christie’s Mars at the time of the Bridge problems, a veiled reference (in my estimation) to a fund raising organization called Campaign For Our Children’s Future backed by the Koch’s to discredit Democratic candidates. Remember, this was two months before Christie’s landslide win on November 5, 2013. See Lorrie’s link to the story about Christie in cahoots with the Koch brothers.

    So when we recall (Mercury IS retro) that George Washington has often been quoted as saying “I cannot tell a lie”, it seems proper that the many lies of Chris Christie will empower us to dig into his story in search of the truth. This man with the look and behavior of an old-time melodrama actor has captured our attention (some of us more than others :) ) the way that soap operas keep their audiences attracted to them for decades. Do be wary of what his sponsors try to sell us!

  223. will says:


    Heartwarming Goodall piece. Really touching.

  224. Bob says:

    “Underneath we are of the same spirit.”

    Get real Jerry. Ignorance is not bliss. Nor is denial.

    Politicians at all levels constitute a tiny percentage of the country’s population but their actions affect many millions.

    “Boss” Tweed, Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew, John Mitchell, Bud Dwyer, Otto kerner, Dan Walker, George Ryan, Rod Blagojevich, Michael Myers, James Traficant, etc..

    Laws are crafted and passed by people given the privilege of doing that by the voting public. Whatever one does in taking responsibility for one’s life must be done within the constraints of those laws. Some of those charged with the crafting, or having influence on the drafting and passage, of them do not have the best interests of the majority of the citizenry in mind when doing so. That’s when bad things can happen to good people no matter how much responsibility they take for their lives.

    The most recent example was the 2008 subprime mortgage crises, the cornerstone of a worldwide recession, allowed by laws that had been passed or rescinded by U.S. lawmakers. Tell me that everyone who suffered loss of property, a job, or in some other manner, in that debacle did so because they had not taken responsibility for their lives.

  225. Jerry says:

    Hi Bob,

    Re: Responsibility (caring – a feeling of great compassion towards all things).

    Not very difficult to explain. The more one is immersed in thought and/or having a certain predisposition on how things should be, the less cognizant and aware we are of others and our surroundings. Try walking in nature sometime. The more you are consumed with your thinking processes, the less you are aware of the beauty of your surroundings. Very few of us know how to listen in a quiet way, on a feeling level without that incessant chatter of the mind going on.

    All I’m suggesting is that the outer world is simply a reflection of our inward state. They are one and the same movement. To try to bring about structural change outwardly and neglect the inner i.e. approaching things purely from a material perspective without the depth and maturity of understanding required (that feeling of connectedness), that approach can only bring about more chaos and conflict.

  226. Jerry says:

    The 2014 Grand Cross Grand Shift and Eclipse Activation In April
    by Cayelin Castell

    Video: 11 min 43 sec


  227. Asta says:

    Lorrie! Thank you so much for all of your informative posts. However, I have to say the Goodall video melted my heart on this cold snowy(yet again..) day. I needed that. Thank you again.

    *Starlight many happy solar returns on your B’day!

  228. ArtCulturePeace says:

    Aloha All,

    re: US Natal Pluto Capricorn 2nd House

    Follows is a kind of thing about values, money, wealth, 1% power and a need for uber-responsible/sober Capricornian integrity as a revisited national value that may surface more voraciously as Pluto makes its first return to the nation’s natal chart. The 1% bankers/traders/biz/govt Kappa Beta Phi club motto is: Dum vivamus edimus et biberimus…While we live, we eat & drink. Wonderful fodder for an episode of the Netflix show, House of Cards:

    More second house issues might include the fact that the idea of petro-dollar fiat money itself is being challenged by something called BitCoins…a system of commerce/exchange which is currently also not tied to a gold standard and neither is it tied to nation-states nor corporate sponsors, at this moment, at least. Personally, sensing that the use of money of any kind as a way of exchange has been so misused/abused (money is speech and corporations are people+…unearned income by non-productive speculation/hedgefunding showing as numbers on computers) that it is becoming irrelevant to it’s former function as a means of exchange….it has become a surrogate for appearances of power, which, of course is illusionary and ridiculous because current intrinsic value of money is simply the value of the paper it’s printed on…and only has value because we all run on memorex and agree that it has a value printed on it, which is random and manipulated at best and meaningless in ultimate terms. Shocking thought. Research proves this to be true, however. Pluto/Capricorn. People will ultimately value actual life-force realities such as air, water, food, shelter, education, art/culture, love, community, imv.

    “Today we are having to evolve & discern, through rigor & imagination, a new cosmos within which our human actions and thoughts will be coherent & life-enhancing.”~Richard Tarnas
    According to Tarnas (via Will’s recent link…WOW), astrology is “…golden key out of the iron cage.”

    Blessings all! E Ho’omaluhia me ka Honua!

  229. barbk says:

    alex, I think I’ve decided that Mitch McConnell’s chart is more Splay than Locomotive patterned. Here’s why. Marc Edmund Jones (The Guide To Horoscope Interpretation, a Quest book) says about the Splay pattern, that it “offers no preliminary technique for determining the most important planet in a chart, but instead reveals a very intensive personality who cannot be limited to any single steady point of application. He goes on to say about an individual with this pattern that “he has a temperament inclined to be particular and impersonal in its interests. . ”

    Whereas he says about an individual with a locomotive pattern, “The basis of the dynamic [of the locomotive pattern] is found in the native’s resulting strong sense of a lack or a need, of a problem to be solved, a task to be achieved in the social and intellectual world around him. The TEMPERAMENT reveals a self-driving individuality, an executive eccentricity that is not queerness or unbalance but rather is power.”

    Chris Christie’s chart DOES have a Locomotive pattern with Mars as the engine.

    It seems likely that McConnell has his moments of Locomotive energy, but is largely seen as a Splay energy individual; particular and impersonal. My sense is that sometimes he operates from the Mars, Saturn, Uranus in Taurus part of his chart when “working”, and sometimes it is energy that the T-square of his Venus opposite Pluto square Taurus Moon creates. When that is in operation it blasts energy into the empty Scorpio corner and that’s when we see him really vicious. (By the way, I wrote that at 4 Taurus, McConnell’s Moon would be conjunct the discovery degree of Chiron. I was wrong, Chiron’s discovery degree is 3 Taurus not 4.)

    Then again, Mitch’s Juno in Scorpio is opposite his Mars, Saturn and Uranus, and Juno IS about partnership, and Mitch seems determined to belittle the President (Partner in governing) in public. But that seems (to me) to be tossing his constituents a bone to keep them happy, more than anything else.

  230. Lorrie U says:

    barbk – Brilliant connecting the dots re. Christie! Wow!

  231. Lorrie U says:

    Another big eye-opener!!!

    One-Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in Drag: What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society

    The first and most obvious conclusion was that the upper ranks of finance are composed of people who have completely divorced themselves from reality. No self-aware and socially conscious Wall Street executive would have agreed to be part of a group whose tacit mission is to make light of the financial sector’s foibles. Not when those foibles had resulted in real harm to millions of people in the form of foreclosures, wrecked 401(k)s, and a devastating unemployment crisis.


  232. Lorrie U says:

    Obama’s TPP negotiators received huge bonuses from big banks

    A controversial trade deal being touted by the White House is expected to give American corporations broad new authority if approved. Now according to newly released documents, big banks gave millions to the execs that are now orchestrating the agreement.


  233. Lorrie U says:


    Gov. Chris Christie won the loyalty of the Port Authority police union whose actions are under investigation in Bridgegate by guaranteeing that its rank-and-file would be in charge of security at the new Freedom Tower and by pushing a Port Authority police expansion that added hundreds of union jobs and dues-paying members.


  234. Bob says:

    If it were the public, not Congress, voting on issues of gun control, tying COLA to the minimum wage and Social Security, whether election moneys should come from tax dollars or private contributions, issues of health care, immigration reform, national standards in all areas, not just requirements demanded of voters, for the voting process in national elections or elections for members of the national congress (Senators and Representatives), approval or reversal of Supreme Court decisions if there is sufficient, by petition, public appeal regarding a decision, and many more issues, I think our world would be quite different. Public opinion is very strong regarding many of those issues but it is not reflected by the actions of the three branches of our government regarding many of them – we think one way – they legislate or rule another.* Voting on some issues by the public would be more “of the people, by the people, and for the people” than what we endure now. There is enough waste and fraud involving tax dollars (tax loopholes and unecessary subsidies, a tax on Wall Street financial transactions and other means of funding ) to afford voting one day of each year. That could prevent one house of Congress from wasting time and money voting on an issue they cannot change more than 40 times. The Great Depression and the 2008 crash of the economy were the result of our governments legislation which allowed for carrots to be held out to the public to entice their participation in practices which were not soundly in their best interests but enriched the very wealthy when the inevitable collapses came and they scooped up forfeited goods and/or properties for pennies on the dollar.

    *figures in speech by Vice President Biden – % of polled agreeing with Democratic stance regarding issues, none of which have been addressed by Congress.

    Minimum Wage 72%
    Early Childhood Education 86%
    Immigration Reform 72% of Dems, 60% Repubs
    Backround checks on weapon purchases 90%
    Infrastructure 88%
    Marriage Equality 55%
    ACA 55%

    If the system doesn’t change the cycle will repeat as those who lived through the catastrophe fade away and are replaced by an inexperienced population whose desire to get ahead can be once again be manipulated to steer them – a story as old as time.

  235. Lorrie U says:

    David Simon on Our Rigged Political System

    “You can buy these guys on the cheap.” David Simon, journalist and creator of the TV series ”The Wire” and ”Treme,” returns to talk with Bill Moyers about the triumph of capital over democracy.

    “If you can’t fix the elections so that they actually resemble the popular will… you’ve reached the end game for democracy,” says David Simon. “And I think we have.”


  236. Bob says:

    Things are what they are Jerry. I’m not going to feed you anymore.

    Buh bye. You have been dismissed.

  237. barbk says:

    ArtCulturePeace, thanks so much for your thoughts on values, and your “we all run on Memorex” remark; talk about trans. Neptune trine U.S. Venus!

    Tis a good time, what with Nancy’s birthday still fresh on our minds, to thank her not only for her splendid essays on current events that are brilliant as well as re-assuring, but her openness to the thoughts and observations of her commenters and fans. I come here often to read what she has to say but am also interested in what you and others have to say about the times we live in. Like some of them have noted, it feels safe here.

    Tarnas’ quote that astrology is the “golden key out of the iron cage” is an observation that we at Starlight News can relate to since astrology, while decreasing anxiety can give us a wider perspective on what the anxiety producing events could lead to.

    Such was my desire when I compared the last solar eclipse chart and the next solar eclipse chart to Gov. Christie’s chart. While the last solar eclipse on November 3rd fell exactly on his natal Neptune in Virgo, the eclipse chart’s Mars at 11+ Virgo fell between Christie’s natal Pluto (10+ Virgo) and natal Sun (13+ Virgo). As ever, Christie defied accusations of wrong-doing, perhaps even believing his natal Neptune’s (part of a natal grand trine) illusion of a Teflon protective coating.

    However, the solar eclipse on April 29th at 8+ Taurus will square Christie’s natal north node (8+ Leo) and south node (8+ Aquarius), a sure sign of a crossroad decision he must make in the offing. The April eclipse also includes Neptune at 7+ Pisces, clipping between his Jupiter (6+ Pisces rx) and Chiron (8+ Pisces rx), another point in his grand water trine (with Neptune and Mars).

    As the eclipse Sun-Moon sextiles the eclipse Neptune and they each form a quincunx with Christie’s natal Mercury at 10+ Libra, they form a yod. The quincunx aspect is allowed a 3 deg. orb (4 deg. if it involves the Sun or Moon). A yod makes the apex planet (in this case Christie’s Mercury) squirm.

    This means that the April solar eclipse will be pushing, from 2 vantage points, Christie’s thought process (Mercury), via his partners (Libra). The solar eclipse’s Mars a 11+ Libra retrograde will conjunct Christie’s natal Mercury which should provide a painful look back (Mars rx) into his past correspondence (Mercury) which will no doubt require some adjustment (2 quincunxes = 1 yod) on his part.

    Of course the April solar eclipse will mean many things to many people, but this is one way it could play out for Gov. Christie and therefore the Bridgegate saga.

  238. starlight says:

    Today’s Moon opposition to Uranus, square to Jupiter and square to Pluto, leading into the Mercury square to Saturn, led to the renewed upheaval in Ukraine. Every one of the Moon translations of this T square for the next two months is likely to incite dramatic events. Also two members of Pussy Riot were arrested for a while in Sochi.

  239. alex says:


    McConell continued – glad we’re getting to know him ‘SPLAY PATTERN’ please invite KY voters, your friends and neighbors to vote for his Democratic challenger Allison Grimes:

    EXCERPT (7 patterns in this url tutorial, the description of US chart interesting)

    The Splay Pattern – Three or more distinct points of the chart are occupied, with strong and sharp aggregations of planets irregularly spaced, leaving the rest empty.. This indicates a purposeful individuality, which chooses its outlet of self-expression and refuses to be pigeon-holed. A life full of separated pockets of intensity and focus, sometimes seemingly unrelated. Experientially, it is the hunter-gatherer of the lot, where there are multiple productive feeding grounds, with travel between them. Many ports, many storms, it has a sometimes harsh quality about it.


  240. alex says:



    The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School is a leader in the study of the law and policy around the Internet and other emerging technologies.


    Jonathan Mayer, The Stanford Ph.D. Student Who’s Reverse-Engineering The NSA


    Mayer says the process of reading through thousands of pages of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court filings has undermined some of the assumptions he built up studying the law.

    “Law school builds up all these intuitions about how government interacts with the law and what remedies look like when government breaks the law,” he says. The way the NSA seems to operate, he says, “inverts the notion of law … the do-first-and-ask-for-statute-later [approach], and this really strange, secret constitutional precedent.”

    “It’s more like a legal papering over,” he says. “I think within the legal set there is increasingly a sense that something’s gone horribly awry.”

    Mayer says some of the intermediate reforms proposed — like equipping the surveillance court with a technological expert who might be able to advise it on the NSA’s claims — sound like worthy steps forward. But ultimately, he believes, the legal inversion he has discovered through his work must be reversed.

    Going forward, Mayer says, “the onus should be on the NSA to justify their surveillance programs.”

    “If the NSA needs new authority, it should go to Congress.”

  241. alex says:

    On Another Note: Writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby’s work first appeared in The X-Men #1 (September 1963)


    September 1, 1963 (the url includes various and many links, transneptunes, minor asteroids etc)


    Neptune is associated with Imagination, Fantasy, Illusion, Escapism fits perfectly with comic books.

    X-Men are about people with mutations which give them superpowers. Their mutations are caused by radiation. Pluto is associated with radiation. Pluto’s fellow transneptunian dwarf planet/candidates are associated with radiation too.

  242. alex says:


    #28978 Ixion

    USA Sibley Chart

    USA Ixon @01 Capricorn 09 rx


    USA Sisyphus @01 Libra 53
    USA Midheaven @01 Libra 03 (IC @01 Cancer 03)

  243. alex says:

    NSA: Presidential order to establish
    10/24/1952 (10:45AM) White House

    Mutable Grand Cross – Synastry

    NSA Sisyphus @23 Virgo
    NSA ASC @22 Sagittarius
    2014 IXION @21 Sagittarius 57 (2/17/2014)
    NSA Pallas @22 Pisces
    USA Mars @21 Gemini

    NSA Nodes:

    2015 Transiting Uranus @17 Aries (4/17/2015)
    NSA North Node @18 Aquarius
    NSA IXION @17 Libra
    NSA South Node @18 Leo

  244. Jerry says:

    Dear Bob,

    Perhaps you didn’t realize it; but your insistence in confining this little discussion of ours into strictly a political context was the cause of dismissal. Politics is but just a small fragment of life. But anyway, I agree. We’re done.

  245. alex says:

    IXION FACTOR: per Boots Hart

    (Mundane Astrology: conflict of polarity – personal judgment; misuse of power,lack of ethics, ingratitude, no boundaries)


    Original Ixion story: “Ixion offenses” specifically have to do with honorable responsibilities or positions of honor we take on then compromise in the name of some personal passion.


    We are given life and gifted with abilities and in existing, are asked to be and do something decent (yea verily positive) during our time on Earth, fixating not on ourselves to the extent that we harm, damage or otherwise compromise others. We know when we are tempted to do so, and we all know the allure of temptation which asks us to do an irresponsible thing. Will we abandon our sense of intent? Will we down that draught of pure selfish desire at injurious cost to another?

    Sometimes we choose correctly, sometimes we don’t. And sometime, sometimes we ask ourselves which is which. Such are the questions posed by the position (sign, house, aspects, etc.) of Ixion in our chart. We each clearly are given the capacity to learn and to know not just right from wrong, but fantasy from the reality, moral from immoral.

    A lot of that is simply about moderation: the maintaining of a grip on the balance—an idea otherwise known as personal judgment.

  246. alex says:

    TEXAS: Rocker Ted Nugent and Attorney General Greg Abbott, the presumed GOP nominee for governor, praised each other as fighters


    Texas: Ted Nugent Caucus vs. Wendy Davis

    Ted Nugent- Greg Abbott campaigning for Texas governor…

    Wendy Davis’ campaign director appearance on MSNBC – All in with Chris Hayes 2/18/2014

  247. alex says:

    IXION continued:


    IXION in the Houses


    IXION in the 1st House – Ixion Ascending – Globalization

    This position of Ixion points to countries carefully preparing a major revolution, whether in calling their neighbors for help due to inner tyrany or those going on to help their neighbors. The stalled institutions will gradually give place (even by force) to a globalizing government.

  248. Jerry says:

    I wonder if the current Ukranian unrest will erupt into something much larger? It’s been going on for three months.

    Tensions High In Ukraine After At Least 21 Die In Fiery Clashes

    CNN/Feb 19, 2014

    Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — Long-simmering tensions exploded anew in Ukraine as clashes between police and anti-government protesters left at least 21 people dead and the capital’s central square afire into early Wednesday.



    Euro Spring: Ukraine Revolt Could Cascade To More Post-Soviet States

    Wall St. Journal
    Dec 3, 2013

    Ukrainians taking to the streets to protest their government’s refusal to strike a trade deal with the European Union may be the first of several post-Soviet states facing the choice between Russia and Europe as Georgia and Moldova gear up for their place on the bargaining table.

    Decades have passed since they each gained their sovereignty, but post-Soviet states west of the Eurasian divide continue to struggle between their European identities and the influence and benefits that can come from allying with Russia.

    In this week’s spotlight, the Ukrainian government received an opportunity to accept a political and economic agreement unprecedented in its scope from those with other countries in the region. It also received an opportunity to endure equally potent trade sanctions from Russia if it signed the deal. President Viktor Yanukovich chose neither, dropping out of the deal.

    The resulting turmoil depicts a nation desperately clinging to the early 2000s revolution that gave it the might to negotiate with the EU in the first place—and desperately fleeing from the long arm of Moscow. Thousands of protesters calling for Yanukovich’s resignation flooded Kiev and took over the large Independence Square in the city. Police threw tear gas and hand grenades to subdue the masses. Protesters symbolically toppled a statue of Vladimir Lenin, making brutally clear their message to their government: they no longer want to be under Russia’s influence.



  249. barbk says:

    A chart for Kiev, Ukraine, where the action is taking place right now has a birthdate of August 24, 1991. Astro.com places the ascendant at 8 Capricorn with Uranus at 10 Capricorn 6 retrograde, conjunct Neptune at 14 Capricorn 16 retrograde, conjunct the north node at 16 Capricorn 39.

    Transiting Uranus at 10+ Aries is square the natal Uranus and transiting Jupiter at 10+ Cancer opposes the natal Uranus. It had been a peaceful demonstration until today.

    The natal Moon is at 22 Aquarius 9 and transiting retrograde Mercury at 23 Aquarius retrograde will soon be conjunct the natal Moon, which opposes the natal Jupiter at 25 Leo 58, conjunct natal Mercury at 26 Leo retrograde and natal Venus at 28 Leo 9. This means that transiting retro Mercury has recently opposed all the natal planets in Leo plus the natal Sun at 0 Virgo 56.

  250. Lorrie U says:

    Rachel covers this today…

    Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie


  251. alex says:

    IXION In Sagittarius:


    IXION Oct.31,1996 to Dec.31,2018 Sagittarius

    1996 Chart Ixion Ingress Sagittarius
    (10/31/1996 Noon Washington DC)

    First Impression 10TH House
    Ixion @00 Sagittarius
    Pallas @01 Sagittarius
    Pluto @02 Sagittarius


    A large Kuiper belt object(660 miles diameter) with an orbit of 247 years(like Pluto). Discovered in 2001. Named after the Greek mythological god of original sin. For tables of Ixion’s position in the signs for the years 1900 to 2018 AD

    If in Mundane astrology we look at Ixion as a force for globalization one transforming agent/form of globalization is ‘Shock Doctrine Capitalism”

    Ixion @00 Sagittarius Chart

    Mars @00 Virgo
    Saturn @01 Aries (trine, Ixion, Pallas,Pluto)
    Uranus @00 Aquarius

  252. alex says:


    I watched Rachel coverage of Fracking: it is landmark reporting that could finally begin the national debate on toxic fracking

  253. alex says:

    what I meant to say is that I think up till now there has been ‘chatting’ about toxic fracking not a national debate… following the toxic poisoning of W. VA waters…. and toxic fracking in TX it might be possible to talk about sustainable life vs. corporate greed;

  254. alex says:


    Last word Lawrence O’Donnell 2/18:

    if Priorities USA ( biggest D-$$-pac will not donate to D-Senate and D-House races in 2010 as they have stated, going to reserve the money for Hillary 2016) then the Koch brothers will get their way in the mid-term elections, the GOP will take majority in Senate and retain majority of House and then Hillary Clinton wiill be president of nothing… she will not be able to nominate to SCOTUS except extreme right wing justices, not get any policy through Congress unless it suits the agenda of the GOP extreme right wing…

    we are witnessing the stupidest, PAC for Hillary, Democrat decision in the history of Democratic party…but then the Democratic Corporate branch of politicans are neoco-lite by any other name anyway!

  255. alex says:


    should read 2014 midterm elections ( but I typed 2010 and well there will no difference 2010 & 2014 in essence ) with the Priorities PAC decision to sit out 2014….

    kiss our collective as$%^&* goodbye… US the big democracy fail inscribed in stone;

  256. alex says:

    Texas: continued

    Wendy Davis Campaign staff appearance
    All in with Chris Hayes 2/18/2014

    Lone Star Project for Wendy Davis


    Greg Abbott endorsed by/appearing with by Ted Nugent
    is building base of the meanest, vindictive, hateful
    people in Texas society as their base, using Ted Nugent to appeal to the most divisive mean spirited people who make up the GOP party;

  257. Jerry says:

    Interesting to note; the March 2nd Saturn retro station (23 ’19 Scorpio) will be triggering the Russian natal Uranus-Mars square (8 Capr.-Aries) in the June 12, 1990 chart at 45/135 degree angles.

    Putin Versus the Ukraine: Carrots, Garrotes and Sticks
    Posted on February 18, 2014 by Jonathan Dobrer
    The Daily News Opinion Blog

    It’s been nearly 50 years and I still remember standing in front of the Great Gate at Kiev. I remember clearly the people and the colors. And what was so remarkable to me were the colors. In those gray days of the Cold War, much of Eastern Europe was gray—the skies, the complexions and the clothing. Vienna, where I spent the year studying and listening to great music, was gray—a city of old people, mostly of old women, of not so merry widows. Two generations of men had been lost to two World Wars.

    Warsaw also was gray, the buildings, the heavy jackets, even in summer. Moscow was the grayest of all. Not a smile to be had. But a smile too would have been gray at best. No hint of color in the gray drabs that both workers and peasants wore.

    Kiev, despite being a part of the Soviet Union, stood apart. It didn’t seem to belong to the region. There were smiles. The girls wore bright colors. Colorful banners decorated the streets and some gold glinted on church domes. Religion, naturally, was not approved of, and one church had been maintained and repaired in order to demonstrate the various excesses and follies of religion. In a way, it was their Museum of Religious Intolerance. Yet, people being people quietly rebelled and went to the anti-religion museum to offer a quick and mostly silent prayer.

    There was a spirit, an energy, in the Ukraine that seemed unique in all of Eastern Europe and certainly in the rest of the USSR. This is why I am so saddened by the violence, the killing and the terrible repression of the Ukrainian people by Putin and Russia.

    The present violence is a struggle of peoples for very different futures. The eastern part of the Ukraine is ethnically and linguistically Russian. The west is ethnically Ukrainian and has its own related language and identity. The Ukrainians in the western part of the country wants closer ties with the European Community—and Europe offered them benefits. But their vision and hope were overridden by Russia and Putin. Putin made the Ukrainian leader an offer he couldn’t refuse—he literally couldn’t refuse. Putin offered aid and loans. These were the carrots. He also offered a garrote—and promised to choke them into submission by cutting off Russian oil and gas.

    Putin wants to reassemble as much of the Old Soviet Union as he can. He dreams and schemes for a Greater Russia. Communism may be gone, but Russian ambition and policy have had tremendous continuity since the time of Peter the Great….



  258. alex says:

    2014 November Mid-Term Election:

    I use NYC for election night charts since the media is centered in NYC and announce the election results (often influence close elections)

    Chart NYC 11PM

    Astraea @29 Pisces (Cusp 9TH HOUSE @00 Aries)
    wax sesqui-qudrate


    Sun @12 Scorpio – 4TH House
    (14 degrees Scorpio)
    Venus @15 Scorpio


    Astraea minor asteroid (justice)
    fixed star, Scheat (causes extreme misfortune)

    Mystic Rectangle

    Moon @19 Aries
    South Node @19 Aries


    USA Mars @21 Gemini


    North Node @19 Libra
    Mercury @24 Libra (the vote)


    IXION @20 Sagittarius



  259. Michael Collins says:

    Fascinating analysis. I vote for intervention in the Ukraine. Putin let the Saudis and the Crimean jihadists know who was in charge when he threatened to “annihilate” terrorists, i.e., Saudi Arabia and the Chechens if they attacked the Olympics. They understood a threat. The neo-Nazi’s and right wing Ukrainian nationalists are a real threat to the center of Russia. They aren’t much without the pro Russian eastern part of the country. It will be easier for Putin to act now than to do so after the Ukraine is a provisional member of NATO.

  260. karen says:

    ACP, your how we mis-assign value to our currency was clear-eyed and appreciated. I woke this morning thinking about how we have married health care to same capitalistic principles, a lame and cruel joke.

    And Nancy, I had asked before about this: “Every one of the Moon translations of this T square for the next two months is likely to incite dramatic events.” As an intuitive, and with a Moon in Cancer, I feel each of these translations and had concluded that Moon does act as a trigger.

    And, speaking of manipulated currencies, are you of the same mind as Anna Ortelee regarding another banking brouhaha in April? http://www.astroanne.com/

  261. karen says:

    Re: Corker and his interference in the VW union vote. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/18/bob-corker-volkswagen-uaw-vote_n_4810757.html

    And yes, I live in Tennessee, a beautiful state with an ugly ingrained racism. Corker represents the twisted aspect of acting the gentleman in a scorpion’s body, perpetuating myths of white-male dominance through abuse.

    Equally, I must say that as a strong union supporter (go Wobblies!), the UAW, Teamsters, et al have fallen victims to a capitalist mentality of competing with one another for dues or other such meaningless activities. Perhaps this is a wake-up call for them as well.

  262. alex says:

    2014 mid-term elections:


    (all the money from Priorities one PAC won’t help Hillary with coronation; she repeats same mistake as 2008…I guess she doesn’t need the Democratic base to come out to vote for her presidential ambition or work for her campaigns – removed, aloof and elite corporatist Democrat queen keeping all the Priority One PAC money for herself ignoring 2014 elections; just as long as she feels safe/secure that’s the whole point cause she won’t need small donor donations so why bother, right! the corporations and wealthy elite get one vote/for every one dollar paid in taxes… looks like she is going to get on board with that approach; Scrooge is not a good political image for her)


    Billionaire Tom Steyer plans to spend as much as $100 million pushing the issue of climate change in the 2014 election, and appears primed to rival the deep-pocketed and conservative Koch brothers, according to the New York Times’s Nicholas Confessore.

    Confessore reports that Steyer, one of the world’s most successful hedge fund founders, is “seeking to pressure federal and state officials to enact climate change measures through a hard-edge campaign of attack ads against governors and lawmakers.”
    Steyer previously played a big role in the Virginia governor’s race, spending millions on now-Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) successful campaign.

  263. starlight says:

    I don’t remember if this was posted here, but it is worth reading again in light of the NY Magazine article about the 1 percent. this is the article about “wealth addiction”.


  264. alex says:

    Bush vs Clinton (where have I heard that before)



    The former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, will be speaking and getting an award in New York City this spring at the Manhattan Institute’s annual Alexander Hamilton dinner.

    The save-the-date notice that went out last week about the dinner, which is to take place in May, will only add to speculation about whether Mr. Bush intends to run for president in 2016. If he does, accepting the Manhattan Institute invitation is a smart move — it will provide Mr. Bush some valuable exposure before a large audience of right-of-center donors and intellectuals.

  265. kdez says:

    Karen – I agree with you about the UAW being too collaborationist. Some of the people who voted against the union did so because they think the UAW would not represent their interests, not just out of fear and compliance with the powerful. It’s a funny place, Tennessee – not entirely predictable.

  266. barbk says:

    Jerry, I gotta say that, based on the 1991 chart for Kiev, Ukraine, it is natal Uranus at 10+ Capricorn front and foremost making the news. With transiting Pluto (what’s hidden) having moved forward from it’s exact conjunction to the Kiev Uranus (freedom), transiting Uranus (10+ Aries) in the Kiev chart’s 3rd house of communication now brings the country’s story to the world through it’s square to natal Uranus.

    Kiev’s natal Uranus is exactly 135 degrees away from natal Jupiter (25+ Leo) who is conjunct natal Mercury (26+ rx) and natal Venus (28+). This natal trio in the 7th house (Kiev’s partners) increases the drama (Leo) of the sesquiquadrate aspect between Uranus and Jupiter, which itself brings “dramatic occurrences into the life that demand immediate attention. . ” (The Minor Aspects by F. Sakoian & L. Acker).

    The opposition between the natal Moon (22+ Aquarius) and natal Jupiter (25+ Leo) adds poignancy to the People’s story (Moon), while natal Saturn (1+ Aquarius rx) opposite natal Chiron (3+ Leo) assures that the seriousness (Saturn) of their suffering (Chiron) is made known to the rest of the world.

    Transiting Saturn will station retrograde on March 2 and cross back over the Kiev chart’s Pluto (17+ Scorpio) in June, station direct at 16+ Scorpio in July and conjunct the Kiev Pluto again in August. In August transiting Jupiter begins his conjunction with all the Leo planets in the natal chart, starting with Chiron, but stations retrograde before getting to natal Jupiter, Mercury and Venus.

    Meanwhile transiting Pluto stations exactly conjunct the Kiev Uranus (10+ Capricorn) in September. This follows two events; a new moon in July conjunct the Kiev Chiron (3+ Leo) and a new moon in August (2+ Virgo) conjunct the Kiev natal Sun (0 Virgo) in the 8th house, and this new moon includes transiting Saturn (containment?) conjunct the natal Kiev Pluto (17+ Scorpio) in the natal 10th house.

    Because the Kiev natal Pluto (+ transiting Saturn) sextiles the Kiev north node (16+ Capricorn) and natal Neptune (14+ Capricorn) this might have to do with humanitarian aid, but natal Pluto (+ trans. Saturn) also square natal Moon (22 Aquarius) which opposes natal Jupiter (25 Leo). I’m hoping that the full moon in August at 18+ Aquarius will be a signal to the world that the people of Ukraine still need the support of the rest of the world.

    This could be possible as transiting Uranus (breakthrough) in August has stationed retrograde and at 16+ Aries is square the Kiev nodes (north at 16 Capricorn and south at 16 Cancer). Trans. Uranus will also be in aspect to trans. Neptune, a minor aspect of 40 degrees called a novile (a harmonizing influence), and trans. Neptune will be quincunx trans. Jupiter (exact on August 15). A chain of events (or divine intervention) could bring much needed support to the Ukranian people via trans. Jupiter at 6+ Leo.

    P.S. the U.S. north node is at 6+ Leo.

  267. Jerry says:

    Hi Barbk,

    Yes. I understand. Ukraine’s natal Uranus at 10+ Capricorn being hit by the current Uranus-Jupiter square is one factor. That was mentioned in a previous post. The other aspects you outlined I’m sure has relevance. Leaving that aside for the moment though, I am intrigued by what appears to be a much larger development in the offing. In view of the Grand Cross Cardinal square rapidly approaching in April, the obvious question arises… are we on the verge of a “Euro Spring” similar to what occurred in the middle east back in 2011? According to the reports I’ve read, the deteriorating situation in the Ukraine (possible civil war?) has the potential to draw in Russia and its former surrounding Soviet republics. I wonder if Nancy has any thoughts on it?

  268. alex says:

    Fe Bongolan at Planet waves discusses interview with Noam Chomsky about U.S. cultural ‘collective nightmare’ symbolism


    Collective States of Mind (mass consciousness, collective unconscious, collective conscience)

    Collective Nightmare: oppressed – revolution, uprising

    “I think when you break it down,” Chomsky concluded, “much of it is just a recognition — at some level of the psyche — that if you’ve got your boot on somebody’s neck, there’s something wrong, and that they people you’re oppressing may rise up and defend themselves.

  269. alex says:

    collective states – continued

    SYNTHETIC RESONATING COLLECTIVE (url not yet assigned)


    Cultural Identity and Collective Trauma

    Cultural Identity and Collective Trauma(this associated with Noam Chomsky interview – collective nightmare)


    (Karl Jung – collective unconscious)

  270. alex says:

    Infrasound Pyramid

    Research of J. Davidovits into ancient geopolymers


    Baseline frequency of 1.5 hz has been described as the Tri-thalamic entrainment frequency shown to synchronize the pulsation of the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary gland into a unified functioning.

    This frequency is also the lowest frequency of Schumann Resonance, thus the function of the pyramids may indeed be to shift the fundamental frequency of the Earth down from its fluctuations near 7.3 hz to the tri-thalamic frequency of 1.5 hz.

    Infrasound Pyramid

    Research of J. Davidovits into ancient geopolymers


  271. Anne's Aunt says:

    Lori I can completely understand not wanting Hillary Clinton to run or be elected. But not because she is too conservative. She is significantly left of Obama. But this current climate of democrats in the white house and congress seem to be rather conservative and really scared of lobbies and the results are a conservative health care act, no movement on guns, federal action on state-legal medical marijuana growers and distributers, and packed jails.

    I don’t know if I would support her, I am farther left, but I don’t begrudge a woman of her experience getting large speaking fees like the men do. She has evolved positively, IMO, from her board experience at Wallmart, altho “FactCheck: Pushed Wal-Mart for women managers & environment”. She has always been a very strong advocate for women and girls, also for minorities and glbt rights.

    When she visited Africa as SOS “Mrs. Clinton used her unprecedented visit — she is the first secretary of state to venture into the war zone here — to unveil a $17 million plan to fight Congo’s stunning levels of sexual violence, a problem she called “evil in its basest form.” (NYTimes) She has also long supported micro loans to women and I really like that. I’m a heifer international supporter.

    I’d support a Clinton/Warren ticket and if you look at the links I’ve provided they are both fairly liberal and Clinton has a very long track record and could give Warren a greater national profile. Of course I don’t think it would happen. The sexism would be horrible. Both parties and all media were on a sexist rampage in 2008. While I think Palin is an inexperienced and mean spirited dummy the sexism directed at her was shocking. Clinton too and I was NOT happy that young girls had to see how it was all OK by both parties and all media.

    Anyhow, the issues links are very interesting. The site lists positions taken and also if votes reflect those positions and final rankings are at the very bottom. I think Obama has been a fairly successful president and has done some good things.


  272. karen says:

    I forgot to post a link in my previous post regarding the Wobblies, as they’re affectionately (or not) called. This is an historically interesting union movement birthed into a similar time (capitalism gone wild). During the early nineteen hundreds,however,union busting included violence and often imprisonment. But, the Wobblies survived.

  273. Lorrie U says:

    Alex – Just a feeling but I don’t get the HRC vibe for 2016. And I did hear someone on some show that since there is a pendalum effect, the dems don’t necessarily feel taking the House and keeping the Senate in 2014 would be a good thing, feeling like it would swing to the repubs in 2016, so they are going to focus on 2016. If we continue to have divided govt. with a no-do GOP, they think it will help them with the presidency in 2016.

    I’m not saying I agree with them, just what I remember hearing. I personally feel that if the dems took control and did a kick-ass job for the economy and middle class, they’d be a shoe-in for continuance, but maybe they feel they’d fail to impress and lose in 2016.

  274. Lorrie U says:

    Email excerpt from DSCC Grassroots Victory Project…

    Friend — This is tough to stomach: If you combine ALL that Democrats have spent nationwide to stop a Republican Senate takeover, it pales in comparison to the Koch brothers’ $8.2 million attack onslaught in North Carolina alone.

    Nate Silver projects that North Carolina is the Republicans’ best chance to win a “51-49 Senate majority.” The Kochs’ rampage has already erased Hagan’s 15-point lead, and they just launched yet ANOTHER brutal attack.

    If we can fully fund Phase One, we’ll place senior field operatives and staff in key states by the end of the month. But we need 3,000 more folks — including you — to step up before the deadline in 72 hours.

    In Phase One, the Grassroots Victory Project requires leadership in ten critical Senate battlegrounds “to come up with a ‘strategic plan,’ complete with a budget and data-mapping program.”

    This ground-game strategy led President Obama to victory in 2012. If we can fund our efforts this time around, we will organize more Democrats, turn out more voters, and show the Koch brothers that we refuse to let them buy the Senate.

    Will you pitchin $3 to the Grassroots Victory Project to stop
    the Koch Bros. from buying the Senate?


  275. Lorrie U says:

    Exxon, BP, Chevron And Other Big Oil Companies Busted In Insurance Scam

    New research carried out by a team of experts shows that big oil companies have been profiting twice from toxic spills.

    An environmental engineer from Maryland, by the name of Thomas Schruben, set out to prove that oil companies like Exxon, BP, Chevron and Shell have been double dipping. Schruben proved that these companies were collecting both taxpayer money and insurance payments, for the exact same costs.


  276. Fe says:


    Interesting about corporatocracy under Ixion in Sag. Here is Eric Francis’ take on Ixion and what it means:

    “Ixion, a Plutino discovered in 2001 and orbiting in just over 247 years, is named for a mythologized former king, a descendent of Ares and, notably, the first human to commit murder. Would-be rapist of the gods (in particular, Hera), betrayer of friends, master of ingratitude and squanderer of second chances, he’s the forefather of all Centaurs save one – Chiron, who descends from Kronos. Ixion suggests ‘what we are all capable of’ and points to the common thread among all forms of violence, physical or emotional. Ixion is the pattern or psychological construction which says we cannot change our inherent nature no matter what the consequences or punishment. He relates to the collective memory of ‘original sin’ (murder, not sex) and how this is recalled, perhaps subtly, in any experience of desire, transformation or passion. The remedy for Ixion afflictions is gratitude.”

  277. SarahG says:

    This is another one of those Obama Administration ‘foreign policy’ decisions that seems to be in absolute synch with Bush’s. Continuity of strategies. I wish they would stop denying their hand in the revolution going on there which just makes it all the more intolerable. I remember the coup attempt on Chavez. Every paper in the U.S. had the same exact headline which was of course anti-Chavez. I can also remember how appalled Americans were at our involvement. The U.S. backed down then, but obviously the regime change is still in motion.
    I was listening to Charlie Rose speak to Mexico’s new leader the other night and it was crystal clear to me that he was 100% on board with the U.S. and spoke more like a CEO than a president.

    US support for regime change in Venezuela is a mistake

    The US push to topple the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro once again pits Washington against South America

    When is it considered legitimate to try and overthrow a democratically-elected government? In Washington, the answer has always been simple: when the US government says it is. Not surprisingly, that’s not the way Latin American governments generally see it.

    On Sunday, the Mercosur governments (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Venezuela) released a statement on the past week’s demonstrations in Venezuela. They described “the recent violent acts” in Venezuela as “attempts to destabilize the democratic order”. They made it abundantly clear where they stood.

    The governments stated:

    their firm commitment to the full observance of democratic institutions and, in this context, [they] reject the criminal actions of violent groups that want to spread intolerance and hatred in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as a political tool.

    We may recall that when much larger demonstrations rocked Brazil last year, there were no statements from Mercosur or neighboring governments. That’s not because they didn’t love President Dilma Rousseff; it’s because these demonstrations did not seek to topple Brazil’s democratically-elected government.

    The Obama administration was a bit more subtle, but also made it clear where it stood. When Secretary of State John Kerry states that “We are particularly alarmed by reports that the Venezuelan government has arrested or detained scores of anti-government protestors,” he is taking a political position.


  278. alex says:

    thank you for noting the remedy for IXION – original sin is gratitude;

  279. Lorrie U says:

    Police showed up at this teen’s home looking for someone else. He was holding a game controller. You can probably guess what happened next.


  280. Anne's Aunt says:

    I hope my other recent comment gets out of moderation.

  281. Anne's Aunt says:

    With the bad press for Christie and Walker the repubs don’t really have anyone but truly strange extremist candidates for 2016.

  282. Trudy says:

    Off topic!
    Third video down
    30 minutes in–VERY profound–Dismantling corporations!!


  283. alex says:

    EXCERPT EMAIL: Democracy For America

    Increasing wealth and income inequality in the United States is the great moral and economic issue of our time. It speaks to whether we will be a nation with a vibrant and growing middle class, or an oligarchic form of society in which a handful of incredibly wealthy families control our economic and political life.

    In America today, the top 1% owns 38% of our country’s financial wealth. The bottom 60% owns all of 2.3%. In the last several years, 95% of all new income has gone to the top 1%. Sadly, we recently learned that in 2012 the top 40 hedge fund managers in the country earned $16.7 billion dollars, as much as 300,000 public school teachers combined — all high school teachers in America. How’s that for national priorities!

    Within the next several weeks Democrats in the Senate will be bringing forth legislation to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. If this effort succeeds, 30 million Americans will be getting a long overdue pay raise. And, just last week, House Democrats indicated that they are preparing to undertake what is known as a discharge petition which would force a vote on the minimum wage in the Republican controlled House of Representatives.

    Momentum is on our side. Now is the time for Congress to act!

    Please join me and Democracy for America in calling on Congress to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

    Thank you for all that you do.


    Senator Bernie Sanders


  284. alex says:


    IMV globalization simple to visualize the word to concept
    (greed, untaxable untraceable profits, cheap labor)

    newest globalization trade agreements


    Vietnam labor force 58 cents per hour
    American labor forces would have to compete with that

    globalization lowers the quality of life for Americans, destroys the middle-class and democracy

  285. alex says:

    Re-Election 2014 – Senator Kay Hagan D-NC
    DOB 5/26/1953, Shelby NC
    Election 2008 (52%)



    The Koch brothers have a seemingly bottomless pot of cash this election year — and no one knows it better than Sen. Kay Hagan.

    Americans for Prosperity, a group co-founded by the conservative billionaires, has already dropped $8.2 million on TV, radio and digital ads in an effort to defeat the North Carolina Democrat.

    According to sources tracking media buys, the group has so far spent more in North Carolina than all Democratic outside groups in every Senate race in the country — combined.

    The staggering figures make North Carolina ground zero in the unprecedented TV war expected to define the 2014 midterm elections.

  286. will says:


    Thank you for the zengardner piece – corporate constructs and intrinsic evils are artfully-transcended and well-explained

  287. Francis says:

    The cultural wars are flaring up in time to add to the welling up of the Cardinal Cross and, of course, the Square. In the Cross, Jupiter is involved = religiosity. All over the nation in the reddest states laws are being passed that allow religious people to discriminate against gay people in all kinds of public accommodations. They are saying that this is not about discrimination, that it is about religious freedom. This is in reaction to the rapid transformation of marriage equality and greater social acceptance of LGBT people. The social conservatives are freaked out and I think that as Nancy and others point out, when Pluto is involved it feels like a death struggle. Of course in some African nations being gay is now literally a death struggle as gay people are being scapegoated and hunted down; all of this justified with the cloak of Christian and Muslim religiosity.

  288. barbk says:

    alex, prompted by your noting of the 1985 election’s Saturn at 24 Scorpio (conjunct south node) being the same degree that Saturn will hold at the time of the 2014 mid-term election, it turns out that in the solar eclipse on April 29th sheds light (!) on Mitch McConnell’s chart and perhaps his career.

    The Kentucky Republican primary election is on May 20th, about 3 weeks after the solar eclipse. In the chart for the April 29 eclipse, Saturn is at 20 Scorpio 52 retrograde, opposite Mitch McConnell’s conjunction of Mars (21 Taurus) and Saturn (22 Taurus) and Uranus (26 Taurus). What Saturn can’t quite square of McConnell’s triple conjunction, Pallas (in the eclipse chart) at 26 Leo will square. The eclipse itself at 8+ Taurus will be within orb of conjunct his early Taurus Moon. The lights go out in a solar eclipse.

    For those intrigued by the “minors” in astrology, Venus in the 4/29/14 solar eclipse chart (at 25 Pisces) is accompanied by a grand array of minors; Arachne, Pandora, Astraea at 23 Pisces, Hebe at 24 Pisces and Siwa (catabolic process preceding insight) at 25 Pisces all conjunct her. Ceres at 22 Libra retrograde (widely conjunct North node at 28 Libra and more tightly conjunct Vesta at 19 Libra) are sextile Pallas at 26 Leo, and this means that Ceres and Pallas are within orb (3 degrees) of the quincunx aspect to Venus and together they form a yod with Venus at the apex. With the exception of Siwa and the north node, all afore mentioned asteroids and minor planet Ceres are feminine in nature.

    This eclipse then bears a strong feminine signature (including Juno at 1+ Taurus possibly conjunct Mitch McConnell’s Moon). As this chart’s tight T-square between Jupiter (14 Cancer), Pluto (13 Capricorn) and Uranus (13 Aries) suggests, change is an unstoppable force we must contend with, and balancing the feminine and masculine ratio look to be top priority now. If Mitch McConnell were to be upset by challenger David Adams (whose David Adams you say?) of the tea party persuasion, it creates a strong likelihood that the Democratic nominee Lady Allison would win the Kentucky U.S. Senate seat in November’s election.

    The chart for the solar eclipse on April 29, when set in Washington DC, has 26+ Taurus on the IC (4th house cusp) which conjuncts McConnell’s Uranus. Venus (and her entourage) sextile the chart’s IC and McConnell’s Uranus. They form a yod with the north node (28 Libra) who widely conjuncts Ceres and Vesta (who squares Pallas the Strategist at 26 Leo who squares the eclipse IC and McConnell’s Uranus). It IS an eclipse of course and something is hidden, but maybe. . . maybe we will know something of the Universe’s plan after the Republican Primary in May.

  289. barbk says:

    oops. . copied the wrong name for McConnell’s challenger. It’s Matt Bevin not David Adams.

    Have learned Alison Lundergan Grimes birth date and the transiting north node will conjunct her natal Pluto at election time in November, and transiting Jupiter will trine her natal Mercury, but trans. Chiron will oppose her Saturn.