Dancing With the Stars and Saturn/Uranus

Is there anybody else out there who sees a correspondence between the injuries, breaks, and deaths in the family suffered by members of the Dancing With the Stars cast and the opposition of Saturn in Virgo and Uranus in Pisces?

Just wondering.

On another topic, every afternoon, my downstairs neighbor in Palm Springs comes back from the pool and blasts C-Span, the TV station that covers Congress. I counter by streaming WWOZ, the New Orleans radio station, on my laptop. Saturn in Virgo oppose Uranus in Pisces, anybody?

Astrology Mundo’s 2009 In and Out List

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m a sucker for lists, year-in-review special issues, and anything that ties the past 12 months up into a neat bundle.

I also love predictions (what astrologer doesn’t?) and In and Out lists.

Here, in no particular order of importance, is what Astrology Mundo thinks is In and Out. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make tabs work on WordPress.

IN
Pearls
Gospel
Hawaii
Chicago
Main Street
Farmers’ markets
Courtesy
Saving
Hats
Warren Buffett
Three-legged races
Fishing
Jennifer Aniston
Pale blue-green colors like aquamarine

OUT
Bling
Rap
Alaska
New York
Wall Street
Malls
Rudeness
Spending
Bare heads
Donald Trump
NASCAR
Hunting
Angelina Jolie
Red

Eliot Spitzer’s New Career

Perfect for a Gemini: Former New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer is reinventing himself. This time around, he’s a journalist. Here’s a link to Spitzer’s new column in Slate.

Here’s his chart, courtesy of the Reluctant Astrologer. You’ll notice that transiting Mercury in Sag is on Spitzer’s descendant. By birth, the Winged Messenger is in Gemini and is conjunct Spitzer’s Sun in the first house.

Introducing the AstroWiki

I’ve just stumbled upon Astrodienst’s latest innovation: the AstroWiki. It’s a place to learn about astrology and to educate others. You can find out more about the AstroWiki here.

Rather than starting from scratch, Zurich-based Astrodienst acquired the right to republish the content of two astrological encyclopedias published in Germany. They have been translated into English by the astrological services firm.

This is a fantastic resource for the astrological community. Thanks, Astrodienst!

Hold on to Your Hats!

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This isn’t the time to discuss the relative merits of FDR’s New Deal and fears of another Great Depression in this country. There will be plenty of time for that after the Inauguration. What strikes me about this caricature of Barack Obama as FDR on the cover of this week’s Time magazine is that he’s wearing a hat.

President John F. Kennedy sounded the death knell for hatmakers by not wearing one during his Inaugural address in 1961. What if Barack shows up wearing a topper on Jan. 20? Happy Hat Days could be here again. Hats off to a hat revival, I say!

The Financial Future Foretold?

As I’ve said before, I’m not a great believer in conspiracy theories because sh** happens. However, I will admit to being spooked by an article I found on the Web that was published in late March by an Australian news site about a closed hearing of Congress on Mar. 13, ostensibly to discuss surveillance.

The report says the hearing included a discussion of a “September 2008″ financial crisis that will precede a complete meltdown of the U.S. financial system in February 2009. It makes you wonder. You can read the chilling article here.

Like I said, I’m not one of those New World Order folks. Having said that, the fact that back in March legislators were discussing a September crash, which came to pass, is pretty darn scary. I don’t believe everything I read on blogs, but this appears to be a legitimate news site from Down Under.

Spending is Out; Saving is In

A friend of mine who works in marketing and PR asked me how Pluto in Capricorn, which begins on Nov. 27 and lasts until 2024, is going to be different from Pluto in Sagittarius, which began in 1995. She wants to know how she should change her media pitches.

The bottom line is: Most magazine and newspaper articles during Pluto in Sag were about how to spend money or speculate, or profiled people who were big spenders or big givers (generosity is a key Sag trait).

By contrast, most of the coverage in the consumer and business press during Pluto in Cap will focus on how to save money in all kinds of ways and will lionize those who are good at it. Cheapskates, this is your moment to shine!

Here’s what I’m talking about: My friend Barb tells me in Buffalo the daily newspaper has changed the name of its Technology section (Monday’s business front) to Money Smarts, which includes a weekly column by the “Discount Diva.”

During Pluto in Sag, we had lots of money but no time. Now, we’re going to have plenty of time but no money. Life is going to S-L-O-W down perceptibly, regardless of what the Mayan Code folks say.

Instead of paying other folks to do stuff for us, like raise our kids, clean our houses, and plant our gardens, we’re going to do it ourselves.

Finally — you’re not going to believe this — duty is going to make a comeback!

I’m talking about quiet, honorable duty, not pride or aggression masquerading as duty.

The Neptune Station and Palin’s Phone Call from ‘Sarkozy’

Well, we’re still waiting for the Oslo (Norway)-based Web site African Press International to release the tapes of a phone call that it claimed was made by Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Instead, on yesterday’s Neptune station, a French-Canadian deejay released a tape that shows how he “punked” Sarah Palin by calling up the GOP vice-presidential nominee and pretending to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Evidently, Palin didn’t think it was strange that Sarkozy was talking to her about having sex with his famous wife, model/singer Carla Bruni.

Shortly after Palin was selected by Republican Presidential nominee John McCain, I speculated that some revealing videos might surface as Neptune moves over her Aquarius stellium of Sun/Mars/Saturn. In that post, I noted that porn videos hadn’t hurt Bruni’s popularity. But instead of video that showcases Palin’s physical attributes, we’ve gotten a sexy radio spoof that exposes her intellectual shortcomings. Merde!

Everyone in the U.S. knows most of our comedians hail from the Great White North. Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, and Dan Akroyd are probably the most famous, but there are others. Here’s an extensive list of Canadian comedians. I think Marc-Antoine Audette may have a great future in the U.S. based on his recent stunt.

Wait a minute. It turns out the reliable Montreal Gazette is reporting that Audette’s partner, S├ębastien Trudel, was the one on the phone with Palin. The pair is known as Justiciers Masques (the “Masked Avengers”). You can hear their phone call with Palin here.

All rise for the Canadian national anthem. Let’s hoist a Labatt’s Blue to Audette, Trudel, and the other Canadians who make us laugh. It’s a great country, eh? I bet you can even see Russia from there.

Orson Welles and the War of the Worlds

Robert Phoenix has an interesting post up about the 70th anniversary of The War of the Worlds. That was when Orson Welles terrified Americans by broadcasting that aliens had landed on earth. The stunt may rate as the best Halloween prank of all time.

I recently posted about Welles because I’m reading Simon Callow’s exhaustive biography, Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu, which reveals Welles was born at 6 a.m., not 7 a.m., the time recorded by several astrology databases.

Here’s another factoid I discovered in the book, which I unfortunately had to return to the library even though I’m not finished because I’m on the road for awhile: During the 1930s, when Welles was working with John Houseman at the Federal Theater Project, Houseman’s lover was a woman who was born on the same day, the same year, and the same hour as Welles, and Houseman let everybody know the coincidence.

The book doesn’t note whether the woman, who was not named, was also born in Kenosha, Wis., the way that Welles was. As astrologers, we know that for Houseman’s lover to be Welles’ true astrological twin, she would have had to be born someplace near Welles’ birthplace in addition to sharing all the birth data.

Rupert Murdoch and Election Day: The View from Brazil

Here’s the latest report from Gian Paul, our fearless Brazil bureau chief. Gian Paul and I don’t agree on everything, but we both consider Rupert Murdoch to be one of the most powerful men in the world. Over to you, GP:

Rupert Murdoch is a man who fits America like a glove, astrologically speaking. Whoever dislikes him should either not read what follows or read it twice. As the saying goes, “Know your enemy.”

In my life, at least, nothing happens without some stellar connection. Monica was recently teasing me about having rightist tendencies. This is not true at all. I was once a member of a Swiss Communist cell in my youth. I admit that my wallet has subsequently drifted a bit to the right, but not my open mind.

I suspect that Murdoch, the Australian-born media mogul, soon will be in the news himself, and not because of his own making, this time at least. I formed this opinion after studying his horoscope and a few other related ones.

Murdoch was born in Melbourne, Australia on Mar. 11, 1931, at 11:55 p.m. His ascendant is 1 degree 31 minutes of Capricorn. Other features of the chart include a very strong Jupiter/Pluto conjunction in Cancer (like another corporate titan, Warren Buffett) that receives a potent Mercury/Sun trine and a Saturn opposition natally.

What gives Murdoch the punch everybody in the media business either fears or appreciates is Uranus conjunct the North Node in Aries, which squares his natal Jupiter/Pluto. Squares with Uranus, for the fearless at least, are extremely productive, and Murdoch has proven that throughout his life.

One reason why Murdoch’s fortunes are so closely tied to those of the U.S. is that his natal Pluto falls on America’s Mercury in my preferred chart. In my experience, the chart that has always yielded very good results is the one set for July 6, 1775, at 11 a.m. LMT in Philadelphia.

Using this chart, Murdoch’s visionary Neptune conjuncts the U.S. Neptune and Mars. His Ascendant conjuncts America’s Pluto while his Venus opposes the U.S. Venus. This may explain why Murdoch’s adversaries say his chief motivation is money.

Now, to unveil a bit of the mystery about why I think Murdoch will soon be making headlines: On Nov. 4, he will experience the following transits: Pluto will be at the midpoint of his Moon and Ascendant. Meanwhile, the Moon will be conjunct his Saturn and opposite his Mars.

In addition, Venus will be conjunct his Moon. Jupiter will be almost exactly opposite his Pluto and natal Jupiter. And finally, Uranus will be conjunct his Mercury/Sun, while Saturn will be making a favorable trine his Saturn. Thanks to his control of The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and what have you, Murdoch around Nov 4 will experience a sense of power that he could never have imagined, even though he is a dreamy Pisces.

Thanks, Gian Paul. We’ll keep our eyes firmly focused on Murdoch as Americans go to the polls on Election Day and Saturn in Virgo opposes Uranus in the sky. By the way, Sky is the name of one of Murdoch’s TV properties.

If you’d like to read a post that I did on Murdoch that gives a lot of background about his life, you can find it here under “Citizen Murdoch.” G’day, mate!