Sandy asteroid?

We’ve just had a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., not long after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Eastern Seaboard. I don’t have time to do the work, but I’m wondering if there’s an asteroid named Sandy and if it’s traveling near the U.S. Sun. Astrodienst has a clever pull-down menu where one can look for asteroids. 

Uranus Leaving Pisces and Japan’s Tsunami

I work in the news business and monitor wire services as part of my job. I also have become a bit of a Twitter junkie, following news feeds from around the world. In fact, my Twitter habit has cut into the amount of astrology blogging I do, but that’s another story.

As an astrologer, I expected some earth-shaking event(s) in this last degree of Uranus in Pisces, primarily because it is making a square to the Nodes at 28 degrees of Sagittarius and Gemini. But nothing prepared me for the earthquakes and tsunami today in Japan.

As the clock counts down to 7:52 p.m. Eastern time, when Uranus officially enters Aries, I fear the worst, because officials of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. have lost control of the reactors at the Fukushima plant.

It seems quite likely there is going to be a nuclear meltdown in Japan. I find this ironic because Japan is the only country in the world to have been hit with nuclear bombs, courtesy of the US, I might add.

I have lived through the nightmare of the September 11 World Trade Center bombings. I was about two miles away in an office tower in Midtown Manhattan. Certainly, Japan’s nuclear meltdown won’t affect me personally the way 9/11 did. However, Uranus is conjuncting my South Node in Pisces so I feel connected to the cataclysm in Japan. Maybe it’s a past life thing.

It’s fitting with Uranus in Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac and one that is associated with religion, that a popular hash tag on Twitter (a social media tool ruled by Uranus) is #prayforjapan. I will.

Why the Bulls Run on Wall Street

Yesterday, I was at my day job, and while I was pulling a picture of the charging bull down on Broadway around the corner from the New York Stock Exchange, I had a eureka! moment. Even though I’ve been covering financial markets for 30 years and been following astrology for nearly 40, I had never made the connection before.

The bull, which is slang for a trader who believes stocks are rising, is also the symbol for Taurus, which is the Sun sign of the New York Stock Exchange. The Big Board was born May 17, 1792 at 10 a.m. in New York City under a buttonwood tree not far from the existing exchange at Broad and Wall streets and around the corner from where the iconic bull statue is on Broadway.

Don’t ask me about the bear, slang for those who believe equities are headed for a downturn. It will probably take another 30 years to figure out the astrological reason for that.

Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011

I know everyone who reads this blog is probably getting tired of my fascination with the wedding of Prince William, but back in March 2008, I predicted May 21, 2011. I was 22 days off. Close, but no cigar! Still, it’s in the ballpark.

Some commenters have asked why this wedding resonates with me. If truth be told, I covered the first Royal Wedding as a foreign correspondent for my hometown newspaper. I didn’t get into St. Paul’s Cathedral, but I was around the corner with a group of CBS correspondents. I also got to attend all the press conferences. A lot of fun for a girl who was working as a nanny!

Happy Birthday, Gian Paul!

Today is the birthday of our celebrated Brazil bureau chief, Gian Paul, who has singlehandedly kept this blog going with his spirited comments and his longer posts under the banner The View From Brazil. Thanks and many happy returns, GP!

Unfortunately, today was also the day that a dear high school friend of mine passed away. I also still need to push the button on the California electronic return on TurboTax.

Happy Easter!

If you check in with this site regularly, you’ll notice that I haven’t posted for about two weeks. I’ve been spending time with a friend who is under hospice care. That’s how the Pluto station manifested in my life. I hope to be back in the saddle again, so to speak, but I’m not a good multi-tasker.

Let Them Drink Dr. Pepper

The good news is that Dr. Pepper has extended its special offer for a free 20-oz. soda. Good luck trying to get the coupon, though. I didn’t have any luck because the beverage maker’s servers appear to be overwhelmed.

For those of you who don’t know, the free Dr. Pepper is fulfilling a promise that if Guns N’ Roses ever released its Chinese Democracy album, the soda maker would give free soda to the masses.

O.K., that was the good news. The bad news is that the U.S. government has had to step in and rescue Citigroup. Wall Street likes the deal; the Dow Jones industrial average is up 300 points as I write this.

But just remember folks, the Wall Street brokers, bankers, and hedge fund managers aren’t funding this bailout — you and I are.

Looking for the cosmic take on these turn of events? Me too. Well, since the Sun, Mercury, Mars, and Pluto are all in Sagittarius right now, that would certainly favor Dr. Pepper since Sagittarius likes spice. Ditto for guns and Chinese democracy, even if it’s the musical kind.

The Dr. Pepper/democracy hookup reminds me of a post I wrote on the Saturn/Uranus opposition earlier this year, when I was reminiscing about how beverage makers piled on to the revolutionary bandwagon in the 1960s, the last time that we had a Saturn/Uranus opposition.

Stay tuned.