Zero Hour at 4:42 PM EDT July 30

When the Moon moves into pioneering Aries today at 4:42 p.m. EDT, we will have four planets (yes, the Moon is considered a planet for astrological purposes), at 0 degrees of the Cardinal signs. Also in 0 degrees of Aries is revolutionary Uranus. Opposing the Moon/Uranus conjunction are Saturn and Mars, conjunct in the conciliatory sign of Libra. What does it mean? Look for breakout situations of all kinds and surprising splits, particularly involving athletes or warriors.

By Monica Posted in Aries

Get Ready for Jupiter/Uranus in Aries

As many stargazers know, we’re preparing for a major planetary shift on June 8, thanks to a powerful Uranus/Jupiter conjunction in Aries.

The last time revolutionary Uranus was in the pioneering sign of Aries was approximately 84 years ago, in April 1927. I did a little surfing on the Web and discovered April 15, 1927 was when Babe Ruth hit the first of 60 home runs in a season.

So what can we expect from Uranus in Aries? Awesome displays of sportsmanship and militarism. April 1927 was also the time of the “Shanghai Massacre,” a purge of Communists from General Chiang Kai-Shek’s Kuomintang Party.

Jupiter didn’t enter Aries to join Uranus until June 7, 1927. About a week later, a ticker tape parade was held for aviator Charles Lindbergh .

Other noteworthy events of 1927 included the founding of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which bestows the Oscars, and the release of the first “talkie” picture, “The Jazz Singer.” The year 1927 also saw the beginning of federal regulation of radio air waves.

After Jupiter moved into Aries to hook up with Uranus, political unrest continued in China, eventually resulting in a civil war. I haven’t looked at China’s chart to see what’s happening today, but I’ll wonder out loud whether the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction may not spark a political uprising in China.

In any event, I think it’s safe to say that we will see tremendous breakthroughs in travel and entertainment as a result of the Jupiter/Uranus meet-up in Aries. Of course, there are astrological cross-currents, but I’ll deal with them in other posts.

My take on the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in martial Aries: Fasten your seat belts!

All Nouriel, All the Time

Nouriel Roubini, the Turkish-born economist and New York University professor that the press has named “Dr. Doom,” is grabbing headlines this morning with his downbeat assessment of global economic prospects.

I blogged about Roubini after The New York Times Sunday Magazine did a profile on him. You can see his chart here, courtesy of Astrodienst. He was born March 29, 1958 in Istanbul, time unknown.

You can see that the transiting Neptune/Mercury/Mars stellium in Aquarius (to name just a few planets) is conjuncting Roubini’s Venus in Aquarius, which natally is with Chiron.

The Birth of Trig Paxson Van Palin: What Do the Stars Say?

Have you ever thrown a stick of lit dynamite? That’s what I feel that I’m doing with this post. But since we’ve been on the subject of birth certificates for the Presidential candidates, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, I feel obliged to address why one hasn’t turned up for Trig Paxson Van Palin, the son of GOP Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

According to newspaper reports, Trig, who has Down syndrome, was born Apr. 18, 2008 at 6:30 a.m. at Mat-Su Regional Hospital in Palmer, Alaska, one month early. However, columnist Andrew Sullivan says the hospital won’t release the details of Trig’s birth even though two other births are displayed in a public registry for that day.

The idea that Trig is the grandson of Palin and the son of her 17-year-old daughter Bristol Palin, who is currently pregnant, has been dismissed as a liberal smear job. Still, if you want to trawl the Net, there are plenty of You Tube videos and Web sites dedicated to the topic. Sullivan has done a comprehensive job of piecing together the story of Trig’s birth. Some blogs these contain comments asking people to refrain from investigating Trig’s birth, lest Bristol Palin be pushed to the breaking point.

As I note in my “About” section, I’m quite sensitive to the issue of teen mental health since my best friend in high school killed herself at 16.

As an astrologer, I decided to run Trig’s chart with the idea of looking for clues about his life and heritage. Because of where he was born, you get a strange-looking chart that has nearly three signs occupying both the sixth and twelfth houses, regardless of what house system you use, be it Placidus, Regiomantus, etc.

Normally a house might span parts of two signs at the most.

Looking at the chart, we can see that Trig has an out-of-sign conjunction between Sun in late Aries and Mercury in Taurus rising. Other prominent features of the chart: a very tight grand earth trine involving Mercury, Pluto, and Saturn, and T-square that involves Jupiter in Capricorn, Mars in Cancer, and either the Sun in Aries or Venus in Aries, or both, depending on what orbs you use.

You can see Trig’s chart, courtesy of Astrodienst here.

What do you astrologers out there think this chart says about Trig’s life and heritage? I’m looking solely for astrological interpretations here. Other comments will not be approved. Yes, it’s tough love day at Astrology Mundo. We’re staying on message.

Let’s approach this chart from an analytical standpoint and leave politics at the door. Thanks in advance for your interpretations.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Cheap Chic

My friends know that I can’t resist flogging a dead horse, which is why I’m still humming my same Saturn in Virgo tune. (Mixed metaphor alert!) Must be my Venus, Jupiter, Mars lineup in Sagittarius, which rules horses.

Back in my Mar. 27 post, “It’s a Muji, Muji, Muji, Muji World,” I noted the glory days of expensive designer clothes are gone, with Saturn’s September, 2007, arrival in Virgo for roughly two and a half years. You can find that post by clicking on the Saturn in Virgo category.

Here’s the latest evidence that cheap is chic. Today’s New York Times has a story on the success of Steve & Barry’s super-low-priced “Bitten” line designed by Sarah Jessica Parker:

I love the manifesto that SJP wrote for Bitten: “It’s every woman’s inalienable right to have a pulled together, stylish, confident wardrobe with money left over to live.” Sounds like a plan.

Michael WolfStar over at StarIQ has a great post on SJP, an Aries who will be on the big screen in the U.S. on May 12 with the film based on her successful TV series, Sex & the City. It’s the third item in his Apr. 29 NewsScope column:

WolfStar does a super job of analyzing SJP’s chart, but I’ll make a couple of my own observations. SJP’s Venus is on the world axis at 0 Aries, which makes her an ideal person to promote fashion and beauty. The planet of love and beauty is conjunct her Sun, which makes her beautiful. If her Sun weren’t also in Aries, she might have ended up merely designing clothes (which she’s doing now), not modeling them for the world.

Even though we don’t know her time of birth, we know that SJP’s a Moon in Capricorn. This may be the reason why she’s concerned about saving money or at least not being taken to the cleaners when she goes shopping. With a Moon in Cap, even if the wolf isn’t at the door, you’re always sure that he’s on the next block.

The Times says that SJP wore one of her creations, a tropical-inspired blue sundress that sells for $8.98, to afilm premiere. The artlcle asks how Steve & Barry can keep prices on SJP’s Bitten line so low. My question is: How can designers keep them so high?

My eyes were opened to the price-gouging that occurs on Madison Avenue, Rodeo Drive, and on other boulevards of fashion when I visited the Far East for the first time in the early part of this decade, which I believe is called the “Oughts.”

That’s when I learned that designer and discount clothes are often made in the same factory and that much of the price of a garment is determined by where it’s sold, not by where it’s made or what it’s made of. Of course, there are gradations in quality but they are not quite as large as we have been led to believe. And it goes without saying that I’m not talking about haute couture here and other custom-fitted clothing.

My hat’s off to Sarah Jessica for wearing a $9 dress to a glitzy occasion like a movie premiere. Now, I wonder what those Manolo Blahniks cost. And to borrow from the MasterCard riff: The confidence to go your own way? Priceless!