Venus/Jupiter Station and Pink Diamond

O.K. Now I get it. Prince William and Kate Middleton get engaged, a pink diamond sells for a record $46 million, Congress approves the nomination of Peter DIAMOND to the Federal Reserve Board. What’s going on here?

It’s easy to figure out. These are the early manifestations of the Nov. 18 stations of benefic planets Jupiter and Venus, which are turning direct. With a little luck, there’s more manna to come!

Venus and Mars Get Married in September

Yesterday I got an e-mail from a friend whom I call Sarah. She is planning a second wedding on short notice. Sarah’s a Virgo rising and has very high standards. A Sun/Moon conjunction in Gemini, she has a great sense of humor and has kept me in stitches with stories of a family who did everything right, whom she dubbed “The Perfects.”

Sarah is counting on me to come up with a perfect time and date for her wedding, which will most likely take place in or near London. Obviously, it’s too late for an 8-8-8 wedding favored by so many Chinese couples and at least one in Lily Dale, N.Y., but I think I’ve come up with a pretty sweet chart. It’s set for 9 a.m. in London on Sept. 10, 2008.

You can look at the chart here.

It’s got a Venus/Mars/Mercury stellium sitting on the partnership-oriented Libra Ascendant square Jupiter in Capricorn, which is coming off a powerful station. To give the whole thing staying power and to reflect the fact that this a wedding of a middle-aged couple, I’ve picked a time when the Moon in mature Capricorn is trining the Sun in perfectionist Virgo. Sober Saturn is broadly conjunct the Sun and trining the Moon.

What do you think? What I like about this chart is that it’s got both lights, the masculine Sun and the feminine Moon, in favorable aspect to each other, as well as a conjunction between sexy Venus and martial Mars.

With the Venus/Mars duo also conjunct Mercury, I won’t be surprised if this couple ends up on the front page of the paper, especially since it’s magnified by the square to the Great Expander Jupiter. This is big news, folks!

What about Saturn, you ask? He’s the glue that holds everything together.

If you’re interested in learning more about the astrology of wedding dates, read my post on April Elliott Kent’s new book, Star Guide to Weddings, here. If you’re trying to set a perfect date for your own wedding, get in touch with April: She specializes in this area.

Finding a Nice Day for a White Wedding

Can you guess from today’s title that I was a major Billy Idol fan back in the day? In fact, Idol’s White Wedding was on the “soundtrack” that my first husband and I meticulously programmed for our wedding reception. We had a deejay but we gave him the playlist, control freaks that we were.

This morning’s eclipse at 9 degrees of Leo trined my Juno at 9 degrees of Sagittarius, so what better day to write about weddings? The asteroid Juno rules marriage and the arts so maybe later on I’ll pop into a museum or an art gallery. In the meantime, I’ve been meaning to give some cyber-ink to April Elliott Kent’s Star Guide to Weddings.

April, as many of you know, hangs her hat at Big Sky Astrology. Her bio says she lives in a 1927 bungalow in San Diego. Since I live in a 1920 bungalow in Beacon, N.Y., I like her already.

I was fortunate enough to receive an autographed copy of Star Guide to Weddings from Beth Turnage at Astrology Explored a couple of weeks ago. Thanks, Beth! I didn’t really spend any time with the book until about a week ago and when I did, I was amazed at its profound observations.

Even though this is a sun-sign book aimed at the masses, it is still engaging enough to capture the interest of the astrological aficionado.

My first marriage was a Gemini, and here’s what April has to say about the purpose of unions forged under the sign of the twins: “The curiosity and sociability of your Gemini marriage makes you a natural networking unit.”

Anybody who saw my first husband and me in action would agree, I’m sure. Boy, we knew how to work a room! At the end of the evening, we would report back to each other all the things that we had learned in our individual mingling.

About the Gemini wedding itself, April observes: “…your wedding and reception will be the best party of the summer.” Unfortunately, the wedding party was the high point of my first marriage. It was all downhill after that. But I still consider May 25, 1991 to be one of the happiest days of my life. Never have I been surrounded by so many friends and family.

I don’t want to give away all of April’s secrets, but she was also dead on about what that Gemini marriage needed — and didn’t get — to thrive and survive. Other famous Gemini marriages: The Duke and Dutchess of Windsor, and Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa.

My current marriage has a Libra chart. Let’s hope it has greater staying power than my first. Libran marriages, according to April, are based on the belief that “you can be most effective in the world in collaboration with another person.” This is a union where both partners believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Let’s raise a toast of champagne to that noble ideal.

Given that Libra governs justice and other lofty aims of politics, it’s not surprising to find at least two couples who were White House residents on April’s list of famous Libran marriages — Gerald and Betty Ford, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Will Barack and Michelle Obama, who also were wed under the sign of Libra, make it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Time will tell.

As long as we’re talking potential White House occupants, Jude’s Threshold has a post on her Web site about the wedding day of John and Cindy McCain. The McCains may very well be featured in April’s Star Guide to Weddings, because I couldn’t find them because it doesn’t have an index, the only shortcoming of the book that I could identify.

Jude also has a page devoted to the nuptials of John and Elizabeth Edwards. Given the recent allegations that Edwards has a “love child,” that post might be interesting to check out and comment on. Neptune is certainly hitting the Edwards wedding chart, which is a Leo, pretty hard right now.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for a nifty wedding shower present, pick up a copy of Star Guide to Weddings. It’s $12.95 and is published by Llewellyn Worldwide. The future spouses can use April’s celestial guidance when they have their lawyers draw up their prenups! (Phrased very carefully in light of California’s recent decision to recognize gay marriage.)

Jenna Bush’s Texas, Taurus Wedding

Remember how Don Regan made Nancy Reagan look like a nut for consulting astrologer Joan Quigley? (No surprise about Nancy’s secret adviser. Lots of Hollywood types rely on astrologers. Lest we forget, the former First Lady was the actress Nancy Davis in a previous life.) 

If I didn’t know better, I’d swear the Bushes have their own cosmos consultant. The wedding chart for the nuptials of First Daughter Jenna Bush and Henry Hager, a former aide to Karl Rove, looks dang purty, if you ask me. So purty an astrologer might have had a hand in it.

The practice of selecting a time for a specific event based on the stars is known as “electional” astrology, and it’s not easy. I know from experience. I picked a time for my first wedding and the chart looked pretty good. But then a heat wave occurred. As the mercury (not the planet) moved past 100 degrees, we decided to move the wedding from a park into the inn where the reception was scheduled, thus delaying the ceremony by an hour and a half. That produced a chart with a jealous Moon in Scorpio in the twelfth house of secrets. When that Moon progressed to hit natal Pluto in the first house, you can guess what happened. And it wasn’t pretty.

I have a feeling things are going to work out much better for Bush and Hager, who are getting married on May 10 at 7:30 p.m. at President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Tex. Here’s the chart, courtesy of Astrodienst.

Like my first wedding chart, this one has a Scorpio rising, making Pluto the ruler of the chart. In the case of the Bush-Hager nuptials, I read this as a union that creates a “power (Pluto) couple.” The Scorpio rising is also consistent with the fact that this is a private wedding being held away from the glare of the media, and that security was obviously a factor in choosing the venue. 

The wedding chart has got Venus, which rules love and beauty, in earthy Taurus on the descendant in a wide conjunction with the Sun, which is solidly in the seventh house. What a beautiful placement for a wedding chart! In the chart of a person or an event, the seventh house rules relationships. The people coming into Jenna and Henry’s life will undoubtedly bring them good fortune.  

And the Taurus twosome is trining Jupiter, the planet of expansion, in practical Capricorn. Interesting with this earth sign emphasis that the ceremony is on a ranch (I know, it’s not a REAL ranch, but it’s a pastoral setting, nonetheless). It’s a perfect backdrop for a Taurus wedding.

Pluto, the chart ruler, is on the world axis at 0 degrees of Capricorn in the second house of resources, trine Saturn in service-oriented Virgo in the tenth house of career. I don’t know much about Hager’s family, but it seems to me the happy couple is going to be blessed with abundant resources.

There was a fair amount of speculation, some of it partisan, that this is a shotgun wedding. The engagement was announced Aug. 15, 2007, so the math doesn’t really add up on that one, unless the bride is going to be wearing an empire-waisted dress. 

Still, the wedding chart has surprising Uranus in Pisces, in the fifth house of children and fun, sextiling Jupiter, so there could be some sudden announcements about offspring. Also, there’s a Moon/Mars conjunction in Leo, which can symbolize childbirth, in the ninth house. A baby could be coming along quite soon.

Of course, Moon/Mars in Leo could be some conflict (Mars) about Jenna’s (Moon) love of parties (Leo), and it’s broadly square, suggesting tension, with the Sun/Venus in Taurus.

Neptune (the mystic or the addict), the North Node (groups and the public), and Chiron (the wounded healer) form a stellium in Aquarius, at the base of the chart. This Aquarius group squares the Sun in Taurus, and broadly opposes the Moon/Mars in Leo, forming a T-square in fixed signs.

There’s plenty of illusion here, no question about it. I don’t know anything about Jenna’s personal life, other than what I read in the papers, but this lineup also holds the possibility of healing addiction issues, perhaps through a 12-step program. Of course, I don’t think this is going to happen at the wedding!

Certainly, Jenna’s drinking has appeared to be more than a youthful fancy. Given the family genes, it’s possible she’s an alcoholic. One sincerely hopes that the earth planets in this wedding chart will give her the grounding she needs.

For those of you who smell the continuation of the Bush political dynasty along with all those Texas wildflowers in bloom, I  think you’re right. After all, Hager’s father is chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, and it’s likely that the groom will pursue political office at some point. Certainly, marrying into the Bush family can’t be bad for someone with political aspirations, despite the mistakes and misadventures of the second Bush Administration. (Bush I wasn’t that great, but it looks like a golden age in comparison to Bush II.)

Remember, the American public has a very short memory. You get a couple of Democrats in the White House and a whole new set of problems and folks may forget the GWB follies. We don’t know what’s coming down the pike. I don’t see Hager as president, but he certainly could serve in Congress or function as part of the Beltway lobbying cartel.

Interesting that the publicity about the wedding coincided with the release of a children’s book that Jenna has written with her mom, Laura Bush. With all the earth in this wedding chart, this marriage is about mixing business with pleasure. 

When Will Prince William Marry?

Nothing cheers up an empire, even a diminished one, like a royal wedding. And with Pluto now in Cap, the pressure is on for 25-year-old Prince William to tie the knot.

While the British tabloids are speculating about a 2009 wedding for Will and girlfriend Capricorn Kate Middleton,  I’m think the souvenir makers shouldn’t fire up the kilns for the royal wedding plate just yet. I’m wagering that William will marry on May 21, 2011.

Why? On that day, his progressed Venus comes to meet his 0 degree Cancer Sun, which is exactly trine natal Jupiter at 0 degrees of Scorpio at the midheaven. Meanwhile, progressed Moon is conjoined progressed Sun at 27 degrees of Cancer.  There are two marriage signatures happening at the same time: progressed Venus to Sun and progressed Sun/Moon.

Here’s Prince William’s chart, courtesy of Astrodienst.

Interestingly enough, when I went to google May 21, 2011 to figure out what day of the week it was (before realizing it doesn’t matter because it will be a decreed a national holiday if a royal wedding does take place), I learned from this blog that it’s been selected as the day the world will end. Well, if this does indeed come to pass, it’s going to be a beautiful ending because there’s a lovely Venus/Mars conjunction in Taurus that day, broadly opposing William’s Jupiter.

The chart of a person such as William, who will basically live his entire life in the public eye, is a golden opportunity to watch astrology in action. If William were my client, one of my first questions would be: What was going on between your parents in 1992? That’s when his Sun progressed to a perfect square with natal Mars, which is at 9 degrees of Libra. A quick Google search reveals that’s the year his mother and father publicly split up, though their divorce didn’t take place until four years later.

An ordinary person might not be able to remember when his parents broke up or he might not want to talk about it. With a public figure, you can use the Internet to search key events and time periods in his life.

For instance, the current transit of Jupiter in Capricorn in William’s first house, broadly opposing his Sun/Moon conjunction in Cancer, is bringing him into the public eye in connection with the military and sports, both fine pursuits for a future king. Click here to read about him presenting the Six Nations trophy to the Welsh rugby team.

As the son of the Prince of Wales, William serves as royal vice-patron of the Welsh team.

Think hanging out with rugby champions sounds like fun? You haven’t heard the half of it. Earlier this year, William flew solo for the first time as part of a four-month stint with the Royal Air Force. The Prince, who is a Second Lieutenant with the Household Calvary, is fulfilling a “long-held ambition” to earn his wings, according to a palace press release. Sounds like natal Jupiter at the midheaven to me. This boy was born to fly!

Britain’s royal family has the official last name of Windsor, but William is known as Lieutenant Wales.  I wonder if the prince extends his hand and says, “Will Wales. It’s a pleasure” when meeting someone. I’ll let my readers who are up on Debrett’s Peerage and royal etiquette advise me on that one.

Based on what I’ve read about Princess Diana’s efforts to instill a sense of egalitarianism in her boys, William may indeed use a common touch in certain situations. Obviously, chatting up strangers is a requirement for his future job, but he appears to do it well, as evidenced by this photo.

Still, no Yank astrologer is really going to “get” a royal’s life. That’s why I’m steering you to British astrologer Marjorie Orr, who has a fascinating read on Middleton. You can find Marjorie’s Web site  in my blog roll. Once you’re on her site, click on “The Astrology of Today’s News.”

With her Plutonian energy, Kate’s got the staying power to hang in there another three years (or longer) to become Mrs. William Wales. In the meantime, she can burnish her public service credentials. Now, for all I know Kate is out feeding the poor in her spare time, but the paparazzi aren’t following her then the way they do after she’s spent a night clubbing at Boujis. She needs to borrow a page from Diana’s playbook and cultivate an image as a humanitarian.