Obama and Biden on Inauguration Day

In light of Barack Obama’s victory last week, I’m repubbing a post I first did on Aug. 23 called “Obama and Biden on Inauguration Day.” It’s below:

So much for Senator Joseph Biden telling the crew from ABC News, “No, no, no, it ain’t me babe, it ain’t me you’re looking for.” Well, the Democratic Senator from Delaware probably didn’t quote Bob Dylan, but you get my drift.

Now that Barack Obama has chosen elder statesman Biden for his vice-presidential candidate, astrologers around the world are slicing and dicing the data. Jude’s Threshold has had a post on Biden since 7:54 a.m. this morning! You have to get up pretty early to beat Jude on breaking news.

I’ve run a progressed composite with transits of Obama’s chart and Biden’s chart (Nov. 20, 1942 in Scranton, Pa. at 8:30 a.m., according to AstroDataBank) for Jan. 20, 2009, Inauguration Day. Assuming the birth times for both charts are correct, the thing to watch in the progressed composite is the moon. In this chart, it’s at 5 degrees of Sagittarius on Inauguration Day.

The progressed Moon is 4 degrees or four months (the progressed Moon moves roughly a degree a month) past a conjunction with progressed Sun. That means roughly four months or so before Jan. 20, a progressed New Moon will have occurred, signifying an important new beginning in the relationship.

Interestingly, the progressed Moon in the composite leaves Scorpio and moves into Sagittarius, the same sign as the Sun, during next week’s convention. But the New Moon doesn’t occur until Sept. 30.

I believe the change of moon signs in the progressed composite and the conjunction of the progressed Moon with the progressed Sun means the duo has a good chance of being elected President and Vice-President, respectively.

One of the most compelling aspects in this composite is the winning trine between Jupiter in Aries and Pluto in Leo, which is also conjunct the public-oriented North Node. I think this team has the power to go the distance. If Obama is elected, he will be our nation’s first President with Pluto in Virgo.

Of course, I haven’t seen the composite between Republican Presidential candidate John McCain and his vice-presidential choice, which he has yet to announce. Now that Obama has made a safe choice that the Establishment can live with, watch Saturn poster boy McCain do something radical. Will he pick a woman, or Joe Lieberman? Who can say?

But mark my words, he will fulfill the destiny of the Saturn/Uranus conjunction that will be exact on Election Day (See “Pamela and Monica Ponder the Vice-Presidency”).

Pamela Cucinell, my BlogTalkRadio collaborator, points out at AstroChatter that it probably won’t be smooth sailing for Obama and Biden, given that the announcement of the vice-presidential candidate took place under today’s Venus/Uranus opposition.

Monica and Pamela on the Mother of all Bailouts

Pamela Cucinell of AstroChatter and I continue to do our BlogTalkRadio podcasts each Tuesday at noon, but are still hampered by technical difficulties. My Uranus opposes Pamela’s Aquarius Sun, and I think that has something to do with it.

Clearly, Mercury retrograde has been a factor. Last week, I stayed in the chat room because the number “1” was stuck on my cell phone and I couldn’t call into the show.

This week, Pamela was suffering from a sore throat and periodic coughing fits so I ran at the mouth about the $700 billion bailout plan, which was approved by the Senate yesterday, and what I think needs to be done under Pluto in Capricorn.

If you listen to this week’s show, you can see why in my youth my nickname was “Motormouth.” Sometimes it’s hard to shut me up. It’s too bad I didn’t grow up to be a senator. Then I would have the opportunity to engage in a filibuster, where you wear down the opposition by talking for hours on end. Sadly, my husband can attest to what it’s like to be on the receiving end of such an onslaught.

Here’s the link to this week’s AstroChatter podcast, which you can listen to at any time.

If you’d like to put your two cents in, give us a call next Tuesday at (646) 200-4065. We’d love to hear from you.

Every Blogger’s Worst Fear

I started this blog on Mar. 17, 2008 and have been at it a little over six months. At the time, transiting Uranus in Pisces was sextiling Jupiter in Capricorn, which was sitting on my natal Sun. I decided to start writing an astrology blog on a whim. About 24 hours later, my blog was up and running.

One person who gave me a push to start the blog, though she didn’t know it, was Pamela Cucinell at AstroChatter, who later invited me co-host her BlogTalkRadio podcast every Tuesday at noon.

Pamela asked if I wanted to be her roommate at the United Astrology Conference in May, and when she did, I instantly decided I needed an “outlet” to cover the convention. Thus, my blog was born!

Get this: Other than Nancy’s Blog, I wasn’t even aware of astrology blogs. Now, thanks to Elsa P at ElsaElsaAstroNews and Jeffrey Kishner at AstrologyBlogger, I know about a whole universe of stargazing blogs, and many navel-gazing ones (my own included), as well.

As I’ve surfed the Net over the past six months, I’ve discovered really smart astrology blogs that came to a dead end. The blogger got a new job, faced a demanding personal situation, nabbed a book deal, or simply ran out of psychic gas.

That scares me. Will I one day drop the thread of Astrology Mundo as impulsively as I picked it up? I hope not.

In the meantime, I wanted to call readers’ attention to a new book by an erstwhile blogger whose posts I greatly admire, even though I didn’t discover them until the blog ended. The book is Cosmic Trends: Astrology Connects the Dots by Philip Brown.

Brown’s blog was called AstroFutureTrends, and it ended in December 2007 after two and a half years. (Hey, that’s a Progressed Moon cycle or Saturn through one sign.) Brown posted in February, explaining why he decided to leave blogging behind:

“I heard someone say recently that they’d gone beyond their own supply line. That’s a little like I’ve felt. My own supply line has always started from within, and I found I was not spending enough time nurturing my own inner self.”

Nothing wrong with that. It just unsettles me — I guess because I’ve been known to quit jobs after about two-and-a-half or three years.

I do things in threes a lot. So I can safely say I’ll be hanging out here in the blogosphere through 2011.

Inshalla, I want to be online when the Mayan Calendar ends at the Winter Solstice Dec. 21, 2012 to report on the return of Jesus or a visit from the extra-terrestrials or the big letdown if nothing monumental happens.

The chart for that moment has Mercury conjunct Venus in Sagittarius straddling the Ascendant opposing Jupiter in Gemini close to the Seventh House cusp, according to Jude’s Threshold. Maybe some twins are stopping by! Stay tuned.

In Praise of Reinhold Ebertin

I’m in tizzy! I can’t find my trusty copy of Reinhold Ebertin’s The Combination of Stellar Influences. As readers of this column know, I can’t live without this book. I had it out recently when I was doing my BlogTalkRadio broadcast with Pamela Cucinell of AstroChatter, and now it’s gone missing.

I’m hoping it will turn up when Mercury goes retrograde later this month. I know the minute I order it from Amazon.com, I’ll find it. I guess I could give the new copy away as a present.

Labor Day weekend was an emptying of armoires, closets, and drawers and the transfer of seasonal clothing in anticipation of cooler weather. Maybe COSI, as fans call it for short, is stuck in a box of my husband’s golf shorts.

With all the clothes flying around the house, I didn’t keep up with my favorite astrology blogs going into Labor Day weekend. I missed a very important post on my hero over at Chirotic.

I’m linking to the post on “cosmobiologist” Reinhold Ebertin here. This is a dense post, but one well worth reading. Wait until you have a few minutes of quiet time to study it.

Readers and fellow bloggers who have noticed that my links have more words in them: The word has come down at my day job that if you link to someone’s site using the word “here,” the subject matter doesn’t get credited properly in Google’s search machines. We bloggers who love to link are racking up millions and millions of instances of the word “here.”

Note to Astrology Bloggers: Hit the Return Key!

Pamela Cucinell and I did our BlogTalkRadio call-in show at noon today.

Pamela has some groovy new music in the beginning of the broadcast, which is actually a podcast, and we had folks on the phone and in the chat rooms today.

Was it Jupiter and Pluto going direct or the new music that brought in the newcomers? (The first few bars of the AstroChatter Radio theme remind me of the intro to K.C. and the Sunshine Band’s Get Down Tonight.)

Thanks to a phone-call from LadyFocus, we had some good discussion about how Saturn in Virgo is putting the screws to those with planetary placements in the mutable signs — Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. Because Saturn is being opposed by Uranus, the news that you’ve got to toe the line (Saturn) often comes as a surprise (Uranus).

As anyone who heard what Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan said about Sarah Palin after she thought the mic was off, the best stuff gets said off the air.

Here’s what Pamela and I decided after our broadcast was over: Most bloggers don’t know when to hit the return key. If a paragraph is more than three sentences, it’s time to start a new one.

Think of your poor readers (like us!). We love your blogs but our eyes are getting bleary.

I know how to hit the return key, but I have to learn to keep my sentences short on the air. I’m working on it.

Pamela, Monica, and Sarah

AstroChatter blogger and radio personality Pamela Cucinell and I did our Tuesday lunchtime (noon) gig today on BlogTalkRadio.

I think the new time is working for us because we got fan mail, a live caller, and folks in the chatroom. Also, we seem to be surmounting our technical difficulties, slowly but surely.

Our broadcasts are actually podcasts so you can listen to them anytime you’d like. Today, we focused on John McCain’s vice-presidential pick, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Pamela explored the connections between their charts and that of Vice-President Dick Cheney, whom she thinks will continue to play an important role in politics.

Both Cheney and Palin were born under the sign of Aquarius and are getting transits from Neptune, which is traveling through the sign of the Water Bearer.

Here’s the link.

The Heart of Hillary

Unfortunately, these keynote convention speeches conflict with my day job’s night hours. I’ve been catching up with them the next morning via streaming video on the Web. My AstroChatter Radio colleague, Pamela Cucinell, was watching Hillary Clinton last night and posted this at her site.

Pamela says Hillary wore orange. I wonder if she’s been talking to the Dalai Lama about power colors.

Pamela and Monica Parse the Democratic National Convention

Pamela Cucinell and I have moved the time for our AstroChatter BlogTalkRadio show from 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays to noon. Today, Pamela and I chatted about the speeches of Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, Ted Kennedy, and Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention last night.

If you want to listen to our spirited exchange, you can click here. (Even though this is called BlogTalkRadio, it’s actually a podcast and you can actually listen to it anytime, not just while it’s being recorded.)

Pamela delivers a great interpretation of Pisces Ted Kennedy’s chart and the Massachusetts Senator’s continuing commitment to health care as a right, not a privilege. Last night, Kennedy fired up the crowd assembled at the PepsiCo Center with a rallying cry: “The dream lives on!”

Although the Senator recently had surgery for a brain tumor, he promised delegates that he would be in Washington to see Obama sworn in as President in January. Kennedy’s speech brought tears to the eyes of his niece Maria Shriver. Was that Jon Stewart standing next to her at the convention? It certainly wasn’t Shriver’s husband, California Governor Arnold Schwarzegger.

In our broadcast, Pamela and I take a page from The View and get girly by dishing whether Michelle Obama is a Pisces or Aquarius Moon based on the blue-green color of the dress she wore last night for her DNC keynote. We’re leaning toward Aquarius, which is getting the transit of dreamy Neptune. Here’s the thinking: Aquarius Moon equals cobalt-blue dress, which gets watered down to a seafoam green or turquoise by Neptune.

Those waiting for Michelle to deliver the baby news were let down last night, but her speech praising the virtrues of the working class was a triumph. I wonder who’s feeding Rush Limbaugh the story about Michelle expecting? There was no sign of a bump under that clingy dress.

I haven’t seen a time of birth for Michelle, but evidently Stars Over Washington has got one and confirms that she’s a late Aquarius Moon. Stars Over Washington is one of the many places that Jude Cowell of Jude’s Threshold hangs her hat.

Another highlight of today’s AstroChatter broadcast: Pamela talks about the solar return of the U.S., based on the Sibley chart.

Give Us 22 Minutes and We’ll Give You the Astro World!

Actually, AstroChatter’s Pamela Cucinell and I will be asking for more than 22 minutes, but my headline borrows from the slogan of all-news radio 1010 WINS, familiar to anyone who has cooled his heels in the back of a New York City taxi while stuck in a traffic jam.

On Aug.5, Pamela and I will be taking questions on BlogTalkRadio from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen, but if you’d like to register to chat or call in, you can do so here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/astrochatter

Pamela is a first-class astrologer, has a metaphysical take on life, and a great sense of humor. I’m a news junkie and I love to connect the dots. Astrology gives me a language to express the connections I imagine that I see all around me. What will emerge from this meeting of the minds and mouths? Only heaven knows!