I’ve Been “Rickrolled”

Have you heard about this? You click on YouTube to watch a video and all of a sudden you’re groovin’ to the 1987 song, Never Gonna Give You Up by British singer Rick Astley. It’s called “rickrolling,” according to the Wiki, and I’m the latest victim.

I was trying to find the commercial from the John McCain camp that’s getting so much hype today that compares Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama to the likes of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. The story line seems to be that Obama’s not a serious politician; he’s a celebrity. I clicked on a YouTube URL that purported to have the McCain commercial and I was transported back to the golden days of my Twenties with Never Gonna Give You Up.

Back to reality: Remember the Mars/Moon conjunction opposing Uranus that straddles the Ascendant/Descendant in Obama’s 2008 solar return? This is only the beginning. By the way, McCain is correct to detect star power from Obama: With a regal Leo Sun square nebulous Neptune, he’s got rock-star charisma.

Meanwhile, will one of you U.K.-based astrologers look into the celestial aspects triggering the popularity of Never Gonna to Give You Up? I suspect that this year’s Jupiter in Capricorn is triggering the natal Neptune in Capricorn of the song’s 1987 release date, though Astley himself could be a Capricorn and getting a lift from Jupiter. Scratch that theory: Astley’s an Aquarian, born Feb. 6, 1966.

It turns out that Kathryn Cassidy at Collaborating With Fate has looked into the “rickrolling” phenom, which also involves large groups of fans meeting to sing Never Gonna Give You Up. Cassidy looks into the connections, or synastry, between three dates: Astley’s birthday, the day the song was recorded (Jan. 1, 1987), and April 11, 2008, when hundreds of people gathered at the Liverpool Street Station in London to sing Never Gonna Give You Up. Here’s the scoop. I knew I’d seen this somewhere.

Barack Obama’s 2008 Solar Return

Barack Obama will celebrate his 47th birthday with a fund-raiser tonight in Boston, but where will he be this morning at 9:50 a.m.? That’s when the Sun returns to the exact place where it was when he was born, allowing astrologers to calculate his “solar return” or chart for this birthday year.

A little background for non-astrologers: The aspects between the planets remain the same, no matter where the chart is set. It’s the house cusps and the placement of the planets within the houses that change according to location.

I did a little digging and CNN.com reports Obama is giving a speech in Lansing, Mich., this morning at 11 a.m. Of course, he could be in an airplane or a bus at 9:50, but I’m going to assume he’ll get to his destination a little ahead of time.

Thanks to the Daily Kos, we have the official proof that Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Aug. 4, 1961 at 7:24 p.m. Here’s his solar return, cast for Lansing.

I’m sorry to see that this chart has Moon/Mars in Virgo on the Ascendant opposing Uranus in Pisces. What does this mean? That Obama and the women (Moon) in his life are going to be subject to attacks or accidents (Mars/Uranus). This doesn’t mean that they will necessarily be physical attacks, but they will be attacks nonetheless.

Here’s what Reinhold Ebertin has to say about Moon/Mars equals Uranus in The Combination of Stellar Influences: “Quick irritability…a sudden experience in a woman’s life.”

But here’s some good news for Obama supporters: Ebertin says Moon/Mars on the Ascendant is “the taking over of leadership.”

Other highlights of Obama’s 2008 solar return:

Pluto in Sagittarius trine Venus in Leo. Issues about parentage could be coming out. I don’t think Obama has a love child, but we could see some interesting allegations about love and sex. I’ve learned since first writing this that the tabloid The Globe is peddling an Obama love child story this week. Strange days, indeed!

Mars conjunct Moon in Virgo. Possible disagreements with his wife Michelle. Perhaps she’s accusing him of selling out or going too mainstream. Big problems involving health care if he is elected President.

Sun conjunct Mercury in Leo on the Nodes. Obama’s connecting with the public in a big way.