Dancing With the Stars and Saturn/Uranus

Is there anybody else out there who sees a correspondence between the injuries, breaks, and deaths in the family suffered by members of the Dancing With the Stars cast and the opposition of Saturn in Virgo and Uranus in Pisces?

Just wondering.

On another topic, every afternoon, my downstairs neighbor in Palm Springs comes back from the pool and blasts C-Span, the TV station that covers Congress. I counter by streaming WWOZ, the New Orleans radio station, on my laptop. Saturn in Virgo oppose Uranus in Pisces, anybody?

Tax Trouble for Helio

Yahoo! has a story up that Brazilian heartthrob Helio Castroneves, known for his moves on the race track and the dance floor, has been indicted for tax evasion.

Helio, who won the Indy 500 in 2001 and 2002, has been charged with failing to pay $5 million in taxes over four years.

The story is short on detail. I’ll assume that it’s the Internal Revenue Service that has caught up with the Team Penske driver and that he is a U.S. citizen or at least subject to our tax laws.

I happen to have Helio’s chart in my Astrodienst database because I looked at it earlier this year before the running of the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day.

Helio’s progressed Sun, at 21 degrees of Gemini, is traveling quite closely with his progressed Mercury. Natally, he’s a Taurus Sun, which is sextile Mars in Pisces. The chart is set for noon on May 10, 1975 in São Paulo, Brazil, because the time of birth is unknown.

Transiting Uranus is close to a conjunction with natal Mars right now while transiting Saturn is closing in on an opposition. The progressed Sun/Mercury forms a T-square to this opposition.

Transiting Mars was conjuncting Helio’s Uranus in Libra as the tax evasion charges were announced, not a good transit for partnerships or legal matters.

The transiting Aquarius stellium is squaring Helio’s Sun, suggesting he could be involved in some kind of deception. As an astrologer, I’ll say with all that Neptune hanging around, I’m not sure Helio understood the ramifications of a scheme that was allegedly set up by his sister and his lawyer to evade taxation.

When you’re dancing with the stars, it’s hard to keep your feet on the ground. Helio and partner Julianne Hough won the fifth season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars reality TV show last year.

Gian Paul, our Brazil bureau chief, tells us that it’s the custom in Brazil to have a caixa dois, a hidden kitty or secret stash. Let’s hope that Helio has one to take care of this tax problem.

Since Helio is not from the U.S., he may not be aware of our tax authority’s penchant for going after high-profile tax evaders and making examples of them. Maybe he should talk to Wesley Snipes for the inside scoop on how the IRS likes to play hardball with celebrities.

Helio’s head is in the clouds right now. However, with Uranus close to his Mars and Mars close to his Uranus, he could be accident-prone, so he needs to take care.

Who Will Win the Indy 500?

This Memorial Day weekend’s Merc retrograde leads me to believe that the scion of one of America’s great racing families will win the Indy 500, or that this year’s winner will be someone who has taken the checkered flag in the past in Indianapolis. I think that means Danica Patrick will not win, even though she won the Japan Indy 300 last month.

It’s noteworthy that there’s a Dancing With the Stars connection between race opener Kristi Yamaguchi and competitor Helio Castroneves, a two-time Indy 500 winner and Stars champ, but I don’t think this is Helio’s year to win another Indy 500.

I don’t have time to look at the charts of all 33 drivers in the race, but I think the winner will be a member of a prominent racing family. This hunch has me zeroing in on the charts of A.J. Foyt IV, Marco Andretti, John Andretti, and Graham Rahal. Here’s the race lineup, in case you want to look at it: http://www.indy500.com/images/pdf/2008_ics_indy_starting_grid.pdf

Having recently suffered a couple of major-league strikeouts with my predictions, I’m going to be more cautious in my forecasts. Rather than declaring him the winner, I’m going to say that I think the prospects look good for Marco Andretti, especially because of his car name: Team Indiana Jones presented by Blockbuster.

Since the asteroid Indiana is traveling with the North Node, that could bode well for Marco Andretti, given that the new Indiana Jones film is opening this weekend. In other words, all things involving Indiana and the public are highlighted this weekend.

The Neptune/North Node lineup in Aquarius falls between the midpoint of Marco Andretti’s Venus and Mercury in Aquarius, which seems pretty auspicious to me. Andretti is a Pisces born March 13, 1987 in Nazareth, Pa. Here’s his chart, courtesy of Astrodienst:

http://www.astro.com/cgi/chart.cgi?rs=0&lang=e&zod=&ast=&orbp=&gm=a1&sday=23&btyp=24&syr=2008&mth=gw&cid=41laaaa19347-s971800598&hsy=-1&smon=5&nhor=241&go.x=18&go.y=7

His cousin John Andretti, another Pisces, is also getting a boost from the transiting Jupiter sextile Uranus right now. But his natal Saturn is the midpoint of the transiting stellium in Aquarius, which I think means he’ll feel old at this race. He’s 45, while Rahal, a Capricorn who is making his IndyCar debut this weekend, is just 19.

As readers of my blog know, I’m a believer that people do important things on or around their birthdays. Here’s an interesting factoid: Race day is the 24th birthday of A.J. Foyt IV. So the Sun in the sky will be shining on his natal Sun, giving him the solar power to do become the person he is meant to be.

Here’s Foyt’s chart, courtesy of astrodienst
http://www.astro.com/cgi/chart.cgi?cid=41laaaa19347-s971800598&lang=e&gm=a1&nhor=240&nho2=12&btyp=24&mth=gw&sday=25&smon=5&syr=2008&hsy=-1&zod=&orbp=&rs=0&ast=

You can see that his Sun is conjunct his North Node, which is great for connecting with the public. In the limited time I’ve been analyzing the charts of winners, including my successful NCAA prediction, I’ve noticed the North Node is very important.

But even though the Sun is on Foyt’s Sun/North Node conjunction on race day, that transiting Aquarius stellium of Neptune, Node, Chiron, and the asteroid Indiana doesn’t appear to make any major aspects to Foyt’s chart. As I mentioned above, it does in Marco Andretti’s chart.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!