George Soros: The Bad News About Hedge Funds

Do you know who George Soros is? Don’t feel bad if you don’t. The Hungarian-born investor periodically makes headlines in the financial press. He was quite outspoken about free markets in the late 1980s and early 1990s, after the fall of the Iron Curtain. But he is hardly a household name.

Today, the financier, who was born Aug. 12, 1930, was on Capitol Hill testifying about hedge funds. Here’s the natal chart of Soros from something called the Magi Society and an interesting article about how he got clobbered during a Saturn transit. It was actually in April 2000, when Jupiter was making a conjunction with Saturn in Taurus, squaring Soros’ natal Leo Sun.

I’m wondering whether last night’s full Moon at 21 degrees of Taurus, which also squared the legendary investor’s Sun, is the reason why he was ordered to appear in front of Congress.

He told legislators that hedge funds, which are investment vehicles that are essentially free of government regulation and place bets in both directions (long and short) on equities and commodities, will be “decimated” by the current financial crisis. A story from the Times of London appears here about Soros’ day on the Hill.

Like Warren Buffett, another billionaire, Soros has a Jupiter/Pluto conjunction in Cancer that ties in heavily with the U.S. chart.

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Helen Thomas, Queen of the White House Correspondents

Back on Aug. 4, when it was Barack Obama’s birthday and I was busily calculating his solar return, my tipster Gastriques was prodding me to look at the chart of longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas, another Leo born Aug. 4.

I’m catching up with Learning Curve on the Ecliptic and I see this weekend that she featured Thomas as the first in a series of “superwomen” that she plans to write about on Saturdays. So, here you go, Gastriques. Here’s everything you wanted to know about Helen Thomas, together with her natal chart.

So, in true Cindy Adams style, I’ll say: Don’t say I never did anything for you! (I know you wouldn’t, but it’s fun to channel Cindy!)