Mind the Grand Cross: Full Moon in Gemini

As Nancy’s Blog has been pointing out for some time, today’s Full Moon at 21 degrees of Gemini/Sagittarius squares Uranus in Pisces and Saturn in Virgo. It took place at 11:37 a.m. Eastern time.

Given that Mars is also conjuncting the Sun in this picture, one might reasonably expect something to suddenly “hit the skids” (Saturn plus Uranus equals Mars), and this morning we’ve heard that the bailout for Detroit has been derailed by Senate Republicans.

Bankruptcy for General Motors and Chrysler promises to further increase the unemployment that we’ve been seeing under Saturn in Virgo.

Here’s the chart for the Full Moon, courtesy of Star IQ.

Nancy: The Astrologer Who Predicted Obama Would Win

We astrologers have taken some ribbing from commenter Carmelo and others for changing our predictions of who would win the U.S. Presidential election according to which way the political winds were blowing.

Let’s set the record straight: At least one astrologer has been saying Barack Obama all along, and that’s Nancy at Starlight News.

Congrats to you, Nancy, for getting it right, and thanks for leading us through the wilderness during the past eight years. Those reams of graph paper paid off!

Election 2008: Trick or Treat?

When I started this blog, I decided to call it Astrology Mundo (world) in the hopes of taking a broad view and attracting readers and commenters from all over the world. Obviously, my mandate is limited by the fact that this is an English-language blog.

As we count down to the U.S. election, a lot of allegations about the candidates, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, are spreading like wildfire through the blogosphere, and I don’t want to get burned. I’m interested in truth and transparency, but I’m not going to be the vehicle to spread rumors. Therefore, I’m not approving comments that appear to be motivated purely by political concerns, despite my desire to be broad-minded.

For the record: I don’t know who will win the Presidential election. Because of the aspect between revolutionary Uranus and restrictive Saturn that is exact on Election Day, there could be an “upset” of some kind.

The potential for a grand deception or a perfect storm also exists, as Mars in Scorpio will be squaring a stellium of Neptune, Chiron, and North Node in Aquarius, as Neptune turns direct.

Ray Merriman, the dean of financial astrology, decided to stop talking about the election in recent weekly columns because of the angry e-mails he was getting from folks who disagree with him. He’s got a forecast up this week, though, that reverses his earlier prediction that McCain will win.

His feeling is that Obama has become more Saturnian (responsible, conservative) and McCain more erratic (Uranus) as we’ve moved closer to the election.

As I mentioned earlier this year, I was fascinated by the premise of the underrated Kevin Costner film Swing Vote. In that movie, the Republicans start acting like Democrats and the Democrats espouse policies normally associated with the GOP, all in an effort to win the vote of one man (Costner).

Since the financial crisis erupted on Sept. 9, the Republicans have pushed through a program of government intervention that appears to take a page from the Democrats’ playbook. Although Congress, at the behest of President George Bush and U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, has spearheaded what I’ve dubbed “welfare for Wall Streeters,” Republican voters continue to rail about possible “socialism” under Democrat Obama. They don’t seem to understand that government control of our financial system is accelerating under a Republican Administration.

As Nancy’s Blog has astutely observed, the culture wars are back in full force as Pluto makes its last pass through Sagittarius before entering Capricorn for good on Nov. 27. So the fur is going to continue to fly.

Rest assured, though, the Saturn/Uranus opposition will be informing politics for the next few years. If McCain and his vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin win the election with their “maverick” persona, the people will react in a Saturnian (conservative) way.

Likewise, if Obama is elected, I predict he will be too conservative for his supporters, who may be disillusioned as Neptune conjuncts the U.S. Moon in Aquarius during the next two years. Indeed, the financial crisis and the amount of money pledged to prop up the fragile banking system may put the kibosh on any plans that Obama had to bolster social welfare. This typically means using government money to improve services for seniors, children, the disabled, and the needy.

A huge problem with both candidates, who are in overdrive trying to woo Main Street with a populist (from populi, Latin for the “voice of the people”) message: The political system in the U.S. and our politicians are beholden to powerful corporations.

Sure, I think it’s great that Joe Biden is from Scranton, my Dad’s gritty hometown. Trouble is, Biden represents Delaware in the Senate and has strong ties to the credit-card companies based in that state that have raped consumers with interest rates of 30%.

As informed voters know, McCain was caught up in the savings-and-loan scandal of the late 1980s and was one of the Keating Five, a group of Senators punished by their colleagues for improper conduct in connection with Charles Keating, the former head of Lincoln Savings and Loan. The New York Times has also exposed McCain’s ties to lobbyists from the Indian casino gambling industry.

While candidates of all political stripes go out of their way to cast themselves as ordinary guys and gals for fear of being labeled part of the “elite,” the reality is they are dutiful servants of our plutocracy.

With Pluto in Capricorn, the bottom line is: We’re all on our own. Our government will not be able to help us — either because it goes bankrupt trying to honor its overly optimistic financial promises or because it’s dismantled by radicals on the right or the left, or by a fringe coalition.

It’s interesting when you read about home-schooling and private school vouchers, both of which take kids out of public schools, to see that supporters range from conservative Christians to lefty tree-huggers.

Sarah Palin’s fellow travelers in the Alaska Independence Party, who are working for the state’s secession from the Union, are the harbingers of this anti-government sentiment on a federal level. What’s going to be amusing is when the folks who have been preaching that it’s time to “get government off our backs” will be begging for handouts. It’s going to get ugly, no matter who is elected.

Still, the optimist in me says we’ll go back to the spirit of Yankee mutual aid celebrated by Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy in America. A case in point: When I was recently was cat-sitting for a friend in New York City, I discovered a whole lending library of books that the co-op has in the basement. At least people the people in that building will have something to read after the local library shuts down because of government cutbacks.

So build and cultivate your networks (the U.S. Moon in Aquarius), folks. But that’s what’s going to get you through the next four years, no matter who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Addendum: I was Googling trying to find a de Tocqueville quote about volunteerism and mutual aid and I stumbled upon this one, which is quite apt as the Bush Administration starts talking about the need for another government stimulus package with the election less than a month away:

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

John McCain’s 2008 Solar Return Using a 6:25 P.M. Birth Time

I may have been the only astrologer in America who believed John McCain’s Mom. The 96-year-old revealed in a Mother’s Day campaign ad this year that the Republican Presidential contender was born at 11 a.m.

Most stargazers have been relying on a 9 a.m. time that was provided earlier by a McCain staffer to AstroDataBank after talking to the candidate’s mother.

Michael WolfStar at StarIQ rectified McCain’s chart and came up with an 8:38 a.m. time. If you want to read what WolfStar thinks about McCain’s chart, click here.

Well, it turns out everybody was wrong. A birth certificate for McCain, which was brought to my attention on Oct. 12, shows a 6:25 p.m. time of birth on Aug. 29, 1936. That gives McCain an early Pisces rising, an Aquarius Moon, and a Virgo stellium that includes his Sun in the seventh house.

So much for the idea of McCain as a Libra rising because he had dimples. Ditto for the Scorpio rising chart, which gave McCain an angular Mars in Leo at the Midheaven. Here we had the war hero in all his glory. Also, this would have explained the fact that among his Washington colleagues, McCain is known for his temper.

Now that we’ve got what appears to be a real birth time based on a State Dept. document, I’ve rerun McCain’s solar return. I set the chart for Dayton, Ohio, thanks to WolfStar’s excellent research. That’s where the GOP Presidential nominee was when the Sun returned to the exact spot it was when he was born. Here’s McCain’s 2008 solar return.

I’ve since run the solar return for Washington for technical reasons and the chart looks pretty much the same as the one set in Dayton.

It’s got the flamboyant Moon in Leo rising. This chart is basically all about Sarah Palin, whom McCain announced as his vice-presidential nominee on his birthday. That Moon could also explain the media firestorm surrounding the revelation that Palin’s 17-year-old daughter Bristol Palin is pregnant, an announcement that appeared to surprise McCain.

I don’t think Aquarian Sarah Palin is going to be that easy to control on the campaign trail. It’s lucky for the McCain camp that her Democrat counterpart, Biden, is known for exhibiting symptoms of foot-in-mouth disease.

You know what other feisty lady in McCain’s life is an Aquarian? You guessed it: His Mom, who was born Feb. 7, 1912. So maybe Sarah isn’t going away after all.

As an Army brat born in Germany who has had to produce something called the “Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America” numerous times in my life, I long wondered why John McCain hadn’t been asked to come up with a similar document.

Now, someone has produced it for him!

P.S. Comments below may reflect an earlier version of this post, which relied on an 11 a.m. time of birth for McCain.

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.

Aquarius v. Aquarius: Nancy Takes on Sarah

My astrocolleagues and readers of this blog know that I’m a major fan of Nancy over at Nancy’s Blog at Starlight News. For me, one of the high points of attending the United Astrology Convention in May was getting to pick Nancy’s brain over lunch.

A combination of insight and good old-fashioned number-crunching makes Nancy a mundane astrologer par excellence. Her views are definitely left of center, but that’s O.K. with me. Reading her blog helped keep me sane during the Bush Administration. She was my reality check. (Forgive me if I sound as if I’m speaking in the past tense. In my book, Bush II is history.)

Nancy’s in fine form, analyzing the phenomenon that she has dubbed “Hurricane Sarah.” You can read her take on Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin here. Nancy knows of what she speaks when she dissects Palin’s Aquarian character since Nancy was also born under the sign of the Water Bearer.

Nancy’s Back!

Our long national nightmare is over! Well, actually it’s not. However, Nancy has returned from her vacation and resumed her trenchant commentary on our long national nightmare. You’ll find her latest post here: http://starlightnews.com/wordpress/?p=21

Her first line: “There is a dark mood in the nation.” Call it the summer of our discontent, to tweak the words of William Shakespeare and John Steinbeck.

Even if you’re not much of a believer in astrology, this one is worth printing out and putting up on the refrigerator for future reference over the next few years. Nancy lays it all out for us in this single, lucid post.

And to buck myself up, here’s one of my favorite quotes from Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath: “…we’re the people that live. They ain’t gonna wipe us out. Why, we’re the people – we go on.”

Another Milestone for Astrology Mundo

Sometime while I was sleeping this morning, Astrology Mundo crossed the 20,000 hits mark. Very exciting! Maybe it’s because Nancy’s Blog is on vacation for the month of July that my traffic has been picking up. But in any event, I want to thank everyone for their astrological commentary and words of encouragement.

It’s been a wild ride since I started blogging on Mar. 17 — a mention in Time magazine and lots of new cyber-friends, some of whom aren’t even astrologers, just “fellow travelers.”

Old friends have been surprisingly supportive. Regina at Gastriques has been a great astro-sleuth for this site. Who knew a foodie would be so attuned to cosmic events? Check out her site for a spicy mix of food and politics. It’s on my blogroll.

Another click worth making is Civic Center, also on my blogroll. SFMike offers wonderful photography and great coverage of the arts scene around San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood and other places that he travels, including Palm Springs, where my husband and I spent the winter.

When the news seems so unrelentingly bad, art is a wonderful escape. Thanks, SFMike!

Nancy Calls the Presidential Election

Nancy’s Blog doesn’t beat around the Bush. The tough Saturn transits that GOP Presidential candidate John McCain face around election time makes “it seem quite likely that Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States,” she says in her post of May 26.

Check it out here.

If Warren Buffett is the Sage of Omaha, Nancy is the Mystic of Maryland. Her predictions have been right on the money.

My Lunch With Nancy

One of the highlights of my trip to the United Astrology Conference in Denver was having lunch with Nancy, whose eponymous blog has been functioning as the watchdog of the Bush Administration. The conversation, not surprisingly, centered on politics and the 2008 Presidential campaign.

Nancy’s grasp of what ails our once-great nation is awe-inspiring, as is her mathematical ability. I attribute both of these traits to her stellium in tech-savvy Aquarius. During our lunch at a restaurant along Denver’s hospitable 16th Street pedestrian mall, Nancy confessed to me how she keeps track of all the transits to the natal charts of politicians, generals, and the various hot-spot nations in the world like Pakistan and Afghanistan. She uses graph paper to plot various aspects along a timeline: the old x/y graph, with x equals aspects and y equals time.

Yes, you read that correctly. Nancy says she has graph paper tracing transits to key charts going all the way back to the beginning of the first Bush Administration. That’s a lot of graph paper. She only recently acquired SolarFire software for her laptop because someone advised her that she wouldn’t have any street cred with the UAC crowd without computerized charts to back up her assertions.

Nancy told me that in her day job she’s a therapist who deals with a wide variety of clients, some of them bipolar. No wonder she’s so good at psychoanalyzing the American psyche! As a nation, we’re a bit bipolar, if you ask me. To read what’s on Nancy’s mind these days, click on my blogroll. She’s got a great post right now synthesizing the mundane and financial news out of UAC.