“Rust” Never Sleeps: The Strange Case of Alec Baldwin

On October 21, 2021, police were called to the set of “Rust”, a western being filmed in Bonanza City, New Mexico.  An accidental shooting with a prop gun, discharged by star Alec Baldwin, had killed the film’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and wounded director Joel Souza.  The cause of the incident is still under investigation, but somehow, live ammunition was loaded into a real revolver, not blanks in a prop gun.  While setting up the next shot, with the gun pointed at the camera and the cinematographer, the weapon discharged; Baldwin’s statement is that he had cocked the gun, based on Hutchins’ instructions, but did not pull the trigger.

 

The “Rust” set had been plagued with safety violations and concerns for weeks, with seven crew members staging a walkout that same morning in protest for working conditions.  Before the day of the incident, two prop guns had previously fired a total of three times unintentionally, but the production had not initiated an investigation into the faulty discharges.  The assistant director, Dave Halls, had been cited for safety violations on earlier productions, and the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, had limited experience; “Rust” was her second film serving in this capacity.

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Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins lost her life from an accidental shooting on the “Rust” set, when a gun held by Alec Baldwin discharged unexpectedly; Hutchins’ exact natal conjunction of Anubis (named for the Egyptian god governing funerary rites) and Gunn (phonetic match for “gun” is squared exactly by Baldwin’s natal Sun

A chart set for 1:46 PM MDT in Bonanza City, NM, when the 911 call was placed to police, shows the four cast and crew members most directly involved, clustered together about the 13 Scorpio MC, the focus of all eyes, both in the moment and the subsequent investigation.  Asteroids Hanna and Reid (for armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, alternate spelling and phonetic matches for Hannah and Reed) at 3 and 9 Scorpio bookend asteroid Galina at 5 Scorpio, representing victim Halyna Hutchins (Halyna is an East Slavic name, the Ukrainian transliteration of what is rendered as Galina in Russian; Ms Hutchins was born in Ukraine).  These join asteroid Davida (for assistant director David Halls, feminine form of David) at 17 Scorpio and asteroid Alexander (for star Alec Baldwin, his given first name) at 24 Scorpio; it may be significant that Alexander is just out of orb of the MC, though still one of the most elevated points in the chart.

Baldwin’s culpability is further hinted at, however, with Alexander at the fulcrum of a T-Square with asteroids Gunn (phonetic match for “gun”) conjoined Requiem (named for the funeral mass for the dead) at 23 and 24 Leo, and asteroid Hall (also for assistant director Dave Halls) at 25 Aquarius, joined by Damocles (the doom hanging unseen overhead) at 24 Aquarius and Jupiter (which inflates and exacerbates situations) at 22 Aquarius.

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Alec Baldwin in full costume and makeup for “Rust”; a natal conjunction of TNO Ixion (homicide) with Requiem (funeral mass for the dead) and Jupiter (publicity) was highlighted by a transit Sun/Mercury conjunction that exactly conjoined Requiem and Jupiter

Uranus, ruling shootings, accidents, rash or reckless actions, and explosions of all types, from a nuclear blast to the pop-pop-pop of a handgun, is exactly on the 13 Taurus IC, opposing most of the MC stellium.

Asteroids Rusty (for “Rust”) and Hutchison (one of two variations for Hutchins) at 2 and 5 Aquarius lie at the Apex of a Yod, or Finger of Destiny pattern, with inconjuncts to death indicators asteroids Rip (“RIP”) at 2 Cancer and Anubis (named for the Egyptian deity governing funerary rites) at 4 Virgo, placing Hutchins on site at the venue of her death, the “Rust” set, and suggesting a rendezvous with Fate.  Asteroid Hutchings, the other variation of her surname, appears at 21 Cancer, from where it opposes Pluto, modern lord of death (also ruler of homicide specifically) at 24 Capricorn, on the 22 Capricorn Ascendant, and T-Squares the Mars/Sun conjunction at 23 and 28 Libra, which in itself speaks to a focus or highlight (Sun) on issues of guns and violent death (Mars).

Baldwin and Hutchins are further combined celestially in a grouping of asteroid Alex (for Alec, and a shortened form of his given name) at 23 Sagittarius with asteroid Helena (closest phonetically to Halyna) and TNO Ixion (named for the first murderer in Greek myth), both at 29 Sagittarius.  These also join in a third T-Square, with squares to asteroid Susa (phonetic match for Joel Souza, the film’s director, wounded in the shoulder by the same bullet that killed Hutchins) at 25 Virgo and Neptune at 20 Pisces, ruling confusion, misdirection and conspiracy.  Peripheral to this pattern is asteroid Gutierrez, for the armorer, which at 13 Gemini is wide of Alex/Helena/Ixion, but also squares Neptune and forms yet another T-Square with asteroid Nemesis at 18 Sagittarius, representing a source of ruin or downfall.

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“Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, responsible for weapon safety, is represented on the day of the shooting by asteroids Hanna and Reid, one on each side of asteroid Galina (the Russian form of “Halyna”), opposed Uranus (accidents, shootings) and Osiris (god of the dead), t-squared asteroids Rusty (“Rust”) with Hutchison (Hutchins)

The clues presented by Galina surrounded by Hanna and Reid, with Helena exactly conjunct Ixion and Gutierrez opposed Nemesis, suggest that the armorer is at the center of the incident, and at a minimum, manslaughter charges might be filed against her, who was most directly responsible for assuring that the revolver was in fact “cold” (i.e. empty or otherwise inoperable) when it was handed to Baldwin.

Alec Baldwin (born 3 April 1958, no time available) and Halyna Hutchins (born 10 April 1979, no time available) seem to have had a fated connection, based on their chart interactions.  Perhaps the most stand-out is Hutchins’ exact pairing of asteroids Anubis and Gunn at 13 Capricorn, suggesting a death from firearms, which is exactly squared by Baldwin’s Sun at 13 Aries, potentially identifying him as the trigger man.  Hutchins’ natal Ixion at 13 Scorpio is exactly sextile Anubis/Gunn, adding the element of homicide (as opposed to suicide or a hunting accident, for example), while Baldwin’s natal Alexander at 13 Leo (itself embedded at station) is exactly inconjunct, and his natal Rusty at 13 Pisces is exactly sextile, another personal tie to her natal predisposition to come to harm via firearms, as well as a connection to the venue for the shooting.  Further refining the details of the event is natal asteroid Hutchings at 10 Pisces, linking Hutchins and the “Rust” set directly.

That natal Alexander for Baldwin is exactly trine his Sun, a common connection for one’s own PNA (Personal-Named Asteroid), and its stationary status, turning direct two days after his birth, means it was embedded in the general psyche for the time, perhaps prompting the name choice for him by his parents.  As to why Baldwin chose the less common nickname Alec over the standard Alex, that can be explained by the placement of asteroid Alecsun, the only CNA (Compound-Name Asteroid, with the first and last names strung together as one word) beginning with that name, which at 25 Gemini is just one degree past asteroid Baldwin at 24 Gemini, making for a logical name choice.  Baldwin/Alecsun opposes Saturn, ancient lord of death, at 25 Sagittarius, in a T-Square with Helena at 24 Virgo, again uniting Hutchins (Helena) with Baldwin (Baldwin/Alecsun) and the theme of mortality (Saturn).

Alexander also exactly squares asteroid Lachesis at 13 Taurus, named for the mythic Greek Fate who determines the span of life, a role Baldwin embodied for Hutchins.  Note also that transit Uranus, ruling accidents and shootings, was exactly conjoined natal Lachesis for the incident.  As well, Baldwin and Lachesis form a T-Square with a cluster of points in mid-Aquarius – Mars exact with Damocles at 12 Aquarius, and Nemesis at 16 Aquarius.  This links the concept of some approaching doom (Damocles) involving weaponry (Mars), resulting in the ruin or downfall (Nemesis) of oneself or another.

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The “Rust” set where the shooting took place; on the fatal day, asteroid Rusty conjoined asteroid Hutchison and squared asteroid Osiris, named for the Egyptian god of the dead; in Alec Baldwin’s chart, Rusty conjoins asteroid Hutchings, sextile asteroid Lachesis (the Fate who determines the span of life); in Halyna Hutchins’ chart, Rusty conjoins Osiris, opposed Saturn and T-squared asteroid Alex

Baldwin has one other point at station:  asteroid Rip, at 27 Leo, sesquiquadrate to the Sun and exactly opposed Venus at 27 Leo, which could indicate the death (Rip) of a female (Venus).  Regardless, Rip’s stationary status gives Baldwin a strong connection to the theme of death; transit Gunn and Requiem at 23 and 24 Leo were transiting this point at the shooting, with transit Damocles opposed, and conjoined natal Venus.  The Rip/Venus polarity also forms the string of a Grand Trine Kite pattern, the other points being Saturn at 25 Sagittarius and asteroid Alex at 23 Aries, further reinforcing Baldwin’s personal (Alex) involvement in the death (Rip, Saturn) of a female friend (both Venus).

Let’s move now to Halyna Hutchins, whose 20 Aries Sun conjunct Galina at 26 Aries and opposed Helena at 18 Libra conforms to typical PNA placements.

We’ve already noted the remarkable exact conjunction of Gunn and Anubis in her chart.  Another eye-opener is an exact triple conjunction of asteroids Alexander, Baldwin and Hutchison, all at 22 Taurus, bringing together the full legal name of the man who killed her, with a PNA representing her surname.  This stunning combination doesn’t exist in isolation; rather, it is part of a Grand Cross, opposing Uranus, ruling accidents and shootings, at 20 Scorpio; Damocles, the doom hanging unseen overhead, at 27 Aquarius; and Requiem, the funeral mass for the dead, at 25 Leo.  Requiem is itself at station, granting it hugely augmented influence in her life, and recall that with transit Requiem at 24 Leo for her death, Hutchins was experiencing a “Requiem Return”, essentially reenergizing this natal potential, with transit Gunn, the means to that end, conjoined both transit and natal Requiem.

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Alec Baldwin shortly after the shooting; in Hutchins’ chart, an exact triple conjunction of asteroids Alexander, Baldwin and Hutchison opposes Uranus, in a Grand Cross with Requiem and Damocles, the doom hanging unseen overhead

Hutchins has one other point at station – and you might not be surprised to find that this is asteroid Alex at 4 Sagittarius, suggesting a heightened importance for persons of that name in Hutchins’ biography.  Moreover, Alex appears at the Apex of a Yod, that Finger of Destiny, with inconjunct aspects to death indicators Rip at 1 Cancer and Atropos (named for Lachesis’ sister, who severs the thread of life at death) at 4 Taurus.

A nod to the venue for her death can be seen in the conjunction of asteroid Rusty (for the set of “Rust”) at 1 Pisces and asteroid Osiris at 10 Pisces, named for the ancient Egyptian god of the dead.  This broadly overlays Baldwin’s natal Hutchings/Rusty conjunction, and forms a T-Square with natal Alex at 4 Sagittarius, opposed Saturn, ancient lord of death, at 7 Virgo.  Transit Anubis at 4 Virgo conjoined Saturn and set off the T-Square at her death.

More than a month after the incident, Alec Baldwin appeared in a primetime interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, attempting to exonerate himself of any blame in Hutchins’ death.  Certainly he bears some responsibility, since the gun was in his possession when it discharged, but so do other crew members, as well as Hutchins herself, who broke safety protocols by instructing Baldwin to aim a loaded weapon directly at her, and was not wearing protective gear.  It will be interesting to see what the investigation reveals.

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The Waukesha Christmas Parade Massacre

On Sunday, 21 November 2021, a man broke through barriers and drove his red SUV wildly through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing six and injuring more than sixty others.  The suspect, Darrell Brooks, 39, was well-known to local police, a repeat offender who had just been released from jail two days prior on a thousand-dollar bail after arrest on a domestic abuse charge.  Brooks had been accused of trying to run down his girlfriend with the same SUV.  Witnesses said that Brooks swerved through the parade route in a zig-zag pattern, apparently attempting to hit as many people as possible.  Police recovered Brooks and the damaged SUV several hours later; he was arraigned on multiple counts and bail set at a more reasonable $5 million.

 

Among the 6 dead were an 8-year-old boy, Jackson Sparks, and three members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a grandmothers-only dance troupe:  Virginia Sorenson, 79; Leanna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52, who was marking her premiere parade performance with the group; as well as one of their spouses, Wilhelm Hospel, 81, who facilitated the group’s appearances.  Bank teller Jane Kulich, 52, also perished; she was representing her employer in the parade.

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The Waukesha Christmas parade victims (top to bottom, left to right): Leanna Owen, Tamara Durand, Virginia Sorenson, Wilhelm Hospel, Jane Kulich, Jackson Sparks; all had PNAs connected with death indicators on the day, and five had PNAs in hard aspect to those representing the suspect

911 calls date the incident to shortly after 4:30, and a chart cast for 4:32 PM CST in Waukesha, WI depicts the story in fine celestial detail, as always.  Vehicular homicide is suggested by a conjunction of asteroids Requiem, named for the funeral mass for the dead, and Carr, phonetic match for “car”, at 4 and 5 Virgo, in trine to TNO Ixion at 0 Capricorn, named for the first murderer in Greek myth.  CNA (Compound-Name Asteroid) Darrellstrobel, one of several PNAs (Personal-Named Asteroids) which can be used to identify suspect Darrell Brooks, appears at 5 Taurus, creating a Grand Trine and tying the driver to the deaths and his means of accomplishing them.  A Kite pattern is formed by Carr/Requiem’s opposition to asteroid Brooks, the suspect’s last name, at 10 Pisces; this “string” of the pattern directs its manifestation and indicates who or what is driving it.

Also conjoined Darrellstrobel is asteroid Child at 11 Taurus, with an exact pairing of Uranus with asteroid Jackson at 12 Taurus, all opposing Mars at 15 Scorpio.  Uranus rules accidents and crashes, Mars rules violent death, and Child with Jackson represents the youngest victim, Jackson Sparks, aged 8.  Jackson’s older brother Tucker was also injured (as were 15 other children), but is recovering from a fractured skull.  This polarity becomes a Grand Cross with the addition of Saturn, ancient lord of death, which at 8 Aquarius is exactly on the MC, making death the focus of all eyes in the moment.; and asteroid Tamara at 11 Leo, for victim Tamara Durand.

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Suspect Darrell Brooks appears in court, clad in a bulletproof vest; asteroid Brooks opposed asteroids Carr and Requiem, named for the funeral mass for the dead, T-Squared asteroid Lachesis, named for the Fate who determines the span of life

Brooks is also represented by CNA Darrellparnell at 16 Libra, which conjoins asteroid Atropos at 19 Libra, named for the mythic Greek Fate who severs the thread of life at death, and squared Pluto, modern ruler of death and homicide specifically, at 24 Capricorn.  With Atropos is asteroid Soren at 21 Libra, a shortened form of victim Virginia Sorenson’s last name, with asteroid Virginia exactly opposed Atropos from 19 Aries, forming a T-Square with Pluto.  Conjoined Pluto is asteroid Leani at 26 Capricorn, for victim Leanna Owen.  Virginia is at station, having turned direct just two days previously, indicating a literal “change of direction” for Virginia Sorenson.

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Brooks was driving in a zigzag pattern at roughly 40 mph though the parade, apparently attempting to kill or injure as many people as possible; asteroids Carr and Requiem conjunct were trine to TNO Ixion, named for the first murderer in Greek myth, and to Uranus, ruling accidents and reckless behaviors

Owen is also represented by asteroid Owens, which at 13 Sagittarius conjoins asteroid Lachesis, named for Atropos’ mythic sister, who determines the span of life, at 16 Sag; and by asteroid Owen, which at 28 Taurus conjoins the 3 Gemini Ascendant, and opposes the Sun at 29 Scorpio, making her very visible in the moment and highlighted for the time period, for good or ill.  Also in the spotlight is asteroid Jana, for Jane Kulich, which at 27 Leo forms a T-Square with the Sun.  Lachesis/Owens further squares asteroid Brooks at 10 Pisces, uniting victim and killer.

Also connected to the suspect is asteroid William (English version of the German Wilhelm), for Wilhelm Hospel, which opposes from 9 Virgo, conjoined asteroid Anubis, named for the ancient Egyptian deity governing funerary rites, at 13 Virgo.  Also with Anubis is asteroid Kulik, a second PNA for victim Jane Kulich, at 12 Virgo; and asteroid Sparks, also for Jackson Sparks, at 21 Virgo.

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The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies lost three members and a facilitator at the massacre; dancers generally were under the spotlight, with asteroid Terpsichore, named for the Greek Muse of dance, conjoined the Sun and Mercury, ruling cars

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies were especially vulnerable, with dancers in general highlighted for the time, by asteroid Terpsichore at 23 Scorpio, named for Greek Muse of dance, conjoined the Sun and Mercury (ruling cars) at 29 and 25 Scorpio. These appear at the Apex of a Yod, or Finger of Destiny pattern, with inconjunct aspects to asteroid Osiris at 29 Aries, named for the Egyptian god of the dead, and the Moon at 27 Gemini, ruling women (fully two-thirds of the victims were female).

The holiday-related setting of the Christmas parade is depicted by asteroid Yule at 3 Aquarius, conjoined Saturn and at the Apex of a second Yod, with inconjunct aspects to asteroids Rip at 3 Cancer (which functions as a death indicator in the form of the acronym RIP, “Rest In Peace”, a common tombstone inscription) and asteroids Carr with Requiem at 4 and 5 Virgo, which combines three death indicators with a vehicle and the season being celebrated.

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Yet another memorial for victims of yet another tragedy; the Christmas parade venue is seen as asteroid Yule conjunct Saturn, ancient lord of death, at the Apex of a Yod with Requiem/Carr and asteroid Rip (“RIP”)

Over the past 15 years I’ve analyzed more of these types of stories than I care to recall, but what always stands out is the prominence of death indicators, asteroids representing the name of the perpetrator and its connectivity to those of the victims, and the “clumping” together of victim asteroids, in proximity celestially as well as terrestrially.

Truly, “As Above, So Below.”

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Joe Biden’s 2021 Solar Return

Joe Biden’s solar year began at 11:31 AM EST on 19 November 2021, in Washington DC, just hours after a Lunar Eclipse with the longest duration in 580 years, which fell exactly opposed his natal Sun.  This is not a positive augur for the coming twelvemonth, and delving deeper into the details, we’re not seeing much to alleviate that.

 

Thankfully, at least the Moon is not void, and has entered Gemini, but still opposes the Sun, signaling a year of opposition and potential conflict, but also one which could see the fruition of long-term plans, or increased clarity with ongoing issues; health matters could also become a focus.  The 27 Scorpio Sun conjoins the Solar Return (hereafter abbreviated “SR”) Midheaven at 22 Scorpio, so no surprisingly, it’s another year in the public eye, one which places Biden front and center in career matters as well.  Exactly conjunct the MC is SR Mercury, accompanied by SR asteroid BAM.  Mercury on the MC assures that Biden’s pronouncements cannot escape notice, as the most elevated point in the chart, for good or ill.  BAM suggests an explosive year, particularly as regards Biden’s rhetoric, with the famously gaffe-prone president out on the road more frequently, selling his agenda and promoting the recently passed infrastructure bill and the “Build Back Better” package, still in doubt.  House Dems gave Biden an early birthday present when they passed their version of this on the day of his Solar Return, but the legislation now proceeds to the Senate, where the outcome is anything but assured.

That win in the Lower Chamber, and continued support from that quarter, might be reflected in a trine from SR asteroid House at 21 Libra to a pairing of SR Jupiter and SR asteroid Victoria, named for the Roman goddess of victory, both at 24 Aquarius.  That looks promising, but keep looking – also part of an exact triple conjunction at that degree is Damocles, noted as the doom or pending disaster hanging unseen overhead.  The ongoing extended conjunction of Jupiter and Damocles, active for months (the two have been within five degrees of each other since April 2021), has proven the downfall of several political figures of late, and Biden will be wrestling with this energy the entire year, even after the transiting conjunction separates in early January.

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Joe Biden’s verbal gaffes and malapropisms are legendary, and with SR Mercury exactly on the SR Midheaven, we’re likely to be seeing more of these as the year unfolds

Biden’s issues with potential mortality for the ensuing 18 months were covered in an earlier article, but for now, we can note that the SR is rife with echoes of this possibility.  BAM exact on the MC could also indicate a highly visible assassination attempt, with BAM resonating to all forms of explosiveness, including firearms and bombs.  SR Mars, which rules assassination and guns, is just barely conjoined BAM from 13 Scorpio, and also accentuated by its angular positioning.

Further indicators of a possible violent end include SR asteroids Requiem, named for the funeral mass for the dead, and Gunn, homophone for “gun”, conjoined at 3 and 6 Virgo, in square to the Moon, representing health and the physical body; SR asteroid Nemesis at 29 Sagittarius, noted for downfall and ruin, conjoined SR TNO Ixion at 0 Capricorn, named for the first murderer in Greek myth; and SR asteroid Osiris at 0 Taurus, named for the ancient Egyptian god of the dead, in an exact T-Square with the SR Ascendant/Descendant axis at 0 Aquarius and Leo, with SR asteroid Bida (closest to Biden) at 2 Leo also in square.

General markers of mortality in the year ahead can also be seen in SR asteroid Old Joe at 25 Capricorn, conjoined SR Pluto at 24 Cap, the modern lord of death; and SR asteroid Atropos (named for the the mythic Greek Fate who severs the thread of life at death) at 18 Libra opposed SR asteroid Josephina (feminine variation of “Joseph”) at 15 Aries; this polarity is given extra weight by the fact that Josephina is at station, turning direct at that degree on December 2nd.  As well, SR asteroid Valentine (representing the heart) conjoins SR asteroid Lachesis (named for Atropos’ sister, the Fate who determines the span of life) at 14 and 15 Sagittarius, squared by SR asteroids Anubis (named for the Egyptian deity governing funerary rites) at 13 Virgo and d’Arrest (cessation) at 19 Virgo, with this pattern in semisquare and sesquiquadrate to asteroid Bida, which could suggest a fatal (Lachesis, Anubis) cardiac (Valentine) arrest (d’Arrest), commonly known as a heart attack.

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Hand in hand, or joined at the hip? Biden and VP Kamala Harris may become inseparable this year, as denoted by SR asteroid Harris conjunct the SR Sun

That this will be a transitional year for Biden is affirmed by two additional PNAs (Personal-Named Asteroids) at station in the 2021 Solar Return.  Asteroid Bida at 2 Leo turns retrograde 5 days after the solar year begins, while SR asteroid Josefa (one of several asteroids to represent Joseph) turned direct two weeks prior at 4 Aries, and remains at that degree in the SR, indicating a literal “turning point” for Biden.

A conjunction of SR Venus at 12 Capricorn with SR asteroids NOT and Whitehouse at 14 and 15 Cap could suggest that Biden’s approval ratings continue to flag, with the administration (Whitehouse) remaining unpopular (NOT/Venus).

Political friends and foes populate the chart as well.  SR asteroid Harris at 25 Scorpio is right beside the Sun, in much the way that VP Kamala Harris is just that heartbeat away from assuming Biden’s mantle.  The conjunction, in the SR Tenth House, suggests a close working relationship, but also the possibility of friction between them, with too much togetherness.

A remarkable grouping of SR asteroids Schumi, McConnell and Nancy at 13, 16 and 18 Aquarius, all conjoined SR Saturn at 8 Aquarius, depicts the enmeshment (conjunction) of the powers-that-be in government (Saturn), with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Schumi), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (McConnell) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Nancy) tripping over each other in the struggle to accomplish, or defeat, the administration’s agenda.  Continued hostilities and infighting between them shows in the square to SR Mars at 13 Scorpio.

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Three’s a crowd: PNAs for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell all lie within five degrees of each other in Biden’s Solar Return chart, also conjoined Saturn and squared Mars, virtually assuring more stress, struggle and infighting in government this year

As usual, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is odd-man-out in this power play.  SR Asteroid McCarthy at 15 Taurus conjoins SR Uranus at 12 Taurus and exactly opposes SR asteroid Jose at 15 Scorpio, with SR Mars at 13 Scorpio.  McCarthy’s antagonism (opposition) and downright hostility (Mars) to the Biden agenda (Jose), and his desire to generally upset things and provoke controversy (Uranus), is well depicted by this polarity, as is the ongoing struggle with Pelosi, as seen in McCarthy squared Nancy.  McCarthy’s position will be energized, for good or ill, by two eclipses in the coming year:  a Solar Eclipse at 10 Taurus on 30 April 2022, and a Lunar eclipse at 16 Taurus on 8 November 2022, both conjunct SR asteroid McCarthy.  In particular, the autumnal Lunar Eclipse, coming the very day of the Midterm Elections, could signal a hand-off of the gavel from Nancy Pelosi to Kevin McCarthy, should the GOP regain control of the House.

SR Asteroid House at 21 Libra conjoined SR Asteroid Washingtonia at 20 Libra, at the fulcrum of a tense T-Square with SR Pluto at 24 Capricorn and SR asteroid America at 20 Cancer, suggests that the real seat of power (Pluto) in the capital (Washingtonia) rests with the House of Representatives (House), but that the government (House, Washingtonia) is at odds with (square) the country at large (America).  SR TNO Eris at 23 Aries makes this a Grand Cross, and adds the elements of discontent, strife and discord, with a restless populace feeling slighted and spoiling for a fight.

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The man who would be Speaker – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is represented by SR asteroid McCarthy, conjunct SR Uranus and opposed SR Mars with SR asteroid Jose, depicting his antipathy and hostility to the president, and a willingness to shake things up, regardless of the controversy involved

The administration’s potential source of downfall, self-created, is seen in SR asteroid Senator at 28 Pisces, in a T-Square with SR TNO Chaos at 29 Gemini and SR asteroid Nemesis at 29 Sagittarius.  This indicates the Senate, and specifically Democratic hold-out Joe Manchin (D-WV) (Senator) as the likely source of roadblocks (Nemesis), disunity, disorder and confusion (Chaos) as the administration tries to pass its legislation with the slimmest of majorities, where every senator holds a veto, perhaps resulting in the ruin and collapse (Nemesis) of Biden’s agenda.  Asteroid Senator widely cojoins SR Neptune at 20 Pisces, signaling the Senate as the source of disappointment and unrealistic expectations.

All in all, not the best of years for Joe Biden, with possibly devastating, potentially fatal, consequences.

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The Aaron Rodgers Vaccination Controversy

On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19, sparking a controversy over his previously unrevealed unvaccinated status.  Rodgers had earlier described himself as “inoculated” for the coronavirus, parsing his words carefully so as not to expose his actual vaccination refusal.  The NFL superstar experienced COVID symptoms Tuesday, and tested positive the following day, triggering a mandatory 10-day suspension from play.

 

Rodgers has attempted to justify his deception on grounds of maintaining his medical privacy, stating only that he is allergic to certain ingredients of the mRNA vaccines provided by Pfizer and Moderna, and was unwilling to risk side effects associated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  “I believe strongly in bodily autonomy and the ability to make choices for your body, not to have to acquiesce to some woke culture or crazed group of individuals who say you have to do something.”

Rodgers claims to have undergone unspecified homeopathic treatments to raise his immunity to the virus, and alleges that he followed protocols for unvaccinated team members when on the job.  He is now being treated with zinc, monoclonal treatments and ivermectin, a livestock deworming drug that has recently gained traction with the anti-vax crowd as a treatment for COVID infection.  Rodgers describes his stance thus:  “Look, I’m not some sort of anti-vax, flat-Earther.  I am somebody who’s a critical thinker. … I have taken this very seriously, I’m not a COVID denier or any bullshit like that.  I just wanted to make the decision that was best for my body.  That’s it.”

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A delicate balancing act: in attempting to shield his medical privacy, Rodgers misled fans and coworkers as to his COVID vaccination status; with natal asteroid Koronis conjunct Nemesis and Mars, in square to asteroid Lie, deception regarding the coronavirus, in a sports setting, resulting in self-created downfall, was likely

Which begs the question, why didn’t he state the simple truth when questioned in August?

Born 2 December 1983 at 2:50 PM PST in Chico, California (Rodden Rating AA), Aaron Rodgers’ life in sports was perhaps inevitable with a stunning Sagittarius stellium of Uranus, Sun, Jupiter, Mercury and Neptune, all within 19 degrees.  In fact, all of Rodgers’ major planetary energies are clustered within 80 degrees of the zodiac, from Mars at 8 Libra to Neptune at 28 Sagittarius.  His PNAs (Personal-Named Asteroids) conform to the typical patterns, with asteroid Aaronson (closest to Aaron) at 16 Leo in station, trine to the 10 Sagittarius Sun (it turned retrograde 5 days after his birth); asteroid Rogers (alternate spelling) at 26 Scorpio conjunct the 21 Scorpio Moon; and CNA (Compound-Name Asteroid) Aaronrogers (approximating his full name, with a slight spelling variance) at 24 Capricorn conjoined the Midheaven at 20 Cap and semisquare the Sun.

Aaronrogers had just received the full impact of the recent Pluto station, with the planet ruling viruses conjoining it exactly when it resumed direct motion on October 6th, and still conjunct that degree as his COVID diagnosis was revealed.  Venus is sometimes cited as representing susceptibility to contagion, and with natal Venus at 25 Libra conjoined asteroid Panacea at 24 Libra, ruling pharmaceuticals and drugs of all types, in close square to Aaronrogers, there is a strong likelihood that medication reaction could prove significant in dealing with infection.  Still within orb of this pairing is an exact conjunction of asteroid Koronis, our celestial referent for the coronavirus, and asteroid Nemesis, a point indicating ruin or downfall, typically self-engendered, at 17 Libra, making a reaction to COVID-19 meds probable.  So we can likely credit that portion of Rodgers’ statement, that he was allergic to ingredients of the mRNA vaccines, and the conjunction also indicates Rodgers acting as his own worst enemy (Nemesis) in the choices he makes regarding medications (Panacea), especially as relates to the coronavirus (Koronis) which brings some form of undoing (Nemesis again).

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In 2021, Aaron Rodgers briefly guest-hosted “Jeopardy!” after Alex Trebek’s passing. Category: Sports Scandals; Answer: This current NFL MVP quarterback tarnished his image with deceptive rhetoric regarding his COVID vaccination status; Question: Who is Aaron Rodgers?

Interestingly, the treatment he is now pursuing, with the livestock deworming drug ivermectin, can also be seen in the natal chart, in the form of asteroid Worms (named for a town in Germany, but cognate to the English term for the creatures ivermectin is designed to control), which at 3 Aries is also at station, having turned direct a week prior to Rodgers’ birth.  Stationary points denote energies which have a greater-than-typical impact on the biography or character of the individual, and in this case, Worms is also sesquiquadrate to the other stationary point, asteroid Aaronson at 16 Leo, further personalizing its importance, and also sesquiquadrate the Moon at 21 Scorpio, ruling health generally.  With Aaronson squared the Moon, this interlocking pattern constitutes a Thor’s Hammer, a “fated” pattern similar to a Yod, and shows that in some way Rodgers was destined for this health issue, and this particular means of addressing it.

Significantly, the Moon with asteroid Rogers also conjoins asteroid NOT at 28 Scorpio, a general disqualifier or symbol of refusal, which here suggests a natural reluctance (NOT) to publicize personal (Rogers) health information (Moon).  And with Koronis/Nemesis conjoined Mars at 8 Libra and in square to asteroid Lie at 13 Capricorn, we can readily understand the desire to deceive (Lie) others regarding the coronavirus (Koronis), particularly in a pro sports setting (Mars), with the attendant blowback (Nemesis) from that decision.

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Going long? Rodgers is currently treating his COVID infection with ivermectin, a livestock deworming medication; natal asteroid Worms is stationary, in a fated Thor’s Hammer pattern with the Moon (health issues) and asteroid Aaronson

The skies for Aaron Rodgers’s COVID diagnosis are just as telling as the birth chart.  On November 3, 2020, the Sun at 11 Scorpio was involved in a Grand Cross, conjunct transit asteroid Worms at 4 Scorpio and Mars at 2 Scorpio, opposed Uranus at 12 Taurus, and squared to both asteroid Koronis at 10 Leo and Saturn at 7 Aquarius.  This depicts a focus (Sun) on a sports figure (Mars) controversy (Uranus) related to COVID (Koronis) and a punishment (Saturn), here representing Rodgers’ suspension from playing football (Mars), also highlighting (Sun) the ivermectin use (Worms).  Note that transit Koronis is coming to cojoin natal Aaronson at 16 Leo, bringing the virus home to him personally; the Sun is an exact match for natal Saturn, disrupting Rodgers’ career; Mars and Worms cojoin natal Pluto at 0 Scorpio, sourcing the virus; and Uranus still conjoins the 5 Taurus Ascendant, causing others to view Rodgers differently, as controversial and nonconformist (both Uranian keywords).

Transit asteroid Aaronrogers at 16 Libra closely cojoins natal Koronis/Nemesis, while transit asteroid Aaronson a 14 Aries opposes it, doubling down on the personal connection to the virus at that time.  Transit asteroid Rogers at 20 Capricorn conjoins the natal MC exactly, impacting Rodgers’ career, as well as transit Pluto at 24 Cap, ruling viruses, and is squared the natal Koronis/Nemesis conjunction, binging all three transit PNAs into direct contact with the natal coronavirus cosmic stand-in and the self-created downfall, just at the time the diagnosis was made.

Rodgers has taken a lot of hits in the media from his decision and attempt at misdirection, but perhaps his most vociferous critic has been former NFL quarterback and Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, who disparaged Rodgers’ honesty and flat-out called him a liar on air.  Interestingly, natal asteroid Terry at 4 Aries is also at station in Rodgers’ chart, trine the Sun, opposed Mars and broadly squared asteroid Lie.  As well, transit Terry at 25 Sagittarius was running with transit Nemesis at 23 Sag when Bradshaw denounced his behavior and pronounced himself “extremely disappointed” in Rodgers, with Terry also squared transit Neptune at 20 Pisces, ruling disappointment and disillusionment, and conjoined Rodgers’ natal Mercury at 27 Sagittarius, ruling the Press and statements.

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Terry Bradshaw’s vocal condemnation of Rodgers’ behavior may have been the most difficult to take, with the former NFL great calling him a “liar” and expressing himself as “extremely disappointed”; asteroid Terry is also at station in the birth chart, T-squared asteroid Lie and opposed Mars

The incident will likely remove some of the luster from Aaron Rodgers’ public image, but the probability that it constitutes a major professional setback is slight.  Whether or not that is justified, is for each to decide.

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Asteroid Profile: Lameia, the Ghoul Next Door, Part II

In Part One of this article, we looked at the placement of asteroid Lameia, named for a mythic progenitress of the vampire, in the charts of literary individuals who were instrumental in popularizing this undead creature, and crafting our modern image of it.  Part Two will focus on the individuals and films who brought the vampire to “life” on the screen.

 

Surely preeminent among these is Bela Lugosi, the actor who first portrayed King Vampire Dracula on stage and screen, and who remains the iconic image of this bloodsucker for millions across the globe.  Lugosi came by his exotic Middle-European flair naturally, as a native of the Transylvania region, then controlled by the Habsburg empire of Austria-Hungary.  Lugosi left school at the age of 12, and began his stage career shortly thereafter, appearing in his first silent film in 1917.  Political differences between communists and socialists in the aftermath of the fall of the Empire following World War I caused Lugosi to flee to Germany, then America, where he continued his stage and screen work in New York.

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Bela Lugosi created the first screen image of Dracula, in 1931; natal asteroid Lameia conjoins natal asteroid Lugosi, a point named for him, and is exactly sextile the Moon, also trine Venus, for the role with which he became inextricably identified

His breakout role as Stoker’s caped count came in a 1927 Broadway adaptation of “Dracula”, and when the company toured the West Coast after its New York run, Lugosi followed, remaining in California to star in Universal Studio’s production of the film version.  Lugosi was a smash in the title role, but there’s such a thing as playing a part too well.  Typecast, Lugosi struggled to expand into other genres, but remained a silver screen monster until his death in 1956, mostly cast in B-grade horror films, and never regained the prominence he once enjoyed.  In a final ironic homage to the character that had both made and marred him, he was buried in his Dracula cape.

Born 20 October 1882 at 3:30 PM LMT in Lugos, Romania (Rodden Rating A), asteroid Lameia at 4 Aries falls in the First House, allowing Lugosi to personally identify with the role and authentically project its image onscreen for others.  Emotional resonance to the part came with an exact sextile to the Moon at 4 Aquarius, while a trine to Venus at 10 Sagittarius ensured a romantic edginess which gripped his many female fans.  Lugosi’s personal identification with the vampire character is complete, with Lameia conjunct natal asteroid Lugosi, a point named for him, at 10 Aries.  A semisquare to a Neptune/Saturn pairing at 17 and 24 Taurus point to his success with the vampire role (Lameia) in his movie (Neptune) career (Saturn), and a trine from these to a conjunction of Uranus and asteroid Bella (alternate spelling and phonetic match) at 21 and 20 Virgo (angular on the 13 Virgo Descendant) ensures his exotic appeal (Uranus) and identification as the ultimate foreigner (Uranus also), making this a primary means of interaction with others (Descendant).  Lugosi was a natural fit for the Stoker novel, with his 27 Libra Sun cojoined the author’s natal asteroid Transylvania at 25 Libra, while Lameia conjoined Stoker’s natal asteroid Stokes at 6 Aries:  he was Bram Stoker’s creation!

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An early movie poster for the 1931 “Dracula”; when it premiered, asteroid Lameia was semisquare Mars, trine Venus and Saturn, and inconjunct asteroid Lugosi

When “Dracula” premiered on Valentine’s Day 1931 (Universal’s promos billed it as “the strangest passion the world has ever known!”), asteroid Lameia at 15 Virgo was exactly semisquare Mars at 0 Leo, trine Venus with Saturn at 8 and 18 Capricorn, reaffirming the studio’s “passionate” (Mars, Venus) publicity take and boosting its popular (Venus) success (Saturn) and critical acclaim (also Saturn).  Lameia was also conjoined Lugosi’s natal Descendant at 13 Virgo and semisquare his natal Sun at 27 Libra, energizing Lugosi’s relationship with the public (Descendant), which quickly identified him with the role (Sun).  As well, an opposition from the transit Sun at 25 Aquarius to asteroid Bella at 21 Leo guaranteed a high visibility (Sun) for the actor (Bella), while asteroid Lugosi at 14 Aquarius was just emerging from the Sun’s orb of influence (active during the pre-premiere hype and hoopla), but also at the Apex of a Yod, or Finger of Destiny, with inconjunct aspects to Jupiter at 11 Cancer and Lameia, showing a fated connection (Yod) to the vampire role (Lameia) which would make Lugosi (Lugosi) a celebrity (Jupiter).

Universal’s “Dracula” was such a huge success, so deeply embedded in the popular mindset, that no studio assailed the role for almost thirty years, until Britain’s Hammer Studios realized the advantages of technicolor for the property in its 1958 remake, “The Horror of Dracula”.  Whereas Lugosi’s Dracula never even showed his fangs, much less dripped blood, the Hammer version was plastered with gore galore, and introduced its star Christopher Lee to a new generation ripe for explicit bloodletting and wanton sexuality.

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Christopher Lee took up Dracula’s bloody mantle in 1958, with gore galore; natal Lameia is at the fulcrum of a T-Square with asteroid Christophe (for Christopher) and Neptune (ruling films)

Like his predecessor, Lee resisted typecasting, continuing to crank out horror epics of varying quality for Hammer well into the 1970s, including ten turns as the Transylvanian Count, but managed to also broaden his appeal, capping his six-decades-long career as the wizard Saruman in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies.  Born 27 May 1922 at 2:45 PM GDT in London, England (Rodden rating B), Christopher Lee’s natal asteroid Lameia at 7 Taurus is sextile Venus at 2 Cancer and exactly sesquiquadrate Mars at 22 Sagittarius, once again combining bloodlust and sex appeal (Mars) with the romance of eternal love (Venus), or at any rate, desire.  Lameia is also at the fulcrum of a T-Square with Neptune at 13 Leo opposing asteroid Christophe (closest to Christopher) at 14 Aquarius, for the actor (Christophe) who would play a vampire (Lameia) on the silver screen (Neptune) more than any other.

Even as Lee dominated the vampire genre on the big screen, a worthy rival appeared on the small screen, with the 1966 premiere of “Dark Shadows”, a Gothic-themed TV soap opera featuring reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins, played with all due pathos by veteran Shakespearean actor Jonathan Frid.  The series quickly developed a cult following and was spun off into two theatrical releases, while Frid’s Barnabas, the vampire with a conscience, became one of the first of a new breed of sympathetic bloodsuckers, characters more “fleshed-out”, so to speak, driven by more than insatiable bloodlust.

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Jonathan Frid played Barnabas Collins, the vampire with a conscience, in TV’s gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows”; Lameia is semisquare his Sun, and in a Yod with Neptune and asteroid Collins

Born 2 December 1924 (no time available), Jonathan Frid’s natal Lameia at 28 Capricorn is semisquare his 10 Sagittarius Sun, enabling him to personally identify with the role.  It’s also at the base of a fated Yod, sextile asteroid Collins at 29 Pisces, both inconjunct to Neptune at 22 Leo on the Apex, for the TV role (Neptune) of vampire (Lameia) Barnabas Collins (Collins) that became so crucial to Frid’s lifepath.

Dark Shadows” series creator Dan Curtis followed up his smash success a few years later with a made-for-TV adaptation of “Dracula”, starring Jack Palance.  The 1974 production borrowed heavily from Curtis’ Barnabas Collins sensibilities, and was the first to portray Stoker’s count as a sympathetic, romantic, historical figure, pining for his lost love, reincarnated in one of his victims (Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 widescreen extravaganza owes much to this perspective).  The role was somewhat of a departure for Palance, used to playing screen “heavies” with rather less pallor, but led to a career revival after a segue to a hosting gig on “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”, another association with the macabre and supernatural.  Born 18 February 1919 (no time available) Jack Palance’s natal Lameia at 25 Cancer is inconjunct his Sun/Uranus conjunction at 27 and 28 Aquarius, semisextile Saturn at 24 Leo, and trine a Mars/Venus pairing at 17 and 19 Pisces, allowing Palance a personal connection (Sun) to this unorthodox (Uranus) portrayal of the vampire (Lameia), combining romance (Venus) and bloodletting (Mars), which gave a boost to his career (Saturn).

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Jack Palance’s rendering of the Dracula character with pathos and empathy sparked a shift in the vampire image, to one of the romantic antihero, trapped by fate; natal Lameia is inconjunct the Sun and trine a Mars/Venus conjunction

Of course, with such a career focus on the vampire genre, can we doubt Dan Curtis’ Lameia bona fides?  Born 12 August 1927 (no time available), natal Lameia at 28 Virgo conjoins Venus at 23 Virgo, the likely source of his romantic take on vampires generally.  Lameia also opposes an exact conjunction of Jupiter with Uranus at 2 Aries, demonstrating Curtis’ expansive (Jupiter), iconoclastic (Uranus) perspective on the theme, and the fame (Jupiter) he derived from working that vein (so to speak).  There is again an element of personal identification, with Lameia’s close sextile to asteroid Daniel at 26 Cancer.

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“Dark Shadows” series creator Dan Curtis made huge contributions to cinematic vampire lore; his natal Lameia conjoins Venus, opposes Jupiter, and is sextile asteroid Daniel

Another writer/director who proved important in the development of the genre is Joss Whedon, creator of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” franchise.  Whedon’s perspective is antithetical, in that his viewpoint is from the vampire’s archnemesis, the Slayer, but he also created a sympathetic character in Angel, the vampire with a soul.  A theatrical film in 1992 starring Kristy Swanson was a popular cult success, but didn’t come close to exhausting Whedon’s obsession with the topic.

So he moved to the small screen in 1997 with his “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” series, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz as her undead love interest.  Lasting seven seasons, “Buffy” was a hit, and hell-spawned the “Angel” spinoff with Boreanaz in 1999, for a five-year run.  Whedon’s vampires (with the notable exception of Angel himself) are unremittingly evil, but also comic, quirky, and all too human in their faults and foibles.  “Buffy” also expanded the Slayer canon to include battling against all manner of supernatural and demonic forces, not just vampires.

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Joss Whedon brought his “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” character to life on the large and small screens, and created one of the most empathetic vampires to date, Angel; natal Lameia conjoins Jupiter, opposes Neptune, is semisquare Venus and sextile the Sun and Saturn

Born 23 June 1964 (no time available), Joss Whedon’s natal Lameia at 9 Taurus conjoins Jupiter at 16, evoking his expansive perspective on the genre and the celebrity he earned by promoting it.  Lameia falls on the rough midpoint of Whedon’s Saturn/Sun trine, at 4 Pisces and 2 Cancer respectively, sextile to each, effectively energizing his self-identity and career path; the translation to film and TV is seen in Lameia’s opposition to Neptune at 15 Scorpio.  Semisquare to Venus at 26 Gemini, Whedon’s perspective is again focused on the romantic aspects of the Angel character he created, hopelessly in love with his natural archenemy, the Slayer; natal asteroid Angel at 17 Aquarius squares Lameia and is exactly sesquiquadrate the Sun.

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David Boreanaz portrayed Angel, the vampire with a soul; natal Lameia squares his Sun/Saturn conjunction and is sextile Venus and Mercury

David Boreanaz (born 16 May 1971, no time available) fully inhabited the role of Angel, the conflicted vampire with a soul who struggled to regain his humanity.  Angel was the breakout role of Boreanaz’ career, not surprising when we see natal Lameia at 23 Aquarius squared his exact Sun/Saturn pairing at 25 Taurus, directly affecting his life and profession.  Lameia is also sextile Venus and Mercury at 27 and 29 Aries, for the romantic (Venus), articulate (Mercury) vampire character.  Natal asteroid Angel at 8 Taurus is at the Apex of a Yod, or Finger of Destiny, inconjunct Uranus at 9 Libra and a Neptune/Jupiter conjunction at 1 and 2 Sagittarius, depicting the vital, fated (Yod) importance of that television (Uranus) role (Angel) in bringing Boreanaz fame and celebrity (Jupiter) as an actor (Neptune).  Perhaps not coincidentally, Boreanaz’ Angel falls within a degree of Whedon’s natal Lameia at 9 Taurus, allowing Whedon to enthusiastically identify Boreanaz with that vampiric role, a perfect fit between actor and character in his mind.

Meanwhile, back on the wide screen, vampires continued to evolve as romantic, tragic figures.  Frank Langella exuded smoldering sensuality in the 1979 remake of “Dracula”, based on the Balderston-Deane stage play.  Just as Lugosi before him, Langella swept into the role on Broadway first, then starred in the theatrical release directed by John Badham.  Like so many prior versions, this “Dracula” muddled Stoker’s character names and relationships, a baffling tendency, but no one can remain mystified by the attraction which draws Kate Nelligan’s Lucy Seward character helplessly into his web of erotic delights, with the promise of eternal love.

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Frank Langella smoldered with undead sensuality in the 1979 film version of “Dracula”; natal Lameia opposes the MC and squares Mars, in a Kite pattern with Jupiter, Saturn and asteroid Franke (for Frank)

Born 9:26 AM EST on 1 January 1938 in Bayonne, New Jersey (Rodden Rating AA), Frank Langella’s natal asteroid Lameia at 9 Gemini opposes his 4 Sagittarius MC, for one of the most foundational (conjunct the IC) roles of his career (MC).  Langella received a Tony nomination for his stage performance, and the film was a critical success which spurred his career.  Lameia is also in a Grand Trine Kite with Jupiter (source of fame and celebrity) at 2 Aquarius and asteroid Franke (for Frank) at 1 Libra, opposed Saturn at 29 Pisces, driving his career (Saturn).  Lameia further squares Mars at 8 Pisces, combining raw sexuality and bloodlust (Mars).

But it was 1992’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which fully realized the nascent tragic, romantic antihero strains first struck by Dan Curtis two decades earlier.  Starring Gary Oldman, this lush adaptation puts meat on the bones of Dracula’s historic backstory, in all its florid and feral glory, with baroque sets, Victorian stilted repressiveness and erotic flair.  This is an undisguised love story, extracted from Stoker’s subtext and brought to vivid afterlife as the most amatory adaptation of the novel.  Oldman’s Dracula is obsessive, captivating, ruthless and unrepentant, but focused on reclaiming a love that was ripped apart by cruel Fate centuries before.

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Gary Oldman in 1992’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” fully realized the romanticized vampire; natal Lameia is stationary in his birth chart, and connects to seven planets and the MC

Born 10:56 AM GMT on 21 March 1958 in London, England (Rodden Rating C), Gary Oldman’s natal Lameia at 10 Leo is powerfully at station, trine the Sun, exerting a disproportionate pull on the actor’s psyche.  Lameia turned direct five days after Oldman’s birth, and is exactly inconjunct his Midheaven at 10 Pisces, also conjunct Uranus at 7 Leo, opposed Mars and Venus at 3 and 15 Aquarius, T-Squared Neptune at 4 Scorpio, exactly sesquiquadrate Saturn at 25 Sagittarius, and trine Sun, Moon and Mercury at 0, 11 and 16 Aries respectively, making it one of the most tapped-in points of the chart.

Two years later, screen vampire eroticism took a same-sex turn, in the long-awaited film adaptation of Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire”, starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise as undead lovers Louis and Lestat.  Gay characters had made small inroads into the genre previously, most notably in 1967’s “The Fearless Vampire Killers”, which included a gay vampire, Herbert von Kroloch, son of the local aristocratic bloodsucker, who puts the moves on writer/director/star Roman Polanski (more focused on Sharon Tate, in her final film role before her murder).

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Iain Quarrier, as Herbert von Krolock, puts the moves on Alfred, played by director Roman Polanski, in 1967’s “The Fearless Vampire Killers”, cinema’s first major gay vampire character

But this was the first starring role for a gay vampire, and the skies reflected the shift.  When “Interview” premiered on 11 November 1994, asteroid Lameia at 23 Capricorn conjoined Uranus exactly, as well as Neptune at 21 Cap, signaling the unorthodox (Uranus) vampire (Lameia) film (Neptune), and also opposed asteroid Antinous at 21 Cancer, named for the gay lover of Second Century Roman Emperor Hadrian, adding the same-sex accent.  As well, asteroid Ganymed at 2 Leo, named for Zeus’ underage boy-toy lover and cupbearer, squared Venus at 5 Scorpio, depicting gay romance, while asteroid Sappho at 12 Leo, named for an ancient Greek lesbian poet, squared both Venus and the 19 Leo Sun, which was conjoined by asteroid Eros, named for the acknowledge patron of gay unions in Hellenistic times.

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Gay undead lovers Lestat and Louis brought vampires fully out of the closet in Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire”; at the movie’s premiere in 1994, asteroid Lameia conjoined Uranus and Neptune and opposed gay-themed asteroid Antinous

The traditionalist Dracula vein may have been tapped out in 1994 with Coppola’s masterwork, but vampires continued their march as romanticized creatures of the night.  Or in the case of “Twilight”, creatures of the day, who sparkle in full sunlight.  Stephenie Meyer’s saga of undying love hit big in 2005 with the first of four volumes chronicling the romance between vampire Edward Cullen and human Bella Swan, star-crossed lovers who risk everything to be together forever.

Robert Pattinson’s Edward is brooding and sullen, yet sensual, taking Kristen Stewart’s Bella to undreamed-of heights of erotic passion and immortal lust.  Born 5 AM GDT on 13 May 1986 in London, England (Rodden Rating C), Robert Pattinson’s natal asteroid Lameia at 29 Scorpio conjoins Saturn at 7 Sagittarius, emblematic of the career-altering role that vampire Edward would be for him.  Lameia also widely opposes the 22 Taurus Sun, allowing Pattinson to produce an authentic performance, as does asteroid Eduarda, closest to Edward, from 15 Scorpio, on the 14 Scorpio Descendant, also sextile the 18 Capricorn MC, highlighting the importance of the part for Pattinson’s career.

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Robert Pattinson portrayed the fangless vampire Edward Cullen, who sparkles in sunlight, in “Twilight”; natal Lameia conjoins Saturn and opposes the Sun

When “Twilight” premiered in theaters on 21 November 2008, asteroid Lameia at 1 Libra conjoined asteroid Meyer, the series creator, at 5 Libra, and was sextile the Sun at 29 Scorpio and Mars at 3 Sagittarius, squared Venus at 10 Capricorn, affirming the film’s focus (Sun) on sexuality (Mars) and romance (Venus), as opposed to the more traditional blood and gore. Asteroids Bella and Eduarda conjoin at 4 and 9 Scorpio sextile Venus, for the love story (Venus) of Bella and Edward.

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Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” became the most financially successful vampire property to date; when the movie premiered in 2005, asteroid Lameia conjoined asteroid Meyer and was sextile the Sun and Mars, also squared Venus

Oddly, “Twilight” brings us full circle with cinematic vampires, because Pattison in 2005 is as defanged as Lugosi in 1931, though for very different reasons.  Fear of censorship and wariness of offending audience sensibilities was the reason for Lugosi’s lack of augmented dental work, but Stephenie Meyer’s vampires never sported elongated canines, having no need of them.  They do bite to acquire their sustenance, but with teeth that are perfectly normal-looking, except for being flawless, unbreakable, and razor sharp at the edges.

I guess that’s progress?

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Aster-Obit: Colin Powell

On Monday, 18 October 2021, four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell passed away unexpected, from COVID-19 complications while fighting multiple myeloma cancer and Parkinson’s disease.  Though fully vaccinated for COVID and awaiting his booster shot, the 84-year-old Powell acquired a breakout case of the coronavirus, and his compromised immune system was unable to shake it off.  He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 60 years, Alma, who also acquired a milder COVID infection at the time of her husband’s illness.

 

Powell was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the First Gulf War, and the first African American US Secretary of State, under George W. Bush, during the Iraq War.  Noted for his honesty, candor and integrity, Powell’s legacy was marred by his presentation to the UN in 2003, based on flawed CIA intelligence, alleging possession of weapons of mass destruction by Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein, in an effort to justify that forthcoming invasion to the global community.

Born 5 April 1937 (no time available), Colin Powell’s attraction for a military career can be seen in the stationary status of natal Mars, which at 5 Sagittarius is trine the 15 Aries Sun and preparing to turn retrograde just 9 days after his birth.  A stationary point emphasizes those traits and activities which relate to its energy, and Powell’s 35-year career as a professional soldier began in college with ROTC training, followed by tours of duty in Vietnam and a steady rise through the ranks, culminating as a four-star general.  As well, asteroid Achilles, named for the dominant combatant of the Trojan War and often associated with soldiering and military matters, falls at 5 Pisces, conjoined asteroid Colinstuart at 3 Pisces, a CNA (Compound-Name Asteroid) closest to his first name.

The pivotal importance of his life partner is represented by asteroid Hera, named for the Greek goddess of marriage, also stationary; at 10 Leo, Hera trines the Sun and turned direct on March 30th.  The choice of Alma Johnson as his spouse is foreshadowed by asteroid Johnson closely opposed Hera from 11 Aquarius, with asteroid Alma at 26 Cancer exactly conjunct natal Pluto, denoting a hugely transformative influence, and sextile asteroid Juno at 29 Virgo, named for Hera’s Roman counterpart.  Powell has often credited Alma’s support, and the bond of love between them, as crucial to his success.

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Nominated by George H. W. Bush, Colin Powell is sworn in as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1991 by then Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, as wife Alma looks on; Mars at station at his birth and asteroid Achilles conjunct asteroid Colinstuart inclined him to a military career

Powell’s unfortunate involvement in the deception which created the Iraq War can be seen in a combination of asteroids Baghdad and Intel at 12 and 18 Libra, opposing the Sun with asteroid NOT and TNO Varuna at 15 and 12 Aries, symbolizing the inaccuracy (NOT) of the flawed intelligence (Intel) regarding Iraq (Baghdad, named for its capital), and the resulting blot on Powell’s (Sun) legacy (Varuna).

Colin Powell passed on the day two planets changed direction – both Mercury and Jupiter resumed direct motion on October 18th, denoting momentous changes.  Powell’s career as a statesman, his celebrity status and political influence is depicted by Jupiter, while his thoughtful intellect and careful elocution, as well as his statis as a bestselling author of six books, is reflected in Mercury.  Mercury at 10 Libra opposed both his natal Sun at 15 Aries and natal asteroid Rip at 3 Libra (which functions as a death indicator as the acronym “RIP”, “Rest In Peace”, a common tombstone inscription); and squared natal asteroid Lachesis at 7 Cancer, named for the mythic Greek Fate who determines the span of life.  Jupiter at 22 Aquarius conjoined natal asteroid Osiris at 24 Aquarius, named for the Egyptian god of the dead; transit Damocles, representing the doom hanging overhead, also at 24 Aquarius, conjoins this point exactly.

The seed of Powell’s mortality was planted by that Osiris, which also conjoined natal Damocles and natal asteroid Koronis, our celestial marker for the coronavirus, at 25 and 28 Aquarius respectively.  Jupiter’s station also conjoined these points, though more broadly.

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The now-infamous UN presentation of the evidence for Iraqi possession of weapons of mass destruction in 2003; a Sun/TNO Varuna/asteroid NOT conjunction opposed asteroids Baghdad and Intel prefigured the flawed (NOT) data (Intel) about Iraq (Baghdad), and forever tarnished Powell’s (Sun) legacy (Varuna)

Natal Koronis at 28 Aquarius was exactly trined by transit asteroid Powell at 28 Libra when he passed, which was highlighted by the transit Sun at 25 Libra, putting Powell in the spotlight one last time.  Also with Sun/Powell is transit Mars at 21 Libra, ruling contagions and identifying his military connections; this solar stellium squares Powell’s natal asteroid Atropos at 21 Cancer, named for the mythic Greek Fate who severs the thread of life at death, Mars squaring exactly.  Transit Powell and natal Koronis form a precise Grand Trine with natal Powell at 28 Gemini, currently conjoined by transit TNO Chaos at 29 Gemini.  A Kite pattern is created with the addition of natal asteroid Requiem at 24 Sagittarius, opposing natal Powell, and named for the funeral mass for the dead; this pattern also incorporates natal asteroid Anubis, named for the Egyptian deity governing funerary rites, at 26 Gemini.

Transit Koronis at 6 Leo was involved in a T-Square, exactly opposed transit Saturn, ancient lord of death, at 6 Aquarius, with transit asteroids Achilles and Osiris at the fulcrum, from 0 and 7 Taurus respectively.  This depicts the death (Saturn, Osiris) from COVID-19 (Koronis) of a soldier or military figure (Achilles).  Also here is natal Uranus at 8 Taurus, suggesting a sudden or unexpected passing; Powell had recently experienced his Uranus Return, with that transit body currently at 13 Taurus, exactly semisquare his natal Sun.

Transit Anubis at 3 Virgo exactly opposes natal Colinstuart, approximating Powell’s first name, and forms an exact T-Square with transit Lachesis at 3 Sagittarius, while transit Atropos at 4 Libra conjoins natal Rip at 3 Libra.  Transit Requiem at 23 Leo is widely squared transit Colinstuart at 17 Scorpio, providing another link to mortality.

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A young Colin Powell as a decorated four-star general; at his death from the COVID-19 coronavirus, transit asteroid Powell conjunct the transit Sun joined in a Kite pattern with natal Powell and Anubis, natal Requiem, and natal Koronis

Early indicators of a possible pending demise include transit Pluto’s April 2021 station, which at 26 Capricorn exactly opposed its natal degree of 26 Cancer, with Pluto the modern ruler of death; and the May 2021 Lunar Eclipse at 5 Sagittarius, which exactly conjoined natal Mars, ruling contagious disease.  The subsequent Solar Eclipse of June 2021 at 19 Gemini widely opposed natal Requiem at 24 Sag, and Neptune’s retrograde station later that month at 23 Pisces more closely squared Requiem, further activating its potential.

Colin Powell’s lifetime of service deserves the accolades it has received.  In recent years he was a voice of sanity in an increasingly unhinged Republican Party, for which he was seriously considered as a presidential candidate in 2000.  One can only speculate if he’d have been as eager to start a war in the Middle East as the Bush/Cheney administration, had he become the Commander in Chief then, or as willing to accept the faulty intelligence that promoted it.  Unfortunately, his most lasting legacy will likely be that fallacious UN speech, and, wittingly or not, his participation in the deception perpetrated at the time.

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Of Bishops, Champions and Chancellors: an Asteroid Triptych

Some asteroid names are resonant to particular job titles or accomplishments. In this article, we’ll examine three, two of which have been featured in the news lately.

On August 23rd, Pope Francis acquiesced to a rather unusual request:  52-year-old Xavier Novell i Goma, Bishop of Solsona, Spain, submitted his resignation for “strictly personal reasons.”  In good health, at the prime of life (for clergy), the bishop’s departure raised eyebrows and caused speculation in sacred and secular circles.  Novell was elevated to his see in 2010, at age 42, one of the youngest bishops Spain had ever known.  It took the Spanish press awhile to smoke out the details, but on September 5th the sordid story broke – the ex-bishop had left the church to cohabit with a 38-year-old divorcee, Silvia Caballol Clemente, with whom he had fallen in love.  Caballol is a novelist.  Of erotica.  Satanic erotica.  Well, at least she doesn’t have a penis.

 

I retrofitted the chart to August 23rd, the date the Pope accepted Novell’s resignation, and was not unduly shocked to find the Sun at 0 Virgo possessed by asteroid Silvo (for Silvia) and Noviello (for Novell) at 3 and 9 Virgo respectively, spotlighting (Sun) the former bishop (Noviello) and his lover (Silvo).  This stellium is opposing that ongoing Jupiter/Damocles conjunction, now at 26 and 27 Aquarius, representing the impending doom hanging overhead (Damocles) during the period of their unholy union, for politicians and princes (Jupiter), of both the Royal and Church varieties, with Jupiter also ruling clergy.  Additionally, these form a very apt T-Square with asteroid Nemesis at 1 Sagittarius, that point of self-ruin and destruction.

Just down the celestial pike is a Mars/Mercury conjunction, at 15 and 19 Virgo, representing sex (Mars) with a writer (Mercury), and these oppose a cluster of asteroids Lust and Xavierbaptista at 16 and 21 Pisces, with Neptune at 22, all T-Squaring an exact conjunction of asteroids Clemente and Eros at 19 Sagittarius, filling in the details.  Who is the writer (Mercury)?  Silvia Caballol Clemente (Clemente), who uses just her first two monikers as her penname.  What does she write (Mercury)?  Erotica – from the root eros, “passion”.  Who is her lover (Mars), what does he do, and what binds them?  Xavier (Xavierbaptista – which means “Xavier the Baptist”:  nice touch); a clergyman (Neptune co-rules religion); and lust (Lust).

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Former Bishop Xavier Novell i Goma, who resigned his office to cohabit with a divorcee novelist of satanic erotica; a transit Mercury/Mars conjunction opposed asteroids Lust and Xavierbaptista with Neptune for his resignation tells the tale

Also embedded within this pattern is an homage to the resignation, with asteroid Church at 11 Virgo, symbolizing Novell’s ecclesiastical career, squared asteroid NOT at 18 Sagittarius, a general disqualifier.  This shows the effect of the affair with Caballol, a withdrawal (NOT) from his official role in the Catholic hierarchy (Church).  And just coming into orb with Mercury, at 28 Virgo, also opposing Neptune and Xavierbaptista, we find asteroid Lucifer, for the satanic spin on the plot.  I guess the devil really did make him do it.

There’s a third T-Square operating in the resignation chart, formed by asteroid Sylvia (alternate spelling of Silvia) and Venus at 3 and 8 Libra (identifying the female love interest and affair); TNO Salacia, centaur Chiron and asteroid Gomi at 6, 12 and 13 Aries (specifying sex scandal – Salacia; maverick behaviors and incurable wounds – Chiron; and the male half of the sketch – Gomi, for i Goma); and asteroid Bishop at 3 Cancer, pinpointing the lover’s job title.  As well, asteroid Caballo (for Caballol) at 7 Aquarius closely cojoins Saturn, symbol of resignation, at 8 Aquarius, both squaring a combination of asteroid Achilles (weakness, vulnerability, the inherent flaw which threatens to destroy the native) and Uranus (shock, controversy, socially unacceptable behaviors) at 5 and 14 Taurus.

Xavier Novell i Goma (born 20 April 1969, no time available) seems destined for his post, with a natal T-Square of asteroid Bishop at 26 Cancer, exactly opposed asteroid Gomi at 26 Capricorn, personalizing that role to himself, T-Squared by Saturn at 28 Aries, conjunct the Sun at 0 Taurus, bringing in career direction (Saturn) and self-identity (Sun).  Note that Pluto, currently at 24 Cap, came to its retrograde station in April at 26 Capricorn, exactly conjunct natal Gomi and opposed natal Bishop, for the total transformation (Pluto) in the bishop’s life.

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The Bishop’s Wife? No, not the beloved holiday classic, this is Silvia Caballol Clemente; that the bishop would find the charms of this satanic erotic novelist irresistible is foreshadowed by a natal conjunction of Venus with asteroids Lucifer and Eros, semisextile Mercury and squared asteroid Caballo

A passionate affair with a female writer steeped in satanic erotica (Caballol is the author of “The Hell of Gabriel’s Lust”, among others) is hinted at by the conjunction of asteroids Lucifer and Eros at 3 and 11 Aries, and Venus at 12 Aries, with Venus exactly semisextile Mercury (writers) at 12 Taurus; the exact square to asteroid Caballo at 12 Capricorn specifies which satanic eroticist.  Note again the conjunction of transit Salacia, Gomi and Chiron with the Aries stellium, not to mention the exact opposition from transit Sylvia to natal Lucifer, pegging the lover as having satanic affiliations.  Also with Venus is asteroid Church at 9 Aries, suggesting Novell’s love for this institution; but the seeds of his renunciation are present as well, in the form of a close square to asteroid NOT at 8 Capricorn, with this same configuration repeated in the resignation chart.  It took the activation of Caballo, in the form of Caballol’s entrance into his life, to enforce this potential for NOT to cause a withdrawal from the church.  Transit Venus is just days away from opposing its natal degree, marking it at its low point in the cycle with itself – gee, d’ya think?

The lovers are further bound cosmically by the close square of asteroid Xavierbaptista at 14 Pisces and asteroid Silvo at 15 Gemini (with the Sun on their midpoint, semisquare to each), T-Squared to natal Mars at 16 Sagittarius, accompanied by Achilles at 14 Sag, asteroid Noviello at 22 Sag, with asteroid Lust not far off, at 5 Sagittarius.  This pattern is overlaid for his resignation by the transit T-Square of Mars/Mercury, Eros/Clemente, and Lust/Xavierbaptista/Neptune.

Also in the mix, a natal conjunction of Sylvia and Pluto at 21 and 22 Virgo, suggesting the hugely transformative (Pluto) influence Silvia Caballol (Sylvia) would be in his life; ignited in transit by Mars/Mercury and Lucifer.  Their connection seems fated, with natal asteroid Clemente conjunct asteroid Karma, at 7 and 8 Aquarius, the exact degrees of the transit Caballo/Saturn pairing.

The icing on this post-celibate celestial cake is that Pope Francis appointed as Novell’s successor a man named Roman … wait for it … Casanova!  Seriously?

Moving on to Asteroid Two, Champion.

A surprise upset at the US Open rocked the tennis world on September 12th when Russian challenger Daniil Medvedev bested superstar Novak Djokovic in three straight sets, upsetting the Serbian player’s quest to break a three-way tie and emerge as the winningest tennis player of all time.

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The thrill of victory; surprise US Open winner Daniil Medvedev sharing an intimate moment with his trophy; his win comes as no shock when we see transit asteroid Champion traveling with asteroid Medvedev, opposing his natal Sun/Mars/Champion conjunction at his victory

Born 11 February 1996 (no time available), Medvedev’s Sun/Mars conjunction at 22 and 26 Aquarius sets up a potential self-identity (Sun) as an athlete or sports figure (Mars), and with asteroid Champion right there at 29 Aquarius, chances are he’ll do well.  Further reinforcing this personal connection to excellence is asteroid Medvedev, which at 26 Libra trines the solar stellium and squares Mercury at 26 Capricorn, conjoined by asteroid Daniela at 24 Cap (feminine form of Daniel, for which Daniil is the Russian equivalent).  Thus Medvedev conforms to the typical pattern of having one’s own PNAs in contact with Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Mercury (which represents the naming function).

When Medvedev performed his shocking upset on September 12, 2021, transit asteroid Champion at 22 Leo exactly opposed the natal Sun at 22 Aquarius, giving the nod to his victory.  Just to confirm the validity of the win in real time, Champion is travelling with asteroid Medvedev at 14 Leo, itself exactly squared transit Uranus, arbiter of the shocking and unexpected, at 14 Taurus.  Filling out a Transit T-Square is Jupiter, which at 24 Aquarius is conjoined Medvedev’s Sun, promoting fame and a positive outcome; and asteroid Nike, named for the Greek goddess of victory, at 22 Scorpio, just in case we have any doubts as to the outcome.  As well, transit asteroid Daniel at 3 Libra conjoined Mars at 28 Virgo, providing a burst of energy (Mars) to Medvedev (Daniel), and also was exactly trine asteroid Victoria at 3 Aquarius (named for Nike’s Roman counterpart, and root of our word “victory”), itself conjunct Saturn at 7 Aquarius, for one of the most important wins (Victoria) in his (Daniel) sports (Mars) career (Saturn).

Novak Djokovic is no slouch in the winning department himself, with 20 career Grand Slam titles.  Born 22 May 1987 at 11:25 PM MEDT in Belgrade, Serbia (Rodden rating AA), Djokovic’s natal asteroid Champion at 20 Leo is inconjunct the 16 Capricorn Ascendant, squared the 14 Scorpio MC and exactly sesquiquadrate his 5 Aries Moon, affording a public image (Ascendant) of greatness (Champion) in his career (MC) and a strong emotional connection (Moon) to winning.  Natal Nike graces the Ascendant from 12 Capricorn, doubling down on the victory vibe, while natal asteroid Victoria at 3 Cancer is part of an assemblage of points clustered about natal Mars at 1 Cancer, suggesting athletic wins.

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The agony of defeat; tennis superstar Novak Djokovic was denied his 21st, record-setting Grand Slam win by Daniil Medvedev, an event perhaps foretold in his birth chart by asteroid Medvedev squared Saturn and Uranus (implying a career upset from that quarter), and asteroid Daniela conjoined Mars and Nemesis (suggesting a block to his sports ambitions)

Unfortunately for Djokovic, among the additional points with Mars are asteroids Nemesis at 4 Cancer and Daniela at 7, seeding the potential for Daniil Medvedev (Daniela) to act as spoiler (Nemesis) for Djokovic’s ultimate sports (Mars) victory (Victoria).  Further, asteroid Medvedev at 26 Pisces squares a Saturn/Uranus conjunction at 19 and 25 Sagittarius, implying a career (Saturn) upset (Uranus) from that quarter (Medvedev).

Despite having recently had a Champion Return, with the transit body just two degrees past its natal placement, the stars generally were aligned against Djokovic, with transit Uranus at 14 Taurus exactly on his natal IC and exactly opposing the natal Midheaven, for the shocking upset; and transit Daniel at 3 Libra squaring natal Nemesis/Mars/Daniela, reinforcing Medvedev’s (Daniel, Daniela) power to foil (Nemesis) Djokovic’s athletic ambitions (Mars), however unexpected (Uranus).

Our third asteroid profiled is a CNA (Compound-Name Asteroid), Aunon-Chancellor, one of a recently-named batch of 27 released last month by the Minor Planet Center.  I’ve had experience before of separating a standard CNA into its parts and using it as a reference for either the first name or the last, but never when one portion was also a job title.  So this made for an interesting bit of research, which I will share now.

When thinking “Chancellor”, Germany is the most obvious country which comes to mind, as that is the title of its head-of-state.  Germany’s first Chancellor was Otto von Bismarck, who welded the country into a unified empire from numerous disparate states, under Prussian hegemony, in the late 1800s.  Born 1 April 1815 at 1 PM LMT in Schonhausen (Rodden Rating AA), Bismarck had natal asteroid Aunon-Chancellor at 9 Capricorn, conjoined the 8 Capricorn Moon and squared the Sun at 10 Aries, with asteroid Bismarck, a point named for him, at 13 Aries.  How dramatic can you get?  Aunon-Chancellor is also semisextile Saturn, representing the chief executive, at 10 Aquarius. Score!!

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Germany’s first Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, with asteroid Aunon-Chancellor conjunct the Moon and squared a Sun/asteroid Bismarck conjunction

[Interesting aside – Bismarck also had asteroid Germania, for Germany, at 19 Pisces, conjoined Pluto and Mercury at 16 and 21 Pisces, in square to asteroid Ferris at 18 Gemini; Ferris is a homonym of “ferrous”, meaning “of iron”, a very apt placement for the so-called “Iron Chancellor” who, through careful planning (Mercury), totally transformed (Pluto) his homeland (Germania) from a loose confederation into a major European power.]

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Adolf Hitler was elected chancellor before upgrading himself to Fuhrer; natal Aunon-Chancellor conjoins Venus and Mars, in a T-Square with asteroid Germania and Saturn

I didn’t feel up to the task of confirming Aunon-Chancellor’s placement in the chart of every chancellor of Germany, but a few came readily to mind.  One obvious choice was Adolf Hitler, elected Chancellor in 1933, but later morphing himself into Fuhrer of the Third Reich.  Born 20 April 1889 at 6:30 PM LMT in Branau, Austria (Rodden Rating AA), Adolf Hitler had natal Aunon-Chancellor at 20 Taurus, conjoined an exact Venus/Mars pairing at 16 Taurus, exactly squared asteroid Germania at 20 Aquarius, and in a T-Square with Saturn at 13 Leo, confirming him as chief executive (Saturn) of Germany (Germania).  The connection to Venus granted the popularity for Hitler in his post as chancellor; Mars signified leading his people to war.

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Willy Brandt was a Cold War era German chancellor; asteroid Aunon-Chancellor squares Saturn and is inconjunct Germania

Next up, Willy Brandt, who shepherded West Germany during the height of the Cold War, from 1969 to 1974.   Brandt’s story is unique, in that he was born Herbert Frahm, but adopted the pseudonym Willy Brandt to avoid detection by the Nazis after Hitler came to power, and it became the name by which he was later officially known.  Born 18 December 1913 at 12:45 PM MET in Lubeck, Germany (Rodden Rating AA), Brandt’s natal Aunon-Chancellor at 10 Pisces squares Saturn at 13 Gemini, again certifying him as Chief Executive, while also inconjunct to asteroid Germania at 9 Libra, exact on the Descendant, combining his career and his homeland, as with Hitler.  An exact hit to the Descendant is of course also an exact opposition to the Ascendant, and its power to influence how others see us made “Chancellor” a ready-made public image for Brandt.  Aunon-Chancellor is also widely trine asteroid Brandt at 19 Pisces.

Interestingly, both Brandt’s birth names, Herbert and Frahm, aspect his 25 Sagittarius Sun (his core identity), with asteroid Fram (alternate spelling) at 24 Sag conjoined and asteroid Herberta (feminine variation) at 29 Libra in sextile, while both names he chose for himself aspect Jupiter at 22 Capricorn, the seat of his fame, with asteroid William (basis for the nickname “Willy”) exactly conjunct, and Brandt in sextile, mimicking the natal PNA pattern of aspects.

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Helmut Kohl oversaw the reunification of East and West Germany into a single state in 1990; Aunon-Chancellor lies in a Grand Trine Kite with the Sun, asteroid Cole, and Germania

Helmut Kohl oversaw the reunification of East and West Germany; as Chancellor of West Germany from 1982 to 1990, and the combined state from 1990 to 1998, he is the longest-serving head of post-War Germany.  Born 3 April 1930 at 6:30 AM MET in Oggersheim, Germany (Rodden Rating AA), Kohl’s natal asteroid Aunon-Chancellor at 2 Leo lies in a Grand Trine Kite pattern with asteroid Cole (phonetic match for “Kohl”) at 15 Sagittarius and the Sun at 12 Aries, opposing asteroid Helmi (for Helmut) at 10 Libra, itself conjoined asteroid Germania at 8 Libra.  This unites the office he held (Aunon-Chancellor) with three personal signifiers (Sun, Helmi, Cole) and the nation he led (Germania), affording an ironclad celestial “right” to the position.   Aunon-Chancellor is also sesquiquadrate natal Saturn at 13 Pisces, connecting it with Kohl’s career.

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Angela Merkel, Germany’s outgoing chancellor, was also its first female head-of-state; asteroid Aunon-Chancellor conjoins asteroid Angel and squares asteroid Merkley, also sesquiquadrate Saturn

Finally, Germany’s current (and first female) Chancellor, Angela Merkel.  Heading Germany since 2005, Merkel announced in 2018 that she would not run for office in the 2021 German federal election, to be held later this month, but would step down at that time.  Born 17 July 1954 at 6:30 PM MET in Hamburg, Germany (Rodden Rating B), Merkel’s natal Aunon-Chancellor at 16 Gemini is an exact match for her Descendant (thus opposed the Ascendant, representing her public image), conjunct asteroid Angel (for Angela) at 20 Gemini, and squared asteroid Merkley (for Merkel) at 21 Pisces, doubly binding her personally with the office.  Aunon-Chancellor is also sesquiquadrate natal Saturn at 2 Scorpio, repeating the pattern of connection with the planet symbolizing career and the chief executive which we have encountered with all four of her predecessors profiled above.

This random sampling of German chancellors would seem to validate the fact that asteroid Aunon-Chancellor, though its career-suggestive component is “hidden” within, does in fact correlate to the celestial importance of that job title, for those who have held the position, resonating in both a personal and professional capacity.

But isn’t that just what we’ve come to expect?

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