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Saturn Turns Direct176px-official portrait of barack obama

Yesterday, on June 25, Saturn turned direct. That means that Saturn ceased its retrograde motion (relative to the Earth) and began moving forward again. This is good news for people with planets in the late degrees of Libra. Saturn will be making one last, quick pass over them and then, in October, it leaves Libra and enters Scorpio.

One person who might want to take moment to celebrate this planetary turn is President Barack Obama. As I have noted in previous articles, he is in the midst one of the steps of his lifelong Saturn cycle, with transiting Saturn squaring his natal Saturn at 25degrees20 of Capricorn. This is an extremely challenging transit and Mr. Obama is nearing the end of it.(Click here to see Barack Obama's horoscope.)

Labron James: Beating the Odds

A few months ago, in a tweet, I predicted that this would not be a great year for Labron James. I based this forecast on the fact that his Sun (at 8 degrees of Capricorn) is caught up in the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square. This is a powerful and disruptive aspect and I felt that it would impact him in a negative way.

That prediction, quite obviously, turned out to be wrong. James’ team (the Miami Heat) became the NBA champions Thursday night and the play of their superstar small forward is a major factor in this success.

In my defense, I was not working with a complete chart. We do not have a birth time for Labron James. It is quite likely that if we had a complete horoscope we would see something very positive working on one of the angles of his chart. However, even if this is the case, James’ ability to overcome the influence of Pluto square Uranus on his Sun is still remarkable. (Click here to see James' solar horoscope charted for noon.)

Rodney King and the Twelfth Houserodneykingimage

When it comes to having a bad reputation, no sector of the horoscope can top the 12th House. The 12th is considered the house of limitations, hospitals, prisons, secret enemies and self-undoing. Ancient astrological texts go even farther, calling it the “house of the evil demon.” In more modern language, we might call it the house of the victim.


On March 3, 1991 Rodney King became a victim. When Los Angeles police were filmed beating him as he lay helpless on the ground after being stopped on a DUI, King became a symbol of the victimization of people of color in that city and across the nation. (Click here to see Rodney King's horoscope.)

When Sexy Turns Sour

Compatibility studies can be a treacherous business. There are so many factors to consider and any one of them can ruin what might otherwise be a harmonious relationship.

The horoscopes of Taylor Swift and John Mayer provide us with a good example of this. At first glance these two charts seem to work well together. Mayer’s Libra Sun is a good fit with Swift’s Sagittarius Sun and Venus in Aquarius. More importantly, they both have Mars in Water signs: Mayer in Cancer and Swift in Scorpio. This indicates an immediate and powerful sexual affinity. If I were doing a Mars/Venus Compatibility Analysis of this couple I would rate this combination of Mars signs a big 10.johnmayerimage

Of course, the combination of Mars signs is only one part of that product. At the end of the analysis I do an overview of Mars and Venus and look for problems that might not show in the comparisons of signs. This is often where things often get interesting and, in the case of Swift and Mayer, this is certainly the case. Click here to see the horoscopes of Swift and Mayer charted for noon.

Taylor Swift’s Scorpio Mars and John Mayer’s Cancer Mars aren’t just is signs that trine. They are in an almost exact trine (120 degree) aspect. This intensifies the sexual attraction between the two tremendously but when you get that kind of intensity with Water Signs, the situation can quickly become volatile.


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