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The Weirdness of Neptune on the Midheavenrodmanimage

Astrologers agree that any planet on the angles of the horoscope – the Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant and I.C – is of paramount importance. A planet so placed, particularly on the Ascendant or Midheaven, can be just as much a factor in the personality of an individual and the Sun or Moon signs. An example of this is the horoscope of Dennis Rodman. (Click here to see Rodman’s chart.)

Rodman was born with both the Sun and Moon in Taurus and he has Capricorn rising. Rodman earned his reputation as a basketball player by rebounding and defending. There was no flash or finesse in his game. He excelled because of his strength and tenacity; just what you would expect from a double Taurus with gritty Capricorn on his Ascendant.

Of course, even though he gained his first notoriety and earned a lot of money with his hard-nosed basketball skills, it was not Rodman’s playing that brought him public attention. It was all the weirdness that came along with it, like the green hair, the wedding dress and the promise to play his last NBA game in the nude. That’s where Neptune enters the picture.

Astrology and the Massacre in Kandahar

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First of all I would like to thank Patrick Watson for searching out and publishing the birth date of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales on the Political Astrology website. Bales is the soldier who has been charged with going on a killing spree in Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of 16 Afghan citizens. (Click here to see a horoscope for Bales charted for noon.)

What particularly interests me about this case is the fact that Bales has Mars opposed to Pluto in his natal horoscope. This is the same aspect I pointed out in the horoscope of Rush Limbaugh in a previous article titled Mars, Pluto and the Monster Within Us All. (Click here to see the article.) In that article I talked about how Mars and Pluto represent the dark side of human nature and how, when they get together, that dark side can get out of control.

What happens with Mars and Pluto get out of control can range from the kind of inflammatory speech that has made Limbaugh famous to horrendous acts of violence as in the cases of Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy. When Mars and Pluto are working on us we can actually enjoy crossing the boundaries of civilized behavior and taking on the label of “monster.”  In Bales horoscope this Mars to Pluto opposition is especially troublesome since it forms a T-square with his Sun and, possibly, his Moon. (Without a time of birth we can only guess at the position of the Moon.)

When I first read about the Kandarhar incident I was reminded of Lieutenant William Calley and the My Lai Massacre during Vietnam. Calley also had a strong Mars to Pluto aspect in his horoscope, though in his case the aspect was a trine. This easy aspect may explain why he only served three years for his monstrous behavior. The situation in Bales’ horoscope indicates that he will not be this lucky.

Please keep in mind that the examples I have listed here are extreme. A multitude of people are born with Mars to Pluto aspects in their horoscope and never kill anyone or even call an innocent woman a slut on the radio. There are many milder and more positive ways of using the energy of this aspect. They just don’t get much play on the evening news.

The Next Big Mars Slowdown

Several weeks ago I described how Mars was beginning a period of retrograde motion during which it appears to move backwards in the sky relative to the Earth. At the beginning of this retrograde motion Mars moves slowly. As Mars marsredtwocrept across 22 and 23 degrees of Virgo it wrecked various kinds of havoc in the lives of people with the Sun, Moon or planets at these locations. It also caused trouble for people with planets 90 or 180 degrees from 22 and 23 degrees of Virgo. (Click here to see examples.)

Now Mars is getting ready to start moving forward again. But, before it does, it will once more slow down to a crawl through the month of April. This time it will be at 4 and 3 degrees of Virgo and the same rule applies. If you were born with the Sun or Moon, Mars or Venus, Ascendant or Midheaven or any other important planet or point at 3 or 4 degrees of Virgo, you can expect some tough times during April. This will also be the case if you have stuff in your horoscope at a 90 or 180 degree aspect to 3 and 4 degrees of Virgo.

If you don’t have a horoscope charted for your date, time and place of birth, one quick way to know if you’ll be troubled by the Mars slowdown is to look at where your Sun is. If you were born between Aug. 27 and 29 (in any year) you probably have the Sun at or very near these critical degrees of Virgo. Watch out! Also if you are a Pisces born between Feb. 22 and 24, a Gemini born between May 25 and 27 or a Sagittarius born between Nov. 26 and 28, your Sun will be stressed by this slow Mars transit.

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In astrology, the year does not begin on the first day of January. It begins when the Sun enters the tropical sign of Aries. This is also the day of the Spring Equinox, that time of the year when the daylight and nighttime hours are equal. If we do a horoscope for the date and time of this ingress we are essentially doing a horoscope for the birth of the year. So, since today is the Spring Equinox, let’s have a look at the birthday chart 2012. (Click here to see Aries Ingress chart.)

I did this chart for Washington D.C. because I’m particularly interested in what this chart has to say about what promises to be a very divisive election year. The result was a very interesting horoscope with the Sun directly on the I.C (directly opposite the Midheaven) and the nodes of the Moon on the axis of the Ascendant and Descendant. This indicates that this will be a significant year for the U.S.

The Sun is close to both Mercury and Uranus. The Sun was conjunct Uranus in last year’s Aries Ingress chart as well and we had a year of explosive political developments in the U.S and devastating weather. It looks like we can expect more to the same. With the addition of retrograde Mercury, problems in communication and technology will play a large role in these events.


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