The Power of Secrets

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The new Leonardo Di Caprio movie, J Edgar, is all about the bizarre life of the former head of the FBI – a life that seemed to hide more secrets and lies than the lives of the subjects on whom he was spying.

If you know someone with control-freak issues, look to Pluto in their chart, and for deception, you will want to check out Neptune. J Edgar Hoover had these two power players conjunct in intellectual, emotionally-detached Gemini indicating a Machievellian character for whom power was paramount, as were secrets – both his own and those of others. The entire key to his authority was his ability to trade in skeletons – although he kept his in a closest of a different kind.

Moreover, this conjunction is square to his natal Moon in Pisces. He was a much more sensitive person than he ever let on but felt compelled to keep his emotional life under complete wraps or he risked unravelling the elaborate web of false control he had constructed for himself.

His repressive nature, however, was also his great advantage as is seen by the rare and beneficial aspect in his chart called the Mystic Rectangle. Saturn and Mars in opposition points to a man who kept his demons firmly under lock and key, while Mercury opposite Jupiter showed a high level of suspicion and paranoia. These oppositions, however, are held together through sextiles, creating a tight unit in the form of a rectangle. He was able to easily turn all these complex, difficult aspects to his personal advantage and achieve fame and power through what would seem to be very inhibitive personality traits.

Virgo Louis CK’s $1 Million Gamble

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After growing fed up from not receiving any royalty checks for his concert DVDs, comedian Louis CK took a risk by producing his own show and offering it for download on his website at $5 a shot. After ten days, he topped $1 million.

Louis CK has intellectual Mercury in his solar second house of earned income, giving him a entrepreneurial knack for making money. His Sun in Virgo is conjunct Pluto and Uranus, indicating a renegade character who does best when not following the rules.

Saturn has been transitting Louis’ solar second house of earned income for the past few years. When Saturn transits a sector of one’s chart, this can signify a time of dearth, but also the promise that hard work and a never-surrender attitude will pay off by the time Saturn ends it transit (which will do later in 2012). The mere fact that money was not coming in from his work, prodded Louis into taking matters into his own hands – and Saturn rewards maturity and taking responsibility. So take note you Virgos who have been having hard times, and think how you can turn your situation around!

Louis, is also a kind-hearted soul, because he gave most of his profits away in bonuses to his staff or donations to charity – keeping just $220,000 for himself….before taxes….

“I was going to [donate] $100,000, but it’s like blackjack — I just kept dishing it out,” the comedian told Jimmy Fallon.

Well that could be transitting Pluto conjunct his natal Moon in his house of risk and gambling talking. CK may want to keep the rest of his chips to himself because he is in an extremely giving mood, and his emotions can really take control of his better wisdom at this time, and if not careful he may regret giving so much away.

Uranus is also transitting his financial sector for the next 7 years, during which time he may experience sudden windfalls – but also sudden losses. Right now, Uranus is in positive aspect with risk-loving Mars, which is giving him gamblers high, but for the next year, it will be forming dissonant aspects with both Mercury in his income sector and the Moon, and he may make the wrong decisions about how to invest his earnings.

Update on September Scopes and News

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I just made a major move to Italy and have finally found an apartment, so I will get the September scopes up soon!

If you live in Italy, I will soon be contributing to Sirio – the leading astrology magazine in Italy!

Astrology Readings – Fresh, Hip and Funky I am now also listed at Thumbtack. Thumbtack is a service that helps you connect with new clients locally or nationally. You can find a lot of stuff there!

The Astrology of Sex Appeal

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If you haven’t seen the new documentary, Senna, don’t walk, don’t run, but drive as fast as you can to the nearest cinema to watch it asap. Ayton Senna is one of the icons of Formula 1 auto racing, who died in a tragic accident in his early 30s.

Even if you aren’t into sports or racing, you can’t help but be moved by this incredible movie. Even with the passing of the years, it is hard not to be seduced by Senna’s charisma and personal magnetism (ie, he was incredibly hot!).

So what are some factors in a birth chart that indicate sex appeal?

Mars: Mars is the planet of sex and allure. A prominent Mars is the key to vitality and attraction. Senna has Mars in his 1st house, the identity sector. He has an almost overwhelming force of personality, and his magnetism is an integral part of his identity, who he is, and how others relate to him.

Venus: Venus represents the dreamier, more romantic elements of personal attraction. For Senna, the planet of love and the softer, more seductive charms is also in his 1st house, giving him a sweetness and allure. He can use his graciousness to his benefit, both in his career and his ability to make friends due to harmonious aspects to his MC and Jupiter in his social sector.

Sun: The Sun shows the basic approach to life. Senna’s Sun is in fiery Aries in his self-esteem sector, giving him a passionate, enthusiastic and vibrant nature.

Planets in the relationship houses: Finally, planets in the 5th and 7th houses shows how one approaches relationships, as well as how others are drawn to them. Senna had both Pluto and Uranus in his house of partnership, making him powerfully magnetic as well as spontaneous in his approach to love.

Happy Solar Return USA!

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Every year, on the birthday of a person, country or event, the Sun returns to the exact position where it was when the original “birth” took place. This is a very powerful chart called the Solar Return. This chart can be used to see what will be the major issues during the upcoming year.
The cool thing about Solar Return charts is that we can change them! By travelling to a new location you can change the houses in which the planets are positioned, and thereby change their area of influence. For example, if you want to focus on love, an astrologer can help you find a city to visit on your birthday so that you have good planetary action in your love sector. Even if you are not into astrology, a birthday trip is always a nice pressie to give oneself!

So what is up for the USA in during its next solar year?

Focus on domestic affairs and the economy: With the Sun close to the mid-heaven, or point of career success, forming a disharmonious Grand Cross with Pluto in the house of home, Uranus in the house of open enemies and Saturn in the house of identity, the USA will still have to deal with a struggling economy and weakened sense of power, and a feeling of being stretched too thin on all sides. There will be an increased sense of internal struggle and differing factions could stubbornly be at loggerheads over how to fix the issues. The drain and futility of fighting several wars will continue to deplete the vital resources needed to help reinvigorate the domesticeconomy, and the breaking point will need to come to a head.

A more mature approach: With Saturn in the house of identity, these may not be the most carefree of times, but this has a positive side, as well. The USA is often described as the eternal optimistic adolescent. This positioning will give a deeper gravitas to politics and a more mature, balanced approach.


Renewed respect on world stage:
While domestic affairs and attitudes may be a bit turbulent, the USA’s reputation will grow on the world stage, and we will feel a love and impart an idealism that we have not experienced in many years. Venus on the MC in the house of foreign affairs with Mars in the same house trining Saturn near the Ascendant will be granting the USA a sense of compassionate leadership beyond its borders. Unfortunately, as Venus opposes Pluto, the more we are loved abroad, the more isolationist we may become at home, especially due to involvements in wars overseas.

The economical outlook is good (in comparison to everywhere else): Even though the USA’s economy may be bad, in comparison to what is going on overseas, we are downright peachy. Expect the dollar to increase as the Eurozone undergoes its issues. Jupiter in the financial sector is sending extremely rare and harmonious vibes to Venus in the house of foreign places and Pluto in the domestic realm, so we are sure to benefit from other countries’ economic austerities. Jupiter in the realm of finances will also bring an added shot of luck in this sector.

The Year of Virgos Living Dangerously

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First it was Charlie Sheen, then it was Anthony Weiner….It is hard to imagine that 2 of this year’s biggest, most explosive scandals were committed by the normally impeccable sign of Virgo.

Virgo is a private sign that likes to keep things under control. That is not to say that they are as prim and proper as they appear, but appearance is key. They are normally private and calculating enough to keep their naughtiness on the down low and out of the public eye. Virgo is one of those “Belle de Jour” signs – they often lead double lives, but are smart enough (or afraid enough) not to get caught. They play by the rules on the surface, but once the doors are locked, anything goes. If they were to have a motto, it would be: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…”

Early last March, Uranus, the planet of surprise and change, moved into Virgo’s scandalous eighth house of sex and money. Wherever Uranus roams, things that have been pent-up and repressed break loose, often in a sudden and shocking manner. Uranus wants the truth to get out and see the light of day and won’t let up until it does. So one little misclick on Twitter can lead to one of the most bizarre (non)sex scandals of the year.

Uranus will spend another 7 years in this sector Virgo’s chart, so we can expect to have more of the wild underbelly of this seemingly demure sign come out in the open.

So you Virgos out there may want to be doubly cautious when getting up to your dirty deeds, or things could spiral out of control and your sharing could rapidly morph into oversharing – so call off the press conferences and retreat instead into your safe room.

Arrivederci Roma! Can the Planets Be Used to Predict Earthquakes?

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Will the final fall of Rome occur on May 11, 2011? The entire Italian Twitterverse (Il Twitterverso, I presume) is abuzz about a decades-old prediction saying that a powerful earthquake will hit central Italy and finish the job that that the Goths started millenia before.

Raffaele Bendandi was a self-taught astronomer born in 1893. While still a teen he predicted, a year in advance, a devasting quake that hit Italy before the First World War. This became a life-long obsession for him.

As a young soldier, while out walking by the seaside, he came up with the theory that the movements and gravitational forces of the planets could cause the earth’s crust to swell up and settle in the same way it affects the tides and waves. He created a system using the planets’ masses and trajectories to predict the time and location of earthquakes with quite a lot of success. His most famous prophecy is of the earthquake that hit the Marche in January 1924. To prove his theory, he had his prediction notarized in advance. Over the course of his life, he forecast many other earthquakes.

When he died, most of his papers containing his predictions for the future had been mysteriously burned, although a few pages had been pulled from the embers with the dates 2011 and 2012 on them…

And so we arrive at the current hysteria that is gripping the Italian internet at the moment. Will the eternal city survive the next month?

According to the archivist of Bendandi’s papers, predictions of terrible earthquakes do exist for the years 2011 and 2012, but there is nothing in his collection that gives a precise date or place. So it turns out this is just an internet (half) hoax.

As for Bendandi’s theory, however, the Japanese quake is one of the worst on record…so what awaits us in 2012? And where?



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Osama Bin Laden’s Endgame

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The decade-long super-edition of Where’s Waldo ended last night when Evil Mastermind, Boris Badenov, I mean Osama Bin Laden, was killed at his luxury secret lair and disposed at sea.

With expansive Jupiter conjuncting warriorlike Mars in its ruler, Aries, it was the perfect moment for a BIG event in a matter concerning war.

While no one knows Bin Laden’s exact date of birth, or year, or even sign (as befits an International Man of Mystery), we do know the event chart of 9/11, and there are several interesting transits being made.

Saturn in Libra is conjuncting Mercury on the Ascendant of the 9/11 chart. Saturn is the planet of confinement, while Mercury is the brains of the operation, signifying the endgame for the person who set the entire thing up.

Transitting Mercury in the house of open enemies opposing Mercury of 9/11 shows that we finally got the intel needed to locate and outwit Bin Laden, while transitting Venus opposing Mercury means we were able to get rid of him in the most harmonious and discrete way possible.

The transitting South Node in Gemini is close to 9/11′s Moon, allowing closure to a painful past situation. There will be an eclipse on June 1st in Gemini, close to 9/11s Saturn. On the 15th, a lunar eclipse will fall very close to the Moon of the 9/11 chart. Eclipse events often are surprising information comes to light that puts an end to situation and can occur up to a month before the eclipse.

Horoscopes for the Kindle, Nook and IPad!

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I am in the process of launching weekly and monthly horoscopes with a Daily Action Guide for the Kindle, Nook and Ipad

You can order at my site: astrologydetective.com in the horoscopes section.

The Kindle and Nook links should be up very soon, as they are in the process of being reviewed. Ibookstore has a much longer review process, so these probably wont be available for iPad until June.

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