standoff between the federal government and Elian Gonzalez's Miami relatives
grew increasingly defiant last week, as lawyers said they would not turn
the boy over to his Cuban father if he came to visit, or if they lost
their custody case. Beyond the political dramas widely reported in the
press, many Miami Cubans have added a religious element, referring to
Elian as "El Milagro," the miracle.
the impending conjunction of Mars and Jupiter in Taurus (which will be
exact at 2:41 am EDT, April 6) represents a building tension between inflexible
opposing forces. As mentioned last week, the combination of Mars and Jupiter
in Taurus represents traditional religions (Jupiter) fighting (Mars) for
land (Taurus). The religious, political element is intensified now since
the two are also squaring Neptune in Aquarius. Neptune in Aquarius is
the dream for liberation, whether political or religious.
like Moses was fished out of the water when he was a baby, and later led
the Jews to Egypt, Cuban exiles see Elian (born December 6, 1993) as being
rescued by God to realize the liberation of Cuba from Castro's 40-year
grip. According to the tales circulating in Miami's Little Havana, Elian
was protected from sharks by a school of dolphins when he was found by
fishermen, even as angels could be seen hovering overhead.
horoscope (set for March 3, 1845, Tallahassee, Florida, 10:00 am*) reflects
the trouble brewing in this state. Florida's Sun in Pisces signifies a
state where Northeast snowbirds can escape harsh winters, or Cuban exiles
can escape a harsh political environment. At the moment, transiting Pluto
is squaring Florida's Sun, even as it is conjunct Elian's Sun, the miraculous
focus of this national, religious, and cultural clash.
Ring of Fire Erupts
Japan's Mount Usu erupted three more times last Saturday following Friday's
initial plume, as officials widened the danger zone to evacuate over 15,000
local residents. A Central Meteorological Agency spokesperson said that,
"Volcanic activities are intensifying and even larger eruptions than previous
ones are highly likely."
astrologers have been expecting major geological developments this month,
and especially in May, as seven planets head toward a powerful alignment
in the sign of Taurus. The most popular predictions center on powerful
earthquakes, but if last week's events are any hint, the more likely manifestation
will be dramatically increased volcanic activity.
in the news media has been the coincidence of volcanoes going off virtually
simultaneously around the globe. Europe's largest volcano, Italy's Mt.
Etna, exploded last Friday on the same day that Japan's Mt. Usu erupted.
Within the last two weeks, a flurry of volcanoes roared to life around
Planet Earth, including Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano, Soufriere Hills Volcano
in the Caribbean island-nation of Montserrat, Hibshi Mountain in southern
Yemen, and Russia's Bezymyanny Volcano located on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
unfortunate lack of research by many astrologers has led to the false
claim that nothing like this May's alignment has been experienced in millennia,
with appended doomsday scenarios. In fact, seven planets were aligned
in Aquarius on February 5, 1962, and seven and eight planets (counting
Chiron) were aligned in Taurus on several occasions in 1881 and 1882.
The 1881-82 Taurus alignment has relevance to today's events, since Krakatoa,
the most catastrophic volcanic explosion in modern history, went off in
We Have a Problem
Whitney Houston declined to perform during the Academy Awards because
she had a sore throat, but rumors abound that Oscar musical director,
Burt Bacharach, yanked her after she flubbed her songs during rehearsal.
Ms. Houston has had a series of canceled performances over the past few
years that has tongues wagging.
Houston was born to shine brightly with her Sun in magnificent Leo (on
August 9, 1963, 8:55 pm, in Newark, New Jersey). Houston looks and acts
like a goddess due to the most fortunate planetary combination possible:
Venus trine Jupiter in fire signs. This brings admiration, wealth and
luck, and is made even more auspicious as part of a grand trine involving
her Sun, Moon and Midheaven.
a fire grand trine tends to accompany suberb creative and flashy talent,
Houston's Sun is challenged by an opposition to the harsh taskmaster,
Saturn, and a square to escape-prone Neptune. Neptune tends to find comfort
and solace in drugs or alcohol. A little-appreciated astrological fact
is that those with Sun-Saturn aspects also have a high rate of alcoholism
and drug abuse.
extremely difficult placement in Houston's horoscope is a Mercury-Pluto
conjunction (in her Seventh House of partners and the general public),
opposed to Chiron near her Ascendant. This axis describes the mental pressure
she must deal with as a star, but especially regarding her husband, Bobby
Brown. During 1999, and again all through this year, transiting Pluto
is squaring this relationship indicator, promising ongoing problems until
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WolfStar is a professional
astrologer and writer living in Oregon. He writes regularly for
Dell Horoscope and American Astrology.