for April 2, 2002
The Middle East: Martyrs Versus Tanks
global village world leaders expressed their concern over the tempest
brewing in the Middle East, with last week's startling developments threatening
to undermine the entire region. In rapid succession, a horrific suicide-bombing
incident was followed by an historic Arab League agreement to negotiate
with Israel, only to be overshadowed by Israel's siege of Arafat's
an astrological perspective these events were anticipated in NewsScope
five weeks ago (February 25) due to the major transits hitting Israel's
national horoscope (May 14, 1948; 4:37 pm; Tel Aviv). Transiting Uranus is now one degree away (and getting closer) from forming an exact opposition to Israel's prominent Mars, highlighting the volatile nature of the current
interaction with its neighbors and the Palestinians has often in the past
exploded into war during hard
Saturn-Pluto aspects. The prospects now look extremely dangerous
since Saturn and Pluto will oppose each other in May at the same time
that transiting Uranus opposes Israel's Mars. This double influence guarantees
that the next few months will only get worse.
The UN Security
Council, many European leaders, Russia and the Arab League are converging
their interests to resolve the situation. So far, only warnings can be
issued. As Saturn and Pluto edge toward their third and final opposition,
due on May 25, the intense agitation in the Middle East may lead to outside
intervention. As often occurs under the rays of Saturn and Pluto, extreme
times call for extreme measures.
John Paul II Weakens
concern over the sexual scandal plaguing the Roman Catholic Church, Pope
John Paul II has suddenly showed signs of physically weakening. His health
has deteriorated in recent years following hip-replacement surgery in
1994, and the worsening of his tremors due to Parkinson's Disease.
John Paul II was born a traditional Taurus (May 18, 1920; 5:00 pm; Wadowice,
Poland*). With Libra Rising, Venus becomes the ruler of his horoscope.
Venus is dignified by being in Taurus, and describes the Pope as a peacemaker.
Venus is conjunct the South Lunar Node and for the non-Catholic esotericists
who believe in reincarnation, this placement indicates that he carries
this dignity from past lives.
religious Jupiter-Neptune conjunction highlights his professional life
by being found in the Tenth House of career. In the dramatic, showy sign
of Leo, this combination is a perfect fit for the ornate vestments and
rituals associated with being Pope. This year transiting Neptune opposes
his Jupiter-Neptune conjunction, ushering in much doubt about his professional
to the introduction of a major scandal as well as his weakening physical
condition. Last week for the first time in his 23-year papacy he gave
up his place at the altar for Palm Sunday Mass. The Pope's health is a
major consideration since natally his Chiron is in the Sixth House of
health and adversely squaring Pluto. On April 17 transiting Chiron turns
retrograde while exactly squaring his natal Chiron. This date marks a
critical week for his health, and quite possibly a turn for the worse.
and Flockhart Get Serious
on his brief affair with Minnie Driver, Harrison
Ford is now strolling hand-in-hand with Ally McBeal
Flockhart. Hollywood's latest power couple has some favorable
planetary support, as well as some dynamic challenges to keep the juices
(July 13, 1942; 11:41 am; Chicago) has his love planet Venus in restless,
charming Gemini. The ongoing Saturn-Pluto opposition has been restructuring
his love life over the last year, tearing down a long marriage, and now
being recreated with a new partner. Transiting Saturn will be conjunct
his Venus on June 10 by which time these two will understand if they're
Flockhart (November 11, 1964; 9:06 am; Freeport, IL) has a similar challenge
shaping up, since her Sagittarius Ascendant is in the same degree zone
as transiting Saturn and Pluto. When Saturn and Pluto form their third
and final opposition, they align precisely on her Ascendant, a major life
challenge for anyone. For Flockhart her enduring free-spirited Sagittarian
image is being challenged by the possibility of a fascinating partnership.
for sure, these two have plenty to talk about. Her Mercury-Mars square is highly opinionated and vocal, and occasionally abrupt and critical.
His Uranus falls right in line with her Mercury-Mars, exciting it and
perhaps provoking it. However his Pluto is exactly trine her Mercury,
giving him insights and control over her excesses. Since he's currently
experiencing a Jupiter Return in his public Tenth House, he's feeling
like showing his love to the world.
has variously stated his birth time as 5 pm, 6 pm, and between 5 and 6