NewsScope for January 14, 2003
Korea and Iraq, U.S. Fighting Two Wars
Korea called for a holy war against the United States over the weekend, and declared
it was ready to resume missile tests and start producing plutonium from its nuclear
reactor to make atomic bombs. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered
62,000 more troops deployed in the Persian Gulf while U.N. inspectors complained
that Iraq is resisting their efforts to interview key scientists.
an astrological perspective, these twin developments correspond to the activation
of the U.S. Mars, found in Gemini, the sign of the twins. The U.S. Mars in Gemini
naturally generates a policy of being able to fight wars on two fronts. Last December
Rumsfeld confirmed the Pentagon (July 26, 1947) was ready and willing to confront
both Iraq and North Korea as transiting Pluto was opposing the Pentagon's Mars,
also found in Gemini. (Editor's
note: WolfStar uses a Scorpio
Rising chart of the United States.)
Saturn is now retrograding through Gemini as it nears a conjunction with the U.S.
Mars, and a square to the U.S. Neptune. The nation's Mars-Neptune square is a
dynamic configuration that begins fighting for idealistic reasons, but has a tendency
to get bogged down in illusions or misguided plans. Saturn, the taskmaster, tests
whether the U.S. can in fact take on two "evil" states.
doesn't quite conjoin with the U.S. Mars before it turns direct on February 22,
but it does spend the entire month of February and most of March in a close square
to Neptune. The planet to watch for major military confrontations is Pluto, which
will soon be entering the U.S. Mars-Neptune zone. The Korean War is the best example
since transiting Pluto was exactly conjunct the U.S. Midheaven when North Korea
invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950.
Budget Crisis Deepens
Tuesday President Bush
proposed a $670 billion economic stimulus plan that did not directly address the
budget crisis faced by most of the nation's individual states. While Bush said
that improving the economy would bring in more state revenue, many state governors
called for more immediate relief rather than be forced to hike taxes or cut vital
the states are in their worst fiscal crisis in half a century, California (September
9, 1850; San Jose; time unknown) is by far in the worst shape with a staggering
$38.9 billion deficit racked up over the last 18 months alone. California's Virgo Sun was pinched by the Saturn-Pluto opposition over the last two years, as the
dot-com bust sent state revenues plummeting.
Gray Davis is proposing an austere $96 billion budget plan to try and get through
the budget crisis. Austerity is one of Saturn's keywords, and Saturn is now forming
an exact link to California's fiscally responsible Virgo Sun*. Taxes are going
up dramatically, fees levied, social and health services cut, and financial burdens
are being shifted to the cities and counties.
it work? California has Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto all in the last degree of their
signs. Transiting Saturn passes through 29 degrees Gemini in late May, keeping
the pressure on through then. Transiting Uranus will be back and forth across
29 degrees Aquarius throughout 2003, making it likely that the financial crisis
will continue. And as California goes, so goes the nation.
Zeta-Jones' Balancing Act
January 19 the Golden Globe Awards will be handed out, and it's a cinch that Chicago
will be the most decorated film. Critics and audiences alike are heaping praise
on the musical, and especially for Catherine
Zeta-Jones who plays the diabolical diva Velma. Zeta-Jones, who is
now five months pregnant, thrilled viewers with her blistering performance of
the film's opening number All That Jazz.
Zeta-Jones was born with her Sun conjunct Uranus in the partnership sign of Libra
(September 25, 1969; 2:40 pm; Swansea, Wales), indicating that she would tend
toward the unusual or unconventional in her relationships. Her husband, Michael
Douglas, was born on the same day (September 25) but 25 years earlier,
and their age difference qualifies as being unusual.
second child is due in April. According to traditional astrological measurements,
the transit of Saturn squaring her Moon is the marker, and points to a time of
increased responsibility. However, a glimpse at her Ceres, the asteroid associated
with parenting, reveals more fulfilling and enjoyable changes (progressed Ascendant is conjunct Ceres in April, and progressed Ceres is trine her Sun).
transit also points to a time of increased stress with her husband, since it's
in her Seventh House of partners. This may become public around the time Saturn
turns direct on February 22, right on her Descendant. Saturn then heads into Cancer where it will oppose her Mars and square both his and her Libra Sun by late June.
Saturn is testing whether she can balance motherhood, superstardom and marriage.
birth time is unknown, although sources indicate the Bill of Admission was signed
shortly before the President went to lunch. Anywhere between 10 am and noon is
reasonable, and puts the Sun at somewhere between 16VI40 to 16VI45. California's
progressed Saturn is now at 16AR40, exactly inconjunct the California Sun.
readings are available from Michael WolfStar.