NewsScope for April 27, 2004
Last week Bob Woodward's book Plan of Attack was
the talk of the town among opinion makers. One of the most controversial
portraits painted by Woodward was President Bush's religious perspective.
Bush's critics grabbed onto the message, with some referring to him as
a messianic militarist, while Bush's supporters said his detractors have
a phobia about any public expression of religion.
The current controversy
over Bush's beliefs can be tracked in his natal horoscope (July 6,
1946; 7:26 am; New Haven, CT). Vesta, the asteroid signifying sacred
devotion, is located in the Ninth House of religion. Vesta is energized
or militarized here by being in the warrior sign of Aries. Also Neptune,
the ruler of his Ninth House of religion, is located in his Third House
of mental attitude. His religious mind set has become a bit of a crisis
since transiting Uranus is now forming a perfect quincunx (150-degree
aspect) to his Neptune.
Over the past year Bush's progressed
Sun has been approaching his natal Mars, so that he increasingly identifies
(Sun) with his role as Commander-in-Chief (Mars). This aspect becomes
exact in June, the pivot point in Iraq 's political evolution. Last
week Jupiter, the planet associated with religion, was transiting over
Bush's Mars, publicizing his belief that he is doing God's work in Iraq.
Natally, Bush's Jupiter forms a challenging square to Saturn. Tension
between Jupiter and Saturn often takes the form of a moral dilemma,
or as a fight between good and evil. Since transiting Saturn is now in
Bush's Twelfth House of subconscious influences, perhaps we will hear
more of his belief in End Times scenarios, as promoted by his evangelical
Explosion in North Korea
Until Chinese journalists arrived on the site three days later, accounts
of last Thursday's massive train explosion in North Korea varied widely.
Reports of as many as 3,000 deaths were circulated, although it now seems
more likely to be in the hundreds. Initially, North Korea remained silent,
but finally acknowledged the tragic explosion, explaining it as an accident.
North Korea 's horoscope (September 10, 1948; 8:50 pm; Pyongyang*) accurately
reflects the eerie incident with the powerful activation of the Moon-Jupiter
conjunction in the Eighth House. Previously, this Moon-Jupiter conjunction
has been identified with China (see NewsScope April
29 and September
2, 2003), and curiously, the explosion took place in a village right
on the border with China.
Even more curious is that North Korean leader
Kim Il Jong had passed through this train station only hours earlier
on his way back from a secret meeting in China . At the time of the
explosion (around 1 pm) transiting Mars and Pluto were nearly opposite
each other, a particularly violence-prone combination. The Mars-Pluto
transit was nearly perfectly aligned with the North Korea Moon-Jupiter,
triggering the harrowing scene.
On the positive side, the North Korean
government is now being uncommonly candid about the accident, and openly
asking for assistance from humanitarian organizations. This development
is in synch with Pluto's transit over the Moon-Jupiter conjunction.
Pluto, the planet of devastation and re-birth, is introducing the hidden
public (Moon in Eighth) to the financial benefits (Jupiter in the Eighth)
associated with living in a global village.
Simpson and Nick Lachey, Newlyweds
"I've always wanted to be a diva," gushed
Jessica Simpson when she was asked to perform in the 2004 Divas Las
Vegas concert. Ever since she turned her marriage over to reality TV,
Jessica's star has been rapidly rising. The airhead blonde's latest recording In
This Skin has gone platinum, and she now has lickable
perfumes and a new sitcom in the works.
Jessica Simpson was born a ditzy
Cancer (July 10, 1980; Waco, TX; time unknown) with her Sun in close
aspect to all four of the outer planets. The Sun's prominence gives
her an innate sense of her own importance, as she shines with unabashed
confidence in her own charm. Her Mercury also participates in this configuration,
inspiring her with many quotable witticisms.
Her Newlywed husband
Nick Lachey was born with his Sun in Scorpio (November 9, 1973),
but without the many outer planet connections to make him a superstar.
However, his Venus is connected to all the outer planets, indicating
how his Venusian partner is the real star of the show. Both he and
Jessica share hard Venus-Saturn aspects that allow them to turn their
love affair (Venus) into a business (Saturn).
their two charts, the strongest connections show deep conflicts. His
Mars and her Mars are in a tight challenging aspect, and they
have a mutual Sun-Uranus interchange. These themes reflect a strong need
for personal space and separate careers. Only Juno, the marriage asteroid,
keeps them together, as her Juno is exactly trine to his Juno.
*The time for North Korea 's horoscope is rectified by the author,
while the date follows the logic developed by Nicholas Campion in his Book
of World Horoscopes.
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