NewsScope for June 14, 2004
Saturn's Multidimensional Vibes
Americans had a close encounter with Saturn last week, but on more levels than the daily news media could report. As those who track the planets know, transiting Saturn was conjunct the U.S. Sun on Thursday, June 10. The Sun in our national horoscope represents its leadership, and during the entire week the nation mourned for its fallen leader Ronald Reagan, as well as Ray Charles who died on Thursday.
In the national horoscope, the Sun forms a square to Saturn. The Sun-Saturn blend represents the individual struggle to achieve success despite the difficulties and challenges of everyday life. Since transiting Saturn is now activating this natal configuration, we pay more attention to those self-made men who reflect this national aspiration. Both Ronald Reagan and Ray Charles fulfilled this quintessential American Dream.
In the Scorpio Rising horoscope of the United States, Saturn is found in the Eleventh House of allies and organizations. With Saturn approaching the square to its own place, President Bush made some remarkable progress in the international community, forging improved ties with the United Nations, NATO, and the economic superstars at the G-8 summit. Bush needed these friends to advance his program in Iraq . Saturn was testing his willingness and ability* to carry out this celestial mandate.
Meanwhile, NASA's spacecraft Cassini arrived at the outer edge of Saturn and began taking pictures of Phoebe, which orbits Saturn backwards. Theoretically, Phoebe is a captured comet or asteroid, and by seeing how it got attached to Saturn, scientists hope to better understand the underlying structure of our solar system. From the personal to the interstellar, Saturn's message is all about building solid structure through a better understanding of the way our collective reality works.
China's Boom Times
Over the past two years China has eclipsed the United States as the world's primary engine of economic growth. Since the communist government decided to engage the global marketplace in 1979, China 's annual growth rates have averaged around 8 percent. China 's booming economy now consumes one third of the world's oil, one quarter of its steel, and one half if its cement.
China 's national horoscope (October 1, 1949; 3:15 pm; Beijing) describes its erratic developmental cycles, which are associated with the Moon in Aquarius, Aquarius Rising, and the Sun square Uranus. Uranus by transit is especially significant in showing the timing for new policies. For example, Mao's disastrous "Great Leap Forward" was a tremendous humanitarian disaster, and was kicked off in 1958 as transiting Uranus opposed China 's Moon.
China 's Mars-Pluto conjunction in the Seventh House represents a deep fear of powerful enemies that has long kept it isolated. Then, in December 1978 Premier Deng Xiaoping announced a new "open door" policy that set in motion the current economic integration with the global community. At the time transiting Uranus was in the Ninth House and squaring China 's Mars-Pluto.
With its Libra Sun, Mercury, and Neptune located in the Eighth House of shared resources, China 's economy is naturally geared toward joint ventures. The Neptune influence shows a tendency to rely on unsound, or overly optimistic economic policies. Transiting Saturn is now squaring China 's Neptune , presenting a growing problem. As economists see it, China 's frantic boom times could suddenly end, which would send the global economy into a tailspin.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Casar Sin Mentiras (To Marry Without Lies)
Five months after her much publicized marriage plans with Ben Affleck ended, Jennifer Lopez married salsa sensation Marc Anthony in a secret ceremony. A week earlier Anthony received a quickie divorce from his wife of four years Dayanara Torres, a former Miss Universe. Meanwhile, British odds-makers are offering three-to-one that the couple's marriage will last less than a year.
Jennifer Lopez (July 24, 1969; NYC; time unknown**) was born with her royal Leo Sun closely linked to a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in the partnership sign of Libra. The Jupiter-Uranus connection is very favorable for attracting fame and exciting partners. What makes the marriage ride so topsy-turvy is that this extremely volatile pairing squares Juno, the marriage asteroid, leading to sudden and unexpected developments concerning commitment and marriage.
Marc Anthony (September 16, 1969; NYC; time unknown) was born only two Moons after Jennifer when the Sun was conjunct mysterious, magnetic Pluto. With his Moon in Scorpio, he has a tendency to be overly secretive. Marc also was born under the same dynamic Jupiter-Uranus-Juno influence as Jennifer, and likewise has demonstrated an unpredictable zigzag pattern in forming and breaking partnership vows.
In late August transformational Pluto turns direct while opposing Jennifer's Venus in dualistic Gemini. This celestial collision is sure to create some deep challenge to their marriage when a former or future lover could enter into the picture. Pluto then advances to square Marc's Sun, as he attempts to break into the American music scene with his new release Amar Sin Mentiras, a fitting title for his new life.
*As forecast in NewsScope May 4, 2004.
**Not 1970 as erroneously reported on numerous websites. See NewsScope September 16, 2003 for more info.
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