John Roberts, Supreme Court Nominee
NewsScope for July 26, 2005
John Roberts, President Bush's Supreme Court nominee, was making choreographed visits around Washington last week, and by most accounts, his charm offensive was going well. Many Senators were pondering his emphasis on "modesty" and "stability" for clues about how he would rule, while others held open the possibility of filibustering until his views on Roe v. Wade are better understood.
John Roberts was born with his Sun in Aquarius, the sign of freedom, brotherhood, and equality (January 27, 1955; Buffalo, NY; time unknown). His Sun is exactly conjunct the U.S. South Node, a connection shared by many American movers and shakers, including President William McKinley, General Douglas MacArthur, and actor Paul Newman. Americans tend to like Aquarians for their independence and lofty idealism.
Roberts' Mercury is exalted in Aquarius, and has an extraordinary network of tight aspects to all the outer planets which strengthen and challenge his mental focus. Roberts' Mercury, the natural ruler of opinions and thought processes, is celestially designed to shape the people's sense of right and wrong, by virtue of its exact conjunction with the U.S. Moon.
Transiting Saturn is heading for an opposition to Roberts' Sun, and will be exact in September, when he can expect that his judicial record and opinions will become intensely questioned in the Senate hearings. The issue of abortion is astrologically associated with the asteroid Ceres, especially when aligned with Pluto. Assuming he will be confirmed, transiting Pluto will be conjunct Roberts' Ceres in 2007-2008, by which time he may become the swing vote when the Supreme Court re-visits Roe v. Wade.
Mars-Pluto Over the UK
Last week terrorists hit London again following the devastating July 7 attack in the subway system that killed 57 innocent bystanders. Meanwhile, the country's 1.6 million Muslims, already alarmed by Scotland Yard's shoot-to-kill policy, went into collective shock after policemen pumped bullets into suspect who was later cleared of any wrongdoing.
The current wave of troubles can be tracked using the United Kingdom 's national horoscope, set for January 1, 1801 (0:00 LMT; London ). The military strength of the British Empire can be seen in the Capricorn Sun's close trine to Mars in Taurus. Naturally, any bombing or wave of violence will be associated with challenging transits or progressions to the UK Mars.
On July 7, the date of the London subway attack, transiting Mercury and Venus were exactly squaring the UK Mars. These fast-moving transits would generally pass by Mars without much damage, except that a major Mars progression is also coming into play. The UK progressed Mars recently entered Virgo, and over the next three years will be heading into an opposition to natal Pluto, an extremely violent astrological combination. During this time, any fast-moving transit that afflicts the UK chart could trigger a violent episode.
Pluto forms a quincunx (150º aspect) to Jupiter in the UK 's Tenth House of government. Jupiter, in the royal sign of Leo, is currently being awakened to its responsibilities by a conjunction from transiting Saturn (as well as the UK 's progressed Sun). Under this influence, we might expect that Tony Blair will assume some global leadership role in combating Islamic extremism.
Angelina Jolie and Zahara
As one of the most beautiful, talented, and eccentric women in the world, Angelina Jolie can have just about anything she wants. Last month, she took what no one else wanted—a baby Ethiopian girl named Zahara whose mother had just died of AIDS. Zahara joined Jolie's 3-year-old son Maddox, and the three flew to California to stay at Brad Pitt's Malibu estate.
Angelina Jolie was born with Venus rising (June 4, 1975; 9:09 am; Los Angeles), a fortunate celestial placement that has bestowed her with beauty, wealth and the admiration of millions of fans. Her Venus squares Uranus, adding elements of eroticism and electricity, but also making long-term romantic relationships uncomfortable. The Venus-Uranus aspect elevates her rebellious side, which is underscored by her Moon and Mars in Aries square Saturn.
This anti-authoritarian vibe ruled her life until her Ceres was activated. Ceres, the asteroid governing the parent-child relationship, is found in her Tenth House of public standing, and is placed in stable Taurus. Jolie unexpectedly found a higher purpose in her life when her progressed Midheaven formed a conjunction with Ceres in mid-2000.
This is when she read the film script Beyond Borders which highlighted the plight of Cambodian refugees. Soon after, she adopted her Cambodian son Maddox. Last month, Jolie's progressed Sun was exactly sextile her Ceres, as once again she took in an abandoned child. With natal Uranus in her Fourth House of family, Jolie has had her problems with her father, actor Jon Voight. But Uranus here, in its highest expression, is the global citizen.
*Note that when the suspect was killed, transiting Mercury was turning retrograde at 20º Leo, exactly conjunct the UK's progressed Mercury, and with both squaring misguided Neptune.
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