NewsScope for March 14, 2006
Enceladus, Saturn's Brightest Gem
Saturn's brightest moon, Enceladus, suddenly became a celestial object of intense interest last week when astronomers announced that large amounts of water crystals are spewing into space from the tiny moon's southern pole. Most intriguingly, the conjectured watery underworld of Enceladus may harbor primitive life forms, and therefore is certain to become a primary target of future space exploration.
William Herschel discovered Enceladus on August 28, 1789 (11:40 pm*; Slough , UK ), and a horoscope set for this moment describes this moon's immense potential. Pisces at the Midheaven (MC) describes the fascination and mystery of Enceladus. Venus precisely inconjunct the MC describes the glittery, Venusian surface. The Midheaven's ruling planet, Neptune , is favorably conjunct the Part of Fortune, revealing the underlying significance of this discovery.
With Cancer Rising, the Moon becomes the ruler of this chart. It's found at 22º Sagittarius, the sign of exploration. On August 25, 1981 Voyager 2 was the first spacecraft to notice some of Enceladus's intriguing anomalies. At the time, transiting Neptune was exactly conjunct the discovery chart's Moon. Last week's announcement was based on Cassini's July 14, 2005 fly-by, when transiting Pluto was precisely conjunct the discovery chart's Moon.
Jupiter's position is exceptionally important, since it's the planet associated with exploration and new opportunities. Jupiter at 16º Leo happens to sit right on the U.S. Midheaven, indicating that a space mission to Enceladus is a worthy goal, and would expand the nation's horizons in an honorable way. Also last week, progressed Venus was exactly (orb 0º00') conjunct Saturn, pointing to the practical realities (NASA's reduced budget) that may impede any immediate plans.
Milosevic Found Dead
Former Yugoslavian president, Slobodan Milosevic, was found dead in his prison cell, putting an abrupt end to the U.N. tribunal at The Hague where he was being charged with war crimes and genocide. In recent weeks, Milosevic complained about his declining health, and suffered from high blood pressure and a heart condition. He apparently died of natural causes, though both of his parents committed suicide.
Milosevic was born with his Sun in proud Leo (August 20, 1941; 10:00 pm; Pozarevac, Serbia), and conjunct the first magnitude star Regulus, which helped launch him to a prominent leadership role. With his Sun squaring a Saturn-Uranus conjunction, Milosevic easily turned to a more autocratic style of governance. The Sun trine Mars in Aries added confidence, determination, and a readiness to take risks.
Milosevic's Fourth House, describing his psychological foundations and relations with his parents, is tenanted by a Moon-Pluto-Chiron triple conjunction. The Leo Moon is much afflicted by the Chiron-Pluto vibe, and Milosevic had some deeply wounding experiences regarding his ethnic and personal tribe (Moon). His family history has raised some questions regarding Milosevic's sudden demise, and the possibility of suicide.
His lifeless body was found Saturday morning (March 11), as transiting Saturn was exactly conjunct his natal Pluto. Saturn had been nearing his Pluto over the last few weeks as he complained of bad health. Transiting Venus and Ceres opposed his Pluto the night before, dramatically increasing the pressure from Saturn. At the same time, transiting Mars and Uranus were squaring each other, an anxiety-producing vibration. Since Leo rules the heart, a heart attack** seems the most likely cause.
Teri Hatcher's Molestation Shocker
Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher revealed that she was sexually molested by her uncle when she was a child. The full story came out in Vanity Fair last week, even though Teri was the key witness in 2002. She declined to tell her story then, fearing that the tabloids would say she was trying to resuscitate her career. Now Hollywood is cheering her on.
Teri Hatcher was born with her Sun in broad-minded Sagittarius (December 8, 1964; Sunnyvale, CA; time unknown), a sign generally known for spontaneous speech and truth-telling. In Teri's case, her Sun squares a powerful Mars-Uranus-Pluto conjunction in Virgo, a dynamic configuration which dramatically tempers her spirit with deep power struggles. In a woman's chart, this can infer victimization by domineering male figures.
In traditional astrology, her Venus is said to be poorly placed in Scorpio, perhaps due to its tendency to be obsessed with sex. In today's world, this is not seen as a fault, though if one is plagued by memories of sexual abuse, Venus here can lead to chronic confusion and unfulfilled personal relationships. Still, Venus is conjunct Neptune , giving her plenty of charm, beauty, and eternal romanticism.
At the moment, transiting Jupiter is conjunct her Venus, while transiting Neptune is squaring it. Jupiter brings plenty of celebrity and fame, while Neptune offers sympathy and support. These outer planet hits to her Venus are raising her profile, and encouraging her to seize her own power (Sun square Pluto). "I'm a woman who carries around all these layers of fear and vulnerability," she said. "I'm trying to be my powerful me."
*This time is rectified, and is based on several assumptions. First, the historical record indicates the night of August 28, 1789, which points to before midnight but after the Moon set, around 10:40 pm. Then, from the fly-bys noted here, the 22º Sagittarius Moon should be prominent, indicating Cancer Rising, and a discovery time somewhere between 11:22 and 11:59 pm.
For a history and photographs of Enceladus, see http://www.solarviews.com/eng/enceladu.htm
**A case can be made for suicide, with transiting Sun and retrograde Mercury in Twelfth House of self-undoing, square transiting Pluto. These aligned with his natal Ceres-Neptune square (a life-draining force), a combination further activated by his progressed Moon.
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