May 30, 2008

June 3 New Moon: last of the primaries

On June 3, mercifully the day of the last of the Democratic primaries, a new cycle begins with a New Moon 13Gem34, at 3:22 pm edt.

This New Moon chart is set for the White House, the place they all want to be when the super delegates get done deciding who the next civilian commander will be.

And synchronistically enough, this is termed a 'Super Moon' because it will have more than the usual effect on tides, tectonic plates, and weather patterns, so natural disasters (already on the increase) may unfortunately come again to call.

Point your mouse in any direction and you'll find many articles online about this New Moon's degree ("14Gem"..."A Conversation by Telepathy") so I'll simply give the more hidden part of the Jones version for this Sabian Symbol because he includes the negative implications for each degree--and we are looking toward the DC swamp with its white lodge for inspiration...

neg/unconscious/shadow side: attempted accomplishment through innuendo or underhanded means.

Kind of describes a US presidential campaign in general, doesn't it? And the practice of Politics in particular. But on another level it may describe a new phase of the Clintons' relationship after Hillary drops out, if she will (Sun = male, Moon = female.)

Yet telepathy has a ring of ESP to it so if you're of that clairvoyant persuasion, keep closer tabs than usual on your dreams in June and risk following your hunches.

Well, hopefully you can read my scribbles on the chart if you click to enlarge it, so I'll not repeat myself in this text.

~~And after hearing of another fatal crane "accident" (if indeed they are so) in New York City today, I'm in a sad mood for the families involved and for the city I've not spent much time in, but love as much as the next gal.~~

As you know, New Moons perfect their activities at the next Full Moon and in this case that will be on June 18 at 27Sag52, 1:30 pm edt. Will Hillary last until then? Or even triumph? The Full Moon's Sun position will conjunct her natal Uranus, planet of disruptions and separations.

Sun to natal Uranus is a time of quirkiness within organizations and groups--it's difficult to go with the flow.

However, there are benefits if you can manage it, yet Hillary's character is often of the 'too much combative energy to fit teamwork requirements easily' variety although I think she's been trying in recent years while in the Senate.

Sun-to-Uranus may also cause her unique qualities to become more valuable to others and a leadership role is not out of the question...not based on this transit anyway.

By the Full Moon of June 18, Pluto will have backed his way into Sagittarius again.

Moon/Pluto contacts tend toward 'publicity and mass appeals' an influence which makes me think of John McCain's Moon/Pluto opposition conjunct US natal Pluto.

The June 18 Full Moon has Sun at 27Gem50 and "28Gem" is the degree of Bankruptcy. Perhaps there will be news from the near-broke campaign coffers for McCain--or for Hillary if she and Bill are still in the running a la super delegate support.

Moon/Pluto contacts may also indicate dealing with death matters, propaganda issues, or psychologically-based problems such as primal rage.

Now after studying the charts for tomorrow evening's DNC "Unity Dinner" in Manhattan, Clinton's chances, while not impossible, seem quite far-fetched to this reluctant astrologer's sleepy peepers.

Then there's determined Bill saying again today that Hillary is "winning" but you know Bill has never appreciated being fact-checked. Perhaps it depends on what the meaning of the word winning is.


Well, I did say the June 3 New Moon marks the end of the Democratic primaries...mercifully.

May 29, 2008

It's only words: George Orwell and Thomas Paine

"We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."


"The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." George Orwell


"If a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to "bind me in all cases whatsoever" to his absolute will, am I to suffer it?"

The American Crisis by Thomas Paine.

Thanks go to Tom at Information Clearing House for the above quotes and link, and for his consistently excellent work! Click to sign up for the informative ICH newsletter, if you wish.

May 28, 2008

hear radio transmissions from Mars' Phoenix

Space Weather News for May 28, 2008

THE DESCENT OF PHOENIX: When NASA's Phoenix probe parachuted to Mars last Sunday, a pair of other spacecraft were orbiting high overhead, watching and listening. While NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped some jaw-dropping photos of Phoenix's plunge to the surface, Europe's Mars Express orbiter recorded Phoenix's radio transmissions.

The eerie-sounding tones have just been beamed back to Earth and you can listen to them by following the links at today's edition of

CARTWHEEL CME: Imagine a billion-ton cloud of gas launching itself off the surface of the sun and then...doing a cartwheel. That's exactly what happened on April 9, 2008, when a coronal mass ejection pirouetted over the sun's limb in full view of an international fleet of spacecraft. The cartwheel set off a chain of events that amazed even veteran solar physicists.

The full story, and a spectacular movie of a second cartwheel recorded just last week, may be found at SpaceWeather.#

Amusing that all this Mars landing, visitation, and recording have been while planet Mars is conjunct the natal Ascendant of George the "A Bolshivik Propagandist" degree (8 Leo.)

Bush does love all things Martian, most especially and including his big opportunity to front as a 'war president.'

It's his adolescent obsession to outdo daddy all the way to Baghdad--and we see what the world is reaping along with a small man's Saturn complex and an alarming lack of conscience.

more on Inauguration 2009's horoscope

It was time for an update of my WordPress Page on the noon chart for Inauguration 2009 so I've added details on a few synchronistic historical links which will occur between Jan 20, 2009 and 1748 here if you'd like to mosey by for a visit.

And have you heard of former counter-terroism chief Richard Clarke's new book, Your Government Failed You...?

Clarke will be interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air tomorrow (edt schedule--check your local listings) so I may have to check it out. I only hope Clarke's book tells us Stuff We Don't Already Know--unlike Scott McClellan's new Bush-bashing book which so far gives me that 'NOW he tells us' about you?

One thing's for sure--I somewhat have to agree with Karl Rove for once: McClellan didn't criticise the war while he was working in the White House (paycheck in danger, Will Robinson, back away.)

Ugh. I just realized I agree with Karl Rove on something, pathetic defense though it may be for an administration's many lies, frauds, and self-willedness.

And both these books may secretly be backhanded ways of promoting propaganda as if anything ever happens in Politics that wasn't designed to happen...misdirected, ill-waged wars included.

Guess the Plame Flame continues scorching their sorry patooties just a little, doesn't it?

Grilled Butt of Rove for my July 4 picnic? No thanks, I'm veggan, but thanks anyway for offering.

May 26, 2008

May 26: Mercury Rx's effects on Clinton's campaign

Perhaps you'd be interested in reading a Page published today concerning the current Mercury Rx 21Gem23 and its place within and effects upon Hillary Clinton's horoscope and candidacy over at Jude's Threshold.

The Celtic horse goddess Macha may be involved from the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer, along with the senator's 12th house of secrets!

May 25, 2008

Is voting in November a waste of your time?

For Profit

By Malcolm Martin

The US government has been hollowed out during the rise to absolute power of the corporations. Elections have become an elaborate "reality show" that plays out on corporate television for viewers' entertainment.#


Yeah, political theater, dahlink...that's what I thought.

State + corporations = fascism.

Will we be put at pains to trade in dollars for an 'amero' currency by 2010? And will it have a 'phoenix' emblazoned upon it?

In July and August of 2007, when the global-elitist-orchestrated "credit crunch" began, Mars had been visiting the degree of the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (the two societal planets--Jupiter = expansion, Saturn = restriction and control) at 23Taurus.

Their conjunction was exact on May 28, 2000, when globalist plans for a one-world government really kicked into high gear in expectation of seeding or impregnating the New Millennium with nation-state dissolution and the ruin of the US dollar leading to world financial collapse and the chaos they need for their fatheaded plan to succeed.

And prior to that was the conjunction of Pluto with Chiron, the plutocrat-corporatism-racism-sexism-oppression-violence pair on Dec 30, 1999 which conjoined the 12Sag Ascendant of the US natal chart ('Sibly' version: July 4, 1776, 5:10 pm LMT. Even stronger is their parallel in mid-August, 2004.)

The New Millennium was the watershed moment:

You can ask George, Dick, John, Bill, and Hillary--they were there along with other 'world-server' cronies of the elitist persuasion. And please include Bush Sr, the new world order chanticleer of the late 80s and early 90s.

The midpoint picture in summer of 2007 created by transiting Mars with 2000's Great Conjunction might further explain...

Jupiter/Saturn = Mars: the desire to enforce changes of circumstances and conditions in life; separations; ambition emerges out of discontent; feeling unrewarded and making a change; not wanting to toe the line.

If "the line" is the border (s) of the United States, and the "enforced changes" are what the nation is seeing now with unstable banks, squirrelly stock markets, irredeemable debt, and our devalued dollar--in other words, a world economic meltdown, we'd better be welcoming ourselves to the new world order.

Now it's 2008, and it isn't on America's doorstep--it's in the hall taking off its helmet and sitting down to dine on our children's and grandchildren's futures.

So if we think that the Sibly chart (one of many proposed birth charts for our nation) is a correct chart to use for America'a birth, then the Sabian Symbol should relate to the above situations...but does it?

Rudhyar, whose version uses the same ASC degree, says 12Sag = "A Flag Turning into an Eagle That Crows"...ANUNCIATION...

Keynote: The spiritualization and promotion of great symbols of a New Age by minds sensitive to its precursory manifestation.

Oh, their pretty minds are great all right.

As Rudhyar goes on to explain...

In the background of this strange allegory we can recognize the deep-seated belief that the American nation and its basic democratic institutions were constituted to be the cradle for a new step in human evolution.

The "flag" is the abstract symbol of the nation; it becomes an "eagle"--another US symbol--when the concept is made alive by bold and transcendent action.

The eagle synbolizes spiritual will and the power to rise to the highest possible altitude of consciousness and purpose. Flying at such an altitude, the eagle is the first living creature to perceive the rising sun.

Having perceived it, it heralds it--and by so doing is identified with the crowing chanticleer, who had convinced himself his resonant cry was responsible for the rise of the sun and coming of a new day.

So the new world government is being burped in the cradle of America.

This means that the next presidency really isn't of such importance because America faces so many "dire problems" as the media and the candidates commonly expound in the current campaign, but because the clincher of amero acceptance, and the further dissolving of America's sovereignty is timed for the next few years which include the mouthpiece presidency of the next "winner" whose rhetoric, it is believed by the globalists, will go down the collective gob of the populace the easiest like the sugar pill it is.

It breaks my heart to say it, but our "voting" has so little to do with the election's outcome or with America's "direction," that its exercise would be laughable if our situation weren't so dire, and I don't believe America will be getting any better with the panacea of a Democratic presidency or the tragic illusions of a neocon shill.

May 24, 2008

US Progressed Moon to ASC: May 30, 2008

Here you see America's Secondary Progressed chart for May 30, 2008--date of the real Memorial Day.

(Secondary Progressions describe the physical plane and I tend to abbreviate them to 'Sec.')

As you can see, Sec Moon 27Leo11 is conjunct Sec Ascendant which relates to the Self or physical body, and any time a planet or luminary (Sun or Moon) progresses to a chart's angle, change is in store.

This position also happens to be opposite US natal Moon (the People; the public) so let's see what this may indicate for the American people.

Our Progressed Moon has been in the warm-hearted sign of Leo for some time now since Sec Moon progresses appr one degree per month. This quickness is due to the fact that the natural Moon is the fastest moving body in our solar system and its orbit around the Earth creates our calendar month, as you know.

Sec Moon remains in a sign for about 2 1/2 years so we see here that we're nearing the last months of Leo, with our Sec Full Moon exact on Dec 24, 2008 at 4Vir10.

Having Sec Moon opposite natal Moon brings issues similar to those of Sec Moon to 1st house/ASC, so for briefness' sake, I'll simply list what's being emphasized here:

nuturing, food, veganism, home, homeland, domestic concerns, personal security, ecology (Earth, our home), emotions and emotional security, caretaking roles, public involvements (ex: elections; publicity; the silver screen), and identity and/or residential changes.

Sounds like locavores may come into their own!

Of course, changes and fluctuations are always where the Moon resides in a chart--natal, progressed, Returns, etc. And we know that the Moon describes the mundane ups'n'downs of our daily lives as well.

But having Sec Moon advancing from the hidden, secretive 12th house into the more visible 1st house is a big change...and to make things more interesting, the midpoint of Neptune and the North Node (NN of the Moon--a destined joining point which relates to public involvements) is sitting directly upon the ASC and 'pointing' toward the Sec Moon.

Thus we have a couple of midpoint pictures to consider:

Neptune/NN = Moon: high sensitivity; feeling ostracized; being misunderstood; a lack of community spirit or adaptability; cessation of an inner understanding with others; disappointments.

Neptune/NN = ASC: feeling uncomfortable in the presence of others; experiencing deceit; being duped; appearing strange to others; disappointments. (Tyl; Ebertin.)

Now you know that Neptune/NN contacts also relate to films as well as to deceit with the public and use of illusions in public life, political or not.

Two examples are perhaps becoming more aware of propaganda than usual within Hollywood films or in TV shows--or Photoshop pics may imply what isn't there (of course I'm thinking of Politics as I type for there would be no Hollywood without Neptune's illusions--and synchronistically, we're plopped in the midst of a political campaign of great import where Neptunian image is everything.)

Neptune is sextile NN and thus in Nodal degree (fated) and has formed a YOD pattern with US natal Moon (marked in pink at the Desc) so the above midpoint picture is doubly ephasized. YODs indicate special tasks or a crisis.

To paraphrase Frances Sakoian, in The Astroloer's Handbook, Neptune sextile NN indicates:

an ability to subtly influence public opinions, moods, and actions; riding the current of public moods and trends; evasions are used rather than direct confrontation.

Plus, connections between Neptune and NN tend toward sleeplessness, and a lack of judgment leading to wrong ideas about associations (Ebertin.) Not such a good situation with November elections upcoming, is it?

Actually this sextile in the US Sec chart has been of influence for quite a while with its confusions, deceits, and illusions--and the YOD once focused on Mercury in AQ. I posted on this pattern some time ago so I won't repeat it here.

Also rising in this Sec chart is Royal Star of Persia, Regulus, whose *keywords are: success if revenge is avoided.

Taking revenge when this Star is prominent means that all that has been gained will be lost, and if this isn't so for America since the attacks of 9/11, I'll eat my beanie cap sans mayo or mustard.

I see Regulus as relating to the old saw, the bigger they are, they harder they fall, for the higher one climbs and the more success one achieves, the more Regulus expects noble actions of us...and revenge is perhaps the basest action of all.

But taking pride in the small things of life may help offset some of the problems that are created by mishandling the energy and gifts of this important Star, so perhaps the American people may be allowed to focus on their domestic needs, family, nurturing, etc (and turn vegan?!)...and thus mitigate some of the damage our 'leaders' have perpetrated toward their selfish ends to the exclusion of our needs.

So will the upcoming shift to a new Oval Office occupant bring change of identity for our country along with more presidential focus on our security and other real needs? Will more people lose their homes as Washington's massive amounts of deceit continue to bedevil and undermine us?

A change of identity is certainly on the way as our Sec Moon enters further into 1st house territory. My prayer is that improvements will accompany it.

* Brady's Fixed Stars.

UPDATE 8:30 pm: You'll find more details on this chart including Capulus at Midheaven and the Sun Pisces-Moon Leo blend here.

VP search: political musings for the week

Summer is upon us, it's Memorial Day weekend, and I've been blurbing and musing on 2008's presidential candidates and the required search for a VP candidate to share the ticket: VP search: too many senators has a few points I've been pondering this week concerning senatorial egos, piggish governors, Obama's Israel shout-out, and Hillary's crystal ball for June horrors, among other things.

Last here on May 21, the two-tiered interweb (thanks, TV's Craig Ferguson!) is continuing to be problematic for it seems I'm allowed into this blog on alternate days at best, or every three or four days more annoyingly and my 'real world' schedule must often take precedence over creaky page-loading.

But I love my Stars Over Washington blog, so please don't think I diss if I'm absent awhile, okay? Blogging has become quite a struggle on Turtle Lane.

And sometimes my blog on WordPress navigates more easily, so you may find me there instead. If you follow the above link you'll also find articles on the natal charts of TV's Craig Ferguson, chanteuse Amy Winehouse, and master artist Edgar Degas sprinkled amongst the politics.

That's because Jude's Threshold is meant to be a hodge podge of Art, Astrology, and Politics...a veritable tapestry of creativity and societal concerns stretched upon a loom of Astrology.

Perhaps it's a good mix, but as you know, the clunker in the happy blend is none other than Politics, that system of organized hatreds which ruins most of what it touches while lying to our collective face in order to cover its fallibility and pocket-lining.

We could put it down to human nature, but these critters, vermin, and crooks imagine themselves to be above the rest of us on the evolutionary ladder along with their elite societal status...because they confuse wealth of money with wealth of character.

And Scripture says it's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. So that settles that, doesn't it?

Now this reminds me of the Sabian Symbol for "25Leo"..."A large camel crossing the desert"...ADEQUACY...

pos: uncompromising persistence and uncomplaining self-expenditure in any course to be followed;

neg/unconscious/shadow side: ruthlessness in an unintelligent self-interest.

But what would Washington be without its unintelligent self-interest?

(The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, Dr. Mark Edmund Jones.)

May 21, 2008

Hillary hearts the NWO

Dost Thou Harken to Hillary? is a just-published post at Jude's Threshold which comes as close to summing up my political laments for America's sake as any I have previously written.

Some of my blab is based on misgivings about a Hillary Clinton presidency which are laid out, in large measure, by an article in The Nation from Oct-Nov, 2007. You've probably read it, but if not, here's its link:

Hillary's Mystery Money Men which concerns Harken chairman Alan Quasha who "helped make Bush" and now lurks within the Clinton camp.

If you're planning to vote for a global elitist (and that's all we have available), you may as well meet some of their shadowy financial backers skulking behind the scenes and tinkering with America.

May 18, 2008

Space Station flybys or watch the movie!

Space Weather News for 18 May 18, 2008

ISS MARATHON: The 2008 "ISS Marathon" gets underway this week when the International Space Station spends three days (May 21-23) in almost-constant sunlight. Sky watchers in Europe and North America can see the bright spaceship gliding overhead two to four times each night.

The ISS is as bright as Venus or Jupiter, so even people in light-polluted cities can see it. Please use our new and improved simple Satellite Tracker to find out when to look:

SpaceWeather flybys

SPACE STATION MOVIE: Today's edition of features a must-see movie of the International Space Station flying over Germany on May 12. Although it looks like footage from a satellite or high-powered telescope, the movie was made by an amateur astronomer using a backyard 5-inch refractor.

As a result of ongoing construction (every shuttle flight in recent months has added a new piece to the ISS), the space station is now a wide and easy target for amateur-class telescopes.

Catch the show at

Senator Ted Kennedy

Looking at the natal chart of Ted Kennedy and the 911 call for medical aid on May 17 (8:19 am edt from Cape Cod, Massachusetts) we see that the elder statesman's natal planets have been under some stress of late with more to come.

"Seizures" have replaced "possible stroke" as a cause of his emergency hospitalization and more tests will be done to determine the reason for his distress. But who is the primary planetary culprit here?

Having 23Leo40 on his 8th cusp of transformations and death, we might expect heart problems (Leo) to be in the picture, if not now, perhaps later on. Senator Kennedy turned 76 years old on his birthday (Feb 22, 1932, 3:58 am est) and his past years of indulgent drinking habits may be contributing to his weakness now.

We see this tendency toward over-indulgent drug (alcohol) use with a very close Moon-Neptune conjunction in 8th house.

This conjunction (Moon 6Vir25) and Neptune (6:44) has transiting Saturn (restriction, blockage, old age) in the neighborhood of the 8th house, a transit which I must file within SO'W's 'uh-oh department' and which portends chronic illness, depression, soul sickness, and/or feelings of frustration or paralysis.

With natal Mars 27AQ50, Mercury 28AQ49, and Sun 2Pis32 opposite, Saturn is bringing many lessons of restriction for Senator Kennedy and has been opposing these Aquarian planets for some time now--plus, Mercury is his 6th house (health, work, service) ruler and relates to the nervous system.

Mars rules his 3rd house, also indicated in health issues bwo thinking and mental state so with Mars 4Leo09 (8:19 am yesterday), the planet of aggravation is headed for natal Jupiter, planet of excess which is posited near 8th cusp at 15Leo44.

It's true that about 30 years ago, Saturn was bedeviling this area of his natal chart as well, but he was 30 years younger. So as Saturn opposes natal Sun (vitality) we find that overwork and stress may bring serious health problems--and Saturn to natal Moon is a time of feeling old, tired, and possibly depressed over one's organic conditions.

Saturn transits tend to uncover structural weaknesses wherever they exist and it seems that at age 76, they are. Plus, diabetes cannot be ruled out as a cause for his troubles (re-think over-consumption of alcoholic beverages while ye may, my children!)

Saturn to Moon (physical body; emotions) is a time when emotional turmoil increases one's vulnerability to illness which is expressed most often through the digestive system--and as mentioned, Kennedy's Moon-Neptune conj is in Virgo, sign of health, most esp the bowel area.

Then there's Mercury, 6th house ruler, 18Gem14 and soon to turn Rx at 26Gem31 within his 6th house, recross 6th cusp, and enter again during the first week of July. It's common for Mercury to 6th house transits to included visits to, or consultations with, medical advisors. This possibility is strengthened by Kennedy's 6th house being ruled by Mercury.

At the time of the 911 call, Moon 28Lib40 (Libra rules kidneys and lungs) was moving into a square with natal Saturn in 1st house (physical body; self) which is ruled by Saturn due to his natal ASC 10Cap49, giving that the above mentioned Saturn transits more clout.
Transiting Moon is only a timer, of course, but part of this picture as it describes the daily round of life.

And then there's dissolving Neptune 24AQ14, now approaching natal Mars and Mercury (and eventually natal Sun 2Pis32 but that's years away.) Neptune opposite n Mars is a time when physical efforts are undermined (Neptune) by illness which may be difficult to diagnose and may affect the head and raise a fever (Mars.)

Going back to the Moon-Neptune conj in 8th house, if we take tr Saturn, natal Neptune, and n Moon and moosh them into a midpoint picture by degree we get:

Saturn/Neptune = Moon: chronic illness or illness caused through emotional suffering.

Ebertin gives the Saturn/Neptune combo's biological correspondences as: weak, depressed, or ill people, and if we use the same mooshing method with tr Neptune, Mars, and Mercury, we see that the Senator's energy level (Mars) is being affected by the Mercury/Neptune combination, which Ebertin gives as: nerve weakness or paralysis of the nerves.

This planetary situation supports the seizure diagnosis, if that indeed is the case.

Well, being no medical astrologer, it's quite cheeky of me to attempt giving you any details at all concerning Ted Kennedy's current medical travails, but I wanted to do something...and I'm sending out warm wishes for the Senator's complete recovery and a hope that the underlying cause or causes of his distress may be quickly discovered and successfully treated.

May 16, 2008

Dec 24, 2008: day of US Progr'd Full Moon

This image is the transit chart for Dec 24, 2008, 11:45 pm est, Philadelphia, PA, which is the exact time of America's Secondary Progressed Full Moon (based on the US 'Sibly' chart, July 4, 1776 5:10 pm LMT.)

Secondary Progressed Full Moons are the end of a cycle which everyone's natal chart enjoys and which gives important info regarding relationships, goals and joint successes, and public life.

Not liking the looks of this chart am I, yet it may as well be faced with its Mars/Pluto opposition to Midheaven, *Sun/Atlantis conjunction, tr Jupiter conj US natal Pluto 27Cap33--a pair which is conj US Secondary (Sec) South Node (a point of separation, unconscious or neurotic behavior, talents, and/or past connections.)

An hour of Jupiter emphasizes the Jupiter-to-Pluto transit when resources and resourcefulness are increased as well as achievement of greater power and control unless negative factors interfere.

Evaluation and distribution of monetary assets and raw materials procede if all goes well although these assets seem to be mainly in the fatcat coffers already, if you're asking me. How greedy can plutocrats (Jupiter-Pluto) be? It's quite mindboggling, isn't it?

Dec 24's asteroid, Tisiphone (retaliation) is there with Jupiter and US n Pluto as well, and you see the 6/12 cusps are conj the Sec Full Moon's degrees...12th cusp = Sec Moon (4Vir10) and 6th cusp = Sec Sun (4Pis10.) The 6/12 house polarity with the Virgo/Pisces axis = the victim/savior axis, as you know.

So Virgoan health concerns and Piscean spiritual issues may be on the nation's front burner, along with the victimization of war and violence. And Pisces' link with Neptune brings oil and gas into the picture, as we may expect.

Quite worrisome is the pile-up at the Foundation Point of the chart--the HOW? Point, the that warrior Mars (which is out-of-bounds and working on his own), nuclear Pluto, and the Sun (purpose, the leader in a national chart) affect the opposite point--Mc, the Goal/Aspiration/Public Status of the chart.

Mars/Pluto = Mc: ambition; self-confidence; facing overwhelming force without power; danger; dealing with might on either side of any issue; major job maneuver.

You see lesson-bringer Saturn in the karmic house of the Unconscious (12th) and readying to conj US natal Neptune in Virgo (exact 8.27.09.) Saturn to n Neptune is a disillusioning time of facing grim reality (so we have That to look forward to--within the presidential term of whomever gets the job, though why anyone would want it eludes me.)

Blogging time is brief so I'll temporarily close this post with the Sun Cap-Moon Sag details--this is an Earth-Fire combo indicating an ability to enlist others to action.

Earth-Fire blends are aka "the bulldozer" and may be described as volcanic molten lava which eventually forms new, fertile land.

Earth-Fire can deal with molten metal like a blacksmith (or a 'Vulcan'?) or as an engineer who shapes raw materials into serviceable tools (such as weaponry? see 'Jupiter to Pluto' above), plus, there's a dictatorial attitude and a certitude about beliefs which we've unfortunately seen in Washington before with ginned up pretexts for going to war...

Sun Cap-Moon Sag:

zealousness, practical idealism, and faith in values; alternately austere and humorous; hard-headed businessperson + visionary social reformer; high standards; charismatic and capable; forceful and powerful; ability to grasp facts and hold onto the vision; must 'get it right'; explorative; moody and impatient under too many demands; verbosity and pomposity; intellectual pretensions; energy may be wasted in a nervous seeking of new pastures; fixations on narrow views that are rigidly moralistic.

Images for Integration:

A bank clerk plans a world cruise...In his spare time, a High Court judge takes up the serious hobby of gambling at horse races. (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Chas & Suzi Harvey.)

to be cont'd...

note: scroll just below to see the chart of America's Secondary Full Moon and for more details please visit:

Jude's Threshold where you'll find an entry dedicated to the subject on my sidebar list of Pages. You'll also find a new Page there...'Wedding Day Astrology: John and Elizabeth Edwards.'

* Atlantis can be a stand-in for America, the Atlantic Ocean, the myth of Atlantis, NASA's shuttle, but the asteroid has these keywords: where we feel doomed; abuse of power.

May 14, 2008

America's Progressed Full Moon in Virgo

Here you see America's Secondary Progressed Chart for Dec 24, 2008, the moment of her Progressed Full Moon (based on 'Sibly' natal chart, July 4, 1776, 5:10 pm LMT.)

Transits for that date and the moment of the Full Moon are written around the outside of the chart along with a few other details, plus you'll find more info here:

US Progressed Full Moon if you wish. I will be adding details there concerning the Hard Rectangle pattern you see in the chart as time and tech gremlins allow.

As you notice, the end of this cycle comes upon Christmas Eve 2008 and between the Nov 4 elections and Inauguration Day 2009.

May 13, 2008

Letterman on Hillary's debt

Frisky Dave Letterman just said that with Hillary's campaign being $20 million in debt, "now, when Hillary gets that call at 3 am, it'll be a collection agency."

Good one, Dave.

And I'd add that since it may be a company she holds stock in, isn't it like calling yourself?

Justice Earl Warren on social progress vs socialism

Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others to be socialism.

That describes current attitudes perfectly, doesn't it?

Still I must be aware the beam in my own eye while complaining over the mote in yours! (a beam being a board of wood and a mote being a mere speck.)

Justice Earl Warren was born with Sun in compassionate Pisces and Moon in nurturing (if self-protective) Cancer...a blending of fish and oceanic!

are all political jokes mean?

Because this one seems about right to me:

Presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain were flying to a convention.

Barack looked at Hillary, chuckled and said, "You know, I could throw a $1,000 bill out of the window right now and make somebody very happy."

Hillary shrugged her shoulders and replied, "I could throw ten $100 bills out of the window and make ten people very happy."

John added, "That being the case, I could throw one hundred $10 bills out of the window and make a hundred people very happy."

Hearing their exchange, the pilot rolled his eyes and said to his
co-pilot, "I could throw all 3 of them out of the window and make 156 million people very happy."

(note to John: $10 ain't gonna do it.)#

Well, spending today with my local phone service provider has yielded what should be some progress in the blogging can't blog if you can't connect, so hopefully things will improve around Stars Over Washington!

Now if only it were that simple for we-the-people to get Washington politicians to improve.

May 8, 2008


Space Weather News for May 7, 2008

NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS: On May 5th, experienced sky watchers in Northern Ireland were surprised by a sudden apparition of electric-blue noctilucent clouds (NLCs). This marks an unusually early beginning to the 2008 NLC season and may herald a spectacular summer of high-latitude "night shining" clouds.

NLCs first appeared in the 19th century mainly around Earth's poles. Since then, for reasons unknown, they have increased in number and range, with sightings in recent years as far south as Utah and Colorado. Visit to see the first photos of 2008 and to learn what to look for in case NLCs visit your part of the world in the nights ahead.

NLC ALERTS: During summer months, subscribers to our Spaceweather PHONE service are alerted whenever bright noctilucent displays are underway.

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May 7, 2008

Eye on Pelosi and Thursday's money vote

Eye on Pelosi:

Here's an excerpt from a Washington Post article explaining Thursday's votes:

"Setting up their last major battle over war policy with President Bush, House Democrats yesterday unveiled a plan to link their favored domestic spending projects and a troop-withdrawal timeline to additional funds for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan requested by the White House.

The $195 billion spending measure would pay for the wars well into next year while tacking on $11 billion to extend unemployment benefits and nearly $1 billion to offer expanded higher education benefits for war veterans. Democrats said they hope that the spending provisions, particularly the education measure, will prove politically difficult for Bush to veto in an election year.

~~:~~puh! it's political theatre, dahlink! wink!~~

"If he wants to make a federal case out of the fact that we feel the need to do something major to reward the troops, that's his prerogative. But I don't think the country will agree with him. And I certainly don't think the country would agree with any effort to deny the extension of unemployment benefits," said House Appropriations Chairman David R. Obey (D-WI.)

The White House remained opposed to the additional spending, demanding a "clean" bill to fund the wars by the symbolically important date of Memorial Day.

"We feel strongly that the Iraq war supplemental should remain for national security needs. We understand that there could be debates on other issues, such as unemployment benefits and food stamps, other issues that are important to a lot of people. But those issues can be taken up separate from our national security needs," said Dana Perino, White House press secretary.

House Republicans also denounced the Democrats' plan.

"It is unacceptable and, indeed, unimaginable for Congress to continue to hold our troops hostage for political leverage. If House Democrats want to ramp up spending on other government programs, those items should be considered separately," said House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).

The House's emergency supplemental funding measure is broken into three pieces, including $162.6 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, of which $66 billion is designed to cover war costs for several months after the next administration takes over. The second portion includes language mandating immediate troop withdrawals with a goal of having most all troops out by the end of 2009. The third part includes the domestic spending."

Click here to read the whole thing ~in full~


1. "Leader Reid gets pushback on Iraq war bill," The Hill, May 6, 2008

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"Federal case"? That's a hoot! Most of the varmints of Washington belong IN federal cases, ones in which they each STAR in the role of Defendant.

"Hold our troops hostage"? I'm blathering like an idiot over that one and hardly know what to say to the war profiteering hypocrites.

And then there this from Dubya...

Bush wants a "clean" bill? So he's saying that the current down-and-out needs of the American people are dirty? If George keeps messin' around like this, he's going to hurt my feelings in a minute.

And if anyone's needs--and motivations--could use a laundry full o'soap bubbles and scrubbing with a stiff brush, it's the Bush administration and its friends, pardners, colleagues, kith'n'kin, and enablers.

This 'vision' one-government types follow, this 'world server' merde isn't going to turn out as most of you hoped, and while taking down the innocent as you go may seem like a grand plan, you trigger the law of cause and effect and the attraction principle, even while Chaos Theory seems to be at your express disposal.

It is not.

You are merely mortal in similar fashion to the rest of us no matter what your scientists and gurus may tell you, for no one is above God's natural laws...certainly not the cold-hearted reptiles of the world like you with your claws deep into Washington's hide.

Poetic justice? Perhaps. Talons and goatheads, our Washington!

So I'm in a Capricorn mood--please pardon my part of the above post.

If I were wearing my Mood Ring from the 60s right now, it would be...dark blue. Indigo actually...Capricorn colors.

Spotlight on Homeland Security 11.25.02

Stars Over Washington has previous posts concerning the Department of Homeland Security but today I published a Page at Jude's Threshold with details on DHS' natal chart if you wish to take a peek. While there, please add imperialism to the list of -isms for Pluto/Chiron.

My original wet-behind-the-bloggedy-ears HoSec post from Nov 20, 2005 may be found here--image of this money-grubbing boondoggle's natal chart included but with none of my messy notes gouged upon it.

Actually you may like that.

May 6, 2008

Addington subp'd, Congress shafts America

I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to them over the last 49 years, they would move on Washington; they would not wait for an election... It adds up to a preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States! --George W. Malone (1890-1961) US Senator (Nevada) 1957 (Source: speaking before Congress)

Strategic blunder of historic proportions, says Gen Ricardo Sanchez as Dick Mushroom Cloud Cheney's top aide, David Cakewalk Addington, is subpoened by a House Committee 'probing' torture.

Wonder what Senator Malone would say about Congress today if he were to awaken from his eternal slumber? He'd need several boxes full of Lunesta to go back to sleep after viewing the presidency of George Mission Accomplished Bush, wouldn't he?

1:00 pm edt in Washington DC: NPR now reporting that the Office of Special Counsel's entire email system was shut down this morning and computers have been seized.

Uh oh. The peskiness and revelations of February's Solar Eclipse at the "Unmasking" degree continues to vex the naughty...

10 North Series: emphasis on communications; frustrating or inhibiting events via paperwork, news, or young people. (Brady's Predictive Astrology.)

IN and NC primaries today

Although I've been inexplicably reticent this week to publish anything much on today's record breaking turn out in the Indiana and North Carolina primaries, you'll find a bit of astrological info at Jude's Threshold, if you wish. It's a brief post so it won't take you long to check it out.

You know I don't call myself a reluctant astrologer for nuthin'!

May 5, 2008

Aquarid meteors, the Moon, and the Dem nominee

Oops! this alert is a day late, but timely for Tuesday--

Space Weather News for May 4, 2008

ETA AQUARID METEOR SHOWER: If you see a meteor flit across the sky tonight, it could be a piece of Halley's Comet. Earth is crossing a stream of dusty debris from Halley and this is causing the annual eta Aquarid meteor shower. Sky watchers in the tropics and southern hemisphere (where the shower is most intense) could see as many as 70 meteors per hour during the dark hours before dawn on Monday, May 5, and Tuesday, May 6.

The show is diminished at northern latitudes where rates may be 15 meteors per hour or less. Check for sky maps and more information.

MERCURY AND THE MOON: Innermost planet Mercury is emerging from the glare of the sun and putting on its best show of the year. A good time to look is Tuesday evening, May 6, just after sunset when the crescent Moon glides by Mercury in the darkening western sky.

A sky map and photos are available at SpaceWeather.#


With today's New Moon in Taurus (15:22) on the downside by Tuesday, a new cycle of activity is underway and will culminate with the Full Moon of May 19, 29Sco27.

And May 19's Full Moon is at the same degree as Jan 2009's Inaugural Moon, so perhaps Dem nominee results will be known or decided by then, although June has been mentioned in this regard.

Is it possible that someone will know the nom's identity in May, but not spill the beans until June? Timing really is everything, just ask Astrology.

Will Tuesday's 'Primary' Moon (a woman) "glide by" Mercury, the orator, inside the voting booths of Indiana and North Carolina's "darkened skies"?

Stay tuned "just after sunset" to find out--and look up, m'peops, look up!

May 3, 2008

Population Control by any other name

The Lords of Capital Decree Mass Death by Starvation

By Glen Ford

Having crushed the planet's peasants and converted food into just another commodity for global manipulation, the Lord's of Capital have unleashed upon humanity the threat--no, certainty--of mass starvation.

Information Clearing House has the full article. #

As astrologer Sybil Leek wrote, totalitarianism increases as the earth heats up.

And with the Bush administration's bolshevistic can-kicking ability these last 8 years, it's become a Let Them Eat Polar Bear World.

Barack Obama's Jupiter in Aquarius

Here's a post on Senator Obama's Jupiter in Aquarius which you may find of interest.

Shared by Albert Einstein and Walt Whitman, this is an intellectual and curious placement for expansive Jupiter and often draws its native toward working for the collective.

Plus, Obama's Jupiter-Saturn conjunction is helpful for those with political aspirations and seems to have been of benefit to him so far!

May 2, 2008

'DC Madam' an apparent suicide

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government May 1, 2008

All items are here: LegitGov Breaking News

Alleged Call Girl Professor Hanged Self Jan 30, 2007:

A former university professor accused of working as a call girl hanged herself over the weekend, police said Monday. Brandy Britton was found dead at her home Saturday by a family member. Britton, who was a sociology and anthropology professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, was charged a year ago with four counts of prostitution and was scheduled to go on trial next Monday.


Police: 'DC Madam' Palfrey Hanged Self in FL May 1, 2008:

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, convicted last month of running a high-end prostitution service in Washington, hanged herself in a shed outside her mother's mobile home in Florida today, officials said. Authorities were called today to the Sun Valley Estates Mobile Home Park in Tarpon Springs, Fla., by Blanche Palfrey, who found her daughter's body hanging by a nylon rope shortly before 11 a.m., Tarpon Springs police Capt. Jeffrey P. Young said at a news conference. He said Deborah Palfrey left at least two suicide notes, but he declined to discuss their contents. #


And just over a year later, too. She left AT LEAST TWO suicide notes? Do chatty suicide notes sound...fake?

Are you convinced?

May 1, 2008

Space Station joins Jupiter in May!

Space Weather News for May 1, 2008

FLYBY ALERT: This is a good month for spaceship spotting. On May 1st, the International Space Station (ISS) begins a 4-week series of bright flybys over North America and Europe. In early May, the ISS joins Jupiter and the stars of the Summer Triangle in a glittering pre-dawn sky. Later in the month, increasingly-frequent flybys shift to evening hours and the ISS will be crossing paths with Saturn, the Moon and Mars.

US and Canadian readers, check our Simple Satellite Flybys tool to find out when to look. (European readers, an international version of the flybys tool will be available in the near future--stay tuned.)

EXPLORE THE IONOSPHERE: The ionosphere is our planet's "final frontier." A realm of dancing auroras, radio-bending plasma bubbles and dangerous ultraviolet rays, it is the last wisp of Earth's atmosphere that astronauts leave behind when they enter space. Now you can explore the ionosphere from the safety of your own home.

Yesterday, NASA-supported researchers unveiled a "4D" computer model for the general public. Download a few files and presto--you're flying through the ionosphere. The model shows the ionosphere as it is right now; it's a real-time display based on current solar activity and atmospheric conditions.

Visit to get started.