Posted by: starcatsastrology | August 21, 2016

Mars, Saturn, Antares Conjunction

mars sat antares conjMars, Saturn, Antares Conjunction

Back in the middle 90’s as I was leaving my temp legal secretary job, I stood on the corner of Wilshire- and- something fuming about the day’s grinding frustrations. It was a hot, humid August day. Struggling spirit being that I am, my heart’s desire lay somewhere between bursting into tears or kicking the shit out someone. The air stank. Road crews were destroying part of Wilshire on one side while laying down asphalt on the other. I heard a sudden ear-splitting, migraine inducing sound: workmen had just fired up a jack hammer and a concrete cutter.

As I watched the concrete cutter at work, it came to me: Mars conjoined to Saturn. Perfect. A steel blade cutting (Mars) into dense, resistant concrete (Saturn). That was the story of my life that day on the corner of Wilshire and- something. As it was then, it is now. Mars comes to meet Saturn on August 24, 2016. We’ve been feeling the run-up to these gangstas meeting up for some days now. The zone of crushing intensity tightens like a vice from Monday the 22nd and stuns us with its mighty crushing weight until at least Saturday August 27th. I guess we could say the good in all this is that Monday means Mars has left its retrograde shadow degrees. Once we get out of the black hole of the conjunction, Mars’s forward motion means an easing of certain tensions.

Mars conjoins Saturn on the Royal Fixed Star Antares:

From Anne Wright’s Constellations of words. Here is a quick overview of Antares in dialogue with Mars and Saturn:

“With Mars: Detrimental habits powerfully affecting the life, quarrels with friends and relatives, fairly favorable for gain. If at the same time the Moon is with Aldebaran, danger of death by sword or hanging. [Robson*, p.138.]”

“With Saturn: Materialistic, dishonest through circumstances created by environment, religious hypocrisy, many disappointments, loss through quarrels and legal affairs, trouble through enemies, many failures, hampered by relatives, unfavorable for domestic matters, much sickness to and sorrow from children. If at the same time the Moon is with Aldebaran, danger of death by sword or hanging. [Robson*, p.138.]”

“A Mars nature, in which the powers of Mercury and Jupiter and Saturn are also added. Antares makes people tough, belligerent and pugnacious. This is an important star for military personnel and is said to convey mental alertness, strategic ability and courage and to make dare-devils, especially if tied up with the MC, Ascendant, Sun or Jupiter. If associated with Mars, courage is said to become foolhardiness, leading to increased dangers. Natives with this particular configuration have to be prepared at all times for sudden incidents, unforeseen events and potential accidents. According to tradition, Antares is of violent character and is credited with being significant for a violent death, either in battle or by process of law. On the other hand, danger may come about by fire, weapons or machinery. Antares is also said to be unfortunate for the eyes, if in conjunction with the Ascendant, Moon or Sun and this has proven to be the case by later researchers. [“Fixed Stars & Their Interpretation”, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1928, p.70-71.]

When moving from the personal to the world of people, their countries, governments, religious and secular institutions, we can safely assume we’re going to see much more of the same, but the “same” under the grinding compression of two planets that are antithetical to each other.

Personal belief systems come up against everybody else’s sacred cows. The phrase, “somebody’s ox gets gored” is apt, even though the thought pains this astrologer who is an avid animal rights advocate. So imagine my rage and dismay at every single animal abuse or hunting trophy slaughter picture posted on Facebook. Nobody gets out of this phase without bruises and cuts of soul and of body. [Caution: be careful. Don’t try to hang a new curtain rod or start constructing a gazebo in the backyard. Wait until Labor Day Weekend!]

Religionists of extreme sects, political ideologists that adhere to whatever extremist drivel they love will execute [ISIL/Taliban] people and launch reprisals with the zeal of the “crusaders” they profess to hate. Politicians on the side of raging extremes whether it’s the Right or the extreme Left will brook no negotiations or compromise. For the Right it’s Trump or nothing. For the extreme Left its Bernie or Jill Stein. For conspiracy theorists nothing and no one will ever be good enough and some will offer prayers for an alien starship intervention.

There is no center. It cannot hold. [Shout out to W.B. Yeats]. There is a rough beast slouching.

Mars and Saturn key concepts:


Energy that has a purpose; fine motor control; concentration; persistence; driven to finish whether it’s the Olympic goal line or cleaning out those cabinets; Abundant access to enduring force; reliability; resolute; clear and definitive; conscientious to a fault; every jot and tittle; ability to grind it out whatever the challenge; Pulling oneself together through effort and courage; untiring sexual stamina and ability to prolong pleasure.


Saturn: consistent, unyielding, grim, hard work, depression, melancholy and with Mars: fighting to the bitter end; gritting one’s teeth; cold war tactics; controlled and suppressed urges; rage stifled and frustrated; like driving with the breaks on; grinding teeth with danger of cracking them or bruising jaw bone; timing is off leading to clumsy accidents; danger of bone breaks and fractures; Muscles fire (Mars) but Saturn makes them contract simultaneously leading to muscle spasms, leg cramps and sciatica (Mars-Saturn in Sagittarius); freezing up sexually because one can’t relax.

The Mars-Saturn-Antares conjunction at 9 degrees Sagittarius presages September 1, 2016’s Solar Eclipse at 9 Virgo. Nine should be noted as a highly sensitive degree. Any planet including the lights (Sun and Moon) triggering “9” can bring a surge of activity, news and events. There is a window of degree opportunity starting at 7 degrees to about 11 degrees by transit that marks the most intensity. The planetary rule is: “Hard aspects bring visible effects in the material world.” Especially when considering the chronocrators, or timers, Jupiter and Saturn. They work together to expand (Jupiter) but not so much that a lasting structure (Saturn) can’t be built. Saturn absolutely MUST manifest as something. This threshold God (lying between the inner and outer planets like a gatekeeper) IS this job. It’s not that he “does” it, although we like to shorthand our astrological language, it’s that this energy/entity/force DOES IT. We ARE it. We are channeling it into physical form in accordance with the laws of the dimension in which we live.

The Mars-Saturn-Antares hook up squares dissolving, mystical, spiritualizing, dreaming, idealizing, fantasizing, spinning, duplicitous, image making, deceiving, confusing, confounding, uncertain, vague, unreasoning irrational fears, Neptune. In this political season of lies and liabilities spurred on by populist rebellions Uranus still in close enough of an orb to square (struggle) with Pluto of collapse and rehabilitation, the road only gets bumpier as autumn unfolds.

A lovely Venus conjoined faith-filled Jupiter with messaging Mercury in crisp, precise Virgo opens the window on an optimistic silver-lining for those who are constitutionally disposed to making lemonade and la-la out of lemons. There are such types. I don’t know too many of them. They tend to make me gag, but then again, I’m born with Saturn in Virgo smack on my ascendant in opposition to a Pisces Moon.

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Claudia Dikinis/Starcats

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Posted by: starcatsastrology | August 17, 2016

Starcats Op-Ed/Silence is Also a Brutal Killer

American Psycho/the cult of Trophy Hunting
by Claudia Dikinis/Starcats
Those who call themselves hunters who display their kills of Lions, Rhinos, Elephants, Giraffes, Bears, and more on social media have to know that these exhibitionist flashes are going to create revulsion. They know those who are outraged are going to heap opprobrium on them. I wonder if in the unconscious minds of some of these repulsive destroyers they think it’s an evening of the score — a public excoriation an intrinsic part of them need to expiate guilt.

Yet, the psychopathy of individuals who willfully destroy beautiful living things, whether it’s an animal, people erased through ethnic cleansing, the wanton destruction of the rainforest for palm oil or souvenir hands of gorillas turned into ashtrays or ivory from the beaten body of Satao of Kenya, the largest tusker on the land, is clear: they don’t care because they are damaged goods and utterly incapable of conscience.

What is worse is that I think they exhibit their photos, show their spears, crossbows, and hands bespattered with guts and blood because it’s another way of killing of murdering. Hurting. Wounding. Maiming. Attacking. Savaging. Eviserating. Dissecting. Sickening. Displaying. Jeering. Denigrating. Raping. US. Yes. The exhibitionistic display of beauty destroyed is Jack the Ripper. He posed his carefully murdered and disemboweled victims for maximum shock effect.

The so-called hunter, like Walter Palmer who destroyed Cecil the Lion as just another thing to do to get his dick hard while turning this King of the Jungle into another wall covering, gets away with destroying life because it’s legal.

The Trump sons, who I like to nickname Uday and Qusay Hussein Trump, are the epitome of Christian Bale’s character portrayed in American Psycho. They and others like them are the predators who devour decency while destroying animals with spears. There are also the dictators who main their populations with chemical weapons, and our primitive politicians who cut the throats of poor constituents by denying them health care and food.

Our culture is a fabric woven from the bloody entrails of those the rich, the cruel and the psychopathic deem as expendable. Useful accessories. Amusements. There is no end to it I can see. The horizon is dark. But each of us is a vibrant cell in the body politic. Because that is so we must serve as its conscience. We must. We must. Let us Speak, roar, write, post, cry out, and confront every evil in our path. Silence is also a brutal killer.


Posted by: starcatsastrology | January 3, 2013

Fiscal Cliff & Debt Ceiling Overdrive

“The deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff hasn’t even been signed by President Barack Obama yet, but Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) has already moved on to the next fight by suggesting that Republicans should shut down the government if they don’t get drastic spending cuts before agreeing to raise the nation’s debt limit.”  (

Pat Toomey (R-PA) appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning sporting his natal Sun conjunct warring Mars (out of sign) in square to radical Uranus (a short fuse aspect. John McCain has a Mars-Uranus opposition) by shouting his Thelma and Louise hopes for shutting down the government over the debt ceiling. The appropriations bill allowing the U.S. government to pay bills its already racked up has to be passed by the drop dead date of March 27, 2013. (See Toomey’s horoscope below. He was born on November 17, 1961 in Providence, RI. No time known).

Toomey’s stellium in fixed Scorpio with Saturn in it’s own sign of rulership (Capricorn) is always dug in. Always prepared for battle. His Mercury is conjunct Venus and Neptune, so his words are music to the right wing’s ears and the alignment of both with Neptune makes him a true believer who draws upon “fuzzy math” to create blurred edges around truth should it suit his purposes. His Saturn, so close to the USA’s natal second house Pluto (27 Capricorn) aligns him with America’s plutocracy. [I use the Sibley chart with 12 Sagittarius rising).

The fiscal deal vote of January 1, 2013 (see biwheel with Declaration of Independence chart below) is a perfect set up for a planetary promise of many dreadful money hassles to come. First, the transiting Sun is very close to a t-square to the USA’s natal Sun (13 Cancer) and Saturn (14 Libra). Pluto is about 4 degrees away and will make the long term t-square by February 26, 2014. Power hungery Pluto will then be opposite the USA’s Sun — still in square to rebellious Uranus —  and close enough in orb to square the USA’s administrative master Saturn. This is a cardinal grand square configuration when including the USA’s natal Sun in security oriented Cancer.

Cardinal planet configurations are rapid-fire energy systems that initiate change at a breathtaking pace. A noon chart set for March 27, 2013, the deadline for the USA’s debt ceiling, finds transiting Saturn  in Pluto ruled, power-control Scorpio — conjunct Toomey’s Mercury, Venus and Neptune. Saturn, in mutual reception with transiting Pluto, fortifies Toomey and gives him the relentless energy and drive to drum up the support he needs to be one of the key actors who advocate a government shutdown. The consequences of this insane act of national self-destruction would lead to another major credit downgrade driving up the cost for America’s borrowing; pitch the markets into free fall; impact economies worldwide; and deflate the U.S. economy so rapidly that a national and international depression becomes a reality.

I mention Toomey in today’s blog not because I find him important or unique in the long term. I find him interesting in that his remarks on morning Joe set against the backdrop of his horoscope are a useful lens in which to view our planet actors so we can get a glimpse into who the harshest ones (Saturn, Uranus, Pluto) are going to come through. Toomey just happens to be one great example of far right extreme politics at work.

March 27, 2013’s Noon chart shows 5 planetary bodies in close alignment in the sign Aries: Venus, Sun, Uranus, Mars, Eris and Pallas.

The Mix:

1. Deal making Venus;

2. Organizing/overseeing Sun;

3. Rebellious, uncooperative Uranus;

4. Angry Mars;

5. Discordant Eris; and

6. Rational, strategy-savvy Pallas, who seeks to weave all these forces into a cohesive whole.

Moon in diplomatic Libra at 10 degrees of the sign opposes all but Eris and Pallas at the lunchtime hour. She is in square to Pluto, and her Venus ruler is “uncomfortable” in combative Aries. However, she’s Ruler/Terms (essential dignities) with Mars which helps the two at least “talk” to one another. Moon is trine Expansive, law-making Jupiter but he’s in quincunx (out of step) with Saturn-ruled Pluto. We could continue to unpack this box of hot planetary mess for several more paragraphs but suffice it to say that we have enough of a cosmic picture to correctly judge that Congress remains dysfunctional and the dialogue corrosive.

Immediately before and just after the Fiscal Vote passed the House of Representatives, MSNBC commentator Luke Russert, among others who also reported, immediately ginned up angst about the Appropriations battle set for March. Phrases like, “If you think this was bad. . .” and “This was nothing in comparison to what lies ahead” became the next talking points.

This, along with the pandering for network ratings rhetoric, is what Naomi Klein clearly defines as the shock doctrine of economics. In her book by the same title (SHOCK DOCTRINE), she lays out how governments, notably the United States via the right wing and the Chicago School of Economics (Milton Friedman) succeeded in destroying the economies of South America and now the United States by fomenting crises that keep the citizenry fearful, insecure, and in economic distress. Meanwhile, those at the top — the 1% — are continually engorged on ill gotten gains via destructive tax breaks that tear a nation down.

Pinochet in Chile, a friend of the Chicago School and Milton Friedman (read Ms. Klein’s book) was a past master at Shock Doctrine economics, including the “disappearing” and execution of thousands of citizens who didn’t go along with the plan. While the USA, to the best of my knowledge isn’t “disappearing” members of the middle or lower economic classes here, the impoverishment, draconian sentences given to people of color for holding miniscule amounts of pot or other drugs, the ghettoizing of populations, black prison sites, GITMO Bay, et al., serve enough of a destablizing function to keep most Americans “in line.”

Claudia D. Dikinis/Starcats, Jan 2, 2013

Pat Toomey horoscope

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)

USA and Fiscal Deal

March 2013 Appropriations

March 2013 Appropriations

Posted by: starcatsastrology | December 31, 2012

Hillary Clinton’s Health Challenges

Hillary Clinton’s Health Challenges —

“On Sunday, she was hospitalized after doctors discovered a blood clot related to a concussion she had suffered earlier this month. Her spokesman said she would remain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital at least into Tuesday for observation. . . .” [Christian Science Monitor].

Hillary Clinton’s birth time has long been disputed but I prefer the 8:02 am data (see,,_Hillary_Rodham for extensive notes). Jupiter in his own domain (Sagittarius) rises in the first affording Secretary Clinton an expansive and cosmopolitan world view. Her ninth house of diplomacy (Jupiter’s natural house of rulership!) is tenanted by 3 tough customers in dramatic Leo. Mars, Pluto and Saturn give the Secretary of State the grit needed for her grueling schedule and a hawkish U.S. defense posture. Her skills as a litigator (ninth house is law and lawyers) and advocate for children (“It Takes A Village”) are universally known.

The 8:02 am horoscope places the majority of Hillary’s Clinton’s planets above the horizon and in the objective or universal houses (7th to 12th). Hillary Clinton learned early on how to use her elemental square between the 9th house Leo planets and 12th house Scorpio planets. A masterful and disciplined planner and executor of long-term strategies have been played out on the world stage. Her ability to rein in and direct her husband’s sometimes chaotic and self-destructive patterns resulted in his being a two term president. She parlayed her First Ladyship into the New York U.S. Senate seat, ran for president in a close contest for the nomination with Barack Obama, and became his Secretary of State.

Her accomplishments are the stuff of legends and although she plans to retire from her current job as Secretary of State, Her fixed, tough Scorpio-Leo elemental square (Water and Fire) may well position her as the next Democratic candidate for president in 2016.

Her current health challenges are a result of exhaustion, a nasty virus, and a blood clot sustained from the concussion she suffered after passing out from dehydration. As of this writing, this astrologer hasn’t learned where in the body the blood clot is located. If it is related to a subdural hemotoma (brain) post concussion, Mrs. Clinton’s doctors will be doubly worried as a brain clot is what caused the death of actress Natasha Richardson post skiing accident on March 18, 2009. I wrote a lengthy piece here on my blog about Ms. Richardson soon after the news reports.

If the clot (Mars-Saturn: Mars is blood. Saturn’s constrictive nature congeals or clots). is located in the leg or pelvis, Mrs. Clinton’s doctors will be equally vigilant as these clots can travel to the lungs, heart and brain. Coumadin (warfarin), a blood thinning medication, dissolves (Neptune) and breaks up clots). Secretary Clinton will be in hospital for a minimum of 48 hours so that her Coumadin levels can be monitored.

Transiting Saturn (9 Scorpio) is currently in Mrs. Clinton’s 12th house (clots as unseen enemies!) and is wedged between the life-giving Sun and Chiron of wounds and injuries. Chiron is notable here because Hillary Clinton has had blood clot issues in the past. So this is a repeat scenario. A Chironic weak spot; a health issue that needs constant monitoring; a chronic or repeated physical debility.

Transiting Saturn will be in mutual reception with transiting Pluto (Capricorn) for the next two and a half years. Capricorn is mastery, stature, reputation and power. Pluto in the sign testifies to Mrs. Clinton’s global respect. She has fans located across the world as well the affection and respect of world leaders. While that testimony is a stellar one, the down side has to do with Capricorn’s penchant for overwork and perfectionism leading to circulatory problems.

With Mars now in nervous system and arterial flow Aquarius, Secretary Clinton’s above-mentioned Chiron weak spots (blood clots, circulation) seem poised as the energy that will put her at repeated higher risk. Part of the answer is her using her well-developed empathic Pisces Moon’s advice: retreat; rest; enjoy solitude; rebuild body, mind, soul; release global toxins accumulated over 4 long years of planetary travel. Mrs. Clinton has absorbed the troubles and conflicts of the world at a cellular and soul-level.

Mars’s current transit through Aquarius will set up a t-square formation where the energy locked within this hard, fixed construct will flow out transiting Saturn in her 12th of solitude, rest, repair and power-actions negotiated behind the scenes. In connection with the crisis at hand, Mars’s opposition to tough yet resilient natal Mars, Pluto and Saturn can go a couple of ways: 1) if Mrs. Clinton were to overtax herself at all over coming days and weeks, she could suffer further health breaks. Too much stress on a sturdy tree branch can snap the trunk of the whole tree if the “storm” is sufficiently strong. On the other hand, her natural survival and ability to prevail under conditions that would shatter a less capable person will be the very forces that allow her to bounce back.

Balance will be the key.  As humans age, even though they may be graced with remarkable regenerative powers, there comes a time when a more prudent or measured use of rest vs. work becomes a necessity. Saturn, the planet of necessity and prudence, is sending it’s message via the growing opening square to Mrs. Clinton’s natal Mars, Pluto and Saturn in Leo. Mars (and Pluto) is Mrs. Clinton’s Ascendant ruler and the ruler of her 6th of health and efficient functioning. Mars by transit coming to oppose her first and sixth house planet of rulership provides an extra cautionary message. Her tendency is to follow the dynamic driving force of Mars! Since when does anyone say “No” to Mars without a fight?!

What’s on Hillary Clinton’s side is Bill’s over-solicitious devotion to her post scandal and daughter Chelsea’s gentle encouragement to take the needed time off. Intelligent and wise to a fault, Mrs. Clinton will listen to her physcians’ recommendations and most likely follow their orders. An intelligent Mars chart ruler knows how to retreat from battle in order to wage a better fight another day.

1. Bucket Chart with gentle Pisces Moon as the handle.

2. Elemental balance: equal parts fire and water. STEAM!

3. Scorpio Sun in mutual reception with her sun sign rulers Mars and Pluto

4. Age factors: Reversal of Lunar Nodes and by age 66 Mrs. Clinton set to experience her 3rd waxing  square between transit and natal Saturn.

Hillary Clinton & Current Transits

Hillary Clinton & Current Transits

Posted by: starcatsastrology | February 7, 2012

Off the Cuff: Syria and Full Moon February 7, 2012

I was emailing with a friend of mine who remarked about the aspects contained in the Full Moon chart, particularly Saturn and Venus at 29 degrees of their respective signs (Libra and Pisces) and what that, among other things, might portend. I flashed immediately on Syria:


And Syria’s ruthless dictator, Bashir Assad:


And here’s the February 7, 2012 Full Moon chart set for 11:34 pm, Damascus, Syria. (Note the Full Moon conjunct the MC then link that to Syria’s South Node at 29 Leo in the 10th.)




South Node, 29 Leo in the 10th of the country’s rulers. Maybe that’s why Clinton called Bashir Assad’s father (who ruled for 29 years, one full Saturn cycle) “The Lion of Syria” when he died. 29 Leo is Regulus, the king star.

Syria’s Mercury-Neptune conjunction in religious orders Sagittarius squares transiting Neptune at 0 Pisces. Dissolution. Dissolving phase for the country. Neptune is still in orb of conjunction to Syria’s North Node at 29 Aquarius in the 4th house: foundations of the nation are dissolving from under the ruler (North Node on Regulus in the 10th).

Syria’s Saturn retrograde at 10+ Taurus lies in square to today’s Full Moon at 19 Leo.

Bashir Assad was born 9/11/65 in Damascus (no time known) during the Uranus-Pluto conjunction in Virgo phase. His Sun is also conjoined to that generational/cultural world change configuration. Of course, we know what the current Uranus-Pluto square signals: world upheaval/a rebuilding upon the ashes of the old. The old is being torn down by Plutonic power rot. Uranus is the revolutionary/anarchist/freedom fighter or terrorist. Bashir’s Lunar Nodes fall along the 8 Gemini-N/8 Sagittarius-S axis so for a second year his nodes are connected to the eclipse cycle. By Transit, Assad is set to experience a nodal reversal, and that’s always a rough time.

His progressed Neptune is 19 Scorpio, conjunct Serpentis, the coiled serpent. The ancients called this position “The accursed degree of the accursed sign.” aka/ “North Scale – brilliant mind, the accursed degree. 18 Scorpio 59”. “A malefic degree, tragedy, misfortune, the “Accursed Degree”. This degree does not precess.” I can’t remember where I read this, but I recall a link between Neptune, Mars and Chiron with torture, torturers and the horoscopes of Hitler’s henchmen. I don’t recall mention of 19 Scorpio (Serpentis) being in that mix. Dr. Josef Mengele was a Pisces with Neptune at 18 Cancer, a true believer who took his experiments to a ‘religious’ extreme (Neptune trine Jupiter). Assad is also a doctor — an ophthalmologist who can’t seem “to see” and is on his way out.

Transiting Venus is quincunx transiting Saturn in Libra. So Libra’s ruler is out of phase with its own Air house of rulership (Taurus/earth being the other). Libra out of phase with Saturn in exaltation in Libra makes Saturn free to run amok as he will with harsh punishments seen as “just” by dictator Assad. No peace and no Mercy possible from Venus exalted in compassionate Pisces. Venus is also conjunct the fixed star SCHEAT: “With Venus: Evil environment, suffering through own acts, danger of imprisonment or restraint. [Robson*, p.207.]”

She moves today at the Full Moon into warring Aries and connections with revolutionary Uranus on the 9th. I think that signals a world hew and cry for women’s rights including in Syria, Egypt, India, etc., and also here in the USA more on the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood mess.

Off the cuff speculations for this rainy Tuesday afternoon . . .

(Claudia Dikinis)
Santa Monica, California

Posted by: starcatsastrology | December 15, 2011

Birth of the Justice Party

Spokesperson, possible presidential candidate:

Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson
September 9, 1951
12 Noon (no time known)
Logan, Utah


WASHINGTON DC, December 12, 2011: On Monday, December 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM, a diverse group of courageous citizens will announce the formation the Justice Party at the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 0 TAURUS Asc.

EVENT: Justice Party Founding Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah
Justice Party Founding Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah

Feb 17, 2012 8:00 am – Feb 20, 2012 12:00 am

100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 12 PISCES Asc.

Posted by: starcatsastrology | November 2, 2011


by Czech poet, Miroslav Holub

We have
a map of the universe
for microbes,
we have
a map of a microbe
for the universe.
We have a Grand Master of chess
made of electronic circuits.
But above all
we have the ability to sort peas, to
cup water in our hands, to seek the right screw under the sofa for hours.
This gives us Wings.

Posted by: starcatsastrology | November 2, 2011

In Defense of Occupy

In Defense of Occupy

“If you are in prison, do not brag about the spaciousness of your cell.” Zen Proverb.

Awake From Your Slumber

Talking heads from Fox News to CNN and even to the more liberal MSNBC still don’t get it about the Occupy protest that is quickly coalescing into what we call a MOVEMENT.

Criticisms leveled against Occupy encampments worldwide miss the mark. No, this isn’t an inchoate or confused uprising by a bunch of DFH (dirty fucking hippies) or unemployed layabouts. This is the birth of a movement that is the direct outpicturing of the collective shadow of GLOBALISM. Hence, this isn’t a one size fits all protest.

Injustice and inequality have escalated exponentially over the last 25 to 30 years. Each and every attempt at change from the time of Ronald Reagan up to the remedies and policies for America that President Obama pushes for, have been ignored. Hence, we’ve reached the ugliness of critical mass; a new Zeitgeist that emerges through Uranus in square to Pluto (June 2012-2015). This square promises. Yes,  hear me, PROMISES, to bring sweeping global as well as national change.

Again, the OCCUPY Movement is the outpicturing of grief and rage at the corruption contained within the collective Shadow of predatory capitalism, the corporate monopolizing of the human body (medicine for profit) and the rape of Gaia (i.e., global warming, Monsanto frankenfood seeds, etc.). These are just a few of the talking points we could put on the table.

My prefatory remarks are not meant to be in any way a final statement or complete assessment of what lies before us. They are an introduction to a piece written last night by my friend and colleague Karen McCauley. She was moved to respond to an emailer who attacked the Occupy movement as insufficient, ineffective  or “woo-woo”.

The movement is only 10-12 weeks old.

This movement is taking place in 2011 (Uranus-Pluto Square), not 1965 (Uranus-Pluto conjunction opposed by Saturn) when the Vietnam War, during a time of the Draft, coalesced around a dynamic single purpose. STOP THE WAR.

We don’t live in the 20th Century anymore. This is a 21st Century emergence. This is a global emergence, and radicals and protestors from the 1960’s also need to do what Steve Jobs told us to do: THINK DIFFERENT. This isn’t your granny glasses protest anymore. Nor is it Timothy Leary’s world anymore.
Turn On (your iPod), Tune In (to Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now) and Drop Out (of Bank of America and the worldwide corporate whore house).
That being said, I welcome these shared remarks by Karen McCauley. With her permission, please take note of the following:

In Defense of Occupy

Karen McCauley

“You are certainly entitled to your opinion. And yes, there is no consistency among the demonstrations throughout the world other than their opposition to being continually oppressed, used and discarded by the plutocracy/cutthroat corporate capitalism/greedy number crunchers and despots. And yes, every group has their fringe-people and crazies just as the beginning John Birch Society flavored “tea party” groups had theirs until Koch Bros. and Dick Armey and others stepped in to push the no taxes, no regulations, no entitlements (their terms, not mine) agenda in exchange for trip financing and transportation.

“There’s been numerous marches and demonstrations in Portland over the past 8-9 years against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There will never be widespread demonstrations against wars unless the draft is reinstated (as it was during Viet Nam).

“I would certainly rather that the needed changes to how our government is elected and governed come peacefully rather than through violence though I’ll wager that the violence will begin by next summer.  The government takeover by the military industrial (and corporate) complex has been happening over the past 30 years and has been very effective. It is a very different world now and many of the jobs have been eliminated, downgraded or outsourced. Hell, even Motts apple juice comes from concentrate made in China.”  — Karen

Karen is a Professor of Astrology at Kepler College, an Experienced counselor, Psychology/cosmology educator-researcher; Creative internet course designer, writer, editor. You can find her on Facebook.

Occupy Wall Street

Posted by: starcatsastrology | November 2, 2011

Starcat Jaqqi – In Memoriam

In Memoriam, Jaqqi, the last of the 3 original Starcats.

Rescued at about 6 months of age on August 30, 1994;

Crossed over here at home on Halloween, October 31, 2011, at 5:02 pm.

He was surrounded by myself and 2 loving veterinary helpers. Visit all Starcats Memorials at With Jaqqi’s passing, it’s an end of an era (1993-2011).

November 1, 2011 – THE LEGACY CONTINUES

Starcat Jaqqi 1994-October 31, 2011

Posted by: starcatsastrology | September 18, 2011

Greece Nears a Tipping Point in Its Debt Crisis

Greece Nears a Tipping Point in Its Debt Crisis

FRANKFURT — Europe appeared to be lurching toward a moment of decision in its sovereign debt crisis Sunday, as Greece struggled to meet conditions for additional aid amid rising German impatience with the cost.

“Greece’s imminent default is assured,” Carl B. Weinberg, chief economist at High Frequency Economics in Valhalla, New York, wrote in an e-mail Sunday. “Without an injection of cash within the next weeks, the nation will run out of resources to service its debt.” NYT Global Business

Greece & Transits Biwheel

What does Greece have in common with the USA? Prominent planets in cardinal signs – particularly Venus (USA/Greece) and Jupiter (USA). Greece’s Saturn at 11 Cancer closely conjoins the USA’s Sun and squares the USA’s Saturn. A thin-skinned and delicate situation.

National pride and self-esteem are caught up with assets in the bank. Greece’s Ascendant at 13 Cancer is in exact conjunction to the USA’s Sun. This and the aforementioned tight cross-aspects link our fate with Greece’s from the point of view of a shared crisis of debt to asset ratio.

Whereas the USA isn’t likely to default on its debt now or in the future, Greece’s difficulties and faltering alliance with EEC reveals a country under great duress.

If default is imminent, then Greece’s meltdown along with ongoing struggles in Spain, Italy and Ireland, could spell a worldwide depression.

I don’t want to be the spreader of gloom and doom, nor do I want anyone to mistake this tiny bit mundane astrology with anything like financial expertise. The idea of a European or worldwide depression comes from columns written by nobel laureates in economics such as Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz. Nouriel Roubini of NYU is another of my favorites who is “affectionately” nicknamed Dr. Doom.

I’d go with what these experts are saying. I sought to find planetary evidence in Greece’s chart of the coming collapse which isn’t any secret.

There’s a cardinal grand square in Greece’s chart that’s formed up by the transits of Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. The world is set for 7 Uranus-Pluto squares between 2012 and 2015, and clues as to how the aspect will play out have already been revealed. First, by the formation of the grand cross in the USA’s chart over most of 2010 and now in Greece’s chart.

Uranus signal sudden, violent, breaking apart. Pluto signals the kind of long-term erosion and disintegration that causes huge collapses. Connecting the dots to the USA’s chart and Greece’s chart, we’re looking at financial collapse (Venus and Jupiter are the money planets).

Along with plutonic erosion, we’re also witnessing draconian slapdowns of the most vulnerable in America and across the globe. As nations struggle to make ends meet (while not daring to upset or inconvenience the uber-rich), those least able to fight or advocate for themselves are being thrown upon the sacrificial alter of predatory capitalism. The poor must pay for the sins of elite.

There are no easy outs or convenient fixes left in the world’s goodie boxes.

Neptune hovering by retrograde in Greece’s 8th house of debt signals a draining out. A siphoning off of not only cash, but life force. A nation dying, or rather, fading and melting away. Neptune’s square to Greece’s VERTEX in the 5th house of speculation and gambles signals a fated encounter with the kind of meltdown signaled in stock markets.


September 18, 2011
Santa Monica, CA

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