Posted by: starcatsastrology | August 24, 2011

1936 FDR: I welcome their hatred

President Obama, a self-professed Blue Dog, needs to listen to this:

FDR didn’t back down. There’s no excuse for what the current president is allowing to take place on his watch. He may not be able to win the fight, but he has a voice. He, like FDR, can shout: “I welcome their hatred.” However, my wishes don’t stand today’s reality test. A conservative Democrat today (Blue Dog) is very much like a Republican of the late 60’s just before the Barry Goldwater phenomenon and the John Birch Society successfully began steering the GOP off the Wiley Coyote cliff. Even so, it appears that Blue Dogs are growing ever increasingly more right of center. If the USA wants to commit suicide by Tea Party, I wish they’d just get it over with so the rest of us can get busy using the energy of those upcoming Uranus-Pluto squares rebuilding and arising like the phoenix.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt




Posted by: starcatsastrology | August 24, 2011

Fracking for Gas Makes Earthquakes

Fracking for Gas Makes Earthquakes

“Shortly before midnight Mountain Time on August 23, the largest earthquake in Colorado in more than a century, with a magnitude of 5.3, sent tremors as far away as Kansas. Some twelve hours later, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered in Northern Virginia sent shock waves as far away as Toronto.”

Rare Strong Earthquake Hits Colorado – August 23, 2011, 11:46 PM, Trinidad, Colorado

“The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3, was centered about nine miles from the city of Trinidad and hit at 11:46 p.m. local time.”

“National Zoo Animals React to the Earthquake

“The vibrations from yesterday’s 5.8 earthquake were keenly felt at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park; all animals, staff and visitors were safe and no injuries were reported.

“Small Mammals – The red ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm call about 15 minutes before the quake and then again just after it occurred.”

Colorado’s horoscope (August 1, 1876, 9:26 AM, LMT, 01 Libra Asc) and the chart for the EQ event in Trinidad is quite nearly Virginia’s EQ Redux. Mars conjoins Colorado’s 10th house Venus in Cancer and squares transiting Saturn in Libra. Note: cardinal signs signal events on the world stage. We’ve got a highly volatile mix with Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn. Both planets are retrograde and the first of the perfect squares doesn’t take place until June 2012, but when you see something work, you’ve got to make note of it.

Neptune is a key player in EQ (and hurricane) events. Note that transiting Pluto is trine Colorado’s earthy Neptune at 5 Taurus. The trine to oil and gas related Neptune makes the case for fracking being the proximate cause of the damage. Sure, EQ’s have earth cycles, but when human interaction conjoins, then presto-change-o! Something has to give.

Colorado’s cardinal earth move in ambitious Capricorn (in solstice degree, I might add) is squared by transiting cardinal fire Uranus in Aries. Earth and fire aren’t “friends” and when the two elements are in square by planet transit, something is going to snap.

To be clear, one particular aspect doesn’t a tragedy make but when in concert with other moving factors in a horoscope, the probability of an earth level materialization goes up exponentially.

The transiting Lunar Nodes (Gemini/Sagittarius) are in square to Colorado’s natal nodes (Virgo/Pisces). About 11 hours before the EQ happened, the transiting Gemini Moon hit the event chart’s South Node (transiting). Simultaneously the Gemini Moon came to a point called “the bendings.” The Bendings isthe geometrical point where a transiting or natal planet is in square to the Lunar Nodes. I only give about 1/2 of a degree on either side of the bendings point. You have to play it tight.

Colorado’s Mercury in grandiose Leo is partile (exact) square it’s natal Neptune in  acquisitive Taurus. Dramatic Mercury knows the value of it’s resources (8th house Neptune and Pluto). Transiting Jupiter in Taurus is squaring Colorado’s Leo Sun. The State has a Leo stellium in it’s 11th house of future hopes and dreams. Uranus in Leo is the dispositor (ruler) of Colorado’s Aquarian Part of Fortune in it’s 5th house of investments and gambles. It’s in wide but viable square to Colorado’s 8th house underworld riches (mining and resources).

With populations expanding and the drive for fuel consumption competes with China and India’s voracious appetities expands, fracking for natural gas and Canadian tar sands pipeline ventures will be very difficult to stop. Corporations don’t want to invest in infrastructure and refuse to operate safely. Look at the many coal mining disasters that have taken place in the just the last few years in Virginia and West Virginia.

It isn’t likely that president Obama, a self-identified Blue Dog Democrat [“Privately, Mr. Obama has described himself, at times, as essentially a Blue Dog Democrat,” See NYT ], is going to stop the proposed tar sands pipe line. It remains to be seen what forces may at least attempt to rein in natural gas fracking. Protection of our national parks and forests is essential to our survival as well the legacy we seek to leave our children.


August 24, 2011

Santa Monica, CA

State of Colorado and Earthquake Biwheel



Posted by: starcatsastrology | August 23, 2011

Around the Interwebs/The Mountain Astrologer Blog

I like this week’s column from Mary Plumb of The Mountain Astrologer

“Sachs sees the unrest as interconnected and essentially under the theme of “popular frustration with governments not meeting the needs of the people.” He said there is a “pressure cooker” in the U.S., where problems — unequal wealth, a large underclass, high unemployment, a distrust in the legitimacy of government, a woeful educational system and infrastructure, no coherent energy policy, etc. — are at a boiling point.”

I like her work on Michele Bachmann’s chart too: “The recent Newsweek cover, with a wide-eyed photo of Michele Bachmann, reminded me of Pallas Athena springing forth from Zeus’s head. (1) But then, I had already noticed that Bachmann shares Pallas Athena conjunct the Moon with the U.S. Sibly horoscope.”


Current Issue of the Mountain Astrologer


Posted by: starcatsastrology | August 23, 2011

Virginia – 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake!

Virginia Earthquake 2011: USGS Warns it May be a Foreshock

International Business Times 8/23/2011

“According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake happened at 1:51 p.m. at a depth of 3.7 miles. The quake was centered 27 miles east of Charlottesville, Va., near the town Mineral in Louisa County. Virginia Earthquake 201

1: USGS Warns it May be a Foreshock”

The chart for the State of Virginia is June 26, 1788, at 12:00 pm. The noon time comes from the Virginia Historical Society. Virginia  has cardinal angles, which places transiting Saturn in Libra in the first, Uranus in Aries in the  7th and Pluto on the 4th house cusp. Saturn is too far in degree to make a perfect cardinal grand square with Virginia’s Cancerian Sun and Jupiter,  but it sure seems to be working that way. T-Pluto on the I.C. cusp opposite Virginia’s Sun is certainly the “up from under” thrust set off by unexpected shakes Uranus in the 7th house.

I think that the quincunx (150 degree aspect) between Virginia’s Cancerian Uranus and Mercury to transiting Neptune also play a part. Uranus quincunx Neptune, two outer planets, signal the timing of a destablizing stretch. Quincunx aspects signal what’s out of joint and two tectonic plates in struggle for space show that one will have to “give way” or sacrifice to the other. The earth’s crust is constantly moving like the top layer of a pie that’s floating atop hot molten juices below. The out of phase quincunx set up by transit in Virginia’s chart show that something above and below strained to the breaking point.

If this is a foreshock to a greater level event in the future, We might see something of consequence happen again after Uranus goes direct on December 10th at 0 Aries. That 0 Cardinal point is usually a signal of a big event. It can be geological or geopolitical. Or both. Uranus at 0 Aries so close in opposition to Virginia’s Ascendant means the state is going to have to get their earthquake emergency response team in place. The old Dominion, the oldest of colonies and still the keeper of some of the oldest (and not so good) ideas about humanity and politics is being “shaken up.” I know, I know. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but I still subscribe to “as above, so below.” Or as Jung would tell us, what we don’t own often eventuates in an event outside us.

Just so Virginia doesn’t feel like I’m picking on her, the quake was felt all the way into New York City, Concord, N.H., Washington, D.C., the entire East Coast Trough, and Toronto, Canada.

State of Virginia and Earthquake Transits

Posted by: starcatsastrology | August 23, 2011

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Cat Age Calculator

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Posted by: starcatsastrology | August 22, 2011

Libya Falls/Qadaffi M.I.A.

Libya Falls/Qadaffi M.I.A.

I was waiting for the Saturn Return of Libya’s Independence and today is the day. The Saturn Return marks 29 1/2 years of Qadaffi draconian rule in the North African nation and at long last, forces of liberation are prevailing.

It is Arab spring.

Transiting Mars, which just crossed over July 1, 2011’s Solar Eclipse degree (10 Cancer) now conjoins Libya’s natal Uranus. Mars, the planet of war, agitation and aggravation is setting off Libya’s natal revolutionary, defiant Uranus. The pair are squaring Libya’s natal Saturn and Mars at the time of the nation’s second Saturn return.

A Leo Sun on Regulus, fixed star of the king or ruler, is in opposition to dissolving Neptune in rebellious, freedom fighting Aquarius. Neptune’s work is a watery erosion of ego, power and position. The ground melts out from  under one’s feet. Support systems collapse. A power base drains away. Neptune’s force isn’t the same as Pluto’s, which is more of an undermining that comes from long term decay. Neptune is the force of water. It works as the gentle erosion that arises from denial but also as a tsunami that takes out everything in one instant.

In the case of Qaddafi, the ruthless dictator, self-appointed dweller in lavish tents styled after his Bedouin roots, has been swept away on the tides of revolt. The seeds of this insurrection were sown right under his own nose. Like Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Qaddafi’s solution for keeping tribal factions under control meant ruling with an iron fist.

Dismantling Pluto has already crossed over Libya’s Sun (01 Capricorn). It now joins forces with Libya’s Chiron at 4+ Capricorn. The pain and the wound are clear for all to see. Chiron exposes weaknesses and wounds in any structure when posited in Capricorn. Pluto would prefer to hide from this exposure by donning his Hades helmet of invisibility. This is what Qadaffi is doing. He is in hiding as a 30 year structure of iron fisted rule collapses and dissolves beneath this feet.

Libya Independence and Transits BiWheel

Posted by: starcatsastrology | August 19, 2011

BP Macondo Well Leaking Again

BP Macondo Well Leaking Again

BP Oil Spill and August 19, 2011 Transits

“An anonymous Vessels of Opportunity (VoO) captain is reporting that BP has hired approximately 40 boats from Venice and Grand Isle to deploy boom around the former Deepwater Horizon site (50 miles off the Louisiana coast). The fleet began its mission over the weekend to contain a growing sheen on the water near the site of the Macondo wellhead, which was declared “officially dead” on September 19, 2010.”

A look at the bi-wheel (BP Spill inner wheel/today’s transits at spill latitude and longitude outer wheel) indicate that the leak must have started long before today’s report in the Tallahassee Examiner.

It’s a “new moon” moment for the Macondo well as transiting Moon just crossed over the Oil Spill Sun (0 Taurus) so news of a spreading sheen or leak brings us to a new phase. Now what will BP do? Nothing, of course.

Retrograde Pluto at 5 Capricorn is reconnecting with Pluto’s position the day of the spill. Retrograde Neptune is reconnecting with Spill Day Neptune. Neptune is one ruler of oil  (drilling and profits seem to be Plutonic in nature) and oil spillages. Neptune’s retrograde recontact with Spill Neptune sets off the Spill Day’s mutual reception with Uranus (then in Aquarius). The mutual rulership exchange between these two outer planets underscores the sudden (Uranus) nature of the event that destroyed one of the earth’s most glorious ecosystems. Neptune  is the unstoppable flow of toxic oil. Uranus is the planet of shocks.

The renewed leak and spreading of sheen must have started around August 9 or 10 when Mars squared Uranus; Moon opposed Mars and conjoined Pluto (8/9) and Mars opposed Pluto (8/10). On August 17th, Mars now in Cancer crossed over the July 1, 2011 Eclipse degree (9 Cancer) which resonates with BP Spill Moon (22 Cancer) which is on the degree of the fixed Star POLLUX, which translates to the word “polluted.” Castor and Pollux are the Gemini Twins. Again, don’t confuse constellations with the tropical zodiac positions of planets contacting these fixed stars.

On September 5, Labor Day, Mars will make the exact conjunction to BP Spill’s natal Moon. Transiting Chiron at 3 Pisces squares BP Spill ascendant. We can expect more painful news of harsh consequences born by the people of the Gulf states and the innocent creatures that make the watery depths their home.

August 19, 2011


Santa Monica, CA

Posted by: starcatsastrology | August 18, 2011

Tea Party & John Birch Society

John Birch Society,

December 9, 1958

12:00 Noon (no birth time known)

Indianapolis, IN

“Robert Henry Winborne Welch Jr. (December 1, 1899 – January 6, 1985) was an American businessman, political activist and author. He was independently wealthy following his retirement and used that wealth to sponsor anti-communist causes. He co-founded the conservative group the John Birch Society (JBS) in 1958 and tightly controlled it until his death. He became a highly controversial target of criticism by liberals, as well as some leading conservatives.”

Forerunner to the Tea Party (and oftentimes an “inspiration” for the more extreme wing of the Libertarian Party), the John Birch Society has it’s roots in the middle earth of the midwestern state of Indiana.

I was born and raised in Indianapolis in a small enclave called Castleton. The old world and a burgeoning new one met head on against a backdrop of automobiles, zoning disputes, tractors, post WWII fashions, old country churches and the sounds of rock and roll blaring out the radio. I remember our grade school bomb drills where we dropped under our desks and covered out heads. I don’t know how the maneuver would have spared us from Hiroshima like explosions and fall out, but suffice it to say our dear township believed it expedient.

There was the summer when one of the farmers in our area loaded up his crop duster and dropped leaflets (litter!) all over the land stating: THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A BOMB.

Terror of communists plagued the land. The GOP and Joe McCarthy had a field day pushing hard against the old lizard brain (limbic system/pineal gland) of the local GOP who assured us that sharing and caring for our fellow man (women excluded) was going to destroy our great nation.

” . . . Welch claimed that Birch was an unknown but dedicated anti-communist,[6] and the first American casualty, Welch contended, of the Cold War. One of the founding members[21][22][23] was Fred Koch,[24] founder of Koch Industries, one of the largest private corporations in America.[25″

Fred Koch is the father of the infamous Koch Brothers who, along with Dick Armey started funding the astro turf group we know today as the Tea Party.

The John Birch Society solar  horoscope has all the hallmarks needed to identify it as intemperate. Mars at 17 Taurus (the bullheaded ideologue) is opposite exaggerating Jupiter at 19 Scorpio, also known as the accursed degree of the accursed sign. It is conjunct the coiled snake star Serpens aka Unukalhai, a pale yellow star in the neck of the Serpent in the constellation Ophuichus which means, ‘he who holds the serpent‘.

Don’t confuse the sign Taurus with the constellation Ophuichus (located sidereally as opposed to the tropical sky, which correponds to the 12 signs of the zodiac). At any rate, the ancients didn’t have much good to say about Serpens or Unukalhai. With Jupiter, Robson, author of one of the pre-eminent books on fixed stars says, “With Jupiter: Hypocrisy, deceit, banishment, imprisonment or exile. [Robson*, p.214.]” For more on fixed stars visit Anne Wright’s excellent fixed stars site:

The aforementioned Mars in opposition to Jupiter t-squares into radical, revolutionary Uranus. There’s your signature for the crazy. Mars, Jupiter and  Uranus are way over the top even in flowing aspect, but when pitted against each other by opposition into t-square, we have an incendiary mix.

There’s a 5 planet conjunction in religious zeal Sagittarius comprised of Moon, Sun, Venus, Mercury and Saturn. Jupiter on the coiled serpent star (“don’t tread on me”?) is the planet ruler of the 5 planet line-up. Since Jupiter is in that t-Square formation I mentioned above, God, Guns, Guts, and kill me a commie for Christ became identifying slogans of the Birchers in short order.

Ronald Reagan was a Bircher or at least a staunch admirer of them. He was told early in his political career that he had to dial back the intense rhetoric and hide his more extreme views lest he ruin his chances for the governorship of California (and eventually the U.S. presidency).

The evangelical bleed into the movement happened rather early on in JBS’s history. By the time Reagan was running for president, he let it slip (on purpose) that he “spoke in tongues” but please don’t tell anyone . . . of course, the person he  uttered that lie to made sure to announce it widely. Reagan became president, of course, and like the Bushes, promptly threw the evangelicals under the bus.

It doesn’t seem to have detoured them though. In today’s politics Michelle Bachmann, Tea Partier and evangelical Christian, just happened to mention that the country is afraid of “the rise of the Soviet Union.”

That and mistaking the 34th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death (August 16, 2011) with his birthday (January 8, 1935) is enough on its face to disqualify her from being a Wal-Mart greeter, let alone president of the United States.

(Learn about the difference between the Tropical (Western Astrology and Sidereal (Eastern Astrology) zodiacs from Kevin Burk here: )

August 18, 2011


Posted by: starcatsastrology | August 7, 2011

Henry Varnum Poor, founder of S&P


“Henry Varnum Poor (December 8, 1812 – January 4, 1905) was a financial analyst and founder of H.V. and H.W. Poor Co, which later evolved into the financial research and analysis bellwether Standard & Poor’s.

“In 1860, Henry Poor published History of Railroads and Canals in the United States, an attempt to compile comprehensive information about the financial and operational state of U.S. railroad companies. He later established H.V. and H.W. Poor Co. with his son, Henry William, and published annual updated versions of his book. Standard & Poor’s traces its history back to this publication.”

Key Events for 1860:

1860 – Pony Express begins.
1860 – Crittenden Compromise
1860 – Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States
1860 – South Carolina secedes from the Union

Henry Poor’s horoscope (no time known): a locomotive pattern with big money Jupiter (though retrograde) in gold standard Leo as the lead planet or engineer.

His Sun conjoined to Neptune in cosmopolitan, internationally savvy Sagittarius conjoined to Neptune shows a fiery visionary who can seriously think (Saturn in Capricorn) and evaluate the soundness (Mercury in Capricorn) of the “financial and operational state of U.S. railroad companies.” Henry Poor was a man who could see the future (Sun-Neptune) and translate his intuitive hunches (mutable fire) into a long-lasting (Saturn in its sign of rulership) and respected financial rating institution on classically pin-striped Wall Street.

It’s the 1860 publication of Poor’s book on the U.S. history of railroads and canals that historians consider the founding of the agency Standard & Poor’s.

In 1860, Poor’s progressed chart has Venus, Mercury and Saturn all in the cardinal earth sign Capricorn opposing the USA’s (Sibley chart 1776) natal Venus, Jupiter and Sun.

Poor’s progressed Saturn is in an exact opposition to USA’s Cancer Sun (cardinal water) which sets up a t-square to the USA’s Saturn at 14 Libra in (cardinal air). The natal USA Saturn becomes the focal point of the T-square which flows out of the Sibley chart’s 10th house of respect and standing.

Standard and Poor’s, until it corrupted itself by colluding with Wall Street throughout the housing bubble/toxic derivatives scandal, was one of three highly lauded rating agencies that could be trusted to fairly rate corporations and financial institutions in America.

Poor’s natal and progressed Capricorn planets challenged (squares and oppositions made to the Sibley chart) the captains of industry to back up their claims by proving their bottom lines. Saturn, the taskmaster, did more than visit karma. When Saturn stands as the hermit holding the lantern at the top of the hill, people and the entities they create are called to hard scrabble up the mountain of performance AND consciousness to by doing the hard, but honorable things.

By transit, Poor’s natal Saturn is being opposed by Pluto. T- Pluto on Poor’s Saturn is set for the explosive Mars in Cancer opposition that takes place this upcoming week. Poor’s natal chart, which I consider one of two founding charts for his agency, will be under siege via his natal Saturn in Capricorn over the next few days by hard transits: Mars in Cancer in square to Aries-based Uranus;  Capricorn Moon opposite Mars and conjunct Pluto; and Mars in opposition to Pluto. Poor’s horoscope and progressions to 1860 (founding of S&P’s) point to pitched battle between the White House, Congress and this rating agency.

Because Poor’s natal Sun-Neptune in internationally focused Sagittarius are under illuminating stress via our Gemini/Sagittarius eclipse cycles over this year and next, we are looking at long season of confrontations both domestically and internationally with mistakes made when it comes to a global economic sustainability.

The next election cycle depends on whether or not a dysfunctional Congress can stand up and govern like adults and if President Obama (Saturn at 25 Capricorn) can stand firm for the good of the country instead of caving in again for the good of Wall Street and big campaign contributions.

August 7, 2011
Santa Monica

Posted by: starcatsastrology | August 7, 2011

Quick Correct

I posted the S&P downgrade time as 8:21 pm on August 6th. The correct time is 8:19 pm. The rising degree is still 19 Aquarius, but the chart goes from 19 degrees 49 minutes to 19 degrees 05 minutes when using the 8:19 pm time. My reporting was off by 44 minutes, which doesn’t change the analysis of the event chart. However, in the interest of accuracy, it’s important for me to publish time corrections when they come up.

August 7, 2011
Santa Monica

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