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Astrology of Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon astrology“He was born angry, he was born fighting. This is just who the guy has always been.” (Devil’s Bargain by Joshua Green)

Steve Bannon is in the news again.  After failing in his attempt to use the Trump presidency to take down the GOP establishment, he has now turned against Donald Trump in a new book, resulting in a firestorm of fury from the White House.  Since Bannon rose to fame in 2012 as the director of Breitbart News, his rage has been directed at immigrants and immigration, Islam and Muslims, Hillary Clinton, to name only a few.  His incendiary philosophies led a Breitbart colleague to comment, ““If there’s an explosion or a fire somewhere, Steve’s probably nearby with some matches.”  An ex-employee called Bannon “a seriously sinister figure.”

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Bannon is the kind of character that makes me want to look into his astrological chart to see why he behaves as he does – what motivates him.  Unfortunately there is not a known birth time for Bannon so we are missing some key pieces of information, but there is enough here for us to sink our teeth into.

Steve Bannon was born with the Sun in Sagittarius, the sign of ideology, religion, philosophy and expansive thought and goals.  His Sun makes no (major) aspect to any other planet, suggesting that he tends to operate as a loner and may have had difficulty fitting in, even as a child.  His Leo Moon (emotional needs) craves attention and validation from others, but it is locked in a death match with Pluto, planet of obsession, death and power.  This dynamic suggests a challenging home life in childhood and since he was the middle child of five, this planetary placement suggests that he struggled to be seen by the parents and acted out for attention.

Mars is the planet that we typically associate with anger and rage – it is the force of assertiveness and motivation that when thwarted is transformed into a monster of resentment and outrage.  Bannon’s Mars is in the peace loving sign of Libra, making it more difficult to express one’s needs and desires outwardly. The fact that Chiron, denoting psycho-spiritual wounding, is in a challenging aspect to his Mars echoes the difficulty that his weak Mars has created in his life.  This is an individual that found it difficult to get what he wanted out of life and became more and more frustrated as a result, to the point where the rage could no longer be contained.  Uranus, planet of radical behavior, is also in stressful aspect to Mars, encouraging this reactionary approach to self-expression and reflecting the incendiary nature of the comments made about him by those who know him well.

This combination of planetary frustration made him restless and unable to stay in one career for very long.  He joined the navy but was restless, and during his Saturn Return graduated from Harvard business school.  He joined Goldman Sachs but left soon after to start his own investment firm. He financed films until he became bored with that, and then started making films himself.

With Mercury in Scorpio, he is an intense thinker with strongly held opinions.  His Scorpio Venus means that relationships for him are all or nothing.  This is a chart that holds a lot of power, and also the undoing of the individual if he is consumed by this power.

One interesting factoid in the chart is the challenging inconjunct between the Black Moon Lilith and Saturn, denoting a deeply held distrust and fear of women.  He has been married three times for short periods, and one of his wives charged him with domestic violence.

The challenging dance between Uranus (breaking up the status quo and fostering rebellion and radical behavior) and Pluto (destroying the old paradigm and forcing the rebuilding of a new one) triggered this Mars system in Bannon’s chart between 2015 and 2018 as the Trump campaign was unfolding.  Trump and Bannon have a lot of links between their charts which intensifies the connection between them. Trump’s ascendant falls right on Bannon’s Moon, so Bannon must have felt that Trump understood him. Trump’s Sun falls right on Bannon’s Jupiter so Trump must have felt that Bannon could help expand his agenda. But Trump’s Mars falls on Bannon’s Pluto, which means that power issues were inescapable.

As Bannon continues to rage against the political machine, he will soon find he has no machine of his own with which to fight his petty wars.  Though he is still in charge of Breitbart News, rumors of his imminent ouster are rampant.  Still, Bannon will enjoy a number of empowering Jupiter transits over the next year which will serve only to expand his confidence and encourage his brand of schoolyard bullying no matter which pulpit he chooses to use.

By | 2018-01-07T17:59:44+00:00 January 5th, 2018|People, Politics|7 Comments

Your 2018 Planetary Calendar

Here is a calendar of the important planetary events of 2018. I will be writing about these events as they occur so check back for more details and explanations about what these events mean for you. You can read the overview of 2018 major planetary cycles here which includes more information about some of these cycles.

Astrology of 2018JANUARY

1/1  New Year Supermoon! 11 Cancer
1/2  Uranus turns direct
1/11 Mercury enters Capricorn
1/15  Jupiter sextile Pluto
1/16  New Moon 26 Capricorn
1/17  Venus enters Aquarius
1/19  Sun enters Aquarius
1/31  Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse 11 Leo
Mercury enters Aquarius


2/10  Venus enters Pisces
2/15  New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse 27 Aquarius
2/17  Mercury enters Pisces
2/18  Sun enters Pisces


3/1  Full Moon 11 Virgo
3/6 Mercury enters Aries
Venus enters Aries
3/8 Jupiter retrograde
3/17 New Moon 26 Pisces
3/17  Mars enters Capricorn
3/20 Sun enters Aries
3/22  Mercury turns retrograde
3/31 Venus enters Taurus
Full Moon 10 Libra


4/14  Jupiter sextile Pluto
4/15 Mercury turns direct
New Moon 26 Aries
4/17 Chiron enters Aries
Saturn turns retrograde
4/19 Sun enters Taurus
4/22 Pluto retrograde
4/24 Venus enters Gemini
4/29 Full Moon 9 Scorpio


5/13 Mercury enters Taurus
5/15  New Moon 24 Taurus
5/15  Uranus enters Taurus
5/16  Mars enters Aquarius
5/19  Venus enters Cancer
5/20  Sun enters Gemini
5/25  Jupiter trine Neptune
5/29  Full Moon 8 Sagittarius
Mercury enters Gemini


6/12  Mercury enters Cancer
6/13  New Moon 22 Gemini
Venus enters Leo
6/18  Neptune turns retrograde
6/21 Sun enters Cancer
6/26  Mars turns retrograde
6/28  Full Moon 6 Capricorn


7/5  Chiron turns retrograde
7/9  Venus enters Virgo
7/10 Jupiter turns direct
7/12  New Moon partial solar eclipse 20 Cancer
7/22  Sun enters Leo
7/26 Mercury retrograde
7/27 Full Moon total lunar eclipse 4 Aquarius


8/6  Venus enters Libra
8/7  Uranus turns retrograde
8/11 New Moon partial solar eclipse 18 Leo
8/12  Mars retrogrades back into Capricorn
8/19  Mercury turns direct
8/19  Jupiter trine Neptune
8/23  Sun enters Virgo
8/26  Full Moon 3 Pisces
8/27  Mars turns direct


9/5  Mercury enters Virgo
9/6  Saturn turns direct
9/9  Venus enters Scorpio
New Moon 17 Virgo
9/10 Mars enters Aquarius
9/12  Jupiter sextile Pluto
9/21  Mercury enters Libra
9/22  Sun enters Libra
9/24  Full Moon 2 Aries
9/25  Chiron retrogrades back into Pisces
9/30  Pluto turns direct


10/5  Venus turns retrograde
10/8  New Moon 15 Libra
10/9  Mercury enters Scorpio
10/23 Sun enters Scorpio
10/24 Full Moon 1 Taurus
10/31 Mercury enters Sagittarius
Venus retrogrades back into Libra


11/1  Jupiter trine Chiron
11/6  Uranus square North Node
North Node enters Cancer
Uranus retrogrades back into Aries
11/7  Jupiter trine North Node
New Moon 15 Scorpio
11/8  Jupiter enters Sagittarius
11/15  Mars enters Pisces
11/16  Venus turns direct
Mercury turns retrograde
11/22 Sun enters Sagittarius
11/23  Full Moon 0 Gemini
11/24 Neptune turns direct


12/1  Mercury retrogrades back into Scorpio
12/2  Venus enters Scorpio
North Node trine Chiron
12/6  Mercury direct
12/7  New Moon 15 Sagittarius
12/9  Chiron turns direct
12/12  Mercury enters Sagittarius
12/21  Sun enters Capricorn
12/22  Full Moon 0 Cancer
12/31  Mars enters Aries

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By | 2018-01-04T08:33:44+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Planetary cycles, Uncategorized|1 Comment

A Cancerian Supermoon for the New Year

The first Full Moon of 2018 occurs right on New Year’s Day, in the highly sensitive and emotional sign of Cancer.   Cancer is the Moon’s own sign, and it is happiest there where its sentimentality and security needs can be best expressed.  The Cancerian Full Moon asks us to open our hearts and allow ourselves to be nurtured, and to find ways where we can both give and receive in greater balance.

This Full Moon is a Supermoon (© Richard Nolle) as it is nearing the closest point to the Earth in its normal orbit(perigee).  There are two Full Moons in January 2018, and both are Supermoons.  The Cancer Supermoon can be more intense emotionally, especially for individuals who tend to be more sensitive to lunar events.  Supermoons are often harbingers of intense weather and seismic events.  (The January 31 Supermoon will be in Leo and will have a more fiery quality, especially since it’s an eclipse as well.  More on that later!)

Full Moons signify a polarity – a need to balance oppositional forces.  Here the worldly Capricorn Sun opposes the delicate sensitivity of the Cancerian Moon, urging us to not lose sight of the tender heart that nourishes us while we focus on the Things That Must Be Done that Capricorn requires.  The heart connections that we enjoy with family and friends – our tribe, whether self-selected or the one we are thrust into – provide that nurturing that we need in order to function in the world.

The polarity balance in this Full Moon is heavily weighted towards Capricorn, with Venus and Pluto in Capricorn flanking the Sun.  The presence of Venus helps to soften the businesslike nature of Capricorn and infuses it with a sensitivity to our personal connections, and Pluto adds a quality of urgency and drama.

The New Year is often a time when we begin a new way of looking at our world, and this Full Moon helps us to tie together the various threads of our lives into a fabric that will embrace us and keep us connected throughout the year.

By | 2017-12-31T07:33:48+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Moon|4 Comments

The Astrology of 2018 – What can we expect?

Astrology of 2018Over the past ten years the people of planet Earth have experienced a cataclysmic shift that has affected virtually every area of human life.  Pluto (planet of deep transformational forces) changed signs in 2008, moving from expansive Sagittarius which embraced migration and “one world” culture as well as celebrity and theology into the contracting sign of Capricorn which insists on being practical and creating strong foundations that can’t be buffeted around by the whims of the world.  Pluto then was drawn into a protracted conflict with Uranus, planet of rebellion and revolution, in the individualistic sign of Aries and predictably, revolutions occurred around the world.  The Arab Spring, the Trump revolution in the US, Brexit in the UK, revolutions in the UK, and a dismantling of governments in Africa and elsewhere (Pluto in Capricorn) by revolutionary forces (Uranus in Aries).

Here is a list of the major planetary events in 2018. 

I believe that 2018 will be the year of renewed stability.  That is not to say that peace will rule the planet, but new foundations are being built to replace the old ones which have been destroyed and the transformations of the past ten years will now be accepted as the new normal.  When our old reality has crumbled into the mists of history, there is nothing to do but to move forward and the planetary influences this year will help with that.

There are no outer planet alignments.  The outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) are the big movers and shakers. I think of them as transformational forces that inspire us to evolve and change, and when they interact with each other they stimulate powerful changes in the world around us as well as in our inner worlds.  In 2018 there are no major aspects between the outer planets, and no significant stressful aspects even of Jupiter or Saturn.  Without these dramatic planetary incidents to rock and shake our world, the necessary rebuilding of the human condition can take place much more easily.

Four of the eclipses fall on the Leo/Aquarius axis.   The Leo/Aquarius polarity is about balancing our individual needs and desires (Leo) with the needs of the collective (Aquarius).  Leo is a highly personal sign which craves personal development and individual expression; Aquarius seeks to transcend the personal and to express the Self through interaction with community.  Neither is better than the other, but with four eclipses triggering this dynamic we will be working towards integrating our personal desires for a better life into the fabric of the needs of the collective communities in which we build our lives.

Here are the dates for the 2018 eclipses:

  • Lunar eclipse January 31, 2018 at 11 degrees Leo/Aquarius
  • Solar eclipse February 15, 2018 at 27 Aquarius/Leo
  • Solar eclipse July 12, 2018 at 20 Cancer/Capricorn
  • Lunar eclipse July 27, 2018 at 4 degrees Aquarius/Leo
  • Solar eclipse August 11, 2018 at 18 degrees Leo/Aquarius

Three important planets will be in Earth signs.  Earth signs help to ground us and enforce a practical perspective.  Earth is not exciting like Fire nor stimulating like Air, but it can be a welcome respite from chaos and intense transformation. Pluto is already in Capricorn (since 2008) as noted above.  Saturn moved into Capricorn in December 2017 and will remain in that sign until March 21, 2020.  Saturn and Pluto can be a bit heavy handed and when they aspect each other things get a bit intense, but that won’t occur until 2020 so there is no reason to be concerned quite yet.

We also have Uranus, planet of radical change, moving into the stable and grounded sign of Taurus in May of 2018.  I’ll be writing more about that over the coming months but that will serve to calm down the intense radical nature of the political energies over the past seven years of Uranus in fiery Aries.

Chiron will enter Aries April 17, 2018.  Chiron is the planet that regulates the healing process in the body, mind, spirit system by triggering psychospiritual wounds that are ready to emerge and heal.  Chiron has been in in the spiritual/creative sign of Pisces since 2010, challenging boundaries and pointing out where our illusions have given us the greatest problems.  Aries is the sign of individual self-motivation, an important aspect of self-development.  Taken to extremes, however, self-motivation can turn into selfishness and greed. In Aries, Chiron acts on the level of the individual to challenge our sense of Self and self-confidence.  On the global level it will reveal the societal wounds caused by individual selfishness.  Chiron will be in Aries until 2026.

Important planetary events for 2018:

  • Jupiter sextile Pluto  January 25, 2018 – September 12, 2018.  Aiding in personal transformation and the fulfillment of life goals, this lovely harmonious planetary dance will help to provide support in all of your endeavors, assuming you have a focused intention and a plan of action.
  • Chiron enters Aries  April 17, 2018 (described above)
  • Uranus enters Taurus May 15, 2018 (described above)
  • Mars retrograde June 26-August 27, 2018.  Mars doesn’t retrograde often (as opposed to the other planets which retrograde at least once a year) so it’s somewhat significant.  Mars retrograde periods are important times for personal action and review and can be difficult times to get something new off the ground.
  • Jupiter trine Neptune began in 2017, finishes August 19, 2018.  This is one of the most beautiful planetary combinations as Jupiter expands and offers hope to all of the creativity and spiritual longing that Neptune inspires.
  • Jupiter enters Sagittarius November 8, 2018. When Jupiter enters its own sign of Sagittarius, it’s the beginning of a year of optimism and opportunity.

Stay tuned for more information on these planetary cycles!  Many blessings and wishes for a beautiful 2018.

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By | 2018-01-04T08:31:24+00:00 December 30th, 2017|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|8 Comments

Happy Yule and Christmas to my dear readers!

A portion of this article was originally posted in 2011. Anyone who has read this blog for more than five minutes will know that I am rather skeptical not only of Christianity but of any organized religion.  Still, I love the Christmas season, with its pagan-derived trappings of pine trees decorated with colorful balls and lights, songs of celebration, and the sharing of food and sweets with family and friends.  After all, the week of the Winter Solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years as Yule.  And even if it’s only for a week, it’s lovely to hear people of all religions talk about peace on earth and goodwill to men.

The timing of the celebration of the birth of the Christ on December 25th likely comes from the pre-Christian Roman holiday Sol Invictus celebrating the invincible Sun and the patron saint of Rome and her soldiers which was established in 274 ce.  Christianity was established  as the official religion in Rome in the mid 300s.

Around this time of year people always ask about the astrological meaning of the Star of Bethlehem, and an MSNBC article presents a compelling case for the actual birthdate of Jesus based upon the astronomical Star of Bethlehem:
Historical records and modern-day computer simulations indicate that there was a rare series of planetary groupings, also known as conjunctions, during the years 3 B.C. and 2 B.C.
The show started on the morning of June 12 in 3 B.C., when Venus could be sighted very close to Saturn in the eastern sky. Then there was a spectacular pairing of Venus and Jupiter on Aug. 12 in the constellation Leo, which ancient astrologers associated with the destiny of the Jews.
Between September of 3 B.C. and June of 2 B.C., Jupiter passed by the star Regulus in Leo, reversed itself and passed it again, then turned back and passed the star a third time. This was another remarkable event, since astrologers considered Jupiter the kingly planet and regarded Regulus as the “king star.”
The crowning touch came on June 17, when Jupiter seemed to approach so close to Venus that, without binoculars, they would have looked like a single star.  The whole sequence of events could have been enough for at least three astrologers to go to Jerusalem and ask Herod: “Where is he that is born King of the Jews, for we have seen his star in the east and are come to worship him.”

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In any case, this is a magical time of renewal as we come through the darkest part of the year and move into the light after the Solstice.  So greetings to all of my beloved readers, and the most beautiful blessings for the celebration season!
By | 2017-12-25T08:07:46+00:00 December 25th, 2017|Holidays|1 Comment