The astrology of Meghan Markle

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This is Part I of a two-part series on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.  Disclosure: As a long time fan of the Suits TV show (Seasons 1-5, it lost me after Season 6) and a follower of Meghan’s Tig blog until its recent demise,  I am fully on Team Meghan.  While I’ve tried to be as impartial as possible in this profile, I am definitely prejudiced by my admiration for her and am tickled that a mixed-race American is going to marry Prince Harry, forever transforming the British monarchy and symbolizing a sea change in the traditions of royalty. 

In case you have been cloistered away from the news, and who could blame you, Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are engaged and will be married in May 2018.  I profiled Prince Harry in the summer of 2017 (catch up here)  after he opened up to the world about his psychological issues – this article is about Meghan and I will follow up with an astro analysis of their relationship.

Meghan Markle astrology

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Meghan was born with the Sun in Leo: sign of the actor, the entertainer – with a generous heart and a craving for attention. It must be said that Leo IS the sign of royalty – represented by the King of the Lions, most individuals with a strong Leo signature in their charts have a need to feel special and acclaimed.

Her Libra Moon signifies a craving for partnership and a need for personal harmony, but her Moon is impinged by both Saturn (isolation, loneliness, achievement) and Jupiter (expansion, confidence and good fortune).  This obviously creates a push-pull of enthusiasm from Jupiter and sadness and insecurity from Saturn that can be difficult to balance.  This could manifest in a basically hopeful attitude (Jupiter) combined with a deep insecurity. And in Libra, she needs for everyone else to be happy so that her life can remain in balance.  This is echoed by the Cancer ascendant which is focused on nurturing and taking care of things which we see in her devotion to rescue animals and the charity work she has been doing with children for years, and her Mars (drive and desire) is also in Cancer.  Mars, however, is in the twelfth house of the hidden, where it can be more difficult to express.  You will nearly never see a twelfth house Mars express anger in public unless it is severely stressed.

Venus in the chart reveals what we need in our relationships with others, and Meghan’s Venus is in the modest and particular sign of Virgo.  Those with Venus in Virgo usually have well-defined ideas of what they want in a relationship and they are unwilling to settle for something less, although her Libra Moon would long for partnership, often expressed through a best friend or some other kind of partner. However, that pesky Saturn next to the Moon also rules her seventh house of marriage and partnerships, making relationships more challenging.  Saturn can be a cruel teacher when we are young but once we learn to toe the line he becomes kinder as we age and develop the inner resources which he bestows through challenge and adversity.

Meghan’s North Node of destiny in Leo, the sign of individual self expression AND of course royalty) is rising in the chart – the first symbol in the first house.  Obviously not everyone with the North Node in Leo will marry into royalty, but it does fit the circumstance!  In any case, individuals with a rising North Node will typically have a clear path of destiny.

This is a significant time astrologically for Meghan.  Transiting Juno, the asteroid signifying marriage, aligned with the cusp of her seventh house of marriage and partnership at the time of the engagement announcement, as did her progressed Moon (her evolving emotional needs).  Jupiter, planet of opportunities, harmonized with her natal Venus (love, relationships) at that same time.

Saturn is the planet of material success as well as hard work and hardship, and Meghan has a challenging planetary cycle involving Saturn to her natal Moon/Saturn/Jupiter conjunction that begins in February.  Under this influence she may feel isolated and challenged by the events around her, but because Saturn is strong in her natal chart she is more accustomed to this energy than others might be and quite possibly better able to use the Saturn force to her advantage.  In any case I would expect her negative press to ramp up during this time as well as during the second phase in late June/early July, and in October.

Neptune is the planet of mystery and magic, and it began an opposition cycle to Meghan’s Venus back in July 2017.  The second phase of that cycle returns towards the end of February which could create some confusion and potential problems with a relationship in Meghan’s life (it’s impossible to predict specific events or people using these astrological cycles although many will try).  The third phase takes place between September 2018 and the end of the year.

Check back soon for Part II: The astrology of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 


By | 2018-01-27T13:14:55+00:00 January 27th, 2018|People|3 Comments

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

Harvey Weinstein – the astrology of sex and power

How appropriate that Harvey Weinstein, arguably the most powerful mogul in Hollywood today and perhaps in Hollywood history, was terminated from his leadership position at the Weinstein Company just as Jupiter (leadership) goes into Scorpio (sex and power).

Weinstein is notorious among Hollywood circles for his boorish behavior and sexual harassment allegations that span over decades.  Over the past few days actresses who declined his advances have come forward to tell their Weinstein stories, and presumably there are many more who did not fight in order to save their careers.

The astrology chart of Harvey Weinstein (born March 19, 1952 in Queens NY, time unknown) shows his Sun at 29 degrees Pisces – the very last degree of sensitive and Pisces, bleeding into assertive and dominant Aries.  The 29th degree is sometimes called the “anaretic” degree and is considered a critical placement that shows a significant lesson to be learned. In medieval astrology the “anareta” was a planet of destruction and considered to be dangerous.  While modern astrology doesn’t take these significators literally, the 29th degree indicates a completion of some kind of karma and needs to be taken seriously.

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The transition from Pisces to Aries involves the lesson of incorporating the assertive leadership of Aries into the compassion and sensitivity of Pisces, but in some cases one sign will react against the other which is what we see in Weinstein’s behavior. The Sun makes no aspects to any other planets (a “singleton”) suggesting an individual who stands alone and finds it difficult to combine one’s energies with others.  (Brad Pitt is another famous Singleton Sun individual.)

Weinstein has Mars (sexuality and drive) in its own sign of Scorpio which can denote a highly sexualized individual.  Depending on other chart factors this can also manifest as a powerfully charismatic individual.  Scorpio dwells in the realm of power as well as sex, and Mars in Scorpio seeks both.

To complicate matters further, that Scorpio Mars is in a challenging aspect to Pluto which generally denotes a complex relationship to both power and sexuality.  I have many clients with this chart aspect, many of whom have suffered sexual abuse or some kind of violence.  I typically do not have the kind of clients who would be abusers, but this aspect of a power imbalance can represent both ends of the spectrum as well as anywhere in between.

Weinstein also suffers from a soul wound – a conjunction of the Moon (emotions, the mother and nurturing) to Chiron, planet of wounding and healing. The wound is exacerbated by challenging aspects from both Saturn (tests and challenges) and Uranus (abandonment and radical change) to the Moon.  Typically this would suggest a difficult relationship with women generally and the mother in particular.  Miriam Weinstein was an active part of the Weinstein companies since their inception, and we know very little about Harvey Weinstein’s actual relationship with his mother that would add any detail but it was certainly very complicated astrologically.  We are just beginning to see how complex Weinstein’s relationships with women are.

Weinstein’s anger is legendary in Hollywood (see this article from 2002 and this one from 2001 for a detailed history of Weinstein’s company and some of his more egregious outbursts) and Weinstein admits to seeking help from psychological experts in controlling his anger.  The kind of rage Weinstein exhibits can result from the Mars/Pluto combination, but when you add in the deep wound of the Moon/Chiron/Saturn/Uranus system, it gets amplified and complicated.

The progressed chart is a method used by astrologers to forecast significant times in a person’s life, and right now Weinstein’s core wound is being triggered (progressed Chiron has retrograded back to align with natal Chiron).  Additionally, there is a Gemini New Moon in the progressed chart, suggesting the potential for a new beginning which is a beneficial thing during a time of personal destruction such as this one.

The fact of the casting couch in Hollywood is nothing new, nor is the sexual harassment of women to trade sexual favors for career advancement.  But the power exerted by Harvey Weinstein reached a new degree:

Weinstein is often compared to the moguls of old—the doughty Jew among Wasp elites—but the analogies don’t do justice to his broader cultural horsepower. Neither indie hustler nor studio boss, Weinstein is a different beast altogether, a New York City behemoth with avid fingers in all corners of the pie. He and his brother run a company that released more movies than any other in the U.S. in the year 2000 and had the eighth-largest box-office receipts. To say that the barbarian is at the gate is to miss the fact that he’s already behind the velvet rope and iterating access. New York Magazine 2001

Unfortunately, Weinstein’s apparent genius enabled him to feed the monster of ego and rage to the point where he was not constrained by the rules that mere mortals live by.

By | 2017-10-11T09:31:11+00:00 October 11th, 2017|People|25 Comments

The astrology of Shia LaBoeuf’s perpetual troubles

Shia LaBoeuf astrologyShia LaBoeuf has been an acclaimed actor since he won his first award at age 15.  His career as a performer began as a stand-up comedian at the age of 10.  But his long history of troubles with the law began before then when he was arrested for shoplifting at the age of 9.  He was arrested again at the age of 11 for stealing.  As an adult, despite his success in films and great respect from film credits, he continued to indicate a lack of impulse control and ability to manage his rage:

  • In 2005 LaBoeuf was arrested for threatening his neighbor with a knife and driving into his car.
  • In 2007 he was arrested for refusing to leave a Walgreen’s when asked by security.
  • In 2008 he was involved in a car crash and arrested for drunk driving although he was later exonerated for the crash.
  • In 2014 he was arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing at Studio 54 in New York City after which he began treatment for alcohol addiction.
  • However, in 2015 he was arrested in Texas for public intoxication.
  • In January 2017 he was arrested for misdemeanor assault at a protest rally against Donald Trump although these charges were later dismissed.
  • And finally, on July 8 2017 he was arrested again for public intoxication and disorderly conduct in Savannah Georgia, threatening to kill the policeman who arrested him.
Shia LaBeouf astrology chart

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LaBoeuf has the Sun in Gemini, the shapeshifter sign that hungers for experience and easily moves in and out of different roles in life.  His Moon is in Leo, the sign which craves attention and validation from others.  Leo is quite commonly found in the charts of people who turn to acting and other performance modes in order to satisfy the desire for acclaim and admiration.

Like many of us, Shia LaBoeuf had a troubled childhood.  His father, a Vietnam veteran, suffered from PTSD and was unable to support the family.  He reportedly was abusive and turned to alcohol and heroin to numb the pain of his trauma, with violence to the family being the sad result.   We can see the propensity for emotional pain and trauma with the fact that Chiron (wounding and healing) conjoins his Sun (Self).  This planetary dynamic suggests an individual who comes into this life already wounded, and typically our outer circumstances mirror the issues that are shown in the chart.  The challenge for the individual is to face their traumas and pain so that they can be healed and they can become better integrated and more easily able to be a mentor and guide to others.

To complicate things Uranus, planet of rebellion, is opposite both the Sun and Chiron.  The Uranus/Sun dynamic instills a fierce individuality and disdain for authority as well as suggesting a difficult relationship with the father (often symbolized by the Sun).  This is amplified by a challenging square (90 degree angle) from Jupiter to both Uranus and the Sun.  Jupiter rules expansion and confidence, and when in a challenging aspect to the Sun we often find an individual who can be overconfident and reckless, and rarely satisfied with their station in life.  This can serve as a positive drive towards success, or it can simply manifest as frustration and increase the radical tendencies towards rebellion we already see in the chart.

Other chart factors add to the difficult mix:  Mars (aggression and desire) in the chart is retrograde, making it more difficult for LaBeouf to feel that he can achieve his desires which adds to the frustration.  And Saturn (restriction and self-doubt) is retrograde which generally reveals a self-critical nature.

Proving the point that our birthchart does not doom us to failure, Rafael Nadal was born just a week prior to Shia LaBoeuf on June 3.  His Sun is even closer to Chiron, Uranus still opposes his Sun which is also squared by Jupiter.  He too had a painful childhood  and Saturn is still retrograde in his chart (although Mars is not retrograde).  And yet Nadal has emerged as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, and has no police record.

The Olsen twins have an even more similar chart.  They were born just two days after LaBoeuf, on the 13th.  Their childhood was not as difficult despite the divorce of their parents, and their early success came fairly easily.

No two individuals are alike, even when the birthcharts are identical.  We are all in different stages of our soul growth and have different karmic lessons to explore. Despite the terrible pain we might experience in our youth, we are gifted with the free will to change our circumstances at any time and create a better life.

In 2014, after struggling with an “existential crisis” when transiting Chiron squared Chiron in his natal chart as well as his Sun, he said:

“I’ve been a runner my whole life, running from myself,” he explains. “Whether to movies or drinking and drugging or f—ing calamity or whatever it is, I’ve always been running. I’m a dude who loves delusion. It’s why I love being an actor – I never have to actually look at myself or be faced with my s— or take responsibility.”

At that point he said he “found God,” but sometimes its more important to find ourselves and become more responsible for our decisions and our choices.  I hope that this talented young man is able to find himself before his rage destroys him.

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By | 2017-07-12T14:36:17+00:00 July 12th, 2017|People|3 Comments

The Astrology of Prince Harry’s Revelations

Prince Harry astrologyIn a series of recent interviews, Prince Harry has revealed some of his innermost thoughts and feelings, something very unusual for the normally strait-laced Windsors of Britain.

Harry’s chart is loaded with the element of Earth – Sun in Virgo, Capricorn rising and Moon in Taurus.  Practical, grounded and anchored in the material world, Earthy people tend to be very responsible and understand the necessities of position and place in the world.  Yet in his youth, Harry was known as the mischievous child, forever pulling pranks on those around him and in school was constantly in trouble, according to Diana’s letters (published posthumously).

Mars in Harry’s chart is in the freedom-loving sign of Sagittarius and widely conjunct Uranus, planet of the rebel. The conflict between this iconoclastic rabble-rouser and the earthy pragmatism is a challenging one and in a conflict like this we often project one side into outer life.  Because Harry was brought up in the tightly controlled environment of British royalty, this need to be responsible to the British people appears to be a strong professional motivator and in fact, the planet of responsibility, Saturn, sits right on the Midheaven (the point of career and public life).  But this Uranian/Sagittarian side inspires him to create change in the monarchy; to modernize it for the 21st century.

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Harry’s chart shows a challenging opposition between Chiron (wounding and healing) and Uranus (electromagnetic energy field).  This aspect is quite common in those born between the mid 1950s and the mid 1980s, but no one else alive today has it.  Individuals with this chart dynamic are typically extremely sensitive energetically and born healers.  They have an ability to transmute energy and tend to operate in this way no matter what their chosen profession.  We can see this in some of Harry’s recent interviews: “It’s really important to speak out. If you keep concerns to yourself for weeks, months or years, they become a real problem. It is not weakness. It is strength to come forward, talk about it and move on.”  This is Chiron speaking.

Most recently Harry has been speaking out about mental illness, revealing the depression he experienced after the death of his mother in 1997.  During the few years after Diana’s death Harry went through a large number of difficult planetary cycles:  Chiron (soul wounding) opposite Saturn (challenge and depression),  Saturn opposite Pluto (death and transformation),  Pluto opposite Chiron (the excavation of the soul wounds),  Saturn opposite Saturn (crisis and restabilization), Chiron square Sun (emergence of a wound to the identity),  Uranus square Moon (lack of stability and need to break from established patterns), Chiron conjunct Mars (a challenge to one’s ability to take care of one’s own needs), Saturn conjunct Chiron (the forced exposure of one’s inner wounds for healing).  This is a lot of hard stuff to work through, especially for a young person aged 13-17.

These difficult planetary cycles can make life miserable, but ultimately the wisdom unearthed through this deep soul work is what enriches our lives and give them meaning.  I believe that this is what we are seeing in Prince Harry today as he emerges into public life as a sensitive and compassionate man with a mission to heal his country.

On a side note, I have been appalled by the number of astrologers projecting doom for Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle.  Astrologers are unable to predict the success or failure of a relationship based on compatibility – some of the most enduring relationships show high degrees of incompatibility.  Trading on a bet for someone’s future unhappiness seems to me a poor way to gain fame for one’s writings.

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By | 2018-01-19T11:27:06+00:00 June 28th, 2017|People|6 Comments