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Barbra Streisand (born April 24, 1942 at 5:08 AM in Brooklyn, NY; Asc 8 Aries 22) was a guest this past Sunday at the White House as she was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. The honors recognize individuals who helped define American culture through the performing arts.

In light of this news, I was curious to take a look at Streisand’s horoscope. When I saw the lineup of Solar Arcs for 2009, all clumped together between August and November, I could only wonder what Streisand has planned for the coming year?!

SA Uranus conjunct Pluto (8/09)
SA Uranus square Sun (9/09)
SA Sun square Ascendant (10/09)
SA Pluto opposed Ascendant (11/09)

All of this leads right into transiting Pluto conjunct her Midheaven with the first hit in February 2010!

And if that weren’t enough, just slightly down the road in 2012, transiting Uranus will conjunct her Ascendant. Along with SA Midheaven opposed the Node!!!

Talk about a lineup of measurements! I researched the internet to get an inkling of what may lie ahead for Streisand, but to no avail. I didn’t find any concert dates, events or plans scheduled for 2009. What I did discover is that she does speak her mind in small, concise blog posts on her website particularly centered around the current election and her political point of view.

Looking more closely at 2009, the transit activity is slim to say the least. We do however see tr. Saturn opposed Venus ruling the 2nd and 7th houses coinciding with a minor SA of Saturn=Venus in the March/April time period. As well, the final hit of tr. Uranus square the Sun/Moon midpoint in March (and tr. Saturn square the Sun/Moon in August 2009). Marital concerns are certainly one strong possibility.

I would love to ask Barbra Streisand what she’s got cooking for the next 6 to 12 months ahead. Will she become more involved in politics? Produce or direct a new film? Your guess is as good as mine. Perhaps we’ll just have to wait and see.

Barbra Streisand's Birth Chart

George Michael (born June 25, 1963 at 6:00 AM in Finchley, UK; Asc 17 Cancer 13) will end his “25 Live Tour” on August 25, 2008, a two-year world tour that began on September 27, 2006. Prior to his “25 Live Tour” (to celebrate his 25th year in show business) he hadn’t toured in 15 years.

According to the BBC, “Pop singer George Michael has said his age is a factor in his decision to give up touring, saying that he is seeking “a quieter life” out of the public eye.

“Mainly the reason is because I’m 45 and I think pop music should be about youth culture,” he told the BBC. “It shouldn’t be an endurance test.” But he denied he was retiring, saying he was merely seeking a life out of the limelight. “If I can just live further from the spotlight I think that’ll be better for all really,” he said. In a veiled reference to his recent personal problems, the singer said he wanted to “stay away from my own idiocy” and “try and behave”. Last year he admitted he was trying to limit his recreational drug use following his 2006 caution for possession of cannabis.

In studying Michael’s horoscope, the Lunation Cycle (SP Moon in relation to the SP Sun) is very revealing. Currently now in 2008, he is ending the Full Moon phase, the time of harvest and reaping rewards, and entering the Disseminating Phase (SP Moon sesquiquadrate SP Sun), a time to examine the crop and reevaluate, to think about his current position and extract the most from what has recently been harvested. It is no surprise that the album “Twenty Five” was released in April 2008 as well as a companion DVD of 40 videos.

When his tour began in September 2006, tr. Saturn was conjunct his Moon (ruler of his Ascendant) suggesting a time of advancement in terms of ambitious, and opposed Saturn (ruler of the public 7th). Throughout his tour in 2007, tr. Uranus was conjunct his MC. Now upon his decision to give up touring, we note tr. Neptune conjunct Saturn (1st hit March ’08) suggesting the loss of focus on ambition. In 2007-08, tr. Neptune was opposed his Leo Moon perhaps dissolving his need for center stage. We see as well exact in May 2008, tr. Saturn conjunct Uranus for the final hit, perhaps the tension between the new and the old.

Tr. Saturn is approaching opposition to his MC (exact October 2008) suggesting a new start and important structural change in George Michael’s life. As he said in the BBC interview, “there are lots of other things I want to do outside of music.”

George Michael’s Birth Chart

There are several birthdates for Fidel Castro. In today’s announcement of retirement, it is stated that he is 81 years old, hence born in 1926 (on August 13 in Biran, Cuba). If born in 1927, he would be 80 years old at this time of his announcement of retirement.

The birth time (stated by Astrotheme) is 2:00 AM which gives an Ascendant at 29 Gemini 55 and the Midheaven at 19 Pisces 37 (further Astrotheme uses 1926 as his year of birth).

Using this birth time (regardless of 1926 or 1927), we see that currently transiting Pluto is opposed his Ascendant (first hit January ’08) and transiting Uranus is conjunct his Midheaven (first hit March ’08)!!!! Those angular measurements could not be more exciting in terms of today’s announcement which seems to help solidify a birth time at 2:00 AM.

Next, looking at the natal Moon position if born in 1926 or in 1927, we see that in 1927 (using the same birth data), the natal Moon would be at 20 Aquarius 53 in the 9th house, and receiving a final conjunction hit from transiting Neptune in January 2008. But do we really need to see the Moon’s involvement with an important transit when we have tr. Pluto and tr. Uranus on the angles of Castro’s natal chart? If born in 1926, the natal Moon (at 11 Libra 13) is not activated at this time at all by transits or Solar Arcs. As well, why would Castro state that he is one year older had he been born in 1927?

Fidel Castro: 1926 Birth Chart

 

Fidel Castro: 1927 Birth Chart

Some months ago I wrote about Oprah Winfrey (born on January 29, 1954 at 4:30 AM CST in Kosciusko, MS; Asc 29 Sag 41), about the possibility of health concern, about her father’s plans (at that time) to write a book about her, Oprah’s rehashing previous family betrayals, and as well about her opening a girl’s academy in South Africa in January 2007 (with SA Pluto conjunct the MC).

At that time, I noted the importance of Oprah’s natal Pluto square Mars, and its sensitivity to transits and solar arcs in her life. Today I’ve just read on CNN.com about allegations of abuse at Oprah’s South African school. I have no idea whether it will turn into a serious matter or not but here’s what I wrote in my initial post about the time ahead:

“A look at measurements in 2007 reveals that Winfrey’s natal Pluto square Mars has now ARCED to the Midheaven: SA Pluto is exactly conjunct the MC (in January) with SA Mars square the MC in August ’07. The health-center Ascendant will ARC to oppose Pluto and square Mars (in Sep ’07 and Apr ’08). In 2008, tr. Pluto will conjunct her Ascendant with tr. Neptune opposing Pluto —- not a nice combination for matters of health — not to mention as well, transiting Saturn square the Moon in 2007/2008.”

News today of the abuse allegations at her academy seem to be perfectly timed by the SP Moon conjunct Mars (Oct 23, ’07) and square Pluto (Nov 9, ’07)! With the first hit of tr. Pluto conjunct the Ascendant in January 2008, we might be hearing more about Oprah.

Oprah Winfrey in the News – Natal Pluto square Mars:

The recent news regarding Oprah Winfrey’s father’s plans to write a book about her entitled “Things Unspoken” led me to take a closer look at Winfrey’s horoscope. Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 at 4:30 AM CST in Kosciusko, MS (Asc 29 Sag 41).

According to what I’ve read, Winfrey was “shocked” to learn about the book, not from her father, but from a gossip column. She said, “I was upset. I won’t say devastated, but I was stunned. The last person in the world to be doing a book about me is Vernon Winfrey. The last person. I would have preferred to have known my father was working on this. It would have been a nice gesture, a courtesy. The worst part of it was him saying [when she called her father to ask if the rumor was true], ‘I meant to tell you I’ve been working on it.’ ”

Her father Vernon Winfrey in his book proposal claims that Winfrey was “out of hand, an unruly child. … She had secrets. Dark secrets. Some I didn’t discover ’til she was a grown woman, ’til it was too late.”

After reading about this news, what initially crossed my mind was whether this unexpected upset could impact Oprah’s health.

A look at measurements in 2007 reveals that Winfrey’s natal Pluto square Mars has now ARCED to the Midheaven: SA Pluto is exactly conjunct the MC (in January) with SA Mars square the MC in August ’07.

The health-center Ascendant will ARC to oppose Pluto and square Mars (in Sep ’07 and Apr ’08). In 2008, tr. Pluto will conjunct her Ascendant with tr. Neptune opposing Pluto —- not a nice combination for matters of health — not to mention as well, transiting Saturn square the Moon in 2007/2008.

Since I was not up-to-date on the events of Oprah Winfrey’s life, I discovered while searching the internet that in January 2007 (with SA Pluto precisely conjunct her MC), Winfrey established and opened the “Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls” in South Africa (a $40 million dollar school). She had announced her dream and plans to build the school in 2002 with tr. Neptune conjunct her Sun (in the 2nd house).

During the Academy’s opening ceremony in January ’07, with Nelson Mandela at her side, Winfrey said ‘this is a pinnacle life moment for me.’ She said she believes that the reason she never had children was because ‘her students [at the academy] were meant to be her daughters’ —-corroborating SA Pluto conjunct the MC (dramatic change of perspective; identity transformation), and SA Mars=MC (ego awareness; change of status).

This colossal life milestone for Winfrey could certainly lead to major changes in 2008 with tr. Pluto conjunct her Ascendant and tr. Saturn square her Moon in Sagittarius — a geographic relocation to South Africa as one of the principal educators of the school??? — stranger things have happened!

But getting back to the issue of her father’s surprise news, this was not the first time Winfrey felt betrayed or deceived by a member of her family. In 1990, a family member revealed to the National Enquirer magazine that Winfrey gave birth at age 14 (in 1968) to a baby who died in the hospital weeks later. This was also when she was sent to live with her father in Nashville, Tennessee who made education priority #1 in Oprah’s life.

In 1968 (at age 14) Oprah’s natal Pluto square Mars was definitely in the spotlight! Saturn, the Sun, AND Venus had all three ARCED to Pluto and Mars (SA Saturn conjunct Mars, square Pluto; SA Sun and SA Venus opposed Pluto, square Mars). As well, transiting Neptune was conjunct Mars and square Pluto from 1967 throughout 1968!

When the secret was revealed to the world in 1990, once again, we see natal Pluto square Mars: The SA Midheaven arced to conjunct Mars and square Pluto! SA Pluto was square the Ascendant, and SA Mars conjunct the Ascendant!

Now currently in 2007 with SA Pluto=MC and SA Mars=MC, Oprah relived this story in the February issue of “O, The Oprah Magazine” entitled “My First” about the first betrayal of her life. In that article she explains how she worried that if anyone found out about the pregnancy, it would damage her career. But in fact, she says, “No one said a word … not strangers, not even people I knew. I was shocked. Nobody treated me differently.

For 20 years, I had been expecting a reaction that never came. And I soon realized that having the secret out was liberating. … What I learned for sure was that holding the shame was the greatest burden of all.”
It is fascinating to study natal Pluto square Mars in Winfrey’s horoscope. Pluto is in the 8th house ruling the 11th. Mars in Scorpio is in the 11th house ruling the 4th. This natal configuration has been involved with very pertinent life events regarding home life, parents and parenting issues, death concerns of others, and her sense of lovability and feeling valued and worthy to others.

Undoubtedly, 2007 and 2008 will be an extremely important time in Winfrey’s life involving an identity transformation and dramatic changes of perspective. Oprah Winfrey has proven herself to a very powerful and strong woman. Hopefully she will overcome whatever disappointment or betrayal she feels about her father’s plans to write a book about her, and hopefully it will not interfere with her health. It should be interesting to follow events in her life over the next one to two years.

Oprah Winfrey’s Birth Chart

Dan Rather (born October 31, 1931 at 6:13 PM in Wharton, TX; Asc 19 Tau 08) is the former longtime anchor for the CBS Evening News (for 24 years from March 9, 1981 to March 9, 2005, his last broadcast) and contributor to CBS’ 60 Minutes.

Rather’s career at CBS News ended in 2004 when the contents of allegedly forged documents were broadcast in the heat of the 2004 US Presidential elections, which led to Rather’s 2005 dismissal from the anchor role, demotion to correspondent and later firing in 2006. 

According to a Washington Post article, sources from CBS said that executives at the network decided “there is no future role for Rather”. On June 20, 2006, CBS News president Sean McManus announced that Rather would be leaving the network after 44 years.

Since retiring, Rather has spoken out strongly about what he perceives as a lack of courage by American journalists. On January 24, 2006, he told a newspaper reporter, “In many ways on many days, [reporters] have sort of adopted the attitude of ‘go along, get along. What many of us need is a spine transplant. Whether it’s City Hall, the State House, or the White House, part of our job is to speak truth to power.”

On September 19, 2007, Dan Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit against CBS, its former parent company Viacom Inc., and three of his former bosses. Rather says the lawsuit is an effort to strike a blow against political and corporate influence that he believes threatens the independence of American journalism. Rather’s breach of contract suit charges that CBS made him the scapegoat when the network came under intense criticism over a September 2004 “60 Minutes II” story challenging President Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. Six months later, he stepped down from the anchor chair he had occupied for nearly a quarter century — a departure he says was not voluntary.

Rather’s suit alleges that management at CBS and its then parent company, Viacom, shifted blame to him to pacify the White House and that on the day after Bush was re-elected, he was informed he would be removed as anchor of the CBS Evening News.

Rather said he is not interested in gaining financially from the suit and will donate a “substantial part” of any damages he collects to journalism organizations who work to keep “hard-nosed investigative reporting alive.”

The Astrology:

Currently right now, exact with the timing of Rather’s lawsuit (Sept 19, ’07) we see SA Uranus (r. 10th) square the North Node (exact Sept 18 ’07). As well, within the 28-30 year cycle of the SP Moon to the SP Sun (or SA Sun), Rather is exactly now at the first opening square (SP Moon square SP Sun)…exact on Sept 10, ’07! This lunar phrase is unequivocally a time of “taking action,” and that is exactly what Dan Rather is doing right now. The astrology coincides beautifully.

Next year, 2008, is undeniably a “hot” year for Rather. The line-up of the Solar Arcs alone, tells us that much is brewing for Rather: SA Jupiter conjunct Sun, SA Pluto square Moon, SA MC square Pluto, SA Mars=Asc, SA Mercury (r. 2nd, 5th) conjunct MC. In 2008, tr. Jupiter is opposed Pluto (r. 7th) and conjunct Saturn (r. 9th). Whether these measurements reflect his lawsuit or not, Rather has also formed an independent company called “News and Guts Media” and is reportedly working on a book.

The only potential “fly in the ointment” is tr. Neptune opposed Jupiter (i.e. justice?), and square Venus (r. Asc, 6th). Neptune coupled with Jupiter can suggest an overly idealistic hope that all will work out just perfectly, but on the other hand also suggests that Dan Rather is “doing his own thing.”

Based on the astrological activity in 2008, I believe we will be hearing much more from Dan Rather, and that this lawsuit might not just get swept under the carpet!

Rather has more to say, more to do, more to prove at age 75, and that’s what I think the astrology reflects as well.

Dan Rather’s Birth Chart

Idaho Senator Larry Craig resigned today after he was arrested June 11 ‘07 in a police undercover vice operation in a men’s room at the Minneapolis airport. As early as 1982, one year after being elected to the US House of Representatives, the media reported claims that he had had sex with men. At that time Craig appeared on NBC News to deny rumors about cocaine use and sex with male teenage congressional pages (the next year, the 1983 congressional page sex scandal broke, but Craig was not implicated). After his recent arrest, Craig pleaded guilty on August 8, 2007 however he has always maintained, “I am not gay. I never have been gay.”

Larry Craig was born on July 20, 1945 (time unknown) in Council, Idaho. The first thing that jumped right off the screen at me when I entered his birth data was the natal Uranus-Venus conjunction in Gemini. Venus in Gemini, the sign of duality, can suggest bisexuality. The involvement of Uranus can often be part of homosexuality. Further Uranus and Venus are configured with the natal midpoint Mercury/Neptune (i.e. imagination, fantasy) suggesting “sensual thoughts, rapture, expecting a great deal of personal attention; demanding in love; impractical expectations; and going ‘far out’.”

This is not to say that everyone born with Uranus conjunct Venus in Gemini is bi-sexual or homosexual, however the symbolism of this configuration in Larry Craig’s horoscope seems to be under real scrutiny right now!

Senator Larry Craig’s Birth Chart
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