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With the recent passing of Lynn Redgrave and her eight-year battle with cancer, I was intrigued to study her horoscope and life events to understand what may have triggered the onset of her breast cancer diagnosis in 2002. It was within that year Redgrave found a lump in her breast. In December she was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a mastectomy in January 2003 and underwent chemotherapy.

According to Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer and the German New Medicine, the emotional conflict associated with the breast glands is a “nest conflict,” a worry or argument conflict (caring and nurturing) within what a woman considers to be her “nest.” In other words, her children, mother, pet, partner, home, workplace, etc. The worry can be over a concern of a loved one, or even being thrown out of her “nest.” The milk ducts of the breast are associated with a separation conflict, a sudden loss of physical contact or a conflict such as to say “my child, mother or partner has been torn from my breast.”

The Moon and the sign of Cancer rule over the breasts. In Redgrave’s natal horoscope (shown below; born on March 8, 1943 at 8:15 AM in London, UK; Ascendant 8 Aries 51), Jupiter in Cancer in the 4th house squares the natal Moon and the Ascendant (the health center of the body). The Moon rules over the 4th and 5th houses, over affairs involving one’s home life and children.

As I studied the three years leading up to her diagnosis in late 2002, the year 1999 stood out like a sore thumb: Solar Arc (SA) Pluto was conjunct Neptune (co-ruler of the 12th house of critical illness), SA Neptune=Moon, and SA Saturn=Sun! Throughout 1999, transiting Neptune and transiting Saturn were semisquare her natal Sun in the 12th house.*

*Please note: an overview of the astrological indicators of critical illness and a short introduction to Dr. Hamer’s work can be found in the essay “The Two-Year Clue,” May 2010.

I felt certain that 1999 was critical in understanding the emotional conflict that triggered her cancer diagnosis. I googled “Lynn Redgrave 1999” and sure enough, it was at that time that Redgrave learned that her husband John Clark of 32 years had fathered a child with his assistant, Nicolette Hanah in 1991 — the same woman who married their oldest son Benjamin four years later. John and Nicolette kept this secret until after Nicolette and Ben divorced.

Redgrave told The Times of London in 1999: “I can’t forgive him. There’s no way we can be back together. There’s no wavering on my part.”
She filed for divorce on March 1, 1999, and after the court trial moved from California with their three children and took up residence in Connecticut.

The emotional conflict may very well have been on-going throughout the years ahead. Her ex-husband John Clark wrote on his blog in September 2005 in reference to an upcoming interview with Lynn Redgrave by interviewer Robert Osborne:

“Robert, do me a favor now. Just ask her, as part of the interview, why she feels it necessary to keep my kids from me? It’s been 6 years since I heard from Kelly Clark, and 3 years since Annabel Clark, and over 1 year since Ben Clark. Ask her too why she feels it necessary to keep restraining orders in place to prevent me from even having a conversation with her — hence this website.”

The astrology supports on-going health concern as well:

In 2003/2004, SA Saturn was conjunct Pluto, SA Neptune was opposed Uranus (both planets, co-rulers of the 12th house) and transiting Saturn was square the Ascendant and the Moon.

In 2005, SA Mars (r. Asc) was opposed Neptune (co-r. 12th), with transiting Saturn opposed Mars.

In 2006, transiting Saturn was conjunct Pluto.

In 2007, SA Pluto opposed the Ascendant, with transiting Saturn square Uranus (co-r. 12th).

In 2008 and 2009 the measurements intensify with the extended transits of Pluto square natal Neptune, and Neptune semisquare the natal Ascendant and Moon. Transiting Neptune was also conjunct Mercury in the 12th house, and finally transiting Saturn was opposed the Sun, semisquare Pluto, and conjunct Neptune.

Other unexpected emotional conflicts may have contributed to her debilitation as well. Her brother had a sudden heart attack in June 2005 (he died in April 2010, just one month before Lynn Redgrave passed), and a little more than a year ago, her niece Natasha Richardson died suddenly from head injuries in a skiing accident.

Without speaking with Lynn Redgrave directly, we will never know how she perceived these conflicts the very moment they occurred, but life circumstances do support Dr. Hamer’s theories for an emotional conflict associated with the breasts. Perhaps Redgrave was unable to find
resolution and closure to the scandal that disrupted her family ‘nest’ and ended her 32-year marriage.

For a deeper understanding of Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer’s work and the German New Medicine, please visit www.germannewmedicine.ca. You can also read a free sample of my eBook “How Emotional Conflicts Trigger Disease – An Astrological View.”

Lynn Redgrave's Birth Chart

Like many American Idol fans out there, I’ve become completely smitten by Crystal Bowersox’s voice and talent, and I think it goes without saying that whether she wins the competition or not, Crystal has put herself into the international spotlight and a soon-to-be record deal is without a doubt surely hers for the making.

So with a passion for astrology, birth time rectification and the music of Crystal Bowersox, I’ve come up with what I think is a very strong possibility for Crystal’s birth time: 11:00 AM with 3 Libra 35’ on the Ascendant —corroborating her natural beauty, and rounded face and stature with the ruler Venus in Cancer, conjunct her Midheaven (4 Cancer 11’).

Here’s what I’ve discovered while researching information about Crystal’s life with significant measurements:

Crystal was born on August 4, 1985 in Toledo, Ohio and grew up on a farm in a small town called Elliston outside of Toledo.

Her parents divorced when she was a young child (age/date unknown).

Her first performance was at age 7 in 2nd grade as ‘Susie Snowflake.’ Solar Arc Moon (r. 10th) was opposed the Ascendant (December 1992).
She began singing and playing the guitar at age 10 when she discovered her mother’s guitar around Christmas 1995. Crystal says, “As soon as I touched a guitar, I knew that’s what I was born to do. That’s never changed since I was 10.”

SA Pluto square Jupiter (Dec ’95), opposed Sun (Feb ’96; regardless of birth time). Tr. Saturn conjunct Moon (March ’96), Tr. Saturn opposed Ascendant, square MC (first hit May ’96).

Age 13: received a 12-gauge, sawed-off shot gun for her 13th birthday (August 4, 1998). SA Uranus square Moon (July 29, 1998); tr. Uranus opposed Sun (rx hit, June ’98).

Age 18: sold that shot gun to move to Chicago in the beginning of 2004 to pursue music. Tr. Neptune opposed Sun (last hit January ’04).

Age 20: summer 2006, June 21-25: invited for her first time out of the US to perform in Birmingham, England at a Festival entitled “Experience Chicago.” SA Uranus (r. 5th) opposed MC (exact June 27, 2006).

Age 22, in 2008 (exact dates unknown) traveled and performed in Los Angeles, Mexico, Memphis and Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. Tr. Jupiter opposed MC.

Age 23, toward the end of 2008: moved back home from Chicago and decided to “do music full-time;” gave birth to her son, Anthony (born around December 2008 although exact birth date unknown). SA Uranus (r. 5th) semisquare Saturn (r. 4th) (exact December 2008). SA Saturn (r. 4th) conjunct Uranus (r. 5th) (exact January 2009). Tr. Node conjunct Jupiter in the 5th house (December 11, 2008).

Age 23: auditioned for American Idol in Chicago, June 22, 2009 and received a ticket to Hollywood. Tr. Uranus conjunct Moon (first hit June 19, 2009, rx hit July 13, 2009).

Age 24: January 2010: went to Hollywood, California where she made the Top 24 on American Idol. Tr. Saturn conjunct Ascendant (first hit December 2009). Tr. Pluto square Ascendant, and opposed the MC (January 2010; rx June/July 2010, last hit November 2010).

Age 24: hospitalized overnight March 2, 2010 for diabetes complications. Recovered and performed live on March 3rd on American Idol. Tr. Saturn conjunct Ascendant (rx hit exact February 17, 2010; last hit August 2010). Tr. Saturn square Venus (r. Asc; exact March 5, 2010). Tr. Uranus conjunct Moon (last hit March 16, 2010).

The finale of American Idol is scheduled to take place on Wednesday May 26, 2010 when the winner will be announced. A birth time at 11:00 AM places Crystal’s Draconic Ascendant at 19 Leo 51’. Transiting Pluto will be precisely sesquiquadrate her Draconic Ascendant for the retrograde hit on May 25, 2010 (and in her natal chart, transiting Pluto would be currently opposed her MC and square her Ascendant).

And finally, looking ahead to 2011 and Crystal’s first debut album: tr. Uranus opposed Ascendant, square MC!

Looking good, Crystal! Keep on knocking’em dead!

Proposed Rectified Birth Time: Crystal Bowersox’s Natal Chart

Rectified Birth Time: Crystal Bowersox’s Draconic Chart

 

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What is the purpose of my life? What has my soul come here to seek? Where should I focus my energy? —These are just a few questions many of us ponder about life. Can astrology provide insights and answers? I believe it can vis-à-vis the Draconic Chart. The Draconic Chart, derived from our natal horoscope, has perhaps been overlooked and underrated. Its origin, mysterious — the earliest traceable records date back to Babylonia with little referred to until the beginning of the 20th century. Its significance, mystifying — believed to reveal the patterns of our higher self or our true identity, our soul’s status at the point of its incarnation into this present lifetime. Read the entire essay here…

I recently stumbled upon comedian Kathy Griffin. You might be familiar with her Emmy award-winning show on Bravo, “My Life on the D-List.” I could not get enough of her standup videos and sense of humor. I was hooked! I had to take a look at her horoscope.

Kathy Griffin was born on November 4, 1960 in Oak Park, Illinois. With an unknown time of birth, I took up the challenge of rectifying her birth time. One of the first things I noticed on the day she was born was that the Moon moved into the sign of Gemini after 5:45 PM. That seemed quite appropriate given Griffin’s sharp wit and petite stature. So that’s where I began to work. 

There were three possible Ascendant signs from 5:45 PM until Midnight: Gemini, Cancer and Leo. Based on several factors, I began the rectification at 10:00 PM with 2 Leo 51 on the Ascendant and 18 Aries 00 on the Midheaven. 

Researching major life events, I found basically zilch about her early childhood. What I did learn was that shortly after graduating High School (in 1978), Kathy moved to California with her parents who retired there. She had attended one semester of junior college in Illinois, so I assumed her relocation to be sometime in 1979 with transiting Pluto opposed the Midheaven. 

She began performing in the early 1980’s but it wasn’t until 1996 that she got her first big break on the TV sitcom “Suddenly Susan” with Brooke Shields. Two years later in 1998, her first one-hour solo special “Hot Cup of Talk” appeared on HBO. That’s when we see transiting Saturn working its way up to conjunct her Midheaven (mid-1997 through March ’98). Two Solar Arcs fall nicely into this scenario: SA Node opposed the MC around the start of 1996, and SA MC square Uranus in December 97 (“brings the power of selfhood forward; assertion is recognized”). 

Griffin married on February 18, 2001. She filed for divorce a little more than 4 years later in September 2005 (officially divorced on May 15, 2006).

Simultaneously in June 2005, she launched the debut of her solo reality-show, “My Life on the D-List.” Transiting Saturn was conjunct her Ascendant for a one-time hit in August 2005 coinciding with both personal and professional events. 

A slight 2-minute adjustment forward to 10:02 PM puts SA Pluto opposed the Midheaven exact on February 11, 2001 just 7 days before her wedding. As well, SA Venus opposed the Ascendant in December 2005 signally her reality show debut. 

Working with 10:02 PM (Asc 3 Leo 15; MC 18 Aries 32), Griffin won an Emmy Award on September 8, 2007 (first hit tr. Saturn square Moon) for the 2nd season of her reality show which began in June 2006 (SP Moon opposed Ascendant and SA Moon square MC, July/August ’06). 

While shooting the 3rd season of her show, her father died of heart failure on February 17, 2007 (age 92) coinciding with the first hit of tr. Pluto semisquare her Sun (regardless of birth time). 

In terms of health, Griffin is an outspoken opponent of Lasik eye surgery after she endured 5 botched operations on her eyesight that left her partially blind in one eye. That occurred in 2003 with tr. Neptune square the Sun (r. Ascendant) and tr. Pluto sesquiquadrate the Ascendant. SA MC was semisquare Mars in the 12th house of critical illness. 

A birth time around 10:00 to 10:02 PM seems like a strong possibility. With an 18th degree of Aries on the Midheaven, the Sabian Symbol is “An empty hammock” (18 Aries) and “Two men placed under arrest” (18 Libra). According to Blain Bovee’s awesome book, he writes “think of operating outside the laws and rules in innovative, slightly defiant ways.” This does seem to corroborate Griffin’s comic/career style! 

Proposed Rectified Birth Time: Kathy Griffin’s Natal 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
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