Electional Astrology is the artful technique of finding the most auspicious date and time to begin an important event such as launching a business or new product, selling or buying a home, or getting married, just to name a few.

If you are planning to launch a significant event between now and the end of the 2010, you are going to encounter a few major hurdles! One of the first rules for creating the birth of an event is to avoid Mercury and Venus retrograde.

Venus began 6 weeks of retrograde motion today on October 8th and will return direct on November 18th (at 11:53 AM EST). Mercury will turn retrograde on December 10th until December 30th, 2010. That leaves a small window of time between November 19th and December 9th to initiate any major projects or events in 2010. A 20-day period of direct motion. However within that timeframe, there are important electional rules to consider!

Yesterday on October 7th I wanted to take advantage of the New Moon in Libra (starting at 2:45 PM EDT) to launch a new mp3 lecture on Electional Astrology and Event Planning…however Venus was turning retrograde a mere 12 hours later on October 8th (at 3:05 AM EDT)! I was ready to launch my new product and the thought of waiting until November 19th did not thrill me.

So I decided to go for it and find the best possible time to make it happen on October 7th AFTER the New Moon but BEFORE Venus turned retrograde…AND respecting the rules of electional astrology!

Not an easy task, but doable. Below is the event chart I chose to launch my new lecture on electional astrology and event planning. But why did I choose this particular time?

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Electional Astrology: Choosing the Most Favorable Time to Launch Any Event

If you would like to strengthen your skills and learn how to find the most beneficial date and time to begin any important event in a stream-lined, no-nonsense approach that saves time and alleviates overwhelm, then check out this exciting and instructional new mp3 lecture here.

In this lecture, I take you through the do-s and don’t-s of electional astrology, creating the most beneficial event charts for 3 client case scenarios: launching a website or business online, selling (or buying) a home, and getting married (the best date and time to say “I do”).

Event Chart: Launch Mp3 Lecture on Event Planning

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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The technique and art of birth time rectification is one of the greatest challenges (if not the greatest) for astrologers — particularly when working with 1,440 minutes of birth time possibilities within a 24-hour day. It can certainly be daunting especially if we do not know where to begin, but, with practice and diligence, it can be managed. I was recently motivated to rectify the birth time of Judge Sonia Sotomayor after listening to her speak about her life, her mother and her childhood experiences, during her Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing in July 2009. Judge Sonia Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954 in the Bronx, New York; birth time unknown. Read the entire essay here.

 

Proposed Rectified Birth Time: Sonia Sotomayor

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.

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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

 

I’ve been working on the rectification of Nancy Pelosi’s birth time and came up with an interesting strong possibility.

 One of the first things I noticed about her horoscope (born March 26, 1940 in Baltimore, MD) is she has no planets in Air signs. Reading over her biography from various sources, it would appear that Pelosi is an avid human rights advocate including a long record of Pro-choice; assistance for the poor and disadvantaged; voted for increasing minimum wage; supporter of immigrant rights, civil liberties, and freedom of speech; separation of church and state; outspoken criticism against the war in Iraq; history of supporting new technology for environment and energy; pro gun control and restricting handgun sales; voting to increase Medicare and Medicaid, and supporting assisted suicide, and finally pro research on human embryos for possible cures.

 Now all of this might just sound very democratic, however based on her physical appearance an Aquarian Ascendant is a strong possibility. The shape of her face appears to have a Taurus influence as well, and lo and behold we find Uranus (ruler of an Aquarian Ascendant) in the sign of Taurus! So I began to work with the events of her life using Aquarius on the Ascendant.

 I’ve settled in on a time around 4:27 AM with Ascendant 25 Aquarius 42 and MC at 10 Sagittarius 25. With this birth time, the Solar Arc Sun is opposed the Midheaven exact in December 2006, the first woman to be elected as Speaker of the House.

 A few interesting things to note regarding the natal horoscope:

 1. The strong triple conjunct of Uranus-Venus-Mars in Taurus falls in the 3rd house.

2. The Moon in Scorpio is pushing for the 9th house.

3. The Sun in Aries is firmly placed in the 1st house.

4. Node=Sun/Moon: team player, needing to be involved with the public; and MC=Pluto/Node: associations with others are the requirement of success.

5. Peregrine Jupiter ruler of the Ascendant in the 2nd house: the Pelosi family has a net worth of over $25 million (mainly investments of husband Paul Pelosi).

6. The closest aspect in Pelosi’s horoscope is Pluto square Saturn, with Saturn placed in the 2nd and Pluto in the 6th house of social service. Pluto rules the 9th of law and Saturn rules the 12th of government (certainly part of the vocational profile).

7. Mars in Taurus in the 3rd is quindecile the Moon (r. 5th and 6th) suggesting strong and passionate emotional convictions (mother of 5 children and a workaholic dedication to social service) and Mars is quindecile the MC suggesting a need to reach the top and an assertive pursuit of one’s goals. She can demonstrate confidence when pursing what she is passionate about. This forms a natal midpoint of Mars=Moon/MC: “strong work orientation; promotion; strength on the job.”

Here’s a recap of major life events with activity involving the Angles, Sun or Moon:

At age 7, her father became the city’s first Italian-American mayor (3 terms), so Pelosi was known as the mayor’s daughter for most of her childhood and teens (she often worked on her father’s campaigns): SP Moon conjunct Asc; SA Uranus and Venus arced to square the Ascendant.

Age 12 (1952), she was allowed to attend her first Democratic National Convention: A very significant New Moon (SP Moon conjunct SA Sun); SA Sun conjunct Jupiter (r. 10th); tr. Pluto square Venus (in 3rd, r. 3rd) with Jupiter transiting the 3rd house stellium

Age 18 (1958) began college: tr. Uranus square Moon:
“During the 1950s many devout Roman Catholic families placed restrictions on their children, and Pelosi’s early family life was no different. She attended the Institute of Notre Dame High School in Baltimore, a school for young women. When it came time to choose a college, her parents permitted her to travel only as far as Washington, D.C., which was less than fifty miles from Baltimore. She entered Trinity College, a Roman Catholic college for women. It was an entirely new world for her. For someone who had grown up in Little Italy, she compared it to ‘going to Australia with a backpack,’ as she joked in a People interview with journalist J. D. Heyman.”

Age 22 (1962), Pelosi earned her degree from Trinity in 1962, and then served as a congressional intern for a Maryland senator. She thought about law school, but followed the more traditional path for a young woman of her era, that of marriage (exact date unknown). She met her husband to be while at college (exact date unknown): tr. Uranus oppose the Ascendant; SA Uranus and SA Venus oppose MC (1961); tr. Neptune conjunct Moon and SP Moon oppose Ascendant (1962)

By 1969 she had given birth to 5 children, and that same year moved across country to San Francisco: tr. Pluto square MC (1963), tr. Saturn conjunct Asc (1964), and SA Moon AND SP Moon conjunct MC (1969).

In 1976, worked for the Democratic campaign and in 1977 became chair for the northern section of the California Democratic Party: SA Sun opposed Moon, tr. Saturn square Moon (1976); tr. Uranus conjunct Moon and tr. Saturn opposed Ascendant (1977).

Four years later (1981) became the chair for the entire state of California: the second very significant New Moon cycle (SP Moon conjunct the SA Sun); tr. Uranus conjunct MC, tr. Saturn conjunct Moon, SP Moon opposed MC (1981 to 1983).

In 1987/88, Congressional career, won special election to succeed Sala Burton (ill with cancer), and took office on June 2, 1987. She was elected to a full term in 1988 and has been re-elected 8 times: tr. Pluto conjunct Moon.

In 2001: Democratic Party leadership, elected to the position of House Minority Whip, serving as second-in-command to Minority Leader Dick Gephardt of Missouri. In doing so, Pelosi became the first woman in U.S. history to achieve the position of whip for a party’s caucus: tr. Pluto conjunct MC (2000) and tr. Saturn opposed MC (2001)

In 2002, after Gephardt resigned as minority leader to seek the Democratic nomination in the 2004 presidential election, Pelosi was elected minority leader. Pelosi is the first woman in U.S. history to serve as minority leader in the House: tr. Uranus conjunct Ascendant; SP Moon conjunct Ascendant (2002).

And NOW with tr. Uranus square MC (2005/2006), and SA Sun opposed MC (exact December 2006) she becomes the first woman Speaker of the House!!!

Proposed Rectified Birth Time: Nancy Pelosi’s Birth Chart

 

  

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