Kirsten Gillibrand, Off the Sidelines
Kirsten Gillibrand, owes her political career to Hillary Clinton, who initially inspired her and then promoted Gillibrand as her replacement in 2009. Since then, Gillibrand has made a name for herself by publicly taking on sexual harassment in the military, and in her 2014 book, "Off the Sidelines", in the U.S. Senate as well. The current zeitgeist has caught up with her personal crusade.*
Gillibrand was born with a lovely Sun-Venus conjunction in adventurous Sagittarius (December 9, 1966; Albany, NY; time unknown), a combination in a woman’s chart that generally gets by on her pleasing personality, good looks, and charming social skills. However, Gillibrand was born at the height of the outer planet polarity between Uranus and Pluto in Virgo and Saturn and Chiron in Pisces, opposing planets that square her Sun and Venus, making a powerful T-square.
Being an "outer planet person", Gillibrand naturally wants to have an influence in shaping the collective evolution. The political strategy asteroid, Pallas, Black Moon Lilith, and Mars add their personal touches to her T-Square, giving her a passionate interest in combating sexism in the workplace, something she experienced firsthand in the Senate. Transiting Saturn’s passage through Sagittarius has substantially strengthened her moral leadership by demonstrating how she’s ahead of the curve.
When Saturn was conjunct her Venus on January 21, 2017, she thrilled the crowd at the Women’s March by telling them, "This is the moment you will remember when women stood strong and stood firm and said never again. This is the moment that you are going to be heard!" Over the next few weeks, after Saturn enters Capricorn, it will square Gillibrand’s Pallas-Mars polarity, undoubtedly fueling speculation that she will run for president in 2020.
Bitcoin Part 3, London or Dublin?
A NewsScope reader asks, "I have seen charts that locate Bitcoin in Dublin, not London. What is the difference?" While the natal planets and their aspects remain the same, the angles will vary by a few degrees, depending on the natal location. The Bitcoin foundation chart set to Dublin is based on the speculation that the mysterious coder, Satoshi Nakamoto**, is actually the Irish cryptographer, Michael Clear.
However, major activation of the natal or progressed Midheaven and Ascendant during important historical events will validate the London location.* A good example is the first spectacular crash on April 11, 2013 when Bitcoin fell from $233 to $67 in one day. At the time, the progressed Midheaven was precisely square natal Juno (orb: 0º00’), and progressed Mars was exactly quincunx the Ascendant (orb: 0º00’). This chart located in Dublin does not show any activation of the angles.
The next bubble began in early October 2013 when Bitcoin began rising from $230 and peaked at $1242 on November 29, 2013. This time, the progressed Sun was to-the-minute square the Midheaven (orb: 0º00’), while transiting Uranus was trine the Leo Ascendant (orb: 0º07’). Japan recognized Bitcoin as legal tender on April 1, 2017 when transiting Saturn was turning retrograde and trine the progressed Midheaven.
Japan’s acknowledgement of Bitcoin helped set the current bubble in play, along with transiting Pluto harmonizing the natal Saturn-Uranus opposition. This week is another major step toward respectability as futures trading begins on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Transiting Saturn has returned to trine the progressed Midheaven, and the progressed Moon and Ascendant are conjunct at 14º Leo. The angles establish where on earth the natal configurations are and how they will manifest, and London is evidently where Bitcoin was first mined.
Meghan Markle’s Cinderella Moon
Astrologer Ray Grasse posed the question: "What in Meghan Markle's natal horoscope (rated ‘AA’) points to the extraordinary circumstances of her marrying into the Royal Family?" Prince Harry’s fiancée, an actress best known for her role in the legal drama Suits, is a divorcée and of mixed race, which has raised eyebrows in some social circles and in the sleazier tabloids.
Meghan Markle’s Leo Sun conjunct Pallas and trine her Midheaven (August 4, 1981; 4:46 am; Canoga Park, CA) gives her a natural sense of dignity, strength, and self-confidence, and suggests she’s destined for fame. Her Moon is in the Cinderella sign of Libra and is the ruler of her chart. It conjoins Saturn, the ruler of her 7th house of partners, and also Jupiter, providing a natural set-up for a long-term marriage with many benefits.
Close natal placements linked to the U.S. horoscope make her a player on the national scene. Most notably, her natal Juno, the marriage asteroid, is precisely square the U.S. Pluto, the ruler of the Scorpio Rising U.S. chart. Her Ascendant at 24º Cancer is exactly conjunct the U.S. Mercury, giving her physical presence a powerful resonance with the news media. The U.S. Mercury is in the 9th house of foreign relations, suggesting her involvement with a foreigner.
Their engagement was announced on November 27 when transiting Uranus was in her 10th house and squaring her Ascendant (and the U.S. Mercury), giving the nation much to talk about. A rare and spectacular Earth Grand Trine is in play: her progressed Sun conjoins her Part of Fortune, trines her progressed Midheaven, and also trines transiting Pluto. Naturally Juno is involved: her progressed Part of Fortune at 28º Sagittarius is sextile natal Juno, and secured by transiting Saturn, also at 28º Sagittarius.Planets in AspectAscendant trine BlackMoon (Strength: 7.97)You could excel at things like school or performing from an early age. When it comes to activities such as learning and performing, you have well-earned confidence. However, you can also throw yourself into love in an overconfident or headstrong way. If given the freedom, you could discover that you are naturally flirtatious. But you can also discover that you do not have the same control when it comes to men and pregnancy. You feel much more vulnerable in the world of relationships. It is likely that you are a genuinely sweet and popular person who helps others. You seem to have an excess of love and caring to give. Adopting a child is a pattern frequently seen with this aspect. When your children grow up and move out and you are faced with an empty nest, you could cast around for new ways to channel your love and caring. You might find a way to teach or you could volunteer your time. You could even excel as an astrological advisor.
Sun trine Midheaven (Strength: 7.62)You are highly ambitious and are willing to work hard to reach the lofty goals you set for yourself. Your parents and other early role models instilled you with a strong moral code and work ethic, and these qualities inspire trust and confidence in your peers. Because you are willing to cooperate and compromise with others, your associates enjoy working with you, and this makes you a good supervisor, manager or administrator.
Success may seem to come easily to you, although your achievements are actually the product of hard work and careful planning. With your high levels of self-confidence and creativity, you can achieve virtually anything you set your sights on.
As you climb the ladder of success, you'll remember those who've assisted you, giving credit where it's due. You understand that honoring others contributes to your success rather than hindering it.
* For additional background, see Politico’s story: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/12/07/kirsten-gillibrand-profile-feature-sexual-assault-2017-216053
** For a much-cited, fascinating tale on Bitcoin’s Satoshi Nakamoto, and why he most likely hails from London, see The New Yorker article: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/10/10/the-crypto-currency
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