for March 19, 2001
Creates Crisis of Confidence
earnings reports by tech bellwethers Intel and Oracle pummeled U.S. stock
markets last week, with portfolio losses totaling some $772 billion. The
dot-com bombs spread to the old economy stocks, as the blue chips suffered
their worst point loss ever, and instilling widespread pessimism about
this year's economic prospects.
transiting Saturn's current location in late Taurus hits several vulnerable
spots in key horoscopes, notably a conjunction to the NYSE Sun (May 17,
1792, 10:11 am, in New York, NY), and a square to the U.S. Moon. (Editorís
Note: Michael WolfStar uses a Scorpio
rising U.S. chart.) However, the reversal of the American economy
can't be blamed on any single astrological indicator, but only a confluence
of events happening relatively simultaneously.
At the moment,
the other major planetary indicator, and one that will endure throughout
2001 and 2002, is transiting Neptune's square to the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant.
Neptune's challenging aspects often lead to a crisis in confidence, and
this is the current state of affairs in the U.S. not only
economically, but politically as well. Last week, a final counting of
discarded ballots gave Al
Gore an additional 6600 votes, more than enough to have secured
him Florida's election.
association with oil and gas, espionage, drugs and political scandals
will likely be reflected in major news events for the next two years.
Last week, Neptune's influence over America's political landscape was
seen in Bush's
reversal on regulating carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning power
plants. Stunned environmentalists said that Bush's avowed concern about
global warming was undone by intense lobbying from the coal industry,
a top polluter which also happens to be a major financial contributor
to the GOP.
and Pluto Restructure Election System
public debate on campaign finance reform begins this week in the Senate,
McCain leading the charge for a long overdue financial overhaul
of the political system. The current election system allows individuals,
corporations and PACs (political actions committees) to donate millions
of dollars annually to the two political parties, corrupting the one-person,
one-vote precept of American democracy.
Pluto is associated with reform, especially the deep transformation of
a political system. Late last week, as transiting Mars and Pluto formed
a conjunction, McCain began barnstorming the airwaves to generate public
support needed to overcome entrenched political and corporate interests.
The faster moving Mars provided the activating agent for the slower, but
more powerful Pluto.
conjunction is perfectly aligned with McCain's Jupiter (McCain: August
29, 1936, at 9:00 am in Panama). Jupiter, the planet giving us a personal
sense of justice, is empowered by transiting Pluto to make real changes.
For McCain, campaign finance reform is a moral crusade, and now that Mars
and Pluto have hit his Jupiter, he has the best chance yet to see meaningful
20, transiting Saturn will enter Gemini and march on to oppose Pluto.
Saturn represents the obstacles to reform, but only a Saturn-Pluto combination
carries enough celestial force to totally restructure an entire political
system (Saturn and Pluto hit the 8th and 2nd houses of finance in the
U.S. horoscope). Without Saturn, Pluto's reform-minded measures are only
radical notions, easily dismissed by status quo traditions. Saturn is
the gatekeeper, and promises a long, serious debate before he allows the
fundamental reorganization demanded by Pluto.
Perry Enters Rehab
entered rehab recently, halting Paramount Pictures production of the film
Servicing Sara co-starring Elizabeth Hurley, and the final
episode of Friends. Perry was hospitalized a year ago for
acute pancreatis, which was attributed to alcohol and prescription drug
abuse. He is once again regenerating in an undisclosed rehab center on
the advice of doctors.
Perry was born an outgoing Leo (August 19, 1969 in Williamstown, MA; time
unknown), and shares the same birthday as Bill
Clinton. Mercury, the communications planet, is strongly placed
in hardworking, analytical Virgo, and a favorable sextile to Venus adds
charm and keen social skills. Mercury's conjunction with Pluto makes him
a master of subtle humor and the double entendre.
has skyrocketed since he signed on with Friends in 1994,
earning him $750,000 per episode and making him one of Hollywood's hottest
properties. However, Perry's Sun squares Neptune, giving him a tendency
to fall into drug or alcohol problems when under
One of the
most reliable astrological indicators is when a planetary message is repeated.
In Perry's case, transiting Neptune is now squaring his Saturn, and at
the same time transiting Saturn is opposite his Neptune. This double
Saturn-Neptune influence is a sure recipe for trouble with drugs and alcohol
when the natal tendency is there in the first place.