NewsScope for June 1, 2004
Astrology of Memorial Day
From 1868 to 1971 Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30, and after
1971 on the last Monday of May. This is a most significant date from
an astrological perspective since the Sun is making its annual conjunction
with the U.S. Uranus, located at nine degrees Gemini. Uranus here is
given spectacular developmental potential since it's conjunct the first
magnitude star Aldebaran.
Since ancient times Aldebaran has been associated
with Mars, the God of War. Ptolemy further gave it the qualities of
courage, public honor, and eloquence (according to Vivian Robson's book
on the Fixed Stars). In the Scorpio
Rising U.S. national horoscope, Uranus
is found in the Eighth House of death, so that the annual passage of
the Sun over this planet becomes a natural time to publicly honor the
first Memorial Day, as recognized by Congress a century later, was
held in the New York town of Waterloo on May 5, 1866. The citizens of
Waterloo began the tradition by closing their businesses and decorating
the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers with flowers and flags. On this
date Saturn (sometimes known as the Grim Reaper) was at eight degrees
Scorpio (8SC35), which is the precise Ascendant in the Scorpio Rising
This Memorial Day weekend was also exceptionally important.
Jupiter, the planet of honor and pageantry, is currently in the military
service sign of Virgo. Jupiter here was forming a square to the U.S.
Uranus while the Sun made its annual conjunction. This configuration
marked the official opening of the National World War II Memorial.
United Nations calls the refugee camp of Darfur "the world's worst
humanitarian crisis," but due to unprecedented global coverage of
the events in Iraq , very few Americans are aware of this ongoing genocidal
conflict. Sudan 's government has been fighting rebel factions for decades,
with militias currently displacing some one million people in the Darfur
region and 200,000 fleeing to neighboring Chad.
Sudan became independent
on January 1, 1956, and the horoscope for this moment (set for 8:00
am in Khartoum *) describes the inherent challenges to this nation. The
fractious tendency can be seen with the rebellious planet Uranus right
on the Descendant, as it opposes a group of planets near the Aquarius
Ascendant. Neptune in the Ninth House of beliefs adds a religious element
to the conflict since it squares Uranus and the Ascendant.
natal Saturn-Pluto square reflects how major turning points are tied
to the Saturn-Pluto cycle. Sudan has been mired in Africa 's longest-running
civil war that began in September 1983. At the time, transiting Saturn
and Pluto were conjunct each other and aligned with Sudan's Neptune.
The activating incident was the government's imposition of Islamic law
on the non-Muslim southern tribes.
Last week, with the unheralded diplomatic assistance of the Bush administration,
a significant peace accord was signed as transiting Jupiter formed an
exact trine to the Sudan Sun. However, the Darfur region and the surrounding
African nations that have supported rebel factions remain unsettled.
A major progression* is now activating Sudan's Saturn-Pluto square,
finally bringing its plight to the world stage for resolution.
Crowned America's Idol
Last Wednesday the third season of Fox's TV talent show American
Idol came to an end when North Carolina mom Fantasia
Barrino was crowned the winner. A favorite of the acerbic judge Simon
Cowell, Fantasia also received raves from judge Paula Abdul who said
she's got "everything, from her name, to the way she looks,
to the way she sounds, to her personality. ... She's just got it."
Barrino was born a family-oriented Cancer (June 30, 1984; High Point,
NC; time unknown), with her Sun conjunct Venus to give her plenty of
warmth, charisma, and popularity. Fantasia's Sun opposes expansive Jupiter,
which inflates her deep emotions and voice. Her Sun is also trine to
Mars and Saturn, reflecting how hard she's worked to get to the finals.
Sun is also exactly sextile to Ceres, the parenting asteroid.** Ceres
is tightly woven into her horoscope with many exact aspects to other
planets. This connection makes her a natural mother, but with Ceres
opposite taskmaster Saturn, she became a single, unwed mother. Saturn's
influence here has tarnished her victory with some voters complaining
that a single teen mother shouldn't be allowed.
At the time she won,
transiting Jupiter was exactly sextile her Sun, trine her Ceres, and
sextile her Saturn. Here, the beneficial influence of Jupiter made
most voters agree that even single mothers can sing. Still, with transiting
Saturn heading for her Venus and Mercury, she will continue to feel
judged, as her potential to become a national star is assessed by her
to Campion in The Book of World Horoscopes .
Sudan 's progressed Sun opposed Pluto and is now squaring Saturn. For background
info, see Unwire and BBC
readers have asked about asteroids. For more information, please visit
web page on the subject. Asteroid reports are available, along with
an in depth article on Ceres, and introductory material on the other main
readings are available from Michael WolfStar.