NewsScope for September 25, 2007
Hillary Clinton's Health Care Plan
On September 17, Hillary Clinton unveiled her national health care plan, a comprehensive program meant to cover the 47 million uninsured Americans as well as protect the 250 million insured and under-insured. As the leading presidential candidate, Ms. Clinton's health initiative received widespread media attention. Many observers feel this health plan could eventually become law, especially when considering the escalating costs of health care.
Astrologically, the plan was released under extremely intense planetary conditions, with the Sun in health-oriented Virgo square Mars on one side and Pluto on the other. This dynamic T-square represents the inevitable confrontation with powerful forces, notably, the insurance and pharmaceutical industries that have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. However, Clinton has an ace up her sleeve: the caretaking Goddess Ceres.
Ceres by transit was at its most potent position last week, since it stopped in the sky as it turned retrograde at 23º Taurus. This happens to be right on Hillary's North Node, a very favorable position. Ceres here is also exactly conjunct the Democratic Party* Sun, so that as Ceres heads backwards over the next several months, she will be assimilating feedback from her colleagues.
Natally, Ceres is in Hillary's Sixth House of Health where it describes a natural interest in health care issues. Transiting Saturn is nearing Hillary's Midheaven, and last Monday, when she described her program, Saturn was precisely trine her Sixth House Ceres (orb 0º06'). And as described earlier this year (February 7), because Hillary's progressed Ceres is at 25º Aries, where it's favorably linked to the U.S. Moon, it promises to fortify her lead in the presidential campaign.
Kate McCann's Horoscope
Two weeks ago, the Portuguese police officially named Kate and Gerry McCann as suspects in the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine. The shocking development turned the tide of public opinion against the couple, especially Kate, who theoretically over-dosed Madeleine by accident and then somehow got rid of the body 25 days later—a scenario supported by forensic evidence found in their rented car.
In a worldwide exclusive**, NewsScope has obtained Kate's birth date. She was born with her Pisces Sun (March 5, 1968; Liverpool, UK; time unknown) opposite Pluto, a difficult polarity suggesting victimization (Pisces) from others' power plays (Pluto). Her Taurus Moon opposite Neptune is another polarity indicating more of a victim status than as the perpetrator of a heinous crime.
Kate's Mars and Saturn are conjunct in fiery Aries, so that her strength and courage provided by Mars are constantly being tested and frustrated by Saturn. At its best, this combination gives plenty of determination and a willingness to fight to the bitter end. Under stress, Mars-Saturn is often frustrated and suffering from helpless anger. Her diary, seized by police, reportedly describes her challenges in handling her three children.
Kate's Ceres is prominently placed in her chart by its conjunction with Juno, as they both trine her Sun. Ceres is also exactly octile (45º) to Pluto. Ceres-Pluto aspects are prone to great suffering through the loss of loved ones. This aspect is the indicator for the challenges she faced to conceive a child in the first place, which she accomplished through fertility drugs.
Did She Do it?
Did Kate accidentally over-sedate Madeleine, while she and her husband dined with friends? A 7:00 pm birth time with Virgo Rising makes a lot of sense, but the most telling astrological evidence comes from the transits, based on Kate's raising the alarm at 10:00 pm (May 3, 2007; Praia Da Luz, Portugal). Juxtaposing the event chart with Kate's horoscope shows that transiting Mars was nearing an exact opposition to her Pluto.
If she does have a Virgo Ascendant, Mars would be going through her Seventh House of Enemies. In any case, Mars opposite Pluto is an intense attacking energy, more akin to abduction and/or rape than drug-related events. This aspect unfolded over the next day, during which time Kate expressed bitter anger at the Portuguese police for mismanaging the case. The Mars-Pluto anger is no act—would she be enraged at their incompetence if she had perpetrated the crime? Obviously not.
Transiting Pluto was and is in a long-term square to her Chiron at 28º Pisces. This connection points to the deep psychological pain and emotional trauma that Kate is actually experiencing. By secondary progression, Kate's Ceres is currently at 0º39' Scorpio, where it forms a close trioctile (135º) to her Sun. This aspect will become exact over the next two years, and reflects Kate's ongoing grief during this phase.
She was named a suspect when transiting Neptune was conjunct her Mercury (probably the ruler of her chart). This past weekend, the Portuguese judge ruled (after pouring through 10,000 pages of evidence) that nothing conclusive could be pinned on Kate, and so investigators are now back to square one. Watch for the next big development in this case when transiting Uranus is conjunct Kate's Sun around October 5.