NewsScope for April 20, 2004
mention of the Venus occultation inspired several queries about this
celestial phenomenon. An occultation takes place when one planet moves
in front of another to obscure, hide, or "occult" its
view from Earth. Similar in interpretive value to an eclipse, planetary
occultations can signal sudden and spectacular events, especially when
they trigger underlying dynamics.
The shocking death of David Kelly (May
17, 1944), one of, the world's premier experts on biological weapons,
is a case in point. Kelly allegedly committed suicide on July 18, 2003.
The day before the incident, the Moon occulted Mars, giving the hint
of a violent act. This Moon-Mars conjunction opposed Kelly's Chiron
and squared his Uranus, activating a natal potential for sudden, self-destructive
Another example is the Moon's occultation of Saturn in Gemini
the day before the infamous 9/11 incident. This event spotlights the
importance of Saturn and its zodiacal position. The occulted Saturn
was exactly aligned with Osama Bin Laden's Saturn in Sagittarius, activating
his ambition and perverse sense of moral authority. It's also perfectly
trine the U.S. Saturn. In a national chart, Saturn represents its institutional
structures, the object of Bin Laden's attack.
The Venus occultation*
coming on June 8 takes place at 17 degrees Gemini. Individuals with
personal planets near this degree zone, and especially in Gemini or Sagittarius,
are the prime targets for this particular astro-event. A noteworthy
example is President Bush's Uranus at 19 degrees Gemini, which is his
link to the U.S. Mars and his military ventures. Coincidentally, Bush's
progressed Sun will be conjunct his Mars on June 6.
Coming of the Mahdi, Part 2
Last week's taped message from Osama Bin Laden revealed that he is alive and well, and still plotting
on a global scale. Could Osama Bin Laden soon proclaim himself to be
the "awaited enlightened one." the
Mahdi? Some reports indicate that many of his followers have joined
Al Qaeda because they believe he is the one Islamic prophecy predicts
will arrive at the End Times.
Osama Bin Laden was born with his Sun in faith-oriented Pisces (March
10, 1957**). Throughout 2004 transiting Pluto is forming a dynamic
square to his Sun, pushing him to assume as much personal power as he
can imagine. Since fanatical Pluto is in the religious sign of Sagittarius,
it's not unreasonable that he is positioning himself to claim the title
of Al Mahdi.
The Venus occultation on June 8 is aligned with transiting
Pluto and with Bin Laden's Pisces Sun, directly connecting him to this
astro-event. Astronomically, Venus can be seen moving across the surface
of the Sun, as it shifts from being the evening star to the morning
star. Venus here could symbolize the emergence of a popular leader who
had previously been undervalued or even underground.
As Pluto opposes
the U.S. Mars, many Christian Americans steeped in their own version
of the End Times may be more than willing to accept Bin Laden as the
Anti-Christ. Now that radical Uranus in Pisces is activating Bin Laden's
Pisces planets, many Muslims may also be willing to accept him as their
savior. U.S. policy makers may already have plans for a global religious
conflict rather than a war on terrorism.
Trump, Billionaire Celebrity
Last week's finale to The Apprentice drew
28 million viewers, and became the year's number one most watched show
in the coveted 18-49 age bracket. The few business maxims that were showcased
were overshadowed by the presence of The Donald's snake-like flick of
the wrist as he announced the dreaded boardroom decision, "You're
Trump's horoscope (set for June 14, 1946; 9:51 am; Queens , NY ) was
marked from birth with luck, confidence, and a taste for the good life.
His Sun conjunct Uranus trine Jupiter promised unusually fortuitous windfalls
as he followed his bliss (see NewsScope January 6 for more details).
However, many people were born with similar placements. What makes Trump
Many of Trump's planets happen to align closely with the U.S.
horoscope, indicating that he personifies much of the American character.
His Leo Ascendant is the same as the U.S. Leo Midheaven, giving him
a leg up in the entertainment business. His Mars opposes the U.S. Moon,
allowing him to act on popular trends. And with his Sun aligned with
the U.S. Mars and Neptune, he has become the poster boy for the American
Dream. (Editor's note: WolfStar uses a Scorpio
Rising horoscope for the United States.)
Transiting Pluto opposed his Sun when The
in January. Simultaneously, Pluto was also opposing the U.S. Mars, the
war planet. In the business sense, Pluto here symbolizes the all-powerful
tycoon challenging America 's best and brightest. Trump was placed in
the unique position of being able to demonstrate the parallels between
business and war, as hired apprentice Bill Rancic explained in his winning
strategy, "I'm a killer—in business."
in-depth summary of the Venus occultation, including a
global gathering called the Oneness Celebration.
on Osama Bin Laden's chart, see NewsScope September
18, 2001 and November
gripping essay on bin Laden as the Mahdi.
readings are available from Michael WolfStar.