NewsScope for November 28, 2006
James Baker III, America's Fix-It Man?
Expectations are running high for the Iraq Study Group, co-chaired by Republican James Baker and Democrat Lee Hamilton. The bi-partisan panel meets this week to begin preparing a new strategy, one that addresses the military, political, and economic issues surrounding Iraq. The spotlight is on Baker, who famously argued against Saddam's ouster in 1991, and is now playing the role of elder statesman.
James Baker was born during a New Moon in Taurus (April 28, 1930; 7:31 am; Houston, TX), giving him a practical, no-nonsense approach to all his endeavors. The Sun and Moon are found in the Twelfth House and trine Neptune, a double influence that emphasizes a transpersonal sensitivity to geopolitical undercurrents. With Mercury and Venus also in financially-savvy Taurus, Baker must have felt right at home as Reagan's Secretary of the Treasury.
Baker has several extremely close ties to the U.S. Scorpio Rising horoscope, allowing him to personify the national needs at critical times. These include his Sun at 7º Taurus (opposite the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant), and his Ascendant at 8º Gemini (which coincides with the U.S. Uranus). Also, his Venus, the ruler of all his Taurus planets, forms an exact trine to the U.S. Pluto, the nation's ruling planet.
A few minor asteroids help paint the picture. The asteroid Sphinx sits right on Baker's Ascendant, accounting for his tight-lipped, mysterious and inscrutable manner. Baker's Neptune is conjunct the asteroid Panacea, so this complex is associated with the current expectations in Iraq. This week, as the panel meets, transiting Jupiter forms an exact square to Baker's Neptune, inflating hopes for a cure-all remedy.
Top Five Astro-Events for December
1. The Full Moon on December 4 coincides with Saturn's retrograde station on the 5th, bringing a sea change in geopolitical developments. Since this Saturn opposes the U.S. Moon, U.S. authority begins to recede, a shift brought about by popular demand. The American mood is dark and pessimistic, due largely to Iraq and the falling housing market. Expect transportation and communication breakdowns.
2. Transiting Mercury, Mars and Jupiter make a triple conjunction from December 9 to 11 in early Sagittarius. This high-energy combination fosters plenty of action on all levels, especially military, but also on the diplomatic front. The generals have their say, while ordinary people can be seen moving faster and more impatiently. Watch out for accidents.
3. Transiting Ceres and Saturn oppose each other, exact on December 13, but a key dynamic from the 9th to 14th. Ceres-related themes headline the news: birth control issues, the loss of favorite Americans, environmental or global-warming reports, and food supply problems. Severe storms or other natural disasters may require relief agencies.
4. Transiting Sun and Pluto are conjunct on December 18, with the New Moon following on the 20th. This important alignment marks these three days as an historic ending and new beginning. Watch for dramatic developments in Middle East affairs, including U.S. involvement in Iraq. These are power days, when individuals take action for their constituents.
5. Transiting Neptune aspects the U.S. Venus on the 26th, and is a strong influence throughout December. Neptune-to-Venus is a highly romantic vibration, especially in the sentimental holiday season when family values, gatherings, and charitable giving may dominate media stories and advertising campaigns. For most people, expectations are higher than the reality.
Michael Crichton's "Next"
Master storyteller Michael Crichton's latest techno-thriller is upon us. The writer who brought us The Andromeda Strain, Congo, and Jurassic Park presents the latest genetic-engineering mystery, Next, which like his previous best-sellers, features science gone awry. The publisher, Harper-Collins, is making news itself by promoting Next via a fake genetic product site called nextgencode.com, which─like Crichton's novels─cleverly confuses fact and fiction.
Michael Crichton's horoscope (October 23, 1942; 11:55 pm; Chicago) features his Scorpio Sun square Pluto, a combination that recognizes metamorphic or transformative changes as an intrinsic process of life. Pluto is found in the creative sign of Leo and near his Ascendant, giving him a strong drive to make an impact on the world around him. Pluto is strongly supported by a sextile from Mercury, the writer's planet.
Crichton's Mercury is found in the Third House of writing, along with Neptune, which governs fantasy. Both Mercury and Neptune are trine to Saturn and Uranus in the communication sign of Gemini. In addition, his Jupiter is conjunct the U.S. Mercury, while Venus and Mars are exactly squaring the U.S. Mercury. What else could he do but write?
In the branch of astrology known as Evolutionary Astrology, Crichton's Uranus square the lunar node axis is interpreted as sudden and unexpected catastrophes that change the life's direction. In Crichton's case, it's possible that he's personally protected, since his Uranus is also harmoniously sextile the Ascendant. However, Uranus, as the ruler of new technologies, is the perfect symbol for generating worst-case scenarios out of genetic manipulation.
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