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Planets to scale – perspective shifter, yah ?  Plus Pluto gives the finger, heh.
I count Pluto – hell yes I do.

Once I learned what Sun/Uranus/Pluto entailed…the heavens parted, 
lightning cracked,  my brainpan burst wide open. It was a total –oh, so that’s it- revelatory moment
Same thing happened when I realized Pluto was the focal planet in my composite (chart of the relationship) with a friend.  We’re always peeling back the layers, transformation  station 24/7 – intensity unlike any other.

Scale of the planets in question when comparing charts is not important. If you need a refresher, check out the scale of the universe permanently loaded on the sidebar, Pluto rulership.  Everything matters, relative size is not an issue here.  Asteroids, when contacting personal planets, deliver insights well worth studying, though I tend to pay attention wherever they land in my natal.

What matters is the alchemical blend your planets create together.
Planets, signs and houses. 

What is important is what each planetary body represents to earthlings as a whole which directly relates to what was happening in the collective when each was discovered.
Eg. Pluto coincided with the invention and eventual detonation of the first atomic bomb.
Struggle, power, rebirth after death, the small, the rare made miraculous.

planet-comparisonWhopper SUN !  Cool, yah ?

Contacts between personal planets (below) explain how you get along on a daily basis, they move quickly and are felt close to home. (An abbreviated list follows)
Sun – ego, expression
Moon – feelings, family
Mercury – thoughts, speech
Venus – love, harmony
Mars – desires, drives

Jupiter and Saturn are social planets, they move slowly, are felt widely, for longer periods, as we explore outside of our family and move around into our neighborhood.
Jupiter – philosophy, travel
Saturn – work, status

Saturn in Scorpio since October 2012 (until late December this year).
Jupiter in Cancer since June of last year (until mid- July this year).

Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are generational planets, move slowest of all, are felt as we explore our awareness globally.
Uranus – global collective mind
Neptune – global collective heart
Pluto – global collective soul

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Conjunctions
Sun to Sun is positive for both egos

Sun to Moon is positive for sun person’s ego & positive for moon person’s feelings
Yin (female) Moon to Yang (male) Sun is best, but both contacts are still very personal, positive and strong.

Jupiter to Saturn is positive for restrictive Saturn, but less so for expansive Jupiter, Jupiter plays and Saturn works – socially, Saturn opens up and Jupiter slows down.
Of course what sign and house they land in tells more of the tale.

planets EloahMy former husband and I had this social conjunction.
My Saturn bang on his Jupiter in Aries – we travelled far and wide on tour, his paycheck was easily twice mine – obviously beneficial to my Saturnian restriction (3rd Placidius, 4 whole).  I thought he worked too much (6th), partied too much, was far too reckless – I even thought he was gonna OD right in front of me once.  Not fun.  He eventually grew out of it, after we hit the skids…teenage Aries stuff takes awhile I guess. FYI: Just in case you are wondering, I partied plenty – I’m no angel by a long shot.
The 45 minute commute he had was definitely a strain, and my career in the arts could not be had where he wanted to go. Also we had some weird stuff with time and travel, though I will not go into it here.

Note: I am not suggesting if you have this natal contact you will experience the same.  Every chart, every relationship is different – alchemical blends are infinite in number.

peace out
GMA
 

Sir Hobbit


Sir Peter Jackson
I was thrilled to hear Peter was back on board  and going to direct The Hobbit  thrilled

During casting updates, my ex and I were in a texting frenzy – I was soOo happy to hear Martin was cast as Bilbo !  We saw the traveling exhibit when it came through our area – Weta Workshop the craftsmanship is stunning, I was positively drooling at the leather work, blades, armour, Eomer’s helmet, costumes etc…

Peter is obviously a brilliant filmmaker with tons of credits, awards and he managed to get a TRILOGY of films made when who the heck ever heard of financial backing for that kind of monster project ? 
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I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae a han noston ned ‘wilith.

I woke out of a sound sleep with the feeling something was up.  I checked the sidebar links for earthquakes, flares, etc.  I just felt something.  Then I knew, checked.
Saturn is exactly exact on MC.
Moon and Jupiter are conjunct on my natal Hephaestus.

J.R.R. Tolkien has Hephaestus conjunct Pluto
in Gemini – both are at 7 degrees.
WoW

It is time.  Time for The Hobbit.
I drew a fortune for the occasion
::: Silence is golden when used at the right time :::

What better fortune could I draw for one of the greatest directors of all time ?

Peter has Saturn (time, work, silence, building, concentration) in Capricorn (Saturn rules) conjunct 29 degree Jupiter (culmination degree, visionary teaching – rules the ninth house) and Part of Fortune at Midheaven in the 9th house of philosophy.

Building Monumental Visionary Work

Right off the bat I see Peter’s life work revolves around teaching / communicating (9th house) the importance of bonds of fellowship (Saturn conjunct Jupiter) and building strong working (6th house) relationships (7th house) between a family (4th house) of friends.  And making kick-ass films, lol.  Sun (where his heart shines) is conjunct Neptune (film) and Mars (action – adventure).

Peter is a Master Builder Number 22. (higher octave of 4)   It indicates practical  genius coupled with heightened sensitivity, intuition and psychic awareness, as well as service to middle earthkind.  (Twenty-two is an esoteric number: 22 Major Arcana, 22 letters in Hebrew alphabet, 22 paths of the Sephiroth)

Peter is a Scorpio Sun, Leo Moon with Taurus rising.

Scorpio Sun in 7th is extremely artistically (natural house of Libra) observant, aware of balance at all times.  Peter’s Sun is the focal point of a T-square, with Sun square Moon in 3rd, Jupiter in 9th.  Conceptualizing, writing, filming and directing the audio / visual document of a world-renowned and much loved series of books into a massive trilogy of films is a serious creative undertaking.  Clear – cut (Mars) powers of perception are needed.

Mercury (books) conjunct Venus (money, creativity) in Libra (balance, Venus rules) is great for weighing the options between artistic integrity to the piece and the realities of a studio budget.  Saturn in Capricorn works hard – when conjunct Jupiter it works hard to manifest the vision imagined. (visionary Jupiter / Saturn opposite Moon, imagination)

Taurus ASC means Venus is the chart ruler, so obviously very creative, hard- working  (Saturn elevated) and patient through what is certainly a long arduous process.  Aquarius on Midheaven represents the extraordinary innovative work / vision of filming a trilogy length film over 274 (principal photography) days from October 1999 through to December 2000 (pick-ups from 2001 to 2004). 

Moon in Leo is imaginative, playful and very creative from the heart.  These movies work because he makes us feel the plight of middle earthkindwe care what happens to the Fellowship.  We even feel for Smeagol / Gollum who has been twisted beyond recognition by the obsessive (Scorpio) addiction (Neptune) to the evil ring (low Venus), Precioussss.   Peter gets obsession – his work is obviously his – with Jupiter conjunct Saturn elevated and Pluto in Virgo sextile Scorpio Sun.  Yeah, he gets it.

Peter has a chart full of internal tension (squares) with hard core work ethic elevated.
His one opposition – MOON – the public.  What will we think of it, how will we feel about his creations (Leo) ?  He needs to flex his creative muscles while remaining true to the original work, while also giving the public the goods.

That’s a tough spot for him, as well as the fact that he simply cannot overextend himself at work.  Moon fluctuates and in the dual house of Gemini (3rd) in Leo (rules the heart) Peter is very capable of juggling many things and doing it well – yet opposition to Saturn (the physical body) means finding balance, my friend.  Take care of yourself – we will wait for them and for you. x

We will always fall back on those sextiles and trines – quintiles feel more like ala surprise gifties from the universe – but those sextiles and trines will be working overtime to decrease the internal tension from the squares. 

Peter has some whammy sextiles on his side, for sure.  Sun sextiles Pluto – this is not only artistic transformation and doing things over, and doing them better – it is also this primal rebirthing energy that can be tapped from the house of Virgo.  Makes me think ‘the devil is in the details’ aspect, creativity wise, but it also means the will power is incredibly strong for doing great service to the artwork itself.   Sun and Moon in T-square with work, elevated – he thinks about the creative work day and night.

These films (King Kong, too: loved it !) are HIS LIFE.  These films are embedded in the public psyche forever – the bonds of fellowship, friendship, loyalty, faith and fighting evil side by side.  Amazing – truly, amazing contribution to the world of film, thank you.

Uranus is in the culmination degree of Leo testifying to unusual creative genius, conjunct North Node of Destiny is very favorable for making a creative mark on the world. (Moon, also in Leo, is the public).  North Node of Destiny in 4th (home) is also significant by Peter’s choice to stay in New Zealand for all filming.

Peter’s Chiron in 10 trines Sun, Mercury and Neptune in the 7th; Peter’s Libra Mercury, Venus trine the Midheaven.  His Neptune quintiles Jupiter and Saturn elevated, and Fortuna is elevated as well.  That is very beneficial for a creative career to have so many trines from Venus energy pinging off the Midheaven in harmony.

Neptune quintiles Uranus and Saturn – specialized talent for innovative work on film.

I absolutely love this : the indigenous New Zealand people, or Maori, came to bless (Jupiter) the production’s soundstages before principal photography (Saturn / Neptune) began.  Respect.

Kwentra lye i’narn Elear
Perfect 10, Peter !
Diola lle

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namaarie garuhoa

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Way of the Dragon


Lee Jun Fan
Bruce Lee.
Respect !

Way of the Dragon, indeed.
Born in the hour of the dragon, in a metal dragon year – double dragon is extremely powerful, very auspicious.  Dragon rules the energetic morning hours between 7-9am.  Unpredictable, ambitious, opinionated, outspoken and lucky are traits of dragon hours.

Metal dragon of 1940 is a gleaming sword.  Future – oriented, decisive and natural – born leaders, metal dragons are fair and honest.  Lessons to learn are tact, flexibility, relaxation.
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I haven’t been as stunned by a natal chart since I saw the grand water trines of Nostradamus.

Bruce Lee’s powerful Pluto is packing a punch as focal planet of several T-Squares.
Pluto forces the personal will and outward energies of Mars  to a higher octave.

Pluto is divine will – implosive power and force channeled, focused into explosive extremes of energy that manifest in outward metamorphosis.

Bruce channeled this magical transformative Plutonic energy into extraordinary physical prowess.  Onscreen he led the globe to recognize the spiritual beauty and grace of martial arts.

Born in San Francisco and raised in Hong Kong, Bruce had appeared in 20 films by age 18.  Bruce moved back to the states when he turned 19, majoring in philosophy at the University of Washington, Seattle.

In later years he practiced, taught and wrote of the evolution of his way of martial arts, which he called Jeet Kune Do, “The Way of The Intercepting Fist.”

Bruce read and wrote extensively his thoughts about physical combat, the psychology of fighting, the philosophical roots of martial arts, and about motivation, self-actualization and liberation of the individual. (source)

Bruce Lee was a 12th house Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars.
Intense, unusual spiritual quest was definitely on the menu with this 11th house stellium. Nearly all his personal planets are ruled by his focal planet, Pluto.

Bruce was creative power incarnate.  Leonine Pluto taps into the center of being , the power of WILL in tandem with the strength of the heart: spirit, honor, kindness and generosity.

His winning card – Sag in 12th has secret allies – his Sun is trine the house Sun naturally rules, Leo.  He shines brilliant spiritual fires of the phoenix from a dark well of Plutonic power which rests on the 8th, the house Pluto naturally rules.

Scorpio fixates, obsesses, probes and penetrates the mysteries fearlessly tapping the still waters of the soul seeking control.  Sun in trine to Pluto learns self-control, then teaches the philosophy to others. Eleventh house stellium packed with Scorpionic power shares intellectual enlightenment gleaned from within for the betterment of earthkind.

The creative 5th house & intellectual 11th house axis is activated – what I have opposes what we have. Bruce wanted artistic control of teaching and communicating his way of Jeet Kune Do, financial gain was not paramount, the spiritual way of martial arts (Neptune 10 conj MC) life was most important to him.

Stealth in the 12th ~>  Sag Sun trines Pluto: his aim to bring spiritual insight to the masses – a public display of personal power controlled, harnessed ~> superhuman force applied with spiritual discipline to achieve enlightenment and transcend personal limitations.  Note Sun quintiles MC as well.  Mars rules his creative 5th house: action hero, onscreen.

Taurean Uranus trines Virgo Neptune in the 10th at MC – earth plane manifestation of unusual zen principles – martial arts philosophy was woven into his daily life, spirituality was Bruce was spirituality.  Graceful precision of movement on film was his destiny.

Libran North Node quincunx Saturn, quite possibly he knew the toll intense overwork (Saturn conjunct Jupiter) would have on the physical vehicle, but felt he was unable to comply with normal standards of rest.  He needed to share, he sought peace and balance through work, his art.  Uranus is restless in Venus- ruled Taurus, stillness must be continually cultivated, and it does not come easy.

Bruce had Uranus quintile Pluto – his talents and spiritual gifts had a profound impact on the world – he helped introduce gung fu to the world through teaching martial arts.

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Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

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Not being tense but ready.
Not thinking but not dreaming.
Not being set but flexible.
Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement.
It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.
~ Bruce Lee


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peace
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Neptunedude

Music is the only religion that delivers the goods.Frank Zappa

Frank.
The world always needs more Frank.  Frank was a flat-out genius musician, an outspoken intellectual known for cutting straight thorough BS mass media rhetoric and speaking the truth.  No great surprise he was a Sagittarius rising with a 29 degree Sagittarius Sun, chart ruler Jupiter in the creative 5th house.

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Frank released more than 60 albums, counting both his solo work and his work with the Mothers of Invention. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

His lyrics—often humorously—reflected his iconoclastic view of established social and political processes, structures and movements. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship. (wiki)

First things first.
When I learned astrology, I went looking for oddballs (compliment) and their aspects.  I dig music, so Frank was at the top of my must know list. When I saw Frank’s 5th house, I immediately thought brilliant ! aural textures !

Frank was a master of layered sounds. 
Once you hear Frank Zappa, there is no mistaking why musicians were lining up to collaborate with him.  Aside from the fact that you knew you could count on artistic genius – everything else – tempos, lyrics and the range of sounds were completely unpredictable and wild.  Each moment was totally up for creative theatrical grabs, each piece, rich with sensual crescendos and assaults.

Zappa considered soloing as the equivalent of forming “air sculptures”,and developed an eclectic, innovative and highly personal style. (wiki)

Frank’s music and philosophical vision was a cosmic wake up call to both musicians and the public.  (Uranus trine Moon – Neptune conjunction at MC)  He inspired artists around the globe (North Node of Destiny in Libra 10 conjunct MC) to do their own thing and do it well.  (Leo Pluto trine Sagittarius Venus)

To the delight of music fans everywhere, Frank went to bat against Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center in 1985.  He testified before the United States Senate Commerce, Technology, and Transportation committee. He was brilliantly succinct* and fair in his assessment of the proposed PMRC labelling music ‘sexually explicit’ or ‘satanic’ : “…in this context, the PMRC’s demands are the equivalent of treating dandruff by decapitation … The establishment of a rating system, voluntary or otherwise, opens the door to an endless parade of moral quality control programs “. (wiki)

For the record, when Frank testified, tr. Uranus was coming to conjunct his Sagittarius ascendant; tr. Sun and Mercury were conjunct his Virgo Neptune – Moon conjunction at MC*, and tr. Moon and Saturn were conjunct his Scorpio Mars.  haha take that PMRC !

Sun at the 29th degree of culmination in Sagittarius is visionary, trine his chart ruler Jupiter in conjunction with Saturn in 5th and we have precise execution of expansive philosophies made manifest on the earth plane.  Frank shunned the typical excesses of the late 60’s (hallucinogens) and instead turned his Jupiter in sensate Taurus to crafting sonic masterpieces – 30 years worth of musical innovation (Uranus quintile Leo Pluto which trines Venus).  One thing about (long-term career-driven) Saturn conjunct Jupiter – especially in Taurus – it is work and lots of it.  Ok, one more thing – hairy + that is one crazy head of hair with Uranus in 5th. Check out this quote: “Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.”  Perfect for his 5th, yes..? haha This conjunction falls in his 5th, so Frank’s work was actually a labor of love and tons of fun.  personal aside: I must admit, I am growing fond of Jupiter conjunct Saturn folks – they are strict, but fair.  They are honest and they cut to the chase already – soOo refreshing !

Mercury as leading planet (oriental), conjunct Ascendant in Sagittarius 1st house is strongly intellectual, articulate and vocal regarding opinions and philosophies – in square (along with Sun) to Moon (public) and Neptune in Virgo; insightful, detailed and precise, bucking the national trend of delusion.  Frank was well-known as a family man with a strict work ethic who was quite vocal about his viewpoints.  He ended up a spokesperson, though this role likely did not set too well with him (Sun square Moon) – what he really wanted was everyone (Jupiter – Saturn conjunction square the Plutonian masses) to collectively get with the program and get politically involved.

How appropriate that Frank has an asteroid named after him – and that it is in his Neptune ruled 3rd house. (Gemini and Mercury naturally rule and they equal names) Indeed with natal (Mercury-ruled) Virgo Neptune conjunct Moon and MC:  the Internet campaign to name the asteroid, which apparently was the first worldwide on-line petition, involved Zappa fans in 22 countries and produced the most people supporting an asteroid’s name, according to the International Astronomical Union (IAU). (source)  Zappa is exactly conjunct my Uranus in Virgo. cool.

Frank also had Vesta or what I call the ‘fire in the belly’, (the passionate torch carried within) – at the saturation degree of creative Leo in trine to his powerful Sun in 1st. Sun rules Leo, so this is obviously beneficial.  Melpomene, the Muse of Music also breathes fire into his Leo creativity.  Chiron the centaur philosopher healer conjunct metamorph Pluto in Leo which trine Venus and Mars – Frank worked a charm on artists and showed them the way to actively create art for arts sake alone – not solely for profit !  (Venus in Sagittarius 12th)  North Node in Libra 10, and Frank was here to learn and project fairness, balance and creativity to the whole world.
Well done, sir.

Peace out Mothers ~
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Western Stars


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kd
Kathryn Dawn Lang

omg. the voice. goosebumps !  when I last heard her sing Western Stars I accidentally grabbed my friend’s knee when she hit the last note, kd. is. incredible.
Toro Moon and of course I am going on about singers again…

kd is a Scorpio Sun conjunct Neptune (inspired musician) in the 3rd house of communication.
She is a Virgo rising, Mercury (chart ruler, communication) conjunct Venus (art) in Libra second house. Libra is harmony, beauty.
The second house is the natural house of Taurus, which rules the throat.  Venus rules both Taurus and Venus, so Venus is at home in the 2nd, conjunct Mercury which rules her ascendant and her mid-heaven.  the voice

Mercury & Venus square her Saturn Jupiter conjunction in Capricorn (big-boned gal !).  
Tension and largess coupled with restraint and fine tuning.

Her Scorpio Mars squares her (Virgo) Moon – (Leo) Uranus, Melpomene, North Node conjunction in the 12th.  Mars gives power by any contact, and inner tension can be transformed (Mars quintile Pluto) into great works – her Pluto is conjunct Virgo Ascendant. 

She is powerful in voice and spirit, she is a rulebreaker, a woman (Moon) with her own trail to blaze (Uranus) in the public eye (Moon).  She was destined to shine her creative light in unusual ways, be a music muse, a woman’s muse, a proud humanitarian  (Uranus in Leo) with a big heart and (North Node Leo) a big voice to match.

kd also has Neptune (inspired music) quintile Saturn in Capricorn (rules, is strong)
Neptune quintile Uranus (higher octave of Mercury) which conjuncts Melpomene, the divine intonation.

happy dark Toro moon all
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a light in dark places

May I introduce a very talented young gentleman who has been playing mandolin since the tender young age of 5.

Pisces Chris Thile formed the band Nickle Creek with members of his family when he was 8.  Winning the national mandolin championship at the age of 12, Chris was well on his way to fame and fortune in music well before he was old enough to drive a car. Pictured below is his solar chart, which remember, means there is no specific time of birth, so pay attention to the planets in signs, not the houses.
Chris is a life path number 5, he is here to face the challenge of many changes throughout his life.  His will be a life of freedom and adventure and finding personal balance.

One of the first things that jumps out at me is the Saturn (discipline, older people) tightly conjunct Jupiter (teachers) which rules Sagittarius where Neptune (string instruments) is placed.  This speaks to me of being under the tutelage of all the great musicians Chris has had the privilege of jamming with at festivals across the country since he was very young.  (Saturn and Jupiter in Libra, ruled by Venus which rules art)  Pluto is working overtime transforming Mercury Rx (communication, rules Gemini, which rules the hands, dexterity, and young people) and Venus (his art) and his Sun (ambition) in Neptune -ruled Pisces.  Chris also has Sun in the first decan of Pisces which is Neptune-flavored.  Mercury Rx conjunct Venus shows me that he will only continue to improve with age as his Mercury retrograde fully blooms.
Mars, the planet of action conjunct Sun in Pisces is an aspect par excellence for musicians.
Check the solo below, it’s smokin’ hot !

Moon in perfection-driven Virgo squaring (internal conflict) Neptune gives him the passionate drive to learn (Sagittarius of higher learning) his craft (Neptune) until he is the very best he can be.  Creativity and self-expression is his life path with North Node in creative, flamboyant Leo.  If you have heard him play, you know he is frisky and playful, a bit quirky and he loves to have fun ! (Individualistic Uranus square Sun, Mercury Rx, and Venus from Sagittarius)
I give the love of Star Wars and Tolkien to Mercury conjunct Venus in the sign of science, Aquarius (love of reading, science) sextile Neptune (film, fiction) in Sagittarius of philosophy.  Chris is not only very driven (Mars/action conjunct Sun), but he also loves baseball (Mars ruled) and is the great-great grandson of Baseball Hall of Famer, Sam Thompson (Sun along with Saturn can indicate males in the natal chart-and Sun rules Fame).
  Also of note is Sun (creativity, spirit) quintile (spiritual gifts) Venus ruled Chiron (wounded healer, herbalist and philosopher) which indicates generosity of heart and a willingness to help and inspire others via the arts. 
Thank you, Chris for your beautiful song in Elks Park.
Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo.