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NewsScope for January 11, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar
Ali Abdullah Saleh, Snake Dancer
As transiting Saturn turns retrograde this week while in a close square to transiting Pluto, a crisis of authority has erupted in many hotspots around the globe. Last week the Obama administration focused its anti-terrorism efforts on Yemen, the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden and an Al Qaeda training ground for terrorists like the one that disrupted Flight 253.
networks, corruption, and continuous uncertainty. He's described the process by saying that ruling Yemen is like "dancing on the heads of snakes." However, with his Sun trine Pluto, he's managed to consolidate and maintain his power by earning a reputation as a consensus builder.
Saleh's Mercury in Pisces squares Mars in Gemini, a planetary duo that tends to promise anything, but may be unable or unwilling to deliver. This combination is currently a central signature in his chart since his progressed Sun is now squaring Mercury and will be conjunct Mars over the next two years. This development promises much action for him and the nation he rules, marking Yemen as a pivotal front in the anti-terrorism movement.
Timothy Geithner in the Hot Seat
This week, the five largest banks that received federal bailout money will report huge executive pay and bonuses. Reaction will likely be more rage at Wall Street insiders, and from politicians, more promises for reform legislation. Much of the wrath is being directed at Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for his role in protecting AIG at the height of the financial crisis.
The ongoing Saturn-Pluto square is behind these developments, since these two planets are adversely hitting the U.S. Venus-Jupiter conjunction. In the U.S. Scorpio Rising horoscope, Venus and Jupiter are found in the 8th house of credit and inherited wealth. Together, they represent the top tier of America's money-interests. Along comes Saturn to show the problem areas, and with Pluto's involvement, the potential for major reform.
Timothy Geithner (August 18, 1961; New York, NY; time unknown)
Casey Johnson's Quirky Love Planets
Last week heiress and socialite Casey Johnson was found dead in her Hollywood home, cause unknown. Her childhood buddies Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan tweeted their sorrow, while Casey's ex-flames battled over who was to blame. In the last year of her life, Casey was showing clear signs of psychological and physical disintegration, but her family and friends were unable to reach her.
Casey Johnson was born with her Sun in the social sign of Libra (September 24, 1979; Los Angeles, CA; time unknown), accompanied by a romantic Mercury-Venus conjunction in Libra and the generational Pluto in Libra. Over the past year, transiting Pluto has been squaring her Sun, leading to some personally devastating relationship upheavals which were characterized by a deep sense of betrayal.
A difficult life path turned tragic when Saturn entered Libra last November and conjoined her Sun while Pluto was squaring her Sun. Her relationship patterns turned ugly under the additional influence of a quirky love-planet configuration (progressed Venus conjunct natal Uranus,
was born during a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn, a micro-population that may be among the most conservative in the nation. His Sun at 25º Leo is in the same place as Bill Clinton's, a key degree area in American politics since it aligns with the U.S. Moon at 25º Aquarius.
As Neptune – the planet of scandal, doubt, and uncertainty – nears the U.S. Moon and opposes Geithner's Sun, he's becoming the target of American disappointment. It doesn't help him that his Mars is located at 1º Libra, right in line with the current Saturn-Pluto square. This combination may attract intense enemy action which can lead to his downfall. If he plays his cards right, however, he can lead a reform movement that trims Wall Street's worst excesses.
as progressed Mars squared the pair). On November 30 Casey was arrested for stealing jewelry from a friend, based on a tip from her girlfriend at the time, Courtenay Semel.
The long-term transit of Mars to natal Uranus activated her love-planet configuration, fostering some wild and erratic behavior leading up to her death. She embarked on a meaningless engagement with reality TV star Tila Tequila, and by the end of December was appearing with her on the red carpet looking dazed and incoherent. Were drugs involved? Her natal Saturn-Neptune square shows the potential. If she was born around noon, she was experiencing a progressed Moon-Neptune conjunction, which says "yes".
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Yemen's national horoscope is not much use since that nation is on the edge of being a failed state, but Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been in power since 1978. President Saleh was born on March 21, 1942 with his Sun at 0º Aries. Like so many people with either of their action planets (Sun or Mars) in this critical degree area, the struggle for control over life's difficult circumstances has become extremely challenging.
Saleh's Sun opposes Neptune, a combination that suggests his rule is colored by oil interests, secret