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NewsScope for February 22, 2010
by Michael Wolfstar
The Nuclear Energy Deal
For the first time since 1979, the United States will build nuclear reactors to help curb global warming, create jobs, and cut dependence on foreign oil. President Obama's announcement last week that the federal government would insure the projects' $8.3 billion cost was met with skepticism by many Democrats and environmentalists, but hailed as the right thing to do by most Republicans.
President Eisenhower kicked off the peaceful use of nuclear power when he signed the Atomic Energy Act (AEA) on August 30, 1954 (noon; Washington, D.C.). A horoscope for this event features the Sun in practical, service-oriented Virgo trine Mars in constructive Capricorn. The Moon in peace-loving Libra suggests Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" program, aimed at providing a useful counterpoint to the nuclear weapons arms race of that era.
Pluto, the ruler of the Scorpio Ascendant, is prominently located in the tenth house at
25º Leo, exactly opposite the U.S. Moon. This placement shows how atomic energy (Pluto) could transform American lives (Moon). The first nuclear power plant went online in Shippingport, Pennsylvania on December 2, 1957. At the time, transiting Pluto was nearly conjunct the AEA Sun and precisely trine the AEA Mars.
The Three Mile Island incident on March 28, 1979 ended (temporarily) nuclear reactor construction in the U.S. This nuclear meltdown unfolded as transiting Pluto was squaring the AEA Uranus, and transiting Uranus was squaring the AEA Pluto, a doubly disruptive combination that cast a pall over the entire industry. However, now that transiting Pluto has arrived on the AEA Mars, the time has arrived to begin again.
Top Five Astro-Events for March
1. Venus enters Aries on March 7 while making several aspects over the next few days, making this (March 7-11) a significant developmental phase in the relationship department. Romantic triangles, the testing of borders within relationships, and the beginning of new relationships are all possible. Aggressive women make their mark, while some may over-shoot.
2. Mars turns direct on the 10th, bringing a return of confidence to Leos, and improving the affairs of the house Leo occupies in your horoscope. Mars remains in Leo until June 7th, suggesting a good window to initiate action and new projects. Recreational activities, creative endeavors, and self-promotion are all favored.
3. Jupiter trines the U.S. Sun on the 14th, ushering in a wave of enthusiasm regarding the nation's affairs. This transit favors Obama, who may see a surge in his poll numbers, but other leaders may step forward now to show the way forward in these difficult times. Those who generate backbiting, dirty or attack-oriented politics fall out of favor.
4. The New Moon on March 15 is conjunct Mercury and Uranus,
Chris Klug, Snowboarder Extraordinaire
What's life like after receiving a liver transplant? For snowboarder Chris Klug, it meant another chance at an Olympic medal, which he accomplished by winning the bronze in the 2002 Salt Lake City games. His sport – the giant parallel slalom – was only added to the Olympic roster in 1998, which was when Klug first participated in the Olympics. This week marks his third appearance.
likely bringing an energetic new start for the coming lunar cycle. A significant political crisis may be in the news, as well as major accidents, explosions, and other sudden and unexpected developments. Also watch for exciting new discoveries, pharmaceutical deals, and announcements from religious or spiritual leaders.
5. The Vernal Equinox on March 20th takes place at 1:33 pm (EDT). A horoscope for this moment sets the tone for the next three months, which includes national leadership leading through bipartisanship (Sun opposite Saturn in Libra), government taking on the role of the major provider (Sun square Ceres and Pluto in Capricorn). Ceres' position within these dynamic aspects indicates potential for major humanitarian disasters.
Chris Klug was born with his Sun and Mars in regenerative Scorpio (November 18, 1972; 12:30 am*; Vail, CO). Much of Klug's athleticism can be attributed to his bold Aries Moon, which is given a thrill-seeking impulse by the opposition to Uranus, but the discipline to train via the sextile to Saturn. Mercury, the ruler of his Virgo Ascendant, is in Sagittarius, a sign known for its love of speed.
Klug's Moon-Uranus opposition squares his lunar node axis, indicating a karmic condition characterized by unexpected misfortune, such as an accident or other life-altering mishap. Klug was diagnosed with a potentially fatal liver disease in his early twenties. He went on a waiting list for a liver transplant, which he received in the
* Birth time is from private correspondence with Klug: "I believe that I was born very early in the morning about 12:30 am."
summer of 2000 when transiting Pluto was conjunct his Mercury.
Now at age 37, Klug is back in the Olympics, not only to compete, but also to advance his cause, the Chris Klug Foundation, which promotes organ and tissue donation. Transiting Mars squares his natal Mars on February 27, the day of his event, which makes him highly competitive, but not favored to win. However, with transiting Jupiter and Uranus nearing a trine to his Sun, he is favored to remain in the spotlight as a role model for organ transplant recipients.