The Astrology of Illness: Randy Travis Undergoes Heart Surgery

Randy Travis

Randy Travis 2003

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As the New Moon in Cancer touched off a critical T-Square in the horoscope of popular Country Western star Randy Travis he was sent to the emergency room and admitted in the hospital for treatment of viral cardiomyopathy.

Wikipedia tells us about Travis:

Since 1985, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and 16 of these were number one hits. Considered a pivotal figure in the history of country music,[1] Travis broke through in the mid-1980s with the release of his album Storms of Life, which sold more than three million copies. The album established him as a major force in the Neotraditional country movement. Travis followed up his successful debut with a string of platinum and multi-platinum albums.

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The Astrology of Death: James Gandolfini passes in Italy

James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini

(Astrology Explored) Just as he was enjoying a trip to Italy with his teenage son, and days before he was to receive and award at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, beloved American actor James Gandolfini died suddenly and unexpectedly of a suspected heart attack on June 19, 2013 in Rome, Italy. He was a relatively young 51 years of age.

Astrologers don’t like to talk about death. For one thing, people who don’t know much about astrologers often assume that is the first thing we will predict about them. The second is that is it considered unethical to predict someone’s death. The last thing we want to do is alarm our clients. No doubt even this post will upset some.

Actually, predicting death is not as easy. We may not have a fixed point of death in our chart, but many checkout points were the soul can out to move on. In my own personal experience, when transiting Uranus opposed my natal Uranus I developed a tear in my aortic valve which luckily was diagnosed and treated before I keeled over dead. Other people, such as John Ritter were not so lucky. Deaths do seem to cluster around the major transits, the Uranian opposition around 42 to 44, either of the two Saturn Returns at age 29 or 58, the Chiron return in the early 50’s, and the Pluto square at around age 82 to 84. Continue reading

George Steinbrenner: The Need For Intensity

George Steinbrenner

(Astrology Explored)–Even Red Sox fans have to mourn the passing of the iconic owner of the New York Yankees. “The Boss” was known more for his frequent hiring and firing of players, managers and off field personnel than for his business savvy. His outspokenness and role in driving up player salaries made him one of the sport’s most controversial figures.Yet Steinbrenner is credited with taking a ball club purchased for $10 million dollars and creating a business empire that became the first professional sport franchise to be worth over one billion dollars. While always America’s passion, baseball in the hands of Steinbrenner became a thing of high stakes and high drama as managers and players staked their professional lives on being able to survive in Steinbrenner’s world.

And what a world it was. Wikipedia says:

“In his first 23 seasons, he changed managers 20 times (Billy Martin alone was fired and rehired five times). He also employed 11 general managers over 30 years. He was equally famous for pursuing high-priced free agents and then feuding with them. . . He had a tendency to meddle in daily on-field decisions. . .

In addition to being an intense boss to his on-field employees, Steinbrenner was also known for pressuring and changing off-field employees (including various publicity directors), sometimes chewing them out in public. Longtime Cardinals announcer Jack Buck once quipped that he had seen Steinbrenner’s yacht and that, “It was a beautiful thing to observe, with all 36 oars working in unison.” Former sportscaster Hank Greenwald, who called Yankee games on WABC radio for two years, once said he knew when Steinbrenner was in town by how tense the office staff was.”

But Steinbrenner’s high priced and high-handed methods had but one goal, to make the New York Yankees an unbeatable force. And many times he succeeded, with the Yankees during his 37 year reign earning 7 World Series and 11 pennants. The Yankees have the record of having the most wins of any team in the American League.

Steinbrenner’s flinty personality is revealed in his birth chart. Born on the Fourth of July, 1930 with a recorded birth time of 9:00 AM in Rocky River, Ohio, immediately apparent is the influence of the planets Mars and Pluto.

Steinbrenner’s argumentative nature is revealed by his horoscope with is Mars in the zodiac sign of Taurus. Taurus as a zodiac sign is immovably stubborn. It doesn’t matter whether you are right or not, Taurus in Mars while stand up for his or her point of view to the bitter end. This Mars will dig in its heals and wait you out, if need be, or take you on in hand to hand combat, but you can be assured that if you confront it directly you will end up the loser. Worse yet for Steinbrenner, this Mars is in challenge aspect to his Venus in Leo. Leo is a prideful zodiac sign, so any challenge to his authority would be taken as a personal insult whether on not it was intended to be so.

More importantly Pluto conjoins is his Sun in the zodiac sign of Cancer. Additionally, the seat of his emotions, the Moon, is in the Pluto ruled zodiac sign of Scorpio.

Natives with a significant Pluto signature have a drive to control their environment. The reason for this is complex. These individuals perceive that there is more to this Universe than what our senses tell us. If you’ve ever had the experience of seeing something move out of the corner of your eye and looked and found nothing there you know for an instance what these individuals feel all the time. This shifting sense that reality is not as real as it seems lends a sense of insecurity that drives the intense need to control their immediate environment.

One point of Plutonic influence on a personal planet is enough to kick off the need to control, but two points is an almost unbearable burden. Add to that the planet of duty and responsibility, Saturn, in direct opposition to his core identity, his Sun, and you have an individual is always trying to validate his self worth through accomplishment.

Love him or hate him, George Steinbrenner, with his need for intensity and control, made his mark on a baseball for many years to come.

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The Astrology of Relationships: Taylor & Burton–A Pluto Connection

Richard Taylor and Elizabeth BurtonRichard Burton wrote to Elizabeth Taylor:

“If you leave me I shall have to kill myself. There is no life without you.”

He also wrote:

But the fundamental and most vicious, swinish, murderous and unchangeable fact is that we totally misunderstand each other … we operate on alien wave lengths ..

Many of Burton’s letters to Taylor are in an upcoming book “Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century”.

Burton’s and Taylor’s romance and marriage was said to be turbulent and the stuff of romantic legend. Meeting on the set of the movie Cleopatra, Burton’s passion for her was immediate.

On their first meeting on the set, Burton said “Has anyone ever told you that you’re a very pretty girl?” Taylor later recalled, “I said to myself, Oy gevalt, here’s the great lover, the great wit, the great intellectual of Wales, and he comes out with a line like that”. In their first scenes together, he was shaky and missing his lines, and she soothed and coached him. Soon the affair began in earnest and Sybil [Burton’s wife], seeing this as more than a passing fling with a leading lady, was unable to bear it. She fled the set; first for Switzerland, then London.

The two would not be free to marry until 1965 when their respective divorces were complete.

In the conservative early sixties, their affair was quite a scandal bringing both censure from the Vatican and Hollywood. But both stars were earners and Hollywood could not deny them long. For next four years Burton would remain among the top 10 box-office earners.

Burton however was a notorious womanizer and drinker, two elements that would take a toll on any marriage. They divorced once, but the separation didn’t work out. They tried marriage again in 1973 but divorced again a year and half later this time for good.

Reportedly one of Taylor’s most prized possessions is a last letter Burton wrote before he died years after their divorce where he holds out hope that they could be together again.

What in the charts of these individuals would manifest passion so deep and abiding?

A Sun Sign Scorpio with an easy energetic connection (trine) to Pluto this was a man who was used to being in control and in charge. With Uranus in Pisces sitting on the Ascendant (the horizon at the time you are born) he was magnetic with glamour thrown all around him. According to Wikepedia, Lauren Bacall recalled, “Bogie loved him. We all did. You had no alternative.”

With an eighth house Sun, he was driven to explore the mysteries of life through sexual conquest, though with Saturn sitting along side his Sun there was an element of proving his masculinity as well.

Taylor’s potent Moon in Scorpio (trine her own Pluto) was conjunct his Sun. Here were two people that were driven by Plutonian forces, a union that neither heaven or hell dared to deny. At least that is how they felt.

Where they misunderstood either is evident in the focus of each other’s charts. Burton felt quite naturally that all he had to do was reach for a thing and he could take it, while Taylor with many planets in Pisces opposite Neptune, expected life and its riches to flow to her. When Burton wandered off the path of flowing to her it ripped her worldview. With Chiron opposite her Moon, his behavior wounded her and fueled Scorpionic/Plutonic jealousies.

This can be seen in art imitating life, when Burton and Taylor made the 1966 movie “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

The play involves the two couples playing “games,” which are savage verbal attacks against one or two of the others at the party. These games are referred to with sarcastically alliterative names: “Humiliate the Host”, “Get the Guests”, “Hump the Hostess”, and “Bringing Up Baby” . . . Many darker veins running through the play’s dialogue suggest that the border between fiction and reality is continually challenged..”

. . . So immersed had the Burtons become in the roles of George and Martha over the months of shooting, after the wrap Richard Burton said, “I feel rather lost”. Later the couple would state that the film took its toll on their relationship, and that Taylor was “tired of playing Martha” in real life.

In the composite chart of Taylor and Burton Mercury, the planet of communication, is in Capricorn opposite Pluto in Cancer. Capricorn in Mercury can be biting and sarcastic. In tension aspect to Pluto, it can be brutal. Despite intense passion it can be seen where both could rip each other apart.

Another aspect of the composite chart is Pluto opposite the Sun. In the composite chart the Sun literally represent the man. Here is where this master of all he surveyed felt that “there is no life without you.”

But one does not challenge Piscean fairy tales long. When the illusion of perfect love shatters, Pisces will swim away and so did Taylor. With all the influence of Pluto in both their charts and the composite it is easy to imagine though that the memories of that time haunted him to the end of his days and one imagines haunts Taylor still. That’s the nature of a Pluto connection.

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The Astrology of Real Life & TV Spies: Burn Notice’s Michael Westen

Jeffrey Donovan(Astrology Explored) Michael Westen is a spy. Or at least he was a spy, until his organization dumped him. In season two we are told that Michael’s burn notice was engineered by a shadow government organization in order to recruit him into their little group. It’s all very sketchy and we haven’t quite found out why the CIA hasn’t reversed this error and bring their spy back in from the cold. What we do know is that Michael Westen is very smart and has one heck of a skill set. He also has boundaries, geographic as well as emotional. The fun in the show, Burn Notice, is seeing how each of these elements are stretched in each episode.

Any attempt to leave the Miami, his boyhood hometown, where he was dumped would result in an arrest by the government. This normally wouldn’t restrain a spy of his caliber, but the strategically savvy Westen knows that he would lose any chance of regaining his former job if he did. So he sits in Miami, doing odd jobs as a sort of unlicensed private investigator, scamming an assortment of bad guys from the seamy underside of Miami, and basically acting out like a toddler sent to his room until a grown-up notices him. This is not to imply that any of Westen’s games are childish, they are far too life and death for that designation. One wonders, however, if Michael will ever get that for whatever reason his life is changed and the players aren’t interested in him saving the world anymore.

Adding to Michael’s angst is that he is forced to deal with family and personal relationships that he distanced himself from when he left home to join the military at the age of seventeen. Michael’s mother, Madeline is a curious mix of needy hypochondriac and master manipulator. His girlfriend Fiona is an an ex-IRA operative with a penchant for explosives and violent behavior. Her motto is “Kill them before they kill you.” His wingman is a supposedly wash-up and retired CIA operative, Sam Axe, who comes-up with the most incredible resources at a moment’s notice. In a show however, where turnabout is not just fair play but what the plot points turn on, one never knows where just who is going to do what and that includes anyone close to Michael Westen.

What sort of horoscope would be behind such a complex character? The unreferenced birthday, January 7. 1970, listed in Wikipedia seems a stretch. With four planets in Capricorn, one wonders where a man with a chart like that can get out of bed let alone run around the world in high stakes operations. You would think a chart like this you’d get a banker with a mortgage, wife and kids.

So incredulous was this astrologer about this date, I did some research on well-known spies taking from a site call Ten Famous Spies the birth data listed and drawing up charts. A quick survey yields some common threads:

Heavy Pluto contacts with the personal planets, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars
Strong Neptune influence
A Taurus/Scorpio opposition involving any of the planets

Take for instance the chart of this spy:

Klaus Fuchs (full name Klaus Emil Julius Fuchs) was born on December 29, 1911 in Russelsheim, Germany. He was a famous as a British theoretical physicist and atomic spy. In 1950 was convicted for spying from the British and American atomic bomb research to the USSR after World War II. Klaus Fuchs have died at the age of 76 on January 28, 1988 near Dresdes, East Germany.

Klaus has his Sun & Pluto in tension aspect (opposition), Venus/Mars opposition on the Taurus/Scorpio axis, Neptune in harmonious aspect (trine) that Venus and in friendly energetic connection (sextile) with that Mars.

In Michael Westen’s chart we find Pluto trine the Moon and Mercury, Jupiter, the planet of abundance and Saturn, the planet of duty, on the Taurus/Scorpio axis, and the planet of action Mars in Pisces, ruled by Neptune, in friendly energetic connection with his Moon/Mercury combination. So indeed, Michael Westen does fit the quick astrological sketch of a spy.

In doing other pieces about the birthdays of fictional characters, I noticed common threads. While the fictional character need not have the same birthday, they do seem to share the same ascendant as the actor playing them. For instance, while doing a rectification for the character of Indiana Jones, based on the life events written by his creator, the ascendant of Harrison Ford neatly fit. However in Jeffrey Donovan’s case, we don’t have an ascendant, though we know he has a Taurus Sun and a Scorpio Moon.

To research possible combinations I searched Astrofaces, and look up Taurus Suns and Scorpio Moons. What should I see but a photograph of an individual that could be Donovan’s brother. It is a strong possibility his ascendant is Libra. And that fits so well with the smiling demeanor of our world-class spy as well as Michael Westen’s penchant for Armani suits and the perfect haircut. Yes, Westen may get down and dirty righting wrongs for a price, but he’ll look good doing it every time. With a Libra ascendant, the planets swing into appropriate places in the chart, with Pluto, the lord of the Underworld, sitting on the ascendant.

Mercury in Capricorn describes the “do it yourself gene” that Westen displays so well in crafting ordinance and spy devices on the cheap and on the fly.

Capricorn in the fourth, the Sun sextile Mars, and sextile Uranus describes the abusive Dad, though you can imagine with that Mars in Pisces, usually passive aggressive rather than aggressive that dad was “cruel to be kind” so to speak.

And all that Capricorn describes his reticent nature in reestablishing his relationship with Fiona. He is well aware of the complications of having a romantic relationship while pursuing a dangerous profession. This is a handy excuse not to commit, and he is trying to keep a lid on the intense feelings he has for her.

All and all, this is not a man to cross. And he’ll prove that over and over in the fourth season and beyond of this popular hit show.

Note: Six months after I posted this piece, Burn Notice aired an episode, Past and Future Tense, which supposedly gives the birthdate of January 6, 1967 for Michael. This information was posted on Wikipedia under the section for Michael Westen. Of course this would give Michael a much different chart and quite frankly a chart that doesn’t work as well as the one above. There is no birthdate listed on the official Burn Notice site so I’ll keep working with the chart I presented here. If you want to read more about Michael’s birthday check out my most recent article.

Natal Horoscope of Michael Westen

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The Astrology of Money: Nicolas Cage–Earns Millions, Has No Money

cagepixWith charges of fraud and incompetence, Nicolas Cage sued his former money manager, Samuel Levin, filing the papers on October 16, 2009. Cage got wind that something was up when the IRS claimed he owed an additional 1.8 million dollars in back income taxes and penalties. In February of 2008 he sued the IRS, questioning their claim, but in September of 2008 he settled with the IRS for about half of what they were asking. Unfortunately for Cage, this did not end the matter with the IRS and they came back with additional claims for unpaid taxes to the tune of 6.6 million dollars. In September of 2008 he retained other financial counseling services, and apparently learned the extent of his deep financial troubles.

From the documents filed in his lawsuit against his money manager:

“Defendants engaged in the following grossly negligent conduct:

(a) Failed timely payment of taxes on behalf of plaintiff for several years . .
(b) Concealing Plaintiff’s true financial condition prior to investments and assets being acquired by the Plaintiff . . .
(c) Recommending and facilitating Plaintiff’s investments in exceedingly risky and speculative real estate transactions without disclosing the risks . . .
(d) Recommending that Plaintiff executer personal guarantees on bank loans without advising Plaintiff of the associated risk . . .
(e) Failing to diversify Plaintiff’s investment holdings . . .
(f) Failing to obtain adequate insurance coverage for real estate and other holdings
(g) Over extending Plaintiff’s lines of credit with banks and financial institutions as a result of failing to disclose to Plaintiff of his true financial condition”

The list goes on with charges of overcharging Cage for services rendered, failure to disclose and gross incompetence.

The research has failed to come up with a total of Nicolas Cage’s earnings as an actor though Forbes estimates his earnings in 2008 and 2009 to be 38 million dollars.

Cage had acquired a number of real estate holdings including a Bavarian Castle, and mansions in Rhode Island, New Orleans, and two homes in Los Angeles one of them on which he has a 350 million dollar mortgage. He also owns a private jet. When you quickly run the numbers you get the gist of Cage’s problems. He has far too much real estate bought at the top of a market that has plummeted. Strange as it may seem, he holds far too much mortgage (!) debt for his earning capacity. This is speculation here, but in trying to keep up with these payments, his money manager seems to have neglected other expenses, like insurance payments and taxes. He also filed questionable deductions to make Cage’s tax bite smaller. Unfortunately for Cage, this left him open to audits of his taxes going back three years from the date a return is filed.

Cage sold his Bavarian Castle to his German advisor, and is the process of selling his New Orleans and 350 million Los Angeles property. However, in a down market like this he won’t be able to sell them for the money he paid. Even selling off his property is not going to help him with the 6.6 million in back taxes he owes or with his mortgage problems with the banks.

So what in Nicolas Cage’s astrological money profile has led the multi-million dollar earning actor in such a sad state of affairs. Let’s take a look at his horoscope.

Nicholas Cage was born January 7, 1964 at 5:30 AM PST, Long Beach, California. This information is given a AA rating, from the birth certificate, according to Astro’s Astrodata Bank so we can use the entire chart for our analysis.

When we look at money, we look first to the second house which for Cage is in the zodiac sign of Aquarius. This is not a good placement for a money house, since Aquarius tends to have lots of ideas, but often doesn’t think critically of the long term consequences. For planets, both Venus and Saturn are tenanted here, which should confer the ability to acquire and save money. Saturn in the second house would normally lend a conservative bent to money management. Items of lasting value, like real estate, would appeal to him for investment purposes. However, a challenge aspect from Venus and Saturn to Neptune leads to unrealistic expectations when it comes to money. One can imagine that Cage thinks, “well I earn 20 million a year, I can buy whatever I want.” But that isn’t true. When one of your homes costs you a million a month, and you have a private jet to pay for, expenses start getting a little tight.

As transiting Neptune challenged natal Neptune the fly in the financial ointment was hinted at. As Chiron came to swing over his Chiron and now Saturn, the real financial pain was felt. Since Jupiter is sitting there too, in his second house, at 17 degrees of Aquarius, and now running over it to Saturn, you can expect his money troubles to grow even as he continues to out earn himself. This is a bad year to divest real estate holdings, and it is just too bad he can’t get the banks to modify the terms of his loans. With Pluto riding in his first house running over his planet of commerce Mercury, he most likely is going to have to reorganize his debts through bankruptcy

Whether or not he will recover against his former money manager is doubtful. Again the issue is transiting Jupiter sitting with his natal Venus/Saturn combo challenging Natal Neptune. He may be looking for Justice, but what the courts may find is that Nicolas Cage is the victim more of a contracting economy more than anything else, just like the rest of us. If he recovers anything at all, he will recover just a small portion of what he is asking.

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The Astrology of Divorce: The Supermodel and the Mogul–At What Price Beauty?

Hyperrealist Portrait of Stephanie Seymour

Hyperrealist Portrait of Stephanie Seymour

Middletown, Connecticut, this astrologer’s hometown, is a sleepy little town of about 55,000 souls, not counting Wesleyan University students, so it is natural that when a divorce between a super model and a Greenwich, CT publisher hits the steps of the local Superior Court it makes the local paper’s front page—above the fold.

Stephanie Seymour former Playboy and Victoria’s Secret model is divorcing publisher Peter Brant after 16 years of marriage. While we do not have the specifics of Ms. Seymour’s complaints, we do have the meat of Mr. Brant’s. According to the Middletown Press, which references divorce papers filed in Middlesex Superior Court Mr. Brant alleges that Seymour has abused drugs and alcohol, and has been in rehab twice during their marriage, once for alcohol and in 2000 for Vicodin addiction. He claims that Seymour is not in compliance with drug and alcohol tests ordered as part of the divorce proceedings.

Stephanie Seymour is described in Wikipedia like this:

Stephanie M. Seymour (born July 23, 1968) is an American model and actress. Seymour has modeled for many notable fashion magazines and designers, and has been photographed by several well-known photographers including Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, and Gilles Bensimon. She has appeared on over 300 magazine covers.

Brant was the second married man with which Seymour became involved, the first being John Casablancas who she dated and lived with when she was sixteen. She married briefly in 1989 and divorced in 1990 guitarist Tommy Andres having her first son with him. In mid 1991 she started dating Guns N Roses’ Axl Rose. A scant month after her February 1993 turbulent breakup with Rose, she apparently became pregnant with Brant’s child who was born in December of 1993. The couple married in 1995 in France and have resided in Greenwich, CT since then, having two more children in the ensuing years.

Though Stephanie apparently has kept her hand in the modeling game throughout her marriage, her career had slowed down to the point where a New York Observer article described her as a “supermodel turned homemaker.”

Peter Brant is described as:

a guy who seems to have everything. The New York Times called him “a Donald Trump with taste” for his elegant real estate projects. Brant owns trendy magazines like Interview and Art in America. He co-founded the Greenwich (Conn.) Polo Club and is married to former Playboy and Victoria’s Secret model Stephanie Seymour.

Wikepedia tells us:

Peter Brant is an American newsprint mogul, art collector, and film producer and is the Chairman and C.E.O. of White Birch Paper Company, a private company, headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Brant is also the owner of Brant Publications, Inc., which specialises in publishing about art in America and antiques via its three magazines: Interview magazine (founded by Andy Warhol), Art in America, and The Magazine Antiques.

So what happened between the “man who has everything” and the supermodel? Why are these two in divorce court? What does astrology have to tell us?

For both individuals we have the birth date only, and one birthplace, so we can not consider house or moon placements. Peter Brant’s birth date listed is the result of some sleuthing, coming from a New York Observer article that referenced 2007 birthday party given in Peter Brant’s honor.

Stephanie’s Sun is in the Zodiac sign of Leo, with the planet of beauty, Venus sitting right next to it. With these placements Stephanie would be beautiful, with a magnetic personality that lights up a room. Leo’s want and need to be the center of attention and are well know to be high maintenance for the people involved in their lives.

Her Sun makes an a harmonious energetic connection to the planet of illusions, Neptune. This would make her a natural in front of a camera, of which it would be said “the camera loves her face.” One is tempted, given her tumultuous personal history to sling her Neptune in the Seventh house. With Neptune trine to her Sun, she would have a natural affinity for fairy tales of princesses and princes who sweep them off their feet. Maybe this is how she sees herself. However, that Neptune is in Scorpio, so underneath the fairy tale is dark tale of power and control. With her Sun in easy energetic connection to the planet of power and control, Pluto in Virgo, she is drawn to powerful, magnetic, yet exacting men. With the Sun in the same sextile to Uranus, the men are unusual, unique, independent, and interesting but could also be prone to fits of unexpected bursts of anger.

Peter Brant has his Sun in Pisces, sitting along with his Mercury in the same zodiac sign. Pisces men are so very good at playing the role of white knight, indulging in a fairy tale persona of their own. They can have a “rescuer” mentality, and given the stormy break-up of Seymour from Rose, with lawsuits on both sides, he may have relished being Seymour’s rescuer from a rock ‘n roll legend. His Sun is inconjunct Pluto, which can indicate a personality that can become embroiled in power and control issues and obsessive relationships.

What locks these two together is Brant’s Saturn sitting on top of her Sun. In relationships, with a conjunction like this, the Saturn person feels obligated to take care of the other partner. Brant’s Pluto in the zodiac sign of Leo sits on Seymour’s Venus.

Sakioan and Acker say of this placement:

“. . .The Pluto individual may be jealous and possessive toward the Venus individual and attempt to emotionally mold, control, or remake the Venus individual.”

On top of that what may have been the cold water thrown on the relationship is a differences each partner has in handling wealth. In court documents, Brant claims a monthly income of $400,000 while Seymour has listed expenses of $257,000 a month, with $50,000 of that for clothing. This makes sense for Seymour’s Venus in Leo, who loves to spread it around and have plenty of trendy duds in which to dress, but not for Brant’s Venus in the zodiac sign of Capricorn. Venus in Capricorn people can be tight with a buck, to the point of mean cheapness. Oh, someone with Venus in Capricorn will buy expensive, because quality lasts. I would bet money that Brant has suits from each decade, and recycles them when the style comes back in. He would not understand a constant reshuffling of wardrobe with an unending outflow of resources, just to keep up with the latest trend. With the panic the publishing industry is in with reduced ad revenues, he would naturally be feeling the need to curb expenses. It would be a case of Brant asking “At what price beauty?”

Brant’s claim of Seymour’s drug use is a bid to trade against Connecticut’s option for a fault divorce, “habitual intemperance”. If the Court found such a cause, Seymour would be given a smaller share of the marital assets. Perhaps, he is even trying to prove Seymour is an unfit mother, to gain custody and deny paying her child support.

However, that is unlikely. A stint nine years ago in rehab is hardly going to carry weight in a Family Court. Connecticut’s total emphasis is for mediated resolution to dissolution of marriages, urging participants to put aside personal issues and focus on equitable division of assets and the good and welfare of the children. The Courts are much more sympathetic to parents who put the interests of the children first. This includes not spending time fighting over the dollars and cents and past conduct the court has no interest in hearing.

Transiting Uranus is opposite Seymour’s Uranus, a traditional time to seek a divorce. Uranus is conjunct Brant’s Sun conjunct Mercury, so it is evident there is not going to be a reconciliation. If both were smart, they would employ some post marital counseling to put a period on this relationship and get things settled between them. As it stands now, the only people who are going to make out are the lawyers. Neither one is going to get as much as they feel they deserve and the children need two parents that can participate in their care.
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