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The official photo of the happy couple shot by their friend Alexi Lubomirski

The bride, a Leo, was radiant. The groom, a Virgo, appropriately hot and a bit bothered. The crowd was many and varied. Some of the guests looked like they’d walked off the set of Brazil, in rictus for the TV cameras. There was, it appeared, a genuine cadaver at the wedding, and an actual silver witch. The address from Bishop Michael Curry was so good, it might even have impinged a little on the consciousnesses of a few.

It was a right Royal wedding. It was showbiz as usual.

Note the planets of youth and change (Mercury and Uranus) near the MC (Markle’s adding sparkle to the Royal brand), Venus (love) and the Moon in the 11th house of community — and Jupiter on the IC (a very powerful family).

The wedding celebration began at noon, but vows were exchanged at around 12.40. So the Ascendant moved from regal, glamorous Leo into Virgo — from Meghan to Harry. The Moon at 22° Cancer moved across Meghan Markle’s Cancer Ascendant during the ceremony. The Sun was exactly on the Prince’s North Node, lighting up the path of his destiny.

It’s a well-chosen moment — for the most part — especially when you look at the composite chart, that is the chart of the two of them joined together. This chart is the real key to their powerful potential as a couple. You can see their joint fame and popularity in that incredible composite Moon right on the Midheaven. That Moon is in sensitive, caring Cancer, the sign of families. On the wedding day, it was perfectly sextile to the Sun and transited by the Moon. Note also the triple conjunction of Venus, Mars and Juno — love, sex and marriage — across Libra Virgo in the composite chart. That conjunction receives an exact quincunx from transiting Uranus in Taurus (right on the Queen’s Sun). This marriage may turn some things upside down.

As for that punchy Saturn-Pluto conjunction on the Ascendant in Libra — that says one thing: power couple.

But back to the chart of the day. You can’t help seeing some glaring flaws. Venus at 29°55 Gemini could mean an ending, or that the marriage fizzles out before it begins. But I prefer to interpret that as an end to the being fancy free. Venus at this degree will have all the Gemini charms distilled  — story-telling, laughter, fairytale endings. Venus moved into Cancer at 1.20pm, where at 0° she would have sailed through the composite North Node — maybe that was the harnessing of the power of love that the Bish spoke about so movingly.

The other problem is the Pluto-Lilith opposition to the Moon, or even just the Pluto Lilith conjunction, which is, in itself, a powerful combination. There may be some issues here of the “Sleeping Beauty” variety — who was not invited to the wedding? Was it the evil fairy? And who will be invited to the christening? Of course, Prince Philip did actually look like he’d struggled up from his deathbed to get there, so that could have been the Pluto. There are some issues around Lilith and the Moon — babies or no babies perhaps — also in the composite chart. It will be interesting to watch how that works out.

Harry still doesn’t look like he knows what’s hit him — judging by that composite chart, Meghan’s going to take him by the hand and make him even more famous. Let’s hope they still have the Bishop’s words ringing in their ears. I think they do, because look at that composite Venus, a powerhouse of love at 0°. (Highly political, of course….)

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Thought for this week.

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We recorded this one in the heart of London — a most Gemini city — and fittingly you should get the feeling of bustle and brightness that is so very Gemini. Listen and enjoy.

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This is John Travolta riding a mechanical bull (geddit) in Urban Cowboy — a film that came out in 1980, when, yes, Uranus was in Taurus’s opposite sign, Scorpio. Blue-collar heroes in Wranglers and cowboy hats were quite the fashion…. Opposite signs can be mirrors…

Surely, this is one of the most exciting changes in the firmament that we have seen in years. Today, May 15, Uranus, the planet of change, moves into Taurus, the sign of stasis, where he has not been since 1942.

Think of this planet and this sign as two constellations of ideas that are about to meld. Of course, Uranus is a planet with an energy that is really quite contrary to the earthy, practical, extremely fixed sign of Taurus.

Uranus is the revolutionary, the rebel, scientist, genius, Prometheus who brings fire to humankind. He is the God of electricity, lightning bolts, the unexpected.

In contrast, Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac is stubborn, fixed, steadfast, loyal, persistent a doer more than a thinker. Taurus is a sensual, practical, the sign we associate with the five senses — perhaps touch more than any other sense.

What can we expect when these two opposing sets of ideas try to blend?

Think of this. At exactly the moment Uranus entered Aries, the Arab Spring broke out — a period of mass uprising across the Levant and North Africa. This set the tone for the following years. Two things here: leaders did not emerge and it was spread on Facebook. Both might be seen as symbols’s of Uranus in Aries. Aries rules the head. Uranus is of course the planet of the common person, the man or woman in the street, but it’s also associated with veiled and unveiled, masked and unmasked. Think of the masks of ISIS and Anonymous, the spread of the hijab. What followed the Arab Spring were the years of Occupy, the women’s marches, #blacklivesmatter. But what happened in the corridors of power was a tightening of the iron fist. So we saw eruptions of people power followed by suppression and the rise of “strong men”. Of course, in all this you have to include the square from dark Pluto in Capricorn. In some ways, this may have been more of a restraint than he was given credit for — Barack Obama was after all an avatar for Pluto in Capricorn.

Of course, the other big trend over the last seven years has been the rise and rise of “identity politics”. Do you have to call anyone they instead of he or she? Aries is, of course, all about identity. Who am I? asks the first sign of the Zodiac.

We are ending Uranus in Aries on a miserable note — as I write this the number of casualties on the West Bank and in Gaza rises. We can expect to see more on that story throughout this year as Uranus hovers around this section of the sky. (Israel’s Mars (its army) is at 29° Leo, the Lion of Judah; Palestinian Authority Chart has MC at 29° Aries).

On a personal level, Uranus helps each of us to spread our wings or liberate our minds depending on where he touches our charts. But in Aries he tends to be more youthful, more dynamic, more explosive, more shocking.

In Taurus, Uranus changes his form. He morphs into the mechanical bull… more on this in another post, but for now — to get you started —here are six themes to look for. But keep in mind this: Uranus is the biggest trickster of them all. He came in as a revolutionary with Aries and left as a dictator.

1. Revolution in how we pay — eg cash, plastic, electronic transfer. Could we go back to gold standard — or shoot forward to crypto world? Take a look right now at China which is re-establishing a sort of gold standard based on oil.

2. Radical simplicity,  liberation through nature and being “natural”, liberation through working the land, equality of labour. All these ideas will become popular again. More preppers and back to the land movements than ever. 

3. Innovative ways of cleaning the planet, innovative agricultural methods. 

4. Ecological problems will accelerate. There may be more events like the American Dust Bowl of the Dirty Thirties, which came about during the last Uranus in Taurus.

5. Maybe also cybernetics will become more commonplace. Actual implants, microchips. Something about the human body being re-engineered. 

6. On a personal level, potentially very exciting — liberation from fixed, old beliefs about the body, beauty… A new emphasis on radical self-sufficiency.

Here is what some other astrologers have written.

You may want to read Anne Whitaker first, because she writes an excellent post Uranus in Aries, Farewell … For Now…

Sally Kirkman has written several blog posts on this shift in astrological tempo — starting with this one which looks back at Uranus in Aries too.

This is a really positive and well-grounded pair of essays from Aquarius Papers, which should help you navigate the coming change in tempo.

Short and sweet from Tracey Rogers but she covers the essentials nicely.

I agree with Kat Mason — this is going to be an important decade for the environment and our relationship to it. Since we appear to be going into this period busily destroying our children’s birthright, let’s hope Uranus turns that on its head and we find new ways to live in harmony with our beautiful planet.

Many astrologers are pointing out that Taurus(money) + Uranus (electricity) = cryptocurrency. Kit Walker’s piece, written a few months ago, sums that up with a hymn to bitcoin. Remember that Uranus is a trickster though. We ride in trading cryptocurrency and we ride out bartering cowrie shells — perhaps.

Here is some nice advice from Jill Wintersteen.

Judith Ryan puts Uranus in Taurus in some historical context, as does Marjorie Orr, pithy as usual.

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This year’s Met Gala theme was Catholicism. 

Pop mogul Rihanna strode into the Met Ball dressed as a She-Pope a few days ago — and she looked awesome, in the true sense of the word.

Indeed, she appeared to be channelling the goddess herself.

And no wonder — truly she is blessed by the gods of beauty and mystique. She has a lovely conjunction of Moon (allure) and Venus (beauty) Rising in Aries, the sign of the pioneer, the warrior. She is always brave in her fashion choices — and so on point. And look at Neptune, the god of glamour himself, right on her Midheaven.

And, of course, we are in a Pisces-led fashion decade with all things fishy, including Rihanna herself, ahead of the pack, or should that be school.

Finally, Rihanna is never afraid of spreading a little chaos and controversy — and there is naughty Eris (who threw the apple of discord) right on her Ascendant.

Chart is from astro.com

The theme this year was Catholicism — perhaps appropriately with Jupiter (planet Pope) making sweet angles to both Neptune in Pisces and Pluto (power) in Capricorn.

But let’s face it, if you want to be Queen of the Fashion world, you need to pay attention to the king of the solar system — look at what Rihanna wore when Jupiter was in Leo (2015), surely an homage to Leonis himself.

Rihanna, glorious at the Met Ball 2015

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Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy at the opening of My Fair Lady

One morning in 1953, a slip of a girl turned up at the atelier of Hubert de Givenchy, one of a group of young fashion designers striving to put Paris back on the map as the post-war capital of fashion.

She was wafer-thin with short dark hair, thick eyebrows and huge eyes. She wore narrow black capri pants with ballet pumps, a t-shirt and a gondolier’s hat with the word Venezia written on the band. 

She wasn’t what young M. Givenchy had been expecting at all, so at first he was disappointed. He’d been waiting for the famous Hollywood superstar Miss Katherine Hepburn. But the end of lunch, a partnership that would last until Audrey Hepburn’s death — and for cinephiles for eternity — had been formed.

Hubert de Givenchy would design Audrey Hepburn’s clothes for all her films from then on. From Sabrina’s boat-neck dress to Holly Golightly’s black satin sheath to everything in Funny Face — Givenchy helped bring out the princess, the cheeky gamine and the gracious lady in Hepburn.

Chart info from astrotheme.

Many of her most famous roles are about physical transformation. In Roman Holiday — which she had just finished making, but for which she had not yet  won an Oscar — Hepburn is transformed from cardboard princess to living, breathing girl; in Sabrina she is changed from chauffeur’s daughter to glamour queen; in My Fair Lady, it’s flower-seller to aristocrat; and in Funny Face she changes from shop clerk to supermodel. All of these transformations are wrought through appearance. In Breakfast At Tiffany’s, we meet Holly Golightly after she’s metamorphosed from hick to city slicker.

On the set of Sabrina, director Billy Wilder was so taken by how this newcomer looked through the lens of a camera, that the really big star, Humphrey Bogart, complained: the only part of him being shot was the back of his head. The camera loved her — and Hepburn has a classic set of astrological signatures for this. The Moon in Pisces Rising gives her that luminosity, the beautiful eyes, the mystery, but it rises to Aquarius, so there is her common touch. But that Moon is also opposite Neptune, the Lord of illusion, glamour and Hollywood itself. Neptune is in Royal Leo — hence perhaps her transformations from commoner to royalty, pauper to princess, shopgirl to supermodel. This is the axis of common Aquarius and royal Leo at work in her chart.

Givenchy designed Hepburn’s wedding dress.

So chic in the 1970s outside Maison Givenchy in Paris

Detail, details.

In the year she met Givenchy, won her first Oscar and became the highest paid woman in Hollywood, the nodes were in Aquarius and Leo.

Destiny was at work on that early summer day. Not only were these two young people — both on the cusp of superstardom in their respective fields — destined to work and inspire each other for the rest of their careers, they would become loyal, life-long friends.

“Givenchy’s creations always gave me a sense of security and confidence,” Hepburn once explained, “and my work went more easily in the knowledge that I looked absolutely right. I felt the same at my private appearances. Givenchy’s outfits gave me ‘protection’ against strange situations and people. I felt so good in them.”

Look at what Hubert de Givenchy’s chart does with Hepburn’s. First of all, we can see that he’s an uber-Pisces with a Moon in the fashion sign, Libra. Unfortunately there’s no birth time. But look how all that imaginative, dreaming Pisces energy occupies Hepburn’s first house, the house which shows how we present ourselves to the world.

No birth time, so this is a sunrise chart.

Hepburn’s Pisces Moon could potentially make her very vulnerable — indeed that vulnerability is what makes her screen presence so compelling. Givenchy’s powerful Jupiter (in domicile) sits right on that Moon — expanding her luminous, lunar beauty, but it also receives an exact square from his natal Saturn in Sagittarius (Jupiter’s other sign). There’s the protection. Saturn actually gives Givenchy’s natal Jupiter propulsion. Givenchy was ambitious, hard-working, kind, punctual. 

In this way, the two young people matched. Hepburn was also famously kind, punctual and considerate, forced to grow up fast when she was a child in the war, and apparently almost starved to death — note her Saturn at 0° Capricorn. Her Saturn, though, makes an exact sextile to Givenchy’s Sun, perhaps a sign of how he would literally hang his creations on her frame.

“She gave a life to the clothes—she had a way of installing herself in them,” Givenchy described the first time Hepburn tried on the divine Sabrina suit. “The suit just adapted to her. Something magic happened. Suddenly she felt good—you could feel her excitement, her joy.”

Givenchy’s imaginative Venus in Pisces makes an exact semi-sextile to Hepburn’s Venus in Aries: she breathed the living fire of life into his dreamy clothes.

One of the most striking things now, more than half a century after that meeting, after Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Paris When It Sizzles, Funny Face — is that everywhere you look, le style Audrey is back on the streets. My 14-year old daughter, like every other teenage girl it seems, wears highwaisted capri pants, little t-shirts, a messy bun and pencils in fierce, bold eyebrows. Street fashion has dictated little flat shoes since around 2010, indeed since planet fashion went into Pisces and maybe reminded us that the simple, elegant lines of Hubert de Givenchy will never lose their grace. 

And this year, Givenchy’s own fashion house has finally made a return to haute couture under the guidance of the brilliant Clare Waight Keller — yes, she does have North Node on Givenchy’s Sun and Venus-Uranus close to his Moon (give or take a few degrees without BT.)

Hubert de Givenchy died on March 10 with Saturn and the Moon on his South Node in Capricorn, and Chiron on that interesting Uranus — but Uranus’ influence on fashion is for another article…

This piece first appeared in The Astrological Journal.

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Here he is at 90 — a legend in his own lifetime — truly

He has given us the eyes to see beneath the waves, through the ice, into the dark belly of the earth, deep into the singing rainforest and the snowy taiga. He has shown us the world through the eyes of an eagle, a dolphin, an ant.

From your sofa to the far Pacific islands or the melting polar ice caps, David Attenborough has made travellers and naturalists of us all. He has made us pay attention. And without being evangelical, he has shown us the horror and the sadness of what has happened to our dear planet over his lifetime.

David Attenborough is surely one of the greatest television broadcasters. The stories he has told have changed lives and influenced ideas all over the planet.

He is 92 today — and his chart tells a story.

From astrodatabank AA rating

The chart is dominated by the extraordinary fixed Grand Cross — Sun in Taurus, Saturn in Scorpio, Neptune in Leo and Jupiter-Ascendant in Aquarius.

• Aquarius Rising gives him the common touch, despite the patrician mien. Jupiter there gives him a kind of warmth and generous spirit plus a humanitarian outlook. These are opposed by Neptune — TV, the screen — in glamourous Leo. So he has always photographed well, and it’s one reason he’s a natural communicator. That glamourous opposition makes a perfect aspect to young Mercury in Aries — and of course, Attenborough’s great gift is to express complex ideas in simple, clear language. He synthesises a huge amount of information and packages it in small digestible gobbets. He is, after all, a populariser.

• That Jupiter rules the Sagittarian MC — no wonder he is known for his travels around the globe, an his appeal is international.

• Sun in Taurus has tremendous stamina, and an appreciation of all five senses. It’s also the sign with greatest affinity for Mother Earth. And that Sun is opposed by Saturn, made even more persistent and penetrating in Scorpio. Scorpio is, of course, a sign that digs beneath the surface — just as Attenborough has taken us into the depths of the Blue Planet. Saturn up there near the top of the chart might have something to do with his incredibly long public career too. Sun in Taurus in the Second House can give a very lovely speaking voice, another of his gifts.

Harmless Lunatic and the Giant Egg | #AttenboroughWeek | Zoo Quest to Madagascar | BBC - YouTube

Young David Attenborough was not only easy on the eye, he was so fashion-forward. In this film, shot in 1961, he’s wearing a nifty pair of Converse sneakers — how Aquarius Rising + Venus-Uranus!

But there’s another outstanding feature to this chart — the extraordinary conjunction of Moon-Uranus-Venus.

• Moon-Uranus are in unbounded Pisces — and indeed Attenborough managed to make the world seem simultaneously so large and so small, so complex and simple, so limited and so boundless. Uranus is associated with broadcasting — and you can see right from the start of his career, that Attenborough was at home on screen. The camera, as they say, loved him (Neptune on the Desc), and he knew how to speak to it naturally (All the Aquarian).

• Venus in Aries loves adventure, and loves to be first — and Mars Rising echoes these themes. A love of physical adventure. It adds an easy grace and agility.

I’ve put in the asteroids, because they often seem to be prominent in the charts of people who are here to care for mystical well-being of our planet, our species and the relations between the two. Ceres in the 6th certainly shows the desire to nurture and protect small animals. The Neptune-Ceres  contact is a priestly, spiritual one. And indeed, Jupiter Rising is also a priestly sign, especially with political Juno. Attenborough has managed to skirt politics — despite the attempts of some to turn climate change into a political issue — but in fact his programmes have a deeply political message. We are all equal — me, you and the birds and the trees.

Finally, look at that legacy conjunction Vesta-Pluto-North Node-Pallas. His transforming legacy (Vesta-Pluto) is wisdom about nurturing (Pallas in Cancer). (Of course, he also had to real life children — a schoolteacher and a zoologist)….

Happy Birthday to him!

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Chris Pratt giving us that Venus in Gemini twinkle in the eye. Gemini Sun, Scorpio Rising

Those of you who follow this series already know that we’re looking at beautiful or extraordinary people to try and get an idea of how Venus, the goddess of beauty, works in each sign.

Light, breezy, youthful, friendly, clever, funny — those are Gemini adjectives.

Maybe the most famous Venus in Gemini in the world is a just as famous for being a sister — appropriate for the sign of the twins. Tennis is, of course, a Gemini sport: it takes two.

Venus Williams, Gemini Sun, Libra Rising — literally Venus in Gemini plus look at her Libra earrings.

The twoness of Gemini might explain something else: why so many top models? Photographic modelling is not just about looking gorgeous — it’s about the relationship between you and the camera, or you and the photographer. It takes two to make a great picture. All these women have also had fantastic business careers too. The only other Venus sign with as many magazine covers is Venus in Aquarius — another “social” air sign.

Naomi Campbell, Gemini Sun, Aquarius Rising

Jerry Hall, Cancer Sun

Heidi Klum, Gemini Sun, Leo Rising

Gisele Bündchen, Cancer Sun, Capricorn Rising

I think there is a bit of cat’s eye thing going on with these ladies — but that may just be fashion. Let’s look further. Here is Priyanka Chopra — literally dressed as a Harlequin, Gemini’s outfit, and sporting a mad blonde wig. Gemini is a funny sign, and Venus in Gemini loves a laugh.

Priyanka Chopra, Cancer Sun, Scorpio Rising

 Chopra also exemplifies another aspect of Venus in Gemini — making money in many ways, or at least two. Here are a slew of actresses turned models plus one footballer turned model.

Brooke Shields, Gemini Sun, Virgo Rising

Isabella Rossellini, Gemini Sun, Sagittarius Rising

Megan Fox, Taurus Sun, Capricorn Rising

Uma Thurman, Taurus Sun, Virgo Rising

David Beckham, Taurus Sun, Taurus Rising

And here are a bunch of actress-singers. Maybe that Venus in Gemini helps us to feel chummy, so we just know them by their first names/nicknames.

J-Lo, Leo Sun — another one who’s looking like a beautiful cat.

Cher, Taurus Sun, Cancer Rising

Kylie, Gemini Sun, Leo Rising. Truly a possessor of the Gemini twinkle.

Then there are some of the greatest film stars who ever graced Hollywood’s silver screen — all of whom have a peculiar easy, direct relationship with the camera. The malleable, changeable, flexible nature of Gemini makes great character actors.

Gregory Peck, Aries Sun, Gemini Rising

Tony Curtis, Gemini Sun, Cancer Rising

Bette Davis, Aries Sun, Scorpio Rising

One of the best French actresses on film and stage…

Nathalie Baye, Aries Sun, Capricorn Rising

And a national treasure…

British actress Helen Mirren may exemplify Venus in Gemini perfectly. She has the planet of beauty exactly on her Gemini Ascendant. I think that leather jacket is actually her own. She’s certainly got the famous Peter Panishness of Gemini Rising — youthful old age. — Sun in Cancer

Not all Venus in Geminis have those long, sly, sexy, witty eyes — but an awful lot of them do. And many have light eyes…

That easy grace seems to work very well even for such super-masculine types as these actors. Here some strong jaw-lines. But these men are all also outstanding character actors too. It seems to me also that Venus in Gemini might often have a thing for dressing up as someone else which helps when you have to prance around in fur and leather.

Liam Neeson, Gemini Sun, Sagittarius Rising

Sean Bean, Aries Sun

Woody Harrelson, Cancer Sun

There is most definitely a twinkle in these Venus in Geminis, softened or sharpened by the Sun or Rising sign.

John Cusack, Cancer Sun (Scorpio Moon probably)

Colin Farrell, Gemini Sun, Capricorn Rising

Did we mention comic timing? Let’s have another

Funny woman Tina Fey, Taurus Sun, Leo Rising

That fabulous double act. Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders share Venus in Gemini

I’ve found a lot of public poets and eloquent speakers with this placement too, but here is a current favourite.

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Brigitte Macron, Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Emmanuel Macron — planting a tree on the White House lawn — appropriately dressed for the task at hand: getting stuck in a lawn. 

There’s nothing surprising to an astrologer about the singular affinity of Presidents Macron and Trump. Indeed, their synastry is excellent. They flatter and reflect each other — one polishing the other’s shine.

Furthermore, the fact that they seem to hold opposite opinions on just about everything from free trade to emigration, women’s rights to climate change is also written in the charts. And therein lies the mutual fascination.

Emmanuel Macron, France’s ambitious, arrogant, clever, young president was born with and extraordinary and special Sun in the very final degree of the expansive sign of Sagittarius, where all that is best and worst about that big-hearted sign is amplified. His wife (and coach) tells him he talks too much and he needs to keep it pithy. Now wonder she has to remind him of that, as a Sagittarian Mercury is likely to go on and on.

I’ve remarked before though that Mercury Rx is often unusually smart, an auto-didact who reaches his or her own conclusions about the world by thinking ideas through thoroughly. M. Macron is not interested in received opinions; his own are quite enough.

Sagittarians at their best are optimistic, generous, internationalist, philosophical, persuasive, even visionary. Macron has displayed all these characteristics already in his premiership. They are also arrogant, gamblers, poor listeners, and overly-theoretical. We shall see…

Macron is Jupiterian thanks to the mass of planets in Sagittarius, but his chart ruler his ambitious Saturn in prissy Virgo — evident in his perfect Virgoan self-presentation. And despite his expansive nature, he’s attracted to Daddy figures and macho men as per Saturn and Mars in the 7th house of relationships. He’s had various older mentors who have helped him climb France’s gilded poltical ladder.

(With Capricorn Rising and Saturn Rx in the 7th, no wonder he married a woman old enough to be his mother. He would have been 15 going on 42 as a teenager. Even now, he has that odd air of the boy-wonder.)

Despite the talk of “testosterone” in the discussion of the two leaders encounters, neither man comes across as exactly “manly”, which is interesting since they both have Mars in Leo — a placement which could turn manliness into a performance. Trump seems red-faced and aggressive, which you’d expect with Mars Rising. But Macron’s Mars is retrograde in Leo. His masculinity is much more discreet. Also, despite all that Sagittarian energy, he probably has extraordinary self-control and stamina with that Mars.

In fact, Macron’s Sagittarian overkill is reined in by four important planets in retrograde — Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn. These give him a lot of patience and an ability to out-think other people. That Rx Jupiter is in patriotic Cancer opposite his Sun — no wonder his vision is large, and his patriotism extends to the whole of Europe. But again, this shows a tendency to overstretch.

As I write this, the North Node — the eclipse point — is cruising directly over Macron’s Mars. His trip to America is a big gamble — appropriately for such an uber-Sagittarian — and it will prove to be a turning point for his potency — for better or worse.

Clearly, he is positioning himself not just as the leader of Europe but also of the liberal, centrist, democratic “West”. Sagittarians do think big.

As far as he can be, Trump probably is truly personally charmed by the young whippersnapper. Macron’s fun Venus in Sagittarius — and his sense of humour is obviously one of his saving graces — is right on Trump’s wild Sagittarian Moon. Let’s not forget that Trump has had two foreign wives, and his mother was an immigrant, and all his grandparents were born in Europe. Trump’s whole “America First” schtick is partly a result of the conflict between his Gemini Sun and that international Sagittarian Moon. He’s always felt like a foreigner himself, and deep-down he identifies with Europeans. This may also be a factor in his apparent racism.

Of course, when Macron’s Venus touches Trump’s Moon, the old man feels at home with this good-looking Frenchman, so much so that he flicks an invisible bit of dandruff of that immaculate jacket. That gesture was more intimate than anything we’ve seen Trump do with Melania or even Barron for that matter.

But Macron is playing with fire. Trump was born on an eclipse — and he can eclipse people who get too close to his Sun-Moon opposition.

One of the most important aspects these two share is an opposition between Uranus and the Moon. This is a sign of a disruptor of status quo— and it’s a fact that both men won national elections as the “outside” candidate. Both men like to surprise and shock. Macron’s Uranus-Moon is currently getting a dose of Jupiterian energy, and he is certainly causing a lot of upset at home, attempting to break the railway unions, one of France’s most powerful labour organisations. But his star is certainly on the rise at the moment as Jupiter climbs to the top of his chart this year. He’s feeling lucky.

Trump, however, is probably feeling pretty gloomy, as Jupiter scuds through the bottom of his chart and Saturn opposes his Mercury.

Now, here’s a thing. Macron’s Mars is right on Trump’s dangerous Pluto — nuclear, criminal, powerful. These two planets are both warlike and they are right under the North Node. Let’s hope Macron is a restraining hand with that retrograde planet.

There are some interesting essential differences too. One of Donald Trump’s great motivations in life is “family” — the Trump name and legacy. You can see this in his Venus-Saturn conjunction in that most tribal sign Cancer and his Moon strongly place in the fourth house. Macron’s motivations are much less personal: they are universal and idealistic — Venus in Sagittarius, Uranus and Neptune sandwiching the MC. This may be something they just can’t understand about each other.

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