Saturday, 20 June 2015

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Happy Birthday Barry Manilow!

Barry Manilow, the so-called "King of Schmaltz" was born this day in 1943. With a super charged Jupiter in Sagittarius, his rise to fame was nothing short of meteoric!

As transiting Jupiter passed over his natal Venus, Barry's marriage to his manager was made public knowledge. Not a bad time to come out of the closet!

Jupiter transits tend to happen when we have the confidence to embrace new opportunities that can change our lives completely--as Caitlyn Jenner might attest!

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Happy Birthday Waylon Jennings!

Songwriter Waylon Jennings was born this day in 1937 with hard working Jupiter in Capricorn. By the time of his first Jupiter return, his career as a performer was well established. Jupiter in Capricorn pupils (ruled by Saturn) understand the art of the business deal and can easily decide whether a task is going to be good for their careers--or not. 

At the age of 21, when transiting Jupiter was conjunct his natal Uranus, Waylon 'lost' the coin toss that would have secured his seat on the ill-fated plane that crashed with Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens as well as the pilot Roger Peterson aboard.

If you'd like to hear the rest of the story, I will be lecturing at the Astrological Association's conference on "The Day the Music Died" on 13 September 2015, 10:15am at Wyboston Lakes Conference Centre (near Cambridge).

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Happy Birthday John Nash

Maths superstar John Nash was born with Jupiter in Taurus and Saturn in Sagittarius. Nash's theories are notable for their practical uses across many subjects (Jupiter in Taurus) and his intellectual pursuits were hampered (Saturn in Sagittarius) by bouts of schizophrenia. However, his interests began blooming roughly at his first Jupiter return and he was eventually rewarded with tenure at MIT at his Saturn return (age 29). The movie "A Beautiful Mind" was released during his sixth Jupiter return at the age of 72.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Happy Birthday Jim Nabors!

Jim Nabors was born this day in 1930 with Jupiter in Gemini and Saturn in its dignity in Capricorn. As Gemini often comes with duality, it's no surprise Nabors was well known as a singer as well as an actor.
Transiting Jupiter was conjunct Nabors' natal Uranus (February 1964) when he surprised the nation with his goofy character, the addle-brained, squeaky voiced gas station attendant Gomer Pyle, broke out in song with his rich baritone voice. Jupiter was conjunct his Neptune in late 1967 when he sang "The Impossible Dream" on his show Gomer Pyle USMC accompanied by the real Marine Corps Band.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Jupiter in Gemini

Warning: This material is under copyright by Alex Trenoweth

Jupiter in Gemini
25 May, 2024 – 9 June 2025
June 13, 2012 – 27 June 2013
June 30, 2000 - July 13, 2001
July 22,1988 - Nov 30, 1988, Mar 11, 1989 - July 30, 1989
Aug 23, 76 - Oct 16, 1976,  Apr 3, 1977 - Aug 20, 1977, Dec 30, 1977 - Apr 12, 1988
Apr 22, 1965 - Sept 21, 1965
May 9, 1953 - May 24, 1954
May 26, 1941 - June 10, 1942
Jun 12, 1929 - Jun 26, 1930
Jun 29, 1917 - Jul 13, 1918
Jul 21, 1905 - Dec 4, 1905, Mar 9, 1906 - July 30, 1906

The Enormous Library

Imagine entering a library that has a copy of every single book or magazine printed. What would you choose to read first? Second?

To Jupiter in Gemini learners, the enormous library is both heaven and hell. It is heaven because they know books are the key to getting on in this world. Viewed this way, books hold all the information they need to know to be successful, respected and most importantly, knowledgeable. To them, knowledge is God—and they see God as a harsh judge on those who don’t read. The enormous library has become a hell of feeling obligated to read every book in preparation for the “Big Book Review” God will ask them to write one day.

Welcome to the Jupiter in Gemini classroom of super-speedy learners or ones that are completely terrified that they will never measure up.

These pupils will take to the rote learning of letters and sounds like proverbial ducks to water. The teacher could be lulled into a sense a false achievement. The learners know the letters, can imitate the sounds that represent them and they know the order they are supposed to follow. They probably asked to be shown letters in Greek or Japanese. The problem can be that these learners won’t take the leap of faith it takes to put the sounds of letters together to form words. They memorise long passages of familiar books and even know when to turn the page. Because they are such natural mimics, the teachers think they are okay to move onto bigger, more complicated books. So down come the thicker books with far more complicated passages and fewer pictures and out comes independent reading time where pupils are expected to sit for longer periods of time “reading.” Looking at jumbles of letters that seem to make no coherent sense is only fun for a few minutes. Soon the group start doing what they like to do best: chatting. So the teacher comes down on them quite hard. They are punished for not being able to “read” and the learners get the distinct impression that reading is all important, God-like even. By a miraculous process, many of the pupils suddenly “get it” and are reading fluently, quietly and with voracity. For them the heavenly chorus of “Hallelujah!” sounds. The class quickly polarises into those that can read and those that can’t with those who can’t read being forced to kneel at the alter of Knowledge until they are see the light and convert.

Thus converted, these learners discover a world full of books to be read, subjects to study and lessons to learn. Primary school teachers need to the kind of Knowledge who can show their pupils that using their hands to create things in a diligent and precise manner is also a very satisfying feeling.

They can’t wait to get to secondary school to meet new people, new teachers and new subjects. They know reading can take them places and they eagerly consume books, ask for more and the dutiful teachers keep giving them what they want because they are so happy to see such devotion to Knowledge. At about the age of 15, teachers suddenly realise these pupils are unable to analyse texts or to apply precision to their science experiments or they make careless mistakes in their maths work. It becomes apparent to teachers that these learners have spent their educational lives accumulating Knowledge but lack the skills to sort out the valuables they need to do well on their exams. It’s like emptying out their metaphorical rucksacks only to find they don’t have a clue where they’re going to, where they’ve been or where they are at the moment. But they have exams to take so teachers suddenly start cramming higher skills down their unwilling necks. Of course, some will just get on with it and see these skills as further additions to their rucksacks but others will have learned not to take exams so seriously. Because these pupils are so versatile, either extreme is likely to be able to find employment. However, unless they are able to keep learning, these learners will just blow from job to job like tumbleweed in a ghost town.

Teachers with Jupiter in Gemini often fall into the category of jacks of all trades, masters of none. They teach Maths one year, ICT the next and then move to English. You make a genuine effort to get to get to know your colleagues and are extremely adept at finding out what they are good at and what they can offer your pupils. As a networking master, you are an invaluable asset to your pupils but your feet are itching and you may periodically feel the need that Knowledge exists somewhere else other than where you are at that moment. It’s time to move on. Again.

Fine tuning the role of Jupiter:

Jupiter in Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury. Mercury is the planet of communication and travel. To get a more specific idea of how a person with Jupiter in Mercury grows, look to the sign Mercury occupies.

Mercury in Aries: These children normally speak their mind impulsively and without a thought for others. Their barbed tongues also endow them with a certain straight to the point eloquence. Witty but not usually charming, teachers will have to train these pupils to be aware of the feelings of others. Hot headed exchanges in the playground are to be expected. Parents usually discover these pupils emerge from the womb talking.

Mercury in Taurus: These children enjoy talking so much that their speech is boiled down to carefully chosen words and phonetic nuances. Sometimes these pupils will even decide there is nothing important to say and will therefore remain quiet until called upon. Teachers may find these pupils like singing and more tedious lessons will be learned if these pupils have a chance to exercise their vocal chords in more unconventional ways. Parents may be alarmed that these children would rather not talk but would, instead, prefer to quietly watch the world go by. Don’t worry, they will grow out of it.

Mercury in Gemini: These pupils see the world as one big opportunity to learn and they will seize every chance they get to add to their vast library of knowledge. Although they come across as knowing something about everything, teachers usually discover they lack depth and very often bore too easily. With their short attention spans, they need help showing commitment to their studies. Parents are usually impressed with their child’s eagerness to speak but soon wish for a bit of peace and quiet.

Mercury in Cancer: These learners are creatures of habit and memory and tend to avoid unfamiliar territory if at all possible. They have learned that the unfamiliar is where the hurt is. Because they take everything to heart, they have a difficult time in sorting fact from opinion. Teachers guide them to select reliable sources of information and to be remorseless when disregarding useless information. Parents can encourage an interest in local interests and off set major changes by allowing their child to bring a little reminder from home when inevitable changes arise.

Mercury in Leo: These learners never tire of being admired for their quick wit, passion and eloquence. Unfortunately they seldom give others a chance to speak. For teachers, “circle time” can become a three way circus with pupils all vying for attention as if no one had ever noticed them before. They must be taught to take their turns. Parents usually find it irresistible to let little Johnny recite poetry in the style of Lawrence Olivier but must remember that resentments can build up.

Mercury in Virgo: These learners learn by consuming a mental diet of the finest organic ingredients. Detesting the trivial, they soon earn a reputation for being hard nosed critics. With their discerning minds, these learners are almost always the teachers’ pets and very often these pupils attract resentment from others. Parents of these children may often worry for their bookish ways but rejoice in their ability to master the most complex ideas.

Mercury in Libra: These learners do not seem to learn if left to their own devices. They need another person to not only keep them company but to compare themselves to. Sensitive to the needs of others, they are quick to balance out any inequalities and smoothly hammer out differences amongst their other friends. Teachers despair over their inability to maintain silent conditions in exams. Parents of these children worry over their lack of academic progress but soon discover their true talents reside outside of books.

Mercury in Scorpio: These learners seem to be able to look straight through the insignificant stuff and head directly to the jugular vein of knowledge. Their acidic remarks in class often make their teachers think their personal papers have been snooped through. Sometimes these pupils can be difficult to like and they need to understand how they hurt other people. Parents of these children wonder what they get up to in their closed bedrooms. If in doubt, check it out.

Mercury in Sagittarius: These learners don’t so much talk as preach. Although they seem to possess a curious mind, they can sometime seem to lack discretion in their choice of conversation. Someone always gets offended and does exactly what these learners like best: engaging in a hot debate. Teachers need to continually encourage these pupils to justify their opinions with facts rather than hot air. Parents of these children will often become worried over their child’s intrepid search for truth that usually leads them to a foreign country. Or a black eye.

Mercury in Capricorn: These learners understand the importance of earning an education. They sneer at experimentation and eagerly embrace the tried and trusted. Teachers worry because they are often pedestrian like in their quest for knowledge. However, they always learn at a steady rate and often just need a bit more confidence so they can bring their ideas out into the open. Parents often marvel at the zest these children show for household chores and responsibilities.

Mercury in Aquarius: These learners like to do things differently to the rest of the class and they will do anything to avoid the conventional way of doing things. They do most of their learning outside of the classroom but will occasionally deign to demonstrate their knowledge if the teacher sits down with everyone else. Teachers worry that their obsessions with the strange and unnatural will prevent them from getting into Oxbridge. Parents just worry.

Mercury in Pisces: These learners need to be at one with the learning process. This is usually accomplished through learning by osmosis (placing a book under their pillow and dreaming of exam success). Teachers very often feel more like alarm clocks than educators and are frequently disturbed by these pupils’ blind acceptance of all facts presented to them—even those that seem on opposite ends of the spectrum. Parents worry that their child expresses himself better through art and poetry rather than words.

Another Life Ruined By Violence

The sad news today is that a lad of 14 stabbed a teacher in Bradford. It was witnessed by a classroom full of pupils. I feel sorry for all involved but, as always, I wonder if astrology could have helped this young chap. Astrology can't really predict behaviour (no matter what anyone tells you) but it can open up a dialogue to help identify problems and work towards solutions. But now it doesn't matter. The crime must be punished.

We don't know too much about this lad other than his age so he would have had to have been born between 10 June 2000-10 June 2001. The likely Jupiter sign is Gemini (unless he was born in late June 2000). Jupiter in Gemini pupils are terrified they will be asked to write that big book review one day and not deliver. They fall into two distinct camps: the clever buggers who can do everything and the 'numpties' who live in fear of being found out (from their perspective) that they've just been pretending to be clever all along. He could be a year 9 pupil who is faced with entering Year 10 with a team of teachers warning him of impending GCSE failure or he could be a year 10 pupil who has been told that he had better knuckle down and get ready for year 11. 

I am in no way blaming the teacher or any other member of staff: I don't even know the whole story of what happened in that classroom today. I DO know from criminal profiles of child killers that kids don't 'just snap' one day and start stabbing or shooting. There is a long prelude of warning behaviour and child protection issues raised by staff and fellow pupils long before the crime takes place. What do we expect when we treat our children like battery hens with one harried, over-worked, stressed adult in a classroom of 30+ children while simultaneously trying to achieve what has been put on his/her performance management record this academic year?

I have to say I go about my job without worrying about being stabbed. But it could happen. We teachers put a lot of pressure on kids, often telling them they won't survive in the big, wide world if they don't get the right grades. A Jupiter in Gemini pupil is good at wearing masks and under examination could fear being exposed as an intellectual fraud. Major freak out alert!

What if this child could have been taught that versatility is a virtue? That you don't have to make up your mind about what you want to do with the rest of your life right this second?

What will become of this child? This learner will be shoved into an institution with other 'bad boys' and he'll learn to imitate everything he sees. He'll stand before a judge and just come out with all the 'innit 'dos' and 'bruvs' and 'blads' like the rest of his peers and get shoved in a cage for the rest of his life.

And today, that's why today I will go to bed with a rather large glass of wine and a prayer that one day we will stop shrugging our shoulders and telling ourselves that troubled adolescents will 'just get over it.' We can't stand by and hope that this stage of life will pass by without incident.

These are some cases of other 14 year olds who have killed.

Some of the views expressed in this blog post are in my book "Growing Pains".

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Astrology and Anorexia

The following is an extract from my book "Growing Pains," which is copyrighted by me. Do not copy or re-produce without explicit permission from me. Please do feel free to share the link on social media sites. An extended version of this material will be in my next book, "Astrology For Teachers." This is a work in progress posted for feedback.

The English word “adolescence” has its root meaning in the Latin word “adolescere” which simply means “to grow up”. Although we typically associate adolescence with the teenage years, the changes towards maturity can begin earlier and later. In our Western culture, the stereotypical focus tends to be on sexual developmental with the more significant cognitive and psychological development overlooked. Western culture’s pre-occupation with breast size and their sole focus on their sexual role as well as worry and obsession over penis size means that the transitional stage into adulthood is fraught with furtive comparisons to more mature peers and worry over slow development.
The average onset of puberty is 10 or 11 years of age for girls and 12 or 13 years of age for boys.  Environmental factors and hereditary plays a large part in when and for how long adolescence lasts. The major hallmarks of adolescence appear to be focused on menarche for the girls and ejaculation for the boys. Here there is the emergence of a huge gender divide: whilst girls are taught to be private or even ashamed about their monthly cycles, boys are encouraged to be boastful about their sexual prowess. Girls are conditioned to “be careful” of unwanted pregnancy whereas boys are seemingly permitted to simply “be boys” in the ever static adolescent games of sexual inequality.
Interestingly, studies show that girls who mature earlier than the peers are more likely to have unwanted pregnancies and are more likely to be exposed to alcohol and drugs.  Thus girls who begin adolescence earlier are also more likely to perform less well in school.  Boys who mature more quickly than their peers are more likely to be sexually active earlier and to take sexual risks before they have developed the necessary cognitive skills to cope. 
Perhaps it is because girls develop first and for a couple of years are bigger than their male counterparts that they are more prone to eating disorders and perhaps because boys are so competitive over their development that their perception of being smaller or more inadequate can lead to an obsession with violence or domination. It is rare for boys to be anorexic and rare for girls to become interested in guns. Further, during the growth spurts girls put on body fat whereas boys put on muscle. For some of these reasons, anorexia and other forms of self-harm tend to be issues for young females and a fascination with violence or outward forms of expressing violence tend to be issues for boys. In astrology, we might attribute these tendencies to Venus in the charts of females and Mars in the charts of males. Much more comment could be made of these astrological factors but for the purposes of “Growing Pains,” the emphasis will be on Jupiter and Saturn.


Anorexia is not a new disease but is a dangerous condition that has received much attention since Karen Carpenter succumbed to its effects at the age of 32 in 1983. The usual victims of anorexia are young women who typically exhibit signs of the disease during adolescence. Although the root causes of anorexia are complicated, the general issues of it tend to centre on self-control and body image.

Karen Carpenter

Birth details:
2 March 1950, 11:45am, New Haven Connecticut
Jupiter in Aquarius ruled by Uranus in Cancer
Saturn in Virgo ruled by Mercury in Aquarius
1st Jupiter return, February 1962 (age 11 years 11 months)
1st Saturn opposition, May and July 1965 and Feb 1966 (age 15 years 11 months at last opposition)
In Karen’s timed chart, it can be seen that her natal Pluto and Moon are in conjunction in the sign of Leo. Not only are there issues of extreme control, the self-image is particularly sensitive. As Mercury and Jupiter in Aquarius are opposite the Moon and Pluto, these issues are triggered by her Jupiter returns.
Natally, Karen’s Jupiter was in the sign of Aquarius which is ruled by Uranus in Cancer. Because Uranus is conjunct her ascendant, Karen may have held unusual views about family. For example, she lived at home with her parents until the age of 26 and had an usually close relationship to her brother.
Karen’s first Jupiter return was followed by a Saturn conjunction to natal Jupiter indicating her growth cycle is immediately followed by a blockage. It is as if her body is given the signal to grow and then immediately given the signal to stop. Additionally, her cycles of growth appear to be tied into Jupiter’s conjunctions to Saturn by transit. In her lifetime, transit Jupiter made three conjunctions to Saturn. The first was just after the age of six, the second was just after her 1st Saturn oppositions when she began her extreme diets and the 3rd was when she wed her husband in August 1980, just months after her first Saturn return.
During her first Saturn oppositions, Karen had begun making their first recordings as part of the “Richard Carpenter Trio” alongside her pianist brother and bassist Wes Jacobs. In her chart, Saturn is opposite her Sun and thus issues of self will be triggered by transiting Saturn. Sometime after this Karen began dieting and if we are to believe The Karen Carpenter Story, the reason she began dieting was because she had been referred to as “Richard Carpenter’s chubby sister”. This triggered off a life time obsession with extreme weight management that ultimately led to her untimely demise at the age of 32.
In her natal chart, Saturn in Virgo was in opposition to her Sun in Pisces, indicating it may have been difficult for Karen to appreciate her soft and sensitive nature. Saturn in Virgo requires precision and accuracy, traits that a Sun in Pisces just doesn’t understand. As Saturn continued his journey through Karen’s chart, this theme of incongruence contributed to Karen’s lack of self love and acceptance. In every single Saturn transit, she evaluated her position in life and made a critical decision about her self worth. In 1978-79, The Carpenters were at the height of their career. In addition to transit Jupiter conjunct to natal Saturn, during this time Saturn made three oppositions to Karen’s natal Sun and then completed its own return.
In September 1982 as transiting Saturn was conjunct Neptune and in a trine aspect to her natal Jupiter, Karen controversially gained 30 pounds on medically supervised intervention. She died of heart irregularities a few months later.

Lena Zavaroni

Birth Details
4 November 1963
Jupiter in Aries, ruled by Mars in Sagittarius
Saturn in Aquarius, ruled by Uranus in Virgo
By the time Lena experience her first Jupiter return a few months after her 11th birthday, she was already a star, having won “Opportunity Knocks” and had travelled to America to perform on the “Johnny Carson Show”. She was a beautiful, if precocious child, the owner of a phenomenal voice. She knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life.
With Jupiter in Aries, Lena would have been naturally exuberant and ambitious. Her energy and enthusiasm would have been contagious—and probably irritating to less energetic personalities. During the period of time between her Jupiter return and Saturn opposition, she began to grow rapidly, a trait that did not go unnoticed by her costume fitters who complained that they had to continually let the seams out of her clothes. As noted in the Saturn in Aquarius section, as her Saturn opposition took hold, Lena began to hate her body. Natally, Zavaroni had Saturn in Aquarius and all the problems of self-consciousness became apparent in an extremely short period of time in the two years and two months between her first Jupiter return and first Saturn opposition. Anorexia took hold and with the final Saturn opposition at the age of just thirteen years and nine months, her growing phase was significantly short. She later said the costumes prevented her from developing as a woman.

A more detailed look at her birth chart reveals she has a concentration of planets in Scorpio, indicating issues of control would be prominent in her life. Her natal Jupiter is on the receiving end of some very intense attention from Uranus, Pluto, her Sun, Mercury and Neptune. Of course, with the first Jupiter return, this intensity would have been stimulated by Jupiter. At Saturn’s first opposition, the same type of energies would be called to the test leading to self doubt and a need to test her sense of self control. With Saturn’s ruler in Virgo, much of the testing could have been carried out in terms of health issues and day to day routine. Sadly opportunity knocked but the reality of seeing one’s self with any sense of balance was lost on this wonderful talent.

Jupiter Return/
Saturn Opp
Jupiter return/age
Number of hits
Saturn opp/age
Number of hits
Time lapsed
1st Jupiter return, last Saturn opposition
2 March 1950
February 1962
11 years, 11 months
May and July 1965, February 1966
Age 15 years, 11 months
4 years
4 Nov 1963
Aries ®
May 1975
11 yr 7 mo
Nov 1976
13 yr 0 mo
Dec 1976
13 yr 1 mo
July 1977
13 yr 9 mo
2 yr 2 mo