Monday, 30 November 2015

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller was born on 30 November 1965 at 17:35 (Rodden Rating: A; Collector: Rodden) in New York with Jupiter in Gemini and Saturn in Pisces. His versatility as an actor has led to his films raking in a massive $79 million a pop. To date he has written, starred in, directed and/or produced over 50 film projects.
As he is the son of veteran comedians/actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, it seems almost inevitable that Ben would become a Hollywood player. However, as we all know, parental success is no guarantee of the child's success.
By dissociate trine, Ben's Jupiter and Saturn are in double bodied signs. Mutable signs are notoriously difficult to pin down because by definition they are changeable and adaptable. In my humble opinion as a teacher, I have found Jupiter and/or Saturn in mutable signs a challenge to teach.
Not much is written about Ben's life as an adolescent--other than he celebrated both Christmas and Hanukkah in his household (dad was Jewish and mum had converted from Catholicism) and he had a Bar Mitzvah. That alone rather nicely demonstrates the dual nature of the mutable signs. 
Jupiter in Gemini should be glorious pupils to teach. They love to learn, tend to be friendly and outgoing but their progress is just impossible to track because they are so adept at mimicry. So a teacher is lulled into this false sense of security. The temptation in teaching them is to push them on to new topics or tasks before they have fully understood the previous ones. Then you go to test them (when you can get the class to take a test--these guys are excuse maestros) and they bomb quite spectacularly.
The problem with Jupiter in Gemini pupils is that (and I quote from Growing Pains):
"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 who can read and those who can't, with those who can't read being forced to kneel at the alter of knowledge until they see the light and convert."
Saturn in Pisces learners can be difficult to teach because they fear being overwhelmed by knowledge and are therefore content to paddle on the shores of education but refuse to take the full plunge.
Nevertheless, Jupiter and Saturn in mutable signs of course make progress at their own speed and usually adjust well to all manner of circumstances (even grumpy teachers).
Ben had his first breakthrough on the television soap "Guiding Light" just after his final Saturn opposition when he was around 15 years old. He went on to appear in the highly successful "Empire of the Sun" (1987) as Saturn transited his Sun, Mercury and South Node in Sagittarius. As Jupiter transited his Saturn in 1998, he starred in "There's Something About Mary". Interestingly, as Saturn opposed itself in 2008, he co-wrote, co-starred in and produced the movie "Tropic Thunder" the premise of which he conceived during filming on "Empire of the Sun" a nodal cycle before.

About the Astrologer



About the Astrologer



Alex Trenoweth was voted Best International Astrologer, 2015 for her dynamic presentation on her innovative and original research into Astrology and Education. Her book, "Growing Pains" is an exciting development in astrology as it combines classroom teaching experience, sound investigation and the potential to have a positive impact on struggling adolescents, parents, teachers and those who have been labelled "at risk". She writes the weekly and monthly horoscopes and other articles for the Cosmic Intelligence Agency, one of the largest astrological social media groups on the web and was also a speaker for the AstroSummit, a guest lecturer for the London School of Astrology and has spoken at several UK local astrology groups. Upcoming international events include Breaking Down the Borders, the Kepler Conference, Congresso Internacional de Astrologia (Portugal) NORWAC and the San Francisco Astrology Society Alex is also a Professor of Western Astrology and Secretary General of International Affairs for the Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology and will will be taking up her residential post in India early 2017. For queries, consultations or syndications, please contact Alex via www.alextrenoweth.com or leave a message in the comment section.
"Growing Pains" can be purchased in paperback or kindle format on Amazon or can be signed and posted directly to you by Alex.

About the New Book


There are two wolves fighting inside of me, the old story goes, one wolf is good and the other is evil. “But Grandfather,” asked the child, “Which one wins?” The Grandfather answered, “The wolf I feed.”

We might like to think that being good is a natural instinct. In fact, doing the right thing takes a conscious decision. Every day, we are met with temptation to get ahead at the expense of someone else, to get away with something we know is wrong or to cut corners if we think no one is watching.

Following on from her powerful book on astrology and Education, “Growing Pains”, Alex Trenoweth explores the benefits of using “the bad guy” of the solar system: Saturn. Often avoided and seldom understood, if we understand our own Saturn then we can help others to understand theirs. Using case studies of  highly successful people contrasted with convicted serial killers, Trenoweth deftly demonstrates the dire consequences of feeding the wrong wolf.


Sunday, 29 November 2015

Andrew McCarthy

Remember Andrew McCarthy?

I sure as hell do! I thought he was the most gorgeous thing ever. Loved his smile and the way he laughed. And he was so endearingly funny. And a really nice guy too. Oh. . .I really could have. . .OK, that's enough lusting over Andrew! (Time to grow up, Alex).

Andrew McCarthy was born on 29 November 1962 2:37 am  in Summit New Jersey (Rodden Rating: AA; Collector: Clifford) with Jupiter in Pisces and Saturn in Aquarius.

Not much has been written about Andrew in his early life. However, he has recently said he had developed an alcohol problem that started when he was 12 years old (his first Jupiter return) and sought treatment in 1992 at around the time of his first Saturn return.

The Jupiter return is a crucial time for neurological development as it is when the brain "re-wires" itself. Therefore it can be a time when addictions are most likely to form.

Despite a growing problem with alcohol, Andrew took on his first screen role around the time of his second Jupiter return. Class, St Elmo's Fire and Pretty in Pink were all made whilst Jupiter was in Aquarius.

When Mannequin (released in 1987), was being filmed in 1986, transiting Saturn had opposed Andrew's Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius and Jupiter was in Pisces as it transited is natal Saturn.  Fans of Andrew will remember the oscar nominated title tune was "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by  Jefferson Starship.

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About the Astrologer



Alex Trenoweth was voted Best International Astrologer, 2015 for her dynamic presentation on her innovative and original research into Astrology and Education. Her book, "Growing Pains" is an exciting development in astrology as it combines classroom teaching experience, sound investigation and the potential to have a positive impact on struggling adolescents, parents, teachers and those who have been labelled "at risk". She writes the weekly and monthly horoscopes and other articles for the Cosmic Intelligence Agency, one of the largest astrological social media groups on the web and was also a speaker for the AstroSummit, a guest lecturer for the London School of Astrology and has spoken at several UK local astrology groups. Upcoming international events include Breaking Down the Borders, the Kepler Conference, Congresso Internacional de Astrologia (Portugal) NORWAC and the San Francisco Astrology Society Alex is also a Professor of Western Astrology and Secretary General of International Affairs for the Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology and will will be taking up her residential post in India early 2017. For queries, consultations or syndications, please contact Alex via www.alextrenoweth.com or leave a message in the comment section.
"Growing Pains" can be purchased in paperback or kindle format on Amazon or can be signed and posted directly to you by Alex.

About the New Book


There are two wolves fighting inside of me, the old story goes, one wolf is good and the other is evil. “But Grandfather,” asked the child, “Which one wins?” The Grandfather answered, “The wolf I feed.”

We might like to think that being good is a natural instinct. In fact, doing the right thing takes a conscious decision. Every day, we are met with temptation to get ahead at the expense of someone else, to get away with something we know is wrong or to cut corners if we think no one is watching.

Following on from her powerful book on astrology and Education, “Growing Pains”, Alex Trenoweth explores the benefits of using “the bad guy” of the solar system: Saturn. Often avoided and seldom understood, if we understand our own Saturn then we can help others to understand theirs. Using case studies of  highly successful people contrasted with convicted serial killers, Trenoweth deftly demonstrates the dire consequences of feeding the wrong wolf.


Friday, 27 November 2015

Anna Nicole Smith


Anna Nicole Smith, who literally made--and lost--a fortune from her good looks, was born on 28 November 1967 at 3:15am in Mexia Texas (Rodden Rating:C; Collector: Scholfield) with Jupiter in discerning Virgo and Saturn in impulsive Aries.

The marriage of her parents was short-lived and the young Anna grew up with five half siblings and was raised by her mother and aunt. The buxom blonde failed conventional schooling and was working at a fried chicken restaurant where she met her first husband. They married in 1995. However, the strikingly pretty girl hit the big time during her second Jupiter return when she was asked by Hugh Hefner himself to be on the front cover of the March issue of Playboy (1992). This Jupiter return consisted of a series of 3 conjunctions over a two year period: during this time she met the billionaire J. Howard Marshall, divorced her husband and went on to marry Marshall. Although she admitted to never kissing the 90 year old oil tycoon (let alone sleeping with him), she appeared to be eligible for some of his fortune as an heir of his estate when he died just after their first wedding anniversary.

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About the Astrologer


Alex Trenoweth was voted Best International Astrologer, 2015 for her dynamic presentation on Astrology and Education. Her book, "Growing Pains" is an exciting development in astrology as it combines classroom teaching experience, sound research and the potential to have a positive impact on struggling adolescents, parents, teachers and those who have been labelled "at risk". For queries, consultations or syndications, please contact Alex via www.alextrenoweth.com or leave a message in the comment section.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Thinking Out Loud

I've been listening to a lot of Ed Sheeran these days, mainly because I LOVE the "Thinking Out Loud" video. I'm totally enthralled with the dancing of both Ed and the lovely Brittany Cherry.  One wouldn't want me to think out loud too much on this subject. . .
However, I digress. . .
According to Wikipedia, "Thinking out Loud" was written at
2am on 4 February 2014 (on a side note, great Goddess, I love a man who records the time he does stuff!!) and was written in 20 minutes. Before I could think, "whoa, that's one hell of a Mars transit," I did the chart. Mars is in the 12th house in Libra so a nice placement for a beautiful piece of music. Mars is in trine to the Sun and Mercury as well as Neptune. Again, all very nice for writing a song. But what captured my attention was misery guts Saturn on the ascendant. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense until one realises that Saturn in on Brittany's N Node. It's a work opportunity that will bring a lifetime of opportunities. And just look at the Sun/Moon conjunction! And Moon/Uranus conjunct Brittany's Mars! Just beautiful astrology for a dancer.
I read on Brittany's blog that she started dancing at 3 years old (a Jupiter square), as Jupiter transited her Moon--and it is this square that was activated by the transiting Sun when the song was composed. Jupiter would have transited her Mars and opposed its own position when she was 6 so here's betting that was the age when her talents as a dancer were truly emerging. She indicates on her website that she understood at a young age that she knew she would be a professional dancer. At the age of 18, when most people are making decisions about their career, Jupiter again transited her Mars.
In between her 1st Jupiter return and first Saturn opposition, she was competing in the Dancing With the Stars Kids Edition. And in recent years, she has been performing with many big names in Dance.
I just can't get enough of the video, the song and I just can't take my eyes off the beauty and grace that is Brittany Cherry.