Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Happy birthday Marilyn Monroe!!


1 June 1926, 9:30 PST

Los Angeles, California 34 ̊N03’08”118 ̊W14’34”

AA rating; collector Rodden

Jupiter in Aquarius, Uranus in Pisces
Saturn in Scorpio, Pluto in Cancer
First Jupiter return: April, August, December 1938
First Saturn opposition: April and June 1941First Saturn return: October 1955


Jupiter conjunct the Moon in Aquarius usually indicates a chaotic childhood and, more specifically, an erratic mother. Norma Jean Baker lived with foster parents until her mentally unstable mother (who had earlier attempted to smuggle her away from her foster parents in a duffle bag) bought a house and brought her daughter back to live with her as transiting Saturn made a series of three oppositions to her descendant in 1933. Norma Jean (Marilyn) recalled that her mother had several episodes of screaming and laughing fits which led to her being institutionalised.

Norma Jean was made a ward of the state with her mother’s best friend becoming her guardian. Her guardian told the young Norma Jean that one day she would become a lm star and this stage of her childhood was lled with visits to the cinema and appointments to have her hair curled. When Norma Jean was nine however, the guardian married a man who later made several attempts to sexually assault the young girl in 1937 just after Saturn made a series of conjunctions to her natal Mars in Pisces. Both transiting Saturn and Jupiter made a number of conjunctions to Norma Jean’s natal planets in 1942 when she met and married her first husband. This was probably the only stable time of her life even though, at fifteen, she was under the legal age for marriage. In 1944, transiting Jupiter in Leo made a series of conjunctions to her natal Neptune and shortly afterwards, she was noticed as a beauty and the first photographs of her were taken. It was during her time as a model, after some experimentation, that she changed her name to the alliterative Marilyn Monroe. In 1946, as transiting Jupiter was opposite her Venus, her divorce was finalised. In 1947, as she searched for film work, she posed nude for pictures as transiting Jupiter in Scorpio was conjunct her Saturn.

As Saturn in Leo was conjunct her natal Neptune in 1947, she had her slight overbite corrected and  later that year, when Jupiter made contact, she was persuaded to have a minor nose job. In March 1952, Jupiter made two squares to her natal Pluto and she was forced to explain her nude photos to the public. Fortunately, the public was sympathetic. Later that year, as Jupiter was conjunct her natal Venus was when her career really began to take off. She appeared in Life magazine and began dating the baseball player Joe DiMaggio.

In September 1954, transiting Saturn opposed her MC at the time when DiMaggio protested what would become one of her most celebrated scenes, her skirt blowing upwards as a subway train passed. In 1955, just before transiting Jupiter crossed over her ascendant in Leo, the movie e Seven Year Itch was released to the public, but by this time she had already divorced DiMaggio.

In 1956, she admitted her marriage to James Dougherty had made her consider suicide as Jupiter in Leo was conjunct her natal Neptune. It was also the year she converted to Judaism in order to marry the playwright Arthur Miller. In 1961, as both transiting Saturn and Jupiter made numerous squares to her natal planets, they divorced. Jupiter made its last conjunction to its natal place as Marilyn performed“Happy Birthday, Mr President” for JFK.

Marilyn died during a series of three transiting Jupiter squares to her Moon in Aquarius.

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.


About the New Book


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

Monday, 30 May 2016

Walt Whitman: Song of Myself

Walt Whitman was born on 31 May 1819 at 1:45 am (Rodden Rating: A; Collector: Rodden) in Huntington New York with Jupiter in Aquarius and Saturn in Pisces. I have often said there is usually wonderful synastry between a fan and their idol and there is no disappointment here! This Walt Whitman lover shares her ascendent on Whitman's Sun, the same Moon and Saturn degree and natal Venus in opposition to "The Good Gray Poet's" Neptune!!  However, I will have to concede that Abraham Lincoln  (12 February 1809, 6:54 Hodgenville KY, Rodden rating: B; Collector: Rodden), the object of Whitman's admiration, had better synastry: Lincoln's Venus is bang on Whitman's ascendant.

Jupiter in Aquarius pupils like to do things their own way and very often that can make them the centre of attention. As I wrote in "Growing Pains" : "To say Jupiter in Aquarius pupils march to the beat of a different drummer is a bit of an understatement. These pupils seem to have an internal beat that is completely off  whack to fellow pupils or to yourself and indeed seems to have no logical rhythm at all. Teaching them to read will be impossible if you have them sitting in a circle reciting the sounds of every letter the way children usually do. These pupils appreciate inventiveness, experimentation and doing what has never been done before. Stumped for ideas? Ask the pupils. Their creativity will astound, inspire and worry you all at the same time."

Right on cue for his first Jupiter return, Whitman was an apprentice and printer's devil for a New York newspaper. He learned skills that would serve him well for the rest of his life and would no doubt be an aid to his self-published book of poetry, Leaves of Grass. The collection of poetry was published during a series of three Jupiter oppositions to Whitman's Moon in Leo in the summer of 1855 and would be revised and re-published several times. Whitman's poetry was noted for its use of freestyle, without rhyme or metre, and yet it is profoundly moving, the Jupiter in Aquarius touch evident in "Song of Myself" (how Moon in Leo are we gong to get?):

CELEBRATE myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.

My tongue, every atom of my blood, form'd from this soil, this 
air,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their 
parents the same,
I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death.

Creeds and schools in abeyance,
Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten,
I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard,
Nature without check with original energy.


Leaves of Grass was also published as transiting Saturn opposed Whitman's natal Uranus: not only was the poetic style ground-breaking, it was also highly controversial. The 19th century world was not quite ready for Whitman's style of sensuality, the book's sexual imagery and covert (or maybe not so covert) homosexuality.

"Pupils with Saturn in Pisces fear being overwhelmed and swept out to sea. They are content to paddle on the shores of education but often won’t take the full plunge. Teaching them to overcome their fears is often as easy as reminding them to stop panicking and let their feet touch the floor. They forget the water isn’t as deep as they had feared. At the age of seven, they may have been reluctant (but not incapable) of being able to read and write. To them, letters and numbers are pathetic, meaningless squiggles. They could come up with much better symbols. Thus these reluctant pupils become wonderful artists if left to their own devices. But, of course, leaving pupils to their own devices is not part of the educational repertoire where every moment is supervised and pointless meandering is not permitted. And so the teacher feels forced to instil some serious discipline and the pupil is left with the idea that learning is painful. They are often tested in sink or swim conditions where the consequences of not passing the tests are so frightening that they have no choice but to make feeble attempts to keep their heads above water until someone feels sorry for them and rescues them. Or not. Because of their experiences in the educational system, Saturn in Pisces pupils very often become teachers as they think they can save their pupils from similar experiences."

Whilst Whitman did not become a teacher in the conventional sense, the poetry he left is still used in classrooms to demonstrate the transcendentalism movement in which he lived. 

Saturn is Pisces has difficulty maintaining order and form so it is not surprising Leaves of Grass had many subsequent re-publications with a final version, "the death-bed" version, being published in January 1892 with a flurry of transiting Saturn oppositions to Whitman's natal Saturn, Chiron and Pluto as well as a square to his natal Neptune.

When I was on Brooklyn Bridge (yes, I know, not quite Brooklyn Ferry), I couldn't resist shouting my favourite Whitman lines from "Song of Myself": 

“Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged. 

Missing me one place, search another. 

I stop somewhere waiting for you.”


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.


 
 

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Using Your Saturn With Style (Part One)

Ever since the mythological Saturn consumed his own children to prevent an inevitable takeover bid, he has been known as the misery guts of the zodiac. Known as Father Time, Discipline and even Death Himself, Saturn has been the god of fear, endings and pain. But as Liz Greene once said, there is a new way of looking at this old devil and that is by embracing his message: you will get older, you will sound just like your mother or your least favourite teacher or you may even recognise yourself in the way your boss mistreats you and one day you may look back on it all and wish you had done it differently. But there is a way of making Saturn work for you (he likes that) and that is by understanding him through your birth chart. The best news is that when you understand how he works in your chart, you can help others see how he works in theirs. And when you become that Authority Figure, you can guide your employees, your pupils or even your own children through that very complicated path called Life.

Today I'm looking at how teachers can use Saturn to help their pupils. There are also some links to people who got Saturn all wrong and have paid the ultimate price.

NB: Remember your Saturn sign may be different to your Star Sign. Not sure? Why not Skype AstroAlex1984 to find out?

Saturn in Aries


If you’re a teacher with Saturn in Aries, you’ve most likely had serious issues around discipline. You expect a lot from yourself and you make it impossible for others to live up to your expectations. For you, losing or underachieving is unacceptable. Your pupils may be terrified of you or think it a sport to antagonise you. They like to watch the veins in your forehead throb (which will progress to a massive headache later), but kids generally do as you say. For a little while anyway. If you play your strengths right, pupils will like your no-nonsense approach and honesty so long as you don’t come across as trying to overpower them with your authority. Your colleagues are in awe of you, your tidy desk and the way you manage the dinner queue. You’re an easy target for angry parents. To them, you are the amalgamation of every authority figure who belittled them in the classroom or criticised their athletic prowess. And they will want revenge. Everyone will want to take pot-shots at you but no-one will dare to laugh in your face. At least, this is what you tell yourself. If you’re over thirty, you might have realised that walking around with a chip on your shoulder only invites someone to knock it off Love may hurt at this time — if you’re single you might want to get married and if you’re married you might want to be single.
Don’t beat yourself up over your limitations. If you’re over sixty, you might be thinking life would have been better if only you hadn’t been so hard on yourself and the people you purported to love. Try to learn this lesson as early as you can. As they say, life is too short to live it in regret. 

Case Studies: Anna Nicole Smith, Butterfly McQueenWaylon Jennings, Dustin Hoffman (in book), Siegfried Fischbacher (of Siegfried and Roy) and Pamela Anderson (in book)

Bad Guys: Jordan Brown (11 year old murderer), Timothy McVeigh ("Oklahoma Bomber")

Saturn in Taurus


If you’re a teacher with Saturn in Taurus, you’ve probably found yourself in the role of fund raiser or bean counter because you’re trustworthy and dependable. You look the part of the well-heeled business person and have probably made it known you’ve made some ne investments and can therefore indulge in a little luxury. Conversely, you may be embarrassed by your wealth and go to great lengths to hide it. Your lessons are slow and plodding, making it difficult for more energetic children to get anything out of them. So you just give them more work to do. Colleagues and supervisors try to persuade you to try new techniques, but these just make you suspicious. Your bling — or lack of it — is a frequent topic of conversation, and your pupils will be curious about how you handle your money. Boasting or behaving as if your Be-bop pencil case is the most important thing in the world to you can make you a target for theft, not because you have what anyone wants but because everyone likes to watch you fret over your losses. Nothing beats seeing the normally sedate Saturn in Taurus teacher suddenly click into over-drive. Parents like you because they want to schmooze with you. They think you have connections or the secrets of success. If you’re over thirty, you have probably secured all the wealth you will ever need but think it’s not enough. By the time you’re sixty, you realise there’s only so much caviar one can consume, fancy holidays one can go on or powerful clothes one can wear before you realise you’ve been kidding yourself about the true value of life. Remember, you can’t take anything to the grave with you.

Case Studies:  Bob Dylan (in book), Uma Thurman, Muhammad Ali

Bad Guys: John Wayne Gacy ("killer Clown")

Saturn in Gemini


If you’re a teacher with Saturn in Gemini, you probably have a bad back from all the heavy books you carry around with you. You’re the pub quiz champion but you still fear someone else is smarter than you — and that fear extends to being frightened your pupils will out- do you. So you pile on the homework and mark it with such scarily scathing remarks that even your best pupils come up with creative excuses for not doing it. Parents know you have a way with the critical word and so they avoid you. Take some time and listen to yourself: we know that you have a PhD in particle physics, fellowships with several top universities worldwide and can recite pi to two hundred digits forwards and backwards. You’re smart enough. Get some fresh air, will you? At around the age of thirty, you will probably want to stop teaching kids and start teaching adults. You’ll get your book published and everyone will fawn over it. By the time you’re sixty, you will have amassed a library of books you have written based on a lifetime of research. But you will realise that words are just words and that maybe the word “stupid” doesn’t even exist at all. 


Bad Guys: Myra Hindley, ("Moors Murderer")

Saturn in Cancer


If you are a teacher with Saturn in Cancer and you don’t yet have children, you will be unfailingly worried about your pupils. Do they eat enough? Can they use the washer/drier? Do they have enough money? All teachers find teaching emotionally draining at some point, but you take it to the extreme. You want them to have a better childhood than you did because you couldn’t live with the guilt if they didn’t. Therefore, you overindulge them and do things for them that they should do for themselves. Parents will equally see your soft touch, and unless you are firm with your expectations, they will overwhelm you with their concerns, thus making them yours. If you do have your own children, you may be so wrapped up in your own world that you keep your pupils at an arm’s length and neglect them. For either extreme, keeping your emotions in check is a priority. Depression is a serious illness, one that should not be ignored or allowed to gestate. Thirty is usually the age when family responsibilities lead to feelings of being overwhelmed and you may feel others have treaded into your territory. By sixty, your territory (however you define it) has security to rival that of Fort Knox. Knowing when to open the doors to your life, and when to shove unwelcome guests through it (shutting it behind them of course), is your greatest challenge.

Case Studies: Bette Midler, Janis Joplin, William BoothDiane Keaton, Drew Barrymore, George W Bush, Roy Horn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina JolieWilliam Herschel, Mary Shelley, Fergie of Black Eyed Peas (in book).

Bad Guys: Harold Shipman (most prolific serial killer in recorded history)
  

Saturn in Leo


If you’re a teacher with Saturn in Leo, you probably tend to favour pupils most like you so that you can coach them towards the perfection you will never achieve. Fortunately for you (or so you think), all your pupils want to be like you. It is nice to have your shining classroom stars, but lay off a bit because the kids think you are rather overbearing; some might even think you’re kind of creepy. Especially when you wear a Batman suit on Mufti Day. Parents find you a little over the top too: what are you implying about their methods of parenting? By the time you’re thirty and you have children of your own, you’ll realise what a tremendous responsibility parenting is. It hurts you to see them make the same mistakes you did and so you go to great lengths to fix your child. If you don’t have children, you turn the critical mirrors onto yourself and loathe your reflection. Put the botox down and come to the playground with the rest of the teachers. We like you, crow’s feet and all. By the time you’re sixty, you will probably have finally learned that the world really doesn’t revolve around you. And then you can really have some fun. 

Case Studies: Hillary Clinton (in book), Elton John (in book), Ian McEwan and Catherine Booth

Bad Guys: Ted Bundy , Elliot Rodger (Isla Vista killings)

Saturn in Virgo


If you’re a teacher with Saturn in Virgo, chances are that your relentless pursuit of delivering perfect lessons, encouraging your pupils to concentrate of important information rather than trivia, as well as your reputation for impeccable time-keeping means you are the head teacher. Parents are scared of you but they respect the high standards you set. In other words, everyone resents you and goes out of their way to avoid you. This is OK by you because being a head teacher is a diffcult job, but someone has to do it and it might as well be you because you’re so much better than the rest of us. By the time you turned thirty, you probably thought it was time to tighten the screws a little more, or you realised that allowing a little mess in your life provides you with the opportunity to get the cleaning products out. By the time you’re sixty, you will realise that you’ve worked hard enough so it’s now time to let someone else take over so you can retreat into your own perfect world and let us mucky pups get on with it. 

Case Studies: Caitlin Jenner, Sigourney Weaver (in book), Karen Carpenter and Olivia Newton John (in book)

Bad Guys:  Anders Breivik, Edmund Kemper 

Saturn in Libra


If you are a teacher with Saturn in Libra, you will be extremely uncomfortable watching pupils make mistakes in relationships. You will see yourself as the referee between ghts, the matchmaker of doomed romances, the objective middle ground between disputes and inevitably the only teacher in the school who tries to play marriage counsellor between warring parents. Don’t kid yourself. You most likely haven’t learned that you can never get other people to magically morph into what you want them to be. By thirty, you are probably still working out that he-(or she)-that-will-never-change is a perfect reflection of the qualities you dislike in yourself. By sixty, you have probably become everything you always said you never would, but you’ve learned to like yourself anyway. 

Case Studies: Jade GoodyLiam NeesonChristiaan Barnard, Judy Garland, Christopher Reeve (in book)

Bad Guys: David Long, Kip Kinkle (teenage school shooter, (in book), Barry Loukaitis (teenage school shooter, in book)

Saturn in Scorpio


If you are a teacher with Saturn in Scorpio, you are probably very quick at finding someone’s weakness without revealing any of your own. You’re like Ofsted inspectors with an agenda to shut down a malfunctioning school. Everyone’s afraid of you (parents included) because of what they think you might know (even if you know absolutely nothing). If you could just use your ability to capitalise on helping your colleagues to acknowledge their weaknesses without destroying their spirits, you would be an invaluable asset to the staff  team. Like Saturn in Scorpio pupils, you have a dark side that is best hidden from the head mistress but you also have so much more to give if you could just trust your colleagues enough to let them bring out the best in you. Around the age of thirty, you probably had a secret revealed to disbelieving ears. By the time you’ve reached sixty, you probably will agree with what George Bernard Shaw said about teaching the skeletons in your closet dance.
Case Studies: Allen Ginsberg, Mark ZuckerbergMark TwainMel Gibson, Oprah Winfrey, Steve JobsTom HanksMarliyn MonroeAmy WinehousePaul Newman, Truman CapoteHarper Lee, Evangeline BoothRowan AtkinsonQueen Elizabeth, Annie Lennox (in book)


Bad Guys: Rosemary West (wife of Fred West), Keith Hunter Jesperson

Saturn in Sagittarius


If you’re a teacher with Saturn in Sagittarius, you are probably not known for your grace or elegance or for your ability to keep a secret. Colleagues carrying mugs of coffee give you ample room to pass by and the head teacher has learned private conversations with you will be broadcast the next day. You may notice no-one asks you for your opinion (though it doesn’t stop you from giving it!). At around the age of thirty, some crisis in your faith may have caused you to really wonder what life is all about. You may do some travelling, heavy academic research or start attending church again. By sixty, after you have been just about everywhere, you realise the God you have been searching for all your life actually resides quite peacefully in the soul of every being. 

Case Studies: Shia LaBeouf, Princess Charlotte and Shirley Temple-Black (in book)

Bad Guys:  Aileen Wuornos, Mary Bell (juvenile offender), Lionel Tate (juvenile offender),  Perry Smith ("In Cold Blood")

Saturn in Capricorn


If you are a teacher with Saturn in Capricorn, you are a slave-driver and would be a good head teacher, an examinations officer or an Ofsted inspector. If you’ve learned how to balance your home and work life by the time you’re thirty, you’re a very wise person indeed. But you probably haven’t so everyone avoids you because you’re so irritable and grumpy all the time. By the time you’re sixty, you’re probably worn out but eligible for early retirement and can then enjoy the second childhood you missed out on because you were working so hard the first time around. 

Case Studies: Jim Nabors, Nikola TeslaBono, Clark Gable, Cher (in book), Sean Connery (in book)

Bad Guys: Jeffrey DahmerRichard Hickok ("In Cold Blood)

Saturn in Aquarius


If you’re a teacher with Saturn in Aquarius, you probably wear a lab coat and secretly collect data about the colours other teachers wear on a Monday. But you ardently believe that everyone is equal and will be the first to fire off if you think management have indicated otherwise. Everyone loves you at Ofsted inspection time because you’re not afraid to tell the inspectors where to get off  — and you have creative ideas for how they could do it. You’re not afraid of the head teacher because you know the union will back you. By thirty, you will probably have the strong urge to take a secondment and invent something. By sixty, you’ve learned the simplest, most natural things are o en the most delightful: a baby’s smile, the laughter of children, love and wholemeal bread. You’ve discovered it isn’t so bad being human after all. 

Saturn in Pisces

If you’re a Saturn in Pisces teacher, chances are everyone knows they can find you in the pub because you’ve just worked out what your planner is for — and there’s nothing to ease the suffering of having to plan by anesthetising yourself a little first. And there you’ll be, furiously back dating your lesson plans for the inspection the next day. Morning briefings? Was I supposed to be there, you ask. Your colleagues know that you very often won’t have a clue about what’s going on, but they like you because you’re such a nice person. Parents completely take advantage of you because they know you’re secretly still frightened of authority gures. By thirty, you’ve probably finally found a cult to join or a place to retreat to. Or you’ve found something interesting to study and have embarked on a half-baked quest to become an outstanding scholar in that subject. But you still haven’t broken your bad habit of cramming for exams. By sixty, you will have returned to the seas to swim with the dolphins but you have learned that it’s more fun to take the rest of us with you and show us how it’s done. In our imaginations, of course. 

Case Studies: Brittany CherryBen Stiller, Keanu Reeves (in book), Robert Downey, Jr (in book)

Bad Guys: Ian Brady (The "Moors Murderer")

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.

About the Book


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

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Bob Dylan: How Does it Feel?

Robert Zimmerman was born on 24 May 1941, 21:05 CST, 
Duluth Minnesota (AA rating; collector Steinbrecher) with Jupiter in Taurus, (ruled by Venus in Gemini) and Saturn in Taurus (also ruled Venus in Gemini). Although in the same sign, Jupiter and Saturn are just out of orb to be a Great Conjunction. Interestingly, his idol, Woody Guthrie was born with his Saturn conjunct Bob's Jupiter: the older man's mastery of folk music clearly made a lasting impression.
By the time of his first Jupiter opposition just over the age of 6, Bob's father had fallen ill to polio and the family moved to be near Bob's mother's family. At the age of 10, Bob started writing poetry and by his first Jupiter return in May 1953, he was playing the guitar and piano. Not much is recorded about Bob Dylan's adolescence. However, in my book Growing Pains, I point out the specific learning style of Jupiter in Taurus:
"Although Jupiter in Taurus learners may not verbalise it (because it is such an intrinsic part of their makeup), they are body conscious: they know their bodies work by the natural process of eating, digesting and eliminating. Having masticated the lesson, pupils need time to digest the information and then time to eliminate the things they don’t need. And let’s face it, in a classroom of thirty pupils, a lot of rubbish can go on and teachers have to accept that not everything that happens is directly relevant to every child. Drop some information into their brains, check to see how it has grown in a few days by letting them nurture, and add to their thinking in ways that allow them to see and feel how much they’ve learned. For example, use projects they can add to bit by bit to be displayed and admired later, binders that can be lled with new pages for a class project or photographs that record new experiences or graphs that demonstrate progress. Once they can see their potential for growth, this group will expand and develop their knowledge independently and in their own time. ey are also more likely to retain and absorb what they need. Just because they are quiet, doesn’t mean that learning isn’t taking place. "

This appears to be exactly what young Bobby Zimmerman did during his high school years. In his senior yearbook, he declared he wanted to join Little Richard on stage--a clear, no bullshit proclamation on the idea of segregation, a hot topic in 1959.

By 1963, transiting Saturn in Aquarius had begun a series of squares to Dylan’s Saturn in Taurus. e year before, he had changed his name from Robert Zimmerman to Bob Dylan and had signed a contract with Albert Grossman. Although it is unusual to achieve long lasting success before the first Saturn return, at twenty-one he was already so successful that he felt he could storm out of the Ed Sullivan Show without damaging his career. But then, by this time he already had released two successful albums. By July the same year, he was singing protest songs with Joan Baez at the Washington Monument. Although appearing far less glamorous than the typical successful singer, Dylan displayed the possessiveness typically present in someone with Saturn in Taurus: in his case, this related to his beloved motor bike.
In the summer of 1966, Saturn made two oppositions to Dylan’s North Node. Saturn stops us in our tracks and, for Dylan, this manifested in two distinct ways. One, he was booed o stage for using an electric guitar that summer. A few days later, he had a serious motor bike crash that le him unable (or unwilling) to perform for several years.
In his song “A Song for Bob Dylan” David Bowie described Dylan’s voice as being “like sand and glue.” But yet his voice, his songs and his spirit of rebellion have endured across the generations. As the author and poet Joyce Carol Oates described him: “When we first heard this raw, very young, and seemingly untrained voice, frankly nasal, as if sandpaper could sing, the effect was dramatic and electrifying.” Nevertheless, as transiting Jupiter joined up with Saturn again, he launched the Never Ending Tour and has played well over two thousand shows to date.
The sign of Taurus rules the neck and vocal chords. Although it would be a stretch to indicate anyone with Saturn in Taurus has a memorable singing voice, it is indicative of someone with Saturn in this position to make the most of what they have. To date, Dylan has recorded thirty-four albums plus released many live recordings and compilation albums. Indeed, the number of successful musicians who cite him as a major in uence is, frankly, quite staggering. Out of fourteen nominations for prestigious awards, Dylan has won thirteen.
Not a bad for a singer who can’t really sing!
 A final note about Saturn in Taurus is the idea of not having enough. As Jupiter opposed the natal position of Saturn, Dylan released a book of his etchings in 1994. Further, even though he is one of the most prolific and influential artists of our time, as transiting Saturn and Jupiter made a series of contacts to his natal Saturn in 2003, he agreed to participate in several lucrative commercial advertisements. Saturn made a serious square to its natal position in 2007 and shortly a er, the Pulitzer Prize jury awarded him a special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”

About the Astrologer


Alex Trenoweth is an MA graduate of the Cultural Astronomy and Astrology course at Bath Spa University (2007) and has gained recognition as an outstanding schoolteacher for her tireless and innovative education of adolescents. Her unique expertise in both astrology and teaching, coupled with ground-breaking research, led her to her write Growing Pains, a book aimed at helping parents and teachers support and guide young people into maturity. Alex’s articles have appeared in astrological magazines across the globe and in addition to her many writing accomplishments, she was voted “Best International Astrologer, 2015” by the Krishnamuti Institute of Astrology in India for the energetic presentation of her original and thought-provoking investigation into astrology and education. As of October 2015, Alex is on a world tour, lecturing on a variety of astrological topics and is enjoying meeting other astrologers from different cultures. The articles on cycles of addiction are a part of the case studies that will be presented in her next book due for release later this year.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Happy Birthday Princess Charlotte!

Astrological characteristics between generations always have a tale to tell. Like her grandmother, Princess Charlotte has a Moon-Uranus opposition so the House of Windsor had better batten down the hatches!! Also, Charlotte's Mars is almost in conjunction with Algol (William and Diana have Venus conjunct Algol) so it's a very interesting, if a little intense, chart indeed! Baby brother George's descendant is conjunct Algol and little sister's Mars so don't bet on these two cherubs getting on very well.

Charlotte's ascendant is conjunct her father's Moon and Grandma Di's Mercury. How adorable is that? We may not have Diana here with us physically but it's so wonderful this new baby has inherited the old Spencer charm. How lovely to name her Charlotte Elizabeth Diana!

The ruling planet of Charlotte's chart is conjunct William's Pluto and Diana's MC. William is going to be one protective father and god help the paparazzi when the kid hits puberty. You think 'those shots' of a topless Kate made him mad? Just you wait until around August 2026 at her first Jupiter return. With Jupiter in Leo, that girl is going to love the spotlight and hate it when daddy tries to shield her from it (however, her down to earth Sun in Taurus in the 11th might calm this tendency). As I wrote in "Growing Pains": "The first few weeks of secondary school for these learners are likely to be a headache for the teachers because of the jostling to be the boss of the year. It’s a newer, bigger kingdom and the spoils of war are far better. This group of learners like risks, so teachers should be prepared for ostentatious displays of egoism. To counteract this tendency, encourage these learners to show their equally showy displays of generosity and altruistic spirit. Give them a chance to show how chivalrous they can be by letting them lead charity events and provide ample opportunities for them to show o their dramatic air."

Another interesting feature of Charlotte's chart is Mercury in Gemini opposite to Saturn in Sagittarius. Mercury is extra strong in Gemini but with an opposition from Saturn, she may be a little reluctant to hit the books. Of course oppositions mean extremes so we could have a major academic on our hands (Mercury also rules the 3rd house). William's Uranus is conjunct her Saturn so while she may steady him, he may very well encourage that rebellious streak. One possible scenario is that William will encourage her to marry someone who shakes up the royal blood a little (Pluto in Capricorn descendant ruled by Saturn in 5th and Pluto ruling the 5th house). Saturn in the chart needs to be put to work or it will turn sour. Again, as I wrote in "Growing Pains": "Because Saturn in Sagittarius children fear loss of freedom, it can be hard to get them to take the educational bit and saddle. Detention will scare them, but they will wear you out with their arguments of their innocence. Trying to punish them is like punishing yourself ten times worse. Instead, show them the real injustice of the breadline. The Salvation Army (and other religious organisations) always needs volunteers and pupils with Saturn in Sagittarius can see what religious compassion, hard work and a frugal lifestyle can achieve. These pupils will learn that the line between being solvent and being destitute is a very fine one indeed. Do prepare yourself beforehand for their outrageous and even offensive commentary on unemployment, homelessness and poverty. Remember they are pupils who are learning about these things (they can be so priggishly self-righteous it’s easy to forget) and they are probably badly regurgitating something their parents have said or something they picked up in church or from Cracker. Let them discover alternative views and then get them to badger their MPs to make changes to the laws."
  

No doubt there will be more and more astrological commentary on this baby. Personally, I don't like to say too much about babies but as this is a royal one and as I, a British tax payer, am contributing  to her upkeep, I reckon I can put my two pence in!


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Alex Trenoweth is an astrologer, writer, lecturer and musician currently living in London England.  She is an MA graduate of the Cultural Astronomy and Astrology course at Bath Spa University (2007), has studied extensively with the Faculty of Astrological Studies whilst simultaneously gaining recognition as an outstanding teacher for her tireless and innovative education of adolescents. Her unique expertise in both astrology and teaching, coupled with ground-breaking research, has led to her writing “Growing Pains,” a book aimed at helping parents and teachers support and guide young people into maturity. The majority of Alex’s astrological work is aimed at facilitating clients to forgive, heal and learn the inner adolescent.


Alex is also an international lecturer and has spoken at several major US conferences such as UAC, ISAR and SOTA, is a veteran speaker at the Astrological Association of Great Britain and other local groups. She was voted “Best International Astrologer, 2015” by the Krishnamuti Institute of Astrology earlier this month.

In addition to being a committed teacher and astrologer, Alex is also a professional musician and has performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and other major venues as a jazz trumpeter. In her spare time, she writes fiction as well as more popular types of astrology.