Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Beverly Allitt: Angel of Death

Beverly Allitt was born on 4 October 1968, time unknown (and so a noon chart is used) in a village near Grantham UK with Jupiter in Virgo ruled by Mercury in Scorpio and Saturn in Aries ruled by Mars in Virgo. Allitt was convicted of murdering four infants, attempting to murder three others and causing grievous bodily harm to a further six children over a period of 59 days in 1991 whilst employed as a state enrolled nurse. She was largely known as the “Angel of Death” for her crimes which caused widespread outrage.

Allitt’s medical interests are implicit with her Jupiter in Virgo and its associations with the bowl of Hygeia in pharmacy. Virgo is serving sign, concerned with hygiene, wholesomeness, well being and cultivation for a reputation for criticism in their search for perfection. As I wrote in “Growing Pains”: “It’s a bit of an understatement to say that Jupiter in Virgo pupils like things to be perfect. They’re the kind of pupils who painstakingly choose exactly the right materials for going back to school. The pencils they use will not only be perfectly sharpened, but the material they are made from will also be ecologically sound. The lead will have been researched and then chosen for its durability. They won’t let others share their crayons for fear of wearing them down unevenly or, worse, contaminating the implements with germs. Pens must not blot and the paper they write on must not be dented or smudged. Jupiter in Virgo pupils will drive their teachers crazy as they tidy their workspaces and carefully organise their shelves. There’s always a long queue to wash hands before lunch and the complaint box for the canteen is always full.”

Without considering other factors, it might seem that Allitt would be an ideal nurse. But of course, there are other factors to consider and one of those factors a teacher could easily investigate would have been Allitt’s Saturn placement which is in Aries. Saturn in Aries likes to work independently and can be quite hard on themselves. It should also have given Allitt a sense of self discipline and, with a few processes in place, might have meant she was an ideal pupil to teach. Again from “Growing Pains”: “Saturn in Aries is a strongly masculine combination. It’s rough and tumble stuff. Nonathletic children will sharpen other skills if they lack physical prowess. Girls in particular are adept at using words — and later sex — as weapons of mastery.” 

A search for perfection, a sense of self discipline, where could it have gone wrong?

The relationship between Jupiter and Saturn is an important factor in the birth chart. In Allitt’s case, Jupiter and Saturn are inconjunct. An inconjunction between any of the planets means there is a lack of potential for integration. In other aspects (the conjunction, sextile, square, trine, opposition, etc), integration may be difficult but yet possible. With the inconjunct, because integration is not possible, the native will compartmentalise the energies of the planets. In Allitt’s case, she will grow (Jupiter) but not mature (Saturn); she will analyse (Jupiter in Virgo) but not be able to apply self disciple (Saturn in Aries).

Further, Allitt’s Jupiter is conjunct Pluto in Virgo. It is growth through power and if this power is not properly channelled, it can become abusive. Babies are designed to bring out feelings of protection. Their proportionally large heads and facial features, their helplessness and the delight each new development brings typically elicit love and tenderness, not a desire to harm or kill.  But because Jupiter and Pluto are both inconjunct Saturn in her chart, Allitt desired ultimate power (life or death) but was not able to accept personal responsibility for her actions. That she should become known as “The Angel of Death” seems totally appropriate.

Looking even closer at the chart, the ruler of Allitt’s Jupiter, Mercury, is in Scorpio. Mercury also has connections to the medical profession but these interests take on a more profound meaning in Scorpio. For here we have a fascination with death and regeneration. Again, as I wrote in “Growing Pains”: “These pupils learn by using their personal power to get people to do things they would not ordinarily do. Some people might call this a hypnotic hold over others; others might attribute it to considerable psychic powers.” Allitt’s Saturn was ruled by Mars in Virgo, again linking with the medical profession.

It worth noting that during the crucial stages of development, these planets would have had significant astrological transits.

Little is known about Allitt’s early childhood but astrologically, she would have had her first Saturn square in the summer of 1975 with Jupiter conjunct Saturn’s natal point three times shortly afterwards. At 11, Jupiter would have transited its natal position as well as Mars and Pluto by conjunction. Just before her 14th birthday, she experienced her first Saturn opposition followed by a series of 3 transits by conjunction to her natal Mercury (this is a pattern that would repeat during the time of the murders). These transits all happened during the crucial stage when the brain is developing. As an adolescent, Allitt displayed peculiar desire to gain attention through fabricating illnesses and injuries, symptoms which were evident from her childhood and that every adult in charge of her care would have been aware of. She prolonged recovery from an unnecessary appendectomy by interfering with the surgical wound, she wore casts and bandages but refused to let anyone check out her injuries. An unstylish adolescent, Allitt was unable (or perhaps unwilling) to enjoy what may be considered a healthy relationship: she had abused and humiliated a boyfriend in her late teenage years by beating, belittling him and depriving him of intimate relations.

And yet, despite these very odd behaviours (including later being suspected of smearing faeces on the walls of a nursing home she worked at) and a long history of absenteeism over one illness or another, Beverly Allitt was allowed to become a nurse on a ward for children who were critically ill—because there was a shortage of nurses and this overwhelmed care system took a chance on a sick woman and put her in charge—unsupervised—of very ill, very vulnerable infants.

Allitt was not able to get the attention she craved by being sick or injured herself so she got attention by creating a life or death drama for her young charges.

During a series of three transiting Saturn squares to its natal position in of 1990, Allitt was already working at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital, where the murders would take place. The murders occurred between February and April 1991 during a series of transiting Saturn squares in Aquarius to her natal Mercury in Scorpio.


First Saturn square
Jupiter return
Saturn opposition
Jupiter Oppositions
Saturn square
Beverly Allitt
4 October 1968
Jupiter in Virgo
Saturn in Aries

July 1975

Sept 1980

Oct 1982

June to February 1986

Mar-Dec 1990


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 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.






Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Happy Birthday Ian McEwan!

Ian McEwan is one of my favourite authors. On top of being so damn good at what he does, I love it that he has kept old notebooks so he can remember how stories evolve and change with life’s natural progression. As today is his birthday, I thought I’d give him the “Growing Pains” treatment.
Ian was born on 21 June 1948 at 8:30 am in Aldershot, United Kingdom (Rodden Rating: A; Collector: Rodden). By star sign, his Sun didn’t quite get under the solstice wire to be in Cancer. At 29 degrees 48 minutes, his Sun is in Gemini. Ian’s ascendant is in Leo, meaning the Sun is the Lord of his chart so by progression and solar arc, it would take on a more particular meaning. Typically, a person with a Leo ascendant cannot help but be noticed and actively seeks the limelight. However, for Ian, this manifests in a very different way. For starters, two other planets are in conjunction to his ascendant (Saturn and Pluto) making the Sun their ruler too.
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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.

Monday, 13 June 2016

The Growing Pains of Harry Potter

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger were probably the most famous teenagers in the world when the Harry Potter series was launched. I've just found this article lurking in my files and am currently kicking myself for not publishing it a lot sooner. Nevertheless, it's interesting to see astrology playing out in the life of these popular books that made magic, learning Latin and mythical beasts a lot of fun for everyone.

Despite his popularity, Harry Potter is not a real person but a fictional character and as such would seem to be denied of a birth chart. However, given there has been much speculation in astrological circles about the possibility that the author of the series, J K Rowling, is an astrologer, it is just too tempting to see what would happen if Harry Potter were to be given the “Growing Pains” treatment since he really does seem to have the ultimate first Jupiter return. And as there are seven (a mystical number and also the number of years in a Saturn square) books in the series, one for each year of his time in secondary school, Harry is a great candidate.  Primarily using the transits of Jupiter and Saturn along with a bit of Uranus, let’s have a look.

Harry was “born” on 31 July 1980 in Godric’s Hollow, a town populated by witches and wizards.* It is a fictional place unfortunately and therefore does not have the latitude and longitude needed for the calculation of the chart. Although a timed chart is not necessary when examining Jupiter and Saturn, it is not a bad thing to have. In “Harry Potter-A Hero’s Journey” by Karin Hoffman, Harry’s chart has been rectified to a time of 15:25 in the town of Ammanford in South Wales which is the nearest muggle town according to Harry Potter lore. This data indicates that amongst his classmates, Harry would be among the youngest in his year group which of course includes his friends Ron and Hermione. Harry’s year group has Jupiter as well as Saturn in Virgo, just out of orb for a conjunction—and these planets would stay in this sign for the entire year group. This placement of Jupiter and Saturn is notoriously difficult to please due to the fussy nature of Virgo but even the most easy to please child would have to admit that poor Harry had it rough.

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, we get a picture of Harry’s early life and first year at Hogwart’s. The former is not a pleasant existence. The latter, which coincides with his first Jupiter return is decidedly better. First, let us examine Harry’s life pre Jupiter return.

Saturn is in the middle of a series of three conjunctions to Uranus 1985. Harry is 5 years old, when an aunt whacks him on the shins to prevent him from beating his repulsive cousin at musical statues at a birthday party. In June 1988, at the same cousin’s birthday party, the same aunt gives the cousin a computerised robot and Harry a box of dog biscuits as Jupiter opposes Uranus. Two years later, at another birthday party and as transit Jupiter opposed his natal Mars, the aunt’s dog chases Harry up a tree where he remains until around midnight. For Harry’s 10th birthday, just after transit Jupiter square his natal Mars, he is given a coat hanger and a pair of his uncle’s old socks.

However, things begin to change for the better when just after Jupiter was conjunct to Harry’s natal Sun for the first time in May 1991: he has his first animal communication experience with boa constrictor that thanked Harry for freeing him by magically removing the glass in front of its tank. This begins a key clue to Harry’s burgeoning personality and the theme of this scene is re-visited in later books. A few months later, as transiting Jupiter is conjunct his natal north node, Harry begins to receive owl posts inviting him to Hogwart’s in the week before his 11th birthday. As transit Jupiter squares his natal Uranus at the beginning of August 1991, Harry is taken shopping for his wizard school supplies by Hagrid who had just liberated him from the closet he lived in. Being a pupil with Jupiter in Virgo, Harry selects the very best items to ensure he would be good student.

Here's what I say about Jupiter in Virgo in my book "Growing Pains:
"It’s a bit of an understatement to say that Jupiter in Virgo pupils like things to be perfect. They’re the kind of pupils who painstakingly choose exactly the right materials for going back to school. Their pencils they use will not only be perfectly sharpened, but the material they are made from will also be ecologically sound. The lead will have been researched and then chosen for its durability. They won’t let others share their crayons for fear of wearing them down unevenly or, worse, contaminating the implements with germs. Pens must not blot and the paper they write on must not be dented or smudged. Jupiter in Virgo pupils will drive their teachers crazy as they tidy their workspaces and carefully organise their shelves. There’s always a long queue to wash hands before lunch and the complaint box for the canteen is always full. Jupiter in Virgo pupils can’t be pleased so it’s better to give up before you even try. 

As Harry approaches his first Jupiter return, he discovers he excels at Quidditch and flying and is crowned the new ‘seeker’ for the team. At the end of October 1991, within days of Jupiter reaching his MC, Harry and Ron Weasley fight a mountain troll and rescue Hermione, cementing their friendship (and later Hermione becomes Ron’s wife!). At Christmas that year, Harry has the best Christmas of his life as he receives his father’s invisibility cloak. This demonstrates the sheer joy of the first Jupiter return which also extends to meeting new and interesting people. In Harry’s case, he meet Severus Snape, the Defence Against Dark Arts teacher and QuirinusQuirrell who, it emerges, has been controlled by Lord Voldermort all along.

Transiting planets can have up to three contacts to a planet and it stands to reason that the more contacts, the more profound the effect. Thus Harry’s Jupiter return is extended due to Jupiter’s retrograde and forward motion and is active until well past his first detention served in the Forbidden Forest where he meets centaurs and witnessed Voldemort sucking the blood of a unicorn. The contacts by conjunction end just before Harry’s 12th birthday when Harry is visited by Dobby, the house elf.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets chronicles Harry’s second year at Hogwart’s which can be marked out by Harry’s transiting Jupiter, in Libra, conjoining his natal Mars. In December of this year, as transiting Jupiter is conjunct Harry’s Mars for the first time, the boy wizard discovers he can speak ’Parseltongue’ the language of serpents and typically the mark of a dark wizard. A few weeks later, Harry, Ron and Hermione take Polyjuice Potion which allows them to shape-shift. For the second conjunction of these two planets, Harry receives a Valentine from the mysterious T.M. Riddle. For the final conjunction between these two planets, around the time of Harry’s 13th birthday, Harry sees Sirius Black on Muggle television.

In the third instalment in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the symbolism of transiting Jupiter conjunct Harry’s Pluto and square to his Mercury in Cancer is very clear: Harry is being targeted not by Voldemort but by Sirius Black a mass murderer who is assumed to have played a hand in the death of Harry’s parents. Further, the deeply frightening dementors who have the power to devour human souls pursue Harry. Transiting Saturn also makes awkward aspects to these natal planets as a werewolf and other shape shifting characters interact with Harry. There is also another frightening side story of Buckbeak the hippogriff’s impending execution. The orbit of Uranus, representing rebellion and independence in astrology, is too big to have much of an effect of a child—except in adolescence it makes its first Ptolemaic aspect (a sextile) a couple of years following the first Jupiter return. This aspect happens three times during this school year for Harry. Notice he is rebelling against authority by associating with prisoners.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry would experience his first Saturn opposition, a tricky time for maturing adolescents. During this time, muggle adolescents would be facing up to the seriousness of exams and typically demonstrate a strong fear of failure. In this book Harry is unwilling participant in the Triwizard Tournament as both Jupiter and Saturn make contacts to his natal MC. As Jupiter squares his MC, Harry is engaged in a deadly duel with Voldemort. Later that summer, Harry is forced to use the Patronus charm to save his cousin from dementors. The incident triggers off disciplinary action against Harry. The dementors are just about the most frightening Saturn archetype I have ever seen in film and are a suitable symbol of the Saturn opposition.

Here's what I say about Saturn in Virgo in "Growing Pains":

"The challenge for Virgo in Saturn pupils is tolerating us imperfect, lesser mortals. If you get within five feet of them to offer your assistance, their little button noses twitch in anticipation of your human odour. But they are always willing to help you improve. They will tidy your bookshelves, organise your desk, research the best place to have dinner that night (and even make the reservation for you) and help you get that nasty bubble gum stain off  the back of your favourite pair of trousers. Hell, you could even give them a green pen and get them onto that pile of marking. For Saturn in Virgo pupils, the issues are about shunning mediocrity, demanding perfection but ultimately, it’s about controlling their environments. When they were about seven, something came into their lives that was completely impossible to control: they may have developed a rare, exotic bug or a parent’s religious conversion threw the family into turmoil or perhaps the family packed up and moved to a different country or they may have experienced an injury due to someone else’s recklessness. The possibilities are pretty endless, because there are so many different ways of disturbing a Saturn in Virgo’s immaculate pursuit of order."
In the fifth book of the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry kisses Cho Chung under the mistletoe during a transit between a conjunction of transit Jupiter and natal Neptune. By Valentine’s day, the pair suffer the humiliation of having their disastrous date reported in The Quibbler as Saturn makes its last opposition to its natal position.

In the sixth book of the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry and his friends would be in Sixth Form or be Juniors in the US educational system. As he has had the final Saturn opposition, I’m afraid my interests and experiences of astrology in education end here. This is because the main brain development has already happened, the habits of a lifetime would be formed and to, me children become less fun as they settle down for work and their futures.

The final book of the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” contains an epilogue set at King’s Cross Station 19 years later. Harry and Ginny are married with three children, Ron and Hermione are married with children and it notes that Harry’s scar has not pained him since his days at Hogwarts.


*Hoffman points out this fits in very well with the murder of his parents by Voldemort when Harry was just over a year old: the progressed ascendant is exactly conjunct Uranus and Harry is left with a lightning (the symbol of Jupiter/Zeus) shaped scar on his forehead. If I needed a time of birth for Harry, I would use this time. Both Jupiter and Saturn in Libra are in semi square aspect to Uranus when Hagrid delivers the orphaned Harry to Dumbledore so he can deliver him to his only living relatives, the Dursleys. Jupiter sits nicely on his MC.


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.



Friday, 10 June 2016

Happy Birthday Judy Garland!

Judy Garland was born on 10th June 1922 at 6:00am in Grand Rapids Minnesota (Rodden Rating: AA; Collector: Steinbrecher) during the Jupiter and Saturn conjunction in Libra, both planets conjunct her North Node. Astrologically, Jupiter is seen as fortunate and Saturn as trouble and problems. It is interesting that Garland's life was such a mixture of these extremes--many of the  happies and sads stemming from trying to please too many people via Libra diplomacy. Married five times, Judy seemed unable to decide what she needed from others and, coupled with a drugs and alcohol dependency problem, her financial problems were in continuous turmoil.
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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.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Muhammad Ali: Eloquence and Power

Muhammad Ali (nee Cassius Clay) was born on 17 January 1942 at 16:35 in Louisville Kentucky with Jupiter in Gemini and Saturn in Taurus. His Saturn is conjunct the planet of rebellion, Uranus, and so it is worth noting early on that Saturn transits will carry the flavour of this rebellion. Ali was one of the greatest heavyweight boxers (well THE greatest according to him) this century and he was especially noted for his clever aphorisms.  His famous quote "I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee" is a perfect example of his Jupiter and Saturn placements. No one wanted to get hit by Muhammad Ali!

In the years between his first Jupiter return and Saturn opposition (he only had one of each during adolescence), the young Cassius began his training as a boxer after he went to "whump" a thief who had stolen his bicycle. Advised to take up boxing to improve his chances, Cassius felt drawn to the atmosphere of the ring. After a shaky start, he won his first bout later that year in a state competition.

His road to Olympic success was paved by first a series of Saturn oppositions to his natal Uranus (Dec 1955-August 1956), a series of Saturn opposition to his natal Jupiter Jan 1957-Oct 1957) and then a series of Jupiter oppositions to his natal Uranus (Jan 1959-Sept 1959). His professional boxing debut on 29 Oct 1960 is marked by a trine to natal Uranus. Saturn was in a square aspect to his natal Uranus when he defeated the intimidating Sonny Liston on 25 February 1964.

One of his most memorable taunts were to Liston, who Ali called a "big ugly bear" and said Liston "even smells like a bear". He added that after he beat him, he would donate Liston to the zoo. The vocal antics of Clay meant that he is the only boxer in history who defined the terms of his public reputation (according to Joyce Carol Oates). We can see the rebelliousness in the transits of Jupiter and Saturn to his natal Uranus during these formative years.

Clay's interest in Islam began in 1959, the year transiting Jupiter in Sagittarius opposed it's natal position. The19th year of a person's life is when they begin to make serious decision regarding their careers and reputations, particularly as both Jupiter and Saturn are in Clay's natal 10th house. Added to this mix is the ecclesiastical nature of Sagittarius and we can see a religious conversion in the making. Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali in the months just before his second Jupiter return (June 1965).

One of the biggest fears a Jupiter in Gemini native faces is the fear of being called out on their intelligence (or perceived lack of). As I wrote in "Growing Pains": 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 OK 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. e 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 altar of knowledge until they are see the light and convert."

As most of us now recognise, there are many types of intelligence besides book intelligence. Unfortunately, in the1960s, this wasn't the case when Ali was made to take an intelligence test and was found to have an IQ of 78--too low to be drafted. "I said was the greatest, not the smartest", Ali quipped. In 1966, the army relaxed their standards, leaving Ali eligible for the draft.

As transting Jupiter Cancer opposed his natal Sun in 1966, Ali took his heavyweight title on the road, travelling abroad to find worth contenders. He was eventually stripped of his title for his refusal to be drafted, fined, sentenced to five years in prison and was denied a boxing license in every state whilst waiting for an appeal. "My conscience won't let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America. And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn't put no dogs on me, they didn't rob me of my nationality, rape or kill my mother and father.... How can I shoot them poor people? Just take me to jail." Thus he didn't fight between the ages of 25-29 and his license was only reinstated in time for  a series of three Saturn conjunctions to his natal North Node between May 1969 and February 1970. 

Saturn in Taurus makes for a pretty formidable opponent. As I wrote in "Growing Pains": "Unlike with Saturn in Aries children, hitting and aggression shouldn’t be too much of a problem because these children do not like physical discomfort (and hitting someone often hurts the hitter more than the target). The rare fights will be spectacular and injuries will be likely." True to form, Ali teased and antagonised his first opponent, Joe Frasier, without mercy (saying he was too dumb and ugly to be champ) in the run up to their big match in March just before Ali's first Saturn return.  Ali lost. Saturn often has to bring us to our knees before we can stand up again more determined. He won a re-match against Frazier in 1974 as Jupiter transited his natal descendant.

Later in 1971 he also teased Wilt Chamberlain so badly it intimidated him into calling off the fight. "Timber!" Ali would call out during press conferences, referring to Chamberlain's 7 foot 2 inch height. 

The defeat of Frazier in 1974, set up the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" with George Foreman. During this time, Jupiter was in the middle of a series of three oppositions to his natal North Node. Ali was was known for his "rope-a-dope" boxing moves strategy whereby he would taunt his opponent into hitting him. A clever trick worthy of Jupiter in Gemini! Ali wore his opponent out and eventually knocked him out.




The next great fight was the "Thrilla in Manila" in October 1975 against Joe Frazier again. This time, Saturn was in a series of oppositions to Ali's natal Sun. Ali won by technical knockout--and conceded that Frazier was "the greatest fighter in the world--next to me".

Ali's boxing career declined after this point and he suffered several losses and in July 1979 as Jupiter transited his natal ascendant, he formerly retired from boxing. By this time he was exhibiting early signs of Parkinson's but nevertheless was cleared to come out of retirement in 1980 to fight Larry Holmes. It was said the brutal loss contributed to the worsening symptoms of Parkinson's. Saturn was in harsh aspects by transit to his Moon, MC, Chiron and Mercury when he was finally diagnosed in 1984.

Jupiter was in a series of semisesquiquadrates to Uranus when Ali lit the Olympic flame at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. Who could fail to be moved the sight of the great man struggling to fulfil this honour? Later that year "When We Were Kings" a film about the famous Rumble in the Jungle fight was released starring Will Smith as Ali. Smith (born 25 September 1968 at 1:46am in Philadelphia) shares several striking features with Ali. Smith's Uranus is conjunct Ali's Neptune and his Neptune opposes Al's natal saturn/Uranus conjunction. Small astrological wonder then that Smith was hailed for his performance as Ali!  

Ali continued to do limited promotional work for his books and was a "UN Messenger of Peace" to Afghanistan in 2002 just after another series of three Saturn transits by conjunctions to his natal Jupiter. In 2012, Jupiter transited this point when the great Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic torch one last time in London.

On the day of his death, President Barack Obama, not an astrologer (at least not that I am aware of) perfectly summarised a man with Saturn conjunct Uranus: "We watched a hero light a torch and fight his greatest fight on the world stage once again; a disease that ravaged his body but couldn't take the spark from his eyes. Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it. We are all better for it."

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 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.









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