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Ripped from the Headlines: Jupiter in Leo 2014

By Milky Way Maid
Now that Jupiter is firmly in Leo, it is fun to see ways in which Jove (and Venus too) are beaming their positive rays on that sign.
I noticed an article in a recent copy of the Wall Street Journal that detailed how two companies were returning bountiful profits for investors. What companies were they? Two movie studios – MGM and Lion’s Gate!!!
How perfect is that? MGM’s trademark is the iconic Leo the Lion roaring a greeting at the start of each film, and Lion’s Gate, well that one is obvious, too, with the name of the animal that represents the sign Leo.
MGM has seen huge box-office receipts on the strength of films like the James Bond thriller “Skyfall” and “The Hobbit- An Unexpected Journey.” Each one brought in over one billion dollars, and continues to sell tickets overseas. MGM also has the TV show “21 Jump Street” and a deep catalog of films in its library to sell copies in international channels and digital services, according to the WSJ.
This is a major turnaround since it was forced to file bankruptcy in 2010.
MGM was born on April 17, 1924. I was surprised to see so much cardinal energy in their chart. The Sun is at 27 degrees Aries, square Mars at 25 degrees Capricorn (a strong placement for that planet), opposite Saturn exalted in Libra (29 degrees), and trine its North Node at 29 degrees Leo, a perfect placement for an entertainment business.
Not only is the T-square a strong driver for the chart, the planets involved are also in the very late degrees of the signs. Let’s see, what did I write about late degrees of these signs?
The Sun in a late degree of Aries denotes someone that is a pioneer in some way, and MGM was very much a pioneer. It had not only the most glamourous collection of stars (with names like Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, the Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy musicals, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and many more), it also boasted several firsts. While it was one of the last studios to adopt sound, it was the first to make a complete film in Technicolor with sound (The Viking), as well experimenting with it for portions of Ben-Hur and a few other films. They also virtually owned the big-budget musical segment of the film industry.
Mars in late Capricorn has high energy, which would have made for an excellent athlete in an individual chart. Any planet in late Capricorn is powerful for building a business, especially a business that survives the death of the founder. And indeed, the fact that this company is 90 years old and still going strong is a testament to a strong Mars here.
Saturn in late Libra: Saturn in Libra is exalted anyway, meaning that it is strong, and the energies of that planet find ease in expressing itself in a positive way. Venus-ruled Libra is known for famous dancers and other entertainers. Famous dancers with a planet in late Libra include Ben Vereen, Fayard Nicholas, Arthur Duncan, and Juliet Prowse. Libra looks for the beautiful and tends to shun the gritty side of life. This was the philosophy of co-founder Louis B. Mayer, who preferred the glorious color and musical spectaculars like Show Boat, the Andy Hardy films, The Ten Commandments, An American in Paris (1951), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Brigadoon.
And having the North Node at 29 degrees Leo would be an obvious boon for any company in the entertainment industry, and for major growth and even dominance in the minds of the public. It did not hurt that its Stable of Stars included The King, Clark Gable! MGM gets a boost from both Jupiter and Venus transiting Leo, contacting the natal Neptune (glamour) at 17 degrees and the North Node at 29 degrees.
MGM emerged from bankruptcy in December 2010, when Pluto at 4 degrees Capricorn passed the square to natal Moon at 3 Libra and natal Ceres at 3 Aries. During the lean years, Neptune was opposing its natal place in Leo; now that Neptune is transiting Pisces, that transit no longer depresses box-office receipts.
Lion’s Gate profits have rested on properties like the “Hunger Games” franchise (with two more in the works). Lion’s Gate’s birth date is listed as July 3, 1997.
The Lion’s Gate natal chart also has a strong cardinal component, with Sun at 11 degrees Cancer, the Moon at zero degrees Cancer, Mercury at 21 degrees Cancer, Mars at 6 degrees Libra, Saturn at 19 degrees Aries, and Neptune (glamour) at 29 degrees Capricorn. Neptune is the only planet at a strong late degree, and promises that the company will survive through thick and thin.
Transits that have lifted its fortunes: the main one is the progressed Moon (now at 9 degrees Aquarius) has recently conjuncted natal Uranus at 7 degrees Aquarius; this would account for lucking onto the Hunger Games franchise, with its strange, even bizarre public appeal. The other is that progressed Sun at 28 Cancer opposes natal Neptune, added a high gloss of glamour to its offerings.
A caveat to those interested in investing in the company now: progressed Mars is applying to an opposition to natal Saturn. That seems to me to be a negative for financials, especially in regard to handling debts and commissions. In the short term, Jupiter in Leo will contact the natal Venus at 6 Leo, and sextile natal Mars at 6 Libra; that should prop up the business in the short term; once Jupiter leaves Leo though, public appeal will probably deflate in short order.

Continue Reading August 27, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Your Milky Way Horoscope AUG. 17-23, 2014

By Milky Way Maid

Dear Readers– Please visit the website of the National Blood Clot Alliance at StopTheClot.org to learn more about blood clots and when you might need to see a doctor about it.

Venus at 7 degrees Leo is conjunct Jupiter at 1:21 am Monday. Zowie, the greater and the lesser benefics conjoin in the wee hours of Monday! Be sure to have an application or request on file wherever you need a break– at an employer, with the bank loan officer, at your lawyer’s if you need a case dismissed, etc. Propose to the love of your life.

Mercury at 6 degrees Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces at 11:42 pm Monday. A very bad transit for doing any sort of sales, signing contracts, and the like. You must go over any important paperwork with a fine-toothed comb, correcting errors. And even if you are making every effort to do these things while under the transit, you will look at the same paper later and find still more errors. Be cautious when dealing with sales people, who often say anything in order to make the sale and get their commission. Scammers excel under this transit, as they practically hypnotize their victims with emotionally-loaded words repeated like a chant. We may be fearful (Neptune) when reading headlines or when dealing with inoffensive clerks and other service people. On another level, we may speak about ideals and the Perfect World that we hope one day all humanity will live in – a place that we might remain cynically about as we notice all the vice and chicanery that goes on in the Real World. We can only make the world a little bit better, or a lot worse, so make your decision and hold to it the best you can.

Mercury at 11 degrees Virgo trines Pluto in Capricorn at 3:19 pm Thursday. A fine transit that favors having a productive chat with your mentor or a wise elder. Take your Uncle Jake out for a late lunch or a stop at the watering hole. Pluto helps Mercury to focus on details, whether in examining a crime scene, a ledger, legal transcripts, or the latest mystery novel. We might waste this transit in wondering about the hidden agendas of whomever, but you can really get a lot done with Pluto wanting to check off everything on the to-do list.

The Sun enters Virgo at 12:46 am Saturday. Virgo natives are generally lifetime students, always looking to feed their minds with a class, a lecture, or stimulating discussion. Analytical to a fault, they often miss the forest for the trees. Cool, emotionally reserved, often shy, humble, very willing to serve humanity with their talents, good with detail, health-oriented, keeps a balanced checkbook, and a perpetual dieter. This is not the person you go to if you need someone to be self-sacrificing, although they may loan you a garden tool or a book. Famous people with Sun in Virgo include: Leonard Bernstein, Henry Ford II, Greta Garbo, Cardinal Richelieu, Andy Roddick, violinist Itzhak Perlman, Mary Cunningham Agee, Peter Ueberroth, Jeff Foxworthy, Patsy Cline, Arnold Palmer, D H Lawrence, Ben Savage, William Howard Taft, and LBJ.

Please visit my twin site on Blogger if you would like these articles translated into Spanish, French, German, Japanese or any other language. Link: http://milky-way-astrology.blogspot.com/
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LATE DEGREES – see my popular article on late degrees of all the signs. Link: http://milky-way-astrology.blogspot.com/2008/08/planets-in-late-degrees-what-do-they.html

POPE FRANCIS – I finally posted a little article on the new Pope Francis and also a kind of book review on a book that accidentally talks about ancient astronomy. The article on Pope Francis is here: https://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/a-look-at-the-new-pope-franciss-astro-charts/ And the article on the best book that both is and is not about ancient astronomy is here: https://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/the-best-book-about-ancient-astronomy-that-isnt-about-astrology-per-se/

COOL WEBSITES – In no particular order of importance: Check out Astrology.com — free lessons online. Watch astronomic animations at http://shadowandsubstance.com/. Go to http://www.solarsystemscope.com/ for a view of our solar system and nearby stars. This guy called the correct winner of the 2012 election, and he puts out a monthly column: http://www.howardbeckmanvedicastrologer.com/wordpress/

Continue Reading August 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Your Milky Way Horoscope AUG. 10-16, 2014

By Milky Way Maid

Dear Readers– Please visit the website of the National Blood Clot Alliance at StopTheClot.org to learn more about blood clots and when you might need to see a doctor about it.

Venus enters Leo at 3:24 am Tuesday. Venus in Leo has a flair for dramatic style and fashion impact, putting together outfits that would be comfortable on the street or on the runway. Leo has a high need for approval, and when Venus is here, he may withhold those sunny rays if he fears being ignored or judged harshly. But a confident Leo-Venus sheds his warm and gregarious rays on all and sundry, who are mostly charmed by him. Famous people with Venus in Leo include: poet Percy Shelley, author Leo Tolstoy, golfer Arnold Palmer, Merv Griffin, actress Greta Garbo, playwright G B Shaw, Leonard Bernstein, author Truman Capote, and architect Eero Saarinen.
Mars at 11 degrees Scorpio sextiles Pluto in Capricorn at 5:25 am Friday. Mars energy is able to dig deep for a second effort, whether at sports or career goals, or at playing detective in a frustrating mystery. It’s good for any type of investigative or forensic work, such as science, criminology, medicine, accounting, or journalism.
Mercury enters its second home-sign Virgo at 12:44 pm Friday. What is the difference between Mercury in Gemini and Mercury in Virgo? In Gemini, the fleet one is endlessly busy with facts and figures, phone calls and short trips (such as with merchandising or sales). The fleet one in Virgo is more service-oriented; it is the librarian who looks up a fact for you, the nurse who follows the protocol for carrying out the doctor’s orders, the secretary who makes your appointments, and the teacher who tries to make you write a good paragraph. Virgos have a problem with trying to attain perfection and rejecting everything with the slightest flaw. Now look, Virg, we mere mortals cannot be expected to produce perfection all the time because we are after all merely human!!! So get over it! Famous people with Mercury in Virgo include: president LBJ, Dag Hammarskjold, comedienne Lucille Ball, pianist Vladimir Horowitz, golfer Ben Hogan, actress Geraldine Chaplin and Pope Paul VI.
I am considering dropping the weekly horoscope format in favor of regular articles on transits or people in the news. I have written the weekly horoscope for about 7 years now, and it is getting harder and harder to stay motivated to continue. Thank you to all the readers over the last 7 years, and stay tuned for a changeover to a slightly different format.

Please visit my twin site on Blogger if you would like these articles translated into Spanish, French, German, Japanese or any other language. Link: http://milky-way-astrology.blogspot.com/
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LATE DEGREES – see my popular article on late degrees of all the signs. Link: http://milky-way-astrology.blogspot.com/2008/08/planets-in-late-degrees-what-do-they.html

POPE FRANCIS – I finally posted a little article on the new Pope Francis and also a kind of book review on a book that accidentally talks about ancient astronomy. The article on Pope Francis is here: https://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/a-look-at-the-new-pope-franciss-astro-charts/ And the article on the best book that both is and is not about ancient astronomy is here: https://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/the-best-book-about-ancient-astronomy-that-isnt-about-astrology-per-se/

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