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Following the Moon: Oct. 6, 2021

The Full Chart for Sept. 20 (click here to see the article and the chart) featured Pluto in the Tenth House of leadership. I predicted that this might spell trouble for Joe Biden, particularly on issues related to immigration and foreign enemies. Early in this lunation period the Biden administration was being roasted by both the left and the right for its handling of Haitian refugees on the Mexican border and, more recently, we’ve seen more missile tests in North Korea.

At the same time, I thought that positive aspects to Pluto by the Sun and Moon indicated some good news for Biden. This did not materialize. Though we did get a last minute deal to continue funding the government, the issue of raising the debt limit is still hanging over our heads. Meanwhile, the ambitious initiative Biden put forth last Spring to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure remains stymied in congress.

One thing about the Full Moon chart that I did get right was that there would be little change in the slow-rolling crisis that is the COVID-19 pandemic. Infection rates are still high, particularly in states where vaccination rates are low, and the death toll continues to increase.

A Memoir from the Mistress of the DarkElviraBook

I happened across the autobiography of Cassandra Peterson (better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark) at my local library the other day. I didn’t know much about Elvira except for the fact that back in the 1980s, 90s and early 2000s her image seemed to be everywhere. But I have a weakness for biographies, especially biographies of people for whom we have a complete horoscope, so I picked it up. (Click on Elvira to see her chart.)

Much of the book concerns Peterson’s early years as a struggling actress. As is the way with this sort of autobiography, a lot of ink is spilled describing her encounters with various celebrities. I was more interested in what happened to her and how those events matched with her horoscope, and it didn’t take me long to find what I looking for. One the first page Peterson describes how she got the call that landed her the job as Elvira and changed her life. That happened on July 5, 1981, just as transiting Saturn aligned with her natal Saturn, what astrologers call the Saturn Return and a crucial point in one of the Saturn Cycles.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

This is the title of the bio-flick just release about Tammy Faye Bakker. It stars Jessica Chastain as Tammy and Andrew Garfield as her slippery husband, Jim. The film portrays the rags-to-riches ascent of this couple to mega-stardom on Christian television and their sudden decline. That decline ended with Jim being hauled off to jail and Tammy, though never charged with a crime, living under a cloud of shame.

 People who didn’t live through the 1980s might wonder why anyone would be interested in fallen televangelist and his wife but, in many ways, Jim and Tammy were the ultimate representatives of the tawdry materialism of that decade. Jim preached the gospel of wealth, telling his audiences that God wanted them to be rich and, in order to set the proper example, he and Tammy surrounded themselves with ostentatious opulence.

I haven’t seen the movie, but I am familiar with the horoscope of Tammy Faye Bakker. (Click on Tammy Faye to see the chart.) Back when the drama was playing out I looked at it several times wondering how this woman, who seemed so free of bad intentions, could let herself be led by such a dishonest and immoral man. Of course, the answer to that question starts with the placement of her Sun in Pisces.

Following the Moon: Sept. 20, 2021GGAMoon

I got a couple of things right in my analysis to the New Moon chart for Sept. 6. (Click here to see the article and the chart.) I predicted that the pandemic would remain the dominant feature on the news and that there would be continued dissatisfaction with the Biden administration. Over the past two weeks hospitals across the country have struggled to keep up with rising tide of COVID patients and Biden has faced setbacks on several fronts, including a nasty snub by the French.

What I got wrong was my hope that the trine by Uranus to the Sun and Moon would provide us with some good news regarding our handling of the pandemic. Instead we got an uptick of people and institutions fighting over facemask requirements and continued obstinance from the anti-vax crowd. Right now the only way out of this pandemic seems to be through a long and well-populated graveyard.