Monday, December 30, 2013

Bombings in Russia

Two bombings over the past two days in Volgograd, Russia, have killed over 30.  Because of the astrology, I warned of the possibility of post-Christmas violence here.  This chart is for midnight between the first and second bombing:  the same configurations apply to both events.  Regular readers know the drill:  mass-murderers (including many politicians) and mass-murder events have charts that conform to the Bloodbath Formula

1.  Pallas trine Pluto and contraparallel Jupiter:  ethics compromised.

2.  Venus decile Neptune and ruled by Saturn which is quindecile South Node:  Venus (property rights including rights to one's own body) liquefied.

3.  Pluto septile Saturn, ruler of Venus:  Destruction (Pluto) of property including human bodies (Venus).

4.  Pluto conjunct Sun.  Days of death, as it were. 

5.  Mercury prominent -- conjunct Sun

I expect more violence between now and when Pallas is clear of Pluto and Jupiter.  Pallas represents, among other things, the libertarian non-aggression principle.  When she or her sign ruler is corrupted by Pluto, blocked by Jupiter, and/or drained by the South Node, evil is afoot.  When the other factors in the Bloodbath Formula also come into play, we see lethal and senseless violence. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rand Paul 2016?

5/1/2015 Note:  after examining election-day transits for Barack Obama in 2004, which are similarly very Neptunian, I am no longer convinced that Paul would necessarily lose a general 2016 election.  I'll refrain from prognosticating on future elections until I've had time to study the subject in detail.  

Conservative icon Rand Paul has proven himself in a short period of time to be both more principled than virtually all of his colleagues in the US Senate -- and also adept in surfing the waves of public opinion in ways that his pure-libertarian father Ron Paul is not.  In addition, unlike his fellow Tea Party leader Ted Cruz, he possesses a crossover appear to elements on the Left who are capable of accepting well-reasoned arguments.  All of this puts him in a place his father very recently occupied:  a potential contender for the US presidency.

not the best day for Rand

Rand Paul's chart with transits and progressions gives us a possible post-election-day scenario should he wind up on the presidential ballot.

Transiting Pluto conjunct Paul Sun:  Pluto hits the Sun on this chart all year, suggesting great upheaval and possibly power.  Certainly this slow-moving transit is consistent with a year in the spotlight in relation to political power.

Transiting Mars conjunct Paul South Node:  This fast-moving transit suggests some sharp bad news or loss on election day.

Transiting South Node and Neptune conjunct Paul Jupiter and progressed Sun:  More indicators of loss (South Node and Neptune), involving politics/publicity (Jupiter) and self-image (Sun). 

Transiting Sun conjunct Paul Neptune:  Yet another indicator hinting at a loss. 

Transiting Mercury square Paul Mars:  Inconvenient news. 

Ron Paul ran for president three times, understanding full well that his chances of winning were slim.  He did so nevertheless in order to spread a message about freedom, peace, and prosperity which continues to inspire Americans to work to fight the corruption of their nation's current political system.  In this way, his losses were in fact victories.  Should the younger Rand Paul decide to run in 2016, he might do well to bear this attitude in mind...  because the astrology for him on election day that year is not promising. 

Sadly, this does not bode well for re-election to the Senate, either.  Astrology suggests that Rand's career may echo his father's not only in general ideology but also in that Ron's congressional career also experienced an interruption. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Phil Robertson

"Duck Dynasty" reality superstar Phil Robertson has been the top news story in virtually all the mainstream media this week.  His comments in an interview expressing disapproval of homosexual behavior (while not overtly condemning those who engage in it) have stoked a firestorm resulting in a threatened suspension from his TV show's network, followed by a rapid reinstatement after popular backlash.

I watched a few episodes of the show on Netflix earlier this year and found it charming.  I could easily see why the show is such a hit, but wasn't moved to continue watching it myself.  I am no conservative:  I don't hold Robertson's position on homosexuality.  As long as he has not advocated force or violence against any parties, he has not violated the libertarian non-aggression axiom.  He is not, unlike stars of PBS programs, funded by taxpayer money.  As far as I'm concerned, whether his show continues is entirely a decision to be made by the market (the market has decided overwhelmingly in his favor and I have no problem with this). 

Robertson's astrological chart (no birth time) is of some interest.

Pallas/Ethics:  Pallas is square Jupiter and more widely square Mercury.   Robertson doesn't seem particularly libertarian or authoritarian on this chart.  

Venus/Second-House/Economics:  Venus in Taurus, with no connections to Neptune or the South Node.  That suggests (probably) conservative leanings in the economic department.  The North Node in the solar Second House reinforces this idea.  No surprise here, given Robertson's success in business through the creation of a tangible product (as opposed to Neptunian banking trickery) and his openly conservative leanings.  

Moon/Culture:  Possibly no connections between the Moon and Neptune (unless he were born later in the day, giving us a quincunx).  Were he born in the morning, that would put the Moon trine the North Node and away from the Left-leaning influence of Neptune.  This would easily explain his strong cultural conservative stances.  

The quindecile from the Sun to retrograde Jupiter in Libra perhaps represents how his "backward" social (Libra) ideology (Jupiter) might cause him some inconveniences (the quindecile to the Sun).  Transiting Jupiter in Cancer (public sentiment regarding family) is currently squaring Robertson's Jupiter (his personal ideology again) and Chiron (wounding, requiring adjustments), and conjoining his Saturn (a struggle, eventually resulting in this case in expanded authority). 

No surprises here.  The beauty of the astro-political classification system I use here is that once you understand how it works (because of or despite my writing), it's not very hard to see how the socio-political/economic battles of humanity are simply people acting out their planets.  To see and understand that is to be more forgiving of the ways in which others differ from us, as long as they do not encroach upon our capacity to live our own lives as we choose.  This understanding and forgiveness make us, well, more libertarian. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Bloody Christmas

This morning's Drudge Report brings us some violent news from around the world.  37 have died in three separate bombings in the capital of Iraq.  A gunman opened fire outside a New Jersey strip club, hitting five and killing three.  The US embassy in Kabul found itself under fire this morning as well -- in this case no one was hurt. 

Regular readers of this blog know that mass violence and the persons who commit it show up in astrology through the Bloodbath Formula.  This complicated combination of planetary influences has, in my experience, almost never failed to appear when massive carnage is involved.

This is a chart for the New Jersey shootings early this morning.  The time in the news report is approximate, reported as "shortly after midnight".  These are the factors that fulfill the Bloodbath Formula:

1.  Pallas trine Pluto and contraparallel Jupiter:  ethics compromised. 

2.  Saturn, ruler of Venus, quindecile South Node and in aspect to two planets (Jupiter and Sun) which are in aspect to Neptune:  Venus (property rights including rights to one's own body) liquefied.

3.  Pluto conjunct Sun which is semisquare Saturn, ruler of Venus.  Pluto also rules the Second House in this chart.  Destruction (Pluto) of property including human bodies (Venus). 

4.  Sun conjunct Pluto:  Death (Pluto) rules the day (Sun).

5.  (optional) Mercury at the IC

Bonus:  Mars (action/violence) opposite Uranus (unexpected events) over the ASC/Descendant axis.

We may get more violence in the next week or so as the Sun approaches Pluto, and Pallas remains within orb of Pluto and Jupiter.

May your holidays be peaceful. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Bitcoin and the Pluto-Uranus Square

This is a graph of the movements of Pluto and Uranus over the next two-and-a-half years, from the perspective of the Earth.  Pluto is is the brown wave, and Uranus is the blue one.  The horizontal dotted lines running across the graph are the 30-degree modulus positions of the Bitcoin Venus on the Bitcoin's first solar return, and the Bitcoin Sun. 

I expect a high probability of significant Bitcoin news (good, bad, or both) and very pronounced price movement whenever any of the following conditions occurs:
  • The Pluto line crosses either of the dotted Sun or Venus lines
  • The Uranus line crosses either of the dotted Sun or Venus lines
  • The Pluto and Uranus lines cross each other on this graph
  • The Pluto line reaches the top or bottom of a curve, indicating a planetary station
To simplify, this means every time any two lines on the graph cross, or the brown line reaches the top/bottom of a curve.  Yes, almost every quarter of the next two years carries one or more of these events.  We are in for a very rocky ride.  Should Bitcoin survive through the end of 2015, we can probably consider it "here to stay".  If Bitcoin succeeds, the era of the central-banking/warfare complex may well be over, and  the Age of Pisces may be over as well.  Nerds may yet save humanity from itself. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

NSA Court Ruling

This past Monday a federal judge, using scathing language but restrained authority, ruled against the NSA in a lawsuit regarding that agency's phone records collections.  Stating the obvious, he declared his belief that the NSA's behavior is "unconstitutional".  While the ruling was front-page news for virtually all media outlets, It is unclear what, if any, action will result. 

I don't have a time for the actual ruling, but the astrology for the date is instructive.

Here is the USA Sibley chart with transits and progressions for Monday.

Transiting Pallas sextile USA Sun, semisquare USA Mercury, and square USA Ascendant/Descendant axis:  the nation gets a triple dose of the libertarian non-aggression principle as represented by Pallas.

Transiting Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury, and Moon all forming aspects to USA progressed Mars:  work (Saturn), publicity (Jupiter), dialogue (Mercury) and general attention (Moon) regarding the actions (Mars) of the state.

Transiting Chiron conjunct progressed USA Sun (ruling the Ninth):  Repair/adjustment (Chiron) of self/public-image (Sun) in the area of public service (the Ninth House, in Leo and therefore ruled by the Sun).

Transiting Mars at the USA MC, square Venus (ruling the Tenth) and Jupiter (ruling the Ascendant):  Battle (Mars) regarding authority/government (Tenth House) and its ability to act (Ascendant).

Here is the authorization chart for the creation of the NSA, with transits and progressions.

Transiting Pallas septile NSA Sun:  a small spotlight on ethics (Pallas)

Transiting Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury, and Moon all forming aspects to NSA Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury, Ceres, and the Nodes:  work (Saturn), publicity (Jupiter), dialogue (Mercury) and general attention (Moon) triggering disruption (Uranus and probably Ceres) regarding publicity (Jupiter) and communication (Mercury), authority (Saturn) and possibly altering its destiny (the Nodes).  

Transiting Sun trine NSA Pluto:  shining the light (Sun) on power (Pluto), so to speak.  

Here is the chart which Matt Savinar insists is the only correct chart for the NSA, with transits and progressions.  Interestingly, it's much the same story as with the authorization chart.  A sextile between Pallas and the NSA Sun replaces the septile of the previous chart.  The Saturn-Jupiter-Mercury-Moon dog-pile on the chart hits many of the same points as on the authorization chart, minus Mercury and Saturn and weakening the Jupiter connection. 

Both NSA charts work well for this event:  there's no "slam-dunk" like a transit to an angle to suggest a clear winner.  Either way, with the Nodal themes there's reason to believe that some changes may have to occur in the NSA's systematic violation of the privacy of all Americans. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Bitcoin: Ouch!

One annoying problem with Bitcoin is that if you take your eye off of it for a couple days (like I did), it can surprise you.  Today the price has dropped to a little under $600, about half of the recent peak from only two weeks ago.  In previous posts, we went over the Neptune factor:  transiting Neptune is currently conjunct the Bitcoin Venus.  This is not enough to kill the upward trajectory... unless a fast-moving transiting planet temporarily strengthens Neptune by any sort of significant aspect.  There are examples in previous posts. 

Mars recently triggered Neptune in this way, explaining a small drop from a couple of days ago.  I believe today's painful drop is a repeat of previous action relating to Chiron, brought back to us through the magic of retrogradation and planetary stations.  The two factors I suspect are giving us the current malaise:

1.  Transiting Jupiter in the 12th quincunx Bitcoin Chiron.  Seen before, here
2.  Transiting Chiron quincunx Bitcoin South Node.  Seen before, here

Any astrologer who took into account the transits around previous price fluctuations, either by studying an ephemeris or simply by reading this blog carefully could have seen this coming.

Jupiter and Chiron are already leaving this configuration, though Jupiter will return.  Use your own judgement and act at your own risk, of course...  but I'm still bullish.

Friday, December 13, 2013

GOP Budget Capitulation

Earlier this week, the DC Republican lawmakers caved in, as usual, on federal budget negotiations.  This is no surprise:  it's the rare displays of defiance against hyper-spending and massive expansion of the national debt that are unusual for the GOP denizens of the Hill of Iniquity.  With their recent token protest against the evils of Obamacare, the rank-and-file Republicans now consider their good deed for the year to be done.  They now feel justified in returning to their usual pattern of giving the Leviathan State everything it wants.

time unknown; described as "night"

This is a chart for transits and progressions against the USA Sibley chart for the evening this week which spawned the deal.  Note that the Pallas-Pluto trine corresponding to other recent government expansions around the globe is very much in force.  While the trine is in effect, we will see the cancerous tentacles of the State expand their reach.

Other features of the chart stand out:

Transiting Jupiter square progressed USA Mars:  The power of the American State to act (Mars), greatly amplified (Jupiter), albeit perhaps awkwardly (the square).

Transiting Venus conjunct USA Pluto:  Money (Venus) for the "Plutocrats".  This one is quite literal.

Progressed Moon conjunct progressed Saturn:  On this chart, Saturn rules the Second House of finances and the Moon rules the Eighth House of debt.  This is another very literal configuration, representing the US financing its operations through debt (and taxes, arguably another Eighth House domain).

Business as usual, in other words. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Uranus and Conservatism

Yesterday, the Stars Over Washington blog posted about the astrology of political conservatism.  Being an ardent Left-winger (with an interesting dash of libertarian-conspiracy-theorist which I applaud), blogger Jude Cowell did not have nice things to say about the right wing of the Washingtonian bird of prey.  Nevertheless, she touched on a couple of interesting points which dovetail into my own astrological theory of political ideology. 

The first point is the association of Uranus with right-wing movements, especially in America.  While I generally ignore Uranus in my own theory, there has long been evidence of such an correlation.  My friend the conservative blogger Promethean Antagonist has commented on the fact that many prominent conservative heroes such as Ayn Rand are Sun-sign Aquarians.  Far-Left astrologer and Chiron specialist Dale O'Brien associates Uranus with evil (including, for him, conservatism).  I believe he cites a study done decades ago of Sun signs of members of Congress:  Republicans came out disproportionately Aquarian and Democrats were disproportionately Arian and Piscean. 

While one can accurately identify conservative tendencies in a chart without looking at Uranus, I believe the idea of a Uranian connection has merit... but not for reasons commonly cited.  I believe conservatives are often Uranian not because of a rebellious nature (if anything, conservatives are conformists though in a different way from the Left).  Conservatives are often Uranian because Uranus is detached, intellectual, and unemotional.  This flies in the face of the "don't think.. feel!" commandment of Left-wing culture, ruled by Neptune.  Conservatives, for all their faults, are more likely to look at the bottom line rather than follow some Neptunian rapture into oblivion.  Aries and Pisces, in contrast, are perhaps less logical and more likely to "follow their hearts" without engaging their brains.  Great for art.  Deadly for economic policy.

Jude's comment about the conservative worship of aspects of the feminine is more in line with my own thinking.  My own research consistently demonstrates that conservatism is astrologically driven by Venus and the Moon, and their associated houses and rulers.  If my work has any merit, the Left/Right divide may be entirely about the way we perceive our own inner traditionally-feminine archetypes.  And of course, Pallas, goddess of non-aggression and libertarianism, is also a feminine archetype. 

I don't have birth data for Jude Cowell herself, but would guess at Neptune/South-Node involvement with the Moon (and/or rulers and/or Fourth House) and Venus (and/or rulers and/or Second House).  This, and a "mixed" Pallas signature (neither libertarian nor fully authoritarian) would account for the Leftist politics.  Probably also some Pluto involvement with Venus and/or the Moon or their rulers, for some feminist leanings. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pluto, Pallas, and the Press

In the past few days, the governments of both Russia and Japan have made sudden moves to control the flow of information within their borders.  Astrology shows us this is no accident.

Other factors apply, of course, but I'd like to point out that Pallas (ethics, non-aggression) is currently trine Pluto (power, corruption) in the tropical sky.  Pallas sits at 10 degrees Virgo:  Pluto is at 10 degrees Capricorn.  Readers of this blog will know that when these two bodies form aspects, power often triumphs over reason.  In the American alternative press, stories about the "knockout game" and Barack Obama's expanding powers abound, accompanying the stories from Russia and Japan. 

This current Pallas-Pluto trine hits Mercury (information, communication) on the national charts of both nations.  On Russia's Christmas 1991 chart, Mercury is at 11 Sagittarius.  On Japan's April 28 1952 chart, Mercury is at 12 degrees Aries.  Both these Mercury placements, representing the flow of information in their respective nations, are within the orb of effect of the Pallas-Pluto trine. 

As always, when the peace and ethics of Pallas are compromised by Pluto, the South Node, and/or discordant aspects from Jupiter...  evil spreads unchecked.  We may explore the charts of Russia and Japan in future posts. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

JRR Tolkien and his Elves

JRR Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, was a self-described "conservative anarchist".  Today such a description would match an influential faction of today's libertarian movement.  Tolkein's political ideology actually pervades and forms the basis for his epic Middle Earth tales.  Unlike Ayn Rand with Atlas Shrugged, however, Tolkien doesn't hit the reader over the head with his beliefs, rather choosing to let the story display them without fanfare.  His writing continues to infuriate academics and other state-apologists; the masses of the public who love it usually miss the libertarian subtext, at least consciously.

The novels are at heart an exploration of the problems of power, symbolized by The Ring.  Power and evil are inseparable.  Power attracts to itself not the innocent and the good, but the evil.  Power corrupts.  Fighting power with power only brings the corruption that comes with power and the pursuit of it.  What do good people do with the concentration of power?  They dispel it.

As usual, astrology gives us insight into Tolkien's political thinking.  

The "conservative" in Tolkien's "conservative anarchist" is a little bit tricky.  The Moon is square the Nodes, highlighting cultural attitude in some way.  Neptune, co-ruler of the Moon, is conjunct the North Node but square the Moon herself.  We have a mix of culturally conservative and liberal elements.  One might argue that the Moon, being angular, wins over the elevated Neptune and that the Neptune/North-Node connection further strengthens the Moon against, oddly, Neptune himself.  It's not terribly clear.  Note that in Middle Earth, multiple races peacefully coexist albeit in mostly segregated communities; separate, as you might find some cultural conservatives calling for, but not particularly unequal.

The economics are mixed as well.  Venus, ruling the 2nd House, is trine Neptune:  leftward.  But the North Node is in Taurus:  rightward.  Mixed culture and economics together tend to push a chart by default to the Right in modern society.  The modern Left doesn't tolerate much compromise, and the modern Right is nothing if not thoroughly compromised.

The "anarchist" part is also complicated.  On the libertarian side, Mercury is semisquare Pallas and square her co-ruler Saturn.  Pallas is sesquiquadrate Saturn, which rules both Mercury and the Sun.  This is very strong on the libertarian side.  Mitigating this a little is Pluto widely trine Saturn (Pallas co-ruler, also quindecile Jupiter) and quincunx Uranus (Pallas co-ruler).  This is a bit of a planetary brawl.  I might have expected a libertarian-leaning paleo-conservative rather than a full-on anarchist, but frankly the complexity of the pattern raises some uncertainty as to interpretation.


Elves in Middle Earth are pointy-eared, highly civilized and logical, emotionally detached, peaceful and yet highly proficient in combat, a bit mystical, are associated with (magical) weapons, quietly work for the good of all races, and step out of the way when it suits the common good.  Sound familiar? 

Tolkien's elves are an iteration of the Palladian archetype.  The world's literature and traditions has at least a few other high-profile examples of the archetype, hidden in plain sight and unrecognized for what they represent. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Bitcoin Double-Dip

The price of Bitcoin has dipped twice this week interrupting the recent upward surge (once a few days ago and once today).  Because my own holdings and cash flow are not large enough to merit doing the homework, I haven't taken the time to forecast these dips in advance.  They would have been easy to predict, however.

Neptune has been conjunct the Bitcoin Venus for a few months now, courtesy of a recent station.  The presence of Neptune alone is not enough to counteract the Pluto and North Node factors (described in previous posts) which correspond to this season's wild upward movement.  When a faster-moving planet, however, forms an aspect with Neptune...  Neptune is temporarily able to overcome the more powerful factors and make himself known against Venus.  When this happens, we see a dip in the price.

Transits for the first price dip this week:  note Mercury-Sun-Moon midpoint/conjunction picture, all square transiting Neptune.

Transits for today's dip:  Mercury square transiting Neptune.  This one has the possibility of lasting longer than the usual day or so, because of a factor not pictured here.  Transiting Saturn is squaring the Mars on the first solar return of the Bitcoin chart -- co-ruling the Second House on that chart.  The transit has not perfected yet, and will not do so for nearly a week. 

This triggering of Neptune has occurred before in the past few months.  With Neptune slowly gaining distance from Bitcoin's Venus, this method of predicting short price drops will stop working quite so well until it fails altogether.  By then, Pluto will be in full force against Bitcoin's chart and I expect some truly extreme price movement. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela

Neptune, astrological ruler of the political Left, is the consummate master of hiding his own history, even from his own faithful.  The fact that the word "Progressive" can be uttered in the same breath as "civil rights", that Franklin Delano Roosevelt can be credited with helping the Jews escape Nazi persecution (he denied them entry to the US), and that historically-clueless hipsters can wear Che Guevara T-shirts without being charged with hate crimes:  these all attest that when it comes to self-deception, the Left is unparalleled.  Indeed, the very existence of the Left as we know it today relies on the uniquely human ability to invent and believe in an alternate reality, completely divorced from fact.  (The Right has it coming, too... I'll pick on them if they ever come to power again). 

It is this tendency towards deception, among others, which has made an astrological mapping of the ethical/political spectrum challenging.  Our mainstream political history hides the true nature of countless political movements and personalities.  An astrologer seeking to truly apprehend the way in which planetary movements correlate with human events must first uncover an accurate history.  This is much easier now in the advent of the internet than it was when academia, married to the reigning political power structure, was the sole source of historical information.  In the spirit of the quest for truth, no matter how unpleasant, we examine today's astrological chart.

If we believe the mainstream media, Nelson Mandela is a pure and great symbol of freedom, a man of great moral authority and ethical conviction who surrendered much in service of his fellow humankind.  A minute's research on the web, something few will take the time to do, shatters this flowery image entirely.  Mandela was not only a Communist but a leader of the African National Congress, a terrorist organization which has deliberately targeted civilians for killing.  This symbol of freedom actually stands for anything but.  Apartheid was a horror, but Mandela's ANC was even less humane than the regime it fought. 

On the libertarian end, Pallas is trine the Sun on Mandela's chart.  So far, so good.  The "good", however, ends here.  For Pallas is parallel with the life-sucking South Node, and is ruled by Jupiter which is both parallel the South Node and conjunct murderous Pluto.  Extreme economic-Leftist psychology is very evident:  the South Node is conjunct Venus and Second House ruler Saturn is conjunct Neptune.  Putting him on the cultural Left and sealing our far-Left diagnosis is the Moon quincunx his very prominent South Node.  Adding injury and death to insult, Mandela also possesses features that not only put him in the Left-Authoritarian category, but complete the Bloodbath Formula and put him in the company of most serial killers:  Pluto is sesquiquadrate the Moon (ruler of the Sun) and indirectly conjunct Venus.

Doing our historical homework allows us to make sense of this chart, which matches the man and not the myth.  This is not the horoscope of someone who wants to liberate his fellow humans, but quite the opposite.  It is the chart of a murderer. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins

It's not hard to see the two recent "Hunger Games" movies (starring the riveting and now extremely popular Jennifer Lawrence) as a dystopian sci-fi allegory for growing up in modern-day America.  The 12-plus-1 districts of the oligarchy of Panem might echo the 12-plus-1 grades of American compulsory education.  The crowded poverty of the districts and cruelty of the Games themselves might represent the experience of the American school-prisoner.  Lawrence's stunningly-portrayed heroine Katniss Everdeen must contend with much:  one absent parent, one useless parent, hostile authorities, rampant societal hypocrisy, economic uncertainty, a world of shifting alliances in which friends and foes are unclear, youthfully raging emotions, and the obligatory lessons of learning to relate to others.  In other words, the tale could easily be a more lethal version of the quintessential experience of growing up in modern America. 

It is even easier (and more appropriate for this blog) to take "The Hunger Games" at face value and see it as the tale of a totalitarian State and its inevitable collapse.  From this view, we find the story much more sharply observed and true-to-life than the superficially-similar Marxist fantasy of Neill Blomkamp's Elysium.  Author Suzanne Collins' fictional nation of "Panem", unlike "Elysium", is more-or-less technically feasible and may well be based on real-life Communist societies.  Panem's system is one of total government control over the economy of the labor force, with the elite government class enjoying a wildly disproportionate share of the wealth that they alone have the power to distribute.  Central economic control is the linchpin of all Communist/Socialist systems (and partially of Fascist systems) and inevitably results in obscene wealth disparity generally absent in truly capitalist societies.  Where "Elysium" erroneously blames society's ills on "rich people", "The Hunger Games" places the source of society's malaise solely where it occurs in the real world:  with the guns of the State. 

"The Hunger Games" also echoes other real-world phenomena where "Elysium" proves itself to be pure fantasy.  Panem's elite/government class exists in a state of severe moral/ethical decay (watching children kill each other for sport) evoking ancient Rome, modern America, or the inner circles of many a Communist ruling party; in "Elysium" we see none of the psychological roots of the divide and must simply accept that "rich" equals "bad".  Panem's totalitarian state brings about its own unraveling through its own obvious cruelty and corruption:  as in so many cases in real history, the people come to a boiling point and cannot help but rebel, assisted by conscientious insiders (Katniss is only an unwitting symbol of this rebellion).  In "Elysium", a Neptunian savior miraculously and single-handedly arises and dissolves the entire system in the space of an hour. 

I can only find two relatively minor problems with "Hunger Games"'s depiction of tyranny.  One is that Donald Sutherland's evil "President Snow" is the sole arbiter of woe:  real tyrannies are generally based on consortia of power-hungry parties who unite against the populace but vie against each other for the helm.  The other is the age of the regime:  74-75 years.  True totalitarian regimes either loosen their grasp (China, to some degree) or fall to either economic forces (the Soviet Union) or popular revolt/movement (Somalia) within four decades (half of a Uranus cycle). 

Based on "The Hunger Games", we know author Suzanne Collins is not only a skilled creator of fiction but also a person who can view political and social dynamics quite accurately.  In other words, we would expect a personality that astrology would show to be significantly libertarian (whether or not she consciously identifies as such). 

This is not a "perfect" libertarian chart:  Pallas is somewhat widely square Jupiter, somewhat widely trine the South Node, and is ruled by Mercury which is widely conjunct Pluto and widely opposite Jupiter.  The tighter aspects answer our questions:  Pallas is sextile the Sun and quintile Mercury, and the North Node is conjunct the Sun for good measure.  Again, not perfect, but the chart gives us more "libertarian" than not, and explains Collins' accurate insights into politics.

Without a time of birth, we can't be sure, but aside from the libertarian/peacenik tendencies we might expect her to lean to the Left.  She has the South Node trine Venus (Leftward economics) and probably parallel the Moon (probably culturally liberal, even with the probable North Node trine). We will generally see Venus with the South Node and/or Neptune in the charts of creative artists (no surprise, which is why most of them lean to the Left). 

Leo focus (Sun, Mercury, North Node): helps to explain Collins' livelihood as a creator of stories (Leo as self-expression) that speak to the experience of young people (Leo again). 

Jupiter-Neptune-Pluto triangle:  capturing the public (Jupiter) imagination (Neptune) with stories (Neptune again) about power and oppression (Pluto).  That Chiron (wounding/healing) is conjunct Jupiter here reflects the fact that "The Hunger Games" does not give us easy answers to the problems it poses but portrays a believable process of Katniss' ongoing struggle to adjust and heal from her circumstances. 

Mercury-Uranus-Pluto triple conjunction:  writing (Mercury) about political/popular (Uranus) upheaval (Pluto). 

(Probable) Moon-Pluto-Chiron/Jupiter T-Square:  public media (Jupiter) exploring deep emotional issues (Moon) regarding death (Pluto) requiring healing (Chiron).  The Moon is also generally considered to be central to the charts of writers.

I, for one, will be awaiting the third and presumably final "Hunger Games" movie.  I might even read the books while I'm waiting.

P.S.:  Jennifer Lawrence was born under a Pallas-Venus conjunction, which she shares with fellow Hollywood hyper-beauties Natalie Portman, Lindsay Lohan, Anne Hathaway, Keira Knightley, Rebecca Romijn, Dakota Fanning, Barbara Stanwyck, Lauren Cohan, Brittany Murphy, and Miley Cyrus.  I do not consider this to be coincidence.  Lawrence also unsurprisingly shares a (Left)-libertarian chart pattern with "Hunger Games" writer Suzanne Collins.