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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Astrology and American Idol

We all have  guilty pleasures …sometimes it’s the song that sticks in your head , sometimes it’s the TV show that maybe we don’t want to admit we watch , sometimes it’s secretly stalking a  celebrity [ in this case it may be all 3…lol  ].
So every year there are many new tv shows and many new vocal artists and many cd’s released. Why do some stick and end up being more than a short lived fad or one hit wonder while other shows stay on tv for years. Let’s look to Jupiter first.
Jupiter is the planet that has to do with pop culture and current trends. Jupiter is a social planet and likes to talk and hypothesize and philosophize .Jupiter also is one of the rulers of sport [ competition ] and gambling and long distance travel [ tv can be long distance travel when you think about it , I mean I live in Ohio when else am I going to see a shark attack but on Discovery channel’s Shark week ].
So my point being … is there a reason that American Idol has been such a cultural icon for the last decade or so while so many other shows have faded. Let’s take a lookey look and see what our planetary friends tell us.
So we start with the chart for the first episode of American idol as the birth time as this is when it was launched into the consciousness of the public. The first episode aired on June 11th, 2002. Several interesting things in this chart, Pluto [ obsession , power ] and the South Node [ familiarity ]of the Moon are on the ascendant … very good for attracting and KEEPING viewers. Mercury [ communication ] is in the 6th house [ daily activities ] and then in the 7th house  [ relationships , other people ] there is a stellium [ groupings of 3 planets or more that are all within 10 degrees of each other ] and 3 conjunctions [ 2 planets within 10 degrees of each other ] the last of which spills over into the 8th house.
The first aspect is a stellium  in the sign of Gemini [ communication ] and it has the Sun [ creativity , performance ], Saturn [ work , career, public standing ]  and the North Node [ future , destiny ] all tightly conjunct within 3 degrees of each other.
The second set of planets in the 7th house is in the sign of Cancer  where we have conjunctions between the Moon [ emotions ] and Mars [ energy ] , Mars [ energy ] and Jupiter [ humor , wide ranging appeal ] and then between Jupiter  and Venus  [ love, relationships ] which is in the 8th house [ obsessions ]. So all these things added up give American idol a fantastic chart for a venture that needs a long lasting presence [ Pluto ] and wide ranging appeal  [ Jupiter ] and a bit of an addictive quality to it [ Pluto conjunct South Node on the Ascendant ] … and it’s a competition [ Jupiter, Mars ] and has lots of pretty people [ Venus ] and humorous [ Jupiter ]and touching [ Venus ]moments … it has a little bit of everything.
So we’ve established they have a great birth chart for the show. Why the strong  connection to the American Public… look below at the chart for the U.S..  All those planets in Cancer in the American Idol show chart just happen to be conjunct [ within 10 degrees ] of several of the planets in the U.S. chart that also has 4 planets in the sign of Cancer. Now a quick synopsis of the sign of Cancer.. Cancer is the most feminine of the signs, the most nurturing , probably the most emotional. Where there is Cancer is where we feel clingy and where we feel sentimental and nostalgic.
When a planet comes back to the same place in the chart as it was when the person , corporation, team , tv show  or whatever was created this is called having a “ return” this happens every so often depending on how long the specific planet takes to go around the entire Zodiac circle . The further out the planet the longer this takes. The Moon takes 30 days ,Mercury and Venus take about 9 months , Mars takes 2 years , Jupiter 12 years out through Saturn 28-30 years Uranus 82-84 years Neptune 128-132 years and Pluto around 180 years. So my point is to have 1 planet making a “ return “ is not that unusual , it happens pretty frequently, to have 2 planets having a return is much  more rare because their rotation cycles are so different time wise.


Now Jupiter is in the sign of Cancer in the U.S. chart just like it is in the A.I. chart. This happens once every 12 years . Now Venus is in Cancer in both charts as well, that happens every 9 months . But having both back in the same sign as they were in the original U.S. chart Is an unusual happening due to their varying transit lengths. Not to mention that both charts also have multiple sets of 2 planet conjunctions in Cancer as well as both charts each having 4 planets / luminaries in Cancer.
The contestants are mostly new every year on A.I. but the judges do not always change. Some judges have been there several years, usually there’s a couple changes every few years and even the show creator Simon Cowell left a couple a couple years ago . This is the 12th season for American idol and there have been 10 different judges on the show.
There is 1 judge however that has been on every season since the show started and it’s legendary Musician and producer Randy Jackson . Guess what sign Mr. Jackson is ? If you guessed Cancer you are correct.  Randy jackson’s Sun is at 2 degrees Cancer , it sits within 1 degree of the Moon in the A.I. birthchart and it sits within 1 degree of the Venus in the U.S. birth chart .

 I will give you the entire explanation of how and why Astrology works in 1 paragraph. Everything is an energy or a frequency . There are 12 signs of the zodiac , each sign has 30 degrees ..that makes 360 degrees or frequencies. There are symbols and archetypes for these 360 different “ frequencies” . Mutual or the same frequencies will attract each other ….you will be annoyed by frequencies that are disharmonious to the frequencies in your chart. This works in politics, it works in relationships , it works in sporting events…. This is why Astrology works. Within the  context of the frequencies realize that we are all souls that have been around for awhile and we all have our own different Karmic agenda’s that we are working on or things that we need to heal and we attract the people , place  or things with the right frequencies that can help us leran lessons, improve our lives , heal , old wounds and understand more of the reality of our existence. There you go … the point of Astrology in a paragraph.
Anyhow, … ummm .. American Idol …so there have been 10 different judges on A.I. throughout it’s history. I’m going to give you a quick breakdown here of the elements…Fire signs are very passionate and have big personalities, Air signs are very talkative and communicative. Water signs are emotional and Earth signs are very practical and down to Earth. So if we look at the judges by the elements their Sun signs are …
So  there you go ….mostly Extroverts with bug personalities. They all seem like nice people but sorry no Capricorns, Taurus’ or Virgo’s at the judges table… far too serious for tv [ viewer discretions is advised ].
 Now as far as the contest winners goes the Earth signs have ruled . The practical Earth signs appear to be the ones to be able to take the criticism and improve their performances by the end of the season .Out of the 11  season winners so far the breakdown is the following:
Okay so looking over the charts of the previous 11 winners they all had a significant transit from Jupiter happening in their chart . Either Jupiter making a trine [ very favorable aspect ] or conjunction Jupiter or another planet in their chart. Using this knowledge I’m going to make my predictions with 6 people left in the competition. Out of curiosity of the 6 remaining contestants there are 2 Sag's [ although one is very , very close to the cusp of Scorpio, and 1 each of Capricorn, Taurus , Aquarius and Pisces. S that's 2 Earth signs , 2 fire and 1 each of  Air and Water.
In order with 1 being my most likely to win here is my strength of chart rating.
1. Janelle Arthur
2. Candice Glover
3. Angie Miller
4. Kree Harrison
5. Amber Holcomb
6. Lazaro Arbos
   I will add that there appears to be a pretty big gap in chart strength between the no. 2 and 3contestants. The top 2 both have some similar transits going on . But good luck to them all and we shall see who Jupiter is kindest to.  

Monday, April 8, 2013

This NCAA tourney is for the birds ... no, really!

 As  many had suspected we are a few hours from watching Louisville take the court in search of their third National championship . The Cardinals came into the tournament as the overall no. 1 seed so it’s no shock to see they’ve made it this far however, the journey has not gone exactly as expected.  Louisville is the only no. 1 seed to win their region and none of the no. 2’s or 3’s made it this far and there was a no. 9 that actually made it to the final  4.
That being said we’re going to look at a few of the Astrological tidbits that you may have missed in all of the excitement or had  no idea about.
Although Astrology can be very complex when trying to figure out the winner of sporting events or elections sometimes things play out very literal. As some of you already know all sports teams have mascots and many of them are animals , also every Sign has rulerships  [ things that fall under their domain] and many times you will see the things that fall under that domain being shown favor … especially when you talk about Jupiter in that sign. Example : In 2011 when the Ncaa tournament was happening we had the planet Uranus  [ upsets, surprises, shocking events ] early in the sign of Aries and we also had Jupiter [luck , expansion , pop culture trends ] also in the sign of Aries . Now as many of you know the Aries animal totem is the Ram. That year there were 2 teams that were either nicknamed the Rams or had a Ram as a mascot . You had  North Carolina [ the Tar Heels , whose mascot is a Ram ] who were a no. 2 seed and thusly should have made it to the elite 8 [ which they did ] .
The other team was the relatively unknown Virginia Commonwealth University  [ VCU- the Rams ] who had never done much in the tournament and came in as a no. 11 seed which means they should have made a very early exit.  On top of being seeded low they also had to play a “play in” game just to solidify their spot in the field of 68 .  So of course they win their play in game and then proceed to upset the no.‘s 6,3,10, and 1 seeds in succession before losing to repeat Final Four team Butler in the National semi’s.  So VCU became the 3rd no. 11 seed to make the Final Four since they began seeding the field in 1979 , winning 5 of 6 games and nearly making it to the championship game while North Carolina did not exceed expectations they did go 3-1 and make it to the elite 8. Those were the only 2 teams in the tournament that year with Ram mascots and they went a combined 8-1 and both made it to the final 8 teams. Pretty above average showing for Rams that year.
Fast forward to 2013 . Jupiter is currently in Gemini . Gemini rules Butterflies [ not many sports teams with a ferocious nickname like the butterflies ] and Birds ……Hmmm .. birds. So let’s see …we have no less than 8 teams in this years tournament named after birds. Let’s tally how they did.
First … a quick word on seeding. The skinny is that there are 16 teams [ seeded 1-16 ] in each region plus 4 teams that have to win a play in game . So if the favored team or the team most expected to win were to win every game you would have no.’s 1-8 winning in the first round ..the no. 1-4 seeds winning in the second round no.’s 1-2 winning in the third round.
Okay with my mathematical doufiness out of the way we had the following 8 bird teams make the tournament:
Louisville [ a no. 1 seed ], Creighton [ no.7] , Marquette [no. 3 ], Oregon [ no. 12] , Kansas [no.1 ] , Temple [ no. 9] , Long Island u.@ Brooklyn [ no. 16] and Florida Gulf Coast [no.15]  . Long Island Brooklyn was a no. 16 seed and never has a number 16 seed won a game in the Ncaa  Tournament outside of the play in round. Regardless there were 8 bird teams seeded 9 or higher and 8 bird teams seeded 8 or lower . All things being normal they should have went 4-4 in their first games. Instead they won 7 and lost only 1.
 In the next round [ seeds 1-4 favored to win ] they should have won 3 and lost 4 ..instead they win 5 and lose 2 . Going into tonight’s championship game the game birds have gone 16-7 in this years tournament. We have one team in the National championship game , 2 made the elite 8 . With only 8 of the 68 team field being named after birds we ended up with 5 of the last 12 teams being  Bird mascots included Florida Gulf Coast who became only the 7th No. 15 seed to win a game vs. a no. 2 seed and the first no. 15 seed EVER to win in the following round. And no one had ever heard of them because they are only in their 3rd year of Playing Division 1 basketball.
Also, 6 upsets were pulled in the tournament by Birdbearing [ is that even a word ?.... well it is now] teams , 1 of the teams [ Oregon ]got beat by another bird team [ Louisville ] and Marquette [ not originally a bird team but they changed their mascot a few years in back …. Obviously in anticipation of Jupiter being in Gemini this year ..wink wink ] .
Anyway I picked Louisville in most of my brackets  from the beginning of the tournament although I did not see Michigan getting this far. However I must say that Michigans’ transits for their team chart , their coaches chart and the chart of their top players is actually slightly better than Louisville’s this will be very close . Don’t be surprised if there’s an upset. The Cardinals are favoured by 4 , take the Wolverins and the points.