Star Struck Chronicles

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven"


I published this blog in August, when Mercury was still retrograde. Here we are in October, and the results are in.

We are now into the retrograde Mercury period that extends until September 5. I recently experienced a disaster in my kitchen when a dishwasher was incorrectly installed and water went under the hardwood floor destroying it. The entire kitchen, including cabinets have been torn out. Now, here we are in the retrograde and things must go on, some of it out of my hands in terms of contractors. I have always told my clients not to start new projects on a retrograde. But, there are always times when timing is out of our personal control.

The disaster in my kitchen occurred late June well in advance of the retrograde. Remodeling began on a Mars-Uranus contact in my chart on July 21. (The contractor chose the time, stating it was the only available slot he had). Mars-Uranus is a burst of energy with unpredictable consequences.  Three days later, I decided against the contractor I was using as he became a verbal bully and I discovered his price was three times the rate of others.

I chose cabinetry on August 11, 2 days before the retrograde, and I paid for a new range hours before Mercury went retrograde on August 12. The cabinets are to be finished the first of October.

Can this project come to a successful conclusion and when? Let's see. This is real life astrology and I will update this blog with results. Here we go..

My prediction: 1-Through sheer will I will finish the project. The new contractor is on vacation the week of August 13. I think it is questionable if he starts the week of August 21, and if so, it will not be early in the week. This will be frustrating.

Sheer will is what it took to live with no kitchen for 4 months, and one delay after another. As I suspected the contractor started after August 21.

2-As this project is occurring on a Saturn-Venus period in my chart, I must temper my expectations and not expect it to be my 'dream kitchen." If all goes well, I will like the results and I should be satisfied.

The results are in, and I like my new kitchen. I am just glad to have a kitchen, period! As far as a 'dream kitchen,' I have decided this my dream kitchen for now, and beyond this, I don't even know what a dream kitchen would entail.

3-The first contractor owes me money (the deposit) as we discontinued the agreement, and he will take his time to return it.

I filed to go to court, and the contractor settled the day before court which was October 2. So, he definitely took his time.

3-It could go over budget and I need to watch the money.

The budget is at the end, and the money is spent. I haven't settled in totality with the final contractor, and it may go over budget.

4-I could change my mind on the cabinets which are custom built, and may not like them as much as I thought, or change my order. They probably won't be ready in time. If they are installed as ordered, I will continually wonder if they are too dark, or see something I like more. If I change my order, I will regret that as well.

As of now, I like everything that has been done. The backsplash on the walls isn't perfect, but it is ok. I actually love the cabinets. But, that doesn't mean I recommend doing anything on a retrograde Mercury you can avoid. The biggest problem I can see at this time with the retrograde, was the length of time it took to actually get the cabinets!

5-unknown issues may crop up.

The unknown issues were plumbing, higher costs of building materials, and the length of time it took to complete things. Then there was the hassle of court costs filing against the first contractor, and I lost money there.

6-I think the project should be completed by mid-October on or around the last quarter of the full moon, or no later than late October.

The cabinet makers were scheduled to come October 15, and had to change the date to October 17. As of October 18, there are a few finishing touches the contractors will complete and its finally done.

The biggest problem with this project was the length of time it took to complete. That is partly due to the retrograde Mercury and partly due to the fact Saturn has been opposing my natal Venus. Saturn delays and restricts and it has certainly done this. Saturn always disappoints and makes time drag on if nothing else. But alas, as Saturn moves away from my Venus it will be done, and life can move forward again! Things will get lighter as I tell my clients.





During October, Jupiter enters Scorpio and Pluto begins its direct motion along with Saturn. The fast moving planets will enter Libra, then Scorpio.

Jupiter enters Scorpio the morning of October 10. This is a major planetary shift, as the planet of gain and expansion enters the sign ruled by Pluto and Mars. Scorpio is the natural ruler of the 8th house of change and transformation, taxes and debt, other people's money and sex. Jupiter represents optimism, expansion and growth. Jupiter-Scorpio will be deep and not superficial. Jupiter expands whatever it touches, good or bad.

If you are a water sign, or have water sign planets, Jupiter in this sign will trine your planets in Cancer and Pisces, and if you are a Scorpio, or have planets here, Jupiter will conjunct them. All of this is positive and expansive. If you are an Earth sign, Jupiter will sextile your planets, which is also expansive.

Jupiter only enters your own sign once every 12 years. The last time Jupiter was in Scorpio was late October 2005-early December 2006. Jupiter in your sign is typically considered a very positive placement, and you should see expansion in several areas your life, unless other transits are affecting your chart in a negative manner. Even if they are, there should be some planetary help with Jupiter here. Never underestimate the powerful positive and expansive energies Jupiter can bring.

During this cycle of Jupiter we will value strength, willpower, and decisiveness. There can be a stronger desire to solve problems from the start. We could see more interest in crime and those of a criminal nature.

This can be a time for healing and improving and transforming your life in many areas, depending on where Jupiter transits your personal chart.

Jupiter will trine Neptune in Pisces during early December and this may be a powerful psychic and creative bent. In 2018 it will repeat and sextile Pluto in Capricorn.  All of this is positive, and will be far different from Jupiter's opposition to Uranus we are currently experiencing which is far more unpredictable.

Before the year is over, Jupiter will trine the Cancer  Sun of the US. This can only be positive, and perhaps some of the healing can start considering we have experienced numerous weather related disasters and tragedies and the massacre in Las Vegas. We can only hope, and this transit can only help.

Pluto turned stationary direct on September 28, amping up powerful energies and typically bringing large events in our lives and the world, such as the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. It begins its forward movement October 24, moving to 17 degrees of Capricorn. As Pluto moves forward secrets are reveals and issues come to light for what they are. It is very likely more will be revealed in the Russian investigation into the 2016 election.

 In 2018, Pluto will reach 21 degrees, and we are moving toward the powerful Pluto-Saturn conjunction in 2020 that occurs at 22 degrees of Capricorn. This will be a transit that will change the world.

Several days stand out in October. Following are the most significant ones.

October 5 is one such day. The full moon falls on this day at 2:40 PM, EST at 12 degrees of Aries. Aries is ruled by Mars the God of War, making this a powerful Moon that will play out before and after the actual lunar peak. The Moon squares Pluto making this day volatile in the world and in our personal lives. Mars is ego motivated and oriented, and this will represent the overall attitude of many on this day.

Moon-Pluto transits can often reveal situations and motivations, and confrontations with subconscious problems can arise. Some may experience extreme emotional conflicts, domination by others or attempts to dominate others. Difficulties with joint finances can arise, or there can be some type of disruption in the home, or with women. Moon-Pluto transits can be obsessive in nature and at times, emotional meltdowns can occur or a desire to force change. Sometimes issues concerning sex can come out into the open.

On the same day, Mars conjuncts Venus, and this transit rules the sexes. At times, this can be difficult and create tension as the sexes vie for control. As Mars and Venus are in Virgo, things can turn critical or nit-picking could occur. This is a waste of time and energy, because the same transit can lead to a meeting of the minds with a deeper understanding of how both parties see things if you take the higher road with this transit.

The is a powerful full moon, and should be used constructively. If so, the result can be transformation on some level. At its worst, this is a volatile day that can lead to endings.

Violence can occur in the world, and this Moon is part of the astrology of the October 1, massacre in Las Vegas. I hope we don't see more violence, but it is possible. Pluto rules bullies, those who force their will on others, nuclear events and situations, and conflict over joint finances, taxes and other joint monies.

Other significant transits occur on the heels of the full moon, and during October.

October 8, Venus squares Saturn. Now is the time to take a realistic approach to relationships, and some situations may end. This is not a day for high expectations. If you can accomplish what you need this should be a positive day. Many people feel lonely, discouraged or unloved on this transit.

Also on October 8, Mercury conjuncts the Sun. This is considered a willful transit and many will project this energy. Arrogance and pushiness may prevail, and you may be tempted to say exactly what you think, and so could others. Watch travel and communication.

October 9, Mercury and the Sun square Pluto. This is a difficult square that can be obsessive in nature and arguments may be common. You could have a specific and single thought in your mind and it may be hard to let go of.

Power struggles can occur and many things may be uncovered. People may seem openly aggressive. If you are searching for the answer to a question or situation you may be able to uncover many things.

As the Sun also squares Pluto, things can take on a personal tone, and change can occur on many levels. Many things come together and reach a peak or end in our lives on days like this one. As both planets are in Libra, relationships may be altered or changed, and they don't have to be romantic.

This is a powerful day when many things can change or end altogether. Conflict with others is likely, and the best things I can say about it is with the nature of Pluto, and a lot of work, some things may be transformed.

Sun-Pluto transits have to do with the breakdown of things and rebuilding. Some may feel they are involved in a situation where the change is forced upon them. Give it a day or two and see if you feel the same way before making irrevocable decisions.

There is no doubt this energy will play out in the world on or before these transits are exact. We can expect to see and feel angry energy and power struggles. Issues may center around money and finances, but Pluto rules nuclear events. The media will be involved in a big way, and situations will likely be uncovered at this time. Some things may break down completely or end.

Those who will be affected to a greater degree will have Cardinal planets-Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn at 15-17 degrees.

October 11, Mars squares Saturn. This is a low energy transit. As Mars rules our energy Saturn blocks it, and it may be difficult to achieve what you are used to and delays and obstacles may rule the day. Mars rules police and we may see events as such play out in the world.

October 14, Venus enters Libra the sign of its rulership. Venus here is powerful and positive, and may make relationships and friendships easier if nothing else. This should be a positive period for Libra or those with a Libra ascendant.

October 15, Mercury opposes Uranus. this transit can create nervous energy and bring sudden or unexpected news. Many people may be sleepless the night before, or agitated.

Watch your communication, and arguments are possible as are accident. Mercury rules young people, travel and communication of all types. This transit is ripe for accidents.

At its best your could get a brilliant idea. At worst, it could make you a nervous wreck. Use caution if you are driving.

October 18, Mercury changes signs and enters Scorpio. As Mercurial energy changes so do out thoughts which will become deeper. Communication will take on a deeper tone and superficial answers will not suffice at this time.

October 19, the New Moon falls at 26 degrees of Libra. This may be a new moon more powerful than others as it opposes Uranus. Libra is about relationships of all types, along with marriage. There is no doubt, with this moon some relationships can end of experience some kind of upset. We may experience sudden and unexpected events in our lives and the world. You may feel a nervous energy or a desire to do something totally out f character. Expect the unexpected.

October 19, the Sun opposes Uranus Sun-Uranus transits are unpredictable and it would be wise to tread with care over the next few days. We can encounter sudden and surprising situations and some situations may end. People will be changeable and stability may be harder to come by this day.

This transit will play out in the world in terms of surprising situations. Uranus rules aircraft, the internet, coups and electricity and natural disasters like earthquakes. It can be connected to weather. This transit can be explosive, and Uranus can be connected to explosions both literally, and in terms of explosive situations.

October 22, Mars enters Libra. Mars is considered at its detriment which means it does not operate smoothly. That said, I personally like Mars in Libra as it is a people pleaser. Some people may act passive- aggressive with Mars in this placement, or feel uncomfortable. As with any planet in Libra, people make more of an effort to compromise with others.

October 23, the Sun enters Scorpio. This is the second sign of fall, and the ruler of the eighth house of taxes, other people's money, change and transformation.

October 27, Venus squares Pluto. This is indicative of obsessions, obsessive thought and can create tension in relationships. Pluto rules what lies beneath the surface, and sex among other things. For some, relationship or other situations may be uncovered or end at this time. Venus rules love, money and social affairs.



The main astrological event this week will be the New Moon in Libra that falls at 26 degrees in the sign ruling partnerships and marriage on October 19. The lunar peak occurs at 3:12 PM, EST.

This Moon is a double edged sword, as it opposes Uranus at 26 degrees of Aries. The Sun at 26 degrees of Libra also opposes Uranus.

Both luminaries opposing Uranus makes this Moon more powerful than normal, and we may expect the unexpected in terms of events and situations that will occur. The energy of a new or full moon occurs before its peak and after.

As the Moon rules women, you may encounter those who are erratic, unpredictable and make sudden changes. The Moon also rules our home and emotional lives and change may occur here as well. Themes of freedom versus security may be prevalent.

Some relationships may take a turn in a different direction, and others may end completely.

At its best, it's could be an electric and exciting time, but events that occur at this time may not last, and must withstand the test of time to know who they will work out.

You could feel nervous, tense and mentally changeable.

Uranus rules coups and evolutions, unexpected change, revolts explosions and explosive situations. It can rule weather and natural events. It also rules aircraft and in the internet. We can expect to see unpredictable circumstances in the world.

In the US chart, the Sun and Moon square the second/eighth house axis of death/transformation/drugs and taxpayers money, and income.  The Moon also squares Pluto and we may see hidden issues uncovered and come to light, and issues connected to drugs and fights over income and health care. Pluto rules bullies, agendas, and those who force their will on others.


Romantic expectations and styles

Neptune is the quiet voice within, the shadow voice, urging us to seek the ideal love we secretly dream of. It is all we privately dream of and desire in the deepest part of our soul and longing.  Neptune can lift us to the highest of highs, give us a deep spiritual connection, and fulfillment of our dream.

Alternatively, it's placement in our personal chart and those we sometimes attract, can sink us to the lowest of lows to a deluded, debased, unfulfilled, self sacrificing and unhappy union with another that few would actually call love. It all depends upon the sign Neptune was in at your time of birth and how Neptune aspects the planets in your birth chart, along with your understanding of it and how you respond.

Neptune represents the dream, unconditional love, religion and spirituality, psychic ability, imagination, spiritual connections, death, drugs, alcoholism, lies, deception, illusion and delusion, confusion, shame, creativity, psychological complexes and innermost dreams and this most complex of planets. It is the most mis-understood and overlooked of planet in the zodiac.

Neptune placements are generational and some of its characteristics will be shared with everyone born in the same generation. At the same time, depending on its placement in our birth chart, it is also very personal.

Neptune aspects each natal chart individually, creating situations that are unique to you. It is for us to understand it’s placement in our charts, and what it is actually calling for us to find and experience or to avoid altogether as Neptune can represent both ecstasy and chaos.

Your experiences in love depend in part, upon how Neptune is aspected in your individual chart. If you were born with Neptune in easy transit to the planet Venus, and other personal planets in your chart you may easily find the love of your dreams.

If Neptune is in hard aspect to Venus or other planets you may have to be more careful about getting involved with the wrong types, people who will take advantage of you, and drag you down.

 Find your Neptune placement and what it means by birth year. If it is not listed on the first one look to the next or previous year. Neptune changes signs in the course of a year at times.

Follow links  to read about your personal Neptune placement.

Born 1929-1956 -click here


1955-1984 click here


1984-2012 click here


 

When I was in  my 20’s I met two older women, I will call Ruth and Sarah.  Ruth was in her late 50’s, and had divorced in her late 20’s with 3 children.  Ruth had worked as a waitress from the time of her divorce, and had little to show financially.  When I got to know her, I asked her why she never remarried? 

She proceeded to tell me the story of her life: after her divorce she met the love of her life, the most wonderful, successful man in the world.  He ran a well known business, and was a State Senator.  Wonderful, brilliant man and the sky was the limit. Only one problem—he was married.  She began dating him, waiting for him to leave his wife and three children.  The future looked bright—she loved him, and he always called.  She saw him at least once a week, and some days he dropped by the restaurant where she worked. She never out and out asked him exactly when he would leave, but she knew he would because he always told her how unhappy he was at home. 

Soon, she was 30, then 35.  Still waiting, but she knew the day would come.  Still working in the same two restaurants, always hoping to see him at lunch.  When he came in with his friends and political associates they would act as though they didn’t know each other, but that was ok..after all, he had an image to uphold.  Couldn’t let the constituents down.  Someday, she wouldn’t have to pretend.

It was ironic that I was listening to the news that day, in another town, having not yet met Ruth. A well known State Senator and businessman had shot himself at point blank range and left a suicide note.  An investigation was about to occur into his finances, and he would likely face a criminal investigation. He believed his life would be ruined, and his family disgraced, and he took the easy way out without having to face his actions.

I didn’t think much more about it until I met Ruth and put two and two together years later. I asked if it was the same man and yes, it was.  We were sitting in the living room of a local psychic waiting to get a reading.(long before the days of Keen!) She was there for a reading because she was convinced this man had left her money.  After all, she devoted the better part of her life to him.  Worked 2 jobs, and waited. She never went back to school because she knew her future held a man who loved her and was financially secure. 

Over the years I periodically saw Ruth from time to time and she would tell me about her latest theory as to where she believed the money was that he intended her to have.  She spent the last 10 years of her life getting readings, asking psychic after psychic when she would find the money.  When would she be contacted by an attorney? The fact is he never left her anything, he left it all to his family. 

Ruth spent 30 years of her life waiting for a man to whom she was convenient. Sure, he would drop by for sex, why not? Things were comfortable, easy, she adored him, idolized him and worshiped the ground he walked on, and she was attractive.  What did he have to lose?  Probably, he was even fond of her. She cooked for him, listened to his problems and was always there.  But, in the end she hadn’t cost him a thing.  He never had to work for anything, she made it easy. Always Waiting, and getting readings. A few years ago, I heard Ruth had passed away.  She never found the money, because in the end he only prioritized the security of his family.

Sarah had a similar situation to Ruth. She divorced in her early 30’s and was in her 50’s when I met her. She was a smart sophisticated woman, and I wondered why she was alone?  She too, had a story to tell. Met a wonderful man shortly after her divorce and began spending time with him.  One glitch-he was married with kids.  He too, had a high profile job, and had to be very careful about his whereabouts. They began seeing each other and many days he would come to her apartment.  He was unhappy at home, but because of the kids and his job couldn’t leave his wife.  They would take vacations together, and see one another frequently.  Sometimes they would go out on the town and some of his friends knew and accepted her.  He led a double life. Weekends and holidays, Sarah was always alone.

When I met Sarah she told me she had spent the last 20 Christmases by herself.  Christmas Eve he would manage to get out and make a 3 minute call to her apartment.   He promised that when the kids were all in college he would leave his wife for her.

One by one the three kids went off to college, and when the last daughter was finally enrolled in school, Sarah asked if he was ready to leave now.  Yes, the kids are safely away in school and he wanted to move on with his life.  There was only one problem—his wife’s name was on all of the assets and she was threatening to take more than her fair share.  He could be free—but at a price.  But, he had an appointment with a lawyer to find out exactly what he would end up with if he divorced her.  She waited by the phone to hear his news but he never called back that day, or the next.

 Before he could attend the meeting that day, he dropped dead of a heart attack, and she found out by reading the newspaper a week later. His wife and family were grief stricken, but well provided for. Sarah was equally grief stricken, nearly 60 and all alone. She had to move out of her apartment that year as she could no longer pay the rent.

I never saw Ruth again again after she moved. Like Sarah, she had put her career and social life on hold, never moving forward and never investing in her own future. His friends that had casually accepted her suddenly no longer knew her name. 

 Today this man’s children are all accomplished and his youngest daughter plays a role in politics. She enjoys a happy and successful life as do his other children.  But, none of them have ever heard of a woman named Sarah who was a part of their Father's life for  decades.

Life is Short. Time goes by faster than you believe.  Who are you spending your time with?(2011)



First Venus, then Mars square Saturn this week. Venus squares Saturn Sunday, October 9. This can result in feeling discouraged, unloved, blocked and overall negative. This remains part of a square for a few days.

Mars squares Saturn October 10-12. This can result in angry and frustrated energy. If things aren't working give them a few days, and energies will lighten up.

You may refrain from saying something, or doing something you might otherwise do. If so, this may not be a bad move. You could take this action out of an abundance of caution, or some other reason.

Situations may end in some cases. Mars-Saturn transits are the typical description of blocked action. Then again, squares bring change and with work, you may be able to accomplish more than you think. Use the square for practical accomplishment-thatch my advice.

Use caution in your movements and activities. We have seen a great deal of violence over the past month and it is not impossible this won't bring more in the world. Mars-Saturn typically involve police or military situations.

If you feel blocked from a project or situation then energy will change after this transit passes.

Those most affected will have a mutable planet-Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces- at 22-24 degrees.

Major events will play out in the US as Mars 'sets off' the transiting Saturn-Neptune square in the US chart. Expect many people to be upset and angry.



Venus enters Libra, leaving Virgo on October 14, at 6:00 AM. Venus has been considered at its fall in Virgo, which means Venusian energy-love money and social life- does not operate smoothly or at its best in this sign.

Venus and Libra were made to be together! Venus is actually ruled by two signs-Taurus and Libra. Taurus may be more about money but Libra is most definitely about relationships, partnerships and love.

Venus here seeks balance and harmony, and typically manifests as compromise, fairness, peace and love! We will notice this even more so as both Venus and Mars have been closely aligned (conjunct) for a number of days in Virgo.

While in Libra, Venus is in its ideal placement. Relationships of all types may seem lighter, happier and people will be more inclined to keep the peace and have rather than hashing out angry or deep seated issues. People will seem more relationship oriented and there will be more of a focus on finding a special partner. Rude, abrasive or crude behavior will be more of a turn off for most people with Venus in Libra.

If you were born with Venus in Libra, by nature you seek peace and cooperation with others. Venus in Libra is not heavy, but rather light and sometimes you could have a problem making up your mind. Equality between partners is forefront on the minds of those with Venus in this sign. After all, the sign of Libra is the scales of justice!

Venus in Libra are gentle people by nature and don't like crude or abrasive behavior, or to offend or be offended. Sometimes you will compromise rather than rock the boat.





Jupiter leaves the sign Libra and enters Scorpio October 10, at 9:40 PM, EST. The last time Jupiter entered this sign was October 26, 2005-November 23, 2006.

Jupiter changes signs every year and this time it will  remain in the sign ruled by Mars and Pluto until November 8, 2018. This will be a major planetary shift and change for us all.

Jupiter in Scorpio is concerned with 8th house matters: regeneration, other people's money, sex, secrets and things hidden and deep. We could see more interest in crime and those of a criminal nature. We could also see more interest and concern with issues like the sex-slave trade, and matters connected to other concerns connected to sex on many different levels.

Jupiter represents optimism, expansion and growth. Jupiter-Scorpio will be deep, and not superficial as Scorpio is the most intense of signs. Jupiter expands whatever it touches, good or bad.

If you are a water sign, or have water sign planets, Jupiter in this sign will trine your planets in Cancer and Pisces, and if you are a Scorpio, or have planets here, Jupiter will conjunct them. All of this is positive and expansive. If you are an Earth sign, Jupiter will sextile your planets, which is also expansive. This will be a positive change to look forward to.

Jupiter only enters your own sign once every 12 years. Jupiter in your sign (Scorpio) is typically considered a very positive placement, and you should see expansion in several areas your life, unless other transits are affecting your chart in a negative manner. Even if they are, there should be some planetary help with Jupiter in Scorpio. Never underestimate the powerful positive and expansive energies Jupiter can bring.

During this cycle of Jupiter we will value strength, willpower, and decisiveness. There can be a stronger desire to solve problems from the start. This can be a time for healing and improving and transforming your life in many areas, depending on where Jupiter transits your personal chart.

Jupiter will trine Neptune in Pisces during early December, then again in 2018 and this is a powerful psychic and creative bent. In 2018 it will also sextile Pluto in Capricorn, as opposed to the square we experienced in 2016/17.  All of this is positive, and will be far different from Jupiter's (recent) opposition to Uranus which is far more unpredictable.

Before the year is over, Jupiter will trine the Cancer  Sun of the US. This can only be positive, and perhaps some of the healing can start considering we have experienced numerous weather related disasters and the tragedy in Las Vegas. We can only hope, and this transit can only help.



October 9, the Sun and Mercury are conjunct and square Pluto at 16 degrees of Libra-Capricorn.

Sun-Mercury is considered a willful transit and many will project this energy. Arrogance and pushiness may prevail, and you may be tempted to say exactly what you think, and so could others. Watch travel and communication.

Both planets create a difficult square to Pluto (power, power struggles, bullies, change and transformation) that can be obsessive in nature and arguments may be common. You could have a specific and single thought in your mind and it may be hard to let go of.

Power struggles can occur and many things may be uncovered. People may seem openly aggressive. If you are searching for the answer to a question or situation you may be able to uncover many things on this day.

Situations can take on a personal tone, and change can occur on many levels. Many things come together and reach a peak or end in our lives on days like this one. As both planets are in Libra, relationships may be altered or changed, and they don't have to be romantic.

Conflict with others is likely, and the best things I can say about it is with the nature of Pluto, and a lot of work, some things may be transformed. Focus on what you would like to change.

Sun-Pluto transits have to do with the breakdown of things and rebuilding. Some may feel they are involved in a situation where the change is forced upon them. Give it a day or two and see if you feel the same way before making irrevocable decisions.

There is no doubt this energy will play out in the world on or before these transits are exact. We can expect to see and feel angry energy and power struggles. Issues may center around money and finances, but Pluto rules also rules nuclear events. The media will be involved in a big way, and situations will likely be uncovered at this time. Some things may break down completely or end.

Those who will be affected to a greater degree will have Cardinal planets-Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn at 15-17 degrees. The energy of this transit will occur before it peaks on October 9, and a few days after.



The full moon falls in the afternoon of October 5, at 12 degrees of Aries. Aries is ruled by Mars the God of War, making this a powerful Moon that will play out before and after the actual lunar peak. The Moon squares Pluto making this day volatile in the world and in our personal lives. Mars is ego motivated and oriented, and this will represent the overall attitude of many on this day.

Moon-Pluto transits can often reveal situations and motivations, and confrontations with subconscious problems can arise. The Moon rules women. Some may experience extreme emotional conflicts, domination by others or attempts to dominate others. Difficulties with joint finances can arise, or there can be some type of disruption in the home, or with women. Moon-Pluto transits can be obsessive in nature and at times, emotional meltdowns can occur or a desire to force change. Sometimes issues concerning sex can come out into the open.

This is angry energy and my advice is not to act on it.

On the same day, Mars conjuncts Venus, and this transit rules the sexes. At times, this can be difficult and create tension as the sexes vie for control. As Mars and Venus are in Virgo, things can turn critical or nit-picking could occur. This is a waste of time and energy, because the same transit can lead to a meeting of the minds with a deeper understanding of how both parties see things if you take the higher road with this transit.

The is a powerful full moon, and should be used constructively. If so, the result can be transformation on some level. At its worst, this is a volatile day that can lead to endings.

Violence can occur in the world, and this Moon is part of the astrology of the October 1, massacre in Las Vegas. I hope we don't see more violence, but it is possible. Pluto rules bullies, those who force their will on others, nuclear events and situations, and conflict over joint finances, taxes and other joint monies.

Other transits occur after the full moon, that can be related to the full moon energy even though the moon reached its peak.

October 8, Venus squares Saturn. Now is the time to take a realistic approach to relationships, and some situations may end. This is not a day for high expectations. If you can accomplish what you need this should be a positive day. Many people feel lonely, discouraged or unloved on this transit.  There can be a tendency to over react to situations and some things will end.

Also, on the same day, Mercury conjuncts the Sun. This is considered a willful transit and many will project this energy. Arrogance and pushiness may prevail, and you may be tempted to say exactly what you think, and so could others. Watch travel and communication.

 Finally, on October 9, Mercury and the Sun square Pluto. This is a difficult square that can be obsessive in nature and arguments may be common. You could have a specific and single thought in your mind and it may be hard to let go of.

Full moon energy begins before and after the fact. This is a high energy, Mars-ego (the God of War) driven moon. The energy can go either way. To some extent it is up to us to control our actions, and think before acting. Act too fast on impulse and you may regret it.

As Pluto is involved, the power to transform is present. My advice to find something you wish to improve or transform, and go to work on it. You may be surprised with the results.



 Long ago, in a land far away and time long gone,  there were no internet psychics or readers, no Keen, No Facebook, Match.com, AOL or chat..no computers, cell phones, or texting, iPods, i phones, or any phone other than the one attached to the wall, and Apple was just a small unknown company- there was a little Italian card reader in Middle America named Mrs. Baines. She seemed ancient, her husband was dead, and her living room always full. If you wanted a reading, she was one of the people in town you could contact.  You could try to call her, and I say try as it was rare she answered the phone. Or you could go to her house, park in the driveway and knock on the door.  She might answer, or she might not. You could leave a message on the door, but it was unlikely she would call.  You could always come back and try again, and with luck you might get in for a reading or she would tell you when to come back. People would drive for miles to see her, sometimes multiple times, and it was not a short distance from my house. Often her driveway had cars lined up. She accepted cash, and it was negotiable if you were in hard times.

I got in to see her because my Astrology mentor/teacher knew her, and we hit it off. She read cards at her dining room table which was full of pictures, fountains, crosses, religious items, and objects connected with her long past life.  She would  sit at the table, shuffle the cards, take a long hard look at the inquirer (me) and begin the reading.  In those days my questions were generally about different boyfriends or potential boyfriends, none of whom worked out in the long run. It reminds me of many of the callers I get today! You have to kiss a lot of frogs to meet a prince.

Mrs. Baines could be quite a trickster. Some days she answered her phone, and would tell me to come on. I would get there, knock at the door and there would be no answer. It was really quite annoying, but I would be reminded that her favorite saying was, “always go with the hottest wheels.” On these days, I knew some ‘hotter wheels,’ had come by to take her somewhere.  Often it was the local hairdresser who had a red Porsche! Her clients were always vying to take her to lunch.

Several years went by, and eventually her predictions always transpired. After several years had passed and many visits later, one day she was lying out the cards and said, “One day you will help people.”  I had no idea what she was talking about, and quizzed her.  She just repeated the same thing again, and seemed quite introspective. I asked again, and she repeated, ‘one day you will help people—like me.’ She seemed puzzled, but that’s all she would say.

I had already studied astrology for years at that point, but I never envisioned myself a reader. I thought about it and decided she was off her rocker that day.  I had already worked in media for years and couldn’t see her prediction ever happening. Fast forward about 25 years, many astrology lessons and books later, and welcome to the world of instant communication, with the entire globe at your fingertips on the internet. The world is far different today, than those long ago days sitting at Mrs. Baines dining room table. The internet had not yet been invented. Yes, here I am. Her strangest prediction finally came true, and I have often wondered how she must have been envisioning the internet that day.

One day Mrs. Baines predicted her own death. She handed me an old beaded necklace and said that when she was gone, I could hold the beads and she would come. Within several months she was gone.

It was quite a funeral and people from all walks of life attended. There was even a sprinkling of politicians and police-she read for all kinds of people.

The beads remain in my nightstand today. I think she dropped by last night.

Every reader has a story. Many stories actually, that started somewhere long ago, and far away, and in many different lands. Your readers bring to you a wealth of  life experiences from all aspects and places.  There are millions of stories.  This is one of them.



A lone gunman identified as 64 year old Steven Paddock, opened fire and killed at least 58 people and injured 500 more at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is being called the largest mass shooting in US history.

The first gunshots rang out at 10:08 PM, October 1, giving us a chart for this event.

The ascendant for this chart is 21 degrees of Gemini and Saturn opposes it in the 7th house of open enemies at 22 degrees of Sagittarius.

Venus and Mars opposed Neptune from the 4th to the 10th houses, showing confusion, and this tells us the shooter is likely unbalanced at the time of the shooting. Venus or Mars opposing Neptune can also show monetary losses, and Paddock is reported to have recently had major gambling transactions in Las Vegas.  It can also be connected to confusion in relationships, drugs or other convoluted and unclear circumstances. Mars and Venus is/was beginning its  upcoming square to Saturn which is an angry and frustrating transit.

Jupiter opposing Uranus can also indicate gambling, and can go either way, but typically is connected with unexpected loss or change in one's life. This is erratic energy, and we have experienced this on and off over the past 10 months. Unfortunately,I am not surprised an attack occurred with this energy, and in the past it has been connected with angry and unpredictable events.

Pluto in the 8th house shows death as the end result. Pluto recently turned direct, and is very powerful at this juncture. Pluto rules bullies, deep seated anger and major world events are often connected with its forward motion.

The Moon in the 9th house (Aquarius) is trine Jupiter showing the potential of a foreign connection, or connection to a foreign ideology or a specific ideology or belief.  While ISIS has claimed responsibility and says Paddock converted to Islam before the attack, the FBI says there is no foreign or terrorist connection at the time of this post.

The upcoming October 5, full moon plays a role in this shooting as well. The energy of a full moon begins several weeks before the full moon occurs. This Moon is in the powerful sign of Aries, and squares Pluto which can result in violence, and emotional meltdowns.

A look at Paddock's chart (April 9, 1953-no time available) shows he has experienced many ups and downs over the past year. While at a disadvantage with no time of birth, it appears he has experienced many issues connected to relationships, and a great deal of stress.

Pluto has squared Paddocks' Sun over the past year, and opposed his Uranus at 14 degrees of Cancer. This t-square this is typically connected to change beyond personal control, power struggles, and major life change that can be connected to personal loss (unexpected), and strong viewpoints with a desire to succeed or rule over others in some way. At times Pluto can be connected with violence and a desire to control others.

The most telling transit is Saturn square his Mercury. Saturn-Mercury transits are connected with depression, negative news, a negative mental outlook and worry and anxiety. Venus and Mars in Virgo were opposing his Mercury, 'setting off,' this powerful square in his personal chart. There is no doubt he was depressed at the time of the shooting, and yet determined.

The powerful upcoming Full Moon would fall on Paddock's Sun (personal) and square Uranus showing an unpredictable nature and actions. It would also 'set off' the Pluto square to his Sun and its opposition to his natal Uranus at 14 degrees of Cancer.

Paddock was born with Neptune and Saturn opposing his Sun/Venus conjunction in Aries-Libra. Sun-Saturn shows a difficult connection with the Father, and Sun-Neptune can show a disconnection with the Father, undeveloped ego, and different if not distorted way of viewing the world. Over the past year, Uranus in Aries conjuncted his Sun-Venus and opposed Saturn and Neptune, setting off these two powerful if not defining oppositions in his natal chart. It is likely his action relates in some way to the upheaval these transits caused in his life over the past year.

Paddock likely had psychopathic tendencies based on his chart.

The US chart shows a major catastrophic event at this time as Saturn is square Neptune. This shows grief, and great unhappiness/depression in the population. Venus and Mars are within a few degrees of conjuncting this transit at the time of the massacre. Saturn-Neptune transits are often connected with grief or loss.

My thoughts and prayers are with those dead and injured and the family and friends of those involved in this horrific shooting.



Pluto may have been demoted several years ago, but make no mistake to its powerful affects when it transits your chart, and aspects other planets in the sky.

 I generally describe Pluto transits through the natal chart as "change beyond your ability to control." When Pluto makes a harsh transit in your personal chart change will occur in your life with or without your help. The same goes for the positive aspects.

Pluto has been retrograde since April 20, and on Thursday, September 28, it turns stationary direct at 16 degrees of Capricorn. At this juncture it is very powerful, especially if it aspects something in your personal chart at this time.

  Pluto is now just over half half way through its long cycle in Capricorn that will take us through 2024.

Anything that has been festering in the unconsciousness may force its way into the conscious at this time. This is a powerful planetary change and things that have been hidden, both individually and collectively will start to show itself for what it is. Lawsuits that have been put on hold may move forward as can anything of this nature.

Secrets may suddenly be revealed or come out of the shadows and we may see situations or even people turn obsessive in some way as Pluto has an obsessive quality to it.

Pluto rules the dark and hidden undercurrents, sex, bullies nuclear energy and raw power or those who hold such power. It also rules ultimate change and transformation. Typically when Pluto turns direct we see major events transpire in the world.

As Jupiter and the Sun are in Libra, there may be a greater desire for compromise at the moment.

With this powerful planet waking up we can see shifts in our own and the collective conscious over the next month or so.

 

Abraham Lincoln, The Great Emancipator,  was born February 12, 1809, 6:54 a.m., in Hodgenville, KY. Ironically, he was born less than 100 miles from the birthplace of Jefferson Davis, perhaps his greatest adversary in life, the first and only President of the Confederate States of America.

While Lincoln's chart shows a man of high ideals with a spiritual bent, Davis' chart shows a man with very definite ideas, often fraught with misconceptions, unrealistic viewpoints and confused actions.  His view of slaves, or servants (6th house) shows strongly in his chart as an ideal he went to war with the US government over (and is similar to that of present day Edward Snowden). His chart however, is not without compassion and greatness and like Lincoln, he was said to have worked to avoid civil war and secession before the fact.

Lincoln is a 23 degree Aquarius Sun with a 22 degree Aquarius ascendant, the sign associated with a 'world view,' and people in general. Aquarius is a fixed air sign, that is often found in the natal charts of politicians.

Lincoln's moon is 27 degrees of Capricorn in the 12th house square Mars at 25 degrees of Libra in his 8th house. This configuration describes the loss of his Mother at age 9 to milk sickness:, she drank milk from a cow who’d grazed on poisonous white snakeroot and the subsequent grief he suffered at her loss. It was said he never got over her death and was often quoted as saying, ' all that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to her.' Lincoln helped his Father make her coffin.

The moon describes the wife in a man's chart, and as it squares Mars, this would represent friction in his domestic setting and upsets in his tempestuous relationship with Mary Todd Lincoln (who suffered much depression) which is well documented.

The 12th house is considered the house of the subconscious mind (and institutions), and those with planets placed here generally need a certain amount of solitude and reflection. It is the 12th house where our shadows play out, often fraught with pain and secrets we do not reveal to the public. Lincoln called himself the 'loneliest man in the world.' With a debilitated moon in Capricorn he would have sought to control his emotions, resulting in his often perceived somber appearance. Underneath, this would lend itself to much inner turmoil, many upsets and sorrows in life, and  secret passions, good or bad that he kept private.

Moon-Mars individuals lead lives fraught with upsets and  and this transit is far from lucky or conducive to harmony or personal happiness. Melancholy was a part of Lincoln's life and he suffered traumas and losses that began with his Mother, included siblings and eventually several of his own children. Death was a big part of his life before and during the Civil War.

The 12th house is considered the house of karma, and his Moon square Mars in the eighth house of death would point to a violent ending in a position as exposed and public as his.

The 12th house shows danger, clandestine affairs, and secret enemies while the 8th house has a Scorpio connotation and shows death.(the 8th house is also considered the house of transformation)

Mars (along with intercepted Uranus in Scorpio) in the 8th shows us an individual whose goal was to reform, or transform his surroundings and world. Mars  Libra tells us he was a people pleaser and someone who would prefer to avoid confrontations. His personal motivation toward conflict was expressed in the  Libran statement "Am I not destroying enemies when I make friends of them."  He was known as a story teller who often drew a crowd during nights when we was traveling as a circuit lawyer.

Four US Presidents have been assassinated in office beginning with Lincoln. Each of them had adverse configurations from their 8th house that include Mars the ruler of guns, and Uranus the planet signifying explosive situations and explosions, chaos and upheaval.

James Garfield and William McKinley both had Uranus in the 8th house square Mars, and JFK had a stellium of planets in his 8th house including Mars, Mercury and Jupiter, all square Uranus in the 4th house, that shows end of life conditions.

In our time Ronald Regan survived a assassins attempt, but he had no planets in his 8th house, nor did he have a Mars-Uranus aspect in his natal chart.

Lincoln's Neptune-Saturn conjunction  lies at the top of his chart next to his Sagittarius  midheaven at 6-3 degrees of Sagittarius in the ninth house, which is the realm of ideas, religion philosophies and worldviews. The midheaven describes your reputation, what you are known for in the world and career.

Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion, laws, government, big ideas, justice and fairness and this configuration shows us the driving force, and basic outlook or world view that drove his dreams and hopes of freeing the slaves, as it was just, and fair. There is a spiritual connotation to this transit that shows deeply held views and the belief his ideas can become practical reality.

Other well known figures we are familiar with who have this transit include Nelson Mandela (Saturn-Neptune in Leo) and the current Pope (Saturn opposing Neptune Pisces-Aries).

Lincoln's own Jupiter falls in his first house in Pisces, the sign of its dignity, increasing his luck, spirituality and compassion for others. It also makes him intuitive, psychic and an attractive figure who was elected President twice.

Both Neptune and Saturn trine Venus in Aries in his first house, giving him luck, an attractive appeal, and a major planetary boost that would help to achieve his goals, along with luck and brilliance.

Saturn-Neptune represents the law he studied, (Jupiter and Sagittarius rule lawyers, judges and politicians) passing the bar with less than a year of formal schoolroom training all told. He had a brilliant legal mind, and spend most of his life as a practicing attorney and was a 1 term US Representative before becoming President. He held many jobs in life but most dealt with politics and the law, which is exactly what his chart shows him suited for.

With Saturn-Neptune in Sagittarius he knew how to transform dreams and ideas into practical reality based on justice, and this was his life accomplishment as well as the reason for his assassination three months after the passage of the amendment abolishing slavery.

Abraham Lincoln never joined a church, but sometimes attended Protestant services with his wife and children. As a young man he was a skeptic, but after the deaths of his children he became concerned with God's plan for mankind. He was private about his beliefs and respectful of the beliefs of others. Lincoln's friend Jesse Fell stated, that the president "seldom communicated to anyone his views" on religion, and he went on to suggest that those views were not orthodox: "on the innate depravity of man, the character and office of the great head of the Church, the Atonement, the infallibility of the written revelation, the performance of miracles, the nature and design of...future rewards and punishments...and many other subjects, he held opinions utterly at variance with what are usually taught in the church."

While Saturn-Neptune gave him a broad world view, tolerance, and a career in the legal field,  the same transit lent itself toward depression, which he referred to as 'melancholy" in his lifetime. Saturn-Neptune individuals often suffer from depression and anxiety.

Three planets in his chart lie in Pisces, the sign ruling spirituality and 12th house matters showing mystical traits and abilities. Mercury, Pluto and Jupiter formed a stellium of planets at 10, 13 and 22 degrees of Pisces in his first house. Mercury-Pluto gave him an intense mind seeking ideas based in spirituality and compassion of course Jupiter, in Pisces,  in the sign of its rulership making this stellium of planets very powerful in his first house.

Pisces is the most mystical of signs and Lincoln is said to have been able to 'go to the other country, 'in meditation, and had significant dreams before big events in his life occurred. He attended at least one séance in the White House with his wife after his son died, but there are conflicting views as to what happened. One account stated he investigated the medium to discover he was a fraud.

In I would still be drowned in tears, author Michelle L. Hamilton wrote, "A product of their Kentucky childhood, the Lincolns shared a belief in dreams and omens which they incorporated in their Christian faith. The impressions of the spirit were not lost on Lincoln either, whose sensitive nature, eager mind, and depression-ravaged psyche made him tender to-even eager for-invisible realities. During his lifetime he experienced dreams, omens, visions, and revelatory occurrences of nearly every kind and they did not decrease with age."

 The most famous of his dreams occurred just before he died. Mercury square Neptune can symbolize an intuitiveness and Neptune rules dreams. In his most famous dream that was recounted to friends days before the end of his life he stated that he heard mourning and crying in the White House. Upon hearing it he asked a soldier what was wrong, to be told the President had been killed by an assassins bullet. A few days later he was dead, killed by John Wilkes Booth, as he sat in the Presidential box and the Ford Theatre on the night of April 14, 1865 as the Civil War was winding down, only 5 days after General Lee surrendered the Confederate Army.

April 14, 1865

Lincoln's chart clearly showed an attempt or attempts on his life, and subsequent death, and his chart played out as it was written, as all our charts do.

On the night of the shooting the main planetary influence aspecting his chart  was Saturn conjunct his 8th house (death) Mars at 27 degrees and square his moon in the 12th house(secret enemies), and this shows danger of death for an extended period of time. On April 14 however,  the Sun at 25 degrees Aries began an opposition to his Mars/Saturn in the 8th house square the moon in the 12th forming a powerful T-square- a transit involving 3 planets that would set off this catastrophic event aspect, resulting in death  as it showed in his natal chart.

Neptune was conjunct his Venus (at its detriment) at 7 degrees Aries, showing us a Venusian  pleasure (theater) and Aries is ruled by Mars, while Neptune is the planet of trickery, deception and theater and actors. Mars was at 7 degrees of Cancer square his Venus /Neptune where action would be expressed in an emotional-even patriotic manner, as James Wilkes Booth thought himself doing by killing Lincoln. Furthermore, he believed he would be celebrated as a result.

At 10: 15 the time of the shooting, the moon was at 9 degrees Sagittarius conjunct his midheaven, having just crossed his Saturn-Neptune (ideals) becoming the final planet to set off the T-square between Saturn, Mars, his moon and the Sun and ending his life and aspirations.

The Mystic Rectangle of April 14

Casting a chart for April 14, 1865 at 10:15 p.m., Washington, DC, the planets were forming a rare celestial event called a mystic rectangle that is in the shape of a rectangle (a pattern of 'practical mysticism' according to astrologer Jude Cowell) that would remain until he passed away the next morning.

This unusual configuration is made up of 4 planets consisting of 2 trines and 2 sextile aspects interwoven with opposition angles. Looking at the most important transits in the mystic rectangle on April 14:

-the Sun was opposing Saturn at 27 degrees of Libra in the 11th house ruling the government and head of state.-the original plan was to kidnap or kill the VP and Secretary of State, along with Lincoln, but the plan failed and only Lincoln died.

-Mars was in the 7th house of open enemies (JWB made clear to others his disdain of Lincoln. Lincoln was alleged to have made an earlier attempt to meet JWB, but was refused ) square Neptune in Aries in the 4th. Neptune shows theatre/an actor and deceptive plan, and the 4th house rules the country or the people of the country-home. Mars-Neptune and can represent death, depression, despair and the country was thrown into mourning.

Jupiter opposed Uranus at 29-26 degrees of Sagittarius-Gemini showing a sudden event involving a known enemy in the signs that rule ideas, ideologies and governments. Jupiter stationed to go direct one hour 7 minutes before Lincoln passed away and Jupiter is the significator of the Republican Party.

Mercury and Pluto were conjunct at 12-14 degrees of Taurus in the 5th house of entertainment. Mercury-Pluto in Taurus shows a younger male with a determined intention. The planets in Taurus would signify wealth, attractiveness. JWB had recently made the equivalent of 500,000 a yr in today's money and was considered somewhat famous/attractive/wealthy by the time of the murder, and was a Taurus himself.

The moon at 9 degrees of Sagittarius, in the 12th house shows plots, plans, those who would disrupt society/government.

Venus conjunct Algoal at 26 degrees of Taurus Venus was in the 6th house (ruling public servants) at 25.40 degrees of Taurus conjunct Algoal, the most malefic fixed star in astrology that lies at 26 Taurus. Algoal is associated with be-headings, or 'losing one's head.' The 16th President was shot in the back of the head, the bullet nearly protruding through the temple. He never regained consciousness.

 


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Mary Todd Lincoln:

https://www.keen.com/CommunityServer/UserBlogPosts/Astrology_readings_Leslie_Hale/Mary-Todd-Lincoln--a-paradox-for-all-time/698859.aspx

Excellent article on JWB-recommended reading for those interested:

http://dailyreckoning.com/john-wilkes-booth-the-arrows-of-fate-part-i/



Jupiter opposes Uranus and this major transit will be exact September 28. The energy has been with us on and off all year, and this will be the final pass. The energy has been building during September and will continue after the transit is exact.

When Jupiter opposes Uranus we can expect the unexpected. While Uranus rules things that are unique, it also rules aircraft, revolts and coups, explosions, the electronic media, rebellions, lightening, weather and a host of other things. Typically when astrologers see Uranus we think revolts, freedom, change, explosions and unexpected events that are sometimes shocking.

Astrologer Nicholas Champion writes, "it combines aspiration and effort and as such relates to the possibilities of progress and furthering the evolution of man. It encourages perception of deeper potentialities, poses questions, opens up possibilities.'

He states, "This seems to be both one of the key cycles of the free-market economy, and as such Barbualt considers it one of the predominately capitalist oriented cycles. In a society in crisis it can cause highly volatile situations to erupt without warning and an atmosphere of acute tension. In this state it has a particularly war-mongering potential."

Jupiter is in Libra and Jupiter rules governments, laws and legal situations, foreigners, travel, money and finance, and in Libra it deals with relationships. While romantic relationships can be affected and change, it concerns all kinds of relationships including the kind governments have with each other, or even the kind of relationships we have with neighbors or co-workers or boss. Relationships of all types can become changeable at this time, good or bad.

We can expect to see changes in government and major push back. This can of course include travel and foreign individuals, but is not limited to this either in the world or our personal lives. This far, the transit has involved chaotic political events and push back.

As Jupiter rules money we could see changes in finance or the stock market. While the market is at record highs at the time of this post, it could just as easily change, and this is a 'gamblers transit.' Things can go up or down without warning.

This transit demands freedom and many people will want to be free on many different levels. This is a time to expand our horizons and look at new possibilities. Many people will not want to be tied down and feel extremely restless.

Events can involve foreign people, accidents, young men, governments, laws, relationships, and explosive situations. Aircraft, weather or the internet could even be involved.

 In your own life things may get blown out of proportion, change can occur suddenly (Uranus) and some people may act in an egotistical or selfish manner. This is not the time to issue ultimatums or bring up on controversial subjects.


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