Thursday, December 14, 2017
This Month's Column

December 2017- What makes a teen idol?

We recently lost a popular star of the early 1970s, David Cassidy. It has been many years since he was heard from. After his youthful television success he performed in relative obscurity, and had some hard knocks. Three broken marriages, alcoholism and bankruptcy. Early this year he announced he was suffering from dementia. When he passed away everyone (girls in my Baby Boomer generation) suddenly came to full attention and wrote on social media how much they adored him back in the day. Apparently we all had crushes on him. He wasn’t very old, only 67. He had multiple organ failure, most likely the result of his alcoholism (a Neptune ruled illness.)

Born on April 12, 1950 in New York City, he was an Aries with Cancer rising. The Moon and Jupiter are in the anaretic degree (29°) of Aquarius. Venus nearby is opposite Saturn. Planets in the anaretic degree often indicate a last chance to work out karma. Even if events look difficult on the surface, there is an important reason for them. The Sun was opposite Neptune, and there’s the alcohol problem right there. He had five trines which indicate easy circumstances, opportunity, money and success. And sometimes too much of a good thing is not so good.

But what made him a star? The Aries Sun gave him energy, enthusiasm and a boyish quality. The Cancer ascendant could be the main key, and the ruling planet Moon with Jupiter in Aquarius. This is a really nice conjunction, indicating kindness, generosity and help from the parents. The Moon and Uranus are in mutual reception (trine) as well. There is originality and a touch of rebelliousness. Moon ruled people have a great rapport with crowds. They are sensitive, charming and popular and have strong romantic appeal. These qualities are important for performers and politicians. David would have made a great liberal politician if he had chosen to go in that direction.

The aspect with Neptune is also very important, even if it is an opposition. Fantasy, mystique and illusion. Pisces, the sign ruled by Neptune is on the midheaven, indicating a career with these qualities. Along with the Moon, Neptune figures strongly in the charts of many popular stars, heroes and world leaders. Movie idol Marilyn Monroe had Neptune rising and look how she turned out. Illusion figured largely in creating her film image, with fashion styling, body conditioning and photographic lighting. Mystery and legend grew up around her private life.

For more about the life of teen idol David Cassidy, please read an excellent interview and in-depth story by my colleague Bill Ervolino of The Record.


CELESTIAL ALMANAC: Gemini Full Moon December 3, Sagittarius New Moon, December 18. Winter Solstice December 21. In next month’s post, read about Saturn in Capricorn.

Continue reading for the December forecast. Have a joyful holiday season and a happy new year!

This Month's Horoscope
(Born between March 21 - April 19)
Saturn and the Winter Solstice put the focus on career and public life. There may be a promotion or advancement coming up. Or more responsibility. The chickens come home to roost. Older people may be laid off or retire under this transit. Because of the Mercury Rx you might want to put off traveling until after the New Year. If you still have to go and can’t get out of it, there may be delays or changes in plans. Be prepared, be flexible and don’t expect too much. Enjoy the holiday season.
Taurus taurus
(Born between April 20 - May 19)
Because of the activity in Scorpio relationships are involved. This is a high energy period for you. Make sure you have a constructive project to work on. Also watch your health, eat right and get enough rest. Challenges from others in opposition to you may come up. Or it could be just a minor argument. At the end of the month there may be a power play. Be fair and on the level in all your dealings but be very sure of yourself, and it work out in your favor.
Gemini Gemini
(Born between May 20 - June 20)
With Venus arriving in Sagittarius this month, creativity and the arts are favored. Singles may meet new partners. Married folks can enjoy happy nights by the fire. Any issues you may have can be resolved amicably. You can make new friends and congenial business connections. On December 21 Venus trines Uranus so there could be some excitement that day. Watch these dates, Gemini Full Moon December 3 and Sagittarius New Moon, December 18. They could also be important.
Cancer cancer
(Born between June 21 - July 22)
Read about Capricorn. The Winter Solstice is usually an important time of year for Cancers, especially if relationships are involved. A present relationship may be evaluated at this time. If it has run its course it will come to an end. It might be a cycle rather than a person, and you will have a sense of relief when the dust settles. An older or more down to earth person may come into your life, in the form of a friend or teacher. Mars and Jupiter are helpful, giving you lots of energy and a generally cheerful outlook.
Leo leo
(Born between July 23 - August 21)
Romance, children and social activities are on the menu this month because of Venus. Get out and have fun. Enjoy the company of old friends. Creative inspiration is bubbling to the surface also. With Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio there is a lot of activity at home. Cleaning, renovating and holiday parties. Remember the Mercury Rx December 3-23. Communications may be a little crazy but just pay attention. While traveling, have Plan B ready, just in case.
Virgo virgo
(Born between August 22 - September 22)
The activity in Capricorn will bring benefits. Romance, social life and children are favored. You may be attracted to an older person, a teacher or corporate type. If you are looking for maturity and security in a partner, you might find these now. Virgo likes a gentle, grounded type. The Jupiter Neptune trine is also helpful for relationships, and you may make a romantic soul connection. Because of Mercury Rx, there may be some confusion at home. Use this energy to organize your stuff and clean house.
Libra libra
(Born between September 23 - October 22)
The transits in Capricorn affect your home life and to some extent your career. The Solstice may bring the start of a new cycle. There will be changes and more responsibility. Some of you may have to look after elderly parents or relatives. Around the Gemini Full Moon on December 3, you may want to travel, which is fine but remember Mercury will be going retrograde. There may be delays or changes in your plans. Don’t be surprised. Just go with the flow and you will still have a good trip.
Scorpio scorpio
(Born between October 23 - November 21)
Ruling planet Mars comes home in December 9, almost conjunct Jupiter New Year’s Eve. At this time and into the New Year, you have power and drive as well as help from other sources. You are confident and enthusiastic. Around the same time, Mars is trine Neptune on December 27-28. Do things for others. You can accomplish great things with these transits but if you are only looking out for yourself you will stand in your own way, and not succeed. Think of others before yourself!
Sagittarius sagittarius
(Born between November 22 - December 21)
Mercury stations Rx at 29° on December 3, stations direct on December 23. You know what that means. Take a step back and don’t initiate any new projects or ventures just yet. Review, research and reorganize. Communications may be a little off, and travel plans may change. Don’t sign or commit just yet. Venus arrives December 1 which is nice in so many ways! Creativity, the arts and romance are favored. Remember also the Full and New Moon dates December 3 and 18 will be important.
Capricorn capricorn
(Born between December 22 - January 20)
Winter Solstice (Sun arrives here) on December 21. Important! Ruling planet Saturn arrives here December 20 for a two-year stay. I will write more about Saturn next month. Venus arrives on December 25, joining Saturn. You may feel a little constrained in relationships. You may have to do more to help your partner. Single people may be attracted to a much older person. An important relationship may be defined by teaching or mentoring. Remember Pluto is nearby as well. For some of you, permanent change is coming.
Aquarius aquarius
(Born between January 21 - February 19)
Read about Scorpio. Because of Mars some of you will be very aggressive in your career at this time. You will be more ambitious and motivated, either to go after a new job or make changes at the present one. Or you might just get into a fight. It is a high energy period so take care of yourself. Watch your step. Jupiter will bring an optimistic outlook, help from friends and put you in the right place at the right time. In general it is a very positive period.
Pisces pisces
(Born between February 20 - March 20)
The Jupiter Neptune trine continues to make things interesting. Like last month it is a good time to travel. Also take some classes, such as spirituality, religion, the occult and languages. Expand your mind. You could be very psychic now. With Mars moving into Scorpio, you will really get a push to go somewhere. You need an adventure. Someone may offer you an opportunity. With the Mercury Rx there may be some confusion but you’ll work it out. It can’t stop you from having a good time.

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