When the Spirits are Willing, But the Script is Weak

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (2022)

It makes me wonder why we need yet another adaptation of this story, but I guess it’s embedded in our consciousness and the only way to remind ourselves about what the true meaning of Christmas really was. Unfortunately, a musical version (a la Oliver), but in animated format, is what we have this time.

Now, please don’t misunderstand me, I appreciate a program that attempts to update a very old story into an up-to-the-minute version of what life in London is like, with plenty of modern idiom and social awareness, but sometimes the diversity can be a bit jarring. And yet, I was not put off totally by what I was watching on my TV screen.

Especially good was the nightmare sequence that starts with Jacob Marley’s return as a ghost, all the way through to when Scrooge finds himself back in his bedroom after the third visitor disappears. It was essentially a drug-fueled psychotic ‘trip’: a phantasmagoria of sights and sounds. The extra passenger to this trip was Bruno, Scrooge’s dog, who serves as a reality checker and a (mostly) silent commentator, utilizing facial grimaces and lots of doggy kisses. As he is an unexpected addition to the story, he alone may make the viewing worthwhile for both adults and children. He certainly is animated.

But as all stories about Christmas have to have a happy ending, this one does, too, with Scrooge hosting a huge Christmas feast for all of the characters in the musical play. His face looks less stressed by the end. I can only hope that we all are as happy as he and Bruno are when the big day comes this year.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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When it Comes to American Politics:

What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander

Interesting. The Hunter Biden laptop situation is a case in point. Obviously, ‘something’ is amiss, but is it enough to completely derail Joe Biden’s 2024 attempt to run for the Presidency again?

Republican claims of opening an investigation into Hunter’s connection with Burisma after regaining control of Congress seems to be a lot of hot air being released from the pressure cooker that is Washington D.C. Perhaps the unlocked records of background dealings between Twitter and Democrats will be the bigger story, but Joe Biden is probably not implicated in any direct way with misdeeds in connection with Ukraine.

The fact that Putin decided to invade Ukraine was muddied the waters, for sure. So, anything that connects Biden and the war in Ukraine makes this a very unusual tightrope walk for the US government.

Seemingly, no one wants Joe Biden to run for President again in the 2024 election, so Hunter’s ‘secrets’ may be exposed to cast some doubt on the whole enterprise. Politics is such a dirty business.

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In the 1950’s, He was the “King of the Cowboys” on TV

Roy Rogers (November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998)

I don’t have to say too much about this man for people my age. His birth chart is enough.

This time is considered excellent. The Moon and the North Node conjunction in Taurus is probably the basis of his immense popularity. But like all our heroes, he, too, had feet of clay: two inconjuncts.

Moon Inconjunct Venus

You need to be loved, even more than most people, particularly by your mother or another woman who takes the place of your mother. This need for love will be the force behind many of your actions. If you don’t find the love you are looking for, you will develop an insecure hunger for love from everyone you meet. However, you may express this in very strange ways, such as a desire for food, especially sweets, which unconsciously represent love to you.

Uranus Inconjunct Pluto (1892-1894 and 1911-1912)

This aspect indicates changes in the world of the people who were born at these times, changes that were difficult to understand because they were very revolutionary but subtle in many ways. The people born during the first period experienced the consequences of these changes through having to fight in the First World War. The second group reached maturity at the time of the Great Depression. Both the First World War and the Depression were expressions of the breakdown of the nineteenth-century world order that was dominated by Western Europe.

I would suggest that these two inconjuncts can help us understand what were the driving forces that shaped his quest for movie and TV stardom. Or, in another attempted pun, the Trigger (horse laugh, here.)

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Are You One of Them?

Ordinary People

If you answered in the affirmative, you are not alone. But there is a trap, here: feeling ‘ordinary’, you may not recognize the fact that you can do extraordinary things. Or so we are being constantly told.

Now, this quote is especially true during times of war, when your country asks for your service. But it can also be true when your President suggests that you have to ‘fight like hell’ to save your country and then January 6th occurs. Common sense should have prevailed, but many, many people fell under the spell of a blatant lie, and they are paying for it in courts of law, all across the United States of America.

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“Save the Children” Finger Pointer is Found Out

Phil Godlewski (June 26, 1983)

QAnon has a lot to answer for. Not least is this individual, Phil Godlewski, one of their leaders. Now, The Daily Beast is not the most reliable tabloid news outlet, but it usually doesn’t purposely lie. Or does it? The information is sketchy for his birth details, so effectively the following birth chart is speculative.

But the result tends to show an uncanny accuracy, so I’m going to stick with it, anyway.

There is a Yod (Finger of God) pointing at the Moon. And Jupiter/Uranus are inconjunct to the Sun (the Midheaven may be accidental, here). Saturn conjunct Pluto is in the final degrees of the 1st House.

Sun Inconjunct Jupiter

This can be an extremely useful, if you learn to have more self-control in what you do. Jupiter is always high-spirited, wanting to do and encounter everything and enjoy life thoroughly. Yet in some combinations, it means that you are unwilling to work for what you want. You may feel that you are such a fine person that you deserve to have everything done for you. Certainly, you are worthwhile in your own way, but that doesn’t give you a right to be taken care of without contributing your share.

Sun Inconjunct Uranus

There is a side of your personality that is very restless and impatient with rules, even when you know they are for your own good. You want very much to go your own way and do your own thing, even when you aren’t entirely sure that it is the right direction for you. So, you rebel in subtle ways by having sudden fits of obstinacy and moods of feeling very contrary.

Moon Inconjunct Mercury

As you grow older, you will have to learn to make your feelings and your reason work together. The problem is not so much that they come into conflict with each other, but that your reason and feelings represent two very different sides of your personality. When you are calm and collected and able to reflect carefully, you make decisions in one way. But when you are emotionally involved in a situation, you are likely to make up your mind very differently, which could cause you to seem inconsistent to others and make it difficult for them to understand you.

Moon Inconjunct Venus

You need to be loved, even more than most people, particularly by your mother or another woman who takes the place of your mother. This need for love will be the force behind many of your actions. If you don’t find the love you are looking for, you will develop an insecure hunger for love from everyone you meet. However, you may express this in very strange ways, such as a desire for food, especially sweets, which unconsciously represent love to you.

Saturn Conjunct Pluto

Some persons with this aspect respond to the changes that must come in life with fierce resistance. You will have to cultivate the attitude of letting nature take its course, instead of building up structures to prevent change. If you do resist changes, it will only delay the inevitable and make the changes much more painful when they happen, even resulting in very severe deprivations. But if you allow changes to take place in your life, your inner fortitude will help you though any difficult times.

The finger pointer always has three fingers pointing back to himself. Cue justice being served.

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The Day the “Blade Runner” Turned Killer

Reeva Steenkamp (August 19, 1983 – February 14, 2013)

Oscar Pistorius seemed to have had it all: a sporting career, a beautiful girlfriend and a paranoid streak a mile wide. The last item got him into big trouble with the authorities. On Valentine’s morning in 2013, he shot his girlfriend through the bathroom door of his home, thinking that an intruder was hiding there.

This looks to be an accurate time of death for Reeva (you’ll see why in a few moments). The two inconjuncts are the proof: Moon inconjunct Saturn; and Mars inconjunct the Midheaven.

I have used the death chart as the centre of this emotional setup. Reeva’s birth chart has its Moon almost exactly conjunct the ‘event’ Pluto. Meanwhile, Oscar’s natal Moon is conjunct Reeva’s natal Mars, Oscar’s natal Uranus is conjunct Reeva’s natal Ascendant/North Node conjunction, and Oscar’s natal Ascendant is conjunct Reeva’s ‘fatal’ Venus. I wonder if this experience was predestined. It didn’t turn out well.

Ellie Dreams Down Under came to the conclusion yesterday that Oscar was telling the truth, but the legal ‘system’ decided to punish him for being arrogant.

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Hands Full with One Baby: How About Six?

The Good Doctor (Season 6, Episode 7)

Shaun’s image is reversed here

I didn’t expect that a whole episode would be taken up with the premature births of six babies to one family. That the story turned out to have a happy ending was the bonus. Each pair of the working staff came to understandings and knowledge that would not have occurred otherwise. A great storyline.

We consider life to be precious, but we tend to forget how perilous the beginning of the journey can be. This program made me go back to my own start and review how surprising the odds were stacked against Mom and me. Although married, Mom was considered an unwed mother because she was separated from her husband. How’s that for a sticking point? During her ‘time of delivery’ Mom was left on her own, mostly. The nursing staff must have made a judgement call that said, if anything went wrong, that was God’s will. This was 1950, after all.

Fortunately, for both of us, we survived the ordeal, and lived to tell the tale. But it made us bond in a way that few would understand, unless you watch “Call the Midwife” on a regular basis. I was her only family, at the time.

Yes, boys do cry.

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Where did This Word Came From?


Honestly, one day you’ve never heard of a word, and the next it’s everywhere. How does that happen?

Gaslighting is a colloquialism, loosely defined as manipulating someone so as to make them question their own reality. The term derives from the title of the 1944 American film Gaslight, though the term did not gain popular currency in English until the mid-2010s.

The term may also be used to describe a person (a “gaslighter”) who presents a false narrative to another group or person, thereby leading them to doubt their perceptions and become misled, disoriented or distressed. Oftentimes this is for the gaslighter’s own benefit. Normally, this dynamic is possible only when the audience is vulnerable, such as in unequal power relationships, or fearful of the losses associated with challenging the false narrative.


Gaslighting, therefore, is nothing new, and the politicians have been gaslighting us for years. But Trump has made it an art form, and that is why this word has become meaningful in the last decade.

I rest my case, m’lord.

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UFOs: Be Careful What You Wish For

Frederick Valentich (June 9, 1958 – October 21, 1978)

I’d never heard about this young man’s disappearance until yesterday. Here’s Cash Peters’ take:

Even Wikipedia has an entry for Valentich‘s disappearance.

His birth time is unknown, so I rectified the chart to highlight this mysterious event (Neptune) @ age 20. There are three inconjuncts, two of which form a Yod (Finger of God) pointing at Mars.

Moon Inconjunct Uranus

With this aspect you must learn to control sudden outbursts of emotion that occur at difficult times when you least expect it. Also, your present home life may not be a stable situation in which you can grow up emotionally secure and confident. A particular incident when you were very young may have given you the feeling that you can’t count on anything or anyone for support. Later in life, you may try very hard to get away from anything that reminds you of your earliest childhood, even if your childhood has not been difficult. You just feel that you have to get away and go somewhere else.

Mars Inconjunct Neptune

With this aspect you must learn to stand up for yourself and demand your rights forthrightly and directly. Often you feel that you don’t have enough energy to assert yourself or that any such effort would be futile. Unfortunately, some people with this aspect learn to work behind the scenes or dishonestly. Others simply give up or take a defeatist attitude toward life.

Mars Inconjunct Pluto

This aspect sometimes means that you are the victim of aggressive energies in someone else, that you always seem to attract forceful persons who give you a hard time. Either they never let you have your own way, or they may be rather brutal, physically and psychologically. Learn to recognize such persons in advance and avoid them. Also think about why you are attracted to them, since in fact you may be quite fascinated by their forcefulness.

Does this young man qualify as someone born under a bad sign?

Last Contact with This World?

There is speculation that Frederick’s plane when down in Bass Strait (between mainland Australia and Tasmania). It is presumed he drowned. But his body has never been found, and therein lies the mystery.

As this moment is known to authorities, I am treating it as his moment of death. But what if, like Cash Peters suggests, Frederick’s soul was removed from this dimension and moved to another? And is he still stuck there? Hmm. I wonder.

His natal North Node conjunct the event’s Sun @ 28° Libra gives me pause: this may, in reality, be the whole point of his short life. He gave himself to the aliens for them to do as they wished with him. The proof? His natal Saturn is conjunct the event’s Part of Fortune @ 22° Sagittarius.

“To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before…” (Star Trek)

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How to Turn the Christmas Movie Format on Its Head

The Noel Diary (2022)

This TV movie is presently on Netflix (it premiered yesterday). As you may know, I’m a little bit jaded with the Hallmark Christmas shows, so this one is a bit of a pleasant surprise.

The themes of single parenthood, abandonment and adoption, on one hand, with bereavement, loss and estrangement, on the other, makes for a powerful dynamic. These two people are afraid to trust anyone, and the story unfolds gently like a proper emotional response to becoming close, through a road trip to find their pasts. There is nothing false here, and that makes a change. I suggest that you have tissues nearby, because you’re going to need them.

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