The Anatomy of the Cross

Uranus Pluto
the foundation of the entire cross formed by the slowest moving of the planets involved in the cross; it’s effects unfold between roughly 2010 and 2017, but at the time of the cross Uranus and Pluto are in a very precise 90 degree relationship


Jupiter - Uranus - Pluto
During much of the first quarter of 2014 Jupiter sits stationary (preparing to turn Direct after being Retrograde), forming a “T-Square” with Uranus and Pluto. Potentially an ‘idealistic, moralistic, or benign revolution’. Jupiter’s participation in the cross improves the potential hugely for positive and progressive manifestations. Jupiter infuses the otherwise reactionary combination with integrity and sincerity.
Jupiter Uranus
Although some of the other combinations involved Uranus may speak of a love of freedom, Jupiter combining with Uranus helps that drive to succeed. It promotes creative thinking and ideas that have the potential to make life more exciting, and materially or physically freer too. Emancipation. New and fresh expressions of knowledge and wisdom.
Jupiter Pluto
profoundly intense moral, philosophical, religious or ethical convictions; ‘principled confrontations’
Mars Jupiter
during the last days of April, and especially around 22-23 April, Mars plugs into the Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto T-Square and energizes it, calling it into dynamic physical expression. Mars combining with Jupiter represents a basic zeal and enthusiasm; courage and confidence; potentially righteous indignation
Mars Uranus
very short fuse; instant or sudden expression of anger; sudden or eccentric self assertion; individual uniqueness; complete intolerance of restrictions
Mars Pluto
relentless and purposeful effort; tenacious self-determination and self-assertion
the end of apathy
Cross in ephemeris
 * the notes on the right of each diagram are quoted from Reinhold Ebertin’s Combination of Stellar Influences. I have added my own notes at the foot of every diagram

The Feisty Cross

During the next week and a half or so, till around the 28th of April 2014, Mars is backing into the Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto t-square, creating this much anticipated grand cross in the Cardinal Signs. It’s very very game on! A very energetic time ahead. Don’t hide away; launch rockets (but read the safety instructions and take care, please).

the cross

This cross describes a maverick energy of sorts. Someone born at this time is quite untameable and unstoppable. It represents an irrepressible self-determination that may manifest as rebellion, or bold, self-righteous and sudden actions in the pursuit of some desired objective, or the defense or promotion of an ideology (Jupiter). Adventurousness and activism can be a positive manifestations of this energy; but in its exuberance and excitability this energy can be reckless thrill seeking, or provocative self-will, like spoiling for a fight. When Mars combines with Pluto in a hard aspect there is incredible tenacity and determination in the face of obstacles, so great feats of effort and endurance may occur, but in extreme cases this ‘tenacity’ can manifest as violence. It is a time to be careful and not allow tensions and antagonisms to escalate into sudden rages.

Cross in ephemeris

See the image of the ephemeris for around 23 April 2014. Mars is located at 13 degrees Libra, Jupiter at 13 degrees Cancer, Uranus at 13 Aries, and Pluto at 13 Capricorn. Wow!

It should then come as no surprise, considering that Mars is now merely upping the heat on a process that the slower moving Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto have been locked into for a while, that the man of the moment on the world stage, one who’s causing Obama & co. so much distress, should have his Sun located at 13 degrees Libra. See Putin’s chart (even if the birth time is less than completely certain, the Sun’s degree is likely to be correct).

Putin western natal chart from astro

Venus Conjunct Neptune: 12 April 2014

Venus Conj Nept

Although the moment of the exact Conjunction of Venus and Neptune will be 02:23am UT/GMT on the 12th of April, the Moon Opposes a very nearly exact Venus/Neptune Conjunction on Friday the 11th of April, bringing it into sharp focus around late morning/early afternoon UT/GMT.

Although it isn’t a long term or particularly profound astrological event, it’s worth noting, since it does represent a sensitization in the realm of love and romance that can have dramatic effects if it triggers your chart or if you’re in the midst of a romantic episode.

Venus Conjunct Neptune may manifest as romantic sentimentality and impressionability; easily falling in love, and being easily disappointed. It can represent romantic bliss; the most complete experience of selfless love that’s possible. There may be a refined and delicate artistic inspiration or sensibility (see the Venus/Neptune Conjunction in Leonard Cohen’s chart below). However, when it’s not being handled well, Venus so powerfully connected to Neptune can mean profound disillusionment, confusion, or even deception in relationships; boundaries are blurred, and one may get lost in a romantic fog. It’s hard to get back to your center when you’ve given yourself away. Romantic melancholy and vulnerability is a typical manifestation of Venus Conjunct Neptune ‘self-loss’, as are the most mystical, ecstatic and transcendent conceptions of personal love.

Venus/Neptune drowns in love; whether as intoxicating communion, or anguished fear of separation.

Leonard Cohen

The Romance of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg

Serge and JaneI think I may have been in the throes of transiting Neptune Squaring my natal Venus (and the inevitable elusive romantic bliss that ensues), that I first heard the famous Birkin and Gainsbourg duet,  Je t’aime… moi non plus (“I love you… me neither”).

It’s intoxicating languid sensuality. I liked it.

It’s easy to understand how it became quite a hit in its day, and how their song may have offended conservative tastes; it was banned in some countries when it was released.

My curiosity was piqued when I saw this iconic image of Jane sitting on Serge’s lap.

Serge and Jane on couch

  The sensual intensity of their connection seemed palpable. Serge looked like an interesting and charismatic guy, and beautiful Jane (in the picture at least) seemed to me to posses that soft and seductive doe-eyed naiveity that is just about every man’s dream. I realized that this music was made by real people, by real lovers to be more precise, and so naturally their music would embody something of the character of its creators.

I’ve only just begun this case study, but what I’ve found here at very first glance really excites me, and so I hasten to share it. It’s beautiful astrology.

Jane Birkin

Serge Gainsbourg

The first thing that catches my eye is the fact that their two Moons are in a fairly close Conjunction, and, even more interestingly (though this would be a rather obscure piece of information to most people) located in the sexy Purva Phalguni Nakshatra (the 11th lunar mansion of Jyotish, located between 13 degrees 20 mins and 26 degrees 40 mins of Sidereal Leo).

Birkin and Gainsbourg Nakshatras

With such a close Moon-Moon Conjunction between them they would ‘get each other’ at a basic level, and this Conjunction would be key, I believe to making them feel they naturally belong together.

Light on Life says the following about Purva Phalguni:

“Purva Phalguni’s symbol is a bed or hammock, and its deity is Bhaga, one of Adityas, the gods responsible for protecting and maintaining conjugal bliss and wealth. Its alternate deity is Shiva Lingam, a symbol of Shiva.

Hammocks symbolize rest, relaxation and enjoyment, and Bhaga adds love, affection between the sexes, sexual passion and pleasure to this Nakshatra’s symbolism… Purva Phalguni also indicates the creative arts… Music, musicians, actors and other creative artists. Things, places and people associated with rest and relaxation, vacations, and entertainment (especially theater, cinema and classical music). Dressing up and going out. Professions connected with marriage: wedding planners, marriage counselors, sex therapists etc.”

Jane and SergeClearly the sexiness of their shared Moon’s Nakshatra position got amplified when they joined forces!

Jane’s chart contains a conspicuously tight orbed Venus/Jupiter Conjunction; she’s not afraid love, and she seeks a love that’s bold and expansive.  Venus Conjunct Jupiter brings social opportunities, and with such a tight Conjunction, blessings may literally fall into your lap on many levels. There can be an element of the extravagant and over-indulgent in a Venus/Jupiter hard aspect, and when their famous duet was released, some would have argued she was manifesting just this type of Venus/Jupiter excess. Having Uranus in the 1st House Opposing the Sun and Quincunx Venus and Jupiter would reinforce her ability and inclination to shock and surprise with her liberal and flaunted sexuality.

The Moon’s Nodes are one of astrology’s more mysterious elements. There seem to be a number of different but effective ways of interpreting them. Vedic astrology sees them very differently to western astrology, and even among western astrologers there are some widely differing takes on what the Nodes represent. One approach links them to our associations and bonds with others. From that angle Jane’s close Node/Ascendant Conjunction looks important. She needs to be ‘bonded’ and in relationship; Reinhold Ebertin, in The Combination of Stellar Influences, describes Node/Asc as ‘personal relationship‘.

Now, quite impressively, Jane and Serge have their Nodes too in close Conjunction! They were born an entire 18 year Node cycle apart. My feeling is that this Node/Asc Conjunction in Jane Birkin’s chart contributed to her ability to gain fame and recognition, and Serge’s Node Conjunct her’s seems to have reinforced this potential.

Serge’s chart shows Mercury and Venus close to the Ascendant, and in Square Aspect to Saturn. Mercury and Venus on the Ascendant can make one an artist and a writer, and perhaps also something of a charmer. It would contribute to a person’s attractiveness, even if they’re not a classic beauty. Venus Square Saturn is a textbook indication of notable age difference in marriage and romance.

The Sun and Jupiter in Conjunction in Serge’s chart gives him confidence, and it can enable a person to become ‘big’; a type of larger than life personality. It seems to be part of why he would fit Jane’s Venus/Jupiter desire for a love that could expand her horizons and teach her things. Serge was as much a mentor to her as a lover.

Here are their Vedic charts:

Jane Birkin Vedic chart

Serge Vedic chart

 Jane’s Vedic chart places the Ascendant in the Sidereal sign Taurus, and lovely Venus, the Ascendant lord, is located rather awkwardly in the 6th House, but in its own sign Libra, and Conjunct benefic Jupiter, as already noted. Simply having the Ascendant ruler in its own sign is a great boost to one’s ability to make a success of life. There may however be some initial frustrations. When she first met Serge, for example, he was severely critical of her, but they thereafter become inseparable.

Work and employment in an artistic or cultural field, where you’re not really working all that hard at all, is a natural manifestation of Venus and Jupiter together  in the 6th House.

Sun in the 7th House by itself affirms that the partner is someone with a strong sense of identity and authority, and it may have contributed to the naturalness of Serge’s father figure role in her life.

Look at Serge’s Vedic chart; if he was not born 4 or more minutes later than the given birth time (’s astrodatabank rates his birth data AA) he has Sidereal Aquarius rising, with Moon (and Neptune) in the 7th House. His partners may be famous, conspicuous, they shine, and there will be a strong emotional bond with partner. Neptune in the 7th House not only fits the theme of a partner involved in the arts or film, but also imbues his ‘marriage’ with an almost mystical or otherworldly quality. He can idealize his partner and his relationship, but this does make one prone to emotional misery if the partner disappoints.

They met soon after Serge commenced Rahu Mahadasha (the major period of the Moon’s North Node), according to the Vedic system. His Rahu is located in Rohini Nakshatra (as Jane’s Ascendant and Node).

Again, using Light on Life (by Hart de Fouw and Robert Svoboda) as our guide, we find this on Rohini:

“One ancient Indian myth makes Rohini, the red star Aldebaran in Vrisabha, the favorite of the Moon’s 27 Nakshatra wives, because of her beauty, charm and culture, her expertise in art and music, and her skill in the conjugal arts. The word ‘Rohini’ is etymologically linked with a Sanskrit term for red, a color which symbolizes passion and sensuality and is the color of its principal star. Classically feminine qualities and articles, including physical beauty, love, romance, perfumes, scents and fragrances are all associated with Rohini…”

Rohini Rising in Jane’s chart would have given her the the desirable feminine qualities as permanent personal attributes. For Serge Rohini was ‘switched on’ shortly before his romance with Jane began- the themes of a planet’s Nakshatra position always come into fuller manifestation in its period or ‘Dasha’.

Jane was in her Moon period when her romance with Serge began; you’ll recall the sexy themes associated with both of them having Moon in Purva Phalguni.

Interestingly, when they met they were both running the Dasha period of a planet that was Conjunct the same planet in the other’s chart. Serge was in Rahu (North Node) Dasha and his Node is Conjunct hers; she was in Moon Dasha and her Moon is Conjunct his.

Needless to say, these are merely first impressions! I leave it to you, dear reader, to dig deeper if you like…