The Taurus-Scorpio Challenge for Volcker and the Fed
In the state of increasing anxiety associated with a deepening recession, a lot of people will be focusing on astrology’s two-eight polarity. All forms of Earth and Water are associated with security and preservation, with letters two and eight adding the theme of pleasure (personal with Taurus and shared with Scorpio). As always in seeking to understand a horoscope, we have to remember that the chart shows the issues but not the details. We may be overly absorbed with our own pleasures and possessions or we may neglect our needs and have to learn to handle them with letter two. We may be too dependent on others, or unable to accept from others or share with others with letter eight. It is a mishandling of Pluto, Scorpio, and the eighth house if we are unable to give, receive, and share with full mutual pleasure. Some individuals can do one or even two but are still attempting to learn to do the third.
I have lectured frequently on the approaching focus on Scorpio and Capricorn as Pluto moves into its own sign in November 1983, Jupiter and Neptune into Capricorn in January 1984, and Saturn and Uranus into Capricorn in February 1988. Humanity is being notified that unless we learn to handle letter eight in a positive way, to share the resources of the planet with mutual pleasure and affection, we are likely to reap some consequences (letter ten) that may be painful.
Letter ten (Saturn, Capricorn, and the tenth house) symbolizes the “rules of the game,” including the consequences of our past handling of the rules. The rules include natural law (gravity, time, etc.), cultural regulations, authority figures, and our own conscience. If we live within the rules voluntarily, we have no problem with the Saturn principle. We get “A”s on our report card: good consequences. If we try to ignore the rules, fight them, run away from them, sooner or later, they come and get us. A basic part of letter ten is commitment to what are often called the Puritan virtues: hard work, practicality, thoroughness, attention to detail, productivity, responsibility, conservation (avoidance of waste), etc.
The message in the sky is clearly calling humanity to move toward more sharing and more responsible conservation. Astrology shows the issue and leaves it up to us to choose the details. We may emphasize recycling of paper, glass, metals, water, and so on. We may shift to the use of renewable resources such as solar energy, wind and water. We may do more bartering, exchanging services. We may try to save endangered species or just preserve some of nature for our grandchildren. The current concern with ecology, pollution, “natural food,” exercise etc. are different facets of the Scorpio principle which includes the drive toward self-mastery.
War, cold or hot, increasing armaments, repression, crime, greed, the widening gulf between extreme wealth and extreme poverty, high interest rates (once called usury), excessive litigation and rejection of compromise (increasing to the degree that the courts are overwhelmed), are all negative manifestations of letter eight. If humanity continues to manifest the negative (painful) side of letter eight, we will experience some painful letter ten consequences. Naturally, the details will depend on our own actions. Obvious possibilities include the disappearance of many species, continued pollution leading to illness and death (of people as well as animals and plants), or illness and death partly due to inadequate nutrition even if mass starvation is avoided. The most unthinkable consequence would be nuclear war and the destruction of most of the life on earth. There is no real shortage of energy but greed has pushed the price up so that some people have actually frozen to death because their energy was cut off for failure to pay the bill. There may well be a genuine shortage of water before the end of the century if we do not take steps to conserve it in some of the dryer states such as Arizona and California. Our character creates our destiny. At the moment, we are busily creating or ignoring some problems that could have serious consequences in the very near future. 1984 is not very far away!
The preceding items are only a sample of the potential areas related to letter eight. The handling of money, possessions, pleasures, and persisting self-will is associated also with letter two and letter five. We earn our own money, spend it, enjoy our purchases, and indulge our sensualities with letter two. With letter five, we pour out creative energy, hoping for a bigger return from it, whether our manifestation involves loving and being loved, procreating children as extensions of ourselves in the world, or gambling, speculating, or investing. If we do choose to invest (Leo) some of our earnings (Taurus), we look to Scorpio for our return. As the key to all forms of joint resources and pleasures, letter eight symbolizes inheritance, partner’s income, royalties, and return on investments. Plus, on the other side of the coin, it represents debts, taxes, obligations to others, etc. Of course, in any horoscope, everything is related to everything else. Nothing exists in a vacuum. But in considering the financial prospects of a person or an institution, we will concentrate on the varied forms of the fixed letters: especially two, five, and eight.
As I have written repeatedly, I do not believe in chance. Everywhere we look in the cosmos, we find both order and meaning. The access to a collection of new asteroids appears to indicate an emphasis on their principles as important to humanity at this stage of our evolution. Of course, we first have to ascertain the principles symbolized by the new asteroids, and this enterprise is underway. My impression so far is that the majority of the new little planets for which we have ephemerides are concerned with the inter-personal section of our twelve sides of life. Though Pandora seems to be closest to letter three, Urania to letter eleven, Hidalgo and Dembowska to letter ten, and Toro may relate to letter two, the other ten of the fifteen for which I have positions all seem to symbolize concern with relationships. An astonishing number of them may be associated with letters seven and eight, including two of our original four: Pallas and Juno. The others which seem to represent different facets of our capacity to relate to others include Sappho (with some questions), Psyche (see the article in this issue), Diana (who may be an ambivalent mother), Amor, Eros, Lilith, Dudu, Pittsburghia, and Frigga.
Icarus, as indicated in another issue of The Mutable Dilemma, seems to be another Sun, connected to love and ambition,
Omitting Diana and Icarus as possible letters four and five, if eight new asteroids added to two previously studied all symbolize letters seven and/or eight, the cosmos would seem to be repeating the message already offered by Pluto entering its own sign in addition to spending about 20 years inside the orbit of Neptune. I think we are being told, rather clearly and emphatically, that we had better learn to handle our peer relationships; learn to share the resources and pleasures available in our world; learn to understand ourselves through the mirror of our mates and learn to master ourselves out of respect for the rights of others. I am increasingly considering the possibility that Juno and Frigga are as much or more Scorpio than Libra, while Dudu and Pittsburghia and Lilith seem truly Scorpio.
If these new asteroids do prove to be Plutonian in nature, they are potentially valuable in our efforts to analyze the financial prospects of both people and institutions. As readers know, I have become more deeply involved in mundane astrology in recent months. One of the bonuses of attending astrology conferences is a chance to get data. I was delighted to get a chart on the Federal Reserve from Dr. Whisenant of Texas. The Fed was legalized on December 23, 1913 but I had never seen a time for Wilson signing the bill into law. While attending the A.F.A. conference, I also purchased the new book of charts based on data collected by Michel and Francoise Gauquelin, and discovered to my delight that it included Paul Volcker, the head of the Federal Reserve. Since the Fed and Volcker are playing a major role in shaping the financial picture in the U.S. (and the world, in light of our size and wealth), the two charts are well worth serious study by anyone with an interest in Taurus-Scorpio basics. I do not think that astrology can predict details, but it can indicate issues and important times for decisions and actions.
Looking first at Volcker’s natal horoscope, we note the Virgo stellium in the eleventh house and the Sagittarius group in the second house. But a closer inspection shows that the fixed quality dominates the chart. Except for the Libra Ascendant and Sappho (about which I am still quite unsure), every angle, planet, and asteroid is in a fixed sign or fixed house or is itself of the fixed quality. The latter would include Icarus in the third house since I relate Icarus to Leo. The majority of the planets and asteroids are in the fixed houses but some occupy fixed signs in the cardinal houses. His chart is as totally dominated by the fixed quality as mine is by mutables.
I noted with fascination that he has three of our prospective new Plutos in Virgo in the eleventh house; one (Pittsburghia), widely conjunct his Sun, with Mars closely conjunct and at the midpoint of the other two (Lilith and Dudu). Juno on the MC, Frigga in the fourth house, Amor in the fifth house, Eros on his Sun-Mercury-Venus group, may all just emphasize his strong commitment to his family, (he is also reported to be a great gardener), but they may also be an additional statement about his involvement with handling power and the material world of money and possessions and pleasures. The elevated Neptune, placement of Pluto (a ruler of the Scorpio in the first house) in the ninth house, and the Sagittarius, all point to idealism. But we do not know what form idealism will take. It is certainly connected to his work with Neptune in the tenth and Saturn in Sagittarius, but it might be expressed as a search for the perfect job, as a desire to do his work perfectly, as an attempt to use his work to make a more ideal world, or as the job becoming an absolute; the source of meaning, faith, trust, and direction in life. Certainly the massed power in the sign of Virgo reiterates the importance of work in his life. He works with other people and also his work affects incredible numbers of people; indirectly touching nearly everyone in the world today, except perhaps for a few hermits.
With this chart, he should have an excellent and thorough mind (Mercury in Virgo) but also breadth of interest and originality (Mercury in the eleventh house and Jupiter conjunct Uranus in Aries). The nodes across Gemini-Sagittarius and Moon in Sagittarius repeat the mental emphasis. Vesta in the first house repeats the importance of his work, connecting it to his identity, as does Mars in Virgo, while Vesta in Scorpio and Saturn in the second house connect work to finances as one of many ways to deal with the two-eight polarity.
The combination of identification with work and ideals added to the tenacious will indicated by the fixed emphasis in the chart can produce what we see in his life; a man convinced that he knows what has to be done, in order to do a good job; that he has to do it personally (possibly because no one else can do it right); and with the guts to carry on to the end regardless of opposition. If his judgment is accurate, the world will owe him much. If his judgment is faulty, the “end” to which he perseveres may be the Pluto end, some kind of death. One possibility is the death of the U.S. (and perhaps the world’s) financial structure as it exists today.
Volcker became chairman of the Fed on July 25, 1979. He was educated at Princeton, Harvard, and the London School of Economics, and has been an Eastern “money man” all his life, partly for the government and associated with the Fed off and on since 1952. His progressed Sun was just starting an opposition to progressed Chiron and a square to his natal MC when he took on the chairmanship of the Fed. The Sun was also just leaving a quincunx to natal Uranus while the progressed MC was opposite progressed Jupiter and square the nodes of the Moon. The MC was thus setting off a grand cross in mutable signs and fixed houses; a beautiful portrait of a challenge involving practical intellect and moral principles and ideals (mutables) confronting each other in the area of money and material possessions and power (personal vs. shared—the fixed arena). His progressed Sun had entered Scorpio in 1976; his Moon in 1977; his Mars in 1978, each participating in the quincunx to natal Jupiter and progressed Uranus in turn.
Part of the fascination of astrology lies in the spectacular mesh of character and destiny; of individual and world. We go where we fit, to play our role in the evolving drama. In how many lives has Volcker trained to be ready for his current role? It is pure speculation to try to guess about the past. I simply assume that we have created our own character in a series of lives and we go on experiencing its consequences until we change our habitual attitudes and actions, at which point, with a revised character, we produce a revised destiny.
Though we cannot ever be sure of the details (astrology shows the issues; we determine the details by our handling of the issues), I would be inclined to believe that Volcker is sincere in his actions. He may well believe that his approach to the problem of inflation is the best answer in terms of long-range solutions. He looks bright enough to be conscious of the conflict between ideals and what is possible, as well as between conflicting ideals (the essence of the mutable dilemma). But his solution, use of high interest to curtail inflation, is highly questionable in light of the time table on the cosmic clock; the focus on Scorpio at this time. In general, high interest increases the disparity between the wealthy and the poor. Since there are far more poor people, the general buying power of the population goes down, businesses fail, more people are out of work with greater reductions in buying power, and the cycle moves from recession into depression.
Does it take a depression to cure inflation? We have seen these cyclic swings ever since the industrial revolution began, but of course there were cycles before when crops failed due to climatic causes, or when war or infectious illness destroyed productive adults. Wars tend to be inflationary, as the government creates or borrows money to maintain the massive effort, to pay for the humans and weapons who do the fighting. They are usually followed by depressions which some have suggested are necessary to counteract the inflation. But it is just as logical to suggest that war is also a way to get out of a depression. There has actually been talk in the Reagan administration of the usefulness of a small war to help the country recover from the current economic downer. Can sane people really consider alternating wars and depressions as a solution in a nuclear age? At least, Paul Volcker is not advocating that solution though we may not agree with his answer to the problem.
A more sane way out of depressions would seem to be to increase productivity. An example of that option is offered by the early 1920s. Following World War I (1914 to 1918), there was the usual depression in 1920-1. The U.S. was pulled out of it through the popularity of the automobile which led the industrial recovery. New technology is a light in the tunnel of our current economic slide, and could help produce the same result. Unfortunately, pouring billions of dollars into military armaments is counter-productive. Instead of building homes and schools (or nature trails like the CCC under Roosevelt), more warehouses are filled with useless, destructive gear to further escalate the level of anxiety in the world. Several organizations composed of scientific experts have testified repeatedly that we already have enough armaments to wipe out the earth. They also point out that there is no conceivable defense against the armaments already in existence, so that any use of them by either Russia or the U.S. is automatic suicide. Can there be any bigger deterrent than that? The whole nuclear push, whether for energy or weapons, seems to me to be one of the highly negative forms of Scorpio. The burning of coal, oil and gas, all of them polluters of the atmosphere to greater or lesser degrees, are also basically destructive, though not in the league with nuclear power. Eventually, I think we have to return to wind, water, solar and conservation. Thousands of year ago, people knew how to build houses with thick walls, partially underground, open to the sun on the south but with overhangs to shade from the intense summer sun. Surely, with our modern technological knowledge, we can develop even more effective techniques.
On another front, Barry Commoner has pointed out that if the government actually gave a new, high mileage car to everyone driving an old oil and gas guzzling one and retired the old cars to the recycler, we would be ahead financially in the savings on imported oil. Of course, that would not make the oil companies happy. California in recent years has actually cut its gas consumption in spite of having more cars on the road driving more miles, because so many people have bought the fuel-efficient Japanese cars. Of course the government can’t do it all. The public has to do its share, but the high interest rates have contributed to the collapse of the auto and housing businesses.
There are no easy answers to the economic challenge facing the world today, and I seriously question the simplistic solution offered by the Fed, led by Volcker. High interest has become a part of the problem. Increased productivity, efficiency, conservation, and sharing, cooperating, pulling together, seem more likely to provide a positive solution to the challenge of Scorpio and Capricorn. Greed digs us deeper into the pit, but greed is not limited to business. Labor unions must carry their share of the problem. I look at the prices charged by some astrologers who consider themselves to be “spiritual,” and I wonder.
As our readers know, a new chart for the U.S. was offered in the Pisces 1982 issue of The Mutable Dilemma, with the suggestion that the spring of 1987 might mark a time of crisis in the area of finances. The aspects are closer to those existing in 1929 than at any time between those dates. At present, there are many built-in safeguards in the financial system which were not in existence before 1929. Still, a major crash in the 1980s is possible if a number of major countries default on their debts at about the same time, and the public loses faith in the system and starts pulling their money out of the banks. Also, if (as seems likely) the years ahead continue the present miserable mix of inflation and depression.
Naturally, I was eager to progress Volcker’s chart to that spring of 1987, to see if it supported the picture in the speculative U.S. horoscope. Due to our limited page size, we are not able to put progressions around the natal wheel, but we have included Volcker’s chart and his progressions for your study. Note that his progressed Sun is at the midpoint of the mutable grand cross (octile or trioctile all four corners), with Venus replacing the progressed MC that made the cross complete when he accepted the chairmanship of the Fed. The Sun is already aspecting the progressed nodes now, in 1982, and will maintain the aspect throughout the years immediately ahead. We are already on the slide, and it may be too late to change the outcome for the country or world though we can always change our individual place in the situation. Progressed Mars is also moving into the same octile and trioctile aspects to the nodes, and by 1987 will include an octile to natal Venus. Venus, as ruler of Taurus, and Mars, as co-ruler of Scorpio, are both natural keys to the financial scene.
Other aspects include progressed Pittsburghia conjunct natal Psyche with the progressed MC on both during 1985-7, and all three opposite Jupiter-Uranus in the fifth house. The involvement of Pittsburghia and Psyche is especially fascinating. As you will see in the chart on the Federal Reserve, Pittsburghia is making a station on the Ascendant! As noted in another article in this issue, Psyche may symbolize the capacity for insight, empathy, and intelligence, or the total lack of all of these qualities, resulting in emotional, irrational actions that are lacking in any awareness of the needs of others. These slow moving asteroids are already opposite Jupiter-Uranus and will hold the aspect for years.
When progressed aspects remain within a one degree orb for years, the progressed Moon is highly useful as a key to the months in which events are likely that manifest the nature of the general and long-lasting patterns. Volcker’s Moon enters Pisces in late March 1987, setting off the opposition just described, and squaring natal Saturn by mid April. In May it moves into a trioctile to Pluto, and in June, it reaches a quincunx to the natal MC. Volcker’s progressed East Point, indicating personal action like an auxiliary Ascendant, continues its square to the Aries-Libra oppositions, an aspect starting in 1984. At the same time, for a period of years, progressed Juno remains quincunx Jupiter-Uranus, so the Moon will oppose Juno in the late spring to early summer period of 1987. Progressed Juno is also trioctile Saturn to the end of 1986 and octile progressed Pluto to late 1987. The progressed Ascendant is square natal Mercury, one of the rulers of the eighth house. Volcker’s progressed Mercury has gone retrograde this year, 1982, at 25 degrees of Scorpio, forming aspects to the mutable cross for years.
Another long aspect is formed by progressed Saturn conjunct the natal Antivertex. The auxiliary Ascendants (EP and AV) are only important when they have exact (within one degree) aspects. In this case, the Antivertex is highly important, offering the equivalent of having Saturn conjunct the Ascendant. The combination suggests a heavy weight of power and responsibility (and potential guilt if things go wrong as seems likely). One other interesting Saturn aspect in 1987 is an octile to progressed Psyche. Again we wonder; can reason and emotion stay in balance and work together?
The answer to the preceding question is probably only available with knowledge of the degree to which Volcker has learned his Saturn-South Node lesson. Their placement in Sagittarius indicates a lesson in faith, whether the challenge involves lack of faith in a higher power, too much faith in money and material possessions, (displaced faith), conflict between values, or some other form of the search for God, trust, meaning and direction in life. We have learned to handle the mutable dilemma when we can be clear about our values, act in practical ways to move toward them, and trust God after we have done our part. But truly universal values require concern for the well-being of humanity as well as our own needs and a truly deep empathy may wait for Pisces. It is significant that Volcker has nothing in Pisces or in the twelfth house in his natal chart, and his tenth house Neptune in Leo suggests an unconscious faith in power. Progressed Jupiter moved into Pisces (which it co-rules) many years ago, but progressed Moon and progressed Uranus both move into Pisces in 1987, signaling a new stage of his spiritual evolution. Uranus also moves into the quincunx to Neptune, suggesting (along with the rest of the intense aspects) that he may well leave his post at the Fed some time in 1987-8.
Many more points might be made, especially if we include the new asteroids. Dembowska (a potential Saturn) continues to progress over the North Node of the Moon while Vesta moves over the South Node. Hidalgo (another potential Saturn) has remained about a degree from Saturn all his life, moving at about the same rate of speed. In the earlier article about Hidalgo, I pointed out how often it was conjunct Saturn in people who reach a position of power. Urania, a potential Uranus, is part of the natal grand cross in mutable signs. In 1987, it makes a station and goes direct in opposition to natal Mercury and square progressed Ascendant, with natal Dembowska completing a second mutable grand cross in the fixed houses.
There is always more that might be said, but let’s take a look at the chart for the day that President Woodrow Wilson signed the Fed into legality. I do not know the source of the time given to me by Dr. Whisenant, but the chart seems to fit. I ran it for the 1929 crash, and there are appropriate aspects. In the natal chart, Mars is almost exactly on the Ascendant while Pluto is exactly on the East Point. Since the Fed is a truly Scorpio organization with major control over U.S. money, it certainly fits to have the identification with the two rulers of Scorpio. The very close quincunx of the Moon to Saturn (with the Moon more subject to the time of day than the other planets) also fits the power of the organization over the public. Mercury is opposite Saturn, and the Nodes of the Moon turn the Mercury-Saturn aspect into a grand cross, partly in fixed houses: shades of Volcker’s chart! Remembering that the planets carry their own nature (element or quality), we have another indication of the mutable dilemma with Jupiter (a mutable planet) opposite the midpoint of Mars and Neptune (another mutable planet). Since the grouping is in cardinal signs and houses, we can expect periodic changes of action and interaction. Another mixture includes the Sun (fixed) opposite Pluto (fixed) though they are in cardinal signs and mutable houses. There is ample evidence in the chart for a concern with security and the handling of executive power, with major challenges in the mutable area: ideals vs. practicality, questions of faith, values, morals, beliefs, etc. The rising Neptune, Venus and Pallas in Sagittarius, Chiron and Juno in Pisces in the Sagittarius house, further confirm the central importance of beliefs and values in the operation of this organization.
Some of the new asteroids repeat the emphasis on beliefs, and some focus on the power issue. Identification with power is clearly shown by Mars as ruler of the tenth house placed in the first house; by Moon, ruling the Ascendant, placed in Scorpio in the fifth house, and by Sun, ruling the Leo in the first house, placed in Capricorn: all this added to the Mars on the Ascendant and Pluto on the East Point! Power as a lesson is suggested by Dembowska exactly conjunct the South Node of the Moon, if we can assume that Dembowska is another Saturn. If Lilith and Pittsburghia are additional Plutos, their position in the second house in Leo is a further indication of power over finances, giving a mixture of letters two, five, and eight with the combination of asteroids, sign and house. Icarus, a potential Sun, is also strong, exactly quincunx Saturn to form a yod with the Moon, more widely opposite the Ascendant, semi-sextile Mercury and octile Vesta.
Looking at the progressed aspects for the spring of 1987, we find that the progressed MC has been moving over progressed and natal Saturn since the spring of 1983, opposing Mercury and square the nodes of the Moon, while the progressed Sun has moved over the North Node of the Moon and squared Mercury and Saturn, and the progressed Ascendant has been moving over the South Node of the Moon. The mutable crosses of Volcker and the Fed are certainly in sync, fitting the joint struggle to integrate goals and possibilities, to clarify priorities, to decide on moral issues. In spite of the mutable conflict, much of the action is likely to be mental. I would not assume an end of the Fed though some revision is quite possible in the time under consideration. Progressed Mars is just coming to the quincunx to the Uranus-Jupiter conjunction now in the eighth house, and the progressed Moon conjuncts Mars in the first months of the year, and spends the spring quincunx Uranus-Jupiter. The quincunx of Mars to Uranus is actually not exact until the summer of 1988, at the same time that the progressed Moon is conjunct Neptune and octile Saturn. Saturn has remained octile Neptune ever since the organization was founded. Certainly the spring of 1987 is only one of the times of potential challenge and change in the handling of our financial structure. Despite the Uranus on the MC of our speculative U.S. chart, we have a lot of earth and water and tend to move ponderously, in small increments, when it comes to radical change.
One of the interesting aspects involving the new asteroids is the one mentioned previously: Pittsburghia making a station and turning direct on the Ascendant. Urania has also been progressing over the Pluto-East Point conjunction and is opposite the Sun, fitting some sort of change of leadership or of the handling of details. Progressed Dembowska is on the progressed East Point, moving to quincunx progressed Jupiter and to oppose natal Chiron: again, we might have a change of power and direction. Or change might already have occurred since progressed Venus has finished the square to its own natal position and the sextile to natal Mars (they are quincunx in the natal chart). Many of the aspects we have noted have been in effect for several years by the time we reach the 1987-8 period. The aspects certainly imply a period of some years of tension and need for intelligence, practicality, and clear moral principles. Charts with heavy conflicts in the mutable signs, houses, or with mutable planets show a focus on moral issues, but do not tell us how the person or organization will handle the issues.
A few more aspects might be mentioned, and we will leave readers to explore the charts on their own. Progressed Icarus (with its danger of over-reach or prematurity) is quincunx Pittsburghia-Ascendant from Aquarius in the eighth house, and the progressed Ascendant is just arriving to form a yod with the combination. I have repeatedly seen cases where squares produced no action, but a yod marked a major change and move in a new direction. Progressed Hidalgo is an exact part of the mutable grand cross, opposite progressed MC, square the progressed Nodes and Sun, just leaving natal Mercury. If Hidalgo is another Saturn, we have another indication of possible change in the handling of power; what is done, how, by whom, etc. The progressed Moon aspects this Hidalgo-Sun-MC-Node-Chiron combination in the late summer of 1987, and of course, the natal Moon and Icarus are part of the picture since they occupy the same degree in other signs.
Two of our potential Plutos form a fixed T-square to Jupiter; Lilith in Leo and Dudu in Scorpio, while Frigga and Eros are conjunct natal Uranus and progressed Ceres in Aquarius. Also, Juno progressed into Taurus opposes natal Toro in Scorpio, but they form sextiles and trines to natal Pluto, East Point, Sun, and Vesta. Patterns with a fixed emphasis and some harmonious aspects often tend to maintain the status quo. But the action potential is strong again in the fall when the progressed Moon crosses the Ascendant and natal Mars, forming the quincunx to natal Venus at the same time. If Volcker decides to resign, that fall period looks like a good bet since both Venus and Mars rule the tenth house. After all of which, we have to remember that there is no certainty that this time is accurate. The events of 1987 may support the chart or discredit it. In the end, we have to wait and see —even with astrology to help us probe the future.