Venus Retrograde Webinar Video


I have a new 60-minute video on the Venus retrograde phase!

Taped for my recent webinar at Astrology University, the workshop examines the Venus synodic cycle and its retrograde phases in natal charts, transits, and synastry.

Nativities include Ringo Starr, Donald Rumsfeld, Jack Nicholson, Renee Zellweger, Chevy Chase, Sting, Amy Winehouse, Steven Spielberg, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton, Lou Reed, John Cale, Nico, Jean Harlow, Ian Curtis, Jessica Simpson, Edmund Hillary, Victor Hugo, Edgar Degas, T.S. Eliot, John Dillinger, Lenny Bruce, Sammy Davis Jr., Linda Lovelace, Eric Clapton, Britney Spears, Melissa Etheridge, Courtney Love, Venus Williams, Suzanne Somers, Ellen Degeneres, David Bowie, Chris Rock, Mae West, Jodie Foster, Demi Moore, Mary Todd Lincoln, Katie Holmes, Laura Bush

Nelson Mandela: Venus Cycles and the Freedom Struggle

I usually don’t like to post topical subjects in my astrology work. However, I’ve been sitting on this research I did on the life of Nelson Mandela and Venus retrograde transits for some time, and his recent passing as transiting Venus is about to station retrograde in Capricorn prompted me to compose my thoughts.

Video: Uranus and the U.S.A.

Here is a video I made to promote my non-fiction graphic novel, URANU.S.A.: Astrology Looks at the First Planet and Nation of the New World. It is about the discovery of Uranus and the founding of the first government of the United States of America.

Recorded at Fort Mason, San Francisco on March 28, 2013.

What’s Up, Uranus?: Napoleon Bonaparte



The second oldest of eight surviving children, Napoleon landed on the shore of Calvi, France in June 1793 with his mother and siblings, having escaped the wrath of a rival Corsican political faction.

Hotheaded younger brother Lucien had publicly denounced the island’s reigning political boss, Pasquale Paoli, for being in league with the British instead of with revolutionary France. Lucien’s bombast put the entire Bonaparte family in jeopardy, and they barely escaped with their lives when they sailed for France on the night of June 10-11.

Lucien BonaparteWhile Napoleon’s rapid rise to power was largely the result of his own initiative and cunning, it is unlikely that it would have happened at all had he not been forced to flee Corsica at this time.

Responsibility for his family’s safety and survival in France was a key motivator behind the early military exploits that ultimately positioned him for his rendezvous with destiny.

Napoleon had grown up with a chip on his shoulder regarding France, both for their conquest of his native Corsica in 1868—the year prior to his birth—and because of his lonely and difficult experiences as a young student in a French military academy.

However, with his family’s forced exile from Corsica, and their desperate circumstances in revolutionary France, Napoleon’s perspective shifted out of necessity, and so began his meteoric ascension to power that would culminate with his self-crowning as the Emperor of France on December 2, 1804.

Transiting Uranus conjunct natal Sun in tropical Leo

Transiting Uranus conjunct natal Sun in tropical Leo

Transiting Uranus was conjunct Napoleon’s natal Sun in tropical Leo during the years 1792-1793, a period during which Napoleon spent a year trying in vain to secure his place in Corsican politics.

The conjunction transit of Uranus to an individual’s natal Sun coincides with a period in their life when they are suddenly compelled to see the world in an entirely new way. This often happens as a result of changes in the external landscape that in turn alter the individual’s perspective.

Napoleon was born one day before transiting Uranus made a retrograde station—an annual phase of its cycle where it appears to stop and change direction, moving backward in zodiacal order. Slow-moving or stationary planets have more weight in a given natal chart than they would otherwise have, as though they were stopping to speak or demonstrate themselves.

Sun conjunct Uranus in tropical Gemini

Sun conjunct Uranus in tropical Gemini

At the time of the Bonaparte’s exile, transiting Saturn was conjunct Napoleon’s natal Uranus in tropical Taurus, reflecting the outcome of the Uranus conjunction transit to his natal Sun.

Lucien Bonaparte, the instigator of his family’s banishment from Corsica, was born with a Sun-Uranus conjunction in tropical Gemini. It is very common, at the time of a given planetary transit, to have someone with a natal aspect between the same planets involved in the experience of that transit.

While the entire Bonaparte clan was affected by Lucien’s actions, it was Napoleon whose life would be the most affected by the outcome.

Lucien, with the natal Sun-Uranus conjunction, instigated the situation. Napoleon, with the Uranus conjunction transit to his natal Sun, went from being a loyal France-hating Corsican to being an officer in the French army.