A Wedding and an Election

Taurus month is well underway now, but if you are wondering where the extra heat is coming from, know that six planets in Aries will continue to keep the fires well stoked through mid month.

The wedding of the decade happens with passionate Mars teamed with the royal planet Jupiter. Perhaps many will be sick of the media overkill, but isn’t it good to have something hopeful and uplifting to capture public attention? Mars and Jupiter can be a bright promise aspect. They signal a new era, not only for the fresh faced couple, but also for the British monarchy.

William’s birth on the solar eclipse is befitting for a future king with a singled out destiny, and Catherine’s birth on a lunar eclipse marks her for a special destiny too. They have already redefined the royal protocols. Perhaps her birth on a lunar eclipse symbolizes her special destiny pertaining to the redefining of the feminine and the partner role within that household and figure-head institution. Wheels are now set in motion to change the rules of succession should a daughter be born first.

Mars and Jupiter are joined by dwarf-planet Eris now to May 2. (Eris, also know as the Goddess of Discord, is attributed to starting the Trojan War.) Eris can create distraction, controversy and mayhem. This interference-generating influence is one that can side-swipe what otherwise might have continued along the expected course. Certainly this added influence at the tail-end of Mercury retrograde was challenging to the Vancouver Canucks facing the Chicago Blackhawks (last year’s Stanley Cup winners) in the hockey play-offs. (When you live in Vancouver, you can help but get swept up!)

Eris is meant to create a game change, to shake up the status quos. This influence can provide opportunity if you are wise enough to see what the true prize apple is and run with it. It seems Jack Layton, head of NDP Party of Canada, has done this the final campaign week before our federal election. At the time of this writing, he has moved his party from third to second place. It is a major coup and a surprise to all.


The new moon on Canada’s Federal Election day occurs after the polls close. Technically, the election happens during the dark of the moon, or the balsamic cycle, which is an especially potent time of seeding for the extended future. This Canadian election is already making history due to the fact that the government (commonly referred to as Harper’s regime) collapsed on charges of contempt of Parliament. I predict it will be history making in another regard and that is because there will be a record number of young voters (the Pluto in Scorpio generation).

We can expect a tough fight to the finish. Both Conservative leader Stephen Harper, our current Prime Minister, and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, the leader of the currentopposition party, are Taurus born. This is a tenacious sign, and as we have seen, especially with Harper, it can be a stubborn one too. Both men also share their moon positions in cool and collected Aquarius, an apt placement for political and public life. Of the two moons, Ignatieff expresses his moon through an intellectual filter, while Harper expresses his moon with a detached presence. Many would say that Harper is out of touch with the people’s needs and wants. Although the moon in Aquarius is group, community, and people oriented, it is not a warm and fuzzy moon placement, which is one of the reasons that Cancer born Jack Layton has found such opportunity in grooming public favour. Layton’s Ascendant, Mars and Neptune, all in Libra, make him personable and accessible – and most would say he’s handsome too. (You can’t ignore the fact that physical appearance counts for most folk.)

The new moon in Taurus, May 2, 11:51 pm PDT, favours Harper’s sun, suggesting his supporters will stay loyal. It also suggests that as he promises to do, he will deliver more of the same. If Harper’s steering is not to your liking, check out this website: http://www.projectdemocracy.ca/

Ignatieff’s chart receives impact from the Aries line-up. The enraged with “as is” are in his camp. Still there are a number of challenges to his chart. The transit of Jupiter could signal a big exodus of voters, which could possibly result in Harper’s gain. The transit of Jupiter conjoins his Sedna – will he be thrown overboard in keeping with this Inuit mythological symbol? It is looking possible right now. Ignatieff’s progressed Jupiter at station has not allowed him to be as dynamic in the public debates as he needed to be. Into the fall and beyond, we’ll see a more forceful and recalibrated leadership as Ignatieff’s Jupiter picks up a stronger momentum. Signalling a new trajectory, he begins a new Mars cycle on election day. Perhaps this election has been astrologically premature for Ignatieff. His potential is building, but his chart has not yet reached its fullness.

Cancer born Jack Layton’s sudden popularity rise is due to Uranus, Venus, Mercury, the karmic axis, Chiron, and the July 1st solar eclipse. With Eris on his side, he plays the golden apple position. He is the wild card draw and it seems he is on the way to delivering a strong finish. The young voters are in his camp. Layton’s moon is in Virgo, a service oriented and hard working sign. He and Ignatieff are of the Pluto in Leo generation, a good placement for a leader. Although Layton can display charming “favourite uncle” humbleness, Mercury in Leo gives him bravado too. He is just as ambitious and self-assured as the rest are. By the way, Harper is of the Pluto in Virgo generation. Virgo is criticized more than any other sign.

Given the nature of the stars, anything could happen, but one thing is for sure. Apathy is boring. Please get out and vote on May 2. And a special plea to our Pluto in Scorpio generation – you have the power to turn the tides. Our nation pins its hope and future on you.

I’ll be back with May’s forecasts in a couple of days…
Blessings to all,
Rose Marcus

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