I don’t usually pipe in on the latest cultural events, but I’m a big sports fan, so I’ve been watching the drama with Donald Sterling with interest. After watching the news conference today with NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, I wanted to check out Donald Sterling’s natal chart. It seems he has no known birth time, so we have to work with a partial chart.
Many have written about the Mercury-Jupiter opposition in his chart, and how it can lead to foot-in-mouth syndrome. This opposition also squares his Pluto, creating a t-square in his chart. This links up with the current grand cardinal cross that’s occurring astrologically, with Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto. It’s high energy, impulsive, erratic, crisis to the max. The cardinal grand cross falls on Donald Sterling’s t-square, with transit Mars on his natal Jupiter (just conjuncted his Jupiter in retrograde about 2 weeks ago), transit Jupiter on his natal Pluto (conjunct in June), and transit Uranus on his natal Mercury (beginning the orb in June, exactly conjunct next year).
The missing sign in his natal t-square is Capricorn, which is, fittingly, the sign ruling your career, your status in life, and your reputation. That’s taken quite the hit now, hasn’t it? The transit planet that’s currently in Capricorn is Pluto - the destroyer. Pluto takes away everything, strips you down bare, to force a transformation, if one is needed (and it seems that‘s the case for him, yeah?). If only we had his birth time, because the houses involved would probably show some interesting things too. I’ll bet the current Mars retrograde is doing something important there.
Donald Sterling’s natal Pluto is also square his Uranus, and the lunar eclipse earlier this month in Aries was opposite his Uranus. Uranus is the planet of the sudden and unexpected - this sure happened suddenly and unexpectedly. Fittingly, Uranus also rules technology, which was used against him in this situation with the recording (and by someone he’s engaged in a power struggle with - how Pluto!).
Coming up, transit Saturn will square his natal Saturn (paying for your screw-ups), transit Uranus opposes his Jupiter (natural ruler of the law), transit Saturn will semisextile his Jupiter (in orb around the turn direct), transit Saturn quincunx Mercury and Uranus, transit Jupiter opposite Pluto and square Jupiter, Mercury, Uranus, Mars, and the Sun, and transit South Node conjunct Uranus and Mercury. One word - ouch.
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Jupiter in Sagittarius: November 2018 - December 2019
Saturn in Capricorn: December 2017 - March 2020, July - December 2020
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