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  • Can North Korea’s “Dear Leader” dodge calamity in 2014?

    A version of this essay first appeared in my 2014 Lifesurfing book published in July 2013. This updated version, since the execution of Kim Jong-un's uncle, appeared in the UK Astrological Association's e-magazine In The Loop in December 2013.

    The news from North Korea is unremittingly gruesome if not grotesque. Early hopes that young Kim Jong-un (declared Supreme Leader on 29 December 2011 after the death of his father Kim Jong-il) might be a civilising influence have proven wishful to say the least. The very recent executions of his uncle and seven others by firing squad, and dire threats of war, suggest a leadership bent on aggression and confrontation.

    What does astrology tell us of Kim Jong-un? Is there hope yet for a nation stuck in what seems to Western eyes like a feudalistic nightmare?

    His birth chart and 2014 transits make fascinating studies in unrestricted power and potential folly – though the news is not all necessarily grim.

    But when was Kim Jong-un born?

    Casting Kim Jong-un’s horoscope presents a challenge because though we know he’s a Capricorn, born 8 January, we cannot be certain of his birth year. Until recently North Korea gave it as 1983. Then the nation gifted him an extra year of maturity, making it 1982, perhaps embarrassed by his relative youth on the world stage. His father’s ex-sushi chef supports 1983 as birth year.

    But perhaps the “Dear Leader’s” doting late opera singer mother, Ko Yong-hui, gave the game away when she described her son as the “Morning Star King”. This must refer to planet Venus (nicknamed Phosphoros, “bringer of light”, by the Ancient Greeks) which at times can be seen at dawn. For 8 January (among the candidate years for his nativity, ’82-’84) it was visible before sunrise only in 1984, approximately around 7:00.

    He’s not just the Morning Star King. His birthday is shared with “the King”, Elvis Presley. We can only assume Kim Jong-un’s birthplace is Pyongyang.

    If correct, this makes the Supreme Leader a formidable double Capricorn (Sun and ascendant) along with a Capricorn leadership chart – highly ambitious; power-driven and jealous of his growing national authority; formidably strategic; materialistic; darkly humorous, dutiful if not rule-bound, clever and “old” before his time (his unexpected assumption of hereditary absolute power in his 20s being one spectacular example). And with Saturn (Capricorn ruler) in Scorpio in the traditional house of Capricorn (conjunct Pluto/Libra Mars, in the Placidus chart) it’s fair to say that Kim Jong-un appears “fated” to rule - troubling features in a leader of a volatile state in a cramped world of enemy democracies.

    The Dear Leader’s basic character traits

    Perhaps we can take some comfort that Capricorn is not traditionally a sign given to impulse but usually to pre-meditation. Much of what passes for blood-curdling threat from North Korea is probably calibrated posturing – a tactic not without effect.

    I don’t propose to go through Kim Jong-un’s chart in great detail but certain key features are worth highlighting. Mercury bang on his ascendant usually indicates advanced language and literary skills (he speaks English among other tongues) and/or a bent for mathematics (he earned at least one physics degree). Mercury here will tend to make him more image-conscious (he’s already succumbed to the cosmetic surgeon’s knife), more multi-culturally engaged, more media-savvy, than might be expected. He is thought to have been educated in Switzerland.

    If he serves his full life-term, it’s entirely possible he will come to interact with the outside world more constructively than his forebears. That’s a big “if” however.

    Pronounced artistic or even spiritual interests subsist in his chart as potential, with Neptune close to Mercury (in Pisces’ natural home) and ascendant; and with highly sensitising Moon in Pisces. It wouldn’t surprise me if in later life – should he be fortunate – he writes a great deal about himself.

    The very negative side of these placements is the risk of delusional or fantastical thinking and volatile hyper-sensitivity. It can only be hoped that with all the pronounced Saturnian pragmatism in his chart, logic will eventually triumph over megalomania or paranoia.

    That he is extremely self-willed cannot be doubted with all principal planets in his eastern chart hemisphere, with Moon square Uranus/Venus and (very worryingly this) with Mars conjunct Pluto in 10th house Scorpio square Sun. There will be huge, physical zest for life. But a ferocious, even violent or homicidal temper may be roused by frustration or obstacles – if Kim Jong-un were my client I would advise him to take up a sport or transcendental or other spiritual practice to redirect some of that pent-up energy. Even a privileged Supreme Leader can feel impeded or restricted on a lifetime diet of entitlement.

    Yet primal instincts – such as instinctive rage – should be generally reined under Moon trine Saturn. A form of sound reasoning may even drive him albeit barbarically.

    Worth mentioning is his Moon’s positive relationship to his power planets (Mars, Saturn [also representing father] and Pluto in the 10th): this supports the claim that his mother (as well as an aunt) played a big part in his surprise appointment as heir apparent against older siblings. With Saturn close to Part of Fortune in Scorpio sextile Sun, a pronounced affinity with the father will have been present. The father will have admired Kim’s self-discipline, natal “hardness” and focus as attributes of luck – it is believed that his father warmed to and recognised him as a hardy kindred spirit.

    A man “coddled in power”

    The birth chart essentially comprises two stellia in neighbouring Scorpio and Sagittarius, with Sun dangling a little away in the me-me-me 1st House. A curious feature of Kim Jong-un’s chart is its lack of overall life balance – eight of the 10 principal planets are bundled in just the 10th-12th houses. This snapshots a fate coddled in power. That part of him that seeks new ways of doing things, through education or communion with the outer world (Sagittarius), is cloaked in the chart sector of secrets. A metaphorical veil places him in a timeless purdah of global voyeurism or vicariousness. He may conceal much of what he admires of Western culture, for instance.

    A little-understood chart feature known as the yod (or “finger of god”), involving most of his stars in an inconjunct to 5th house Chiron, describes a life of tremendous restriction and early conformism. A rich fantasy life may act as a counter-balancing substitute. Life never feels “right” until the individual has come to terms with matters that cannot be altered or reconciled. Chiron in Taurus alerts to health problems and a need to take especial care of the body: it’s known Kim Jong-un is diabetic and prone to weight gain, bingeing and heavy drinking. Seeking comfort in luxuries and novelties should be avoided – a big ask when you’re Supreme Leader, I suppose. Who can say No to him?

    2014 transits and Kim Jong-un’s first Saturn Return

    When he took control of North Korea in December 2011, his chart ruler (transiting) Saturn was on the same degree as his birth Mars conjunct Pluto in the 10th: not a time of personal joy for him but certainly of fateful regeneration through state power in the house of public status. As leadership debut point in his radix chart, violence and power-seeking subsist as potential major themes of his rule.

    His succession marked the end of an old order – though years may elapse before complete realisation. In late 2013 his first Saturn Return commenced, for most people (aged around 29-30) this marks a growing-up time when marriage, job change or parenting beckons. For Kim Jong-un, the Return phase is a marker of power consolidation in a militaristic state as his confidence soars and he breaks with old influences – hence the ruthless removal of advisers, his uncle and others who might be a perceived threat to his leadership. The planets support an interpretation of accompanying violence.

    The execution of his uncle Jang Song-thaek on 12 December, 2013, corresponded to tr Mars right at the top of Kim Jong-un’s birth chart square birth ascendant, a traditional aspect of aggression expressed either by or towards the native. To a client who does not run a totalitarian state, an astrologer might offer the sage advice: “Tread very cautiously lest you attract to yourself the violence you deal in.” This is also an aspect of recklessness or impatience. Unfortunately, Mars stays in Libra till July 2014 thanks to a retrograde, so it’s reasonable to expect further state brutality based on precedent. Libra, among other things, directs energies towards colleagues, companions and others within his immediate circle.

    Other indicators are also depressing. Just 96 hours after his progressed Moon entered war-like Aries on 8 February, 2013, North Korea conducted its first nuclear test under his rule. Given that the progressed Moon stays in this sign throughout 2014, not exiting till August 2015, we can expect further exhibitions of unpredictable bellicosity and aggression, especially with Uranus slowly transiting Aries

    (to 2018/19).

    Allied to this last point is tr Jupiter retrograde (in the 7th house, associated with partners and “open

    enemies”) opposite Sun as 2014 starts, which often corresponds with exaggerated or melodramatic responses: blind behaviour rooted in unrealistic self-estimation can prove disastrous.

    May 2014 is a time to watch as Jupiter repeats this opposition while progressed Moon remains in Aries. July, too, I think could be a very dangerous time for Kim Jong-un as Jupiter squares Mars then Pluto: fanatically-held beliefs are part of the problem here. If there’s a good side to this it lies in any attempt to heal rifts (for example, with the outside world). Jupiter can pour balm, if he wishes this. September (Jupiter square Saturn) could be a time of immense frustration for him as limits are placed on what he’d like to do: patience will be thin. Yet without it he stands to lose, nationally or overseas.

    From October onwards, if he survives the above, potentially he could be in more diplomatic or conciliatory mood as progressed Venus starts a conjunction with birth Sun. Personally, he may feel a little less confrontational. Perhaps he is starting to realise that charm can win friends – that at least is one interpretation. This could also denote yet another image makeover. However, his birth Sun square Mars/Pluto makes him a particularly tricky and dangerous subject to “read”.

    In summary, 2014 will be a very difficult and dangerous year for the Dear Leader as he struggles to accommodate his huge hopes and expectations in smaller boxes. The potential for personal calamity is real but it would be a rare double Capricorn who does not allow pragmatism to be his ultimate guide. It has to be for survival.

    If he plays his cards right (and there are no guarantees), July/August 2015 (Jupiter trine Jupiter) could signal happier, more productive times. But don’t hold your breath.

    Victor Olliver’s Lifesurfing: Your Horoscope Forecast Guide 2014 is available on Amazon as e-book or paperback

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  • Your star-sign horoscope for 2014

    First published in The Lady magazine - http://www.lady.co.uk/

    Lifesurfing: Your Horoscope Forecast Guide 2014 by Victor Olliver is available on Amazon (paperback/kindle)

    Aries

    March 21-April 20

    With ruler Mars in Libra up to July, progress depends on how you handle all key relationships. The battering ram simply won’t work. Be subtle, diplomatic – hypocritical if needs be! The most exciting part of 2014 starts around July when creativity and romance are blessed for a year. There’s happy cash news in May and a radical career development in November. Late December has a travel theme.

    Taurus

    April 21-May 21

    Ideals or dreams that have sat dormant for ages are more likely to take physical shape in 2014 – a long-term trend. April’s eclipses promise a change in day-to-day work-life and a surge in your own personal power: this is not a year to sit out quietly. Finance and home concerns improve from July – indeed many of you will be moving or renovating the home. A new career or status initiative commences in December.

    Gemini

    May 22-June 21

    The hard-working theme stays with you throughout 2014: focus on nitty-gritty and let the bigger picture look after itself. The great news is that at long last, almost every month offers opportunity to improve income. From July, you’re much better able to get across your personal message; and travel or education could figure. A career restart in November and hot love in December make this a super-dynamic time.

    Cancer

    June 22-July 22

    If career has proven erratic and “too interesting” of late, 2014 assures you potential for change or improvement – March-April, September-October and December especially. Be patient and cooperative, not confrontational. Income enters a productive phase from July – and look for major domestic/family changes in September. November puts a key relationship to the test – love life is in a state of revolution!

    Leo

    July 23-August 23

    A reflective, even spiritual, phase since mid-2013 follows you into 2014 before a bold, personal renaissance from July: travel, study or breaking new ground (perhaps abroad) will be a feature of the rest of the year from July with Jupiter in your sign. From August you’re thinking in more practical (not idealistic) terms. If the home or family has weighed you down, near-end of December marks a new era of release.

    Virgo

    August 24-September 23

    A need to be yourself against pressure to toe the line is a heightened theme of your 2014 from the start; and also in November. Basically you want diva treatment! May to July, career expands through social networking. Thereafter you could be working on a personal freelance project. In August, you gain through application of your critical intellect. October-November is a wonderful period to make more money.

    Libra

    September 24-October 23

    You’ll like this – social life plays a very big part in expanding your social range and career capability all this year. Friends will notice how more decisive you are (with Mars in Libra till 26 July) – and much will be achieved that bigs you up. Start and end of 2014 is dominated by home developments – November could see a move or huge family change, probably because you want it. Always act in partnership.

    Scorpio

    October 24-November 22

    This is a key year for you – a desire to reshape your world approaches realisation. To July, travel or study plays a part in this; but thanks to Mars, you’re plotting behind closed doors (in April particularly); biding your time. From July, Jupiter accelerates career expansion until summer 2015. Many of you will change career or get promoted after a long recent phase of frustration. Money improves from December.

    Sagittarius

    November 23-December 21

    Financially, life should already have improved. To come, from July, ruler Jupiter is in its natural house for a year: a new life is in preparation which breaks a personal mould and proves more stimulating. August-September sees a career break-through you’ve sought. December is a great month for having a good time – but also for stretching yourself beyond these shores or initiating a “spiritual” journey.

    Capricorn

    December 22-January 20

    “Reinvention” is an annoying word – yet it’s the word to characterise your 2014. This is a year to bring about a life change through career. Property or family matters dominate April- May. And from July (for one year), finances are on the up, perhaps through inheritance, a home move or partner’s income. Progress arises from the company you keep (“Birds of a feather…”) – and December is party time.

    Aquarius

    January 21-February 19

    If I say this will be an “explosive” year, don’t fret. It’s just that your need to assert creative or psychological power becomes a ruling passion – you’re determined to see a personal project done as you want it. The best time for this is beyond July when others’ cooperation is vital. Sex life sizzles in August-September and October promises an adventure, perhaps abroad. Career prominence is likely in December.

    Pisces

    February 20-March 20

    Whatever happened in 2013 will prove to be personally liberating, no matter the recent trauma. Jupiter wants you to vent all your talents! This is in readiness for growth in your day-to-day work-life from July – when you’re better able to get across your vision. For much of 2014 finances will require careful handling. A boost in the November-December phase prepares you for better career things in the next three years.

    Lifesurfing: Your Horoscope Forecast Guide 2014 by Victor Olliver is available on Amazon (paperback/kindle)

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  • Obama's re-election: how astrology predicted this

    As President Barack Obama is inaugurated a second time, I am republishing my astrological prediction of November 2 2012 of his re-election:

    Elections, astrologically, are a nightmare challenge to call and the imminent US Election is particularly complex (actually, not just astrologically). The wise stargazers sit on the fence - the Mail's Jonathan Cainer has declared that the result will be unambiguous - but declines to say which candidate will win. Marjorie Orr (though seeming to back Romney) announces that election forecasting is too tricky.

    Both are probably right - to watch their backs. I, however, put caution to the wind.

    Barack Obama is a Leo, born August 4, 1961, 7.24pm, in Honolulu. Mitt Romney is a Pisces, born March 12, 1947, 9.51am, in Detroit, Michigan.

    Having examined the birth charts of Obama and Romney, and the transits for election day November 6, 2012, and for Inauguration Day January 20, 2013, I have reached the conclusion that Obama will be re-elected. Those who prefer Romney may take comfort that both charts are pretty dire and that there's little to indicate a decisive victory, astrologically. I have based my forecast decision on just a handful of aspects as clinchers.

    Non-astrologers may have already read enough. Those interested in astrology may want to read on....

    For election day itself, the transits of both men's charts lack an obvious winner. But on November 6, Obama's tr Moon is in Leo conjunct his ruler Sun and Mercury (in the 6th) - a good omen for group efforts and the support of women in particular. Obama's progressions look favourable on this day, with P Mercury sextile North Node, P Venus sextile Venus and P Pluto sextile Neptune, among others.

    There are plenty of negative aspects to spoil the day, however; not least Mercury stationing retrograde which at the very least could suggest a slim victory or even controversy over the result. I shouldn't be surprised if there are technical hitches or legal tussles.

    Romney's transits for November 6 are especially grim in my view: his ruler tr Neptune, though at the top of his chart, squares his natal ascendant, an ego-denying aspect and not the sort of thing you expect to see in a winning chart. Nor do I like tr Moon conjunct natal Saturn in his 3rd house of communications: a sign of possible depression or isolation.

    I have also looked at the transits for Inauguration Day, January 20, 2013. This perhaps offers a clearer picture. In Obama's chart, tr Sun (conjunct tr Mercury) is conjunct natal Jupiter in the 12th: a sign of optimism, positivity and expansion. This to me is the clincher (famous last words?). But it's not all bad news for Romney on this day. His tr Jupiter is trine Midheaven, a plus indicator for career and status, but an aspect inferior to Obama's Sun-Jupiter conjunction. And Romney's ruler Neptune is still square ascendant.

    So, there we have it. Republicans should take heart that a fair number of reputable astrologers think Romney's got it in the bag. You'll have to Google them.

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  • Your 2013 horoscope guide, first published in The Lady

    Aries

    March 21-April 20

    If people are already paying more attention when you speak/write, welcome to 2013. You’re communicating more effectively: progress results in the first half of the year. From 26 June onwards, Jupiter improves a domestic situation and builds personal confidence. But cash self-discipline remains vital. Tone down emotions around 18 October’s Aries lunar eclipse. Your most successful phase: March-April.

    Taurus

    April 21-May 21

    The focus is on ‘loadsamoney’ – the cash outlook looks promising up to 26 June. Close relationships also dominate 2013 – a transformation in one can be expected May to August. Something begun around 10 May’s Taurus solar eclipse bears fruit or gains in significance by November. Love, sex and shared money/experiences improve from October to year’s end – book a late romantic foreign holiday.

    Gemini

    May 22-June 21

    You can stop dreaming! Now is the year to take practical steps to realise a work ambition – and tackle health and fitness, under Saturn. After a longish period of frugality, income picks up from 26 June (and July’s a positive career month). Home/family problems find practical solutions August-September. A new work responsibility comes with November’s solar eclipse, gaining in importance by May 2014.

    Cancer

    June 22-July 22

    July is your 2013 high point under a lovely Grand Trine – the best phase to push a big idea that can place you centre-stage. Since mid-2012 you’ve had to put others’ interests before your own. But from 26 June, 2013, a long Jupiter phase of personal expansion commences via new contacts and work. And the 3 November solar eclipse marks the start of a new chapter in a self-expressive or romantic ‘project’.

    Leo

    July 23-August 23

    Since mid-2012, life outside the home has felt more fun – friendships and the pursuit of a dream are definitely on the up. But this is also a year when any home or family challenge can be addressed successfully, from 7 July onwards in particular. Look forward to promotion or a new career start around 10 May with the solar eclipse. If you’ve had problems getting a message across, December is the time to hammer it home.

    Virgo

    August 24-September 23

    The big plus area remains career or public status – especially if you communicate/teach/sell for a living. Generally, 2013 should see much progress in your place in society, with many new friends and allies from 26 June onwards, for about a year. But success requires Saturn’s iron self-discipline over what you say – this is especially the case from late September to early December. When in doubt, zip it.

    Libra

    September 24-October 23

    Foreign travel, or anything that lifts the mind out of the familiar and humdrum, is a feature of the first half of 2013. Your quest is joie de vivre; death to dullness. Failure is not an option. From 26 June onwards, you seek greater fulfilment from your role in society – a new career start or promotion may figure. November-December is a peaceful time at home – you may be found wielding a paint brush (shock horror).

    Scorpio

    October 24-November 22

    A new, improved, practical you is in development – and 1st house Saturn helps to eject time-wasters from your life. Look to July for a great opportunity – which may involve travel, education or persons in foreign places. The 25 April lunar eclipse urges compromise in a partnership tussle. And in November, there’s a sense of a starting something new and responsible under the Scorpio solar eclipse. Take a deep breath, now….

    Sagittarius

    November 23-December 21

    Partnerships and close bonds continue to improve in 2013 – ruler Jupiter and surly Saturn are working nicely together to help you ditch negative thinking. A sign of even better things to come arises late June – a boost to domestic income is likely. A bolder mood takes hold with Uranus retrograde July-December – rules can be bent to get a personal project moving. Conformist dullards will be swept aside.

    Capricorn

    December 22-January 20

    Work and health look decidedly favourable till late June before Jupiter enters your house of partnerships and starts to work its magic on your close bonds. In July, your place in an idealistic or spiritual cause is boosted, thanks in part to much-improved relationships. October’s lunar eclipse draws attention to household repairs or a need for more space. Greater involvement in a charity could occur from November.

    Aquarius

    January 21-February 19

    The creative theme of 2012 follows you deep into 2013 – personal artistry (and/or love life) grows apace, with ruler Uranus edging it all with unconventionality. Significant progress is likely from July onwards. September is an especially dynamic time under a Mars-Uranus link. And by 3 November’s solar eclipse, you’ll be feeling intense pressure to advance goals. No one around you is getting much sleep in 2013.

    Pisces

    February 20-March 20

    Stop exaggerating: your home looks nothing like the jail in Prisoner: Cell Block H – but that won’t stop you building a home extension or finding a larger house before July. Thereafter, creative energy soars: what you want to achieve in your own name stands a greater chance of success – stay open-minded, especially around November, when distant travel may be necessary. A year when a dream can become a reality.

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  • Olliver's almanack for 2014 out July 2013

    My first forecast e-book will be for 2014, out in July 2013. More details to follow in the next few weeks and months. Forecasts will be for the signs, nations, celebs, corporations and certain periodical publications.

    It will be priced at under £2 and easily downloadable onto your Kindle, other device or pc.

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