Weinstein theatre, Ronan Farrow and the new payola

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It burst upon the scene like lighting — the Weinstein Company routinely required sexual indulgences from its starlets.I was driving to Saginaw when I heard the news at a gas station in Ohio around 12 noon, so that’s the time I picked for the chart. 

News was scanty but the gist was Ronan Farrow had the mighty Harvey Weinstein dead to rites for demanding sexual favours from Hollywood actresses for good spots in his movies — a bizarre twist on the payola scandal of the 1950s (that was radio and music companies paid for play). It was the news that weekend and continued to rivet the nation for weeks to come.

Ronan, Harvey and the chart

The chart has 13 Sagittarius for its lord. Interesting because Ronan’s Moon is at 13, obviously reflecting how his mother, Mia Farrow’s relationship in with his father, Woody Allen specifically and Hollywood in general. This gives us some idea that the idea of “sex for play” has been in Hollywood for a while and been brewing in his mind, but all those guys are dead and long forgotten so of no use. But then searching for someone socially relevant, Ronan hit upon Harvey — that’s good investigative reporting.

To support this, we will look at the socially generation planets in the October 6 2020 date.

First off, Uranus and Neptune semi-square, a minor aspect but still not in harmony highlighting how the news (third house) is unveiling the unique creativity of the Weinstein Companies are built upon the exploitation of women (in the ninth house Mars and Venus are conjunct).  The last socially significant planet of the three is Pluto, and he’s hovering in the second making their profits look like it was based on a prostitution ring of beauty benefiting the beast (the earth Grand Trine).

The nodes of the 10-22-19 chart though work right into Farrow’s twelfth and sixth houses of what is buried and ignored in the workplace while his Chiron is in the seventh house of respecting others. It’s hard to say how this will play out — but Neptune in Pisces in the third tells us this will be long discovery process with lots of victims (opposite Venus who is exalted in Pisces) and the media won’t let go of a good tale. This is one story they should ride.

As for Ronan? We think a Pulitzer is in order. Six months later in April, he got one.

Footnotes:

This post was updated on March 27 2020 to reflect Ronan Farrow’ chart from the Mountain Astrologer and Farrow’s Pulitzer.

Sex, Lies and Harvey Weinstein

American actress, Rose McGowan, on Thursday night, October 4, 2017, stated what she has long suggested that “HW raped me.” “HW” was apparently in reference to Harvey Weinstein.It came as claims that Weinstein sexually abused an unnamed actress in London were being investigated by Scotland Yard.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, McGowan addressed Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and said that she had repeatedly told an Amazon Studios executive “HW raped me” but that Amazon disbelieved her saying that there was no proof.

                                     McGowan said: “I am the proof.”

This is the story as it erupted last week that The New York Times, though heavily toned down, broke after years of hiding other such stories that were leaked to it. It seems that the tipping point was that Scotland Yard was involved as this UK Telegraph story report for unlike others, McGowan, was playing hardball and putting her career on the line.                       

Pluto conjunct his South node at the Ascendant was a giveaway that something was wrong. Its opposite to Venus suggests foul play but the North Node near Venus tells us they will keep their mouth shut like good little girls for the opportunity. And then Mars at 18 Scorpio 17

The Early Years

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from Flushing General’s archives c. 1950

Harvey Weinstein is the eldest of two sons born to Max and Miriam Weinstein in Flushing, Queens, New York on March 19, 1952. If true, he was probably born in Flushing General Hospital as was his brother, Robert aka Bob, who followed two years later.

We chose Virgo 1 as Harvey Weinstein’s Ascendant. “Starkman” on Astro.com rectified Harvey’s ascendant to 24+ Leo that using the Morinus House Method happens to be Harvey’s first house. We find that that  first degree of Virgo, highlighting a friendly and sociable nature works well for Harvey W. as does the admonition that “if given to too much indulgence of earthly pleasure, there is a great danger that the native will morally & physically degenerate.”

The Weinstein Boys created their first company Miramax in Buffalo, New York, in 1979 as the two went to SUNY (State University of New York) School there and probably negotiated some tax breaks for their company between the city and the school. Making films though takes money and this is where their parents came in— their father Max was a former diamond cutter in the notoriously closed Diamond District on East 47th Side, and probably like most in that Orthodox area salted it all away living as they did in the rent subsidized Elechester and going by subway to work. In their talks, the boys downplay this but looking at our rectified horoscope, both Neptune and Saturn is in the Second House of Family Resources. Diamonds btw are made of Saturnine coal.

Neptune the patron of earthquakes is conjunct the planet of mining and rare minerals, as well as the historical marker of the father. This all comes beautifully together in the Weinstein chart as diamonds situated in glamorous Libra. Opposite that set is Mercury and Jupiter in the Eighth suggesting that their parents spared no expense for the boys and spoiled them rotten. That pairing in Harvey’s horoscope has a point focus (the short leg of the two oppositions) at Uranus 10 in the Eleventh House of fans, women and publicity but Uranus is a disruptive force and not particularly at home in peaceful Cancer particularly when it is also opposite Cancer’s  natural Ruler, the Moon, across the map in cold Capricorn.

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The Diamond District on East 47th St.

That aspect does not portend well for Harvey:  his Moon in the Fifth House, naturally ruled by Leo, here is in its fall but also hints at the plethora of girls he has and finally his  boy. This setup suggests that Harvey has some karmic problems with women because of his relationship with his mother that was most likely distant and harsh, and so in his personal life has lots of women to manage to work that relationship out. Alas, with  Uranus across from the Moon , this duo does not “manage” well particularly when it links up into a  mutable Grand Cross, that tends to take advantage of people in subordinate positions.

                       Aquarian Fair Play

 In Harvey’s case, if he had used his Seventh House of partnerships favorably, things maybe different, but the South Node (always opposite the North) is exact to his Virgo 1 Ascendant and hints that he resents his family’s largesse and would destroy himself so as not to be beholden to them.  This is supported by Pluto in the Twelfth House square his Midheaven.  That women should be the instrument of this downfall is shown by the Yod from Venus at 05 Pisces (exalted here) to the Moon in Cancer (in its fall) with the apex at Pluto in the Twelfth.  The Head of that Yod is in the Sixth House of Work and Labor in Aquarius a sign of humanitarianism and fair play.                  

               KARMA REALLY is a WITCH

 Joan Kellogg in her Yod Book suggests that this setup tells us that Harvey needed to come clean and create his own karma because living this lie was slowly eating away at him so perhaps he took bolder and more risqué chances with women or with younger women who were not as easily bought off – the amounts paid are ludicrous in comparison to what Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes did i.e. 150G to several million.

Looking at the Transit chart of when the story broke around 11 pm Los Angeles Time, the transiting South Node (karma) was on the Seventh House cusp ( partners and other people) highlighting that Harvey had gone a bit too far in his cry for help.

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas five weeks ago and devastated Houston.  It seems now at least one Harvey is getting some payback.

                          The Diamond District Lingo

 Unless otherwise noted, all non-English terms are Yiddish or are derived from Yiddish and are rendered using the transliteration system developed by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

QUALITY

  • Carat or CT · A carat (200 milligrams) is divided into both 100 points and four grains.
    • A “20-pointer” weighs one-fifth of a carat (or 40 milligrams), and a “six-grainer” weighs 1.5 carats (or 300 milligrams).
    • Dealers say “light” to indicate weights shy of a common fraction; a “light-half” can weigh from 0.45 to 0.49 carats.
  • Rough · Uncut and unpolished stones.
  • Strop · A stone that won’t sell; a bad buy. Some dealers are anxious to unload their strops, even at a loss, to release capital or just to dispose of a dud.
    • Others reckon that strops are not actually costing them anything, so they let them “sit in the back of the safe,”
    • Sometimes forgotten stones surge back into fashion, hence  “People get rich on strops.”
  • Khazeray · Junk; trash.
  • Mame-zitser · “Mother sitter”; a very large diamond.
  • Fir-kantike eyer · “Four-cornered eggs”; an impossible request; a stone (or price) that doesn’t exist.
    • “If you’re looking for fir-kantike eyer — go down to the Smithsonian and ask them for one
  • A bluff  · An impressive looking (bluffy) diamond that is not as valuable as it appears.

MAZL AND LUCK

  • The most significant phrase on the street, and perhaps in the global trade as well , is the term mazl un brokhe — “good luck and a blessing” — which is commonly abbreviated to “mazl.”
    • It is hard to overstate the power of this oral handshake, which seals million-dollar deals without lawyers, witnesses or contracts.
    • In “making mazl,” diamantaires stake their honor (and that of their family) on the deal.  “It’s as good as gold.”

You can read the rest here.

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Columbus Day 2017, Ashland Oregon

Today October 12th is the original celebration of Columbus’s Founding of America, but an act of Congress changed it to one of the Monday Holidays and now it is celebrated, at least on the calendars, on October 9th.  

The New York Post reported that Los Angeles last month became the largest city nationwide to remove Columbus Day as an official city holiday after a 14-1 vote by the Los Angeles City Council. They have also made the switch in states like Alaska and Vermont, and cities like Seattle, Albuquerque, San Francisco, Denver and most recently Portland, Maine.  All of them have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day.

Columbus, it seems, is going the way of General Robert E. Lee and the Dodo.

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                                    Columbus Day 2017

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Pixie Colman-Smith’s quintessential Star from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, now 117 years old.

Vesta is in the Tenth House of the President and the Country and the US President, Donald J. Trump, Sr — but I don’t think he uses that — is definitely on fire with his Culture War against the Colin Kaepernick kneeling for the National Anthem at football venues.  Things are changing as I write.  Last week Commissioner Goodall said it was up to the players, and this week is changing his tune to say that “all should stand” at the anthem or be penalized.  With Vesta conjunct the Sun next to Mercury, Trump’s message is winning despite his advisor H. R. McMaster, telling him to stand down.

Representative Gaetz of FLA has taken things a bit further and asked in Congress for the NFL to no longer be a tax-exempt entity — the teams themselves are taxed as regular corporate entities but they also pay a tribute to the NFL organization, and that is what Gaetz is concerned:  this franchising fee that the NFL entity gets tax-free.  How much is it?  Last year alone, the NFL received 15 BILLION dollars in tax free money.

Uranus is still alone down in the Fourth House at 27 Aries.  It is conjunct the Fixed Star, Al Pherg, that is part of the constellation of Pisces and is associated with the Tarot Trump (for Triumph) number 17 The Star.  This has the meaning of great hope and aspiration.  The late astrologer, Mr. Vivian Robson, wrote that Al-Pherg, found in the northern hemisphere, had the combined aspects of Saturn and Jupiter 1 like a conjunction of the Line of Motivation bestowing  preparedness, steadiness, determination and eventual success where it is found. 

2 See some pictures of Al-fork and learn of its astronomical facts here

The Fourth House in Mundane Astrology is all about the will of the people, but in our chart is part of a Grand Square showing how that will is being pulled every which way depending upon the latest horrific newscast (Moon in her natural home Cancer at the Eighth House).  It is a lot of emotional turmoil, as everything is coming up for re-appraisal (Saturn (Tradition), Ceres (Hearth)  and Vesta (Religion)  in the First House of the Country).

On the personal front, there could be some fallout as people take a hard look at where they financially stand (Moon square Mercury square Ceres) or wonder what their responsibilities are and whether they can measure up.  Thankfully Venus and Mars are in the Ninth, and the cooler weather in the Northern part of the country will bring some extra snuggling.  As for Columbus?  Baby it’s cold outside.

Cheerio —

Footnotes:

  • 1
    like a conjunction of the Line of Motivation
  • 2
    See some pictures of Al-fork and learn of its astronomical facts here

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