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How the planets line up for the Holmes-Cruise divorce

Besides being a powerful tool for self-understanding and personal growth, astrology also offers us a lens for viewing everything from history to the current political landscape and even the part of the news that falls under the heading of celebrity gossip.  A recent item in this category, the Katie Holmes-Tom Cruise divorce, caught my eye because it seems like manifestation of the powerful Uranus-Pluto square now taking place.

Intrigued, I did a bit more research, including looking up the natal charts of the people involved.  Here is what I found about the astrology of these this story:


Katie Holmes’ natal chart and transits

Katie Holmes recently announced that she is divorcing Tom Cruise.  The stories I read online speculated that the timing of the action is related to Holmes wanting to prevent her daughter from being schooled by the Church of Scientology.  Katie Holmes was born on December 18, 1978 at 9:32 pm in Toledo, Ohio, giving her a Sagittarius Sun and a Leo Moon in her 12th house only 5 degrees from her Leo Ascendant.  When looking closely at issues of relationships, I like to use the goddess asteroids as these intensify the focus on that area.

A glance at Katie’s chart reveals that transiting Uranus sits near the edge of her 8th house of shared resources and secrets, almost on the border of her ninth house, related both to courts and religion.  Pluto, meanwhile, is transiting her fifth house of children and, at 8 degrees, conjuncts both her natal Mars (4 degrees) and her natal Pallas (13 degrees), the asteroid connecting to the warrior queen energy of the goddess Pallas Athene.  Transiting Pallas, meanwhile, is conjunct transiting Uranus, so it is squaring its natal position in her chart.

This seems to confirm that the celebrity gossip columns are correct—that Katie is taking action to protect her daughter.  On an astrological level, she seems to have been spurred to the divorce by the Uranus-Pluto square.  She seems to have very good instincts or a good astrological advisor as well as a good lawyer counseling her about timing the divorce.  With Jupiter and Venus both transiting her tenth house of reputation, public opinion seems to side with her.  The asteroids also transiting this house in her chart speak of the reasons people feel sympathy for her:  Ceres, which relates to motherhood as well as Sedna, whose energy reveals issues of victimization.

With today’s Full Moon at 12 Capricorn one degree away from Holmes’ natal Pallas, there are bound to be further revelations about this case emerging soon.  However, the July 15-August 8 Mercury retrograde in Leo will take place in her 12th house, near her natal Jupiter and moving backwards over her natal Lilith, so there are likely to be attempts to smear her.

Feel free to share your thoughts on the astrological angle of this story in the comments section, or to suggest a story you’d like me to write about from the perspective of astrology.


(*photo: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tom_Cruise_%26_Katie_Holmes_WHCAD.jpg)

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