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By Mark Lerner

Dateline: Saturday July 16, 2005, Eugene, Oregon -- First it was H.G. Wells (famous British sci-fi writer) and the new film version of The War of the Worlds less than three weeks ago. Then it was the London bombings of Thursday July 7 that shocked the UK and the world. Now it is another cycle of Harry Potter mania sweeping the entire globe as the sixth novel by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) is sold starting earlier today – in almost exact synchronicity with Saturn entering Leo. Once again the English seem to be infiltrating into our lives and consciousness in a major way.

Right now I am simply interested in presenting the un-timed birthchart for Joanne Kathleen Rowling (alias J.K. Rowling) and sharing a few ideas for your review and evaluation. We know she was born on July 31, 1965 in Chipping Sodbury, England. There are probably some other astrologers “in the know” who have somehow obtained her time of birth, but as of this writing I do not have that information. Nevertheless, we can learn a lot about this sensational story from what we do know.

In essence, J.K. Rowling – married, the mother of three children and making her home in Scotland – received the revelatory seed-ideas for the Harry Potter novels while riding the trains in the UK. She indicates that it took about five years to write the first book – the one that appeared in 1997. That means the conception of all this took place around 1992. It was in 1992 that Uranus (revolution; intuition; higher mind) and Neptune (creative imagination; psychic power; mass movements) – two of the three outer planets – approached their first merger in over 170 years. They closed in on a conjunction in mid-Capricorn and finally, in 1993, united three times – energizing 18-19 degrees of Capricorn.

If you look at her horoscope, you will notice that J.K. Rowling was born with a triple conjunction of Moon, Uranus and Pluto in the middle decanate of earthy Virgo. She came in with a celestial signature of Uranus with the outermost planet Pluto and she received the inspiration to write the Harry Potter stories while Uranus was aligning with Neptune, the second outermost planet. There is obviously a connection going on here where J.K. Rowling is being overlighted or guided by the outer planets that are transpersonal and operating more on higher levels of consciousness. In addition, the Uranus-Neptune unions of 1993 in Capricorn were making flowing and harmonious triangular patterns (trines of 120 degrees) to her potent, natal triple conjunction of Moon, Uranus and Pluto in Virgo.

By the time the first novel was emerging in 1997, Uranus – the ruling planet of Aquarius and the next age of 2,160 years – had entered its home sign of Aquarius for the first time in 84 years. Relative to her birthchart, Uranus was now in direct opposition to her Sun at 8 degrees of Leo. If Uranus opposes a person’s Sun, this will only occur once in a lifetime (unless the individual lives well beyond 84 years). Thus, it is very rare and millions of people never have it. The usual manifestation is that startling, topsy-turvy and surprising events begin happening to the person – primarily through key relationships and/or the world-at-large. On the shadow side, someone may feel very nervous, anxious and unstable while all this is occurring. On the positive side, the Uranus polarity to the Sun can symbolize one becoming zapped with electrical, mental and divine lightning bolts that turn your existence around in a very short time. People may finally recognize and see the genius that you have kept hidden away. Since the planet traditionally ruling publishing (Jupiter) was also moving through Aquarius in 1997, it is not a shock that her first Harry Potter book took the literary world by storm. Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and while it often represents good fortune and opportunity, it definitely stands for anything BIG and GIGANTIC. It was also in the summer of 1997 that Jupiter made a station at 22 Aquarius – almost precisely trining (120 degrees) to J.K. Rowling’s natal Jupiter at 22 Gemini. All of the foregoing describes the astounding success that greeted her initial novel in the series.

When she was born, something very remarkable was happening. Three celestial bodies were virtually motionless. Most people don’t have any planets stationary in the natal chart. Any cosmic energy that is stationary carries enormous potency. The largest asteroid Ceres had turned stationary retrograde at 2+ Aries on July 29 (within 48 hours of her birth). Neptune made a direct station at 17+ Scorpio also on July 29. And Mercury at 29+ Leo was about to stop and turn retrograde on August 1 (within 24 hours of her birth).

Ceres is the Mother Earth and Mother Nature goddess energy. A good portion of the magic in her books is linked to the mysterious powers and secrets within the planet, the land, the elements of the natural world. Ceres in Aries also reveals her as a pioneer and hugely productive trailblazer rather than someone following another person’s ideas or storytelling mode. And be aware that this Ceres is in a flowing rapport with her Leo Sun. The Neptune station at her birth suggests the rich imagination she is blessed with – even though it can create much emotional and romantic confusion throughout the life. It also stands for the mystical and psychic powers that are described throughout the Harry Potter books. Since her Neptune and Saturn make a very close trine pattern at her birth in water signs (Scorpio and Pisces), she has a unique ability to bring her dreams-ideals-visions down into the real world in a practical form.

Mercury stationing at 29+ Leo has a double power that is truly extraordinary. First, anyone born with Mercury not moving has great potential as a writer, communicator and teacher. Second, this degree of the zodiac contains the ecliptic intercept for the main star of the constellation of Leo. This star is called Regulus -- the “little king” and yet first magnitude star of this magnificent constellation. Regulus was one of the “four watchers” of the sky for ancient heavenly observers. It was the watcher in the North while Aldebaran (the right eye of Taurus the Bull) was the watcher in the East, Antares (the brightest star in Scorpio) was the watcher in the West, and Fomalhaut (brightest star in Piscis Australis) was the watcher in the South. These were the four brilliant stars that at one time marked the beginning of the Equinoxes (Spring and Fall) and Solstices (Summer and Winter).

In addition, Regulus is associated with the Archangel Raphael, who is particularly aligned with healing, and Regulus (in Esoteric Astrology by Alice A. Bailey and the Tibetan Master D.K.) is said to actually channel the dynamic spiritual energies coming from Sirius (the brightest star in the sky and a major repository of divine love, wisdom and intelligence to our solar system and the Earth). Why might Regulus be the cosmic conduit for Sirian energy? The clue is in the star’s Celestial Latitude or how far North or South it is from the Ecliptic or zodiacal path. Sirius is almost 40 degrees South of the Ecliptic while Regulus is a mere ½ degree North. Thus, Regulus is actually in a bold and close rapport with the zodiac itself. Apparently, Sirius needs to utilize Regulus as a kind of divine intermediary affecting humanity and earthly life.


In the tarot, the Magician card (Major Trump #1) has always been connected to the planet Mercury. Magic – in one form or another – is the archetypal theme running through her six novels. She was destined to be a regal and royal figure in the realm of literature and certainly to her legions of fans around the globe – now living as far away as China and India, and totaling tens of millions.

As she reaches the milestone age of 40 by the end of the month, J.K. Rowling has become undoubtedly a billionaire through this extraordinary phenomenon. Coming from a broken marriage, unemployment and many years of uncertainty to this 9-year cycle of global mega-achievement and superstardom must seem rather magical to her. She is about to go through the astrological rite of passage known as the “mid-life crisis” as transiting Neptune in Aquarius squares her natal Neptune in Scorpio, and transiting Uranus in Pisces opposes her natal Uranus in Virgo. Simultaneously, over the next year, Saturn in Leo will crisscross her Sun three times for the first time in three decades! She will be in the midst of rather momentous personal, familial, career and business shifts while all her admirers await what they hope will be a seventh novel and new film versions of the books.

Stay tuned to this web channel for late-breaking developments on this story and others.

© 2005 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd. All rights reserved.

Mark Lerner Publisher Earth Aquarius News [To learn more about Mark’s astrological consultations and other services, please return to the left side of the home page]




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