Horoscopes and astrological commentary on North Korea and it's eccentric leader, Kim Jong Un.
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North Korea Goes Nuclear
NewsScope; February 14, 2005. Last Thursday North Korea issued a statement that it had "manufactured nukes for self-defense to cope with the Bush administration's undisguised policy to isolate and stifle" it. Political observers disagreed whether to push for more diplomatic efforts, or to begin looking at economic sanctions, or even military options. The announcement pre-empted a Chinese effort to get North Korea back to the negotiating table.
North Korea's national horoscope (September 10, 1948; 8:50 pm; Pyongyang *) features a prominent Mars in Scorpio on its seventh house of open enemies. This Mars is very near the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant, so that North Korea naturally views the U.S. as a life-threatening enemy. Over the last month American diplomats reported that North Korea was ready to re-start talks as transiting Uranus formed a favorable trine to this Mars.
However, Uranus often leads to sudden changes of direction. The surprise announcement arrived as the Moon and Uranus were conjunct each other and forming an exact sextile to North Korea's Ascendant. From another angle, NK's Mercury-Neptune conjunction in Libra may be associated with diplomatic efforts. Last week the progressed Moon was exactly squaring this planetary pair.
Meanwhile, transiting Saturn is nearing the IC, the fourth house cusp, where it
September 10, 1948
notes: This chart's time is rectified, based on reports of a proclamation "at night". Mars on the Descendant describes the formation of a northern government that aggressively assumed control over the entire Korean peninsula. This set up the Korean War which began as progressed Mars hit the Descendant.
creates immense security concerns. Saturn turns direct on March 22 while nearly exactly conjunct the IC and inconjunct (quincunx) beneficial Jupiter. North Korea's eighth house Jupiter represents a financial benefactor which traditionally has been played out by China. Watch over the next two months as transiting Saturn links up to Jupiter for the Chinese-North Korean relationship to come under historic pressure.
Regarding the date and approximate time of North Korea's formation, Nicholas Campion (in Book of World Horo- scopes) writes: "The Communist Peoples Democratic Republic of Korea was given independence on 9/10/1948 following three years of occupation. Press reports on 11 September referred to the proclamation of the republic 'yesterday' but spoke of radio announce- ments that a cabinet had been appointed and that the northern government was the sole government of Korea 'last night.' Whether this means that the proclamation was made in the evening, or merely that the only relevant news broadcasts monitored were those made in the evening is not clear. ...The position is complicated by the fact that different dates, such as 9 September and 12 September, are given for independence. However it is clear that while the proclamation was made on 10 September, we have no indication of the time of day."
North Korea Joins Nuclear Club
NewsScope; October 16, 2006. North Korea's detonation of its first nuclear bomb last Tuesday set the international community into a frenzied debate about how to deal with this rogue nation. South Korea and China were divided about how to proceed, while Japan and the U.S. favored immediate and severe sanctions, plus a military blockade. Meanwhile, American analysts feared that North Korea might sell its nuclear technology to Al Qaeda.
North Korea's national horoscope (September 10, 1948; 9:50 pm; Pyongyang) shows clear signs of these latest developments. On the day of the nuclear test (October 9), transiting Mars and the new dwarf planet Eris were in an exact opposition, and this polarity formed an exact square to the NK Midheaven. The militant Mars archetype combined with Eris, the troublemaker, to upset and confuse the entire international community.
The observant astrologer will note a number of additional transits with very tight orbs* all of which underscore the significance of this event and validate the accuracy of this North Korean horoscope. The situation is even more explicit when considering progressed aspects. The powerful nuclear self-assertion is clearly defined by progressed Mars precisely trine Pluto (orb 0º02').
Undoubtedly, President Kim Jong Il will continue to act in defiant and unpredictable ways. This is evident by North Korea's progressed Sun (leadership) heading into a trioctile with Uranus (orb 0º13') and square with Pluto, which will be exact in six months. Kim Jong Il's horoscope repeats this message, since his progressed Sun and Mercury are also squaring his Pluto. No matter how you look at it, this global sector promises to be a major hotspot over the next few years.
* The closest transits include:
transiting Chiron square Mars (orb 0º09')
transiting Sun sextile Pluto (orb 0º03')
transiting Mars sextile Jupiter (orb 0º07')
transiting Neptune quincunx Sun (orb 0º31')
transiting Jupiter conjunct Chiron (orb 0º43')
transiting Jupiter sextile the MC (orb 0º53')
Kim Jong-un, the Morning Star King
NewsScope, Nov. 29, 2010; North Korea watchers believe that last week's bizarre attack was largely due to internal developments. Kim Jong-un (Kim Jong-il's youngest son) is being groomed to take over and is learning to work with the military regime. North Korea recently changed Kim Jong-un's official birthday from January 8, 1983 to January 8, 1982, but the birth year is most likely 1984.*
Kim Jong-un's mother fondly called him the Morning Star King, and of the possible birth years, only in 1984 was Venus the morning star. Perhaps she saw that Venus was exceptionally placed by being conjunct Antares, the bright red star associated with military leadership. A speculative birth time of 7:00 am (Pyongyang) places the serious Capricorn Sun just below the horizon and Mercury on his protocol-oriented Capricorn Ascendant.
Kim Jong'un's spectacular rise began on January 15, 2009 when South Korea reported that his father named him as his successor. At the time, transiting Pluto and progressed Jupiter were right on his Mercury-Ascendant, bringing him out of the shadows for this important new role. He was also experiencing a progressed New Moon squaring natal Saturn in the tenth house, kicking off a 28-year cycle emphasizing his inherited authority.
A Mars-Pluto conjunction in the tenth house further accentuates his collaboration with the military. On September 27, 2010, when Kim Jong-un was magically made into a four-star general, transiting Uranus was quincunx (150º) his Mars. Last week's events took place as transiting Venus turned direct on Kim Jong-un's Mars. A good bet is that he will assume power in 2012, perhaps on his birthday when transiting Saturn is conjunct his elevated Mars.
Kim Jong-Un Takes Charge
NewsScope, December 26, 2011; Regular readers of NewsScope were not surprised when North Korea’s regime began consolidating around heir apparent Kim Jong-un this week. From the November 29, 2010 column: “A good bet is that he will assume power in 2012, perhaps on his birthday when transiting Saturn is conjunct his elevated Mars.” Based on this accurate forecast (off by only three weeks), we have confirmation of his birth date and time.
* The young leader’s birth year is uncertain, as is his birth time. The astrological rationale for using the stated birth data was explained in NewsScope's Nov. 29, 2010 column, attached below.
Kim Jong-un was born with his Sun in duty-conscious Capricorn (January 8, 1984; 7:00 am;* Pyong-yang, NK). A retrograde Mercury is also in Capricorn, and rests on the Capricorn Ascendant. This combination describes a reclusive personality, one that is shaped by imaginative, strategic thinking. Jupiter and Neptune conjoin his Mercury, creating a mythological, royal veil around the real person, making him a receptive symbol of the regime’s power.
Kim’s father, the “Dear Leader”, died unexpectedly within a week of when Uranus turned direct in Aries. This Uranus station squares Kim Jong-un’s Ascendant-Mercury configuration, suddenly thrusting him into his pre-determined role. The youth’ 10th house of earthly power is dominated by a Mars-Pluto conjunction, suggesting the important alliance (Mars is in Libra) with the regime’s military.
The process of securing control over North Korea’s political, social and military dynamics will take several years to unfold, but transiting Saturn hovering over his Mars now is a solid start. However, in two years transiting Uranus and Pluto will begin aligning with his Capricorn Sun, which predictably, will usher in his most severe challenges. In contrast, the CIA admitted last week that “North Korea is an extraordinarily hard intelligence target”. Perhaps they should consult an astrologer.
NewsScope, March 11, 2013; All the menacing diplomatic tactics coming out of North Korea during Kim Jong Il’s 17-year reign have been re-introduced over the past year by his son and successor, Kim Jong Un. Last week the hostile tempo quickened when North Korea threatened to launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack on the United States, although it doesn’t yet possess the missile technology to accomplish this invasion.
Kim Jong Un’s Saturn Return
With a Mars-Pluto conjunction in his 10th house of career, Kim Jong Un’s horoscope (January 8, 1984; 7:00 am; Pyong-yang, NK) reveals a hot-tempered tough guy who has to prove that he’s no pushover. As a Capricorn going through his first Saturn Return, Kim is attempting to establish control over his own destiny and secure his place at the top of North Korea’s military establishment.
His progressed Moon entered Aries on February 8, 2013, which is a reliable indicator for increased aggression. Only four days later, North Korea conducted a nuclear test that demonstrated improving technology and severely undermined regional stability. Currently, Kim’s progressed Moon is squaring his Mercury, which in turn, is sextile his Mars-Pluto conjunction. This accounts for the antagonistic rhetoric, but is it a real threat?
The ruler of Kim’s Midheaven (signifying his international status) is Venus, and it’s conjunction with Uranus in the 12th house points to a personality that feels naturally isolated. And this Venus-Uranus pair squares his Pisces Moon, a configuration which refers to emotional rejection and feelings of abandonment. This psychologically disturbed personality closely mirrors the status of North Korea. The transiting Uranus-Pluto square is heading for Kim’s Sun over the next few years, which promises that he will continue to be extremely provocative.
In 2010 NewsScope readers learned that "Kim Jong-un's mother fondly called him the Morning Star King, and of the possible birth years, only in 1984 was Venus the morning star." On this page, North Korea's national horoscope is also featured. And most intriguingly, Trump's Mars line goes right through Pyongyang. Material here is derived from the NewsScope archives.
Why does North Korea hate the U.S.? Look to the Korean War.
North Korea's national horoscope (September 10, 1948; 8:50 pm; Pyongyang) features a prominent Mars in Scorpio on its seventh house of open enemies. This Mars is very near the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant, so that North Korea naturally views the U.S. as a life-threatening enemy. For sources and further details, see below.
Recent reports have confirmed my astrological finding* that North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, was born in 1984, not 1983 or 1982 as various intelligence agencies have stated. Following last week’s detonation of an underground nuclear test and worldwide condemnation, let’s have another look into his horoscope for an update. Is he becoming “unhinged” as South Korean leaders warn?
The most obvious indicator of the tyrant’s status is the Mars-Pluto conjunction near the Midheaven. This combination is renowned for use of extreme measures, and for a political leader, indicates close ties with the military. Mars-Pluto people are willing to use absolute force to get their way, even if such action goes beyond normal social or moral restraints. Authoritarian Saturn is also in the 10th house, and strongly placed by being sextile his Capricorn Sun.
The push for absolute control can be seen in transiting Pluto’s current conjunction with his Sun. The transiting Sun in Virgo trined this Pluto-Sun connection when last week’s test was conducted. Concurrently, transiting Uranus was closely trioctile (135º) his Venus, a significant activation since his Venus is conjunct Antares, a war-like first magnitude star. Venus conjoins Uranus and his South Node, and points to his unpredictable bellicose behavior.
With his progressed Mars at 14º Scorpio and nearly conjunct natal Saturn, we can be assured that Kim will continue to build his nuclear arsenal and defy international opinion. And with transiting Pluto near his Sun, his paranoia will likely become deeper. His recent banning of sarcasm is a clear sign that he’s worried about dissidents. We might expect open rebellion as soon as June 2017 when transiting Uranus opposes his Mars from his 4th house of domestic affairs.
Trump's Mars Line and North Korea
NewsScope; December 26, 2016
On Trump’s A*C*G* map, his Mars is on the Descendant on a line that goes right through North Korea.
As Commander-in-Chief-elect, Trump’s progressed Uranus is a telling indicator: it’s precisely (to-the-minute) conjunct the U.S. Mars at 21º17’ Gemini. Currently, and over the next several months, this progressed Uranus is receiving dramatic planetary stimulation from transiting Jupiter, Chiron, Saturn and Uranus. These transits are supportive and challenging at the same time, which has played out through Trump’s growing interest in military affairs. His appointment of several top generals underscores his long-term combative priorities.
Kim Jong Un’s Next 100 Days
NewsScope; May 1, 2017
Following North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile in defiance of global pressure, emissaries from Japan, China, and the Philippines urged the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea to tone down the war rhetoric. In the U.S., some politicians are calling for the immediate removal of Kim Jong Un, while the North Korean dictator seemed perfectly content to play this nuclear brinksmanship game.
With transiting Pluto in a long-term conjunction with Kim’s Capricorn Sun, he feels driven to reach the full potential of his power and control. This monumental Pluto transit concentrates his psyche and physical energy for achieving mastery over self and the surrounding environment. He naturally abhors compromise and cooperation with others. Pluto turns direct in late September at 16º51’ Capricorn – only 0º04’ from his Sun.
Another major Pluto event is his progressed Mercury at 1º Aquarius squaring natal Pluto at 1º Scorpio. This aspect is exact on June 22, so in play now and getting more intense through then. The dynamic Mercury-Pluto is all about the mind games that Kim is playing now, pushing his Hermit Kingdom to the brink of military chaos while threatening the population of Seoul (only 35 miles from the DMZ) if war does break out.
Adding to the danger is transiting Uranus opposing Kim’s Mars, the most explosive, volatile condition one could imagine. Kim’s natal Mars is octile (45º) Uranus, so this is a lifelong pattern. Over the next few months, transiting Uranus will activate this natal Mars-Uranus aspect. The exact oppositions to Mars on July 12 and August 25, plus the retrograde station on August 2 warn us that this is an extremely dangerous situation.
Pluto on Kim Jong Un’s Sun
NewsScope; September 25, 2017
Last week at the United Nations, President Trump focused on North Korea’s provocative missile launches. He didn’t hold back, referring to Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” and saying that it might be necessary to completely destroy North Korea. The next day, Kim threatened to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, calling Trump “a madman” and a “frightened dog”.
Pluto is at its highest destructive potential when it makes its retrograde or direct station, and this is coming on September 28 when Pluto turns direct at 16º51’ Capricorn. Those with prominent placements near this degree will be most dramatically affected, and the closer the connection, the stronger the influence. Kim Jong Un’s Sun is located at 16º47’ Capricorn, so almost a direct hit.
A deeper look into Kim’s chart* only shows more hostility and danger: his progressed Mars is now exactly (orb: 0º00’) conjunct his natal Saturn, his ruling planet. Situated in his 10th house, Saturn here refers to his absolute authority, and progressed Mars makes it rule by force. Mars-Saturn aspects build step-by-step, and this is what he’s done with his nuclear program in spite of all economic sanctions.
Transiting Jupiter and Uranus oppose each other, also on September 28. This potentially shocking or electrifying polarity takes place right on Kim’s Mars at 28º Libra, activating it in some dramatic way. And for Trump, this Jupiter-Uranus opposition is also big: it’s perfectly aligned with his progressed Ascendant in Libra. Transiting Uranus opposing this progressed Ascendant suggests the possibility of breaking away from working on economic sanctions with international partners, and taking independent action. As the generals say, “All military options are on the table.”