28th Jul, 2016

Clinton/Kaine

After a deeply disturbing week at the GOP Convention, where wrath, viciousness, fear, and loathing ran rampant in a brutal sea of projected horror, this week’s Democratic Convention in Philadelphia is bringing a welcome breeze of inspiration and hope to clear the air. Instead of endless, pounding rage seemingly straight from the pit of Hell, we are being treated to stories of gratitude, service to the community, and creative endeavor to improve people’s lives, as well as the resounding theme of quintessential American strength derived from the twin pillars of diversity and unity. We are thrilling to the awesome star power and majestic messaging of the most high-wattage of Democratic luminaries, from Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Bill Clinton, to Joe Biden, and the greatest rhetorician of them all, President Obama. It is hard to imagine a starker contrast than that between the tumultuous darkness of Cleveland and the sunny, uplifting, and energizing spirit of Philadelphia.

The shift in tone on the national stage began with Hillary’s choice of Tim Kaine as her running mate, not quite a day after Donald’s Trump’s rambling dystopian growl, more reminiscent of the fictional but griping Mad Max: Fury Road than today’s actual reality.  Kaine, in contrast to both Trump and his new sidekick Mike Pence, is somewhat of a happy warrior, well-liked, upbeat, and devoted to making a difference in the world rather than aggrandizing himself.  kaineHis birth chart makes this description quite clear. It is what I like to call a “good karma birth chart” with lots of harmonious sextiles and trines, as well as a very well-aspected Jupiter to imply significant success in life, and just enough hard aspects to give the energy to get the job done. Natal Jupiter, the planet of optimism and success, is conjunct the North Node and trine the Sun and Mercury, as well as sextile the MC on one side and sextile Pluto on the other, which itself is trine the MC. Venus, the planet of personal appeal and general likability, is also quite well placed, trine the Moon and sextile the Ascendant. The strong energy to continue striving comes from the Pluto opposition to the Sun and Mercury, as well as the Pluto sesquiquadrate to natal Mars, the ruler of the Aries Ascendant which expresses itself through its placement in the 10th house of career. Interestingly, the Pisces Sun is in the 12th house, the placement of self-sacrifice, humility, and service to the greater good when operating optimally.

Kaine’s presence on the ticket adds a feel of likability and decency that warms Hillary and helps to defuse some of the bad rap she has gotten from decades of fierce and unrelenting Republican propaganda. What is most illuminating about their chemistry and his impact on the ticket may be seen in the comparative and the composite (midpoint) charts. Kaine’s natal Jupiter/Node (1Scorpio28/2Scorpio50) conjunction makes a very tight conjunction to Hillary’s natal Sun (2Scorpio18). Thus, he adds success and optimism (Jupiter) to her goals and central life imperatives (the Sun). His Mars (16Capricorn23) is exactly sextile her Venus (16Scorpio14), intensifying her personal appeal (Venus). It is transiting Pluto conjunct his Mars and sextile her Venus during 2016 through early December that is probably the biggest indication of her increased attractiveness during this election cycle. In addition, the composite chart of Clinton/Kaine has Jupiter at 16Scorpio00, in a tight conjunction with Hillary’s Venus, again strengthening her charisma. In other words, when Hillary is with Kaine, we see her as warmer, happier, and more likable. There is a very positive synergy in this dynamic.

There is nothing to indicate a loss in November for the Clinton/Kaine ticket, and, in fact, there are many positive markers of success. My concern comes in January 2017 when transiting Saturn squares Hillary’s Moon (1/4 to 1/14) and impacts the charts of several prominent democrats who seem fairly happy around election time. In January, Saturn will also conjunct the Kaine/Clinton Venus and Kaine’s Saturn (both at 24 Sagittarius) during the second half of the month.

Although some unexpected crisis is possible, the most likely possibility is that the intransigence and opposition of the next Congress will be making itself known come January.  This is echoed in the Inaugural chart of 2017 which has natal Mars (24Pisces22) in a tight square with natal Saturn (24Sagittarius31). This aspect, which suggests significant frustration and obstacles for the Clinton/Kaine administration, is most potent during its first year, through October 2017, during which transiting Saturn crosses itself and squares Mars and Chiron several times.

If, indeed, these aspects are predicting the usual Republican attempts at sabotage and vituperative propaganda, it will indicate that the GOP has learned nothing from the Frankenstein monster it created in its 2016 presidential bid and will continue to put Party over Country for the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, for the moment, we have an election to win. As bad as a continuation of the status quo of an obstructionist Republican Congress might be, it pales at the thought of handing the country over to the new Trump/Putin Axis of Evil. That would be an abomination we might never recover from.

18th Jul, 2016

Voted off the Island

The big political news story of the past few days has been Donald Trump’s choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence for the position of running mate.  The media pundits all agree that this is a wonderful choice, a perfect balancing of the impulsive, unrestrained real estate mogul with the pristine priggishness of the ultra-conservative Pence. But much like having a glass of milk along with an inexhaustible supply of 120-proof, rot-gut whisky, this won’t mitigate the damage even a bit.

As predicted on this site almost a year ago, Trump is about to become the GOP’s presidential nominee. As also predicted, unlike during the primaries, Trump’s many missteps, as well as the growing and sharper political attacks and media exposes, were able to draw some significant blood from late May through early July, during the transit of Uranus square to Trump’s Saturn (23Cancer48) and Saturn sesquiquadrate his Venus (25Cancer44).

We now return to planetary indicators that are similar to those in the primaries: transiting Jupiter will square Trump’s Node, Moon, and Sun for their final crossing from July 18 through August 5. It is likely his poll numbers will briefly rise, and he will look a bit more palatable to the GOP voter.  But as of July 28, Uranus will go retrograde and be once again waxing into a square with Trump’s Saturn through September 10. As of August 13, transiting Saturn will move again to sesquiquadrate Trump’s Venus through September 17. Thus, we will again see many formidable and effective attacks, as well as many cringe-inducing missteps that adversely impact his prospects during August and the first half of September.

There may be some positive moments and popularity during the final month leading to the election, with tertiary Venus conjunct Trump’s Ascendant, (29Leo55), but circumstances rapidly go downhill with the election and its aftermath, when the dominant indicator is Saturn. As of November 6, his progressed Moon moves to conjunct natal Saturn through early December.  This will be sharply triggered by the transiting Node from November 14 to 26. Moreover, transiting Saturn will move to oppose natal Uranus (17Gemini54) followed by its conjunction with his South Node (20Sagittarius48), conjunction with his Moon (21Sagittarius12), and opposition with his Sun (22Gemini56), consecutively from November 23 to January 14. Taken together, these suggest an unhappy and frustrating period, not what one would expect following a big victory or an increase in power commensurate with winning the presidency.

But just to be sure, we needed to see what the VP candidate’s chart looked like before the final definitive prediction could be made.  And truly, the Heavens have rained down joy upon us.  From November 4 through November 18, transiting Saturn will oppose Pence’s Sun (16Gemini12), adding a frustrating and stressful push to the tension already there from the transiting Pluto in quincunx to his Sun that runs from November 1 through December 10. Moreover, transiting Saturn will be sesquiquadrate to Pence’s Venus (00Leo48) from November 4 through November 14, triggering the already difficult multi-year progressed Saturn quincunx to natal Venus in his chart. This latter configuration combining progressed Saturn, transiting Saturn, and natal Venus points to a lack of popularity and rising criticism during and after the election, more indicative of defeat than any kind of victory.

And one final nail in the coffin of the Trump candidacy shows up in his daughter Ivanka’s chart, in which the protracted transit of Pluto square to her natal Saturn (9/26 to 11/26) will be strongly activated by transiting Saturn sextile natal Saturn (15Libra48) from 11/1 to 11/14.  Transiting Saturn will also cross her natal Venus/Neptune conjunction (22 to 23 Sagittarius) for much of January, a sure sign of disillusion and loss.

Although the larger-than-life Trump has made this election experience more like the obsessive binge watching of an embarrassing reality show than a discussion of the nation’s true circumstances and future prospects, we need to pull it together and focus on the upcoming Senate and Congressional races as much as possible. Otherwise, a Hillary presidency will be ripe for sabotage from the same repugnant characters who have been plotting against President Obama since day one. After all, the GOP motto these days is party and self-interest over country every time. If only the American voter could see that painful truth.

8th Jul, 2016

Malicious Contagion

Violence, much like suicide, is contagious. The human capacity to learn and grow, adapt and mimic, is both its blessing and its bane.  On the one hand, everything majestic or ingenious in our civilization began with a few small ideas, copied, embellished, magnified and reproduced, again and again.   On the other hand, the dark mirror of this flowering of civilization can be seen in the evolution of violence and weaponry and war.

At present, there is a worldwide battle between a group of vicious sociopathic thugs, thinly veiled in some bizarre mutation of radical religious ideology, and the rest of us, trying to hold them back and abolish them from the face of the earth. There is also a domestic war between a growing, weaponized consciousness of violence, empowering itself with limitless access to guns and justifying itself with a twisted angry righteousness, and the rest of us, who just want to live our lives in peace.

This cult of violence has many faces: the criminals and gangs that infest the inner cities; the hidden terrorist cells that want to harm the “infidel” America; the white supremacists who mimic the Nazis in their vicious zeal for racial purity in the most multicultural land on earth; and the most extreme of the gun nuts, who think that more guns and more shootings are somehow the only answer.  Unfortunately, dark tentacles of these increasingly pervasive violent urges can even at times infect those who strive to serve society but carry guns in that role: the police and the military. It takes only a moment of anger or fear to target and shoot, and then it is too late. And the more these events become the norm, the more every situation seems to end with violence, the more justified a response in kind seems to be. This brings us to today’s sniper shootings of police in Dallas, in reaction to two over-amped and fatal police shootings of young, black men in in the past few days. There is a poisonous stream of rage and aggression infecting and spreading throughout the psyche of the nation, and although those impacted are often on opposite sides of this battle, they are infected by the same sickness.

I should have written this a month ago, but I have been so burned out by the spreading sickness in today’s world, including the metastasizing of lies and vileness that passes increasingly as political discourse, that I have needed a break. Nonetheless, the astrology since the mass shooting in Orlando has been clear. There is a protracted Mars /Uranus quincunx, due to both the station of Mars and the station of Uranus, that has energized an unfathomable series of sudden, explosive and transformative events all over the world.  From roughly June 12 through July 16, we are witnessing this aspect play out.

In many of the horrendous events of the past month, we see the quick, incisive trigger being the Ascendant or Midheaven crossing in conjunction or square to Mars or Uranus: in Dallas, the Ascendant (23 Capricorn) was square to Uranus (24 Aries), while Venus (24 Cancer) was beginning to separate from a square to Uranus; in Istanbul, the Midheaven (23 Scorpio) was conjunct Mars, while the Moon (21 Aries) moved into a conjunction with Uranus (24 Aries); in Dhaka, the Ascendant (22 Aquarius) was square to Mars (23 Scorpio) for the initial attack, while the Moon moved into a semisquare with Uranus for the following 12 hours of the hostage crisis; and in Baghdad, the Ascendant (20 Aries) was moving into a conjunction with Uranus (24Aries), while the Moon (20 Gemini) was moving into a quincunx with Mars (23 Scorpio).

Meanwhile, in Orlando, the Moon (22 Virgo) was moving into a quincunx with Uranus and a sextile with Mars, while the Saturn/Neptune square (another major factor at that time) was becoming increasingly tight. Even the Brexit vote bore the hallmarks of the Mars/Uranus configuration: sudden, unexpected and powerfully transformative. As the final vote tally became known over the course of June 24, the Moon (17 to 23 Aquarius) was moving into a square with Mars, while Venus (8 Cancer) was sesquiquadrate Mars (23 Scorpio).

Unfortunately, the Ascendant and Midheaven will go through a conjunction or a square to either Uranus or Mars several times each day, potentially triggering events through the end of this transit. In addition and more likely definitive, transiting Mercury will be square to Uranus from July 10 to 11, the Moon will oppose Uranus late on July 11th and early on the 12th, the Moon will conjunct Mars and quincunx Uranus on the afternoon of July 14,  and the transiting Sun will be square to Uranus on July 15 to 16. The only good news here is that things seem to settle down thereafter.

 

21st Jun, 2016

Discussion thread

I will try and post something with some substance soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the discussion. No sniping!

At long last, the primary season is effectively over. Hillary Clinton garnered huge victories in California and New Jersey, as well as winning in New Mexico and South Dakota. Her masterful speech, highlighting her achievement as the first woman to win a party’s nomination, was a triumph she shared with all women, of all ages and all races, as well as with the fathers, brothers, and sons in their lives.  My sense is that Bernie Sanders may take another week or so to let go, moving from aggressive revolutionary (Uranus conjunct his Mars) to magnanimous unifier (Jupiter conjunct his Sun), on or around June 15. But the dye is now cast, and there will be no turning back. This leaves us with the final, ultimate battle: Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton.

As for Donald Trump, once again he has surprised us. We were treated to a real spectacle on primary night when Donald finally acquiesced to his handlers and became, for a moment, Donald the Castrated. Like the castrati of old who were robbed of their testicles so that they could sing as their masters wished, Donald performed for the Republican Establishment that night, rather than for his rabid base. As consistently horrifying as Donald the Unhinged is to those of us who have not drunk the KoolAid, the robotic, emasculated version of The Donald we witnessed during his carefully crafted speech was not only alarming but truly bizarre, with his characteristic swagger, bluster, viciousness, and racism carefully excised so as not to intimidate the party poobahs.  My head is still spinning.  Nonetheless, we should remember that this was a momentary image manipulation, and there is little doubt the real Donald Trump, the nasty snake oil salesman and King of Tweets we have come to know all too well, will soon re-emerge.

Hopefully, the media and the Clinton campaign will continue to push the unsavory saga of Trump University, although Trump himself will attempt to avoid it like the kryptonite that it is.  This story has the potential to be the real turning point in the whole campaign. Ironically, Trump’s racist rants against the judge presiding over the case, though they have caused a huge wave of upset across the country and among the GOP establishment, were initially intended as a diversion from the real issue that truly threatens his campaign.

Indeed, the tale of Trump University is a perfect analogy to the Trump presidential campaign. In essence, it is about people in need being ruthlessly manipulated, guaranteed riches and success, by a world-class huckster who in reality was offering nothing but empty promises and grandiose dreams. The whole thing was a masterful marketing promotion with no real substance to back it up, just like the Trump campaign.

The danger of the Trump University story is that it is easy to understand and easy to relate to. The snake oil Trump sold at Trump University and the snake oil he sells now derives its potency from his glorified name, his blustery confidence, and his bragged-about brilliance. To those who join with him, he offers an irresistible fantasy: a share in the wealth and success he generates just because of who he is. But, ultimately, the only winner is Trump’s perpetual need for self-aggrandizement.  If it ever becomes clear to his followers that he is nothing but a snake oil salesman, with a polished veneer barely masking his greed and self-absorption, his support will vanish.

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, offers us a steady, resolute and solid sense of purpose. In the same way that the Grandmother is the dependable backbone of the family and can be trusted when difficulties strike, I see Hillary as fulfilling the most positive aspects of this archetype.  She may not have the charisma of The Donald, but she projects a deep concern, wisdom, and a steady caring for all who live in this country, as well as the ferociousness of the lioness defending her cubs. Her attacks on Trump come from a deep realization of the true danger he represents to the nation and the world. Moreover, despite the recent focus on a few high-priced speeches to Wall Street, Clinton’s entire life has been about public service. For decades, she has worked tirelessly on children’s issues, civil rights issues, women’s issues, health care, poverty and more. Her drive to be President is a natural outgrowth of her inner imperative for public service, as it should be, rather than the ultimate in self-aggrandizement that fuels her opponent.

 

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Trump has been struggling with the transit of Uranus square to his Saturn (23Cancer48) since late May. The agitation and stress implied by this crossing will continue to intensify through July 10, due to the addition of transiting Mars trine natal Saturn for much of the period from June 14 through July 10, as well as transiting Saturn sesquiquadrate natal Venus (25Cancer44) from June 22 through July 9. During this time, we can expect further well-honed criticism and focused attacks to be heaped on the very thin-skinned Trump, likely to deeply upset him and again precipitate a multitude of irritable, angry, and possibly unhinged responses. Someone with the significant mental imbalance he has thus far exhibited during the campaign (causing many, including myself, to suggest a Narcissistic Personality Disorder) tends to decompensate under severe stress. This is one of many reasons that he should be disqualified from the presidential race and never permitted to enter the enormous pressure and high-stakes reality of life as president.trump

Nonetheless, the period from July 18 through August 5 will bring to Trump a series of Jupiter transits that seem likely to smooth the waters and generally bring him through a successful convention as the GOP’s presidential nominee.  By August, however, Uranus will go back into a waxing square with Trump’s Saturn through September 10, and transiting Saturn will move again to sesquiquadrate his Venus from August 13 through September 17. This is likely to bring another period, from August through mid-September, of very effective attacks against Trump that get under his skin and possibly cause him to respond angrily and impulsively.

He may fare better during October until the election, enjoying the adulation and the crowds described by tertiary progressed Venus conjunct his Ascendant. The Venus/Ascendant combination might even suggest a female running mate, since it points to an increase in female energy in his immediate environment. The tertiary progressed Sun will be conjunct tertiary Neptune for most of October as well, pointing to the grandiose illusion of possibly becoming president.

I continue to think that Trump’s presidential bid will fail. His progressed Moon will move into a one-degree orb of conjunction with his natal Saturn as of November 6 for a month, intensified by the transiting Node semisquare to Saturn from November 14 through 26. These suggest sadness, loss, and general emotional contraction. This will be followed by multiple Saturn transits from December 18 through January 14 and again for the first half of February. These signal a sharp decrease in power, prestige, and popularity.

Currently, Hillary Clinton is greatly enjoying the powerful strengthening of her natal Venus (16Scorpio14), due to a transiting Pluto sextile, a transiting Node sextile, and, as of June 15 through June 25, transiting Jupiter sextile. These aspects will carry her through July 5th, suggesting popularity, increasing poll numbers, and a likely resolution with Bernie Sanders. There are no significantly stressful aspects in her chart between now and the election, with a more or less ongoing stream of mild but steady strengthening of the beneficent and optimistic Jupiter through mid-February 2017 (transiting Pluto semisquare natal Jupiter, transiting Jupiter opposite natal Moon, tertiary Jupiter opposite natal Mars and then opposite natal Pluto). Moreover, the transit of Pluto sextile her natal Venus will return from November 1 through December 11 again boosting her popularity and warm support. I firmly believe that the good Grandma who we can always depend on to have our backs will easily trounce the nasty, self-absorbed snake oil salesman and send him packing.hillary

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