3rd Jan, 2018

The Long View

This past year has been deeply disturbing and profoundly disheartening for a multitude of reasons. We long for a world of opportunity, hope, and sanity, while we struggle to stay afloat in a sea of narrow-minded selfishness and short-sighted cowardice engendered by Republican governance. We desperately hope for the crushing of the Megalomaniacal Monster and his twisted reign of narcissism, manipulation, and greed, while his swath of destruction marches ever onward, administered by his minions from Hell. It is not at all clear that any of this will shift in the near term, but it is useful to look at the longer trends to begin to get a grip on what is happening to us and find a glimmer of hope among the ashes.

The first thing to understand is that the US progressed Sun moved from Aquarius and into Pisces at the end of 2004, where it will remain until November 2034. The previous thirty years, with the US progressed Sun in Aquarius, brought with them unsurpassed technological innovation and scientific advancement, traits very much associated with Aquarius.

With the US progressed Sun now in Pisces, we are in a thirty year period of increased religiosity, as well as thinking ruled more by the shifting emotions of the day than by the fact-based analytical analysis we used to depend on. The country as a whole is less grounded, more emotional, and more prone to deception, illusion, a sense of grievance, and disappointment. Moreover, these difficult traits of the water sign Pisces are very much exacerbated at present while the transit of Neptune is conjunct the US progressed Sun, spanning roughly from late March 2016 through the first half of January 2019.

Thus, from the early months of the 2016 campaign through early January 2019, Americans have been and will continue to be highly susceptible to deception, false and manipulative narratives, unrealistic and ultimately disappointed expectations, and misguided, exaggerated, and changeable emotions. Using this particular frame of understanding, we may hope for some clarity emerging after January 2019, but the real awakening from this shifting, emotional, and rather unmoored state of mind will not come until the US progressed Sun moves into Aries in November 2034, ushering in a real rebirth in the nation’s self-awareness and agenda.

The second issue to be aware of is the building energy of the US Pluto return, which will be exact during much of 2022. Pluto’s placement in a chart describes where we will find an attempt to control and overwhelm all opposition, often leading to enormous power struggles and the tendency to take things to such an extreme that they implode and transform. It is useful to recall that the last time Pluto was in this position, the Declaration of Independence was written, and the 13 original colonies pushed back hard against the overwhelming power of the British Empire. One could say that the British pressed down too hard in their efforts to control their colonists, leading to the revolutionary resistance that led to the birth of a new and independent nation. This may be seen as a classic example of a Plutonian power struggle for survival, one which inexorably led to profound transformation.

In the current situation, the battle coalescing with the coming US Pluto return seems to be between the overwhelming financial and political power of concentrated wealth, especially the big corporations, and the rest of us. With the US natal Pluto in the 2nd house of personal finance and opposite US Mercury in the 8th house of investment and hidden wealth, the obsessive accumulation of wealth is a constant issue in America. As Pluto moves back toward its birth place, this compulsion to amass limitless wealth is on steroids. This unbridled impulse is clearly manifesting through the policies of the Trump administration and the Republican Congress, who bend their collective knee to the demands of their donor class, the uber wealthy and the big corporations. At the top of their wish list is the defanging of all regulation that might impede their profits, as well as the dramatic diminishing of their tax burden.  One need only glance at the new tax law or the destruction of most of the existing environmental and other corporate regulation to see this trend.

As this growing concentration of wealth continues, irrespective of all consequence, it will become so extreme that it will engender its own implosion, and, ultimately, transformation. This will be compounded by Pluto moving from Capricorn into Aquarius, briefly in 2023 and then completely in early 2024. At this point, there will begin to be a major shift in the power structures in the US and the world. The Aquarian dynamic, with Pluto in Aquarius from 2024 through 2043, will move us globally toward working together for common goals, greater diversity, and far more egalitarian social and economic structures. The historical antecedent to this coming era, the last time Pluto was in Aquarius from 1778 to 1798, included not only the final years of the US Revolution (1775 to 1783) and the emergence of the truly revolutionary US Constitution (1787 to 1789), but also the French Revolution (1789 to 1799) and its reverberations throughout the world. As described in Wikipedia:

The (French) Revolution resulted in the suppression of the feudal system, the emancipation of the individual, the greater division of landed property, the abolition of the privileges of noble birth and the nominal establishment of equality. The French Revolution differed from other revolutions in being not merely national, for it aimed at benefiting all humanity.

Thus, we can hope for big changes as Pluto moves through Aquarius beginning in 2024. But this transformation is likely to be precipitated by the extreme manifestation of concentrated wealth and an increasing abuse of power in the final years of Pluto in Capricorn and during the US Pluto return. And who better than Donald Trump to be the poster boy for the unbridled and greedy arrogance of wealth and privilege? I am in no way claiming that Trump will win again in 2020, but certainly the enormous corruption and concentration of wealth he has unleashed will continue for years, as we fight the Plutonian fight for survival against it through the mid to late 2020’s.  For now, we need to begin to truly conceptualize what we want this world to look like in the coming Pluto in Aquarius era. And what exactly will liberty, equality, and fraternity 2.0 mean as the US enters an entirely new cycle by 2035 with the progressed US Sun beginning the zodiac anew in Aries?

31st Dec, 2017

Happy New Year to All

Let’s hope the coming year is better than the last. Blessings and warm wishes to all!!


4th Dec, 2017

Times of Trouble

There is no longer any possibility for a shred of doubt: the GOP’s true constituency is its gold-plated donor class. The voters are simply there to be manipulated by cultural issues and used as cannon fodder.  In the Republicans’ reverse Robin Hood role, unabashedly transparent in their recent tax bill, they have proven themselves utterly corrupt and craven.  As Paul Krugman so succinctly put it: “The entire Republican Party is rotten to the core. Only a massive electoral defeat will prevent the GOP from destroying the country as we know it.”

Unfortunately, the current Senate campaign in Alabama proves the extreme difficulty of accomplishing the thrashing deserved by these self-serving perpetrators.  Serial sexual predator Roy Moore is convincing a huge number of voters, perhaps a majority, that putting a child molester in the Senate is better than bringing in That Democrat (shudder).  Full term abortions! Transgenders exposing themselves to your daughters! Criminals overrunning the borders! Immigrants stealing your country! Let’s all be very afraid. Vote for the GOP to save us no matter how twisted their policies or their actions.  And that, unfortunately, sums up the strategy. The real victims here are the voters themselves who are being lied to, manipulated, and sucked dry so that the plutocrats can further stuff their off-shore accounts and their children’s trust funds.

The one bright spot, astrologically speaking, is that the Senate bill came into being on a Mercury station, just hours before its turn to retrograde motion. This suggests, at least initially, that forward momentum on that version of the bill will be thwarted. Mercury will turn direct again on December 23, so it is possible the bill won’t be synchronized with the House version until after Christmas. Certainly, Mitch McConnell will be stressed through mid-month with Saturn squaring his natal Neptune (29Virgo13), suggesting a painful squashing of some of his more grandiose delusions.

Most significantly, however, is that Saturn will enter Capricorn on December 21, just in time for its conjunction with the Sun on the Winter Solstice (12/21/17, 11:29 AM, in DC). From this seasonal chart alone, we can look forward globally to a stressful three months until the Spring Equinox. With transiting Neptune coming to the Ascendant in the Solstice chart drawn for Washington, DC (14 Pisces), we can additionally expect in the US confusion, delusion, and difficulty effectively dealing with issues from February 7 to March 11. This confusing and debilitating Neptune energy will be further intensified due to transiting Neptune also conjunct US progressed Sun (13Pisces22) from January 15 to February 18, suggesting weak and delusional leadership, as well as unclear national goals or strategy.

Moreover, in the US, Saturn entering Capricorn brings the beginning of three years of this challenging planetary energy progressively impacting the multiple US planets in cardinal signs: Venus, Jupiter, the Sun, Mercury, Pluto and Saturn. This indicates many difficulties, significant complications, and probably financial contraction through December 2020. The first phase of this will be the Saturn opposition to US Venus (3Cancer06) and Jupiter (5Cancer56), three times each, beginning in early January 2018, with the final crossing by mid-November 2018.

Transiting Saturn opposing US Venus and Jupiter seems likely to bring some amount of financial stress and contraction. Moreover, Saturn impacting US Venus usually indicates some form of sorrow or loss impacting a segment of the US population. The concerning time frame for this will be from January 6 to January 16, and likely more problematic, from July 22 through October 2, 2018, when the Saturn station next summer comes close enough to US Venus to suggest a protracted period of emotional and financial strain in the country.

As for the vile and creepy current occupant of the Oval Office, the ongoing weakness, vacuity, grandiosity, and delusional nature of his “leadership”  began during the campaign and continues through January 2019, described by the transit of Neptune to the US progressed Sun. In addition, his normally belligerent nature is intensified at present due to the solar arc progression of Uranus to his natal Mars (26Leo47) through July 2018, which itself is closely conjunct his location chart Ascendant in Washington, DC.  From February 26 through March 19, 2018, the already heightened aggression of the King of the Swamp Monsters will be further intensified by the transit of Uranus, suggesting an upsurge of temper tantrums, combativeness, and viciousness. Not that this is new or unexpected, but it will be worse during those three weeks.

This exceptionally aggressive period may precipitate or at least overlap with a very frustrating and depressing time for Trump described by the Saturn station opposite his Mercury (8Cancer52) from March 9 through May 7. Of greater concern, the additional belligerence in Trump’s chart overlaps with the transit of Pluto quincunx US Mars (21Gemini23) from February 22 to April 24, which may point to some aggressive military action by the US.  The planetary indicators for military action are far more extreme from mid-June to early September 2019, but this time frame from late February to late April 2018 may be a precursor. One can hope that the Saturn station opposite Trump’s Mercury during much of the same period may be enough to thwart his more aggressive impulses. Meanwhile, the roller coaster ride continues, and the Republicans continue their criminal negligence and dereliction of duty to the country, while they party hard with their plutocratic buddies.

5th Nov, 2017

Discussion Thread

I am currently trying to keep my head above water in the soul-crushing reality that we live in. When I get inspired to write again, I will. Until then, keep up the discussion.

14th Oct, 2017

Expanding Crazy

Bearing witness to the daily psychodrama emanating from the noxious Trump White House for nine long months has exhausted us. The constant stream of insults and petulance and rage create a never-ending barrage of crazy that wearies the very fabric of the soul.

It feels, however, that we are moving into an even more lethal phase in this war of Trump against the goodness of America. His rantings are now morphing into policies, and the barrage has become a veritable series of assaults against the body politic.  When he fails Puerto Ricans and dismisses and disdains their needs, he attacks all of us. When he sabotages the health care market for those with lower incomes to satisfy his compulsion to destroy all things related to the former successful and beloved president, he sabotages all of us. When he shreds environmental protections and trade agreements because he cannot tolerate any limits on his own actions or anything sanctioned by any president other than his own grandiose self, he shreds the collective future of all of us.

The presidency has become a giant, infantile tantrum. In his rage at the growing pushback and criticism against him, Donald Trump is escalating. He is wantonly destroying anything in his path that is not a testament to his imagined greatness. The only question is how much destruction must we witness before Congress or his administration stands up to stop him, if they ever do.

By mid-November, the long period of restriction and stress indicated in Trump’s chart for 2017 is coming to an end. He gets a bit of a break until some issues emerge in 2018.  The strain on him will again be pronounced during the Saturn station opposite his Mercury (8Cancer52) from March 9 through May 7. This may mark a backlash against some form of heightened aggression by Trump that develops when transiting Uranus trines his natal Mars (26Leo47) from February 26 to March 19, which itself is receiving a conjunction from solar arc Uranus. This period in late February and March will mark a triggering of a very impulsive and aggressive progression in his chart that continues through early July 2018 (solar arc Uranus conjunct natal Mars). Increased aggression, possibly military, also shows up on the US chart when transiting Pluto moves into a quincunx with US Mars from February 22 to April 24.  This will be a time to watch and require much effort to keep things contained as much as possible.

It is also possible we may see the first signs of some economic contraction in 2018, with Saturn going into Capricorn and opposing the US Venus (3Cancer06)/Jupiter (5Cancer55) conjunction. This will first come from January 6 to February 13 and then return during the second half of June and then for a long station opposite Venus from July 22 through October 2. The Saturn station opposite US Venus during the summer and early fall of 2018 is likely to bring economic hardship and possibly some other traumatic events that profoundly impact some segment or segments of the US population. Severe hurricanes or other dramatic, catastrophic events are likely during this period.

Now that this year is nearing a close, the most stressful year remaining for 45 will be 2020. Hopefully, it will be enough to eject him from his presidential perch, but even that is not yet certain.  Much will depend on who is running against him. In the meantime, it is becoming increasingly clear that Trump’s narcissistic addiction to endless praise and attention is expanding into a voracious addiction to power.  He emanates an almost a sadistic enjoyment each time his mere utterance of an unexpected phrase ripples out to shake the planet. This man is extremely dangerous and all the more so as he settles into his reign.