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.

30th Sep, 2017

Another Worst Week Ever

The odious Donald Trump continues to wreak havoc on any remaining shreds of decency and integrity once associated with the American presidency. Self-interested manipulation is his hallmark; words and tweets are simply a means to agitate and inflame his base. He is a master at controlling the narrative, reshuffling the facts into a useful and purposeful fantasy that casts him as the hero and whoever is in the way of his ignominious procession as the villain of the day. Thus, in his telling, those who stand for the rights of African Americans not to be harassed by police are disrespecting the flag and our military. And, Puerto Ricans, reeling from a catastrophe of epic proportions, with no water, food or fuel, “want everything done for them.”  Blaming the victim is standard fare in the world of Trump, especially if those victims are darker hued than the Orange Monster himself.

We keep hearing how this was the “worst week yet” for the Trump administration. And yet he goes on and on, seemingly impervious to the setbacks and the scandals. The creepy Cult of Trump continues to see sweet-smelling roses blooming, while the much-beleaguered rest of us see a noxious and invasive species destroying the political, cultural, and legal landscape.

Astrologically, extreme stress will continue for Trump through October, and to some degree until November 12.  Then he gets a measure of relief until a two-month stretch from March 9 to May 7, 2018. At the moment, transiting Saturn is opposite his Sun (22Gemini56), from September 26 through October 12. We can assume the bad reviews about Puerto Rico will continue, as well as the likelihood of some significant difficulties for his tax plan and other endeavors. With transiting Saturn returning to its natal position in the Inaugural chart (23Sagittarius37) and then squaring Inaugural Mars (24Pisces22) and semisquare Inaugural Moon (9Scorpio22) from October 4 through October 29, we can further expect massive resistance – legally, legislatively, and by protest – to his agenda, impacting him through October. In addition, transiting Uranus will be making its final square to the Inaugural MC (26Capricorn13), also through most of October, bringing unanticipated and sudden complications, perhaps including new initiatives and revelations from the Mueller investigation.

It should be mentioned that transits from Saturn are most traumatic for those who do not exercise discipline, conscientiousness, and care.  Humility, service to others, and careful attention to detail will make these challenges far easier, while a cavalier, superficial and self-promoting attitude will make a Saturn transit exceedingly difficult and frustrating. Trump’s lack of attention to the details of his health care plan and now his tax plan, as well as his lack of focus and attentiveness to the crisis in Puerto Rico are examples of the kind of circumstances that will create failure during a Saturn transit. Grandiose posturing with little substance to back it up will be revealed every time.

9th Sep, 2017

September Madness

The news cycle is so relentless and manic these days that the unrestrainedly furious response I began to write over the DACA repeal is already in the ash heap of history. Bowing to recent applause for his sharp shift in direction, the ever-excitable Trump has just made a deal with “Nancy and Chuck” and written a hopeful tweet to the Dreamers. Who knows what next week might bring from the Unpredictable One. For the moment, I reserve comment.

In the meantime, we are all swept away in the reality of the historically powerful and huge Hurricane Irma following on the heels of the equally historical deluge and destruction of Hurricane Harvey. Despite what weirdo faith poseurs say about “blaming the gays” for these catastrophes, it is notable that they have hit the two most populous Republican states, both of whose governments absolutely deny climate change, refuse any attempts to mitigate its effects, and despise government handouts. Just sayin’.

From an astrological perspective, these two disasters seem to fit into the rubric of the recent full solar eclipse that traversed the sky in the US on August 21. Such an event would have been seen by traditional astrologers as an omen of some form of catastrophe. And here we are, with twin calamities wreaking havoc in both Texas and Florida, the vast and overwhelming devastation of the Caribbean islands, as well as the worst flooding in a decade in South Asia and the strongest earthquake in a century in Mexico, in just the past few days.

Moreover, the long station of Saturn opposite the US Mars (21Gemini23) culminates around mid-day on Sunday, September 10, after which we will begin to see the dissipation of a two-month period of upset and intense stress.  Despite its waning energy, however, this Saturn transit will be triggered late on the 10th to about 1 AM on the 11th by a quincunx from the Moon, as well as during all of September 13, by a square from the Sun, and an opposition from the Moon in the early morning. Expect some difficult news on that day, potentially from the continuing impact of the storm. Nonetheless, the waning energy of this transit suggests some mitigation by the 11th, after 1 AM, perhaps by a downgrade of the storm’s potency or its trajectory moving further west.

Also in the US chart, is the beginning of the Saturn transit square to US Neptune (22Virgo25), from September 11 through October 4. This transit suggests a quelling of any unrealistic military scheming as a healthy dose of reality hits the tendency for American grandiosity. There is also a great deal of fear and anxiety that extends for weeks, which might relate to people being upset by the general state of things, both domestic and foreign, and an acute awareness of the difficulty handling current circumstances in Texas and Florida easily and with dispatch.

Although the US chart improves somewhat after October 4, for our sketchy Oval Office Resident and his Inaugural chart, trouble begins again during the last week of September continuing through November12.  From September 26 to October 12, Saturn will oppose his Sun (22Gemini56), frustrating and blocking his goals and causing him difficulty in any area where he has not been very disciplined and cautious.  This is followed by Saturn quincunx his Saturn (23Cancer48) from October 10 to October 23, and Saturn quincunx his Venus (25Cancer44), from November 1 to November 12, both of which point to intense criticism and negative poll numbers.

The Inaugural chart, which is essentially the chart of the Trump administration, points to significant trouble for the entire month of October, with transiting Saturn returning to its natal position (23Sagittarius37) and then square to Mars (24Pisces22) and semisquare to the Moon (9 Scorpio22). This suggests a very vigorous blocking of his agenda and a potent period of protest against him. Furthermore, transiting Uranus will be square to the Inaugural Midheaven (26Capricorn13) from October 2 through October 26, and given the concurrence of Saturn transits, suggests unexpected, powerful revelations and events that impact this presidency in a negative way. Perhaps Mueller’s efforts will coalesce into an unexpected magic bullet? If not, we may be stuck for the duration of this endless and horrifying roller coaster ride.