1st Oct, 2018

The Granite Ceiling

 

This is a time of anguish in America. Despite the dramatic empowerment of women to stand up for themselves in the #MeToo Movement, the spiked granite ceiling of this new freedom is now evident. Indeed, when the extreme agenda of the conservative, white male power elites is in any way threatened, no lie, no cover-up, no outrage is too big to withstand the naked ambition of Republican politicians. In the current iteration, the fierce drive to get Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court in order to protect a traitorous and dishonest president and to enact a partisan right-wing wish list supersedes any concern for the multitude of women triggered by the enraged visage, angry voice, and the lecherous, drunken history of one Brett Kavenaugh. Even worse, it supersedes any inkling of shame over allowing a sniveling little liar and sexual predator onto the once-hallowed Supreme Court.

The latest travesty in this story is the false promise of an open FBI investigation to look at the accusations of sexual aggression and drunken misbehavior in the nominee’s history. For now, the investigation is so circumscribed by its White House directive that it will be unable to discover anything beyond the proverbial “he said, she said.”  Unless Senators Collins, Murkowski, and Flake show some real spine and demand an unhindered investigation, we will likely have a Justice Kavenaugh by next week.

The astrological indications of this situation, however, allow a tiny ray of hope. Peaking late in the day on October 2 after a four-week station, the transit of Saturn opposite US Venus (3Cancer06) clearly describes the oppression (Saturn) of US women (Venus) by conservative and established power structures (Saturn) and the general mood of anguish and upset in the country in general and of women in particular. The transit of the North Node in a quincunx to transiting Saturn through October 7 will continue this mood but to a much lesser extent. The tiny ray of hope comes with the beginning of Saturn separating from the transit as of late on October 2, perhaps suggesting that the FBI investigation, after much public outrage, will be freed up to actually investigate by late on the 2nd or the 3rd. In any event, it seems likely that something will shift around that time.

Also of interest is the second of three crossings of Uranus square to the Inaugural Sun (00Aquairus49) from September 20 to October 18, bringing with it several shifts and sudden, unexpected changes of direction to the administration and its agenda.  One trigger for this comes in the late afternoon of October 3rd with the Moon crossing opposite the Inaugural Sun. A sudden change at this time is possible.

And finally, the last and protracted crossing of Neptune to the progressed US Sun (14Pisces15) is now in progress from September 14 through January 10. Unfortunately, this transit seems to heighten the hyper-partisan emotional extremes of the country. It also intensifies delusional thinking and the emotional reactions such thinking elicits. Moreover, it feeds the tendency for ungrounded grandiosity in the president (the Sun). America is having enough trouble with its progressed Sun in Pisces from November 2004 through November 2034. The addition of transiting Neptune into the mix from the early campaign of Donald Trump in 2016 through early January 2019 has only exacerbated the over-emotional responsiveness, the generalized addiction to outrage and victimhood, and the extreme partisan thinking of this period.

12th Sep, 2018

The Naked Emperor

It is almost as if we are living through a real life reenactment of the story The Emperor Has No Clothes. Until the release of the Bob Woodward book, Fear, coupled with the Anonymous op-ed in the New York Times, many, especially on the right, have pretended that Donald Trump is doing reasonable things and is working for the greater good of the country, albeit from a right-wing slant. The rest of us have clearly seen the naked emperor, with his depravity, his compulsive and delusional grandiosity, his paranoia, and his pervasive moral turpitude. Now that both Anonymous and the well-respected Woodward have declared that even those in the administration have recognized the jaw-dropping, distressing reality of the deeply impaired Trump, it is as if the floodgates have opened. Just as in the story when the little boy questioned why the emperor has no clothes, it is now much harder to go along with Trump’s delusional and self-absorbed reality.

If we look at the entire period from mid-June through today, we see the national outrage over the separation of children from their parents at the border, the Michael Cohen guilty plea that included Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator, the Manifort conviction and now possible plea deal, and, currently, the troubling revelations of the Woodward book and the Anonymous article.  During this period, despite relatively good economic news (for now), Trump’s approval ratings have gone down significantly and consistently in several polls.

Astrologically, there are two noteworthy configurations that correspond to these events. The first is the transit of Saturn square to Trump’s Neptune (5Libra51) which covered the first weeks of the separation policy coming to light  (6/14 to 6/27). This aspect will return on November 1 through November 11. It suggests the pain of reality (Saturn) crashing against the shores of Trump’s delusions (Neptune).  It is easy to imagine that Trump thought his cruel policies at the border would be happily embraced by America.  Clearly, he was upset at the tsunami of criticism and disapproval. We can only hope that the final crossing of this aspect around the time of the midterms suggests another huge Trumpian disappointment after an unrealistic expectation of a “red wave”.  I am concerned that the optimistic and success-inspiring Jupiter will square his Ascendant (29Leo55) from November 3 to November 8, but the more dour and depressing transit from Saturn continues through the 11th, so perhaps there are some very close elections that end badly for the GOP after a recount or the absentee ballots arrive. We will find out in November.

The second configuration of significance is the transit of Saturn opposite the US Venus (3Cancer06), while simultaneously also opposite the Sun in the Trump/US composite chart (3Cancer08).  For the US, this transit suggests a time of sorrow and loss. The first crossing of this long station in the summer of 2018 was from July 22 to August 10, during which some of the worst wildfires in history raged in California. The second crossing is from September 6 to October 2.  We are now in the early days of this final transit of Saturn to US Venus, as Hurricane Florence is building to overwhelm the southeast coast of the US. There is also a protracted Mars/Uranus square from September 15 to 19, which seems likely to be the period of greatest damage of the Hurricane, although the continuation of the Saturn transit through October 2nd suggests a great deal of stress and loss felt through that time, either from Florence or other, as yet, unspecified events.

The simultaneous transit of Saturn to the US/Trump chart Sun (July 22 through August 10 and September 6 to October 4) brings with it tension between the president and the country. Already, we have seen the fallout from the separation policy, and more recently, his poll numbers going down, as well as the revelations of the Woodward book and the Anonymous article. It may be that Trump may not do well with his handling of the disaster experienced in the wake of Hurricane Florence, and suffer from political difficulties as a result. In any event, the Saturn transit to the Trump/US chart suggests problems for the Trump/US relationship over the next three weeks.

31st Aug, 2018

Discussion

Sorry I haven’t been on for a while, but David has been in the hospital and had three surgeries this summer. I am hoping this whole mess is almost over. FYI, Pluto has been crossing his 6th house Sun/Mars conjunction.

Anyway, as I am sure you have all noticed, the Mars station is now quincunx Trump’s Ascendant and will continue through around September 8. As many commentators have noted, he can barely contain his fury. Unhinged hardly describes it. Also, with the Saturn station very near opposition the US Venus, we have lost one of Amercia’s modern heroes, John McCain. His death feels like the final nail in the coffin of any vestige of Republican integrity and decency, and throws an even starker glare on the utter corruption and general vileness of the current party in power.

31st Jul, 2018

Update

Update

We are now just finishing the first week of the protracted opposition of Saturn to the US Venus (3Cancer06). The first phase began on July 22 and will peak on August 10, thereafter diminishing but remaining in effect through September 5, and then waxing strong again through October 3. This combination of Saturn and Venus brings some contraction to the US economy and threatens our general sense of well-being. This is also a transit of sorrow and loss, already manifesting in the monstrous destruction and loss of life from the California wildfires. With the current transit of Mars square to Uranus from July 28 through August 1, these fires have been raging out of control and are particularly devastating.

In addition, August 8, 9, and 10 will bring triggers to the Saturn/Venus stresses due to transits from the Moon, Venus and the Sun, respectively. There may well be other events of national interest during those days that are perilous and upsetting for a large number of people.

It should be noted that the very same Saturn transit (July 23 to October 4) is also impacting the Trump/US composite chart, the chart of the relationship between Donald Trump and the US. In this chart, the Sun is at 3Cancer08, exactly conjunct the US Venus, which probably accounts for his otherwise unexplained success and popularity among some segment of the population. During this transit, at least some of that support will diminish through early October.

Next year, 2019, will also see a protracted Saturn transit on the Trump/US composite chart, this time conjunct the North Node (13Cancer42) and opposite Venus (14Cancer25), from August 4 to October 13, 2019. This is likely to also be a time when the president’s popularity is under great stress, and resentment builds even among his base.  With the US Saturn at 14Libra48, this 2019 Saturn transit to the Trump/US chart will be mostly simultaneous with transit of Saturn square to US natal Saturn (July 29 to October 22, 2019). This latter transit suggests a significant diminishment of US power and prestige in the world, and perhaps some kind of humiliation on the world stage.

And one final planetary transit of note in the coming month is the Mars station quincunx Trump’s Ascendant (29Leo55) from August 8 through 13 and then again from August 28 through September 11. For a man who is already known for his easily aroused anger and impulsiveness, this does not bode well for those within range of his temper. This transit suggests increased irritability, impatience, and anger, and we can only hope it doesn’t bleed too much into anger-fueled policy and remains focused more on his entourage of devotees and sycophants. Given that the last few days of this Mars transit are simultaneous with the Saturn transit to the Trump/US Sun and the US Venus (September 6 to October 4), however, it seems likely the Trumpian Mars eruptions will not be happily received in the country, at all.

 

It is a dark and difficult time for many in America, as we watch our once-coveted democracy fracture into the rubbish heap of history. He who feeds on the death of civility, decency, and honor, who thrives on the destruction of people’s lives, and who exults in the American Carnage of his own creation is now in charge, with little significant push back. Only those under the hypnotic thrall of the Buzzard King are celebrating.

It is time to stand up loudly and clearly for what we believe in and not get dragged into a battle for a Supreme Court justice that we cannot win.  Instead, let us focus on articulating our agenda: the protection of the environment against the pollution of industry; the cultivation of free trade and alliances which have only made us stronger over the decades; the treatment of all of our fellow human beings, including those seeking a better and safer life on our shores, with honor and respect;  women’s right to choose what happens to their own bodies; the end of voter suppression for selfish political goals; and a nation based on the rule of law that also demands adherence from those with political or financial power.  In short, a nation built on decency, ethics, and laws, not tyranny, petty grievances, and selfishness. Surely, the Democrats can enunciate something like that!

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As might be expected, the astrological indications for the next two and half years suggest a great deal of stress in the US. Transiting Saturn continues its journey through Capricorn, harshly impacting the US Venus, Jupiter, Sun, Saturn, Mercury and Pluto through November 2020, while transiting Pluto will be opposing US Mercury in 2020 and 2021, as well as returning to its own position in 2022. Cumulatively, these configurations point to contraction, stress and sorrow (Saturn) though November 2020, and profound strain followed by transformation (Pluto) of the corporate and trade structure (natal Mercury/Pluto opposition) though 2022. We will emerge in some ways altered and very much humbled.

In the immediate future, the US is entering a time of diminished respect and potency in the world, as the US progressed Sun moves into a quincunx with US 10th house Saturn (14Libra48) from now through early August 2019.  In addition, the transit of Saturn opposite US Venus (3Cancer06) will be in full force from July 22 through October 2, although we are already feeling its effect in July. This transit suggests feelings of deep sorrow and upset in some segment of the population, compounded by the issue becoming a painful national story.  At present, this building configuration is manifesting in the horrid saga of immigrant children snatched from their parents at the border and the abysmal incompetence and heartlessness of the Trump administration in its inability and covert unwillingness to reverse this child abuse despite a court order.

Expect these feelings of grief, loss, and distress to increase over this or another story over the next few months as Saturn essentially sits on the opposition degree to US Venus for two and a half months.  This painful configuration is likely to be triggered from July 26 through August 2 by the transit of Mars square to transiting Uranus, with Mars during much of that time quincunx US Venus. We can expect some act of violence or forceful weather-related event or events to cause significant turmoil and upset at that time.

Ironically, the Trump administration is enjoying the transit of Jupiter opposite the Ascendant (14Taurus06) of the Inaugural chart from June 5 to August 2, enabling Trump and his minions to feel successful and thriving despite huge flashing red lights to the contrary. The current Supreme Court nomination, the success of the Muslim ban in court, and the likely false perception of success in the coming Putin meeting all tend to feed this grandiose and over-confident narrative. But transiting Neptune is presently in a semisquare with the Inaugural Sun (00Aquarius50) from June 18 to August 7, pointing to the delusional nature of all that seems currently to be going in the administration’s favor. Eventually, reality will catch up with a big, loud Boom!

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