We are now in the zone of the protracted Saturn/Venus square of April, most intensive from April 4 through April 21. Generally any Saturn station brings a time of stress to a large swath of people, but this one will be intensified by the stationing Venus. As is always the case, we can describe the energies swirling around astrological aspects but not the actual manifestation of our predictions.
I know that for myself, I am feeling a sense of loss and sorrow witnessing the Senate about to commit hari-kari, as it moves to kill the filibuster and, with it, the last vestiges of any hope for bipartisan anything in Congress. I am also feeling a deep sense of shame and disgust as I watch the growing perversion of democratic norms by the vapid, self-serving, and consummately dishonest Trump machine now running the country. It seems like every time I listen to the news, I need a bath to wash off a new layer of Trumpian corruption and toxicity.
Unfortunately, Trump himself will have a Jupiter return from April 6 through April 13, suggesting some kind of win for him, possibly the Gorsuch nomination. Of perhaps greater interest, however, will be the Jupiter station square to the US Sun from May 13 through June 18. Normally, Jupiter transits to the US Sun are a time of increased patriotism, American optimism, and national pride.
Again, speaking personally, the one thing that would make me feel a newly inspired sense of national pride would be for our much-vaunted institutions to actually function to restrain the growing darkness that is currently trying to subvert them. Thus, we would see the many layers of our “checks and balances” function as they are supposed to in order to aggressively thwart the potentially mortal toxicity that has taken hold of the nation. Congress would fully and impartially investigate Trump’s misdeeds with integrity and without partisan distortions and self-interest; the courts would stand up for the rule of law despite the scourge and possible danger of Trump’s malicious tweets; and the press would expose, reveal, and stay focused on the truly important stories of the day despite the noxious barrage of misinformation and distraction.
Some of this is already coming to pass. The courts have acted to defend the rule of law and to restrain some of Trump’s most heinous executive orders. The press has been far less easily manipulated and much more responsible and focused than they were during the campaign. Insofar as Congress is concerned, however, there are only a few hints of healthy functionality, and those are in the Senate, as the leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee actually demonstrates some measure of objectivity in their investigation of the metastasizing octopus of the Trump /Russia connection. The House Intelligence Committee, on the other hand, has been led into a partisan ditch by the idiocy of Chairman Devin Nunes. It remains to be seen if there is the necessary will to fix that extraordinary cluster****.
Nonetheless, the Jupiter transit square to the US Sun (5/13 to 6/18) suggests something positive and uplifting for the country at large. Concurrent to the second half of this Jupiter transit, however, will be the transit of Saturn square to Inaugural Mars and semisquare to Inaugural Moon (6/3 to 6/17), as well as conjunct Inaugural Saturn (6/13 to 6/29). These configurations suggest that while the country is feeling hopeful and patriotic, simultaneously, the most restrictive, frustrating, and stressful aspect in Trump’s Inaugural chart will be triggered. Thus, while he feels his hands are tied and his anger rages (Saturn/Mars square), and while the public is extremely agitated about his administration (Saturn/Moon semisquare), the country will be feeling a wave of patriotism. It will be interesting to watch how this unfolds.
It should also be noted that the Inaugural Mars/Saturn/Moon configuration, which invariable spells trouble for Trump when it is stimulated in some way, will receive a minor activation from May 9 through May 15 by tertiary progressed Moon conjunct natal and progressed Saturn and square Mars. Interestingly, this brief period will launch the Jupiter transit.
As for Trump himself, the long, slow slog of his summer trouble begins around June 11, with the Saturn transit quincunx his natal Saturn (6/11 to 6/25). The immense difficulties then go into high gear from June 24 through October 23, as Saturn moves to oppose his Sun and conjunct his Moon, while his progressed Moon moves to conjunct progressed Saturn (6/25 to 7/21). If he actually leaves office, it will be during this period. Otherwise, he may stick around for most if not all of the next four years. And much depends on how muscular and coherent our democratic institutions can become during this time of crisis.
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