21st Jan, 2018

Shut Down

The big news now is, of course, the government shutdown. In the realm of toxic partisanship, it is known alternatively as the Trump Shutdown or the Schumer Shutdown, or, my favorite from a sign yesterday at the DC Women’s March, the Shithole Shutdown. In my humble opinion, that one ties it all together nicely.

Nonetheless, it was probably inevitable that our two sides, which agree on nothing including reality itself, would come to total paralysis. So here we are. Interestingly, both Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have some strong, optimistic planetary configurations over the next couple of days:  Jupiter opposite Schumer’s Moon and opposite Pelosi’s Venus. So some kind of resolution in favor of the Dems might be possible through the 24th or maybe the 25th. But the energy shifts somewhat around the 24th and 25th, with Venus crossing Paul Ryan’s Venus/Sun conjunction and Jupiter opposing Mitch McConnell’s Mars, suggesting that from the 25th on for a few days, the GOP is happier. In other words, resolution during the final six days of January is slightly but not completely in favor of the Republicans.

If there is no resolution by February, things could get very difficult. Essentially, almost everyone looks miserable. And whether it is still the shutdown or something else, there are some serious stresses impacting our teetering system. Paul Ryan will have his progressed Moon square his progressed Saturn (6Taurus33) for all of February, followed by transiting Saturn square to his Uranus (8Libra40) in March. Mitch McConnell will have transiting Saturn sesquiquadrate his Mars/Saturn conjunction (21-22Taurus) from February 8 to March 1. Both GOP leaders will be frustrated and highly upset over circumstances for the entire month.

Nancy Pelosi will have Saturn sesquiquadrate her Venus (20Taurus16) beginning on January 27 through February 6, followed by Saturn square her Sun (5Aries53), until February 11. In addition, Schumer, will have Saturn sesquiquadrate his Moon (20Taurus17), also from January 27 to February 6.This describes an extremely stressful and challenging period, but of note, it ends weeks before the comparative difficulties on the GOP side end.

As for the odious and shameless creature now defiling the White House, the first 11 days of February will also bring him some significant stress, with transiting Saturn making its first of three crossings square to his Neptune (5Libra21). This suggests some confrontation between reality and his usual lies and delusions. This strain will run parallel the transit of Saturn opposite the US Jupiter (5Cancer56), so perhaps there will be some economic consequences to the shutdown or other financial challenges that must be faced at that time.

Of perhaps greater concern, is the period from late February through mid to late March.  It is during this time that our already rage-addled commander will be infused with more impatience and anger than his usual toxic mix. From February 26 to March 19, transiting Uranus will trine Trump’s Mars (26Leo47), triggering the solar arc Uranus conjunction to his Mars that continues to build until July. This makes him ripe for aggressive, unpredictable and impulsive actions.

In an almost parallel transit (2/25 to 3/12), Saturn will cross the IC (7 ½ Capricorn) and square the Ascendant (7Libra) in the New Year chart drawn for Washington, DC, pointing to some strain experienced in the country at the same time. And finally, the transit of Pluto will make its first quincunx to US Mars (21Gemini23), albeit shy about 6 minutes, from February 22 through April 24. Here we see the country as well as Trump feeling more aggressive, perhaps pushing toward a more assertive foreign policy.

Whatever these stressful situations that include Trump’s hyper aggression and the country’s deep concerns in February and March, they will lead to a very significant strain for the Mandarin Monster in the White House. The Saturn station from March 9 through May 7 will essentially sit opposite Trump’s Mercury (8Cancer52), which is the ruler of his Gemini Sun, North Node, and Uranus. The overlap of depression (Saturn/Mercury) and rage (Uranus/Mars) from March 9 to March 19 seems most likely to create some wild acting out from our Toddler-in- Chief. Thus, more mind-numbing drama, distraction, and destruction can be expected in the coming months. Welcome to 2018.

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.