The last several weeks have brought a building storm crashing onto the shores of the incoming Trump administration. First came confirmation by the intelligence community of Russia’s hacking of the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, with Russian agents having purposefully leaked the fruit of these efforts, through Wikileaks, to cause havoc to American democracy. Then, the intelligence community declared that Russia’s actions were done expressly to help Donald Trump win the election. The Donald has been angrily and vociferously disparaging the American intelligence community in response to these allegations, quite obviously to ward off any claim that his victory was illegitimate.
In recent days, a new layer of deeply disturbing accusation has been added to this narrative, although the most recent claims remain unsubstantiated for now. The new information comes from opposition research done by an ex-British spy at the behest of a Republican during the primaries and then continuing during the general election at the behest of an unnamed Democrat. This well-regarded British spy has uncovered evidence that the Trump campaign was in collusion with the Russian government in its manipulation and dissemination of illegally obtained material in order to help Trump win the election. Moreover, it is being claimed that Russia holds damning personal and financial information on Trump that would enable it to blackmail him.
As of last night, the Senate Intelligence Committee has announced that it will conduct an investigation into this sordid story. In addition, the highly respected civil rights icon, Representatives John Lewis, has announced that he sees Trump’s victory as illegitimate, largely contrived by manipulations of the Russian government illegally in collusion with Trump himself. Although this is the obvious conclusion to the rapidly forming narrative, Lewis is the first to state it on the record.
Needless to say, this developing story, along with Trump’s historically low approval ratings, makes for a very difficult first chapter in the upcoming Trump administration. Astrologically, mid-December through mid-January covers the first crossing of Saturn to Trump’s South Node (20Sagittarius48) and his Moon (21Sagittarius12), and opposite his Sun (22Gemini56). After January 15, this particularly stressful energy will begin to wane, while the much more uplifting Jupiter trine to Trump’s Sun will build through February 19. What this suggests is that the dark and degrading tale of Trump conniving with Russia to steal the election, as well as the sordid and incriminating story of personal and financial details held in some Russian file for future coercion, may go on the back burner for a while and simmer quietly as other news takes center stage.
The very stressful impact of Saturn will return, however, for a long, slow slog across Trump’s Moon and opposite his Sun from June 24 through October 12, suggesting this story (or another equally troubling one) may emerge with increased vigor and more destructive potential come summer 2017. Whether this configuration will be enough to force Trump from the presidency or just indicates a very difficult time from which he will, nonetheless, survive is unclear. But it will be a memorable and very troubling three months, and it will greatly tarnish his term in office no matter the outcome. It will also prove to be a very difficult and anxious period for the country to live through, with Saturn crossing opposite US Mars (21Gemini23) and square US Neptune (22Virgo25) during the same period.