It has been an especially lethal and tumultuous week in the world, from the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Turkey, to the terrorist attacks in Berlin and Jordan, the explosion at a fireworks factory in Mexico, the hijacking of a Libyan plane, and the crash of a Russian military jet.  Not to be outdone in contributing to this increasingly dangerous instability, Donald Trump cavalierly tweeted about expanding America’s nuclear arsenal, freaking out just about everyone.

Much of this added stress can be attributed to the first crossing of the Jupiter/Uranus opposition, which builds in strength from December 18 through December 26, dissipating thereafter. This aspect is likely to still have enough impact to be triggered by the Moon square to both planets late on December 29 through the very early hours of December 30, suggesting a final wave of unexpected, potent, and transformative events. The transit of Mars from December 29 to December 31 in an opposition to the October 1 solar eclipse point (9Virgo21) and square to US Uranus (8Gemini55) also suggests violent and turbulent events in that period. Moreover, the Saturn transit opposite US Mars (21Gemini23) from December 25 to January 1 and square to US Neptune (22Virgo25) from January 2 to January 11 points to significant circumstances that will directly and adversely impact the US.

The president-elect is also currently under some difficult and emotionally upsetting aspects, with transiting Saturn conjunct his Moon (21Sagittiarus 12) from December 21 to December 30. There is news of him shuttering the Trump foundation and closing development deals in order to avoid the impending conflict of interest controversies once he is sworn in.  Given the planets, this is no doubt very distressing for him. He is also likely very disturbed by the US abstaining from the vote at the UN condemning Israeli settlements, an action which clearly and directly ignored his imperious demands on the issue. As we all know, he does not like to be thwarted.

Frustrations and difficulties will continue for Trump when transiting Saturn moves to oppose his Sun (22Gemini56) from January 7 to January 15. Whether the issues that will surface at this time are the same as those implied by the Saturn square to US Neptune that impacts the US or whether they will simply run parallel is yet to be determined.

After Trump has become president, however, these Saturn aspects – conjunct his Moon, opposite his Sun, opposite US Mars, and square US Neptune – will return in greater strength, from June 24 to October 12, 2017.  This three and a half month period will very likely be extremely stressful, complicated, and troublesome for the country and its new president. We may get some hints as to how this will play out during the next few weeks. We can also assume that the first week of September 2017 will be particularly disruptive and unsettling due to the very strong triggering of the August 21 solar eclipse point (28Leo53).

As for the next crossing of the Jupiter/Uranus opposition, we can again anticipate a series of wild, transformative, and unexpected circumstances, from February 20 to March 3, with the most dangerous being from February 25 to February 27 when transiting Mars conjunct transiting Uranus opposes transiting Jupiter.  During the leadership of President Obama, I always felt I could trust my president to respond to the inevitable crises of the world with a thoughtful, deliberative approach, one that took into account the consequences that various actions might create. This will no longer be the case after January 20.

11th Dec, 2016

Manchurian Candidate

The noxious announcements emanating daily out of the incoming Trump administration grate like fingernails on a chalkboard. With each bizarre appointment of another rabid and insufferable executioner of our progressive democracy and each petulant and vindictive tweet, the degradation and humiliation of this once-great nation deepens.

But there is a deeper layer to all of this madness. As all the pieces in the puzzle become visible, an ever more disturbing picture emerges.  It is well known that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to greatly increase Russian power. He will need a secure and enormous source of money to do this. And what better way to enrich his nation than a renewal of the alliance between Russian state-owned oil and Exxon Mobil?

When the sanctions on Russia were instituted by Obama and friends after Putin’s incursion into Ukraine and his seizure of Crimea, the incipient alliance of Rosneft and Exxon-Mobil was canceled.  But the scheming Putin has devised a solution: anoint and empower “President” Trump, end the sanctions and reunite Russian state-owned oil and Exxon, strengthen the hold of oil in the world by weakening climate science, and ultimately enrich Russia with huge oil and gas exploitation of the Arctic, the Black Sea, and western Siberia aided by Exxon’s deep pockets, expertise, and technology.

It becomes clearer with each passing day that Trump was able to win the election through lies and manipulations, enhanced and exacerbated by Russia’s lies and manipulations.  The Orange Fascist, who is drunk on unrestrained power and blinded by narcissism, has been played by a far more wily, disciplined, and far-seeing power player –  Putin.  My biggest fear through all of this is that the US system is not muscular enough to handle the truly existential threat it now faces.

The Trumpistas seem to respect no Constitutional constraints, and there seem to be no checks in the system to balance them. Even worse, they do not see that they are the pawns of the oil barons of the world in alliance with Putin and his Russian oligarchy. If the former head of Exxon becomes Secretary of State, as planned, the final nail will be in the coffin.

Unfortunately, the GOP Congress is far too interested in partisan power and far too craven to take a stand against this building danger to the country. Like a good little puppy, it just wags its tail and follows along.  What really needs to happen is for the election to be invalidated and a new one called in 6 months. But that will never occur. As I already said, the system does not have the kind of muscle needed for true self-correction, even in the face of such corruption and contamination.  And so the United States, during the Trump administration, seems likely to pursue the greedy agenda of behemoth corporations, especially the fossil fuel industry, as well as the self-interested agenda of the Russian government.

Nonetheless, there are a few glimmers of hope on the horizon. Democratic-run states and progressive non-profits are likely to be busy suing the government to try and halt some of the more egregious attempts to sabotage existing legal protections of the environment and civil rights. It is possible that some things will be slowed down or even halted in the courts.

The other very tiny ray of hope rests in the hands of a few GOP Senators who still maintain a modicum of integrity and understanding. They will need to join with Senate Democrats and stand up against the GOP majority, acting as a check against the potential destruction of Trump’s intended malfeasance.  For now, I am pinning my hopes on the decency of men like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Rand Paul. Perhaps there are a few others.

The astrological indicators of the next few years also provide a measure of hope, at least insofar as Trump encountering some resistance and some significant headwinds.  The first period to watch begins around December 18 but goes into full strength from December 21 through January 15. Here we see Saturn’s first crossing of Trump’s South Node (20Sagittarius48), his Moon (21Sagittarius12) and opposite his Sun (22Gemini55).  This is roughly the same period that Saturn will oppose the US Mars (21Gemini23) and square the US Neptune (22Virgo25). Of great interest is that this is also the first of three oppositions of Saturn to Russia’s Sun (21Gemini10). This suggests that difficulties and frustrations will hit the US, Trump, and Russia at the same time and are quite possibly linked into the same narrative.  These configurations return with greater strength and therefore suggest far more serious difficulties from late June through mid-October 2017.

During the last few days of December, transiting Mars will oppose the October 1 solar eclipse degree (9Virgo21), while at the same time squaring US Uranus (8Gemini55) and triggering the US tertiary Sun conjunct natal Uranus (exact 12/29). This presents the possibility of a precipitating event that will be unexpected, possibly violent or confrontational, and transformative to the status quo just as we move into a high stress situation in the early weeks of January.

The eclipse of August 21, 2017, at 28Leo53, suggests another series of crises linked to the tension of the Saturn aspects in July through mid-October 2017 and again pointing to major difficulties for Trump, the US, and potentially Russia. This eclipse will be strongly triggered during the first week of September both by the transit of Mars and the stationary transit of Mercury crossing the eclipse degree. These configurations suggest significant and very challenging events in early September that continue to cause upset during the balance of the month and through mid-October. This period also includes the final crossing of Uranus square to US Pluto (27Capricorn33) and therefore may see some unexpected and striking challenges to corporate control and limitless greed (US second house Pluto). The Saturn crossing square to US Neptune and opposite Trump’s Sun in September also suggest the possibility of a financial contraction at that time.

And finally, for those of us hoping for Trump’s grandiose corporate agenda, well-seasoned with a hefty dose of piquant Russian flavoring, to run into some major headwinds, the coming Inaugural chart with its very tight Mars/Saturn square does suggest significant frustration and difficulty. It seems likely there will be no smooth sailing and lots of obstruction in the coming four years. This is something to truly be thankful for in this holiday season.

Everything changed on November 8 when Donald Trump won the presidential election. The entire trajectory of the country shifted in a moment. Even the very definition of the United States of America seemed to morph – from a celebration of the melting pot, an ever-building respect for the civil rights of all, and an attempt to reckon with climate change and trade in a globalized world, to a land of corporate expansion unhindered by the petty complaints of citizens or a concern for their most basic needs.  Although I am expecting resistance from the Democrats in Congress and eventually an outcry from the population as events and awareness unfold, there will be an increasing push from the coming administration and its cronies in Congress toward the corporatization, a.k.a. privatization, of everything, including Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, prisons, education, infrastructure, etc., over this four-year term and beyond. Shrink the government and empower the private sector will be the unyielding motto of the newly-unshackled GOP.

In the US chart (using 5:13 PM, July 4, 1776, Philadelphia), Pluto, at 27Capricorn33, is in the second house, is opposed to Mercury, at 24Cancer12, in the 8th house, and is semisquare to the Ascendant, 12Sagittarius59. This second house Pluto is particularly important due to its position as the rising planet in the chart and its aspect to the Ascendant. Pluto in the second house describes an obsessive need to gather wealth and points additionally to the huge amassing of power by the financial elite. The compulsive materialism described by this position also colors the identity of the country itself due to Pluto’s minor hard aspect to the Ascendant.USchart 

As of the Inauguration of Donald Trump, transiting Pluto will move fully into a ten-degree orb of the US Pluto return, when Pluto for the first time will return to its natal position in the chart. The actual Pluto return will come in 2022, but the coming 6 years will see the buildup of this very potent focus on the second house Pluto position, as well as the transiting Pluto opposition of the US Mercury during 2020 and early 2021.  These configurations, taken together, suggest that the push to concentrate huge amounts of wealth, while manipulating commerce and investments (Mercury) to that end, will be increasingly intense over the next few years.

Also of importance in this picture will be the Saturn transit opposing US Mercury and conjunct US Pluto during 2020, a transit likely to impede and restrict this Plutonian movement toward the accumulation of wealth and power by the financial elite. This Saturn transit, moreover, suggests some challenges and possibly a sharp contraction for the US economy in 2020, as well as a significant loss of support and extreme difficulties for President Trump, since Saturn will also be opposing his Venus (25Cancer44), while Pluto will station opposite his Saturn (23Cancer49) during much of that year.

The shock of the recent election and its complete reversal of the direction of the country may be seen in the US chart by the progression of the US Moon  opposite natal Uranus (8Gemini55) in late October and November. Uranus is the planet of unexpected and powerful transformations and often points to a sudden change in direction. In December, the US tertiary Sun will be conjunct natal Uranus, continuing this sense of transformation. This progression will be set off significantly by the transit of Mars from December 29 through December 31 square to US Uranus. There may be some consequential, stressful, and possibly violent upsets that spike around that time.

One final point that is worth noting is that from November 20 through December 4, Trump is under the first crossing of his Jupiter return (17Libra27).  He is looking particularly magnanimous, successful, and happy during this transit. Unsurprisingly, the Trump Vanity Tour is proceeding during this upbeat transit, with him likely to be deliriously happy while out in front of his big cheering crowds again.  Some difficulties return that may bring severe stress from December 18 through January 15, as Saturn makes its first crossing conjunct his South Node, conjunct his Moon, and opposite his Sun. This will overlap with some shockwaves and stress in the US chart in late December and early January.trump

January will also bring some very positive indications for Trump, including progressed Moon conjunct Venus and transiting Jupiter trine the Sun (through February 19). The first really significant test will come from June through October 2017. More on those configurations later.

15th Nov, 2016

Steep Learning Curve

They say that a politician campaigns in poetry and serves in prose. With Donald Trump, it would be more accurate to say that he ran with grenades and will serve with a shovel, hammer, and nails. And for someone with an aversion to manual labor, this will be tricky.

As all who follow this blog know, I predicted that Trump would lose the election. This was based on the overwhelmingly stressful planetary configurations that impact him from the election onward. It turns out that this stress is manifesting, not as an election loss, but as the overwhelming burden and responsibility of the presidency, now settling on shoulders that are far more enamored with the unconstrained life of the campaign.

Trump is a Gemini with a Sagittarius Moon and a Leo Ascendant. He loves nothing more than to hear himself proclaim clever and pithy phrases to an adoring crowd or, better yet, tweet them to countless millions. With natal Uranus conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon, his flamboyant unpredictability and his unbridled disruptiveness are a way of life.  Or at least they were until November 9.

As of the election, Trump is feeling the waxing impact of his progressed Moon conjunct his natal Saturn (23Cancer49), building through early December and further strengthened by the transiting Node (8Virgo) from November 14 through November 26. In addition, transiting Saturn will oppose his natal Uranus (17Gemini54) from November 24 through December 2.  These configurations suggest increasing pressure to be constrained and circumspect and to exercise discipline, sobriety, and studiousness.  Trump is likely to feel hemmed in, frustrated, and forced to confer and compromise, as well as handle complaints and criticism with maturity and patience rather than easily-provoked tantrums.trump

The smothering pressure picks up again quite strongly as of mid-December, when transiting Saturn crosses Trump’s South Node (20Sagittarius48) from December 18 to December 28, and his Moon (21Sagittarius12) from 12/21 to 12/30, followed by Saturn opposing his Sun (22Gemini56) from January 7 to January 15.  These demanding and difficult aspects will parallel some significant stress in the US chart when transiting Saturn opposes US Mars (21Gemini23) from December 25 through January 1 and then squares US Neptune (22Virgo25) from January 2 through January 11.  It is possible that some kind of explosive event or crisis impacts the US, perhaps during the Mars transit square US Uranus from December 29 to 31, with distress lingering through at least January 11. The ensuing events will weigh heavily on Trump, whose understanding of the responsibilities, challenges, and weight of his new job will deepen.  From late June through mid-October 2017, Saturn will once again cross Trump’s Moon and oppose his Sun, while also impacting US Mars and Neptune suggesting a deeply upsetting time for his administration and for the country. We may get a hint of what is to come by noting what transpires in the last week of December and the first half of January.

Trump will get some enjoyment from his election victory with a stationary transiting Jupiter trine his Sun from January 9 through February 19 and his progressed Moon conjunct his natal Venus (25Cancer44) in January peaking on January 23rd.  But by then, the new Inaugural chart will have taken over, with its most noteworthy aspect being the tight Mars/Saturn square (23Pisces/24Sagittarius) which is also in minor hard aspect to the Moon (9Scorpio), suggesting the enormous difficulties Trump will encounter as he attempts to enact change over the next four years.  Moreover, as transiting Saturn moves through late Sagittarius and into Capricorn during this presidential term, the challenges and frustrations Trump will face, indicated in both his chart and the Inaugural chart, are clearly mirrored in the US chart as well. Thus, his steep learning curve is likely to be fraught with frustration and trouble, and the fantasy utopia described in the magical thinking of the recent campaign will recede into the ethers.


8th Nov, 2016

Election Thoughts

I continue to see Trump losing and the Senate as iffy. However, Chuck Schumer seems to have a much better year than Mitch McConnell so we can hope.

Transiting Jupiter is currently square to the US Sun, so the Market is up and we will hear a lot of self-congratulatory rhetoric about how great we are and how our democracy won out over the threat of the Orange Hitler. This runs from November 6 to November 11.

The US is also still under progressed Moon opposite natal Uranus, thus agitation, sudden reversals, and rebellion continue as an issue peaking through November 17. This will likely be exacerbated and extended some from November 14 to November 25 when the transiting Node will square natal US Uranus. Any manifestation of Trumpistas rising up against reality is likely during this period.

There are some troubling aspects from December 25 through January 17 when Saturn will oppose US Mars and then square US Neptune. Part of this period is concurrent with Saturn square Obama’s Mars and square Hillary’s Moon.  (The themes of this difficult period will return from July through October 2017.) We may see a major setback or loss in the war against ISIS or some other significant or challenging foreign policy situation. We also may see political trouble with the new Congress.