17th Oct, 2016

The Final Debate

Before I discuss the final debate, the dramatic planetary alignments leading up to it are worth discussing.  We are already feeling the impact of the building Mars/Pluto conjunction which will move into its most potent phase from around 8 PM (EDT) Monday, October 17, through around 10:45 AM on Wednesday, October 19. This conjunction promises an increase in aggression, explosions, wild weather, and vicious violence worldwide. We have already seen a firebombing of a Republican office in North Carolina, as well as the commencement of what promises to be a brutal clash for the recapture of Mosul over the coming days.

This potent conjunction (exact at 15Capricorn03) will also square Donald Trump’s Chiron (14Libra55) most intensively throughout Monday and Tuesday and culminating around 1 AM on Wednesday, October 19.  We can expect further wounding to his campaign and a continuation of his decompensating emotional state.

For Hillary, this same Mars/Pluto conjunction will be semisquare her Jupiter (00Sagittarius31). Essentially, Mars will trigger the much longer transit of Pluto semisquare her Jupiter which runs through mid-November. The current Mars semisquare to Hillary’s Jupiter will build during October 18 and continue throughout the debate until approximately 11 PM EDT. This suggests that Hillary will be expansive, forceful, and compelling in her debate performance, and will generally benefit from Trump’s troubles in the pre-debate time period.

Also significant for Hillary during the debate and thereafter is the transit of Mars sextile her natal Venus (16Scorpio14) on October 19 and throughout the 20th, and which will be further activated during the morning of October 20 by the transit of the Moon in sesquiquadrate natal Venus. These configurations suggests an increase in personal charisma and contentment that goes through the debate and continues into the post-debate discussion for the following 24 hours.

For Trump, the first 20 minutes of the debate may bring some significant and damaging upset, after which he may manage to calm himself somewhat. It is during the pre-debate hour and the first 20 minutes of on-air time that the transiting Moon will oppose his natal Moon (21Sagittarius12) and square transiting Chiron, activating the current transit of Chiron square his Moon that began in late September and will continue right through early January.  This is a long-term transit that suggests emotional turmoil and wounding.

On the positive side for Trump, the transiting Jupiter will be square to his natal Mercury (8Cancer52) for a few days through around 5 PM EDT on Thursday, October 20, stimulating his optimism, brashness, and declarations of success. However, as of mid-morning on Thursday, transiting Mercury will move into a square with his natal Saturn for the duration of the day, indicating negativity and criticism increasingly seep into the general coverage and the debate results. Combined with Trump’s tertiary Sun square to tertiary Neptune during all of October, the tendency for grandiose delusion and disappointment will be strong.

8th Oct, 2016

Debate Number 2

The most surprising thing about the revelation of Donald Trump’s lewd remarks on a hot mike from 2005 is that anyone is actually surprised. This is the same guy who joked with Howard Stern, during the weeks after her tragic death, that he could have “nailed” Princess Diana.

And this, of course, was only one among a million other disgusting, sexualized, misogynistic, and cruel comments we have been treated to in the past year. Really Republicans, you are surprised by the man you have sold your faux-Christian soul to support?  Are you enjoying the cozy warmth of the flames of Hell?

Based on past performance, it seems likely to me that Trump will do his best to change the subject of these latest disclosures with some new, unexpected, and outrageous attacks, blustering his way onward in the campaign.  And he will have America’s chronic ADD and love of entertainment to bolster his efforts. What he will not do is step down.

The second debate, of course, will be the perfect time to change the channel if Trump can pull it off.  Astrologically, there are mixed signals. On the one hand, the Pluto transit square to Trump’s natal Chiron (14Libra55) is very slowly separating. As we saw on Friday, with the transit of the Sun conjunct his natal Chiron and square to transiting Pluto, this Pluto transit is still active and able to be triggered, leaving staggering wounds in its wake. The Moon will square natal Chiron Sunday morning around 10 AM EDT, so we may see some agitation on the talk shows between 8 and 10 AM. But nothing will compare to Friday’s Sun/Pluto square for drama.

Also in the negative column is the transit of Chiron square to Trump’s natal Moon (21Gemini12) from 9/29 to 1/6/17. This will be joined by Chiron square to Trump’s natal Node from 10/10 to 12/18.  We should remember that the transit of Chiron to Hillary’s Moon coincided with her pneumonia, her well-chronicled collapse on 9/11, and her brief dip in the polls. The Chiron transit in Trump’s chart suggests some kind of wounding, and its duration over the remains of the election cycle does not bode well for The Donald.trump

On the other hand, the transiting Sun will be conjunct Trump’s natal Jupiter (17Libra27) on Sunday through around 4:30 AM on Monday, suggesting some success at the debate and a strong feeling of optimism and perhaps recklessness.  In addition, the tertiary Venus progression will be moving into a conjunction with his Ascendant (29Leo55) from 10/10 until November 8, indicating some positive and charismatic attraction that will help to offset difficulties. Moreover, the transit of Venus quincunx his Moon just after the debate through Monday evening suggests at least some positive reviews on his Sunday night performance.

Nonetheless, other transits point to a mixed picture.  Transiting Mercury will be conjunct his natal Neptune on Monday from 2 AM through around 3 PM indicative of some grandiose delusions, so he may see things as better than they actually are. In addition, from around 10 PM Friday through 8 AM Monday, transiting Mars will continue to be opposite Trump’s Mercury (8Cancer52) describing a mood of impatience and aggression. I cannot help but wonder what the combination of Mars/Mercury (verbal aggression), Sun/Jupiter (over-optimistic recklessness) and Mercury/Neptune (delusion) will create in the overnight Twitterverse.

As for Hillary, the lack of a confirmed birth time is an issue. The newly suggested 2:18 AM birth time makes no sense whatsoever. It gives her a transit of Saturn to her IC (12Sagitarrius) from October 1 through October 12, which would suggest depression and loss at a time when she is soaring in the polls.  So, for now, I will stick to the Scorpio rising 8 AM chart, though with an asterisk for transits to the Ascendant.hillary

As mentioned previously, Hillary is now under the supremely positive tertiary progression of Venus conjunct tertiary Sun through 10/16, with a lunar transit triggering it on the evening of October 10.  Also suggesting a promising day after the debate is the transit of Venus conjunct her Mercury and natal Ascendant* throughout October 10.  If the 8 AM birth time is correct, transiting Jupiter will be semisquare the Ascendant (21Scorpio44) through around 4 PM on October 10, further indicative of a very successful post-debate reality for her.

My sense from all of this is that Trump will manage to hold it together better than in the last debate and will get some positive reviews, but he will be unable to hide his true nature for long, especially if left alone with his cell phone overnight. Thus, we will be quickly reminded of the unrestrained and unhinged toddler running for president on the Republican side of the ticket. Hillary will look steady, strong, and sane by contrast in the aftermath of the big Sunday night show.

26th Sep, 2016

Debate Night

The media has been obsessively and obnoxiously focused on tonight’s debate for weeks. Democrats are fretting about the coming confrontation, especially with Clinton and Trump supposedly now tied in the polls. Hillary will be on stage tonight with a veritable force of nature who has mowed down all previous opponents and who has broken every rule of politics and civility in our already frayed reality.

Donald Trump resembles the wild unpredictability and destructive force of a tornado, which devours everything in its path and leaves a swath of devastation in its wake.  But instead of sucking up and obliterating houses and school buildings and telephone poles, he voraciously gobbles up the focus of every camera lens and every journalist, while inflaming to a fevered pitch every disgruntled citizen, greedily grabbing all the attention and political oxygen into his bottomless hollow core. Anyone who dares to get in his way is crushed.

We should remember that this pattern is not unlike his business career, in which he gobbled up resources from the federal and state governments, from unwitting investors, from duped business students and from unpaid workers, contributing little of his own money while financially ruining others, all the while amassing incredible wealth for himself.  To say he is a narcissistic sociopath barely covers it.

Thus far, Hillary has done remarkably well standing up to Trump in the political combat leading up to the debate tonight. Her sharp and incisive criticisms of him have clearly drawn blood, unlike those bumbling fools who went before her in the primaries or the weak-kneed media who have withered in one-on-one interviews.  Nonetheless, little if anything has slowed him down, even major news sources finally calling him the serial liar that he is. He is a snake-oil salesman who masterfully manipulates and lies with abandon in the service of his never-satiated ego. In short, Trump’s relentless hunger for attention, praise, and power is his dominating inner imperative, and nothing will derail it. The best Hillary can do is unmask it and bait it, stepping out of its way while it causes Trump to self-destruct.

The astrology for tonight is unclear, but I think it favors Hillary.  Perhaps her most significant aspect is the tertiary progressed Venus conjunct tertiary progressed Sun which began a few days ago and will peak around October 16. This should help in the polls and make her generally more likeable.

Moreover, as Hillary is coming out of the second of three crossings of Chiron to her Moon (22Pisces50) after September 19, Trump is now moving into the second crossing of Chiron square to his Moon (21Sagittarius12) from September 28 through October 29, separating but within 32 minutes of orb and then crossing again from November 28 to January 6.  This Chiron/Moon combination suggests moodiness and irritability, as well as an experience of emotional wounding.

The only troubling aspect I can find for Hillary that is currently active and that will impact her through the election is the progressed Mercury square to progressed Neptune (12Libra57) from September 1 through mid-April 2017. It is likely to be triggered on October 3 and 4 by the transiting Sun. This is the indicator of the “dishonest” meme and can describe some confusion and murkiness surrounding Hillary. Nonetheless, most aspects seem to indicate success through the election. Difficulties begin, however, in January likely with the new Congress or perhaps some other crisis, when Saturn will cross square to her Moon (1/4 to 1/19) and Chiron will make its final crossing conjunct her Moon (1/18 to 2/7). Other much more positive aspects will also be active in January and February but these more frustrating ones are notable.

The planetary configurations suggest Trump will be aggressive and unpredictable tonight, utilizing his usual shock and awe persona. Transiting Mars (29 Sagittarius55) will be trine to his Ascendant (29Leo55), currently receiving a sesquiquadrate from Pluto (14Capricorn55). This suggests aggression, manipulation, and an attempt to overpower so as not to be overpowered.  It adds a difficult-to-restrain compulsiveness (Pluto). With transiting Pluto exactly stationary square to Trump’s natal Chiron (14Libra55), some wounding is likely.  In addition, transiting Mercury will be square to his Uranus (17Gemini54), suggesting the unexpected and the outrageous, his signature style. With both of these aspects continuing into the following day, I expect an angry and aggressive reaction to the debate from Trump. Hillary will also be engaged in this battle of wills with transiting Mars sesquiquadrate to her Pluto (14Leo55). But with transiting Venus sextile her MC (4Virgo35) through the following day and tertiary Venus strengthening in its conjunction to tertiary Sun, I think she comes out a bit better from the confrontation.

25th Sep, 2016

Discussion

I just got back in town. Sorry for the delay.

6th Sep, 2016

Heil Donald

Watching Donald Trump’s immigration speech last week brought to mind the savageness of a Nazi rally scapegoating the Jews. The underlying viciousness of the message was clear: those evil illegals, the source of all of our problems, are raping and murdering our people and destroying our country.  It is hard to believe that this barbarity and darkness has come to mainstream America in what we like to think of as “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  On the political right, at least, it seems more like the land of the duped and the home of the rabid. Meanwhile, craven politicians and mercenary media shills are succumbing to the plague.

The media, with their love of sensationalism and their nauseating insistence of false equivalence, are particularly culpable. They would have us believe that Hillary’s email “scandal”, which harmed no one and leaked nothing, is somehow on a par with The Donald’s long list of destructive marauding. While Trump managed to enrich himself at every turn, he left behind countless thousands with nothing to show for their money which somehow, amazingly, ended up in his pockets. The aggrieved list includes: the students at Trump University; the contractors who never got paid; the stiffed investors in Atlantic City; the hundreds of financially drained victims of Trump’s malicious lawsuits; to name only those who come immediately to mind. Any one of these stories seems, by multiple orders of magnitude, far worse than some sloppy email filings. And yet, here we are, with the false narrative of Hillary’s untrustworthiness taking hold and rivaling Trump’s almost nonstop, boastful dishonesty and slippery manipulations.

To those who have contributed to the normalization of all things Trump, including those too intimidated by his bluster and his threats and those who are more interested in political or financial power than the good of the community and the country, I say to you Shame!!. Your complete lack of integrity has contributed to a growing, nationwide inability to discern truth from fiction, or to discern real issues from made-up tropes. It is time for some inner effort from national leaders, especially in the Republican Party and in the media, to face and discuss reality and fact rather than indulge in feel-good self-righteousness and false, self-aggrandizing indignation. It is time to wake up and smell the coffee, or the coffee will bubble over and not only burn you but possibly burn the whole house down.

 

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It is hard not see Trump running into some more trouble over the next ten days, with transiting Saturn moving into a sesquiquadrate with his natal Venus (25Cancer44) through September 17.  There is also the transiting Pluto station currently sesquiquadrate his natal Ascendant (29Leo55) and square to his natal Chiron (14Libra55) through October 2, a configuration that not only puts him into the midst of a major power struggle but also constantly attacks his vulnerable sense of self-worth (2nd house Chiron), which he skillfully hides within the brazenness of his narcissistic ramblings. It seems likely that the constant political attacks are getting under his skin.trump

The one positive aspect coming up for Trump is the tertiary Venus conjunction to his Ascendant from October 10 through November 8. This may add to his popularity and contribute to some tightening of the polls. But the concurrent tertiary Sun conjunct tertiary Neptune through October seems likely to infuse some unrealistic and grandiose expectations into the mix that will be dashed with the election.

Hillary has been on somewhat of a holding pattern in the last several weeks. That is about to change with enough Jupiter and Venus activation to build up her popularity and hillaryattractiveness to voters through March 2017.  As of today, transiting Jupiter has moved into a semisquare with her Venus (16Scorpio14) through September 15. This will be followed by transiting Mercury sextile Venus and then transiting Venus conjunct her Sun (9/24 -25).  In addition, tertiary Venus will be conjunct tertiary Sun from September 23 through October 16. If the polls tighten at all, it will be between October 16 and November 1. At that point, transiting Pluto will move back into its sextile with her natal Venus through December 12, seemingly to take her over the finish line.  There is also the tertiary Jupiter progression opposite natal Mars (8/1 to 12/10) and opposite natal Pluto (11/21 to 3/6), as well as conjunct tertiary Sun (12/25 to 2/3). All of this leads to the likelihood of a Hillary Clinton victory come Election Day.

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