Diluting the Trump Dynasty

One of the more eyebrow-raising claims for those supporting president-elect Donald Trump is that he is anti-establishment, an outsider. In political parlance, he’s considered a populist, someone who represents “ordinary people.”

That Trump could be considered a populist may be confusing for me due to my three trips this year which all had me looking at tall buildings (or the threat of one) with the name Trump placed on top: New York, Palm Beach and Washington DC.

Most of the other 23 candidates who ran for president lack this level of business or personal influence. (As an aside, tracking the entire election I had a count of a mere 22 candidates but this New York Times site shows some dude named Lessig on the Democratic side).

One of the reasons that Americans could consider a wealthy, dynastic businessman a populist is that we rarely acknowledge having a class system. Yet during elections, we begin to hear about the “middle class” which seems the only class we have. Yet in the business world, Trump-Kushner is considered one of the top 23 dynasties.

My liberal friends would like to think that Americans made a mistake and will wake up in four years to choose a more benevolent ruler, but I believe they are sadly mistaken. The Trump Dynasty has simply expanded into government. We complain that politicians are bought and sold by powerful corporate interests (as Trump admitted to doing himself in the early debates). Yet, when business tycoon enters politics, how is that better?

The Trump Dynasty is now in both corporate and political spheres, as are the Bushes. The Clintons, I would argue, were never a dynasty for two reasons: they don’t have enough members and they don’t own or control natural resources. While The Donald could last a short time in government, the dynasty will reap the benefits for a long time.

Populist?

Diluting the Trump Dynasty

If liberals can accept the raw reality of a Trump Dynasty, a class system based on heredity and that those owning natural resources have all the control, then they can plot a strategy.

Looking past our own cultural propaganda reveals some medieval structures to our system. Likewise, we must think in more historical terms for solving the problem. Astrology, of course, can help. All advice from Ohio Astrology is offered free of charge for the benefit of all Americans.

In the past, dynasties (then called royalty) were often toppled by violence. Americans have never cared for the domestic coup d’état (as the Latin American joke goes, the US has no coups because it has no American Embassy).; the closest we come to coup is a love of coupons.

There is one other, peaceful option, to challenging a dynasty – dilution. Dilution comes in the form of marrying one person of the dynasty into an opposing dynasty, like in the 16th century when Protestant Henri of Navarre was married to Catholic Margaret of Valois. Maybe that arrangement didn’t work so well in the short term, but it was still a common practice to merge two sides through marriage.

The best way to influence the Trump Dynasty is to marry influence into it. Let’s take a look at the possibilities.

Marrying into the Dynasty

The thrice married Trump has produced five children. Three of them are currently married (which in our culture can be considered a speed-bump, not a roadblock). That leaves two available for the dynastic marriage – 23-year old Tiffany and the 10-year old Barron.

Tiffany would make a fine match on the Trump side. She’s of age (which wasn’t relevant in royal alignments but is today), has the Libra sun drive for partnership yet lots of seriousness to her horoscope – moon/Venus in Virgo, Mars/Mercury/Pluto in Scorpio and Uranus/Neptune in Capricorn, sun in the 10th house (assuming Astrotheme time of birth).

Her Saturn in Aquarius adds to the seriousness in that connection with groups comes from having responsibility associated with them. While having Jupiter conjunct sun in Libra provides desire and opportunity for pleasure, the rest of her chart suggests she’s compelled to go to the gym instead of the party.

Now who should she marry to insert a large dose of truly populist energy?

Jack Schlossberg, only grandson of John F. Kennedy, is the perfect political match. The Kennedys deteriorated as a dynasty due to assassinations (John and Robert), accidental death (John Jr.) and immoral behavior (Ted et. al.). This is an opportunity to both revive a moribund dynasty and dilute a current one.

Schlossberg is matched in seriousness to Trump with Uranus, Neptune, Mercury and sun all in Capricorn. This generation born with Uranus/Neptune conjunct in Capricorn represents to me a generation faced with great responsibility for the future of our societal structures. Many structures have been collapsing since Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 (banking, housing, politics, police, etc.). Children born in 1993 like Schlossberg and Trump but who are not part of a dynasty watched their parents struggle with paying the mortgage and finding work. This generation has had their Great Depression.

Schlossberg may have moon in Sagittarius which provides some levity and optimism to a person who probably has grown up with Duty as his middle name. Hopefully so, we shall say. If the moon is in Capricorn, there’s really no escape from responsibility. But in Sagittarius, there’s also a desire to fight for others and participate in foreign experiences. There’s more fire and enthusiasm with Sagittarius. Since Schlossberg worked in Japan, he may have that strong interest in foreign relations.

While I wouldn’t call Schlossberg-Trump a match made in heaven, political marriage has other purposes. Trump’s Mars in Scorpio may be more sensuous than Schlossberg’s Mars in Cancer. Trump’s moon/Venus conjunction in Virgo suggests no one is perfect enough for her love. Schlossberg’s Venus in Pisces is a bit more emotional than his Capricorn planets will allow. Trump needs more flattery than Schlossberg would provide.

But the importance of this political endeavor to the entire nation should override these petty, personal concerns. There definitely have been worse political marriages from a love and compatibility perspective. I’m sure each would agree to the marriage for the good of the nation.

Now it’s the liberal challenge to get these two in a room together.

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Hillary Clinton’s Pisces Moon – Redux

Hillary Clinton’s humiliating defeat this week to a narcissistic, openly-vulgar candidate with disdain and contempt for his fellow men brings me back to the point in Clinton’s chart we didn’t see in Clinton as a candidate – her Pisces moon.

Or did we see her Pisces moon?

Astrological thought like any other thought changes focus and terminology. Today’s Pisces moon might be described in its positive sense as empathetic, compassionate, artistic, musical, creative and spiritual. These are wonderful and needed qualities for a world enmeshed in materialism and self-interest.

At the beginning of my astrological studies way back when, Pisces was described a bit more harshly as the sign of self-undoing. Pisces as the 12th sign of the zodiac and ruling the 12th house represents disintegrating boundaries and merging with other energies. The 12th house is what’s hidden, the subconscious, the skeletons in the closet. If you dream of being a monk, you might like this house. But few have that dream.

Pisces’ understanding of the pain of others leads to compassion in both its productive and non-productive paths. A fine example of the latter is Frank Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford who with Sagittarius sun and possibly Pisces moon spent his life in “championing social outcasts and unpopular causes.” This led him to offer assistance to a notorious child murderer who appeared to be using Longford’s compassion to further her efforts at parole while convincing him that she’d reformed.

This is Pisces’ downfall – trying to rescue those that can’t be rescued and suffering the pain they are trying to help others avoid. While it’s easy to rescue others physically such as removing them from a house fire, it’s exceedingly difficult to rescue others psychologically. We humans tend to be our own worst enemies so saving us psychologically means saving us from ourselves and how can one do that?

Pisces at worst is the victim. Pisces comes to you with its pain and you feel compassion until you realize that Pisces won’t remove itself from the situation, even in situations where it might be easy to simply walk away.

Clinton displayed her Pisces moon by walking into the same situation she encountered in 2008 – she appeared too politically powerful to challenge until a contender comes out of nowhere and takes the prize.

Clinton has been disliked intensely since arriving in Washington, DC in 1993. While she’s had many successes, she’s also suffered humiliating blows that would have sent others packing from her initial desire to reform health care in 1993 to her husband’s infidelities and a humiliating presidential run in 2008. Yet she came back for more.

The Female Factor

While I know it’s impossible to separate Hillary the candidate from Hillary the female, I believe female energy compared to male energy factors into the choice the US made as a nation. In hindsight, there may have been one clue that portended the results of the election.

In the second Republican debate in September 2015, there were 11 candidates on stage – 10 men and one woman. At the end of the debate, the candidates were asked what woman they would put on the $10 bill (later, Harriet Tubman was chosen but for the $20 bill instead). The answers are revealing and the order of the answers is important.

From Time.com:

  1. Rand Paul: Suffragist Susan B. Anthony, suffragist
  2. Mike Huckabee: His wife, Janet
  3. Marco Rubio: Civil rights activist Rosa Parks
  4. Ted Cruz: Put Rosa Parks on the $20 bill and keep Alexander Hamilton on the $10 [OHA note – Cruz first recommended the change to $10 and $20 before mentioning Parks]
  5. Ben Carson: His mother, Sonya
  6. Donald Trump: Rosa Parks [OHA note – Trump first recommended his daughter before mentioning Parks]
  7. Jeb Bush: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
  8. Carly Fiorina: “We shouldn’t change the $10 dollar bill or the $20 dollar bill. I think, honestly, it’s a gesture. I don’t think it helps to change our history. What I would think is that we ought to recognize that women are not a special interest group. Women are the majority of this nation, we are half the potential of this nation and this nation will be better off when every woman has the opportunity to live the life she chooses.”
  9. Scott Walker: American Red Cross founder Clara Barton
  10. Chris Christy [sic]: First Lady Abigail Adams
  11. John Kasich: Nobel Peace Prize-winner Mother Teresa

While there could have been 11 answers, there were only six unique historical woman chosen (Anthony, Parks, Thatcher, Barton, Adams and Mother Teresa). Although Cruz and Trump chose Rosa Parks, they made this choice after Rubio in a way that suggested lack of consideration and more the acceptance of some default choice. If we assume that for a national currency we would chose a person who either was born or spent much of what they were known for in the US, then there were only four unique women (Anthony, Parks, Barton and Adams).

Of note is that three individuals chose a family member – Huckabee chose his wife (the woman beside him), Carson chose his mother (the woman above him) and Trump chose his daughter (the woman beneath him).

Compare the women chosen to the viscerally-hated Clinton. Anthony, Parks, Thatcher and maybe Barton are the only women who come close to matching the energy of a woman challenging her role in society.

That the men and woman on stage couldn’t come up with more female role models is no surprise. History kept women from public roles. Only Thatcher, who is not American, represents what Clinton was trying to accomplish – national political prominence.

Clinton’s Pisces moon and Neptune transit

The irony here is that the majority of the female role models chosen by our Republican candidates (wife, mother, daughter, Mother Teresa, Barton and Adams) resonate more with Pisces moon from humanitarian interests to personal support and nurturing of others (which doesn’t suggest the individuals involved are/were actually doing that, but that the roles represent support rather than dominance). Mother Teresa is the ultimate Pisces moon character – total sacrifice and discarding of self.

The Clinton that is so hated isn’t the Pisces-moon Clinton. I believe it’s the Mars/Pluto/Saturn in Leo Clinton that has the fixed determination and seriousness to challenge the system. It’s also dominant with strong need for control. It’s not traditionally female (note that both Clinton and Fiorina were advised to smile more in the debates).

Neptune rules Pisces and is currently transiting Pisces. Neptune transits a sign for 15 years and will be in Pisces from 2011 – 2026. Neptune transits like Pisces disintegrate, dissolve and confuse. On the flip side, this transit spiritualizes and creates awe. Neptune can spiritualize anything from an individual to art to business. Neptune in Capricorn spiritualized business and corporate conglomeration (“it creates jobs”), in Aquarius obsession with technology and now in Pisces . . . spirituality itself? Neptune is not of this world and, at worst, seeks escape from this world – notice the rise of 24-hour media and drugs (both legal and illegal) since 2011.

Neptune will take a few years to orb into Clinton’s Pisces moon (around 2019). I suspect the fixed-sign Clinton (three planets in Scorpio, three in Leo) will pick herself off the floor and re-examine her life. I’ve suspected for a long time as an astrologer than Clinton would seek spiritual goals under this transit.

Now that Clinton’s fixed-energy personality has been thoroughly rejected in our culture, maybe she will reveal her Pisces moon side to her people in her future pursuits. Not the Pisces moon of victimization as scapegoat; but the Pisces moon of compassion for the good of all that does not destroy its host and inspires other to reject the vices that have become socially-acceptable.

What president has done that?

 

Related posts:

Hillary Clinton’s Pisces Moon [OHA blog]

Pisces Moon – Why So Secretive? [OHA blog]

Always Astrology on Pisces Moon

 

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Humiliation Political Style with Huma Abedin

As I’ve pondered the rise of Donald Trump in American politics, it’s occurred to me that we simply like that he’s humiliating politicians in public for our enjoyment. While he’s purported to “speak his mind,” I don’t find much mind-matter being spoken as much as off-the-cuff lobbing of juvenile insults which have been surprisingly effective in vanquishing his opponents.

In other words, humiliation is a powerful weapon.

When younger, I was sure my violence-obsessed culture would bring back the public hanging. We’re getting close to it emotionally with constant humiliation which is like the hanging of the ego rather than the body.

“Cringe” is not a new word or some social media lingo. But “cringe-worthy” is a term I’m hearing more and more during this election suggesting the rise of public humiliation. The humiliation is so intense that the empathetic amongst us are feeling embarrassment for these people the same way you do when hearing off-key karaoke by young, ambitious singers.

Cringing, embarrassing humiliation is the new norm. While it used to be a once-in-awhile public affair, it’s becoming increasingly common. Let’s study it.

Humiliation

A Psychology Today article on humiliation differentiates it from embarrassment in that embarrassment rises from the self while humiliation is from others.

Another point of difference between humiliation and embarrassment is that humiliation cuts deeper. Humiliation is traumatic and often hushed up, whereas embarrassment, given enough time, can be sublimed into a humorous anecdote. More fundamentally, humiliation involves abasement of pride and dignity, and with it loss of status and standing.

In an interesting note that lends directly to astrological elements, the author explains the word origin of humiliation:

The Latin root of ‘humiliation’ is ‘humus’, which translates as ‘earth’ or ‘dirt’.

Earth. Humiliation brings us to the ground. It sounds a lot like humility. We could wax spiritual and say humiliation brings humility but what other choice is there in humiliation?

The article sums up the concept of humiliation by noting:

In short, humiliation is the public failure of one’s status claims.

And,

To humiliate someone is to assert power over him by denying and destroying his status claims.

Astrological Humiliation

Astrologically, the 10th house of the horoscope represents our public selves. Malefic planets transiting that house are often associated with negative hits to the reputation.

For example, when Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in 1974 from the Watergate cover up, Saturn was transiting his 10th house (in Cancer). Saturn is an ancient malefic due to its contracting principle and in Cancer was rejection from the group – he no longer belonged. For the extremely ambitious Nixon, rejection from politics was ejection from his primal energy.

While Nixon has the traditional astrological indicator for a public humiliation, I don’t see the same for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 1998 when her husband was publicly recognized as a philanderer and perjurer and subsequently impeached.

During that episode, Jupiter was transiting her moon (in Pisces) and Pluto was transiting her Jupiter (in Sagittarius). For Clinton, humiliation came with Jupiter which is our social environment (schools, churches, clubs, the playground, etc.). Jupiter on Pisces moon increased that placement’s tendency to self-sacrifice, victimization and great emotional pain. Pluto on Jupiter suggests transformation of the social energy which in Sagittarius gears toward philosophy, travel and foreigners. Sagittarius is also idealistic and energized when fighting for causes so for Clinton this is probably the “day the music died” for her.

She clearly was deeply saddened, even depressed, regardless of the public response.

Huma Abedin

While there are so many public humiliations and so little time, I suspect that what’s most humiliating for each of us is determined by our fundamental personality (which I believe sprouts our values). Huma Abedin works with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and is also married (for now) to fallen politician Anthony Weiner.

In 2011 when Abedin’s husband politician Anthony Weiner was caught “sex texting,” Abedin did not have the same aspects that occurred with Nixon or Clinton during their public humiliations.

Saturn was transiting her natal Pluto (in Libra) while transiting Pluto was square natal Pluto. Uranus in Aries was not quite in square, but you get the idea. Squares are friction and we saw a lot of world friction at that time.

Saturn in Libra challenged many relationships. In Libra, partnership and balance are key and breakups during this time centered on the unfairness of relationships.

Abedin chose to stay in her marriage during these transits. Then in 2013 while her husband was running for mayor of New York City, another sex-texting episode occurred. By this time, Saturn has moved into Scorpio which brings more emotional intensity than Libra.

If you’d like to watch the 2013 humiliation of Abedin yourself, just check out the documentary Weiner which follows both Weiner and Abedin during his run for mayor. In today’s parlance this documentary is truly cringe-worthy.

Now in October 2016, Abedin’s emails were found on her husband’s computer and made grievous news for her boss Hillary Clinton who is two weeks away from a presidential election. Currently Jupiter is transiting her natal Pluto in Libra.

Why would Abedin and Weiner agree to be filmed during a political race after a public humiliation?

Both Abedin and Weiner have moon in Leo which is most fond of being center of attention.

Abedin has more than moon in Leo – she also has sun, Saturn, Venus and Mercury in that sign, in that order. Without time of birth, the moon may be last or possibly tucked in between Saturn and Mercury.

A whole lot of Leo likes a whole lot of attention. Yet, here’s the kicker, Saturn the great taskmaster sits amongst all that fiery optimism. For Abedin, her greatest gifts also contain her weakest link and strongest lessons. It’s like being given beauty but sent to a convent. It’s a beautiful woman who questions every day whether she is truly beautiful. If not careful, she could turn into the evil stepmother of the Snow White fairy tale who fears a greater beauty by trying to snuff it out.

Saturn conjunct sun also represents a strong father figure. Moon in Leo suggests a strong mother and combined you have a dignified, royal upbringing regardless of true status. According to Wikipedia, both of her parents were scholars.

Natal Jupiter in Taurus suggests abundant material wealth, love of objects and physical sensuality. Combined with Leo (which is truly a friction-filled square), there is strong sexuality and sensuality.

The only restraint to that sensuality and passion is Mars in the pristine Virgo (square natal Neptune in Sagittarius).

So what’s unique about Abedin’s recent humiliating experiences?

The humiliation began and is continuing with strong transits to Pluto in Libra. This placement suggests transformation from partnerships. Pluto is well-aspected in Abedin’s chart so I wouldn’t have suspected she would go through such experiences.

Abedin’s overall chart represents a strong, proud, dignified person with seven of the ten planets in fixed signs (five in Leo, one in Scorpio and one in Taurus). Libra, in contrast, is dependent and accommodating – not her style. Unfortunately, we don’t know in which house it is placed in the horoscope (need time of birth for that).

What comes to mind is Queen Elizabeth I who in the 16th century assumed power after the death of her sister, who didn’t fare so well in power after her father Henry VIII.

Through her reign, Elizabeth was encouraged to marry and had several failed attempts. It’s not difficult to imagine why she chose the single-woman path during that life – any male counterpart would have certainly tried to usurp power. Elizabeth chose to keep her power to herself.

Possibly Abedin needs to keep her power to herself. That might seem a strong feminist statement but I believe there is still psychic pressure for both genders to fulfill in their traditional spheres – men in the public sphere (career, politics) and women in the private sphere (family, children, home).

Astrologically, a chart is neither female nor male. Abedin’s chart represents a strong personality and she happens to be female. If she happened to be male, would she have stood behind a sex-texting wife and defended her?

Abedin’s unique humiliation is that she is a strong, proud person who might have decided to suffer because of that Saturn in Leo – possibly part of her felt she caused the situation by not being “enough” something. Mars in Virgo can contribute to the desire for perfection.

The good news is that Leo always bounces back and Abedin has lots of Leo with which to recover the sense of self and self-esteem. As transiting Jupiter and Pluto move away from her natal Pluto, I suspect she’s learned her lessons on the power of humiliation from trusted partners.

 

Related posts:

The Sex-Text-iest Man Alive

Five Career Options for Anthony Weiner

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Saturn in Sagittarius: Notes on Hypocrisy in the US Election

The planet Saturn is currently transiting Sagittarius which presents unique challenges in practicing what we preach. That’s because Saturn is the planet of contraction which demands discipline and order and loves structure and authority. Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter which is expansion and optimism and often finds discipline and order to be counter to the pursuit of heightened awareness. Clearly these opposing energies are tricky to balance.

We all face Saturn in Sagittarius challenges. I proclaimed to all my friends that I no longer drink bottled water but now I’m on a long bike trip and out of water. There’s a convenience store across the street. What do I do?

This is one of the small challenges we all face. A somewhat common moral challenge, I believe, involves marriage as people struggle with changing emotions and desire for new company. It’s so common, really, that we could call it a cold.

Up from the common challenges are the highest that hopefully we rarely encounter and see often in times societal struggles such as economic depressions and wars.

And then there is politics, a unique category of its own and this election is sponsored by Saturn in Sagittarius.

Hypocrisy

The Google search definition of hypocrisy is:

The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.

Charles Dickens in his novel Martin Chuzzlewitt creates the character of the ultimate hypocrite in Seth Pecksniff:

Seth Pecksniff, old Martin Chuzzlewit’s cousin, an architect and land surveyor who has never built anything, though he receives large premiums from those who study under him. Young Martin Chuzzlewit becomes one of his apprentices, but Pecksniff turns him away to please the young man’s grandfather and to ensure his own advancement. In all of his dealings, he is completely self-seeking; he performs no generous act, shows no generous motives. Servile, false, conniving, he is a complete hypocrite and a monster of selfishness. He becomes a drunkard and a writer of begging letters to his prosperous relatives.

In politics, hypocrisy is the norm. In an article on Wikileaks and privacy, journalist Glenn Greenwald notes in one of his defenses of using Wikileaks information:

Many longtime journalists or political junkies already know that politicians are typically disingenuous, dishonest, and manipulate public opinion, and this jaded perspective causes them to react with boredom toward stories that reveal this. But journalism isn’t about entertaining veterans of political journalism or feeding them new tidbits that they did not already know. It’s about providing the public with information that they can use to better understand the world and, in particular, what those who wield the greatest power are doing. Just because a political journalist thinks he already knows something doesn’t mean that the general public already knows it, or doesn’t want to learn more about it.

Greenwald acknowledges that politicians are disingenuous if not hypocritical. It’s the role of journalists to reveal additional facts to inform a misled public.

The US Election Hypocrites – Ladies First

It’s very common during an election cycle to see political hypocrisy close up. During a normal primary season when about 30% of the electorate is watching, the candidates say all that their base wants to hear. Then during the general election cycle, they alter the message to appeal to moderates.

Normally this open hypocrisy flies under the radar but with the loud and boisterous Donald Trump in the process this year, the hypocrisy is like an ice cream cake that has been left on the counter too long and is now dripping down the cupboards. The candidates have nowhere to run from their own words this year.

Hillary Clinton – In recently released Wikileaks tapes, Democratic nominee Clinton is heard saying that she has both “public and private positions” on Wall Street reform. Is a public and private position not the very definition of hypocrisy?

Clinton has natal Jupiter in Sagittarius and now Saturn has transited that position. Jupiter in Sagittarius must be the optimistic, bold public position she refers to. Saturn transiting is the private position that follows authority (and money and position).

Saturn in Sagittarius is moving toward a T-square with Clinton’s natal moon (in Pisces) and Uranus (in Gemini) – there’s more to come on public and private positions for Clinton. It comes into orb in January 2017. This is going to be one long election cycle.

Ben Carson – Former Republican candidate Carson has left a gaping hole in my heart because for five minutes during the Republican primaries I believed he was the nice guy. Carson currently functions as a Trump adviser (in picking a vice president) and supporter. During recent controversy over Trump’s statements about groping women, Carson defended him saying, “Eleven years ago, he’s a billionaire playboy, now he’s running for president of the United States.”

As a playboy it’s okay to disparage women and as a president it’s not (although Trump continues to disparage women). This is called moral relativism Ben.

For Carson, Saturn in Sagittarius is creating a trine aspect to Jupiter in Libra and sextile to Neptune in Libra. Saturn is still pleasant for Carson as he balances his own Jupiter / Neptune opposition which creates a desire for personal and relationship balance with strong idealism in both regards.

In another area of the chart, Carson’s Venus/Mercury in Virgo creates a square to Saturn in Sagittarius. This affects the speech and desire for the perfect partner. Frankly, I don’t think Carson yet sees the error of his moral ways. He will, however, in January 2017 when Saturn squares the sun. Then it gets personal.

Chris Christie – This blog from Forward Progressive will outline Christie’s winding trajectory of hate-love-not sure what for his competitor Trump. Christie is probably crying a river as Trump essentially stole his shtick and out performed him as the tell-it-like-it-is candidate.

Like Trump, Christie has moon in Sagittarius. Saturn transiting one’s moon always puts the brakes on the natural emotional response. The natural response of Sagittarius is to run for the hills seeking greener grass. Natal moon T-squares natal Uranus and possibly Pluto and sun (in Virgo) and Jupiter (in Pisces). It’s truly a rough time for Christie even had he kept the moral high ground.

Astrologically I can feel some pain for Christie who is probably both confused and spinning in circles seeking relief. While this might seem cliché, Christie would probably do best if he tried to find himself, the real self. Otherwise, he may spin like an oil drill and find himself deep underground. Dude, it’s called the Dark Night of the Soul. Good luck.

Ted Cruz – Capricorn sun Ted Cruz is the most open opportunist of the election, one of the more negative characteristics of Capricorn. He also brings on the cold calculation that also is associated with the worst qualities of his sun sign. To this astrologer, Cruz is a textbook tragic character who, in the end, will most likely fall by his own undoing.

Cruz’ hypocritical trajectory toward Trump went like this – neutral (early primary), I love Trump (mid primary), I hate Trump (late primary), I still hate Trump (convention), I love Trump (September surprise).

What makes his trajectory even more hypocritical than his colleagues is the strong profession of moral values guiding his judgment. The higher you climb, the farther the fall.

Saturn in Sagittarius already crossed Cruz’ natal Neptune in Sagittarius. This occurred early in spring 2015 when he must have been given some sort of letdown regarding his ideals (Neptune). Transiting Pluto crossed his sun in 2008 transforming him into a new individual in relation to Capricorn desires for power and authority. This is all well in advance of the current election.

As noted in an earlier blog, Cruz is not the person he was born; Pluto has crossed his entire chart making him a different person entirely. He’s new at what he’s doing.

The tightest aspect occurring now for Cruz is Jupiter in Libra which will cross his natal Uranus/moon in . . . you guessed it . . . January 2017. Jupiter is expansion so possibly Cruz will get what he desires from the public at that time. With his sun in Capricorn and moon in Libra, he’s definitely judge material.

Mike Pence – Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed on to run with the unpredictable Trump and clearly has had difficulty aligning with Trump’s ever-changing views.

Pence, like Trump, is a Gemini sun which naturally goes with the flow. No wonder Pence looks so at ease when his running mate contradicts him. Pence may also have moon in Gemini. If so, we need to look for the “other” Pence as Gemini is not normally comfortable being the “one thing” stereotype. If you stereotype Gemini, you are essentially ordering him to change.

Saturn in Sagittarius makes some nice trines to Venus/Mars/Uranus suggesting all that’s occurring has its pleasurable aspects, as I would guess running for Vice President has.

Yet, that same Saturn opposes sun, Mercury and eventually moon (in either Gemini or Cancer). In fact, Pence isn’t far from his second Saturn return which will occur in January 2018. The respect he’s seeking may actually occur at that time. If he can make it through this Saturn transit, he’ll be placed well for his next adventure in responsibility.

In fact, that is Pence’s life lesson here. Much of his chart is low on responsibility but natal Saturn in Capricorn is that very lesson. The current transit of Pluto in Capricorn is making this an imperative. His role in this election is greater than it appears.

And Donald Trump?

I don’t list Trump as a hypocrite as I don’t see any evidence of this in his nature. Sure, he speaks out of both ends of his mouth (sun conjunct Uranus in Gemini), but he appears to have no underlying position or moral code with which to launch the branding of hypocrite. From all of his appearances in this last year I glean one underlying foundation – he negotiates. Boiled down this means “I talk.”

I talk therefore I am, we might say.

A very simple way to avoid being a hypocrite is to have no moral code or to have one but to never speak it openly.

I kind of like option two – let’s all have moral standards and simply live them out so people see our morals and then we are never hypocrites. We also will have nothing to defend. Bumper stickers and lawn signs will be obsolete.

Who is Donald Trump?

I believe Trump is functioning as a mirror and loud speaker of this general election. He’s greatly amplified the normal hypocrisy that occurs during this time. Trump didn’t create it; it existed and he opened the closet door for all to see inside. For the US, these are our hypocrisies and our challenges.

Related blogs:

Saturn in Sagittarius FAQ

Lost Causes with Saturn in Sagittarius

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Pluto in Fracking Capricorn

Venerable Ohio Astrology readers opening this blog are beginning to wonder if there is anything positive to say about Pluto’s transit of Capricorn.

Yes – it will pass.

Pluto entered Capricorn in early 2008 which was the beginning of the U.S. housing market crisis, financial institution failures and global recession.

That nasty, nasty Pluto with its compulsion to destroy and transform messed up our economy, didn’t it?

Like many of you, I don’t believe that astrology causes anything. Natural cycles and man cause changes. The global financial crisis in 2008 wasn’t caused by Pluto, astrology, the market, natural cycles or higher beings. It was caused by man, specifically man’s greed.

Is it coincidence Pluto had just entered Capricorn when that occurred?

For this astrologer, Pluto in Capricorn is symbolic of what occurred in 2008 and will continue through the mid 2020s. Pluto represents destruction and transformation of Capricorn energy which is government, authority, structure and hierarchy. Structure includes financial, legal, educational and religious institutions.

The U.S. natal horoscope (1776 birthday) has Pluto in 27 degrees of Capricorn. While the current transit affects us all, for the U.S. it triggers a fundamental energy pattern of our nation. The Pluto transit is challenging our relationship to authority and ideas of authority.

Pluto in Capricorn: Indicators from the U.S.

The financial structure took the first hit in 2008. Had the reviled U.S. government not intervened on the supposed wisdom of the markets, many more Americans would now be in poverty. If we’d let the collapse follow a natural cycle, we would have to change the American dream which entitles us to have lots of big, material things.

The legal structure came next with federal/legal mandates on health care (2010) and marriage (2015). While the benefit is positive to some, there is still the lingering question of the reach of the federal government. An individual’s ability to litigate to challenge big business is also eroding.

Police across the U.S. are now under scrutiny for how they handle situations with different types of people. Police represent domestic order and Pluto is shaking that up (with help from Saturn in Sagittarius). Is there order when the police are under scrutiny?

And now the 2016 election is changing traditional political structure. There are two parties, get it? They must have opposing views on all topics, get it? Our political structure has forced us into polarity where it doesn’t really exist. The political system is transforming because we were never really two distinct sides.

Fracking Capricorn

Capricorn is one of the three earth signs, Taurus and Virgo being the other two. Taurus is closest to the physical earth and when Uranus moves from Aries to Taurus in 2018-2019, expect combined Uranus and Pluto to contribute to physical earth changes.

Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) has become both literally and figuratively a hot topic in recent years. While fracking has been around since the mid 19th century, in the 1990s the new technology of horizontal drilling provided greater reach into shale oil and natural gas deposits. Shale gas production increased substantially as Pluto entered Capricorn.

Fracking uses a great deal of water, releases chemicals in the air and pollutes water supplies. In fact, in a Pluto in late Sagittarius move (2005), the fracking industry was made exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air and the Clean Water Act.

Pluto in Capricorn now must deal with both the earth changes and the issue of authority. If those whom the clean water and air acts would restrain are exempt from the laws, what is the purpose of the law?

Traditionally the central and Eastern U.S. experience few earthquakes of mostly small scale. Since 2009, earthquake activity has greatly increased in these regions with the suspect being the fracking water waste that is injected deep underground and may be affecting natural fault lines.

In more astrological symbolism, Uranus entered Aries in 2011 and throughout the years has formed square aspects to Pluto in Capricorn. The square energy in these two cardinal signs often leads astrologers to predict earthquakes.

Earthquakes are You

Astrology at its best symbolizes cycles. Were we a happy, contented people living on the land in a sustainable, harmonious fashion, astrology suggests we would still experience earthquakes and changes to authority at this time.

Evolution has its own pace.

In a more harmonious relationship to the earth, the changes would be threatening personally but possibly not globally. Our personal consciousness is now able to affect the entire globe and countless future generations through advanced technology and its material demands.

Pluto in Capricorn symbolizes transformation to government, authority, structure and hierarchy. The level and intensity of the transformation is entirely dependent upon what we’ve created.

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Who is Donald Trump?

Supporters of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump often state that they like him because he speaks his mind.

That Trump “speaks his mind” suggests that he has something to say. Listening to him this past year, I don’t believe he has coherent, cogent beliefs that he wants to convey. His energy doesn’t come from purpose. His energy comes from the verbal journey.

What’s actually occurring to my astrological eyes is that Trump having a blast openly insulting authority. Why it appeals to us (it appealed to me much during the Republican debates) is that for the bottom 99% of income earners, we must keep our mouths shut in order to survive. A billion dollars (or the appearance of a billion dollars) allows you to call others “ugly” and “low energy” without retribution. If those of us in the 99% insulted our colleagues as such we’d get, you know, fired.

Trump isn’t speaking his mind; he’s telling off authority for us.

In other words, Trump is saying what we want to hear.

While Trump’s juvenile insults are the usual focus of attention, his compliments are equally shallow – he uses generalized superlatives to describe those he likes such as “terrific” and “fantastic.” He’s rarely specific or creative in his compliments such as “she did an amazing job handing out leaflets.”

Trump is unctuous both in his compliments and insults.

Is Trump speaking his mind?

Reaction to Images

Observing Gemini Trump in the debates, he’s almost entirely reactive. He’s not guiding the conversation; he’s reacting and deflecting the conversation with pointed jabs. Others reacting to his jabs changes the nature of the conversation (in Hillary Clinton’s accusation “bait and switch”).

In an NPR news story I heard the other day, an African-American woman commented on Trump’s view of African-American life. She felt he’d never been in the homes of the people he portrayed and his ideas appeared to be images from television.

Is Trump reacting to images or speaking his own mind?

There are three signs that have polarity (or duality if negative) in their symbolism – Gemini (the twins), Libra (the scales) and Pisces (the fishes swimming in opposite directions). By containing polarity within, these signs are particularly reactive to the environment. Air sign Gemini is the student/learner who needs constant stimulation from the environment to grow. Air sign Libra’s goal is partnership and reflects and reacts to the needs of the other in order to form union. Water sign Pisces is seeking connection through dissolution of boundaries and often becomes the other losing a sense of self entirely.

One of the strongest reactive principles is that of competition. What is competition if not reaction to others?

Positive competition helps us grow – we become stronger. Negative competition has us racing for desires that are not our own.

Trump is highly competitive and reactive. What is he truly reacting to?

Who is Donald Trump?

The key to Trump may be his weakest link – his Saturn placement. We all have Saturn in the horoscope which represents our greatest learning.

Trump’s Saturn is conjunct Venus in the sign of Cancer. Cancer is a water sign associated with food, mothering and family. Its primary objective is to belong. Saturn conjunct Venus bodes ill for the romantic life as it suggests always feeling rejected and unloved and, in Cancer, by the family and especially the mother.

Using the horoscope as a clue, the real Trump is what we see on television – a man who wants to relate to people and tell them what they want to hear for the goal of being accepted into the family. Like a comedian, Trump is saying the things you’d like to say to please you. That’s the sun/Uranus in Gemini opposing the moon in Sagittarius. He’s got the guts to say anything.

Yet Gemini also stands apart to observe unlike Cancer which emotionally bonds easily. Gemini observes, categorizes and classifies. Trump is outside of the house looking in the window wanting to be part of whatever it is you’re doing – he can see the turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce. Trump’s Gemini/Sagittarius opposition wants to have fun with you, learn your customs, drink with you and share your food. If only you would let him come in. He’s truly curious about what you’re doing in there.

Trump’s comments about the military illustrate his reaction to images from outside the window and his desire to enter:

I always felt I was in the military

I know more about ISIS than the generals do.

The corporeal Trump lives in a tall tower, far above the people whose images he sees from windows. Saturn conjunct Venus can do that – let me reject you before you reject me. Possibly he once stood on the ground and looked it but now he’s far above with a telescope. But he wants to come in. He’s telling you what you want to hear so you let him in. You’re afraid of Mexicans, aren’t you? Please let me in. You don’t feel like number one anymore? Please let me in.

In a May episode of Meet the Press when commenting on senator Ted Cruz’ lack of concern regarding the hatred he inspires, Doris Kearns Goodwin commented:

But I’ve never seen a politician who doesn’t want love. Usually that’s the hole in their heart, they need it. He [Cruz] somehow misses that gene.

Trump does not appear to be missing the gene that Cruz is missing. His chart suggests he wants the kind of love you receive in family life or close-knit groups. But most of the rest of his chart is fire and air which means that if you do invite him in, he may still refuse to take off his shoes at the door.

All politicians channel the zeitgeist for political expediency. But Trump’s rise suggests he’s channeling some deep emotions, the ones we hold in our Cancer bellies (Cancer rules the stomach). Trump’s planet of communication, Mercury, is placed in the sign of Cancer as are Saturn and Venus. This longing to belong comes out clearly in his speech.

Is Trump speaking his mind? Or is he speaking your mind so you invite him for dinner on Thanksgiving?

 

 

Related posts:

Donald Trump Doesn’t Care About Money

Looking Competition in the Eye

Rush Limbaugh, Medium

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The Evolving American Class System

In one of those psychological mysteries of the human mind, Americans rarely discuss or refer to a “class system” until the presidential election when the “middle class” is of great focus.

Using the recent election descriptors, the United States appears to have three rather lopsided classes:

  1. The top one percent
  2. The middle class
  3. The working class

A search on the United States class system produced sites that purport to help with education (with a few sponsored ads on the side). According to Spark Notes, the U.S. has these six classes:

  1. Upper class
  2. New money
  3. Middle class
  4. Working class
  5. Working poor
  6. Poverty level

These six classes might simply be subcategories of the top three referenced in our election debates.

Although Americans like to believe we parted ways both physically and intellectually with Europe, most of our culture from language to religion comes from Europe so it makes sense our social classes would as well. According to the site HierarchyStructure.com, the social structure of Europe from the 9th to the 15th centuries consisted of:

  1. King or monarch
  2. Nobles or barons
  3. Knights or vassals
  4. Serfs or peasants

Ohio Astrology sees Medieval structure behind the modern clothing and would describe the American classes as such:

  1. Natural Resource Gentry – Like the Landed Gentry before them, the true key to wealth on this earth is to own the earth. Today many own a bit of land but owning swaths of natural resources (land, oil, water, foods) provides extreme wealth and control of the political process. In an extreme of this class, the genetic code of food is being patented and “owned” by corporations. This is the pinnacle of earth ownership.
  2. Idea Resource Gentry – We have evolved a teeny, tiny bit as reflected in our advanced technologies although so many of our underlying beliefs smell a bit Medieval. This group produces ideas that can be, in today’s parlance, “monetized.” Many have ideas but few know how to become rich. Included in the Idea Resource Gentry are the financiers who essentially make money from computer programs in a world separated from the other classes in which those classes are denied entry. Those classes feel the effects of this world when there are changes to home values, employment rates and natural resource prices. The fortunes of this emerging class fluctuate greatly but can offer great wealth.
  3. The Managers – This is the largest class that supports and maintains the upper classes for the benefits of comfortable living. This class is the great buffer between the top two classes and the class beneath which explains why it is the focus of politicians. This class includes most professions from scientists to office workers and any other profession that supports the upper two classes who define our society. This group often works with machines. This group tends to follow the rules because climbing up is extremely difficult as there are barriers to entry and slipping down all too easy.
  4. The Physical Workers – This is the class that serves and produces through physical labor from health care workers, to teachers, to construction to anyone that makes things or hands another person an item. Direct physical contact with other humans or objects often pays the least or can pay highly as with prostitution but with great physical risk.

Pluto in Capricorn

Creating hierarchies is human and the United States is no different than any other country in this regard. What makes us different is our founding on an ideal of equality that sounded good on parchment but was actually a rare commodity in 1776. Slavery, for example, denied humans all of the benefits of freedom including the currently-revered right to bear arms. Slaves having arms would have, you know, caused a problem in the social system.

The United States’ 1776 horoscope has sun in Cancer (family) and moon in Aquarius (freedom for humanity). Cancer sun can be very protective of family and clan (Cancer is a water sign that wants to belong). The Aquarius moon embodies the ideal of freedom for humanity (Aquarius is an air sign associated with idealism). The United States is the focus of this humanitarianism and through its might has taken on a global responsibility for it.

When the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, Pluto was in 27 degrees of Capricorn. Capricorn is hierarchy, structure, authority and order. Freedom and equality, ironically, rely on rules and laws. Anarchy is not freedom.

In the year 2022, the United States will have its Pluto return which takes approximately 247 years. That means Pluto will return to 27 degrees of Capricorn for the first time since our founding.

Pluto demands transformation and evolution and, in the case of the United States with Pluto in Capricorn, transformation of the social hierarchy and political structure. Since 1776 we have emancipated slaves, allowed women to vote and have removed many of the barriers to participating in the election cycle.

Is our work done?

According to the news, it is not.

When the United States split from Europe in 1776, did we inadvertently continue with moribund social systems? Are we still in the process of evolving our class system?

Is the United States the land of freedom or just a different set of social classes that allows some comfort for the bottom classes?

If we live a comfortable life, does it matter if we have a class system?

 

Related posts:

America’s Material Evolution

Pluto in Capricorn – Christmas is Over

The Return of Authority – more On Pluto in Capricorn

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If You Were Perfectly Balanced, Would You Cease to Exist?

Reflecting on a couple individuals who are in the same role in life, I noticed their contrasting attitudes toward their roles – one of total, consuming care and responsibility and one running away from that very same responsibility.

I was wondering why we always seem to be one extreme or the other. Why not a little of both?

If we have a sense of responsibility, we are responsible for everything. If we seek freedom, we are responsible for nothing. We might not be this way with all traits, but often are with the traits we identify most as our personality.

Where is the balance?

Jim Self

Often asking a question brings answers, or at least ideas. Watching the first Star Wars film in 1977 I wondered why it was so well liked – it was just same old boy saves princess story replete with supporting characters of evil man, wise man and rogue man. It was the same old struggle of good and evil.

This question led me to years of reading Liz Greene, a Jungian analyst astrologer who writes extensively on myth and the horoscope. Caroline Myss is another connecting archetypes and personality.

I learned why we like Star Wars so much – we like the basic archetypes such as the hero’s journey and can watch it again and again. Archetypes and myths are the stories of our humanity – we never tire of them.

On the imbalance of the world, Jim Self in his little green book called The Shift explains it as the nature of the third dimension which is a “classroom of imbalance.” He believes our purpose is to “re-discover and master balance” which actually takes us into a different dimension – the fourth which according to Self is a more fluid, open state of being. The third dimension by nature is not balanced.

Aries – Libra

In the horoscope, Aries is the first sign (of twelve) and Libra is the seventh, opposite Aries. Aries is self and Libra is other. Aries is bold, impulsive, enthusiastic, self-starting (but not self-finishing) and assertive of self. Libra in contrast seeks relationship and reflects and molds oneself from the behaviors of others so is pleasure loving, intellectual and charming. Libra is charming to attract the other; Aries is combative which repels others and creates the stimulation of the fight.

The Aries-Libra axis is one of the six polarities in the horoscope. Polarities represent the extremes we see in our imbalanced world. Mastering a polarity is balance.

Aries as self wants definition. I’m the life of the party. I’m the most attractive person in the room. I’m the smartest person in the room. I’m the one who always has to clean up. These are “self” statements.

When we define self, we begin to believe we are these traits all the time which leads to the extreme. I must always be the life of the party, even when I’m feeling down. I must always be most attractive, even as I age and weaken. If someone else is smarter, I feel insecure. If I don’t clean up, then suddenly I’m not the responsible one and I feel guilty.

When we are criticized, possibly the sting comes from the loss of the idea of self. I’m the life of the party and you’re telling me I’m overbearing – that means I’m not the life of the party. What am I? I must be the opposite – the most unlikable person at the party.

The horoscope, everyone’s horoscope, contains all of the signs, all of the polarities, all of the elements, all of the modes. If we didn’t identify with specific traits, but carried them all for use at any time (like a full spice cabinet), would we be in balance?

If we are in balance, is there a personality? Is there a self?

Is the personality and identification with self the very source of imbalance in this dimension? Are we afraid to let go of our extremes for fear of losing our very selves? What would we lose if we lost our “self?”

Related blogs:

A Story of Peace and Harmony

Libra: The Key to the Horoscope

Duality and Polarity Astrological Style

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Xanadu (Jupiter in Libra)

Has it happened yet? Has Jupiter moved from workaholic Virgo to pleasure-loving Libra? I’m counting the minutes, the seconds for this ingress. Is it September 9 yet? Wake me when Jupiter is in Libra. I’m tired from work.

Working in the analytical world one meets lots of Virgo suns and Virgo moons who have spent the past year making sure everything is perfect (a delusion of the rational mind I would argue). Now our analytical friends can take a deep breath, relax and enjoy some Libra-inspired pleasure (Virgos: pleasure is the opposite of work and involves enjoyment that has no purpose).

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round;
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery*

Jupiter in Libra

The planet Jupiter “expands what it finds.” Virgo, an earth sign, represents work, health and pets with a strong dose of attention to detail and general anxiety in the name of perfection and service to others. For the last year, Virgo has expanded (which was evident in US politics). Find the area of your chart with Virgo to see where you might have both expanded in work and service and, possibly, drove others to drink.

Libra, a cardinal air sign, is about “the other” and focuses on relationships, comparison, fairness and justice. Ruled by Venus, Libra is also very much a pleasure-seeking sign. While Libra can work as hard as any Virgo, it does not care to do this 100 percent of the time. Hard work can be followed by hard idleness.

Symbolized by the scales, Libra represents balance. If you’ve read your Linda Goodman you know that Libra is rarely balanced. The older I get, the more I realize balance is rare in this world. Its rarity is a result of its value and achieving balance is probably one of the most difficult spiritual lessons.

The striving for balance leads Libra to one of its most salient traits – partnership. Libra reflects off of the partner to develop the sense of self. Libra without balance often is unaware of its own feelings as the image-orientation of air signs leads it to mirror others but not always reflect deeply on those images.

Charm is the natural tool and defense of Libra which helps when forming partnerships. Beware the Libra charm – that is when Libra is most dangerous. Unlike those fire signs, a Libra attack often comes with indirect words and a sweet smile; only later do you realize that you were bamboozled with charisma.

Find the area of Libra in your chart to see where you need partnership, have the most charm and need to reflect and react to the behavior of others. This is where you have pleasure but also need balance.

Libra Poetry

But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:
And mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean;
And ’mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!
The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!*

When you meet a Libra, ask about the art in his/her life. No matter in what profession you find your Libra, there is some artistic talent from singing to dancing to writing to music. If your Libra claims to have no artistic talent, ask to see the poetry. It’s hidden somewhere.

Libra poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge dreamt of Kubla Khan but claimed to come from humble beginnings:

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born on 21 October 1772 in the remote Devon village of Ottery St. Mary, the tenth and youngest child of Ann Bowdon Coleridge and John Coleridge, a school-master and vicar whom he was said to resemble physically as well as mentally. In vivid letters recounting his early years he describes himself as “a genuine Sans culotte, my veins uncontaminated with one drop of Gentility.” The childhood of isolation and self-absorption which Coleridge describes in these letters has more to do, on his own telling, with his position in the family. Feelings of anomie, unworthiness, and incapacity persisted throughout a life of often compulsive dependency on others.

Coleridge may have been born into the lower classes, but his Libra sun and Leo moon dreamt of a grander existence. Libra’s grace and charm usually exceed any material limitations; in fact, pleasure in this world often costs a lot of money so Libras not born into great wealth can often experience issues with money as money for its own sake is rarely the focus. Money provides pleasure which is to be enjoyed. For earth signs, in contrast, money provides security so must be hoarded.

As many did during Coleridge’s times, he had to flee debt:

What sort of revolutionary would enlist in the king’s army in this perilous moment? Coleridge did so on 2 December 1793 under an assumed name, fleeing debts and discouragement at college. He was rescued by family and friends after serving locally for some five months. Escape, servitude, and retreat would become a familiar pattern in Coleridge’s life.

The “compulsive dependency” noted with Coleridge can also occur with Libra as the desire to partner can be strong and override individuality.

Socialization

Jupiter’s travel around the sun takes about 12 years. When we are age 5-6, Jupiter will be opposed to our natal Jupiter. This is when we go to school, i.e., when we begin socialization. Age 12 is when we approach our teenage years when we appear most rebellious but are truly most influenced by others.

Jupiter’s cycles represent socialization and involve Jupiter institutions such as school and church. These are the two places we learn (or are forced) to get along with others in the pattern of the rules at that particular time.

Find the Jupiter transit in your chart to see where you need to refine your ability to get along in this time and space in which you have found yourself. Today’s socialization is tomorrow’s history lesson but we must all get along where we find ourselves. If you don’t care for the social environment, find the Uranus in your chart because Uranus helps you challenge the status quo.

Because Libra seeks contentment, it often avoids conflict and “ugly” situations. The Libra in your chart can represent both an area where you exhibit finesse and where you speak beautiful and calming words to pacify others.

Drink the Milk of Paradise For a Year with Jupiter in Libra

A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight ’twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.*

Jupiter is in Libra from September 9, 2016 until October 10, 2017. Check it out.

* Kubla Khan by Libra Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Libra Olivia Newton John sings Xanadu

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March 2019

In May 2018, Uranus will move from Aries into Taurus. Uranus entering Aries in March 2011 brought us the Arab Spring, popular uprisings, increased violence and personal wars. Violence is the negative side of Aries and standing up for your rights is the positive side. As with any war, it is fought with both energies in play.

To quote a friend, one person’s freedom fighter is another’s terrorist.

When Uranus moves into Taurus, the energy will shift from personal expression to material goods.

Why look at 2018 now?

The first reason is that this astrologer is extremely bored of news about the US presidential election, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. I’m sure sun/Uranus in Gemini Trump would be hurt to hear that he’s boring me, but he is. Your nasty has lost its charge, buddy. Clinton has been in the news for 24 years so there’s really nothing new which is why some recent behavior is receiving undue attention.

The second reason is that energy doesn’t turn on and off like a light. Tomorrow’s energies are in play today and while May 2018 might create some Uranus shocks, it doesn’t have to if we heed the energy of today.

March 2019

As just noted, Uranus creates shock waves and sudden awareness or sudden enlightenment. When Uranus moves into the super-material earth sign of Taurus, our material reality will experience shocks. With Taurus, expect changes to the earth itself, foundations, real property and the value of money.

Money is a lot of things although it doesn’t really have existence and isn’t technically Taurus (in a way, it represents Scorpio energy exchange, power and control). But the physical aspect – the bills and coins – and the value aspect are in the realm of Taurus. Much of that physical aspect of money is passing away.

While some might be excited about not having to carry notes and coins in the future, consider that there are these people called hackers and when you no longer have cash or coin but only bytes in a server, what do you do when those bytes disappear and reappear in on a computer a distant realm? Are you hacker enough to get your financial bytes returned?

The 2008 housing market collapse and global recession came just as another planet – Pluto – changed from Sagittarius to Capricorn. The shift in signs often does bring an immediate shift in the energy. But, again, the housing crisis had a long run up of bad financial behavior. Pluto simply opened the crack and let the mismanagement fall into the abyss. Pluto pulls the rug from under you.

When Uranus enters Taurus, Pluto will still be in Capricorn (21 degrees). Uranus will move back into Aries for a while (called retrograde) and in March 2019 will begin its seven-year journey in Taurus. May 2018 might provide tremors, but March 2019 will be the full Taurus-quake.

In March 2019, when retrograde Uranus moves from Aries (again) to Taurus, Pluto will be at 22 degrees of Capricorn. Saturn at that time will be in 18 degrees of Capricorn following close to Pluto. Assisting will be Venus in Capricorn and Mars in Taurus.

That is a lot of earth energy (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are the earth signs) and we will certainly be focused on the physical aspects of existence at that time. The sun and Neptune will be in Pisces – very watery combination. Water is crucial for daily life and in 2019 this will be a fact that must not be ignored by those with current easy access to water who tend to ignore some global water facts.

It’s difficult not to imagine some shake ups to property and property values, again, and a severe rift in the global economy. The energy of 2008 is still in play – it did not magically disappear. While your house value may look a lot like it did in 2007, we learned in 2008 that numbers can change quickly.

What other financial shenanigans may be revealed in 2019?

Accounting Scandals

In 2008, the average person not involved in high finance may have had to spend some time figuring out why their home lost value and they had no job. It wasn’t something on the ground you could see, feel, hear, smell or touch. Taurus rules the body so in 2019 what occurs may have a more sensory aspect.

Looking at the ways in which you can cook the books, you do wonder why everyone isn’t doing it. Or maybe they are. Here are some of the famous book-cooking from the Top 10 Accounting Scandals:

  • Falsely increase depreciation time length
  • Keep huge debts off the balance sheet
  • Underreport line costs by capitalizing rather than expensing
  • Siphon money through unapproved loans and fraudulent stock sales
  • Make up numbers
  • Misstate and understate earnings
  • Book loans as revenue
  • Steer customers to products/providers that provide fee income
  • Sell toxic assets with the agreement they’ll be bought back at a later date
  • Ponzi scheme – provide “returns” to investors from other investors’ investments

Will 2019 see more of the above? What types of financial webs will be unwound in 2019?

Taurus Bankers

Possibly a couple Taurus bankers can give us clue as to how Taurus will operate in 2018-2019.

Bernie Maddoff

One of the schemes above – the Ponzi scheme – was developed by Charles Ponzi, a Pisces sun four planets in Taurus – Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter and Pluto. When he was born in 1882, there must have been lots of focus on material goods, probably from Saturn in Taurus lack.

The most recent Ponzi scheme was conducted by Bernard Maddoff who is currently in prison and has moon, sun, Uranus and Venus in Taurus. This is a man who loves things from the coaster on the coffee table to the car in the garage. The 2018-2019 Uranus in Taurus transit may see him a free man although Wikipedia projects his release in 2139. In 2018, Maddoff will be 80 so he may be released due to age, illness or simply that he’s passed out of body.

When Madoff was arrested in late 2008, Uranus was finishing its transit of Aquarius and conjunct Madoff’s natal Jupiter in Aquarius. Jupiter squares natal Venus and taking others’ assets was probably Madoff’s way to connecting to people. Aquarius is group activity and in 2008 the group disbanded in a fit of disillusionment and lost assets.

Madoff promised his Jupiter-in-Aquarius followers Taurus gains. Providing financial return seems so “real” that it’s easy to understand how people can be easily influenced to ignore how and why it occurred. As an analyst, I know that good times are rarely analyzed and bad times analyzed so much you make up stories to explain the unpredictability of human behavior.

Today the US economy is appearing to grow, albeit slightly. Is that for real? Will 2019 reveal something we don’t see today? Are we reluctant to analyze the good?

Agha Hasan Abedi

Another famous Taurus banker was Agha Hasan Abedi, the founder of the now defunct Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). This bank was shut down in 1991 amidst charges of lending fraud and money laundering.

Abedi, born in a city in India which is now part of Pakistan, began his banking career in Pakistan then founded his own bank and sought oil money (very Taurus) and Washington DC influence (he acquired both).

Abedi had only sun in Taurus with moon in Sagittarius or Capricorn. Due to the boldness of his endeavors and great success in courting the rich and powerful, I’d guess moon in Sagittarius which would be conjunct Mars in Sagittarius. The man had guts.

In early 1991 when BCCI was investigated, Pluto was in Scorpio, opposite Abedi’s sun. While Pluto may rule the underworld, the over-world prevailed with Pluto directly opposite Abedi’s sun. Abedi’s Pluto friends clearly couldn’t override the opposing Pluto authorities.

One person’s loyal Pluto friend is another person’s worst Pluto enemy.

In the movie The Infiltrator which tells the true story of a US Customs agent who infiltrates the Medellin drug cartel to get to the bankers (i.e., BCCI), one of the higher ups in the cartel, Roberto Alcaino, makes a comment about the Federal Reserve having an “anonymous window” where deposits can be made with no questions asked.

I don’t know if that’s true, but in many of the recent financial scandals such as Enron, a lot of the players that looked the other way were fully regulated auditors and financial institutions.

One man’s money launderer is another man’s full-service bank.

As with Enron later, BCCI protected itself by creating numerous entities which appeared to have no relationship unless you spent a few minutes examining the individuals behind the entities.

But when oil money sent abroad appears to be returning, why dig too deep?

Will 2018-2019 reveal what we deem legal in the name of financial growth is actually a bit shady? Is all financial growth good? Who really benefits from the financial growth?

March 2019

March 2019 is happening right now, if you care to look. I’ve always likened astrologers to economists. Neither gets it right and neither is fired (although astrologers aren’t fired because no one hires us). But we’re both trying to figure out what today means for tomorrow.

While the 2008 financial crisis may have been confusing, whatever occurs in 2018-2019 will be more tangible as Taurus is the earth. You will feel it. You may not need astrologers and economics to explain the changes that occur.

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