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Trump is Right

There, I said it. US President Donald Trump is right. He likened new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to himself. Like Trump, Johnson is brazen, bold and inconsistent and also, like Trump, branded a narcissist. This is clearly the new trend in leadership.

A description of Johnson from The Atlantic:

Yet, whether nature or nurture, this transformation from Alexander to Boris lies at the heart of the man who is likely to become British prime minister. This is Boris Johnson the enigma: the American Englishman, born in the New World but raised in the traditions of the old; a genuine intellect wrapped in a veneer of buffoonery; someone who has dismissed Donald Trump as “clearly out of his mind” and betraying a “quite stupefying ignorance,” yet remains on friendly terms with the notoriously thin-skinned president; a self-confessed megalomaniac who shies away from confrontation; a disheveled mess who bumbles from one success to the next.

Here is a man with a yearning to be loved—a “neediness” in the words of one biographer—that can reveal itself in a jaw-dropping recklessness, a “man-child politician” seemingly unable to control himself yet at the same time intensely focused. In his hands, Britain now finds itself in a moment of maximum danger—and opportunity.

You’ve probably guessed that not only do Johnson and Trump share personality traits; they also share a zodiac sign – Gemini. Johnson is born June 19; Trump, June 14.

While the personality traits of both men are consistent with the sign of Gemini (yes, in their inconsistency they are consistent), don’t think all Geminis are human cyclones.

The best of Gemini (and its ruler Mercury) is its incredible intelligence, ability to assimilate information and superior communication skills. Who wouldn’t want this in a leader?

Gemini is also able to adapt and is truly agile, a word overused in the workplace today to force change and innovation. Change is what is both desired and needed for masses of population on the globe. Who wouldn’t want a Gemini to help lead change?

In our desire for change, we may have gone a bit extreme. The youthful inquisitiveness and openness of Gemini for Johnson and Trump is unfortunately the “man child” who won’t grow up. While we like the openness of children, we also like them to eat their vegetables so that they grow up healthy and strong. And many children, don’t forget, want to grow up.

The moon in Trump’s chart is in Sagittarius. For Johnson, sources indicate a 2 pm birth time which places the moon in the very early degrees of Scorpio. However, when someone provides a time on the hour or half hour, I’m always a little suspect. Yes, you can be born at 10 am sharp, but the chances of being born exactly on the hour or half hour are 3%. So it’s possible Johnson’s moon is in the late degrees of air sign Libra, which is intelligent like Gemini but not as focused or as penetrating as Scorpio.

While Trump has Uranus conjunct sun, for Johnson Uranus is square the sun. The difference is that Trump’s inconsistencies are part and parcel with his identity. For Johnson, his inconsistencies are caused by reaction to dissenting views.

Saturn, one’s greatest challenge, for both men is in a water sign (Pisces for Johnson; Cancer for Trump). Intellect alone does not satisfy the deep inner longings of homo sapiens traveling for moments of eternity on earth. Johnson struggles to create a spiritual bond and Trump struggles to create a familial bond. Both probably feel unloved in different ways.

Are you starting to believe in astrology now?

Pulling Braids

Speaking of man-child behavior, I’m wondering if Trump’s attack on four female democratic house representatives – Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib – isn’t the case of a naughty boy pulling the hair of a girl who sits in front of him in class.

If you’re an adult, you may have to think hard to remember that when you were pre-teen, you often reacted to your puppy-love crush by doing something stupid rather than openly affectionate (unless you are a Libra or Pisces).

My theory: First, we know Trump likes girls. Second, the four women are quite lovely. And lastly, from a sun-sign perspective, all would be traditionally compatible with Trump’s Gemini sun. Pressley is an Aquarius, Tlaib is a Leo, Omar and Ocasio-Cortez are Libras.

We know from the last several years (unless we’ve been suspended in deep freeze) that Trump likes to provoke. While 95% of the time I’m convinced he’s not truly as smart as his sun sign would suggest (China pays for tariffs with no affect to the consumer, for example), 5% of the time I’m convinced that he’s just having the time of his life saying whatever and seeing what happens.

I’ll admit, it sounds kind of fun to act crazy and see what others do in response. Humor you? Fear you? Commit you?

It’s also a form of psychic vampirism, stealing the energy of others by provoking response.

Telling four beautiful American women (in America) to “go back to where they came from,” is a way to get four beautiful American women to look your way. These four women were probably busy doing other things, like their jobs or taking care of their families.

Pressley’s Saturn is conjunct Trump’s sun so she’ll be the one to put him in his place (detention? principal’s office?).

Now that he is president, Trump doesn’t have the private leisure time to go to Vegas and see beautiful women. So he has to pick on them instead. And it’s free. All you get for free is a reprimand.

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Pete Buttigieg – Government Lizard

Lounges have “lizards.” Bars have “flies.” Gyms have “rats.” What do governments have?

Mars, Saturn and Pluto.

Why do these planets like government?

Mars, which rules Aries, likes competition. Did you pass me on the freeway? No you don’t. For Mars, everything is a competition which is why it’s drawn to sports. Competition can improve one’s abilities but at its worst creates a loss of self as one competes over nonsense and follows the running crowd without even knowing the destination or end goal.

Saturn, which rules Capricorn, likes order and control. Your backyard isn’t a backyard until Saturn builds a fence. If Saturn didn’t build borders, humanity would be one glutinous whole, like the rice in a tamale, breathing one breath. No Saturn, no individual self and, of course, no competition because what would a glutinous whole be competing against?

Pluto, which rules Scorpio, likes power, the kind that is generated by exploding stars, the kind that comes from this mysterious force called charisma, the kind that motivates others to do their best but can also motivate them to do their worst. “Plutocracy” comes from Pluto and describes a government in which the wealthy rule. Money is energy; power is how energy is used and Pluto is power.

Government Lizards

If Mars, Saturn and Pluto like government, what happens when they combine forces? Then you get Hillary Clinton with Mars, Pluto and Saturn conjunct in Leo. Rather than charisma, she carried the projection of these lizard-like forces and was viscerally disliked by many, even by some of those who voted for her.

Our quintessential government lizard Richard Nixon had Pluto in the house of career opposed to Mars. During the two years of Watergate until his resignation in August 1974, transiting Saturn was crossing his Pluto and entered his house of career essentially ending it.

Our beloved Thomas Jefferson had Mars and Saturn conjunct in Leo square Pluto in Scorpio. Like any politician, he had both allies and enemies but today we can’t feel the Mars/Saturn/Pluto and brush its tedious details, like having sex with the slaves, under the rug and are revere his adventuresome Aries sun and Sagittarius moon with its broad intellect and need for discovery.

Moon

When Mars, Saturn or Pluto make certain aspects to the moon (conjunct which is next to, square which is 90 degrees away and opposite which is 180 degrees away), the Mars, Saturn and Pluto energies become a compulsion rather than simply a desire. The moon can also represent women in one’s life, regardless of one’s gender. Generally there are issues with women, power struggles.

Mars aspects to the moon means that I want what I want now, now, now. It can also bring a great self-centeredness, depending on the signs involved. It is a very demanding aspect. There is a lot of emotional energy that others may find overwhelming. While this aspect likes government, it’s also fond of sports of leadership in any social setting.

Saturn aspects to the moon bring a strong need for control of the environment and one’s feelings. This aspect makes fine policemen too as enforcing the rules is a great pleasure. Saturn ultimately wants social order so those fences and borders are meant to prevent chaos. Saturn is the planet that most loves government.

Pluto aspects to the moon bring a compulsion for power over others. Here you can have suffocating closeness, the devouring mother (moon rules the mother) and a possession by others. Pluto crosses boundaries and penetrates, with or without permission. So this aspect can be emotional or physical possession, even rape. Pluto is drawn not just to government, but also to other forms of power such as religious leaders or any business, whether legal or not.

Mothers – don’t let your babies have difficult aspects to the moon! Later they go into government and

Pete Buttigieg

Speaking of government lizards, while doing the 15-minute Shakespeare rundown of Democratic candidates, the horoscope of Pete Buttigieg stood out. This is one driven individual, as we can also see from his curriculum vitae.

Buttigieg has Mars/Saturn/Pluto conjunct in Libra square (most of it) his sun in Capricorn. This creates an individual easily frustrated who wants to work with others, but also have its own way leading to difficulties in partnership. These three planets together appear to be charming (Libra) but are very determined to get what they want. Beware of the charm offensive!

The moon is either in Scorpio or Sagittarius. In either sign, it is conjunct Uranus, which is normally not associated with politics as it provides sudden insight and does the unexpected. There’s an additional Uranus cast to the horoscope with Mercury and Venus in Aquarius. Aquarius is a fixed sign so it’s quite stubborn, like Capricorn, but also brings uniqueness or eccentricity.

Jupiter is in Scorpio and Neptune in Sagittarius. Scorpio is intense, rule by Pluto. Neptune in Sagittarius is the release valve in this horoscope (unless the moon is in Sagittarius) and is the seeker of heights, the challenger of the status quo and Don Quixote on horseback.

Combined, Buttigieg has confidence and mission, but also a level of insecurity. Libra wants to be liked and no matter that Mars/Saturn/Pluto are driven power brokers, there’s a bit of weakness in this aspect as it wants to look good at all costs.

If you could “build a politician” like you can “build a bear,” these are most of the signs and aspects you’d stuff inside.

2020

According to this New York Times article, Buttigieg came out as gay in 2015. In that year, transiting Saturn was in Sagittarius first crossing Uranus (and possibly moon) and then Neptune.

Saturn transiting Uranus is a good time to tell the authorities “no.” Usually it causes some trouble but is necessary for one to be the true self. When Saturn crossed his Neptune at the end of 2017, there may have been some depression.

Now transiting Jupiter is in Sagittarius which provides the optimism and confidence that would lead one to run for president.

But what about 2020?

In 2020, the skies will be shedding earth energy upon us with Jupiter moving into earth-sign Capricorn to join Saturn and Pluto in that sign. Uranus with be in earth-sign Taurus. Neptune will be in water-sign Pisces.

For those with a predominance of air and fire energy, these are going to be tough times because it will feel like the cops busted up the party and the neighbors are planning to tell the cops you are under drinking age unless you fork over some cash.

But for the serious and intense among us, these times will be what they live for – saving democracy from authoritarianism, saving the planet from destruction and making sure your money can still buy things. Or they could do the opposite.

With a horoscope like this, Buttigieg is geared for Capricorn times. However, he might be better suited for the Pluto in Aquarius times that come in 2023. Expect to find Buttigieg in your political life for many years to come.

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The 15-Minute Rundown of Democratic Candidates

You’ve heard of 15-minute Shakespeare, right? A long, plot-heavy, character-laden Shakespeare play is reduced to its 15-minute essentials. The Democratic primaries will probably unfold much like a Shakespeare tragedy so let’s not spend too much time on these minor characters that will soon be dust in the wind.

Anyway, until astrologers get paid the big bucks, it will have to be a 15-minute glance.

The Summary

Twenty five candidates were found on Election Central. By sun sign we have a splattering of the zodiac but no Leo or Pisces. Pisces is no surprise; this super-sensitive, secretive sign isn’t much for the rough and tumble of politics. If you’re going to go in front of the public and lie every day, why not just become an actor?

Leo, on the other hand, seeks attention and historically has been a sign popular with the public. It’s a fixed fire sign, full of energy, charisma and self-confidence.

As transiting Uranus has entered Taurus, I’ve seen more Taurus sun and moon as the focus of attention. Two top contenders – Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren – have moon in Taurus.

Taurus and Libra are both ruled by Venus, the planet of pleasure. The two Libras (Harris and O’Rourke) are rather young. Possibly the gruff and uncouth behavior of our current president is creating the desire for charm, youth and beauty.

Candidate count by sun sign:
Aries: 3
Taurus: 3
Gemini: 2
Cancer: 4
Leo: 0
Virgo: 2
Libra: 2
Scorpio: 3
Sagittarius: 2
Capricorn: 2
Aquarius: 2
Pisces: 0

The 15-minute Rundown

Candidate Sun/Moon What you need to know
Michael Bennet Sagittarius / Virgo or Libra Mars/Uranus/Pluto in Virgo in wide square to sun and Saturn in Aquarius suggest that Bennet will not have wide appeal. He’s more like a niche product than a general-election type of personality. Born abroad and sun in Sagittarius means he might prefer Secretary of State anyway.
Joe Biden Scorpio / Taurus Uranus transiting Taurus will be conjunct moon and opposing four planets in Scorpio. Taurus moon is the Rock of Gibraltar but Uranus is the unexpected. Expect the unexpected, is how it goes, including changes to the body.
Cory Booker Taurus / Virgo Uranus recently finished transiting a Saturn in 29 of Aries and now is transiting the sun. That means any big fights with authority have passed and Booker feels like a new man. Like hot rolls out of the oven, he’s fully baked but not quite cooled down. Also, Virgo moon can be a little too detailed for the American public.
Steve Bullock Aries / Capricorn Mars and Sun in Aries with Capricorn moon is definitely the stuff of politics, shrewd and aggressive. This configuration also creates irritability and impatience. With Saturn and Mercury conjunct in Pisces, this irritability may come across as “poor me.”
Pete Buttigieg Capricorn / Scorpio or Sagittarius Here is the great mark of a politician – Saturn conjunct Pluto square sun (and square transiting Saturn and Pluto). This is a Control Freak getting more controlling. If the moon is in Sagittarius, there’s a bit of levity. But with Uranus conjunct either sign of the moon, there’s a lot of emotional unpredictability. This man like Capricorn Ted Cruz or Mike Dewine will keep at it until he gets something.
Julian Castro Virgo / Libra Like Buttigieg, lots of need for control with Mars/moon/Pluto in Libra. The Virgo sun simply tries to organize it all in that OCD kind-of-way. Castro probably hasn’t learned to lose the battle and win the war and gets lost in the detail.
Bill deBlasio Taurus / Aquarius or Pisces Potentially lots of fixed signs which come across as set in ways. Saturn in 29 Capricorn going to get hit big with Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto transits. He might want to hide until the election is over.
John Delaney Aries / Capricorn This is the same sun/moon as Steve Bullock with the same impatience and irritability. Also, Capricorn moon doesn’t come across as loveable and charming but fixed on duty and obligation which is not super-appealing to Americans. Saturn in Aquarius adds to the feeling of not fitting in with the crowd.
Tulsi Gabbard Aries / Cancer This chart is almost entirely a cardinal T-square of four planets in Aries, one in Cancer and three in Libra. Cardinal signs are go getters to the point you have to lock them out so they don’t clean your fridge and rearrange the portraits on your wall. There is charisma here, but also a pushy and overbearing nature.
Kirsten Gillibrand Sagittarius / Scorpio Moon, Neptune and Mercury in Scorpio create charisma and magnetism, especially with speech. I haven’t heard her but her voice is probably nice. The Sagittarius / Scorpio combination can create someone with flexibility but also tough as nails.
Mike Gravel Taurus / Scorpio or Sagittarius Gravel is currently experiencing his third Saturn return. Saturn returns represent maturity and crystallization and remind us of time and age. The recent transit of Uranus in Aries from 2010-2018 provided energy. That energy is waning.
Kamila Harris Libra / Aries Aries and Libra are the “self” and “other” axis and these energies always seek partnership to understand the self. Aries moon are the great challengers of systems and can push the limits far. Libra sun has to be careful to compromise self in order to be liked. Saturn in Aquarius fears rejection from the crowd.
John Hickenlooper Aquarius / Cancer The emotional and moody moon in Cancer is conjunct Uranus, which also rules his Aquarius sun. This can be highly unique and inventive but also erratic and eccentric. Saturn and Neptune conjunct in Libra is also a bit depressive.
Jay Inslee Aquarius / Pisces or Aries Where’s that moon, Jay? In Pisces, probably too moody and brooding for public life. Venus, Jupiter and Mars in Pisces can be a bit slick – what you say (Mercury and sun in Aquarius) is not what you mean. Saturn may oppose your moon which is like a rock around your big toe. Please send time of birth.
Amy Klobuchar Gemini / Gemini Pre-Trump, I would have said sun/moon/Mercury in Gemini is an absolute no-go in American politics. We’ve had only two presidents with Gemini sun – Trump and Bush the First. There’s a definite lack of empathy in this chart but that too may make the passing grade in this new world. With Gemini sun and moon, there’s generally another “life.”
Wayne Messam Gemini / Capricorn This combination could be called highly rational, rarely expressing emotion. Don’t try to beat him at chess and also don’t ask for sympathy because you have to think things through, not cry about them. He’s got the detachment for public life but may sacrifice family life for it.
Seth Moulton Scorpio / Leo Now here’s a more traditional, 20th century presidential chart with strong fixed signs and leadership qualities. There are huge amounts of confidence in this chart and not a little bit of arrogance. If he doesn’t let the fear of not being perfect trip him up, he can survive the long haul.
Beto O’Rourke Libra / Taurus Libra and Taurus are both ruled by the pleasure-loving, sensual Venus. O’Rourke has four planets in Libra and one in Taurus – that’s 50% of the chart preferring clean sneakers that won’t go into the thrift store ’cause it’s dirty. I don’t think this one can handle rolling in the mud with Trump.
Tim Ryan Cancer / Aquarius Ohio Astrology (OHA) endorses Tim Ryan for President because he’s from Ohio. Also, he has sun in Cancer and moon in Aquarius matching the July 4 chart of the United States. Cancer sun is charming (when it’s not biting your head off) and Aquarius moon is analytical so can control the head biting although it may cause tummy aches.
Bernie Sanders Virgo / Aries In 2016 when Sanders first ran for president, Uranus was in Aries. Now Uranus is in Taurus so the energy provided to his moon/Mars conjunction has passed. Sanders’ Saturn is in Taurus so I suspect he will not raise the money he did in 2016.
Tom Steyer Cancer / Gemini or Cancer Sun is in Cancer and the moon in Gemini or Cancer. Since Steyer’s net worth is over $1B, it’s probably moon in Cancer which likes to hoard things in its kangaroo pouch, including loved ones and money. Transiting Saturn and Pluto are opposite Venus in Cancer so the family is probably worried about this presidential run. Don’t worry, kids, Dad is just getting some natal Mars/Uranus conjunct in Leo center-of-attention. Really he’s too much of an idealist with Mercury in Gemini and Jupiter in Virgo. A presidential run with Pluto in the late degrees of Capricorn would also ruin his natal Neptune in 29 degrees of Libra relationship. I’m sure he doesn’t want that.
Eric Swalwell Scorpio / Aquarius or Pisces With Uranus conjunct sun in Scorpio, Neptune conjunct Mars in Sagittarius and four planets in Libra, there are too many bad habits that will probably come to light and preclude any future movement. With Jupiter currently transiting Sagittarius, there’s a bit of inflated ego that will be deflated quickly if he steps into the ring.
Elizabeth Warren Cancer / Taurus Taurus is “house” and Cancer is “home” so combined create a person who can build a foundation and also infuse it with warmth and emotion. The moon conjunct Uranus creates unpredictability and extreme sensitive. Taurus moon is unflappable and can limit excessive reaction. But when the opponent calls her momma a whore, will Warren be able to control herself?
Marianne Williamson Cancer / Capricorn or Aquarius Astrotheme has a chart with a time which indicates a Capricorn moon. If the moon perchance is in Aquarius, it would be like Tim Ryan, the same sun/moon as the July 4 chart of the United States. As a new ager, Williamson could just say so and brand herself a child of the revolution. If the moon is in Capricorn, she might want to ask what parental dynamics cause her to seek the presidency. She’s got a lot of cardinal energy, that pushy bossy energy that makes people want to fix things. You get it.
Andrew Yang Capricorn / Aquarius Neither Capricorn nor Aquarius is what you’d call “warm.” But two planets in Sagittarius and three in Aquarius definitely make Yang unique and innovative which might be a social-media sell today. You don’t always have to shake hands, do you? That Saturn in Cancer and transiting Pluto trouncing his sun suggest that the powers-that-be will tell him to split like a banana.
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It’s About Time You Listened to Your Astrologer

Cleaning out an over-stacked bookcase, I came across some old magazines, which is always enjoyable. Now why did I want to keep a 1995 issue of National Geographic? Which story made me save it for the last 24 years?

One old magazine I actually recall fondly and would have actually remembered still having is the February/March 1996 issue of The Mountain Astrologer which focused on the 1995-2003 transit of Uranus in Aquarius. The byline reads It’s About Time.

Time. They got it right.

Astrology and Economics

I’ve always likened astrology to economics. While there are some underlying immutable laws, the mix of factors makes prediction possible but never exact. Astrology is the same.

From 1995-2003 Uranus was in Aquarius the fixed air sign noted for its rebelliousness, revolutionary mindset, technology and inventive foresight and desire for the ideal society. Uranus “rules” Aquarius so it was like a double dose of Aquarius and a huge potential for great changes in social interaction.

As you’ve noticed, there were great changes in social interaction during that time.

If you were alive in 1995, you know that we did things are are obsolete today like plug our phones into the wall, leave home without any tracking device, driving to faraway places using a paper guide called a “map” and went to restaurants and movies without knowing what others thought about them.

History.com describes it best with an article title: The 1990s: When Technology Upended Our World.

But how exactly did technology upend our world?

Uranus in Aquarius

When we think of the “upended world,” we often think of the Internet, hand-held technology and social media. What it boils down to for me is the entry of ever-present moving image. We are visual creatures so moving image is highly addictive. Today more than ever you are physically with people, but they are not really there with you. It’s like seeing movies with others – you are together, but not.

Yet the opposite polarity of this ever-present moving image is that you are now connected digitally to people in other places on the planet. You are both more connected to others than ever and less connected to others than ever.

Many of the astrologers in the 1996 issue of The Mountain Astrologer focused on the potential changing social relations. One, Steven Forrest, wrote:

So what’s in store for us for us in the next seven or eight years? It is tempting to predict great upheavals in alternative medicine, computer technology, social relations and so forth – tempting because these predictions are 100 percent safe in that they’ve already reached critical mass. The question of what Uranus in Aquarius will really “make happen” is ultimately futile – the whole point is that we are about to be given unforeseeable gifts, the wild unpredictable fruit of individual human genius. In Uranian fashion, it does not proceed logically out of the past, but rather hits with startling surprise of a lightning bolt. Only this shock of light doesn’t fade.

Gloria Star wrote:

Today we hear some politicians talking about humanistic ideals, but do not always see humanitarian results. The body politic needs a new revolution, and during the next several years it will create at least one! The battles will, once again, be fought over self-expression. We are removing many barriers and creating a more global society . . .

In addition to the articles on changing social relations, this February/March 1996 issue of The Mountain Astrologer included the articles Changing Our Minds About Time, The Mystery of Time: Our Inner Relativity, Breaking the Time Famine, and A New Timepeace: Bending and Mending Time.

The social upheaval was just beginning and the astrologers linked the astrological symbolism and the current social patterns to understand the great changes that would occur with social relations and time.

Social relations and time . . . what’s the connection?

Time

If we go back to the early 20th century, many folks did not have telephones. To talk to someone, you had to see them in person. The invention of the telephone made communication by voice possible over long distances. If you didn’t want to talk to someone, you didn’t answer the phone.

The change to digital didn’t just offer enhanced ability to communicate and convenience; it also removed the physical barriers. You no longer “can’t answer the phone” with the same impunity. We are now all emergency room doctors on call 24/7.

The collapse of barriers appears to have also collapsed time itself. As digital allows uninvited entry, there is more activity in the ever-present now than ever before. The more activity, the more time passes.

While the early promise of digital was convenience, the open borders have created in influx of relationships to manage from the most important personal and business relationships to relationships with every minor aspect of your life, such as managing a relationship with a business that provides you hand lotion.

Uranus in Aquarius collapsed time. The space between you and the outside world was a bridge of time that no longer exists.

And everyone wants everything now. There is no more time. Only poor people in faraway places have the time to make the stuff that the digital world wants now.

Uranus in Aquarius to Uranus in Taurus

The other day while standing at the break room microwave, I noticed a scale under the table. No one was around, I observed, so maybe I’d take a quick weight check. Pulling it out and stepping on, I discovered it was digital. I could not simply see my weight.

How did it work? Where was the manual? Would I have to Google it to see how it worked?

There was time, back when this issue of The Mountain Astrologer was produced, where I could step on a scale and see my weight. I could also park without the use of a smart phone app. I could do many things directly without a digital screen in between.

If Uranus in Aquarius brought the digital transformation, Uranus in Pisces (2003 – 2011) made us worship it and Uranus in Aries (2010 – 2019) created the intense personalization (see My Uranus in Aries).

Now that Uranus is in fixed earth-sign Taurus and moving direct (since March 2019), technology is the new norm, it is reality. There is no going back to the simple life of stepping on the scale and knowing your weight. Every activity is a data transfer to a collector of data.

Digital data is now a commodity. Your behavior is a commodity. Shoshana Zuboff calls this “surveillance capitalism.”

The Free and Open Internet – Did You Enjoy it?

Aquarius’ elevator speech models the French Revolution – Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Uranus was discovered in 1781, a few years before the Bastille was stormed. The discovery of Uranus coincided with what we call the Age of Enlightenment.

When Uranus was in Aquarius in 1996, the ideal was a free and open Internet. And it did exist that way, until about the time Uranus moved into Pisces (2003).

What both economists and astrologers can miss is the interplay of future energies on current patterns. Economists try hard to add the unknown. Astrologers have the advantage of knowing future transits.

Many other articles in The Mountain Astrologer looked ahead to the continuing transit of Pluto in Sagittarius then later (which is now) Pluto in Capricorn.

While Uranus in Aquarius in a vacuum is a free and open Internet, bring on Pluto in Sagittarius (1995-2008) religious wars and Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2023) authoritarianism and these Uranus in Aquarius changes in social relations and time are exploited by those that want to control.

In The Guardian article China’s hi-tech war on its Muslim minority we see all the promise of free and open information used in the way of the old-fashioned, 20th century prison bars. Now that behavior is a commodity, there may no longer be a need for brick and mortar prisons. Now that’s digital for you!

Like the electric fence that keeps dogs in front yards, the digital that enlightened us is now the digital that controls us. But it doesn’t need to be that way.

Liberty, Equality and Fraternity are still the highest aims of Aquarius. While 2020 and 2021 are filled with planets in Capricorn (Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto) which seeks social order but can fall into authoritarian control to achieve it, beginning in 2022 the planets move into Aquarius and in 2024, Pluto will follow.

Hopefully Pluto in Aquarius will retain the highest goals of the digital transformation which are global awareness, free and open information and the focus on “now” to solve social problems, not simply to ship products.

This transformation may have to first pass through Aquarian brotherhoods where you have to gain entry into these ideal societies until they become a larger, social norm.

Time will tell. Meanwhile, we can keep up with our astrologers who are looking ahead and providing the signs. It’s time to listen to the astrologers.

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D-Day (Donald Day)

On his recent trip to Normandy to celebrate the anniversary of D-Day, the media pointed out that US President Donald Trump acted appropriately for the occasion.

So what?

It’s a pet peeve, I’ll admit, what I call the “Underachiever Game.” It goes like this. You constantly underachieve by opposition, laziness, avoidance or plain incompetence. Then, one day, you do what you are supposed to be doing and suddenly you are awarded a gold star.

You know, like the colleague who socializes from Monday morning through Friday afternoon then works “overtime” to get the big project done – the one that could have been done Tuesday morning. But when you deliver on Tuesday morning, then those around you give you more work. So the Underachiever Game involves having the minimum output for the maximum input. It’s clever, I admit.

D-Day

So President Trump did what is normally required of the role of President of the United States – he acted like an adult. Clearly Trump has issues with adulthood which is why, I suppose, there is so little mention of his birthday. Birthdays mean aging and aging means death.

Donald Trump is 73 this year. He’s 73 today. Today is his birthday.

Happy birthday, Mr. President.

Solar Return

Your “birthday” is called in astrology your “solar return.” The sun returns to the spot where it was when you were born.

A solar return chart is cast for the time you were born had it been on this year’s birthday. I’ve found the solar return chart is a good indication of the themes of the year (birthday-to-birthday).

As you’ve read here on OHA, this is Trump’s “Liver Year” with transiting Jupiter in Sagittarius conjunct his natal moon. As Trump’s natal horoscope is filled with air and fire energy, Jupiter expands this and Trump, for all of his frowning belligerence, most likely enjoys the constant action and reaction.

The solar return suggests more “liver.” Jupiter will not pass into Capricorn until the end of the year adding to an abundance of earth energy in the skies (Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus). Trump is filled with air and fire so would find earth a slow-down and, frankly, kind of boring.

This year’s solar return also contains quite a bit of water which represents emotion and connection. On this day, transiting Mercury and Mars are in Cancer, the moon is in Scorpio and Neptune is in Pisces. Trump has some water in his horoscope, but unfortunately one of the planets in water is Saturn suggesting a feeling of not belonging.

Possibly Trump’s normal behavior in Europe is the beginning of a desire to truly connect with others. This solar return moon in Scorpio is opposing (widely) Uranus in Taurus. So he will probably, as is his pattern, vacillate between trying to feel for others and creating a solid boundary.

The air and fire in Trump’s chart loves people and connecting with people but in a fun, inspiring or light way – talking about an idea, enjoying sports together, traveling – these are the ways he has been connecting. Visiting a cemetery is a new way to connect, one that brings up feelings of sadness rather than inspiration.

The solar return moon in Scorpio (in the third house) can also become obsessive. In the third house, it’s obsession with others in the environment, possibly a sexual or emotional obsession. It can also be suspicious and overly questioning of the motives of others.

Yes, as President of the United States, there are people out to get you. It’s true. But there are also people who just want to say hi.

While Trump’s natal Saturn is in Cancer suggesting that he feels like an outsider in his family, his Venus is also in this sign suggesting that family is also the greatest pleasure. This solar return Trump may spend more time with his family and less time with friends. Neptune transiting his 7th house also suggests that there is a family member with issues involving emotions or substance abuse.

Hopefully at age 73, Trump will begin to feel that he belongs. Maybe he will understand that he is one of us, one of the Americans. Maybe if he felt a sense of belonging, he wouldn’t relate so much to our enemies.

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Dracula: From Taurus to Scorpio

Noticing a pristine copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula at the sunny, early-May garage sale, I decided to buy it and read it, if I ever read it, in the dark, gloomy fall (November maybe?) when the weather matched its mood. Spring is no time to read such a tale, I thought.

I was interested in the story because of Columbus’ BalletMet’s Dracula which I’ve seen . . . three times? When a friend told me many years back she was seeing Dracula the ballet, I interrogated her because surely she meant Dracula the play. A ballet, seriously? Yes, Dracula the ballet.

Run, don’t walk, if your ballet company performs Dracula. It’s beautiful, creative and amazingly sensual. There are scenes you will remember for a long time.

So I would read Dracula to better understand the scenes in the ballet. I put the book on an empty part of the bookshelf (there are few empty spaces). And you know what happened next . . . Like Dracula himself, the book beckoned . . .

Dracula: The image

Like many a cultural symbol or icon, once I dig into the details, it’s very different from the numerous cultural images. Was this the book that inspired Count Chocula breakfast cereal? Dracula is so much more than a scary figure. Stoker’s novel is rich in contextual layers including history, psychology, technology, science and superstition.

Not interested in vampires in general, my only dip into this world was Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. Rice’s vampires turn to dust in the sunlight. Much to my surprise, Stoker’s Dracula can survive during the day; he simply doesn’t have his nighttime supernatural abilities.

Dracula’s abilities are a bit inconsistent, as we see with much science fiction where if you are going to conquer your evil foe, they must have some weakness or gap in their amazing powers. At night Dracula can shape shift into bats and wolves. That I knew. But he can also shape shift into fog! You can’t kill fog.

Dracula, then, must be trapped during the day when his powers are not active. Unfortunately for Dracula, he must, like the mortals, take rest. He rests during the day in a box of his native earth, dormant as though anesthetized. While at night he’s practically impossible to vanquish, during the day he’s remarkably vulnerable. The only foil to his foes is that he has numerous sleeping-boxes scattered across the city.

Dracula: Taurus

In case you haven’t had enough symbolic analysis of Dracula, here’s more from the astrological viewpoint. As you might expect from such a novel, it is rich in astrological imagery.

As described in Wikipedia, Bram Stoker’s novel takes the form of an epistolary tale, in which Count Dracula’s characteristics, powers, abilities and weaknesses are narrated by multiple narrators, from different perspectives.

The first journal entry in the novel is dated May 3 (Taurus) and the last is November 6 (Scorpio) of the same year. The novel is the Taurus-Scorpio polarity.

Taurus, the fixed earth sign, is where we are physically separate. Uninhibited, Taurus enjoys the body and the physical surroundings in a direct and pure fashion. Taurus is alive and responds to the senses. Taurus likes material goods and often accumulates property and objects.

Scorpio, the fixed water sign, is opposite Taurus and is where we are physically connected. Sex, sharing money and sharing property all involve letting others cross our physical boundaries. Scorpio is emotional and the crossing of boundaries can occur on an emotional level even if not a physical level.

In the introduction to my Barnes & Noble Classic version, book critic Brooke Allen notes that Dracula contains the fight between “religion and course instinct.”

In my early days of astrology when I met the Taurus-Scorpio oppositions, I noted that there was a “good girl, bad girl” quality to it (as I was doing female charts). I want to enjoy sex, but I want to be the woman men want to marry. I’m “good” but I’m also a little bit naughty.

Is Taurus course instinct and Scorpio religion? Or the other way around?

When you are enjoying physical pleasure with another, is it purely physical or is much of the pleasure emotional? How much is physical and how much emotional?

Food is another Taurus manifestation. In some cultures, there is great morality around food. In most cultures, celebrations generally involve food rituals. When you eat your creamy sweet ice cream, how much is purely physical and how much is from memories of childhood and ice cream as treat and reward for good behavior?

Our novel begins in traditional Taurus with young, virginal maidens awaiting marriage. In their virginity they are Taurus as yet unpenetrated by another. For one, her first penetration is by Dracula. For the other, she is married then bitten by the vampire so experiences Scorpio before her Dracula encounter.

The men are gallant, virtuous, and trustworthy. Some of the men are Taurus – wealthy or involved in property. Others are Scorpio – involved in psychological probing and the hidden motivations of others.

In Taurus (May), life is proceeding in its traditional way with no apparent conflicts. The men who do not earn the maiden’s hand retreat gracefully and honorably. The men refused are still friends, there is no trouble. All is well until . . .

Until the young engaged solicitor goes to Transylvania to help a certain count with a property purchase. At the castle of Count Dracula, our young hero is imprisoned, his identity is stolen and he is tempted by three female vampires. Our hero remains Taurus as the female vampires are thwarted by Dracula.

Our vampires are heterosexual. No breaking of tradition even as we cross some physical barriers. Bites often occur on the neck, which is ruled by Taurus. Later, closer to Scorpio, the blood of Dracula must be imbibed closer to the genitals (ruled by Scorpio). Also, to try to save our virginal maiden, the men offer their blood through transfusion. That’s a lot of Scorpio.

Dracula: Scorpio

Once Dracula leaves Transylvania to go to London, Scorpio is now unleashed upon an unwitting Taurus society. Interesting here is that in Transylvania the locals know to ward against Dracula offering our naïve young solicitor some common tools of protection – a crucifix, garlic, wild rose, and mountain ash. These people know what danger lurks; those who believe in the ancient “superstitions.”

In London, meanwhile, the natives are moving into the light of reason and make phonographic journals, taking Polaroids, use typewriters, and study the human brain. The brilliant Dutch Dr. Van Helsing is the man who convinces the others that they are dealing with the non-scientific and must employ the ancient tools of protection in order to vanquish this threatening presence. Van Helsing lets us know that reason is not always enough.

While the characters in the novel do exterminate Dracula, they must use a combination of reason and telepathy. The Dracula-bitten character Mina becomes a vassal of Dracula so can also feel what he is feeling and aids in determining where Dracula is on his return trip to Transylvania. Had this character not drunk the blood of Dracula, he would have been able to flee and rest “for centuries.” It takes emotional connection corner the enemy.

Mina, you see, has been bitten. The only way for her not to die then become “un-dead” as a vampire compelled to respond to Dracula’s wishes is for Dracula to die.

If emotional connection was severed with death, the world might be a more peaceful place. Emotions, history will prove, can last millennium as can Dracula. Taurus, the physical body, can die. Scorpio, the emotional body, does not always die with it.

Bram Stoker

No surprise here that author Bram Stoker was born in the sign of Scorpio. Stoker was born of a generation with Neptune in Aquarius and Uranus and Pluto in Aries. Like today, Stoker’s time saw great technological advances which appear clearly in the novel.

Not only is Stoker’s sun in Scorpio but the moon is as well. An emotional man born into a time of science and reason produced a novel that honors reason but reminds you that emotions are still powerful, can shift quickly and may never be fully understood. The novel ends two days before Stoker’s November 8 birthday.

Yet, the novel sways toward Taurus. The infected Mina stays pure within her dire situation. Many, oh many, paragraphs are devoted to the purity of Mina, a female with no flaws it seems. She has the “mind of a man” and keeps her reason amidst her overwhelming state and constant telepathic connection with the evil Dracula. Van Helsing praises her over and over.

The planet Mars in Stoker’s horoscope is in Taurus although not by degree in complete opposition of his sun and moon (although we don’t know the time of birth so it could be opposite the moon).

The introduction to the Barnes & Noble edition indicates Stoker was married and that his wife was not sexual. It insinuates he could have been homosexual. According to this blog on Stoker’s wife, she had dated Oscar Wilde who was supposedly her true love. After marrying Stoker and having a child, supposedly the marriage was platonic.

It’s difficult to imagine the man who wrote Dracula, who had Mars in Taurus and sun and moon in Scorpio did not have some sort of sensual life. Is his simplistic rendering of females because he liked them or because he wasn’t really familiar with them?

Dracula is a story of men, really. Like Jaws (written by Peter Benchley who was born May 8, exactly six months from Stoker’s November 8) we have a group of men working together to vanquish evil. It’s male purity; it’s religious; it’s sensual.

It’s Taurus-Scorpio.

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Tale of a Saturn Return Gone Bad: Anna (Delvey) Sorokin

The planet Saturn revolves around the sun in 29.4 years. Saturn the astrological symbol represents the energy of a 29-year cycle: maturity, recognition of time, recognition of mortality, and the crystallizing of our life. By this age, many have married and “settled down,” often having children.

If your Saturn return goes well, you have the maturity to understand that you life is finite yet also enjoy it in an adult manner. You can still play, but you are not a child. You can have wonder, but are not naïve. In your second Saturn return at age 58, you plan for retirement and maybe even buy your burial plot. Planning your demise in a way that protects your loved ones is both disciplined and mature.

If your Saturn return does not go well, you resist maturity. Maybe you play with younger folks even if your knees hurt. Even if your mind does not heed Saturn, your body will. Maybe you act like a child and find others who will continue to support it during your maturity. Or maybe you don’t and find yourself “in trouble” with authorities, the Saturn figures in our existence.

Saturn asks, “What have you done with your life?” Saturn has this urge for something called “success” which can be the Hollywood version of climbing to the top of some ladder somewhere. Or it can be success in one’s own term based on personal values. The opposite of this feeling is one we call “failure.” And like success, it’s in the eye of the beholder.

Accepting Saturn doesn’t mean you turn into an “old” person living in the past (although some do this). That is the fear that turns many a person away from this energy which, by the way, can’t truly be ignored. Saturn is acceptance of time and limitations, not the discarding of joy and pleasure which is how it is viewed by others. Finding the joy in daily life is true joy because most other joys are fleeting.

Really, Saturn is only bad when you ignore it, like the cracking walls or leaky pipes. Really, this is a life lesson that astrology teaches. There are many energies and cycles. Preference for some over others will bring us face-to-face with those energies we try to suppress.

Anna Delvey

Anna Delvey is the alter-ego name of Anna Sorokin, a young Russian woman who moved to New York City and fooled a few folks into thinking she was rich. Sorokin is still about a year away from an exact Saturn return. When it occurs, she may be in prison.

Sorokin’s Saturn return is not going well. In fact, Saturn came down particularly hard on her lack of maturity to the point where it’s going to be a life lesson. Like others before her, Sorokin faked an identity of wealth and privilege to draw those of wealth and privilege to her. Because she didn’t have the cunning to “create” money as some do (such as with a Ponzi scheme or wealthy spouse), she hit the wall of financial reality quickly and now if facing a prison term.

Sorokin’s Saturn

Sorokin’s Saturn is at 28 degrees of Capricorn. Saturn, our reality check, astrologically can point to where we are weak or insecure. Saturn rules Capricorn so the insecurity here is Saturn itself – success, time, and limitation.

Ironically, too, Sorokin’s Saturn is very close to the placement of Pluto in the chart of the United States. The United States is going through a Pluto return which takes 248 years. Pluto is transformation which often follows destruction and currently we are seeing a destruction of our corporate and political systems.

Sorokin’s behavior isn’t just a girl wanting more, it’s a girl caught up in the values of her times and finding the exact place where those values exist – New York City. Sorokin could have been more “successful” faking wealth in a small, Midwestern town. But achieving something is most satisfying where it has the most value. Being “someone” in New York City is trumps being “someone” in some remote location.

Personal “brand” is also a trend of our times, which Sorokin employed correctly. Appearances are best supported by the ubiquitous social media of today.

Sorokin is of a generation that has many planets in Capricorn; for her, Mercury, Uranus, Neptune and Saturn are all in Capricorn. This is the generation that must determine the new structure of society. Born with all these planets in Capricorn, the ingress of transiting Pluto into Capricorn in 2008 made these issues the great theme of their lives. About this time, Sorokin moved from Russia to Germany which probably sparked in some way this desire for a privileged life.

How can you be successful in a society that’s ripping apart at the seams?

It’s a difficult challenge. Some will transform today into tomorrow and some, like Sorokin, will hang on to the old ideas of success and ambition even as the times scream out for change.

Other Planets

Although she has many planets in the earthy Capricorn, Sorokin’s sun and Venus are in air-sign Aquarius. Her Mars is in air-sign Gemini. Air, more than the other elements, is a natural at picking up on the image or idea behind a situation. With lots of air, there also can be detachment from the thing itself, such as wearing the beret and smoking the cigar but sitting out the revolution.

Sorokin’s moon is either in fire-sign Aries or earth-sign Taurus. The desire for wealth smells of Taurus yet the sheer audacity to create a fake life suggests the energy (and competitive nature) of Aries. Jupiter in Leo would trine and provide additional confidence and boldness.

There’s only one planet in a water sign – Pluto in Scorpio. Pluto is an outer planet and like Uranus and and Neptune, describes “the times” more than an individual personality. Sorokin, then, isn’t connected to others through the water quality of emotion, but the air and earth qualities of image and success.

Aquarius seeks the perfect universe and I suspect Sorokin simply couldn’t accept her fate. Much of being elite is the accident of your birth. When you explore the wealthy, there are few self-made men (or women) who actually were born in shacks and rose through the barbed wire of society. Yes, there are a few. But most of the people behind those high, view-obstructing, hedges were born behind the hedges.

Aquarius is also the great rebel of the zodiac. That Sorokin would choose the most traditional of roles speaks to allowing her planets in Capricorn to override a nature that would seek to be “different.” On the other hand, if she was born into moderate circumstances, maybe wealth and privilege is the “different” she sought. While Saturn is in Capricorn and her sun in Aquarius, technically they are conjunct (out-of-sign) which lends an additional “Capricorn” cast to her personality.

The Mantle of Saturn

An article in the New York Times asks if the female Sorokin isn’t being unduly punished for a crime that is often committed in much larger scale by men.

Increasingly, it seems, the law has provided an able hand to a culture that takes perverse, outsize pleasure in spectacles of female desperation. Like many young women, Ms. Sorokin had an insatiable desire to be something that she wasn’t: in her case, someone other than the daughter of a Russian HVAC salesman. She had come to New York without the pedigree or capital that buoys you in a city poisonously obsessed with status. New York is a transactional place, and Ms. Sorokin had nothing to trade, so she made herself into a rich, clubby, entrepreneurial German and lied and cheated a system already allocating so many unfair advantages.

When Mr. Vance was elected district attorney nine years ago, he promised to come down with the force of a broken dam on the rich and powerful. Many would say he has fallen short of that goal. In 2012 he backed away from an investigation of Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., both suspected of misleading potential buyers of condominiums in a Trump building in SoHo. Earlier he chose not to bring Dominique Strauss-Kahn to trial when the former director of the International Monetary Fund was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid.

Nor did Mr. Vance call for arrest or prosecution of Harvey Weinstein in 2015 when he first had the chance. At the time, a police report had a young model claiming that the producer had groped her in his office. Mr. Vance moved on.

Unlike many men who “fake it until they make it,” Sorokin didn’t have the cunning to use her brand image to generate actual, tangible assets. While she did generate some credit, she wasn’t clever enough to prolong it until she had actual wealth. Although women have come far, authority is still male and for a female to generate wealth out of thin air (such as with a Ponzi scheme) is difficult.

Women often have to take the route of marrying into wealth. Why Sorokin didn’t do that, I’m not sure. Maybe she was working on it.

Sorokin earned her Saturn knockdown for sure. While there is the threat of a long prison sentence (15 years), Saturn will return in 2020 for her and then cross her sun. I’m expecting 2-4 years is the length of time she’ll be in prison. In 2023, Pluto then crosses her Saturn (and then sun) suggested a transformed personality.

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New Trends in Cult Leadership: Keith Raniere

During the 2016 Presidential election, my astrological (though not political) bets were on Hillary Clinton (sun in Scorpio) over Donald Trump (sun in Gemini). An astrological analysis of past US presidents suggested that Americans preferred the fixed signs for this unique position: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. Clinton did win, but not in the way that gives you the key to the Oval Office.

Trump, in contrast, is a mutable (air) sign. Gemini sun has comprised a total of four years of US presidency (George H. W. Bush). With Trump, we’ve now accumulated another two years.

Fixed signs are strong in character, determined, forceful, energetic and confident. As such, they are often elevated to positions of leadership through the systems in which they operate. And, due to their natural energy which often is charismatic, they are also natural leaders outside of established systems such as with cults.

Leaders in associations and organizations are often developed through a process of working through the ranks and earning a position based on natural and learned skills. To be a cult leader is similar but relies much more on personal power and charisma. It takes quite extensive personal influence to convince others to drink poisoned Kool-Aid. It also takes insight into the trends of society and the weaknesses of other individuals.

The New Cult Leader

Reading about a new cult in the news was a surprise. It’s been a while since a group of people have crossed social and personal barriers to commit crimes for a charismatic leader (if you don’t consider politics and its own set of rules).

Keith Raniere is the leader and founder of an organization called NXIVM that offers “executive success programmes for personality development.” He also, it appears, likes to have sex with minors and dabble in sex trafficking. Following trends in sex trafficking, he likes to brand his victims.

Unlike cult leaders of the 20th century, Raniere is not a fixed sign but a mutable sign – Virgo (earth).

Where’s the fixed energy?

Raniere does have Uranus and Mercury conjunct in fixed Leo (fire) and Neptune in fixed Scorpio (water). But of the ten “planets,” six are in mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius; Pisces is also mutable but there are no planets in this sign in his chart).

Like the US presidency, is the cult culture evolving into mutable energy? Why the change?

Pluto and Uranus in Virgo

From 1956-1972, the outer planet Pluto transited Virgo. From 1962-1968, Uranus also transited Virgo so Uranus and Pluto spent time in conjunction.

Pluto is the planet of destruction and transformation. Having it near another planet brings a compulsion and power-seeking to that energy. Uranus is the planet of enlightenment and having it near another planets brings sudden and unpredictable shifts to that energy.

As noted in the blog The Uranus Twist, the Virgos born during this time have a bit more intensity and eccentricity than your average quirky Virgo. Those born during the conjunction are now in the prime of life – in their 50s – and are influencing culture.

This generation was once described to me as the generation that would “clean the planet” as there is a natural interest in health and wellness with Virgo. Like many an astrological pipe dream, there are many other manifestations of this energy including the fear of germs and illness, the rise of pharmaceuticals for all and, also related, the quest for perfection.

American life is filled with work and schedules. There isn’t time for disruption or a day to malinger. There is work to do and steps to measure and calories to count so we must be constantly productive.

Virgo perfection is due to anxiety about pleasing others (in contrast to Aquarian perfection which is about ideals). While our pharmaceutical developments have helped a host of people in many ways, there are also more mind-altering and mood-enhancing drugs prescribed on a regular basis to bring us all to a certain social norm so that we can keep up with the demands of a Virgo-inspired culture.

Keith Raniere

Raniere has Pluto conjunct sun in Virgo which is a compulsive drive for perfection which matches a culture trend. Perfection is in the eyes of the beholder so properly speaking is a sort of delusion – your perfect will never be another’s perfect. To demand perfection from others is simply to force them into your worldview.

Raniere’s Moon in Libra and Mars in Gemini are looking for the other and are generally focused on partnership, whether of the committed or non-committed sort.

Mars (in Gemini) is opposite Jupiter (in Sagittarius) square Venus (in Virgo). This is where tension arises from the need to have perfection in love and pleasure (Virgo) with the desire for variety and stimulation (Mars in Gemini) and a tendency toward excess (Jupiter in Sagittarius).

From the articles I’ve read and his cult leadership methods, Raniere turned his bad habits into a sense of Virgo purity and perfection. We all have different ways of dealing with or explaining our bad habits. Raniere chose to rationalize his bad behavior as a bestowal of purity on others.

Through the guise of self-improvement which is a focus of our age, Raniere self-indulged at the expense of those around him.

Raniere is not the only entity out there exploiting the positive trends of the age for negative outcomes. Charismatic cult leaders are very good at this. “Executive Success Programs” has the feel of all the business and leadership buzzwords out there today.

With Saturn in Capricorn, Raniere probably harbors a deep sense of failure. According to this CBS News Interactive site, Raniere’s father was quoted (second-hand):

James Raniere shared a remarkable story. When his son was seven or eight years old, he took an intelligence test that determined he was gifted. His father noticed a dramatic change in the boy’s character when he learned the results, Bouchey says.

“He said it was almost like a switch went off. And suddenly, overnight, he turned into, like, Jesus Christ. And that he was superior and better than everybody, like a deity.”

Learning he had high intelligence probably gave an insecure young boy a sense of personal success, one in which he exploited to gather people around him.

The article also describes Raniere as a “traumatizing narcissist:”

Another trait of a traumatizing narcissist, Shaw says, is that the need to constantly bolster their delusion of omnipotence inevitably leads to escalation. They must constantly ramp up their level of control.

Ramping up the level of control is definitely in the realm of Pluto. Pluto gains your intimacy and trust to encourage into activities which then bind you. If this doesn’t work, coercion is usually used.

Raniere, like all cult leaders, engages the energy of the times to parse out the weaknesses of others for exploitation. While we all think this won’t happen to us, we are affected in the same way by the marketing and social pressures around us. The stakes are simply much lower.

Today’s cult leader may not have the fixed nature of those of the 20th century with strong idealist messages. Today’s cult leader, like the times, will focus on health, wellness and personal development.

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The Uranus Twist

Last weekend during the Aries new moon and the beginning of spring weather, my male feline was active and crazy. He’ll calm down in a day or two, I surmised, when the moon moves into calm and steady Taurus.

Unfortunately, Taurus did not bring peace for my feline or the world around me as I think it’s now five fire engines that I’ve seen since the new moon.

What happened? Has astrological symbolism after decades of guidance failed me? Has the world gone mad? Have I awoken on another planet?

The Uranus Twist

When beginning my study of astrology, I noticed that the Virgos around me were similar to the Aquarians with quirky habits, a compulsion for perfection and ardent advocates when touched by a cause.

Those in my age range, I finally realized, were born with Uranus and Pluto conjunct in Virgo. That means the Virgos were asked by the gods to be not just Virgo, but Virgo extreme.

I still stand by my observation, however, that both Virgo and Aquarius are driven to perfection. Virgo to avoid criticism and Aquarius out of fixed beliefs. With Uranus conjunct sun in Virgo, there’s more idealism to the perfection which drives these Virgos past the fear of criticism. (When Pluto is conjunct Virgo (ala Lance Armstrong), perfection is a compulsion that never stops. So having both Uranus and Pluto conjunct one’s sun is pretty intense).

What does Uranus add to the sun?

Uranus is the planet of awareness, enlightenment, intuition, idealization, science and technology. Aquarius is pretty darn smart. They are the geniuses who think of things you can’t even conceptualize (for me, bitcoin no matter how hard I try).

For the past seven years, Uranus has been in Aries. Yes, it was Aries Gone Wild. But with Aries, you can’t always tell that Uranus is making the energy more extreme. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, a fire sign and is generally rushing around trying to do anything and everything all the time.

As Uranus moves into Taurus, your Aries friends may slow down a bit. They don’t care for this, but loved ones might relish a night reading by the fire instead of running in circles.

Uranus takes about 84 years to revolve around the sun. That’s seven years in each of the 12 signs. Uranus is the “seven-year itch” you’ve heard-tell about. The Aries itching has ceased (as much as possible for Aries) and the Taurus itching has begun.

Uranus in Taurus

In May 2018, Uranus moved into Taurus. As planets as far away as Uranus often appear to us on earth to go backwards, Uranus went back into Aries before finally moving back into Taurus in March 2019 for the next seven years.

Now when the moon is in Taurus each month, it will be conjunct Uranus for a portion of the time. No more after-Aries calm driving, my friends.

The other thing to remember is that some children born today in Taurus will have Uranus directly conjunct the sun. New moms – read about both Taurus and Aquarius in your new-mom astrology reference books.

Your Taurus children will not be textbook Taurus. They will be Taurus with a Uranus Twist, an eccentric twist.

What does eccentric Taurus look like?

Taurus rules tangible objects, assets, the body, food, money.

Taurus likes to accumulate so maybe these children will hoard unusual objects. Or maybe it’ll be the opposite – a desire to be free of all material objects (Uranus does like to do things backward).

Body images will be based on an unusual ideal. Houses will be shaped differently. Money will be shared in unusual ways.

Eating habits will not be as consistent for these Taurus children as they are for their older Taurus relatives. I’m imaging the habits are steady for certain periods of time then shift suddenly.

It’s still Taurus, just a more eccentric Taurus, more extreme. Taurus with a Uranus Twist. And that includes the stubbornness for which Taurus is renowned.

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Going with the flow, but which flow?

When you hear the saying “go with the flow,” it can mean several things. Someone can be suggesting you relax. Or maybe someone has plans they want you to follow without resistance. Or possibly you are whitewater rafting and going with the flow of the currents is imperative.

But flows can come in many flavors and frequencies. Is going with the flow always a good thing? What are the different kinds of flows?

Astrology, once again, provides the symbolism and energy behind the saying.

The Elements

There are four elements in astrology:

  1. Fire – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
  2. Earth – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
  3. Air – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
  4. Water – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

To understand the flow of each element, you simply consider it in the natural world.

Going with the flow

Fire is a flow that moves quickly and leaves ashes in its wake. Fire is the spirit of things and those going with the flow of fire are drawn to the issues of the times and are its leaders or highly-active participants. Fire is active and involved, it is not an observer. Fire is strong and can overpower the other elements at times.

Earth is the element that doesn’t “flow,” except in very light form such as sand. Earth needs the other elements to flow as it’s grounded and steady. With fire, it becomes lava and flows after erupting. With air, it can be transported as sand or cause erosion. With water, it can become fluid as mud or detritus.

Air flow is constant and changing. Air is social and intellectual. Air moves with the energies of the day which has its own, natural flow. Air (like fire) can’t truly be contained and needs to move to be healthy and alive. Air, like water, can pick up the contaminants in the path of its flow.

Water flow is powerful as we see with the carving of the Grand Canyon and tsunamis that wipe out villages. Water flows naturally from high to low and like air is as pure and fresh as its surroundings. As such, it is highly-sensitive to the environment. Water, unlike fire and air, is more easily contained; but when contained, can become stagnant.

Go with the flow?

In the purest form, going with the flow of any element is the merging of self with life as it is. Each element represents an energy we direct toward life: the inspiration and “aliveness” of fire; the social and intellectual world of air; the shelter and security of earth; the emotional and imaginative connection of water.

Yet we share life with others and elements are exploited and tainted for control. Fire is directed toward negative causes; air is tainted with negative ideologies; earth is used to bind and control; water is used to sway and manipulate.

As with the natural elements, going with the flow is a good thing. But first, always check the purity of your elements!

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