Amazon, United States

In US in the 1960s, the youth of this country rebelled against “the establishment” with many professing to “drop out.” Fifty years later, the pendulum has swung and now all generations are willing, card-carrying members of the establishment from memberships to large business entities such as Costco and Amazon to numerous identity cards allowing us into corporate (name badge), financial (checking accounts) and health care establishments (health insurance).

The anti-establishment generation was born with evolutionary Pluto in fire-sign Leo which focused on self-expression. They were the first generation in memory to turn away from their parents as role models and instead focus on popular culture from music to television to form identity.

While Pluto was in water-sign Cancer prior to Leo, the family fell apart as we became a “world” which could have “world wars.” For the first time in history, masses of people could process the same information at the same time through the radio (which was developed as Pluto was in air-sign Gemini). When the “world” was created, the family, tribe and clan were threatened.

In other nations, the family structure is more solid than in the US possibly because of our evolutionary lesson as indicated by natal Pluto in Capricorn. When Pluto entered Cancer in 1912-1914, it began its opposition to the US natal Pluto in Capricorn. That opposition culminated in 1936. In other words, we were halfway through our first evolutionary cycle at that time.

In Capricorn, Pluto represents evolutionary lessons about structure and authority. This includes all of society’s establishments including education, banking, government, police and law. Capricorn makes the rules. In 2022, Pluto will return to its initial position representing a “return” and a complete cycle.

When Pluto was in Cancer at the beginning of the 20th century, family structure evolved. One hundred years later, we’ve replaced family with establishment. In the US, many Americans look to the corporation with its 401K programs and to the government with social security to help us in old age, not our family. The days when children had a stay-at-home parent are rapidly decreasing. Because the US does not support family structure, many children are raised by businesses as both parents are needed in as earners.

Amazon

One of the largest US business entities is Amazon. When I read that Amazon was purchasing Whole Foods, I had my usual response – “duh.” Amazon borrowed its name from the second longest river in the world and implies a deep, life-sustaining relationship. As of 2016, Amazon the business had a “warehouse or delivery station within 20 miles of 44% of the US population.” That percent is growing as Amazon continues to build warehouses.

Historically, the Amazons were purportedly a group (race? tribe?) of warlike women. Legend has it that they burnt off their right breasts to better use a bow and arrow – interesting etymology for a brand that was formed in 13 degrees of the mothering sign of Cancer (July 5, 1994). Oh, by the way, the US horoscope has the sun in 13 degrees of Cancer.

Amazon has an interesting place in the establishment. It’s the one-breasted mother to us being within 20 miles and ever-attentive to our needs but is actually a for-profit venture that is Capricorn in nature. During the Progressive Era of the late 19th and early 20th century (mostly Pluto in Gemini), corporate power was identified as a social problem and corporations that achieved monopoly status were split up (aka “trust busting”). We seem to have lost our fear of large corporations gaining excessive control over our lives.

When Amazon was founded, Neptune and Uranus were conjunct in Capricorn at 22 and 24 degrees respectively. This transit both idealized/spiritualized (Neptune) and advanced/innovated (Uranus) Capricorn. Our current membership into Capricorn is a result of these energies.

Transiting Pluto began its journey through Capricorn in January 2008. The three-dimensional effects of this energy were seen almost immediately with a housing market collapse in the US which led to a global financial crisis. Capricorn saved Capricorn as the government bailed out the banks.

Since 2008 we’ve seen other evolutionary shifts in Capricorn structure and authority, most recently with the US election which placed a businessman into the highest elected office. Now government and business are fully merged.

In 2022, Pluto will return to its original place in the US horoscope symbolizing the entire evolutionary cycle around the Capricorn energy we embody as a nation. A couple years prior in 2020, around the time of the next US presidential election, Pluto will hook up with Saturn (and a few months later Jupiter) which increases both the power and responsibility of these lessons.

For Amazon, Pluto will begin exact conjunction of natal Neptune in February 2019. Saturn will take a while to catch up as it goes retrograde and won’t make an exact hit to Neptune until January 2020. As I’ve noted in a separate blog, Uranus will be moving from Aries to Taurus around this time. Uranus will then focus on the earth, material goods and property.

What occurs at these times of evolutionary change involving structure, authority (Capricorn) and material reality (Taurus) will have a profound impact on Amazon. What happens to the US happens to Amazon.

Astrology is symbolism and it’s certainly an astrologer’s entertainment to imagine how Uranus in Taurus will affect a company building massive and complex national infrastructure. One imagining is that Amazon’s infrastructure will dominate and define all other infrastructures. Or possibly changes in property and monetary values renders the infrastructure too expensive to use. Or more draconian, government owns the infrastructure.

The Amazon horoscope has Mars, moon and Mercury in the mutable air sign Gemini. Gemini speaks to Amazon’s agility, flexibility and diversification. Natal Saturn in Pisces squares the moon causing a bit of damper to that energy – this aspect is often linked to depression. Pisces is water and squaring the moon suggests issues with physical water such as flooding. Depression is also an economic term which threatens all business when consumers have no money to spend.

Amazon’s own Pluto is in the water sign of Scorpio. Scorpio is sex, death, taxes and regeneration. Like the phoenix, Scorpio rises from the ashes so regardless of what may occur in 2019-2020, Amazon is resilient in addition to being flexible.

Scorpio also relates to other people’s money which includes loans. When Uranus in Taurus opposes Pluto in 2024, there may be issues with paying loans or with property taxes. This is where government may step in.

Amazon, United States

It’s quite interesting that Amazon and the US have the sun in the same placement – 13 degrees of Cancer. Amazon’s identity is the US identity which is why we so willingly participate in its takeover of the retail sector. Retail consumption is an estimated two-thirds of the US economy.

The consolidation of wealth and power is becoming a focal point during Pluto’s transit of Capricorn. Amazon is clearly involved in the evolutionary changes we are experiencing with this transit as it consolidates so much business under one brand. Amazon owner Jeff Bezos is the perfect leader for this lesson – he has Mercury (5 degrees), sun (21 degrees) and Mars (29 degrees) in Capricorn.

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What Does Saturn Transiting Your Sun Feel Like? Ask Comey.

Your astrologer friends are always saying some life event is occurring because of this or that planetary transit. You’ve probably heard, “Saturn is transiting my sun and I can take it no longer” and wondered what that meant. Here’s a description that can ease the confusion.

Saturn transiting your sun feels like you’re responsible for everything — being blamed for a presidential candidate losing an election, for example. This transit makes you feel like the sturdy brick wall between two warring factions such as Democrats and Republicans. Unfair guilt by association is another Saturn-transit feeling like when you are fired from your job because your boss was let go. Saturn transiting your sun is like sitting in a Congressional hearing for eight hours without a potty break as you repeat the same answer and hear dozens of monologues posing as questions. Saturn transits can also put you face-to-face with a rigid authoritarian figure, never any fun. But Saturn isn’t known for fun. Never was.

If these Saturn-sun transit feelings don’t make sense to you, go ahead and schedule a coffee with former FBI Director James Comey who with Saturn transiting his Sagittarius sun was suddenly dismissed from his role by President Trump. Comey can explain this transit to you which has been in range (called “orb” in astrology) since November 2016 (using a five-degree orb). It made a direct assault, I mean transit, in January 2017.

Saturn is currently retrograde (apparent backward motion due to it being far away) so it will criss-cross Comey’s sun for a while. The Saturn net has not ended for Comey. Saturn won’t go direct and re-cross his sun until October 2017. I suspect Comey will receive more Saturn-inspired charges of irresponsibility until that time. Some additional eight-hour Congressional hearings may be in his future.

Comey Will Return

These are interesting political times for Americans. When I learned Comey was fired then read his farewell letter to his staff, I started to get teary.

Teary for an FBI Director?

How did this happen? Did I accidentally slip into a black hole and fall out in the opposite end of the universe?

Comey has sun in Sagittarius and moon in early Scorpio or late Libra. His resolve suggests moon in Scorpio with its detective mind, emotional understanding of hidden motivations and emotional stubborness. Libra moon is also conceivable with its desire for fairness and detached rationality. However, moon in Libra is also indecisive with a strong desire to be popular. I don’t see that in Comey.

Natal Neptune in Scorpio and moon in Scorpio can make some sense as the public response to Comey’s sudden dismissal has bit of Neptune-inspired victimization, as if the Saturn transit weren’t enough. Neptune can be the savior or scapegoat. One person’s scapegoat is another’s savior.

Possibly Comey’s moon/Neptune charisma is evoking responses not normally directed to government officials.

Prior to transiting Sagittarius, Saturn was in Scorpio. Comey was appointed FBI Director in September 2013 when Saturn was transiting his moon. The job should have been listed as “Saturn seeks individual looking for overwhelming responsibility.” Scorpio moon is good at keeping secrets. With Saturn transiting, the secrets are quite serious. These are authority’s secrets, the secrets of structure and social order.

When it leaves Sagittarius in late December 2017, Saturn will move into Capricorn. Comey was born during the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Capricorn. Comey has even more Saturn lessons in the next two and a half years as Saturn transits both natal Jupiter and natal Saturn.

When Saturn conjuncts Comey’s natal Jupiter in spring 2018 (within a degree of orb), Comey may be back in government or heading a different established institution. Jupiter is the social crowd and they are looking for a Capricorn type who is structured, predictable and authoritative.

Shed no tears, Comey will return.

Saturn Return

Another saying you’ll hear from your astrologer friends is that someone is going through a “Saturn return.” Saturn takes 29.5 years to revolve around the sun and return to its natal position in your chart.

The first return around age 30 is considered a settling down point, the time when we mature and discard our childish notions about ourselves. The second return is the maturity that comes with 60 years of life experience. Should you see a third return, you’ll be 90 and everyone will treat you with respect (a Saturn rule).

We could use a little Confucius here to explain Saturn. Here’s a quote with some correspondences to Saturn’s cycle and half-cycle:

At fifteen my heart was set on learning; at thirty I stood firm; at forty I had no more doubts; at fifty I knew the will of heaven; at sixty my ear was obedient; at seventy I could follow my heart’s desire without overstepping the boundaries of what was right.

Possibly Comey could explain to us “at sixty my ear was obedient.”

Comey’s next Saturn return will be in November 2019. Around that time Jupiter will also move into Capricorn from Sagittarius (it’s two signs away in Libra right now). I’m calling the 2020 transits of Capricorn the “Authoritarian Apocalypse” as Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn will all be in that sign. It will be a collective Comey experience. It wouldn’t surprise me if President Trump kicks us all out of the country at that time.

Need more information about Saturn transiting your sun? There are lots of awesome astrology websites and blogs. Or, more easily, you can ask Comey.

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How to Be Your Own Nostradamus

Nostradamus was a 14th century physician and astrologer who is best known for a series of prophecies that some believe predicted the Holocaust and others believe are mere coincidences or creative translations that snugly fit historical facts.

The prophecies were written in four-line stanzas, quatrains. Crystalinks.com has a nice layout of the quatrains. Ah, to be in the 21st century where prophecy is a click away.

The quatrains are grouped into centuries which don’t have relation to actual centuries but refer to groupings of 100. Let’s take a look at a few:

Century XII, Quatrain 55
Sad counsels, disloyal, cunning,
Wicked advice, the Law will be betrayed:
The people stirred, wild, quarrelsome,
In borough as in town, the entire peace hated.

Yes, I can see how many could interpret this as any period of the last 2,000 years. It’s relevant today – this quite clearly describes US President Trump and his advisor Kellyanne Conway.

Century 1, quatrain 47 below is also clearly about US President Trump. I can already feel the time dragging.

Century I, Quatrain 47
The speeches of Lake Leman will become angered,
the days will drag out into weeks,
then months, then years, then all will fail.
The authorities will condemn their useless powers.

Century VIII, quatrain 49 provides an idea of how Nostradamus devised his prophecies – astrology!

Century VIII, Quatrain 49
Saturn in Taurus, Jupiter in Aquarius.
Mars in Sagittarius, the sixth of February brings death.
Those of Tardaigne so great a breach at Bruges,
that the barbarian chief will die at Ponteroso.

Be Your Own Nostradamus

In the Ohio Astrology blog History Continues Itself – The Opium Wars, I noted how in 1839-1860 Neptune in late Aquarius to late Pisces presided over the Opium Wars in China. Today a 165-year Neptune cycle later, Neptune in late Aquarius to late Pisces is presiding over the opioid addiction in the US. If we were Nostradamus, we would look at the aspect presiding over the 19th century Opium Wars and project them into today.

The Neptune quatrain:

A great power lures the people
Into a somnambulant waking existence
They take the people’s silver
And leave them in a painless void

Keep in mind that while one planet may return to a position, the other nine planets (the moon and Pluto are planets in astrology) will be in different positions. For example, Neptune may be in Pisces, again, but during the Opium Wars, Pluto was in Aries and Taurus while today Pluto is in Sagittarius and Capricorn. So we must be prophetically creative.

Ohio Astrology Quatrains

The outer planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto describe world events as they move slowly and represent the long haul from cave to cubicle. Uranus has an 84-year cycle, changing signs every seven years for the seven-year itch. Neptune has a 165-year cycle and the half-way point is close the Uranus full cycle and a human lifetime. Pluto has a 248-year cycle and spends about 20 years in a sign. Moses was purported to be 120 years old at death, half a Pluto cycle and his Pluto would have been opposing natal Pluto, a fine time to perish.

Right now, Pluto is in 19 degrees of Capricorn. Last time it was in 19 degrees of Capricorn was in March 1771. If you’re American, you know that the people of this land were fomenting revolution. That revolution occurred when Pluto was at 27 degrees of Capricorn. Oh, by the way, Pluto will return to 27 degrees of Capricorn in February 2022 as it bounces back and forth over that position for an entire year.

The Pluto quatrain:

The people of a young land stir
To overthrow their great fathers
Tea is now iced and stays in the glass
But the tall tower must fall

Currently Uranus is in 25 degrees of Aries. The last time of that placement was August 1934 (it first hit this placement in May 1933 then went retrograde). Those were interesting times.

The Uranus quatrain:

Fire rises from around the globe
As heads butt heads in aggression
Identity is paramount
In the struggle for sovereignty

As we get closer to the sun, the planetary cycles become much shorter. Saturn’s cycle is about 30 years, the time in life when people settle down to saturnine reality. Saturn is currently in 27 degrees of Sagittarius. This short cycle takes us back to January 1988. At that time, Uranus was also in Sagittarius providing extra punch to the aspect. This time, Saturn in Sagittarius goes solo.

The year 1988 was in the US the second election of Ronald Reagan who reduced taxes, released regulations, and promoted economic growth that allowed the top one percent to increase in wealth dramatically while everyone else plateaued. The common man did get some benefits which include high fructose corn syrup, diabetes and economic crashes.

The Saturn quatrain:

Abundance causes illness and sadness
Throw the remains into the world
When restraint is needed
The rulers open the gates

Lastly, let’s look at Jupiter, which as a roughly 12-year (actually 11-point-something which is quite close to the sun spot cycle).

Jupiter is currently transiting 15 degrees of Libra. That last occurred in August 2005. Recent history is more difficult for me to remember these days, for some reason, than more distant history so I had to employ Google. Oh my, that was the year of Hurricane Katrina. How could I forget?

The Jupiter Quatrain:

A great wind arises from the south
It blows away the beautiful tablecloth
Revealing the table beneath
The wood is decaying

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History Continues Itself – The Opium Wars

“History repeats itself,” the saying goes. Or you might prefer Edmund Burke’s “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”

At first glance both sayings appear correct, but it might be more accurate to say, “History continues itself.” Rather than historical events starting, stopping then repeating themselves, so much of our current historical landscape can be traced back with unbroken line to past events. As with an individual life, the current political environment of the earth is a result of past decisions and actions.

For example, today refugees from the Middle East are flooding into Europe. If you trace the modern Middle East to its roots at the end of World War I, you can see Europe (mostly France and Britain) was the power that defined the territories and carved the lines in the sand. If you travel even further back in history to the First Crusade of 1095, you will find yourself in France, which is now a focus of terrorist attacks.

In the Western Hemisphere, we can look to the 1980s when US President Ronald Reagan supported conflicts in Latin American countries, including El Salvador. From the wreckage of El Salvador arose a street gang, MS-13, that is now the terror of other gangs and major cities in the US.

These events to me are political karma – the energy used to disrupt other nations returns to haunt the perpetrator.

The Opium Wars

In one fascinating and unveiled return of energy, the rise in the US of opiate addiction has a direct astrological line to the 19th century Opium Wars in southern China.

Up to the the early 19th century, Britain purchased tea and porcelain from China. As buyers only, in today’s lingo, there was a huge trade imbalance. In response, Britain traded opium, which was illegal in Britain, for Chinese silver. Trade imbalance was cured for Britain but at the expense of China which faced a rise of opium addiction and a loss of silver. In response, China banned, confiscated and destroyed large quantities of opium.

That began the first Opium War (1839-1842) in which Britain sought restitution for destroyed opium. Britain won that war, trade rights in China and a lease to Hong Kong until 1997.

In the second Opium War (1856-1860) France and other countries joined the war to force China to concede ports and treaty rights. Foreign powers ruled and dominated in China until 1949 when the Communists took sovereignty.

Neptune

When analyzing world events from an astrological standpoint, we need to look at the transpersonal planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Their distance from the earth and long cycles represent those slow changes that are noticed only when the energy has finally shifted. World history takes longer than personal history to form.

When analyzing religion, mysticism, drugs or any escapist, mass event, we need to track down the astrological Neptune. According to Café Astrology:

Neptune, God of the Sea, is the ruler of Pisces. In astrology, Neptune is considered a planet of inspiration, dreams, psychic receptivity, illusion, and confusion. Neptune rules spirituality, and all things subtle. A youthful, and sometimes naive, spirit characterizes those with a strong placement of Neptune in their natal charts.

On the up side, Neptune is associated with intuition and spiritual enlightenment. As well, it is a planet of mercy and compassion. The more negative manifestations of Neptune include deception, trickery, deceit, guilt, and addiction.

In 1839, Neptune was in the early degrees of Aquarius. At the end of the second Opium War, it was in the late degrees of Pisces. Neptune rules Pisces and that, my dear readers, is where Neptune is today, 157 years later. Neptune’s cycle is a 165 years so it’s close to a complete Opium War cycle.

In Aquarius Neptune “spiritualizes” technology (then railroads and steamboats, today computers). In Pisces, Neptune “spiritualizes” religion and narcotics (then opium, today opioids).

The Opioid War

Opioids, I learned, cover both synthetic and non-synthetic forms of opiates which derive from the opium plant and are used to relieve pain. Opioids are increasingly prevalent as prescribed pain killers in the US with the unfortunate effect of causing an epidemic of addiction to both opioids and heroin.

According to the presentation America’s Addiction to Opioids: Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse, opioids do the following:

Opioids include drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin that are mostly prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. They act by attaching to specific proteins called opioid receptors, which are found on nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs in the body. When these drugs attach to their receptors, they reduce the perception of pain and can produce a sense of well-being; however, they can also produce drowsiness, mental confusion, nausea, and constipation.

And why has addiction to opioids increased in the US?

Several factors are likely to have contributed to the severity of the current prescription drug abuse problem. They include drastic increases in the number of prescriptions written and dispensed, greater social acceptability for using medications for different purposes, and aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies. These factors together have helped create the broad “environmental availability” of prescription medications in general and opioid analgesics in particular.

Included in the presentation is this chart which shows Opioid Prescriptions Dispensed by US Retail Pharmacies IMS Health, Vector One: National, years 1991-1996, Data Extracted 2011. IMS Health, National Prescription Audit, years 1997-2013, Data Extracted 2014.

Like the British in 1839, the pharmaceutical companies are winning an opiate war. Today they are more cleverly using the very legal health care system. The peak year of opioid prescriptions was 2011 – that is the year Neptune moved from Aquarius into Pisces.

As in 1839, the government began to intervene in the opioid addiction crisis. Today’s intervention is about education and awareness. My own personal experience is that opioids are prescribed without discrimination of pain. I’ve had them prescribed for minor dental work to major surgery. As my dentist explained it when I asked why such a strong pain killer was provided for minor dental work, she replied that you don’t know how someone else experiences pain.

Pisces, as a sign, experiences everyone’s pain. Possibly the over-prescription of opioids is due to a fear of pain, no matter how minor.

Neptune in Pisces does seek the “well being” that is provided by substances like opioids. Neptune, which rules the ocean, is also fond of drinking. Ultimately Neptune seeks spiritual escape from a world that lacks poetry and wonder. Neptune-in-Pisces escape is evident in other trends occurring now from “binge” media watching to the rise of “craft” alcohol.

History Continues Itself

The Opium Wars of the 19th century and the current opioid crisis have the same roots – business. History isn’t repeating itself, history continues itself. History, like Neptune, has no boundaries.

 

Related posts:

High on Neptune in Pisces

Neptune in Pisces: Escape and Enablement

Neptune in Pisces

Mutable signs dissolving in a glass of Neptune

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Cat Analyzes Garth Stein Horoscope

When I told my cat that I attended a lecture by an author who writes from a dog perspective, she asked what the dog thought about Pluto transiting Capricorn.

“Dogs aren’t as interested in astrology as cats,” I explained. “They’re more interested in simple stuff, like riding fast in a car, eating, peeing outside, watching TV, paying attention to humans, that kind of thing.”

“Do dogs have any intellectual interests?”

“Why do you ask? Are you planning on making conversation with dogs?”

“Maybe,” she replied with derision.

“You can talk to the dog next door,” I prodded, “and see how it goes. He’s been barking for the last three hours straight so he obviously has a lot to say.”

Before spending three hours in conversation with the dog next door, she decided first to read a book narrated by a dog to see if dogs had anything worthwhile to discuss.

Cat Reads The Art of Racing in the Rain

As my cat finished the last page of The Art of Racing in the Rain, I noticed her eyes were wet. She could not deny that it was touching, that dogs might not be interested in history, politics and astrology, but they were capable of some deep and poignant thoughts.

“As I read it,” she began, “I started to wonder if the dog wasn’t saying things the author wanted to say but felt he couldn’t.”

“Yes,” I replied. “The dog functions as a narrative device to provide safety in expression from an external point of view. Good catch.”

“Can a cat do this?”

“Theoretically. But I fear that humans don’t want to hear what cats think about their behavior. Cats seem to have less compassion than dogs for human folly.”

Garth Stein

Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, has sun in Sagittarius (I told the cat). Since beginning my studies in astrology, I often reflected that if Sagittarius weren’t ruled by the centaur, it should be ruled by the dog.

Dogs have the freedom-loving nature of the Sagittarius and are always up for a ride, forgive maltreatment and are, by human description, “man’s best friend.” Sagittarius is one of those spontaneous mutable signs that likes to wander with you.

Racing also rings Sagittarius as this sign enjoys freedom of movement and fast motion. What Sagittarius doesn’t care for, at all, is restraint. We see that in the dog narrator, Enzo, when he dashes away after a traumatic event, running through the woods and devouring a squirrel.

Racing, dogs, very Sagittarius.

Stein’s chart, however, is one portion of fiery, freedom-loving Sagittarius but six portions earth (Uranus, Mars, Pluto in Virgo, Jupiter in Taurus, Mercury and moon in Capricorn), two portions water (Venus and Neptune in Scorpio) and one portion air (Saturn in Aquarius).

The freedom-loving Sagittarius sun is boxed in by a lot of mountains, rules and intense emotions. Capricorn is a difficult position for the moon as it’s controlling in nature and prone to suppress emotional response. We read about that, too, in the novel as the race-car driver engages speed and must control response so as not to make fatal mistakes that occur with hasty reactions, a very good use of moon in Capricorn.

Capricorn moon takes care of things as others fall apart. Our race-car driver lives through harrowing unfair treatment but is able to remain strong and prevail. Hopefully other Capricorn moons feel this sense of vindication.

“What a perfect description of Sagittarius sun and Capricorn moon,” the cat proclaimed as she examined the chart. “It’s almost like the character in the book is the author himself.”

So perceptive, the cat.

“What’s even more interesting,” I told the cat, “Is that this book was published when transiting Pluto had just entered Capricorn and transited natal Mercury. The Mercury transformation wasn’t a successful book but a new way of communicating. The innocent narrator has probably opened up a new channel of communication in general for the author.”

Natal Uranus, Mars and Pluto in Virgo (square the sun) make for an exacting perfectionist. The conflict in the square is that Sagittarius freedom involves spontaneity, encounter and experience which can be stifled by Virgo as well as the other earth signs. Reading and writing are other ways to travel.

Transiting Neptune in Pisces is opposing the Virgo energy asking for more imagination when discrimination tends to rule. Neptune also makes things blurry which Virgo hates. Words seem so clear to the issuer and so confusing to the receiver.

Natal Jupiter in Taurus bodes well for accumulating money and assets. During the Jupiter in Taurus transit of 2012 is probably when the financial gains arrived (the author mentioned something about selling movie rights which may have occurred at this time).

Natal Venus and Neptune conjunct in Scorpio provide obsessive and sexual intensity that is also in conflict with the freedom-loving Sagittarius and emotionally distant moon in Capricorn. The sun in Sagittarius is the eye-in-the-sky philosopher in the middle of planets that are continually demanding earth-bound realism and sticky emotional bonds.

“Fascinating,” purred the cat. “Why dogs aren’t interested in astrology is beyond me.”

Lastly, I told the cat, natal Saturn in Aquarius in Stein’s chart indicates how some of us move toward our fates with happy endings. Saturn, as the cat knows, is about our weakest link, our insecurity. In Aquarius, there is difficulty relating to groups, to feel part of the mission, part of the team. From the large audience drawn to his speaking, I think he’s doing okay with this placement.

“With transiting Saturn recently crossing his sun,” the cat added, “the speaking probably feels a bit like responsibility.”

And transiting Neptune in Pisces, I reminded her, is square causing a bit of free-floating anxiety. Neptune fears the monsters under the bed. Each person’s monsters are unique to the individual. Maybe Stein’s next book can be from the monster’s point of view. That could purge a Neptune square to one’s sun.

Cat Now Garth Stein Fan

After our lengthy discussion, my cat asked me to go to the bookstore to buy more Stein novels. She needed a break from astrology, she said. She wanted to understand how the other half lives, she said. She wanted to read all of Stein’s novels before he came back to town, she said.

“Unfortunately,” I told her, “you can’t attend the lecture. Cats aren’t allowed in public buildings. Only dogs.”

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American Ice

When in college, I woke every day and prepared myself a tall glass of ice water. I still recollect the intense sensation of that habit which spanned all seasons from the cold winter to the hot summer. Right after college I spent time abroad in a country that did not feel the need to make all beverages ice cold. I suffered greatly.

Initially I was desperate for something, anything so icy cold to relieve the heat of that country. Two years later, after extreme deprivation and withdrawal, I was finally broken of the need for this constant sensation having learned that it’s actually better to avoid cold drinks (and food). While I still drink ice, I do so much less than in the past. Asking for beverages without ice at restaurants is now an eccentric habit that drives my friends and family crazy.

Even more fascinating than learning about cold beverage affect on the body was to realize that desire for iced beverages was a cultural trait. Returning to the United States I watched my people consume icy cold beverages, even when it was freezing cold outside, and claim they loved it. I heard echoes of my former self.

Why do Americans love ice?

Real estate in purchased beverages and free refills form the hypothesis of this author. Yet the sensation of cold in your body is a habit that is preserved both in and out of restaurants.

Another article refers to the 19th century ice industry and increased refrigeration. But does that explain why Americans love a cold burst of sensation on a frigid winter day?

My own hypothesis, which I will test when I get funding, is that American culture involves extreme sensation and extremely cold beverages are one aspect. While traveling abroad I also learned that air conditioning doesn’t need to be turned so high you can store meat, sweets don’t need to have 500 calories and food portions don’t need to last for three days.

Possibly Homer Simpson said it best when he said he liked his “beer cold, his TV loud” and one other extreme you can watch on the YouTube video.

Ice is part of American culture.

ICE

In a “you-can’t-make-this-shit-up” (copyright my friend) moment of etymology, in March 2003 the United State Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) rebranded itself as ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

The year 2003 was two years after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Transiting Pluto in Sagittarius was opposite transiting Saturn in Gemini bringing intense focus on Sagittarius foreign others. With Saturn involved, we began a new cycle of fear of the foreign other, having recently completed our fear of Communists. We can trace a fear of foreign others back a long way.

ICE was formed with sun in Pisces (happy birthday!) and Neptune, moon, Mercury and Uranus in Aquarius. Venus is in Capricorn, Pluto and Mars in Sagittarius, Saturn in Gemini and Jupiter in Leo.

“You-can’t-make-this-shit-up” (copyright my friend) describes the entire astrological formation and evolution of ICE. If I was a conspiracy theorist, and I swear I’m not, I’d say the court astrologer planned this rebrand.

Let’s begin with ICE and the United States horoscope. Using the Astrotheme horoscope for July 4, 1776 (our symbolic birthday if not actual birthday), shows our ascendant at 8 degrees of Sagittarius. That makes perfect sense as this country (as well as all of the Americas) was conquered by foreigners.

Both Mars and Pluto in the ICE horoscope (at 19 and 27 degrees respectively) land in the first house of the U.S. horoscope. Pluto and Mars, gods of the underworld and war respectively, are now are the guiding energies in terms of immigration. If you study closely the history of U.S. foreign policy, you will happen upon much Pluto and Mars. In 2003, this simply became more open (ascendant).

On Friday, January 27 the new president of the U.S. signed an executive order regarding immigration that put qualifiers on individuals from several countries that have Muslim majority population. On this day, transiting Saturn was at 24 degrees of Sagittarius; this placement brings it full on to the ICE horoscope configuration of Pluto/Mars (in Sagittarius) opposing Saturn (in Gemini). This order was a direct result of energies coalesced in 2001.

Immigration policy might better be discussed with the benevolent Jupiter who rules foreigners. In the ICE horoscope, Jupiter is in Leo and could provide a bit of leveling to the Pluto/Mars energy but is out of orb.

Jupiter in Leo, does, however, oppose Neptune (in Aquarius) in the ICE horoscope. Neptune in Aquarius is the ideal of a perfect society. While we all vote “yes” for the perfect society, the difficulty is that our perceptions of “perfect” are all different (which results in the logical conclusion that there is no “perfect”). There are sad tales in history of aims of societal perfection through the elimination of people deemed to ruin that perfection. Also, the ICE horoscope has Mercury in Aquarius almost exact the U.S. natal moon again relating to this desire for a perfect society.

In another “you-can’t-make-this-shit up” (copyright my friend) transit, transiting Neptune on January 27 was at 10 degrees of Pisces (specifically 10 degrees, 28 minutes Greenwich Mean Time) landing on the ICE horoscope sun in Pisces which is at 10 degrees, 31 minutes).

Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, mutable and ruled by water. It is emotional and empathetic. In negative form it is impressionable and easily manipulated. It can also be the manipulator.

Immigration ruled by Pisces should be a compassionate immigration. Yet, Pluto, Mars and Saturn are also in mutable signs creating what’s called “square” energy causing tensions and blockage of this compassion. From the news it appears that ICE was caught unawares by the initial executive order and chaos ensued. Neptune transiting the sun causes confusion and also suggests that ICE is not actually driving the changes, which also seems accurate from the news.

Neptune transiting the sun in Pisces could bring not only more compassion but more imagination into the situation. While “imagination” and “government agency” are in apparent oxymoron, the chaos of our current political climate may allow for something outside of the ordinary.

The first thing we could imagine is what it feels like to be driven from your country by war, having watched your people killed in politics that are far removed from your daily life. Possibly we refrain from this type of imaginative interlude because it’s so painful, also a Pisces experience.

What’s next for ICE/ice?

Saturn will leave Sagittarius at almost the winter solstice of 2017 – i.e., around the Christian holiday of Christmas. Possibly the ice will melt at that time and ICE will be out of the cross-fire of presidential politics.

Several years from now, Saturn and Pluto will join forces in Capricorn and pass over Venus in the ICE horoscope. While Capricorn isn’t the friendliest of signs, the rules will be more clearly established at that time. Venus at 28 degrees in the ICE horoscope corresponds to the U.S. Pluto in Capricorn at 27 degrees.

What is occurring with immigration as transmitted by ICE is really about the very foundations of U.S. economy and culture. It’s more than a little xenophobia; it’s a national psychological drama being triggered that culminates with the national Pluto return in spring 2022 (at 27 degrees, as noted above).

As many Americans are unaware of the detrimental effect of ice in their bodies, etymological transference suggests we are not aware of the detrimental effect of ICE on our collective body, i.e., our culture.

Although we are reminded again and again that if we are not Native American, we are immigrant, there still is this idea that if we exist now in the U.S. and were born here that this land was always ours, a pure land of “us” (oh my, more etymology).

It’s interesting that in the study of race you learn that there is no such thing as race. If there is no race, then there is no us.

 

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Neptune and Pluto in Malaysia

Malaysia has frequently been in the international news in the last couple years. Perhaps I should say it made it to the US news which means it made it into the five minutes we allot to the rest of the world in our national news.

Malaysia first made news in 2014 with the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370 which left Malaysia bound for China but for some reason diverted course and still has not been located (tomorrow is the three-year anniversary of its disappearance). A few months later, Malaysian flight 17 was struck down over Ukraine.

This year on February 13 the half-brother of the current North Korean leader was attacked at the Kuala Lumpur airport and died of poisoning by a lethal toxin. Two young women were arrested for this murder with one, at least, having come up from behind the half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, to rub the toxin in his face. Both assailants have claimed they thought they were part of a TV show prank. While the facts are sparse in this story, it’s quite believable that these two cute, young women did not know they were part of a political assassination.

Astrological Neptune and Pluto are definitely at play in Malaysia in their most political, nefarious manifestations. Neptune is the disappearing planes and trickery involved in exploiting two young women who sought fun and fame and instead may be hung for murder. Pluto is the force that betrayed the women and organized an assassination.

Neptune is the ruler of the sea and astrological Neptune brings mysticism, merging, spirituality, illusion, imagination, ambiguity and manipulation. Pluto is the ruler of the underworld and astrological Pluto brings transformation, regeneration, death, power and evolution.

No planet is good or bad – they do their business. But like any energy, a planet’s energy can be manipulated by others. The spirituality of Neptune can be exploited by gurus and directed toward personal gain. Our Plutonian power is exploited by a world that seeks our energy like hungry wolves and leads us into activities where we are provoked to release energy.

The Young Women

The saddest part of this story is the Neptunian sacrifice of two young women to a ruthless Pluto. The women involved are 25-year old Indonesian Siti Aisyah and 28-year old Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong. Both have Pluto and Neptune stories occurring in their horoscopes.

Aisyah is of a generation born with Uranus and Neptune conjunct in Capricorn (early 1990s). Now that Pluto is transiting that sign, this generation must deal with Capricorn issues such as collapsing governments and loss of economic security – intense challenges. I’ve pondered much on how this generation will fare over time dealing with such important issues prior to full emotional maturity.

In addition to the Uranus/Neptune conjunction in Capricorn, Aisyah has Venus and Mars in that sign. She also has three planets in Aquarius (Saturn/Mercury/Neptune) and moon in Taurus. Jupiter is in Virgo and Pluto in Scorpio. Aisyah has very little water in her chart and possibly no fire (but time of birth could reveal a fire rising sign).

Neptune lives in the collective unconscious and Aisyah would probably have trouble picking up the emotional undertone of a situation. In one of the few articles about her, she was described by friends as naïve and trusting. With moon in Taurus and sun in Aquarius, there’s a tendency to take life literally and at face value. Moon in Taurus is strong, steady and generally calm.

Transiting Pluto is currently passing between her Neptune and Venus. Neptune conjunct Venus creates some powerful ideals in love and relationships. In Capricorn, she seeks a partner with ambition who is of a high status. Possibly the person who led her into her current difficulties was that type – a mature, older (Capricorn) man who had money, possessions and apparent control of his environment.

Transiting Neptune in Pisces was almost exactly opposite natal Jupiter in Virgo on the day of the incident. Robert Hand in his book on transits describes this as “inflated expectations, excessive and impractical idealism and sudden disappointments.” Sudden disappointments surely occurred on this day.

Huong has an entirely different personality. With sun, Mercury and Venus in Gemini and moon (most likely) and Uranus in Sagittarius, there is much more playfulness, risk taking and seeking of adventure.

The more unpredictable aspects of her personality are balanced by some other placements – Saturn and Neptune in Capricorn, Mars in Pisces, Jupiter in Taurus and Pluto in Scorpio.

Unlike Aisyah, Huong met Pluto much earlier than last month’s incident. According to the news stories, she left home ten years ago and her family was not clear on her whereabouts. Ten years ago (in 2007), Pluto was in the last degrees of Sagittarius transiting Huong’s natal Uranus. Uranus is sudden and Pluto is transformation – Huong may have made a radical change to her life on an impulse. Uranus opposite Venus suggests following a love interest.

Pluto then quickly changed signs and transited Huong’s natal Saturn in Capricorn in 2008. Pluto transiting a natal out-of-sign conjunction of Uranus/Saturn was a spark that lit an already simmering situation. Uranus is the rebel and Saturn is the system so there are lots of issues with authority here. Pluto in Sagittarius blasted out of its confines but then moving into Saturn probably faced a new and different type of external control.

In 2013, Pluto then transited natal Neptune in Capricorn. This movement probably improved her conditions somewhat or she moved to a new level of acceptance. Around the same time, transiting Neptune made a transit of her natal Mars in Pisces and squared her sun which suggests latching onto a new ideal, a new partner or new religion. Huong definitely went through a spiritual shift around 2013 as both transits involve Neptunian energy (Neptune rules Pisces).

Then in early 2015, Huong had her Saturn return – the time when people begin to settle down. However, settling down is never easy for Gemini. The last ten years for Huong probably were like living several different lives. Huong has probably had more changes in the last ten years than more sedate folks have in a lifetime.

It’s unlikely that Huong has had many moments of internal peace or tranquility in her short life as Pluto has been making oppositions and conjunctions in her chart since birth. First it opposed natal Jupiter in Taurus so there was financial or physical difficulty. Then Pluto was conjunct the moon and opposing the sun indicating problems with the parents. Then Pluto began the transits noted above.

What’s interesting is that at the time of the airport incident, the Pluto and Neptune transits had already passed although transiting Neptune is still in orb. Why are Neptune and Pluto trapping her now?

Malaysia

According to this chart by Astrodienst, Malaysia has natal Pluto in Virgo. Transiting Neptune in Pisces is currently opposing Malaysia’s natal Pluto.

This play of Virgo and Pisces is about analysis and synthesis. Virgo is focused on details and facts while Pisces is focused on feeling and connection. This is an energy playing out in the world today that boils down to the empirical question – what is true?

In my country, the United States, we recently elected a president who routinely utters nonsense surrounded by advisers purporting “alternative facts.” We are in the midst of a national mind game and are busy trying to sort out 140-character puzzles so can’t help sort out facts right now.

Malaysia, you can be the hero of the world by sorting out the Virgo facts from the Pisces imagination. We all love and need imagination. But we also need to know where planes go when they leave the airport.

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Dear Inez

Dear Inez,

You must have heard me talking to a friend about you last week. Today while looking for a file I happened upon your birth certificate. You must have known that as an astrologer I’d want to get to know you through the horoscope. It took me two years in your house before I grabbed for something on the shelf in the closet and discovered it.

The check you left appeared much earlier as we lifted the carpet to find near-perfect hardwood floors. I may have a necklace of yours as well but I can’t recall where I put it. Oh, and with the necklace in the small trinket box was your widower’s fishing license from the 1940s or 1950s. I misplaced that as well.

Speaking of your widower, I searched his name and learned he died not five months ago. Many have been passing during this unusual energy; in fact, a friend just passed away in February.

According to the obituary, your widower and you were married only two years before you left while transiting Uranus and Neptune were just about to cross your ascendant. Your first house was in another realm I see.

Did my sudden attraction to perfume result from your influence? I recall discussing you back when I found the check and necklace and somehow included in the conversation my new love of perfume when a friend proclaimed, “Well that Inez certainly had an influence.”

You probably would have liked those friends as you had Uranus and moon conjunct in Pisces in your horoscope. Were you religious and mystical? Imaginative you must have been with Jupiter, Neptune, sun and Mercury in Leo and Uranus and the moon in Pisces.

Did you delight others with storytelling? I bet you were a fine mimic of others’ behaviors. Acting and expressing the feelings of others would have been natural to you. Did you do any professional acting?

In the early part of the 20th century as you were growing up, spiritualism was quite rampant. Did that interest you? Did you take part in a séance? Or maybe that was scary and you stayed in the arena of more traditional religion.

Your widower had Neptune in Leo and Uranus in Pisces so activated your imagination, intuition and spirituality. Did the two of your feel a connection from the first time you met?

My grandmother was born about five months before you. She had a difficult early life as her mother passed away when she was just 18 months old. In those days when the mother died children were referred to as “half-orphan” and she and her brother were sent to an orphanage.

Natal Saturn opposes your Uranus/moon conjunction suggesting issues with the mother. Maybe she, like my grandmother’s mother, was not present during your early life? Or she was unreliable in some way? In those days, women often died in childbirth. Natal Pluto in Cancer in the 6th house adds to this by suggesting great transformation to the home life.

Your Leo sun suggests you were close to your father. Your birth certificate says he was a farm hand. Did you grow up on a farm? Did you like to garden?

Six of your planets were in the 7th house so you must have loved people. Did you host large events at your home?

Why in 1955 did you request a copy of the birth certificate that is now in my possession? Did you need it to get a passport? Did you need it for a religious ceremony?

Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto were all transiting Leo at that time and transiting Neptune was in your 9th house (in Libra). Maybe a partner took you on a trip abroad? If you did take a trip, I hope you had fun.

It’s getting late and I must say goodbye for now. I’m putting the birth certificate back where I keep it. I look forward to happening upon it again.

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Gemini Trump Loves the Media

If you tormented yourself, as I did, and watched all 80 minutes of last week’s press conference with President Trump, you may have caught him saying, “I love this.”

But I’m having a good time. Tomorrow, they will say, Donald Trump rants and raves at the press. I’m not ranting and raving. I’m telling you you’re dishonest people, but I’m not ranting and raving. I love this. I’m having a good time doing it, but tomorrow’s headlines are going to be Donald Trump, rants and rants. I’m not ranting. Go ahead —

Gemini sun Trump is ruled by the planet Mercury, which rules communication. On Mercury, Café Astrology writes:

Mercury not only rules communication, it represents coordination. Thought processes, ideas, and sensory information from both conscious and unconscious sources all need to be coordinated and understood. Mercury analyzes, sorts, groups, and makes sense of things. How do we handle nervous energy? How do we express and convey our thoughts? How do we approach others and information in order to learn and exchange ideas?

When we are “acting out” our Mercury, we are inquisitive, curious, communicative, and versatile. On the negative side, we can be high-strung or nervous, nit-picky, indecisive, and overly technical.

While Trump’s attack on the media is causing fear of despotic elimination of the press, both physical and astrological evidence suggest otherwise.

The media, like Trump, is ruled by Mercury. Trump is the media, Trump is one of them. This money-back guarantee astrological (and political) prediction is that the influence of the media will grow and Trump will have more press conferences than any other president. In fact, it was pointed out on Washington Week that Trump called on more news organizations (17) than past presidents.

If Trump is here, Mercury is here.

Trump the Puer

During the press conference, Trump expressed the verbal agility of Mercury that allows it, if desired, to function as the trickster, or con artist. However, it’s not really the con artist that Trump is channeling. Another aspect of Mercury, one less discussed, is more prevalent in his performance – Mercury as puer aeternus, or eternal youth.

The definition from Wikipedia seems to describe the situation well:

In psychology, it is an older person whose emotional life has remained at an adolescent level. The puer typically leads a provisional life, due to the fear of being caught in a situation from which it might not be possible to escape. He covets independence and freedom, opposes boundaries and limits, and tends to find any restriction intolerable.

While researching Mercury as puer, I happened upon excerpts for a book that now in on my reading list entitled Perpetual Adolescence: Jungian Analyses of American Media, Literature, and Pop Culture. In this work, the puer is compared to the senex, or the old man (who may be wise but definitely of the established order). The senex for Trump is the establishment, including Hillary Clinton (where have I heard that name?) who is in political time ancient history but that he mentioned several times during the conference.

Trump as president is the puer in an impossible situation from which he can’t escape. The media is his escape and he will mostly likely turn to the media again and again. It’s his senex advisors, I suspect, who try to keep him far from both Twitter and Meet the Press.

Trump reminds me of a colleague’s daughter who once visited us in the office. Cute, charming and open, this elementary school girl spoke to many of us and inadvertently revealed that mommy had a vaginal infection and was going to find another job, among other things. Those are the two I remember most.

Trump’s senex overseers were probably cringing that he mentioned global nuclear war after being asked about a Russian spy ship off the US coast (hey, why isn’t the press covering this?) like a child revealing dinner-table conversation. Yes, Donnie, we know nuclear war would blow up the planet and there are arms are in the hands of those without nation-state stability and it’s very, very scary. Let’s not talk about it.

Frédéric Bourdin

The most representative individual of this Gemini/puer energy is Frédéric Bourdin who is portrayed in the move The Imposter.

Bourdin combined both Gemini sun ability to convince with words and Pisces moon (conjunct Jupiter) ability to imitate and tap into the emotional context of a situation. He’s truly amazing.

In his mid 20s, Bourdin, who is French, was able to imitate a teenager from another culture (American) convincing a European court, a family and the FBI of his identity. Most of Bourdin’s imitations at that time were as teenagers.

It’s clear the puer in Bourdin could not accept growing up. He simply wanted to remain a teenager and found a way to do it. Just act like a teenager – use all the words, actions and emotions of a teenager and the rest of the world buys in. In fact, the tagline for the movie is “There are two sides to every lie.”

President Trump also wants to remain a juvenile and has been aided in this by his wealthy upbringing and . . . the media. Every juvenile fart and burp must be covered because that is the media’s responsibility. They are stuck in a Mercury trap. It’s unfair to not report actual events but if the events are ridiculously unimportant or misleading, what do they do?

Not all Geminis are Trump

Astrology, like Mercury, categorizes and organizes. Because Trump is portraying Gemini traits doesn’t mean that all Geminis act like Trump. This flaw in astrological logic is one of the reasons astrology is dismissed in American life – American focus on individuality despises being categorized. Yet the core energy is the same although its manifestations are many.

Gemini can categorize all of the insects of the world or it can categorize all of the actions of your romantic relationship. The former brings knowledge to the world; the latter drives an emotional partner crazy. Gemini’s desire to compartmentalize life creates emotional distance with others.

As with Trump’s foe Hillary Clinton, close friends and companions portray a different individual than the one we see in the news. For Clinton they described her Pisces moon warmth. With Trump, they describe his Gemini sun and Cancer Venus charm.

Trump’s horoscope has more than Gemini sun. Uranus was also in Gemini when he was born adding impulsiveness to his Gemini nature. Adding energy to an already volatile combination is Sagittarius moon opposing sun/Uranus. This describes the lack of control we see with Trump.

If Trump had Uranus conjunct sun opposing moon in some other sign, say Taurus, the impulsive nature would still be there but focused differently. Taurus is earth and fixed so the energy would be focused on practical, physical matters with strong beliefs.

Yet, in his impossible situation which he can’t escape, no matter how many weekends he spends in Palm Beach nurturing his Venus in Cancer (water sign), Trump’s puer is begging for release.

Who is the senex in Trump’s world?

The senex in Trump’s world is definitely not the media. They are his friends and he loves them (he said so). Gemini rules friends and neighbors.

Senex is the entire government. Peter Pan Trump has dropped himself into a land that he thought was Neverland and where he would be the supreme ruler who everyone loved and admired. Even the average American could have told him the president doesn’t have as much power as it would seem. What is happening to Trump happens to every president, if you’ve been watching (and reading).

Trump has not grown up, even though Joe Biden asked him to; the senex in his new life that will force him to grow up has not yet emerged. Astrologically Saturn is the senex and transiting Saturn in Sagittarius has been conjunct his moon and opposing his sun, which demands the emotional restraint Trump hates.

Saturn is transiting Sagittarius for another year and will continue to request maturity from Sagittarius sun and moon persons. The impulsive Trump is facing his senex and his army of bureaucrats head on. The senex that matures Trump may emerge from one of the older, more seasoned areas of government, one of those dark places we don’t talk about at the dinner table.

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The Astrological Dissection of Scandal

During the writing of this blog, originally titled “Post-Scandal Era,” the BBC news site posted a story about French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy standing trial for campaign finance fraud in 2012. You might have missed the story as its shelf-life was shorter than a Twitter post.

Scandal still exists, but is now a mild flame whereas in my youth it was still a raging forest fire.

In 1972, for example, there was a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Virginia. The individuals involved in the break in were found to have ties to a campaign of dirty tricks supported by a slush fund created by the Committee to Re-Elect the President. President Richard Nixon allowed a cover-up of the situation which led to the imprisonment of many of his subordinates and his own resignation of the presidency.

Forty-three years later, it’s difficult to imagine what Nixon did raising an eyebrow today. Corporate and political interests are morphing into one large clan with the overall number of corporations decreasing but the sphere of multi-nationals increasing.

The US system of political lobbying is essentially institutionalized bribery. During elections, one or more candidates of both parties cry “corruption” but because the corruption does not enter daily lives for many, it is forgotten and ignored after the election. In other places on the globe, daily “lobbying” is a common occurrence.

Is political scandal fading into history? Are we still capable of the moral outrage that fuels the concept of scandal?

The Characteristics of Scandal

In reviewing what are perceived as scandals in a Google search, I discovered much considered scandalous resides in astrological one polarity – Taurus – Scorpio. The Taurus represents money, assets and self-worth. Scorpio in opposition represents money shared with others, inheritance, taxes and death.

Taurus is the physical, separate self. Scorpio is anywhere you merge your separate self with other selves from financial transactions to physical contact. That is why Scorpio rules sex and taxes. Scorpio also represents death as that is when physical body dissolves from the world and merges into the earth (Taurus) and universe.

Scandals tend to involve secret or illegal transfers of money, sex with those other than socially sanctioned (such as one’s spouse or a person of the opposite sex) and death.

There are a few other types of scandals out there such as athletic doping, which is in the realm of the body. Selling drugs is another area of scandal but that can be included under money.

The other areas of the horoscope may be involved in scandal in an ancillary fashion. A married individual having a fifth house romance may create scandal but the scandal is truly due to the Scorpio breach of trust by merging the body with another, rather than the romance itself.

Lying, a form of agile creative communication which may be associated with the third-ninth house polarity, is rarely scandalous in isolation. It’s only scandalous when involving sex and money. Possibly those are the main reasons we lie?

The first and sixth houses of self-other is one area that would seem to produce scandal. Being oneself and saying what one thinks uninhibited would seem to create scandal, but rarely does. I’m not sure if getting drunk at the office holiday party and dancing on the desks is considered a scandal (a personal one, of course); I imagine today it’s simply something to post to social media.

The Triggers of a Scandal

Browsing through some political scandals of the last 50 years, the triggers of the scandal appear unrelated to the scandal itself. The scandal is Taurus/Scorpio. The triggers can come from hurt loved ones (Venus or moon), accidental revelations (Uranus), political foes (Pluto and Mars) or the law (Saturn).

We’ll often see a transiting planet making an opposition during the time of scandal. The opposition is aptly named as it represents an opposing force to a natal energy. Oppositions drive us to reaction and action.

In analogy, it’s like your corporate job. Browsing the Internet instead of producing that report may not get you fired. But if someone wants to fire you, browsing the Internet may be one of the reasons listed.

Likewise, the scandal isn’t the thing itself but the revealing of that activity by those who have an interest in using that activity to punish or gain control. Scandal is so common in politics because politics is power itself. Revealing the scandal of others increases power and the ability to hide one’s own scandals.

Your CliffsNotes scandals:

Lance Armstrong, cyclist, admitted in 2013 after years of accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career. At the time of his confession, transiting Neptune had just entered Pisces and made T-square to his natal Neptune/Jupiter in Sagittarius and Saturn in Gemini. Neptune then began its transit of natal Mercury. Neptune will take some time to get to natal sun and Pluto. This scandal, unlike the political ones below, is less about opposition and more about guilt and self-undoing. Neptune creates uncertainty which allows for manipulation. Armstrong probably could have continued the lie but instead confessed and now is experiencing Neptune dissolution of his former life. [chart]

Bill Clinton, former US president, was impeached in 1998 after a year of transiting Saturn opposing his Mars/Neptune/Venus/Jupiter conjunction in Libra. At the same time transiting Uranus was opposing natal Saturn/Mercury in Leo. Saturn was the law. Uranus the unexpected struck at Clinton’s weakest link – Saturn in Leo. The original attack on Clinton was due to a real estate deal – Whitewater. His perjury emerged accidentally from that investigation and ended the investigation into that real estate deal. It was clear that as long as the opponents found a crime, the ostensible reason for the investigation was tossed aside. [chart]

Richard Nixon, former US president, resigned the presidency in 1974 as Saturn transited his tenth house of career and reputation and opposed his sun in Capricorn. His scandal was money and cover up of illegal activity. Saturn was the law that ended his public career. Saturn transiting in Cancer meant the collective, the group, rejected him. [chart]

Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France, is experiencing his scandal while transiting Pluto is opposing natal Jupiter/Uranus in Cancer and transiting Uranus is opposing natal Neptune in Libra. I keep getting the sense that Sarkozy pissed someone off for this scandal to arise at this time. The transiting Uranus opposing Neptune gives the sense Sarkozy is truly unaware of his transgression against those opposing him. This month’s full moon (the 10th) is conjunct Sarkozy’s Pluto in Leo which energizes him to fight back. [chart]

Jeffrey Skilling, former CEO of Enron prior to its collapse in 2001 due to financial fraud, is currently in federal prison from that scandal. Skilling didn’t have the intense oppositions we see in other scandals. Uranus and Neptune were transiting Aquarius from the Enron bankruptcy to Skilling’s incarceration in 2004 which may have opposed his moon if in Leo (it could be in Cancer but his risk-taking personality suggests Leo). Transiting Saturn also spent some time on natal Jupiter in Gemini during his trial. What’s interesting is that transiting Pluto in Sagittarius had already made a transit to the natal sun in the late 1990s prior to Enron’s bankruptcy. Rather than opposition, Skilling created a Pluto-fueled implosion. This scandal occurred from within and was only noticed externally with the company’s sudden demise. [chart]

John Stumpf of Wells Fargo recently experienced the scandal involving the opening fake accounts by staff pressured to acquire business. Transiting Uranus is opposing a natal conjunction of Neptune/Saturn in Libra. Transiting Pluto is opposing natal Uranus in Cancer and transiting Saturn is conjunct natal moon in Sagittarius. That’s quite a bit of opposition and restraint for a Sagittarius moon (ala President Trump) that is freedom-seeking to the point of recklessness and irresponsibility. Many forces came at Stumpf and ordered him to stop.

Digging for Scandal

Scandals are like potato bugs that live in the soil. You know they are there but don’t see them until you dig into the earth. Those wanting to find potato bugs merely need to grab a trowel and pick a spot.

Possibly an increasing boredom with scandal is due to an increase in volume which makes it commonplace and “normal.” Increased volume may simply be due to the increase in social media and the ease with which information can placed in front of people.

There does seem to be a reduction of the emotional charge of scandal and period of interest. We may not be in a post-scandal era. We may simply be in a too-much-information era which reduces our ability to give focus to any event, including scandal.

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