Venus in Power

My cat said she wanted to run for president of the United States in the next election (year 2020). I told her that cats are not allowed to run for president.

“Show me in writing where it says cats can’t run for president,” she demanded.

Feisty and accurate I changed tactics to avoid a long argument.

“You don’t want to run in 2020,” I said patiently, “when Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto will all be transiting Capricorn. It will be the Authoritarian Armageddon. You will surely get sliced up and packaged in plastic like American cheese.”

“I will not,” she insisted. “My platform is simple. Everyone gets a water bowl, food bowl, litter box, comfy place to sleep and good veterinarian. Humans make life complicated with their ridiculous mind games which create endless desires that can never be fulfilled resulting in enduring unhappiness.”

That was the long argument I had been trying to avoid. I tried one last angle.

“Before you decide to run you’d better check in on the fate of female politicians. In the past few years, many female leaders have lost power. The average tenure of a female leader is quite short.”

That comment gave her whiskers a rise as we reviewed the list from The Los Angeles Times of the 33 women elected (versus inherited) to power. She noticed, of course, there were no cats.

Statistically, Venus, which is almost half of the global population, hasn’t reached near that percent in terms of elected national leaders.

The Pluto in Leo Generation

Many of the women in power today are aged 60-70 indicating that they are the Pluto in Leo generation. This generation was born between 1939 and 1957. In the United States we call them the Baby Boomers. They transformed personal self-expression which led to “social revolution” in the 1960s including creative expression, sexual expression, civil rights and feminism.

Rock and roll is a legacy of this generation. I fear consumer culture (which targets identity and personal fulfillment) is a result as well although it came after the social revolution ended.

That our female politicians are still of this generation suggests that it may be some time before the number of female world leaders begins to grow. It will probably shrink in the near term as the Pluto in Virgo generation (1957 – 1972) is not quite as assertive.

Pluto in Virgo is transforming work, health and food. While those are important concerns, the personal confidence that comes with Leo is lacking in Virgo. Virgo is great at fighting for a specific cause, but not so effective when establishing more comprehensive leadership.

Dilma Rousseff and Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Of the 33 female leaders in The Los Angeles Times article, seven (21%) are from the Americas. All are from Latin and South America. The Los Angeles Times doesn’t list Kim Campbell (late Prime Minister of Canada), but possibly it missed her as she was in power only five months. The United States, as you know, has not produced any female presidents.

In South America, Michelle Bachelet is still president of Chile but Dilma Rousseff of Brazil was impeached late last year (2016) due to administrative misconduct and Cristina Fernandez of Argentina lost her re-election bid in 2015.

In an interesting coincidence, Rousseff of Brazil shares a birthday with another past female head of state – Helle Thorning-Schmidt, past Prime Minister of Denmark. Both began their terms in 2011. Thorning-Schmidt lost power a year before Rousseff in 2015.

Born almost 20 years apart, both women have sun in Sagittarius and moon in Capricorn. Sagittarius is a fire sign known for its idealism, need to find or make meaning of life’s experiences and the desire to travel for experience. Capricorn, in contrast, is reserved, inexpressive and conservative. Sagittarius breaks the rules while Capricorn follows them. Sagittarius is generous; Capricorn stingy. Sagittarius expands; Capricorn contacts.

Rousseff is the Pluto in Leo generation. When she was born, Saturn was also transiting that sign. Combined with her fire sign sun, Rousseff might come across as overly self-confident as Saturn tagging along in Leo is one’s weak spot. Rousseff does have confidence, but doesn’t know when to admit fear or lack of control.

Thorning-Schmidt in contrast is the Pluto in Virgo generation. When she was born, Uranus was also in Virgo with Saturn opposing both planets in Pisces. This opposition makes a square (called a T-square) to her sun causing her much more anxiety than Rousseff experiences. It’s the Pluto/Uranus in Virgo generation that brought us excessive fear of illness and excessive worry over detail.

While it might be a political coincidence that both women came to and lost power around the same time, astrologically it has a pattern.

In 2011, transiting Uranus moved in to Aries which energized the fire signs. In 2015, transiting Saturn moved into Sagittarius which contracted Sagittarius’ habit of expansion and growth.

In addition, since 2008 transiting Pluto has been in Capricorn. Pluto moves slowly so it can take a while to transit a planet in that sign. Both Rousseff and Thorning-Schmidt have moons in Capricorn, probably in the middle of the sign. Pluto’s effect is to change the relationship to public and women and also challenge the reactive pattern of control and authoritarianism.

Park Geun-Hye

Park Geun-Hye, President of South Korea, is the most recent female leader challenged with impeachment.

This is a tricky one astrologically. Geun-Hye has sun in Aquarius, moon in Taurus. It’s possible the moon is in late Aries which may provide a stronger indicator of personal problems. With moon in Aries, transiting Uranus would be causing sudden and impulsive actions.

Geun-Hye’s problems are occurring with a Jupiter transit (in Libra) of a natal Saturn/Neptune conjunction. There’s also a natal wide opposition to Jupiter in Aries.

This natal Saturn/Neptune conjunction in Libra suggests both strong idealization of partnership and strong letdown of that ideal. With an Aquarius sun, Geun-Hye probably carries the idealism farther in a relationship than does the partner. Aquarius is a fixed air sign and has clear ideas about social organization. If the moon is in Taurus, there is double stubbornness about those ideals. Aquarius is also a perfectionist.

While I haven’t delved deeply into her troubles, they appear to revolve around influence peddling by an aide. Possibly the aide or those charging her with influence peddling are the Libra partner (not necessarily of the sign Libra) indicated in her horoscope.

If Geun-Hye’s moon is in Taurus, there’s also opposition to Mars in Scorpio and a wide square to the sun. Taurus and Scorpio are sensual which is in conflict with the more emotionally and physically remote Aquarius. While intimate matters can be messy for many, they are messy by nature for Aquarius.

Angela Merkel and Theresa May

As my cat and I reviewed the dismal fate of recent female world leaders, the cat pointed out that Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom are doing well.

I reminded the cat that Angela Merkel has a Pluto opposition coming up around 2021, during the Authoritarian Armageddon when Saturn/Jupiter/Pluto will all be transiting Capricorn. Only the sturdiest most resilient economic, social and leadership structures will make it through that transit. Merkel may be just that strong, but it will be tough for her.

Theresa May, I agreed with the cat, has a chance. England has a history of females in power from the long reigns of Queens Elizabeth I & II and Victoria to Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s and 1980s. Thatcher was in elected power for 11 years, an eternity for an elected female world leader.

May like Thatcher has sun in Libra. May’s moon is either in Leo or Virgo. Thatcher’s was in Leo. So there are similarities here.

May has three planets in the strong, confident Leo – Uranus, Venus and Pluto. This suggests a very turbulent love life, even if the moon is in Virgo. A Saturn square in Scorpio adds to the troubles.

The peril of moon in Virgo for a politician is that Virgo thinks and worries itself into corners. Virgo is associated with health and hypochondria is often present due to the overthinking of the regular rough and tumble of life. Once Virgo has decided it has a terminal illness, you can talk to them for years to no avail.

Mars in Pisces opposes Jupiter in Virgo so there is definitely tendency to over-analyze. Yet Mars in Pisces is also intuitive and interested in bonding on a spiritual and emotional level. May’s horoscope is mostly left-brain analytical, so Mars in Pisces may feel squashed. Neptune is currently transiting Pisces so May could experience constant desire to relate to her people but the sense that all her actions toward this end are distorted.

Felines in the European Union

As we discussed the fate of female world leaders past and present, a conversation much too lengthy to include in this blog, my cat decided that as a female, feline and intellectual, Europe was a better place to live. She even presented to me a Huffington Post article on how easy it is for her to travel to Europe.

Unfortunately, I told her, this is one instance where cats have the advantage.

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You Love Saturn, You Just Don’t Know It

While it’s a cliche that we must toughen ourselves to face the unknown, the known, not the unknown, seems to cause the greatest fear and resistance. The ultimate fear – death – we might consider an unknown, regardless of our beliefs. But the known fact we are perishable is one we keep out of our minds most days. That we will one day die is a great Known.

This very pithy but insightful post by Dharmbir Rai Sharma explains the fear of the known in terms of the mind:

In reality, though, the unknown can never cause fear because fear arises from thoughts and thoughts are always in the realm of the known. The mind cannot produce anything that is totally unknown. So fear is not related to the unknown but to the possibility of the loss of the known. An extreme example is the fear of death. It is obvious that no body knows death. Knowing implies past experience and the very concept of past, present, and future vanishes with death. No one has ever come back to relate his or her experience of death. The fear is not of death itself but of losing what one has – the life and everything related to it. The fear is of the loss of the known.

When seeing a dead bird on the ground recently, it struck me how pervasive death is. Yet I think about it rarely although it’s everywhere. How many thousands of beings are dying within my periphery daily?

In astrology, Saturn represents structure, authority, time (as in Old Father Time) and limits. Death is the running out of time. Death is the separation from the corporeal body. Only our bones remain, which are ruled by Saturn. Death releases us from Saturn.

While those familiar with astrology tend to fear Saturn (irony mark here) as it represents limitations, disciple and that which we must develop, we actually hold onto Saturn very tightly. No matter how much we chase the other planets in our horoscope from love (Venus) to success (sun), Saturn is our very existence, the canvas upon which our lives are painted.

We love Saturn but don’t always realize it.

The sun is currently transiting Capricorn (ruled by Saturn). Let’s spend this Capricorn season giving Saturn some love.

Loving Saturn: Winter

Every year in the northern city (in the northern hemisphere) where I currently reside, there seems to be amnesic confusion about winter. I’ve spent most of my life in this region and each and every year in winter it: 1) gets cold; 2) snows or sleets and 3) produces head colds.

Yet each and every year in this region it seems surprising to folks when these three things occur. Each year winter effects are received as some odd anomaly, some weird aberration. Yet it’s a known event. Both the known and winter are Saturn.

In the cold northern hemisphere, winter begins in the sign of Capricorn ruled by Saturn. This is the time when natural life dies to be reborn in spring. As with Saturn itself, there is a dread that accompanies this season when we must introvert – stay indoors. Staying indoors produces the Saturnine afflictions of physical illness due to proximity to others and melancholia due to lack of sunlight and activity (today termed depression).

My advice to those who grew up in warm climates and find themselves in the northern hemisphere is to plan for winter from starting a hobby to finishing a project to studying. Unfortunately this advice is not always well received and once someone responded that he “shouldn’t have to do that.” Of course, he doesn’t – he’s welcome to experience the pale, cold, melancholia in pure form. Some enjoy Saturn as they do whiskey – straight up.

Love Saturn.

Loving Saturn: The Past

Saturn to some astrologers represents karma, or that which must be resolved from past actions. Saturn representing structure also has affinity with tradition which is a tie to the past.

Living in the past is not recommended but we in the US may have thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Understanding the past and how it leads to the present is very different from living in the past where one dwells on nostalgia to feel comfort to an excessive degree and rejects present experience. It’s Saturn (and time) speaking when someone says, “Things were better when I was a child.” You hear this Saturn phrase each and every generation.

Americans are particularly prone to disdain for the past as Richard Hofstadter explains in the 1963 work Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Hofstadter explains that “America has been the country of those who fled from the past.”

On the positive side, Hofstadter explains:

Among other things, the American attitude represented a republican and egalitarian protest against monarchy and aristocracy and the callous exploitation of the people; it represented a rationalistic protest against superstition; an energetic and forward-looking protest against the passivity and pessimism of the Old World; it revealed a dynamic, vital, and originative mentality.

While all this was both good and important for a country developing itself, the peril according to Hofstadter is that “it led to a disdain for contemplation which could not be transformed into practical intelligence and for all passion which could not be mobilized for some forward step in the process.”

Those individuals and cultures with disdain for the past are avoiding the introversion that comes with contemplation. Understanding the past without getting lost in it is a Herculean task as Saturn is gravity which pulls with a mighty grip. Possibly this is why so many fear solitude – this is when you are unable to extrovert; when forced to focus inward, the past often makes a clarion call.

Love Saturn.

Loving Saturn: The Saturn Corporation

On January 7, 1985, during the sign of Capricorn (ruled by Saturn as we know), the Saturn Corporation was registered as a trademark. This car company went defunct in 2010.

Like its namesake, the Saturn car was promoted as durable, reliable and long-lasting (like your bones). It’s always of fascination to me how we disdain astrology and mythology in this country yet use astrological and mythological names for so many things (Ford Taurus, Mercury car, ISIS fundamentalist group, Apophis comet, etc.).

Unfortunately the US disdain for astrology was of detriment to the Saturn Corporation. Had this company realized that US culture was Saturn-averse, they might have chosen a more American-friendly planet such as Uranus (our national moon sign based on July 4, 1776 is Aquarius) or Jupiter (we might have a Sagittarius rising which is believable due to our collective need to monitor physical weight).

Love Saturn.

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Ohio Cat Ponders Reality

My cat asked me to explain fake news. An avid reader of news, she was concerned that some of it wasn’t true.

How to explain?

Astrology, of course, comes to the rescue.

The Third and Ninth Houses of the Horoscope

The third house of the horoscope is ruled by Gemini and opposes the ninth house ruled by Sagittarius (I told her). Gemini is meant to learn and explore. It receives all data and processes it into categories. Sagittarius in polarity is meant to make meaning from the data. It processes and creates ideologies and philosophies. Gemini analyzes and Sagittarius synthesizes. At one time in our history scientists and philosophers were found in single individuals.

Today’s third house data is often ninth house interpretation of data (I said to her). It is also, of course, manipulation of data for marketing purposes (from politicians and retailers). Third house data is a bit dry, what we call facts. There is fighting in a particular country. Who is fighting and what they are fighting for is often mixed with ninth house interpretation and ideology.

In the west we acknowledge five senses – hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch. That is the third house and Gemini. Gemini is ruled by Mercury representing intellect and the mind. In Buddhism, there are six senses acknowledged – the five of the West and a sixth – the mind (or object of thought).

Buddhism joins third and ninth house activity. Possibly in consequence the Buddhists will tell you that what you perceive is an illusion (and at the same time is not). The planet Mercury, which rules Gemini, is, possibly the five senses and the very interpretation of those senses.

Mercury defines reality.

Feline Reality

“So you’re saying nothing is real?” asked the cat.

“Of course not,” I replied. “As a cat,” I told her “the five activities of your life are all real – eating, sleeping, eliminating, chasing toys and watching birds. Humans try to transform the five real activities of life into mind concepts such as work into ‘career’ or eating into ‘diet.’ We watch others compete then feel a personal sense of achievement. That’s purely of the mind.”

“So only animals experience reality?”

“Possibly,” I answered. Unless, I thought to myself, they read The New York Times and astrology blogs to pass away the hours.

My cat and I then discussed how the simplest “facts” can be disputed as we see often enough on episodes of Dateline where one person heard two gunshots, another heard three. She wanted to discuss, again, the Kennedy assassination and the “facts” but I wasn’t going there.

“Sorry, sister,” I responded. “Talking about the Kennedy assassination is one way to prove that no two individuals see the ‘facts’ in the same manner.”

Which, of course, leads us to question reality which we are convinced exists outside of our interpretation of it. Luckily the cat was ready for her mid-morning, post-breakfast nap and didn’t pursue the topic any further.

Neptune in Pisces

While the “fake news” of today is seen as concerning, I believe it’s nothing new. We simply have more channels with which to spread information, disinformation, marketing and opinion. In other words, I’m glad we’ve collectively noticed what has always existed (in reality?). I subscribe to the journalist Michael Kinsley’s idea that we all have bias (which I call personality) and it’s best to name it within one’s journalistic work.

If you saw a bottle of water sitting on a park bench, would you drink it?

Most of us wouldn’t eat or drink something where we didn’t know the source. Yet when we digest information, we rarely research who made it (Your grandma out of love? A friend out of consideration? Your enemy to mislead you? Marketing companies out to convince you Doritos are healthy?).

This awareness of the hall of mirrors that is information and perception on planet earth is represented to me by the ingress of Neptune into Pisces which occurred in February 2012. Neptune rules Pisces so we are experiencing the entire Pisces realm, like a double shot of hard liquor.

Neptune spiritualizes and idolizes. Neptune looks at four long-haired boys playing guitars and turns them into a movement, a longing, an object of yearning. Neptune isn’t romance, Neptune is beyond the personal; Neptune creates the halos around the people and situations that turns them into gods or movements.

After Neptune has passed, you may look at the four long-haired boys and see that they are not truly that handsome, not so talented in voice and instrumentation. The longing, the yearning to be near them or part of them has passed. How did I think they were so cool?

The mystic or guru is from Neptune. The true teacher is a gift but definitely difficult to recognize and many are the false prophets referenced in the Bible. That “prophets” sounds like “profits” in English seems a major clue in determining the difference.

Neptune and Pisces are in each of our horoscopes. We are all made of the same stardust and astrological symbolism. We all have the sacred within us and where it’s placed in the horoscope gives a sense of how we individually perceive it.

Neptune reminds us that when we digest reality in any form from interaction with others to reading the “news” that we are looking into the hall of mirrors that contains individual perception, reaction from others, deliberate roadblocks and cultural veil.

It’s the same reality it’s always been.

Related blogs:

Reality and Imagination

Neptune in Pisces

Neptune in Pisces: Escape and Enablement

Marketing: An Astrological Perspective

Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Gemini and Sagittarius

Justin Bieber’s Changing Reality

 

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The Next Four Years for Mike Pence

In yet another eyebrow-raising moment of the 2016 US presidential election (my eyebrows are now permanently stuck to my hairline), vice presidential candidate Mike Pence was viewed as the stable Rock of Gibraltar to president-elect Donald Trump’s windy and capricious nature.

Clearly, those holding this view are not astrologers.

I’ve hesitated for a long while on writing about Pence’s chart. My hesitation stems from the fact we do not have time of birth. The time of birth is critical to knowing the horoscope structure of any individual and in many cases, such as that of Pence, knowing in which sign the moon is placed. I’m also very curious as to where his Saturn lies in the horoscope as he’s up for a Saturn return.

Regardless of where the moon lies, or Saturn or the ascendant (your outward face or façade), Pence has many of the mutable qualities of his partner Trump.

The Mutable Presidency

My cat has been gloating since the election as she claimed the US was ready for a mutable presidency where normally we choose fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius). Once again, I was assailed with criticism of my human nature:

“Human consistency is a delusion,” she said (again). “People are now being honest in that they don’t care about consistency.”

I explained that I didn’t choose to be human any more than she chose to be feline and left it at that.

Sometimes it’s easier to let the cat win the argument. As an astrologer, I like to be right and still think I am. By popular vote, the fixed sign (Scorpio Hillary Clinton) was chosen. And possibly our belief that Pence will remedy any injuries caused by Trump is also a faith in fixed energy.

Mike Pence Stability and Mutability

What we know: Mike Pence has sun and Mercury in the mutable sign of Gemini. The sun sign is the same as his boss (Trump). Pence has Venus, Mars and Uranus in (fixed) Leo, Pluto in (mutable) Virgo, Neptune and Jupiter in (fixed) Scorpio and Saturn in (cardinal) Capricorn.

What we don’t know: The moon is either in (mutable) Gemini or (cardinal) Cancer. Depending on degree, it could be opposing Saturn (in or out of sign).

Let’s discuss.

The stable, steady person we see on television I suspect stems from the fixed energy of Venus/Mars/Uranus in Leo. Venus and Mars conjunct create a very charismatic and sexy energy. The women certainly like Mike Pence. Uranus in that same sign suggests some unpredictability in that area of life.

Leo is the leader, the actor. Leo is confident, optimistic and exuberant. At its worst, the attraction from others leads Leo to some arrogance of its grandness which leads to expanding and embellishing the facts. The Leo who is not loved and nurtured properly is the worst in this regard for the desire to be perceived as grand leads to the stretching of some truths.

Another placement that might represent the stability we perceive is Saturn in Capricorn (Saturn rules Capricorn). My own viewing of Pence is that his speech is somewhat slow and deliberate and devoid of the Leonine qualities of color and texture. My own radar picks up Capricorn on the rising. That would put Gemini in the 5th (self-expression) and those Leo planets in the 7th.

Regardless of where we find his stability, there is confidence in Pence which could be from leadership qualities and charisma compliments of Leo or maturity and strength compliments of Capricorn.

On the flip side, there is also mutability and changeability in Pence’s horoscope. As he also has fixed energy; he has a decent balance of both elements and modes. His least represented mode is cardinal, with only Saturn in a cardinal sign.

Lack of cardinal indicates lack of initiative. Lack of cardinal indicates waiting for others to begin the project or lead the way. In a sense, there’s a kind of laziness about starting the effort although there’s definitely energy to contribute once it has begun.

The sun and moon, regardless of moon placement, are more changeable in nature. Gemini moves with the air flow because of its inherent curiosity and desire to seek new experiences. The changeability of Cancer stems from an emotional nature reacting to both the physical and human environment. Cancer is the crab and retreats into its shell when the energy is overwhelming.

If the moon is in Cancer, this would be a bit of an Achilles heel for Pence as the Gemini and Leo energy wants to stay out and play while Cancer wants to go home and ponder over that comment someone made at the party.

Cancer is extremely sensitive to criticism and rejection. If the moon is in Cancer, Saturn in Capricorn would be opposing suggesting a critical upbringing, especially from the father. Sun in Gemini and moon in Cancer would be overly reactive to others, often responding in ways that leaves others confused. It’s unpredictable in an emotional way.

With sun and Mercury in Gemini, and especially if the moon is in Gemini, it’s difficult not to imagine there’s another life for Pence than the one we see. Gemini is represented as the twins and for Gemini, it’s a challenge to be in this world labelled and identified as one thing. Gemini’s nature is to learn and grow not to be expected to be one person, one image, one profession for the entire existence. Pence’s boss Trump exemplifies this most clearly. Gemini boxed in tends to retreat in some way, if only mentally.

Trump’s mutable nature was on display from day one of his campaign. Pence, in contrast, is represented as the stable foundation, a role which should provide challenging even with adequate fixed sign representation and even if Saturn is on the natal ascendent.

Pence’s Next Four Years

Jupiter changes signs about once and year and Saturn every couple years. These are useful in tracking annual energies, especially for those in the public sphere. Jupiter and Saturn both represent our social environment. Jupiter is involved in the social aspects from education to religion. Saturn represents law, order and authority.

Year One

Saturn will continue its transit of Sagittarius. This transit opposed Pence’s sun and Mercury but has moved out of orbit. It will still bounce back and forth for a wide opposition during 2017. This means Pence is held in restraint by social pressures. Pence wants to do much more than he will be allowed during 2017.

Jupiter will finish its transit of Libra and move through Scorpio in 2017. Jupiter in Scorpio will transit Pence’s natal Neptune and Jupiter in Scorpio. This is intensely magnetic so I imagine Pence’s aura will expand during this time, especially sexually. While it squares Leo, the fixed squares create very powerful energy and often can override the troubles it causes.

It’s difficult as a political spectator not to suspect male politicians of some affairs on the side. It seems a part of the power play that drew them into politics. If Pence has any of this hanky-panky past or present, there may be hints of it in 2017. But I think he’ll survive. Fixed energy can endure much through force of personality.

Year Two

Year two, things change for Pence. His second Saturn return is looming which forces him to rise to greater levels of responsibility. Unfortunately, without time of birth, we don’t know in which area of the chart this occurs.

Saturn has an approximately 29-year cycle and represents aging and maturity. By the first Saturn return, we are expected to be on our life’s course. By the second, you become the elder, or expert, in that experience.

With natal Saturn in Capricorn, there’s a sense of not achieving, not being successful enough to please those around you (the demanding father?). When transiting Pluto passed over this placement (most directly in 2010), that may have been a do-or-die moment for Pence in terms of his ideas of success in life.

If Pence feels successful, the Saturn return may cement that in his own and others’ minds. If he’s still feeling the insecurity of his place in the world that this placement can create, then the transit may prove tough. He may feel the need to arbitrarily assert authority.

Jupiter will continue its path through Scorpio in year two. Scorpio rules death, sex and taxes so whatever played out in 2017 will continue through 2018.

Year Three

In 2019, Saturn will have passed Pence’s natal placement. But Pluto will be joining Saturn in its journey around the sun so this will be an intense time for all. Pence may be better able to handle what occurs as he will have passed his own Saturn challenge with the Saturn return.

Jupiter will move into Sagittarius. Sagittarius opposes Gemini so Pence will become more open and possibly cocky than we see today. He will certainly be called on to exhibit generosity, insight and foresight.

The 2016 election was brought to you by Saturn in Sagittarius and we saw not only the disparate philosophies that exist in the US but also fear, anger and resentment (Saturn) of certain “others” (Sagittarius).

Jupiter in that same sign (Sagittarius) will (hopefully) resolve some of those resentments. Saturn in Capricorn may enact new laws or codes to deal with the situation. Jupiter in Sagittarius and Saturn in Capricorn represent each planet in the sign it rules so (hopefully) we’ll see the best of each placement.

Year Four

In year four, the planetary energies get very intense with Pluto and Saturn conjunct in Capricorn and then Jupiter joining in later in the year. At this time, Uranus will also be changing signs moving into Taurus.

Capricorn and Taurus are all earth signs and I expect great shifts from the earth itself to financial and property holdings. Pluto entered Capricorn right at the time of the global financial crisis (2008). I rarely see an astrological placement line up so directly to actual experience. We may see it again.

While this might sound dire, we have to examine how much earth and financial distress is caused by our own actions. If our actions toward earth and finance are fair, equitable and sustainable, then there’s not much to fear. The shift would be toward another level of function. However, I do fear dire consequences due to the imbalance of our current system.

Uranus moving into Taurus will oppose Pence’s Neptune in Scorpio. Scorpio is other people’s money and Taurus is one’s own. Pence (and possibly many others) will see a change to their financial holdings around this time.

The Pluto in Capricorn Presidency

Pluto entered Capricorn in 2008 and shook the world’s financial structure. Pluto has shaken other structures since then including law enforcement and politics.

In 2008 the US elected its first black president suggesting a shift in race relations (which don’t appear to have occurred). In 2016, the political foundations shifted with a pendulum swing to a more open authoritarianism and open resentment of others.

Pence is now part of history and his natal Saturn in Capricorn is a big part of how he will respond to these changes to Capricorn structure.

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Diluting the Trump Dynasty

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

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

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

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

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

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

Populist?

Diluting the Trump Dynasty

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

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

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

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

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

Marrying into the Dynasty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hillary Clinton’s Pisces Moon – Redux

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

Or did we see her Pisces moon?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Female Factor

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

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

From Time.com:

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

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

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

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

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

Clinton’s Pisces moon and Neptune transit

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

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

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

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

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

What president has done that?

 

Related posts:

Hillary Clinton’s Pisces Moon [OHA blog]

Pisces Moon – Why So Secretive? [OHA blog]

Always Astrology on Pisces Moon

 

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Humiliation Political Style with Huma Abedin

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

In other words, humiliation is a powerful weapon.

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

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

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

Humiliation

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

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

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

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

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

The article sums up the concept of humiliation by noting:

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

And,

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

Astrological Humiliation

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

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

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

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

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

Huma Abedin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Related posts:

The Sex-Text-iest Man Alive

Five Career Options for Anthony Weiner

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Saturn in Sagittarius: Notes on Hypocrisy in the US Election

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

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

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

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

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

Hypocrisy

The Google search definition of hypocrisy is:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The US Election Hypocrites – Ladies First

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And Donald Trump?

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

I talk therefore I am, we might say.

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

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

Who is Donald Trump?

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

Related blogs:

Saturn in Sagittarius FAQ

Lost Causes with Saturn in Sagittarius

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Pluto in Fracking Capricorn

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

Yes – it will pass.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pluto in Capricorn: Indicators from the U.S.

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

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

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

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

Fracking Capricorn

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earthquakes are You

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

Evolution has its own pace.

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

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

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Who is Donald Trump?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump is unctuous both in his compliments and insults.

Is Trump speaking his mind?

Reaction to Images

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

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

Is Trump reacting to images or speaking his own mind?

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

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

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

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

Who is Donald Trump?

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

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

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

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

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

I always felt I was in the military

I know more about ISIS than the generals do.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Related posts:

Donald Trump Doesn’t Care About Money

Looking Competition in the Eye

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