Trees were felled; Trump chopped them down.

In my January 8, 2018 post, I speculated that the Sabian Symbol image for the recent eclipse point at 28.53 Leo on August 21, 2017 was a perfect metaphor for the events that followed in the rise of the Me Too movement and the three devastating hurricanes here in the US.   I added the Sabian Symbol for the next upcoming eclipse that was to happen on 27.07 Aquarius, another point that impacts the USA Sibley chart and President Trump’s natal chart also. That eclipse occurred on February 15, 2018.  In the USA chart this point is closely conjunct the Moon; in Trump’s chart it is exactly on his Descendant opposing his Mars and Ascendant.   Here is the Sabian Symbol for 27 Aquarius:

“A Tree Felled And Sawed To Ensure A Supply Of Wood For The Winter”

I speculated that this metaphor for that eclipse might be an omen of many political firings on Trump’s part. And, indeed, in March Trump lost or fired several close associates and at least one perceived open enemy. The link to Trump’s Descendant clearly implicates open enemies and those with whom he has a one-to-one relationship or those whose role to whom he seeks advice.

Here is a list of firings and resignations that occurred in March of 2018:

FBI Deputy Director, Andrew McCabe,

Veterans Affairs Director, David Shulkin

His lawyer, John Dowd

Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson (resigns)

White House Communications Director, Hope Hicks,  (resigns)

This was an unprecedented number of staff turnovers and firings in a short span of time, and we can imagine that at least one of the resignations may have been forced.

Both of these eclipses were New Moons. The next New Moon eclipse will happen at 20.42 Cancer on July 12, a point that again hits both Trump’s and the US Sibly chart.

In the USA chart it falls very close to Mercury at 25 Cancer, the Part of Fortune at 21 Cancer, and the Vertex at 22 Cancer. In Trump’s chart it falls close to his Venus at 25 Cancer, his Saturn at 23 Cancer and makes an inconjunct to his Moon at 21 Sagittarius. Curiously, it falls in Trump’s eleventh house which may then involve his relationship to the Republican Party. And the inconjunct to his Moon in the the fifth house may implicate one of his children.

And here is the Sabian Symbol for 20 Cancer:

“A Famous Singer Is Proving Her Virtuosity During An Operatic Performance”

Will the players in the political sphere being going all out to demonstrate their worth, their skill, their cunning? Will they be vocalizing their stands, their protests, their policies at maximum volume, extremity and intensity? Will the President feel compelled to create some seemingly phenomenal deal or pass some landmark legislation to reinforce and prove his image as the greatest negotiator?  Will the president succumb to a major falling-out with the GOP? Perhaps this Sabian Symbol image may portend some extreme political grandstanding. I’ll be watching for who, if any, seem to be screaming at the top of their lungs and what their charts show at the 20 Cancer point.

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Mars, Pluto and the Black Moon are dancing together.

Over the past week beginning April 24, 2018 these three have been in conjunction in Capricorn, a sign known for a serious outlook, dour moods, and great and sometimes ruthless ambition. These three celestial bodies have something in common: their energies operate to create motivation and drive. They operate very much on the emotional plane and create desire. Mars energy is usually more direct, transparent and conscious than that of Pluto and the Black Moon. Pluto energy can be quite intense, and its aims are to create a sense of mastery and control, to protect and defend, and to delve deep into any and all mysteries. But often its deepest desire is unconscious, and thus it can create obsession and compulsion. All three have influence on our sexual desires and expression. The Black Moon, Lilith, usually operates very unconsciously, and I often call it the “Black Mood” as it often seems to play out that way for me when she transits sensitive points in my natal chart.

I suspect many of us are feeling a pressing urge to get something accomplished, and others may just be feeling frustrated, fearful, or just hopeless and not really sure why. “Urgency” is the word that seems to best fit the mood of this stellium.  The phrase “the drive for power” also comes to mind. But being in Capricorn, we may be able to tap into the Saturnian skills of smart strategizing, political gamesmanship and pragmatic planning as we wrestle with the energies that are surfacing. Or they could also push some among us to express the darker traits of the Capricorn archetype and tempt us to be selfish and exploitative in our relationships with others. How this stellium manifests for you will depend on how it interacts with the points and planets of your natal chart. If these planets are making squares or oppositions to critical points in your chart, I suspect you may find that they are meeting with some difficult obstacles in the attempt to get things done.

Lilith will turn retrograde on April 30 at 28 Capricorn and return to 21 Capricorn on May 8 to again partner up with Pluto. Mars will still be within 5 degrees of Pluto until then so the drama and intensity continues.

The mermaid has emerged

There was much speculation about the Solar Eclipse at 28.53 Leo in late August since it fell so close to the fixed star Regulus and also on Donald Trump’s Ascendant . The Sun and Moon were also was also conjunct Mars, trine Saturn and Uranus for this eclipse making quite a powerful configuration. Astrologers were predicting a “Regulus fall” for Trump in the months shortly after, and we did see some turmoil ensue in Trump’s presidency. We also saw the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and he has at the N.Node about one degree away in Leo and his Sun at 29 Pisces. So perhaps the “Regulus fall” scenarios were in play. The fact that the eclipse was positioned over the U.S suggested that there would be exceptional events in this country as a result of this eclipse. The eclipse also fell exactly opposed to the U.S. natal Moon in the Sibley chart. But many astrologers were puzzled about the extreme hurricane events that did indeed hit the U.S. in the month after the eclipse; they could not see the connection of this extreme water and air events to an eclipse in a fire sign. Perhaps, I thought, the opposition to the U.S Natal Moon had something to do with the extreme weather.

Then I looked at the Sabian Symbol for 29 degrees Leo and perhaps we found an answer for this mystery. It reads:

-A Mermaid Emerges From The Ocean Waves Ready For Rebirth In Human Form-

In the past, I had not been the biggest advocate for the Sabian Symbols, but I am reconsidering that position. This symbol of a mermaid emerging from her hiding under water also seems to very accurately embody the “Me Too” movement that swept like a tsunami through the news in the months following the eclipse. Eclipses are known to exert a powerful influence for several months afterward especially for individuals whose charts are impacted by them. And we saw women stand up, and we saw institutions finally act with authority and fire many who were found to have engaged in sexual harassment in their workplaces. It is as if the Sabian Symbol image of an idea heretofore forced into obscurity has now taken concrete, physical manifestation in the form of an organized movement to end sexual harassment.   And perhaps the weather disasters also were a manifestation of a need for a more concrete acknowledgment of a climate change crisis and a need to structure relief efforts more effectively.

In an earlier post before the 2017 presidential election, I discussed another surprisingly accurate Sabian Symbol.  I noticed that the U.S. was having an Orcus Return almost exactly on the date of the election, and I looked at the Sabian Symbol for that degree at 9 Virgo. Here is the Sabian Symbol text for that degree:

-Two Heads Looking Out And Beyond The Shadows-

The interpretations for this Sabian Symbol suggested the opposing forces of duality in play fighting each other and coming out of “clouds.” However, I could not help but immediately see Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump as “two heads” emerging from a climate of political corruption and the “clouded” secrets, propaganda and pretense of the two opposing political parties. They were two voices for the populace that wants more authentic, honest leadership.

It seems to me this Sabian Symbol is a very accurate metaphor for the entire presidential campaign. A very slow-moving body such as Orcus would have been within one degree of its exact U.S. natal position for most of the campaign. It is interesting that in mythology Orcus is the executioner who kills those who break oaths and is therefore very connected to the concepts of integrity and honesty. The ancient teachings associated with Regulus also speak of downfall for those who break oaths.   Will we see the fall of some who have not kept their word?

Curiously the Sabian Symbol for the next SE at 28 Aquarius coming on February 15, 2018 is:

-A tree felled and sawed to insure  a supply of wood for next winter.-

Will some mighty trees in the political arena be felled over the next few months to ensure the strength of their parties going forward?

Saturn comes to the Galactic Center in late February.

The Galactic Center, or GC, is a point at the center of our galaxy where there is a huge, intensely powerful Black Hole that emits enormous amounts of radio and other frequencies.

It falls at 27 Sagittarius and remains a very fixed point barely moving a degree over my lifetime.  Since astrologers have not been watching this point but for a couple of decades, there is little accepted doctrine about its meaning.

Recently Astrodienst posted an excellent article by Mandi Lockley that illustrated that “whistleblowers” almost always have a planet or significant chart feature at the GC. You can access  this article here:

http://www.astro.com/astrology/aa_article160301_e.htm

Other astrologers have offered some additional insights about the GC, but I am not going to elaborate on those here. What I do want to point out is that transiting Saturn will make an exact conjunction to the GC in late February 2017.   My own view on transits maintains that the influence of the transiting planet is felt before the conjunction is exact. Therefore, if there is a Saturn/GC influence, we have been experiencing it for at least two or three months while Saturn has been within 5 degrees of  26 Sagittarius.

Have we seen a greater effort to squash and inhibit “whistleblowing?”  Has there been a greater effort on the part of whistleblowers to expose wrongdoing?

Chelsea Manning has had her sentence commuted with this transit, and there has been a great deal of attention being paid to “leaks” of all kinds.

 

Orcus, Pallas and Neptune and political activism.

I have been posting here about the USA Orcus return and how I see that as marker for the political changes and the upheavals that are happening in my home country of the USA. I had an article published at the website blog of The Mountain Astrologer last April about this which you can read here:

http://mountainastrologer.com/tma/donald-trump-bernie-sanders-u-s-orcus-return

Here in the USA people are engaging in political activism like never before. The planetary energies that have contributed to the social and economic factors that brought on great disillusionment and frustration are certainly those of the outer slower moving planets. In recent years those include transiting Pluto opposing the USA Sun, Mars, and Venus while transiting Saturn has squared them. Saturn is now making a square to the USA Midheaven, Neptune, and Black Moon.  Also, the long transiting square of Uranus to Pluto over the past decade has marked a time of great frustration and desire for change.

But very recently we had a burst of political activism, certainly catalyzed by the recent  presidential election that occurred exactly with the USA Orcus return. I suggest that a close opposition of Pallas and Orcus may be at work now and over the last month.

Pallas is an asteroid  and therefore its influence will be less profound and of less duration than that of Orcus which falls in a class called Plutinos or minor planets.  It moves quickly through the signs staying only a few months in each sign.  In natal charts I have found Pallas  to be associated with political activism or advocacy work. I have not seen a prominent Pallas often in the charts of politicians in formal roles as elected officials or those who hold other powerful positions in institutions; but rather it seems to show up in charts of people who work behind the scenes or from outside the government often advocating for the underdog or the oppressed.

Orcus contributes to implacability, a fierce and often merciless determination to achieve its ends. Jeremy Neal has written about it in his seminal book Orcus as a force, that like Pluto, is associated with the underworld and with death and regeneration. In some myths, Orcus is an executioner often assigned the task of punishing or destroying the enemy or the ones who have broken oaths.  He is the one appointed to do the deed or execute the strategy that the powerful or the activists have deemed necessary.

This connection to the breaking of oaths is very interesting. Can the oath here be that of the soul’s sacred oath that is determined before it incarnates- that oath being to fulfill a certain spiritual destiny and take on and endure certain challenges or tasks?  Neal feels that Orcus challenges have to do with learning integrity, which is the ability to remain true to one’s principles and moral code.  I suggest that may include being true to our soul’s highest purpose, to that original oath.  Although the dark manifestations of Orcus can bring a blind determination for destroying one’s perceived enemy, it can also manifest in the spiritual transformation through tests of isolation and imprisonment which is the result of acts of moral courage and integrity.  It is a marker for tests that force one to find a core of one’s being and an authentic moral code.  I suspect that the current controversies concerning torture are part of this Orcan influence.

Pallas recently opposed Orcus and came into conjunction with Neptune.  The conjunction to Neptune being exact on January 31, 2017 and the opposition to Orcus on January 27, 2017. The Womens’ March, a remarkable manifestation of activism, was organized just as Orcus made its return to the exact degree and minute in the USA Natal Chart  in November and December of 2016 and also with a recent eclipse degree and the transiting North Node all at 9Virgo.  Pallas was transiting the USA Moon (women?) and was making a sextile to transiting Uranus, a planet of social conscience and collective political undertakings, at that time.

I have been following political news including much of the alternative and independent news outlets as these are the mouthpieces of the most radical elements. This is where many activist movements are often conceived.  Often what shows up in mainstream news or as an actual protest or organized movement had its start a few weeks or months before.  I find it very interesting  that the new Justice Democrats has formalized and gone public exactly with the timing of this Pallas/Orcus/Neptune configuration.

Pallas coming into conjunction with Neptune may also be marking this time of increased involvement in political movements. With transiting Neptune in Pisces, some may be experiencing a greater compassion for those who are not being served well by government policies. While for others this Neptune passage may be causing them to be easily influenced and carried away by their emotions, and causing them to be easily swayed or influenced by certain movements that appeal to sentimentalism or fear. The well-known Neptune trait that is associated with escapism, deception and illusion, and often blind idealism may be assisting the appeal to many social and political extremes. Neptune can be a force for great compassion and service to mankind, but it can also reinforce states of denial and self-deception.

It will be interesting to see if there is another surge of activist activity when Pallas conjoins with transiting Uranus in June of 2017, and perhaps when it again comes into tight aspect with Orcus in 2018 where it will trine Orcus at 10 Taurus.  Neptune will remain in Pisces for years, and its last passage through Neptune occurred in the run-up to the US Civil War. Curiously, many people have voiced that it feels that we are so harshly divided it is as if a civil war may be brewing.

Loners: a lighthearted look at loners in all 12 signs.

Astrologers frequently suggest that a certain few signs are prone to being “loners.” If the natal chart shows a predominant influence of Virgo or Pisces or Cancer it can indeed be a strong indication of a need for solitude. But a chart that displays all or most of the planets below the horizon will contribute to this, while a chart strong in those three signs if there are mitigating chart aspects, may not.

I found this list of “Types of Loners” at one of the astrology forums and added a few comments. It rings true and demonstrates that at times most signs feel the need to retreat from society but each sign does it in a its unique way.

Enjoy!

Types of Loners
Aries : The pioneer loner. If you can’t keep up with me, I’d rather go it alone. Climbing a mountain or on some other adventure.
Taurus: I-enjoy-my-alone-time-loner. With my feet up, and glass of wine and peace and quiet.
Gemini: Writer loner or artistic hobbyist. Short spurts of withdrawal that don’t last more than a couple of weeks.
Cancer: Homebody loner. Making art or music or cooking.
Leo: Sulking-in-a-cave-loner dreaming of next big commission, business start-up, acting role, or love affair. But it’s temporary.
Virgo: Hermit, naturopath, herbalist loner. Happily taking care of their plants and animals.
Libra: Socially-incapacitated-via-the-birthchart-loner – rare but a few do exist. Often abusing substances until their social life/love life kicks in.
Scorpio : Paranoid loner. Door lock, chain lock, three deadbolts, a front door camera and a peephole.
Sagittarius: A new-intellectual-adventure-every-month- loner. Similar to Aries but more likely to be in a library somewhere or binge-watching Indie flicks.
Capricorn: Old-woman-of-the-mountains- loner. Living off the grid somewhere and/or stockpiling survivalist stuff. Or the entrepreneur loner, building a small fortune from home by day trading or working his Internet business.
Aquarius: Eccentric loner. Inventing something in their lab or garage.
Pisces: Artistic, mystic loner. Writing poetry, meditating, and wondering why they never feel like they “fit in.”

More on Orcus.

In my last post I wrote about the U.S. Orcus return that will occur at 9-09 Virgo in December and how I think this is driving the political climate here.

I recently read Jeremy Neal’s excellent text entitled Orcus and can recommend it as a thorough examination of this Plutino’s influence and the history of the mythology of Orcus. He sees Orcus energy as similar to Pluto in that it can make for extremism, implacability, and great strength during difficult life tests. But where Pluto often manifests in the compulsive need to control others and situations, Orcus offers spiritual challenges that manifest around the themes of integrity and authenticity which are created through crises of imprisonment, isolation, and moral dilemmas. These crises challenge us to learn self-control rather than external control. They ask us to become uncompromised in our ethical standards.

As I am watching the upheaval in both political parties, I am seeing that the populace does seem to be very hungry for more “authenticity” from their leaders. There is also an increasing awareness of the lack of integrity and the rampant corruption that is built into the political system. Perhaps this Orcus return, which I believe is well under way, will signify a tipping point in U.S. politics where a critical mass of the electorate will begin to commit themselves to working for true and deep systemic change.