Thursday, August 03, 2017

The Total Eclipse and the US Presidency

On 21 August there will be a total eclipse of the Sun at the end of Leo, that will be visible across much of the USA. Eclipses come in families. They begin as partial eclipses and over the centuries they build towards totality, then they gradually wane. So a total eclipse is  part of a process that has been growing for a long time, and that contributes to its power.

This coming eclipse series began in 1639, with the Sun and Moon at 13.48 Capricorn (The Sun and Moon, are by definition, in the same place on an eclipse.) Does that degree sound familiar? It is bang opposite the Sun in the US Sibly chart, which is at 13.19 Cancer.

The Sun in a country’s chart stands for its leader, as well as the goals of the country. The last 5 eclipses in this series were in 1927, 1945, 1963, 1981 and 1999.

In 1927, President Coolidge announced he would not be standing for another term. In 1945, President Roosevelt died. In 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated. In 1981, there was an assassination attempt on President Reagan, in which he was shot. And in 1999 there was an attempted impeachment of President Clinton, which the Senate rejected.

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So over the last century, there has been an absolute correlation between this eclipse series and events which bring about, or attempt to bring about, the end of a Presidency.

A fortiori, with the series peaking in its power, we are likely to see a similar event, or series of events, around Trump’s Presidency. Normally I think of eclipse events as occurring within a few weeks of the actual eclipse, but in this case the evidence is that the events occur anytime during the year of the eclipse.

It’s probably no surprise to anyone that the stars are suggesting that there will be some sort of attempt to remove Trump this year. It’s not my job to infer more than the evidence suggests, so for all those hoping for the demise of Trump, I’m afraid the stars are not promising that. Though they are not discounting it either.

Trump and the Eclipse CLICK TO ENLARGE

If we look at the eclipse in relation to Trump’s personal chart, it is explosive, it is mega. 

Not only is the eclipse 1 degree off his Ascendant at 29.49 Leo, but Mars is also heavily involved. Trump’s natal Mars is at 27 Leo, and the eclipse Mars will be at 21 Leo, just 9 days away from Trump’s Mars return.

Mars Rising in Leo is pretty central to understanding Trump. It is why he is so hotly combative and impulsive, and always has to see himself as a winner, in his case to a pathological degree that denies facts. Trump doesn’t tell ordinary political lies, where the politician knows he/she is lying, and we know they know, and it’s the game we have to put up with. Trump actually believes his lies (as did Tony Blair, another politician with Mars Rising), and that’s a bit disturbing in a leader. And Leo Rising (along with Jupiter aspecting his Sun and Moon) describes his grandiosity (though not everyone with this signature is grandiose!)

So the movement of Mars through the heavens is one key to understanding and even predicting Trump’s actions. A few months ago we saw the first instance of this when Mars crossed Trump’s Midheaven at 24 Taurus. If you are Trump, this is a time for proving you are a tough guy on the world stage. 

And he obliged, sabre-rattling with North Korea, and sending a non-existent fleet their way, while dropping the ‘mother of all bombs’ on some caves in Afghanistan.

So we are likely to see more Mars events this month as the planet moves towards its natal position, empowered by the total eclipse. But this time it is on his Asc, rather than on his MC. So it is more likely to involve his personal struggles as President, than his attempts to make an impact on the world stage. It is anyone’s guess what this might be. Trump is finding it very hard to get anything through Congress, even with its Republican majorities; and the Russia investigation is closing in on him, even though there seems to be no evidence that anyone did anything, with its demand to look into his personal finances. My guess is that the man is very frustrated and is likely to lash out and do something that really does cross a legal line, or that raises more questions about his mental state, sometime during August. And then they will try and nail him. Saturn has been retrograde across his Sun and Moon for some months now, and soon after the eclipse will move forward, releasing the frustration.

The US Moon - the people - is at 27 Aquarius, directly opposite the eclipse and Mars in Leo. So while Trump's personal struggle with the Presidency will be part of the eclipse, there is also a wider, war-like meaning for the people. North Korea is the obvious candidate. Trump's Sun in Gemini conjoins the US Mars, and his own Mars is opposite the US Moon. If any President is likely to take the US to war it is Trump, it's almost like how could he not do so?

Trump’s Presidency is part of a bigger picture that centres around Pluto opposing the US Sun by transit. The crossings are over, but Pluto is still within range. Trump is an expression of the US creating a new identity for herself, and not really knowing who she is right now (the UK, with Pluto opposing her Moon, is in a similar kind of place, and Brexit and a minority government are the expression of that.) 

US Sibly Chart
The US has Sun in Cancer. So caring for her own people and natural environment is an important part of her nature. 

But the Sun is square natal 10th House Saturn. So power and ambition tends to override that impulse, and we can see the attempts to overturn Obamacare as an expression of that. The square between the Sun and Saturn is the most important aspect in the US Chart (IMO), and Saturn usually wins. The protest at Standing Rock was another example, and Saturn ultimately won, through the Sun made some good headway. The US will be at peace with itself once it resolves this square, if ever. The recent Pluto transit to both Sun and Saturn represents another stage along the way.

The events around this eclipse are likely to be important significators as to the meaning of the US Pluto-Sun transit, which is likely to be prolonged as the US moves into its first Pluto Return in 5 years’ time.

Friday, June 30, 2017


Saturn is currently going backwards at the end of Sagittarius. When a planet is going backwards (retrograde) it’s good to be thoughtful, and get things sorted for when the planet goes forwards again.

The most well-known retrograde phenomenon is Mercury, which happens 3 times a year for 3 weeks at a time. It’s when things notoriously go wrong, particularly Mercurial things like travel arrangements or vehicles or phones or paperwork. And it can create a sense that the planets work in a fated way. But I think it’s more like underlying problems get revealed, and if we pay attention to that, then we can move forward again once the planet does. And if we aren’t thoughtful in that kind of way, it will just seem like things are determined to go wrong.

I think there IS a fated element that astrology reveals, in the sense that it is, say, next month not this month that it is time to address certain things. But there is also free will and neither contradicts the other, even though they seem to. It is one of those apparent contradictions that is good to live with, it makes our mind more flexible, more subtle, less inclined to need everything pinned down.

On a collective level, thoughtfulness is an unusual quality. So collectively, we usually have to learn things – if we do – the hard way. And I think we are seeing this with Saturn in Sagittarius and the stock market. Sagittarius is a sign that likes to expand, but if it does so under Saturn retrograde in that sign, it points to inflation, a bubble, rather than genuine expansion, based on underlying realities. At the same time, we have also had a square between Jupiter and Pluto, and this leads to the same kind of problem.


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A report was issued by one of the big financial bodies a few days ago, pointing out that we had not dealt with the underlying debt problems that the financial crash of 2008/9 revealed. Western countries are just as indebted now as they were at that time, and the response has been to keep interest rates very low, so that debts can be serviced, rather than corporations and individuals going bust. But it doesn’t address the underlying problem. Since then, this problem has spread to the East. China now has high levels of debt as well.

DOW JONES 2012-17
This problem of debt, combined with Saturn’s final days in Sagittarius, and the end of the Jupiter-Pluto square, points to a correction to the stock market, which has had a long bull run. In late August, Saturn will start to move forward into Capricorn, and there is no stronger signature for a reality check than this. Saturn, the planet of proportionality and rectitude and responsibility, in its own sign of Capricorn.

It will also point to the final economic outcome of the Uranus-Pluto square, which began at the time of the 2009 crash, revealing the problems, problems which as I say we have still not dealt with, only delayed.

As Saturn enters Capricorn, it will begin to move towards a conjunction with Pluto in that sign in 2½ years time. Not long. So the stock market check that is soon to begin will not be temporary, it will be ushering in a major restructuring over the next few years. In the UK, people are understandably fed up with austerity. But we have been living beyond our means ever since the last Labour government failed to control the banks, and was forced to bail them out at huge cost. Other governments also failed in their job. But that doesn’t excuse our government, and the Chancellor in the years leading up to it, Gordon Brown.

So there will be a new economic order on its way as Saturn enters Capricorn and moves to conjoin Pluto. Austerity is not yet over. The stock market will go down, and there may be a recession. These things often happen in a panicky way. But overall I think it will be more of a significant correction than a crash, because that is the nature of Saturn and Capricorn. And the bubble is not huge: the Dow Jones is only about 25% higher than it was in the bubble of 1999.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


If this were 150 years ago, and the UK was a wealthy patient visiting a doctor, she would probably be told she was having a nervous breakdown, and sent to Switzerland for a rest cure.

As an astrologer 150 years later, I’d say that the UK is near the end of a series of Pluto transits, during which much has been revealed, but it also means she doesn’t know who she is or what she wants anymore. Hence the political paralysis. Maybe in some cases the rest cure would give the time and space for the job to complete. But in this case, I think things need to be lived and worked through.

UK Chart 1801
The 2 main character traits in the UK chart are Capricorn (Sun and IC) and Cancer (Moon and MC). They are opposite signs, and as such provide a healthy tension within the national psyche that pushes us towards unity.

These 2 traits came out as opposites in the EU referendum: The Capricorns wanted to claim back our boundaries, to forge our own independent place in the world again. The Cancers valued the feeling of connectedness to Europe, one big tribe, and cared about all the people from mainland Europe who had made their homes here.

And these 2 traits had become polarised, frequently holding each other in contempt. The Capricorns, as we know, prevailed. But in last week’s general election, it was the turn of the Cancers, those who wish for a fairer country for all. They didn’t exactly prevail – the Tories remain the largest party – but they did well enough to destroy the Tory majority in Parliament.


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So there are these 2 great themes, personified as Brexit and Corbyn. Neither can easily move forward: Brexit because there is no clear government with which to negotiate it; and the fairer society, because they don’t have enough seats.

Jeremy Corbyn
So we are getting a better sense of who we now are, but we aren’t ready to act on it, the alchemy is not complete. Hence the stalemate. Hence what appears like a nervous breakdown, but which is what I call a Pluto Underworld journey, during which the outer direction is usually not very clear.

Pluto very nearly opposed the UK Moon this year, but won’t do so exactly until 2018. And this will be as Saturn hard aspects our Sun, Moon and Angles over the next 2 years.

So I think the difficult process of Brexit will be the anvil on which we hammer ourselves into a new shape. It is Saturn, there is work to do. The Brexit we forge will reflect the type of country we want to be.

And the great thing about the combination of a hung Parliament and Corbyn is that I think we will be able to work through a Brexit deal with which a clear majority are happy. Corbyn is a reasonable man. He will not oppose the Tories for its own sake. I think he is the man who will make the minority government feasible and Brexit possible. With Mercury and Venus at 15-17 Gemini, he will continue to inspire people over the next few years as Neptune squares these 2 planets.

Uranus-Eris has been at work here. The sudden, shock event that changes everything. I could see from the election chart that the Tories were going to have to listen a lot more to Corbyn’s Labour party and what they stood for. Logically, that could only have meant a reduced majority, but I failed to see that.

It’s been a bit of a zombie apocalypse. A year ago, Corbyn seemed like the walking dead as leader of his party. Now it is Theresa May, but it is hard to see her recovering.

A week ago I wrote that Boris would get his chance to be leader in 4 or 5 years time, when the astrology favoured him. He does have a chance of another kind now, one which he would be advised not to take. Uranus is starting to oppose his natal Moon in Scorpio, and this in turn rules his MC, his career point. He could suddenly find himself PM, but it would be unlikely to last more than 2 to 3 years, and would be characterised by instability, that being the nature of Uranus. And it would spoil for him the much more promising chance he has in 5 years time. Not that I personally want Boris as PM.

I’d hazard a guess at Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary. Against her is the very slim majority by which she hung onto her Parliamentary seat. For her (we do not have a birth time) is her North Node at 19 Cancer, conjunct the UK Moon. We are collectively at a moment of destiny, and that would be a propitious placement for her to have as leader. Along with Moon in late Sagittarius, being activated by Neptune in the coming years.

Amber Rudd
One way or the other, I think the Tories will elect a new leader in late August/early September, as Saturn (planet of leadership) starts to move forward again. Between now and then they will be sorting it out, which is what retrograde Saturn is good for.