Yesterday President Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer banned CNN and the New York Times from the daily press briefings. Trump has long had a contentious relationship with the mainstream media that he calls “fake news,” and his communications staff coined the term “alternative facts” to describe claims that do not fit the traditional definition of “true.”
Jupiter presides over the communication of shared ideas and is associated with journalism and the press as well as religion, theology and philosophy. Pluto is the planet of power, as well as destruction and regeneration. Capricorn’s realm is the material world, and with Pluto in the sign of Capricorn since 2008, it has been systematically destroying and regenerating the structures of society (Capricorn) including governments, corporations, schools, and even social institutions such as marriage and family. The consolidation of power in certain strata of individuals and certain corporations has also been evident.
Jupiter is now in a challenging aspect to Pluto, which is still in conflict with the rebellious force of Uranus and as I wrote the other day Mars is involved now too. Mars, a faster moving planet, tends to trigger larger cycles and the conflict between the current administration, which unabashedly seeks a consolidation of power in the Presidency (Pluto in Capricorn), and the press (Jupiter) has become inflamed (Mars). This government seeks autonomy and independence (Uranus in Aries) and shows a pronounced disdain for traditional government/press relations anyway, so the astrological climate is pushing everything to a fevered peak.
Mars will soon move away so I expect there to be a temporary resolution, but the larger planetary cycle will continue until the fall as Jupiter retrogrades away from the square to Pluto in the early summer but comes back for one more climax in late summer.