US Sibley chart

The US has an illness, and this election is the symptom

An explicit recording of Donald Trump’s misogynistic sexual harassment was just released last night, threatening to torpedo the halfhearted support of Trump’s Republican colleagues while creating very little stir among his passionate supporters.

Portions of this article appeared in earlier posts. The Sagittarius ascendant in the US chart reflects the expansive tendency of the American empire which is probably the single thing that will be its undoing.  Like other empires before it, the expansion of the national identity (Sagittarius ascendant) through ideas like “Manifest Destiny” which inspired pioneers to trek across the undeveloped terrain and do battle with the native peoples and Mexicans and Canadians who were already living on the land. . . .

Since Pluto entered the contracting sign of Capricorn, however, the cracks in the foundation have become more evident. Pluto deals with issues of compulsion and use and misuse of power, and in the US chart Pluto lives in the second house of money.  You can read more about that here, but the hunger for money and resources combined with the relentless urge to continually expand the national identity (Sagittarius rising) is not a good combination for a sound economic policy.

Since 2014 Pluto has been no more than two degrees from an exact opposition (stressful aspect) to the Sun in the US chart.  (Geeky astrological detail: because Saturn squares the US Sun, Pluto is also transiting in square to US Saturn which applies even more pressure.) The candidacy of Donald Trump with his openly expressed xenophobia has opened the door to the dark Plutonic realms of the US citizenry.  His campaign rallies have resembled WWE spectacles more than political events.  Racists of all flavors and types feel ennobled to express their views which have long been hidden under a guise of respectability.

This, my friends, is Pluto in action.  Trump didn’t cause this to happen – together with Pluto, he opened the door to the circles of hell and the demons began to emerge from the underground of the US psyche.

The connection between the chart of Donald Trump and the US chart is revealing, especially where the female archetype (the Moon) is concerned.  Trump’s Mars (aggressive machismo)  is exactly opposite the US Moon, and the US Mars is exactly conjunct Trump’s Sun (Self) opposite Trump’s Moon (which you may remember is a Full Moon and an eclipse and thus already highly charged with emotional intensity).  This dynamic is explosive and keeps things stirred up as we have certainly seen in this election cycle.

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By | 2016-11-01T12:55:16+00:00 October 8th, 2016|Politics|28 Comments

Pluto opposes the US Sun and a mass shooting every day

One of the things I have used this blog for is to profile the psychology of criminals from an astrological viewpoint.  In the past there were one or two mass shootings in a year that warranted an attempt to try to understand what goes on in the human  mind to inspire such horrific behavior.  In 2015, with more mass shootings than days, this task has become impossible.

Back in June when a screwed up teenager shot up a church in Charleston I wrote “The real tragedy is that these events are becoming so commonplace that there is barely time to profile so many criminals and murderers, and at this point it becomes evident that the illness is not just in the individual, but also in the society that feeds the illness of the individual and causes it to erupt into the collective conscious experience.”

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Between 2000 and 2006 there were 6.4 mass shootings a year.  Between 2007 and 2013 that number jumped to 16.4 mass shootings a year.  Mother Jones magazine has posted a comprehensive list of mass shootings in the US and you can see that in the 1980s there were one or two mass killings a year.  Shootings began to increase in the 1990s to two to three a year, and then we see a drastic increase to five in 1999, the year of the Columbine shootings.  During this time transiting Pluto was crossing the ascendant of the astrological chart for the United States and doing its job of bringing out the darkness of the collective unconscious.

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Back in March 2014 transiting Pluto, the planet of destruction and regeneration,  began to form a stressful opposition to the Sun in the US (Sibley) astrological chart, an aspect cycle which is just now finishing.  Pluto doesn’t CAUSE violent behavior, but it will bring out any darkness in the subconscious that is preventing the light from entering, and in this case there is a darkness in American culture that is seeping through the carefully crafted image of “American Exceptionalism.”

Uranus has been in Aries since 2011 and will continue traversing the sign of individuality and warfare until 2017.  Inspiring radical behavior and individuality, in Aries Uranus glorifies the rebellious act of the individual.  Before Uranus entered Aries I predicted that rather than nations battling nations, war would be fought by individual cells or clusters of individuals and this is exactly what we are seeing globally.  It doesn’t help that this warfare of individuals (Uranus in Aries) is in a challenging square to Pluto in Capricorn, overseeing the destruction and rebuilding (Pluto) of the structures that creates a solid foundation for global society (Capricorn).

The last time Uranus was in Aries was between 1927 and 1934 and during that time Uranus was also squaring Pluto, in Cancer (security and tribal/national affiliation) at the time.  During this period the Great Depression caused the breakdown of security systems and oversaw the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany.

In any event, the Plutonian darkness that emerges in the national psyche of the US will require the Plutonian process of regeneration from the inside out to repair.   As long as it is easier for a mentally ill individual to buy assault weapons and enough ammunition to kill thousands of people than it is to obtain treatment or find a valued place in our society, and in a gun-crazed climate where even known terrorists on the no-fly list can easily purchase enough firepower to blow up a community, these events are likely to continue.

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By | 2015-12-04T08:25:17+00:00 December 4th, 2015|Politics|2 Comments

Sunday musings: Can we, should we, move past Charleston?

racistNormally a tragedy such as the one which just occurred in Charleston, in which 21-year old Dylann Roof, in the throes of the double transit of Saturn and Uranus I wrote of just this week, killed nine people worshipping in a church, would send me to the astrological chart to attempt to find a personality disorder that would explain how a person could commit such a heinous act.

The real tragedy is that these events are becoming so commonplace that there is barely time to profile so many criminals and murderers, and at this point it becomes evident that the illness is not just in the individual, but also in the society that feeds the illness of the individual and causes it to erupt into the collective conscious experience.  The racist spewings of Dylann Roof are not that different from what you will hear on Fox News nearly every day.  “Taking our country back” is a catchphrase that was often used during the 2012 election when conservative voters talked about taking the country back from the African American living in the White House.

There has been a drastic spike in mass shootings since 2000, and especially since 2007 (just before Pluto entered Capricorn and sent financial markets into a contraction that still reverberates today).   Between 2000 and 2006 there were 6.4 mass shootings a year.  Between 2007 and 2013 that number jumped to 16.4 mass shootings a year.  Mother Jones magazine has posted a comprehensive list of mass shootings in the US and you can see that in the 1980s there were one or two mass killings a year.  Shootings began to increase in the 1990s to two to three a year, and then we see a drastic increase to five in 1999, the year of the Columbine shootings.  During this time transiting Pluto was crossing the ascendant of the astrological chart for the United States and doing its job of bringing out the darkness of the collective unconscious.

Planetary transits, even of Saturn and Pluto, the two dark forces of the astrological pantheon, do not in themselves create murder and horrific events.  Their role is to enforce the need for Universal balance, and when the life of an individual OR of a nation is out of balance, events will occur in the outer world to draw our attention to the need for change.  When our children began murdering members of our society, we must cease our denial and explanations and realize that there is something very fundamentally wrong with our culture that needs immediate repair.  With Sagittarius rising in the US chart there is a tendency to want to believe only the best about the country – the myth of “American Exceptionalism” is at this point only a fantasy, and yet it appears to be the driving force for many political forces and only serves to keep us trapped in a web of delusion.

There is a lot of talk right now about forgiveness.  And there’s no doubt that carrying rage and resentment in one’s heart for a lifetime creates nothing but illness and misery.  But forgiveness will not correct the underlying karma of a nation trapped by its own mythology.  These murders in Charleston were committed by one very disturbed young person – that is absolutely true.  But it was an action that resonated in the hearts and minds of a large portion of mainstream America as we have witnessed nearly ever night over the past year as we watch the news.

Until the truth is allowed to emerge and real discourse and accountability can take place, the darkness will continue to rule this country.

 

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By | 2015-06-21T07:16:43+00:00 June 21st, 2015|Politics|9 Comments

The astrology of the October 2014 stock market

11725379_sOctober is not often a good month for the stock market. But in a market that is overvalued and long overdue for a correction, combined with fears over war and infectious diseases, American optimism hit a new low this week with a precipitous plunge in the markets.

The (Sibley) astrological chart for the US has Sagittarius rising, and Sagittarius likes to do everything in a bigger than life fashion.  Americans are famous for overreacting (witness the current hysteria over ebola) and there has been plenty of bad news to react to.  While it’s true that Mercury retrograde periods often bring reversals, they are typically not so dramatic as the one we saw yesterday.  This was a highly reactive and emotional “freak out” that brought added drama to what would normally have been a pullback from inflated markets.

This chart tells the story:

October 2014 stock market astrology

Source: Google

You can see that the Dow began its rapid decline on October 8th, the day of the lunar eclipse.  Eclipses are known for heightening emotion, and this eclipse, with the Sun at 15 Libra and the Moon at 15 Aries, sat right on the Sun/Saturn square in the US chart which would have activated the inherent anxiety in the US national consciousness.   As if that weren’t enough, transiting Saturn is approaching a square to the Moon in the US chart which will be in exact alignment in mid to late November of this year.  So don’t expect the anxiety level to decline, and in a global world where everything is connected, this will affect markets the world over.

All the news is covering is the big drop in averages, but some stocks actually went up yesterday:

The big news, though, should be the small-company Russell 2000. Not only was it far less volatile than the its big-cap brethren, it finished up on the day. And not just a little bit up, but up 1% at 1,072.45. For an asset class that was busy getting beaten up as recently as last week, that’s quite a turnaround.

It might also be good news for investors. I spoke with Richard Bernstein ofRichard Bernstein Advisors today and he pointed out that the fact that small caps have been outperforming could be a sign that “the healing process has begun.” The reason: “We’ve gone from the emotional ‘let’s short every beta we can find’ to looking at fundamentals again,” he says. In this case, the fundamentals are that of the U.S., which still look relatively strong despite disappointing retail-sales and Empire State manufacturing data this morning, versus Europe, which could be sliding back into recession once again. Small caps have the less exposure to Europe than large caps, Bernstein says.

 

This favoring of small cap stocks and smaller companies is interesting in light of the square of Uranus in Aries – the individual – against Pluto in Capricorn – the corporation.  I wrote recently that this planetary cycle is fostering the “freelance economy,” and it’s possible that we will see the breakup (Pluto) of larger corporations (Capricorn) into smaller ones that are more agile and more easily able to adapt to changing times.

Smart investors take advantage of market declines to snap up undervalued stocks, so there are opportunities here.  THIS IS NOT FINANCIAL ADVICE, but I know that I will be prowling the bottom, looking for good buys.

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By | 2014-10-16T07:59:19+00:00 October 16th, 2014|Money and markets|0 Comments

An astrological look at the US economy

financial astrologyA dear friend of mine, who shall remain nameless but I’m sure she’s not alone, been frightened by the dire predictions of another astrologer friend of hers who has predicted that the US economy will collapse in 2014 and 2015.  Contrarian that I am, I have a different view.

Yesterday’s post looked back at 2010 to see how we got to the place where we currently find ourselves.  Economists say now that we entered the global recession in December 2007 which was just before Pluto entered Capricorn in January 2008, and that the global recession actually ended in June of 2009.  The summer of 2009 may have been the trough, but it took several years to pull our way out of the recession and growth is only now just beginning to occur.

Pluto’s entry into Capricorn created the contraction that ended the previous riot of expansion that occurred when Pluto moved through Sagittarius, and once Uranus began aspecting Pluto in 2011 the world began to recover of the shock of the global collapse and begin the process of looking with new eyes (Uranus) towards rebuilding and transformation (Pluto).  By the time the square between Uranus and Pluto began in 2012, the economy was well on its way to recovery.

During this time the US has been particularly hard-hit.  Partly this is because with Sagittarius rising in the Sibley chart that is commonly used for the US, Americans tend to be overly optimistic in general, and consequently were very susceptible to the absolute faith (another hallmark of Sagittarius) that was required for the giant balloon that was the pre-2008 economy.  (Read more about America’s love of money in my earlier post here.)

I’m not sure why my friend’s financial astrologer is so convinced that the US economy will collapse in 2014-2015.  While it’s true that the American civilization is in decline  overall, there are no signals in the chart that this period will be any more challenging than anything we have seen recently.  Uranus and Pluto transited the US midheaven in 2008-2010, the US chart underwent a Saturn Return during 2010-2011.

It’s true that both Uranus and Pluto will make challenging angles to the US chart in 2014 and 2015 which will certainly create major issues for the identity of the nation as a whole.  But I don’t see that this will have a particularly economic effect.

The one time that I am watching very carefully is the US Pluto Return which will occur in 2020-2021.  I was unable to think of one example of a nation that has existed in its current form for the 250 years required for Pluto in the sky to return to its place in the national chart.  Perhaps that is because Pluto cycles require a complete change and transformation, with a new constitution and new governing body?  And with Pluto in the second house of money in the US chart, the financial system will almost certainly undergo a transformation of some kind.

This transformation to the money system in the US will likely begin in 2018 when Pluto enters the second house of the Sibley chart for the US, which will certainly be a good test for the accuracy of this particular chart (there is quite a bit of discussion in astrological circles about the “real” chart for the US).

In the meantime, we are in a period of reality-based economics which makes it more important than ever to avoid things like chain letters, “giving circles,” fad investing.  Instead rely on good old-fashioned Pluto in Capricorn values: hard work, saving, being smart about spending.  Challenging cycles come and go but we can build those solid structures that can support us even in the worst of times.

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By | 2014-04-04T06:12:58+00:00 April 4th, 2014|Money and markets|2 Comments
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