Tuesday, February 21, 2017

“The Widening Gyre:” Saturn, Neptune, Chiron & the February 26th Eclipse in D.C.

Difficult-to-diagnose illnesses or “syndromes” that waste away an individual’s vitality over long periods of time, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), are considered Neptunian

I would argue that Chiron—with its wounding influence, designed to help us bridge the physical/spiritual divide in our lives—may also be lurking in the background during such illnesses, as well.

CFS is rarely seen as being a fatal disease, but the inactivity and generalized debility brought on by this syndrome can, over time, undermine the individual’s already compromised immune system, making it vulnerable to a host of other ailments that are fatal. 

Nebulous, difficult to diagnose (Neptune) conditions like CFS test a subject’s physical/spiritual mettle and constitute a Chironic journey of healing and/or transcendence. Some astrologers believe the Soul chooses its path with Chiron.

We can certainly see a social corollary to CFS in today’s political reality—widespread economic stress has enabled a passive dissolution (Neptune), an implosion of sorts that has resulted in toxic nationalist (Us against Them) populism. Throughout history, this type of Neptunian passivity has disordered and weakened the political organisms it targets—simply put, a system divided against itself cannot stand. 

Neptunian passivity undermines structures, blurs the lines of responsibility (Saturn) and pits delusionary narratives against objective facts. As William Butler Yeats’ poem, “The Second Coming,” put it so vividly:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.

Chinua Achebe used these lines in his seminal novel, Things Fall Apart (1959), which described the breakdown of African tribal systems and the British colonial empire, yet we can certainly see how these lines apply with today’s political chaos. Chaos—a full systems breakdown—truly is the operative word.

With election 2016, the U.S. has, in a nutshell, been caught on the horns of a Neptune-Saturn dilemma: confusion, prevarication and incoherence have transformed our national discourse into meaningless babble to many. Our ability to deliver a factual, coherent narrative is seriously compromised, along with our confidence and institutional integrity.  

As this past weekend’s Munich Security Conference suggested, our European allies are looking for that coherent narrative from the U.S. and they’re not getting it; importantly, they’re not sure where we stand in regards to Russia because we’re talking out of both sides of our collective “mouth” about it—members of Congress are saying one thing, the president is saying another—all while troubling and inappropriate communications between Russia and the Trump team are being investigated in seven Congressional committees.

Is it any wonder that critical peace talks regarding the Ukraine are set to commence without direct U.S. participation? Russia would reportedly like us at the talks, but diplomats from Ukraine, France and Germany don’t feel our presence would be constructive.

Could it be that  reports of big money collusion between Trump’s first campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and two corrupt, pro-Putin, Ukrainian figures, deposed dictator Viktor Yanukovich and oligarch Dmitry Firtash, have something to do with it? Whatever the truth is, we are clearly in over our heads with a web of suspected Russia-Ukraine-Trump entanglements, and perhaps it is better that Europe takes charge of any peace talks for now.  

Whatever results from those impending peace talks (apparently planned for a few weeks from now) could be impacted by the February eclipses we’ve been exploring here. History chimes in quite intriguingly here, too—much more on that to come.

First, let’s consider the upcoming annular solar eclipse on February 26th. The path of this eclipse cuts across the southern tip of South America and on in to Africa, so those areas may be most directly affected by the event; even so, every eclipse represents a potentially powerful transit that bears watching everywhere. There’s a lot more than the Ukraine peace talks at stake here.

Chart #1: Solar Eclipse, February 26, 2017, 9:58:31 a.m. ST, Washington, D.C. Tropical Equal houses, True Node.

Eclipse Point (EP) conjoins Neptune-SNode-Mercury (Pisces) in the 10th house. We can’t miss the Neptunian theme to this eclipse chart, with these Pisces points elevated in the powerful 10th house, but we shouldn’t forget that 6th house Jupiter co-rules Pisces with Neptune, so there are two “Lords” of this watery event. A couple interesting details emerge from that: first, at 139°+ apart, Jupiter and Neptune fall in a wide biquintile aspect (144°) linking DC’s outwardly manifest power (10th) with the military 6th.

Significantly, Bil Tierney says this aspect family (the 5th harmonic) has been traditionally associated with “the use or abuse of power and authority.”[1] Sounds like what we’re seeing in Washington these days, and if Trump does call out 100,000 National Guards troops to round up the nation’s undocumented immigrants, the military dimension of this chart—reinforced by its Virgo NNode—will manifest as well.

Second, Tierney adds that this harmonic expresses a “composite of Jupiter and Uranus principles (with Mars undertones). Uranus in this context does not appear to represent its higher humanitarian expression, but instead seems to indicate its more willful, untamed, lawless and inconsistent side.”[2] As we can see, one of the strongest aspects in this chart is the strident Jupiter opposition to Mars-Uranus (Libra-Aries)!

So it appears the softer feeling Pisces character of the event masks a more volatile, cardinal potential. This opposition is, in fact, the high point of the Jupiter-Uranus cycle that launched with a bang at 0°+Aries in June, 2010. Concerning the growth and awakening of social consciousness, this cycle can promote both positive and negative revolutionary efforts, as well as extremist campaigns.

This dynamic pushes against any and all limitations, so judging from the Trump administration’s behavior to date, challenges to the Constitution and the rule of law continue to be predictable. Add Mars into the mix and the potential for volatility and destruction—possibly the military variety—increases.

Factor in the slow erosion of our nation’s “immune system” by this heavily Neptunian chart, and we need to wonder here what the constant “drip, drip, drip” of Trump’s fear-mongering messages (about the “fake Media”…about criminal immigrants...about Sweden, of all places?) is about. Is he trying to erode our common sense ability to discern what’s true and what isn’t? Which voices we can trust and which we cannot?

Is it about shrouding us in the “fog” of war, perhaps? Or, imposing a state of domestic martial law to clamp down on protests while immigrants—Trump’s favorite scapegoats for all our national ills—are rounded up? The latter seems more likely right now.  

Venus-Mars-Uranus (Aries) square Pluto (Capricorn). I haven’t overlooked the cardinal T-square lurking in this chart (more on that ahead), but this set of square aspects is interesting on its own because Venus rules this chart’s Taurus ASC. We’ve been seeing a lot of active, aggressively outspoken women in protest movements these days, and these aspects point to the power wielded by those women. It may also pertain to women in high places like Germany’s Angela Merkel, whose voices are being heard.

It’s also interesting that the Venus-ruled ASC exactly inconjoins Libra Jupiter, which is itself disposed by Venus: whatever agenda Washington tries to promote in the coming eclipse period will be heavily influenced by this strident, even militant energy.

It bears noting that a Taurus ASC also speaks to the fixed, conservative times ahead. This may be a welcome development—many may feel we need some fixed, earthy energy to stabilize the crazy mutable stuff. This could also speak to the dead rush the fossil fuel industry is in to open up public lands to drilling, to complete the controversial Dakota Pipeline, and so on.

Based on Venus’s position in Aries and the other strident cardinal energies in this chart, it seems likely we will see armed conflict and/or martial law used to squash protests on the pipeline sites. Native Americans are the earthiest group imaginable; it’s a safe bet that this Taurus energy will impact them one way or another. In fact, this ASC is the focal point of a Yod configuration with Jupiter-sextile-Saturn (more on that below); the fossil fuel takeover is not likely to be smooth and easy.

On a historical note, the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation by the Oglala Lakota Sioux began under a Yod formed by the Saturn-Chiron sextile (Gemini-Aries) to asteroid Pallas (Scorpio). Deep injustices (Pallas) against the Natives were the focus of this peaceful (sextile) action that devolved into violence over the roughly 2 months it lasted. Amazingly, this configuration echoed another Yod involving Pallas found in the chart for the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre. Pallas has a clear connection to Venus/Athena through the principle of wisdom and “just warfare.”

Cardinal T-Square: Mars-Uranus (Aries) opposite Jupiter (Libra); this axis squares Pluto (Capricorn). Judging from Pluto’s 8th house placement here, it seems there are powerful financial interests at stake in taking aggressive, possibly military action. World disorder  (spawned by Neptune, etc.) presents ripe opportunities for conquest and exploitation (remember, “America First!”). Unfortunately, this disorder echoes a much earlier period, according to foreign policy expert, Richard Haass.

“Disarray” is the precise term used by Haass to describe today’s world disorder[3], and he begins his new study by recounting how we arrived at our present state. We need to learn from the period leading into World War I, Haass argues, and it appears that the astrology concurs. As we’ll see ahead, there are interesting parallels between that period and today’s brand of disarray.

Saturn (Sagittarius) trines Mars-Uranus (Aries), sextiles Jupiter (Libra) and squares Chiron (Pisces). Saturn is a real social butterfly these days with all this, but most importantly, it’s engaged in all this from the final stretch of its approximately 33-year cycle with Pluto. A complete post could be dedicated to this array of cycles, but for now let’s consider some highlights.

The trine suggests that Congress may simply look the other way with the volatile changes on the horizon in Washington institutions—i.e., at the hands of Trump’s Cabinet appointees who fundamentally disagree with the mission of their departments, with Trump’s illegal conflicts of interest, and so on. If the seven distinct Congressional investigations now happening to examine the relationship between Trump, his team and Russia finish under this trine (not likely), we can expect he’ll receive a slap on the wrist and little more. It’s not a particularly tight trine, however, so pressure may build on Trump et al as the aspect separates.

The Saturn-Jupiter sextile will also be moving in and out of orb over the coming months, so the opportunity it poses for institutional change will be somewhat hit or miss. As noted above, under the Venus discussion, this sextile is part of a tense Yod configuration that is likely to manifest in several different arenas.

Again, the Native American protests against the Dakota pipeline (which are currently not being covered by mainstream news very well) will probably boil to the surface in some way. Resource development in general will be a tense focus, especially with Jupiter (ruling the 8th) in Venus-ruled Libra, opposite the Aries points discussed above. It’s interesting that Saturn also falls sextile Pisces Mercury, which rules the chart’s Gemini 2nd house of resources.

Strengthened by its wide conjunction to the Eclipse Point, this Mercury also rules the Virgo 5th house of power plays and the “Old Boys’ Network.”  With Virgo this powerful gathering of forces could involve the military as well—resources and heightened Defense spending go together like Forrest Gump’s “peas and carrots.” It appears likely that the resource-driven agenda Trump wants will be rolled out, and that “national defense” will be a big justification used for whatever federal revenues are put towards that purpose.

It’s also important here that Jupiter and Saturn are closing in on their new cycle that begins in December 2020. In fact, we are in a period of several waning outer-planetary cycles, (Jupiter-Saturn, Jupiter-Uranus, Jupiter-Neptune, Saturn-Neptune, Saturn-Uranus, Saturn-Pluto) marking serious, even somber, troubled times during which things tend to unravel in preparation for a new beginning. Such uneasy times always seem to support military buildups, as well, so we can expect that many of the domestic jobs Trump takes credit for will be in the Defense industry.

Given Trump’s desire to bring us back to those post WWII times when America was “numero uno,” it makes sense that we’ll see the cliché that “war is good for the economy” reemerge. With WWII that was the case for a couple decades, but economic historians say this happened because a very different Keynesian model was enshrined in our economic system after the war. Under our current finance-industry dominated economic and labor relations regime, the rich would have gotten richer and the middle class never would have developed the way it did.

President Obama attempted to return to some aspects of that Keynesian model during his tenure, but Trump is already busily rolling back those efforts with executive orders and a Wall Street-packed Cabinet. Certain higher ups in select industries will get obscenely wealthy if we go into full-scale war mode; how did Iraq, Afghanistan and various other adventures work for the rest of us?

Bottom line, this chart suggests that we might want to pay close attention to all of this: the number of military heavyweights on Trump’s Cabinet is probably not accidental, and the number of waning cycles noted above says we need to watch what’s going on behind the scenes. This is not likely to be good for the environment—time to support the free press and resist any effort to restrict access to the Internet!!

The Saturn-Chiron square is perhaps the most evocative relationship that Saturn is flirting with these days. While the orb isn’t particularly tight in this eclipse event, it will be tightening again in the coming months, as Saturn retrogrades and turns direct again. This is a long-term square, and historically, Saturn-Chiron aspects tend to happen during war times, or just prior to those periods.

This aspect often reflects a paternalistic authoritarian figure who inflicts great harm, but down-the-road, there is potential healing. The psychological wounding (Chiron) Willy Wonka experienced at the hands of his parents and particularly, his authoritarian “dentist” father (Saturn) who forbade him to eat candy, reflects this aspect. The healing of their relationship in the end was the “happy ending.”

It’s no accident that Trump’s natal Sun-Node-Uranus Gemini stellium is tied into today’s Sagittarius-Pisces square. He also had a somewhat fraught relationship with his father, an authoritarian man who demanded that he and his brothers be tough above all. Donald Trump’s brother Freddy Jr. died of alcoholism-related illness; Donald himself has “issues” with authority and an apparent need to win, no matter what. 

His many conflicts of interest as president and stubborn refusal to acknowledge any authority over his actions (to release his tax forms, for example) suggest that those early wounds cut deep.

If his first month in office is any indication, Trump simply needs to prove—as his lackey Stephen Miller put it—that his power “will not be questioned.” Sure sounds like a father-related Saturn-Chiron crisis. There’s always a void that can never be filled with this aspect: how many will be sacrificed to his need?

Returning to the connection between Saturn-Chiron and war, it seems that mutable Saturn-Chiron aspects are particularly pernicious. The run-up to WWI featured the Gemini-Pisces square (Saturn-Chiron)—the waxing counterpart of today’s waning square in Sagittarius-Pisces (begun in 12/2016 and running through the end of 2017). 

The decade-long run-up to the Vietnam War (officially declared Aug. 4, 1964) featured the conjunction in Pisces (at the declaration they were still 14° apart; the U.S. Civil War featured the Virgo-Pisces opposition—are we starting to see a pattern here?

At first glance, at least, it appears that such mutable aspects reflect conflicts in which the structural integrity of the societies at war is seriously challenged. Civil wars (or at least serious internal divisions, as the U.S. fell into over Vietnam) seem to be a particular focus. As noted earlier, Richard Haass speaks to how this played out in WWI (see note 3), which he offers as a model of the haphazard traps nations divided get themselves into:

“…what makes the history [of WWI] so frustrating even one hundred years later was the carelessness of it all…History is filled with examples of individuals and countries acting against their own self-interest. World War I was obviously not in anyone’s interest, but it happened all the same.”[4]
Clearly, this year-long Saturn-Chiron aspect could impact the rebuilding of so many Middle Eastern and African nations that have fallen into chaos in the past decade—Syria, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, etc. The so-called Arab Spring uprisings launched with Chiron tightly conjunct Neptune in late Aquarius (ruled by Saturn); several of the societies in crisis since then were caught up in this revolutionary fervor and have been sorely wounded (Chiron) since.

Fighting a paternalistic (Saturn) dictator inflicted dire catastrophic wounds (Chiron) on Syria, and with Russia’s support, Bashar al Assad shows no signs of giving up power. It’s hard to say at this time what the prospects for healing are in that country, the broader Middle East, and in places like South Sudan that just today has declared a state of famine.

Other notable wars or military campaigns feature cardinal Saturn-Chiron aspects: World War II (Cancer-Libra) and the 1990 Invasion of Kuwait (1st Gulf War-Cancer-Capricorn), for example. The Iraq War (2003) launched as a hybrid mutable/cardinal exception—with Gemini Saturn opposing Sagittarius Pluto instead, and Chiron in Saturn-ruled Capricorn.

Final thoughts

There’s so much more that could be said about this eclipse in regards to the Trump administration, but I will end here with a note about how this event is likely to impact the U.S. Sibly chart. In fact, this eclipse is playing “Tag, you’re it” with that chart’s progressed lunar cycle’s 2nd quarter, the one we are finishing out this month. 

That quarter began on Christmas Day 2008—the height of the financial crisis—at 4°+Pisces-Virgo, a mere 4 degrees from the eclipse point and 1 degree from the eclipse chart’s nodal axis (see this May 2016 post for more on this progressed cycle).

Not surprisingly, the instability and breakdown we are seeing in Washington was probably triggered during the 2008 crisis, and may, in a painfully twisted way, be cosmically right on schedule. Given the economic damage done to so many at that time, this makes perfect sense.

This interesting synchrony also suggests that Mutable times are here to stay for several years: the 3rd progressed quarter launches on March 2nd at 12° Pisces-Virgo, and the new progressed cycle in 2024 pushes off from the shore at 19°+Pisces. As a nation, we will need to make our peace with creative chaos—it just may be our new normal!

The question is, will our highly-structured democratic system of checks and balances weather all this instability, or will our system simply erode into some type of authoritarian regime?

Stranger things have happened, and Neptune’s remaining years in Pisces will probably tell the story. Such structural erosions do tend to attract “strong-man” types who benefit from claiming that things are worse than they really are, and that they have all the answers and know all the right “enemies” to blame.

The pattern replicates itself like a Neptunian virus, whenever the various “body politics” are compromised by corrosive inner divisions. Immunity of any kind (personal, social, political) relies on the structural integrity (Saturn) of an organism and its systems, so it’s no surprise that after a year-long Saturn-Neptune square, that we would be seeing systems breakdown.   

The only antidote for Neptunian invasion is to shore up Saturnian containment efforts as quickly as possible. We can be hopeful that a stronger Saturn is on the horizon as the planet moves into home-sign Capricorn this coming December. Unfortunately, a strong Saturn can also benefit a would-be dictator, so striking the right balance will be key.

It would help if we didn’t make every decision on the basis of potential economic gain (Capricorn’s dark side), relinquishing important values, resources and structural safeguards every time a few jobs are dangled like a carrot in front of us. We need to access the better angels of this potentially wise sign.

It will also help if the military and para-military forces that are deployed to implement Trump’s mass deportation raids, etc. begin questioning what cause they are serving and whether it requires them to sacrifice their own deeply held beliefs and principles. Their help and integrity is going to be sorely needed on the road ahead.

Raye Robertson is a practicing astrologer, writer and former educator. A graduate of the Faculty of Astrological Studies (U.K.), Raye focuses on mundane, collective-oriented astrology, with a particular interest in current affairs, culture and media, the astrology of generations, and public concerns such as education and health. Several of her articles on these topics have been featured in The Mountain Astrologer and other publications over the years.

She is also available to read individual charts—contact her at: robertsonraye@gmail.com.

© Raye Robertson 2017. All rights reserved. 

[1] Bil Tierney, Dynamics of Aspect Analysis: New Perceptions in Astrology, CRCS Publications, 1983, p. 46.
[2] Ibid, p. 47.
[3] Richard Haass, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the World Order, Penguin Press, 2017, pp. 28-29.
[4] Haass, p. 28.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Strutting its Cosmic Stuff: Eclipse season 2017 unfolds in DC

In the last post here, we dug into Eclipse season 2017, and sure enough, the February 10th event (set for Washington, D.C.) has been strutting its cosmic stuff. 

In a mere three weeks, the new White House administration has proven to be over-the-top chaotic and unstable; of course, if you’ve been watching this space, you know the astrology indicated these conditions from the get-go.

In fact, as we saw in the last post, the February 10th event put the eclipsed Moon conjunct Trump’s powerhouse Mars-ASC in Leo, which makes sense considering his executive power and perhaps even his self-confidence have taken a couple big blows in the past week. First, his ill-considered immigration ban was (for the second time) slapped down in the courts, and second, his National Security Advisor, the embattled former General, Michael T. Flynn, resigned under a cloud of controversy and suspicion. Here’s the Wikipedia quick summary:

“Michael Thomas "Mike" Flynn (born December 1958) is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General who was the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and was the 25th National Security Advisor, serving President Donald Trump for 24 days, from January 20 to February 13, 2017,[1][2] before resigning amid controversy over his covert contacts with Russian officials. His tenure as National Security Advisor is the shortest ever.[3][4]
The bottom line with today’s press coverage about Flynn’s resignation seems to be, “What took Trump so long to get rid of him?” This is a more serious question than it looks because it raises the suspicion that Trump himself was aware of Flynn’s Russian communications before and after Trump’s election. Breaking news also indicates there were more Trump aides communicating with Russia during the campaign, as well, so this plot can only thicken.

Intelligence sources have evidence that Flynn’s collusion happened both before and after the election: before, on behalf of Trump’s campaign, and since November 8th, as a way to calm Russian nerves about the recent sanctions President Obama imposed on Russia (for meddling in our election) while still in office.

These were definitely “curious,” potentially illegal connections that could very well implicate Trump: reportedly, a group of GOP senators have just today decided that all this needs to be thoroughly investigated, suggesting that Flynn and perhaps even Donald Trump may be called on to testify.

Suspicions surrounding Trump seem at this point to be rooted in the following, reported here by CNN:

“Flynn resigned from his position as national security adviser Monday following reports that the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that he misled administration officials.
Flynn had conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States before he was a government employee causing some to fear that he was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.”
Clearly, this raises an additional question about why acting Justice Department head Sally Yates was terminated less than two weeks into the new administration—she reportedly delivered the above warning to Trump eighteen days before he asked Flynn to resign. She also warned him about the illegality of his immigration ban, and was Twitter-shamed for her “betrayal” as a result. 
All this suggests that we can examine a triwheel for further insight, and we will, with the following disclaimer: unfortunately, the only solid birth information we have for Mike Flynn (if anyone has it, please let me know!), is December, 1958 in Middletown, Rhode Island, so Flynn’s middle wheel in Triwheel #1 below is set for mid-month (December 16) at noon, the half way point in a 31-day month.
Obviously, this makes the Moon placement and the chart angles highly uncertain, so we won’t be considering those features. We’ll consider other uncertainties if and when they affect the discussion. As we’ll see, a lot can be gleaned from this Triwheel when we see Flynn’s chart—imperfect as it is—next to the February 10th eclipse chart and Trump’s natal chart.

Triwheel #1: (inner wheel) Donald J. Trump, June 14, 1946, 10:54 a.m. DST, Jamaica, NY; (middle wheel) Michael T. Flynn, December 16, 1958, 12:00 p.m., ST, Middletown, RI; (outer wheel) Lunar Eclipse, February 10, 2017, 7:32:53 p.m. ST, Washington, D.C. All charts cast with Tropical Equal Houses, True Node.
Interchart Fixed Grand-Cross: Eclipse Moon-Trump Mars-ASC (Leo) oppose Eclipse Sun-Flynn Chiron (Aquarius); this axis squares Flynn Mars (widely conjunct Trump MC in Taurus) opposite Flynn Jupiter (Scorpio). We can’t know for sure if Flynn’s Mars is Rx, as his chart shows here (Mars turned direct at 16°35 Taurus on 12/21/58), but it’s interesting that no matter which December 1958 day Flynn was born, his Mars would be within 8° orb of conjoining Trump’s MC, so we’ll allow for that here. This makes perfect sense, considering Trump’s security-sensitive Venus (Cancer) disposes his already security-conscious Taurus MC, and Flynn was his National Security Advisor.
Flynn was also a bullish (Taurus) Trump booster during the campaign, known to lead “Lock ‘er up!” chants at rallies—a fairly unconventional role for a former military officer. The question now is, did his use of Russian connections cross legal lines in trying to get Trump elected? We might want to find out why he was so connected to the Russians from the get-go—a Scorpio Jupiter will stop at little to build its own power.
A fixed grand cross can be intensely frustrating, especially in this case, where one player’s opposition squares the other person’s. Flynn’s ambitious Scorpio Jupiter-Taurus Mars was perhaps bound to cause Trump’s Leo Mars-ASC a problem eventually, and clearly the eclipse stretching across Trump’s chart horizon was a powerful trigger.

Were Flynn’s actions designed to somehow give him leverage (Scorpio) over the future president, in case things went south? Or was he the dutiful servant, following directions? A fixed Mars-Jupiter opposition (especially in Taurus-Scorpio) can certainly go either way.
Flynn’s Jupiter also trines Trump’s Saturn-Venus (Cancer), so Trump probably felt his campaign and subsequent security interests were in good hands at first; what he may not have been counting on is that Flynn’s behavior would be closely scrutinized by our Intelligence services. This is ironic given Flynn’s career-long specialty in military intelligence, but Trump’s bully tactics (Leo Mars) with the CIA and other agencies seem to have set Flynn up for a confrontation and failure. Trump may be concerned that Flynn will throw loyalty overboard to implicate him at a hearing about the Russian connection. Stranger things have happened.
Eclipse Saturn conjoins Flynn Sun-Saturn-Eclipse Saturn (Sagittarius)-Trump Moon-SNode (all Sagittarius) and opposes Trump Sun-NNode (Gemini). The “Buck Stops Here…unless we can find someone else to blame” seems to be the theme here, with Eclipse Saturn implicating both Trump and Flynn and their mutable natures. Flynn was only let go when the press coverage about his misadventures became a liability for Trump, but it won’t be at all surprising if we eventually find out that Flynn was essentially expected to “fall on his sword” for his boss. This convergence of energies certainly makes it look like they cooperated either explicitly or implicitly in the scheme that brought Flynn down.

Flynn’s Sun-Saturn (along with the remaining late-Sagittarius points) fall quincunx Trump’s Saturn-Venus (Cancer) and trine Trump’s Mars-ASC (Leo). This confirms that the risk-averse, Cancer power center in Trump’s chart was shoved out on a limb by the risks (Sagittarius) taken by Flynn and his Russian connections. The comfortable trine between all that Sagittarius energy and Trump’s Mars-ASC may have boosted Trump’s ego to the point (“see how I won, with the greatest…”) that he simply threw caution to the wind, believing his presidential power would shield him from any fallout. Rude awakening here.

A fiery chain of events was triggered by the Eclipse, as well—risky behavior caused revelations, and they are further enflaming doubts and calls for further investigations:
Interchart Fire Grand Trine. Eclipse Uranus-Flynn SNode (Aries) trine Flynn Uranus-Eclipse Moon-Trump Mars-ASC (Leo) trine Trump Moon-Eclipse Saturn-Flynn Sun-Saturn (Sagittarius). This configuration maps out the volatile flashpoints involved in the Trump-Flynn relationship and the way in which both men are implicated in Flynn’s resignation (triggered by the eclipse) and all that led up to it. Ego (Leo), resource-driven power plays (Eclipse Aries Uranus over Trump’s 8th house), and a fundamental sense of entitled license (Eclipse Saturn over Trump’s 4th house Sagittarius) are potentially at play here. As we’ll see ahead, these flashpoints feed the tension at play in a Cardinal Grand Cross.
Interchart Cardinal Grand Cross. Trump Saturn-Venus (Cancer) opposite Eclipse Pluto (Capricorn); this axis squares Eclipse Uranus-Flynn SNode (Aries) opposite Trump Jupiter-Chiron-Flynn NNode-Eclipse Jupiter (Libra). The chaos spawned by the above fiery grand trine breeds the “damned-if-we-do, damned-if-we-don’t” dilemmas seen in this tense, frustrating configuration. It’s interesting to see here how tightly linked Flynn’s fate (NNode) is to Trump’s fortunes (Jupiter).
As long as the situation benefitted Trump (Flynn’s Node on Trump’s Jupiter, square Saturn-Venus), it worked, but when push came to shove (as happens with cardinal grand crosses), Flynn became a liability. The attempted “cover-up” of his “Old Boys’ Network”-style, illicit collusion is reflected in 5th house Eclipse Pluto’s impact on Trump’s Cancer-Libra points. Judging from these fraught entanglements, there’s probably much more to learn here.
Indeed, calls for an independent, transparent investigation into all this, fueled by additional information showing that the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia went far beyond Flynn, are mounting.

Eclipse Chiron in Pisces T-Squares Mutable oppositions in Gemini-Sagittarius: We discussed the oppositions in question here earlier, but Chiron’s involvement deserves separate consideration. First, because of its potential impact on Trump’s mental health (square his Sun-Moon, disposed by his Cancer Mercury). 
He has repeatedly displayed erratic, disturbingly narcissistic behavior that a growing chorus of mental health professionals are calling out, despite their professional reservations about doing so. Chaos seems to be Trump’s modus operandi, according to others, and it appears to be wreaking havoc in the White House. Here’s what Salon has to say this morning:
“Three weeks into the President Donald Trump administration, staffers in his White House are telling reporters they’re scared.
One said that the atmosphere in the White House is “borderline chaos” and that “some staff is in survival mode . . . scared to death,” according to a report by Axios. Factors cited as causes for this panic include revelations that President Trump had been warned by former acting attorney general Sally Yates about national security director Michael Flynn’s dissembling and did not act on it, the revelation that Flynn had indeed talked with Russia about Obama’s economic sanctions, and the overall cascade of leaks that have come from the White House since Trump took office.
Having a boss addicted to Twitter hasn’t helped. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the president seemed irked by the intelligence community and the leaks.”

Though speculative, with Gemini-Sagittarius involved, the idea that Trump has a media/Twitter “addiction” is perfectly conceivable. This possibility is reinforced by transiting Neptune (at 11°+Pisces in the Eclipse chart) trining his Mercury, which again, disposes his Gemini points. If nothing else, his rational judgment (already not his strong suit) can be seriously distorted by this transit, and Chiron is nearing quincunx with Trump’s Mars, suggesting that he is already a “wounded warrior.” More on this below.
Factor Trump’s naturally defensive, inward focus into the concerns of this t-square, and it’s no surprise that those around him are panicking. The eclipse has clearly exacerbated Trump’s natural tendencies, and the more he and his administration are scrutinized, the more chaotic things are likely to get.
Eclipse Sun (Aquarius) trines/sextiles Trump Gemini-Sagittarius oppositions and conjoins Flynn Progressed Sun-Chiron (Aquarius-chart not shown). This speaks dramatically to how the February 10th event triggered Flynn’s departure, and suggests that Trump acted on the cosmic opening (trine/sextile) to get rid of Flynn because Flynn threatened his power (Eclipse Sun-Flynn PSun opposed Trump Mars). Despite the nice Sun-Sun trine, that power may still be in jeopardy, especially as Chiron transits within quincunx range to Trump’s Mars over the coming year. As we’ll see in an upcoming post, the February 26th eclipse is focused on Trump’s Mars-ASC as well, so this drama is likely to build.  
 Ongoing saga…last thoughts for now
Clearly this story is just getting started, and the Cosmos is just getting revved up for what remains of a volatile Eclipse season. Based on a noon chart for Trump sidekick Kellyanne Conway, her position is also in the crosshairs these days: the February 10th Chiron fell on top of her natal Chiron within minutes, so she’s experiencing a Chiron return, which is often a “leaping-off point” of sorts. That tired, almost glazed-over stare in her eyes these days is probably stress, pure and simple, and as abhorrent as her disimulations and ethical gaffes have been, it appears she’s being dangled out to dry by the administration, which has unleashed a new “Stormtrooper” in the startling person of Stephen Miller.
Not surprisingly, as with Flynn, Conway’s chart is tightly connected to Trump’s: we’ll explore these connections, along with February’s Eclipse #2, in the next post!
Hang in there!

Raye Robertson is a practicing astrologer, writer and former educator. A graduate of the Faculty of Astrological Studies (U.K.), Raye focuses on mundane, collective-oriented astrology, with a particular interest in current affairs, culture and media, the astrology of generations, and public concerns such as education and health. Several of her articles on these topics have been featured in The Mountain Astrologer and other publications over the years.

She is also available to read individual charts—contact her at: robertsonraye@gmail.com.

© Raye Robertson 2017. All rights reserved. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Shock therapy in February: Eclipse season 2017 begins

"Welcome to the shock event, designed precisely to jar the political system and civil society, causing a disorientation and disruption among the public and the political class that aids the leader in consolidating his power.” - Ruth Ben Ghiat, CNN.com
On February 10 (or 11th, depending upon your location), the Earth will pass between the Sun and Moon, shadowing the Moon from the Sun’s illumination; the result, of course, is called a lunar eclipse. Lunar eclipses only happen during the full phase of the Solar-Lunar cycle, so the effect is to suppress the Moon’s brilliance for however long the Earth casts its shadow.
In this upcoming case, the Moon will remain shadowed for a bit over 4 hours, and because its penumbral magnitude (the percent of the Moon in the Earth’s lighter, penumbral shadow) is relatively low, it will be hard to see this eclipse.
Even so, mundane astrologers tend to view any eclipse as a significant transiting moment in the sky, with the potential for lasting impact. Given how disruptive our times are already, any cosmic event such as this is worth watching.
If the ancient wisdom cited by eclipse expert Celeste Teal[1] is correct (I have no reason to believe it isn’t), the effects of a lunar eclipse are felt for as many months as its duration clocks in hours—in this February 10/11 case, approximately 4 months.
In fact, this eclipse appears to be the opening salvo in a multi-eclipse roll-out we will be feeling into at least the next year. This series includes the annular solar eclipse happening yet this month, on February 26th, followed in a few months by a dramatic total solar eclipse (visible across the U.S.) in August. If the February eclipses don't grab us, that one is likely to command our attention—much more on that in months to come.
For now, however, let’s focus on the February 10/11th event, which because of its Leo-Aquarius placement near Trump’s Mars (Leo), could well be viewed as a “teaser” for the August eclipse at 29° Leo, which happens right smack on top of Trump’s Leo Mars. So, what could the “teaser” be about?

One key configuration in the February 10th eclipse chart (Chart #1 below) dominates, and will help us frame the rest of our exploration:

Chart #1: Lunar Eclipse, February 10, 2017, 7:32:53 p.m. ST, Washington, D.C. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node.
Mystic Rectangle: Sun (Aquarius) opposes Moon (Leo); Uranus (Aries) opposes Jupiter (Libra); Uranus sextiles/trines Sun-Moon; Jupiter sextiles/trines Moon-Sun.  This rare configuration launches our eclipse year with opposing forces that somehow complement each other. The potentially shocking quality of the Aquarius Sun and the intransigent, power-consolidating Leo Moon set the tone. In a “looking glass” time when up is down and facts are optional, these and the remaining opposing/colluding forces raise some interesting dynamics. A quick analogy might help us visualize the situation:
It’s a tense stand-off, pictured in a film. In the scene in question, a proud, dominant man (Sun in Uranus)—afflicted with fear of aging, loss of abilities and anger at oppressive forces—is in a fit of alcohol-enhanced depression and threatening to shoot himself.
His panicked wife (Moon in Leo) stands opposite him in the room, pleading for him to put the gun down, even though just moments before she was loudly (and not very kindly) attacking him for drunken behavior, his disrespect for her, etc. To say there was a love/hate, codependent relationship between these two fixed, immovable forces was an understatement.
Two additional significant characters are in the room: a new, younger adult friend (Uranus in Aries); and a long-time, older buddy (Jupiter in Libra). The two friends are less at odds with each other than they are united by the friends they share (Sun-Moon in Aquarius/Leo), and they are challenged with somehow balancing (opposition) their efforts to defuse the situation.
Each of these men has something distinct to offer their friends by way of support and/or intervention (trines/sextiles), and in the end, they succeed in helping the couple open up the emotional space they needed to go on. Several relationships were at stake in this stand-off because the couple's fate would be felt by all. 

Real world stand offs
Switching into the “real world,” who are the characters in this chart’s stand-off?
Being so tuned into the political scene these days, I can’t help seeing its codependent mess reflected in this mystic rectangle. Opposing, yet somehow collusive forces can be seen everywhere: Trump v. Congress; US Constitution v. Trump; GOP/Religious Right v. Dems/Civil Liberties, US Constitution v. Alt Right, Trump v. the World, and so on. Even the protestors energies are turned back against them because they feed Trump’s determination to have his way—the list goes on. There’s good reason to believe that all of these opposing forces will come into play in the coming eclipse season.
For the sake of focus, let’s narrow the field: every opposition involves Trump in some way, of course, but every one of them also implicates the Constitution and threatens its integrity. For this reason, I’ve framed the discussion ahead around this key question: what is likely to happen to our Constitution in the coming year? Here’s one troubling read of the situation from CNN.com:

“The confusion and chaos generated at the bureaucratic and individual level by Trump's most spectacular executive order -- his ban of individuals from selected predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States -- came in part from its sudden announcement. From enforcers to the public, many were thrown off guard.
Welcome to the shock event, designed precisely to jar the political system and civil society, causing a disorientation and disruption among the public and the political class that aids the leader in consolidating his power.”

The report quoted above focuses chiefly on the collusion between Trump and his chief strategy advisor, Steve Bannon: together they seem to want to overturn American foreign policy, slam shut our borders against Muslims and Mexicans, and forcefully deport masses of undocumented immigrants. The legal backlash is underway at home and abroad over the travel ban, and in Mexico, “Trump” piñatas are selling strong, amid calls for boycotts at “#AdiosProductosGringos.”
Bannon has been a force encouraging Trump’s controversial immigration/refugee orders, and he clearly supports closer relations with Russia over our traditional allies. He also clearly supports (if he’s not the architect of) Trump’s drive to consolidate more power in the Executive office than the Constitution has ever allowed. This drive is troubling enough, but the specific political wedge he and Trump seem to want to employ for this purpose makes it all the more troubling. More on this ahead.
Trump himself is far from a Constitutional scholar or apologist—clearly, finding loopholes in it that allow him to do what he pleases is more his style.
Bannon seems to encourage Trump’s innate autocratic tendencies, but reports show that Bannon is also quickly consolidating his own power within the White House—including a seat on the National Security Council. Many are wondering who’s really in charge at this point.
A quick peek at the biwheel between Trump and Bannon reflects why this relationship is so tight and so symbiotic—and why these two are starting to look like those eerie twins in Face/Off,:

Biwheel #1: (inner wheel) Donald J. Trump, June 14, 1946, 10:54 a.m. DST, Jamaica, NY; (outer wheel) Steve Bannon, November 27, 1953, 12:00 p.m. ST (noon chart, no time available), Norfolk, VA. Source (Bannon): Wikipedia. Tropical Equal Houses,True Node.
Your eyes can tell you how connected these two are with little trouble, but here’s a list of just the interchart conjunctions:
Bannon (B) Pluto (Leo) to Trump (Tp) Mars-ASC (Leo).
B Uranus-SNode (Cancer) to Tp Saturn-Venus (Cancer).
B Jupiter (Gemini) to Tp Sun-NNode-Uranus (Gemini).
B Mars-Neptune (Libra) to Tp Jupiter (Tp Chiron to B Mars).
Without going into each aspect at length, let's consider some key insights: On top of all of the above, Bannon’s powerful Jupiter-Neptune trine and his Neptune-Uranus square (perfectly reflecting his hard-nosed ideological extremism) tie into key power centers of Trump’s chart—his Gemini-Sagittarius points and (by square) his volatile Saturn-Venus in Cancer. For good measure, Bannon’s Sagittarius Sun (disposed by all that Jupiter activity) sextiles Trump’s impressionable Neptune in Libra.
A thirst for power leaps off the page here, especially highlighted by Bannon’s Pluto overtaking Trump’s Mars-ASC and squaring Trump’s Taurus MC. The noon chart shows Bannon’s Moon tied into this, as well; unfortunately, we can’t confirm that here, but reports suggest that Bannon plays into Trump’s volatile temper and aggressive nature to “manage” the outcomes, so it wouldn’t be surprising to find that Bannon has a Moon-Pluto conjunction here.
Those who have suggested that Bannon plays the role of “Iago,” whispering outrageous, paranoid notions into President “Othello’s” ears appear to have a point. Curiously, Bannon’s aggressive, ideologically-charged Sagittarius Sun (he is the former editor of alt-right Breitbart News) quincunxes Trump’s Cancer Mercury. Considering how tied into his overall chart dynamics Trump’s Mercury is (by rulership and dispositorship), it’s interesting that Bannon’s basic nature (Sun) would be at frustrating odds.
This is certainly like a marriage of sorts: one of the reasons committed partnerships can be such frustrating growth experiences is that the partners often have quincunx aspects between them. These aspects force them to be constantly adjusting to each other. The willingness to adjust for the sake of the partnership is what keeps people together, but there is the negative potential for exploitation in such relationships, as well.
In that case, the quincunx (a roughly 150° angle) operates like a “wedge” (think “shoehorn”) used to leverage something out of the other person. Here, Bannon’s dominant Sun could well influence Trump’s thinking (Mercury), giving Bannon more influence over the agenda.
One analyst suggested that Trump’s key administrative weakness is how “impressionable” he is (Mercury), changing his mind depending upon which advisor got to him last. This could be the key to Bannon’s influence; he’s known to hang out in the Oval Office all day, so he has Trump’s ear in more concentrated doses.
We’re seeing that concentrated influence in the way each of Trump’s executive orders attacks a safeguard against more consolidated Executive power. Bil Tierney refers to this type of quincunx (in a natal chart) as the “health quincunx, implying its tendency to disorganize energy patterns upon the physical level. Its presence in the natal chart should alert us to the possibility of somatic malfunctions.”[2]

This also speaks to whether the presidency is good for Trump’s mental health or not—Trump’s long-term friend, “radio shock jock” Howard Stern, weighed in on this, as many others have.
Obviously, we’re looking at an interchart aspect here, but it still questions how healthy Bannon’s presence is for Trump in the long run.
As a recent New York Times article entitled President Bannon? put it:
“Plenty of presidents have had prominent political advisers, and some of those advisers have been suspected of quietly setting policy behind the scenes (recall Karl Rove or, if your memory stretches back far enough, Dick Morris). But we’ve never witnessed a political aide move as brazenly to consolidate power as Stephen Bannon — nor have we seen one do quite so much damage so quickly to his putative boss’s popular standing or pretenses of competence.”
As alluded to earlier, Trump and Bannon seem to be strategically abandoning our popular standing abroad for a tighter focus on nationalists and protectionists, and on the domestic religious Right. Speaking at the Washington Prayer Breakfast today, Trump promised to “destroy the Johnson Amendment,” which prohibits tax-exempt organizations from using those exempt dollars to sway political contests. That would mean that not only can corporations and fringe groups buy our elections, but religious-based interests could do so as well. If we thought this past election was rigged and manipulated, just wait!

Combine that with Cabinet members like Betsy De Vos—who supports dismantling the public school system and empowering religion-based education—and we’re headed for a true breakdown in the Constitution’s Establishment Clause and the separation of Church and State so essential to our democracy. In other words, we’re flirting with theocracy.
Not surprisingly, given all this, Trump is also reportedly considering yet another Bannon-inspired executive order that would roll back civil liberties for LGBTQ individuals and others on the basis of “religious rights.” The frenzy over appointing a Supreme Court justice pronto is all about rolling back Roe v. Wade on similar grounds. 
Bottom line, under Bannon’s influence, there appears to be an interest in using religion to enable autocracy. By all accounts, Trump is not a naturally religious person, which makes this look all the more like a suspicious power grab.  
Obviously, all of the above raises the stakes for the empty Supreme Court seat. Assuming that confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch (Trump’s nominee) will proceed under the influence of the February 10/11th eclipse, let’s consider the Constitution/Eclipse biwheel.

Biwheel #2: (inner wheel) U.S. Constitution signing (CON), September 17, 1787, 4:00 p.m. LMT, Philadelphia, PA. Source: Campion, BWH, Chart #376, p. 371[3]; (outer wheel) Lunar Eclipse, February 10, 2017, 7:32:53 p.m. ST, Washington, D.C. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node.
Interchart Fire-Air Grand Sextile. This super-rare phenomenon is created by a “chain reaction” of sextiles around and between the charts:
Eclipse Sun-CON Saturn (Aquarius) sextiles Eclipse Uranus (Aries), which sextiles CON Jupiter (Gemini), which sextiles Eclipse Moon (Leo), which sextiles Eclipse Jupiter (Libra), which sextiles Eclipse Saturn (Sagittarius), and back to Eclipse Sun…
There are two Grand Trines (one in Fire, one in Air) and three Oppositions (Aries-Libra, Gemini-Sagittarius, Leo-Aquarius) embedded in this hexagon-shaped formation, making for a super-charged web of energies swirling about, shooting cosmic darts at each other. Bil Tierney captures the general feel of this configuration best: “With these energizing, out-going elements represented here, the tendency to instigate stimulating activities with burning enthusiasm, optimism, and vibrant self-expresion is quite strong. However, the staying power and persistence to follow thru with impulses is weakened.”[4]  
This sounds about right with the Trump administration—they have blown us away in very short order with an energetic flurry of executive orders and impulsive foreign policy gaffes, but now the resistance mounts and we’ll see where their true resolve lies. Will they wield the same “bull in a china shop” influence on the Constitution that they have on the White House to date?

Eclipse Jupiter sextiles Eclipse Saturn, which trines Eclipse Uranus (Aries), which sextiles CON Jupiter (Gemini). Legal measures to preserve the original balance of powers could go forward, but these measures could also be blindsided by chaotic maneuvers. A lot will depend upon the integrity of the players in Congress and the Supreme Court.
Eclipse Sun-CON Saturn (Aquarius) oppose Eclipse Moon (Leo); this axis is sextile/trined by Eclipse Jupiter-CON Neptune (Libra) opposite CON Part-of-Fortune-Eclipse Uranus-Eris (Aries). This actually constitutes a Mystic Rectangle, so we see that opposing forces are colluding and in some ways dependent upon each other here; their focus is on the issues at stake in the Eclipse chart, so the Eclipse Sun’s conjunction to CON Saturn (both in Aquarius) and the eclipsed Moon’s opposition to that point are key.
First, it’s key because CON Saturn represents the legal framework of the Constitution (in Aquarius, we can see how revolutionary it was for its day), and because the trine between CON Saturn and CON Jupiter (Gemini) reflects our democratic system’s mutually beneficial balance of powers. Disabling CON Saturn in any way throws the balance off, leaving too much influence on the Jupiter side; in fact, the challenge here is that the Eclipse Jupiter-Uranus opposition here will promote radical change that empowers ideology-driven interests.
If protests around the country are any indication, there will be very loud, even volatile (Uranus) conflict between those who want to empower theocracy and those who want to preserve democracy.  
The sextiles and trines could facilitate this power shift (or conversely, support the balance of power), but with the Eclipse Moon sextile Eclipse Jupiter-CON Neptune, it’s likely that an emotional campaign will be waged to promote ideological interests while obfuscating (Neptune) the  damage this could do to the Constitution overall. Eclipse Moon (Leo) is disposed by the Eclipse Sun in Aquarius, so we can expect this emotion-based campaign to be framed as “revolutionary” or “liberatory.”

A looking glass revolution?
We’ve discussed the “looking glass universe” we seem to be inhabiting these days in several posts, and this is an example of that. Those who want to roll back the civil rights gained under the Obama administration do consider themselves revolutionaries, and they feel empowered by their religious agendas to shake things up. This revolution would clearly counter the 1776 version.
This prospect has certainly framed the battle over Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions’ nomination, and his presence in that office could literally enflame the country in civil rights-based conflict. Born on December 24, 1946 in Selma, AL, Sessions is a religious conservative with a negative civil rights history, and his chart (not shown) shows his Part-of-Fortune exactly conjoins eclipse Uranus, and his Uranus exactly conjoins the CON Jupiter/Chiron midpoint in Gemini. His relationship to the Constitution is likely to be shocking and disruptive.
Sessions’ Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Leo (his law enforcement power) also straddles the CON 7th house cusp, suggesting his effect on the Constitution (especially in the powerful position of AG) could be negative. With his Pluto disposing a formidable Scorpio Jupiter, we can trust that he will err on the side of his own growth and interests. In other words, he’ll “dance with him who brung him”—Trump.
Here’s where protests that promote civil rights en masse will need to provide important counterweight!


Interchart T-square: Eclipse Saturn (Sagittarius) opposes CON Jupiter (Gemini); this axis squares CON Sun (Virgo). The relationship between institutional Religion (Jupiter) and the State/Executive Office (Sun) was purposely kept separate and tense in the original law of the land: Is anybody noticing that Steve Bannon’s Jupiter also falls conjunct CON Jupiter?
Eclipse Saturn may play a constructive restraining role here, but its position trine Trump’s Mars (Leo) suggests that his agenda will basically find support for now. As Saturn moves on, that may start to change. Saturn is somewhat toothless in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius, even if it is strengthened somewhat by its conjunction with the Galactic Center, but we could be surprised, too.
With Saturn’s contact to the GC, we may see one or more whistleblowers come forward, with legal challenges to follow. Odds are, concerned (and disgruntled) government workers will continue to leak information they feel the public needs to know. These workers are an important check and balance in their own right!
Eclipse NNode (Virgo) inconjoins Eclipse Mercury (Aquarius) and sextiles CON Mars (Cancer). A tense aspect between an eclipse node and its planetary ruler (Mercury rules Virgo) points to a difficult “delivery system” for the energies of the eclipse. Channels are likely to be obstructed at best, garbled at worst. Service oriented energies could be forced to adjust to a detached, somewhat heartless agenda (Aquarius).
 Eclipse Mercury inconjoins CON Mars, as well, potentially compromising the full vigor and intent of our founding document. The Constitution’s Mars seeks to strongly defend (Cancer) the new nation from outside efforts to take over again by weakening our democratic resolve. There’s a whole conversation to be had about the Constitution’s nodal axis, and the Capricorn direction our system is called to follow, but that’s beyond the scope here: suffice to say, this eclipse could bring in some uncomfortable adjustments.

Another key consideration
It’s worth noticing here that the eclipse Node will conjoin (2° orb) Trump’s progressed Sun, which is newly situated in Virgo, in his first house. If we recall that the eclipse Moon falls near his natal Mars also, the plot thickens—will he have the evolved sense of service (Virgo) it takes to make the most of these eclipse energies? Or will he adopt a defensive attitude? Will this help or harm Trump’s mental health going forward?
In fact, the challenges to his presidency are mounting daily, as he stirs up business for lawyers by refusing to fully divest himself of his business interests. These pose conflicts of interest that blur the line between his public service and his financial interests. A fresh example: the Washington Post is reporting today about the near $100,000 bill taxpayers are footing for Secret Service protection because Eric Trump had hotel business to attend to in Uruguay this past week. The hotel rooms occupied by the security personnel add to Trump family profit, which Dad still enjoys!
There are rumblings of doubt about Trump’s mental fitness for the presidency, as well. Here, we’re focused on what’s likely to happen to the Constitution this coming year, so I won’t get into extended psycho-babbling here, but three key interactions between his chart and the Constitution’s chart warrant attention. Let’s quickly consider that biwheel:

Biwheel #3: (inner wheel) Donald J. Trump, June 14, 1946, 10:54 a.m. DST, Jamaica, NY; (outer wheel) U.S. Constitution signing (CON), September 17, 1787, 4:00 p.m. LMT, Philadelphia, PA. Source: Campion, BWH, Chart #376, p. 371[5]. Tropical Equal Houses; True Node.
Trump Mercury (Cancer) conjoins CON Mars (Cancer); Trump Saturn-Venus (Cancer) conjoin CON Uranus and inconjoin CON Saturn (Aquarius). Trump’s super-defensive mindset (Mercury) permeates everything he does and all his policies; unfortunately, he’s willing to bend the Constitution’s provisions to act upon those policies. Fear mongering and using “national security” as the pretext for breaching core constitutional principles is nothing new—it’s worked for him thus far because he and his surrogates work overtime maintaining his narrative (and are very defensive when it’s challenged by the facts).
The inconjunct aspect here points to uncomfortable adjustments Trump may attempt to force on the Constitution’s structural integrity—particularly the balance of powers.
This potential damage is reinforced by the following:
Trump Mars-ASC (Leo) oppose CON Saturn-Trump POF (Aquarius) from CON 7th house. Trump Pluto (Leo) conjoins CON Dsc (Leo) and opposes CON Asc (Aquarius). These oppositions read like the perennial “rock and a hard place,” two fixed forces at loggerheads. Trump’s authoritarian (Mars and Pluto in Leo) tendencies are truly at odds with the Constitution’s balance of powers (Saturn) here, and it’s interesting that Trump’s Part-of-Fortune (Aquarius) is widely conjunct CON Saturn, as well. We can imagine that Trump’s natural tendency is to exploit every advantage to its max, so this placement is concerning.  
His Pluto’s impact on the Constitution chart’s horizon will evolve over the term of his office, but we could be looking at an existential crisis for our founding document, even before the eclipse season begins. The good news is that Trump has already been named in dozens of law suits regarding his various legal infringements, and we’re only 2 weeks in!
Between Trump’s conflicts of interests and ill-considered executive orders, the challenges will continue, no doubt.
More eclipse news later in the month!

Raye Robertson is a practicing astrologer, writer and former educator. A graduate of the Faculty of Astrological Studies (U.K.), Raye focuses on mundane, collective-oriented astrology, with a particular interest in current affairs, culture and media, the astrology of generations, and public concerns such as education and health. Several of her articles on these topics have been featured in The Mountain Astrologer and other publications over the years.

She is also available to read individual charts—contact her at: robertsonraye@gmail.com.

© Raye Robertson 2017. All rights reserved. 

[1]Celeste Teal, Eclipses: Predicting World Events & Personal Transformation, Llewellyn Publication, 2006, p. 4.
[2] Bil Tierney, Dynamics of Aspect Analysis: New Perceptions in Astrology, CRCS Publication, Reno, NV, 1938, p. 37.
[3] Campion, BWH, Chart #376, p. 371.
[4] Tierney, p. 82.
[5] Campion, BWH, Chart #376, p. 371.