Monday, September 17, 2018

“Out of chaos:” the astrology of a heavy, transformational moment

“To use the world well, to be able to stop wasting it and our time in it, we need to relearn our being in it.” 

Ursula le Guin, from Late in the Day

“Out of such chaos, of such contradiction
We learn that we are neither devils nor divines…

Maya Angelou, from A Brave and Startling Truth

As natural disasters often do, Hurricane Florence has summoned the highest, most compassionate impulses in the American people, and I’ve been happily reminded that yes, we can work together for the sake of a greater good. We are a resilient people, aren’t we? One storm-battered, elderly woman was pictured wading through waist-deep water to reach a rescue helicopter, using two canes as support! 

Our deepest sympathies go to grieving families, of course—Florence has wreaked tragedy, as well. The sheer enormity of Florence has been a bitter wake-up call for them—as it should be for all of us.

Florence has engulfed the entire Eastern Seaboard in its enormity.

Those who study outer planet astrology know that the powerhouse planets orbiting beyond Saturn in our local solar system—Uranus, Neptune, Pluto—wield great influence along multiple dimensions, both personal and collective. Climate is one of those dimensions, and in what can seem like eerie ways, storms do mirror the overall political, social, economic tone of the times, also covered by these cosmic heavies. 

Consider this: we’ve been experiencing an oppressively stagnant period in politics and society lately—in between elections, getting nothing of any value done and chomping at the bit to move on. True, the Stock Market keeps bloating--with Jupiter in watery Scorpio, how could it not? And with this same energy, reinforced and amplified by the ultimate water planet, Neptune in Pisces, is it any surprise that Florence is notable for the sheer massive volume of water it is dumping on everyone?

Florence could dump 18 trillion gallons!

In the political dimension, White House scandal and chaos seems to be the order of the day, but we’re not in a position to do anything about it quite yet--it just keeps raining emotion-laden tweets on us! Astrologically, it’s been a stuffy season of retrogrades and heaviness, as well: something big is about to break, it seems, if it would just get to it. Don't look now, but something big has broken, right along with Florence!

Perhaps you, like me, have felt suspended in some kind of D.C. Limbo, waiting for the Mueller investigation to bring its final findings.

In other words, the long-anticipated D.C. storm “clouds” have had plenty of time to gather strength and mass from the troublingly warm “oceans” of information and suspicion that simply take time (so much time) to process…until at last they make “landfall” and all hell breaks loose. 

That’s basically what we’ve seen over the past week: as Florence inched slowly onto the North Carolina coast, in D.C. (landfall was reported at 7:15 a.m. on September 14th), major events also “landed” to roil Trump’s White House. First, on September 11th, veteran journalist Bob Woodward released his much-anticipated exposé of White House chaos, entitled Fear: Trump in the White House; then, on the 14th, Trump’s former campaign head Paul Manafort pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy related to his work as a lobbyist for Kremlin-linked Ukrainian politicians. 

Significantly, this plea deal requires Manafort to “cooperate fully and truthfully” with the Mueller investigation. It’s too early to know what, if anything, Manafort can offer the investigation, but most commentators say that Mueller wouldn’t agree to a plea deal if there wasn’t something. During Manafort’s first trial on financial crimes (8 guilty counts there), Trump had tweet-praised him for not “flipping” against him…that was then, this is now. As we’ll see, there’s a hurricane-force “storm” gathering in transits to Trump’s chart, as well.

The fading line between personal and collective   

The multi-dimensional impact of our outer planetary heavies is key here: taken together, these energies are to our individual minds and souls what cyberspace is to an individual computer: a fertile, energy/data-rich matrix from which we create, nourish and sustain our lives. We could spend a lot of time on this point, but I think it will become more clear as we go. 

Taken together, these planets are to our individual biological beings what the human genome is to our species—the endlessly creative fabric of existence, uniquely woven into each individual by heritage, chance or choice (genetic engineering?) and animated by the inexplicable force of Life itself. We are biologically both electromagnetic (Uranus) and watery/hormonal (Neptune) creatures, and we are connected by virtue of our genetics and survival instincts (Pluto) to Humanity (at large and in more local relationships) and the natural world.  

I would argue that when the outer planets dominate the astrological landscape (as they certainly do now), individual priorities tend to take a back seat to the sheer survival needs of our families, communities, and our Species-at-large. Along these lines, climate change is the perfect, illustrative “storm,” gathering force and trying, with manifestations like Florence, to get our attention.

Yet, despite all this, we dare to challenge earth-bound mortality in both uplifting (spirituality) and terrifying ways (climate change denial and/or inertia), because these outer planetary forces tease us with transcendent possibilities and magical thinking. 

This past week, however, our cosmic “heavies” seemed far less focused on transcendence and far more intent on slapping us upside our figurative heads and saying, “pay attention…you may think you’re not involved in what’s happening out there (in D.C., along the North Carolina coast, in juvenile immigrant detention centers, and so on)…but you are.” 

As sordid as the task may seem, “paying attention” means trying to understand not only the better angels of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, but their corrupt, lesser angels as well. Consider the dominant themes in this past week’s news: from Mueller’s Russia probe, seedy criminality for the sake of power and/or a buck; from immigration news, mean-spirited cruelty by the powerful towards “the least of these” (Power and money? Racism?); from environmental news, willful EPA ignorance about the pressing, legitimate needs of humanity and the planet we depend on. I’m aware that there are alternative perspectives on all these issues, but however you view them, the outer planets are working overtime and people are suffering the consequences. 

Yes, there are millions of righteous, compassionate Americans doing the right thing with integrity and grace—some of them are even in D.C.—however, Mueller’s many indictments suggests that the D.C. “Swamp” is throbbing with new life since Trump came to town.  

It’s no wonder that the weather reflects the prevailing hostile and oppressively dragged out tone—outer planetary energies have their say in the natural world, which is more and more clearly dependent upon decisions made in the man-made one.

The EPA is struggling to remain relevant, when we need them more than ever.
We’ve seen how the weather mirrors our politics in the way that scientists who have been nearly begging the Trump administration to pay attention to the fateful path we’re on with the environment and climate change are treated like mythical Cassandras—doomed to have their accurate predictions ignored and disbelieved. It’s a classical power play: if the facts aren’t on your side, shut up those who deal in facts. Neptune’s (Pisces) long square transit to Saturn (Sagittarius) prior to and during the 2016 election certainly empowered this trend, and has caused us to lose very precious time in the fight against climate change. 

Like Cassandra, scientists often refuse to tell the Big Guy (Zeus/Trump?) what he wants to hear, and we’re all paying the price in one way or another: water and air quality are threatened; extreme fire seasons ravage the western states more intensely every year; warming, rising oceans spawn more and more extreme hurricanes, and so much more. Priorities and economics being what they are, it’s taking longer and longer to recover from such disasters, too: ask those still recovering from Harvey and Maria.

The morning after Maria struck in 2017.
In fact, Trump’s self-centered obsession with Maria’s death count kind of says it all: he just doesn’t get what’s at stake here and worse, he doesn’t seem to want to. If we judge by his tweets and thin-skinned defensiveness, it seems that to him, disaster-recovery and humanitarian aid efforts simply represent pots of money that he can plunder for other purposes. In what logical (and even slightly compassionate) universe would transferring funding from FEMA to feed ICE make sense? 

I do understand how our collective approach to these issues can be reduced like a toxic sauce into dollars and cents, however:  every year more of our tax dollars are siphoned into disaster recovery, when they could be used to create a sustainable, clean energy economy for the generations to come. An interesting CNN feature this past week pointed to how many people have been spared the worst ravages of Hurricane Florence because scientists have developed much more accurate predictive technologies. Even a few decades ago, hundreds, perhaps thousands more people would have died in these storms than they do today. 

This happy development does not let us off the long-term hook, however: our focus still needs to shift to preventing climate disasters rather than mitigating their damage, and I would argue that this involves making better use of the prevailing astrological “winds.” Why dance on the edge of disaster every hurricane season, every fire season, and so on, when insight and preventive measures are within reach? Environmental regulations, for instance, work for their intended purposes, and we could be a better, healthier society for the trouble.

From Science Alert: 16 nuclear reactors are located in the path of Florence!

Of course, these regulations are toothless if economic policies and practices don’t support their goals—again, this is where outer planetary energies weigh in. There’s been an ongoing tug-o-war between Technology (Uranus) and the natural resource-based industries underpinning our economy (Neptune-Pluto, i.e., the fossil fuel and nuclear energy industries) for decades, and until these three are brought more into synch behind the goal of long-term planetary sustainability, the environment is going to go from bad to worse to unlivable.  

For instance: if consumers are punished with outlandish costs for the environmentally-friendly products they purchase, and if the public infrastructures necessary for a clean energy economy simply don’t get built because of politics, we’ll be stuck in climate change Limbo. At some point, Limbo gives way to cascading destruction (we’re seeing hints of that with Florence), and we don’t want to go there.

Of course we might wonder why, in a time characterized by so much corruption and chaos on multiple fronts, it makes sense to focus on the environment so intently.  Again, think about the many dimensions of life impacted by Uranus, Neptune and Pluto:  natural/biological, socio-political, economic, technological. In other words, Power as it is wielded on the “meta” level—not always visible or transparent, but calling the shots from behind the scenes. 

Congress presumably doesn’t hate the American public or wish it harm, but by infusing its health care policies with corporate ethics, it ends up privileging corporate profits over people. Does Congress intend to kill people? No, but people die, nonetheless. Remaining “once removed” from the people they know they will end up hurting is a bureaucratic art that combines Uranus’s technocratic detachment, Neptune’s obfuscation and denial, and Pluto’s jaded “survival of the fittest” perspective. 

Molding these energies to a more humanistic agenda is no small task, but we have to hope it can be done. 

Power and policies

As simplistic as this may seem, perhaps the “litmus test” for a sound, healthy society is its policies impacting the environment. This is because Big Money and the government power it purchases determines where our focus and priorities are as a society. While public policies—or key decisions such as the one to participate in the Paris Climate Accord or not—are crafted with Jupiter’s and Saturn’s assistance, their tone and focus depend upon how the energies of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are deployed by those we entrust with power. 

Are we following our higher impulses with today’s policies, or falling back on lesser instincts and practices? Unfortunately for our children’s futures, the latter approach is today’s norm. If a regulation hampers corporate operations in any way, it’s deemed by the Trump administration to be destructive and “burdensome.” The precarious balance of power between corporate priorities and the health and welfare of the American people—which has always existed—seems fatally undermined under his sway.  

Not only are the American people physically endangered by Trump’s regulatory rollbacks, but our national moral standing as a world leader is equally compromised.  Here’s one stark illustration: instead of leading the way with the Paris Climate Accord and helping nations that are experiencing climate-related economic hardships to build sustainable irrigation and agriculture systems, or perhaps industries that will work for their displaced populations (to make mass migrations unnecessary), we’re busy slamming shut our borders and turning our immigration system into a quasi-police state that runs roughshod over desperate families. 

In the process we’re shunning responsibility for the very real damage our developed, carbon-gushing economy has done to the atmosphere over the centuries, and we’re routinely violating the international right that people have to seek asylum in emergency situations.  Everywhere we look there are examples like this, in which mean-spiritedness, greed and irrational short-sightedness are prevailing over compassionate, common sense solutions. Our cosmic lesser angels are hard at work, indeed. 

Distressing developments like this don’t happen in an abstract vacuum, of course: individual people whose charts resonate strongly with these outer planetary “angels” carry their energies in their very natures—in the way they choose to interact with others and society, and in the ways they wield whatever power and influence they possess. Such natures tend to be tumultuous and/or extraordinary—and such individuals often express these energies unconsciously.  

Surfers loved the waves Florence brought in with her.

As we’ve seen repeatedly over his presidency, Trump’s nature surfs on the outer planetary “waves,” and not surprisingly, he’s attracted a cadre of individuals with similar inclinations—many of whom are now indicted or have been convicted by Mueller’s Russia probe. When all this is said and done, there will be some very interesting research projects ripe for exploration! 

So even though it’s become an increasingly dreary chart to contemplate, for the sake of understanding the ways in which personal and collective planets can interact in human behavior to such dramatic effect, Trump’s nativity is worth revisiting. In combination with the transiting cycles now in force, his chart reads like a cautionary tale on the pitfalls of such personal/collective connections.  These connections can be very difficult to integrate into any personality, and as we’ve seen with his approach to the presidency, the results can be intensely destructive to others. 

Please note that I have no interest in “psychologizing” Trump here; the point here will be to explore how the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto function within his nativity and between his chart and a significant recent event chart. There are “chords” in his nature that are being plucked more intensely than usual these days, and there are astrological reasons for that.  
So let’s briefly consider his chart against the release chart for Fear: Trump in the White House, by Bob Woodward. I’m not attempting to “prove” or “disprove” anything alleged in Woodward’s book here, but I chose this significant moment in time to represent the many pressures roiling Trump and his administration these days. An exact time for a national book release is elusive: at what time on 9/11/2018 were books officially available online, for instance? What do we do about the phenomenal “pre-orders?” 

So, to find a happy medium, I’ve cast the Release chart for dawn, September 11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. 

Before we get to the biwheel, however, let’s take a quick peek at the release chart, shown below on its own, for the sake of angles and house placements (Chart #1); Biwheel #1 (incorporating Trump’s nativity) follows on below.

Chart #1: Woodward Fear release, September 11, 2018, 6:46 a.m. (dawn, DST), Washington, D.C. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node.

Just a couple quick observations. Note the interesting angular (or angular house) placements: a rising Virgo Sun, opposed by Pisces Neptune and a demanding 4th house Capricorn Saturn square 7th house Aries Chiron. This book release may end up being tough on its author, Bob Woodward—his Aries Sun-Eris (warrior reputation, identity) will certainly come under fire (see his chart here), even if he reaps many rewards in the process (Capricorn Saturn trines his natal Taurus Venus). 

The Sun-Neptune opposition described above leaves some information open to speculation, unfortunately; as meticulous as Woodward’s research is said to be, the undermining “fake news” legions will still find leverage points to exploit. If they don’t “find” them, they’ll invent them! 

Indeed, Release Mercury/Sun (midpoint, Virgo) pretty exactly opposes Release Neptune, which empowers those who would weaken the book’s message and impact, at the same time it inspires others. From the day it swam into watery Pisces, Neptune has been the nemesis to anyone hoping to nail down a firm, truthful narrative.

Yes, indeed.
Conventional wisdom says that “truth is power,” however Trump has clearly turned that old saw on its head. Instead, he’s built his power base by loudly and persistently undermining even the possibility of knowing the truth. One of the oddest things about this approach is that, even when he’s correct in claiming some positive achievement, he exaggerates and ends up lying (usually about how his achievement is so much better than any past president’s), as though the truth itself—even when it’s flattering to him—is the enemy. As we’ll see, this speaks to Neptune transiting his natal 7th house. 

Even with all this, Woodward’s book will wield influence over time: a dignified Mercury rules this chart from the 12th, conjoined Justice-minded Pallas and it’s out-of-orb for opposing Neptune. The facts as this book puts them forth will come out and be recognized—not without crossing Neptunian waters, but the chances are good that they will survive the crossing. Release No. Node (Leo) falls in the 11th house, with Release Mars conjoined So. Node (Aquarius) in the 5th

This No. Node conjoins Woodward’s natal Pluto (Leo) and trines natal Moon (Sagittarius)— by dint of his seniority as an investigative journalist, he probably felt compelled to write this book, as a matter of transformational destiny and as a statement of deep conviction.  The collective is clearly very personal here.

In many of the pre-release interviews we’ve seen with Woodward, he’s returned to one key warning: that the Trump White House is waging a “war on truth.” In these fiery Leo-Sagittarius dynamics, we can see why he was so compelled to respond. Woodward is far from the first to make this claim, but he’s gotten the message out more dramatically than most. 

Let’s turn to the Biwheel below to see how Trump’s nativity works with all this. We’ll focus primarily on ways in which personal and collective (outer) planetary energies interact and play out. 

Biwheel #1: (inner wheel) Donald J. Trump, June 14, 1946, 10:54 a.m. DST, Jamaica, NY; (outer wheel) Woodward “Fear” release, September 11, 2018, 6:46 a.m. (dawn, DST), Washington, D.C.. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

Selling out in bookstores everywhere.

Trump Uranus (Gemini) rules Trump 7th house (Aquarius) and conjoins Sun-No. Node (Gemini). Trump’s much-discussed erratic nature is reflected here—not surprisingly, Release Sun (Virgo) opposite Release NeptuneRx (Pisces) now t-squares Trump Uranus-Sun along his 1st-7th house axis. What Woodward calls his “war on truth” is now turned against Trump (this correlates with Manafort’s plea deal, too), throwing him into a state of confusion. Who are his “loyalists;” who are his “enemies?” Can he trust anyone? 

On another note, more in line with the assertions made by former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, Neptune square Trump’s Sun-Uranus could raise questions about his mental fitness. Neptune has also been transiting trine Trump Mercury (Cancer)—even a trine (especially between water signs) can cloud or undermine a person’s mental stability with hyper-emotionality. A lot of the troubling reporting about the White House these days touches upon the excessively volatile emotional tone Trump inflicts on everyone.  His tendency to feel victimized from all angles—and absolutely not responsible for any of it—also fits here. A favorite theme of his tweetstorms!

In fact, Neptune has been hovering in his 7th for years already, but only recently has it begun to square Trump’s Uranus, so perhaps it’s also not surprising that the NYTimes recently published an anonymous “Op-Ed” that launched our political “hurricane season” on September 4th with the following damning assertion: “I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

The personal/collective nature of a Sun-Uranus conjunction is obvious, but its difficulty in a natal chart is perhaps underrated.  This would endow Trump with a detached, Aquarian mind, but without the self-assured, fixed attributes of Aquarius. It shouldn’t be surprising that Trump acts “unmoored” from any reality that clashes with his self interests. His long list of documented lies (many in tweet form) and his tendency to play off of conspiracy-mongering websites reflects his deep need to create his own media (Uranus) narrative, whether it’s “true” or not. As a Gemini, the Media probably feels like the air he breathes, and information that clashes with his self-image simply doesn’t compute—or, in Uranus’s electrical terms, it’s “static.” 

This Sun-Uranus conjunction also turns Trump into a veritable self-promoting “broadcast station,” and his full Moon personality (Moon in Sagittarius) and belligerent Leo Mars rising at his Ascendant ensures that he will act with passionate force against any and all critics. It’s easy to see his aggressive, angry nature here, but who needs a chart? Just read his morning tweets! 

One last important point about the Aquarian, Sun-Uranus twist to Trump’s nature. Sometimes, amidst the bluster and angry outbursts, we might miss that whenever natural disaster has struck in the past two years, he has struggled to respond with any empathy whatsoever. He’d rather quibble over death statistics in Puerto Rico than concern himself with the welfare of its inhabitants. This deficit in emotional maturity may work to his benefit in some quarters, but it comes across as cruel and heartless overall.

The sign says it all.

His immigration policies are likewise blind to human suffering: under the lead of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, detained children are basically being used as “bait” for undocumented immigrants who might want to give them homes. The very concept of immigration has been criminalized to an extent we’ve rarely seen in our history. 

So thousands of children sit in detention and Trump defies the Courts who say it’s long past time to reunite them with their families. Aquarius is often implicated in heartless, authoritarian regimes, and Trump is definitely setting that tone at the top. It doesn’t help any that Uranus also opposes his natal Moon: the tone of his relationships with both children and women would be implicated here. Are there ways in which his official coldness towards immigrant children overlaps with his private attitude toward family? 

It will be interesting to see what he does if Donald, Jr. becomes caught up in the Mueller investigation. The icy chill between him and wife Melania is pretty obvious—no loving body language there! 

In the meantime, maybe we should be grateful that Neptune and Pluto (through the sabotage of aides) are busy undermining the worst of his tendencies—likely the toxic Aquarian ones we’ve noted here. Aquarian tendencies can be quite positive, in fact, but not the way Trump is exercising them. Those aides have raised a sobering thought: things could get worse?

Release Saturn/Pluto (midpoint, Capricorn) opposes Trump Mercury (Cancer); Release Pluto (Capricorn) opposes Trump Saturn-Venus (Cancer) and Mercury/Venus (midpoint, Cancer). This is a real “Sh#t hits the Fan” complex of tense oppositions, a point that’s reinforced by some of them also falling square Release Eris (Aries). Clearly, Trump feels overwhelmed with attacks from all sides, especially since his go-to defense for most everything—lying and prevaricating—just isn’t working for him as well these days, with Saturn pressing in on his Mercury and working with Pluto (all Release points) to undermine his financial security and authority (natal Venus-Saturn). 

As we’ve seen, Robert Mueller’s investigation has closed in on some key figures in Trump’s orbit, such as Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, and it’s anyone’s guess who will be next. 

With Release Saturn/Pluto over Trump’s 5th house of progeny, we may see the focus turn to Trump, Jr., yet, if not to Ivanka and Jared Kushner. Trump’s Saturn rules his 6th (Capricorn) and co-rules his 7th (Aquarius): his health could be impacted by Pluto’s transiting opposition, but this may just as well pertain to how his administration has been hollowed out by the loss of several aides. 

One commentator noted that as people leave, they aren’t being replaced because Trump doesn’t know whom to trust. It’s also conceivable that more than one Cabinet official will be leaving soon. With the November midterms around the corner, it’s also feasible that Trump’s very job (6th) could be in danger. 
The power structure (Saturn/Pluto) Trump ran for president within—the Republican Party—may also pose a problem for him, as they are slowly realizing how toxic their allegiance to him has been. They’re not admitting to this yet, but it’s possible their Trump loyalty will wane dramatically after they secure a second Supreme Court justice (also subject to a “storm” this week). Trying to pass another tax cut in the face of multi-trillion dollar national debt might be a bridge too far, even for the GOP, so it may be time to scatter and protect their own.

The U.S. Supreme Court is in the "eye of the storm," too.

Interchart Grand Square: Release Saturn (Capricorn) opposes Trump Mercury (Cancer); this axis squares Trump Neptune (Libra) opposed Release Chiron-Trump Eris (Aries). Cardinal grand squares are like pressure-cookers, and this one is no exception, with Trump’s conspiracy mindset (Mercury-Neptune) figuring heavily into the mix. The situation feels like a fencing match between overt and covert forces, and nothing is likely to happen very straightforwardly, despite the cardinal signs. It feels a lot like the quandary Mueller has been in, trying to pin Trump down to an actual interview, or even to a list of written questions

Interestingly, Trump’s lawyers are the ones opposing a sit-down with Mueller: they don’t trust Trump to tell the truth and/or keep his cool; it appears he simply can’t help himself. 

In the end, this tension involves Trump’s mental state (Mercury-Neptune and Leo Mars, disposed by his Gemini Sun), and it’s worth remembering that his Cancer Mercury disposes his Gemini stellium, discussed above, so Release Saturn’s opposition to this point radiates through much of his chart, squaring his Neptune and staring down his tendency to lie with the legal threat of perjury. Interestingly, this Saturn also trines Trump’s Progressed Sun (2°+Virgo, not shown), so it may not be that easy to hold him accountable for actual crimes at this time. 

The Cosmos keeps on turning, however, and his shield of plausible deniability may not last forever. Will he take any responsibility in the end? We’ll have to stay tuned. Neptune is moving into a tighter square with his Gemini-Sagittarius axis; Saturn and Pluto will continue to press more closely upon his Cancer points, inconjoining his powerful Leo Mars after their January, 2020 conjunction at 22°+Capricorn. He has an uncanny way of deflecting attacks and leaving others to pay for supporting him (just ask Michael Cohen), however Saturn and Pluto together rarely miss their mark. Time will tell!

The collective is achingly personal when disaster strikes.
Final thoughts

Maybe we can sum up all of the above with one hurricane-sized brush stroke: The ways in which outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto manifest on both personal and collective levels are in full view this week, and it isn’t pretty. From the loss of property to the loss of lives, all things personal revert ultimately to the collective level of the natural world and how we (in our societies and as individuals) respond to and work with these natural forces. Do we err on the side of prevention, or push our luck beyond its natural bounds? 

The same goes for the political “storms” pressing in on us right now—and, as we’re seeing so painfully, there are personal and collective dimensions to everything that happens politically, as well. One issue remains worth noting in this regard: Trump has a tendency to conflate his personal security with our national security, and this tendency rips a page right out of the Autocrat’s manual.
An “auto”-crat is intent on serving his/her self interests by oppressing everyone else to his/her purposes—government by the Leader, for the Leader, full stop. It’s really not hard to see how this delusional “L’etât c’ést Moi” (“I Am the State”) approach would serve such a leader—when Trump complains that someone criticizing him is committing treason, he’s playing the autocrat and challenging us to figure out what’s wrong with this picture. 

Unless our Constitution has been put through the shredder, the president works for us, not the other way around! He can’t be expected to please every one of us (the majority does still rule in a democracy), but our job is not to enable his compulsions, or to make him look good in the world news, no matter what he tweets! 

Richard Nixon dallied with this delusion 40-some years ago, as well, but the GOP in his day weren’t buying it. 

Again, our thoughts are prayers are with the people in Florence’s path—we're in this together!!

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.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Fare thee well, Senator McCain: the astrology of one man’s influence on a nation

“I’m Joe Biden. I’m a Democrat…and I love John McCain.” – former V.P. Joe Biden, speaking at McCain’s Phoenix, AZ memorial on 8/30/2018.  

“We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness. The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly..."
- Meghan McCain, eulogizing her father at Washington, D.C.'s National Cathedral, 9/1/18

This week’s outpouring of love and respect for the late Senator John McCain has been both sobering and uplifting, with people on both sides of the political aisle paying sincere tribute, lauding him as a true American hero, in every sense of that word. Raised in a prominent U.S. Navy family, McCain lived a life of distinguished—and passionate—public service, from his early days in the military until his final days in the U.S. Senate. 

McCain liked to be known as a “maverick,” and he proved as much, even in his final battle with brain cancer. Shunning Trump when it came time to plan who would speak at his memorial services, McCain instead chose the two men who defeated him in his runs for president: George W. Bush and Barack Obama. And, as indicated above, Obama wasn’t the only Democrat to eulogize McCain—former V.P. Joe Biden, a long-time friend and political sparring partner, gave a stirring, heartfelt speech. 

 McCain was proud of the many times he helped solved the nation’s problems by working across the political aisle, and he left behind the friends to prove it. That’s a tribute to his pragmatic, open-minded nature, and to his courage. 

Senator McCain last appeared in the Senate in July, 2017
As for his rejection of Trump, it wasn’t most likely about Trump’s crude comments at McCain’s expense. Based on McCain’s reactions to Trump’s foreign affairs moves in the past year and a half, it was clear that he found Trump unfit for the presidency and perhaps even treacherous, especially when it came to his relationship with Vladimir Putin. 

So, it seems that no matter our political affiliations or differences, we can all be proud that McCain was one of us. We’re told that “Nation first; Party second” was his motto, and he clearly lived by this principle. What a refreshing departure from our toxic, divisive politics today. About to depart D.C. for health reasons in July, 2017, McCain took one last opportunity at the Senate podium to warn that body (and all of us, no doubt) against this divisiveness:

"We're getting nothing done, my friends. We're getting nothing done… Our deliberations today ... are more partisan, more tribal ... (than) at any time that I can remember. They haven't been overburdened by greatness lately…"

The astrology

Any time a prominent figure passes on, it’s always tempting to focus on that person’s natal chart and transits at the time of death, and in fact, those charts for McCain tell a very interesting story. However, agree with him or not, McCain spent his life serving something larger than himself, and that feels like a critical story for today. What void does his death leave behind in our public discourse, in our politics, and our view of American power in the world? 

Unless you believe that all human passages are random cosmic events with no connection to anything else, there sure seems to be an astrological message in McCain’s passing. How does it reflect the kaleidoscope of transits, progressions and cycles that are impacting the nation? There’s a lot to ponder here, and this one article may not cover it all, but let’s brainstorm and hope that a few key revelations emerge. 

A constant theme in regards to McCain is that he may be the last in a dying breed of pre-Trump Republicans, dedicated to traditional conservatism and public service, and to a party that once valued integrity and a “small government” slant on democratic ideals. The GOP was the “Party of Lincoln,” and it was bent on abolishing slavery at its founding. When the party was founded in 1854, these aspirations were about to get a workout in the Civil War. Today, under Donald Trump’s sway, it’s unclear what the “Grand Old Party” stands for anymore, and that has many people wondering if the party will even survive Trump.

Walter Shapiro, of is one of them, and an opinion piece of his posted today (8/29) suggests that McCain’s passing was a test of Trump’s moral fiber and character—a test that he miserably failed:

“Nothing better symbolizes the cruel vulgarity of the Trump administration than the president’s refusal to offer a public comment for 48 hours on McCain’s death beyond a barebones tweet combined with the White House raising the flag to full staff after midnight on Monday…. Only when veterans groups like the American Legion objected did Trump give McCain the honor due a war hero and revered senator.”
Shapiro goes on to ask a key question that’s on many minds these days:
“What is it about Trump that has the power to cloud the minds of Republicans who should know better?... Trump defenders go to extremes of double-jointed moral flexibility to defend his contempt for democratic traditions. In a dispiriting New York Times op-ed, Charles R. Kesler, a senior fellow at the conservative Claremont Institute, argued, ‘Most of Mr. Trump’s alleged transgressions … offend against the etiquette of modern liberalism and modern liberal governance, not the Constitution.’
Forgive me, I thought that human kindness and a sense of shame were conservative values.” 

Rivals could be friends - an idea McCain embraced.

This isn’t the place to debate where the lines between liberalism and conservatism fall—and I would hope that human kindness and a capacity for shame are bipartisan values—but suffice to say here, Trump’s GOP is something far different from the party Senator McCain championed.  Come to think of it, Trump’s America is in danger of becoming something far different from the nation McCain cherished and served as well. 

So, let’s take a look at the astrology of all this, beginning with a quick look at McCain’s nativity, set against a chart for the 4:28 p.m. published time of his death on August 25th.
Then, to consider the broader significance of McCain’s passing to the GOP, we’ll set his death transit chart against the GOP’s 1854 radix chart

Finally, to appreciate how all this is impacting the nation itself, we will set that same death transit chart against the U.S. Sibly chart. Because we’re trying to consider three biwheels, we’ll focus on key highlights only.   

In better times.

The man himself

Biwheel #1: (inner wheel) John Sidney McCain, III, August 29, 1936, 6:25 p.m. ST, Colon, Panama; (outer wheel) McCain passing, August 25, 2018, 4:28 p.m. ST, Cornville, AZ. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

Passing PlutoRx rises at ASC (both Capricorn); Passing MarsRx/PlutoRx (midpoint, Capricorn) squares Passing ErisRx (Aries); Passing MarsRx opposes Natal Pluto (Cancer). We are seeing the passage of a true Warrior in these aspects: here’s one particularly pertinent comment Michael Munkasey offers about the Mars/Pluto midpoint:

“Courage or energy to pursue the most difficult of goals or challenges; sticking through to the end despite encountering the most dire or dreadful circumstances; impulses to correct wrongs; steady application of effort.”[1]
Those who championed McCain for his outspoken criticism of Trump’s performance as president will probably feel that their hero got the last word in, but so many are wondering if his final words and actions will really change anything. With all the retrograde energy in these aspects, however, we can probably trust that McCain’s final efforts will resurface and live on in some form. Will Trump find a way to make McCain’s passing about himself?  

Former Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, the controversial Trump pardonee that ran in the Arizona primary to fill Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat, just lost that race this past week. Maybe that’s a good sign for the McCain legacy and a sign that Trump is losing sway in that swing state. 

Passing Grand Earth Trine: SaturnRx (Capricorn) rises in Passing 12th, trine Passing Uranus (Taurus), trine Passing Sun-Natal Sun (Virgo). It always feels ironic and slightly tragic when anyone dies just short of their next birthday, but this soft, supportive configuration suggests that McCain’s passing was as “easy” as any death can be. Even so, McCain did build some “surprises” (Uranus) into his final plans. 

This Saturn Rx rules his passing chart and conjoins Natal No. Node (over the natal 10th), almost as if to say McCain’s death fulfills one last official duty.  Those who deeply respect him (Saturn-Node) are certainly getting the word out about his commitment to duty, and his Warrior soul (Leo Mercury disposes Virgo Sun and conjoins Natal Mars in Leo). In one emotional ceremony after another, McCain is receiving the highest military honors (Leo) that the nation awards at a veteran’s death—Passing No. Node falls in Leo and conjoins Natal Part-of-Fortune.  

McCain's body has received full military honors everywhere it goes.

Interchart Mutable T-Square: Passing Neptune Rx (Pisces) opposes Natal Neptune (Virgo); this axis squares Natal Jupiter (Sagittarius). Mutable energies (especially Neptune) are often associated with destabilizing and undermining a person’s physical being, and in worst case scenarios, these transits can contribute to the person’s death. Here we see also why McCain seemed to so fully embrace his inevitable passing, despite the difficulty: spirit-filled gratitude (Jupiter-Neptune) for the “best possible life” seemed to be his constant theme lately. Considering the years of torture he suffered during the Viet Nam war, his claim that he wouldn’t change a day of that life has been very moving. 

Major transiting-to-natal Neptune-to-Neptune and Pluto-to-Pluto aspects are “end of life” passages that particularly challenge those in their 80s and beyond. McCain was fast approaching his Uranus return, as well—a transit that would have marked his 84th birthday. Life in this material dimension being what it is, the force of these outer-planetary movements carries us Home in due time: not to be underestimated, Passing Uranus (Taurus) inconjoins Natal Mercury (Libra), ruling McCain’s 4th house of “the end of things.” 

Reinforcing this is Passing Moon (Aquarius) transiting Natal 12th, trine Natal Chiron (Gemini) and inconjunct Natal Pluto (Capricorn). We can see the twinkle in McCain’s eyes as he launches one final “jab” at Donald Trump on our behalf  with his funeral plans, too: this Moon conjoins the Sibly Moon (the “People”) and opposes Trump’s natal Mars-ASC (Leo). It seems the Cosmos likes a bit of comic irony!

As we’ll see in both Biwheel #2 and Biwheel #3 below, all of these transits have ramifications for the GOP and the nation, as well.  

Whither goes the GOP? 

Considering how outspoken he was about it this past year, it’s probably safe to say that McCain feared for the future of his Grand Old Party till the very end. And, being from a border state, his fears often centered around the brutal turn the GOP’s approach to immigration issues has taken under Trump. From the Washington Post
“McCain pursued compromise [on immigration policy] believing that it was good policy — consistent with both the impracticality of mass deportation and with this country’s history as a land of opportunity and haven for the oppressed. He also considered it good politics, positioning the GOP as open to the nation’s growing Latino population.
The latter view was all but conventional wisdom among Republican consultants during the first decade of this century. Not coincidentally, during the years before his 2008 White House run, McCain expected the pursuit of immigration reform to help his own presidential prospects.”
McCain was no “bleeding heart” when it came to immigration, but he was willing to compromise for the sake of long term security and political gain—a stance so few Republicans are willing to take under Trump. The extent to which the GOP is now “Trump’s party” (and not McCain’s any longer) is a favorite talking point in the media, so let’s see what the astrology suggests.

Biwheel #2: (inner wheel) U.S. Republican Party, March 20, 1854, 12:00 pm LMT (no exact time known), Ripon, WI; (outer wheel) McCain death, August 25, 2018, 4:28 pm ST, Cornville, AZ. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

The GOP chart doesn’t have the benefit of precise angles, Moon and houses, but we can learn plenty from this biwheel without that information. 

Passing SaturnRx (Capricorn) squares GOP Sun (Pisces), sextiles GOP Venus-Eris (Pisces), trines GOP Pluto-Uranus (Taurus) and trines GOP MarsRx (Virgo). This definitely looks like crunch time for the GOP, even though the trine aspects appear “soft.” Outer-planetary trines tend to unleash the energies in play, and these dynamics can get out of control unless some limits are adhered to. That’s where SaturnRx figures into the mix, and as we saw in Biwheel #1, McCain had close ties with this Saturn—perhaps he was even playing the role of Saturn, in fact, when it came to his party. 

Will the Party now succumb even more fully to the tempting pull of the sextiles and trines we see here, taking the “road of least resistance” to Trump’s corrupt influence?

Where tax cuts and ideologically charged goodies like Supreme Court appointments are concerned, the Party probably will succumb, but SaturnRx (falling in the Passing chart’s 12th) here suggests that this could backfire on them in the end. 

Passing PlutoRx (Capricorn) conjoins GOP Chiron-Jupiter-Pallas (Capricorn) and squares Passing ErisRx (Aries). There’s pretty universal agreement that the GOP is wounded and facing a precarious transformative period, and that certainly shows in these aspects. This observation by Martin Lass about the Pluto-Chiron conjunction makes perfect sense, looking at today’s divided GOP:

“Pluto most violently and forcefully shakes our Wounds, blockages and unresolved issues, bringing them to the surface in ways we cannot ignore, impelling us to attend to these things immediately or suffer major upheavals in our lives.”[2]
Unfortunately, the GOP shows signs of following that “path of least resistance” discussed above, but Pluto won’t leave them much wiggle room. If they continue following the corrupt path Trump is leading them down, it could be an “all or nothing” choice. Existential crisis time!
It’s significant here that Pluto will transit over GOP Jupiter right after it finishes with Chiron. Will this mean a rebirth of the founding spirit of this party—perhaps even a wholesale rejection of the racist demagoguery finding support in some party quarters—or  will it relate to the Party’s more nitty-gritty focus on economic issues? Another big tax cut for the wealthy could certainly fit here, and Trump would undoubtedly approve. Is that the best this party has to offer?
As Pluto moves on to GOP Pallas (Capricorn), perhaps justice will prevail—could there be convictions of prominent Republicans coming out of the Mueller investigation? We can probably trust that McCain would prefer his party to choose justice over corruption: we’ll probably get a better sense of how this is going to go during the run up to the 2020 election.
Passing Moon (Aquarius) conjoins GOP Venus (Pisces) and squares GOP Saturn (Taurus). Knowing what we know about how this electrified Moon (Uranus disposed) ties into Trump’s nativity and the U.S. Sibly chart (see Biwheel #3 below), we can see that the stakes in this tough aspect are enormous. They’re about power and the ways in which money (Venus-disposes Taurus) is thrown around for the sake of influence. Yes, the government can be bought and paid for—a corrupt potential that McCain fought hard against when he negotiated and fought for the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance law.
When the GOP was founded in pre-Civil War Wisconsin as the "Party of Lincoln," control over land and resources was a big issue, and there was a pragmatic economic argument for abolishing slavery that had nothing to do with being equality-minded or compassionate. Europe had already banned slavery and trading relationships were in jeopardy because America was lagging behind. Was there no compassion at all?
With Neptune in Pisces, (amazingly, now returning to its position in the GOP chart), there undoubtedly was compassion and a spiritual revival among some that raised questions and doubts about slavery, but the moral commitment to sweeping change was far from universal. 

Insightful cartoon by Digby

The same illusions, fear-mongering and conspiracy-spinning we’re experiencing today with Trump were experienced back then with other politicians and influencers who wanted to divide the young nation: Neptune never fails to confuse and bewitch until one day everyone wakes up and realizes how disillusioned they’ve been.
Unfortunately, before this awakening could happen in post-Civil War America (for most, certainly not all), there was massive carnage. No surprise: Neptune entered Aries 2 days after the first shots were fired in the Civil War in April 1861.
Passing Jupiter (Scorpio) trines both Neptunes (Pisces) and opposes GOP Uranus (Taurus). These aspects have been ongoing, but they probably explain why the party has been so amenable to Trump’s agenda for rolling back regulations of every kind and pushing its ethical limits. They also speak to how the GOP has chosen to look the other way as Trump violates so many of the fundamental ethical expectations it would normally have of a president.  
No tax returns; no need to divest himself of his business interests (in fact, he’s been profiting hand over fist from the presidency); No problem if there are seedy affairs that would normally bring a politician down. Getting far too cozy with dictators at the expense of our allies, and quite possibly conspiring with Russia to win the 2016 election? We won, right?...bring it on!
In all fairness, most Republicans in Congress have maintained at least some integrity, even if they’re far too quiet about Trump’s excesses: if they hadn’t, the Mueller investigation (Mueller is also known to be a Republican) would have been brought down a long time ago.
Even the beleaguered Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has drawn one ethical line he is not willing to step across. He’s happy to brutalize immigrants and separate families in the spurious name of law and order, but he’s not willing to un-recuse himself from the Mueller investigation. Sessions is a profoundly complicated case, but I suppose we have to be grateful that he has some scruples. If Sen. Lindsey Graham has it right, Sessions will be gone before long, anyway.  
One last thought about Jupiter-trine-Neptune here: especially with Pluto’s involvement, disposing Scorpio Jupiter, this aspect can point to an economic “bubble” that must eventually burst, and we knows how this goes, especially if you’re not one of the privileged “1%” at the top.  Jupiter will move on more quickly than Neptune, of course, so this is one to watch in the coming months. More on this when we consider how all this works against the Sibly chart.

How fares the nation?
Let’s very quickly examine how McCain’s passing is likely to impact the nation-at-large. Is his death the harbinger of the end for what he liked to call “regular order” in the Senate—the practice of working across the aisle to get things done that he valued so highly? Or will his death shake Congress out of its hyper-partisan stupor?
Considering that Midterm elections are around the corner, the stupor will probably prevail in the short term, but will McCain’s death be something that nags at Congress’s better angels going forward? Many factors could influence all this, but let’s see what we can learn from Biwheel #3 below.

Biwheel #3: (inner wheel) USA Sibly Chart, July 4, 1776, 5:10 p.m. LMT, Philadelphia, PA; (outer wheel) McCain death, August 25, 2018, 4:28 p.m. ST, Cornville, AZ. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

Please note that here, we’ll focus mostly on outer-planetary aspects to the Sibly chart, since what we’re trying to tease out are the social, political and collective ramifications of McCain’s death. Interestingly, there are three dignified planets in the Passing chart, which creates some tension, but may also hold out some promise for change. These are Capricorn SaturnRx, Libra Venus and Pisces NeptuneRx, so we’ll be especially mindful of how these three are interacting (or not). Let’s begin.

Interchart Cardinal Grand-Square: Passing SaturnRx (Capricorn) opposes Sibly Venus-Jupiter (Cancer); this axis squares Sibly MC (Libra) opposed to Passing Chiron (Aries). The nation’s economy has been experiencing a strong period because of an ebullient, seemingly gravity-defying stock market (more on that under Neptune), but SaturnRx is here to say that the stock market isn’t all that matters for the nation’s overall economy.   

Trade agreements matter for employment levels (7th house Jupiter-Venus, Venus rules 6th ), our wounded image abroad matters (Chiron opposite MC, Saturn opposite Jupiter ruling ASC), and the overall “pressure cooker” feel of this configuration means that something has to give. 

Importantly, Sibly Venus also disposes Sibly Saturn in Libra, so the pressure is being felt in Congress and in our Judiciary—we can expect the Midterms to be quite volatile, and it will be no surprise if we experience adversarial meddling (7th house focus). In fact, we’re already seeing it! 

Interchart Cardinal Grand Square #2: Passing Venus (Libra) conjoins Sibly Saturn (Libra) and opposes Sibly Chiron-Passing ErisRx (Aries); this axis squares Passing Pluto (Capricorn) opposite Sibly Sun and Mercury (Cancer). This second “pressure-cooker” configuration reflects the tensions at work between the Media and Trump (and by extension, to his political base), and because Venus, Pluto and the Sibly 2nd-8th axis are in play, “Follow the Money” is a good strategy. 

Sibly Chiron’s opposition to Sibly Saturn here suggests a wound at the heart of U.S. politics that is being ripped open by Pluto’s relentless force. We considered Pluto’s opposition to Chiron in Biwheel #2 above; this square is no less potentially violent or disruptive, especially with Passing ErisRx figured into the mix. We are not out of the woods yet, but any steps we can take towards healing our ancestral wounds as a People will help. 

Passing Uranus (Taurus) inconjoins Sibly MC (Libra) and squares Sibly No. Node (Leo). This reminds me of the mythic Sumerian Queen of the Underworld, Ereshkigal, who brutally humiliates and destroys younger sister Inanna when she dares to venture into her realm. We know who this would-be tyrant is in our current situation, but contrary to Inanna, we do have options: Passing SaturnRx also trines Passing Uranus, so the rule of law is our chief protection. Mueller must take his investigation to its natural conclusion, and we need to guard against being distracted by the chaos (Uranus). 

Interchart Grand Water Trine: Sibly Sun (Cancer) trines Passing Jupiter (Scorpio), trines Passing Neptune (Pisces). This one configuration might explain a lot about why the stock market seems to defy gravity these days, giving Trump the leverage that comes with a strong-appearing economy. Of course, we’re in extreme debt, as well, which speaks to Passing Pluto’s opposition to Sibly Sun, still within orb.  Trump’s overblown military budget and $1.5 trillion tax giveaway had to come from somewhere! 

Maybe it’s no surprise that Passing MarsRx (Capricorn) now conjoins Sibly Pluto, and that Passing Neptune squares Sibly Mars (Gemini). There seem to be some very sketchy things going on with our military involvements and weapons industries these days (a whole new story we don’t have time for here), and this latter aspect suggests that we could have reason for concern. 

As Pluto returns over the next few years to its Sibly position, it will be very important that we bring the national debt down to a workable level. Because Sibly Sun rules the Sibly 9th from the 8th, it’s very important that we forge healthy working relationships with trading partners overseas, as well. Levying sanctions against behavior we want to discourage (as Trump is doing with North Korea and Iran, if not China) is no replacement for strong economic relationships. 

So, what influence will McCain’s passing wield on the nation going forward? Some of the aspects we’re seeing in Biwheel #3—like the grand water trine, especially—seem to have an inner momentum that’s hard to deal with. We can basically hang onto our hats and wait it out (Jupiter will move on out of orb pretty quickly), but if counter-action is unavoidable (and might actually be desirable), resisting is futile. It would be more effective to channel those quickly flowing energies in a more positive direction. This could be done by building that “wave” of voters people have been talking about for the Midterms. Forming bipartisan initiatives aimed at solving thorny national issues would blow the minds of those who would like to see us divided! 

This past week, Trump has been trying to whip his GOP voter base into a fearful frenzy by threatening Democratic “violence” if the GOP doesn’t win in the fall. In what universe does that sound feasible? Yet, many will fall into lockstep behind him—journalists at the Boston Globe already received threats from a Trumpite, claiming they’re “enemies of the people.” 

Grief that unites, rather than divides

Final thoughts

I don’t pretend to understand the cult-like sway Trump holds over his most enraptured base, but clearly, their obeisance smacks of Neptune, through and through. And if violence comes from anywhere, it’s likely to be from there. 

So, the big question is, will the U.S. pick up on Senator McCain’s example as an honorable, life-long public servant and face our national demons head on? Will we reach across the aisle to solve problems, instead of scattering into our respective bunkers and escalating our divisions? 

I think Biwheel #3 suggests that we will be sorry if we continue the escalation and don’t do something to heal whatever divisions we can. The second, related question is, “Qui bono”—who benefits from these extremely unnecessary divisions? Surely the benefits only accrue to a third party that has no real stake in the health and welfare of this nation and would, instead, like to scavenge its “remains.” The remains of its greatness, its leadership, and the remains of its integrity and character. 

Even when his party was trending in the opposite direction, McCain knew that the immigrants knocking at our door looking for refuge were not the problem. They’re convenient scapegoats, no doubt, if we see the world as a zero-sum system where every dollar given to someone else is a dollar taken from us. Is that really the perspective of a world-leading nation? Have we sunken that low?
We know from his own statements that Senator John McCain would not agree with that small-minded vision of this nation he loved, and that should give us hope.

Fare thee well,'ve enriched our nation and you will be missed!

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.

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[1] Michael Munkasey, Midpoints: Unleashing the Power of the Planets, ACS Publications, San Diego, 1991, p. 244.
[2] Martin Lass, Musings of a Rogue Comet: Chiron, Planet of Healing, Book One, Galactic Publications, Nyack, NY, 2001, p. 452.