This is going to be a quick one—I just can’t pass up this amazing sequel to the last post here: namely, the mind-blowing revelations we’ve been hearing about all week regarding a long chain of emails between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russia-connected contact. The contact set out to broker a meeting between the Trump team and a Russian lawyer with “dirt” to spill on Hillary Clinton.
The Trump team individuals present at the meeting that finally transpired on June 9 were Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner. The Russian lawyer’s name is Natalia Veselnitskaya, and today’s breaking news indicates that a former Russian-American lobbyist named Rinat Akhmetshin was also in the meeting. Drip, drip, drip…
There’s been a flood of coverage about every possible nuance of this meeting, but for our purposes here, we’ll start with the chart for the first email in the chain that landed in Donald Trump Jr.’s email box at 10:36 a.m. on June 3, 2016. I’ve set the chart for New York City, since the Trumps were operating out of their offices there at the time.
Chart #1. Trump Jr./Russia email chain, June 3, 2016, 10:36 a.m. (time confirmed here) DST, New York, NY. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node.
Mutable Grand Square: Sun-Venus (Gemini) oppose Saturn (Sagittarius); this axis squares Jupiter-No. Node (Virgo) opposite Neptune (Pisces). I wrote a lot about the rolling mutable grand square last year—mostly in the context of discussing the election campaign—and in retrospect we can see how damaging that chaos-producing configuration was. One axis—Jupiter opposite Neptune—has the flavor of great aspiration, reaching out for an almost spiritual “ideal,” and the bubbly enthusiasm that often goes along with this aspect is certainly seen in Trump, Jr.’s response to the email writer’s offer of dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.
An ambitious Jupiter never looks a gift horse in the mouth, but in this instance, it appears that Jr.’s judgment was seriously impaired. Neptune undoubtedly contributed to the poor judgment call, clouding over the boundaries between normal and inappropriate behavior. That's if Jr. even knows what these boundaries are, having grown up in his father’s household. So Jr.’s response, “Love it!” probably did feel like a no-brainer at the time.
The Sun-Venus to Saturn opposition (Gemini-Sagittarius) here speaks to the “gift” being offered by the Russian go-between in the email, and the Saturn-Neptune square built into this configuration only reinforced how blurry the lines had become between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. We can probably all remember lots of instances during the 2016 campaign when the ethical lines were not only blurred, but totally invisible.
Now in retrospect, we know that Russia’s pro-Trump media campaign included giving him cover during some of the most precarious times—i.e., when the Access Hollywood tapes came out. That event was closely followed by Russia’s hacking of the DNC and the emails of Clinton campaign official John Podesta, which was followed closely by Wikileak’s release of said emails. All of this designed to disrupt the Democratic Party Convention set to happen. The media has been talking a lot about “where there’s smoke, there must be fire,” and this is one glaring sequence that's looking too hot to pass up.
The Gemini component in this grand square is also significant: we are now hearing how Jared Kushner’s digital media outlet (Observer Media), organized on time to promote Trump during the campaign, is now attracting scrutiny. The suspicion, apparently, is that Kushner’s media may have helped the Russians target their anti-Hillary disinformation campaign to key, impressionable American voters. Clearly, this would have also flown in the face of any ethical standards, so more to come on this as the facts come out.
Grand Fire Trine: Ascendant (Leo) trines Uranus/Ceres (midpoint, Aries) trines Saturn (Sagittarius); Uranus-Ceres squares Pluto (Capricorn). It’s interesting that Uranus and Ceres converge around the 9th house cusp on this chart and that they square Capricorn Pluto. Clearly, the international realm (9th) is delivering an upset to our “grass-roots” (Ceres), creating what in hindsight looks like a toxic social transformation. Maybe years down the road we’ll look back at this period as having been a positive, after all: we’ve been shocked (Uranus) into re-discovering what our democracy is supposed to be about, into how the partisan divide can be leveraged to really vicious effects, and into what the ethical norms of political behavior are and why they are important.
Not to mention, if we’re looking for the “fire” in all that Neptunian smoke, here it is!
Just a quick one…
So, this gives us a chart to elaborate on further as facts continue to drip out of the Trump-Russia spigot. At some point we need to consider why this whole rolling crisis has been couched in such watery terms: “leaks,” “drip, drip, drip,” Trump being in “over his head,” and so on…there’s wisdom in these metaphors!!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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