Thursday, April 20, 2017

Delusions & Drama in DC: the Astrology of Saber-rattling

“A violently active, dominating, intrepid, brutal youth—that is what I am after. 

I want to see in its eyes the gleam of pride and independence, of prey. I will have no intellectual training. Knowledge is ruin to my young men.”
                                                                                                              - Adolf Hitler

There’s been a lot of talk during this past week about the difference between hard power—the kind demonstrated by Trump when he ordered missiles to be shot into Syria and the “Mother of all bombs” to be dropped in Afghanistan—and soft power, the type of power that helps prevent violent confrontations before they get stirred up. 

Diplomacy, humanitarian projects, scientific collaboration, economic development assistance—these are all soft measures designed to keep the peace and to create constructive relationships. All of these capabilities are being severely cut back by Trump’s administration.

Hard power seeks to dominate by means of brute force—remember, no “intellectual training” required—the bigger the bombs, the better. Astrologically we expect to see a prominent Mars—among other factors—when brute force and saber-rattling are the order of the day, so it’s not too surprising that Trump’s natal chart features an alarmingly dominant Mars. With soft power, the astrological situation is far more complex—more on that to come.’s AM Joy Show captured the essence of Trump’s Mars placement when journalist Sarah Kendzior suggested that Trump has “no geopolitical strategy beyond a sort of fetish for aggression.” In this same discussion, Reid’s guest Jack Rice (former CIA officer and terrorism expert) opined that “Donald Trump is a hammer, and to him everything is a nail, and from his perspective, everything becomes personal…” Both comments spoke to the fiery, self-focused nature of Trump’s Leo Mars, pressing on his “personal” Ascendant

Repeatedly, in responding to questions about the military actions and shows of power he has ordered, Trump has framed his actions as being stronger, or more effective than the actions of past presidents (who were invariably “weak” in his mind). His Mars has an insatiable need to win, or at least to appear to win (Mars at ASC). 

In March, when Trump revealed his national budget wish list, we learned a lot about his value system, and it’s all about ramping up the nation’s hard power capabilities ($80 billion increased spending for Defense—at the expense of soft power and domestic priorities). Most career diplomats with the State Department have been let go, with no signs of replacements on the way.

Diplomacy is too soft an approach for Trump’s taste, apparently—or Trump wants (along with his military) to be in total control, or we’re seeing his Bannon-led efforts to “deconstruct the administrative state.” It's unclear which it is, but the lack of staffing is certainly deliberate. 

Anything that might help cultivate a humanistic, intellectual, arts-conscious younger generation was also slashed in this budget—for starters, Trump called for both the National Foundation for the Humanities and for the Arts to be eliminated. If an organization doesn’t promote a show of lethal, military or economic force, it simply doesn’t register on his radar screen, or in his value system. 

Golf and professional wrestling (him), skiing (the Kushners) and big game hunting (Donald Jr.) seem to be approved family activities. Does he find anything uplifting and humanizing in the arts to be of value?

Another one of Trump’s major budget cuts is simply mind-boggling: to the Environmental Protection Agency. Nature is another resource to be exploited and dominated, apparently—throw up an ostentatious tower, surround it with golf courses, waste millions of gallons of water keeping the fairways lush, use executive power to allow companies to frack every last drop of oil out of the earth, roll back pollution protections…drive endangered species into extinction…you get the picture. 

“A violently active, dominating, intrepid, brutal youth—that is what I am after. I want to see in its eyes the gleam of pride and independence, of prey…” Hitler took his aggressive tendencies to their maniac extreme, however it’s too soon to know what extremes Trump is capable of (or not). His chart—especially his full moon Gemini-Sagittarius oppositions (see outer wheel, Biwheel 1 below)—suggests that he is capable of extreme temperament, behaviors and moods, but we’re not sure if we’ve seen the worst possibilities yet. 

In fact, there’s a major trigger point looming later this year—a powerful total solar eclipse that falls conjunct Trump’s fixed, volatile, willful Mars. This event has astrologers concerned (much more about this is a future post), and it suggests that we will need cooler heads to prevail (now would be a good time for this). 

As resistance to his geopolitical recklessness grows, as calls for him to release his tax returns mount and threaten to obstruct his plans for tax reform, as more incriminating information emerges from the various investigations into his Russia ties, Trump will naturally feel threatened and anxious to regain control of the narrative. 

The pressure vent, or release point for that threatened Mars is always the point opposite, at his descendant/7th house cusp, so we can expect that he will lash out at his perceived enemies in shocking/unconventional ways (Aquarius 7th).  Because his 7th is co-ruled by Uranus—conjunct his Gemini Sun and opposite his Sagittarius Moon—and Saturn, conjunct his Venus in security-conscious Cancer—all threats are taken personally. 

Because he likely sees no distinction between his personal security needs and national security needs, he will have a catch-all justification for lashing out militarily at will. 

Aside from all this, Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Eun are already locking horns, creating cause for serious alarm—if Trump does have a “fetish for aggression,” as the journalist noted above observed, what does that do for his judgment when confronted with an irrational adversary? 

Let’s explore the astrology of this dicey situation a bit: first, a look at how Trump’s chart plays into the U.S. Sibly chart, since as a nation, we’ve hitched our cosmic “wagon” to him for this ride. Then, we’ll consider how Trump’s chart and North Korea’s chart interact (as a family dynasty from day 1, the nation equals its “glorious leader,” so we will use it). 

We will consider how the Sibly Moon (We, the People) is likely to fare in the wake of all this as we go.

Tapping into Sibly power

Biwheel #1: (inner wheel) USA-Sibly Chart, July 4, 1776, 5:10 p.m. LMT, Philadelphia, PA; (outer wheel) Donald J. Trump, June 14, 1946, 10:54 a.m. DST, Jamaica, NY. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

Trump Sun-No. Node-Uranus (Gemini) conjoins Sibly Mars (Gemini) and squares Sibly Neptune (Virgo); Trump Moon-So. Node (Sagittarius) oppose Sibly Mars and Trump Gemini points. This is a highly volatile set of oppositions, stretched across the Sibly 1st-7th axis. It explains why Trump’s belligerent, reckless rhetoric regarding America’s self-interests and relations with allies appealed to his supporters during the campaign; it now gives us insight into the risks associated with that rhetoric and recklessness.

This saber-rattling complex is also sobering because it taps so directly into the nation’s already super-sensitive Gemini Mars, disposed by security-conscious Mercury in Cancer. For one thing, this trigger point caters to the Commander-in-Chief’s whims: we saw how that worked with George W. Bush’s doctrine of “pre-emptive strike” (Bush’s natal Uranus falls conjunct Sibly Mars).

It’s the way these Trump points tie into Sibly Neptune (Virgo) that should amplify our concerns, however. Mobilizing the nation’s military (Virgo) under false or distorted pretenses (Neptune) is always a danger with our foreign policy, and Trump has demonstrated his willingness to say one thing about foreign policy and do another, repeatedly.

That may simply be the result of an exaggerated desire to “surprise” our adversaries, but his erratic, duplicitous tendencies  also leave the American people in the lurch, wondering what’s next.

The debacle regarding the whereabouts of our USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier (is it streaming towards the Sea of Japan for a show of force against North Korea, or is it in fact participating in military exercises off the coast of Australia?) is just the most recent case-in-point, and is the subject of a good deal of alarm because the erroneous claims Trump made were parroted by his national security team.

Granted, Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Pluto are all transiting retrograde at this time, but we are alarming our ally, South Korea (and probably China), with this behavior. Where are the cooler, more rational heads when we need them?

Here’s what Rachel Maddow’s blog had to say about the Trump team’s “dissembling” on this matter and the “crisis of credibility” these claims are causing for our allies and our adversaries:

“Under normal circumstances, developments like these would be the subject of congressional scrutiny, with some fairly obvious questions in need of answers: did the president and his team deliberately mislead? Did the president make an order that the military ignored? Did Trump’s Pentagon not know where its aircraft carrier strike group was and in what direction it was headed?”

According to Maddow’s video piece on this dilemma, the latest issue of Foreign Affairs examines how Trump’s practices could be leading us inexorably into three separate wars and a state of “competitive authoritarianism”—but if these possibilities aren’t alarming enough, their editor questions whether these scenarios will result from the administration’s ineptness, or its deliberate intentions. In their words, the publication questions whether the administration is simply “stupid, or nefarious.” 

It's deeply troubling that we're even having this conversation, but for what it's worth, the involvement of Sibly Neptune (nearing opposition from transiting Neptune, enhancing the problem), suggests the latter ("nefarious"), although there may be a third possibility, as well: mental illness.  

We have to believe that Trump’s well-respected security team (Generals H.R. McMaster and James Mattis) did not accidentally lie to the media about the USS Carl Vinson’s whereabouts. These are questions that arise under heavy Neptune influence (with the retrogrades named above chiming in). It should be pointed out here that Sibly Neptune falls in Trump’s natal 1st house, with transiting Neptune cruising along in his 7thhouse of “enemies.” Sounds like an aircraft destroyer lurking in enemy waters, doesn't it?

Taken together, this all suggests that Trump sees deception and distortion—being as unpredictable as possible, in other words—as simply the “tools of the trade” when pursuing his self interests (1st) and dealing with adversaries (7th). This may be a workable strategy when dealing with a rational adversary, but what about the irrational situation with North Korea? 

Is Trump just trying to force China to be the “adult” in his “madman” act? Xi Jinping must be really eager to get those Ivanka Trump product patents moving. 

There are so many things wrong with this picture that we better just move on. The pull to simply give up in exasperation and surrender to the prevailing insanity and corruption is another manifestation of Neptune in this story. Which brings us to the role Trump’s chart plays against the Sibly Moon

Trump Mars-Asc (Leo) opposes Sibly Moon (Aquarius) and semi-sextiles/inconjoins Sibly Mercury-opposite-Pluto (Cancer-Capricorn). This could be deemed Trump’s “conflicts-of-interest” connection with the Sibly chart. It’s sort of built into the Sibly chart that top-level decisions are not always made with the interests of the People (Sibly Moon) in mind; so often, big financial/corporate interests call the shots (2nd-8th h. Sibly Pluto-Mercury), and we only hope that something beneficial will “trickle down” on our heads as a result.

Here, we see Trump promising one thing to us (Sibly Moon) in his attitude-laced, “in your face” manner (opposition), while it appears that competing priorities (semi-sextile/inconjunt) are tugging at him from behind the scenes. Some commentators are speculating that  financial/corporate priorities are the reason he now refuses to release White House visitor logs—the steady stream of visiting lobbyists (many of whom have received ethics waivers from him to pursue jobs within the administration) doesn’t look too good for a president, but he did say he wants to run the White House like a business

What is less certain is whether he’s looking to build his personal business (or Ivanka’s) in the process.  Evidence is mounting that he is not only reaping a great deal of profit from Mar-a-Lago (a lot of it on the taxpayer's dime) since taking office, but that Ivanka's business is also booming.

If we simply consider the visual orientation of these planetary oppositions, we can see that Trump’s will-to-power (Leo Mars) is elevated above our Sibly Moon (the People), putting him in a dominant position. Even so, the relationship remains a two-way street, and an Aquarius Moon is far from powerless—it’s the power that overturned the throne (Leo), once upon a time!

Interchart T-Square: Trump Chiron-Jupiter RX (Libra) conjoins Sibly Saturn (Libra) and opposes Sibly Chiron (Aries); this axis squares Sibly Sun/Mercury (Cancer). Trump’s seemingly insatiable need for everything he touches to be larger-than-life and better than anyone else could possibly accomplish at least partially stems from this Libra conjunction, which has been powerfully reawakened by transiting Jupiter since the November election. 

Jupiter  progressed into direct motion in Trump’s chart very early in his life, but he may still harbor a nagging sense of inadequacy or a feeling of not being supported as a consequence of the natal retrograde, and this may explain why he radiates a defensive, “me against the world” kind of energy. 

Because his Libra points also widely square his Cancer Saturn-Venus, feeling “big” enough is a matter of security for him. Now, with him at the helm, these Libra points—which also tie into the Sibly Mercury-Pluto oppositionimpact the nation’s economy security, as well. Tax reform is going to be a dicey issue here: it was a major campaign promise that Trump may find impossible to deliver; we need cool heads in charge of Wall Street, too. 

As for the Sibly Saturn-Sun t-square that Trump’s Jupiter-Chiron ties into here, we’ve already seen attempts on his part to undermine our normal checks-and-balances for the sake of eliminating obstacles for his agenda (i.e., the travel and immigration bans). Rolling back regulations is more than a GOP/business-friendly ploy on his part—this configuration strongly reflects his Bannon-inspired plans to “deconstruct the administrative state.” 

This deconstruction would presumably wrest power from the other branches to build up the Executive—similar to what Trump just congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdoganfor achieving in Turkey. It’s hard to miss that Trump views the other branches of our government as “the competition.” 

Trump Mercury-Sibly Venus-Jupiter (all Cancer) square Sibly MC-Trump Neptune (Libra). Trump’s Mercury-Neptune square speaks to his notable tendency to play fast and loose with the truth (or to outright lie), and to claim that any inconvenient facts others present are “fake news.” His Mercury disposes his Gemini placements (Sun-Node-Uranus) and his Virgo progressed Sun (not shown), and this acts to radiate his security-first mindset throughout his chart. Not surprisingly, these points span his natal 2nd-11th houses, so clearly, his financial stature is a matter of security to him in more ways than one. 

Given all this, releasing his tax forms may feel pretty threatening to him—the truth about his financial status would come out, and it may not be as flattering as he needs it to be. It may also open up a Pandora’s Box of questions—this is not a particularly “ethics”-minded configuration. Even some conservative supporters are now looking askance at Trump's claims to "drain the swamp." 

The close ties with Sibly MC and Venus-Jupiter (Cancer) suggest that Trump’s interest in the presidency is, indeed, largely about the economic challenge—as long as Wall Street continues to tip its “hat” to his policy ideas with climbing numbers, he’s feeling good. 

Unfortunately, if strict ethical guidelines aren’t followed, Trump could be free to handle the national treasury (Sibly Jupiter) like a personal piggy bank—there to curry influence with corporations as he awards federal contracts to them. As we saw in his handling of the Trump Foundation, he’s happy to exhibit largesse with someone else’s money

While he claims that his proposed infrastructure projects are aimed at job creation, the arrangements he proposed early on sounded more like corporate give-aways—it will be interesting to see how many jobs are actually created. Trump’s Neptune squares Sibly Venus, ruling the 6th house of employment, so the potential for exaggeration, dissembling or flat-out corruption is real.

Case-in-point: Trump’s signing a “Buy American & Hire American” Executive Order yesterday looked good in the media—we’ll have to see what it actually accomplishes. The UK’s Independent was quick to point out that Trump’s companies, in fact, manufacture their products in 12 different countries! Neptune is working overtime here. 

Trump Saturn-Venus (Cancer) conjoins Sibly Mercury (Cancer), sextiles Sibly Neptune (Virgo) and opposes Sibly Pluto (Capricorn). This Mercury rules U.S. trade, so the extensive promises Trump made in that area during the campaign are beginning to come due in his followers’ minds. Unfortunately, the Neptune factor lurks in the background here, too—as one article just out today in Marketwatch put it, Trump has “just double-crossed the American working class” by “coddling China” and executing a 180° about face on our trade relations.  

Trump got himself into this mess of conflicting priorities; we have to wonder why he wouldn’t see this coming, or if he simply doesn’t care. It’s possible that his natal Mercury-Neptune square clouds his judgment, or deludes him into believing that a new Executive Order will magically wave the conflicts away. Appearances are unfortunately not reality in America’s Rust Belt!

Diego Rivera
Real, or Reality TV?
This brings us full circle, back to wondering how Trump is likely to deal with an irrational adversary like North Korea’s Kim Jong Eun. Maybe we can imagine what Trump looks like to North Korea—the childhood taunt “it takes one to know one” comes to mind. Will we see a contest to outdo each other with irrational behavior, perhaps? Let’s consider Trump’s chart against the North Korean independence chart: interestingly, Trump is roughly 2 years older than this so-called “rogue nation,” so his chart is the inner wheel. 

Biwheel #2: (inner wheel) Donald J. Trump, June 14, 1946, 10:54 a.m. DST, Jamaica, NY. ; (outer wheel) North Korea Independence, September 10, 1948, 12:00 p.m. ST (no exact time known), Pyongyang, NW, North Korea. Source: BWH[1], Chart 179, p. 180. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

Interchart T-Square: Trump Sun-No. Node-Uranus (Gemini) opposes Trump So. Node-Moon-NK Jupiter (Sagittarius); this axis squares North Korea (NK) Sun (Virgo). North Korea’s Moon may also be tied into the Sagittarius part of the opposition here, but because we don’t have an exact time for North Korea’s chart, we’ll keep that as a side possibility. Even without that point, this t-square is dramatic, especially if we consider that Neptune is transiting opposite the NK Sun in Pisces, creating a Mutable Grand Cross! The Virgo Sun reflects the militaristic character of the nation.

All the dramatic displays of force (on both sides, in one way or another) are quite theatrical—worthy of Neptune’s opposition: if that’s what it takes to defuse the tension, bring it on, but don't think anything has been solved!

Instability and erratic tension are definitely the order of the day, and with NK Sun falling over Trump’s 1st house, the threat feels very personal to him. NK Jupiter’s intrusion on Trump’s Moon (Sagittarius) and opposition to his Gemini points can’t help but provoke a response—with Trump’s Uranus involved, we can imagine the response being surprising, and potentially explosive. 

The Trump Sun-NK Jupiter opposition feels like two Sumo wrestlers in a stand-off (maybe there’s some comic relief to be had here, yet). NK Jupiter is strong in Sagittarius, suggesting a desire on North Korea’s part to expand its influence; South Korea is very nervous about this possibility.

NK Saturn (Leo) conjoins Trump Mars-Asc (Leo), squares Trump MC (Taurus) and trines Trump Moon-NK Jupiter (Sagittarius). We know from Biwheel #1 above how essential this Mars placement is to Trump’s entire persona; in North Korea, he has met an equally ambitious, heavyweight opponent (NK Saturn) whose ego needs (especially in regards to expressing strength and power) and hyper-security consciousness (NK Mars in Scorpio) approach his own. 

Trump and company need to take this nation seriously—to dismiss Kim Jong Eun (KJE) as a “crazy fat kid” (as some in DC have referred to him) is not going to be helpful. The State = the Leader in North Korea, and it’s not hard to see Kim Jong Eun’s public persona in his nation’s chart. The “glorious leader” is a father figure in NK—the lordly Leo Saturn says it all, even if we don’t quite see that dignity reflected in the “kid.” 

KJE is undoubtedly highly motivated to prove himself on the world stage, to carry his father and grandfather’s work forward, so to speak. Trump seems to have dynastic aspirations himself—if he could just empathize a bit, he might see why empty threats are not the solution here. Here’s where that Neptune transit in his 7th house could help, if he would use it that way.

NK Mars conjoins NK So. Node (Scorpio) and trines NK Uranus (Cancer)-Trump Mercury (Cancer); NK Pluto/Saturn (midpoint, Leo) trines NK Jupiter-Trump Moon (Sagittarius). It’s only too easy for Trump to allow this geopolitical stand-off to become personal (Trump’s Moon and Mercury), but trading threats like a playground game of “Chicken” would be very short-sighted. As long as NK is one of the poorest nations, left behind in the economic dust by its super-prosperous “other half” to the south, its leaders will probably see belligerence and a war-like stance as being the only way to save face. 

The need to save face and to be taken seriously is seen here with their Pluto/Saturn midpoint trine their ambitious Jupiter. Saber-rattling really isn’t the solution for NK’s real problems, either, but the Mars-So. Node conjunction suggests it’s the “hard power” default mode they have known and it’s their “comfort zone.”  The trine between these points and their Uranus (Cancer) suggests a super-sensitive trigger finger when it comes to security issues. Do we really want to tempt fate here?

If Trump reacts (Moon, Mercury) to North Korean provocations from a purely personal, condescending perspective (i.e., saying they should “behave”), trying to chalk up saber-rattling points, he will miss an opportunity to accomplish something really important. Whether he’s capable of reacting in any other way is, unfortunately, an open question. 

NK Mercury-Neptune (Libra) conjoins Trump Neptune-Chiron-Jupiter (Libra) and sextiles NK Pluto (Leo). Here we see an illusory self-image (NK Mercury-Neptune, with Mercury disposing NK Sun), wrapped in the trappings of power (NK Pluto)hence the importance of military parades to North Korea. 

Trump’s Libra stellium (Neptune-Chiron-Jupiter) fuels his own brand of illusions and ego needs—his Neptune squares his Mercury, and we’ve seen how interwoven those energies are throughout his chart. Psychiatry has a name for this deluded state of mind, and it applies to states as well as to individuals: megalomania—also known as narcissistic personality disorder. I don’t use this loaded term lightly—consider this definition from Wikipedia.
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder in which there is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a lack of understanding of others' feelings.[4][5] People affected by it often spend a lot of time thinking about achieving power or success, or about their appearance. They often take advantage of the people around them. The behavior typically begins by early adulthood, and occurs across a variety of situations.[5]

North Korea’s long history of holding the population of South Korea hostage in a state of terror for the sake of extorting monies from other countries (like the U.S.) is certainly “taking advantage of people around them,” and there’s no condoning that behavior. 

But there’s also no condoning the cavalier way in which Trump treated South Korea’s security dilemma by claiming to send a “great armada” (the USS Carl Vinson) to the Sea of Japan when it was actually on its way the opposite direction. When this sort of “taking advantage” and lack of empathy happens once in a great while, it’s arrogance; when it happens as a matter of personality and habit, we’re in clinical territory. 

This is probably one reason Trump thrived in his reality TV persona on The Apprentice—being in total control with no expectation that people’s feelings matter (in fact, the more brutally he treated them, pitting them against each other, the higher his ratings), appears to be a comfort zone for him. 

This “comfort” is probably reinforced by his Libra Jupiter square his Cancer Saturn-Venus: disposed by his volatile, over-reaching Moon (quincunx these points in Sagittarius), these Cancer points suggest that his emotional/ego needs require constant tending. 

 Sibly Moon in the crosshairs
We discussed earlier how Trump’s Mars lords it over our Sibly Moon (the People) from late Leo; when we add North Korea into the mix, the dominance (Trump Mars) is amplified with repression (NK Saturn in Leo). Any new war Trump might start will be financially draining for ordinary Americans because war time always justifies austerity measures and the imposition of martial law (or what autocracies like Turkey these days are calling a “state of emergency”). 
Even without a war, Trump is planning the corporate boondoggle to beat all boondoggles, the border wall with Mexico—after all those billions are spent, he’ll have a long list of corporate builders that he can call in favors from for his sons, as they mind his real estate empire, traveling with Secret Service protection, on our national treasury’s dime. 

And, even though the 1% will continue to soak up the lion’s share of wealth, the inconjunct between NK Saturn and Sibly Pluto suggests that even they will feel challenged if things get serious with North Korea. Tax reform that benefits them is stalled and will likely remain so, for at least the near term. 

Even if there is no war with North Korea, the extortionist/extortion-ee NK/U.S. relationship will not be healed unless we suddenly develop some very talented diplomats with a more refined sense of how to use “carrots and sticks.” 

NK’s Saturn will remain in place, aspecting our Sibly Moon and Pluto with the same frustrating force, and it will continue holding South Korea hostage as it plunges ahead with its nuclear program. Our national Moon—now being sextiled by transiting Uranus (Aries), will unfortunately absorb the shock waves from any reckless moves. 

North Korea is feeling cautiously empowered, its dignity thoroughly offended right now, with Saturn transiting retrograde, trine its radix Saturn from the Sagittarius Galactic Center, and Pluto transiting retrograde, trine its Sun from Capricorn; these same transiting planets (Sagittarius Saturn Rx and Capricorn Pluto Rx) are squaring our radix Gemini Mars and widely t-squaring our radix Cancer Mercury-Capricorn Pluto respectively. 

Our Mercury is, of course, disposed by our Sibly Moon, bringing the impact squarely back to “we the people.” IMHO, this would be a very bad time to provoke an attack for all concerned. 

Final thoughts
America has long had a fascination with larger-than-life people who climb to the top on the backs of others, and now we have this type of behavior in our president. Unfortunately, Trump is no longer on reality TV—the stakes are real for millions.  

Besides, it’s not enough that there’s an “axis of adults” in charge of foreign policy, with the Generals and son-in-law Jared Kushner at the helm. Is that the best we can expect from this administration? Healing the wounds of the never-quite resolved Korean War after all these years is long overdue—the issue didn’t go away with the last episode of M*A*S*H, unfortunately. A story for another day. 

Maybe reality TV does have the answer for our dilemma with North Korea: Trump and Kim Jong Eun can dress in loud-colored tropical bandanas, meet on the set of Survivor with their respective teams, hurl accusations at each other and beat their chests on camera—maybe then we could all turn our televisions off and the whole miserable situation will disappear. Unfortunately, NOT!!

Or maybe the State Department should be given free rein to regain its “soft power” edge and find a peaceful solution to this ridiculous drama: the stakes are too high in today’s world to set our expectations so low!

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] Nicholas Campion, Book of World Horoscopes, The Wessex Astrologer, 2004 ed., Bournemouth, UK, p.180.