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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