Thursday, September 27, 2018

Recapturing humanity in fixed, partisan times: The Kavanaugh-Ford hearing chart

“Two human beings. It feels a bit odd in this political setting to specify their humanity that way, doesn’t it? And I admit it feels strange to have to do that. But we in this political culture and in this city and in this building and even in this chamber – we seem to sometimes forget that before this woman and this man are anything else, they are human beings…”

Senator Jeff Flake, on the floor of the Senate on 9/26/2018.  

This will be a very brief look at the chart for this morning’s much-anticipated Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the first woman to come forward claiming that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager, Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford. 

Needless to say, Kavanaugh is expected to vehemently deny any wrongdoing, yet Blasey-Ford’s testimony could open doors that Republicans would rather keep shut in their rush to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination early on Friday. In the past three days, three additional women—one represented by controversial lawyer, Michael Avenatti—have come out with similar, if not more disturbing claims against Kavanaugh. Just when we thought things might be kept fairly straightforward, they’re more complicated than ever! 

So, let’s consider what the chart for this morning’s hearing looks like. We can probably assume that the Senate Committee’s leadership (Sen. Chuck Grassley, et al) would have chosen the timing for this hearing, for what that’s worth. In fact, there is an interesting resonance between the hearing chart and the chart for the planned Friday vote (9:30 am)—both feature fixed angles, with Scorpio ascending, conjunct Venus. Both feature Taurus Moons and a staunch Fixed Grand Cross taking in the chart horizon (ASC-DSC) and significant planets in fixed signs. 

It’s impossible to know if these times were deliberately chosen, but as an astrologer who knows astrologers are involved in high places, I think it’s fair to speculate. 

One quick caveat here: we’re not doing an horary analysis of this hearing chart—i.e., to answer a question about the event represented. We’re simply considering what the energy is likely to feel like in the hearing chamber, and to gain some insight into the overall proceedings. I expect to be somewhat surprised by the outcome, but let’s not rush to judgment before examining the chart.

Chart #1: Kavanaugh/Blasey-Ford Hearings, September 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. DST, Washington, D.C. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node.

As it happens, we can pull most of what we’re trying to discern about this hearing from one central aspect configuration that kind of says it all. We’ll see how the other points we need to consider essentially function in relation to that configuration.
Fixed Grand Square: Venus rises at ASC (Scorpio) opposite Moon-Uranus at DSC (Taurus); this axis squares Nodal axis (Leo-Aquarius) and So. Node conjoined Mars (Aquarius). This configuration certainly reflects the extreme tension and frustration that will characterize the hearing. Those who want to move forward with Kavanaugh’s confirmation will likely find it very difficult to drop their entrenched preconceptions: that the claims brought against Kavanaugh are fabricated by her and the Dems for political effect, that if Blasey-Ford had a credible claim it should have come out years ago, and so on. 

That being said, Uranus (Taurus) is the wild card here, and even though it’s in fixed sign Taurus, it could inject a surprise or two into the proceedings. 

Needless to say, Trump’s latest Twitter narrative that the new claims against Kavanaugh are just a “big, fat con job…” by sneaky old Dems will be hovering in the “ether” of that hearing room—no pretense of fairness there! Probably sensing the possibility of more complications (as more allegations have piled up against Kavanaugh in the past two days), Trump did build a little wiggle-room into the narrative for himself at yesterday’s press conference, saying that he “could be persuaded” to change his mind if the evidence against Kavanaugh meets some ill-defined threshold. 

This is not surprising, but it is an interesting crack in the fixed narrative armor: Trump’s Gemini-Sagittarius full Moon nature routinely floats two opposing narratives so he can land softly on one of them in the end. The GOP majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee may wish they had a soft landing in the court of public opinion if things go terribly wrong—but Uranus could also deliver surprises that serve their agenda.

Here’s what aspects expert Bil Tierney has to say about the very difficult fixed grand square:

“The Fixed Grand Square tends to work its powerful energies out on the will and desire level, creating inner frustrations often leading to emotional crises. The four squares intensify the willfulness and unyielding fixity of this quality. Here the tendency is to compress feelings and fortify the will to such an extent that pressures internalize upon the deeper levels of the psyche, resulting in enduring blockages and inhibitions….”[1]
We’ve already seen quite an overlay of “fixity” in the way the hearing was set up: Chairman Grassley has been unwilling to give an inch on almost any of Blasey-Ford’s requests. Most importantly, she requested an FBI investigation to independently assess what happened, she requested that Kavanaugh friend, Mark Judge be summoned to testify (she claims he was in the room and an active participant in the alleged assault), and she requested that her corroborating witnesses be allowed to testify: all of these requests were rejected out of hand by Grassley. 

Blasey-Ford (through her lawyer) has repeatedly expressed concern that she would not be treated fairly, that the committee has already decided what they believe or don’t believe, and the Committee’s response to her concerns was to turn the questioning over to a female Republican prosecutor from Arizona, Rachel Mitchell. Clearly, the GOP wants to avoid the optics of 11 male Senators questioning this one woman (conjuring up Anita Hill’s testimony all over again), but some see this as a move designed to frame Blasey-Ford’s testimony as part of a crime investigation, against her! 

One way or another, I would expect that we will see enough emotional outbursts to go around this morning—probably on both sides! 

It’s worth noting that Mars (Aquarius) co-rules this chart with Pluto (Capricorn), and that both are placed in the 3rd house of communications and messaging. The rules of order (Saturn rules this house), especially for question-asking by Democratic committee members, are expected to be really strict and limiting: it’s hard to see how these restrictions will serve the purpose of getting to the truth, but fixed energy lends itself to rigid, authoritarian approaches. The intense anger afloat over this hearing (on social media, particularly) has been a constant theme, but Control over the proceedings seems to be a paramount concern for Grassley. 

Mars anchors the bottom of this chart with detached, yang energy, but this will be countered by the square from Moon-conjunct Uranus (Taurus), and Uranus disposing Aquarius Mars. The Yin-Yang battleground may be littered with the wounded by the end of the day, but at this point, the odds look fairly even. 

In fact, Yin and Yang energies are tightly interwoven in this chart, but we need to remember that this does not equate necessarily to Female/Male. The woman (Blasey-Ford) in the proceedings is represented most directly by Venus and the Moon, yet there’s a lot of other Yin energy floating around that could be leveraged by her or Kavanaugh. For instance, the Venus/Jupiter (midpoint, Scorpio) almost exactly trines Neptune (Pisces), so the person resonating with or capturing this useful trine the most readily could gain some advantage. Which one comes across as being more credible (inspires belief, Jupiter)? Which one reflects more appealing ideals (all three of these planets)?  

Alcohol figures into all the allegations brought against Kavanaugh (the other three instances will also hover in the background during these proceedings), and this trine can be interpreted to reflect that prominent (and freely flowing) fact. Interestingly, the Neptune/Chiron (midpoint, Pisces) also trines Jupiter (Scorpio)—will the wound of alcoholism/addiction be an important focus of some of the questioning? 

Trump, a tee-totaler, is known to stay away from alcohol (his alcoholic brother died young), so if his support for Kavanaugh founders, it may be on this point, rather than on any sexual assault allegations. The 3rd and 6th house placements of the Aquarius-Taurus portion of the grand square will resonate with these possibilities. 

There’s a strong Yin feeling here, which might lend itself to supporting the female witness, however those who have their beliefs set in stone already probably won’t alter them under this energy unless something is said or done that evokes a deeply emotional response from them. It’s also quite possible that this trine will do more to confuse people listening to the two witnesses than it will do to clarify anything. 

We can expect that Kavanaugh will continue denying (Neptune) the allegations out of hand—ever more vehemently—but will there be any evidence to support his denials beyond letters from supporters? On the other hand, Blasey-Ford will make her claims, but will she be able to substantiate them with Neptune-proof facts? We can expect the questioner to poke holes in any “fuzzy memories” (Neptune), and the truth could be very slippery. 

Saturn and Neptune are both placed in their ruling signs, and are therefore the final dispositors in this chart, so the big questions may be focused around whether the information testified to is Objective (Saturn) or Subjective (Neptune).  It doesn’t sound like this hearing is designed to really make that distinction in a thoughtful, doubt-free way, but again, we could be surprised, with Saturn trine Uranus-Moon.  

Finally, it appears that a lot of decisions will likely be made on the basis of projected emotions and biases, and this works both ways, of course. Jupiter co-rules the 5th house here with Neptune, so its trine feels like the “crony network” is well-oiled and geared up to assist. Mercury (Libra) rules the Virgo 11th, and along with the Libra Sun, it trines 3rd house Mars (Aquarius). This will hopefully break up the stagnant air of control in this closed-door hearing a bit (12th house Mercury): the transcript must be published and information will flow, whether committee leadership or the White House like it or not. 

The overall feeling in this really intense chart is control thwarted, and if this turns out to be the case, some significant information could be revealed. Will the vote tomorrow morning send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate anyway? The GOP may end up being damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t, but my hope is that Senator Flake’s humble open-mindedness will prevail. I will close here by picking up the thread of his speech cited at the top of this page. To his credit, he delivered a much-needed apology to the characters in this political drama playing out this morning, and some much-needed perspective. Again, from Senator Jeff Flake:

“And so I will say to these witnesses – these human beings - we owe both of you a sincere apology.
An apology is inadequate, of course, but it’s a start. We can’t very well undo the damage that has been done, but we can govern our own behavior as we go through this painful hearing tomorrow, and the days afterward. We must do that, lest we do even more damage. Some of the public comments about both of these witnesses have been vile.
Not unrelated to those comments, each of these witnesses have reportedly been subject to death threats, and for that we should be ashamed. The toxic political culture that we have created has infected everything, and we have done little to stop it. In fact, we have only indulged it, and fanned the flames, taken partisan advantage at every turn, and deepened the ugly divisions that exist in our country.
These past two years, we have tested the limits of how low we can go. And my colleagues, I say to you that winning at all costs is too high a cost. If we cannot have a human – rather than a political – response to these witnesses, if we are heedless to the capacity that we have to do real and lasting damage, then maybe we shouldn’t be here.”

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] Bil Tierney, Dynamics of Aspect Analysis: New Perceptions in Astrology, CRCS Publications, Reno, NV, 1980, pp. 87-88.