Tuesday, February 26, 2019

“Ravenous wolves:” the astrology of a Vatican crisis & the hope for Cosmic justice

“I make a heartfelt appeal for an all-out battle against the abuse of minors both sexually and in other areas, on the part of all authorities and individuals, for we are dealing with abominable crimes that must be erased from the face of the earth: this is demanded by all the many victims hidden in families and in the various settings of our societies." 

– Pope Francis I, from his concluding address at the Feb. 21-24th Meeting for the Protection of Minors in the Church.

Optimism is so easily twisted into cynicism these days, but despite the reservations of many, I welcomed the Vatican’s recent special “Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church” (February 21-24) as a sign that the Catholic church is finally starting to take serious responsibility for the sexual abuse of minors by its clergy members. Some encouraging signs also exist that this time, the church is committed to rooting out this problem and working with civil legal authorities to banish the predators from its ranks. Hope springs eternal--maybe

Many are rightly impatient or frustrated that Pope Francis didn’t immediately defrock the individual priests and bishops accused of this behavior and turn them over to civil authorities, but again, signs exist that things are moving in that direction. Between July and now, the Pope first accepted Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s resignation, banned him into seclusion, examined the evidence against him, and then—just before this week’s historical meeting—did defrock him (expel him from the clergy). Those who want to see McCarrick prosecuted may have a better chance at it now.

On the other hand, maybe McCarrick was just a “token”—he was on the verge of retirement, anyway…so goes the cynical response, but then word is out today (Feb. 25) that the Pope’s former top financial advisor, Cardinal George Pell, was just convicted by Australian authorities of molesting two choir boys some 20 years ago, when he was Archbishop of Melbourne. Inch by inch…one case at a time.  

The fact is, Pope Francis is presiding over an existential crisis in the Roman church, and as with all institutions, the outcome is far from certain. I’m an outsider in this discussion, but as an astrologer, I’ve been following the evolution of this papacy. I was happy to see Pope Francis support the effort to combat climate change and to address its causes in his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si, and I’ve been impressed with his advocacy for the world’s poor—including those who have been landing on Europe’s shores as migrants and refugees. 

Pope Francis welcoming Al-Azhar imam of Egypt to the Vatican.

I give him credit for reaching out to other churches and faiths, most notably Muslims: he’s the first pope to visit a Arab Muslim country. He’s apologized on behalf of the church for a host of historical oppressions—noble gestures, all—but now he’s faced with an issue that defies these kinds of solutions. 

As so many victims of gun violence have lost patience with receiving “prayers and condolences” in the wake of mass shootings instead of real solutions, victims of sexual abuse have grown impatient with great talking points that go nowhere, and are demanding substantive change, now. Can we blame them?

A grim-faced pontiff presides over his church's existential crisis.

So at this juncture it appears that the long insidious history of sexual abuse in the church threatens to upend and overshadow anything else this Pope might want to accomplish. When he speaks about sexual abuse in the church, the Pope’s demeanor turns understandably weary, like he’s stuck in some toxic spiritual quicksand. My astrologer’s eye sees Neptune and Pluto in that muck, and it’s quite possible that Francis’s papacy, if not the church itself, will be sucked under if satisfactory, credible change isn’t forthcoming.  

We’ll consider ahead how these two planetary forces, among others, are in play, and we’ll also examine some astrological “echoes” from another critical moment in the Roman church’s history.  

Before we do that, however, let’s quickly frame what’s at stake here: sexual abuse is a primal, soul-destroying assault on the very dignity of humanity. It invalidates the victim’s Being and autonomy, and casts them in the role of less-than-human plaything.  This is especially pernicious in a religious setting, where the faithful are told to think of themselves as beloved “children of God.” And how are these children supposed to respond when the so-called representatives of God on this earth steal their innocence and destroy any sense of self-worth in them? 

The Pope convenes the Feb. 21-24th Vatican meeting with a prayer.

In his final speech to the Vatican special meeting this past week, the Pope minced no words about the evil he sees in the sexual abuse of minors—again, as a growing global phenomenon that takes numerous forms, but most painfully, within the church:

“The brutality of this worldwide phenomenon becomes all the more grave and scandalous in the Church, for it is utterly incompatible with her moral authority and ethical credibility. Consecrated persons, chosen by God to guide souls to salvation, let themselves be dominated by their human frailty or sickness and thus become tools of Satan…We need to recognize with humility and courage that we stand face to face with the mystery of evil, which strikes most violently against the most vulnerable…”
To victims, sexual abuse is a devastating personal assault, and a consulting astrologer would no doubt be able to see evidence of a victim’s trauma in his or her astrological profile, in transits, progressions and so on. Here, however, we’re examining the collective dimension of this issue, especially in relationship to the Roman Catholic church as an institution that’s allowed this corruption to fester for so long that it now threatens its “moral authority and ethical credibility.” In other words, its very raison d’être.

To represent the precarious moment the church finds itself in now, I’ve cast a 9 a.m. chart for the February 21st, the first day of the “Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church.” This is speculative—a reasonable, but unconfirmed time to launch a big conference of this type—so we won’t be considering angles, houses, or precise Moon placement. 

Thankfully, we have a timed chart for Pope Francis, rated AA for birth record in hand, so we’ll be considering that chart against some interesting charts from critical moments in church history. The most ancient one harks back to the Catholic church’s own “origin story,” to the beginning of the “Christian Era,” or January 1, 0001, 12:00:01 am in Jerusalem, Israel (source shown below). 

Whether this chart is historically accurate or not is beyond my scope here, but it certainly represents the beginnings of Christianity as a cultural force, and from what Pope Francis has said above, it sounds as though the church’s responsibility for being a positive cultural force weighs heavily on him today.

Let’s begin our exploration by setting these two charts against each other in Biwheel #1 below. 

Biwheel #1: (inner wheel) Christian Era, January 1, 0001 AD, 12:00:01 a.m. LMT, Jerusalem, Israel (Source: Chart 464, p. 483, Book of World Horoscopes[1]; (outer wheel) Pope Francis I (nee Jorge Mario Bergoglio) December 17, 1936, 9:00 p.m. DST, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

The Christian Era (Era) chart is significant here because it establishes a beginning point for the Roman church’s 2000+ year lineage of leadership and moral authority, as church historians and the faithful see it. As Pope, Francis supposedly embodies and carries on that authority—and the responsibility that goes along with it, so these charts together will hopefully give us some idea of how the “Fisherman’s shoe” fits.

Interchart Grand Mutable Square: Pope Sun conjoins No. Node (Sagittarius) and opposes So. Node-Chiron (Gemini); Pope nodal axis conjoins Era nodal axis (Sagittarius-Gemini); this axis squares Era Uranus (Pisces) opposite Era Pluto (Virgo). This amazing configuration suggests a deep-rooted resonance between the Pope and the original philosophy and ideas (Sagittarius-Gemini) of the Christian church, especially when it comes to manifesting those ideas and carrying on the original mission of culture-building (Era Uranus-Pluto). 

But this is a difficult task, fraught with potential chaos, making the constructive management of change a major part of the job. There’s a particular degree of difficulty in it for this Pope (Pope Chiron also t-squares Pope Saturn in Pisces opposite his Neptune in Virgo), who could be challenged to heal some personal wounds inflicted by authority figures (Chiron-Saturn) in the process. Whether from experience or from his empathetic nature (Neptune), Pope Francis may be uniquely qualified to shepherd the healing of his church. 

Those who believe in a Christian form of Creation spirituality (the “Cosmic Christ”) may like the fact that the Pope’s Sun and both Nodal axes also conjoin the Galactic Center (26°-27° Sagittarius) and very widely square the Pope’s natal Neptune. The ancient spiritual ideals represented in the Era chart appear to resonate deeply with this Pope, but his Chiron probably reflects his naysayers—not everyone has been happy with the non-materialistic, anti-consumerist culture shift he brought into the Vatican. 
All of this signals that the destinies and public mandates contained in both these charts are linked across the millennia as well: time will tell, but it seems that he could be the one to drive a true renewal of church culture—including on the sexual abuse issue. 

It’s interesting that the Pope’s natal angles (not shown here) span Cancer-Capricorn (ASC-DSC) and 0°+Taurus-Scorpio (MC-IC), with natal Uranus conjunct his MC in Taurus. It seems that he is natally equipped to handle the “descent into the underworld” (Scorpio IC) that his present challenges demand. Will he shepherd the revolutionary change (Uranus-MC conjunction) that so many are hoping for? 

His nurturing ASC-DSC axis suggests that he possesses the nurturing impulse and the ability to hold others accountable (Cancer-Capricorn), but Uranus seems to play a key role here, as well. In fact there is a tight dispositor relationship between his natal Uranus (Taurus), Moon and Venus (conjunct in Aquarius): it’s no wonder that he is naturally inclined to think scientifically (his Laudato Si encyclical made that clear, as does his educational background), and to see protecting the Earth as an important personal, social and spiritual quest.

When we consider the transits for February 21st (the meeting) against the Pope’s chart, we’ll see that Uranus is also playing a key role in his current challenges. 

"Icthys" - an ancient symbol denoting the Christian mission to be "fishers of men."

Interchart Grand Square: Pope Jupiter-Ceres-Mercury (Capricorn) widely conjoins Christian Era Sun (Capricorn and squares ) and opposes Era MC-Pope Vesta (Cancer); this axis squares Pope Mars-Era Jupiter-Juno (Libra) opposite Era Mars (Aries). Christianity is often associated with Pisces because Neptune evokes Christ’s sacrifice and compassion—yet here we see its more institutional Saturnian roots (Capricorn), and its public mission of shepherding (Cancer MC) souls. 

As mentioned earlier, the Pope’s ASC-DSC axis falls across this cardinal axis as well—in fact, his ASC exactly conjoins Era MC, putting his DSC conjunct Era IC. Taken all together, this grand square is another signal that Pope Francis is closely aligned with Christianity’s original mission.  

It’s interesting to see how the asteroids Ceres, Vesta and Juno are woven into this complex configuration. Asteroids experts Demetra George and Douglas Bloch note that these three “goddesses” are the sisters of Jupiter, and that along with Pallas, they represent “aspects of the feminine principle that are now emerging into mass consciousness….now demanding power, recognition, justice, and equality in our society.”[2] 

Clearly, the Pope is called upon to listen to these compelling yin voices (abuse victims, nuns and the “faithful”) in his present challenge—note that his Moon (Aquarius) exactly conjoins Era Pallas (Aquarius), as well. It appears that he is emotionally equipped to see that cosmic justice wins out. 

At the February 21-24 Vatican "Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church"

The Meeting

The fact that the February 21-24 “Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church” happened under intense media scrutiny was hopeful, yet cynics might also wonder if it was all for “show,” a public relations stunt designed for effect. Will anything real come of it? Okay, two high profile cardinals have been ignominiously deposed in one short week: are we seeing the start of something big, or were those two simply sacrificial lambs turned over for media slaughter? This question would depend upon the seriousness of Pope Francis’s intent, his long-term commitment to change, and perhaps even the way in which he frames the issue. 

In this sense, the meeting was significant because he apparently framed the issue of rooting out sexual abuse from church culture as a project that the entire church hierarchy must tackle collaboratively—not just a top-down sort of imperative. This is probably wise; to succeed, such a monumental effort requires a rallying of the “troops”—without cooperation, very little will happen. 

It’s also interesting to me that the Pope is framing his (and therefore the church’s) approach to all this in very broad terms—as a global problem, as opposed to one that’s limited to clergy behavior. To this point, the church seems to have amassed an impressive body of research that should help going forward. The Pope referenced this in yesterday’s speech

 “Our work has made us realize once again that the gravity of the scourge of the sexual abuse of minors is, and historically has been, a widespread phenomenon in all cultures and societies. Only in relatively recent times has it become the subject of systematic research, thanks to changes in public opinion regarding a problem that was previously considered taboo; everyone knew of its presence yet no one spoke of it. I am reminded too of the cruel religious practice, once widespread in certain cultures, of sacrificing human beings – frequently children – in pagan rites. Yet even today, the statistics available on the sexual abuse of minors drawn up by various national and international organizations and agencies (the WHO, UNICEF, INTERPOL, EUROPOL and others) do not represent the real extent of the phenomenon, which is often underestimated, mainly because many cases of the sexual abuse of minors go unreported, particularly the great number committed within families.

Rarely, in fact, do victims speak out and seek help. Behind this reluctance there can be shame, confusion, fear of reprisal, various forms of guilt, distrust of institutions, forms of cultural and social conditioning, but also lack of information about services and facilities that can help. Anguish tragically leads to bitterness, even suicide, or at times to seek revenge by doing the same thing. The one thing certain is that millions of children in the world are victims of exploitation and of sexual abuse.”

By addressing the worldwide nature of the phenomenon and pointing out several persistent obstacles victims confront (inability to speak, lack of helpful service and facilities, etc.), the Pope broadened his focus beyond the wrongdoers in the church’s ranks. This focus upset many observers, who just want to see those clergy members behind bars. Again, who can blame them? 

Even so, it appears that the Pope is offering a big-picture action plan for working with international agencies (UNICEF, INTERPOL, EUROPOL, etc…) to tackle the root causes of the “scourge” of child sexual abuse, and this may be the only way that sustainable change can finally take hold. For instance, cultural and social taboos surrounding this issue run deep, but perhaps no deeper than the same taboos were regarding the AIDS epidemic years ago, and through a concerted public health campaign, those have been addressed in many areas. Over time this has helped to prevent further spread of the disease. 

Perhaps Pope Francis has something similar in mind for the challenge of child sexual abuse? 

Protestors in Australia.

Not everyone cares about the international scope of this challenge, however: they want a list of specific accused clerics to be put behind bars, full stop, and any other approach simply looks like the church is evading responsibility. The NYTimes.com editorial board captured this legitimate frustration very well:

“It doesn’t wash.
And not only because activists in the West are fed up with pledges of change in the 17 years since The Boston Globe revealed systematic abuse in the Boston diocese. The revelations have accelerated in recent years — the grand jury report from Pennsylvania of abuse by hundreds of priests over many years; a similar report from Illinois; nuns finally speaking out about what they’ve been subjected to.
As the revelations have escalated, so has the rhetoric. “Prepare for divine justice,” Pope Francis warned abusive priests at Christmas. “Ravenous wolves,” he called them in his speech to the Vatican gathering. But when it came to action, the talk was once again of changing hearts and minds, of changing a centuries-old culture.”

So we can appreciate why this probably feels like a “do or die” moment for the church and for Pope Francis, trying to strike a balance that keeps people coming to Mass in local churches, but addresses the church’s global mandate and perspective as well. As we’ll see, the astrology reflected in Biwheel #2 below reflects this tension and the importance of this milestone moment. 

Let’s begin.

Biwheel #2: (inner wheel) Pope Francis I (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio) December 17, 1936, 9:00 p.m. DST, Buenos Aires, Argentina.; (outer wheel) Vatican “Meeting,” February 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. ST, Vatican City, Italy. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

Meeting Neptune (Pisces) disposes Meeting Sun (Pisces), conjoins Meeting Mercury (Pisces) and Pope Saturn and opposes Pope Neptune (Virgo). In other words, the Pope is experiencing a transit that only a person in advanced years does—Neptune is transiting opposite his natal Neptune, but in this case the transit is made more difficult by the presence of his Pisces Saturn. Transits expert Robert Hand characterizes a Neptune transit conjunct Saturn as a “dark night of the Soul” event, 

“the period of confusion that precedes the understanding that you can live with a reality that is different from what you had thought. At the highest level this transit can be a prelude to enlightenment, understanding the true nature of the ‘illusion’ we call reality.”[3]
Making clear decisions is not easy under this transit because one’s vision and thinking are often prone to distortion. Perhaps this explains why the Pope wants the church as a whole to tackle this crisis—solving it has to be more than a top-down exercise of his authority. He’s 82+ years old at this juncture: what happens when he is gone? Note that this is all happening while Neptune also transits opposite his natal Neptune and Uranus (Aries) transits opposite his natal Uranus (Taurus).  

This latter aspect will become tighter as Uranus returns to Taurus in March, but the major point here is that the Pope’s entire worldview is being challenged by the crisis he’s in charge of solving, and he may have to let go of some dearly-held beliefs and ideas before the dust settles. Only he can know what those beliefs and ideas are, but we might speculate that his defense of celibacy among priests and an all-male priesthood may be among them. 

Will the church take on the tough issues, like the all-male priesthood?

It’s interesting that Meeting Uranus (Aries) also trines the Pope’s Sun-No.Node (Sagittarius). As we discussed under Biwheel #1, Pope Francis has an Aquarian sensibility about him that qualifies him as a change-maker, and this Uranus transit is supporting and highlighting that side of his nature at the same time it is challenging his preconceived views on things and heightening his sense of purpose. Uranus challenges us to take on unfinished business, and to change anything that stands in our way. 

Meeting Jupiter (Sagittarius) conjoins Pope Sun-No.Node-Pallas (Sagittarius) and opposes Pope Chiron-So. Node (Gemini). This axis turns the Pisces-Virgo aspects we just discussed into a Grand Mutable Square between the two charts, but it’s worth noting that the Pope’s chart already includes such a grand square. The meeting transits do a great job of manifesting dynamics that have been in play for some time (Neptune has been transiting within orb of his Saturn and opposing his Neptune for years already), but the challenge has probably felt like a confidence-busting, dull toothache for even longer. Meeting Jupiter is giving him a boost here, but it’s also stimulating old wounds (Pope Chiron) as it goes. 

The Meeting Jupiter-Neptune square challenges not just preconceived ideas, but deeply held beliefs—it’s probably not just nice words to say that the Pope feels abuse victims’ pain, and that he “gets” the crisis of faith that many Catholics are experiencing these days, whether he’s communicating that well or not (his Chiron). 

From the Second Vatican Council (1960s)--major reform is possible.
Even so, conjunct the Pope’s Pallas, this Jupiter feels hopeful, a sign that justice for victims is in the Pope’s hands and its gaining support. Support is often elusive, of course—the media and social media add to and possibly even create a lot of confusion, at a time when clear messaging would be helpful (Mercury conjunct Neptune).
Meeting Chiron (Aries) conjoins Pope Eris (Aries) and squares Pope Jupiter-Ceres (Capricorn). Chiron expert Martin Lass characterizes the “wound” of Chiron in Aries as:

“A profound sense of loss of self-worth, a core feeling of worthlessness, unworthiness and even undeservingness of life itself. Self denial. A feeling of not being wanted, needed or useful. A feeling of being uncentered, unfocused, lacking solidity.”[4]
 How appropriate this placement is for the issue at hand! It perfectly reflects the wounding experienced by the victims of sexual abuse—especially as children. Every time the Sun ingresses Aries in March, we celebrate a new astrological year: here, zero-point Aries encompasses not just the wounding, but the collective, even archetypal nature of the challenge. Deep wounds to Humanity itself are captured in this one point, and it’s notable that this is happening within a couple degrees of the Pope’s Eris—his inner warrior—and square his Saturn-fortified Jupiter-Ceres (Capricorn). 

He’s faced with a great deal of responsibility in his 80s, but it may actually be that his advanced age  gives him the cosmic perspective to take it all on. Ceres’ involvement here evokes the wise truism, that “A man reaps what he sows.” Of course, it takes time to grow a crop.

Interchart T-Square: Meeting Eris (Aries) opposes Pope Mars (Libra); this axis squares Meeting Saturn-Venus-Pluto, all conjunct in Capricorn. This strident cardinal configuration demands action, and the consequences for inaction could be serious. Financial responsibility is key here—apologies won’t suffice. The Pope may be called upon to make some difficult decisions about church assets, to “manage” its potential liabilities and to satisfy claims. 

Amazingly, he will be experiencing Pluto transiting opposite his Pluto in the coming year (at the same time Uranus and Neptune continue pressing upon him, discussed above). His legacy will be written in these critical times—the consequences of “reaping and sowing” are very real here. 

Martin Luther's "95 Theses" sparked the Protestant Reformation in 1517.
Historical upheaval

It’s possible that the challenges addressed by this past week’s church “Meeting” actually end up transforming the Catholic church as we know it, and if we consider historical precedents like the Protestant Reformation, we know that a mass exodus of the faithful is more than possible when the church is caught up in what seems to be intractable corruption. The Roman church has been through cataclysmic times of corruption and renewal before and it’s evolved, as most institutions that touch billions of people do. It’s been through several cycles of hard Pluto transits, in other words, and it’s had to reinvent itself over and over.  

One such challenge was the Protestant Reformation, usually thought to have been triggered by German professor of theology Martin Luther nailing a list of 95 Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany to protest what he viewed as corrupt Catholic practices of the day. Reportedly, Luther did this on October 31, 1517 (old calendar), however the modern calendar would move this date to November 10th

I bring this up because the planetary echoes between that dramatic Reformation period and today’s challenges in the Roman church are substantial. It should be noted that Luther didn’t set out to break away from the church—he was part of it—but he did object to certain corrupt practices he was seeing and decided to act. He was declared a “heretic” by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in 1521, which triggered an even deeper split, so the actual Protestant schism took years, as developments on this scale often do. Could a similar fissure happen in today’s Roman church? 

Let’s take a very brief look at how the chart for that day looks next to the Christian Era chart in Biwheel #3 below. I will note some compelling correspondences with this week’s Meeting chart as we go—please see Biwheel #2 above to follow those.  

Biwheel #3: (inner wheel); Christian Era, January 1, 0001 AD, 12:00:01 a.m. LMT, Jerusalem, Israel (Source: Chart 464, p. 483, Book of World Horoscopes[5]; (outer wheel) Protestant Reformation (Luther nails 95 Theses), November 10, 1517, 12:00 p.m. LMT, Wittenberg, Germany. Source: Wikipedia.com. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node.

Interchart Grand Mutable Square: Nodal Reversal (PR So. Node conjoins Era No. Node); this axis squares Era Uranus-opposite Pluto (Pisces-Virgo). Era Saturn (Sagittarius) also ties into this, conjoined Era No. Node, suggesting that the church had come to a crossroads where it was either change or pay the consequences, and things have never been the same with the Vatican since. The spiritual imperative here is reinforced by PR Sun conjunct Era Neptune (both Scorpio) and PR Neptune (Aquarius) square Era Neptune (Scorpio).

The English Reformation broke England away from the Catholic church in 1534.

The clash between spirituality and profit is clear here: Luther had basically accused the church of betraying people’s trust by selling church “indulgences”—assurances that their sins were forgiven—and the impact on church finances was about to be felt with PR Neptune beginning a long transit to Era Venus (Aquarius). 

PR Pluto-Vesta (Capricorn) widely conjoins Era Sun (Capricorn). This is a pretty reliable sign that the church was forced to reinvent itself over a period of years, as Pluto transited slowly over this Era Sun. This echoes very clearly with today’s situation. Note that Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2009, and if we trace some of the major revelations about clergy sex abuse in the past decade, they’ve coincided with Pluto transiting conjunct Era Sun. In September, 2015, the film Spotlight was released with its story about the Boston Catholic diocese’s cover up of rampant sexual abuse by its clergy—Pluto fell at 13°+Capricorn. 

Public awareness may have been seriously raised by this film, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture that year—perhaps Spotlight was our modern day “95 Theses” nailed on a door? The investigations and revelations have continued to mount from there. 

Pope Francis also referred to predator priests as "ravenous wolves."

Final thoughts

It’s quite possible that the Catholic church’s long, dragged-out crisis has already inspired an exodus, but those who hang in there to hold the institution accountable instead of simply leaving are doing a great service. Many victims and others seeking justice are understandably upset by the “Meeting” this past week, despite the Pope’s strongly worded condemnations of abusive behavior. From NYTimes.com

“Francis had barely finished speaking before some abuse victims and other frustrated faithful began expressing outrage and disappointment at his failure to outline immediate and concrete steps to address the problem.
‘Pope Francis’ talk today was a stunning letdown, a catastrophic misreading of the grief and outrage of the faithful,’ said Anne Barrett Doyle, a leader of BishopAccountability.org, which tracks incidents of abuse in the church. ‘As the world’s Catholics cry out for concrete change, the pope instead provides tepid promises, all of which we’ve heard before.’”

Those cries should not be ignored, of course, and the pressure on the church to get this right needs to continue, but in fact, the Pope’s concluding speech at the Meeting did enumerate 8-points of major concern that he feels the church must act upon. Perhaps it’s not quite articulated as a business-style action plan, but the intent and the direction are clear. The points (without explanation—see this link for more) are:

1.      The protection of children
2.      Impeccable seriousness
3.      Genuine purification
4.      Formation
5.      Strengthening and reviewing guidelines by Episcopal conferences
6.      Accompaniment of those who have been abused
7.      The digital world
8.      Sexual tourism

So it will be interesting to see what reforms finally come out the February 21-24 meeting and to see if they begin to address the eight points laid out above. Perhaps we’ll see an encyclical that encompasses and addresses those eight points and calls for concrete changes to church law, among other things. Perhaps something approximating cosmic justice will begin to crystallize:  from the astrology, I sense that Pope Francis seriously wants to see this crisis through. 

One highlight that stands out to me from the charts we’ve reviewed, in fact, is the pontiff’s advanced age. He’s experiencing major late-in-life transits, and he may need all the support and cooperation he can get to carry the responsibilities heaped on him by this crisis. Astrologically, he appears to be the right person to lead this daunting renewal—he’s reform-minded and not afraid to shake things up, but the weight of the crisis (not to mention Neptune) is probably eroding his self-confidence and making it difficult to please anyone, much less everyone

Bottom line, I hope that those who really want the church to do the right thing will support the efforts begun this week in the Vatican. Cosmic justice, please!

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: robertsonraye@gmail.com.

© Raye Robertson 2019. All rights reserved. 

[1] Nicholas Campion,  Book of World Horoscopes, The Wessex Astrologer, Ltd., Bournemouth, UK. Revised/updated ed. 2004, p. 283.
[2] Demetra George and Douglas Bloch, Asteroid Goddesses: The Astrology, Mythology, Psychology and Astrology of the Re-emerging Feminine, Ibis Press, Lake Worth, FL, updated/revised 2003 edition, p. 2.
[3] Robert Hand, Planets in Transit: Life Cycles for Living, Whitford Press, Atglen, PA, 1976, p. 456.
[4] Martin Lass, Musings of a Rogue Comet: Chiron, Planet of Healing, Galactic Publications, Nyack, NY, 2001, p. 319.
[5] See Note 1 above.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Uranus & Venus square off: the March 6th Taurus ingress

 “If the sweeping ambition of the Green New Deal leads to positive incremental change, I think that’s the most likely way it happens. But then I also want to mildly praise the resolution’s anti-incrementalism — because there are virtues in trying to offer not just a technical blueprint but a comprehensive vision of the good society, and virtues as well in insisting that dramatic change is still possible in America, that grand projects and scientific breakthroughs are still within our reach.” 

In less than a month now, on March 6th, Uranus will re-enter Venus-ruled Taurus for what’s left of its 7-year stay, first begun last May 18th (see here for a lot more on that ingress). As you’re probably aware, this pale blue “ice giant” with the eccentric orbit—discovered by Sir William Herschel in March 1781—is considered by astrology to be a cosmic rabble rouser that promotes change in unique and sometimes shocking ways. 

Discovered during fiercely revolutionary times in Europe, Uranus’s reputation for stimulating disruptive mass movements was well supported by its 24°+Gemini discovery degree, as well.

The timing for Uranus’s debut was perfect: the philosophical perspective of that late 1700s period was dubbed the Enlightenment, aka the “Age of Reason”—perfect for this planet’s naturally airy (cerebral, intellectual, detached—not to mention yang) energy.  

Why shouldn't the business world be able to work with the Earth?

But these days we’re looking at Uranus stepping way out of its airy comfort zone by committing to the next six+ years (until July 2025) in the earthiest of earth signs, Taurus. If we consider how much stress and volatility marked its tour of fiery Aries—exacerbated by the intense cardinal times we’ve seen since Uranus entered Aries in 2010—perhaps we can appreciate how appealing a creative, but less bombastic sojourn in earthy Taurus might be. We might wonder how that will work, in fact—given the Venus-Uranus square in the re-entry chart (Chart #1 below), the “Sky God” may chafe at being “grounded!” Just a bit…he’ll get over it. 

And why not? In Greek Creation mythology, Gaia (Mother Earth) and Ouranos (Sky God) begat the twelve Titans, so opposites do attract and complement each other, and given the essential role that polarity plays in Life itself—yin and yang—we wouldn’t be here if they didn’t! So the hope is that Uranus’s time in Taurus between now and 2025 will generate new and renewed life in a number of important arenas. Perhaps most hopefully, it will be a time during which humanity gets serious about working with the Earth to create something constructive and life-affirming, instead of working against it. 

Let’s be clear: the Earth itself will not cease to exist due to climate change, but it could stop supporting human life without our serious intervention and commitment. 

What goes around comes around?

So, it’s not surprising that in this month prior to Uranus's Taurus re-entry that we’re seeing movement in Congress on the so-called “Green New Deal.” On Feb. 7th, Eugene Robinson with the Washington Post characterized this movement, which evokes the 1930s Depression Era economic/- infrastructure/jobs program known as FDR’s New Deal, as a key policy framework for progressive Dems, and one whose time has come:

“Let’s consider some real news, for a change: Last year was officially proclaimed the fourth-warmest on record; scientists predict that melting ice in Antarctica and Greenland could not only raise sea levels but also further destabilize weather patterns; and progressive members of Congress are proposing a “Green New Deal,” the first policy framework ambitious enough to meet the challenge of global warming.”
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D, MA) are the chief shepherds of this 21st century New Deal, but the resolution has the support of at least four declared presidential candidates, and dozens of other Dems. The resolution is non-binding, but provides a framework for moving beyond our present fossil fuel-dependent energy sector (and economy!) and creating thousands of middle class jobs in the process. Again, the Washington Post: 

“The nonbinding resolution calls for a ‘10-year national mobilization’ on the scale of the original New Deal to shift the economy away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. It sets a goal to meet ‘100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources,’ including nuclear power.”

Sen. Ed Markey (D, MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D, NY)

As for the astrology of the situation, the historical echoes are suggestive: Uranus was transiting Taurus from the end of March, 1935 to May, 1942. FDR’s New Deal spanned 1933-36, so there’s definitely some overlap with today’s energies. Besides, the conceptual framework for what’s now known as the Green New Deal has been percolating for some time already: the term was first coined by NYTimes.com economics columnist Thomas Friedman in 2007, under the Uranus-Neptune mutual reception from Pisces to Aquarius. Looking back, Friedman wrote this week:

“Back in 2007, I wrote a column calling for a “Green New Deal,” and I later expanded on the idea in a book, “Hot, Flat and Crowded.” Barack Obama picked up the theme and made a Green New Deal part of his 2008 platform, but the idea just never took off. So I’m excited that the new Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others have put forward their own takes on a Green New Deal, and it’s now getting some real attention.”
Despite the idea falling flat during the Obama administration, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein carried the Green New Deal idea forward in 2016, and it should be noted that it’s not just an American idea, either. A British Green New Deal Group report was published in July 2008, after a year of planning—bottom line, this ambitious vision of a new economy retooled around sustainable clean energy and infrastructures may be a global phenomenon—and it’s been hovering in the conceptual “ether” for over a decade now as Uranus transited Pisces and Aries. 

Though it’s hard to envision the Green New Deal resolution being funded and implemented to its full visionary potential, I’m cautiously optimistic that this time, as Uranus moves into the fixed earthy sign of Taurus, the program will begin to take practical form. This, despite the fact that Trump didn’t even mention the environment or climate change in his recent State of the Union address. Mitigating climate change already is a priority around the world, and back home, for many state-level programs, with sustainable energy-based building codes and so on. We can expect that, like so many things that finally became federal law, state-level initiatives will catch on across the nation—especially once the financial benefits become clear. 

Taurus is all about amassing material substance, so the industries that build their business models around new, green technologies (and are most in line with Taurus priorities) will probably be the ones to thrive and persist over the long term (fixed sign). While we shouldn’t be naïve about the lengths to which non-sustainable industries on the wane will go for survival (the federal government is supporting their efforts these days), Uranus is a forward-moving energy that promotes and rewards change whose time has come.   

So it follows that certain, Taurus-friendly types of environmental action and business development will find the greatest support during this upcoming 6+-year Uranus transit: specifically, anything that involves not only technology (Uranus), but food cultivation and animal husbandry and land use (Taurus). Building technologies should also get a boost, so watch for more sustainable building codes to emerge. 

Agriculture in general is ruled by Saturn, so in its remaining time in Capricorn it will likely also support new approaches to earthy Taurean pursuits. Saturn first enters Aquarius in March, 2020, retrogrades and re-enters just before its new cycle with Jupiter begins on 12/20/2020, a cycle which—importantly—will be disposed by this Taurus Uranus. This raises the obvious concern for what’s next: the groundwork laid in the early days of this Taurus transit will have a lot to do with the priorities we carry forward into the new Aquarius Jupiter-Saturn cycle. 

Will we concentrate our energies around the priorities that really matter, or allow our focus to become scattered and undermined? 

For now, let’s consider some specific “Green” initiatives that could conceivably flourish under a Venus- and Uranus-powered Taurus transit.  

The following areas are ripe for “greening” and are explored in detail in a wonderful compilation entitled Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by veteran economist/environmentalist, Paul Hawken:

Food Cultivation & Husbandry
Land Use
Materials & Design
Plant-rich diets

Forest protection
Industrial hemp

Farmland restoration

Tropical forests
Living buildings
Reduced food waste

Enhanced weathering of minerals

Clean energy cookstoves

Perennial biomass

Multistrata agroforestry


Improved rice cultivation

Indigenous Peoples’ land management


Temperate forests

Regenerative agriculture


Nutrient management

Tree intercropping

Conservation agriculture



Tropical staple trees

Farmland irrigation

Managed grazing

Pasture cropping

A cow walks onto a beach (seaweed grazing to reduce methane levels)

Clearly, when our ancient forebears began using tools and implements (technology) to cultivate plants and raise animals for food and fabrication purposes, the global economy (such as it was) took a giant leap forward. Uranus is always a factor when these technological transitions take place: the sign it occupies influences what type of technology emerges and for what purposes. Interestingly, the U.S. Rural Electrification Act—an FDR-era New Deal program—was passed in May, 1936, with electrical Uranus “grounded” in earthy (rural) Taurus. 

Fast-forward to 2019, and the Green New Deal is calling for a massive infrastructure and jobs program, focused on the elimination of fossil fuels and the total revamping of our transportation systems, including “green” mass transit systems and the electrification of cars, using sustainable, renewable sources to generate that electricity. Many of those sources will depend upon rural communities, of course, as the sites for wind and solar farms, biomass production, geothermal heating plants, and so on. 

If cars are going to be fueled by electricity en masse, we’ll need charging stations across the nation—including in rural areas. Such a project will echo the ambitious scope of the 1936 Electrification Act, and then some. New technologies will be in demand and ones that have been waiting in the wings for some time already will be called into action. Once the new Aquarius Jupiter-Saturn cycle launches in late 2020, such pursuits ruled by Uranus should be getting the green light. That’s if more troubling uses of these energies don’t intervene, like senseless wars and manufactured border crises. Let’s not even go there.

Sustainable materials allow for a closed loop life cycle with little waste.

It’s one thing to power human activities, it’s another to build, secure and fortify human habitations (Taurus builds, conserves and secures). The arena of building materials is a huge area for change--replacing petroleum-based products with renewable/sustainable ones will take a concerted effort, but again, states and municipalities can take charge here. Land use and forest management practices must change to prevent massively destructive wild fires like we’ve seen in states like California nearly year-round—these are the true emergencies that all levels of government need to act on as boldly as possible.  

And, as coastal lands erode due to climate change-induced sea level rise, more thoughtful land conservation will be essential to make up for the lost acreage. High rise apartments are energy gluttons if they’re not designed properly, with sustainable materials and systems. Venus’s pleasing but pragmatic design sense (as ruler of Taurus) will come into play here. 

Less and less land will be available for traditional crop rotation practices, so technologies and techniques for reaping more product from less land (without pollutants) will be key—Taurus is very frugal, so this is do-able. Green roofs, vertical farming and hydroponics will be options that could become more widespread and further developed. If Uranus has anything to do with it, we’ll see robots harvesting crops on the bigger farms—making the most of labor costs will also factor into any new developments. Unique land-sharing or leasing agreements with municipalities (urban farming) and countries overseas could also develop. 

Unfortunately, as competition for landed resources heightens, exploitative geopolitical relationships may take shape, making developing, “debtor” nations particularly vulnerable. This issue takes in food and financial security (both Taurus imperatives), and with Uranus involved, the potential for more powerful nations throwing their weight around is real. The Trump administration is effectively doing this today with his protectionist, tariffs-based trade policies. 

It’s not likely that these trade policies will be entirely overturned during a Taurus transit (similar tariffs-based policies amplified the North/South divide prior to the Civil War, during that 1850s Uranus transit through late Aries and into Taurus), but to the extent that Trump’s tariffs make life on American farms untenable, there will be consequences down the road. 

Despite such obstacles, food cultivation and land management will probably experience some revolutionary developments during Uranus’s time in Taurus—hopefully with an eye to maintaining the peace and enhancing cooperation (Venus’s contribution).  

There will never be peace without food security.

Dealing constructively with food waste is another area ripe for new ideas—the more such waste in our landfills, the more methane (one of the most damaging greenhouse gases) is released into the atmosphere. One radically simple solution involves gathering food that’s likely to go to waste (from markets, restaurants and institutions) and distributing it (still fresh) to those experiencing food insecurity (homeless shelters, food banks, etc.. Repurposing waste to not only conserve energy, but reduce pollution and feed people who need it is a Taurean idea whose time has come.  

So let’s examine the chart for Uranus’s re-entry into Venus’s earthy realm on March 6th, 2019 and consider some likely highlights of its transit there over the coming 6+ years. I haven’t mentioned politics to this point, but political power plays and contests will definitely be impacted by this Uranus transit. So will it live up to its higher Taurean potential, or get bogged down in the political mire we’ve come to know so well?

Think about all the women who have already declared their presidential candidacies for 2020: could this Venus-enhanced transit help one of them prevail? Will the new crop of Congresswomen elected in November 2018 continue making waves? Will Nancy Pelosi find more support than obstacles to her House agenda, or will Mitch McConnell continue gumming the legislative works?  We’ll take a quick look at some representative charts alongside the Uranus ingress in the next post here. For now, let’s focus on the re-entry chart itself. 

The Astrology

Chart #1: Uranus re-enters Taurus, March 6, 2019, 3:26:54 a.m. ST, Washington, D.C. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 

Saturn rules the chart, conjoins Pluto and rises in Capricorn; Venus (Aquarius) forms a mutual reception with and squares Uranus (Taurus). Saturn disposes this Venus, suggesting that—whatever Taurus agenda takes hold—it will face powerful challenges. There’s also a sense here, however, that if something is worth doing, it will be pursued. A fixed square between these signs will require great persistence and ingenuity, focused towards projects that have long term social, as well as personal value. The coming elections, in fact, will probably challenge voters to consider where the personal and collective dimensions of life intersect in their lives, how their values reflect those intersections and what role they see themselves playing in that collective. 

These placements also confirm that prominent, action-oriented and tenacious women (Venus also disposes and widely squares Taurus Mars) will play important roles during this transit: the Venus-Uranus square falls spans the 1st-4th houses. Aquarius can fulfill its revolutionary potential with this Venus, but backlashes are also possible. 

Persistence and focus will win the day: Mars (Taurus) trines Saturn (Capricorn)—a nice firm foundation for building success—those who set off on long projects and ambitious agendas should have the diligence and focus they need for the long haul.

 Saturn effectively conjoins Pluto, but their cycle is waning (Saturn hasn’t yet caught up with Pluto, but it’s getting there). Social and institutional structures are all under review with these two, and those structures that survive into the new cycle (beginning in January, 2020) will be stronger and less constrained by old “baggage.” Will federal investigators (Saturn-Pluto) have totally “drained the swamp” in D.C. by then? That sounds like the impossible dream, but with this duo rising just below the ASC, why not?!  

Sun-Moon-Neptune (Pisces) sextile ASC (Capricorn); Neptune sextiles Saturn (Capricorn). Remembering that Saturn rules this chart makes Neptune’s sextile to it all the more interesting. We’ll definitely gain from these two working with each other rather than against, so this is positive. Infusing idealism into material pursuits never hurts—as long as the net result isn’t paralysis and confusion. This sextile suggests that the partisan divide in D.C. may be softening a bit—if for no other reason than “united we stand, divided we fall.” 

Climate change-induced sea level rise will become more costly every year.

As we can see here, Neptune is only half-way through its home sign of watery Pisces and it’s prominent here, conjunct the Sun and Moon. Water issues will probably figure prominently into the coming 6+ years: flooding and sea-level rise perhaps (Sun-Neptune square Jupiter in Sagittarius suggests very high tides, especially with the Moon hovering near), but we might want to pay attention to the stories coming out of Brazil about dams breaking and causing deadly mud slides—even a sextile between water and earth (Sun-Neptune and Saturn) can put pressure on such systems.

As with any food waste, addressing water waste and recycling will also be key; as the climate continues to warm, droughts will recur more often and drag out longer, with extremely expensive consequences for municipalities and states. The nice Pisces-Capricorn sextile in this chart may provide opportunities to build much needed new water systems and infrastructure.  

Jupiter (Sagittarius) squares Sun-Neptune-Vesta (Pisces). Jupiter co-rules Pisces, so these squares suggest very idealistic ventures—kind of like the Green New Deal that so many are already panning as being “unrealistic.” It’s probably fair to assume that the coming 6+ years will be dominated by what’s going on with this program because it addresses the burning needs of our times. That “unrealistic” label could be an obstacle, but if the Green New Deal captures hearts and minds and inspires grass roots participation (Vesta), it may actually get off the ground during this 6+year transit. 

The uneasy relationship between Big Finance and its insatiable appetite for short-term growth and such a complex, all-encompassing public works program—one requiring massive public investment up front—is reflected in the semi-sextile between Saturn-Pluto and Jupiter. 

Each in its respective home sign, Jupiter and Saturn are strong in this chart, so the power dynamics between their respective groupings in this chart seem somewhat balanced despite Saturn-Pluto’s sheer cosmic “weight.” Given this rough balance, it seems that the powers-that-be will coordinate in some way to benefit both Big Finance and the massive infrastructure dreams the Green New Deal calls for (Saturn-Pluto sextiles Jupiter-ruled Pisces points). The challenge will be to make sure the values-based goals remain intact and that the intense drive for economic growth (Jupiter) doesn’t derail everything to focus on short-term goals alone. 

Environment-related protests will continue to grow with Uranus in Taurus.

Uranus falls in the 4th house and rules the 2nd. This placement couldn’t be more appropriate for these times. In the 4th, Uranus reflects grass-roots disruption, the kind that could easily lead to uprisings, protests and a fundamental shift in the public’s perspective on issues. Since this house is naturally ruled by the Moon (with 0° Aries rising), we look to the Moon for clues about how this disruption could play out. The sextile between Moon-Sun-Neptune-Vesta (Pisces) and Mars (Taurus) here reinforces the potential for constructive disruption around "American Dream" issues. This is a late balsamic Moon, suggesting that anything “born” at this time (Millennial political power?) will be forward-thinking and ready to move on from the current order. 

Uranus’s rulership of the 2nd house of resources, values and finances tells us what type of concerns could fuel the disruption. Uranus squares and falls in mutual reception to Venus, the natural ruler of the 2nd . Interestingly, Venus just happens to be placed in the sign that's actually on the 2nd house cusp here, as well, so the signals are pretty clear. Change is coming, and a certain amount of disruptive financial turmoil may be involved. Our values and resources are likely to be challenged and stretched, and the scale of change is likely to be sweeping. Sometimes, change is best made incrementally; this doesn’t appear to be one of those times.   
It’s key here that Saturn co-rules the 2nd house with Uranus. This combination suggests that we could see a Wall Street-based financial crisis at some point during this period (such as happened in 2008), however a number of factors could contribute: the national debt forcing issues (waning Saturn-Pluto cycle); corruption (also Saturn-Pluto)—investigations abound; and reckless or politically-driven taxation and/or monetary policies.  

Despite many avenues for progress opening up before us, the next 6+ years could be a bit of a financial minefield if the transition to a new Saturn-Pluto cycle in 2020 and Pluto’s return to its Sibly position in 2022 are not handled carefully. We need the most rational and skillful financial minds advising top officials during this period. Those driven by conspiracy theories and zero-sum thinking (toxic Saturn-Pluto) need not apply.  

Pitchforks in the street

Thankfully, challenging times tend to draw forth people who are capable of rising to the occasion—this should become even truer as Uranus fully commits to Taurus. If we were living centuries ago in revolutionary times, we might expect to see masses of people spilling into the streets, pitchforks in hand, demanding a fair shake. This is basically what happened when Uranus transited Taurus from May, 1767 to April, 1775 (accounting for a long retrograde period after it first entered Gemini in June, 1774). This Taurus period fell solidly in the middle of the 1765-83 “colonial revolt” period we know as the American Revolution, and Uranus's Taurus energies undoubtedly fueled the financial anxieties (“no taxation without representation”) underlying that revolt. 

Flashing forward, we haven’t seen pitchforks in the street yet, but self-confessed billionaire capitalist Nick Hanauer saw them coming back in 2014 due to our economy’s systematic support for radical wealth inequality:

“If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when.”
Could it be that Hanauer was just off by a few years? Trump gained support in the crucial Midwest by convincing the working classes that he was on their side, against the so-called “elites.” His supporters may not have been thinking in terms of wealth gaps, but they hoped that Trump’s policies would benefit their pocketbooks and relieve some of their financial anxieties. Instead, with a massive tax break for the wealthiest Americans, many working and middle class families that used to get a tax refund no longer will—or their refunds will be substantially lower. If anything, the working classes are subsidizing the tax break to the wealthiest. 

So Trump’s “guy next door” rhetoric and demeanor may have delayed the pitchforks—figurative or not—but the recent shutdown certainly revealed how deeply out of touch his administration is with the everyday realities of working people. This growing consciousness makes it more likely that when Uranus is firmly grounded in Taurus, our economic system—rigged to privilege the wealthy in all things—may become the hot button issue it deserves to be. 

Many would-be presidents have started tossing their hats in the ring this past month, and in the process, many ideas have surfaced for addressing wealth inequality, including universal Medicare, taxing income over a certain level at a higher rate, closing down loopholes that effectively eliminate taxes on the rich, and so on. My astrological advice to all of them would be that anyone who hopes to capture the presidency in 2020 had better have a realistic, workable plan for addressing pressing finance and resource issues. 

This imperative will be reinforced by the very real possibility of an economic downturn or recession. We could be in for a financial shock of some sort as Venus squares Uranus (Aquarius to Taurus) during the re-entry, and this shock (if not handled well) could deepen its impact during the final months of the current Saturn-Pluto cycle (between now and January 2020). Bank regulations have been loosened to some extent since the post-2008 recession reforms were put in place, which leaves the system vulnerable to reckless players. 

As was true during that period, Jupiter is transiting Sagittarius, so many such players will promote growth, no matter the ultimate cost. Thankfully, Saturn can inspire constructive restraint from Capricorn, but paired with Pluto it may lead to the destruction of some “too big to fail” players, and that’s risky for the overall economy. 

We can’t put ourselves in this precarious situation every 12 or so years and not risk serious meltdowns. 

Final thoughts

Needless to say, there's a long, but potentially exciting road ahead for those watching any of the issues raised above. In the next post, we’ll examine a couple key figures who will greatly influence how Congress navigates these tricky times. As you might imagine, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is one of those key players who can make a difference. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is another one, although her importance may pale in comparison to the field of Democratic presidential candidates that is mustering even as we speak. This one-by-one roll-out of each candidate's agenda feels premature, but it is providing an interesting sideshow to the cliff-hanger of the week. Will the government be shutdown again, for the sake of a wasteful border wall? Will Trump declare a state of emergency and go around Congress to get his wall funding? 

Stay tuned!

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: robertsonraye@gmail.com.

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