Monday, April 29, 2019

A strategy of contempt: Saturn-Pluto & D.C. power plays




“Obstructing an inquiry into obstruction of justice is quintessential Trump.”—Jennifer Rubin, NYTimes.com

“Congress’s oversight authority derives from its ‘implied’ powers in the Constitution, public laws, and House and Senate rules. It is an integral part of the American system of checks and balances.” – Wikipedia.org

“Houston…we have a problem…”—Apollo 13, 1995.




In the iconic scene from the history-based film cited above, Tom Hank’s character—NASA  astronaut James A. Lovell—calmly announced to the Houston team monitoring their every move that his crew’s April 11, 1970 lunar landing mission would have to be aborted. “Houston, we have a problem” was the understated, yet pregnant phrase he used to convey that the mission—and perhaps the crew themselves—were in mortal danger. An oxygen tank explosion had compromised the spacecraft and threatened to fatally undermine any attempts at coming back to earth. 

Long story short, the Apollo crew and their support team in Houston rose to the challenge and found ingenious ways to work with their perilous situation to avert the disaster. Despite a very rough ride, the module did return safely home on April 17th, to the relief of millions. 

The Apollo 13 story was ready made for heroic drama—complete with a tense, but ultimately happy Hollywood ending. Such ventures don’t always turn out so well, however: anyone who remembers the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion that killed all seven crew members in 1986—live on television before our very eyes—can attest to that.  The horoscope for that event dramatically reminds me that dangerous ventures like these need to employ consulting astrologers, as well as astute astrophysicists, engineers and technicians! 

No less than eight powerful planetary midpoints fell in the fiery sign of Sagittarius that day, many of them sextile members of a five point stellium in shock-prone, electrical Aquarius (ruled by a Sagittarius Uranus). It sure looks like there was too much volatile energy at work (perhaps electrical system misfires?) in too confined a space—a space that is dangerous, under the best circumstances.  

So why bring up these totally unrelated-sounding historical examples here, when the topic is really the constitutional showdown between Trump’s executive power and the Article I oversight responsibilities of Congress? Because these space missions provide apt analogies for the path ahead: will our system of checks and balances prevail over the “explosion” that has been the Trump administration, and through diligent, desperate work and ingenuity, bring us all safely home? Or will our Constitutional system simply disintegrate before our very eyes, leaving us all in utter shock, wondering what happened? 


A tragic moment for the NASA Space Shuttle program in Jan. 1986.


Yes, the choices seem very stark right now, but for that very reason it’s worth pondering that—as sudden and shocking as the Challenger event was—it didn’t just happen on January 28, 1986 at 11:39 a.m. off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, as Wikipedia reports. Like any tragedy, it was the product of numerous forces at work in a much broader context; it wasn’t just about that one space shuttle mission.  

Nor is our current collision of forces in D.C. just about Trump, or just about the Mueller report, or just about the several congressional committees that have a job to do, protecting our checks and balances. As we’ll see pretty clearly in the charts ahead, to the extent today’s crisis is about Trump and his administration, it’s about a mostly-ignored and downplayed process he’s been engaged in since day one of his presidency: to “dismantle the Deep State”—his cynical, conspiracy-mongering pet name for the institutions that make up the Federal government. An NPR interview between interviewer Terri Gross and The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos captured what was transpiring back in 2018:

“Donald Trump would talk about the war on the deep state, by which he meant the power elite, the permanent bureaucracy, the people who were, in his vision, sort of running things behind the scene. Steve Bannon, his chief strategist at the time, used to talk about the deconstruction of the administrative state, which is a wonkier way of saying more or less the same thing, the idea that the goal was to come into Washington and roll back this system of rules, regulations, taxes, treaties and the people who were responsible for putting them in place and that that would be the primary project of the Trump presidency.” 

In Election 2016, that idea of rolling back rules and regulations—often characterized as “draining the Swamp”—sounded pretty enticing, but perhaps those who voted for it should have paid greater attention to exactly which institutions Trump was targeting for destruction in the process, and what his ultimate motives were. If he had come out and said that he wouldn’t commit to working with Congress unless his party was in charge and could cover for his presidential overreach (and frankly questionable behavior), would his plans have sounded so appealing?


Attorney General Barr with controversial Mueller report summary he submitted to Congress.

If he had stated that he would demand personal loyalty from the Attorney General, thus compromising the independence of the Justice Department, would that have been acceptable? 

If he had told us that he would sow strategic chaos in our system and display blatant contempt of Congress and the Constitution  to get what he wants? 

Checks and balances between co-equal power centers require that all parties acknowledge the others’ legitimacy and respect their roles, but what happens when one of the three power centers simply refuses to do this and another of the centers is radically divided and undermined? 

What happens when one power center wants to change the rules to give itself all the power, but wants to be accountable to no one? If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve seen the examples unfold before us. 

Even so, it would be disingenuous to pin the situation on Trump, entirely. He and his administration are, IMHO, the outward manifestation of a malady that’s been incubating in our body politic for some time. It has to do with several trends that have played out over the past few decades, especially towards the distortion of our capitalist economy to privilege the super-wealthy and play Scrooge with the rest of us. 

These “bread and butter” issues have caused deep divisions, with pretty predictable results: an upsurge in nationalist/protectionist sentiment, and in xenophobia and racism. Trump made campaign promises that sounded good enough on these issues to draw disenchanted working and middle class voters in, but he then got behind a tax reform bill that fed the wealthiest to the detriment of most others, and he’s still determined to kill the Affordable Care Act. So, divide, confuse/deceive and conquer has been the approach—classic Saturn-Pluto manipulation, with a bit of Neptunian spin! 



  
It’s one thing for the American people to deal with a president like Trump, but it’s another, much more serious problem to suffer a toothless Congress and compliant Judiciary to boot. Our system of checks and balances hasn’t always worked smoothly, but what we’re seeing in D.C. today escalates that challenge. Trump clearly expected that AG William Barr’s distorted characterization of the redacted Mueller report would be the “official” narrative, case closed—but those who have actually read the report find that Barr seriously misrepresented the facts laid out in that report, even in redacted form. 

This has stimulated grave concerns in Congress and elsewhere about not just the possible corrupt purposes of the Trump presidency, but about our overall national security, in the wake of Russia’s multi-faceted attack on our 2016 election. 

As for Mueller’s documentation of this very real Russian attack, Trump continues to ignore that it even happened, and to bristle angrily if anyone brings up the topic. Should we take that to mean that he will be happy to accept such “help” again in 2020? The FBI has reportedly beefed up its counterintelligence operations against the continued threats they’re seeing from Russia, yet Trump won’t acknowledge that there was or is a problem.  This is not reassuring. Yes, we have many true public servants who are working around the clock to secure fair access to the vote for all citizens, despite the Trump administration’s Census-based efforts to disadvantage areas with higher immigrant populations (typically Democratic-leaning), but the problem remains. 


Securing the next election from all interference should be top priority!

If Trump loses the vote in 2020, we can be certain he will characterize our system as “rigged,” but guess who’s doing the “rigging?”

Astrology has a lot to say about all of this, of course, but here’s a case in which the planetary cycles can paint a more comprehensive picture than a single event chart can. The threats to our essential institutions didn’t happen overnight, and the situation is evolving still, so let’s consider the cycles profile for where we’re at in terms of the 10 outer-planetary cycles as I write this, and see what that tells us about the state of national affairs. 


Planetary Cycles
Cycles in force on
4/29/2019
Cycle phase in force 4/29/2019
Jup-Sat
5/2000, 23+Tau
waning-balsamic
Jup-Ura
6/2010 0+Ar
waning-disseminating
Jup-Nep
5/2009, 26+Aq
waning-last quarter
Jup-Plu
12/2007, 28+Sag
waning-balsamic
Sat-Ura
2/1988, 29+Sag
waning-disseminating
Sat-Nep
3/1989, 28+Cap
waning-last quarter
Sat-Plu
11/1982, 27+Lib
waning-balsamic
Ura-Nep
2/1993, 19+Cap
waxing-new
Ura-Plu
10/1965, 17+Vir
waxing-first quarter
Nep-Plu
Aug. 1891, 8+Gem
waxing-crescent


For starters, the preponderance of waning cycles over waxing cycles is significant here. Notice that all the Saturn and Jupiter cycles are waning—this suggests a definite weakening of social and perhaps even economic structures. The economy’s been fairly buoyant with Jupiter in home-sign Sagittarius, but it’s likely to slow-down when Jupiter ingresses Saturn-ruled Capricorn in December this year. In the meantime, these waning cycles make Trump’s failed nominations to the Federal Reserve Board all the more interesting—we may not think much about the Fed, but if its independence and integrity are fatally compromised by Trump’s appointees, we could be in for a rough ride. 

The nature of these cycles also makes Trump’s efforts to compromise our Department of Justice—by turning the Attorney General and others into his personal defenders, rather than the independent defenders of the Constitution and American justice—all the more critical. Will we have a shot at reinventing these endangered institutions more strongly and more independently once the waning cycles begin fresh? I’m relatively optimistic that we have smart, committed people working furiously to that end, but the challenges are monumental. 

In general, in a season of waning cycles, it’s time to tidy up, to weed out what’s not working in society and politics, to really “drain the swamp,” and to clear the way for fresh, renewed structures and policies. Perhaps that’s what Trump thinks he’s doing with his defiance to Congress over its oversight powers, his untoward use of the DOJ and his abuse of executive power (well-documented in the Mueller report), but his behavior and the contents of that report suggest that his intentions are at best compromised, and at worst, blatantly corrupt. If we’ve learned anything from his behavior, it’s that he’ll push the boundaries of his power to protect his own interests. 

All of the cycles listed above are involved in all this, of course, but after we lay some groundwork for the discussion, we’ll consider more closely the prominent, heavy imprint of the waning Saturn-Pluto cycle in its final balsamic phase (315.01°-360°). This final phase is a time of concentrated structure- and institution-challenging energy, aimed at deep cultural transformations. We’ve seen the transformational impact in this country with Trump’s nationalist/protectionist policies and attempts to “deconstruct” what he calls the “Deep State”—i.e., the institutions that would in better times hold him accountable to the Constitution. 

Weighing Election 2016's record of voter suppression against Trump's spurious claims of election rigging against him, we might wonder if he views the popular vote itself as another institution of the "Deep State" that he  must control.


Voter suppression tactics overwhelmingly target communities of color.


Heavy transformations are ongoing across the globe, as well—in the U.K. with its Brexit dilemma; in other anti-immigration members of the EU who’ve elected authoritarian-leaning right-wing governments; in Brazil, with Trump’s new right-wing ally, Bolsinaro; in Venezuela with its collapsed economy and leadership crisis, in volatile areas of Africa, the Middle East and so on.  

In the wake of a sustained migrant crisis dating back to before 2014, there’s been a backlash in many European nations that purposely scapegoats (Saturn-Pluto) immigrants and demonizes “Others,” and these developments have normalized xenophobic, Nazi-style rhetoric in the process. Needless to say, strong resistance exists for all these authoritarian-leaning developments, but the trend is real and it could be telling us what to expect from the next phase of globalization that is likely to manifest during the upcoming 2020 cycles (Jupiter-Saturn, Jupiter-Pluto, Saturn-Pluto). 

This is a topic to explore in more depth another day, but history shows that in times of intense transformation, the outer planetary cycles tend to hit more key milestones. Two recent examples illustrate: first, the WWII years, which were followed by deep cultural and economic/geopolitical transformations, saw four cycles launch in short order (Jupiter-Saturn in 1940; Jupiter-Uranus in 1941; Saturn-Uranus in 1942, and Jupiter-Pluto in 1943); second, the period of 1981-1984, which was politically critical for the shift to a globalized economy (the Reagan years), again saw four cycles launched one after another (Jupiter-Pluto in 1981; Saturn-Pluto in 1982; Jupiter-Uranus in 1983 and Jupiter-Neptune in 1984).

The WWII cycles mentioned above were all happening against the backdrop of the relatively new Neptune-Pluto cycle in Gemini that had just begun in1891: Authoritarians thrived in the early 20th century, and several of them had natal Neptune-Pluto conjunctions, coupled with strong Saturn and Jupiter placements. This was no accident—especially considering the scope of the early 20th century wars and power struggles. A new global order was being thrashed out, and that task attracted leaders with the most grandiose ambitions imaginable. Megalomaniacs were welcome to join the club.  

“Strong men” types with a thirst for power often have significant natal Saturn-Pluto, Saturn-Neptune placements, and it’s not unusual to see strong Mars connections to these outer planets as well. More on this another time—Trump’s chart is an interesting anomaly among would-be authoritarians, but he compensates with an over-the-top belligerent/angry Mars (Leo) and the enabling company he keeps. 

Suffice to say now that when the pressure for change is on, especially for global- or civilization-level change, authoritarians tend to emerge to exploit people’s anxieties about “losing control.” Unfortunately, people are too often open to that influence and willing to give up their rights in exchange for the “security” they think “strong” leaders can deliver. The 9/11 attacks happened with Saturn stretched opposite Pluto on the chart horizon, with the Patriot Act quickly passed thereafter. 

It wasn’t long after that that the Bush administration approved some truly abusive (Saturn-Pluto) interrogation practices against terrorism suspects and denied these suspects the legal protections we expect under democratic rule of law. Many have never been charged after years of detention and some of them are languishing in Guantanomo to this day. The balance between security and civil rights has never been quite right since that 9/11 era—what remains of this Saturn-Pluto cycle forces us to make hard choices about government authority and the exercise of power. 


Article I of the Constitution lays out the powers of Congress. 


In fact, these decisions are being made every day at our southern border: thousands of would-be legal asylum seekers now stranded there in detention camps can probably attest to this, especially those who have also been forcibly separated from their children. Hopefully, as this cycle completes, both these heinous situations—among so many others—will be resolved in some humane way. If we want immigration laws that are sane and humane, Congress needs to be in charge—it’s the only branch that is more immediately accountable and responsive to the People!

  



Unprecedented

As dramatic as the WWII years were, and as impactful as the 1980s cycles were (they delivered Trump into the White House, for starters), the launching of three major cycles within the same year is unprecedented, at least from 1650 on. So, to get a feel for how a lot of current social and political issues are likely to resolve and move on in 2020, we need to take these three currently balsamic cycles seriously. As noted, in this post we’ll continue exploring the Saturn-Pluto cycle, since it’s the first of the three balsamic cycles that will perfect in 2020. Later posts will tackle the remaining two 2020 cycles: the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in 4/4/2020, and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction on 12/21/2020). 

We’ll briefly consider each against the U.S. Sibly chart, to tease out some likely themes taking shape as each of these cycles ends and begins anew. There will be a lot to say about all three cycles in the coming year, but perhaps this first exploration can give us a “sneak preview.” Will we safely “land” the time-capsule of our system of institutional checks and balances? Or are we navigating a much more precarious turning point? 


Seems about right!
 

Saturn-Pluto & the Sibly chart

Obviously, this cycle bears great significance for a powerful nation seeking to maintain its status in the world—I doubt that Trump was thinking in astrological terms when he coined his “MAGA” motto, but it’s easy to see how his motto resonated with an insecure-feeling electorate. We’ve already discussed some manifestations of this cycle, but let’s refocus more specifically around how it’s interacting with the nation’s chart. The “constitutional crisis” we’re faced with is represented very clearly. 

To better understand the energy dynamics contained in the Saturn-Pluto Cycle chart (hereafter, just Cycle), I’ve provided that chart on its own first, and then the Biwheel. 






Chart #1: Saturn-0-Pluto 2020, January 12, 2020, 11:45:34 a.m. ST, Washington, D.C.. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. 
  
Eris (Aries) and Uranus (Taurus) rise at and conjoin ASC (Aries); Eris squares Sun-Ceres-Saturn-Pluto-Mercury (Capricorn). The angles of this chart certainly speak to our times: all aggressive, potentially volatile Cardinal, with significant angular placements. Jupiter (Capricorn) conjoins the MC and widely trines Uranus. These placements suggest a fairly intense, combative cycle, a point that is reinforced by chart-ruler Mars (Sagittarius) in the 8th, quincunx No. Node in the 3rd. More than one commentator have pointed out that finding some military “quest” to engage in before the 2020 election could be Trump’s “ace in the hole”—sitting presidents are almost never voted out during war time. Would he stop short of using any and all advantages within his reach? So far, his behavior suggests that he would not. 

Now that we've established this, let’s move on to the biwheel below.






Biwheel #1: (inner wheel) USA-Sibly chart, July 4, 1776, 5:10 p.m. LMT, Philadelphia, PA; (outer wheel) Saturn-0-Pluto 2020, January 12, 2020, 11:45:34 a.m. ST, Washington, D.C.. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node.  

Interchart Cardinal Grand Square: Cycle Sun-Ceres-Saturn-Pluto-Mercury widely conjoin Sibly Pluto (all Capricorn) and oppose Sibly Mercury (Cancer); this axis squares Sibly Saturn-Juno (Libra) opposite Sibly Chiron-Cycle Eris (Aries). At this point, Saturn-Pluto and an impressive entourage of other points are tightening their approach to Sibly Pluto—the topic for another analysis closer to 2022—but for now, the sense is that the nation’s systems for wielding power are under intense pressure, and this would pertain to economic systems, trade and communication systems (Saturn-Pluto ties into Sibly Pluto-opposite-Mercury), and yes, the institutional structures underlying the federal government itself. 

Can a democracy built on the “Rule of Law” (Saturn-Pluto) stand firm when those in charge of enforcing that Law and protecting our sovereign interests (such as the FBI, Homeland Security, etc.) are compromised by a defiant, bullying Executive branch? The pressure put on Sibly Saturn-Juno (Libra) is relevant here—Trump is clearly demanding more than he should from the Attorney General, whose responsibility atop the DOJ requires independence from the Executive branch. 

The AG and the DOJ he/she leads are charged with guaranteeing that no one is above the Law, but with Barr as AG, the position has become Trump’s “consort” (Juno). Indeed, Barr’s natal Neptune (Libra) conjoins Sibly Saturn and Trump’s natal Juno-Chiron-Jupiter (all Libra), suggesting that Barr’s approach to protecting the Law could be distorted by outside influences and perhaps questionable loyalties. Worst case scenario, if he is allowed to reinvent the DOJ to suit Trump, the Law (and legal institutions—Sibly Saturn) will suffer corruption (Neptune). 


Better "blind" Justice than "deluded" Justice.

For its part, Pluto leaves few choice, and mostly very difficult ones, with its relentless “death, rebirth, transformation” agenda. The near complete Pluto cycle we’re witnessing (transiting Pluto returning to its radix Sibly position) suggests that the “DNA” of our democratic system will endure only if what is most essential about it is protected and nurtured going forward. Checks and balances between three co-equal branches of government and the integrity of our voting systems are about as foundational as it gets. Whatever other ballast we may need to throw over in this “death and transformation” process, these essentials need to endure and to be strengthened. 

The Constitution has been a fairly resilient, living document to date, and it will hopefully remain so, but we should not take it for granted: Cycle Ceres conjoins Cycle Sun and Saturn-Pluto and ties into the Sibly points in this grand square, suggesting that the harsh energies of Saturn-Pluto could also nourish our structural systems if we play our cards right and refuse to succumb to Neptune’s distortions and erosion.   

Fifth house Sibly Chiron exactly opposes Sibly Juno—the role AG Barr has decided to play on behalf of Trump could inflict a deep wound to the nation’s sense of self (Aries), and it’s hard to say what the ripple effects of it all will be. Cycle Ceres is supported by the Sun’s protective conjunction, although the Sun radiates rather “tough love,” as part of this heavy Capricorn stellium. 

In fact, it appears that the Sun here is raising conscious awareness of our responsibility for nurturing (Ceres) and making the mechanics of government work in this nation. We saw an outpouring of new, young energy in the 2018 Midterm elections as the GenX and Millennial generations ran a great number of candidates and won in record numbers; it appears that this energy will be stimulated further for 2020, as it should.  Much more on Election 2020 in coming posts!

What role will the Mueller Report play in Election 2020?
To complicate matters further for the launch of this new Saturn-Pluto cycle, however, this Capricorn activity will be transpiring directly opposite Trump’s natal Saturn-Venus (Cancer, chart not shown), and we’re heading into a very high stakes election for him that will stimulate his worst defensive/offensive instincts. Judging from his behavior lately, he is not going to protect the Constitutional order unless it protects him first (his transactional Saturn-Venus in Cancer). As mentioned under Chart #1 above (the Cycle chart on its own), indications do exist that embarking on a war (of convenience?) could be Trump’s go-to strategic move for re-election.

This possibility is unfortunately reinforced in this biwheel, with the new Saturn-Pluto cycle launching in a tight quincunx to Sibly Mars (Gemini), which also happens to conjoin Trump’s natal Sun-Node-Uranus (Gemini) and oppose his natal Moon-So. Node (Sagittarius—chart not shown). Because of all this, it’s all the more important that Congress’s original power over declaring wars be restored and strengthened (more ahead on this).

Perhaps if we keep our eyes on the true prizes in the midst of all these challenges, we can avert the worst case scenarios that might loom ahead. IMHO, doing everything possible to secure Constitutional and election integrity will begin to rebalance our national power dynamics and restore the core principle that “no one is above the Law,” including Trump. That principle extends to his duty to respond to and honor lawful subpoenas issued by Congress—to him, personally, or to those under working in his administration. Historical precedents have weighed in on all these issues—see here for a thorough explanation of what constitutes “contempt of Congress,” the legal basis for making that charge, and the remedies for it. 

Bottom line here,  Trump’s continued contempt for Congress’s oversight role and subpoena power should not stand. 





Final thoughts

There’s so much more that could be said about the biwheel above, but one major takeaway from all of the above is that the integrity of our essential government systems is not a foregone conclusion, and we take our Constitution for granted at our peril. The last time Pluto was in the position it will be in when it conjoins Saturn in January, 2020 was in 1774, the year British Parliament passed the “Intolerable Acts” in retaliation for the American colonists’ Boston Tea Party protest. 

Needless to say, this was a series of events that quickly lit the fuse of the American Revolution. That bloody transition from being a disjointed collection of colonies to being a sovereign nation with a common Constitution is the stuff of history, but the transition we’re faced with today may be equally ground-breaking. The onset of the new 2020 cycles will provide both challenges and opportunities—all the more reason to protect the integrity of that election year! 

So while these are serious times, we have much to look forward to, as well—I’m especially optimistic that the coming Jupiter-Saturn cycle in Aquarius might help us put our focus squarely where it needs to be: on managing the robust technological transitions that are under way so they work for everyone, and on using those new technologies to mitigate or even solve climate change, so we can protect the Earth for generations into the future. This is an Aquarian imperative—to leave the corrupt quicksand overwhelming us in D.C. today behind, and to start solving the problems confronting the future!  

When our Constitutional checks and balances are working as intended, changes and adaptations can be made in a thoughtful, non-catastrophic way (look at all the Amendments that have been added over the years). When they’re not working, not only will nothing constructive get done, but the state of the nation will shift into a devolutionary mode. 

This would be a dangerous shift that, among other things, would make us vulnerable to manipulation by those who won’t hesitate to use our military might to keep themselves in power. We’ve discussed some hints of such machinations, and with the Cycle Mars/Jupiter (midpoint, Sagittarius) opposite Sibly Mars (Gemini), we need to remain vigilant and wary of “growth” schemes that rely on military force, hardware, or technologies.  Congress never says no when it comes to increasing Defense budgets, but here’s another area where Congressional oversight is critical. 

In fact, Congress has been trying to exercise oversight and to recover its original power over the nation’s decisions to go to war. Amazingly, our members of Congress have cooperated in stunning, bipartisan fashion to do this! From Wikipedia:

“In 2018, Senators Bernie Sanders (I–VT), Chris Murphy (DCT), and Mike Lee (RUT) sponsored a bill to invoke the War Powers Resolution and to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen,[30] which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties[30] and "millions more suffering from starvation and disease."[31]
Sanders first introduced the bill in the 115th Congress in February 2018,[32] but the Senate voted to table the motion in March 2018.[33] Interest grew in the bill after the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018, with the Senate also approving a resolution holding Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman responsible for Khashoggi's death.[34] The Senate voted 56-to-41 to invoke the War Powers Resolution in December 2018.[34] However, the House of Representatives did not vote on the resolution before the conclusion of the 115th Congress.[35]
The bill was introduced in the 116th Congress in January 2019[36] with Sanders announcing a vote to take place on March 13, 2019.[35] The bill was approved by the Senate in a 54-to-46 vote and was approved by the House of Representatives 247-175.[37][38]
The bill was vetoed by President Trump on April 16, 2019.”

It remains to be seen if Trump’s veto can be overruled, but let’s celebrate progress in Congress when we can!
 







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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