Sunday, February 13, 2022

Pluto returns to Sibly Pluto: cutting to the root & crunching the numbers

"All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain."--Richard Rohr, What the Mystics Know  

"The root is certainly a more decisive factor than what is growing above ground. After all, it is the root that looks after the survival of an organism....It is in the roots that centuries of experience are stored..."--Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees 



I've had a lot to say over the past few years about the impending return of Pluto to the U.S. Sibly chart's radix Pluto--first exact this coming February 20th, so it's been a challenge coming up with anything more to say as the day finally approaches. As reliably happens, however, Nature broadens our perception and offers the answers that elude us. Rather than cast our minds into the ether for insightful concepts on this occasion however, we need to cast our senses and gut instincts deep into the chthonic "soil" of Pluto's Underworld where, by amazing biochemical Plutonian alchemy, Death is perpetually transformed into Life, where winter's decay and corruption becomes spring's new shoots breaking through the warming surface.  

To my mind, it's far too easy to trivialize a significant Pluto passage with keywords like "Death, Sex and Taxes:" yes, this cosmic energy rules all those, but each of these realities can be thrown open like a Pandora's box; I begin to wonder, in fact, if we mere mortals are even capable of grasping the raw, primordial Power at work in Pluto's realm.  

Yet, we try because we sense the treasure Pluto guards so jealously, the existential treasure of Survival for which we sacrifice so much. We sense it for our personal and family lives, of course: how could we not, when simply going to work or shopping or to a restaurant has been fraught with invisible peril over the past couple years? Indeed, there's been so much to lose during the past few years, and far too many hearts in our midst are in pain. Surely, Neptune (a key player in the pandemic) has offered us—both individually and collectively--a spiritual challenge with all this pain, but making something “great” of it, as Richard Rohr suggests above, is elusive. It could also just fester and explode, like Langston Hughes’ “dream deferred.”   

In our communities these past two years, we've seen our heroic and beleaguered teachers and health care workers spend themselves (often thanklessly) on seemingly impossible tasks. Many health care workers have walked an especially difficult Plutonian path, treading a daily descent into suffering and death with patients, many times for no better reason than their patients can't find it within themselves to take government advice and get vaccinated. These nurses, doctors and medical team members have operated under unrelenting pressure, not least of which has been the threat of ever new Covid variants, beginning the cycle of disease transmission all over again. It's been a truly epic, Sisyphean struggle to roll the "boulder" of patient care up a steep hill towards improving outcomes, only to have the weight of vicious misinformation and obstinacy roll it back down over them again. Many have simply left the health care field for the sake of their own mental and spiritual wellbeing; can we blame them?  

Needless to say, in the course of these final months of Pluto's return to Sibly Pluto--made even more complex and confusing by Neptune's demi-return (opposition) to Sibly Neptune--we've also witnessed great stress and drama on our collective, national level. Remember, our nation was founded on July 4, 1776, the date reflected in its radix Sibly chart. As any chart does, the Sibly reflects a living Being, in this case one that was born that particularly hot summer day in Philadelphia.  

As all living organisms do, of course, the U.S. experiences a Plutonian life cycle of its own. Lately, I've come to think of it as an aging tree, in fact--one whose vitality has been hacked away at by various pernicious forces, and one that's seriously in danger of rotting out from the inside at the moment, but one that remains viable with many stories to tell and a deeply-rooted potential for renewal and growth. The key word here is "root." As Peter Wohlleben captures so well in his magnificent work, The Hidden Life of Trees 

"The root is certainly a more decisive factor than what is growing above ground. After all, it is the root that looks after the survival of an organism. It is the root that has withstood severe changes in climactic conditions. And it is the root that has regrown trunks time and time again. It is in the roots that centuries of experience are stored, and it is this experience that has allowed the tree's survival to the present day." (32) 

So, what "experience" holds we Americans together to this day? Is it our historical ideal of relentlessly pursuing a more perfect Union with "liberty and equality for all," as our founding documents so grandly proclaim? Or is it a vision of a "real America" that is hog-tied to the time-and-culture-bound reality that prevailed when the Founders wrote those grand words? That only some people need be recognized as free and equal? That the wealthy and White among us will always rule and reap the lion’s share of the nation’s resources? And that some individuals need not even be considered fully human at all? There are contradictory answers for everything about the American experience at the moment. 

It's not even clear, for instance, how we define the critical dimension of civil rights in this nation anymore. Are only some citizens deemed worthy of a voice in the laws and practices they will be governed under? If so, our democracy is already an illusion and those seeking to wash it away have already succeeded. Unfortunately, troubling signs suggest that while some things seem to have improved (a Black woman is being considered for the Supreme Court), some things have definitely not, such as voting rights -- witness the difficulty our Senate has had passing common-sense voting reform to ensure all citizens are given equal access to the vote, despite many state-level efforts to strip them of that access. The fact that two Southern Dems are the main obstacles is both horrifying and oddly predictable.  

Pres. Johnson signs the now-endangered VRA in 1965.

Truth is, there's a reason it took until 1965 to pass the original Voting Rights Act that guaranteed race and ethnicity could not be used to discriminate against a would-be voter at the polls, thus dismantling post-Reconstruction “Jim Crow” laws in the South, but the firmly-rooted impulse in our history of excluding all but White, propertied men from the full benefits of citizenship, including the vote, runs deep. It took until 1920 for White women to gain suffrage, and that was a torturous struggle in itself; Black women would (in all but a few progressive states) have to wait for the 1965 Voting Rights Act, even though they worked alongside White women to achieve suffrage in 1920. Fatal compromises were made by 1920 to accommodate Southern women who couldn't stomach their Black "servants" (I won't use the derrogatory term then in vogue) having the vote.    

And our Supreme Court, which is supposed to be the faithful interpreter of both the spirit and the substance of our Constitution wasn't much help until after the 1965 bill passed under Lyndon B. Johnson's leadership. And fast-forwarding, it took less than 50 years for it all to go sideways: in 2013 the Court overturned a key provision of the 1965 VRA, thus whittling away at the law, a process that recently continued this past February 8th in a subsequent ruling sanctioning the use of a racially-skewed electoral map, drawn up in Alabama. If the Supreme Court has the power to roll back something so fundamental to the ideals of democracy, what's next?

Bottom line, throughout the final years and months of the Sibly Pluto return (enabled mightily by a particularly potent Neptune), the "root" ideals our democracy depends upon for its survival have been attacked from several angles simultaneously, and curiously, the most dangerous of these attacks seem to come from within. Aside from all of the above issues, we see this in the precipitous rise of domestic terrorism incidents--mostly driven by a White supremacist agenda--including most notably, of course, the January 6th Capitol insurrection. We witnessed another attack at the onset of this Black History Month with a spate of bomb threats against HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Whoever called in those threats might as well have burned KKK crosses on the front lawns of those institutions; in fact, one threat was made against a school where V.P. Kamala Harris’s husband Doug Emhoff was due to speak. 

Charlottesville rally Trump defended in 2017.
Thinking about the difficult Pluto and Neptune transits of our time, it doesn't take much to see why such a mix of generally anti-government sentiment and White supremacist zeal converged on the Capitol on January 6th. Indeed, to read Kathleen Belew’s startlingly detailed 2018 account, entitled Bring the War Home: the White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, that zeal has been simmering in wait for decades, particularly among disaffected and battle-savvy military vets and those they influence. So yes, another deep, metastasized karmic wound, one that seems to have fueled a great deal of the turmoil we’ve experienced about immigration issues and so on. It’s all a very complex story for another day; suffice to say here that I suspect Biden knew he would be making enemies by openly supporting key African-American priorities in his campaign and since; I give him credit for having the backbone to stand by his vision of an all-inclusive democracy, and for challenging the rest of us to heal this malignant cancer in our Body Politic.  

Bottom line, our collective Pluto return has been instrumental in all this internal dis-ease, but Neptune's simultaneous opposition to our Sibly Neptune is also holding sway here, promoting an almost oceanic level of denialism and delusionary thinking regarding all things pertaining to race, gender and sexuality in our public discourse. Some states are attempting to impose an almost Christian fundamentalist framework around their laws in the name of “parents’ rights”--to the extreme of demanding that books (even award-winning ones) dealing in any way with racial or gender identity be banned from school curricula and libraries. It’s all a Neptune-Pluto brew that at times resembles collective madness. We’ve seen throughout history where such madness tends to lead: do we really want to go there?  

Trying to turn back such viral, fear-based and panicky social phenomena, however, can be like building a short dam for a towering tsunami, but there is refuge in Neptune’s “higher ground” of compassionate love. The truth is, we can’t always understand what people are going through when they succumb to hating and scapegoating the Others in their midst, but we can understand that these trends represent a Soul sickness in our collective at the moment, and they won’t get better by even further divisiveness and hatred. A second Civil War will solve nothing, although according to Belew (reference above), there are those deeply committed to and working towards that idea. IMHO, we need time to center ourselves as a collective and heal. Unfortunately, this will require more than appointing a Black woman to the Supreme Court; it also requires changing hearts and minds, and that challenge cuts to our Plutonian root.  



Crunching the numbers 

Importantly, because of the to-and-fro retrograde "dance" of Pluto over the coming year, the Sibly Pluto return will feature three exact hits: 2/20/2022 (Pluto direct), July 12/2022 (Pluto Rx), and 12/28/2022 (Pluto direct), so we will definitely continue to feel the impact of its return throughout this year. Then there is the longer-term reality to consider: even if we apply a relatively tight 5-degree orb, this transit has been within orb since March 5, 2019 and it will remain so (with some retrograde back and forth) through December 26, 2025.   

So, it’s a long, drawn-out process, but it's not enough to just know when it begins and ends and when the exact hits happen. We need to have some way to examine the greater planetary context of this long passage, to take the nation's "pulse" and consider how its "mood" is likely to evolve over the course of this lengthy period. Economists use "consumer confidence" measures to statistically capture similar information, but astrology offers tools that (IMHO) lend deeper insight. For this kind of analysis, I find the cyclical index tool is a great place to start.  

A description of this index technique/tool can be found in Baigent, Campion and Carter's classic text, Mundane Astrology: An Introduction to the Astrology of Nations and Groupsi, and I suspect it was used by mundane astrologers well before them to better understand social and geopolitical trends and developments, especially when passages that evolve over longer periods of time are involved. Here's how it works, in a nutshell: The 10 outer planetary cycles represented in any given chart (Jupiter-Saturn through Neptune-Pluto and eight cycles in between) are determined to be either waxing (0-180 deg) or waning (180.01-360 deg). The numbers (positive for waxing; negative for waning) are tallied and balanced against each other, rendering either a positive (a preponderance of waxing cycles) or a negative (a preponderance of waning cycles) index number for that chart. The challenge is then to interpret their significance. 

Again, only a quick summary: a preponderance of waning cycles (reflected in a high negative index number) tends to point to a more stagnant, perhaps even negative, unproductive or precarious-feeling trend and tone at work. Waning cycles tend to feel "heavier" than waxing ones; normal, everyday processes, social agendas and institutions tend to slow down and run into obstacles because outworn realities are being let go of and/or purged, clearing the way for fresh new realities to come in under more positive, forward-moving (waxing) cycle numbers to come. The specific cycles that are waning make a difference and should be taken into consideration.   

It also seems to run true that a great deal of energy is expended in societies during waning cycles, especially during their final quarters and when there are several of them at the same time. The public can feel quite exhausted and the nation’s institutions can be undermined. We experienced precisely this situation during the Trump administration (the index numbers during those years were deeply negative) and the beginnings of the Covid pandemic, and as we'll see when we examine the February 20, 2022 Sibly Pluto return chart below, we haven't yet reached positive territory. But that time is coming.  

Happily, the transition from prominent waning numbers to waxing ones (this happens when older cycles complete and the planets involved in each one conjoin for new cycles) can feel like spring has sprung--newer cycles begin gaining steam, and the society in question settles into these new directions. Again, the particular cycles in question influence the outcomes and the mood, and depending upon what's going on in the halls of power, waxing energies can manifest in ways we might or might not like either. It helps to keep up on the news.  

There's a LOT more to say about all this, of course, and I plan to dig much more deeply into the meaning and use of this index tool in the near future, but suffice to say here, the numbers we'll compile quickly from the five charts pertinent to the Sibly Pluto return (first within orb on March 5, 2019, exact hits on February 20, 2022, July 12, 2022 and December 28, 2022, and last within orb on December 26, 2025), will provide some insight into the evolving tone of this significant transit. The complexity of all this certainly befits the complexity of our times, but it makes in-depth reviews of each chart impossible here. Not to worry, that's the beauty of the cyclical index: it tells us a lot in shorthand, numerical form.  



From March 5, 2019-December 26, 2025: the cyclical index numbers

 So, let’s consider the following trajectory of numbers between the two dates cited here, using the dates detailed above as our framework: 

March 5, 2019 (Pluto first within 5-deg. orb of Sibly Pluto) - 1893.48 

February 2, 2022 (1st exact Pluto return hit) -   955.00 

July 12, 2022 (2nd hit) -   550.19 

December 28, 2022 (3rd hit) -   572.32 

December 26, 2025 (Pluto leaves 5-deg. orb of Sibly Pluto) +    81.26

As you can see, this Pluto return process began with deeply negative index numbers in 2019 and gradually moved in the less negative direction of –955.00: a process akin to digging ourselves out of a deep hole, while still remaining in the hole. By the time Pluto leaves that 5-degree orb to Sibly Pluto at the end of 2025 (by then having crossed into Aquarius), we’ll actually get to enjoy the beginnings of more positive index totals (81.26). This alone is encouraging—we will have managed to hop out of the hole and to begin shoveling the spare dirt back into it. Even so, the digging out process will be dotted with several major cycle milestones and planetary ingresses, and these will certainly impact how the remainder of this Pluto return passage manifests. Here’s a quick summary of coming attractions: 

April 12, 2022 Jupiter conjoins Neptune (23+ deg. Pisces) 

March 8-23, 2023 Saturn ingresses Pisces; Pluto ingresses Aquarius 

April 20, 2024 Chiron returns to Sibly Chiron (20+ deg. Aries); Jupiter conjoins Uranus (21+ deg. Taurus) 

March 30, 2025 Neptune ingresses Aries 

February 20, 2026 Saturn conjoins Neptune (0+ deg. Aries) 

June 28, 2032 Saturn conjoins Uranus (28+ deg. Gemini) 

We’ll most likely be looking at each of these future developments as we draw closer to their time frames; some, like the quickly approaching new Jupiter-Neptune cycle in Pisces, I've already discussed in prior posts, but other topics will unfold as they become closer and more relevant.  

For now, just a couple observations about the list above: clearly, every milestone will bring something important to the larger picture through what’s left of this Pluto return process we’ve been tracking. The current Jupiter-Uranus cycle will end in 2024 and launch anew at 21+ degrees Taurus, but as you might imagine, the two cycles that remain in waning 3Q, Saturn-Uranus and Saturn-Neptune, will probably continue gumming up the works.  

This is happening literally with the trucking convoy protests (now ongoing for weeks) now obstructing trade and traffic at the Ambassador Bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, as well as other U.S.-Canada border crossings. They’re also snarling traffic and basically occupying Canada’s capitol city of Ottawa, which has declared a state of emergency. Automotive plants have had to close for lack of parts not getting over the borders, with real knock-on damage being done to local economies. “Obstruction = power” is a Saturn-Uranus idea if ever there was one, and since blocking waterway crossings is covered by the Saturn-Neptune cycle, we can see it at work here, as well.  

Truckers and other protestors snarl traffic at Detroit-Windsor bridge.
Because the Saturn-Uranus and Saturn-Neptune 3Q phases are so lengthy, we can probably expect to see more of these kinds of tactics in the coming months, unless the U.S. and Canadian governments come up with workable solutions. Canadian courts have already declared the protests to be illegal; we’ll see how things develop from here. Legal remedies like this certainly fit the Saturn-Uranus dynamics we see in play. Truck drivers who want to do their jobs and to get home to their families instead of sitting in hours-long queues with their engines idling are not amused, of course (and 90% of Canadian truck drivers are already vaccinated, reportedly). 

Unfortunately, the protest has attracted extremists from this side of the border as well, and it’s not even clear what the overall “cause” is anymore, except to snarl traffic. Some have said they aim to bring down the Trudeau government: IMHO, that would be tantamount to Biden turning the U.S. Capitol over to the January 6th insurrectionists chanting “Hang Mike Pence.” The Sibly Pluto return is probably enabling these attacks and unrest as it shimmies into its first exact hit, but we might want to keep an eye on next week’s Full Moon in late Aquarius-Leo (February 16th) for possible trigger-events.  

As suggested in the bold-faced list above, we will start to experience some relief from waning Saturn-Neptune in early 2026, which is already after the Sibly Pluto return can be considered “over,” but Saturn-Uranus will remain in 3Q into mid-2032. So, it won’t surprise me if many of the remaining problems encountered between now and the official end of the Pluto return are heavily influenced by both Saturn-Neptune and Saturn-Uranus dynamics, factoring in Pluto’s continued pressure on nations and their security issues. Putin’s aggressive stance these days seems to be designed to make the world safe for authoritarian imperialists—as we’ll see, there’s plenty for the Saturn-Uranus and Saturn-Neptune cycles to chew on in his actions and in the peril he appears to be planning for Ukraine.  

It's likely, in fact, that Putin’s focused on leveraging the weaknesses he perceives in the NATO alliance and in U.S. leadership of that alliance to his advantage at this time. See the link below, under Triwheel #1 for an incisive analysis by Ruth Ben-Ghiat of all this. Whether Putin’s perceptions are accurate remains to be seen, of course; the only good solution here is a diplomatic one. Meanwhile, his grievances with the U.S. and NATO are threatening true devastation to Ukraine, now surrounded by Russian forces and caught up in Putin’s “damned if they do, damned if they don’t” vise.  

It’s no accident that all of this is transpiring during this tense period of our Sibly Pluto return, of course, and it’s quite possible that NATO will feel the impact of our Pluto return because America’s superpower status and somewhat diminished world leadership position at the moment is clearly related to that return process as well. With that in mind, let’s consider a triwheel that sets the U.S. Sibly chart next to a noon chart for NATO’s 1949 founding and the chart for our first exact Pluto return hit on February 20th.   


Triwheel #1. (inner wheel) USA-Sibly chart, July 4, 1776, 5:10 p.m. LMT, Philadelphia, PA; (middle wheel) NATO, April 4, 1949, 12:00 p.m. (no exact time known) ST, Brussels, Belgium. Source: Wikipedia; (outer wheel) Sibly Pluto Return, February 20, 2022, 11:49:46 a.m. ST, Washington, DC. Tropical Equal Houses, True Node. All charts cast on Kepler 8.0 and courtesy of Cosmic Patterns Software.  

Not surprisingly, NATO’s radix chart (middle) interacts in interesting ways with both the Sibly chart and the Sibly Pluto return charts (inner and outer). NATO Jupiter (Capricorn) conjoins Sibly and Return Pluto (Capricorn) and NATO Uranus (Gemini) conjoins Sibly Mars (Gemini)--especially unsurprising since the U.S. is a key player in the NATO military alliance.  

There’s a fairly amazing NATO-Sibly Yod, formed by NATO Saturn (Leo) sextile NATO Uranus (Gemini) and both inconjunct Sibly Pluto. So, the fact that NATO is undergoing an existential threat at the moment makes perfect sense—that radix Yod is being stimulated big time by Return Pluto. It’s no secret that Trump, perhaps in curious deference to Putin’s goals, was intent on weakening U.S. ties with NATO during his time in office. In fact, he expressed his desire to pull the U.S. from NATO, forcing our allies to make contingence plans should that happen. He constantly complained about the expense of maintaining the alliance, forcing European member nations to increase their outlays. U.S. treaty obligations to our oldest and most reliable allies were a very low priority, to hear him talk.  All of this was happening as Pluto was transiting ever closer to Sibly Pluto over the past few years, so is it any wonder the situation is reaching some kind of climax?  

Theories abound about what Putin is really up to with Ukraine.
Return Neptune (Pisces) squares NATO Uranus-Sibly Mars (Gemini) and inconjoins NATO Saturn/Pluto (midpoint, Leo). This complex of difficult aspects reflects how a combination of forces have worked to confuse and distort the critical nature of the NATO alliance and perhaps even to subvert it. Foreign policy experts I follow seem pretty united in saying that what’s at stake here is nothing less than the post-WWII world order. Perhaps its mission statement says it best: 

“Security in our daily lives is key to our well-being. NATO’s purpose is to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means. 

POLITICAL - NATO promotes democratic values and enables members to consult and cooperate on defence and security-related issues to solve problems, build trust and, in the long run, prevent conflict. 

MILITARY - NATO is committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes. If diplomatic efforts fail, it has the military power to undertake crisis-management operations. These are carried out under the collective defence clause of NATO's founding treaty - Article 5 of the Washington Treaty or under a United Nations mandate, alone or in cooperation with other countries and international organisations.” 

Those who forget or refuse to allow their children to learn about the horrors of WWII (see book bans discussed earlier) may not appreciate the value of this alliance, but we should know that to weaken NATO could make us all much more vulnerable, and it could make democracy an endangered way of life.  

Which brings us back to the Russia-Ukraine situation, which appears to have reached crisis level. To understand what’s going on there we have to understand what Putin’s beef is with NATO—most analysts agree that he’s more concerned with breaking down NATO than he is with acquiring Ukraine, but he must think Ukraine’s a useful tool for that purpose. That’s a pretty disgusting idea, if you think about it. Some insightful thoughts from Ruth Ben-Ghiat, MSNBC Opinion Columnist, 

“Many years of Kremlin propaganda about Russia being victimized by the West have prepared Russians and their allies for this moment. Putin has consistently depicted himself as a defender of traditional Russian values and a bulwark against the infiltration of liberal values (such as secularization, tolerance for same-sex marriage, political pluralism) that could lead the country to ruin. 

Moreover, the logic of autocracies dictates that the more imperialist the country becomes, the more it must seem to be a victim of others, whether "globalists," NATO, the EU or Biden's America. "The dominant mindset is that of a fortress under siege," Masha Lipman observed in the 2016 anthology “Putin’s Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain," edited by Stephen K. Wegren, for which Lipman contributed a chapter.” 

So, Putin has clearly been preparing for this moment—the best we know (based on unverified birth info), NATO Neptune (Libra) conjoins his natal Sun (chart not shownii, Libra), NATO Mars (Aries) opposes his natal Sun (Libra) and this axis t-squares his natal Uranus (Cancer). Amazingly, all of it ties into Sibly Sun (Cancer) and Saturn (Libra); make of this what you will!  


Final thoughts 

We’ve touched upon the way this Pluto return and its accompanying Neptune-Sibly Neptune opposition have dredged up the sludge weighing down our national Soul and subjected us to perils from both without and within; in that regard, it’s also worth noting that transiting Chiron returns to its Sibly Chiron position in April, 2024. I’ve studied at some length over the years how this Chiron cycle seems to play out in U.S. affairs, and it’s almost always related to our painful heritage of racial issues. This is a detailed story for another day, but I suspect that this Chiron passage will interface with what’s left of the Pluto return process in potentially tumultuous ways. Will we see a spike in crimes against minorities? (likely; it’s already happening). Perhaps even something more widespread and organized? (perhaps; the KKK and a host of extremist groups, including the Nazi party have been making alarming strides in this country lately).  

It all remains to be seen, but IMHO, we need to get much more serious about turning back the White supremacist agenda that Trump and several of his cronies have emboldened; if we don’t, some extremely tough times could follow. Racial enmity (even submerged beneath passive aggressive excuses like “parental rights”) is poisonous and soul-killing to all of us, period.  

Meanwhile, we have to hope that a lighter agenda will prevail in our Body Politic over what remains of this Sibly Pluto return process, and that this agenda will stop weighing so heavily against much-needed progress, especially in human rights and in critical climate change mitigation action. There are jobs galore out there; the economy remains pretty decent—maybe we should just try enjoying the good things that are happening and start focusing more on securing the future for generations to come?  

Yes, we’re holding our collective breath at the moment, wondering if Russia will invade Ukraine and if that will throw us back into the hellish sluggishness of constant conflict, but I hesitate to say that American democracy is “doomed” in the short term because a lot will depend upon how life under an Aquarius Pluto unfolds after March, 2023. This, of course, only amplifies the importance of the 2022 and 2024 elections—a story for another day.   

Personally, I think we will emerge from the existential crisis Pluto (and Neptune, to a lesser degree) have laid at our doorstep --but if you’ve been following the progress of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol, you’ll know that incredible evidence and revelations have surfaced that point not only to a carefully-orchestrated attempt to overturn our legitimate 2020 election to suit Donald Trump’s ambitions, but they’ve also uncovered the existence of a pervasive culture of corruption and frankly, illegal practices in place in Trump’s White House.  

Thankfully, Trump's aides did what they could to salvage the many official documents their boss ripped up or otherwise attempted to dispose of illegally (presidential documents are the property of the United States, not the individual president). Just when it sounds like things couldn’t get worse, however, we realize that: 1) the facts are surfacing, thus not allowing these corrupt practices to go unnoticed, fester and create even deeper corruption; 2) a serious legal case may be building against any future political runs by Donald Trump, even though he remains unfathomably insulated against most criticism on the Right. Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell both made comments recently, however, that proved they are willing to step outside of that protective partisan bubble. Both comments contradicted Trump’s “Big Lie” about the 2020 election, too, so that definitely feels like progress, even if both men made those comments for their own perceived political benefit (when is that not the case?). 

Can all the revelations and evidence of corruption in the world actually solve our internal divisions and contradictions at the moment, however? Not hardly. But I suspect nothing will ever improve until we start looking forward instead of backward, and that should become more possible as the cyclical index numbers become more positive.  

Be safe and well, my friends -- Love and Light! 

As I sit in front of the bonfire
Looking at the trees all around
This is where I want to be
This is where we are free

No hatred, no war
Just pure joy
This I know for sure
This is where we are free...



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, U.S. history, culture and media, the astrology of generations, and public concerns such as education and health. She’s published articles on these topics in several key astrology journals over the years, including most recently, the TMA blog. For information about individual chart readings, contact: 

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