Parkland High School

The Rebirth of the Soul of America or the New Sparta?

I stated earlier this year that I was going to examine and write some things about what I see happening, Astrologically and otherwise, for the United States at this time. I tend to wait, however, until some dramatic current event drives me to want to look closely at the Astrologcial ‘weather’ and to share those insights with you.

Well, the recent Parkland High School shooting and the responses to it, especially the student inspired #neveragain movement, has been one of those times.

I knew that all this year the planet Neptune was squaring the self-image of the United States, that is its Rising Sign or Ascendant in Sagittarius. I’ve spoken and written about this self-image of ourselves at critical points in the past, most especially noting that Pluto, the planet of complete transformation of which you have no choice, was less than one degree from that Ascendant on September 11, 2001, for the first time since our birth in 1776.

The sign Sagittarius on the Ascendant gives a love of adventure and travel, and a youthful enthusiasm, but also, according to Hilarion*:

This sign rising will tend to make the individual see himself as upright, honest and morally strong, whether true or not.

I am reminded of something the noted Astrologer Steven Forrest once said describing Sagittarius, something to the effect of: “Not always right but never in doubt.”

Saturn was conjuncting our Sagittarian Ascendant during the election year of 2016, hardening people into their own Sagittarian ideological camps. Neptune was also already in tension with that Ascendant at the same time in 2016, which may be attributed to the confusion and the sense of ‘victimhood’ often cited for the motivations of a large number of Trump supporters. There was a lot of Neptunian victim/test of faith on the left as well of course.

Saturn is still working on our self-image as he takes two years to go through our 1st House of self-image. It is really Neptune, however, moving through our 3rd House of thinking and communication, which has been making peaks of tension with our, at times, self-righteous and self-deluded Sagittarian self-image this year. The effects of this are obvious in a President who according to the Washington Post: ‘President Trump has made 1,628 false or misleading claims over 298 days.’

And obviously we, on the other side, are experiencing the confused victimhood of having to be vulnerable to such a force at the head of our government and in the branches of government controlled by his party.

With the President’s popularity dipping in the polls, however, we can see that even many of his previous supporters are having a Neptunian ‘test of faith’ and a wavering in their self-assured faith in the rightness and righteousness of their Sagittarian beliefs.

Now, on a more hopeful note, Neptune has also been trining harmoniously with our Sun in Cancer. With this there is a glimmer of faith that these new communications (3rd House) coming from the Neptunian ‘victims’ of Parkland students can actually restore a connection and a faith in who we really are and are meant to be as a nation, represented by our Sun in the caring, nurturing protective sign Cancer.

This is part of a very long-term process. During the whole second half of this year Saturn will be opposing all of the U.S. planets in Cancer, and triggering our Sun/Saturn Square in the process. The Sun/Saturn Square relates to the incredible polar tension in this nation, a polarizing tension which at one time brought us to a Civil War. To put it mildly, the Mid-term elections are likely to get pretty nasty.

Now the Parkland High School Shooting took place the day before the Solar Eclipse. The Eclipse was in Aquarius, conjunct to the Moon in Aquarius in the Astrological Birthchart of the United States. The ‘Great American Eclipse’ of last summer was opposite to that Moon in Aquarius, making this a ‘bookend’ event, of a focus upon our need to really come together as one human Aquarian family. Something we have done in the past but are sorely lacking now. The Parkland shooting and the reactions to it reveal this difficulty and confront us with the need to allow something to die and be reborn, the symbolic request of an Eclipse.

The chart for the Parkland Shooting event has Neptune in the Sagittarian 9th House of moral courage and belief system.

On the day of the shooting it was squaring Mars in Sagittarius, becoming exact three days later. That same Mars was exactly conjunct to the U.S. Sagittarian Ascendant two days after the shooting.

This, I believe, is the birth of a new movement, coming out of a sense of victimhood, inspiring a call to action fueled by Sagittarian honesty and moral courageous outrage.

For those of you who remember, or are aware of, the deaths of four students during the Anti-Vietnam War protests at Kent State University in Ohio in 1970, I would say that, for this younger generation, the Parkland High School is their Kent State Moment.

Kent State was when large numbers of young people who may have previously been on the fence about how actively engaged to be about what was going on in the political reality of the nation knew they had to get off of the fence.

Hearing the Parkland student Cameron Kasky calling out Marco Rubio for his acceptance of NRA contributions definitely reminded me of the political fervor of 1970. Rubio’s rebuttal also reminded me of the intractable forces we were facing in 1970 as well. We had Richard Nixon as our President at that time.

The students at the Parkland High School were born around the time of the Columbine High School mass Shooting in Colorado and have grown up with mass shootings with assault weapons and school drills to prepare for such events. I somehow feel a parallel with my generation growing up with the fear of being shipped off to Vietnam.

Of course then, as now, there were regressive right wing forces bitterly opposed to what we were fighting for. We wanted to end the War and others wanted to ‘Nuke Hanoi.’

It is to be noted as well that many of the young students affected by this new student movement emerging from Parkland High School are not yet old enough to vote, as was the case with many students and soldiers sent to fight in Vietnam.

When I heard Donald Trump’s proposal to have concealed weapons carried by teachers I came up with the metaphor of the US moving into being reborn as ‘The New Sparta.” Sparta the city-state in ancient Greece described in this way:

Sparta was unique in ancient Greece for its social system and constitution, which configured their entire society to maximize military proficiency at all costs, and completely focused on military training and excellence.

It seems that the next logical move in the militarization of our schools in the new United States of Sparta following Trump’s proposal being enacted, would be, for those who feel the need to make their own violent statement to the social environment of their respective school communities, to progress to bomb-making capabilities.

I am, however, also aware of one very significant thing going on behind the scenes. It is the fact that the Progressed Sun of the United States, the Progressed Sun indicating the movement of consciousness identity through the chart, has been moving through the sign of Pisces since 2004, and has been moving into harmony with our more emotionally sensitive and caring planets in Cancer.

Now it is also true that our Progressed Sun has also been squaring our Sagittarian self-image, along with Neptune, as Neptune in the sky is also conjuncting our Progressed Sun. Again, this is all easy to recognize in the confusion, fear and lack of faith challenging everyone, on both sides of the political divide at this time.

I just now checked to see when the U.S. Progressed Sun would reach an exact trine of harmony with our Sun in Cancer. Our Sun is at 13 degrees 22 minutes of Cancer. What I saw just now gave me a chill. The exact trine is happening right now. Our Progressed Sun reached 13 degrees 22 minutes on February 23rd. It will be on that exact minute until March 1st.

The noted Astrologer Liz Greene once said that the Progressed planets indicate the movement in consciousness taking place deep within, and the outer ‘transits’ indicate the means by which that movement is taking place.

So I would say take heart my friends. On the deeper level we are returning to a conscious relationship to our caring, devoted Cancerian Soul. The challenging victim/victimizer transits to our Sagittarian self-image is for the death of that false sense of ourselves so we can reconnect to our essence of who we really are and were meant to be.

It also seems clear to me that Trump and his cohorts are an eruption from the American psyche of our Shadow, the darker elements we prefer not to see or recognize. But these shadow elements need to be seen and recognized, understood, stood up to, but ultimately loved, healed and re-integrated.

It is hard in these confusing, vulnerable times, but I am trying and I encourage you as well to, in whatever way you can, try to Keep the Faith!

Of course all we can do in any given moment is to do our best and let the Great Spirit do the rest.

Steffan Vanel

PS: To aid in the endeavor of keeping faith here is what the Ascended Master Hilarion said about America in the book ‘Nations’:

AMERICA has lost her generosity.

Once, when the world was groaning in the aftermath of a great and terrible war, she stood forth with her riches in her hand, offering them freely to those who had been broken by the strife. She did not refuse to give of herself, of her wealth, of her energy and of her love. What Europe has become today is largely a result of the generosity of the American spirit and the ideals of brotherhood which this country has held so high.

But today America has drawn back and has closed the door to other nations. She has sealed herself behind a wall and refuses to offer help to those less fortunate than herself.

This great country must have its rebirth along with all the rest. In many ways she is the greatest nation the earth has ever known. But she is flawed today by a blindness which has crept into her perception of the world. In the terrible years ahead, although she herself will be preserved almost to the end from the full onslaught, she will see with increasing alarm the destruction and the loss which the baser passions of man will bring.

At last, in an agony of the soul, America will again stand forth with her love, to rescue and nurture the peoples of the world whose nations have collapsed and disintegrated in the terrors that man has brought upon himself. By that act she will again and for all time-be purified. In the new age that will dawn for mankind, America will lead the world as a great and burning beacon of truth, of justice, of peace and of purity.

Astrology of 2018

Note: Watch for a special announcement soon in regard to private consultations with me later this month.

Dear Friends, Clients, and Subscribers,

I have been working on this article for some weeks now. Obviously we have already entered into 2018 with a flurry of new Donald Trump media-grabbing news. The excerpts from the book: ‘Fire and Fury,’ do seem to confirm many of the observations I made in my lectures now posted on YouTube about him and his Astrological make-up.

What I can note here is that there was a Mars/Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio operative during the weekend that those secret revelations hit the news. Scorpio is secret, hidden emotions, Mars is will and aggressivity, and Jupiter is enthusiastic expansion of your belief system.

It was moving into a square to the Mars in Leo/Leo Ascendant of President Donald Trump. The Leo Ascendant being the pride and arrogance tendencies afforded to someone to compensate for insecurity in previous lives. The Mars in Leo conjuncting that Ascendant is his mode of response whenever that hidden insecurity is attacked, basically to ‘hit ‘em back ten times harder.’

The approaching Jupiter Square to that Leo Ascendant will be exact on November 8th. The Midterm elections are on November 6th. hmm….

I will be following this article with additional newsletters about the impending effects of all of this upon the U.S. Astrological chart and the Astrological chart of Donald Trump in the year ahead.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy what I have written here, which has a bit more of a global perspective of what is happening in 2018.

2018 – An Astrological View

There are some major Astrological shifts occurring this year which will definitely change the flavor of the times we are evolving through. These major shifts, however, feel like a ‘prelude’ or a ‘setting the stage’ for the major alignment of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn in 2020.

Astrologers have already started to predict that in the future they we will look back and refer to Earth history in terms of before and after 2020. Suffice it to say, there is likely to be a major transformation of the basic structures of global society at that time.

For example, the last time there was a major line-up in Capricorn similar to this was in 1989 at the time of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and subsequently the Soviet Bloc and the end of the Cold War.

How we prepare ourselves and our societies in the two years leading to 2020 will determine how well prepared we will be for the transformations of 2020. Basically it will determine to what degree we can enter into that period gracefully and to what degree we will have to enter into it ‘kicking and screaming.’

I will, no doubt, be talking about the specifics of 2020 in future articles. To give it a brief description, it feels like the death of the old Patriarchal order of things as we enter the Aquarian Age, Aquarius being the sign following Capricorn into which Pluto will enter in 2024 for the first time in 247 years.

In looking at 2018 we can see that one of the significant trends shifting in 2018 actually took place on December 19, 2017, the day the Republicans signed their tax bill in the Senate. On that very day Saturn moved into Capricorn where it will remain, except for a few months of retrograde, until December of 2020.

Pluto has already entered Capricorn, back in 2008, providing the deep unconscious awareness that the way in which we live materially (financial and otherwise) must go through a major death/rebirth. This has already been spreading through the unconscious psyche of the entire planet, especially as a result of the financial crisis of 2008, but also from the threats of Global Warming, the greater and greater extremes of wealth inequality etc.

Saturn, however, is the planet that binds energy into form. It makes things ‘real.’ When Saturn conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn in 2020 the deep Plutonian unconscious awareness of needed/impending transformations will somehow become ‘real.’

Now, watching what happens when a planet first enters a new sign often provides us with a symbolic omen of the impending journey of that planet though that particular sign

For example, on the day that Uranus entered Aries (beginning a 7 year period) was the day that the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor accident in Japan took place. Aries is a fire sign and has lots of energy. Controlling it can be a challenge. Uranus is the surprise, out of the blue, uncontrollable lightning bolt of change.

The early part of this decade has been largely influenced by seven squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. Those of you who have been reading my newsletters for some time may be tired of hearing about it. Suffice it to say it is relatable to all of the surprise (Uranus) transformations or efforts of transformation (Pluto) of old structures, hence the ‘Arab Spring,’ ‘Brexit,’ and the host of the TV show ‘The Apprentice’ now being President of the United States of America.

The fact that the Republicans passed their tax bill on the day of Saturn’s entry into Capricorn does seem to bear the quality of an omen, whether you believe that it will stimulate the economy and create jobs, or it simply will benefit the wealthy and balloon the National Debt, I think it is serving as a potent image for what we will be facing in 2020, a serious restructuring in a ‘real’ way of economic structures.

The collective response to that Republican bill in the two years ahead will have a lot to do in determining the ultimate fate in 2020. Obviously, 2020 will be a hell of a year for a Presidential election.

Capricorn, however, is ambitious and self-reliant and responsible and can be used in a powerful determined way in the service of compassion as well as greed, by the political Left as well as the Right.

Saturn rules Capricorn and it is actually about the only largely good place to have Saturn. When I get to interpreting Saturn in someone’s chart I usually preface it by saying ‘Unfortunately everyone has Saturn somewhere.’

Here is what Hilarion* says about Saturn in Capricorn:

In Capricorn, Saturn is in its own sign, and is therefore very strongly placed. In general, all of the positive Saturnian traits will tend to be present, and some of the negative ones depending upon the degree of affliction. The positive traits are those of seriousness, stability, caution, an instinct to seek safe positions, ambition and a strong ability to do well in the world’s terms, i.e. worldly Success. The negative traits are emotional coldness, an over-emphasis on worldly success, hyper-punctuality. The matter of aspects must be carefully judged as the absence of negative aspects will mean that none of the Saturn-in-Capricorn lessons are slated for the life being lived.

Personally I plan to use this Saturn energy to finish at least one of my not yet completed books as well as to ‘concretize’ (A good Saturnian term) some of my other visions and ventures.

But this is what Hilarion says about Saturn/Pluto aspects in general in a natal chart:

Saturn aspects to Pluto are not well understood by present-day astrologers, as these contacts are essentially in the unconscious sphere and only periodically surface into the conscious ego or into the surrounding life-pattern. The meaning of a Saturn/Pluto contact is that of an extremely far-reaching change being required in the individual in this life. It is a change that affects the unconscious sphere deeply. In some manner an attitude, outlook, way of thinking or approach to some area of the life experience must undergo a radical alteration, one which in almost every case will be forced upon the individual by events or circumstances beyond his control. The signs and houses holding the two planets will give an idea of the change that is required. Pluto will usually point to the general area, while Saturn will describe the means by which the change must come.

The last time Pluto was in hard aspect to Saturn was at the time of 9/11, another time where we could talk about history before and after that date.

So this is what we have happening as we approach 2020. One way or another it should give us some 20/20 vision.

There is another approaching Astrological ‘weather pattern’ this year which is also likely to bear upon the financial/political/security themes of our lives. That is the entry of Uranus into Taurus in May of this year, where it will remain, with a brief period of retrograde, for about 7 years. Taurus is also, along with Capricorn, an Earth sign. Taurus is the sign for which the question really is: ‘Are you going to choose the Love or the Money?’

Hilarion says that someone who is born with the Sun in Taurus is someone who has developed a quality of Love at a very high level in previous lives (they are ruled by Venus). Their challenge in this life is to be able to give that love unconditionally. If they have difficulty giving that love it may instead turn back towards themselves, focusing on their senses, or an over-valuing of money, possessions and material security.

So, what results will come from Uranus being in Taurus? Well if we look back in history as to what happened when Uranus was in Taurus before we can see that it was there from 1850 to 1859. This was the beginning of a new phase of the ‘Industrial Revolution.’ In fact, in 1851 we had Uranus, Saturn and Pluto all in Taurus.

Uranus rules technology and there were major technological discoveries in those years, allowing an unprecedented transformation of material existence at that time, and we could expect some similar developments in our current world.

This Industrial Revolution, however, also allowed the accumulation of unprecedented personal wealth, and with that, tremendous political power by certain individuals. In fact, at the end of this period, in February 1859, with Uranus in the very last degree of Taurus, was the first usage of the term: ‘Robber Baron.’

Here is some of the Wikipedia interpretation of the sense and historical usage of this term:

The metaphor appeared as early as February 9, 1859, when The New York Times used it to characterize the unethical business practices by Cornelius Vanderbilt. Historian T.J. Stiles says the metaphor, “conjures up visions of titanic monopolists who crushed competitors, rigged markets, and corrupted government. In their greed and power, legend has it, they held sway over a helpless democracy.”[2] Charles R. Geisst says, “in a Darwinist age, Vanderbilt developed a reputation as a plunderer who took no prisoners.”[3] Hal Bridges said that the term represented the idea that “business leaders in the United States from about 1865 to 1900 were, on the whole, a set of avaricious rascals who habitually cheated and robbed investors and consumers, corrupted government, fought ruthlessly among themselves, and in general carried on predatory activities comparable to those of the robber barons of medieval Europe.”[4]
The term combines the pejorative senses of criminal (“robber”) and aristocrat (“barons” having no legitimate role in a republic). Hostile cartoonists might dress the offenders in royal garb to underscore the offense against democracy.[5]

Saturn was also squaring Pluto at that same time, their first hard aspect to each other since 1851.

The next period we had of Uranus in Taurus was 1934- 1941, the period of the Great Depression. The depression started earlier, during the shocking Uranus in Aries period. The reason the Great Depression was later called the ‘Great Depression’ was because it lasted so long, awareness of which really came to bear during the period of Uranus in Taurus. This created a hunger for and acceptance of radical change in relation to financial economics. It brought Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt to the Presidency and his economic policies called the ‘New Deal’ (very Uranus in Taurus) and brought into being things like Social Security, Child Labor Laws, and Federal Insurance for our bank deposits.

1934-1941 also brought Adolf Hitler to power as he promised, and succeeded, in transforming the German economy. Uranus promises freedom from old patterns, but we can be impulsive as to what price we are willing to pay for that new freedom.

Of course all of this year’s Astrological movements will have its own specific effects on the Astrological Chart of the U.S., your own nation’s Astrological chart, and Donald Trump’s, chart. As I said earlier, I will be writing other articles about the possible effects of this Astrological weather on the U.S. and Donald Trump.

The other sign change of a slower moving planet in 2018 will be Jupiter moving out of Scorpio into its own sign of Sagittarius in November.

We just had two and a half years of Saturn in Sagittarius, which I think has put a serious heavy weight upon our optimistic enthusiasm towards our beliefs and aspirations.

Jupiter moving into Sagittarius right after the Mid-term elections I think will be relatable to whatever enthusiastic ‘rebound’ the Democrats will be feeling from the results of the election.

In fact, Uranus dips back for a few months into Aries, that sign of fiery willful energy, on the day of the election.

Additionally, aside from the usual run of Solar and Lunar Eclipses, there will be some nice harmonizing sextiles between Jupiter in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn, on January 15, April 14, and September 12.

I see this as a positive, expansive, Jupiterian enthusiasm willing to dig up secret, hidden, Scorpionic passions and desires, or the abuse thereof, (which we have already been witnessing since Jupiter entered Scorpio in November), but now working with profound Plutonian transformation of old, entrenched Capricornian structures and traditions. Kind of like Oprah Winfry’s speech the other night at the Golden Globe awards, followed by calls for her to run for President.

Jupiter will also start to harmoniously trine Neptune in August, so some of those aspirational prayers may actually be answered.

The outer planets spend a lot of time retrograde, going backwards, this year, so I don’t feel this year will see any really dramatic changes on the global scene.

That being said, the eclipses on July 12 and 28 involve hard aspects to Pluto and Uranus, which could add greatly to the intensity and sudden changeable quality of those events.

As far as how all of this may be affecting your own individual chart, as I said in my note at the beginning, soon I will be making a special announcement, which may interest you.

In the mean time, let us try to remember to choose the love and the faith.

Steffan Vanel

Las Vegas and U.S.

As I am about to write this article I have just come out of a Global Meditation event, staged to help heal the recent energies of trauma created in Las Vegas.

This included helping the souls of those who have had to transition out of their bodies in such an intense, shocking, violent way. And yes, even trying to help the twisted, tortured tragic soul who has created such a hellish experience for himself and others.

I am actually in China right now, so I am looking at this with some distance. From here, however, I can feel the incredulous view of the U.S. the rest of the world holds right now. A view of our repeating on-going traumas of gun related mass shootings, to a President who threatens to destroy another nation before a General Assembly of all of the nations of the world.

Our nation seems to be spinning crazily out of control with violent energies. Hopefully something can be learned from this.

If we look at what is happening to the Astrology chart of the U.S. right now we can see collective lessons we are all being faced with in the community of our nation, and the opportunity to grow from it.

And if we look at the Astrological karma of the shooter, Stephen Paddock, we can also benefit from understanding the implicit in-born energies he was born with and the impending Astrological energies which were coming to bear upon him. From this we can also understand and learn. (His Solar Chart: no birth time or surety about birthplace)

Stephen Paddock Astrology Chart

I was initially going to stay in the comfort of my relative distance from the details of this event. But then as I listened to the news on the English language TV station here they announced Stephen Paddock’s birthdate and I got ‘sucked in.’

I knew immediately that Pluto was moving right now into a square to his Sun in Aries. Someone who is Aries, according to Hilarion*, is someone who, in some previous life, risked their own life to come to the rescue of another individual. As a reward for that courageous act they are given an additional energy, physically, mentally or emotionally.

Their challenge is to be able to express this energy in such a way that it does not harm themselves or others through aggressive, violent behavior.

Pluto squaring the Sun is, in any regard, a time when you have to look deep within yourself. A time to see where are you really coming from. Is it from love or is it from fear?

One author described it this way:

Pluto square Sun transit means you are in for a test of your character for a couple of years. The Sun represents your sense of self, your authority and power. The challenging square aspect from Pluto brings extreme forces in the form of other people and circumstances which mean you have to stand up and be counted.

This can be a time of crisis or breakdown as Pluto totally transforms your ego, identity and life direction. Pluto is basically throwing down a challenge so that you master your own personal power. Pluto can be ruthless in its effect so it can make you ruthless in achieving your goals. Power conflicts are common with this transit and these can be not only with authority figures like the law and bosses, but also in personal relationships. (

And I would say as well that when Pluto squares your Sun, if you have not really been owning the energies of your Sun, of your soul essence, who you really are, then Pluto will force you to, one way or another.

Of course there are numerous other Astrological factors at play here in this man’s chart, too numerous for me to want to devote all of the time and energy it would take to elucidate them all.

To briefly hit the main points, however:

  • Most people know by now that Stephen Paddock’s father was a criminal on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list. His father, Benjamin Paddock, was in prison for the first three years of his oldest son, Stephen’s, life.
  • When Stephen was 7 (the time of Saturn squaring his natal Saturn) his father was arrested for a string of bank robberies. The neighbor took Stephen swimming while the BFI searched their house. The neighbor later stated to the newspaper: “We’re trying to keep Steve from knowing his father is held as a bank robber. I hardly know the family, but Steve is a nice boy. It’s a terrible thing.”
  • When Stephen Paddock was 15, around the time of Saturn opposing his natal Saturn, his father escaped prison and an FBI poster appeared stating that his father had been diagnosed as psychopathic. That has got to be rather intense for a hormonally-charged teenage Aries boy.

In Stephen Paddock’s natal chart, however, he has an Aquarius Moon opposite to Pluto. This is relatable to the apparent attempt to maintain some cool, detached, airy, Aquarian mental atmosphere in his childhood in order to avoid the deep, dark, hidden intense Plutonian reality of the man who, in part, led to his creation in this life. This is how Hilarion describes the affect of this afflicted Aquarian Moon:

The more afflicted the Moon, the more one will find a sense of emotional control and suppression, even coldness, at the heart level…. there tends to be taken from the early home situation a trait of self-control at the emotional level, a dislike of emotional display or extremes, which can produce a difficulty in the individual’s own later home/marriage pattern, particularly if he becomes involved, as he usually does, with someone who requires more in the way of emotional responsiveness than the Aquarian Moon is prepared to give.

That opposing Plutonian reality to that cool detached afflicted Aquarian Moon never went away from the dynamics and reality of his own unconscious psyche.

And those Saturn transits hitting his own Saturn at 7 and 14? Well his natal Saturn was conjunct Neptune and they are both, Neptune and Saturn, opposite to his Sun in Aries.

The Sun, in Psychological Astrology, represents the Father/Male principle in a chart. Saturn difficultly aspecting the Sun creates a likely restrictive energy involving the relationship with the father. Neptune difficultly aspected to the Sun will create some likely illusion, confusion, delusion, and/or victimhood involving one’s relationship with the father. (For example: Barack Obama has a Sun square Neptune, fatherhood experience in his own childhood.)

Stephen Paddock’s Aries Sun was also square to Uranus, thereby creating a sense of the father that would involve sudden ruptures, and a perhaps crazy unconventionality.

Now early in his life Stephen Paddock chose to be an accountant. Not too exciting, intense or aggressive. More like his cool detached Aquarian Moon and some other factors in his chart.

He worked, however, for a company that became Lockheed Martin, a major military defense contractor. I remember when I happened to be visiting Littleton, Colorado, where the Columbine High School mass shooting took place; I discovered that, although it seemed like a rather idyllic peaceful suburban town, most of the parents in that town worked for Lockheed Martin….

Stephen Paddock’s father, Benjamin, liked to gamble and while he was a fugitive he tried once to run down an FBI agent with his car in, Las Vegas….

So, we have Stephen Paddock, a former accountant moving recently to Las Vegas, gambling sometimes $10,000 up to $30,000 in a day, and starting to collect guns while Pluto was in a period of opposing his Uranus, squaring his Sun and moving into a square to his Neptune and his Saturn. Clearly he was trying to somehow embrace the denied, unintegrated intense reality of his father’s presence in his psyche.

Stephen Paddock really needed deep therapy, intensive meditation or Ayahuasca ceremonies to help him with this. Instead, as Pluto started to hit all of this he chose the violent, explosive Aries way of ‘acting it out.’

If Stephen Paddock had lived in a country where citizens have limited or no access to firearms he may have acted out through some explosive fight with his boss or guys in a bar.

In full disclosure, I myself own a firearm and I have killed with it. Even though I am basically a pacifist/vegetarian, I have a 22 rifle with which I once shot a packrat who had been terrorizing my house all night, every night and was uncatchable by humane ‘catch-em alive’ traps, by traps that kill, and even by poison. (He would build a ‘nest’ of twigs, pine needles and nails on top of the poison!)

I finally took out my rifle and ‘got’ him with one shot. And, I was scared to admit the primal sense of relishing that power and control wielded to me by that weapon, temporarily superseding my compassion for that poor creature.

It does enable me to imagine the potential effect of the force of being in possession of a stockpile of weapons and ammunition with some of those weapons made to be fully automatic upon someone with a dissociated, unstable psyche.

On a lighter note, it does remind me of a comedy routine by the British comedian Eddie Izzard where he repeated the often-repeated statement: ‘Guns don’t kill people. People do.’ To which Eddie replied in that enunciated way that the Brits do so well: ‘Well, I think guns have something to do with it. You can’t just point your fingers and go: bang, bang, bang, bang you’re all dead!’

And for those 2nd Amendment people who always say: ‘Well, if someone in the school was ‘packing heat’ this never would have happened.’ Well, in Las Vegas, in a state with both concealed and open-carry weapon laws, the shooter made sure that he had a distance, and a vantage point, and firepower such that all of those likely handguns in the crowd would be totally useless.

It seems that we are possibly heading towards a nation with metal detectors at all large hotels, public buildings, schools and transportation hubs.

Neptune, up in the sky right now, is squaring the Sagittarian Rising/Ascendant of the United States this year. Sagittarius Rising makes it such that you see yourself as, as Hilarion* says: ‘honest, upright and morally strong, whether true or not.’

Neptune impinging that Sagittarian self-image is creating some ‘illusion, confusion, delusion, and victimhood’ challenges in relation to that normally self-righteous self-image. So I think there is some unease with prior convictions, or an added sense of vulnerability in the way we see ourselves, like the potential for Nuclear War.

The potential benefit of this aspect is to dis-identify with those previously held convictions in order to view them with a non-ego-identified perspective.

Just because an Astrological transit creates this opportunity, however, does not promise that one will benefit from it. There is always going to be resistance, a pushback.

For example, we have ex-Fox TV host Bill O’Reilly posting on his blog in the aftermath of this massacre: “This is the price of freedom.”

There have been many responses, such as this one: “No Bill O’Reilly. Listening to you is the (high) price of freedom. Gun massacres are the price of weak gun laws.”

One last, I feel, poignant Astrological Note:

Stephen Paddock’s Moon was in the 25th degree of Aquarius. The Moon of the U.S.A. is in the 28th degree of Aquarius. The Moon at the moment of the attack Sunday night was in the 26th degree of Aquarius.

The Great American Eclipse was at the 29th degree of Leo, within four degrees of exact opposition to the Moons of Stephen Paddock, the USA, and the Las Vegas Massacre.

Now the US Aquarian Moon has only a positive aspect to it natally and I relate that to the positive Aquarian ideals of freedom and equality the nation was founded upon. And it is unfortunate, but tragedy like this does have the potential to bring us all together as one suffering human family.

The Leo potentially oppositional arrogance to that brother/sisterhood Aquarian potential is, however, evidenced by the previously quoted comment by Bill O’Reilly.

In the spirit of my Libran fairness, however, this arrogance was also evident in the comments of a CBS vice president who was fired after she posted on her Facebook page:

“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs [sic] will ever do the right thing,” Geftman-Gold continued: “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc [sic] country music fans often are Republican gun toters [sic].”

She has since heartily apologized but of course is now facing numerous death threats.

As I say at my lectures, the self-righteous Sagittarian Rising energies of the U.S. are not limited to the Right Wing. We all have a tendency to be rather obnoxious. It is one reason I really enjoy spending a fair bit of time outside of our country.

I would like to end this article with some wisdom from Hilarion. These are his statements about the nature and experience of karma and reincarnation quoted from his book: ‘Nations’ (which is available as an EBook on

Steffan Vanel

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From the Introduction by Hilarion to NATIONS

For these things are not governed by chance.

Many imagine that pure hazard decrees where one shall be born, and then they blame an unjust God for His cruelty. Others are so appalled by the suffering that they retreat into apathy. Yet others – often prompted by murky religious concepts – think that some sort of ‘plan’ is being worked out, but are not able to explain that plan in a satisfactory manner.

The key that is missing – the link that can unite all of the apparent chaos and suffering into a just and plausible scheme – is the concept that each individual born into the earth is merely taking on a new physical body (one of many) and that his habits and actions in previous bodies have determined the opportunities and the hardships which are his now.

It is deplorable that the main western religions have turned their backs upon this truth – a truth which was part of the credo of most early Christian writers until the Council of Nicea voted to erase all scriptural reference to reincarnation. (Even so, they did not dare to tamper with Jesus’ own statement that John the Baptist was the reincarnation of Elias – Matthew 11:14 and Mark 9:11-13.)

What we are saying is that a proper grasp of the principle of rebirth – and the related principle of karma – not only makes reality understandable, but shows God to be just. We see in the near future a great excitement among humanity as the truth of reincarnation gradually spreads among all peoples. Indeed, numerous individuals already acknowledge this principle without even admitting it to themselves. How many have said, in a moment of exasperation, “What did I ever do to deserve this?” Were they not stating the very law of karma upon which cosmic justice rests? It is the same law which Christ was evoking when He said that those who live by the sword must die by the sword. If this statement were taken to refer only to a single life, it would be manifestly untrue – for have not many murderers died peacefully in their beds? Yet, seen in the light of the rebirth principle, the dictum makes far more sense. It asserts that justice shall follow the murderer even if it does not work itself out in the same life in which the misdeed was committed. In some incarnation, now or later, he himself must ‘die by the sword’.

An interesting facet of this karmic principle is its great effectiveness in teaching humanity to have compassion. Let us explain this point more fully.

Everyone is generally aware of the fact that, in ages past, human beings tended to be very calloused and unfeeling towards each other. At the time of Jesus, for example, there was little respect for human life, hardly any consideration for the suffering of another, and absolutely no feeling of any kind for the animals. Children were regularly beaten, tied up, even hung on the wall to keep them out of an adult’s way. A soldier would think nothing of running his sword through a passing stranger, merely to determine whether the cutting edge were still sharp.

These inhuman attitudes persist even today in many of the darkened places of the earth. And yet, particularly in the western democratic nations, one finds many individuals who are polite and considerate, and who feel it deeply when others around them are suffering. This is the essence of compassion. The word literally means ‘to suffer with’ another. This trait has also been called empathy.

It might surprise the earth’s compassionate individuals to learn that their empathetic nature arises because of their own previous suffering! In effect, what happens when one perceives another person in pain is the rekindling of a memory of one’s own previous painful episodes – whether in this life or in a previous one. Hence what one feels initially is a memory-pain which is evoked by the suffering of the other person.

Some individuals merely feel the empathy – they ‘suffer with’ the person who is undergoing the pain. But others are prompted by their own pain-memories to try to relieve the suffering. Initially the person may do this because by relieving the suffering in the other, the source of his own pain-memory will be removed. But repeated episodes of such help will gradually become ingrained into the individual as a habit of compassionate kindness, and the result will eventually be to incorporate that wonderful trait into the soul itself.

It is thus that the karmic necessity to suffer the same pain we have caused others brings with it ‘an automatic antidote to the kind of attitude that gives rise to the karma in the first place. Think of it as a progression: in the primitive stage, the soul is darkened, insular and lacking in empathy; a life is lived during which pain is caused to others through violent actions. In subsequent lives, the soul inhabits bodies which are made to suffer the same pain which the soul once meted out to others. As a result of that karmic ‘meeting of the self’, the soul stores pain-memories which can be evoked by witnessing similar suffering. Finally, the soul has become so sensitized by pain that it reacts immediately to any scenario in which another is seen to be suffering. At first the soul is simply overcome with ‘com-passion’, i.e. it ‘suffers with’ the other. Perhaps the soul will wish to leave the presence of the sufferer in order to stop its own pain-memories. But at a more mature point, the soul learns to reach out a helping hand to relieve the suffering.

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Muhammad Ali: Some Astrological Perspectives

Muhammad Ali - 1967
Muhammad Ali – 1967

Dear Friends and Clients,

Today was the funeral for Muhammad Ali and I thought I would do some research and share some observations with you.

I grew up knowing about Cassius Clay, who later became Muhammad Ali. He was kind of an outrageous character at a time when there were few outrageous characters in the U.S., of any race. To be so outspoken, so proud, so out-front arrogant was pretty amazing in those days.

He refused to go to Vietnam when I was only 15 in 1966. I was just beginning to become a hippy, just starting to feel the winds of protest. In 1966, refusing to go to Vietnam was still pretty radical.

I was never into boxing and I am not an African American, so his influence on me was more at a distance. As I became more and more radicalized myself, however, I came to admire Muhammad Ali, along with anyone with the courage to ‘buck the system.’

I have also noticed in the Astrology charts of those a fair bit older than me (I’m born in 1951), but nonetheless opened to the unconventional energies of the 60’s, that they often have really dynamic outer planet aspects in their charts. In my view, they needed that in order to break free from the conventional programming they grew up with, whereas through my own early life experiences I can say that I stopped believing in the ‘straight’ conventional world when I was quite young.

Muhammad Ali definitely had a lot of dynamic outer planet aspects, especially with Uranus and Pluto, about which Astrologer Alan Oken once said: “With Pluto it is: Change or die!, to which Uranus says: Yeah right!”

I am not going to write a really lengthy detailed analysis of Muhammad Ali’s chart, but I did want to share a few key Hilarion* insights that give some perspective into what made this man ‘tick.’

He was a Capricorn and you can definitely feel that he had that dedicated, self-reliant, material ambition of Capricorn. He told his friend when he was a young child that he knew he was going to be really successful and was going to buy himself and his momma a big house.

As an Astrologer, however, when one contemplated the character and behavior of Muhammad Ali you knew there had to be some Leo energy in there somewhere. Well sure enough, I have yet another name to add to my list of George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Prince Charles, Al Gore and, more recently, Donald Trump. They all have Leo Rising.

For those of you who don’t remember what Hilarion says about Leo Rising, which I shared last in the Donald Trump article, here it is again:

Leo When the sign Leo rises, there will be a tendency for the self-picture to be colored by the notions of elegance, specialness and superiority. A proudness will often be felt internally, even though it usually does not manifest. The reason for giving this Ascendant to an individual is to prompt him to think better of himself than he is in the habit of doing when in incarnation. The rulership by the Sun thus lends to the individual certain bolstering influences in terms of how he sees himself, which are intended to teach him not to underestimate his own worth and not to feel inferior to others. In view of this explanation, it will be understood that those with Leo rising will often find that they are torn between thinking little and thinking a lot of themselves. Through the experience of this inner battle, it is hoped that they will ultimately learn that each person is complete and worthy in his own right, and that none are either superior or inferior.

So often it seems that Leo Rising people are more Leo than Leo’s. That inner insecurity being compensated by Leonine arrogance and pride can really make them want to ‘come out fighting.’

Additionally, Ali had Mars in his 9th House square to his Sun in Capricorn, and square to Pluto in the 12th House. This is what Hilarion says about Mars in the 9th House:

Ninth House Mars in the ninth house lends an aura of strength to the moral righteousness of the individual. He is a crusader for “justice” — whether for people, animals, nature or whatever. There is little to be learned here, except to moderate the extremes of this tendency

And what Hilarion says about Pluto in the 12th House:

Twelfth House When Pluto is located in the house of the subconscious as affected by past-life experience, the meaning is basically that the most recent life was one which witnessed a number of radical changes in the soul. Its attitudes, habits and typical associations when incarnated likely went through a number of profound revisions. As a result, the present personality may be somewhat apprehensive and timid, having only recently adopted many of its present traits. Not having a long string of comparable earth personalities to back it up, the present personality will feel “out on a limb”, hesitant and uncertain. The analyst can help such an individual by explaining that many positive changes were made in the most recent life-experience, and that the present traits of the individual represent a definite step forward in the soul’s evolution.

Pluto being square to Mars indicates the likelihood of violence in that last lifetime.

The Sun in Capricorn in the 3rd corner of this tense ‘T-Square’ was in the 6th House of work, service, activity in the world.

I would say that it was this moral righteousness of Mars in the 9th, combined with the self-reliant, ambition of the Sun in Capricorn in the 6th, and the intense transformation in his last lifetime with Pluto in his 12th House, that made him really ‘fired up’ when he was a child and was refused a drink of water in a store in Louisville because he was black. It was also the desire to physically attack whoever had stolen his bicycle when he was 12 that led him to being told by a Louisville police officer and boxing coach that he better learn to box first.

Now Ali also had his Sun in Capricorn harmoniously trine to Uranus in the 10th House of ‘Role in the World.’ This made him comfortable playing an unconventional role. He also had Jupiter in the 10th House with only positive aspects, usually an indicator of ‘success in one’s career.’

The unconventional Uranus and ambitious Sun in Capricorn are also both harmoniously trined to Neptune. This became more evident as he became older, going deeper into his religion and the compassionate acts of service he was later noted for.

His role as a victim of Parkinson’s disease is perhaps relatable to the deep Plutonian undermining of his powerful Sun/Mars energies. Remember Alan Oken re: Pluto?: Change or die!

Having Parkinson’s pulled him out of the orbit of the Mars/Sun/Pluto intensity and allowed him to open more to the potential of the Neptunian compassionate service and healing.

So, that is the essence of what I wanted to share with you today.

Steffan Vanel

Donald Trump – Part I

My Dear Friends and Clients,

I have been working on this Donald Trump article for some weeks now. Besides taking the time to read his latest biography and other research, I am still having to pace myself more slowly these days due to still being in health recovery mode.

In fact, that and the recurrence of some earlier health issues, has led me to postpone my Spring and Summer travel/working plans this year, taking more time for rest and recuperation and retreat in my cabin in the mountains.

I will still be doing Readings by telephone or Skype, scheduled at a mellow pace, and feel inspired to encourage you to consider one some time as it would help me a lot during this financially tight time. Remember, even my short, 30 minute, economical $55 Reading can go quickly and deeply into an understanding of your current situation and the best way to move forward.

And, as I promised earlier, in my desire to give back to those of you who generously contributed funds to my Gofundme appeal last winter, I am offering a 20% discount on any of my readings to those who donated.

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And now to Donald Trump. It does seem appropriate that when I initially wrote this article it was still uncertain whether he would actually win the Republican nomination. And now, we seem to be guaranteed to be confronted with his looming presence from now until November, at least.

Before I launch into his personal Astrological karma I just want to make note of a few more general things right now. First of all, there is a lot going on in the world at large and in the Astrological chart of the U.S. at this time.

Besides the on-going backdrop of the revolution/transformation tension of the Pluto/Uranus Square, we have the other outer planets, Neptune and Saturn, squaring each other this year as well. This entails a tension between where to be realistic and authoritative, but not cold and restrictive (i.e. Saturn); and where to be sensitive and compassionate, but not deluded and a victim (i.e. Neptune)

An easily recognizable reflection of this kind of challenge is the refugee crisis in Europe or, for that matter, our own challenging relationship with immigrants in this country.

Neptune also relates to drugs, alcohol and other forms of ‘escapism.’ Saturn squaring Neptune brings to my mind the engaged concrete Saturnian, even congressional, attention which is now being focused upon the epidemic of heroin and opioid drug usage across thee U.S. right now.

Neptune also relates to the Sea and to the element of water. Saturn corresponds to the metal lead, which brings to my mind: “Lead in the water.” It seems that the people of Flint Michigan have served as a reflection of this kind of conflict.

In fact, this Saturn/Neptune tension is hitting the U.S. Ascendant, i.e. our self-image of ourselves, directly this year. It was this Ascendant portion of the U.S. Astrological chart which was experiencing the effects of a Pluto/Saturn opposition at the time of the 9/11 attacks.

Our Ascendant is in the sign Sagittarius. Now Sagittarius is a fire sign and fire signs always want to feel inspired and passionate. Ruled by Jupiter, Sagittarius-energized people are particularly ever youthful, enthusiastic and optimistically confident.

Lately, however, Saturn has been going over our Sagittarian self-image, back and forth, and thus the Sagittarian enthusiasm has been feeling a Saturnian restriction and limitation, whether by Bernie Sanders: ‘One-percenters rigging the system,’ or Hillary’s contention with Republican authoritative efforts to haul her into court, or the on-going Republican complaints of suffering under 7 years of Obama’s failed policies and the fear of a Hillary Clinton extension of the same.

This same Saturn, however, is also, as I said, square to Neptune this year; hence we also have Neptune creating tension upon our preferably upbeat Sagittarian self-image, again, a tension between where to be realistic and authoritative but not cold and restrictive (i.e. Saturn) and where to be sensitive and compassionate but not deluded and a victim (i.e. Neptune)

This simultaneous Saturn/Neptune transit upon our Sagittarian self-image of ourselves is most clearly being played out in the current political dramas.

This is especially problematic in consideration of one component of a Sagittarian Ascendant according to the Ascended Master Hilarion*:

“This sign rising will tend to make the individual see himself as upright, honest and morally strong, whether true or not.”

And so, impinging upon our Sagittarian self-image potential to self-righteously see ourselves as honest and morally strong, whether true or not, we have not only a Saturnian heavy, restrictive ‘reality-check’ upon our self-image but, at the same time, we have a Neptunian temptation towards illusion, confusion, delusion, victimhood and martyrdom squaring that self-image.

In summary, the self-image of the United States is going through a pretty major ‘test of faith’ right now. Saturn is the source of not only restriction on our normally ‘up-beat’ positive Sagittarian righteousness, but also the need to become more focused, dedicated and disciplined towards what we believe to be true. Nothing like a Presidential election to bring that about.

The Neptune Square to our Sagittarian self-image, however, makes all of that much more problematic. This is the tremendous sense of victimhood or perceived vulnerability to potential victimhood experienced by both sides of the political divide, and even within the ranks of the two political parties themselves.

For example, the tension between Bernie Sanders, a compassionate grandfather figure with a 1960’s conscience promising us what could be the (illusive or elusive) golden ring (i.e. Neptune) of equality, and Hillary Clinton, the progressive who ‘knows how to get things done’ within the conventional establishment (i.e. Saturn).

Even more resonant is the Republican side of things where we have the near complete dissolving (Neptune) of the Republican Establishment (Saturn) by, basically, an entertainer (Neptune).

Of course Trump himself has set himself up by catering to a mass of angry victims (Neptune) within American society by convincing them he is going to be the one who is going to take charge and be the authority (Saturn) who can free them of their victimhood.

Again, Sagittarius wants to be enthusiastic and passionate. That enthusiasm and passion, however, can be motivated by one of two things: love/compassion or: fear/hate. Unfortunately it is far easier to get a rise out of people using fear and hate. I can only imagine how ‘pumped up’ one of those large Trump rallies really are.

Actually, I just remembered there is a Trump rally going on down the road here in Washington State at this very moment as I am writing this. (Creepy)

Donald Trump: My Astrological View (Part 1)

In full disclosure: I admit to having personally benefitted from the largesse of the Trump Corporation. During the years that I lived in New York City I discovered that the cleanest, most grandiose and freely available rest rooms in mid-town Manhattan were at the Trump Tower, and I availed myself of those facilities on numerous occasions. 🙂

In preparation for writing this article I purchased and spent several days reading the Trump biography: “Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success” by Michael D’Antonio, and I will incorporate several quotes from that book. I wanted to give a well-researched treatment to this article. I am, again, grateful and inspired by all of the appreciation and support I received recently in regard to my health challenges and am happy to put out some extra study and energy to give back to all of you.

Of course this article is going to be the most incredible, amazing, insightful article ever written about Donald Trump, which I know all of you are going to share with everyone you know, and it is going to go ‘viral’ and my reputation as an Astrologer is going to expand exponentially, and thousands of people will sign up for my newsletters, and my practice is going to be ‘off the charts’ with new clients desperate to benefit from my obviously superior skills and knowledge as an Astrologer and, and….Oh My God, …..I am so sorry. I just had a touch of ‘Trump Fever’ there. This is something you have to be careful about if you get too close…and yet,…don’t we all have a little secret wish that we could have that kind of narcissistic grandiose self-promotion?

As Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. said:

“Listen, he’s a polarizing guy. Okay? There is no question. There are not guys out there that probably say, ‘Yeah, Trump’s okay.’ There are guys that say, ‘I love Trump! He’s the greatest guy in the world!’ Or he’s their least favorite human being in the whole world. That said, that person who hates Trump the most still wants to get their picture with him when he walks by. That person still wants to shake his hand. That person is still sort of mesmerized by him in his presence.”

And yet who is Donald Trump really? Here is a quote from Michael Antonio’s book:

But who is Donald Trump really? Even those close to him are perplexed by this question as evidenced by this quote from his ex-wife Ivana Trump:

“Ivana readily recalls happier episodes from the early years of her marriage to Donald, and the details of her successes as his business partner…. But when I ask what she thinks motivates her former husband, she struggles to answer and says, ‘I think he wants to be noticed.’ A moment later, when I ask if she feels she has ‘figured out’ Donald, she first says, ‘Yeah, I figured it out,’ then adds, ‘Well, I really don’t know.’ “


“Obscured by hype, the facts of his life didn’t matter as much as the idea of him. Anyone who tried to grasp the ‘real’ Trump was likely to fail. As the ninety-two-year old doyenne of gossip Liz Smith tells me, ‘I’ve known him forever, and I can’t figure him out.’ “

Those of us familiar with the depth and potential of Modern Astrology know it is the tool par excellence to gain insight into the complexity and personal karmic experience of an individual.

Let me say up front, however, I am not, at this point, going to enter into the ‘predicting game’ as to whether Donald Trump will win the Republican Nomination, or will become President. Either he will or he won’t. We will have to wait and see. I can see that on July 25th of this year, four days after the end of the Republican Convention, Donald Trump will experience one of the most significant Astrological shifts that he is scheduled to experience in this lifetime.

Obviously, regardless of whether he comes out of that convention as a winner or loser of the nomination, it is going to be an incredibly intense experience for him, and therefore easily recognizable as a reflection of that shift I can see ahead for him.

I am also not going to comment on his political policies, which do seem to range from what would normally attribute to the progressive left end of the spectrum, such as his stance against the multinational corporate favored trade policies, and his willingness to declare himself as neutral in Israeli and Palestinian negotiations (both very un-Republican-like) to his militaristic foreign and anti-immigration policies that put him in league with the right wing of the right wing.

The questions I am more interested in addressing now are: What does his Astrology chart really say about him? And, what does this phenomenon of Donald Trump’s popularity say about us?

So, in that light, I will proceed. First of all, for those of you who may not be familiar with my personal approach to Astrology, I want to state that I rely heavily upon the Karmic Astrology information published in the book: ‘Astrology Plus.’ * which was channeled through the mediumship of Maurice Cooke from the Ascended Master Hilarion. This very specific, personal, karmic information provides insights not available from any other source. I will therefore be quoting directly from this book to share with you these unique personal insights.

Donald Trump Chart

On initial glance it is easy to recognize that Donald Trump was destined to be wealthy. One of the most positively aspected planets in his chart is his Jupiter, the planet of optimism, confidence, luck and fortune, in his Second House of money, finances, love and affection.

For Jupiter in the 2nd Hilarion says:

The placement of a benefic planet in the second sector (Venus and Jupiter are the Lesser and Greater Benefics, respectively) always calls into the life a protective influence over the “material resources” of the native.

This Jupiter is in positive aspect to his Moon and therefore relatable to the luck of having been born into a family which would attain some degree of affluence.

But, Jupiter in the 2nd also indicates:

Second House Jupiter in the second sector suggests that love will be a strong part of the individual’s life. If heavily afflicted however, Jupiter in the second will not give the full measure of affectional fulfillment, until the native learns to de-escalate his exaggerated view of sensual gratification.

Now sensual gratification can obviously be sex, food, money and the things that money can buy.

‘The Donald,” as he was named by his 2nd wife, has been known, especially in his earlier days, to have been quite the ‘womanizer.’ He never took to alcohol or drugs but readily admitted to his passion for beautiful women.

“Trump sought to bond over guy talk, said Dowd, almost to the point of annoyance. The man talks and talks and talks – about sports and women. The amount of conversation about sex and women is endless.”

According to his 2nd wife, Marla Maples:

“I saw a real positive light in him, but money and power truly got in the way of the love that we had, to be very honest; if anything, it destroyed it.”

To his credit, Donald Trump also has his Jupiter in the sign of Libra, of which Hilarion says:

Libra In Libra, ruled by Venus, Jupiter always promises an eventual happy marriage (or marriage-equivalent). The extent of the afflictions to Jupiter here suggest the degree of delay or hardship that will have to be borne first. The delays and problems are always for karmic purposes, and the ultimate happy union is also karmically deserved.

And therefore we may hope, for his sake, and the for the sake of his current wife, Melania, that he has finally found that Jupiter in Libra promised marital harmony.

Donald Trump’s problems in the arena of money and finances and love and affection, i.e. the 2nd House, don’t really come so much from this Jupiter. I would say they derive more from his Neptune, also in the Second House, but square, in tension with, his Mercury. Neptune in the 2nd can give one great faith and trust around money, but it can also give a propensity for confusion, illusion, deception, victimhood and martyrdom, in this case, around love and money.

The Mercury end of this tension is in Cancer, of which Hilarion says:

Mercury here if afflicted will make it very difficult for the rational mental processes to operate independently of and unaffected by the emotional life. Negative feelings and emotions will have a way of muddying up the reasoning ability. The main lesson is to separate thought from emotional influences.

Neptune squaring that Mercury is going to heighten the negative Neptunian influence upon what Donald Trump thinks or says, especially around love and money. Of course his experience has been a mixture of the two.

He has often referred to the world as ‘vicious’ and life is about ‘survival’ and all there are only the ‘winners’ and the ‘losers.’

In his book: Trump: The Art of the Comeback he depicted women as sexually voracious ‘killers’ who traded their beauty to dominate men. As he stated:

“The most difficult aspect of the prenuptial agreement is informing your future wife (or husband): I love you very much, but just in case things don’t work out, this is what you will get in the divorce. There are basically three types of women and reactions. One is the good woman who very much loves her future husband, solely for himself, but refuses to sign the agreement on principle. I fully understand this, but the man should take a pass anyway and find someone else. The other is the calculating woman who refuses to sign the prenuptial agreement because she is expecting to take advantage of the poor, unsuspecting sucker she’s got in her grasp. There is also the woman who will openly and quickly sign a prenuptial agreement in order to make a quick hit and take the money given to her.”


“It doesn’t really matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass”

“People are really vicious, and no place are they more vicious than in their relationships with the opposite sex.”

A bit of fearful, Neptunian victim/victimizerness involving sex and money I would say.

This confusion around love and money is also relatable to the title of his biography ‘Never Enough.’ In fact, the main thrust of the 348 pages of this biography is the convoluted journey of Trumpian financial machinations involving both the Neptunian creative imagination and faith; and incredible Neptunian deception, manipulation, illusion and victimhood. Besides various sleight of hand tricks enabling him to force financial suffering upon his creditors and stockholders through bankruptcies which allowed him to personally escape virtually unscathed, there is also his aggressive victimization of anyone in the way of his financial ambitions.

There is also another frequently appearing phenomenon. An easy way for a journalist to evoke the anger, resentment and vicious attacks from Donald Trump is for them to state that he is not anywhere near as wealthy as he claims to be.

The Mercury end of the Neptune/Mercury tension is in the Eleventh House, which Hilarion has re-categorized as the house of karma with former enemies. As Donald has three planets in this house it is clearly a significant part of his karmic lessons in this life.

These factors, however, do not really explain the incredible ambition, aggressivity, and the secret, hidden insecurity behind it all. Let us now look at other revelatory factors.

First of all, Donald Trump is a Gemini, someone who has in previous lives developed mental abilities at a high degree and level and has used them in the service of others, and has a potential connection to these kinds of qualities in this life. The Gemini’s challenge is to integrate their Higher Mind with their lower everyday thinking mind, otherwise:

“along with the gift comes a responsibility. In the case of Gemini, it is to learn to manifest the mind energy in a way which does not allow the energy to become dissipated and scattered, and which is not turned against others in the form of verbal attacks. Gemini, with its rulership by Mercury, is often compared to the child phase of human development. Many Gemini individuals remain to some extent at an immature level in terms of the mind energies which they possess. It is commonly observed that children, regardless of Sun-sign, tend to be scattered in their activities, with short attention spans and a difficulty in applying themselves to any long-term task with perseverance. This is due to the inability of the immature brain to get into phase with the higher mind impulses. It is also observed that children, particularly when having to live with siblings, develop habits of verbal abuse against each other — often as an alternative form of conflict because the parents inhibit them from actual physical combat. In other Sun-signs where the mind energies are not so strongly present, a point is usually reached where these tendencies are overcome. But in the Gemini, there is so much mental energy that it is much harder, even in maturity, to conquer these negative expressions of the Gemini pattern. Those who fail are found to be either verbally abusive or scattered in their energies, or both.”

Trump’s Sun in Gemini is in opposition to his Moon in Sagittarius (thus he was born during the tension of a Full Moon). This Gemini/Sagittarius tension is recognizable in the rapid, acerbic, self-righteous criticality he instantly launches towards any attacker. This aggressivity, however, is greatly pumped-up by his Mars in Leo:

“Leo This sign has its greatest problem in arrogance and pride. Mars here, when afflicted, gives a tendency to escalate arrogance into actual dislike or disdain for others. There is a tendency to have a chip on the shoulder, and to be quite antagonistic to those whose interests conflict with one’s own. Often dislikes are taken to others for no apparent reason — merely that “he rubs me the wrong way”.
The major lesson for Mars afflicted in Leo is to be more accepting of others, and to control the feelings of antagonism.”

This proud, arrogant Mars in Leo is technically in his Twelfth House, but it is tightly conjunct to his Ascendant, cusp of his First House of Self-Image, and therefore easily recognizable as having its influence pulled into that First House as well, of which Hilarion says:

“When Mars is located in the first house, it is certain that the self-picture is colored by the notions of maleness, assertiveness and athleticism. If afflicted, Mars in the first will bring a strong tendency to conflict with others, to “rub them the wrong way”. The lesson is simply to moderate the assertiveness and aggression to the point where the relationships with others are no longer disrupted by these traits”.

Trump admits to this aggressive capacity being a major component of his life since early childhood. In speaking about the reasons why his parents sent him to a private military school when he was in the 8th grade:

“Well, I was very rebellious and my parents thought it would be a good idea. I was very rebellious.
I was a very rebellious kind of person. I don’t like to talk about it, actually. But I was a very rebellious person and very set in my ways.
I loved to fight. I always loved to fight.
All types of fights. Any kind of fight. I loved it, including physical, and I was always the best athlete.”

Donald actually gave his second grade music teacher a black eye:

“Because I didn’t think he knew anything about music.”

“When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I’m basically the same. The temperament is not that different.”

But now to the more scary part. What, to my mind, clearly fuels the ambition and the aggressivity on a deeper psychological/karmic level are what Hilarion says about Trump’s Sun in the Tenth House and his Leo Ascendant.

This is what Hilarion says about his Sun in the 10th House:

“When the Sun is located in the tenth sector of a Natus, its meaning is that the individual has a strong drive to “project a role” into the world, to achieve something, to make his mark. This tendency is a habit built up in past lives of accomplishment.

Another practical meaning of this placement relates to the parents. Almost without exception, one with the Sun in the tenth will have come under the strong, dominating influence of one of his parents, and this relationship will have been responsible for re-kindling, in this life, the old predilection for worldly success which was assembled in past earth-experiences.

From a lesson point of view, this solar placement shows a need to learn to be true to one’s own inner essence, and not to compromise that truth for the sake of success. The more afflicted is the sun, the more that lesson needs to be learned.

Karmically, the sun in the tenth sector requires the individual to pass through stages of uncertainty and worry in connection with his “role in life”. The degree of affliction to the sun speaks of the seriousness of these episodes. Under great affliction, the Sun here will show one who never seems able to establish the career role he yearns for.”

For those of you who aren’t that aware of the likely influence of Donald’s father, Fred Trump, it is here easily recognizable as resonant with ‘one with the Sun in the tenth will have come under the strong, dominating influence of one of his parents, and this relationship will have been responsible for re-kindling, in this life, the old predilection for worldly success which was assembled in past earth-experiences.  In these quotes:

“As a boy he had watched his father’s developments rise from rubble-strewn earth to become solid structures of brick and steel that housed thousands of families.”

“He told Scott Pelly that his father was ‘a tough cookie’ – a strict, ‘no-nonsense kind of guy.’

“My father was a businessperson that expected tremendous success out of me.”

“I learned about toughness in a very tough business,” he wrote, from his father, Fred. Whether negotiating with suppliers and building contractors or overseeing work on job sites, Fred was an “unbelievably demanding taskmaster” who “would just pound and pound and pound.”

“He had to be better than his father. We were sent here (the military school) to be the best of the best, and we knew what our job was.

In studying the fuller story of his childhood, however, I think we can recognize another major ‘father-figure’ influence in his childhood in the guise of Theodore Dobias, Trump’s sports coach and ‘drill sergeant’ at the military school he attended:

“Donald Trump came to regard Ted Dobias as his first real role model, aside from his father. Dobias helped him to adapt and thrive in an environment where macho concepts of strength and masculinity prevailed.”


“I coached baseball and football, and I taught them that winning wasn’t everything, it was the only thing….Donald picked right up on this. He would tell his teammates, ‘We’re out here for a purpose. To win.’ He always had to be number one, in everything. He was a conniver even then. A real pain in the ass. He would do anything to win.”

This 10th house tendency to validate oneself in terms of your ‘role’ instead of who you really are, along with some of that Neptunian delusion around love, sex and money would easily relate to these comments by Trump himself:

“I am the creator of my own comic book, and I love living in it.”

“Not the quarry, but the chase; not the trophy, but the race’ inspires Trump. ‘The same assets that excite me in the chase, often, once they are acquired, leave me bored. For me…the important thing is the getting, not the having.’ ‘It’s all in the hunt and once you get it, it loses some of its energy. I think competitive, successful men feel that way about women.”

“I was bored when she (Trump’s 2nd wife Marla Maples) was walking down the aisle. I kept thinking: What the hell am I doing here? I was so deep into my business stuff. I couldn’t think of anything else.”

“In the winter of his life, Donald Trump remains fully committed to his pursuits, which include fighting, consuming, and marking the planet with his name. He finds nothing shameful in this but, when prodded, will admit to just a bit of self-doubt. In one of our talks he asks, ‘Have you ever heard of Peggy Lee? ‘Is That All There Is?’ It’s a great song because I’ve had these tremendous successes and then I’m off to the next one because it’s, like, ‘Huh, is that all there is? That’s a great song”

“When Trump turned to the subject of fame and its effects, he wrote from a unique perspective. Fame, which was part of his business plan, had contributed substantially to his successes even as it exacted a price. It is, he wrote, “a kind of drug, one that is way too powerful for most people to handle.’ ‘Trump: ‘Surviving at the Top’ was filled with firsthand reports on the bizarre behavior of fame-addled celebrities. Trump described Frank Sinatra as screaming to a bodyguard when he was approached by a fan, shouting ‘Get this bum out of here!’ Trump devoted a full page to Howard Hughes, whose eccentricities became pathologies in the years prior to his death. In his youth, the sandy-haired Hughes could have passed as Trump’s brother. Like Donald, Hughes was linked to many beautiful women and operated a gambling business. He was also famously germophobic, a trait that Trump confessed he too possessed. ‘I’m constantly washing my hands, and it wouldn’t bother me if I never had to shake hands with a well-meaning stranger again.’

“Trump’s seeming frank statements about his contamination anxiety and his angst over his financial struggles – ‘My life is shit.’ He declared – give the impression of a man who was willing to reveal himself. But all he copped to were a few missteps and quirks and forgivable sins such as working too hard. Sprinkled into a text that was otherwise an exercise in name-dropping and chest-thumping, these confessions revealed nothing meaningful about the man. The book was savaged in The Times by the prominent journalist Michael Lewis, who observed, ‘He’s not exposing himself so much as he is shopping for new identities.’ Lewis found the book to be ‘a strained, sloppy exercise in façade restoration.”

Additionally, Donald has his Uranus in the 10th House as well, the planet of the unusual and the unconventional, which gives him comfort at being the unconventional character that he is. Being in good aspect to that lucky, affluent 2nd House Jupiter is why Donald is able to ‘think outside of the box’ and find lucky breaks that enable him to remake and rebuild himself. It has been said that a positive Jupiter/Uranus aspect will create a note of ‘genius.’

The fact that he has, periodically, been faced with the need to remake and rebuild himself is relatable to not only his difficultly aspected 10th House Sun (Karmically, the sun in the tenth sector requires the individual to pass through stages of uncertainty and worry in connection with his “role in life”. “The degree of affliction to the sun speaks of the seriousness of these episodes.) but also the karmic lesson associated with a difficulty aspected Uranus in the 10th House:

“When Uranus is located in the tenth sector, it is a clear warning to the native not to “take chances” in terms of the career or job. Speculation and “long shots” are to be avoided, if success in the world is sought. In past lives, others suffered because of the native’s irresponsible attitude toward making a living, and the same trait could surface again now. To combat this, the life pattern is arranged so as to cause speculative and high-risk ventures to run into trouble. Naturally, the problem is more acute with a preponderance of negative aspects to Uranus. But even a mainly positive Uranus will require great care in the job/career area. The conventional meaning of “unusual occupation” also normally applies to this placement, and under heavy affliction to Uranus in the tenth, sudden changes in or losses of position must be expected.”

The Uranus is opposite to his Moon, which is why he quite likely had to start to deal with that lesson about taking risks by observing the ups and downs of his father’s financial fortunes during his childhood.

I, personally, am not sure how comfortable I would be having a President promising financial transformation and a ‘role in the world’ transformation on the level to which it is being promised by Donald Trump, knowing that he has this risky Uranian tension here. When you are President your access to convoluted bankruptcy laws and the machinations of highly paid lawyers when you get into trouble are limited.

Now, however, I come to what to me is the scariest part of Donald Trump’s Astrology Chart. That is his Leo Ascendant, something he shares with George W. Bush and Sarah Palin.

First of all, there is a large difference between having the Sun in Leo and having a Leo Ascendant. Basically, the Sun is who you are, your soul essence. The Ascendant is who you ‘think’ you are, the way you will tend to see yourself. This is why it is often easier to guess someone’s Ascendant or Rising sign than their Sun Sign.

In many cases, according to Hilarion, the Ascendant is arranged to bring in a quality which is not a component of the soul. This is the case with a Leo Ascendant.

For example, this is what Hilarion says about someone having the Sun in Leo:

“Leo The Leo individual is one who, in a past incarnation, showed the trait of leadership and guidance for those who without such help would have perished. From this action comes another gift: in this case, a tap into a spiritual source of initiative and leadership qualities which is always available to the soul, and can be manifested in the personality, filters permitting. But the task which comes with the gift is to express the guidance and leadership without allowing the self to assume too great an importance. These energies are easily misdirected into aggrandizement and pride of self, and constant effort is called for by the Leo personality to avoid these negative traits. The best way to keep the pride and self-centered tendencies from manifesting is to cultivate kindness and consideration for others. But even the kind ones can become enmeshed in a habitual tendency to view life as a kind of play in which they are the principal actor around whom everything revolves. This tendency is again due to the abundance of the energy which is being tapped at the higher level, which comes down as a clear picture of the individual leading others, i.e. at the head of, or in some way above the mass of those who are being led. The best way to deal with the Leo energy is to find an outlet where others are being served at the same time as they are being led or directed. This is why a teaching role is one of the best ways to manifest the Leo nature.”

Now, both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have their Sun in Leo. Although Obama also has his Sun square to Neptune, hence the likelihood of some confusion/victimhood involving the childhood relationship with the father. To my mind this creates some challenges for Obama but is also why he is a bit more humble than Bill Clinton, Mick Jagger or Madonna. Whereas, as I said earlier, both George W. Bus and Donald Trump have Leo Ascendants.

Here is Hilarion’s pronouncement for the Leo Ascendant:

Leo When the sign Leo rises, there will be a tendency for the self-picture to be colored by the notions of elegance, specialness and superiority. A proudness will often be felt internally, even though it usually does not manifest. The reason for giving this Ascendant to an individual is to prompt him to think better of himself than he is in the habit of doing when in incarnation. The rulership by the Sun thus lends to the individual certain bolstering influences in terms of how he sees himself, which are intended to teach him not to underestimate his own worth and not to feel inferior to others. In view of this explanation, it will be understood that those with Leo rising will often find that they are torn between thinking little and thinking a lot of themselves. Through the experience of this inner battle, it is hoped that they will ultimately learn that each person is complete and worthy in his own right, and that none are either superior or inferior.

Now, George W. Bush has his Sun in Cancer, hence in past lives he has developed caring, nurturing qualities, qualities I am sure he is able to express in his family relationships, as well as a reason why he would really rather just be out at his ranch these days.

The ‘faking it,’ potentially arrogant, Leo Ascendant is what gets him into trouble. For those who may be interested, I wrote a chapter about the Astrology of George W. Bush in my book: “The Astrological Karma of the USA.”

There is, in fact, some other parallels between George W. Bush and Donald Trump beyond the Leo Ascendant connection. I have read the accounts of several people who know Trump personally who state that the real Donald Trump they know is nothing like the arrogant, aggressive public persona he portrays. They say he is actually a warm, caring guy at heart.

Well, Donald Trump has a couple of placements in the sign of Cancer (the same sign as George W.’s Sun sign) which would indicate a genuine capacity for a personal warm, caring capacity, especially within a home/family context.

These are the positive aspects of his Mercury in Cancer:

“If well aspected in Cancer, Mercury gives a love of home and especially, warmth for children within the family circle.”

And for his Venus in Cancer:

“Well-aspected, Venus here gives a very warm love-nature, and one that seeks to find its best expression within the context of the home environment.”

So we have two potentially caring, nurturing guys with ‘faking it’ arrogant personas. The thing is, the last time we elected a Leo Ascendant President he led the country into what may be becoming World War III. If we elect Trump, another Leo Ascendant President, I fear he may well ‘carry on the tradition’ of misguided foreign policy and military engagements.

Trump, in fact, has additional factors which, to my mind, make him scarier than Bush. One factor is his Mars in Leo conjuncting that Leo Ascendant. This is recognizable as the ‘hair-trigger’ counter-aggressivity he has been programmed to use to counter any appeared threat to his own insecure self-image. The fact that he was born pre-programmed with these qualities is why they were evident in his character from such an early age.

Now, people can come to terms with these factors and, in fact, most of my clients with Leo Rising are well aware of the fact that they are not as strong as they appear. This, however, requires conscious awareness, honesty and humility. Donald Trump, however, has uttered what, to my mind, are rather frightening statements for someone with Leo Rising to say:

“Trump has offered his observations about the Peggy Lee line to other interviewers (re: the song: Is That All There Is?) which makes me think that he keeps it in reserve for a moment when he’s supposed to demonstrate self-awareness. Later when I read over a transcript of the interview, it becomes obvious that what he says next is more telling. Referring to Lee’s lyric I say, ‘Do you ask yourself that sometimes too?’ He replies: ‘No I don’t want to think about it! I don’t like to analyze myself because I might not like what I see. I don’t like to analyze myself.”

“A linguist or psychologist could write at length on Trump’s conversational style. After the briefest reflection, he slams the door on introspection and turns immediately to consider other people and their failures.”

This whole portion of Donald Trump’s Astrological ‘curriculum’ is receiving a major focus of attention right now. This is in relation to his Progressed Sun. The Progressed Sun is where you move the Sun one degree for every year of your life. It is the most useful indicator of the movement of your identity through your Astrological chart.

Since age 38 Donald Trump’s Progressed Sun has been moving through his Twelfth House, house of the deeper unconscious and past life memory. A few years ago it conjuncted his arrogant, aggressive Mars in Leo and this has been where the focus of his identity has been in recent years.

On July 25th, however, four days after the Republican Convention, Donald Trump’s Progressed Sun will conjunct his proud (but compensating for insecurity) Leo Ascendant, and will move into his First House of Self-image, for the next 29 years.

Now, whether that proud, arrogant but insecure self-image will be brought to Donald’s awareness by having to face even more consciously the reality and responsibility of potentially serving as the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth through winning the nomination; or will have that awareness brought to him by having the space to feel the relief that that insecure self behind the Leo Rising arrogance would be feeling in the aftermath of losing the nomination, ….which of those scenarios will be at play, remains to be seen.

Whether he wins the nomination depends on what the Republicans do, and what it says about them. And whether he wins the Presidency following a capture of the nomination depends upon us, and what it says about us. That is the partially the topic of the next part of this article.

Endnote: Obviously the paragraphs above were written before Trump won the nomination, no longer being at the risk of a contested convention. The alignment of his Progressed Sun with his Ascendant at that time, however, still leads me to feel that there is likely to be some uncomfortable drama for Mr. Trump at that convention.

(Part 2)
What does it say about us?
And: What is ahead?