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

PS: Even though I am in China right now, I’m not too busy work-wise and would be happy to do Skype readings for anyone who would like that. I can also make free phone calls to the U.S.

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.

If you are not familiar with the Readings that I offer, here is a link to check them out:


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?

The Astrology of 2015

Spiritual Company Newsletter

By Steffan Vanel • Astrologer • Tarot  Reader

January 13, 2015

2015 looks like a continuation of the major Astrological theme of the last several years, with an additional consideration. And there is the arrival of a whole new Astrological configuration.

The continuing configuration is the Pluto in Capricorn Square to Uranus in Aries. The last exact square will be on March 16th.

There are, however, two things to bear in mind with this last square.

One is the fact that the six previous squares all had either Pluto or Uranus retrograde, moving backwards, at the time of the square. So one or the other planet was moving back over old material.

At the time of this last square both Pluto and Uranus are moving direct. This could be an ending of this series of seven squares between 2012 and 2015 with some kind of ‘bang’. The level on which that may occur is hard to predict.

The other consideration here is the fact that even though this is the last exact square, these squares have set in motion things which will continue to manifest.

For example, the last period of intense Pluto/Uranus activity was in the 1960’s when they were in conjunction with each other. The last exact conjunction was in June of 1966. That was a period of civil rights activity, the start of the build up in Vietnam and Beatlemania.

But the years that really reflect the intensity of that conjunction came after 1966, with the intensification of the War in Vietnam, the student riots in Paris, the Russian tanks in Prague, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy etc.

And so I think it will take until the end of this decade to see the full manifestation of the transformative potential of these squares.

One clear manifestation of something that was born with this intense Pluto/Uranus energy in their chart is the so-called Islamic State or ISIS. I have spoken about their chart in an earlier newsletter and I make some comments about it in my YouTube lecture. Suffice to say it is a really intense chart and has some pretty intense transits coming their way in the years ahead.

The other large Astrological configuration at play this year is the Saturn in Sagittarius moving into a square to Neptune in Pisces. So all four outer planets will be in tension with each other this year.

This Neptune/Saturn square doesn’t peak until November, but I think its influence started last fall. I think it is relatable to the Racial/Police tensions in the U.S. and the Ebola epidemic in Africa.

I had the desire earlier to write a newsletter entitled: Am I my Brother’s Keeper? : Africa, Ebola and Racism. Basically, I have felt that there is no accident that these events have been happening simultaneously. I think it was also highly symbolic that President Obama’s summit meeting in Washington of African leaders that was supposed to cultivate American/African relations and business engagements took place right as there was the recognition that the Ebola outbreak had gone out of control, where one leader actually couldn’t attend the meeting in Washington because of it.

Saturn in Sagittarius in tension with Neptune in Pisces can involve having to be confronted or vulnerable to ways in which your own limited belief system has kept you from recognizing the true suffering of others, whether it is the danger of being a young black man in relation to a racially charged, militarized police force or, on the other hand, the fearful vulnerability of being a police officer in a society with so much fear, violence and guns around.

The dispassionate disconnect from those suffering in Africa is really obvious in that is was pretty much a side story here in the U.S. and Europe until we had our first cases of Ebola on our own territories.

In my YouTube lecture/video I speak about the Astrology chart for the birth of Ebola which is quite interesting, but I can say here does indicate the sign Cancer, of caring and nurturing, in tension with Pluto the planet of complete death/rebirth.

Any tension involving the planet Neptune or the sign Pisces, and here we have both, creates a high propensity for the ‘victim/victimizer’ program.

This time the tension is coming from a Saturnian stern restriction or ‘reality check’ in Sagittarius, a sign related to your ‘belief system’ and your philosophical morals.

Because the only way out of the victim/victimizer program is the positive side of the planet Neptune, that being: unconditional love, for oneself and for others, total forgiveness for oneself and for others, and total faith, trust and surrender to where there are no victims or victimizers, but just all of us little boys and girls doing the best that we can.

It brings to my mind what Rodney King said during the LA riots that followed the acquittal of the police officers who beat him: “Why can’t we all just get along?”

In addendum: I wrote the above before the Charle Hebdo Massacre took place in Paris. It seems that much of what I said above is applicable to what we see has taken place there.

The intensity of these aspects and the level of fear, resentment and hatred that is manifesting now seem to indicate that it is time for a major deep spiritual, psychological transformation if we are not to live in a world of greater and greater fear and danger.

On that note I would like to end with the Sabian Symbols for the degrees of the Zodiac being activated by the Saturn/Neptune Square which will be exact on November 26 (Thanksgiving Day here in the US)

I think that they bear poignant images of the kind of internal and external transformation that we are being called upon to manifest:

KEYNOTE: The alchemical fire which both purifies and transforms the very substance of man’s inner life.

Forces are at work in the deepest layers of the psyche which in their own way respond to the outer stimulation produced by a strong involvement in group ambitions and emotions, and even more by the powerful tensions and releases of love. An alchemical process goes on, usually unnoticed by the conscious ego, until it becomes obvious that a kind of mutation has taken place and a new level of awareness and of responses to life has been reached.

At this third stage of the five-fold sequence we deal with both the basic rhythm of growth of the human being and the reaction to more individualized experiences which aroused the emotions. The very substance of the person’s nature undergoes modifications, on the basis of which a new step may be taken. The symbol draws our attention to the inner changes. We have to become aware of them. What is implied is a kind of PSYCHIC GESTATION.

KEYNOTE: A call to participation in the service of the race, as an evolutionary crisis approaches.

This symbolic picture presents another aspect of the emotional relationship between the individual and the collectivity of human beings. It can also be related to the old feminist movement or the present women’s liberation. In traditional symbolism the woman refers more specifically to the biological and psychic aspect of human life; she is seen primarily as the mother, and/or the intuitive or “psychic” type of person. A new race of human beings may well be slowly unfolding some of its potential of consciousness and fulfillment. The individual who envisions this evolutionary development “sounds the call.” He or she is both seer-herald and mutant. In that sense such a human being is both an individual true to his original nature and a dedicated person — dedicated to the future he or she holds in latency as does a seed in mutation.

At this third stage of the sixty-eighth five-fold sequence the two preceding phases blend in a new form of consecration of the individual to the Whole. Tomorrow acts through today; it SUMMONS men to rebirth.

May We All Blessed Be,
Steffan Vanel

Nightmare in Gaza

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By Steffan Vanel • Astrologer • Tarot  Reader

August 4, 2014

Dear Friends and Clients,

I have been asked to share some comments about the conflict in Gaza. In that regard I’ve decided to relay three documents.

  • The first is the section in my book where I spoke about the Arab/Israeli Conflict.
  • The second is MIT professor Noam Chomsky’s assessment of the present conflict.
  • The third is a rather chilling article by an American Jew named Yochanan Gordon entitled: “When Genocide is Permissible.”

I do hope and pray that all parties can find some kind of positive, peaceful resolution and that the suffering can be alleviated.
Steffan Vanel

But first I want to share with you a conversation with a Middle Eastern Terrorist bomber:

First Speaker: When you attack it’s just to spread terror….I think these bombings and these killings hurt us with the United Nations…When they read about us, it’s nothing but terror and violence.

Terrorist: It’s not the first time this happens in history. I don’t know of one nation, whether existing now or in the past……that was not born in violence. Terror, violence, death. They are the midwives who bring free nations into this world….justice itself is an abstraction……completely devoid of reality.

We will continue to bomb them out.

Reading the above I would imagine that it would be an easy conclusion that the terrorist is a Palestinian bomber.

Actually, it is dialogue coming from a Jewish terrorist in the movie Exodus, who had been imprisoned for the 1946 bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem:

The King David Hotel bombing was an attack carried out on Monday July 22, 1946 by the militant right-wing Zionist underground organization, the Irgun, on the British administrative headquarters for Palestine, which was housed in the southern wing[1] of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.[2][3][4] 91 people of various nationalities were killed and 46 were injured.[5] -Wikipedia

Interesting when the tables are turned?

The Arab/Israeli Conflict

According to Hilarion, the Middle East is the place to watch. He says that the oil deposits which ring the State of Israel were purposely arranged to be there to serve as the catalyst for what Hilarion calls the casus belli for the final war. The Spiritual Hierarchy understood that the nations of the Earth would fight for ownership of the oil deposits. I must admit that during the Gulf War I thought, ‘This is it.’

In the book, Nations, Hilarion has a specific pronouncement regarding Israel. Before I present that information, I would like to share some Astrological insight into the Arab/Israeli conflict. In his book, Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology, the author contends that Astrologically speaking the Israelis are related to the sign Aries while the Arabs are related to the sign Scorpio. Aries and Scorpio are the two signs which are ruled by Mars, the God of War. This gives insight into why both sides exhibit seemingly irrepressible, aggressive, and violent tendencies, However, the Aries and Scorpio ‘styles’ are totally different. The Aries related Israelis express their aggression in blustering ‘Six Days Wars’ campaigns with helicopter gunships and tanks. In contrast, the Scorpio related Arabs express their aggression in smaller secretive, terrorist attacks and suicide bombers. Each side totally hates and resents the other’s ‘style.’

I have traveled to Israel. I made a spiritual pilgrimage to Jerusalem, as a Christian. I also made a pilgrimage to the northern Israeli town of Zefat, as a devoted student of the Jewish Kabbalah. In the 16th century there was a great flowering of Kabbalistic teaching and knowledge in Zefat. The hillside there is dotted with numerous grave sites, many painted blue to indicate the resting place of a tzadikim or holy person.

While in Israel I also visited with Israeli friends. These were largely European Jews, friends and family of my Jewish friends in Europe. They told me that, at one time, they had great hope and faith in the future of their country. During the 1960’s and 70’s there was a lot of positive optimism for the future of their nation. That was the time when a lot of kibbultzim and other communal efforts flourished. My friends then told me that their optimism is gone. They have little faith in their future. I was told this in early 1987, long before the present intifada. At that same time, these friends of European descent also told me that the most aggressive, anti-Palestinian, and militant Israelis tended to be Jews who came from Arabic countries such as Morocco and Yemen. These Jews already had developed a long history of tension with Muslims. My friends noted that the other group of Israelis who were equally aggressive and militaristic in their attitude toward the Palestinians were Jews who had emigrated from America.

Here, I am venturing onto tricky ground, in relation to my many Jewish-American friends. Nonetheless, I say what I say now because it is my observation, and I offer it only to further awareness and consciousness and healing. My Jewish-American friends are generally very liberal, abhor racist discrimination, and are firm advocates of Civil Rights. Yet among many of them, once the subject of Israel is mentioned, a whole different demeanor descends over them. They become aggressive and militaristic in their attitude towards the Palestinians. Of course the sad history of anti-Semitism and the horrors the Holocaust arc a large and understandable cause for Jewish protectiveness. However, why would American Jews be more militant in their defense of Israel than European Jews, who are actually more connected to the historical areas where those horrors took place? My conclusion is that the American Jews are likely subject to the elements of the American Astrological character. These Astrological influences would include the Sagittarian tendency to see oneself as ‘upright, honest and morally strong. whether true or not; the Mars in the Seventh House ‘tendency to rush into battle when opposed’; and the Neptune/Mars square leading to the ‘victim /victimizer program.’ These are all American birthchart characteristics which could lead American Jews to dismiss or downplay Israelis who support peace and a less aggressive approach to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Before I quote Hilarion’s comments on Israel, 1 would like to repeat what Hilarion has said regarding prophecy. He stated that the best prophet was the false prophet, he whose prophecy has failed to come true. By delivering his prophecy he has encouraged people to change sufficiently so that the prophecy no longer needs to occur. The material for the book Nations was originally channeled from Hilarion in 1979. Much has changed in the fate of nations since that time. For example, the information regarding Iran references 1979 when the Ayatollah Khomeini seized power. Hilarion’s predictions for Iran then were quite dire, but the possibilities arc always in flux. Today with reformist forces gaining political power there is cause for greater hope in Iran. People and nations always have the opportunity to change and thus alter their destiny. Here are Hilarion’s comments on Israel:

ISRAEL has lost her Master.

She has forgotten the god who guided her people through the long centuries of affliction and persecution. Because she has forgotten her god, she will be tested in the very center of the crucible when the bitter years are upon the earth. This trial will bring the nation back to god, but only after much has been suffered.

Israel has been the repository of a burning faith and devotion for many centuries. She was meant to carry that flame aloft so that in the Tribulation years new fires could be lighted from it, to bring the world back to a true faith.

Those of her people who remained in other countries have still that intensity of dedication to their religion which can fulfill the stated purpose during the Last Days. But among the people of the new state of Israel there is only a mockery of faith. They do not believe any more. And because of their unbelief they will be forced to drink the bitter cup to the dregs in the years of trouble ahead.

Hilarion’s observations on Israel echo the lack of faith admitted by my Israeli friends. In reading Hilarion’s Nations, it is clear that it is no accident what nation you are born into, or choose to live in. It is also clear that the Tribulation is going to come down more forcefully in certain parts of the planet than in others. Historians have looked back to World War II and we can now see clearly what could have been done by various nations to avoid or lessen the horrors that ensued. If and when the Middle East conflagration fully ignites, historians will look back at the role which the U.S. played in that eruption, both in terms of what we did and didn’t do. Personally, I think that the many flaws in the American character are leading us to fail to live up to what this country does and should truly stand for. In addition to the flaws of Sagittarian self-righteousness and Martial aggression, there is our Saturnian Tenth House ‘sloth and inattention’ in relation to our role in the world. This negligent attitude coupled with our Saturn square Sun’s resentment of any kind of authority, explains why we do not support the only body of authority which could bring peace to the Middle East. The U.S. is the key player in denying that body of authority its true potential role and mission. That body would be of course, a fully empowered and functioning United Nations. In an interview with Retired Rear Admiral Eugene Carroll relative to non-military solutions to conflict in the world were the following comments:

Admiral Carroll: We had leaders who helped found the United Nations and make it reflect our objectives, interests and values. The Charter is an American document and yet we have been among the least supportive in the last 50 years of any nation in the world.

Weekday host: If there was one thing you could do, if you could wave your magic wand to make the United Nations stronger, what would it be?

Admiral Carroll: The U.S. taking it more seriously, its responsibility seriously, paying its dues and supporting the changes in the U.N. which are absolutely essential to make it effective as an institution.

Weekday host : But it still has hope for you as an institution? Admiral Carroll: I know of no other game in town that has any promise whatever. The Charter is magnificent. It has all of the authority in writing that it needs. It doesn’t have the support and leadership of the United States to translate the authority into capabilities.

It was dismaying to me when I learned that a proposal to put U.N. peace monitors on the Israel/ Palestine border had been accepted by the entire body of U.N. nations, except for two – the U.S. and Israel. Of course the U.S. exercised its Security Council veto and the proposal was killed.

I am happy to read in Hilarion’s Nations that “in an agony of soul, America will again stand forth with her love, to rescue and nurture the peoples of the world”. How long it takes for the present ‘blindness’ to be removed will determine how much good we can do. It will also determine how much guilt we must carry, collectively, for what we could have done if we had awakened sooner. It is partly with that in mind that I am writing this book.

Nightmare in Gaza by Noam Chomsky

Amid all the horrors unfolding in the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza, Israel’s goal is simple: quiet-for-quiet, a return to the norm.

For the West Bank, the norm is that Israel continues its illegal construction of settlements and infrastructure so that it can integrate into Israel whatever might be of value, meanwhile consigning Palestinians to unviable cantons and subjecting them to repression and violence.

For Gaza, the norm is a miserable existence under a cruel and destructive siege that Israel administers to permit bare survival but nothing more.

The latest Israeli rampage was set off by the brutal murder of three Israeli boys from a settler community in the occupied West Bank. A month before, two Palestinian boys were shot dead in the West Bank city of Ramallah. That elicited little attention, which is understandable, since it is routine.

“The institutionalized disregard for Palestinian life in the West helps explain not only why Palestinians resort to violence,” Middle East analyst Mouin Rabbani reports, “but also Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip.”

In an interview, human rights lawyer Raji Sourani, who has remained in Gaza through years of Israeli brutality and terror, said, “The most common sentence I heard when people began to talk about cease-fire: Everybody says it’s better for all of us to die and not go back to the situation we used to have before this war. We don’t want that again. We have no dignity, no pride; we are just soft targets, and we are very cheap. Either this situation really improves or it is better to just die. I am talking about intellectuals, academics, ordinary people: Everybody is saying that.”

In January 2006, Palestinians committed a major crime: They voted the wrong way in a carefully monitored free election, handing control of Parliament to Hamas. The media constantly intone that Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. In reality, Hamas leaders have repeatedly made it clear that Hamas would accept a two-state settlement in accord with the international consensus that has been blocked by the U.S. and Israel for 40 years.

In contrast, Israel is dedicated to the destruction of Palestine, apart from some occasional meaningless words, and is implementing that commitment.

The crime of the Palestinians in January 2006 was punished at once. The U.S. and Israel, with Europe shamefully trailing behind, imposed harsh sanctions on the errant population and Israel stepped up its violence.

The U.S. and Israel quickly initiated plans for a military coup to overthrow the elected government. When Hamas had the effrontery to foil the plans, the Israeli assaults and the siege became far more severe.

There should be no need to review again the dismal record since. The relentless siege and savage attacks are punctuated by episodes of “mowing the lawn,” to borrow Israel’s cheery expression for its periodic exercises in shooting fish in a pond as part of what it calls a “war of defense.”

Once the lawn is mowed and the desperate population seeks to rebuild somehow from the devastation and the murders, there is a cease-fire agreement. The most recent cease-fire was established after Israel’s October 2012 assault, called Operation Pillar of Defense.

Though Israel maintained its siege, Hamas observed the cease-fire, as Israel concedes. Matters changed in April of this year when Fatah and Hamas forged a unity agreement that established a new government of technocrats unaffiliated with either party.

Israel was naturally furious, all the more so when even the Obama administration joined the West in signaling approval. The unity agreement not only undercuts Israel’s claim that it cannot negotiate with a divided Palestine but also threatens the long-term goal of dividing Gaza from the West Bank and pursuing its destructive policies in both regions.

Something had to be done, and an occasion arose on June 12, when the three Israeli boys were murdered in the West Bank. Early on, the Netanyahu government knew that they were dead, but pretended otherwise, which provided the opportunity to launch a rampage in the West Bank, targeting Hamas.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed to have certain knowledge that Hamas was responsible. That too was a lie.

One of Israel’s leading authorities on Hamas, Shlomi Eldar, reported almost at once that the killers very likely came from a dissident clan in Hebron that has long been a thorn in the side of Hamas. Eldar added that “I’m sure they didn’t get any green light from the leadership of Hamas, they just thought it was the right time to act.”

The 18-day rampage after the kidnapping, however, succeeded in undermining the feared unity government, and sharply increasing Israeli repression. Israel also conducted dozens of attacks in Gaza, killing five Hamas members on July 7.

Hamas finally reacted with its first rockets in 19 months, providing Israel with the pretext for Operation Protective Edge on July 8.

By July 31, around 1,400 Palestinians had been killed, mostly civilians, including hundreds of women and children. And three Israeli civilians. Large areas of Gaza had been turned into rubble. Four hospitals had been attacked, each another war crime.

Israeli officials laud the humanity of what it calls “the most moral army in the world,” which informs residents that their homes will be bombed. The practice is “sadism, sanctimoniously disguising itself as mercy,” in the words of Israeli journalist Amira Hass: “A recorded message demanding hundreds of thousands of people leave their already targeted homes, for another place, equally dangerous, 10 kilometers away.”

In fact, there is no place in the prison of Gaza safe from Israeli sadism, which may even exceed the terrible crimes of Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009.

The hideous revelations elicited the usual reaction from the most moral president in the world, Barack Obama: great sympathy for Israelis, bitter condemnation of Hamas and calls for moderation on both sides.

When the current attacks are called off, Israel hopes to be free to pursue its criminal policies in the occupied territories without interference, and with the U.S. support it has enjoyed in the past.

Gazans will be free to return to the norm in their Israeli-run prison, while in the West Bank, Palestinians can watch in peace as Israel dismantles what remains of their possessions.

That is the likely outcome if the U.S. maintains its decisive and virtually unilateral support for Israeli crimes and its rejection of the long-standing international consensus on diplomatic settlement. But the future will be quite different if the U.S. withdraws that support.

In that case it would be possible to move toward the “enduring solution” in Gaza that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for, eliciting hysterical condemnation in Israel because the phrase could be interpreted as calling for an end to Israel’s siege and regular attacks. And – horror of horrors – the phrase might even be interpreted as calling for implementation of international law in the rest of the occupied territories.

Forty years ago Israel made the fateful decision to choose expansion over security, rejecting a full peace treaty offered by Egypt in return for evacuation from the occupied Egyptian Sinai, where Israel was initiating extensive settlement and development projects. Israel has adhered to that policy ever since.

If the U.S. decided to join the world, the impact would be great. Over and over, Israel has abandoned cherished planswhen Washington has so demanded. Such are the relations of power between them.

Furthermore, Israel by now has little recourse, after having adopted policies that turned it from a country that was greatly admired to one that is feared and despised, policies it is pursuing with blind determination today in its march toward moral deterioration and possible ultimate destruction.

Could U.S. policy change? It’s not impossible. Public opinion has shifted considerably in recent years, particularly among the young, and it cannot be completely ignored.

For some years there has been a good basis for public demands that Washington observe its own laws and cut off military aid to Israel. U.S. law requires that “no security assistance may be provided to any country the government of which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.”

Israel most certainly is guilty of this consistent pattern, and has been for many years.

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, author of this provision of the law, has brought up its potential applicability to Israel in specific cases, and with a well-conducted educational, organizational and activist effort such initiatives could be pursued successively.

That could have a very significant impact in itself, while also providing a springboard for further actions to compel Washington to become part of “the international community” and to observe international law and norms.

Nothing could be more significant for the tragic Palestinian victims of many years of violence and repression.

© 2014 Noam Chomsky Distributed by The New York Times Syndicate

Earlier today the Times of Israel published the article “When Genocide is Permissible” by Yochanan Gordon. They have since taken it down but we are republishing it here as representative of part of the discourse in the American Jewish community. According to Gordon’s bio at the Times of Israel his father is the founder of The Five Towns Jewish Times in Nassau County, NY which is “committed to showing the best of our Orthodox Jewish community, while reflecting reality.” The article is still posted there.


The article has been taken off the The Five Towns Jewish Times website with this explanation:

An article that was posted earlier today on our website dealt with the question of genocide in a most irresponsible fashion. We reject any such notion or discussion associated with even entertaining the possibility of such an unacceptable idea.

The piece should have been rejected out of hand by editors but escaped their proper attention. We reject such a suggestion unequivocally and apologize for the error.

Gordon has reportedly ended his twitter account, citing security concerns. He has now also issued an apology for the article, but he doesn’t seem to get it:

I wish to express deep regret and beg forgiveness for an article I authored which was posted on, Times of Israel and was tweeted and shared the world over.

I never intended to call to harm any people although my words may have conveyed that message.

With that said I pray and hope for a quick peaceful end to the hostilities and that all people learn to coexist with each other in creating a better world for us all.

When Genocide is Permissible by Yochanan Gordon

Judging by the numbers of casualties on both sides in this almost one-month old war one would be led to the conclusion that Israel has resorted to disproportionate means in fighting a far less- capable enemy. That is as far as what meets the eye. But, it’s now obvious that the US and the UN are completely out of touch with the nature of this foe and are therefore not qualified to dictate or enforce the rules of this war – because when it comes to terror there is much more than meets the eye.

I wasn’t aware of this, but it seems that the nature of warfare has undergone a major shift over the years. Where wars were usually waged to defeat the opposing side, today it seems – and judging by the number of foul calls it would indicate – that today’s wars are fought to a draw. I mean, whoever heard of a timeout in war? An NBA Basketball game allows six timeouts for each team during the course of a game, but last I checked this is a war! We are at war with an enemy whose charter calls for the annihilation of our people. Nothing, then, can be considered disproportionate when we are fighting for our very right to live.

The sad reality is that Israel gets it, but its hands are being tied by world leaders who over the past six years have insisted they are such good friends with the Jewish state, that they know more regarding its interests than even they do. But there’s going to have to come a time where Israel feels threatened enough where it has no other choice but to defy international warnings – because this is life or death.

Most of the reports coming from Gazan officials and leaders since the start of this operation have been either largely exaggerated or patently false. The truth is, it’s not their fault, falsehood and deceit is part of the very fabric of who they are and that will never change. Still however, despite their propensity to lie, when your enemy tells you that they are bent on your destruction you believe them. Similarly, when Khaled Meshal declares that no physical damage to Gaza will dampen their morale or weaken their resolve – they have to be believed. Our sage Gedalia the son of Achikam was given intelligence that Yishmael Ben Nesanyah was plotting to kill him. However, in his piety or rather naiveté Gedalia dismissed the report as a random act of gossip and paid no attention to it. To this day, the day following Rosh Hashana is commemorated as a fast day in the memory of Gedalia who was killed in cold blood on the second day of Rosh Hashana during the meal. They say the definition of insanity is repeating the same mistakes over and over. History is there to teach us lessons and the lesson here is that when your enemy swears to destroy you – you take him seriously.

Hamas has stated forthrightly that it idealizes death as much as Israel celebrates life. What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely?

News anchors such as those from CNN, BBC and Al-Jazeera have not missed an opportunity to point out the majority of innocent civilians who have lost their lives as a result of this war. But anyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian. If you’ll counter, that Hamas has been seen abusing civilians who have attempted to leave their homes in response to Israeli warnings to leave – well then, your beginning to come to terms with the nature of this enemy which should automatically cause the rules of standard warfare to be suspended.

Everyone agrees that Israel has the right to defend itself as well as the right to exercise that right. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has declared it, Obama and Kerry have clearly stated that no one could be expected to sit idle as thousands of rockets rain down on the heads of its citizens, placing them in clear and present danger. It seems then that the only point of contention is regarding the measure of punishment meted out in this situation.

I will conclude with a question for all the humanitarians out there. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly stated at the outset of this incursion that his objective is to restore a sustainable quiet for the citizens of Israel. We have already established that it is the responsibility of every government to ensure the safety and security of its people. If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?

Steffan Vanel