Some Post-Eclipse Comments

Great American Eclipse as seen in Corvallis, Oregon

While waiting for the post-Eclipse traffic to die down, I took the time to write some of my thoughts, insights and experiences, which I though I would share with you here:

It is a couple of hours after the Total Eclipse here in the sunny field in Oregon where I am camping. I feel that I have been through an Initiation. I thought I would go ahead and share some of my thoughts with others. For those who also experienced the ‘Totality’ some of this may be redundant. For those others of you, maybe these comments can help to take you there.

Leading up to today I have been meditating three hours a day. Not because I planned to, but because I have been having twice a day hyper-baric oxygen treatments in a pressurized chamber, equivalent to diving down to 45 ft. below the sea. I made use of the opportunity to deepen my meditation practice, which was greatly appreciated in my experience of the Eclipse.

In the last day or so before the Eclipse somebody sent me a guiding meditation on the Eclipse, encouraging one to recognize whatever elements of darkness within oneself are obscuring the radiance which is always there.

I used this as an encouragement to focus on the darker elements of myself that I know need to be let go of. I remained staring up at the whole unfolding celestial drama almost the entire time, from the first bite into the Sun’s light, to the last.

The magic really picked up as I realized I was watching a Crescent Sun instead of a Crescent Moon. The conscious Solar ego slowly dying away.

When the Crescent became even smaller I saw it as the smile of a super powerful, cosmic, Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat, smiling at the approach of the annihilation of the conscious ego.

And yet, that smile, that Cat, was also being annihilated. It made me think of this Eclipse being in the sign of Leo, the sign of the biggest cat of all, the Lion. Here, witnessing the death of the old Leo Lion previously ruling the brood, (a brood of lions ironically being called a ‘pride’ of lions) to give way to a new, younger, stronger leader. I will return to this Leo theme a bit later.

In the moments of Totality words cannot convey the otherworldly trans-fixation of those two minutes. Looking at the black circle with a white halo, where the Sun once shined. It was like the Eye of Sauron in the Lord of the Rings. It was a humbling, eerie, cosmic event of Suspended Reality.

Even in that moment of greatest darkness, however, there was still light. In fact it was a light which is there all the time, but we can’t see it until we reach the moment of the greatest darkness. Something many of us know and have experienced.

Seeing the emerging ‘Diamond’ of first sparkling light, was so joyous. A true rebirth. I used it to rebirth myself into light, in a ceremonial committed release of my own darknesses.

As the upper Crescent appeared it was no longer the smile of the Cheshire Cat, but the emergence of a halo or a crown of the newborn king of a higher consciousness.

I then stayed entranced in the rebirth of the Solar Light. It wasn’t until it was two-thirds revealed that I finally felt the returning waves of warmth, displacing the sudden coolness which had descended earlier.

As I mentioned in my previous newsletter on the Eclipse, this Astrological event is conjuncting the Leo self-image of President Donald Trump, and opposing the Aquarian Moon of the United States.

This tension has been obvious in the events leading up to this Great American Eclipse. Notably, the Leonine pride and arrogance of those who feel justifiably superior to races other than white, being in opposition to the true Aquarian idealism of ‘All Men Are Created Equal,’ in the Aquarian birth foundation of the United States of America.

Trump’s, as previously noted in my last newsletter, ‘faking it’ Leo Ascendant makes him an appropriate spokesperson, or at least, an apologist for this Leo element of our society.

To me, the Astrological omens foretell that this tension has to die, has to be resolved and attain a healing integration, and be reborn. Then the unification of ‘One Nation Under God’ may actually come to pass.

I don’t know what is going to facilitate that death.

In 10,000 years I highly doubt that there will be separate races of humanity. Hilarion has said that if there was anything abnormal by a mixing of races their offspring would have genetic defects. The fact that it never does undercuts the belief that the races must be kept separate, and for anyone one race to feel superior to another. Some of the most magical people I know are bi-racial. The Native Americans call them ‘Rainbow People.’

Yesterday, my brother shared with me a bit of a weird joke being spread on Twitter.

That we should keep our Eclipse glasses after the Eclipse is over, because we can then use them to watch the first flash of a nuclear bomb.

A weird joke but, as there are no accidents, there is no accident that this thought or image is passing through the collective psyche at this time. It does make one ponder the world we are in at this time.

Myself, I am keeping my glasses, not for viewing a nuclear bomb attack, but so I can safely stare at the Sun in focused meditation, when it is higher in the sky, and for extended periods of time, with reverence and respect for the Being which is the Solar logos, whose unceasing nuclear reactions gives us all that we are as physical beings. Let us all remember to humbly appreciate the True Light that gives life, and not the illusionary light of the egoic limited self, which inevitably leads to destruction.

May All Beings Be Happy
May All Beings Find Peace
May All Beings Be Liberated

Last night I was listening to a CD by Deepak Chopra called Spiritual Solutions. I highly recommend these CD’s.

In it, I heard the best description of the Leonine phenomenon of President Donald Trump. And of the solution, which, to me, represents a true healing/integration of the leadership quality of Leo and the group conscious humanitarian quality of Aquarius.

Here are a few extracts:

If you want others to follow you make yourself look bigger than life. The bigger your ego the more people will use you as an umbrella. Human nature seems to force those who feel weak to give away even more of their power. But ego is almost as bad in decision making as fear.

One over-estimates dangers while the other won’t admit that dangers exist. Under the sway of ego the person must perform constantly. The one thing the ego is good at is building up an image and images demand that you put on a show that other people will believe in.

It is exhausting therefore to devote so much energy to being a winner. While even more energy must be expended to keep self-doubt at bay.

Good decision makers are considered to be bold and fearless. With that in mind, most of us fake it, trying to appear more confident and sure of ourselves than we really feel. The great frauds in history achieved their success by mastering a look of complete self-confidence.

But in reality, the most momentous decisions are made in the presence of fear and anxiety.

A glance at the photos of Lincoln during the Civil War, and of Winston Churchill during the Blitz of World War Two testifies to their depression, worry and sorrow.

When fear is an inescapable factor the real question is: How to keep it from destroying your mind?

A Solution:

Act from the True Self where ‘I’ is no longer personal. Instead the ego of the True Self is simply a focus of perception. You have a unique perspective without investing in it.

As awareness expands the ego doesn’t die but changes jobs. The old job was to look after number one. The new job is to look out for the whole situation.

You no longer have such a personal stake in the world. Our aim is to benefit our self while causing no harm to others.

Ideally, what you want leads to benefits for everyone.

That ideal is only attained at the level of pure awareness, however. At every other level there is duality and with duality there is a clash between me and you. We pursue separate self-interests.

In expanded awareness you take a closer step toward unifying duality. And as that happens automatically the conflict between separate selves begins to be dissolved.

Former President George W. Bush also has the same Leo Ascendant as President Donald Trump. During his Presidency I saw that Saturn was going to conjunct his Ascendant. I used that to predict that that was when all of his false arrogant pride would likely be humbled.

That conjunction took place within 5 days of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy in New Orleans. And that was when George W. Bush’s poll ratings went into decline, and he never really recovered.

Although, I never thought I would say this, but I kind of miss him now. 🙂

I feel this Eclipse, and the pushback by even members of the Republican Party towards Trump’s comments in the aftermath of the tragedy in Charlottesville, VA., feels like Donald Trump’s ‘Hurricane Katrina Moment.’

I don’t know what scenarios will unfold. Us Astrologers will certainly be looking at key transits to the Eclipse Point degree in the months ahead and I will try to keep you posted, or at least try to understand the Astrological messages underlying events as they occur.

In the meantime, may we all keep faith in the Light which is always there, and do what we can to seek the True Self at the level of which there is no fear.

Steffan Vanel

The Great American Eclipse: August 21, 2017

Imagine it is a time in the distant pre-historical past. You are walking across the high dry plains with the bright Sun rising, mid-way to being directly overhead. The golden globe is rapidly heating the air of another hot summer day. Suddenly you notice a curved shadow at the top of the Sun. Then you witness that shadow moving gradually across the face of the Sun, blocking more and more of its light, until you can only see a brilliant diamond ring of light around the dark spherical shadow. This diamond then reduces down to only a deep red glow. That red glow is finally replaced by a filigreed veil of fine whispery threads of light, flowing, glowing around the dark sphere.

In the meantime the brighter stars and planets of the night have appeared in the darkened sky of the day, and the temperature of this summer day has noticeably dropped.

Imagine witnessing this without a rational scientific understanding of why the Sun, the source of all life and warmth on this planet, is suddenly extinguished in this mysterious way. It would be easy to imagine being greatly fearful that the Great Divine Spirit behind all creation had forsaken us.

In listening to accounts of experienced scientific ‘Eclipse Watchers’ it seems that even the scientific rational understanding of a total Solar Eclipse phenomenon is not sufficient to remove the experience of complete overwhelming awe in witnessing one of these events.

This is where Astronomy and Astrology really find themselves in the same boat.

Of course the Astrologers are going to be particularly energized by this kind of celestial event.

I have invested a fair bit of research in preparation for this article, having read the articles of many other Astrologers, purchased previous lecture recordings, etc. I now know way more about Eclipses than I ever knew was possible.

Of course a lot of this information becomes quite technical, which I am trying to keep to a minimum for the purposes of this article.

One technical point, both physically and metaphysically, however, is the fact that the only reason we have an ‘exact’ eclipse of the Sun is because the Sun and the Moon, from our perspective, appear to be the exact same size.

In science this is called ‘The Great Coincidence.’ No other observable planet has this same relationship with one of their moons. This is rather strange when you think about it, that the Moon would be right at 92 million miles away from Earth so as to appear the same size as the Sun.

The Ascended Master Hilarion*, however, whom most of you know I quote quite frequently, has given an explanation of this phenomenon in his introduction to the influence of the Moon in an Astrological chart, where he addresses the age old debate often paraphrased as ‘Nature vs. Nurture’:

The Moon in astrology denotes an area quite distinct from those to which the Sun relates. The Moon is the closest of the astrological bodies to the earth, and as such it denotes those influences and characteristics which are acquired on the earth itself, usually in the early portion of the life pattern. It is interesting that although the Moon is a small celestial body, it appears as large as the Sun due to its closeness. This is symbolically quite apt, for in the makeup of each incarnated individual, it is common to find that the acquired characteristics loom about as large as those which are inborn and filter down from the soul level. Hence the old argument of psychologists as to which has more importance in the make-up of an individual — the inborn nature or the acquired traits — is perfectly balanced in astrology which declares that in the main, both are of major significance.

Elsewhere Hilarion has stated that the Sun in Astrology:

Denotes characteristics which are a predominant feature of the soul or higher self which has projected the conscious personality.

So, in a Solar Eclipse we have the Lunar, more unconscious, instinctual programs of childhood, in their time of greatest darkness and obscurity, extinguishing the conscious, Solar light of the Soul’s essence.

In Astrological circles it is said that an Eclipse has the same intense effect as an outer planet transit. To my mind, the death/rebirth nature of an Eclipse likens it to a Pluto transit.

Indeed there is a vast databank of Eclipses associated with intense Plutonian-like transformations, as in intense cataclysmic natural disasters, as well as socio-political transformations.

As the Sun represents the King of the land in ancient Astrology, an Eclipse was often associated with the potential death or fall from power of the king.

Australians had their own personal experience of this in recent times:

A solar eclipse appeared the day before the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was deposed on September 14, 2015. Australia’s third longest-serving Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, died on the morning of the previous solar eclipse of March 20 that same year. Fraser’s great adversary, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, passed away three days before the prior solar eclipse of October 24, 2014. Eclipses have long been known to change the political order. (found at

Now, the effect of an eclipse on you personally depends on where it lands in your chart, as Astrologer Steven Forrest has said:

Eclipses do not affect everyone equally. You might possibly be immune to this one. Your astrological radio has to be tuned to the station where the broadcast is happening –which in this case is near the end of the sign Leo.

So, if your Sun or other planets are near the end of Leo, or Scorpio, Taurus, or Aquarius, you are going to be affected by a ‘hard aspect’ from this Eclipse on August 21st.

Of course everyone is going to have this eclipse affecting them in some way at this time. Some of us will simply be more ‘dialed in’ than others.

This 29th degree of Leo, where this Eclipse occurs, has become a focal point which Astrologers have been watching and will be watching, especially as transits from the heavenly bodies in the days, weeks, months, even years and decades of years ahead impinge upon that degree.

Now eclipses come in series and various cycles. For example the current series of eclipses this year and next year are in this order chronologically: Leo, Pisces, Aquarius, Leo, Leo, Aquarius, Cancer, Aquarius, and Leo.

Leo and Aquarius are opposite to each other, so clearly, the Leo/Aquarius axis of polarity is being particularly activated in this time period. More about that later.

A Lunar Eclipse is always a Full Moon, with the Earth’s shadow eclipsing the light of the Sun.

A Solar Eclipse is always a New Moon. The New Moon, in itself, is a monthly death/rebirth of the Lunar energies. A Solar Eclipse, as the Moon blocks the light of the Sun from reaching the Earth is, as noted by Steven Forrest: ‘A New Moon on steroids.’ Again, upping the energies of this monthly death/rebirth to a Plutonian-like transformation, involving not only the Lunar unconscious, instinctive energies, but the death/rebirth of the conscious Solar energies at the same time.

The Leo/Aquarius polarities of both the Lunar and Solar Eclipses in this two year time period has extra potency I feel, because we are now moving into the New Age of Aquarius. An Age of true brother/sisterhood, equality, and human group consciousness. So, to my mind, there is a much deeper collective drama, teaching, and lesson being communicated to the world as a whole by this upcoming Total Solar Eclipse in Leo.

The fact that the population enabled to see the exact totality of this death/rebirth of our Sun will be in a band spanning the entire continental United States, for the first time since 1918 (in 1979 it was only visible in the Northwest of the US), is why this is being called ‘The Great American Eclipse.’

In fact, this is the first Total Solar Eclipse since our birth in 1776, which is visible only in the continental United States.

For us Astrologers this has really amped up concerns, predictions, and imaginings of the possible ramifications of this Eclipse, especially for the U.S.

This is something really hard not to do when we see that some of the radio stations dialed in to this event are within the charts of President Donald Trump as well as of the United States itself.

Now this Eclipse is also dialed in to the charts of Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, Kim Jon-Un of North Korea, Vladimir Putin, and the charts of Russia, Iran and Israel.

It does seem, however, that the most prominent actor on this stage, presently, is President Donald Trump. Listening to the BBC occasionally in the middle of the night, I get a sense of the global quizzical fascination from observers around the world being fueled by the near daily dramas emitting from our White House.

So let us look at what effects could occur upon our President.

First of all, Donald Trump himself is an ‘Eclipse Baby,’ that is, he was born on the day of a total Lunar Full Moon Eclipse. This in itself is going to make him resonant with the eclipse theme of death and rebirth more than others.

The likely themes of his natal Lunar Eclipse, death/rebirth, involving opposing Solar and Lunar forces, can be understood in looking at what Hilarion has said about his Sun being in the 10th House, and his Moon being in the 4th house.

Sun in the 10th:

Tenth House This portion of a Natus denotes the Satumian concepts of authority, duty and devotion. The tenth is also a parental house, and usually corresponds to that parent who was seen as having the main authority over the native when a child. Because of these general associations, and due to the fact that one’s work in the present world system (the Piscean) is looked on as an arena where authority, duty and responsibility must be dealt with, the tenth sector of a birth chart has come to designate the “career” in conventional astrological texts. But it is much broader than that. The tenth house really denotes the “role in life” which the person elects to play – whether that role is as a housewife, a teacher, a student, a businessperson, or whatever. All of these are stage-parts which the individual acts out for the world, holds up and says “this is me” to the rest of humanity. And yet, many persons do not strongly identify with their “official roles”. They have no career facade behind which they hide their real selves. Such individuals are those who have learned the lesson of truth — simply to be true to oneself, and not pretend to be something which inwardly one is not. This lesson is perfectly summed up in the ancient edict, “man, know thy-self’, and any who are truly familiar with their own inner truth will not be found among those who waste their life energies projecting a false picture to the world.

We have digressed somewhat, but it was desired to take this opportunity to highlight what we see as one of the more deplorable tendencies found in the world today: namely the area of job/career/work. Man should not define himself in terms of what he does, but rather in terms of what he is. And when men come at last to understand the true definition of the human soul, then all of the charades and all of the pretense will melt away like butter in the sun.

For what is that true definition of man’s soul? It is one known to all the great sages of the world, and it is simple to state as well: Each individual is a child of the Love of God, and each is treasured by the Father even as an earth father treasures his own children. No other definition strikes so clearly at the heart of the matter, for none captures so well the essence of man’s relation with his God.

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.

And this is for the Moon in the 4th House:

Fourth House
A fourth-sector Moon is a very powerful significator astrologically, for it points to one whose natural rhythms and desires run in the direction of seclusion, isolation and the domestic routine. However, the life-pattern of this person is arranged by his guides to deny the full realization of such natural yearnings, the denial depending to a large degree on how afflicted the Moon is. The reason for the denial is to prompt the person to venture “out into the world “, and to experience the demands and rewards of the rough-and-tumble existence which the earth plane offers. In a typical case, the individual with the fourth house Moon has spent too many sequestered or sheltered lives in a protective, home-like setting, and has lost his ability to fend for himself in the outside world. In many instances these sequestered incarnations have included lives in a monastery or convent — and although much can be learned and laudable soul-traits can be acquired in such secluded experiences, there is the need to balance that isolation with a period of rugged contact with the grittier side of life that most people experience in an incarnation. We have been speaking of the “lesson” side of this lunar placement.

Karmically, the picture is quite different. The individual with a fourth sector Moon has invariably placed others in positions in which they were exposed before they were ready to the harsher side of earth life. Often this has occurred by ejecting children from a protective home environment, and forcing them to confront the rough realities of the world at an early age. As a result, again depending on the degree of affliction to the fourth-sector Moon, the individual himself usually finds that he has had to undergo a similar experience at a relatively tender age. In the absence of serious affliction (especially from Saturn) the individual may escape such an episode in early life, but will still have to go through some form of (to him) undesirable exposure to the harshness of the world at a later time in his life.

So, in shorthand, here we have someone who wants to be famous and successful, but also always want to go home at night.

In light of the statements by Hilarion regarding a 10th House Sun we can certainly surmise that Donald Trump has experienced, and is now experiencing, some: ‘uncertainty and worry in connection with his “role in life.”

The tensions between these two tendencies, between an outer world role and the desire to retreat into the 4th House of home, family and domestic security, has been really activated for Donald Trump this year as Saturn, presently moving through his 4th House, conjuncted his Moon on December 30, 2016, opposed his Sun January 18 (two days before the Inauguration), opposed his Sun again July 7th, will conjunct the Moon again August 20th (the day before the Eclipse) will conjunct the Moon one last time August 30th, and will oppose the Sun one last time on October 11th.

I am sure there have been, and will be, times when Donald Trump’s Inner Child is saying: “I just want to go home,” or, as has been noted, he will be inclined to take a lot of days off.

And remember, this Sun/Moon opposition in his chart bears the imprint of a total Lunar Eclipse on the day he was born.

This, however, is not the scariest Astrological factor at play in his chart in relation to the August 21st Eclipse. In fact, the Eclipse degree of 29 degrees Leo is going to be in harmonious aspect to both ends of this Sun/Moon opposition, which could help him to greatly heal and integrate these oppositional dichotomies. That beneficial energy, however, might be made available by being removed from the Presidency.

The scarier part of his chart at this time is the fact that the August 21st Eclipse is going to be within one degree of his Ascendant (his self-image), two degrees from his Mars (his will energy) and within one degree of his Progressed Sun (the movement of his identity through the chart).

These factors are what has all of us Astrologers ‘abuzz’ with dire premonitions for our President in the months ahead.

Donald Trump’s Mars being eclipsed, which is technically in his 12th House, but being conjunct his Ascendant, it is easy to recognize its influence being pulled into the 1st House of self-image, involves these two components:

Mars in 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.

Mars in the First House:

First House 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.

These factors are resonant with interpretations found within the canons of traditional Astrology. What no other Astrologer has pointed out, except those few who may be using the Hilarion material, is what Hilarion has said about Donald Trump’s Leo Ascendant:

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, with all of my clients who have Leo Rising, when I’ve told them that, with Leo Rising, you are not as strong as you look, they all readily admit it. These are people, after all, who are into self-development and are willing to pay me to take a deep honest look into who they really are.

Whereas Donald Trump has stated that he doesn’t like to analyze himself because he might not like what he sees there.

And with that arrogant, aggressive, 1st House Mars in Leo right there on his Ascendant, his response whenever anyone or anything confronts that inner insecurity is to instantly hit back ten times harder, or at least launch a vicious tweet. Being a Gemini, he’s going to be good at quick, edgy, critical communications, although the Saturn oppositions to his Sun mentioned earlier are likely to have a sobering effect there as well.

I would also note that Donald Trump’s continued tendency to divide the world into ‘winners and losers’ is not a good indication that he has learned this Leo Ascendant lesson:

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, this part of Donald Trump’s Astrological curriculum is, with this Eclipse, slated for death and, hopefully, rebirth. Especially as his Progressed Sun, Solar conscious, identity is right there as well.

Also conjunct to Donald Trump’s Leo Ascendant at the time of his birth was the fixed star Regulus, one of the four ancient Persian ‘Royal Stars.’ No wonder he thought he wanted to be President. This Regulus, Royal Star will also be one degree from the Eclipse point. Any ancient Astrologer would use that, in itself, to predict the possible death, or fall from power, of the king.

I would like to end this discussion of President Donald Trump with a transcribed conversation between former Secretary of Labor, and now University of California professor, Robert Reich and a former Republican member of Congress.

I found this in an on-line version of The Nation magazine. You can make of it what you want. In light of my previous discussion I find it extremely interesting:

Hill Republicans: Trump is fritzing out

This morning I phoned my friend, a former Republican member of Congress.

Me: What’s going on? Seems like the White House is imploding and Republicans are going down with the ship.

Him (chuckling): We’re officially a banana republic.

Me: Seriously, what are you hearing from your former colleagues on the Hill?

Him: They’re convinced Trump is out of his gourd.

Me: So what are they gonna do about it?

Him: Remember what I told you at the start of this circus? They planned to use Trump’s antics for cover, to get done what they most wanted – big tax cuts, rollbacks of regulations, especially financial. They’d work with Pence behind the scenes and forget the crazy uncle in the attic.

Me: Yeah.

Him: Well, I’m hearing a different story now. Stuff with Sessions is pissing them off. And now Trump’s hired that horse’s ass Scaramucci – a communications director who talks dirty on CNN! Plus Trump’s numbers are in freefall. They think he’s gonna hurt them in ’18 and ’20.

Me: So what’s the plan?

Him: They want him outa there.

Me: Really? Impeachment?

Him: Doubt it, unless Mueller comes up with a smoking gun.

Me: Or if he fires Mueller.

Him: Not gonna happen.

Me: So how do they get him out?

Him: Put someone else up in ’20. Lots of maneuvering already. Pence, obviously. Cruz thinks he has a shot.

Me: But that won’t help them in the midterms. What’s the plan before then?

Him: Lots think he’s fritzing out.

Me: Fritzing out?

Him: Going totally bananas. Paranoia. You want to know why he fired Priebus, wants Sessions out, and is now gunning for Tillerson?

Me: He wants to shake things up?

Him (chuckling): No. The way I hear it, he thinks they’ve been plotting against him.

Me: What do you mean?

Him: Twenty fifth amendment! Read it! A Cabinet can get rid of a president who’s nuts. Trump thinks they’ve been preparing a palace coup. So one by one, he’s firing them.

Me: I find it hard to believe they’re plotting against him.

Him: Of course not! It’s ludicrous. Sessions is a loyal lapdog. Tillerson doesn’t know where the bathroom is. That’s my point. Trump is fritzing out. Having manic delusions. He’s actually going nuts.

Me: And?

Him: Well, it’s downright dangerous.

Me: Yeah, but that still doesn’t tell me what Republicans are planning to do about it.

Him: Look. How long do you think it will be before everyone in Washington knows he’s flipping out? I don’t mean just weird. I mean really off his rocker.

Me: I don’t know.

Him: No all that long.

Me: So what are you telling me?

Him: They don’t have to plot against him. It will be obvious to everyone that he’s got to go. That’s where the twenty fifth
amendment really does comes in.

Me: So you think…

Him: Who knows? But he’s losing it fast. My betting is he’s out of office before the midterms. And Pence is president.

This article was originally published on Robert Reich’s blog.

Now I am not using this conversation to validate an Astrological prediction about Donald Trump’s removal as President. I do find it quite interesting in relation to the symbolic Astrological discussion at hand. I also tend to agree with Astrologer Steven Forrest when he says: Astrologers are expected to make predictions. It is the bane of our profession, in my opinion.

What is more interesting for me than just making accurate predictions is understanding and learning the cosmic lessons that our Spiritual Guides are trying to convey through the symbolic language of Astrology, no matter what specific events befall us to facilitate that learning.

To get a sense of what the collective lesson is, especially for us here in the U.S. I want to turn to view the impact of this Eclipse upon the Astrological Birth Chart of the United States of America.

Well, the obvious factor is that this ‘Great American Eclipse’ will be within one degree of exact opposition to the Moon in Aquarius of the United States.

This Aquarian Moon is one of the few planets in the American Astrological make-up which has no difficult aspects on it, natally. As the Moon represents the influence of childhood, I have understood this Moon to represent the Aquarian idealism of humanitarian equality and freedom which was operative in the birth and early life of the United States.

President Donald Trump’s Leo Ascendant/Mars in Leo is opposite to this Aquarian idealism. So, he is not the most likely candidate to encourage an Aquarian universal love and unity that can bring us together as one nation of brothers and sisters.

Looking at this Astrological drama, with the Eclipse itself being opposite to the US Moon in Aquarius, I am tempted to summarize it as saying that the forces involved in the likely fall from power of President Donald Trump are likely to create even greater tension on the civil division and discord already threatening our Aquarian humanitarian brotherhood potential.

I feel I already witnessed an example of this as I recently watched a video of radio talk show commentator, Rush Limbaugh, launching a vicious round of attacks against the Republicans in Congress, accusing them of conspiring against Donald Trump’s ability to succeed in implementing his goals and agenda. Clearly ‘firing up the base’ as they say.

In the aftermath of this trauma/drama, however, eventually, I think there is going to emerge some new embrace and embodiment of that Aquarian, humanitarian idealism. Who knows, maybe we will even get to single-payer Medicare for all after all.

The Deeper Collective Teaching

So, the fact remains, the whole world is experiencing this series of Leo and Aquarius eclipses. Each nation, and each of us individually, will be feeling this polarity between the Leo energy of leadership and creative expression, (although potentially arrogant and self-involved), and the Aquarian humanitarian universal group consciousness.

Two of these Leo/Aquarius eclipses are opposite the Pluto in Leo of President Donald Trump. Pluto was in Leo, however, for 17 years, from 1939 to 1957. All of us ‘Baby Boomers’ have Pluto in Leo.

Much can be said about the period when Pluto was in Leo and in the lives of the generation born with Pluto in Leo. The one point I wish to make here is that this has given our generation the karmic lesson of letting go of an expectation or attachment to a great leader to ‘save us,’ whether that was through their actual death (John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King) or their fall from power (Richard Nixon).

Elsewhere in the world one can cite the ‘fall from grace’ of previously revered leaders like Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung. These events have hit people in our generation in particular.

One can also sense that a lot of Trump supporters are from our generation, but even on the left, we are feeling bereft of confidence in any Democratic leader currently on the political stage who can save us.

I would say the lesson is to see that no Leo/leader who isn’t in humble service to the greater Aquarian collective need for us to come together as one human family is not going to successfully integrate and bridge the Leo/Aquarius polarity that this coming New Age requires.

Barack Obama, who is a Leo, but has Aquarius Rising, was when we had a twinge of hope of the possibility of that integrated Leo/Aquarius polarity to emerge within our collective experience.

Obama wasn’t perfect, but I do feel he was a good man who really would have liked to succeed as a leader who could have served to unite the Red and the Blue, into the Purple.

The rather likely fall, sooner or later, of President Donald Trump, I feel is indicative of the death of an old, outdated mode of belief in all-powerful Leo strong men, arrogant leaders whose power is based on division rather than unity.

One can already notice much greater instances of congressmen uniting ‘across the aisle’ in political response to the current political uncertainty and chaos. Hopefully, that will become stronger, although I’m not sure under a President Mike Pence.

Still, you have to try to keep the faith, and if it is only the Democratic Party that can align to the Aquarian humanitarian ideal, then I say more power to them.

Yesterday, in the midst of writing this article, I went to see: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Al Gore’s sequel to ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ speaking of the dangers of Global Warming, which premiered 10 years ago.

Now Al Gore himself has Leo Rising, as does George W. Bush. Seeing that at the time of the 2000 Presidential Election had me saying ‘Oh great, no matter what the next President of the United States is going to be basically insecure.’

I’m not sure, but I suspect, that if I did an Astrological Reading for Al Gore he would, at this point, admit that he isn’t as strong as he looks.

In this film, however, much of which was filmed in the mode of ‘Cinema Veritas,’ where two filmmakers followed him around for two years, I feel I witnessed someone using Leo ‘Chutzpah’ to indeed speak ‘truth to power,’ in service to perhaps the greatest global humanitarian (Aquarian) threat facing the human race at this time.

There were many poignant moments in this film. What I wish to note in this article was the footage of behind the scenes events during the Paris Climate Conference, discovering that Al Gore had, on the spot, convinced a Solar Energy company in Silicon Valley to give their proprietary technology for free to India to succeed in convincing India to change from being the only holdout to the global agreement which had already been determined, to being willing to sign on to the deal very shortly before the deadline/end of the conference.

Of course the film also had to present the dismal news of President Donald Trump’s decision to oppose that great global (Aquarian) agreement.

In the film, or the video taped question and answer interview screened following the film, however, there was the hopeful news that enough US State Governors had promised to meet their carbon reduction goals in spite of Trump’s withdrawal, to have made it such that the U.S. is still on track to meet its carbon reduction goals anyway.

Gore also voiced his having had the immediate worry that, following Trump’s announcement, the other nations would use that as an excuse to drop out of the agreement as well. He was heartened, as should we all, by the fact that not one other nation has chosen to drop out of the agreement thus far.

Ironically, the Leo self-involved arrogance of Donald Trump could actually be serving as a catalyst to bring the Global Aquarian Human family together.

The tension with our Aquarian Moon means the same thing could be happening here.

I would say that it is no accident that this movie is being distributed during this time of the eclipse. Indeed, speaking truth to power.

I do have faith, myself, and I do encourage others to keep faith, that the New Aquarian Age is coming. The corporations are not going to stop it. The Secret Government is not going to stop it. The Illuminati are not going to stop it. Even the Reptilian Aliens are not going to stop it.

Hilarion speaks in detail about what is going on and why, and the best perspective to take towards it. Sharing that information is how I have been ending my current lecture that I have been traveling around presenting: ‘The Method to the Madness: Astrological insights into the United States, President Donald Trump, and the Inauguration of January, 2017.’

As this article is already rather long I am not going to launch into yet another discussion. I will, however, be making a recording of this lecture available on the Web soon, I hope.

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The Inauguration Chart for President Donald J. Trump

January 20, 2017 – 12:00 pm – Washington, DC.

Dear Friends, Clients and Subscribers,

I have recently returned to the U.S. from an overseas trip since just before the election. (We vote by mail in Washington State) I have actually been enjoying being out of the country during this time. I have been well aware and keeping tabs on what happened and was happening here, but I was glad that I didn’t have to spend a lot of time commiserating in misery with all of my lefty progressive friends. It did, however, make it all seem even more surreal.

I did receive gusts of the collective angst of the left side of the national divide as I was doing Skype Readings for my U.S. clients who were in anguish and asking if they should sell their stocks or not.

Part of the time I was away I was in China and watching the English Channel TV news station there. It was quite interesting to look back on it all from their perspective. Insights from that will percolate into future articles I expect to be writing.

Since I have been back, watching and hearing the daily news, I definitely feel that I have been thrown back into the thick of it. Through the writing of my book: ‘The Astrological Karma of the USA’, I feel I have set myself up as someone who is trying to make sense of it all. There are times, however, that I can nostalgically pine for the days that I could be more oblivious to it all.

Nonetheless, I accept it as my fate at this time to try to help out in this way. Below I will post a flyer for a lecture I will be giving here in Seattle, where I will be looking at the Astrology charts of the U.S. at this time, the Inauguration and of President Donald Trump. If you are in the Seattle area I invite you to come check it out. I do plan to record it and make it available somehow.

I will also be writing some future articles about the U.S. and Donald Trump Astrology charts. Today, however, I just want to share some insights into the chart for the Inauguration, which is the symbolic ‘birth’ of the Trump Presidency, as I feel it has some very interesting things to say, some of which I can recognize as already manifesting.

As a kind of ‘mission statement’ in response to one subscriber’s claim to my having a bias against Donald Trump; I have no intention of hiding the fact that my personal politics are well left of center. That being said, I honestly feel that anything I would say about Donald Trump’s chart or his Inauguration chart is an expression of what I would say about anyone with the same chart, no matter their political affiliation.

In the interest of trying to make this more clear and obvious I am going to rely more often than usual upon direct quotes from the main source of my Astrological insights, the book: ‘Astrology Plus’* channeled from the Ascended Master Hilarion.

There is a larger backstory to what is going on in the world at large at this time Astrologically. How that has, is, and will be impinging upon the Astrological Karma of the USA is likely to be the topic of a future article, and I will be starting with that topic in my lecture next Sunday.

Today, however, I just want to look at the Inauguration chart. Of course the Inauguration chart is an Astrological ‘snapshot’ of what we are all generally experiencing at this time on Planet Earth, in addition to some of the specifics for January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017 Inauguration Chart
January 20, 2017 Inauguration Chart

The largest Astrological theme of this decade are the Pluto/Uranus Squares we have just come through, and which are still in effect. Pluto in Capricorn, thus deep intense transformation of major organizations, structures, and the world economic system, which has been in tension with Uranus in Aries, i.e. courageous, perhaps rash and impulsive, unconventional efforts of revolution and change, and freedom from old patterns that have outlived their purpose.

These are the themes of hard Pluto/Uranus aspects which can be viewed throughout history when they were occurring, and this is a major factor in the manifestation of these themes in obvious ways on the world stage in recent years. The houses that these planets are performing in, whether in your own chart or a nation’s chart, is more personal and specific as they change every two hours every day. So, we will look at what house this Pluto/Uranus tension falls in in this Inauguration chart.

During this last year or so, however, we have also had the added Astrological theme of some Saturn/Neptune squares. Now, any difficult Neptune aspect will challenge us with the ‘victim/victimizer’ program and a certain ‘test of faith.’ This has been impacting, in particular, the Sagittarian self-image of the United States, and is clearly a major factor in the flavor and results of the recent campaign season.

Now the Saturn/Neptune tension has passed the peak, but this same theme reappears in this Inauguration chart. The Neptune end of this tension was in the sign Pisces, a sign that is ruled by Neptune and also quite prone to the ‘victim/victimizer’ program, increasing the likely intensity of this kind of challenge. Now, even though the Saturn/Neptune tension has eased off, Saturn in this chart, is squaring Venus and Mars in Pisces. And, Neptune, Venus and Mars are all in the house of ‘karma with former enemies.’

In the interest of objectivity here are some Hilarion quotes:

Eleventh House When the planet of love (Venus) is found in the house of former enemies, the significance is clear: that the individual should seek ways of expressing affection for those with whom he feels an echo of the old hatred or rivalry carried over from an earlier life.

Eleventh House When Mars is located in the eleventh house of a natus, there is a clear indication that those souls who in previous lives were cast in the role of opponents or enemies will again be part of this life, and moreover that the old resentments and conflicts with such souls have yet to be resolved. A person with this martian placement would do well to survey individuals who have played “enemy” roles in his life, and to seek ways of resolving those tensions. Even if such opponent souls are no longer in contact, the individual should look within himself and find a way to dismantle any resentment or dislike which he may still be harboring. Remember that if you die to this life with the least shred of resentment or dislike for any other soul, you must inevitably be drawn back into earthly incarnation with that same soul, there again to be put through the same tensions and differences that caused the original estrangement. This law is inflexible and governs all human souls.

So, it isn’t difficult to recognize that the adversarial nature of what has been termed the ‘Divided States of America’ (resonant with the theme of former enemies) is going to be an on-going challenge during this Presidency.

Although there could also be an involvement with other ‘former enemies’ to the U.S. i.e. Russia, China, Islamic ‘Jihadists’ etc.

Fortunately, Mercury in serious Capricorn is in positive aspect to Neptune in this chart. Mercury is coming from the house of belief system and should help us all to make the effort to ‘rise above the fray,’ to understand and communicate the, to my mind, only way out of the victim/victimizer program which is:

Unconditional love, for oneself and for others, total forgiveness, for oneself and for others, and spiritual faith, trust and surrender, to where there are no victims of victimizers, but just all of us little boys and girls trying to do the best that we can….even Donald Trump.

I do make the point that compassion doesn’t necessarily mean that you be a doormat. As every parent knows, you have to be on ‘the razor’s edge’ raising children. You can’t be too soft and you can’t be too hard. Otherwise either you are power tripping them or they are going to power trip you.

So, our challenge is to stand up for what we believe to be right but to not be coming from ego and losing our human capacity for compassion. In this regard I can tell that the next four years will be a ‘great opportunity for growth.’ This kind of opportunity does seem to be particularly evident in this chart.

Now these Saturn squares to Venus and Mars are not the most challenging elements of this chart. Pluto is in the house of belief system, and square to Jupiter in the house of work, service, activity in the world, and Jupiter is opposite to Uranus in the house of the deeper unconscious and past memory, and Uranus, in turn, is square to Pluto, again, in the house of belief system. This completes a ‘T-Square.’ This is where any Astrologer looking at this chart is going to go “Yikes!”

Here are a few quotes about a Jupiter/Uranus tension, which was exact on December 26, 2016, and will recur on March 2nd and September 28th of this year:

The expansive nature of Jupiter, the shocking nature of Uranus, and the antagonistic nature of the opposition mean that there is likely to be particular sudden event that releases your built up tension and leads to a major change in circumstances. The more restricted you have felt, then the more upsetting the change is likely to be. (found at

Clearly a reflection of what just happened to our nation in the election of Donald Trump, the legacy of which will be an ongoing factor in the unconscious psyche of the nation. Donald Trump himself has a Jupiter/Uranus trine, something he has been using to good effect his entire life.


But their (Jupiter and Uranus) combination can also produce dogmatic conviction of the rightness of their vision. This, as the driving force in challenging outmoded structures, can lead to the breaking down of old ways of organizing human life without regard for the consequences. They can also jointly manifest a restless drive towards innovation or revolutionary change, which cannot leave things alone which may be working perfectly well just as they are. They can also operate together with hubristic arrogance, usually with destructive consequences. (Found at

Now Uranus also rules technology and is related to the birth of the Internet. To me this is relatable to the unconscious, not clearly known uncertainty of just how much the Russian computer hacking did influence the election, how much collusion may have existed between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or the Jupiterian, perhaps exaggerated, reaction to Hillary Clinton’s emails and of course, a President who incessantly ‘tweets.’

This Uranus/Pluto/Jupiter T-Square is a clear manifestation of the on-going Uranus/Pluto impulse to ‘throw the bums out’ taking place not only here but around the world.

This Inauguration chart, however, is the birth of an entity which will most likely exist and function for the next four years, which may well indicate an on-going, perhaps behind the scenes, revolutionary Uranus in Aries activity at odds with what is going on in the on-going daily life of the nation. Quite likely this will involve activities on the Left and the Right.

There is also a Jupiter/Pluto tension here, however, which is made more intense due to the fact that the Pluto end of this tension is in the house of belief system, which is ruled by Jupiter.

Here is a quite telling quote about a Jupiter/Pluto square in general:

Jupiter Square Pluto
This indicates that your personal philosophy and attitudes will condition your life, and because they tend to be fixed and dogmatic can serve to bring you into conflict with others. This philosophy or set of beliefs will either be ‘self-created’ or tend to reflect older, more traditional religious dogma; either of them is likely to be out of phase with much of contemporary life and social development. You will either express a peculiarly unique and personally individual outlook, or be willingly absorbed within a traditional structure. Basically, you are likely to be antagonistic to the modern world, believing that it is taking the wrong direction, and will be inclined towards a desire to reform the outer world and people so that they begin to conform to your world vision. There is a tendency towards mental arrogance, a certainty of your own way being right as opposed to the ways of others; and you are unlikely to be receptive to alternative beliefs and new ideas. You will be an active exponent of your way, expressing it forcefully to others, either by a challenging of their beliefs or by attempts at conversion; you feel that you have a mission to perform, and this conviction gives you the inner strength to continue. If rejection occurs, you tend not to use that experience as a means to re-evaluate your beliefs, but inwardly reassert your own sense of righteousness. Whilst it may appear that your own system of belief is intellectually founded, the truth is that it is rooted deep in your emotions, and you feel its personal meaning very intensely, thus whilst attempting to challenge and persuade others, you maintain a barrier to outer challenges against yourself. You are afraid that if your belief structure cracked and began to fall apart, then your inner cohesiveness as a personality would too, as your identity is so intertwined with your own beliefs. To some degree, most people are in a similar situation to yourself, where self-identity is defined by beliefs, opinions, attitudes, thoughts, emotions and body; in defending personal convictions you are defending yourself. It may be that your particular belief is not obviously religious; it could easily be political (Found at

Adding that to the fact that the Pluto is in the house of belief system and square to Uranus in the house of being ‘behind the scenes,’ or in the unconscious, adds to the intensity of this T-Square in terms of a pretty major ideological battle, the results of which are anybody’s guess.

When I talk about Uranus with clients I often repeat what I heard Astrologer/Author Liz Greene say at one time:

“Astrologer’s favorite pastime is trying to predict what a Uranus transit will be when it hits their chart, and they are always wrong.”

Now, one more quite telling factor here, especially when you have access to insights given by Hilarion is what he says about Jupiter in the house of daily life when difficulty aspected:

Sixth House
If Jupiter is in the sixth and negatively aspected, the indication is that the native will receive many rebuffs in life due to his inability to interact sincerely with others. The lesson of sincerity is a paramount one for him, and until it is learned, little true personal happiness can be found.

I think we have seen this quite a bit, including quite recent remarks on the part of President Trump and his Press Secretary, i.e. that the feud with the Intelligence community was created by the media, and that the crowds at his Inauguration were bigger than Obama’s when photographic evidence seems to clearly indicate that is a false statement. When I look at this chart I think we can expect more of the same.

And yet, whacky as those statements were, it did take down the headline of 2.6 million people in this country and others in 32 other countries marching in protest to the Trump Presidency from being the top story. Is it just Uranian impulsive wackiness, or clever Plutonian manipulation? In this chart I would have to say, probably a bit of both.

(As I am still working on this article since I wrote the above, we have now the additional apparently fraudulent claim that the reason Trump lost the popular vote was because of voter fraud.)

Adding to the theme of insincerity and dishonesty is the Mercury in the house of belief system. Again, in the interest of absolving myself from the accusation of having a penchant of bias, here is the Hilarion quote:

Ninth House
When Mercury is located in the ninth sector, there is an indication that the individual has forgotten the “precepts of righteousness” which he had acquired in earlier lives. The association of Mercury with an early childlike state is the rationale for this connection. Usually, the soul has passed from a state of “knowing” to a state of “forgetfulness” in terms of the Laws of Being, and one purpose of the present life is to restore the memory that has been eclipsed. The lesson side of this placement is thus obvious. Karmically there is a requirement that the individual pass through various episodes when his attempts to be less than completely honest and above-board will land him in hot water.

Now, fortunately, this Mercury is not difficultly aspected, but in early 2018 and throughout that year, transiting Saturn will be on top of that Mercury. I expect some concrete manifestation of someone landing in ‘hot water’ around then.

And knowing that Uranus is in opposition to the Jupiter in the sixth house penchant for insincerity, I believe we may see surprise revelations, perhaps Internet hacks, that reveal/expose this Jupiter in the sixth house insincerity.

I also tend to feel that this Uranian, revolutionary, potentially liberating force, behind the scenes, hidden away in the twelfth house is relatable to an emerging Progressive backlash to the policies and beliefs being implemented in the daily life of the nation over these next four years, also energized perhaps by duplicity in the conduct of things.

It should make for a quite interesting 4 years!

Toward the end of 2018 Saturn will harmonize with the Neptune in the house of Karma with former enemies, so this ‘hot water’ from the Mercury in the ninth house moral test could lead to some resolution and restoration of faith, compassion and healing between former adversaries.

Saturn is also in the house of other people affecting your money, and in harmony with both ends of the Jupiter/Uranus opposition. These positive aspects could bring a bit of a sober, stabilizing influence upon some of this Jupiter/Uranus craziness. Somehow other people, other political parties, or other nations affecting our finances could provide some grounding ‘reality check’ here. This reminds me of an article in the current issue of ‘The Economist’ magazine: ‘China the Global Grownup.’

Pluto, in the house of belief system, is also in positive aspect to the former enemy, Pisces, victim planets, so I think, eventually, some Higher Wisdom may prevail there.

The last, and also very telling, component of this chart I want to mention is in regards to the position of the Sun in this chart.

The Sun is clearly going to represent the President himself in such a chart. In researching and working on this article I’ve discovered that, as a result of scheduling the Inauguration to always be on the exact same date and at the exact same time, to the minute, means that every Inauguration chart has a Taurus self-image (Ascendant) and a Capricorn projected image to the world (Midheaven).

This is what Hilarion says about having these two earth signs on these angles:

This sign appears commonly at the M.C. coinciding with either Aries or Taurus rising. It tends to cause a projection of the more serious and cautious traits of Capricorn into the outer picture. Others will see the individual as practical and hard-working, with little time for play. But play is precisely the right prescription for these individuals, particularly those with Taurus rising. In such cases the preponderance of earth on the angles weighs down the spirit and must be counteracted with light, enjoyable activity undertaken for pleasure alone.

In that light I would venture to say that it is therefore appropriate to make use of the therapeutic benefits of watching Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, John Oliver and/or Bill Maher over the next four years.

The other consistent factor is that the Sun in our Inauguration charts is always in the first degree of the sign Aquarius, which is helpful in encouraging the potential for embracing a humanitarian group consciousness. The Sun is also always in the house of work, career, ‘role in the world’, again, rather appropriate for a Presidential Birth Chart. It makes me wonder if there was some secret member of the Masonic Lodge with esoteric knowledge involved with these choices.

What is relatively unique about the January 20th, 2017 chart, however, is that the Sun, although it is conjunct the Mid-Heaven, and therefore the most elevated, visible and prominent entity in the sky, it nonetheless has no positive, and no difficult, aspects to it. In effect, it is dangling up there by itself.

This brings to mind what Liz Greene said about having an ‘unaspected’ planet like this. She said that in such a case the planet would tend to live in the unconscious and not be easily integrated into conscious awareness.

I also remember something that Master Hilarion said about having the ‘D’ sound in a name in his book ‘Symbols’:

At the time when the parents are selecting a name for their child, the guides and guardians attempt to influence the choice in order to produce a first name which either a) reflects the traits or karma of the soul which is their child, or b) will influence the pattern of the life in such a way that the karma will be encountered. The latter effect is normally the case for the letter D. In other words, souls who must for karmic reasons go through a period of loneliness and separation from others are “labeled”, so to speak, with the sound D. Of course, not everyone who has the D in his first name will recognize this effect in his life, but comparison with the lives of others will usually show how the effect has manifested.

These two factors give me a sense of Donald Trump’s Presidency, as it progresses, becoming one where he is very isolated, perhaps a figurehead, but other people are really running the show.

In searching for the last time that the Inauguration Chart had an unaspected Sun, I had to go back until 1977, the Inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. It does seem to my memory that President Carter definitely ended up being rather isolated in his views, and rather overwhelmed by the flow of external events and attitudes, giving rise to the Ronald Reagan era.

Of course my liberal side would love to believe that this parallel between the two Presidencies could portend a one-term Presidency for Donald Trump as well. We shall see.

In this light, however, I might note that the most telling event I witnessed, personally, on the day of the Inauguration was when newly Inaugurated President Trump was signing Executive orders, a ceremony where the President normally uses a different pen for each order and gives it to someone present as a memorial gift.

I saw President Trump sign a document and give a pen to Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. Ryan, however, put the pen back on the table and left it there. At the end of the signings Trump picked up the pen and tried to give it back to Ryan, but Ryan had turned away and hadn’t taken it. Then Trump, left holding the pen in his hand, tried to find someone else who would take it. At first, no one wanted to take it, and then someone finally did, but they apparently felt uncomfortable receiving it, and ended up giving it to Melania Trump….

In the Congressional luncheon that day I heard Paul Ryan give a glowing speech of praise for Vice President Mike Pence. The combination of that speech, the symbolic incident with the pen, the unaspected Sun in the Inauguration chart, and the fact that most of the cabinet picks are old school Republicans, many of whom have views on issues that are counter to those expressed by Trump himself, gives me a sense that this may become more of a Pence/Ryan Presidency than a truly Trump Presidency.

This reminds me of a joke told during the George W. Bush years: “If Dick Cheney had died, Bush would have become President.”

I do have some additional things to share about collective movements in the soul and psyche of our nation, and specific Astrological ‘exams’ approaching for our new President. These I will reserve for a future article, unless you want to come down and hear me on Sunday.

Steffan Vanel

My Cards Were Right – I Was Wrong: What does it all mean?

Dear Friends, Clients and Subscribers,

I am actually in China now, and quite busy. I have had some requests, however, to share some thoughts about the recent election results, so I have carved out some time to do so.

I must say, watching the election from here in Dali, a small idyllic city way away in Western China, has made what just happened back in the U.S. seem even more surrealistic.

Obviously, the ‘rigid holding pattern’ my cards had predicted for Hillary Clinton’s feelings the day after the election, and the ‘love’ they predicted for Donald Trump’s feelings, were not amenable to the spin my personal political bias was trying to put on them. I was also uncomfortable being virtually the only Astrologer predicting a Trump win, especially with all of the polls indicating a Clinton victory.

What does it all mean?

Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton

There is so much one can say. We definitely have uncertain times ahead of us. But it seems clear to me the Trump victory is a ‘sign of the times,’ i.e. reflective of the Saturn/Neptune squares of this past year. One can see how people who feel themselves victims (Neptune) feel resentment towards the establishment (Saturn) and are inspired to dissolve (Neptune) that Saturnian status quo structure and put in place their own authoritative strong man (Saturn).

One can see parallels of this around the world: in the British ‘Brexit’ from the authority of the E.U., the rise of various right-wing groups in Europe and specific ‘strong men’ in Eastern Europe and the Philippines.

The dynamic I see involved here is resonant with a travel blog I wrote some years ago from Nepal. Some of you may have read it. The insights that I had shared came from conversations I had had with my Himalayan trekking guide, Yadev. Yadev was a really nice guy and we became good friends during the 10 days of our trek together. At one point I asked him how he felt about the future of Nepal. With a despondent reaction he said “Oh it will go down. There is so much corruption in the government.’ This is, certainly a common refrain in third world nations. But then he surprised me by saying ‘But the people, they expect you to be corrupt. They want you to be corrupt. Even me, if I was a politician, I would be corrupt.’ Now the last part really kind of shocked me because I knew Yadev to be a guy I could trust to be honest, considerate and above board.

The insight that came to me was this: In most tribal societies, untouched by the sentiments of civic duty and social contracts among equal citizens, when they were looking for a tribal leader to help protect them from the other tribes, they were not looking for a civic-minded diplomatic type with a slogan like ‘Stronger Together. ‘ No, they wanted the meanest, bad-ass, self-involved ‘’Alpha’ male. And they were quite willing to overlook some of their personal unpleasantnesses in doing so. It is this archaic ‘tribal spirit’ searching for an alpha male, which was willing to overlook all of the perhaps immoral or unethical components of Donald Trump.

Now as to the sources of this sense of victimhood in the U.S. I’ve listened to a very interesting interview with an Atlantic Magazine journalist, James Fallows, who just spent three years flying his own small plane to small cities around the U.S. In his ‘on the ground’ assessments he really counters many of the reasons being cited for Trump’s popularity. For example, the myth that we are losing manufacturing jobs to Mexico, China and Japan. He said that might have been the case in the early 1990’s. Now, however, most of our (and their) manufacturing jobs are being lost to automation. He saw, however, that most communities have already adapted and moved on with new forms of young start-ups and entrepreneurs. He cited an article to the effect that all Republican congressmen believe the economy is getting worse, except in their own district.

He also made reference to Erie, Pennsylvania, which had a huge Trump rally. Erie is known as one of several ‘gateway’ cities serving as a receptive base for landing and integrating refugee immigrants. With this year’s rhetoric you would think there would likely be a large amount of fear, distrust and resentment towards the Syrian families brought to live there. In interviews with the families and the population at large he actually found none of that.

Seventy percent of the exit polls in this election had people stating that they favored a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

So what explains the discontent? Besides the Neptunian illusion, confusion, and victimhood affecting our Saturnian grasp of reality, I have one last Astrological explanation, and a last sociological, political explanation.

The sociological, political explanation was coined by an author in the phrase ‘The Majoritarian Backlash.’

This author put forth the observation that the previous and present (but dwindling) majority rule of this nation, basically the white race, and in particular, white men, have seen, and can see, the on-going erosion of their privileged position as the dominant force in the political and social culture of the USA, and there is a collective resentment about that decline.

Clearly this is a follow-up to the theme I presented in my last article about the reason for the collective resentment of Hillary Clinton. I would say that it shouldn’t have taken a political genius to see that, after forcing these white males to stretch and try to accommodate a Black President, about the worst thing you could do was to try to shove a female President on them, especially a female as flawed as Hillary Clinton. Hence, the Majoritarian Backlash.

I believe it is this discontent percolating in the collective psyche of this group that made them ready to get fired up about trade, immigration and terrorism when these weren’t really ‘hot button’ issues previously. It’s not too difficult to see the slogan ‘Make America Great Again’ as code for ‘Make America White (and Male dominated) Again.’

This is parallel to the fears in Britain’s own ‘Majoritarian Backlash’ fueling Brexit. And, just as there has been a certain amount of ‘Brexit Remorse’ following the results of their election, I wonder if there isn’t some ‘Trump Remorse’ today, after having pulled the lever in protest, thinking that Hillary would win anyway.

A certain parallel has also been made between what just happened in the U.S. and what happened in post-1916 Weimar Republic Germany. That was a time when cosmopolitan Germans in the metropolitan centers were creating some of the most liberal forms of social democracy. They, however, experienced a backlash in the form of the Nazis, whose early support came largely from provincial, rural areas. Although it has also been pointed out that we must remember that populism is not fascism, at least in the early stages.

Now, I know that Hillary actually won the popular vote and clearly there are flaws in our system. But I don’t begrudge the existence of the Electoral College. If we had only a popular vote the candidates and their campaigning and advertising efforts would be focused entirely on the population centers of New York, California, Illinois and Texas. The rest of the nation would be basically irrelevant.

Now, I will end with an Astrological explanation derived from the U.S. chart. This is in reference to our Mars in the Seventh House, the house of relationships, giving rise to an experience of likely conflict and aggression in relationships and a tendency to ‘rush into battle’ when opposed, being square to our natal Neptune, making that Mars subject to illusion, confusion, delusion, victimhood and martyrdom.

USA Chart
USA Chart

I have written about this extensively in my book, and in subsequent articles over the years. For example, when Pluto was conjuncting the Neptune and squaring Mars we were in the delusionary military engagement of Vietnam. When I saw Pluto moving towards a square to Neptune and an opposition to Mars starting in 2003, I predicted the likely emergence of a similarly Vietnam-like manifestation. That of course was the War in Iraq.

When Pluto was activating this during the 1960’s it became characterized by the phrase ‘Hawks (Mars) and Doves (Neptune). Now, I was certainly a dove at the time and remain largely so today. But, as I said in my book, if I were counseling an individual with this same difficult aspect in their chart, I would say: ‘You need to heal and integrate this tension.’ This perspective has led me to feel that, karmically, the U.S. has to do the same. We obviously can’t just do Mars; send in the military, with no Neptune, i.e. no compassion or sensitivity to the reality of the people we are dealing with. But, by the same token, I am of the belief that we can’t just do Neptune without acknowledging there are occasionally times for an appropriate expression of Mars. The trick is to have it truly integrated and not either/or.

George W. Bush was obviously way too Mars. Obama has really tried to bring in Neptune and dissolve and melt away from those Martial wars started by George W., but, by my own assessment, as much as I appreciate and stand behind many of the efforts of Barack Obama, I do think he was too Neptune. I believe he should have stayed much more engaged with what we had created in Iraq, at least diplomatically, if not militarily having left some stabilizing troops there. Instead of disengaging virtually entirely and giving Prime Minister Maliki full sway at suppressing Sunni Muslims thus creating a more fertile ground for ISIS.

And, perhaps Obama could have done more to support moderate Syrians when there were still some around that could be distinguished from the Islamists.

Hillary actually seems to be, to my taste, a little too much on the Hawkish side of things, but she would have been a continuing effort to work on balance and integration of this. However, an animus-possessed woman in a pantsuit was just not Mars enough for Trump supporters hungry for a real martial alpha male warrior.

I think we saw the same phenomenon in the loss of Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan. My Kabbalah teacher, who always spoke of the balancing integration of the Tree of Life, said that because of this eternal back and forth movement of the pendulum, societies will always have a certain amount of ebb and flow between the conservative and liberal view points.

As to my liberal, progressive comrades, it is obvious that when we have a Republican President we do get much more seriously engaged. When we have a Democratic President we tend to just whine and criticize, or spin self-indulgent cocoons of conspiracy theories such that it doesn’t matter whom you vote for.

This is another factor as to why Hillary lost. Neither Hillary nor Trump received as many votes as Mitt Romney did when he lost the election in 2012. Lots of Democrats didn’t vote.

In an interview before the election with one of our great progressive champions, Noam Chomsky, he said any vote not made for Hillary is a vote for Trump. That this is just arithmetic. You can say you are going to vote your conscience but you can’t cancel the factual reality of arithmetic. And the danger of a Trump Presidency is such that you don’t really have a conscience if you don’t vote for Hillary but are just indulging in your own personal feelings.

As I have said in the past, the Sagittarian Ascendant of the U.S., giving rise to a tendency towards ‘seeing oneself as upright, honest and morally strong, whether true or not,’ is not limited to the Right Wing. We are all, in the U.S., prone to that kind of self-righteous ‘know-it-all ness.’

That Sagittarian self-image was getting hit pretty hard this past year. Next year it appears to be worse. And, as I said in my last article, the inauguration chart is also pretty challenging. More about those things later.

In the meantime, may we pray that there can be as much openings as possible in the consciousness and conscience of Donald Trump, and enough truly inspired strength and vision in those who oppose him, to mitigate as much as possible the potential harm that could happen to our society and the individuals within it, and to our fragile planet.

Steffan Vanel

The Reason for the Collective Resentment of Hillary, & Why Trump will be ‘Feeling the Love’

Dear Friends, Clients and Subscribers,

There is a psychological mechanism which one of my teachers, Astrologer and author Liz Greene, paraphrased as “The Velcro Theory of Human Relationships: If it sticks it’s yours”.

There can be many valid, rational reasons to feel antipathy towards someone. When there is that visceral, irrational, ‘over the top’ hatred for someone, however, it is generally a sign that some unconscious psychological complex is being triggered.

I live in the Eastern or ‘Red’ part of the State of Washington. This Fall I put up a Tarot Reading booth at the ‘Cider Festival’ in a neighboring county. It was clearly Trump Country, with a fire engine in the parade festooned with Republican Party signs, with Trump/Pence the largest, most prominent. I saw no evidence of the Democratic Party at that fair at all.

I could also overhear the people in the booth next to mine expressing their hatred for Hillary Clinton. What struck me the most was that the most intense, one might say ‘over the top’ hatred, came from the women.

Now, the male sexism in the Trump campaign has been pretty clear and obvious, with such slogans being displayed on t-shirts and banners unfurled near Hillary Clinton rallies encouraging others to ‘Trump that Bitch,’ or perhaps more frightening, ‘Burn her at the stake.’

To see this same antipathy for Hillary on the part of women supporting Trump, however, women who have failed to be the least bit disaffected by the sexist comments uttered by him in the ‘Access Hollywood’ video, starts to feel like ‘Velcro.’

Those of you who have experienced my special ‘Tree of Life Kabbalistic Tarot Reading’ know that a primary part of that Reading involves looking at the archetypal energies in your deep unconscious around the Masculine Principle, and around the Feminine Principle. This Reading gives me a unique ability to look objectively at how the individual is experiencing those two principles deep within themselves.

From having done so many of these Readings, and in many different countries, I have come to recognize certain collective patterns. Those of you who have read my book ‘The Astrological Karma of the USA’ may remember that I broached this subject there.

The pattern I am looking at here is in relation to the fact that, for many modern women, especially in the U.S., the Masculine side of their Reading is stronger and more identified with, than the Feminine side. In the U.S., statistically, it is around 18 out of 20 readings.

I often share how, when I lived in Europe, I could tell an American woman walking down the street before she said a word. Just by the way she walked. With an assertive, square-edged, masculine energy. As opposed to a curvy, receptive, mysterious feminine energy, which invites a man to pour himself into it, disappear, and see what he discovers. (I wax poetic)

This happens for at least one of three reasons. If the first two reasons don’t get you, the third one always does. Although double and triple ‘whammies’ are common.

The first reason is when a woman, as a child, is not in a close relationship with her mother, as that is a major way for a woman to learn what a woman is, through the female role-model of the mother. If she rejects that role model it will make it more difficult for her to know innately, instinctively, what a woman is, in which case she may develop the masculine as a source of identity.

The second reason is when a woman, as a child, is not in a close, trusting relationship with her father. This is the other way for a woman to experience her femininity, through the polarity with a man. Normally, the first man whom she trusts enough to experience the vulnerability of being female is with her father. If she doesn’t feel that trust, however, she may again develop the masculine, not only as a source of identity, but even as a source of protection from the father.

Of course there are many women who do express having had a closeness with their fathers, but when questioned more closely, we often see that this was facilitated by becoming ‘tomboys,’ as there was still that discomfort with the male/female polarization.

And this leads us into the third reason, the one which will tend to get you even if the first two didn’t, and that is the fact that the modern world seems to be trying desperately to turn everyone into men. Where masculine goals of work and career and intellect are what is valued, and feminine qualities are seen as secondary or inferior.

The pattern does seem to emerge the strongest in the ‘Anglo’ countries: the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, etc. My theory about that is that this is because of the long-term effects of British, Victorian Puritanism, where it was virtually impossible for a woman to enjoy being a woman. A situation where a woman was expected to have babies, but to not really enjoy making them. And where she didn’t have the opportunities to go into masculine goals of work, career and intellect. In my verbal rap I often say she was expected to be a ‘dodo.’

And of course this is something which modern women have been rather ‘pissed off’ about, especially in the last 40 or 50 years. It seems, however, that a common way to free themselves from this unfulfilling feminine role has been for women to take on the roles and identities of men. Of course everyone should have the freedom to unfold the male and female parts of themselves, which we all have in varying degrees. There does seem to be a collective compulsivity in this, however, which hasn’t allowed women to see what they are really missing. And it is hard to see because it is something that we have been missing for hundreds if not thousands of years.

This phenomenon is different, however, country to county. For example in France, maybe the Church tried to tell them that sex was bad, but it seems clear that nobody ever believed it.

Now, I have additional socio-cultural theories about this phenomenon and how it has or hasn’t occurred in different nations, but I don’t want to get too far afield from the subject at hand. So, back to Hillary Clinton.

In my research of Hillary Clinton I have noted that the first attacks on the part of Republicans against her were when Bill Clinton first ran for Governor in Arkansas. His opponent launched a major part of his criticisms not against Bill, but against Hillary, for keeping her maiden name and for not staying home to take care of her child.

Later, this kind of judgment came down upon her in the wake in her rather infamous statement about baking cookies and having teas. Here is the account on Wikipedia:

Clinton was facing questions about whether she could have avoided possible conflicts of interest between her governor husband and work given to the Rose Law Firm, when she remarked, “I’ve done the best I can to lead my life … You know, I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life.”

And this is from Time Magazine online in respect of this comment by Hillary:

Many traditionalists—as well as women who might otherwise have supported the Clintons—were outraged. “If I ever entertained the idea of voting for Bill Clinton, the smug bitchiness of his wife’s comment has nipped that notion in the bud,” one New Jersey voter told TIME back then.

Here are another few relevant quotes for this discussion:

McGill University professor of history Gil Troy titled his 2006 biography of her “Hillary Rodham Clinton: Polarizing First Lady”, and wrote that after the 1992 campaign, Clinton “was a polarizing figure, with 42 percent [of the public] saying she came closer to their values and lifestyle than previous first ladies and 41 percent disagreeing.” Troy further wrote that Clinton “has been uniquely controversial and contradictory since she first appeared on the national radar screen in 1992” and that she “has alternately fascinated, bedeviled, bewitched, and appalled Americans.”

University of Pennsylvania communications professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson saw Clinton as an exemplar of the double bind, who though able to live in a “both-and” world of both career and family, nevertheless “became a surrogate on whom we projected our attitudes about attributes once thought incompatible”, leading to her being placed in a variety of no-win situations.

Quinnipiac University media studies professor Lisa Burns found press accounts frequently framing Clinton both as an exemplar of the modern professional working mother and as a political interloper interested in usurping power for herself.

University of Indianapolis English professor Charlotte Templin found political cartoonists using a variety of stereotypes—such as gender reversal, radical feminist as emasculator, and the wife the husband wants to get rid of—to portray Clinton as violating gender norms.

Obviously, Hillary Clinton’s behavior and comments have triggered a resentment which was already moving along in the collective. I have, personally, listened to women express their resentment of NOW, the National Organization of Women, claiming that they look down upon, or feel superior to, women who choose to stay home with their children and not work outside of their home.

This is obviously complex territory with no easy answers. This summer an actress from the East Coast gave a thoroughly engaging performance at our local library entitled: ‘But someone must do the dishes!,’ based upon factual accounts of resistance on the part of women to the movement of Suffragettes who were seeking to attain the right to vote for women.

I have noted myself how Michelle Obama, who has also fulfilled herself previously with a career outside of the home doesn’t seem to trigger this kind of resentment, and in fact receives the most positive marks of all of the figures on the political stage right now. To me she represents a modern intelligent woman who is still able to maintain those more traditional feminine qualities. Michelle Obama speaks from her heart, with Hillary Clinton it seems to be more from her head.

I often share with my clients the following as, what I think, serves as a useful metaphor for the difference and yet equality of male and female power. This was given in a lecture I attended by the noted author and metaphysician, Manly P. Hall.

In this lecture Mr. Hall was referring to what is known as the ‘Iroquois Six Nations Federation’, a collective grouping of tribes and bands in a region of the Northeast in the U.S. I wrote about them in my book as our Constitution derived a lot of its inspiration from their Constitution called the Great Law of Peace or Gayanashagowa.

Mr. Hall said that, before the white man came, this Federation had 500 years of peace, something virtually unheard of in recorded history. 500 years of no bloodshed. The way in which their system worked, however, was such that they had chieftains and sachems from the different tribes and bands of the federation, and these were all positions of governing power which could only be held by men. They were all elected in elections, however, in which only women could vote. The women still had their own circle, but it wasn’t for traveling from here to there and hashing out the boundaries of the hunting grounds etc. They were still honored and revered for their roles and responsibilities as mothers. When they came together it was more for spiritual ceremony. Any man who had stepped ‘out of line’ in the observance of his duty, however, could be taken out of office in 24 hours by a unanimous vote of the women.

Now, I am not suggesting that we should adopt such a system, but I think that it is a useful metaphor for the difference, and yet equality, of male and female power. I sometimes say that women getting men’s power is not what it is really all about. That can just give you Margaret Thatcher.

The French philosopher Voltaire once said: “When women seek equality with men they lose their superiority.”

In my readings, I have seen that there is a large difference between being a strong woman, indicated by having a strong card in the Feminine position, and being what I call: ‘Animus Possessed,’ where there is a weak card in the Feminine position, but a compensating strong one in the Masculine Position.

I think the discomfort with this collective thrust in the American feminist movement is why it has been noted that far fewer younger women are fully enamored by Hillary, when they are expected to being so, as she is the first female Presidential candidate. I feel this is because they are experiencing a bit of a ‘backlash’ against the masculinization of women as a way of getting free of the repressive feminine roles. Many of those women were left cold when Madeleine Albright warned them with the statement: ‘There is a special place in hell for women who don’t support other women.’

There are some pretty intense Astrological ‘exams’ hitting the Astrology Chart of the U.S.A. in these recent years, and it has been clear to me that the U.S. has been having to face some of its dark shadows, such as by having the first African-American President, resulting in such ‘Velcro sticking’ as evidenced by the incredibly vile invective hurled against President Obama on what I call ‘scream radio;’ clearly spawned by underlying racism.

Of course the next-worse thing to force upon these people, after a Black President, is a Female President. There are no accidents, however. Everything happens for some reason. Maybe in the next election we will have to deal with the reality of an openly gay candidate.

The one thing I would say about Hillary Clinton at this time, Astrologically, is in relation to her being a Scorpio. We have uncertainty about her correct birth time, although of the possible birth times being considered, I have spoken about the one that seems the most fitting to me in the audio lecture posted on my website.

Having been born on October 26, however, there is no doubt that she is a Scorpio. This is what Ascended Master Hilarion* has said about someone born with the Sun in Scorpio:

The Scorpio individual is one who, in a previous life, killed himself as an act of atonement for some act which he regarded afterwards as being so horrible and detestable as to unfit him to continue living. As a result of this self-destructive act, certain of the darker kinds of energies were tapped into by the soul, which on the one hand give to the Scorpio a deep grasp of the meaning of regeneration through sacrifice and death, but on the other hand lend certain qualities of power over others, a win-at-any cost attitude, little patience with ideals of fair play and honor, and in his darker moments, a mocking echo of the self-destructive urges that fueled the original act in the previous life. The great task and challenge for the Scorpio is to manifest the regenerative side of his nature, to rise above the lower self on the wings of an eagle. (The higher animal symbol of Scorpio), and to show to others by his own life, the true meaning of the myth of the Phoenix, rising purified from its own ashes. Few Scorpios succeed fully at this task, especially in the past Piscean Age, when few solid guideposts were available to the seeker after spiritual understanding, and chaos and destruction were seen on every hand. But in the new Age of Aquarius, it will be largely the Scorpio side of individuals (whether Sun-sign Scorpios or not) which will be in evidence. As the understanding of man opens up to the energies of the new age, his spirit will literally take wing and soar to unimaginable heights of wisdom, love and creative power.

So, there is a deep guilt being carried by the Scorpio individual before they were even born. This guilt is usually unknown to themselves. Scorpios are really good at hiding their inner feelings, even from themselves. That sense of secret hidden feelings, and a deep sense of guilt within them, makes them very good hooks for someone to project blame upon. Perfect targets for conspiracy theorists.

Esotericists believe that, of the 12 Apostles of Jesus, the one representing Scorpio, was Judas.

Interestingly, the largest number of American Presidents have been born under the signs of Aquarius and Scorpio. Aquarians would be easy to understand as they are someone who has brought groups of people together and encouraged love and brotherhood among them in previous lives. With the Scorpios one could suspect those “certain qualities of power over others, a win-at-any cost attitude, little patience with ideals of fair play and honor,” Although we can also hope that they were able to experience the ability to “rise above the lower self on the wings of an eagle. (The higher animal symbol of Scorpio), and to show to others by his own life, the true meaning of the myth of the Phoenix, rising purified from its own ashes.”

After the election, if we have a President Hillary Clinton, I will write more about her chart and the influences upon it I can see coming in the years ahead. It is to be noted that Scorpios really don’t like other people having any kind of inordinate secret power or control over them, thus Hillary’s having used a private email server to keep her communications secret. I sense this could also be why Hillary doesn’t just come out and tell us the correct birth time on her birth certificate, or has been quoted as giving different times. She must know that we are dying to know, but, Scorpio that she is, she doesn’t want to make it easy for us to have that secret knowledge and power over her.

As far as a future prognostication, there is one thing I can say right now, and that is that the chart for the Inauguration, often used to represent the ‘birth’ of the new Presidency, looks pretty challenging. Of course the current state of the nation makes it hard to imagine otherwise.

One final note. During my recorded lecture I cut cards for how Hillary would be feeling the day after the election, and one for how Trump would be feeling.

For Hillary I got the 4 of Wands: Completion

Wands are fire or will energy. The four of wands shows a balanced, harmonious will energy, but contained within the limits of a circle, in a kind of ‘holding pattern,’ being somewhat rigid.

Whereas the card for Trump was the 2 of Cups: Love, an emotional harmony and balance creating an aura and sense of Love.

Now at least one Trump supporter on Facebook was happy to use that to say I was predicting Trump would win the election. And the cards I cut after those two did at least encourage that consideration. Now, however, I have come to believe that Hillary will win, but will be feeling like she is ‘on hold’ as she will then have to actually deal with the reality of it all. Or, who knows, maybe she will have to be ‘on hold’ wondering if Trump will accept the results of the election or not.

In comparison, Trump will be ‘Feeling the Love.’

Based on my opinion of Donald Trump’s Astrology Chart, especially his Leo Ascendant, I have joined those who believe that Donald Trump, on some level, doesn’t actually want to be President. I sometimes feel he is like one of the Television Wrestlers, scripted to lose, but having to play it real and tough until the end for the audience.

I feel that he knows he couldn’t really deal with the complicated mess of the current responsibilities of the Presidency. He can, however, cash in on the collective passion, anger, hatred, and the American penchant for conspiracy theories, to set himself up as an on-going spokesman for that segment of the population. I believe it to be quite likely that he will use this popular appeal to create some new media franchise.

Commentators have wondered why Trump seems to be continually addressing his ‘base,’ making little or no effort to woo the independent or moderate Republican voters he would need to win the election.

In essence, I think Donald Trump is a savvy businessperson. He knows the appeal of his ‘brand’ and who its primary market is. He knows that if he changes his brand to widen his market share, he may well lose the undying devotion and loyalty of his primary market.

Donald Trump clearly has no love, loyalty or concern for the fate of the established Republican Party, whom he views as ‘shackles’ upon him. Donald Trump has always gone for what he wants: fame and wealth. Well, he is more famous now than his wildest dreams. And, his coming media empire will likely make him incredibly wealthy.

This will leave the Republican Party in a bit of a mess. It feels a bit karmic though. They have allowed themselves to be an umbrella for those largely motivated by anger and hatred for some time. They have also gerrymandered their districts, using computer-driven hi-tech analysis, to create safe havens for those baser passions to thrive and grow.

As far as what will happen. It makes one think of the evocative Chinese adage: “May you live in interesting times.’

We must remember, however, that everyone, everywhere, needs our love and our prayers that they may be released from all suffering.

Steffan Vanel