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As you know, I am not a frequent blogger. Mostly I post once a month through my tarotscope, sharing a card pull for each sign of the Zodiac. This month and next there are some major astrological changes afoot that prompt even me to write about them. Beginning January 6 of this year, all major points (from Mercury to Pluto) went direct and will continue to be direct until March 5th and 6th when Mercury will go stationary, then retrograde, at the very end of Pisces, which means it will remain in Pisces until April 16, having entered on February 10, thus staying there for nine weeks and some change. The normal transit of Mercury through a sign, without retrograde movement, is less than three weeks! Pisces rules spirituality, the collective conscious, dreams, mystery, addictions, and delusions. Expect this to be a long period of soul-searching on one end of the spectrum and escapism on the other. The next major point to go retrograde will be Jupiter on April 11. Then we will begin to see an increasing number of the outer points enter their next retrograde phase. So, what does this mean?

At the global level and on the large scales (countries), we can expect changes to happen rapidly, whether it is the building up of an idea or institution or the tearing it down. Three of the outer points – Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune – all happen to be moving through the sign they rule – Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Pisces, respectively. So, their energy is amplified. With Jupiter we will see amplified belief; with Saturn, amplified consequences; and with Neptune, amplified spiritual sensitivity. In the case of Jupiter, it will pass through Sagittarius in a year (ending in October of 2019); Saturn will complete its transition through Capricorn in 2020; but Neptune, which started in Pisces back in 2010, will not be done until 2026. It is just now past the half way point of its journey. On the largest scale and widest field, we are facing a struggle between democracy and oligarchy, with the consequences of past choices coming fully due in early 2020 when Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all merge in Capricorn. Believe it or not, you are living in an age that will be as transformative as World War 2 or the Industrial Revolution.

Unfortunately, with global and personal debt at unprecedented highs and wealth largely concentrated in a small group, we are more likely to see a break down rather than a build-up. Economist John Mauldin calls the impending change, the Great Reset (https://www.mauldineconomics.com/editorial/the-great-reset-is-coming/johnmauldin and https://www.mauldineconomics.com/frontlinethoughts/the-great-reset-part-two). For more ominous reading, reflecting the United States Pluto return, a cycle that takes 247 years to complete, consider Chris Hedges’ book America, the Farewell Tour (here is a video interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moASDiENbfw). Using the US Sibley Chart, the Pluto return will begin in 2020 and end in 2022, but the impact will range over a much longer period starting back in 2016 and extending out until 2026. It really is not hyperbole to say that the America we know today is likely to be vastly different than the one that will exist in 2026.

Adding more dynamic energy to the mix will be the ingress of Chiron out of Pisces and into Aries on February 18. Chiron’s wounding and healing energy has been sharing its time with Neptune for the last eight years. If Chiron had a normal orbit, it would spend roughly four years and a few months in each sign; it returns to itself every 50 years. Therefore, all of us experience a Chiron return from 49 to 51. The journey of Chiron through Pisces is about the wounding and healing of faith, of belief in humanity, of delusion and truth. As it reaches the end of the journey, we see a nearly global attack on truth, facts, and reality and the persistence of truth, facts, and reality. As Chiron enters Aries, where it will be for eight plus years, we will experience the wound and healing around independence, pioneering, and the self. Interestingly, the US will have its 4th Chiron return in 2023 to 2025. The most recent one occurred between 1973 and 1975 and the one before that between 1923 and 1925.
We are not done yet. This year will also include the ingress of Uranus into Taurus on March 6th, bringing shock, insight, and wisdom (Uranus) to the real world (Taurus). Foundations will be shaken, even destroyed, to make room for new insight and new wisdom. The previous Uranus in Taurus transit occurred between 1935 and 1943, in the middle of the Great Depression and bulk of World War 2. Aries energy breaks the rules until there is a need for new rules. This next period of Uranus in Taurus will be the emergence of new rules, new structures, and new foundations. Will many of the Aries bursts make their way into the Taurus establishment; will I be able to buy groceries with bitcoin or get a driverless card a local car dealer ship? Will the cure for cancer finally arrive and become readily available through some kind of prescription? Or will these and other innovations not be part of this zeitgeist? What will?

If I may be so bold as to predict (for an indulgence), I do think that climate change will be the flat earth to round earth global or the earth is the center of the solar system to the sun is the center of the solar system event that will change behavior on every level worldwide. We may be able to cover up debt by monetizing it (printing more money) or just flat out ignoring until a collapse, then use the same thinking that put us in the collapse to try to get out of it (i.e., bailing out the banks that created the crisis rather than breaking them into smaller sizes and taking on the pain of devaluation of resources and greater restrictions on lending), but we will have a hard time ignoring rising sea levels that eventually make beach front property disappear and new beach front property miles and miles inland (https://ocean.si.edu/through-time/ancient-seas/sea-level-rise). Science is merely waiting for its models to show results that affect the common daily life on a regular enough basis to reshape that common daily life. Keep in mind that the recent polar vortex ground 1500 flights (https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/31/record-cold-grounds-more-than-1500-flights-ups-usps-suspend-service.html) while 2018 was the 4th warmest year on record (https://www.climatecentral.org/gallery/graphics/the-10-hottest-global-years-on-record). Even if the world is naturally “on fire” as part of a warming cycle, it would be more helpful to pour water on it instead of gasoline (we really do not need to be accelerating the warming cycle).
But why is global warming and climate change not embraced; well rather obviously, it would mean making significant changes to human behavior that most people rather enjoy and do not want to give up; especially when they believe a moment of weather is the same thing as year-on-year end climate, which is much harder to easily and simply quantify than, “it’s 30 below in the northern Midwest, so global warming is hoax.” In other words, my reality around me extends around the entire planet.

Now much of what is happening will happen and the vast majority of us will be along for the ride. The question, it seems, is do we want to be on the prow of the ship or in the bowels when we hit iceberg or do we want to be near the life boats and thinking critically about how to live in the now and prepare for a future that will have some pretty amazing advances, even in social behavior, while also weathering the bill collection coming due on years and years of truly reckless behavior. Here is simple truth written about by Jared Dillon, who writes for the Mauldin group, “Debt allows you to enjoy a higher standard of living today, at the expense of having a lower standard of living tomorrow.” You can read the full article that includes this quote at: https://www.mauldineconomics.com/the-10th-man/debt-is-the-enemy-part-2. Additionally, there are minds that see the change as it is happening and one of the most articulate is Bob Lefsetz, who writes profusely about the music industry; here’s a sample of his insight about the gap between the rising generation and the leaving generation: https://lefsetz.com/wordpress/2019/02/10/the-grammy-ratings-will-tank/. He is describing Uranus in Taurus.

Of the recommended thinkers and their writings, I would say John Mauldin and Bob Lefsetz are mostly optimistic about the future; they see the big changes, know they will be hard, but believe the shift will result in a better world once the pain has passed. Chris Hedges is much more of a pessimist and he rather forthrightly acknowledges that his own seminary training comes from the Calvin tradition, which is one of austerity and seeing humans as innately hedonistic who, when left to their own devices and without some kind of comprehensive social and legal justice system, will run amok and eventually harm themselves and everyone else around them. I would put Jared Dillion more squarely in a realist camp, not trying to predict an outcome, but rather waiting to see which outcome will emerge by the chance of happenstance in the moment of crisis while trying to be prepared as possible, living frugally, debt-free, and (gasp!) even below your means (if you can achieve such a lifestyle).

Now, let’s bring this down to the personal level; what does being near a life boat look like? First and foremost, it means being debt free and actually owning your stuff. If you make a car payment or house payment, you do not own those items. If you stop making a payment outside forces will take them away from you because you are borrowing their use until you pay them off. But these debts make sense; one way or another you have to pay to live somewhere and have transportation to get somewhere. If you have a mortgage, you are paying a rent, just one that has the potential (not the guarantee) to earn equity over time, and with a successful sale of the property savings paid to you, at the same or higher value, than when you bought it. Credit card debt is essentially living beyond your means. A student loan is only worthwhile if the job you get from the education pays for the loan and your life, with room to grow. How does this fit into a blog about astrology; essentially astrology is suggesting the time line. How the ship hits the iceberg is really just a guess, but how likely, under current leadership and behavior of the passengers is it likely to happen; well, I think can be predicted with some range of accuracy, not through clairvoyance, but the accumulation of facts and postulates (http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/04/14/author-predicts-titanic-sinking-14-years-earlier/). I am placing my bets on 2020. Trust me when I say I would rather not see such a tragedy repeated, but human behavior and astrological indicators are converging towards that outcome.

Each of these transits is happening at the individual level, which is where it really concerns me and you, and me as a spiritual adviser to you or others who seek out my services. Jupiter is moving through the part of my chart involving my resources; this is a year for me to get the most of out my resources, gain from wise investment, including making improvements to my property, mainly to help my business and without incurring debt to get this done. I recently took down a play structure and opened up the back yard to more options for business work with clients outside. I re-purposed some of the material to add new steps my office entry. Saturn and Pluto are moving through the part of my chart that deals with communication and my goals for my work and my understanding of what is needed to succeed at what I do. I started this business in 2013 under the Pluto transit, which began in 2008. It grew nicely while Jupiter moved through Scorpio and my area of identity and while Saturn moved through Sagittarius and my personal resources (i.e., using my home as my office) between 2014 and 2016 when I really got traction out in the world for my business.

Chiron and Neptune have been working in area of life dealing with my creativity, my child, and life purpose. I had to overcome a complete mental and emotional breakdown (2009 to 2011) and am currently doing the healing work of my Chiron return (age 50 at the writing and soon to be 51). All along, I have consulted my chart and worked with colleagues to navigate this energy in the best possible way, and so far, when I step back and look at where I am and how I got here, things have turned out very well. I am extremely grateful, and so I see the value of the tools of astrology and tarot/oracle cards in my own life journey, which is why I offer them to you and others who find their way to me. All of us, I believe, chose to be here during this profound period of change, just as the souls chose the period of the Great Depression and World War 2. Maybe we get the world John Mauldin envisions or maybe the one Chris Hedges sees; we will certainly get something very different than what we currently have in the next 5 years.

My astrology helps me see what is coming, not in a fated way, but in a creative way. Your astrology does the same for you, which is why so many new people are finding their way to this tool and getting useful insights to help make life the best it can be under the circumstances we are all bound up in.

One of my Facebook connections, Amanda Coetzee, suggested and requested I do a reading for the planet. Like the personal reading I did, I pulled 12 cards for the 12 signs and houses of the zodiac, the 12 areas of life.

  • 1st/Aries – What do we need to know as individuals?
  • 2nd/Taurus – What do we need to know about the planet’s resources?
  • 3rd/Gemini – What do we need to know about communicating with one another?
  • 4th/Cancer – What do we need to know about family?
  • 5th/Leo – What do we need to know about the planet’s story?
  • 6th/Virgo – What do we need to know about the planet’s health?
  • 7th/Libra – What do the people of the world need to know about relating to one another?
  • 8th/Scorpio – What do we need to know about the way the world will be transforming?
  • 9th/Sagittarius – What do we need to know about those in authority?
  • 10th/Capricorn – What do we need to know about commerce and the global economy?
  • 11th/Aquarius – What do we need to know about community? and
  • 12th/Pisces – What do we need to know about spirituality?

For this reading I decided to only use the Major Arcana cards from the tarot decks I selected. For the oracle decks I chose from the entire deck.

1st House/Aries: What do we need to know as individuals? I have chosen the Haindl Tarot by Hermann Haindl and I selected the 19th card of the Major Arcana, The Sun. From the book it says, “The Sun brings self-confidence. At night we may doubt ourselves, but when the day comes, without clouds or rain, we feel everything will turn out all right. We can do anything.” The Sun here is the light of authenticity; we need to shine as our best individual selves in 2017.

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2nd House/Taurus: What do we need to know about the planet’s resources? I have chosen the Wildwood Tarot by Mark Ryan and John Matthews and I selected the 20th card of the Major Arcana, The Great Bear. From the book it says, “On the earthly or universal sphere, if we abuse the ecosystem and lay waste to world resources, nature will find a way to redress the balance by its own evolutionary means. Nature is not vindictive, just practical … be assured that change is at hand.”

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3rd House/Gemini: What do we need to know about communicating with one another? I have chosen the Simple Wisdom oracle cards by Roxana Villa and the card I selected was Imagination. The book that comes with the deck does not provide explanations for individual cards. I would interpret this to mean that we need more imagination and creativity in our communication, less combat, less propaganda, and less oversimplification.

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4th House/Cancer: What do we need to know about Family? I have chosen the Whimsical Tarot by Dorothy Morrison and Mary Hanson-Roberts and I selected the 7th card of the Major Arcana, The Chariot. From the book it says, “Here we see Cinderella’s pumpkin coach barreling down the cobblestone road towards home.” Metamorphosis has occurred and no driver is present so each mouse is trying to go in a different direction, thus the card tells us we need to take charge. “When this card turns up in a spread, it represents the attraction of opposites to make a perfect whole.” The Chariot is will and I would say the message is about the families we choose to make rather than the ones we are born into.

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5th House/Leo: What do we need to know about the planet’s story? I have chosen the Wisdom of the Hidden Realms by Colette Baron-Reid and I selected the 16th card, The Shadow Queen. From the book it says, “The Shadow Queen tells you that too many of the details remain hidden behind your circumstances and prevent you from moving forward quickly at this time. This is the time to wait for more to be revealed.” Expect more from wikileaks, hacks, whistleblowing, fake news, propaganda, and the noise of disinformation before the wise story can emerge.

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6th House/Virgo: What do we need to know about the planet’s health? I have chosen the Osho Zen Tarot and I selected the 8th card of the Major Arcana, Courage. Nature finds a way. From the book it says, “Great is the cross to be carried, but a dream possesses the seed and the seed moves.” When I saw this card I was reminded of the movie Wall-E where the earth is taken for granted, suffers mankind’s abuse, and over time restores itself. Nature will find a way with or without us.

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7th House/Libra: What do the people of the world need to know about relating to one another? I have chosen the Lover’s Path Tarot by Kris Waldherr and I selected the 17th card of the Major Arcana, Grace. The lovers represented are Dante and Beatrice From the book it says, “Love inspires us and inspires others. Turning dreams into reality. Awareness of goals and the belief and self-esteem to meet them.” We need grace towards others and from others; we need openness and connection and understanding. We are all in this journey together.

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8th House/Scorpio: What do we need to know about the way the world will be transforming? I have chosen the Inspirations for Survivors Oracle by Anuia Kahn and Russell J. Moon and I selected Savor All Moments in Life. From the book it says, “Many times we wait for a big event to stop and enjoy, but everyday has its own special moments, ones that make us appreciate ourselves, others, and the world we live in. Take the opportunity to realize that there are treasured times at every turn ready for our enjoyment.”

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9th House/Sagittarius: What do we need to know about those in authority? I have chosen the Oracle of the Radiant Sun by Caroline Smith and John Astrop and I selected Mars in Scorpio, Revenge. From the book it says, “extreme action is at least a possibility in the current situation. … over-the-top reaction to perceived hurt.” Expect the rise in nationalism to continue.

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10th House/Capricorn: What do we need to know about commerce and the global economy? I have chosen the Law of Attraction Tarot by Marina Roveda and Simone Gabrielli and I selected the 3rd card of the Major Arcana, The Empress. There was no book with the deck I own. The energy of the Empress is organic and related to nature and natural resources; pay attention to industries related to food, water, construction, and health care.

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11th House/Aquarius: What do we need to know about community? I have chosen the Philosopher’s Stone Oracle deck by De Es and I selected card 5, Realization. There is no book for this deck. The card shows awareness and reminds us that it is through community that we are warmed, that we feel safe. The global community concept is noble and needed, but the current execution has not been very egalitarian. A need to rebuild locally, and more personally, may prove helpful on the larger scale when the pendulum stops swinging back to protectionism.

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12th House/Pisces: What do we need to know about spirituality? I have chosen the Shaman’s Oracle by John Matthews and Wil Kinghan and I selected the Spirit of Empowerment. From the book it says, “I am the Spirit of Empowerment. I hold you in the palm of my hand and fill you with determination and drive that allow you to successfully accomplish any task you undertake, and overcome any obstacle that stands in your way. I bring you energizing emotion of a deep-seated self-belief, which will transform and strengthen you in every aspect of life.”

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What better time to do a year ahead reading than during a Full Moon, in Gemini, the sign for communication, no less. I have chosen to do a Whole Life Reading, which is a reading I offer at the Body, Mind, Spirit Expo in the spring and fall. I charge $80 for this reading and it takes between 30 and 45 minutes to complete. The person (querent) selects 12 cards that represent each of the 12 house/signs of astrology and relate to 12 areas of your life:

  • 1st/Aries – Identity,
  • 2nd/Taurus – Resources,
  • 3rd/Gemini – Communication,
  • 4th/Cancer – Family,
  • 5th/Leo – Creativity,
  • 6th/Virgo – Health,
  • 7th/Libra – Relationships (Public),
  • 8th/Scorpio – Relationships (Private),
  • 9th/Sagittarius – Mastery,
  • 10th/Capricorn – Career,
  • 11th/Aquarius – Community, and
  • 12th/Pisces – Spirituality.

I am going to pull a card from 12 different decks to showcase some of the many decks available for readings! If you would like one of these readings for yourself before the end of the year or sometime in January, just visit my contact page and request the reading.

1st House/Aries: Identity I have chosen the Tarot of the Human Experience, which is the deck I created with Sasha Campbell. It came into existence this year. I asked myself, “What do I need to know about my Identity for 2017?” I selected the Ace of Air, Breathing. From the book I wrote as the companion to the deck, the last sentence says, “You need to see from a different perspective.” I will need to embrace a new path for my identity, perhaps a new “naming”. I wonder what it will be.

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2nd House/Taurus: Resources I have chosen my most often used deck, the Osho Zen Tarot. I asked myself, “What do I need to know about my Resources for 2017?” I selected the 3 of Water, Celebration. From the book it says, “When you choose this card, it indicates that you are becoming more and more available and open to the many opportunities that there are to celebrate in life, and to spread this by contagion to others.”

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3rd House/Gemini: Communication I have chosen The Answer is Simple oracle cards by Sonia Choquette. I asked myself, “What do I need to know about my Communication for 2017?” I selected card 39, Accept Love. From the book it says, “There is a need for you to relax your fears and accept the love that your Creator and life has for you … Let it chase the shadows of self-doubt and judgment away.”

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4th House/Cancer: Family I have chosen the Whimsical Tarot by Dorothy Morrison and Mary Hanson-Roberts. I asked myself, “What do I need to know about my Family for 2017?” I selected the 19th card of the Major Arcana, The Sun (Tinkerbell). From the book it says, “Be aware of all the good things in your life (good friends, good health, good luck), and draw upon that goodness to inspire future success.”

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5th House/Leo: Creativity I have chosen the Justice League Tarot by DC Comics. I asked myself, “What do I need to know about my Creativity for 2017?” I selected the 0 card of the Major Arcana, The Fool (Harley Quinn). There is no book for this deck, but the Fool card is pretty consistent in its message to be unpredictable, open, and playful. Harley Quinn, in her jester’s outfit, is a perfect choice this card. For non-comic book geeks, you can check out the movie Suicide Squad for a peak at her fool(ish) energy.

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6th House/Virgo: Health I have chosen the Oracle of the Radiant Sun by Caroline Smith and John Astrop. I asked myself, “What do I need to know about my Health for 2017?” I selected the Moon in Aries, Protection. From the book it says, “This card represents an intense need to protect and defend anything that represents ‘family’.” In this position I would interpret the energy of a Aries to suggest regular exercise and maybe even some competitive exercise would be good.

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7th House/Libra: Relationships (Public) I have chosen the Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan. I asked myself, “What do I need to know about my public Relationships for 2017?” I selected the 18th card, Honour Gaia. From the book it says, “Honour the earth, she is our eternal mother, our provider, and our home. Love her as you would love yourself.”

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8th House/Scorpio: Relationships (Private) I have chosen the Haindl Tarot by Hermann Haindl. I asked myself, “What do I need to know about my private Relationships for 2017?” I selected the 4 of Swords, Truce. From the book it says, “it is a time to nurture understanding, to appreciate silence and stillness, and to find balance.” The I-Ching hexagram is 24 – Revival/Renewal

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9th House/Sagittarius: Mastery I have chosen the Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene. This deck is my very first one, purchased in 1989. I asked myself, “What do I need to know about my Mastery for 2017?” I selected the 2 of Cups. Eros has been sent to kill Psyche by his mother Aphrodite, but instead falls in love with her, spares her, and steals her away. From the book it says, “the beginnings of relationship, personal or professional, the polarization of energy.” Mastery of new relationships.

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10th House/Capricorn: Career I have chosen the Rohrig Tarot by Carl W. Rohrig. I asked myself, “What do I need to know about my Career for 2017?” I selected the 4th card of the Major Arcana, The Emperor. From the book it says, “The Emperor represents ultimate attainment on the plane of power and ego. This realization endows all who have reached this stage with the authority and maturity that they require for their next step on the path.”

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11th House/Aquarius: Community I have chosen the Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell. I asked myself, “What do I need to know about my Community for 2017?” I selected the Ace of Swords. From the book it says, “An opportunity for a new way of thinking, a chance to realize a truth that has been eluding you.”

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12th House/Pisces: Spirituality I have chosen the Shaman’s Oracle by John Matthews and Wil Kinghan. I asked myself, “What do I need to know about my Spirituality for 2017?” I selected the Ancestor of Boundaries. From the book it says, “I am the Ancestor of Boundaries. I help you to recognize the places where you must not venture as well as where you can draw upon your full strength – the places you must guard.”

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I remember when I first came across an article suggesting that many of the top astrologers were gathering and would hold a panel to predict the outcome of the Presidency; all I could think was “don’t do it.” When I was asked about predicting the outcome I suggested an even more Uranian outcome than the one many will feel occurred, that somehow neither candidate would be elected. In the end the astrologers who were prominent on the panel and prominent in astrology unanimously predicted Hillary Clinton, and unanimously failed. It is so darn tempting to predict outcomes in the future and clients often desperately want that cheat. Heck, I want that cheat from time to time. But there is a reason the outermost energy points all trump Saturn, which rules structure. One is about shocking change, Uranus; one is about mysterious change, Neptune; and one is about violent change, Pluto. Right now two of these points are in Cardinal signs (which initiate energy), Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, and the other is in the sign of its rulership, Neptune in Pisces (which is a mutable, changeable energy). Saturn is currently in Sagittarius, a mutable sign and more than a year short of reaching its rulership sign of Capricorn. Astrologers trying to predict the outcome of the election was like making a whip cream pie and then smashing it on their own faces.

Any one who wants to really put the screws to astrology will now have ample fodder, thanks to astrologers themselves. Event prediction and the use of the word science to describe astrology have always been, in my thoughts, unhelpful and actually damaging. I have no problem predicting energy patterns, but predicting particular outcomes … no. Brexit, Trump, and many particular outcomes yet to arise that will shake civilization as we currently recognize it will continue to unfold in the wake of the Uranus/Pluto square, which occurred between 2012 and 2015 (7 times no less). Not surprisingly Clinton represented more of the status quo while Trump represented the more attractive idea of “going back” to a time when the world felt more stable, and, in fact, it did. I am not saying it was more stable, just that it “felt” more stable. It certainly felt more stable to me than it does now, and astrologically speaking, it was. I have written and spoken on many occasions about how all the outer planets are in Cardinal or Mutable signs and only one will be moving in to a fixed sign in 2018, Uranus, and that one is a point that is about shocking change, and it will be entering Taurus, which has to do with foundations and possessions. With Uranus in Aries over the last 6 years, we have actually seen tremendous leaps in innovation, a hallmark of this energy. I am comfortable “predicting” that we will experience shocks to our possessions and foundations, even moreso than now, when that period of Uranus’ travel takes place. Neptune is in a mutable sign and 10 years away from leaving Pisces to enter Aries, a Cardinal sign. Pluto still has 8 more years in Capricorn before entering Aquarius, the least “predictable” of the fixed signs. The ride, as the say, is still only in the beginning stages.

Trump also represents a very predictable result even if a lot of people do not want to see it – charisma is more appealing in difficult times than sober realism. One thing I noted significantly in Trump’s chart is its ability to amplify charisma, which his soul has plenty of. I tell clients that the chart is NOT the person, but merely the vehicle of the soul and it matters how the soul drives it. Clinton has the charisma of a plank of wood and chart not designed for charismatic expression. Because I have a unique background as an academic turned spiritual adviser I use astrology as one of my many tools when addressing any issue. I was academically trained as a historian and a skeptic. Academic training requires reading a lot of material, engaging in discussions with other people who have read a lot of material, and being tested over and over again about what you have learned. One thing history shows over and over again is the prominence of charismatic leaders, for good or ill. In a battle between charisma and logic, charisma wins more often than it loses; the recent case in point notches another victory in that particular historical belt. When being trained as a skeptic, you are taught various forms of argument, namely what are know as “types of appeal”; they are logos, pathos, and ethos. Logos is an appeal to logic; pathos is an appeal to emotion; and ethos is an appeal to reputation or experience. In my observation, appeals to pathos/emotion, put forth by a charismatic speaker, will win almost every time, no matter how strong the logos/logic or ethos/experience of the other speaker. The British and American elites have plenty of logic and experience to flout and they still got squarely punched in the face by emotion.

People, at large, may not be able to fully articulate what they are feeling, but they are definitely feeling unsafe and insecure, and distrustful. And they want things to change, by not changing so much or so rapidly. Which brings me back to astrology and how it can be at its most useful at this time. For any professional astrologer tempted to predict an outcome, for a client or a event – Stop! Do not get sucked into that process no matter how tempting, resist! Astrology is an organic experience that actually works best in change, not by showing you the outcome, but by helping you navigate along the way of the changes. Astrology has kept me calm through this entire election cycle, not because it showed me an outcome (I didn’t even care to look), but because it has shown me the size and likely duration of the storm; its huge and its likely to last another 20 to 30 years, not 2 to 3! I looked at the charts of Hillary and Trump as if either would be president and what I should know considering either outcome. When I look to my chart or the charts of my clients – when I look to the heavens – I am looking for insights, not answers. I have to find my answers daily, monthly, and yearly doing my own personal, public, and life work. Astrology helps me guide myself; it does not tell me what to do or “show me the answers”.

The election and Trump’s election is not the real issue, but a reflection of the deeper issues, which have to do with debt (personal, local, state, federal, and global), the (mis)use of resources, wars causing population migration, and shifting social values. I also understand where I am in relation to these issues and the scale of them. If you would like insight into your unique journey within this period of the cosmic drama, then I invite you explore your astrology, with me, on your own, or with another professional. It will not give you the future outcomes, but it can help you navigate the current chaos.

Donald Trump has a uniquely powerful Uranian chart because Uranus is merged with his Sun in Gemini, they are within 5 degrees of one another. And between the two is his North Node; his karmic stretch goal. I cast charts using the Whole Sign system rather than the Placidus system, which puts all three points in his 11th House of Community rather than his 10th House of Career, so he is here to bring about radical thinking (Uranus) with regard to community knowledge (11th House) in an undisciplined, but exciting way (North Node). Uranus is the energy point of unexpected change, revolution, and social activism. Donald Trump has performed all of these, but most likely not as he intends or intended. Let’s consider two issues prominent in the public discourse at this point in the campaign, his attitude and treatment of women and his claims of a rigged election.

If there is a “war of the sexes”, one way men have considerable advantage over women is not, in fact, physical strength, though it is worth mentioning and I will say something about it further down, but rather through solidarity. For a man to be a feminist he needs to commit a form of fratricide, for a woman to support patriarchy she needs to be an “obedient wife”, a dependent, or “not as capable” as the normative measure, which has long been held up as a measure by men and of men, and she always needs to be in competition with other women for men. So when the tape of Donald Trump made its way out into the public discourse during a presidential election, it cast light on a number of threads deeply embedded in the male and female narratives of this country and in many parts of the rest of the world. Its not that women cannot be as raunchy as men when discussing sexual desire, its a matter of power. The words “I want to grab his d**k” and “I want to grab her p***y” may, as words, simply be about grabbing genitals, but a man who is 6’3″ and roughly 240 lbs and quite wealthy saying it versus say a woman of average height 5’4″ and a ratio weight of 160 lbs, perhaps also wealthy, is not the same in terms of either humor, threat, or ability to carry out the act. Nor does the 6’3″ man receiving the vulgar claim from someone 5’4 and almost 100 lbs lighter “take it” the same way as in the reverse.

I am 5’10 and 225 lbs, mostly muscle; and thanks to my bald head and tattoos on my arms I have been described as “intimidating” and even a “Harley dude” (I do not happen to own a motorcycle). Not once have I had to think twice about having a client come to my home office for an advising session; my female colleagues cannot enjoy such a luxury. I walked across my college campuses (UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Greensboro) at night without concern. In other words, size matters. Power matters. So its not the words, the vulgarity; women can be plenty vulgar (I have been privy to uninhibited conversations during my years as a bartender when it was girl’s night out, or a bachelorette party). It’s the overt and entitled expression, and very real potential use of power to take what one wants and then be backed up by a tight-knit club membership of “all men talk like this” deflecting rhetoric. Well, too many men not only talk about it, but act on it, especially entitled men. So what happens then when the women begin to gather, to voice their experience, and build a complex and consistent narrative that is harnessing a potential solidarity that could revolutionize this society. Men have “bros before ho’s”; will women now have “I am a nasty woman!”? Time will tell. But it is quite possible that Trump has awoken a giant, new women’s movement in a way that only a powerful Uranian energy can do. And in the unexpected way of being truly honest in a moment of uninhibited expression that just happened to get out in the public and be tied to the most publicly charged current event. That’s how revolution happens.

The second Uranian shot came when Trump claimed he would only accept the outcome of the election if he won. Any other outcome would only be possible if the election were rigged against him. The election is rigged, but not in the way he thinks or expresses. It is rigged against the larger populace, and both candidates are revealing just how much it is rigged. It takes millions of dollars to even enter the election and millions, perhaps billions, will be spent essentially yelling at each other or denigrating each other. This money will not be spent on medical research, infrastructure improvement, education facilities or pay for teachers; it will not be spent to build or repair any physical structure that could be of use to the populace. The economic surge in dining out, security at press events, car rentals, and all the other ancillary effects of campaigning will disappear after election day. Nothing of lasting value will be left from the millions and millions of dollars spent. Not a single reduction to the budget. This election is certainly rigged.

And it is further rigged because both candidates are roundly unappealing and members of the elite (1 %), much of the narrative, when pressed about the problems of one of the candidates to its most ardent followers, turns into a narrative about why the other candidate is so much worse, so much more dangerous. So it becomes less about the merits of one over the other and more about the detriments of one versus the other. The truly Uranian figure though is Trump. And his Uranian consequences will be unpredictable, even for him. Believe it or not, the most predictable result of the election would be two more white men leading the country forward, but the Uranian effect of Donald Trump’s astrological design would be to help propel the first woman into the White House, and it will largely happen because he is presenting as the most outspoken, entitled white man this country could produce and put on the national stage.

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Well, I have largely resisted writing about the election, but I think it is time to share some astrological observations. I want to enter the discussion with the chart of the election day, cast for 11/9/2016 at midnight. I am not really interested in attempting to predict the outcome of the election. Suffice to say, with Uranus in Aries, the truly Uranian event would be that neither of the two leading candidates becomes President. There is some energy in the chart that would readily support that outcome, a truly Black Swan event that Uranus is known for. What interests me most about the day of the election is a merging of energy between Neptune, which rules dreams, spirituality, and delusion, and the South Node, which rules past karma (what needs to be released). These will be merged in the sign of Pisces, which also rules our spirituality, imagination, and delusion. As you might guess, delusion is the theme here. No matter who gets elected he or she will be ill-equipped to deal with the major changes and issues rapidly unfolding in the world around us. I would suggest that both candidates are, in essence, manifestations of delusion and neither will bring about changes in line with any part of the electorate below the 1%. They are, thus, perfect candidates for a Neptune conjunct South Node in Pisces at a time when Uranus (the Awakener) is moving into the later degrees of maverick, pioneering, and warlike Aries and Pluto is upheaval”ing” through Capricorn and revealing systemic corruption and failure (countries around the world are coming apart; America is not immune).

It is certainly not enough to look at only the day of the election chart, it is important to consider the chart of the birth of the United States, most commonly referenced as the Sibley chart. This Neptune/South Node interaction will take place in the 4th House of Family, of the deep self, of the US Chart, where no points reside. Pluto is opposing the US Sun (in the 8th House of Shared Resources) and approaching its return (which occurs at 247 years!) in the 2nd House of Resources, Security, Values, and Personal Finances. Uranus is doing its work in the 5th House of Creativity (driverless cars right when it leaves Aries, along with other tremendous innovations for the last 8 years). It is important to look at the charts of the two mainstream candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It is amazing to see how well each manifests his or her design. He is a Gemini with Uranus conjunct his Sun and Leo as his rising sign and his Moon in Sagittarius; the owner of this chart loves attention and has the design gifts to get it. She is a Scorpio with a South Node in Scorpio and a Moon in Pisces, secretive and nebulous are certainly two adjectives that would fit this chart. Her Virgo Rising and Venus in Scorpio can explain why its so hard for her to be liked; these are sober positions, quite in contrast to Trump’s dynamic fire energy.

In the end, they both want the same thing, to do what they want without consequence. If these people wanted to operate at a higher vibration, each could accomplish quite a bit of positive change using very different energetic techniques. Trump’s gift is charisma, which on a political stage, in leadership, can be more adept at changing others towards positions for helping all in short periods of time than just about any other tool in the leadership toolbox. This chart can command attention without demanding attention, if marshaled. It is interesting that a constant theme among many of his advisers and friendly critics is that he adjust his tone down to broaden appeal. On the surface that may look like a maneuver just to win, but energetically it would create more persuasive strength and greater opportunity for substantial change coming from his position of leadership. It is the fact that so many people “wish” or “hope” that he would change his tone that reveals how much they would actually like to like or even love him. This energy is actually thrown into relief by Clinton, whose gift is perseverance. Like it or not, bad choices about the use of email servers or certain decisions and how she has handled them after the fact, this woman perseveres; Scorpios usually do. In a public role her gift is investigation; she can get to secrets; she can find the truth. And those best at getting to the truth are often the best at covering it up. She is likely the most “in the know” person in all of politics. By design (not because she is a woman) she can actually get more done behind the scenes and wield more power than by being out in front. It runs counter to the strength of her design to be in the more public roles (Senator, Secretary of State, or President); she should be the director of the CIA or NSA or Homeland Security.

Unfortunately neither of the individuals are using their strengths optimally. Amazing as it may sound, Trump has the potential to be a defector from the 1%, but the likelihood of the Neptune/South Node energy is that he will only portray that as an image and not embrace it as a reality. To break away from the 1% image would mean embracing the middle and lower classes holistically, which largely includes people of ethnicity and women, as well as displaced Caucasian men. His charisma energy is so strong that he is “still in the race” in spite of some truly ridiculous claims, clear lies, and lack of coherent moral or policy center. And he is being helped by the immense failings of his opponent and her significant lack of charisma. Clinton is caught in a similar fate for different reasons. She will never be the “popular” one and with her chart, she really does not care, but she does care about power and so she sometimes tries to “act” popular with consistently terrible results. What is amusing, and as an astrologer, I can be amused in this way … they would actually make a formidable team. Donald would have to have the spotlight, but if he would follow all of Hillary’s advice, she would have all the power and he would get all the adoration he craves.

In the end, this election will take place with Neptune and the South Node merged and the result is likely to force the North Node, in Virgo, which is about service and sacrifice, into action as the tsunami of debt, the tsunami of disenfranchisement, and the tsunami of global warming all begin to hit the shores of humanity and “wash up” either of these candidates very early in their term as President and force people to either throw each other under the bus of tribalism or unite in a way that expresses common humanity. I do not see either of these candidates as truthful leaders with the agenda of the greater good motivating their actions, and I do not see an electorate demanding that behavior from them. In the end they will both try to or be maneuvered to uphold the status quo and that will be a reality that will truly disillusion their followers after the election.