New Moon Aquarius - January 2017 - Trials and Tribulations (Retrospective)

I'm way late getting this one up. So late, in fact, we've already hit the first quarter. So let's take a look at the very least and see what we have so far this lunar cycle.

This New Moon conjuncts 666 Desdemona, and squares 55 Pandora and 5325 Silver. This is already shaping up to be a very rough one, and basically we have the beginning of the lunar cycle on a demon-associated asteroid. Lots of diabolical-ness in the air, and it's at odds with a money asteroid and Pandora's Box, really. This New Moon was essentially on Day 7 of the Trump Administration, and holy hell did he open a Pandora's Box... Only this box released the gods of mammon and chaos. It's not just the President's activities, as this is a global chart. Protests are gaining steam, friends are having strange occurences, and on a personal note, this has just frankly been an utter shitstorm on my end, with my dad having had a hell of a dizzy spell and speaking slowly. It wasn't unil Monday that he was formally diagnosed as having a stroke (He is recovering and already undergoind some physical therapy, as this was not a catastrophic stroke). Yes, this is the kind of Lunar Cycle this is. AND... this is the precursor to a Lunar and Solar Eclipse later on in February. Let's dive deeper, as much as we may be afraid to.

It is also worth noting that this Lunar Cycle began with all planets direct, which doesn't happen very often. It will be ending soon, and I do not have an exact date, but I believe it's after the weekend I write this. More on this in a later article (hopefully soon). Safe to say, by the Lunar Eclipse, at least one planet will go backwards, and thankfully it is not Mercury as it just got done with a retrograde and post-retro shadow cycle.

Mercury conjuncts Pluto and the fixed star Vega, and squares Uranus loosely (5 degree orb) and 4386 Lust and 9951 Tyrannosaurus more closely.. Upsetting messages can be expected this cycle, and with Mercury on Vega? Per Constellations of Words:

"Suspicious, reserved, bitter, thwarted ambitions, double dealing, secret enemies in influential positions, trouble with the mother, loss in business."

Well, that's not very nice. The square to the planet of sudden changes, rebellion, revolution, upstart action, as well as a lustful asteroid and the asteroid of a tyrant? Harsh words related to authoritarian measures will be in vogue, like say, accusations of fascism, real or imagined. Not to mention not-so-diplomatic ways of communicating. (Hanging up on the Prime Minister of Australia comes to mind, interestingly enough. Again, this is a partial retrospective at the time I write this, so I claim no credit in prediction this time around).

(Personally? I'm seeing this configuaration with a metric shit-ton of delays in business matters and job interviews right now. I have been for the last several months, really, but it's really being a pain. (And transit Pluto is within a degree of conjuncting my Antivertex/opposing my Vertex. A Vertex article will be in the works as soon as is feasable, hopefully sooner than 6 months from now). Anyways, I'm getting sidetracked.)

Mars and Venus both conjunct with a 5 degree orb, with Venus 2 degrees conjuncting Chiron, a closer conjunction to 19 Fortuna, and a square to Saturn and Ixion. There's no two ways around it, Mars square Saturn sucks. Big time. It is volatile energy, and with Saturn also squaring Venus and Chiron at the same time, it's just an awful mess alone. Relationships and how we relate with others will also be a major theme for the remainder of the lunar cycle. With Mars and Venus having been in Pisces still at the beginning of this cycle, and their now-at-the-time-of-this-writing entry into Aries, we have a lot of steam ruffling our feathers. Venus and Chiron can bring some healing or catharsis when it comes to relationships and romance, and to a limited degree some small job (not career) matters, but then again with tha square to Saturn, expect delays, restrictions, and some bait-and-switching with Ixion being in there. 19 Fortuna being with Venus/Chiron also may help bring some good fortune to offset some losses. You may be able to negotiate with creditors at this time, though it will not be the greatest walk in the park, it is possible. (Ahem, yes, another personal anecdote, but then again I do have an extreme circumstance to consider). As another aside to not being all doom and gloom, Venus makes a Grand Trine with Vesta in Cancer and 1930 Lucifer in Scorpio, and sextiles 1981 Midas/829 Academia/90377 Sedna in Taurus.. So knowing your value and sticking to your guns can possibly pay off in the long term, but in the short term, you must play hardball. Venus/Chiron quincunx Jupiter/1388 Aphrodite in Libra is also going to be a bit of a pain when it comes to money matters and jobs/careers, as well as relations to our loved ones (and even those we can't stand as much). Don't expect any business matters to be easy for the next month.

It is worth noting that Sedna is now also within the extended range of conjuncting Algol, one of the most reviled stars in the heavens. Sedna is slow as hell too, with an excess of 500 year orbital period, so we have this unfortunate conjunction for years to come. I will touch on this in a future article, which I will aim to do before the end of this Eclipse period.

I'm actually going to cut this one short, as I need sleep and I have a lot of other tasks to do later today. The charts are provided if anyone would like to take a stab at checking asteroids/stars yourselves. I hope to be much more regular than this.

I'll try to get the Eclipse articles up before they actually happen this time, as the previous several months (this previous Eclipse cycle from September 2016) has been a colossal shitshow for me. More on that in an upcoming retrospective article. Why bother? Because I need to write more, get back into this, and at this point, I have little left to lose.

Donald Trump's Inauguration - January 20, 2017 - Golden Isotope

A quite overdue article, and one that is rather... well, timely. An unanticipated outcome by some, Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States, and as of the time I actually sit down and begin to write this, we are an hour and a half away from Obama leaving office. I will attempt to be as objective and as quick as I can. I have also taken the liberty of making more charts than normal, and uncertain on some meanings of asteroids in this mix, so whatever I forecast, we shall see what happens. I am confident, however, that the themes will play out in some way. Also note that I have not done a full comparison against the USA Sibley Chart, nor have I compared this to The Donald's own birth chart. We are focusing on the Inauguration itself and the beginning of the Trump Presidency in this article.

First thing we need to make abundantly clear: There is a LOT of Pisces energy here in this chart among the major bodies, with Neptune, Venus, Chiron, Mars, all in Pisces. North Node in Virgo puts the South Node in Pisces as well. Another major thing: All major planets are direct. Events will unfold quickly in this energy, and we must also note that Mercury is still in its post-retrograde shadow phase, so there is still the chance of some revisions going on as well. So yeah, we've got some dreamy water energy here, and no, I don't think this alone accounts for the timing of the Russia dossier involving the, um... water sports, for lack of a better term. Personally, I have questions about the accuracy of that report, and I think there's some BS in it. The Pisces illusionary energies going on here with Neptune/Venus/Chiron/Mars all being in this sign at once, and the Sun also just now crossing into Aquarius at the same time (which seems to be the norm for any Presidential inauguration under normal circumstances), well, there's a lot of fluff in the air right now.

Anyways, let's address the elephant in the room, and I don't mean the T-Square (more on that in a minute). Mars Square Saturn. This is not a pleasant aspect in any way, shape, or form, and it is what we have going into the new Presidential administration. Isn't this fun? Saturn, the taskmaster, the disciplinarian, is squaring off against the volatile, high energy and anger/rage of Mars. Amplifying this is Mars conjunct Chiron, which thankfully is no longer exact. That's a small comfort, but not much of one. given that Saturn is in the 8th house of this event chart, representing sex/death/occult/other people's property, and Mars being in the 11th house of friends and of hopes and fears... Party's over. Obama's leaving, and given the makeup of the administration that's been confirmed thus far (so far, Pence as Vice President), well, there is a lot of anxiety in some camps. People are fearing that years of progress are going to be undone. I can't say 100% for certain that will happen, but I can say without a doubt that this is not going to be the smoothest administration to live under, just from that Saturn square Mars/Chiron in this chart! Do I see a premature end to the presidency just based on that aspect? Not offhand, and Saturn in the 8th could even restrict death. But let's be honest, just because he's going to take the oath of office does not mean his previous scandals will go away. I'm going to say they'll be an albatross around his neck for a while longer.

Let's move on to the other elephant in the room. T-Square apexing Pluto from squaring both Jupiter and Uranus. Now, it's a 5 degree orb to Jupiter, and a 3 degree orb to Uranus, so it's not a precise T-Square, but it is there. We've got the expansive optimism of Jupiter, right now in Libra (a cardinal air sign), being flanked by Pluto in 9th house Capricorn (so some elements of belief are going to come into this, whether his own or others), and that Jupiter is being opposed by Uranuse in Aries in the 12th house. We've got some fiery, revolutionary energy there in Aries. And Uranus is not only conjunct Eris, but also the Inauguration's own Antivertex. Remember, the Vertex is what others bring to you or to the event, and the Antivertex is what he would be bringing to the presidency. In this case, a lot of changes, and some are going to be chaotic and bring a bit of discord. Pluto as the apex of this T-Square? Upheaval. Lots of upheaval. the fact that asteroid 1125 China conjuncts Pluto tightly, along with 2598 Merlin, 5731 Zeus and 763 Cupido makes for some interesting times ahead. Expect the United States' relationship with China to be upended in some way.

Pluto does sextile Venus however, and Venus is with 16089 Lamb and 15845 Bambi in the 11th house Pisces of this chart, so there's going to be some dreamy, some illusory qualities of beauty and of desire come into this as well. He already had some big stars play for him, and many more who refused to participate for him. Regardless, Pluto does not seem to be a focal point or foundation point for any Yod patterns, so Pluto and the upheaval, destruction and renewal it represents is largely focused on by the challenges of the T-Square.

We also have the Moon in Scorpio 6th house trining Neptune in 11th house Pisces and sextiling Mercury in 9th house Capricorn. I would suggest that this may be beneficial for The Donald's health slightly, although not completely as being President is a stressful job. (Even one-term presidents look noticeably older upon leaving the White House, as I recall George H.W. Bush did after his four years after Reagan and before Bill Clinton. I can't comment on Carter as I was very young when Carter left office). Anyways, Mercury rules the 6th house in this chart, having the 6th cusp in Virgo (ruled by Mercury), and being beneficially aspected to the Moon and to Neptune, I'm somehow thinking him losing access to Twitter may actually be better for his mental health (where he won't be tweeting late at night and arguing with people because he'll have presidential things to do, and also in theory won't have access to a device that access Twitter to begin with). Mercury is also sextile Pallas, so we have the potential of seeing him solidifying and communicating some kind of belief. Perhaps a meeting with the Pope or the Dalai Lama grants him an insight. Whether the rest of the cabinet reacts the same way, ehhh.... I'm not sure.

One thing of note is the inauguration's Nessus conjunct South Node. Again, the scandals of the past and his brashness concerning women in the past will continue to come back and haunt him. I don't think he'll see a sex scandal while in office. That said, his past indiscretions (real or perceived) are going to come back and haunt him repeatedly for the duration of his administration. Nessus square 232 Russia/2658 Gingerich (think Newt, as this is a name asteroid for him), and the other squares to 389 Industria, 5790 Nagasaki, and 2046 Leningrad suggests to me that the Russian dossier is going to continue to hound him. Especially with the GRussia/Leningrad asteroids forming a Grand Cross to the presidency North Node and Nessus. he will not be able to fully shake the allegations, all he can do is continue to try to move forward and learn from the past, and keep a check on his anger lest it become explosive at a bad time, such as a diplomatic communique in Eastern Europe for example.

Nessus does form a Grand Trine with 26955 Lie, 2250 Stalingrad, and 258 Tyche, however. So he might be able to disprove some of the allegations in the dossier at the very least. But he'll also have to keep on top of things to ensure he doesn't fall prey to deception or to deceiving others needlessly. It's certainly easier, especially with the Grand Trine, but then again these are minor asteroids, so the influence of this won't be as profound as, say, grand trines involving Pluto or the Sun.

I am also noticing Venus/16089 Lamb/15845 Bambi is opposing 1912 Anubis (Egyptian god associated with the underworld) and 3811 Karma in 5th house Virgo, and both T-Squaring 4227 Kaali in 8th house Sagittarius. Hmmm... I thought there was talk at one point about him having his own private security detail. He may want to step up the security around himself. It's not as strong as, say, a major planet in the apex position, but these particular asteroids and Venus being there, especially with two asteroids associated with a deer and a lamb (both prey animals), and opposite an Egyptian death god and karma itself... hmmm. I think someone's going to make the attempt (Yes, people plot against presidents all the time, true)... Definitely should be careful during his administration.

I'm also seeing 157 Dejanira retrograde conjunct 2031 BAM, which conveys to me an image of potential victimhood or danger regarding anything explosive, and this could be a device, or someone's explosive temper, it could even be his own temper gets the best of himself, though I think in this scenario, he's more likely to hurt himself. This could also affect the national economy, as this is in the chart's 2nd house. Dejanira/BAM also square Lamb/Bambi/19 Fortuna and Chiron (but is out of orb from both Mars and Saturn directly), so there's another potential for mayhem there.

Finally, I'm going to end with my observation of 1709 Ukraina conjunct 99942 Apophis, both square the chart's Vertex, as well as square 1724 Vladimir/4464 Vulcano/Jupiter, and T-Squaring witth Uranus/Eris. Somehow I think we are going to see more trouble concerning Russia and China overall, and I think Ukraine or a similar event will be what upsets the scales. Could be Syria too. Regardless, citizens of both the United States and of Russia and China need to push for peaceful solutions wherever possible.

As I have more tasks today, I'm going to leave off here. As of the time I end this, we have about 25 minutes until the Inauguration and oath of office. In short, I think we're going to see some major challenges during Trump's presidency, and I think we're going to have a possible to-do with Russia or China before it's all over. Also, I'm uncertain about national natural disasters or the like, but I think we're looking more at civil unrest and disobedience more than anything right now. Let's pray whatever conflict comes, it doesn't go nuclear. I'm not expecting that it will in the next four years, but these years could help set the stage for such as such down the road. Let us pray that he'll exercise some wisdom and will not come to harm during his time in the White House.