A fun spin on serious cosmic stuff! Wendell C. Perry has 40 years experience studying astrology and how it impacts personalities & relationships. He's written two books & published articles in astrology magazines. He's happy to share this website so that you, too, can have fun with astrology to help you in everyday life!
I’m sure there are people who are right now searching Donald Trump’s bedroom, looking for the pod. (For younger people who might not get that reference, here’s a link to the source.) I had predicted a couple of weeks ago that when Jupiter separated from it square aspect to Trump’s Sun his behavior would become more moderate, (click here to see that article) but I’m still surprised at just how “low energy” the new Trump has become.
Trump has started reading his speeches from a teleprompter, and it has been almost two weeks since the lead news item has been an inflammatory tweet from the candidate. More importantly, and totally out of character, Trump has apologizes (sort of) for some of the things he said in the past, and he is actually studying up on political stuff in preparation for the debates.
The noted writer, Gay Talese, has received criticism in recent months over the publication of articles and then a book on an Aurora, Colorado innkeeper who was habitually spying on his guests. The motel owner, Gerald Foos, constructed a “viewing platform” in the attic of his motel so that he could watch his guests through a ceiling vent without their knowledge. A self-described voyeur, Foos enjoyed watching these people have sex, and sometimes masturbated while watching. However, he also kept a detailed journal and a statistical analysis of what he saw. That journal became the core of Talese’s book, The Voyeur’s Motel.
Foos first contacted Talese in 1980, when he heard about “Thy Neighbor’s Wife”, a book in which the author described some of the more extreme outcomes of the sexual revolution. At first, Foos presented himself as a fellow researcher into human sexuality. He invited Talese to his motel and gave him a tour of his “viewing platform”. However, Talese refused to publish the man’s story without divulging his name. Considering that what Foos was up to was illegal, that was a non-starter.
Nonetheless, Talese and Foos continued to correspond, and in 2013 the “voyeur” (as he referred to himself in his journals) decided it was time to have his story told. The first excerpts from Talese’s book were published in The New Yorker in the spring of 2016. The book came out a few months later.
I started studying astrology when I was a teenager, and I have to admit that what spurred my interest in astrology at that time was the prospect of getting control of what I saw as the chaos of my life. However, what I discovered after a few years of study was that astrology didn’t give me control. Each planet, each sign and each aspect can manifest itself in a multitude of ways. Just when you think you’ve got a certain configuration in your horoscope under control, circumstances change and you find yourself back to square one.
I’m sure that I am not alone in this experience of astrology. And, like a lot of astrologers, I continued to search for control. In fact, the search for control has always been an important factor in astrology throughout its history. It has inspired scores of new astrological systems and techniques, many of which use computers and statistics to support research and verify results.
I’m not saying that this kind of research is pointless. Actually, I find it fascinating. And, to the extent that it can prove the validity of astrology to the non-astrological world, it has my whole-hearted support. I’ve done these sorts of studies myself. I even spent time boning up on my statistics so I could compute standard deviations. However, I think that astrologers have to be wary of this search for control. Instead of leading us closer to the heart of astrology, it could be leading us in the opposite direction.
A month ago I predicted that the first two weeks of August would be positive for Donald Trump. (Click here to see the article.) I based that prediction on the fact that Jupiter was going to be square his natal Sun and sextile his natal Saturn. In one sense, my prediction has come true. Back in July, Trump was facing a funding crisis in his campaign. Around the first of August it was announced that he had received 80 million dollars in donations, giving the campaign a firm financial footing going into the election (just as I had predicted.)
Of course, by this time Hillary Clinton’s campaign was benefiting from a post-convention bounce, while Trump was reeling from his battle of words with the Khan family. Polls showed him losing ground. During this period Trump was actually quiet for a few days, and then he gave a speech describing his economy plan in which actually read from a monitor and ignored hecklers. Republican supporters of Trump were marking these “good” days on their calendar and praying for more.
But there are two sides to Jupiter. One provides bounty, like 80 million dollars in donations. The other leads to over-confidence. It was this side that Trump was apparently feeling yesterday when he made his now infamous comment about supporters of the 2nd Amendment (and opponents of gun control) knowing how to “take care” of Hillary Clinton.