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Hurricane Michael and Localizing AstrologyHurricane image

One of the questions that is often asked of astrologers is why this place gets a natural disaster that that place doesn’t. There is no easy answer to this question. There are so many factors to consider. However, the hurricane that is now ravaging the panhandle of Florida does provide us with an interesting opportunity to localize astrology.

A few days ago I did my regular “Following the Moon” article for the New Moon for Oct. 8 and I wrote that the aspects indicated that a power beyond our control would be impacting the nation. Among the powers I mentioed as possiblities was a force of nature. Hurricane Michael, the worst hurricane to hit this continent in decades, certainly qualifies as a force of nature. But the horoscope I used for that article was set for Washington D.C. A horoscope done for Panama City, Florida tells us the rest of the story. (Click here to see the horoscope.)

Following the Moon Oct. 8, 2018

The Sept. 24 Full Moon chart, with both the Sun and the Moon square Saturn (click here to see the article and the chart) promised a challenge to figures of authority. Obvious, we saw that in the Bret Kavanaugh hearings. But, as I said, the energy in that chart strongly favored the masculine and the establishment. Republican’s somehow managed to forget about Ms. Ford’s moving testimony and Kavanaugh’s disingenuous response and push the appointment through.

We didn’t get the “shock to the system” that I had expected with Mars square Uranus in that chart. (The Senate confirming Kavanaugh might count, except I don’t think anyone was really shocked.) However, there was a minor shock the day after the Full Moon, when President Trump was laughed at during his speech to the U.N. It’s hard to call yourself the leader of the free world when the free world is laughing at you. To me that seemed like a shocking slip in the prestige of the United States.

I was a little uncertain about where the recent revelations about the Trump family taxes fit into this chart, then I noticed that Pluto was in the 8th House (associated with inheritance) and the planet that rules the 8th, Saturn, is square both the Sun and Moon. Using the Koch house system, the Sun is in the 4th house which rules home, particularly the home of one’s childhood. The New York Times article strongly indicates that cheating the system has been a part of Trump’s life since he was a small child.

The Ghost of Confirmation Hearings PastThomasClarenceImage

Instead of trying to determine whether or not Bret Kavanaugh will be confirmed from an incomplete horoscope (which is all we have) I’ve decided to take a stroll down memory lane to a situation that was eerily similar, and for which we have a complete horoscope for the at least one of the main actors.

In Oct 1991 Clarence Thomas seemed to be a lock to be confirmed for the Supreme Court when a woman name Anita Hill came forward with claims that he had sexually harassed her while she was employed as his assistant. We have a time of birth for Justice Thomas (click on Clarence Thomas to see the chart) so we let's compare what was going on back then to what we know now.

The Sibly U.S. Chart and Pluto in Capricorn

A couple of weeks ago I put up an article on Saturn transiting the Second House of the Sibly U.S. chart. That got me thinking about Pluto, which is in the same sector. Pluto first entered the U.S. Second House in Dec. 2012 (using the Koch house system). This is a little late to connect it to the economic crash of 2008, but Pluto’s entry into Capricorn was right on time. Pluto first crossed into that sign in Jan. 2008. Then it went retrograde and back into Sagittarius. It turn direct in Sept. 9, 2008 (just as Lehman’s Brothers’ last attempt to right itself failed) and reentered Capricorn in December.

Of course, the 2008 recession was a worldwide phenomenon and we’re concerned with what Pluto’s passage through Capricorn means to the United States. For that we have to look beyond its journey through the U.S. Second House and look at aspects it makes with all the planets in Cancer in the U.S. chart. That’s where things get interesting. (Click here to see the Sibly U.S.A. horoscope.)