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The Astrology of the "Brink"BrinkcoverImage

I just finished reading a book titled “The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983” by Marc Ambinder. I was aware of this event but Ambinder provides a detailed, blow-by-blow account and delves deep into the technicalities and politics of nuclear readiness in the 1980s.

In Nov. 1983 the United States, along with its NATO allies conducted war games in Europe and around the world. This was a regular exercise, but the recent introduction of a new generation of nuclear armed missiles into Europe by the US and the belligerent rhetoric of President Reagan had put the Soviets on edge. There was a growing belief on both sides that a nuclear war could be winnable, but only by the side that struck first. The scale of the 1983 war games convinced many in the Russian government and military that such a first strike was imminent, and they rushed to ready a devastating response.

Double Trouble for Pope Francis

I have to admit that, since I’m not a Catholic, I don’t typically pay a lot of attention to the ups and downs of the Catholic Church. When it comes to the sex scandals that have rocked the Church for the past twenty years, I simply recall something a friend once told me: “When you put religion up against sex, sex almost always wins.”

Nonetheless, like many people with liberal tendencies, I saw the election of Pope Francis as a positive sign. Francis seemed primed to bring back a concern for humility and service to the Catholic religion, as well as a more progressive attitude. Unfortunately, now it appears that Francis may himself be dragged down into mud of the sexual abuse scandal, with a former Vatican official accusing the Pope of aiding in the cover up of one of the errant priests.

A friend who describes herself as a “recovering Catholic” recently made me aware of how important this accusation is the Church and the people, in and out, whose lives it has marked. So, I decided to look at Pope Francis’ chart, and what I saw was not comforting. (Click on Pope Francis to see the chart.)

Following the Moon: Aug. 26, 2018MoonImagePurple

Once again, I must point out how difficult it is to predict events with astrology given the diversity of the symbolism of every planet and sign. When I looked the New Moon chart for Aug. 11 with Mercury on the Ascendant (click here to see that article and chart) I took from the many things that Mercury can symbolize, documents, specifically legal documents, since Mercury was aspected by Jupiter. However, instead of a subpoena for Donald Trump, which I predicted, we got a guilty plea from Michael Cohen in which he confirms that his crimes were committed at the behest of President Donald Trump.

Mercury’s symbolism relates to the event of the past two weeks in multiple ways that I did not foresee. Cohen, as Trumps “fixer” was a servant, which works with Mercury’s symbolism as the natural ruler of the Sixth House. David Pecker, the publisher of the “National Inquirer” who was given immunity this week and has a safe full of incriminating evidence against Trump, represents Mercury as the symbol of communication, particularly gossip. Allen Weisselberg, the Chief Financial Officer for the Trump organization who also received immunity this week, matches with Mercury’s symbolism of bookkeepers. The symbolism of Mercury has been all over the place in recent days (except in the corner of Donald Trump.)

The Pluto influence I spoke of seems to apply the push to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. At first, it was Kavanaugh possible opposition to abortion that had liberals worried. Now it’s his apparent belief that the chief executive should be above the law. And, as always, we have ominous threats from the President aimed at the Mueller investigation, the Justice Department and, of course, poor, little Jeff Sessions.

Cohen and Manafort in Court

It’s been a big day for court proceedings, with Michael Cohen making a plea deal in the multiple federal and state charges against him, and the jury in Paul Manafort’s trial coming down with eight guilty verdicts. Let’s see what was going on in the horoscopes of these two men today.

Michael Cohen’s birthday is coming up in a few days, and it could be the last one he celebrates outside a prison cell for afe years. Reports have him pleading guilty to a wide array of charges, including bank fraud, tax evasion and violations of campaign finance laws. These are felony charges that should result in significant jail time. But maybe not. Looking at the partial horoscope we have for him (click on Michael Cohen to see a chart done for noon on his date of birth) Mr. Cohen couldn’t have picked a better time to make a deal.