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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.

Neptune Assaults John BrennanBrennanJImage

In the horoscope of Donald Trump Mars sits close to his Ascendant. He is a man who identifies himself as a fighter. However, since he has Leo rising, he only initiates fights that he knows he can win, and when one crops up in which he seems to be at a disadvantage, he typically finds a less formidable target and sucker punches him or her squarely in the nose. So, with the Mueller investigation bearing down on him and after being outmaneuvered by Omarosa, Trump lashed out at ex-C.I.A. director John Brennan.

John Brennan presented a “safe” target because there is nothing he can do about having his security clearance canceled except complain, and Trump loves hearing the people he’s bullying complain. Yes, the outrage expressed by scores of ex-intelligence official and high-ranking military people sounds impressive to some, but not to his base or to congressional Republicans. They are quite content to stand by while Trump uses the power of his office to punish people who might testify against him, along with anyone else on his long and ever-growing list of enemies.

A look at the horoscope of John Brennan explains why he was chosen to be the first of Trump’s critics in the intelligence community to feel the President’s wrath. (Click here to see a partial horoscope done for noon on Brennan’s date of birth.) Neptune is moving retrograde opposite Brennan’s natal Mars. His Mars is in Virgo and Neptune is in Pisces, signs that have a lot to do with service and sacrifice. We might say that Brennan has become the sacrificial lamb representing the entire US intelligence community, retired and currently serving, which has never been entirely in sync with President Trump’s methods.

A Season of Trines

Astrologer are always trying to relate the arrangement of planet in the sky at a particular time to the events of that time. When it come to angular aspects between planets (conjunctions, squares and oppositions) we have a decent track record of major turning points in world history aligning with these aspects. The softer aspects (sextiles and trines) are a different story. We assume they have some influence, but it is often difficult to pin them to significant events, but I'm going to try.

We are currently under a couple of those “soft” aspects. Transiting Jupiter is trine transiting Neptune and transiting Saturn is trine transiting Uranus. Jupiter and Neptune have a lot in common. Jupiter likes to exaggerate. Neptune tends to obscure the truth. Jupiter is generous. Neptune is compassionate, Jupiter promotes. Neptune seduces. Jupiter favors religion and philosophy. Neptune favors spirituality. Jupiter represents larger-than-life characters, Neptune glamor and pop culture.