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Following the Moon: Oct. 24, 2018MoonImagePurple

Astrology, like history, doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes. Two weeks ago I noted certain similarities between the New Moon on Oct. 8 and the lunation just before Donald Trump’s embarrassing meeting with Vladimir Putin in July, where he took Putin’s side against U.S. intelligence agencies. What’s happen since Oct. 8 is Trump appears to be taking the side of his buddy, Saudi prince Mohammad bin Salman, against Turkey and pretty much the rest of the world in the investigation of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.


In the Oct. 8 chart, Pluto was square the Sun and Moon. (Click here to see the article and the chart.) Pluto is about power, and the Khashoggi’s murder seems to have been a gruesome display of power by the M.B.S. There have been some other displays of power closer to home, with Republican officials in some states, particularly Georgia, stripping the voter rolls ahead of the midterm elections of people likely to vote Democratic. It seems that there are people in the Republican Party view democracy less as a basic American value and more as a pesky impediment to power.


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Astrology at Work: The Wannsee Conference

What’s your definition of a good meeting? If it’s one in which the person who called the meeting speaks briefly, everyone agrees and 90 minutes later you’re relaxing in an easy chair chatting with a compatriot and drinking brandy, then you would have loved the meeting that took place in Wannsee, Germany (a suburb of Berlin) on Jan. 20, 1942. Or maybe you wouldn’t have.


The Wannsee Conference was a meeting called by Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler’s golden boy, to discuss the “Jewish question.” It was attended by representatives of every agency of the German government. In the meeting Heydrich revealed what was called the “final solution”, a plan to ship Jews from Germany, Austria and the countries occupied in Europe occupied by Germany to camps in Poland where they would be killed.


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The disappearance and apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi is not the sort of murder mystery in which we need to go searching for clues. The perpetrators were actually filmed entering the scene of the crime with the murder weapon. The only open questions are whether anyone will ever be punished for the crime and how much damage this atrocity is going to do to Mohammed bin Salman, the current head of the Saudi government.


To answer these questions I decided to look at the horoscope of M.B.S (as he is called in the press.) We don’t have a time of birth for him, so I did the chart for noon on his birthday. (Click on Mohammed bin Salman to see the partial horoscope.) M.B.S. is a Virgo by Sun sign with the Sun quincunx Jupiter. His assent to power was seen by many to herald a new beginning in Saudi Arabia. He represents a new generation and he seemed to be prepared to modernize the kingdom. He cracked down on corruption and gave Saudi women the right to drive cars.


However, a look at this chart shows that bin Salman personality is much more influenced by authoritarian Saturn than liberating Jupiter. Saturn is in the Fixed sign of Scorpio and square Mars and Mercury in Leo. Saturn is generally conservative, and particularly so when in a Fixed sign. The square to Mars and Mercury describes a methodical thinker who actualizes his plans with hard-core determination and cold efficiency.


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The Pelosi Problem

With the midterm elections nearing, political ads are proliferating, and one name seems to crop up over and over in ever state and every congressional district: Nancy Pelosi. Republican candidates all across the country use this name like an incantation. Say it enough times and Republicans will come out of the woodwork to vote. Pelosi has become the universal symbol of everything Republicans hate, from abortion to background checks.


I thought it might be interesting to look at Pelosi’s horoscope to see why she is the object of all this ire. We don’t have a time of birth for her, so the chart is done for noon on her birthday. (Click on Nancy Pelosi to see the partial horoscope.)