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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.


Cohen’s Sun is at two degrees of Virgo. In the sky right now Saturn is at two degrees of Capricorn and Uranus is at two degrees of Taurus. Put this altogether and you have a beautiful grand trine. Uranus trine the natal Sun often brings surprising good fortune, while Saturn trine the Sun typically lubricates our dealings with figures of authority. I’m not sure what Cohen’s lawyers are saying, but I’m sure that his astrologer (he must have one, right) was pushing him to take advantage of this unique celestial opportunity.


Of course, this doesn’t mean that the judge is going to come down from the bench, slap Cohen on the back and invite him over for dinner. Even though the aspects to Cohen’s Sun from Saturn and Uranus are benevolent, they are also activating the conjunction of his secondary progressed Mars to his natal Sun, an aspect that is anything but benevolent. (Click here to see my article on Cohen’s secondary progressed chart.) This  conjunction is bringing to Cohen a taste of the bullying tactics he so famously used in the service of Donald Trump and that can’t be good.


The situation in Paul Manafort’s partial horoscope (click on Paul Manafort to see a chart done for noon on his date of birth) is not as dramatic but certainly significant. Today in Manafort’s chart transiting Mars moved into a conjunction with his natal Jupiter. Mars aspects are usually short-lived, lasting no more than a couple of days, but right now Mars is retrograde and getting ready to turn around and begin forward motion. Manafort’s Mars aspect is going to in effect for weeks.


One of the things that Jupiter symbolizes is the rule of law and the court system. Typically, Jupiter influence in this regard benevolent. (For honest people the rule of law is a good thing.) However, Mars brings out the other side of the law: punishment. It is interesting that today the Sun is also involved in this aspect, forming a quincunx aspect to both transiting Mars and Manafort’s natal Jupiter. The quincunx is a “wild card” aspect and the wild card in this case is, of course, President Trump and the possibility that he will pardon Manafort.


The possibility of a presidential pardon is also a factor in the Cohen cases, but since Cohen’s plea deal implicated Trump in the payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal the relationship between these two old friends might currently be a little strained. I tend to think that Trump will not take immediate action in either case, possibly because Manafort faces a second trial for more charges in Washington D.C. and Cohen has not been sentenced yet.


The other big question is whether one or both of these men will seek to mitigate their jail sentences by cooperating with the Mueller investigation. Given Cohen’s long association with Trump and Manafort’s extensive ties to Russia, they could be extremely valuable witnesses. I hesitate to make a prediction about this since we do not have a complete horoscope for either, however the weight of the aspects I’ve just described makes it more likely that one, or both, is going to crack.

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