A fun spin on serious cosmic stuff! Wendell C. Perry has 40 years experience studying astrology and how it impacts personalities & relationships. He's written two books & published articles in astrology magazines. He's happy to share this website so that you, too, can have fun with astrology to help you in everyday life!
In April 2011 President Barack Obama, in response to persistent rumors that he had not been born in the United States, released his long form birth certificate which clearly showed that his placeof birth was Hawaii. For any reasonable person this would have settled the issue, but for an extremely vocal minority (which included our current President-Elect) the release of this document only acerbated the controversy, sparking new, wider and wilder conspiracy theories.
Interestingly, it was in April 2011 that Neptune entered Pisces, the sign it rules and where its influence is strongest. Neptune is associated with several wonderful qualities, such as compassion, creativity and spirituality, but it also represents delusions and illusions. In addition, Neptune has a lot to do with popular culture, and with the pervasive images, rumors and memes that weave their way through popular culture. And, of course, at its worst, Neptune rules plain, old-fashion lies.
In an earlier article I mentioned that Donald Trump would protected by positive aspects for the next several months. Now, I like to explain that in more detail.
First of all, Trump’s secondary progressed Sun is still within a degree of a conjunction to his natal Ascendant. This is the aspect I saw a year and a half ago when I predicted that, despite what everyone one was saying at the time, he would be a serious candidate for the nomination. The aspect is waning, but I think it will still be a factor deep into 2017.
Then we have Uranus, which was trine Trump’s Moon and sextile his Sun when he was elected. This is an aspect of surprising good fortune and it is going to be around for a while. Uranus is not moving retrograde. It will turn direct at 20Aries33 on Dec. 29. Trump’s Moon is at 21Sagittarius12 and his Sun is at 22Gemini56, so Uranus is still fairly closes to aspecting both. As it moves forward, the planet will complete it last trine to Trump’s Moon on Feb. 6, 2017 and the sextile to his Sun on Mar. 18.
When I was in first grade and I opened my new box of crayons, I wanted to try every color, and I envied those kids from more affluent homes who had the really big boxes of crayons. However, after I became a serious artist I found that such an approach was not practical. I began using only those colors that worked best for my style of painting. In order to be a more effective painter, I had to limit the number or colors I put on my palette.
You might say that today’s astrologers are like those kids who had the extra big boxes of crayons. We have an overwhelming number of tools available to us. Along with the ten bodies that are most commonly used (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) we can fill our horoscopes with thousands of dwarf planets and asteroids. Through the use of Harmonics we can compute more aspects that Ptolemy could have ever imagined. Then there are midpoints,fixed stars and a whole bagful of different house systems. And we can bring in different types of astrology, such as traditional, sidereal or Vedic.
The word “recount” has dismal associations for most Americans. We remember the election of 2000 and the whole “hanging chad” debacle. My memory is that even Democrats were not all that sorry when the Supreme Court stepped in an ended the affair. We had had enough. (Of course, if we’d known the results would take us into a useless war in Iraq and the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, we might still be recounting.)
The current call for a recount of votes in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin made by Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, and supported by Hillary Clinton seems to promise more of the same. However, there is a new element. That is the possibility of hackers (possibly from Russia) interfering with voting machines in particular districts. Such a revelation would not only affect the outcome of the election, it could damage our confidence in democracy.