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For a long time we have thought of Paul Ryan as the intellectual Republican, the kind of guy who can quote famous conservative theorists like Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman and gives out Ayn Rand novels as Christmas presents. While many of his colleagues on the right focus on social issues, such as abortion and gay rights, opening themselves to accusations of misogyny and prejudice, Ryan has manage to stand above this fray, and maintain an aura of intellectual purity.
Of course, a lot of this has to do with the fact that Paul Ryan is an Aquarius by Sun sign. (Click on Paul Ryan to see his chart.) Aquarians gravitate toward ideas, and rarely let themselves get dragged down into emotional debates. True to his Aquarian nature, some of Ryan’s ideas are quite radical. For example, his dreamscape of total capitalism leaves little room for popular government programs like Social Security and Medicare.
But we forgive Ryan for such excess because they are consistent with is overall intellectual approach. No one thinks he would really be able to eliminate these programs. (Right?) So when he calls Social Security evidence of creeping socialism, we’re not alarmed. We expect Aquarian to stick to their principles, regardless of how unpopular they might be, and we respect them for that consistency, no matter how much we might disagree with what they think.
We are about to see a big change in the astrological weather. For the past three months we have been living under an opposition aspect between expansive Jupiter and mischievous Uranus in rambunctious Aries. Though the influence of this aspect can be seen in many ways and many places, the primary demonstration of its power has been the twists and turns that have characterized the first few months of the Trump administration.
That aspect is on the wane now. Jupiter has just begun a long retrograde period (appearing to move backward relative to the earth) while Uranus is motoring farther into Aries. The two planets meet up again in an opposition in October after Jupiter turns direct, but only for a brief time. After that, Jupiter quickly leaves Aries and moves into Taurus.
It’s always good to know where the people running your government get their ideas. Obviously, Donald Trump gets his from alt-right radio and podcasts. That’s scary. But for even a bigger scare, consider where his top advisor, Steve Bannon, gets his ideas: from a 1973 French novel by Jean Raspail titled “The Camp of Saints.”
In the “Camp of Saints” Raspail visualizes a time when the Western world, in particular his native France is inundated by waves of immigrants from Asia and Africa. These third world refugees are not coming to Europe and the U.S. to escape war and starvation. They’re coming with the overt intention of putting an end to western civilization and replacing the hegemony of white people with that of black and brown people.
It so happens that Raspail’s horoscope is available through Astrodatabank. (Click on Jean Raspail to see the chart.) It contains several things that explain the apocalyptic tone of “The Camp of Saints”. Raspail’s Sun is conjunct Pluto in his 10th House. Pluto always does things in a big way, and it has a pessimistic nature. When it is aligned with the Sun the result is often the kind of pessimism that goes past bleak expectations, and onto unmitigated disaster.
It seems that every time I get ready to discontinue this series another member of the Trump troupe gets into trouble. This time it’s his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. It was revealed a couple of days ago that Sessions had met twice last year with the Russian Ambassador, who is also considered to be a top Russian spy. This would not be a problem, except for the fact that Session had, under oath, told the committee reviewing his appointment as Attorney General that no such meeting took place.
Looking at a chart drawn for noon of Sessions’ birthday (click on Jeff Sessions to see the horoscope) I have to admit that there’s not a lot to talk about. There are no dynamic aspects and the most exciting thing about this partial horoscope is the fact that Sessions is a double Capricorn, with both the Sun and the Moon in that sign.
Capricorns are typically ambitious and Sessions’ rise from a small town lawyer to the top legal position in the country certainly fulfills that promise. However, Capricorn’s are also cautious and methodical. They don’t make silly mistakes, particular at important junctures in their career. This cast a bit of doubt on Sessions’ claim that he simply forgot about his meeting with the Russian diplomat during his hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee.