The Birth and Remaking of America – Mercury-Pluto Opposition and Pluto Return

In recent years, Americans and observers worldwide have been captivated by the turmoil within the United States (US) concerning its intense partisan politics, yet media pundits have failed to adequately explain the nature and causes of the political power struggle that continues to challenge the principles of democracy.

Astrologers, however, understand the uniqueness of our times when noting several dynamic aspects1 that have been activating the potentials of the July 4, 1776 birth chart of the United States. The aspects are the April 5, 2017, US progressed Mercury station that synchronized with the commencement of the Trump administration, the present transit of Pluto now well within the parameters of its 248-year pilgrimage-return to its natal degree, and the Moon progressions from 2021 to 2024.

THE UNITED STATES HOROSCOPE

The horoscope of a nation carries great weight in comparison with the chart of an individual because of its broad reference to the masses and for its innate contribution to a comprehensive understanding of an entire culture. This enduring effect brings with it the responsibility to create a national horoscope with a favorable resonance between the promise of guiding “stars” and the goals of the society in the making. A fortuitous date, time, and place should be chosen with the best planetary configurations that will support the collective’s desired ideals and objectives. During the establishment of the United States, some of the Founding Fathers were Freemasons and involved with metaphysics, yet it is unknown if their practices included the use of astrology, and if so, whether Electional horoscopy was used in the choice of the inaugural time for the Declaration of Independence. Whether the union was formed with a consideration of celestial factors or by chance, the planetary patterning on July 4, 1776, contained the seeds that would determine the nation’s destiny.

The origin of American thought took its cues from Europe’s Age of Enlightenment, whose thinkers believed they could “create better societies and better people.” Intellectuals from both continents traveled between the old and new worlds during America’s mounting revolution. In his pamphlet, Common Sense,2 published six months prior to the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine proclaimed, “The birthday of a new world is at hand.”  The Englishman’s philosophy played an important role in creating the new paradigm that clarified the benefits of a republic versus monarchy. His widely distributed writings helped prod-to-arms the tattered soldier on the colonial battlefield, and when reaching the common citizen, gave them reason to rally to the revolution in lockstep with the Founders’ intent to form a union based on the protection of human rights through democratic elections and legislation.

The most revealing astrological factor defining the stark transition from monarchy to an emerging democracy was Mercury in station-retrograde at the time of America’s establishment. The station nurtured the extraordinary mental activity required of its leaders for the development of an American ethos and for laying the ground for inestimable levels of achievement to be reached by its free and aspiring populace.

Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson, who incidentally had a transit of Pluto passing over his natal Uranus in 1776, was tasked with the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. With his eloquent narrative style, he definitively explained, point by point, the causes that provoked the Patriot colonists to revolt and engage in battle against the Loyalists to Great Britain’s King George III. Jefferson’s writings introduced what he considered to be “an expression of the American mind.” Not born of originality nor a derivative of established thought, the American perspective, he explained in later years, simply reflected the needs of the time.3

The inner ponderings of America’s Founders materialized objectively with the Second Continental Congress’s approval of the Declaration of Independence at 1:52 am4 on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With this decision, the colonists officially severed ties with the British Crown to reach their goal of establishing separate yet united states in accordance with the heavenly configurations of the moment. Dr. Marc Edmund Jones, in his Mundane Perspectives in Astrology,5 based his US chart’s time on the popular use of Gemini rising by several notable astrologers of his day, and by the authorization of the American Federation of Astrologers. With a bit of rectification Jones settled on a 3 Gemini 34 ascendant.

BIRTHING A NATION UNDER A MERCURY STATION

In the segment on Collective Nativities in Mundane Perspectives, Jones designates Mercury in his US chart diagram as stationary-retrograde. However, the ephemeris for 1776 shows the station to be exact on June 28, just days before the announcement of independence in early July. Planetary stations, whether in transit or progression, point to a crescendo in the development of events that facilitates a psychological shift in perspective resulting in a dramatic transformation of existential affairs. Jones explains the virtual phenomenon in his Scope of Astrological Prediction as a pivotal period demanding “a critical regrasp of experience.” 6 Unlike transit stations that need to aspect a natal planet to be effective for chart interpretation, a progressed station need not make an aspect with a birth planet and can be associated with events far in advance or after their pause to change direction.

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King of the Fairies Meets the Queen of England – President Joe Biden, Queen Elizabeth

When the King of the fairies meets the Queen of England, they need no introduction. President Biden met with the Queen of England on June 13, 2021. It was amidst his first international trip since the pandemic, with other important stops along the way. The chart shows the connection between the two “monarchs” with the shared Sabian symbol, 1 degree Taurus, A clear mountain stream. Tragedies have loomed over both lives, so they may find solace in each other’s sensitivities, as well as both sharing a sense of dignity and care for others. The Bidens were advised not to bow to the Queen as they are not her subjects. This well suits a surreptitious King of the fairies with his Sun in the 12th house.

Biden’s Sun degree is The king of the fairies approaching his domain, which has always been for him a movement toward a political base of operations. Finally, he has reached his highest goal to “rule” as President of the United States.

From People.com –

“She was very gracious,” the President told reporters Sunday at Heathrow Airport after he and First Lady Jill Biden held a private audience with the Queen at Windsor Castle. “She reminded me of my mother,” he added. 

With the Queen’s Sun on Biden’s Moon, it is no wonder she reminded him of his mother. Their private meeting after the pomp and circumstance is seen in another planetary connection of the Queen’s Saturn within a few degrees of Biden’s fairy Sun degree in the 12th house of behind-the-scenes activity.  This placement keeps their conversation very quiet in contrast with the pomp and circumstances of their public meeting.

Biden – Queen, mutual connecting Sabian Symbol degree –

Taurus 1 A clear mountain stream This is the symbol of the individual spirit in its irrepressibility, and of the purity and excellence of its real sources of strength. Here man is freed from any necessity to meet the superficial limitations of life in any particular way or to conform to any pattern of events except as there is a genuine contribution to an overall consistency in its self-expression. The keyword is RESOURSCOUFULNESS. When positive, the degree is high achievement through an unswerving fidelity to some definite course of action, and when negative, a tendency to waste the potentialities of being by endless self-ramifications.

 

The Queen’s Saturn –

SCORPIO 25 An X ray This is a symbol of man’s organic integrity, or of the unvarying structures of nature on which all intelligence depends. There is here an emphasis on the wellbeing of each individual as a foundation for his self-realization in the world he shares with his fellows, and on his responsibility to keep himself fit for the performance of his part in the common functioning. He recognizes himself as the measure of all effective reality, and sees everything around him as a continual revelation or validation of his own capacity. The keyword is INVESTIGATION. When positive, the degree is an exceptional power of analysis, and when negative, uncritical oversensitiveness to both the condition of self and the state of society.

Biden’s Sun –

SCORPIO 28 The king of the fairies approaching his domain This is a symbol of the eternal promise underlying all inner self-realization, since any actual fullness of life is altogether independent of the passing state of affairs in a world of time and space. Implicit in the symbolism is the futility of man’s
common reliance on people and things through some mere accident of contact. Outer reality takes the form with which he endows it as he exercises his sovereignty over its various potentials in the creative realms of his own imagination. The keyword is ALLEGIANCE. When positive, the degree is a special
competence of inward vision and a consequent outward perspective of high effectiveness, and when negative, capricious self-indulgence.

The Queen has a T Cross with Saturn in Point Focus. Saturn is also in square with Jupiter to give her a Sharp Destiny. Her Temperament Type is Splay and her Reins planet is Saturn once again to make it High Focus as well as Point Focus of the T Cross. The sign of royalty is shown in Jupiter’s exact in opposition to Neptune.

 

Truth on Trial – Adam Schiff, “You Might Think That’s Okay”

Adam Schiff’s comprehensive grasp of the factors involved in the impeachment of Donald J. Trump is reflected in the Sabian Symbol of his Sun-Venus Cazimi (1) at 2 degrees Cancer, A man suspended over a vast level place. (2)

The symbol reveals Schiff’s ability to comprehend the broad scope of detail concerning the trial, as shown when he eloquently delivers the talking-points in the videos below. This will certainly assure him of a place in political history, especially concerning the unprecedented Trump administration.

The inquiry into the allegations that Trump manipulated Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, to force his assistance to smear Trump’s rival Joe Biden, took place between September and November 2019.  These events coincide with Schiff’s 2nd Saturn Return.

The articles of impeachment charged Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. On December 18, 2019, the House of Representatives voted to impeach the 45th President of the United States. The impeachment will forever be remembered as part of Trump’s presidential legacy.

 

 

(1) Cazimi is a conjunction of two or more planets with the Sun, within 17 minutes of arc. It superpowers the energies and meaning of the planets through being located within the core of the Sun. Planets in normal orb of a conjunct with the Sun are considerably weakened.

(2) Sabian Symbols in Astrology, pg 240

CANCER 2 A man suspended over a vast level place This is a symbol of man’s capacity for an illimitable overview of his experience in advance of his involvement in its details, and of the infinite ramification of possibilities he is able to uncover in the world he seeks to make his own. Implicit in the negative symbolism is the poise in act by which he escapes the bondage of any random compulsions, and a leisure in perspective which preserves his free choice. The keyword is CONTEMPLATION. When positive, the degree is an exceptional spread of comprehension and a continual self-orientation of understanding, and when negative, a flighty transcendence or an impatience with all immediate or down-to-earth considerations.

(3) Essentials of Astrological Analysis, pg 342-43 – Sharp and Loose Destiny. 

(4) An example of outrageous verbal abuse spoken by the world’s most powerful leader is the contents of the twitter feed by Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump – at 6:37 AM  on Jan 25, 2020: “Our case against lyin’, cheatin’, liddle’ Adam “Shifty” Schiff, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, their leader, dumb as a rock AOC, & the entire Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrat Party, starts today at 10:00 A.M. on @FoxNews, @OANN or Fake News @CNN or Fake News MSDNC!”

 

KING or PRESIDENT? Approaching His Domain – Candidate, Joe Biden

Difficulties arise when attempting to predict the outcome of an election between several candidates because both or all individuals will be displaying multiple planetary aspects at the time of the intense competition. One might think that aspects with the benefic Jupiter, in contrast with Saturn, the more challenging planet, would indicate a favorable outcome, however, Jupiter has often been seen prominent in stressful and even over-indulgent situations. Saturn, on the other hand, can point to more responsibility thrust upon an individual for good and is not always referring to disappointing and limiting conditions. Also to take under consideration are the conjunctions of outer planets with natals, and the square and opposition hard aspects all can be interpreted in a favorable or unfavorable fashion.

The square and opposition aspects are notorious for bringing about radical change and should not be feared only as harbingers of bad outcomes. Indeed there are examples of the unexpected good, that can be seen in the history of electing presidents. One notable case with a conjunction to the natal Sun is seen in the chart of Jimmy Carter who had transit Pluto visiting his natal Sun in Libra at the time he was catapulted into the limelight as the most powerful leader in the country. Pluto could just as easily have thrown him a crushing blow that would have negated any future desire to remain active in the political arena. With all the variables, astrologers are continually tempted to make predictions, even though it is tantamount to the art of guessing. With presidential elections, there’s a 50-50 chance of getting it right, and those odds are not bad. With all this being said, a look into the planetary activity in candidate Joe Biden’s horoscope, calculated for the general elections of November 3, 2020, is in order. The transits and progressions lean toward a favorable outcome.

  • Transit Saturn-Pluto opposite Biden’s natal Jupiter
  • Station of progressed Mercury
  • Mercury progressed station conjunct transit Saturn-Pluto and opposite Biden natal Jupiter
  • Progressed Lunation 2019
  • Sextiles of Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto to natal Sun
  • Transit Jupiter opposite natal Pluto at inauguration

AN AUSPICIOUS SABIAN SYMBOL

One of the most interesting features of Biden’s horoscope is the Sabian Symbol for his Sun degree, The king of the fairies approaching his domain. The degree shows a person with leadership capabilities focused on his own realm of influence, the United States. Biden’s career has spanned approximately forty-seven years of holding the offices of United States Senator from Delaware, and following that, eight years as Vice President in the Obama administration. Biden is again on the campaign trail, and again with the hope of attaining the highest office possible to achieve in the country. He has often “approached” the highest office, running in 1988 and 2008, with this candidacy being his third attempt. There are multiple supportive planetary aspects in his dynamic chart that assist his present pilgrimage to the domain of the White House, along with a few configurations of more challenging nature, that could turn to his advantage as opposed to any of the disadvantages stated above.

From The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones:

SCORPIO 28 The king of the fairies approaching his domain This is a symbol of the eternal promise underlying all inner self-realization since any actual fullness of life is altogether independent of the passing state of affairs in a world of time and space. Implicit in the symbolism is the futility of man’s common reliance on people and things through some mere accident of contact. Outer reality takes the form with which he endows it as he exercises his sovereignty over its various potentials in the creative realms of his own imagination. The keyword is ALLEGIANCE. When positive, the degree is a special competence of inward vision and a consequent outward perspective of high effectiveness, and when negative, capricious self-indulgence.

The king of the fairies symbol is one of a “handful” of Sabian degrees that exemplify spiritual characteristics. (a) They signal that the native affiliated with the symbol must surrender their own personal fulfillment for the expressed purpose of leading others in a release of theirs. Biden, as a life-long politician, has dedicated himself to those ends, and in that way continues to sacrifice his own needs, in order to be of service to the American people. With this special degree, in Biden’s 12th house of inner psychological potentials, his otherworldly and lofty intent may not ever be truly seen, understood, or appreciated by those with a diametrically opposed agenda. Working behind the scenes is how a 12th house Sun functions best, and with Venus as an ally in the same house, the work he plans with Kamala Harris promises to be significant although discrete.

THE TRANSITS AND PROGRESSIONS

The ominous yet auspicious transiting Saturn-Pluto conjunction has been opposing the U. S. natal Mercury for most of 2020. The formidable pair are also in opposition to Biden’s natal Jupiter that is at the same time conjunct the U. S. natal Mercury. To add heightened power to this aggregation of planets is Biden’s progressed Mercury as well, at 24 Capricorn 56, now in its station-direct at the location of the  Saturn-Pluto transit. These combined planetary energies make this entire year and campaign period unusually outstanding for the candidate. This progressed Mercury will make its exact and climactic opposition to natal Jupiter in the latter part of 2021. The entire complex planetary scenario highlights the intense magnetism between candidate Joe Biden and the minds of American citizens represented by the U. S. Mercury in conjunction with the Biden Jupiter. The multiple transit and progressed oppositions, across the board, have the expressed purpose of working out differences in an extremely polarized political environment.

Biden’s progressed Mercury station is a sign of radical change, as Dr. Marc Edmund Jones explains in his Scope of Astrological Prediction. (1) “The phenomena in the secondary directions always identifies a subtle or psychological shift in the fundamental course of life, such as requires a critical regrasp of experience and often proves to be an adjustment over an appreciable span of time whether marked by some single sharp event of easy identification or by a complex syndrome of changes of less obvious interrelation.” The general elections on November 3, 2020, will be the opportunity for the Mercury station to manifest as described above.

If Biden should experience a “single sharp event” such as winning the White House, to which his Sun symbol refers, it will not only transform his own experience but as a surrogate leader, it will transform the lives of Americans, “his subjects,” as any progressed station for a president or king would portend.

Biden announced his run for the presidency during the heart of his progressed lunation on April 25, 2019, shown circled in pink in the single progressed chart. A progressed lunation marks a pivotal turning-point similar to a progressed planetary station, but in the case of a lunation, past experience gradually comes to a close, to usher in entirely new possibilities that the native may or may not foresee. It creates a period of time where the individual may feel they are in limbo and challenged by the undetermined path ahead. This astrological dynamic can span several years in its molting process. In Biden’s case, he has his sights set on a definite objective which clearly is achieving an ultimate position of power and authority; a “kingship” of sorts that the role of the presidency offers.

Together, the progressed lunation and station-direct Mercury, represent an underlying transformation in Biden’s daily life, that continues to take hold now and for the next few years. Phenomenally, along with the progressed Mercury station, shown circled in red in the ephemeris graph, is Biden’s progressed Saturn, circled in blue, also in station-direct, and in this case in conjunction with the U.S. High Focus Uranus. Circled in green on the graph is Uranus, which will be following the same path as the other two, again in station-direct in 2023.

There are currently, several supportive transit sextiles assisting Biden’s all-important King of the fairies Sun degree. They are Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, which are included in the main characters of the lineup of present configurations.

And looking forward to January 20, 2021, the day set aside for the inauguration of the next president, we can see the possibility of the swearing-in of Joe Biden, thanks to the transit of Pluto, the planet of probity, advancing to within 10 minutes of arc of his presently high-profile, progressed Mercury; still within its transition from retrograde to direct, in opposition to natal Jupiter and the U.S. Mercury. If Joe Biden succeeds in winning the White House, one can point to all these unique planetary aspects as the corresponding celestial counterpart of his immediate life-process.

Finally, on inauguration day, transit Jupiter will come to an exact opposition with Biden’s natal Pluto at 7 Leo 14, in the Sabian degree of A Bolshevik Propagandist.(2) Here is the origin of Republican fears, that socialist ideals will be at play in a Biden, Democrat administration. The symbol when positive, “is a determination to share the soul’s vision and to make a permanent impact on history.” Perhaps fate will allow the fulfillment of Biden’s vision and pledge of his nomination acceptance speech, to “restore the ‘soul of America’ and erase the ‘darkness’ that has descended on the country . . . ” (3)

 

(a) Pages 317 – 18 Essentials of Astrological Analysis, by Marc Edmund Jones – Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, Washington, 1970

(1) Page 49, Scope of Astrological Prediction, by Marc Edmund Jones – Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, Washington, 1969

(2) Page 276, Sabian Symbols in Astrology, by Marc Edmund Jones – Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, Washington

(3) Demetri Sevastopulo, August 20, 2020, Biden’s presidential nomination acceptance speech. Financial Times article

Li Wenliang, the Coronavirus and Saturn-Pluto Conjunction

Dr. Li Wenliang

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, 2020.  The first official case of COVID-19, was a 55-year-old from Wuhan China, diagnosed on November 17, 2019.  (1)

Astrologers anticipated events of great magnitude to develop near the time of the exact conjunction of Saturn to Pluto on January 12, 2020, when it completed and commenced once again its continuous thirty-four to thirty-eight-year cycle. The aggressiveness of the insidious coronavirus conveniently reflects the combined profile of these two notoriously feared planets. Their slow orbital movement allows a wide time-orb of influence for a significant phenomenon to emerge in correspondence to its conjunction. The illness first appeared in the news during the third week of November 2019 as SARS-CoV-2. For slow-moving planets, the two-month leeway for a manifestation of the conjunction is acceptable when comparing astrological events with their earthly counterparts.

The two formidable planets have varying speeds that create a syncopated slow-dance to the rhythm of retrograde and direct motions throughout 2020. As the year progresses, Jupiter joins in as it approaches its new transit-cycle with Saturn commencing on December 21, 2020.  Jupiter weaves in and out of conjunctions with Saturn and Pluto during the year and will merge for its 3rd and final conjunction with Pluto at the time of the US presidential elections in early November.

Saturn, aligning its forces with Pluto at the January conjunction, exacerbated an otherwise normal display of disease often identified by the ringed planet, and as a result of this ominous partnership, the world was brought to its knees. Pluto naturally defies constraints and endows stealthy microbes with free-rein. The planet rules microscopic realms and its invisible characteristics have promoted numerous theories attempting to track the origin of the virus. (2)

With the number of cases worldwide topping over a million and a quarter, with an accompanying 70,000 deaths (as of April 5, 2020), the result is continuous global fear, anxiety, and panic, which are all the combined negative attributes of Saturn and Pluto. As the ubiquitous virus continues on its trek across the globe, an astrological picture gives revealing insights. The chart most likely to yield planetary connections with the pandemic should be one that adequately represents an entire world population. The inaugural chart of the United Nations (UN) is a good candidate because the organization is comprised of 193 countries out of a global count of 195. (3) This group of nations first pledged their affiliation on October 24, 1945, and it’s current functioning as a representative body gives the chart validity.

There is a strong tie between the Saturn-Pluto conjunction and the UN chart. Shown with a red arrow in chart #1 is an opposition aspect applying from the exact transit-conjunction of January 12th to the UN natal conjunction of Mars-Saturn. The transit-conjunction also was opposite natal Mercury in the chart of the United States in January 2020, however, the more powerful indication lies with the chart of all nations, since it is a worldwide crisis of which the United States is only a part. But the activated Mercury in the US chart does indicate why America was hit so hard. Mercury’s decision-making process, as far as simple procedures to take in containing the virus, has been confusing at best and has sparked controversy and polarization of approaches that confound the situation. This may be in part because the US has not dealt with a catastrophic pandemic since the Spanish flu of 1918 that originated in the state of Kansas.

Li Wenliang – the Whistleblower 

An integral part of the story of the coronavirus includes the life and horoscope of ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, the physician and whistleblower who notified his colleagues in a private group on WeChat social media platform concerning the sudden outbreak of a virus at the Wuhan Central Hospital in Wuhan, China. Li’s concern was that patients were exhibiting severe symptoms similar to those displayed by the SARS virus that infected 8,098 people and killed 774 worldwide in 2003. Li’s leaked warnings alarmed the Chinese government, who sent police out on January 3rd to reprimand and force him to sign a statement that he was “making false comments on the internet.” The Chinese Communist Party apparently was set to do a coverup of what only was the beginning of a coming worldwide pandemic.

Not long after, Li himself contracted the insidious illness while performing an eye operation on a patient who was later found to have been infected by the coronavirus. He was hospitalized and rapidly succumbed to the disease on February 7, 2020.* Li’s natal chart is shown in chart #2, with his progressions and transits of the day of his death in the outer two wheels. He was 33 years old when he was officially pronounced dead on February 7th. There was confusion over the actual time of death and the procedures that led up to it. Millions of Chinese citizens had been tracking updates on his condition, that when his death was announced, caused shock-waves and disdain throughout both professional and lay communities.

His horoscope shows progressed Venus had been in a conjunction with natal Pluto; an indication that something rather deep was transpiring, and the progressed Sun was leaving its conjunction with natal Venus, another indication of the finalization of personal affairs. Other than transit Mars passing by progressed and natal Uranus, there are very few traditional transits of import.

Transit event-chart #3, however, shows a distinct connection with Li’s death by the transit Moon’s position exact on the 8th house cusp  The Moon at the door of the house of transitions, with its ultimate transition being death, shows an appropriate placement to indicate his physical expiration. The Moon, at 13 Cancer 33, sheds light on the deeper meaning of his acts and sacrifice through its revealing Sabian symbol. He was a young man with an old soul on a mission that unfortunately was cut short. The words in the description highlighted in bold give stark testimony to his contribution to society.

CANCER 14 A very old man facing a vast dark space to the northeast This is a symbol of the immeasurable reaches of past experience as a strengthening of the human spirit for its immediate destiny, and of the eternal rebirth through which man may discover that present aspiration and future achievement are without the slightest limitation in any terms of events to come. Here is an absoluteness of self as a completeness of expectation. There are no dark moments of outlook that cannot yield inspiration or assurance. The keyword is SANCTION. When positive, the degree is a highly effective enlistment of deeper and hidden elements of life for some momentary end, and when negative, lack of purpose and utter chaos in understanding.

The Sabian Symbol for Jupiter at 14 Capricorn 55 at the other end of the dynamic polarity is also revealing. The symbol literally describes a hospital scene that clearly reflects Li’s actual workplace. The sentence in bold font explains the randomness and capricious nature of the native’s sacrifice, and the positive of the degree reveals his heroic potentials.

CAPRICORN 15 Many toys in the children’s ward of a hospital This is a symbol of the inescapable richness of life in any normal manifestation of itself, here given emphasis through its ample rewards on the social and ideal side. There are physical and psychological limitations which come to all humankind without apparent reason, and which often seem a travesty of divine justice, but they are always an unrealized opportunity for a deeper fellowship. Experience is real in its fruits, rather than in the means to its ends. The keyword is ABUNDANCE When positive, the degree is man’s ability to develop the real potentialities of himself and his fellows despite every transient accident of circumstance, and when negative, hypocritical sympathy and childish self-pampering.

TRANSITS 2020

Transits Saturn and Pluto

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction clearly identifies Saturnian individuality within the Plutonian collective. Saturn’s capacity for drawing boundaries created the measures that each country dictated to its citizens that included closing bars and restaurants and instructing residents to stay home and avoid large social gatherings to which Pluto is associated.

This powerful and extremely tense Saturn-Pluto configuration will remain effective throughout 2020, as these dominating planetary actors station (4) to retrograde; reversing their direction and meaning from time to time during the year. In fact, the effects of what Saturn and Pluto brought to humanity with their conjunction in January may not only continue to manifest throughout the remainder of the year but perhaps even until 2023, at least for the United States, while Pluto completes its 248-year cycle return in the US chart.

At present, Pluto will station-retrograde on April 26, 2020, at 25 Capricorn, and Saturn will do the same on May 11th at 1 Aquarius 57. Transit stations indicate an intense release of planetary energy that requires a compulsory and critical regrasp of the immediate situation. Station’s readdress astrological trends and the present high number of COVID-19 cases may reverse along with the retrograde, and bring with it the possibility of remission in some areas of the US. (5) As well, cures for ailments are often discovered on retrogrades.

Pluto has already begun slowing down for its station in late April, encouraging a decrease of developing cases in the state of New York, the area with a higher death rate than any other place in the world. It is tempting to read premature positives into changes in planetary directions, and the late Dr. Marc Edmund Jones reminds us that “Astrology is the science of probability.” Stations are markers for imminent change on the horizon near the particular dates upon which they fall, but they should be suggestions, not hard predictions.

Chart #4 is the inaugural chart for New York City. (6) It reveals that the high number of coronavirus cases and fatalities is due in part by the Moon degree’s close association with the January 2020 Saturn-Pluto conjunction occurring at 23 degrees Capricorn. The City’s natal Moon, circled in red, is located within orb of that point and is also conjunct the US natal chart’s Pluto that is currently moving toward its monumental Return.

As Saturn slows to station-retrograde soon after Pluto, the reminder to shelter-in-place and keep at a social distance, continues for the United States. Saturn is the planet that points to the cover-up and condemnation of whistleblowers by China, the slow to declare a world-crisis by the World Health Organization, and in the US, the Trump administration’s months of denials that the virus was a real threat, and for its slow response to hospital requests for testing, personal protective equipment and ventilators. Containment and mitigation are Saturn’s methods of controlling Pluto’s otherwise unstoppable spread of the disease. Although “herd” immunity has been suggested by some “experts” as the natural way to ultimately conquer the disease, very few individuals are willing to risk their health or their lives by participating in that method of control, considering the aggressiveness of this killer virus.

Transits Venus and Jupiter

The US economy is also due for more fluctuation, with transit Venus coming to station-retrograde two days after Saturn on May 13th at 21 Gemini 50. The station will be conjunct President Trump’s natal Sun and will set off its natal opposition with the Moon. This will intensify the tension concerning his personal yet public image, and also will put pressure on his hopes to open the US economy by putting people back to work. The issue of his own finances takes front stage as well when on May 12th the Supreme Court will hold a hearing concerning the release of his tax returns and financial records.

In an interview on April 10th with MSNBC’s news anchor Brian Williams, the respected director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, (7) stated that he hopes that November could see some normality return. That projection parallels with the Jupiter transit making its final conjunction with Pluto in the early part of that month. The Greater Benefic may manifest in a more positive manner in November, than when it first made its rendezvous with Pluto in March, when it greatly expanded the number of those stricken with the virus, especially in New York and other hard-hit cities and states. In other parts of the world, Jupiter had a kinder effect by lessening the spread, with some countries attempting to normalize and go back to work.

Transit Pluto Return

For the United States, the Pluto Return plays a major role in the pandemic. The Spanish flu that devastated the world, lasting from 1918 to 1920, was similar in its challenges with what we are experiencing during the present coronavirus crisis. Pluto will continue on its journey for the next three years, completing its Return in 2023.

These stressful and unprecedented times call out from each of us a deeper understanding of the requirements of Saturn as the planet of individual, self-conscious awareness, and of Pluto as the representative of the greater collective to which we are all a part.

Social Distancing has become the moniker of our times, with Saturn marking boundaries within our extended social arena. Each citizen is now called to be responsible for the care and welfare of all. More than ever before, we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

Resources and Links

1. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3074991/coronavirus-chinas-first-confirmed-covid-19-case-traced-back

2. https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/06/us/coronavirus-scientists-debate-origin-theories-invs/index.html

3.  https://www.worldometers.info/geography/how-many-countries-are-there-in-the-world/

4. Stations are when planets appear to stop in the movement to turn retrograde or back to direct.

5. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-cases/

6. Source of New York Horoscope, https://www.astrotheme.com/astrology/Manhattan,_New_York_(New_York)

7. A member of the White House coronavirus task force. Discovered the AIDS virus, and participated in the development of the cure. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Fauci

* February 7, 2020, is the date of Li Wenliang’s death from the coronavirus. The first death from the coronavirus in the United States was on February 6, 2020, in San Francisco, California. Sara Cody and other health professionals were monitoring the new virus and were the first to pronounce the “Stay at Home” order in the US. Their first initiative was to keep crowds down to less than 100 persons.

 

A Woman and Two Men – Sabian Symbol – The Maddow Interview with Lev Parnas

The Sabian Symbol, A woman and two men on a bit of land facing south was the symbol stimulated in Donald Trump’s horoscope, by transit Saturn in opposition to his natal Saturn. On the days when the aspect was exact, one manifestation of it was the January 15, 2020 interview of liberal media host Rachel Maddow with Lev Parnas. He, along with Igor Fruman, was charged in a four-count indictment alleging that each defendant conspired to violate the ban on foreign donations and contributions in connection with federal and state elections. They were both involved with Rudy Giuliani in the scandal involving Trump’s scheme to pressure the newly elected Ukraine President, Zelensky, to announce an investigation of both Joe and Hunter Biden, as well as other probes to make it appear that Uranine, rather than Russia, interfered with the 2016 US presidential elections. Bottom-line, Parnas numerously stated that Trump and others were in the loop; that he knew full well and directed the behind-the-scenes “errand” led by Rudy Giuliani.

It is not fully known why Lev Parnas agreed to an interview with Maddow, however, his conversation with her corroborated all other evidence which was uncovered in the House of Representatives that led to the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The two men in the photograph are Lev Parnas on the far left, and his attorney, Joseph Bondy at the center, and Maddow on the right.

CANCER 24 A woman and two men on a bit of sunlit land facing south This is a symbol of the soul’s necessary decisiveness in the basic allegiances of life, here emphasized in the terms of practical or everyday relations. There must be a mediation between the competing demands for immediate attention to various transient needs, and for some consistent or over-all goal which will bring an individual’s efforts into a cohesive pattern. The inner capacities must be disciplined continually for the sake of a plethora of outer opportunities. The keyword is INCEPTION. When positive, the degree is an unusual gift for organizing and exploiting the self’s potentials, and when negative, a devastating sense of ineptitude and estrangement from reality.

The transit Saturn opposite its natal position in Trump’s chart corresponded with his impeachment by the US House of Representatives. The interview with Maddow most likely was spurred on by Parnas in response to Trump’s denial that he knew him. Other national and worldwide events also correspond with the transit Saturn opposition. Deaths including suicides at the border with Mexico, deaths and displacements of the Sirian Kurds at the border with Turkey, and Ukrainian soldiers dying in their fight against Russia’s invasion of their country are among them. The focus of impeachment doesn’t include these events but are the tragic collateral from Trump’s mishandling of foreign affairs.

What Makes Robert Mueller the Man of Integrity?

Sometimes a horoscope tells a fascinating story, and this is what we find in the chart of Robert Swan Mueller III, the man who was appointed as special counsel to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

An interpretation of natal potentials is compromised when the time of birth is unknown because the Moon degree and the positions of the planets throughout the houses are undetermined, and thus fall short of giving sufficient clues for an accurate interpretation. But there are planetary configurations defined by Marc Edmund Jones, found in his Essentials of Astrological Analysis, that are not dependent on the time of birth, and can yield information that is quite revealing.

One of these possibilities is the T-Cross as a Focal Determinator. But its validity is questioned because one of the prongs of the Cross would be the Moon, which moves swiftly through the degrees in an entire day, and may or may not be in orb of an opposition to create a T-Cross. However, when checking the Moon’s sign and degree placement, throughout the 24 hours of the day of birth, it shows the Moon’s transit stays within close proximity of its 12 and a half degree allowable orb in the possible opposition to Neptune. This ultimately brings Saturn into Point Focus, since it stands in perpendicular aspect to the opposition.

Astrologers consider that aside from the frustrations, delays, and disappointments for which Saturn is known, it is also the planet of integrity, responsibility, maturity, and conscientiousness, and so suggests a host of positive characteristics that can imbue an individual with extraordinary and honorable stature. These constructive expressions of Saturn, explain why Mueller is known for his spotless reputation as a Marine Corps officer during the Vietnam War, who received a Bronze Star for heroism, and a Purple Heart. He spent his civilian years in both private and public service, engaging in a stellar career that included 12 years as director of the FBI.

THE REVEALING SABIAN SYMBOLS

Mueller’s chart is especially interesting because the Sabian Symbol degrees play a compelling role when telling his story.

There are three Sabian Symbol degrees in Mueller’s chart that refer to the first light of day or the Sun in general. When symbols contain similar imagery, they are supportive of each other and point to an emphasis on the native’s psychological patterning. These three supportive concepts in the chart are symbolic of the revelatory effects of light, as it illuminates hitherto unforeseen factors otherwise obscured by darkness. They are those that open the door to the powers of the shadow, as it is defined from a Jungian perspective. These references to light overcoming darkness or storm, confirm Mueller’s dedication to truth and lawfulness, and most of all, to his personal integrity that always overcomes the ever-present challenge of humankind’s propensity for wrongdoing.

Neptune, 3 degrees Libra

The dawn of a new day, everything changed This is a symbol of the illimitable potentialities to be found when it comes to any personal participation in everyday affairs, and of the thoroughness with which each individual remains the recurrent expression of his own self-consistencies. There is here the necessity for an ultimate self-dependence, and the consequent need to blaze a path of special recognition for each particular characteristic of selfhood. The keyword is INNOVATION. When positive, the degree is man’s insatiable appetite for experiment, and continuing self-discovery in every possible area of human experience, and when negative, inability to catch the challenge of living in even the most trivial matters.

Venus, 27 degrees Leo.

Daybreak This is a symbol of the cycles of change as an ultimate assurance to the human heart, with an emphasis on reason, as the means by which man knows the nature of his own continuance. No matter what may be the course of events in their over-all unpredictability, there is always dawn, or springtime, as the promise of resurgence, or a new potential in every manifestation of self and its world. Reality is ever a beginning in the sense of the immediacy it offers the individual. The keyword is GENESIS. When positive, the degree is an untiring capture and recapture of life throughout the constant and confusing shifts of being, and when negative, wishful thinking and satisfaction in a vague tomorrow.

The all-important Sun degree at 16 Leo.

Sunshine, just after a storm This is a symbol of personal stability through man’s recuperative powers, emphasized in terms of his psychological or inner orientation. Here is nature’s inevitable return to enduring values, as this occurs after every major issue of life, and the consequent opportunity for self to regrasp itself and to enlist every element of its environment in some new effort or fresh approach to experience. Everyday stress and strain are found of high use, either as a clearance or a reconstruction in all human affairs. The keyword is RECOVERY. When positive, the degree is exceptional steadiness of perspective and fidelity to individual responsibility, and when negative, continual upset over petty issues.

The Sun in any chart points to the PURPOSE of a person’s life. It is Mueller’s destiny to usher in the light, in answer to infractions that have held their sway over good. This he has done valiantly in his long career as a prosecutor and public servant.

One of the most delightful Sabian degrees taking part in the story of Mueller’s natal horoscope, is 7 degrees Cancer, Two fairies on a Moonlit night. Interestingly, this image brings the symbol of a moon into the foreground, to compliment the several references to the Sun in the chart. The symbol is prominent because it hosts natal Saturn, the Point Focus of the T-Cross.

Two fairies on a moonlit night. This is a symbol of nature’s illimitable potentialities on the side of the release she offers man from his physical or psychological involvement, and of the necessity that he achieve some measure of lightness in self-expression as a balance for the strain of everyday existence. Here is exaltation of fancy, as a dynamic factor in all self-realization, and of the quiet moments of experience as a real opportunity for self-orientation. The magic of selfhood lies in its ability to rise above whatever may threaten its well-being. The keyword is ASCENDANCY. When positive, the degree is a transforming sensitivity or a healing imagination. And when negative, a senseless retreat to make-believe.

A study of symbol definitions allows astrologers to penetrate deep within a native’s psyche to reveal the theme of the life on its most profound level, while planets in the signs and houses give suggestions of the life’s potentials. Cancer 7, accompanies a “handful” of otherworldly elfin degrees that take part in the Sabian Symbols’ collection of visionary imagery.

Planets, together with these special Sabian Symbol degrees, vibrate to a higher frequency and encourage the native to reach beyond the conventional expression of planetary energies. Robert Mueller’s chart is an example of the rich resources the symbols have to offer, buttressed by the dignified Point Focus Saturn, that expresses itself through a highly developed refinement of character, that in the past relied on once-respected old-school principles.

The following images are the group of elfin symbols, with a rounding up of the minutes to the next degree.

Aries 16, Brownies dancing in the setting sun.
Scorpio 23, A bunny metamorphosed into a fairy.
Scorpio 28, King of the fairies approaching his domain.
Cancer 7, Two fairies on a moonlit night.
Capricorn 26, A water sprite.
Virgo 5, A man dreaming of fairies.

THE SOLAR ECLIPSE AND PROGRESSED SATURN STATION

The solar eclipse of July 2, 2019, at 10 degrees 37 Cancer, synchronized with the compelling presence of Mueller at congressional hearings where he confirmed the findings of his investigative report, that was disseminated but not widely read by the American public. The eclipse fell 4 degrees 37 minutes from Mueller’s natal Saturn, which brought into public view signs of his declining vitality, through his sometimes feeble responses to questions by House Representatives. The eclipse as well, intensified his demeanor and restraint, by landing within 10 minutes of the native’s progressed Saturn.

An ephemeris graph for October 1944 shows that Saturn is calculated to Station Retrograde in Mueller’s secondary progressions on February 15, 2021. The Station is counted 76 days after birth and corresponds with the native’s 76th year of life. Two important circumstances related to the Saturn station, are first, Mueller’s resignation from the Justice Department on May 29, 2019, because his investigation on election interference by Russia was completed, and second, his attendance at the hearings before the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on July 24, 2019, that also may prove to be his last personal appearance before the public.

Both of these dates are well within the time period expected of a slow-moving progressed station. However, the station has not culminated as yet, and more details of his retirement and possible acceleration of physical limitations, indicative of the expression of Saturn, may be reported in upcoming years. In general, it could be said, that the entire two and a half year period of the historic investigation fits perfectly into the theme of a stationary Saturn. Going retrograde rather than direct points to the disdain for public comment and the general secrecy that surrounded the investigation as Mueller orchestrated it.

In his stoic appearance before Congress, Mueller was able to confirm the truth, that the report did not exonerate the president, but with quiet yes-and-no answers, with occasional enlightening comments, Mueller set the story straight, and in that way, starkly contrasted the President and Attorney General’s mantra, that there was “no collusion, no obstruction.” He furthermore confirmed to Adam Schiff, the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, that the investigation was not a witch-hunt when responding to Schiff’s request for verification, that would ultimately counter the President’s habitual false accusation in that regard.

Mueller is a man who has maintained over time a reputation of unequaled integrity and wholehearted dedication to the precepts of American democracy. There were headlines criticizing Mueller for deliberately sticking to the “4 corners” of his report, and in answer to his own inquiry, he conceded to the written response from the Justice Department, compelling him to withhold information about on-going investigations. But these limitations are to be expected when Saturn takes center stage through its natal position receiving a recent eclipse, and its progressed position stationing retrograde.

Remaining within boundaries, and withstanding grave and perhaps undue criticism, is all in the jurisdiction of the Saturn function, and is unavoidable. One cannot manipulate planetary forces, but advantages do exist when noting any planet’s correspondence to everyday affairs and adjusting to them with humility and conciliatory attitude.

There was no drama or theatrics in Mueller’s manner at the hearings, and in contrast with Trump’s often bombastic and unrestrained hyperbole, Mueller seemed almost docile. But the man will go down in history as the person credited for documenting the unprecedented acts and intractable behavior of the Trump administration.

No doubt, Russia will continue to aggressively tamper with America’s central core of its democracy; the citizen’s right to vote. Point by point, Volume I of the “Mueller Report” openly lays bare how and what the Russians did in their manipulative interference of the 2016 presidential election, and outlines in Volume II, President Trump’s efforts to obstruct the Special Council’s investigation.

History will look back at these events as they outlined right as opposed to wrong, and truth as opposed to lies. And time will tell, if Mueller will be recognized for his distinguished and honorable investigation into the facts of the 2016 presidential election and whether the effort will have assisted in supporting the original blueprint of America’s constitution and its guiding principles.

“This is what is at stake; our next election . . . our democracy . . . This is why your work matters Director Mueller, this is why our investigation matters. To bring these dangers to light.”  –  Adam Schiff

Challenge of a Sharp Destiny – John McCain – 1936 – 2018

John Sidney McCain III served his country throughout his entire life, but it was during his tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, especially as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, that he unknowingly took on the challenge of the formidable Sharp Destiny, identified in his chart by a square between Jupiter and Saturn.

The naval captain managed to rise to the occasion, only after years of personal, agonizing struggles that the daunting configuration bestows on a soul in need of awakening. He battled against his own recklessness as an airman in the navy, and as a Senator, drew criticism from the public for reasons that included racial remarks, (1) and in 1989 for his involvement in the Keating Five scandal. There were character flaws to overcome, and Sharp Destiny was designed to correct them.

Both McCain’s father and grandfather were distinguished admirals, and in 1954, their third-generation namesake followed in their footsteps by attending the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis Maryland. Unfortunately, however, he fell short by graduating 894th in his class of 899.

In spite of scoffing at rules and protocol, McCain was responsible enough to be trained to fly bombers from aircraft carriers. His headstrong and undisciplined nature may have led to carelessness, resulting in three flight accidents (2) before being assigned to the battle-worn carrier USS Oriskany.

There were younger pilots with better records and more experience, but McCain pressed for the combat assignment that would ultimately seal his fate as a prisoner of war. On October 26, 1967, on his 23rd combat mission over Hanoi, his A-4 Sky Hawk was shot down by enemy fire. He injured himself severely while ejecting from the cockpit, but successfully parachuted into Trúc Bach Lake, only to be captured by the North Vietnamese.

McCain would spend the following five and a half years in Hỏa Lò Prison, nicknamed “Hanoi Hilton” by U.S. prisoners, where he would be subjected to barbarous torture. Anyone shot down in military service is considered a hero, but because of McCain’s history of marginalizing proper procedures, his fellow airmen deemed the event pilot error. (3) Controversy often follows an individual with a Sharp Destiny. It comes as a result of the square aspect’s counter-energies and often manifests through demands from others who stand in judgment of a native’s acts and attitudes. External factors contribute additional pressures to a native’s inner crises normally felt under the influence of a square, especially one involving Jupiter and Saturn.

McCain’s notorious temper, coupled with periodic bouts of irresponsibility, set him up for condemnation. But ultimately he would confront himself, and tackle his shortcomings when forced to do so in the years of his solitary confinement. In his own words, “I had a lot of time to think over there, and came to the conclusion that one of the most important things in life – along with a man’s family – is to make some contribution to his country. . . I thought a lot about the meaning of life.” Time would give McCain the chance to achieve the lofty goals encouraged by the Sharp Destiny, so clearly defined by the renowned astrologer and creator of the technique, Marc Edmund Jones.

JUPITER AND SATURN IN  SQUARE ASPECT indicate an ordering of life’s fundamental motives, through which the native usually suffers very immediate consequences of the least neglect or abuse of his own potentials. He finds he must fight continually for the ideals in which he has come to take the most consistent interest, and also learns that his conscious well-being is wholly dependent on the moral struggles in which he becomes involved almost inevitably at every stage of his experience. If he does not relish the days in which he seems torn to pieces in self-uncertainty, he must discover ways to tear himself apart deliberately, and in equally painful fashion, on behalf either of some cause of real significance or some conception that he can dramatize through his own being. Personal existence under this configuration can become either great opportunity, or else a gradual disintegration of the soul in the very core of itself.(4)

A Sharp Destiny is identified by a conjunction, square, or opposition between Jupiter and Saturn when within a 10-degree orb. The same orb allowance is given for a Loose Destiny and is defined by a sextile, trine, or lack of major aspect between the two planets.(5) With the more yielding of the two options, the native has the freedom to resist ingrained cultural standards that allows one to dictate one’s own life path, with minimal resistance from outside sources. Of the three possibilities of the Sharp Destiny, the square and opposition are the most exacting, as they drive an individual to realize and to live up to a high code of ethics.

The Sharp Destiny is prominent in McCain’s horoscope because Jupiter is High Focus at the midheaven and in square to Saturn rising in the 1st house. Neptune from the 7th house applies in opposition to Saturn, and Saturn, in turn, opposes Venus in the 7th. These oppositions, create the necessary polarization of forces that form a T-Cross that has its expressive outlet through Jupiter in Point Focus. The Sharp Destiny forms one essential angle of the T-Cross and becomes the signature configuration that assists the native’s development into a notable figure on the world stage.

THE CAPTURE AND RELEASE

The most difficult aspects of Dynamic charting (6) are those that involve Saturn and Pluto, especially when aspecting each other. Saturn is notorious for its unrelenting laser-like role in the refinement of character, and Pluto is associated with a wide spectrum of possibilities, ranging from a demand for the ego’s total surrender in the process of transformation, to the opposite extreme, in a profound gifting of power and influence.

At the time McCain was captured by the Vietcong, Pluto was transiting the 7th house at 21 Virgo 53 and well-engaged in its approximate three-year opposition to natal Saturn. This vigorous activation of the Sharp Destiny manifested the more arduous attributes of the planets involved and corresponds to the fierce abuse the native suffered while imprisoned. Here is where the most persuasive forces in the solar system, manifesting through people, pit themselves against another’s greatest fears and vulnerability. It was at this time, that McCain’s struggle for survival, transitioned toward his higher capabilities. The victim of torment took hold of faith, and surrendered to higher-consciousness, thanks to the Sharp Destiny’s potential for turning a person’s life-around under pressure.

Transiting Pluto’s effects are usually recognizable when it comes within a five-degree orb of a natal planet, and its long duration may include highly consequential stations when conjunct or opposite within one degree. During the first few years of incarceration, Pluto would station several times, intensifying the dangerous situation as it threatened McCain’s very existence. Pluto stationed once in opposition to Saturn in May of 1968, and twice in conjunction with Venus, in December of 1967, and June of 1969. Events related to these stations, and to Pluto’s aspects to natal Mercury in the early 1970s, are disclosed in McCain’s personal account of his imprisonment.(7)

McCain was released from prison on March 14, 1973, as the war was reaching its end. His homecoming corresponds to 4th house “end-of-the-matter” aspects to Point Focus Jupiter in the 10th. Aside from the transits to and from Venus, the real harbingers of freedom came from the progressed Moon and the transit of Saturn, respectively, in tight opposition to the greater benefic. The Moon was just beyond its aspect by 1 degree 30 minutes, while Saturn was tighter, with 42 minutes before exact opposition. The Moon and Saturn in tandem charged the situation with emotional fervor as the release from prison became imminent.

The Sharp Destiny brought into focus the chasm between American ideals and the despotism McCain endured while a victim in captivity. Upon his return home, he received physical therapy, attended the National War-College in Washington D. C., and in 1977, accepted the position of naval liaison to the U.S. Senate, which was the bridge that would lead to his political career, first as a lawmaker in the House of Representatives and later as a Senator.

McCain believed in the importance of bipartisanship. He was not held back by differences of opinion or policy and would reach across the aisle to get things done with members of both political parties because he believed in the individual being part of a greater whole. The Sun represents Will and Purpose (8) (its keyword) and its placement on the 7th house cusp encourages acting in partnership with others in the name of opportunity and cooperation for the benefit of all. The 7th house also rules open conflicts and outright warfare, and when compromise occasionally failed, McCain’s volcanic temper would surface in fierce confrontation.

THE VOLATILE SABIAN SYMBOL

McCain’s sporadic abrasiveness can be seen woven into his behavior through random planetary influences in his chart, including characteristics revealed through the Sabian Symbols.(9) In spite of his need for establishing relationships, his erratic and combative responses could repel others. He was known for his biting sense of humor and volatile disposition, but fortunately, those defining idiosyncrasies also contributed to lifelong friendships and camaraderie rather than proving a deterrent. When friends and colleagues gathered to eulogize him, each in his own way, gave an account of an encounter with his destabilizing humor and fierce passion. Testimonials of his dark, as well as his light side, poured out from both Republicans and Democrats.(10)

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat from Rhode Island remarked;

“John could be annoying. In Munich, accepting an award for John, his beloved wife Cindy said, ‘I love him most of the time, but his temper could be explosive.’ I learned once about a man who was named for a South American volcano because he constantly fumed and regularly erupted. And of course, I thought of John.”

Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat from Illinois stated;

“Typical John McCain, A volcanic temper, but an embracing loving approach when it came to friendship.”

Senator Ben Sasse, Republican from Nebraska explained;

“After he was released, he wanted to make sure that he spent all of his time on big things. His impatience, his volcanic temper, flowed directly from the fact that he thought that life was too short to waste on the small stuff.”

These statements, and others too numerous to reference, reveal McCain’s temperament as it is symbolically reflected in his Neptune Sabian Symbol degree, 16 Virgo 08, A volcano in eruption.  Here is where a symbol’s phantasmal imagery affects actuality. In uncanny fashion, members of Congress and friends, described the statesman’s nature as “volcanic,” just as it is stated in the symbol itself. The symbol’s description, as Jones composed it, describes in detail the motives behind the native’s excessive emotional reactions, especially as it relates to the “mobilization of his deeper potentials.” And just as Senator Sasse concluded, the frustrations the native suffered were born of the need to achieve success with issues of grave public concern.

Neptune’s Sabian Symbol, 17 VIRGO,  A volcano in eruption. From Sabian Symbols in Astrology, by Marc Edmund Jones:

This is a symbol of that constant expansion of self and nature which constitutes reality in its most fundamental terms, emphasized here on the side of physical force and the blind urge of life to continue to be. Implicit in the wonder and destructiveness is man’s ease of self-recovery in the critical phases of his experience, often aided by the sheer violence with which he acts to meet some major issue. His irresistible outbursts may be merely the total mobilization of his deeper potentials. The keyword is EXPLOSION. When positive, the degree is creative passion as a rejection of superficiality and a genuine ordering of self, and when negative, petulance and tantrums.

THE CANCER DIAGNOSIS

Businessinsider.com reported the details of McCain’s threatening diagnosis (11);  “McCain was scheduled for a regular physical on Friday, July 14, 2017,  at the  Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale Arizona. The brain scan, that McCain had undergone during his physical, had discovered-something. He underwent surgery several hours later. And then a few days later, it was revealed that the blood clot was a primary brain tumor.”

Supportive aspects from fast-moving planets are the timers of events, and link the nuances of activity with the greater purpose of the slower celestial bodies. As the outer orbiting planets create the base-note foundation of experience, the swift movers fill in the details.

Laying the groundwork of events, before the diagnosis of cancer on July 14, 2017, were several developing aspects involving the Sharp Destiny. Progressed Saturn was retrograding toward the closure of the five-degree aspect gap it had with natal Jupiter at birth, and at the same time was tightening its opposition with natal Neptune. Transit Saturn was also retrograding toward a station, that in the following month, would square its natal position within one degree. Transit Uranus was in a tight square with natal Pluto, and transit Neptune’s subtle effects were operating through an opposition to its own natal location. These compelling Dynamic aspects, two and from powerful outer planets, point to the seriousness of events, as they made an impact on the native’s health condition at the time.

In the deeper recesses of Dynamic charting, yet still very effective, was a developing transit-to-progressed aspect of import. When McCain was informed of his rare and aggressive cancer, transit Pluto was retrograde, and moving to meet with the progressed Moon at the exact same degree and minute, 18 Capricorn 1. Also at the time of the diagnosis, the speedier transit of Mars was approaching a conjunction with natal Pluto. Thirteen months later, on August 28, 2018, the same Mars, would station-direct in exact opposition to Pluto, announcing the native’s passing that took place four days earlier. Mars’s potent forces joined the overall buildup of the slower orbiting planets, and all gave warning of the impending fatality of the illness.

THE SENATOR’S ACA VOTE

Ironically, at the time of McCain’s advancing illness, the Affordable Care Act, was under scrutiny in the Senate. McCain’s own health concerns alerted him to make a profound statement, by voting to defeat the bill to repeal the ACA. McCain’s thumbs-down vote was the decisive factor that resulted in the law’s continuance, although he had a history of disdain for it.(12)

Peter W. Stevenson from the Washington Post, relays the nuances of the historic congressional vote.(13)

“In the early hours of July 28, 2017, Sen. John McCain slowly walked onto the floor of the Senate. It was a vote, for the GOP’s “skinny repeal” bill, — a measure that would have permanently repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, among other provisions.  . . . As McCain’s turn to vote arrived, the Senate clerk nodded at him. The Arizona Republican paused, then gave a dramatic thumbs down, eliciting gasps from the Democratic side of the chamber, and grim looks of resignation from the GOP leadership, that had spent the past few hours trying to get him to change his mind.”

The planetary configurations, in the early hours of July 28th, just two weeks after his devastating diagnosis and surgery, were similar to those that were active during events on July 14th. Additionally, progressed Mars was in close conjunction with natal Mercury, giving impetus to take decisive initiative as a result of serious thought to the issue at hand. The maverick politician made the difficult decision “hard” aspects propose, and voted against what his fellow Republicans favored. His conscious concern on behalf of average Americans, can be traced to the influence of the Sharp Destiny, that solidified his commitment to high ideals. He demonstrated his devotion to the welfare of others, through the protest-vote against what he deemed a renegade Congress and administration.

McCain’s health was challenged through the years. He suffered permanent injuries from torture, had recurring bouts of skin cancer, and in later years was diagnosed with the cancer that took his life. The Sabian Symbols have already proven to be revealing when pointing to McCain’s “volcanic” temper. Here again, they are highlighted, this time by Uranus at 9 Taurus 30, in the degree of A Red Cross nurse, as another example of the remarkable concurrence between symbolic imagery and actuality.

Like Jupiter, Uranus is also Point Focus, because it is the squaring participant of a T-Cross with the Moon and Mars in opposition. When in Point Focus, a Sabian Symbol’s meaning is amplified. A Red Cross nurse articulates clearly, the ideals McCain embraced and expressed in so many concerns during his life, including the now-legendary thumbs down vote, that gave longevity to the ACA as established during the Obama administration.

Uranus 10 Taurus,

A Red Cross nurse  This is a symbol of human service, on the ideal or spiritual side, and it emphasizes the greatest of all roads to self-realization. The steadiness of concern, for the more extreme needs of others, is dramatization of the most consistent opportunity for the self to become momentarily a phase of all-self, and through that universal experience, to become more satisfactorily whatever it wishes to be on its own account. The keyword is ENLISTMENT. When positive, the degree is a complete dedication of the self, to the worthwhile and enduring projects through which it can lose all sense of separateness, and when negative, a superficial pretense of humanitarianism, in order to gain transient importance.

NAUTICAL SABIAN SYMBOLS

The Sabian Symbols examined thus far, have illustrated in words, McCain’s outer persona as well as his deeper stirrings. A volcano in eruption points to his turbulent temperament, and A Red Cross nurse celebrates his empathy toward others. Surprisingly, there are several nautical images that speak of the native’s background in the navy.

The first of three Symbols is the Moon at 2 Aquarius 28,

A deserter from the navy  This is a symbol of human independence carried to a point of extreme rebellion against things as they are, here emphasized in disregard of all consequences, for the sake of an immediate liberation of the spirit. There is a demand for a more rewarding expression of individuality, and the reversed symbolism suggests that any late acceptance of full and personal responsibility for life, is better than none at all. Except as man creates his own allegiances, his destiny holds no depth. The keyword is DEFIANCE. When positive, the degree is genuine psychological courage, in a repudiation of all meaningless loyalties, and when negative, complete inability to follow the rules of any game.

Though never a deserter, the Moon’s degree, alludes to the time when McCain was a P.O.W. The symbol reflects his impassioned refusal, to surrender to the communist dogma he witnessed in the autocratic North Vietnamese regime. The symbol’s original version, from Jones’s 1925 mimeographed series, expresses the degree in more detail; A deserter from the navy stands suddenly aware of the dawning truth, that freedom is never the result of compromise. McCain held to his integrity and resisted any compromise with the enemy while in prison, and again, later, when in contention with his peers on the floor of Congress.

The second symbol to review is An old sea captain rocking, and it is extraordinary because it mirrors the native’s actual rank in the navy. McCain retired as a captain in 1981, but maintained a longing to return to Vietnam, to come to terms with the trauma of his once harrowing internment.

Mars in 13 Leo,

An old sea captain rocking  This is a symbol of man’s great love for reliving his experiences in memory, and of his gift for achieving a mastery, in advance of whatever new situations he may face, by bringing all the ramifying relationships to a focus, in a personal and competent grasp of their more pertinent potentialities. He fights the battles of the world in his imagination over and over again. He knows that events repeat themselves, and so may be brought in leash. The keyword is RETROSPECT. When positive, the degree is each person’s unlimited capacity for calling up afresh, the powers he has gained in his struggle toward self-fulfillment, and when negative, insensibility to present reality, in a full surrender to the past.

The old sea-captain’s wish was fulfilled in April 2000, when he arrived in Hanoi, to review his past, and assist in the reconciliation, of the two governments that had been at war decades prior. He told reporters at an airport news conference, “I put the Vietnam War behind me a long time ago . . . I harbor no anger, no rancor.”(14) It was his “capacity for calling up afresh, the powers he gained through struggle,” as cited in the symbol, that gave him the fortitude to overcome justifiable resentments he held toward his prosecutors.

The 3rd and last maritime symbol to discuss is established by elevated Jupiter. Its influence is outstanding, because of Jupiter’s distinction as Point and High Focus, and because of its participation in the all-important Sharp Destiny.  The symbol speaks of McCain’s unrelenting ambition, which was fulfilled through his political career.

Jupiter 16 Sagittarius,

Seagulls watching a ship  This is a symbol of the spirit’s demand for its full share in the privileges and rewards of human society, and of the individual’s realization that his personal interests are served only as he maintains an unceasing vigilance in his own behalf. There is a continual, and wholly impersonal give and take, in every phase of life’s over-all economy, so that what loses its usefulness in one respect, will gain an immediate high potentiality in another. Moreover, what man fails to claim definitely for himself, is promptly surrendered to the devices of someone else. The keyword is ALERTNESS. When positive, the degree is a gift for recognizing every opportunity at hand, and when negative, aimless expectation.

A POIGNANT FAREWELL

John McCain died of brain cancer on August 25, 2018, just four days before his 82nd birthday. Referring to the title of McCain’s book, Character is Destiny.(15) Democrat, and former Vice President Joe Biden, in his speech at McCain’s funeral, said, “Character is destiny. John had character.” When asked to explain McCain’s character to those not knowing him well, Biden continued,  “He lived by a code where honor, courage, integrity, and duty were alive. . . Underlying values animated everything John did, everything he was.  He’d part company with you if you lacked the basic values of decency and respect.   Biden’s words paraphrase Jones, as they express the Jupiter-Saturn square’s positive encouragement to, “fight continually for ideals, and to tear oneself apart on behalf of a cause of real significance.”

The most significant astrological event, at the time of McCain’s passing, is shown in the ephemeris for 1936. Counting 82 days after birth shows progressed Saturn had arrived to station direct at 15 Pisces 47. The station in real-time was exact on December 19, 2017, and corresponds to the diagnosis of the native’s illness five months previously, and with the death that resulted eight months later. A liberal time allowance is given to ultra-slow stations when pairing them with earthly events.

Progressed stations are powerful, and are indicators of life-changing experiences. But their significance intensifies, when in tight aspect with natal planets. In this unique case, Saturn’s station emphasized the completion of its square with natal Jupiter, and became the high point of the Sharp Destiny’s promise; signaling the last opportunity for the aspect to express its deep meaning. McCain had gained mastery over the destined square, that “followed” him throughout the years. In acknowledgment of the good reputation he worked so hard to achieve, he was given the rare honor, to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. It was the decision of congressional leaders from both parties, calling McCain, “a great American patriot, a statesman, who put his country first, and enriched this institution through many years of service.”

In his youth, McCain was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s protagonist in the 1940 novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, (16) which sourced its title from the 17th-century poem by John Donne, wherein the poet professes the vital interconnectedness of society;

“Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind. And therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”

McCain revisited the story numerous times during his life, as it presented a complex war of ideologies with which he easily identified. It paralleled his own experience, and became the seed of his growing embrace of a cause greater than himself, that came in the form of American values and probity of spirit.

McCain’s parting words, from his last book, The Restless Wave, reads,

“The bell tolls for me. I knew it would. So I tried, as best I could, to stay ‘apart of the main.‘ I hope those who mourn my passing, and even those who don’t, will celebrate as I celebrate a happy life, lived in imperfect service, to a country made of ideals, whose continued service is the hope of the world.”(17)

The Sharp Destiny endowed John McCain with the “right stuff,” to become the hero and role-model for which he is ultimately known. The bravery he demonstrated as a naval airman and captive, and in his public service thereafter, are a testament and encouragement for future generations of Americans of both political persuasions, to aim for their highest aspirations.

“Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on whom you rely, and who rely on you in return.”

 

Chart Data – Chart wheels sourced through Matrix WinStar 6.0 software. Tropical, Placidus Houses.

John McCain, August 29, 1936, 6:25 PM, Colon, Panama – Rodden Rating AA, BC/BR in hand.

Capture by the North Vietnamese, October 26, 1967, 12:48 PM, Hanoi, Vietnam. Online resource, See: http://www.pythiapress.com/wartales/McCain-Shootdown.htm

Release from prison, March 14, 1973.

Cancer Diagnosis, July 14, 2017, 8:00 AM, Scottsdale, Arizona. Doctor’s appointment. See: https://www.cnn.com/2017/07/19/health/gupta-mccain-glioblastoma/index.html

Affordable Care Act – Repeal Vote, July 28, 2017, 1:30 AM, Washington, D. C… See: https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/john-mccain-casts-decide-vote-to-save-affordable-care-act-obamacare-9540353

Date of death, August 25, 2018, 4:28 PM, Cornville, Arizona. See sidebar: https://www.verdenews.com/news/2018/aug/25/mccain-discontinues-cancer-treatment-year-after-di/

References and Notes (Online references accessed August to December 2018)

1. TeenVogue.com, The Problematic Things Senator McCain Has Done During His 35-year Career in Politics, See: ttps://www.teenvogue.com/story/5-problematic-things-senator-john-mccain-has-done-during-his-40-year-career-in-politics

2. History.com, Three flight accidents, See: https://www.history.com/news/john-mccain-navy-career-timeline-vietnam-pow

3. Factcheck.org and latimes.com, McCain’s flight record, October 6, 2008, See: http://articles.latimes.com/2008/oct/06/nation/na-aviator6 and https://www.factcheck.org/2008/09/mccains-plane-crashes/

4. Marc Edmund Jones, The Essentials of Astrological Analysis, Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, Washington, first edition 1960, p. 125.

5. The Essentials of Astrological Analysis, the Jupiter-Saturn square p. 125; conjunction p. 122; opposition, p. 124; sextile, p.127; trine, p. 126; no major aspect, p. 123.

6. Dynamic aspects are transits and progressions to the natal chart, including planetary stations.

7. USnews.com, McCain’s account of the times before his release, See: https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2008/01/28/john-mccain-prisoner-of-war-a-first-person-account

8. Marc Edmund Jones, Astrology, How and Why it Works, Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, Washington, first edition 1955, p. 308.

9. Marc Edmund Jones, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, Sabian Publishing Society, Stanwood, Washington, first edition 1953.

10. Excerpt remarks: Rhode Island Democrat, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, C-SPAN2, 8/28/18; Illinois Democrat, Senator Dick Durbin, C-SPAN2, 8/28/18; Nebraska Republican, Senator Ben Sasse, C-SPAN2, 8/28/18.

11. Businessinsider.com, Aug 26, 2018, See: https://www.businessinsider.com/mccain-reveals-how-he-found-out-he-had-brain-cancer-2018-5

12. PBS.org, McCain’s history on health care, See: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/mccains-complicated-health-care-legacy-he-hated-the-aca-he-also-saved-it

13. Washingtonpost.com, The ACA Senate vote, See: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/08/27/iconic-thumbs-down-vote-that-summed-up-john-mccains-career/?utm_term=.29f030d7ffd8

14. Deseretnews.com, McCain’s return visit to Vietnam, April 25, 2000, See: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/813634/McCain-returns-to-Vietnam—hails-dawning-of-a-new-era.html

15. John McCain, Character is Destiny, Penguin Random House LLC, October 25, 2005.

16. Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, October 21, 1940.

17. John McCain, The Restless Wave, Published by Simon & Schuster, May 22, 2018.