Bill Barr, Astrosplained

 

 

Gentle reader,

Long time no smell!  Sorry I’m lazy AF these days so I’m just going to do a video and not a written ‘splain — this guy should be most famous for being the original model for Pepe, not because he’s part of this crime syndicate.  I’m just not in the swing of things lately in terms of my blogging, and I thank you, Patient Reader, for sticking with me.

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Paul LePage, Astrosplained

Gents and Gamines,

So, this guy.  Talk about an idiot.  Paul LePage is a great example of the sort of person I would no longer normally Astrosplain, but at this point he’s a perfect storm of Republican bullshit.  Not only is he pale, stale, frail, and male, but he was voted out. Maybe he’ll hold the door for the loathesome Susan Collins.  Probably not.  Anyway this chart is just too teachable to resist.

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I’m going to do a bit of a civics lesson here, just some basic info to show you how to un-gaslight yourself as you watch the revolution unfold.  If you want to skip to the astrology go to the asterisks.

Here’s a choice quote from the linked article, in which Paul LePage laments the fairer election changes we are finally making.  We’re moving away from the winner-take-all method that has put the Republican minority firmly in control pretty much throughout my lifetime.

“What would happen if they do what they say they’re gonna do, white people will not have anything to say. It’s only going to be the minorities who would elect. It would be California, Texas, Florida,” he added.

That’s the key to this whole conversation, the word minority.  White people, and especially the ones he’s talking about in Maine, are absolutely the minority in this country.  Everything Paul LePage says is exactly upside-down on Earth 1, where I live.

I know that so many of you Gentle Reader types are international, and I thank you for dropping by.  I can only imagine how hard it is to understand what’s really going on in America if you have to rely on our press, plus I’m sure you have your own problems to think about.

Understand that while our press is “free” it is also profoundly corrupt, like everything else in this country.  Our current understanding of corporations is a pervasive malignance as you may have noticed.  The famous military-industrial complex has spawned a prison-industrial complex as well.

The American press does enormous disservice with the way they frame our conversations, significantly to the right of the “American street.”  For example they keep talking about the Gallup polls showing 40 percent of the country supports him.  Be advised that I’ve never known anyone who has ever participated in a Gallup poll even once, and I’ve lived all over this country, coast to coast.

So today’s little beans spiller used to be the governor of Maine, a state known for its natural beauty, Stephen King living there, and a large hill of uneducated white conservatives.  It’s a cooler, prettier, closer-to-New-York version of Alabama, but without the African-Americans that make Alabama worth existing.  So just for laughs before I go real deep on Paul LePage, some quick facts from worldpopulationreview.com:

POPULATION:                       Percent of US Population:

Alabama 4,888,949                            1.49%

Alaska 738,068                                   0.22%

Arizona 7,123,898                                2.17%

Maine     1,341,582                           0.41%

Kentucky  4,472,265                           1.36%

Wyoming    573,720                            0.17%

Utah 3,159,345                                      0.96%

Kansas 2,918,515                                    0.89%

West Virginia 1,803,077                    0.55%

(Subtotal)                                             8.22%

[So all of those states combined almost equal Texas.  They’re nowhere near California in terms human capital.]

California 39,776,830                       12.13%

Texas 28,704,330                                    8.75%

Florida   21,312,211                               6.5%

(Subtotal                                               27.38

Each state gets two senators.  So in other words, Kamala Harris speaks for about 6.6 percent of our overall population.  Susan Collins of Maine speaks for about 0.2 percent.  This is why the right is so quick to claim false equivalency, like Fox News’ “fair and balanced” mantra.  In real life California puts so much money into the federal government that nobody in any of these dinky ass red states should ever say a fucking word but “thanks, California.”  They bite the hands that feed them on the regular.

For example, in real life Obion County, Tennessee stopped having a fire department years ago because they couldn’t afford it.  Meanwhile the county I live in, Los Angeles County, has its own air force.  Without the money California pumps into the federal system, Maine, Alabama, West Virginia, North Carolina, all the states with huge military bases, all that money dries up and blows away.  If the red states had to live within their means they would die.   So Marsha Blackburn, Bob Corker, all of them should STFU and ask how high California wants them to jump.  Think how much you heard John McCain’s mouth, for the big 1% of the population that he represented.

I included Utah in the above as they are so disproportionately represented in our judiciary committee and our politics overall.  Mike Lee, Mike Crapo, and Orrin Hatch are all Mormons.  Granted Crapo is from somewhere else.  But Mormonism is Utah like Catholicism is Rome.  And the two churches are equally disgusting IMHO, though Mormons allow zero variance from the rules.  The Mormon Church takes at least partial credit for the extreme rightward lurch of our American judiciary.   They were also largely behind the passage of the anti-LGBTQ Prop 8 in California.  Anyway keep in mind when Mitt Romney opens and closes his mouth unit that at best he represents less than 1% of the American population, in real life.

I just randomly chose a few smaller states whose representatives are prominent, like Wyoming which now has Liz Cheney.  Conservatives often act like everything is the Westminster Kennel Club, like your pedigree is what matters, and thus Liz Cheney is the natural heir to the throne.  Kansas, which has a parade of bossy jerks like Mike Huckabee claiming to be the Moral Majority.   Carol Miller, the Repug who beat out Richard Ojeda in West Virginia, thought she was clever at the Cohen hearings.  I sometimes hear the Repugs say something about a “silent majority” that they believe exists in support of themselves.  Paul LePage just blew the whole game in the first-linked article above.  Definitely worth reading.

Anyway all of that is to just give you some perspective on the way people talk about demographics in my country.  It’s grossly misrepresented as a center-right country.  It really isn’t.  Texas is the only one of the Big 3 states that I would put on the plug ignorant page with West Virginia and (white) Alabama.   Even that will come down to a ground game, as we see with Beto almost taking it.   It’s grassroots or die for the Democrats.  They have to get off their lazy asses and connect with citizens rather than PACs.

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On to the astrology.

Paul LePage chart

First things first, Paul has the Sun in Libra, making this a Venus-ruled chart.  Now, for a guy who’s a famous hater, Venus may seem an odd choice.  But remember that Venus is not necessarily about women or even love.  It’s about affections and connections, the old “who you know and who you blow.”  Venus is about connecting to other people, needing and being needed by them, that interpersonal symbiosis.

I will mention quickly that this is a locomotive chart, where the native is a getter-done of things.  I have observed many locomotives to have both a “payload” near the center, where the most important planets are housed, and an itchy spot across from it, in the center of the “bull’s eye” of empty real estate in the chart.  Here the payload is the Sun and the combust Neptune.

I’m going to zoom around to the very last planet, Neptune, and insert just this quick bit up top and probably not come back to it, because it’s combust.  The combustion of Neptune is an actual disaster in this chart, worse than a calamity.   This person had as little chance of becoming a nice guy as Ayn Rand did, IMHO, for very similar reasons.  Neptune is where we may either engage the divine or not.  Like Ayn Rand with her deeply broken Venus, LePage was born with a non-functioning integrity unit.  Neptune is debilitated in phony Libra.  Nothing does well conjunct Algorab.   And nothing does well combust.  This chart shows the ego (Sun) swallowing the shriveled, atrophy-prone sense of integrity (Neptune), basically.

The Sun is on the same degree as Seginus the Guard, which explains a lot about the ordinarily charming and light-hearted Libra native, how a gentle, artsy Libra can be such a misanthropic crank.  This is why horoscopes, or just working from the Sun sign, can be extreme oversimplification. In this case I believe it’s Saturn and Jupiter spoiling the soup, along with a slew of dark stars.

There are multiple fixed stars to look at in this chart:

  • Seginus (Sun)
  • Algorab (Neptune)
  • Regulus (chart ruling Venus conjunct Saturn)
  • Mintaka (opposite Jupiter)
  • Hamal (North Node)
  • Algol (asteroid America)

I’ll discuss all of the fixed star contacts in greater depth below, but remember that Trump has Seginus conjunct Jupiter.  That makes Seginus the marker for the political disgrace that will come to everyone connected to him (Jupiter ruling politics).

The mystery of the extreme hater Libra is solved when we look at the chart ruling Venus’ placement.  She has multiple things going against her here:

  • In Virgo, the virginal sign of not connecting with others at the heart level as Venus lives to do;
  • Conjunct Saturn, the guy who makes everything cold, sour, and materially focused;
  • Both of those conjunct Regulus the Heart of the Lion, which does not bode well for anyone with as little integrity — or personal integration is another way to say that — as Paul LePage.

The Regulus contact here (and the busted integrity issues of Neptune)  is probably what puts Paul LePage white supremacy-adjacent.  Regulus is about being a king among men, or feeling that way.  IIRC both Farah Suckabee Flanders and her dad have Regulus contacts.  When Regulus is contacted in a highly-evolved native’s chart, it can make them what Buddhists call a wheel-turning king, like Genghis Khan, still revered for many years after his death.  (I realize Genghis was not known for his warm, cuddly nature.  But people followed him because he lifted and united them.)

 

Back to LePage, I was not surprised to see Jupiter in his own sign of Sagittarius, where he is really feeling the urge to get out there and put his name on stuff.  Especially in Sagittarius Jupiter is likely to chafe at any constraints or demands placed upon him.  Trump’s Sagittarius Moon is really classic poorly-evolved Jupiter.  (The Seginus contact with the Sun here suggests that probably nothing will develop in an integrated way.)  Jupiter is all about the “Trump at Mar-A-Lago” feeling, being the Big Man on Campus, all eyes on you, everything just the way you like it.  My beloved Wesley Willis had a prominent Jupiter, but because of his life circumstances it was the thing that saved him.  Just for an interesting contrast.  Wesley had a lot of things keeping him humble, no matter how great he was in real life.  Sort of opposite, like the theme of this chart.

LePage’s Jupiter is also opposite fixed star Mintaka, which explains a lot to me.  This is probably the linchpin that made his entire personality go south.

Probably the darkest marker in this chart, however is fixed star Hamal conjunct the North Node.  I know that astrology is all based on the wheel, the idea that what goes around comes around, there are two sides to every coin, and other similarly applicable cliches.   There is nothing that is purely dark or purely light.  As we see in the yin-yang symbol, there are really three things:  the light, the darkness, and the ability to flip back and forth as we wish.  There is always light in the darkness and darkness in the light.

So with fixed star Hamal, that’s something we look at in crime charts.  Hamal is “symbolic of the death wound.”  From the above link:

Fixed star Hamal is of the nature of Mars and Saturn according to Ptolemy. It causes violence, brutishness, cruelty and premeditated crime. [2]

Hamal on the Node here reminds me that everything is an orchestration, really.  We don’t fall into our charts by “accident.”  Our higher selves set our destinies up just the way we need them, no matter how it looks to our egos (Sun) or head minds (Mercury).

The Nodes and Neptune are the first places to look for the native’s interaction with their higher self, their sense of the sacred, any sense of fitting into a larger narrative outside their own ego’s perspective.  Neptune is the voice of the higher self, the part that is inextricably entwined with all other life.  That can speak to us through our heart mind via the Moon.  Our heart minds can connect with other people through Venus.  And that puts me back on track.

Especially with Seginus and Regulus, and the base Algorab conjunct Neptune, there’s very little chance this native would have become a loving nurturer.   Unlike Wesley Willis (who didn’t have all these dark stars) there was nothing to humble LePage, so he continued to spiral into the craziness displayed in the first-linked article.  Nothing checked his Regulus entitlement, and he had the social and financial connections he needed to advance his locomotive, so here we are.

I note that the Moon is in Capricorn, where it doesn’t belong.  The Moon and Venus being the two soft spots in a chart, LePage has rocks there with Saturn/Capricorn.

Mars is in Scorpio, which he co-rules.  So his sense of taking action, tackling issues head-on, fighting for what you want, all of that is rock solid in this chart.  Pluto, the coruler of Scorpio, is in Leo and thus on the ego’s agenda with the Sun/Seginus in Libra.

Uranus can’t really be overlooked, because it’s the engine of this locomotive chart, with the Moon in Capricorn at the caboose.  Uranus is where each man believes himself an island.  It can be very lonely and alienated.  But there is also a tendency for Uranian personalities to expect other people to meet them where they’re at, like a resentment of not being truly a part of the society they refuse to join.  Uranus can be very antisocial, even while focused on large-scale issues of humanity, because of that inability to connect specifically with Venus. (Uranus was castrated, unable to consummate or connect with others.)

Overall the only surprising thing in this chart, well a couple.  I thought it would have been a wedge or bundle, because of the way he seems to live in a bit of a bubble reality.  But I believe his tragic Neptune allows for him to exist in a fantasy world of his own making.  He’ll always be the Mayor of Tinytown in his own mind, especially with the Regulus contact.

His Uranus is opposite his extra large Jupiter, and I think that adds a certain stubborn weirdness that can’t be overcome with a million years in charm school.

The other surprising thing for me was the Libra Sun, because as discussed above, nothing about this guy says “Libra” to me.  But of course he is a national figure because he does represent some people in this country.  And unfortunately for us all, he represents their reprehensible views very well.

 

 

 

 

Hoda Muthana, Astrosplained

Gentle reader,

I’m warning you this is a long post.  I have so, so many feelings about all of this, for so many reasons.  I did not expect to have my mind blown by this story.  I’m putting the actual astrology between asterisks.  So if I start ranting and you just want to read the astrology just scroll down to the next asterisks.  I will give you a quick synopsis:

  • Sun and Pluto both in Scorpio.  Mars-Pluto ruled chart.  Sun and Mars in mutual reception.  Mars is the primary ruler, with Pluto also exalted in his own sign.  This is a very egotistical, self-centered, highly aggressive girl.
  • Locomotive chart with Mars at the engine and Saturn the caboose.  Mars on the same degree as Ceres, 12 Leo, showing extreme motivation, a willingness to charge into hell.
  • There about 125 degrees to the
  • Moon conjunct the raging Leo Mars.  Her Moon and chart-dominating Mars are both ruled by the Sun, her sense of self, her belief in her own validity.  She’s quite obnoxiously self-assured if you couldn’t tell.
  • Scorpio stellium including Sun, Venus, Sado, North Node, Juno, Nessus, Jupiter, and Pluto.  All of this is self-explanatory within the term “ISIS bride.”
  • Venus conjunct Sado, the asteroid marking sadism like the sort of thing ISIS is famous for.
  • Nessus conjunct Juno, literally the spouse or partner of the domestic abuser.
  • Pallas Athena in the bull’s eye, opposite the “payload” as I call it, the precious valuables at the center of the locomotive.  Pallas Athena is the field marshal, the one who sees patterns and creates strategies with her diamond-shaped, highly rational head.  Note that this is at 19 Taurus, the sign of Venus in her spoiled wife role (as opposed to her hostess wife role in Libra).  This is really on the nose for an ISIS bride.  Worse yet it’s directly across from Nessus and Juno at 18 Scorpio, and Jupiter at 20 Scorpio.
  • America is squeezed in between Jupiter and Pluto, again quite on the nose for an ISIS bride.  This is a very egotistical, aggressive person with the Mars described above.  Trump is a good example of a low Jupiter, running the government like it’s all for him personally.  And his buddy Steve Bannon , like Miller and many other Trump types, are the other side of the extremist coin from ISIS.
  • Pluto is exalted, and she has two fixed star contacts adding extreme capability.  She’s quite off the rails and likely always will be.  She does not have a medium setting, and is unlikely to ever chill out.
  • Asteroid Isis is at 11 Taurus, almost exactly at the center of the “payload” in the stellium, described in detail below.  Like Pallas in opposition, this really reeks of an ISIS bride, directly across from Venus conjunct Sado.   All of this suggests her in partnership with a violent sadist who also abuses her. She’s a twisted sister with very dark ideas and expectations.  I warn you I have a lot of feelings about all of this, it’s a long post below.
  • Saturn and Neptune are in mutual Saturn, which is IMHO unfortunate for Neptune here.  As might be expected with a religious extremist, Hoda has likely mistaken the map for the territory, her authoritarian Pluto gravitating to the worst reflections of her religion because she can’t do moderation.  Then her Saturn — and her rich, connected dad — give her unrealistic expectations because she’s quick to believe her own bullshit.  Limitations and cold, hard realities can be very foggy for her.

  • This little charmer has at least two high-voltage fixed-star contacts:
    • Mercury on Spica (and thus Arcturus)
    • Saturn on Fomalhaut

      As always, these are blessings or curses depending upon the integrity of the native.  As mentioned above, the Saturn-Neptune mutual reception, where they’re in each other’s signs and thus working on each other’s agendas, allows her to buy into her rich dad’s bullshit to a disastrous extent in the opinion of your humble astrologer.

  • Overall this chart shows someone who has a remarkable life story, a great degree of talent and many opportunities to draw from.  But she done fucked up.  And just like Louis CK or Jim Jefferies she thinks because she has some talent and said “Sorry, my bad” that now she gets to come back and keep rolling.  She seems to think some jail time is plenty of atonement, see her Neptune malfunction referenced above.

If you want to skip my personal thoughts on this scroll down to the next set of asterisks.

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I’m not so focused on the bad men anymore in terms of this blog, because something deep inside of me is shifting.  I’ve come to realize that when other people make negative choices, it doesn’t have to affect me unless I choose to join in their misery.  If you look at my chart, I have a Cancer Sun and a Neptune bucket handle.  So the two intuitive planets are my life’s focus.  I’m getting spookier as I get older, too, with larger visions and understandings, more contact with a wider range of non-physical beings.  My chart sets me up to internalize and process everything I experience, especially with my 8th house Moon.

I’ve learned to do “simple pleasures for simple minds” kind of stuff, and it has made me slightly sane.

I’ve seen that even the worst people have their place in the scheme of things.  In other words something has shifted inside of me and I’ve come to see that nothing that happens on Earth actually makes any difference.  It’s all like a laboratory, where we can choose to incarnate to do our experiments and work out our processes.  Money-loving, conflict-driven people have created a world that has really never seemed worth living in to me.  (I started wishing I was dead at age 7.)  But of course I’m only responsible for my own choices.  It need not be a problem.

That’s largely why I started doing astrology, because I need to try and place most of humanity into a context that I could understand.  Especially the ones I find completely incomprehensible, like most of the people I’ve profiled on this blog.  But all of that was a warm-up for not freaking out about this next thing.

They’re talking about a 900-year storm that could potentially put my city, Long Beach, under 10 feet of water.  America is the new Atlantis, of that I have no doubt.  All the same hubris and disregard for the planet and her life forms. the worship of hedonism and technology, the ruthless, remorseless greed, it’s all in play again, all the old things are new.  I know that it would serve America right to be washed off the Earth.  I never was part of ‘Murca.  I’d like to make us great for the first time.

If I have to deal with losing my new home, where I’ve finally found some comfort and rest, started to feel like I belong and can thrive, well, fuckety.  I’d rather not.  Much as I’d love the racial justice of South Central LA being the new beachfront property, it would suck to have about 15 miles of extremely dense population get washed into the ocean.  I like it here.  I’d rather live on a version of Earth where that didn’t happen.  But I’m ready to just wait and see.  I’ve decided to enjoy the adventure no matter how it looks.  So it’s not that easy to piss me off these days.

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And that brings me to Hoda Muthana.  If you haven’t heard, she’s a young woman who was born in New Jersey to a Yemeni diplomat who was later naturalized.  She was born in New Jersey (listen for the distinctive New Jersey accent, like Jon Stewart and the Sopranos).  She ran off to Syria, married several ISIS fighters, and had an admittedly adorable baby.  Now she’s in a refugee camp being guarded by Kurdish women (who are IMHO actually worth a shit, unlike so many people) in a refugee camp.  So her dad is suing America because she wants to come back now.  Not gonna lie, I have a lot of feelings about this.  Got right under my skin somehow.   Let’s look at her stars.

Hoda muthana chart

So this is an interesting sort of chart for the Twitter peeps who are always asking about stelliums.  Hoda Muthana has the Sun at 5 Scorpio, and lots of other stuff, too.   (I have to confess that when I say her name out loud it sounds quite like “Ho the Putana,” with putana being of course the all-purpose Italian word for subhuman woman.)

Scorpio is co-ruled by Mars and Pluto.  Along with Saturn, those three are the Malefics, with I think Saturn being the greater and Mars being the lesser, and then of course they didn’t know about Pluto but he’s no slouch in the whole hierarchy of bullies.  Saturn is about the material focus, and specifically it’s the opposing force to Neptune, from whence we may align with our higher selves.   This is why (IMHO) they say the love of money is the root of all evil.  Because when you love money more than people, you lose access to your higher self, reflected in their higher selves.  Capitalism=abuse, wherein people cannibalize each other although there is enough for everyone.   Hoda has Saturn and Neptune in mutual reception, but let me not get ahead.

The other two malefics, Mars and Pluto, co-rule this young lady’s chart with her Sun in Scorpio.  It’s a little hard to tell from where the names are written on the chart exactly where the planets are, because Scorpio is so full there isn’t room to write it all.  But she has nothing in Sagittarius.  All that stuff from the Sun to Pluto is in Scorpio.  The only thing in Libra is her Mercury.

Mars is the one who takes action.  He does not consider consequences.  He’s the God of War because he has a huge amount of energy and needs to expend it.  As Mars evolves he may learn to control his impulses, derive some self-discipline especially through Saturn, and become a leader.  This is akin to someone like General McMaster, who has been around enough to have more perspective.  The idea is that such a person has more clarity of thought, and will not send others off to make the same mistakes that he has made.  This is the main process of the Aldebaran-Antares axis that I do yammer on about, the thing of whether to roll with our most destructive impulses or harness our energies for their highest possible use.

Then Pluto is like the back fence of our solar system (at least as we think of it now).  Way, way out yonder in space Pluto can be seen as the doorway out of our solar system.  There is no in-between with Pluto.  There are no half-measures.  There is no medium setting, only on and off.  I also have prominent, disastrous Pluto, so I’m speaking from experience here.  That plus my raging Aldebaran Mars make it really hard for me to sit still and let things work themselves out, as described above.  I share this with Hoda.  Maybe that’s why she pisses me off so extremely.   She takes my head to bad places, many of them.

This is a locomotive chart, adding to the enormous amount of drive that a Mars-ruled chart will tend to have.  Expect significant physical energy from her, hardiness, and probably a high pain-tolerance threshold because Mars gets on his roll and doesn’t care what happens.   Every locomotive has an engine and a caboose.   And hey, guess what planet is driving the train of her life?  Mars!  Yep.  Conjunct the Moon and Ceres, in Leo, ruled by the Sun.  So Mars and the Sun in mutual reception, along with Neptune and Saturn.

So while Mars the God of War is absolutely ruling this chart the other co-ruler, Pluto, is ruling his own roost.  Again Pluto is out there on the fringe, where we look for all manner of extremism.   When highly evolved, Pluto can make someone a searcher for truth who will make any sacrifice for it.  An evolved Pluto makes a great detective, because you can’t get anything past them.  Their minds know all the darkest corners of the human experience.  These are the people who read true crime novels, the friends who love a dirty joke, the people you can’t shock.   Scorpios dislike the weak sauce, is what it is.

When less evolved, Mars is just aggressive, obnoxious, oblivious to all but his own impulses.  A less-evolved Pluto is sneaky and meaner than a snake.  For cruelty, sadism, anything that seems completely uncalled for or over-the-top, look to Pluto.  Stephen Miller and Omarosa are both classic Plutonian personalities.  Miller is the one who came up with not only separating the children but making it permanent, like no reunification, as a punishment and deterrent for seeking asylum on our southern border.  Absolute sadism, no brakes.  Then Omarosa secretly collected the receipts the whole time, like from Day 1.  That’s Pluto in the house, too.  Plutonian personalities may or may not caught up in petty control bullshit.  But they never show their hands.

So again, Hoda has a Scorpio stellium, with Mars at the engine of her locomotive chart, and Pluto in his own sign of Scorpio.  You can’t really tell if someone is a sociopath by looking at their astrological chart, because the chart only shows the nature, not the nurture.  And there’s always that bugaboo free will.   It’s down to the person whether they will make lemonade or just start throwing lemons at people’s heads, basically.  You have to look at their track record to see how many lemons they might have, and how they appear to be using them.

In this analogy Hoda is a giant lemon tree, like a mini orchard in one tree.  The caboose of her locomotive chart, the period at the end of her sentence, is Saturn the Bean Counter.  He is not only at the tail end of the locomotive, a full sign away from any other planets that are in his sign (giving him an added bit of emphasis), but in Pisces and retrograde.  The retrograde just makes all the things of Saturn that much more complicated for the native to master.  For example she may not really have thought the whole “moving to Syria to marry this heavily-armed zaddy” thing through in a truly pragmatic nuts-and-bolts sort of way.  Whoopsie!  (Sociopaths often focus in the short-term, moving from one impulse to the next without ever considering consequences.   Like the guy who kidnapped Jayme Closs.  They want something, so they get it.  Lather, rinse, repeat.)

Like me Hoda has Saturn conjunct fixed star Fomalhaut (5:48 Pisces) (sorry it’s not shown on the chart).   This is said to “give an immortal name” by the ancients.  The deal is it’s one of the major magnitude stars, one that brings in support from higher realms.  So it’s likely that a lot of people who had Fomalhaut were highly successful in their fields, because they were able to gain unique and valuable perspectives — which again, would be peaches and cream in a highly evolved Mars chart.  If she had her anger well-managed that Fomalhaut would give her great depth of insight.  She may be a truly brilliant woman.  From the above-linked site:

Saturn conjunct Fomalhaut: Accidents, ailments affecting the lungs, throat and feet, loss through enemies, friends, Mercurial affairs, bands and companies, wrongfully accused, affairs involved at end of life, sudden death and family cheated out of their rights. [4] Justin Bieber 0°01, Woody Allen 1°03′, Courtney Love 1°11′, Boris Johnson 1°39′, Nigel Farage 2°15′

When I look at the list, I don’t really wish Courtney Love any harm but I can definitely see her bringing a stack of it onto herself, like the others on that list.   And me, too.  I have Saturn on Fomalhaut.  And I have caused myself enough heartache in fairness.  I don’t know about the others, but I have paid dearly for my integrity.

To go straight back to the astrology skip ahead to the next set of asterisks.

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I have paid dearly for my integrity, enough to repeat it.   I’m a lowly astrologer living on my fixed income, because I’d rather be that than a dishonest anything.   Wheee!  And hey, let’s compare apples to apples.  As an angry teenager from a dysfunctional home I became acutely aware of the genocidal campaigns against my mother’s ancestors.  My raging T-square Aldebaran Mars, and my Saturn Fomalhaut, everything about the troubles of the 1980s made my blood boil.  In my early 20s I traveled to Northern Ireland to visit an IRA prisoner in the H blocks of Long Kesh.

I went there and saw it for myself.  I met a whole family, and I wasn’t sorry to support one of their family members.  I saw how they lived, how their son was held.  I came back to America knowing my own history better, still really angry, but without having married anybody, coming anywhere near a videotape or a gun,  joining or swearing allegiance to anything or anybody, etc., not even England, much less my own country.  Right?

And there were zero videos of the IRA putting people in cages and lighting them on fire, no beheaded journalists, no gang-raped anybody.  My distant cousins were framed as religious zealots — a complete falsehood.  The British Empire does not enjoy the separation of church and state.  To refuse Protestantism is to refuse loyalty to the crown, and my mother’s people weren’t having it.  It’s an ethnic cleansing thing, not religious.  Just to be clear about the fine points.

Unlike the situation that lured Hoda to Syria, back then my kinfolk in Northern Ireland were being brutalized on the news, as were our only friends the Palestinians.  My personal visit to Northern Ireland made the IRA seem not only valid but inevitable, more than just necessary.   My cousins are not all going to die of despair in the acceptable level of violence, the British eventually gave up on that idea.  I’m really glad the situation has evolved.  I’m not even thinking about the hard border of Brexit.  It will all work out, like everything.

Anyway I have a lot in common with Hoda and am using myself as a bellwether to judge her by.  I realize that when I use myself as a moral compass I end up not liking almost anybody, which is unfortunate for me.  I know that sounds wrong as hell.  But some of you know what my life has been like.  You know how hard I’ve had to work to be a decent person, and how much it means to me, the price I have paid to stand on this soapbox.  Thank you, gentle reader, for bearing with me while I work through this ugly mirror.

So Mars and the Sun in mutual reception, especially in such an extremely aggressive Mars-Pluto chart, it’s unlikely to end well for society.  Those two totally work on the Scorpio stellium’s agenda, no question.  Again, I have to balance what I see in the chart versus known facts about her choices.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has extreme Mars, and her whole chart is just a giant pile of T-squares.  Really it’s an intense amount of combustion going on with AOC, like she’s a mini-Mars herself.  But her Mars seems to be much more evolved, based on the results I can measure.  She’s much more effective in her leadership than Hoda.

Back to Hoda and her little Scorpio nightmare — holy shit, girl.  Seriously.  Though she has this whole trainwreck in Scorpio, nothing is in the Sun’s corona.  So no combustion.  Even her Mercury is way over yonder in Libra, on Spica.  That’s the second major fixed star contact in the chart, the second thing that will definitely wreck her life if her integrity fails.  Twice the opportunity to become famous, to develop leadership ability, to be in the right place at the right time, to have manna fall, to be in God’s spotlight.  All of those things depict Spica.

Also Spica is conjunct Arcturus, closer to us than heaven’s gate.  But Arcturus is about children being born knowing their higher selves.  (I have this on the IC.)    I have no doubt that this is why she feels like she should come back to America and become a big anti-radicalizer.  I would be amazed if her son wasn’t a wonderfully positive person, the proverbial two wrongs making a right, much like with Barron Trump.  I do believe he will pleasantly surprise us one day too.  She has clearly had an enormous experience and has a lot of perspective to share.  No doubt she’s a 100 percent believer in that.

Before I go further, I warned you I have lots of feelings.    Let’s discuss her actual words.   I know many of you read this blog from around the world.  I can only imagine how my country looks to other countries.  If you want a layered and nuanced look at this see below.  If you’re not interested in my rant and just want the astrology without the many things that were triggered by this story, go below the asterisks.

HODA:  I’m sure there’s no problem.  My lawyer is working on it and I’m sure he will win the case.

RICHARD:  Do you think you’ll be able to go to the United States?  Do you want to go to the United States?

HODA:  I prefer America other than anywhere else.  (She went to the Be Best school of sounding like a bona fide American.  That’s sarcasm, because Be Best sounds illiterate.)

RICHARD:  What do you want to do if you go back to the United States?  What do you think will happen to you if you’re allowed to go back?

HODA:  Of course I’ll be given jail time.

So in fairness, shame on Richard Engel for asking her these two questions:  what she wants, and what she thinks will happen.  Because that  (a) set her up to talk about her preferences and the galling certainty that she has no problem coming back, and (b) have her tell us how she thinks shit should work for her, like she knows she’s grounded and she’s fine with that.  As if anybody in this entire country GAF what this biddy wants or prefers, or how intense her sense of entitlement may be.   I have to admit it was an amazing feat of leadership, to get me on the same exact page with Trump and Pompeo.   The clanking metal balls on her, suing to come back here.

Just for perspective, serving in the United States military — with all the inherent complications — is one of the highest values of Native Americans.  The Navajo Code Talkers are only one example.  The major contributions of Native America to the US military are mind-blowing. This.   Every pow wow I ever went to opened with a veterans’ honor song, often a color guard.  We don’t in any way deserve them.  I’m going to smoke a bowl and geek out on pow wow videos for a little while to get over how much I fucking hate Hoda Muthana.

After all the shit they’ve been through, the primary way to gain respect in that community is through military service.  Okay?  What modern history calls a “warrior” in the old ways was called a “grown man.”  Native American leaders prove themselves, male or female.  Navajos and other Natives are still, to this day, defending our country with their lives, fighting ISIS.  But Hoda prefers to live here and is sure it’s no problem.  May a hellmouth open up and swallow her.

My heart can’t really take a full discussion of like the Buffalo Soldiers or the Tuskegee Airmen, I just can’t right now.  I personally know people who have come to the United States after serving in our military, usually burning all their bridges in their home countries in our service, literally and figuratively.  And then not been granted citizenship!!!!!  Breathe that shit in!!!!

There isn’t a word for how much I actually loathe Hoda Muthana.  Her father said something like he loves America and will always defend it.  And then sues us to force us to allow his ISIS daughter back in, because hey, she prefers that.  And he was a rich enough, well-connected-enough Yemeni to swing the whole “diplomatic appointment, not manipulating my way into citizenship wink wink here’s the cash” move that brought them here in the first place.  So they’re all citizens because she was born in New Jersey.  By his logic they’re all citizens of Syria now, because that’s where her baby was born.  Don’t let the door hit them in the asses on their way out.

For an analogy, let’s say America is a big apartment building.  This family moves in, like many others, fine.  Their daughter takes up with some boys on the other side of town, because they want to burn this apartment complex to the ground.  So she moves across town to stay with them, and has a kid there.  Then she realizes, hey, they are some really mean assholes!  WTF?!?  This sucks!  She gets support and shelter from the Kurdish women in the refugee camp.

She relly, relly needs to get back to New Jersey on the pronto, because the Americans are about to pull out of Syria and then everybody’s getting killed, like all of the Kurds.  So that’s gonna be totally icky and she needs to get out of there.  But we don’t want her back here because she wanted to burn our building down.  So because her dad is super committed to the housemates, he sues us to force us to let her back in.  OMFG, just trash.  Fucking beyond trash, the lot of them.

So yeah, if her father had a scrap of decency — and clearly he doesn’t — and he really wanted to protect America, he would pack his whole treacherous family up and move back to Yemen.  Or Syria.  Or anyplace where people like them better than here, which is pretty much everywhere but here.  Because in this case I’m on the same page as the MAGA people.  That’s no mean feat, since I don’t even believe in borders at all, I believe the Earth owns us not the other way around.  But I definitely believe in the social contract.  And this whole shithead family has done nothing but abuse the social contract because they were privileged enough to do so.

Sorry for the rant but OMFG this bakes my clams, like Confederates but even more outrageous because they’re from Yemen.  Went to Syria to support an army against the Native Americans, African-Americans, and immigrants from the whole rest of the planet — including Yemen — who serve the United States military.  No qualms about coming back.

Also, not for nothing (big New Jersey phrase, I’m sure Hoda says that all the time because of her deep New Jersey roots) her surety that she can come back here and go to jail is super adorable for all the reasons listed above.  (Again shame on Richard Engel for setting her up to look like such an asshole, as though she can or should dictate terms.)  But it’s extra fun since the actual penalty for treason in America is hanging.  We once hung a guy for pulling our flag down during the Civil War.  But she’s quite sure we’ll give her a time out for joining ISIS.  She has no idea how much she’d be better off in Syria, or anywhere but here.  Her whole gene pool should fuck off.

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Anyway back to astrology.  Here’s the chart again for reference after all my blah blah blah.

Hoda muthana chart

When I see a locomotive, I often observe two components aside from the engine and caboose:  1) What I refer to as the payload, a concentration of planets somewhere near the center of the locomotive, across from the bull’s eye; and 2) something right in the middle of the bull’s eye.  This chart fits both of those.

The payload is the Scorpio stellium, which I will now look at in-depth.  The thing that freaks me out about ISIS — and would have repelled me immediately at any age — is their sadism.  That’s simply not called for, ever.  Beginning after the Sun at 5 Scorpio and working clockwise now, we have Venus conjunct asteroid Sado at 13 Scorpio, the North Node at 14, Juno the Spouse at 18 conjunct Nessus the Abuser at 18, then Jupiter at 20, America at 23, and Pluto at 27.  (Again it looks like Pluto is in Sagittarius because there isn’t room to write the words.)

In this case the “payload” is from 21 Libra to 27 Scorpio.  By my calculation the center of that is about 9 degrees Scorpio.  That puts the dead center of the payload itself — just from Mercury to Pluto — between the Sun and Venus, which is where the fun really begins.

Venus is about affections and connections, the people in your life.  This is a person who relies very much on their community, and communities in general, with Venus right on the North Node.  Her destiny as an ISIS bride is spelled right out here in no uncertain terms.  With Venus on Sado, love and cruelty are inextricably bound.  Especially in anyone with a Scorpio stellium this is an extreme red flag that gives me great concern for her child’s wellbeing.  She hurts the ones she loves, it’s her thing.

Further along that theme she has Nessus the Abuser on the same degree as Juno the Spouse.  Nessus was paid by Dejanira’s husband to ferry her across the river to see her family.  He could not resist the opportunity to rape her, and did not.  It’s about violence against the ones you have captive, like your wife and children.  Ariel Castro had raging Mars and prominent Nessus, go figure.

The presence of the Node in all of this is almost like an exclamation point or an underline.  Really the chart quite clearly shows a person who makes the kind of choices she has made.   This is the point of her entire life.  She is a highly polarizing figure with this extreme Pluto.  She seems to have almost the entire world polarized against her.  She’s done a great job of putting herself all the way at the extreme outer edge of humanity.

I didn’t mention it before but Hoda has Uranus conjunct Neptune.  I feel like that’s going to make her believe in her own quirky, weird-ass beliefs to an extreme extent.  This will not be a balanced thing, as it’s happening within the blurry-edged Neptune-Saturn issues described above.  Just add a certain intractability and belief that she really is special and different from everybody else, because Uranus is in the mix.

Hoda has an interesting Vesta the True Believer.  It’s in Cancer, so ruled by the Moon — which is of course bound up in the fierce Sun-Mars mutual reception discussed above.   It’s importantly in a sesquare to Pluto, which is how she can watch an ISIS video and think yeah, that’s a reasonable interpretation of Islam.  Her own rampaging, sadistic, Mars-inflected Pluto overtook her ability to recognize the sacred.  This is where her materialistic Capricorn Neptune screwed her right over.  It paved the way for her to just think she can do whatever she wants.  Everything is extreme with her, including her Ceres Mars.

As I see it Hoda’s Vesta has been corrupted by her dominant Pluto, basically.  She’s given way to her devils.  She claims to be some activist of not doing this sort of thing now, yadda yadda GFY.

Hoda’s Vesta is also trine both Saturn and Venus.  At the end of the day she believes in her rich dad’s ability to get her out of trouble.  With her Jupiter right there in the mix of the Scorpio stellium, I’m sure she thinks very highly of herself, loves an adventure, and doesn’t sweat the details as long as she’s in control.

Then there’s asteroid America wedged right in between her Pluto and Jupiter.  That all seems just on the nose, in terms of Jupiter being the government and Pluto being the extremist that rips a hole in the Earth so he can rape a little girl.  This bitch is crazy.  She should definitely not come back here.

As mentioned above she has asteroid Isis right in the center of her bull’s eye, the psychic itch that she can’t quite reach.  That’s located across from the whole Scorpio stellium, and I think I’ve made her dedicated, overarching cruelty and antisocial behavior plain enough.

Her Chiron is in Virgo, ruled by Mercury.  This doesn’t surprise me.  Virgo is where we refuse to internalize anything beyond the intellectual level.  So yes, I’m sure she’s quite bright and even gifted with her Fomalhaut contact.  She might make a fine scientist or researcher if she wasn’t ISIS trash.  And that Virgo detachment from internalizing the emotional realities of other people surely helps her be an ISIS bride in the first place.  I’ve never met a Virgo who enjoyed empathizing or relating on a heart level, even with people they’re close to.  It’s work for them.  People are often something of an abstract concept to Virgo.  And that’s where she will either learn or die from her mistakes.  She needs to get that other people are real, which is incidentally really hard for sociopaths.

Okay, this is kind of making me sick so I’m going to take a wee nap instead.  I did look up the chart of the young lady who shot up YouTube, Nasim Aghdam IIRC.  She comes to mind as I get ready to try to find some balance about all the shit this has stirred up in me.  No worries, I’m on it.  But I may at some point Astrosplain Nasim, because I am baffled by her as well.  I’m able to feel sorry for Nasim, that she went so off the rails, because I believe she was on some level a good person, though unbalanced.  Unlike Hoda, who appears to be a highly aggressive, sadistic sociopath.

Corey Booker, Astrosplained

Gentle reader,

I intend to Astrosplain the American 2020 contenders for all to see.  Fortunately the database at astro.com has a lot of birth times, and once again I have found that they have just what I was looking for, Corey Booker’s chart details.

Like Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand, I don’t necessarily have an opinion on Corey Booker.  Just as I can think of several things to like about each of those ladies, I’ve seen a lot of things over the years that would tend to make me like him, like tales of him saving a lady from a fire.  I think on that human level he’s a great guy.  But he’s quite a corporatist, center-leaning Democrat.  I don’t know if other people understand this the same way, but I believe capitalism requires a permanent underclass, someone who will get less so that others can get more.  That tracks directly with the GOP’s brand.  For me, Democrats can’t get anywhere near that and still work on the agenda of serving the people.

Like Kamala Harris, the very real issue is that nobody has gotten anywhere in politics in my country without playing the corporate game for a very long time, until AOC came along.  The political groupthink has been that it’s just too hard to gain sufficient grassroots support with small donations.  Politicians on both sides of the aisle made their lives easier by courting big-dollar donors.

That and the continued existence of the Electoral College are why the Democrats have so little credibility.  If we had a third-party candidate, like a viable third option in this country, they’d all have to hustle and distinguish themselves.  During my lifetime America has only had Republican and Republican Lite to choose from.  Cory Booker is IMO a bit Republican Lite, and I don’t know if that will ever change.  Kamala Harris is very bright, and has gotten out in front of this by seeking small-dollar donations.  But it may also be too little too late for her.  People are waking up to the stench.

So my challenge is to give the Democrats a chance to evolve and prove themselves.  I’m keeping an open mind, while encouraging them to merge left in no uncertain terms.  So let’s get up close and personal with Cory Booker.

cory Booker chart

First things first, Cory Booker has the Sun in the 3rd house at 6 Taurus.  Saturn is also in the 3rd house, but in Aries, ruled by Mars.  Cory’s Sun is on the same degree as fixed star Hamal, which actually took me aback when I saw it.  I didn’t expect to see it there, because as DM Hoover discusses, Hamal is one of the stars to look at in a murder chart.  It is seen to impart brutishness and physical violence, base character, and loss of reputation similar to Seginus the Guard.  So of course there are two sides to everything.  I’m going to have to reflect more on what this means in this chart, since he seems to be the opposite of physically violent.

The proximity to the Sun here is closer than a combustion.  You know that little gap of clarity between the actual Sun and the corona?  That’s where Cory’s Hamal is.  So it’s more like Cindy Crawford’s mole, placed for major emphasis.

So let’s get to the points:

  • Sun in Taurus, Venus is the ruler.  Venus herself is debilitated in Aries and retrograde.  The retrograde can keep people stuck in the past, especially when it affects Venus and relationships.  It can be difficult for a Venus retrograde to say “I love you,” and I expect this is especially so for Cory with his Virgo Moon.  Taurus is stubborn and territorial, and does expect to be supported.  I’ve heard Venus described as “she who lounges in the crown on Siva’s head.”  It is Venus’ job to rest and be served and supported by those who love her.
  • The chart-ruling Venus’ placement in Aries makes this a Venus-Mars chart, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi, and Kamala Harris.  Venus-Mars charts are about rallying people to action.  This is a fine trend to see among Democratic leadership generally I must say.  Venus retrograde in Aries suggests one who is likely to inadvertently trample others underfoot.  Venus is specifically where we ARE supported, where we remain passive and allow others to take the active role of giver or doer.  In Aries, not so much, first sign of the zodiac and all, smashing his way to the front with his head.   Venus is the natural ruler of the 2nd house generally, though, somewhat improving Cory’s interpersonal situation.  Taurus and Capricorn are the material kids, who love the dollar bills.  The 2nd house is like the safe of the zodiac, where we stash what we really care about.
  • Cory has the Moon in Mercury’s sign Virgo at 4 degrees.  It’s also conjunct his Vertex at 2 Virgo and in the 7th house.  The Descendant is where we look for the things we learn in relationships.  This is where we partner up to discover more of ourselves by reflecting off of another person.  The 7th house Moon is about being very much emotionally affected by other people, though the Virgo placement dulls that.  The Moon isn’t debilitated in Virgo, but IMHO this is a challenging Moon placement because Virgo by definition does not like to be affected by others, especially not emotionally.  Virgo Moons show you they care by nitpicking, basically.  You lose all of the mothery smothering in Virgo, because Mercury can’t operate below his neck.  There is an unfortunate IMHO likelihood of staying in the head mind and difficulty connecting to the heart mind.  Virgo also likes things to stay the same, or at least predictable, which is not how the Moon plays.  Virgo likes to make lists.  The Moon controls dreams.  Try making a list in a dream.
  • So chart-ruling Venus is beholden to Mars here, due to being located in Aries.  Mars is also prominent here, ruling the Midheaven and the chart’s ruler.  Mars himself is located in Sagittarius in the 11th house, which I have to say is probably optimal for a politician.  Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, who represents the government and anything where one person represents many or is an icon.   The 11th house is where we interact on a societal level, beyond your career in the 10th house to yourself as a citizen of the world.  This is actually quite a nice Mars placement for Senator Booker, one of the best things in the chart in terms of his 2020 prospects.  It makes him likely one who can truly accomplish things.
  • Before I go any further the chart shape here, when de-crapified, is an hourglass.  He has about half of his planets on each side of the chart, with all of the action happening in houses 2-4 and 7-11.  This sort of chart is about seeking balance, especially when you consider how personal houses 2-4 are and how public 7-11 are.  With this in mind I think the Virgo Moon might actually be helpful, tamping down the emotions that I think could really go amok in another chart.  Specifically with his Sun inconjunct Pluto, this is someone who can be very much personally affected by very small things, and the Virgo Moon I think will keep that from throwing him off his game mood-wise.  In general, like Kamala Harris this person is very much motivated by seeking balance.  In Senator Booker’s chart I see it more as an internal-external exchange, where with Senator Harris I think it’s more wanting to see balance externally — though it’s always some of both.
  • Mercury is quite prominent here, ruling the Moon, Pluto, and Jupiter.  There are several high-voltage fixed-star contacts in this chart, and we see a native who has accomplished quite a lot in a short time, very young to be a national figure, especially for an African-American.  He’s very bright, with the Mercury bandwidth.
  • Cory has Mercury and the IC directly on Algol the Blinking Demon.  I’ve talked about this potent fixed star at length, in sum it’s like Pandora’s box.  It can be an amazing blessing if your integrity is up to speed.  Kamala Harris also has an Algol contact.  This can afford extreme creativity, in this case making Senator Booker extraordinarily clever, as it is a Mercury placement and on the IC, in the bottom of his heart.  Saddam Hussein also had Mercury on the IC, and was notoriously quite clever.  Algol is a binary star, which has a blinking effect, creating a sort of intermittence to the extremely high-voltage ideas and opportunities.  Flashes of extreme loss of intellectual boundaries.
  • With the North Node at 29 Pisces, there is a bit of an “anything goes” aspect to this chart.  The very last degree of the zodiac is a magical place where anything can happen.  In an Algol-contact chart I think that is even more so.  You can’t rule out his becoming president, not with this Node placement.  I would be a lot more comfortable with either Booker or Harris for president if Richard Ojeda was the VP.  Ojeda doesn’t have the fixed star power to become president himself IMHO.  But he would be the best Vice President ever, I have no doubt.
  • One thing that works against Corey is Scorpio ruling the Midheaven.  That is going to make it hard for people to trust him, like with Richard Ojeda.  It doesn’t mean he’s not trustworthy.  But the intensity, the passion, and the generally reserved nature of Scorpio simply make some people uneasy for reasons they can’t necessarily put a finger on.  The Mars-Pluto corulership can be a boon in terms of Mars being the guy who gets things done.  But Pluto will gladly coerce you, and he never shows both hands at the same time.  See how that will tend to freak people out?  If the integrity is strong, if the native has a sense of the sacred, this Scorpio Midheaven is an awesome strength.  Pluto doesn’t do anything by half measures.  If he’s going to fix it, he will fix it for good.  Same if he feels like destroying it, which Pluto the Devil usually does and Mars the God of War is a bad influence in that regard.
  • Pluto and Jupiter are both located in Virgo, working on Mercury’s agenda.  Senator Booker is actually quite grounded, with the Sun, Moon, Jupiter, and Pluto all in Earth signs.  This pragmatism is a strength in this chart, considering that it’s someone who wants to be president.  If he comes up with a plan and says it will work, even if it seems drastic, it will work.  I’m sure this is what led to his being a corporate Democrat in the first place, he knows he needs financial support in order to do anything at all.  Unfortunately with his Sun in Taurus I don’t anticipate him being willing to go out and doorknock until his shoes fall apart like AOC, because Taurus is lazy AF and expects stuff to come to him/her, not to go out and get it.
  • His Ascendant is at 1 Aquarius, again suggesting one who seeks balance albeit not necessarily in a heart-centered way.  That’s where I see the biggest shortfall in this chart, is I’m not sure from where the empathy would arise.  Uranus is at 0 Libra, Saturn in Aries.  So Uranus is on Venus’ agenda, and then there he is ruling the Ascendant, like a sign on the forehead.  I see a theme in this chart of extreme interactivity while not engaging emotionally, like getting arm’s length close to as many people as possible.  That cardinal Uranus Ascendant really wants to get out there, and with his 11th house Mars, make his ideas a reality in the world.  The problem is Uranus thinks he’s different than everybody else.  Uranus thinks he knows us better than we know ourselves, and doesn’t understand why we don’t enjoy his company.  Sometimes he’s right, like Nikola Tesla with his Uranus on Algol.  But the unrelatability is on the side of the prominent Uranian, like John Bolton, Wayne LaPierre, or IIRC Ben Carson, the weirdest of all weirdos.  Anyway this plus the Scorpio Midheaven are going to give him a likability/trust problem for sure, even without the Mercury Algol.  Also with Mercury on Algol look for them to involve their siblings or families in their schemes.
  • So for anybody who wants to be president,  I think it’s good to check in with asteroid America in the chart and see what’s what.  Senator Booker has America at 7 Sagittarius, conjunct fixed star Antares.  Antares is of course currently on an axis with fixed star Aldebaran, as I have yippity yapped about ad nauseum on this blog so far.  So because of the semi-permanent opposition, I have to look at the other side and — rut roh — he has asteroid Gold on Aldebaran.  Now, Gold on Aldebaran could be and may be the best thing ever, a native who honors integrity above all else, who wishes to be the most noble of men, like the Archangel Michael walking around.  However with America on Antares, that guy is likely to see America as incredibly fraught with limitations, because Antares is the spot where we feel most disempowered, least at-choice, least able to assert our will.  This Antares-Aldebaran thing reads to me — especially in the context explained above of this specific chart — as one who thinks he knows what we want and need better than we know.  I usually check asteroid Gold to see how attached they are to money, like how materialistic or greedy in general.  I’m afraid that he may be a bit of a grifter at heart, though I must in fairness say he has no significant Algorab or Seginus contacts, which are IMHO disastrous.
  • However there are a couple of major red flags with respect to integrity, namely asteroid Lie less than a degree off the Midheaven and Pinocchio on the Descendant.  Lie is not so great to see on the Midheaven, which is the cusp of the 10th house of career, or where we look to see the native’s brand, what the world knows of them.  This suggests that he may at some point be caught in a lie, and that there will be no escaping it.  That is further suggested by Pinocchio on the Descendant.  Pinocchio is so phony and wooden that he will never be a real boy, like Duncan Hunter.  On the Descendant this suggests he will both attract and be attracted by phonies.  Pinocchio is where someone is not just lying to you, they lie to themselves so much, are so completely pretentious, that they have no idea who they are.  In fairness Senator Booker could be dealing with people who have these qualities and be blindsided by them.  But the placement of Lie on the Midheaven suggests that no, he’s a player, not a bystander.
  • The last unfortunate asteroid that I looked at in this context, of assessing his overall structural integrity, is Honeycutt at 5 Aries in the 2nd house.  Honeycutt is where we look for more than we’re entitled to.  That’s why I pull it up to spot-check politicians, to see if they have grabby hands and empty pockets or what.  The placement on Chiron suggests that this will be what wrecks him, a desire to get more than he’s entitled to.  Especially in Aries the problem would be aggression and short-sightedness.  I see the corporate lobbying of our representatives, and the politicians’ acquiescing to same relationship, as pure aggression against the American people.  One of the reasons I love Richard Ojeda is that he wanted to put body cams on lobbyists.  I am fairly certain that if we could see the conversations that have happened between Cory Booker and lobbyists he would be completely destroyed.  He may have felt that the ends justified the means, especially since at that time there was no way to get into the game at all unless you took money from our would-be overlords.  But I see that sticking a fork in him, especially with his 12th house Juno and Pinoccgfhio on the DC.  He shouldn’t trust people, especially when they’re close to him.
  • There is also a T-square, that red triangle in the middle representing a lifelong internal friction.  Senator Booker has a t-square from Mercury to Neptune, with the Moon at the apex.  The Moon and Neptune are where we look for heart-centered wisdom, where intuition and compassion may arise.  Unfortunately I see that being a significant problem for Senator Booker.  His Vertex or point of destiny is on Regulus the Heart of the Lion.  Regulus is another one of those fixed-star contacts that automatically puts you on the fast track in life, takes you straight to the top.  However as with all of them, if your integrity is not up to par you will definitely crash and burn, just as Harvey Weinstein has become the new Regulus poster boy.  With Regulus, what goes up may or may not come down, though few people have strong enough integrity to withstand both Algol and Regulus placements.

I’m sure there is a lot more to say, but I’ve had quite a long day and need to curl up a bit early tonight.  In sum, I feel like Corey Booker could be a very decent guy who kind of gets used and lied to by partners.  He could also be a huge liar himself, with Pinocchio on the Descendant and Lie on the Midheaven.

Ultimately I don’t know that he will be able to ground his visions necessarily because of the way his Saturn is aspected.  If he has been unfaithful in his behind the scenes activities while holding public office, Lie and Neptune both on the Midheaven, as well as Pholus in the 1st house, suggest that dishonesty could blow up in his face like a trick cigar.  The 12th house Pallas and Juno suggest it’s entirely possible that Cory is the one who gets duped rather than the one who does the duping.  However, the 12th is the house of both secret enemies and self-undoing.  In a way, hanging with a bad crowd that stabs you in the back is a means of self-undoing.

 

 

 

 

 

My Health Situation

Gentle reader,

Sorry it has taken me a while to get this video done.  I still haven’t posted it to the other site, or written anything about it, but at least I did get the video made.

Thanks again to everybody who volunteered and who sent me your kind thoughts.  It really helped.  ❤

Health Update

Hi Everybody,

Thanks for the well wishes.  I’m feeling better than I have in months.  I didn’t have a heart attack, only an arrhythmia.  I will do another video with a full explanation on my other blog at teresavalentino.com in case you want to know what exactly happened there.  I used it as a learning experience, am actually really proud of how freaked out I didn’t get about the whole thing.

Thanks again everybody for the good vibes and the volunteers.  ❤