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Updated May 12, 2017

Donald Trump has a Moon in Ophiuchus. He's the living embodiment of the outsider, renegade personality of Ophiuchus. He got the presidency through trickery, and is using trickery to stay there. His world of illusions is starting to wear thin. He really has no base or following. He's living off the fumes of anger at the failure of our political system. His Ophiuchus coven and only true constituency, the Mafia, is a classic case of the kind of secretive group that Ophiuchus creates or connects with. However, his dirty little secrets may be revealed during an upcoming sweep of events as Saturn moves into Sagittarius.

His presidency hit the skids in May of 2017, when economic realities make a mockery of his agenda as Saturn goes into retrograde again. His credibility and popularity has suffered along with this incompetence. The billowing fraud in finance and the escalating global trade and currency wars will add to his problems, as he loses allies and support. He will be in real danger of being exposed or deposed.

During the months of May through November Saturn is going back to Ophiuchus, and although it goes direct in September, it won't get out of its shadow until the end of November, 2017. If Trump can last through the summer and fall, which is doubtful, he could regroup at the end of the year with a better economic strategy, adopted at great personal risk to him and his family. Or, conversely, his inconsistencies could hurt his chances to make as comeback as we enter into (another) Sagittarius Saturn at the end of 2017.

Saturn in Sagittarius is all about justice, and cheaters, gaslighters and corruption are are likely going to be exposed and censured during its time there. Sagittarius breaks with the herd and stands alone. If Trump were to go it alone, truly isolated from his party and the government apparatus, he could be eliminated. The Chiron legend, long associated with Sagittarius, is all about your Achilles heel, so whatever financial or sexual secrets Trump is hiding are liable to come back to haunt him. Perhaps a new breed of political leaders will start to emerge. If so, they will be also be suppressed by Saturn from their inception and a new movement that starts to gain strength during this period will have to have its shit together to survive this transit.

An example of this is the Syriza party in Greece, which swept into power there at the beginning of 2015, a mere eight months from being a minor party to the majority. The Greek people gave Syriza a resounding mandate to reject the plundering "austerity" proposed by the "Troika" of central banks and the IMF. But they got scammed; the party caved and has since led Greece into extinction as a sovereign nation, sinking further and further into the bankruptcy, under the weight of its unpayable debts to banks and hedge funds.

The GDP of Greece continues to sink with no end in sight,
as a result of crushing debt payments to foreign banks


This could happen to any fledgling party that tries to upend the status quo. The same thing happened with the Bernie Sanders movement. Heavily supported by the millennial generation (whose Uranus and Neptune both passed through Ophiuchus in the 1980s) Democratic Socialism inspired millions of people to reject the status quo. Its concepts enjoyed widespread popular support and success and have been maturing ever since into what can be described as a growing groundswell for Bernie's proposals, including single payer health care, free education, taxes on the rich, and an increased minimum wage for the poor.

However, they, like the Greek people before them, were hoodwinked. They are not alone, since the right-wingers and those petrified white suburban voters who were able to send Trump to the White House, were also mislead by his electrifying campaign promises.

The next cat-out-of-the-bag progressive movement needs to be prepared to meet with repression, media misinformation and internal dissension, which are the means by which Saturn can squelch any new bud trying to emerge from the ground up.

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Saturn entered Sagittarius in February of 2017. It retrogrades May 23, 2017 back in Ophiuchus. Saturn in Sagittarius is all about justice, and will restructure the inequities in the class structure. All the outer planets have profound effects on societal changes, and Uranus and Neptune both passed through Ophiuchus in the 1980s, which had a tremendous impact in the formation of the mind-set of the millennial generation.

So little is known about the effect of the Ophiuchus cluster of stars, that we can only speak in terms of herstory. Ophiuchus is the professional female, dedicated not to men, but to her work. Ophiuchus rules over birth and death; she was the midwife, healer and embalmer all in one. Ophiuchus reflects the feminine, but not her softness or receptivity. Ophiuchus develops independence and clear thinking. Like the village shaman or witch, she worked behind the scenes to heal the sick and predict the weather, and was the go-to person in the moment of crisis. She’s the woman who seizes control when others are helpless.

Women at the DAPL protest

Yet, like all highly evolved people, Ophiuchus is feared by others, and has been the target of atrocities for thousands of years, including her banishment from the Zodiac by Ptolemy. The patriarchy, in the guise of the church, the state and academia, have traditionally and ruthlessly persecuted Ophiuchus. Now we must evoke her to come out of hiding.

One visible influence of her revival is the way society has changed its view of LGBT people, which now overwhelmingly supports same sex marriage. Ophiuchus always promotes a greater tolerance of diversity in all her followers and converts, and this includes sexual preference. The LGBT community understood this long before the rest of society, and was able to overturn centuries of prejudice almost overnight. This is the supernatural nature of Ophiuchus.

How can we help Ophiuchus show us enlightenment? Ophiuchus has been given a weak Pisces Uranus to work with, one that only grows in power by strength of numbers through compassion and empathy. Uranus recently went direct, making it a stronger influence on politics. Neptune in Aquarius is like a call for the bringing together of the flock. We are already in the revolution, whether we know it or not. It’s time to realize what side we are on.

The revolution wasn’t televised, as Gil Scott Heron correctly predicted; in fact the traditional fake-news media disguised the truth. Regardless, Ophiuchus has surreptitiously moved into our lives, culture and politics, like a stealth germ that permeates the body politic. Since January of 2016, Saturn has been in her sign. This has forced her out into the open, and helped her do a better job of focusing on collective consciousness and political power. Ophiuchus is compelling us to save the Earth.

The destruction goes on, and nothing can stop them but us.


At first Saturn Ophiuchus appeared as a blessing, as a song or a banquet. But time is short and she has less than a year to accomplish her tasks, since Saturn moves into Sagittarius at the end of 2017. Saturn in Ophiuchus went direct in August. What she tried to do in retrograde didn't work. She's out of patience. If you didn’t listen to Ophiuchus when she gave you the chance to get things right on your own, now she's going to drag you there by the ears.

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What does Saturn in Ophiuchus foretell for us? It seems a contradiction, Man's artificial machine, the Man-State of Hate, in the sign of the ethereal outsider and spell-binder. The state is shaken to its foundations by the black arts of radicals and the mystical power of the masses. Yet the state can eliminate anyone, and has unlimited murderous power. At times this position seems to be a predictor of the persecution of the non-conforming and free-thinking and rebellious Ophiuchus and her coven of outcasts. If the state can catch you, it will burn you at the stake. Yet this placement is also the state being consumed in a Green Fire of purification. It may not look it at first, like frost over the leaves, but the destruction is final. Ophiuchus represents a large swell of women's voices and attitudes that bring the state to its knees, causing a breakdown in the systems that hold it together.

Man's inhumanity to Woman

This is not the first time Saturn in Ophiuchus has presaged an economic crash. The last time was 28 years ago, when it was in Ophiuchus from 1986-7. That year Reagan's "trickle-down" economy completely failed, and yet, has continued unabated to wrench wealth and security out of the hands of American families. This has contributed to a sharp increase in suicides and mortality rates among white women, who once outlived men.

Women are losing the battle of the sexes


Since the late 1980s, the ruling class, mostly men, have been riding a right-wing wave of anti-union, law-and-order patriotism that suppressed or co-opted the anti-war, feminist, civil rights, and left-wing opposition that had shown such strength during the 70s. The fallout from such a transfer of wealth from poor to rich continues, with more tax cuts for the rich, and "cutbacks" for the poor. The only effect of trickle-down Reaganomics was to ring up massive debt and Pentagon spending. the 1987 crash caused a gut-wrenching 22% one-day loss on Wall Street. Savings banks were bankrupted by sweetheart loans and embezzlement, and the majority had to be taken over by regulators. The small businessman and the local bank was replaced by the large corporation. Wealth continued to trickle-up to the wealthiest class.

Income distribution 1917-2017:
The top earners take away from the bottom


The tables were turned in favor of the owning class, as the 1% gained the lion's share of wealth. Workers never recovered equity from their work; all the dollar value went into paper assets, and the worker became an afterthought, no longer as much a factor in wealth creation as cheap money printed by the central bank. Entire industries were swallowed up and exported to Mexico, Japan and China. The brief remission of the post-world war 2, prosperity and idyllic small-town existence had ended, but the majority of the population didn't know it. President Reagan, drifting into senility, took on the visage of an aging clown while his wife ran the show. They presided over the most corrupt administration since the civil war: 138 Reagan officials were convicted for graft or embezzlement during his terms.

Ronald Reagan in 2009; "I don't remember" source


Saturn in Ophiuchus in 2017 seems to be finishing what 1987 started, with a repeat predilection for right wing demagogues. If anything, Donald Trump's economic policies are Reaganomics with a new hairstyle. The main difference was that Ronald Reagan was a "Grandpa" Capricorn. He projected homey, old style values (although apparently, behind the scenes it was anything but). Reagan, like Trump, could dominate debates with only a superficial grasp of events and his "fighting-Irish" Aries Moon.

However, that's where the similarity ends. Trump is the Taurus bull destroyer who smashed his opponents into dust, and is able to dominate the news cycle every night with his pugnacity. His brand is "speaking his mind" in the stubborn Taurus manner of truth to media. There's a sensual side to him, his sexual proclivities are all over the map. His Moon is in super sensitive Ophiuchus, famous for sexual ambiguity and being a control freak. People can't take their eyes off him. Is he a playboy? A drag queen?


Trump's penthouse apartment


He's a Taurus potentate with his own castle--complete with towers. No one even questions his capacity for pleasure. His values are much more in line with a Las-Vegas type of lifestyle than with the small town believers that populate the dying center of American life. Yet in the embers of the dying middle class, we find an almost insane hope against hope that there is a way out of this hell of war and poverty.

By nature, women are optimistic; they have children. Ophiuchus in Saturn is going to pit this hope for the future against the rotting system. As many voices, Ophiuchus is strong, but as one voice, it can be snuffed out. Saturn in Ophiuchus 2016-7 is also consistent with its persecution of women.

Losers Hillary Clinton and Dilma Rousseff
Not the right women or not the right time?

Among the many women who have been eliminated from power, Dilma Rousseff, the female president of Brazil has been impeached and, in spite of $1 billion war chest and the collusion of the Democratic Party machine, Hillary Clinton didn't get a free ride on her pathway to the presidency. Hillary is a paranoid hyper-critical Virgo, yet unable to field criticism herself, with a distant, icy Aquarius Moon. Her long history of corruption and dissembling made her a punching bag for millions of disgruntled voters; she's one of the most unpopular candidates in modern history. Normally, the patriarchy only gives women rulership over its own failed enterprises, appointing a woman as the Captain of the Titanic--after it has collided with the icebergs. She didn't even get the chance to be the patsy.

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The latest Saturn in Ophiuchus also includes Pluto in Sagittarius and Uranus in Pisces going direct after those planets' long retrogrades. This is like the last episode of Game of Thrones. There can be only one winner at the end. Pluto in Sagittarius implies rampant expanding war, at least in the short run. The Man-state has an insatiable need for war to feed the corporate maw and destroy wealth wherever it can find it.

Friendly competition and trade wars between nations will now turn to currency wars and bullet and bomb wars. Pluto is the ultimate destroyer, who represents the nuclear bomb, and its power of complete annihilation of civilization. The danger of the use of atomic weapons has never been greater than today--because the Man-state deems that a "limited" nuclear exchange is thinkable, and winnable.

US's "mother" of all bombs, used in Afghanistan


Meanwhile, Uranus is peace and compassion, the message of humanity and love that all ideologies and philosophies profess to promote. So far, all we can see is these ideals being distorted and buried, along with the endless corpses that our death-spiral of capitalism creates. Hopefully, as Uranus comes back to its senses in the direct motion, it will shake itself off and proceed ahead broadcasting the dream of peace to all corners of the Earth--forcing its implementation by rational thought. Is there an app for peace?

Anti-war protest, 1968


All the signals point to another market downturn, precipitated first by a new infusion of free money--a "negative interest rate" bailout--ultimately financed by all the Central banks from Japan to Switzerland, and above all, the American Central bank--the Fed. Europe is much closer to colossal bank failure because it is so divided, and becoming more so as time goes on. Debt is the elephant in the room, and the more we ignore its implications, the more likely we'll be wiped out when we have to pay it off.

American debt has reached over $12 trillion


After Greece, one country after another will be thrown into the abyss—Brazil, England, Italy, Spain, Germany, France. All their currencies are taking a dive. Who's next? An inevitable sell-off must occur. Ophiuchus Saturn will leave us shattered in 2017, like it did in 1987, broker but wiser, leaving behind a legacy of fire, fascism and forced migration. Debt will cross all class lines. Deflation of all wealth is inevitable. Access to money is going to be a miracle in itself! Guarantee: we'll all be poorer by then. Ophiuchus didn't make this happen--it was the repression of Ophiuchus that caused all the damage. When Ophiuchus suffers, so do all women.

So, why, then, is the stock market at an all time high, the banks are bursting at the seams with money, the rich are buying multi-million dollar condos and paintings, while most people are mired in hopeless debt? The answer is simple. The central banks are printing money as fast as the rich can lose it on the markets. The banks and markets are inventing more ways everyday to plug into the vein of public funds and pensions. They are hollowing out America from the inside like tapeworms. There is no future if we don't take action now.

Real and projected losses of the New Jersey Teacher's
pension plan fund assets


The excesses of unrepresentative government and its corrupted economic policies have a way of unwinding at the end of Saturn's sojourn in Ophiuchus. In 1987 we had the collapse of the S&L banking system and a global meltdown of markets. In 2016, We have the crash of the European banks and the bursting of the China bubble. The crisis was long in coming and was simmering like a smoking volcano until Ophiuchus entered the scene. Then everything blew up. The secret Ophiuchus ingredient--deflation--is what has puzzled mankind and eluded his grasp since time immemorial. That's why, when women refuse to go along with him, it's always a complete surprise!

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On July 31, Uranus went retrograde, with an apparent motion from 32 to 28 degrees Pisces before it goes direct at the end of 2016. This is a repeat performance of 2015, when Uranus went from 29 to 24 degrees Pisces during July-December of that year. All in all, it must be admitted, Uranus in Pisces wants peace, but in retrograde, seems to get violence.

Uranus in Pisces has been called the Jesus syndrome, when new ideas, from Christian ethics to socialist economics, emerge to create a more humanistic society based on love. In Pisces, Uranus is weaponless, so these new, revolutionary ideas are subject to repression and their adherents, to martyrdom. In retrograde, Uranus is retreating from confrontation, shirking the pain. Uranus retrograde is hung up on past hurts, and historical injustice. Freedom is still out of reach, in spite of the fact the first inkling of a new, kinder and more humane philosophy is on the rise, at least among those who have the higher consciousness. But what good does consciousness do when faced with an AK-15 assault rifle?



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Aries Mar 21 - April 20 April 15 - May 15 April 19 - May 13
Taurus April 21 - May 20 May 16 - June 15 May 14 - June 19
Gemini May 21 - June 20 June 16 - July 15 June 20 - July 20
Cancer June 21 - July 21 July 16 - Aug 15 July 21 - Aug 9
Leo July 22 Aug 22 Aug 16 - Sep 15 Aug 10 – Sep 15
Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 Sep 16 - Oct 15 Sept 16 – Oct 30
Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 Oct 16 - Nov 15 Oct 31– Nov 22
Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 Nov 16 - Dec 15 Nov 23 – Nov 29
Ophiuchus NA NA Nov 30 – Dec 17
Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 Dec 16 - Jan 14 Dec 18– Jan 18
Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20 Jan 15 - Feb 14 Jan 19 – Feb 15
Aquarius Jan 21 - Feb 19 Feb 15 - Mar 14 Feb 16– Mar 11
Pisces Feb 20 - Mar 20 Mar 15 - April 14 Mar 12 – April 18


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