Tags: 2016, 2016 Election, Amazon Heat Map, Astrology, Christian Astrology, Dewey, Dewey Defeats Truman, Donald Trump, editorial, election, Grumpy Cat, Heat Map, lamestream media, Libertarian, Op-Ed, Pluto Return, politics, polls, representative sample, Television, Uranus Square Pluto, William Lilly, Zeitgeist
[Originally posted shortly past Election Day 2016 (November 8, 2016)]
Chances are good that, if you follow this blog, you read my piece “A Few Election Predictions.” In it, I wrote “Here is our analysis of the 2012 election. It was also extremely close and extremely messy and difficult to predict. But, we wrote these words: “But, Obama has the Moon conjunct Mercury, a bit more favorable as far as aspects go. We think he will win.” This time we think Hillary will win. But, again, it will be both close and messy.”
Well, I got it “wrong.” The decision came back more quickly than I thought. But, it was “extremely close,” (not in terms of electoral college but in terms of actual votes in each state / county) and Hillary won the popular vote, albeit narrowly. I do not think I should fault myself too strongly.
A piece called “MAD PROPHECY, BAD ASTROLOGY AND THE TRUMP WIN” by McCleary has inspired me to write a followup. The most important point made is one I completely agree with: astrology and Christianity should NOT be viewed as in conflict. The conflict emerged, and emerges, any time an intermediary attempts to interpret God (or “the Gods” or “the Cosmic” or however you conceive of God, assuming you are not an atheist or agnostic).
Witness any of a number of “Black Magic Specialists” out of India and the Middle East, and you can easily pick up on why the entire domain has a bad name. Western astrologers are frequently guilty of abuses also, as are card readers, palm readers, and anything remotely similar. And so was it true with the Catholic Church prior to (and probably after) the Protestant Reformation as they sold “indulgences” and similar corrupt practices. The problem is NOT with Astrology, itself. The problem is with intermediaries who “interpret” God. (The same thing could be said of anyone who has “words to thank for their positions,” not just “poets, priests, and politicians.”)
That said, once the motives of money and power are stripped out of the process (which is one of the main reasons why Grandtrines is both anonymous and not for profit), an entirely new dynamic emerges. “Getting it wrong” can still happen, but the mistakes tend to be “honest” ones.
So, noting modifications that must be necessary (refer to “Zeitgeist,” which we referenced in our previous post), astrologers CAN be based in Christianity (much to the chagrin of both non-Christian astrologers and fundamentalist Christians). You may not agree with that, but we are living in the times of Uranus (Aries) square Pluto (Capricorn), and awakenings to ideas outside of the standard mental “boxes” are happening.
Someone almost certainly lived who was the basis for Jesus Christ. What we have documented in the Christian Bible is almost certainly such a modified story that it may bear little resemblance to what happened in the life of the actual person. Some of it, we know now, is simply preposterous if taken literally. Much of it is almost certainly hidden astrological (and metaphysical) allegory (as per Zeitgeist). Embracing these ideas in modern times leads to a radically new form of “Christianity” that is quite remote from the fundamentalists. It is necessarily tolerant of other belief systems, including the Wiccans that the Fundamentalists reject. (Indeed, this highly modified variant of Christianity may have more in common with the Wiccans than the Fundamentalists.)
For anyone well read enough to know it, one of the old classics in Astrology in the 1600’s was titled “Christian Astrology.” Somehow “we” have forgotten or ignore that despite it being one of the most important books ever written regarding Western Astrology. And, hmm, wonder why he titled it that?
Since my beliefs do not seem to fit with much of anyone (other than McCleary and Lilly and a few like-minded readers), I ordinarily do not discuss those beliefs.
“Mainstream Media” has followed in the footsteps of the aforementioned “black magic specialists,” money changers in the temple, and corrupt priests. They have been so corrupt and deceptive for decades, now, that I (along with others) prefer to call them “lamestream media.” (See, also: Wikipedia entry discussing lamestream media. And, though we adopt this term, we mean no offense to anyone with a disability of any kind, except maybe the ones with a comprehensive inability to think for themselves.)
The power they can wield, and money they can make through their influence, is extraordinarily corrupting. And that is both why THEY “got it wrong” AND why Trump was elected. Enough of us are fed up with the crap this broken system has been putting out that we voted for Trump and halted them from putting their chosen darling into the highest office of the land. For once, we won.
The lamestream media would have us believe that Trump was the KKK president and all that rot. That is what they WANTED us to believe, and that is what they repeatedly published. But, is that really accurate?
If you think it is accurate, then maybe you should read Jack Brewer’s piece where he says “Former President Bill Clinton’s crime bill resulted in more blacks being sent to prison for non-violent crimes than during any other president’s administration in our nation’s history. Not only did he enforce and promote mass incarceration at that time, he went on to stand behind these policies for almost 20 years. If there is one thing that has stripped underserved black communities of opportunity, it is the unwarranted incarceration of non-violent black men and women that has left hundreds of thousands of families without their fathers or mothers.”
Have you not heard this? If not, then maybe you are getting too many of your “facts” from television news.
And if both of those things are true, that you did not know what Brewer states but do get your “facts” from television, chances are good you are a Democrat (or Dem leaning independent).
That heat map is the kind of thing lamestream media wishes would disappear. Again, you might ask, “Why?” The answer is that it tends to indicate that Republicans (and conservative independents and Libertarians) tend to read while Democrats (and liberal independents and Libertarians) tend to watch television. Sales of paper-based books are dropping, and the pundits and “experts” tended to write off people who read in favor of the dumbed-down television audiences.
But the reasons why paper-based book and newspaper sales are dropping is because those are being displaced by the Internet where, despite the prevalence of Youtube and other “tube sites,” Internet users tend to read, just as you are doing at this moment! “We” (Internet users) are a totally new ballgame, and we are a huge and growing audience.
Collectively, we do not like dumbed-down anything except maybe “Grumpy Cat” videos. And, it was “Dewey Beats Truman” all over again. (See, also: the Wikipedia entry on Dewey Defeats Truman. I think the Chicago Tribune deserves kudos for having the courage to write that piece. But, then, they are a bit of mainstream media for people who read.)
In that election (Truman), the pollsters were wrong because they thought checking the automobile registration rolls and phone books were enough for a “representative sample.” But enough people who did not have either cars or telephones voted to make a big difference. That same kind of thing happened this time, but it is television viewers who drink the lamestream media Kool-aid as opposed to more discerning Internet audiences.
It was NOT just “people who do not have a college education.” (As an aside, that was touted as some kind of insult. We cannot say anything untoward anyone because of race, gender, religion, sexual preference or the rest of the laundry list, but lamestream media pundits can slam an entire group of people because maybe they did not have an educational opportunity? And they call themselves “liberals”? Really?)
The fact is, any astrologer worth their salt knows that these events (including Brexit and more to come) are being driven by the series of Uranus square Pluto transits that have been written about so much. Those are about empowering the disenfranchised and often about drawing new lines in the sand. The fascists, now, are the “liberals” who want to slam their groupthink down our throat using three populous states and a few “swing states.”
The conservatives, now, have become the “rebels.” (Maybe not the best way to say that. If you are a liberal and a “rebel” then it refers to mythic poetry of Star Wars, and you are a hero. If you are a conservative and a “rebel” then you are considered a de facto white supremacist. How is THAT for chicken-sh*t double talk? It ain’t just “Crooked Hillary” that is out lyin’.) Jack Brewer has a good point about the lies and deception coming out of the “liberals.” And people, black, white, latino, asian and other, are awfully tired of it. Mark my words, the election of Donald Trump to the White House is just the beginning.
This is not just about a somewhat vitriolic conservative going into office. It is not just about the fact that NAFTA and Obama-care are abominations. (Free trade is needed, and health care reform is needed (“pre-existing conditions” were just a way to cheat the public), but “open borders” is not the answer and the “Affordable Care Act” has been a disaster.) New lines are being drawn. The Pluto Return for the United States circa 2020 will tell us just how much.
(I thought I had better include the Grumpy Cat video for any liberals who are actually reading this. 🙂 )
Tags: 2016, 2016-11, Astrology, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Economy, election, Hillary, Hillary Clinton, obama, politics, POTUS, Prediction, Predictions, Presidential Election, rant, Recession, Trump, War, Zeitgeist
A Few Predictions that do not require astrology (2017 et seq, Presidential Politics)
[Originally posted 5:31 AM CST November 8, 2016; minor edits on Feb 10th 2017]
3 Election Predictions
No Astrology Needed
Before we elect a new President here in the United States, facing the choice between Donald Trump (and his family, hereafter “Trump” as is popular) and Hillary Clinton (who is a package with Bill Clinton, the impeached former President, and their daughter), I would like to make a few predictions without astrology (and a bit of one with astrology).
- Whoever is elected will face impeachment, though different reasons apply.If Hillary is elected, the same kind of conduct that has characterized the Clintons in the White House before (email scandals, Bill’s sexual predation, etc.) will continue and impeachment proceedings will be launched.If Donald is elected, his various comments (such as the “locker room talk”) and past actions (such as the Trump Casino boondoggle) will form the basis of investigations and, again, impeachment proceedings will begin.Whether these impeachment proceedings will happen in 2017 or 2019 requires further analysis.
- Obama inherited a financial mess from George Bush consequent to the unnecessary war in Iraq (probably to help make the cronies of the Bush family wealthy but excused by the events of 9/11, sort of, as we went hunting for “weapons of mass destruction”), and Obama’s continued incompetence has NOT healed the economy despite all the rhetoric he is pushing.A particularly bad “crash” is facing us after a dishwater tepid “recovery” and whoever comes into office will be facing that financial crisis. But, to some degree, a bit of a coverup will be done to give Obama a chance to save face.
- In order to cure #2, the incumbent will have little choice but to pursue a “hot” war (tanks and soldiers and battlefields, and as opposed to a “cold” war using spies and diplomacy).This will probably be a middle east war, will probably involve ISIS or some similar entity, and will probably have a precipitating event similar to 9/11 (and “intelligence failures” will be covered up again, just like what happened years ago with Pearl Harbor).
I think any sufficiently astute observer of 20th Century history, and early 21st Century history, can easily piece together what I am saying here.
A Wee Bit of Astrology Needed
[If you have not read our August 2015 analysis of the election, you might want to do so.]
Now the part that requires a bit more analysis, and I tend to rely on astrology here:
If Trump is elected, we will move into a “hot war.” But if the Clintons go back in (and, as of this writing, the indicators are that the Clinton branch of the Bush-Clinton machinery is likely to be back in the White House), then we will go into a “*HOT* war.” This war might be the first one to involve nukes since World War II.
(Might it be “Armageddon”? Let’s hope not!)
Mars and Pluto
Why? What astrology supports a “hot war” regardless of which one is elected? The answer is that *BOTH* of them have Mars (War) in Leo (Presidents and Kings) AND Pluto (Annihilation, Nukes, Spies, Assassinations) in Leo (Presidents and Kings).
However, Hillary has these CONJUNCT (highly amplified and focused) whereas Donald merely has them in the same sector (bad enough!). This deserves a separate, detailed article later, but election day is at hand (and the time is not available to do this kind of detailed analysis).
In either case, the entry of Mars into Aquarius (opposing, ultimately, both the Mars and Pluto of BOTH candidates) marks the coming of the event that precipitates the war.
One more prediction, part astrology (based on Mars/Pluto) and part not: do not be surprised at all for the one who is NOT the incumbent to become a supporter of the one who IS the incumbent, particularly in this matter of the “hot war.” Both have Mars/Pluto in Leo, and politics does make strange bedfellows.
Post Script: (a rant)
Regarding “Armageddon”: I am not a Bible-thumper, but the Christian Bible does have some valid points from a metaphysical perspective, or at least that is my opinion. As is true for many of us in “The South” (of the United States), I am from a Christian heritage and respect those teachings as much as I can but I cannot ignore certain scientific challenges (example: the idea of a “literal” virgin birth) and historical ideas that have long been concealed but is now coming to light.
What might those historical ideas be? I think that Zeitgeist the Movie has some valid points. (I am referring to the roughly the first thirty minutes of the movie, specifically but NOT necessarily the later parts of the movie. (As always, you will have to decide for yourself.)) Let’s face it, astrology is woven all through the original Christian mythos, and 2,000 years of attempting to purge it has simply failed, as censorship inevitably does.
Persecution of Prometheus
What really irritates me the most about the Christian ideology is the conversion of Prometheus, a hero in the Greek mythology who brought the gift of fire (and light and enlightenment and the source of the “Olympic Torch”) to the humans from the Olympian gods into the “fallen angel” named “Lucifer” and an obvious villain in the Christian story.
Frankly, that stinks! SHAME on whoever did that! Prometheus is the ancient emblem of our ability to innovate and create art and technology. But I suppose it is precedent for our collective tendency to sometimes villify people (or ideals) who are truly heroes!
Whoever did that nasty deed was the enemy of independent people who choose to think for themselves, outside the guidelines of the thought police.
Temptation is the Philosopher’s Stone
Do you like Lucifer the Television Show? I do! He makes great points: his power stems, almost completely, from his ability to tempt. Were it not for temptation, he would have no power. But, then again, neither would any of the advertising on lamestream media.
But, let us be clear: temptation is the Philosopher’s Stone. In the crucible of the misery that results from our own bad choices, temptation leads us down a road that transforms us either by our death (literally! as in from alcohol or drug overdoses) or that metaphorically “kills” the old self leaving someone new, as was true with Saul / Paul.
Being a “message bearer” is a dangerous job. The Titans rejected Prometheus after he liberated Zeus (Jupiter, and higher order thought) from Kronos (Saturn, and the bonds and the exoskeleton of “how we have always done things”). He was welcomed by Zeus into Olympus and did well there until he gave fire (light, reasoning, insight) to the humans. Then he was kicked out of Olympus.
But, we humans had to commit the same error as the Gods. As part of the price of learning to reason and have insight, Prometheus exposed the power of Temptation to humans, so we showed our collective gratitude by renaming Prometheus into Lucifer and sending him to Hell (also known as “casting him into the darkness”).
If Prometheus could speak directly to the typical “Christians” and the Christian Power Structure, he would probably say this: “O why dost though persecute me so?”
I bet they might answer thus: because it is just too tempting.
See, also: Wikipedia Article on Comparative Mythology
2012 Revisited: A Messy and Close Election
Edit: [late on 2016 November 08, near 6 PM CST] “We also recommend that you read this analysis by Katie Turner over at Know Your Vibes Astrology. It is a good analysis. However, I would offer that I think, long term, that Hillary is by far the more dangerous of the two. (It has to do with this issue of a “hot war” I wrote about earlier. Only time will tell. At an intuitive level, without any deep analysis, I tend to agree also with the others that, whoever goes in, we are almost certainly looking at a one term president, similar to the Jimmy Carter situation of the late 1970’s.)
Here is our analysis of the 2012 election. It was also extremely close and extremely messy and difficult to predict. But, we wrote these words: “But, Obama has the Moon conjunct Mercury, a bit more favorable as far as aspects go. We think he will win.” This time we think Hillary will win. But, again, it will be both close and messy. And, we expect impeachment proceedings to be at least attempted if not completed.”
Neptune Conjunct South Node: Will They Live Long Enough to be Impeached?
Edit #2 November 8th [about 6:35 CST]: Tara Greene has posted “You’ve never seen this, Neptune conjunct Pisces South Node.” So, what was going on in 1849? This was. More specifically, United States President Zachary Taylor took office on March 4, 1849. “Taylor’s status as a national hero as a result of his victories in the Mexican-American War won him election to the White House despite his vague political beliefs.” (Almost sounds like Donald Trump a bit, doesn’t it?)
But, more disturbing, is his death not even two years into the term: “Taylor died suddenly of a stomach-related illness in July 1850, so had little impact on the sectional divide that led to civil war a decade later.” Sworn in in March of 1849 (Pisces) and dead by July of 1850 (Cancer).
Therefore, we modify our #1 impeachment prediction based on the astrological consideration of Neptune conjunct South Node: the impeachment proceedings will be attempted (or completed) given that the incumbent lives long enough for this to occur. (And, based on what happened to the POTUS the LAST time we had the Neptune / South Node aspect, we are concerned regarding some kind of “repeat” could occur. Maybe the big question is actually who will be Vice President?)
Tags: 2016, 2016-10, 2016-W42, Astrology, blog, blogging, blogs, FullMoon, FullMoons, lunation, Lunations, Traffic
Most of my content, for about the past two years, has been reblogged. Through a near “accident” (wondering what WordPress could do and testing different options) I transformed my blog into a “content aggregator blog.” The decision was the correct one for me though it requires hours a day to maintain.
That said, I see a huge variety in the timing of posts for a lunation (Full Moon or New Moon). Having watched this process for about 50 lunations or more, I have some observations:
- If you are not interested in “click through” from reblogs by someone like me, time your posts for 24 to 48 hours before the lunation. Less than 24 hours, and you have lost your audience. They have gone out to play, and they are no longer interested in what you have to say.
- If you want the benefit of reblogs, as well as the full attention of your audience, time your posts about 48 to 72 hours out. You will capture about 24 to 48 hours of audience, and my reblogs will capture the rest. Your click through rate will tell you how interested people are in your particular way of analyzing and describing the upcoming lunation (as well as providing useful solutions to the many who seek those).
- From my vantage point, I can see clear “winners” and “losers” in terms of who gets readership. If you want to see who the top five were for this Full Moon (October 15/16), check the links at the bottom of my page for the Full Moon. The order has been randomized to obscure who was “#1” and who was “#2” and so forth. But these five had nearly as much traffic as everyone else combined. (OK, my page did well, too. But I am taking myself out of the mix since I cannot evaluate myself neutrally.) See, also: Full Moon of October 2016.
As an example, here are my stats leading up to the Full Moon of October 15/16 (Saturday night, and weekend Full Moons are almost always the busiest in terms of traffic):
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Note how *SLOW* the “day of” the Full Moon traffic is compared to the previous two days!
Tags: 2016, 2016-02, 2016-W07, algol, Astrology, Bush, Kasich, Opinion, politics, Presidential Candidates, Republicans
Though I try to stay politically neutral as much as possible, I feel I must write this short piece before too much more time passes. I am going “out on a limb” by making an early prediction of sorts. And, I note that this is not the “only path” for us. But it is one that many people may come to favor.
Jeb Bush’s birthday is February 13th. That means he is in his solar 12th house (as I write this the night before the New Hampshire primary), the weakest period for him (or anyone else in the same situation) all year long. Soon, he will be in his strong period.
Bush’s Sun squares Algol, and Kasich’s Sun conjoins Algol. Although I may elaborate in updates to this post, I have written about Algol elsewhere. The ancients considered it the most malefic star in the Zodiac. Others may be malefic, but nothing compares to Algol.
In all fairness, some amazing creatives have been associated with Algol birthdays. George Lucas is one of them (May 13th). But, still, it is a rather scary star. And, I do note that Mr. Lucas has done much to help us get in touch with our “Dark Side.”
My nickname for Bush / Kasich is the “Algol Twins.” Do not be surprised to see them suddenly surge ahead and share a ticket in November. And, if they do, it will be “business as usual” as under any other Bush administration regardless of any promises they might make at this time.
If they do come to power (either individual or both together), expect to see harsh solutions.
Older posts on Algol:
- Algol New Moon: Biker Shootout in Waco
- Amtrak Wrech in Philadelphia (Astraea conjunct Algol)
- Algol Full Moon: Typhoon Haiyan
- Vernal Equinox 2010: A Bad Moon a Risin’
We note that a number of disasters occurred in 2010 (when Moon was conjunct Algol at the time of the Vernal Equinox) including (1) Upper Big Branch Mine disaster and (2) the Deepwater Horizon explosion. A number of air disasters and plane crashes also made the news.
You may also wish to review this page: “Politicians of Interest.”
Tags: Astrology, blog, blogging, blogs, editorial, writing
NOBODY loves to do LONG detailed analysis more than I do. But let me encourage you to consider adopting very SHORT blog entries. Why? Because “things” are different now. What do I mean? Ten years ago, most of us used desktops and sometimes laptops to “surf” the internet and read blogs. But, now, nearly 50% of the traffic comes from mobile devices: tablets and “smart phones.”
So, have YOU tried reading your entries on a smart phone or tablet? If you do not like what you see, be assured your visitors will not either. Generally, this means you need really SHORT entries that make your point QUICKLY (i.e. few words). Here is a screenshot of my traffic shortly before this entry. Notice that almost HALF is from mobile devices (Chrome for Android, iOS and so forth):
If you want visitors to actually READ what you are writing, then keep it SHORT!
Tags: Astrology, Heliocentric, PAT, Software
Heliocentric version of PAT
The author of PAT (Planetary Aspects and Patterns) has notified me that a Heliocentric version of the software is available. (We have not evaluated the Heliocentric version yet, but we do recommend the original version.)
The author sent the following email:
I wish to inform you that I recently released a heliocentric version of my ‘Planetary Aspects and Transits’ program, which you can read about at http://www.planetary-aspects.com/hpat/hpat.htm
A unique feature of this program is the ability to search for a particular type of aspect pattern involving up to three specified planets. This is described at http://www.planetary-aspects.com/hpat/find_heliocentric_planetary_configs.htm
I’d be grateful if you’d forward this message to anyone who may be interested (e.g., astro traders, who, I’ve heard rely more on heliocentric astrology than on geocentric) or to mention it on your blog or website.
A few notes to my regular readers who visit here. In addition to the Quintile Kite article published previously, I plan to address the series of Grand Fire Trines that will happen roughly every 28 days when the Moon enters Sadge while Jupiter remains in Leo. Saturday October 4th Mercury Retrograde begins again, and we will be writing about that as well.
I also remind you that the Jupiter / Neptune / Pluto “Grand Yod” will still be affecting most of us as we address which fork in the road to pick, a choice that will affect us for many years to come. Finally, as usually, we will be doing the monthly lunation charts. So, “stay tuned.” More to come as soon as I can find a window of time to write about it!
Tags: Astrology, editorial, Grand Yod, Yod, Yods
As much as possible, I try to stick to the technical aspects of astrology on this blog. That means I avoid editorials. But, tonight, I am compelled to write an editorial.
I believe that we (collectively and individually) stand at a critically important fork in the road. It began in August and will continue at least through the end of September. (Actually, it is a much larger period.) I call this period the “Grand Yod of 2014.” What makes it “grand” is the involvement of outer planets, namely Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto. For some, the Full Moon of Monday September the 8th will be a particularly intense point.
Important to note is the fact that many of us often face turning points in our lives. But this one will be more noteworthy than most. The outcome is difficult to see. I can only tell you that we will be disappointed with the results regardless of which fork in the road we choose. So, keep detailed notes for the time being. For now, nothing is trivial. Everything is important. Take pictures. Make video. Cherish your friends and loved ones. And remember, someday, to tell yourself that you made the best decision that you could given the information that was available to you.
For myself personally, I have been ill lately. I seem to be recovering, but the astrology tells me to take NOTHING for “granted” at this time. Here in North Texas we are experiencing the beginning of “ragweed season” which is really a period in which an amalgam of pollen causes a fair amount of difficulty to certain members of the population. Runny noses are the problem for those that are younger, but the problems can become more pronounced with age. Frankly, allergic reactions affect the immune system, and that can lead to more serious problems in some cases.
Outside of North Texas, in places such as the Middle East and the former Soviet Union, problems that are likely worse than disease inciting pollen seem to be infecting the air. Many of us pray for peace and for justice.
If you are wondering whether or not you have chosen the right path for your life, then realize that this is a time in which you can shift from one path to a different one. The choice is yours.
Tags: 2013, Astrology
2013 has been a challenging year for all of us. Time has just not been available to address a number of important astrological events in October and November of 2013. We will analyze these in hindsight. (Not our preferred approach, but necessary in this case.) Starting some time in December 2013 (or possibly January 2014), we should provide more of the kinds of analytic posts that we have provided in the past. Stay tuned!