Impeachment Happens: Sun Conjunct the Spiral Door

Dear Friend and Reader:

When Pres. Trump became the third president in American history to be impeached, the Sun was aligned with the core of our spiral Milky Way galaxy.

There’s no shortage of big astrology happening at the moment to commemorate this event; most of it spreads out for months, with influences going back years. The Jan. 12, 2020, conjunction of Saturn and Pluto comes to mind; the impeachment trial in the Senate is likely to be happening that week.

Yet when you have a chart for such a rare event, the thing you want to know is what was happening right then? As in right at that moment.

Looking out from within the Galaxy’s disk, the true structure of the Milky Way is difficult to discern. However, the penetrating infrared census of about 30 million stars indicates that the Galaxy is distinguished by a very large central bar some 27,000 light-years long. Astronomers place the Sun beyond the central bar region, about a third of the way in from the Milky Way’s outer edge. Image: APOD.

What stands out is the Sun’s position in late Sagittarius, just a fraction of a degree away from the supermassive black hole at the core of our spiral island in space.

That happens just one day a year, and Wednesday into Thursday was the day (the Sun and the core aligned to the arc minute at about 3:22 am EST on Thursday).

My friend Loraine Hutchins, who is zero percent astrologer and 97% sex educator, got it right when she said Wednesday night that the Sun conjunct the core “is a fulcrum we turn upon.”

Two Articles of Impeachment

Two articles of impeachment were filed against Trump, which are the equivalent of criminal indictments. One involves selling out the national security of the United States by using military aid to Ukraine to extort a phony investigation against his political rival Joe Biden.

This is the equivalent of soliciting a bribe, or using public office for private gain. Once again, the little kid in me is not quite grasping why so many adults find this acceptable. It’s not difficult to understand. And it’s obviously wrong. I think to miss the point, you have to want to. But simply put, this is not why a person holds the office of president. Their job is to serve the nation, not to be self-serving.

Trump did this in the immediate aftermath of a two-year investigation into whether Russian hacking helped him win the 2016 election. The now infamous phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukanian president, happened the very day after Robert Mueller, who investigated Trump for two years, testified before Congress. Given that Trump was caught a second time, Congress had to act and act swiftly. And they did. This is the most spine I’ve seen the Democrats exert, ever.

Trump has also been accused of obstructing Congress. This is because he ordered all federal agencies and employees not to cooperate with the impeachment proceedings. Many important officials complied, refusing to honor congressional subpoenas to testify, and refusing to turn over documents. We can assume that this was because they would have had a negative impact on him.

This is a serious offense because it subverts one of the most important principles of American law: the separation of powers by the different branches of government — which are co-equal. We treat the president like the big boss, but there are two other co-equal branches of government — Congress and the Supreme Court. Refusing a subpoena could land an ordinary citizen in jail for contempt of court or contempt of Congress. Trump has now been charged personally.

Trump on Wednesday. That looks like Steve Miller in the background. Photo by Doug Mills / The New York Times.

Answering to a Higher Authority

While the branches of government are co-equal, the higher principle there is the notion of the law itself, the Constitution, and the idea of justice. We’ll consider a number of other classical and modern factors that help us see what’s going on with this truly unusual historical event at this unusual time in history.

Yet the Sun conjunct the Galactic Core is the thing that makes this chart vibrate with “answering to a higher authority,” borrowing a line from Hebrew National frankfurters. It is plausible that the galaxy itself is “that great big thing out there in the sky” which we think of as God.

The GC is not a well-developed concept for most astrologers, though events like this help contribute to a delineation. Its existence was discovered in 1932 by an engineer named Karl G. Jansky, who figured out that the origin of a hissing sound affecting newly laid transatlantic telephone cables was interference being broadcast from a radio source 25,000 light years away — the core of our galaxy.

The supermassive black hole at the core is four million times the mass of the Sun, but about the size of Neptune. It’s surrounded by millions more stars that concentrate around the event horizon, orbiting, colliding and whipping by at incredible speeds. And of course, with some getting swallowed, never to return.

The metaphor is obvious: the self-anointed King of America, Donald Trump, whose astrological significator is the Sun, is caught in a vortex he won’t be able to get out of. Once you’re caught in its gravity, there is no escaping a black hole. This does not mean he will be convicted in the Senate trial. That remains to be seen — and there is no telling, at this point. But he has been caught and accused, and he is in custody.

Adding to the Fun, Mercury is Conjunct the Great Attractor

There is a second, far more massive deep space point in Sagittarius, called the Great Attractor. This is the central gravitational focus of more than 100,000 galaxies closest to us. Think of it as the center of our supergalaxy, called Laniakea, which is Hawaiian for “great heaven.”

Mercury is just 11 arc minutes from the Great Attractor (the closest measure of a conjunction defined by ancient astrology), in effect fusing them into one thing.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Another point usually neglected by astrology, the Great Attractor describes far reaching implications of events, words and ideas. This works whether you can see it or document it, or not. We now have a second confirmation of the scope and scale of this event.

For weeks, of course, this has been conceptual, rather than official. There have been several sets of hearings, and recommendations by congressional committees. Yesterday’s action by the House of Representatives is an irrevocable act.

There is no going back; there is only going forward. Or said another way, the only way out is through.

The Saturn-Pluto Conjunction is in Full Force

As you probably know, we are in the time of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction. This happens less than three times per century, and is the defining feature of the astrology of our era. The conjunction is exact once, on Jan. 12.

The conjunction is the peak of the Pluto in Capricorn era, which began in early 2008, and has had several outstanding moments. However, the conjunction in January is the apotheosis. We no longer need to ponder what it’s about, as many astrologers have been doing for years. We are now living trough history in real time.

Let’s put that in a little context; Saturn-Pluto events are always relevant. Think of the conjunction as the equivalent of the New Moon. The most recent equivalent of the Full Moon (the Saturn-Pluto opposition) began in August of 2001, and was followed by the Sept. 11 incident. The conjunction brings to an end the “post-9/11 world.” A new cycle has begun.

The impeachment has been cast by some observers as a struggle against tyranny. This has historical precedent. Saturn-Pluto aspects like this can bring a time of fear and contraction of thought. They tend to be dense moments, where many people like to think in black and white terms. A kind of negative conservatism can take over, and it certainly seems to be.

Yet in these cycles, there are also people who defy the trend, and who rise to the occasion of whatever is happening. Yes, most people get caught in the hype. But some refuse and resist. Some hear the calling and do their bit and take up leadership roles. Some of their names you will know; many, you will not.

The Senate Trial Will Occur Under the Saturn-Pluto Conjunction

The next step in this process is that the House of Representatives sends the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate for a trial. It looks like the trial will happen in early January, and that in turn means right in the vortex of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.

U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., listen to opening statements during a committee markup hearing on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Pool photo.

I could not think of astrology that more elegantly describes such a reckoning. Saturn and Capricorn are the very sigils of government and official power. Pluto is the unstoppable force, which may be destructive but always has a spiritualizing effect.

Before that happens, there is the question of whether there will be a fair trial. Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s leader, has advertised that he’s going to work closely with the White House attorneys to protect the president. This is a violation of his official duties, which call on him to be objective. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is likely to delay sending the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate until she has some reassurance that there will be some semblance of an actual trial.

The main question is, will witnesses be called? And will the Senate demand documents, and allow them into evidence? There is one faction of Republicans that would love an up or down vote. Another faction wants an actual trial.

The trial, as you may know, will be presided over by John Roberts, the chief justice of the Supreme Court. He may have some influence in these matters. He has shown he’s a fair minded person, and certainly that he wants to be perceived as one.

We Don’t Know What Is Going to Happen

While it seems obvious, from where we stand, that the Senate will vote to acquit Trump, we don’t know that for sure. In fact, we don’t know it at all. We are in the age of hyperbolic party loyalty, extreme tribalism and above-average stupidity.

People seem super duper enthused to be at Donald Trump’s ‘Merry Christmas’ rally at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan, on Dec. 18, 2019. Photo by Jeff Kowalsky, The Guardian.

However, there are additional moving parts to consider. One is that there are several other investigations pending against Trump and his buddy/volunteer lawyer/fixer Rudy Giuliani.

Rudy in particular is in the crosshairs of the Southern District of New York, which nobody wants — despite the fact that he used to head that very office. My amateur opinion is if Rudy is popped, it’s game over.

To get a conviction in the Senate, we would need approximately 18 members of the Republican conference to change their minds. However, long before that happened, Trump would most likely resign.

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn is a high-pressure event. It is in fact a grand conjunction, which includes Mercury, the Sun and Ceres. Trump (the Sun) is in that alignment, and he is outnumbered and outgunned.

Something has to give. Let’s see what it is.

With love,

Planet Waves Weekly Horoscope for Dec. 19, 2019 (#1270) | By Amy Elliott

Aries (March 20-April 19) — Your solar 10th house, Capricorn, has been in the spotlight a lot recently. The Sun joins the crowd of planets there on Saturday, which describes adding an increased sense of independence to the mixture. Since you’ve gained more than sufficient experience in certain matters, your inner authority is as reliable a mentor as any. Consider other perspectives by all means, but avoid letting anyone else direct your movements. You know what you are capable of attaining, and roughly how long it will take you; you know the best route to get there. All you really need to complete the picture is a little more self-confidence and self-trust. — By Amy Elliott

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — Among the effects of Uranus in your sign is that new ideas sometimes come through in sudden bursts, as opposed to in the orderly fashion you have preferred in past eras. You’re finding things like your grasp on certain concepts being abruptly enhanced, only to discover that others you believed you understood are eluding you. Avoid placing judgment on these changes, and especially on yourself as you go through them. This is ultimately a maturing process. Persist with steadiness and determination, and trust yourself, so that when you emerge you’ll surely be wiser, more confident and clearer about where you need to be heading next. — By Amy Elliott

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — Right now, your charts describe something akin to a mental and emotional distillation process. You may experience lots of feelings in quick succession, including some older sensations, though you can consign anything to the trash that doesn’t serve a purpose in your present life. It’s as if you’re giving your psyche the Marie Kondo treatment — a deep healing exercise, air-sign style. Don’t skip over the messy places; instead, deal with them thoroughly. In particular, check for any self-talk that’s been imposed on you by someone else, however long ago, and make that priority one for the garbage disposal. — By Amy Elliott

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Lately you’ve had the opportunity to see various people in your life for who they really are, thanks to the party in your 7th house. You’ve had a personal demonstration of how others show their true selves by what they do. Ethics is about the decisions we make in our day-to-day lives. We can choose whether to lie or tell the truth, for example; whether to help or withhold that help. You’re in a position now where you understand who you can really count on; who might be beneficial company, and who is less so. With that knowledge, you’re better able to structure your world in a way that works for you, surrounded by those who love you. — By Amy Elliott

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — Given how generous you are with your time and resources, it’s unsurprising that from time to time you might get carried away with certain efforts. Take care not to run yourself into the ground. It’s true that everyone has their needs and their troubles. In this environment it’s definitely important to check in on one another and help where we can. However, you also need to exercise caution regarding where and how you can best devote your energies, and leave enough room for self-support and rest. In case you find at any point you’re getting near your limit, have a plan in place, so that you can safely pause for as long as necessary.
— By Amy Elliott

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Strategy and art may be worlds apart in terms of the kinds of thinking required for each. However, just now you would do well to deploy your best organizational talents. If you’re shuffling a lot of tasks and are not sure which one to go at first, make a list and prioritize; that should help. Part of where you want to sharpen up and get clear involves paying attention to your energy levels, mood and physical state; ensure you make room in your itinerary to care for your bodily needs and emotional wellbeing. Notice if there’s a particular facet of this you consistently put off. Doing all this lays important groundwork on which your creative ideas can flourish. — By Amy Elliott

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — The activity in your 4th house describes a restless and unsettled sensation. This may translate as feeling your peace is disturbed in some way, or as if you’re dealing with some challenging territory. It would seem you need to allow some time to pass before reaching a conclusion regarding a specific problem. You’d benefit from a breather, and getting a little distance from whatever is confusing you. Do what you can to restore your inner tranquillity; take one day at a time, and let the answers come through gradually. You have more potential options than you appear to be aware of. Make sure you have the definitive list.
— By Amy Elliott

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Stoke your curiosity and follow the trail along which it leads. Take time to soak in the environment as you go from place to place: the delicate scents of the air, the feel of the breeze, the noises and silences. Usually we process this stuff unconsciously — when we venture outside our insulated bubbles. Making it a deliberate act sharpens the senses, much like active listening improves one’s understanding of music, or of a conversation partner. If you get into a regular habit of noticing and falling in love with your surroundings, you’ll stimulate and expand both your creative faculties and your capacity for original thought.
— By Amy Elliott

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — Modern society surrounds us with ways to sacrifice truth in favor of convenience. For example, the internet has rendered it easy to accept a particular view uncritically, and to become invested mentally in an idea without understanding its effect in the real world. We are still collectively learning to grapple with the power technology grants us. Your current astrology suggests that now is a good time to revisit your relationship with the online environment. More broadly, you might benefit from getting re-acquainted with your most sacred values. Consider in what ways you embody them, and whether you could do so more completely.
— By Amy Elliott

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Your birthday season is about to kick off with unusual style, featuring a pair of eclipses and culminating in the era-defining Saturn-Pluto conjunction in your sign. At this momentous point in time, you’ll need plenty of space for quiet reflection. You have questions to consider relating to your trajectory and your aspirations for the future, as well as your more fundamental needs. You now have an opportunity to forge the kind of life that best suits you and, more importantly, is most firmly in line with your dharma. I suggest you begin with the position that nothing is off the table; start with the ideal picture, and fill in specifics from there. — By Amy Elliott

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — One quality the 12th house represents is the sense of merging with the world or the collective psyche; the Ascendant marks the boundary between you and the universe. Much emphasis on the 12th can feel like a loss of identity, and immersion in dreams. Venus entering your sign early tomorrow may act as a thread that guides you out of the labyrinth. You can also come to your own aid, by grounding yourself in the sensory world. Take time to notice aspects of your physical environment, including the signals coming from your body. And keep in mind that one’s beliefs do not necessarily correspond with reality. Fact-check assiduously. — By Amy Elliott

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Remember that standing out from the crowd does not necessarily imply fame, riches or making a big noise. It doesn’t mean taking a contrary point of view solely in order to differ from a perceived orthodox line. More than anything, it means to act in accordance with your dharma and the truth as you perceive it; practice open honesty, even when it might annoy people; and focus on substance rather than appearance. There’s also willingness to admit mistakes, as opposed to doubling down; not especially popular these days. Ultimately this is about holding yourself to a standard you believe in, and which doesn’t reference other people’s approval. — By Amy Elliott

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