Dear Friend and Reader:
I was having breakfast with a friend in Woodstock this morning, notebook out, pencil in hand, trying to think of an appropriate title to tonight’s article. “They Must Be Fucking Kidding” kept coming to mind.
So let’s see, the federal government has been shut down for nearly a month, and people are being ordered back to work — without pay, on threat of being fired. That’s known as slavery, or it should be.
People who are worrying about how to pay the rent are screening passengers boarding airplanes. Air traffic controllers, the people who make sure that only one plane at a time is landing on a runway (one of the most stressful jobs in the world), have to think about grocery money.
Federal agencies are advising employees to hold yard sales, or do side work as dog walkers, to raise a little extra cash to feed the kids or buy insulin.
Then in the midst of the pain and chaos churned up by cutting off federal services and refusing to pay 800,000 workers — which impacts their families and numerous contractors; and which is choking their employees, communities and related industries (such as hotels supported by tourism to national parks) — the president of the United States was asked if he’s working as a Russian agent. And he could not give a straight answer.
He did not say no.
He was asked on Fox News, by a friendly reporter, not one of those fake-news hoodlums from CNN. And in reply, he said that the question was “the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked” — despite the fact that the issue has been lingering around for two years. It’s important to listen to what people say, and don’t say.
He did not say no, even as his former campaign manager sits in solitary (ostensibly to protect him from the Russian mafia), his former personal lawyer is about to go to jail, his former national security advisor pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about communicating with the Russians, and his former attorney general had to recuse himself for lying to Congress about contact with the Russians.
Rudy Spills the Beans on CNN
But the cat’s meow came on Wednesday night’s edition of Cuomo Prime Time on CNN, hosted by Chris Cuomo, brother of New York’s governor and son of its late great Gov. Mario Cuomo. He was interviewing hizzonner Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and current TV lawyer to the president.
Rudy was having one of those classically Italian verbal aneurisms, live on-air, complete with rolling eyeballs and two-handed gesticulation and everything.
“The amount of false reporting on this case has been despicable,” said Rudy (referring to the Russia case), a bit reminiscent of Daffy Duck (the only other cartoon character to use that word).
Cuomo attempts to reason with him: “Mr. Mayor, false reporting is saying that nobody in the campaign had any contacts with Russia. False reporting is saying there has been no suggestion of any kind of collusion between the campaign and any Russians. Because now you have Paul Manafort giving poll data that winds up leading to this coincidence — ”
Giuliani cuts him off.
“You just misstated my position. I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or between people and the campaign –”
“Yes you did,” Cuomo presses him.
“I have not. I said the president of the United States. There is not a single bit of evidence the president of the United States committed the only crime he could commit here, conspired with the Russians to hack the DNC,” the Democratic National Committee.
Cuomo is astonished. The president’s TV lawyer has just admitted on TV that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. You have to decode this slightly; political speech is never direct, and lawyers are masters of dancing around the point. What Giuliani is saying in perfect Doublespeak is that the campaign was involved with the Russians but the candidate (now president) was not, and he didn’t know about it.
The former federal prosecutor admits that it would be a crime if he did. The same president who won’t just say he’s not a Russian asset. Who acts a lot like one; who invites a bunch of Russians into his office without the American press present the day after he fired the “nut-job” FBI director, admitting the firing was to end the Russia investigation. He meets with Vladimir Putin without other officials present, and takes away the written notes of his translator. Not only that, he orders the translator not to talk to other members of the administration.
OK I can see keeping secrets from the public; that’s what he’s supposed to do. But keeping secrets from top White House officials? That’s a little weird.
Is anyone paying attention?
The Nessus-Neptune Conjunction, Again
I didn’t need to cast the chart to know the astrology. Last week, we covered the Nessus-Neptune conjunction in Pisces. That’s the one that shows up prominently in the chart of Trump announcing his candidacy, the 2016 election, the 2017 inauguration, and the president’s The Wall speech from early last week (yes, just last week). It’s the same conjunction that shows up visibly in the 2020 election and the 2021 inauguration.
The discussion was happening at about 9 pm on the East Coast, which this time of year means Virgo rising and which means the conjunction in Pisces would be on the horizon, lingering there thick and hazy.
This conjunction represents the toxic fog machine that’s spewing anesthesia night and day, of which the Trump phenomenon has made excellent use. Using every available metaphor in astrology, it’s hard to come up with something better than Nessus and Neptune in Pisces to say delusional, deceptive, vengeful, reeking bullshit — and the more of that “magic” you use, the more it comes back to you.
The magic involved is the sorcery aspect of electronic media; what we are seeing today may be supported by the internet (a kind of forgetfulness, loss of context and brain rot). But to me the source of the delusions feels like television (think, reality television and we’re all in the show) — which is of course how Trump made his rise to power. And which is now starting to choke him off.
It’s possible to use this same combination of factors (Nessus, Neptune, Pisces) to ramp up the accountability and truth factor, if anyone is interested. Nessus has the property of “the buck stops here” and Neptune has the property of “it all comes out in the wash.” Pisces is the ocean that will eventually swallow everything. This is the same astrology under which the Special Counsel’s investigation is taking place — and this investigation has had tangible results.
For anyone tempted to revert to cynicism about government, I suggest we remember that there has been accountability within this environment; the truth is known, because it has been found out. There have been three dozen indictments, there have been guilty pleas, there has been a conviction in a criminal jury trial (of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, the pin in the pinwheel, who is about to burst back into the news at full strength).
And it would appear that we are getting close to the Special Counsel’s office releasing the report of its investigation. Anyone with hopes or fears of that remaining “confidential” is dreaming. We live in the inside-out electronic age. Absolutely nothing is secret, though the impact of everything is muted and flattened by the internet. My sense, though, is that what it contains will be devastating to Trump and what is left of his administration.
More attention needs to be paid to his fetus-funeral loving, holy-rolling vice president (who could be the embodiment of fascism wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross). To safely get rid of Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew had to be taken out first (for taking cash bribes in the White House; he pleaded guilty to one federal charge of tax evasion and resigned).
Total Eclipse in Leo
Overnight Sunday to Monday (9:15 pm PST, 12:15 am EST), there will be a total eclipse of the Moon. If I may venture into a little medieval prognostication (that’s how Neil deGrasse Tyson described my work in one of his books): eclipses in Leo are not good for the king. In this case, that includes the president, who is acting like a king, governing by fiat.
We have had a series of solar eclipses in Leo, during a presidency that has been one disaster after the next (well, not really a disaster, which means “against the stars”; the Trump administration has been very much with the stars). The Trump presidency has been a perfectly good train wreck. It amazes me that there is one single person who thinks this is the way a country should be run, particularly with so many urgent global matters pressing on us, all the time. To think that any of this insanity is a good idea, one would have to be angry to the point of vengeful.
The Moon has a property of bringing in the public, and an eclipse of the Moon will magnify that effect. It’s noteworthy that this eclipse will be visible high in the night sky over Washington, D.C., assuming it’s clear out. In the middle of one of the greatest presidential crises in history, the Moon will go out right over the White House, in the sign associated with the national ruler.
Given that we’re talking about the Moon, this to me looks like a watershed in public support. Were we talking about the Russia matter alone (I am aware this includes Russia, Israel and Saudi Arabia, though I have not written about it), that might not be enough. Yet this is set in the context of this insane, cruel, and dangerous federal shutdown/meltdown.
This is a Full Moon eclipse, and those put pressure on deadlocks and impasses, and this pressure should be coming from the public. Think of a lunar eclipse as drawing back the veil of the Moon and revealing what is behind it. Right back there is a lot of energy, in the form of a slow-moving hypothetical point called Vulkanus: energy from below, rising up.
Another point within one degree is Varuna, an important object in the Kuiper belt. Varuna is often shown carrying a noose, which is a warning to those who would violate oaths and contracts. You might say that Varnua is an enforcer of agreements. It’s also an equalizer and can describe “the fall of the mighty” who are then put into their correct place.
Remember that the wider context of current events is the Pluto return of the United States. That’s why so many people are acting like nothing matters.
Perhaps not to them.
Monday Morning Horoscope #159 for Jan. 14, 2019 | By Eric Francis Coppolino
Aries (March 20-April 19) — Do not allow yourself to be led astray; at this stage in your life, there can be no such thing. If you find yourself making choices based on belief, or hope, pause and make them based on known facts. You do seem to have considerable responsibility on your shoulders at this time, though you are not alone. You can take on the weight of the world, or you can form bonds and associations with others that help you get the job done. That would seem to be your role more than doing all the work yourself, which will require cultivating the art of collaboration, engaging in negotiation processes, and sharing credit for any achievements. Yet you can still be a guiding force for any major work that needs to be done, whether in a professional context or that of your family. Even so, you also have the ability to mislead with “good intentions” or spiritual platitudes. Make sure that all actions are grounded in some practical necessity, and a confrontation with the facts.
Taurus (April 19-May 20) — Keep your focus on the practical — what you need to get done, and why. Gradually, you will assemble the parts of a much larger picture. Use time to your benefit, and take the flexibility that you have. If you’re feeling squeezed, evaluate whether certain deadlines can be extended for a short time. Others may lend themselves to postponement. The moment you’re feeling stressed by deadlines, get out of your head, break down your schedule, and do a reality check with your colleagues and collaborators. It’s true there are certain pressing matters that must be attended to, including a few things you need to wipe off your slate. Be eager to resolve or dispense with any project or task that is toast, or that you’re ready to move on from. Greater accomplishments await you, and when the Sun changes signs to Aquarius in about a week, you will be engaging some bold new plans. Therefore, clear the stumbling blocks from your path.
Gemini (May 20-June 21) — You must count on yourself to attain the goals you’ve set for yourself. Any help that comes your way will be nice, though you must be the editor-in-chief, the reporter and the production manager. Only you understand not just the brass tacks of the situations, but also the many commitments that are involved. Beware of anyone who talks a big game, or who makes a claim without having specific facts and figures to back themselves up. Do not be afraid to ask the hard questions, and to size up in cold terms who is committed and who is not, based on their behavior, and whether they back up what they have promised. Your chart suggests you’re at a moment of truth, where you must confront the reality of a situation you might prefer to overlook. Be willing to face the bottom line, and to move on from anyone who has proven to be unreliable or has let you down. In our times, we’re supposed to run in circles, hoping people will wake up. Save your time and energy.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Recent events connected to the Capricorn solar eclipse may have shaken you up and altered some of your plans, though you have made a fast recovery. Now, you must keep nearly all of your focus on financial issues, and safeguarding your long-term security. In many ways, you’re at the point of making a clean break from the past, and clearing your accounts. That is the spirit in which to proceed. While you’re doing this, you will have an opportunity to focus your priorities and ensure that what you’re doing is in tune with your most deeply held values. Make this a high priority: now is the time to refine your life plan and pull yourself into alignment (or closer alignment) with what matters to you the most. There will be opportunities for collaboration, including potential contact with investors. The right people to work with are the ones who are the most deeply connected to, and impressed by, your adherence to a life code that you live by every day.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — You must balance a long-range approach to the important questions in your life with taking care of immediate needs. This may seem impossible, as you toggle between one and the other, trying to gain some balance, or to integrate these two levels of priorities. For a while it may seem like you have to emphasize one, and give up the other, then run back to the other and so on. Eventually you will integrate the two processes. But you can start now. Obviously, immediate concerns must take priority over long-term, yet there is a way to take care of your day-to-day responsibilities that involves consciously setting yourself up for the future. This is about being aware of how every step you take in the moment sets you further on your path, or serves as a digression. So the way out of the toggle is the mindfulness to focus each choice and each task in alignment with your greater plan and your greater good. Tune in to your guidance; tune in to your vision; you will find your direction.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Make sure everything passes the sniff test, particularly offers or proposals from others. Try things in the short run to see whether they might work in the long run. Meanwhile, you need others far less than you might imagine. At this stage, you’re like an artist working diligently in your studio, who does not need an assistant. The dregs of yesterday’s coffee will suit you fine, if it means not being interrupted. Only you understand what you really need to do, why you need to do it, and how to do it correctly. At a certain point soon, you’ll want to work with others, but don’t rush it. You are onto something, and in order to accomplish what you need to do, you are, in a sense, the content of your own work. You are the sculpture, the poem, the book, the painting, the project that you’re working on. Allow yourself to be obsessed. Check the mail every day and make sure your electricity doesn’t get turned off because you forgot to write the check.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — Don’t allow yourself to be too distracted by family or partnership matters. Yes, that may be like saying “ignore the traffic jam on the Cross Bronx Expressway during the evening rush hour,” which you can in fact do if you break out a map and find your way around the bottleneck. Indeed, matters are not so urgent as they may seem, and the most helpful approach will be to keep your sense of humor handy. It will also help to take a natural approach to endings, and make a point of welcoming specific ones into your life. Certain situations have run their course, which you will soon see is a positive thing. However, these days it’s trendy to live in the past and cling to what you have. I would describe that as a bad habit, and one that blocks many other possibilities from your view. Thought of another way, clinging to the past gnaws away at your confidence. Keep your mind on the future and on your considerable potential and you will feel bold and assertive. Let things happen at their own pace.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — Be careful to regulate your finances carefully over the next few weeks. Don’t overestimate your cash reserves, and don’t take chances speculating. You will want to spend on luxuries, but you can keep it down to a dull roar and still have fun. Yet you need to watch the numbers carefully, including short- and medium-range income, your bank balances, and the pace at which you spend. Use credit with extreme caution (zero interest rate preferred). But the real matter seems to be making sure your immediate priorities are in line with your long-term vision for yourself. If you’re going to make an investment, choose from a list of things you’ve had in mind for a long time — more than a year or two. Now is not the time to be spontaneous but it’s a good time to gradually engage your more important plans, particularly if they involve putting you in a better position to produce whatever it is you make. That said, there is a very good chance you already have everything you need — so check before you spend.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — Check at every turn that you’re not deceiving yourself, whether consciously or ‘unconsciously’. The deception could be sly: such as feeling like you have more confidence than is appropriate, or like something is undermining your confidence. The one thing you must not do is set your expectations too high, whether for the amount of a return on effort, or the timeframe involved. The place to invest your energy is in the willingness to do the nuts and bolts work of getting your result. Do not expect anything to happen by itself, as if by magic. You know this from long experience, though you might be especially inclined to forget this week. Stick to a core set of priorities and focus on them. The current exact square between your ruler Jupiter and its close cousin Neptune requires you to be realistic about everything, particularly matters of scale. Get a small thing working well, then expand it. This is preferable to starting huge and having to cut back.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — You have a lot going on in your life, as if some process more complicated than you anticipated has been set in motion by the recent solar eclipse in your birth sign. The thing that’s essential to remember and put into practice is that this is about inner work. You may be inclined to focus on your image, which means how you present yourself or some facet of your appearance. This would be guiding your intentions and your focus in the wrong direction; the correct direction is toward your challenges. Yet there may be so much going on that it seems helpful to have a diversion of some kind. You have your options open socially, though I suggest you place yourself in environments where you can “come as you are,” with no changes to your appearance, no thought of impressing anyone, and a thoughtful atmosphere rather than one connected to partying. Yet this is still secondary. Right now it is your inner world that counts, not your outer one.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You may feel like your mind, and your desk, is a very busy airport, where the traffic controllers are being expected to come to work for free. You will benefit from putting your feelings and your plans into writing. This will help you clear your mind and maintain your focus. You feel like you’re under more pressure than you really are. This is particularly true if certain fears seem to get your attention more than your potential does. You will benefit from staying on-task. This is an approach that seems to have fallen by the wayside of modern digital life: knowing the difference between being busy and being productive. For you, productive means maintaining your focus on what you need to do next, based on what project is due the soonest. However, for the more complex, long-range tasks, you will benefit from setting up the project well in advance, so that when you come to it, you will not be looking at a blank page. So take a look ahead at what is due over the next three months, and set up your workbench or your work files sooner rather than later.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — This week’s contact between Jupiter and Neptune may be challenging for some, though for you, it’s providing remarkable assistance in focusing your vision. You will know when something is the right thing to do, or a particular direction is the right one to take. If it is, you will seem to be drawn in its direction, and if it’s not, you’ll feel like you’re bumping into an invisible barrier that’s preventing you from moving forward. Meanwhile, Venus joining Jupiter in the bold Sagittarius midheaven angle of your chart is reminding you to keep the human touch. It is you and not your accomplishments or goals that will speak the most credibly. Present yourself as you are. Stay positive, stay visible, and be bold about your vision for your life and for the world. It’s true that we are in some very strange times at the moment, though you are uniquely situated to be able to handle the weirdness, deftly and elegantly. Fear no one. Let them be a little intimidated by you, then reveal how friendly you are.