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At 5:04 PM EDT on Tuesday, 24 September 2019, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, fresh from a Democratic Caucus meeting, stood before the nation and announced that the US Congress was beginning formal impeachment investigations against Donald J. Trump. Critical mass had been building for this step in the caucus for a week, since the revelations of Trump’s outrageous breech of ethics, convention and quite possibly laws, in requesting aid from a foreign government in his 2020 US presidential reelection.
Perhaps more surprising, Mitch McConnell supported a unanimous nonbinding resolution in the Senate requiring the White House to release the full report logged by a national security whistleblower concerning Trump’s interactions with the Ukrainian president. Has the worm truly turned?
With the Sun at 1 Libra for the announcement, exactly conjoined the supermassive Black Hole at the center of Galaxy M-87 (the largest anomaly of its type of which we are aware), it may well have. Black Holes represent points of major reversal, where conditions can change in the twinkling of an eye, and alternate realities assert themselves. Surely the Speaker’s sudden about-face on the impeachment issue, which she has slow-walked for months, is an indication of shifting ground in Washington. For good or ill, the die is cast, and Trump’s impeachment by the House in the not-too-distant future now seems certain, though conviction in the Senate and removal from office is far less clear.
As always, the cosmos’ timing is perfect, and in this instance, humankind seems to have aligned with it. Asteroid Achilles at 19 Aquarius on the 16 Aquarius Ascendant opposed asteroid Whitehouse at 21 Leo on the Descendant, indicating the weakness, vulnerability and exposure of the current occupant of the Oval Office. Achilles relates to a fatal flaw inherent in the native, which leads to his ultimate destruction, and the precise nature of this for Trump is exemplified in a close Icarus/Hybris conjunction at 9 and 10 Scorpio which T-squares the horizon. Hybris (the root of our word “hubris”) is named for the Greek goddess of prideful arrogance, and Icarus indicates rash, reckless behaviors heedless of the consequences. Put these together and you have a good celestial thumbnail sketch of Donald Trump.
Significantly, this conjunction squares Trump’s natal Hybris/Pluto pairing at 8 and 10 Leo, which speaks of the potential for destruction (Pluto) via arrogance (Hybris), something on full display in Trump’s timing, in making that infamous call to Ukraine the day after Mueller testified before Congress about his investigation into the previous time Trump sought foreign aid for domestic political advantage. Also with transit Icarus/Hybris is TNO Typhon at 7 Scorpio, that “sea of troubles”, the whirlpool or maelstrom which sucks you in and pulls you under, never to emerge again, while Uranus at 5 Taurus opposes, a planetary signature of sudden reversal or upset, volatility, turmoil and controversy.
All the key players are present in the sky as well. Transit asteroid Troemper, our celestial referent for The Donald, falls at 13 Capricorn, exactly conjunct Saturn, which had come to its direct station the week before, just as the Ukraine story broke. These two and Pluto have been traveling together for months, providing an extended window where the potential for punishment (Saturn) and devastation (Pluto) has been on the rise for the embattled US President.
With all these opposing transit asteroid Washingtonia at 18 Cancer, big things are afoot, with major change in the offing in the nation’s capital. An exact conjunction of Mercury with asteroid America at 17 Libra forms a T-Square – the country (America) is about to learn the facts (Mercury) of Trump’s (Troemper) corruption (Pluto) as President (Saturn). Bringing this home personally to Trump is Mercury/America exactly conjunct his natal Jupiter, exactly trine natal Uranus and exactly inconjunct natal asteroid Lie. The chickens are coming home to roost.
This 13 Cap degree also exactly opposes the US Sun at 13 Cancer, tying these events directly to the core essence of the nation, and exactly squares the Black Hole at 13 Libra which conjoins the US Saturn at 14, a placement which helps to explain the sudden disappearance from office of US presidents with alarming regularity over the centuries. Troemper squared a Black Hole places the president in an unusually unstable and unpredictable environment, subject to sudden whims of fate and circumstance, which threaten to upend his position and wholly remake his reality.
Speaker Pelosi is represented by asteroid Nancy, which at 27 Leo conjoins Nemesis at 29 Leo and opposes a triple conjunction of Damocles, House and Askalaphus at 23, 26 and 28 Aquarius. Nancy with Nemesis sets her up potentially as the agent of divine retribution tasked with cutting down to size an individual who has overreached himself, transgressed boundaries, or committed punishable acts. Damocles represents the doom hanging overhead, in this case impeachment; the conjunction with House shows the US House of Representatives as the quarter from which that doom ensues, while Askalaphus refers to the revealing of secrets – in short, the whistleblower, who finally provided the casus belli for the House to initiate these proceedings.
This polarity is T-Squared by another triple conjunction, of TNO Sedna with asteroids Vesta and Lie, all at 27 Taurus. Sedna represents isolation, in this case of a public servant (Vesta) who has deceived, misled (Lie), and betrayed his oath and his responsibilities. Widely opposing this grouping, at 8 Sagittarius on the 4 Sag MC, is asteroid Truth, the highest-elevated point in the chart. Truth will out, in these impeachment hearings, made manifest for all to see.
One last T-Square appears in the chart: Mars at 24 Virgo opposes a conjunction of TNO Borasisi with asteroid Karma, at 23 and 25 Pisces, with Jupiter at 17 Sagittarius on the fulcrum. Borasisi refers to deception, particularly in the service of a cause, often relating to beliefs purposely adhered to although they are understood to be falsehoods (GOP support for Trump, anyone?), while Karma refers to a time of reckoning for misdeeds or prior infractions of law. Jupiter puts this into a political context, while Mars prefigures the gargantuan struggle sure to follow this move.
Because asteroid Whitehouse is not alone in the heavens – it is closely conjoined by asteroid Senator at 20 Leo. The House’s attitude on this issue is virtually guaranteed – Donald Trump will be the third US president to be impeached. The real battle will be waged in the US Senate. Will Republicans finally have the courage to do the right thing, and toss this lawless, feckless, reckless President out on his ear? Or will they close ranks around their Cult Leader, as they have done thus far?
Is Mitch McConnell truly the stalwart Trump ally he has appeared to be? In this chart, asteroid McConnell at 29 Leo conjoins Nancy and Nemesis. This puts Mitch in the catbird seat – will he pile on and join Pelosi in her efforts to redress the balance via Nemesis’ urge to rectify and punish, or stymie the Speaker’s efforts, holding the Senate for Trump? McConnell with Nemesis could go either way…