The California Recall Election

For the second time in twenty years, California is holding a recall election for its governor.  Like Gray Davis in 2003, the at-risk chief executive is a Democrat, Gavin Newsom, less than two years into his first term, former mayor of San Francisco.  Unlike the successful challenge mounted by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003, there is no high-profile Republican candidate running to unseat Newsom in 2021.  Rather, upwards of 40 little-known candidates have ponied-up to the electoral bar, from across the political spectrum, but Newsom is not among them, as the current governor is not allowed to run to replace himself.

 

To be held September 14th, voters will be presented with two questions on the California Recall ballot:  first, whether to retain Newsom in office or remove him; and then, stating their preference for his replacement, which option they can exercise even if they had voted to keep him.  Mail-in ballots have been sent to every registered voter, which may boost turnout in this off-year, off-season election, possibly giving Democrats an advantage in retaining the seat.  Newsom is consistently polling just above 50% saying he ought to remain in his job, but should he drop below that level, he will be replaced by whoever has a plurality of votes, no matter how few are cast; there is no runoff provision to winnow the field.  Currently polling best among his would-be successors, with roughly a quarter of the vote, is Republican Larry Elder, an African American conservative talk radio host and author.

So the polls tenuously endorse a Newsom victory – what do the stars say?  Born 10 October 1967 at 5:13 AM PDT in San Francisco, California (Rodden Rating AA), Gavin Newsom has a firm grasp on power, with Pluto exactly conjunct the 21 Virgo Ascendant and squared natal asteroid Gavini at 26 Sagittarius, combining two personal celestial markers (Ascendant and Gavini, for Gavin) with the source of personal power.  In itself, Gavini is also exactly conjunct asteroid Nike, named for the Greek goddess of victory, so winning comes naturally to Newsom.  Asteroid California at 24 Pisces on the Descendant, T-Squared Gavini/Nike and opposed Asc/Pluto, shows the venue for Newsom’s personal power and victories; California’s angularity identifies it as a pivotal locale in Newsom’s biography.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom; with Pluto on the Ascendant, squared asteroid Nike conjunct Gavini, Newsom is used to winning and wields his personal power with confidence and authority, as a marker of his identity and public image

The Sun at 16 Libra conjoins asteroid Newsome (for Newsom; thus both his PNAs conform to the typical pattern of aspecting Sun, Moon or Ascendant in the birth chart) and opposes Saturn at 8 Aries, moving Gavin Newsom into government work (Saturn), specifically in the role of Chief Executive (also Saturn).  The Moon at 16 Capricorn is exactly at First Quarter square with the Sun, and creates a T-Square of the Saturn polarity, suggesting, among other things, the likelihood of government (Saturn) housing (Moon).

Newsom was cheated in this natal potential during his tenure in San Francisco by the fact that the City by the Bay has no official mayoral residence; and he voluntarily voided the celestial manufacturer’s warranty when he abandoned the California governor’s mansion barely three months after moving in, opting for a private residence just outside Sacramento.  Perhaps third time will be the charm:  with asteroid Whitehouse at 16 Cancer filling out the Grand Cross, and exactly aspected to the Sun and Moon, an Oval Office run seems likely in the future, giving Newsom a crack at fulfilling the cosmic government housing proviso at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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The recall election is perfectly timed celestially, with the spotlighting Sun exactly conjunct asteroid California, and opposing Gavini – all eyes on the Golden State and its Governor

On September 14th, the Governor and his state are appropriately highlighted for the Recall Election, with the transit Sun exactly conjunct asteroid California at 22 Virgo (just one degree past Newsom’s natal Ascendant) and opposed asteroid Gavini at 27 Pisces, placing both in the spotlight.  But not so fast!  Neptune is also part of the mix, conjoined Gavini and opposing Sun/California from 21 Pisces (highlighting Newsom’s natal Descendant/California pairing, suggesting his personal/Gavini relationship/Desc with the Golden State/California is in flux/Neptune), an indication of possible confusion at the ballot box, or disappointment in the outcome (both Neptune keywords).  (One likely source of the confusion could be that Democratic voters who support Newsom on Question One will not realize that they can also voice a preference for his successor, thus skewing the Question Two results towards a Republican challenger.)

That looming threat for princes and potentates, symbolized by the ongoing Jupiter/Damocles conjunction, which has taken down more than one public figure of late, remains in effect at 24 and 26 Aquarius, making this recall effort part and parcel of that current energy.  Also of note, a potential controversy regarding the vote itself.  Conducted largely by mail, transit asteroid Maillen (phonetic stand-in for “mail-in”) at 14 Taurus is an exact match for transit Uranus, and is stationary, turning retrograde on September 6th.  This could indicate an unexpected or controversial  (Uranus) development in the process, as related to mail-in ballots (Maillen), or perhaps a sluggish retrieval of that vote (the stationary status).

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Things look promising cosmically for Newsom retaining his office, but Neptune opposed the Sun and California on Election Day, with asteroid Maillen conjunct Uranus, suggests a heightened level of confusion in the process, and the possibility of some controversy regarding the mail-in ballots

Transit asteroid Newsome at 29 Aries exactly opposes asteroid Sisyphus at 29 Libra, a symbol of repetitive action which neatly suggests the recall vote itself, and this polarity is T-Squared by transit Pluto at 24 Capricorn, identifying the playing field as Newsom’s personal power base, and perhaps evoking a devastating transformation (also Pluto) in circumstance.  The Newsome/Sisyphus opposition also forms the spine of a Boomerang Yod with inconjuncts from Newsome to Sun/California and asteroid Nike at 22 Scorpio, though the orbs here are a bit wide, indicating that Fate has a major role to play in the outcome.

More closely bound up in this pattern is Newsom’s natal Uranus at 26 Virgo and natal asteroid Victoria at 28 Scorpio, named for Nike’s Roman counterpart and the root of our word “victory.”  This suggests an unexpected win, but Neptune is once again the fly in the cosmic ointment, with natal Neptune at 22 Scorpio, exactly conjoined transit Nike, spreading uncertainty like a fog.

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Currently leading the pack of contenders to replace Newsom is Republican Larry Elder; with asteroid Lawrence conjunct Nike and asteroid Larry at station conjoined Victoria, Elder’s win on Question Two seems likely, but it may be a moot point, if Newsom is retained in office on Question One

This contest is not a typical one, in that Newsom is not directly running against anybody, but rather, against his own performance as governor, as Californians rate it.  That said, Larry Elder’s prospects do look good for the day, with transit asteroid Lawrence (for given first name Laurence) at 25 Scorpio conjunct winning Nike, and transit asteroid Larry at 26 Capricorn conjunct both transit Pluto at 24 Cap and transit Victoria at 3 Aquarius, doubling down on the victory vibe (Nike, Victoria) for Elder (Lawrence, Larry), with prospects for increased personal power (Pluto again).  Both Larry and Victoria are strategically embedded at station, perhaps indicating a literal “turning point” in Elder’s life (win or lose, this election is likely to be a watershed moment for him and his career).  Larry resumes direct motion a week before the election, while Victoria turned direct on September 2nd, both still at their station degrees.  However, given the peculiar circumstances of this vote, this may refer only to a theoretical win of Question Two, voided and rendered moot by a Newsom victory on Question One.  A third Larry referent, asteroid Laurentia, appears at 23 Gemini, closely opposed asteroid NOT, a general disqualifier, at 22 Sagittarius, and T-Squared Sun/California, suggesting a cosmic nolle prosequi for the conservative talk radio host in his quest to be California’s next governor.  Larry Elder may find himself the winner of a contest that doesn’t apply.

And that, for now, seems the most likely outcome.  But with Neptune, certainty is always a mirage.

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Afghan Implosion

The phenomenal collapse of the Afghan government in mid-August 2021 sent shockwaves through the US and across the world.  Seemingly overnight (though the process took eleven days total), the 180,000+ strong US-trained Afghan military melted away, leaving the resurgent Taliban, already predominant in much of the rural regions, with little to no resistance in occupying the cities.  Even Kabul, the capital of the country, fell in a matter of hours on August 15th, with the US in full retreat from its abandoned embassy, controlling just half of the airport.

 

The US departure from Afghanistan, after almost two decades of uneven progress and a benighted attempt at nation-building, was originally negotiated by the Trump administration, with a May 1 deadline.  The Biden administration chose not to reverse this decision, but extended their exodus by a few months, with all troops slated to withdraw by September 1, just before the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks which prompted the US invasion of Afghanistan that October, leading to its longest war ever.  While the likelihood of a Taliban takeover at some point seemed certain, no one officially expected the end would come so soon, or so completely.

So far, no hostilities have been exchanged between US and insurgent forces, and the Taliban seems to be respecting the American occupation of the airport, and not interfering with departing flights.  But with the fundamentalist Islamic group controlling ground crossings out of the country, and patrolling the streets of Kabul, rife with checkpoints, there seems little hope of evacuating the tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands of native Afghanis who cooperated with the US military and diplomatic corps, working as contractors, interpreters and employees, but were unable to reach the sanctuary of the airport before the government’s collapse.  Their future in the country is now a bleak one, and the US abandonment of them a black mark on the Biden administration’s record.

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Map illustrating the rapid progression of the Taliban reconquest of Afghanistan; Kabul fell within hours on August 15th, with asteroid Cabu conjunct a Black Hole and squared Pluto

For the asteroid astrologer, there is pathetically little to research in the situation, with no matches for the country, its capital, or the principals involved.  I did, however, hit upon asteroid Cabu (pronounced kah-boo), with a close phonetic similarity to Kabul, the Afghan capital.  Ironically, the point is named for French satiric cartoonist Jean Cabut, who used the pen-name Cabu, and was murdered in the January 7, 2015 shooting attack by Islamic terrorists on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper offices in Paris.

In a chart cast for August 15th, when Kabul and the Afghan government fell (with the president fleeing the country hours earlier, allegedly packing some $167 million is his kit), asteroid Cabu appears at 22 Libra, exactly conjoined a Black Hole and involved in a number of major patterns on that day.  Black Holes and Deep Space points are something I discus little these days, but I was immersed in their study for 15 years in the ‘90s and early years of the millennium.  “Implosion” is a keyword of their interactions, with prevailing conditions changing in the twinkling of an eye, leading to complete reversals of the status quo.  Among other properties, they promote the dramatic volte face, the sudden shift of realities to something unrecognizable from what went before, and it certainly seems fitting to find this marker of Afghan’s government in such a position at such a time.

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Bands of exultant Taliban fighters roam the streets of Kabul; Mars in a Grand Trine with Uranus and asteroid Fanatica depicts the sudden, unexpected takeover by radical Islamist forces

Cabu finds itself in a tense T-Square with an opposition to TNO Eris at 24 Aries, squared Pluto at 24 Capricorn.  This depicts the devastating transformation (Pluto) in Afghanistan’s (Cabu) fortunes, which now revert to a society dominated by religious fundamentalist fanatics, where women are denied education, self-governance, and basic human rights, and public executions for relatively minor infractions of the law are commonplace.  Eris denotes stress and discord, as well as downtrodden populations who are marginalized and disrespected.  A Grand Cross is created with the addition of asteroid Agita at 21 Cancer, further representing the anxiety and stress of the situation.

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Desperate Afghanis mob a plane at the US-controlled airport, clinging to it for rescue; asteroid Cabu was in a Yod with the Sun and Neptune, bringing focus to the confusion and despair in Kabul

Cabu is also involved in a Yod, or Finger of Destiny pattern, exactly sextile the spotlighting Sun at 22 Leo, with Neptune at 22 Pisces on its Apex, exactly inconjunct both base points.  Neptune represents Afghanistan’s presumptive isolation from the community of nations under the new regime, the fanaticism and religious zealotry of its new government, and the confused, disordered withdrawal by the US, with Afghanistan (Cabu) the focus of the day (Sun).  The Sun is also exactly conjoined asteroid Eurydike, an image of the fruitlessness of attempting to reclaim that which is lost and has passed away forever; and opposes an exact pairing of Jupiter with Damocles at 27 Aquarius, signaling an impending doom (Damocles) of a political nature (Jupiter).

Neptune participates in a second major configuration, a Grand Cross comprised of an opposition to a pairing of asteroids Karma and Washingtonia at 23 and 24 Virgo, with the cross squares to asteroids America at 20 Gemini and Whitehouse with NOT at 28 and 18 Sagittarius respectively.  Neptune again portrays the anarchy and ineptitude of the US withdrawal; Whitehouse with NOT (a general disqualifier) describes the President’s (Whitehouse) refusal (NOT) to continue US (America) intervention in the region; the square from Whitehouse to Washingtonia defines the split between the administration (Whitehouse) and the government in general (Washingtonia), with Biden’s decision garnering condemnation from both sides of the aisle; and Karma here suggests a fated resolution, with the US reaping the consequences of its twenty-year war.

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US President Joe Biden’s culpability in this debacle is seen as asteroid Bida conjunct asteroid Apophis and semisquare TNO Lempo, two images of evil outcomes

Biden himself does not escape celestial opprobrium.  His asteroid referent, Bida, appears at 4 Cancer, exactly conjoined asteroid Apophis, named for the ancient Egyptian personification of pure evil.  Certainly the wholesale abrupt abandonment of allies qualifies as an act of heinous betrayal, which some might feel squares with Apophis’ reputation.  As well, Biden is involved in another Grand Cross, with an opposition to centaur Pholus at 3 Capricorn, noted for mass deaths by whatever cause, and squares to TNO Salacia at 7 Aries, associated with scandalous behaviors, and asteroid Pandora at 4 Libra, known mythically as one who unwittingly released a host of evils upon the human race.  The US’ precipitate withdrawal will leave blood on the administration’s hands (Pholus), as the Taliban’s grip on the country increases and its medieval tactics are deployed (Pandora), and desertion of friends and allies qualifies as shameful and a scandal unto itself (Salacia).  Biden’s culpability is underscored by an exact semisquare to TNO Lempo at 19 Taurus, another point associated with unrepentant evil.  Named for a Finnish god noted as the chief of wickedness, confusion and cruelty, Lempo creates misfortune, disease and unspeakable nastiness (but, paradoxically, is also known originally as a god of love).

Perhaps the energies of the day are best summed up by examining the points which are embedded at station for the chaotic disaster:  asteroids Whitehouse and Intel, the two forces most responsible for the Afghan debacle.  Stationary bodies exert a huge influence on events, far out of proportion with their typical impact, and are the still points upon which the rest of the chart revolves.  Whitehouse at 28 Sagittarius resumes direct motion just three days after Kabul’s fall, indicating a major “turning point” for the occupant of the Oval Office whose poll numbers have plummeted in response to this catastrophe.  And Intel at 15 Aries (which turns retrograde from that degree on August 27th) denotes the intelligence which was inadequate to predict the swift turnabout in Afghanistan’s government, prefigured by a Grand Trine Kite from Intel to asteroids d’Arrest at 15 Leo and NOT at 18 Sagittarius, opposed America at 20 Gemini, an indication the US (America) cessation (d’Arrest) of military activity was premised on faulty data and flawed (NOT) analysis (Intel).

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The likely next leader of Afghanistan, Taliban chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar; with asteroid Abdulla at 15 Pisces exactly trine asteroid Nike at 15 Scorpio, named for the Greek goddess of victory, his success was easy, and seems complete

Perhaps something may yet be salvaged from the ashes of America’s longest war, if the situation can be turned around and allies rescued and evacuated to safety before the final troop withdrawal, slated for August 30th.  But that outcome depends largely on the continued benevolent noninterference of the Taliban in the evacuation process, and the long-term implications of the US defeat in this endeavor are dire indeed.

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Simone Biles’ Olympic Saga

The professional sports world was stunned on July 27th by the announcement from star American gymnast Simone Biles that she would be withdrawing from the 2020 Olympics, citing mental health concerns.  After performing a qualifying round for the vaulting competition, Biles made a hard landing, affected by what gymnasts term “the twisties”, when one’s sense of balance and positioning is lost during vaults or dismounts.  Biles went on to withdraw from all team and individual competitions, later stating that the unexpected loss of her aunt two days before the Tokyo games opened, and memories of sexual abuse from her coach, had combined to dangerously distract her focus.

 

After a week’s hiatus, Biles returned to competition for the final round on the balance beam, earning a Bronze Medal on August 3rd.  The award makes her the most decorated gymnast of all time, with a combined total of 33 Olympic and World Championship medals.

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Nope, the image isn’t upside down, it’s Simone Biles that is, in a gravity-defying flip. Biles’ Sun opposed Mars establishes her as athletic; asteroids Olympiada and Gold conjoined the Moon describe a female Olympian winning top honors

Born 14 March 1997 at 12:30 AM EST in Columbus, Ohio (Rodden Rating C), Biles’ path to Olympic superstar status is prefigured in her natal chart.  Asteroid Olympia at 0 Pisces is conjoined asteroid Simona, closest to Simone, strongly identifying her personally with the Olympic games.  The Sun at 23 Pisces opposed Mars at 27 Virgo grants athletic prowess generally, and a T-Square with asteroid Golden at 28 Gemini shows her quest for excellence in competition.

Olympic excellence specifically is seen in asteroid Gold at 28 Taurus, conjoined asteroid Olympiada at 27 Taurus (named explicitly for the Games, which are termed “Olympiads”).  Gold and Olympiada also conjoin the Moon at 2 Gemini and the Descendant at 4 Gemini, granting them increased power and angular force in her chart, as well as identifying her as a female (Moon) Olympian (Olympiada) winning top honors (Gold).  A square to asteroid America at 27 Leo signals the country she would represent, and its opposition to asteroid Rio de Janeiro at 26 Aquarius creates a T-Square representing the venue where Biles first came to international attention, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.  Biles won four gold medals in that competition, setting a record for American gymnasts in a single Games, and helped vault her team to global prominence.

So what went wrong?

Basically, Neptune.  The planet which encourages lack of confidence, confusion, withdrawal from the public eye and distorted perceptions has been playing footsie with several points in Biles’ chart for well over a year, and came to station retrograde exactly on her Sun on June 25th, during the US Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials.  Neptune rules some mental health issues on a planetary level (sharing that ground with Uranus), but on an asteroid level that’s the province of Ophelia, named for the character in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” who goes insane and drowns herself.

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Biles took the Bronze Medal in the sole event in which she competed at the Tokyo Olympics, but this nudged her into first place as the most decorated gymnast of all time; asteroid Ophelia conjunct asteroid Tokio and the Sun showed the potential for mental health issues to intrude on her performance in the 2020 Games

Biles’ natal Ophelia at 19 Pisces conjoins her Sun, as does asteroid Achilles, at 26 Pisces, all opposing Mars, making mental health issues (Ophelia) her literal “Achilles’ heel” in competition (Mars), a point of vulnerability or weakness (Achilles).  Neptune crisscrossing Ophelia three times in 2020 and 2021, followed by the exact hit to her Sun, created a situation where disappointment ruled the day, based in an abdication (also Neptune-ruled) of her dominant position in the sport.  Adding fuel to the fire was asteroid Tokio (alternate spelling for Tokyo, named for the Japanese capital) at 15 Pisces, also conjoined Ophelia.  Biles’ presence at that specific geographic location was the final celestial straw which prompted her exit from the competition; had the 2020 Olympics been held anywhere else on the globe, she might well have performed as exceptionally as expected, but Tokio’s proximal goad to Ophelia was too strong to be denied.

Cranking up the pressure was transit Ophelia’s conjunction with the Sun/Olympiad conjunction that oversaw the Tokyo Games, with the Sun and Olympiada exactly conjoined at 4 Leo the day she withdrew from competition on July 27th, and Ophelia just a degree away at 5 Leo, increasing the pressure on mental health issues (in fact, had I but noted it in advance, this Sun/Olympiada/Ophelia combination for the start of the Games signaled quite clearly that a spotlight would be shone on mental health issues at some point during the competition).  These squared natal asteroid NOT at 11 Taurus in Biles’ chart, a general disqualifier or block to progress, with transit Uranus still within orb of conjunction at 14 Taurus, eliciting the unexpected, shocking (both Uranus) action.

Transit NOT at 17 Sagittarius was running with transit Olympia at 16 Sagittarius, both embedded at station, and squared natal Ophelia at 19 Pisces.  This depicts Biles’ decision not to proceed (NOT) with her participation in the Olympics (Olympia), based on her metal state (Ophelia).  Incredibly, her return to competition on August 3rd coincided with NOT’s direct station, and a reversal of her prior stance.  The transit Sun advanced to 11 Leo now exactly squared natal NOT, with transit Mercury also squared from 13 Leo, for her decision (Mercury) to not, not compete (i.e., to participate once more).

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It was a far different story at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where Biles set a record for Gold Medals by an American gymnast; asteroid Rio de Janeiro in a T-Square with asteroids America, Gold and Olympiada tells the tale

Transit Jupiter at her withdrawal was at 0 Pisces, exactly conjunct natal Olympia, bringing Olympic celebrity of a different sort than expected.  Transit Simona at 27 Libra was on the fulcrum of a T-Square with Mercury at 28 Cancer opposed Pluto at 25 Capricorn, coaxing the decision (Mercury) which many found empowering, and others simply devastating (both Pluto), based in the emotional trauma (also Pluto-ruled) of her aunt’s death (Pluto again) and prior sexual abuse (ditto).

Gymnastics is a physically demanding sport, and many competitors retire early; at 24, this was Simone Biles’ stated plan, after performing in the 2020 Olympics.  But she seems to be wavering, stating in a recent post-Games interview for “Today”, “I’m more than my medals and gymnastics.  I’m a human being, and I’ve done some courageous things outside of the sport as well, and I’m not a quitter.  If this situation didn’t happen, I would have never seen it that way.”

The 2024 Olympics are slated to be held in Paris, France, and asteroid Paris falls at 22 Sagittarius in Biles’ natal chart, filling in a Grand Cross with the Sun, Mars and asteroid Golden.  I have a feeling she might be back.

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The New York City Mayoral Race

The nation’s largest city is about to change leadership again. Term-limited current mayor Bill de Blasio will be leaving Gracie Mansion in January 2022 and turning over the keys to … who?  Metropolitan voter registration of Gotham’s 8+ million citizens leans heavily Democratic, by a 5-1 margin, but that hasn’t prevented independents like Michael Bloomberg or Republicans like Rudi Giuliani from taking the helm in previous elections.  Most of the early action took place on the Democratic side, with eight contenders vying for the nomination in a first-ever “ranked choice” electoral process were voters rate their preferences and supporters of candidates who are eliminated in the first round of tabulation are assigned to others.

 

Retired police officer Eric Adams led the field in the first round with 30.8% of the vote, followed by civil rights activist Maya Wiley at 21.3% and sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia at 19.6%; all three are persons of color.  Eight rounds of tabulation later, Eric Adams emerged the victor, edging out Kathryn Garcia by just a point, 50.5% to 49.5%.  On the Republican side, vigilante group Guardian Angels founder and current radio talk show host Curtis Sliwa easily outpaced his single competitor, 68%-27%.  In total, Dems racked up almost a million ballots, while barely 60,000 GOP voters turned out, perhaps presaging a blowout of Republicans in November.

A quick glance at ongoing asteroid patterns could have saved everyone a lot of trouble and expense in determining the Democratic nominee and the Big Apple’s likely next mayor.  Asteroids Adams and Mayo (closest to “mayor”) have been running in an extended conjunction since March of 2020, never more than ten degrees apart, and will remain so until well after the November 2 general election, not moving out of orb of conjunction until mid-December.  That alone may be the most significant factor in this race, but it makes for an awfully short article, so let’s look a bit deeper.

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Eric Adams revels in his primary victory; with asteroids Adams and Mayo (for “mayor”) in an extended conjunction from March 2020 through December 2021, his election seems a foregone conclusion

Eric Adams hit the ground running with his November 18, 2020 announcement of his candidacy.  Adams and Mayo were conjoined at 11 and 13 Libra, and trined asteroid Manhattan (named for New York City’s premiere borough, and our celestial stand-in for the metropolis in general) at 18 Gemini, while asteroid Eric at 1 Sagittarius conjoined the 26 Scorpio Sun, placing a spotlight on Adams which he never relinquished.

At the primary on June 22nd, Adams and Mayo conjoined at 17 and 18 Libra are in a Grand Trine with Mercury, ruling the vote itself and its tabulation, at 16 Gemini, and Saturn exact with asteroid Victoria at 12 Aquarius.  Victoria is named for the Roman goddess of victory the root of our word, and is at station, about to turn retrograde four days later.

Asteroid Eric at 1 Aquarius is too wide of this pair to be considered conjunct, but opposes asteroid Manhattan at 2 Leo, granting Adams a personalized local connection as well.  Eric also opposes asteroid Curtis at 0 Leo, prefiguring their upcoming contest as opponents, and providing Curtis Sliwa’s glide path to his Party’s nomination.

Adams’ primary opponent Kathryn Garcia is seen as asteroid Kathryn, which at 8 Aries widely opposes Adams/Mayo and more closely squares the 1 Cancer Sun, giving her enhanced visibility which brought her well within striking distance of the prize.  Asteroid Garcia at 25 Pisces conjoins Neptune at 23, a symbol of disappointment, and also squares asteroid NOT, a general disqualifier, at 23 Sagittarius.

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With asteroid Kathryn squared the Sun for the primary election, Dem nominee contender Kathryn Garcia had high visibility, but asteroid Garcia conjunct disappointment-evoking Neptune and squared disqualifying asteroid NOT brought her up just short in the vote count

Eric Adams and Kathryn Garcia were well-matched natally for their competition, doubtless a source of the nail-biting outcome.  Both have a knack for winning, with Adams’ (born 1 September 1960, no time available) Sun at 9 Virgo conjoined asteroid Nike, named for the Greek goddess of victory, at 6 Virgo, and Garcia’s (born 3 March 1970, no time available) Sun at 12 Pisces opposed his, and trine a stationary Nike at 14 Cancer.  Nike turned direct at that degree a week prior, and is an embedded factor in her psyche.  Winning just seems natural, for both of them, but that transit Adams/Mayo conjunction in trine to Victoria dragged Eric Adams over the finish line first.  Also of assistance to Adams, asteroid TRIUMF (phonetic match for “triumph”), which at 1 Virgo squares the Sun and exactly opposes asteroid Adams at 1 Sagittarius (with asteroid Demokritos at 4 Sag, reinforcing Adams’ Party affiliation).

Both also have strong ties to the community they sought to lead, and the position on offer.  Garcia has natal asteroid Kathryn at 18 Sagittarius conjoined natal Manhattan at 14 Sag, both squared her Sun (having one’s own PNA in aspect to the Sun, Moon or Ascendant is quite common), with natal Mayo at 27 Capricorn in exact semisquare.  Adams has natal Manhattan at 1 Aquarius in a loose Yod, or Finger of Destiny, sextile natal Mayo at 6 Aries, both inconjunct the Sun at the Apex, so his stint as mayor of Gotham would seem to be preordained.  As well, asteroid Adams at 1 Sagittarius is exactly sextile Manhattan and trine Mayo, while asteroid Eric at 8 Libra is opposed Mayo and trine Manhattan.  In typical PNA fashion, Adams aspects the Sun (by square), which is also cojoined by a natal Nemesis/Pluto pairing at 5 Virgo, making him a formidable opponent.

Their inevitable conflict is foreshadowed in their charts as well.  Eric Adams has asteroids Kathryn at 1 Sagittarius and Garcia at 8 Gemini T-Squared the 9 Gemini Sun and Pluto/Nemesis pairing, clearly showing the conflict between them (squares) and Adams’ role as an archenemy or opponent (Nemesis) with the Upper Hand (Pluto).  Asteroid Eric conjoins Kathryn exactly, indicating enmeshment; points occupying the same space are bound together, for good or ill, and can act as allies or competitors, but always with a sense of chafing from their proximity.

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This election was NYC’s first foray into “ranked choice” voting, the complex tabulation of which prevented a final decision for two weeks; confusing Neptune squared a retrograde Mercury for the primary didn’t help streamline things

Kathryn Garcia’s natal asteroid Adams at 29 Aries conjoins both Mars at 27 Aries and Saturn at 5 Taurus, identifying Eric Adams as a competitor (Mars) or restrictive influence (Saturn), especially in career (also Saturn).  An exact square from Mars to Mayo at 27 Capricorn shows the mayoralty as the field of engagement, the battleground over which their conflict will be fought.  Asteroid Eric at 8 Capricorn squares Garcia’s natal Nemesis at 5 Libra, reiterating the sense that Eric Adams is a personal stumbling block or hindrance to Kathryn Garcia’s ambitions.

Let’s pause a moment to consider the chart of Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa (born 26 March 1954, no time available).  Like his Democratic opponents, Sliwa has a strong victory signature and ties to the Big Apple.  The 5 Aries Sun conjoins asteroid Manhattan exactly, with asteroid Victoria close beside at 8 Aries, bringing him the GOP nomination for NYC mayor.  Asteroid Curtis at 29 Pisces is also within orb of the Sun, a common PNA placement, while asteroid Siwa, closest to Sliwa, broadly opposes from 14 Libra.

A pairing of asteroid Nike with Venus at 17 and 18 Aries forms the crux of a Grand Trine Kite pattern with its opposition to Siwa as the string, and trines to Pluto at 22 Leo and Mars at 22 Sagittarius the ribs of the Kite.  Venus/Nike suggests popularity (Venus) as the victory element (Nike) of a campaign (Mars) that could include scandal or mudslinging (both Pluto), and might augur success, except for the fly in the ointment, asteroid NOT at 23 Sagittarius.  Remarkably, Sliwa was experiencing a precise “NOT Return” on Primary Day, with the point defining blocked progress or defeat exactly returned to its natal degree, as if to underscore that Siwa’s electoral triumph was only temporary.

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“Guardian Angels” founder Curtis Sliwa easily won his campaign for the Republican nomination, with asteroids Curtis and Manhattan conjunct Mars for the primary election

When Adams and Sliwa face off on November 2, 2021, the skies are set for a battle royal between them.  Sliwa has a strong identification with the city and the day, with asteroid Siwa exactly conjunct Manhattan at 10 Libra, exactly semisextile the 10 Scorpio Sun, and asteroid Curtis at 10 Virgo in exact sextile to the Sun.  But these are relatively minor aspects, offering little support, serving more to denote Sliwa’s high profile on the day, rather than affecting the outcome.  Siwa/Manhattan also squares transit NOT at 7 Capricorn, with Curtis in trine, suggesting an unsuccessful bid for mayor.

In contrast, asteroid Adams at 29 Scorpio remains conjoined Mayo at 22 Scorpio, with transit Nike now in the mix from 7 Sagittarius, squaring his natal Sun and conjoined natal Adams, adding the imprimatur of victory to his mayoral race.  Mayo and Adams also square Jupiter at 22 Aquarius, signifier of success and positive outcomes generally.  Transit TRIUMF at 0 Virgo conjoins the solar stellium of Pluto/Nemesis, Nike, Sun and Mercury, ensuring a convincing victory.  Additionally, transit Eric at 27 Capricorn conjoins Pluto at 24 Cap, both squaring Mercury at 24 Libra, putting Adams (Eric) in a virtually unassailable position (Pluto) with the electorate (Mercury).

As with Kathryn Garcia, the competition with Curtis Sliwa is foretold in Eric Adams’ birth chart.  Natal asteroid Curtis at 5 Capricorn is involved in a Grand Cross with an opposition to Saturn (career, chief executive) at 11 Capricorn and squares to Mayo (mayor) at 6 Aries and Eric at 8 Libra, showing their conflict over New York City’s top job.

With the Sun approaching opposition to quirky, shock-prone Uranus at 12 Taurus on Election Day, nothing is set in stone, and a come-from-behind upset win for Sliwa isn’t out of the question, but all things being equal, Eric Adams seems set to be the next mayor of America’s largest city.

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Orange Is the New Trump

To be fair, orange was the Old Trump, too, at least in terms of spray tan and hair dye.  But in this next solar year, Donald J. Trump may find himself moving into a more sartorial realm with orange, in the form of a prison jumpsuit.  On May 25th, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance gave The Donald an early birthday present when he empaneled a Grand Jury to look into possible criminal charges to be filed against the former US President (just a day before a Lunar Eclipse which conjoined asteroid Nemesis, noted for ruin and downfall).  Prosecutors have been investigating Trump, the Trump Organization and its officers since at least 2018, and the convening of a Grand Jury signals that they are ready to present evidence and potentially seek indictments.

 

Of course none of this comes as a surprise to the savvy asteroid watcher; in fact, things are right on cosmic schedule.  Among a plethora of stationary points in his nativity, all of which indicate an outsized impact on character or biography, far greater than their typical influence, Donald Trump’s celestial lineup is stuck on an asteroid named d’Arrest.  D’Arrest indicates cessation of movement, a halt in the proceedings, if you will.  Metaphorically, it is any sort of pause, discontinuance, or termination.  Linked with asteroid Valentine (which Trump’s is, by close inconjunct to natal Valentine at 23 Taurus) it can suggest heart attack or heart failure, for example.  But it also can be quite literal, in the form of legal arrest, charges or indictments filed, being taken into custody.

At 24 Libra natally, Trump’s d’Arrest turned direct on June 16th, 1946, two days after his birth, making it one of the most empowered and impactful points in his chart.  To date, its potentiality for putting Trump behind bars has been held in check by an even greater power – a stationary direct Jupiter at 17 Libra, which turned direct within hours of his birth, and regularly showers off The Donald from the shitstorms he creates.  A true “Teflon Don”, Trump has thus far avoided serious consequences for a lifetime of playing fast and loose with the rules.

But something’s changed.

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Can Trump run for president from prison? Or even while under indictment? Something tells me those questions will be answered come 2024…

Enter Pluto, the great leveler.  When Pluto invades your life, if things don’t go topsy-turvy, then you haven’t been paying attention.  It was Pluto’s retrograde station at 17 Capricorn in April of 2016, in exact square to Trump’s natal Jupiter, that transformed his (and the nation’s) political landscape (Jupiter-ruled), bringing him first the Republican nomination for president, and then the general election victory that fall.

Pluto initially seemed to lead Trump to the apotheosis of his life and career, but the seeds were already being planted for his downfall.  Flying under the radar previously as a relative bit player in the Billionaires Club, the enhanced scrutiny brought by the world’s premiere office began to illuminate just how crooked, corrupt and venal Trump actually was, with Pluto also ruling scandal and criminality.

Pluto is often like that, building one up just to knock one down, and having elevated Trump far beyond his capacity, it has now set its sights on grinding him to dust, thoroughly and finely.  Because Pluto is currently squaring d’Arrest, and the process of Trump’s fall can be clocked with precision to that transit.

It was within days of Pluto first entering 24 Capricorn and the exact square to d’Arrest on February 20th, 2020, that the nation registered its first COVID-19 deaths in Seattle, Washington (this was amended months later to include deaths in Santa Clara, California on the 6th, but the initial news impact and shock value of the Seattle deaths came February 26th).  Trump’s inept, feckless response to the virus, which has since claimed more than 600,000 American lives, was a proximate cause of his electoral defeat that November.  Pluto began setting the stage for that debacle as soon as it connected with d’Arrest, and its station retrograde on April 25th in exact square found the US in lockdown, with cases on the rise and local and state governments overwhelmed by the crisis, without swift and decisive action by the Trump administration.

Pluto had backed off the 24th degree of Capricorn by early July, but at its slow rate of movement, it was never more than two degrees away, well within orb of the square as Trump’s political career came to screeching halt with his decisive election loss in November.  Pluto moved to square d’Arrest exactly again in late December, just as Trump attempted to strongarm the Georgia Secretary of State into “finding” him enough votes to reverse Biden’s win in the Peach State, in a taped phone call from January 2.  That call, as well as his incitement to insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th, form the basis of two more investigations that could well lead to charges filed, for election tampering and sedition.

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Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame acquired a new look in 2018; was this satire or prediction?

Pluto has moved on ahead, but made an about-face at its April 27th station retrograde, and is heading back for one last pass on its square to d’Arrest.  Pluto’s subsequent direct station occurs October 6th, exactly squared d’Arrest, with Pluto imbuing 24 Capricorn with its energies from August 10th thru November 29th, marking the most likely period for charges to be filed.  The Grand Jury has been empaneled for six months, taking us to late November, and Manhattan DA Cy Vance is retiring at the end of the year, so he’ll doubtless want to have the case against Trump in place before he goes, though the timing of the many additional investigations into The Donald’s misdeeds both in and out of office is less certain.

As well, there are indicators in Trump’s 2021 Solar Return (SR) that d’Arrest could have a starring role in the year’s events (cast for 1:46 PM EDT 13 June 2021 at Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida).  At 20 Cancer, SR d’Arrest is traveling with SR asteroid Troemper, our celestial referent for Trump, at 24 Cancer, and SR asteroid Manhattan at 28 Cancer, representing the most likely source for indictments, linking Trump personally (Troemper) with the theme of New York state (Manhattan) charges (d’Arrest).  These conjoin the SR Moon at 29 Cancer, suggesting that a change of residence might be in the offing, impelled by a T-Square with SR Pluto opposed from 26 Capricorn and SR asteroid Achilles in square at 27 Aries, which denotes weakness or vulnerability.  This combines criminality (Pluto) with exposure to ruin (Achilles), and opens the door to a devastating transformation (Pluto) in circumstance, with a prison cell potentially as Trump’s new Home Sweet Home (Moon). Traveling with Pluto is asteroid Themis at 25 Capricorn, named for the Greek goddess of justice, ensuring that justice is done.

In addition, SR d’Arrest conjoins natal asteroid Nemesis at 16 Cancer, which exactly conjoins natal asteroid Bilk, both also now squared by transit SR Bilk at 13 Aries.  The New York state investigation revolves around financial and tax indiscretions – essentially, the bilking and defrauding of insurance companies, financial institutions, and the IRS, as assets were variously inflated or devalued to suit Trump’s personal interest in the moment.  When seeking to use properties as collateral for loans, he exaggerated their worth, and when filing taxes he depreciated them to reduce his tax burden.  Natal Nemesis/Bilk activated by SR d’Arrest and Bilk states that a lifetime pattern (natal) of shady financial dealings (Bilk) may finally be called to account and receive retribution (Nemesis) in real time this year (SR) with indictments (d’Arrest) for fraud (Bilk).

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A family affair? If Donald Trump is guilty of fraud, then so are most of his children, deeply involved in his business dealings; perhaps there’s a Groupon rate for incarceration

Even Jupiter, so long a staunch ally, seems to be pulling in its horns somewhat, with SR Jupiter at 2 Pisces conjoined by SR Damocles at 0 Pisces, and opposed SR asteroid Karma at 1 Virgo:  there is potentially an outsized (Jupiter) doom descending (Damocles) based in prior acts (Karma).  T-Squaring this polarity from 1 Sagittarius is SR Nemesis, effectively bringing the natal potential full circle, with Trump’s culpability and malfeasance coming home to roost.

Also of note, asteroid Cyrus, for Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, which at 4 Libra conjoins the SR Ascendant at 29 Virgo, indicating a prominence for the year, especially related to Trump’s public image and how others see him.  SR Cyrus also conjoins Trump’s natal Neptune at 5 Libra, planetary ruler of fraud and deception, which also governs prisons and incarceration.  Natally asteroid Cyrus at 18 Libra is also at station (it turned direct June 5th 1946), making persons of that name an embedded factor in Trump’s biography, as the first DA ever to file charges against a former US President certainly would be.  Natal Cyrus conjoins natal d’Arrest, and squares ruinous Nemesis at 16 Cancer, for the icing on this celestial cake. It’s also part of a Grand Trine Kite pattern, with trines to asteroids Themis (“justice”) at 17 Gemini conjunct the 22 Gemini Sun, and Justitia at 18 Aquarius (her Roman counterpart), with the “string” an opposition from the Sun and Themis to the Moon and Achilles at 21 and 24 Sagittarius. This establishes Cy Vance as a potential agent of justice (Themis, Justitia), able to capitalize on Trump’s weakness and vulnerability (Achilles).

With the SR Sun at 22 Gemini exactly squared SR asteroid Lie at 22 Virgo, we see the fertile ground for Trump indictments, based in his inherent, essential dishonesty, such a defining feature of his nature.  In a final act of irony, the Sun is also conjoined by SR asteroid Orangia at 18 Gemini, “coloring” Trump’s year.

Gee, maybe orange really is the new Trump!

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A whole new world: Donald Trump’s perspective may finally alter once he exchanges the White House for the Big House

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