George Santos: Lying to (Get Into) Congress

One standout in the 2023 GOP Congressional Freshman class is Representative-elect George Santos (R-NY), the first openly gay non-incumbent Republican elected to the House.  In November 2022 Santos managed to flip a redrawn district in metro New York from Blue to Red, adding to the slender House GOP majority.  But he did so under what seem to be increasingly false pretenses, with virtually no part of his life history and resume holding up to public inspection.

 

Santos’ record appears to be a synthesis of lies about his family history, education, criminal activity, charity work and career.  Six weeks after he was elected, the New York Times and other news outlets reported that most of Santos’ autobiographical claims appear to be fabricated.

Santos claimed that his maternal grandparents were Ukrainian Jews who fled to Belgium and then to Brazil to escape the Holocaust during World War II, but genealogical records and other records show that Santos’s ancestors have lived in Brazil for at least three generations; there is nothing to indicate they have any connection to Ukraine, have any Jewish heritage, or are Holocaust survivors.  Notwithstanding, in November 2022, Santos told “Jewish Insider” podcast that his “mother’s Jewish background beliefs … are mine”.

Santos embellished not just his own work history and career accomplishments, but his mother’s as well.  On his campaign website, Santos wrote that his mother was “the first female executive at a major financial institution” and that she worked in the South Tower of the World Trade Center and survived the September 11 attacks.  His mother’s actual occupation has been described as domestic worker or home care nurse, and there is no obvious connection to the World Trade Center.

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“Hand to God – it’s the truth!” seems to be the sentiment expressed by George Santos in this campaign photo, but natal asteroid Santos-Sanz opposing asteroid Lie, in a T-Square with asteroid George on the fulcrum, begs to differ

After obtaining a high school equivalency diploma, Santos spent time in Brazil, where he became embroiled in a check fraud scandal he now denies.  In his campaign he claimed to hold a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Baruch College, but the school has no record of this, and the period Santos said he was enrolled at Baruch overlapped with his time in Brazil.  He also claimed to hold a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University, but NYU has no record of his attendance.

From October 2011 to July 2012, Santos worked as a customer service representative at a call center for Dish Network in College Point, Queens, the region he will now represent.  During this time, Santos reportedly told acquaintances and coworkers that his family was wealthy and had extensive real estate holdings in the U.S. and Brazil, a claim he repeated during his 2022 congressional campaign, citing 13 rental properties in New York he or his family owned.  No such properties were listed on his campaign’s financial disclosure forms or in public records.

Santos has described himself as a “seasoned Wall Street financier and investor” and says he worked for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, but neither company has any record of him.  Santos’ campaign website stated that Santos “began working at Citigroup as an associate and quickly advanced to become an associate asset manager in the real asset division of the firm”, but Citigroup sold its asset management division in 2005, when Santos was 17.  He later clarified to the New York Post that a subsequent employer had been in limited partnerships with those companies and his claim that he had been employed there was “a poor choice of words … I will be clearer about that.”

Santos claims to have founded Friends of Pets United, which he described as a charity for rescue animals, in 2013, and to have run it until 2018.  He asserted that the group was a tax-exempt charity, but the Internal Revenue Service has no record that the group was registered as a charity.  FPU held a 2017 fundraiser event for a New Jersey animal rescue group, but the organizer of that group said that Santos never gave it any of the proceeds.

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V for Victory, or Villain? In a pose reminiscent of Nixon, Santos exults in his 2022 campaign’s success, facilitated by natal Jupiter (ruling politics) conjoined asteroids House (for the US House of Representatives) and Nassau (for Nassau County, NY, part of the district he will now represent)

In a November 2022 interview, Santos discussed the Pulse gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, where dozens of patrons were slaughtered, stating: “I happened to, at the time, have people that worked for me in the club … My company at the time, we lost four employees that were at Pulse.”  None of the 49 victims slain in the attack appear to have a connection to any of the companies named in Santos’s biography.  Later, in a December 2022 WABC interview, Santos changed his account, stating: “We did lose four people that were going to be coming to work for the company that I was starting up in Orlando”.

Seven weeks after he was elected, the New York Times published an article disputing various Santos claims on December 19th, which was vigorously rejected by Santos staffers.  A week later, in an interview with the New York Post, Santos admitted to lying about his educational and employment history, and further admitted to falsehoods regarding his property ownership and his family history.  After originally claiming to have “Jewish background beliefs”, Santos later said:  “I never claimed to be Jewish … I am Catholic.  Because I learned my maternal family had a Jewish background I said I was ‘Jew-ish’.”  In fact, in a campaign position paper sent to Jewish groups, Santos said he was ” a proud American Jew” and claimed he had been to Israel multiple times.  It is perhaps unnecessary to add that there is no evidence of any such travel.

In December 2022, Santos admitted to the Post: “I didn’t graduate from any institution of higher learning.  I’m embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my résumé … We do stupid things in life.”  Santos also admitted to the Post that the real estate investments claim was false and he owned no properties as of the end of 2022.

Such consistent self-aggrandizement, exaggeration, and outright deception!  Who does this guy think he is – Donald Trump?  Regardless, there is no mechanism for his removal from office for repeatedly lying to his future constituents, beyond an ethics review which will never be mandated by the House GOP Leadership, hanging on to their majority by a thread, nor censure from would-be Speaker Kevin McCarthy, for whom Santos is a reliable vote to attain the position he seeks.

Despite all evidence to the contrary, I am going to assume that there is one fact in evidence about George Santos’ life which may be true – his date of birth – and attempt to illumine his (lack of) character from what a chart cast for that date can tell us.

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Turning up the heat; Santos has been the recipient of lots of media attention since the NYT piece outing his falsehoods; when published, the Sun conjunct asteroid George squared a grouping of Jupiter (politics), Neptune (fraud, deception) and Nemesis (ruin or downfall, often self-created)

Given as 22 July 1988 (no time embellishment provided), that putative birthdate does seem like a match for what we know of Santos, particularly when compared to his “outing” as a serial liar by the Times on December 19th of this year.

George Santos has described himself as “an out and proud gay Republican”, married to a man, but fails to mention a prior marriage to a woman, which ended in divorce just 12 days before he announced his first congressional run in 2020.  There is some support in the chart for his homosexuality, with a 0 Leo Sun exactly conjoined asteroid Antinous, named for the male lover of First Century Roman Emperor Hadrian.  The Sun is also exactly sextile asteroid Ganymed at 0 Libra, named for Zeus’ underage cupbearer and boy-toy lover.  So we’ll assume that Santos’ self-identity as “gay” is perhaps an “embellishment” of his actual bisexuality.

The remainder of his false claims can largely be summed up in a natal Grand Cross which incorporates many proper nouns relating to his deception.  Anchored by asteroid Santos-Sanz (closest to his surname), which is stationary and turned direct on the day of his birth at 14 Sagittarius, the pattern is remarkable for its specificity.  Santos-Sanz opposes asteroid Lie at 12 Gemini, and squares asteroid George at 17 Virgo, combining both names with the issue of the falsehoods with which he has populated his campaign.  Lying would seem to be an integral part of his makeup, all the more so as these points also interact with the Sun – Santos-Sanz in sesquiquadrate, George and Lie in semisquare – making them essential components of his character and self-identity.

Tied to this pattern are asteroids Sachs (for Goldman Sachs, here he never worked, but claimed to) at 11 Virgo conjunct George, and Brasilia (named for the capital of Brazil, where he claims his family fled to avoid the Holocaust, but didn’t) at 14 Pisces, filling in the open leg of the Grand Cross.  Also associated are asteroids Karma and Nemesis at 19 and 22 Virgo, suggesting an inevitable exposure and comeuppance (Karma) for Santos, who is his own worst enemy (Nemesis conjunct George).  Lie also conjoins Venus at 19 Gemini – let’s just face it, Santos loves to lie!

But there’s a complicating factor:  asteroids Truth and Veritas (Latin for “truth”) also connect, with Veritas at 17 Gemini conjoined Lie and exactly squared asteroid George, and Truth at 13 Virgo conjoined it.  How can we reconcile these placements, suggesting honesty, with Santos’ apparent lack thereof?

It’s really quite simple.  Like Donald Trump, on some level, George Santos believes his lies.  They are “his” truth, if no one else’s.  In defining his lies as “embellishments”, Santos attempts to rectify this imbalance between his private reality and the one the rest of us have to live in.  These aren’t deceptions, these are the truth, as he sees it.

Santos’ pull toward politics is seen in the exact sextile from Jupiter at 0 Gemini to the Sun.  Jupiter further conjoins asteroids House at 4 Gemini, for the US House of Representatives, and Nassau at 1 Gemini, for New York’s Third District, which he will represent, and includes portions of Queens and Nassau County, Long Island.  Asteroid Queen’s at 8 Virgo conjoins George, providing another personal link.

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When the Times expose was published, a Grand Trine Kite pattern dominated the sky, composed of asteroids Truth, Lie, and Veritas (Latin for “truth”), with Mercury (the Press) at the String, outing his deceptions and revealing the truth behind them

When the New York Times expose calling out Santos’ deceptions ran on 19 December 2022, the Sun at 27 Sagittarius conjoined asteroids George at 20 Sag and House at 18 Sag, putting Santos (George) firmly in the spotlight (Sun) for his connection to Congress (House).  The Sun also exactly conjoins an exact pairing of natal Saturn and Uranus, which in itself suggests some level of controversy (Uranus) regarding career and family origin (both Saturn).

This ties to a combination of natal and transit factors which are particularly unfortunate for Santos’ quest to maintain his fictions.  The Sun squares a transit grouping of Neptune, asteroid Nemesis and Jupiter, at 22, 26 and 29 Pisces, and opposes a natal grouping of asteroids Goldman and Barucci, both at 25 Gemini.  The Pisces points depict ruin or downfall (Nemesis) of a political nature (Jupiter) due to dishonesty or deception (Neptune, planetary ruler of fraud).  The Virgo points identify two major points of contention – the nonexistent degree from Baruch College (Barucci) and the nonexistent employment history with Goldman Sachs (Goldman).  Of course natal Nemesis and Karma tie to this as well, at 19 and 22 Virgo, squared the transit Sun, perhaps an indicator that time is running out for the fabulist.

But the truly spectacular pattern, and one which warms my astrologer’s heart for its precision, is a Grand Trine Kite pattern, combining trines between asteroids Truth at 20 Scorpio, Goldman, Brasilia and Lie at 10, 16 and 18 Pisces, and Veritas at 17 Cancer, which exactly opposes Mercury at 17 Capricorn on the Kite’s String, guiding its manifestation.  We’re finally learning the truth (Truth, Veritas) about Santos’ false (Lie) statements (Mercury) regarding his work history (Goldman) and family history (Brasilia).  The fact that the Veritas/Mercury exact polarity exactly conjoins and opposes natal Mercury at 17 Cancer is just icing on the celestial cake!

Transit asteroid Santos-Sanz at 11 Libra opposes asteroid NOT at 9 Aries, indicating that Santos is not what he seems; this forms another Grand Cross with the Veritas/Mercury opposition, for a delicious bit of cosmic irony.

Santos waited roughly a week before embarking on a listless apology tour, attempting to justify his “embellishments” with interviews for the New York Post, among others.  On December 27th, Santos appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, doubtless hoping for acceptance and absolution from the primetime host noted for his rabid support for anyone calling themselves conservative.  But Carlson was away on holiday break; what Santos got for his trouble was a blistering indictment of his behavior from guest host Tulsi Gabbard, herself a former US Representative, and not at all amused by Santos’ antics.

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Santos received a major league grilling on Fox News from Tulsi Gabbard, herself a former congress member; natal asteroid Fox squares natal Nemesis, while transit Fox was tied in a Grand Cross with asteroids Santos-Sanz, Karma and NOT, for her stunning takedown of his falsehoods

Have I mentioned that Santos’ natal asteroid Fox at 26 Gemini squares natal Nemesis?  Or that transit Fox at 7 Cancer squares transit Santos-Sanz at 13 Libra, in a Grand Cross with transit Karma at 8 Capricorn, exactly conjunct natal Neptune, and transit NOT at 10 Aries?  So George Santos has just been given a major-league takedown on the conservative TV network of record.

The moral of the story?  Don’t try to misrepresent (NOT) yourself (Santos-Sanz) and escape consequences (Karma) for your deception (Neptune), even with a media outlet (Fox) you assume to be friendly.

The story doesn’t end here.  GOP House leadership may be unwilling to take a stand on George Santos’ Pinocchio shenanigans, but federal, state and local prosecutors are now casting a baleful eye at such matters as his campaign’s financial statements, which may have broken multiple laws.

If arrested or unseated, there will be a special election held in Santos’ district to replace him, which is unlikely to return another Republican to Congress.  And remember, the Dems need to take back just five seats to regain the majority.  Is this the beginning of the end for Kevin McCarthy’s uncertain Speakership?

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Mercury Retrograde and the Old Year/New Year

December 30th ~ January 6th

“Victory, Janus, Chronos and Gaea” by Giulio Romano

This is what you shall do; Love the earth and the sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families;

 read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; 

and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body. ~ Walt Whitman

As we close the year, Mercury stations for its retrograde phase which lasts from December 29th thru January 18th at 24º Capricorn 21’. This may seem like a lousy time for Mercury to be messing up schedules, travel mayhem and such, but it can also be the perfect time for a brief interruption in time. It will remain in Capricorn until February 11th, which is both a sign of reflection, looking back from where we’ve come; as well as a sign that looks forward to where we intend to go. Built on the foundations of the past Capricorn looks for ways to improve the present by setting goals for the future. And so this can also be the ideal time to rediscover and re-find ourselves in the scheme of things.

Janus, the Roman God of time, endings and beginnings, is portrayed with two faces: the older of the faces looking back to the past, while the younger face looks to the future. Janus presided over doorways and the gates of Rome. He also presided over the New Year. And so it was that the 1st month of the Julian calendar was named for this god, that both looks back on the year that was, while anticipating the year to come.

We make our resolutions in Capricorn season, a sign of planning, foresight and goals. The Cardinal corners of the year are particularly receptive to the inception of plans and new beginnings. And Capricorn has a way of cementing these resolutions with intention and commitment. This year, the New Moon in Capricorn may have been a better time to make these resolutions, before Mercury’s station. And now that we are in the retrograde phase of Mercury we can use the insights gained from this reflective phase to perfect our strategies and revise our plans for the New Year to come.

Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The issue with having both Mercury stationing retrograde whilst Mars is also retrograde in the Mercury sign of Gemini, is that it can exaggerate much of the usual Mercury retro mayhem. Here in the States major storms and an arctic freeze upended the holiday week with major power outages and particularly inconvenient travel gremlins, blizzards, hail storms, bomb cyclones and whatever else the deadly duo could throw at us. Travel just before and during a retrograde phase of Mercury is often an exercise in flexibility and patience. All the more so with cranky (and sometimes dangerous) Mars in tow.

But one of the advantages of having Mercury retrograde in Capricorn this year, is that it affords us the opportunity to do this important work of reflection and assimilation. Making sense of the past and putting the pieces of a puzzle together. Watch out though. Mercury retro in Capricorn can be particularly self-critical if we allow the should-have’s and could-have’s to dominate. Rather than falling into the rabbit holes of regret, use the retrograde cycle to review, revise, reorganize and reassess. We need to do this important work in order to process and assimilate the experiences of the previous months and years of our lives. How else are we going to learn and grow?

Mercury retro phases are great for reminiscing: gathering with loved ones, old friends and relatives. The memories from the past that we share at the end of the year are interlaced with the sort of poignancy, that can only come with time-worn familiarity and experience.

In order to get the most benefit from the retrograde phase, allow yourself to sink into it. Like the trees in Winter, recognize that this is a time of dormancy and withdrawal from the busyness of the world. This was traditionally seen as a time of peace and good will. And we are being asked to go with it.

Also see it as an opportunity to just let go: Let go of unresolved issues; practice patience, forgiveness and understanding. Release any accumulated resentment, anger and frustration, knowing that it does you no good when you hold it inside. Removing the excess clutter from our lives and our minds, allows you to move into the New Year with a clean slate, a clearer mind and a lighter heart.

In summary, for the 3-week retrograde phase of Mercury, from December 29th thru January 18th:

  • Turn down the noise of your busy life and turn within. This is a sacred time of rest and reflection. Be like the creatures of Winter, who know how to reserve and save their strength for when they will need it later on.

  • Instead, use the period to assimilate, process and learn from the past.

  • Travel, daily plans and routines can easily be interrupted. Approach each day with patience, compassion and acceptance; knowing that these too can be opportunities for learning and understanding.

  • Review, revise, reorganize and update. This better allows you to create a more efficient, and well thought out road map for the foreseeable future and the year ahead.

  • Release any accumulated remorse, regret, frustration or negativity. We are setting the tone for the year ahead. Therefore replace these with joy, gratitude and anticipation for what you would much rather be bringing with you into the year ahead.

As you turn inward and fall in love with the truth of who you really are, you become whole, despite the brokenness. ~ Chloe Rain

 

The astrology of the 2020s, Part Two: The astrological cycles

Basic concepts from my astrological theology.

  • Harmonious alignments facilitate ease and flow, but they do not generate action. Challenging hard angle aspects promote conflict and discomfort, but they generate personal evolution and transformation.
  • Outer planets serve to inspire and galvanize change on a global level. I believe that the Universe is always striving for balance, and where earthly existence is out of balance a readjustment is needed.
  • Interactions of outer planets activate change where change is needed. If we know the planet we are dealing with, we know what kind of things to look for.
    • Saturn will demand that we focus on the difficult things and not take the easy unproven path.
    • Uranus will ask us to question whether our life permits us to live authentically and in accordance with our true nature.
    • Neptune will blur our vision and cause us to question all of our values in an effort to achieve a sense of magic and illumination in our lives.
    • Pluto will act like the tornado in the Wizard of Oz, picking us up out of our lives while change whirls around us, and put us back somewhere unexpected and transformed from the inside out.

Age of Air. I wrote about the Age of Air in Part I of this series, but to recap: The conjunction of Jupiter to Saturn in Aquarius in 2021 marked the beginning of a new 800 year cycle in the air element. You can catch up here if you want more details, but we are shifting out of a 200-year Age of Earth which was marked by construction and the establishment of governments and other structures. The element of Air is more conceptual – philosophical. It is marked by changes in the way information is handled. The last Age of Air occurred roughly between 1200 and 1400 and was marked by an explosion in inventions: Rockets, cannons and explosive bombs for military use, eyeglasses for better vision. The creation of written documents of religious thought spread throughout the world: Celtic mythology in Wales, Norse paganism in Iceland, and the bulk of the religious crusades in the Holy Land spread during this period.

In the 21st century and beyond the themes will likely focus on things like space travel, artificial intelligence and the changing philosophies that required as a result of our changing relationship with machines. (See these articles about the Singularity for more information.)  Over the next 200 years the human experience will change dramatically. But that is not our concern right now.

Basic themes of the next few years.  Outer planets do not change signs very often (Uranus every 7 years, Neptune every 12 years, and Pluto every 12-31 years depending on which sign it travels through). It is exceptionally rare for all outer planets to change signs at the same time but we not only have Pluto entering Aquarius for the first time since 1778 next year, in 2025 Uranus and Neptune will change signs. In addition, Saturn will also change signs in 2023, and then again in 2025. Here’s what that looks like:

2023: Saturn enters Pisces, Pluto enters Aquarius.
2025: Neptune enters Aries, Saturn enters Aries (Saturn/Neptune conjunction), Uranus enters Gemini

On top of all this, signs are everywhere that we are in the doorway of the Age of Aquarius (the boom in Artificial Intelligence, gender fluidity and neutrality, the end of organized religion…etc.).  I think it’s safe to say that over the next few years an extreme transformation of human experience will begin.

2023. Next year the entry of Pluto into Aquarius will cement the shift into the Age of Air. I’ll be writing about this in greater depth, but the first few years of Pluto’s entry into a sign typically brings great change and we are likely to see a burgeoning of machine intelligence along with a splintering of the tendency of humans to build hierarchical social structures such as churches and governments. Small revolutionary acts by individuals will continue to become more common, and these will likely eventually take the place of wars between nations. Air is a dry element, and the aridification of the planet will likely to continue.

The cold planet Saturn in the watery sign of Pisces suggests challenges in all areas governed by Pisces: Religion, spirituality, hope and illusion, creativity. In 2023 we will discover the limits (Saturn) of compassion (Pisces) as more and more humans are forced to try to escape their native lands and find refuge in foreign countries. Jupiter in Taurus will inspire us to find more meaning in the simple things of life but may also lead to the hoarding of resources since Jupiter will square Pluto in 2023. (Jupiter will also sextile Saturn and Neptune, easing the pressures and helping to inspire creative ways to facilitate change.)

Where 2020 was the year of compression and control during the first year of the pandemic (Saturn/Pluto), and 2021 was the year of social unrest (Saturn/Uranus), 2023 will be a year where humanity must adjust to a new reality. It will become more and more clear that “taking back” a country or lifestyle will no longer be possible.

2024 will likely be a period of adjustment as we begin to settle into the new reality. Jupiter will enter Gemini to facilitate the interplay between human communication and technology, and enable greater adaptation. However, Pluto will retrograde back into Capricorn between July and December to clear the decks of stuck energies which will inhibit the movement into the New Age.

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2025 will be the year with the most potency. Neptune, Saturn, Jupiter and Uranus all change signs, and the conjunction of Saturn to Neptune in Aries begins. Uranus and Pluto will both be in Air signs and while it’s true that Air and Fire are compatible signs that support each other, Air also serves to inflame Fire. That year we have Uranus in Gemini, facilitating the explosion of inventions and new technologies, in a harmonious trine to Pluto in Aquarius. But the alignment of Saturn to Neptune in fiery Aries will likely not be a comfortable one.

I expect that there will be a fair amount of conflict on the global stage as the world tries to adjust to the new realities and establish new political forms which are better suited to the new international reality

How to prepare. Probably the biggest single thing that we can do to prepare for these changes is to do ensure that our lives are structured so that they can support us in times of change. This would not be a good time to stick our heads in the sand and hope that when we come out everything will be back to normal. We are in a new normal now, and adaptation is a key to successful evolution!

Adapting to a new normal of technological superiority probably doesn’t mean putting all of our money into crypto or other speculative investments. But I do think it will become more imperative that we learn as much as we can about these new changes as they continue to evolve. Knowledge is power, and at no time is that more true than under this new reality!

The airy new reality may make it more difficult to stay grounded in the body and in nature, so making a point to find that integration anywhere you can get it will be useful. Maintaining good physical health and integration of the body, mind and spirit will help us to stave off any mental imbalance that can result under a very Airy planetary environment.

Learning to embrace change is a skill that can be learned even if it doesn’t come naturally, and now is a good time to put this into practice! Under these influences, our intentionality can be the key to unlocking doors to experiences and skills we never thought possibly. Above all, this is a time to look to the future and resist staying rooted in a longing for the past. Chances are the past wasn’t as rosy as we thought at the time, and we are creating our new reality with every thought and action. ❤️

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