Trump’s "Good Cop–Bad Cop" Team
Although Trump has downplayed Russian hacking, his appointment of General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense indicates that he’s keeping his options open about Russia. Mattis has been a persistent, vocal critic of Russia’s military objectives in contrast to Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick for Secretary of State. Tillerson, as the CEO of ExxonMobil, has had an enduring friendship with Putin and the Russian oligarchy.
Trump’s chart relocated to Moscow* puts 18º Scorpio on the Ascendant. This is an interesting degree because it’s a common point in Mattis’s and Tillerson’s charts, who were born exactly one Mars cycle apart. Mattis (September 8, 1950) was born with Mars at 18º Scorpio where it’s in a tight square with Pluto in Leo. Like Mattis, Tillerson (March 23, 1952) was born with Mars at 18º Scorpio, also tightly squaring Pluto in Leo.
Together, Mattis and Tillerson act as Trump’s vanguard, his point men in Moscow, since they both have a powerful Mars in Scorpio right on Trump’s Moscow Ascendant. Mattis is like the "bad cop" who repeatedly warns Trump about Russia’s military aggressiveness, while Tillerson is the "good cop" who promises a rewarding partnership with Russia that develops their shared oil interests. Mattis is also key to Trump’s getting support from a Congress wary of Russian hacking.
Transiting Pluto will be at 18º Capricorn for most of February and March when Mattis and Tillerson will be in their respective confirmation hearings. With transiting Pluto sextile each’s Mars, they will likely both make it through. Trump will then be free to make his deals with Russia. But as he explained in The Art of the Deal, "The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it. That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you're dead."
Global Warming and the 2020 Saturn-Pluto
Last week, numerous reports warned that a giant ice shelf the size of Delaware is about to break off of West Antarctica. This comes on top of news that 2016 was the warmest year on record, and that the Artic region is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. The Arctic’s opening sea lanes make drilling for oil much easier.
No one owns the Arctic or Antarctica, but the events there resonate with the horoscope for the 2020 Saturn-Pluto conjunction. As recently described**, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction at 22º Capricorn is conjoined by Ceres, also at 22º Capricorn, making this caretaking asteroid an intrinsic component of this epochal astro-event. At its best, Ceres in Capricorn is about risk management of the global ecosystems, but under tremendous pressure in this chart.
In addition to the conservative empowerment associated with Saturn-Pluto cycles, the Capricorn stellium is squared by Eris in Aries. Eris, the recently discovered outer planet, is a troublemaker by definition, and its square to the Capricorn planets represents a radical restructuring of our collective corporate, military, social and governing institutions. An alliance between Putin and Trump is one such radical restructuring.
For the next four years, this astro-event acts as a magnetic attractor for the shape of geopolitical events. The news of the calving Antarctic ice shelf arrived under a transiting Sun-Pluto conjunction at 17º Capricorn – right on this event chart’s Midheaven. It’s a huge red flag. Meanwhile, Trump is touting his developing rapport with Russia, and presumably will advocate a renewal of the ExxonMobil-Rosneft partnership that takes advantage of Russia’s seizure of Arctic territory. That’s where the next great oil field awaits, opening now due to global warming.
Julian Assange’s Red Herring
Last week, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange asserted that the Russian government was not the source for the leaked DNC emails. He didn’t rule out a third party acting as an intermediary between Russian operators and Wikileaks. Once the darling of the liberal left, Assange reversed course after Hillary, when she was Secretary of State, considered a drone attack on him in 2010.***
Julian Assange was born with his Cancer Sun square Uranus (July 3, 1971; 3:00 pm; Townsville, Australia), an eccentric combination that tends to rebel against tradition. The polarity of his Jupiter-Neptune conjunction near his Ascendant opposite Saturn near his Descendant allows him to portray himself as the idealist (Jupiter-Neptune) against the corrupt institutions that control information (Saturn in Gemini).
Mercury, the ruler of his 7th house of open enemies, is located at 24º Cancer, the exact same location as the U.S. Mercury. In the summer of 2016, transiting Uranus advanced to 24º Aries while squaring Assange’s Mercury and the U.S. Mercury. This is most likely when he received the Podesta, DNC and DCCC files from "Fancy Bear", a group of Russian intelligence-linked hackers.
The Podesta files were dumped on October 7, 2016, only one hour after the Washington Post released a video about Donald Trump making lewd remarks about women. At the time, Assange’s progressed Mercury at 9º Virgo was opposed by transiting Neptune at 9º Pisces, which describes the timing of the dump as a Red Herring (a diversion from the Washington Post story). There’s much more to come regarding Assange since transiting Uranus returns to 24º Aries over the next four months.
* See NewsScope for August 1, 2016.
** In NewsScope for November 28, 2016.
*** For a deeper look, see https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-01-06/the-unraveling-of-julian-assange
And about the drone attack: https://www.rt.com/usa/361459-secretary-clinton-drone-assange/
Assange was previously profiled in NewsScope for November 7, 2011.
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