December Astromusings -Happy Birthday Capricorns, Full Moon in Cancer, Summer/Winter Solstice, Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn – Brexit, All the Presidents Men and Women?! – Trump, Political Upheaval in Australian Politics


Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Capricorn the sea goat
emerges from the ocean
Sure footed she begins
her arduous climb
to the mountain top
Forsaking mere ambition
She kneels in humility
upon the rocky summit
and receives the vision
which unlocks the secrets
to the door of life

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

The card depicts Mother Hulda, an archetypal wise old woman from Teutonic folklore, who was popularised by the Grimm Brothers. A spinner and weaver, she symbolises the workings of fate and Mother Nature, rewarding diligence and humility, and punishing idleness and greed.

Summer/Winter Solstice
Blessings for the Summer Solstice, or Winter Solstice if you are reading this in the northern hemisphere. The Summer Solstice which occurs 22 December 2018 Sydney coincides with the Sun entering Capricorn at 9.22 am Sydney time. The solstice occurs when the sun appears to reach its most northerly or southerly point, relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. Solstice literally means “sun stands still” – the sun appears to rise in the same place for three days as it rounds the curve of its cycle.

Solstice celebrationsThe solstice has been celebrated and revered in most world cultures since time immemorial, through ritual and ceremony, welcoming the rebirth of the Sun and invoking spiritual forces during the solstice “doorway”.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you all and happy birthday to all the Capricorns who celebrate their birthday from 22 December to 20 January.

Capricorns often receive a bad press with people dismissing them as ambitious, boring etc. In keeping with the analogy of the sure footed mountain goat climbing the mountain to reach the summit they are the achievers of the zodiac. One only has to look at people such as the media personality Ita Buttrose and politicians like the former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, to see how successful they can be.

The life of the iconic Ita inspired the popular tele movie Paper Giants, immortalised by the actress Asher Keddie, which scored high viewer ratings. They are far from being dull, as colourful characters like Keating still make newsworthy material long after their political demise with people flocking to see the musical, ‘Keating’.

Their ruling planet is Saturn which rules the tenth house in the chart, governing career and public life. Their motto could be slow and steady wins the race. What is not so well known is that esoterically, Capricorn is the gateway into spiritual incarnation. Therefore, their ascent to the mountaintop not only symbolises their worldly success but also their spiritual attainment. Their birthday falls between December 22 and January 20, therefore heralding the advent of Christmas which coincides with the solstices – winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern hemisphere. The Sun is in Capricorn for one week in December and three in January. The word January is derived from Janus, an ancient Roman God, who is depicted in statues as having two faces, one of a young boy and the other of an old man, thus symbolising the past old year and the future new one.

The Constellation of Capricorn

In his book Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology Alan Oken states that Capricorn is the most inconspicuous constellation in the Zodiac. It is chiefly known for the nature of its brightest star which is actually a cluster of five suns called the Algedi. The entire constellation resembles a cocked hat or a flying bird much more than it does a goat. On the western tip (of the bird’s wings) is the cluster of five already referred to and on the eastern side is another relatively bright star called Deneb Algedi ( the tail of the goat).

The Sea-Goat will appear directly in the south when the Northern Cross (or Cygnus the Swan shines directly overhead in the early autumn sky. Deneb the Tail of the Swan) is a brilliant white star directly to the north of Deneb Algedi. Altair, the first-magnitude star in Aquila the Eagle, is also directly north of the Algedi in the western portion of the constellation.

Alan Oken points out that Capricorn contains two objects of astronomical interest. The first is a global cluster southwest of Deneb Algedi. The second phenomenon, called the Capricornids, consists of a shower of long, bright, slow moving meteors which occurs each year in late July.

The Goat’s position lies entirely below the celestial equator and is surrounded by Sagittarius on the west, Aquila on the northwest, Delphinus and Cygnus due north, Aquarius on the east, and the constellations of Microscopi and Pisces Austrinus on the south.

Alice Bailey adds her esoteric interpretation of the constellation of Capricorn. She refers to three constellations connected to Capricorn. One is called Sagitta the arrow but has no connection to the sign Sagittarius. In the sign of Sagittarius there is the archer whereby the achieving aspirant pierced the personality. In Capricorn the arrow comes from the cosmic source piercing the heart of the son of God , called the Christ, the nearest to us of the great world saviours, ” a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”. He was pierced by the arrow Sagitta, the cosmic arrow. Alice Bailey elaborates on this theme writing that the Hebrew name for this arrow means “the desolate one”, and the path that every disciple treads is necessarily a lonely one. The path of the initiate is more lonely still. The path of the world saviour is the most lonely of all.

Aquila, the eagle, is regarded as being as closely related to Capricorn as to Sagittarius. You have the bird of light (symbol of the highest aspect of man) manifesting as the soul (the second aspect) which has achieved.

In Delphinus Alice Bailey remarks about the interesting constellation that holds in it an amazing piece of symbolism. It is pictured in an ancient zodiac as a fish full of life leaping out of the water into the air and playing. That is the symbol of the son of god who, working under the law, takes form and lives in the water and the air and since he is no longer held by the physical law he can play with the forces of nature.

Saturn or Kronos in Mythology

To understand the symbolism behind Capricorn we need to look at the mythology behind its ruler Saturn. Saturn has many different guises – he is sometimes depicted as Father Time or the Grim Reaper with his scythe or the Lord of Karma, the Taskmaster or the Devourer. His Greek name is Kronos from where the word, ‘chronology’, meaning time is derived. Kronos was the youngest of twelve Titans, born anthropomorphically of Ge – Gaia/Earth and Ouranos – Uranus/Sky. Kronos castrated his father Ouranus. Following this coup d’etat, Kronos married his sister Rhea who gave birth to four children whom he promptly swallowed, on hearing a prediction that he in turn would be overthrown by one of his children. Rhea tricks her husband by hiding the youngest child, Zeus, and giving Kronos a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes which he swallows instead, hence the reference to the Devourer.

When Zeus reaches manhood he liberates his siblings from their father’s body and after a 10 year battle Zeus in turn emerges triumphant just as his father before him had usurped power from his father, Ouranos. Therefore, Kronos or its Roman counterpart, Saturn, in our chart is associated with time, karma, the authority figure, the teacher, the father, discipline, restriction, separation, boundaries, the physical body, diligence, responsibility, guilt, depression and vulnerability. Alice Bailey in her book, The Labours of Hercules, illuminates us further on the role of Capricorn.

The Tenth Labour of Hercules

Hercules’ Teacher tells him that his tenth task is to rescue Prometheus from his terrible  suffering in Hell, that of being chained to a rock and having his liver pecked at by vultures; the punishment meted out to him for stealing the fire of the gods. His suffering made even more terrible by the fact that he cannot die, being immortal. Before he can rescue Prometheus he must slay Cerberus, the triple-headed dog that guards the Underworld.

Hercules begins his descent into Hades or Hell until he comes to the river Styx that the souls of the deceased must cross. So sombre is the visitor from the upper world that Charon, the ferryman, forgets to charge Hercules the customary fee. After an encounter with the ugly snake-haired Medusa he has an audience with Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, who asks him what a living mortal is doing in his realms. When Hercules tells Hades what his mission is, he informs him that first he must conquer Cerberus with his bare hands, a feat no one has yet performed. If he is successful, Hades tells him he may unbind the suffering Prometheus. Hercules succeeds in slaying the snarling Cerberus by grasping the central head in a vice like grip, and causing its strength to gradually subside. Having conquered the dreaded Cerberus, he then sets free Prometheus by breaking his chains.

Bailey explains the symbolism of the three heads of Cerberus. The three heads symbolise sensation, desire and good intentions. The central head which was grasped by Hercules was the most important one, since desire underlies all sensations. The third head is good intentions not carried out. The tail of Cerberus is made of serpents which Bailey states typifies all illusions that impede the progress of spiritual life.

Capricorn Health and Anatomy

Anatomically, Capricorn rules the skin, teeth, knees and skeleton, sometimes causing these to be vulnerable areas for Capricorns or those with a Capricorn ascendant or Saturn prominent in their charts. The book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, written by Vanda Sawtell links the biochemic salts to the twelve signs of the zodiac. She states that biochemistry is an ancient Sanskrit science which was rediscovered by Dr Schuessler in the nineteenth century.

The Biochemic cell salt allocated to Capricorn is Calcium Phosphate, the principle salt used in the bony framework of the body. The body requires more Calcium phosphate than any other mineral salt as it not only plays a vital role protecting bones and teeth but also assists in assimilation and digestion. Capricorns or indeed anyone with any of these deficiencies will benefit from taking this vital cell salt. Other illnesses associated with Capricorn or Saturn afflictions are stiffness of joints and muscles, chronic rheumatic complaints, arthritis, chills, colds, catarrh and flu, deafness and depression. It is also linked to the gall bladder, calcium metabolism and anti-peristaltic movement.

Capricorn is a cold sign so Capricorns would benefit from more heat producing foods such as curries, hot soups and other spices. Bach flower remedies include mimulus, rock water and red chestnut. Homeopathic remedies include Belladonna, Nux vomica and Natrium muriaticum. Aromatherapy oils which would be beneficial are cypress, honeysuckle, myrrh and patchouli. The healing musical note is F# (F sharp).

Capricorn Hall of Fame
Capricorns are born managers and administrators, being willing to work long and hard to achieve their goals. Since they are born under the sign which rules status, prestige and worldly acclaim they want more than just a job with a good income. They want recognition for their talents.

Capricorns are drawn to careers such as banking, accountancy and insurance, and politics. Like their fellow earth sign, Virgo, Capricorns have phenomenal organisational skills and self-discipline. Their ruler, Saturn, which represents tradition, inclines Capricorns toward careers in large corporations or established business or the civil service.

Saturn rules structures so it is not surprising that many Capricorns choose careers in real estate, property development, the building and construction industry or architecture. Rules and regulations belong to Saturn’s domain, making law, especially corporate law an attractive option for Capricorns. Success seems to come naturally to Capricorns, as is the case with the billionaire Howard Hughes, Conrad Hilton, and Aristotle Onassis.

With their natural Saturnian attributes the mantle of authority sits easily on their shoulders, as is the case with political leaders such as William Gladstone and David Lloyd George. However, when Saturnian energy is misused there can be an abuse of power such as with J Edgar Hoover’s witch-hunts of Communists or the scandal of “Watergate” which occurred under the watch of Capricornian President, Richard Nixon.

Nixon and the Watergate Scandal

Joan Baez

Music is also a natural Capricorn attribute with Elvis Presley, Joan Baez, Odetta and Marianne Faithful numbered among their ranks.

Capricorn has its share of spiritual proponents in Johannes Kepler, Kahlil Gibran, Alan Watts, Maharishi Makesh Yogi, Martin Luther King Jnr., and the saints Therese Lisieux, and Bernadette of Lourdes and Saint Mary of the Cross

Saint Mary of the Cross


Overview for Capricorn for 2019

Pluto continues its passage through your sign, Capricorn, bringing change and transformation in its wake. Saturn, your ruling planet, continues its passage through your sign, Capricorn. Uranus, the planet of sudden change, continues its passage through your domestic sector bringing the unpredictability in this area of your life. Lucky Jupiter has moved into your spirituality sector which could send you on a quest to understand the deeper meanings of life.

Two planetary visitors will move through your career sector. Both quicksilver Mercury and Venus will move here on 15 September. Mercury here will promote communications and networking with your colleagues.

Mercury and Venus will activate your finance sector. Mercury, the planet of commerce, will visit here from 25 January to 10 February and Venus, the planet of finance, will grace your finance sector with her presence from 2 – 26 March. A total lunar eclipse occurs on 21 January 2019 in your 8th house of debt, taxes and other people’s money putting the spotlight on these issues.

Travel and Higher Education
There are three planetary visitors that will be in your travel and higher education sector. Feisty Mars will be there from 19 August to 4 October which will imbue you with the energy to pursue any activities in these sphere of your life. Venus, the goddess of love and pleasure, visits your travel and education sector from 22 August to 14 September making it an ideal time for that romantic getaway or pleasure cruise. Mercury’s presence here from 30 August to 14 September will facilitate your capacity for study and research.

Communication and Immediate Environment
Your communication and immediate environment sector is being activated by feisty Mars, nebulous Neptune and Chiron. Dynamic Mars makes its presence felt here from 16 November 2018 to 1 January 2019. During this time you could find yourself embroiled in disputes with siblings or neighbours but once Mars makes its exit you should be able to tune into the gentler Neptunian energy which would enhance your intuitive and creative power as well as the healing vibes of Chiron.

Home and Family
Uranus, the co ruler of Capricorn and the planet of upheaval and sudden change, continues its passage through your solar 4th house of home and family so you can expect changes in this area of your life. It could be summed up as “Expect the unexpected! ” Feisty Mars will make its presence felt when it enters your domestic sector from 2 January until 14 February. Mars here could cause domestic disputes but if  this energy is channelled constructively it could imbue you with the energy to needed to make a difference on the home front. It would be an ideal time to move house or undertake renovations, especially when Venus graces your domestic sector with her presence from 21 April to 15 May the urge to beautify your home will be strong. Venus will also inspire you to entertain and will promote harmonious family relations. Quicksilver Mercury pays a visit to your domestic sector from 18 April to 6 May encouraging communicating and networking with family members.

Romance, Children and Creativity
Cosmic visitors include Mars, Mercury and Venus. Feisty Mars visits your creativity and romance sector from 15 February to 31 March imbuing you with the energy to deal with this sphere of your life but with the proviso that you don’t antagonise lovers or your children with your zeal. Venus, the Goddess of Love, graces your children and romance sector with her presence from 16 May to 9 June bringing creative inspiration, fun and pleasure to the areas of romance and children. Mercury pays a visit from 7 – 21 May encouraging communication with your children. The normally serious Capricorn should be able to down tools and embrace the inner child and have some fun!

Your relationship, marriage and partnership sector is highlighted with the karmic north node by a solar total eclipse on 2 July 2019. Venus’s presence here from 4 – 28 July  will enhance your love prospects. Mercury will pay two visits here – the first visit is from  from 5 – 27 and then again from 20 July to 11 August. This will facilitate communications within your intimate and business partnerships. Part of Mercury’s passage here will be in its retrograde phase from 20 July to 1 August which could cause misunderstandings in your intimate relationships and partnerships.

Venus lends her charm here from 3 December 2018 to 7 January 2019 allowing you to forge positive bonds with friends. Communication and networking is emphasised when Mercury pays a visit here from 10 – 20 December encouraging socialising and expanding your social networks. You are bound to have a busy social calendar.

Lucky Jupiter will move into your spirituality sector on 9 November 2018 remaining there until 2 December 2019. Jupiter is where you seek meaning in life so you will be exploring your deeper spiritual urges. Quicksilver Mercury spends an extended visit here from 1 November 2018 to 5 January 2019 facilitating  communication in this area of your life. It would be an ideal time to keep a journal of your dreams and spiritual aspirations. Part of Mercury’s time here will be in retrograde motion from 17 November to 5 December which will encourage introspection.

Full Moon in Cancer 23 December 2018
The day after the Sun enters Capricorn and the summer/winter solstice there is a Full Moon in Cancer.  With the Full Moon in the watery sign of Cancer emotions may come to the fore. It is important that we nurture ourselves at a time when many people are caught up in the pre-xmas rush. Cancer rules the hearth and home and so it is the ideal time to spend quality time with your family and loved ones.

Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn
We are feeling the effects of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn both on a personal and collective level. Capricorn which rules the 10th house on a mundane level represents the Establishment, government, status quo, stability, structures etc. but with Pluto which rules earthquakes and volcanoes in Capricorn we are feeling seismic shifts globally and now with Saturn, the ruling planet of Capricorn known as the Lord of karma we are beginning to reap what we have sown. In 2020 Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, will join Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. Jupiter or Greek Zeus as king of the gods rules over law, philosophy, ideals and religious beliefs and when in contact with other planets has the effect of exaggerating the energies. Therefore with these three in the mix we can expect big changes in our institutions and our worldview. We can see the disintegration of the old world order with the Trump presidency and Brexit and the polarisation of political views in Europe and Australia.

Biwheel UK union transitsBrexit
Just as we are born under certain sun signs so too are countries.  Both UK and the Australia are Capricorn countries while the US is the polar opposite being a Cancerian country celebrating its independence on 4 July. The UK Constitution chart is 1 January 1801 while the Australian Federation chart is 1 January 1901. The US  Sibley chart is 4 July 1776 at 5.10 pm, Philadelphia USA. Therefore, these three countries are being affected by Pluto and Saturn’s passage through Capricorn. While the UK has the Sun in Capricorn its Moon is in emotional Cancer. The Moon also represents the public and since June 2016 when the Brexit vote took place which shocked all the pundits when the verdict was leave the EU rather than the expected remain it threw the country into turmoil so typical of a Pluto Moon opposition.

Brexit protestLinks with Brexit campaign and Trump campaign
Pluto in Capricorn conjures up underhand methods and plutocrats. Negatively, Pluto can represent intrigue, betrayal and power struggles. Since the Brexit vote it has come to light that there were links with Brexit campaigners and the Trump campaign. We saw images in the media of former UKIP leader Nigel Farrage cosying up to Donald Trump. There were a cabal of billionaires and plutocrats plotting behind the scenes for some years to bring about Brexit to further their own interests ahead of the national interest. There are other cosmic players in the mix – Uranus moved into the money sign of Taurus Brexit mad hatter's partythis year shaking up global finances, and Neptune, the planet of illusion and deception, is approaching a square to UK chart’s Mercury, the planet of the mind and commerce. This Neptune Mercury square indicates that the British public have been confused and deceived with their misplaced idealism as well as being a hoax engineered by puppet masters behind the scenes. In May 2019 about two months after Brexit becomes official if parliament votes for the deal the UK will have a progressed lunar return. When Pluto has completed its transits opposing UK charts Moon it will then be Saturn’s turn to oppose the Moon which will have three hits in the first week of May, mid June and Mid December 2019. Keeping in mind that the Moon represents the public it doesn’t augur well for the public’s mood. To add insult to injury Uranus which entered Taurus in May 2019 will square Jupiter on and off causing more tension. This erratic energy could force some radical changes.

Theresa May BrexitThe hapless PM Theresa May who actually voted to remain in the referendum has been left to clean up the mess of the two men instrumental in the Brexit referendum, Nigel Farrage and former PM David Cameron who called the referendum. Theresa May is a Libran who is trying to negotiate a middle road but in the process is pleasing neither side of the argument. Transiting Saturn is currently squaring her natal Sun so she is having a steep learning curve carrying the burden of Brexit for the nation. It is reminiscent of the myth of Sisyphus whose punishment is to roll the rock up the mountain only for it fall down again and so the task begins all over again. There seem to be three options: to accept the deal currently on the table or a hard Brexit advocated by the hard right Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg or the third option which is gaining some traction – to hold a second referendum strongly advocated by former Labour PM Tony Blair. Jean-Claude Juncker complained that the UK’s Brexit position was “nebulous and imprecise” and demanded that May bring forward clear proposals for potential clarification. This is an apt description considering the Neptune transit to the UK chart.

No Deal Brexit Contingency Plans
As the prospect of a no deal looms larger Emergency no-deal Brexit contingency plans are now being implemented as government and cabinet ministers have agreed, including reserving ferry space for supplies and putting 3,500 armed forces personnel on standby to deal with any disruption. Downing Street said it would send advice on preparing for no-deal to all UK businesses and suggested they should begin implementing their own contingency plans as they saw fit. Citizens will be informed how to prepare through a “range of channels” that could include TV adverts and social media. Ministers agreed to allocate money from a £2bn contingency fund to departments such as the Home Office and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. HMRC will prepare a 100-page pack for all UK businesses on preparing for no-deal, and will send out about 80,000 emails to businesses. If this option eventuates Britain will be entering uncharted waters.


 Stormy weather mapMichael Cohen network

All the Presidents Men – Trump – Trump’s Pit Bull bites his master – Cohen tells all

Meanwhile across the Atlantic things are heating up for Trump with the Mueller probe edging closer to the President and his family and their financial dealings. The latest Trump crony to be charged and sentenced to three years prison is Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer”, Michael Cohen. Michael Cohen was born 25 August 1966 (birth time not known) in Long Island NY. His natal chart and transits tell the story. As a teenager Cohen read Trump’s book, Art of the Deal so when the opportunity arose he jumped at the chance to work for Trump, In April 2018 the FBI raided Cohen’s office and home resulting in Cohen being charged amongst other things for lying to Congress. Cohen pleaded guilty in August to tax fraud, lying to banks and violating campaign finance laws. The campaign finance charges relate to hush money payments to porn star, Stormy Daniels, and Playboy model, Karen McDougal. Cohen pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress about an aborted deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. That case was lodged by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Cohen  told a court: “I felt it was my duty to cover up his (Trump’s) dirty deeds.” “I blame myself for the conduct which has brought me here today,” he said. “And it was my own weakness and a blind loyalty to this man” — a reference to Mr Trump — “that led me to choose a path of darkness over light”.Michael Cohen went down over tax and bank fraud, campaign finance violations and lying to congress about Mr Trump’s business dealings in Russia.

He lied to Congress to create the impression that negotiations to build a Trump tower in Moscow were over before the 2016 campaign was properly underway, something that doesn’t reflect well on the President as the intersecting pieces of the Russia puzzle come together.

Cohen Trump Stormy KarenMore directly though, it’s Cohen’s claim that he made, and deliberately concealed, hush money payments to Trump’s alleged mistresses Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal at the direction of his boss that has the President lashing out accusing him of being a liar and a rat.

Constituting a criminal campaign finance violation, the payments could also eventually land the President in jail if he’s proven to have been involved (although probably not until he’s out of office).

Cohen apologised to the “people of the United States” and told the judge he took full responsibility for his actions. “Recently the president tweeted a statement calling me weak and it was correct but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds” he said. This is the guy who just last year said he’d take a bullet for the President.

He explained that he’s been “living in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day that I accepted the offer to work for a real estate mogul whose business acumen that I deeply admired”.This was the day he was getting his freedom back, he said.

Looking at Cohen’s chart, his Sun in in early Virgo in a very tight conjunction with the fixed royal star Regulus and the asteroid Vesta. At the time Cohen’s offices and home were raided by the FBI transiting Uranus was squaring Cohen’s natal Mars indicating the element of surprise. This action has turned Cohen’s life upside down. Just as Cohen’s life has been disrupted in turn he now is becoming the disrupter threatening Trump’s reputation and career. This Uranus Mars transit returned in November this year. On 10 December this year Pluto trined Cohen’s north node or destiny point giving him an opportunity to clean his karmic slate by co-operating fully with the Mueller investigation transforming his life and values. It is interesting to note that his south node where he is coming from in past lives is conjunct Neptune in Scorpio. The lowest vibration of Neptune is deception, lying and obfuscation. Likewise the lowest manifestation of Scorpio is ruthlessness and manipulation. Neptune also squares Cohen’s Mercury and Venus facilitating his ability to lie for others to obfuscate others’ misdeeds, especially when it comes to amorous peccadilloes.

Cohen & Trump

Trump’s loyal “fixer” turns “rat”

It is also noteworthy to view some problematic issues in the synastry between Cohen’s and Trump’s charts. Michael Cohen’s Saturn squares both Trump’s Sun and Moon and Cohen’s Pluto and Uranus in Virgo square Trump’s Sun, North node and Uranus in Gemini and his Moon in Sagittarius. There are also challenging Neptune aspects between them which may at first have had them in each other’s thrall but which would eventually lead to misunderstandings, deception and disillusionment. The Mars contacts between their two charts would have encouraged them to take risks ending badly for both of them. The Uranus transits seem to have given Cohen a wake-up call. To choose whether to take a higher road and co-operate with the FBI probe or to remain loyal to his former master, Trump, for whom he famously said he would take a bullet. He is having a hard karmic lesson of the danger of living vicariously through others. Instead he needs to claim his individuality rather than risk being enmeshed with others. Transiting Pluto is coming up to oppose his natal Jupiter culminating in February 2020 so Cohen will be challenged to transform his beliefs and value system. 


Cohen & Avenatti

Another Michael who has been just as ferocious in pursuing his goals as his namesake and Michael Cohen is Michael Avenatti, the lawyer, entrepreneur and racing car driver who has been representing the adult film actress, Stormy Daniels. As Stormy Daniels’ lawyer he has played the role of Michael Cohen’s nemesis. As their synastry reveals there is no love lost between them with Avenatti’s Aquarian Sun opposite Cohen’s Sun causing a clash of egos. They also have Mercury opposite Mercury as well as Avenatti’s combative Mars square Cohen’s powerful Pluto. making for an explosive combination.

Who are these two Michaels fighting over? None other than the adult actress, Stormy Daniels aka Stephanie Clifford, Trump’s mistress, who claimed she was paid hush money by Cohen in November 2016 just prior to the presidential elections. This affair with then citizen Trump is unravelling and is proving to be the undoing of Michael Cohen and potentially of Trump if it leads to an indictment of Trump after he leaves office. Stormy Daniels was born on 17 March 1979 at 1.10 am in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, is a Piscean with her Sun conjunct Juno in Pisces revealing a lot of feminine allure. Her Moon is in passionate Scorpio and her love planet, Venus, is in the detached sign of Aquarius which would suit her form of business. The other woman in the hush money scandal is Karen McDougal, the former Playboy bunny, with whom Trump is alleged to have had an affair not long after Melania gave birth to their son, Barron.

Trump's kids & Jared KushnerTrump family

Trump & his Family’s Dirty Business Dealings

US President Donald Trump’s troubled charity foundation has agreed to close down amid allegations that he and others illegally misused its funds. The move was announced by the Attorney General of New York State, Barbara Underwood, who will supervise the distribution of its remaining monies. She has accused Mr Trump and his three eldest children of using it for private and political gain. This is just one of several legal cases currently swirling around Mr Trump and his family. Others include a wide-ranging special counsel investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia headed by former FBI chief Robert Mueller.

In a statement, the Attorney General said there had been “a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation – including unlawful co-ordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and wilful self-dealing, and much more”.

She continued: “This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a chequebook to serve Mr Trump’s business and political interests.”

Donald Trump’s charitable foundation is being dismantled, but the headaches it has created for the president aren’t going away anytime soon.

According to New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, her investigation into alleged misconduct could still result in millions of dollars in penalties and sanctions against the president and his three oldest children.

As the Washington Post has reported, Mr Trump frequently used his family foundation – which was funded in large part by outside donations – as a resource to settle business lawsuits and, during the 2016 presidential campaign, as a political tool.

Biwheel Donald Trump & transitsIt is interesting to note the transits of the main players in this dirty dealing. Trump himself has transiting Pluto conjuncting his vertex in his 5th house of children. Transiting Saturn is also moving through his 5th house of children inconjunct his natal Pluto in his karmic 12th house. This would push him out of his comfort zone into unknown territory. Transiting Pluto will also inconjunct his north node in the 10th house of career in January, September and October in 2019. All these Pluto and Saturn transits will cause a lot of upheaval for Trump and his children. Trump will have to deal with a series of Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter inconjuncts in 2019 which have a certain fatedness about them and could cause loss and separation for him.

Two of Trump’s sons, Donald Trump Jnr and Erik, as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner are all born under the sign of Capricorn so will also be at the brunt of Pluto and Saturn transits on their Sun. In the case of Donald Trump Jnr. born on 31 December 1977, 5.20 pm in Manhattan NY, USA transiting Saturn will move into his 7th house of relationships, marriage and partnerships. He is currently separated from his wife. The 7th house can also involve legal issues. Ivanka is the exception being born on 30 October 1981 no known time so she has a Scorpio Sun. She will have Uranus inconjunct Uranus and Saturn square Saturn as well as some tricky Neptune transits.

As this all unravels with Trump’s shady business dealings and links with Russia and his election campaign more nefarious dealings are likely to be exposed with some predicting this will be much bigger than Watergate with no historical precedent. To be continued through 2019 and 2020 as Mueller joins the dots as he follows 17 different investigations on Trump and Russia! With the Democrats having gained majority in the House there are bound to be more clashes in 2019 as the Democrats use their newly gained power.

More chaos has occurred in the White House with Trump’s tweet announcing his sudden decision to pull troops out of Syria blindsiding his administration and Republicans leading to the resignation of General Mattis one of the last “grown ups” in the White House. Some commentators have claimed that this is a typical Trump stunt to distract from the increasing spotlight in his family financial scandals being exposed by the Mueller investigations.

Schumer, Trump & Pelosi

Chuck Schumer, Donald Trump & Nancy Pelosi

In the words of the the leading House Democrat Nancy Pelosi: “You have leaders, great leaders who have left the administration in dismay and the rest of them have left in disgrace. And that’s what this administration has been about,” Nancy Pelosi will be a force to be reckoned with born on 26 March 1940 (time not known) in Baltimore, Maryland with her Sun in feisty Aries, the Moon in Scorpio and a stellium in Taurus.

Biwheel Australian swearing in chart & transitsAustralian Institutions Challenged and Tall Poppies Cut Down
What has been the fallout here of Saturn and Pluto’s transit through Capricorn in Australia’s chart? As I write this piece today Saturn, the Lord of Karma, is exactly conjunct the Sun in the 10th house of our chart. Pluto is also moving through the 10th house which represents government. Saturn is the ruler of both Capricorn and the 10th house representing the Establishment, institutions, traditions, the status quo. We have seen the Banking Royal Commission where the CEOs have been called to account for their corrupt and immoral dealings with the public. The Royal Commission into Sexual Abuse of Children has exposed the extent of institutions across the board abusing children. With the impetus of the #metoo movement  we have witnessed some tall poppies cut down to size in the entertainment industry such as the screen and stage icons Geoffrey Rush and Craig McLachlan who have been accused of sexual harassment by their female co-stars. Sporting institutions have had their share of scandals too.

Barnaby Joyce & VickiAndrew Broad sugar baby scandal

Liberal Coalition government hasn’t fared any better with sex scandals of former Nationals’ leader Barnaby Joyce and National MP for Mallee, Andrew Broad, being forced to step down. Broad’s lurid texts to a woman called Amy twenty years his junior whom he met in Hong Kong highlighted both his hypocrisy as a a family man with conservative values as well as the fact that there are only two women in the National Party. The loss by the Liberals of the three by-elections brought on by the dual national fiasco which brought kudos to Labor’s leader Bill Shorten caused rebellion in the ranks of Liberal party’s hard right ending in the demise of Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership.

Kerryn PhelpsWith the immediate resignation of Malcolm Turnbull leaving his blue ribbon Liberal seat of Wentworth up for by-election. The shock win of the Liberal jewel in the crown by the Independent Dr Kerryn Phelps for the first time in history was not the last shock to be sustained by the Liberal Coalition. In the Victorian state election there was a massive swing against the Liberals forcing not only the Liberal opposition leader, Matthew Guy, but also the Liberal powerbroker, Michael Kroger, to fall on their swords.

Student protest

School Students Strike against Inaction on Climate Change
Thousands of schoolchildren across Australia walked out of class on 30 November to demand action by the federal government on climate change. The “Strike 4 Climate Action”, inspired by 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, brought together children in capital cities and 20 regional centres such as Ballarat, Newcastle, Townsville and Cairns. A large protest was also held in Hobart on Thursday. More than a thousand primary and secondary students filled Sydney’s Martin Place and students in Melbourne marched through the streets, bringing traffic to a standstill.

The reactions of both the prime minister and Matt Canavan show how out of touch this Liberal National coalition really is: The prime minister, Scott Morrison, had earlier this week urged students this week not to take part and told them to be “less activist”. On Friday, the resources minister Matt Canavan said he would prefer students to learn about mining and science. “These are the type of things that excite young children and we should be great at it as a nation,” he told 2GB radio. “The best thing you’ll learn about going to a protest is how to join the dole queue.”

As we approach a state election in NSW in March and a federal election in May 2019 the NSW Liberals are desperate to differentiate themselves from their federal Liberal counterparts on issues such as climate change and Gonski funding etc. Their Liberal Party colleagues are regarded as dinosaurs on such vital issues as climate change, women’s issues and other vital social issues. People have now been describing the Liberal party of not so much as having a woman problem but actually a man problem. This was amply illustrated in the recent Liberal party spill for the top job when former foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop was overlooked by her colleagues in favour of her male colleagues Peter Dutton

Julie Bishop's red shoes

Julie Bishop donates her iconic red shoes to Democracy Museum

and Scott Morrison leading to Bishop’s famous red shoes statement of female empowerment. This led to other Liberal women MPs expressing their sisterhood by also wearing red in Liberal women in red

SArah Hanson-Young & David Leyonhjelm

Sarah Hanson-Young takes on David Leyonhjelm

parliament after being bullied by their male colleagues during the spill motion to choose a prime minister to replace Turnbull. In fact Liberal moderate and Cabinet Minister Kelly O’Dwyer told colleagues the Liberals are widely regarded as “homophobic, anti-women, climate-change deniers” as a post-election crisis meeting of federal MPs triggered deep divisions in Canberra. The other terrible injustice women MPs have had to suffer in parliament visited on them by their male colleagues or by the media is “slut shaming. Labor MP Emma Husar, Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young have both been victims of innuendoes and vicious rumours designed to malign their reputations. Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn in the 10th house of Australia’s chart is certainly helping to highlight our failings and helping to mature us as a nation. 

As the year 2018 closes the statistics for the number of women who have been killed by a partner or ex-partner has reached the alarming number of 68 for the year far more people than are killed by terrorist acts in Australia. Family violence is a national crisis but the government funding for this epidemic is totally inadequate in comparison to the amount poured in from government coffers for terrorism.

City Tattersall's Clun in Brisbane

President Stuart Fraser welcomes the decision to allow female membership

To end on a more positive note Brisbane Tattersall’s Club, previously an exclusive male bastion has just voted to allow women to become members. The club was founded in 1865 by “a group of gentlemen” prominent in the Queensland thoroughbred horse racing industry. It describes itself as “one of Australia’s most prestigious private membership clubs” and a “home away from home” for its members. This is one of the effects of Pluto in Capricorn tearing down old establishments to bring renewal in keeping with the times. Let us hope that 2019 will bring more peace, compassion, hope and stability to the world. 


Capricorn Greeting Card Illustrated by Sue Robertson
Capricorn Poem by Anne Robertson
Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
The Labours of Hercules by Alice A. Bailey
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell



July Astromusings – Happy Birthday Leos, Eclipse Cycle, Retrograde Mercury

Illustrated by Sue Robertson

Proud Leo claims
the centre stage of life
Sun ruled sun blessed
Strong ardent loyal
Whose noble heart emits
the vital flame
of Love

(c) Anne Robertson 1987

Esoteric Keyword Phrases for Leo
The Personality proclaims its keyword: I rule because I am
The Soul proclaims its keyword: I am that and that am I.

Happy birthday to all the Leos who celebrate their birthdays between July 23 and August 22. Leo rules the fifth house, which represents, creativity, children and romance. It is one of the three fire signs along with Aries and Sagittarius. It is one of the three fixed signs – the others being Aquarius and Scorpio. The ruler of Leo is the Sun and marks the hottest astrological month in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the heat of Leo’s Sun which ripens the fruit produced during the period of Cancer. Like the sign Leo the heat is constant and intense. There are biblical references to Leo. In the Old Testament the tribe of Judah is ruled by Leo. There are many examples of the cat deity in the Egyptian pantheon. Egyptian King Necepsos claimed that at the Creation of the world, the Sun rose in Leo near the star of Denebola. According to Alan Oken in his book, ‘Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology’, Pliny, the Roman philosopher relates that the Egyptians worshipped this constellation because the Nile rose when the Sun entered the stars.

Hathor, the daughter of the Sun god Ra, was a dual aspected goddess. As well as being the gentle celestial cow, she had a dark side as Sekhmet, the lion-headed goddess, who wreaked havoc and bloodshed on those who dared to dissent against her father’s rule. The two lion deities, ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’, are depicted as guarding the gate to the shadow world. The lion is the emblem of spiritual power and wisdom. It is a sacred symbol of Buddhism. Buddha is said to have had a pet lion which was endowed with miraculous powers, and when the Great Teacher’s death was upon him, he chose to lay down ‘on his right side after the manner of a lion.’ The imperial lion was a symbol of the power of Rome. The feeding of the Christians to the lions symbolised the might of Rome overcoming and devouring any enemy of the state. Richard the Lion Hearted of England was renowned for his ambition to recapture the holy land from the Muslims (by slaying as many of them as possible) under the newly baptised banner of the ‘Lion of Christ.’

The Constellation of Leo

Unlike the faint constellation of Cancer, Leo is a very bright and easily identifiable constellation, in keeping with Leo’s regal demeanour. It lies between Cancer in the West and Virgo in the East and is best seen, in the Northern Hemisphere, in the late winter and early spring. Leo’s body is rectangular which culminates in a triangle of the Lion’s hindquarters. He is often depicted in a crouching position, ready to pounce. His tail is extremely long and curved, the tip of which is the brightest star in the hind triangle, Denebola.The distinguishing feature of the lion is his mane, which resembles a huge inverted question mark or a giant sickle. The point of the question mark is the exceptionally bright star, Regulus, the heart of the lion. Regulus, meaning the little King, the Ruler or the Lawgiver, is one of the four royal stars. The constellation Leo has in it ninety-five stars, two of them of the first magnitude. Its Egyptian name meant ‘a pouring out’, the Nile giving its full irrigation at that season. There are three constellations associated with Leo – Hydra, the serpent, Crater, the cup, and Corvus, the raven. In the zodiac of Denderah, Leo and the three attendant constellations are pictured as forming one great sign, for the lion is seen as treading on the serpent. Corvus, the raven, is perched on the lion’s shoulder, while below is a plumed female figure, holding out two cups, the cup of experience and of suffering.

The Leo Hall of Fame
Leos are attracted to positions of power like a moth to a flame. Leo has its share of dictators such as Napoleon, Benito Mussolini, Fidel Castro and Simon Bolivar.

Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother

Leo is well represented in the British royal family – the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, and the Princess Royal, Princess Anne were all born under the sign of Leo. Other Leos who hold or have held positions of power include Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzeneggar,  former Prime Minister John Howard, and the former treasurer, Peter Costello.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis with her love of fashion, luxury and power is the epitome of Leo.

Leos, being ruled by the fifth house of creativity, are attracted to the screen and stage, including Robert Mitcham, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Antonio Banderas,

Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman

JonathonRhys-Myers, Julian McMahon, Eric Bana, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez,

World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Enchanted" - Arrivals

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren, Michelle Williams, Audrey Tatou, Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, Kim Cattrall, Martin Sheen, Sean Penn, Sandra Bullock, Patrick Swayze, Roman Polanski and Mick Jagger.

Movie moguls are also well represented in the sign of Leo such as Cecil B. De Mille, Dino De Laurentis, Jack L. Warner, Alfred Hitchcock, and Samuel Goldwyn with the roaring MGM lion. Both T.E. Lawrence, ‘the uncrowned King of Arabia’, and Peter O’Toole who portrayed him are Leos.

Writers of note include Percy Bysshe Shelley and Alfred Lord Tennyson, Emily Bronte, and JK Rowling at Harry Potter premiereJK Rowling who is currently enjoying the limelight with the premiere of her latest Harry Potter play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Mme Helena Blavatsky and Dorothy Parker. Bindi Irwin the extroverted

Mme Blavatsky

daughter of the late Steve Irwin illustrates the Leo’s ease before the cameras. The renowned Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung,images Carl Jung who coined the word,’ individuation’, was a Leo.

Leo Health and Anatomy

Physiologically, Leo rules the heart. Vanda Sawtell in her book, ‘Astrology and Biochemistry’, states that the cell salt for Leo is Mag. phos. which acts upon the motor nerves. Through the sensory nerves we feel pain or sensation, and response to the sensation received through these nerves results in motion or action. It is no coincidence that the Sanskrit root for Magnesium is mag., which means to love, giving it Divine connotations. Mag. phos. is the great anti-pain salt, and is indicated in all cases of cramp and spasm, or where application of heat brings relief. Headaches, neuralgias, earache, spasmodic twitching of eyes or limbs, menstrual colic, convulsions, and all heart troubles are aided by this cell salt. Mag. phos. helps one to let go and relax. Vanda Sawtell claims that the best medicine for Leos is love, peace, and harmony. They need plenty of water, sleep, deep breathing, also recreation and entertainment. With their generous natures and broad outlook they are not suited to occupations requiring petty details. They are capable of rising to positions of trust and responsibility.

The colours for Leo are gold, yellows, royal blue and red. They also respond well to the regal purple which cools their fiery temperament. Leo rules metallic gold, the royal metal. The gemstones for Leo are yellow topaz and yellow sapphire. Healing aromas include basil, cinnamon, frankincense, juniper, neroIi and rosemary. Flowers and herbs include dahlia, yellow lily, red poppy, marigold and sunflower. Homeopathic remedy is chamomilla which is indicated for treatment of colds and fevers and easing digestion and tension. Bach flower essences recommended include vine for bossiness and inflexibility and chicory for possessiveness and attention seeking behaviour. The healing musical note for Leo is E.

Re the Leo diet more vegetables and less meat is recommended to calm their fiery natures. They should avoid meats that are heating such as beef, turkey and lamb. Vegetables that contain iron such as spinach, kale and wheat grass are beneficial. Blue fruits such as grapes, berries are recommended. Nuts, raisins and lentils are also beneficial for the Leo diet.

Overview for Leo for 2018
The karmic North Node is in your sign of Leo and there will be two eclipses in your sign of Leo – the first being a total lunar eclipse occurring on 31 January and the second is a solar total eclipse on 11 August 2018. Uranus the planet of sudden change has moved into your career and goals sector

Your career is activated by unpredictable Uranus bringing opportunities for change and innovation in your career. You may be drawn to careers in astrology, healing, science or IT. Mercury’s presence here from 14 – 29 May facilitates communication and networking. Venus graces your career sector with her presence from 1-24 April bringing harmony and cooperation with colleagues.

Work and Health
Pluto and Saturn are in your work and health sector. Pluto, the planet of deep transformation, continues its passage in your work and health sector which can disrupt work routines and challenge your health. Therefore, it is important to maintain good health regimes, sufficient sleep, physical exercise and a healthy diet. With Pluto moving through this sector you should not take any illness at face value. Poor health at this time is Pluto’s way of alerting us that you need to redress the imbalance in your life. Pluto brings to conscious awareness what is grumbling beneath the surface. If you are stubbornly holding down a job that makes you discontented then Pluto’s role may cause you to lose your job so that you are forced to let go and seek more fulfilling work. You may find that the routine is punishing or that your colleagues are bullying you or scapegoating you. Whatever the circumstances you find yourself in Pluto is demanding that you surrender and move on rather than hang onto a job that no longer serves any purpose in your life. Saturn, the Lord of Karma, will also be in your career sector until December 2020. This will bring hard work and responsibility in this area of your life. Part of Saturn’s passage here will be in its retrograde phase from 18 April to 5 September making it an ideal time to reconsider your plans or take extra to assess options before taking action.

Mercury, the ruler of commerce, will pay an extended visit to your finance sector from 7 – 22 September. Venus graces your finance sector with her presence from 11 July to 6 August.  Neptune, the planet of losses, continues its sojourn here making it imperative that you read all contracts carefully and keep your taxes up to date. Neptune’s lesson is one of non attachment so any attachments to the material world can be tenuous.

Your relationship and partnership sector is highlighted being activated by the presence of the karmic South Node and two eclipses as well as dynamic Mars. The first eclipse is a solar partial eclipse which occurs on 15 February and the second is a total lunar eclipse which occurs here on 27 July. Feisty Mars pays two visits to your relationship sector from 17 May to 13 August and then again from 13 September to 15 November. Gracious Venus, curious Mercury also pay a visit to your relationship sector. Mercury’s presence here from 1-18 February encourages communication and networking. Gentle Venus’s presence here from 18 January to 10 February promotes love and harmony in your primary relationships.

Home and Family
The main players influencing your domestic sector during 2018 are lucky Jupiter, quicksilver Mercury and gentle Venus. Jupiter will remain here until 8 November 2018. Jupiter’s presence here could see additions to your family or renovating your home or using your home as a base for study. Mercury pays a visit to your domestic sector from 11 – 31 October making it an ideal time to communicate and network with family members and organise tradespeople. Venus will pay two visits to your domestic sector the first being from  from 10 September to 31 October and then again from 3 December 2018 to 7 January 2019 bringing harmony and cooperation on the home front and a desire to beautify your home.

Creativity and Children
The Sun radiates in your creativity sector from 23 November to 21 December adding impetus to your creative urges. You may take up a hobby or just indulge your inner child. However you choose to express this energy, pleasure, fun and luxury are the name of the game. Mercury’s presence there from 1 November 2018 to 5 January 2019 facilitates communication and networking with children.

Travel and Study
Venus’s presence here from 7 – 31 April makes it a perfect time for that holiday romance. Quicksilver Mercury’s presence here from 7 April to 13 May facilitates communicating and networking. Chiron, the wounded healer, is also moving through your travel and study sector.

Venus and Mercury activate you social sector. Mercury will pay a visit here from  7 – 21 June giving you opportunities for networking and communicating with your social circle. Venus graces your social sector with her presence from  6 – 31 July adding to your charm and charisma promoting harmonious connections with your friends and associates. Spending time with your women friends or espousing women’s issues will be a priority now.

Your spirituality sector is highlighted by a solar partial eclipse on 13 July.  Mercury and Venus pay visits here in May and June,  making it an ideal time for introspection and to attend a spiritual retreat and record your dreams and musings in a journal.

New Moon in Leo 13 July, Full Moon Lunar Eclipse 28 July, Solar Eclipse Supermoon 11 Aug
The New Moon occurs at 20 Cancer 41 on 13 July 12.47 pm AEST Sydney time. The New Moon marks the beginning of an entire new cycle of activity. It is a time to sow seeds which will come to fruition at the Full Moon phase. Being in the sign of Cancer, the sign ruled by the Moon it will bring emotional intensity, especially with transiting Pluto opposing the New Moon. A mitigating factor will be that dreamy Neptune is making a nice trine to the New Moon. This will be a precursor to the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on 28 July and then the Solar Eclipse Supermoon in Leo on 11 August.

Putin Trump cartoonTrump Putin cartoon 2Trump Putin cartoon 3Trump Putin cartoon 4Trump Putin cartoon 5Trump Putin cartoon 6Merkel stares down Trump at the G7 summitTrump Trudeau cartoonDuring an eclipse cycle things come to head and this eclipse cycle with Trump’s performance on the world stage has been no exception to this rule. On the very eve of the July 13 eclipse Mueller issued an indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officer in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign.

In a short time Trump has managed to insult all his allies including Justin Trudeau of Canada, Angela Merkel and Theresa May. He has trashed all alliances, NATO, the EU, the WTO and Theresa May’s handling of Brexit while cosying up to Russia’s Vladimir Putin supporting Putin against his own intelligence community over Russian cyber attacks in the 2016 US elections causing outrage and accusations of actions beyond high crimes and misdemeanours and into the realm of treason from the former CIA Director, John Brennan.

In fact in an interview on CNN by Christiane Amanpour Richard A Clarke, former US National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, went so far as to say that Trump’s behaviour left him no alternative but to draw the conclusion that Trump is a ‘controlled asset’ explaining that is the term we use in the intelligence community when we have someone in another government who for whatever reason does what we want them to do because we are bribing them or we have something on them that is what is called a ‘controlled asset’. So strong was the outcry including from many Republicans that he had to backpedal claiming he misspoke. Meanwhile in Moscow they are popping champagne corks claiming the summit a great success while the Finnish media has characterised the summit as Trump 0 Putin 1.

Richard A. Clarke claimed that there is a great danger that the relations between the US and Russia will be even worse than during the Cold War. Clarke quoted Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, who said the lights are blinking red – it’s like pre 9/11 the Russians are doing things like cyber attacks on our power grid. Clarke explained Coats meant two things: 1. attacks on our infrastructure and 2. their ongoing attempts to affect our election system to affect the votes.

Trump witch hunt cartoon

Trump's bromance with Putin

From Russia with Love

President Trump has warned special counsel Robert Mueller against investigating his family’s finances including its links with Russian oligarchs which would involve Trump’s taxes taking it beyond the scope of the probe into ties between his administration and Russia in an interview with the New York Times in July 2017, he is seeing if his lawyers can undercut the extent of the investigation by Robert Mueller. He has also asked his lawyers about a possible presidential pardon for himself and his inner circle.

Just as I was about to conclude this post the bombshell news broke that Trump has invited Vladimir Putin to the White House in the Northern autumn not long before the US mid term elections. The White House made this announcement without informing the Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence was caught unawares when a journalist informed him of Trump’s decision on national television. The normally circumspect James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence in a interview on CNN said the following of Coats’ situation “I would resign in a heartbeat, particularly after being publicly thrown under the bus, internationally thrown under the bus by the president.” When questioned further Clapper added, “I think that I would have felt so irrelevant and so ineffective that I would leave, but that’s me. And that is a very individual personal decision.”




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Trouble with Brexit
Theresa May & Boris Johnson cartoonTrouble has been brewing in the UK with both Cabinet members David Davis, Brexit minister, and Boris Johnson, the foreign minister, resigning in protest over Theresa May’s plans to seek a ‘soft Brexit’ in talks with the EU. Brexiteers say this approach gives away too many concessions to Brussels and represents a betrayal of the EU referendum vote.

Rescue of Thai Boys Trapped in Cave
Thai Boys trapped in caveThai Boys in hospitalThai Boys freedDr Richard HarrisThe event that captured the whole world’s attention during the eclipse was the dramatic rescue of the Wild Boars, the Thai soccer team of twelve boys and their coach who kept them calm through teaching them to meditate. First there were fears that they would never be found after many days’ searching until John Volanthan, one of two experienced British cave divers, discovered them all alive in the far recesses of Tham Luang Cave. That discovery triggered the rescue effort that brought to safety via a three day diving mission, organised by Thai Navy SEALs and a global team of cave-diving experts. It was the one feelgood outcome amongst a plethora of negative news stories. There were two poignant events, the first one being the death of Saman Kunan, the Thai Navy Seal who cut short his holiday to join in the rescue mission and the other was the sad news of the passing of his father that greeted Dr Richard Harris, a key figure in pulling off the daring rescue, just as he emerged from the cave.

The Symbolism of the Cave
Myths abound with stories centred around caves. Rescues from caves project a strong archetypal image.

Theseus and the Minotaur
An ancient Greek myth that comes to mind is The Minotaur where the hero or initiate, Theseus, has to slay the monster, the Minotaur. He is led out of the cave by the beautiful Ariadne who symbolises the power of the feminine wisdom.

Another allusion to the cave myth is embodied in the later incarnation of the Greek Hecate. Queen of Witches and Mistress of the Crossroads. Hecate’s association with caves links her to the liminal – the link between the Upper world and the Underworld of Hades, the realm of Pluto or Hades. Hecate, the torch bearer, guides Demeter, the mother of Persephone. Esoterically it involves an initiation for the hero or heroine.

The Wheel of Fortune and the Role of the Three Moirai in the Cave
In Liz Greene’s mythic tarot The Wheel of Fortune card portrays three women, the three Fates or Moirai in a dark cave. The three Fates wove the thread of a human life in the secret darkness of their cave. The youngest Fate, Clotho who represents the Crescent Moon was the Spinner spinning thread from a golden spindle and Lachesis the Full Moon is a handsome mature woman, the Measurer, measuring a length of thread between her hands while Atropos the old woman, whose name means ‘she who cannot be avoided’ is the Cutter, holding a pair of shears. The cave represents the womb from which life springs or the tomb to which it returns

The Myth of Tham Luang Non – the Reclining Lady’s Big Cave
There is also a myth associated with the cave in which the boys and their soccer coach were trapped. In Buddhist Thailand, the relationship between human and cave is one that involves domestication. Caves are thought to harbour a special kind of substance-like power, which may be accumulated by the virtuous men who dare to enter them. Ascetic religious practitioners such as monks and hermits carry out these practices. By meditating inside a cave, they tame the wild side of such power, transforming it into something that is beneficial to society. The shrines and offerings that can be seen inside caves throughout the kingdom are precisely meant to appease the spirits of whoever managed to domesticate that power, in exchange for their protection.

Tham Luang Nang Non—literally, “the reclining lady’s big cave”—is inhabited by the spirit of a princess from the ancient local kingdom of Chiang Rung. Myth has it that the princess was impregnated by a commoner and that she sought refuge inside the cave while running away from her father, the king, who disapproved of her lover. Her plan was to rest inside the cave until her lover returned with some food, but the man was killed by the king’s soldiers. As a result the princess stabbed herself to death. Her blood became the Mae Nam Mae Sai river, her reclining body becoming the Doi Nang Non mountain. She is now the guardian spirit (jao thi) of the cave—an obvious allusion to her own genitalia—and visitors are advised to worship her before venturing inside, or risk being killed by floods.

The Power of Prayer and Positive Thought
With people around the world praying for the safe return of the twelve boys and their coach the power of the collective good will was realised with the torrential rain holding off until the rescue mission was completed. Not long after they had all been rescued one the pipes burst causing the cave to flood. The rescuers escaped just in time.

Statelessness of Three Boys and Their Coach
Another issue which came to light was the fact that three members of the team, as well as their coach, are stateless ethnic minorities. UNHCR estimates that at least 440,000 people are stateless in Thailand, yet the actual figure is thought to be around 3 million. Of the stateless Wild Boars, the most background information is known about the coach Ekkapol Chantawong, who is a member of the ethnic Shan minority. Born in Myanmar and orphaned at a young age, he entered the monkhood in Thailand for nearly a decade, a common option for orphans without financial support.

Another Boar, Adul Sam-on, 14, was brought to Thailand by his parents at age 6 from the conflict-ridden Myanmar territory of Wa, in the hope of an education. Many reports have stated that Adul’s grasp of English was crucial to communications between rescue divers and the trapped soccer players. Little information has been reported about the backgrounds of the other two stateless players, Pornchai Kamluang and Mongkhol Boonpiam; however, it has been reported that the three boys all have Thai ID cards, granting them some basic rights. The coach, however, has no legal status.


Super Saturday By-elections coincide with Full Moon Lunar Eclipse
Susan Lamb with Bill ShortenRebekha Sharkie & Georgina DownerJustine Keay & Bill ShortenMeanwhile closer to home in Australia we are gearing up for Super Saturday on 28 July which involves 5 by-elections brought about by the dual citizenship fiasco. This coincides with the next eclipse on 28 July, the Full Moon lunar eclipse. There is a fixed T square between Sun, Mars and Uranus which is a very volatile combination.  The five seats up for grabs are Longman in Qld held by Labor’s Susan Lamb, Braddon in Tasmania held by Labor’s Justine Keay, Mayo in South Australia held by the Independent and former Nxt senator, Rebekha Sharkie, Fremantle held by Labor’s Josh Wilson and Perth formerly held by Labor’s Tim Hammond the only one who was not caught up in the dual citizenship fiasco but resigned for family reasons. A lot is at stake for the two major parties, especially Labor with the two Labor seats of Braddon and Longman hanging in the balance under Bill Shorten who reassured everyone that Labor had a rigorous vetting process.

 Total Lunar Eclipse July 2018Mercury Stations Retrograde and Mars Turns Direct
Mercury, the planet of communication, stations retrograde for the second time this year in Leo on 26 July. This could cause confusion, misunderstandings and delays, especially with regard the results of the by-elections. Mercury stations retrograde at 23 degrees Leo 27 turning direct on 19 August at 11 degrees Leo 12. Dynamic Mars stations direct on 28 August inspiring new motivations and objectives.

My Personal Experience of the Recent Eclipse – A Burst Hot Water Tank Floods My Carpet
I was holding my breath wondering what catastrophe would befall me when I realised that the recent New Moon Solar Eclipse was not only conjuncting my natal Sun Mercury in the 8th house but also was opposed by transiting Pluto on 13 July 2 days before my birthday. My birthday celebrations went unmarred by any cataclysmic event but the impact of an eclipse does not necessarily occur on the day of the eclipse as the effects of an eclipse are ongoing. However, on the afternoon of 18 July I was sitting writing this blog post when I heard a loud bang. I looked up thinking that something must have fallen off my bookshelf but saw nothing so I continued working on my post. It was only after I stood up and went to walk into the bathroom that I saw that the carpet was saturated and realised with horror that the hot water tank inside my built-in wardrobe had burst causing the water to inundate the carpet of my main room. The positive aspect about Pluto transits is that it promises rebirth. My old hot water tank was taken away and a new hot water tank was installed outside on the balcony out of harm’s way. The hot water tap expelled all the dirty water out of the old pipes. The carpet cleaning team sucked out all the excess moisture, shampooed and deodorised the carpet and used a antibactericide followed by a drying process with 4 machines blowing the carpet dry. While the whole process was an ordeal the final outcome which involved purging and purification brought about a a rebirth and sense of renewal.


Esoteric Astrology Volume 3 Treatise on the Seven Rays by Alice A. Bailey
Soul-Centred Astrology: A Key to your Expanding Self  by Alan Oken
Alan Oken’s Complete Astrology by Alan Oken
Astrological Keys to Self-actualization & Self-realization by Clara A. Weiss
Astrology and Biochemistry by Vanda Sawtell
The Mythic Tarot Book: A New Approach to the Tarot Cards by Juliet Sharman-Burke & Liz Greene