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Following the Moon: Jan. 24, 2020MoonImagePurple

The Full Moon chart for Jan. 10 featured some fearsome aspects (click here to see the article and the chart) but fortunately for us the prominence of Venus in that chart won out. We managed to dodge a potential war with Iran without further conflict. As I said in my analysis of that chart, the placement of Venus in the Tenth House indicated that the leadership of neither the U.S. nor Iran wanted a war and, at least for the time being, that has been enough to maintain the peace.

But who’s thinking about Iran now? It’s all about impeachment and the trial in the Senate. I thought that there would be more wrangling between Mitch McConnell and the Democrats before the Senate trial began, but the wrangling has continued even though the trial is underway, with Democrats complaining about the rules McConnell has imposed and the question of whether witnesses will be called still up in the air.

I think this all has to do with the placement of the Sun, Mercury, Saturn and Pluto all in the Eighth House of the Full Moon chart. The Eighth is about suspicion, blaming and hidden agendas, and we’ve seen plenty of that as this trial has gotten underway, but it is not about bring issues to a conclusion. For that we look at planets in the angular houses.

Martin Luther King: A Capricorn Leader

There are different styles of leadership. For the past three years we’ve seen a dramatic demonstration of one style, one that features plenty of bluster and the bold use (some might say abuse) of power. But there are other ways of leading that are quieter and more circumspect.

Martin Luther King was a Capricorn by Sun sign. His birth time has been given as noon. (Click on Martin Luther King to see the chart.) It is unlikely that he was born precisely at 12 PM, but even a time ten minutes off one way or another would place his Sun near the Midheaven of the chart. This is an indicator of leadership. It tells us that this person will be looked at by his peers and his community as a leader, whether he likes it or not.

The problem is that leadership does not come naturally to Capricorns. Capricorns are doers. They are oriented toward results, not glory. Capricorns typically have great organizational skills, but they rarely brag about those skills. They let their accomplishments and successes speak for themselves and quite often they do. When you find a Capricorn person in a leadership position it is typically because he or she knows better than anyone else how to get stuff done.

The Impeachment Ball Bounces into Mitch’s CourtMcConnellImage

Now that it looks like Nancy Pelosi is about to turn over the impeachment process to the Senate, all eyes are on the wily boss of that body, Mitch McConnell. McConnell has already made it clear that a Senate trial would in no way be impartial. He has been openly conferring with the White House on how to handle matter. However, true his Pisces Sun sign, McConnell has been less than precise about what he plans to do.

As we might expect, McConnell’s horoscope (like that of President Trump) is currently being hit by the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto. (Click on Mitch McConnell to see a chart done for noon on McConnell’s date of birth.) The two planets are trine McConnell’s natal Saturn. Previous to this, both planets were trine his natal Mars (using a one degree orb). Pluto has been trine McConnell’s Mars since the impeachment inquiry in the House began in September.

Since we don’t have a time of birth for Mitch McConnell there is much we can’t see in his horoscope, but it is clear that the conjunction of Mars and Saturn in his natal horoscope has been activated by both transiting Saturn and Pluto. That will continue though the month of January. Mars conjunct Saturn is a conservative aspect and it occurs in a conservative sign, Taurus. We can see this as confirming McConnell’s political philosophy, but it also gives us a hint as to his motivations.

Saturn, Pluto and Us

We all see the tension that the conjunction between Saturn and Pluto is creating on the international and political scene. However, this influence of this conjunction also seeps down into the daily lives of just about everyone. This particularly true for people born with planets in their horoscope at around 22 degrees of Capricorn or any of the Cardinal signs.

For example, Justin Bieber recently announced that he has been infected with Lyme Disease. Bieber has Neptune at 22 degrees of Capricorn conjunct his Uranus at 24 degrees. Both are square his Moon at 24 degrees Libra. He made the announcement to counter rumors that his ill health was caused by lifestyle issues such as drug use.

Another example is Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. Her Ascendant is at 24 degrees of Cancer, so Saturn and Pluto are currently two degrees from her Descendant. The planets are also square her natal Pluto which is at 21 degrees of Libra. She and Prince Harry recently shocked the world (and his family) by announcing that they were stepping back from their royal duties and moving to Canada.