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Following the Moon: Aug. 11, 2022

In my assessment of the New Moon chart for July 28 (click here to see the article and the chart) I predicted a shocking event that would “knock our socks off.” I thought we might have gotten that when, against all expectations, Senator Joe Manchin signed on to the Democratic spending bill designed to bring down the cost of prescription medicine and bolster clean energy. That seemed reasonably surprising but it still didn’t have the Uranian jolt that I was expecting. Then, just a couple of days before the end of this lunation period, we had the shocking and completely unprecedented raid on the home of former president Donald Trump by the FBI.

Bam! Regardless of whether you see this raid as an egregious overreach by the Justice Department or a long overdue day of reckoning for Donald Trump, this event had all the features laid out by the T-square in the July 28 New Moon chart. We had Mercury in the Tenth House (figures of authority) opposed to Saturn (justice) square Uranus (surprise, surprise, surprise). Of course, in order to see how this will all play out we will need to consult future lunation charts, starting with the Full Moon for Aug. 11.

Following the Moon: July 28, 2022GGAMoon

Since the chart for the Full Moon on July 13 featured Mars on the Descendant (click here to see the article and the chart) I had feared that we might have another mass shooting. We almost got one on July 17 in Indiana but the assailant was killed by an armed bystander. Unfortunately, the shooter had already killed three people. If we’re going to depend on “good guys” with guns to protect us from the crazies, that three to one ratio is something we need to keep in mind.

I was also concerned about the economic implications of Venus square Neptune in that chart. In retrospect, I should have paid more attention to the fact that Venus was also trine Saturn. Though we saw prices on just about everything increasing and heard talk about a coming recession during this lunation period, gas prices were actually dropping. Meanwhile, the placement of the Sun in the Ninth House, which rules both courts and broadcasting, brought us the last session of the Jan. 9 commission televised in prime time with more damning testamony about the behavior of former President Trump.

In some ways, the New Moon chart for July 28 (click on New Moon to see the chart) looks a lot like the July 13 chart. Again we have Mars in the Seventh House (but not on the angle) and the Sun (now along with the Moon) in the Ninth House. In other ways, however, it is a very different horoscope.

Following the Moon: July 13, 2022

I was happy to see that some of  the more dire indications I saw in the New Moon chart for June 28 (click here to see the article and the chart) failed to materialize. We did not have a violent reaction to the demise of Roe vs. Wade. Though the past two weeks has brought us more incidents of gun violence in the U.S., there has been no dramatic increase. Instead, it has been gun violence in other countries that has grabbed headlines.

The dominant feature of the June 28 chart turned out to be the prominent placement of Venus. Women and women’s issues took center stage. The lunation period started off with the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson before the Jan. 9 Committee. Her revelations about the behavior of Donald Trump and the people around him on that day are still reverberating. On top of this we had actions by both governments and businesses designed to help women in the post-Roe-v-Wade era. This was the backlash the New Moon chart indicated but it was peaceful.

Unfortunately, the chart for the Full Moon on July 13 paints a different picture. Here it is not Venus, but combative Mars that is prominently placed on one of the angles. (Click on Full Moon to see the chart.) Mars is in a disagreeable sign (Taurus) and receives no aspects so, traditionally speaking, it is regarded as weak. However, having a weak planet in a strong place is never a good idea. It tends to bring out the worst of that planets symbolic nature.

DeSantis vs. TrumpDeSantisTrumpImage

We hear a lot about the disfunction of the Democratic Party these days (with good reason) but it seems that the Republican Party is also going through an identity crisis. During last Spring's primary season the endorsement of ex-President Donald Trump turned out to be the golden ticket for some candidates, but the kiss of death for others. This inconsistency has some people wondering if someone other than Trump will be heading the Republican ticket in 2024 and the name that comes up most often in this regard is that of Florida governor Ron DeSantis.

I briefly discussed the horoscope of DeSantis (without a time of birth) in a previous article. (Click here to see that article.) This time I ran a double chart with the horoscope of Donald Trump in the middle and a partial horoscope for DeSantis in the outer circle. (Click on Trump/DeSantis to see that chart.) This double chart reveals some interesting information about the relationship of these two men.