Dateline: Thursday August 23, 2018 This feature contains a bunch of charts so you can make sense of what the events in two courts, in NYC and Alexandria, VA, on August 21, 2018 may mean for the future regarding President Trump’s possible/alleged criminal behavior in regard to the surprise guilty plea by former lawyer and “fixer” for the president, Michael Cohen, and the 8 guilty verdicts for Paul Manafort, the president’s campaign manager for several months in 2016.
The charts include horoscope wheels for the late-afternoon of Tuesday August 21, President Trump, his Inauguration (January 20, 2017), the USA (July 4, 1776), Presidential Power (Oath of George Washington from April 30, 1789), and the Mars-Saturn Conjunction at 9 degrees of Capricorn on April 2, 2018. [Important: Sun-rise type charts are presented for Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, but at this time I am not focusing attention on their horoscopes, transits or progressions or how their charts interlock with that of the president. However, they are both experiencing very rare and exact alignments from transiting celestial bodies, and their horoscopes are definitely tied into the various charts presented in this feature.]
Oddly or synchronistically, the Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort events struck the media virtually simultaneously nearing 5pm EDT on August 21 with the profound and provocative quartet of Saturn, the Moon, Pluto and Mars rising in Manhattan and Alexandria, VA — and, significantly, with the Moon at 9 degrees of Capricorn, exactly energizing the last Mars-Saturn union from April 2, 2018.
Note: To truly understand major happenings for any individual, it is a mistake to simply look at a natal chart and transits of celestial bodies in the sky. That kind of comparison can give some answers, but often the professional astrologer needs to examine key progressions and a variety of other charts — including eclipses, New and Full Moons, and major celestial alignments. Also, Mars-Saturn conjunctions occur around every two years and have the potential to erupt with an enormous expression of “negativity,” as relates to the traditional themes of those two frequently, malevolently-behaving cosmic bodies.
Here are many of the astrological facts that cannot be disputed because they are mathematical in nature — while I will leave the full interpretation of those facts to your discretion.
The main reason August 21, 2018 was a potentially bad, difficult or challenging day for President Trump: The transiting Moon energized by conjunction the 1 degree out of 360 degrees of the zodiac where Mars and Saturn converged on April 2, 2018. And because that transit at 9 degrees of Capricorn is directly opposite President Trump’s natal Mercury at 9 degrees of Cancer, the double court proceedings struck the president very personally, particularly influencing his thought process.
Secondarily, several other celestial placements actively influenced the president’s birth chart. Notably, Vesta (connecting to safety and security themes as well as secret organizations like the FBI, NSA, CIA), which made a direct station at 23 degrees of Sagittarius at the start of August, was still very close to the president’s natal Moon and opposite his Sun. Furthermore, the transiting Venus was at 14+ degrees of Libra (the president’s natal Juno-Chiron conjunction and the USA Saturn position from 1776) and the transiting Sun was activating the president’s natal Mercury/Jupiter and Saturn/Neptune midpoints — the last one being on his natal Ascendant at 29+ degrees of Leo (the zodiacal place of the ancient royal star Regulus, the first-magnitude, heart-star of constellational Leo).
It is important to bring the recently stationed Mercury into this picture as the Messenger of the Gods planet halted in the heavens at 11 degrees and 32 minutes of Leo on Saturday August 18. Why might this degree be meaningful? Mercury, ruler of the president’s Sun-sign Gemini, certainly relates to words, language, discussions, and the release of vital information, and the surprise guilty plea by Michael Cohen and the jury’s 8 guilty verdicts regarding Paul Manafort all came about through extensive conversations, intellectual arguments and review of mammoth amounts of paperwork, recordings and testimony.
This 11+ degree of leo placement of Mercury’s station, which will also stay dynamic for many months (and which is also the North Heliocentric Node of Neptune), is very close to the president’s natal Pluto (10+ Leo), his Mars/Saturn midpoint (10+ Leo) and his Venus/Mars midpoint (11+ Leo). Notice that the president’s natal Mars/Saturn midpoint — which can be quite difficult to handle on many levels — is only 1/4 of 1 degree away from the president’s natal Pluto (planet ruling the Underworld; secrets and mysteries; the unknown and invisible; extremes; the Plutocracy or very wealthy; will, purpose and power on a vast scale).This is another reason why the current Mars-Saturn conjunction in the sky from earlier this year (oppo