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December 2017




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December 3, 2017

A Reminder

November 28 Mercury/Saturn Triple Conjunction


When to expect effects
Conjunction effects begin about 4 days before the exact conjunction.  Mercury retrograde effects begin about 2 days before turning retrograde and last about 2 days after the return to forward motion.

Dates highlights
1. First Mercury/Saturn conjunction was 11/28.

2. Mercury retrograde begins today.

3. Second Mercury/Saturn conjunction 12/6 -- Wednesday

4. Mercury forward 12/23

5. Third Mercury/Saturn conjunction January 13.





The Celestial Wheel 2002-2017©
Doug Riemer


December 4, 2017

Ghosts Of Christmas Past


Mercury retrograde brings up information from the past.

This can be quite haunting, as SNL so well depicted December 2.





The Celestial Wheel 2002-2017©
Doug Riemer


December 9, 2017

Mueller The Bloodhound

Bloodhounds are the best trackers.

Wikepedia explains,

The Bloodhound is a large scent hound, originally bred for hunting deer, wild boar, and since the Middle Ages for tracking people.  Believed to be descended from hounds once kept at the Abbey of Saint-Hubert, Belgium, it is known to French speakers as the Chien de Saint-Hubert.

This breed is famed for its ability to discern human scent over great distances, even days later.  Its extraordinarily keen sense of smell is combined with a strong and tenacious tracking instinct, producing the ideal scent hound, and it is used by police and law enforcement all over the world to track escaped prisoners, missing people, lost children and lost pets.

Robert Mueller is also a great tracker.  He even looks a little like a bloodhound!

This December 5 article, Robert Mueller is following the money, and that may put Trump in serious danger, explains his current focus on following the money,

Tuesday we learn that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is following President Trump’s money.  Reuters reports:

"U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank for data on accounts held by President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday…

But the fact that Mueller is looking at Deutsche Bank means his probe is reaching the very heart of Trump’s financial life.

...Mueller could be trying to determine if Trump’s loans from the bank were guaranteed by Russian interests, which could mean he was indebted to them in ways that could compromise him.

Trump has a long history of shady dealings — outright scams such as Trump University, refusing to pay vendors who supplied him with goods and services, bankruptcies that allowed him to skate away from huge debts while others were left holding the bag. And he also has deep financial entanglements with alleged Russian oligarchs and mobsters."

...a broad campaign Trump undertook to hinder the Russia investigation in general and the investigation of Flynn in particular, which reportedly included asking top officials in the intelligence community to pressure the FBI to shut it down and pressing Republican senators to end their own investigation.  And that’s not to mention the fact that Trump said on national television that he fired Comey to shut down the investigation, and told the same thing to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister.


Where and when have we heard about this before? Check out the May 31, 2017 Celestial Wheel entry Follow The Money, which noted his borrowing situation,

...there's a thread that Russian and Saudi money have been keeping him afloat -- financing his golf courses and other investments.  After all, the U.S. banks shut Trump off long ago due to his bankruptcies and litigiousness.


That entry then linked his lender sources to Russia and Saudi Arabia via his Astrocartography showing a wealthy Jupiter line (yellow) through those countries.  Here's that map,


Beyond this, The November 28 Celestial Wheel entry Mercury/Saturn Triple Conjunction explained,

The location for this mental disability is Sagittarius -- the first house of the self in the U.S. chart and the fifth house of the mind in Trump's chart.  So, the U.S. struggles against itself and Trump struggles against his mind.  Believing his own lies, Trump, risks losing his mind.  As the fifth house if also children for Trump, expect major dramas there as well.

The fifth house is also investments, and Saturn rules Trump's sixth house of debts and foreigners.  Further, Mercury rules two money houses for Trump, the second of income and the eleventh of gains.  So, the planet of foreigners and debts is entangled with the planet of money in Trump's investment house.

The capstone here is that Mercury retrograde brings up things from the past, as explained in the December 4 entry, Ghosts Of Christmas Past.

So, this all fits together nicely, doesn't it?  Seems Mueller will be dropping off a special present for Trump, perhaps before Christmas? -- or maybe by mid January, when Mercury crosses Saturn the third time.  Notice the Trump gold blasting caps.





The Celestial Wheel 2002-2017©
Doug Riemer


December 14 2017

Rahu's Sex Scandals In Cancer

Rahu, the head-of-the-dragon eclipse point, transited into Cancer September 7.  It will stay there for 18 long months -- to March 22, 2109.  The September 15 entry, explained, Rahu in watery Cancer, which is the eighth house of catastrophe in the U.S. chart, beginning September 8, expect the dragon will roar as it proceeds in Cancer...

The September 24 entry expanded upon Rahu in Cancer,

The U.S. too is in a new Dasa, that of Rahu (18 years), the head-of-the-dragon eclipse point.  Rahu is the destroyer of now and creator of tomorrow, especially for this chart.  When the U.S. runs Rahu Dasa, the dragon stimulates great fear of foreigners and resistance to established authority.  Thus, social, economic and political systems are ripped away to pave the way for a new order -- a progressive age of shared democratic values.  This happened in the first Rahu Dasa beginning in 1775 (independence from the king), the second beginning in 1895 (First Progressive Age) and now the third (Second Progressive Age), which begun December 2015.



Let's look at Rahu in Cancer in further detail.  First, the September 15 entry talked about Rahu transiting Cancer -- the eight house in the U.S. chart -- for 18 months starting in early September.  Transits are where the planets are in today's skies, in the signs.  They give a generalized but global influence.

Second, the September 24 entry was referencing Rahu in Cancer in the U.S. birth chart.  The birth chart is a snapshot of the planets in the signs and the houses at the time of birth -- in the U.S. case, at 6:17 PM on July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia.  Because birth charts show both the the signs' background influence and the houses' domains of action influence, they are more specific and definitive and are the literally the blueprint for the life.  That is, birth charts are not representations of transitory planetary karmas but rather lifelong ones.

Here's the U.S. chart side by side with the current transit chart.  You can see Rahu in Cancer in the eight house in the U.S. chart. And if you overlay the global-influence sign transit chart on the U.S. chart, you can see transit Rahu is also in Cancer, which is again the eighth house.

Thereby, we have now a double Rahu influence on the U.S. chart's eighth house.

US Chart

Transits December 14. 2017

Cancer is ruled by the Moon, a female planet.  The Moon is also the memory.  Hence the U.S. chart's eighth house is female, which remembers the past.  Not only is the deep secretive eighth house calamity, is is also the scandals that arise when planets like Rahu the dragon dredge up karma from the past.  And because the eighth is also sex, those scandals often involve sex.

Combining these qualities, Rahu stimulates sex scandals from past involving females from past actions.

Venus is the other female planet.  You can see her in the seventh house of relationship in the U.S. chart, where she is afflicted by Mars, the male planet of violence and sex.  In transit, Venus is now in Scorpio, which is the twelfth house of loss in the U.S. chart.

With both female planets -- Moon and Venus -- afflicted in the U.S. chart, it makes simple sense that sex scandals come forward now.

There is, however, one more piece of information crucial to this toxic brew.  Vedic Astrology uses transits for prediction in the general way that transits show planetary karmas -- influences.  This astrology also uses Dasas (planetary cycles) as a primary and very specific predictive potency.  Dasas range from 6 to 20 years. The current U.S. Rahu Dasa lasts 18 years.  Dasas also have four subperiod planets, and these lower levels influence the higher levels.  Here is the current Dasa lineup for the U.S. chart,


The subperiod Venus Dasa cycle began August 24 and continues until February 5.  This beginning matches up with the start of the sex scandals in the U.S.  The ending date indicates when this planetary karma will have played out.  Further, with transit Venus currently in the U.S. twelfth house of loss, the revelations of sexual abuse are at a maximum.

Actually, there is yet another planetary karma that's propelling the sexual scandals.  Notice in the above transit chart that higher mind Jupiter is with aggressive Mars, and the sign is Libra, ruled by female Venus.  Mars stimulates ordinarily placid Jupiter to action, making him an advocate for women.  In this case, crusader is a better word.  Jupiter being the higher mind is spirituality, which brings religion and philosophy, and from these law.  So these sex scandals impact society's higher mind, our fundamental values -- opposite from the tide of lower mind hates and fears Trump has preyed on.

Is this fight for respecting women another piece of the Second Progressive Age?

You bet!




The Celestial Wheel 2002-2017©
Doug Riemer



December 22, 2017

Mercury Retrograde Train Wrecks


This tough December 3 to 23 Mercury retrograde has been unfolding with train wrecks.  There was the literal one December19, At least 3 killed after Amtrak train derails in Washington state, spilling rail cars onto busy highway.  And then, of course, the figurative one, the next day, White House, GOP celebrate passing sweeping tax bill.

Remember, Mercury, the planet of communications, mixes up, confuses and blocks.  And being conjunct restrictive Saturn, it also deceives.  This last is what happened with the tax bill, sold as a great savings to the middle class, but actually mostly benefiting the rich.  It was also peddled as boosting the economy so much that tax revenues will grow beyond the 1.5 trillion dollar cost during its ten year run.

Of course, neither of these are true.  The Republicans' thirst for smaller government is reality.  With the ink still drying on the bill, that same day they showed their brazen cards, Top Republicans are already talking about cutting Medicare and Social Security next,

House Speaker Paul Ryan and other top Republican leaders, fresh off a tax bill that is estimated to add at least $1 trillion to the national debt, are already sounding the alarm about an out-of-control deficit problem.  Their targets for closing the gap include Social Security, Medicare, and food stamps.

“We're going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit,” Ryan said on a talk radio show.  One of his top spending appropriators echoed the sentiment.

“If someone wants to get serious about debt, come talk to me about entitlements," Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) told CNBC.  "Tax cuts produce growth; entitlement spending doesn't.”

Pandering to their rich supportors is also true, of course.

The November 28 Celestial Wheel entry Mercury/Saturn Triple Conjunction explained this Mercury retrograde is afflicted by Saturn and that Mercury crosses Saturn three times due to the retrograde -- November 28, December 6 and finally January 13. These are the exact conjunction dates, but they are more like bulls eyes, for whole target area of Saturn afflicting Mercury extends from late November to mid January,


The November 28 entry also stated,

...this injured and weakened Mercury will jam up the Republican Congress' attempt to pass the tax cut bill.  Other legislative imperatives will also be fraught with challenge -- budget, debt ceiling increase, children health insurance, Dreamers, hurricane relief...  See Congress has a daunting December to-do list.

The first part of that prediction turned out to be wrong, for the bill passed.  But there's also some truth here, for the bill is deeply unpopular, will foul up Congress's other legislative imperatives, will cost the Republicans even more seats in Congress and mortally wound Trump as well.  Thus, the tax bill will advance the Second Progressive Age, which will restore shared democratic values.

Remember decisions made during Mercury retrograde are always confused in some way, and Saturn's deceptive influence magnifies the misapprehensions.  It will take a while for this to be understood -- certainly not until after Mercury crosses Saturn a third time January 13.  Then, as the public's disbelief of the Republican claims about the tax bill solidifies, as entitlements are cut, and as the economy tanks (which seems inevitable), the bill will be correctly understood to be massively deceptive and harmful to the entire nation.

In closing, it is sad that he Republicans have become so craven about lowering taxes and reducing entitlements -- to starve the beast -- to benefit the already really rich folks and harm the already crushed poor and middle class.  Recall the October 27 entry Down But Not Out -- Yet,

Another Republican Call to Arms, but Who Will Answer?
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Tax Cuts Are the Glue Holding a Fractured Republican Party Together
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Let's see what happens as Congress's tax reform effort, which is truly a tax cut for the rich, plays out these next few weeks.  There is also the emerging catastrophe in Puerto Rico and Mueller's investigation -- either of which can crater the administration.   And remember, the stress Trump continues to be under harms not just his emotional health, but physical well being as well.




The Celestial Wheel 2002-2017©
Doug Riemer