Analysis of Impeachment Chart

Dear Friend and Reader:

Tuesday, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives released the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. There are no surprises here: he was charged with trying to sell out the 2020 election in exchange for military aid to Ukraine.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, with Jerry Nadler of New York. Nadler is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which helped draft the articles of impeachment.

That is, he’s been accused (as we have all seen evidence and testimony supporting) of abusing his office for his personal gain. This has come in the form of something of deep concern to the founders, which is the integrity of elections.

Additionally, he has been charged with obstruction of Congress. This involves his issuing a blanket order for all federal agencies and employees to refuse to cooperate with the impeachment process itself.

While he was not charged in connection with the Special Counsel’s investigation, obstruction is a “pattern crime.”

At least 10 instances of obstruction were cited by Robert Mueller III in the final report. Mueller said he did not have the power to charge the president with a crime. Only Congress can impeach the president.

The chart is the figure for Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives announcing the articles of impeachment against Pres. Trump.

The Void of Course Moon

In mundane and horary astrology (the kinds that we do the most at Planet Waves), the Moon is like the bouncing ball, which you follow as it tells the story. With the Moon void, the Moon’s story for that stage of the game is over; there are no future aspects till it changes signs.

Democrats announce articles of impeachment.

Moon voids can work two primary ways.

One is that what happens under them can be irrelevant; and the other is that it turns into something unexpected, potentially much larger than anyone could have anticipated. You will see examples of both as you do mundane charts.

The irrelevant manifestation (the “foul ball” effect) is the more common. Then every now and then something happens like Star Wars, which was supposed to be a flop, opens during a Moon void and bam, it turns into the biggest SciFi franchise in the galaxy.

On the other side of that, the void Moon can have the feeling of “going through the motions” with the outcome detached from the stated intentions.

With a foul ball, the batter makes contact and there can be tremendous power, and then the ball sails through the air to the wrong side of the stripe and lands in the grandstand. Almost a home run. Counts as a strike.

How do you know which type a void Moon will be? It’s hard to tell. There are many factors to a mundane chart. However, let’s refer back to the oldest astrological text in the English language, Christian Astrology by William Lilly. Consider this:

“Generally consider the state of the Moon, for if she be void of course there’s no great hopes of the question propounded, that it shall be effected, yet if she be in Cancer, Taurus, Sagittarius or Pisces, your fear may be the less, for then she is not so much impeded by being void of course.”

The potent collection around the ascendant suggests there is some momentum. With Cap rising, the question itself is ruled by Saturn. Saturn’s next big thing is a conjunction to Pluto. What will that do to the question?

Portrait of William Lilly, then aged 45.

Other Factors in the Chart

This is a chart about the president, so we want to check the 10th and its ruler. Here is where things get a little complicated; this chart has two 10th houses — one measured by quadrant houses, which is Scorpio; and the other measured by whole sign houses, which is Libra.

Scorpio is the obvious one, as most astrologers use ordinary houses (commonly called quadrant houses, including the Placidus and Koch systems) — not the older system, whole signs. Based on a Scorpio 10th house (using quadrant houses), its ruler Mars is very, very strong. This represents the president.

Why is it strong? Mars is the most elevated planet, in an angular house. It is in its domicile, Scorpio (Mars rules Scorpio and is said to be very strong there). It’s making supportive aspects to the cluster in Capricorn. Notice how Mars “stands alone” up there — it looks lonely. This is a picture of Trump all alone amidst this mess.

However, if we honor the older house system, whole sign houses, which counts the whole sign as the house, Libra is the 10th house of the presidency, and this tells a very different story. Its ruler is Venus; Venus is rising in this chart, but it has no special dignity in Capricorn (OK, it is the day triplicity ruler of the earth signs, which is a little dignity but not much).

What we see is that Venus is ascending, but also about to make a conjunction first to Saturn (currently in action), then to Pluto; then a square to Eris. This is a rough ride.

Damage to the President and the Presidency

So what the chart looks like is that the official proceeding does not result in official action, but that there will still be damage to both the president and the presidency.

We are in new territory here. The president is being charged with crimes that no other American president has been accused of.

It’s no overstatement to say we are dealing with issues that go to the core of our system of government.

CNN’s depiction of the Articles of Impeachment.

Everyone knows it’s wrong to use public office for private gain, including gaining reelection through corrupt use of public power. Everyone with the meekest education and experience knows you answer a subpoena and testify when called upon to do so.

There were many problems that were not included in the Articles of Impeachment: accepting bribes in the form of people staying at his lavishly priced hotels, and his being named “Individual 1” in a case that sent his longtime attorney to federal prison.

The impeachment of a president is a serious matter, and I suggest we observe with the grief and sadness apropos of our moment.

Whatever you may think of Pres. Trump’s policies, of his separating families from their children, or banning Muslims from entering the country, he is setting a terrible example in many other ways. It is wrong for Republicans to cast this as some exercise in partisanship. They know it’s not; they have grafted themselves to someone who is neither conservative nor Republican, and they are now paying a price for the short-sale of their souls.

With love,


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Body and Soul, After the Full Moon

By Amanda Painter

By the time you read this, the restless Gemini Full Moon will be separating. However, I’m writing this piece in the thick of it, and it’s been a challenge for me to stay focused on the Sagittarian arrow of the Sun and not get mixed up in the less-conscious mental chatter of the Gemini Moon. Thankfully, today you may notice certain interpersonal situations begin resolving, even if other feelings are intensifying.

Dancers performing the Tedung Agung, evoking a protective umbrella to serve and celebrate Balinese culture, in Ubud, Bali. Photo by Amanda Painter.

Mental activity should ease this evening, after the Moon enters Cancer at 6:23 pm EST (23:22:58 UTC). With the Moon in its home sign, emotions are more likely to be felt for what they are.

Yet they might get verbalized less, as the Moon opposes the impressive collection of objects in Capricorn over Friday and Saturday.

While the Moon oppositions act as mini tidal shifts (either with people you encounter or entirely within you), you’ll want to notice whether there’s anything deeper going on for you.

Emotions that intensified during the recent Full Moon likely still have depths calling for exploration — or excavation. Venus makes its exact conjunction to Pluto tomorrow.

Venus is the planet of feelings and the senses. Pluto represents not only change, but also all that exists ‘below’ — such as below consciousness, below the Earth’s surface (as in Capricorn), or below the proverbial belt.

Pluto is also associated with hormones: they operate ‘below’ our awareness until they peak at certain levels. Then it becomes obvious how powerful they are, and that we need to deal consciously with whatever is being heightened. Venus and Pluto can work similarly on an emotional level.

Translation: things could be pretty lusty and intense (and you don’t have to be in your peak-hormone teenage years to feel it — we’re dealing with metaphors in astrology, after all). So if an infatuation spikes today, can you ride that wave and have fun with the energy? Even if you don’t make contact with the other person, there are plenty of ways to give it a positive, healthy, enjoyable outlet.

How many natural, beautiful parts of yourself have you tried to hide, push down, ignore, project onto someone else or otherwise disown in the process of growing up? Even after reaching adulthood, many people feel pressured to do this to get ahead in a career, to conform to what they think partners want, or to meet familial and social expectations.

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Full Moon in Gemini — Dec. 12, 2019, 05:12 UT

By Kirsti Melto

Lately we have learned about rare visitors, interstellar objects passing through our solar system. First there was ‘Oumuamua, the “first distant messenger,” which was already heading away from the Sun when it was discovered in October 1917. Then in August 2019 came Comet Borisov. Surprisingly there is one that has been with us all along and aims to stay, namely asteroid 514107 Ka’epaoka’awela.

Detail of photo of Amy Winehouse, whose Moon is conjunct Ka’epaoka’awela in Capricorn. Photo taken in 2008 by Eddie van der Walt.

The Full Moon in Gemini happens on Dec. 12, 2019. Opposite the Moon in Sagittarius is the unusual asteroid Ka’epaoka’awela in conjunction with the Sun. Ka’epaoka’awela is outstanding in many ways.

Ka’epaoka’awela’s orbit is retrograde. In other words, it moves in the opposite direction to most other bodies in the solar system. It is in a resonant, co-orbital motion with Jupiter. It is the first known asteroid in a 1:1 resonance with any of the planets. Its orbital period around the Sun is close to that of Jupiter.

How come Ka’epaoka’awela avoids crashing into the gas giant Jupiter? It passes either inside or outside Jupiter’s orbit, and each time it passes near Jupiter, its orbital elements are slightly altered. Scientists have concluded that Ka’epaoka’awela is originally an interstellar body and it has been in its retrograde resonance with Jupiter since the origin of the solar system. How it got captured into its orbit is still a mystery.

Ka’epaoka’awela was discovered in November 2014 by astronomers of the Pan-STARRS survey at Haleakala Observatory, Hawaii. It was first known by its provisional name 2015 BZ509 and nicknamed Bee-Zed. The official name was given in April 2019. According to the official naming citation, the name Ka’epaoka’awela means “the mischievous opposite moving companion of Jupiter, evoking the image of a retrograde object of unknown origin.” The name was created by a Hawaiian-language program dedicated to naming objects discovered with Pan-STARRS. This program consists of Hawaiian language experts and astronomers at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.

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While the two nebulae M78 and the complex Barnard’s Loop are a good 1,500 light-years away, scientists estimate that LDN 1622 — the dark dust cloud at the bottom-left — is much closer, only about 500 light-years away from Earth. Photo by Leonardo Julio via NASA’s APOD.

All the Light You Need

By Amanda Painter

Have you ever driven through one of those neighborhoods where all the families seem to be competing against each other with their holiday decorations? Well, even the most grandiose of them ain’t got nothin’ on the displays put on by interstellar space.

Case in point: this vista that’s visible (with the proper equipment) just north of the belt stars in the constellation Orion. Leonardo Julio’s photo was taken close to the plane of our Milky Way galaxy, and shows a variety of stars, clouds of dust and nebulae. (The bluish light to the right is a reflection nebula called M78, and the red swath is another nebula called Barnard’s Loop; read more description at NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.)

Today’s Gemini Full Moon opposed the Sagittarius Sun, which is currently partway between two of that sign’s most notable deep-space features. To think that we’re made up of the same star stuff is a little humbling, and exciting — and thought-provoking. Bonus: you don’t even have to get up on a ladder to let it all shine through to your neighbors.

Respect is Underway. Recordings Will Include Transcripts!

Dear Friend and Reader:

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction is upon us, just weeks away. While this event will happen two or three times in the lives of most people, this particular event is a moment of convergence and reckoning for the world and for us as individuals.

I’m now underway recording RESPECT, the 2020-2021 Planet Waves annual readings. This is my 22nd annual edition — a full-service astrology suite that I consider to be my very best work each year.

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It is designed to be affordable, easy to understand and with the full depth of professional astrology. These readings are condensed astrology motivational consulting, designed to help you solve your problems and expand your mind.
They are applicable to Sun sign and rising sign.

Transcripts of Recordings Are Included!

I am truly excited to announce that my annual edition audio will include a transcript. For years and years, people have been asking for this — and it’s finally going to happen, thanks to my reincarnated master-scribe friend Joshua. The Aries experiment went well.

Additionally, with all current purchases, RESPECT also includes a written reading focusing on Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, called “An Aquarian Age.” This is the astrology of 2021, which will include a preview of Pluto in Aquarius (2023-2044 — yes, I just typed 2044! Wow).

An Aquarian Age is planned for release March 21, the day Saturn enters Aquarius for the first time. Please note, An Aquarian Age will be sold separately starting Jan. 1.

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Monthly Horoscopes and Publishing Schedule Notes

We published your extended monthly horoscope for December on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Your extended monthly horoscope for November was published on Thursday, Oct. 24. Please note: we normally publish the extended monthly horoscope after the Sun has entered a new sign.

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Selected 2019 Monday Morning Horoscopes by Eric Francis

Following last week’s presentation of your monthly horoscopes for 2019, today we’re offering you a selection of some of the best Monday Morning horoscopes by Eric from this year, which you can read by sign. Links are below.

Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer
Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio
Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces

Everyday Secrets: Sagittarius Astrology Studio

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