The Father, The Sun, and the Family Ghost

The Aquarius Full Moon and lunar eclipse are behind us. Today, the waning Moon moves on to Pisces. The Leo Sun is moving closer towards its conjunction with the ascending lunar node. We are in the eclipse zone, a temporal period when events tend to open, close and compress into a higher frequency more than is usual.


The eclipse zone also has a spatial component. If you are not aware eclipses are happening (and when), it can be a challenging space to occupy. Simply having an awareness of the timeframe involved cannot help but empower your understanding.

Your cognizance of a given eclipse zone can conceivably be enhanced if you also comprehend what distinguishes the two eclipses that usually boundary the time and space within (sometimes there are three eclipses). In this column on Friday, one correlation was already revealed: yesterday’s lunar eclipse was a very exact astrological duplicate of the one that took place precisely 19 years earlier.

In addition, the closing event ostensibly leading us out of our current zone (the total solar eclipse coming up in less than two weeks) will take place on exactly the same date, and in precisely the same degree of Leo, as the solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 1998.

Of course, the context is different this time, with exception for the Sun’s proximity to a lunar node (the essential requisite for eclipses), and its rhythm with the Moon. The planets and other points on the zodiac now are significantly different from how they were in 1998.

For example, Donald Trump is now President of the United States. Context is a factor when you consider that the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21 of this year will closely conjoin The Donald’s documented natal ascendant.

You also have reason to raise an eyebrow. This Aug. 21 will also be the 110th birth anniversary of the late John George Trump.

John G. Trump was Donald’s uncle, the younger brother to the president’s father, Frederick. Now, in addition to the Sun, Moon and Donald’s ascendant we have yet another point merging in the penultimate degree of Leo on Aug. 21: Uncle John’s natal Sun.

Uncle John was something beyond an interesting fellow. After failing to get along with his older brother in a real estate venture, John decided to go to college. Fred (who was not exactly known for such generous deeds) paid the tuition in full, all the way to a doctorate.

After getting his PhD, John proceeded to become something more than just your usual electrical engineer. He became a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), among the most elite academic institutions in the world. During the second World War, he worked in MIT’s top-secret “Rad Lab” (“Rad” for “radiation”). John was also a trusted liaison of the U.S. Government.

In addition to working with the U.S. military and its allies in the development of radar and other technologies, John G. Trump was tasked with interviewing German radar technicians after the war. That’s right, he was part of what some have called Operation Paperclip.

Perhaps most interestingly, it was Uncle John who was assigned to review and analyze private papers confiscated from Nikola Tesla’s New York hotel room after Dr. Tesla’s death.

The Sun is now returning to the same degree of Leo it occupied when Dr. J.G. Trump was born. On that day the New Moon will be so precisely aligned with the Sun as to cast a shadow across the U.S. And it will all take place on one of the most distinguishing degrees of the U.S. president’s natal chart.

If history proves anything, it is that prediction is perhaps the worst application of astrology. Therefore you will not read anything here about a remarkably well-preserved Uncle John showing up in a highly modified DeLorean on Aug. 21, looking for his nephew.

You do have, however, some interesting material to share around a campfire with other astrologers. Who knows, the eclipse zone we are now entering may very well represent a New Age very unlike what some astrologers have predicted.

Now could be the beginning of a space and time defined by the best shaggy-dog and ghost stories you have ever heard. Pay attention. Before this is all over, you might be living a bestselling novel. It would be a shame if you were too spooked to enjoy the ride.

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13 thoughts on “The Father, The Sun, and the Family Ghost

  1. Barbara Koehler

    My word, that IS interesting Len, especially the part about Tesla’s papers. I will indeed share that bit of info with others. Thank you!

    1. Len Wallick Post author

      Thank you, Barbara. i’m deeply gratified that you found my offering in service to be worthy. All of us here at Planet Waves hold you in the highest regard, and deeply appreciate your comments.

  2. Geoff Marsh

    August 20, 1998: US military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
    Almost cut my hair …

    Good job these astrological similarities only have limited resonance with events in the real world, eh Len?

    Curious you should mention a best-selling novel covering the current eclipse season. A tarot reading I had last weekend suggested a Broadway comedy along the lines of The Producers. I liked the idea but haven’t been able to take it much further – yet. Springtime for Donald, anybody?

    My favourite analogy for this Trump administration is a TV show called Hocus Potus on FNN, the Fake News Network. The Donald has started well, insulting all and sundry and firing former friends from high-flying posts quicker than a circus cannon can. We’re all gripped by what he’ll do next. Up the ante, or calm us down with some reassuring thumb-sucking? We’re halfway through the first quarter of this hour-long programme and coming up to a major commercial break, so he’ll need to either cajole us into a receptive mood for our sponsors’ messages or give us something to cheer about as we rush to the fridge for a beer. Did you hear that, Kim?

    1. Len Wallick Post author

      Geoff: Thank you so much for referring to one of David Crosby’s best moments. It’s been so hot here in Seattle, I almost cut my hair too. Thank yo also for the historical cross-reference. As you noted (with reference to “resonance”) history rarely repeats exactly, but it does tend to rhyme.

      Also, don’t underrate musicals (written for Broadway or otherwise – such as for motion pictures). I still remember enough songs from such sources to sing in the shower. As a matter of fact, I have noticed how you can tell a young person’s age pretty closely based on which Disney musical songs they know. All told, if you want to make an imprint on a large number of people, the way to do it is through a song at once “catchy” and (once again) resonant.

      As for what Mr. Kim may or may not be hearing, perhaps it is better not to speculate. Maybe he would give up his political position in exchange for owning a professional basketball team. That way, he will be less likely to do harm. It may not be advisable to speculate, but one can still hope.

      1. Geoff Marsh

        Many thanks for your reply, Len. I am intrigued as to the reason why solar eclipses 19 years apart should, on this occasion, fall on the same day in the same sign and on the same degree as each other.

        I appreciate that it is in part due to the moon’s orbit (the Saros cycle?). Are these two consecutive alignments in any way the result of the fact that there was no leap day in the year 2000?

        1. Geoff Marsh

          My mistake, Len. There was a Leap day in 2000, unlike 1700, 1800 and 1900 for instance (I’d never have known that if it hadn’t been for these damned electronic memory machines. Progress, eh?).

          I’m still curious about the reason for this repetition of date, time and degree for the upcoming and former Saros cycle eclipses, however. Is there an astro-mathematical explanation or is it just a coincidence caused by the relationship between planetary motion and our method of calculating the date?

  3. aWord

    Uncle John is almost a skeleton in Trump’s closet, Len. Thanks for the enlightenment; something to read relative to Trump that isn’t all trumped up.
    Those former eclipses were major markers in my journey; breathing through this pair; curious about what’s on the other side.
    Thanks, Len.

    1. Len Wallick Post author

      aWord: My thanks to you in turn for sharing how this offering has brought up astrological correlations that have (hopefully) helped you to better understand your journey. As for what may be on the other side of this nascent eclipse zone, probably best to take (and thoroughly appreciate) one day at a time. If my own speculation is correct, you will want to remember the details so as to afford the resulting tale a better telling.

    1. Len Wallick Post author

      chief niwot’s son: Thank you for catching that. Some things just fall into place. It was not me who made it happen. I was just provided with it. Yin at work, perhaps.

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