Using Intense Election Emotions For Creation

[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last]The unimaginable has happened and in it’s wake, many of us are enraged, emotional, shocked, terrified… The Donald has secured himself as the President Elect, our 45th POTUS-to-be. Is it the dawn of Idiocracy or can we use the intense emotional responses coming up to transform the maturity of our country through brilliant creation? Rather than completely submitting to our inner rage and war paths, let’s incite war’s polar energy of creating—not peace.

I’m an eternal optimist (Sag rising here), so I choose, I take a stand, to make a difference, to tap into the current transformation evoking energies of the sun in Scorpio to create powerfully (and hopefully in a way that might welcome some from the other side to ‘get it’ and see what we are now facing). To help myself and others, no matter their previous patriotic ideals, to grown up and face our country’s pathologies head on.

How did we fail to reach such a huge segment of the US and how do we come together to help enlighten those who are functioning at very immature, selfish levels. We’re at a time in history where we can no longer be in it only for our own gain. We need to be in it for humanity’s sustainability and we need leaders who take our environment, equality, and basic benevolence to heart. So, what now? What do we do in this moment that feels like a crisis? Here are three astrological insights and ideas, on what kind of creation and understanding we should be striving for, that have been inspiring me over the past 24 hours:[/one_half_last]

[full_width]1) We, as a country, are in the midst of a huge shift, one that hasn’t taken place since 1977 (before I was even born), as we move into a new progressed rising sign—from Leo into Virgo.

Since 1977 (shortly after a different kind of presidential election upset happened as unknown Jimmy Carter beat out Regan for President) the US has been focused on asserting herself through grand entertainment, recreation, youthfulness, theatrics, leadership, creative-expression and gregarious warmth. It’s been fun but it’s time to batten down the hatches and start growing up with our new directive from Virgo. Things like reality TV and useless spectacle will start to dwindle under Virgo’s refined and snobbish reign. It’s going to take a few years to understand this new direction so many strange things such as this election (although this is hopefully the biggest) may start to appear. On that note, Trump’s ascendant is about one half of a degree away from the US’s progressed rising sign or ascendant—although his is technically in Leo so has just been passed. Because of this, take heart – we as a country will be moving further and further away from his POV and directive and I believe that even if he makes it through four years, we will not re-elect him. Leo is done, and we will have understood that by the 2020 elections. It takes until 3 degrees of a sign to start accepting the new energy (which will be just when the new election cycle begins).

Virgo is going to ask us to work hard to produce great harvests, get more organized, be more efficient with process and critical thinking, value quality over quantity and find more purpose and service as a nation. It’s not going to be as fun as our Leo days, but I think it’s going to be a needed shift. One that helps us mature and be more thoughtful. As a Virgo sun and mid-heaven, I can assure you, us Virgos do like to have fun, but in a quirky way. Humor may be more off-beat and dry, but clever.

With Virgo’s ruler, progressed Mercury, currently in Aquarius, I love the implications this holds for taking humanity and worthy causes such as the environment, seriously. It’s an altruistic combination, these two—Virgo and Aquarius. Leonardo DeCaprio just might get his efforts to take flight as we start taking the environment, as the US, more seriously. Use your fired up state to know that change is coming and dive head first into worthy causes that will take you into our nation’s Virgo cycle, being a pioneer for the rest to follow as we act more maturely and thoughtfully. [/full_width]


[full_width]2) Pluto, planet of transformation (death and rebirth) is opposing our nation’s sun form the sign of Capricorn (structure, achievement, corporations, paternal, old-boys club, reputation, career…). With our sun in Cancer (mothering, safety, privacy, patriotism, nurturing, roots, family, home) these two signs make up the polarity of security – one side through our roots (Cancer) and the other side through our ability to be seen and admired for the structure we create (Capricorn). Both of these things are facing differences of opinion and with Pluto in the mix, there is no doubt in my mind that we will need to go through some destruction in order to rebuild again. Sure this scares me that we may not survive the trauma this induces, but if we can all remember that what is really at play here is a desire for security, we might come out the other end in more fertile ground where our roots can thrive and better grow.

With our sun getting opposed by Pluto, our ego’s and will-power are tied up in having a ‘safe’ home but Pluto is coming along and questioning the influence that business and old power structures are having. It’s an epic battle of wills. I think this election put this issue front and center – why do white men and women, big corporations and old establishment get to decide what ‘safe’ means anymore. I think the cosmos is teaching us a lesson that really got ignited in the most public of ways this week. This IS going to change if Pluto has anything to say about it.

Power is shifting, ‘corporation’ is shifting and what we see as successful is shifting. Try to see with this perspective and choose how you wish to create with that fueling your drive. We don’t need to go to war with each other we need to create with each other in order for this to have a healthy transition. We need to put our heads together, listen to each other and have love and compassion for those trying to tell us what feels ‘safe’ to them. We are faced with this everyday in the news right now. People are not feeling secure so let’s deconstruct the structures we’ve put in place around our old definitions of safety and rebuild with a more encompassed vision. [/full_width]

[two_third]3) Over the next eleven months, we have expansive Jupiter in the sign of relational and equalizing Libra. This means we start the year off with what may seem like imbalance as that’s what Jupiter in Libra will be ‘seeking’—things to bring into balance. As we move through the year, we have very optimistic influences to use Libra’s equalizing energy of justice, harmony and elegance toward our efforts for more equality and fairness. Any ‘Trumped-up’ anger can be used very effectively right now in our efforts to create and grow more equality. Start initiatives that allow diversity to have a voice and to help those out there who are ignorant to what minorities and the disenfranchised are suffering to understand and develop more compassion. Energy goes where we focus, so rather than focusing on Trump himself, focus on solutions and creation that will ‘trump’ the issues we foresee him creating.

So, to clarify, I’m not saying that we should stop fighting to get Trump out of office or block his archaic initiatives but I do see a need to balance this war-like spirit with creation that elevates past him, that helps all mankind see potential in progressive rather than archaic movement. For good or bad, Trump is igniting a lot of cardinal energy in our society, so in yourself, use this opening that is happening to initiate things founded in love, compassion and progressive hope. This is the thing that will inspire change and maturity in those who are on the wrong side of history. I am a patriot through and through so I have to have hope and share the things that I think will help us climb out of the darkness that we may be headed toward.

“These are the times that try men’s souls… We have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.”
– Thomas Paine | The Crisis [/two_third][one_third_last padding=”25% 0 0 0″][/one_third_last]

In the Stars: How to Find Calm in Tomorrow’s Election

[one_third][/one_third][two_third_last]I have to start out with full disclosure that I am voting for Hillary, no questions asked. As a female with any sense of dignity I can’t in any way, shape or form support Trump.

As I started digging into the candidates, Hillary and Trump, and the dates of the election and on and on down the rabbit hole for this post, I felt more and more and more perplexed by what I was finding. Instead of seeing threads that brought clarity and insight to mind, I felt overwhelmed. Can the stars tell me who’s going to win? Can they help support why I believe Hillary will be a better president? Can I tell who’s a better ‘match’ as Commander in Chief per the US’s chart? Can I see why this election season has been such a disappointment? I only felt more lost the more I dug into different cosmic insight.

In true Sagittarius rising fashion, I had to step away for a while and realign with new questions around what I was even trying to find for this post. Perspective – that’s my ultimate keyword. This step away helped, immediately realizing that I was going about nebulous election questions in the wrong way—just as I was going about my day in the wrong way (car issues, puppy issues, technology issues – is it Mercury Retrograde? No. Really?). Realignment and a step back cured the symptoms of chaos. So, here it is, here’s my big cosmic reveal around all of the nebulous questions about the candidates and this election:[/two_third_last]

[full_width]Both Hillary and Trump have charts filled with complexity. There’s really nothing that I can tell you that we haven’t already dissected about them so I’ll just confirm: Yes, Hillary is brilliant, filled with stubborn determination to have power, control as well as lead. She keeps secrets and we may never know if they are all for her own benefit or for the good of the country. She is compassionate and duplicitous. Trump is a narcissist, he’s archaic (and is blind to that having been born on a south node lunar eclipse), he’s intuitive but not focused. Both have things in their charts in relation to the US’s chart that make me feel a little scared of their leadership for this country.

What finally made the circus and shit show make more sense was when I decided to step away from the candidates and the election and look more at the birth, transit and progressed charts for the US. This is where the root of the problem lies. It’s not about ‘them’ but more about why our country is attracting such candidates right now as well as unprecedented polarization, bringing out the ugliness in all of us.[/full_width]

[one_half]First: We are currently going through some heavy Pluto transits as a country. Our sun (our vital will and ego) is being opposed by this intense planet of transformation. We are going through epic shifts in power structures where the white middle-class male is no longer the majority. This, I believe is where The Donald is gaining support. People are scared of change and he represents old world security that is an illusion. With Pluto involved, change is already upon us and there is no going back—just walking into the fires of destruction. Specifically, around infrastructure, reputation, corporations, security, and value, knowing that as a great nation we can rebuild these things better as a more encompassed country if we can embrace the changes already in motion. With Trump’s heavy Cancer influences he is hugely reactionary and I think a lot of us fear the big red button in his reach – this is what scares me the most with him. [/one_half][one_half_last][/one_half_last]

[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last]Second: It’s this same transit that I think has drawn Hillary into the mix along with the way Pluto is placed in the US progressed chart. Her Scorpio packed chart (ruled by Pluto) is one that can walk into the shifting tides and help us grow new skins and revitalize our country through re-building rather that clinging to the old. She represents that shift in society that is embracing power that looks different than it did in years past. Her ability to control and assert a psychological upper-hand is a double edged sword here. We need someone to lead us that isn’t scared of the change ahead and knows how to pool our power with others (that Scorpio is so masterful at), to keep us great. But, in that change will she get power hungry and make decisions that are better for her than for the country? The US chart has Scorpio in its 12th house of illusion, behind the scenes dealings, shadow and healing or self-undoing. So this could go both ways, either she uses her secretive Scorpio energy to help heal this area of our chart that has major baggage or she adds further fire to our sneaky backroom dealings. Either way, if she wins, I have no doubt that there will be much mystery around her presidency that we will never know about. [/one_half_last]

[one_third]Third: This is the biggie and the one that is the least about the candidates. Every thirty years, our charts make a shift in their progressions to a new sign. The last three degrees of progressing through a sign are when we can feel cycles coming to a close and are wrapping things up. As we move into the new sign, the first three degrees are ones where we are totally thrown out of water and struggle to understand our new environment and direction. For the US we are in the thick of this with our rising sign (what determines our direction and assertion) having just changed in May. The past three years we’ve been wrapping things up around leading, creatively expressing ourselves and shining as grand leaders and theatrical divas. Now, in Virgo, our direction needs to shift in big ways. [/one_third][two_third_last][/two_third_last]

[full_width]It’s time for us to figure out how to be more productive and create healthier process in our country. We’ve burned through a lot of resources in this Leo cycle of fun and excitement but now Virgo will help us dig in, work hard and make sure that the great creativity and leadership that we’ve asserted will be sustainable with a focus on refining, maturing and growing up. It’s not a really fun sign but it will bring a great harvest and more clout when we finish our new thirty year cycle. We are less than a degree into this new sign so we are literally spinning right now. None of us can fully grasp this new cycle for a couple of years so we have a long road ahead before the current turmoil calms down and we can all understand how we connect to our nation’s new directive. Call it fate or the cosmic powers that be, but this new rising sign is conjunct Trumps rising sign and conjunct Hillary’s mid-heaven (or career line). I guess we’ll see which line is more important to our nation’s chart tomorrow night. Although, Trump’s ascendant is technically in the last degree of Leo so I believe Hillary’s Virgo mid-heaven will be the rising star (but it’s going to take time for the US to ease into this Virgo energy so any leader will feel uncomfortable now).

In closing, more than who wins, keep in mind the epic cycles of change that we are going through and allow your fellow Americans to figure out their place for themselves without as much harsh judgement. We all have things we are going to have to let go of, find new footing in and transform for so try to be supportive and calm in this effort as we are all trying to figure out our place in the madness of the current US charts.

Side Note: There is controversy and mystery over Hillary’s true birth time as well as over the timing of the signing of The Declaration of Independence (US birth chart time) but I made my own judgements and assertions that I now (after having done research for this post) feel confident about. I’d already dug into the US chart for another post and feel sure that we have a Sag rising (freedom of speech, religion…). Feeling 98% sure about that, made it easier to rectify the time I choose to believe Hillary was born, of the few times she’s given.[/full_width]