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"First, a disclaimer: We enlightened types don't actually think ancient astrology can tell us anything valid about the current day, do we? What are we, superstitious? Hah! No, of course not. The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings, right?
Okay, we're all on the same page. We are here to bury Caesar, not to praise him. . . Oops, wrong lines. Sorry. I intended to save that bit for the upcoming post on "The Ides of March, 2019."
Since we're looking to the stars for entertainment, I'd like to introduce a metaphor to help us understand mundane astrology for our purposes. In this metaphor, all the Universe is a stage, and all the planets are merely players. The brief version of the metaphor in the next paragraph is in bold. Below it I give the technical details of my analysis, for those with more than a cursory interest in astrology. I will follow a similar format in my posts, marking the interpretation of the chart in bold, while the technical details remain in lighter font. I hope this makes the posts more readable for a wider audience, while demonstrating how to follow traditional mundane technique. No one wants so much technique that the point of the interpretation is lost, yet if we lose our reliance on technique, we learn nothing about what the ancients thought.
What will our players need in order to perform? They need their roles, their themes and motifs, a description of their characters, whether they are cast as antagonists or protagonists, their motivation, strengths and weaknesses. They need their costume changes, script, plot timing, character arc and outcome.
In the movements of the planets, we perceive the ever-changing roles of the planets as they proceed through the Zodiac, sometimes slipping into their costume changes at the ingress of each new sign, sometimes turning tail and re-treading the same floorboards in retrograde. Mercury is not always a liar and a thief; sometimes he takes the role of the pundit or the scribe in Gemini, even the librarian, the wizard or the adept in Virgo. All the universe is a stage, and all the planets are merely players. Whether Mercury plays the villain or the protagonist, his role is determined by his essential dignity at the point where he currently sits in the Zodiac. When well-dignified, he's on his best behavior. When ill-dignified, he's someone you'd be best advised to avoid.
Accidental dignity, shown by details like house placement, expresses the whim of the playwright. How much power to act has he given this protagonist, or this antagonist in our play? Is he whipped and passive, can he hold his own against the other planets, or is he endowed with unstoppable strength?
The houses of the chart describe the specific roles of our actors. When we want a more in-depth character analysis, we can look to the essential dignities of the degree of the house cusp to learn what motivates our characters, who influences them, which of the other players they love or fear the most.
The bright fixed stars give our characters clarity, color and an arc. We can study them to observe the universal life lessons our characters are struggling to learn.
The aspects between the planets equate to the actions taking place between the planets described in the playwright's script. They answer the questions, "Who does what to who?" "When will the action take place?" and "How does it all turn out?"
The next several posts will focus on several of our topical political figures.
Out of respect for private individuals who may be taking part in this drama and who are currently anonymous, some of these roles have not yet been assigned. Public figures are fair game for satire, private individuals are not. We will have to watch and wait to see who steps into the public eye and takes the actions described by the chart to assign some of these roles.
Currently waiting in the wings are:
Roger Stone, the Seditionist, played by Mars with Algol;
Robert Mueller, the Powerhouse, played by Jupiter in Sagittarius;
"Where's Mitch?" McConnell, played by Void of Course Moon;
Eye-Popping Rudy Guiliani, played by the Harbinger of Doom of the Aries Ingress, the Sun
A Teetering President, played by Mercury peregrine and retrograde
David Pecker, the Keeper of Secrets, played by Saturn with the South Node