Mars and Pluto conjunct in Capricorn & Sisyphus Politics

On the day following another brutal round of presidential debates, our new house astrologer Frederich Steinmann is looking to the heavens. By his calculations, some severe and foreboding astrological weather is setting us up for the political battle of a lifetime- and has been for some time. Through the lens of astrology and archetypal myth, he offers us a new lens with which to view our political climate, and to understand it's sinister and, often, self defeating Plutonian currents. 

So here is what’s going on astrologically in the sky.  

The Sun is currently in Libra, the sign of balance and competition, but is about to leave Libra on the 23rd of October to enter Scorpio- the sign of death and transformation.  Scorpio rules things you can’t avoid for life to go on; sex, death, taxes, and sharing.  Scorpio is a complicated sign and is co ruled by Mars and Pluto. In America, we elect a new president every four years while the Sun is in Scorpio.

Hills in her true double-Scorpio form

Hills in her true double-Scorpio form

Mars and Pluto came into a conjunction yesterday in the sign of Capricorn.  Capricorn rules governments, presidents, and CEOs.  Mars is exalted in Capricorn, so the desire for power is high in the world.  It’s a perfect time for a presidential debate.  But with Pluto in Capricorn there is always caution.  Pluto can represent the powerful, wealthy people (aka Plutocrats) that can support you behind the scenes, or bring you down through all your hidden secrets.  Pluto transiting in Capricorn could also represent the crumbling of ambitions not anchored through integrity of motive.  

One of the mysteries to leadership is taught by the famous Capricorn Lord Jesus: "true leaders serve."  This was discussed in the bible through the symbolic washing of feet.  Peter, the most ambitious disciple, was uncomfortable with someone greater then he performing a task suited for a servant or slave.  I’m paraphrasing, but Jesus said "accept this service or lose me forever".

This joining of Mars and Pluto in Capricorn is reflecting the ugliness hidden in the underbelly of the ambitions and motives to become the next US president.  America has been governed by the wealthy from behind the scenes (Plutocrats) for who knows how long.  Since 2008, the truth of the Plutocracy in this country has been slowly and steadily revealed by an increasing number of stories about the financial control of Washington through special interests and their lobbying organizations.  These investigative stories are the reason why Monsanto is seeking a merger- to die off and hide their activities in another larger company.   It’s a well-timed coincidence, or synchronicity; when Pluto went into Capricorn in 2008, many banks and other unsound financial schemes began to fail. Along side this turmoil, we were blessed with New Hope in this country with the presidency of Barack Obama.  Just a fun FYI – Donald Trump opened up a mortgage business in 2006.

Whatever Pluto touches in a horoscope is forever changed.  In greco-roman myth, not even Zeus could reverse Hades’ decision.  After this presidential election, you could say that everyone will think differently about the ambition and path required to become President.

Gemini Trump in his natural state of sass

Gemini Trump in his natural state of sass

Ever since 2008, the Plutocracy has been struggling to keep their secrets hidden in this “new normal” economy.  I was commenting to a friend about last night’s debate that, 12 years ago, you would not know all this secret information on political candidates.  

Is it an accident that Trumps tape with Billy Bush was released by Billy Bush a member of the Bush family?  
Has this type of “business as usual” always went on behind the scenes?
Or is this just an exaggerated collective caricature to grab our attention for some other reason?

Mars leaves Capricorn the morning after election day November 9th.

The journey to the top of one’s respective field in Capricorn can be equated to climbing a mountain.  Although one can just be placed at the top of mount Everest in one helicopter ride, the sudden change in altitude would cause a shock to the system and the body would fail and die.    

On the other hand, there is a fairly rotten system of stairs to climb to the top of this political mountain. There are all sorts of obscure rules, systems, and structures that don’t make sense for where the country and world are headed.  So a restructuring of the political landscape is definitely needed.  I believe, The Donald’s political death will fertilize Americas political landscape and create a new way up the presidential mountain that he will never reach.  Kind of like a poor man’s Moses.   

Additionally, Capricorn is ruled by Saturn.  Saturn is the planet which rules laws and regulations like the Law of Karma.  Karma also has astrological resonance with the sign Libra, where the Sun is currently transiting.  The Law of Karma summarized, what one sows is what one reaps.  In order to get soundly to the top of one’s personal Mt Everest, the ambition and will (Capricorn and Mars) must be there. In addition to ambition and will, the steps taken must be with integrity or else the sickle/cycle of Saturn will bring one down to begin the climb all over again.  

Keep in mind- in a little over a year, Saturn and his sickle will enter the sign of Capricorn on Dec 20 2017.

To those discouraged by the quality and content of the current political debate, I offer this encouraging Greek myth.

Sisyphus was one of the craftiest men in Greek mythology.  He was a king and, in order to demonstrate strength, he committed xenia.  Xenia is killing travelers.  Travelers have the right to safety under the ancient laws of hospitality.  The motive for Sisyphus’ xenia was to say, basically, “I'm a bad hombre”.  Xenia violated Zeus’ law, and the penalty for xenia is death.  Zeus sent Thanatos to escort Sisyphus to the underworld.  There are many versions of how this was done, but in each one, Sisyphus cheated death and lived a few short years longer.  

In one version, Sisyphus conned Thanatos.  He asked to show him how the he would be chained to the rock and left Thanatos chained to a rock.  In another account Sisyphus noticed that Hermes did not escort him to the underworld and got out of the underworld on a technicality.  In a third version, Sisyphus convinced Persephone and Hades (Pluto), Queen and King of the Underworld respectively, that his wife did not follow the burial rites properly, and left him dead on the street without leaving a toll for the Ferryman Charon.  Sisyphus was bound by law to go to earth and scold her since she technically violated the law- making her a “nasty woman”.  But what Hades and Persephone did not know was that Sisyphus’ wife was only following orders.  In a final version, Hades went up to earth personally to escort Sisyphus to the underworld.  Keep in mind- Hades rarely left the underworld.  Sisyphus conned Hades to tie himself to the boulder.  Without Hades in the underworld, no one could die.  People being unable to die went against the fundamental laws of nature, a much more severe offense then xenia, and Zeus sent Ares (Mars) to free Hades and bring Sisyphus to the underworld.

Sisyphus ultimately was punished for his con jobs.  In all versions, the punishment was the same.  For the rest of eternity, Sisyphus is condemned to push a boulder up a hill, only to have it roll down back again.

If you think people are getting away with a con, they really are only conning themselves.  Conmen only end up being slaves to their own unquenchable ambition forever and ever, in exchange for a few fleeting moments of comfort and power.  This is the personal challenge for every human being- not to take joy as others plummet on their Sisyphian descent, or you will be dragged down with them, eventually.  A more karma-friendly alternative- thank them for the lesson, wish them well, and move on.  Let Time and the Law be their judge. Go high where they go low.

The Pluto-Mars conjunction asks us to uncover why we are motivated to achieve what we currently desire.  We can change who we are by examining and subtly shifting the motive for our goals.  Through this process, one will find that over time, we organically become the person we need to be to achieve these goals.  


Monthly Tarot Forecast for October

Well, after the complicated and gloomy astrological weather of September, I'm sure we're all ready for a change. The planets have ceased their eclipses, retrogrades, and the rest of their shenanigans. And, if you've done your homework, hopefully you'll be emerging into October feeling like a brand new (albeit, war-hardened) person, with new goals, new priorities, and a new perspective. 

The thing about transformation is that its hard to stay transformed in an untransformed world. And October will present us with a million opportunities to fall into old, familiar darkness- to wallow in friendly shadow, even though things are looking up, simply out of habit. This month will require renewed mindfulness and vigilance in the face of a hundred opportunities to be basic. You remember from last month that your meat-suit deserves better than basic. Keep swimming, don't feed the trolls, and keep a good handle on those thoughts and emotions - this month, you could be your own worst enemy. 

Using the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, house reading Blue June illuminates a bit of that familiar darkness for us.

RELINQUISH - Ace of Clubs, upright
Ah yes, the beginning of this new season makes it easy for us to really embrace the new beginnings of the next chapter in all our lives.  It's no mistake that we feel so fresh and new!  The very last day of September we experienced the Black Moon, this is when a second New Moon within one month occurs.  The Black Moon is always an aid in starting something new with a clean slate and doing so with intense clarity.  Some of us may have even experienced miraculous obstacles clearing out of the way.  The roads are clear now for business ventures, creativity and even inventions!  This time may even be the start of a very meaningful experience in your lives! Pay close attention to synchronicity these next couple of weeks leading up to the full moon and start building the experience and adventure you want to achieve!  

FOCUS - Nine of Coins, reversal
Don't you just love it when divination gives you something positive and then says, "Yeah but watch out!"  Our focus this month doesn't negate the open roads ahead, it just suggests we proceed with caution. Staying grounded and using our best discretion moving forward in matters of business and even material possessions.  Keep track of where you put your phone, keys, etc.  This may also influence some of our valued friendships, so keep a close eye on those things as well as you enjoy these new opportunities.

CHALLENGE - Knight of Coins, reversal
One thing we need to be really careful about this month is missing out on opportunities because of feeling stagnant, lacking determination or direction, or just plain not recognizing these roads opening until it's too late.  We talked about evaluating our mortality last month and maintaining better habits to take care of our bodies, so if you haven't started now is the time.  The early season of fall is usually a vibrant time in our community!  So much activity and so many things to do, excited to show off our layers we definitely keep very busy around here! Don't let those blues in to block your vision of what wonderful adventures await you.  Stay focus, stay driven, and make sure you're eating well and taking care of your meat suit!


EMBRACE - Two of Swords, upright
We need to raise our vibration this month!  If we can match those of Harmony and Balance we are going to attract the outcomes we want in all matters.  Allow yourself to be affectionate with loved ones.  Practice self care on the regular and achieve your clarity by any means necessary.  This is NOT a good month to allow yourself time for self pity, this could set a precedent for a long time to come and we don't want to match the vibration of depression throughout the entire winter, now do we??  As we begin to see the leaves changing later this month I want you to imagine the parts of yourself that no longer serve you simply falling away through the season.  Release those hang-ups and embrace the greater possibilities that are very prominent, even though they may not seem perfectly apparent to you at all times.

Blue June, founder of Magick Talismans Tarot and The Broom Closet, specializes in tarot readings, crystal casting and oracle divination.  Blue teaches Catland's monthly Intro to Tarot class and is the creator/curator of the celebrated monthly Full Moon Market.  She has been featured in Omnifeed, Broadly, Vice, and Nylon Magazine.  Blue is available for walk-in tarot readings Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at Catland, and other days by appointment.

Monthly Tarot Forecast for September

Finally- the first vestiges of fall! The very edges of the leaves have started to turn, the hard rains that spell temperature change have begun to fall, and we start the month off with a BANG as wild, temperamental Mercury flings into retrograde. Hang onto your hats, folks, this is going to be a bumpy ride. As the year turns back within itself, so too must we begin to turn within and see what harvest our summer's work has wrought. But the good news about taking stock of your world is that you are the judge, jury, and executioner for what works and what doesn't in your life. Know your worth, and cut out undeserving people, thought, and activities with a discerning hand. It's time to be accountable to both yourself and the world around you. As house reader Damon Stang says, "Walk softly and carry a big aura."

Using the Deviant Moon Tarot, house reader Blue June takes us through what the next month has in store for us. 

Relinquish:  Two of Cups, upright
Throughout August, we were cautioned to work on our communication and connections with those closest to us.  If we took heed through the past month and set this foundation for success, we can relinquish the fear of any major falling outs during this Mercury Retrograde- which began August 30th and lasts until the first day of Fall, Sept 22nd.  However, the duality of this card in this position is that if we did not make the effort to strengthen these specific areas, we may be looking at a rocky road for the next few weeks.  Which ever the case may be, there will be two eclipses this month, and these are great times to renew these efforts.  We have the solar eclipse today (Sept 1st) and a lunar eclipse Sept 16-17.  In matters of love, this may mean receiving texts that don't make a lot of sense, but rest assured- all hope is not lost.  There is still union depicted in this card between "Midnight" and "Death" which means, quite simply, :proceed with caution".


Focus:  Seven of Pentacles, upright
Our main focus this month needs to be on testing our skill-set in career matters.  Put what you've learned to work and see how far you've come.  This may not be a great time for making big plans or travel, but that doesn't mean we can't show off what we've learned.  It may be just that which attracts the job, income, or abundance you desire.  You should be pleasantly surprised at how far you've come, but if you find that your skills aren't quite what you thought they were, now may be a good time to do some fine tuning.  Reflect on what your expectations were and don't give up- keep trying!




Challenge: Temperance, reversal
BIG SURPRISE here folks!  We will almost always find that matters dealing with communication, technology, and travel during Mercury Retrograde become severe obstacles to our goals.  The main take away from this reversal card is that we will find it very challenging to find patience with others and ourselves. Conflict is readily available, involving everyone around you right now, so do your best to go about your own business and if someone you love is rocking the boat, take a deep breath and ground yourself before you respond to discord.  Be careful not to spend too much money or overindulge  as well this month.  Balancing the checkbook may not be the only thing we find difficult, but do your best to keep your feet on the ground.



Embrace: Death, upright
This may seem a bit morbid, but this is a great time for a deep, introspective look at your own mortality. I'm not necessarily encouraging a nihilist point of view, but it's crucial now to just really be aware of the life your leading and what can be improved about it.  We walk around for such a short time in basically just these suits of meat.  What is your meat suit not accomplishing?  What can your meat suit improve upon?  How can you make your meat suit last a little longer?  These are very important things to consider and to make some tough decisions about with this as our final card.  Toward the end of the month, it is probably time to start making the changes necessary to have that higher quality of life- THAT YOUR MEAT SUIT DESERVES!

Blue June, founder of Magick Talismans Tarot and The Broom Closet, specializes in tarot readings, crystal casting and oracle divination.  Blue teaches Catland's monthly Intro to Tarot class and is the creator/curator of the celebrated monthly Full Moon Market.  She has been featured in Omnifeed, Broadly, Vice, and Nylon Magazine.  Blue is available for walk-in tarot readings Saturdays, Mondays and Thursdays at Catland, and other days by appointment.