Follow-Up to "Solar Arcs: What They Are – How to Use Them"

Kepler College's special 3-Hour workshop on "Solar Arcs: What They Are – How to Use Them" presented by Robert Glasscock on November 4, 2017 stirred interest and even controversy from its illustrations of solar arc techniques in Donald Trump's and the United States' horoscopes. In this article,  Robert expands on some of the points made and shows how you can effectively use transits to solar arcs.

By Robert Glasscock 
12/22/2017

In addition to astrological familiarity, Mundane astrology requires broad factual knowledge of current and historic events – including politics, economics, stock markets, religions, wars, ecology, scientific and industrial breakthroughs, psychology, medicine and media (for starters). But any astrologer possessing basic horoscopic techniques can and should learn to apply them to charts of nations and leaders as well as clients' charts.

During the November 4 workshop, I used both natal and mundane examples of solar arcs charts and transits to solar arc charts. In the mundane portion, I noted that the United States has not seen astrological conditions like these since right before the civil war. I also used Donald Trump's chart to show how his solar arc chart and transits to his solar arc chart reflected the issues surrounding the Presidency and his administration, particularly issues related to the investigation of Russian interference in the campaign. 

The "controversy" over the solar arcs workshop came from individuals who felt that the mundane astrological interpretation was based on "mere opinion" instead of long-observed and documented facts gleaned from news reports and Donald Trump's and his family's own words and actions. But if an interpretation is "mere opinion, this promotes the falsehood that astrology is nothing more (or less) than one's particular bias. In other words: astrology is meaningless and useless if it doesn't confirm a given person's "beliefs."

TrumpTransitsToTrumpSolarArcs 400pxOne reason I used solar arcs and ancient techniques to rectify Trump's horoscope was to dispel such attitudes. Using those techniques, I validated Trump's natal chart and showed it correctly predicting the sexes of his five children in birth order and the sexes of his four siblings, in birth order. The rectified chart moved by 4 minutes, from 10:54 AM to 10:50 AM. Astrology is not mere "opinion." 

In the chart to the right, the inner ring is the solar arc chart for November 4, 2017. This is based on a natal chart for June 14, 1946 at 10:50 AM in Jamaica, NY. The November 4, 2017 transits are in the outer ring (for a larger siize that is easier to read, please click here or click on the chart itself). 

In the six short weeks since the Nov. 4 Solar Arcs workshop, much of what was originally outlined and delineated by solar arcs has already come to pass. For example: 

  • Transiting Saturn conjunct Trump's Solar Arc Jupiter in the 2nd House. Jupiter rules the 2nd house of money and 5th house which represents Trump's 1st child, Donald Trump, Jr. This transit challenges Trump Sr.'s self worth and finances. It has to do with Trump's money and assets, as well as money at a distance, money through foreign countries, income and income taxes. 

    Saturn constrcits, it clamps down, but it drives home the facts, pleasant or unpleasant. Which is why people fear it so much, especially if they have played loose with the truth.

    In connection with the Russian investigation, this transit could result in Donald Trump clamping down on the justice department by firing Mueller or other actions. Or justice may clamp down on Donald Trump. 

    Trump, Jr. has been quoted as stating "Russians make up a pretty disporportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets." Jr. has had numerous contacts with various Russian bankers tied to Moscow during the campaign and afterwards. In the two weeks after the workshop, Trump Jr. was again prominently in the news connected with Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian influence on the elections.

    Trump supporter and Wall Street Journal owner Rupert Murdoch, we now know, killed an editorial during the presidential campaign that exposed Trump's Mafia ties. Five WSJ editorial staffers departed as a result.  

  • Transiting Saturn's next aspect is a square to Trump's Solar Arc Saturn in the 11th house at 2 degrees Libra. This again emphasizes actions related to law and justice. 

It was impossible in that workshop, from time constraints, to source each delineation: they arose from 53 years in practice. However, I did choose to quote Reinhold Ebertin's "The Combination of Stellar Influences" for one especially harsh solar arc in Trump's chart:

  • Transiting Retrograde Neptune opposition the Solar Arc Sun/Mercury midpoint.

To quote Reinhold Ebertin of this midpoint aspect: 'Swindlers and crooks. The experience of deception.' Trump's record on this score is documented: it's the primary reason U.S. banks refused to lend to him anymore. [See that spiked WSJ article on Trump and the Mafia.] But it works both ways. Trump has been swindled himself – by the Russians – who historically and notoriously work this way – through family members – to ingratiate and insinuate themselves into their marks.

During the workshop, I noted another important solar arc in Donald Trump's chart, which I will address more exhaustively below. 

"In his Solar Arc chart, Pluto is in Libra – where it is about to be transited by an 'end-of-life' opening square from transiting Pluto in Capricorn, in his 3rd house of the mind. See all the reports of Trump's mental unraveling. And let's not forget his own father's losing six year battle with Alzheimer's.

"What house is ruled by Pluto in Trump's solar arc chart updated to today [November 4, 2017]? His 1st house." The physical body, the head, and brain.

In fact, as you see in Trump's Solar Arc chart, both his physical body (1st house) and his 6th House of health are ruled by Mars (Aries on his 6th also rules the head and brain). Further, Trump's Solar Arc 8th House (inconjunct his 1st, like the 6th, is equally important in health – as are all inconjuncts) is ruled by the neurological sign of Gemini (Trump's natal Sun sign).

The following (published December 20, 2017 – seven weeks after the Solar Arcs Workshop), are excerpts from Amy Goodman's important interview ("Democracy Now!") with Dr. Bandy Lee, forensic psychiatrist on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine –– under the banner: "Thousands of mental health professionals warn of Trump’s increasing instability." For the full transcript click here.

AMY GOODMAN: We end today’s show with growing questions about President Donald Trump’s mental health. . . .

BANDY LEE: Well, it’s actually historically unprecedented that so many mental health professionals have come forth with their concerns, under any president, of any party. So it really is the first time that this many mental health professionals are coming together in a coalition. . . . There are thousands of us at this point.

AMY GOODMAN: So talk about—lay out what your concerns are as a psychiatrist.

BANDY LEE: So, our concerns are that someone with this level of mental instability and impairment has this much power, in the office of the presidency—basically, the power to start a devastating war, to launch nuclear missiles, without any inhibition. You saw from the hearings that there is very little inhibition in place right now. Within five minutes of the commander-in-chief’s orders, nuclear missiles could be launched without question. And—

AMY GOODMAN: And how does that relate to his mental fitness?

BANDY LEE: And, of course, his decision-making capacity, having such levels of impulsivity, having a loose grip on reality and being so fragile in his ability to cope with ordinary stresses, such as basic criticisms or unflattering news, will tend to unravel, especially in times of heightened stress, such as under the special counsel’s investigations.

Consider now what could not be fully addressed on November 4th due to time limitations: the additional solar arcs pertaining to Donald Trump's health. Remember: solar arcs are in effect for about 6 months on either side of exact. The following solar arc interpretations are taken verbatim from Ebertein's The Combination of Stellar Influences.

  • Jan 5, 2018    (July 4, 2017 to July 9, 2018) converse Pluto square Venus/Neptune
    A painful renunciation, tragedy
  • Feb 10, 2018    (Nov 7, 2017 to May 16, 2018) MC semisquare Uranus
    Disadvantage through overhasty or premature action, a sudden turn of destiny, big upsets.
  • Mar 11, 2018    (Dec 8, 2017 to June 11, 2018) converse Moon semisquare Mars
    Strong inner tensions, love of quarreling, fluctuating energy, rashness, rebellion against limitation and compulsion
  • Mar 12, 2018    (Sep 8, 2017 to Sep 13, 2018) converse Saturn square Sun/Neptune
    Inhibitions through illness or physical debility, an emotional affliction. Illness through the suffering of the soul, an impeded blood-circulation, bad or unhealthy blood.
  • Mar 17, 2018    (Sep 9, 2017 to Sep 21) Moon opposite Saturn/Neptune
    Emotional depressions, pessimism, the inability to develop emotionally in a proper manner, a low character. Illness through soul-suffering.
  • Apr 15, 2018    (Oct 11, 2017 to Oct 17) converse Uranus square Sun/Saturn
    Emotional tensions, nervousness. Unusual circumstances, crises, separation, mourning, seclusion, (imprisonment).
  • Apr 16, 2018    (Jan 13 to July 17) converse Jupiter semisquare Sun
    A materialistic mentality, pretentiousness, negligence, heedlessness, extravagance and squandering, ostentatiousness. The inclination to spend money unnecessarily. Conflicts caused by an arrogant and pretentious demeanor, illness through wrong nutrition, differences with people in one's environment or with superiors, a person in conflict with the laws of the land or realm.
  • June 23, 2018   (Dec 15, 2017 to Dec 29) Uranus conjunct Mars
    Obstinacy, self-will and willfulness, intolerance, haste and premature action, the liability or proneness to injuries or accidents. A struggle for survival. Accident, injury, operation. The activity and work of the heart.
  • July 22, 2018   (Jan 14 to Jan 27, 2019) Uranus/Pluto square Sun
    Over-excitement of the nerves, a breakdown, a catastrophe.
  • Nov 7, 2018    (May 6 to May 11, 2019) converse Pluto square Asc
    Dictatorship or rule by force. The urge or craving to bring other people at all cost under the rule of one's own will. A repulsive behavior. Violent disputes, quarrels, injuries, accidents. A drastic or radical change of one's circumstances in life.
  • Nov 17, 2018    (May 15 to May 21, 2019) converse Neptune conjunct Venus
    Weakened glandular functions.
  • Dec 27, 2018    (June 25 to June 30, 2019) converse Pluto square Saturn/Neptune
    Heavy emotional depressions, difficult growth or development of one's faculties. A serious illness
  • Jan 13, 2019    (July 7, 2018 to July 21) Moon/Venus opposite Uranus
    Epilepsy and other convulsive states. Disturbance of glandular functions.
  • Jan 16, 2019    (July 11, 2018 to July 24) Sun/Neptune square Saturn
    Inhibitions through illness or physical debility, an emotional affliction. Illness through the suffering of the soul, an impeded blood-circulation, bad or unhealthy blood.
  • Jan 26, 2019    (July 24, 2018 to July 30) converse Saturn opposite Moon/Neptune
    Pessimism, hopelessness and despair, the tendency to be influenced strongly by the prevailing and temporary circumstances. The suffering of the soul, pathological states of depression, the tendency to feel inhibited, frustrated or paralyzed.
  • Feb 19, 2019    (Aug 14, 2018 to Aug 27) Sun/Saturn square Uranus
    Changing course in life. Unusual circumstances, crises, separation, mourning, seclusion, imprisonment.
  • Feb 28, 2019    (Aug 27, 2018 to Sep 1) converse Uranus opposite Moon/Saturn
    Impulsive release of inner tensions, the desire to free oneself from inhibitions. Nervous tension, the sudden suffering of the soul, separation.
  • Mar 31, 2019    (Sep 27, 2018 to Oct 2) converse Mars/Neptune square Neptune
    The desire to harm other people, misuse or abuse of physical energy, misdirected powers and capabilities (also in a criminal sense), self-destroying forces and agents, moodiness, irritability, discontent, feelings of inferiority. Failures caused through the absence of plans or through lack of energy, the misfortune to suffer harm or exploitation, dislike of work, obstinacy and stubbornness (almost as if under a fanatical illusion).
  • Sep 18, 2019    (Mar 12 to Mar 25, 2020) Asc square Pluto
    Dictatorship or rule by force. The urge or craving to bring other people at all cost under the rule of one's own will. A repulsive behavior. Violent disputes, quarrels, injuries, accidents. A drastic or radical change of one's circumstances in life.
  • Oct 11, 2019    (Apr 9 to Apr 13, 2020) converse Neptune conjunct Sun/Mars
    Disinclination to work, lack of energy, dishonest activity. The undermining of one's vocational position, the stage of receiving notice, disappointment, fraud. Lack of vitality, illness.
  • Nov 8, 2019     (May 3 to May 15, 2020) Saturn/Neptune square Pluto
    Heavy emotional depressions, difficult growth or development of one's faculties. A serious illness.

As I said in the recorded Solar Arcs Workshop, based on Trump's solar arcs and transits to them:

"The present degree of his Scorpio solar arc Ascendant is about to enter the explosive Aquarius duad – his 4th house 'end of the matter.' Whether you read that as the end of his presidency or the end of his life. Figuratively or literally. It will remain in that erratic, unpredictable, explosive duad for 2 ½ years. Which is the maximum he can remain in office. But his end is likely to be much sooner. Unless there is a military coup and takeover of the United States.

"The underworld is exactly where Saturn is transiting in both Donald Trump's solar arc horoscope and the horoscope of the United States. We've seen that it's conjunct his solar arc Jupiter (exact over the next two weeks) and about to square his solar arc Saturn (exact in January of 2018), then forming its direct station exactly on this square on September 6th of next year – which is perhaps the soonest he will be effectively removed from office or resign. But that won't change things as much as one might hope. Mike Pence will assume the Oval Office and the right wing will remain in power.

"Pluto itself is also transiting its home turf in the underworld in Trump's solar arc chart. Where it forms a 4th house square to its solar arc position – repeatedly – this December [2017] and January [2018], and again from next September through early November. It makes its direct station exactly at this square on October 1, 2018.

"It's no hyperbole to say that next fall is the outside marker for the end of Trump or the end of the United States and the free republic for which it stands."

 

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