URANU.S.A.: Steve Bannon and the Fourth Turning

Donald Trump and Uranus in Gemini

donald-trump-1946U.S. popular vote loser Donald Trump was born in Queens, New York at 10:54 a.m.  on June 14, 1946, with Uranus conjunct the North Node and Sun in tropical Gemini in his natal chart. Uranus, discovered in 1781, the same year the American Revolutionary War ended, takes 84-years to transit through the twelve signs of the zodiac, spending about seven years in each sign.

In 2013, I self-published an illustrated book called URANU.S.A.: Astrology Looks at the First Planet and Nation of the New World, in which I examined U.S. political history relative to the transit of Uranus in tropical Gemini.

Uranus makes its next transit through Gemini during the years 2025-2033. Historically speaking, the passage of Uranus through Gemini has always coincided with a period during which the country is involved in a major war, the outcome of which results in the United States redefining itself. These periods were 1775-1781 (Revolutionary War), 1858-1865 (Civil War), 1941-1949 (U.S. involvement in WWII, ending with the creation of NATO).

Steve Bannon and the Fourth Turning

SiriusXM's Coverage Of The Republican National Convention Goes Gavel-to-Gavel On Wednesday, July 20Trump’s Chief Strategist, Breitbart media executive Steve Bannon is an avid enthusiast of the Fourth Turning cycle theory proposed by historians Neil Howe and William Strauss, an observation of patterns in American political and social life that change about every 20-22 years, repeating thematically about every 80-90 years.

Just as with the transit of Uranus in Gemini, their theory identifies the eighty-something year gap between the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and WWII.

Because Bannon is such a Fourth Turning keener, he is reportedly candid about what he expects is the inevitability of the U.S. getting involved in war in the not-too-distant future.

I confess, too, that I have expected a U.S. war on the scale of the aforementioned conflicts to occur between the years 2025-2033, based mostly on the expectation that this upcoming Uranus transit through tropical Gemini will repeat itself in a similar fashion to the last three. 

The difference being that either Bannon is a decade too early, or I am looking ahead a decade too late. That is, presuming Trump serves two four-year terms, he would leave office in January 2025, a few months before Uranus moves from Taurus to Gemini, and therefore presumably would not be likely to be directly responsible for an outbreak of war during the Uranus transit in Gemini. Unless, of course, he somehow winds up staying in office longer than two terms.

Here is a video clip featuring some of the interesting historical and astrological work found in URANU.S.A.:

Audio recorded at Fort Mason, San Francisco on March 28, 2013.

Video: Mars Retrograde in Kolkata, India

Video: Mars Retrograde in Kolkata, India

Mars Retrograde Presentation Live in Kolkata

Video footage of my recent presentation at the 26th annual Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology conference in Kolkata, India has been posted online.

Taped at Carnival Cinemas, Kolkata, India on January 23, 2016.

Mars Retrograde in Uncommon Signs

I spoke on one of my standard topics, the Mars retrograde cycle. In consideration of my Indian audience, I presented my work using the sidereal zodiac, as opposed to the tropical zodiac. Since the material is a simple observation of historical trends that unambiguously correspond to a repeating planetary pattern, it does not require zodiacal symbolic interpretation in order to be recognized. It speaks for itself.

For this particular talk, I mostly discussed the fact that the Mars retrograde cycle is not distributed evenly among the signs, in either zodiac. In the tropical zodiac, Mars only has retrograde transits through Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces once every 32-47 years. Using the sidereal zodiac, we are then looking at Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius.

I began by citing biographical examples, using the lives of Paul McCartney and Hillary Clinton to demonstrate how these brief, two-to-three month intervals that occur only once every few decades can repeatedly correspond to pivotal periods in a given individual’s timeline.

I moved on to tracing the Mars retrograde cycle according to the history of Iran and India, the latter of which has a history of crisis that strongly corresponds to periods when Mars retrograde is in close proximity to Saturn, as it will be for much of 2016.

Gratitude

It was a tremendous honour and privilege to be included in the roster of western astrologers invited to participate in this year’s conference. Gopal Bhattacharjee, Director of the KIA, began introducing western astrologers at his conference two years ago, with South Africa’s Richard Fidler and Slovenia’s Ema Kurent serving as the initial pioneers in this, to my knowledge, unprecedented exchange between eastern and western astrological circles.

The number of western astrologers was bumped up to about a half-dozen the following year, and this time we were more than twice that number. I understand the number of western speakers will increase again in 2017.

I want to express my gratitude to Mr. Bhattacharjee for his gracious invitation and hospitality, and to all my new Indian friends who received us so warmly during our visit.

Photo credit: Robert Currey

I Love Astrology Podcast Episodes 2 & 3

I Love Astrology Podcast with Nick Dagan Best

I have two episodes of the I Love Astrology podcast to promote here.

My new episode, number three, is about censorship. My co-host is Leisa Schaim, and our three guests are Karen Christino, Kim Farnell, and Gary Christen. We discuss the lives and work of noted astrologers Evangeline Adams, Alan Leo, Alfred Witte, Elsbeth Ebertin, and Karl Ernst Krafft.

Episode two, which I did last month, is about Venus retrograde and consensus. My co-host is Kate Petty, and our three guests are Nina Gryphon, Christopher Renstrom, and Gary Caton. We discuss the phases of Venus, and their use in astrology.

I Love Astrology Podcast

I Love Astrology PodcastMy name is Nick Dagan Best and I love my new astrology podcast.

The podcast is about the passion of astrologers. I am planning on making this a monthly show, at least through the summer.

The topic for episode one is oil. Join me and my co-host, Patrick Watson, as we explore the astrological story of oil, including interviews with Laurence Jones, Jonathan Pearl, and Tony Dickey.

Also, I talk to Ginger, who was born the day of a Venus retrograde station, about the Venus retrograde transits of her past.

1866: Otto Von Bismarck Survives Assassination Attempt

Otto Von Bismarck white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Survival

Fifty-five year-old Prussian Prime Minister Otto Von Bismarck is shot from behind on a street in Berlin, by a 22 year-old gunman named Ferdinand Cohen-Blind. Slightly wounded, he manages to wrestle the gun out of his assailant’s hands. Cohen-Blind will slash his own throat in prison tonight. Bismarck’s plan to provoke Austria into declaring war against Prussia is five weeks from fruition.

Transiting South Node and Neptune are conjunct Bismarck’s natal Sun in Aries, square the natal South Node and Moon conjunction in Capricorn, reflecting weak and ineffectual enemies. Transiting Jupiter is conjunct natal Mars in Aquarius, signifying determination to increase one’s sphere of influence.

South Node-Neptune conjunct Sun

Otto Von Bismarck astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the 1966 attempt on his life.

1985: Ronald Reagan Visits Bitburg Cemetery

Ronald Reagan white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Honor

Seventy-two year-old US President Ronald Reagan honors the dead at Bitburg Cemetery during a state visit to Germany. Intended as a healing gesture on the 40th anniversary of German surrender in World War II, the visit is controversial for the fact that 49 former SS officers are among the buried. The president acknowledges the event has “opened old wounds”.

Transiting Jupiter is conjunct Reagan’s natal Sun in Aquarius, indicating a spirit of inclusivity and optimism. Transiting Jupiter in Aquarius is also square the transiting Sun in Taurus, resonating with the natal Sun-Jupiter square in Scorpio-Aquarius, signifying unintentional conflict over rigid ideological certainty.

Jupiter conjunct Sun

Ronald Reagan astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his 1985 visit to Bitburg Cemetery

Transiting Jupiter (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Sun in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower left). Transiting Jupiter in Aquarius square transiting Sun in Taurus (outer wheel, lower right), resonating with natal Jupiter in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper left) square the natal Sun in Aquarius.

1988: Joe Biden Undergoes 2nd Aneurysm Surgery

Joe Biden white cartoon sketch set on red stucco background.Astrology and Aneurysms

Forty-five year-old US Democratic Senator Joe Biden undergoes his second brain surgery in less than four months. The first surgery was to correct a larger aneurysm on the left side of his cranium, while this one is done to correct a smaller one on his right side. The Senator withdrew from the presidential race last September, after it was revealed that he had plagiarized a journal article during his first year in law school.

Transiting Pluto is conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio, opposite transiting Jupiter and the Sun in Taurus, indicating the purging or correction of a corrupted system. Transiting Mercury in Taurus is opposite the natal Sun and Venus in Scorpio, signifying a life-saving rescue by a specially skilled individual.

Pluto conjunct Mars

Joe Biden astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his second aneurysm surgery in 1988.

Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Mars in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper left), opposite transiting Jupiter and the Sun in Taurus (outer wheel, lower right). Transiting Mercury in Taurus (outer wheel, right center) opposite natal Sun and Venus in Scorpio (inner wheel, left center)

1967: Huey Newton Orchestrates Black Panthers State Capitol March

Huey P. Newton white sketch cartoon on green stucco background.Astrology and Militance

Twenty-five year-old activist and recent founder of the nascent Black Panther Party, Huey Newton, organizes a march of thirty armed Black Panthers, led by co-founder Bobby Seale, to the California State Capitol in Sacramento. The BPP is protesting a new bill that would rescind a law allowing loaded firearms to be carried in public, and their dramatic entrance into the Legislature is also an introduction to public exposure.

Transiting Pluto and Uranus in Virgo are opposite Newton’s natal Moon in Pisces, square transiting Venus in Gemini, signifying a new revolutionary voice introduced to a mounting volatility in US racial tensions. Transiting Neptune in Scorpio is opposite natal Saturn in Taurus, indicating the powerful but fragile movement’s targeting for infiltration and destruction by government authority.

Pluto-Uranus opposite Moon

Huey P. Newton astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the Black Panthers armed visit to the California State Legislature in 1967.

Transiting Pluto and Uranus in Virgo (outer wheel, upper left) opposite natal Moon in Pisces (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Venus in Gemini (outer wheel, upper right). Transiting Neptune in Scorpio (outer wheel, middle left) opposite natal Saturn in Taurus (inner wheel, middle right).

1903: King Edward VII Arrives in Paris

King Edward VII white cartoon sketch on blue stucco background.Astrology and Diplomacy

Sixty-one year-old King Edward VII of Great Britain arrives in Paris for a state visit. The British Empire is unpopular due to atrocities committed during the Boer War in South Africa, and the King is poorly received by the French public. However, he wins their hearts overnight, when he is heard speaking fluent French to a renowned actress. A treaty of alliance is soon signed between the two nations.

Transiting Mars retrograde is stationing direct conjunct Edward’s natal Moon in Virgo, reflecting a shift in reception, from hostile to friendly. Transiting Uranus is conjunct the natal Ascendant in Sagittarius, signifying a swift image makeover. Transiting Neptune in Cancer is opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn, introducing a warm, familiar charm to stiff diplomacy.

Mars retrograde conjunct Moon

King Edward VII astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his 1903 visit to Paris.

Transiting Mars retrograde (outer wheel, top center) conjunct natal Moon in Virgo (inner wheel, top center). Transiting Uranus (outer wheel, center left) conjunct natal Ascendant in Sagittarius (inner wheel, center left). Transiting Neptune in Cancer (outer wheel, middle right) opposite natal Saturn in Capricorn (inner wheel, middle left).

2004: George W. Bush Testifies Privately Before 9/11 Commission

George W. Bush white cartoon sketch on brown stucco background.Astrology and Power

Fifty-seven year-old US President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney testify privately, and not under oath, before the 9/11 Commission. After the nearly four-hour meeting is over, the President explains to the press that he and Cheney testified together so that the commission could “see our body language…how we work together.”

Transiting Venus pre-retrograde is conjunct Bush’s natal Uranus and North Node in Gemini, opposite transiting Pluto in Sagittarius, signifying a symbiotic power dynamic with a close associate in presenting a united front. Transiting Jupiter is stationing direct conjunct natal Mars in Virgo, reflecting the strutting assertion of untouchable confidence.

Venus conjunct Uranus-North Node

George W. Bush astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for his testimony before the 9/11 Commission.

Transiting Venus (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Uranus and North Node in Gemini (inner wheel, upper left), opposite transiting Pluto in Sagittarius (outer wheel, lower right). Transiting Jupiter station direct (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Mars in Virgo (inner wheel, lower left).

1980: Jimmy Carter Iran Hostage Rescue Failure

Jimmy Carter white cartoon sketch on yellow stucco background.Astrology and Failure

Fifty-five year-old US President Jimmy Carter announces the failure of a mission to rescue 53 embassy hostages in Iran, taking full personal responsibility. Eight men were killed, and others badly burned, when a series of military aircraft crashed on an airstrip south of Tehran. There is now little hope of the hostages being released anytime soon.

Transiting North Node and Mars is post-retrograde conjunct the natal North Node, Neptune and Venus in Leo, opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Aquarius, square transiting Uranus in Scorpio, signifying the impulse to take decisive action. Transiting Saturn is conjunct natal Mercury in Virgo, opposite natal Uranus in Pisces, square transiting Neptune in Sagittarius and Venus in Gemini, indicating scrutiny and criticism on grounds of accountability.

Mars opposite Mars

Jimmy Carter astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the failed hostage rescue mission.

Transiting North Node and Mars post-retrograde (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal North Node, Neptune, and Venus in Leo (inner wheel, upper left), opposite natal Mars post-retrograde in Aquarius (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Uranus in Scorpio (outer wheel, lower left). Transiting Saturn (outer wheel, upper left) conjunct natal Mercury in Virgo (inner wheel, upper left), opposite natal Uranus in Pisces (inner wheel, lower right), square transiting Neptune in Sagittarius (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Venus in Gemini (inner wheel, upper right).

1970: Grace Slick Denied Entry Into White House

Grace Slick white cartoon sketch on purple stucco background.Astrology and Scheming

Thirty year-old Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick is refused entry into the White House with her date, Abbie Hoffman. She was invited to a reception hosted by Tricia Nixon, the President’s daughter, on account that they are both alumnae of Finch College. She later claims that had they succeeded, she and Hoffman would have dosed the President’s tea with LSD.

Transiting Mars is conjunct Slick’s natal Moon in Gemini, indicating the initiation of an act of mischief. Transiting Mercury is about to station retrograde conjunct natal Uranus in Taurus, opposite her natal Ascendant and Venus in Scorpio, signifying the dismissal of a diabolical escort.

Mars conjunct Moon

Grace Slick astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for her White House encounter.

Transiting Mars (outer wheel, upper right) conjunct natal Moon in Gemini (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Mercury pre-retrograde (outer wheel, center right) conjunct natal Uranus in Taurus (inner wheel, center right), opposite natal Ascendant and Venus in Scorpio (inner wheel, center left)

1910: Theodore Roosevelt Speaks at Sorbonne

Theodore Roosevelt white cartoon sketch on blue stucco backgroundAstrology and Action

Sixty-one year-old former US President Theodore Roosevelt speaks before a distinguished gathering at the Sorbonne in Paris. His speech, Citizenship in a Republic, includes a passage that will be oft-quoted in the years to come, known as “Man in the Arena,” extolling the virtues of participation and action over passive criticism.

Transiting Neptune is conjunct Roosevelt’s natal Moon in Cancer, opposite natal Mars in Capricorn, reflecting the rare and special welcome extended by the intellectual community to the foreign former statesman. Transiting Mars and Pluto are conjunct the natal Ascendant in Gemini, signifying oratory that praises assertion and engagement with the struggles of life.

Neptune conjunct Moon

Theodore Roosevelt astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for his "Man in the Arena" speech at the Sorbonne.

Transiting Neptune (outer wheel, lower left) conjunct natal Moon in Cancer (inner wheel, lower left), opposite natal Mars in Capricorn (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Mars and Pluto (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Ascendant in Gemini (inner wheel, left center).

1954: Joe McCarthy Televised Hearings Begin

Joe McCarthy white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Reputation

Forty-five year-old US Senator and communist hunter Joseph McCarthy begins a series of televised hearings with the Subcommittee on Investigations. He and the US Army are testifying against each other, and the proceedings will be broadcast for the next 36 work days, until June 17th. When it is done, McCarthy’s reputation will be ruined.

Transiting Pluto in Leo is square both transiting Venus in Taurus, and McCarthy’s natal Sun in Scorpio, indicating a standoff between adversaries of unequal power. Transiting Mercury in Aries is opposite natal Venus in Libra, and square both natal Uranus in Capricorn and Neptune in Cancer, signifying the elusive sway of public opinion.

Pluto square Sun

Joe McCarthy astrology bi-wheel chart, with transits for the opening of televised Senate hearings.

Transiting Pluto in Leo (outer wheel, lower right) square transiting Venus in Taurus (outer wheel, lower left) and natal Sun in Scorpio (inner wheel, upper right). Transiting Mercury in Aries (outer wheel, center left) opposite natal Venus in Libra (inner wheel, center right), square natal Neptune in Cancer (inner wheel, bottom center) and Uranus in Capricorn (inner wheel, top center).

1862: Ulysses Grant at the Battle of Shiloh

Ulysses S. Grant white cartoon sketch on green stucco background.Astrology and Battle

Thirty-nine year-old Union General Ulysses S. Grant leads his troops against Confederate forces at the Battle of Shiloh in southwestern Tennessee. Grant has difficulty holding off rebel advances on this first day, but with reinforcements coming tonight, he will triumph over the enemy at this bloodiest of battles.

Transiting Pluto is conjunct Grant’s natal Jupiter in Taurus, indicating redemption through victory. Transiting Saturn and Jupiter retrograde in Virgo are opposite transiting Mercury and natal Venus in Pisces, resonating with natal Saturn and Jupiter containing the natal Sun in Taurus, signifying a ruined man’s emergence to greatness.

Pluto conjunct Jupiter

Ulysses S. Grant astrology bi-wheel chart with transits for the Battle of Shiloh.

Transiting Pluto (outer wheel, left center) conjunct natal Jupiter in Taurus (inner wheel, left center). Transiting Saturn and Jupiter in Virgo (outer wheel, bottom right) opposite transiting Mercury (outer wheel, top left) and natal Venus in Pisces (inner wheel, top left), making a recurrence with Grant’s natal Jupiter and Saturn containing the Sun in Taurus (inner wheel, left center).