This American election is an archetypal battle, the stuff of fairytale or legend. The two sides line up, accusing each other of hatred, lying and lasciviousness; of baseness, vileness, bestiality. In their vagueness sometimes, the smears require a leap of imagination from the public. What’s the worst thing you can think of?
The words are Biblical, the accusations are of immorality. The candidates are speaking of a seething abyss of sin.
It is extraordinary. Although this language has been used for a while by the right wing of the Republican Party, now it has irrupted into the mainstream.
And in Donald Trump, the Republicans have found the very embodiment of everything loathed and feared by the liberal consensus. He is a bully, a sexual predator and a tax-dodger — an raging, irrational tyrant. (Trump’s behaviour reminds me of another TV star, Jimmy Savile, who was ostentatiously vile: hiding his predatory nature in plain sight.)
In Hillary, the right has found its lightning rod. Hillary has repeatedly been called a “devil”. Trump described her at the last debate as “full of hate”.
Lest we forget, we have grandma vs grandpa. The powerful woman vs. powerful man.
And where are the politics really? This is not a battle about policy — an argument between right and left. Both sides see it is between good and evil; righteousness and depravity; ignorance and understanding.
It’s extraordinary that it has come to this: a fight of unparalleled viciousness. Clinton will likely win, I believe, but the monsters that have been unleashed by this election campaign may be harder to slay.
And the question I wanted to ask is why her? How is it that at this point, when there is a real monster to be fought in single combat, it has come down to Hillary? How come this fierce little grandma has become the dragon slayer?
As you may know, there is huge controversy among astrologers about Hillary Clinton’s birth time. I don’t buy either Scorpio or Gemini Rising. These are the standard two. Recently a Virgo Rising Chart has been posited, also. Well, maybe. She looks like a bit of a Virgo, but maybe not. One day we’ll know for sure, but in the meantime, we can tell a lot from her chart, disregarding the angles.
We see her fierceness, pride and endurance in that ambitious stellium in Leo. She is dogged. A warrior — Pluto + Mars. This is certainly a potential dragon slayer. There is bravery.
We see the will to power in her stellium in Scorpio, and the political sense.
But what is happening right now? Why has this burden fallen on her shoulders?
I think Hillary Clinton’s chart is an interesting example of the asteroids in action. For a female warrior, we might look to Pallas Athena — with helmet and shield. She is the asteroid of strategic thinking — and she is crucial to understanding Clinton’s relationship with America. Clinton, in some senses, represents real American intelligence — an educated woman. Her Pallas conjoins the US Moon (the people) and the US Pallas (c.26° Aquarius).
Pallas is returning to this point; right now it’s at 18° Aquarius. Clinton does appear to be an avatar of grey-eyed Athena, cool and poised in the face of fire-breathing Trumps.
But that is not the only asteroid return that Clinton is experiencing.
Look at Ceres, highly placed in her chart. Ceres is — among other things — an asteroid of “soft” political power. (Pope’s have strong Ceres, for example.) Clinton’s natal Ceres is Rx at 2° Taurus. Currently Ceres is Rx at 0° Taurus.
Then there is Vesta — the sacred flame — service to a country, a clan, an idea, or to a people. Clinton is also having a Vesta Return. Her Vesta in Cancer — the tribe or country — is conjunct the American Mercury (young people, education). Will she pass on a torch to young Americans?
So three out of the four major asteroids are having returns right now for Clinton. These are the hidden goddesses. Juno, the goddess of contracts and marriage, will Return a week after inauguration day.
If we were thinking in archetypes, we could see that like the fairy godmothers, the goddesses are returning to give Clinton power now. The people who hate her for being a strong women may actually be recognising this in her.
And there’s another thing. The hatred directed at Clinton is so powerful, it must have a target in her chart. Clinton’s Black Moon Lilith is at the intense 29° Capricorn. The very end of the sign of government (and elites!). It conjuncts the American Pluto in Capricorn (28°).
Lilith is the outcast, the wronged wife (!), the ball-breaker, the outsider.
If the Virgo Rising chart is right, then the US Lilith is close to Clinton’s Ascendant. The United States sees everything it fears about strong women reflected in this one little grandma. And clearly Lilith herself has plans for Clinton, because she is currently in Scorpio, energising all of Clinton’s stellium in this sign of secret power, behind the scenes machinations, and wise counsellors.
Lilith is a fighter, a dragon-slayer, maybe even part dragon herself.