Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Orion & Scorpius: Trump vs Comey

The New York Times reported Tuesday evening that President Donald Trump had a private conversation with former FBI director James Comey in which the president allegedly expressed his “hope” that Comey would “let go” of the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn had reportedly resigned the day before. It turns out that Comey documented the conversation in a memorandum, “part of a paper trail” he reportedly created to release later to tell his side of the story in the event things went awry — which, as the world now knows, it did. (The White House has rejected Comey’s version of the conversation, which took place in the Oval Office.)

The Times identifies its source as “one of Mr. Comey’s associates,” who did not provide a copy of the memo but read it aloud on the telephone. The Drudge Report calls the story “Comey’s revenge,” and thus it would seem to be.

To understand this news in an astrological context, perhaps the most important thing to note is that Trump’s radix Sun [22ge55] is opposite Comey’s radix Sun [22sa43] and that Saturn is currently transiting retrograde over this combination and will do so till September 2017 when it starts moving forward from its direct station on August 25 at [21sa11].

Uranian astrology uses a great technique of midpoints which we can apply here. Trump’s radix Sun [22ge55] is conjunct his Mars-Admetus [22ge57] and Hades-Zeus [23ge00] midpoints. Martha Wescott interprets these as follows:

Mars-Admetus: to expect obstacles and resistance to one’s efforts; to see delayed actions and reactions.

Hades-Zeus: to bring up mistakes or the past to incite, motivate or arouse; to control the temper in the face of insults, disgust or errors.

It may also be instructive to look at the star backdrop for Trump and Comey’s radix Suns. Trump’s Sun is conjunct Al Nilam, epsilon Orion [22ge42]  while Comey’s Sun is conjunct Lesath, upsilon (υ) Scorpius [23sa27]. The following extract narrates an ancient Greek story  about Orion and the Scorpion.

Orion and Scorpius are two of the most easily recognized constellations in the sky. Orion is best seen in the northerm winter; Scorpius is a summertime constellation. Orion was a skilled hunter. He was also boastful, asserting that no animal alive could harm him. Juno, wife of Jupiter, disliked mortal men, especially boastful men, so she decided to teach Orion a lesson. She placed a scorpion on the path that Orion took daily to his hunting grounds. As you might expect, Orion trod upon the scorpion, which stung him and killed him.

But the story does not end here, for the gods were continuously quarreling among themselves. Diana, goddess of the moon and the hunt, fancied Orion, the greatest mortal hunter. They had often hunted together at night, neglecting her lunar duties (hence the dark nights near the new moon). She insisted that his likeness be memorialized in the sky, with his hunting dogs (Canis Major and Canis Minor) at his feet, where all could see it and remember his prowess.

This did not please Juno, who insisted upon similar treatment for the Scorpion. Was it not a mightier hunter to slay the great Orion? Jupiter agreed to similarly honor the Scorpion, but in one of his wisest decisions placed the two constellations on opposite sides of the celestial sphere, where they cannot bother each other. Even today, one does not see both Orion and Scorpius together in the night sky.

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