Centaur Astrology: Supreme Court Edition

{Originally posted on Hominy Creek Horoscopy’s blog 10/05/18}
While I do not intend for this site to function politically per se, it turns out that this moment in American politics is well described by the movements of the Centaur planets. As such it is my duty to present to you, the reader, the information I find in the skies so that you can make your own conclusions about events on the ground. Yet it seems important to write the following without casting any blame, since we should not attempt to infer anything legal from the general implications of a few transits.

As far as Centaurs are concerned, we get to the interior content more often than the event level: how it feels to be on a journey, rather than where it leads. So in isolation, Centaurs don’t automatically lend themselves to catchy political commentary.

Regardless of one’s politics, the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a focalizing moment in American history. For some it is playing out as a macabre and over-the-top demonstration of white male privilege flying in the face of endless #MeToo revelations of systemic trauma. A peak example of believable women not being believed. Yet for others it is an equally peak display of partisan politics, of a conspiracy against conservatives (believed mostly by folks who forget this nominee’s role in a previous Presidential kangaroo court in the 1990s).

This judicial nomination has touched a nerve: it’s a watershed moment in the Trump presidency. So we can expect the natal chart of its central characters to be aligned closely with the world mind – the transits of the planets.

Transiting Okyrhoe is exactly square to Christine Blasey Ford’s Lunar Nodes. The will to speak the truth against the ire of the gods has reached an evolutionary crisis. Further, Ford was born with Mercury conjunct the South Node in Scorpio: she is an inveterate truth-seeker and speaker. She’s done this before (and her career as Professor of Psychology is almost a textbook example of this configuration). Transiting Okyrhoe squaring her natal Mercury-SN has pushed Ford into being a voice for a generation, and she is bearing the brunt of negativity from detractors on top of the trauma caused by reliving the alleged crimes against her.

Christine Blasey Ford (no birth time known) was born with a strong polarity of malefic planets in alignment with Chiron: Pluto-Uranus-Mars in late Virgo opposite Saturn-Chiron conjunct in Pisces. Perhaps Chiron can ameliorate some of this difficulty, over time, as the ‘inconvenient benefic’ it is. Not an easy path to tread.

Notably, she was born on the first Mars Return of Brett Kavanaugh: their natal Mars are within a half degree of each other, born in different years. Their only other close synastric conjunction is the centaur Pholus: the small cause with big effect. Pholus is also the drinker, or at least holder of the drink. He knows the dangers inherent in opening that cask of wine. (It cost him his life).

So Mars-Pholus synastry jumps out at the reader: it doesn’t look good, as such a combination certainly implies aggression under the influence. Their Mercuries are square, too. They are bound to voice different opinions and worldviews.

As a trigger to this synastry, Chiron moved in opposition to their shared Mars throughout much of 2018. It will station direct in late Pisces, opposite their Mars, again in December.

As for the transits du jour, the zeitgeist in the sky: Okyrhoe the truth-telling Oracle is prominent. She transits his Mercury and squares Ford’s, as mentioned.

Saturn and Vesta reached their perfection (actual joining in conjunction) the day before Ford testified at Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing (Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018). This combination of Saturn’s patriarchy with Vesta’s feminine flame can stand in for the whole movement to reclaim women’s power in the public sphere, as Tara Greene, astrologer at Infinity Now, has written.

This fitting pair can be seen as the raised fist of feminism against men in power. They are exactly aligned to Judge Kavanaugh’s natal Okyrhoe. This makes for a complex sign. Everyone has an Okyrhoe: a truth to tell, or a perspective to speak from. It was his that became the focus of scrutiny this month: what did he remember about his history, and how does it square with testimony of witnesses? His Okyrhoe would not stand a chance against the might of Saturn-Vesta, an iron hammer on fire.

Or is it that Okyrhoe’s truth is being voiced by means of his existence? That a natal placement can be a transpersonal signifier is quite centauric; maybe he is a pawn in a larger game of evolution.

Nessus was in gear driving against his natal Saturn throughout 2018, and remained within a degree this month. This Centaur is the most unsavory one, not a wise figure like Chiron, but a rapacious brute of an animal. So while Saturn crushes down against him, his own Saturn–sense of dignity and limits–is likewise trampled by Nessus.

Neptune applies to his natal Chiron, and he is forced to admit on the record to a history of heavy drinking, while being extra lo-fi-Neptunian about it and possibly lying to Congress about the extent of his underage intake of alcohol, which peers report being excessive.

Here the Centaurs’ tale is total: Okyrhoe has transited the Judge’s Pholus (19° Aqu 03) since this summer. Against the arc of 2018, all of this is sealed by that Aquarian degree: exactly opposite August’s Solar Eclipse at 19 Leo.

Thus his cork-popping centaur of intoxication had faced off against the summer’s Solar Eclipse, one which was configured with Okyrhoe. Eclipse Okyrhoe was at 19° Aqu 29, and remains near that point today in retrograde fashion. Okyrhoe would play a key role in the unfolding of the Eclipse’s drama for the months over which it held sway. We see this reaching a crisis point in both the nomination of Kavanaugh and in Blasey Ford’s central role in that process.

Now as it reaches some kind of conclusion [BK was confirmed 10/6 11pm], the present transit of Okyrhoe is 16° Aqu 15, close to the natal Mercury of Kavanaugh and thus square to Blasey Ford’s. [At the swearing in event, Okyrhoe was on the 9th house cusp of Law].

Regardless of what you think of Kavanaugh the man, it is clear he has acted as a lightning rod for these swirling energies of unrest and that these are astrologically mediated by the Centaur planets. Maybe we can gain some consolation in the fact that when prominent, Centaurs appear to help us on our journey back to wholeness. They can be uncomfortable mirrors, a band of inconvenient benefics, and require the active participation of the person in whose chart they appear. Evolution is a choice made individually and collectively.