A Hazy Shade of Winter

Will Ceres Trump Trump's EPA Pick?

Astrologers are used to being annoyed by skeptics, but they’re not the only ones. Environmental scientists are (almost) unanimously agreed that the climate is changing, and human beings are contributing to that change. Yet in popular culture and politics, there remain a large number of ‘climate skeptics’ who either doubt that the earth is getting warmer and weather patterns are changing, or that humans are contributing to the change.

It is probably not surprising that Donald Trump has picked Scott Pruitt as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt, Oklahoma’s Attorney General, is perceived as a champion of the fossil fuel industry and an outspoken climate change skeptic,
and has been involved in challenging EPA regulations.

Trump’s timing is astrologically significant: it comes between two important aspects to Ceres, the celestial body most closely associated with the Earth Mother archetype. Ceres is often involved when environmental, health care, and food supply issues are in the forefront of our collective consciousness.

On Wednesday, December 7th, Cosmic Warrior Mars - in idealistic Aquarius - made a constructive sextile to Ceres. Friday, Ceres ends several months of retrograde and stations to go direct in forceful Aries. On the face of it, we would expect Ceres to be very strong, joining forces with Mars to help the environment.

Yet there’s more to the story. Ceres’ station is at 21 degrees of Aries, nestled between Uranus at 20 degrees and Eris at 22 degrees. Eris is known to wreak havoc - more Pandora’s Box than Pandora. Uranus often brings about about reversals, and indeed it seems that we will be seeing a reversal of environmental priorities - Trump has already promised to scrap the Paris environmental agreement.

Trump’s strongest speech on the environment was made on May 28, 2016, as Uranus and Eris were meeting in Aries, and the dubious Saturn/Neptune square was in full effect. Ceres was rushing through Aries towards a meeting with the two in June, just after the Cancer solstice.

The skies are setting up a powerful contest. Ceres is in effect held prisoner (or does she have ‘Stockholm Syndrome?) between Uranus and Eris. The United States, still a powerful actor on the world stage, is reversing course on what is likely to be the defining issue for decades to come... apparently...

Yet Ceres is strong, stationing in independent Aries, and given a boost by Mars in Aquarius. The sign of the water bearer isn’t necessarily progressive - in fact it can be rather totalitarian - but it is rational. As Ceres goes direct and pulls away from Uranus and past Eris, it may be that we see substantial backlash to Trump’s environmental policy.

A possible hint - Pallas Athene, the sword-wielding goddess of wisdom and truth-speaker, will meet with Mars in Aquarius on December 14th. If there’s going to be a strong response to Trumps policy, look to it to come from women who are speaking in very direct, no-nonsense terms.