Early on Monday, April 9th, the FBI raided the Manhattan office and hotel room of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidante, Michael Cohen, known as Trump’s “fixer.” For a decade Cohen has acted as Trump’s consigliere, smoothing rough patches and paying out hush money to who knows how many of his sexual partners (Steve Bannon once characterized this as “hundreds”). Cohen, in short, knows where all the bodies are buried.
Later that day, before convening a panel of military advisors to discuss the latest chemical weapons outrage in Syria, the President embarked on a ten minute diatribe against Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, and possible obstruction of justice by the President. “I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys. Good man. And it’s a disgraceful situation. It’s a total witch hunt,” Trump blasted, as he wrapped himself protectively with his arms tight around his chest. “It’s an attack on our country. It’s an attack on what we all stand for.”
Trump went on to once again excoriate the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself from the investigation, then slammed Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, who is now in charge of it, and Mueller as well. When asked by a reporter why he doesn’t fire Mueller, Trump responded: “Why don’t I just fire Mueller? Well, I think it’s a disgrace what’s going on. We’ll see what happens. Many people have said you should fire him. Again, they found nothing. And in finding nothing, that’s a big statement.”
So let’s take a look at all that, shall we? In reverse order. First, the statement that “they found nothing” is absurd, especially as applied to the raid on Cohen. We have no idea what that will turn up, it’s far too early to assert that “nothing” has been found. If Trump’s usual word salad was directed at the overall investigation, that, too, is absurd. Mueller has already indicted more than a dozen Russian nationals and half as many US citizens for crimes he has uncovered in his investigation.
As regards Trump’s firing of Mueller, I’m quite sure that there have been plenty of voices assuring him that he should do so, particularly on Fox News. But unfortunately for him he can’t. No president has the power to fire any Special Counsel, due to Justice Department regulations with the force of law which specify that only the Attorney General can do so (or in this case, Rosenstein as Deputy AG, since Sessions is recused). If Trump tries to fire Mueller, it will be appealed, likely to the US Supreme Court, which will shoot him down in short order.
Next, if anything is an attack on our country and “what we all stand for”, it is Trump’s behavior itself. We’re all familiar with the details here, we don’t need to go into it again.
Finally, Trump’s ire with Mueller is misplaced. The raid on Cohen’s office was not performed by Mueller’s agents, but by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, after approval by Deputy AG Rosenstein. In the course of his investigation, Mueller found potential illegal activity from Cohen, but unrelated to his investigation’s mandate. As an officer of the court, he was required not to wink at this, but to turn over this information to the proper authorities. They, in turn, surveilled Cohen until sufficient evidence could be gathered for a federal judge to approve a legal search warrant, duly enacted. Far from being a “witch hunt”, as Trump repeatedly claims, this is a legal process with an exacting standard of evidence.
The long-term implications for Trump are dire, but for Michael Cohen, they are devastating in the short term. Although Cohen considers Trump as family, and has recently stated he would “take a bullet” for him, he may not be prepared to take 20 years to life. Reporting suggests that among the areas being investigated are Cohen’s “fixes” for Trump’s amours, including the $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, and the $150,000 paid to Playboy model Karen McDougal by the parent company of “The National Enquirer”, helmed by a friend of Trump’s. The Daniels payout opens Cohen to potential campaign finance violations, and if her allegations of threats of physical violence are proved, conspiracy and assault charges could follow. If Cohen flips on Trump in an act of self-preservation, and leads them to the bodies, things will be dark indeed for the President.
So what does astrology have to say about all this? Plenty.
Let’s look first at Cohen’s chart, and its connection to Trump’s. Born 25 August 1966 (no time available), Michael Cohen’s Sun and asteroid Cohen, at 1 Virgo and 25 Leo respectively, conjoin Trump’s Mars/Ascendant at 26 and 29 Leo (and as well, Trump’s progressed Sun recently moved into Virgo, and is now conjunct Cohen’s natal Sun, further binding the two men in the present). This is a perfect placement for one who acts as Trump’s champion (Mars), who identifies with him so personally (Sun/Cohen), and who is responsible for sanitizing Trump’s public image (Ascendant), keeping at bay what Bill Clinton’s staff termed “bimbo eruptions”.
Cohen’s own Mars at 29 Cancer conjoins Jupiter at 24, and these pair with Trump’s natal Saturn/Venus combination at 23 and 25 Cancer. We see here Cohen’s professional (Saturn) relationship as Trump’s lawyer (Jupiter), his role as legal champion (Jupiter/Mars), and the focus on money and lovers (both Venus), but also his impact of Trump’s career (Saturn), which may be inimical (Mars). Cohen’s Venus at 12 Leo, and his natal PNA Michelle (one of several variants of “Michael”) at 9 Leo, both conjoin Trump’s natal Pluto at 10 Leo. Cohen is personally (Michelle) attracted to (Venus) Trump’s power (Pluto), but can become entangled with his scandals (also Pluto).
There are two additional clumps of points which tell much of the tale. Cohen was born during the Uranus/Pluto conjunction of the mid-‘60s, and is animated by much of its rules-breaking, iconoclastic, radical energy, but in this case modifying asteroids tweak Cohen’s particular manifestation of this energy, with falls at 17 and 18 Virgo. First is Achilles at 21 Virgo, noted as a point of inherent weakness or vulnerability, implying that Cohen’s “fast and loose” legal style may one day catch up with him. Also here is asteroid Mueller, whose investigation is the proximate cause of Cohen’s potential downfall. Ironically, this stellium conjoins Trump’s natal Moskva, Russian for “Moscow”, its capital, at 22 Virgo, and squares Trump’s natal Sun at 22 Gemini. So Trump personally (Sun) and his involvement with Russia specifically (Moskva), together form the “Achilles heel” for Cohen, spurred on by the Special Counsel’s (Mueller) investigation, which revealed probably criminal activity by Cohen. Supporting this is Cohen’s natal asteroid Troemper, which at 13 Cancer conjoins Trump’s natal Mercury at 8 Cancer, but also his Nemesis at 16 Cancer. On the one hand, this makes Cohen a useful mouthpiece (Mercury) for Trump (Troemper), but also enables the latter to act as Cohen’s downfall (Nemesis).
The second clump is comprised of asteroid Nemesis at 14 Scorpio with Neptune and Michela (another Michael referent), both at 19 Scorpio, and Washingtonia at 21 Scorpio. This establishes Cohen (Michela) as himself a potential agent of Nemesis, causing another’s downfall, especially as regards attempts to confuse, obfuscate, or keep hidden (all Neptune keywords) any illicit (Neptune again) acts or dealings, and particularly so once the nation’s capital (Washingtonia) becomes a vital force in Cohen’s life. This bundle of celestial energies is conjoined Trump’s natal IC at 24 Scorpio, granting it angular force and power in his life, and forms a T-Square with its opposition to Trump’s natal asteroid Lie (deception, dishonesty) at 17 Taurus and a square to his natal Icarus at 19 Aquarius, indicating rash, reckless actions heedless of the consequences. These latter, of course, are grist for the mill of Cohen’s legal advocacy for Trump.
It may be the Stormy Daniels matter which forms the real threat to Cohen, judging by the placement of the PNAs which represent her in his birth chart. The porn star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, appears in the guise of asteroid Clifford, which at 20 Sagittarius is closely squared natal Achilles, that point of vulnerability, at 21 Virgo (and don’t forget Mueller nearby). And asteroid Storm, for Stormy, falls at 22 Gemini, also in square to Achilles, and forming a T-Square. Oddly, these placements mirror major chart points for Donald Trump, with Clifford on his natal 21 Sag Moon and Storm exactly on his Sun. So the person representing Trump in the Stormy Daniels case has PNAs reflecting his opponent in places which cut to the heart of his self-identity. Also, asteroid Stephania (for Stephanie) at 2 Virgo closely conjoins Cohen’s Sun, marking her as potentially pivotal to his life story.
And what of the skies for the day of the raid? As always, they well reflect the circumstances on the ground. The transit Sun at 19 Aries has just crossed Cohen’s natal TNO Chaos at 17 Aries, which is pretty much what this raid evokes in Cohen’s life, while transit Nemesis at 10 Aries is still within orb of natal Whitehouse at 7 Aries, describing the connection which has brought about Cohen’s undoing. The Sun also squares transit Pluto, coming to its retrograde station on the 22nd, at 21 Capricorn, signifying the potential for devastating consequences to follow, as well as transit Mars, at 12 Capricorn, suggesting the imminent battle. The Sun is also rapidly approaching its annual conjunction with Uranus, just ahead at 27 Aries, indicating the shock of the event for Cohen – apparently totally immersed in the Stormy Daniels case, he had no warning that the blow would fall.
Asteroid Cohen at 7 Cancer conjoins Kassandra at 10 Cancer, and squares a combination of asteroids Whitehouse and Nemesis at 6 and 10 Aries, forming a T-Square by its opposition to Saturn and Mars at 9 and 12 Capricorn. This constitutes an attack (Mars) on Cohen’s professional (Saturn) credibility (Kassandra), leading to his undoing (Nemesis), based in his involvement with the occupant of the Oval Office (Whitehouse), with whom he is now at odds (square). Asteroid Mueller at 2 Capricorn is also opposing Cohen, an apt image of the adversarial relationship between the two, albeit Robert Mueller will not be the one actually prosecuting Cohen for any legal transgressions.
Transit Neptune at 15 Pisces is conjoined by Michela, for Michael, at 7 Pisces, setting up Cohen as the victim of the piece, potentially a martyr for Trump. Neptune is also exactly squared asteroid Karma at 15 Sagittarius, which is stationary, having turned direct three days before the raid, and this becomes another T-Square with the inclusion of Troemper at 19 Virgo, opposing Neptune and highlighting that natal mid-Virgo stellium for Cohen which we discussed earlier. This represents the results of Cohen’s (Michela) prior actions (Karma) to cover up (Neptune) wrongdoing on behalf of Trump (Troemper), catching up with him and likely spurring despair or hopelessness (both Neptune).
In addition to Karma, there are two other asteroids at station – one is Michel (the final “Michael” variant) at 29 Sagittarius (traveling with Lie at 25 Sag), which is exactly squared Chiron, the wound-maker, at 29 Pisces, also suggesting Trump’s maverick behaviors which got Cohen into this mess in the first place; Michel turns retrograde on April 20. The other is asteroid Manhattan, the venue for the FBI raids, which at 26 Leo turned direct just two days prior, and exactly opposes Damocles, the doom hanging unseen overhead, at 26 Aquarius. With Damocles are Michelle and Washingtonia, the current residence of the source of the trouble, at 18 and 21 Aquarius.
Pretty much says it all. Too early to know how this plays out, but there are at least two people who have a good idea what’s at stake – Donald Trump and his “fixer”, Michael Cohen. How long do they stand by each other? Time will tell.