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Omarosa, With Thorns

On August 14th 2018 former “Apprenticebete noire and White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman released “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House”, her tell-all expose of nearly a year as Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison. Say that ten times fast. It’s a lot of words to identify a position that was difficult to define, but seems to have been related to her prior work with the Trump Campaign as Director of African-American Outreach.

 

In this position, Omarosa came into frequent, if not daily, contact with the President, whom she had known since appearing on the first season of the “The Apprentice” in 2004, where she quickly became known as “the woman America loved to hate”, noted for her contentious, blindsiding, estranging, double-dealing, in-your-face and rancorous strategies. Provocative and vengeful, Omarosa also appeared in 2008 on the first season of “Celebrity Apprentice” and again in 2013 on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.”   She and Trump also collaborated on “The Ultimate Merger” in 2010, a Reality TV dating show where a dozen men competed for Omarosa‘s affections, and she appeared on “Celebrity Big Brother” this year.

Omarosa first came to national attention via a series of appearances on various incarnations of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice”, where her tactics in the Boardroom became notorious; despite her machinations, she never won

After being dismissed by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in December 2017, Omarosa retreated to craft her memoir of time spent at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Although formerly very supportive of her boss’s attempts at governance, in “Unhinged”, she alleges that Trump is a racist, bigot and misogynist whose biggest character flaw is a total lack of empathy for others. Do tell.   Having, as she describes it, “escaped the cult of Trumpworld”, she now asserts that Trump is in mental decline, totally unfit for the office he holds, and physically unwell. Again, no breaking news there.

 

What may be of interest is her portrait of a White House so dysfunctional that she was able to record her firing by Kelly, which took place in the supposedly secure Situation Room, and later also record a follow-up phone call with the President. In the latter, Trump states that he was unaware of her firing, and displeased by it; there is no sympathetic interpretation of this avowal. Either he is telling the truth, and Trump is bypassed and out of the loop on major staff decisions in his own government; or he’s lying, in which case he was unable to accept personal responsibility for the act and face her like an adult.

 

The descriptions Omarosa uses to portray Trump are revealing as well; she contends that he rambles, repeats himself and often speaks “gibberish,” while “raging” when something upsets him. “I seriously began to suspect the president was delusional or had a mental condition, that made him forget from one day to the next,” she writes, citing an example of his incoherent speech patterns, as he careens from thought to thought and veers between topics: “Hey, I’m going to meet about, you know what? This guy’s a good guy. China, the people, look. China is getting us. These guys are no good. But the wall, the wall.” Her depiction of Trump as savvy and street-smart, but “just this side of functionally literate”, being spoon-fed talking points about legislation he barely comprehends, will perhaps surprise no one.

 

Blowback on the book from the White House and Trump personally was to be expected, and began as early as the Friday before the Tuesday publication, with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders panning it as “riddled with lies and false accusations,” and further opining that “It’s sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the president during her time in the administration.”

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Omarosa and The Donald in happier days, appearing together to promote “The Apprentice”

Of course the Tweeter-in-Chief weighed in as well, slurring Omarosa as a “lowlife”, “vicious” and “a loser”:   “Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart.” Which begs the question, why did this man with such heightened powers of character analysis hire her for four TV shows, then employ her on his campaign, and in the White House? In subsequent Tweets Trump described Omarosa as a “dog”, once again igniting controversy over his racist and misogynist views.

 

Born Omarosa Manigault at 10:54 PM EDT on 5 February 1974 in Youngstown, Ohio, we have a Rodden Rating of AA on the birth data, so we can be very certain of Omarosa’s chart dynamics. But not surprisingly, with a name like that, there are no exact PNA matches. There is, however, a Rosa asteroid, and an Arosa; respectively, the last two and three syllables of her first name. And, matrimony to the rescue! In April 2017 Omarosa married as her second husband John Newman, hyphenating her name with his, and there is an exact match for her married surname.

 

So let’s start there. One’s own PNAs typically connect to the Sun, Moon, Ascendant (or other angle) or Mercury, which rules the naming function. Apparently the truncated versions of Omarosa will work for her, with asteroid Rosa at 1 Leo conjunct the Moon at 4 and inconjunct Mercury at 4 Pisces; and asteroid Arosa at 17 Sagittarius closely sextile the Sun at 16 Aquarius and sesquiquadrate the Moon. Even asteroid Newman fits just where you’d expect; at 22 Pisces it is squared asteroid Hera, named for the Greek goddess of marriage, at 23 Sagittarius, perfect for her “married name”.

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No stranger to self-promotion, Omarosa poses for yet another selfie

That Sun is squared by Mars at 18 Taurus, showing Omarosa as a fighter, belligerent, rough-and-tumble, a goad or provocateur. Mars’ conjunction with asteroid Washingtonia at 17 Taurus shows the nation’s capital as one possible field of battle. But she’s also an irritant in that venue – Omarosa’s stint at Trump’s White House was not her first venture into national politics. She also worked in Vice President Al Gore’s office in the ‘90s, where the office administrator described her as “the worst hire we ever made.” She was not fired, but shunted to Commerce, gaining a reputation as “unqualified and disruptive” before finally being removed. Of course her time with the current administration has also been described as divisive and self-serving.

 

The Sun also opposes asteroid Nemesis, potentially marking her as an agent of divine justice, an equalizer, someone capable of cutting others down to size when they exceed their karmic mandate. In another sense, she’s a roadblock or obstruction, a competitor, rival or adversary, someone who prevents others from attaining their highest ambitions, or sours the victory once gained. A wide square to TNO Ixion at 8 Scorpio suggests a sense of entitlement, lack of respect or gratitude, and failing to take advantage of second chances, continuing to repeat past mistakes. Ixion, named for the first murderer in Greek myth, can also indicate contact with homicide; Omarosa’s elder brother Jack was murdered in 2011.

 

But the Sun also conjoins Jupiter at 22 Aquarius; Omarosa can be diplomatic, open-handed and gregarious, especially if things are going her way. She has that “larger than life” quality and a good amount of innate “luck”, whatever that means. Essentially, things usually line up her way, and she has a tendency to “fail up”, capable of utilizing even defeats to her best advantage.

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A pose calculated to reinforce the image of Omarosa as calculating; her frequent surreptitious taping of White House conversations suggests that’s not just an act

With Pluto exact on the 6 Libra Ascendant, Omarosa can be something of a steamroller. She can appear intimidating, forceful and compelling (some White House staffers freely admit they feared her), but also manipulative, underhanded and coercive, traits she proudly displayed during her “Apprentice” appearances. Pluto’s Grand Trine with asteroid Kassandra at 5 Gemini and TNO Salacia at 4 Aquarius makes a triple threat: she has major credibility issues (Kassandra) and it’s hard to accept what she says at face value; and she’s a magnet for sensationalism and scandal (Salacia), the sort of train wreck you just can’t look away from. Pluto’s opposition to asteroid Achilles at 2 Aries, given angular force by its conjunction with the Descendant, creates a Kite pattern of the Grand Trine, and shows these traits to be Omarosa’s weak spot, inherent vulnerabilities which threaten to destroy her, or undermine her quest for power (Pluto).

 

Let’s return to those PNAs for a moment. Arosa at 17 Sagittarius is particularly illustrative of what holds meaning for Omarosa personally. It conjoins asteroid Narcissus, representing obsessive self-focus, at 15 Sag, and Whitehouse, the Oval Office, at 16 Sag. Omarosa’s elevation by Trump to employment in the White House must have seemed an apotheosis, and simultaneously as no more than her due, as well as a chance to redeem her former involvement there. Her removal less than a year later was likely more devastating than she would feel comfortable admitting, and does open the possibility that her memoir of her time there is less than accurate, but a tool by which Sun/Nemesis seeks to exact its revenge. Arosa trines Nemesis, reinforcing and further personalizing that energy in her life, and is broadly conjoined Neptune at 9 Sagittarius, the ultimate planetary energy representing deception, governing also such factors as self-delusion, avoidance of reality, and an affinity with invisibility, a desire to pull strings from behind the curtain.

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Omarosa and the President at a White House meeting; her unfettered access to the Oval Office was quickly squashed by incoming Chief of Staff Kohn Kelly

This is borne out by Newman’s exact conjunction with asteroid America at 22 Pisces; her marriage and adoption of that name in early 2017 coincided with her increased visibility among some sectors of the American populace, though as a Trump hanger-on she was already familiar to the Reality TV crowd. But just next door is asteroid Lie, at 24 Pisces; this raises the probability that Omarosa has never been honest with the American people, at any stage of her exposure to them. Her new book may well express the tenor of the atmosphere in the Oval Office, but specific incidents related should be taken with a grain of salt.

 

As well, Omarosa’s deceptive, unethical or self-serving tendencies can be seen in an exact pairing of asteroids Bilk and Swindle at 28 Aquarius, within orb of Jupiter, which magnifies their effects, and additionally brings in the realm of politics to their field of operation. In exact trine to Saturn at 28 Gemini, and forming a Grand Trine with Uranus at 27 Libra, Bilk and Swindle combine to extract as much personal benefit as possible from deceiving others, particularly in career (Saturn), and via the medium of television (Uranus).

 

While Jupiter lies six degrees prior to Bilk/Swindle, Mercury lies six degrees after, at 4 Pisces. Pisces Mercury can be persuasive, honey-tongued, even empathetic, but is ultimately deceptive and unreliable.   Its conjunction with Bilk and Swindle is of inestimable support in their function of gain through others’ pain. Asteroid Sphinx also in the mix from 2 Pisces suggests a certain opacity or mystery to Omarosa’s thoughts, utterances, and agendas – inscrutable, impenetrable and enigmatic, her motivations cannot be trusted, and are rarely displayed honestly.

 

One more point to consider: the disproportionate importance of Donald Trump in Omarosa’s biography. It’s safe to say that if she had never met Trump, no one would ever have heard of her. This is seen in asteroid Troemper, which at 24 Gemini is trine the Sun and stationary, having turned direct six days before her birth. This makes Troemper/Trump an embedded factor in her psyche, a pervasive force in her biography, and a point of attraction around which the current of her life flows and eddies. Its conjunction with Saturn shows him as her “boss”, an authority figure in her life, while the trine to Uranus prefigures the importance of television to their connection.

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Omarosa proudly displays her Trump gear during the 2016 campaign; did she know then that she was working for a “racist, misogynist bigot”?

In Trump’s own natal chart, asteroid Rosa at 28 Gemini conjoins the Sun at 22, signaling Omarosa as a central figure for him personally. This is reinforced by asteroid Arosa’s stationary status, about to turn retrograde from 0 Pisces, repeating the embedded status of Troemper in her nativity. To have her PNA stationary in his chart, and his PNA stationary in hers, shows an extraordinary level of prominence and enmeshment for both parties. This degree also places Arosa on Trump’s 29 Aquarius Descendant, granting angular emphasis and showing Omarosa as potentially an important relationship for him, for good or ill. Arosa is also sesquiquadrate natal Nemesis at 16 Cancer, suggesting Omarosa may have a role to play in Trump’s discomfiture or downfall, one which comes naturally to her through her own Sun/Nemesis opposition.

 

When we come to the publication of Omarosa’s tell-all memoir “Unhinged”, we again see a direct correlation between the heavens and events playing out on earth.

 

Omarosa Managault-Newman is highlighted for the day, in the form of asteroid Newman at 18 Aquarius opposed the Sun at 21 Leo. There is a Grand Cross formed of the squares to Jupiter, ruling publishing and publicity, at 15 Scorpio, exactly opposing asteroid Whitehouse, the subject of her book, at 15 Taurus. Omarosa’s natal Nemesis fits into this polarity perfectly, from 15 Leo, indicating the vindictive, retributive nature of the memoir, and her Sun colludes from 16 Aquarius, conjunct transit Newman, while natal Washingtonia/Mars clusters about transit Whitehouse, indicating what is viewed by the administration as an attack, and doubling down on the venue for the battlefield. The transit Grand Cross perfectly depicts the dynamics of the current situation, while its overlay to the natal chart reinforces the day’s importance in Omarosa’s overall story.

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Omarosa appears on the “Today” show to hawk her book, just one stop in a media blitz

Asteroid Rosa at 12 Libra is traveling with Troemper at 17, bringing both parties into celestial contact, and both are squared Pluto at 19 Capricorn, representing the almost taboo, scandalous bent of her disclosures. These form a T-Square with asteroid Swindle, itself stationary at 16 Aries, about to turn retrograde in ten days’ time. This reinforces the possibly fraudulent nature of some of Omarosa’s assertions, something further demonstrated by a Grand Trine from Swindle, involving asteroid Lie at 11 Sagittarius, and an exact pairing of asteroids Arosa and America at 10 Leo, with Mercury retrograde conjoined from 12 Leo. A retrograde Mercury is perfect for the release of a memoir, which by its very nature is backward-looking, and America here with Arosa, connected to Lie and Swindle, suggests that Omarosa is not being totally forthcoming with the American public.

 

Accurate or not, it has the ring of truth, and as with reporter Michael Wolff’s White House expose “Fire and Fury” earlier this year, there is enough venom and salacious supposition here to please even the most avid Trump detractor. The question remains: what if it’s all true?

 

 

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Alex Miller

Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book, detailing deep space points in astrological interpretation, and the forthcoming Heaven on Earth, a comprehensive study of asteroids, both mythic and personal, due in 2018. Alex is a frequent contributor to “The Mountain Astrologer”, “Daykeeper Journal”, and NCGR’s Journals and “Enews Commentary”; his work has also appeared in “Aspects” magazine, “Dell Horoscope”, “Planetwaves”, “Neptune Café” and “Sasstrology.” He is a past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society, and currently a board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

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