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Carroll of the Bills: Trump’s Defamation Price Tag

Some people never learn.  Despite being found liable for sexual assault and defamation last year, in a civil action brought by writer E. Jean Carroll, who sued him for slanderous statements attempting to rebut her claims of rape, Donald Trump continued to defame Carroll, post-verdict.  And Carroll continued to sue him.  And Trump continues to defame her.  Will she sue again?

That first jury awarded Carroll $5 million in damages, and a second jury has just considerably upped the ante, with compensatory and punitive damages totaling some $83 million, in a verdict which came down on Friday 26 January 2024.  Having already been found liable in that first trial, there was no testimony regarding guilt in this one:  that was stipulated.  This trial was purely to determine what additional financial penalties, if any, would be exacted against Trump for continuing his bad behaviors.  And unlike round one, Trump appeared in person at round two, though there was no requirement for him to do so.  He even testified, if you can call the court restricting his answers to “yes” or “no” only on the three allowed questions “testimony.”  Disgusted with his inability to use his courtroom ramblings as a forum for another campaign fundraiser, Trump left the scene abruptly and in a fit of pique, during closing arguments.

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Vindicated: E. Jean Carroll exits the courtroom, $83 million richer; asteroid Carol conjoins asteroid Justitia (Roman goddess of justice), squared asteroid Troemper (Trump), trine asteroid Victoria (Roman goddess of victory), semisquare Jupiter (ruling the courts) and sesquiquadrate Pluto (huge sums of money)

As ever, the skies above reflected the earthly realities, right down to the dramatis personae of this courtroom spectacle.  The Sun at 6 Aquarius was exactly squared an exact pairing of Jupiter with asteroid Nike 307 at 6 Taurus (named for the Greek goddess of victory), placing a focus (Sun) on a courtroom (Jupiter) win (Nike) of exaggerated proportions (Jupiter again, which increases whatever it touches).  The fact that these align with Donald Trump’s natal asteroid Aristaeus 1863 at 0 Taurus, named for a mythic figure who attempted to rape Eurydice, is no more than celestially apt. 

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Penalized: Donald Trump exits the courtroom, $83 million poorer; asteroid Troemper conjoins Neptune (disappointment) and asteroid Karma (accountability), trine asteroid Nemesis (ruin, self-undoing) and semisquare Jupiter (the courts)

The Sun is also conjunct Pluto at 0 Aquarius, ruling criminal behavior and having affinities with the issue of rape, based in the myth of Hades, Pluto’s Greek counterpart, abducting and ravishing his niece Persephone.  Pluto also promotes devastating outcomes in some circumstances, and asking this “billionaire” to fork over 83 million smackers might well fall into that category.  And in addition, the Sun is still opposing asteroid Nemesis 128, a point noted for ruin and destruction, often self-created.

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Judge Lewis Kaplan, seen as asteroid Lewis, squared asteroid Justitia (justice), and asteroid Kaplan, opposed Saturn (penalties)

As well, asteroid Themis 24 remains at its station degree of 24 Taurus (from where it turned direct on January 12th), exactly conjunct Trump’s natal MC.  Themis is named for the Greek goddess of justice, and the MC governs our reputation, status and standing in the world, which for Trump, has definitely taken another hit via this verdict, with Justice inflicting a harsh penalty.  Themis is squaring Damocles 5335 at 29 Aquarius, noted as the looming threat or impending disaster, and Damocles, in turn, rests precisely upon Trump’s natal Descendant, opposed his Ascendant, affecting his relations with others (Descendant) and how they see him (Ascendant).

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Lead Carroll attorney Roberta Kaplan is seen as asteroid Roberts, opposed Victoria (victory), and asteroid Roberto, conjunct Nemesis (adversary) and opposed the Sun with Pluto (devastating outcomes)

Transit Aristaeus at 0 Capricorn squares a grouping of asteroid Karma 3811 at 29 Pisces, with asteroids Jeanne 1281 and Elisabetta 25337 at 3 and 5 Aries.  Aristaeus is that rapist-identifier, Karma is the principle of being made to pay for our misdeeds, and the PNAs (Personal-Named Asteroids) represent the plaintiff, E. (which is for Elisabeth, Carroll’s given first name, here rendered as Elisabetta) Jean (Jeanne) Carroll.  Carroll is also seen as asteroid Elisabetha 412, which at 13 Taurus conjoins asteroid Justitia 269 (named for the Roman goddess of justice) at 18 Taurus, showing justice on Carroll’s side in this matter.  These bracket Trump’s natal asteroid Lie 26955 at 17 Taurus, which suggests the issue at hand – Trump’s untruthful, libelous statements about Carroll.

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Carroll co-counsel Shawn Crowley is seen as asteroid Sean (alternate spelling), at station and opposed asteroid Crowley, in a T-Square with Saturn (punishment)

Asteroid Carol 2214 (alternate spelling) at 18 Gemini conjoins a stationary asteroid Whitehouse 4036 at 10 Gemini, an allusion to the former president, and more closely squares asteroid Troemper 28130 at 20 Pisces (our celestial referent for The Donald), showing the conflict (square) between them.  Whitehouse turned direct two days prior to the verdict, indicating reversal or change of direction, while Troemper is coming into conjunction with Neptune at 25 Pisces, which rules disappointment and deception or false statements generally.  Trump is also seen as asteroid Donn 4689, which at 13 Capricorn conjoins an exact pairing of Mercury and Mars at 16 Capricorn, signaling a hostile (Mars) verdict (Mercury) for Trump (Donn).

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Trump attorney Alina Habba, seen as asteroid Aline, exactly conjunct asteroid Donn (Trump), also conjunct an exact Mercury/Mars pairing, denoting a hostile (Mars) verdict (Mercury) for her client (Donn)

Even the judge and attorneys got in on the cosmic act.  Judge Lewis Kaplan is seen as asteroid Lewis 4796 at 16 Leo, squared to Justitia and Themis, placing him firmly on the side of justice; and as asteroid Kaplan 1987 at 9 Virgo, opposing Saturn at 5 Pisces, ruling loss and restriction, also suggesting penalties and punishments.   A T-Square is formed with Whitehouse at 10 Gemini, indicating whose punishment the judge will be overseeing, a former US president.

Trump attorney Alina Habba is represented by asteroid Aline 266, which conjoins Donn at 13 Capricorn exactly; there’s clearly no daylight between Trump and his lawyer.  Carroll attorneys Shawn Crowley and Roberta Kaplan (no relation to the judge) are seen as asteroids Sean 7051 (phonetic match, masculine spelling) at 3 Gemini opposed asteroid Crowley 28794 at 4 Sagittarius, forming a T-Square with Saturn at 5 Pisces; and as asteroid Roberts 3428 (for Roberta) at 12 Aries, within orb of Jeanne/Elisabetta and squared Donn/Aline, suggesting her affinity with Carroll (Jeanne/Elisabetta) and antagonism (square) toward Trump (Donn) and his legal team (Aline).  Additionally, Sean appears at station, turning direct the very day of the verdict, and also conjoined Whitehouse, while Roberts opposes asteroid Victoria 12 at 18 Libra, named for the Roman goddess of victory, suggesting plaintiff’s win.  Roberta Kaplan is further represented by asteroid Roberto 96257 (the masculine equivalent), which at 3 Leo opposes the spotlighting Sun at 0 Aquarius, bringing her to national attention.

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Courtroom artist sketch of Trump leaving the court in a huff as opposing counsel gives closing arguments; transit asteroid Themis (Greek goddess of justice) stationing exactly on his natal Midheaven (reputation) and transit Pluto (criminality) exactly squared natal asteroid Aristaeus (rape) shows the real-time fallout of his sexual assault on Carroll, some quarter century later

Of course, Trump will file an appeal, so there’s no telling when or if Carroll will actually receive any compensation.  In the meantime, Trump is out the $83 million regardless, as he must post a bond in that amount to the court, until his appeal is resolved.  Indeed, there’s no indication of his ability to pay, despite his constant boasts of his net worth.  But the award is a victory for Carroll nonetheless, who may even tap Trump for a few million more, as he continues his campaign of defamation against her.  As was noted up front, some people never learn.

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. 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 a former board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

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I hope Carroll gets her money after everything she’s been through. And since Trump is completely unable to control himself, I’m sure he’ll be back in court before long for defaming her further. It’s one way to spend your children’s inheritance, I guess. Thanks Alex !


I don’t live in the USA, but its President affects the whole world, so I find myself worrying about Trump winning your election. What a nighttmare that would be!!

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