As you learned in the previous post, my friend and I arrived in Green River, UT September 16, on time for that memorable Sunday sunset.
What I wasn’t aware of, until we settled in for the night, was that the Washington Post (WAPO) had published an Investigations piece a few hours earlier by Emma Brown and her team of four other women reporters and researchers that would change everything. “California professor, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about her allegation of sexual assault”
Day One of the road trip had already flooded me with plenty of old memories. Now trying to wind down, I couldn’t stop myself from time-traveling back to October 12, 1991, when attorney Anita Hill was grilled for an entire day by the Senate Judiciary Committee, 14 white men in grey suits, about the sexual harassment she was subjected to by her former boss, SCOTUS nominee, Judge Clarence Thomas. Since then, she’s been an icon for Everywoman who’s reported sexual harassment or assault and was subsequently dismissed and demeaned for doing so. For a 30-something mother and business person, this was truly a bleak time. Now, 27 years later, WAPO’s report showed what a long way we have to go as a nation before women are truly respected as equals.
For your interest, here’s the chart for the Washington Post piece which broke the Christine Blasey Ford bombshell, timed to the moment its author, investigative reporter Emma Brown, retweeted her story after correcting a typo.
A few significations in the event chart:
Professor Blasey Ford’s hidden truth, her sexual assault by someone who is now a judge, becoming public knowledge (Jupiter in Scorpio in 9th house), details of which she’d confided years before to her husband and therapist (Sun-Mercury in Virgo in the intimate 7th house), getting leaked (Neptune in Pisces in 1st house) after she brought the assault to the attention of her senior US Senator from California, Dianne Feinstein (Moon in Sagittarius in the government 10th house) in confidence (Sun square Moon). The WAPO report was shocking (charts’ ASC in Aquarius) as Kavanaugh’s nomination was considered by many a done deal. Alleged was his sexual attack of young Christine while they were at a high school party (violent Mars square to Venus in Scorpio in the sex-oriented 8th house) egged on by his friend (Mars in wild and crazy Aquarius, the sign of friendship) while he held her down behind closed doors (12th house). As if the bizarre violence forced upon her as a teen (Venus in Scorpio opposite Uranus in Taurus) wasn’t enough, the leak of Professor Ford’s allegation would open her to death threats (Mars in AQ crazy violent words in the 12th house of hidden enemies) as well as to the public judgment of many conservatives (Saturn in Capricorn in the 11th house). It would also motivate many other aggrieved victims of sexual violence (Pluto in Capricorn in the 11th house) to come out of hiding and share their stories (trine Sun-Mercury in Virgo).
Last, but by no means least, the August 11, 2018 solar eclipse at 18 deg. 42′ Leo, is a few arc minutes from setting in this chart (Descendant 18 degrees 45′)! Remember, Trump nominated Kavanaugh on July 9, two days prior to the eclipse. Perhaps there is hope.
Ok, so this road trip wasn’t exactly the lark I’d naively hoped it would be. There’s no escaping collective karma. I fell asleep that night in a Green River hotel nursing an undeniable sense of dread. It seemed entirely possible that a man accused of sexual assault and lying about it could become our next Supreme Court Justice of the United States.
Part 3 of Past meets Present, Earth meets Sky coming soon. I promise there’ll be more scenery!