Edith Hathaway – Jussie Smollett: Act 2

On Tuesday, March 26, 2019 all criminal charges against the actor Jussie Smollett were suddenly and mysteriously dropped and the case sealed by Cook County Attorney General Kim Foxx. This was for his alleged hate crime hoax on Jan. 29, 2019. Though she had recused herself in the case on Feb. 19, 2019, Foxx now says she had not really done so.  The sequence is unprecedented due to the prior Grand Jury indictment of Jussie Smollett with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for making a false police report. The indictment was based on only a portion of the large body of evidence presented by the Chicago Police Department.

Nevertheless, Foxx closed the case without even consulting the Chicago Police Department, who had conducted a non-stop three-week investigation on the case.  Foxx may well have brokered a deal with Smollett, but she cites his lack of previous criminal record, his two days of community service in Chicago on March 23 and 25, and his agreement to forfeit his $10,000 bond to the city of Chicago.  Meanwhile the city had spent over $130,000 on an intense three-week investigation of the case. And since it involved a celebrity and brought national and world attention, the police pulled out all the stops, neglecting other more serious criminal cases in the process.

Foxx’s decision brought immediate outrage from the Chicago Police Dept. and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, as well as those well beyond Chicago.  Emmanuel called it “a whitewash of justice.” The reality of a two-tiered justice system was on full display, one for ordinary people and one for those well connected to the Washington and Hollywood power elite, such as Smollett.  As early as Feb. 1, 2019, text and email exchanges reveal that the Smollett family reached out to their friends in the former Obama administration, notably Tina Tchen. (Jussie Smollett participated in at least several private events at the Obama White House, and one of his sisters worked with the Obama administration.  Tina Tchen served as Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff and as Assistant to President Obama, 2011-2017). Tchen promised the Smolletts she would do what she could to influence her friend Kim Foxx and/or try to have the case moved from the Chicago Police to the FBI.

After Foxx’s announcement that the Smollett case was now closed, sealed, and all criminal charges dropped, the fury directed against her for this decision was enormous.  On March 28, 2019 Chicago city attorneys sent Smollett a bill for $130,106.15 to cover Police costs and a demand for timely payment.  One day earlier the redacted 61-page Police Reports were made public, following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from CWBChicago.

From these reports we know that the FBI was involved in the case along with the Chicago Police since the day of the alleged crime Jan. 29, 2019. One of the many puzzling factors in this staged assault case is that the FBI’s top Special investigator for international sex trafficking (Gregory Wing) was assigned to the case right from the start. It is not known why. The Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association (IPBA) soon weighed in with a statement March 30, 2019. Here is an excerpt:

“The manner in which this case was dismissed was abnormal and unfamiliar to those who practice law in criminal courthouses across the State…. Prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges alike do not recognize the arrangement Mr. Smollett received. Even more problematic, the State’s Attorney and her representatives have fundamentally misled the public on the law and circumstances surrounding the dismissal.”

The Chicago Police Department, in turn, stood by their investigation and the Grand Jury indictment. Meanwhile,  Jussie Smollett continued to profess his innocence, and made a brief statement to the media just after his “emergency hearing” March 26th in which his case was dropped.

“Not for a moment was it in vain…. I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of.”

 

Please click here for a brief guide of how to read the North and South Indian charts.  Sidereal zodiac (Lahiri ayanamsha) is used throughout. 

Source (link here). The announcement was made Tues., March 26, 2019 at 10:21 am CDT, Chicago, IL, USA.

We look now at the chart of Cook County Attorney General Kim Foxx’s announcement.  Starting with the fixed Taurus Ascendant, we note that 5 planets are also in fixed signs (Mars, Moon, Jupiter, Mercury and Venus).  So far this already indicates that the decision is unlikely to be overturned.

Tr. Moon is debilitated in Scorpio and almost exactly on the 7th house cusp. With its aspect from sign lord Mars, the Moon’s debilitation is considered cancelled or corrected, called a Neecha Bhanga Raja yoga.  From a place of initial disadvantage, and with some initial setbacks, the affairs of the Moon gradually improve. But debilitated Moon is considered the most difficult of all the debilitated planets and does not easily overcome negativity.  In this case, though Smollett has been cleared of all criminal charges, the accompanying negative publicity has been widespread, directed at both Jussie Smollett (who never expressed any contrition or apologies to the city of Chicago) and also to Cook County Attorney General Kim Foxx for having apparently brokered a deal or possibly taken a bribe.  Alternately, with the FBI’s head of sex trafficking closely involved in the case from the beginning, this raises questions as to whether Smollett may have provided some useful information in exchange for his case being wiped clean.  Tr. Moon and Jupiter are both in Scorpio, a sign associated with sex, money, and scandals.

The Moon is also associated with public perception, and this decision has been a problem for the public as well as those involved in the judiciary and law enforcement in Chicago, the state of Illinois and elsewhere.  Many people saw evidence from the case, including Smollett’s mug shot immediately after the staged attack. It showed only a minor face scratch, which his alleged attackers said was self-inflicted. They are both body builders and boxers who could have easily inflicted major physical damage if the attack were real. So when Smollett and his lawyers speak of his having had to recover from the attack, this flies in the face of hospital records and photographic evidence to the contrary.

When there is a problem with the law or with the perception of how the law has ruled, we look primarily to Jupiter, which rules over the law and legal matters.  And when Jupiter makes a station in the heavens (either Stationary Retrograde or Stationary Direct), it can affect legal matters very definitively.  In an upcoming section we will discuss more about this Jupiter going Stationary Retrograde in April 2019, and also its presence in a critical area of the zodiac.

In total, 3 planets are very near their Stationary degrees in the announcement chart. This lends exceptional power to these planets. They are: 1) Mercury, which turned Stationary Direct March 28, 2019 at 21:54 Aquarius, within 15’ orb of tr. Mercury at 22:09 Aquarius; 2) Jupiter, which turns Stationary Retrograde on April 10, 2019 at 0:14 Sagittarius, within 22’ orb of tr. Jupiter 29:52 Scorpio; and 3) Saturn, which turns Stationary Retrograde April 30, 2019 at 26:24 Sagittarius, within 58’ orb of tr. Saturn at 25:26 Sagittarius.

Despite the strong fixity in this chart, denoting no likely change to the situation, It is possible that tr. Jupiter’s upcoming Stationary Retrograde on April 10th could cause some turnaround in this case.  Otherwise, Smollett looks relatively protected.  During Mercury’s 3-week retrograde period there are often changes, twists and turns in contracts or communications.  But by March 26, 2019 tr. Mercury is close enough to the SD degree to give it more staying power. Mercury rules over communications, but also the money houses in this chart, Houses 2 and 5.  Mercury conjunct Venus in the 10th house tells us that money is no problem for Smollett and helps in this latest decision to clear him of all charges. Jupiter’s rulership over the 8th and 11th houses also tells us that money is involved in bringing this case to a close.  Since Saturn is in the 8th house (of shared moneys, sex, and hidden matters), and is lord of the 9th and 10th houses, we may never learn how much money exchanged hands or between whom to reach this controversial legal decision. But we do know that the city of Chicago has now demanded that Smollett pay over $130,000 for the expenses incurred in investigating this case over a 3-week period.

ANNOUNCEMENT CHART AS A PRASHNA (HORARY OR QUESTION CHART)

With no one in the outside world, including the Chicago Police or Mayor, expecting this decision by Kim Foxx, we can treat it both as an event chart (Muhurtha) and a question chart (Prashna).  This is a kind of Reverse Engineering where we ask: If an announcement were to be made re Smollett’s case on Tues. March 26, 2019 at 10:21 am CDT in Chicago, what would be the likely contents and implications?

For Prashna charts, there are certain rules regarding disputes and legal cases. In each component, observe the planets in each house as well as the planetary house lord.  The rules are as follows:

Ascendant = The querent, also the defendant, especially for a fixed sign Ascendant, i.e. Jussie Smollett.  The Ascendant can also be assigned to the plaintiff.

4th house = The judgment

7th house = The opponent

10th house = The authority or judiciary

Mars is in the Ascendant in Taurus, and Ascendant lord Venus is strongly placed in the 10th house in Aquarius.  In a dispute chart, if a classic malefic planet is in the Ascendant, that party usually wins, especially if there is no classical malefic in the 7th house of the opponent, as in this case.  The 6th house is assigned to enemies, and since for Taurus Ascendant the 6th house is Libra (also ruled by Venus), this indicates that Jussie Smollett’s enemies are not likely to be a problem, especially with Venus well placed in the 10th house in a friend’s sign.

The 7th lord Mars is in the Ascendant, while two benefics Moon and Jupiter are situated in the 7th house.  As we have stated, a classic malefic in the Ascendant gives Jussie Smollett power over his opponent, and the lord of the 7th house also occupies the Ascendant.  In this case, Smollett was treated initially as a victim (or plaintiff) until the Chicago Police Dept. and a Grand Jury saw enough evidence to consider him the defendant. The planets reflect this reality rather well, along with his good friends among the judiciary or authorities, which is assigned to the 10th house.  Though Ascendant lord Venus is well placed in the 10th house, its house lord Saturn is placed in the 8th house in Sagittarius with Ketu.  This shows more problems for the Judiciary or authority than for Smollett.

The 8th house describes hidden matters, research; also sex, money, and scandals, as we have said.  When the 10th lord is in the 8th house, as it is here, it is not clear exactly who is the final authority, even if Kim Foxx took that role when she should have asked the court to assign an outside lawyer to be special prosecutor. She had recused herself Feb. 19th due to her contact with the Smollett family and Tina Tchen, i.e. those trying to influence the outcome on Jussie Smollett’s behalf.

So we see in this chart how the defendant (Smollett) is strong in relation to any opposition, enemies, or even the judiciary or authorities. Judgment is shown from the 4th house (Leo), ruled by the Sun, which is situated in the 11th house of friends and networks of friends.  The 4th house of judgment in turn is aspected by Mars, Venus and Mercury Retrograde, which is generally favorable. A square aspect from Mars to the 4th house has a forceful feel about it, and we know the defendant and his family pulled as many strings as possible, mostly with their Obama administration contacts.

Confirming even further the mystery of who is the authority here, Saturn at 25:26 Sagittarius is almost exactly on the 8th house cusp from the Ascendant at 25:33 Taurus.  Typically, Ashtama Shani (Saturn in the 8th house from Moon or Ascendant) is not an easy transit, and for an individual can bring loss.  Smollett has this to his natal Ascendant and Moon for another several years until tr. Saturn exits Capricorn in mid-July 2022.  So in spite of the remarkable legal decision in his favor, he still has problems with his public image and reputation in furthering his career. His strategy so far seems to be to work on a charm offensive and keep his lawyers and crisis managers close.

The TV show Empire, which brought him recognition, has canceled his role for the remaining 2 episodes of the season, and his role may well be recast if the show is renewed for the next season. Please see my last month’s article for a discussion of Smollett’s birth chart and timing. We see, for instance, how a Solar eclipse on his birthday in June 2020 could be decisive in helping him deal one way or the other with the negative publicity around the Chicago “fake attack.” Since he is so politically motivated and well connected, he may devote much of 2020 to helping one or more of the Presidential campaigns. He is good friends with candidates Kamala Harris and Corey Booker.

JUPITER STATIONARY RETROGRADE (IN GANDANTA SAGITTARIUS)

Please note: This astrology program only notes the next degree or minute when it has reached it exactly. Jupiter in this chart is technically at 0:13.9 Sagittarius, so we refer to it as 0:14 Sagittarius. Jupiter turns SR on Wed. April 10, 2019, 11:33 am CDT, Chicago, IL, USA.

The purpose of showing this chart is mainly to draw attention to Jupiter itself and the timing of the Stationary Retrograde, rather than to the chart in its entirety.  Even so, it is worth noting that as tr. Jupiter dips into early Sagittarius, it joins tr. Saturn and Ketu opposite Rahu later in the sign.  This is only for a short period. Tr. Jupiter will be in Sagittarius (which it rules) from March 30 to April 22, 2019.  After April 22nd, Jupiter continues its transit through Scorpio up through Nov. 5, 2019. It turns Stationary Direct at 20:23 Scorpio on Aug. 11, 2019.  We often see a framework provided by Jupiter’s SR and SD points, i.e. April 10 to Aug. 11, 2019. This may relate to several notable legal situations that have arisen in the weeks closely surrounding the upcoming Jupiter Stationary Retrograde on April 10, 2019.

We will list some of these legal situations, some of which involve Jussie Smollett. Most of them seem to circle back to U.S. President Donald Trump in one way or another. For instance, Smollett originally claimed to be attacked by two white men yelling homophobic and racial slurs, wearing red MAGA hats, while shouting: “This is MAGA country!”  Smollett’s claim that his attackers were white and Trump supporters was clearly intended to intensify the anti-Trump rhetoric of the Left.

Another important thing to understand about tr. Jupiter in late Scorpio and early Sagittarius is that this juncture of the zodiac is called Gandanta and in Vedic astrology is considered one of the most treacherous of all junctures between zodiacal signs. Gandanta occurs at the ends of all three water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces), when the sign and the nakshatra both end and there is no carryover into the next sign.  But the most dangerous of all 3 Gandantas is the Scorpio/Sagittarius juncture.  Measuring the Gandanta by nakshatra pada we look at the last 3:20 of Scorpio and the first 3:20 of Sagittarius.  This is exactly where the Jupiter Stationary Retrograde occurs on April 10, 2019 – at 0:14 Sagittarius, or 0:13.9 Sagittarius.

We should also note that ANY planet transiting through this Gandanta portion of Scorpio is a portent of potential trouble and snakesmanship. It tends to look initially like one thing but in reality is another. On the night of the alleged attack Jan. 29, 2019 tr. Venus was in the Ascendant at 29:32 Scorpio.  As the Chicago Police and the Grand Jury see it, this is the chart of the fake, pre-rehearsed attack, while Smollett maintains he has always told the truth and that he was in fact attacked by two white men in MAGA hats yelling racial and homophobic slurs. But the details did not ring true to locals, as this Chicago neighborhood is mostly liberal, gay and black, and the night was freezing cold, at -20 degrees F. Would two attackers seriously be waiting for a minor TV celebrity at 2 am in a dangerous neighborhood on one of the coldest nights in Chicago?

Tr. Jupiter has been transiting through the Gandanta portion of Scorpio since Feb. 20, 2019, and this continues through May 30, 2019, with the exception of March 30 to April 22, when tr. Jupiter enters early Sagittarius.  Coincidentally, Smollett was arrested on Feb. 21, 2019 and freed only after paying a $10,000 bond.  

Further below is a brief chronicle of news headlines during one intense week at the end of March 2019. Mercury turned Stationary Direct on March 28th. Thus, communications and contracts were finally reaching some major conclusions. Meanwhile, tr. Jupiter, representing the law, religion and journalism was at 29 degrees of Scorpio the whole week, moving into 0:00 Sagittarius by Sat. March 30th. This area of Scorpio can and did bring to light some juicy topics related to sex, large amounts of money, and scandal.  Long-standing legal investigations (such as the Mueller probe) and/or cases with lawyers with long-standing public positions (such as Michael Avenatti) took not-so-surprising turns, but surprising to those who had expected and been promised different outcomes.

Tr. Jupiter at 29 degrees of Scorpio is very positive for President Trump, whose Sun, Moon, Rahu and Ketu is on the Taurus-Scorpio axis (Sun-Rahu in the 10th house in Taurus, Moon-Ketu in the 4th house in Scorpio). For a Leo Ascendant chart, Jupiter is also very favorable. Further, we note that the birth eclipse of Pres. Trump works far more effectively than the birth eclipse of Jussie Smollett, whose Sun-Moon-Rahu in Gemini in the 2nd house is aspected by his natal Saturn in Virgo.  Saturn is also his current Dasha lord, whereas Jupiter is Trump’s current Dasha lord.

Each of them received great good news during the last week of March 2019. Yet in part due to the positions of tr. Jupiter, Mercury, and Saturn near their respective Stationary degrees (especially that of Jupiter, on the Gandanta portion of Scorpio), both outcomes were severely criticized by their detractors. Of course as President, Trump has by far the more dramatic investigation and outcome.  The Trump-Russia investigation tried to take down a sitting president. They went after him months before he was even elected and also well afterwards. Thus far the facts support Trump’s assertion all along that he was innocent of the charges against him.

Both the Smollett and Trump-Russia investigations came to a head within a few days of each other. The parallel between them is that both were based on false premises.  The Mueller probe depended heavily on the fabricated “Russia dossier,” funded by the Clinton Campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and George Soros. (Bank records were obtained by Judicial Watch via FOIA – the Freedom of Information Act – after Congress was unsuccessful in obtaining them.)  So far it appears that Trump was correct. It was indeed “a witch hunt.” Likewise Jussie Smollett’s investigation was also based on false premises, but ones he himself invented!  After several weeks, the Chicago Police finally discovered and documented many of them. But Smollett went on telling everyone he was innocent of any charges against him.

Many Democrats and anti-Trumpers are very upset by the findings of the Mueller report. They say that it cannot be right and that somehow Mueller was not allowed to do the work properly. Bear in mind this is an investigation that lasted over 2 years, and at a cost of over $25 million.  The Special Counsel hired 19 lawyers, 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants and other professional staff. More than 2800 subpoenas were issued, along with 500 search warrants, 230 orders for communication records, 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and some 500 witnesses interviewed. We know from the Strzok-Page texts and emails that Mueller’s team was overwhelmingly anti-Trump and pro-Clinton, planning in advance to exonerate Clinton and go after Trump.  The leftist mainstream news and social media were counting on Mueller to remove Trump from office.

Attorney General William Barr provided a 4-page summary of the approximately 400-page report, but even this was greeted with cries of foul play. Some think Barr and Trump are hiding something important that Mueller was going to unleash.  Mueller had 2 years to unleash, yet he found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. Lead FBI agent Peter Strzok said from the beginning that there was “no there there” regarding charges that Trump colluded with Russia to change the outcome of the 2016 election. No proof was ever found, but Trump’s detractors are still sure it will come out either in the full 400-page Mueller report, due to be released in mid-April 2019, or in a subsequent investigation by Congress or others.  The Jupiter SR on April 10, 2019 should work in Trump’s favor.

BIG NEWS WEEK: MARCH 22-29, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019: THE TRUMP-RUSSIA COLLUSION INVESTIGATION ENDS. When you want a story to disappear quickly into the news cycle, the typical ploy is to release it late on a Friday afternoon. Accordingly, after 2 yrs and over $25 million in expenses it is late on a Friday afternoon that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller gives Attorney General William Barr his final report, in which President Trump and his team were investigated and under illegal surveillance for possible collusion with Russia to fix the 2016 Presidential Election. The leftist mainstream media has hammered on this topic relentlessly for over 2 yrs, promising their audiences that Trump and his family would be arrested for treason, handcuffed and marched out of the White House in orange jump suits. Instead, Mueller finds no collusion and no obstruction of justice.  Some lawmakers along with Pres. Trump are pushing for investigation into how the Mueller probe and illegal surveillance began on Trump and his campaign as early as Dec. 2015.

Sunday, March 24, 2019: THE RUSSIA COLLUSION HOAX IS SHUT DOWN (Alternative headline).  Attorney General William Barr releases a 4-page summary of Robert Mueller’s final report, based on the nearly 400 pages of the completed report delivered to Barr March 22nd.  Barr says he will release the larger report by mid-April. This could coincide closely with tr. Jupiter SR April 10, 2019.

Monday, March 25, 2019: CNN AND MSNBC RATINGS TUMBLE SHARPLY AFTER THE MUELLER PROBE SHOWS NO TRUMP-RUSSIA COLLUSION AND NO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. Among mainstream media organizations, only Fox continues unscathed and enjoying ever-expanding viewership since the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. It is the only mainstream media organization that did not spend 2 years pushing the Trump-Russia collusion story as its main theme 24/7. CNN’s President Jeff Zucker says the big ratings drop is due only to “a slow news week.”  President Trump tweets exultantly: “Fake news never wins.”

Monday, March 25, 2019: ARRESTED FOR $20 MILLION EXTORTION OF NIKE – PORN LAWYER AVENATTI (FORMER POTENTIAL 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE & DARLING OF THE LEFT). Michael Avenatti is arrested for attempting to extort up to $22 million from Nike, and released on a $300,000 personal recognizance bond.  Avenatti was porn star Stormy Daniels’ former lawyer, and on television over 100 times in his efforts to bring down President Trump. Some of this was over hush money paid by Michael Cohen (for Trump) to Stormy Daniels. Daniels later broke with Avenatti, calling him “extremely dishonest.”

Tuesday, March 26, 2019: HATE CRIME HOAXER JUSSIE SMOLLETT IS SUDDENLY CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES:  All charges against Jussie Smollett are suddenly dropped, announces Cook County Attorney General Kim Foxx, who had formerly recused herself in this case, then said she really had not done so. Since Jan. 29, 2019, the FBI’s top Special investigator for sex trafficking is involved in this assault case turned hate crime turned hate hoax crime.  This is revealed in the redacted 61-page Police report released March 27, 2019 following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from CWBChicago.  Shortly after Smollett’s case is dropped, ratings also drop to an all-time low for the Empire TV show in which he had previously starred.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019: SEAGRAM HEIRESS CLARE BRONFMAN FAINTS IN COURT AFTER QUESTION ABOUT MICHAEL AVENATTI. The accused NXIVM sex-cult financier Clare Bronfman is in court where she faints in response to being asked if she has secretly retained lawyer Michael Avenatti.  Officially her lawyer is Mark Geragos, who is also Jussie Smollett’s lawyer, and an unindicted co-conspirator in the Nike extortion case against Michael Avenatti!  Clare and her sister Sara Bronfman took over $150 million out of the family trust to fund NXIVM and its founder Keith Raniere.  Raniere was arrested in 2018 and is now in prison for sex trafficking and more. The Bronfman sisters joined NXIVM in 2002 and the financial breach of the family trust was discovered in 2010. Their father Edgar Bronfman, Sr. died in Dec. 2013.  The Bronfmans have been leading contributors to Hillary Clinton’s political campaigns and longtime friends of the Clintons. (Coincidentally, Stormy Daniels has a brand on her pubic area with NXIVM leader Keith Raniere’s initials, as do many other NXIVM cult victims.)

Thursday, March 28, 2019: CHICAGO CITY ATTORNEYS SEND JUSSIE SMOLLETT A BILL FOR OVER $130,000. This amount is to repay the city of Chicago for the cost of their 3-week investigation into Smollett’s false report.  The redacted Police report on the case is released the previous day. (Mercury turns SD at 8:56 am CDT, 9:56 am EDT on March 28th. It has been transiting within 2 degrees of this powerful Stationary Direct point since March 22nd.)

Friday March 29, 2019: COOK COUNTY STATE ATTORNEY KIM FOXX IS OPEN TO AN OUTSIDE INVESTIGATION.  Foxx says she is open to an outside investigation into her office’s decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett. She says Smollett has not been exonerated, contrary to what the actor has claimed. (Chicago Tribune Op-Ed) Coincidentally, George Soros gave $408,000 to Cook County A.G. Kim Foxx’s campaign as well as helping to fund the “Russian dossier” against Trump.

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 This article also appears in the April 2019 issue of AstroLogic magazine, an on-line magazine.

Copyright © 2019 by Edith Hathaway. 

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