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In The Nation, William Greider writes on February 14, 2012 that there is “Still No End to Too Big to Fail” and with this, who can possibly disagree?
Now if you, dear reader, practice or follow Political Astrology at all and were reasonably cognizant ;p during Summer 2010 when the rather toothless financial boondoggle that Washington calls the Dodd-Frank Bill was haggled over and signed into law on July 21, 2010, you perhaps remember the two significant eclipses which occurred that summer–and they relate to our financial topic now, February 2012.
1. On June 26, 2010, a Lunar Eclipse manifested @ 5 Capricorn conjunct transiting Pluto, planet of wealth and stealth. Add evaluating Venus of small-amounts-of-money fame to Lord of the Underworld, spying Pluto, and we have such themes as extremes of wealth hidden in secret places, attracting organized crime (of course Washington did that years ago), and/or bankruptcy (Munkasey), for separately both the Venusian archetype and the Plutonian archetype contain ‘shadow sides’ with definite streaks of greed and covetousness running through them. These negative traits can lead or add to either expression of the combined energies of Venus-Pluto.
Plus, as one of the ‘wild cards’ of the Universe as all eclipses tend to be (‘wild’ in a fashion similar to disruptive, electrifying Uranus, the unexpected), the June 2010 Lunar Eclipse (Moon = the people) is ruled by austere, restrictive, loss-prone Saturn bwo Capricorn. As you know, his Too Big to Fail legislation and corporate welfare bailouts chose Wall Street over Main Street in President Obama’s Washington.
2. Then on July 11, 2010, a Solar Eclipse occurred @ 19 Cancer near the Twin Stars of Gemini, Castor and Pollux. I’ll allow you to draw your own conclusions about their contacts in an attempt to briefen up this post! (Click links provided below for my notes on both eclipses.)
The July 2010 Solar Eclipse fell into the 12 South Saros Series which is actually quite a positive influence: ‘successful outcomes to long-term worries (or illness); a draining issue will at first seem worse, then clear’ (papraphrasing Brady’s Predictive Astrology.)
12S happens to be the Pre-Natal Eclipse Series of America’s founding which personalizes and focuses its effects within the US.
Of course, how can we know if what We the People think is the problem that needs clearing is what secretive politicians in Washington DC know is the problem. Is their
worry’ same as our ‘worry’? Will they ever be capable of setting aside political machinations and plutonian stealth tactics perpetrated in their own self-interests long enough to take the corrective actions our society truly needs?
Well, Pluto does have great capacities for regenerative self-healing, transformation, and coping ability! On this level, we might think of a Phoenix Rising from the Ashes, as the myth goes.
My former place of residence, Washington DC, as our nation’s capital, still matters to me and the success of our government is paramount in today’s oddly directed world. How unfortunate for those of us who prefer a sovereign, decently behaved America and a war-free world that the current crop of Machiavellians in Washington and in all other global capitals and nation-states, seem to practice only the darkest of Pluto’s political arts and are playing against their own populations a very deep game.
No edits have been done on either post, but if you wish to view the above mentioned Summer 2010 eclipses with horoscopes shown, try Lunar Eclipse June 26, 2010 and Solar Eclipse July 11, 2010 which also resonates with the 2007 conjunction of the Big-Banker duo of investing Jupiter and powerful Pluto.
Plus, here are a few astro-notes on the natal chart of Senator Chris Dodd written way before I realized what a dodgy character he is.
As you know, of late we’ve seen transiting Chiron at 00Pisces and Neptune, the higher octave planet of the mystical and murky sign Pisces, has been floating upon that very degree as well; America’s PE mentioned above occurred at 00Pis33 in 1776. 12S is also the PE of Nixon’s resignation and thus of Gerald Ford’s presidency–guess someone‘s ‘problem’ cleared when an unstable Tricky Dick exited the White House, and since I lived in DC during the ‘Watergate scandal’ I was more relieved than I can now express to see the vulturing varmint vamoose.
Perhaps you noted on Tuesday evening in his SOTU 2012 Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the nation that President Obama put quite an emphasis on the topic of paying one’s fair share of taxes.
Tres embarrasingly, it’s reported that several of Mr. Obama’s top aides haven’t gotten around to paying theirs and I cannot imagine that anyone who assists the president thinks that this irony–some might say, hyposcrisy–won’t be used by an opponent as Mr. Obama campaigns for re-election!
Why, even Mitt 1% Romney pays what he legally owes (and not a penny more)…well, except for taxes on any gold dubloons he may have tucked away in very secret places.
Oh, the ruling class. Aren’t they a caution?
Austerity cuts by the David Cameron government in the UK are part of youthful tempers stormily flaring in the streets, riots, and destruction and some astrologers (such as myself) relate the As Above, So Below tenet of Traditional Astrology to what’s occuring on Earth as reflected all around us in the celestial sphere:
Space Weather News for August 9, 2011
X-FLARE: This morning at 0805 UT, sunspot 1263 produced an X7-class solar flare–so far the most powerful flare of new Solar Cycle 24. The brunt of the explosion was not Earth directed. Even so, a minor solar proton storm is in progress around our planet, and the flare also created waves of ionization in Earth’s upper atmosphere.
Visit Space Weather News for images and more information.
Additionally, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to speak today at 2:15 pm edt and you may be interested in my astro-notes (sans horoscope image) now published at Stars Over Washington for your consideration. Hint: Mercury Rx (announcements, etc) opposes inspired or fraudulent Neptune with both at critical-crisis 29th degrees.
Thoughts of America in November 2011
by Jude Cowell
“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves…[and] the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”
- Howard Zinn
If you’ve ever read my Political Astrology articles you know that on one level I’ve been describing rebellious Uranus now in Mars-ruled Aries as ‘Utopians’ because that’s one expression of Uranus in Aries according to Reinhold Ebertin in his midpoint directory, The Combination of Stellar Influences.
And if you follow Astrology much at all, you know that in 2010, transit Uranus entered feisty Aries by crossing the Aries Point, one of the four World Points of Manifestation which historically times important events which tend to affect the entire world.
So if you’re familiar with the Sibly version of America’s natal horoscope (July 4, 1776 5:10 pm LMT Philadelphia, PA with Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius rising), then you know that America’s IC (4th cusp, The Foundation or End of the Matter, aka, The Drain in any horoscope, and denoting Domestic Scene and Homeland) has been accosted by Uranus in Aries as the planet of revolution and uprisings hits the Aries Point (AP.)
My point, ill-made though it be, is that the Utopians have arrived and their intent to shake up our nation and rearrange all the furniture so that we cannot recognize where to lay our heads–is on disply with the current ‘debt-deal’ drama and the bill that has issued from it.
Holding hostages is typical behavior for radical reformers of the Uranian kind and they don’t care who gets hurt or damaged as long as their ‘vision’ is fulfilled…it’s a strain of the ‘success at any cost’ model of Machiavellian politics.
The hurt, however, is yet to be fully appreciated by the majority of the American people. The Uranian invasion and government coup has been ramped up and as I’ve typed many times before these last 6 years of blogging—these people play for keeps.
And come November 2011, when there will manifest in early Sagittarius a Solar Eclipse with sinister undertones and the ‘cuts’ are to be decided upon by the newly created “Super Congress” of 12 (like a special “council of wise men”?) we may see what the US government has been up to behind closed doors as the power of the US Congress is superceded–usurped–by an elite group of those who were in on the sky-is-falling game all along.
Yet with the energies described by Astrology working naturally in an AC-DC manner, the Utopian activism now throttling Washington DC can be turned around by the rest of us who Do Not want American to crash and be reinstituted like a phoenix rising from ashes.
Is it time for (peaceful) civil disobedience in America? the current Uranus/Pluto square says, Yes! For the mid-1960s saw the Great Conjunction/s of the revolutionary combo of Uranus and Pluto in mid-Virgo and their cyclic square now times a point of crisis when similar issues from the 1960s resurface–such as Civil Rights, disenfranchisement, and other anti-societal ills.
Uranus reached US natal IC (00Ari53, slightly past the AP) in 2010 and will continue to do so, thanks to quirky Uranus’ retrogradation, into January 2012.
But November 2011 isn’t left out of Uranus’ radical schedule for one of the conjunctions to US natal IC occurs on November 16, 2011, with the difficult Solar Eclipse manifesting on November 25, 2011 in the 14 North Series (“A peculiar turn of events”–Brady) @ ’2 Sag’–opposite President Obama’s natal Moon in Gemini–and the mini-me Congress of 12 power elite is set to divulge their recommendations for further cuts on November 23!
For more on this topic which has come home to America to roost, you may wish to try Coercive Utopians.
Plus, there’s always the excellent Thom Hartmann and his progressive views on and about America!
Lately, Rep. Eric Cantor has been making a name for himself during the ongoing ‘debt talks’ and negotiations at the White House so naturally a peek at his natal planets seemed to be in order.
Mr. Cantor was born June 6, 1963 in Richmond, VA, birth hour unknown. If you wish to view a noon version of his natal chart, you’re cordially invited to do so. Details concerning his crusading Jupiter in Aries (finances) are included along with transits for Wednesday July 13, 2011, and more.
In his horoscope, you’ll note that Rep. Cantor was born under a YOD pattern indicating a special task, crisis, or turning point when childish tantrums just won’t do. Sun, Jupiter, and Neptune are involved in the YOD pattern.
Before we consider here Eric Cantor’s Sun Gem-Moon Sag personality blend (and in light of the recent turmoil and stand-offs at White House meetings), let’s note two midpoint pictures in President Obama’s natal chart (August 4, 1961 7:24 pm AHST Honolulu, HI) which are ‘completed’ or triggered by Eric Cantor’s natal Pluto, planet of power, rage, and psychology, in Virgo.
(Any, all, or none may apply; BHO = Obama, EC = Cantor, n = natal; NN = North Node, a point of encounters.)
BHO n Mars/NN = EC n Pluto: the performance of joint record achievements; a violent or forced separation from a union or partnership; increased need for control of a professional group; deterring others from competing with you.
Sounds combustible, doesn’t it? Especially with the influence of Mr. Cantor’s very close Mars/Uranus conjunction in early Virgo which tends to create excitement if there isn’t enough of it around—and it refuses to take No for an answer.
BHO n Mars/Uranus = EC n Pluto: people get more fury from you than help; finishing fights to the end; efforts for reform have more far-reaching effects than planned; confronting or battling more powerful forces; force; a violent intervention. (Ebertin; Munkasey.)
Sun Gem-Moon Sag is an Air-Fire combo, the ‘live wire’ of combos all full of exciting, visionary ideas which are communicated with zeal. Bombast and bluster are a caution for Air-Fire for it tends to get carried away with its own rhetoric when it may be compared to a hot-air balloon.
More specifically, Sun Gem-Moon Sag shows one who is intellectual, curious, impatient yet friendly, and a flamboyant communicator. This eternal student and scholar can display emotional immaturity and an outspoken nature while attracting many friends including poets and idealists.
Mr. Cantor loves to travel and meets with many interesting experiences and people while doing so–the Sagittarius archetype of The Seeker applies. Intuitive leaps, a vivid imagination, and a gift for enthusing others on behalf of his ideas and ideals are natural talents.
Cautions include a tendency toward indiscreet communications and a wish to ‘breeze through life’ on the strength of a quick wit even though he has a need to ‘know it all’.
“Images for Integration: The Pied Piper leads his merry band of youths to the amphitheatre on the hill for an afternoon of music lessons, philosophical teachings and baseball…A young man goes abroad to attend university and becomes a foreign correspondent.”
(Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles & Suzi Harvey.)
Note the mention of “the hill” as in Washington!
President Obama’s news conference on the US economy (and actions in Libya) is occurring as I type and you may find of interest Reynolds Holding’s argument that in the debt crisis debate, the White House holds the legal advantage under the Constitution which does not allow America to default on creditors.
Hopefully, the blockage from the GOP on the budget won’t result in a constitutional crisis as our current Solar Elcipse Series (June 1, 2011 @ 11Gem02) suggests is possible.
And for a little astrological consideration of President Obama’s first full news conference since March, you’re welcome to try my post Obama presser 6.29.11: Saturn rising which I composed this morning and managed to publish at precisely 11:30 am edt, the time the presser was scheduled to begin. The June 1st Solar Eclipse’s ‘constitutional’ influence is included.
(Note: Mr. Obama actually began speaking at 11:39 am edt.)
Yes, Saturn rising is descriptive of austerity, delays, restriction, inhibition, contraction, and loss yet the president’s clear explanations this morning as he laid out the economic debate’s issues between Rs and Ds are also shown due to Saturn’s realistic influence and supports the Moon’s conjunction with Fixed Star Rigel (to bring knowledge; to educate) at the top of the chart!
Chief Justice Earl Warren (March 19, 1891 – July 9, 1974) was appointed to the United States Supreme Court by President Dwight D. Eisenhower who had expected a moderate conservative but got in Justice Warren an “unabashed liberal”.
When ‘Ike’ tapped him for the SCOTUS, Earl Warren was serving as a very popular Republican governor of California (oh for the good ole days without litmus tests! ) One of my favorite political quotes of all time – now apt again during the Democratic presidency of Barack Obama and which relates to the separative politics now practiced in Washington DC – comes from Chief Justice Earl Warren:
“Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism.”
The recent practice of Corporate Welfare (for many who are little more than cheats, fraudsters, and criminals) comes quickly to mind especially since the American people’s social safety net grows more tattered and Swiss-cheesey with each passing day that the GOP holds forth with their austerity measures. What say you?