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9.10.13 Obama on TV (Syria)

Just a brief heads-up in case you want to check out a little Astrology concerning tonight’s TV address from President Obama to the American and Syrian people (and whomever) which has been posted to Stars Over Washington:



August 28, 2013: “Let freedom ring” if it must

As you’ve heard, Wednesday August 28, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in which he called for freedom to ring. Some say that President Obama seeks an MLK Moment: see http://swampland.time.com/2013/08/25/on-50th-dream-anniversary-obama-seeks-mlk-moment/ as he stands in Dr. King’s shadow on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to deliver his own speech. Will his 2013 rhetoric echo that of Rev. Martin Luther King in 1963?

3:00 pm edt is the “Let Freedom Ring” instant that will be celebrated in tandem with ringing bells across the globe by participating locations. With a shout-out to dreamy Neptune, you may wish to check out today’s Stars Over Washington post concerning cosmic differences and similarities between the two dates and speeches by clicking here: http://www.starsoverwashington.com/2013/08/i-have-dream-aug-28-1963-vs-aug-28-2013.html (synastry grid shown).

Among others, Presidents Obama, Clinton, and Carter will speak this Wednesday in commemoration of the event’s 50th anniversary, reports the King Center: http://www.thekingcenter.org/news/2013-08-excitement-builds-commemoration-50th-anniversary-march-washington-mlk-s-i-have-dream

Now on August 28, 1963 an Earth-Fire combination of energies of Sun Virgo-Moon Sagittarius (Mercury-Jupiter) was in effect with its sense of moral certitude, ability to perceive the essentials, and the desire for reasonable answers in the face of human suffering. Yet the blend’s expansive Sagittarian dream had to be brought down to pragmatic proportions though a majority of the American people didn’t and don’t care at all for the way it was perpetrated–by Dr. King’s martyrdom.

The blend for August 28, 2013 retains a Virgo Sun, of course, but becomes an Earth-Air combo of Sun Virgo-Moon Gemini with both signs ruled by speech-making, message-delivering Mercury, the Orator. Sun Virgo-Moon Gemini denotes tendencies toward chatty communications, use of logic, and correct analysis though a leaning toward pessimism should be kept under control.

One difference between the speeches may be based primarily upon 1963’s fiery flights of fancy (‘a dream’) vs the cooler, more rational approach of President Obama, our Orator-in-Chief. And if our current president has a dream, my fret is that it tallies too perfectly with the global government totalitarianism that is now being forced upon the nations and peoples of the world.

For more info, see Sun Sign-Moon Sign, by Charles & Suzi Harvey.

SOTU Address 2010 horoscope and Sun AQ-Moon Cancer

Yes, an image of the horoscope-with-details of tonight’s State of the Union Address, President Obama’s first-ever, has been published at my other blog if you’re interested in viewing it.

I’ve set the chart for 9:00 pm est, Capitol Building, DC and if Mr. Obama begins speaking a little after 9:00 pm (and he probably will – TV considerations, you know, plus on-camera hand-shakings, applause, etc) the chart’s angular factors – and links to the US natal chart – make ‘9 pm’ my choice as a symbolic representation of the President’s progress report for our nation; plus, it marks the end of his first year in office.

If you’ve seen the 2010 SOTU chart, you know that America’s natal Neptune in Virgo (sign of Work – jobs jobs jobs, Health, Service, and Police/Military, etc) is rising in the chart and bringing up the President’s natal Mars in Virgo. That ‘rock star’ connection/illusion the American public (Neptune) has with Mr. Obama (Mars) makes seeing his motivations and actions in a realistic light quite difficult, for Neptune loves the veils, and idolizes glamorous reflections upon the silver screen.

The most positive facet of our shared Mars/Neptune contact would be on a higher, spiritual level, but I find politicians dependable in that department even less than they are dependable in the political realm. It would take a miracle, and yet miracles do happen. Occasionally.

Well, let’s sniff tonight’s atmosphere to detect a little perfumery of the moment by considering the Sun AQ/Moon Cancer blend of energies in effect this evening. AQ/Can is an Air-Water combo and you know what an ethereal ”mist can waft forth when the two elements synergize. A ‘magic trick out of sleeve’ this may not be, but the mists of Neptune may be all that’s left to offer with so many large forces aligned against us. (I’m thinking here of Pluto’s transit in opposition to America’s natal Cancer line-up which has been within orb for a while now – Venus, Jupiter, Sun, and later on, Mercury. Personally, America’s eventual Pluto Return is one transit I expect to miss and the propagandistic Mercury/Pluto opposition in the US natal chart will be in fine fettle as it’s triggered a few years earlier.)

The ‘Sun AQ/Moon Can’ blend has a vivid imagination, a compassionate social conscience, and is full of idealism. Popularity accompanies lofty emotions, and a democratic spirit is evident – probably sincerely on the public’s side and hopefully with a sincere tinge on the side of good-hearted, beneficent politicians everywhere.

Since most of the ones on Capitol Hill were there as the 2008 collapse formed – and were active in its progress all along – I have much more confidence in the American people meaning well in our dire situation that I can trust a politician who says, “Trust me” – always a telling indictment against anyone’s honesty if they have to say or imply it.

On the unconscious side, we see the AQ/Can blend’s tendency toward rationalizing irrational acts (staying in the Middle East as if to justify invading and occupying an entire region – beyond our breaking point? jc), unrecognized prejudices, getting absorbed in abstract causes (PNAC? Global domination? jc) which helps avoid dealing with a nagging conscience and the haunting emotions that come from shafting one’s fellow man. This sort of high-minded detachment serves to ignore, if not diffuse, the raw emotions of others which are ‘messy’ to confront.

With the Sun/Moon combo tonight, traditional values will inform everything while a visionary quality determines the future. Its friendly veneer describes the urbane Mr. Obama, and the Cancerian Moon (Luna exalted in Cancer, sign of Home, Domestic Scene, Real Estate, Business, the Public, Physical Body, Nurturing and Security Needs, and the Past) showing the deep well of emotional pain and practical concerns which we-the-people are dealing with now, with many of us losing the thread into the grasps of politicians and usury creditors who lurk on all sides.

Yes, these days Oil Can Harry reigns over Pearl Pureheart, but can President Mighty Mouse Obama save the day? Or at the least, talk as if he will? Jobs, jobs, jobs are the answer – but what to do with our naughty multi-national corporations who employ everywhere but here?

Perhaps the Sun AQ/Moon Cancer blend’s ‘Images for Integration’ will provide us with a clue as to what’s going on under the surface of the slick TV performance we’ll be enjoying from Washington tonight.

*’A social worker bypasses bureaucracy to save a mother and child…(sounds good so far with many people now in need of assistance -jc)…A childhood memory becomes the basis of a new world order.’

Arghhh! ‘NWO’ is NOT what I want to hear tonight! But I will be listening closely to the President’s words and code words. Won’t you?

*’Sun Sign-Moon Sign’ by Charles & Suzi Harvey.

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

Barack Obama has said he’s been reading Inaugural Addresses of previous US presidents, some good, some not so good.

And some great.

Recent mention has been made of  President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address of March 4, 1865…his brief “With malice toward none…” speech.

Scroll down the sidebar to your left until you see  the category, Speeches, where you’ll find a link to Lincoln’s Address with text and audio, two photos of Inauguration Day 1865 which you may click to enlarge, and a link to the sermons that were preached after Lincoln’s passing.

And in the Pages list to your left you’ll find the horoscope of Abraham Lincoln with planetary positions for the time and place of his assassination included.

Bush’s Farewell Address tonight 1.15.09

Yes, America has limped through 8 years of George Bush and the neocons, shredded and bankrupt, but still (barely) here.

If you’d like a peek at the horoscope for tonight’s address scheduled for 8:00 pm est, check it out at:


where you’ll also find a link to the text of George Washington’s Farewell Address of Sept 17, 1796  – for comparison’s sake.  Or I should probably say, for contrast’s sake.


Well, that was quick! As it would have to be – how long can anyone, even a pathological liar and/or manic depressive, talk without an unconscious slip-up?

He always seems to me to make one or two though – like talking about other people who impose their value system on Other People and kill lots of folks in the process. This is the point where he is apparently incapable of looking himself in the mirror to say, Oops! I’m doing the same thing myself.

Hitler, Stalin – they all possessed that same ‘it’s them not me’ quality as they set about cleansing the world of those they considered  Unacceptable. And you know that’s one of Bush’s favorite bossy words.

And so, in the spirit of George W. Bush, soon to be past ‘president’ of the United States of America, that the man and the mission recognizable as G.W. Bush, is hereby pronounced officially ~unacceptable~ to this native American citizen, this child of the Revolution.

(Tar’n’Feather Fund’s cauldron still bubbling on the hob, if anyone’s interested in giving him and Cheney each their much-deserved fare-thee-wells on a thin rail.

Obama’s speech Canton, OH 10.27.08

If you look under ‘Speeches’ in my sidebar you’ll find a link to Barack Obama’s Closing Argument speech delivered today in Canton, Ohio – full text courtesy of Time’s The Page.

A constitutional lawyer as president? Yeah, I could get used to that, as long the US Constitution is being upheld so that America can be. Isn’t that what a US president’s Oath of Office SAYS he will do?

Bush touts Wall Street welfare tonight 9:00 pm edt

Looking at the horoscope for Bush’s Wall Street bailout touting, Sun 2Lib20 is still conj asteroid, Hebe (‘co-dependency’), and Moon 9Leo04 is conj Bush’s and the GOP’s natal  Mercuries and triggering the Solar Eclipse degree of August 1, 2008.

You remember that’s the 10 South Eclipse Series (9Leo32) which is the Pre-natal Series of the NYSE and of John McCain. Perhaps that’s why he’s ‘suspending’ his campaign and rushing pell mell back to Washington to ‘help’ with the Wall Street bailout.

As McCain has said, “you’re looking at the greatest deregulator you’ll ever see.”

Maybe so, but he’s got a lot of company in Washington, doesn’t he? They couldn’t fall over themselves fast enough to loosen the grip of sensibility and accountability, but now their claws have been caught in the golden cookie jar which is, according to Paulson, Bernanke, and tonight Bush, in a special presentation – now the cookie jar is empty and needs mama to bake trillions of cookies ‘cos Papa needs a new Mercedes (his Lexus is lonely.)

So you also remember that the flavor of the 10S Eclipse Series is: breaking out of a very negative situation where no hope can be seen; a lingering worry will suddenly clear; the cosmos shows the solution which must be taken up without too much delay (paraphrasing Brady’s ‘Predictive Astrology’.)

At 9:00 pm, Midheaven, the Aspiration/Goal Point of the speech is 00AQ00, “An Old Adobe Mission.” That Bush has been revved up with a sense of mission, I have no doubt. But on whose behalf is a different kettle of fish. US Inaugural Suns on Jan 20 are always in the 1AQ degree area, and 2009’s has Mercury Rx there as well. Thespian Bush is playing President tonight.

That the whole financial shebang and the current plea for 700 billion dollars is connected with the next president (and tying his hands financially so social programs will have their plugs pulled) is my first thought seeing this degree at Mc.

The Images for Integration for tonight’s tout are interesting…see if you think one or two of them apply as Bush puts on his solemn tone and tries to gain the support of the American people for this, another boondoggle to ‘aid’ his rich friends; or you could just watch his old rush-to-war routine by taking out the words “Iraq” and “WMDs” and subsitute “Wall Street” and “bank failures”…

*Sun Lib- Moon Leo: “A political idealist is crowned leader by adoring followers…The managing director throws a birthday party…”  and last, but definitely not least…”A performance of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Political Theater, Dahlink!

At 9:30 pm, Bush’s natal Ascendant is at Ic in DC; at 10:01 pm, a retrograde, gold-loving MIDAS rises seeking billions. Midas can never hoard enough. In fact, none of Bush’s natal pl;anets are upper for this performance…only his “24Aries” Midheaven is in 11th house…”An open  window and a net curtain blowing into a cornucopia”…for sure!

Marc Edmund Jones’ negative (what I call the unconscious or shadow side) interprestation for this degree: ‘a smug and petty self-importance in dispensing favors to others.

But see who he favors, America! This degree’s keyword is: MUNIFICENCE.

If you prefer to round up Bush’s natal Midheaven degree, we can look at that, too…”25Aries”…

“A double promise reveals its inner and outer meaning”…SENSIBILITY…

neg/shadow side: compromising insincerity and a lean to chicanery n all human relationships.’

So will Bush make the sale to the American people without having to give in to too many ‘unacceptable’ compromises?

He shouldn’t be able to for reasons you know and he will ignore, all the while pretending to address them tonight. He’s the trump card in the deck, and we’re represented by The Fool. 9:00 pm is a Mercury Hour, a good time for speeches and announcements, but Mercury is Rx.

Yes, I do have a feeling these wily varmints will get their way in the end – perhaps by Sunday. Especially with McCain riding to the rescue on his hi ho Silver.

Besides, no matter what they say or which roles they play, I always look to the results of Congress’ actions or inactions, for there’s where the pudding’s proof hides.

At 9:00 pm edt in Washington, as Bush begins to catapult the propaganda, 19Tau28 is rising, and ‘more persuasive’ arguments must be come up with. Constituents at home are hoppin’ mad so perhaps George can smooth ruffled feathers. Puh.

Thing is, wherever you have 19 Taurus, opposite you have “the accursed degree in the accursed sign” of 19 Scorpio, in this case setting. You also have in the neighborhood two Fixed Stars: Alpha Serpentis (aka Unukalhai): misfortune; tragedy.

Not so nice, but then there’s North Scale: wealth; distinction; intelligence; a good organizer; hasty words cause problems; success in war, law, religion, writing, sports; tragedy; violence. 

So tonight it will be Fixed Stars, Solar Eclipses, and hi ho Silver on the menu so you know I’m getting ready for some serious terror-promoting as only the Bush administration can do.


*’Sun Sign-Moon Sign’ by Chas & Suzy Harvey.

UPDATE: How perfect! Bush began at 9:01 pm edt, and finished speaking at 9:14 pm with the Jupiter-Neptune midpoint directly at Midheaven. They’re the Speculator pair, as you know, and will conjunct three times through 2009, beginning a new cycle of activity.

Jup/Neptune = Mc: a speculator, visionary, spendthrift, or squanderer; harm or damage through thoughtlessness; a philanthropist; the potential for all kinds of indulgence.

Bush’s Rose Garden economy

Well, he can’t say ‘everything’s coming up roses’ anymore, so when George Bush spoke from the Rose Garden at the White House this morning, I looked at the Scorpio rising horoscope to find a YOD (Finger of God pattern – two planets sextile at base, both inconjunct a third, apex planet) which is a configuration of crisis or special task or purpose….a critical point where every action matters tremendously.

The YOD involves Moon, Uranus, and Mercury, and of course, Uranus often brings crises all by itself.

Moon 22Tau+ was also triggering the last Great Conjunction degree of societal planets Jupiter (expansion) and Saturn (restriction) of May 28, 2000:

“23Tau” = “A Jewelry Shop Filled with the Most Magnificent Jewels” so you know it isn’t the American people ‘racking up’ here. (Jupiter = Republicans, Saturn = Democrats.)

Uranus, another planet in the YOD pattern is Rx at “21Pis” = “A Little White Lamb, a Child, and a Chinese Servant.”

Mercury, planet of speeches and announcements, is at “22Libra” = ” A Child Giving Birds a Drink at a Fountain” – and the ‘fountain’ seems to be the public trough oink oink. “Child” is probably you and me, including in the Sabian Symbol mentioned below for Neptune.

The YOD as a midpoint picture?

Moon/Uranus = Mercury: suggestive thought power (Bush hopes): great mental activity (they’ve had their noggins together figuring out what to do and say); sudden cognition and perception; expecting a surprise; innovative ideas.

In a YOD, apex Mercury is the masterful communicator and social enlightener who can appear out-of-tune with the environment – kind of like Rx Mercury – and who may not be speaking in a clear, direct manner. There is a disjointed quality to his communication, perhaps indicated here by a lack of details concerning the ‘broad package’ and ‘new agency’ which the ‘experts’ are working on for next week’s delivery.

More socializing of private debt on the way as they ‘bail out’ their friends on Wall Street at the expense of Main Street. And with Mercury one degree from its Rx Station we’ll be hearing these themes again and again as economic issues are reviewed and rehashed. Mercury passes its shadow degree at the end of October and perhaps the discourse can move on then.

Sun “28Virgo” = “A Bald-headed Man Dominates a Gathering of Natonal Figures”…Paulson, it would seem…unless it’s Cheney!

And during Bush’s short Rose Garden presentation this morning, tr Neptune 21AQ58 Rx crossed the Ic in DC – the Foundation of the Matter, and not where you’d like dissolving, deceptive Neptune to be…

“22AQ” = “A Rug Placed on the Floor for Children to Play On”…as the lame duck prez attempts to put a bottom underneath the economic free fall which he, with his cohorts and enablers, created.


And here’s a nugget concerning one of Bush’s enablers, that deregulating John McCain who has a POW secret to hide:


American Rhetoric

With the text + video of Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope keynote address at 2004’s DNC now added as a link in the sidebar I want to give a shout-out to a great political resource: a database and index to over 5000 full text, audio, and video versions of American speeches, sermons, debates, lectures, media events, interviews, and more at American Rhetoric.


Perhaps your favorite propaganda tout is there! So if you’ve missed this site so far do have a visit, but be sure you have some time to mosey around this fascinating world of speechifying, propaganda, and history.

You’ll find a direct link to Obama’s 2004 speech under two categories: ‘Politics’ and ‘Speeches.’

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