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Paulson takes responsibility + US Gem rising chart

Today on Capitol Hill, US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson defended himself and admitted it was he who applied pressure to Bank of America’s Ken Lewis to go through with the deal to buy the ailing Merrill-Lynch, whose losses were hidden from BoA shareholders so the ‘deal’ would pass muster with them.

Yes, I was tempted to use my favorite, ‘I knew it was YOU, Paulson’ for the title here but the glow from Ben Bernanke’s attempt at shielding Paulson from the full force of Congress’ (mock) indignation blinded me by its very selflessness. So I’m writing this as if I take all their shenanigans at face value – no easy feat for a suspicious astrologer of the Political Astrology persuasion.

Also, if you’d like to view the ‘Franklin’ natal chart for America (the Gemini rising chart: 2:21 am lmt), with details, you might try a fresh post at SO’W where you may click to enlarge the notation-laden chart, an image of my American obsession.

The earlier hour of the Franklin chart shows a few planets one degree earlier than the more commonly used Sibly placements (5:10 pm lmt, July 4, 1776, Philadlephia, PA) and include: Sun, Venus, and Mars; and of course, the Moon (the people) is earlier as the fastest mover. In this case, Moon is at 18AQ14 and conjunct natal Midheaven 15AQ29.

In this chart, our Cancer planets are lined up in 2nd house, one of the Money houses of Values and Earning Ability; no planets reside opposite in 8th house but the Syzygy Moon is in 8th house…a Syzgygy Moon is the last lunation and in America’s case in July 1776, that would be a Full Moon 10Cap12.

The 8th cusp 1Cap58 (Placidus; tropical) with transiting Pluto’s transformations now ‘at the door’ once again – Pluto will begin his trudge through 8th house after making a Direct Station 00Cap39 on or about September 11, 2009 (the precise hour may depend on your particular time zone; a Station by such a slow mover lasts several days before and after the exact date.)

Why a ‘Franklin’ chart?

Astrologer Ben Franklin is said to have delayed the signing of the Declaration of Independence until the Moon moved beyond opposition to our planets in Cancer…belated thanks, Ben! Otherwise it might have been signed on July 2 since it was at-the-ready.

A few notes have been included on the current but soon-ending Solar Eclipse season which began with the 11 North ‘New President’ Eclipse of Jan 26, 2009, so see what you think, especially if you’re accustomed to using a different natal chart for the US.

And do let me know if you have input or observations to add, either here or at Stars Over Washington!

Bernanke and the Astrology of Dec 20 2008

Fresh Update 6.25: today’s McClatchy DC article post-testimony brings Wachovia into the take-over brou-haha.

Update Thursday 6.25: Bernanke testifying on Capitol Hill today.

Can he tough it out with the aid of Capitol Hill facilitators (who have their own culpabilities to worry about)?

Original post begins here:

Here’s the CNBC story about the Fed ‘cover-up’ when chairman Ben Bernanke did – or didn’t – threaten the jobs of managers if Bank of America backed out of the Merrill-Lynch buy-out.

An email from Richmond’s Fed head is being referenced on the matter from Dec 20, 2008 which astrologers remember as the day before Winter Solstice 2008 – and the day the Sun 29Sag+ was in process of conjoining manipulative Pluto at World Point 00Cap, the sign of business, law, and politics.

Plus, Sun and Pluto were opposite the Fed’s natal Pluto 00Can, and conjunct transiting Atlantis (‘abuse of power; where we feel doomed’) and Pandora, whose curiosity and over-stepping of boundaries unleashed the ills of humanity upon the world.

The only exception, of course, was that little drop of Hope in the darkest corner, the one we cling to now.

Perhaps the little drop will last a while longer for Mr. Bernanke whose Fed term, the article notes, ends in January 2010.

So did Bernanke make a threat? The email seems to agree. And in this astrologer’s opinion, so do the planetary energies of Dec 20, 2008.


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