The movement known as “Occupy Wall Street” which began about three weeks ago in New York’s financial district has spread across the country, but it still isn’t clear what the message of the movement is. For the first couple of weeks of the protests it wasn’t even covered by the mainstream news; now that the movement is in its third week journalists are wondering what it’s all about and law enforcement officials are getting tired of it, arresting 50 people in Brooklyn today. calls it “a vague but growing movement against financial and political avarice.” says “But while their message might be a tad muddled, all are united by their anger over what they say is a broken system, a system that serves the wealthy and powerful at the expense of the rest.” writes in the Times, “Where the movement falters is in its demands: It doesn’t really have any. The participants pursue causes that are sometimes quixotic — like the protester who calls for removing Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill because of his brutality to American Indians.” Organizers of the movement say they were inspired by the Arab Spring in which a surge of revolutionary fervor, driven by the approaching square of Uranus in Aries (the revolutionary warrior) to Pluto in Capricorn (the power of the economic structures), resulted in the downfall of Arab leaders in several countries. But while the Occupy Wall Street people were inspired by the Uranus/Pluto square, they no longer have the wind at their back since the square is waning and the energy is fading. That’s not a bad thing for the movement, though, […]
Remembering September 11th
art by . You will have a hard time ignoring the fact that today is the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks if you live in the United States. There’s not a media outlet (including this one) that is letting today go by without a mention.
I think we can all agree that no matter how we spin the attack and the events that followed in our mind, this event is the single thing that has changed the course of world history in our lifetime. As I wrote in my earlier article on September 11th:
On the day of the attacks, transiting Pluto was within seventeen minutes of an exact conjunction to the US ascendant in the Sibley chart) at 12 degrees Sagittarius. Astrologers had worried for months about the opposition of Saturn to Pluto that was in effect at that time, and Pluto, which had been traveling retrograde, turned direct on August 25th within 11 minutes of the US ascendant. When planets change direction in a close aspect to one of our planets, the effect is extremely intense. [This sole fact is enough to have convinced many astrologers, including this one, of the veracity of the Sibley chart.]
Saturn and Pluto are both Lords of Death with Saturn having played that role in the early days of astrology before Pluto was discovered. Modern astrologers don’t find Saturn as evil as the more traditional astrologers do, but the stress between the restriction of Saturn and the transformative power of Pluto can be difficult at best. With these two facing off and Pluto sitting right on the ascendant, the face of American […]
Michelle Bachmann was the winner of the Iowa Straw Poll this week, putting her in the forefront of the pack for the 2012 elections. It would be a mistake to laugh off her candidacy as a joke.
Ms. Bachmann has given us a birth time, sort of: in this earlier article I wrote about the confusion over whether she was born in the morning or afternoon. Since we don’t have a confirmation at this point I’m using the 12:08 pm chart which is close to noon and gives us a good approximation of the Moon (middle of the day) if that time isn’t accurate.
Michelle Bachman was born when the Sun was in Aries, the sign of leadership and courage. The Sun conjoins Mercury, the planet of communication and the mental function. Many astrologers (especially traditional ones) call this “combust” and believe that the Sun overpowers the other planet, in this case Mercury. I have not seen that to be the case – typically a Sun/Mercury conjunction denotes individuals who are exceptionally intelligent.
There’s no doubt that she has made some big gaffes in recent months. She confused serial killer John Wayne Gacy with actor John Wayne. She said it was the founding father’s mission to abolish slavery. She thought Lexington and Concord, where the shot that began the Revolutionary War was fired, was in New Hampshire where she was speaking. The list goes on and on.
These errors appear to me more based in intellectual laziness than lack of intelligence. A Sun/Mercury conjunction in Aries can be impulsive and rash and spit out ideas before thinking them through. A harmonious trine from expansive and confident Jupiter to the Sun/Mercury conjunction can exacerbate that.
She is a […]
Last week I wrote about the Sibley chart that I and most other astrologers use for the United States as a preface for this series since this is the chart I am using to track the change of fortune for the US. The Sibley chart shows Sagittarius rising, with the Sun in Cancer in a wide conjunction to Jupiter in the seventh house of alliances and open enemies.
Since I mentioned writing this article, the US debt was downgraded for the first time in American history by the Standard & Poor rating index. (Let’s ignore for the time being the irony of the fact that it was errors in the methodology of S&P’s and other rating agencies that got us into this mess with the subprime mortgage debacle.)
I’ll save an exhaustive analysis of the Sibley chart for another post, but it’s important to note a few things before discussing the situation today. The Sagittarius ascendant in the US chart reflects the expansive tendency of the American empire which is probably the single thing that will be its undoing. Like other empires before it, the expansion of the national identity (Sagittarius ascendant) through ideas like “Manifest Destiny” which inspired pioneers to trek across the undeveloped terrain and do battle with the native peoples and Mexicans and Canadians who were already living on the land.
This relentless push for expansion tends to weaken the underpinnings of a nation, as we can see in the history of the Roman, the Russian and the British empires, the great empires of our age. During the period from 1995 to 2008, when Pluto transited through Sagittarius bringing globalized governments and corporations, it appeared to some that the expansion of […]
I’ve been spending a lot of time this week researching the various charts for the USA which is one reason for my lack of posting. I have used the Sibley chart with great results, but every time I post an article on the US chart I receive quite a few emails arguing with my choice of chart.
There are three major charts used by astrologers and many more minor charts. One is the Sibley chart which uses the date of July 4 1776 (signing of the Declaration of Independence) and a time of 5:10 pm, with Sagittarius rising. There are also Gemini rising charts and a few adherents to a Scorpio ascendant that some say is based on the fact that the clocktower on the back of a $100 bill was set to 2:22 pm. But if you look carefully at the image you’ll see that it could also be read as 4:10 pm and in fact that the Department of Bureau and Engraving says that the time is 4:10 pm (although I could find no corroborating evidence for this).
Still, the relevance of the time on the clock tower is difficult to gauge in terms of establishing a proper horoscope for the United States. Benton Bobrick’s masterwork The Fated Sky includes a scholarly discussion of the time when the signing of the Declaration of Independence was completed:
According to the Philadelphia Historical Society, ‘the Declaration was graced with its first signature (Hancock’s) at approximately five o’clock in the afternoon after which the members all went off to dine.’
corroborates this (see page 13), using an approximation of “late in the afternoon” as the time when the Declaration was […]