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In honor of Ted Stevens, who died today

…I’d like to repost this video which is still one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever seen. This video was created after Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, who wanted the phone companies to be able to charge internet providers, famously reported, “The internet is not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes.”

With three planets in Scorpio and an Aries Moon, Ted Stevens did not like to lose and was famous for his fierce manner on the Senate floor. He was a fearless promoter of Alaska interests and brought home a lot of bacon to that state, including the famous “Bridge to Nowhere.”

In my mind, though, his biggest contribution to American life are the words that resulted in this music video.

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By | 2010-08-10T18:18:23+00:00 August 10th, 2010|Politics|Comments Off on In honor of Ted Stevens, who died today

The astrology of Proposition 8

Yesterday’s ruling by a federal district judge overturning Proposition 8 occurred in the midst of a big planetary lineup involving Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto.  Proposition 8 (the California Marriage Protection Act) restricted the state’s definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples and invalidated all same-sex marriages that had occurred in the state prior to that time.

The election of November of 2008 that passed Proposition 8 coincided with  the first opposition between Saturn (conventional thinking and morality) and Uranus (liberation and the breaking free from the status quo).  This was the same election that voted in Barack Obama’s hope for change.  The pull between the old ways and something new has been exceptionally strong over the past two years as a result of the Saturn/Uranus opposition.

During the nearly two years since that time, as Saturn and Uranus faced off a total of five times, “change” has been in the air in virtually every aspect of life.  Liberals and conservatives alike have become more radical, and an increased divisiveness around the world has been the result.

Proposition 8 was overturned yesterday with Saturn and Uranus having made the final exact opposition last week (the two planets are still just one degree of arc from the exact aspect), and Mars acted as a trigger to instigate the change.

Yesterday’s ruling will not be the end of the question: both sides are committed to press the case to the Supreme Court.  Saturn is now in Libra, the sign of marriage, and the boundaries of what constitutes marriage will continue to be tested and redefined.

But we are in the middle of another cycle, the conjunction of Jupiter (expansion) and Uranus (radical change) which is likely to continue the pressure for increased freedom […]

By | 2010-08-05T06:22:27+00:00 August 5th, 2010|Astrology, Politics|3 Comments

Repost: The astrology of Elena Kagan

In honor of Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings, and because I’m busily working on the July Skywatch (please sign up in the sidebar if you’re not already on my mailing list!) I thought I’d repost this profile of Ms. Kagan.

Elena Kagan has been widely acclaimed after President Obama announced her as his choice to be the next Supreme Court justice, garnering support from conservative lawyers and policymakers.  One of the qualities that has gained her widespread affection and respect is her ability to entertain arguments across the political spectrum.  She is a trailblazer, having been the first woman named Dean of the Law School at Harvard University, and isn’t afraid to challenge the sacred cows of American politics.

Kagan’s  shows that she was born with the Sun in Taurus, indicating a desire for peace and harmony but also a stubborn streak and a fixed nature.  Her Sun is in a harmonious trine to Pluto, which reveals her ability to effect change and to transform (Pluto) the world around her.  Individuals with Sun trine Pluto typically possess a great deal of personal power and can be very magnetic.

The planet of rebellion (Uranus) is in a stressful square to Kagan’s Sun, reflecting her iconoclastic nature and her desire to push the boundaries of conventional rules.  As a child of 12  she challenged her rabbi to institute the bat mitzvah in her Orthodox synagogue, and persuaded him to do it.  She fought Big Tobacco for the Clinton administration, yet worked hard to heal fissures between faculty members while at Harvard.

Kagan’s chart shows a conjunction of Mercury and Venus in the assertive sign of Aries.  Her thought patterns (Mercury) and the way that she expresses her affection and seeks relationships (Venus) operate […]

By | 2010-06-30T13:09:02+00:00 June 30th, 2010|Politics|1 Comment

Dick Cheney’s back in the hospital

Dick Cheney hospitalizedFormer Vice-President (or some would say acting president) Dick Cheney was admitted to a hospital in Washington for tests on Friday night as the powerful Grand Cross eclipse fell right on his progressed Moon.  Cheney’s Moon just progressed into Libra about a week ago where it was challenged by an opposition from both Jupiter and Uranus (you can read how my own Uranus transit caused heart palpitations for me in this earlier post).

Cheney has a long history of heart problems.   You can read my (warning: very biased) profile of Cheney from 2005 here.  Saturn squares Cheney’s Sun natally, and the in medical astrology the Sun often represents the physical heart in the individual.  Saturn creates pressure on the heart that can erupt when the individual is under stress.

Cheney’s Sun is in Aquarius, which is very rational and most comfortable when emotions do not enter the picture, yet his Moon is in the highly sensitive sign of Pisces. Handling emotions is problematic for him, so in his case the Moon may be a more significant indicator of health issues than the Sun.  In February 2010, just after transiting Uranus formed a challenging opposition to his progressed Moon, Cheney was admitted to the hospital with chest pains which were later diagnosed as a heart attack.

It’s no wonder he might have felt unwell under the eclipse influence, with six planets challenging his progressed Moon.  There are some transits coming up that can signify the departure from life, although not always and not reliably.  Cheney’s progressed Midheaven has just completed a challenging square to Jupiter in his chart, signifying a release of some kind, and the progressed MC is just about to […]

By | 2010-06-26T11:52:36+00:00 June 26th, 2010|Health & Healing, Politics|4 Comments

American healthcare: Business as usual

I’m going to file this under the category of Saturn concluding its travel through Virgo, the sign of health and the fragile ecosystem that makes up the body/mind/spirit system of the human being.  Saturn forces us to face reality – it’s the cosmic wake-up call.

Last year during the debate on health care, one of the GOP talking point was that the American healthcare system is the “best in the world.”  In fact, Richard Shelby of Alabama said “[the healthcare bill] will be the first steps in destroying the best health care system the world has ever known.”

Unfortunately, talking points do not create reality, and Reuters reports that  from the Commonwealth Fund shows that the United States ranks last in quality of health care when compared to Britain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand.  The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation whose mission statement aims to “promote a high performing health care system” in the United States.  Its Board of Directors includes Medicare experts, physicians, hospital administrators, researchers, and executives at investment firms.

In 2007, health spending was $7,290 per person in the United States, more than double that of any other country in the survey.

Australians spent $3,357, Canadians $3,895, Germans $3,588, the Netherlands $3,837 and Britons spent $2,992 per capita on health in 2007. New Zealand spent the least at $2,454.

This is a big rise from the Fund’s last similar survey, in 2007, which found Americans spent $6,697 per capita on healthcare in 2005, or 16 percent of gross domestic product.

“We rank last on safety and do poorly on several dimensions of quality,” Schoen told reporters. “We do particularly poorly on going without care because of cost. And we also do surprisingly poorly on access to primary care and after-hours care.” […]

By | 2010-06-24T06:44:24+00:00 June 24th, 2010|Health & Healing, Politics|Comments Off on American healthcare: Business as usual
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