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Saturn/Uranus: Revolution in Iran

Just after the opposition between Saturn and Uranus culminated last week, tens of thousands of protesters filled the streets of Tehran on Friday in a rare show of opposition against the pro-Palestinian rhetoric of Iranian president Ahmadinejad whose anti-Israeli speeches on Jerusalem Day gave rise to chants like this one:  “Not Gaza, Not Lebanon, I’ll sacrifice my life for Iran.”

Tension has been fomenting in Iran since the Iranian elections in June when Ahmadinejad won in a widely disputed landslide over challenger Hussein Moussavi, and we can see the events on the ground reflected in the astrological signatures.  The progressed Sun (national identity) in the chart of Iran last year conjoined Chiron (sensitivity and wounding/healing) at the very top of the chart, the point that we call the Midheaven, the point that represents the national government and its place in the world community.  Iranian dissidents are more and more sensitive now to their place in the global environment, and more and more open in their disdain for the of their President.

We are in the third phase of the opposition between Saturn and Uranus, and this conflict between the desire to return to the safety of the past (Saturn) and the desire for that which is new and revolutionary (Uranus) is clearly seen in the leadership of Ahmadinejad.  He is both a  revolutionary (Uranus) and a reactionary (Saturn), wanting to return to repressive conservative values (Saturn) while blowing Israel off the map (Uranus).  This phase of the opposition of Saturn to Uranus is aspecting exactly Mars in the chart of Iran.  Mars is the warrior – the aggressive instinct that seeks self-preservation and the gratification of desire.  There is a tremendous amount of anger in that […]

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By |2009-09-20T08:39:09-04:00September 20th, 2009|Politics|Comments Off on Saturn/Uranus: Revolution in Iran

The resignation of Van Jones: A casualty of the Saturn/Uranus opposition

With Saturn and Uranus preparing to oppose each other exactly next week, the middle of the night resignation of Van Jones as the “Green Jobs Czar” in the Obama administration may be a hint as to which of the planets is winning.  Saturn represents society and structure, and Uranus is rebellion and new ideas.  When the conservative media discovered that Van Jones had signed a petition asking then Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to investigate possible government complicity in the September 11 tragedy, the resulting firestorm among conservative pundits exacerbated the already heated debate over the policies of the Obama administration.

President Obama was elected on November 4, the exact day of the first phase of the opposition from Saturn to Uranus.  He was elected because the majority of the people in the United States wanted change.  He ran on a platform of affordable health care, bringing jobs to Americans, withdrawing troops from Iraq, and changing the partisan ways of Washington.

Every attempt that he has made to fulfill these promises has been met with fierce opposition; not because of bad policy, but because conservatives want him to fail.  The downfall of Van Jones was orchestrated not by a debate over his usefulness, but because Glenn Beck the ignorant clown on Fox News who is even more absurd than Rush Limbaugh, began to ratchet up the pressure after a group that Jones was formerly involved with urged a boycott of Beck’s show.

Many of the left are upset with Obama for continuing to try to build alliances with conservatives in order to accomplish his agenda, but they are missing the point.  In a Saturn/Uranus time such as this, any big change cannot occur without support from both sides and that requires a putting aside of one’s need to be right.  Obama, with his […]

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By |2009-09-07T09:34:05-04:00September 7th, 2009|Planetary cycles, Politics|Comments Off on The resignation of Van Jones: A casualty of the Saturn/Uranus opposition

RIP Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy died last night of brain cancer at the age of 77.  He was a controversial figure in many ways, but there is no denying that he was a tireless champion for the rights of those less fortunate than he.  He is also the last of the iconic Kennedy political family that wielded political influence in the United States for fifty years.

Kennedy was a man with great compassion, as we can see with the Sun in sensitive Pisces opposed by Neptune, ruler of Pisces, and the Moon.  Neptune and Pisces seek an experience of Universal Bliss and are associated with spirituality and spiritual compassion, but also with a desire to escape the boundaries of ordinary reality.  A propensity towards alcoholism and other addictions are frequently seen in a strong Pisces nature, and Kennedy was no exception.

Still, the extreme empathy that is bestowed by Neptune and Pisces combined in Kennedy’s chart with a Capricorn ascendant that gave him the ability to focus and work diligently to accomplish his goals.  A combination of Mars (drive) and Mercury (communication) in Aquarius, the sign of new ideas and social justice, propelled him ever forwards to design new ways of creating greater balance in the American economic system.

Senator Kennedy was diagnosed with brain cancer last May, as transiting Chiron made the first swipe of a square to his natal Chiron.  Chiron is the planet(oid, some say) that presides over the body/mind/spirit balance of an individual and is therefore often present when there is illness of some kind.  The first phase of the Chiron square cycle occurred in March, but Kennedy was not hospitalized until May when the Full Moon hit a sensitive Mars/Mercury conjunction in his chart.

The final square […]

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By |2009-08-26T09:06:37-04:00August 26th, 2009|Death, People, Politics|Comments Off on RIP Ted Kennedy

Columnist Bob Novak has died

Robert Novak, the self-proclaimed “Prince of Darkness,” died today at the age of 78.  Novak called himself the “stirrer-up of strife” and is most famous for having outed CIA agent Valerie Plame in a kerfuffle that led to the imprisonment of Dick Cheney’s aide Scooter Libby.  Novak was also famously called “The Douchebag of Liberty” by the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.

My readers may be surprised to learn that Novak’s astrological chart reveals (February 26, 1931, time unknown, Joliet IL)  Pisces Sun which opposed Neptune, the ruler of Pisces.  We astrologers have a sophisticated technical term for this – we call it a “double whammy” – a double signature connecting the Sun, or Self, with the Neptune/Pisces quest for sublimation and redemption.  Novak often talked of his spiritual conversion to Catholicism at the age of 67.  Novak, who was Jewish, attributed this conversion to a “spiritual hunger” and with his wife experimented with a number of different churches.

In researching this article I discovered that Novak did indeed have the soft side and the compassion that we associate with Pisces and Neptune, although it certainly never showed on television or in his columns.  He was on the Board of Directors for the Youth Leadership Fellowship in Washington DC, helping at-risk youth in DC’s poorest neighborhoods.

The Bob Novak that most of us saw is reflected in the conjunction of Venus to Saturn in his chart, and both in the dour sign of Capricorn.  Capricorn is the hard worker – the diligent and responsible realist who is more concerned with success and achievement than family.  The conjunction of Venus to Saturn shows someone who is insecure in their ability to establish relationships and to be liked, and again we have […]

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By |2009-08-18T09:47:51-04:00August 18th, 2009|Politics|Comments Off on Columnist Bob Novak has died

Self-righteousness, ignorance and illusion in health care reform

Before a society can make intelligent choices about something that affects its citizenry, it must know the facts.  In the United States the debate over health care reform is degenerating into violence and at least one congressman (Brad Miller of North Carolina) has received a death threat for his support of Obama’s health care plan. There has been a carefully orchestrated misinformation campaign that has spread rumors that, among other things, Americans would be forced to give up their private insurance and that seniors would be euthanized.  Neither of these things are true.

Personally, I would rather see the government focus attention on ensuring that Americans can purchase their own health insurance no matter who they work for or what their pre-existing conditions are.  I also saw first-hand how medical centers give expensive tests to people (me) who don’t need them just because insurance will cover them.  (I went in to an emergency room needing pain medication and ended up with $8000 in Cat-scans and EKGs.)  Clearly an overhaul is needed.  But why not discuss the situation intelligently?  Why must the debate become violent?

Thanks to , I found  by Paul Krugman.  Krugman shares this interesting anecdote:

There was a telling incident at a town hall held by Representative Gene Green, D-Tex. An activist turned to his fellow attendees and asked if they “oppose any form of socialized or government-run health care.” Nearly all did. Then Representative Green asked how many of those present were on Medicare. Almost half raised their hands.

Obviously, Medicare IS government-run health care.  Krugman makes the point this commentary (an excellent read!) that if the citizenry that are so violently opposed to Obama’s health care reform don’t know what they are opposed to, then they are actually opposed to something else.

The group that […]

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By |2009-08-09T05:22:33-04:00August 9th, 2009|Health & Healing, Planetary cycles, Politics|Comments Off on Self-righteousness, ignorance and illusion in health care reform
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