Politics

Are the stars aligned to pass a health care bill?

President Obama says that the stars are aligned to pass his health care agenda this year.  Well, we are in a unique position to see if the President is correct!  The House of Representatives pledged today to pass landmark health care legislation by July 31st.

Obama may be on to something.  The triple conjunction of Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune will still be a tight formation as the three planets retrograde together within four degrees until early September, putting the pressure on all systems (psychological, social, governmental) to heal and evolve.  Saturn (convention) and Uranus (change) will no longer be in alignment, minimizing the partisan opposition that was so powerful from the fall into early in 2009 with the two were tightly in opposition.

Obama has interesting planetary cycles during the month of July that will assist him in passing legislation.  First is a square from Mars to Uranus in his chart – this can be a time of irritation and reckless behavior but it can also provide the pressure needed to stimulate change.  His progressed Sun makes an exact sextile to the Midheaven in his chart, the point where we express our Self in the public arena.  This is an extremely favorable event that signifies not only success, but also that the result will positively reflect on Obama’s public image.

It will be an interesting dance to design and implement a new health care design that serves the majority of Americans while not bleeding the treasuries even more.  But Saturn remains in Virgo, the sign of health care, through the end of the year so this is the time to make it happen!

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By |2009-05-13T07:04:22-04:00May 13th, 2009|Health & Healing, Politics|Comments Off on Are the stars aligned to pass a health care bill?

Unfriendly fire in the US military

A US soldier stationed at Camp Liberty in Baghdad has allegedly killed five fellow soldiers and wounded three others at a stress clinic which has been set up to handle cases of psychological problems.

Already there has been an eruption of news articles with revelations about friendly fireconditions on the US military and the increasing stress that servicemen are under from these long years of war.  Five soldiers in Iraq try to kill themselves every day.  Sexual assault cases are up 26%.  A 2007 FBI report on gang activity found members of virtually every known gang to be present in the military.

In mundane astrology, the study of planetary events on events and nations, the military is represented by Mars.  Mars in the US progressed chart has been sitting prominently in the tenth house of the US natal chart since 1942 reflecting the power of the military (Mars) in United States government (tenth house).  The crossing of progressed Mars over the US Midheaven coincides with the dramatic transformation of the military from a small defensive force to a large military industrial complex.

The US progressed Mars turned retrograde in the summer of 2006, just as one of the main architects of the Iraq war, Donald Rumsfeld, resigned from his post as Secretary of Defense.  The country has not been able to regain its footing since 2003 when the Iraq war began, and many astrologers (including this one) feel that the retrograde turn of the US Progressed Mars marks the weakening of the United States as a military power.

When Uranus enters Aries and begins to square Pluto in Capricorn, it is extremely likely that we will see the real military power lies in the splinter groups […]

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By |2009-05-11T07:55:24-04:00May 11th, 2009|Planetary cycles, Politics|Comments Off on Unfriendly fire in the US military

Elizabeth Edwards has her say

Elizabeth EdwardsMy sister is nearly never wrong, so it pained me greatly when she fell for the slick posturing of John Edwards in his presidential campaign last year.  , and who can blame her. I am generally a pretty tolerant person, but the one thing that I can’t stand is phoniness, and I have watched this in Mr. Edwards ever since he burst suddenly onto the North Carolina political scene.  You can learn more about how his astrological chart describes his personality here.

Elizabeth Edwards is another story – she is the kind of “Everywoman” that nearly everyone can relate to.  She is gritty and real, and when she fearlessly appeared before the TV cameras with her hair falling out from chemo to talk about health care reform she warmed the hearts of women everywhere.  These same women also loved John Edwards for his loyalty to Elizabeth.  I suspect that it was really Elizabeth that won Jill’s admiration, and John Edwards was merely basking in the reflection of Elizabeth’s glory for Jill and many other women.  You can read more about the astrology of the marriage of John and Elizabeth Edwards here.

When it was discovered that John Edwards was having a serious affair during the campaign, and that Elizabeth Edwards knew about it and encouraged him to run anyway, her supporters were shocked and furious.  But you can take one look at Elizabeth’s birthchart and see that she is a desperate romantic for whom family and her relationships are the most important foundation of her life.  Her Sun in Cancer, with a focus on nurturing and family ties, is squared by Neptune (planet of transcendence and illusion) which shows that she […]

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By |2009-05-07T15:43:42-04:00May 7th, 2009|Politics, Relationships|Comments Off on Elizabeth Edwards has her say

Arlen Specter changes party affiliations: The astrological connection

Arlen Specter, a moderate Republican senator from Pennsylvania, has served five terms in the US Senate since he was elected in 1980 but that he is switching to the Democratic party:

I have been a Republican since 1966. I have been working extremely hard for the Party, for its candidates and for the ideals of a Republican Party whose tent is big enough to welcome diverse points of view. While I have been comfortable being a Republican, my Party has not defined who I am. I have taken each issue one at a time and have exercised independent judgment to do what I thought was best for Pennsylvania and the nation.

Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.

When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party. But, I saw the stimulus as necessary to lessen the risk of a far more serious recession than we are now experiencing.

Since then, I have traveled the State, talked to Republican leaders and office-holders and my supporters and I have carefully examined public opinion. It has become clear to me that the stimulus vote caused a schism which makes our differences irreconcilable. On this state of the record, I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate. I have not represented the Republican Party. I have represented the people of Pennsylvania.

I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the […]

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By |2009-04-28T07:40:31-04:00April 28th, 2009|Politics|Comments Off on Arlen Specter changes party affiliations: The astrological connection

The Moral Universes of Liberals and Conservatives

I’ve written before in these pages about the intensification of the struggle between the more liberal mindset (signified by Uranus) and a more conservative approach (represented by Saturn) as Saturn and Uranus face off in the sky, beginning in 2008 and continuing throughout 2010.

has an article about social psychologist Jon Haidt who has quantified the differing moral universes of Democrats and Republicans in an effort to foster greater understanding between the two.  Haidt identified five moral impulses:

– Harm/care. It is wrong to hurt people; it is good to relieve suffering.

– Fairness/reciprocity. Justice and fairness are good; people have certain rights that need to be upheld in social interactions.

– In-group loyalty. People should be true to their group and be wary of threats from the outside. Allegiance, loyalty and patriotism are virtues; betrayal is bad.

– Authority/respect. People should respect social hierarchy; social order is necessary for human life.

– Purity/sanctity. The body and certain aspects of life are sacred. Cleanliness and health, as well as their derivatives of chastity and piety, are all good. Pollution, contamination and the associated character traits of lust and greed are all bad.

Democrats, he found, feel strongly about the first two but cared little about the second three.  Republicans valued the third, fourth and fifth value above the first two.  According to Haidt,

“I see liberalism and conservatism as opposing principles that work well when in balance,” he says, noting that authority needs to be both upheld (as conservatives insist) and challenged (as liberals maintain). “It’s a basic design principle: You get better responsiveness if you have two systems pushing against each other. As individuals, we are very bad at finding the flaws in our own arguments. We all have a distorted perception of reality.”

Most of us have a […]

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By |2009-04-27T07:36:03-04:00April 27th, 2009|Politics|Comments Off on The Moral Universes of Liberals and Conservatives
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