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Obama’s Preacher Situation and Inauguration Day Transits

President-Elect Barack Obama has taken the concept of reaching across the aisle to a new level in his choice of Evangelist Rick Warren to deliver the opening invocation at the inaugural ceremony on January 20.  Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life” and one of the best-known evangelical ministers in the US, was moderator of the Faith Forum between the presidential candidates earlier this year and was a leading supporter of Proposition 8 in California which banned gay marriage.

Joseph Lowery, a pastor with deep roots in the civil rights movement and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Council, will deliver the closing benediction. Lowery is not only a civil rights leader with impeccable credentials, he is also one of the few black religious leaders in favor of equal rights for gays.  Moreover, the Lesbian and Gay Band Association will march in the inaugural procession.

Obama has said that he will be the President for all Americans, and he certainly seems to be taking big steps in that direction.  He has some interesting transits going on at the time of the inauguration:  Transiting Pluto, planet of transformation, will be opposite his Venus for the second time, suggesting possible challenges with relationships and alliances (during the first pass of Pluto to Obama’s Venus the scandal about the Reverend Jeremiah Wright erupted, causing the end of that relationship.  In addition, transiting Chiron, the wounded healer, will be within minutes to a transit over Obama’s ascendant which can have effects on a number of different levels; it could signify the revelation of painful emotions (Chiron) regarding Obama’s relationship to others (ascendant/descendant axis), or it could provide an impetus for Obama to act as an instrument of healing (Chiron) for those around him (ascendant).

Transiting Pluto will also […]

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By |2008-12-18T20:01:07-04:00December 18th, 2008|Politics|Comments Off on Obama’s Preacher Situation and Inauguration Day Transits

Rod Blagojevich – The Astrology of Hubris

blagojevich-sucks-photoYou may have heard that the governor of Illinois was arrested today for trying to sell the Senate seat left open by the ascendancy of Barack Obama to the highest bidder.  What was this guy thinking?  Evidently he had been under investigation for fraud since 2003 (according to the text of ), yet he continued to engage in more and more outrageous acts of corruption and fraud.  The court documents are an extremely entertaining, though shocking, read and include items such as these:

  • Intercepted phone conversations from the home phone of Rod Blagojevich reveal that he was considering rescinding a commitment he made to Children’s Memorial Hospital for $8 million in state funds if a hospital executive did not make the requested $50,000 contribution to the Blagojevich campaign.
  • Evidence plainly shows that Blagojevich awarded millions of dollars in highway construction contracts to highway contractors that contributed to his campaign funds.
  • Blagojevich attempted to make the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members that printed articles critical of Blagojevich a condition of the Tribune parent company’s ability to obtain state assistance in financing the sale of Wrigley Field.
  • Blagojevich has attempted to sell the Senate seat formerly held by Obama in exchange for his wife’s placement on paid corporate boards, […]
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By |2008-12-09T20:31:06-04:00December 9th, 2008|People, Politics|Comments Off on Rod Blagojevich – The Astrology of Hubris

Astrologers Are Like Gays

Chris Brennan had an about a speech from astrologer Lee Lehman in which Lee drew many parallels between the discrimination faced by astrologers and gay individuals, quoting Lee: “One of the major problems with astrology is that astrologers themselves do not recognize that the status of astrology is a political issue, and that the position of astrologers in our society is completely analogous to the position of gay people before Stonewall.”

She then proceeded to outline the parallels between the astrological and gay communities, all of which she later argues are tell-tale signs of political discrimination:

· You generally cannot spot an astrologer on the street.  Thus, talking about ‘coming out’ about one’s interest in astrology is a completely comprehensible concept.

· There is a substantial conservative religious community reviles both homosexuals and astrologers.  Thus, the practice of either could be considered to be a ‘sin’.

· An astrologer may find it difficult to tell his or her family, friends, etc.

· An astrologer could lose face in social circles for admitting interest in astrology.

· An astrologer could be harassed or even arrested.

· An astrologer could observe parents stopping their children from trick-or-treating at the astrologer’s house.

· An astrologer could experience job discrimination or delays in promotion because of his or her’s interests, and this is legal because belief in astrology is not something for which there are anti-discrimination statutes.

· The naming of astrological organizations using euphemisms, like ‘geocosmic’.

Uranus (no scatalogical jokes, please!) is often associated with both homosexuality and astrology, […]

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By |2018-08-04T08:46:52-04:00December 7th, 2008|Astrology, Politics|Comments Off on Astrologers Are Like Gays

Bill Herbst and the Leo Presidency

Bill Herbst’s newsletter has a very interesting article today about the fact that the last three presidents have had a strong Leo component.  Bill Clinton is Leo Sun/Libra rising, George W Bush is Cancer Sun/Leo rising, and Obama is Leo Sun/Aquarius rising.

You can , but these are the points I found most fascinating:

Leo is the star of the zodiac—not “star” as in heavenly , but “movie-star” as in Hollywood-type celebrity and fame. Leo is the quintessential performer, in essence an actor who creates a character, then performs that character in real life. Leo is always and finally the hero or heroine of the drama, the star of his or her own movie. Unlike numerous other signs,

Leo loves the limelight and blossoms at center-stage. In astrological elements, water always finishes a phase of growth, whereas fire always initiates a new growth process. So, the quest for personal security reaches its apex in Cancer and is followed by Leo, which begins a new quest for social security. In other words, Leo is personally secure, but socially insecure. That paradox may seem to contradict much of the traditional astrological literature about how Leos are to the point of bravado, but this is why performing a role is so critical. Leo is unconcerned with private, inward identity. Instead, Leo is completely obsessed with social image reflected in the eyes of others. By creating a character to perform and writing himself the lead role in an heroic script, Leo achieves the impression of social security for us, the audience. He appears completely confident in who he is (or wants us to believe he is). This goes far beyond the approach of “fake-it-til-you-make-it,” all the way to “fake-ituntil- […]

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By |2008-12-03T20:42:54-04:00December 3rd, 2008|Politics|Comments Off on Bill Herbst and the Leo Presidency

Sad news: Hate Crimes Are Up

Is it merely the election, or the opposition from Saturn to Uranus that is creating a backlash against the change that Obama and Uranus represent?

Incidents around the country referring to President-elect Barack Obama are dampening the postelection glow of racial progress and harmony, highlighting the stubborn racism that remains in America.

From California to Maine, police have documented a range of alleged crimes, from vandalism and vague threats to at least one physical attack. Insults and taunts have been delivered by adults, college students and second-graders.

There have been “hundreds” of incidents since the election, many more than usual, said Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes. …”

Potok, who is white, said he believes there is “a large subset of white people in this country who feel that they are losing everything they know, that the country their forefathers built has somehow been stolen from them.”

Grant Griffin, a 46-year-old white Georgia native, expressed similar sentiments: “I believe our nation is ruined and has been for several decades and the election of Obama is merely the culmination of the change.

“If you had real change it would involve all the members of (Obama’s) church being deported,” he said.

Change in whatever form does not come easy, and a black president is “the most profound change in the field of race this country has experienced since the Civil War,” said William Ferris, senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina. “It’s shaking the foundations on which the country has existed for centuries.”

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By |2008-11-15T17:55:47-04:00November 15th, 2008|Planetary cycles, Politics|Comments Off on Sad news: Hate Crimes Are Up
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