The isms of the Pluto-Chiron pair are all around us, capitalism and fascism being perhaps the most noticeable since the suddenly recognized financial crisis emerged from the depths of George
Bush's fertile brain and Wall Street's back pocket already well-lined.
Once again: Pluto-Chiron conjunction Dec 30, 1999 '12Sag': "A Flag Turns into an Eagle That Crows" with their parallel (similar to a strong conj and used as a timing device) coming mid-August 2004. It's instructive to think about what our governmental "representatives" were up to during those times to the extent that we may ferret out their dark corners of activity, planning, and organization.
As you know, '12Sag' is the USA's natal Ascendant in the Sibly chart - Pluto-Chiron, the plutocracy pair, came to call, or you could say 'became' America.
Then in December 2007 was the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto, another plutocratic pairing on a very active day for the Fed as 'it' announced a lowering of interest rates and successfully undermined the dollar further.
BBC News reported this morning that approximately 9,000 American homes are being lost to foreclosure every day while Bush catapults the fear-mongering propaganda on TV with threats
and promises thinly veiled as warnings that jobs will be lost and money will dry up if his plea for Midas' gold isn't answered NOW. (Moon-Jupiter-conjunct folk like the emotionally immature Bush don't like to wait for their needs to be met.)
One assumes the American jobs 'lost' - that is, sold to the highest overseas bidder - hithertofore are of no consequence to our government (who made outsourcing possible) except as part of Bush's you-ain't-seen-nothing-yet threat.
Plus, Washington's use of 'systemic risk power' for bank takeovers is no better than Putin's nationalization program with Russian energy companies.
And although America has been flying high for decades her sights must necessarily be lowered by this manufactured financial crisis and its aftermath, and by our overreach militarily.
Astrologically I think that December '08 to February '09 will be an important window of time due to America's Secondary Progressed Full Moon on the Virgo-Pisces axis (victim-savior.) If you prefer the US Sibly chart it's exact on Dec 24; with the Scorpio rising chart, it perfects in February 2009.
Other possible birth charts for our nation give various dates of exactitude for our Secondary Full Moon, but we all know that we're peering through an extended crisis window of time.
~If you haven't seen the Progressions for the Sec Full Moon, go to my other blog, Jude's Threshold, and look on its Pages list in the sidebar for the December chart. (Since I'm still out of town, I have none of my notes - I'm grousing from memory here.) You'll find a link to my other blog on this blog's Links List...you may have to scroll down esp if you're using Firefox.
Part of lowering our sights is addressing homelessness and upholding the rights of the worthy and the unworthy poor. And as all three of my readers know, I'm nothing if not a pacifist - yet with four natal planets in Capricorn, a realist, too. That's why I was glad to find a certain article on TruthDig concerning the Catholic Worker and its founders Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin.
Here's a quote from Day's granddaughter, Martha Hennessey, which addresses American society and the state it's in. You'll spot some isms as well:
"Our society is more brutal than it was. The heartlessness was introduced by Reagan. Clinton put it into place. The ruthlessness is backed up by technology. Americans have retreated into collective narcissism. They are disconnected from themselves and others. If we face economic collapse, there are many factors that could see the wrong response. There are more elements of fascism in place than there were in the 1930s. We not only lack community, we lack information."
The Catholic Worker was founded in 1932 during the misery of the Great Depression and sold on NY streets for 1 cent per copy - its current price. With its "unwavering pacifism" and "hatred for unfettered capitalism" it was a bright light for the common man and woman in its time.
And thanks to the insatiable greed and corruption of current Washington and Wall Street fatcats, it may be one of the few honest and clear-eyed visions we can look to when it comes to transforming the heartless ruthlessness of our struggling American society - if 'real change' we 'can believe in' is what we truly want and can accept with humility.
Please read 'Fueling the Fire of Real Change' by Chris Hedges here: