The Obama "Dream Team": Rubin-clones And Other Fakers
By Mike Whitney
Does Paulson think he can "turn off" the public's pessimism like a lightswitch? Does Bernanke think he can get people to spend themselves further into debt by lowering interest rates? It can't be done. And the Obama camp is going to run into the same brick wall. The nation's confidence has been shaken and people are developing a bunker mentality.
Like most astrologers, it's of interest to me that with America's natal Neptune (planet of dreams, illusions, ideals, ideas, veils, confusions, and deceptions; 22Vir25) conjunct president-elect Barack Obama's natal Mars, the 'rock star' archetype isn't the only Neptunian factor now being triggered within the collective unconscious!
Now Neptune doesn't have to be a negative influence, but only with the highest of motives will actions result in long lasting, uplifting outcomes for the common good - also a Neptunian concept.
To make matters murkier and more difficult to navigate Neptune's waters, the US was founded with a problematic Mars-Neptune square (90 degrs) in her natal chart which holds its orb through the 24-hour period of that date.
Distributively speaking this gives the US Mars in Gemini squaring Obama's natal Mars in Virgo - good for spurring action but blind spots may cause problems. Both Gemini and Virgo are, however, ruled by Mercury; Gemini has a short attention span, Virgo is more determined and dedicated.
Since BHO's 'Dream Team' will be reporting back to him, my hope is that a President Obama doesn't engage in anything along the lines of the Chavez Model of control and intimidation, and happily I've noticed no intimations of such oppresive methods (as of yet.)
Our placing his pedestal too high will be more like it.
And so adjustments must be made and sights lowered especially as transiting Saturn's restriction nears a stomp upon our US Neptune; simultaneously, Saturn will bring focus and organization, or will inhibit Obama's natal Mars.
Action blocks Ideals:
With Mars SQ Neptune, turmoil follows assertion, and there is fluctuation between intense desire for action vs complete apathy. Obviously it is difficult to make direct progress with these tendencies swimming in our national psyche's unconscious pool, and we are easily scammed if we're not careful.
America's three natal planets in self-protective Cancer (Venus, Jupiter, and Sun) appreciate the energy of Mars SQ Neptune because Cancer the Crab doesn't mind scuttling sideways when necessary to circuitously reach its goal.
Guilt, dissatisfaction, restlessness, and misdirected energy and objectives accompany this square, and early repression of desires has made a permanent mark - our Puritan ethic unrecognized and unexamined festers into toxic morasses of mixed motives and free-floating anxieties.
Besides, you know what author H.L. Mencken said:
Puritanism - the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.
Then this reluctant astrologer must be short of puritan DNA...for I'd much prefer it if everyone in the whole wide world were happy!