Feb 29, 2008

Waxman explains missing money

"While vast sums of money are being siphoned off into hidden [military] coffers, America's schools, hospitals and public services are facing cutbacks and closures." - Rep Henry Waxman~


In Reply to a fair request for link or source for the above quote:

Rep Henry Waxman's quote was culled from a news alert sent me by Information Clearing House and I'm not certain from where they snagged it or when it was stated.

But I like the fact that it's a simple and direct statement concerning the renting of our social fabric which, imho, is no accident but is being perpetrated by a design of several years. One may remember Newt Gingrich of the 90s who never met an entitlement program he liked unless it was on behalf of corporate America.

Waxman's statement is not, however, the full explanation of where the money is being rabbit-holed, yet it addresses an integral part of the plan to bankrupt America...which is proceeding nicely, perhaps you'll agree. jc


And then there's this:

The True Cost Of War

By Aida Edemariam

In 2005, a Nobel prize-winning economist began the painstaking process of calculating the true cost of the Iraq war. In his new book, he reveals how short-sighted budget decisions, cover-ups and a war fought in bad faith will affect us all for decades to come.

Full article here.

Feb 28, 2008

Mar 7: Mars opposes Pluto at World Points

Setting the chart for Washington DC, the upcoming opposition between Mars 00Can58 and Pluto 00Cap58 occurs from 3:35 am est until 4:45 am est, March 7, 2008.

The combo of Mars/Pluto is full of extreme force, persuasion, and excessive effort, and may have elements of brutality and ruthlessness to it.

Their last opposition in late Gem/Sag occurred in early April, 2006, so we may see issues resurfacing from that time period. Then the oppo was Mutable, now it will be Cardinal, a different type of energy...the first, changeable, the second initiating.

And for 2008, their opposition is occurring directly upon the World Points of the Cancer/Capricorn axis, aka the security and parental axis.

Events seem to manifest on the world stage when these Points are stimulated (as with 00Aries/00Lib); this axis also relates to business, law, politics--and to the domestic scene, and perhaps to oceans (Cancer, the Crab.)

Natural disasters cannot be ruled out here, for explosive Mars/Pluto contains massive amounts of power which must manifest somewhere.

And the March 7th Mars/Pluto opposition will be squaring the US natal Mc/Ic axis, if you don't mind using the US 'Sibly' chart for July 4, 1776, 5:10 pm lmt...not a comforting thought, is it?

One association of Mars/Pluto is people disabled in war , and another is piece-workers being paid overtime. (Ebertin.) Sports figures also relate to the Mars/Pluto combination, as well as zealots and fanatics. Those come on all sides.

Plus, one doesn't like to mention the N word in this context, but Nuclear energy may be on the menu, hopefully only as a discussion topic--but just as likely as a threat or a shady backroom deal.

The March 7 chart set for Washington has the opposition beginning with Pluto in 12th house of behind-the-scenes, and Jupiter 16Cap41 rising--one degree before the NWO degree, "18Cap" where the Great Uranus/Neptune Conjunction occurred in Oct 1993 with its "smug and strong-armed paternalism."

And during the hour and 10 minutes of this aspect, the plutocratic Pluto/Chiron midpoint rises.


Mars opposite Pluto will be happening during the Balsamic phase of the Moon--the dark phase when shenanigans can be hidden from view, yet somehow portents seem to indicate that Mars/Pluto wants to be known upon the world stage.

Yes, March 7, 2008 will be here quicker than a nuclear-powered bunny, so I'm wishing safety for the whole world, because most people are decent and kind, and know that violence is never the answer, and is only useful for opening the world's uglier cans of worms. Haven't we had our craws full of that?

Eclipses of 2008 = 1990's Eclipses

2008's Solar Eclipse Series are repetitions of the ones from 1990. Check out the article with its list of events from 1990 because we may be dealing with same or similar issues this year.

We're now in the 10 North Series from Feb 6 which conjuncts the Unmasking degree, plus, the 10 South Eclipse is on the horizon for Aug 1 at "10Leo"--and this is the Prenatal Eclipse Series of John McCain which may be perfect timing for the November elections for Senator McCain.

So have any of your own masks been slipping lately? Perhaps it's a good thing!

Hot off the paw: Cat from McCain

Cat from McCain has just been published at Lim's Limericks where felines have political opinions of their own--and usually in limerick form.

Can there be truth in bad poetry? Can limericks unshield political claws and paws? Lim says, yes. Plus, we may as well make fun of them--they make fun of us all the time.

Obama's campaign rhetoric on NAFTA

Not to fret, Canada, Barack Obama's ramped-up criticisms of NAFTA are not to be taken at face value because they're only campaign rhetoric.

Is this a case of a political thespian having his cake and eating it 2? Natch!

Our current 'Unmasking Eclipse' season is proving a real workhorse with the unveiling, isn't it?

Methinks the thespian's mask slippeth mightily...

Bush press conference #41 2.28.08

Just got done watching Bush on TV, his 41st press conference which began at 10:05 am est, ended 10:52 am, White House Press Room.

Here are his demands (all the following words have "more" in front of them):

drilling, refinery-building, corn, spying, and war.

The US is NOT heading into recession and quelle surprise! he didn't know experts were predicting $4 per gallon gas to come (upshot: he avoids commenting on a difficult subject.)

When asked if he's concerned that a sagging economy will defeat John McCain as it defeated his father in 1992, Bush willingly confessed his concern for American workers.

What good news! I did not know this. An elitist is concerned about the average American worker! Who knew?

He went on to tout that our checks will be in the mail the 2nd week of May, but if you request yours electronically, you'll be rollin' in dough the 1st week of May. Then his advice is: spend and consume. (Your shopping spree will be all too brief.)

During the press conference an apt midpoint was on the Midheaven, the Goal/Aspiration/WHY? Point of the chart:

Jupiter/Neptune = Mc: a visionary; fortune hunter; spend-thrift; speculator; harm or damage through thoughtlessness.

By conference's end (10:52 am) another midpoint had happily taken the place of spendtrift Jupiter-Neptune...

Jupiter/Uranus = Mc: optimism; fortunate powers of adaptibility; a good understanding of things; a fortunate turn; comfortably becoming known for who one is (uh-oh--is the "Unmasking Eclipse" about to out some secret motives?)

When Bush was asked to give "advice" to struggling Americans, Pluto 00Cap51 was conj 8th cusp of Other People's Money/Debt/Insurance/Credit 00Cap22.

His advice? Keep the tax cuts permanent. Yeah, I feel better already--as long as I can avoid filling my car's gas tank.

You may wish to see my article on the Reaganomics Eclipse of 1981, if you haven't. It's conj Bush's natal Ascendant, the man himself..."A Bolshevik propagandist."

Now--did Bush have a wee nip before this morning's performance? He was on the slurry side. Evidence? Asteroid Bacchus conjunct the morning's Sun 9Pis24 (Pisces is the sign of negative escapism...alcohol and other drugs. I'm just noting.)

All through the press conference and into the day is a Mutable T-square between the Sun/Saturn opposition that points toward the Moon in Sagittarius which is out-of-bounds (as is Mars)...

Sun/Saturn = Moon: feeling inferior, hurt; personal needs under wraps; fear.

On one level, the Moon-r-us, but also represents Bush who is, I hear, one of the people. And he's the one on display and grabbing publicity (Moon) while he can.

Let's see what Bil Tierney in his Dynamics of Aspect Analysis says about an apex Moon in a Mutable T-square...

this Moon acts from a defensive pose, feels threatened, security is all-important; unstable due to misunderstood impressions from the past; emotionally touchy and high-strung.

Guess I can see why he may have wanted a wee nip.

Well, Bush began speaking during a Venus Hour, ended during a Mercury Hour with asteroid MIDA$ rising. And there was a second midpoint combo at Mc when he began which may tell much of the tale and the main reason for this performance this morning...

Sun/Pluto = Mc: striving for power and control; consciousness of purpose/objective; leadership; vocational crisis or upset and change to adopt new perspectives; violence with emotional consequences; power games with important consequences.

According to Bush, the important consequences refer to keeping the American people safe, but his past lies and deceits would indicate otherwise--that the Senate intell bill he so richly implores Congress to pass NOW is primarily meant to cover his own and his comrades' patooties--and to veil which activists AND politicians they've been spying on in Congress!

Our nation's political institutions in Washington DC are run on money, sex, and blackmail--and not necessarily in that order.

Yes, The Eye is watching its denizens from atop the pyramid and if the privacy rights of the rest of us get in the way, it's a small price to pay for permanent control and dominance. Seems the inmates have taken over the asylum and Bush is drinking again.

Oh! I almost forgot another thing Bush taught me during today's info-promoting Disseminationg phase of the Moon--dreamy-eyed Vladimir Putin is still a great leader.

Now you know Bush is in his own little world to say that!

Feb 27, 2008

'Reaganomics' has its own Solar Eclipse

Whew! It took longer than expected--and I do plead guilty to composing at keyboard (with Jupiter oriental I prefer spontaneity in work scenarios) but my Reaganomics Eclipse Page is up now at Jude's Threshold if you'd care to peek.

Yes, it's a bit of a walk down memory lane from the 1980s--except that its sorriness is still causing trouble in 2008.

The article is one of the "to be cont'd" kind, which is why I published it on WordPress as a Page.

Enjoy the 'voodoo'!

RNC: no White House emails for you!

Promises, Promises!

News Updates from Citizens For Legitimate Government Feb 27 2008

All items are here: LegitGov Breaking News

GOP Halts Effort to Retrieve White House E-Mails 27 Feb 2008:

After promising last year to search its computers for tens of thousands of e-mails sent by White House officials, the Republican National Committee has informed a House committee that it no longer plans to retrieve the communications by restoring computer backup tapes, the panel's chairman said yesterday.

The move increases the likelihood that an untold number of RNC e-mails dealing with official White House business during the first term of the Bush administration--including many sent or received by former presidential adviser Karl Rove--will never be recovered, said House Democrats and public records advocates.#

Ethics-challenged, promises meaningless, the GOP and their enablers obviously have a huge amount to hide in these "missing" emails, don't they?

From walking out in yet another planned huff, to defying the American people in order to protect Bush-Cheney-Rove (and their own patooties), Repubs have had hard hard werk to do of late, and as I've asked before: who exactly graduated from those mea culpa congressional "ethics classes" again? (For that matter, who taught them?!)

Guess their "promise" to fork over what was ordered by law has served its delaying purposes, hasn't it? Justice delayed is justice denied.

On a slightly different note: at the moment I'm preparing to publish on the Reganomics Eclipse of 1981 at Jude's Threshold so check there in my Sidebar soon--hope to have it on the Pages list no later than 8:00 pm est.

If ya loved the AIDies, or are partial to trickle down/voodoo economics, this is the Eclipse chart for you.

Did you know that Reagan's natal Sun is at the "A Man Unmasked" degree?

Feb 26, 2008

Clinton-Obama: Catfight in Cleveland

Rrraowrrwwrrr! The fur may fly tonight as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama square off in Cleveland, OH, 9:00 pm est. Will the lions' mitts be off?

With two US natal planets angular--Saturn in Libra rising, US n Sun at MC, our natal Sun-Saturn square will have an outlet and platform during tonight's rumble.

Sun-Saturn squares indicate one who (or an entity that) is defensive and fears rejection. Let's say that Obama represents the Sun here and Clinton = Saturn, the establishment actor. Obama brings the new--or at least hints of it--and Clinton is the more traditional whether or not she would be so as president--the fact is, she's the older of the two.

A Sun-Saturn square must be willing to suffer the frustration of not reaching goals so that judgment may be sharpened for making decisive plans "going forward." For success, this is the one-step-at-a-time aspect where feelings of inferiority must be conquered, yet not everyone admires people who 'come on strong' (Planets in Aspect, Robert Pelletier.)

This may be Hillary's result if she criticizes too harshly Obama's lack of experience for she has already delivered her judgment from on-high: his approach to foreign policy is "reckless and naive.'

(One must wonder how much more reckless and naive foreign policy could get than that of pie-in-the-sky-bombs-on-the-ground George Bush.)

So tonight in Cleveland, chart-ruler Venus is in 4th house in close conjunction with Mercury 11AQ26/37, and Chiron is triggering the recent Solar Eclipse at the "Unmasking degree" (she may have hopes of further unmasking Obama--bet she does.)

Moon's applying aspects: square Chiron (1A30), trine Uranus (2A05), but then a crash against a square to veiling Neptune (6A22.)

Sun makes no applying aspects, leading me to believe that Obama's position may stay the same after tonight--in the catbird seat. Rrraowwrrr! Yet if Hillary is correct about Barack's lack of substance, his lion's roar may turn out to be only a pussycat's snarl. Personally I'd rather have an Obama lion than a McCain dragon any day.

NN (contact with the public) is conj US n Moon (27AQ10 in US Sibly chart = people are watching), Sun 7Pis51, "A Girl Blowing a Bugle" (didn't know Hillary could play an instrument), and Mars, now direct but still in his Rx shadow, is in 9th house of Philosophy, Education, and Foreign Enemies...and in orb of his recent conj with Clinton's n Uranus, a very energizing transit when new methods are tried and there's danger in the environment.

Sun has been at Clinton's n Mc this week which is also Obama's n Chiron; and the 2nd cusp of money in the debate chart has Obama's n Neptune upon it. Perhaps instability with money may be a point of attack--squirrelly land deals, or whatever is yet to be revealed about his past financial dealings...friends being indicted, that sort of thing. You know the script for political thespians--we've heard it all before.

Yet perhaps the unmasker will turn into the unmasked!

Asteroid, Apollo, the hero, is conj Mc and US n Sun tonight, which sounds like Obama to me--at least it does to his followers. Golden Apollo, everyone's hero.

Moon 15Sco57 may indicate some betrayal at work relating to the 2nd house of values; money; relationships, and Moon is conj Clinton's n Venus 16Sco51, with her n Chiron nearby (Venus-Chiron = wounded love; love on the sacrificial altar, etc; plus, money issues for her, as well.)

Saturn has been visiting Obama's n Pluto of late, seemingly giving his power potential more structure rather than limiting it, and in 10th house of the 'debate' chart is Obama's n Mercury and Sun in shiny and entertaining Leo.

And with his n Mars 22Vir25 conj US n Neptune, it's doubtful the American public sees his actions very clearly (or ever will.) Of course, this also describes Obama's ability to activate (Mars) America's ideals (Neptune) for work and service (Virgo.)

Hillary's n Sun 2Sco48 is in the debate chart's 1st house, therefore rising a few minutes into the session.

Perhaps tonight with chart-ruler lady Venus applying to a sesquisquare with Mars, and trining the ASC (the debate itself), yet inconjuncting Mc (goals; aspirations) the unmasking will show who they both really are. New vs Old, status quo vs the avant garde--a perfect match for the Saturn-Uranus opposition which the world will be enduring in time for November elections.

But tonight staid Saturn and progressive Uranus are in an obsessive-compulsive quindecile dance (165 degr):

driven toward breaking old and outdated concepts through the use of innovative ideas; may break the rules through defiance of law and order; may disrupt governing systems; benefit comes bwo making societal changes for the betterment of mankind (Reeves, The Quindecile. )

'The betterment of mankind' would be good about now, si?

Well, there is a high-flying Kite formation at 9:00 pm if you're willing to count MC as the 'tail'--which counts US n Sun (and Bush's n Sun) with moneybags Jupiter 15Cap05 at Ic. Moon and progressive Uranus make up the rest of the Kite pattern, so we have these pictures...

Moon-Uranus = Jupiter: large plans to put self forward; sudden success;

Moon-Uranus = Mc: much excitement about ambition; sudden changes of plans; potential gains.

Moon-Uranus = US/Bush n Sun: anxiety about accomplishment; sense of free will; sudden attachments.

There is also a T-square of sorts, Jupiter-Mc = ASC: pleasant contact with others who support one's personal success.

With testy Mars still wandering out-of-bounds (and not cooperating with the other actors) and the Cleveland debate's Sun-Moon phase being Disseminating, information dispersal will be the order of the evening.

Whether political points are scored between candidates is another matter, but I'm fairly certain the public will be hearing a message or two from on high.

The *Images for Integration of tonight's Sun-Moon blend may be of note--it's an intuitive Water-Water combination: Sun Pis-Moon Sco...

Longfellow's poem, The Secret of the Sea...Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.

Secrets revealed and wrath exposed? Rrrraowrrr, it should be an interesting squabble.

And now here's an apt quote from John Steinbeck who shares the Sun Pis-Moon Sco combo natally:

It is the nature of a man as he grows older...to protest against change, particularly change for the better.

And from the master futurist:

"Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them. There is almost no kind of outrage, torture, imprisonment without trial, assassination, and bombing of civilians, which does not change its moral color when it is committed by our side. The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them."

-George Orwell

Feb 25, 2008

who's bankrolling Nader?

Ralph Nader, who announced another White House run on Meet the Press Sunday has a history of keeping GOP money--and I was thinking it was Dem money this time.

Could be but really--is there a difference between D and R? Isn't it them vs us? Dem money is just as green!

His "I'm not a spoiler" sounds similar to Nixon's "I'm not a crook" and I had to wonder at the big fat 14 minutes (by my count) spent on him by MTP host Tim Russert. With Nader's natal ASC (his nibs himself) exactly AT Midheaven when the 'interview' began it was almost as if someone knew the Astrology of the moment!

Scroll just below for my original post on Ralph Nader with link to Jude's Threshold which has some Nader chart details.

Feb 24, 2008

Timeline Of Bush Admin's Politicization Of Terror, 2002-2008

Olbermann presents an impressively detailed timeline called "The Nexus of Politics and Terror," chronicling the Bush admin's exploitation of terror threats for political gain. "What we were told about terror, and not told, for security reasons, has overlapped considerably with what we were told about terror, and not told, for political reasons."

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Ralph Nader announces--yet again!

This morning I watched Meet the Press as Ralph Nader, that thorn in corporatism's side, announced yet another run for the US presidency.

Why is this common-do-gooder such a thorn?

Nader's natal Sun 8Pis08 is conjunct America's natal Chiron-Pluto midpoint (July 4, 1776) and Chiron-Pluto is one of the primary signatures for plutocracy with its oppressions, class warfare, racism, corporatism, violence, and disenfranchisements.

You'll find a few notes on the subject of Ralph Nader here along with an article link concerning Hillary Clinton's and John McCain's votes to go to war in Iraq.

What do you think: should their warmongering votes disqualfy them from the presidency?

Feb 23, 2008

Obama in Dallas + Mars out-of-bounds

Belfast Telegraph has an article concerning the security "lapse" in Dallas last Wednesday, Feb 20, when a higher order was handed down to stop scanning and searching bags of people entering the Reunion Arena for Senator Obama's rally.

Looking at the horoscope for the time the order was given I saw that America's natal South Node (SN) was at Midheaven 6AQ and as you know, SN is a point of separation which relates to past behavior.

And as you also know, the past behavior to be concerned about here is the assassination of duly and popularly elected Pres. John Kennedy in Dallas on Nov 22, 1963.

Scroll down a couple of entries to read my original post on the matter and keep your ear to the ground--for our Secret Service has has been known to fail us before.

Of note is a YOD (crisis or special task) which the chart for *11:00 am cst Dallas (Feb 20) forms with the US n Pluto as focal planet, and the base a sextile between Moon 26Leo04 and out-of-bounds Mars 26Gem33 pointing to Pluto so that we have this picture:

Moon/Mars = Pluto: powerful opinionation; demanding nature; one-sided outlook; fanaticism.

The Moon/Mars combo represents quarreling, vigorous enterprises, and/or willpower imbued with a fighting spirit (Ebertin.) Pluto is the assassin, saboteur, or spy.

I'm not as much attempting to imply anything as it relates to Obama's safety on Wednesday or on his future safety as to create a record of this tidbit of information in case it should become pertinent at a future time.

If it should apply to any similar situations, details will be updated for there are more factors of note in the Feb 20 chart esp as it relates to the JFK assassination chart for Nov 22, 1963.

*A Shout-Out of Thanks go to Alex for ferreting out the time of the order (11:00 am cst) and the time the Arena's gates opened to the public (10:00 am.)

Clinton borrows from John Edwards

So I'm guessing she had Edwards' permission to use his line about what this campaign is about:

Feb 22, 2008

Astrology of the Oscars

In a vain attempt to escape the vermin-infested world o'politics for a little while, I've composed an article on the Astrology of the Oscars, if you're interested, added to a listing of 2008's nominated films, with a nod to 2007's top grossers (she said grossers!)

Hint: the first on the 2007 list has to do with Scorpionic Pluto mutations...bet you know who that is.)

Well, vain vanity and escapism are what Hollywood banks on, so why not take a break?

Hannah Hollywood will be in attendance, as well as some chart details set for the ceremony in California, Sunday evening, 8:00 pm pst, popcorn optional (I prefer plain please--and hold the genetically modified corn while you're at it.)

So...will you be joining us? ;p

Obama: it happened in Dallas

News Updates from Citizens For Legitimate Government Feb 21, 2008

LegitGov Breaking News

Secret Service Gave Order to Stop Screening Obama Crowd In Dallas

Police concerned about order to stop screening for weapons Feb 21, 2008:

Security details at Barack Obama's rally Wednesday stopped screening people for weapons at the front gates more than an hour before the Democratic presidential candidate took the stage at Reunion Arena. The order to put down the metal detectors and stop checking purses and laptop bags came as a surprise to several Dallas police officers who said they believed it was a lapse in security. Dallas Deputy Police Chief T.W. Lawrence, head of the Police Department's homeland security and special operations divisions, said the order--apparently made by the US Secret Service--was meant to speed up the long lines outside and fill the arena's vacant seats before Obama came on.#

Oh yeah, of course that's the explanation. Or was it to send a message to someone to be ready to 'have at it' another time? And...this happened in DALLAS? As if anyone trusts them after JFK's 1963 assassination in Dallas when Bush Sr was CIA director!

Bit of a lapse from old Poppy there and he was in his 30s at the time. Whenever I look at national or mundane charts I pay attention to 11Vir+ primarily because it's Poppy's natal Ascendant (his nibs himself.) And old Saturn will be visiting there soon...

Well, if anyone knows the time the Dallas rally began, please let me know--I'd like to take a close look at the chart/s...see who was afoot and behind!

Feb 21, 2008

Were John and Vicki sittin' in a tree ?

Breaking: McCain linked romantically to lobbyist during first presidential run: NYT 21 Feb 2008:

Early in Senator John McCain’s first run for the White House eight years ago, waves of anxiety swept through his small circle of advisers. A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, in his offices and aboard a client’s corporate jet.

Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself-- instructing staff members to block the woman's access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.

When news organizations reported that Mr. McCain had written letters to government regulators on behalf of the lobbyist's clients, the former campaign associates said, some aides feared for a time that attention would fall on her involvement. Mr. McCain, 71, and lobbyist Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they never had a romantic relationship.

LegitGov Breaking News#

McCain says "it just isn't true." Well, I for one believe him. Maybe. And it's his showing legislative favoratism to her clients that's the greater story. Are her motives revealed?

Yet McCain's natal Mars (desire nature) is in Leo, sign of Romance and this placement is arrogant and conceited--which I assume accounts in large part for his being described as a narcissist. A passionate Leonine Mars has a great need to be appreciated a lover.

Now I don't know Vicki Iseman but one must imagine that she had romantic options other than John McCain--but perhaps his mojo mystique eludes me. The scent of power is THE aphrodesiac, they say...and the aroma of the money that comes with it. (If this wasn't the case for you, Vicki Iseman, all apologies!)

Now it's 2008, and Saturn is conjunct his natal Sun 6Vir02, a restrictive and inhibiting period when past (Saturn) mistakes may come to light...McCain's past is clamoring for attention.

And Saturn will be conjuncting natal Neptune 16Vir07--not such a good portent for leading the country for he will have difficulty comprehending the reality of situations, esp regarding money matters--shades of the current denizen.

(After that, it'll be Saturn conj US n Neptune, exact by the end of 2009, which is a time of disillusionment, no matter who inhabits the White House.)

Plus, last evening's Lunar Eclipse on the Vir/Pis-victim/savior axis occurred near enough to his Sun to cause an eclipse of ego recognition. Then there's the fact that the tr SN, a Saturnian and separative point which reeks of the past, has now moseyed just beyond McCain's natal Sun (ego; adult personality; life purpose), so it looks like troubles are upon him en masse.

In politics, that system of organized hatreds, it's the appearance of naughtiness which makes or breaks a politician and things are seldom how they seem. McCain was broken in SC in the 2000 campaign by the "black baby" illusion a la Bush-Rove, so is this romantic indiscretion of that same ilk or was it true dalliance?

In politics it doesn't really matter as long as the damage is done.

Anyway, the fix seems to be in for Barack Obama so all McCain's trials may be moot come January 2009.

Obama's Jupiter Return on or about Jan 9, 2009--conj the Inaugural Sun-Mercury conjunction 00AQ+ AND his natal Saturn in Cap conj Inaugural Mc (I KNOW!!!)--may be enough to gain him the scepter but he'll be under the sway of forces which will mercilessly use him as a tool for their purposes. He may not know this now and will discover it as he moves into the Oval Office.

And that's just the kind of president the powers-behind want!

Hillary is, however, playing for keeps and has waited years for the opportunity to take over the White House. It simply remains to be seen who the powers-behind want for their next shill.

Image: White Collar Affair, drawing by jude cowell from cosmic persona designs--hopefully my posting this illustration of a romantic triangle is the naughtiest thing I'll perpetrate all day! Use by express permission only.

Heads Up: John McCain's natal chart has been published with article in progress at Jude's Threshold if you're interested.

Feb 20, 2008

Funders of the candidates

OpenSecrets has the info on which industries are funding each candidate. Have a peek into their big fat piggybanks if you haven't put your camel's snoot under their tents as of yet.

Amusing that Ron Paul is being propped up by Google, Microsoft, and all branches of the US armed forces. Hmm.m.m...

A big Shout-Out of Thanks goes to Jilly for the link--she says that Barack Obama's donors are no surprise. Agreed, and it's also no surprise at how many funders remain the same. Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, all the usual suspects are there, buying Washington to use against the common good.

Still, if campaigns were publicly funded by taxpayers can we trust these political varmints to do right? (That'd be a disbelieving puh! from me.)

~note: once again Blogger is refusing to open a comment window for me (go figure) so although I've received some interesting responses of late, I will have to try again later to remark. It has me in quite a snit, I assure you. ;p

Total Lunar Eclipse Feb 20 2008

Space Weather News for Feb. 19, 2008

LUNAR ECLIPSE: On Wednesday night, February 20, the Full Moon will turn a delightful shade of red and possibly turquoise, too. It's a total lunar eclipse—the last one until Dec 2010.

Sky watchers in Europe, the Americas, parts of the Middle East and Africa are favored for good views of the two-hour event. Visit SpaceWeather.com for full coverage including maps and timetables, live webcasts and discussion.

SPY SATELLITE UPDATE: The US Navy's first attempt to hit malfunctioning spy satellite USA 193 with a missile could come on Wednesday night during the lunar eclipse.

This is based on an air traffic advisory warning pilots to steer clear of a patch of Pacific Ocean near Hawaii just when USA 193 is due to pass overhead. Until the satellite is shot down, it remains visible to casual sky watchers during evening passes over US and Canadian towns and cities; experienced observers say the decaying satellite is sometimes as bright as the stars of Orion, making it an easy target for unaided eyes and off-the-shelf digital cameras.

Details, photos and more information are available at SpaceWeather and subscribers to SpaceWeatherPhone will receive email and telephone alerts when the spy-sat is about to appear over their backyards.#

During the Lunar Eclipse! That sounds appropriate for the Pentagon's spysat destruction which some folk think is more than it seems...and the dark of a Total Eclipse should be just dark enough to suit Cheney's walk on the Dark Side.

Near Hawaii, huh? This touted 'shoot down' isn't a metaphor for Obama, we hope.

Scroll to last post for the Astrology chart of this Total Eclipse over the White House...

Lunar Eclipse in Virgo Feb 20, 2008

Bethinking myself to publish this Lunar Eclipse chart set for the White House, I now find the hour grows late.

Still I must point out a few basics for 10:30:27 pm est Wednesday comes all too soon and a looming Lunar Eclipse may reflect deep issues which have been simmering under the surface and now float to the top of everyone's consciousness.

Hillary and Bill seem to be involved with this Eclipse--her Secondary Progr'd Venus is now at *3AQ so you see transiting Venus, the Eclipse's chart-ruler and 8th house ruler, at IC which happens to be conj a personal name asteroid called "Bill." No, I'm not kiddin'.

Tr NN is sitting upon US natal Moon (the Public) and Chiron the Wounded is conj the most recent Solar Eclipse at the "A man Unmasked" degree. Chiron may wound but may also spiritualize---we'll have to see about that.

One midpoint picture concerning World Point 00Cap must be mentioned in case I don't get to finish this post upon the morrow...

Sun/ASC = Pluto: power play through personal persuasion; a turn of destiny; fated events; the desire to gain influence.

The chaos-creating Uranus/Chiron midpoint is conj the Sun 1Pis53, and asteroid Siva (destroyer or creator) is conj Ic and lady Venus who is inconjunct the Moon so adjustments must be made.

Mars, still out-of-bounds and working on his own to cause problems, is the tail of a Kite pattern if you don't mind including the ASc 28Lib57. Kites favor...kites, and I've marked this one in green. More on them later, if I get a chance.

Activist Mars has just crossed the 9th cusp which is conj Hillary Clinton's natal ASC (the 8:00 pm version of her chart) at the moment of the Lunar Eclipse.

~Tr Mercury is opposite Bush's natal Mercury so it's hard to believe that all has gone so peachily for him in Africa--at the least his ideas have met with resistance and travel plans may have had to be changed due to delays. But I've been blessedly without much news of him and have used his being off the continent as a much-needed relief from His Most Heavy Presence.~

You see the Moon heading for Saturn, whose traditional authority may be gained by the Moon but there's an equally good chance of gaining depression as well or instead.

Actually Moon-Saturn is often an indicator of fame due to one's insatiable need for attention and validation which were not forthcoming in childhood.

Then there's the unaspected Uranus in 5th house of risk-taking which probably has tech connotations, being Uranus and all.

And Sun and Neptune are snugging up closely against NN so we have a picture...

Sun/Neptune = NN: support of the needy; deception within relationships.

We may hear more rhetoric concerning the needy, and Washington is nothing if not deceptive in relationships. Why, even blackmail is not unheard of!

Sun/Neptune is also pointing to the US natal Moon (Sibly): high impressionability; moodiness; emergence of the unconscious; external influences affect moods or feelings.

Well, there's a lot more info in this chart but the sandman has been whispering my name for hours--it's 2:27 am...now how did that happen?

*3AQ is Jupiter's 10th house position on Inauguration Day 2008...Lady President and Bill the consort?

Feb 19, 2008

Neptune or Pisces on Midheaven

Having dreamy Neptune, that planet of nebulous illusions, veils, and insecurities upon one's Midheaven (Mc--the Career/Public Status Point) or the sign Pisces at Mc (as does Hillary Clinton if you use 8:00 pm for her seemingly unverified time of birth) you get...well, let astrologer Elsa P of ElsaElsa fame tell you what it's like!

You know, this could nail down the 8:00 pm time for me as far as Sen. Clinton's natal chart is concerned even though I have questioned its validity before for her Pisces Mc could explain why people often say they don't really "know her."

Because with a Neptunian Mc, the most public point in any chart, it would be easier to catch hold of a squirming flounder flip flopping about the deck than to get a true bead on Hillary Clinton!

Let Elsa explain...

A man unmasked?

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government Feb 18,2008

All items are here: LegitGov Breaking News

'Dodgy dossier' was 'wrong', its author says Feb 17, 2008:

The government official who wrote the first draft of the "dodgy dossier" that helped propel Britain into war in Iraq today admits, "We were wrong." John Williams, a former Foreign Office aide, said last night that publication of his document would expose how members of Tony Blair's team were locked in a mindset that made military action inevitable.#

Perhaps this (oily) charade revealed is part of the influence of our current Unmasking Eclipse of Feb 6 when true motives are revealed...with more to come, no doubt.

Then there's the recent Saturn-South Node transit which may be underpinning Musharraf's separation from authority--and Castro's? The Saturn-SN conjunction perfected in October 2007 and now SN has moved into Aquarius, a sign associated with the collective.

The language of Mundane Astrology is a fascinating and helpful way of translating world events, isn't it?

Feb 18, 2008

George Washington Feb 22, 1732

"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company."

So said the Father of Our Country, the only US president never to have lived (or slept) in the White House.

Here you see Washington's natal chart (Rodden Rating AA from family Bible) in honor of today's being Presidents Day which Congress created in 1971 as the 3rd Monday in February in order to blend Abe Lincoln into the celebration.

The chart you see is set for Feb 22 although GW was born on Feb 11 and so the chart says, "NS" for New Style/Gregorian which adds 10 days from the Julian calendar.

Translating GW's 18th century birth data correctly contains other quirkiness such as the fact that Britain didn't adopt Jan 1 as the start of the new year until 1752, so often you will see Washington's birth year written 1731/32, and if you do a straight conversion to LMT from the 18th century's LAT, you actually get 10:14 am as his time of birth.

The chart published here is from Rodden's astrodatabank.com with Solar Fire software, and it's the chart I've used for his Solar Return 2008 which occurs Feb 22, 2008 at 8:48:50 am LMT, Wakefield, VA.

And there again--the Wakefield area was known as Popels Creek when Numero Uno first saw the light of day.

As we infer from the above quote, Washington's associations, which included Freemasonry membership, were important for social acendancy all through his life. And if you click to enlarge the chart you'll see five midpoint pictures which include the associative/joining point of the North Node (NN.)

Please pardon my usual chicken scratch and tiresome tendency to schmoosh a bunch of details onto a chart--to make amends I'll type out the pictures for you from the Tyl and Ebertin directories:

Sun/NN = Mc: becoming prominent through associations; friendship based on soul kinship; a spiritual attitude to associations.

Mars/Mc = NN: leadership qualities; success potential; imposing one's will upon others.

Mars/NN = Uranus: stirring up others; events that affect a great many people; upsets; active cooperation; an organizing activity; sudden experiences shared with others.

Pluto/NN = Mars: demonstrating violence in the presence of others; tyranny; desire to control others; exhibition of personal power; the misfortune to be placed in someone else's hand or power. (Pluto/NN = powerful groups, Mars = activity; initiation.--jc)

Jupiter/NN opposite ASC: harmony; friendliness. (Jupiter/NN = wealthy groups conj DESC = partnerships; marriage; other people--jc)

There are two more natal pictures to be considered:

Mercury/Venus = Sun: conceit; vanity; recognition (yes, he's known for modesty but either it was faked, or only the 'recognition' part of this picture was activated--his choice. There's also such a thing as unconscious conceit, something most people suffer from--politicians in particular.)

And not all midpoint pictures are applicable in any chart--some never play out at all. My suspicion here is that this one did--plus, we-the-people have had GW's character spruced up through the years by idol-makers to make him appear larger than life. What do you think?

(Perhaps George Washington didn't so much sleep here as spend quite a few restless nights.)

Plus: Saturn/Uranus = Mercury: ability to hit back hard under provocation; organizing resistance; making great demands upon one's nervous energy; separating oneself from others; making necessary changes.

There are two interesting pictures when you add America's natal Saturn and Pluto--the one made by GW's natal Mars/Saturn with America's natal Pluto...

Mars/Saturn: Pluto: anger; death of a great many people; Higher Power; brutality; the need to take control.

And the one made by America's n Saturn with GW's n Jupiter/Pluto (Jupiter/Pluto = plutocrats)...

Jupiter/Pluto = Saturn: adjusting the big picture to meet with more convention; strategy becomes necessary; difficulties; separation.

Washington's natal (Water-Earth) Sun Pisces-Moon Capricorn blend is instructive as well for it is humane, charitable, cautious, and discreetly ambitious. There is high moral integrity here, and a dutiful nature with a deep sense of justice. (Would that America can find such a one again!)

This is the "pillar of strength" combo--reservedly romantic with a philosophical sense of humor. Dependable with a talent for strategy and blessed with shrewd perceptive capacity, Washington was both practical and mystical simultaneously.

Negatively, there is a moralistic and judgmental approach to relationships, a proneness toward worry and pessimism, timidity, defensiveness, and a leaning toward secretiveness.

The claylike Water-Earth combination's shadow side traits are a tendency to get stuck in the mud, 'swamped' by the sense of duty, and to hold a subjective and narrow viewpoint.

Images for Integration: An old freighter chugs towards the port, bringing in the goods...A famous actress leaves her estate to the Actors' Pension Fund. (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Chas & Suzi Harvey.)

And in Synthesis and Counseling in Astrology, master astrologer Noel Tyl gives a slightly different flavor to the Sun Pisces-Moon Cap blend, and I quote so as not to miss a drop:

"In this blend, sensitivity seasons ambitious administration. We have the "feeling businessman," if you will. The abstract and the concrete, the ideal and the practical, the visionary and the actual are all blended together to put the personality forward."

Tellingly, we see that with the Placidus House System, the Sabian Symbol for GW's n Mc (Midheaven= Aspirations; Goals) is "30Cap"...

"Directors of a large firm meet in secret conference" and its opposite degree, "30Can", the Basis or Foundation of GW's natal chart is:

"Daughter of the American Revolution."

His n Mars/Uranus midpoint is at "1Sag", the "Grand Army of the Republic campfire" degree (Jones.)

The blend of Martian and Uranian energies bestows a self-willed urge for freedom, much courage and fighting spirit, and contains, of course, a dynamic explosive quality so prevalent during violent revolutions.

Mars/Uranus describes revolutionaries and freedom fighters, in fact (Ebertin) and is operative in the US natal chart by a wide conjunction in Gemini.

Washington's Solar Return 2008 has the Mars/Chiron (sacred warrior archetype) precisely on the SR ASC 22Ari34 (orb of 31 minutes.)

Jupiter 14Cap15 is at Mc 13Cap01, making the SR Ic the repository for the US and Bush natal Suns, with asteroid Apollo there as well...Apollo, the hero. Apollo is linked with the Sun as the life purpose, aka the hero's journey.

This is another indication of this time and this presidential election being an important make-or-break situation.

Within the hour (it's 2:35 pm est) on my "other blog", Jude's Threshold I am posting on the only planetary pattern in Washington's 2008 Solar Return chart--a YOD, or Finger of God pattern, the special task or crisis configuration which contains much spirtual opportunity within.

This continues my usual tendency to use national figure charts, their progressions, and Returns as indicators of current events in America, so do drop by in a few, if you can. And I'll update this SO'W post by perfecting the link to the new post asap.

UPDATE: Jude's Threshold now has the "talent" pattern which creates a midpoint picture which I neglected to include here...my bad.

And here's the link to my article on Washington's 2008 Solar Return with its YOD pattern which may be affecting the 2008 campaign (as well as the People), and the transit of Saturn opposing GW's natal Sun, a difficult period now in progress.

Feb 17, 2008

Obama an agent of change--or baton passing?

Okay, the uplifting rhetoric is all very inspiring, and Clinton's critiques are doing their herding job and all, but here's an article by Bruce Marshall laying out the kind of crud I've been dreading yet didn't know how to put into words.

Marshall has done so concerning vetted-by-Wall-Street-Obama as part of the agenda's process with the Sheeple once again playing the dupes, and "the elite" in on the joke(my italics = my own two cents. Got change?)

Barak Obama Fronts Wall Street's Infrastructure

Swindle - What Change Really Means

By Bruce Marshall

Since 9/11 America has certainly turned into a top-down police state, but true post-modern fascism requires a popular movement to usher it into power. Bush has created a dictatorship out of the Presidency, now the next step towards fascism is being marketed to exploit the desire for change.

Information Clearing House has the article.#

Did you honestly think anything would be changed about the Iraq Occupation after November 2006?

Change of direction for political thespians--whether Illuminati-inspired, Mason-enobled, or other__?__--only means a change of script baa-a-a-a...

...matinee tickets still available, Germany's 1930s model to be mimicked and "improved upon."

As my forward-looking Kalorama Road friends and I sitting round DC parlors in the 70s used to pontificate: it can happen here. Look around...can is NOW.

Please, America, pour your bottle of Ambien down the drain and snap to attention, for the real foe is not what they tell us--it is them.

Feb 15, 2008

Who doesn't like a good rigged election?

Pakistani official taped saying vote will be rigged

Feb 14, 2008: A prominent US-based human rights group [Human Rights Watch] Friday released what it said was a recording of Pakistan's attorney general acknowledging that next week's national elections would be "massively" rigged. [Why don't they comment on the 'massively' rigged *US* 'elections?!']#

Indeed! Who are WE kidding?

Feb 14, 2008

view the spy satellite before it views you

Actually the out-of-control piece of space junk can't see you now--it's said to have malfunctioned almost as soon as it big-brothered its way into orbit in Dec 2006.

Here's a rather cool alert from SpaceWeather:

Space Weather News for Feb 14, 2008

Malfunctioning spy satellite USA 193 has been in the news lately because of expectations that it will reenter Earth's atmosphere in March and turn into a spectacular fireball. Reentry has not yet begun, but sky watchers are already noticing the satellite as it zips over Europe and the United States shining as brightly as a first or second magnitude star.

Typical photos are shown on today's edition of SpaceWeather.com.

In fact, USA 193 may never reenter--at least not in one piece. Today, the Pentagon announced it will attempt to blast the satellite with a missile before its orbit decays. This would lessen the chances of dangerous satellite debris and fuel reaching the ground while increasing the population of space junk in low-Earth orbit.

Would you like to see USA 193 with your own eyes?

It is about to make a series of evening appearances over many US towns and cities, beginning this weekend and continuing until the Pentagon intervenes. Flyby timetables may be found at Heavens Above and you can also receive telephone and email alerts when the satellite is about to fly over your backyard by subscribing to SpaceWeather PHONE #

So what happens if the Pentagon misses? Besides the embarrassment, I mean! Just because you can (send more crapola into space) doesn't mean you should.

Enter the trigger happy Pentagon to the rescue: a missile is on the ready and Pentagon brass say that if the first attempt fails, they'll figure out something else. Cheney is a big spy satellite fan--perhaps ole Dead-Eye should be kept on stand by. Stoopider things have happened.

Bob Barr on "Real ID" Act

Remember Bill? Bill of Rights?

Real ID Act a Real Intrusion On Rights, Privacy

By Bob Barr

If, as proposed in the law, a person must have a Real ID Act-compliant card in order to access a federal building, access any regulated or interstate mode of transportation, or obtain any federal benefit, then we have surrendered to the federal government (that is, federal bureaucrats) the power to deny citizens all manner of activities guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

ICH has full article here.

Feb 13, 2008

Eclipse Series of the Bush presidency

On December 25, 2000, a Solar Eclipse occurred 4Cap14 in the 2 South Series making this the Series of the Bush presidency.

With the SCOTUS decision earlier in December, a vain attempt was made to bestow legitimacy to a doubtfully attained presidency, and this Solar Eclipse shows by its influence what Bush and friends had been up to--

great gains expected through new associations with unusual groups (Brady's Predictive Astrology.)

Prior to this was the Pre-natal Eclipse Series of George W. Bush (and Laura--2 New North) which had manifested on July 31 (8Leo11, conj Bush's natal ASC and Mercury.) The 2NN Series may be called The Tower Series, and if you're familiar with the Tarot deck, you'll recognize it as card #16.

Obviously this links archetypally to the attacks on the WTC (the Twin Towers) of 9/11/01 because the keyphrases for 2 New North are:

sudden collapse of lifetstyles or plans; confusion reigns but long-term effects are of rebuilding and transformation; after the dust settles, the consequences of this reshaping will have far-reaching effects; personal directions are changed through the sudden collapse of an existing structure.

Now it's tempting to say, poor George, newly installed in the White House and his presidency's plans got all rearranged...except that mystical George had to know of this Eclipse's influence from his past--it had occurred in 1964 (age 18) and in 1982 (age 36). Now how could anyone not notice a biggie like this? Mr. Skull'n'Bones!

The Bush-Cheney administration's legitimacy continued to be seriously questioned as the presidential oath of Jan 20, 2001 was taken (with fingers crossed behind his back, as it turned out) so I hope you can click-to-enlarge this Eclipse chart which heralds the beginning of the Bush-Cheney years.

As usual, I have squished too many notes upon the chart including some of Bush's natal placements and a couple from the Pentagon (Pentagon's natal ASC has tr NN pointing at it 15Can28--a murder-suicide degree--DeVore's Encyclopdia.)

The Sabian Symbol for "5Cap" is most instructive (Dr Marc Edmund Jones, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology ):

"Indians rowing a canoe and dancing a wardance"...MOBILIZATION...

pos: a capacity for aggressive leadership and an unusual effectiveness in sidetracking minor issues for the sake of major achievement;

neg/unconscious/shadow side: unnecessary moods and tantrums.

This Symbol supports the theories of those who've always said that Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld and their compadres intended war from the start of this "administration." And it totally amazes me that anyone in 2008 could disagree on the issue for By their fruits you shall know them!

The opposite degree, the Illumination Point, an unconscious degree, is also instructive given what the world has suffered from this administration:

"5Can"..."An automobile wrecked by a train"...DISPERSION...

pos: a special genius for a creative reorganization of all experience;

neg/shadow side: an insensitive recklessness.

Now it's late in the boondoggle game, but most Americans finally agree that the US economy has been wrecked by a train--the presidency (or as I think of it, the residency) of George W.Bush bwo his reckless warring and drunken sailor "budget."

Highlighted in pink is a YOD (Finger of God) pattern which indicates a special task, with warring activist Mars 1Sco15, god of war, (conjunct the New World Order's natal Sun, forming the YOD's base with Mercury, Sun, and Moon.

All point to focal planet, Jupiter 2Gem45 Rx.

Jupiter as a YOD pattern's focal planet (Bil Tierney, Dynamics of Aspect Analysis) operates on a lofty mental level but may feel out of tune with social laws, belief systems, and moral codes which he is expected to abide by (or pretend to--Jupiter = the thespian--jc.)

He is open to new theories and probabilities, and has spent years pondering abstract matters. He now yearns for the personal freedom and uplifting inspiration to put his faith into something workable, yet Jupiter quincunxes (150 degrees) can prove disorganizing and impractical if not well-managed.

Details are not properly attended to and his expectations almost always fall short of their promised potential...overreaching and poor judgment are common. Inner faith in the ultimate fulfillment of goals is evident yet his approach towards the application of his faith needs correction.

Tolerance is required to take positive advantage of Jupiter as focal planet of a YOD.

Does the above sound anything like the pie-in-the-sky Oval Office resident we've come to know and abhor?

Jupiter's Sabian Symbol word picture brings war and revolution to the above sketch and may describe the elitist in the White House in more ways than one:

"3Gem"..."The Garden of the Tuileries"...LUXURY...

pos: creative stability which enables each individual to participate in the full gamut of satisfactions developed and cherished by his fellows as well as himself;

neg/shadow side: complete selfishness and a joy in lording it over others.

Bush will be missing that last one when it's gone!

Here's an article, A Day of Infamy, concerning the SCOTUS decision which handed the Oval Office to Bush and his oil drilling, war mongering cronies.

And you know the rest.

Guantanamo to Main St USA

Rape By Any Other Name

Guantanamo Comes to Main Street USA

By Mark A. Goldman

~~Warning: This Article Contains Very Disturbing Video~~

They say that the difference between how democracy in Europe has evolved compared to that of the United States is that in Europe the government is afraid of the People whereas in the United States the People are afraid of the government. That's a dangerous state of affairs and it looks like it's going to get worse.

Informatiom Clearing House has Goldman's article and video here.

Feb 12, 2008

GM posts highest losses EVER

Generation of Materialism, New Moon 8Tau15; April 28, 1881:

Here's the chart I use to represent the robber baron class which directly influences and undergirds the current warfare the elite class wages against America's Middle Class.

(Chart found in E. Alan Meece's Horoscope for the New Millinneum.)

This New Moon in money sign Taurus, whose shadow side contains greed, possessiveness, and intolerance, occurred just after Jupiter-Saturn's Great Conjunction in conservative Taurus on April 18, 1881.

As you know, Jupiter and Saturn began a new cycle on May 28, 2000, 22Tau+, just in time to help usher in the New (sucky) Millennium.

Jupiter and Saturn are the societal planets and are said to define the 20-year Tecumseh's Curse cycle of US presidential assassinations and attempts at it.

And yes, it was Bush43's turn at the plate, and may lurk behind Gore's throwing the race to Bush, practically handing "victory" to him on a silver platter--the collective "knows" Gore actually won, but threat was held over his head. Okay, it's a long shot (bad choice of word) but there, I've said it.

Back to April 28, 1881:

Corrosion and dissolution are the "earmarks" of this chart which times the start of governmental regulations which were demanded after the awful depression of 1873-74 as nebulous Neptune entered earthy, practical Taurus.

Around 1880 the "liberal center" of US politics began declining and the extremes of "left" and "right" took over politics. Joy. It's a ploy that's worked well to divide and conquer the People ever since.

Even Britain swung toward conservatism after the death of Tory PM Benjamin Disraeli in 1881. In Russia, liberal tsar Alexander II, aka the great reformer, was assassinated, and cruel repression followed which included massacres of Jews, wouldn'tcha know.

Yet when it served them, the "right" sometimes cooperated with the "left" in an alliance against the liberal center which might actually have wanted to do something decent for the common good by rebalancing wealth on their behalf...a dynamic successfully in use today.

Just another legacy of the Generation of Materialism, a pile of royals, near-royals, and their wannabes who never gave the American worker anything it didn't have to, and the spawn of which have spent the last several years taking it away.

So here's my question concerning all the corporations whining about their millions and billions in losses they're admitting to in this recessive climate which their fraud and greed have designed, these current 'grandspawn' of the 1880s pilferers:

Beginning a few years ago, American corporations could hardly downsize (lay off) and outsource American workers' jobs enough to satisfy their excessive quick-profiting greed in honor of whatever higher devil's plan they have in mind for our nation's dissolution, so are they surprised in 2008 at how dire the economic picture looks for their slave, the consumer?

When you (they) dissolve jobs and job security from under the feet of millions of loyal workers year after year, get (buy) Congress to allow usury interest rates on credit card and other loans while legislating for corporations and monopolies as if they have the legal rights of an individual, how many new cars can GM expect a hungry man to buy?

And if you've ever closely read a new car contract you know you're stepping into merde as you sign on the dotted line. Commerce and trade make the world turn round but our conscienceless corporations--made legally "persons" by "our" representatives on Capitol Hill years ago--aren't worth the label, American.

Made in America has become a mocking phrase at the hands of these Midasses (not a typo) who, if their chagrin at posting such losses now are genuine, deserve to act sheepishly and hang their heads in shame at how they've shafted the American worker who is more noble that his/her bosses, more honorable by far than his "government" who lines its pockets at the public trough every chance it gets.

Sometimes he who shafts others shafts himself even more deeply--it may just take a while to know the full extent of the damage.

And as far as my unfinished post of this morning on the Potomac Primaries (chart below), I'm renegging and confessing to being overly fatigued with Clinton and McCain and the woes of campaigning and its attendant propaganda.

(Barack Obama is being projected as the winner in VA and DC, 8:00 pm est. Okay then.)

However, I did agree today to publish a new political limerick by Mr.A.Cat in the Lim's Limericks collection of rhymery:

Cat votes for McCain...guess I've still got a political meow left in me after all.

Potomac Primaries 2.12.08

With the sunrise chart set for Washington DC today, we see an Earth Grand Trine between heavyhitters Saturn (Ds), Pluto (secret powers), and the Moon (the People; publicity; a woman.)

Sun and Neptune are rising at an hour of Jupiter (Rs), Venus is in ambitious Capricorn (sign of government, law, and business) and is conjunct the Pluto-Chiron midpoint (plutocrats)...and I wish there were time to finish this post!

Will mosey back this afternoon to finish up--until then, please click to enlarge this chart to read a few scribbled notes as the recent Solar Eclipse of Feb 6 is about to be joined by Chiron and tr North Node is conjunct America's Moon.

Activist Mars is still out-of-bounds and moving into opposition with Pluto...a zealous and explosive pair.

Plus, we may be expecting the unexpected today with tech savvy Uranus in first house, and another ballot counting quibble might be on the menu with Rx Mercury!

Feb 11, 2008

Abraham Lincoln turns 200 in Feb 2009

Born Feb 12, 1809, Lincoln's 200th anniversary of birth is coming upon us rather quickly and many celebrations are in the offing to honor the Great Emancipator's entry into the time flux continuum.

A post titled Abraham Lincoln: natal + assassination chart has been published as a permanent Page at my Jude's Threshold blog and I plan to update it as the anniversary nears...check it out early, if you wish!

another Bush clampdown on freedom

News Update from Citizens For Legitimate Government Feb 11, 2008

All items are here: LegitGov Breaking News

Bush orders clampdown on flights to US--EU officials furious as Washington says it wants extra data on all air passengers:

The US administration is pressing the 27 governments of the European Union to sign up for a range of new security measures for transatlantic travel, including allowing armed guards on all flights from Europe to America by US airlines. The demand to put armed air marshals on to the flights is part of a travel clampdown by the Bush regime that officials in Brussels described as "blackmail" and "troublesome", and could see west Europeans and Britons required to have US visas if their governments balk at Washington's requirements.

According to a US document being circulated for signature in European capitals, EU states would also need to supply personal data on all air passengers overflying but not landing in the US in order to gain or retain visa-free travel to America, senior EU officials said.#

This reminds me of what may be a similarly themed issue: building walls on the border between the US and Mexico--and I can't shake the feeling that it's meant as much to isolate the American people as to keep others out. The above-mentioned "blackmail" seems part of the same ploy.

Then there's the recent mysterious cutting of Iran's internet cables. And although I would be among the first to suspect the Bush regime or others in the cutting yet I can't help but wonder if it's the Iranian government closing in on the Iranian people, just as the Bush-Cheney 1% gang is busily doing to America.

Hmm...this "feeling" is probably simply a part of the fear-esque atmosphere they're advancing upon us 24 hours a day, for years on end. Right?

Or perhaps another mixed "blessing" from Mr. Freedom-is-the-default-position-of-humanity!

Where the money went: the Black Holes of Bush43

As if anyone isn't aware of the disappearing of America's wealth down the rabbit hole of Bush's budgetary maw!

People who once defended our drunken sailor no longer can deny the havoc his spending has wreaked upon America and her people--and the fact that his sorry ways are affecting the world economy, too.

So you may wish to read Alex Miller-Mignone's excellently accurate astrological descriptions of the Black Holes linked to the money planets in the natal chart of George Dubya Bush into which America's money, reputation, justice system, and a whole lot else have evaporated--and, as Alex says, with very little of benefit to show for it, if any.

You'll also find some sexy beast info there on the sidewindin' varmint...ugh. Having Mars in Virgo isn't always probelmatic in the sack, but along with other chart factors...well, read it for yourself.

Technorati answers my ping plea!

Yes, it's true--scroll just below to read about my longstanding Technorati ping dilemma which has now been repaired!

Stars Over Washington is freshly pinged and feelin' frisky with "sorry for the delay" apology happily accepted...

Thanks, spidaman!

Feb 10, 2008

Progr'd Moon Phases of the Candidates

The Progressed (day-for-a-year) angular relationship between the Sun and Moon indicates the phase of life one is in and gives evolutionary information on the background structure of a person's life. Some may call it 'passages'--a Moon-esque term in itself.

Based on the natal chart, this method of prediction is one of the more informative esp when used with transits of the planets (where they are currently, or for whatever time frame we may wish to consider. Ex: a birthday is a Sun to natal Sun transit.)

In my Jude's Threshold pages, I've written on the Moon Phases of the candidates: McCain, Huckabee, Obama, and Clinton, if you'd like to see what life phase each of them will reach by January 2009--and as they "go forward" "at the end of the day."

Technorati Ping Problems abound

In my 104 day mission to get Technorati to ping Stars Over Washington once again, I'm posting this entry with Technorati code to "get the ball rolling" as they suggested.

Actually, the SO'W ball has been rolling since Oct 2005 and used to be auto-pinged by Technorati with my frequent posts. Code's okay, etc, but no ping can be found in their directory--104 days--ridiculous, even though my posts get indexed there.

And my shout-out of several weeks ago to anyone who knows what's up w'dat garnered no info, so this post is a new, if not last, resort.

It's discouraging that my other blogs ping nicely, thanks, but the one I put most time and effort into--this one--is shunted out of the Technorati mix. So here's the code to get the ball rolling and I hope it works.

Technorati Profile

Auroras from Atlantis!

Space Weather News for Feb. 9, 2008

SPACE STATION AURORAS: Astronauts onboard the International Space Station have been enjoying some colorful auroras this month caused by solar wind buffeting Earth's magnetic field. Some of their photos have just been beamed back to Earth and you can see them on today's edition of SpaceWeather.com

Earlier today, space shuttle Atlantis docked with the space station to deliver the new Columbus science laboratory, which will be installed during a spacewalk on Feb 10. As they work, the combined crews should be alert for more auroras. A solar wind stream is heading for Earth, due to arrive Feb 10 or 11, possibly sparking a new round of geomagnetic storms.

Meanwhile, the shuttle and the space station are putting on a show of their own. Last night, the two spacecraft orbited over Europe where photographers captured their flight. The space station has grown so large that amazing details are now obvious in the eyepieces of ordinary backyard telescopes.

See the photos at SpaceWeather.com#

Another meanwhile: Bush assures...er...someone, that John McCain is really really a conservative, really he is. No really--he is.

But after what the strong-arming Bush-Cheney regime and their GOP stooges have done for (to) America the last few years, a Bush assurance may not have the desired effect.

Unless you love war, that is. Then you're snugly in their pocket and McCain's your next neocon even if he can't run for a way-too-old-this-time second term.

Yet still the puppetmasters switch their machinations to back the Dems...and the dismantling of our nation continues under a new disguise. (Naturally they play both sides with so much at stake.)

So we'll see how different things really really turn out to be with the same old baldheaded globalists in charge.

It's only massive groundswells and landslides that will make a difference for America...The People must take back what's theirs for imperfect as America is, she's still the best.

Obama sweeps, Clinton weeps, Cheney creeps, 2008 leaps...such a busy year!

image: Imperfect Mandala drawing by jude cowell (c) 2008 Can you spot the imperfection?

Feb 9, 2008

9/11 probe: Bush hid behind Zelikow

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government Feb 8, 2008

LegitGov Breaking News

9/11 inquiry head 'tried to shield George Bush' Feb 5, 2008

The head of the commission that investigated the Sept 11 terrorist attacks had closer ties to the White House than he admitted and tried to limit the Bush regime's responsibility for the incident, a book claims. Philip Zelikow, the 9/11 Commission's executive director, allegedly attempted to intimidate staff to avoid findings that would be damaging to President [sic] George W Bush, who was running for re-[s]election, and Condoleezza Rice, his then National Security Adviser.

[See: 911 oddities] #

Well, of course he did. Otherwise the outcome of the 9/11 "Report" would've been completely different than the obfuscating whitewash that it was.

Feb 8, 2008

Martial Law: before November?

News Updates from Citizens For Legitimate Government Feb 8, 2008

All items are here:LegitGov Breaking News

'They have permission to 'shoot to kill' in the event of martial law.' The FBI Deputizes Business By Matthew Rothschild Feb 7, 2008:

Today, more than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The members of this rapidly growing group, called InfraGard, receive secret warnings of terrorist threats before the public does--and, at least on one occasion, before elected officials... One business executive, who showed me his InfraGard card, told me they have permission to "shoot to kill" in the event of martial law... This business owner says he attended a small InfraGard meeting where agents of the FBI and Homeland Security discussed in astonishing detail what InfraGard members may be called upon to do...

"Then they said when--not if--martial law is declared, it was our responsibility to protect our portion of the infrastructure, and if we had to use deadly force to protect it, we couldn’t be prosecuted," he says.#

Jude's Threshold now has a Page with the chart of the Aug 1, 2008 Solar Eclipse (10 South Series) which I will be updating with more details as time permits.

You'll see in the chart that on August 1 this Eclipse is RISING in Washington DC at 6:12:30 am edt. And boy is it. Plus, this is the Pre-natal Eclipse of the November elections so we'll want to keep our eyes on it.

Feb 7, 2008

Shuttle Atlantis launches 2.7.08 2:45 pm est

After 2 months of delay, the shuttle Atlantis has been launched today from Cape Canaveral, FL at 2:45 pm est as scheduled.

With deception and espionage smeared all over the chart of this long-awaited mission--ostensibly to take Europe's science lab, Columbus, to join the Internatioanl Space Station (a surveillance command satellite if there ever was one) today's launch may be considered a jolly accomplishment by some, another link in the spying chain to others.

Asteroid Icarus 5AQ54 is conj US natal South Node which is at "Medina" degree and if you're a consiracy theorist as myself, you'll recognize the degree as Islam's Neptune Return on 9/11/01. This was Neptune's position when Mohammed entered Medina, thus the name of the 6-7 AQ degree area. Icarus has unfortunate connections with assassination but let's not go there.

With Mercury (air flight) being Rx and conj Chiron 16AQ00, there may be disrupted communications at the least, and I hope that's their only trouble, difficult as that would be for such a flight...launched within hours after a Solar Eclipse.

Suffice it to say, there is much Neptunian action in this chart...secretive Neptune of subterfuge and veils, plus, there's Pluto of the invisible helmet--spying and sabotage are his specialities. Pluto is still on the World Point of 00Cap22.

Neptune 21AQ26 is conj three midpoints which give these pictures (Tyl; Ebertin):

Sun/Moon = Neptune: deceptions; illusions; the undermining of associations.

Moon/Mercury = Neptune: falsehood; exposure to lies and calumny; wrong notions and whims.

Mercury/NN = Neptune: an interrupted contact; confusion about how to fit into the group.

Now I don't wish difficulty upon such projects (overly ambitious as they may be) yet I admit to not believing that they're only what they are purported to be. Honorable science experiments? Pshaw.

Now there is one lovely midpoint pic which may indicate a safe mission--

Jupiter/Mc = Mercury: large scale projects and ventures; a wealth of thoughts; far reaching thoughts; successful plans. (A direct Mercury would be more helpful here.)

At 2:45 pm est, asteroid Pallas (keyword: strategy) crossed the top of the chart, the Midheaven (Mc)--the Goal/Aspiration Point of the launch. Opposite at the Ic at that moment (Ic = the Foundation or Basis of the matter) lurks America's natal Neptune. Idealistic Neptune more often brings dissolution, confusion, insecurity--and veiling.

Asteroid Atlantis is at a critical 29th degree: 29Libra31 in 5th house of risk-taking. Well, space travel of any sort is just that, isn't it?

Uranus 16Pis59 is connected to space travel, science, and technology, and has just crossed Mc near Fixed Star, Ahernar, "risk of rapid endings" yet Achernar may also bring success. We've recently seen Uranus' disruptive ability with internet cables cut under the sea (Pisces) and I'd been wondering for some time where that would occur...more of that disruption may be forthcoming.

At 2:45 pm, 5Can54 is rising along with US natal Jupiter at the "6Can" degree--"Gamebirds feathering their nests."

Wish my intuition said otherwise, but the International Space Station is overhead to pluck out the feathers of the masses for lining those royal nests--and for reporting back to our Orwellian controllers with state-of-the-art spy technology.

Chart-ruler Moon 26AQ38 makes an applying conj to tr North Node--today is the US' Moon Return--with tr NN about to conjunct natal Moon. There will probably be quite a bit of publicity about this mission...but not in a negative way, I hope.

Today's Ceres ("security" in a national chart) is at 14Tau34, the degree of the Inaugural ASC each Jan 20, DC, noon = the office of the president.

The next and only other applying aspect made by today's launch Moon is a helpful and enabling sextile to...sneaky Pluto. See what I mean?

Feb 6, 2008

Spotlight on Mercury: Hillary Clinton

Here you see the most often used natal chart for Senator Hillary Clinton, Oct 26, 1947 8:00 pm CST, Chicago, IL, rated DD for dirty data as her birth time is unverified.

This is why I've not published or written much on her before. And I do think that one of the possible charts (for 8:02 am) makes a lot of sense because it gives this lifelong politician an ASC of 22Sco07, Mercury-SN rising, with Venus, Chiron, and Sun 2Sco19 in 12th house.

12th house Suns are quite prevalent for politicians including George Bush--it's a secretive placement good for deals behind-the-scenes with the true character well-hidden. At 8:02 am natal Moon would remain in Pisces although earlier--22Pis51, and the Mc/Ic axis you see here would flip--MC becomes Virgo rather than Pisces. (Senator Barack Obama's natal Chiron is 5Pis+.)

But my current purpose is to take a peek at natal Mercury, planet of thinking processes and communicating styles--a very important planet for anyone but esp for a politician who may be propagandizing at us ad nauseum from the proverbial bully pulpit. And birth time won't affect Mercury factors mentioned below...

Some general notes on Mercury in Scorpio:

Mercury in Scorpio gives an intuitive mind capable of deep insights, and perceptions which allow critical examination of human motivations. Things may be seen accurately but not necessarily in a charitable fashion.

Mincing words to spare others feelings must be learned for it does not come naturally to a Scorpio Mercury--if Clinton can't say what she really feels, she'd rather remain silent. This can be similar to a Mercury-Pluto conj (a la George Bush) which gives cruel speech and a talent for catapultin' the propaganda.

Many plans--'planning' is also a function of Mercury--are carried out in secret and communication occurs only with a definite purpose toward what she is trying to accomplish.

If Mercury is afflicted--and one may say that Mercury conj SN is an affliction, for it is somewhat similar to having a Mercury/Saturn conjunction, plus Mercury is actually squared by Saturn 21Leo21--there can be scheming, plotting, and ulterior motives. Well, okay--she's a politician in, of all places, Washington DC.

A Scorpio Mercury may also give much mistrust of others but makes a good researcher or detective.

Saturn square Mercury can give a tendency toward excessive worrying, mental inhibitions, and traditional thinking...aka lack of imagination. Overconcern with unimportant details may factor into the worry and there may be difficulty in gaining recognition for original ideas esp from the establishment.

This is the strict-adherence-to-law-and-order Mercury, often at all costs, and a fear of change may lurk just under the surface. Scorpio's influence gives Mercury a proneness toward jealousy and a deep fear of failure (enough to bring on crocodile tears? You betcha! And Moon in Pisces can turn on the waterworks in a flash--very helpful for a political thespian.)

In positions of authority, a Scorpio Mercury may resort to belittling the ideas of others, and trouble may come through written communications and contracts (Whitewater, anyone? Must be more where that came from or I'll eat my beanie bonnet.)

Now you see that Mercury is conjunct South Node (SN)...what of it?

South Node (of the Moon) is karmic in nature--it's where we've developed old ways of dealing with issues--appropriate at the time, but they no longer 'work'. Yet we continue to use them with lackluster results--aka neurosis. Remember her "vast right wing conspiracy"? How people laughed! (I didn't, did you?)

SN, an unconscious point in the chart, also relates to inherited talents, and with Clinton's Mars-Pluto-Saturn trio--all pointing to papa--I assume she has inherited some of her Scorpionic Mercurial traits from the paternal side, yet some must have come from mama (SN)...she got a double helping, I'd say.

Mercury conj SN indicates one whose ideas are either ahead of or behind the times. Positively this conj endows the person with mental originality--much-needed with her Mercury-Saturn square--and we've observed her sense of independence which the separative influence of SN brings. Plus, Mercury-SN often has difficulty with timing in speaking up--and sometimes isn't listened to and so becomes frustrated.

Often forced to proceed alone, it's difficult with this configuration to gain support or to get others to cooperate. Has she figured out how to do this?

If Clinton becomes president we'll all suffer mightily if she hasn't, for America's problems run deep and Washington is no longer known for cooperation unless there's a photo op involved or an earmark to scratch.

In the long run her ideas can prove to be correct if she uses the rest of her chart factors to aid this ahead-of-its-time Mercury-SN conjunction. Overhauling healthcare? Well, we'd be better off now if she had managed to have those ideas accepted then (although I believe those ideas weren't actually Hillary's, but that's okay.)

Whososever ideas she promotes, advances, or brainstorms, my sincere hope is for my only nag in the race...as ever and always, the United States of America.

Solar Eclipse Feb 7 , 2008

Space Weather News for Feb. 5, 2008

SOLAR ECLIPSE: This Thursday, Feb. 7th, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, producing a solar eclipse over New Zealand, most of Antarctica and parts of Australia. It is not a total eclipse; the Moon will only partially cover the solar disk. Nevertheless, the event promises some beautiful moments.

For instance, the partially-eclipsed Sun will dapple the ground with crescent-shaped sunbeams. Observers in New Zealand and Australia should look in the shadows of leafy trees for this lovely phenomenon. On the barren slopes of Antarctica, scientists and explorers can produce the same effect by letting the sun shine through a spaghetti colander or a sheet of paper poked with holes.

It is dangerous to stare directly at a partial eclipse because the exposed portion of the Sun is as blindingly bright as usual. Backyard astronomers with safely-filtered solar telescopes may, however, point their optics at the Sun and watch the mountainous lunar limb glide across the sun's fiery surface. (For solar telescopes, see: coronadofilters.com)

The best views of all are reserved for an remote stretch of the Antarctic where the Moon will pass dead-center in front of the Sun without fully covering it. A thin layer of star will poke out all around the Moon producing a vivid "ring of fire" or annular eclipse.

Visit SpaceWeather.com for eclipse maps and timetables and, later this week, photos of the eclipse itself.#

Antartica??? That's where some say Atlantis will be uncovered as the ice melts...hmmm...and this is the Eclipse at the Unmasking degree... nah, couldn't be!

But there is a certain Sabian Symbol which is usually associated with America and it's "19Taurus"..."A continent arising from the ocean."


pos: a revolutionary potential by which each individual is enabled to remodel the entire face of the universe;

neg/unconscious/shadow side: a genius for futile turmoil and persistent upset.

Well, if the time capsule that's supposedly hidden in Atlantis is there (with its info on how to escape the coming cataclysm), it's about to be snagged by the world's movers and shakers, and we'll only know of it when it's too late...if at all.

Even Scripture says that in the final days, the earth shall give up her treasures!

And a vote for John McCain is a vote for Bill Kristol. (Just thought I'd throw that in.)

Here's my original post on the astrology of the Eclipse with chart set for Washington DC.

Feb 5, 2008

Eviction: Bush's "ownership society"

Disowned By The Ownership Society

By Naomi Klein

Washington think-tanker Grover Norquist predicted that the ownership society would be Bush's greatest legacy, remembered "long after people can no longer pronounce or spell Fallujah." Yet in Bush's final State of the Union address, the once-ubiquitous phrase was conspicuously absent. And little wonder: rather than its proud father, Bush has turned out to be the ownership society's undertaker.

Information Clearing House #

He's the one who should have been evicted years ago.

Feb 4, 2008

Super Tuesday 2.5.08

Here you see the 7:00 am CST chart of tomorrow's Super Tuesday primaries set for St. Louis, Missouri, chosen for its bellweather state status.

When set for Washingotn DC, the MC (Aspirations; Goal) is 00Sag09 and if we round up for the Sabian Symbol degree for DC, and round down for St.Louis, we get "1Sag", the "Grand Army of the Republic campfire" degree. I just wanted to get that mention out of the way at the start.

Rising is 13AQ27 in St. Louis--in DC it's 10AQ46, conj Dick Cheney's natal Sun.

But for brevity's sake, let's focus on the St. Louis chart you see here for planetary positions are the same as for DC, cusps are in slightly different degrees.

Chart-ruler Saturn (Dem Party) is Rx in 7th house of partnerships--and is conj Barack Obama's natal Pluto 6Vir58--this describes his recent endorsements by key Democrats--Saturn (authority; control) conj Pluto (power potential.) However, when a chart-ruler is Rx, there are usually delays involved esp when it's Saturn, planet of delay, frustration, and inhibition.

This reminds me of Harry Truman's appeal to a young John Kennedy to "wait", the video of which was shown this past Sunday on Meet the Press. Yet Ted Kennedy and crew seem to be saying the opposite to Obama, don't they? Probably because they think the Senator can inspire the populace to (re) gain the White House for the D-Party by a 'landslide' which can't be denied if it happens.

Saturn makes only one applying aspect in the chart--a trine to Pluto. That will help the outcome for the Democrats, and Pluto has a link with the public--the masses, the collective unconscious. But Pluto also signifies the power-behind-the-throne plutocrats.

Realistically I've accepted the idea that no one can be US president without the blessing and annointing of these shadowy types--have you? Sadly I must say that an Obama 'landslide' may not turn out as we hope for the sake of the common good, for plutocrats of today are the antithesis of the concept. Visiting more wars upon the world which thus create chaos is part of their world domination plans, m'peops. And so the chaos creators tinker with our lives.

John McCain is obviously part of this world view, and H. Clinton is as well, imho, in spite of what she now says about ending the Iraq occupation...it's only campaign rhetoric. Please don't be duped--uless you really want Bill and the Clinton can of worms back in the White House.

Super Tuesday's Moon (the people or the public; publicity) is in 12th house, out-of-bounds, and unaspected and void-of-course (voc--no applying major aspects), but that's not all--Super Tuesday is John McCain's Lunar Return (7:38 am in St. Louis.) Perhaps some of the public who have left McCain will be returning to support his dreams of occupying the White House. The entire chart looks to me to be a more-war vs stop-illegally-occupying-Iraq-asap contest.

(12th house has connections to Politics, and it's the behind-the-scenes, karmic house where McCain's Moon Return is now occurring--natally it's affecting his 4/10 axis of Career.)

So the Moon's position is opposing McCain's n Pluto 27Can00, thus triggering his natal Moon-Pluto opposition, and points out his emphasis on more war in the Middle East which is "okay" by him.

In fact, the transiting South Node (SN) will be conjuncting McCain's natal line-up of Mars, Pluto, and eventually his MC...Mars/SN, Pluto/SN are both indicators of war and violence, so we can take him at his word on that. This transit begins in Dec 2008with Mars, early Sept 2009 for Pluto, and April 2010 for McCain's MC.

Tr SN to MC, however, is not good for one's public standing in the world so if McCain becomes US rep in the world as our leader, our lowered reputation in the world will be assuredly reduced. How much lower can America go? With McCain we will be certain to find out.

Natally, McCain's Moon/Pluto opposition relates to his POW status and treatment, and indicates one who has trouble dealing with the public--yet with a job that necessitates it. There is a tendency to become involved with dubious characters, and a demanding nature which is easily hurt if rebuffed.

A spirit of revenge is likely and there is a lot of unconscious anger in this placement--anger which is seldom consciously recognized. Publicly he plays the mild card well, but is known for other traits in private...aka a politician.

Back to the chart:

With wounded Chiron 15AQ50 rising in the Super Tuesday chart, bad weather and computer issues may be bring problems, and Sun 16AQ06 is just before the "Unmasking Eclipse" of Feb 7, which makes this a dark-of-the-moon Balsamic chart, the endings and partings phase which may describe candidates leaving the field (although Super Tuesday was not originally intended as simply a weeding out stage but more to give southern states greater say in the election process) so we may see campaign staff saying adios instead.

Many shenanigans may take place under cover of the darkened Moon, and if you click-to-enlarge the chart, you'll see asteroid Minerva at MC. Minerva is the name of the Hegel Society's Journal, and Minerva archetypally represents one's need to be accomplished.

Will Romney's plea to Huckabee to skedaddle bear fruit? But Huckabee is hoppin' mad at the suggestion, it seems, and determined to stay in the race. We'll see.

As for Hillary and Barack, there are factors of interest--Hillary's natal Jupiter 00Sag37 (she voted for the war--"1Sag", as mentioned above) is conj the 7:00 am MC. Seems money-bags Jupiter is helping her in her continuation of the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton program. Of course, Jupiter is also related to ideals, philosophy, and aspirations and having Jupiter in Sagittarius is so expanisve it's difficult to describe in a few words.

Will the good fortune of Jupiter reward Sen Clinton's ambitions? Or merely highlight her rubber-stamping war votes?

Mars' recent Direct Station is ongoing amd the warrior planet is at his Station degree Tuesday and very strong. Mars to Clinton's natal Uranus is very energizing, has associations with computers (men using computers? hacking?), and may indicate danger in the environment.

Senator Obama's Nodal Half-Return is inevidence now, a time of broken relationships if they are weak already, but relationships may be strenthened now if they are useful for one's purposes.

His natal Jupiter 00AQ56 is conj the Inaugural 2009's Sun and Mercury, with 09's Mercury opposite natal Mercury in Leo. Sun is the leader in a national chart, of course, so Obama's Jupiter in AQ is a good portent of his presidency.

(However, here are a couple of odd notes: in the Inauguration 2009 chart set for noon, Capitol Building, Jupiter at 3AQ+ is conj a certain personal name asteroid...Bill. And Jan 2009's Jupiter 3AQ+ is a Jupiter Return for old Adam Weishaupt, founder of the Bavarian sect of the Illuminati--and possibly the "mystery man" who gave America the design for her Great Seal.)

Super Tuesday's tr North Node points to a link with publicity (NN of the Moon) and is conj US natal Moon (the people), so voter turn out should be good and results will be closely followed (at least by those who aren't being seriously inhibited by bad weather.) This may indicate a woman's destined meeting with the public--in a word, Hillary.

That's about all I can type in now with my knarly typing finger but I am preparing a post at Jude's Threshold for this evening concerning the Solar-Lunar phases of the candidates, paying particular attention to the year 2009.

Check there later, if you can, for Secondary Lunar Phases give a general background of what stage in life has been reached and will affect a 2009 presidency in some very basic ways.

(Blogger is trying to crash this post, so typos will have to be reparied later. If you are one of two readers who get this blog first-off, you must be regularly and understandably repulsed by frequent typos which are corrected a few minutes later, I hope, so my apologies to you!)