As you know, VP Joe Biden was interesting on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
The Huff Po article details some of the VP's remarks and provides videos of his performance with Jon.
One thing I do whole-heartedly agree with the VP about concerning the depressing recession that crashed under Bush-Cheney and had its baton passed to Barack Obama on Jan 20, 2009, is that it is "fascinating" that people who got us into the financial stew are the ones bossing and throwing their weight around over what should be done.
It's fascinating, yes, but not as much for the reasons VP Biden implies, or suggests that I believe.
If time doesn't fleet totally away I hope eventually to study more closely the chart for the beginning of the US natal *Mercury/Pluto cycle which has the persuasive pair opposing one another in the US birth chart, with Mercury retrograde @ '25Cancer'...quoting Marc Edmund Jones:
"A Dark Shadow or Mantle Thrown Suddenly Over the Right Shoulder"...DESTINY.
positive expression: some dramatic manifestation of genius vital to the general welfare of man;
neg/unconscious/shadow side: a tendency to unwarranted presumption if not outright megalomania. (The Sabian Symbols in Astrology.)
Dane Rudhyar's '25 Can': "A Will-full Man Is Overshadowed by a Descent of Superior Power." Keynote: The response of spiritual forces to the integration of personality through positive will-full endeavors.'
(Yet one's man's will can cause another man's imprisonment. And it sounds like someone more powerful is over President Obama to me, willful though he may be. And it could be The Man Upstairs in a political and financial sense. jc.)
Rudhyar goes on to mention that 'the "mantle of power," the grace (baraka in Sufi philosophy) or the Providential assistance which can make him a true leader in his culture.
We witness a more transcendent expression of "success." It is not merely external success (as it is given by society to its prima donnas), but a spiritual response, a sign of inner strength and uncommon ENDOWMENT. (An Astrological Mandala.)
Now it's been a while since I quoted a degree from Adriano Carelli but I shall in part for '25Can' since it describes an intrinsic ingredient within America's psyche and her founding in 1776. So if America were a coconut pie, Mercury would be the_____well, you get the picture.
Not all his degree interpretations have word pictures but in The 360 Degrees of the Zodiac, Carelli gives '25Can' as "A Wild Horse" and says it relates to a "spirited being, full of noble purposes and setting his sights high, cherishing freedom above all earthly things..." He goes on to say that other stars may help him "make his mark in history" but under less favorable influence "his daring may become a reckless love of adventure, his zest for work wild and fickle fanaticism, his lofty aspirations selfish ambitions.
Travel will play a role in his life," (perhaps a pioneer), and "the secret of his success is his unshakable self-confidence supported by a fiery will."
Okay, there's the word will again - for a man or our nation. Reminds me of cults that use the 'what thou wilt' slogan to justify doing whatever they think to do - Crowley's crowd, is it? It's all quite Sun/Mars/Pluto - 'forcefully taking power' etc. And US n Sun is in Cancer, a most self-protective sign, always scuttling sideways like a crab to avoid what we don't want to confront. But give us an idea for an illegal invasion to secure oil and other resources and we're sitting on ready.
Now you may have heard that America has been accused lately of 'losing confidence' and one could suppose that a Secondary Mars turning Rx is one of the descriptors of such a change (on an inner level where self-confidence must exist), if indeed it has occurred. To me, the Fort Hood shootings seem designed for undermining our soldiers' and the public's sense of being safe on US soil inside a military facility...a loss of confidence in one's safety.
What I don't know for certain is whether the heinous crime was engineered under cover and is actually a false flag op to help make police state implementation seem more acceptable to the general populace - on US soil. It's the old political ploy 'trading security for freedoms' maze we're bedeviled with once again because politicians know we will follow them like sheep when under threat. And threats don't have to come from where we're told they come from, just manipulated against us.
Yes, the US natal Mercury, our Mercury/Pluto opposition, and Mercury's degree symbolisms (and Pluto's) are fascinating on more levels than this, but my pecking finger is just about all tucked out except for a...
Heads-Up: if you're interested in articles about Rosslyn Chapel and its Freemsonic Legacy, check out expert astrologer Ed Kohout on the subject in a 3-part article that includes the laying of the foundation stone of the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, among other fascinating and ancient things, plus a cast that includes Fixed Star Spica with Mars conjoined.
And one more note from my local evening news: Fulton County Courthouse of Atlanta is on the verge of shutting its doors, one more example of the 'the money's gone and tax revenues are down' script. Rep. John Lewis has been contacted in Washington to ask for financial aid to keep justice 'unfrozen' in Atlanta. Even divorces will be unavailable if the courthouse closes, and I know many other towns and cities are in similar straits.
Yet the same people involved in causing the financial swamp and allowing increasing job losses in the US are still on duty! Are we-the-people wacko or what? Do you think so few of us demanding accountability from our fraudsters, heisters, and crime syndicate types indicates something of a loss of confidence for the American people?
*America's Mercury/Pluto cycle begins with their conjunction of Jan 18, 1776 @ 26Cap32, where transiting midpoints Neptune/Pluto and Pluto/Chiron hang out circa 2009 with intermittent tete-a-tetes with tr Jupiter/Pluto; and of course, the degree is conjunct US natal Pluto 27Cap33 Rx; US Pluto has progressed to a 29th degree of Capricorn, a critical point in America's power developments. jc