Dec 30, 2011

Election 2012, Mars/Neptune, and 'The City of the Sun'

Foggy Mars/Neptune Rises in America as 'Utopia' Lurks

by Jude Cowell


If you have your Dec-Jan 2012 issue or online access to The Mountain Astrologer, then you've probably already read editor Tem Tarriktar's overview Peak Moments of 2012 and Forecast for Each Sign which begins by emphasizing the 8-month transit of Mars in Mercury-ruled Virgo.

Actually, our upcoming martian tale began on November 10, 2011 when Mars first entered Virgo, Mutable sign of discrimination, health, dedicated work, and 'the exploitation of every situation' (Ebertin) and is a sign and constellation intimately linked to the natal horoscope of America, circa 1776, and to goddess Ceres (Demeter) which is associated with grain, food supplies, nurturing, abundance, and protection.

US natal Ceres 8Pis41 Rx (unfortunately for the American people) conjoins to the degree our natal Pluto/Chiron midpoint (8:50), the duo of Plutocracy and oppression. Thus we see the massive efforts of the last several decades to control, adulterate, and chemically toxify the US food supply by plutocrats and corporate titans with greedy globalist dreams.

Testy Mars Stations Retrograde on US Neptune

Coming soon to a 2012 Cosmos near you is a strong Station Retrograde by Mars @ 23 Virgo (Jan 23) which conjoins a while US natal Neptune 22Vir25. This is the 'keep a low and cautious profile' transit that can inspire unwise decisions and misguided actions, things the American people have tired of groaning over since Washington so seldom listens to We The People--especially when it comes to waging war.

Quarrels, confusion, diversions, and misunderstandings abound whenever Mars squares natal Neptune--on one level a planet of spirituality yet also a planet of deceit, fraud, loss, and disappointment. So we may expect precisely the most contentious and deceptive election year that everyone has been dreading.

Efforts become murky, undermined, or eroded, and getting to the bottom of mysterious events can be next to impossible if it's possible at all. 'Who did what to whom and why' will continue to be perplexing--with the media (Neptune) implicated in most of the ruses. And of course, later in 2012, the visit of Mars to US natal Neptune in Virgo will recur which stretches 2012 into an entire smoke-and-mirrors Mars/Neptune year for the US.

Sad to say, the 'fog' (Neptune) of war (Mars) wafts upon the breeze of 2012 for any transit to US natal Neptune naturally kicks up trouble with America's problematic Mars/Neptune square of misguided, subversive, ineffectual, too-wide-a-target--or inspired--energy. So Mars at Station Rx will square our natal Mars (Virgo to Gemini), a time when physical actions are blocked (square = 90 degrees), obstacles appear intractable, and relationships with males are stressed out or broken.

Outrageously, the US government's lies into war tactic against Iran is already being promoted for as I type, excuses are being fabricated, plus, our natal Mars/Neptune square perfectly hints at Iran's threatened blockage of the Straits of Hormuz which would limit US and global oil supplies by about 1/6 with 'oil' one of Neptune's favorite liquids. The year-long Mars triggerings concur with this blockage scenario.

The Mars SQ Mars transit adds anger and rage to America's foggy Mars/Neptune scenario, and indicates a tense time when indecision adds to uncertainty and aggressive actions may be taken in spite of the evidence.

Now please note that I'm not mentioning here other 2012 planetary patterns which may support or mitigate the implications mentioned so I trust you will check out the TMA article linked above for a fuller view of what's in store for 2012; several of the pertinent horoscopes are shown.


2012 Marked (or Stained?) by US Elections

By Election Day November 6, 2012, out-of-bounds Mars will reach 21Sag49 and squares US natal Neptune (Sag to Vir) while opposing US n Mars in Gemini, a period when others are totally against our actions and purposes, and heads (Mars!) are bashed against proverbial brick walls. A sense of wasted energy and effort permeates the atmosphere under this transit as others apply an equal amount of force against us in response to American aggression. As you can tell, this is not good.

Yes, Mars in Sagittarius squaring US n Neptune denotes much confusion in the environment due to lack of organization and the poor execution of plans; logic may be missing altogether and for many, a concerted effort must be made to avoid laziness--though plenty of rationalization occurs to explain actions or lack of action in hopes of deflecting criticism while avoiding external interference.

Watch events around the New Moon of December 13, 2012 @ 21Sag45 which emphasizes the action and energy of election Mars at that degree: will election results only then be determined?

Now the pre-natal eclipse Series of Election Day 2012 is very telling but will have to be addressed more fully in a separate post concerning the Solar Eclipse of May 20, 2012 @ 00Gem21 in the 14 South Saros Series which has a Mercury/Pluto (propaganda, surveillance, obsessive ideas) flavor to it. (More on the May 2012 eclipse as time permits.)

Perhaps enlightening info may be obtained regarding '2012 in America' transits by noting the symbol for US n Neptune's degree found in Adrian Carelli's book The 360 Degrees of the Zodiac with its historical and political references which are often applicable to modern day topics.

Keeping in mind the astrological meanings of planet Neptune (god of the seas and purveyor of idealistic dreams), I shall type for you Carelli's Symbol and interpretation for '23 Virgo' and include his historical info for this degree as well since I believe it applies directly to America as the 'New World' of historical Utopians:

'23Vir' = "A man on a sailing ship in the middle of the ocean"...

"There is an irrepressible need of evasion in time and space. A nature ablaze with enthusiasm and fantasy, which will chafe if fenced in its birthplace and the mentality prevailing there.

By itself this influence will not supply the energy needed to prevail on such mentality and reform it; hence the need of escape. Disregarding the other astrological factors, it can be said safely that the native's success depends on real journey and migration. Any evasion into daydreaming will result in failure, since thirst for new experiences is the only real thing life can offer but may lead the native dangerously astray. Passion for the sea is a natural consequence.

While a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition in 1602, Thomas Campanella (1568--1639) wrote a book entitled The City of (the) Sun, wherein he advocates ideal social and political conditions on a utopian background. It is interesting to note that Campanella based his description of the legendary city on an imaginary skipper's tale."


Campanella's Sun City (a place where the ego--Sun--rules, apparently) resonates with the idealistic shining city on a hill" slogan of Ronald Reagan and others before and after him, as The Gipper 'saw' Washington DC.

Perhaps Campanella's "imaginary skipper' describes our collective delusion that one man--"the president"--controls the helm of America's often misdirected, tiresomely ill-guided ship of state.


That Long-Standing Utopian Dream


'The City of the Sun' was written in prison by Thomas Campanella and is in large measure a part of the Utopian idealism (global government; return to chaos--'The Garden' where man's reasoning ability assures his good behavior in all things--yuh, right!) with which America is now infested as US natal IC (Homeland; Domestic Scene) has been crossed and recrossed since 2010 by Uranus in Aries ('Utopians', reformers, dreamy idealists, says Ebertin.)

Transit Uranus in 4th house marks a time of uncontrollable events, unstable conditions, and unpredictable outcomes, all of which makes Election Day 2012 results even more difficult to forecast!

Plus, on November 6, 2012, both Mars and Mercury (voting; elections; speeches, etc) are out-of-bounds of the earthly plane and thus up to their own tricks (though Mercury comes back into bounds by around 9:00 pm) which to me seems to describe on one level the voting machine irregularities, miscounts, and the voting interferences that we've come to expect from the one-world-government types with which America is currently infested.


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Stars Over Washington: Astrological comments on America, on Washington DC, and on the politicians who infest them. And infest and infiltrate they have.

Further reading or video watching may be obtained from the websites of progressive broadcaster Thom Hartmann and at Democracy Now!, and be sure to sign the petition to rid our backs of the Citizens' United monkey at Move To Amend.

Dec 26, 2011

'Accelerating Time'--Terence McKenna (audio-video) w 2012's Cap/Aries Vibes



Terence McKenna on 2012 which Begins with Cap/Aries Energies

by Jude Cowell


Here on SO'W, it's been previously noted that years ago Terence McKenna predicted a "transcendent object" that would enthrall and capture our attention in the New Millennium. Perhaps we may agree that SmartPhones, iPads, and other tech gadgets perfectly fulfill McKenna's prophecy especially when you consider how many of us keep our faces stuck to various touch screen displays even while walking around (or driving--now stop that! No one is that much of a multi-tasker so please get wise to your bad self.)

Since Mr. McKenna--author, lecturer, teacher, and researcher into human consciousness including psychedelia--was correct in his futuristic prediction, I'm posting an audio presentation of him speaking that is perhaps an appropriate vehicle to putter us into Year 2012 which begins on Sunday morning January 1, 2012 at 12:00:01 am est with Sun in Capricorn, Moon in Aries.

2012: Burning Faith v Strong Skepticism

Sun Cap/Moon Aries is an Earth-Fire blend, a 'practical visionary' combination of energies that sees its main chance yet keeps its feet on the ground. This combo knows 'when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em' so we'll see if 2012 resembles that remark as the months go by--and of course, we think of presidential candidates who hopefully will know when their race is over and it's time to give up their campaigns.

The intensely willful and ambitious Sun Cap/Moon Aries blend (a hardworking Mars/Saturn-infused concoction) describes a paradoxical mixture: establishment types v rebels determined to rewrite rules and regulations. And of course, Capricorn and Aries square one another so we have conscious (Sun)--unconscious (Moon) blockage conditions indicating a year of enormous adjustments especially by those unwilling to make enough effort or get the training needed to reach their objectives.

Mundane Astrology: Sun (leader/s) v Moon (We The People)

Naturally, movements such as Occupy Wall Street and Move To Amend (Citizens United) spring to mind as examples of Leaders v The People, or, the 1% v 99% debate. Possibly newer movements will form during 2012 as well.

Capricorn contains Saturn's imperative to rule while Aries has the emphatic drive and determination of Mars as sign ruler (and Moon in Aries = I AM the people. Personally, I believe that no law officer should be issued pepper spray to use against peaceful citizens until he has been sprayed full-faced with the chemical weapon himself to see how his lungs and eyesight fare.)

Yes, Sun SQ Moon is a 'chip on shoulder' indicator so stand-offs concerning strikes, protests, unemployment issues, and ego games will continue to be in the news across the land; plus, the fighting attitude remains in Washington with a serious misalignment between desires and what people are willing to do to satisfy them.

And the Sun/Moon square from Capricorn to Aries echoes the current transit of Pluto (Cap) square Uranus (Aries), a frustrating phase in the Uranus/Pluto (revolts, riots, revolutions, explosions, major changes) cycle which began in the mid-1960s @ 17 Virgo, a crisis-critical degree.

Controlling Sun v Angry Moon!

Sun Cap/Moon Aries in particular evokes the image of a steamroller with the mental abilities and skills of a criminal lawyer. 'On to Further Conquests' is the gist of our 2012 Cap/Aries beginnings with its larger-than-life goals. This is a picture of single-mindedness which may easily end up emotionally and spiritually bankrupt (some say US government officials and most of our politicians are already that. Agreed.)

As you might expect, material rewards and business success by the shrewd will be a theme of 2012; brusqueness, insensitivity to others' needs, a restless, constant desire for excitement and challenge, and a tendency to be a sore loser will also mark many of the personalities and events of 2012.

To me it seems that the anger, rage, and discontent held within the Jan 1, 2012 Sun-Moon square are primarily prompted by the ongoing corruption within the ruling Capricorn structures of society because Cap's ruler, Saturn, is never amused by being dissed--disrespected--by incorrect behavior and corruption which leave Saturn's responsibilities unfulfilled and shuns its sense of accountability, two facets of Saturn and its sign Capricorn which cannot be ignored or neglected without a heavy price being attached.

Perhaps the "Images for Integration" of the conscious/unconscious levels with which we begin 2012 may be of interest to you since they involve Politics, Banking, and Bandits:

Sun Cap/Moon Aries: "A Roman city-state is attacked by barbarians but its solid walls keep the marauding bandits at bay...An impetuous entrepreneur persuades a conservative banker to back an ambitious project." (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles & Suzi Harvey.)

Is there a reference to WikiLeaks here? To Anonymous hackers? To waging yet another imperial war in a drive to dominate the entire globe? Hmmm...

Well, let's close with a famous quote full of timely advice from a historical figure who natally shares the Sun Cap/Moon Aries blend:

"Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will--his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals."

--Albert Schweitzer


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For further reading, you may wish to check out America's New Civil War.

Dec 22, 2011

GOP kittens tangled in own yarn? Their YOD says, Yes!

Republican Kittens and Jupiter the Thespian 12.22.11

by Jude Cowell

Sometimes when people try to be 'too clever by half' they end up out-doing themselves instead of the people they work so hard to best. At least, my hope is that this is the case with the current Political Theater now showing on a Capitol Hill whose hijinks threaten to mess with Christmas 2011 for millions of disappointed Americans.

So far, no wrapping is needed for we can clearly see that the American people's gift from the GOP as we enter 2012 is to be held hostage to ideological zealotry and an oath taken to what they consider a higher authority than the American people: Grover Norquist, famous for his no-tax-no-government psychosis of futurist utopianism.

Click 'Grover Norquist' to view his natal horoscope where you can see the elusive, mask-wearing Sun/Neptune conjunction which is now being restricted by transiting Saturn in late Libra and forming a midpoint picture--n Sun/Neptune = tr Saturn: having the discipline to shape reality through dreams (of drowning babies in bathwater--jc): persistence in working toward dreams and ideals; frustrations in attaining goals (Munkasey.)

Yes, the realism and accountability of Saturn more clearly identifies and calls to task Mr. Norquist's ego-based (Sun) other-worldly dreams (Neptune) of complete control (Saturn) over Washington politicians, policies, plans, and ideals (Mercury and Jupiter.)

And current planetary energies include the oily special-interest, behind-the-door devils' deals made by the head lobbyist for the Keystone XL Pipeline whose name would be...Grover Norquist.

Did you hear that Hades has frozen over? For even Republican strategist and Turdblossom Karl Rove has told the GOP to cut bait and move beyond the December 2011 tax cut stalemate. Wow.


Frustration Creates Impasse! And It Shows in GOP Progressions

During the US Congress' debt ceiling-default-credit downgrade fiasco of late July-early August 2011, you may remember that a horoscope of the Republican Party's Secondary Progressions was posted to SO'W showing a crisis-riddled YOD pattern between Mercury, Jupiter, and Ascendant which has now evolved into the tangled yarn of political strategy that GOP leaders now, some say, must extricate themselves from, thanks in large part to the gridlock agenda of Tea Party members along with betrayal issues between Speak John Boehner and the 'Judas' standing behind him, Eric Cantor, if what some say is true about their rivalry.

(You may wish to check out the natal horoscope of Eric Cantor which contains a money/ideology related YOD pattern between Sun, Jupiter, and Neptune.)

Well, the 'grand ideas and plans' of Mercury/Jupiter at the base of the YOD does seem to have GOP knickers in a twist--and since I posted the above chart, their Secondary Progressed ('Sec') Ascendant--the Party itself--has reached a 29th crisis-critical degree (29Gem+) which points to the current impasse concerning the payroll tax cut extension, unemployment insurance extension, and the poison pill provisions that certain industries slipped into the bill--all of which shows symptoms of GOP ideological illness and a meeting at the crossroads at least partially described by the party's Sec YOD.

Now I agree that the US government has become an overgrown gorilla yet under the guiding hand of current ideologues, 'anti-government' turns out to be a cover for 'anti-society' as more and more Americans fall underneath the weight of politicians working against us, not for us.


Can Jupiter in Venus-Ruled Taurus Beg to Differ?

With the potential for a marred-by-politics holiday approaching, Astrology tells a brightening tale of Republican Party significator Jupiter about to Direct Station on Christmas Day 2011, in money sign Taurus (@ 00:22.) Will this forward move soon be expressed on the physical plane by a Republican change of strategy?

Looks like it! And it seems we may be able to pin our dreams for social improvement and congressional bill passing on that important turn of direction and hope that jolly Jupiter, planet of abundance, material gain, and ideology--and one of our solar system's two societal planets--will enter 2012 with a forward tilt and workable, cooperative plans for solving our nation's problems caused in large part by the severe and growing imbalance of income inequality now bedeviling the hard working American people.

So although Jupiter is the patron planet of actors and acting (and Capitol Hill politicians are more thespians than problem-solvers), it's actually We The People who deserve an abundant end-of-year holiday--from the self-destructiveness of the US Congress and its current panoply of useful idiots.


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Find similar topics (sans Astrology) through progressive reporting, interviews, and videos by DC-based broadcaster and author Thom Hartmann who plans to Occupy the Supreme Court @ noon est on January 20, 2012 in protest against SCOTUS's democracy-crushing Citizens United decision of January 2010!

Plus, political cat limericks and rhymes may be found at Lim's Limericks where I'll be publishing a new collection of verse later today concerning GOP 2012 candidates--don't miss the mild ridicule! jc

Dec 21, 2011

Alex Jones (video 12.21.11) w North Korea's Moon now eclipsed

First let me express sincere condolences to the good people of North Korea who are in mourning for the loss on December 17, 2011 of Kim Jong Il, their 'Dear Leader'.

He was a complex man and the people's sense of loss must be overwhelming even for those whose state-imposed displays of bereavement are acts of self-preservation and habit more than of deep grief for one difficult man. The North Korean people's already perilous conditions and the crossroads which the passing of the Communist-monarchical mantle presents them brings tremendous collective anxieties; plus, the suddenness of such a tragic event adds much intensity to their emotional shock as The Masses face life without the familiar father figure they've come to know (only too well, as some might say.)


2011 North Korea: a People Eclipsed by a 'Peculiar Turn of Events'

A momentous event was promised for the North Korean people by the 'peculiar turn of events' November 25, 2011 Solar Eclipse @ 2Sag37 which 'eclipsed' North Korea's 1st house natal Moon 2Sag17 (the people, the populace; ASC 24Sco58; transit Uranus now squares natal Uranus 00Can15 in 8th H of Death and Transformation--emotional shock) in the country's natal horoscope set for September 9, 1948 12:00 pm P'yongyang, NK.

(Source: US Dept of State; Nicholas Campion's Book of World Horoscopes gives one day later which changes little but the Moon's position so I'm taking the November 2011 Solar Eclipse 'hit' to the 2Sag17 Moon position of Sept 9 as a reasonable confirmation that 'September 9, 1948' is the correct date for the establishment of North Korea.)

And yes, the 'peculiar turn of events' flavor of the Nov 25, 2011 Solar Eclipse does make me wonder for one brief moment if a human hand helped speed Kim Jong Il on to his ultimate destination far beyond his train's final station. Why, actors pretend to assassinate by 'heart attack' in movies and on TV all the time, the little dickenses. Actually, the North Korean leader had been recuperating well from his stroke in 2008, I heard somewhere--until last Saturday morning when his health took a peculiar turn for the worst.

May 2012: Tears and Fears

Warily I should mention that the May 20, 2012 Solar Eclipse @ 00Gem21 ('unsettling times') also 'eclipses' the Moon of North Korea giving us all 'something to cry about' due to the eclipse conjoining difficult star Alcyone, one of the Weeping Sisters. Key themes for Alcyone's potential influence: inner vision, a search for knowledge, exile, suffering, ruthlessness, judgmental anger.

Though the horoscope for the May 2012 eclipse is not yet published by this astrologer, you may be able to locate it online with little effort, if it's posted. An eclipse in the sign of Gemini indicates that affected issues will relate to mercurial things such as: communications, news, travel, trade, commerce, negotiations, contracts, treaties, and young people.


Now the political facets of this unexpected change-of-leadership as its import and the fears associated with it boomerang around the globe are much too varied for one limited post though I do admit to a hope Kim Jong Un will be more open to considering varied perspectives rather than clinging to provincial, blinders-on attitudes of the past. (We can all resemble that remark, personally and politically!)

Now I'll hush and turn you over to the very focused if sometimes polarizing Alex Jones and his guests to express themselves on North Korea and other matters. Views within this presentation (Part One only posted below to quicken page loading) are not necessarily shared by the proprietor of this blog, and are offered for your consideration, as you wish. A link to the rest of the series is provided for you beneath the video displayed here. jc


Posted: 21 Dec 2011 02:29 AM PST

(AJC) – Special Guests: Hoppy Heidelberg, James Grundler and Lord Christopher Monckton – Kim Jong-il is Dead & Chinese Citizens Fight for Liberty: Infowars Nightly New




Part One

View the full series here.


Further reading: Kim Jong Il's death may affect South Korean elections.

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Remember to Move To Amend Citizens United!

Dec 20, 2011

US Iraq withdrawal a "smokescreen"-- John Pilger (video) w Mars/Neptune smoke

(GRTV) – Announcing the Iraq war was ended, Barack Obama told US troops on 14 December 2011, “The United States military is the finest fighting force in the history of the world.”

What he didn’t say is that since 1945 the US military has been directly responsible for the deaths of over 10 million people and that America has in that time overthrown 50 governments, including democracies, and intervened in at least 30 more.

John Pilger has something to say about that:




Mr. Pilger makes very good points as always but to my mind, it isn't just America doing these things according to her own plans, it's globalists directing her as she acts as their military arm on the world stage for their ultimate goal of world domination.

Then there's the question of Iraq coming more under foreign domination with Iran leading the bunch. Bush screwed up every business he ran before he played president, so it's a given that he'd screw up Iraq and turn the nation into a Christmas gift for Iran.

Well, if you keep up with Astrology you know that demonstrated here in the real world is that dratted conjunction between President Obama's planet of war, Mars, and US natal Neptune obscuring his true motivations and actions. This synchronicity between 1776 and 1961 (Obama's birth) triggers--or as war profiteers might say, supports--America's smokey fog of war tendencies, Mars square Neptune, which makes it easy for others to bamboozle us while Washington seems to think America is being so very very smart.

Of course, some people might say that our tiresome Mars/Neptune square energies now waft around Capitol Hill this week and through the Halls of Power as Congress plays games with the American people's lives.

But like a caller said a few minutes ago on C-SPAN's Washington Journal: I really don't care whether member of Congress get their holiday vacations this year since they've allowed Tea Party members ruin the Christmas of people and their kids who depend on unemployment insurance benefits for next year.

So what does Stars Over Washington want for Christmas?

A government that gets its act together on behalf of the American people who sent their members to Capitol Hill to 'do the people's business'--and which stops trying to dissolve or collapse itself on instruction from foreign agents and the crime bosses that some call "global bankers."

Dec 19, 2011

Mary Plumb's list of Winter Solstice 2011 blogs

How fabulous when astrologer and writer Mary Plumb publishes a yearly round-up of Solstice Week blogs over at Mountain Astrologer Magazine!

Along with the many amazing blogs on Mary's list, it makes me happy as a puppy with two tails that Stars Over Washington is included this year even though my Winter Solstice 2011 column is about as lousy and depressing as the politicians and other miscreants I attempt to describe while squinting through the excellent and venerable lens of Astrology.

(My Jupiter/Saturn trine is really much jollier than that, I promise!)

So when you have a chance, do check out Mary Plumb's list of astrologers blogging on Thursday's Winter Solstice 2011 if you dare for some of us take a mundane or political peek while other writers concentrate more on the esoteric or personal levels of existence.

Macro or micro viewpoints are available--all published for you!

And so is this detail from one of my favorite winter scene drawings: Blue Winter's Path--brrr-r-r-r...



Wishing Happy Holidays to All!

12.19.11 Adrian Lamo discusses Bradley Manning (video)

Stars Over Washington December 19, 2011

Below is a video gleaned from today's Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman interviewing the fellow who blew the whistle on whistle blower Bradley Manning who apparently leaked US helicopter draconianism and mayhem to Julian Assange's organization, WikiLeaks.

Adrian Lamo discusses topics that concern Pvt. Manning and Manning's tortuous treatment by a US government of bureaucrats and technocrats who don't appreciate having the ugly underbelly of war suddenly revealed in such stark relief to an agog public already uncertain that America has any legal right to invade and occupy foreign lands while indiscriminately raining death and destruction down upon the heads of innocent people...and then lying about it.

Why, anyone with a brain that isn't reptilian knows that karma (by which I refer to reaping what was sown) will be just as, or more, grievous when it comes round for payment due to the massive amounts of misery America has dealt the world by way of our government's political, military, and social actions. Actions have re-actions which result in unintended consequences of the "blow-back" kind, as the C.I.A. once nicknamed this karmic phenomenon.

And being treated to performances by a theatrically rehearsed White House administration and staff doesn't change the fact that a natural law waits for no man, and when the time comes, even the best-heeled heels in the board rooms of the global power elite will pay their karmic debts.

(And won't they be surprised? You think you get away with something, then Boom! the red dye explodes all over your greedy mitts and you're nabbed.)

As you know, it's been over 18 months' detention under grave conditions for Pvt. Manning so far. Personally, this American feels that 18mos+ is gracious plenty punishment for a young, idealistic Private though I doubt his case is covered by the Whistle Blower Protection Act of 1988 which purports to "protect"--it's in the title!!!--whistle blowers who uncover fraud or misconduct in or by the US military.

Yet if Pvt. Manning leaked classified information, he did so, not through prescribed military channels which would be protected under the 1988 Act, but to the techie services of Julian Assange who would publish the sensitive info unto the Universe.

And you know? I believe the Universe appreciates truth and has no time for well-crafted lies, imperial or otherwise. But that's just me talkin', not the Washington establishment.



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(All comments in this post are my own and are made based on an assumption that any of the above-mentioned actors in the discussed tableaux are the least bit what they seem and are not agents for certain shadowy agencies. jc)

12.19.11 House votes @ 6:30 pm as Orwell Rolls Over

Tonight at 6:30 pm est, when recorded voting begins in the House, America's natal Mercury Rx '25Can' ("A Man Wrapped in an Invisible Mantle of Power") rises which shivers me timbers and chills my bones. It's an Hour of Mercury 6Sag21 in 5th H of risk-taking with Mercury as the planet of votes, messages, and negotiations.

Our national Mercury rising indicates a re-vote since it's retrograde natally.

The environmental sweepstakes known as the Keystone 'XL' (Xtra Large) Pipeline so full of contaminated aquifer possibilities for a thirsty American public is tucked inside last I heard so we may wish to consider briefly the horoscope for tonight's session. The oil refined from this monstrosity won't be for the US but for overseas sales. (Go figure what dupes we can be--this project's glowingly touted job creation numbers are inflated by TransCanada with the GOP parroting them--but any pipeline construction jobs are temporary at best.)

But some say it's quite a coup for a Republican Party used to coup'ing on a regular basis (exs: 1994, 2000, 2010.)

Monday December 19, 2011 6:30 pm est Capitol Bldg: the crime scene

ASC 20Can51, a critical or crisis degree which brings up the Dark and Light Twins, Castor and Pollux; MC 4Ari02 with radical Uranus 00Ari41 just crossed the Aspiration Point and tarrying upon the Aries Point of Manifestation (= US natal IC, The Drain); Sun 27Sag43 and Pluto 6Cap54 are both in 6th H of Work-Service-Health and powerful Pluto is in a pile-up with asteroids Hygeia (health/hygiene), Lilith (glamorous ladies; also associated with Israel), and Icarus Rx, linked to flying too close to the Sun (over-extension); Icarus is often active in charts during assassinations whether reputational or physical.


Moon Applies: from Saturn to Jupiter

1. The first factor of note in the horoscope is, of course, the applying aspects made by the chart ruler which in this case is the Moon 23Lib22 in 4th house and approaching inhibiting, depressive Saturn 27:26. (Saturn = lawmakers; the Democratic Party, or leaders.)

However, Luna conjoins two Fixed Stars of note at 6:30 pm: Alphecca (Alpha Corona Borealis: 'being offered a crown--but there's a high price; back-biting situations'--linked to Princess Diana's natal Venus--her unofficial title, "the Queen of Hearts" cost her dearly); and Spica (Alpha Virgo, the wheat sheaf; associated with Demeter, goddess of the harvest and mother of Persephone (Kore) who was abducted by Pluto, god of the Underworld--'potential for brilliance; respected knowledge, insight, or talent'.)

2. The second applying aspect of the Moon is a dreamy trine with Neptune 28AQ35 in 8th H of Shared Resources, Debt, Credit, Insurance, Big Business, Corporations, etc, for the 8th is Scorpio's natural house in our Western Tropical Zodiac, or at least in popular astrological thought. Perhaps the media (Neptune) will polish up the congressional story for our happy consumption--and the trine will only make their fakery easier to promote and to accept at face value by a gullible public.

For as you know, fraudulent, obfuscating Neptune remains within orb of US natal Moon 27AQ33 (foreclosures, homelessness, sense of rootlessness; robberies; fraudulent schemes--like this megabus bill that Congress and the corporate bosses who wrote the various versions of it are trying to slide by us--plus, floods, other natural disasters, and a potential for loss. Yes, the unstable real estate and economic conditions in the US are easily described by Neptune to US Moon (we-the-people.)

3. The third applying aspect of the Moon which may clue us in to how things will proceed from tonight's House session and vote is a square (90 degrees = blockage; obstacle) with evaluating Venus (which may also represent a lady or ladies.) This aspect indicates delays and inhibitions yet it does not rule out success though there may be jealousy somewhere within the environment; confidence may ebb and responsibilities must come before pleasure (our House of Scrooges is not yet on holiday break!); an upside is that such interference can inspire greater efforts which eventually lead to success but even so, Moon SQ Venus promises no increase in popularity with the public.

4. Last is the Moon's applying opposition to a Jupiter Rx in the money sign of Taurus. This doesn't sound promising to me for those who want or need the payroll tax cut extended but it may sound awfully good to those who work against (opposition) the good (Jupiter) of the American people (Moon) in order to pad their already fat bottom lines, with Jupiter representing Corporatism, groups and organizations that should be protecting (Jupiter) the Earth rather than pillaging its shared-by-all resources like sneaky saboteur Pluto up from the Underworld when he's not counting his gold.

Also of interest to any financial topic today is that the US is currently experiencing a transit of Venus 29Cap02 to US natal and Sec Pluto (27--20 Cap) which describes a time when taking charge is necessary and all details must be planned in order for plans to succeed.


Orwell Ro*ls and Congress Su*ks as O*ama Capitulates

Now the authorization dynamite included in tonight's megabus bill which grants the president--any president--the ability to detain, arrest, rendition, or kill American citizens abroad and at home, without any accountability, is what I should be writing about since America's basic character will be irrevocably harmed by the draconian provision President Obama seeks to insert in the bill, on instructions from his global masters.

One background astrological factor describing this sad, unAmerican circumstance relates to our Secondary Progressed Mars ('Sec') which performed a Retrograde Station by progression in 2006 (exact date depends on which US natal horoscope you prefer to progress) @ '19Lib' = "A Gang of Robbers in Hiding."

'Keynote: Protest against disharmonic social privilege. GROUP PROTEST'. (Rudhyar.)

Naturally, this is also a picture of the 99%-Occupy Movement as it protests against just such out-of-bounds social privileges of the 1%--the percentage of them who are the robbers and crooks thus highlighted by US Sec Mars Rx's symbol. Sec Mars Rx denotes our re-turning soldiers from Iraq, too, but hopefully it will not look forward to a declaration of martial law.

Yes, this symbol (word picture) sounds like quite a few political, military, financial people we could name, those of a five finger discount persuasion. And of course, the Tea Party revolt, the Occupy Movement, and US police state tactics used against peaceful citizen protesters, are all expressions of a Mars frustrated by its now-Rx condition, and not so well placed in mild Libra. The sign Libra is good for war though but naturally, Libran diplomacy would be so much better for all but weapons designers and manufacturers, and other war profiteers--plus, US politicians who are bankrolled and thus represent them in Washington.

Another background factor is the current Solar Eclipse season during which this legislative end-run around our freedom documents is taking place against our civil liberties--the 'peculiar turn of events' eclipse of November 25, 2011 @ 2Sag37 (horoscope shown.) Last week, I had thought of the MF Global 'missing trillions' of John Corzine as 'a peculiar event' since their customers' money went pouf! (like a hacking heist?) and no one seems to know where the funds could possibly be.

Fear of Government the Greatest Fear of All

Yes, the Change We Can Believe In of Barack Obama, who with his advisers now attempts such character-diverting legislation that will dissolve our civil liberties and threaten our safety to a vastly unaccustomed degree, may be the prize-winner when it comes to 'a peculiar turn of events' at the end of 2011 into 2012 as Washington codifies laws that will bring the 'War On Terror' to the US homeland more fully than we can yet appreciate.

Well, no matter how things turn our tonight ('peculiar'?), let's see what transpires on and after Christmas Day 2011 when Jupiter in Taurus finally turns Direct @ 00Tau22 because, after all, who doesn't expect the megabus bill not to pass the House at some point in the near future. But in looking at the horoscope for tonight's vote, I doubt seriously that a majority of the American people will approve of what Congress and the White House are perpetrating against we-the-people on behalf of shadowy actors, as tonight's Moon in balancing Libra comes up against what should be a merry and jolly Jupiter.

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Annoyingly, former White House denizen Austan Goolsbee says that we who oppose the water-defiling Keystone XL Pipeline are "naive" and I agree with him in the sense that it's naive for us to think that our concerns are any part of the legislative process in Washington DC, as we've all noted before.

An Astro-Note: on our Cosmic Calendar in a few days is Winter Solstice 2011 which falls on December 22 this year when the Sun(the leader) reaches the World Point of 00Cap00:00 (horoscope shown, set for DC) and almost immediately squares transiting Uranus @ AP, a willful and erratic combination of ego-based energies.

Progressive Recommendations: Move To Amend (sign the petition against Citizens United!), Thom Hartmann, and Democracy Now!

Dec 18, 2011

Iraq War ends w US Saturn uppermost 12.18.11

Dec 18, 2011: Brief Astro-Notes on US Iraq War Withdrawal

by Jude Cowell


How Maliki and Iran Outsmarted US Troop Withdrawal peeks underneath our military tent but with little face-saving as we clear out as per Iran's instructions, some are saying.

As the last of US troops arrived in Kuwait this morning "around daybreak" after a necessarily secretive journey under cover of night, transit Saturn 27Lib17 was in 10th house (World Stage) and heading toward local Midheaven (MC 10Lib22) but America's natal Saturn 14Lib48 arrived at MC first.

Will the US troop withdrawal be seen by the world as a "fall from grace", the most karmic of implications for any 10th H Saturn? (ex: Richard Nixon was born with Saturn in 10th H.) As part of the process, I should imagine, especially after the interminable 8-year reign of Wussy Bush and Shotgun Cheney with their imperilist dreams of global conquest.

(For like most bullies, they don't go to much physical effort themselves, y'know, since they can bribe, intimidate, or inspire others into acting for them.)


Austerity v Entitlement

Opposite Saturn these days spins Jupiter Rx, here @ 00Tau28, with Jupiter the General about to Station Direct on Christmas Day (@ 00:22) though it will be in 2012 before tr Jupiter passes the 'shadow degree' of his Station Retrograde in late August 2011 @ 10Tau21. Financials should 'move forward' on various levels and in some ways during or after March 2012--perhaps lending will pick up in 2012 before the various economic collapses predicted for 2012.

So this period of time is the halfway mark in the current Jupiter-Saturn cycle--our societal planets that relate to social and financial cycles. Their 20-year cycle began on May 28, 2000 @ 22Tau43 ('23Tau' = "A Jewelry Shop Filled with the Most Magnificent Gems", a symbol of the greed, fraud, racketeering, and heists we've so far seen since the much-touted New Millennium dawned.

The dichotomy of Jupiter's expansion principle and Saturn's restriction principle are one way of describing the yin-yang, black-white, positive-negative dualities of our world as the two 'flywheel planets' keep the Universe in balanced order and the planets orbiting in their courses.


US natal Mars/Neptune Square Triggered by Iraq War Withdrawal

As we might expect, the energies of America's 'misdirected, misguided, confused motivations' Mars/Neptune square is resonating with our withdrawal from Iraq and anyone who knows a fig about Mars/Neptune's ability to inspire misadventures of an aggressive kind must know something about America's natal horoscope and about our tiresome history of having our patriotism, nationalism, and emotions being played upon in order to rile us into war.

On Meet the Press today, David Gregory mentioned the ET time that our troops arrived in Kuwait this morning--11:31 pm EST, last evening (12.17.11) and a horoscope for that hour at the White House shows ASC 20Vir26 with Mars 16Vir23 rising along with US natal Neptune (uh oh, but this may relate to the masses of soldiers on the move--but also to the media's involvement in managing the US withdrawal so that the White House, Congress, and the Pentagon keep control of its PR affects--but read the article linked above, if you haven't, before you let December 2011's rainbows and lollipops compete with the 'joy' of flowers-in-gun-barrels that the Bush-Cheney regime promised our soldiers who'd be "greeted as liberators" in Iraq. Puh!

This does, however, place the problematic conjunction of US natal Neptune and President Obama's natal Mars front and center and I imagine that discrepancies concerning what may be our 'non-withdrawal withdrawal' will begin to surface more obviously soon--since our national Neptune veils and obscures BHO's Mars (motivation; desire nature; action) in fussy Virgo so that things are not fully revealed at this early juncture--and may never be, if Obama's globalist masters have their NWO way.

The Mars/Neptune duo rising may show that issues coming up concern members of our misdirected military such as wounded troops; matters to do with gas, oil, poisons, diseases and infections may be rising as well and of course, the GOP will try to poison everything they can on these topics without pointing fingers at themselves (again, please read the above linked article about the outmaneuvering of the smartypants twins, Bush and Cheney.) It's doubtful that Mr. Obama will be allowed to crow for very long with Republicans croakingly echoing Rove's talking points against a Democratic White House in mainstream media and in GOP-based media like FOX News.

Yet naturally, political animal President Obama hopes for a 'bump' in his poll numbers and an increase in the Democratic voter turn-out in November 2012. Guess we'll be hearing more of what our soldiers really think of Barack Obama as the political campaign grinds on and though I've not had a chance to post the Inauguration 2013 horoscope yet, I do think astrologically that Mr. Obama has an edge toward winning a second term.

Now with the White House's 11:31 pm ASC on 12.17.11 @ 20Vir26, there's a Fixed Star rising as well: *Denebola; potential keywords include: 'going against society; out of the mainstream' (Brady's Book of Fixed Stars); also, 'catastrophe; natural disasters; distress; happiness turns to despair; undesirable associates; vindictiveness; mental illness; disease' (like yellow cake fever?)--and, 'honors'. (Horary Astrology Plain & Simple, Anthony Louis.)

Yes, the US Withdrawal chart has quite a cosmic mix for a war that never should have been lied about and entered into in the first place. Looking back, it's easy to wonder why the American taxpayer ever paid for a minute of it given that we're losers (along with the now-poorer Iraqi people--we're all poorer except for those of the 1% who began the conflagration.)

And now we must fret over which war of aggression Washington has next on its infamous Shock'n'Awe to-do list. Hopefully, this won't include a police state style war on the American people who have taken to the streets in order to declare an end to the 1%'s occupation of America.

As many people have been aware of for some time, the world is at a dangerous crossroads, and for more on such sobering topics, I recommend Michael Chossudoveky's article Global Warfare: Targeting Iran: Preparing for World War III.

Actually, you know what? The following video supports my theory that Obama's n Mars veiled by our US n Neptune (military = Mars; non-withdrawal = Neptune with its myriad deceptions) is the order of the day, the day the Iraq War "ended" for thousands of US soldiers and their families, at least. And hopefully for the Iraqi people though poverty is increased and women are worse off.

Here a former Indian envoy to Iraq discusses Iraq's high quality oil which the US has no intention of leaving in the care of the Mullahs of Tehran--a condition which plays handily for Washington into their plan for a coup against Iran.

This is all so wrong.




In addition, you may wish to check out Iraq Under Whose Sovereignty: Maliki's or the Mullahs in Tehran?

Astro-Note: the Moon (populace; the people; the public; public mood) in the Iraq War Ended chart set for Kuwait is @ '28Virgo'...the Sabian Symbol could be Maliki-like, or a call for someone new:

"A Baldheaded Man Who Has Seized Power"..."Keynote: The sheer power of personality in times that call for decisions."

"...there comes a time when obsolescent patterns of order and cultural refinement have to be radically and relentlessly challenged. Catabolic personages emerge to seize power and dictate decisions that alter the structures of society...traumatic decisions are made. At such times, the issue has to be met and, ruthless as the power may appear, it must be accepted.

Everything bows to the POWER OF THE WILL--divine, executively human, or Satanic."


And Satan always backs all sides of every issue and just loves it when we fuss and fight.

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Last official numbers I heard (on MTP) were:

My prayers are with all participants and the innocent victims of Bush's ill-fated, oil-grabbing war.

US dead 4,482
US wounded 32,200

Numbers are approximate, conditions can change.

Human costs to the Iraqi people are difficult to fathom or confirm but we know that the increased numbers of widows from the war should be on the consciences of someone in America and Europe, don't you think?

*Denebola conjoins the natal MC (The Goal; Aspirations; Public Status) of VP Joe Biden and his machinations behind the scenes of the withdrawal are expectable; interestingly, Jupiter Rx 00Tau28 conjoins VP Biden's natal Moon 00Tau59 in natal 5th H, denoting a time of happy feelings and a resultant boost to Joe's popularity--which can only be good for Mr. Obama's re-election bid.

Joseph Biden: November 20, 1942 8:30 am EWT Scranton, PA (Rodden Rating: A.)

Iraq War March 20, 2003 6:35 am BAT Baghdad, Iraq (Rodden Rating: A); ASC 8Ari16; MC 4Cap59 where transiting Pluto has been hanging about for some time and now approaches Iraq War's Mars 9Cap41 in 10th H, a karmic period when greater control will be demanded by the wealthy plutonians (sabotaging Pluto) who masterminded the take-over of the Middle East using the US military as its primary global police force in collaboration with the U.N. and NATO.

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'28Virgo' from An Astrological Mandala by Dane Rudhyar.

Dec 16, 2011

'Your Moment of Zen': End of Iraq War flag ceremony (Jon Stewart video)

So many mixed feelings sweep over me as I watch the flag ceremony. You know? Never wanted either war, Afghanistan or Iraq, knew they'd be Vietnam-esque and they are of the quagmire variety of collective experiences...brutal and soul-shattering.

And so our national soul is soiled once again and the stains are deep. 'Old men start wars for young men to fight' is as true a maxim today as it was whenever someone first strung the words together and said, Hmmph!

Happily, it is with this post that I again have a chance to say,

Welcome Home, US Soldiers! I'm very glad you've come ashore and I wish you all safe passages to calmer waters! Bless you and your families, Jude

Now that things are shifting like the desert sands of Iraq, it is my personal opinion that George Bush, Dick Cheney, and other crony war profiteers of a globalist persuasion owe the American people a very large amount of money for starting two wars and to somewhat make amends for their vast mismanagement of our public funds.

Accounts must be settled so the American people can learn and move on, don't you think? IDing our demons--forces within our shadow government, actually--is necessary in order to vanquish them! One ancient myth associated with this plutonian kind of topic is the Head of Hydra which guarded the cave to Pluto's Underworld.

Which reminds me of how Earth is due to align with Galactic Center in 2012 for the first time in 26,000 years, so it is said. Now that's gotta be worth waiting for, right?

Except that astronomers say, Nyet! Instead, Earth will cross the Galactic Equator in 2012 which is a bi-annual event happening in a cosmos nearest you, and there's nothing particularly remarkable about it, if all goes well as before. And before.

Now here's Jon Stewart presenting 'Your Moment of Zen'--a moment that most Americans have been praying for for over eight years thanks to government-usurping war criminals and their embezzling colleagues and pawns:




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Big Brother loves America's sneaky Mercury/Pluto duo

US Mercury/Pluto, Eyes in the Sky, & Codes of Thomas Jefferson

by Jude Cowell


These days it's easy to find mentions of America's dynamic natal Mercury/Pluto opposition (July 4, 1776) wherever you go (iPhone/iPad tracking; GPS) or whatever you read (emails/online articles/feeds) so I'm passing on to you a link to Wendy McElroy's article which strikes just such a Big Brother, Mercury/Pluto tone so familiar to life in America.

Thomas Jefferson: Crypto-Rebel? covers current conditions along with a brief consideration of America's original postal service and the government's reading of colonial mail.

Well, the 'Seer of Monticello'--Thomas Jefferson--is known, among other titles, as the Father of American Cryptography thanks to his lifelong interest in codes and ciphers. In fact, a Rosicrucian decoder was found amongst his effects after his demise--there was a Rosicrucian colony around Philadelphia in those days. (Founding Fathers, Secret Societies, Robert Hieronymous with Laura Cortner.)

Also mentioned in the article are the legal changes made during the Bill Clinton administration which had the May 6, 1999 court decision that 'restriction of encryption' violated the First Amendment (because it does) reversed before 1999 ended. Obviously, this end-run around our right to privacy and the First Amendment was very important to the Clintonite globalists--for then-present and all future use.

As you know, techno-backdoors are extremely useful for any sort of spying!


Then on September 30, 1999, in a blow against the First Amendment, the Clinton Gang somehow 'convinced' the court (9th Circuit Court of Appeals) to reverse the decision thus weakening a citizen's right and ability to protect himself or herself from unlawful intrusion by the US government with its longstanding Mercury/Pluto spying tendencies.

Here are some basic expression potentials of the two planets and I'm certain you can think of more:

Mercury (communications; information; thinking processes; physical senses and nerves; reporting, writing, speaking; planning; research; trading; selling; serving, etc) Rx and in Cancer opposite our powerful Capricornian Pluto (The Underworld; Criminals; Psychology and Propaganda; secrets; dangerous information; spies, surveillance and its agencies; security activities; nuclear energy and weapons; waste disposal; manipulation, control, fear; mining industry; extreme wealth; plutocrats/oligarchs; The Pope; assassins and saboteurs; the Pentagon; karmic retribution; toxins; depth and transformation.)

America's natal Mercury is in Moon-ruled Cancer (sign of the home-lover) giving us as a people intuitive capabilities, and deep interests in family matters; Pluto is ruled by structural, status quo, restricting Saturn which shows our national obsession with struggling for recognition, power, wealth, and independence--and our fascination with dangerous adventures, detective or spy intrigues, sex, and how to avoid death (our youth culture or cult.)

Mercury/Pluto in opposition is a cosmic prescription for anxiety and denotes behind-the-scenes control of what we see, hear, read, and think (mind control, one of Dr. Pluto's favorite hobbies, along with eugenics, genetic manipulation, and cloning); bossy, nosy Big Brother really moved in on us to stay during the 1930s around the time that Pluto was discovered on February 18, 1930, and in the years leading up to the 1930s including the research and practices of Drs. Freud and Jung during their heydays.

Astrodatabank has an image with details of the horoscope for Pluto's Discovery @ 17Can45 Rx, Flagstaff, Arizona, if you're interested. Pluto's Heliocentric North Node is around 20Can nowadays but was closer to discovery degree in 1930.

Now let's close with a little spying on the conditions of Pluto's discovery on Feb 18, 1930--its Sun AQ/Moon Scorpio (co-ruled by Pluto!), a misty, ethereal. 'up in the air' (or space!) Air-Water blend of energies:

Sun AQ/Moon Sco keen insights, powerful intellect, ambition, and dogmatism describes this combo that can 'blow hot and cold' in the emotional department of life while freedom from excessive self-interest should be the higher aim; haughtiness and cold detachment may be evident--and our solar system's little 'dwarf planet' Pluto is so far away in cold space.

Along with egotism, prejudice, an 'exacting eye' (in the sky?), and ruthlessness, there are leanings toward investigation, research, and reform. The Sun AQ/Moon Sco blend is shared natally by Jules Verne, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Zsa Zsa Gabor, James Dean, Guy Fawkes, Princess Caroline of Monaco, and Henry Brook Adams who famously defined Politics for us long ago, a caricature which we see playing out every day on Capitol Hill with its political intrigue and theater performances:

"Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organisation of hatreds."

Now you can call Mr. Adams, descendant of that Adams family, an anti-Semite all you wish since many have before you, but he did manage to squoosh the essence of the basic character and motivation of Politics into one neat sentence.

If only every political thespian now infesting Washington DC and working hard to undermine our national systems, structures, traditions, and Constitution could be as brief, succinct, and truthful concerning the true nature of Politics as Henry B.


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1999 was the year of the Great Conjunction of Pluto and Chiron, the plutocracy duo of Corporatism, oppression, disenfranchisement, and primal violence; their conjunction harkened us onward toward the New Millennium, but also denoted such things as the media-dubbed Battle in Seattle against the WTO, that hot bed of globalist corporate bigwigs and their willing, paid-off shills, pawns, and militarized police agents--and the instigator of many of the world's unemployment shortages in 2011 into 2012.

For further reading try Uranus Direct Station Dec 10, 2011 if you wish (horoscope shown set for Washington DC as most often occurs around SO'W.)

Dec 13, 2011

'Revolution' Anonymous (video) w Uranus in US 4th house

America at Home: Utopians, Temples, and Anonymous

by Jude Cowell



Not only did Uranus reach the Aries Point of World Manifestation, first in June 2010, and repeating in 2011, but the Aries Point itself (00Ari00) conjoins a little something astrologers call the 4th house of America's natal chart (if you use the Sibly version--US birth data below.)

As natal horoscopes of nations go, the 4th H describes much about the nation itself, its Roots and cell memory of antecedents such as How we began--and also How we will end. It describes our homeland. The cusp (beginning) of the 4th H is the IC (Immum Coeli) which symbolically represents Midnight. The IC is the most hidden point in any chart, hints at End of Life Conditions, and is called The Drain, if you want to face the truth of it.

(You probably practice more Natal Astrology than I do and here I am telling you! How crazy is that?)


Our 4th Home on the Range...Mama, Pass the Apple Pie a la Mode

As the natural house of the Moon (Cancer; the womb; nurturing; security), the 4th H denotes what we need in order to feel psychologically 'at home' and it's where we feel most secure (assuming that we do.) The cusp of the opposite house, the 10th H of Career, Aspirations, and Public Standing, is the most visible point in any chart, there at the other end of the axis, the Career/Home axis, aka, the Parental axis for reasons beyond the scope of this article.


The Sanctuary of a Temple

Well, imagine my surprise today when I took a new site I found on Twitter called Temple Illuminatus for a test drive and soon discovered there a Group: Anonymous.

"The Temple is a Social Sanctuary that is open to all paths and people," says the site. Which obviously includes the hacktivist network, Anonymous with a video message meant for you in case you haven't received it yet...and do pass it around, if you will!



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America's Sibly natal horoscope data: July 4, 1776 @ 5:10 pm LMT Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Sun Cancer/Moon Aquarius, a misty Water-Air blend indicating the American people's traditional concern for the public welfare, nurturing the world tendencies, and acting as protector of the underdog. That's our traditional personality until they screwed with us by their constant (mis)use of tiresome divide-and-conquer tactics of all kinds on every level of life.

American Consumers' Dream: wahh-h-h-hh! me want more! now!

Through our senses and emotions they manipulate us to a shameful degree.

Then there are The Austeres who, to save a buck to fund their quixotic notions, want civilization catapulted back into the late 1800s/early 1900s, if we let them have their mean-spirited way. They talk of 'redistribution of wealth' as a stop gap against aiding those in need but isn't that just what they've perpetrated these last decades as the world's resources were concentrated within the hands of an unelected power elite. They thieve because they can.

Hold On There, Mabel Sue

A fly in the ointment of the Great Planners is that they are in a very small minority, while the rest of us, the 99%, assert without doubt that austerity is "not acceptable", as politicians are fond of saying. Yet a fool knows that the Universe needs both concepts for balance yet the cosmos is resplendant with--not Saturnian austerity--but Jupiterian abundance!

Plus, intrinsic character doesn't change even after 235 years for it is imprinted upon us when we are born (see natal chart!) In Astrology it is said that, 'How something (or someone) begins is how they will end' or, perhaps you prefer the maxim that 'the end is in the beginning'.

It is. Ex: US natal IC 00Ari53 = Aries Point (00Ari00) ruled by contentious Mars, planet of motivation, energy, action, initiative, activism, the military, police, war, violence, and more. Yet any chart factor may express positively rather than negatively depending on motivation--it's where free will comes in, and where character always rules in the end.

So what is our motivation these days? To remain that elusive, mystical creature, An American? Is security (bestowed upon us by those who make the threats) worth our freedom? Seems we've already made that trade and it was, of course, the attacks of 9/11/01 that made the diff. All trembled while few noticed that the power that day's events handed the US government on a platter is reason enough to consider the possibility of false flag op tactics being used, but that's only my opinion as I gaze from afar (GA to NYC.) Yet 9/11's void-of-course Moon (We The People) tells a tale of her own, as previously discussed.


Utopians to America

We The People are We The People as long as we feel and say that we are. And personally, I'm not ready to give up the helm of America to the control of The Booted or to their syndicate bosses--in fact, the sharing we've been doing with plutocrats, oligarchs, and monarchs over the decades isn't working for 99% of us--and I refuse to give up on America in any way, disruptive anarchist Uranus to US 4th house/IC stirring up things and making radical changes in the Homeland, or not.

Reinhold Ebertin wrote that Uranus in Aries represents the 'Utopians' and you know how bossy they can be. So if quirky Uranus, planet of radical politics, anarchy, rioting, upheaval, sudden events, lightening, America, and many other things--is your cuppa planetary tea, you may wish to view a version of the Uranus Direct Station horoscope which times a recent celestial event on December 10, 2011, just hours prior to the Lunar Eclipse @ 18Gem11 (horoscopes shown, set for DC.)

As you know, Uranus was discovered in 1781 @ 25Gem by William Herschel and thus its concepts are deeply imprinted upon the national psyches of France and America in particular with Uranian ideas and ideals such as: freedom, independence, liberty, equality, individual rights--plus, dissent, revolt, and revolution!

Well, how's your DNA, your cell memory? Are You a Child of the Revolution?

Just asking because these bossy meddlers and reptile-brained social tinkerers play for keeps.

Which means that they are not playing at all.

Paul Singer's natal Sun = Pluto/Chiron (plutocracy)

An Astro-Peek at Paul Singer: Monarchs, Butlers, and Politics

by Jude Cowell

Over at The Vile Plutocrat (great title!) GOP Hitman Billionaire Paul Singer Attacks Middle Class and it's been found that Paul Singer, major Republican Party donor and Friend of Mitt (and George W. and the Vulcan war profiteers), has natal Sun in very late Leo and Moon in Airy Libra.

The GOP sugar daddy, once a happy passenger on the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, was born August 22, 1944 in New York (EWT), as noted in his rather sparse Wiki bio, and the only aspect to natal Sun is an applying conjunction to Jupiter @ 6Vir (an out-of-sign conjunction), which gives an enlarged ego and makes him a natural salesman with broadened, perhaps overly enthusiastic views.

Of course, Jupiter in Mercury-ruled Virgo is considerably less showy in the ego department than if Jupiter were still in Leo with the Sun--in its own royal sign.

Now in Mundane Astrology, I tend to use Jupiter as significator for the GOP ('Grand' and 'Party' = Jupiter though Saturn's 'Old' is in there, too) and Paul Singer was born into the 19 North Saros Series--the same Series as the Republican Party.

19N: 'realism, coming down to earth, seeing things are they really are; a good time for tackling the truth.' (Paraphrasing Brady's Predictive Astrology.)

In 1944, 19N manifested @ 28Cancer which conjoins Singer's natal North Node. A Solar Eclipse in this truth-tackling Series last occurred last on August 22, 1998 @ 29Leo--a birthday eclipse for Mr. Singer; the next 19N will be in 2016 @ 9Vir.

In fact, all of Paul Singer's planets lie in the Zodiac between natal Uranus 12Gem50 and natal Moon 10Lib59 (noon), a bowl pattern, making his psyche, shall we say, unbalanced...with no planets posited in Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, or Taurus. Thus, Mercury, Moon, Sun, and Venus are his only planetary rulers (his birth time is unknown so we don't know his Rising Sign which would tell us his chart-ruler; MC is also unknown.)

Of course, there are midpoints within those 'empty' signs, and planets transit and progress through them but this is meant to be a simple astro-peek at his natal planets, not a 3-volume set! ;p

Paul Singer August 22, 1944

Sun Leo/Moon Libra can be a gracious and charming combination of energies (Sun/Venus); intellectual curiosity is evident, and a romantic idealism may be noted. A communicator with conviction and finesse, this blend of Adult (Sun) and Child (Moon) assumes leadership yet likes to work in collaboration--but tends to be bossy. A stubborn will and a strong sense of self (which Sun/Jupiter supports) may provide a 'someone has to give the orders around here' attitude.

When his rebellious and independent side is well-directed, much is accomplished; partners must share his interests and goals, and a busy social life is wanted. Weaknesses may include unconscious snobbery, vanity, and a self-righteous streak when it comes to other people's morality.

(That's where politicians often go awry: by pretending they can legislate morality. And since it's impossible, they end up screwing things up more than they would have otherwise though it's difficult to say how poorly they can do them--we're seeing examples now.)

Of interest to plutonian topics is an equation involving Paul Singer's natal Sun making him quite a complex bundle of vitality as he trudges along the path of his Hero's Journey (the Sun)--any, all, or none may apply:

Sun = Pluto/Chiron (plutocracy; oppression; disenfranchisment) = Mercury/Pluto (political talk that offers change; propaganda; intell activities; surveillance) = Neptune/NN (national glamour as an excuse for neglecting growth and progress demands of the people; spies or terrorists with villainous purposes; drug policies that ignore important issues; scandals caused by foreign concerns; inadequate medical/hospital systems.)

To close, here are the Images for Integration for Sun Leo/Moon Libra--see if you think any of them could apply to Paul Singer:

"The Actors' Guild stages a political rally...A monarch discusses poetry with a visiting diplomat...Jeeves the butler welcomes Bertie home with a jolly party of artists, important personages, and eccentric friends."

Hmm...a 'jolly party'? How Jupiterian! At least when it comes to the plutocrats of the 1%.


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For more personality blend info try Sun Sign-Moon Sign by Charles & Suzi Harvey; midpoint info from Midpoints: Unleashing the Power of the Planets, Michael Munkasey.

Dec 12, 2011

Occupiers a 'Domestic Terrorist Threat' ? (Sun Sag/Moon Sco)

Well, you had to wonder how long it would take for the peaceful demonstrators of the Occupy Wall Street movement to be categorized along with al Qaeda as a domestic terrorist threat by the US government.

And here's Senator Carl Levin making it plain that it was the White House that requested indefinite detention of US CITIZENS without trial:



As British jurist Lord Devlin famously intoned,

"Trial by jury is the lamp that shows that freedom lives."

Well, it should be.

So given recent events in Washington DC, perhaps it's cosmic synchronicity that the November 25, 2011 Solar Eclipse ('a peculiar turn of events') @ 2Sag37 precisely eclipsed Lord Devlin's natal Sun just as power elite usurpers are eclipsing everything America has stood for in the world.

Yes, America as the world's beacon of freedom has been purposefully blighted by Washington DC crooks and usurpers and now they're perverting US law to say that we're the criminals!

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Judge and lawyer Lord Patrick Devlin was born November 25, 1905 in Chislehurst, Kent, England, and died August 9, 1992; natal Sun Sag/Moon Scorpio: "A missionary sees himself as a secret agent for God."

('Image for Integration': Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles & Suzi Harvey.)

The Sun Sag/Moon Sco personality blend is shared natally by financial titan J. Paul Getty who informed us that, "If you can actually count your money, you are not really a rich man."

Perhaps this emphasizes the guiding light followed by the greedy 1% in their obsessive quest to hoard all the world's gold and property, or at least it describes their out-of-bounds Jupiterian "never get enough" attitude.

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Progressive reading and video watching are available at:

Thom Hartmann
Democracy Now!

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Astro-Heads-Up! today I'm informed that mundane astrologer Theodore White of Philadelphia, Pa has now published his latest Global Astrology edition taking us from December 2011 into 2012 so I hope you'll check it out. jc

And don't miss the extensive reporting since the 1980s revealing candidate Newt Gingrich in all his self-imagined glory at Mother Jones.

Dec 10, 2011

12.10.11: One year since Sen. Sanders' filibuster as Middle Class melts away (video)

Senator Sanders, Stray Birds, and Republican Clowns

by Jude Cowell

With certain entities and their agents within our government working hard to collapse America (like a phoenix arising from the ashes of their one-world-government Utopian dream of chaos leading to ultimate control by an unelected few), here is an ice sculpture from a hot June 18, 2011 day in NYC which perfectly illustrates what Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said during his filibuster on Capitol Hill, a place where you'd think the American people could expect their grievances to be addressed on a regular basis and their needs and issues to be served.

But no.

Instead, we get performances from the GOP Theater of The Absurd. And all their time-wasting, special-interest promoting and protecting gambits are played in full costume upon our dime and against the best interests of the majority. Their contempt for we-the-people knows no bounds and neither does their greed for more more more money and power, as the Senator correctly notes.

They want to us admit that the US government is "broken" and can no longer serve us--and the GOP ploy is to refuse to serve us. A use of self-fulfilling prophecy doesn't work for this dissenting America. You?

Presenting the billionaires' war against a Middle Class which should be the foundation underneath our nation's structure...and one of our few hopes on Capitol Hill, Senator Bernie Sanders:




Imho, it is due to political games, higher oaths, and mystical tricks that America is betrayed and may be 'discontinued' if the American people wimp out thus allowing certain forces to have their totalitarian way.

And so I ask again something I asked you months ago, dear reader, which you never answered--and it has a very Taurean ring to it since intolerance is one of the shadow traits of Taurus the often-greedy Bull and it's where moneybags Jupiter now tarries in retrograde, its energy strengthened by Direct Station which occurs on Christmas Day 2011 5:08 pm est @ 00Tau22:

How long can the tolerant tolerate the intolerable?


Here's an interesting overview of the world's condition: The New "Manichean" Left & the Old Far Right: Tolerating the Intolerable by Nick Cohen.

Additional info: Mani and Manicheaism.

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Astro-Brief: 00Tau22 is Adolf Hitler's natal Sun degree (00Tau48) so the 00-1 Tau range of degrees are considered by some to be degrees of violence--Hitler's trigger degree for when his natal Sun @ 00Tau48 was triggered by a planet or planets in transit, he tended to 'get busy' harming people.

Of course, progressions stimulated his egotistical Sun, too. And natal MIDAS conjoined natal Sun--he was a heister extraordinaire and apparently assumed he deserved all the spoils, including controlling the reins of a futuristic Plan that called for a New World Order.

How long was Hitler tolerated and appeased before his crimes--and his psychopathic New World Order intentions--were dealt with? Too long? Well, yes. And it's almost 2012 and we're in precisely a similar predicament again.

'Save America' is only a part of it for the devils have gone global with 'free' trade agreements set up to dissolve borders (and squirrel away large sums of money) in more ways than one.

Two questions: will the World Awaken from the gossamer of false reality in time to be our own rescuers locally, if not nationally? Or, as mentioned in the video: will contemptuous, self-elected global masters of the Earth spitefully pull the plug on civilization in vicious response to the world uprisings which they know must come?


As Rabindranath Tagore wrote so eloquently in Stray Birds:

"Power takes as ingratitude the writhings of its victims."

Doesn't it though?

Now. Since the 99% supposedly does so anyway, let's go Occupy America! or support those citizens who do.

Oh, and the usual if weeded-out line-up of Republican clowns are 'debating' again tonight in Des Moines, Iowa, as you know. Here I think we'll be watching a DVD of The Debt (Helen Mirren) instead and try to catch up with the mercurial Newt & Friends on the Sunday morning political shows tomorrow and by viewing video debate highlights when I can manage to snag a peek.

And if it's not too close to my dinner time.

Dec 9, 2011

A copper-red Lunar Eclipse Dec 10 2011--when to view

Space Weather News for Dec. 9, 2011

LUNAR ECLIPSE: Sky watchers on the Pacific side of Earth should be alert for a total lunar eclipse on Saturday, Dec. 10th. The disk of the full Moon will turn a beautiful shade of copper-red as it passes through Earth's shadow between 4:45 am and 8:18 am Pacific Standard Time (12:45 to 16:18 UT).

For observers in western parts of the USA and Canada, the event will be magnified by the Moon illusion as the morning Moon sets behind trees, buildings, and other foreground objects along the western horizon.

Please check SpaceWeather News for more information and full coverage of the eclipse as it happens.

Social networks a total Spy Grid (video) and US Mercury/Pluto

Sometimes it's difficult to ignore America's natal Mercury/Pluto opposition in modern times when you consider the great technological strides made toward total surveillance by way of Smartphones and social networking sites such as FaceBook, Twitter, and Google+.

That iPhone or Blackberry you depend on is your willing acquiescence to having everything you do, choose, read, hear, purchase, travel to, or think fully known by Big Brother who keeps tabs in order to predict your--and thus, 'his'--next move. Blogs and websites are regular targets, of course, especially ones infested with Politics--and dissent that disagrees with the globalist Washington consensus!

If our lack of privacy and governmental high-handedness sound 1984-ish a la George Orwell, there's a good reason--they are.

Here's Alex Jones recently interviewed on these draconian topics and tactics:




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Mercury opposite Pluto is an aspect replete with deep anxieties! It makes people (and government) feel that all is in a state of crisis until more and more information can be obtained. Challenges cause intellectual arrogance due to feelings that credibility is being questioned (how delicate the US government's psyche must be, poor thing! If it meant as well as it's always pretended to mean, such anxieties and the resulting actions to control us and our opinions wouldn't be necessary to such a degree.)

There's a need with a Mercury/Pluto opposition to learn to mind one's own business, a cosmic imperative that the US has obviously failed to master while our tendencies toward forming premature conclusions and making snap judgments undermine even the best of our intentions.

Others find it difficult to 'get along with' America, and this is supported by our totem planet, Uranus, which describes our quirky, changeable behavior that so often involves the duplicity of the sign Gemini--and made more problematic by US Mars (energy, action, desire nature, quarreling capacity) which is also posited in duplicitous Gemini in wide conjunction with Uranus (13 degree orb; the Mars/Uranus pair of energies is courageous, unpredictable, and super-forceful when it comes to achieving goals--as we know through living The American Experience.)

Mercury (information; communications; thinking) opposite Pluto (control; spying; sabotage; invisibility) indicates secret projects, research carried on behind closed doors, legislation written in secret, clandestine activities, detective investigations, and dangerous intell rippling from the days of our nation's founding and as you know, recent machinations to hobble and destroy the US Postal Service have brought mentions in the press of Benjamin Franklin's organizing of the first US Postal Inspection Service which formed our initial and official spy network to "audit" citizens' mail.

See Hidden Spy System still exists in old post office.

And government "auditing" of our every move and communique continues in very modern fashion with snazzy tech gadgets galore.


1984--2001--2011

So what about the fabled Orwellian year 1984 and its background influences provided by the two Solar Eclipses of that year? Well, for one thing, both eclipses occurred at significant degrees:

1. May 30, 1984 @ '9Gemini' conjunct US natal Uranus 8Gem55--progressive, radical planet of Technology and The Future. This eclipse fell in the 4 North Saros Series which began on May 25, 1389 (OS) @ 12Gem08--conjunct natal Descendant in the US natal Sibly chart (July 4, 1776 5:10 pm LMT Philadelphia, PA.)

4N brings a difficult time of restriction, separation, restraint, and illusions with events that block individuals who then are prone to misjudging strengths of self and/or situation; waiting until the eclipse influences passes before taking any real action is advisable.

4N last manifested on June 10, 2002 @ '20Gem' during the Bush-Cheney regime--conjunct US natal Mars; 4N next occurs in the difficult year of 2020 at a propitious moment at Summer Solstice--June 21, 2020 @ '00Cancer', a World Point of Manifestation which was triggered at Summer Solstice 2001 @ '00Cancer'--the Pre-Natal Eclipse of 9/11/01.

This is one of the reasons that some astrologers including this one, consider the year 2020 to be a watershed opportunity for global despotism. The 4N Series links 2020 to 1984 through a cosmic conduit that runs directly through 2001 and thus to the perpetual war events, surveillance outrages, and undemocratic legislation that resulted and which bedevil us still.

No wonder a new President Obama had no chance of ending US wars overseas while simultaneously morphing them into a more mercenary/private contractor enterprise and keeping massive and costly US military bases, 'diplomatic' compounds, and prisons in place across the globe.

2. November 22, 1984 @ '1Sag', a degree with a Sabian Symbol: "A Grand Army of the Republic Campfire" which has obvious implications for America in the so-called Global War on Terror--and points to Orwell's prediction of perpetual war. This eclipse manifested in the 4 South Saros Series which carries within its rays very strong feelings about money and/or relationships. Portents include anger, lust, and a sense of fatedness (perfect for our 1984 sensibilities); relationship events are beyond any one's control, emotions are blocked and frustrated, and there may be a desire to suddenly end relationships; rash action should be avoided until things settle down.

4S began on March 19, 1624 @ '29 Pisces' near Aries Point; 4S next occurs on December 14, 2020 which makes 2020 a replay of the year 1984 in relation to Big Brother and our 1984 concerns--both years contain two Solar Eclipses from the same two Series.

Soon after 2020 comes 2022, the year that powerful, wealthy bloodline-promoting Pluto returns to its natal (Rx) position in America's natal horoscope @ 27Cap33. The Sabian Symbol for '28Cap' may be more significant than we as yet realize though to some people we're obviously on just such a path with Politics as Big Brother's excuse:

"A Large Aviary"...and the negative/unconscious/shadow side of '28Cap'?

Loss of all character in sheer officiousness.

Global bureaucrats rejoice?

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For a skulk down memory lane, here's a SO'W post from 2006 showing links between George Orwell's natal chart and the horoscope of 9/11/01.

Eclipse info: Predictive Astrology, Bernadette Brady.

'28Cap' from The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, Marc Edmund Jones. Also on-topic is Dane Rudhyar's An Astrological Mandala and its Keyword for '28Cap': CLAIRAUDIENCE..."meaning a capacity for being responsive to many inner voices."

Now isn't that your iPhone ringing?

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Speaking of predictions, here's a video of Terence McKenna (1946--2000) discussing Earth's 26,000-year alignment with Galactic Center in 2012, the Tree of Life, and worm holes. McKenna is the fellow who brilliantly foresaw a New Millennial "transcendental object" that would keep everyone's attention transfixed, an obvious description of the Smartphones and iPads people keep their faces glued to day and night!

Dec 8, 2011

John Corzine's YOD: Pluto/NN = Sun = Mars

John Corzine resigned from MF Global on November 4, 2011 after the company filed for bankruptcy and Democrat Corzine's testimony on Capitol Hill today probably won't clue anyone in on where all the money went, as this Big Player CEO admits to not knowing much about his business.

This will be Mr. Corzine's first public testimony since the MF Global collapse over which he presided.

Astrologically speaking, crisis is shown in his natal horoscope through a YOD pattern (aka, a 'Finger of God' with potential for: a turning point; crossroads; special task; spiritual opportunity) which involves very dynamic planetary energies of power (Pluto) along with the North Node of the Moon (NN) indicating contact with the public and with groups.

Born January 1, 1947 near Taylorville, Illinois, Mr. Corzine's natal Sun conjoins energetic Mars, planet of action and desire. The YOD creates midpoint pictures which you may wish to consider as the turmoil and scandal swirl around him with fallout possibly affecting the White House. His natal Sun and Mars are in Capricorn, Pluto is Rx in Leo (12:53, conjunct Saturn 7:20 Rx) and NN is at 11Gem24, near Uranus 18Gem55 Rx.

Eclipse watchers may be interested to note that Corzine's NN was eclipsed by the June 1, 2011 Solar Eclipse and his Uranus will be eclipsed tomorrow, December 10, by a Lunar Eclipse @ 18Gem11--and eclipses do tend to uncover secrets especially from the past (where many of them lurk.)

Plus, the current 'peculiar turn of events' Solar Eclipse of November 25, 2011 opposes his natal Sun and Mars--ouch! That's a lot of karmic energy from the cosmos hitting Mr. Corzine's natal planets and its reap-what-you-sow vibes seem to have caught up with him.

YOD midpoint pictures:

Pluto/NN = Sun: ruthlessly imposing one's will on others; making use of people; gained respect.

Pluto/NN = Mars: influential people met through groups or contacts; force or invective emphasis during meetings; violence or brutality used in the presence of others; a desire to make others amenable to one's wishes; being placed in somebody else's hand or power.

(Ebertin; Munkasey; all, any, or none may apply and are subject to transits and progressions.)


Now Michael Munkasey in his Midpoints: Unleashing the Power of the Planets gives some interesting potentials in Politics and Business for the Pluto/NN combination though not all may apply to Mr. Corzine's situation at the present time--

Thesis: violent or criminal people who secretly enter the country at any given opportunity; sewage or waste compacts; agreements over reciprocal rights for info obtained under clandestine methods.

Antithesis: people who may not have the best interests of the country or business in mind; treaties involving the exchange of secretive or clandestine data; security or treaty breakdowns due to the actions of others.


Group Activities of John Corzine

As you know, only a birth date is needed to look at the Solar Eclipse Series into which John Corzine, former governor of New Jersey, was born--the 2 South--which last manifested @ 4Cap14 on December 25, 2000. By the Sun's degree (4Cap14), his PE (Pre-Natal Eclipse) is being triggered on Christmas Day 2011 and perhaps some of the 'uncovering' will include his involvement with certain 'groups' due to the flavor of the 2S Series:

'involvement in groups and feeling that one will gain a great deal through the association.' (Paraphrasing Predictive Astrology, Bernadette Brady.)

The 2S Series is shared natally by Ronald Reagan and Noam Chomsky (I know!), and is the PE of the Bush-Cheney administration--and of the New Millennium we all held out such grand hopes for until the White House was usurped with the help of the SCOTUS in December 2000, when the eclipse occurred in Saturn-ruled Capricorn opposite US natal Venus in Cancer.

The next Solar Eclipse in the 2S Series will occur on January 6, 2019 @ 15Cap.

(Don't know about you, but the Bush-Cheney coup was the moment I knew for certain that America was in deep poo feathers and Washington DC has done nothing in the meantime to totally relieve such foreboding from my troubled brow. Thus I blog.)

Well, Mr. Corzine obviously gained a great deal as his PE suggests he might. Now what sort of 'deal' will be presented by the US Congress to one of their own?

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Newt Watchers! Today's Fresh Air concerns an interview with Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty about her decades' long coverage of the career of Newt Gingrich. Apparently Newtish secrets may be revealed in this look-back at Newt's years as Speaker of the House, "changing the power structure" on Capitol Hill. And of course, Newt's serious ethics charges cut short his congressional 'brilliance'.

The broadcast is about to air momentarily (est) and audio will be available later this afternoon.

Funny, but I'd forgotten that once Newt Gingrich was TIME's 'Man of the Year'! Here's his natal horoscope if you've managed to miss it so far.

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