Meanwhile, what a find! My friend, astrologer Dipali Desai, has published an article with the full scoop: Mars Turns Direct at 3 Degrees Virgo on April 13, 2012 which you won't want to miss if you've not glommed onto it by now!
Dipali uses '3Virgo' for the Station degree but considering that this is a Political Astrology blog and since current news contains an abundance of mentions of racial issues and events in America (from President Obama's daring occupancy of the White House to the Trayvon Martin tragedy and more) I shall round up to '4Virgo' for its Sabian Symbol, and the Illumination Point degree opposite for a fuller picture--quoting in part from Marc Edmund Jones' The Sabian Symbols in Astrology:
'4Vir' = "A Colored Child Playing with White Children" = INTIMACY.
positive expression: successful participation in every possible variety of experience;
negative (unconscious/shadow side--jc): lack of capacity for psychological adjustment.
'4Pis" = *"Heavy Traffic on a Narrow Isthmus" = CONVERGENCE.
pos: an unusual gift for organizing all transient enterprise in patterns of a rewarding and overall effectiveness;
neg: stubborn blindness to the general welfare.
Now I don't have to say that the last negative expression reminds me of America's current crop of Social Darwinists in Politics, do I? "General welfare" just isn't their thing at all for they are not their brothers' keepers--it's 'survival of the fittest' for these jokers. How odd that many of them purport themselves to be 'Christians' while backing Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan, what someone--sorry I don't remember who first used the term--called Mr. Ryan's "Starve Granny Plan".
And hopefully, April 13's forward direction of contentious Mars won't inspire and bring to implementation an unfolding plan by the Pentagon to lead the American people into yet another disastrous war while austerity-implementing politicians continue beggaring our citizenry--and spying on us as if we're America's problem!
Yet the 2012 Direct Station of Mars shows the 'god of war' opposing nebulous, fraudulent Neptune in its own sign of Pisces, a military sign. A Mars-Neptune opposition hints at the 'fog of war' and at suspicion of motives where it's what we don't say that later incriminates us. And of course, there's that problematic, confused and misdirected energy of the Mars/Neptune square in America's natal horoscope of July 4, 1776. History repeats...
So with its constitutionally granted war-declaring power, where does our special-interest-loving US Congress fit into yet another duplicitous war-waging scenario? Well, here's a quote from Thomas Jefferson from his Notes on the State of Virginia:
"In Great Britain it is said their constitution relies on the house of commons for honesty, and the lords for wisdom; which would be a national reliance if honesty were to be bought with money, and if wisdom were hereditary."
Dipali Desai's Spheres of Essence website, and the 'politically direct' Stephanie Miller now broadcasting on Current TV.
*I think of Florida and the Trayvon Martin case with this Symbol of a "narrow isthmus" though I suppose 'peninsula' would be more correct--plus, Mars Station Direct reminds me of Florida's 'stand your ground' legislation which seems highly suspect (Mars opposite Neptune) to me. jc