Virgo, sign of Work, Service, and Health, will be rising on Wednesday night, Jan 25, 2011, when President Obama begins the second State of the Union Address of his presidency. We have President Woodrow Wilson to thank for returning us to the auspiciousness of giving the SOTU out loud for a joint session of Congress and the rest of us.
You may wish to read a few astro-details here. (Apparently, Mr. Obama will begin speaking at 9:00 pm, not 8:00 pm. This wasn't clear when I typed the previous post but both times are briefly covered.)
Then, about 4 hours later, on Thursday Jan 26, 2011 at 1:10 am est, staid Saturn, planet of the Democratic Party in US mundane charts, performs a Station Retrograde, a time when the Old Man will seem to stand still, muster all his strength, and concentrate on one degree - in this case, 17Lib14.
This Station Rx is within orb of US Secondary Progressed (Sec) Mars, Rx by progression since 2006 when Bush-Cheney and the Pentagon practically broke our military forces, and a police state began to be set up in earnest in the US. Circumventing rules, regulations, and laws is not advisable during this time and issues of lack or loss (Saturn) for police, military, and/or males in general may be in the news.
Saturn remains Rx until his Direct Station 10Lib27 on June 12, 2011 at 11:52 pm edt in Washington DC, with Sun 5AQ56 (the leader) conjunct US natal South Node (separation.) And Pluto will be Rx by then and at apex of the Saturn/Uranus midpoint again after taking a small break:
Sat/Uran = Pluto: a desire to overcome a difficult through extraordinary efforts; violence, brutality; rebellion against one's lot in life; harm through force majeure (war.)
As Saturn's Direct Station occurs on June 12, 2011, Moon 2Sco17 will conjoin US Sec Saturn Rx, and there's a Mercury/Saturn square in force, an aspect of inhibited imagination, traditional and conservative thinking, and narrow-mindedness. Moon/Saturn contacts represent health concerns, melancholy, and ambition, of course. Or perhaps, melancholy about ambition or health issues.
Saturn and Uranus are now lining up in opposition as on Nov 2, 2008 across the Vir/Pis axis (presidential election), but this time across the Cardinal Ari/Lib axis which always relates to relationships/partnerships. The last Great Conjunction/s of the brittle past (Sat)/future (Uran) combo of energies occurred 3 times in 1988: Feb 13, June 26, and Oct 18...all in the 28/30-degree range of Sagittarius.
The Saturn/Uranus duo is associated with the Middle East...with Palestine and Israel in particular.
The explosive Uranus/Pluto square lines up as well and points to their Great Conjunction/s of the mid-60s, a decade of social disorder, strikes, and protests.
Saturn, Guardian of the Threshold
After June 12, 2011, Saturn begins to move forward and re-cover his territory in the Zodiac until he passes his Jan 26th Station Rx degree (17Lib27) which plunks this week's Saturn Rx Station squarely within our nations' ongoing Saturn Return. The usual Saturnian issues and concerns are very much on the minds of most Americans now: accountability, responsibility, law, learning lessons - and recovery from losses which has been brought to us, in large part, by Saturnian institutions and the status quo of a greedy business community where corruption is ensconced as king.
One midpoint picture on June 12, 2011 is telling for it is a replay that was in force on January 20, 2009 and indicates that conditions for the people (Moon) are similar or worse now than they were in early January 2009: Saturn/NN = Moon: loneliness; inhibitions; using public assistance to find value in life; standing alone in life; widows and orphans. (Ebertin; Munkasey.)
Yes, public assistance is okay for mega-corporations, and for congressmembers with gold-plated health care provided them by US tax payers, but for the people perched on or near the lower rungs of society, it's a different story, according to Congress.
Now with Social Security said to be on the Democratic chopping block (and it better not be!), Saturn's Rx Station may help describe the Dems' about-face on one of their core principles: social help for the aged (Saturn.) Will Dems become flip-floppers extraordinaire? Will FDR be inspired to roll over in his grave? It would seem so.
The Sabian Symbol for '18Lib' may inform us:
"A Retired Sea Captain Watches Ships Entering and Leaving the Harbor"...Keynote: The capacity to gain an objective and calm understanding of human experiences in which one was once deeply involved. CALM MIND.
And Saturn's change of direction at '10Lib' on June 12, 2011?
"Having Passed Safely Through Narrow Rapids, a Canoe Reaches Calm Waters"...Keynote: The self-control and poise necessary to reach a steady state of inner stability. RELIEF. (An Astrological Mandala, Dane Rudhyar.)
Perhaps someone will 'rescue' Social Security.
That dedicated, humble Virgo rises for the president's SOTU Address 2011 tells us that we'll hear of jobs creation, trade, health insurance if not care, the tattered social contract between the generations, and basic necessities of life including food supplies; meanwhile, prudent Saturn adds steadiness and calm to the picture.
Whether President Obama's address (with its call for both parties to work together on the dire problems faced by the American people) leads to action which successfully improves employment and social conditions in and for our nation will be the next big question for Democrats and Republican alike.