The birth of the Labor Movement in America is marked indelibly by a horrendous and sad event: the Haymarket Fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, Manhattan NY 1911 when many people jumped to their deaths on the pavements of New York City, many of them with clothes and hair flaming. Most were young people, the majority of them young ladies. Immigrants were prominent in number though not prominent in the least by social or financial status.
If it sounds familiar, perhaps it was meant to...
The Tower card ~16~
As with the attacks of 9/11/01, the horrible scene in 1911 echoes and is echoed archetypally by The Tower card in the Tarot deck and you know the image: disaster has struck and old, false values suddenly lose their justification and persuasion; people jump from the only windows they can find as terror and chaos are set loose.
Cold reality must be faced even if grim - but as our unbalanced world demands, the coldness is most often faced by some much more deeply and harmfully than by others.
The Tower (like the Tower of Babel, mankind's first attempt at establishing Corporatism - and even a New World Order) is, like the Egyptian-looking symbolism on US money, based on a pyramid of power, so Ponzi-esque by form and function that seeds of its future collapse are ingrained in its DNA, at its very beginning or core. Of course by natural law we earthlings understand that everything that has a beginning has an ending in this dualistic world of temporary maya (illusion.)
And with this, the system or language of Astrology agrees. (Ex: nothing can transpire in transits or progressions without its first being promised in the natal horoscope - at birth; the realm and scale of events and our reactions to them may be molded or amended by conscious choice; aka, free will.)
Obsessed and Compulsed in The City
An obsessive drive toward Success makes necessary that a detached few at the tip top (capstone) secluded upon The Mountain (Pinnacle of Success) contend with hordes of oppressed masses discarded at bottom who are the serfs and pawns scattered across the globe. The masses (Neptune) are aka, The Collective; or, Modern Humanity. Or they are more rightly called, you and me. The select few power elite are of the clan of man, too, though they like to pretend otherwise with their daintily pretty minds a la Barbara Bush.
Yet no human being exists outside the law of karma: we reap what we sow. Though they won't be, the elites should be worried about fate considering the anti-social, psychopathic trash they put out upon the earthly plane, so much of it based on lies and innuendo.
Keith Olbermann on Video March 2011
As Mr. Olbermann reminds us in this March 2011 speech delivered to his alma mater Cornell University, the 168 victims in NYC did not actually die from the fire but from a major barrier put in place by management.
They died because the factory doors were chained shut to keep out
labor union organizers who'd been coming around, wanting to improve working conditions that bordered on barbarism (the province of Pluto/Chiron's plutocracy, imperialism, corporatism, primal violence, etc.) Some would say conditions set by factory owners left the realm of gentility long before and I must suppose that this is true. Many of the women who died in the Haymarket Fire had been part of protests recently mounted which won the approval of much of the public.
The street protesters showed - and publicized - the factory owners in a bad light. So before too long, the workers and their dreams hit the very same NY pavements in a very different way. And not to rise or protest ever again.
A determined rush toward wealth and power seems indicated on the part of the manufacturing class as revealed in this criminally inspired sabotage and mass murder. The one who lit the match seems never to have been publicly identified though a cigarette circle taking a break upstairs has been mentioned. An owner may have been part of the match-or-cig-tossing group, one who could easily have calculated the risks before committing arson.
Did they think or assume arrogantly that the factory's locked doors would remain shrouded, an unknown bit of evidence during the trial? (I'd be interested in scanning over a transcript for I have questions.)
In spite of, or because of, the Progressive Movement in the first decade of the 1900s producing social improvements (after conditions had been really neglected for decades with workers treated little better than animals), such actions as setting a convenient fire to ruin one's business establishment (possibly for insurance pay-outs) is not as far-fetched as we'd prefer it to appear.
Click if you wish to read my consideration of the horoscope of the Triangle Factory Fire of March 25, 1911 (chart not shown.)
And yes, there is a major correlation - a resonance - between the 1911 fire and the chart of WTC 9/11/01. We already know that the location is basically the same (Manhattan) so reviewing the natal chart for Manhattan (Feb 12, 1653 12:00 pm LMT Manhattan NY); ASC 15Gem28 with Pluto 12Gem05 Rx rising; 8th cusp 7Cap00, the spot in the Zodiac where wealthy saboteur Pluto now lurks, poised before entering the 8th house of Shared Resources, Big Business, and Corporatism.
Bascially, I'd say that in 1911, profit margins were king and social climbing was Queen. The TRiangle Factory Fire happened 100 years ago and its affects still echo through the decades to our ears now highly sensitized by the events of 9/11.
And when we subtract 1911 (Haymarket Fire) and from 9/11's 2001, we find that the two events occurred 90 years apart which represents a square aspect (1 year = 1 degree; 90 x 4 = 360 degrees of the Zodiac-circle.) Squares = obstacles and blockages, associated with the numbers 4, 8, 16, 32, etc, and relates to the physical plane (The Cross of Matter); the psychological and intuitional planes are also involved due to life's complexities expressed on various levels of existence.
So both events share a theme in common: removing obstacles and blockages by force so that a way ahead is cleared for a new beginning. Just like new growth that sprouts after the dust clears from the ruins of The Tower.
Here's a link where you can watch the video or read the transcript of Keith Olbermann speaking in March 2011 at Cornell University (part 2 of 3): America and labor..., or simply hang out at Stars Over Washington long enough to watch Part 2 of Keith's remarks right here if the video ever displays properly. Which at the moment it is not doing but I'll leave the code here until tomorrow, just in case:
Countdown with Keith Olbermann begins broadcasting anew on Current TV on Monday June 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm edt. Consult your TV listings for further information.