by Jude Cowell
When the Fed's Ben Bernanke is scheduled to speak today in Washington DC at 2:15 pm edt, rising is money/big business sign Scorpio (21:40), Midheaven 2Vir38 is ruled by Mercury Rx 29Leo19 conjunct MC from 9th house and conjoining Royal Fixed Star Regulus (now @ 00Vir00), keywords: success if revenge is avoided.
Opposite the 29th-degreed (critical; crisis) Mercury is nebulous Neptune 29AQ53 Rx conjunct Chiron 3Pis00 Rx, not a stable 'base' (IC 2Pis38, ruled and co-ruled by speculators Jupiter/Neptune; 4th H = Real Estate, the millstone round our necks) so his remarks or ideas may not carry much weight. Also just entered into 4th H sizzles Uranus 4Ari12 Rx (Uranus in Aries = Utopians) conjoining the 2:15 pm chart's Part of Fortune 3Ari31.
With Mercury retrograde, Mr. Bernanke repeats what's been said before and/or reconsiders his and the board of governors' views and plans--their meeting's purpose, one assumes. As the planet of Communications, Announcements, Speeches, Trade, Commerce, and Decisions, trickster Mercury's Rx Neptunian condition may not help in the confidence department even though that is just what global markets need most at the moment.
And with a Mercury/Neptune opposition across the Home/Security--Public Status/Career axis (4/10), plans are confusing, deceptive, and/or illusory. Mr. Bernanke's thoughts and remarks may be inspired, yes--or delusionary, and most people agree that the Fed folk have few if any arrows left in their quiver for jiggling things into a more positive direction. The Fed's real plans may be veiled (big surprise!)
(Or, if you're like me, you believe our economic condition since 2008 has been engineered on purpose for what Utopians think is a 'greater cause'--a New World Order. But that topic is beyond the scope of today's article. If you're interested, scroll down a bit and type a term into this blog's Search Bar.)
Of course, the Fed could buy up more securities to create liquidity, something the money-printing Jupiter/Pluto pair of large project managers and big bankers may prefer--Jupiter and Pluto now trine one another yet are separating (4S25) in materialistic earth signs (Tau/Cap.)
As you know, liquidity is a province of the bubbly, spendthrifty Jupiter/Neptune duo--NYSE was born with a Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in late Libra. Perhaps the Jupiter/Pluto-esque Fed will de-quiver the securities-buy-up arrow and set it flying high into Jupiter/Neptune's grand scheme territory in spite of inflation worries.
Also rising--on the ASC, in fact, at 2:15 pm--is the depressive Moon/Saturn midpoint which also indicates: awareness of ambition, direction, strategy (Tyl); thus a midpoint picture is formed: Moon/Saturn = ASC: a reserved self-presentation; a strong need for emotional control. That's our Ben.
Soon to rise is the difficult Saturn/Pluto midpoint 24Sco09--with ASC = an environment giving the impression of silent power or continuing influence (Ben hopes); concentrating on important matters; assessment of how to work with those who have power or influence; sadness. Well, everyone is feeling sad these days unless their incomes fall into the top 2%.
Now money planet Jupiter is in bullish Taurus (9:39) in Cadent 6th H indicating financial preparations (and military spending weakening our employment investments), and it's interesting that Jupiter is in greedy Taurus as world markets plummet. Someone is making tons of money! Jupiter's Station Rx on August 30, 2011 @ 10Tau20 indicates a retrenching of some kind in financial matters (and possibly in faith and ideological concepts, too.)
So what about the 2nd H of Money, here ruled by bullish Jupiter, co-ruler of the 4th H of Real Estate? North Node (NN @ 22Sag11) and powerful, secretive Pluto 5Cap14 Rx snug around the Moon 28Sag41 creating a very descriptive midpoint picture of what's going on with the populace (Moon):
Pluto/NN = Moon: inhibitions in development; reaching for the big picture; ambition, or there is too much fear to take action.
Perhaps you've noticed in the news lately the word "balance"? NN conjoins Fixed Star Ras Alhague, keywords: a desire to create balance or to heal. NN = future direction, the path and you don't need Astrology to know that balance is what's required. My common good politics tell me that addressing the financial inequality gap in the US is what this indicates, yet it's precisely what the power elite seem determined to avoid--and their intransigence is triggering the Uranus/Pluto square into riots, strikes, protests, and revolution.
Opposite 2nd H in another money house, the 8th, lurks out-of-bounds Mars 4Can15 and since he is OOBs, I have no idea what he's up to, do you? Mayhem cannot be ruled out for we see his feiry actions in the Uk now. Mars rules disruptive Uranus in Aries, and the 5th H of Gambling and Risk-Taking (5th cusp 4Ari30), and is chart-ruler through Scorpio rising--see below for his applying aspects which tell how Bernanke's remarks will proceed.
Ongoing is the oft-mentioned picture still in force: Jupiter/Neptune = Uranus: imagination v reality; coming down to earth with a bump; sudden recognition of a difficult situation.
Plus, Mars/Pluto = Uranus: sudden calamities of great consequence (the stock market plummet included and violent riots in the UK--jc); cruelty, violence, brutality; dangerous sense of attack; a chip on one's shoulder; fight first, talk later.
In 9th H of Philosophy and Foreign Lands are Sun 16Leo49 and evaluating Venus 14Leo58 yet they are intercepted in 9th H which describes the few options for action available for ego-expansion and goals. Venus rules 6th H (Tau) and 11th H of Groups, Associations, Hopes/Wishes with Saturn posited there @ 13Lib03--poised for the third of three conjunctions with US natal Saturn (14:48) on August 28, 2011, a key date in the current American tableaux as our accountability chickens come home to roost and previous slackness surfaces to be dealt with--positively or negatively. Saturn does sextile (60 degr; opportunity) Venus but the aspect is separating.
The Beginning Is in the Ending
There are more factors worth mentioning but 2:15 pm nears so I'll close with what I should have begun with--the applying aspects of chart-ruler/s (Mars, and also Pluto, if you prefer.)
1. opposes co-ruler Pluto across the 2/8--not so good a portent, 0A59--the initial response to Mr. Bernanke's remarks may be stalemate and disagreement; a major power play is described.
2. semi-squares Sun, a minor yet irritating relationship (2A25.)
3. opposes Moon (5A34)--wait till we-the-people get a load of what his remarks indicate--anger, annoyance, provocation.
(Another midpoint picture may fill out the scene: Moon/Pluto = Mars: too much energy not knowing where to go (or money going into gold?); frustration and anger; an intense emotional crisis. (This is only temporary, dear investors--calm down, stop whining, and step up!))
Pluto makes no other applying aspects in the chart other than the Mars/Pluto opposition and his overbearing conjunction with the Moon. The Moon/Pluto pair indicates exaggerated new plans, zeal, and/or upheavals. Zealous Mars/Pluto = excessive effort, extreme force, and/or persuasion, control, brutality.
Pluto/NN = common destiny of a large mass of people--not good, imho, with the people sandwiched between this 'connections or encounters (NN) with the powerful (Pluto.)'
This horoscope indicates to me that today's announcement concerning our nation's current economic condition and what the Fed may do next will require quite a performance from Mr. Bernanke if it's not to cause markets to react negatively.
And we-the-people are already frustrated and angry with the greedy power elite who seem determined to crash the US and global economies while gutting our valuable social safety net--today's tension-filled, emotionally volatile Moon/Uranus square shows that the American people feel we are not being given an even break in the "shared sacrifices" department--because we're not.
Well, I'm glad I'm not Fedhead today. Not that I'd ever have wanted to be a wonk for the NWO. My bet is placed squarely upon we-the-people who are now Awakening!
For more on Ben Bernanke, here's a non-edited post written in February 2006 upon the occasion of his very first 'Fedhead shout-out'.
Midpoint pictures and planetary combos: Tyl; Ebertin; Munkasey; any, all, or none of the mdpt pictures may apply.
Progressives of note: Center for American Progress and Thom Hartmann, my main go-to guy.