by Jude Cowell
President Obama's *Blame Congress Bus Tour begins tomorrow August 15, 2011 as the president escapes the District in which he has been held captive for most of the last month with lawmakers blaming one another for the debt stalemate, a political theater performance that led directly to the US credit rating downgrade by Standard & Poor's.
As S&P said in their report, AAA-rated nations don't throw around the word "default." So thanks, Tea Party and GOP! Did you get 98% of what you wanted? As usual, the power elite take 98% and leave American workers a measly 2%.
One assumes the presidential bus will not have First Dog Bo lashed to its top a la Mitt Romney's poor pooch.
Yes, jobs creation is the president's topic as the bus, if not the buck, stops in small Midwestern towns in Mr. Obama's attempt to re-connect with the American people, many of whom will have plenty of time to show up and hear him speak because they are jobless. Yet if good ideas for creating US jobs come from the people, will he use them? His lowered approval rating indicates a need for big ideas that actually improve conditions for US workers so he'd be wise to take their advice since his own advisers seem to be adding precious little on the topic.
Being Followed by a Moon Shadow?
Now as you know, in Mundane Astrology, the Moon signifies the people, the public, the populace, and publicity, and the Sun, the leader; Leo is the sign of those with natural leadership abilities, and President Obama was born with his Sun in Leo.
And since we have a definite period of time and an event (bus tour, president-to-people, Aug 15-17), let's peek at the mood (Moon) of the people in relation to the Sun (leader), shall we? Naturally, the relational Sun-Moon combination will apply with the Sun ranging from 22Leo20 (conjunct Venus 22:03 signifying harmony and the ideal, popularity, rich feelings--which he may have but most of us don't--and the potential for acting for the sake of appearances with little intrinsic value (Ebertin.)
Also let me say that I will complete/update yesterday's post on the November 25, 2011 Solar Eclipse with the 'sinister' flavor which was interrupted by a thunderstorm Saturday--to be published by Monday evening while the president is tooling down the road. But for today's post, this Moon-tracking the bus tour is too fun to ignore! And perhaps it will garner a smidgen of bus tour info.
Now I am using Monday 8:00 am edt, Washington DC as the ETD and Wednesday 8:00 pm edt as trip's end because I don't know precisely when his bus will leave or return to Washington DC, but we have to choose a time frame. And given the few bus trips I've ever taken in my life, I attest that anyone would be glad to leave their seats by 8:00 pm after a 3-days ride! Funny, but the longest one I've ever taken was from Georgia to Washington DC...many moons ago. 'Twas a nightmare I shall never repeat!
Tour's Start August 15, 2011 appr 8:00 am edt White House
Since the Moon remains in a sign for approximately 2 1/2 days, the 3-day tour shows Luna beginning in Pisces and ending on the evening of August 17 in Mars-ruled Aries. Uranus begins @ 4Ari03 and retrogrades to 3Ari59 by tour's end. Uranus in Aries = Utopians (Ebertin) so the Moon will conjoin disruptive, quirky, politically minded Uranians during the trip so we may expect some combination of excitability, emotional tension, determination, and expressions of fear and anxiety to manifest--toward, or even from, the president.
Sun Leo/Moon Pisces: with a Pisces Moon indicating confusion, deception, and Mutable (unstable) conditions--but also compassion and sympathy, the Leo-Pisces blend of energies gives the tour a steamy FIRE-WATER start that indicates modesty yet pride, warm friendliness, and an idealistic, enthusiastic flavor. Yet steam can sterilize--or it can scald!
This is a showy, dramatic combo (necessary for speeches in the limelight) and it is impressionable and easily moved by suffering. Uncertainty is there, yes, but there is a strong need to be useful and creative in a practical way. 'Dignified and hopeful' describe this charismatic energy--courageous in the face of difficulties--and it cannot feign what it really feels. Look for some serious emoting to occur with practical suggestions that we may hope the president will be able to implement in spite of his spiteful enemies.
"Image for Integration: The Wizard of Oz gives the Lion a heart and he becomes King of Oz."
The poetic Sun Leo/Moon blend is shared natally by poet Hugh MacDiarmid who wrote:
"Then I thought of the whole world. Who cares for its travail and seeks to encompass it in like loving kindness and peace?"
Yes! Who? Yet we are reminded that in 2008, a majority of Americans voted for peace and prosperity but we've gotten war and the austerity its high expenditures bring. An applying inconjunct between the Pisces Moon (11:50) and Saturn 12Lib33 in the 2nd house of Money, Earnings, and Values show a huge need for adjustments--inconjunct--between the US government and lawmakers (Saturn, which approaches our Saturn Return on August 28, 2011, 14Lib48) and we-the-people, signified here by the sign Pisces from the victim-savior axis of Virgo/Pisces.
The tour begins with Sun and Venus conjoining the natal Leonine Saturn (responsibility; accountability; austerity; restriction; contraction; loss) of the US Congress--and as stated above, I too blame Congress fro blocking progress that could aid the American people. The president (Sun) will shine a spotlight upon Congress's actions and intractability, and its responsibility (Saturn) for current economic conditions though he certainly must share part of the blame (war; appearing weak against the GOP, not fighting for the people's needs, caving in to Tea Party demands, etc.)
Tour's End August 17, 2011 appr 8:00 pm edt White House
Sun Leo/Moon Aries is a feistier FIRE-FIRE blend with more oomph to its Aries energy than with Moon in watery Pisces. Plus, as mentioned, Luna will be conjoining and sailing past quirky Uranus Rx. Will President Obama engage with a few fanatic Utopians and activists along the way? It seems so.
Leo-Aries is a self-confident, intuitive blend with an abundance of ideas which will apparently be expressed to the president. Idealistic with a social conscience, it does has a 'hero-worship' tendency--but perhaps this is just what the president needs about now to get his mojo back! Will austere Tea Partyism be criticized by the bus tour's Midwestern audiences?
To my way of thinking (America is Not broke--that's just crazy talk!), it's what the corporate-backed Tea Partisans in Congress deserve if only for using the word 'Default' in July and August as if the full faith and credit of the United States is their political plaything. (Feel free to disagree!)
Leo-Aries shows the culmination of the bus tour as being, among other things, an exercise in risk-taking for the president. This blend wants to improve things! Plus, creative enterprises that love applause is one of the ways to sum things up but by tour's end, though feelings of exhaustion will be evident (as per my personal 'bus ride to DC' comments above) so Mr. Obama may collapse like a rag doll once back with his family. He'll, of course, bounce back by Thursday and with some new idea arrows tucked inside his jobs creation quiver, and one hopes he can and will use them.
(Here's one: raising US tariffs is a good place to start.)
There is a tendency with Leo-Aries, however, to talk too much and listen very little to others which is the opposite of the stated mission of this tour. Overestimating one's abilities may be a problem as well though we must remember that the president's 2008 campaign slogan was, Yes We Can, not Yes I Can.
The Leo-Aries blend indicates a noble endeavor so with the American people's continued support for our president, we may be on to some improvements here...especially if Mr. Obama's political enemies--so fanatically determined at any cost to win back the White House and Senate--will move their self-serving, fanatical arses out of our progressive way.
Sources: Sun Sign-Moon Sign by Charles & Suzi Harvey, The Combination of Stellar Influences, Reinhold Ebertin, and my own noodle. Feel free to use info from this post--or any of my articles, if you wish--but fairly attribute quotes and copy/pastes to Stars Over Washington please.
*A "Blame Congress Bus Tour" is what I'm calling it for now. I have no idea if anyone else is, but sassily, I can't resist! Especially since I personally blame a sorry, misguided US Congress for so many of the negative things our nation is experiencing. jc