A 'Fiscal Cliff' Resolution Around the December 28, 2012 Full Moon?
by Jude Cowell
A few days ago, Mother Jones published an enlightening article What's Happening: Fiscal Cliff Explained, in case you missed it or haven't been paying much attention to the end-of-2012 Political Theater performances about to continue on Capitol Hill.
As you know, it was Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke who coined the term "fiscal cliff" back in Summer 2011 during the last performances of America's debt and deficit crises which, thanks to the grandstanding gridlock acted out by Republicans and the Tea Party congressmen they hide behind--plus, their foils, the Democrats--our nation received its first-ever credit downgrade since records began to be kept in 1918. We can thank the GOP for that. Apparently Mr. Bernanke wished to spur Congress on to doing their jobs efficiently and stop the political-ideological stalemate but as we know, it didn't have that effect in 2011.
That this is a set up to force an unacceptable agenda upon the American people may be the case, and in fact, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr calls the "fiscal cliff" a "foolish austerity bomb" created by the US Congress with Democrats playing 'good cops' and Republicans starring as the 'bad cops'.
Now with the re-election of President Obama this November 6th, most Americans must pin hopes on his determination to protect our working class families while assuming that Congress will actually govern as per Capitol Hill tradition, yet who can say? The "fiscal cliff" (or, hill, slope, curve, whatever) won't actually take quick effect precisely at 12:00 am est on January 1, 2013, of course, but will soon become more obvious as the November 2011 sequestration cuts affect social programs, the Pentagon budget, and other programs--the dispensable and the indispensable alike--and lead us back into recession (aka, depression.) The tactics being used in Washington are like a slow austerity throttling of the US economy not unlike the European model if carried to extremes as 2013 proceeds.
Unless the White House ploy to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire on January 1, 2013 @12:00 am est and then pass new tax cuts for the 99% after we slip slide into 2013 is an honest plan.
America's Militant Mars Must Cool His Heels
Of course, astrologers know that America's natal Geminian Mars (war, action, energy, initiative, police forces, etc) turned retrograde by progression in 2006 (in Libra) while Bush was 'manning the helm' and his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were in full swing and overtopping the national credit card, creating in large part our fiscal problems Now. The Rx period of our Mars will last approximately another 74 years--80 years all together--and it echoes the same Mars condition of Germany during their difficulties decades ago. You've probably noticed recent references by US pundits and journalists to the Weimar Republic (natal chart data given below), begun by the socialist revolution of 1918 which preceded by two decades Hitler's rise to power in the 1930s. (That's a second mention of 1918 in this post.)
Now political pundits on my TV say that even the GOP doesn't want sequestration to take effect for it would slash our military budget though I suspect it has as much to do with their share holding status in weapons companies and other war-profitting endeavors as it does maintaining America's hold on global territories and the natural resources and antiquities of other nations. Feel free to disagree, but there it is.
Horoscopes shown: January 1, 2013 12:00 am est ('Fiscal Cliff'/Tax Cuts Expire) and December 28, 2012's Full Moon
Before we consider the horoscope of the December Full Moon, let's view the later horoscope for January 1, 2013 at 12:00 am est, set for the Capitol Building. The chart's Midheaven @8Can16 (MC = The Goal; Aspirations) highlights the December 28, 2012 Full Moon, and I believe the Full Moon chart (below) shows most clearly the "fiscal cliff" potential and what is so far another congressional stalemate as a major YOD pattern (crisis; turning point; crossroads; special task; karmic opportunity) involving Jupiter Rx(planet of money, bankers, generals, professors, priests, beliefs, ideals, and ideologies); Jupiter also happens to conjoin US natal Uranus 8Gem55 placing both planets at apex in the YOD configuration with a Saturn-Pluto sextile at its base.
Since Full Moon phases bring culmination or fulfillment, perhaps the January 1, 2013 expiration (sunsetting) of the Bush tax cuts with tax increases for All, and the purposefully engineered "fiscal cliff" threat, may not be addressed by our barely functioning Congress until around December 28th or in the few days prior to New Year's Day 2013--or after. Our political thespians do like to keep We the People on the edge of cliffs of all kinds, don't they?
Actually, investing Jupiter doesn't perform his Direct Station (when financial matters can move forward) until January 30, 2013 @6Gem19 (in the foundational 4th house of the chart set for DC.) Tr Jupiter will again conjoin US n Uranus 8:55, a favorable time for politics, finances, and group endeavors (more on this transit, below.)
Image above: January 1, 2013 12:00 am est Capitol Building Washington DC; Hour of Mars; Mercury @00Cap57 (a Cardinal Point of Manifestation which spotlights Winter Solstice 2012 with Sun 00Cap00:00) disposits Jupiter and is out-of-bounds of the Earthly plane--plans beyond reason? Intellectual folk working alone? Unusual accomplishments? Unlawful trading? Journalists out of the loop? All, none, or other?
Below you see the chart of the December 28, 2012 Full Moon @7Can05 (conjunct Fixed Star Mirzam (The Announcer; rises before Sirius which you see in the 8th H of Finances, Credit, Debt, Shared Resources, and Transformation--its Cancer cusp indicates changes/fluctuations and the stock market may be very upset by then. Plus, the 8th cusp and the Full Moon are snugged within America's natal planets in Cancer: Venus, Jupiter, Sun (3--14 Cancer) which may show that eventually We the People will be pleased with the results of this latest manufactured embroilment on Capitol Hill--as long as upper class toffs begin paying more of a fair share. Markets may improve as well once the fiscal dust settles.)
Yet There's Trouble Before We Rest
Yes, it's an Hour of Mars, planet of conflict, and the ASC @8Sag33 brings up Royal Star Antares (quarrels, suspicions, violence) opposite Aldebaran (military leadership, courage, warmongering) which sets with Jupiter 8Gem07 Rx, tr Midas, tr Pan, and US natal Uranus--quite a fiscal and political pile-up. The December 2012 Full Moon is the Syzygy Moon (last lunation prior) of the January 1, 2013 'fiscal cliff' horoscope, shown above.
More Chart Details:
This Full Moon perfects at 5:21:10 am est; horoscope set for the Capitol Building Washington DC; Hour Mars (@1AQ52 Mars energizes US Inaugural Sun 00AQ+ or, in 2013: 1AQ+, 'the president'); Mars is in 2nd H of our National Treasury, Values, and Earning Ability indicating initiating action and a potential for conflict in these matters; chart-ruler Jupiter is weakened, his beneficence delayed in the preparatory 6th H @8Gem07 of Military and Police Service, Work, and Health, and conjoins by transit US n Uranus 8Gem55, an extended period of independent actions and thoughts when involvement in group endeavors or causes may bring gains as our personal networks expand.
Difficulties and adjustments come from a very close Sun-Jupiter inconjunct (1A01) showing potential for generosity to the point of wastefulness, rigid legalisms, relationship problems, and/or making promises that are hard if not impossible to keep (so typical of politicians and other Jupiterians.) Given Washington's purposefully engineered 'fiscal cliff' scenario, the 'promises' may relate to social programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
As you see, the Sun also applies to conjoin powerful, wealthy Pluto (2A06) (the power behind the throne) and forms a helpful sextile with authoritative Saturn (2A09.) The Sun-Pluto combo denotes policy changes foreign or domestic, influence coming from crime organizations and from plutocrats, extreme amounts of corruption, and/or the use of secret police to control others. A Sun-Saturn sextile shows a tendency to be careless over large expenditures and programs, yet uncompromisingly penny wise-pound foolish over smaller matters. Limits and boundaries are of prime concern with this sextile so Washington's usual overstepping tendencies may be held in check, at least for a while.
Yes, the pairing of Sun-Jupiter relates to our national reputation on the world stage, religious or philosophical concepts that tie our country to predetermined outcomes (congressional sequestration; the Norquist no-tax-increase pledge, disadvantageous trade deals, etc), and/or an executive leader battling the justice system of a nation (because of Election Day 2012 re-counts or fraud? Other?) This Full Moon casts a silvery reflection upon January 1, 2013 at 12:00 am est when the foolhardy, unaffordable 'Bush tax cuts' are set to expire (as originally set up in 2001) unless a lame duck session in December is used by the president in some way, or a deal is made to fight that fight in 2013 while extending in 2012 much-needed tax cuts for those with incomes under a certain amount such as $250,000 for a couple.
As you know, tax cut monies the Middle Class and workers receive are soon put back into the economy while additional funds for the wealthy only sit sunning on a Cayman Islands beach while having a cocktail and good belly laugh over the forcing the fallacy of 'trickle down economics" on us again.)
Jupiter orbits faster than quirky Uranus as chart-ruler is involved in an applying sextile with 4th H Uranus (Uranus = radical reformers and zealots when in Mars-ruled Aries) denoting valuable opportunities for success and growth which may be presented by those of a different generation. This condition echoes the generational conflicts and uprisings the world now experiences through the Uranus-Pluto Cardinal square. Original, adventurous ideas are indicated by the Jupiter-Uranus sextile in fields such as teaching, politics, philosophy, finances, science, religion, and astrology though some of those affected by this sextile may become resentful and harshly critical of others even though it's the beam in their own eyes that need attention. The Republican Party comes to mind.
Planning Mercury @25Sag10, ruler of 7th and 10th Hs, is in 1st H and in Nodal degree (fated or karmic; NN-SN @25Sco-Tau29 across the 6/12 axis); Mercury rules commerce and trade as well as communications and is related to stock markets, with the Nodal axis related to encounters and to future and past directions. And since Mercury and the separative SN are inconjunct (need for adjustments), we may expect a falling back on past behaviors ('debt-default crisis' of August 2011?) at SN even though such neurotic behavior does the American people no good and may further undermine our country's future.
Now as you see, there is a Kite pattern in the chart (a Grand Trine, plus) with the Sun-Moon opposition of the Full Moon part of the high-flying picture. In fact, Sun and Pluto make up the nose while the Moon is the Kite's tail and is conjunct, as noted, Fixed Star, Mirzam (aka, Murzims; Beta Canis Major: carrying a message--Brady) which may relate to a message from We the People directed toward our government, or a message concerning a myriad of various things as conflicts turn up (Jupiter square Chiron) and the oppressive, violent Plutocracy duo of Pluto and Chiron, here in an opportunistic sextile aspect, keeps 'its' finger on the public pulse and contacts us through spokesmen/women who, though they may wish to hide it, are agents for the promotion of global governance more than they are American politicians with We the People's interests on top of their to-do list.
Now since chart-ruler Jupiter is retrograde, the delays and stalling it causes will be mitigated or released once the planet's Direct Station occurs on January 30, 2013, as noted. Applying Jupiter forms an inconjunct with the Sun 7Cap05 (1A01), a square with Chiron (2A14), a sextile with Uranus (3A24), and a helpful trine with Mars (6A14.) If we take the Sun to signify President Obama, we see that he will meet with Pluto of the plutocrats and/or, the underworld, by year's end. A Sun-Jupiter inconjunct shows those who must be on guard for opportunists using the ideas of others as their own; taking over what should be the responsibilities of others may be evident, and moderation in all things is advised.
At MC (The Goal), we find America's problematic n Neptune 22Vir25 and our Progressed Neptune 26Vir12 Rx, too. This places Us natal Mars 22Gem in 7th H of Partnerships and brings with it the difficult Mars-Neptune square our nation is famous for: misdirected energy; unconscious motivations; self-deception; the fog of war.)
Now you see the Kite pattern with the Full Moon as Kite's tail; Sun and Pluto are at its head with restrictive saturn ruling both, plus the 2nd H of Earning Ability and Resources, while Saturn himself @9Sco15 is posited in 11th H of Hopes/Wishes, Groups and Associations. Mars 1AQ52 in 2nd H is ruled (or, co=-ruled with Uranus) by Saturn as well and has just conjoined US Inaugural Sun, a time of increased energy and determination for the president.
As you know, Kite configurations are modified Grand Trines and are indicative of success--a 'creative outpouring' is possible (B. Tierney.)
So what of the midpoint pictures found in the December 28, 2012 Full Moon horoscope with which we end Year 2012? Let's list them with a few details and include the YOD's base, the Saturn-Pluto sextile, for a fuller explanation.
Let's close by detailing a few of the primary midpoint pictures formed by planetary patterns (YODs, T-Squares, etc) in the Full Moon chart and other pictures with planets or points at apex--details are gleaned from Noel Tyl and/or Reinhold Ebertin--any, all, or none may apply but notice the last picture, the one that most concerns me about events of the last few years and Washington's entire 'fiscal cliff' scheming:
T-Square--Sun-Saturn = Jupiter: fortunate separations (from Over Grover and The Pledge?); good fortune of old, ill, or serious persons.
Sun-Saturn = US n Uranus: crises; unusual circumstances; fluctuating attitudes; separation; imprisonment; seclusion; mourning.
YOD pictures--Saturn-Pluto = Jupiter: adoption of the austere (White House agrees to 'entitlement' reforms that harm the weakest among us?); trying to save what's left; trouble with authority.
Saturn-Pluto = US n Uranus: brutal efforts to start a new order; an attack regardless of potential losses; sudden violence.
Weimar Republic natal data: November 9, 1918 1:30 pm CET Berlin, Germany; source: Campion's The Book of World Horoscopes and historical record.