Archive for August 2010
What US gold reserves?
Since 1972 (Nixon following orders), the US has not pegged its paper money to a gold standard and many people are questioning where went the gold in Fort Knox. The rumor is that the Federal Reserve of New York may have sent theirs abroad to persons unknown as well.
Shades of the 1930s, FDR, and the financing of Nazi war plans!
So why not clear up the rumors and calm jittery nerves since it’s supposedly the job of the Fed to keep the populace feeling confident in our financial system?
Rep. Ron Paul: “If there was no question about the gold being there, you think they would be anxious to prove gold is there,” he said.
The obviously disturbing answer is that they can’t prove a negative. Therefore, with Paul’s recent Audit the Fed legislation weakened in Congress (with help from banking’s ‘special interests’) his new call to Audit US Gold Reserves is music to this skeptic’s ears.
Either US gold reserves are on hand to back up the dollar or they aren’t.
The American people deserve to know and we also deserve accountability and legal actions to be taken if Fort Knox is found to be empty.
My cat was munching some green shoots the other day from a flower pot of catnip but you know they didn’t look anything like the slow economic recovery we’re slogging through like dazed Bambis.
Seems the Fed is ‘caught in a trap’ and the US dollar must fall because chewing off their own hindquarters isn’t in the power elite’s script for achieving greater control of society. They want more, not less, silly!
Well, one of my problems with all this, of course, is that I can’t forget FDR’s informative statement which I shall paraphrase once again: ‘Nothing in politics happens by accident, if it happens you can be sure it was meant to happen’.
So you’ve probably never noticed me calling the Fed, Obama’s economic team of Wall Street gentry, or economists such names as ‘stupid’ or ‘dumb’ or ‘incompetent’ because I think they have the US economy and financial system just where they want it, more or less. ‘Less’ because outside interference seems evident to me so there’s that crazy wild card about to be played for shock value – the coup de grace some people think is coming to the over-extended US. (Read article linked above for better ‘splainin’ of the fundamentals.)
From TARP funds sent overseas to fatten foreign investors’ piggybanks (where it won’t be spent to help any of the world’s Main Streets pay a street sweeper’s wages much less sell some merchandise) and huge corporate bonuses bundled and thieved from taxpayer pennies – to mergers that blight careers and thus lives, plus, those hoarding banks – someone has sopped up all the drippings and left the rest of us with only gristle to chew on.
The American public has recently had the Great Conjunction/s of inflationary Jupiter and Neptune upon our US natal Moon (we-the-people) in Aquarius all through 2009, a year of financial mummery, dreams of popping bubbles, and pumping liquidity into the system if there ever was one.
Plus, counterfeit (Neptune) bills (Jupiter) have become more of a problem than the Fed is likely to admit and a Jupiter/Neptune year is an integral time for that particular cyclic scam. These huge planets conjunct approximately every 13 years, the last time in Jan 1997 @ 27Cap09 during Bill Clinton’s and Alan Greenspan’s watch (conjunct US natal Pluto!)
2009’s Jupiter/Neptune = US n Moon: becoming involved in speculation; confusion over reality vs fiction; an emotional swoon; going with the wind; dreaminess deceives; losing oneself in plans; instability; wastefulness.
1997’s Jupiter/Neptune = US n Pluto: plans unreasonable beyond measure; far-reaching speculations; a great loss.
(Note: the pair may also signify global (Neptune) + bankers (Jupiter), an amorphous international group of shady characters with grand schemes all their own.)
Now you know that Astrology describes energy in an AC-DC fashion so if a midpoint trait manifests or is stimulated, its energy can be on, or coming from, one side the other; any, all, or none may apply.
Now we’re plopped into 2010, a year of financial slight of hand brought to us in part by the Great Conjunction/s of Jupiter and Uranus through the year into 2011. This is a bright duo that can magically impress with what later turns out to be little more than a flash in the pan or an overpromise unless other factors stabilize or give support.
Jupiter and Uranus met at Aries Point on June 8, 2010 and will conjoin twice more in September and on January 4, 2011 in late degrees of nearby murky Pisces, sign of oceans, fish (including thousands of dead ones on the Gulf Coast and elsewhere), drugs, chemicals, deceit, footwear, and the collective unconscious.
Actually, January 4, 2011 is the date of a Solar Eclipse @ 13Cap39 which closely opposes US natal Sun (the leader) so we may expect the President to be turning course on something around that time or during the 6 months following, if need be. This one is in the 13 North Series: ‘energy in groups and associations; large ambitious group projects that require the breaking of an existing bond; separation then joint achievement.’
(Paraphrasing Brady’s Predictive Astrology; midpoint pics from Tyl; Ebertin: Munkasey.)
He may be changing course in some way because this eclipse occurring in opposition to US n Sun echoes an ‘un-birthday’ when the Sun opposes its natal position: say, you were born on January 4, then your un-birthday is July 4…time to review how plans are going toward your goals for the year and make adjustments if necessary.
The presence of an eclipse at the critical degree of 13Cap/Can gives potential events and situations more of a ‘wild card’ vibe, however.
Remember June 8’s conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus @ 00Ari18 (AP)?
It conjoined the IC in America’s Sibly natal chart so there’s a midpoint picture which may be of interest to our topic…IC is about Endings and is sometimes called, The Drain in a horoscope. Opposite is the most visible point in any chart, the Midheaven (MC) which is about Career, Status, Goals and Aspirations, and Recognition on the World Stage….the high point with the IC being the low point.
Jupiter/Uranus = n MC: the role of politics as a means of gaining status or standing.
Oh, politics is a means, all right. A means for lining pockets! (US n Jupiter @ ‘6Can’ = “Game Birds Feathering Their Nests.” And that’s from 1776!)
And perhaps the government’s proposed ‘kill switch’ on the internet is related to the technology and science of 2010/11’s Jupiter/Uranus combo and the ‘pull the plug’ image I’m unwillingly envisioning is inspired by The Drain in the US chart being ‘stimulated’ like a corporate welfare bailout that results in wastefulness for the US economy but a windfall for person or persons unknown.
Apparentlly there are people on Capitol Hill, at Homeland Security, and elsewhere that have their thinking caps on tight for a ‘Trojan horse’ may be the shady vehicle Congress uses to ‘pass’ into law the internet ‘kill switch’ many of us are dreading.
If you care, get out the word!
For after all, if a seemingly pristine defense bill can harbor the likes of an internet kill switch against free speech in America, then ‘the terrorists have already won’, to quote a Bush-Cheney slogan of manipulation and cynicism.
Thing is, this is the sort of anti-freedom idea that shows us the terrorists aren’t only in the Middle East.
Of course, total disconnection may have its merits, too.
Such as a response to nasty cyber attacks on vital services grids, government websites, another electronic bank run, etc. But HoSec has had years to improve our cyber security – and trillions of taxpayer dollars to do so.
Is pulling the plug all they can come up with? Puh!
There’s been celebrity shenanigans in Las Vegas of a serious kind!
Paris Hilton was arrested in a Las Vegas drug incident when the vehicle she was riding in proved positive for cocaine after being stopped by police because of what appeared to be a certain type of smoke wafting from the car.
Ms. Hilton was released on her own recognizance and promises to return to face charges. (Like that’s going to happen but who knows?) Hilton has been noticed before by law authorities for smoking marijuana, something that most people have smoked by now with few, if any, ill effects; alcohol is a problem as well.
Another drug incident for Ms. Hilton has given this mom astrologer some concern for the young lady so I had a peek at her Sun-to-Mc natal chart (birth time unknown; Sun @ Mc can indicate fame or notoriety.)
Here’s an image of her Sun-to-MC chart:
Born in NYC on February 17, 1981, the 29-year-old celebrity will have a Saturn Return in early October 2010, a time when life gets more serious, one ‘grows up’, and accountability and responsibility are required, often by society, in order to evolve to the next stage in a stable way.
Will this most recent drug arrest be a catalyst for her owning up to Saturn’s requirements and lessons?
Saturn is strong in PH’s chart for as you see, there’s a business-oriented Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Airy Libra, sign of Partnerships. This gives her enormous potential for success which is only aided, obviously, by her family’s long-standing wealth.
Jup/Sat conjunctions indicate an eagerness to assert oneself in the world but much work is needed to reach one’s goals. We see this in Hilton’s perfumery business, TV career, and other enterprises perhaps not yet revealed to the public. (No, I’m not counting such things as the sex tape that garnered her much notoriety.)
In business, she may not take many chances with Jup/Sat conjunct, yet little effort is wasted in nonproductive projects. A retentive memory is a plus of this conjunction but one wonders if overuse of drugs will eventually interfere with that ability since overdoing is her most persistent problem for it causes physical exhaustion and depletion (adrenals.)
You see her deeply intelligent Sun/Mercury conjunction in Airy, mental Aquarius so I hope she soon figures out what she’s doing to herself with taskmaster Saturn about to be very active in October. Last night’s arrest is part of this process.
Looking for drug-related factors is the chart is quite an easy task:
Neptune in Sagittarius, ruled by expansive Jupiter, inclines her to excess in the Neptune-ruled ‘negative escapism’ realms of life. Mars (our desire nature planet) is in dreamy Pisces, ruled by Jupiter, co-ruled by Neptune. Murky motivations and deceptive males are often part of the picture with Mars in confused Pisces.
South Node 10AQ55 is a point where our talents and the behavior we fall back on in times of stress may be found; Hilton’s SN has two asteroids where energy is being drained from her psyche: Bacchus is associated with wine, grapes, orgies, creative frenzy, and the theater arts. As you know, Bacchus was the Roman god of wine (Bacchanalia); the asteroid was discovered in 1977 by astronomer Charles Kowal, the discoverer of Chiron (also in 1977.)
Having Bacchus on SN may also describe an inherited (SN) tendency toward drinking and other negative escapist activities. Complicating the picture upon her SN is the presence of asteroid Nemesis (‘the unbeatable foe'; ‘divine retribution’) so drug use may be a thorny issue to solve. Better to try during a Saturn Return when reality is clearer and thus easier for a partying young lady to appreciate.
Natal Chiron 13Tau45 is conjunct Fixed Star Menkar: ‘a victim of the unconscious’ which adds fuel to her SN/unconscious/inherited tendencies with astrological Chiron describing her Wound or Blindspot. In Venus-ruled, sensual Taurus this means a crisis concerning one’s values such as what’s right or wrong, permanent or temporary; plus, this placement indicates issues with materialism.
Unconscious habits are the hardest to break, aren’t they? For we must first identify our demons in order to vanquish them. They don’t call it ‘demon alcohol’ for nothing.
But back to Hilton’s creative yet problematic Mars in Pisces and its connections with Jupiter and Neptune. This Piscean Mars gives her life a danger of abuse from those who would capitalize on her easy going nature and a willingness to serve others and it is my personal belief that Paris Hilton’s awareness of this facet of her personality could allow her more discrimination in her choice of whose vehicle she chooses to ride high in.
In blue, you may notice I’ve highlighted a double crisis pattern – YODs – which point toward n Mars and which have midpoint pictures we may wish to consider:
Jupiter/NN = Mars: successful cooperation and teamwork; a happy partnership; engagement.
Saturn/NN = Mars: a desire to gain release from emotional depression; suffering through others; enforced separation.
The YODs, which are not dependent on a correct time of birth, greatly increase her Piscean Mars issues and bring crises into her life by way of her relationships with her parents (NN = mom; Jupiter and Saturn are both significators for dad) and with males (Mars.)
But cocaine is not the answer and only increases one’s problems.
Then there’s her Sun square Uranus which can give her an eccentric nature, unprincipled behavior, self-willedness, and a strong desire for power. Authority issues prevail! Arrogance and an assumption of being ‘above the rules’ makes her socially at odds with anyone who dares challenge her. She may demand subservience from others, then lose respect for them when they submit. Outlook adjustments are needed if emotional satisfaction is wanted especially with natal Moon in applause-seeking Leo.
And Mercury square Uranus?
Uh oh! This aspect gives eccentric thinking and behavior yet a bright intelligence; her opinions are often dramatically at odds with society’s prevailing beliefs and standards. Bypassing logic is a caution, extreme impatience is in evidence, and there’s a tendency to refuse taking responsibility for what she says (Mercury = thinking and communication; Uranus = the rebel; the genius; behavior – she behaves as a Jupiter-ruled Sag.)
A Merc/Uran square also gives an inability to compromise in relationships which tends to keep them of short duration (but I’ve not kept up with her list of paramours or friends – is it long?) and staying keyed up for long periods of time causes (again, as above) nervous exhaustion. And with her energy force, Mars, placed in dissolving Pisces, the tendency toward ‘burn-out’ is echoed or magnified.
What I’m saying basically, is that Paris Hilton, like the rest of us, does not possess a bottomless pit of life energy and my maternal side sincerely hopes that she soon figures this out for herself for it’s the only way Her Willfulness will listen and protect herself.
Now here is a link to the AstroDataBank chart w/ bio details but with her given birth time in question (C rating) I didn’t use it in the above analysis; a Sagittarian Ascendant (and Neptune is in Sag) will be noted which would strengthen natal Jupiter in Venus-ruled Libra, sign of beauty – and Rx Jupiter can be quite the maverick – yet here tamped down, perhaps, by serious Saturn’s close presence!
Books unharmed in the preparation of this post: Chiron, Barbara Hand Clow; Planets in Aspect, Rob Pelletier;
The Combination of Stellar Influences, Reinhold Ebertin; this astrologer greatly appreciates the excellent work of these authors. jc
Three quotes for you tonight spurred by thoughts of our US natal Mars/Neptune square and its inclinations toward glamorous men, inspired actions, deceptive activities, weakened military, and/or misdirected motivations:
“It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” – Noel Coward – (1899-1973) British playwright
“One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.” – Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) Italian Statesman and Political Philosopher
“The world wishes to be deceived.” – Sebastian Franck-(1499-c.1543) German preacher, author, humanist reformer
Quotes are compliments of the excellent Information Clearing House which publishes articles the government doesn’t want us to know about on topics the government doesn’t want us to think about.
Did you hear the news? NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered the existence of two planets orbiting in a galaxy far away.
This is another good example of Uranus to Aries Point, a historical marker for ‘scientific breakthroughs’ of all sorts. Plus, new discoveries and pioneering explorations are being aided this time around (Uranus has an 84-year orbit so it’s been a while) by the presence of expansive Jupiter who tends to increase everything he touches, as we say in Astrology; the Aries Point, one of the four Cardinal Points of the zodiac, indicates event manifestations which are significant on the world stage.
And you know that jovial Jupiter’s expansion principle involves the horizon-broadening planet in explorative endeavors of his own so we may be hearing of even more fantastic eureka moments in the months to come – hold tight to your telescopes!
The Cato Institute has now followed other think tanks in recent purgings to rid themselves of the services of notable, previously in-tune scholars who have ceased to toe a particular political line or have not kept up with changing lines of the times.
Politicized think tanks in America? Audacious!
And yes, ‘High Colonic’ might’ve made a racier post title but ‘purge’ is a smidgen more genteel. Then again, the only ‘think tank’ membership I possess is within my own propaganda-addled brain so what do I know?
President Obama’s latest Weekly Radio Address is an especially interesting one to me.
Here’s a link to the video with text provided (propaganda complimentary; our nation’s natal Mercury-Pluto opposition just keeps on giving us the propaganda, doesn’t it? Like pearls of wisdom from On High! Truth notwithstanding, of course.)
Seems it’s somehow politically profitable now to ‘slam’ the SCOTUS-enabled ‘corporate takeover’ of our election process thus crippling our alleged ‘democracy’ but no word yet on corporate takeover of the US government itself of which the president is an integral part and willing enabler.
Why, Mr. Obama’s Goldman-Sachs economic team screams it out loud, right? I only wish we-the-people didn’t have to have what he’s having.
Debates of 1858 are long over yet now there may have turned up a photograph of candidate Abraham Lincoln and other notables in Ottawa, Canada.
How groovy is this?
Space Weather News for August 20, 2010
SPACE STATION AURORAS: With solar activity on the rise, August 2010 has been a good month for auroras. There have been sightings of Northern Lights as far south as Wisconsin and Iowa in the United States, and some fine displays of Southern Lights over Antarctica.
Some of the best pictures so far have come from Earth orbit, where astronauts have a front-row seat for geomagnetic storms. Visit SpaceWeather.com for latest images from the International Space Station.