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Saturn, Planet of Government and Responsibility
by Jude Cowell
In 1996 President Bill Clinton instituted the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Responsibility_and_Work_Opportunity_Act which reformed America’s Welfare program by introducing work into its requirements.
Perhaps this may be viewed within an astrological model since in 1996, America’s natal Saturn of 1776, exalted in Libra (sign of the Scales of Justice and Balance), turned retrograde by progression in the sign of Scorpio where it remains in Rx condition today @3Scorpio+. As you know, karmic Saturn is the planet of government, laws, responsibility, accountability, sense of authority and authenticity, obligation and duty, work, maturity, status quo, conservatism, fear, loss, boundaries, and restriction.
Though other chart factors should be considered to gain a fuller picture, to have a direct natal Saturn turn Rx by progression marks a change to an inward direction for these energies as the responsibility of those who receive government largess is made to depend more fully upon themselves. Papa Saturn, or the Nanny State (as some prefer to call it) set aside some of its previous duties of full reliability by shifting burdens to the shoulders of the needy.
In previous posts (here and probably elsewhere), I have related the US-Saturn-Rx-by-progression phenomena of 1996 to certain other events. Here is a list of events in the US if you’d like to search for Saturnian themes.
In addition, you may be interested in today’s article by Fabius Maximus concerning America’s ongoing Swing to the Right, another Saturn-drenched occurrence: http://fabiusmaximus.com/2014/03/28/left-politics-defeat-66933/
On Tuesday January 28, 2014, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union Address to Congress and the American people with US natal Neptune rising (9:00 pm est.)
Yesterday, as I have done for several years, I published a few astro-notes concerning the horoscope set for the date, hour, and place of SOTU 2014 if you’re curious.
What I neglected to write about in the post is that Neptune, the dream, in Virgo, sign of Work, Health, and Service, denotes our much-touted ‘American Dream’–of working toward a better life for one’s kith’n’ kin. You know the propaganda we’ve been sold–if you work hard, you can better yourself in America, the ‘Land of Opportunity’.
Well, on one level, Virgo is the dedicated worker and I assert that our nation remains full of such in spite of those who make us out to be slackers, takers, or ‘welfare queens’ (that would be Reagan’s famous critique.) Such critics entertain a mentality of the ‘survival of the fittest’ which intends that what they call “useless eaters” be left by the wayside to fend for themselves, if they can.
Of course you recognize Ayn Rand philosophy within such a mentality and you’ll note that, as in Atlas Shrugged, wealthy corporatists are snatching all the money and deserting America–or at least, they’ve deserted our former and glorious “American Dream.”
So! SOTU 2014 is scheduled for 9:00 pm est tomorrow night though naturally the president will begin his address a few minutes after the hour. Yet symbolically, US natal Neptune in Virgo–which brings along Barack Obama’s natal Mars conjunct our planet of dreams and visions–will rise and lead the way as he lays out his wish list for 2014, what he has termed must be a “year of action.”
Interesting since the planet of action, US natal Mars in Gemini, is at the top of the chart in The Goal and Aspirations position (MC) but for more SOTU details as seen through this astrologer’s common-good lens, I’ll let you click above if and as you wish!
Where Are Five Republicans When You Need Them?
by Jude Cowell
Since the US Senate is scheduled to vote at 5:30 pm ET today on a 3-month extension of unemployment benefits, I had to snag a peek at certain astrological portents for that hour and found that with the Sun (leadership) in governing Capricorn, the Pisces Moon (We the People) moves into Mars-ruled Aries prior to the vote.
So what does Maximilien Robespierre of Reign of Terror fame have to do with the US Senate or with today’s vote? Has this reluctant astrologer finally gone round the bend? I’ll have to get back to you on that one yet the question may be answered by visiting my Political Astrology site, Stars Over Washington, and spending a few minutes of your time!
After all, some say we’re living amidst our own reign of terror–ever since the attacks of 9/11/01. Wouldn’t you?
This alert is a day late but concerns the current condition of
Space Weather News for Nov. 14, 2013
COMET ISON OUTBURST: Observers around the world are reporting
a sharp increase in the brightness of sun diving Comet ISON.
Formerly dim, it is now on the threshold of naked-eye visibility.
Comet ISON is plunging toward the sun for a perilous pass through
the solar atmosphere on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 28th). #
November 28, 2013 is Thanksgiving Day and also a date of astrological
significance for the American people, with We the People represented by
the Moon in mundane charts. For on that date, America's Secondary
Progressions show a conjunction between SP Moon (the public; publicity)
and SP Saturn (authority, control, restriction, delays, Mr. Karma, lawmakers,
managers, courts, status quo, conservatism, government, and business leaders.)
And of course, Secondary Progressions--which are determined from the natal
horoscope and set for a particular date--denote our evolutionary process
thus far, and, many astrologers say, describe the physical plane of existence
where real-world events may occur and plans may become reality.
The combo of Moon-Saturn relates to ambition, strategy, and direction but
may also indicate emotional depression, feelings of inferiority, deprivation,
If you wish more info on America's Moon-Saturn situation which flavors the
end of 2013, here's my post:
Since Jude’s Threshold has attained a new Follower this week (awww…how nice!), a new post seemed called for but I had already planned to republish some information previously published to Stars Over Washington.
So here it is, with a few minor edits for readability’s sake and I’m consulting the usual ‘Sibly’ horoscope for America’s natal chart (July 4, 1776 5:10 pm LMT Philadelphia, PA) which gives our nation a 4th house (Domestic Scene; one of the psychological houses) Chiron @20Ari08.
Applying (conscious) and Separating (unconscious) Planetary Aspects to US Natal Chiron:
1. US n Mercury square n Chiron gives great mental perception and intuition but leads to extreme opinionation. (US Mercury @24Can11 Rx in 8th house.)
2. US n Saturn @14Lib48 in n 10th house opposes n Chiron, an aspect which describes conflict with the more rigid elements of society (Nolle) and shows America to be a “rigid fighter for humanitarian causes” (Clow.) Of course, the American Revolution is part of this energy as are all the Chiron aspects described here–and they are part of the American psyche we carry into the future.
3. US n Sun (@13Can19 in 7th house) squares n Chiron (6A48) indicating difficulty letting go of control (Clow) and of authority issues. You probably know that the natal Sun of the Republican Party conjoins US natal Sun which apparently gives the paternalistic GOP a constant sense that they should always be the party in charge of the US government.
4. US n Mars (@21Gem22 in 7th house of Partners and Open Enemies) sextiles n Chiron but the aspect is separating (1S14) so the unconscious quality makes it difficult if not impossible for most people to discern. This is a ‘sacred warrior’ signature and I’m certain America’s meddling misadventures across the globe is what you’re thinking of as am I for it gives our nation a sense of being able to ‘do anything’ it so desires and provides us with the courage to try.
Chiron in 4th house identifies America as the God-Motherhood-Apple Pie nation. Expert astrologer Richard Nolle says of a 4th house Chiron that “roots hold the key to destiny” with “a cultural legacy that predates and survives it.” Yes, we have a deep connection to our revolutionary roots, don’t we? Discovering who we really are in the world has been a major task for our nation though most of the people I know don’t agree with Washington’s assessment of “our place” as the belligerent gorilla on the march toward pre-emptive war, conquest, and domination. This 4th house placement may also be seen by the popular use of Genealogy to discover family roots and personal identity.
Chiron in Mars-ruled Aries denotes “pioneers, trailblazers, and mavericks” (Nolle) and this sign position supports the ‘sacred warrior’ mentality that our government–and those who direct it from afar–have exalted to the point of exhausting its citizens, our National Treasury, and our nation’s credibility as a “humanitarian nation” who only wants to “spread democracy” for altruistic reasons, no matter how many guns and bombs it takes.
What tragically deceptive illusions such political slogans have proven to be!
And the Sabian Symbol for America’s natal Chiron (21Aries)? “A Pugilist Entering the Ring” (Jones) which pertains to the world stage, of course, but also on an individual level to domestic violence in the 4th house of Home and Security.
Just a brief heads-up in case you want to check out a little Astrology concerning tonight’s TV address from President Obama to the American and Syrian people (and whomever) which has been posted to Stars Over Washington:
Below my celebratory gabfest there’s a celebration-gone-wild video and a little Astrology for your birthday this Thursday, so watch your Jupiterian step!
The brief video embedded below shows an event that some may call ‘a blast from our past’ and which on one level is described in America’s July 4, 1776 natal chart (5:10 pm LMT) as the Mars-ruled Immum Coeli (IC), at the bottom of the chart, a place where roots run deep and which shows that our ancestors, forefathers, and founders fought in and aided the American Revolution (and in earlier conflicts, and certainly later ones.)
US natal IC @00Aries53 is ruled by Mars and has the Aries Point upon it (IC = the HOW? sector of the chart) denoting times when events that may affect the masses tend to occur upon the world stage. The Aries Point (00Aries00:00) is a degree in the Zodiac of recognition, fame, and prominence along with the three other Cardinal Points where activity has been observed over the centuries to have manifested when Cardinal Points are triggered, catalyzed, or simply visited by planets in their courses.
(Progressions have a say, too.)
So upon our US natal IC is the me-first sign of Aries which allows the ruler of impulse-conflict-action and aka the archetypal ‘god of war’–Mars–to tell us about what drains our nation–what siffons off our energy, manpower, monetary resources, natural bounty, and more–and how America shall end (IC/4th house of Partings and Separations.) Which is not to say the ruling class hasn’t almost throttled the Collective into oblivion already. Yet a sigh escapes and we know it won’t help our common cause directed at maintaining America as a sovereign nation to ignore the fact that as a nation we have a violent streak at our roots, in our core, our very being–and with natal Chiron in Aries/4th house as well.
But at this moment (reminds Chiron!), none of this has to be a fatal condition for America, just a telling one.
So, Happy 237th Birthday, America!
A sincere wish from one of your many Children of the Revolution, Jude Cowell
Now if you’re a history buff, this might be interesting if you’ve not seen it – or as a review, if you have:
A Chronological List of Dates for US historical events for use in rectification work on the several versions of natal charts for America.
For How a Thing Ends Is in Its Beginning
Which is the truest, most descriptive birth chart for our nation? Can all be of use on some level (ex: our Scorpio Rising chart as a natal chart for secret agencies, spies, secret or invisible government, and such other arachnids as those?)
Astro-Note: if my schedule works as planned during the upcoming days, a Report (PDF) concerning America’s Jupiter Return of July 22, 2013 will be available for electronic delivery by mid-July! As you know, in our Sag Rising chart, Jupiter is chart-ruler making the adventurous planet very prominent in all US affairs.
Watch for an announcement via my Twitter feed (@judecowell), here on the Threshold, or at Stars Over Washington if and as you may, and visit there to order your copy of my US Solar Return 2013 Report from the sidebar, top. jc
Thanks, and don’t burn the grilled corn on the cob!
Update 1/1/13: the natal horoscope of 2013′ s 113th Congress is in process of being recalculated due to the swearing-in now being set for January 4th, not January 3rd as I had previously heard and posted on. Please check with Stars Over Washington over the next two days where I will display asap a fresh horoscope of the new Congress. Please pardon the inconvenience! Jude
Update2: January 3rd has been cited again. Maybe I’ll put off posting a Jan 4th horoscope until the 113th swears in–whenever that turns out to be. jc
Original post begins here:
If you’re familiar with Mundane or Political Astrology, you know that the Sun signifies the president in the US, or more generally, leaders and leadership.
Having published today’s post at Stars Over Washington concerning the 113th Congress, it just occurred to me that I neglected to describe one of the new Congress’ important midpoint pictures involving the Sun and the Neptune/North Node midpoint, with its potentials for scandals, glamorization of national ideals, drug policies that ignore important concerns, spies or terrorists on villainous missions, and/or inadequate medical care and/or hospital systems. (Munkasey.)
So here is the picture thus created by nebulous, obfuscating Neptune and NN (contacts, meetings, encounters, and future direction):
Neptune-NN = Sun: a determination to be original (Munkasey); seeking contacts, or else feeling misunderstood (Tyl); feeling disappointed or let down by others (Ebertin.)
If you wish, click for more info on the 113th Congress and a view of its natal horoscope with details for the 113th convenes on January 3, 2013 at noon est. You’ll see that that there are two Angular midpoints–one rising (ASC = 113th Congress) and one at Mc (The Goal)–which you may wish to consider if you haven’t already.
Happy New Year, Everyone!
Republican Rep. Paul Ryan proposed marriage to tax attorney Janna Little in April 2000 and they were wed in Oklahoma City, OK on December 2, 2000 with approximately 400 guests attending. (Click link for more details.)
Now if the Ryans’ wedding ceremony took place at or after 9:23 pm CST, the Moon (feminine principle) had entered Pisces. If before, the Moon was in Aquarius; in both cases, the Sun (male principle) was in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius in the 10Sag21 to 11Sag22 degree range. (Dec 2, 2000 12 am CST to 11:59 pm CST.)
(Astro-Note: as a pair, the luminaries–Sun and Moon–indicate Marriage.)
And as you know, idealistic Jupiter’s natural abode is the 9th house of Philosophy, Religion, and Higher Education. Plus, the Sun (husband) conjoined Pluto on that day (Pluto @12Sag39 noon CST) and neared Chiron 19Sag09. Synchronistically, the Wedding Moon at noon (@25AQ20) conjoined and reflected asteroid Juno, the wife and met Cupido 00Pis25 (family; cupidity or love) soon after Luna entered Pisces.
So which Sun-Moon blend of this the happy couple to detail? First, some basic elements to consider:
Sun Sag-Moon AQ is a ‘live wire’ Fire-Air combo of bluster and bombast and denotes those who tend to become ‘carried away’ with their own ‘eloquent’ rhetoric. Zeal for innovative ideas is notable which are then persuasively expressed to others. This is a visionary combo which must guard against impracticality; in evidence may be a tendency to be out-of-touch with the emotional realm of feelings.
Sun Sag-Moon Pisc is a Fire-Water blend which may be described as a “bulldozer” for its tendency to push ahead in the preferred direction, no matter what. This combo denotes a more practical visionary with feet kept firmly on the ground but with an instinct for the ‘main chance’. There’s a love of the good life and a talent for pulling rabbits out of hats.
Hmmm…guess we’d better look at both Sun-Moon sign combinations!
Sun Sag-Moon AQ (Janna does look to me to have ‘Aquarian blue eyes’!): intellectual and friendly, this visionary blend denotes high ideals, a breezy outspokenness, and a seeker of truth (uh-oh! guess you can always seek it so you can hide it!) All types of viewpoints are accomodated with an easy-going adaptability, and its positive outlook is willing to take risks whenever necessary; a keen social awareness may be noted which identifies with the World View, or which seeks to justify its personal eccentricities.
With this blend, life’s mundane realities present challenges, and a high-minded crusading zeal shows insensitivity to more sentimental souls. There’s a tendency to over-generalize while living in the realm of abstract ideas, and in relationships, Sun Sag-Moon AQ isn’t automatically adept at intimacy. An intelligent, strong-egoed partner is a must to keep things interesting; plus, loyalty is much prized as long as independence is part of the marriage.
Is this a passionate and romantic combination? Yes, but even so there’s usually a brotherly-sisterly quality within the partnership.
Sun Sag-Moon Pisc describes more of an emotional, imaginative blend with deep convictions, generosity, and a moralistic streak. This is The Philosopher yet the logic is irrational, the dreams fantastical. An enormous sensitivity to the human condition is prominent (and not generally found within the objectivist hearts of Ayn-Randers) along with a trusting openness–the need to give to others is an endearing quality of this combo.
Lavish expenditures may occur for this blend contains a ‘wastrel’ sub-personality! Giving the ‘shirt off one’s back’ is described here and for that reason and others (and because odds are that the Ryan nuptials took place prior to 9:23 pm), I ‘vote’ for the Sun Sag-Moon AQ blend to more closely describe the relationship and the individual partners in the Paul and Janna Ryan union.
What do you think? If you wish to ‘vote’ for a blend or remark, please leave a comment with this post!
Recommended: Sun Sign-Moon Sign by Charles & Suzi Harvey; Synthesis & Counseling in Astrology, Dr. Noel Tyl.