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1996: US Saturn Turns Rx by Progression

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/

Written by Jude Cowell

March 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm

SOTU 2014: the American Dream rising

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!

Jan 6, 2014: Robespierre and the US Senate

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?

Jan 6, 2014: US Senate to take up unemployment benefits

Nov 28 2013: a Comet ISON outburst and US Moon-Saturn conjoin by Progression

This alert is a day late but concerns the current condition of
Comet ISON:

Space Weather News for Nov. 14, 2013
http://spaceweather.com

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,
and restraint.

If you wish more info on America's Moon-Saturn situation which flavors the
end of 2013, here's my post:

http://www.starsoverwashington.com/2013/11/112813-us-progressed-moon-saturn.html



Written by Jude Cowell

November 15, 2013 at 6:05 pm

A Look at America’s Natal Chiron in Aries

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.

9.10.13 Obama on TV (Syria)

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:

http://www.starsoverwashington.com/2013/09/91013-president-obama-speaks-on-syria.html

 

Threat level up as Jupiter returns to 9/11/01 chart

August 2013: An Astro-Peek at Activations of the 9/11/01 Horoscope

by Jude Cowell

As you’ve heard, the US government is reporting an increase in terrorist “chatter” as the 12th anniversary of the WTC attacks of 9/11/01 approaches. This year marks the first Jupiter Return to the 9/11 horoscope for Jupiter’s cycle is 12 years in duration.

See Threats Against Embassies Very Reminiscent of Pre-9/11 Chatter.

On the morning of September 11, 2001 at 8:46 am edt NYC, monied Jupiter was posited in 9th house of Foreign Lands and Philosophy @11Can35 and carried the Sabian Symbol, “A Chinese Woman Nursing a Baby with a Message”, a word picture I attempted to illustrate a few moons ago. View the image here if you wish.

Naturally the symbol’s reference to our creditor China and to a ‘message’ is intriguing especially since it attaches to 9/11’s position of Jupiter the Banker–in the 9th house of foreigners. This is not to leave out Middle Eastern or other actors on 9/11/01 but to focus on Jupiter since the Great Benefactor now returns to the natal position he held on that game-changing morning.

Actually, Jupiter’s retrograde in Cancer later this year creates a “three-fer” of returns to the 9/11 natal degree with the first return occurring on August 18, 2013, the second on February 7, 2014 (Rx), and the last return on April 2, 2014. This extended return period indicates a prolonged season of concerns involving terrorism with increased threat levels on into 2014, and it has Jupiterian financial implications as well though effects may be of a stop-go nature.

Raising the threat level makes sense and yet…will the “more chatter” situation be used in an attempt to justify intrusive NSA surveillance programs and leave them as they stand–even those used against the privacy of the American (and other) people who have nothing at all to do with terrorism? If we begin to hear politicians and pundits spouting such equivocations, perhaps we’ll be pardoned for having our suspicions if any attack/s occur–or are thwarted–by America’s total surveillance prowess.

Well, it’s somewhat confusing to hope (a Jupiter word!) that this is or isn’t the case since our
distrust of the US government
is also at high levels (or depths!) and this may cause any violent attacks relating to 9/11/01 or otherwise appear as much like a false flag op as the original event still seems to many who doubt the ‘official version’ of 9/11/01.

(And tell me again: exactly why was NORAD shut down the morning of 9/11/01?)

Another consideration with astrological Jupiter is that he expands and increases whatever he contacts or is involved with–positively or negatively–and the added challenge of transit Pluto in Capricorn opposing 9/11’s Jupiter (and the two planets combined = big bankers, influential politicians, those who mount large-scale projects, and/or powerful religious leaders)–and US natal Jupiter (5Can56)–denotes limiting conditions, commercial and/or trading difficulties, and a potential for travel interruptions occurring off and on.

Also, Jupiter loves freedom as does Uranus and right now, transit Uranus @12Ari07 Rx (a critical-crisis degree) squares (90 degr) 9/11’s Jupiter denoting rebelliousness against restrictions (one signature of Gitmo and other prison breaks, plus, political cat-herding in Washington), dissatisfaction with political views in or of society, and a distinct potential for erratic or misplaced generosity.

Add in the fact that transit Saturn now in early Scorpio (sign of Big Business, debt, surveillance, the occult, death and regeneration, transformation, betrayal, etc) will soon enter the 2nd house of Earning Ability and the National Treasury in the 9/11/01 horoscope–and eventually visit 9/11’s Pluto (@12Sag38, America’s natal Ascendant in the ‘Sibly’ chart) which happens to conjoin 9/11’s 3rd cusp of Communications and Short Trips. This transit denotes a time of power issues and the loss of control over situations which were just too big to begin with.

To me, Saturn-to-Pluto conjunct US natal ASC sounds rather like the gargantuan and rights-abusing US surveillance system with its frilly underpants recently yanked down a mite by former NSA employee Edward Snowden…that, and our corrupt-to-the-core financial system of Too Big To Fail banks, plus, the highly rigged casino we call, Wall Street.

Now isn’t wearing saggy pants now illegal in some states?

Oh, and one more thing: 9/11’s 2nd cusp mentioned above has an appropriate Sabian Symbol when its degree (11Sco28) is rounded up to ’12Sco”: “An Embassy Ball”.

(The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, Marc Edmund Jones.)

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