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Senator Bernie Sanders downgrades S&P

Though you’ve probably heard or read this quote before today concerning Friday’s S&P downgrade of America’s credit rating to AA+, I wanted to post it somewhere and since I’ve already published this morning to my Political Astrology site Stats Over Washington, it fits here snugly. Plus, this way I can find it easily whenever I want since truth coming out of Washington DC is often sparse and far between:

“I find it interesting to see S&P so vigilant now in downgrading the US credit rating. Where were they four years ago when they, and other credit rating agencies, helped cause this horrendous recession by providing AAA ratings to worthless sub-prime mortgage securities on behalf of Wall Street investment firms? Where were they last December when Congress and the White House drove up the national debt by $700 billion by extending Bush’s tax breaks for the rich?” – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Yes, where were S&P and other credit raters as they played their role in the engineered, well-timed, long-planned Financial Collapse 2008? To the senator’s words I must add a hearty Amen!

Time for Civil Disobedience in the US?

Thoughts of America in November 2011

by Jude Cowell

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves…[and] the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”

– Howard Zinn

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If you’ve ever read my Political Astrology articles you know that on one level I’ve been describing rebellious Uranus now in Mars-ruled Aries as ‘Utopians’ because that’s one expression of Uranus in Aries according to Reinhold Ebertin in his midpoint directory, The Combination of Stellar Influences.

And if you follow Astrology much at all, you know that in 2010, transit Uranus entered feisty Aries by crossing the Aries Point, one of the four World Points of Manifestation which historically times important events which tend to affect the entire world.

So if you’re familiar with the Sibly version of America’s natal horoscope (July 4, 1776 5:10 pm LMT Philadelphia, PA with Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius rising), then you know that America’s IC (4th cusp, The Foundation or End of the Matter, aka, The Drain in any horoscope, and denoting Domestic Scene and Homeland) has been accosted by Uranus in Aries as the planet of revolution and uprisings hits the Aries Point (AP.)

My point, ill-made though it be, is that the Utopians have arrived and their intent to shake up our nation and rearrange all the furniture so that we cannot recognize where to lay our heads–is on disply with the current ‘debt-deal’ drama and the bill that has issued from it.

Holding hostages is typical behavior for radical reformers of the Uranian kind and they don’t care who gets hurt or damaged as long as their ‘vision’ is fulfilled…it’s a strain of the ‘success at any cost’ model of Machiavellian politics.

The hurt, however, is yet to be fully appreciated by the majority of the American people. The Uranian invasion and government coup has been ramped up and as I’ve typed many times before these last 6 years of blogging—these people play for keeps.

And come November 2011, when there will manifest in early Sagittarius a Solar Eclipse with sinister undertones and the ‘cuts’ are to be decided upon by the newly created “Super Congress” of 12 (like a special “council of wise men”?) we may see what the US government has been up to behind closed doors as the power of the US Congress is superceded–usurped–by an elite group of those who were in on the sky-is-falling game all along.

Yet with the energies described by Astrology working naturally in an AC-DC manner, the Utopian activism now throttling Washington DC can be turned around by the rest of us who Do Not want American to crash and be reinstituted like a phoenix rising from ashes.

Is it time for (peaceful) civil disobedience in America? the current Uranus/Pluto square says, Yes! For the mid-1960s saw the Great Conjunction/s of the revolutionary combo of Uranus and Pluto in mid-Virgo and their cyclic square now times a point of crisis when similar issues from the 1960s resurface–such as Civil Rights, disenfranchisement, and other anti-societal ills.

Uranus reached US natal IC (00Ari53, slightly past the AP) in 2010 and will continue to do so, thanks to quirky Uranus’ retrogradation, into January 2012.

But November 2011 isn’t left out of Uranus’ radical schedule for one of the conjunctions to US natal IC occurs on November 16, 2011, with the difficult Solar Eclipse manifesting on November 25, 2011 in the 14 North Series (“A peculiar turn of events”–Brady) @ ‘2 Sag’–opposite President Obama’s natal Moon in Gemini–and the mini-me Congress of 12 power elite is set to divulge their recommendations for further cuts on November 23!

For more on this topic which has come home to America to roost, you may wish to try Coercive Utopians.

Plus, there’s always the excellent Thom Hartmann and his progressive views on and about America!

Eric Cantor: Sun Gemini-Moon Sagittarius

Lately, Rep. Eric Cantor has been making a name for himself during the ongoing ‘debt talks’ and negotiations at the White House so naturally a peek at his natal planets seemed to be in order.

Mr. Cantor was born June 6, 1963 in Richmond, VA, birth hour unknown. If you wish to view a noon version of his natal chart, you’re cordially invited to do so. Details concerning his crusading Jupiter in Aries (finances) are included along with transits for Wednesday July 13, 2011, and more.

In his horoscope, you’ll note that Rep. Cantor was born under a YOD pattern indicating a special task, crisis, or turning point when childish tantrums just won’t do. Sun, Jupiter, and Neptune are involved in the YOD pattern.

Before we consider here Eric Cantor’s Sun Gem-Moon Sag personality blend (and in light of the recent turmoil and stand-offs at White House meetings), let’s note two midpoint pictures in President Obama’s natal chart (August 4, 1961 7:24 pm AHST Honolulu, HI) which are ‘completed’ or triggered by Eric Cantor’s natal Pluto, planet of power, rage, and psychology, in Virgo.

(Any, all, or none may apply; BHO = Obama, EC = Cantor, n = natal; NN = North Node, a point of encounters.)

BHO n Mars/NN = EC n Pluto: the performance of joint record achievements; a violent or forced separation from a union or partnership; increased need for control of a professional group; deterring others from competing with you.

Sounds combustible, doesn’t it? Especially with the influence of Mr. Cantor’s very close Mars/Uranus conjunction in early Virgo which tends to create excitement if there isn’t enough of it around—and it refuses to take No for an answer.

BHO n Mars/Uranus = EC n Pluto: people get more fury from you than help; finishing fights to the end; efforts for reform have more far-reaching effects than planned; confronting or battling more powerful forces; force; a violent intervention. (Ebertin; Munkasey.)

Sun Gem-Moon Sag is an Air-Fire combo, the ‘live wire’ of combos all full of exciting, visionary ideas which are communicated with zeal. Bombast and bluster are a caution for Air-Fire for it tends to get carried away with its own rhetoric when it may be compared to a hot-air balloon.

More specifically, Sun Gem-Moon Sag shows one who is intellectual, curious, impatient yet friendly, and a flamboyant communicator. This eternal student and scholar can display emotional immaturity and an outspoken nature while attracting many friends including poets and idealists.

Mr. Cantor loves to travel and meets with many interesting experiences and people while doing so–the Sagittarius archetype of The Seeker applies. Intuitive leaps, a vivid imagination, and a gift for enthusing others on behalf of his ideas and ideals are natural talents.

Cautions include a tendency toward indiscreet communications and a wish to ‘breeze through life’ on the strength of a quick wit even though he has a need to ‘know it all’.

“Images for Integration: The Pied Piper leads his merry band of youths to the amphitheatre on the hill for an afternoon of music lessons, philosophical teachings and baseball…A young man goes abroad to attend university and becomes a foreign correspondent.”

(Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles & Suzi Harvey.)

Note the mention of “the hill” as in Washington!

In US Debt Crisis, White House Has Legal Advantage

President Obama’s news conference on the US economy (and actions in Libya) is occurring as I type and you may find of interest Reynolds Holding’s argument that in the debt crisis debate, the White House holds the legal advantage under the Constitution which does not allow America to default on creditors.

Hopefully, the blockage from the GOP on the budget won’t result in a constitutional crisis as our current Solar Elcipse Series (June 1, 2011 @ 11Gem02) suggests is possible.

And for a little astrological consideration of President Obama’s first full news conference since March, you’re welcome to try my post Obama presser 6.29.11: Saturn rising which I composed this morning and managed to publish at precisely 11:30 am edt, the time the presser was scheduled to begin. The June 1st Solar Eclipse’s ‘constitutional’ influence is included.

(Note: Mr. Obama actually began speaking at 11:39 am edt.)

Yes, Saturn rising is descriptive of austerity, delays, restriction, inhibition, contraction, and loss yet the president’s clear explanations this morning as he laid out the economic debate’s issues between Rs and Ds are also shown due to Saturn’s realistic influence and supports the Moon’s conjunction with Fixed Star Rigel (to bring knowledge; to educate) at the top of the chart!

A Chief Justice on what government does for you

Chief Justice Earl Warren (March 19, 1891 – July 9, 1974) was appointed to the United States Supreme Court by President Dwight D. Eisenhower who had expected a moderate conservative but got in Justice Warren an “unabashed liberal”.

When ‘Ike’ tapped him for the SCOTUS, Earl Warren was serving as a very popular Republican governor of California (oh for the good ole days without litmus tests! ) One of my favorite political quotes of all time – now apt again during the Democratic presidency of Barack Obama and which relates to the separative politics now practiced in Washington DC – comes from Chief Justice Earl Warren:

“Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism.”

The recent practice of Corporate Welfare (for many who are little more than cheats, fraudsters, and criminals) comes quickly to mind especially since the American people’s social safety net grows more tattered and Swiss-cheesey with each passing day that the GOP holds forth with their austerity measures. What say you?

Written by Jude Cowell

May 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Market Crash @ end of 2010? December Lunar Ecl says, Yes

Having just updated my July 2010 post concerning the December 21, 2010 Lunar Eclipse @ 29Gem21, I thought you might wish to check it out with its ‘crisis degree’ implications for the US economy.

In alphabetical order, this Lunar Eclipse is of special significance to the natal charts of Afghanistan (Saturn), Australia (Mercury and Neptune opposition), Cuba (Neptune), Israel (Jupiter), Japan (Moon), Manhattan (Uranus), NYC (Venus/Mars conjunction @ 29Sag), North Korea (Uranus), Palestine (Uranus), Phoenix AZ (Jupiter), and Vatican City (Saturn).

Curiously, the natal horoscope of the NYSE is not so directly affected by the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse so hopefully the astrologer-and-economist-predicted market crash ‘by the end of the year’ won’t be as negative as feared though the Solar Eclipse of Jan 4, 2011 awaits us after the holidays…and directly opposes US natal Sun at crisis degree (13Can/Cap.)

Even economist Gerald Celente has predicted a market crash by the end of 2010 and he should know. Given the crisis-degreed Lunar and Solar Eclipses and their portents, I shall agree with him – at least that something deflating is afoot as we enter 2011.

But I’ll Be Home for Christmas

The Dec 21, 2010 Lunar Eclipse has a Sun Sag-Moon Gem blend which gives our atmosphere a Fire-Air vibe, and as you know, Fire-Air has a ‘live wire’ flavor that’s full of exciting ideas easily communicated with much enthusiasm. Yet its ideals may be impractical unless there is an Earthy quality to call upon for physical manifestation of them. Still, this indicates that a much-needed gregarious, sociable quality may infuse the December holidays and I, for one, am quite ready for that eventuality, aren’t you?

A caution, however, is that Sun Sag-Moon Gem blend of energies is prone to spreading itself too thin while overanalyzing things in order to hide its true feelings. It’s easy to live by one’s wits with this combination, plus, a ‘Peter Pan’ influence may be in the air.

This blend is friendly and open to other cultures, and is a natural teacher, spokesperson, or trendsetter. Its Image for Integration is:

“Robin Hood as a young boy plays truant from school to go to his archery lesson, but ends up teaching his card tricks to his master.”

(Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles & Suzi Harvey.)

Sounds a bit like MasterCards may come out of wallets for a few gift purchases! (And gift cards are fine – just send them on along!)

FYI, this particular witty, charming, and intellectual blend of Sag-Gem is shared natally by some very well known folk such as: Anna Freud, Jeff Bridges, Noel Coward, ‘New Ager’ Benjamin Creme, dictator Francisco Franco, chantreuse Edith Piaf, Green Party founder Petra Kelly, Kirk Douglas, Tina Turner, Gary Hart, Abbie Hoffman, and author C. S. Lewis.

Our Labor Day parade 2010

Americans have President Grover Cleveland to thank for the political ploy of setting up an annual Labor Day, a Monday holiday for some that traditionally has meant speeches and parades through the towns and burroughs.

Imho, Cleveland established Labor Day in order to avert more crises with workers angry toward the government, not to honor them, which is a load of hogwash!

So considering the condition of the US labor market and too-high unemployment numbers, I suspect ‘parades’ may morph into demonstrations and protests this September 6, 2010.

This year the semi-holiday will give his opponents yet another opening to ‘make it’ about President Obama’s policies when massive layoffs are actually a decades-long trend brought to us by American and Global Corporatism.

Now if you’ve ever read this blog or my Political Astrology blog Stars Over Washington, you know that I consider our ‘two-party’ system to be a mirage. It’s ruling class vs we-the-people in my book with little if any difference between an R and a D.

Yet their waging of class warfare has been in evidence more clearly in recent years though it’s been a bone of contention off and on for decades in the US, perhaps since Day One in our plutocracy. The more Americans out of work, the more notice it’s a case of class warfare and yes, greed.

Particularly since the late 1800s, the era of the industrialists, aka the Robber Barons, workers’ jobs have been dependent upon upper crusters whose main concern with the bottom line is paramount; their craving for power only grows. While the rest of us long to pay our bills and decently support our families, the power elite long for more control over us…which includes the ability to lay off thousands at one swipe.

In fact, recent data of corporate earnings show that much of their ‘earnings’ are wispily based on letting go their workforce in massive numbers. A neat trick to increase profits, if you’re in the corporate ruling class, eh? And who’s to stop you? SCOTUS is on the side of corporations against the individual, as has been made exceedingly clear.

Well, in May 2010, Mother Jones reported that No matter what’s going on in the broader economy, Wall Street always thinks earning will be at least 12% or higher – part of their sneaky tricks of the trade, no doubt.

Yes, Wall Street’s Fuzzy Math and multiple sets of books bedevil the US economy but you don’t need any sort of math at all if you or a loved one are out of a job with no prospects for employment. You’re zero-for-zero and x-ed off the rolls. Turning to Congress for aid barely gets you a crust of bread though funds for war are easily financed.

So what to do for Labor Day 2010?

Will you march in a celebratory parade – or a had-enough protest?

Written by Jude Cowell

September 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm

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