Saturn opposite Uranus

New Moon in Taurus, May 13, 2010

Earth Goddess

The New Moon in Taurus on the 13th is a very dynamic one despite the natural placidity of the Taurean energy.

At the New Moon the solar principle of conscious mind and will is fused with the lunar principle of instinct and emotion, making New Moons the perfect time to begin something new.
In Taurus the Moon is moving from the initiation of Aries to an appreciation for a life that is more grounded. There is a greater need for security and for a life that feels connected to the earth in some way, either through the natural cycles of life or through the five senses of the body. More than any other sign, Taurus values all aspect of life in a body and this is a good place to start in this New Moon period.
The New Moon here is squared by Mars in Leo, suggesting some conflict between the urge for a more earth-bound life (Taurus) and the need for more action and self-expression (Leo).  Challenging aspects can create some tension between two differing impulses, and then it is up to us to integrate and balance.  So with this New Moon we are being asked to find that comfortable place of strength (Taurus) while still attending to the need to assert ourselves (Mars) in a way that helps us to find the truest self-expression (Leo).
The energy of the Saturn/Uranus opposition is also present here, presenting a dilemma that necessitates creating balance between the past and the future.  This opposition has been moving in and out since the fall of 2008 and is nearly complete, but in the meantime that balance between bringing in something new, fresh and different (Uranus) and relying on reliable structures […]
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Distrust in the US government deepens

The first phase of the opposition between Saturn and the old order and Uranus bringing in the new swept in a wave of conflict between the desire to change the government and the desire to maintain the establishment and the status quo.   The fact that this cycle began on election day in the US added a particularly political flavor to the opposition.

Now, 18 months later, only 22% of the respondents to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center trust the government all of the time.   This is still higher than the trust numbers during the end of the Bush administration, which had dipped to 20%.  But there has been a steady decline in trust in the government since the Eisenhower administration enjoyed a trust factor of over 70%.

With Pluto traversing through Capricorn, the sign of the structures that form the underpinnings of society, it’s not surprising that the fissures in these structures are beginning to show.  The Pew poll shows that government isn’t the only Capricornian structure that isn’t trusted; other institutions such as banks, large corporations and national media are also suffering from this lack of trust.

Again, this is to be expected under Pluto’s travels through Capricorn which follows on the heels of an expansive period since 1995 when an irrational exuberance gripped most facets of public life.  It was perceived that real estate prices and the stock market would continue to rise indefinitely.  It was thought that the US military could invade two countries and conduct indefinite wars on several fronts without having to pay for it.  Then suddenly in January of 2008, Pluto enters Capricorn and the cold reality that is Capricorn’s domain sets in.

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By |2010-04-19T05:56:36-04:00April 19th, 2010|Politics|Comments Off on Distrust in the US government deepens

Self-righteousness, ignorance and illusion in health care reform

Before a society can make intelligent choices about something that affects its citizenry, it must know the facts.  In the United States the debate over health care reform is degenerating into violence and at least one congressman (Brad Miller of North Carolina) has received a death threat for his support of Obama’s health care plan. There has been a carefully orchestrated misinformation campaign that has spread rumors that, among other things, Americans would be forced to give up their private insurance and that seniors would be euthanized.  Neither of these things are true.

Personally, I would rather see the government focus attention on ensuring that Americans can purchase their own health insurance no matter who they work for or what their pre-existing conditions are.  I also saw first-hand how medical centers give expensive tests to people (me) who don’t need them just because insurance will cover them.  (I went in to an emergency room needing pain medication and ended up with $8000 in Cat-scans and EKGs.)  Clearly an overhaul is needed.  But why not discuss the situation intelligently?  Why must the debate become violent?

Thanks to Jill, I found this commentary by Paul Krugman.  Krugman shares this interesting anecdote:

There was a telling incident at a town hall held by Representative Gene Green, D-Tex. An activist turned to his fellow attendees and asked if they “oppose any form of socialized or government-run health care.” Nearly all did. Then Representative Green asked how many of those present were on Medicare. Almost half raised their hands.

Obviously, Medicare IS government-run health care.  Krugman makes the point this commentary (an excellent read!) that if the citizenry that are so violently opposed to Obama’s health care reform don’t know what they are opposed to, then they are actually opposed to something else.

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Happy New Year 2009! This year’s astrology

astrology of 2009You will all be relieved to know that the first half of 2009 should offer a bit of planetary relief from the intensity of the past year or so.  Pluto is now firmly settled into Capricorn, and we are adjusting to this new quality of contraction that has created so much havoc in a world that had become all too accustomed to the “relentless optimism”® of the Pluto in Sagittarius era.  From an emphasis on growth, growth, growth, we are now in a reality-induced recession that has necessitated adjustments on many different levels.

As we begin the New Year, Saturn (planet of restriction and limitation – the ruler of Capricorn) has just turned retrograde.  When planets appear to change direction as we watch them from our perspective on earth, their influence is stronger and more noticeable – more focused.  We have just experienced an intensely Capricornian New Moon the previous week, and now we have Saturn, ruler of Capricorn, having turned retrograde.  Though Saturn’s influence can be heavy and depressing, it can also bring great rewards for a practical application of wisdom and disciplined behavior.  This is therefore the perfect time to make plans for the New Year – to avoid sinking into a doldrum of despair and instead create a plan to turn things around in your own life if you are in crisis, or to plan to help others if your own life is going smoothly.
A planetary cycle involving the opposition of Saturn to Uranus, which began last year, will continue into 2010 so this is big news for 2009.  In this planetary combination we see a pull between safety and conservatism (Saturn) and that which is innovative and free (Uranus). […]
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