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