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fishtomatoVirgo Rising, Pisces Sun. Welcome to the new America

Well, I suppose we had to have the dramatic Pluto/Uranus square step in before I did part two of this. Well, that and I had a big baseball weekend for my son, so here we are looking int the future of the USA. One of the things that really jumped out at me from this chart is that early on in Obama’s first term, he made the proclamation that America will lead from behind. There were a lot of ways to interpret this declaration. His critics suggested he was weak and that intention would lead America to be bullied by any number of forces or nation states throughout the world. His supporters applauded the sentiment, having tired of wars in Iraq, and Afghanistan.

The embarrassment of Abu Ghraib and the ongoing defilement of human rights at Guantonomo. Bush’s Texas styled global justice and the “spreading of democracy” had left many Americans weary, shame riddled and powerless in the face of Neocon, full spectrum dominance, who were high off the 911 ritual, flush with cash and armed with Patriot Act, which gave them permission, to preemptively dec;are war without approval, spy on potential victims and torture without reprisal. The mood of the country was dark, depressed and hollowed out. The financial crisis of 2008 wasn’t just a material bankruptcy, Americans had been left with little hope and their emotional and spiritual bank accounts were equally drained.

When Obama came in and intoned that we would lead from behind, it was in many ways a sigh of relief. Leading from the front didn’t look that good anymore. The Virgo Ascendant reflects not only that sentiment, but it’s actuality. The Sag ascendant of the original chart, which has expansion as it’s energetic expression, has given way to a more conservative and service oriented nation. With this ascendant, the USA should not be in the business of spreading anything, let alone democracy. The thrust here is to serve and come to the aid of others. Healing is also an aspect of this ASC.

One could make a case that the latest foray into West Africa to deal and heal with Ebola could very well reflect this ascendant, if the intention is to actually heal, versus using it as a pretext for other covert acts and means. This can be seen with Leo in the 12th House. While Virgo on the ASC appears to the world as helpful and ready to meet the needs of those around them, Leo in 12th can indicate a very different agenda. Leo here is most certainly the power behind the humble front. Think of modern nobility, who have abdicated their formal rule in favor of the nation state, while still exerting control from behind the scenes, posing as mere figureheads. With this chart, it’s also interesting to note that Obama’s supposed Sun sits in the 12th House, which means that not only is he fully seen, but his own identity is a mystery, shrouded in the vast oceanic space of rumor, intrigue, controversy and his nebulous origin. Read the rest of this entry »

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PROGRESSED-USAReeling through the years.

In order to get a better idea as to what is happening with our current crisis in the USA, especially under the heat of the latest Uranus/Pluto square, it might be helpful for us to get a different perspective from the progressed chart of the USA. For those of you that are not familiar with the progressed chart, here is how it essentially beaks down. The personal planets; Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars, progress through their sign from the natal inception at roughly one degree per year. So if you were born a Gemini at fifteen degrees and you are now twenty-five. you would now be a Cancer at roughly 10 degrees. The outer planets move at a glacial pace and are likely in the same sign that they were at the time of the natal chart. The ascendant moves as at one degree per year as well. So not only will your personal planets shift, so will your rising sign, thus placing those progressed planets in progressed houses.

The progressed chart can give us a glimpse as to how we are evolving and who we are evolving into. When applying transits to the progressed chart, degrees of influence are traditionally much closer in interpretation than in the natal chart. The general rule of thumb is one-two degrees, especially when it comes to the outer planets. Okay, now that you have some basic understanding of the progressed chart, we can zoom in on the progressed chart for the USA.

I have stated previously, that I use the Sibley chart for USA interpretations, for a number of reasons, but the key reason being that with the Sag ASC, it conforms to the notion of expansion with territory and manifest destiny. Also, for many of the early settlers, religion was a key factor for their migration to the new world and Sag on the ASC also promises the potential to practice one’s faith freely. Lastly, the horse played a huge role in the expansion of the country and Sag rules horses.

When looking at the progressed chart, we can see dramatic changes. The ascendant is now Virgo, which is very, very different than the original rising sign. Sag is carefree, fun loving and avuncular. It can also be a bit overbearing, pompous and philosophical to a fault. It’s open to just about anything as long as it provides a sense of adventure, and the opportunity to learn from life as a spiritual teacher. While Sag lords over orthodox religions, it also demands that faith has some basis in reality, especially on the ASC, as the self learns through life lessons and the expansion of which becomes the stored wisdom, which imbues faith and allows the individual to become more SAGacious and wise.

Technically, in the birth chart of the USA, this should also be the case, but sadly, other factors have compromised this evolution and potential. Instead, the USA, from the perspective of the birth chart has engaged in other Sag activities that for better or worse weakened this position. Sag is connected to foreign countries and long distance travel. Once the USA had expanded from sea-to-shining-sea, there was no longer any room, unless one counts both Hawaii and Alaska (and we should). So what was left? The world at large.

The USA, has been involved in overseas conflicts and wars, both overt and covert wars since it’s inception. But things really picked up with “The Civil War.” The Civil War itself is yet another indicator of the rightness of the Sibley chart, since Gemini is on the cusp of the USA 7th House of relationships and contracts. Here we see the split, the bi-furcation of the country. North vs South, brother vs brother. That split although hemmed back together through the defeat off The South and the unification of the Union, has never really healed and in fact the country itself is bordering on social schizophrenia.

Post Civil War, the USA quickly got involved in aforementioned Spanish/American conflict, then there was WW!, WW!!, Korea, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Angola, Iraq I, Iraq II, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc., etc.. And these are the conflicts we can see on the surface. Get the continental drift? One could make a case that the first house and the ASC is in the service of the second and in the USA chart, that second house is Capricorn dominant and we know that the goat rules over corporations and governments, so through global expansion (Sag) corporate interests in the second house (resources, assets, values) are supported. Here is a case in point. After WWII, when large chunks of Japan had been decimated by bombs and the economy gutted due to war spending, who do you think stepped right in as part of “The Marshall Plan”? Why the good ole USA and it’s corporate interests, setting up cheap manufacturing and labor. It is rumored that SONY stands for “Standard Oil Of New York” which would make it a Rockefeller created entity. From electronics, to cars, to toys, Japan became the manufacturing juggernaut of the mid-twentieth century. American corporations profited mightily from the rapid rebuild and investment of capital in Japan and it’s people. Over time, the wars weren’t no longer needed and the USA just outsourced contracts and labor overseas, again Sag ASC.

In the progressed USA chart, the country is now a Virgo ASC and this is a very different look and function to the world and the country itself. Virgo is a lot more conservative than Sag in how it presents itself. It is not a dominant ascendant by any stretch. In fact, its greatest strength is to perform in some kind of service capacity to the world at large. With this ASC, the USA “should” be delivering aid, and assisting other countries. In some ways, we can see this at work in the so-called Ebola crisis. Virgo’s job is to essentially heal and theoretically, this is what is taking place in West Africa, but as always, with a chart and a life, there is much more than meets the eye. We will look at this and much, much more as this post and series continues tomorrow.

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MARSAQUARebels, genius, beauty and balls

Well it’s here, right on time for revolutionary season, it’s Mars in Aquarius. Mars in Aquarius is a most enigmatic sign and yet, it is perhaps the most distilled expression of the Aquarian experience at large. Let’s try to understand this aspect and then zoom out to the world at large and examine it’s impact on our current milieu.

Astrology is a lot like math, painting and cooking. You add things up. Colors are mixed. Ingredients combined. It’s an art of synthesis that blends a multitude of elements together. It’s very much like being a DJ, who mixes beats, samples and loops. But being a DJ has it’s own inherent rules and so does astrology. If a DJ mixes beats at the wrong tempo, it’s called a “train wreck.” If a cook adds too much salt, no matter how expertly they’ve infused orange rind, sage and maple syrup, the over abundance of salt will kill the dish. All things in measure, all things according to the natural order of their structure must conform to the potential inherent in their relationship to one another. Does that make sense? Okay, let’s try some astro math.

Mars is action, will, focus, violence, passion, sex, blood, war, conflict, energy, drive and conviction. It is the cosmic expression of the male principle. Wherever your Mars is in your chart, that’s where you put your energy and how it is channeled. What sign it is in is how it’s colored and the tone of the expression. That is the same for any planet/sign config. Aquarius is the rebel. It’s the code breaker and the social de-stabilizer. It is almost always contrarian. I’m surprised I haven’t heard a rap rhyme yet that flows with “I’m an Aquarian, a contrarian, a meat-eating vegetarian, ” You get the drift. If there’s an opposing POV, Aquarius will take it on. Read the rest of this entry »

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york-thumbCenturion for hire.

The Earth game is a power game. No matter how you slice or dice it, the horizontal playing field is defined by resources, command and will. Now the cosmic game is a totally different set of parameters, and has very little to do with what’s happening in the 3D holographic theater. The two are not mutually exclusive, but in order to connect both Earth and Sky, one must be willing to sacrifice both. Not many understand this or know how to get there. But this isn’t about that dynamic per se. It’s about “The Earth Game” especially as it manifests in the life and chart of one, Jim Harbaugh, the embattled coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

While I was out in Boulder taping a segment with Regina Meredith for Open Minds on Gaiam TV., the national sports news was blasting stories about the growing discontent between The San Francisco 49ers coach, Jim Harbaugh and their young, CEO, Jed York. The Niners had just gotten their clocks cleaned by the their rivals from the north, The Seattle Seahawks, at home, on national TV, on Thanksgiving, This was the marquee, prime time game, after everyone was happily sedated, tryptophantic angels massaging frayed neurons, overtones of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, French vanilla, and chardonnay. The Niners were at home, in their brand new, totally wired, Silicon Valley stadium. A far cry from grungy and swampy confines of “The Stick” an aging testament to land fill and urban renewal that never renewed. Read the rest of this entry »

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ferguson-riotsEnter Saturn in Sagittarius

Saturn in Scorpio moves steadily towards its final degrees. These are the critical degrees as planets, especially the transpersonal giants like Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto begin to shift into the next sign. The last degrees are volatile, explosive, catalytic and unstable. We are talking the 27th, 28th and 29th degrees, the latter also known as “The Anaretic Degree.”

On 3/11/11, The Daichi earthquake devastated the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Uranus was at 29 degrees in Pisces and Neptune at 28 Aquarius. Both aspects represent water (Pisces/Neptune) and uranium (Aquarius/Uranus). The volatility of those degrees was more than evident on that day. We’re talking cosmic wobble, matrix shifting, cultural and planetary tectonics.

Let’s go back to October, 2008, when “The Maverick” LOL, John McCain was theoretically running against Barack Obama. And just before the ballots were punched in November, the economy bottomed out. All of those nasty derivatives were like the China Syndrome, a full out meltdown to the core. Where was Pluto? 28 degrees. Critical. The degree shift can also herald the arrival of the new energy of the next sign. The meltdown was a harbinger of the titanic superstructures that would become Pluto in Capricorn.

On September 11th, 2012, radical Islamists raided the US embassy where four Americans were murdered, including Christopher Stevens. Saturn was at 27 degrees Libra. While the Benghazi affair was muted as much as possible, it did have a significant impact on Hilary Clinton, Scorpio, who left her Secretary of State position In February of 2013. Saturn was about to move into Scorpio.

During the final days of Saturn in Scorpio, Ferguson lays in charred and broken memories and dreams. Just as the energy of Saturn is not quite yet extinguished, neither are the flaming embers of what happened last week in Missouri and across the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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interstellarTaking the leap.

As we sat in the dark, waiting for “Interstellar” to begin, there were some interesting coming attractions. The first that caught my eye was the latest, robot-feel-good flick, “Chappie” directed by Neil Blokamp (District 9 and Elysium), which stars Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel and Die Antwoord’s , Yolandi Visser. Without knowing too much about “Chappie” the trailer plot (filled in by yours truly) seems to be about a robot who is rejected, turned out onto the streets and befriended by street people. Can you see the rejected people/robot trope? In the course of a three-minute trailer, you can also see Chappie get humanized and beloved by his fellow rejects. Then it looks like Chappie gets in trouble, leads some sort of rebellion, and does so heroically. Get ready for scores of films comin’ acha , where the robots will be more evolved, beloved and human than humans. Time to soften us up and accept the coming robot race.

Neil Blokamp is making a career out of augmentation, mutation and automation. In District 9, Blokamp takes us into a world where a human cop morphs into an alien thanks to the alien blasting the cop with its DNA.

District 9 is a reality play on racism and exclusionary culture wrapped in a Sci-Fi flick.

Matt Damon plays an augmented human in “Elysium” where he becomes a transhuman super soldier who is going to take on the 1%, living in an upper atmospheric utopia.

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Now here comes “Chappie” and another, Dickensian take by Blokamp on anything other than a straight human.

Then there’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” a far less passive take on Moses and the flight from Egypt. Ridley Scott directs, Christian Bale leads his people, blah, blah, blah. Read the rest of this entry »

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