When I was in Junior High School, I briefly played in drum corps, marching band. My job? To bang the bass drum, over and over again, with the same bass line and bottom end, block after block; “boom-boom/boom-boom-boom-boom-boom/boom-boom.” Every now and then we would change it up and I would have to do something a little more complex, but not much. My gig was easy, yet laborious as I lugged the John Phillip-Souza style big drum through the streets of Santa Clara County. If the truth be known, I was really there to talk to and cozy up with the baton twirlers and majorettes, but by the time we got back to the bus, I was a heap of sweaty jeans and an oversized, sky-blue-polyester blazer. It’s not the coolest look when you’re thirteen and desperately trying to channel all those new glandular secretions in the same direction.
It’s no revelation why I didn’t last long as the rhythm mule for the marching band. Ultimately, it just wasn’t cool enough, both literally and figuratively. But I did learn two things; 1) If you bang on something hard enough and long enough, you’ll learn something from it. And, the following; 2) When I was in a shopping center (open air in those days) and I wailed on the drum, I could set off alarms in shops we passed by. We all thought that this was very funny and got a great chuckle out of it, but quite a few years later the significance of the relentless beat of the bass drum, exciting a primitive, yet sensitive theft detection devices becomes much more relevant in the context of this column and my life.
If you are a semi-regular reader, you might know that ever since Pluto moved into Capricorn, full time, I have been sounding a familiar beat, which is the rise of the corporacratic state; the rise of monolithic institutions and policies, the fusion of government with business and business with government. Since the first round of extortion, I mean bailouts occurred, while Bush was more lame than ever and Obama was polishing his shoes and acceptance speech, just waiting for “Old Joe” and “Crazy Sarah”to stick their feet even deeper into their mouths, we’ve witnessed this trend happen at an alarmingly rapid rate.
First the banksters get bailed out then The Gov, that means me and you (at least on the surface) started snatching up companies like AIG, Fanny Mae and GM. “Open for business” was the invisible shingle that got hung at 4848 Pennsylvania. And then The Gov turned around and sold most of those assets at a loss, just giving enough of us that are slightly cynical the feeling that the buyers had already established sweet deals on the front end as some sort of payback for past or future considerations. Now the government wants to get into the health care business, adding yet another, monolithic layer to their modern tower of babble. I’m going to save my rant for health care for another post, but based on my banging on the rise of Pluto in Capricorn, how quickly it has self-assembled and how it has squared off against the US in Cancer stellium, I will continue to march to the beat of a different, yet steady drum.
In the next few paragraphs, I am going to look at Sonia Sotomayor, dissecting her chart and show why she has the potential to be good, bad and deeply problematic. So let’s have a go at “The Wise Latina’s” chart.
Sotomayor’s birth time is unavailable, so I’ll be working off the ephemeris, with a few outside influences as well.
Wikipedia lists her birth as June 25th, 1954. This makes her a “Horse” in Chinese astrology. While she is not considered as problematic as female “Fire Horses (1966)” by the chinese, her energy is proud, self-assured and even bordering on arrogant, as are all horses. Hey, I can relate. I am a horse rising according to the chinese. I understand the dynamics, and Sotomayor will be a force once she is voted in (and she will be). Simply based on her her chinese sign, she will have many an opportunity to clash with the three rats who preside on SCOTUS; Scalia (Pisces/Rat), Kennedy (Leo/Rat) and Thomas (Cancer/Rat. Of the three, she shares a very close conjunction with Thomas, separated by just one degree on the solar sign which should put her into accord with Thomas, more often than not, but she could still get into a pissing match with him. Rats often consider the horse to be arrogant, brash and willful, while the horse sees the rat as self-involved, meddling and even narcissistic. Based on their western astrology, Sotomayor and Thomas will agree more often than not, however, in the clinches, neither wants to make the other an enemy.
Scalia’s Pisces Sun, while elementally concordant (water/water), is not close enough for a strong trine and since he is a Rat, this could be problematic for Sotomayor. Scalia also has deep ties to Opus Dei, which could philosophically pit him against Sotomayor, though their respective Catholic upbringings, could give them enough common ground to agree versus dissent with one another, but again, in the clinches, she should not challenge Scalia, especially if he is aligned with the two other rats. Of the three, Kennedy could prove to be the most problematic for Sotomayor. Read the rest of this entry »