The Quantum Of Saulace.
I’ve been thinking a lot about cruelty lately, meditating on why we inflict such horrible acts upon one another and simply allow them to take place in the name of _____________. If we were presented with images of horror, extreme gut-wrenching, nauseating, mind-cracking horror, with the same frequency that we ingest commercial drivel on a 24/7 basis, would it be enough to move us from our complacent orbit of inertia around this plane of existence? Somehow, I doubt it. When those shocking pictures of Abu Ghraib were released, they were done so not to expose the indecent and criminal behavior that the spineless quislings performed in a classic case of mind control, they were released to gauge our response. How much could/would people tolerate? What would they do when confronted with such immoral and despicable imagery? Unfortunately, four years later, I think we know the answer.
What really sparked this exploration into the depths of creulty was diving into the world of Saul Alinsky in the last entry. Quite frankly, I was blown away by the thorough and rigorous strategem that he devised over the course of a lifetime and two, radical manifestos. Alinsky gives props to old Lou himself in the intro for Rules For Radicals;
“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history… the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”
Alinsky’s tactics and techniques are completely amoral and as a result, he’ll resort to anything in order to bring about “change.” In Alinsky’s world, the means justify the ends;
“The end is what you want, the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and ends arises. The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work. … The real arena is corrupt and bloody.”
This type of ruthless pragmatism, was learned at the elbow of one of Alinsky’s mentors, Al Capone, whom he spent considerable time with after he graduated with a degree in criminology, a fairly new field at the time, dedicated to understanding the morals and methodologies of the criminal mind. Like Nietzche and Marx before him, Alinsky is pure Luciferian when it comes to the application of energy and will and he sets it loose in the political arena, unconstrained in it’s applications. Two of his greatest tactics are ridicule and taking advantage of man’s inability to live up to his own (read christian) moral doctrines. Pithy enjoinders from the heart and mind of Saul Alinsky include such gems as, “Last guys finish nice.” and “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” Finally, lest we not forget this golden mean to an end, one of which GW Bush must have surely paid great attention to; “Yesterday’s immoral terrorist is today’s moral and dignified statesman of high standing — because he was successful. Yesterday’s moral statesman is sitting in front of a ‘war crimes tribunal’ today — because he lost.” Rules for Radicals whether it makes you vomit or break out your old Mao cap to wear to the office, must be recognized for it’s sheer audacity and penetrating look into how to disassemble modern man in all of his emotional and psychological contradictions and then re-organize him into units of action. It’s right up there with Machiavelli folks.
On an astrological level, who was Saul Alinsky and do the planets play any particular roles in how he set out to destabilize democracy using the very principles afforded by it?
Alinsky was born January 30th, 1909, which places him firmly in the first decanate of Aquarius at 10 degrees. For those of you that are fairly new to astrology, let’s quickly reference some keywords associated with Aquarius, “forward thinking,” “visionary,” “utopian,” “progressive,” “freedom loving,” “brilliant,” “radical,” “anarchic,” “scientific,” “cold,” “articulate,” “eccentric,” “observant,” “distant,” “honest” and “arrogant.” Famous Aquarians with a a political bent include, Reagan, Lincoln, Betty Friedan, Norman Mailer, Susan Sontag and Jimmy Hoffa.
So by understanding some of the keywords associated with Aquarius, we can begin to see the modus operandi behind his rules. Alinsky is an Aquarian to the teeth, choosing to dwell in it’s decidedly revolutionary aspects, nearly devoid of any compassion. What other aspects add to and comply with this mordant asocial persona?
His Moon is in Gemini in an exact trine with his Aquarian Sun. This gives him the unique ability to see into the emotional body with x-ray vision, penetrating mans vices and virtues, all with the express purpose of taking advantage of them. Gemini is a cool and somewhat perverse place for the moon. It can objectify the emotional experience to the point of being cut off from it completely, thus engendering an emotional schizophrenia at times. Duality and polarity are key components of The Gemini Moon and the ability to occupy any emotional position at any time, often without feeling a sense of guilt or betrayal to self and values related to self. His Mercury is also in Aquarius, adding to his social genius, trining Gemini again, this time in Pluto (27/25 degrees), augmenting his ability to see deeply into the psychology of the masses and like any good Aquarian, come up with a system in order to initiate change. This powerful trine also gave Alinsky the ability to communicate with people on a very deep level, imprinting his ideology onto the willing at a cellular level. Whatever techniques he developed on a personal level, he launched his strategies deep into the hearts and minds of his community organizers. Since Pluto deals with collective energies and systems as well, his efforts, through his system and cadre of organizers have interpenetrated the social and democratic DNA of the U.S. as well. Like Edward Bernays, the father of modern PR and marketing, the man that brought us fluoride in our water supply, Alinsky might be one of the most influential americans, most people have never heard of–until recently.
All of these ideas are great, but they exist in a void without action. Alinsky’s Mars in Sag at 13 degrees, trining his Sun takes care of that. Mars in Sag adds an almost zealous energy to the already radically inclined Aquarian Sun. Here we have a freedom fighter with the mindset of a street brawler. Like most astrological aspects, these energies can be used to either create or destroy, but in Alinksy’s case, he was in the business of both. He was dedicated to tearing down the establishment, brick-by-brick, block-by-block, but what “Rules” never addresses is, “what then?” Once the revolution is complete, what next? Perhaps this was part of some other manuscript that only the most trusted charges were allowed to view–the blueprint for the end game of change. Ironically enough, our new friend, Rahm Emmanuel also has Mars in Sag, a mere two degrees off of Alinsky’s, so Obama has the proximity of someone in his inner circle that has the same, action/change energy as his mentor. This must be comforting to the president elect, if not for some of us.
Alinsky’s Venus is in Capricorn, is in a wide trine with his Jupiter in Virgo. Venus in Capricorn is cool and detached and does not carry one ounce of sentimentality along with it. Relationships are usually determined by usefulness and how much they will benefit the individual. People with Venus in Cap form bonds for a very long time, establishing a quality of endurance in their relating. If they are into you, you’ve got a friend for life. Venus in Capricorn tends to be very conservative and while Alinsky espoused radical values, his Venus in Capricorn was not content to let his ideologies co-mingle on the fringe with the easy convert. For him, the absolute execution of his vision was infiltrating the ranks of Middle America. He taught that true radicals don’t flaunt their ideals–they cut their hair, put on suits and change the system from within. Connect this circuit with his Jupiter in Virgo, where his genius for organizing arises and it is easy to see why he was so effective in having a long range view and creating models backed by what appears to be tireless energy in pursuit of a single-minded goal. Alinsky’s Venus in Cap was also in an exact conjunction with Uranus in Capricorn, giving him endurance and the ability to grind at radical change, day in and day out as the explosive and anarchic energy of Uranus is tempered by Capricorn, again directing the intention to the highest point of achievement through the broadest means of application, the widest berth, the largest numbers, guided by immeasurable patience and scale. Alinky saw his work in terms of social legacy and knew that what he set into motion would live on in the hearts and minds of Hilary, Barack and others, For Alinsky wrote, “The organizer, is in a true sense reaching for the highest level for which man can reach — to create, to be a ‘great creator,’ to play God.” In Alinsky’s world, he was the ultimate organizer, the God that spawned a universe of activists and organizers. Alinky’s goal in my mind, was to achieve a certain immortality and leave his imprint upon the soul of the planet through his followers and charges. In essence, Alinsky not only created a school of radical progressive ideology, but a religion cast in a Luciferian light where he was at the center, the hub of all thought that emanated outward and lives on through the “actions” of his disciples. Alinsky’s unstated goal was to usurp the western notion of God the Father and Jesus his son, with . . . himself.
If that’s not enough, throw in his Saturn in Aries (in it’s fall) and will at all costs, will exercised through limitation transformed into patience and voila you’ve got even more focused will and intention working towards Alinsky’s life work. But what’s missing here, in his work and his chart is water, plain and simple. Alinksy had only Neptune in Cancer, which he no doubt was able to use in order to permeate the system through the US’s stellium in Cancer, especially as it trined his Jupiter in Virgo, his genius for organizing the masses, but that is the extent of water, pure emotion in his chart, which we astrologers or students of the art look to as a connection to the life as a whole. With all of his brilliance, his being able to see through deceit, injustice, contradiction and hypocrisy, he didn’t go far enough. Alinsky never got to love. It’s fairly obvious that he viewed compassion as a disease and urged his followers to not give their adversaries any quarter. If he had the emotional capacity to temper his genius, perhaps his genius wouldn’t have manifested the way that it did, or maybe, it would have achieved an even greater level of importance in defining a new social order. Or perhaps, compassion is something that Barack Obama will be open to as a disciple of Alinsky, though I think he would only approve if said compassion was employed only to get people to act, obey or conform to a stated goal.
At the beginning of this look into the life and chart of Saul Alinsky, I meditated briefly on the state of cruelty and why we allow it. What I tried to illustrate here is that in the minds and hearts of those that would employ amoral tactics in order to achieve an end, cruelty is just another tool in the toolbox to hammer the masses with, to create a state of fear, panic and social unease, to distill polarity, because when those pictures from Abu Ghraib were released it left a horrific impression of America in the hearts and minds of people around the world. The devil left had his calling card behind, saying, “I was here and you can’t do fuck about it.” But Saul Alinsky is only one agent whose embrace of cruelty as one of many strategies to effect change has had a visceral impact on The 20th and 21st centuries. Tomorrow, we’ll look at another Aquarius, Charles Darwin and how his theory of evolution, survival of the species, etc, translates into for survival at any and all cost on the political and social fronts and the implicit permission it grants for a subjective, moral, relativism.
“A People’s Organization is dedicated to eternal war,” — Saul Alinsky