Brothers Under the Skin


Friday’s New Moon (9/18) is no standard-issue New Moon. Up in the sky right now four planets are gathering together in opposition to Uranus.

This grouping gooses up the ongoing Saturn-Uranus opposition, signature of America’s red-hot culture wars. The opposition reaches exactitude five times, and the hit today — Sept 15th — is the most critical of the five. The world body is quivering with the tension between two energetic poles: that of a white-knuckled holding on to the past (Saturn) and an explosive, liberating leap into the future (Uranus).

New Moons are always about getting another chance. Virgo is about tweaking and problem-solving. While it’s true that the stakes are stringently high right now, it is also true that the task at hand is really quite humble and down-to-Earth: we’re just being asked to think up workable solutions. The transits above are no longer about fist-pounding ideologues shouting each other down (they were until recently, but no longer). The question now is “What could actually work here?”

We are being invited to put our cudgels down and look at things in perspective.

In this regard, I wonder about the ire that drives the more vocal participants in the health care “debate” (using that word for these dogfights feels wrong. It gives a bad name to those civil exercises we engaged in in high school, with their gentlemanly protocols and their strict rules about supporting arguments with facts.) I am curious about the generalized fear and loathing of “Big Government” that seems to be the central theme raising the blood pressure of those good citizens protesting health care overhaul. Are we to understand that the older members of this group spurn all Medicare reimbursements that the government gives them to pay for their blood pressure meds? Do the younger ones boycott state colleges, because accepting an education from Big Government rankles their libertarian pride?

As in most places, in California there’s a whole lot of poverty, especially inland. This poverty is insufficiently, but consistently, assuaged by welfare checks. Are we to assume that these hard-hit communities — which are populated, by the way, in overwhelmingly greater numbers by GOP-votin’, gun-totin’, government-mistrustin’ folks than they are by “liberals”– hold their noses while accepting the food stamps their government provides?

These contradictions have been getting a lot of air play lately, and I am sure they have inspired a list of angry rebuttals to suit. More compelling, I think, is a deeper tier of irony; one that gets mentioned less often in the media reportage of this rhetorical civil war.

It remains unmentioned because it involves the potential of common ground between the two sides; that is, between those never-the-twain-shall-meet camps that the pundits have divided us into. Given that a united citizenry is our corporate-run government’s worst nightmare, it stands to reason that we won’t find the debate framed this way on the evening news.

So let’s take a crack at it here.

I refer to the fact that many of us not in the “Obama’s-a-socialist” camp share with those who are a profound distrust of what goes on in Washington. Hundreds of thousands of us have marched in protest of the gargantuan chunk of our tax money that goes to fuel the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; not to mention the dirty little secret wars elsewhere, for which our spanking new president has extended his loathsome predecessor’s “unitary powers” — the license to spill as much blood as he chooses for whatever reason he deems prudent.

Has it occurred to you, too, brethren from the Right, that the money that’s been poured down the death pit of Iraq could have bought health insurance for every man, woman and child in the USA? And a degree at a four-year college to boot?

Like you who have been raising the roof at town hall meetings, we too cry foul — for example, when we hear about Washington’s holding people indefinitely without charge and subjecting them to extra-legal “interrogations” that fly in the face of the U.S. Constitution, a document held in high esteem by members of both camps.

We, too, protest the unimpeded reach of a government that, to this day, maintains the right to eavesdrop on our phone calls, read our emails and peek over our shoulders when we check books out from the library. You feel outraged about immigrants benefiting from the social services your hard-earned tax dollars paid for; we get just as outraged when we think of our taxes paying for the murderous services of Blackwater mercenaries.

True, we might not get quite as exercised as y’all when it comes to the idea of government- managed health care. But in other regards, we could bring to the table a truckload of umbrage against the workings of Washington DC.

Will you join us in the streets, o town hall spleen-venters, to stop the sabre-rattling against Iran? Will you raise your cries with ours, brothers and sisters, to protest the bailouts of Wall Street kleptocrats ?

Shall we link arms under these revolutionary skies?

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Jessica Murray
Jessica Murray

pd,So interesting: the 1886 railroad decision as the seminal moment in the corporations-as-persons era. And how it ended up being worded by a court clerk! Goes to show, as you suggest, that the true significance of current and historical events, and thus the real birth moments of important processes (even their culminations, for that matter), only become apparent when we look at the flow of events from the big picture; rather than going by what the media and history books identify as important facts and milestones. Thank you for this fascinating info.Jessica

zorg
zorg

insightful intrepretation as always. watching the events unfold still amazes me. the deliberate deceit and manipulations are not quite as astonishing as the consciousness of those being fooled.......... again, for the thousandth time.

-pd-
-pd-

Jessica,Thanks for yet another fine piece. I noticed something interesting about yesterday's New Moon which, in my understanding, "activates" this latest Saturn-Uranus opposition. Namely, the New Moon moment, when located at Washington, has Pluto--just beginning to move forward in the 1st degree of Capricorn--on the Ascendant. This is an indication of an extremely potent moment, but one not likely to manifest in any earth-shaking developments. Still, this discovery and my mental agitation moved me to write a piece that I titled "Initiation," and circulated it among my astro correspondents.I noticed on the Astroworld blog the latest post that speaks to the idea of this particular time as a seed moment, and I quote from it here:"Obama tells Wall Street on the afternoon of the 16th, the party is over, if he means it that signals he has fulfilled his obligation the the previous administration which is where TARP was born and nurtured; Obama seems to be signaling that obligation has been filled. Credit card companies have been put on notice, this week the attorney general of NY has started investigations into the 'too large to fail banks." And our new Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor has begun questioning the May 10, 1886 law in California making corporations equal and above people.'"Just to clarify the quote a bit, it was not an 1886 law in California, but rather a Supreme Court decision on that date on a California case (Santa Clara County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad. As far as I'm aware, this was the critical move in establishing the treatment of corporations as persons. I've even read that the precedent was effectively established by a court clerk (a corporate mole?) in the wording of his report to favor corporate interests, and was not based on the exact wording of the Court's decision. An example of how a small event can have vast consequences--one of Pluto's specialties.

Jessica Murray
Jessica Murray

mpk,My wording incorrectly expressed my thought; thanks for calling it to my attention. I've edited that sentence.Thanks for writing in.JM

m.p.k
m.p.k

We have been known to get as outraged as you get when we think of our hard-earned money going to pay mercenary thugs like those of Blackwater Inc.I wish this statement matched my experience, but it does not. My experience is that they actually do support that kind of thuggish behavior. Blackwater was an "onward Christian soldiers" type of company to the people on that end of the political spectrum I've talked to. These are the same segment of the population that are OK with the Bush era torture policies.

m.p.k
m.p.k

This poverty is insufficiently, but consistently, assuaged by welfare checks. Are we to assume that these hard-hit communities -- which are populated, by the way, in overwhelmingly greater numbers by GOP-votin', gun-totin', government-mistrustin' folks than they are by "liberals"-- hold their noses while accepting the food stamps their government providesI recently had an epiphany that if all these social protections end, it probably won't affect me at all. For all the talk about the evils of corporotocracy I am perfectly capable of making a living within it and receiving the protections of that system, as corrupt as it may be. I'd rather help create a more equitable system, but if it doesn't happen, it's no skin off my teeth. If these people want to cut off their own lifelines, vote against their own interests, maybe it's just karma? I'm pondering this and haven't made up my mind.

Jessica Murray
Jessica Murray

Dear Dash (short for Dashiell, as in Hammet? or for Blogspot Dashboard?),I find that, unless a person is poised on the threshold of having his mind blown by something or other, he'll just get irritated when you try to explain how astrology works, because it involves a whole paradigm shift -- more than the questioner is asking for (see "Metaphysics vs. Physics" on the Articles page of MotherSky.com). Astrology doesn't work by cause & effect, so it isn't proven by events; it's "proven" by energy. As for looking to the news to read energy shifts, the media is useful only when carefully decoded.As the New Moon dawns, Jessica

clymela
clymela

WOW!! Thanks for this piece. I noticed the other day that I was in agreement with one of the other side until the point of conclusion-we came to opposite conclusions. I am a socialist I want universal healthcare,universal education as far as one needs to go, affordable housing and income support so that if one becomes unemployed one is supported until work is found. I want more government but also better government. I am sick of welfare for the priveleged.

gsabino
gsabino

I like this one. I have been noticing that I can identify with the anger that was in Washington on 9/12 because I don't trust the government either. The "vast right wing conspiracy" has been very succesful in channeling our collective disgust into ways that reinforce their own agenda. I mean, who would ever imagine that they could get people to defend their insurance company?? Kind of unbeleivable, when you realize that everybody who has every been sick realizes what it means to be a victim of the health care system.As for Dash's friends concern that if something dramatic doesn't appear in the newspaper today, then "astrology doesn't work", I say relax and read deeper. Earthquakes and assasinations are very rare, and shouldn't be the "proof" of astrology working (at least I don't think so.)

Dash
Dash

I say this with adoration for you... But tell me how can I believe what you read up in the sky... If today is such an important day, it is not showing up in news.I had pointed out your article to some friends.. and I am waiting to hear them call me on the carpet for it. If big transits pass with a whimper like this, I don't think the stars tell anything - or may be we don't know how to read them...