Monsters

116400199_9bc99bf3e4_tAs Saturn moves backwards down the ladder of early Libra, it is now returning to an exact conjunction with the Midheaven (top-dog status) in the Sibly chart of the USA.

Saturn authorizes things: it names people and entities to positions of authority. In this placement it is submitting the country’s corporate and moral leadership to an exacting redefinition process, clarifying who bears the staff of state. At the same time, Pluto (corruption) is continuing its long, slow opposition to the collective Sun-Jupiter-Venus conjunction (ethics and values) . The square between them is showing us who really sits on the throne in this kingdom.

It sounds like a cliché, but it must be said: This is a battle (T-square) to the death (Pluto) for the nation’s moral (Jupiter) core.

The Eclipse of January 14th, which took place as Saturn was stationing, was in Capricorn (the sign governed by Saturn). Last Thursday, after the stunning energies of the week before had prepared the ground, the US Supreme Court handed down a decision that allows American corporations more rights than they have ever had before. The transits that showed up in Haiti as crumbling physical edifices (Saturn) and mass physical death (Pluto) showed up in the USA as the crumbling of the edifices of a government: another phase in the death of this democracy.

Layer by layer, the full meaning is being revealed of the USA’s Pluto in the 2nd  house (money) — the signature of plutocracy.

Our government’s perfidious lobby system has long been in place, as a corrupter of the legislative process; and  Wall Street’s crimes suddenly became front-page news two years ago when Pluto entered Capricorn and the karma of capitalism crashed into public awareness. But once Abramoff had been packed off to the slammer, the headlines forgot about K Street. And when the pundits announced that the recession was easing up (Nothing to see here, folks; just move along), we were to believe that the free market had staggered to its feet. A show of closure was performed last week when the titans of the finance industry were trotted out before the TV cameras to mumble semi-apologies into microphones.

It is clear that the powers-that-be have every intention of trying to cover up the rot at the core of the system, rather than digging it out to allow healing to begin.

Now that the Saturn-Pluto square is in full gear, we are seeing a new kind of national sacrilege: the cherished American notion of “free speech” has been pulled into the slime. The ruling last Thursday auctioned off US elections to the highest corporate bidder; not merely effectively (Pluto) — as it has always been –but explicitly (Saturn in Libra: through rule of law). Far more destructive to the republic than the strident warnings that get big news coverage — such as the complaints of tea-bag patriots or the name-calling of alarmist pundits — this judicial act re-defines (Saturn) the empowerment (Pluto) of the larger-than-life business entities to which Americans have vouchsafed their commonwealth.

The corporations have been given new life, but they have been given none of the responsibilities that go with life. Companies like Bechtel, Bank of America, Monsanto, Exxon et al are allowed to live and grow and sue for their rights, like humans; but they can’t go to jail. Should they be fined, their immense wealth will protect them from financial danger.

Moreover, unlike humans, they are held by neither a social nor a moral imperative to “do right” (Pluto opposed US Jupiter). Humans tend to form allegiances to this or that wider group, but corporations have no incentive to identify with any public good; their only allegiance is to their shareholders. The profit motive is morality-free (not immoral, necessarily; simply amoral.) In any case, with non-US citizens on their boards of directors, why should multinational corporations identify with America’s proud First Amendment trip? Are they likely to revere the spirit behind the law? Of course not. But Big Pharma, Big Oil, Big You-Name-It, are to be treated as if they had the same status as a creature with a sense of allegiance, a conscience, and a heart.

Pluto governs monsters: perversely unnatural creatures that are often the results of experiments-gone-horribly-wrong. This is the archetype behind the malformed atrocities of literature; the deformed villains and the hybrid demons with beasts’ faces and birds’ claws. Legends depict such beings as both terrifying and powerful; as humanoid but devoid of human feeling.

At this point in the Pluto-Saturn cycle we find the USA in the role of Dr Frankenstein. The super-corporations are our monsters. We created them, and they are dangerous.

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John Sacelli
John Sacelli

Pluto is not 'corruption' - it is transformation. Which of course may be corrupted, but does not imply that it will be so. A Pluto opposition, such as that you cite to Sun-Venus-Jupiter is not a statement to choose between Piscean bliss and Capricornian repression, but a requirement to transform the structures - civil, social, economic, governmental - which hold in place the possibility of achieving some measure of Piscean Unity. This is alchemy. That not every battle will be won and not every direction taken a healthy one is simply part of the process, and there are no guarantees of an enlightened outcome - any more than any of dozens of dangerous passages in this country's history were guaranteed to end successfully. Speak to the specifics - but don't warp the astrological interpretations into a forecast of the 'death of democracy'.

covelodee
covelodee

The Network of Spiritual Progressives has just announced a conference at U.C. S.F. on Feb. 15 to focus on developing positive ideas and programs for an economy and society that more fully embody the countries highest values. Michael Lerner, Bill Moyer and many other progressive leaders will be there. They also plan a four-day conference in Washington, D.C. Details at www.spiritualprogressives.org. It sounds like a time and place to meet other concerned citizens. Dee Mullen

Gary Burris
Gary Burris

I have been considering the upcoming astrological aspects that take us back to a semblance of the revolutionary 60's. If the current and upcoming aspects are to take us to a new level I have a few ideas on how that may be achieved. > > The recent court recognition of corporations as having individual rights will pump extraordinary amounts of money into the political campaigns in the upcoming elections. I would propose that the best way for the uprising of the masses to take place is at the voting booth. > > If Americans want to take back their rights and make their votes count then they need to elect representatives to the legislature that represent their voices. My proposal is that communities select educated, common sense, individuals that are non-career politicians and are willing to fulfill the role as a privilege to serve their country. They will be middle of the road small business owners, educators, etc. representing those who are not interested in the extremes of the left or right. They will be Independents. The upcoming elections are ripe for Independents to finally draw the winning percentage of votes do to the up welling of outrage over partisan bickering of the two current parties. This will be especially so for the presidential election in 2012. > > If we pushed through the Internet for every community to support these independents we would force the corporations and lobbyists to fund both of the other parties, to their financial ruin, in order to defeat the populace candidates. The last election proved the effectiveness of the Internet in swinging an election. > > The most important note is that the elected candidates are given an agenda of the people. Every year elected officials kick the difficult issues down the road in order to achieve party objectives of reelection and majority at the loss of effectively addressing critical measures. First and foremost would be the legislation of term limitations and the repeal of any perks not afforded the common citizen. The list would consist of ten agreed upon critical issues to be addressed, not in order ,but all in short period with effective common sense. > > SAMPLE LIST (NOT In specific order) > > 1. Term limits and perk elimination for both houses. > > 2. Financial reform for banking and investment firms. > > 3. Beneficial economic stimulus. > > 4. Troop draw down to 10% levels around the world for peacekeeping and information gathering only. > > 5. Massive reduction in military spending > > 6. Tax reform > > 7. Healthcare reform > > 8. Lobby reform/elimination of corporate contributions. > > 9. Prison reform > > 10. Aggressive reform of fraud in government programs > > The candidates elected will need a demonstration of accomplishment and progress or suffer recall if they are not effective. Big business would be financially crushed trying to defeat the popular candidates and the laws enacted upon their election would effectively move us forward. Over the next 6 years we could accomplish a voter revolution and allow the foundation for a new start in the US as the long term politicians would be replaced. > > I call for a launch for "TEN in '10". The election of "an Independent Party to Provide the Foundation for a New America". I would also ask that everyone do their part to get the list of ten agenda items, as an action item to be discussed, on the editorial pages of every local and national paper as well as on every Sunday morning political program and every college campus in the country. > This is an opportunity to provide people with the hope that they can be empowered to make consistent and positive change through their individual efforts. Let this be our "Moon Shot". Gary Burris

Michelle
Michelle

I think this will just cause our boundaries to expand for some people, and contract for others. I have no problem leaving the USA if things get too crazy here. If people choose to be ruled by corporations, give all their tax money to war machine, deny basic health and human services it's obvious people can do better elsewhere. Our standard of living is falling behind and we are sacrificing tomorrow for today, thinking someone else will pay. Why would the future generations agree to this? I bet they won't. Why should I pay for the debts incurred by a foolish government when I see no benefit for myself in those policies? I can "outsource" myself to a place where things are more civilized. I'm a citizen of the world.

nancy
nancy

Stella, I feel like screeching at you. Turley clearly doesn't understand the ramifications of giving Corporations Personhood and calling money speech went way beyond the scope of a movie. The supreme court ask Citezens United to re argue their case so that they could expand the scope of the case so they could do this. Corporate media is clapping because they are big corporations. We will lose the internet and their will have to be a revolution or a police state. Hopefully a Velvet Revolution. This is as big or bigger than September 11. I am on my knees. Nancy Brickman

Patricia Garrison
Patricia Garrison

Thank you for this insightful analysis! I am really grateful for Soul Sick Nation, and for this blog. I can't say I enjoyed finding out so many ugly things about our country, but it's always better -- and perhaps vital, given our current circumstances -- to bring all this corruption to light. I wonder if there is any hope of preventing the US from becoming, not just a home-grown fascist state, but a state run by international corporations? Maybe these newly minted "persons" will starve to death when the oil runs out?

Stella
Stella

What you write is reactive and too simplistic. Are you aware that the ACLU, who is hardly the promoter of corporate power, agreed with the majority decision. For a balanced opinion of this decision, I highly recommend reading this post: http://jonathanturley.org/2010/01/21/supreme-court-rules-5-4-against-campaign-limitations-in-the-hillary-the-movie-case/ And these posts are insightful and informative: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/01/22/citizens_united/index.html http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/01/23/citizens_united/index.html http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/radio/2010/01/24/romero/index.html

Bob
Bob

Thank you, Jessica, by the way, there is an excellent article on the outrage this has caused and the legal steps being made to seek an ammendment to this atrocity on Let's try Democracy...http://davidswanson.org/...

Bob
Bob

Right on Jessica! You are a voice for the rest of us. Its right there in plain sight, Saturn (business, greed,avarice,control, etc.) RULES the 10th house of Government! Just check out the Capricorn Ingress; Saturn Exalted (God knows why?) in Libra (the scales of the Justice Dept.) in the 7th (open enemies, Sellers of unrestrained lobbyism), in a separating (being put into effect) square (manifest) to Pluto (corruption) in the 10th (Government)Disposed/Ruled by Saturn, and so much more...keep up your great work.

jessica
jessica

Thank you, Bob, for adding this excellent detail to the analysis. You've shown how the symbolism spells everything out. This allows us to keep perspective despite the troubling nature of these developments: Once we see the energies encrypted in archetypal form, we can understand their bigger purpose, and respond rather than react to them. -- Jessica