Baked in a Pie

On April 6th, Pluto will station at 5 Capricorn (monetary systems), exactly opposite the US Jupiter. This should be2587147000_764ba55dc9_m a pivot point in Americans’ understanding of their depression-a.k.a-recession. But Pluto is still being squared by Saturn from the US midheaven (official agencies), an aspect that brings out fascistic tendencies in ruling elites; in this case, not so much our nominal authorities, but the power behind them: the bankers.

The Uranus piece of the transit picture is the wild card. This is the planet of The People. It is still opposed to Saturn and getting ready to explode into Aries. Uranus is showing up as citizen dissenters of every stripe, from the informed to the brainwashed, and we can expect the action to accelerate. The tea party folks will keep turning out in their clean white athletic shoes as long as Fox News keeps calling Obama a socialist; peace activists will keep filling the streets in their frayed jeans as long as most of our tax bill goes to the Pentagon.

The 16-year-long saga of Pluto in Capricorn is showing us what makes the money wheel go round; particularly in those countries whose Suns receive a hard hit (e.g. the USA, China and England). Each time there is a peak point along this trajectory — such as Pluto’s station next month, the Uranus ingress in May and the Grand Cross in June — those citizens who can stomach it will glimpse unsavory truths about the workings of money and power.

The US public has not, in the main, been quick to grasp the dark realities that their financial crisis has disclosed. In the American mind, a certain apple-pie nationalism (Cancer Sun cluster) is conflated with free market capitalism. But the years ahead will sorely challenge sentimental anachronisms. Americans who thought they were getting apple pie might find four-and-twenty dead blackbirds in there instead.

But the Cardinal Cross years will offer tantalizing material for those who like to ask questions. Such as: Who runs the Fed? What is the Fed? How many Congressfolk with the power to decide whether Wall Street should be regulated were/still are Wall Street insiders themselves? What happened to all that bailout money? And who comes up with the jobless figures they put on the news?

We are now hearing that the US economy is getting better, though the job situation is getting worse. Is this not a very odd pairing of ideas? It seems to mean that things are looking up for everybody except those who are out of work.

My guess is that the savvy spin-meisters who cook up gems like this for the newscasters to disseminate are all too aware that we, the rabble, don’t really know what “the economy” means. That is, we know in a general way; it has to do with the country’s money, right? But to declare that Things-are-getting-better-but-not-for-the-jobless presumes that “the economy” is a thing apart from each citizen’s material well-being. Whatever these “things” are that are “looking up,” they apparently don’t have anything to do with our job status.

So what does the economy refer to? Does it mean what the stock market is doing? Does it refer to something The Fed did — that arcane institution whose surreal powers and unfathomable purposes are unknown to all but insiders?

Propaganda, a dark expression of the only opposition in the US chart, is a curious thing. If it works, it’s invisible (Pluto): that is, it isn’t seen for what it is by its target audience. (Exception: advertising. The public cheerfully accepts attractive disinformation campaigns if they’re designed to sell products; all’s fair in the free-enterprise game. But even in this case, the law of propaganda prevails: the most effective ads seduce us into thinking they’re not lies. As in “Maybe if I buy that jar of goo I really will look ten years younger.”)

In the current cultural climate, if a public figure were to identify as propaganda the official pronouncements about the economy that we hear from news anchors and the White House, she’d risk being smeared as a conspiracy-theorist-wingnut-socialist-moonbeam [that last one is a slur from 40 years ago that the Right has resurrected to defeat Jerry Brown for governor of California]. And probably a traitor, to boot. This is because conventional wisdom dictates that one’s own country cannot, by definition, engage in propaganda (except in wartime; in which case it’s patriotic and called “intelligence”). Propaganda is what the Other Side does.

But the things-are-getting-better-but-not-for-the-jobless oxymoron is a classic example of in-house propaganda, designed to throw us off the scent and to deactivate our ability to think. By contrast, there is plenty of uncensored information to be had, if we look. Such as the studies that report the percentage of US unemployed to be closer to 20% than 10%.

We need to discern point-of-view in order to spot the difference between propaganda and clean information. And if we want transformation instead of power plays, we need to eschew the propaganda. These transits reward the courage to spurn easy lies. Pluto’s knife is cutting beneath the crust of appearances, giving us the power to turn breakdown into rebirth.

This is the part of the nursery rhyme where the birds begin to sing.

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Olga
Olga

Thank you Jessica as always for insightful writings. I get excited I look forward to waking up and embrace the day and the one thing I owe to the universe is to be myself,to live through the genius of my natal chart,life can not get better than this.

ElizabethA
ElizabethA

ok I accept it, the system is broken... but do we have to wait for everyone to fall off before we start doing something? Something tells me it is impossible to have a centralized government in a country this large that would be anything BUT a systematic way to exploit resources. I think we have been long conned by the idea that somehow we have a democracy simply because we each get a vote. The systematic dumbing down of the American population through the public school system, TV (and other media), electronic gadget/toys, bogus religions, etc., has been remarkably effective and should not be over-looked. I don't think we have much power to reform our centralized government (just look at how spineless most of congress is, how corrupt the federal agencies are SEC, FDA, FCC...). The financial crises is just one OF MANY crises caused by failure of federal government that we are experiencing. We need more local programs and institutions that will make us all less dependent on federal government.

Preston
Preston

I can no longer watch the spin cycle any longer. Please Pluto and Uranus 'flip the switch' It is getting too dark to see....

Siri Backstrom
Siri Backstrom

"those citizens who can stomach it will glimpse unsavory truths about the workings of money and power." This is where is begins. I often sensor my conversations with others because I don't know what they can stomach. And while I enjoy sharing I am not interested in offending anyone. However, as there are universal principles that affect us whether we know about them or not so it is with our situation with the system we currently live under. Just yesterday I said to someone that until we accept that our political system is completely broken; special interest working on their agendas in our name and money, nothing will change. Working with what we have will never result in a good product, we need to throw it out and start with something else that can be collectively worked on. It will be interesting to see how we will handle the "the stomaching" of what can no longer be hidden.

Michelle
Michelle

It seems to me it's a catch 22. There may be a huge debt but if people aren't making any money themselves they won't be able to help pay it off. So I'm not worried. They can't force anyone to service their debt unless that person themselves is drawing a big paycheck.

Victor Goss
Victor Goss

Each time I read your comments regarding financial issues I am struck by how they resonate with the truly aware researchers and brave financial newsletter writers that I subscribe to - and all this from the stars! Keep it up, Jessica, your confirmation of that flame of truth that is beginning to emerge lends great confidence to those of us who know we can make this situation better if we can stay awake and not be distracted by the constant flow of disinformation in the media.

Singing Sparrow
Singing Sparrow

Seems to me that things are so bungled now that we will need to have a "debt holiday" in order to continue. There is so much down right evil going on these days which you beautifully point out by asking us what it means that the "economy" is doing better but there are not jobs for the unemployed. Oh and let us consider the so called real estate bubble which has now "burst" leaving working people with mortgages they cannot manage. What is slipping under the radar of consciousness is the "news" of the banks,etc moving in to buy up properties at much lowered prices. I could tell you stories of friends tricked into taking out the mortgages and the tricks were played on them by other working people but I imagine everyone knows these stories. Thanks so much for this offering-hope that we can go into all this with e4ven more detail.

Lori
Lori

as a teacher watching thousands of fellow teachers be released from their contracts for next year, I can attest that the economy is not getting better. As a person looking to buy a house, and only seeing housing prices get lower and lower these last two years, I can also attest to the fact that the economy is worsening. For certain, there is propoganda in our news sources. Thank you for an excellent article.

Karen Keating
Karen Keating

If you asked any American citizen what the Federal Reserve is, she would tell you that it is a government agency that creates all the money to run the United States. Unfortunately, this is an illusion that most Americans have, probably because the word "Federal" is used in its name. This is exactly what the bankers want; ignorance among the population. The Federal Reserve is a private corporation controlled by bankers. And it is operated for the financial gain of the bankers over the people, rather for the good of the people. When our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution of the United States in the 1700's, they specifically stated in Article 1: "Congress shall have the Power to Coin Money and Regulate the Value thereof." So what happened? Private bankers devised all kinds of ploys to take control of the nation's money. They succeeded on Christmas Eve, 1913, when Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act. This officially gave the power to create money to private bankers, who called themselves the Federal Reserve Corportion. But make no mistake, they are private bankers. The new law completely divested Congress of the power to create or have any control over the creation of money in this country. Some may ask, "What does it matter who creates the money as long as it is accepted as a medium of exchange for business transactions?" While Federal Reserve Notes are accepted as medium of exchange, it is debt-money, being that interest is charged on every dollar that is created. The US has gotten itself terribly in debt since the Federal Reserve Act was passed. The Public Debt in the US as of April, 2008 is $9,340,497,105,319,74. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $1.44 billion per day since December, 2006. People in this country have become tenants and debt-slaves to the bankers and their agents. Our children and following generations will be paying the debt forever. We are coming to the point where the government will own nothing, the people will own nothing, and the bankers will own everything. Back in the 1700's, Thomas Jefferson said, "If the American people ever allow private banks and corporations to control the issue of their money...the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered!" The planets are aligning themselves to allow us to become conscious of these kinds of atrocities. But the real gift of the transits is to also show us that we have the responsibility and right to not allow them to continue. The information in this message was excerpted from an article written by Melvin Sickler, www.michaeljournal.org. A divine spark caused me to visit a beautiful little chapel yesterday where this journal was found tossed in a basket.