Masterpiece of Disingenuousness

If you tried to invent something to symbolize the Aquarius conjunction that’s been dogging the US Moon for a couple of years now, you’d never come up with anythingobama-bill-signing more perfect – in a perverse kind of way — than what actually happened. Up in the sky Neptune (universality) has been orbiting alongside Chiron (healing) and Jupiter (reform) in Aquarius (medicine). Boom: health care reform.

Now that Jupiter has sped ahead and left the conjunction, the reform piece seems to have dropped out: it’s just Neptune and Chiron again. As the transit wafts along into its third year, it’s time to take stock of some of the other dimensions of its symbolism.

Neptune is about illusion: it teaches that things are never as they appear. As a Buddhist truth, this is pretty unarguable. But in the absence of spiritual maturity, the fullness of the idea doesn’t translate; and we get stuck in the transit’s dark side. We become vulnerable to deception: a crippling (Chiron) of our ability to discern the real from the unreal (Neptune).

There is nothing wrong with stagecraft per se, of course. When it’s used consciously, it becomes an art form. But when stagecraft is not seen as such by its audience, negative Neptune takes over. This is what’s happened to  American politics.

The agencies set up to inform misinform instead, with a mess of flashy distraction and deliberate lies. The bills that pass are the results of bought-and-paid-for politicians brokering backroom deals. The national conversation has all the dignity of a food fight in a grade school reformatory.

But these are symptoms only. As a fever can be symptomatic of a whole-body disease, the corruption and ludicrous incivility of America’s current political discourse are symptomatic of an all-encompassing social illness. To arrive at an understanding of it, we need to float up above the fray and cop a planets’-eye view.

From the moment we turn off the TV and leave the propaganda behind, we see in the health care debacle a set of meanings very different from those received wisdom has conferred upon it. First of all, we see a bill apparently rooted in GOP principles — in that it’s market-based and eliminates any chance of buying insurance from the government — that the Democrats passed and the Republicans unanimously stonewalled. This should be our first signal that there’s something fishy in how it’s being served up.

Before the propaganda went into full swing, it was clear that the majority of US voters wanted a public option. Democratic politicians – who are billed, per the script, as champions of the working stiff — appealed to this majority in their campaigns. Once elected, however, they did a little bait-and-switch number: they changed the plan to one that would subsidize the insurance companies, claiming that they lacked the votes for a public option. The fact that they still had a clear majority was empirically verifiable; but they shamelessly refused to hold a vote to prove it. The truth is, of course, that these guys had just raked in record-breaking amounts of campaign money from the insurance industry, just as their counterparts across the aisle had. Towards the end, drug companies were actually hunkered down with the Dems in unpublicized meetings, lending a hand to help the bill pass. But the public didn’t see this part on TV.

What the public did see was what they’ve been trained to expect: the ol’ two-teams-mixing-it-up trope, displayed with increasing degrees of acrimony. Like TV wrestlers breaking fake rebar over each other’s heads for the amusement of a boozed-up crowd, the Democrats and Republicans are putting on a show. Health-care, like many another high-profile issue, has been presented as a rousing, nasty, “Left-vs-Right” match. But if we want to learn anything from the Neptune (drama, masques) transit, and that of the Cardinal Cross, we need to look beyond this cartoon narrative.

No way did Republican politicians truly believe the bill was “socialistic.” They knew quite well the opposite was true. But they were pledged to the script. As for the Democrats, at the same moment that Obama was declaring the bill a victory for “ordinary working folks,” in another part of Washington the insurance execs, who had just been promised 32 million new customers, were throwing themselves victory parties.

And the show goes on.

As suggested by the Pluto-Saturn-Uranus T-square, the reasons for this charade go as deep as we dare to look. The multi-billion-dollar spectator sport that is American politics is designed to distract the public from the singular truth of US society: the one Jim Hightower was referring to when he said, “The true political spectrum in this country is not right to left but top to bottom.

Most Americans are so brainwashed by the Right-to-Left narrative that they can’t imagine asking any other question except Should the bill have passed or not? But the partisan madness surrounding this issue, orchestrated to compel our undiluted attention, is not where the meaning lies.

The meaning lies in the fact that our politicians are funded by corporations through the lobby system, and that the media is too.

To overlook this fundamental fact in all the culture-war hooplah is to lose sight of the power of these times, as signified by the most critical of current transits, the epochal Cardinal T-square. Once sucked into the narrative of the powers-that-be, we neglect to ask the trenchant questions. This happened to the tea-party bunch, who had their script handed to them by Fox News, and obediently transformed themselves into a vicious mob. And it happened to the “Anyone-who-doesn’t-back-Obama- is-a-traitor” liberals, who likewise accepted the terms of debate that had been dictated to them.

Either too dumbed-down by the way issues are framed to ask Qui bono? or so dispirited that they zone out in angst, most Americans neglect to use the power of their minds to repudiate the nonsense, the power of their votes to throw the bums out, or the power of their numbers to demand reforms of public benefit.

But the era is demanding that we address the fact that the country is a plutocracy. It’s a fact that we’ll either be subsumed by or do something about.

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cloudthunder
cloudthunder

This will be hard for me...but I need to stop calling teabaggers and Republicans idiots. I need to roll up my sleaves and work for laws and consent for total public financing and free media use for elections and make it illegal for politicians and political parties to take bribes. (Oh, are there already laws against bribing politicians? I need to help find them and demand prosecution and I need to insist that Supreme Justice Roberts be Impeached. I and WE -the masses- need to get our talking points out. We need a campaign against the media when they lie. We can use Neptune as our stage manager and make it fun.

aglogeo
aglogeo

Thank you Jessica. Sistertongue: Well said, this writer couldn't have said it better. Blessed be.

Karen Keating
Karen Keating

Thank you again, Jessica, for helping us parse the misinformation we are being given about these issues. Very much looking forward to the recordings from your recent appearances.

Anonymous Withanamed
Anonymous Withanamed

Bottom to Top, I do agree, it is so, but we must also look at the “Aquarian Fog” that **covered** the awareness of this basic fact... And even if we give a look at the global society we will see something similar, bottom/top **is** te basic model of today, its fundamental pattern...

The Spirit of the Raven
The Spirit of the Raven

As I and the rest of the world watched to see the unfolding of the historic bill, as a Canadian Liberal/Green I was absolutely shocked and horrified at the vitriolic language and anger towards the Health Care Reform Bill. As America claims to be a wealthy nation, it is absolutely un-phantom-unable to realize that 32 million people do not have access to simple basic universal healthcare. On a conscious level I am wondering when will Americans wake up and realize that for a very long time they have had no power and the power has been handed to the lobbyists whether corporations, insurance companies, banks or the pharmaceutical cartels and it is labeled under the guise of the "American Dream" yet, all your jobs have been shipped overseas. The worst culprit is the media who through manipulation of fear and propaganda has hijacked the thoughts of Americans and the psychological outcome is really being portrayed currently... You currently have a President who wants to bring America forward from the brink of the worst economic melt down, he inherited a few wars, massive debt - trillions of dollars borrowed from the Chinese government, etc.....etc... etc... In the end Obama has no governing power, he could have vetoed the Healthcare Bill instead, the power is in hands of Congress whose soul motivation is to destroy each other and be more concerned with November elections. Why is there no outcry from the Americans to say enough is enough. I wonder what will happen when China says we no longer want to lend you money and then what???? It is also fascinating that Americans want to eat the whole pie and not realize that the pie's ingredients need to be paid for with taxes and so forth. Yet, the consumption of eating the pie continues and the few crumbs that are left are swept underneath the rug and pretend that everything will sort it self out. I wonder if some have every wondered what the current state of America would be if McCain and Palin were at the helm. I cringe at that thought. We are living in fasinating times at the present. There is a revolution a foot. The frequency and vibration of the planets and Gaia is shifting. I am looking forward to seeing which nations will succeed and which nations will be left behind. I suppose some nations will have to reach the darkest abyss and walk at the bottom of the pit and hopefully people will wake up and realize that it is not a pleasant feeling being at the bottom and try to get back to some sort of integrity and rebuilding of some sorts and get rid of the plutocratic people in power. Jessica as usual through the words and the article is coming from truth and the depth of the article is phenomenal. And so be it, and so it is....

Insania
Insania

It looks like astrology only serves the rich, famous and corrupt politicans. Has average joe even a chance? Everything seems to be a construct of an elite.

Risa
Risa

So how can we use the power of our votes to throw the bums out if everyone available to us to vote for is a bum? It feels like chicken or egg.

Sistertongue
Sistertongue

beaverlodge: The writer here is pointing out the secrets and lies and disinformation spewing from government and media at this time in order to continue to get the american people to participate in pre-adolescent "go team go," activities, rather than sitting back, reflecting and actually making fully informed choices about what we want. The article isn't about doing the lateral tango, as we have been over divide and conquer politics. It's about looking UP and DOWN and how class/money/political decisions are being driven by those very few in the privileged positions to make choices behind closed doors and for their own small benefit. The article is about stripping off the deceptive, aggression-oriented interpretations of the media and broadening the field and framework of what questions we are willing and allowed to ask. It is also important to look at how they are asked. If you walk up to someone and say "Are you a terrorist or not?" you've immediately implied and insinuated that there may be something nefarious about the person and place them in a position of having to defend themselves against the implicit accusation. By doing so, you have exercised a power over them to have to answer to your narrative. This is how power is played out in the very words we choose to speak or the way we frame the questions we ask. After the 9/11 attack, not one person in the media ever asked the question (assuming that foreign terrorists actually were responsible), "I wonder what might be wrong with American foreign policy that our actions in other countries would anger other people this much?" Such a question could have led us into a mature, probing inquiry into our own responsibility as a major power in the world and how we exercise that power and for what reasons. It could have led us into dialogues about imperialism, the right to control resources, what extending a "helpful" hand to other regions really means from someone else's perspective and the overbearing and false assumption that the american way is the "right" way to be. Allowing such discourse has, unfortunately, become a bit too democratic for us. Ms. Murray's article is a great summary of our current political/propaganda situation and many excellent articles pertaining to these issues can be found at globalresearch.ca. opensecrets.org, is also a great site for showing exactly who is getting all that money and who is giving it. The current push in the media also to break our financial woes down to "greed," is also a superficial way of interpreting our gestalt. Our cosmic alignments beg a much deeper reflection on our moral, ethical and spiritual reckonings. Lewis Hyde wrote a wonderful book called "The Gift." In it, he discusses what happens to a culture/society when it chooses to commodify everything in its environment, as the West has done. He discusses the costs to our inner and social life when we sell away that which we have held sacred. He discusses what profanity ensues when we decide to turn everything in our world into something for profit. How we handle and use the stuff of our world (whether internal or external) reveals the spiritual/political/social orientation of the person or culture at hand. For corporate insurance companies, human bodies have become simply a commodity to be used to garner profit. Death by withholding is party blind. The real issue for us to have contemplated is whether or not we want the decision-makers of our healthcare to be private CEO's (and their shareholders) who are all about extracting enough dollars from their investments to afford those 2nd and 3rd homes and fancy cars and the like, or whether we would like someone who doesn't have such considerations on their mind when it comes to making decisions about our healthcare treatment to be in charge. That's the top and bottom of it. Instead, those in control of the narrative (and that is where power is located) framed the entire debate as whether you are "socialist" or not (I guess meaning anyone who is not pro-profit when it comes to healthcare must be a socialist or communist). As the planetary squares and crosses move across the face of the celestial dial we americans created on that day of independence just a couple of centuries ago, I imagine each and every one of us as a gnomon. Our only question is how we shall meet the ever-changing shadows falling across our individual and collective landscape at this profound juncture in our mythology. What story are we each going to tell of ourselves and our country when others come to sit by our hearths years from now to listen to how it was and what we did during those/these times? In my reading of Ms. Murray's accumulated work over the years, she has advocated strongly for taking back our language and refusing to allow others to define our words and meanings for us. Here, she further elucidates how the media plays its part in masking the truth of our collective situation through its skewed languaging in the "information" bullets it fires at the american public, just like big pharma pushing its lucrative pills.

Lauren
Lauren

Our new healthcare program is so great that the President and Congress have their own healthcare. This new healthcare is not good enough for them but its good enough for us

Anne Madill
Anne Madill

Ms. Murray, Even if the person reading your article has no faith in astrology (or politics), it expresses keen insight by being succinct, intelligent and logical. Kudos! -Anne M, Louisiana

beaverlodge
beaverlodge

The article leaves me confused. Is the writer in favour of socialized medicine or not? Does she want the service in another form of universal coverage or not. Is it still everyone for themselves or does "an all encompassing social illness" require a socialized solution? More and more Americans need to look at what is real and what is social conditioning when they make decisions. Most of what is decided simply follows old dogma. Thanks be for Obama.

NorthWoodsGirl
NorthWoodsGirl

@ Patricia~I agree people who watch Fox news are in the Matrix. But so are the people watching CNN, ABC, CBS, PBS, MSNBC and the Daily Show. Colbert, a little less so, but not by much. Colbert is, however, far braver than Stewart when it comes to calling it out.

NorthWoodsGirl
NorthWoodsGirl

Oh, I forgot to mention, I haven't seen any astrological analysis of the immigration reform rally attended by hundreds of thousands of activists in Washington DC, and occurred at the same time as the "historic" House vote on the Senate bill, that was completely ignored by plutocratic mass media. For some reason, the propagandists ignored the historic rally in favor of covering a handful of (paid) Tea Party activists and hours upon hours of pundit pontificating about a not very historic procedural House vote whose outcome was already known. And how about the "hidden" signing w/Stupak of the Executive Order? Thanks again for your on the mark insights! Keep up the great work, and I can't wait to read your book.

NorthWoodsGirl
NorthWoodsGirl

Dead on the money, Ms. Murray! And ditto the comment on Stockholm syndrome. As a Nader voting Green who has been working w/Single Payer Action, I am among the despairing who feels sold out by the neo-progressive (spit) wing of what was once known as the New Left. That Moon oppose Pluto in the bill signing chart says one thing very loudly to me: betrayal of the people, especially women, and the Sun oppose Saturn, the betrayal of seniors, and very possibly the beginning of the end of Medicare & Medicaid (the REAL Republican agenda for "health care reform"). I despair, because I see that Pluto on the descendant entering the 7th house of the bill signing chart, knowing there will be legal challenges to this bill that will reach the US Supreme Court, and the worst case scenario could happen. To me, that worse case scenario is that not only will this bill be overturned by the courts, but that in one fell swoop, we will lose Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security along with it. Lest we forget the lesson of the recent decision on campaign finance. Just as the Enron, et al debacle ushered in the sweeping away of the Boomer's private pension funds, so too does the legal wrangling that comes with this legislation passing, hold the potential to sweep away the only remaining safety nets for the boomer retirement years of Medicare and Social Security. That has been the neocon/neolib plutocratic agenda for decades: to entirely gut the social welfare system in the US, while using the mass media propaganda machine to mask it in Neptunian glamour and illusion (our first ever African American president~how historic! and aren't the Obamas smart and pretty and fashionable, etc.) of progressive legislation that will benefit all civil society. I hope to hell I'm wrong about this, but that chart...is the chart of a deeply deceptive, plutocratic victory. As far as I can see, there is just no other way to interpret it. The plutocrat propagandists get to keep pointing at the Tea-Party-as-racist-bogeymen, and label all dissenters to the "historic" legislation with that same broad brush: if you are against this bill/law, you are with the Tea Party. Brilliant. Haven't seen this effective of a propaganda coup since the lead up to the Iraq war and the election of Obama as a "progressive champion". I'd love to see analysis of the public delusions (Neptune/Chiron/Jupiter in Aquarius) regarding Obama. Best Great Pretender for the plutocracy since Reagan. I think the Saturn/Uranus opposition is at play in the mass delusion of Obama voters, who STILL (despite all the huge mounds of evidence to the contrary)is not only no friend of progressive reform, but about as regressive a Wall Street defender as the Democratic Leadership Council could have found. Like casting an epic movie with an unknown in the lead role of anti-hero. Thank you, thank you, thank you Jessica. Sorry this is so long and rambling, but I'm in the midst of a cross-country move (how's that for using the t-square energy!), and you are my one ray of hope for astrology community~the only one I've read who actually transcends the Repub/Dem, right/left bullshit, and speaks to the reality of what's goin' on (as Marvin Gaye would say!). I'm typing so fast & furious, not re-reading and editing as I should...but I'll return here once I'm settled in my new home. Blessings to you! PS, have you read Barbara Ehrenreich's "Bright-Sided" book?

southbaygal
southbaygal

Our type of government can be summed up in two words: Corporate Government. Our political government is a sham and a wholly own subsidiary of the corporate government. The decisions corporations make on a daily basis have a far greater affect on our lives than our political government. Our corporate government can add or subract benefits, reduce our pay, decide if they want to relocate somewhere else including out of the country with zero regard for the impact upon local communities they reside in. They can polute our land, water, and air with little concern that they will be forced to clean up their messes. They can decide when and if they will pay any taxes at all. Our politicians are really their employees. As for so called health care reform, I have for a very long time considered it a Kubuki Dance to keep us distracted. In the next grand cross years a I believe reckoning is coming. Those of us who are awake will have to take the leadership roll in deconstructing and reconstructing a new way of living and governing ourselves.

Patricia
Patricia

Thanks, Jessica! I think that, once again, your analysis of the situation is spot on! Ever since Reagan convinced us (30 years ago) that government was the problem and that cutting taxes was the solution, we've been left increasingly at the mercy of big corporations, banks and Wall Street. "We the People" ARE the government -- or at least that was the idea when I was growing up. The government -- as our servant -- was the only thing that stood between us and those who would exploit and impoverish us. Cutting taxes doesn't help anyone but the wealthy. While I may theoretically get a bigger tax refund, it doesn't even come close to the millions of dollars in tax refunds that some corporate CEO will get. That's why we can no longer afford funding for social services and public education, or to maintain our public infrastructure -- things that benefit businesses as much or more than the rest of us. People who watch FOX News are living in the Matrix. I just wish waking them up was as simple as having them take a pill.

Lance
Lance

Another brilliant and insightful analysis! The Romans, "the other fallen Empire", made famous the line, "Bread and circuses" (or bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses), a metaphor for handouts and petty amusements that politicians use to gain popular support, instead of gaining it through sound public policy. The phrase is invoked not only to criticize politicians, but also to criticize their populations for giving up their civic duty. We have the games, but where did the money go? Which shell is it under? Whoops...you lost! "I've been robbed, you say" You can't rob the unconscious sleepting masses (sheeple) - or the willing. Until Toto wanders over, in doggy curiousity to reveal the "man behind the curtain", we won't truly know the "wizards" of unconscionable behavior who ultimately is just a few men with lots of gadgets. We will not be fully apprized as to the strings and games being played. It's called world domination, the oldest game in town, and it never ends. There hasn't been a two party system, perhaps from the inception. It's always been a tilted and manipulated board, which uses both sides to put on a "dog and pony show" for the masses. Today, the dogs are rats, and they have lots of printed bills to show for their horrible acting, or "acting horribly". There is only one goal behind all politics, and until one questions the real "Controllers", we all remain largely in a fool's paradise. Mark my words: we will feel the noose of Big Brother and its control in every aspect of our lives; if not today, coming soon to a theatre near you. Just remain present and you too will find out. But I highly recommend sitting down first, or having a huge slice of pie once the blinders come off... it's not a pretty sight! Best Wishes, Lance White/Zany Mystic A Fireside Chat With Zany Mystic

ElizabethA
ElizabethA

Now the bill's past, we might perhaps meditate a bit on this statement : "Diet related illness is the biggest killer in the USA today." Jammie Oliver(chef, winner 2010 TED Prize). It is understandable as most Americans are overworked, stressed out and looking for some relief. Annie Leonard's "The Story of Stuff" says a lot about how a lifestyle can contribute to bad health, and the bad health of the planet. Health awareness, consumer awareness, all related. Let's do more local & sustainable, it's better for everyone (reminding myself too).

Siri Backstrom
Siri Backstrom

Gary, I just noticed your comment. You do have a good attitude, I understand your point.

Kristy
Kristy

It seems that we Americans want it both ways. We want it all, but we don't want to pay. We want equal opportunities, but don't want to give unearned privileges to the marginalized who had to earn theirs. We want plenty of government protections, but they better not do it on our dime, land, or at the expense of our so-called freedoms. I'm not sure that the legislation was a bait-and-switch. It may actually be giving the crowd what they wanted. Americans are extremely uncomfortable with the concept of nationalized medicine (thanks to the blatant lies spread about England and Canada's systems). This reform was probably the closest any policymaker could get.

Gary
Gary

Siri; Ouch! Stockholm Syndrome?? Just trying to keep perspective here. I appreciate your perspective and think its valid. I also think this bill is better than nothing at all.

Siri Backstrom
Siri Backstrom

The fact that we comfort ourselves with thoughts "it's better than nothing" when we need to start thinking who is leading the carriage and why we continue to act as if we don't have any power even to bravely think logically. As I'm writing this Stockholm syndrome comes to mind; identifying with the abuser to the extent that even when set free we can't process that we are free but choose to continue in the abusive relationship.

Gary
Gary

I agree that this piece of legislation will do nothing to change the way health care is delivered in this country. As a health professional, I see every day how broken this system is. This bill is not health care reform, but rather, insurance reform. If we look at it on those terms, I think it does some interesting things (like letting our kids stay on our policies until they are 26, and dropping the pre-exisiting condition clauses). As far as obligating people to buy insurance, in New Jersey, it has been mandatory to have auto insurance since forever, so I am not so shocked by that. The most interesting gem here, is that finally the rich will have to pay more taxes. I am very fine with that, and I think that is kind of breaking a glass ceiling that started with Reagan. So, Jessica, I agree with everything you've written, and I know that we remain in deep sh*t. I just felt compelled to note that I think the bill is better than nothing.

Smokey
Smokey

Thankyou for the insight...I knew we were getting a circus, complete with lion tamers, clowns, jugglers, and trapeze artists, just couldnt connect all of the dots. Oh...and did you say we chose to be here? Ok thats my problem then....