Tea Time

Have you noticed that every time you think the culture wars couldn’t possibly get any wackier, they get wackier?36355613_72eefd7edf_t

Saturn, the planet that is supposed to keep us sane and grounded, is under stress. For the past two years it has been slapped around by Uranus and Pluto, and it’s now opposed by Jupiter (exact on May 22nd and Aug 16th, 2010, and on March 28th, 2011). Jupiter represents our beliefs, and Saturn is our reality structures. The battle between them is particularly obvious in the USA, whose group soul is entering its Saturn Return (described in Soul-Sick Nation, chapter 12).

It’s as if ideology (Jupiter) were vying for prominence with documented fact (Saturn). To paraphrase cartoonist Tom Tomorrow: The American media is rife with denials of reality (e.g. global warming is a hoax), distortions of reality (the country is going socialist) and wholesale rewritings of reality (Obama isn’t a citizen, and the Founding Fathers never intended to separate church and state).

The Cardinal Cross of which this opposition is a part became enflamed when Uranus went into Aries (anger, activism) in June 2010, and was joined there by Jupiter (exaggeration). Anger was hot and high among the masses, towards whatever agents of authority (Saturn) they imagined to be responsible for their troubles.  On the face of things, this rage falls into two camps: the Left who blame corporations and the Right who blame Obama. At least, so goes the conventional narrative.

But America’s factional showdown isn’t quite that pat. The truth is that both “conservative” and “liberal” Americans were blasted awake in large numbers by the Wall Street meltdown and subsequent bail-outs that took place under Pluto’s ingress into Capricorn two years ago. In one fell swoop, the US populace realized, pretty much en masse, that their government was in bed with moneyed elites. It was at this moment that we saw the rise of the tea bags: a group of self-described patriots who considered themselves not “conservative” but thoroughly anti-establishment.

Those volatile months of 2008-9 constituted a critical moment in American history. The natives were restless: appalled, furious, and — most dangerous of all, from the point of view of the powers-that-be — fueled with a spirit of independence. The ruling class must have been quaking in their Guccis. They knew the public’s rage could have crested into a full-fledged attack on the entire system, and that the only way to forestall that danger was to corral people’s ire into the narrow confines of party politics. That is, into an attack on the Democrats.

Thinking quickly, the big-money think tanks swooped in and started funding teabag rallies. Then Fox News started choreographing them. In the elections that followed, reactionary candidates wooed their votes. Before you could say “Patrick Henry,” the erstwhile revolution had been declawed and neutered. Its colorful working- and middle-class adherents were recast as safe, anti-incumbent conservatives.

For the moment, the danger to the status quo has past. The old Right-vs-Left trope has re-established itself, with everybody obediently dividing themselves down into two teams, thereby to vent their spleen against each other instead of at the tiny clique of fat cats at the top. But the public mood is still deeply unsettled – especially with Neptune and Chiron about to conjoin on the country’s Moon again in November – and the transits to the country’s Sun are just getting started.

In 2022 the country will reach its exact Pluto Return, in the house of money. Between now and then it will become more and more obvious that the USA is not a democracy but a plutocracy. (An astonishing report on CitiBank’s website actually discusses the international economy in these very terms,  baldly stating, “The World is dividing into two blocs – the Plutonomy and the rest”.) The Cardinal Cross is a call for us to get real about the whole rigged game.

In this context, it’s clear that the tea party phenomenon has a meaning that reaches beyond the ignorance and fear of many of its proponents. Granted, these folks have a long way to go before they can be taken seriously as proponents of positive change. For that, they’d need to expand their notions of personal freedom to a rather more all-inclusive portion of humanity (to the uninsured, let’s say; not to mention immigrants, nonwhites, non-Christians, and anybody else who doesn’t look like them and live the way they do). And to show a modicum of discretion as regards the idiot ideologues they follow (e.g. Glen Beck and his “I-have-a-better-dream-than-Martin-Luther-King-Jr” rally). And to lose the silly hats. But those of us who seek to understand what these transits are up to need to remember that any form of protest (Uranus) against a bloated (Jupiter), corrupt (Pluto) government (Saturn) is an authentic expression of the zeitgeist.

I say let’s bring our own crumpets and crash this tea party.

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janet
janet

Thank you Jessica. Appreciate the Citibank comment. Powerful energies and great time to be alive. Really liking the Cardinal Cross and its clearing of illusion. More strength to your bow, Jessica.

Victor Goss
Victor Goss

Kathy, I agree. It's easy and perversely satisfying to attack others for their views, especially if those views might contain truth and insight that threatens the well formed views other minds have yet to expand enough to include other possibilities. Facts: 1/ There is NASA data on the NASA website that indicates warming throughout the solar system is unrelated to human activity. 2/ Obama has spent over $1 million of his own money defending a lawsuit in Illinois regarding this issue - would any court allow this if there were not sufficient evidence or tort to warrant hearing? Thanks for speaking clearly, and honestly. Brava! Victor http://doristhemovie.com

Kathy
Kathy

Could someone explain to me, without ripping me a new one, (something that did happen to me on this forum, not sure why I'm still here) why questioning man-made global warming, not wanting to give our republic up to socialists and having a sincere desire to have the questions about Obama's citizenship (of which there are many) truthfully answered is a denial of reality. I find more denial in the corporate-owned mainstream media than the alternative media, where there is at least an attempt to ask these nagging questions. Why do these questions threaten so many and cause such an urge to insult and discredit?

john
john

The job of engaging those whom are inclined to think of creeps like Gingrich as moral,intelligent, well-intentioned patriots is one I am unable to adress. I like to think of myself as capable of true objectivity and liberal understsnding, but..... there are bad guys and they know that they are bad and they do and say very bad things. They fool millions of people. They kill, maim, torture, and impoverish millions of people. I don't have an answer other than to hope that soon that "hundredth monkey" will see the truth. There are also good guys who do and say good things, but they are not willing(thank goodness) to lower themselves to the same ruthlessness in pursuit of power. That puts them at a significant disadvantage, but to do otherwise would be folly in the extreme.....a continuation of the duality struggle. The work of individuals like our honorable Jessica is of supreme value and importance in these unique and auspiciouis times.

Bianca
Bianca

It can be done. Each thought, each action, in the sunlight of awareness is sacred. -Thich Nat Han

Rebecca
Rebecca

As above, so below. As within, so without. So to speak. And these times do open the door to (1)expanding our consciousness of our own darkness within in part from the reflections from without, and (2) opportunities to express our realizations as we act in the world. Tom Brokaw's presentation on the Boomer's tonight was enlightening and left with the challenge of Boomer's gifts of change and yet the indulgences in stuff that has supported the free market capitalists. We all participate in the whole debaucle wherever we are, but that is not to deny the truth of other posts here.

karafree
karafree

So True Jessica/Tricia... We cannot separate the inner from the outer, they are indeed the same, A dance, Both are necessary apsects of this dimension, of life. Both make the Whole, ARE the Whole!

Preston
Preston

We are not going to create a new paradigm without some very difficult times ahead and the elite should be very aware of the foment below the surface.... “Financiers – like bank robbers – do not create wealth. They merely distribute it. While the mob may idolize holdup men in good times, in the bad times it lynches them. What they will do to the new money men when their blood is up, we wait eagerly to find out.” As our economy hurtles towards its meeting with destiny, the political class seeks to assign blame on their enemies for this Greater Depression. The Republicans would like you to believe that Bill Clinton, Robert Rubin, Chris Dodd, and Barney Frank and their Community Reinvest Act caused the collapse of our financial system. Democrats want you to believe that George Bush and his band of unregulated free market capitalists created a financial disaster of epic proportions. The truth is that America has been captured by a financial class that makes no distinction between parties. These barbarians have sucked the life out of a once productive nation by raping and pillaging with impunity while enriching only them. http://www.zerohedge.com/article/guest-post-age-mammon

Li
Li

Really if one looks at the global scene.... its socialized pseudodemocracy for the 1st world poor and remnants of the middle class. And Imperial Capitalism has morphed into State Capitalism for the upper elite. I think that when the wave is up the middle class gets entertainment and consumption manipulated democracy and when the wave is down well then it requries a heavy hand of more socialized order control, as the bread and circus are not in play due to the diminished resources of the natural economic trough. Were still hopelesly feudal, but that initself is not the root of the real problem.

Tricia
Tricia

Jessica and all, Thank you for expanding, sharpening, highlighting what wasn't stated in my first blog. On the teeter totter of opposites, I can 'forget', 'project' the political work as out there and not necessary. Just love, Jessica's 'heart-engaged political activism is no more or less real a form of creative self-expression than introspective work.' Kudo's!!! There we go, my Aries Sun conjunct Jupiter, So. Node and No. Node in Libra resisting Saturn presently! Not for long......

jessica
jessica

Thank you, sisters, for your comments. I can see how my last line sounded like an exhortation that we dash headlong into the squawking fray, but I meant it more metaphorically: as an invitation to add our considered two cents to a cultural conversation that is now dominated by unconscious voices (when consciousness meets lack of consciousness, the former raises the latter; the latter does not downgrade the former). As for the inner reality vs. outer reality question, we have to be careful of fashioning this into one more dualistic straw man. While it is true that we cannot help the world until we have grounded ourselves in our own identities, neither can we know ourselves fully if we ignore the cultural realities that our souls specified to be our chosen stage in this lifetime. Depending on what the individual chart has going on, heart-engaged political activism is no more or less real a form of creative self-expression than introspective work.

Sistertongue
Sistertongue

Thanks Tricia - my sentiments exactly. As a psychological/spiritual astrologer, I am interpreting this cross as a reworking of relationship, values and self-identity, with a totally different spin on the energetics of these planets. I do love how every astrologer has their own subjective interpretation of the meanings of planets and their aspects and transits - keeps the juices flowing. Mine is very different from that presented, though no more right nor wrong than any other. For me, crashing the tea party is just another dualistic action inside a framework that thrives on duality. Time to get off the merry-go-round and look into the depths of our own, individual plutonics. Resolving these issues by careful examination of our own identity and values is going to allow us to meet the external changes, which are always going to be flying at us like knives in a circus show, with grace. This is particularly true as the Mayan Calendar time frame accelerates toward its conclusion, with a quantum speed-up on November 3 and another quantum leap again on March 11, 2011. This is a time to get to know ourselves from the ground up in order to more fully participate in a new whole that is seeking expression.

karafree
karafree

Jessica, I always appreciate your viewpoint, and often see the world picture much like you describe... But Tricia you are also right on... How do we make progress if at first we do not recognize where the problems begin... from within...

Tricia
Tricia

Whoa is me! The Jungian in me protests, 'How can the world change without Self Awareness, Self Love and Forgiveness, Taking back Shadow Projections and then expressing Authentic Self Expression in ourselves, our family, our world. The cultural commentary is all BLATHER!.....inane and insane. No self awareness and projection on someone or something 'to fix it' out there, we drone on. I'am a trusting soul. Or Not. My heart and spirit learns much from the Chilians working together underground in the copper mine to keep harmony and stay alive. It is in the cave of ourselves that the transformation happens. Let's send good thoughts.....every hour. A smile on our face helps our endorphins, too.!