I find it truly painful that Congress has allowed its attention to be riveted on abortion issues. I believe dragging that cat out of the cellar is just a way to get the public upset so we won’t notice that Congress is unable to take forward action on anything productive.
And to the far Right, I have to say: It appears that you value an embryo way beyond any other human life. If you insist on forcing women to have unwanted children, then you should be willing to feed and educate those little embryos. Eventually the embryos grow into strong bodied young people, but you don’t mind sending them off to war. Apparently, somehow as young people, they have less value than an embryo. Laying the groundwork for another war is totally self-serving, to my way of thinking. I just can’t wrap my mind around this fervor over embryos.
We need to respect children and people, whatever their color or position in life. Those who are already on the planet need to be cared for rather than blocking abortions.
Signs of the New Recession
I have been writing about a new recessionary trend that begins now and will continue through next spring. On Monday Puerto Rico defaulted. And what we were told about an agreement between Greece and the IMF turns out to be an unlikely event, given the demands made upon the Greeks. These are two dominoes and there may be many more in the pile before this is done.
Cycles and Global Economics
Astrological data has shown the massive struggles of Power (Big Money) versus the People for the past 5 years. Daylight is beyond 5 years away. History has shown that when a government begins to fail, it withdraws from the public and turns on the masses it supposedly leads. It appears that In this country we have a sneaky legislature which is pro-the-1%. For only one example, this year the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) was rammed through Congress before the individual members had the bill in hand. It was given no press in the media, yet this bill is loaded with U.S. sovereign rights that are now forfeited to the massive global corporations. The middle and lower classes will pay through the nose for that one.
Astrology is not the only study of cycles. Nikolai Kondratieff was the first to focus on economic cycles of both the Soviets and the Western economies. He projected that both systems would eventually fail. This cost him an execution by Stalin. However, he opened the concept doorway and many have followed, discovering cycles within cycles, all reflecting measures of economic data, proven over time.
At present, the economic cycles are all converging downward, just as they did before the Great Depression. Analysts who recognize the power of cycles are projecting a global cliff just ahead. They say that we (the globe) cannot continue to operate any longer under the mountain of fiat debt. They project that Europe, then Japan, and then the US economies will crumble by 2020 as all the economic cycles meet at the bottom.
This is scary and nobody wants to think about the outcome. But it is a potential if we look beyond our shores to see the big picture. An even larger picture is that this crumble may have to happen as we move into the Aquarian Age.
We speak of a planet retrograding when from the perspective of the earth the planet appears to be going backward. Of course it is not literally changing direction. It is an optical illusion. When two cars are driving along a parallel path and then one increases its speed, it causes the other to "feel" as though going backward. In traditional astrology, the affairs ruled by the retrograde planet go "backward" or reverse the direction of their previous path. Currently we have Venus going retrograde. Venus is strongly related to the progress of relationships. When she turns "backward" we all tend to back out or back away from one relationship or another. Retrograde periods are intended to help us take more time and thought before moving forward.
Pluto: Peering into the eyes of Power
Classic mythology places Pluto in charge of the world below. He is given oversight on matters of transitions across the River Styxx from life to death and back again. He is associated with mega-bucks and “plutocrats” because he is in charge of the treasure below the ground. Metamorphosis and inevitable changes are associated to this god.
The symbolism of our ability to see the actual body that represents this god of the Underworld is remarkable. It suggests that background machinations of the plutocrats in this world will become visible soon. It is worthy of note that we “see” the planet obliquely, through a man-made camera lens. So we may not become aware of the entire picture surrounding the Powers That Be.
At present the dwarf planet is retrograding, in essence, hiding its face. However, on September 25th Pluto turns direct and in the months to follow, that which has been buried underground will surface for many of us to see. Change, of an irreversible quality, is soon to be right in front of our faces.
Saturn Vs. Pluto
For many weeks this summer, Saturn will be semi-square to Pluto. Whatever is corrupt must be exorcised or transformed under this influence. This battle will be occurring both globally and individually. We will be pressured to consider that which is corrupt within our psyches and/or our families and take steps to clean up the parts that are run by greed.
Planetary aspects are rough for at least another 5 years. This period is dangerous for the economy worldwide. At present there is the crisis in Greece, which threatens the European Central Bank. In reality, governments are not going to issue warnings when they are ready to close the banks. We, the 99%, will have to fend for ourselves with no warning in the event of an economic failure.
I encourage you to hold some ready cash in case the banks have a "holiday". And hold some physical silver or gold in case the fiat cash crashes. If you have a significant amount of money in a bank, split it and send a good portion to a new account with a credit union or find somewhere else to store it. The FDIC (that is, the "Feds") can't possibly insure us if a major economic collapse occurs. They have no real money and are not on solid ground. That insurance is meant only to protect depositors if one or two banks fail. So stock up on your supplies and hold enough money to prevent you from having to panic if a sudden crisis occurs.
More than a Professional Astrologer
Vivian Carol is a Registered Nurse with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. She manages a psychotherapy practice, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. Vivian is also board certified as a hypnotherapist by the National Guild of Hypnotists. She is a member of the astrological associations AFAN and NCGR.