Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Saturn, Uranus, and
Outlaw Business

A speakeasy during Prohibition
I've noticed some corporations getting panicky as the Saturn-Uranus times come bounding in with the business of the people. The extent of commercial development on the Internet and the growth of direct sales, trade, and bartering of services have been startling. An enormous amount of business is being conducted outside of traditional law, without licensing, taxation, and government control. While big business knocked out the little man; as always, the small entrepreneur found alternatives and rerouted. Nonregulated trade has historically thrived but probably not so openly and widespread. In many ways it reminds me of tribal barter and a return to basic transactions with survival in mind.
Last century the music business was an exciting one with creativity, joy, and possibility. Artists thrived, people were satisfied. As corporate control took over it became next to impossible for innovative artists to get recording contracts and music deteriorated. But the people were not daunted. A few years ago, a musician won a Grammy, her entire distribution done on the Internet herself. Self-made success seems to be on the rise again. 90% of the economy is small business and regardless of the much talked-about multinational control, the common man will continue to be the most important figure in the economic picture.
Prohibition began on January 16, 1920 when Uranus was at 29 Aquarius, just entering Pisces, and the Sun was in Capricorn. Pisces rules alcohol. It continued through Pisces and the government lost the battle when Uranus transited Aries. On March 23rd, 1933, the repeal started with the Sun/Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Aquarius. The repeal was complete on December 5, 1933 with Venus, Saturn, and NN in Aquarius, Mars in Capricorn, and Uranus in Aries.
The force of the illegal trade was phenomenal and the attempted restriction failed as it always does. Governments invariably come head to head with their limitations and pretty much lose it.
Some are feeling a pinch and responding. The Pluto in Capricorn grip could strangle, conceivably, but who would be the victims? Jupiter and Uranus are headed for Aries and the individual is once again rising up, kicked off by the year and a half trip of the north node through Aquarius. The Aces are slipping out of the sleeves. The big bosses can't win, nor will they lose, as the battle rages on and business continues. Never did we know that cyberspace would be the next great shopping mall. Are we in an imaginary world with commodities secondary? Well, that could scare a corporation. I understand.


Anonymous Joe said...

A small news item today says that smaller portions in restaurants are increasingly being requested by patrons. As you say, jm, Saturn restraint in Virgo health-consciousness seems like it will restrain more than waistlines, but bottom-lines as well.

29/11/07 2:00 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Joe, I can't believe it! I was just going to post this:

Obesity rates are staying level at 34% for the first time since 1980, when it was 15%. It has climbed steadily since then.

Right on schedule. As I've always said, not only will the food consumption, the "bottom lines", and the waistlines decrease, but carting the stuff and the obese passengers has cost a pretty penny in gas, and I don't mean just the propellant kraut kind!

29/11/07 9:42 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I'm pleased about this, it's important to me. Over-eating is connected to fear and protection, and 34% obesity is outrageous. Then the excess food makes it even harder to protect one's self; harder to think clearly and react quickly. Easier to be corraled and controlled, not to mention the health problems. It's pretty destructive. There are many sedatives in the collective system due for curtailing.

Of course I have an Aries warrior image as my ideal, but it some ways as Uranus transits Aries we might need a little of this. The government is scared now and acting somewhat nutso, so being alert and ready is not a bad idea. Getting up from the table and flexing some muscle could help with those nice little portions passing quickly through the intestinal inferno.

29/11/07 9:54 PM  

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