Monday, May 26, 2008

A Nation's Sorrow

Pluto on the Cusp
Pluto is at 0 Capricorn just about to return to Sagittarius for the last time. A crucial moment.
A frequent response to Senator Obama's speeches is crying which inevitably occurs with his audience. He taps into public feeling with his Venus in Cancer, and with transiting Pluto opposite, the effect has been magnified. Venus is also trine his Neptune in Scorpio adding the collective factor and greatly increasing the emotion.
Senator Clinton, a Scorpio ruled by Pluto, is a cosmic agent in this emotional interplay currently. She is represented by Pluto in opposition to his Venus. Clinton attacks, the people join to protect Obama, the emotion swells. Pain builds. Fear peaks. Words are spoken. Collective sadness is released. And happiness.

A mystique has always existed around one of the premier political families in American politics .... the Kennedys. Their representatives embodied the country's hopes, but there was also disappointment along with the tragic endings. Camelot never materialized and now we know it might not. People still cling to the memories in hopes that they can believe in leaders like they once did, but the realities of the last administrations leave us disappointed. War weary, economically unsure, emotionally drained, and intellectually bereft, the country still has a vision quest that breathes. No human leaders can really deliver the goods by themselves in the end. The wisdom to foresee the shortcomings in those we select is a useful trait. As is the sense to use their skills and attributes.
I think Robert Kennedy was the most loved, and here on the bridge between Sagittarius and Capricorn, the illness of Ted combined with the potent reminder of Robert's murder on its anniversary have evoked strong feelings in the populace. No coincidence that it's happening just as the primary season ends and Obama is set to be officially presumptively nominated, bringing to fruition some of the work the Kennedys did before him. It's a common human characteristic that optimism always returns, guarded as it might be with the recognition of human failure. The return of Pluto to Sagittarius is the finale of this awakened belief, handy for the years of practical work ahead in Capricorn. The daily grind of earth.
As Pluto comes into Capricorn and heads for the first Pluto return in USA history, questions are being raised and ideals are being revisited. The government is preparing for transformation as the young nation starts to come of age. Cardinal times (Aries-Capricorn) are times of forward motion. Times of action.
Now don't hold your breath waiting for the emotion to calm down just yet. A few days after Pluto crosses into Sagittarius on June 15, he will be met by a Full Moon, just plumping herself up in this excitable sign. Moon and Pluto anyone? Cancer and Scorpio? Jupiter? Maybe a thick convoluted intellectual book would be a good escape. I'm through crying. It closes up my sinuses.


Blogger m.p.k said...

A beautiful entry jm, thanks for posting.

27/5/08 9:15 PM  
Blogger jm said...

And thank you mpk. I appreciate your feedback so much.

27/5/08 10:34 PM  
Blogger Fernmountain said...

I appreciate your reading on the energy so much. The speech did bring a few tears as well.

28/5/08 11:58 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Uh-oh. Another one with heart and soul. It's a relief to know that we are being heard this time.

It makes one want to weep to see Mrs. Clinton's desire for this to happen to such a promising young man before he even gets his chance. But it follows. You can see it in her zombie eyes. It's the millions who are following her with her death wishes that really make me sad. I hope the will to live and do good arises from this. It's interesting that the search for signs of life on Mars is coming through a device called "The Phoenix".

At least it's out in the open. If I hadn't given up crying I'd be sobbing from the deep right now.

28/5/08 5:12 PM  
Blogger jm said...

For a tragic sense of life is exactly what has marked Obama’s candidacy from the beginning. His powerful memoir, Dreams from My Father, written in his early thirties, is shot through with that sense: its gravely intelligent, death-haunted tone, beautifully controlled throughout the book, is that of an old voice, not a young one – and the voice of the book is of a piece with the plangent, melancholy baritone to be heard on the campaign trail.

Those who hear only empty optimism in Obama aren’t listening. His routine stump speech is built on the premise that America has become estranged from its own essential character; a country unhinged from its constitution, feared and disliked across the globe, engaged in a dumb and unjust war, its tax system skewed to help the rich get richer and the poor grow poorer, its economy in ‘shambles’, its politics ‘broken’. ‘Lonely’ is a favourite word, as he conjures a people grown lonely in themselves and lonely as a nation in the larger society of the world. (Obama himself is clearly on intimate terms with loneliness: Dreams from My Father is the story of a born outsider negotiating a succession of social and cultural frontiers; it takes the form of a lifelong quest for family and community, and ends, like a Victorian novel, with a wedding.)

Thinking and feeling in the human creature

29/5/08 2:34 AM  
Blogger jm said...

His routine stump speech is built on the premise that America has become estranged from its own essential character

That's a good one to ponder. What is that essential character? Can one really separate from it? Does it transform as time goes on? Have we always been this bad? The beginning was a mix, I think. The chart of the country's birth is cardinal and mutable. Flexible and easily motivated to change.

29/5/08 2:42 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

I think also that the missing father is an elemental part of this loneliness he speaks of. It's certainly at the root of what's ailing men these days, and by extension, women.

I will never forget a church service I went to back when I still was going to church. This progressive church decided to hold a Father's Day service to complement the Mother's Day service a month earlier. But unlike the Mother's Day service, which was generally light and happy, this service was grave and sad. A group of people on the organizing team took turns standing up to tell their story of their missing father who was punitive or emotionally unavailable or totally absent. In some cases, someone was lucky enough to have a supportive and stable father. In no case was there a dry eye or unaffected individual within that church.

I don't know exactly why things are like this but I do know we need to resolve it as a country, and as a species, or we will continue stumbling around in a fog.

29/5/08 4:48 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Beautiful comment.

29/5/08 2:28 PM  

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