Becoming an Adult
I wrote previously about John McCain's Saturn in Pisces and his disintegration and freedom from prison with Uranus conjunct in transit. This is a perfect lead-up to another important experience. His North Node in Capricorn, ruled by the newly reformed Saturn, is just about to receive Pluto at 1 degree.
So here's his problem. The South Node in Cancer is often stuck in childish dependency looking for a parent and meeting failure. He found that with his jailors, then a series of controllers led to George Bush, and now he's encountering the extreme of his parental attachment as Pluto closes in.
The SN often clings detrimentally to the past as evidenced by his prisoner of war obsession. But even more instrumental is his current campaign manager. This is the same man who smeared him to smithereens in 2000, humiliating him and leaving his family reeling. Yet now he's revisiting his painful experience, attempting to do the same thing to his opponent, the emotions misplaced. Going back doesn't work well for a Cancer SN. Thus he's unable to bring the other man down, further exacerbating his childish tantrums and lack of discipline. The opponent also has Venus conjunct the SN drawing him in more.
Enter Sarah Palin, not his choice, but you can't argue with destiny. She has the opposite nodes, North in Cancer, South in Capricorn - the bearer of systemic authority and brutality. He's been shoved into an empty corner, facing empty arenas on the campaign trail, and now is forced to remain tethered to his new abusive parent. Yet in her node is the knowledge the man seeks.
If McCain were engaging his NN, he would have taken charge of his whole organization, instead of fooling around in golf carts and partying letting others do the lead work. He would have selected his own running mate and he would have made it clear to everyone that he's the boss. He would have controlled his campaign and crafted a real message instead of the schoolyard approach of copying the smarter guy's. And he would have refrained from using the abusive emotional baggage of the negative ads that hurt him, not his opposition.
So why John McCain and Sarah Palin right now? This country is also scheduled to grow up when Pluto opposes her four planet stellium in Cancer. Could this be the preparation? Are we seeing in McCain the child that needs improvement as we leave George Bush, the epitome of childishness? Is Sarah reminding us of the need to grow up?
It all goes on underneath the surface as the vast subconscious absorbs reality and separates it from the daily drama. The financial shocks are settling in making people realize that they have a hard road ahead with families to care for through tough times. The possibility of maturing into adulthood is a good one now, whether John McCain wants to come along or not. A crash course in leadership is probably needed though, in case he does decide he wants to direct his country.
Illustration: Sophy Williams