Going Forward Sensibly
On Your Own Track
On a gorgeous evening early last summer, when the magical, inspiring Democratic Convention was in town, I went down to the railroad yard and climbed aboard an old steam engine. The crusty engineers were delighted to show us their baby, and in the far front of the train, one of the most sublime percussive sounds I'd ever heard met my music-loving ears -- deep, soft, and perfectly in rhythm. The heavy metal, moisture, and large size gave the sound the bottom I always crave. It was one of those moments that make me feel everything's going to be all right. I could then go on to ponder the realities facing my country with common sense and fortitude.
Disappointment with the next president is likely to be immense. It has to be after the buildup selling hope as a commodity and promising change everyone knows is not coming right away. The ills run too deep. "Changing the world" is a rather tall order. The whole she-bang doesn't just suddenly leave the track. It will be nudged in new directions over time and following a sequence of events as yet unknown. There is a grand total of seven Uranus-Pluto squares ahead, quite a lump sum and a lot to work with if one is truly serious about motion and progress.
The dissatisfaction is actually a good thing. It can route the country to the source of its troubles, right on track and to be expected with Uranus in Aries. It's not too early to get ready, and if disgruntled, the energy of discontent can be utilized with skill.
The coming administration is not going to deliver you from evil nor give you what you want. It's not supposed to, since the people need to mature and take responsibility for their ills, themselves. Ultimately the common citizens work together with their government, but we are far from there.
I gave it some thought and have come to realize that the Mercury retrograde in the next administration's chart could indicate a return to something for educational purposes, rather than big forward movement for the time being. The planet falls right at the 0 degree between Aquarius and Capricorn, exactly on the Sun, contributing illumination. Saturn retrograde adds to my theory. People would like to dance into the meadow leaving the past behind but sometimes forging ahead requires a look at the past to see what went wrong. As Mercury is going backward, the confirmation of the repeat Clinton administration is underway, a good place to start when in search of decay. A bunch of crooks, and worse, as you are now finding out. Maybe we'll catch it this time.
The fact is, the big money criminal network is still in control of the government. No one in Obama's position gets there without it. That's where his loyalty is now, and how the decisions are being made. Pluto in Capricorn is meant to bring these entities to the surface for recognition and purge. Pluto is just beginning to unearth the corruption, and Obama is part of it, not the cure. The cure comes from a source outside of a sole human, and the transits ideally reveal that too. But first things first. Seeing it in realtime is a start, no matter who's in charge.
I will say a few things about the next president to keep in mind. He has some very hard lessons ahead with Pluto coming to his 12th house Saturn, and providing for his failures, which could be sizable, as well as his successes, is wise. The nation also has some difficult things to face as Pluto returns to its natal position. You know what Pluto transits are like. There are always harmonious aspects, too, which make it bearable, but the greatest gains don't come easily, I've found. Trying to shortchange the hardships leaves a deficit in the end. The seven squares are probably saying that this transition is not going to be a particularly soft one. Consolidated effort can help a great deal, facing things directly and honestly.
If Obama really wants the spiritual redemption promised by his 12th house Saturn, and he's indicated that he does proclaiming himself to be a devout Christian, then he's going to have to earn it, especially since it's retrograde in Capricorn. He will have to face his hypocrisy.
You can't extract money and young lives from the people of your country for purposes of domination and theft of others' resources under the guise of a fake moralistic War on Terror.
You can't promise to hunt down a man and murder him in the name of your country when it's never been proven that he committed a crime against said country.
You can't elevate a television huckster into a position as America's pastor, the face of the nation's morality, who openly hates, deceives, and excludes certain segments of the population as undeserving of God's grace, and then uses political moves to cover up his tracks.
You can't demand the people of your country give their service for free while the masters of war get richer, continuing their killing under your direction. Not if you want to be a spiritual master. And with Saturn in the 12th, and Jupiter there square Neptune in the 9th, a religious destiny does look desirable. Maybe Obama will have to leave politics to fulfill this moral destiny and maybe the country will find the change she hopes for later on, after his presidency. Progress is sure to be made along the way, there's no telling what Uranus-Pluto will leave in its wake, but lots of things and people have major adjustments ahead in creating the better society we want. In all fairness, I'm giving all parties plenty of time. And a tough time if need be. It just makes sense.
"No Drama Obama" is a fallacy. With three planets in Leo he is a drama king, the sorry scenes often acted out by others with his Leo 7th house and Pluto and Uranus situated therein. As the next chapter unfolds, the South Node in Leo in the inaugural chart shows more of this tiresome melodrama, which could prove to be a distraction. It's up to the people not to nourish the constant draining personal agony, a very very hard habit to break. Saturn in the 5th house of the administration's chart is cause for hope, however.
Today some signs of the coming squares appeared. The killing of a youth by a policeman in Oakland, California is continuing to cause unrest, and a decision by the Supreme Court to increase police power was quietly handed down. This, of course, does not automatically equal violence in the future, but the increase in tension between society and the authorities is possible, another reason why dissatisfaction with the government is a good thing, and the more it's expressed openly without violence, the better. It's healthy to resist, even within the parties. Especially within the parties.
This is a great moment in history, to be celebrated with joy, and also a good introduction to the many steps ahead needed for the nation to grow into a better one. Dissension fully expressed, a continual discerning look at all those in power, and stated satisfaction with leadership when it's there are essential, as the people of the country gradually learn to stand up for themselves, the mark of a real democracy.