19th Feb, 2011

Civil War 2.0

As the Middle East is convulsing in a huge swath of violent confrontation with protesters across thousands of miles standing up to their oppressive governments, America may be experiencing the first skirmish in its own building civil war. The battle lines drawn in Wisconsin, and developing in Ohio and other Republican-led states, are ostensibly over union rights. Republicans want to cripple public sector unions by ending their right to collective bargaining, while Democrats are fighting to maintain this hard-fought right, understanding it as the last bulwark of workers’ power needed to protect workers’ interests.

This highly-charged confrontation may prove to be the first of many battles over a large assortment of issues in the coming five or six years. But the underlying war is being waged between two completely different and increasingly unyielding versions of reality, leading to diametrically opposed policy solutions by their proponents. It seems likely that partisans in both camps feel strongly that their side is the true one and the other is misguided at best or, more likely, narrowly self-interested or even malevolent. It is my own opinion, however, that powerful economic interests mostly hidden from view are actually pulling the strings, and a large section of the population has been duped by an avalanche of lies, many of which manipulate and agitate latent themes of victimization, powerlessness, and rage.

The national conversation on most issues echoes the two opposing political perspectives, giving equal weight to each. More often than not, however, this discussion is a distraction from the underlying truth. If one looks at the Republican side of every argument, the real beneficiaries are the large corporate interests who donate to right-wing politicians and who subsidize a blizzard of propaganda through astro-turf interest groups, through well-publicized but very controversial “scientific findings”, through special interest advertising, and, of course, through FOX news.

Let us remember that it is big oil that pays for the bogus global-warming-is-a-hoax studies. Let us remember it was the defense industry that benefited from the false weapons-of-mass- destruction excuse for the Iraq War. Let us consider how the health care and insurance industries fought the health care legislation and benefited from the false “death panel” fear-mongering and other nonsense put forth during the health care debate. Let us understand that it is Corporate America and the super wealthy that benefit from the repeatedly disproven lies about how low taxes and deregulation strengthen the economy. And finally, let us remember that it is Corporate America that benefits from crushing unions, the last hold-out of big Democratic spending, so that their Republican patsies can pass corporate-friendly legislation with less and less opposition. It is likely that most Republicans who take the corporate side in these arguments believe the arguments they spout in defense of their policies, but that is nothing more than a tribute to the success of the billions of dollars the global corporations have poured into convincing and subsidizing them.

From an astrological perspective, the next six years will see many more battles in this highly partisan American civil war, as well as significant global upheaval and transformation due to environmental, political, economic, and social factors. We are already feeling the building tensions of the very volatile Uranus/Pluto square (active from 2011 through 2016, exact from 2012 through 2015), as evidenced across the Middle East and, now, in Wisconsin. Generally speaking, this planetary configuration describes a revolutionary fervor among large groups of people attempting to break the hold of powerful institutional and vested interests on their lives. It is useful to remember the Uranus/Pluto conjunction of the 1960’s included the tumultuous Civil Rights Movement, the Women’s Liberation Movement, the anti-war movement, the birth of the hippie/drug culture, and the shattering and culturally-altering assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. The coming square is likely to bring equally powerful societal upheaval and change in the US, especially since the Uranus/Pluto square will be in an exact aspect to the US Sun in 2014.

With the current union dispute erupting now in Wisconsin and fomenting similar situations in other states, it is useful to look at some further astrological configurations that are playing out within the larger framework of the Uranus/Pluto square and that describe specific periods of agitation. The first of these, and one very relevant to the present situation, is the progressed US Sun (6 to 7 Pisces) square to progressed Uranus (7Gemini02), active from November 2010 through November 2011 and then waning. This aspect describes sudden, precipitous events that arouse and awaken the public into some kind of resistance or general agitation. With natal Uranus in the US 6th house of work and health, much of the turmoil will relate to labor issues, unemployment, work conditions, or health care.

This progressed US Sun square to progressed Uranus is particularly potent at present due to the transiting Pluto station (7 Capricorn) in quincunx to progressed Uranus and sextile progressed Sun from January 28 through May13, 2011. With transiting Jupiter (6 to 7 Aries) moving into a square with transiting Pluto over the next week, from February 20 to February 25, and a Sun/Mercury conjunction at 7 Pisces conjunct US progressed Sun on February 24 to 25, we can expect dramatically increasing turmoil over the coming week as the showdown in Wisconsin builds and spreads to other parts of the country before it is resolved, possibly on the 26th.

As noted, the prolonged Pluto trigger to the Sun/Uranus energy goes through mid-May 2011 and therefore includes the highly stressful period likely from March 20 through mid-April I have discussed repeatedly in previous articles. This configuration simply adds yet another indication of unexpected and powerful events and a likely agitated response to them domestically. Likewise, the transiting Uranus square to US Venus from mid-April through mid-September 2011 will also come during the progressed Sun square to progressed Uranus. Although not directly triggering this progression, the Uranus transit square US Venus indicates another time period when another phase of this long simmering civil war between two completing versions of reality bursts out into the open, perhaps over economic or debt issues (Venus) at that time.

Needless to say, election year 2012 will include the usual vitriolic partisan strife with competing and aggressive attempts to claim a righteous control of the national narrative. But the ongoing partisan civil war is likely to continue to unfold after the election and into the next presidential term, as progressed US Sun moves into a square with natal Uranus (8Gemini55) from September 2012 through September 2013, fomenting more unrest and rebellion and attempts to break free of constraints.

We then move into transiting Uranus and Pluto in hard aspect to the US Sun in 2014 and 2015, when things are likely to fully erupt into some rather dramatic and widespread turmoil. As described above, many of these struggles will in actuality be a proxy war between the control of global corporate interests and the legitimate needs and rights of the population in the American version of democracy. The planetary configurations are unbelievably volatile and could manifest in any number of ways, with competing political positions on how to deal with various crisis situations ranging from climate change to terrorism to economic and social issues. But it will become increasingly important to be clear about what the underlying conflict is about and not get distracted with the superficial layer of policy discussion that often consumes the media. As the old saying goes, “If you call a devil by its name, you take away its power.”

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