The First Wave

From June 2nd to September 19th, the two planetary behemoths, Uranus and Pluto, will be moving into their first and second of seven exact squares. This means that the clash we have recently seen building between the powerful forces of hidden power and wealth that want to exercise total control (Pluto), on the one hand, and, the forces that want to overthrow the restrictions to freedom and equality and move to the next paradigm (Uranus), on the other, will greatly intensify. The current battlefield for this fight in the US is the 2012 election campaign, with the first big skirmish taking place in Wisconsin. In that state, millions of dollars are flooding into the recall election, mostly from mega-wealthy Republican donors who want to keep their favored lackey ~ union-busting, regulation-smashing, and tax-cutting Governor Scott Walker ~ in power. Some estimates suggest that Mayor Tom Barrett, Walker’s opponent, is being outspent 25 to 1.

In national electoral politics, the historical Uranus/Pluto clash is manifesting in the confrontation between the GOP nominee Mitt Romney and the Democratic President Barack Obama, as well as in the multitude of Congressional elections. Just like in Wisconsin, tens of millions of dollars from the wealthy corporate elite are beginning to pour into slanderous media blitzes focused on sabotaging Democrats wherever possible.

Romney, of course, is the poster boy for the aptly-named “plutocratic” class. His enormous wealth comes mostly from a predatory type of capitalism sometimes known as “vulture capitalism”, where investors make multiple millions of dollars on the backs of fired workers, defunded pensions, and the forced bankruptcies of American companies. There is no question that the current Republican Party agenda of lower taxes and draconian spending cuts would have a similar effect on the country at large: benefit the top 1% investor class with huge tax cuts while sucking resources from the rest of the population.

Thanks to the egregious 2010 Supreme Court decision Citizens United, the unregulated money from the billionaire class is now inundating the national dialogue with venomous propaganda aimed at destroying Democrats and cementing the power of the financial elite over the nation’s government. Citizen’s United has ripped away the last barrier to the total corruption of our democratic process. Now, even just the threat of millions of dollars going to a political opponent can guarantee a favorable vote in the legislature. Essentially, this Court decision has launched us into a savage and intensifying open war between the agenda of the global, moneyed corporatists and those who want a more balanced, equitable society. This is the underlying theme of the 2012 election campaign and will be one of the more significant manifestations of the Uranus/Pluto square over the next three years.

From May through mid-August 2012, as the first acute phase of this major planetary configuration takes hold, we also are feeling the pressure of a very stressful Saturn transit during which the planet of burden and contraction is making its final passage between 22 and 25 degrees of Libra. This transit, which includes a long Saturn station, is feeding into people’s discontent and frustration and making resolution of national and world financial problems far more difficult. Saturn is stationing very near a square to US Mercury, a conjunction to Ben Bernanke’s Mars/Neptune conjunction, a square to Bernanke’s Node, a square to both President Obama and Tim Geithner’s Saturn, a square to Greece’s Sun, and a square to Angela Merkel’s Sun, to name some of the major actors adversely impacted by this difficult planet during the current financial drama. In light of this, it is possible we may see some resolution of the issues that are currently strangling the global economy by the end of August. But with the Uranus/Pluto square continuing through early 2015, and remembering that the last Uranus/Pluto square took place from 1932 to early 1934, we can expect further draconian changes and dramatic turmoil and disruption before this chapter is behind us.

During the 2012 election cycle, President Obama and Mitt Romney are both attempting to frame the most effective narrative that will win the day, with each essentially acting as the tip of the spear in the larger Uranus/Pluto confrontation described above. Obama’s increasing combativeness can be seen in his solar arc Mars progression square to his natal Sun (12Leo33), which began in April 2012 and will be quite strong through April 2013. This aspect will be joined by converse progressed Sun square natal Mars (22Virgo35) as of late November 2012 through November 2013. Together these suggest that Obama will continue to be an increasingly muscular president during these contentious times into the next term.

Mitt Romney’s current aggressiveness is described by his converse progressed Sun conjunction to converse progressed Mars (15Capricorn) which will peak in August 2012 and then begin to slowly dissipate. Romney has also benefitted from the long Mars transit in Virgo which has opposed his Sun (21Pisces11), Mercury (13Pisces55), and Mars (6Pisces14) and rendered him a formidable opponent from January through June 2012.  By the fall of 2012, however, this pugilistic attitude will become far less effective, replaced by the long Neptune station square Romney’s Ascendant (00Gemini43) leading to more of an aura of weakness, indecisiveness, and dishonesty. There is nothing in Romney’s chart to suggest that 2013 will bring the bold strength one would expect to find in a first-term president.

As for the extremely volatile zone we are now in from June through mid-September 2012, with the Uranus/ Pluto clash resounding throughout the world, there are some dates to watch when this aspect is most likely to be triggered. The first is from June 17 through July 5, when the Venus station (7Gemini29) will sextile Uranus (8Aries) and quincunx Pluto (8Capricorn). This configuration will be further activated by the Sun on June 29 (8Cancer). In addition, the Venus station will be sesquiquadrate the Saturn station during this period, further stressing an already agitated mix. This 18-day period will include the announcement of several Supreme Court decisions, among them the decision on the controversial Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which is likely to engender a great deal of drama no matter how it plays out.

A second highly-charged 10 days is likely to be from July 13 through July 22 when both Jupiter (8Gemini) and Mars (8Libra) will aspect the Uranus/Pluto square. It is noteworthy that this will be preceded by a Mercury station from July 9 to July 16 signifying some kind of inhibited or stuck transportation, negotiation, communication, or mercantile activity. This Mercury station will be at 12Leo32, almost exactly conjunct President Obama’s Sun (12Leo33) and activating the solar arc Mars square to that point. Thus, a very formidable Obama will be in the midst of whatever situation arises at that time, a situation likely reflecting the ongoing power struggle and historical themes of the Uranus/Pluto square.

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