The dark shadow of sequestration looms over the land. This harebrained scheme arose to quell Republican extortion threats when the debt ceiling needed to be raised. “We will throw you into a depression if you don’t give us what we want” was the essential message from the lunatics who now have a strangle-hold over our government. And what the most extreme of that crowd wants is to largely dismantle the government so they don’t have to contribute to anything other than themselves and they can do what they want without government regulation of any kind. Forget collective effort for the greater good. Just appease the fruitcakes on the fringe who vote in the primaries.
I, for one, am really tired of this tyranny of a demented minority who has so rigged the system – through gerrymandering in the House and the use of the filibuster in the Senate – that they control the action. They are like a crazy old aunt who demands we marshal all the house’s resources to quell the little green men on the roof, while what we really need is figure out how to pay the mortgage and the electric bill. It is time for sanity to make a comeback.
Deciphering the astrological indications regarding the sequester is not a simple matter. What seems most likely to be involved in the ongoing paralysis is the transit of Saturn moving back to an exact conjunction with Inaugural Saturn (10Scorpio48), most pressing from February 18 through March 20. This implies some movement forward in the administration’s goals will not be possible until after March 20. Mercury’s turn from retrograde to direct also points to renewed progress around this time.
The transit of Jupiter to the US Uranus (8Gemini55), triggering the volatile and transformative progressed US Sun square to natal Uranus, runs from March 2 through March 11, and begins just as the sequester goes into effect. This configuration will stir up some kind of upheaval in the country, although the source for it is not yet clear. Strikes, protests, disruptions, and sudden, upsetting, and potentially explosive events are all possible. There will be some new spark of awareness that inspires an effort to break free of restrictive or dysfunctional situations. A nation-wide strike against the willful stupidity and recalcitrance of Congress would be my preference, but anything is possible. What seems most likely from the vantage point of today would be a loud and raucous movement to either resolve the sequester or to push through gun regulation of some kind.
There is also still some hope that the draconian budget cuts will not go through as planned on March 1. The Venus/Neptune conjunction on February 27 and early February 28 will trine US Venus (3Cancer06) and square Obama’s Moon (3Gemini21). There is also little to support the consternation I would expect to find in numerous administration and other charts around this time were the sequester to happen, indicating some delay or modified resolution may be imminent.
As I have written previously, beginning around March 20, there will be a period of extreme volatility, bringing potentially stressful circumstances to the US at least through May. It seems very unlikely these will have anything to do with the sequester and will have far more to do with disruptive, painful, and potentially violent circumstances that demand action of some kind. In late March, Mars, the warrior planet, will move to conjunct Uranus and then square Pluto, followed by a long Mars/Sun conjunction in early April, and further followed by another round of the Uranus/Pluto square in May. These dangerous aspects are accompanied by enough Saturn transits in the US and Obama charts in April and May to suggest significant difficulties as a result of several unstable and urgent situations. Today’s hyperventilating over the sequester will be long forgotten as these new storms appear on the horizon.