The story of Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard shooter, is instructive for many reasons. Yet again, we see the desperate need for a comprehensive overhaul of our gun laws, as well as the inevitable inability of our paralyzed and craven government to enact any real change. Moreover, we have been newly awakened to the porous and shoddy screening of federal employees by a contract agency that turned a blind eye to a violent and mentally disturbed past in its rush to fill a quota. This, at least, may be improved.
But a much larger truth can be unearthed from this great tragedy if we are willing to embrace it. When paranoid, delusional thinking is ignored and allowed to seep in and take over, disaster will result. Eventually, the wild irrationality of psychosis will crash upon the shores of reality, with dire consequences.
In today’s American political life, a collective psychosis is overrunning the right wing of the Republican Party, metastasizing like a cancer within the rank and file. A mutually reinforcing system of paranoid ideation has taken root, comprised of an unwavering constellation of suspicion, suspected conspiracies, and uncounted lies and distortions. Unfortunately, this inability to absorb facts and think clearly about and resolve the issues of the day has become endemic and is suffocating our political system.
The current double-hitter of the threat of a government shut-down followed by a potentially catastrophic failure to raise the debt ceiling is a case in point. The right-wing fringe, which essentially rules the House of Representatives, is in complete denial about the destructiveness of what they are planning. They are so pumped up by their rage at a fantasied Obama villain conjured in their imaginations, and so obsessed with taking him down, that they do not see the havoc they are engendering. Just as a mythical, illegitimate Kenyan president was the issue du jour a few years back, so today, it is Obamacare that is the menacing mirage that must be eradicated at all cost. As is increasingly becoming the new norm, frothing-at-the-mouth Republicans, aroused by their latest hallucination, are attempting to hold the country hostage, threatening a metaphorical shooting rampage that will unleash untold destruction if they don’t get their way.
A look at President Obama’s chart shows that things improve considerably, if briefly, for him around September 22 through October 1st (transiting Jupiter semisquare his Moon and quincunx his Ascendant). This suggests the possibility of some kind of resolution over government funding before October.
Significant stress is likely for the president, however, during the middle of the month, in particular from October 15 through October 24, when transiting Saturn will square Obama’s Sun (12Leo33) and conjunct the Inaugural Descendant (12Taurus43). These two configurations point to a time of frustration, restriction, difficulty and burden for Obama and his administration.
There is, however, nothing in the US chart that shows strain in the country during that same period, although it is noteworthy that the next exact phase of the reigning Uranus/Pluto square will unfold from October 13 through November 2. This indicates something wild, dramatic and potentially violent occurring in the world but probably not directly impacting the US. Nonetheless, these events may bring about significant challenges for the president during that nine days. A brief debt-ceiling crisis is possible at that time, but does not show up in any of the other charts I have consulted.
Also helpful to the president will be his progressed Moon square to natal Jupiter (00Aquarius52) beginning on October 21, and building in strength through November 16. This suggests, after some initial difficulties, a largely successful handling of both the drama of the Uranus/Pluto square and the challenges implied by the Saturn transit to his chart in mid-October.
There are some further problematic patches during the final two months of the year that will be discussed more in the coming weeks. For now, I will point to November 6 through 13, during a Mercury station that will be triggering the US progressed Moon conjunction to progressed Saturn (3Scorpio11, trine natal Venus 3Cancer06). This is likely to bring some kind of upsetting circumstance in the US, perhaps a dangerous and destructive weather event, or possibly something else that ties up communications and/or transportation for a few days. The mood in the country may be somewhat somber during the entire month, due to progressed Moon conjunct progressed Saturn. The period from November 30 through December 9 may be especially stressful, perhaps due to yet another incident that grips the attention of the nation. Saturn will be sesquiquadrate the US Venus (3Cancer06) at that time, as well as square Obama’s Ascendant (18Aquarius03), which likely suggests some kind of sorrow during that 10 days.