Last Sunday, I was disappointed when Ray Merriman decided to dispense with the last part of his weekly commentary, which is called “Longer-Term Thoughts.”
Merriman, who is considered the “Dean of Financial Astrology,” said he fears his column is being politicized ahead of the election and is refraining from making comments about the long term for now. This week, Merriman reprinted highlights from a chilling article he wrote the upcoming transit of Pluto in Capricorn.
As I study the Fall Equinox chart, set for 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 22, I too am feeling reticent about reporting my interpretation of this chart.
I think many astrologers are having a hard time separating what they would like for this country and what they see in their charts. It’s the same reason why it’s hard to do astrology readings for friends. We only want to see good things in their future, and if we report negative possibilities, we are open to accusations that we are not being good friends or that somehow we don’t want the best for them.
O.K., that’s my prelude. In the Fall Equinox chart, Saturn in Virgo is very close to the Midheaven, in the 10th house, which also houses the Sun at 0 degrees of Libra. The Saturn is opposed by Uranus in Pisces in the fourth house of home and security and trined by Jupiter in Capricorn in the second house of resources.
In the chart of a country or in a mundane chart like the Fall Equinox, set for Washington, D.C., the 10th house is the President. Saturn is the Old Man. Maybe I should leave it at that, but my interpretation of this chart is that a grateful electorate will reward the Republicans for rescuing the financial system by electing John McCain President.
The Moon, which governs the people, is in security-oriented Cancer is in the eighth house of other people’s resources. The eighth house traditionally rules investments. It’s squaring the Sun, a challenging aspect that means the masculine and feminine forces are at odds with each other. (No kidding!)
Americans are afraid of losing their homes, their pensions, and their portfolios. This bailout is ongoing. I don’t think voters will want to change horses in the middle of the stream.
The stellium of Mercury/Mars/Venus in Libra is the 11th house, which rules Congress in a country’s chart. There’s going to be a lot of bickering going on. The Libra triple conjunction is trine Pluto in expansive Sagittarius in the second house. I think after a considerable amount of debate, revision, and even possible legal challenges, the $700 billion bailout of the financial system (a figure some commentators say is actually $1 trillion, if you include earlier rescue packages), will go through.
The Fall Equinox chart has a Scorpio rising, making Pluto the ruler of the chart. Pluto, which has been demoted by astronomers but still gets respect from astrologers, is in Sagittarius. A lot of people out there think the rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage giants, was to benefit foreign (Sag) holders of its bonds. With Pluto in the second, I wouldn’t be surprised if foreign investors are a key factor in the overhaul of the financial system or to see multilateral groups such as the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) get involved.
Based in Basel, Switzerland, the BIS is the “bank for central banks.”
Other astrological bloggers have noted that having Jupiter and Pluto in the second house looks like a signature of prosperity, even though they are in different signs. I won’t argue with that. Still, Americans shouldn’t get lulled into thinking everything is alright, because it’s not.
Let’s get back to Uranus in the fourth. When I raise the possibility that McCain will be our next President to my friends, I like to remind them that some of the most radical times in this country occurred under President Richard M. Nixon.
The Uranian desire to shake up the Saturnian status quo (the Saturn/Uranus opposition, which is exact on Election Day) isn’t going away. In fact, it will become galvanized under the scenario I foresee.
You say you want a revolution? Well, first you need something or someone to revolt against: I give you John McCain.
Other possibilities for the Saturn/Uranus opposition fairly close the MC/IC of the Fall Equinox chart: unrest (Uranus) about unemployment and health insurance (Saturn in Virgo), and extreme weather such as hurricanes and earthquakes. (No, folks, it’s not over yet.)
The other stellium (group of planets) in the sky right now is the Neptune/North Node/Chiron triple conjunction in Aquarius. It falls in the third house of neighborhoods and media of the Fall Equinox chart. Look for a full-court press from Barack Obama supporters going door-to-door and sending out e-mail, links to blogs, and other electronic messages of support.
The Aquarius stellium trines the Libra lineup in the 11th house, which is traditionally the house of “hopes and dreams.” Those critics of Obama who say that he wrote a best-selling book, Dreams From My Father, but failed to sponsor any important legislation in the Senate could be in for a surprise after the election. Actually, according to the Wiki, these naysayers are wrong. From this Wiki entry, it would appear that the Senator from Illinois has been involved in important lawmaking efforts.
I think that the idealism of the Obama campaign will translate into activism in Congress. Helping to light a fire under lawmakers will be a galvanized electorate afraid of losing their homes (Uranus in the fourth). The days of a do-nothing Democratic-controlled Congress are over.
That’s my forecast based on the Fall Equinox chart, folks. I didn’t say everyone was going to like it. If truth be told, I don’t like it myself. I was looking forward to having a member of the Pluto in Virgo generation in the White House.