Yesterday’s federal election results in the United States demonstrate that most Americans who participated in elections are driven more by anger than by the desire to improve their lives. Handing the Republican party control over the senate after decades of disasters instigated by leaders of that party verges on insane.
This election was under the influence of all things Scorpio: Many planets and the Sun conjunct Saturn in Scorpio, to name one large pattern. This is not the picture of the emotional state of abundance. With planets (particularly Venus) approaching Saturn, there is an illustration of the fear of scarcity. And it has an uptight flavor to it as well.
But there was no shortage of money. This election was only the most recent and most vivid illustration of the world post Citizens’ United, a world dictated by the Supreme Court wherein money in politics is “free speech” — and billionaires have all the ink. NBC’s Luke Russert described the scenario: there were so many attack ads running some places that TV was “unwatchable.”
As Keith Olbermann said in his special comment on the Citizens’ United decision, “They can spend all the money they want. And if they can spend all the money they want — sooner, rather than later — they will implant the legislators of their choice in every office from President to head of the Visiting Nurse Service.”
With Mars approaching a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn in three days, to be followed by a square to Uranus, we have an image of rage and reaction. This rage was fed by political forces bent on winning at all costs, predominantly the truth, that elusive thing in politics.
Think back to just six years ago when Pres. Obama was elected and consider the unemployment rate, the catastrophe of the Wall Street banking ripoff consuming the world economy like a sinkhole with no bottom, millions of mortgage foreclosures happening, the bailouts, two nearly decade-long wars raging with no end in sight — and remember how you felt then.
While it’s true that the economic recovery has mostly benefited the rich, economic stabilization has benefited everyone, and our situation is not nearly as horrid as it was the day that Dick Cheney was carted to Barack Obama’s inauguration looking like Dr. Strangelove.
We are not living in utopia, though things are a lot better today. I have a long list of complaints about Pres. Obama, but at least he’s not suffering from psychosis and driving the world off of a cliff, smirking.
That conjunction of Mars and Pluto can work a different way besides anger and reaction — it can represent the passion and drive necessary to invoke change, where it has to happen — in our minds, and on the level of structure. That takes determination and discipline — and a vision — though there is plenty of energy available. Change is to some extent always a revolt against the status quo — it just depends on how you harness that energy, and what your motives are.
Believing some talking-point hype about Pres. Obama being the worst president since the days of Caligula, or the “government takeover of health care,” or Mexican ISIS immigrants with Ebola storming the border, is not what you would call positive motivation. Banning access to birth control is not positive motivation; it seems more designed to irritate free-thinking people than it does anything else.
But positive motivations require thought, creativity and discipline.
As for Saturn and all those planets in Scorpio, remember that Scorpio is the sign of shared resources. To make the most of those resources, there must be some semblance of order and balance. Saturn demands practicality. In Scorpio it is demanding a practical approach to all matters of partnership, which we know is not a specialty of humankind.
Humans tend to prefer dramas — and by all indications, American humans are about to get one. The Republican takeover of the Senate will continue what we have seen the past six years — one thing after another designed to obstruct any progress, and then blame Pres. Obama.
Even if Obama were the Lyndon Johnson type willing to make hundreds of phone calls to senators and representatives to get his agenda through, I don’t think he would be getting too far. The country and indeed the Republicans themselves are too divided to get much done. The Republicans only exist today because they sold whatever fragments of their political soul remained (after Watergate, Iran-Contra, Abu Ghraib, the nonexistent WMD, etc., etc., etc., etc.) to the Tea Party.
And now they will have to deal with the mania of people driven by ‘God’, guns and repealing Griswold (ending free access to birth control) — and their lust for the presidency.
This has all happened right before the Full Moon. That is a reminder that the other boot has yet to hit the ground. There is more to come; the story line that took a big turn of events yesterday is not over. But we’re not going to have a coherent plot to this book until enough people decide what we want, and are willing to take action based on that desire.
This might call for all the ugly hashing out and negotiation that often attends sorting out of priorities, resources and power; but relationships are the thing that seem most subject to miraculous transformations. Whether anyone is open to that remains to be seen.
For now, the American public has rewarded a bunch of thugs, bullies and political mafiosi with control of our nation’s House of Lords which, now that I think about it, does have a certain poetic ring to it.