We Are The Sum Of Our Parts

By Judith Gayle | Political Waves

There are weeks when everything seems stuck in-process — bubbling in the sociopolitical cauldron, unresolved — and others that offer breakthroughs, allowing a peek at future progress and potential. This week gave us some of both, starting with a major shift of political fortune to our north. Congratulations to our Canadian neighbors for putting the conservative leadership of Stephen Harper in their rear view mirror.


Although the more progressive New Democratic Party started strong in the 78 (!!!) day campaign, the more moderate Liberal party won the prize, with the election of Justin Trudeau promising an end to some of the stultifying austerity measures of former neoconservative leadership. While the election can be seen as repudiation of corporate values over populist ones, Trudeau’s support of TPP and the XL Pipeline continues a worrisome lack of environmental reality that will, hopefully, fall short of Canadian support.

Still, here in the states we celebrate every shift back towards governance for and by the people, and although largely untried, this new Trudeau (Pierre’s son) is a welcome ally to progressive causes. In his first week, the new Prime Minister canceled pending air strikes against ISIS and welcomed an additional 25,000 Syrian refugees into his nation. Since the U.S. is leading the mission against ISIS, this may not thrill the Pentagon, but Trudeau is expected to be a warmer alternative to the chilly relationship between Obama and Harper.

In terms of closure, the week began with Democratic moderate Jim Webb pulling out of the Dem presidential race, disgruntled by lack of attention and mulling a run as an Independent (where he would REALLY be ignored!). It ended with the only Republican Senator to vote against the Iraq war, Lincoln Chaffee, pulling the plug as well. That leaves Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley and perhaps Lawrence Lessig to duke it out, and only the first two count. Do note, by the way, that the pendulum swing quickly took out those too moderate to meet the populist demand.

O’Malley is interesting and well-spoken, but these election waters aren’t conducive to the survival of smaller fish. In that regard, Lessig told Bill Maher last week that his pledge to win, defeat Citizens United and corporate ownership of the political process, and then hand the presidency over to his as yet unnamed Vice President was “stupid.”

Running this through our populism-inspired ‘authentic-o-meter,’ his comment seems remarkably candid, but hardly politically astute, nor was making such an admission wise on a politically incorrect comedy forum where people are comfortable connecting dots from such statements to possible leadership capability. Largely unknown, he, Webb and Chaffee never got a single point in the polls, and for the moment, Lessig is the last man standing among the largely unappreciated.

The other politico to pull out of the Dem lineup — even though he never actually entered — was Joe Biden, who seemed to be endlessly scuffing his toe in the dirt, weighing his options and giving pollsters apoplexy. What can we say about Joe, one of the last remaining politicians whom the nation views with affection? I read a lede the other day saying he was “the last of an era,” and perhaps of all the commentary we could make, that is the most accurate. Having come to terms with our systemic dyfunctionality, Biden represents what used to be — not what is.

Joe’s intent to reach across the aisle to make law in a bipartisan manner is laudable but no longer possible, given the divide among the political factions. If these last years have proven anything, it’s that partisan stonewall will not go quietly or respectfully into the night. As Joe was bound to run on that long history of bipartisan achievement, he would have had as much success in that venture as does his boss. Or, for instance, Dennis Kucinich, who joined with FOX News to occasionally represent the view from the left, winning him a long exercise in yelling into the black void of misinformation and hearing nothing but the chirp of crickets in return, as well as a top spot on the Google cue for “where are they now?”.

We really want to behave in a civilized manner, don’t we? And there is every reason to be suspect of an inability to come to the table when mere political ideology is the point of separation between parties, but that is not what’s happening now. What we’re experiencing now is a growing awareness that there is no freedom to choose what is driven by oligarchy, with our divisions fostered by it and our citizens bewildered by the fear it promotes and the patrons it produces. It helps to remember that those who serve this cause are often themselves blindsided by misinformation campaigns and religious dogma.

Speaking of same, Ben Carson is running ahead of Trump in some polls. He’s been on local television, signing copies of his book in a Christian bookstore to my north, which pretty much says it all. He’s got Trump arrogance AND knows his Old Testament — a sure winner with the base. Ben wants to ‘intensify’ the war on drugs, while Bernie, meanwhile, has called for an end to the policies that have put so many of our citizens into an overcrowded and nonproductive prison system.

Paul Ryan has signed on to run for House Speaker, though he made it clear he wouldn’t take the job if the far-right continued its purity antics — they will, he will, and we will have more of the same. I suspect Ryan is counting on a bump in gravitas for a future run at the Oval Office, but it will also reveal some of his weaknesses, one of which is that he’s much less intellectual than his reputation and a good deal more regressive. He can run, but he can’t hide.

Mid-week, there were a number of revelations pushed to the top of the heap. One was the leak on Obama’s drone wars, of which little has (yet) been made, and a teen hacking into CIA Director Brennan’s personal e-mail to lift sensitive information, some of which was shared on a Twitter account. The hacker(s) told Brennan they would relinquish the account for “2 trillion dollars hahhaa, just joking.” When the CIA Chief asked for the next offer, he was told “We just want Palestine to be free and for you to stop killing innocent people.” (Crickets.)

Acting on an exposé by the Los Angeles Times, Bernie Sanders went after allegations that Exxon had done extensive research into the dangers of fossil fuels as early as the 1970s, and buried the result. He asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to have the Department of Justice investigate the allegations. While that may or may not occur, this news has galvanized observers to consider that in Exxon’s unceasing push for profit, it cannot escape responsibility for not just irreversable damage to the planet but for the many deaths climate change can already claim, not to mention those to come. As Bill McKibbon put it, no corporation has ever done anything this big or this bad, and they’re daring us to stop them.

Unless you’ve been kidnapped and held in total isolation, you know that Clinton had a productive week, considering her eleven-hour ordeal of swatting back a swarm of killer bees, otherwise known as the 8th Benghazi Congressional Committee (only the first two inquiries were bi-partisan). Thanks to the Republican penchant for repeatedly beating a dead horse (and a slip of the lip from the former Pub candidate for speaker) this was largely viewed as a witch hunt even by Pubs, with Hillary the witch and defeat of her presidential presumptives the prize at hand.

Nothing new happened in all those tedious hours except for a televised, and outrageously disrespectful, tantrum by those on the right, determined to find something criminal to hang on her. In the end, it was Hillary’s to lose and she didn’t — she walked away tired but unscathed and looking, the Baggers rue, very presidential.

That whole drill was painful to watch, so I avoided it, checking in from time to time to see how Mrs. Clinton was handling incoming fire. Much was made about her facial expressions this time around, pictures posted on the net, and my favorite was the one where she looked tired and bored, leaning into her palm. This is a former First Lady of the United States of America we’re talking about. She knew exactly what that face portrayed, exactly what her posture represented, exactly what she was doing when she did it. Some would say that’s a cynical take on my part and a scripted response from her, so let me just say this about that: after decades of Hillary-watching and a certain appreciation for the Scorpio energy she is, that was an entirely authentic Hillary move, face in hand. I’m betting she knew she had ’em on the ropes by the time she posed for the camera.

The hot air coming out of D.C. is rhetorical, part of that cauldron bubbling with goo, and all but puts an exclamation point on the week. But elsewhere, suddenly, the air has become much more threatening, with Mexico bracing for the strongest hurricane ever recorded. Hurricane Patricia, a Category 5 — similar to Typhoon Haiyan that did so much damage in the Philippines in 2013 — will likely devastate Puerto Villarta and surrounding resort areas, leaving them “uninhabitable for weeks or months.” Loss of life and property seems unavoidable.

While this event appears to have shocked the meteorological world, due to “explosive intensification” over the last 24 hours, surely we might have predicted it. Climate change is the villain of all this extreme weather, even though we’re still not willing to level an accusing finger. For the moment, El Niño is getting the blame, having produced Pacific water temps of 87 degrees and more, running unusually deep and creating moisture in the air to bring a weather event to the Western Hemisphere that we’ve never seen before. If you’re the praying kind, keep positive thoughts for the well-being of all living things in Patricia’s path.

One last thing I’d like to speak to as we finish up this week’s list of seemingly disparate people and situations, at odds with one another. Today — all day — is a free event called Global Oneness Day, planned by the spiritual community for much of a year. It’s a gathering of world leaders, scientists, entertainers, spiritual leaders, activists, and business leaders, coming together to share a sense of our oneness and mutuality with one another and the planet.

You may recognize some of the names: Iyanla Vanzant, Michael Beckwith, Gary Zukav, Marianne Williamson, Ken Wilber, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Jean Houston, Ervin Laszlo, Neale Donald Walsch, Panache Desai, Nassim Haramein, Dean Radin, Doreen Virtue, Patricia Cota-Robles, Stephen Dinan, Matt Kahn, and a video recording created for the occasion by Desmond Tutu. There are over forty speakers, something for most every interest.

If you’d like to experience this spiritual event, go here. You may discover that this is a day all about you. Every opinion out there, no matter how disconcerting we find it, exists somewhere within each of us or it would have no resonance with us — we would simply move past it without recognizing it. All those issues above, fleshed out in the news of the day — seemingly so disconnected to our daily lives — are part of the larger entity, WE.

They are part of what we are exploring about ourselves, a catalyst for our growth and self-revelation. We can only truly see ourselves in one another. As Marianne Williamson tells us, “A wave cannot separate itself from the ocean, nor can we separate ourselves from each other.”

Politics is personal and the news is as much our own story — yours and mine — as are the stories we’ve shared today. Recognizing and embracing this is the work, making each decision in kindness, compassion  and respect, if we are to evolve our humanity and build a safe and sane world for those who come after, unto the 7th generation — and beyond.

9 thoughts on “We Are The Sum Of Our Parts

  1. Lyd

    As always Judith, your Saturday ‘swim’ is appreciated. Noticed a tiny error…new Canadian Prime Minister designate, is Justin Trudeau, not Jason. I, for one, am relieved that change has come.

  2. Vincent

    “I’m betting she knew she had ‘em on the ropes by the time she posed for the camera.”

    thank you for that observation to which is totally point on

    and of course for bringing the week into ‘perspective” again Judith

    1. Barbara Koehler

      . . so that’s where Photographica comes in. (see below when the Saturn conjunct Pluto had Mars conjunct Photoraphica conjunct the South node at 5+ Capricorn which is opposite the U.S Jupiter as well as the north node at + Cancer.)

  3. Barbara Koehler

    This was one of those “Big Picture” weeks that Sagittarians just love to decipher wasn’t it Jude? And you done good, really, really good. My over-dependence on astrology to see beyond my nose was rewarded this week as transiting Saturn finally reached the 3+ degree of Sagittarius. I’m sure I’ve commented here – at least once – about the 3 long-term cycles in play now that would be activated when Saturn reached that degree, since each cycle’s (Neptune-Pluto, Neptune-Uranus and Saturn-Pluto) “birth chart” (when they made their conjunction) had something special occupying 3+ Sagittarius. Each of the 3 cycles had 26-27+ Libra occupied too and that’s where the Sun was when Joe Biden bowed out of the Presidential race for 2016.

    One of the cycles, the one without Neptune (Saturn-Pluto) seemed to single out the U.S. with its connections to the U.S. Sibly chart. Like the south node conjunct Mars and Photographica who is opposite the North Node at 5+ Cancer, where the U.S. Sibly chart’s Jupiter resides. But it was the Saturn-Pluto chart’s Uranus at 3+ Sagittarius, where transiting Saturn arrived on October 22nd that lit up the week. The Sun in that chart was at 15+ Scorpio, conjunct Venus at 16+ Scorpio who was conjunct Jupiter at 19+ Scorpio which made a conjunction to Hillary’s natal Venus at 16+ Scorpio. This cycle, at least in the present moment, had her name all over it.

    It tied into Joe Biden’s chart too, His ascendant is 3+ Sagittarius, where transiting Saturn was just arriving. Joe also has natal Sun-Venus in a square with natal Chiron (wound) – North Node (path forward), and the transiting Sun on October 21st was sextile his Leo Chiron-NN. But alas, his Leo Chiron-NN opposes the U.S. Moon in Aquarius, where Hillary’s natal Pallas sits and the Big Picture, as seen in the Saturn-Pluto conjunction chart (which ends in 2020) was looking to be a balancing of energies between yin and yang, male and female . At least in the U.S.

    I say that because in 1982 Pluto and Saturn made their conjunction at 27+ Libra (where the Sun was when Joe made his announcement) and was sextile Neptune-conjunct the Galactic Core in Sagittarius and they all were quincunx that chart’s Chiron in Taurus forming a yod. That chart’s Chiron sits in the same degree where transiting Sedna is now, 25+ Taurus. Sedna was assaulted by the patriarchal boss of her time, her father, because he feared she would cause his demise. Sorta the way the Republicans assaulted Hillary on October 22nd, wouldn’t you say? In both cases the ladies – in a sense – rose above it.

    My sense is that the air is thick with long-term energy this week and that’s why there is so much going on that’s about evolving humanity, as you say, and building a safe and sane world. The oldest of the 3 cycles I’m aware of that are active right now is the Neptune-Pluto cycle that began in 1891. That would make it what? In the middle of the 6th generation (used 20 years as a generation, but what do I know)?

    That chart had the South Node at 3+ Sagittarius, where transiting Saturn is now. South Nodes denote well developed behaviors and attitudes that no longer encourage growth and should be ended. Things like inequality between the sexes for example. This is one of the 2 charts for cycles that has a stellium conjunct the U.S. Moon in Aquarius. In this chart that would include Ceres, Juno, Nessus, Magdalena and Hades. Sounds about right doesn’t it? This is the outer-planet cycle that began in a conjunction to the U.S. Uranus too. Perhaps a Uranus breakthrough this coming election.

    That chart, the Neptune conjunct Pluto chart, also has Pallas at 0+ Aquarius, where the next Jupiter-Saturn cycle begins in 2020, and where Elizabeth Warren’s Jupiter is too. Well, well. They say to expect the unexpected whenever Uranus is involved!

  4. Mary

    Elizabeth Lesser has this TED talk that I love for anyone, really, but I appreciate it esp for those writing about politics. It’s called Take the other to lunch, focusing on moving beyond petty bs, so as to acknowledge the stuff we all have in comon — a couple of groundrules first — no one tries to convert the other, and, of course, as we are all civilized, no name calling. No dems and pubs and baggers, etc, lest you continue to reach only those who share the limitation.

    I grew up in this realm and it is my greatest wish that we can elevate the dialog, to go for being MORE than the sum of our parts. Please goddess!
    PS GO Canada!

    1. Mary

      Upon reflection, I come to realize we all do this minimalizing of “other” for many reasons — it helps us know who we are (we’re the ones who are not them), we feel bigger immediately, it mistakeningly suggests a certain insider knowledge.

      We can do this “take the other to lunch” if you have an interest, Judith. It would have to be virtual, as I’m in Boston, and, it would appear that we share the same party affiliation, that would be interesting. Groundrules for me: …well, I assume you get it. What would you insist on?


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