Keeping it real?
This is an open, rhetorical question. Now that Obama has won, how is everyone feeling? Are you still riding the tide of euphoria? Are you still high on hope and the prospect of change? The reason I am asking this is because something isn’t right. It’s a feeling, hell, I’ll even quote Boston, “It’s More Than A Feeling.” As Obama appointees keep dropping like flies and the controversial stimulus package hangs over the heads of most americans like a blunt guillotine (either pass it or catastrophe will ensue). It’s theater of the surreal. Why does it not feel quite real to me? Why do I sense a flimsy permanence to our current state of shared reality and especially as it relates to The Obama presidency?
I think we have to re-trace the steps now and re-examine the critical, astrological, aspects behind what I would term, early failure in the Obama presidency.
I noted, with fair amount of angst that the election would culminate on a night with a Void of Course Moon. For me, VOC is in some ways, very akin to Mercury Retrograde. It’s a brief time where the elements are unsettled, the ground beneath our feet briefly succumbs to liquifaction and while we don’t fall through the Earth itself, our psychic moorings are wobbly. There have been many times in my life that during a VOC, it seemed as though I couldn’t get anything done, now matter how hard I tried, like I was moving through molasses.
VOC’s seem to be a time where there is a rhythm for a natural repose, a timeout of sorts, perfect for meditation and introspection, though it hardly seems realistic. Perhaps even taking just a few moments during a VOC can slow things down, or move them forward by the dint of conscious awareness. The tone of the VOC on election night has carried forward into the nascent period of The Obama administration. The election night VOC is doubly exacerbated by the inauguration VOC and the inauguration, Mercury Retrograde, which of course led to Chief Justice, John Roberts’ and Obama’s flub-fest, perfect for a Mercury Retrograde and then the vaunted do-over, in the secret chamber of The White House, with a sticky-gooey layer of VOC dripping over the side for good measure. Let’s just say that getting things done is not going to be easy for the president elect.
One of the manifestations of Mercury Retrograde as a cosmic seal to the Obama presidency will be a concurrent theme that we will hear over and over again about righting the wrongs of the past administration, especially as it relates to the economy. This is the refrain we are all hearing now. It won’t be the last time.
Undoing the wrongs of The Bush admin will take more than the three years Obama is allotted, since year four will likely be consumed with his run against Sarah Palin for the presidency. But the astrological challenges of the double VOC will not make it easy for Obama to undo the damage.
While he pushes hard against the senate to get the stimulus package pushed through, the public is burning up the phone lines in Washington, again in order to be heard, and yet this is rarely, even mentioned. With all of the Aquarian planets ganging up on the rest of the zodiac, the voice of the people is being communicated with great urgency and yet reported with little fanfare.
Obama’s stimulus package is obviously a play for a new, New Deal, which I saw coming months ago, a very Aquarian move that echoes FDR’s (Aquarian) implementation of socialized governance and new levels of bureaucracy. Add the intensity of The Saturn/Uranus opposition now taking place and we are witnessing a polarized tug-of-war between old and new values. Saturn is time tested and conservative, while Uranus is radical and new. Not all things old are worth clinging to and not all things new are worth embracing. Somewhere in the tension of the pull lies a counterbalance that can be inclusive and satisfy both polarities.
It’s doubtful and unfortunate that we can exist now without the stimulus package. In some ways, the game has been rigged in order for us to swallow it due to the hemoraghing of the economy and rapid job loss, however, I believe that it is critical that a large portion of the money gets set aside for private interests and entrepreneurial projects. The country needs to produce goods and create jobs. If Obama wants to green the nation (Uranus/progressive) that’s fine, but I believe the businesses that can do this are already in place and more can come on line and be eligible for low interest government loans. Here is a balance, a mid-point between Saturn/Uranus.
But the question must be asked, is this the type of interdependence that the current administration wants to foster or, do they simply want to be the default measure for all our problems and solutions? If it is indeed the latter, it sets in motion a dis-empowering parent/child dynamic. Perhaps this type of dependency is in demand where government is the focus and we the people amass in a fuzzy blur of details in the background of the overall image.
I think we deserve better.
The start/stop motion of the new admin will likely continue and be a theme throughout the Obama presidency based on the double VOC and Mercury Retrograde and “recovery” may be word that we’ll get quite used to as a result.
One last question/note. Who is outing Daschle and others on tax issues? I have my hunches, but I have to look at charts in order to see if they may be right.