Reality just keeps getting weirder.
Here are just a few notes, events and ideas that have been clanging around in my head regarding Pluto in Capricorn. The first is GM’s CEO, Rick Waggoner being asked, no, told by Barack Obama to step down from his position. This is more than just a precedent setting act, it establishes Obama as not just president, but CEO of the country itself and reflects the increasingly interstitial relationship between the government and big business and vice versa. It parallels what Tim Geithner is also doing at The Fed/Treasury, making a major land grab for new powers and “oversight” over hedge funds, etc. But before we get too far into Geithner, the Waggoner dismissal must be looked at with greater circumspection.
It’s pretty obvious now that the auto industry has taken bailout money, that part of the conditions to receiving the stimulus money was that Washington was going to rise to the top of the pyramid, that they would have hiring and firing power, along with other powers that we may not be aware of. What makes this move more than mildly interesting is that Waggoner could have been asked to step down by the board of GM, especially with enough political muscle being flexed by the new admin. It could have looked as though Waggoner was stepping aside due either to his own volition or at the behest of the board. But this is old school business. Welcome to the corporatocracy in 2009, where the president makes you step down. It was a clear sign of Obama exerting his power in ways that other presidents did not do and if they did, it was through much more covert and subtle machinations. This was clearly a big dog moment for the president elect. It sets precedent and it establishes not just the executive branch, but Obama himself as the alpha and thus sends the message to every CEO in the country that they too could be asked to step down (theoretically). This is a bold and blatant assertion of power that is a cultural manifestation of Pluto in Capricorn and the rise of the corporacratic state and mono culture. Ah, but Barack Obama wasn’t done.
In addition to his pushing Waggoner out the door, he also summoned Bob Basso to The White House, for a little chat regarding Basso’s activities as one of the net’s biggest youtube stars. You see Bob Basso plays “Thomas Paine” in his youtube videos that features contemporary musings on the state of democracy and the lack of true representation in his “We The People” series. Basso’s numbers are growing and so apparently is the administrations concern that Basso could be a force towards a growing populist movement. As Thomas Paine, he not only engages in modern political commentary, he also incites people towards actions, like sending their representatives, “tea bags.” Apparently the president elect wanted to discuss and I quote, “The disturbing nature of the videos.”
What we are seeing here, marvelously played out in costumery and attention to detail, right down to the appropriate era is the opposition I have mentioned in prior posts, between Pluto in Capricorn and The US Stellium in Cancer. As most star watchers know, the last time we saw Pluto In Capricorn, the American Revolution, the very same one that Basso is re-interpreting took place and here we are again as Basso incarnate as Paine re-inacts the Cap/Cancer opposition and Barack Obama, wielding more and more kingly powers (let’s not forget that he is a Leo), summons Basso in a grand, monarchical fashion. If anyone ever wanted to see astrological aspects being played and re-played in real time, well, get your popcorn, cause you’ve got a front row seat. Somehow, I doubt that this is the last trip to the White House someone will make to get a chance to understand “the bigger picture.”
Before I go onto my other rumination regarding Pluto in Cap, I just wanted to return to Tim Geithner briefly. It’s interesting to note that he too is also a Leo, born a mere 14 days after Barack Obama. While he may share close proximity, he also has certain aspects that are wholly different than Obama’s, one of which is a lunar opposition. Geithener’s Moon is in Scorpio (don’t cross him) while Obama’s Moon is in Taurus. Unless they are on the same page and it looks as though they are now, these two could get into deep and entrenched power struggles, however as moons in opposition usually do, they confer a sense that the individuals need each other in some way. Obama needs Geithner’s guile, insider knowledge, inner workings of the byzantine world of global finance, while Geithner needs Obama’s solidity, form and base in order to cast his voodoo economics. In harmony, they are a formidable pair of big cats, lions on the prowl of a legacy in the service of an agenda. In disharmony, they could end up as bitter rivals working against one another.
Geithner’s Mars is in Libra at 0 degrees, while Obama’s is in fastidious Virgo. Obama revels in details and minutiae, probably down to his cufflinks and cliff notes, whereas Geithner is driven by the almost obsessive need for balance. Libra is in it’s fall here and can produce either a vigilant champion of the peoples rights or a quarrelsome type that sees inequality at every turn and thus acts from a personal position, usually as an offensive/defensive posture. In balance, the Mars in Libra type can be a consumate dealmaker and diplomat. The other planet where they share a distinct difference is Jupiter, where it’s retrograde motion goes from Aquarius as it is in Obama’s chart, to Capricorn at 29 degrees in Geitheners. If you do the math, he’s a proud Leo with Moon/Scorpio, Mars/Libra and Jupiter/Capricorn. Tim Geithner is wired for power and it’s acquisition. He and Obama, so closely coordinated, yet differentiated by the stars share the same intent and purpose at present, but if one of them shifts their position and angle or relating, we’ll see some real drama at play.
I was going to talk about life extension through Pluto in Capricorn, but I’ll save that for the next post.