federal appeals court recently cleared the way for early generic competition
to Eli Lilly's blockbuster antidepressant Prozac, thus marking a turning
point in the escalating price of prescription drugs. The ruling stripped
the pharmaceutical company's patent protection and sent the stock plummeting,
since projected sales will be reduced by $1 billion. The action signaled
that the U.S. government is taking a harder line on the drug industry
in order to make drugs less expensive to consumers.
the same way that astrologers construct birth charts for humans, a horoscope
can be drawn up for the birth of Prozac. Prozac received the FDA's final
approval on December 29, 1987 (chart is set for noon in Washington, D.C.),
and this moment represents the beginning of Prozac's life as America's
most popular drug to treat depression. In any horoscope, the Sun represents
the essential character, with the Sun's sign describing the style, goals
and method of operation. The Prozac Sun is in Capricorn, and like any
Capricorn, Prozac's strategy is ambitious, goal-oriented, disciplined,
practical and efficient. Capricorn's method is to control and manage,
and Prozac's objective is to control and manage the illness rather than
discover and heal psychological causes.
Illusion of Well Being
planet closely aspecting the Sun further describes the essential character,
with the conjunction being the primary or strongest influence. Prozac's
Sun is conjunct Neptune, the planet naturally associated with drugs. As
in any horoscope for a human, the Prozac horoscope describes not only
the individual entity involved, but the conditions, life experiences and
people that influence and are influenced by Prozac. In this case, Neptune,
the planet of fantasy and delusion, shows Prozacís ability to mask the
symptoms of depression and produce an illusion of well being in those
who use it.
Prozac Sun-Neptune combination is further developed by an aspect to action-oriented
Mars. The angle connecting Mars with the Sun and Neptune is considered
by most astrologers to be a relatively minor aspect, a semi-square. In
the overall scheme of the Prozac chart, this combination would normally
be considered much later in the interpretation, if at all. However, the
link between Mars and Neptune is also found in the U.S.
horoscope where these two planets are connected by a dynamic
National Drug Pattern
U.S. Mars-Neptune square represents, among other things, a national pattern,
where people find drugs (Neptune) a natural form of self-expression (Mars).
Legal and illegal drugs may always be a part of the American scene due
to this combination, and Prozac's chart becomes the repetition of a major
theme. In this regard, the Mars-Neptune aspect is known as a "signature."
Whenever Mars and Neptune form hard angles, one interpretation is that
action and drugs are being combined. In its most common form, Mars-Neptune
is coffee. Although the U.S. is not by any means the world leader in coffee
consumption per person, the phenomenal rise in the number of coffee shop
chains like Starbucks over the last few years indicates that it is,
or perceives itself to be, a nation of coffee addicts.
in the Prozac horoscope adds an element of impatience. Mars wants results
now, and in our fast-paced information age, most people don't have time
to indulge in depression. The step-by-step accumulation of Prozac in the
brain is a much quicker solution to the lengthy and uncertain procedure
importance of the Mars-Neptune signature can be seen through the timing
of the court decision against Eli Lilly. By transit, Mars and Neptune
were exactly opposite each other, with the opposition aspect referring
to one party's action against another. The relatively brief celestial
encounter on August 9 resonated deeply with the national pattern of Mars
square Neptune, plus Prozac's Mars semi-square Neptune, and thereby assumed
extra impact and significance.
Effects of Prozac
Prozac's horoscope with the U.S. horoscope reveals Prozac's extremely
dangerous side effects. For the past 24 years the FDA has been accepting
adverse reaction reports about drugs it has approved. According to CAFMR
(Citizens Against Fraudulent Medical Research), Prozac has accumulated
more adverse reaction reports than any other pharmaceutical. Documents
obtained under the Freedom of Information Act describe the symptoms: convulsions,
hallucinations, violent hostility, psychosis, murder and 1089 successful
suicides as of 1993, with thousands more attempted. For more information
on this, read Prozac,
The Killer Drug.
Prozac Mars resides in intensely passionate Scorpio. In general, Mars
in Scorpio is capable of dangerously obsessive behavior when under pressure.
In the Prozac horoscope Mars is stressed by several difficult aspects
(to Chiron, Jupiter, the Sun and Neptune). Most revealing is that the
Prozac Mars squares the U.S. Moon. The U.S. Moon symbolizes the consuming
public with all their security needs, including mental stability. The
Prozac Mars, with all its drug-suppressed passions, is capable of explosive
action when finally released. The Prozac Mars, in essence, attacks the
U.S. Moon, showing that this pharmaceutical would be associated with an
unusual number of psychotic episodes.
Europeans have done well treating depression with St.
John's wort, a natural herbal remedy, and it is quickly
gaining support in this country as well. Prozac has made Eli Lilly tons
of money, and in the process the company has eluded full disclosure on
the inherent risks. For those using Prozac, or considering it, watch your
Mars-Neptune transits for significant developments.