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"It is not our heads or our bodies which we must bring together, but our hearts. Humanity. . . will find its heart, without which the ultimate wholeness of its power…can never be achieved." Teilhard de Chardin

“Way down yonder in New Orleans, in the land of the dreamy dreams”, the wind roared and the waters poured. When the levees failed mothers and children with no Chevys to drive waded in the toxic waters while Americans everywhere, glued to their TV screens, said bye bye to this multi-cultural Louisiana, crawfish pie. Our president “the man we should admire most” took the last plane for the Coast; where he fiddled Nero-style with a guitar presented to him by country singer Mark Wills. “Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh. Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the bayou”. “Me oh, my oh.” In the “Big Easy”, the jazz bars on Bourbon Street in the famous French Quarter played host to a 365 day a year party. Then, one day, the music died.

Waking from the Dream

On August 29th, 2005, following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans morphed from the land of dreamy dreams into a full- blown national nightmare. Dreams, like poetry (and song lyrics) speak to us in the symbolic language of metaphor, dredging up shadow material from the unconscious mind. Interpreting dreams can be challenging and at times critically important; just as Pharaoh’s dream foretold a future crisis in the kingdom. What critical message is our collective dreamtime trying to send us? In this Saturn in Leo time, is there a crisis in the kingdom? Are we living in an illusion from which we need to awaken? Nightmares have a way of jolting us awake, unless we don’t realize we are asleep.

Through the Looking Glass

Astrology, too, is a language of symbol and metaphor. As such, it can provide an important lens for interpreting dreams as well as for analyzing events in the so-called ‘real’ world. Astrological correspondences enable one to decipher messages in dream content and to identify fingerprints at a “crime scene”, like a terrorist attack or natural disaster. The outer planets speak to our collective experience, so they are ones to watch in times of large scale events. At the center of this latest storm, realities on the ground were aptly reflected in the cosmic looking glass. Chief suspect, Uranus (ruler of hurricanes) in watery Pisces (ruler of oceans) is the one with the itchy trigger finger. Since Uranus’ ingress into Pisces in 2004, water related disasters have increased in number, scope and intensity. (For more about this see Water World: Deluge of the Dragon God. Neptune, in mutual reception, is his accomplice. It falls on Neptune to dispel the fog of illusion that clouds our vision. These planetary partners are churning up the waters to bring to the fore issues that require change. Saturn, meanwhile, having just entered the sign of Leo a scant six weeks earlier, wasted no time in advancing his latest agenda—lessons about pride, power and privilege, and also about courage and generosity. Katrina was a localized event with national significance. The major themes echo throughout the event chart cast for her landfall, as well as in a bi-wheel of transits to the United States’ chart.

Degrees of Separation

Synchronicities between planetary positions and real world occurrences go far in dispelling the myth subscribed to by most observers that natural disasters are arbitrary or capricious events. In fact, these synchronicities manifest an even larger truth—that we co-create these events in order to raise consciousness and change behavior. A case in point is the prevailing inconjunct aspect between Saturn in Leo and Uranus in Pisces, concurrent with the arrival of both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The inconjunct, at 150 degrees of separation, is an “almost but not quite there” aspect, similar to the gibbous phase just before the Full Moon. It is a time when the legacies of past mistakes and unaddressed problems come back to haunt—like stepping on the rake that’s been left lying in the grass. Anyone who watched news coverage of Katrina can quote chapter and verse on half a dozen or more such dormant and/or festering issues. Resolution of an inconjunction always requires a course correction, an adjustment of past attitudes and the implementation of creative new solutions.

The Lion Sleeps No More

When Saturn entered Leo (July 16, 2005), this author created a “watch list” of leonine potentialities. (See When Destiny Calls) Two prime candidates were an escalating crisis in leadership, and a growing inequity of wealth and privilege amid increasing poverty. Quid erat demonstratum! In Katrina’s wake, no one could have missed the failed leadership at every level in this national emergency. An almost endless stream of media analysis targeted government unresponsiveness, incompetence, lack of preparedness and foresight. Webster’s dictionary defines “gulf” as “any wide separation, as in position, status or education”. This Gulf hurricane whipped up unresolved issues of inequities between races and classes and anchored them in the collective consciousness. Expressed in the inconjunction, aristocratic Leo represents the privileged, while underdog Pisces stands for the underclass and the black race. In Katrina’s chart, a stellium of planets in Libra (fairness), including the South Node (legacies of the past) located in the second house (money) indicates that problems are deeply rooted and largely economic. This same stellium, conjunct the United States’ natal Saturn (government responsibility) in Libra, lobbies for greater balance. With Neptune also trine the U.S. Saturn, Americans are waking up from the illusion that our democracy (Aquarius) is delivering on the promise of liberty and justice for all.

Ground Zero

The chart ascendant, at zero degrees of Virgo, is this event’s “ground zero”, an echo of September 11th, the anniversary of which oc

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