The recent flap over Dubai Ports World taking over operations of six East Coast ports in the USA epitomizes a growing dilemma between patriotism and globalization. This globalization-territorial dilemma is occurring as a 36-year cyclical opposition of Saturn and Neptune forms. Saturn’s influence promotes structures such as national boundaries. Neptune’s influence has an opposite effect, blurring borders and dispersing Saturn’s tidy routines and systems. Saturn strives to bring order out of Neptune’s seeming chaos. Neptune erodes Saturn’s rigidities.
We humans are as territorial as other primates. When we buy real estate, we get a piece of land with carefully drawn boundaries between neighbors. National borders arose during the Neptune-Pluto conjunction of 1399 when European kingdoms and fiefdoms marked and mapped their turfs. Even in unmapped areas of our world, tribal boundaries have existed for millennia. Before Columbus, the indigenous peoples of the Americas lived as tribes and nations within known boundaries.
Equally as ingrained in our human nature is trade. They have something we want; we have something they want; we trade and both benefit. What’s different today is the role of global corporations acting as middlemen between trading partners.
Patriotism V. Profits
Americans are becoming aware that global corporations, owing allegiance to no nation, own and control economic assets—and elected legislators—within national borders. Dubai Ports World spent unknown millions to influence prominent politicians-turned-lobbyists; in effect, they bought the US government with US dollars earned from oil sales.
Global corporations are “citizens of a borderless world,” while most people are still citizens or a particular nation, province or state, and neighborhood. The cry goes up: “How can we Americans protect our borders against radical Muslim terrorists when multinational corporations ignore national borders?” The US government tacitly cooperates with companies seeking cheap labor by allowing the US-Mexican border to be porous. Congress seems so helpless to resist the will of big corporations that it violates its own laws.
This dilemma epitomizes the present Saturn-Neptune opposition. Saturn is a conservative seeking to maintain the status quo; Neptune is as amorphous and far ranging as ocean currents and the winds that carry dust from one continent to another.
The development of global corporations over the past 500 years has been marked by outer planet cycles (Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto), especially Neptune-Pluto conjunctions, and Saturn-Neptune conjunctions and oppositions. To cite just two instances:
1) When American colonists declared independence from England in 1776, they also freed themselves from control by English corporations that extracted their wealth and dominated trade. After fighting a revolution to end this exploitation, our country's founders retained a healthy fear of corporate power and wisely limited corporations exclusively to a business role. Corporations were forbidden from attempting to influence elections, public policy, and other realms of civic society. Initially, the privilege of incorporation was granted selectively to enable activities that benefited the public, such as construction of roads or canals. Enabling shareholders to profit was seen as a means to that end.(1)
This followed the Saturn-Neptune opposition of 1756-1757, and a Uranus-Pluto square, from Sagittarius to Neptune-ruled Pisces, as the French and Indian War morphed into rebellion by American colonists.
2) The birth of the modern corporation was an accidentally-on-purpose mistake made by a court clerk, J. C. Bancroft Davis, writing a "headnote" or summary of an obscure case designated Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific, on May 10, 1886. The headnote Davis wrote said, "The defendant corporations are persons within the intent of the clause in section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which forbids a state to deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." The Fourteenth Amendment was passed June 13, 1866 following the American Civil War. Its purpose was to provide equal legal protection to former slaves.(2)
This history-changing headnote was written during a conjunction of Neptune and Pluto, and a simultaneous square between Saturn and Uranus.
The World Trade Organization established the rules of today’s international trade. The WTO was officially signed into creation on January 1, 1995, replacing GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) which had been in existence since the end of World War II. A chart for the WTO’s signing shows the outermost planets in harmonious arrangement, indicating that it would benefit the world.
However, when combined with the USA’s natal chart for July 4, 1776 (no matter what time of that day is used) there are some difficult aspects formed which speak to the impact globalization is having on the USA. Neptune and Uranus are conjunct the US Pluto, opposite the US Mercury, ruler of trade. The US Uranus is caught in a T-square formed by Saturn and Jupiter.
And, indeed, international trade has proven detrimental to American workers, that roughly 80 percent of our population who hold down the jobs that produce the corporate profits that are now being invested abroad. The mission of corporations is to maximize profits, so they invest where labor is cheapest.
Until the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of the 1960s (which was in turn conjunct the US Neptune) the USA had built a prosperous middle class, protected by tariffs on imported goods. Thus protected, the USA was very much a self-contained economy, with most of the resources, know-how and labor needed to create the most dy
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Robert Gover's book Time and Money: the Economy and the Planets came out in late May, 2005. Euromoney Magazine reviewed it in late 2005. Robert has partnered with a fund manager in Florida, Mike Mansfield, to do a financial newsletter. Robert was the featured speaker at a conference of investors from around the world in Denver on September 24, 2005, He has a BA in economics and has studied astrology since 1965. By the mid-1970s, he had become interested in stock market astrology, and by the mid-1980s, with the advent of astrological software, his interest had expanded to the whole economy. Time and Money may be purchased from www.hopepubs.com, or amazon, B&N and other online vendors, as well as book stores.
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|Money: Dollar & Yuan|| 7/29/2005|
|Wal-Mart's Dilemma|| 5/20/2005|
|Social Security and Murphy's Law|| 1/28/2005|
|Mercury, Pluto and the Vote Count|| 11/12/2004|
|Vietnam, Iraq, Saturn & Pluto|| 10/8/2004|
|Planetary Aspects & Belief|| 7/16/2004|
|Zhu Di to G. Bush|| 5/28/2004|
|The 72-Year Cycle|| 4/16/2004|
|Class War|| 1/9/2004|
|Economists and Astrology, Part 5|| 10/6/2003|
|Economists and Astrology, Part 4|| 9/29/2003|
|Economists and Astrology, Part 3|| 9/22/2003|
|Economists and Astrology, Part 2|| 9/9/2003|
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|Volatile Stock Markets and Pluto|| 4/19/2000|
|Neptune and Inflation|| 3/29/2000|
|Financial Panics Past and Future|| 3/8/2000|
|The Bubble and Gap of the 1990s|| 3/1/2000|
|Saturn and Great Depressions Part 2|| 2/2/2000|
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