NewsScope for September 28, 2004
Election 2004 Recount?
With the controversial 2000 election still weighing on many voters' minds, the 2004 election season is showing signs that the contest will be close enough that it could be stolen. Democrats, Republicans, and civil rights groups collectively boast of having some 30,000 lawyers poised to observe the election process, especially in the swing states where a handful of voters could decide the outcome.
Only one week after the November 2 election date, Saturn turns retrograde at 27 degrees Cancer. This station is exceptionally important since in the U.S. horoscope Pluto is at 27 degrees Capricorn. Transiting Saturn is closing in on an exact opposition to the U.S. Pluto, which in the Scorpio Rising chart is the nation's ruling planet. This combination represents blockbuster national challenges at many levels of interaction. (Editor's note: WolfStar uses a Scorpio Rising horoscope for the United States.)
Saturn is already close enough that the underlying significance is playing out on a variety of political, social, and corporate levels. Pluto may be seen as the influential powers that be—the factions, parties, corporations, or individuals (see Costner below) that build the American infrastructure (Capricorn). Saturn transiting in the Ninth House of legal affairs represents the process of challenging these factions.
Over the past week we've seen the beginning of this process in the legal problems of some of the nation's most powerful corporations, including Fannie Mae, Big Tobacco, and U.S. Airways, which is facing bankruptcy. As these trends indicate, and with so many lawyers already on the election scene, that Saturn's station on November 8 could very well mean a recount.
The Military-Petroleum Complex
Over the past few months a new buzz phrase has appeared in American media that captures the worst fears of democracy gone awry. "The Military-Petroleum Complex" is the modern variation of President Eisenhower's famous warning about the creeping power of the "military-industrial complex." and to some commentators,* it explains the real reasons why Bush invaded Iraq, home to the world's second largest oil reserves.
From an astrological perspective, the phrase has two clear planetary symbols: Mars represents the military and Neptune is oil. Since the U.S. national horoscope features Mars square Neptune, the natal potential for building a military-petroleum complex has always been present. Pluto, the planet often associated with power plays in the geopolitical theater, first entered the U.S. Mars-Neptune square in March 2003 when Bush invaded Iraq.
The term "complex" refers to a network or an interlinked system. In psychological astrology it refers to a set of planets correlated to compulsive behavior that can overwhelm the ego or consciousness, as astrologer Liz Greene expertly describes in her book The Horoscope in Manifestation. The political astrologer can readily translate this meaning to a military-petroleum complex that can overwhelm the national well-being.
Pluto's activation of the U.S. Mars-Neptune began a long-term project that continues well into 2005. In the Scorpio Rising version of the U.S. horoscope Mars is found in the Eighth House of corporations. Mars here refers to the vast array of corporate contractors serving the world's largest bureaucracy, the Pentagon. Mars, as the co-ruler of the Scorpio horoscope, reflects how many of America's mega-corporations, following their own financial interests, promote and profit from war.
Kevin Costner's Field of Dreams
When Britney Spears wed secretly to elude the paparazzi, by default Kevin Costner's wedding with longtime girlfriend Christine Baumgarten over the weekend became the star-studded event of the year. The three-day event took place at Costner's 165 acre ranch near Aspen, Colorado with 500 of his closest celebrity friends, and included a wedding ceremony in his field of dreams.
Kevin Costner was born with his Capricorn Sun conjunct the U.S. Pluto (January 18, 1955; 9:40 pm; Lynwood, CA). This unique alignment means that he can personify America's ideal image of itself. With his Sun closely linked to four outer planets, he eventually became a channel for the hopes and fears of the nation through his heroic movie roles.
Mars, his inner warrior, is dignified in Aries and enhanced by a trine to his Sagittarius Moon, giving him an adventurous, playful spirit that is clearly expressed both on and off the screen. He once expressed his Capricornian sense of heroism when he said, "Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they've stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments."
With Virgo Rising, Mercury is Costner's ruling planet. His Mercury forms a close square to Juno, the marriage asteroid. He proposed to Christine on June 26, 2003 when transiting Neptune was first conjunct his Mercury and square his Juno. Now Neptune is making its last passage through this Mercury-Juno zone as he married in a field by a mountain stream, his field of dreams.
*For a concise, recent history on the military-petroleum complex, see Robert Bryce's essay.
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