Earlier in the week we called Sun square the lunar nodes as a turning point of some kind. It feels like an energetic tipping point between the past and the future — or the future and the past. The nodes are among the elements in astrology that blend personal and collective energy — just like eclipses, and just like the Aries Point, which is still as hot as it gets right now. Today, however, we have another aspect that helps focus that theme — Pallas conjunct Chiron. Here’s a short breakdown.
Pallas in mundane astrology (the astrology of worldly events) is about strategy, law and politics. Chiron can be a call to awakening, a standout person or event or situation. There is indeed something rebellious going on in politics; something that might be a little fogged over with fantasy or denial, something with an erotic overtone and in Pisces, something influencing women. Pallas-Chiron can be about a hiccup in the political process, or even something more significant. We can add these themes to the Sun square nodes — themes that describe the nature of some wider collective bend in the road.
And: what have we got happening today that matches the theme? How about the Michigan Republican primary election? I don’t know if you’ve been following this, but Mitt Romney, the presumptive frontrunner for the ‘Pub nomination, is having a little problem in Michigan. He’s been upset several times by somebody nobody thought could get anywhere, Rick Santorum, the Bible-thumping anti-sex, anti-woman, anti-college sociopath who, for some reason, people are voting for.
One reason it’s so significant that Santorum is neck-and-neck with Romney in Michigan is that the “Romney” name there is a little like “Kennedy” in Massachusetts — his father George Romney was one of its most venerated governors. And Santorum is basically clobbering him. If he wins the Michigan Republican primary, this is basically a death knell for the Romney campaign. George was a presidential candidate until he described the Vietnam War as the sham that it was, saying that US generals had tried to brainwash him into the cult-like mentality of that war.
If Mitt Romney — who is as hated by the Republican political establishment as you might expect the ghost of Nixon to be — loses in Michigan, that is certainly a bend in the road, and would fit the astrology perfectly. Michigan is a state where Democrats can vote in the Republican primary, if they change parties the day of the election. The Santorum campaign has been appealing to people to do just that, because Romney said that the American car industry should be allowed to go bankrupt rather than being bailed out of its mess.
There are a few ways to analyze this from a progressive standpoint. Santorum might be an easy candidate for Obama to beat. He comes off as ‘sincere’ but anyone with the vaguest shred of sophistication (such as you once watched a PBS special on American history, went to Brown, went to Community College, read a book) cringes, unless you’re part of the red raw meat conservative base. Santorum is just not ready for prime time, but then the United States seems to be going downmarket in many ways. Even as the actual frontrunner, not even the nominee, it would frightening to have him that close to the White House.
It would, however, be a really interesting campaign. He has no issues except for these bullshit social crusades against birth control and being gay. Well, not strictly: the other day he went on a tirade about how Obama is a snob because he suggests that Americans get a little higher education or vocational training (Steve Colbert did the best of all the takedowns on this — I will link it when it’s available on the ‘Net). And lately he was attacking John F. Kennedy, who assured the nation that his being Catholic (which verged on scandalous in 1960, since only WASPs were supposed to be members of the ruling class) did not make him a lackey of the Pope.
But as for those social issues — we might have a real national debate about all of these issues that were not really issues till they were raised as red herrings (the birth control thing is still amazing every time I hear about it). We might have to talk about sex education and who among us is really somewhere on the LGBT spectrum and who thinks that sex is a normal thing that humans do when they can.
We’ll be tracking the story and updating in tonight’s edition of Daily Astrology.