In a news conference today, the US government declared a public health emergency over the recent swine flu outbreak. I’ll post the salient portion of the news conference below this diary. For our purposes, the important part is that the state of emergency was announced today at 12:34 pm in Washington, DC. Thankfully the White House time stamps its documents.
This chart reminds me of a Jaguar with someone riding the clutch. The engine is roaring and the power is not getting to the wheels. It’s an extraordinarily powerful chart — but the Moon is void of course. That is to say, the Moon has made its last aspect and is essentially drifting through Taurus at the time of the announcement.
Mars is square Pluto to one arc minute — 1/60th of a degree. This is just stunning. Check out the 9th house — that is the house of international things. We are likely to see a big response here. Mars is in the international house and Pluto is in the health house, the 6th. They are in a perfect square and that says action: international response.
Mars, Venus and Pluto are all activating the Aries Point (the personal is political), so this is a chart with far-reaching public energy. Uranus is close behind, in Pisces, right on the 9th cusp, adding a sense of urgency, though it’s in Pisces — more emotional than mental. But the Moon void is the first factor that leads one to wonder where it’s all going. Generally, you need a strong Moon to have a strong chart. The activating agent in this horoscope is the very precise Mars square Pluto.
The second factor that raises doubts is that Mercury is in a tight square to Neptune. Actually this is Mercury square Neptune, Jupiter and Chiron. I have to be cautious describing this aspect; appearing in a natal chart I would want to interpret it carefully in a personal context before saying too much. In a public chart, it warns us that what is being announced simply may not be true. I don’t doubt that there is a flu outbreak; I doubt the importance of the issue, and the relevance of the findings. I know I would look like an ass if the Mexican flu wiped out half the planet, but I don’t think it’s going to do anything of the kind. I have the luxury of talking about this as an astrologer and not a government official responsible for millions of lives. We do NOT know the truth here — the chart is warning this in spades. What is the source of the lie, or the motive? I am not getting data on that, but that group of Mercury aspects is sounding a loud warning.
Death anxiety is the big theme of this chart. Pisces is on the 8th house, and the rulers of Pisces are taking this square from Mercury; Mercury to Neptune being the most precise of the three squares Mercury is making (it is also square Chiron and Jupiter). The Moon is involved; it has just squared Neptune and has made a conjunction to Mercury before going void, which adds to the argument that what we have here is dominated by anxiety and confusion.
Still, this illness has a pretty high mortality rate (about 6% currently, all the deaths being in Mexico) and it is apparently spreading from human to human (such as in New York City, where students seem to be giving it to their parents). There are other issues; this virus is of the H1N1 variety, similar to what killed many people in 1918-19. There are only two labs in the world that can identify it positively — one is at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, and the other is in Canada. So these samples are being shipped from around the world while attempts are made at positive identification of the virus involved.
We don’t know the real disease rate, for example, in Mexico or anywhere else, because many people who may have become mildly sick did not report their case; some did not know. So there may be several thousand cases in Mexico and that would drive down the mortality rate substantially.
Due to all these uncertainties, public health officials face a number of dilemmas. This is not an easy situation and I am sure they feel the doubt that is implicit in this chart. If they make a big deal out of this, and it turns out to not seem so important, they could catch a lot of flak. We would also have little way of knowing whether their efforts actually did prevent the problem from getting worse. They might, or it might contain itself. Clearly the Obama administration is not going to sit on its hands like its predecessor did.
If you find yourself wanting to deal with this homeopathically (this is not medical advice, most doctors think homeopathy is bullshit) you can call up Hahnemann Labs in the Bay Area and get some Influenzinum 30. I will set out the hounds in the homeopathic community and see if anyone has come up with a genius epidemicus. There have certainly been enough cases and the illness is spreading among people — in the “bird flu” days, I was told those are the necessary ingredients to be able to crack the epidemic homeopathically.
Here’s that transcript…
SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: Thanks, Dr. Besser. A number of things going on and the purpose of today, this briefing, is to give you the most current information about what is happening. And as has been mentioned before, this is a changing picture. And so we intend to conduct these types of briefings daily for a while so that, you know, it can help up communicate to the public what is happening and so that with knowledge people know what kind of issue we’re dealing with.
The first thing I want to announce today is that the Department of Health and Human Services will declare today a public health emergency in the United States. That sounds more severe than really it is. This is standard operating procedure and allows us to free up federal, state, and local agencies and their resources for prevention and mitigation; it allows us to use medication and diagnostic tests that we might not otherwise be able to use, particularly on very young children; and it releases funds for the acquisition of additional antivirals.
So you’ll see those declarations coming out today. And when I say “standard operating procedure,” that’s exactly what I mean. We issued similar declarations for the recent floods in Minnesota and North Dakota and for the inauguration.