Dear Friend and Reader:
I KNOW IT MUST be weird to be confronted with all of this incomprehensible economic news every day, as people watch the markets like the computers attached to a patient on the intensive care ward; then, to think that the patient is us. And to think we went to the gym faithfully (i.e., work) every day, paying our bills, bowing to the god of Capitalism who turned out to be the Wizard of Oz.
I have to hand it to Americans for keeping their cool — everyone from market traders to people who continue to use the credit/debit system with faith that it’s still going to be there; to everyone not making a run on the banks. Of course the notion that Visa cards are not going to work is ridiculous because everyone, including the banks and the merchants (not just the customers), depends on them.
But plenty of “ridiculous” things have happened. Who could possibly crash a passenger airplane into the Pentagon some 59 minutes after an attack on New York?
The banking and credit crisis is well-established in Europe at the moment. We are working on getting details together for our Friday coverage (it may take a couple of weeks as we are still looking for a gunslinger on the issue; chime in if you are one; you can be an anonymous source). Though it’s difficult to believe, I am hearing that many European banks are in worse shape than American ones, but that the governments there are in a position to quietly socialize (i.e., take over) the banks without much fanfare.
Knowing that we’ve had an inordinate amount of dung flung at us the past few weeks, er, the past decade (though what is happening now is an obvious end-of-term endgame by the Bush administration) I am sure you’re wondering what else is up for the next few months.
I’m going to tip my hand and share some of what I know, remembering that I’ve made a choice not to use astrology to be specifically predictive but rather to comment on the energy that is afoot, and what is possible, more than anything. Rick Tarnas, author of Cosmos and Psyche, calls this being archetypally predictive. This leaves room for you, me and the cosmos to be creative and come up with something better. We create the specifics; or we deal with the ones we are handed. And we need to see where we have a choice in that.
Make no mistake at all: we are in what may be the most significant moment of change of our lives. It’s a moment that will last, according to the astrology, at least four years, well into 2013 and beyond. We enter the peak when Pluto ingresses Capricorn next month.
What I am noticing as things get weirder is that a scant few people seem somewhat more intent on cooperation. We who are getting that message know that no matter what occurs, cooperation is the key. That is a skill we may need to develop consciously, because we know that at the end of the day, economy is what we, among ourselves, exchange. Under the current system there is always a third party trying to get into the game. Yesterday I went to pay the phone bill and the electric bill on my studio. I was sick of paying by computer so I walked over to Hannaford’s supermarket half a mile away, and handed them the bill payment coupons and the checks and was told that it was going to cost me $2.50 to pay. The lovely young lady gave me a puppy dog look to express her empathy. And she said it had to be cash.
I happened not to have cash in my pocket. I ALWAYS carry cash, but not this time; it was sitting on my desk. So I went to an ATM, made a withdrawal and had $2 skimmed from my account. Then I paid my bills, having made two donations to the banking industry itself, to the tune of well over 1% of what I was paying; just to pay. So when you think of banking, think of an industry that can skim a percentage from every transaction, usually two or three times and still can’t stay in business. (For example, when you subscribe to Planet Waves, the credit card services bureau skims 2.5% from us, and then they charge you at least a membership fee for your card, and possibly interest on the purchase, and they hold the money in its entirety for three days and invest it in god only knows what — milk futures in China.) We all put up with it because it’s convenient to the point of mandatory.
So — imagine an industry that can skim cash from everyone and still go bankrupt. These people can’t even bank money during an illegal war costing $10 billion a month (the banks are who is supposed to grow rich, financing the war). That is no way to run a rock concert. Try this on — you pay $75 to see some pop idol, you get to the show, and the band doesn’t show up but won’t give you a refund. The reason they don’t do that is out of fear that there would probably be a riot; mere fear of a riot would be sufficient, and you can be gosh darned tootin’ sure that the mo-fos on Wall Street and in Washington fear riots, so they are keeping the wheels of their ripoff credit system sufficiently greased to avoid that. Meanwhile, I am a person of modest means and I am getting credit offers every week or more.
Anyway, as for the astrology. The New Moon/Full Moon cycle continues to be like a heartbeat that throbs us through the end of the year, culminating with The Big One: the New Moon in Capricorn on Dec. 27. This occurs with many planets piled up on the highly sensitive Aries Point (actually square the point, from Capricorn), which is more than adequate to get the personal is political effect going. That Dec. 27 lunation occurs in the strange days after Christmas, which seems to be one of those cosmic window for News of the Weird.
But let’s go in order. In October, what we mainly have to look forward to is the Aries Full Moon that is synchronized with Mercury stationing direct. This creates a hot zone from Oct. 12 through about Oct. 16. There is a three-day weekend in there — Columbus Day weekend, with the Monday off being the 13th in the United States — and then the markets open up in time for the Aries Full Moon conjunct Eris on Tuesday. Then Mercury stations direct, loosening up a bunch of news that it’s been bottling up.
The Scorpio New Moon on Oct. 28 looks kind of placid as the events of this year go, except for three things: it is during The Day of the Dead, when the psychic veil is the thinnest; there is an election going on, and hence anything is possible; and it’s opposite Asbolus, a Centaur planet associated with surviving severe situations, such as your parents fighting viciously when you were little (if it shows up pronounced in a chart). The great thing about Asbolus is that it DOES indicate surviving and even doing well.
November is a month of extraordinary events, beginning with the opposition of Saturn and Uranus on the 4th, Election Day. This aspect has not happened since the mid-1960s (notably, in Pisces and Virgo that time as well, but with the Uranus in Virgo and Saturn in Pisces — opposite what is happening now). When Saturn opposes an outer planet, a new chapter of history begins. The one that begins now takes us directly into the 2012 phase; we could say that as of November 2008, the 2012 era has begun.
This is accented by the entry of Pluto into Capricorn, another symbol of sweeping changes to society and of making our relationship to the “big world” personal. November’s Full Moon is on the 13th in Taurus, opposite Mars. Once again, earth energy, value and values are evoked powerfully, by the Moon-Mars contact via Taurus.
The Sagittarius New Moon is on the 27th (the day after Pluto enters Capricorn to stay), with the Moon and Sun conjunct Mercury, Mars and Pholus (another centaur planet, associated with the rapid release of energy, changing of levels, and sudden shifts of consciousness). Once we see the results of this particular New Moon, you’ll likely want to find Pholus in your natal chart, if he hasn’t already found you.
I am chronicling these events week by week with the help of our worldwide research team and full press credentials in Planet Waves Astrology News.