Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Solar eclipse

Solar Eclipse melts down the Republican Party?

The September 22 solar eclipse at 29º20’ Virgo was in challenging aspect to the horoscope for the Republican Party. (July 6, 1854) ( see chart)

(This chart is for Jackson, Michigan, where the first state-level convention was held "under the oaks" July 6, 1854; it is one of several horoscopes used for the Republican Party.)
In six months, on March 18, 2007 we will have another solar eclipse at 28º07’ Pisces so these degrees will remain sensitive through at least next summer, insuring that events and people triggered now will stay in the limelight for awhile.

The Republican Party chart has Aries on the 7th house cusp. We could interpret this simply as an often-aggressive stance towards those seen as the ‘open enemies’ (as in the traditional meaning of the 7th house). The dispositor of Aries, Mars, is in the Republican Party 12th house at 28º38’ Virgo. The September 22 solar eclipse was conjunct the 12th house Mars, a rather startling picture of ‘self undoing’ as the ancients liked to describe 12th house matters.

Also, the Midheaven is Cancer; the Moon describes the reputation and public standing of the Republican Party. The progressed Moon is now at 29º25’ Gemini, being directly challenged by a square from the eclipse. ( see chart )

With Bob Woodward’s third book on the Bush administration “State of Denial” was published on September 30. The first sentence of Michiko Kakutani’s review in The New York Times contains this synopsis of the current administration: “… President Bush emerges as a passive, impatient, sophomoric and intellectually incurious leader, presiding over a grossly dysfunctional war cabinet…” and has received wide spread media coverage for its unflinching look at the distortion, ineptitude and division within the Bush administration.

(Woodward’s 2002 book, “Bush at War” was widely criticized as being too easy on the President; the tone of the new book is far more damaging to the administration. In 2002 transiting Jupiter - the protector - was conjunct Mr. Bush’s ascendant and rising planets Mercury and Pluto. Now transiting Saturn made its first (of three) exact conjunctions to natal Venus (21º29’ Leo) on October 1; he will be subject to Saturn’s demands through the last transit in June 2007.)

Two days after the eclipse, on September 24, the New York Times and Washington Post reported on a National Intelligence Estimate (written in April) detailing how the Islamic radical movement has escalated tremendously since the US War in Iraq, increasing the world’s vulnerability to terrorism.

(The Times top story on Sept. 24, “Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat” begins: “A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.”)

Congressman Mark Foley’s impropriety with young male pages has further rocked the party as we approach the mid-term elections.
The sexual misconduct (which - at this writing – was brought to the attention of House leaders two years ago) and perhaps cover-up by party leaders is also suggested by the eclipse on the Republican Party 12th house Mars. We can see the sometimes explosive nature of an eclipse – what has been hidden (12th house) comes stunningly into full view. The solar eclipse in Washington D.C. ( see chart ) falls in the 12th house as well, further alluding to exposure of secrets and revealing things from behind the scenes. Certainly the ongoing issue of the Bush administration’s sly tangle with the definition of ‘torture’ is also part of this eclipse, but the salacious Foley headlines have grabbed the immediate spotlight.