April 9, 2009; 10:55:30 AM, EDT
It's not so much that the sky is falling, as the ground is shaking, quaking and trembling, the winds are blowing. Somali Pirates (Mars/Uranus in Pisces) commandeered, unsuccessfully, an American freighter, taking the captain as a hostage. North Korea shot a rocket/missile (Mars/Uranus), unsuccessfully, into space. It fell into the ocean (Pisces). Tempers are simmering and Republicans are filibustering... over and over and over again. Once again, Saturn, sits alone, all Retrograde, resistant and determined to keep the changes that are inevitable from occurring. It's one thing to preach bipartisanship, it's another thing to get cooperation. Venus is still in Aries, still Retrograde... although about to skip over into Pisces and station there before it turns back around into Aries again. But in the mean time, it's still in Aries, and there's no sense of cooperation, or attempting to meet anyone half way. The G20 meeting in Europe ended with no real plan for global recovery or even a commitment to increased fiscal stimulus.
Yet Obama has gone half way across the world, culling favors and trying to undo the damage of the past 8 years, trying to revive our status as a country of prestige, and re-create our image. It's a Full Moon in diplomatic Libra. President Obama pledged to repair damaged relations with Europe, saying the world came together following the 2001 terrorist attacks, but then "we got sidetracked by Iraq." "We must be honest with ourselves," Obama said. "In recent years, we've allowed our alliance to drift." Even as he spoke, he begged favor for his Pakistan/Afganistan adventure, whilst drones rained down along the Pakistan border. That's Mars/Uranus high in the Washington, DC chart, opposing Saturn... War, deceptively veiled in peace (Mars in Pisces). Mars and Uranus are high and passively aggressive, just waiting to explode, like some underwater volcano, while also subversively undermining our own authority. Is there such a thing as righteous war?
Saturn is still Retrograde in Virgo, the sign of Labor. Back home the unemployment rate jumped to 8.5%, the highest it's been since 1983, as a total of 663,000 jobs were lost in March. The realities at home have still to be addressed. Yeah, Jupiter is trine this Full Moon, and Obama's efforts overseas are flourishing, as he and Michelle are greeted by throngs of well-wishers. There is no doubt that the Obama's are superstars.. even as Americans are struggling to keep their heads above water.... People are jobless, homeless, and without medical insurance... Saturn Retrograde in Virgo. Venus will station Direct on the 17th of April, in exalted Pisces, one week before the Taurus (financial security) New Moon. Maybe these will help to jump start the economy...if only slightly and temporarily. Then in May, Saturn will turn Direct, and maybe then, finally maybe we can move forward with the business at hand: nothing less than putting our country together, fixing our workers, fixing our health care, and fixing our economy. Because right now it's running on empty.